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Charles H. Wollensack, Jr


Andrew J. Wollensack

Died 1863


Memorial and Genealogical Record of Dodge and Jefferson Counties, Wisconsin, publ. 1894 - Page 279-280.


Charles H. Wollensack, Watertown, Wis., member of G. A. R. Post No. 91, was born October 13, 1836, in Albany, New York.His parents, Charles and Francis (Schneider) Wollensack, were of unmixed German ancestry and in 1848 removed to the State of New York to Wisconsin, locating on a farm near Watertown where their son assisted his father on the farm as long as his legal obligations continued, after which he engaged in farming until he entered the army.


March 23, 1865, he enlisted in Company F, 51st Infantry, going into rendezvous at Camp Washburn, Milwaukee, and was there engaged in drilling and performing military duty until he was taken sick.He was in the hospital under the surgeonís care when his company received orders to proceed to St. Louis to join the several company of the regiment which had already been sent forward and he remained in the hospital until somewhat recovered, when he started for the front with Company G.On reaching Chicago the surgeon in charge ordered him to return to Milwaukee where he was finally discharged May 12th.


On his return to Watertown, Mr. Wollensack again engaged in farming near that place, three miles distant from town on the acres on which he had been a pioneer in his boyhood.He was married January 1, 1863, to Louisa Mary Bushell and their children are named Mary, Frances, Ida Louisa, Laura Josephine, Stephen Charles, Andrew John, Clara Theresa and Edward William.


Mr. Wollensack has been Junior Commander of his post and is a member of the Order of St. Henry ďLiebes-Freunds,Ē a benevolent society.


Charles Wollensack


[Married at St. Henryís and member of parish.Buried in St. Bernardís Cemetery]

Charles H. Wollensack died March 9, 1902, of cancer, after an illness of nearly six months.He had an operation performed in Chicago last October, but it proved of little avail, and he steadily grew worse until the end.He was born on October 13, 1836, in Albany, N. Y., and came west with his parents when 12 years of age, and located on a farm 3 1/2 miles southwest of this city, where he resided all his life.

He was married in 1868 to Louise M. Bushell.His wife and six children survive him, these being Mrs. C. H. Buell, of Berlin, Wis.; Mrs. W. E. Lester and Andrew W. Wollensack, of Chicago, and Stephen C. Wollensack, Mrs. Charles Farley and Miss Laura Wollensack, of the town of Watertown.

During the late rebellion he enlisted in the union army, being a member of Co. F., 51st Wis. Inft.He was a member of the O. D. Pease Post, G. A. R., and also St. Henryís Benevolent Association, both of which societies attended his funeral in a body.

His funeral was held from St. Bernardís Church, Rev. Father Rogers officiating at the services, and in his remarks on the departed paid a well-deserved tribute to his memory.A large congregation was present, most of whom silently wended their way to the final resting place of the deceasedís remains in St. Bernardís cemetery, where the members of O. D. Pease Post paid their usual respect to the memory of a departed soldier.

In the death of Mr. Wollensack, Jefferson County, and particularly this community, loses one of the very best of citizens and one whose death is greatly mourned.Very few men enjoyed the esteem and respect of his fellow citizens at large as did Mr. Wollensack.He was honest in all his business transactions with others, kind and good natured to every one, and always a friend to those in trouble.He was devoted to his family, and genial, courteous and frank in all his dealings with his fellow citizens.He has passed from earth sharing the good will of everybody, and he will live in the memory of his friends for many a day.His noble character, his influence for good, will survive him.



Andrew J. Wollensack , his brother, enlisted August 12, 1862, in Company B, 29th Wisconsin Infantry, and was connected with the history of that regiment until he was sent to the hospital at Natchez, Miss., where he died of disease August 13, 1863, a year and a day after enlistment.


St. Bernardís Cemetery