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Stier Family

Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly

Last Revised 01/20/2015    

      "Yesteryear in Sussex: Fred Stier's Blacksmith Shop", by Fred H. Keller, Yesteryear in Sussex Revisited, page 35-36.  Where Cain's Service Station stands today was once the center of Sussex, the "Four Corners." [Main and Maple Ave.]. Charles Cooling, an English immigrant, operated Cooling's Carriage and Wagon Shop on the southeast corner. Fred Stier took over the shop around the turn of the century, It became Stier's Blacksmith Shop. This picture was taken in 1906. Only four individuals can be identified today. Those beginning third from left; Fred Stier, Francis Stier, Roy Stier and William Smith. Stier was a good iron smith but not a businessman. He had a habit of marking work down on a blackboard with chalk. Occasionally it got erased and occasionally his wife would come down to copy all the accounts from the blackboard and they'd be gone. In a 1900 bill made out by Fred's wife the price to set one horse shoe was 20 cents anf four for the bargain price of 70 cents!

Descendants of Jakob Stier

Generation No. 1


1. JAKOB1 STIER was born 01 Nov 1815 in Germany, and died 27 Jul 1903 in German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.

Notes for JAKOB STIER:

Relatives of Jacob Stier came from Germany last week expecting to make their home in this country in the future. Waukesha Freeman, May 19, 1892


Emigration: 02 May 1883, On ship Salier from Bremen to New York (Source: New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891, age 67, no other Stier family with him.)

Children of JAKOB STIER are:

2. i. PHILIP2 STIER, b. 26 Jan 1842; d. 08 Oct 1903, German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.

3. ii. PHILIP JACOB STIER, b. 27 Jun 1847, Neuhofen, Germany; d. 27 Aug 1933, German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.

Generation No. 2


2. PHILIP2 STIER (JAKOB1) was born 26 Jan 1842, and died 08 Oct 1903 in German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex. He married MARY ?. She was born 26 Aug 1841, and died 18 Mar 1902 in German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.


Mr. Philip Stier died last Tuesday morning, October 13, after an illness of five days. Although his family knew he was not well, his death came very unexpectantly and sudden. The deceased was born in Neuhofen, Bavaria, Germany. In 1882 he came with his wife and three daughters to America and later settled on a farm near Sussex, Waukesha County. Here he lived for the last 21 years, a quiet life. His wife died about 18 months ago. He had sold his farm and had an auction billed at which to dispose of personal property, but died prior to holding the same. It was his intention to retire from farm life and enjoy a few days of rest. He leave two daughters and one brother to mourn him. He was 62 years and 8 months of age. Great sympathy is felt for the bereaved family. Waukesha Freeman, October 22, 1903

Children of PHILIP STIER and MARY ? are:

i. CARRIE3 STIER, b. 14 Nov 1879; d. 09 Jun 1896, German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.


Miss Carrie is attending the German school at Merton. Waukesha Freeman, October 22, 1891


Notes for "FRANKIE" STIER:

Miss Frankie Stier has returned to Dr. Warner's of Waukesha, where she has been for the past year. Waukesha Freeman, March 5, 1891

iii. 3RD STIER.

3. PHILIP JACOB2 STIER (JAKOB1) (Source: Waukesha Freeman, August 30, 1933.) was born 27 Jun 1847 in Neuhofen, Germany (Source: 1930 Federal Census, age 82 living with daughter-in-law in Sussex. German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery.), and died 27 Aug 1933 in German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex (Source: German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery.). He married (1) ANNA MARIE EISENHAUER 14 Nov 1872 in Germany. She was born 17 Oct 1849 in Germany, and died 19 Jun 1908 in German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.


The new barn of Jacob Stier, which was raised recently, is already completed and warmed. Waukesha Freeman, June 11, 1891


Emigration: 18 Aug 1883, Arrived New York from Bremen, Germany on ship Werra, listed as "Thel Stier".

Funeral: Abt. 31 Aug 1933, From daughter Elizabeth Manke's home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon to Lutheran church in Sussex.

Political: Apr 1902, Lisbon town Treasurer. Waukesha Freeman, April 3, 1902


Marriage: 14 Nov 1872, Germany


4. i. FREDERICK "FRED"3 STIER, b. 1874, Bavaria, Germany; d. Abt. 1924.

5. ii. MARIE STIER, b. Abt. 1877, Germany.

6. iii. JACOB "JAKE" STIER, b. Abt. 1880, Germany.

7. iv. JOHN P. STIER, b. 16 Feb 1884, Wisconsin; d. 21 Dec 1936, German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.



