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The Felhofers' can trace the family name to the country of Austria. I have contacted a few Felhofer's via email and have been told there are Felhofer's located in Vienna, Linz, Aigen-Schlagl in Austria. Latest information is that we are from Aigen-Schlagl. They immigrated to America sometime in May - June 1883 Received letter from NARA and confirmation that they arrived at the Port of Baltimore on 26 May 1883. Copy of manifest is on the way . A search of the 1900,1910 and 1920 Census finds mention of 3 groups with the Felhofer name. Although not confirmed, it is highly likely that the Felhofers' came, as most immigrants from Europe, through New York. (Latest info indicates departure from Bremen and arrival in Baltimore) The Felhofers' made their way to Wisconsin to settle. The largest concentration of Felhofers' is in Wisconsin. My (Mark Wayne Felhofer, b. February 1955) father is (Wayne William Felhofer, b. February 1924 d. November 1998 of Marshfield. I have 3 uncles, Terry, Jerry, Darrel and 2 aunts, Jean and Mitsy. My great grandfather was (Frank Felhofer, b. June 1857 d. June 1920)

Recent research of the 1900 and 1910 Census, indicates 3 Felhofers' immigrated from Austria. Charles [age 49] Felhofer, in 1883 -- Mathias [age 53] Felhofer, in 1887 -- and my Great Grandfather, Frank [ age 53 ] Felhofer, May 1883. And new info has another Frank [age 31 in 1888] Felhofer coming over from Austria via Bremen - New York -- in 1888. It is my opinion that these 4 are related, as they are close in age. My GGF, Frank, settled in Wood County, WI -- while Charles, Frank and Mathias settled in Door County, Wi. Awaiting correspondence from Wisconsin to determine some of the above.(Received info and is currently being reviewed by my sister) Records have indicated that Frank arrived on the SS Strassburg . Have searched passenger lists for these vessels. Received letter from NARA confirming SS Strassburg It looks like Franz Felhofer, father of Frank Felhofer [of the Marshfield clan] and Mathias Felhofer, father of Frank, Charles and Mathias [ of the Sturgeon Bay clan ] are very likey related, i.e. brothers or cousins. Planning to write Felhofers in Aigen-Schlagl for some additional information.

The Felhofer family has a claim to fame. Noted as the "World's largest Round Barn", this structure is located on the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, in Marshfield. This barn was designed and constructed by the Felhofer Brothers. My grandfather (William Andrew Felhofer, b. May 1897 d. September 1966) was one of the brothers, albeit a younger one, he played his part in the barn's construction. Here is a photo of the barn. My aunt, Jean Wilcott (Felhofer) , has written a history of the barn and I will post it soon. She is a former President of the Central Wisconsin State Fair Association.

Franz Felhofer
Great Great Grandfather
Born: UKN Died: UKN
Frank Felhofer
Great Grandfather
Emigrated to USA in May 26 1883
Born: June 1857 Died: June 1920
William Andrew Felhofer
Born: May 1897 Died: September 1966
Wayne William Felhofer
Born: February 1924 Died: November 1998
Mark Wayne Felhofer
Born: February 1955 Died: not yet

4 generations of Felhofer's

Franz and Marie

William and Angela

Barbara and Wayne

Carolina and Mark

Progress Report:

November 26, 1999 - Sent 2 requests to NARA for passenger manifest search on SS Strassburg and SS Baltimore.
November 27, 1999 - Sent off for photo of SS Strassburg
Planning to visit LDS FHC here in San Antonio to request microfiche of Port of Baltimore Passenger Lists
March 31, 2000 - Received letter from NARA stating they found passenger manifest of the SS Strassburg with the Felhofers' listed.
May 2000-Received copies of SS Strassburg manifest with Felhofers' listed
July 24, 2000-Received package from Mike G with loads of information on Felhofers' and McCabes'.

Here is a partial listing of surnames in the geneaology of the Mark Wayne Felhofer Family:
Felhofer, Wess, Meier, McCabe, Davis, Wilkey, Greaney, Whitely, Petty, Bolton Maure, Gamazon, Aquino, Caguin


Information on the vessel that Frank Felhofer came to Baltimore on.
SOUNDEX Number for Felhofer is F416
SS STRASSBURG, built in 1872 by Caird & Co., Greenock. 3,025 tons; 106,67 meters (350 feet) long x 11,89 meters (39 feet) broad;straight bow, 1 funnel, 2 masts; iron construction, screw propulsion, service speed 10 knots; accommodation for 60 1st-, 120 2nd-, and 900 3rd-class passengers. 24 May 1872, launched for the North German Lloyd New Orleans service. 3 September 1872, maiden voyage, Bremen-Southampton-New York. 16 October 1872, first voyage, Bremen-Havre-New Orleans. 16 February 1881, first voyage, Bremen-Baltimore. 19 September 1883, last voyage, Bremen-Baltimore. 1883-1896, mainly to South America. 12 August 1893, last voyage, Bremen-New York (12 round-trip voyages). 25 January 1896, last voyage, Bremen-South America. 1896 sold; 1897 scrapped at Genoa [Noel Reginald Pixell Bonsor, North Atlantic Seaway; An Illustrated History of the Passenger Services Linking the Old World with the New (2nd ed.; Jersey, Channel Islands: Brookside Publications), vol. 2 (1978), p. 548]. Pictured in Michael J. Anuta, Ships of Our Ancestors (Menominee, MI: Ships of Our Ancestors, 1983; reprint Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., [1993])p. 317, courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970 [Posted to the Emigration-Ships Mailing List by Michael Palmer - 28 July 1997]

Baltimore, Maryland
Index (Soundex) to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD 
(Federal Passenger Lists), 1820--1897. M327. 171 rolls. 16mm. DP. 
 Click here for list of microfilm rolls. 

Index (Soundex) to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD 
(City Passenger Lists), 1833--1866. M326. 22 rolls. 16mm. DP. 
Under a Maryland State law of March 22, 1833, effective from September 1833 until October 1866, 
the masters of vessels were required to submit lists of passengers arriving at Baltimore to the mayor of that city.
The law required that these "city lists'' report the age and occupation of the passengers, and that the lists
be sworn to by the master of the vessel in the presence of the mayor. The lists for the period 1833--1866
to which the index relates were borrowed from the city of Baltimore and were filmed as part of Passenger Lists
of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, 1820--91 (M255). 

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Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD, 1820--1891. M255. 50 rolls. DP. 
Click here for list of microfilm rolls. 

[Time period for Frank Felhofer is on roll # 37 Mar. 1--Aug. 29, 1883] Received info from NARA to confirm this
Quarterly Abstracts of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, MD, 1820--1869. M596. 6 rolls. DP. Click here for list of microfilm rolls