Herbster History

Dana, Clayton and Signe

DANA, CLAYTON AND SIGNE   Signe was born on July 23, 1919 to Charles and Marie Forsberg in Herbster. She went to Ashland County Normal to become a teacher and taught school in Herbster for a time. She married Clayton Dana on June 22, 1946. He was born in Iowa and had served in North…

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DeGiacinto, Charles and Paulina

DeGIACINTO, CHARLES AND PAULINA   Everyone called her “Grandma D” and some people might not even have known Paulina’s last name was DeGiacinto. The DeGiacinto family claimed Herbster as their home in 1921. They came to Herbster to become landowners and raise a family. The DeGiacintos continued to live in Herbster and became a positive…

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Biolo, John and Hilja

BIOLO, JOHN AND HILJA   John Biolo was born April 22, 1911 in Winsted, Connecticut to Sylvester Biolo and Angelina Fagino who came to this country from Italy. They moved to Herbster, Wisconsin where they had a home on Highway 13 east of town. Hilja Katherine Korhonen was born November 8, 1914 in Brule, Wisconsin…

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Beeksma, Onne and Sybil

BEEKSMA, ONNE AND SYBIL   In 1902, in the town of Sneek, Holland, in the province of Freisland, Onne (Anne) Beeksma married Sybil (Sibbetie) Elzinga. They left Holland with their first born, William (Gabe) in 1905 and settled in Winnipeg, Canada for nine years. During this time, they farmed, gardened and peddled milk door to…

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Beckman, Clayton and Louise

BECKMAN, CLAYTON AND LOUISE   Louise Erickson Beckman was born on October 15, 1935, in Herbster, Wisconsin, the youngest daughter of Andrew and Fanny Erickson. Clayton Beckman was born in Cloverland, Wisconsin on December 30, 1933, son of Ailie and William Beckman. Clayton and Louise were married in Duluth, Minnesota on October 16, 1954. They…

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Herbster Community Church

            Artwork by Jeff Hagen HERBSTER COMMUNITY CHURCH   The first Protestant residents of Clover Township either met in homes for religious gatherings or had to travel to the nearby communities for church services, baptisms and Sunday School. It wasn’t until 1949 that the Town of Clover leased the town…

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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH 1920-1992 St. Francis Xavier was a very appropriate Saint to select for the patron and guardian of the new church built in Herbster, Wisconsin in the early twenties. St. Francis was one of the Catholic Church’s most outstanding missionaries, having left his native land “to go and preach the gospel…

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The Hill Family of Herbster, Wisconsin

Hill Family

Hill Family History As provided by Iva Morelli (daughter of Elma Hill & Virgil Glass), per interview on 26 August 2014 Henry Hill was originally named Heikki Huhtamaki (Huhtamaki means “steep hill” in Finnish), and was born in Finland. He changed his name to Henry Hill, the English translation of his name, when he arrived…

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Leppala Family

Leppala Tribute Susanna Ramstrom was born May 24, 1880 to Liisa. (Kangas Keisala) and Juha Edvard Ramstrom, a tailor, in the Tornava section of Seinajoki, Finland. Juha Ramstrom was born in Vaasa and moved to Seinajoki in 1843. He considered himself a Swede and encouraged their eight children to learn the language but Susanna would…

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