Mrs. Anna Meinen

Mrs. Anna Meinen, age 80, died late Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy Prince, in the town of Eagle Point.

Mrs. Meinen was born Anna Stoffel on August 24, 1873, in the town of Tilden. On October 13, 1896, she was married to Peter Meinen at St. Peter's Church there. They made their home on a farm in the town of Cooks Valley where she had since resided.

Mrs. Meinen was a member of St. John's Catholic Church of Cooks Valley and of the Ladies Alter Society and the Catholic Knights.

Her husband preceded her in death in 1918. Surviving are one son and seven daughters, Gilbert Meinen of Cooks Valley, Mrs. Ralph Mason, Eau Claire; Mrs. William Steichen, of Rochester, Minn., Mrs. Roy Prince and Mrs. Gregory Goettl of Eagle Point, Mrs. Gilbert Prince of Cooks Valley, Miss Philomene Meinen, Chippewa Falls, and Miss Henrietta Meinen, Athens; 26 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

The remains were in state at the Rock Funeral Home, Bloomer. Services were held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. John's Church with Rev. Alfred Hemmersbach, Rev. Rudolph Raschke and Rev. Norman Thomas officiating at the solemn requiem High Mass. Interment was in the church cemetery.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday January 21, 1954 Edition)

Bernard Meinen, Well Known Tilden Resident, Found Dead Sunday.
Bernard Meinen, 56, prominent Chippewa county resident and secretary-manager of the Tilden creamery, shot and killed himself at his home in Tilden early Sunday morning. Mr. Meinen had been in ill health for several months.

The body was discovered at about 6:45 o'clock by his two daughters, Maurietta and Catherine, who were attracted to his bedroom by the sound of a shot. They found him dead with a rifle lying nearby.

Mr. Meinen suffered a nervous breakdown sometime ago, following a siege of stomach flu. An injury to his back, suffered in a fall, a few years ago, also aggravated his condition. He returned from the hospital on Friday after undergoing treatment.

The deceased was born in the town of Tilden on September 20, 1882, and has been a lifelong resident of Chippewa county. He resided on a farm in that township until 1925, when he moved to the present home near St. Peter's church.

Since 1925 he has been manager of the Tilden Creamery Co., and figured prominently in Chippewa County. In 1927, he was elected secretary of the creamery and then took over his duties as both secretary and manager.

He was married to Miss Catherine Boos of the town of Tilden in 1908, she preceding him in death in 1924. Ten children were born to this union, the oldest Albert dying in infancy.

He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Regina Prince and Julius Meinen, both of Cooks Valley; Roman, George, Bernard C., Maurietta and Catherine Meinen, all of Tilden; Mrs. Margaret Rubenzer, of Tilden, and Mrs. Anne Schmidt of the town of Howard.

Also surviving are three brothers and one sister, William, Milwaukee; Louis, town of Tilden; Joseph, Eau Claire, and Mrs. John Stoffel, Cooks Valley.

Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning from St. Peter's church in Tilden, with Rev. Fr. Roschke officiating. Interment will be made in St. Peter's cemetery.

(Printed in the Chippewa Herald-Telegram Monday August 22, 1938 Edition)


Edmund J Meinen, 85, 509 High St., Chippewa Falls, formerly of Route 3, Chippewa Falls, Town of Tilden, died Friday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital here.

He was born July 30, 1895 in the Town of Tilden, the son of William Meinen and Alphonsina Blair. He attended St. Peter's school, Town of Tilden, and farmed there all his life.

He married Winifred Bartley, Milwaukee, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Town of Tilden.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife; three daughters Patricia (Mrs. Gerald) Schemenauer, Route 3, Chippewa Falls, Lucille (Mrs. Arthur Jensen, Route 4, Chippewa Falls, and Corraine (Mrs. Roland) Willkom, Chippewa Falls; five sons William, Milwaukee, Thomas, Oak Grove, Mo., James, Cedarburg, Donald, South Milwaukee, and Gerald, Altoona; a sister Mrs. Eleanor Knapp, Pasadena, Calif.; 42 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and seven sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Catholic Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call after 3 p.m. Sunday at the Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls, with a rosary to be recited at 8 p.m.

(Printed in the Chippewa Herald-Telegram Friday August 22, 1980 Edition)


John Meinen, a town of Tilden pioneer, passed away at his home in that town Sunday morning, aged 91 years. Born in Germany in 1838, he came to America in his young manhood and has lived in Chippewa county 68 years, and on a farm in Tilden over 60 years.

Surviving relatives are six daughters Mrs. Theresa Benish of Howard, Mrs. Henry Schemenauer of Chippewa Falls, Mrs. Fred Heitmeyer of Milwaukee, Mrs. Valentine Miller, Jr., of Tilden, and the Misses Carrie and Louise Meinen, who reside on the home farm, and one son, Nicholas Meinen of Tilden.