Miss Frances Stier, formerly of Waukesha, but for several years matron of the Milwaukee County Asylum, is about to take her departure on a visit to Europe and will be absent three or more months. Miss Stier is a sister of Mrs. Otto Ohrmund. Waukesha Freeman, June 11, 1908.

vi. MARY STIER, m. ? KAY.

Notes for MARY STIER:

Fred Stier and his sister Mrs. Mary Kay, were called to Milwaukee by the serious illness of their mother. Waukesha Freeman, June 18, 1908


vii. ELIZABETH3 STIER, b. 1876, Germany; d. 1956, German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex; m. AUGUST F. MANKE, 06 Dec 1904 (Source: Waukesha Freeman, December 6, 1933.); b. 1875; d. 1964, German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.


Marriage: 06 Dec 1904 (Source: Waukesha Freeman, December 6, 1933.)

Generation No. 3


4. FREDERICK "FRED"3 STIER (PHILIP JACOB2, JAKOB1) was born 1874 in Bavaria, Germany, and died Abt. 1924 (Source: Milwaukee 34 097.). He married MARY A. SMITH (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Nov. 10, 1904.) 28 Jun 1899, daughter of FRANK A. SMITH. She was born 1881 (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Apr. 6, 1933, page 8, celebrated his 73rd birthday on April 1, 1933.), and died Aft. 1933.


New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891

Name: friedr (Unknown) Stier

Arrival Date: 18 Aug 1883

Age: 7

Gender: Male

Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany

Destination: Wisconsin

Place of Origin: Bavaria

Ship Name: Werra

Port of Arrival: New York

Line: 54

Microfilm Roll: 469

List Number: 1049


Emigration: 18 Aug 1883, Arrived New York from Bremen, Germany on ship Werra (Source: New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891.)

Occupation: Horse Blacksmith


Marriage: 28 Jun 1899


8. i. FRANCIS4 STIER, b. 23 May 1900; d. Oct 1965.

9. ii. ROY STIER, b. 21 Feb 1902; d. 13 Feb 1983.

10. iii. PHILIP "CHINEE" J. STIER, b. 30 Sep 1906; d. 23 Sep 1996, Millway Nursing Home, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

iv. FREDERICK "FRITZ" M. STIER, JR., b. 07 Jan 1914 (Source: Waukesha 0301 000033, 1920 Federal Census, age 5.); d. 15 Jun 1996, Vacaville, Solano, California; m. ALICE E. SHANE; b. 05 Aug 1916 (Source: SSDI.); d. 07 Jan 2000, Palmer, Matanuska Susitna, Alaska (Source: SSDI.).


5. MARIE3 STIER (PHILIP JACOB2, JAKOB1) was born Abt. 1877 in Germany. She married F. OTTO OHRMUND Abt. 28 Jul 1887 (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Were married Monday of paper's issue on July 28, 1887.).

Notes for MARIE STIER:

Marie Stier and F. Otto Ohrmund married at German Reformed Church, Waukesha, by Rev. F. Kuenzler, Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. Waukesha Freeman, July 28, 1887


The Misses Jessie and Marie Ohrmund, and Master Arthur (all of Waukesha), will spend New Year's Day with Mr. Philip Stier of Sussex, Wis. Waukesha Freeman, January 1, 1903


Mr. and Mrs. Otto Ohrmund, and son Arthur, of Hartford, formerly of Waukesha. They are doing finely at Hartford and their boys (?) are employed in the big factory where autos and agricultural machinery are made. Waukesha Freeman, June 11, 1908.


Marriage: Abt. 28 Jul 1887 (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Were married Monday of paper's issue on July 28, 1887.)

Children of MARIE STIER and F. OHRMUND are:




6. JACOB "JAKE"3 STIER (PHILIP JACOB2, JAKOB1) was born Abt. 1880 in Germany. He married INA CHILDRENS. She was born 1883 in Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin (Source: Robert "Bob" Davis 5/9/05.).


Residence: 1941, Blackie, Canada (near Calgary)


11. i. JAMES4 STIER, b. 20 May 1912, Blackie, Alberta, Canada; d. 20 Jan 1998, High River, Alberta, Canada.

7. JOHN P.3 STIER (PHILIP JACOB2, JAKOB1) was born 16 Feb 1884 in Wisconsin, and died 21 Dec 1936 in German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex. He married EMMA HOHLWECH 1909. She was born 02 Jan 1886 (Source: 1920 Federal Census, age 37, SSDI gives birth yr as 1886.), and died Nov 1982 in German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.

