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June 7, 2008 / Dona

Silas Koeser

Silas Paul KoeserMy grandmother Green told me a few things about her parents. Her mother, Emma Thiede Koeser, died when Grandma was 14 years old. Her father remarried to a woman named Jo. One of my grandmother’s siblings died as an infant. Grandma remembers that someone, her mother perhaps, saying to her father, “Silas, you have to go in and say goodbye to the baby.” I think he was too broken up about losing his child to go see the body.

While I couldn’t find Silas’ obituary online, I did find his first wife’s — my great grandmother.

EMMA KOESER cemetery 89A

Two Rivers Reporter
Friday, February 9, 1923:

After a long illness Mrs. Silas Koeser passed away Monday morning at her home, 2300 Thirteenth St., a victim of cancer of the stomach. Deceased, before her marriage was Miss Emma Thiede. She was born in this city in 1876, and had reached the age of 47 years when removed from the midst of her family of nine children, several of whom still need the mother’s loving care, the youngest being four years of age. Besides her husband those who mourn her untimely death are the following sons and daughters; Mrs. Everett LaFond, Mrs. Lester Lonzo, Silas, Jr., Phyllis, Lloyd, William, Lois, Harold and Donald. Other relatives are her mother, Mrs. Henry Thiede; a sister, Mrs. Charles Haltaufderheide, and five brothers; Henry and Fred Mandel and August and Ernest Thiede of this city and William Thiede of Jefferson. Mrs. Thiede’s death is a sad loss to her family and many friends who lived her as a devoted wife and
mother. The funeral will be from the Evangelical church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. [Thanks to the wonderful people at who maintain a website for Manitowoc County where my grandmother grew up]

My grandmother wrote the following on the back of the photograph.

Dad Koeser
Silas Paul Koeser
Born March 20, 1878
Son of Ernest and Elizabeth Doegler Koeser
Married Emma Thiede May 2, 1900
Father of following-
Themla LaFond
MIldred Linzo
Silas Wilbert Koeser
Phyllis Lahey
Lloyd Koeser
Lois Elizabeth Green
Harold Carl Koeser
Jerry Emmet Koeser
Donald Paul Koeser

Silas Paul Koeser on Flickr

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  1. auntigloriannie / Feb 22 2011 1:55 pm

    The list of survivors writen on the back of the picture doesn’t include William Henry Koeser, who was 13 when his mother died, and was a year younger than his sister, Lois. William said that Donald was 9 when their mother died but he may have been mistaken. Harold apparently was younger than William Jerry was the baby that died, not sure of the date. We have a son, Jerry, and my dad made a point of telling me of the baby’s having the same name. I will do some research with Harold’s daughter, Judy Lindstrom, as she has the complete list with birthdates.

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