Wilhelm Hau Photograph

I was lucky enough, last week, to come into contact with a cousin who found my tree on Ancestry.com. She and I are 3rd cousins and we both descend from Wilhelm Hau and Kathrine Tuepper.

I have known about Wilhelm for a long time. He was born in 1842 in Prussia. He became a wealthy land owner and had tenant farms. According to stories, he served in the Prussian army and had a crippled little finger. He played the violin and was a choir director. Because of political reasons, Wilhelm immigrated to the United States, probably in the mid-1860′s, and settled in Russell Twp., Sheboygan Co., WI. There, he farmed and was the choir master at St. Joe Catholic Church.

Wilhelm died in 1884, at the age of 42. I haven’t yet been able determine how he died. He and Kathrine had 9 children.

I’ve never known what Wilhelm looked like – until now! My new newly-found cousin has a picture of him and emailed it to me today. I can now put a face to my 3rd great grandfather.

Wilhelm-Hau

Today’s Tidbit | August 25, 1874 – John Hau

On this day, 136 years ago, my great grandfather, John Hau, was born in St. Joe, Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., Wisconsin. He was the son of Wilhelm and Kathrine (Tuepper) Hau. He married Elizabeth Fuhrman on June 12, 1900.

John ran the Cozy Tavern at 102 North Main St. in Fond du Lac, but after prohibition began, he when into the restaurant business. In 1919, he founded the H & H Cafeteria, with Edward Halverson, at 105 S. Main Street. The restaurant moved to the former Commercial Bank Building, located at First and Main, which they purchased in 1923. In its first year of operation, the cafeteria employed seven persons, but over the years it expanded to employ 21. He bought out Halverson and renamed the restaurant the Lion Cafeteria.

Following 50 years in the business, John retired in 1959, selling the business to his sons Clarence and Raymond (my grandfather).

Much more about John Hau and the Lion Cafeteria can be found here.

John Hau - early 1900's

 

John and Elizabeth (Fuhrman) Hau | 50th Wedding Anniversary - June 12, 1950

Surname Sunday | HAU

My mother’s surname is Hau. Wilhelm Hau came to America from Prussia, probably in the 1860′s. He settled in Sheboygan County, WI as a farmer. He married Kathrine Tuepper in 1869. They had nine children together. Wilhelm died in 1884 at the age of 41. One of their sons, John, is my great grandfather. He, together with his sons Raymond and Clarence, owned and operated Hau’s Lion Cafeteria in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI.