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51 Thomas H. Larscheid, Eckelshiem, Germany
Ancestral villages: Karlsruhe, Landau and Speyer (Beresan District)

I was born in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, on May 18, 1948, 100 years to the day that the first democratic German parliament met in St. Paul's Church, in Frankfurt, Germany. Some say it explains my political views and absolute commitment to Freiheit (freedom).

Although I have lived in Europe (Germany and Belgium) for 20-plus years, I still struggle with German. I have been told I speak without much of an accent but my memory does not retain much. The verbs are killers!

My father's ancestors came to America in 1842, settling in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They were Rheinlanders from a village called Neideradenau. I was the first Larscheid from America to visit this village in 1990. My paternal grandfather, Tony, moved to Mott, North Dakota, around 1911 with his brother to farm. The brother, unable to adapt to the plains, returned to Wisconsin a few years later. My grandmother, Pauline, was half-Flemish and half-German. Tony and Pauline spoke German but did not pass it on to their children.

My maternal grandfather, Bartel Braun, and grandmother, Monica Dauenhauer, are from the Beresan District, immigrating to Richardton, North Dakota, in the 1890s. They later moved to Mott. Both spoke Russian and German; my grandfather spoke Low German, my grandmother High German. It is said my great-grandfather, Markus Dauenhauer (born in Landau, Russia, August 12, 1850), did not favor the marriage. Markus Dauenhauer was a very successful farmer in Russia and America. He gave or sold, there is a dispute, the land for Assumption Abbey in Richardton.

The Great Depression forced my parents to move from North Dakota to South Dakota. I lost my entire German-Russian heritage, save for a few stories from my mother, because of this. My mother grew up speaking German, but World War I put a stop to that. They were forbidden to speak German in public, especially in school. My grandfather was very pro Kaiser and grandmother worried constantly about him getting into trouble.

I spent 12 years in a Catholic school in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, St. Mary's, graduating in 1966. I attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, receiving a BA in Speech (broadcast journalism) in 1971. After working 6 months in Pierre South Dakota, with the Department of Public Instruction as an information specialist, I entered the Army to fulfill my duty commitment.

I spent 5.5 years on active duty in Pirmasens, Germany, not knowing until after I was discharged that this was the area from where my maternal ancestors went to Russia in 1809.

Currently I am an editor-writer at the U.S. Army European headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany.

My wife, Carol-Ann (Whipple) Larscheid, also has ancestral roots in Russia. Her grandmother (Schumacher) also came from the Odessa area, but we have little information.

I'm looking forward to an exciting trip. 
Braun, Bartholomäus (I88754)
52 *

They were married at 11 am by Johannes Finck, the mayor andregistrar of the county and mayorality of Godramstein, county anddistrict Landau/Palatinate, Kingdom of Bavaria.
At the time of their marriage, Conrad was 21 years, 10 mos, and 15days old, lived in Godramstein, and was employed as a baker. Barbara was20 yrs 26 days old, lived in Godramstein, and was unemployed. Themarriage was witnessed and the documents signed by both of his parents,her father, Georg Theobald, Georg Konrad Kessler, Michael Weber, andGeorg Kunz (45 year old vintager, resident of Siebeldingen, no relationby blood or marriage to either the bride or groom).
Before they could be married, Conrad had to produce discharge papersproving that he had done his military service. They were dated April 7,1849. He also had to produce proof that he had sworn his citizen's oath.
Marriage banns were posted on the main entrance of City Hall onSunday the 15th and Sunday the 22nd of July, 1849, both times at 12noon. There were no objections.

Family (F53477)
53 *Walter D. Neuharth, Long Beach, California
Ancestral villages: Glückstal and Kassel (Glückstal District); Worms and Rosenflet (Beresan District)

I was born in Eureka, South Dakota, on October 19, 1917, to Daniel J. and Christina Neuharth. I married Irene Wahl of Alpena, South Dakota, on August 18, 1940. I served for three years in the US Air Force during World War II.

I owned Neuharth's mens wear clothing store in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, from 1946 - 1953.

I moved to Long Beach, California. After 28 years with the Long Beach Unified School District, I retired in February 1981.

Irene, a registered nurse, retired at the same time, after 20 years as an industrial nurse with McDonald-Douglas Corp.

