was one of the earliest Polish settlers, having arrived in Milwaukee around 1873. When he died, the following article ran in Milwaukee's Kuryer Polski (on October 15, 1918):
My (google) translation is:
Old Settler Dies
Wojciech Ertmann*, from Jadwigówa**, parted from this world on Thursday afternoon.
One of the oldest Polish settlers on Jadwigowie, Mr. Wojciech Ertmann, residing at 899 Franklin Place, said goodbye to this world on Thursday afternoon after a short and serious illness, after living 76 years. The deceased was widely known in circles of older settlers and was one of the oldest parishioners Jadwigowie. He belonged to several companies. The deceased Wojciech Ertmann was born on April 3, 1842 in the Great Duchy of Poznan. He leaves a wife, Antonine Ertmann; two daughters, Mary Kaminski and Gertrude Andrzejewski; two sons, Leo and Francis, and 12 grandchildren.
*His name has been spelled in various sources as "Ertmann," "Erdmann," "Ertman," "Erdman," and even "Erthmen" and "Artmann." It is spelled in the article as "Ertmann" which is also the spelling used on his tombstone. However, his wife and children seemed to have spelled it consistently as "Erdmann" which is why that spelling is used on the tree.
**I am not sure as to what "Jadwigówa" is referring. My best guess is that it is a reference to the neighborhood around St. Hedwig (Sw. Jadwiga) Church.
Adalbert Erdmann was the maternal grandfather of John G. Kaminski (Featured Profile #45). John Kaminski told the story that as a young boy he watched the seagulls soaring at the lakefront and that he told his grandfather that he would one day soar like them. Adalbert Erdmann may very well be the grandfather mentioned in that quaint story.