Person Sheet

Name Susana Darnutzer
Birth 28 Jan 1851, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland127
Christen 2 Feb 1851, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland127
Confirmation 1 Apr 1866, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland121
Immigration 30 Apr 1874, New York, New York
Death 9 Dec 1935, Alma, Buffalo, Wisconsin
Religion Evangelical
Father Kaspar Tarnutzer (1816-)
Mother Margret Müller (~1816-)
1 Josias Hartmann128
Birth 13 Jun 1851, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland129
Christen 14 Jun 1851, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland129
Confirmation 21 Apr 1867, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland121
Immigration abt 1870
Death 15 Jun 1898, Buell's Valley, Buffalo, Wisconsin
Occupation Farmer (1880)
Cause of death Murdered130
Alias/AKA Joseph
Father Georg Hartmann (~1817-)
Mother Anna Conrad (~1823-)
Marriage 18 May 1874, Montana, Buffalo, Wisconsin131
Children: Menga Margrethe (~1875-1902)
John Lutzi (1877->1935)
Andrew C. (1879->1935)
George (1882->1935)
Joseph (1883->1935)
Anna (1885-<1900)
James (1889-<1935)
Arthur (1890->1935)
Peter (-<1935)
Medical Notes for Susana Darnutzer
She was in poor health for several years before her death.
Misc. Notes
The godparents and witnesses at her christening were Thomas Handscher, Thomas Valär, Fr. Landa. Chirstina Valär, Christina Lutzi born Lutzi, and Menga Weiß born Zingg.

She traveled to America on the same ship as Jacob Senti (this was on his return from Switzerland, he had first arrived in 1868) and Andreas Johanni. There were some 102 Swiss passengers on the ship among a total of 686.

She was living adjacent to John Jecklin, who later acted as one of her pallbearers, at the time of the 1900 census. The census also stated that she could not speak English. That census mistakenly reports that she had seven children, all of whom were still living. Susanna was living with her son Josias at the time of the 1920 census.

She was the grandmother of Zoe Ann Matlock. There were six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren living at the time of her death.

Alma, Wisconsin, newspaper, December 1935 (via Zoe Matlock):


It would be of value far beyond estimate if the people of today could see reenacted or could personally pass thru some of the experiences of the lives of the men and women who came to this county in the early days.

Mrs. Hartman was one of those women who lived thru the series of important personal events common to the immigrant of those years. Unsatisfactory conditions in the home land made the promise of a better life in America the more alluring, and led to the momentous decision to say farewell forever to loved ones and cherished scenes of childhood; the tedious voyage across the broad ocean fraught with danger, and the adjustment to the new life in a strange and partly settled land.

It took courage, endurance, and a certain sound philosophy of life to make these decisions and to carry on thru the years of toil and hardship. Mrs. Hartman was a typical woman of this brave number, and tried courageously to bring up her family as best she could, held up by the faith and wisdom acquired by grim experience.

Susanna Hartman, daughter of Casper and Margaret Darnutzer, was born February 2, 1851, at Jenaz, Canton Graubuenden, Switzerland. In her youth she came to America with the late Jacob Senty and after a three weeks journey?, arrived in the town of Montana, this county, in April, 1874. Here she was united in marriage to Josias Hartman who, born and reared in Switzerland, had come to America a few years before. The marriage ceremony was performed May 18,1874, by Rev. M. Wittenwyler.

Mr. and Mrs. Hartman took a homestead in the above town on the ridge and later moved and lived down in the valley adjoining the present Louis Rosenow farm. In 1890 they moved on a farm in Buell's Valley where they lived for about I I years. It was here that Mr. Hartman died June 15, 1898 and then Mrs. Hartman continued farming for the remainder of the season, coming to this city to take up her residence in the present Conrad Hammer home.

In the fall of 1906 she moved to the state of Montana but returned here again six years later, buying and taking up her residence in the present Brevick home. This was sold in 1915 and she came to her present home in first ward

During her life Mrs. Hartman was a member of the Evangelical churches at Montana, at Herold of which she was a charter member, and at this city. When the Evangelical Ladies Aid was organized here Feb. 10, 1920, she joined as one of the charter members

She leaves to mourn her departure, five sons, John, Oxboro, Mon.; Andrew, Rogers, N.D.; George and Joe, this city, and Arthur, Buffalo City. Also one brother Casper Darnutzer of Utah, Mont., six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Her parents, one brother and one sister died in Switzerland; and one sister Margaret, two sons, James and Peter and two daughters, Maggie Margaret and Ann also preceded her in death.

She had been in failing health for several years and the end came on Monday morning, December 9, 1935, at her home at the advanced age of 84 years, 10 months.

In her old age and during her last illness she was patiently cared for by her son and daughter?in?law, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hartman.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at the Evangelical church at 1 p.m. in charge of Rev. O. L Bernhardt. Burial was made in the Montana cemetery. Pallbearers were Rudolf Mueller, Peter Mueller, John Jecklin, William Haase, jr., Leonard Gleiter and Frank Ebert.

Among those who came from away to attend the funeral were Andrew Hartman, Rogers, N. D.; John Hartman, Oxboro, Minn.; Edward Arms and Mrs. Robert Hagen, Town Cross; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Hetrick, Mrs, Anna Auer, Nelson.


We take this mean of thanking all you who were so kind to us before and after the death of our dear mother, Mrs. Susanna Hartman. Special thanks are extended to Rev? Bernhardt, the pallbearers, singers and those who sent floral tributes.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hartman,
Andrew, John, Arthur and George Hartman

Adv pd."
1880 U.S. census, Buffalo Co., Wisconsin, r. 1417, E.D. 89, p. 240A, l. 50
1900 U.S. census, Buffalo Co., Wisconsin, r. 1779, E.D. 1, p. 1B, l. 73
1920 U.S. census, Buffalo Co., Wisconsin, r. 1795, E.D. 32, p. 105B, l. 55
Medical Notes for Josias (Spouse 1)
He died after being struck on the head with an iron bar.130
Misc. Notes
The godparents and witnesses at his christening were Statth. Joh. Heinrich Schmid of Küblis, Dietzgen Adank, Fr. Landam. Christina L. Hartmann, Jgfr. Ursula Bärtsch, and Jgfr. Elsbeth Conrad.
1880 U.S. census, Buffalo Co., Wisconsin, r. 1417, E.D. 89, p. 240A, l. 49
Notes for Josias & Susana (Family)
The marriage ceremony was performed Rev. M. Wittenwyler according to her obituary.
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