Name: *Johann David KAST
Birth: 28 DEC 1824 in Rosenberg, Baden, Germany
Death: 10 FEB 1900 in Shawano, Shawano, WI
Occupation: 1880 Manufacturer flour
Military Service: Served six years in the German army and a part of this service was as orderly sergeant for the Kaiser Bilhelm I.
Reference Number: 1034
Steven's Point, Portage, WI
page 163/33, lines 23-26
recorded july 30
David Kast, 35, Millwright, Baden
Margaret 36, Holstein
Ernestine 4, OH
Amilia 1, OH
Dayton, Waupace, WI
page 14 lines 29-35
Kast, John D.,45, Miller, 12,000/300,Baden
Margaritta, Keeping house, Schleswig-Holstein
Fredricka E., 14, school, OH
Amelia A. 10, school.WI
Paaina, 8, school, WI
Jacob D, 6, school, WI
Frederick W., 8/12, WI
Census Place: Shawano, Shawano, Wisconsin
Source: FHL Film 1255447 National Archives Film T9-1447 Page 421A
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
John I. KAST Self M M W 56 BAD
Occ: Manu. Flouer Fa: BAD Mo: BAD
Margret KASTWife F M W 57 HOLSTEIN
Occ: Keeping House Fa: HOLSTEIN Mo: HOLSTEIN
Amelia KAST Dau F S W 21 WI
Occ: At Home Fa: BAD Mo: HOLSSTEIN
Augusta KAST Dau F S W 15 WI
Fa: BAD Mo: HOLSTEIN
Payeine KAST Dau F S W 18 WI
Occ: Teaching Fa: BAD Mo: HOLSTEIN
Jacob D. KAST Son M S W 15 WI
Occ: At School Fa: BAD Mo: HOLSTEIN
Fredrick W. KAST Son M S W 11 WI
Occ: At School Fa: BAD Mo: HOLLAND
Herman HORN Other M S W 23 WI
Occ: Laborer Fa: WERT Mo: PRU
Joseph VIERBECHER Other M S W 24 WI
Occ: Laborer Fa: PRU Mo: PRU
Shawano County Historical Society
Heritage Park Museum
724 N. Franklin Street (North end)
Shawano, WI 54166
Phone (715) 526-3536
Tours continue through the vintage John Kast home of 1871, to view its late 19th century furnishings;
Heritage Park Museum Shawano, Shawano County
The museum complex includes the John Kast house, built 1871; one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, cheese exhibit building, a natural limestone building and reception building.
History of Northern Wisconsin, Vol 2, 1881
History of Shawano Coounty, page 771
John David Kast, flour milling, Shawano, is a native of Baden, Germany. In 1853 he came to Akron, OH, at the age of 28, where he carried his trade of millwright and miller for a few years, after which he came to Portage Co., WI and followed his trade for five years. He then built a mill of his own in Waupaca County, in 1861, which he carried on until 1874 when it burned down. In the mean time he built his present mill, which after burning of his mill in Waupaca County, he has carried on exclusively since, since enlarging upon it so as to run a turing lathe, planers and siding mill. In 1876 he was elected to the legislative assembly for his district in which he took an active part in the educational improvement of the state. In 1853 he was married to Miss Margaret Beyer, in Schleswig Holstein, Germany. They have a family of two sons and three daughters.
Biographical Index to: PIONEERS OF OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, WISCONSIN, by Elihu Spencer, 1895
Kast, John D., 588
Biographical Index: STANDARD HISTORY OF WAUPACA COUNTY, WISCONSIN, VOL. I & II, 1917
Kast, John D., 588
Full Text KAST, John David Shawano History of Northern Wisconsin Vol. 4 771 1881
The following newspaper articles were given to me from Margaret Snavely Jones:
Republican Representative for the Shawano/Oconto Counties to the Wisconsin Assembly first elected in 1877.
From the Shawano Journal, summer 1930
Long before there were telegraphs, telphones, or trains into Shawano, two counties made up an assembly district. It often took two weeks or more before we got the the returns from Oconto County. H.M. Loomer, a democrat, and J.D Kast a republican, ran for assembly. Mr. Loomer planned to get that office, then run for Secretary of State and then Governor. Two or three after the election all reports were in from Shawano County, and Mr. Loomer had carried the county by an overwhelming majority. The democrats held a big celebration and Mr. Loomer got ready to go to Madison. Three weeks later the reports came in from Oconto County, and Mr. Kast had such a big vote in the county that he overcame Loomer's lead and was elected. Then the republicans celebrated.
