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August Eugene Waldvogel (1848 - 1884)

August Eugene Waldvogel aka Walvoogle
Born in Switzerlandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1 Mar 1866 (to 1868) in Wisconsin, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 36 in Union, Pierce, Wisconsin, USAmap
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Augustus Eugene Waldvogel was born between 1837-1848 in Switzerland.

He met Laura Ladocia "Docia" Ingalls when her family moved to Pierce County, Wisconsin. They married on 1 March 1866 in Wisconsin, later divorcing.

"One day, driving a pair of young steers hitched to the sledge to bring water from the spring [Docia] had an accident. The steers ran away but were caught by a young neighbor named Augustin Waldvogel, who had recently come from Switzerland to join his brothers, Joe and Carl. Docia was wearing a bright red jacket which [her mother] had made for her, and she must have been quite attractive. Anyway, they were married March 1, 1866. August filed for naturalization papers and also for a homestead near Plum City in Union County… August built a two-room log cabin and began gathering some livestock. He became pay-master for a logging crew, and one night, believing some men were coming to rob him, he threatened them and then fired through the door, killing one of the men. For that he was sent to prison for eight years. Docia divorced him. Lena was nearly two years old, and Docia was expecting her second child. — Lola Flack, “Laura Ladocia, Grandma Docia” in The Ingalls Inquirer, Volume 2, November 1985, 95-96."[1]

He shot Milo Goodenough in May 1868 and was guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to prison for eight years in December 1868.

"The trial of August Walvoogle for the murder of Milo Goodenough in May last, before the circuit court in Pierce county, has terminated in a verdict, "guilty of manslaughter." and a sentence to a sojourn of eight years in state prison."[2]

August served in prison at Waupun in Dodge, Wisconsin[3], and worked in the prison cook house.[1]

He died 24 July 1884 in Union, Wisconsin due to stomach cancer.[4] He is buried in Plum City Union Cemetery in Plum City, Wisconsin.[5]

Research Notes

  • 1870 census reflects birth year as 1839 and naturalization match lists 1837 as birth year.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pioneer Girl website
  2. Clipping, Semi-Weekly Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 16 Dec 1868, Wed • Page 4.
  3. Source Citation Year: 1870; Census Place: Waupun South Ward, Dodge, Wisconsin; Roll: M593_1710; Page: 139B Source Information 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Name August Waldvogel Age in 187031 Birth Date 1839 Birthplace Switzerland Dwelling Number State Prison Home in 1870 Waupun South Ward, Dodge, Wisconsin Race White Gender Male Post Office Burnett Occupation Farmer Father of Foreign Birth Yes Mother of Foreign Birth Yes Attended School Yes Real Estate Value 600
  4. August Waldvogel/Local Historian notes, Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 28 Oct 1989, Sat • Page 7
  5. Find A Grave: Memorial #106857080
  6. "Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 September 2021), August Walduagle, 1865.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 August 2017), August Waldvogel, Union, Pierce, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district ED 123, sheet 263A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1442; FHL microfilm 1,255,442.
  • "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), August Waldvogel, 1884; Burial, Plum City, Pierce, Wisconsin, United States of America, Plum City Union Cemetery; citing record ID 106857080, Find a Grave,

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