Having both been world wide travelers, we visited more than 40 countries of the world and the 50 states in the USA. Genealogy of the Neuharth family, in particular, has been our hobby for more than 25 years.

We have worked on a number of philanthropic projects, mainly on Schriner's Childrens Hospital and fund raising projects. 
Neuharth, Walter Daniel (I86814)
54 *Zita (Dauenhauer) Gieser, Dickinson, North Dakota
Ancestral Villages: Katharinental, Landau, Speyer [Beresan District]; Franzfeld [Liebental District]

Zita writes, "I was born the second child of Florian Dauenhauer and Rosa Bernhardt Dauenhauer. I had six sisters and two brothers and we lived on a farm near Taylor in southwestern North Dakota.

"My parents were of German-Russian ancestry with my father's family immigrating from Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, in 1809 to Russia. They helped found the colony of Landau in the Beresan Valley. My father immigrated from Landau to New Salem, North Dakota in 1912 at the age of 20. My mother's family also immigrated from Rheinland-Pfalz and helped to found the colony of Katharinental in 1816. My mother then immigrated to Glen Ullin, North Dakota from Katherinental in 1914 at the age of sixteen."

Zita graduated from Taylor High School and married in 1943, farming on her husband's family farm until she retired to Dickinson in 1981. She taught a rural school and raised seven children who blessed them with sixteen grandchildren, four of whom are already college graduates. During all this, Zita found time to participate in many community organizations and activities ranging from local to national duties. She presently serves as secretary for their local chapter of GRHS and is a village coordinator, for Landau and Katharinental as a member of their Stark County Historical Society.

"During our May, 1993, tour [to Russia and ancestral villages, she writes], we felt privileged to see childhood home colonies of our parents, Landau and Katharinental. Our parents often spoke of their old homes and shared many fond memories with us. Rosemarie [Zita's sister; see Rosemarie Hoff below] and I were happy their parents did not see how their beautiful churches had been desecrated. We are most thankful our parents had the opportunity and the courage to leave Russia and immigrate to the United States." 
Dauenhauer, Zita Beatrice (I88892)
55 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Huber, Janice (I122810)
56 Brownwood,Brown,Texas,USA
Not Competent Mentally Ruling -- Insanity hearing; declared a lunatic and sent to state hospital in San Antonio, Tx. Wife, sister (Genie Bolton) and neighbor testified to his irrational behavior and paranoid thoughts. A jury of 6 people declared him insane 
Pinkston, William Harris (I108597)
57 Cordavee "Blees" Heupel, Sturgis, South Dakota
Ancestral villages: Landau, Rastadt and Speyer [Beresan District]; Kassel [Glückstal District]; Beresina, Kulm, Leipzig and Tarutino [Bessarabia]

"I was born in Bowman, North Dkaota, to Roszella (Mosbrucker) Blees and John Blees. I lived and attended school in Bowman. Then I attended X-Ray Technological Training in Bismarck, in 1957-1959, when I married Ray Heupel, a South Dakota native. Ray's parents are Nora (Rattei) Heupel and Alfred Heupel. My mother's parents immigrated from South Russia, while my father's parents came from Luxembourg to Minnesota. My mother's parents homesteaded in Slope County, North Dakota, along with my grandfather's parents. My husband's families all came from South Russia to North Dakota.

"After marriage, we lived in Mobridge, South Dakota, for four years before we moved to Pipestone, MN. We lived there until 1968 when we moved to Bowman, to my parents farm. We raised five children there and then moved to South Dakota in 1979.

"I got my interest into genealogy when I was in high school, writing down all the new babies in the family as they were born. Sad part is: I never visited with my grandmother about her family and where they lived in Russia. She passed away in 1959. I got back into genealogy again in the late sixties, when I attended my first workshop in Rapid City. I researched many books and libraries, etc., traveling as much as my finances would allow for a hobby at that time.

"By adding my husband's genealogy to mine, I kept attending workshops to learn more about the country, where my ancestors came from. I would be all 'gung ho' until I hit a dead end, when research would get put away again until someone would write or ask about someone. Then I would dig again. Several times I was fortunate enough to find someone else who had done knowledgeable research, such as Phylis Feser or Gwen Pritzkau. They came to my rescue and helped me get on track again.

"My X-ray training has fallen by the wayside, while banking became my job in Mobridge, Bowman, and now again in Sturgis. My husband has always been an auctioneer and seems to end up working in livestock barns, besides his love for horses and cattle which he raises.

