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Barbaras Timeline
City directories, the forerunners of telephone books, provide the primary vehicle for mapping the new family lines in the United States. All locations are in Milwaukee, Wisconsin unless otherwise noted. In 1930/31 there were drastic changes to the names and numbers of Milwaukee streets, we have used the new names here.
Year Location Who
(tba)=Presence asssumed. Directories typically list only male HOH.
Status
()=calculated
General Comments
1845-1853 Ostheim, France Barbaras   There were a total of four Barbaras emigrations from the small village of Ostheim. The first three groups (1845, 1847, 1853) were of siblings from one family who initially settled in Long Grove, Illinois, a town of Protestant Alsatian immigrants. The fourth emigration was of David Barbaras, their cousin. He, his son Harry, and there family lines are the focus of this page.
1873 Emigration David Barbaras  
  • Left Le Havre, France and arrived in New York 10-Mar-1873 on board the Thorwaldsen. Listed as "John" on the manifest
  • His naturalization document says that he arrived in May 1871
  • According to Emily Haas, he went to Chicago and worked at the Downer & Bemis Brewing Company
 
1874 Blatz Brewery John Barbaras* Laborer
  • *I think that this is David, again using the name "John".
  • Emily Haas reported that he started at Blatz, went to Minneapolis and worked at the Minneapolis Brewing Co., then returned to Blatz before starting at Schlitz mid 1875
  • This is most likely when and where David met Caroline. Mr. Reichert ran a saloon on the first floor of his house at the corner of Johnson & Market, right in the middle of Blatz Brewery complex.
579 Market St.
Reichert Branch: Caroline Reichert is the future wife of David Barbaras
579 Market & Blatz Brewery
  • David was a boarder one block (1894 map) from the Reichert saloon and was working at Blatz Brewery. He can be speculated that he ate dinners there or stopped there after work for a pint. And, perhaps, Caroline worked there. (Note that by 1894 there was no more 579 Market as Blatz had expanded.
John Reichert Saloon
  • John is the father of David Barbaras' future wife, Caroline
  • His wife, Franziska Hauswirth, died in 1870
  • His saloon is at same address
Louise Reichert (21)
  • Louise married Franz Jospeh Memminger 7-Nov-1871 and they had a child, John in 1872
  • He died in 1873 and she is living here with her father again
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Caroline Reichert (19)
  • Caroline will marry David Barbaras in 1879
Charles Reichert (17)  
 
1875 bds. 588 E. Water David Barbaras brewer
  • Northeast corner of Johnson & E. Water. 2 blocks from the Reichert saloon.
  • The closest brewery is Blatz which supports the idea that he continued to work there
  • This is consistent with Emily Haas' account of his movements
  • Lore: David started work at Schlitz 7-May-1875
579 Market St. John Reichert Saloon  
Caroline Reichert (tba)  
 
1876 bds. 89 Knapp. David Barbaras laborer
  • 89 Knapp is still close to Blatz which brings up the question of whether he was still working at Blatz in early 1876. Perhaps he took a job at Schlitz but hadn't relocated yet?
579 Market St. John Reichert Saloon  
Caroline Reichert (tba)  
Charles Reichert Plumber
 
1877 Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. David Barbaras brewer
  • David moves north to be near Schlitz. He presumably kept in touch with Caroline.
579 Market St. John Reichert Saloon  
Caroline Reichert (tba)  
 
1878 bds. 315 Walnut. David Barbaras brewer
  • lives right next to Schlitz
579 Market St. John Reichert Saloon  
Caroline Reichert (tba)  
 
1879 r. 317 W. Brown St. (formerly Harmon) David Barbaras brewer
  • Three` blocks from Schlitz
  • marriage to Caroline Reichert 1-Mar-1879
579 Market St. John Reichert Saloon
  • Caroline moves in with David
  • We will stop tracking the Reicherts
Caroline Reichert (tba)  
 
1880 502 W, Vine St. (formerly Sherman St.) David Barbaras brewer
  • A few blocks from Schlitz
  • Louise Barbaras, first child, is born
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise Barbaras (tba) (0)
 
1881 325 W. Brown (formerly Harmon) David Barbaras brewer
  • Was George Barbaras somebody living with David but with a different last name? There are no plausible George Barbarases that I can see in the U.S.?
  • Jacob is listed in 1882
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise (tba) (1)
George Barbaras brewer
 
1882 325 W. Brown St. David Barbaras brewer
  • Charles is born
  • Note that Louise and Charles are also the names of Caroline's two oldest siblings
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise (tba) (2)
Charles (tba)  
r. 286 1st Avenue Jacob Barbaras* brewer
  • *This is almost certainly a mispelling. Jacob Barbanes was a brewer at Philip Best Brewery
 
1883 325 W. Brown St. David Barbaras brewer
  • Emily is born
  • Eleanora reports that Caroline was "a very good zither player"
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise (tba) (3)
Charles (tba) (1)
Emily (tba)  
 
