Today’s Tidbit | Chelsea Private Hospital

The other day, I came into contact with a cousin of my wife’s, related through their Notten family line. She had found one of my other blog postings. I look forward to sharing information her. It got me to wondering what else I could find out about the Nottens that I didn’t already know.

I ran across an interesting article about the Chelsea Private Hospital, which was located in Chelsea, MI. I had never heard of this before.

Ehlert Notten is a 1st cousin, 3 times removed of my wife. Their common ancestor is also named Ehlert Notten, and he is her 3rd great grandfather. The younger Ehlert was born in 1876 in Chelsea. He became a well established dairy farmer.

The Chelsea Private Hospital was owned by Ehlert and his wife Nellie. The Nottens opened the hospital in 1926, in a house on Main Street in Chelsea. It then relocated, ten years later, to 138 Middle Street when the federal government wanted the original location for a post office. This Middle Street house was built in 1885 by Dr. George Palmer.

The hospital served the patients of 2 local doctors. Nellie attended to the patients, and Ehlert would commute daily to the family farm. They lived on the house’s first floor and would also sell some of their dairy products out the back door.

The hospital occupied 3 bedrooms on the house’s second floor. Two of the rooms had patient beds, and the third served as the operating and delivery room. An adjoining alcove was made into a nursery. New mothers were put in one of the two patient rooms and were usually the hospital’s only patients. They stayed in bed ten days, not even getting up to go to the bathroom!

One of the doctor’s retired and, when WWII broke out, the other joined the military in 1942. As a result, the Nottens closed the hospital. After that, patients wanting to go to a home hospital were referred to one in Stockbridge.

After the hospital closed, Nellie’s health declined and she died in 1946. Ehlert remarried and sold the house. He died in 1960.

In 1991, new owners bought the house and have been restoring it to it’s original elegant look. In 1996, the George W. Palmer house was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

More about the hospital can be read here. Most of the information in this posting came from this article.


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

Today’s Tidbit | William Bradford and Alice Carpenter Southworth Wedding

This Saturday, August 14th, Plimoth Plantation will re-enact the August 14, 1623 wedding of Governor William Bradford and Alice Carpenter Southworth. William’s first wife, Dorothy May, drowned while the Mayflower was anchored in Provincetown Harbor in 1620. Alice came to Plymouth aboard the Anne in July 1623, following the death of her first husband, Edward Southworth. William and Alice are my 9th great grandparents.

More on the event can be found at the following links:

Plimoth Plantation to re-enact 1623 wedding of Governor Bradford
The Governor’s Getting Married!

Today’s Tidbit | Seamstress Sisters

Ursie and Mary Fuhrman worked as seamstresses at the Albert E. Isaac Co. in Fond du Lac, WI in 1928. The sisters, my 2nd great aunts, never married and lived together their entire lives. Both were about 50 years old at the time.

Ursie and Mary dressed for their sister Elizabeth's wedding in 1900

Albert E. Isaac, Co. - Fond du Lac, WI

Today’s Tidbit | June 15, 1798 – John Earl Harris

On this date, in 1798, my 3rd great grandfather, John Earl Harris, was born in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY. Unfortunately, I don’t know for sure who his parents are. John married Nancy Ormsbee in 1820. They moved to Pierpont, OH, Porter Co., IN, and eventually to Cato, WI.

Today’s Tidbit | May 27, 1857 – Joseph and Sadie Voiland

On May 27, 1857, my 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Voiland and Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond, arrive in New York City from France.

Joseph, from Essert, and Sadie, from the nearby town of Urcerey, must have started on their journey to America almost immediately after their March 26th wedding. They arrived in New York just 2 months and one day after they were married. Since the ocean crossing took around 6 weeks and travel in France to a seaport was slow, they could not have wasted any time.

After arriving in New York, they traveled to Buffalo and remained there until passage through the Great Lakes could be obtained. They finally arrived in Little Wolf Twp., Waupaca Co., Wisconsin in December.

More about my Voiland/Weller family can be found here.

Today’s Tidbit | May 16, 1866 – Lorenz and Elizabeth Hela

My 3rd great grandparents, Lorenz and Elizabeth (Fleming) Hela, and their children Anna, Andreas and Rosalia, arrived at Castle Garden in New York City on May 16, 1866, on-board the “Bark Johanna” from Prussia. They were from Sossnowd, Prussia.

Johanna Passenger List Showing Hela Family

They settled in Neshkoro, WI and then Princeton, WI before moving to South Dakota in about 1881. Many of their descendants changed their name to “Heller”.