Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

George Wenzel Jr.



George Wenzel Jr. was born November 20, 1893 in Swan Creek Township, Saginaw County, Michigan to George Sr. and Bertha Gunther Wenzel. George Jr. married Hazel Clark Dunham on November 30, 1918 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Hazel was born July 4, 1898 in Essexville, Saginaw County, Michigan to Archie Bierd and Bessie Mae Cottam Clark.


George and Hazel had the following children:

  1. Georgania Dell Wenzel married Arthur George Schultz on April 19, 1941.  They had seven children.

  2. Warren “Bud” George Wenzel was born May 29, 1921 and died May 5, 1994. Bud married Lillian Benis Goschka.

  3. Kenneth Otto Wenzel married Helen Marie Maier on October 27, 1943.  They had three children. Helen died on October 11, 1969.  Ken also married Mildred E. Church.

  4. Lyla Jean Wenzel was born October 19, 1924. Lyla married Lowell Alfred Doehring on November 26, 1943.  They had four children.  Lyla died on February 2, 2011.

  5. Dale Elbert Wenzel married Mary Ellen Fischer on June 19, 1948.  They had three children.

  6. Richard Hugh Wenzel married Glenna Jean Olney on July 24, 1948.  They had four children.

  7. Barbara Ruth Wenzel married Clyde Edward McLosky on October 14, 1950.  They had four children.

  8. Daniel Bruce Wenzel married Garnet Lois Carstensen on July 26, 1952.  They had three children.

  9. Archie Burt Wenzel married Gloria Ann Hodges on June 25, 1960.  They had three sons.

  10. David Carl Wenzel married Nancy Lee Mau on July 19, 1958.  They had five children

  11. Gerald Alan Wenzel married Joyce Bertha Gath on June 3, 1961.  They had four daughters.

  12. Benton Lyle Wenzel married Lana May Babinski on December 3, 1973.  They had two children.

George registered to vote in Lakefield Township on March 27, 1915. Hazel was one of the first ladies to register to vote on April 5, 1920, after the women's suffrage movement. Early in 1918, a bill granting limited franchise to women was passed; women over the age of 30 years old, and those over 21 years old, who were married to householders were give the right to vote.


According to the Saginaw News – the City Chat Section: states the following: “The Farmers' Treshing Company is about to start operations at Merrill under the ownership of Nick House, Omer B. Parker, George Wenzel, Edward W. Miller, Paul Skela (Sklba), Will House, George Wenzel Sr., and Richard Welke, all of Merrill, according to papers filed by them at the county clerk's office.”



George was elected to the following Lakefield Township offices:

  1. Clerk in 1925.

  2. Constable in 1945.

George died on December 28, 1966 and Hazel died on November 6, 1995. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


SOURCES: Lakefield Township Records; George and Hazel Wenzel's obituaries; George and Hazel Wenzel's marriage record; Della Miller McKay's obituary collection and the Saginaw News;  Sherry L. Wielsinski's - Wenzel genealogy.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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