1884 325 W. Brown St. David Barbaras brewer  
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise (tba) (4)
Charles (tba) (2)
Emily (tba) (1)
Emigrations
Initial Wilke Emigrations (Confusion Reigns)
Timeline as reported by Eleanora Falk:
  • The two oldest Wilke children, Hermann and Bertha come over first, in 1884, on separate ships.
  • It is reported, unconfirmed, that the Wilkes come from Schivelbein, Pommern, Germany
  • Hermann earned money which he sent to Bertha and she came over next
  • They both established themselves in Pittsburgh and sent money to the siblings and parents who immigrated later
  • Alvin Falk wrote Bertha that there were lots of jobs in Milwaukee and that presumably established Milwaukee as the final destination for all the Wilkes.
What we know:
  • Assertions and timeline reported by Eleanora Falk have been spot on: confirmed through city directory listings and the immigration dates reported in later censuses
  • Bertha's 1884 immigration record is unambiguous. Alvin Falk is on the same ship, exactly as reported by Eleanora
  • There appears a Hermann Wilke in Pittsburgh, 1n 1885, which would confirm Eleanora's account that he was first over and went to Pittsburgh
  • The naturalization record for Charles Wilke that shows an immigration date of July 1884 seems solid. The two witnesses at the ceremony were Frank Lenzner, polisher living on Second Ave., and William Dolgner who lived on 3rd ave., were also used by Herman Gutknecht (husband of Emma Wilke) at his naturalization.
What remains unclear:
  • who is missing in the directories????
  • We have no immigration records for the Wilkes other than Bertha's
  • Bertha was supposedly next to come over after Hermann. She arrived 15-Nov-1884. But Charles reported that he came over in July. The others reported (on censuses) that they came over in 1884 but they would have had to arrive in December, possible but less likely
  • We see no evidence of the Wilke parents and the other five children until 1890. Yet various censuses and naturalization records list 1884 as the immigration date
Albert Wilke (tba) (48)
  • Albert Wilke, the father, shows up in the city directory in 1886
Wilhelmina Wilke (tba) (46)
  • 1884 emigration date reported in 1900 census
Hermann Wilke (tba) (22)
  • Oldest child of Albert Wilke and Wilhelmina Kreffin and older brother of Bertha Wilke, the future wife of Alvin Falk.
  • Hermann came over first, probably immigrated in early 1884
  • Earned money which he sent to his sister, Bertha, to come over.
Bertha Wilke (21)
  • Bertha was the second oldest and the next to arrive: Nov 15, 1884 in Baltimore on the ship Hermann
  • She met future husband, Alvin Falk, on the ship. She and Alvin would beget Eleanora Falk, wife of Harry Barbaras.
  • Next to Bertha in the single women's exit line was Mathilde Falk, Alvin's 17 y.o. sister
  • Alvin went straight to Milwaukee; Bertha went to be with Hermann in Pittsburgh.
August Wilke (tba) (18)  
Albert Wilke (tba) (15)  
Minnie Wilke (tba) (12)  
Emily Wilke (tba) (11)
  • 1884 emigration date reported in 1900 census
Charles Wilke (tba) (10)
  • This is a confusing and unconfirmed listing. We see no evidence of the Wilke parents and the other five children until 1890. This naturalization record perfectly matches th profile of Charles Wilke and shows an emigration date of July 1884. Confirmation of identity: naturalization record for Hermann Gutknecht has the same witnesses
  • Did he come alone, with family friends?
Ida Wilke (tba) (7)  
Emma Wilke (tba) (6)  
Initial Falk Emigrations: Alvin Falk was the father of Eleanora Falk, future wife of Harry Barbaras
  • Two Falk children, Alvin and Mathilda came over first
  • Alvin Falk and Bertha Wilke, future parents of Harry Barbaras, meet on the ship
  • The parents of Alvin and Mathilda and three of their siblings come over 8 months later
Alvin Falk (23)
  • Arrived: Nov 15, 1884 in Baltimore on the ship Hermann along with his 17 y.o. sister, Mathilde Falk.
  • Met future wife Bertha Wilke on the ship
  • Alvin went straight to Milwaukee
  • Next to Bertha in the single women's exit line was Mathilde Falk, Alvin's 17 y.o. sister
 
1885 rear 615 6th David Barbaras brewer
  • 6th St. is right near Schlitz. #615 positioning needs to be resolved after the 1930/1931 changes
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba) (wife)
Louise (tba) (5)
Charles (tba) (3)
Emily (tba) (2)
r. 2703 W. Wisconsin Ave. (formerly Grand Ave) Alvin Falk Blacksmith
  • Future father of Harry Barbaras; future husband of Bertha Wilke
Emigrations
Arrival of Falk Parents and 3 Additional Children From Prussia
Johann Falk (59)
  • Parents of Alvin Falk
  • Arrived: 15-Jun-1885 on the ship EMS They came from Pollnow, Germany, part of Pomerania in Prussia, and now part of Poland.
  • Johann (John) and his wife, Bertha Winter Falk along with and three of their children, Maria (21), Carl (10), Robert (9).
Bertha (Winter) Falk (50)
Maria (21)
Carl (10)
Robert (9)
Wilke
  • No listings available until 1886 except for Hermann. Are they in Milwaukee yet?
51 3rd ave., Pittsburgh Hermann Wilke (identity speculative) laborer
  • Eleanora Falk Barbaras reported that Hermann was doing "forestry" work in Pittsburgh and that his younger sister, Bertha, was doing house work to earn enough money to bring over their parents and siblings.
  • See 1884 notes
Pittsburgh (speculative) Bertha Wilke  
 
