Nellie E. Rankin

F, b. December 1894
Father*William Rankin b. Mar 1864
Mother*Sarah Jane Cridge b. Jan 1863
Life EventDateDescription
BirthDecember 1894Nellie E. Rankin was born in December 1894 at Illinois.
She was the daughter of William Rankin and Sarah Jane Cridge.

Earl S. Rankin

M, b. January 1899
Father*William Rankin b. Mar 1864
Mother*Sarah Jane Cridge b. Jan 1863
Life EventDateDescription
BirthJanuary 1899Earl S. Rankin was born in January 1899 at Wisconsin.
He was the son of William Rankin and Sarah Jane Cridge.
MarriageSeptember 1920Earl S. Rankin married Gertrude Mundstock in September 1920 Gertrude Mundstock and Earl Rankin marriage announcement.
Racine Journal News September 16, 1920 - Gertrude Mundstock and Earl Rankin marriage announcement

Jane Virginia Rankin

F, b. circa 1860
Father*Alexander Sandy Rankin b. Apr 1836, d. b 1910
Mother*Sarah J. Givens b. Apr 1836, d. b 1920
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJane Virginia Rankin was also known as Virginia.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1860Jane Virginia Rankin was born circa 1860 at Scotland.
She was the daughter of Alexander Sandy Rankin and Sarah J. Givens.
Census DateLocationDescription
1870Piedmont, Mineral, West VirginiaJane Virginia Rankin was listed in Alexander Sandy Rankin's household on the 1870 Census at Piedmont, Mineral, West Virginia.1


  1. [S247] U.S. Federal Census 1870 U.S. Federal Census, by, Year: 1870; Census Place: Piedmont, Mineral, West Virginia; Roll: M593_1694; Page: 236A; Image: 388; Family History Library Film: 553193.

Alexander Givens

Life EventDateDescription
MarriageAlexander Givens married Jane McGee.

Child of Alexander Givens and Jane McGee

Jane McGee

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Givens.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageJane McGee married Alexander Givens.

Child of Jane McGee and Alexander Givens

Amelia (?)

Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namecirca 1901As of circa 1901,her married name was Breitzke.
Life EventDateDescription
Marriagecirca 1901Amelia (?) married Henry J. G. Breitzke, son of William F. Breitzke Sr. and Henrietta Augusta Lange, circa 1901.

Child of Amelia (?) and Henry J. G. Breitzke

Theodor Aug Breitzke

M, b. 17 August 1902
Father*Henry J. G. Breitzke b. 18 Oct 1879, d. 29 Jan 1905
Mother*Amelia (?)
Life EventDateDescription
Birth17 August 1902Theodor Aug Breitzke was born on 17 August 1902 at Excelsior, Sauk, Wisconsin.
He was the son of Henry J. G. Breitzke and Amelia (?)

Elvira J. Taylor

F, b. 15 April 1911, d. 5 January 1978
Father*F. B. Taylor
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Connor.
Married NameHer married name was Breitzke.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageElvira J. Taylor married Melvin W. Breitzke, son of Charles Daniel Breitzke and Ottilie Emilie Breitzke.
MarriageElvira J. Taylor married Major Frank W. Connor.
Birth15 April 1911Elvira J. Taylor was born on 15 April 1911.
She was the daughter of F. B. Taylor.
Death5 January 1978Elvira J. Taylor died on 5 January 1978 at age 66.

