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Genealogy: Family Histories

Beier Family

Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly

Last Revised 01/12/2015

Descendants of Cristopher (Christian) Byer Baier Beier

Generation No. 1

1. CRISTOPHER (CHRISTIAN) BYER BAIER1 BEIER was born Abt. 1839 in Austria (1870) / Mecklenburg, Germany, and died 25 Apr 1891. He married ANNA (ANNE) ? 16 Dec 1865. She was born Mar 1845 in Austria (1870) / Mecklenburg, Germany, and died Bet. 1920 - 1930.


Marriage: 16 Dec 1865

Children of CRISTOPHER BEIER and ANNA ? are:

2. i. CHARLES F.2 BEIER, b. Abt. 1867, Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

3. ii. JOHN BEIER, b. Mar 1870, Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

iii. EDWARD W. BEIER, b. Jul 1872, Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin; d. Aft. 1930; m. AUGUSTA ?; b. Mar 1875, Wisconsin; d. Aft. 1930.


Generation No. 2

2. CHARLES F.2 BEIER (CRISTOPHER (CHRISTIAN) BYER BAIER1) was born Abt. 1867 in Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin. He married CATHERINE ? 20 Aug 1893. She was born Abt. 1877 in Wisconsin.


Charles buys Chas. Horst's farm of 48 acres for $3,200 Source: Daily Freeman (Waukesha, Wisconsin) > 1890 > May > 9 and The Waukesha Journal (Waukesha, Wisconsin) > 1890 > May > 10


Marriage: 20 Aug 1893


i. THERESA3 BEIER, b. Abt. 1894, Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

3. JOHN2 BEIER (CRISTOPHER (CHRISTIAN) BYER BAIER1) was born Mar 1870 in Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin. He married MINNIE ? 26 Nov 1892. She was born Nov 1875 in Wisconsin.

More About JOHN BEIER and MINNIE ?:

Marriage: 26 Nov 1892

Children of JOHN BEIER and MINNIE ? are:

4. i. HERBERT RAYMOND3 BEIER, b. 26 Dec 1897, Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

ii. MAE BEIER, b. 28 Dec 1903, Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin; m. NICK WILDT; d. 1957.

Notes for MAE BEIER:


Staff photo by Robert Bailie December 30, 2003

Mae Wildt celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at River Hills nursing home in Pewaukee on Dec. 28.

Wildt (nee Beier) was born in the town of Lisbon and has lived in the communities of Lisbon, Sussex and Lannon. She attended Sussex Grade School and graduated from Pewaukee High School. She married Nick Wildt, who served as a village of Lannon trustee, and who died in 1957. The couple had two children, Norman, who also died in 1957, and Betty Umhoefer. Mae Wildt has also been a lifetime member of Sussex Methodist Church.

Generation No. 3

4. HERBERT RAYMOND3 BEIER (JOHN2, CRISTOPHER (CHRISTIAN) BYER BAIER1) was born 26 Dec 1897 in Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin. He married JEANNETTE BROWN. She was born Abt. 1901.


Owned a group of buildings on the southeast corner of Waukesha Avenue and Main Street in Sussex. There was a home, an apartment and the Templeton Garage. Today, all that land is the northern part of Hardee's in Sussex. Source: "Tom Beier dies", Sussex Sun, March 13, 2002, by Fred H. Keller, Staff Writer


Occupation: 1930, Garage Mechanic in Sussex


i. THOMAS "TOM"4 BEIER, b. 05 Dec 1938; d. 02 Mar 2002, Lannon, Waukesha, Wisconsin.


Thomas Beier had the misfortune to be born with a crippled arm and a malformed leg. In his youth, he had numerous operations on his leg so he could walk. Because of his infirmities and his personality, he became something of a mascot to the community. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Joanie of Sussex, his aunt, May Wildt of Lannon, two nieces, four nephews and a host of friends.

Source: "Tom Beier dies", Sussex Sun, March 13, 2002, by Fred H. Keller, Staff Writer

Tom Beier dies

Fred H. Keller, Staff writer March 13, 2002

Tom Beier was born in Sussex and grew up to became one of those persons who was described as a "character of the community" in Sussex and Lannon. He was found dead Friday, March 2, at age 64.

His parents were Herbert Beier and Jeannette Brown, who had a group of buildings on the southeast corner of Waukesha Avenue and Main Street in Sussex. There was a home, an apartment and the Templeton Garage. Today, all that land is the northern part of Hardee's in Sussex.

Thomas Beier had the misfortune to be born with a crippled arm and a malformed leg. In his youth, he had numerous operations on his leg so he could walk. Because of his infirmities and his personality, he became something of a mascot to the community.

He was born on Dec. 5, 1938. He was the fourth child born and the last one living. His sister, Doris Johns, and brothers, Jack and Bill, preceded him in death.

He graduated from Sussex Main Street School in 1953 and Waukesha High School in 1957.

Tom loved sports and made valiant efforts to participate, but his afflictions limited him to being a great fan and backslapper. He initially followed the Sussex basketball and baseball teams in the Land O' Rivers and Lakes. More than 30 years ago, he moved to an apartment at the Dugout in Lannon and switched his allegiance to the Lannon Stonemen. He was an institution collecting donations at the gate for the ball team.

