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John J. Sprengel

Male 1840 - 1927  (87 years)


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  • Name John J. Sprengel 
    Born 14 Aug 1840  Drausnetz, West Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Oct 1927  His Home, Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 8 Oct 1927  Sacred Hearts Cemetery, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11664  CB_9_7_2017
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2009 

    Father Andrew Sprengel,   b. 29 Dec 1812, Draisnetz, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1875  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Rosalia Stutzke,   b. Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1859, Watertown, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1839  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3875  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Voelker,   b. 8 Oct 1848, Eisenheim, Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1927, Her Home, Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1868  St. Joseph's Catholic Church, East Bristol, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wed by Rev. Anton Foeckler. Johann Spraengel & Marg Voelker
    Children 
     1. Anna Sprengel,   b. 9 Jan 1869, Villiage Of Sun Prairie, Dane County , WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1945, Her Sisters Home, Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. John Francis Sprengel,   b. 12 Feb 1870, Villiage Of Sun Prairie, Dane County , WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1882  (Age 11 years)
     3. Margaret Sprengel,   b. 1872, Villiage Of Sun Prairie, Dane County , WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1882  (Age 10 years)
     4. George A Sprengel,   b. 12 Jul 1874, Village Of Sun Prairie, Dane, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1928, Summer Home, Delavan Lake, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     5. Theodore John Sprengel,   b. 12 Aug 1876, Village Of Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1962, His Home, Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     6. William Sprengel,   b. 1878, Villiage Of Sun Prairie, Dane County , WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1882  (Age 4 years)
     7. Emma S. Sprengel,   b. 1881, Village Of Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1961, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     8. Barbara Margaret Sprengel,   b. 5 Mar 1884, Village Of Sun Prairie, Dane, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1932  (Age 48 years)
     9. Leo Sprengel,   b. 1888, Village Of Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1940, Whitewater, WI, Internment Calvery Cemetery, Tomahawk, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2003 
    Family ID F3874  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (From the History of Wisconsin written by C W Butterfield, in section of the History of Dane County 1880, page 837.) His early education was obtained in Germany, and he was self-educated in English. He was reared on a farm, followed this occupation for some years, and still does to some extent, although he learned the trade of a carpenter and worked at it for fourteen years. He makes his home in Sun Prairie, where he owns his home surrounded by a tract of twelve acres. Mr. Sprengel served in the Civil War, enlisting in the Wisconsin First Heavy Artillery, in 1864, and remaining until mustered out at the close of hostilities. He commemorates that service by membership in the G. A. R. He belongs to the Democratic party and has acted as street commissioner for Sun Prairie for four years. He married, January, 1867 Miss Margaret Volker, born in Bavaria, Germany, of Bavarian parents, John and Barbara Volker, who came to Wisconsin about 1860, and who both died in Dane county. Mr. and Mrs. Sprengel have had six children, Anna, George, Theodore, Emma, Barbara, Leo.

      Combined Obituary:
      AGED COUPLE JOIN IN DEATH - MRS. JOHN SPRENGEL SUCCUMBS WITHIN THREE DAYS AFTER HUSBAND'S DEATH

      Mrs. John Sprengel, who had been a patient sufferer for 14 weeks from a stroke of paralysis which came upon her July 10th, passed away at her home in this village, Sunday morning, October 9th. The final summons came but three days after the death of her aged husband, who had died Thursday morning, and whose death was chronicled in these columns in last week's issue.

      While the passing of this aged couple brings sorrow into the hearts of loved ones, yet there is a consolation to those who mourn, offered through a hallowed beauty in the thought of the closing of these venerable lives together. Neither is left to wait out alone the few remaining years in this life, that might have been alloted to the other. For nearly 60 years they have traveled through live side-by-side experiencing and sharing the same joys and sorrows; the welfare of one was the welfare of the other and as age reduced the circle of activities that was theirs in the prime of life, the closer their lives have been knitted together. Thus it seems there must be a satisfaction to those who mourn to know that both have gone on together into that realm of eternal peace.

      Mr. Sprengel had been ill for about three weeks before his death from a general breakdown hastened by worry over the illness of his aged wife. He reached advanced age of 87 years on August 14th last.

      John Sprengel was born August 14, 1840 in Drausnetz, Prussia, Germany and was a son of Andrew and Rosalia (Stutzka) Sprengel. His childhood was spent in his native land and at the age of 17 he came with his parents to America, locating in Watertown, Wisconsin. Not long after their arrival here the wife and mother passed away, and shortly after the family moved to a farm in Pierceville.

      The Civil War opened and the young man, John, joined with his fellows and entered the service of his adopted country in the Cause of the Union. He enlisted in Company M. 1st Wisconsin heavy artillery and served throughout the war. He was a member of the W. H. Hamilton Post G. A. R. and his passing leaves but one surviving member of the G. A. R. in this community, N. S. Davison.

      Returning home with his honorable discharge from the Army at the close of war, He followed the occupation of farming. January 23, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Voelker at East Bristol, and they began housekeeping on the home farm in Pierceville and have gone down through nearly 60 years 'ere death separated them.

      Margaret Voelker was born October 8th, 1848, at Eisenheim, Bavaria, Germany, and at the age of three years, came with her parents John and Eva (Sterlein) Voelker, to America, settling on a farm near East Bristol. There she grew into young womanhood, was wooed and won, and became the bride of John Sprengel.

      Nine children were born to them, three of whom, John 12, William, 3, Margaret, 8, died within a week of each other from diptheria. The surviving children are Anna and Barbara at home, George and Leo at Whitewater, Theodore and Mrs. Ed Krebs, who both reside in Sun Prairie.

      Mrs. Sprengel is survived by one sister, Mrs. John Dott, of this village, while Mr. Sprengel leaves a sister, Mrs. Rose Behrend, and brother Paul Sprengel in Madison.

      Nearly 10 years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Sprengel celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, and had they lived a few months longer, could have celebrated their 60th anniversary. Mr. Sprengel bore the distinction of having lived in Sun Prairie a greater number of years than any living resident, and there are but one or two others who exceed his age.

      Funeral services were held for Mr. Sprengel at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning from Sacred Hearts church, Rev. Fr. Krusing officiating. His remains were laid to rest in Sacred Hearts cemetery with military honors conferred by Elmer Peterson Post, American Legion.

      Funeral services for Mrs. Sprengel were held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at Sacred Hearts church, Rev. John Voelker of Waukesha officiating. Interment was beside the remains of her husband in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The pallbearers were F. W. Chase, W. F. Renk, Frank Mayan, Leslie Veith, M. L. Skalitzky and E. A. Lohneis.

      The out-of-town people in attendance at both funerals was as follows: Mrs. Rose Behrend, Mrs. Paul Sprengel, Miss Rose Sprengel, Miss Anna Behrend, Mr. James Behrend, all of Madison, Mr. and Mrs. F. Tavernia, Wauwautosa, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mess, Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Plachy, York, Mrs. Anna Voelker, York, Mr. Ed Voelker, York, Miss Rose Voelker, York, Mrs. Anna Hanley, Madison, Mr. Rudolph Schmitt, Mr. and Mrs. John Behrend, Mr. Fred Sprengel, Madison, Miss Agnes Voelker, Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Voelker, Marshall, Geo. A. Sprengel, Whitewater and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Sprengel, Whitewater.