Towns

Contents

  1. 1 Plain, Sauk County, Wisconsin
  2. 2 History of the Naming of Plain
  3. 3 Cemeteries in Plain, Wisconsin
    1. 3.1 Plain, Wisconsin, cemeteries at US GenWeb Archives Project
    2. 3.2 Plain, Wisconsin, cemeteries at Internment.net
    3. 3.3 Plain, Wisconsin, cemeteries at Findagrave.com
    4. 3.4 Cemetery restoration project at the old St. Luke's Catholic Cemetery
  4. 4 Plain History Genealogy Group (PHGG)
    1. 4.1 Plain History Genealogy Group newsletters by Gary Haas. 
  5. 5 Plain, Wisconsin, information
    1. 5.1 Banners in Plain
    2. 5.2 Maria Plain Meditation Garden
    3. 5.3 Old Franklin Township Historical Society History of Franklin Township in Sauk County, Wisconsin.
    4. 5.4 Catholic churches in Plain, Wisconsin
    5. 5.5 History of St. Luke's, Plain, Wisconsin 1907 by Rev. Johann G. Laurer
    6. 5.6 Plain area residents, naturalization records 
    7. 5.7 Mutter Gottes von Ast (Our Lady of Ast) 
    8. 5.8 1918 cyclone in Plain, WisconsinA hand-carved wooden sheep was saved from the rubble of the cyclone.
    9. 5.9 Sauk County Historical Society - Plain info
    10. 5.10 Village of Plain homepage
    11. 5.11 Map of Plain, Wisconsin (Google Maps)
    12. 5.12 A History of Plain, Wisconsin by Hildegarde Thering, 1982 
    13. 5.13 Distance from Plain, Wisconsin, to Waldmünchen, Kreis Cham, Bavaria, Germany: 7,641 kilometers.
  6. 6 Waterloo, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
    1. 6.1 Bloggity Blog Blog Blog - Some old-timey pictures and stuff about Waterloo, Wisconsin.
  7. 7 Bavaria
    1. 7.1 Lost Towns and Villages
    2. 7.2 Waldmuenchen - travel info and sights to see
    3. 7.3 Maps and Links: https://sites.google.com/site/auswanderer20/links
    4. 7.4 Meyers Gazetteer, searchable online. Includes historical maps of Germany and much more!
  8. 8 Bohemia
    1. 8.1 Amtliches Deutsches Ortsbuch für das Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren 
    2. 8.2 German villages within the "Czech lands" 
    3. 8.3 Find German names of Czech towns
    4. 8.4 Grafenried (Lučina) parish
    5. 8.5 Bohemians in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    6. 8.6 Böhmerwaldmuseum Wien 
  9. 9 Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin
    1. 9.1 The naming of Spring Green
  10. 10 East Bristol, Dane County, Wisconsin
    1. 10.1 1897 Golden Jubilee of St. Joseph Catholic Church
  11. 11 Roxbury, Dane County, Wisconsin
    1. 11.1 1921 Diamond Jubilee of St. Norbert Catholic Church 
  12. 12 Sauk County, Wisconsin
    1. 12.1 William Canfield
    2. 12.2 Harry Ellsworth Cole

Plain, Sauk County, Wisconsin

History of the Naming of Plain

 *Updated October 2018*

  • Part 1 - Early History - 1800s
  • Part 2 - 1900 to 1968 (includes Ast)
  • Part 2aMaria Plain pamphlet (2 versions)
  • Part 3 - 1971 to 2000s 
  • Part 4 - Cramer family of Pennsylvania/Ohio - settled in Plain ca 1848
  • Part 5Plain vs Maria Plain Discussion - Was Plain, Wisconsin, named after Basilica Maria Plain in Bergheim bei Salzburg, Austria?