Child of Elvira J. Taylor and Melvin W. Breitzke

Frank Bashford Breitzke

M, b. 9 December 1948, d. 6 June 2010
Father*Melvin W. Breitzke b. 3 Sep 1910, d. 6 Mar 1992
Mother*Elvira J. Taylor b. 15 Apr 1911, d. 5 Jan 1978
Life EventDateDescription
Birth9 December 1948Frank Bashford Breitzke was born on 9 December 1948 at Madison, Dane, Wisconsin.
He was the son of Melvin W. Breitzke and Elvira J. Taylor.
Marriage1992Frank Bashford Breitzke married Grace E. Zellmer, daughter of William E. Zellmer and Thelma Applegarth, in 1992.
Death6 June 2010Frank Bashford Breitzke died on 6 June 2010 at age 61 Even though unexpected. Frank B. Breitzke passed away peacefully with his family by his side on June 6, 2010. He was born December 9, 1948 in Madison, to Melvin W. Breitzke and Elvira J. (Taylor) Breitzke, they preceded him in death. Frank was a free spirit, he lived life the way he wanted and was not affected by what others thought. When he was born his three older sister knew they had something special! They loved their "Little Frankie". Frank was an Army Veteran serving with the 8th Airborne Division from 1967-1970. He never forgot his first and last jump out of an airplane, and to this day he was afraid to ride in a plane! Frank had a dry sense of humor and was known for playing pranks on everyone around. He was the funniest person you'd ever meet. Yet a very strong person. As a friend said today, "I particularly remember his beautiful eyes and gentle spirit". That is how all those who survive him will remember him. He loved sports, especially Badger athletics. One of his favorite things in life was to attend Badger football games every fall with his son, Andy. He enjoyed talking politics and was always proud to be an American. He cared about his country very much. He enjoyed reading and talking about anything from history to religion he was a smart guy. He enjoyed the little things in life. He absolutely loved spending time with his granddaughter, Nevaeh, she was and will always be Grandpa's little girl. Frank was a loving dad, husband, brother, grandpa, uncle "Panky" and friend. He was loved by many and will be forever missed but never forgotten. Frank is survived by his wife, Grace "Tippy"; three children, Chelan (Andy) Easland, Cottage Grove, Andrew and Emily Breitzke, Madison. He left behind three beautiful grandchildren, Caden and Sienna Easland, and Nevaeh Diaz-Breitzke. He is further survived by four wonderful sister, Dr. Connie O'Connor, Milton, FL, Joan (Charles) Hanson, Minnetonka, MN, Gayle Beach, Hopkins, MN and Mary (Gene) Riehl, Kaukauna; Chelan's mother, a friend for life, Kathy Martell, Madison; several nieces and nephews, Kim (Javier) Ruegas, Cathy O'Connor, Randy (Ashley) Reeves, Jane Reeves, Pam (Mike) Wiseman, Kelly (Tim) Kelly, Kari (fiance Simon Ly) Riehl and Keven Schmidt. He is also survived by numerous great-nieces and nephews, friends, and of course, his feline friends, P.J. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at the Cress Funeral Home 3325 E. Washington Ave. Madison. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison.

Grace E. Zellmer

F, b. 18 October 1954, d. 8 November 2013
Father*William E. Zellmer
Mother*Thelma Applegarth
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationGrace E. Zellmer was also known as Tippy.
Name VariationGrace E. Zellmer was also known as Tip.
Married Name1992As of 1992,her married name was Breitzke.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth18 October 1954Grace E. Zellmer was born on 18 October 1954 at Maryland.
She was the daughter of William E. Zellmer and Thelma Applegarth.
Marriage1992Grace E. Zellmer married Frank Bashford Breitzke, son of Melvin W. Breitzke and Elvira J. Taylor, in 1992.
Death8 November 2013Grace E. Zellmer died on 8 November 2013 at age 59 Grace E. “Tip” (Zellmer) Breitzke, age 59, of Madison, passed away on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at St. Clarie Hospice House in Baraboo. She was born on Oct. 18, 1954, in Maryland, daughter of William E. Zellmer and Thelma Applegarth. Grace married Frank Breitzke in 1992 and had two beautiful children. Tip received her CNA license from MATC in 1999. She loved working with people and loved her job. She was a caring person who loved cats and her family. Tip’s passion was reading, writing poems, and shopping. She is survived by her two children, Emily and Andy, both of Madison; granddaughter, Nevaeh; two brothers, Bill Zellmer of Madison and George Zellmer of Dent, Minn; and special friends, Toni and Char. Tip was preceded in death by her husband, Frank. Private family services will be held. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery.

William E. Zellmer

Life EventDateDescription
MarriageWilliam E. Zellmer married Thelma Applegarth.

