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PAST OWNERS OF THE HUMBIRD

Updated: Jan 16

There have been many owners of The Humbird over the centuries and we are constantly researching to find out as many of them as we can. If anyone has any information regards the history of past ownership, records, articles, photo's or old newspapers that can help us document, we would be so appreciative to hear from you.


So far we have the following:


  • Matthew Hawkes & Elizabeth Havenor (Team H): June 26, 2023 - Present

  • Deanna Aguilar: November 2021 - June 25, 2023

  • Marea (Kitty) & Manuel (Mace) Maisonet: 2012 - November 6, 2021

  • Dave Leyland: 2003 - ????

  • Mike Dobson: Oct/Nov 1999 - December 2003

  • Theresa Ellen Eisberner: 1986 - 2000

  • ​Delores B. Smith (Tillie) & Orval Smith: 1957 - 1986

  • Nancy & Joseph Cesafsky: ???? (1948)

  • Julius C. Hahn: ???? - ????

  • George W. King: 1869 - ????


Some historic items and information that we have found about the past owners or from the era in which they owned The Humbird:



Delores B. Smith (Tillie) & Orval Smith: 1957 - 1986


This wonderful little wooden chip was from the time when Delores B. Smith (Tillie) & Orval Smith owned the property from 1957 - 1986. The chip was brought into to show us by Lucas Eisberner. His mother, Theresa Ellen Eisberner, found the chip when she owned the bar the bar from 1986 - 2000
 

Nancy & Joseph Cesafsky: ???? (1948)


The phone number for 'The Humbird' as seen in the 1948 phone book during the time Nancy & Joseph Cesafsky owned the property.

An advertisement that appeared in the Feb. 1944 Humbird Enterprise Humbird, Mentor Twp., Clark Co., Wisconsin

A local patron came into the bar to show us this 5c coin from the Humbird Hotel Bar which was from the time Joe Cesafsky owned the bar.
 

Julius C. Hahn: ???? - ????


During the time J.C. Hahn owned the property it was a Saloon and Confectionery. We have no specific dates when Hahn had the property, but we are guessing it was in the late 1900's to early 1920's perhaps.





Whilst doing an online search for information on J.C. Hahn, we stumbled across this trade token on an auction website.

Below are some obituaries from several sources regarding J.C. Hahns death:


Obituary: Hahn, Julius C. (July 3, 1854 - Sept 27, 1925)

Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) Oct. 3, 1925


This community was shocked last Friday morning by the news that J. C. Hahn had died suddenly while getting ice from his icehouse to put in the refrigerator at his home. Mr. Hahn's absence longer than usual at the task caused Mrs. Hahn to go to the ice house, where she found him seated and leaning against the wall as though resting. Death was due by heart failure, probably induced by the extra exertion. Dr. Hotvedt was called and said that he had expired less than half an hour when found.


Funeral services were held at the Reformed church Tuesday afternoon and a large congregation assembled to pay the final tribute, and nearly all business places in the village were closed as a token of respect. The sermon by the pastor, Rev. D. Grether, was a most appropriate one. Filled with condolences to those who mourn, he spoke feelingly of Mr. Hahn's attendance at the church, his interest in the services, and his participating at its communion table. A beautiful mass of flowers and floral emblems, gifts of friends and relatives, was placed about the altar and casket. At the close of the services, the remains were conveyed to Mentor cemetery and interred in the family lot beside his son.


Relatives and friends from away present at the burial, were: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Feuerhelm, Waukesha; Reinhard, Edward and Mrs. Ludwig Heidtke, Chippewa Falls; John Hahn and wife, Hartland; Henry and William Hahn, Eau Claire; Mrs. Lena Haas, Merton; Mrs. H. E. Prouty, Mrs. Sophia Schultz, Madison; Mrs. Mary Thur, Wausau; Mrs. Emma Theil, Augusta; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thur, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thur, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Thur, Mrs, Alma Gruehlke, Mr. and Mrs. William Gruehlke, Miss Tilda Neuman, John Gruehlke, Mrs. Elizabeth Bremer, Fairchild; John Verkuilen and wife, Thrope; John Cesnik, Hillsboro; Mrs. Etta Babler, Belleville; Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Sliter, B.R. Falls; Mrs. G. E. Stanley, Altoona; Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Terrell, Alma Center.