Front page of Shawano County Advocate-Dispatch
Shawano, Wisconsin, Thursday, February 15 1900:
Death of J.D. Kast
Another old settler gone
Died Saturday of last week
A large concours of friends follow his remains to Floral Hill Cemetery
One of the best known and Highly respected citizens of Shawano, Jacob D. Kast, died Saturday morning, February 10, 1900 at 10 O'clock.
Jacob D. Kast was born in the Granddukedom of Baden in 1824; was married in 1853 at The Island Fehmarn, Province Schelwwig-Holstein, and shortly afterward cane to this country settling at Akron, OH. In 1856 he came to Wisconsin, living alternately at Stevens Point, Wausau and Parfreyville.
In 1871 he built the first grist mill in Shawano, soon after moving his family here and continued a resident of this city up to the time of his death.
In 1892 he built a new mill which has been under the management of his son Fred W. Kast, since that time, he retiring form active business.
He was elected to the Assembly in 1877; had always been active in the welfare and best interest ou our city and country; was a memberof the Episcopal Church and was known by every man, woman and child in the city as bright and cheerful under all conditions and happy in the companionship of his fellow man.
He was buried from the Episcopal Church Monday, February 12 at 2p.m. Rev. Schepler of Marinette counducting the services. He was survuved by five children, his wife having died March 22, 1897. The children are Mrs. HW Jones, of North Dakota, Mrs. SC Weeks, Nevada; Mrs. FM Benedict, Waupaca; Jacob D Jr. of Washington, and Fred W. Kast of this city.
From a column written by Alan Rodgers---No publication date:
Mine were hand-me-downs. In a manner of speaking J.D. Kast was my tailor and the most of the Shawano kids of that period. Yes, I know, Mr. Kast was, professionally speaking, the man who ran the grist mill on the Southwest edge of the mill pond above the court house. He used to sack his fould in white bags. These were stamped with a design if gorgeous flowers and sheaf of ripened wheat shich was more stiff than life like.
Well, our mothers used to make us little shirtwaists out of these lour sacks, to which our patched han-me-downs were buttoned. It so happened that the floral design would fade out completely in a couple of washing, but the "J.D. Kast", done in the deep blue last longer than the little shirtwaist did. I know many a prominent man in Shawano today who used to wear these half-pint shirts with "J.D. Kast" stamped on the tiny garments just above the place where the shirt tail would have been if those old abbreviated arrangements had had one.
Served six years in the German army and a part of this service was as orderly sergeant for the Kaiser Bilhelm I.
Title: GEDCOM File : 20031122.ged
Author: Trygve C Myhre
Abbrev: Trygve C Myhre
Abbrev: GEDCOM File : 20031122.ged
104 Dancer Lane
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Date: 22 NOV 2003
From Wisconsin County Histories, Waupaca County Edited by John M. Ware 1917
Transcribed and submitted to the Waupaca County Website
by Paula Vaughan January 2002
PARFREYVILLE AND THE EARLY MILLS
Among those who came in 1851 was Robert Parfrey, who settled in the northeast quarter of section 11, and founded the Village of
Parfreyville. While he was absent making arrangements to bring his family to the new country, George Barnhart built a hut for
him 12 by 14 feet, and had it completed in March, 1851. It stood on the south side of Crystal River on the road leading to Crystal Lake.
The first frame house in town was completed soon after by J. H. Jones. It stood on the south side of the river, at the foot of Junction
J. Holman, an early settler of the town, has this to say of the pioneer milling enterprises, and of the shifts to which the good housewives were
put to get flour for their households: "For the first season or two provisions were not very plentiful. The settlers could supply themselves
with venison and other game without going far from their clearings, but for flour, groceries, etc., they were obliged to go to Strong's Landing, as
Berlin was then called, and some of them went even to Sheboygan and Milwaukee for supplies.
