• Born 24 February 1829 - Denmark
  • Deceased 5 January 1917 - Kewaunee, Kewaunee, Wisconsin, USA,aged 87 years old
  • Buried - Kewaunee, Wisconsin, USA

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Child of Erich Erichsen and Mett Christina Brodersen and husband of Henrietta Caroline L. Groth.

Married on September 5, 1858 in Carlton, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. Witnesses were Jes Erichsen and Metta Christine Erichsen. Justice of the Peace was Luth Outzen.

Children: Mathias, Louise and Albert

Immigration records on the internet show Hans Erichsen - Country of Origin, Schleswig; Date of Birth, 1829; Port of Entry, New York; Date of Entry, 1854; Date of Filing, July 28, 1855.

John was the proprietor of the Erichsen House in Kewaunee from 1865 until he transferred the property to his son, Mathias. He was also a sporting man for a newspaper article of the times states, January 1869.

Article from The Kewaunee Enterprise newspaper, Wisconsin, dated Friday, September 11, 1908:

Fifty years of married life in Kewaunee County has been the lot of Mr. and Mrs. John Erichsen of this city. Their golden wedding was quietly celebrated at their home on Main street last Saturday by a few intimate friends who spent the evening with them in reminiscent reunion.

Mr. Erichsen was born in North Schleswig, Denmark, in 1829, coming to America in 1854 in his 25th year and settling in the town of Carlton as a farmer. September 5th, 1868, he married Miss Henrietta Groth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Groth of Carlton. In 1864 the young couple came to Kewaunee and Mr. Erichsen engaged in lumbering and farming, later taking over the proprietorship from Charles Brandes of the Steamboat House, afterwards known as the Erichsen, which he managed until 1885, when he disposed of his property to his son Matthias. Mr. Erichsen continued, however, to assist about the premises and for forty years or more has been familiar with the traveling public.

Among those present were Mrs. F. Folda, sister of Mr. Erichsen, and Mrs. H. Bartel of Sturgeon Bay, Mrs. Erichsen's sister, Mrs. Louise Conway their daughter and only surviving child. The three grandchildren of the family, Verna, Gilbert and Regina, now living with their mother, Mrs. M. Erichsen in Appleton, were unable to be there.

Mr. and Mrs. Erichsen have a very wide circle of friends who will congratulate them upon their fifty years of happy married life and wish them many returns of their wedding anniversary.

Obituary from The Kewaunee Enterprise newspaper, Wisconsin, dated Friday, January 12, 1917:

John Erichsen, pioneer of this county and one of the oldest hotel men of the state, died at his home in this city on Friday afternoon at the advanced age of 87 years, 10 months, and 12 days.

Mr. Erichsen was born in the city of Tundern, in Schlewsig-Holstein, on the 24th day of February, 1829. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in the service of the Prussian Emperor when the Danish dominion of Schleswig-Holstein was invaded by the Prussian army. He served in the army for two years when peace was declared and he then returned to his native land and engaged in fishing along the coast of Finland.

Three years later he emigrated to this country, settling at Mishicot. There he was engaged for a time as an apprentice in peeling tan-bark. Not being satisfied with his work he turned farmer and was remarkably successful as a granger.

He lost his farm at the beginning of the Civil War but immediately after removed to Kewaunee and started life anew as host at the Steamboat House, later known as the Erichsen House, located on the present site of the Hotel Karsten, and for more than a quarter of a century, during which he became known to nearly every traveling man who visited this section, he conducted the hostelry. By his careful attention, kindly hospitality and strict integrity his establishment had a reputation second to none along the lake shore.

At the age of 29 Mr. Erichsen was married to Miss Henrietta Groth, a bright and charming lady, and to this union were born five children, only one of whom with his widow survives him---Mrs. Louise Conway of Manitowoc.

Retiring some years ago Mr. Erichsen lived a quiet life at his home here but for several months his health had been failing and the end came on Friday afternoon.

John Erichsen settled at Kewaunee while it was still a sawmill hamlet and has lived here for more than a quarter of a century being closely identified with the history of the city.

He was a man of firm and lasting friendship and was a kindly, courteous and considerate gentleman, and commanded the respect and esteem of all his acquaintances. Above all, he had the moral courage with prompted him in all business matters to do right as he saw it, regardless of criticism or consequences. This honesty of purpose was his guiding star in all his dealings with his fellow men and it seldom led him astray.

Since his retirement from business his life has been calm and serene, and his time has been almost entirely spent with his faithful wife with whom he had passed nearly three score years of wedded life, and he has frequently expressed himself to intimate friends that his work was finished and that he was ready for his departure to the Better Land at the call of the Master.

The funeral was held on Monday afternoon from the late home and was conducted by the local lodge I. O. O. F. of which he had been a member for forty-one years. Interment was in the public cemetery.

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