54.  PETER5 DISHER (JACOB JR.4, JACOB PHILLP3, FRANZ2, JOHANN1 DYSZER) was born 23 Feb 1905 in Town of Grant, Portage County, WI., and died 06 Mar 1987 in River Pines Living Center, Whiting, Portage County, WI.  He married PATERNILLE T. (NELLIE) TRZEBIATOWSKI 07 Oct 1931 in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Fancher, Portage County, WI., daughter of BARTHOLOMEW TREZEBIATOWSKI and JOSEPHINE OLBRANTZ.  She was born 19 Apr 1912 in Town of Buena Vista, Portage County, WI, and died 18 Jan 1999 in St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Portage County, WI.


Stevens Point Daily Journal

Thursday, February 16, 1928


 Four men were arraigned in court here this morning on charges made on complaint of one man, all arising from a fight at a Valentine day dance at Stoltzville, Fancher.

Peter Disher is the complainant and he charges he was beaten by Alex, Felix and Theodore Drifka and August Sankey. Pleas of not guilty were entered by the four defendants. Felix Drifka and August Sankey were charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, and Alex and Theodore Drifka were charged with assault and battery.

Felix Drifka, August Sankey and Alex Drifka will have their hearings before county Judge W. F. Owen on the morning of March 1, while that of Theodore Drifka will be held in the afternoon of the same day before Justice L. J. Murat.


Stevens Point Daily Journal

Friday, August 10, 1956


Two Aboard Craft In Research Flight

What is probably a new world's record for an open basket balloon flight was set today by two men who landed shortly after noon in an alfalfa field in the Town of Stockton, about seven miles southeast of Stevens Point.

The balloon took off from Minneapolis this morning and reached an altitude of about 40,000 feet, according to M. D. Ross and Lt. Comdr. M. Lee Lewis, the occupants. The flight was a Navy project in cooperation with General Mills.

Capt. Norman Lee Barr, Washington D.C., director of research in aviation medicine for the US navy, termed the flight  "truly a pioneering venture." Captain Barr arrived at the scene shortly after the balloon came down on the Peter Disher farm.

There were two main purposes to the flight, Captain Barr said. One was to determine whether humans could stand the stress of High altitudes under these conditions. This, he said, could be important in astronomy, geophysics and physiology.

Another aspect of the flight was photographing jet plane trails. Earlier in the flight two jets made passes at the balloon while the men took pictures. Roland Pille of the Cornell Aeronautical laboratory, Buffalo, N.Y., said this part of the research is aimed at eliminating the trails, with an eye toward making jets less visible.

Crowd Gathers

Blood samples for chemical analysis were taken from the men after they landed. The two men were obviously in good condition, joking with the crowd of 50-75 persons which assembled after the balloon came down.

The balloon was spotted late this morning over Stevens Point, and it wasn't long before the police station was getting flying saucer reports.

When the object dropped lower, it was obvious that it was a balloon, but not until it got near the ground were the two men visible.

They were riding in a four by six foot box suspended from a huge , gas-filled polyethylene bag.

The balloon slowly dropped as it traveled southeastward, with a number of cars following on the ground.

It hit ground on the Disher farm, bounced over a barbed wire fence and landed right side up.

After the basket touched ground, the occupants released the big bag, which landed a couple of hundred yards away. Lewis and Ross said the spectators could have the bag if they wanted it-they just wanted the valve on top.

Lewis and Ross were wet with perspiration when they landed-they were heavily dressed for the minus 60 temperatures they encountered at 40,000 feet.

Four Hour Flight

Their flight lasted only about four hours and they apparently averaged 50 miles per hour or more.

Following the balloon in flight was a four-engined navy R5_D, carrying naval and scientific personnel. The big plane landed at the Municipal Airport here and Captain Barr and others rode from her to the spot where the balloon came down.

Two helicopters also followed and came down in a field near the balloon. There were trucks from Minneapolis on the ground, but they traveled too far east and had to come back when the balloon landed here.

One of the trucks took the basket away this afternoon.

"Don't you think that was nicely done?" Lewis asked Ross after they landed.

"For a minute I wasn't sure." Replied Ross apparently referring to the barbed wire fence.