"In the Fall of 1850 Mrs. Dayton was obliged to eke out her small supply of flour with an occasional dish of soup, which she made by chopping
some corn in a bowl. About the same time, bread became very scarce at Van Horn's. Mr. Van Horn, after putting up his log house,
had gone with his team to Racine County, to work on a threshing machine, after which he was to return with a load of supplies. But
before his return Mrs. Van Horn had got nearly to the bottom of the flour sack; so she went to Mr. Hitchcock, on the Emmons place, to try to
buy some buckwheat, of which he had about half an acre standing in the shock. He told her he was going to move away soon, and she could have
the buckwheat if she could use it. The next day she took her carpet for a threshing floor, and some bags, and went down and carried the shocks
together, and pounded them out with a stick, getting six bags of grain and chaff. With the first favorable breeze she winnowed out a half
bushel of grain, and taking it on foot to Mr. Dayton's ground it in their coffee mill, and sifted it in their sieve, leaving the bran for toll.
"But Dayton's coffee mill soon gave way to the 'Pepper Mill,' as Parfrey's grist mill, built in 1851, was called. Parfrey's grist mill was
sixteen by twenty feet, boarded up and down. The shafts were made of tamarack and oak, unhewn. The wobble of the machinery, occasioned
by crooked shafts, was counteracted by tightening pulleys, weighted down with stones. The belts were made of bags, sewed together, and cotton
"It is well remembered that the first grinding in Parfrey's mill was one Saturday afternoon. The next day Parfrey attended meeting at the
house of Thomas Spencer. After the sermon, and before the benediction was fairly finished, Parfrey jumped to his feet, and, taking a handful
of flour from the tail pocket of his coat, shouted at the top of his voice, "Here 's a sample of my flour!' "The water power at Parfreyville was
staked out and claimed by Thomas Spencer in the spring of 1850, and was by him given to Parfrey on condition that he should build a
mill and grind a bushel of corn before the mill then being built at Waupaca (in 1851) should grind a kernel. Parfrey accomplished the task.
"Custom increased rapidly, and in 1855 Parfrey took a partner into the business, and built a large mill on the spot where the old one stood.
But Parfrey's partner and the hard times of 1857 were too much for him; so he sold his interest in the mill at Parfreyville, and built a small
mill at the foot of Junction Lake. But, his financial embarrassment continuing, he disposed of his mill at Junction Lake, and left the country.
"In 1863 the mill at Parfreyville was thoroughly repaired by J. D. Kast, after which it did a large paying business until Christmas, 1874,
when it was burned to the ground. In the spring of 1876 the high water, which was the highest ever known in this stream, destroyed the dam, leaving
the water to flow in its old channel, and thus uncovering ground that had been under water since the summer of 1851.
"Several blacksmith shops were established at Parfreyville, in the early '50s, as the mills drew thither quite a number of horses, and wagons
needed repairs which were beyond the skill of the average farmer. The first blacksmith in town was William Caley, who in 1851-52 had a small
shop on the north bank of the river about thirty rods from the bridge. R. Holman opened another in 1854, and for years it stood in Parfreyville
as the oldest building in the village.
As to matters of life and death-the first funeral in town was that of a child of Joseph Robbins, section 24, in August, 1850. The first adult
to die was the wife of Robert Palfrey, in March, 1851.The first white child born in the town was Calvin Morgan, son of Thomas and Fanny
Morgan, and grandson of Lyman Dayton, in February, 1851.
The first school at Palfreyville was taught in the summer of 1854 by Miss Jane Lathrop, in a log shanty where the public schoolhouse was
afterward built. A better building was completed in 1856.
Father: Unk. KAST
Mother: ERNESTINA b: ABT 1800
*Anna Margaret Sophia BYERS b: 15 FEB 1823 in Landkirchen, Island Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
15 APR 1853
in Island Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Island Febmaru, S., Germany
Margaret Jones information has their marriage place as Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Letter from Payeine Kast Weeks states April 15 1853 married Anne Margaret Sophia Byer at Kiel at Prof. Layman's. who was his tutor at school.
- *Ernestine Fredricka KAST b: 28 AUG 1855 in Akron, Summit Co., Ohio
- Otto Herrick KAST b: 29 AUG 1858 in Jordan, WI
- Emilie August (Amelia) KAST b: 11 JUL 1859 in Stevens Point,Portage Co.,WI
- Payeine KAST b: 11 JUL 1861 in Stevens Point,Portage Co., WI
- Jacob David KAST b: 11 AUG 1864 in Parfreyville, WI
- Fredrick Wilhelm KAST b: 17 SEP 1869 in WI