October 31, 2011


Peter T. Ingrouille
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright October 2011)

Peter T. Ingrouille
(Photo courtesy of Shirley Ingrouille Mandernack, 2015)

Peter Ingrouille
Mr. Peter Ingrouille, (Sr.) died at the home of his son on Wednesday February 19, 1908 after a short illness of typhoid pneumonia.  Mr. Ingrouille was born on the isle of Guernsey, January 1, 1840.  He was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Dorey in 1867,  whose death occurred March 1, 1900.
In April 19, 1870 they came to this country and settled on the farm where they lived until their death.  The deceased was an industrious man, highly honored and respected by all who knew him.  He leaves one son, and two grandsons to Mourn his departure.  The funeral services were held from his home Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Woodrow of the Methodist Church.  A large concourse of friends followed the remains to their last resting place in Oakwood Cemetery.
(Source:  Racine Journal Times, February 25, 1908)

Louisa Ingrouille, wife of Peter
Oakwood Cemetery

Ervin W. Ingrouille
Oakwood Cemetery

Ervin W. Ingrouille
Passed away in St. Catherine's Hospital, Kenosha on Feb. 28, 1972 at the age of 74.  He had been hospitalized as the result of an auto accident.  Mr. Ingrouille was born in Somers Township on Sept. 27, 1897 and had been a lifetime resident of the Racine-Kenosha area.  He was employed at the Dumore Co. for many years and had been employed at Massey-Ferguson, Inc. before his retirement in 1962.  He was a member of the Somers Golden Agers.  On Nov. 9, 1918 he was united in marriage to the former Marie Rasmussen who survives him along with three sons and daughters-ion-law.  Gerald and Olive Ingrouille of Racine; Robert and Betty Ingrouille, Edward and Joanne Ingrouille; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Ralph Mandernack, all of Kenosha; 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; brother Clifford Ingrouille of Chicago; sister-in-law Mrs. La Verne Sears of Bristol, Wis. and one niece.
(Source:  Racine Journal)

Charles P. Ingrouille
Oakwood Cemetery

Annie C. Ingrouille
Oakwood Cemetery
(Source:  Photo by Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright October 2011)

Annie C. (Mrs. Peter) Ingrouille
Mrs. Peter Ingrouille (Jr.) died at her home in Somers at one o'clock Thursday afternoon after a long illness due to lung trouble.  The deceased was born on August 23, 1874, and at the time of her death she was in the thirty-ninth year of her age.  A husband, three sons, and one brother are left to mourn her death.  The funeral services took place from the house on Saturday morning, conducted by Rev. G.C. Lacy, pastor of the Somers Methodist Church.
"We miss thee from our home, dear mother
We miss thee from thy place,
A shadow o'er our life is cast,
We miss the sunshine of thy face.
We miss thy kind and willing hand,
Thy fond and earnest care,
Our home is dark without thee.
We miss thee everywhere."
(Source:  Racine Journal Times, publication Feb. 25, 1913)

Robert L., Gerald, and Clifford Ingroiville
"Staff Sgt. Robert L. Ingroiville, top turret gunner on a Liberator bomber in the third bombardment wing, has been awarded his third oak leaf cluster for his air medal as a result of his participation in attacks on Germany.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Ingroiville of Somers Township, Sgt. Ingroiville enlisted a year and a half ago, took his basic training at Ft. Meyers, Florida, and at camps in Colorado and California.  He went overseas in April of this year.
A brother, Gerald, in the Infantry, is training in a Georgia camp.
An uncle of the two  Somers soldiers, Clifford Ingroiville, who enlisted two years ago from Somers, is serving in Burma-India.  He has been in that theater of the war since two months after his enlistment."
(Source:  October 20, 1944 - acknowledge last name is spelled incorrect in news article)

The Ingrouille Family
Written by Shirley Ingrouille Mandernack
August 17, 2014 for the Somers Community Church's 175th Anniversary – Cemetery Walk at Oakwood Cemetery

INGROUILLE – An early Somers pioneer family
I've learned that my great grandparents, Peter T. & Louisa Ingrouille, and their son came to the U.S. In 1868 (1870?) from the Isle of Guernsey, one of the Channel islands off the coast of England. At the time, my grandfather, also named Peter T. Ingrouille, was just 2 years old. When they arrived, they came to Somers and first lived with the William Anderson family (he was also from Guernsey) and ended up purchasing land in an area of Somers where several other families from Guernsey also settled – the Corbetts, Andersons, Bishers and Ozannes, among others. I believe most made their living as farmers. My grandfather was married to Anna Abresch and was a blacksmith. He probably learned his trade by apprenticing with his friend, William Anderson, who was already an established blacksmith shop at another Somers location. I still remember the stone foundation of the shop next to the road (Green Bay Road) in front of the old farmhouse. That's all that was left of the building by the time my family moved from Racine to the Somers property in the early 40s. Grandpa had a stroke and died in the winter of 1936, a very bad winter that year. The snow was as high as the electric poles and he had to be taken by horse and sleigh into Racine where the ambulance met them. Red Mueller has told me that, when he was a young kid, he used to love going to my grandpa's blacksmith shop just to sit and listen to the farmers gathered around the stove just talking (and gossiping??) among themselves.

Since all of my grandparents were deceased by the time I was born, I know very few details about their early lives. I did know my two uncles, Charles and Clifford Ingrouille, and, of course, my dad, Ervin. Dad married Marie Rassmussen and they had 4 children, my 3 older brothers and me. Two of my brothers, both WW II vets, are buried here in Oakwood—Bob just a little SE of where we are now and Jerry on the south side of the road and a bit east of here. Uncle Charlie, a bachelor, lived with my grandparents on the farm until both my grandmother, Louisa, and my grandfather had died. My parents ended up buying the farm from the uncles and that's when my family moved to Somers. Cliff, however, had other ideas. No farming for him! He became a mortician and worked in Racine, Chicago and probably many ports in between!. He was overseas in WW II and retired in Minneapolis, dying in his early 90s.

The Ingrouille Family
Peter Thomas Ingrouille (born 1840) & wife, Louise Dorey and their son,, Peter T. Ingrouille, II, (born 1867) came to the USA in 1870 from the Isle of Guernsey, one of the Channel islands off the coast of England. The elder Ingrouille purchased a small plot of land in an area in Somers where several other families from Guernsey had located and, like most of them, he farmed his land. His son, Peter, married Anna Abresch and became a blacksmith. His shop was located on what is now “Old Green Bay Road,” just north of Petrifying Springs Park. They, in turn, had three sons—Charles, Ervin and Clifford. Ervin married Marie Rasmussen in 1918, they lived and worked in Racine and had three sons and one daughter—Gerald, Robert, Ed and Shirley. Two of the three sons are also buried here in Oakwood. When both parents had passed, my father, Ervin, bought the house and farm from his brothers and my family moved to Somers, and I have lived here ever since.

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