"Our children were raised beyond North Dakota and South Dakota. The oldest, Colin and his wife Debbie are team truckers out of Denver, Colorado Our oldest daughter, living with us at this time, is going to school part-time for a degree in Elementary Education. She already has a degree in Agriculture Education, but has a tight job market. Our other daughter is a counselor in a group home in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She is wanting to get her masters degree.

"The middle son spent this summer working for the world's largest hot air balloon company, traveling the USA by balloons. Then he returns to Big Sky Country of Montana, to work on Big Mountain making snow for the skiers, for the last eight years. Our youngest son lives in Frederick, Maryland, with his wife. He works for FEMA doing all their TV programs and filming disasters. This is pretty much the history of our family." 
Blees, Cordavee Marie (I155687)
58 Edward J. Gessele
Katherina Bender

Edward J. Gessele, son of Carl and Margaret Wiest Gessele was born inMcIntosh County, Wishek, ND February 4th 1887. He was the third child inage. He had two brothers Henry and Carl and 4 sisters Louise, Johanna,Rosina, Emilia all deceased except Edward and Emilia.
Edwards father Carl, homesteaded on 3 quarters of land in SouthDakota but then sold this property and moved to McIntosh County Wishek,ND. Here is where Edward received his early education he attended schoolup to the 4th grade. His first grade teacher was Thomas Fiedt and theschool term was one month. These classes were held right in his home.Henry From was his second grade teacher, his salary was $25 a month.While in the classroom the pupils spoke English, on the playground theyspoke German. Edward tells of the time when his father drove to Lpswich,SD with two oxen to grind wheat into flour. This trip took five days tomake the 95 miles. In 1903 the family came to McLean County 8 milessouth 1 mile east of Mercer, ND. Here they roughed up a barn and movedin until the sod house was finished. Edward plowed sod barefooted. Withhis hand plow and 4 horses he turned many acres in this area as he wasjust 16 years old.
Here Edward grew to manhood and on March 1, 1910 married KatherinaBender daughter of John and Regina (Wisserd) Bender, she was born inonMay 4, 1889. She was the 8th child in age. She had two brothers Fredand Adolph and 6 sisters. Christina, Caroline, Regina, Philipina, Eva andJustina. Kassel was a small village with homes close together where thefamilies lived. The father and children would go outside the village onsmall farms of about 10 acres in size where they raised cattle, hogs andsmall grains. They plowed with horses and the mothers and children wouldgather wheat heads, pound the grain out then make ties from the straw totie other grain into bundles. Katherina’s father was also a butcher andonce a week went to market with his sausage, ham, pork hocks and freshlyrendered lard for sale.
The climate in Kassel was quite mild so meat handling was not to befooled with. People here never needed heavy clothing, overshoes orgloves because of the temperature. Katherina started school at the ageof 7 but her education was very limited. She was confirmed at a LutheranChurch in Kassel at the age of 15 years.
In March of 1906 when 16 years old, Katherina and her brother Adolphleft Kassel for the U.S., 30 days later they landed at New York then bytrain to Chicago and finally to Fulton, SD. They had only light clothesand the cold wind was blowing briskly at Chicago where Katherinaexperienced her first cold weather. They had fun times on the ship withmusic and dancing, but had on conflict. They were infested with bodylice and had to be treated the first thing when they reached their newhome in SD. Katherina’s fare was $90 --- for this she worked one yearfor a ranger by the name of Daniel Liska. It took about a year beforeshe recognized any American money. The only money she ever had was theone cent offering the few times she got to church services. Katherinachores were to bring in the cows early morning. Milking and householdchores mostly washing dishes. Here is where she ate her first jam, andoatmeal was a treat. She worked in SD 4 years and in 1908 came to McLeanCounty where she met and married Edward J. Gessele in the courthouse atMcClusky,ND. Their witness was Tobias Wall. They then moved 1 ½ mileseast of Edwards home place. In 1911 they had their first child adaughter, Emma. Three months later Edwards Grandfather, Jake Gessele,came to live with them. He made his home with the family until his deathin 1920 In 1913 they had a son Henry, John followed in 1915 they thenmoved to their final farm home in 1916 built a new wood frame home. In1917 they had another daughter Martha. Hilda in 1919, she passed away in1922. In 1918 Edward bought his first car a Model T Ford, for $300.They had two more children, Herbert and Alma.
Emma married Emanuel Hinsz she had 2 daughters Eunice (Mrs. LelandVassler, Elaine, Mrs. C.c.Faudskar, 3 sons; Elmer, married Marlys Russ,Ellan, Barbara Matthew Elroy, Jeanette Garrison.
Henry married Adeline Werner , has a son Ronald, married ConnieHoyer and 1 daughter Charlotte (Mrs. Christ Holwagner) John married EmmaRuck has a son Russell (married Harriet Overland) and Sharon (Mrs.William Hoverson) Martha married Emil Wagner, they live at Wilton, ND.Hilda is deceased. Herbert married bunice Schlakt;they had one daughterJudith now Mrs Dale Moenich. Alma married Thomas Beierle. They had onedaughter Vicki Lynn. There are 11 grandchildren There are 21 greatgrandchildren. 1 great grandchild- Michael Kelly Pochant, son of Claudineand Clark Pochant. Coleharbor, ND
Grandpa Edward and Grandma Katherina moved into Mercer, November 1946where they now reside.
By Eunice Hinsz Vossler. 
Gessele, Edward John (I115082)
59 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Helbling, Elaine (I155692)
60 From the Caldwell Citizens' Press, 19 Nov 1885:
Married -- At St. Michaels church by Rev. father Fladung, Nov. 10,
Charles Archer and Miss Matilda Wilt.