More About JOHN P. STIER:

Occupation: 30 May 1934, Appointed Sussex Postmaster


Name 2: Emma Hohwech


Marriage: 1909

Children of JOHN STIER and EMMA HOHLWECH are:

i. EVA MARIE4 STIER, b. 1912 (Source: 1920 Federal Census, age 13.); d. 23 Apr 1928, German Evangelical Zion Church/Redeemer United Church of Christ Cemetery, Sussex.

ii. ROBERT JOHN STIER, b. 26 Sep 1914 (Source: SSDI.); d. 04 Feb 1991; m. MARYLEE (MARILEE) BABINOC, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Sussex (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Waukesha Freeman, February 7, 1940Wedding occurred on Saturday before this issue.).


A pretty wedding took place at St. Alban's church at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon when Miss Marylee Babinoc, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Babinoc of 638 South 65th st., Milwaukee, became the bride of Robert John Stier, son of Emma Stier of this village (Sussex). The Rev. Charles Parmiter performed the ceremony.

The bride wore white brocade with pressed velvet flowers, long train on dress, finger tip veil with crown of seed pearls. She carried a bouquet of yellow tea roses with white sweet peas and white ribbon. She was attended by Anna Babinoc of 638 S. 65th st., Milwaukee, as maid of honor, who wore blue net over blue satin and carried pink roses with white sweet peas and a long blue ribbon. Mr. Stier was attended by his cousin, Hilbert Manke, as the best man. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Elmer Kurtz, organist of St. Alban's church, played the wedding march. The wedding was private, being attended by only a few witnesses.

After the ceremony, the bride and groom and their attendants went to Menomonee Falls to have their pictures taken after which a wedding dinner was served at the groom's home, covers being laid for the following guests other than the bridal party of four: Mr. and Mrs. Michael Babinoc, George Babinoc, Hilda Zeller, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kramer, Mrs. Emma Stier, and the Misses Catherine, Betty and Maryanna Stier.

Mr. and Mrs. Stier left for a short honeymoon trip. Mr. Stier has rented his mother's farm and took possession the first of the month. Mrs. Stier and three daughters will live in the upstairs rooms of the Stier farm house. Waukesha Freeman, February 7, 1940


Name 2: Robert Stier

Occupation: Abt. Mar 1978, Was a farmer and is presently self-employed as a trencher. He served as Sussex Fire Chief for 12 yrs and is a long time member of the village board. As a baseball pitcher, he was said to huff and puff and hitch up his pants before every pitch he threw. (Source: Sussex Sun, Tuesday, March 14, 1978, Fred H. Keller.)


Residence: Bef. 07 Feb 1940, 638 S. 65th St., Milwaukee


Marriage: St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Sussex (Source: Waukesha Freeman, Waukesha Freeman, February 7, 1940Wedding occurred on Saturday before this issue.)

iii. MARJORIE K. STIER, b. 07 Oct 1916; d. 24 Nov 1995, Madison, Dane, Wisconsin; m. MARVIN KRAMER; b. 25 Oct 1910; d. Mar 1963.

iv. KATHERINE STIER, b. Abt. 1918; d. 12 Oct 2004.


Not married as of January 14, 1955 (Waukesha Freeman issue)

Stier, Katherine E., died Oct. 12, 2004, age 86 years. Sister of Maryanna Hart. Sister-in-law of Marilee Stier. Aunt of Robert (Patricia) Kramer, Michael Kramer, Jacqueline Jenerrete, John, Bette, John (Sharon) Magnusson, Gary (Mary) Magnusson, Cynthia (Thomas) Geppert, Diane (Robert) Becker, Ronald (Debra) Hart, Jeffrey (Shelli) Hart and Barbara (Jeff) Key. Further survived by great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Emma; sisters, Eva, Marjorie and Betty; and brother, Robert. Visitation Thurs., Oct. 14, 2004 at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, W239 N6440 Maple Ave., Sussex from 3PM until time of Mass at 5PM. Private burial in the Church cemetery.

v. ELIZABETH "BETTY" E. STIER, b. 18 Mar 1921; d. 20 Dec 2002, Saukville, Ozaukee, Wisconsin; m. SVEN J. MAGNUSSON, 21 Jun 1947, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Sussex; b. 04 Jul 1912; d. 16 Mar 1988, Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin.


Mrs. John Stier is spending some time with her daughter, Mrs. Sven Magnussen and family at Lake Five. Mrs. Magnussen and infant daughter, Cynthia Camille, returned home from Mt. Sinai hospital, Milwaukee, Tuesday. Two small brothers are welcoming their sister home. Waukesha Daily Freeman, August 2, 1955

Magnusson, Elizabeth E. "Betty", (nee Stier) Died on Dec. 20, 2002. Age 81 years. Wife of the late Sven. Mother of Dr. John (Sharon), Gary (Mari) Maack Magnusson and Cynthia (Dr. Tom) Geppert. Sister of Maryanna (Hart) and Katherine Stier. Further survived by 7 grandchildren, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Sat., Dec. 28, 2002 at St. Albin's Episcopal Church, W239 N6440 Maple Ave., Sussex at 11AM. Burial to follow in the church cemetery.


