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

William Rohn

The photo is of Bill and Bertha Rohn's wedding: witnesses are Gertrude Wenzel Tester and Henry Wenzel.





William John “Bill” Rohn was born 28 August 1896 in Bronnholzheim, Baden-Wurtenburg, Germany. He was the son of John Michael and Wilhelmina Christina Gluck Rohn. He moved to the United States with his family in 1906. Bill married Bertha Gertrude Wenzel on 27 January 1917. Bertha was born 4 May 1900 and was the daughter of George and Bertha H. Gunther Wenzel.



The photo is Bill with daughters Wilma (Novak) and Dorothy (Bow) Rohn

Bill and Bertha had the following children:

  1. Wilma Elsie Rohn was born 13 April 1917. Wilma married John Novak.

  2. Dorothy Mary Rohn was born 7 July 1918. Dorothy married Bertram Bow.

  3. Donald Fredrick Rohn was born 22 November 1923. Don married Stephania Kasprzy Smith.

  4. Clarence George was born 19 March 1925. Clarence married Elaine Gunther.

  5. Madeline Bertha Rohn was born 9 May 1927. Madeline married Olaf Rose. She also married James Berridge.

Bill Rohn

Bill and Bertha settle on a farm in Section 27 of Lakefield Township.  Bill was engaged in farming most all of his life.  He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Wheeler, Michigan and its Couple's Club.  Bill also belonged to the Lakefield Township Farm Bureau.  He was elected to Constable of Lakefield Township in 1933.


Bill died on  15 August 1957 and Bertha on 9 February 1965.  They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.






SOURCES: Granddaughter, Sherry Wielinski; Bill Rohn's obituary from Della Miller McKay's obituary collection; Wilma Novak; Lakefield Township Records.


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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