WELS Historical Institute
West Granville Cemetery Tour
June 9, 2018
The sixth annual West Granville Cemetery tour will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Please meet at the main cemetery entrance at 6815 N. 107th Street. Parking is available across the street at the historic Salem Landmark Church.
This year’s tour will focus on some of the very earliest families who settled in Granville Township and western Milwaukee/eastern Waukesha Counties. Tour participants will hear about Jane Wolcott, the first adult buried at West Granville in 1844; Christoph Wagner and his dealings in securing a financially stable retirement; Jacob Felsing, a carpenter and inventor who literally lost the farm; the Burghardt brothers and their numerous descendants; Maude Schlafer Shunk, the founder of the Menomonee Falls Library; and the Linstedts who symbolize the stability the immigrant families brought to the community. All of these families have unique twists and turns in their lives that make for interesting stories yet today. Come and learn some fascinating local history!
The tour will be conducted by Jim Moeller who has grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-great uncles and aunts, cousins of every degree, and a variety of related personages buried at West Granville Cemetery. A son of Salem congregation, he serves as principal at Trinity-St. Luke’s Lutheran school in Watertown. This year’s tour is the sixth tour conducted by him.