Charles Wisbar b. 1880

Charles Wisbar 3rd great uncle on RootsMagic tree

Charles was born August 30, 1880 and was the 6th, of 8, children of Martin and Mary Walters Wisbar. Born in Cook County Illinois “his parents moved with their family to a farm northeast of Parkersburg when he was but eight weeks old.” Charles grew up and stayed in the Parkersburg area and married Trena Vanderlan on April 3, 1902. Johann Roose, brother in law, married to Charles’s sister Lena was a witness to the marriage.

Wisbar, Charles and Trena Vanderlaan 1902 marriage 2

Charles and Trena marriage 1902

Wisbar, Charles Woodman's resolution

Resolution of Respect

Charles was a farmer, cement worker and construction worker he fixed up houses in the area. Then he worked at and managed a creamery and attended conferences of the Iowa State Dairy Association. Charles died suddenly at age 28 on May 26, 1909. His obituary was in the Parkersburg Eclipse newspaper on June 3, 1909. There’s also a thank you note from Charles’s widow, “Especially to the Woodmen and the teachers and pupils of the school for the beautiful flowers”. In the same paper the Woodmen (now Modern Woodmen of America) wrote up a Resolution of Respect for Charles and for his family.

Online. Parkersburg (Iowa) Eclipse 1909 Jun 3 1909 Page 5 of 9 column 3 bottom Charles Wisbar Obituary and Woodmen resolution.

At FamilySearch. Iowa county marriages 1838-1934 database. Reference ID 3684 FHL 001035398 Digital Folder 004311190 Image 00354 viewable at Family History Center

At FamilySearch. Iowa deaths and burials 1850-1990 database. Indexing Project (Batch) B07474-6 System Origin Iowa-EASy FHL 1035396 Reference ID item 7 rn 138

At Wikipedia ModernWoodmen of America 

Emma Wisbar b. 1886

Emma Wisbar great aunt on RootsMagic tree.

An update for Emma Wisbar and Lee Cheney: Both Emma and Lee had a child prior to their 1920 marriage. Emma had a son, Vernon, on September 18, 1908, she was 20 years old, there is no record of a father. An Iowa delayed birth record for Vernon shows his birth date and place, mom and no father’s name. sister Lena Wisbar was a witness on this record. In the same year 1908, Lee Cheney married Winifred Thompson and in 1909 they had a daughter Irma Cheney and must have divorced soon after. Lee’s ex-wife and daughter were also in California, living in San Diego in 1930.

Emma Wisbar was was the youngest child of Martin and Mary Walters Wisbar. She was born in Butler County, Iowa April 7, 1886. The 1900 US Census shows Emma attending school, she could read and write. In her home both German and English spoken. In 1910 Emma was 22, living with her parents and 2 of her 7 siblings. She was a server in a restaurant.

The 1920 US census has Emma living in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis at 312 East 1st Street in Waterloo, Iowa with 3 other boarders. Emma was 33 years old and a waitress in a hotel. Lee Cheney was another boarder. He was 36 and a barber. The 1920 census was taken on January 7 and Emma and Lee Cheney were married on September 9, 1920.


On the 1930 US census Emma and Lee have moved to Oakland, California, both still working, Lee a barber, Emma a waitress at the YMCA Their rent was $22 each month. They lived about 20 miles west of San Francisco and probably traveled to see the Golden Gate Bridge being built from 1933-1937. Both Emma and Lee lived into their 70s. Lee died on January 27, 1962 and Emma exactly 2 weeks later on February 10th. Both are buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Oroville, California, Find a Grave Memorial 

Ancestry. Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937
L H Cheney, barber age 38 m. Emma Wisbar 33 years, Fort Dodge, Iowa September 9, 1920.

Lena Wisbar b. 1871

Lena Wisbar b. 1871 2nd great grandmother.

Lena Wisbar was born in Germany on May 27, 1871. At age 11 in 1882 she sailed to America and was soon living in Parkersburg Iowa. In 1888 Lena married Johan Roose. In 1900 Lena and Johan were farming in Butler County, Iowa. They had seven children and lots of grandchildren. In 1917 the Roose and Miller family were neighbors in Bristow, Iowa. (In 1905 J D and Mary Ella Miller were at the Lewis and Clark Expo in Portland, Oregon and maybe when they returned shared photos or souvenirs with their Bristow neighbors. The Miller and Roose families connected by marriage in 1961.) In 1938 and probably other years, Lena entered her needlework in the Butler County Fair and won ribbons for dining room and bedroom linens.


1938 Sep 14, page 3 of 8, column 4 mid bottom, dining room linens, 5th column top: bedroom linens in the Iowa Recorder FREE at the Greene Public Library Digital Resources

1948 Feb 16 page 7 of 16 column 1 bottom: Lena’s obituary. Waterloo Daily Courier $ at Ancestry . com

1917 Bennezette Township, page 11 (odd pages only) image 7 of 48. Atlas of Butler County Iowa 1917 Iowa counties historic atlases at Iowa Digital Library, U of I Libraries.


Martin Wisbar b. 1845

Martin Wisbar, 3rd great grandfather

Martin Wisbar was born October 29 1845, in Germany to David Wisbar and Henriette Pusch (listed on a death index). Martin, age 25 sailed to America, probably arrived in Baltimore in 1870 or 1872 and went on to Illinois, probably Freeport. On February 26, 1873 he and Mary Walters married (or applied for a license) in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. By 1885 this family was settled in Iowa, the Aplington area. Martin was a candy maker or confectioner, a fruit seller, a laborer and a mail carrier. He also farmed and in 1895 owned 148 acres of land.
Wisbar, M 1895 land
Snapshot of Plat of Monroe Township page 27, image 18 of 37 square 1 in Plat Book of Butler County, Iowa at University of Iowa Digital Libraries
Martin Wisbar (1845 – 1912) > Lena Wisbar (1871 – 1948) >  George Gerald Roose (1888 – 1954