1889 (HM2GE2)

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N 38° 47.298', W 90° 29.156'

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603 North Sixth Street

—of The Commons Neighborhood —

John and Herman Wilke arrived from Hanover, Germany.

John and Herman established successful farms in Portage Des Sioux Township, now Orchard Farms.

John and Herman both served for the Union during the Civil War, John's rank is unknown; Herman's rank was Lieutenant in the Home Guard. Southern renegades raided Herman Wilke's farm to kill him. His assailant was shot by Henry Kettler, a hired hand. Kettler served as a private in the Civil War 1861-1862.

John Wilke purchased half of this block along 6th Street.

John Wilke purchased the rest of this block along 7th Street.

John Wilke had this house built for his retirement.

It is a brick Queca Ann with a double brick dentils beneath the cornices. The steep hipped roof has two cross gables. The turned porch posts support a spindled frieze suspended from the porch roof. The bay windows with their concave mansard roofs are distinctive.

In order to pay John Wilke's heirs, house and lot were sold to the highest bidder, Henry Kettler, the long time family friend and defender.

The house remained with Kettler and his heirs for almost 80 years.
HM NumberHM2GE2
Placed BySaint Charles Commons Neighborhood Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 718359 N 4296286
Decimal Degrees38.78830000, -90.48593333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 47.298', W 90° 29.156'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 47' 17.88" N, 90° 29' 9.3599999999999" W
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