Person Sheet


Name Kaspar Darnutzer
Birth 19 Mar 1854, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland132,133
Christen 26 Mar 1854, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland132
Confirmation 26 Mar 1869, Jenaz, Graubünden, Switzerland122
Immigration ca Jun 1885, Alma, Buffalo, Wisconsin130
Death 17 Dec 1932, Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin130
Occupation Bootmaker (1887+), farmer (1898-1905), hotelkeeper (1905-)
Father Kaspar Tarnutzer (1816-)
Mother Margret Müller (~1816-)
Spouses:
1 Eva Flütsch, 2C3R
Birth 26 Feb 1861, Schiers, Graubünden, Switzerland134,130,133
Christen 3 Mar 1861, Schiers, Graubünden, Switzerland134
Death LeGrand, Oregon130
Burial Sparta, Monroe, Wisconsin130
Immigration ca Jun 1885, Alma, Buffalo, Wisconsin130
Father Valentin Flütsch (~1817-)
Mother Maria Truog (~1837-)
Marriage 14 May 1883, Igis, Graubünden, Switzerland135,133
Children: Margaret (1884-)
Marie Mae (1885-1967)
Lucy (1887-)
John (1890-1980)
Susan (1892-)
Elsie (1897-)
Notes for Kaspar Darnutzer
The godparents and witnesses at his christening were Thomas Hanscher, Thomas Valar, Fr. Landa. Christina Valar, Fr. Christina Lutzi born Lutzi, and Fr. Menga Wyß born Zingg.

The following is the account of the family by Don Darnutzer,130 which is included intact as so much of it is of interest for this family. Note that in the German-speaking parts of Switzerland there is often a substitution of a "hard"-D sound for a "T", so he has Eva's mother's name as "Druag" instead of the Truogg which is the common spelling in Switzerland.

"CASPER DARNUTZER (TARNUZER) FAMILY HISTORY

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Casper Darnutzer (Tarnuzer) was born on March 19, 1854, on a farm near the mountains of Jenaz, a small town in Switzerland.

Eva (Evelyn) Flutsch was born on February 15, 1861, in the Canton of Graubunden. Her father was Valentine Flutsch and her mother was Marie Druag.

Casper's Godfather gave him a Bible in November 1867, which was published in 1832. His Godfather was Thomas Valar. Eva worked in an embroidery factory. She worked on farms for 50 cents a day. They were married in Switzerland about 1880.

They had one daughter named Margaret, born on September 17, 1884, in Bern, Switzerland.

When she was nine months old, they came to America. The boat crossing to America took six weeks. After landing, they had a long wait in New York.

Then they went directly to Buffalo County (City of Alma), Wisconsin, and stayed with his sister Susanna for two years. Her married name was Hartman.

Casper then took his family to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he operated a boot shop where he made shoes for about three years.

Eva's brother (Andrew) came to the United States and stayed with them. He died while he was with them.

Casper's sister's husband (Josias Hartman) was murdered by being hit over his head with an iron bar. After he died, Casper and his family moved back to Alma and bought the farm from his sister. They ran the farm for about seven years. This was a 120-acre farm near Waumandee, Wisconsin.

They sold the farm in 1905. Then they bought the Northwestern Hotel in Sparta, Wisconsin. They operated the hotel for ten years. They fed about one hundred men at a time and also circus people, but mostly railroad men. Grandma Eva, Margaret, and Susan helped. They sold a big boiled ham sandwich for 5 cents and 5 cents for a piece of pie. They baked around 120 pies in two days. They packed lunches to carry out for 25 cents. They prepared about 80 of these each day. They sold the hotel in 1914.

They then purchased a farm where Silverdale now stands. They lived there a few years. They owned a section of land at Silverdale and rented 5 acres of land to the government for experimenting. Lake was on their land. Casper made a boat they used. A real estate dealer beat them out of the lake area.

Casper sold the rest of the farm and moved to LaGrand, Oregon. He purchased a home there to be near the mountains. He wanted to go prospecting, instead he worked for a lumber mill until he retired.

Eva died there of a heart attack and was brought back to Wisconsin to be buried in Sparta.

Casper came back to Wisconsin. He lived with Andrew (John) on a farm north of Tomah. He then moved to Sparta and lived with his daughter Marie Robbins until his death from cancer on June 27, 1932."
Notes for Eva (Spouse 1)
The godparents and witnesses at her christening were Hr. Leonhard Hartmann, Leonhard Pitschi, Merta Baumgartner, Burga Jeklin-Täscher, and Magdalena Wunderer.
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