"What would have happened in you landed in the drink<' a bystander asked Lewis.

He made swimming motions .

"How come you didn't set it down on the fence?" someone else asked.

"We don't like to break fences." They replied.

At first, the men were reluctant to talk about the details of the flight, for security reasons. But when Captain Barr arrived, he discussed freely the purpose of the ascent.

"Genuine Stress"

He said there had probably never been a flight "to compare with this, where no oxygen was required and genuine stress was placed upon the men."

The world's record for a balloon flight is about 72, 000 feet, set by Anderson and Stevens in 1936, Captain Barr said. But that was in a sealed gondola, not an open air basket.

The success of this ascent, he indicated, will probably lead to more flights of a similar nature.

Lewis and Ross were in constant radio contact with the navy plane.

Captain Barr said they described the view as "magnificent" but added that they had "ice in our eyebrows."

Although many unmanned balloon flights are made from Minneapolis in relation to cosmic ray studies, the men carried no equipment for this work today.

Apparently the only person who had cause to be dissatisfied with the flight was Disher, whose alfalfa was badly trampled down by spectators in the area of the balloon.

Stanley Kirschling, the town chairman, asked Captain Barr if the Navy would pay Disher and the captain advised him to send a letter with a claim for damages.


Stevens Point Daily Journal

Saturday, March 7, 1987


Peter Disher

Peter Disher, 82, town of Stockton, died Friday evening at river Pines Living Center. He had been in ill health for five years.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church in Fancher. The Rev. Robert Pedretti will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Monday at the Dzikoski/Pisarski Funeral Home. A general rosary will be said at 8 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Disher was born in the town of Grant, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Disher. He attended local schools.

He was married to Nellie Trzebiatowski on Oct. 7, 1931, at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Church. They settled and farmed in Stockton until he retired in 1977. He and his wife then moved to their present address. She survives.

Mr. Disher was a town of Stockton supervisor for a number of years.

Other survivors include four sons, Donald and Jerome, both of Milwaukee, Ronald, Poynette, and William, Plover; four daughters, Regina (Jean) Disher, Hollywood, Fla., Mrs. Clayton (Mary) Lokken, Milwaukee, Mrs. William (Lucille) Krebs, Brown Deer, and Mrs. Ernest (Marcy) Nichols, Reseda, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; one brother, Stanley, Winona, Minn.; and two sisters, Sister Mary Disher, SSJ, 1300 Maria Dr, and Mrs. Lawrence (Regina) Timmerman, Milwaukee.

He was preceded in death by one infant son, one daughter, and three brothers.


NAME:  PETER DISHER  BIRTH:  23 Feb 1905  DEATH:  Mar 1987

RESIDENCE:  54467 (Plover. Portage, WI)   LAST BENEFIT:  54467 (Plover. Portage, WI)


Burial: 10 Mar 1987, St.  Mary's Cemetery, Fancher, Portage County, WI

Occupation: Farmer



Stevens Point Daily Journal

Tuesday, January 19, 1999


Nellie T. Disher

Nellie T. Disher, 86, 6402 First St., Plover,died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at St. Michael's Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Fancher. the Rev Robert Pedretti will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

 Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home and again from 9 a.m. until time of services on Friday at the church. A general rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 Mrs. Disher was born April 19, 1912, in Buena Vista, to the late Bert and Josephine Olbrantz Trzebiatowski. She was married to Peter Disher on Oct. 7, 1931 at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

 After the marriage the couple settled in the town of Stockton and farmed. He died March 6, 1987.

 Survivors included four sons, Donald (Charlotte), Milwaukee, Jerome (Jeanette), Henderson, Nev., Ronald (Karin), Poynette, and Wille (Jody), Plover; four daughters, Jean Disher, Hollywood, Fla., Mary (Clayton) Lokken, Waukesha, Lucille (William) Krebs, Brown Deer, and Marcy (Ernest) Nichols, California; four sisters, Sister Mary Magdalen Trzebiatowski, Chicago, Lillian Gagas, Hatley, Edna Piotrowski, Cambridge, and Dorothy (Walter) Kolodziej, Chicago; 10 grand children, and six great-grandchildren.




