Category Archives: MMC Members

Gottlieb Grimm

Gottlieb Grimm was originally from Bottingen in the Kingdom of Württemberg, Germany. He was born in 1831 and learned the craft of bookbinding from his father, Gelasius Grimm. He emigrated to America in 1849 and settled in Madison, WI in 1850 where he began his life as a Bookbinder. It is reported that Gottlieb bound the first book ever in Madison. The book was actually a collection of back issues of Graham’s Magazine, which Madison banker Simeon Mills had saved and wanted bound. As a side note, Gottlieb was also a founding member of the Madison Maennerchor, a German singing society started in 1852 which patterned after the similar groups in the “old country”.

Here is a link to the Grimm Bindery in Madison, Wisconsin.

MMC Concert at Oakwood Village West 10-27-2011

Our performance was at 7 p.m. in the main floor auditorium. Later, we all moved to the dining room. Our concert sponsor and retired MMC singer, Dick Layman, arranged for sandwiches and Wahrsteiner beer after the concert in the dining room above the auditorium. Singing erupted soon after the beer and drinks were passed around!

Both the auditorium and dining room were filled to capacity with residents and Maennerchor singers (we’re in the white shirts, of course). A great time was had by all.

Thank you, Dick, for bringing such joy your community!

We had a lot of people at this celebration!

Singing and festivities at Oakwood Village

We sang and had a great time at Oakwood

Ed Essert

In September, 2011, Ed Essert (MMC Tenor I, retired), participated in a video on immigration that was conducted by the Waunakee (Wisconsin) Public Library through a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. In this interview he and other members of the Waunakee community told their stories of where their families originated, how they came to the United States, and how they became part of the community.

The entire video can be viewed at this link. Ed’s portion is from 15:16 through 20:50. The video is very informative and enjoyable.

Ed Essert Reminisces about his arrival to the US

Songs of Nellingen

Danny Proud, one of our Tenors, assembled original songs about GI’s, humor, love and yearning from the US Army barracks of the 421st Medical Company (Air Ambulance) at Nellingen Kaserne, during the Vietnam War.

All of the proceeds from the sale of the CDs will go to Guitars4Vets, a non-profit organization providing music therapy for disabled veterans.

For more information, click Dan Proud.





Celebration of Life – Nick Graebel 10-8-2011

There was a Celebration of Life in Nick Graebel’s honor at the Madison Turner Hall, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nick’s family and friends recounted their experiences and fond memories. Nick enjoyed life and found ways to share that with others.

Nick retired from the Fire Department in 2005, played volleyball with Madison Turners, and was a member of the Madison Maennerchor for 34 years. This is an opportunity for his former co-workers, friends and singers to remember him. The MMC sang in his honor.

An excellent article on Nick appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal.

A brief obit is available here.