A few weeks ago, I started
corresponding with Dottie Buchholz regarding her research in the
Polar, Langlade County area -- and she kindly offered to share
some of her Shawano family info with us -- what a pleasant &
Dottie has fond memories of
her Grandmother Ida Doran -- her unusual "cuckoo clock", practicing piano
lessons on her piano, her yard with purple irises and the big
bridal wreathe bushes next to the street... and a special memory
of making Hollyhock Dolls with the beautiful red hollyhocks: "We
used to make dolls by using a bud for the head and a big flower
upside down for the dress. We popped the head onto the stem of
the upside down flower." Such a beautiful memory of a
simpler time when children entertained themselves and "toys"
didn't always come with batteries and from the stores.
Thanks so very much for sharing this with us!
And the families that Dottie is
researching are Kruegers, Utnehmers,
If you have information you
would like to share on these lines, just
it in and we'll post it. Thanks!
And, now, on to the GOOD
STUFF!!! These photos are gorgeous and the tributes, well, I'm
sure Francis & Ida are touched at the loving tribute to them.
Very nicely done!!!
Frank and Ida Doran
By Irene Doran 1978
Joseph Doran was born in
Shawano, Wisconsin, the son of William Doran and
Catherine Rebecca Dinneen Doran. He lived in Shawano
for a few years and then moved, with his family, to
Northport where they lived a short time. His father
then purchased a farm on the west bank of Bear Lake
in Waupaca County near the village of Manawa. Frank
lived on this farm until his marriage.
Ida and Frank were
united in marriage at the Sacred Heart Church in
Manawa, Wisconsin. (Though Grandma's
French-Canadian mother and grandparents were
Catholic, the Shuman family were Methodist. Grandma
probably joined the Catholic church when she married
and remained a life-long Catholic. Some of her
children and grand-children are Catholic, others
Lutheran.) After the ceremony they drove to their
first farm home in a horse-drawn sleigh. The farm is
located 1.6 mi north-west of Royalton on highway B.
The barn is on the right side of the road and the
house (yellow) is on the left. Frances, their first
child, was born on this farm. They then moved to a
farm between Royalton and Northport, on highway 54.
The farm is located in the area just east of a
Wayside. Genevieve and Leonard were born there.
When Frances was
nearly five years old, Gen was three, and Leonard
one and one-half, the family moved to Shawano
County. The farm they purchased was located five
miles west of the village of Tigerton, on the
Embarrass River in the Township of
farmland in this area is very stony, making for very
hard work in clearing the land. Most of the farms
here have stone fences. There was a log house on the
farm and a very poor out-house. The following March,
Howard was born. The log-house burned to the ground
when Rob was four days old, Feb. 29,1912, He liked
to tell the tale that he saved the family which gave
Grandma a hearty laugh as he was only a baby.
The family stayed with
neighbors until a house could be rented about one
mile away. They built a temporary house on the
south-east corner of the farm. Later they built a
larger home on the site of the burned-out log house
and the small house was moved nearby to serve as a
summer kitchen. Howard, Robert, Joe, and Lloyd were
born on this farm. The children except for Lloyd,
attended the Spring Brook Country School.
The Frank Doran family
made their living by logging, dairying, and selling
garden produce and wild berries. Very little was
purchased except for staples and the cloth and
thread that Ida used to sew most of their clothing.
Ida did a lot of canning and pickling and also made
all of the bedding. Wood was used for cooking and
heating, and kerosene lamps and candles provided
In 1922, the family
moved to the village of Tigerton and in 1924 they
made the move to Shawano, Wisconsin. They operated
restaurants on North Main Street, first The
White Arrow and then Cafe 55. Ida baked all of the
bread, cakes, and pies for the restaurants and did
most of the cooking with help from the rest of the
Frank died of cancer
November 22,1932, after an illness of two years.
Ida and the family
operated the restaurant for a short time after
Frank's death, then they rented it out, and finally
it was sold. They lived in a rented house for a
while and then Ida purchased a small home at 204 S.
Union Street, in Shawano. She worked for the Shawano
Evening Leader for a time, selling subscriptions.
She then became the very first Avon Lady in Shawano,
and continued until she retired at the age of
sixty-five in 1943.
Grandma Doran was a
very busy person. She was always making a quilt for
someone, or crocheting a rug or doily. She enjoyed
her garden, but her biggest enjoyment was her many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She knew
every birthday and always wanted to know how they
were doing in their many activities. She also kept a
scrapbook of them and their activities. In her later
years she was disabled with arthritis and cataracts,
which grew worse until she was finally housebound.
She had a severe stroke and spent her remaining
years at the Shawano Convalescent Center. Her mind
remained sharp until the end and she was still
interested in everything. The bulletin board by her
bed was covered with pictures and art work of her
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She died,
very peacefully on Saturday, July 13, 1974.
Note: The "Club 55"
picture shown above -- Grandpa Frank Doran, Bob
Doran, Grandma Ida, Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe had a
business out at Shawano Lake -- hamburgers,
Shawano County Journal
Frank Doran Dies Tuesday at Hospital
Frank J. Doran, 56, died at the Shawano
hospital Tuesday evening at 6:40 o’clock following
an illness of nearly two years.
Mr. Doran was born March 7, 1876 in Shawano and
lived here for a short time, moving with his parents
to Bear Lake when a small child. On January 7, 1903
he was united in marriage to Ida Schumann after
which the couple made their home in Waupaca county.
In 1909 they came to Tigerton and after living in
that vicinity for 15 years they came to Shawano
where they opened a restaurant on north Main Street,
known as the White Arrow Restaurant.
Surviving are his widow and the following children:
Mrs. Paul Martens, Jr. R. 2; Genevieve and Leonard,
Shawano; Howard and Robert, Camp Crook, South
Dakota; Joseph and Loyola, Shawano. He also leaves
a grand-daughter, Joan Ruth Martens, two brothers,
Lloyd and Vincent, Duluth, Minn; and four sisters,
Mrs. Gust Weller, Waupaca; Mrs. Tom Kelly, Shiocton;
Mrs. Elmer Toomey, Rehobath, and Mrs. Nick Doud,
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at the
Catholic Church with Father Kersten officiating.
Shawano Evening Leader
Services For Ida
Doran on Tuesday
Mrs. Ida Doran, 95, died Saturday, July 13 at
the Shawano Convalescent Center, where she had lived
for the past five years.
She was born July 26, 1878 at Ogdensburg, the
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Schumann. After the death of her
parents she made her
home with her grandparents at Janesville and
Edgerton. She attended high school in Janesville and
Edgerton. After attending Whitewater Normal she
taught school for several years in Rock and Waupaca
On January 7, 1903
she was united in marriage to Francis J. Doran of
Bear Lake at the Sacred Heart Church at Manawa.
After her marriage she lived in Waupaca County for
six years, at Tigerton for fifteen years and then
moved to Shawano in 1924
where she lived the rest of her life. Mrs. Doran and
her husband operated a restaurant on Main Street for
many years. She was a member of the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, Shawano and a past member of the
Catholic Knights, Christian Mothers and
St. Ann's Society.
Survivors include two
daughters, Frances, Mrs. Paul Martens, Shawano,
Shawano and sons, Leonard, Robert and Joseph of
Shawano, Howard, Kalispell, Montana and Lloyd of
Clintonville, 17 grand-children and 26
great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in
death in 1932, also two grandchildren preceded her
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 16 at
10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Shawano, with Father Charles Hoffman
officiating. Burial will be in
Friends may call at the Born Funeral Home, Shawano,
after 4:00 p.m. Monday until the time of service on
Francis J. Doran
Francis & Ida Doran