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Walter Fullerton WIEDBRAUK

Male 1900 - 1974  (74 years)


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  • Name Walter Fullerton WIEDBRAUK 
    Census 1900  Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born 6 April 1900  Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Census 1930  Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 October 1974  Zephyrhills,Pasco Co.,FL Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Buried 15 October 1974  Long Rapids Cemetery,Long Rapids,Alpena Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Notes 
    • From Walter Wiedbrauk Jr.'s Records:
      Walter Fullerton Wiedbrauk was working at his parents farm and made the arrangements to get sugar for his mother, she gave him the money, however he took the team of horses and sleigh and picked up Myrtle Julia Smith and Asa Flynn & Faith Hoyt and they went to Harrisville the County seat for Alcona County Mi, this was a mere 28 miles away. While in Harrisville Walter & Myrtle got married with Asa & Faith as witnesses. His mother was certainly surprised when her sugar money returned in the form of a new daughter-in-law. Myrtle who was from Alpena County, Wilson Twp which is about 30 miles away had been staying with her aunt Ruth Flynn who lived in Curran and had a store and Myrtle helped in the store and care for a new cousin, Ardys Flynn.

      When Walter & Myrtle Wiedbrauk had their 50th wedding anniversary the
      centerpiece was a wood model of the farm sleigh and a team of horses. The sleigh was made by brother Bob & myself at his home workshop, we sat at the table and drew out a scale pattern and then cut out the material on his band saw using some of his best dry walnut rough sawn boards, after the sleigh was made my wife Lois & I purchased a pair of horses and made the harness out of buckskin and it turned out very good and fit the occasion of the celebration. Aunt Elesta Wiedbrauk wrote a poem about the above marriage escapade and read this at the anniversary party.

      Walter and Myrtle started housekeeping in a small frame building that was built in the orchard at his parents farm. This building is presently the kitchen and pantry in the frame farmhouse where Cora DeJarlais lives in 1994. They moved to Flynn Valley for a while then to Detroit. When they returned to Curran they lived in the log house vacated by his parents. They later moved to the single story MOHR house NE of Curran, then across the road to the 2 story MOHR house. They purchased 80 acres of land 1/2 mile west of Curran and Walter built their family home on this property and cleared the land to make a farm.

      My parents lived in the grandparents log house that was vacant after they had built the new frame house nearby. I have heard my father state that the siding for the house was made from a single basswood tree. They also lived in the old McKay house located 1 mile North of Curran and 1 mile East and had a flowing well near the house, and later moved across the road to a larger frame 2 story house.

      During our stay in these two houses my 4 younger brothers were born,
      Nelson, twins Merton & Milton, and the baby of the family Robert, it
      seemed that each time there was a birth that one of mother's younger
      sisters would take up residence to assist mother.

      My parents purchased 80 acres of land 1/2 mile west of Curran and built a frame house and the barn was built into a bank of a hill and served the family for a number of years. The land had to be cleared of trees and stumps. My father borrowed a stump pulling machine from his brother Lewis Wiedbrauk. The machine was on skids and had long pole that was attached to a cable drum. the machine was anchored and a cable & chain fastened around a large stump and the horses hooked up the the end of the long pole and driven around and around tightening the cable and eventually pulling out the stump which then had to have the earth dirt removed by hand using a grub hoe and then piled up for later burning the piled up stumps to clear the land for planting.

      Smaller stumps were pulled out by direct horsepower and block and tackle to gain more pulling power. At one time my father was pulling stumps with his team of horses and the chain broke and the severed hook struck him on the forehead and we could see clear through the bone structure. The clearing of land was a major project and after the land was cleared and worked up the stones had to be picked up and put in piles, this seemed to be an annual task where strong young boys were helpful.

      My mother was an excellent cook and my sister Joyce was a quick learner to help her and we all grew up healthy and able to help on the farm with the many chores and grew up with good word ethic and habits.

      We always had 2 miles to walk to school and in real bad weather dad would take us to the school with the horses & sleighs, during these times high top leather boots with a knife in the pocket of the boots was a prize item in every boys wardrobe but not a good choice to keep your feet warm on the 2 mile walk to school in winter. Then we attended the Cloverdale school when we moved west of Curran.

      My parents sold the farm, built a restaurant on M-65 just south of Curran, and operated it for a number of years. They sold the restaurant and moved to Long Rapids, Mi. where they were near daughter Joyce. They enjoyed winter stays in Florida for about 17 years until Dad died while in Florida.

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      Marcia's notes per information from family memebers.
      The Baldwin property where Phyllis (BUGG) Baldwin, wife of Marvin Baldwin (deceased) was originally owned by Walter Fullerton Wiedbrauk. The current address of this property is 7295 Baldwin Rd, Curran, MI 48728. He and many other members of the family build the barn that now says "Baldwin Acres" on it. I have a picture of the people in the original barn raising and a picture of how it looks today (2005)."

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    Person ID I2699  Marcia Shears
    Last Modified 6 August 2007 

    Father William Henry WIEDBRAUK,   b. 18 August 1852, Vesbro Brunswick,Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 January 1936, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Eliza Jane FULLERTON,   b. 16 July 1865, Cayuga,Cayuga Co.,NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 March 1936, Mitchell Twp.,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 4 April 1882  Bowling Green,Wood Co.,OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F995  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Myrtle Julia SMITH,   b. 26 April 1904, Wilson Twp. Alpena,Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 August 1991, Alpena,Alpena Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [7
    Married 10 February 1923  Harrisville,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. LIVING
    +2. LIVING
     3. Nelson Eugene WIEDBRAUK,   b. 28 July 1928, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 November 1982, Detroit,Wayne Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    +4. LIVING
    +5. Milton Henry WIEDBRAUK,   b. 9 July 1930, Mitchell Twp.,Curran,Alcona Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 January 1999, Grayling,Crawford Co.,MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +6. LIVING
    Family ID F958  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1124] 1900 US Federal Census - WIEDBROCK Wm and Eliza Family, (Mitchell, Alcona Co., MI, Lines 1-8, Image 1 of 2 ).

    2. [S1319] WIEDBRAUK Walter F. Birth Record 1900, (Alcona Co., MI Births 1869 - 1904, Vol A 1869 -1905, Page 125, Rec 1864), M/F 0963958.

    3. [S1350] WIEDBRAUK Walter F. Birth Announcement Newspaper Article, (Publ: Alcona County Review, Harrisville, MI; 12 Apr 1900, Vol 24, Num 2, Page 8, Column: 2 ).

    4. [S1599] WIEDBRAUK Walter SSDI Record 1974.

    5. [S1600] WIEDBRAUK Walter F. - FL Deaths 1936-1998.

    6. [S2060] WIEDBRAUK Walter F. Funeral Paper 1974.

    7. [S1398] WIEDBRAUK Walter F. & SMITH Myrtle Marriage Record, (Alcona Co., MI Marriages 1868-1974, Book 2, Page 96, Rec 1416), M/F 0963961.


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