1886 rear 615 6th David Barbaras brewer
  • no listing for 1886
  • Charles dies
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise (tba) (6)
Charles (tba) (4)
Emily (tba) (3)
TBD John (Johann) Falk  
  • Father of Alvin has just emigrated but is not listed yet. Children Maria, Carl and Robert came over with him and children Carl, Charles, and Robert show up in the city directory in the following years.
  • There is one new John Falk listed but identification is uncertain: laborer 369 16th
Bertha (Winter) (wife) (tba)
Charles (tba)
Robert (tba)
TBD Alvin Falk (tba)  
  • no listing for 1886
  • Eleanora Falk reported that he wrote to Bertha in Pittsburgh and told her to come to Milwaukee where there were lots of jobs
  • We assume that they got married in 1886 as their first child was born Jan-1887
Wilke
  • Hermann, August and Albert Jr., the older children, should start showing up in the listings but there is nothing until 1890. Mystery. Are they somewhere else, a smaller city that does not have a directory record?
rear 2104 Cherry Albert Wilke, Sr. mason
  • This Albert Wilke first shows up in Milwaukee in 1886 which would be consistent with a recent crossing
  • Eleanor reports that Bertha's father, Albert, was a bricklayer which matches this listing of mason
  • He also disappears in a few years which would be consistent with reports of his early death in an accident
  • Seven additional Wilke children eventually show up in the city directories. Have they come over yet? August is 20, the others may be too young to be listed.
Wilhelmina (Kreffen) Wilke (tba) (wife)
TBD Hermann Wilke (tba)  
  • Are Hermann and Bertha still in Pittsburgh?
  • There are other August Wilkes in the Milwaukee directory but they can be ruled out
Bertha Wilke (tba)  
August Wilke (tba) (20)
Albert Wilke, Jr. (tba) (17)
Minnie Wilke (tba) (14)
Emily Wilke (tba) (13)
Charles Wilke (tba) (12)
Ida Wilke (tba) (9)
Emma Wilke (tba) (8)
 
1887 rear 615 6th David Barbaras brewer
  • John Henry (Harry) is born
  • Charles died in 1886
  • Still living by Schlitz
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
John Henry (Harry) (tba)  
TBD John (Johann) Falk  
  • Father of Alvin
  • There are two John Falks listed, identification is not currently possible: John Falk, mason, r. 350 17th; John Falk, teamster, 663 9th
  • Johann et. al. came over in 1885 but the new children are not listed in Milwaukee until next year. Too young?
Bertha (Winter) (wife) (tba)
Charles (tba)
Robert (tba)
Wilke, Falk, and the start of the West Medford Ave. (formerly Kilbourn) Complex
  • Kilbourn was renamed and renumbered around 1930. Here is the 1894 map and the 1910 map
  • Hermann, August and Albert Jr., the older children, still no record
r. 2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith
  • Their first child, Emil H. Falk is born
  • One of the first two Wilke families for the W. Medford Ave. complex of houses
Bertha (Wilke) Falk (tba) (wife)
2480 West Medford Ave1 Albert Wilke, Sr. laborer
  • The Wilkes appear to be the primary drivers of the complex. The Falks are living in the rear of the house.
Wilhelmina (Kreffen) Wilke (tba) (wife)
TBD Hermann Wilke (tba)  
  • Why aren't Herman, August and Albert Jr. listed anywhere? There are other August Wilkes in the Milwaukee directory but they can be ruled out
August Wilke (tba) (21)
Albert Wilke, Jr. (tba) (18)
Minnie Wilke (tba) (15)
Emily Wilke (tba) (14)
Charles Wilke (tba) (13)
Ida Wilke (tba) (10)
Emma Wilke (tba) (9)
 
1888 east side 29th, 1 n. Vliet David Barbaras brewer  
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
John Henry (Harry) (tba)  
423 11th John (Johann) Falk laborer
  • We presume that Charles and Robert are siblings of Alvin, birth dates unknown
Bertha (Winter) (wife) (tba)
Charles trunkmaker
Robert clerk
r. 2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith  
Bertha (Wilke) Falk (tba) (wife)
Emil Falk (tba) (1)
2458 West Medford Ave4 (formerly Kilbourn) Albert Wilke, Sr. mason
  • Albert moves a few houses away
Wilhelmina (Kreffen) Wilke (tba) (wife)
2523 Fond Du Lac Ave Herman Wilke dairyman
  • 2523 Fond du Lac Ave is right around the corner from W. Medford Ave; long shot possibility that that is Bertha's older brother from Pittsburgh
TBD August Wilke (tba) (22)
  • Still no sign of Herman, August and Albert Jr.
Albert Wilke, Jr. (tba) (19)
Minnie Wilke (tba) (16)
Emily Wilke (tba) (15)
Charles Wilke (tba) (14)
Ida Wilke (tba) (11)
Emma Wilke (tba) (10)
 
1889 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • Arthur is born 30-Oct-1889
  • Caroline dies 10 days after his birth, 8-Nov-1889
Caroline (Reichert) Barbaras (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
423 11th John (Johann) Falk laborer  
Bertha (Winter) (wife) (tba)
Charles laborer
Robert laborer
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (2)
2458 West Medford Ave4 (formerly Kilbourn) Albert Wilke, Sr. mason
  • The older children begin to be listed in 1890, they certainly must be already living here now
Wilhelmina (Kreffen) Wilke (tba) (wife)
TBD Herman Wilke  
  • Still no sign of Herman, August and Albert Jr.
August Wilke (tba) (22)
Albert Wilke, Jr. (tba) (20)
Minnie Wilke (tba) (17)
Emily Wilke (tba) (16)
Charles Wilke (tba) (15)
Ida Wilke (tba) (12)
Emma Wilke (tba) (11)
 