The funeral was held at St. Peter's Catholic church in Tilden Wednesday morning with interment in the church cemetery.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday March 21, 1929 Edition)


Joseph Meinen, age 67, passed away at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday night at the Sacred Heart hospital in Eau Claire.

Mr. Meinen was born January 30, 1885 in Tilden, the son of Nick and Madeline Meinen. Since 1921 he had been employed at the Sacred Heart hospital, Eau Claire, where he had made his home. His parents, three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Mr. Meinen is survived by one brother, Louis, of Chippewa Falls.

Friends may call at the Mason-Herzog Funeral Home after seven o'clock this evening and until the time of the funeral. Services will be held at 9:00 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Peter's Catholic church in Tilden with interment in the church cemetery.

The rosary will be recited at 8:00 o'clock Friday night at the funeral home.

(Printed in the Chippewa Herald-Telegram Thursday July 10, 1952 Edition)

Julius Meinen

JIM FALLS - Julius Meinen, 75, died Saturday at sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire.

He was born in the town of Tilden, where he married Evelyn Swoboda May 15, 1935. He farmed in the town of Cook's Valley for 27 years. He also worked at St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls, and worked as a janitor at Chippewa Falls Senior High School and Jim Falls Grade School for 10 years. He was a town supervisor for Cooks Valley for 12 years.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Clarence, Julius Jr., both of Chippewa Falls, David, Cadott, Ronald, Circle Pines, Minn.; three daughters, Maryanne Smetana, Bloomer, Bernice Christianson, East Gran Forks, Minn., Viola Bowe, Chippewa Falls; a brother Roman Meinen, Tilden; five sisters, Regina Prince, Margaret Rubenzer, both of Tilden, Anna Schmidt, Catherine Rihn, both of Bloomer, Maurita Schmidt, Chetek; 33 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at sacred Heart Catholic Church, Jim Falls, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, Chippewa Falls. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Horan Funeral Home. Chippewa Falls, where a rosary will be recited at 8 tonight.

(Printed in the Eau Claire Leader Monday June 1, 1987 Edition)


Louis N. Meinen, 77, 115 N. Herschel Street, passed away Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls. He was born May 4, 1890 in the town of Tilden, the son of Nickolaus and Magdalene Meinen. He farmed in the town of Tilden from boyhood until 1946 when they moved to Chippewa Falls and since that time had done carpenter work. He was secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Chippewa County Home, served as Town Clerk and on the Town Board of the Town of Tilden for many years, and also was an officer in the Tilden Creamery for many years. He married Mary Reisterer on June 27, 1911 at St. Peter's Church in Tilden. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1961. He was a member of Notre Dame Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; four sons, Gregory, John and Roger, all of Chippewa Falls and Walter of Tilden; five daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Helen) Faschngbauer of Bloomer; Mrs. Eugene (Emily) Eder, Mrs. Clifford (Josephine) Goettl, and Mrs. Melvin (Jeanette) Ferstenou, all of the Town of Woodmohr; and Mrs. Earl (Bernadine) Score of Cook's Valley; 31 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by on son, Vernon; two daughters in infancy; his parents; four brothers, Peter, William, Bernard and Joseph Meinen; one sister, Mrs. John (Theresa) Stoffel and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Notre Dame Church. Interment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Burkart-Horan Funeral Home.

(Printed in the Chippewa Herald-Telegram Tuesday October 31, 1967 Edition)

Hold Funeral Services for Mrs. Nick Meinen

Funeral services for the late Mrs. Nick Meinen, aged 79, respected pioneer resident of Tilden, were held Saturday morning from St. Peter's church, Rev. Fr. Bushelman officiating. Mrs. Meinen's death resulted from a stroke suffered August 11.

Mrs. Meinen was born in Germany, coming with her parents to the United States at the age of nine years and locating in Tilden where she had made her home continuously. She is survived by the following children: William Meinen, of Milwaukee; Bernard, Joseph and Louis Meinen, all of Tilden and Mrs. John Stoffel, of Cooks Valley. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Hebert, of Eagle Point, and a number of grandchildren.

The funeral procession was out of the ordinary, as no cars were employed, all walking to the church which is situated about the length of a block from the Meinen home.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Monday August 24, 1928 Edition)


Nic Meinen responded to the call of the Grim Reaper yesterday, and thus another of the old time residents of Tilden is removed from our midst. One by one they are passing - those men and women who came here more than a half a century ago and endured untold hardships to build a home. The town of Tilden then was a wilderness and the principal inhabitants were the Indians, the white settlers living far apart. They were a kind and generous class and it was because of the pleasant disposition they possessed that the Red men kept their places. It was a common thing in those days for a buck to walk into a house without sounding a warning and beg for something to eat. Refusal, perhaps, might have meant trouble, but none were refused, and if there was anything loose around the place that the buck thought he needed more than the settler who had fed him, it was not to be found when wanted. The stories those old settlers told in later years were interesting, happening as they did in our very neighborhood, and it is regretted that they were never written down. And their children can never tell them as well as the old folks.

