Four Kindermann generations: Ignatz, John, Alois and George in 1918. Ignatz brought his family to America in 1884. They were from the village of Schönau, Bohemia.


John Winkelbauer at Stockwethers factory. Almost all males and many females worked at the various woodworking factories at least once in their lives. The Winkelbauer family was from the village of Hirschbergen, Bohemia. They came to America in 1883.

This website is about our ancestors that came  to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the late 1800's. They became known as HIGHHOLDERS. (See Below)

There is information on over 300 surnames that immigrated to Oshkosh from the Böhmerwald in Bohemia and Bavaria. They came to America as early as 1850 and as late as1920 but over 90% from 1880-1900.

This is one part of a multiple part web. In this part you will find information on births, marriages, naturalizations, deaths, churches, schools, employment, photos and much, much more. 

There is also information on the German and Bohemian villages that the immigrants came from, with pictures. And email and website links to other researchers and other interesting sites.



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The Monthly Highholder

Photo montage of Highholders: Sacred Heart class, Ratchmann grocery, Morgan Door Factory, Leonard Seibold,  Joseph Pable and Sophie Steckbauer wedding, Sacred Heart parish house and church, sporting group, Punky Nigls bar, Joseph Selwitschka Home and family, Ignatz Kinderman family.





         The real source of the meaning is lost but it either came from referring to the people from the highland region of Germany or from the German "hoi-holden" which meant collecting hay. The story goes:  women would collect hay from south of Oshkosh for their cows and pigs and carry it back to their barns. Passersby would ask where they were going and they would reply in German "hoi-holden". But wait a minute, hay in German is heu, (pronounced hay) but not in the German dialect that comes from the borderlands, hay is hoi (pronounced in English high). The people who populated the Bavarian and Bohemian Forest spoke a dialect of German which was spoken no where else but in the borderlands. In the English translation it was changed to highholder, which is easier to pronounce. I don't know when the term was first used but I do have a newspaper mention of it from Sept. 1, 1894. (See Monthly Highholder for December 2002).


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