1890 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • David immediately remarries; to Emilie Doerschlag
  • Their first child together, Loretta, is born
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba) living with mom at 2468 Kilbourn in census 1895?  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
423 11th John (Johann) Falk    
Bertha (Winter) (wife) (tba)
Charles laborer
Robert laborer
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith
  • William H. Falk is born Nov-1889
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (3)
William Falk (tba) (0)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Albert Wilke Sr. laborer
  • Name misspelled as Wilcke in the city directory. Are the children here yet and why aren't they listed?
  • Albert Wilke the elder finally appears in the directory
  • Albert Wilke the elder dies 1-Jul-1890 and will no longer be listed; this is consistent with Eleanor's report that "he fell backwards on an iron picket fence and he died"
  • August marries Wilhelmina Augusta Ottitie Schulz on 1-Mar-1890 and will move next door soon
  • Albert Jr. marries Wilhelmine Hoehnke
Wilhelmina Wilke (tba)  
Herman Wilke (tba)  
Albert Wilke Jr. cutter
Minnie Wilke (tba) (18)
Emilie Wilke (tba) (17)
Charles Wilke (tba) (16)
Ida Wilke (tba) (13)
Emma Wilke (tba) (12)
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke laborer
  • Name misspelled as Wilcke
 
1891 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
441 12th John (Johann) Falk  
  • Alvin has already moved out and started a family
  • Charles moves out, did he get married?
Bertha (Winter) (wife) (tba)
Robert laborer
1202 Vliet Charles Falk basketmaker
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (4)
William Falk (tba) (1)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
  • No idea where Minnie really is
  • Eleanor reported that Herman was a forester so gardener here seems consistent
  • August and wife, Wilhelmina Schulz, have first child and prepare to move next door
  • Albert has first child but doesn't move out until 1893
Herman Wilke garderner
August Wilke (and family) Plasterer
Albert Wilke (and family) (tba) (22)
Minnie Wilke (tba) (19)
Emily Wilke dressmaker
Charles Wilke laborer
Ida Wilke (tba) (14)
Emma Wilke (tba) (13)
 
1892 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
1411 Walnut St. John (Johann) Falk  
  • 1411 Walnut: between 14th and 15th, just south of Fond Du Lac (plate 261, 1910)
Bertha (Winter) (wife) (tba)
Carl basketmaker
Charles barkeeper
Robert carpenter
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (5)
William Falk (tba) (2)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
  • Herman's death is listed in the directory: 14-Sep-1891; Eleanora reports that he fell out of a fruit tree, broke his arm, got peritonitis and died
  • August moves to 2406 and has a second child
Albert Wilke (and family) cutter
Minnie Wilke (tba) (20)
Emily Wilke  
Charles Wilke tinner
Ida Wilke (tba) (15)
Emma Wilke (tba) (14)
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) Plasterer
 
1893 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
1411 Walnut St. John (Johann) Falk  
  • John listed as "died March 9, 1893"
Bertha (Winter) (wife) (tba)
Carl basketmaker
Charles barkeeper
Robert carpenter
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (6)
William Falk (tba) (3)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
  • Albert is listed as a cutter and a pursemaker living at 1148 22nd St (nearby) in 1893-94, then apparently returns to W. Medford in 1895.
  • Eleanora reports that Minnie Wilke, years unknown, was a live-in servant/house cleaner for a wealthy family who lived on the East Side
Minnie Wilke (tba) (21)
Emily Wilke  
Charles Wilke foreman
Ida Wilke (tba) (16)
Emma Wilke (tba) (15)
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) Plasterer
1148 22nd. Albert Wilke (and family) cutter
 
1894 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • Fred is born
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
1411 Walnut St. Bertha (Winter) Falk widow of John Falk  
Charles barkeeper
J. Robert basketmaker
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (7)
William Falk (tba) (4)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
  • Charles marries Martha Zellmer but does not move. The actual marriage date might be 1896.
Emilie Wilke dressmaker
Minnie Wilke (tba) (22)
Charles Wilke tinner
Ida Wilke (tba) (17)
Emma Wilke (tba) (16)
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) Plasterer
1148 22nd. Albert Wilke (and family) pursemaker
 
1895 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
1411 Walnut St. Bertha (Winter) Falk widow of John Falk  
Charles barkeeper
J. Robert basketmaker
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith
  • Eleanora Falk, future wife of Harry Barbaras, is born ~1895
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (8)
William Falk (tba) (5)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (1)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
  • Albert apparently moves back to W. Medford
Albert Wilke (and family) laborer
Amelia Wilke  
Minnie Wilke (tba) (23)
Charles Wilke (and family) foreman
Ida Wilke (tba) (18)
Emma Wilke (tba) (17)
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) Plasterer
 
1896 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba) (16)
Emily (tba) (13)
Harry (tba) (9)
Arthur (tba) (7)
Loretta (tba) (6)
Fred (tba) (2)
1411 Walnut St. Bertha (Winter) Falk widow of John Falk  
Charles laborer
J. Robert laborer
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith
  • Minnie Wilke marries Jacob Muth; I don't see them anywhere until they are listed back st W. Medford in 1901
  • Charles Wilke works for years at Kieckhefer Bros.
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (9)
William Falk (tba) (6)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (2)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
Albert Wilke (and family) laborer
Amelia Wilke  
Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros. (photo)
Ida Wilke (tba) (19)
Emma Wilke (tba) (18)
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) mason
 
1897 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
1411 Walnut St. Bertha (Winter) Falk widow of John Falk  
Charles laborer
J. Robert laborer
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (10)
William Falk (tba) (7)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (3)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
Albert Wilke (and family) tinsmith
Emily Wilke  
Charles Wilke (and family) foreman
Ida Wilke (tba) (20)
Emma Wilke (tba) (19)
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) Plasterer
 
