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Tigerton Chronicle

March 1927


Allen J Hunter a civil war veteran died at Birnamwood on Saturday, March 19th, 1927. He was aged 86yeras, 6 months and 19 days. The deceased was born in Rutland, Vt. and came to Kingston, Wisconsin in his youth. From here he enlisted in the Union Army in 1861. He attained the rank of sergeant during his time in service. At the close of the hostilities he was married to Miss Sarah Lewis, Kingston. In 1880 Mr. and Mrs. Hunter moved to Birnamwood, here Mrs. Hunter died in 1913.



Shawano County Journal

24 Mar 1927


Father of Mrs. Royer Went Through Entire Period of the Civil War


The funeral of Allen J Hunter, father of Mrs. Royer, was held in the Congregational church at Birnamwood on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Hunter was almost as well known in and around Shawano as he was in Birnamwood. So often has he visited the Royer family here.


He died of old age. He was born in 1840 and would have been 87 years in August. His birthplace was Rutland, Vermont. He came West however at an early age and settled in Kingston, Green Lake County. He was a musician, and for several years he played bass violin in the Kingston string band, which in those days was famous throughout central Wisconsin.


The best known dancing center of those times was Rhodes place, which is now Medina. The Kingston string band often played for these big parties to which people drove with horses and even ox-teams from a radius of a hundred miles.


Mr. Hunter went from Kingston with one of the very earliest Wisconsin Regiments to the Civil War. He served in the 8th Wisconsin, the famous Eagle regiment and stayed in the war until the very end. He served the full four years, a record that is surpassed by very few. He was in many of the most famous battles, like Island No 10, Gettysburg, Chickamauga. He came trough the war without a serious wound. Since the war he has been an active member of the G. A. R. and has been a regular attendant at soldier's re-union. The last he attended was three years ago at Milwaukee.


When the Northwestern railroad built north from Appleton, a settlement sprang up at Birnamwood and Mr. Hunter moved there with his family. He built a sawmill and a general store in 1880Since then Birnamwood has been his home. He was one of the passengers on the first regular passenger train over the new line from Green Bay to Eland. He had been down here for a Fourth of July celebration guest of the Royer family and when the new train went through he took the train home. The whole of Shawano was down to the depot to see the train go through.


His wife, mother of his four children, died in 1914. There were four children, two of whom died in infancy, Mrs. Royer and son Allie at Birnamwood.  The funeral was under the auspices of the Birnamwood American Legion. The uniformed men escorted the casket to the grave and gave the military honors. At the church service the sermon was preached by Rev. Spuhlman. Mr. Stanley, accompanied by Mrs. Dorr, furnished the singing. Besides the two living children, Mr. Hunter leaves a widow to whom he was married a few years ago.



Birnamwood News

11 Nov 1927


Brought here for Burial

Mrs. John Starr, died at her home three and a half miles west of the city Sunday morning at 8:00 o'clock. The deceased had been in poor health for the past five years and death was due to diabetes.


Mrs. Starr, nee Mary Schuesle was born seventy-six years ago in Germany. Fifty years ago she was united in marriage to John Starr. The young couple made their home around Tigerton for about thirty years when they moved near Clintonville where resided for the past eleven years. Mrs. Starr's husband preceded her in death July 1, 1927.


The funeral took place Sunday at the St. Rose Church, Rev. Diedrick officiating and the remains were laid at rest in the Tigerton Cemetery.

The departed is survived by two sons and two daughters, namely, John of Beaver Dam, George, at home, Hannah, now Mrs. F.O. Hadley of Spokane Wash. and Mary at home.


Our sympathy is with the bereaved ones.  Gazette, Clintonville


The remains of Mrs. John Starr were brought here Wednesday morning for burial in Union Cemetery. The deceased was formerly a resident of this community and will be remembered by our older residents.