When I opened the front door a few minutes ago, there were two bunnies sitting on the lawn. They looked my way, but it was too hot to run. As tho they thought, "Hell, the human will never come out here anyway--we're sloggy but we're safe".
They were right. It feels like 114 out there, like the bathroom feels after you took a long HOT shower, and the air is just that thick, too. Eww! So ...how 'bout if I stay in the A/C and write about the Pohlkamps--in particular the bunch I remember from when I lived there.
I heard this week from Julie Pohlkamp, who grew up in Wisconsin but spent some vacations in Buckman with her grandparents, William and Mary (Mischke) Pohlkamp, and with her Aunt Marie and Uncle Lambert's family, on the farm kitty-corner from Roman and Emily Dehler.
According to Family Search and Find a Grave, Bill's parents were Theodore and Josephine (Wilkomeier) Pohlkamp. She died in 1943, and he died in 1949. They're buried in Pierz.
|Mary and Bill Pohlkamp c 1968|
July, 1978Lambert Pohlkamp
Mr. Lambert Pohlkamp, 55, of Route 2 Pierz, died Wednesday at St. Gabriel's Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Church in Buckman with Rev. Alfred Stangl and Rev. Richard Heid officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Pohlkamp was born Nov. 17, 1922 in Buckman, the son of William and the late Mary Pohlkamp. He married Marie Stangl Sept. 1, 1948 in Pierz and they farmed all their lives in Buckman Township. Mr. Pohlkamp was a member of St. Michael's Society.
Survivors include his father, William Pohlkamp; his wife, Marie; six sons, Meinrad, Leo, Nicholas, William and Joseph, at home; Terence, of St. Paul; nine daughters, Mrs. Emmanuel Bridget Marquez of Hawaii; Jean, Margery, Lillian, Colette, Carol, Cheryl, Michelle and Paula, at home; three brothers, Francis of Middleton, Wisc.; Leroy of Elk River; Maurice of Jamesville, Wisc.; and one grandchild.
Mr. Pohlkamp was preceded in death by one brother, Clair, in 1957.
Pallbearers will be: Meinrad, Terence, Leo, Nicholas, William and Joseph Pohlkamp. Honorary bearers will be Ray Herold Sr., Tony Sitzman, Joe Lanners, Ray Kahl, Roman Dehler and Ted Funk.
Two days later--Sue emailed to say that her grandpa Joe's sister Catherine Suess married Frank Pohlkamp. They had seven kids (4 boys and 3 girls) and farmed in Buckman township, tho she's not sure where. According to FamilySearch, Frank was Bill's brother.
Oh, and speaking of Bill the Buckman ball player in that 1925 photo--he had a chance to play for the St Louis Browns, but was needed more on the farm. Just as well--they weren't the winningest team ever...
Now for some of the pics Julie sent:
(I think EVERY farm house had that same framed copy of the Last Supper on the dining room wall, right?)
Nope, I don't know any names here--but I think they're all Pohlkamp cousins. If you recognize any faces, let me know, ok?
Same here, but I expect the older couple is Bill and Mary. Anybody know for sure?