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The Tagatz Family (left to right):
Front - Adaline, Laura, Hugo, Evaline, Arnold
Back - Fred, Frieda
Frieda Emma Schubert [Tagatz]
aka Friederike

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May 3, 1874 in Richford, Waushara Co., WI
Her husband, Fred Tagatz, had a Bible which says Frieda Emma Tagatz (nee Schubert) was born May 3, 1874 in town Richford, County of Waushara, State of Wisconsin. This Bible also names Frieda's and Fred's children. [I have a copy of this Bible page.]

The Social Security death index on confirms her date of birth, and the 1900 Federal Census shows her month/year of birth (see census entry below).

Her baptism record shows she was christened as Friederike Emma on May 17, 1874. This record confirms her date of birth and lists her parents as Ludwig Schubert and Julianna Wichner. Sponsors were Henriette Dreger and Christian Henne. [SOURCE: St. Paul Lutheran Church at Crystal Lake: A History of the Stone Church, by JoAnn Groskreutz, Westfield, WI]

John Ludwig Schubert and Maria Julianna Wichner
See birth/baptismal record information above, and the 1880 Federal Census entry below.
Nov. 18, 1895 at Richford, Waushara Co., WI
Fred Tagatz married Frieda on Nov. 18, 1895 at Richford, Waushara Co., WI; married in Richford Lutheran Church by Rev. G. Melchert; F.W. Knappe, Pastor; Witnesses - Adolph Tagatz and August Beutler [SOURCE: I have a note that says this is from Vol. D, p. 112; I have not seen this record myself.]

Several children with Fred Tagatz
"Emma" had several children with her husband Fred Tagatz. For details about their children and their children's families, go to Fred's website.
Census Record:
1880 Federal Census
Richford, Waushara, WI
The 1880 Federal Census in Richford, Waushara County, WI, shows Ludg. Schubert [first name appears to be abbreviated] (age 31, farmer, born in Germany, father and mother born in Hanover). He was living with:
  • wife Julia (age 29, born in Germany, both parents born in Dromburg [Could this be Bromberg?])
  • son Henry (age 7, born in Wis.)
  • daughter Emma (age 6, born in Wis.)
  • son Louis (age 3, born in Wis.)
  • son Herman (9 months old, born in Wis.).
Everyone in this household went by their middle names. My grandmother, Evaline Tagatz, told me that this was common.
Census Record:
1900 Federal Census
Westfield, Marquette Co., WI
The 1900 Federal Census in Westfield, Marquette Co., WI, shows Emma F. (age 26, born May 1874 in Wisconsin, parents born in Germany). She was living with:
  • husband Fred W. Tagatz (age 31, born Nov. 1868 in Wisconsin, parents born in Germany, occupation - carpenter, renting home, married four years)
  • daughter Adeline E. Tagatz [first name misspelled in this record] (age 1, born Oct. 1898 in Wisconsin).
Census Record:
1905 Wisconsin Census
Westfield, Marquette Co., WI
The 1905 Wisconsin Census in Westfield, Marquette Co., WI shows:
  • Fred W. Tagatz (head of household, age 37, born in Wis., parents born in Germany and Wisconsin, farmer, owns his own farm with a mortgage)
  • Emma E. Tagatz (wife, age 30, born in Wis., parents born in Germany and Wisconsin)
  • Adeline E. Tagatz (daughter, age 6, born in Wis.)
  • Laura B. Tagatz (daughter, age 4, born in Wis.)
  • Hugo A. Tagatz (son, age 1, born in Wis.)
Census Record:
1910 Federal Census
Westfield, Marquette Co., WI
The 1910 Federal Census in Westfield, Marquette Co., WI, shows Fred W. Tagatz (age 41, married 14 years, born in Wisconsin, parents born in Germany, occupation - proprietor saloon & bar). He was living with:
  • wife Emma (age 36, had 6 children, 5 living, born in Wisconsin, parents born in Germany)
  • daughter Adeline (age 11, born in Wis.) [NOTE: Adeline spelled her name Adaline]
  • daughter Laura (age 9, born in Wis.)
  • son Hugo (age 5, born in Wis.)
  • daughter Evaline (age 4, born in Wis.)
  • son Arnold (age 9 months old, born in Wis.).
This 1910 census form said "Spring Street" on the side margin next to this household.
Census Record:
1920 Federal Census
Montello, Marquette Co., WI
The 1920 Federal Census in Montello, Marquette Co., WI, shows Fred W. Tagatz (age 51, mother born in Wisconsin, father born in Germany, occupation - county sheriff). He was living with:
  • wife Emma [NOTE: This is her middle name] (age 45, mother born in Wisconsin, father born in Germany)
  • daughter Laura B. (age 18, single, born in Wis.)
  • son Hugo A. (age 15, born in Wis.)
  • Evaline D. (age 13, born in Wis.)
  • Arnold F. (age 10, born in Wis.).
This page of the census was taken at the "Institution: Marquette County Jail," and the Tagatz family is the only listing there. Since he was the county sheriff, it's possible that the whole family lived there. The census also said that he was renting versus owned place of lodging.
Census Record:
1930 Federal Census
Westfield, Marquette Co., WI
The 1930 Federal Census in Westfield, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
  • head of household: Fred W. Tagatz (age 61, age when married - 26, born in Wisconsin, father born in Germany, mother born in Wisconsin, occupation - carpenter)
  • wife Emma F. (age 55, age when married - 21, born in Wisconsin, parents born in Germany).
"Thomas Street" written on the edge of the census page.
Her Story:
As written by her daughter Evaline Tagatz
Frieda bought a sewing machine and became a seamstress and milliner at Westfield and "did excellent work." When she was young she was a maid for Dr. Early and his wife who was also a doctor at Hancock. [From notes written by Evaline Tagatz]

