Up North: the series ::The beginning:: Two Rivers

Henry Theide
An Early Wisconsinite

I’ve got Wisconsin in my blood. No, really, I do. My great grandmother’s family settled there after emigrating from Germany sometime before the US Civil War. I’m not sure where the man she married, Silas Koeser, was from, perhaps Michigan since my grandmother was born there, but he eventually moved to Two Rivers, the town where his wife was born. She bore nine children and died when some of the children were very young. Silas remained in Two Rivers the rest of his life, as did most of his children.

A beach in Two Rivers -- see, looks like the ocean.*
A beach in Two Rivers -- see, looks like the ocean. *

As many times as I’ve been to Wisconsin, I’ve only been in Two Rivers once. When I was about three years old.  And had a bad case of the measles. I don’t remember it at all, but I’ve seen photographs of me at a beach, and perhaps a video or two. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I realized it was not an ocean beach in the photograph, but Lake Michigan.

Starting this summer, I want to visit some of the places in Wisconsin that have meaning for me. I might not start with Two Rivers, but someday I’ll go back and see where I’m “from”.

*Neshotah Beach photo originally uploaded by Lester Public Library

8 thoughts on “Up North: the series ::The beginning:: Two Rivers

  1. It would take about half an hour on the subway and bus to revisit where I grew up. I’d like to throw a stone over the bridge into the creek as my father and I always did and maybe this summer I will.

  2. for the gal who wants to go Two Rivers, I’m a 1st cousin to your mother and have lots of information on the Koeser’s, and their obituaries. Your great grandfather Silas was born in Two Rivers…contact me.

  3. I found your “Up North” series again, & realized the young girl’s stone monument photo,
    you took in Pioneers Rest cemetary is my mothers aunt. She died young from a goiter
    operation, just before she was to be married. My dad told me the Mexico House was where Chief Mexico lived, never did look up the story. I fell walking my dog & now in rehab at health facility learning to walk…missing summer. Lots of time on my hands. My brother, Gordie, recently passed, June 26th. Only one left, Ross Koeser, lives in Poolesville, Maryland. I’m sure he would like to meet you. Good Health, & enjoy, Polly
    I went back & read your notes Grandpa Silas was born in T.R., Hamilton’s (co. worked for) had hi go there for 2 years to work cabinet making.

    1. Hi Polly,

      Sorry to hear about your brother and your fall.

      Thanks for the info on the statue.

      I will email you about Ross’ contact information. I would love to meet him.


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