In the early 1950s there was a "Tommy Rule" for pickup basketball games at Sussex Community Hall. Since he could only use one hand, players could not closely guard him when he set to catch a ball or dribbled, and if he was going to shoot, they could only put up token defense. No one blocked his shots.

Besides baseball, Tom played on a Lannon Cribbage Club at Mibb's and Viv's and followed a lot of sports on TV. His final statement to his friends was that he was going to his rented room to watch a Marquette basketball game.

He was found dead in his armchair with his TV on.

A funeral and visitation were well- attended early Thursday afternoon, March 7, at the A.A. Schmidt Funeral Home in Sussex. Burial followed at the family plot at Lisbon Central Cemetery.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Joanie of Sussex, his aunt, May Wildt of Lannon, two nieces, four nephews and a host of friends.


Education 1: 1953, Sussex Main Street School

Education 2: 1957, Waukesha High School

Residence: Bet. 1970 - 2002, An apartment at the Dugout (Tavern) in Lannon, Wisconsin (Source: "Tom Beier dies", Sussex Sun, March 13, 2002, by Fred H. Keller, Staff Writer.)

ii. DORIS V. BEIER, b. 03 Nov 1920; d. 07 Jan 2002, Ocala, Marion, Florida.

iii. JOHN "JACK" E. BEIER, b. 01 Mar 1929; d. 15 Oct 1987, Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

iv. WILLIAM "BILL" G. BEIER, b. 24 Nov 1930; d. 24 Jul 1996, Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin.


Herbert Raymond Beier's World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918


Mae Beier Wildt - 100th Birthday

SUSSEX GRADE SCHOOL - The 1918 eighth-grade graduates were (front row, from left) Erna Mindemann, Alma Manke, Dorothy Grogan, Louise Hartman, (back row) Mable Taylor, Principal A.W. Vlack and Mae Beier.

This June 1918 photo, taken at Dexheimer Studio in Meno­mo­nee Falls, comes from 100-year-old-plus Mae Beier Wildt, the girl in the top right-hand corner, who was 14 years old at the time.

The photo is of Sussex Main Street School's last eighth-grade class that did not have the option to go on to a two-year high school at Sussex Main Street School, something that was instituted with the fresh­man class of Sept. 1919.

Fred H. Keller, Staff Writer November 23, 2004

Herb and Jeanette Beier Photos from the collection of Sussex Village Historian Fred H. Keller

Recently Bruce Johns, grandson of Herbert Ray Beier and Jeanette Muria Brown and resident of the Partridge Hills subdivision of Lisbon, gave the Sussex Lisbon Area Historical Society a set of three Beier family photos, including the 1919 wedding portrait of Herb and Jeanette.

Herb became a major property owner in old Templeton, owning the majority of the immediate southeast corner of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue in the 1886-established unincorporated Village of Templeton. When he came on the scene in the 1920s, the Village of Sussex was incorporated and took in Templeton as its eastern province. Today, much of the land that Beier owned is under concrete in the recent widening of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue, but a significant part is grassed-over land immediately north of the now closed Hardee's restaurant.

Herb was born Dec. 26, 1897, growing up as a farm boy in southwestern Town of Lisbon, near where Lindsey Road is west of the present day Highway 164.

Jeanette was part of a popular set of Sussex sisters, the Brown girls, which also included Jessie. Jeanette married Herb in about 1919.

Herb bought a home, a filling station (with car sales and repairs) and the adjacent former Steiner Brothers-Fleischmann cheese factory, all on the southwest corner of Main and Waukesha. Meanwhile, Jessie Brown married Roy Stier, who would become fire chief, Lions Club president, longtime Village Board member and village president.

Herb would follow in his friend and brother-in-law's footsteps, becoming a village trustee, president of the Lions Club and an ace mechanic, plus an early electronics specialist in his later years, repairing radios and televisions.

When he acquired the cheese factory adjacent to his home and garage, he converted it to a rooming apartment on the top level, and in the basement he taught gun safety and competitive target practice and competition as the leader of the Sussex Rifle Club. The target practice and competition used extra-heavy, extra-long barrel rifles with scopes. The 11-foot-high basement that served as the team's shooting gallery had a floor of bedrock limestone. The training and competitive shooting involved teams from all over Waukesha County and beyond, and the small-bore rifle club in Sussex lasted during the 1930s and 1940s, closing in the 1950s.

Herb served as president of the Sussex Lions Club from 1952-53, and his brother-in-law Roy Stier served from 1948-49.

Going back to the 1920s, Beier sold new Hudson and Essex cars, but later reverted back to just gasoline sales and automotive repairs.

Herb and Jeanette Beier had four children. The first was Doris, who later married Dave Johns. She and her husband were outstanding athletes. For many years she was a swimming instructor at the Sussex quarry, where she also served as a lifeguard. Dave played high school sports at Sussex and Hartland High School, and later played Sussex Land O' Lakes basketball and baseball. He became a Sussex village worker and keeper of the Sussex community hall. Doris graduated in 1936 from Sussex's two-year high school, while David was a 1939 graduate. After David died, she moved to Florida to retire. Doris died in 2002.