Cemeteries in Plain, Wisconsin

Plain, Wisconsin, cemeteries at US GenWeb Archives Project

St. Luke's old cemetery - not listed

Plain, Wisconsin, cemeteries at Internment.net

St. Luke's old cemetery - not listed
St. Luke's new cemetery - not listed

Plain, Wisconsin, cemeteries at Findagrave.com

St. Luke's old cemetery
St. Luke's new cemetery

Pleasant Hill Cemetery (also known as Town of Franklin Cemetery, and Plain Protestant Cemetery). The land for this cemetery was given by Solomon Cramer. The deed was dated July 4, 1869 and recorded in the Office of Register of Deeds on February 1, 1870. However, three burials are shown for 1857 and a number for the 1860s.


The cemetery (also known as St. Lucas Cemetery) is located near the southwestern edge of the Village of Plain on Old Highway 23. The plat map location is NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Section 7 T9N R4E in Franklin Township, Sauk County, Wisconsin.

The land for this cemetery was donated by George Neuheisel to Saint Luke's Catholic Church around 1865. A new cemetery (located behind St. Luke's church) was started in April 1918, though some burials were still allowed in the "old" cemetery beyond that date. Beginning in 2009, a restoration project began in which most of the tombstones and markers were repaired with new engravings, iron crosses were repainted, and markers were straightened.

A group of volunteers inscribed all the tombstone inscriptions. These inscriptions can be found in the 1985 book, "Cemetery Inscriptions of Sauk County, Wisconsin - Volume 6" compiled by Myrtle E. Cushing.

Coordinates for the OLD cemetery:
Latitude:N 43° 16' 6.4848"
Longitude:W 90° 3' 14.9054"

St. Luke's Catholic New Cemetery (began in April 1918)

This cemetery is called "new" because it was built after the old 1865 cemetery. The new cemetery was started in April 1918 when land was initially purchased from Casper and Catherine (Betz) Volk. However, when the new site was chosen for the school and church building erected to replace the church destroyed by a "cyclone" on May 21, 1918, it was felt that the site for the new cemetery should also be changed. At a meeting on November 18, the Volk land was exchanged for the present property which was purchased from Frank and Catherine (Zangl) Nachreiner and from John B. (Sr.) and Margaret (Gruber) Brechtl.

The plat map location is NW 1/4 NW 1/4 Section 8 T9N R4E, south of County Highway B, Franklin Township, Sauk County, Wisconsin. The cemetery is on the side of a hill behind St. Luke's Catholic Church. Driveways divide this cemetery into four quarters. Beyond the cemetery, the hill continues to St. Anne's Hill where St. Anne's Shrine was built in 1928. Stations of the Cross monuments lead from the church, through the cemetery, and end at the shrine and grotto.

A group of volunteers inscribed all the tombstone inscriptions. These inscriptions can be found in the 1985 book, "Cemetery Inscriptions of Sauk County, Wisconsin - Volume 6" compiled by Myrtle E. Cushing.

Coordinates for the NEW cemetery:
Latitude:N 43° 16' 38.6422"
Longitude:W 90° 3' 10.9175"

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Cemetery restoration project at the old St. Luke's Catholic Cemetery

Also known as St. Lucas Cemetery in Plain, Wisconsin. Cemetery location: NE 1/4 SW 1/4, Section 7, T9N, R4E, in Franklin Township, on the southwest side of the village of Plain. The restoration project began about August 2009 by the Tom Kraemer family. The Paul and Walburga (Stangl) Krämer/Kraemer tombstone was expanded to show a genealogy chart and timeline with a map of Germany. This work was done by the families of Tom, Marty and Kevin Kraemer and Kraemer Brothers, LLC. By the end of the year in 2009, several tombstones were restored with new bases, tipping stones were straightened, iron crosses were repainted, and new engravings were added. Work planned to continue in the warmer months of 2010. 
More about this project can be read in Gary Haas' newsletter for the Plain History Genealogy Group, Volume 51 October 2009, page 3 (look for the file "phgnl051.pdf")


Plain History Genealogy Group (PHGG)

Plain History Genealogy Group (PHGG) - Research about the Plain, Wisconsin, area. The group meets every other month on Saturday morning at the Kraemer Library in Plain. Membership is free. More info about the Plain History Genealogy Group

Plain History Genealogy Group newsletters by Gary Haas. 


