Wittig, Urciuoli, Platt 2004 update

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  • ID: I104
  • Name: Mariana Elizabeth "Mary" ZIMMERLY
  • Given Name: Mariana Elizabeth "Mary"
  • Surname: Zimmerly
  • Sex: F
  • _UID: 2740AE336299D51195BB004854828D082C86
  • Note:
    From a newspaper interview of Mary (Zimmerly) Platt when she was age92:
    "When we first came to Baraboo, Cheek's Hill was all woods," Mrs Platt
    recalled. {NOTE: Cheeks Hill is just north of 8th Street in Baraboo
    extending from about Center Street on the west to East Street on the
    east.} She came to Sauk County from Ohio with her parents in 1851,making
    the entire trip by steamboat. They followed the Ohio River to St Louisand
    then came up the Mississippi River to the Wisconsin River. They were
    supposed to stop at Galena, Illinois, for a while but, because of an
    epidemic of cholera on their boat, they were not allowed to land. At
    Dubuque, Iowa, they transferred to a smaller boat. The trip was nearly
    turned into a tragedy when a settler tried to kidnap an older sisterof
    Mary's as they were going from one boat to another. The sister wasrescued
    by her father and uncles. The cholera epidemic grew so bad that many
    pioneer children died during the trip. Shortly after the ship landedat
    what is now Sauk City, Wisconsin, two of Mary's younger sisters died.The
    boat captain was also stricken with cholera before the vessel reached
    Portage, Wisconsin, about 20 miles up the river.

    Mary also recalled that when the railroad came to Baraboo in 1871there
    was a grand celebration in the city. The railroad company formed an
    excursion of Baraboo people to Madison, Wisconsin. The passenger allrode
    on flat cars the 40 miles to Madison and were not charged any fare.

    From Mary Platt's obituary: Besides her own seven children, Marybrought
    up two boys in the home, Thomas and Donald Hood, and a girl, MaryPlatt,
    niece of her husband.Walnut Hill Cem. She was instrumental in thefounding of St. Johns Congregation Lutheran Church. The firstservices were held in her home. Later services were held in theso-called institute building.

    For most of her life he was a very robust person, she only sufferedsun-stroke and for a time later in her life suffered with inflammatoryrheumatism.
    1 1 2
  • Birth: 7 JAN 1843 in Powhaten Point, Belmount Co., OH
  • Note:
    Mrs. Mariana elizabeth Ploatt, commonly known as mary Platt, was bornon January 7, 1843 at
    Pohaten Point, Ohio, as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Zimmerly.As an infant she received the sacrament of Holy Baptism, and on ,during the course of her youth, was instructed in the work of
    God and confirmed in the Luthern faith. When she was eight years ofage, her parents with their family, left Ohio and came to Wisconsin bySteam boat, seeking a new home. They followed the Ohio River to St.Louis and then came up the Mississippi River to the Wisconsin River.They were supposed to stop at Galena, Illinois for a while but becauseof an epidemic of chilera on ther boat, they were not allowed to land.At Dubuque, Iowa they transferred to a smaller boat. A settler triedto kidnap an older sister of Mary's as they were going from one boatto another. The sister was rescued by her father and uncles.This tripwas saddened by the loss of two of two of their children, who werestricken with cholera and died on the way shortly after they landed atSauk City, Wisconsin. The boat captain was also stricken with cholerabefore the vessel reached Portage Wisconsin, about 20 miles up river.. Here in Wisconsin, the family settled on a plot of land in SaukCounty on the so-called Happy Hill, south of North Freedom, and beganthe task of
    hewing a farm out of the wilderness. Here the deceased spent heryouth and did her full share in helping her parents create a homestead

    When she was twenty-one years of age, on April 7, 1864 she was marriedto Mr. Ludwig Platt of Baraboo, a harness maker by trade. The couplesettled in the city after their marriage, and in February 1864purchased a home on Seventh Avenue, which remained the home of the
    seven children, two of which have preceded their mother in death, adaughter, Olga dying in infancy at the age of eight months and anadult son, Charles, who died in September 1917. Her husband died onthe 20th of April, 1904. Besides her own children, she, the deceased,brought up two boys in the home, Thomas and Donald Hood,
    and a girl, a niece of her husband, Mary Platt.