Education: 1936, Graduate Sussex High school (Source: Fred Keller Sussex Sun.)


He spent his summers working at the Mammoth Spring Canning company, and save up a nest-egg of $1,300. He told the story that his father had promised to him that he would match each dollar he saved so he could go to the University of Wisconsin. His funds lasted two years. Source: Fred Keller, Sussex Sun.


Sven J. Magnusson, Sussex, philosophy major at the university expects to spend part of his vacation at Lake Kegonsa with David Parson, Chicago, also a student at the university. Mr. Magnusson is a member of the university fencing team and attended the meet at Chicago recently. he is also a member of the Green International, League of Industrial Democracy, and of Wesley Foundation, student church group. Thursday, April 13, 1933


Editor's note: Student/Socialist League of Industrial Democracy...which was originally called the Intercollegiate Socialist Society. Green International - early environmental organization ?


He then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and did his service at Clam Lake. Normal pay was $30 per month, but because of his college education, he was made a clerk, and given a raise to $45 per month, of which, $30 was sent home. Source: Fred Keller, Sussex Sun.


1936 - Sven attending Carroll College


In 1939, Magnusson completed his University of Wisconsin education and he ultimately became a CPA, working for the Milwaukee Telephone Company. Source: Fred Keller, Sussex Sun.


Srgt. Sven Magnussen arrived Thursday from a southern camp to spend a few days' furlough with his mother, Mrs. John Magnussen, and family. Waukesha Freeman, June 30, 1943

December 20, 1944, Mrs. John Magnussen, received word her son Sven is missing in Belgium

January 17, 1945, hears Sven is prisoner in Germany

February 21, 1945, Has received official notice through the National Red Cross that her son, Sven, is a prisoner of Germany.

June 13, 1945, received a telegram from the U. S. government, that her son, Sven, who was a prisoner of the Germans, has been liberated and is safe.


Drafted into Army - There was basic training at Camp Walters in Mineral Wells, Texas. By January, 1943, he was made a corporal (Note: his advancement in rank above) after taking a non-commissioned officer training course. He rose to the rank of lieutenant after completing further training at Camp Shelby, Miss.

During the Battle of the Bulge, his unit was captured in December, 1944. His address became "First Lt. Sven J. Magnusson, Offizie slager 64, Germany, via New York, NY" Source: Fred Keller, Sussex Sun.


Education 1: 1928, Graduated two-year Sussex High school

Education 2: After retirement he went back to the Univ. Of Wisconsin and learned Swedish so he could travel to his mother country. (Source: Fred Keller Sussex Sun.)

Education 3: 1930, Graduated Salutatorian from Waukesha High School


Marriage: 21 Jun 1947, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Sussex

vi. MARYANNA STIER, m. VIRGIL RONALD "BUTCH" HART, 22 Aug 1942, St. James, Lannon (Menomonee Falls), Waukesha, Wisconsin; b. 24 Apr 1918, Waukesha Co.; d. 10 Feb 1994, Home (of cancer), Oshkosh, Winnebago, Wisconsin.


Marriage: 22 Aug 1942, St. James, Lannon (Menomonee Falls), Waukesha, Wisconsin

Generation No. 4


8. FRANCIS4 STIER (FREDERICK "FRED"3, PHILIP JACOB2, JAKOB1) was born 23 May 1900, and died Oct 1965 (Source: SSDI.). He married NELLIE TESKY.


Residence: 24 Sep 1941, West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin




9. ROY4 STIER (FREDERICK "FRED"3, PHILIP JACOB2, JAKOB1) was born 21 Feb 1902 (Source: SSDI.), and died 13 Feb 1983. He married JESSIE BROWN 20 Jun 1928 in St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin, daughter of WILLIAM BROWN and SUSAN WHITEHEAD. She was born 23 Oct 1906 (Source: SSDI.), and died 20 Jan 1975.

Notes for ROY STIER:

Roy was always fond of the fact that his wife graduated from high school while he bragged about going to the school of hard knocks. Roy became a prominent local "do it all" as he served almost 35 yrs on the village board, first as a trustee, and then as a four term village president. Simultaneously, he served 42 yrs on the Sussex Fire Department, three yrs as Chief. Today [1977], Roy lives in the same house he grew up in on Main ST., next to St. Alban's Cemetery. Seventy-five years young, he claims to be the the oldest living Sussex resident to have spent his entire life in Sussex. Source: Sussex June Brides of 50 years ago, by Fred H. Keller, Sussex Sun, Tuesday, June 7, 1977

More About ROY STIER:

Occupation 1: Blacksmith

Occupation 2: 15 Jun 1933, Has his new garage well under way on the vacant lot just east of his residence, having the basement dug and the foundation laid. (Source: Waukesha Freeman, June 15, 1933.)


