Elmer F. and Ida (Holinger) Weck , 9 North 48 West
APPLETON, WISCONSIN 1975
An article about the museum :
"The goat, I found, is actually an "ibex." An "ibex " is a wild goat of the mountainous regions of the Old World and has great, long, ridged, backward-curving horns. Our ibei, I learned, had been carved in Switzerland and came to the New World in 1893 to grace the World's Columbian Exposition, which was also held in Chicago. At that time, Arnold Holinger, the Swiss Consul General, was commissioner of the exposition and on the opening day of that exposition his wife gave birth to their sixth child, a son named Arnold Holinger Jr. The ibex was given to the family at the close of the exposition in honor of the new baby boy. It remained in the family home until 1925.
Then, Mrs. Sophia Holinger Mannhardt, a daughter in the family, took it to her home and it was there that the children of Arnold Holinger Jr., played with and rode the ibex as if it were a giant rocking horse. It was the children who gave the great carving the title, "Aunt Sosie's Goat." When the Chicago World's Fair opened in 1933, it seemed only fitting that the animal again become a part of the Swiss exhibit as it had been 40 years before. At the conclusion of the exhibit,the goat was to be returned to Mr. Holinger Jr., who had moved to an apartment. An apartment is just no place for a good-sized ibex, even if he is hand-carved and doesn't wander.
Mr. Holinger Jr., exchanged the goat for a coat. Well, actually, he gave it to his tailor, a Mr. Ernest Lohse, in exchange for a custom tailored suit with one pair of trousers. For awhile, Lohse loaned the ibex to a kennel in a Chicago suburb and, alias, it stood outdoors. It must have nearly broken the animal's wooden heart too, after having been an attraction at two world's fairs, to do no more than be a standing ad for a kennel. Lohse had not forgotten him, however, when he left Chicago and established a tailoring business in Neenah. He reportedly had told Anne Mannhardt of Chicago that he presented "Aunt Sosie's goat" to the City of New Glarus museum.
Anne Mannhardt wrote, "It is a fitting place of distinction for the Swiss object d' art." So goes the story of "Aunt Sosie's Goat." Gmur said the ibex had been a part of a small display and now holds a prominent position in a much larger one at the village"
Elmer proved up 320 acres in sections 3 and 4, 9N 48W in 1913.