1898 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
1411 Walnut St. Bertha (Winter) Falk widow of John Falk  
J. Robert laborer
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith
  • Albert moves again, to 3022 Calhoun Pl
  • Charles finally moves with family
  • Ida and Emma are probably working, no idea where they actually live
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (11)
William Falk (tba) (8)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (4)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
Emily (tba) (25)
Ida Wilke (tba) (21)
Emma Wilke (tba) (20)
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) Plasterer
3022 Calhoun Pl Albert Wilke (and family) tinsmith
1029 30th St. Charles Wilke (and family) tinner
  • 1029 30th St: between W. Pemberton Ave. and Center St. No longer standing. 6-7 blocks from West Medford Ave.(plate 261, 1910)
 
1899 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
1411 Walnut St. Bertha (Winter) Falk widow of John Falk  
J. Robert (tba) laborer
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Blacksmith  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (12)
William Falk (tba) (9)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (5)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke (tba) widow of Albert
Emily (tba) (26)
Ida Wilke (tba) (22)
Emma Wilke clerk
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) Plasterer
3022 Calhoun Pl Albert Wilke (and family) tinsmith
1029 30th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman
 
1900 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Louise (tba) (20)
Emily (tba) (17)
Harry (tba) (13)
Arthur (tba) (11)
Loretta (tba) (10)
Fred (tba) (6)
1411 Walnut St. Bertha (Winter) Falk widow of John Falk  
Robert machinist
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Fireman
  • Emily Wilke shows up again
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (13)
William Falk (tba) (10)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (6)
Bertha (Winter) Falk widow of John Falk
2458 West Medford Ave4 Minnie (Wilhelmina) Wilke widow of Albert
Emily Wilke dressmaker
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) mason
3022 Calhoun Pl Albert Wilke (and family) tinsmith
1029 30th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman
2324 Fond du Lac Emma Wilke clerk
  • Emma is listed at 2324 Fond Du Lac for only this year; she is listed in the census as a servant at 2220 Fond du Lac
545 Astor Street Ida Wilke [census] Servant
  • She is listed in the census as a servant in the home of Bernard Stern
  • Bernard Stern & Sons was a processor of baking flour
 
1901 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • Louise marries Albert Gardere sometime between 1900-1905
  • Albert left his birthplace of Louisiana, showed up in Chicago in 1897 as a cigar maker, and moved to 391 Market St. (near Schlitz factory) in Milwaukee in 1898.
  • In 1901 he has a new address at 301 5th St. which may be a signal that he married Louise.
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
301 5th Albert Gardere Cigar maker  
Louise Barbaras Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk fireman  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Falk (tba) (14)
William Falk (tba) (11)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (7)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Bertha (Winter) Falk widow John
  • Betha and Robert have relocated from Walnut St.
Robert O. Falk car-rep
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
  • Emma returns;
  • Emily has married Fritz Neese; possibly moved to Sheboygen
  • Minnie finally shows up again with husband, Jacob Muth
Ida Wilke (tba)  
Emma Wilke clerk
Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) mason
3022 Calhoun Pl Albert Wilke (and family) tinsmith
1029 30th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman
 
1902 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Emily (tba) (19)
Harry (tba) (15)
Arthur (tba) (13)
Loretta (tba) (12)
Fred (tba) (8)
526 Jefferson Albert Gardere Cigar maker  
Louise Barbaras Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Brewer
  • Emil is only 15, working, and listed now
  • Eleanora Falk attends the Nazareth Lutheran Church school
  • Bertha Winter Falk likely dies 1902-1903. Eleanora reports that "Oh, the funeral. She died from a hernia. Her hernia came forward and it was so big that the inside that it tangled her intestines... something burst and that killed her. See, they had nothing to cure them at that time yet, we didnít have that many doctors. Dr. [Bernly] lived on Fond du Lac Ave. and all that. He was just a young doctor, not very, and he came but he couldnít push this back, you know, so in four days she had passed away. So then she was laid outÖ How old was she then? Sixty-two. She was laid out in the house and then she went to church. They had a church funeral. The church was very small at that time, you didnít have the large churches yet. And the children were all dressed in white and they had black ribbon sashes on and black ribbon in their hair."
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil laborer
William Falk (tba) (12)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (8)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Bertha Falk, widow John  
Robert O. Falk car-rep
2458 West Medford Ave4 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
  • Emma moves to 2324 Fond Du Lac again: weird;
  • Emma marries Herman Gutknecht late in the year
  • Ida marries August Fred Raddatz
  • the elder Wilhelmina Wilke seems to be the last person still living at 2408; she will move in with Emma next year
Ida Wilke (tba)  
Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke plasterer
3022 Calhoun Pl Albert Wilke (and family) sander
1029 30th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman
2324 Fond du Lac Emma Wilke clerk
 
1903 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
526 Jefferson Albert Gardere Cigar maker  
Louise Barbaras Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk laborer
  • Bertha Winter Falk has died and son, Robert, is not listed in Milwaukee
  • Emma, the youngest Wilke, and her mother, Wilhelmina, move in with Emma's new husband, Herman Gutknecht; they will all move back to W. Medford in 1905
  • Albert and family move to West Bend
  • Ida lives around the corner with hew husband; Note that Herman Raddatz lives at the same address as borther Albert Wilke; Eleanora was quite exercised by the claim that Ida "married her own cousin"
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil chairmaker
William Falk (tba) (13)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (9)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) laborer
1029 30th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba)  
846 17th Minnie (Wilhelmina) Wilke widow of Albert
Herman Gutknecht tinner
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba)  
 
1904 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
209 3rd Albert Gardere Cigar maker  
Louise Barbaras Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Brewer
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil chairmaker
William Falk (tba) (14)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (10)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke plasterer
1029 30th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba)  
696 Garden Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
Herman Gutknecht foreman
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba)  
 
