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Barthen, Zweifelhover,or Zwifelhover and murder mystery.

Posted: 1185728075000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Barthen, Teske, Zweifelhover, Zwifelhoffer, Zwifelhover
I am looking for information about my great mother's parents. My great grandma was Whilemenia Barthen (minnie) born about 1885. Minnie married a Charles Teske and moved to Minnesota.

Her siblings were Rosa (1881), Joseph C. (1887), Henry G. (1889), Albert (1891), Margaret (1895), and William L. (1883). All children were born in Chippewa Falls.

Their parents were Eleonora Zwiffelhoffer, (I know there are many variations). She immigrated form Bohemia-Austria in around 1870 - into Baltimore Maryland I believe. Then moved to Chippewa Falls. Her parents I believe were Joseph and Barbara Zweifelhover (Zwifelhover), born around 1816. I believe Joseph died about 1904.

Elenora married a Conrad Barthen. I don't know much about him. He is estimated born around 1854 in Wisconsin. (His parents were born in Germany). I don't know his parents names.

Conrad was a cigar maker by trade, and his son Henry G. was too. I was told by my grandma that he made them at his home premises, and sold them to business to sell. (one of his clients or bosses was a H J Toepfer at 524 Mansfield).

Conrad Barthen's name is a mystery to me. I have 1880-1910 census'. But I can not find any other document, such as birth or death record. The details of his death are sketchy too. Apparently he was murdered and his body was thrown into a river. (some family members say he was in Milwaukee at the time, or Eau Claire, or still in Chippewa Falls).He died sometime around 1928.

I know that after Conrad's death, Eleanor went to Milwuakee to live with her son Albert and his two children - Sylvia and Raymond. (that is where she is on the 1930 Census).

I am hoping there is someone out there who can add some of history or details of these Zweifelhoffers, and Barthen's for me. Any info would be so greatly appreciated. Especially any details of Conrad Barthen's parents, or his ultimate murder.

Most Sincerely,

Re: Update

Posted: 1247668590000
Classification: Death
Surnames: Barthen, Zwieffelhofer
I found this:Conrad Barthen - newspaper article about his death.
The Sheboygan Press, Tuesday, October 9, 1928

Relatives Claim Aged Man Victim of Foul Play,

(By United Press)

Chippewa Falls, Wis. - That Conrad Barthen, 75 who was buried here today, met with foul play at Milwaukee, was the theory advanced by his relatives. The body of Barthen, who was the oldest cigar manufacturer in Chippewa Falls, was found floating in a river at Milwaukee Saturday. He had left here three weeks ago to visit his son Albert at that city. The aged man always carried considerable money on his person, but when the body was dragged from the river he had only 43 cents in his pockets. Death was caused by two deep gashes in the head.

After Conrad's deathon October 6, 1928, Elenora lived with her son Albert and his two child in Milwaukee. She died in 1933. They are both buried in Calvary Cemetery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

I still do not have either of his parents names.


Re: Conrad Barthen - newspaper articles

Posted: 1355265430000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Barthen
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel archives are online through their main site, or through Google Historic Newspapers site.
If you're in Wisconsin you have other research options through BadgerLink like free access to NewspaperARCHIVE for many other papers.

Milwaukee County Historical Society has Milwaukee County coroner files in their collection. Check their website for the date range of their collection.
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