Fred Behm

Born: January 22, 1849

FRED BEHM, retired farmer, was born in Pomen, Germany, the son of Fred and Mary (Hardwig) Behm, January 22, 1849. When twenty-two years old he left for the U.S., settling in Sheboygan County, Wis., where he stayed for a year. He then moved to Manitowoc County on a farm, residing there about eight years. Hearing much of northern Wisconsin, he made a trip up to Langlade County and purchased eighty acres of land in Neva Township in 1882. Here he settled. His land was purchased from Upham & Russell, Shawano, Wis., land agents, for $450. Mr. Behm cleared his land with difficulty. Mr. Behm was married first to Anna Sipek, who died a short time later. He remarried to Elizabeth Sipek. Mr. and Mrs. Behm had eight children-Fred, Joseph, Frank of Bavaria P.O., Summit township; John Behm, Neva township; Fred and Joseph reside in Antigo Wis. The girls are - Mary, now Mrs. Thomas Donohue of Manitowoc County; Anna, now Mrs. William Foucett of Manitowoc County; Lillian, now Mrs. Albert Winter of Antigo, and Alvina, Mrs. Frank Schacher of Neva Township. Mr. Behm held numerous offices in Neva township, including School Clerk, Treasurer, Justice of the Peace, Supervisor and Township Treasurer. He was active in early Neva township affairs, was the guiding spirit in the erection of the first school in the Gillis District and did much for that township then. Mr. Behm moved to Antigo, Wis., residing at 327 Deleglise Street, in 1918. He has lived to see a county covered with dense forests develop into one of the most productive in Wisconsin.

Source: p. 270. History of Langlade County Wisconsin Dessureau. Berner Bros. Publishing CO. 1922