Name: Mathias ULMAN Sex: M Birth: 28 Oct 1822 Place: Niederzissen,Rheinland,Prussia,Germany Chr: 28 Oct 1822 Place: Niederzissen,Rheinland,Prussia,Germany Marr: Abt Jan 1848 Spouse: Elizabeth VOGTMANN Marr: Spouse: Marr: Spouse: Death: 21 Feb 1891 Place: Mankato,Blue Earth,MN Burial: Abt Feb 1891 Place: Mankato,Blue Earth,MN Father: Peter ULMAN Mother: Gertrud STOLL Notes -------------------------------------------------------------------------- BIRTH: Baptism record, Niederzissen parish, 1798-1888, FHL film no. 549626, 1822, page (124), no. 67. BAPTISM: Baptism record, Niederzissen parish, 1798-1888, FHL film no. 549626, 1822, page (124), no. 67. IMMIGRATION: Came to New York City about Oct 1847 according to Naturalization papers. Original held by the Milwaukee County Historial Society. CENSUS: 1850, Franklin, Milwaukee, WI, stamped page 443, line 3, age 30, Matteus Allman, Coblentz, farmer, FHL film no. 444990. NATURALIZATION: Decl. of Intent., Milwaukee Co., WI, 4 Nov 1850. Original held by the Milwaukee County Historial Society. CENSUS: 1855, Lake, Milwaukee Co., WI, page 5, "line 4", Matthias Ulmann, 5 males and 4 females, FHL film no. 1032688. CENSUS: 1860, Mankato, Blue Earth, MN, page 22, line 1, Mathias Ulman, age 37, Hotel Keeper, $1000 R.E., $200 P.E., Prussia, FHL film no. 803567. MILITARY: Capt. of Mankato MN Militia. County History Book: "Mankato: Its First Fifty Years" (1903), page 320-322, FHL film no.s 962558 item 3 or 1000254 item 4. ASSAULT: The Mankato Weekly Record newspaper, April 2, 1864, page 3, col. 1, "Brutal Assault ... (on Mathias and Peter Ulman)". CENSUS: 1865, Mankato, Blue Earth, MN, Family #316, Mathias Ullman, 5 males, 5 females, FHL film no. 565714. CENSUS: 1870, Mankato, Blue Earth, MN, page 585, page 7, House #43, line 7, Mathias Ullman, age 53, Prussia, $800 R.E., $735 P.E., farmer, FHL film no. 888975. CENSUS: 1875, Mankato, Blue Earth, MN, page 524, line 28, Mathias Ulman, age 53, FHL film no. 565717. CENSUS: 1880, Mankato, 1st Ward, Blue Earth, MN, E.D. 19, page 14, dwelling no. 128, line 41, Matt Ulman, age 58, FHL film no. 1254615. CENSUS: 1885, City of Mankato, Blue Earth, MN, schedule 2, page 19, page 572, line 20, family no. 142, Mathias Ulman, age 62, can't see the civil war col., inspection by the MN Historial Society and they found NO Civil War "mark", FHL film no. 565734. NATURALIZATION: Petition, Milwaukee Co., WI, 27 Feb 1885. Original held by the Milwaukee County Historial Society. DEATH: Death record, Blue Earth Co., MN, page 44, line 26, FHL film no. 1309286. DEATH: Mankato Review (newspaper), Mankato, MN, Feb. 24, 1891. DEATH: "22 FEB 1891" according to Funeral Record. BURIAL: Calvary Cemetery, Mankato, MN, section 1, block 2, lot 7, grave 1. OBITUARY: Mankato Daily Review newspaper, Mankato, MN, Tues., 24 Feb 1891 Death of an Old Citizen. Capt. Mathias Ulman, one of Mankatos settlers, died at his home in this city on Saturday morning. He was born in Germany, in 1822, and was 69 years old. He came to America in 1847, locating first in New York, and afterwards near Milwaukee Wisconsin, removing to Mankato in the fall of 1856, and resided here to the time of his death. In the spring of 1857 he commenced the erection of the Union hotel, which he occupied that year, and conducted as a house of public entertainment for about twenty- three years. In 1858 the first military organization in Mankato was formed, with Jacob Guenther as captain but after six months service he was succeeded by Mr. Ulman, who continued in command until the spring of 1861, when it was disbanded. About nine years ago the deceased sustained a paralytic stroke, and for several years he able to be about and attend to business, but for the past five years he has not been able to leave his home, and only occasionally in the most pleasant weather of summer to venture out or the house. He was almost helpless for two years, spending his time in his comfortable chair, and was only confined to his bed for four or five days. His affliction and old age caused his death. Mr. Ulman was an active, energetic end public-spirited citizen, and in early days took a prominent part in every undertaking to advance the prosperity of our city. He held various offices under the town and city organization, serving several terms as a member of the council. He exercised a large influence among his fellow countrymen, whose confidence and respect he always enjoyed. He was the father of ten children, nine of whom are living and grown to maturity Mrs. P. Schweitzer of West Superior, Mrs. Fred Kron, Mrs. H. Robel, Mrs. John Graeber and Mrs. E. V. Watters of this city: two sons reside at Quincy, Ill., one at Omaha, one here and one at West Superior. BIOGRAPHY: County History Book: "Mankato: Its First Fifty Years" (1903), page 320-322, FHL film no.s 962558 item 3 or 1000254 item 4. ULMAN, Capt. Matthias--Born in 1822 at Niederzissen, Cologne, Germany. In 1847, he emigrated to America and located first in New York City. Here in 1848, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Voghtman, also a native of Germany, where she was born October 27, 1827. Soon after their marriage, Mr. & Mrs. Ulman removed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and thence in the fall of 1856, to Mankato. In the spring of 1857, Mr. Ulman began the erection of the Union Hotel, which he opened as a public hostelry that year. The second story of the building was used as a hall, and there in March, 1858, was organized the first military company in Mankato, with Joseph Guenther as captain. After six months