The 1900 cenus entry for the family of Michael Archer is a little confusing. It lists 32 year old Michael Archer, and his wife of three years, Matilda. There are four children in the house: son Harley (7), daughter Ida (2), stepson Andrew (12), and stepson Earl (9). Matilda is shown as having given birth to five children, three of whom are living. If correct, this evidence suggests that Matilda Wild was Michael's first wife, and that his second wife was also named Matilda.

In 1900, 32 farm laborer Michael Archer and his family lived in a house in Stock Twp., Noble County, Ohio. (There is no indication of whether the house was rented or owned.) Michael and his parents were born in Ohio. They boys all attended school, and everyone in the house over the age of 10 could read and write.

In 1910, 42 year old Michael Archer lived with is 42 year old wife and six children. The two oldest are listed as Michael's stepsons. Andrew (22), Edward E (19), Harley (17), Ida (11), John K (4), and Michael (2).

At the time of the 1930 census, Michael M. Archer and his wife Matilda (both 62) owned a farm in Stock Twp. where they lived with their son Cain M. (22). 
Archer, Charles Michael (I146670)
61 Henry Gessele Sr
Katherine Singer

Henry Gessele Sr. was born at McIntosh, County ND on April 25, 1890to karl and Margaret (Wiest) Gessele. Henry’s grandfather Jacob Gesseleand Henry’s parents came from Odessa Russia to the Eureka, South Dakotaarea in the 1880’s Henry was one of seven children, he had two brothersKarl and Edward, and 4 sisters, Louise, Johanna, Rosina and Amelia.
The name Gessele was once written Goessele, but can’t find at whattime or why it was changed. Henry Sr. settled in McLean County with hisparents, the spring of 1903 homesteading 9 ½ miles south of Mercer, ND.Henry’s wife Katherine Singer, daughter of Christof and Christina(Klutsbecher) Singer, was born September 21,1894, in Russia and came withher parents and 1 brother John and 1 sister Magdelene from there tosettle in the Mercer, ND area in 1902. Henry and Katherine were marriedNovember 26,1912. They were blessed with 7 sons and 7 daughters. Oneson and two daughters died in infancy and the eldest son Lenhart died atthe age of 8 ½. Five sons and five daughters living as of this day are:
Theodore born December 19, 1915 married Alvira Berg in 1940 has 2children James of Minneapolis, Minn. And Joyce of Minot, ND. Ted andAlvira are retired and live at Mercer, in the summer and in Arizona inthe winter. They have 2 grandchildren.
Helen born in 1917 presently not married resides in Lake HavasuCity, Arizona, has one daughter Margaret and one grandchild.
Edna born in 1919 married Vernon Lilja 1939, now living in Bismarck,ND. They have one son Lyle and one daughter Donna and 5 grandchildren
Ella born 1923 married Rudolph Berg 1942, live on a farm north ofWilton ND. They have two sons Donald and Terry and one daughter Sandraand 7 grandchildren.
Edwin born 1923 and a twin to Ella married Eleanor Reuer 1950 isliving on the original homestead. They have 3 sons Larry Mark andVernon. They fostered 3 nephews, Gordon, James, and Robert Neumiller.
Arthur born 1925 presently resides at Palm Dessert, Calif. With hiswife Barbara. He has three sons, Tracey, Kelly, and Barry and twodaughters Penney and Jody from a former marriage. He married BarbaraJungkeit in 1967.
Lyla born 1927 married Stanley Nicolson in 1965. Residing inPortland, Oregon she has one daughter Gayle
Leonard born 1929, married Violet Miller 1947 they live by Mercer,ND They have two daughters Sheryl and JoAnn, and one grandchild.
Aletha born 1931 married Arley Vossler 1950, living on a farm 12 ½miles south of Mercer, ND they have two sons, Kevin and Bryan and twodaughters Tamara and Lori and 1 grandchild.
