“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Casco in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Bottkolville Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 18, 2014
1. Bottkolville Marker
     Because permission to emigrate from their home in Euren, Germany, had repeatedly been denied, the family of Michael Bottkol fled to France in the spring of 1856.

     Arriving in Kewaunee that summer, the family spent their remaining money for essential supplies and hired a guide to take them on foot through the forested wilderness to their new home, 160 acres which they had purchase for $1 per acre 15 miles to the northwest.

     The Bottkol family faced many of the challenges other early pioneers encountered in our newly formed country.

     The area where they settled became known as Bottkolville, later renamed Euren. Here the three Bottkol brothers, who had little formal education, began a business enterprise in 1871 that eventually included a stream powered sawmill, planing mill, gristmill, grain elevator, store, and cheese factory, employing as many as 40 men. They later expanded their business enterprises to Brussles and Menominee, Michigan.

     A devastating fire on Friday the 13th of July 1894 destroyed the mills and several other buildings that they owned in Euren.

     Dr. Edward Kerscher, another legendary resident of the community, who married Helen Bottkol, returned to the community of Euren where he was born and raised to practice medicine. Assisting a
Close-up of Photos image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 18, 2014
2. Close-up of Photos
country doctor by driving his buggy and even assisting in setting bones whetted his interest in medicine. Eventually Dr. Kerscher delivered over 5,000 babies, the last when he was 88 years old.
Erected 2001 by the Kewaunee County Historical Society.
Location. 44° 37.093′ N, 87° 36.344′ W. Marker is near Casco, Wisconsin, in Kewaunee County. Marker is on County Highway S 0.2 miles west of Maple Road (County Highway C), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is approximately 8 miles west of Algoma. Marker is at or near this postal address: E3235 County Highway S, Casco WI 54205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The 1858 Rosiere Kermiss (approx. 4 miles away); Decker House (approx. 4.2 miles away); Casco Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); Bruemmerville (approx. 6.7 miles away); Bank of Luxemburg (approx. 7.3 miles away); Voie de la Liberte (approx. 7.7 miles away); South Luxemburg (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Kewaunee County Farm (approx. 7.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Casco.
More about this marker. photo captions:
• The Geo. Bottkol & Bros General Store in Euren, Wisconsin.
• Dr. Edward Kerscher
Bottkolville Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 18, 2014
3. Bottkolville Marker
Former Home of Dr. Kerscher
and a patient, Red River farmer, Jules Ferron. Apr. 1975.
Also see . . .
1. Kewaunee County Historical Society. Bottkolville. "Other than a faded photograph or two, there is nothing here to remind us of this prominent family... There are no members of the family anywhere in the area. Most departed for Menominee County in Upper Michigan; those that didn’t leave are buried in the area cemeteries." (Submitted on September 24, 2014.) 

2. Bottkol burials in Kewaunee County. Find A Grave. (Submitted on September 24, 2014.) 

3. Dr Edward J. Kerscher. Find A Grave. (Submitted on September 24, 2014.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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