Child of William E. Zellmer and Thelma Applegarth

Thelma Applegarth

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Zellmer.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageThelma Applegarth married William E. Zellmer.

Child of Thelma Applegarth and William E. Zellmer

Minnie Berrer

F, b. circa 1903
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name16 August 1930As of 16 August 1930,her married name was Ziemke.
Life EventDateDescription
Birthcirca 1903Minnie Berrer was born circa 1903 at Illinois.
Marriage16 August 1930She married Emil Henry Ziemke on 16 August 1930 at Cook, Illinois.
Census DateLocationDescription
1940Cicero, Cook, IllinoisMinnie Berrer was listed as wife in Emil Henry Ziemke's household on the 1940 Census at Cicero, Cook, Illinois.1


  1. [S373] U.S. Federal Census 1940 U.S. Federal Census, by, Year: 1940; Census Place: Cicero, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T627_775; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 16-113.

Paul Ziemke

M, b. 21 December 1913, d. 18 February 1914
Father*Emil Henry Ziemke b. 25 Aug 1888, d. 1957
Mother*Emilie Henrietta Breitzke b. 2 Apr 1882, d. 12 Jun 1915
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationPaul Ziemke was also known as Elmer.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth21 December 1913Paul Ziemke was born on 21 December 1913 at Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
He was the son of Emil Henry Ziemke and Emilie Henrietta Breitzke.
Death18 February 1914Paul Ziemke died on 18 February 1914 at Chicago, Cook, Illinois, Name: Elmer Ziemke
Birth Date: 21 Dec 1913
Birth Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Death Date: 18 Feb 1914
Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Burial Date: 20 Feb 1914
Burial Place: Ableman, Wis
Death Age: 1 Month 28 Days
Race: White
Marital Status: Single
Gender: Male
Residence: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Father Name: Emil Ziemke
Father Birth Place: Wisconsin
Mother Name: Amelia Brietzke
Mother Birth Place: Wisconsin
FHL Film Number: 1239993.

Elmer O. Bennett

M, b. circa 1893
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageElmer O. Bennett married Leta Albaugh.
Birthcirca 1893Elmer O. Bennett was born circa 1893 at La Harpe, Hancock, Illinois.

Child of Elmer O. Bennett and Leta Albaugh

Leta Albaugh

F, b. circa 1897
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Bennett.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageLeta Albaugh married Elmer O. Bennett.
Birthcirca 1897Leta Albaugh was born circa 1897 at La Harpe, Hancock, Illinois.

Child of Leta Albaugh and Elmer O. Bennett

(?) Fuller

Life EventDateDescription
Marriagebefore 1934(?) Fuller married Hilda A. Breitzke, daughter of John Michael Breitzke and Augusta Henrietta Breitzke, before 1934.
Divorcebefore 1940(?) Fuller and Hilda A. Breitzke were divorced before 1940.

Stanley W. Ballweg

M, b. 5 June 1939, d. 7 September 2005
Father*Gerhart A. Ballweg b. c 1905
Mother*Josephine H. Benzmiller b. 1913, d. 1 May 1973
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationStanley W. Ballweg was also known as Stan.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth5 June 1939Stanley W. Ballweg was born on 5 June 1939.
He was the son of Gerhart A. Ballweg and Josephine H. Benzmiller.
MarriageNovember 1970Stanley W. Ballweg married June Marie Giebel, daughter of Donald Giebel, in November 1970.
Death7 September 2005Stanley W. Ballweg died on 7 September 2005 at age 66.

David D. Kowalke

M, b. 1942, d. 10 February 1970
David (Dave) Kowalke - Webb High School, Reedsburg, Sauk, WI 1960
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationDavid D. Kowalke was also known as Dave.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth1942David D. Kowalke was born in 1942.
Marriagebefore 1968He married June Marie Giebel, daughter of Donald Giebel, before 1968.
Death10 February 1970David D. Kowalke died on 10 February 1970 David D Kowalke obituary.
The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin) 12 Feb 1970 - David D Kowalke obituary
1960Webb High School, Reedsburg, Sauk, WisconsinDavid D. Kowalke graduated in 1960 at Webb High School, Reedsburg, Sauk, Wisconsin.