Mervyn born 1933, married Marilyn Schell in 1958 reside in Bismarck,ND They have two daughters Karen and Lois.
Throughout their 56 ½ years of marriage Henry and Katherine wereactive in the communities where they lived. Henry did work other thanfarm work to supplement income to provide for 10 children such as -auctioneering, a highway maintenance man during the thirties, schoolclerk, was employed by the co. ASCS for 10 years or more. He also owneda thresh machine and had threshing crew from 1928 to 1944, when combiningmachines became popular.
Katherina kept busy sewing from flour sacks, milked cows, and didall around farm work to help provide for a large family. She contributedmuch time and energy to church and the WSWS ladies group. Both Henry andKatherine helped plan and build the Bethel Evangelical United Brethernchurch in Mercer in 1952. That church is now merged with the Methodistcongregation.
Henry and Katherine also fostered Nancy marie Miller, who marriedEdwin Auch in 1957 they live in Eldridge, ND and have 2 daughters, Coleenand Terri and 1 son Robert
Henry and Katherine retired from farming in the fall of 1952 movedto Bismarck, ND but it turned out to be a very active retirement.
Henry purchased lawn equipment and did lawn and garden work, whileKatherine did hourly house cleaning and baby sitting. Having had theirchurch membership transferred to Bismarck, again they contributed muchand were faithful to it. Katherine was active up to the time of herdeath. Having won about with cancer earlier she died of a heart block onMay 24, 1968, after 7 weeks of hospitalization. Although Henry hadcancer he was active until after Katherine’s death. He died on February27,1969. their remains now rest in the Fairview Cemetery north ofBismarck, ND
By Mrs. Aletha Vossler 
Gessele, Henry (I115090)
62 In 1930, George N. Baker (39) owned a home worth $5000 at 227 Glendale Ave. in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio where he lived with his wife Agnes (41) and eight children: Bernice (15), Bernard (13), Mary (11), George (9), Herbert (7), Frederick (5), James (3), and Janette (1), Bernard, Mary, George and Herbert attended school. The family owned a radio set. George was employed as a rougher in a steel mill. He was not a veteran. Agnes' brother Raymond Burkhard lived nearby on Brookover Ave.

From the "Chit-Chat" column of the Zanesville Signal, 1 Mar 1939:
Mrs. Henry A. Kempf, Jr., and Mrs. William Bee,
both of Canton, are the guests of their parents, Mr.
and Mrs. George Baker, Glendale avenue.

This anniversary announcement was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder on 13 Feb 1972:
Mr. and Mrs. George Norman Baker of 545 Glendale
avenue will observe the 60th anniversary of their marriage
on Sunday, Feb. 20. A family gathering will be hosted by their
sons and daughters at the Glendale avenue address.
The Bakers were married in St. John?s Catholic Church at
Miltonsburg on Feb. 20, 1912. Mr. Baker, whose parents were
George Belmear and Amelia Chambers Baker, recalls that on
his wedding day he rode to the church in a horse-drawn sleigh.
Mrs. Baker is the former Agnes Ann Burkhard, daughter of David
and Caroline Singer Burkhard.
The couple has three daughters, Mrs. William (Bernice) Bee
of Lancaster, Mrs. Henry (Mary Margaret) Kempf of Canton, and
Mrs. Charles E. (Jane) Durant of Lawhead lane, and five sons,
Bernard J. of Newark, Herbert W. of Dillon Falls, David of Hoge
avenue, Frederick J. of Southard avenue, and John F. of Lake
A son, George Joseph, and a daughter, Beatrice, are
There are 40 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, all
of whom are planning to attend the gathering.
The reception will follow a noon mass at St. Nicholas Catholic
church which will honor Mr. and Mrs. Baker.

