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EVENTS

WILLIAM E. HEINZ 1925-2012

Heinz and the former Ethel L. Weiss were married May 23, 1953, at St Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Heinz served in the U.S. Army 533rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment during World War II (1943-1946) in amphibious landings in New Guinea, New Britain, Phillippine Islands and an amphibious task force heading to Japan. 

Heinz, a registered pharmacist for 50 years, co-owned Hauper Pharmacy, retiring in 1990.

The couple were both active members of the community.  They had four daughters.

ERNEST  E ERICKSON 1896 - 1992

FRANCES JANSEN 1902 - 2000

Erickson and the former Frances Jansen were married April 27, 1922  at home in Union Grove.  Frances was born in  Holland and came to Racine in 1917.  Erickson served in the Blackhawk Division of the U.S. Army during World War I, hauling ammunition in France.  He was an auto mechanic at Ernie's Service Garage, Union Grove, for 30 years .  He also  owned Kaiser-Fraser and Willy automobile dealerships. Frances was active in church, auxillary and did volunteer work.  The couple had five children.

Fred Minton 1871 - 1960

Lillian Willmore Minton 1885 - 1967

Alfred "Fred" Minton was the son of Edward and Sarah Price Minton.  He followed in his father's footsteps and became the Village's Blacksmith.  He married Esther L Wilke in 1904.  Her untimely death came in 1906.  On September 2, 1914, Fred married Lillian I. Willmore.  Prior to her marriage, Lillian graduated from Marquette University School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse, making her Union Grove's first Marquette alumus.  

O.P. GRAHAM 1865 - 1946

LENA C CALDWELL 1869 - 1947

O.P. Graham, native of South Dakota and his wife Lena came to live in Union Grove in 1902.  Graham accquired an interest in the Union Grove bank and subsequently was cashier and majority stock holder of the State Bank of Union Grove when it was incorporated in 1903.  

Mrs. Graham was born in Massachusetts where she completed her education.  She married Owen Graham in 1890 in Clay, Iowa. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Red Cross and Racine Woman's Club.

Each of the Grahams had written wills containing bequests to provide a library for Union Grove.

Valdemar  Hansen 1867 - 1933

Maude Coling Hansen 1870 - 1943

Valdemar Hansen came to Union Grove in the early 1890's after completing his education in Denmark.  In October 1897 he was wed to Miss Maude E Coling.  Together they operated a general store on the west side of Main Street in Union Grove.  Maude served the local homemakers with notions from the store.  Vald  introduced the "General Good" cigar to Union Grove smokers, handing out some 500 free cigars from the stone in October, 1899.  He claimed that the new brand was the "best cigars sold for a nickel anywhere".

One son, Albert survivied them.

Gilbert D Taber 1805 - 1893

Hannah Frayer Taber 1804 - 1883

Gilbert and Hannah Frayer Taber came to this area in 1844, settling just west of Union Grove in the Town of Dover.  Prior to coming to Wisconsin both came from Rensesselaerville, Albany County, New York.  Gilbert Taber farmed 93 acres just east of Kansasville.  In the year 1858 Gilbert, Hannah and five of their eleven children were baptized in the Methodist Church in Union Grove.

A.P. Colby 1849 - 1914

Alice M. Graves 1849 - 1884

Editor of the Union Grove Enterprise for 33 years, Colby was a native of Beloit, Wisconsin, coming to Union Grove by way of  Milwaukee, where he held a position with the Milwaukee Sentinel for six years.  Colby married Alice Graves in 1868 to which she bore two children, Julian and Nellie.  He ranked high in both business and social circles, his home being the abode of hospitality, and he counted his friends by the hundreds.

On August 28, 1890 he contracted a second marriage with Miss Josie I Drury, daughter of the late Richard and Ann Drury, former residents of here.

Colby left the management of his newspaper to his son, Julian.

MEREDITH FAMILY

 Ernest Meredith and Mollie Donald, both of Union Grove, were wed in 1911 at the home of the bride.  Mr. Meredith worked for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul Railroad, was manager of Hansen Oil Co., the Co-op Oil Co. of Union Grove.  Meredith also served as Postmaster for the Village until retirement.  The Meredith's raised three children; Mrs. Lawrence (Jean) Grise', Mrs. Eugene (Helen) Nelson and William all who survived them and lived in the Union Grove area.