John Boulie was born in Alsace Lorraine at Sawrbuchen, France on April 25, 1827.
John came to America when he was 18 years old. He first lived in New York. He married Magdalen Linhard. She
was born June 15, 1831 in Germany. The wedding took place in Columbus, Ohio. They had four sons and two daughters.
Her father drowned in the Rhine River. Magdalen died in Lawrenceburg on October 21, 1900.
a hotel, tavern, and a farm in West Point in Keokuk, IA. He and his family got on a boat at Ft. Madison, IA.
Their daughter was 12 years old when they sailed the Mississippi River in 1870. It's said they stopped in St. Louis,
MO and bought a barrel of flour. They went through Paducah, KY and on to Florence, AL. While his family stayed on the
boat, John walked to Lawrenceburg, TN. He bought a 130 acre farm north of Lawrenceburg, just out of town, from
Andrew W. Bentley on April 29, 1870 for $650. He went back to Florence for his family and brought them to Lawrenceburg
in a covered wagon.
They lived in the Lawrenceburg Hotel until his house was built. This hotel was on the city
square. The hotel was the only building that had glass in the windows. All other buildings had the glass broken
out during the Civil War. The house was built on Military Road about a mile and a half north of town. They learned
to cook on a fireplace waiting the arrival of their stove shipped from St. Louis. That was the first stove around Lawrenceburg.
The picture above of John Boulie and his family must have been taken about 1897 or so.
Back row:   John Boulie, Jr.,   Joseph Boulie,   William Boulie   (Uncle Will, Lena's father)
Front row:   Magdalene Boulie Remke Hostettler,   Magdalen Boulie Lahart,   John Boulie   (Lena's grandparents),
Catherine Paula Boulie Baltz   (the Pochahantas, AR Baltz's)
This picture was taken about 1926.
Back row: Ann Feldhaus Boulie,
William Boulie and his wife Katherine Toben Boulie.
Front row: Josephine Boulie, Barney
Boulie, William Boulie, and Sis Boulie.
This press release, issued Monday, 28 March 1910, announces the formation of "THE LAWRENCEBURG
PRESSED BRICK COMPANY" with Henry Feldhaus as the President and William Boulie as the Vice-President. Two of William
Boulie's children were married to two of Henry Feldhaus' children, making these two families close.
I'm not sure when William Boulie became President
of the Company, but Henry Feldhaus died 20 April 1931.
When William E. Boulie, above, died, he was the owner of the Lawrenceburg Pressed Brick
Company whose logo is shown below. The brick yard was located just north of 4th street and east of the railroad track.
The kilns were still standing when I was a boy in the 1940's.
The four pictures below are of the Lawrenceburg Pressed Brick Plant. The two pictures on the first row were sent to me by
Kathy Niedergeses who ran the Lawrence County Historical Archives before retiring. The two pictures on the second row were
sent to me by Bob Sutter who found them in his parent's photographs. His grandmother, Anna Sutter nee Feldhaus, is the sister
of my grandfather Henry Feldhaus who was the first President of the Company.
The last of the bricks were donated to the Sacred Heart Church in about 1950 for use in
adding to the school building which was being expanded in anticipation of a 12% increase in enrollment from the influx of
Murray employees moving from Cleveland, Ohio.   These bricks matched the original bricks used in the building of the school.
Obituary (about 1940)
William Boulie, 74, owner of the Lawrenceburg Pressed Brick
Company, died at his home here last Thursday night as the result of a stroke of paralysis suffered Monday.
had been engaged in the manufacture of bricks here for 35 years. Besides the brick business, he operated a farm near
Lawrenceburg. He was a member of the Catholic Church.
He is survived by six children, Joe, John, and Barney
Boulie, Mrs. Henry Feldhaus, Mrs. Curtis Van Hooser, and Mrs. Louis Kemper, all of Lawrenceburg.
Raquiem High Mass
was sung at the Sacred Heart Church in this city at 9:00 o’clock Saturday morning.
Active pallbearers were:
Herman Brink, Frank Henn, Charles C. Shade, Joe Beurlein, Tony Ochmen, and Joseph Dessler.
Honorary pallbearers were:
A. M. Pace, Walter Hooker, Dr. F. Burns, Gene Childress Sr., J. F. Hobbs, Robert Locke, M. Richardson, Jake Parish,
Will Massey, Walter Locke, Cleve Weathers, C. W. Vaughan, James T. Crews, Al J. Smith, Dr. J. W Danley, J. H. Stribling, Dr.
W. H. Nel, John Roberts, Dr. M. L. Lumpkins, Charles Moody, C. W. Bryce, E. G. Parkes, and John W. Springer Sr.
One of the sons, Joe Boulie was married to Ann Feldhaus, one of the daughters of Henry Bernard Feldhaus Jr and his wife Mary....Click
on this link to go to their web page.
One of the daughters, Lena Boulie, was married to Henry Joseph Feldhaus, one of the sons of Henry Bernard Feldhaus Jr and
his wife Mary.... Click on this link to go to their web page.
Katie Van Hooser was one of William Boulie's daughters
Johnny Boulie was one of William Boulie's sons
Bill Van Hooser on the right is the son of Katie Van Hooser whose photo is above.   Charles (Sonny) Remke on the left
is the grandson of Magdalene Boulie Remke Hostettler in the photo further up the page.
They both were in my school class and we were good friends all our lives.   Bill became an MD and lived in Madisonville,
Kentucky until he died suddenly at a young age from a heart attack.   Sonny and I joined the Navy together in 1956.
Sonny Remke furnished the following information:
Born 3-18-1835 in Allenstine, Germany
Buried Calvary Cemetery
Born 5-26-1835 Prussia, Germany
Died in Lawrenceburg 10-26-1893
Valentine and Anna had four children. One of those children was John Francis Remke (Grandfather of Sonny Remke)
Born 7-24-1864 Allenstine
Died 10-22-1900 Calvary cemetery
Married 10-9-1890, Sacred Heart Church Lawrenceburg
Wife Mary Magdaline Boulie Remke (daughter of John Boulie)
Born West Point (Lee Co), Iowa 6-13-1863
Died 10-5-1933 Calvary Cemetery
John and Mary Magdaline had three children:
Joe W. Remke (Sonny's dad)
Frank John Remke (moved to Ft. Wayne, IN after WWI)
Bennie Remke (born 1-18-1899, died 10-8-1904 with flu).
Magdaline Boulie Remke second marriage at Sacred Heart Catholic Church to Matthias Hattenhoffer (note photo at
top of page lists her name as Hostettler)
Matthias and Magdalene had no children.
Born 1-26-1864 Austria, Germany