Source: Fairchild Observer Thursday, 10-8-1925

Julius C. Hahn This community was shocked last Friday morning by the news that J. C. Hahn had died suddenly while getting ice from his icehouse to put in the refrigerator at this home. Mr. Hahn's absence longer than usual at the task caused Mrs. Hahn to go to the ice house, where she found him seated and leaning against the wall of though resting. Death was due to heart failure, probably induced by the extra exertion. Dr. Hotvedt was called and said that he had expired less than half an hour when found. Funeral services were held at the Reformed church Tuesday afternoon and a large congregation assembled to pay the final tribute, and nearly all business places in the village were closed as a token of respect. The sermon by the pastor, Rev. D. Grether, was a most appropriate one. Filled with condolences to those who mourn, he spoke feelingly of Mr. Hahn's attendance at the church, his interest in the services, and his participating at its communion table. A beautiful mass of flowers and floral emblems, gifts of friends and relatives, was placed about the alter and casket. At the close of the services, the remains were conveyed to Mentor cemetery and interred in the family lot beside his son


The following is the obituary of Mr. Hahn which was read at the funeral services Tuesday afternoon:


Julius C. Hahn, one of a family of four children, was born to William and Henrietta Hahn, in Brandenburgh, Germany, July 3, 1854, and died in Humbird, Wisconsin, Sept. 27, 1925.

(missing part and picks up here) assist his parents, he engaged in agricultural work in that locality and remained until 1880, in which year he was united in marriage to Dora Schultz at Waukesha. Before the close of that year the newly married couple journeyed to the central portion of the state to build their first home, their choice of location falling to a farm situated between Humbird and Fairchild. On this farm they stayed for two years; then, in 1882, they moved to Fairchild, where Mr. Hahn engaged in business until 1884; they then moved to Altoona where they remained until 1886, when they moved to Humbird; and with the exception of one year, 1900, spent at Merton, Humbird has since been their home.

To this union were born three children, Albert F., Martha (now Mrs. A. F. Simons), and Will (deceased).


In 1912, the first great sorrow came into his life, when his younger son, Will, a most promising young man, was summoned to the Great Beyond. That great sorrow, which tinged his life with sadness, always hovered over his later years, and no doubt, hastened his retirement to private life. In 1920 he disposed of his business property and interests and purchased a home in the village where his declining years were spent in well-earned peace and quiet.


Besides the members of his immediate family, Mr. Hahn is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Amelia Feuerhelm, Waukesha, and Mrs. Augusta Heidtke, Eagleton. An only brother, William, passed away three years ago. Mr. Hahn's father and mother maintained their residence in southern Wisconsin and attained to advanced years. They were laid at rest in the years 1895 and 1912 respectively.


Our deceased citizen was a man of wide acquaintance, a man of many friendships, one who enjoyed the highest respect from all those with whom he came in contact. He possessed many commendable characteristics, among the most outstanding of which was a true conception and resolute practice of the precepts of integrity. When Mr. Hahn gave his word it was always as good as his bond. Endowed with an orderly trend of mind and habit, far beyond that of the average man, his property was constantly a model for neatness and his business affairs were dispatched with clock-like precision.

Today we mourn the loss of one of our best and strongest citizens, the wife and family a kind and indulgent husband and father. But as long as memory shall last he will be revered for an upright life, a monument more highly to be prized than the accumulation of worldly goods. The heart of the entire community has been touched with sadness by the death of Mr. Hahn, and to his stricken loved ones, those nearest and dearest to him, there goes a united message of heartfelt sympathy.


MRS. LLOYD SCHLICHTER.

 

George W. King: 1869 - ????


George W. King emigrated to the United States from the U.K. and came into the country via Boston.


United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index


George W King

Date 1854

Location of Application: Massachusetts

Birth Year 1822

Birthplace: Great Britain




The earliest settlers in this part of the county were, Orvin Wilson, a Mr. Alderman, who owned the land on which the village was laid out, Elisha, Isaac and Elijah Hurl, Ashael Webster, E. Webster, Horace Stiles, George W. King and Charles Miller.


In 1869, Mr. Alderman laid off forty acres for a village site, caused the same to be surveyed and platted, and the place now known as Humbird, occupied by graded streets, bordered by fine buildings, was then covered with heavy timber, where deer and wild animals wandered at will. At that time the railroad had not been completed; still a spirit of the enterprise was manifested by those already on the ground, and of adventure, by the comparatively frequent arrivals of settlers, many of who became permanent. The first building erected after the survey was the Rocky Mound House, which was erected by George W. King, and used as a hotel. Excerpt from The History of Humbird, Wisconsin, from the 1881 History of Clark Co., WI

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