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Our earliest known ancestor is Louis William George Schmidt. He was born 22 June 1853

Fanny's Poetry

Fanny Driscoll -- A young lady born and brought up in Milwaukee, has gained a large circle of admirers; her talents, also, have been appreciated abroad, as is witnessed by her contributions to such leading journals as the Chicago Times, Boston Commonwealth, Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Herald, etc. Miss Driscoll was employed for some time in the literary department of the Sentinel, her efforts embracing some very attractive stories. She has also appeared in Leslie and Peterson, and is a young and graceful writer of much promise and commendable performance. Source: History of Milwaukee, 1881 pg. 579-580

Forest Home Cemetery

Soon after Milwaukee was founded, city officials did a search for the best place for a cemetery. In the outskirts of the city the found 72 acres of gently rolling forested land that was easily accessible. The acquired the land and called it Forest Home. Today Forest Home is about 200 acres in size. It is a non-demomination cemetery.

Calvary Cemetery

The congregations using Calvary Cemetery are (in 1881) were: St. John's Cathedral, St. Gall's, St. Patrick's, Church of the Holy Name, Church of the Immaculate Conception (Bay View), St. Mary's, St. Joseph's, St. John V. Nepomuk, St. Hedwig, St. Francis, Trinity Church, St. Anthony and Stanislaus. The cemetery grounds now cover 65 acres; about 70,000 buried in graves; 300 crypts and niches added in 2001.

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