service, Capt. Guenther resigned and was succeeded by Capt. Ulman, who remained in command until the spring 1861, when the company disbanded. Captain Ulman continued to conduct the Union Hotel until 1880, and was the oldest landlord in continuous service Mankato has had. He was an active, energetic public-spirited citizen, who, in the early days of our city's history, took a prominent part in every enterprise tending to her prosperity. He was honored with various public offices, and served on the city council for several terms. He died February 21st, 1891, and his devoted wife, whose deeds of kindness and charity will cause her to be long remembered by the early pioneers and the poor, followed him February 15, 1898, to the Better Land. Eleven children were born to them, ten of whom survive: Michael Ulman, John Ulman, Mrs. Elizabeth Schweitzer, Mrs. Clara Kron, John B. Ulman, Mrs. Caroline Robel, Mrs. Mary Graeber, Henry Ulman, George Ulman, and Mrs. Emma Watters. BIOGRAPHY: Author Unknown Mathias Ulmen was born in Niederzissen, Germany which was near Cologne. In 1847, he came to the United States and lived in New York. There he met and married Elizabeth Voghtman who was also recently from Germany. Soon after their marriage, They moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Then, in the fall of l857, they moved to Mankato. At the time, Mankato had little more than a name but it was destined to become a fairly important trade center and "stopping off" and "passing through area for new settlers. So, it was a logical move for the Ulmens to build a boarding house. It was called the Union House and stood near the banks of the Minnesota River near the present site of the Hubbard Milling office complex. Besides the settlers and travelers who patronized the hotel, the rivermen also stayed there. So there were probably some interesting evenings at the Union House Hotel. The hotel was two stories high. The second floor had a meeting hall. It was here that the first military company in Mankato was organized. Joseph Geunther was its first captain and later on Mathias succeeded him. During the Sioux Uprising, he joined the Home Guard and was a second corporal. Since Mathias was a tradesman, he was active in civic affairs and served several times on the local City Council. The hotel continued in operation until 1888 when Mathias became inactive and confined to sitting in a chair possibly because of Rheumatoid arthritis. (Grandma Emma Watters often mentioned her father's crippled and gnarled hands and that he couldn't stand or walk much because his legs and ankles hurt.) He was forced to sell the hotel and settle in a brick house at 914 North Sixth Street. The house is still there, but it now has clapboard siding on it. Mathias died February 22, 1891 in his 69th year. He is buried in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Mankato. CHRONOLOGY: Born Oct. 28, 1822 in Niederzissen, Rhineland, Germany. Occupations: Farmer; Manager of Union Hotel, Front St. between Spring & Elm, in Mankato, MN (1857-1880). Immigrated to U.S., landing at port of New York, in Oct. 1847. Married Elisabeth Vogtman 1848 in New York City. Moved to Milwaukee Co., WI soon after. In 1850, lived in Franklin Twp., Milwaukee Co., WI. Became naturalized citizen Feb. 27, 1855. In 1855, lived in Lake Twp., Milwaukee Co., WI. Moved to Mankato, MN in Fall 1856. Began erection of Union Hotel in Spring 1857. Organized first military company in Mankato March 1858 in hall on second story of hotel. After six months, he became captain. The company disbanded 1861. In 1860, lived in Mankato, MN. Was elected Town Assessor Apr. 1862. During the Sioux uprising, "M. Ullman" joined the Home Guard which was organized Sept. 14, 1862; was a second corporal under Capt. John F. Meagher. Incident in which Mathias and his father Peter were assaulted by Jerry Dwayne, a government teamster, outside Military Hall (Union Hotel) Mar. 28, 1864. (Officer in Civil War: 24th division under Brig. Gen. R. S. Foster; Apr. 2, 1865 allegedly fought at Fort Gregg near Petersburg.) AT THIS TIME In 1865, lived in Mankato, MN. Remodeled Military Hall, almost doubling original size of main building July 1865 - July 1866; finished by Jan 1867 (total cost $1,800); renamed it Union Hotel. Was elected one of town's Constables Apr. 1868. Rented the Union Hotel to his son-in-law's brother John Schweitzer for several months in 1870. In 1870, lived in Mankato, MN. Was elected Alderman for a two year term Apr. 1874, served on several committees. In 1875, lived in Mankato, MN. Elected to another term as Alderman Apr. 1877. Feb. 17, 1880 a suit was brought against him for selling beer on Sunday, in violation of the city ordinances; he was found guity, and fined twenty five dollars and costs. Ran hotel in Mankato until 1880. Served on city council for several terms. Residence (1880-1891): 914 N. Sixth St. (between Madison Ave. and Lafayette), Mankato, MN. Leased the saloon of Union Hotel to son-in-law Henry Robel Aug. 1881. About 1882 suffered paralytic stroke. Nov. 1883 contracted to sell the Union House to Fred Kustenmeyer of Red Wing when a forfeiture of $100 was paid; price of $400 was given May 1, 1884. In 1885, lived in Mankato, MN. After 1886 was unable to leave home, became almost helpless and remained in his chair for last two years, was bedridden for last four or five days. Died the morning of Feb. 22, 1891 in Mankato, MN. Cause of Death: "Paralysis Agitans" (now called Parkinson's disease). Buried in Mankato, Calvary Cemetery, Sect. 1, Block 2, Lot 7, Grave 1.