Joseph Emil Landsinger

Valton Man Loses Life in Fire Friday. Tragedy struck this community early Friday morning, when Joseph E. Landsinger, 61, lost his life in his burning farm home at Valton.

Mr. and Mrs. Landsinger awakened shortly before 5:00 a.m. to find the house filled with smoke. They immediately sent their 16 year old son, Ernest, to call the Wonewoc Fire department, which arrived on the scene a short time later in the 10 degrees below zero weather. The fire had gained considerable headway by this time, but the department had the fire somewhat quelled only to run out of water. A call was sent out for the Cazenovia department, which responded at once but were helpless in extinguishing the blaze.

After investigating and sending his son for help, Mr. Landsinger went back into the house to get some more clothing and it is thought he was overcome by the dense smoke. The body was recovered and identified after the fire had subsided.

The building and all the contents were consumed by the fire. The loss was partially covered by insurance.

Joseph Emil Landsinger was born August 3, 1894 to Wencil A. and Mary (Birdd) Landsinger in the town of Greenwood, Vernon County, and passed from this life in the disastrous fire at his farm home on Friday morning, February 3, 1956, at the age of 61 yrs., and 6 months.

He grew to young manhood on the farm of his parents in Greenwood Township and attended the McKenzie school. When he was seventeen years of age, his parents moved to a farm in the Valton community. When he was 21 he purchased a farm joining that of his parents on the east, where through the years, he has built new buildings and added to the first land purchased.

Mr. Landsinger was a veteran of World War I and served in France for awhile during his ten months of service. He was a member of the LaValle American Legion Post.

On October 28, 1924 he was untied in marriage to Elnore Libansky at Hillsboro, Wis. They made their first home in a part of his home until the spring of 1925, when they moved into the house on his farm, where they continued to reside until his untimely death.

To this union were born four sons, Leo, Marvin, Harold, and Ernest; two daughters, Leona & Marcella.

He was preceded in death by his father and two infant sisters. Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Elnore; sons Leo of Onalaska, Marvin of West Allis, Harold and Ernest, at home; two daughters, Leona (Mrs. Norma Diece) of Janesville, Marcella, (Mrs. Earl Norton of West Allis: two sons-in-law, Norman Diece and Earl Norton; a daughter-in-law, Margery; his mother, Mrs. Mary Landsinger of LaValle; a twin brother, August of Wonewoc; another brother Wencil of Richland Center; sisters Rose, (Mrs. Wencil Stepka), Hillsboro, Mary (Mrs. William Plachetka), LaValle, Anna (Mrs. Elmer Henderson) Wonewoc; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Valton Wesleyan Methodist church on Monday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, with the Rev. L. J. Poe officiating. Burial was in the Valton Cemetery, where the Legion conducted graveside services. Joe Landsinger Loses Life In Valton Fire Home Destroyed Despite Efforts of Two Depts.

Joe Landsinger, 61, well known Sauk County farmer, lost his life this morning when he returned to his burning home in Valton, it is believed to recover valuables.

Sheriff James W. Gavin and Dr. James Tibbitts of Reedsburg, county coroner, were called to Valton early today to investigate the death. The fire broke out in the Landsinger home about 5 a.m., the sheriff states, and wiring in the basement was blamed for the blaze which completely destroyed the home.

With Mr. Landsinger in the house were his wife and son, who escaped safely. Cazenovia and Wonewoc firemen responded to calls for aid and despite the fact that the home was located within 500 feet of the Baraboo River and a good source of water was available, efforts to save the home were unsuccessful and it burned to the ground. The remains of Mr. Landsinger were removed from the basement ruins, all that remained of the home.

Mr. Landsinger was the owner of several farms in the area. The farm at which the tragedy occurred today is located in the town of Woodland in the northwestern corner of Sauk County, west of LaValle, and the house was in the unincorporated village of Valton. The home was a comfortable two-story, stucco covered structure. Survivors of Mr. Landsinger, besides his wife, include fours sons and two daughters.

The fire burned for some time and at 10 o’clock, firemen from Cazenovia were still standing by.

The body of Mr. Landsinger was removed to the Hart funeral home in Hillsboro.

  • Father : Wencil A. Landsinger
  • Mother : Mary Birdd
  • Birth date : August 3, 1894
  • Born at : town of Greenwood, Vernon County, Wisconsin
  • Married : Eleanor Libansky
  • Marriage date : October 28, 1924
  • Married at :Hillsboro, Wisconsin
  • Death date : February 3, 1956
  • Buried at : Valton, Woodland twp., Sauk Co., Wisconsin
  • Children :
    Leo Landsinger
    Marvin Landsinger
    Harold Landsinger
    Ernest Landsinger
    Leona Landsinger
    Marcella Landsinger


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    Death-Obituary and Cemetery Inscriptions of Sauk Co., Wisconsin, Volume 5.
    Buried-Obituary and Cemetery Inscriptions of Sauk Co., Wisconsin, Volume 5, page 132.
    Obituary-Newspaper Unknown-Jeanne Wallendal Jessie.
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