BANAT, MI is located in Holmes Township, Menominee County. It was first settled in 1909 by Austro-Hungarians, mostly from St. Louis, Missouri, and headed by Frank J. Schmidt who became its first postmaster on March 15, 1910; a station on the Wisconsin & Michigan Railroad; named after the district of Banat in Austro-Hungary, from which the settlers originally came [source-Rev. Thomas Ruppe]
Emigration from Banat in the National Archives Ship Records. Destination to Banat, MI. Extractions by David Dreyer.
Rosary Cemetery, off County Road 577,
County, Michigan Cemetery
Transcriptions., v. 1. Gladys Moore
Reeve and Raynor L. Reeve. [no. 6 on
Thesz aka "Lou Thesz" from
Aloysius Martin Thesz was born 24
April 1916 in Banat,
Michigan, to immigrant parents
Martin Thesz from Modosch, Hungary
and Katherine (unk)
b. 2 Sep 1892
in Hungary. The family started
in St. Louis Mo, where two daughters
were born, Anna b. [abt. 1913]
Mo., Helen b.[abt.1915] Mo.
Then they moved to Holmes
Thownship, Menominee, Michigan
where Louis was b. 1916 Mi. &
younger sister Emma b. [abt. 1918].
Sometime after Feb 1920 they moved
back to Mo, where his parents would
live the rest of their lives.
US Census | Holmes
Township, Menominee, Michigan
Thesz] age b. 31
(b.1889) Hungary, imm 1907.
Martin married in 1913
to Katherine (unk) b. [abt 1893], in
Hungary, imm 1906. Children listed.
In St. Louis, Thesz started
wrestling at age 8, using the name
Thesz wrestled his last match in
Japan on 12/26/1990 at the age of
74, losing to Japanese superstar
The Ring Chronicle honors the
record-holding champion, statesman,
teacher, and pro wrestling legend
Lou Thesz with his deserved place in
The Ring Chronicle's Hall of Fame.
father's owned a shoe repair shop.
His grandnephew attends an all boys
private school - Chaminade, in St.
Louis. Lou, his wife, Charlie
and their dog, Herr Schultz, left
Chesapeake Bay for Winter Garden,
Florida. His wife went to work
Peninsula Fine Arts Center, she retired 29 Jan 2000. Lou Thesz died 28
April 2002 in Orlando, Fl. Father
Martin Thesz, b. 10 Aug 1888 in
Modosch, Hungary (source: WW1
draft card, St. Louis., Mo).
Died Nov 1970, Saint Louis, Saint
Thesz, b. 2 Sep
in Hungary - died 28 Sep
1989, Saint Louis, Saint Louis,
Missouri. SSI: 490-68-0549.
US Census, Saint Louis, Saint Louis,
Missouri: Martin is still a
shoemaker. Sister Anna is a
stenographer at a Steel Co.
||Phess, Adam [Thesz] age 43, b.
joining Karoly Graf in St Louis
||Thesz, Ferencz age 23 b1884 &
wife Thesz, Juli b1883 age 24 & ,
father Fulop Thesz in Modosch.
Joining Uncle Anton Christ in
||Thesz, Marton, age 18,
b1889 single, shoemaker.
Joining father Adam Thesz in St.
||Thesz,Adam age 51, b1862 m, wife
Julia in Modosch. Prev in US
1905/06, joining friend Peter
Kirsch in NYNY.
Modosch, Hungarian: Módós,
Variants: Deutsch Modosch,
Serbisch Modosch, Németmódós, Official:
Jasa Tomic, Yugoslavia - 60km SW of
on river Temesch, at the
Romanian border. Location of a
prisoner camp for Germans held by
Partisans during WW II.
1906 THESS Filip
-Age: 46 From:
Louis, MO -Via: Fiu/NY Ship: Slavonia.
Jeffrey Martin Thesz
|Date of Birth:
||7 Apr 1952
||Fredda Nell Huddleston
1: Michigan Place
Names: The History
of the Founding and
the Naming of More
Than Five Thousand
Past and Present
By Walter Romig;
Contributor Larry B.
Published by Wayne
Press, 1986; 673
2: www.wwe.com/superstars/lou-thesz | www.legacyofwrestling.com/Thesz.html
know very little even about my own family, except that my
grandfather, John Roth, and his family owned and lived
upstairs from the general store in Banat, MI around 1915;
until one night when it burned to the ground. Eventually,
they moved to Milwaukee. They came from Vrsac in 1906." ~Richard Roth
Milwaukee & Northern Railway Company
(M&N) 1870-1893: Construction of the M&N began in Milwaukee in
1870, and its Northern Division was extended to
Green Bay in 1873. An extension to the Michigan
state line was started in 1881 under the guise of
the Wisconsin & Michigan Railroad Company and took
five years to complete. The M&N was purchased by
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul &
Pacific in 1893.
Eagle Herald Marinette, Wisconsin / Menomoniee,
ByeLines by Larry Ebsch: 'Ghost towns' important
part of our past - A story about Banat in Holmes Township in
mid-Menominee County, settled by German-Hungarians
Destination: The Americas