Part of Frieda's story as written by her daughter (my grandmother), Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS : "[160 acres] Herman Wagners and Gust Schuberts were between us and the Lake (Splittgerber) La Rues. The roads to Richford weren't open in winter so they couldn't get to church or school. They only had six months school year. Mother [Frieda "Emma"] attended the school for 30 days. That's because she had to help her mother and couldn't go. At that time they thought women didn't need an education. All they needed was work. Pauline Krause and mother went to school, but they had a man teacher, so Krauses wouldn't let Pauline go, then her parents would[n't] let her go either. Teacher's name was McLaughlin. There was no compulsory school law, so she was required to help her so grandma could work in the fields. The girls were then in the teens (maybe 15), and they were afraid they might run away with the teacher.

"When mother was five years old, Herman [younger brother of Frieda] was the baby. Grandma [Maria Wichner SCHUBERT] tied the baby into the cradle and, if he cried, mother had to rock him. Grandma showed her on the clock that, when the hand was at a certain place, she would then come home and get dinner.

"Grandpa [John Ludwig Schubert] used to get up at 3 o'clock a.m. to cradle the grain before it was too hot to work that hard in the fields. Sometimes she and her older brother, Henry, wanted to go to Richford. The snow was deep but there were rail fences, and they would walk on the snow packed rail fences, but, if they missed and stepped into soft snow, they would fall down into the drifts & sometimes get wet.

"Milking cows and feeding the pigs was considered girls' work, so she and her sister had to milk the cows while the boys could play along the road with the dog. Her sister, who was much younger, would milk only what she pleased, which was usually one cow, and mother had to milk the other three.

"All the women had to work in the fields. A lady from near Neshkoro married Herman Wagner and moved on the LaRue farm. She was a big strong woman and could work hard in the fields. This set an example for the neighborhood, and the men expected the same of their wives. However, they weren't strong enough to do all that hard work. She had a girl from Westfield who was to take care of her boy so she could work in the field. However, she made her do a lot of the other work and then had to take the boy out to the fields and lug him around there. She was to buy clothing for the girl, but all she bought was a piece of black material with small flowers - just enough for one dress.

"The boys had to help in the fields, but mother didn't. It was her job to stay at the house and be baby-tender. All of the little ones were strong heavy babies, and it was difficult to lug them around.

"Grandma did a lot of sewing because all of the clothes had to be made. She had a sewing machine, which was in front of the window. Sometimes the babies were placed in a wagon box, and mother left there to watch the little ones.

"Herman was in the wagon box when mother thought it would be nice to gather a handful of berries, which grew across the road, one vine growing up a tree, for him, which she did. But he crawled to the edge of the box and fell out, and she was punished for leaving him alone. The wagon box was on the ground, set there because the hay rack was on the wagon then. He took ahold of the side of the box, raised himself, and toppled over on the ground. He could crawl but couldn't walk yet.

"She didn't know why she never rebelled, as she would get so very tired (that she couldn't see how she could stand it)." [SOURCE: Handwritten notes from my grandmother Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS.]

Apr. 28, 1971 in Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI
Social Security death index entry on confirms her death in April 1971 in Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI; she is buried in Westfield East Cemetery. Her tombstone reads: "Frieda E. Tagatz 1874-1971."

Fred Tagatz's Bible said she died on Apr. 28, 1971 at 5:15 p.m. Since Fred died before his wife did, it is unknown who made this entry. However, his daughter Adaline had possession of his Bible in her later years.

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