1905 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry (tba)  
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
2436 Cherry Albert Gardere Cigar maker
  • His cigar shop on Grand Avenue is mentioned in this article
Louise Barbaras Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk ironworker
  • Wilhelmina moves back to West Medford with son-in-law, Herman Gutknecht, and his wife, Emma Wilke
  • don't know who John Falk is yet
  • Charles moves one street over
  • Eleanora reports that Alvin, her father, "he was a blacksmith also, when he moved to the neighborhood where we lived on 21st, by Sears, across the street. There was a great big blacksmith shop and he worked there. " Sears was located on the northwest corner of Fond Du Lac and North Ave. The 1910 map shows a fence & iron work shop and a wagon shop on the other side of North Ave. between 21st and 20th streets
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
William Falk (tba) (15)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (11)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Wilhelmina Wilke widow of Albert
Herman Gutknecht foreman
Emma Wilke Gutknecht [census]  
2472 West Medford Ave3 John Falk (and family) [census only]
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) plasterer
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba)  
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
  • Moves one block away
  • 1034 30th St: between W. Pemberton Ave. and Center St. No longer standing. 6-7 blocks from West Medford Ave. (plate 139, 1910)
 
1906 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • Harry, male, turns 18 and is listed
  • [It is reported] David Barbaras held the position of chief bartender aty Schlitz giving out the free beer to the employees and was for some time Milwaukee's champion beer stein holder. He held the record for the number of steins of beer he could hold and serve with one hand.
  • When there was an opening in the brewery David Barbaras told son, Harry, to apply for the job. Harry got the job and was assistant on the bottle wagon, delivering beer to saloons and collecting the empty bottles. David's heart was set on Harry being a steam fitter, so he sent the boy to school to learn the trade. Harry, however, did not like steam fitting, and he wanted to work on a boat. He worked as a helper to a steam fitter, still watching his chance for a job on a boat. His chance finally came, and he took it. It was a job as a deck hand on a Great Lakes freighter, the Joseph C. Gilcrest. From then on for about two years he worked on different ships, generally going from one end of the Great Lakes to the other and finally becoming a wheels (roundsman). The pay was quite good, but he saw that there would be a better season ahead for steam fitting so he left the ships and went back to his old trade.
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur (tba)  
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
151 7th Albert Gardere Cigar maker  
Louise Barbaras Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk ironworker
  • Wilhelmina Wilke, b. 1838, is no longer listed and may have died
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
William Falk (tba) (16)
Eleanora Falk (tba) (12)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba)  
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) plasterer
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz laborer
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba)  
 
1907 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • The Garderes disappear; probably have gone to Louisiana; will be in Mobile, Alabama in 1910
  • Arthur turns 18 and is listed
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk ironworker
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
William laborer
Eleanora Falk (tba) (13)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman F. Gutknecht foreman
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba)  
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) plasterer
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba)  
 
1908 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • The Garderes disappear; probably have gone to Louisiana; will be in Mobile, Alabama in 1910
  • Arthur turns 18 and is listed
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Emily (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta (tba)  
Fred (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk blacksmith
  • Herman Gutknecht, married to the younger sister of Charles Wilke, also works with the latter at Kieckhefer Bros. (verified in directories starting 1910)
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil telephone operator
William finisher
Eleanor (tba) (14)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba)  
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) plasterer
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba)  
 
1909 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • Emily marries Andrew Haas and moves out
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta (tba)  
Fred Student
2404 Cherry Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk blacksmith
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil telephone operator
William finisher
Eleanor (tba) (15)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba) (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) plasterer
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba) wife
 
1910 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta "Freda"  
Fred Student
2404 Cherry Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
357 Scloner St. (sp?), Mobile Alabama Albert Gardere (census)    
Lizzie (Barbaras) Gardere (census)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk blacksmith
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Clerk, 37 2nd.
William Laborer
Eleanor (tba) (16)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman, 909 St. Paul Ave. (Kieckhefer Bros.)
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba) (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) plasterer
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba) wife
 
1911 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta "Freda" dressmaker
Fred blue-printer
2404 Cherry Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
351 Selma, Mobile Alabama Albert Gardere Grocer
Louise Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk blacksmith
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Telephone operator
William Furniture finisher
Eleanor (tba) (17)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman, 909 St. Paul Ave. (Kieckhefer Bros.)
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba) (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth (not listed) teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
2456 West Medford Ave5 August Wilke (and family) plasterer
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba) wife
Augustine Raddatz widow of Ferdinand
 
1912 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta "Freda" dressmaker
Fred Electrician
2404 Cherry Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
555 S. Cedar, Mobile Alabama Albert (Barbaras) Gardere Grocer
Louise Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk machinist
  • August Wilke died: 8-Jun-1912
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba)  
Emil Telephone operator
William Furniture finisher
Eleanor (tba) (18)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman, 909 St. Paul Ave. (Kieckhefer Bros.)
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (tba) (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth  
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke (and family) widow, August
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
1262 30th August Raddatz machinist
Ida Wilke Raddatz (tba) wife
Augusta Raddatz widow of Ferdinand
 
1913 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta (tba) dressmaker
Fred Electrician
2404 Cherry Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
555 S. Cedar, Mobile Alabama Albert Gardere Grocer
Louise (Barbaras) Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk ironworker  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba) (wife)
Emil Barkeeper
William Painter
Eleanor (tba) (19)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman, 909 St. Paul Ave. (Kieckhefer Bros.)
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth brewer
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke (and family) widow, August
1034 29th St. Charles Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
 