Herb and Jeanette's son John Edgar Beier, known as "Jack," was a 1945 graduate of Sussex Junior High School, and later joined the Army. He was unfortunate in life, as he was married and divorced, and died in Milwaukee.

William Beier, born in 1930, graduated from Sussex Junior High in 1946. He and Jack served on the Sussex Fire Department: Bill from 1957-77 and Jack from 1956-72. Bill, Jack and their father combined served well over 40 years in the department.

The final boy, Tom, was born handicapped in 1939. He was a popular member of society, closing out his life as a "character" in Lannon who was looked after by the local population. Tom died in 2002.

Herb died Oct. 31, 1955, three years after serving as Lions Club president. Jeanette lived on, serving as a waitress and cook at the former Three Pines restaurant by the Vulcan quarry. Today, the restaurant has been transformed into the Quarry Mart, a filling station and mini market at N52 W23206 Lisbon Road. Jeanette died in 1969.

All members of the Beier family are now deceased. Herb, Jeanette, Doris and Tom are buried in the Lisbon Central Cemetery.

Retrospect, Jan. 14, 2015: Beier becomes land baron in Sussex

Posted Living Sussex Sun, Jan. 7, 2015

Herbert (Herb) Beier was born into a farm family in Lisbon on Dec. 26, 1897. He basically lived all his life in Lisbon and Sussex, getting married to one of the Brown family sisters, Jeanette, in the mid-1920s. Jeanette was brought up on Sussex's Main Street in the cream brick home adjacent to the Pauline Haass Public Library (the former home of James Weaver).

It would take 102 years from the birth of Herb on what was once called Pewaukee Road, now Swan Road, until the youngest boy, Tom, died on March 2, 2002, to have the Beier family disappear from the local scene. The odd part about his death was, single, he was watching TV at his Lannon Dug Out apartment, apparently watching a Green Bay Packers feature on his easy chair, as he was a sports fan.

Herb became a property baron in old Templeton (east Sussex) as he acquired a filling/service station on the southeast corner of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue, and then added a home. Later, he acquired the former Steiner Brothers Cheese factory just immediately east of his filling station, which he turned into an apartment.

He married well, as Jeanette had a sister, Jessie, who was married to Roy Stier (future Sussex Lions president, long-time Sussex trustee and Sussex fire chief).

Herb was a 1922 charter year member of the Sussex Fire Department and probably served more than 20 years. Meanwhile, two of his sons, Jack and Bill, would put in 35 years together in the department. So, collectively, they had more than 55 years in the department.

Herb was elected as president of the Sussex Lions Club in 1952-53.

To the marriage were born first a girl, Doris, who was an outstanding athlete and she married an outstanding athlete, World War II veteran Dave Johns. Both excelled at swimming at the Sussex Quarry swimming hole behind the canning factory. Both would be lifeguards there and teach swimming lessons to local children under recreation department leadership from Sussex. They would have two sons, Ronald and Bruce. Dave Johns died Dec. 20, 1980, and Doris, after retiring to Ocala, Florida, died there on Jan. 7, 2002.

John (Jack) Beier built a red brick home on Elmwood Avenue and was married to Patricia, having two children, Tim and Kelly. He was in the service for the Korean War. However, he was divorced and became a Milwaukee recluse, homeless person, dying at age 59 on Oct. 1, 1988. He was buried at the Veterans' Wood Cemetery in Milwaukee.

William (Bill) spent 19 years on the Sussex Fire Department, but seemed to crash as a member on July 2, 1976, when he went on a call to what is today the intersection of Hillside Road and Norwalk, about 500 feet south of Highway Q. This was a horrific accident where four teenage girls and a 21-year-old young man mixed a fast car, beer and joy-riding into a death scene for five people. I personally remember Bill staring at a burned, ejected corpse. He seemed to be in shock and basically never attended another fire department call or event and was silently removed from the department in the beginning of 1977. Bill and wife Joanne had two adopted children, Charles and Jeannette. He died July 24, 1996, at age 65. His wife still lives in their home on Elmwood Avenue in Sussex.

The final child, Thomas, Tom or Tommy, did not have the proper use of one arm and one leg, but he attended Sussex Main Street School, graduating in 1953. Born Dec. 5, 1938, he was accepted for his imperfections by the community, and catered to his love of sports. When he played basketball, it was an unwritten rule that you guarded him from a distance and if he had the desire to shoot with his one good hand, you put up your arms so he could shoot through them, field-goal style. The rule was, "Don't you dare block his shot."

He loved the Sussex Land O' Lakes teams, baseball and basketball, but when he moved to Lannon, was at all the Lannon Land O' Lakes baseball games, and one could hear his distinctive cheering for the Lannon teams. Tom Beier was an appreciated community character. His death was the last of the parents and four children. 1897 to 2002.

The photo of this family came from the recently donated collection of the former Audrey Stier Schlegel estate in Santa Cruz, California. She was a cousin of the four Beier children as her mother was a sister of Jeannette Beier.



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