Nic Meinen, the subject of this sketch, and whose picture taken a few years ago, was born at Aierchweiler, Germany, 82 years ago and came to this country fifty-eight years ago, locating immediately in Tilden. He was married here on November 9 (1865) of last years he and his wife celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage surrounded by their six children and 24 grandchildren. Their children are: William, of Tilden, Peter of Auburn, Mrs. John Stoffel of Auburn, Bernard, Joseph and Louis Meinen of Tilden.

The funeral will take place on Thursday morning, services at St. Peter's church in Tilden, which the deceased assisted in launching fifty-six years ago.

(Printed in the Chippewa Daily Independent Wednesday March 8, 1916 Edition)

(From Tuesday's Daily)

Nick Meinen, one of the oldest settlers in the town of Tilden passed away at 6:30 o'clock last evening at the home of his youngest son, Louis Meinen, of Tilden. Dropsy of the heart, of which the deceased has been afflicted with for some time was the cause of death.

Mr. Meinen was born in Germany and was 83 years of age. He has been a resident of Tilden for 60 years. November 9th, 1915, Mr. and Mrs. Meinen celebrated their golden wedding. He was well liked in the community where he resided and had many friends. Until five years ago he has been residing with his son, Bernard, and then he went to live with his son, Louis.

Besides his faithful wife he is survived by the following children who reside in that vicinity. Mrs. John Stoffel, William, Peter, Bernard, Joseph and Louis. John Meinen Sr., of Tilden is a brother of the deceased. Thirty-six grandchildren survive.

The funeral will probably be held Thursday morning at St. Peter's church in Tilden. Rev. A. Arntz will officiate.

(Printed in the Chippewa Falls Weekly Herald Friday March 10, 1916 Edition)

Peter Meinen

Our community, especially the Cooks Valley vicinity, was shocked on Wednesday when it learned that Peter Meinen had been in failing health for some four months but he had improved in health and returned home from the hospital and his neighbors and friends thought he was on the road to recovery. The ravages of disease had made such inroads on his strength, however, that kind ministrations and medical skill could avail nothing.

Peter Meinen was born in the town of Tilden, Chippewa county on Feb. 19, 1871, Thirty two years ago he moved a few miles into the town of Auburn in Cooks Valley where he has since resided. He was married at the Tilden Catholic church on Oct. 13, 1896, to Anna Stoffel. He is survived by his wife and eight children - seven daughters and one son - all of whom are living at home, to mourn his untimely departure. He was a member of the Catholic Knights and was one of the board of directors of the Vale Creamery,
in both of which institutions he took a deep interest.

Peter Meinen's sturdy life and cheerful disposition will be greatly missed in our community. He was one of those sturdy, whole hearted farmers whose hospitality and good humor, his integrity and his loyalty, were known throughout the country. His death is a distinct loss to the community and all hearts are bowed in sorrow at his demise.

The funeral will be held at the Cooks Valley Catholic church tomorrow (Friday) at 10:00 a.m. and interment will be made in the church cemetery.

(Printed in the Bloomer Advance Thursday March 14, 1918 Edition)


William Meinen, aged 80, Milwaukee, a former resident of the town of Tilden, died at St. Joseph's hospital here on Monday night, August 19, at 10 o'clock, after a lingering illness.

Mr. Meinen was born on August 24, 1866, in the town of Tilden. He was united in marriage to Miss Alphonsina Blair at St. Peter's Catholic church in Tilden on October 4, 1892. They lived on a farm in Tilden until 1926 when they moved to Milwaukee. Mr. Meinen was a member of the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin.

Surviving are his wife, three sons Charles and Edmund, both of Tilden; Wilfred, of Milwaukee; and seven daughters, Eleanor, Sylvia, Hermanilda, all of Los Angeles, Calif.; Elmyre, Irene, and Bernadette, all of Milwaukee, and Loretta with the WACS in Japan. One daughter, Angela, preceded Mr. Meinen in death in 1933. One sister, Mrs. Theresa Stoffel, Bloomer; two brothers, Louis, Tilden, and Joseph, Eau Claire; 28 grandchildren, and one great grandchild also survive.

The remains will lie in state at the Mason Funeral Home on Tuesday night, when the rosary will be said at 8:30 o'clock. On Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock the remains will be taken to the farm home in Tilden where they will lie in state until the hour of the funeral which will be held at 9 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Peter's Catholic church in Tilden. Interment will be made in the church cemetery.

(Printed in the Chippewa Herald-Telegram Tuesday August 20, 1946 Edition)