Seeking descendants of John Schlosser, born 1848 in Meldorf, Holstein, Germany. Died 1908 Appleton, Wi.
From the History of Outagamie County - JOHN COURTLAND SCHLOSSER, deceased, who for many years, was a well-known Figure in the coal and wood trade in Appleton, Wisconsin, was one of the city's self-made men. He was born in Meldrorf, Germany, in 1848, and at the age of twenty years came to the United States. At this time his circumstances were in such poor shape that he was compelled to travel from New York to Appleton with nothing to eat, and he arrived in this city without a cent in his pockets. Nothing daunted, however, he secured employment as a barber, and in a comparatively short time had a business of his own, disposing of this to embark in a hardware business, and later entered the coal and wood business, with which he was connected during the remainder of his life. His death occurred December 7, 1908. He was an ardent and active Republican, and for thirty-five years was a member of the Masonic fraternity. On March 30,1878, Mr. Schlosser was united in marriagewith Miss Pauline Bielenberg, daughter of Henry and Emily (Petersen) Bielenberg, who came toAppleton in 1866, Mr. Bielenberg being engaged in painting until his death in 1893. Mrs. Bielenberg now makes her home with Mrs. Schlosser. Mr. and Mrs. Schlosser had seven children, as follows: Emily, widow of Emil Koerner, residing at St. Paul, Minnesota, has one daughter; Leila, residing at Billings, Montana, married Bert Harwood; Edward, residing at Forest City, Arkansas, is operating a box factory; John H., superintendent of a mill in Arkansas; Laura, living with her mother; Fred, who is connected with the Commercial Bank in Appleton; and one child who died in infancy. The family is connected with the Congregational Church.