Here is information about the descendents of my great-grandmother Anna Gertrude Mertes.
Anna Gertrude Mertes was born on June 35, 1867 in Fond du Lac County, WI. Her parents were Johann Peter Mertes and Mary Josephine Konz.
Anna Gertrude Mertes married John Peter Helf, (1866-1936)
on May 22, 1888 in St. Cloud, Fond du Lac County, where they farmed for some years. Later, they lived in Kaukauna, WI, where John Peter and his brother Jacob Helf operated the Helf Brewing Co.In 1906, John Peter and Anna Gertrude Helf moved with their children to Milwaukee, WI.
Children of JOHN PETER HELF and ANNA GERTRUDE MERTES:
LEWIS HELF, b. February 23, 1889, Kaukauna, WI; d. July 1966, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI., m. Flora Howieson in 1918, had two sons.
JOSEPHINE HELF, b. July 24, 1890, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI; d. 1890, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI.Stillborn.
EDWARD P. HELF, b. February 17, 1892, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI; d. December 17, 1968, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. (never married)
ANTHONY JOSEPH HELF, b. September 23, 1893, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI; d. April 01, 1960. (never married)
OLIVIA (OLIVE) HELF, b. July 28, 1894, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI; d. January 08, 1972, Connecticut, married Mr. Power.
ANNA M. HELF, b. October 16, 1896, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI; d. December 05, 1966, married Joseph Beter.
LILLIAN JOHANNA HELF, b. October 22, 1898, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI; d. June 29, 1965, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI., married Al Heon.
ROSELLA HELF, b. November 22, 1901, Kaukauna, Outagamie,Wisconsin; d. August 01, 1921, In Crystal Lake, Sheboygan, Sheboygan, WI.
HELEN D. HELF, b. June 24, 1903, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI; d. March 11, 1976, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; m. HIRAM V. MAURER.Residence: February 1960, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
GERTRUDE HELF, b. March 17, 1905, Kaukauna, Outagamie, WI., married Arthur Enright (no children?)
GEORGE HELF, b. September 03, 1907, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; d. 2003, Florida, married; 2 sons.
Anna Gertrude Mertes Helf attended the wedding one of her grandchildren, a son of Lewis Helf, on Sept. 3, 1949, in Milwaukee, at age3 82. Our family has a photo of her from that wedding, as well as other photos of her and her husband Pete Helf.
Anna Gertrude Mertes Helf died on Feb. 13, 1960, in Milwaukee, WI. Her husband Pete died in a Milwaukee Co. Asylum in 1936. Source: article written by her son Lewis Helf, published in the Kaukauna paper, 2/13/1960
Obituary of Anna Mertes Helf – Milwaukee paper
Helf, Anna G., (nee Mertes) Feb. 13, 1960, aged 93 years, residence 2445 W. Michigan St., dear mother of Lewis, Edward and Anthony, all of Milwaukee, George Helf,
of New York City, Mrs. Olive Power, Chicago, Mrs. Lillian Heon, Mrs. H.V. Maurer, Mrs. Joseph Beter, all of Milwaukee, and Mrs. Arthur Enright, of Madison,
Wis., also survived by nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral from Feerick Funeral Home, 4620 W. North Ave., Wed, 8:30 a.m., Services
At St. Rose’s Church, 9 a.m. interment Holy Cross Cemetary. In state Tues., after 3 p.m., Christian Mother’s Society will hold vigil on Tues., 8 p.m.
Article in Kaukauna paper – 1960:
Mrs. J.P. Helf, 93, Dies in Her Milwaukee Home
Lewis Helf, 735 S. 22nd St, Milwaukee, wrote the following Letter to the Kaukauna Times about the recent death of his mother:
“Thought you would be interested in the passing away of a pioneer of Kaukauna — my mother Mrs. John Peter Helf (nee Mertes), aged 93, who died On Feb.13 in her home in Milwaukee."
“Nine children survive, including this writer. Eight were born in Kaukauna, in the order named: Louis, Edward, Anthony, Olive, Anna, Lillian, Helen, Gertrude and George. The last named, George, who is now a resident of New York City, was not born in Kaukauna."
“Old-timers will remember my mother as the wife of the late J.P. Helf, (died 1936) who operated the Helf Brewing company on the north side, which was established about 1886. The family left Kaukauna in 1906, when
the brewery and malt house was sold to John Regenfuss.”
“The late Mrs. Joseph Werschem was her sister, and the late Joseph Mertes, Of Kaukauna, was her brother. Many of her nephews and nieces still reside in Kaukauna.”
Burial: St. Rose's Church, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI."
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