Marriage: 20 Jun 1928, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Sussex, Waukesha, Wisconsin


i. AUDREY JEAN5 STIER, b. 23 May 1933, St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee (Source: Waukesha Freeman, June 1, 1933.).


Not married in 1955, still in Waukesha Freeman as Stier.


10. PHILIP "CHINEE" J.4 STIER (FREDERICK "FRED"3, PHILIP JACOB2, JAKOB1) was born 30 Sep 1906, and died 23 Sep 1996 in Millway Nursing Home, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Source: SSDI.). He married RUTH E. SEABORN 23 Aug 1947, daughter of STEPHEN SEABORN and EDITH ?. She was born 26 Apr 1918 (Source: SSDI.), and died 20 Feb 2003 (Source: SSDI.).


Nickname "Chinee" due to his exploits as an early Waukesha County aviator and plane owner. Flew plane out of Sussex airfield where Quadgraphics is today.

For their honeymoon, Philip and Ruth flew to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to visit uncle Jake Stier about 100 miles from Banff and Lake Louise. On the way home the plane crashed, both ok, but Ruth took the train home leaving Philip behind to repair the plane and fly it home.

Notes for RUTH E. SEABORN:

Stier, Ruth E., (Nee Seaborn) Found peace Feb. 20, 2003, age 84 yrs. Wife of the late Philip. Mother of Philip (Marge) and Rev. Mary De May. Grandmother of Karen Kline, Bill (Jenny) Kline, Katie (fiancee Mike) Kline, Ryan Stier and Jon Stier. Great-grandmother of Hailey Connor and the late Alexandra Kline. Funeral services Mon. Feb. 24 at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, W239 N6440 Maple Ave., Sussex at 10 AM. Private burial Lisbon Central Cemetery. Ruth was a member of the Horne Mudlitz Ladies Auxiliary.


Marriage: 23 Aug 1947

Children of PHILIP STIER and RUTH SEABORN are:

12. i. PHILIP S.5 STIER.


11. JAMES4 STIER (JACOB "JAKE"3, PHILIP JACOB2, JAKOB1) was born 20 May 1912 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada, and died 20 Jan 1998 in High River, Alberta, Canada. He married HILDA LOVE. She was born in Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, and died 31 Mar 2005.


Occupation: Operated gas station in Blackie, Alberta, Canada; bus driver for Greyhound Bus Lines.

Children of JAMES STIER and HILDA LOVE are:


More About GAIL STIER:

Residence: May 2005, Vancouver Island

13. ii. WAYNE STIER.


More About PAUL STIER:

Occupation: Licensed helicopter pilot.



Occupation: Owns family farm near Blackie, Alberta, Canada


     Sussex Gothic: The old Charles Cooling house built prior to 1864 sits just east of Cain's Service Station, Main and Maple Ave. This picture was taken in 1905. Little Roy and Francis Stier pose with their grandmother, Mary Smith Stier. Mary was a granddaughter of Jeremiah Smith, an early pioneer in the area of today's Howard Lane, Hwy 164, and Hillside Rd. Jeremiah was married to Ann Rebecca Weaver, A daughter of John Weaver, one of the founders of Sussex-Lisbon. This relationship makes Roy Stier, past president of the Village of Sussex, a direct descendant to the founding Weaver brothers. Today Roy Stier lives in retirement across from his boyhood home and claims to be the oldest continuous living Sussex resident of the village. Source: Fred H. Keller, Yesteryear in Sussex Revisited, page 36, published c. 1979.


Retrospect: Stier estate auction attracted a crowd of 300


Roy Stier (1902-1983) of Sussex came from a long line of great men and women.

Posted: October 15, 2008, Sussex Sun


First of two parts

Roy Stier (1902-1983) of Sussex came from a long line of great men and women.

He was directly related to Melinda Weaver, Lisbon’s first woman settler; to Gen. Joe Warren, an officer killed at Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War; and to James Weaver, “the father of Sussex-Lisbon.”

Roy’s father, Fred, was one of the 16 men who signed the petition to incorporate Sussex as a village.

Roy Stier was born Feb. 21, 1902, near Sussex’s beginning at the “four corners” of Maple Avenue and Main Street. He lived his whole life in a one-block area around St. Alban’s Cemetery, which he served for a time as sexton and where he is now buried.