Burial: January 22, 1999, St. Mary's Cemetery,  Fancher, Portage County, WI

Gravestone Name: Nellie Disher

Occupation: Homemaker



Stevens Point Daily Journal

October 31, 1931


Miss Nellie Trzebiatowski, daughter of Mrs. Josephine Trzebiatowski of the town of Buena Vista, and Peter Disher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Disher, Stevens Point, route 5, were married at St. Mary's church at Fancher at 8:30 o'clock Tuesday morning. Rev. Stanley J. Kabiszewski officiated.

The bride wore a white satin gown and a long veil fitted into a cup headdress. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses. Bridesmaids were Lillian Trzebiatowski, sister of the bride, and Elizabeth Flisakowski and Margaret Disher, cousins of the groom. Miss Trzebiatowski was dressed in pink, Miss Flisakowski wore nile green and Miss Disher wore orchid. They carried mixed bouquets harmonizing with their gowns. Florence Kedrowski was flower girl in a yellow dress. She carried a basket of pink asters and sweet peas.

John and Stanley Disher, brothers of the groom, and Isador Trzebiatowski, brother of the bride, were the groom's attendants.

After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride's mother and breakfast, luncheon and dinner were served to 75 families. The home was decorated with streamers in colors matching those worn by the bridal party.

Guests who came from a distance were Anton, Bernard and Frank Disher of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mr. and Mrs. Disher took a short wedding trip to Madison.



Burial: 22 Jan 1999, St. Mary's  Cemetery, Fancher, Portage County, WI.

Occupation: Homemaker



Marriage: 07 Oct 1931, St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Fancher, Portage County, WI.





  1. REGINA (JEAN)4 DISHER, b.  1932, Town of Stockton, Portage County, WI.

  2. DONALD PAUL DISHER, b.  1933, Town of Stockton, Portage County, WI; m. CHARLOTTE SANKEY, November 27, 1957, St. John's Cathederal, Milwaukee, WI; b.  1936, Stevens Point, Portage County, WI.

  3. MARY DISHER, b.  1935, Town of Stockton, Portage County, WI.

  4. JEROME JOHN DISHER, b.  1937, Town of Stockton, Portage County, WI.

  5. PETER JR DISHER, b.  1939, Town of Stockton, Portage County, WI; d. January 12, 1939, Town of Stockton, Portage County, WI.
    More About PETER JR DISHER:
    Burial: St. Marys Cemetery, Fancher, Portage County, WI

  6. LUCILLE DISHER, b. 1940, St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Portage County, WI.

  7. RONALD DISHER, b.  1943, St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Portage County, WI.

  8. WILLIAM FERDINAND DISHER, b.  1947, St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Portage County, WI.

  9. MARCELLA DISHER, b. 1956, St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Portage County, WI; m. EARNST NICHOLSON, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI.

  10. SANDRA (CINDY) DISHER, b.  1957, St. Michael's Hospital, Stevens Point, Portage County, WI; d. November 27, 1976, University Hospital, Madison, Dane County, WI.
    Notes for SANDRA (CINDY) DISHER:

    Stevens Point Daily Journal        

    Saturday, November 27, 1976


    Miss Sandra Disher

    Miss Sandra Disher, 19, Route 1, Plover, (Town of Stockton), died Friday at 6:30 p.m. at University Hospital, Madison, where she had been a patient for the past week. She had been in ill health for the past three years.

    Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Fancher. burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dzikoski Funeral Home where a general rosary will be said at 8 p.m.

    Miss Disher was born May 10, 1957, in Stevens Point, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Disher, Route 1, Plover. She attended St. Mary of Mount Carmel School, Fancher, and graduated in 1974 from Stevens Point Area Senior High School. She was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

    Survivors besides her parents include four brothers, Donald and Jerome, Milwaukee, Ronald, Poynette, and William, at home; four sisters, Miss Jean Disher, Hollywood, Fla., Mrs. Clayton (Mary) Lokken, Mrs. Bill (Lucy) Krebs and Miss Marcy Disher, all of Milwaukee, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


    Burial: 29 Nov 1976, St. Mary's Cemetery, Fancer, Portage County, WI.