Child of David D. Kowalke and June Marie Giebel

Darren L. Kowalke

M, b. 1968, d. 1999
Father*David D. Kowalke b. 1942, d. 10 Feb 1970
Mother*June Marie Giebel b. 18 Jun 1947, d. 22 Feb 2000
Life EventDateDescription
Birth1968Darren L. Kowalke was born in 1968.
He was the son of David D. Kowalke and June Marie Giebel.
Death1999Darren L. Kowalke died in 1999.

James Mittelstaedt

M, d. before 2004
Life EventDateDescription
Deathbefore 2004James Mittelstaedt died before 2004.

Herbert H. Treptow

M, b. 23 November 1949, d. 30 April 2018
Herbert H Treptow
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationHerbert H. Treptow was also known as Herb.
Life EventDateDescription
Birth23 November 1949Herbert H. Treptow was born on 23 November 1949.
Marriage20 June 1970He married Carlotta Mae Schrank, daughter of Otto Emil Schrank and Melvina Solchenberger, on 20 June 1970.
Death30 April 2018Herbert H. Treptow died on 30 April 2018 at age 68.
Photo of Herbert H and Carlotta Mae (Schrank) Treptow with daughters Kelli Renee and Tracy Lyn.
Herbert H and Carlotta Mae (Schrank) Treptow with daughters Kelli Renee and Tracy Lyn

Donald Giebel

M, b. 25 August 1922, d. 10 November 2011
Father*Lawrence Giebel
Mother*Edna Steinhorst
Life EventDateDescription
Birth25 August 1922Donald Giebel was born on 25 August 1922 at Sauk, Wisconsin.
He was the son of Lawrence Giebel and Edna Steinhorst.
Marriage8 June 1971Donald Giebel married Arlene Verona Horstman, daughter of August Albert Horstmann and Emma Ribbke, on 8 June 1971.
Death10 November 2011Donald Giebel died on 10 November 2011 at age 89 Donald W. Giebel, age 89, of Reedsburg, died on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells. He was born on August 25, 1922 in the Town of Excelsior, Sauk County, the son of Lawrence and Edna (Steinhorst) Giebel. On June 8, 1971, he was married to the former Arlene Horstman Christianson. Don was a lifelong area farmer. He also sold Giebel's Hybrid Seed Corn for many years in locations as far away as Europe and Russia. He was a member of the Badger Steam and Gas Club, N.R.A., Delton Sportsmens Club, Badgerland Oliver Collectors Club and the Restored Antique Tractors Club where he will be remembered for restoring about 50 tractors. Don also enjoyed trap shooting, playing pool, going to air shows, traveling and had a true love of history. Survivors include his four daughters: Carolyn Rhinehart, of Reedsburg; Shirley (Allen) Holloway, of Wisconsin Dells; Rosalie (Michael) Bredeck, of Shorewood and Sandie Klinge, of Peyton, Colorado; his son: William (Jo) Christianson, of Baraboo; his son-in-law: Carl (Joan) Schrank, of Wonewoc; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Mary Keding, of Baraboo and Eulaine Kohlman, of Sauk City; his brother: Eugene Giebel, of Baraboo; the mother of his daughters: Rosemary Leake, of Oxford; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, on October 23, 1990; two daughters: Donna Zautke and June Schrank; three sons-in-law: David Kowalke, Gene Rhinehart and Stan Ballweg; two grandsons: Joseph Holloway and Darren Kowalke; his sister: Joyce Perkins and an infant brother: Rodger Giebel. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Interment will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Rock Springs. The family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.

Children of Donald Giebel

Lawrence Giebel

Life EventDateDescription
MarriageLawrence Giebel married Edna Steinhorst.

Children of Lawrence Giebel and Edna Steinhorst

Edna Steinhorst

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Giebel.
Life EventDateDescription
MarriageEdna Steinhorst married Lawrence Giebel.

Children of Edna Steinhorst and Lawrence Giebel