He served more than 35 years on the Sussex Village Board, eight years as its president, 1957-61 and 1965-69, before calling it quits.

Important actions during his presidency included acquiring Sussex Village Park in 1958 and starting work on the wastewater treatment plant and the municipal water system.

He was a charter member in 1922 of the Sussex Fire Department, serving it as a volunteer for 40 years, and as it chief, 1948-51. He was also a charter member in 1939 of the Sussex Lions Club, serving as club president 1948-49.

He married Jessie Brown on June 20, 1928, when he was 26. They had one surviving daughter, Audrey Stier Schlegel.

Soon after his marriage to Jessie, he acquired the former Medhurst home across the street from the home where he was born and grew up. The old address system put it at 808 Main St. Today that gray and white painted house is at N64 W23956 Main St., immediately west of Sussex Auto and east of St. Alban’s Cemetery.

There he practiced his life trade, mechanics and blacksmithing, initially calling it Stier’s Garage.

He later joined with Al Schroeder to sell and service farm machinery under the business name Stier and Schroeder.

Schroeder eventually left and started Schroeder Implement in Templeton (now eastern Sussex).

Stier later rented out his garage to Clem (Cornelius C. "Slim" in 1963) Strobel, who changed the name to Sussex Auto.

Roy often boasted in his declining years that he was “the oldest person in Sussex who has lived here all his life.”

After 80 years in Sussex, he spent his last months with his daughter, Audrey, in Santa Cruz, Calif., where he died Feb. 13, 1983, just a week short of 81 years. His daughter returned his body to Sussex for a funeral at St. Alban’s on Feb. 21, 1983, the day after what would have been his 81st birthday.

Stier served as village president when the population of Sussex was just breaking 1,000 and died when it was nearing 4,000. Today it is about 10,000.

Audrey auctioned off Roy’s estate March 13, 1983. More than 300 people attended.

Retrospect: Memories bought and sold at Roy Stier estate auction

Second of two parts

Posted: October 22, 2008, Sussex Sun

Roy Stier’s estate sale 25 years ago was one of the biggest home auctions in Sussex history. More than 300 people mobbed the Main Street home of the one-time fire chief, blacksmith, village trustee and village president, according to newspaper accounts of the time. Parking was at a premium for a half-mile in all directions.

The seller was Audrey Stier Schlegel, his only daughter, who had already sorted out and shipped to her home in Santa Cruz, Calif., the items she wanted for herself.

Auctioneer Rollie Bast and his son, Ron, ran the auction in front of the livery stable in the backyard, selling tools from Stier’s machine shop, household furnishings, lawnmowers, snowblowers, outboard boat motors, gasoline and electric motors, lumber, antiques, old collectibles and an 11-year-old Ford LTD with only 32,000 miles on it and a reputation of being cared for by a top mechanic.

People started to congregate as early as 7:30 for the 9 o’clock start of the Sunday morning event. The weather was ideal: cool but comfortable if you dressed appropriately.

Lisbon Constable David Gettelman was the first to arrive and held the No. “1” bidding paddle, but ended the day without buying anything.

The auction was like old home week as friends and neighbors gathered to banter among themselves about the merits of what was being offered.

The veteran father-son auctioneers were off and running at precisely 9 a.m., and Rollie Bast said he hoped everyone had gone to the early services at their churches. If they hadn’t, he said, “Give us your money and we will see that it goes for a good cause.”

Rollie had a way of rolling words off his tongue: “We have a mess-a-laneous box here,” he would say. “Who will give me a dollar to start it off?”

A big bidding battle developed between two bankers from the old Sussex Farmers & Merchants (F&M) Bank, who were separated by the boisterous crowd and didn’t know they were bidding against each other – bank President Richard Krug and Operations Manager Dale Tietz – for a shiny metal box embossed with “Sussex State Bank.”

The bidding began at $5 and quickly went up to $32.50 before Krug discovered he was bidding against his employee. At that point, he bowed out, saying, “Let Dale have it.”

The box was from the original Sussex State Bank (1911-38), before F&M took it over. (That oldest of Sussex banks is now the Associated Bank.)

A toy Bissel rug cleaner sold for $11, a coffee grinder with a drawer for $25, a rolling pin with a porcelain roller for $32, a sheet metal weathervane horse for $21, two old steel coal shovels for $6.50, an old egg basket for $32 and a trio of planing hatchets for $5.

A box of old newspapers (including a World War I Armistice Day issue from Nov. 11, 1918) went for $11.

