Our Farming History


In 1884, when Darrell's Great Grandfather Frederick Gustav Schoeneberg was 17 years old, he traveled by Steam Ship from the port in Bremen, Germany to New York and then on to the Town of Leeds, Wisconsin.  A year later, his parents Emelia & August joined him.  

Emelia had an Uncle named Johann Heinrich Ludwig Kind (a.k.a - H.L. Kind) already living in Portage, WI.  H.L. had arrived here in September of 1848.  He worked in the grain elevators along the Portage canal for 8 years, before opening his own grocery store.1

The farming economy in Germany was very poor in the 1880s, and many farmers chose to emigrate to Wisconsin.  There was affordable land here, and the landscape was very similar to that in Germany.  There was also an extremely large German presence here.  In fact, in 1886 there were two German language newspapers in Columbia County. 

Frederick Schoeneberg married Emma Peeper in 1893.  They were given land in Leeds, Wisconsin that Emma's Father, William, originally purchased in 1871.  That land has been passed down through five generations of Schoenebergs.  In 2021, the Schoeneberg family will celebrate farming the same land for 150 years!

1The History of Columbia County 1880, Wisconsin Biographical Sketches: Portage City  p. 909

Schoeneberg Family - The Generations (click to view slideshow)




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