Richard Wentzel Sommer

24 December 1874–20 December 1952 (Age 77)
Hortonville, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Richard Wentzel

When Richard Wentzel Sommer was born on 24 December 1874, in Hortonville, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Anton Sommer, was 44 and his mother, Magdalena Bachman, was 40. He married Marie Hanna "Mary" Wittlinger on 28 June 1898, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 daughters. He lived in Dale, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States for about 40 years and Fremont, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States for about 10 years. He died on 20 December 1952, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Dale, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard Wentzel Sommer
Marie Hanna "Mary" Wittlinger
Marriage: 28 June 1898
Edna Magdalena Sommer
Dorothy Elizabeth Sommer
Nelda Ruby Sommers
Baby Girl Sommers
Lula Anne Sommer

Spouse and Children

28 June 1898
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Magdalena Bachman




World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 9

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 22

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English and Irish: variant of Summer .2 German and Danish: from Middle German sumer, Danish, Norwegian sommer ‘summer’, a nickname for someone of a warm disposition, or for someone associated with the season in some other way or from living in a sunny place, in some instances a metonymic occupational name for a basketweaver or a drummer, from Middle High German sum(b)er, sum(m)er ‘basket’, ‘basketry’, ‘drum’.3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Sommer ‘summer’. Like the other seasonal names, this was also one of the group of names that were bestowed on Jews more or less at random by government officials in 18th- and 19thcentury central Europe.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Richard Sumner in household of Anton Sumner, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Richard Sommer, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Richard W Sommers, "United States Census, 1930"

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