Veteran Lisbon politician Art Manke beat me out for an electric power saw, getting it for $5, but I won a bidding battle with John Hesse of Lannon for some old Sussex calendars from the 1920s and ’30s, which cost me $27.50.

Today these calendars – from Podolske’s Hardware, Sussex State Bank and Sussex Garage – are on the walls of the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society Museum. Later I bought a series of Will Rogers F&M Bank calendars from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Wayne Volden bought a souvenir Milwaukee Braves fan for $19. Local lumber mogul Charles Zimmermann bid on a stack of 12-inch-wide wild-cherry wood planks that had been cut from a forest tree in Brown’s Woods (today Thousand Oaks subdivision), but was beat out by a $125 bid.

A big item was an Ariens snowblower that went for $460. A small older one went for $85, and a working Toro lawnmower went for $15. Wood planers went for $5 to $15 each.

Jane Burg bought an unlikely combination, a porcelain thunder jug and a cake-storing tin, for $5.

Finally, near the end of the auction, the 1972 Ford went for $1,325 to Alfred Endlich of Germantown. Built like a tank, the car still needed some transmission work.

Roy Stier’s possessions had all found new owners. Some caused groans and some chuckles, and a few brought tears from the winners and losers.

Retrospect: Emma Stier's life took her from city to farm

Emma Stier lived 96 years, 73 of them in Lisbon and Sussex. In that time she gave birth to six children, married a teacher, became a farmer’s, then a politician’s wife, took on the Sussex postmaster gig and finally became the grandmother/matriarch of a prominent Lisbon-Sussex family.

She died 26 years ago is buried with her husband, John, and a daughter, Eva, at the little German Cemetery on Maple Avenue and Champeny Drive. Her father- and mother-in-law, Jacob and Anna Stier, are also buried in the Stier family plot.

She was born Emma Hohlweck on Jan 2, 1886, in Milwaukee. Her family lived in an apartment over the family business, the Mauer Music Store, on Walnut Street between Third and Fourth.

She attended 14th Street School and went to North Division High School, today the Golda Meir Specialty School. (Golda Meir, a onetime Milwaukee resident, was Israel’s prime minister in the 1970s.)

The Jacob-Anna Stier family had a farm on Plainview Road in Lisbon, and peddled eggs and other farm-raised foods on a Milwaukee route.

Jacob took his son, John, on these selling trips, which included a stop at the Hohlweck apartment. Emma was invited to spend time on the Stier Lisbon farm, eventually leading to her engagement and marriage to John.

John, the youngest of four children, had a great education and played football for Whitewater Normal College (today the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater).

When Emma married him in 1909, John was teaching school, first at his original grade school, Lisbon’s one-room Sixteen School at Hillside and Good Hope roads. He went on to become the principal at Sussex Main Street School and later at Lannon School.

Emma and John had six children: Eva, Robert, Katherine, Marjorie, Betty and Maryanna.

First-born Eva was the family’s star, endowed with intelligence, beauty and athletic ability. Her great moment in life came in eighth grade when she took over the lead in the Sussex High School class play at Lee’s Loft over the Sussex General Store.

She performed magnificently to rave reviews by those who attended – only to die three days later of the Spanish Flu, a plague that followed World War I.

John served on the Lisbon Town Board and was elected chairman from 1917 to 1921. He was also a charter member of the Sussex Fire Department from its founding in 1922 – one of four Stiers in a 32-member department.

The John and Emma Stier family made their first Sussex home at N64 W23601 Main St. Once the family expanded, they moved to a farm just north of today’s Centennial Oaks Subdivision.

Their next move was to an 80-acre farm on the west side of Maple Avenue just south of Sussex Mills where Maple Avenue School is today.

Besides careers as a farmer and teacher, John became a prominent businessman, investing in the Mammoth Spring Canning Co. in 1920 and serving on its board of directors. He also joined a buskness that built what is today the Paul Cain auto sales and service business at Maple and Main.

Emma made sure all her children had high school educations and that four of them would go on to college. Betty, Katherine and Marjorie followed in their father’s footsteps and become teachers Robert went to the University of Wisconsin for an agricultural education and took over the family farm.

That farm lay between today’s western Sunset Drive (the entrance to Village Park) and Maple Avenue School. Their old homestead is now a showplace of restored 19th century Victorian housing.

Emma belonged to the Sussex Order of the Eastern Star, the Busy Bees and the Mother’s Reserves (known affectionately as the Hoot Owls).

John suffered a partial stoke at the start of the Great Depression and had to seek less active work, so he took the Sussex postmaster position in 1934. He died two years later and his assistant postmaster, Emma, took over the post until 1940.

In her declining years, Emma live at the Hart home on Main Street. She died Nov. 7, 1982.