1914 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta (Freda) Stenographer
Fred Electrician
2404 Cherry Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
Mobile Alabama Albert Gardere (tba) Grocer
Louise Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk ironworker  
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba) (wife)
Emil comtrav
William finisher
Eleanor (tba) dressmaker
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman, 909 St. Paul Ave. (Kieckhefer Bros.)
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth brewer
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba) (wife)
Emma Stenographer
2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke (and family) widow, August
1034 29th St. Charles F. Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
 
1915 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Fred Electrician
2404 Cherry Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
Mobile Alabama Albert Gardere (tba) Grocer
Louise Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Ironworker
  • The Muths were renting rooms to boarders (not clear if it was above their tavern or on West Medford) and Eleanora was preparing meals for them. Harry Barbaras was living with his father at 454 29th but David Barbaras decided to remodel the small house at the back of the lot and Harry lived at the boarding house while he did the work.
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba) (wife)
Emil Falk solr
Eleanora Falk Dressmaker
2816 Meinecke Ave William H. Falk finisher
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman, 909 St. Paul Ave. (Kieckhefer Bros.)
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba) (wife)
Emma Stenographer
2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke (and family) widow, August
1034 29th St. Charles F. Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
 
1916 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • there is an Angelo Barbaras listed at David's address but this seems insane
  • 2424 Brown was at the norteast corner of 24th and Brown, 5 blocks south of the West Medford houses. Currently a vacant lot.
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Harry Steamfitter
Arthur Machinist
Loretta Barbaras (tba)  
Fred Electrician
2424 Brown Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
Mobile Alabama Albert Gardere (tba) Grocer
Louise Barbaras Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Ironworker
  • Eleanora Falk and Ida Wilke worked at Rice and Friedman, sewing various garments
  • [Eleanora notes] Jacob Muth was a driver, teamster, for the Waukesha brewery. But the conditions in winter were brutal and the Muths bought a tavern on Vliet St. between 25th and 26th streets, next door to the butcher shop of their friend, Gerhard. They lived ustairs and then turned their house at W. Medford Ave. (Kilbourn) into a boarding house.
  • [Eleanora notes] He [Harry] was working on the boats and he came back home and his father was remodeling the little rear house and they had no room for him to sleep so he came over there and asked for a room. And there was a room right downstairs next to the kitchen so they rented that room to him and he was doing steam fitting work. He worked for, I forget his name now. [Knar, Frank Knar]. His little shop was in the village of Wauwatosa, all this while, yet I think itís still there.
  • Wilke children move into 2228 Kilbourn Ave.
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba) (wife)
Emil Falk solr
Eleanora Falk Dressmaker
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht laborer
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth Teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
Clara Muth telephone operator, Wisconsin Telephone Co.
Emma Muth stenographer
2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke widow, August
August Wilke barnman
Ida Wilke seamstress
Otto Wilke laborer
Walter Wilke woodworker
1034 29th St. Charles F. Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
 
1917 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer  
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Arthur Machinist
Fred electrician
Loretta Barbaras  
2424 Brown Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
Mobile Alabama Albert Gardere (tba) Grocer
  • Listed here, with wife, with WWI draft registration
Louise Gardere (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk janitor
  • Harry Barbaras marries Eleanora Falk, 30-Jun-1917
  • Alvin retired and then worked as a janitor at nearby Nazareth Lutheran Church
  • Harry Barbaras and Eleanora Falk married 30-Jun-1917. They were married in the front room of 2480 by the minister from Nazareth Lutheran Church, the service was in German. Alvin Falk added a room to 2480 and the Falks moved upstairs while Harry and Eleanora lived downstairs.
Bertha Wilke Falk (tba) (wife)
Emil Falk clerk, 375 Broadway
Harry Barbaras Steamfitter
Eleanora Falk Barbaras  
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht presshand
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth brewer
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
Clara Muth supervisor, Wisconsin Telephone Co.
Emma Muth stenographer
2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke widow, August
August Wilke cond
Ida Wilke seamstress
Otto Wilke bartender
Walter Wilke helper
1034 29th St. Charles F. Wilke (and family) foreman, Kieckhefer Bros.
 
1918 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • Fred disappears, not listed
  • Arthur, who never marries, is the last of the children remaining with David
  • Loretta disappears and has presumably married Harold Burroughs and moved into his house; Harold has lived at 1714 Chestnut for several years and she is listed there in the 1920 census.
Emily Doerschlag (tba) (wife)
Arthur Machinist
2424 Brown Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
Unknown Albert Gardere (tba)  
  • No further trace of them until 1927, back in Mobile, Alabama.
  • By 1930 they are both back in Milwaukee, though no longer together.
  • There is one bizarre reference to a Louise Gardere in the 1920 census that lists her as a servant in Mahhattan: married, born in Milwaukee in 1880, mother born in Milwaukee. A perfect match.
Louise Barbaras Gardere  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Janitor
  • Fred disappears
  • Arthur, who never marries, is the last of the children remaining with David
  • Loretta disappears and has presumably married Harold Burroughs and moved into his house; Harold has lived at 1714 Chestnut for several years and she is listed there in the 1920 census.
Bertha Wilke Falk (wife)
Emil Falk USA
Harry Barbaras Steamfitter
Eleanora Falk Barbaras  
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman, AOS Co.
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth teamster
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
Clara Muth supervisor, Wisconsin Telephone Co.
Emma Muth stenographer
2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke widow, August
August Wilke cond
Ida Wilke machine operator
Otto Wilke US Army
Walter Wilke machinist
1034 29th St. Charles F. Wilke (and family) timsmith
1714 Chestnut Harold Burroughs Electrician  
Loretta Barbaras Burroughs (tba)  
 
