Person Sheet


Name Andrew Tarnutzer, 6C3R
Birth 4 Nov 1867, Schiers, Graubünden, Switzerland43,42
Christen 10 Nov 1867, Schiers, Graubünden, Switzerland44
Immigration 23 May 1883, New York, New York45
Naturalization 1906, Wisconsin
Death 24 May 1923, Sauk City, Sauk, Wisconsin41
Burial Sauk City Cemetery, Sauk City, Sauk, Wisconsin41
Occupation Postman (ca 1883-1923), bridge tender (1920), lamplighter (ca 1903), village clerk
Father Johannes Kolb
Mother Anna Tarnutzer (1838->1900)
Spouses:
1 Margaret Bernhard, 6C3R
Birth Dec 1869, Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland41,42
Immigration 1871, Wisconsin
Naturalization 1906, Wisconsin
Death 10 Jan 1949, Sauk City, Sauk, Wisconsin41
Burial Sauk City Cemetery, Sauk City, Sauk, Wisconsin41
Father Martin Bernhard (1840-1918)
Mother Luzia Tarnutzer (1845-1910)
Marriage abt 1895
Children: Lorenz Andrew (1896-1948)
Martin C. (1900-1950)
Lucy Anna (1901-)
Elizabeth C. (1903-1924)
Peter John (1905-1906)
Simon W. (1909-1998)
Medical Notes for Andrew Tarnutzer
He lost his arm in an accident with a threshing machine when he was only 17 years old.
Misc. Notes
The godparents and witnesses at his christening as Andreas were Leonhard Flütsch, Christian Hartmann, Tanya Hartmann, Christina Wyss, and Anna Rusler.

He was called a laborer on the birth registration of his daughter Lucy in 1901. That record stated he was born in Graubünden. He was attending to street lights and acting as a mail courier in Sauk City in 1903 when Elisabeth was born. The latter record refined his birthplace to Schiers.
Andrew was living in Sauk City at the 1920 census, living between Casper Schlengbrunn and Louis P. Reible. The census showed that he had immigrated in 1883 and was naturalized in 1906.

Cushing and Goc47 have this to say of him: "Starting in the mid-1880s, the mail was brought from the railroad depot to the post office by Andrew Tarnutzer. He was a Swiss immigrant from the Graubünden canton that sent many of its natives to southern Sauk county. In 1884, when he was 17 years old, Tarnutzer was working as part of a threshing crew and suffered a terrible accident.
Threshing machines were powered by wide, flapping, uncovered drive belts that spun around heavy steel pulleys. They were dangerous and the crew had to be alert to it. Young Tarnutzer let his guard down for a moment and a grainsack he was carrying caught in the drive belt. The bag wrapped itself around his arm, pulled it into the machinery and twisted it off at the shoulder. In less time than it takes to tell, Andrew Tarnutzer lost his arm.
In a world where most labor was manual, young Tarnutzer was decidedly handicapped. He had to learn how to use one arm as well as other working men used two. He found steady work at the post office and, for 41 years, pulled the mail wagon to and from the depot. He also held several other jobs, including that of village lamplighter and village clerk. Andrew Tarnutzer married Margaret Bernhard and they had six children, five of whom lived to adulthood: Lorenz, Martin, Lucy, Elizabeth, Simon."

Cushing and Goc later relate the following problems that he had 48: " In the late 1880s and early 1890s, Clemens Hertner was convicted more than once for assaults on his stepson, Andrew Tarnutzer. In 1889, Hertner was jailed for attempting to poison Tarnutzer. As the case was reported, Hertner removed the raisins from a piece of cake Andrew's mother had left out for him to eat and replaced them with 'Paris Green' arsenic. Tarnutzer took a few bites, but noticed something was wrong, then discovered that the cake looked 'slightly green.' At a court hearing, Hertner first stated that he had intended the poison to be for a dog he did not like but then admitted that he intended it for his stepson.
After spending a few years in prison, Hertner returned to Sauk City. He was soon jailed again, this time for attacking Tarnutzer with a hickory club while the younger man was asleep."

Once again returning to an account by Cushing and Goc 49 we find the following: " Sauk City did have street lights. Starting in 1887, Andrew Tarnutzer, the one-armed mailman, was also the one-armed lamplighter. He tended a string of kerosene lights, installed [... need to copy page 191]."

There is a possibility that I have his date of death and burial information confused with another of the Andrew Tarnutzers of Sauk County.

Thomas Koch's email states that his descendants currently own and run the Lake Mills Cleaners.46


Research
1900 U.S. census, Sauk Co., Wisconsin, [soundex] E.D. 83[???], s. 5, l. 6 [?] - Sauk City, very hard to read
1920 U.S. census, Sauk Co., Wisconsin, r. 2015, p. 215B, E.D. 177
Notes for Margaret (Spouse 1)
The birth registration of her daughter Lucy stated she was born in Graubünden, that of her daughter Elisabeth refined it to Davos.

Thomas Koch's email provided her parents.46
Research
1920 U.S. census, Sauk Co., Wisconsin, r. 2015, p. 215B, E.D. 177
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