John and Emma’s son, Robert, became an outstanding athlete and is in the Sussex Baseball Hall of Fame. He also served 11 years as Sussex’s fire chief and as a trustee on the Sussex Village Board.

Maryanna married Virgil Hart, who is in both the Land O’Lakes and Sussex Baseball Hall of Fame.

The only living member of the John and Emma Stier branch of the family, Maryanna held a Stier family reunion earlier this year.

Bob Stier (1914-91) farmer, Sussex fire chief, trustee

by Fred H. Keller
Posted: Living Sussex Sun, April 10, 2012

Robert "Bob" Stier at one time owned the Sussex farmland from the Bugline Trail west of Maple Avenue to present day south boundary of Maple Avenue School. His land went back to the border of the Sussex Village Park.

Stier was the son of a very important man, John Stier, who was the son of a 1880s German immigrant, Jacob Stier, and his wife, Anna Eisenhower. She was from the very same German village that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower family came from making them related according to family stories.

John Stier in his lifetime was a multi-school (Sixteen, Sussex and Lannon) principal only to later become a businessman and farmer in Sussex-Lisbon. He also served as a postmaster for Sussex and as Town of Lisbon chairman.

He was a charter member of the Sussex Fire Department in 1922, and even ran for state assembly once. In 1924, he was one of the 16 signers for the successful incorporation of Sussex into a village.

John Stier married Emma Holwick of Milwaukee and they have five girls: Eve, Marjorie, Katherine, Betty and Maryanna.

Bob Stier was born in Lisbon on Sept. 21, 1914. He graduated from Sussex two-year high school in the class of 1930 and then Waukesha High School class of 1932. At Waukesha High he played football and when he went on to college at the University of Wisconsin, he continued to play but broke his collarbone ending his run.

He came back to Sussex to be a pitcher on the village of Land O' Lakes team and a hometown team basketball player who played in the newly built Sussex Community Hall. He later in life was on the board of directors of the Sussex Baseball Club. He was a chosen member of the Sussex Baseball Hall of Fame.

He took over the family farm after his father's early death, when John Stier was just in his 50s. However, in the rest of his life, he got into teaching and back hoe work. His biggest accomplishment was developing the subdivision and selling off his land to Maple Avenue School and Peace Lutheran Church.

He joined the Sussex Fire Department in 1940, but left because of other commitments, but rejoined in 1948 serving until 1973. He served as the chief from 1960-72. During this time the fire department went from three to eight vehicles and from 50 to 200 calls per year. The Sussex Fire Department rescue service was started under his leadership. The crowning event of his time as chief was building and moving into a new fire house in 1963. He was also a member of the Sussex Lions Club from 1948 until his death in early 1991; he served as president from 1963-64.

After he left the fire department in 1973 he went into Sussex politics serving eight years as a trustee. He married Marilee Babina on Feb. 3, 1940, and they had three daughters.

Bob Stier was an avid Sussex baseball-softball game watcher even having his favorite seat at the Sussex Village Park softball diamond. The seat was painted "Reserved for Bob Stier" on the first base side of the field.

In retirement, Bob and Marilee spent the winters in Peoria, Ariz., where he loved to golf and play sheepshead. He died there at age 76 on Feb. 4, 1991. His burial is at St. Alban's in Sussex as are many other Stiers.

Retrospect, Jan. 21, 2015: Stier's camera captured Sussex scene

by Fred H. Keller
Posted: Living Sussex Sun, January 15, 2015

Audrey Jean Stier, born to Jessie and Roy Stier in 1933, was raised in Sussex, living in a home immediately next to St. Alban's God's Acre Cemetery on Main Street.

She attended Sussex Main Street School, graduating from eighth grade in June 1947, and Waukesha High School in 1951.

She was 18 years old on May 23, 1951. She was tall for her age and easily made friends. Her parents were some very important citizens of Sussex, both lifetime residents, and prior graduates of Sussex Main Street School. The parents and their one child were members of St. Alban's while her father was a Sussex Lions Club member, village trustee and local businessman.

In the 1947-51 time frame, Audrey was into the fad of owning a small camera, which she used to take pictures of the Sussex scene, often including herself in the resulting photos.

Recently, the late Audrey Steir (married to Stu Schlegel) saw to it that her photographs were mailed from Santa Cruz, California, to the Sussex Lisbon Area Historical Society, a wish she had late in her life.

Included in the photos was the family history going back to the very first woman settler in Lisbon, Melinda Weaver, who moved here in March 1838. Some of these photos have made their way into prior "Retrospects" in the Sussex Sun.

This column has a collage of teenager snapshots taken in 1947-51, mostly on Sussex's Main Street during that period.


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