By Eric A. Wesling
July 5th, 2005
Wesling name had many versions and I will just list the
ones that I have encountered in doing my research.
Welshink, Wehsling, Weisling, Wessling and Wesling. The
reason for the many versions of the name were that in the
early 1800's many people could not read or write so when
you gave someone your name they wrote it as one would
pronounce the name.
all started in Munster, Germany where Herman Wehsling
married Catharina Efke (Efkedfta) . They were dairy
farmers in Munster. At present all I am aware of is there
one son Gerhard / George Wehsling. George was born in 1844
and immigrated to the United States in 1871. George
homesteaded in Millhousen, Indiana which is in the Decatur
County. Millhousen is 55 miles north west of Cincinnati,
Ohio and 48 miles south east of Indianapolis, Indiana. The
reason many Germans settled in the Cincinnati, Ohio to
Indianapolis, Indiana corridor was the terrain was very
much like Germany being rolling valleys and a warm
temperature. Millhousen was a very strong Roman Catholic
community and the Immaculate Conception church by 1894 had
over 2,000 active parishioners. Today there are
approximately 200 to 300 parishioners. The population of
Millhousen during its peak was approximately 1,800 people
and today it has approximately 200 residents.
the mid 1850's there were grain and livestock farmers plus
a tannery, wool mill and a corn factory. Millhousen was a
thriving little community.
initially worked as a laborer in the community of
Millhousen. On February 6th, 1879 he married Anna Bessler
and lived in Millhousen. On September 8th, 1883 they
bought 40 acres of land for $400.00. On the farm they
raised cattle and had a small dairy operation. The farm
was within a half mile of Millhousen. George and Anna had
five children. Anna Marie, Catherina Elizabeth, Henry
Herman, Maria Adeleida and Herman Henry. The first four
children died between the ages of 9 and 18 months.
past away on June 1st, 1886 and on July 19th, 1886 Anna
Wessling sold the 40 acre farm for $475.00. Anna remained
in Millhousen with her only child Herman until November of
1888. On November 28, 1888 Anna remarried to Henrick
Gerwing and they moved to Morrison County in Minnesota. In
1904 Herman Wessling moved to Lake Lenore, Saskatchewan
and his initial homestead quarter was approved in 1908
which was 3 miles north east of Lake Lenore. Herman got
married to Marie Schulte on February 4th, 1913 in Pierz,
Minnesota. On the farm in Lake Lenore they raised cattle
and grain. By 1908 Herman had built the farm house and
farm yard. Herman and Marie had four children.
the eldest married Joseph Bobinski. Joe worked on the CNR
and with out a doubt the world revolved around the CNR and
their lives together. The Bobinski's key postings were
Carmel and Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Their children were
Ronald, Georgene, Marjorie, Bruce, William and Thomas.
junior married Ethel Dyck and they lived in Lake Lenore.
Herman farmed and worked in an auto repair partnership at
Jaskin's. Their children were Bev, Joann, Milton.
married Delaphine Puetz and farmed in Marysburg. Later
Alex and Raymond Puetz worked at the Humboldt Golf Club
together. Their children were Eric and David.
the youngest married Raymond Puetz the youngest in the
Puetz clan and they farmed in Marysburg. Their children
were Joan, Lyle, Dwayne, Cyril, Ellen, and Sandy.