Celestine Kaltenbach was born in Baden, Germany in 1813 and then coming to Potosi, Wisconsin. In 1853 he was made Town Treasurer, the first town office to be held by a German.
Before coming to Potosi he had mined iron for three years about Dubuque. On coming to the "Hollow" he started a store (in the location then known as Van Buren) which he carried on for more than fifty years. He held several town offices and was so much esteemed in the community that to hundreds his advice or admonition was law.
His grandson, Celestine David, named for him married into the Roesch family when he wed Gwendolyn September 26, 1934.