Franz Joseph Finger

from "Biographical Review of Dane County, Wisconsin" - 1893

Joseph FINGER was born in Prussia, Germany, in 1816. He was reared to farm life, received a good common school education, and remained at home with his parents until 1854. In that year he came on a sailing vessel to America, landing in New York after a voyage of two months, with comparatively little means. A short time afterward he bought eighty acres of land in Bristol township, Dane county, Wisconsin, for which he paid $900. In 1844 he was united in marriage with Agatha Dreps. Thirty acres of land was cleared, on which was a small log house, where they began their pioneer life. Mr Finger added to his original purchase until he owned 100 acres, erected a good residence, barns, etc., and remained there until his death, August 2, 1885. He was buried in the (St Joseph's) Catholic cemetery at East Bristol."

For a short time after [his] death the farm was conducted by a son, but since that time, in company with her daughters, Mrs Finger has managed the entire place. The children have all received a good education, and the family are members of the Catholic Church.

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