Biography of John Adam (Adam) RAITZ
John Adam RAITZ (1818-1903)
History of Buffalo and Pepin Counties
By Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Published by HC Cooper, Jr & Co in 1918
John Adam RAITZ, one of the early settlers in Fountain City, Buffalo Co, and who was the first district attorney of the county, was born in Germany, where in early manhood he served three years as a soldier.He there married Elizabeth SAUTER, and in the spring of 1847 they embarked on board a sailing vessel for the United States, with the intention of settling in Illinois.They were accompanied by their two children, Charles and Gottlieb.
After a voyage of 48 days they reached New York, and from there proceeded by way of the Erie Canal to Buffalo and thence to Chicago.From the latter place they went on to a location 7 miles from Freeport, in Stephenson County, where they remained for 3 years.While there their son Gottlieb died, and another child, Mary, was born, who is now Mrs. Caspar WOHLWEND, of Barnesville, Minnesota.
Hearing of the cheap land to be obtained in Buffalo Co, Wisconsin, and the surrounding section, Mr RAITZ resolved to try his fortune in this then unsettled territory, and in May, 1851, he and his family landed at the old Stone House, about a mile and a half from the settlement of what is now Fountain City, which then consisted of only 7 houses, being hardly worthy of the name of a village.
Mr RAITZ secured 80 acres of wild land, on which he began operations in pioneer fashion by building a log house, 16 by 24 feet in size.He also put up log barns and with an ox team entered upon the arduous task of developing a farm.His wagon was home-made, the wheels being cut from the trunk of a tree.
There at his original location he spent nearly all the rest of his life, during his active years improving his farm, and also taking a prominent part in public affairs.That he was a man of some education and force of character may be gathered from the fact that he was elected as the first district attorney of Buffalo County, serving in that office from 1853 to 1855.He also served as constable and justice of the peace.
A Lutheran in religion, he helped to found the first church of that denomination in the locality, and in early days religious services were often held in his log house.He and his wife both died at Barnesville, Clay Co, Minnesota, the former at the age of85 years and the latter at that of 90.In addition to the children already mentioned, they had six others, who were born in Buffalo Co, namely:Elizabeth, Amelia, Lena, Kate, Sarah and Lydia, most of their family being daughters.