1919 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • Fred moves nearby. Married?
Emily Doerschlag (tba) (wife)
Arthur Machinist
r. 552 29th St. Fred Barbaras electrician
2424 Brown Andrew Haas Machinist
Emily Barbaras Haas (tba)  
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Janitor  
Bertha Wilke Falk (wife)
Emil Falk foreman, Mil shops
Harry Barbaras Steamfitter
Eleanora Falk Barbaras  
Glen Barbaras (0)
2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht foreman, AOS Co.
Emma Wilke Gutknecht (wife)
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth driver
Minnie Wilke Muth (tba)  
Clara Muth supervisor, Wisconsin Telephone Co.
Emma Muth stenographer, Aug. Rebhan Co.
2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke widow, August
August Wilke cond
Ida Wilke saleslady GB
Otto Wilke helper
Walter Wilke electrician
1034 29th St. Charles F. Wilke (and family) foreman, National Enamel and Stamping Co.
r. 1714 Chestnut Harold Burroughs US Army  
Loretta Barbaras Burroughs (tba)  
 
1929 r. 454 29th7 David Barbaras brewer
  • Fred and Harold both work at Uihlein-Ortmann Electric
  • Fred lives at 454 1/2. The Haases sem to live in the front house
  • Emily Barbaras Haas wrote a dairy of the family history and David Barbarases life
Emily Doerschlag (tba)  
Fred Electrician at Uihlein-Ortmann Electric
Clara (wife)
454 29th Andrew Haas Machine operator  
Emily Barbaras Haas wife
Harold F. Haas switch board man
2480 West Medford Ave1 Alvin Falk Janitor
  • Falks live upstairs, Barbaras downstairs
  • Geln reports playing with William Hackbarth (lived next door on the northeast side) and Harvey Dalli, (lived in the fifth house to the south east). Harvey Dalli "had a barn in his yard in which a lady boarded her pony. The pony, however, grew sick and died and a large truck came and took it away. They erected a huge tent over the door to Harvey's barn. The tent was made of empty flour bags sewed together by Harvey's mother. They then had two forts, one in Harvey's tent and barn, and one in Glen's shed, so they were constantly playing cowboy and Indian, all arrayed in their cowboy and Indian suits with about half a dozen guns stuck in their belts."
Bertha Wilke Falk wife
Emil A. Falk  
Harry Barbaras Steamfitter
Eleanora Falk Barbaras  
Glen Barbaras (10)
Gordon Barbaras (7)
r. 2478 West Medford Ave2 Herman Gutknecht laborer  
Emma Wilke Gutknecht wife
Ervin Gutknecht sign painter
Esther Gutknecht tmkpr, Imperial Knitting Co.
Florence Gutknecht stenographer, Wacho Mfg. Co.
2458 West Medford Ave4 Jacob Muth driver
  • It is reported that John Muth's primary job was dealing liquor from the back of the store during Prohibition
Minnie Wilke Muth wife
John H. Muth manager, Palace Drug Co.
r. 2456 West Medford Ave5 Wilhelmina Schulz Wilke widow, August  
August A. Wilke mechanic
August Wilke auto mechanic
Walter Wilke electrician
1324 29th St. Charles F. Wilke (and family) foreman
  • His first wife, Martha Zellmer, died 21-Jun-1920
  • He is now married to Augusta Zastrow
646 8th Ave., Wauwatosa Harold Burroughs Estimator at Uihlein-Ortmann Electric  
Loretta Barbaras Burroughs (tba)  
455 16th Albert Gardere Carpenter
  • hard to tell if Albert and Louise are divorced yet
 
1930s
  • [Reported by Glen Barbaras] Emma Gutknecht had 3 children: Erwin who never married; Esther who married Walter Barkow and moved away; and Florence who married Arthur Barkow, moved upstairs at 2478 Medford Ave. and started a family. They all met at the Lutheran church. Florence played with Gordon (Barbaras) and me as younger kids and we,cin turn, played with her kids one of whom was Nancy for whom Gordon named his plane, Fancy Nancy. Art got his Ph.D. in physics at Marquette but did his research at Chicago using their equipment.
  • Emil "uncle fat" Falk married later in life to Agnes ? (born in Denmark). She was from Minneapolis and worked for Western Union  transmitting the play by play description of Milwaukee Brewer baseball games by telegraph key. She also handled all the confidential personal wires from Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin. Some involved his women friends but she did not discuss them.  Fat and Agnes lived 2 blocks away in an apartment so they were  always involved with the family as were Bill, Minnie and Harold who lived about 6 blocks away
 
Street name changes and renumbering
Note: by 1929 Kilbourn Ave has been renamed to Medford Ave. with the same street numbering. Oddly, e.g. August Wilke there are Kilbourns mixed with Medfords for the same family. Kilbourn later became West Medford and the numbering was changed.
 Pre 1930Post 1930Notes
12424 Kilbourn Ave.2480 W. Medford Ave. 
22422 Kilbourn Ave.2478 W. Medford Ave. 
 2420 Kilbourn Ave.2474 W. Medford Ave. 
32418 Kilbourn Ave.2472 W. Medford Ave. 
 2416 Kilbourn Ave.empty lot 
 2412 Kilbourn Ave.2464 W. Medford Ave. 
42408 Kilbourn Ave.2458 W. Medford Ave. 
52406 Kilbourn Ave.empty lot, address estimate: 2456 West Medford Avewas in rear
 2404 Kilbourn Ave.empty lot 
7454 29th St.empty lot, northeast corner of the alley that is just north of W. Vliet St.Map