    During the course of her whole life, she took an active
    interest in the affairs of her community, and especially
    of her church. Indeed she was instrumental in the founding
    of our St. John's Congregation; for it was through her
    efforts and upon her invitation that an itinerant Lutheran
    Paster was induced to come to this place and to hold
    services here, the first of which was held in her home.
    Later on the congregation organized, and services were
    held for a time in the so-called Institute Building.
    She was a faithful attendant of the services of the con-
    gregation until she was well into the nineties in age.
    when the feeble of high old age forbade her attendance.
    As far as I have been able to determine, the last of
    the founders of our congregation has been called to the
    heavenly rest.

    In spite of the fact that she reached a high old
    age, the deceased during the course of her whole
    life was never a very robust person, and during
    her younger years and the years of middle-age was
    in rather delicate health. She had suffered a
    sun-stroke and for a time was ailing with inflammatory
    rheumatism. During her declining years, which
    she spend under the tencder care of her daughter,
    Julia, who made her home with her mother, she was
    rather well though feeble.

    Her mind remained clear and active ;until the very
    last. She was taken ill on Sunday and on Wednesday
    morning her condition had much improved, and it was
    thought that she might again be spared. She died
    rather suddenly, but peacefully and quietly, on
    Wednesday noon, August 31, 1938 in the faith of that
    Savior whom she had confessed all her life. A few
    hours before her death she had received the sacra-
    ment of Holy Communion. Her age came to ninethy-five
    years, seven months, twenty-four days.

    She is survived by one son, Henry Platt of Baraboo,
    and four daughters, Miss ross Platt, Mrs. Anna Grosinske, Mrs.Gertrude Spangenberg and Miss Julia and nineteen great grandchildrenand many more
    distant relatives.

    Mary Platt had the distinction of having had a ride
    on the first railroad train to come into Baraboo.
    The railroad company gave folks a ride to Madison
    and back; they had a picnic on the Capital gronds.
    The train was a flat-car with planks for seats.
    on


    1 From a newspaper interview oMariana Elizabethf" Mary" (Zimmerly)Platt when she was age 92:
    "When we first came to Baraboo, Cheek's Hill was all woods," Mrs Platt
    recalled. {NOTE: Cheeks Hill is just north of 8th Street in Baraboo
    extending from about Center Street on the west to East Street on the
    east.} She came to Sauk County from Ohio with her parents in 1851,making
    the entire trip by steamboat. They followed the Ohio River to St Louisand
    then came up the Mississippi River to the Wisconsin River. They were
    supposed to stop at Galena, Illinois, for a while but, because of an
    epidemic of cholera on their boat, they were not allowed to land. At
    Dubuque, Iowa, they transferred to a smaller boat. The trip was nearly
    turned into a tragedy when a settler tried to kidnap an older sisterof
    Mary's as they were going from one boat to another. The sister wasrescued
    by her father and uncles. The cholera epidemic grew so bad that many
    pioneer children died during the trip. Shortly after the ship landedat
    what is now Sauk City, Wisconsin, two of Mary's younger sisters died.The
    boat captain was also stricken with cholera before the vessel reached
    Portage, Wisconsin, about 20 miles up the river.
  • Death: 31 AUG 1938 in Walnut Hill Cem., Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI
  • Note:
    Wednesday Noon Aug 31st 1938.
  • Baptism: 1851 (8years old) infancy (Lutheran faith)
  • Event: Brought up Niece of her husband (Ludwig G. Platt): Mary Platt Misc



    Father: Rudolph ZIMMERLY b: 20 MAY 1808
    Mother: Anna DIEBE

    Marriage 1 Ludwig G. (Louis) PLATT b: 16 MAY 1838 in Rodheim an de Bieber, Hessen, DEU
    • Married: 7 APR 1864 in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI
    Children
    1. Has No Children Rose PLATT b: 1865 in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI
    2. Has Children Charles Gregory PLATT b: 8 JUN 1868 in Sauk Co., WI
    3. Has No Children Anna Louise PLATT b: 1870 in Sauk Co., WI
    4. Has No Children Julia C. PLATT b: 1873 in Sauk Co., WI
    5. Has Children Henry Richard PLATT b: 20 NOV 1877 in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI
    6. Has No Children Gertrude Pearl PLATT b: 1883 in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI
    7. Has No Children Olga PLATT b: 1887 in Sauk Co., WI

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Imported GEDCOM file
      Title: GEDCOM file imported on 19 Aug 2000.
    2. Abbrev: Imported GEDCOM file
      Title: GEDCOM file imported on 23 Jun 2000.
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