I just found this old message you posted about the Zabels in Prairie du Chien.My Great-Great-Grandfather was Frederick W. Zabel.He had two wives, Wilhelmina Gaulke and Caroline Hass.Your family is from Caroline's marriage and mine is from Wilhelmina's.
I even have apicture of your Great-Great-Grandmother Lillie Wachter with Karl Wilhelm (William) Zabel and Minnie Schultz.
I would love to share information with you, we have several discrepancies that I would like to straighten out and a ton of stories.
Hope to hear from you soon! Earl Erdenberger Rochester, MN