Henry A. Rankin

M, b. June 1887
Father*William Rankin b. Mar 1864
Mother*Sarah Jane Cridge b. Jan 1863

Joseph E. Rankin

M, b. February 1889
Father*William Rankin b. Mar 1864
Mother*Sarah Jane Cridge b. Jan 1863

Sarah E. Rankin

F, b. October 1890
Father*William Rankin b. Mar 1864
Mother*Sarah Jane Cridge b. Jan 1863

Nellie E. Rankin

F, b. December 1894
Father*William Rankin b. Mar 1864
Mother*Sarah Jane Cridge b. Jan 1863

Earl S. Rankin

M, b. January 1899
Father*William Rankin b. Mar 1864
Mother*Sarah Jane Cridge b. Jan 1863

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.
Census DateLocation
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 Ancestry.com, Year: 1870; Census Place: Piedmont, Mineral, West Virginia; Roll: M593_1694; Page: 236A; Image: 388; Family History Library Film: 553193.

Alexander Givens


Child of Alexander Givens and Jane McGee

Jane McGee

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Givens.

Child of Jane McGee and Alexander Givens

Amelia (?)

Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namecirca 1901As of circa 1901,her married name was Breitzke.

Children 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 (?)

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.

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
  • Frank Bashford Breitzke was born on 9 December 1948 at Madison, Dane, Wisconsin.
  • He was the son of Melvin W. Breitzke and Elvira J. Taylor.
  • Frank Bashford Breitzke married Grace E. Zellmer, daughter of William E. Zellmer and Thelma Applegarth, in 1992.
  • Frank 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.
  • Grace E. Zellmer was born on 18 October 1954 at Maryland.
  • She was the daughter of William E. Zellmer and Thelma Applegarth.
  • Grace E. Zellmer married Frank Bashford Breitzke, son of Melvin W. Breitzke and Elvira J. Taylor, in 1992.
  • Grace 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


Child of William E. Zellmer and Thelma Applegarth

Thelma Applegarth

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was 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.
  • Minnie Berrer was born circa 1903 at Illinois.
  • She married Emil Henry Ziemke on 16 August 1930 at Cook, Illinois.
Census DateLocation
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 Ancestry.com, 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.
  • Paul Ziemke was born on 21 December 1913 at Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
  • He was the son of Emil Henry Ziemke and Emilie Henrietta Breitzke.
  • Paul 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
  • Elmer O. Bennett married Leta Albaugh.
  • Elmer 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.
  • Leta Albaugh married Elmer O. Bennett.
  • Leta Albaugh was born circa 1897 at La Harpe, Hancock, Illinois.

Child of Leta Albaugh and Elmer O. Bennett

(?) Fuller


Stanley W. Ballweg

M, b. 5 June 1939, d. 7 September 2005
Father*Gerhart A. Ballweg b. c 1905
Mother*Josephine H. (?) b. c 1914
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationStanley W. Ballweg was also known as Stan.

David D. Kowalke

M, b. 1942, d. 1970
David (Dave) Kowalke - Webb High School, Reedsburg, Sauk, WI 1960
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationDavid D. Kowalke was also known as Dave.
     David 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. 1970
Mother*June Marie Giebel b. 18 Jun 1947, d. 22 Feb 2000

James Mittelstaedt

M, d. before 2004
  • James Mittelstaedt died before 2004.

Donald Giebel

M, b. 25 August 1922, d. 10 November 2011
Father*Lawrence Giebel
Mother*Edna Steinhorst
  • Donald Giebel was born on 25 August 1922 at Sauk, Wisconsin.
  • He was the son of Lawrence Giebel and Edna Steinhorst.
  • Donald Giebel married Arlene Horstman, daughter of August Albert Horstmann and Emma Ribbke, on 8 June 1971.
  • Donald 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


Children of Lawrence Giebel and Edna Steinhorst

Edna Steinhorst

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Giebel.

Children of Edna Steinhorst and Lawrence Giebel

Arlene Horstman

F, b. circa 1931, d. 23 October 1990
Father*August Albert Horstmann b. 4 Feb 1904, d. 25 Oct 1994
Mother*Emma Ribbke b. 15 Jan 1912, d. b 1990
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namebefore 1971As of before 1971,her married name was Christianson.
Married Name8 June 1971As of 8 June 1971,her married name was Giebel.

William G. Christianson

M, d. before 1990

Gene Rhinehart

M, d. before 2000
  • Gene Rhinehart died before 2000.