Plain, Wisconsin, information

Banners in Plain

Maria Plain Meditation Garden

Old Franklin Township Historical Society History of Franklin Township in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

Catholic churches in Plain, Wisconsin

History of St. Luke's, Plain, Wisconsin 1907 by Rev. Johann G. Laurer

Plain area residents, naturalization records 

Names, dates, and places

Mutter Gottes von Ast (Our Lady of Ast) 

A story about the Mutter Gottes von Ast (Our Lady of Ast) painting which found its way from the small village of Ast in Bavaria, Germany - across the Atlantic Ocean - to St. Anne's Shrine in the small village of Plain in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

1918 cyclone in Plain, Wisconsin
A hand-carved wooden sheep was saved from the rubble of the cyclone.

Sauk County Historical Society - Plain info

Village of Plain homepage

Map of Plain, Wisconsin (Google Maps)

A History of Plain, Wisconsin by Hildegarde Thering, 1982 

230 pages with photos. Available for purchase at the Kraemer Library in Plain; price $15.00. A 58-page index of the Thering book was compiled by Sandy Stiemke and Karen Beth and published in 2004; available through the Old Franklin Township Historical Society, Plain, Wisconsin, $10 plus $3 shipping.

Distance from Plain, Wisconsin, to Waldmünchen, Kreis Cham, Bavaria, Germany: 7,641 kilometers.




Waterloo, Jefferson County, Wisconsin

Bloggity Blog Blog Blog - Some old-timey pictures and stuff about Waterloo, Wisconsin.



Bavaria

Lost Towns and Villages

Includes Altglashuetten (Bruecke, Harfenmuehle, Wiesenhaus, Haus Franken), Bernhof (now Grafenwöhr area), Doerrenberg, Dorfganlas (now Grafenwöhr area), Eixendorf (village now under water in the Eixendorfer Staussee), Herrenbreitungen (now Breitungen), Hopfenohe (now Grafenwöhr area), Neuglashuetten, Reussendorf (Adamshof, Sarahof, Heinrichshof, Fuchsenmuehle), Rothenrain (Disbachhof, Disbachmuehle, Ebertshof), Silberhof, Werberg (Auersberg). The webpage at the link is by Joanne Parmley of Bavaria Gen Web. 

Eixendorf, today a lost town, was the home town of the Alt family (before 1839). The descendants of this Alt family lived in the Plain, Wisconsin area.

Waldmuenchen - travel info and sights to see

Meyers Gazetteer, searchable online. Includes historical maps of Germany and much more!



Bohemia

Amtliches Deutsches Ortsbuch für das Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren 

German villages within the "Czech lands" 

Sudetenland (Wikipedia)

Find German names of Czech towns

If you don't know the name of your ancestor town in Czech language but do know the German name, this alphabetical list of towns will help find the parish in which the German records can be found at: Ortsbeschreibungen, alphabetisch.
Click the letter of the alphabet in which the German town name begins. Following the German town name is the Czech town name. Included in the paragraph for each town is a link for the "Kirchenbuchverzeichnis" - click that link to see the town names that are included in that parish. There will be a list of parish church books showing the years that records are available.

Grafenried (Lučina) parish

Bohemians in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Böhmerwaldmuseum Wien 

Bohemian Forest museum at Ungargasse 3 in Vienna. The museum is open on Sundays from 9 am to noon or by appointment. Interview with Dr. Gernot Peter, curator of the Böhmerwaldmuseum.


Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin

The naming of Spring Green


East Bristol, Dane County, Wisconsin

1897 Golden Jubilee of St. Joseph Catholic Church


Roxbury, Dane County, Wisconsin

1921 Diamond Jubilee of St. Norbert Catholic Church 


Sauk County, Wisconsin

William Canfield

William Canfield's 1859 Sauk County, Wisconsin, map - lecture by Paul Wolter in 2014

William Canfield's 1861, "Outline Sketches of Sauk County" - Available online here.

Harry Ellsworth Cole

Baraboo and Other Place Names in Sauk County, Wisconsin. By H. E. Cole, 1912. Available online here