George Baker?s obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder on 24 Apr 1977:
George N. Baker of 545 Glendale Ave., died at 7:45 p.m.
Saturday at his home following a six month illness. Mr. Baker
was born Sept. 28, 1891 at Nashport, a son of George B. and
Amelia Chambers Baker. He was employed by Armco Steel
Corp. for 31 years and for Line Material Co. for 14 years. He
was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and Eagles
Surviving are his widow, the former Agnes Burkhard, whom
he married Feb. 20, 1912; three daughters, Mrs. William (Bernice)
Bee of Lancaster, Mrs. Henry (Mary Margaret) Kempf of Canton
and Mrs. Charles (Jane)Durant of 1615 Lawhead Ln.; five sons,
Bernard J. of Newark, Herbert W. of 3005 Dillon Falls Rd., J.
Frederick of 62 Southard Ave., David J. of 1655 Hoge Ave. and
John F. of 1234 Lake Dr.; a sister, Mary Baker of 2746 Maple Ave.;
a half-sister, Mrs. Ethel Warenbee of Tacoma, Wash; 40 grand-
children, and 27 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by a daughter, Beatrice, and a son, George J.
The body was taken to the Hillis Funeral Home where friends
may call 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.
The Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Pd. notice. 
Baker, George Norman (I94712)
63 Irene Wahl Neuharth, Long Beach California
Ancestral villages: Kassel and Neudorf (Glückstal District), Rosenfeld and Worms (Beresan District)

Irene Elnora (Wahl) Neuharth was born at Alpena, South Dakota, on a farm on October 28, 1918, to Amelia Sophie (Dietrich) Wahl and John Wahl.

Mother, Amelia Sophie Dietrich, was born in Scotland, South Dakota on January 6, 1894. Father, John Wahl, was born in Emery, South Dakota on April 1, 1891.

My paternal grandfather was Michael Wahl, born June 17, 1861, in Kassel, Ukraine, South Russia. Migrated in February 17, 1880, to Emery, South Dakota, and died March 21, 1944. My paternal Grandmother was Caroline Heckel, born August 16, 1859, in Neudorf, South Russia, and died March 21, 1944 in Alpena, South Dakota.

My maternal grandfather was John Dietrich, born August 14, 1861, in Rosenfeld, South Russia. John Dietrich migrated to USA in 1872 and to Yankton County, South Dakota, on September 26, 1886. He died July 9, 1930. My maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Orth, born in Worms, South Russia, on August 30, 1867. She immigrated to Lesterville, South Dakota, August 1873. She died January 14, 1941, at Alpena, South Dakota.

My great-great ancestors were born in Sinsheim, Eppingen and Baden, Germany, and migrated to various villages in the Ukraine, South Russia.

I attended rural grade school through 8th grade, then attended Alpena High School, Alpena, South Dakota. In 1936, I attended nurses training at Anchor Hospital, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

I married Water D. Neuharth on August 18, 1940, and lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Later I moved to Deadwood, South Dakota where Walter was assistant manager for Montgomery Ward. Walter spent three years in Europe in the US Air Force in World War II. We owned and operated Neuharth's mens wear clothing store in Wessington Springs. I helped organize a 20 bed hospital in Wessington Springs, South Dakota.

We moved to Long Beach, California in 1953, where I worked for McDonnel-Douglas Corp. for 20 years as an industrial nurse, before retiring in 1981.

Currently, Walter and I make jams and jelly to benefit the Shrine Children's Hospital and a Mexican orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.

We have enjoyed working on family genealogy for more than 25 years. We have traveled to 5 of the many countries of the world and the USA.

One son, Loren, born May 17, 1943, and currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is manager of a television station. We have two grandchildren, Julie, born January 22, 1970, and John, born September 17, 1972. 
Wahl, Irene Elnora (I86815)
64 Joseph Fisher was unmarried and lived alone at the time of the 1900 and 1910 census. In 1900, no occupation was shown for Joseph, although the census stated he had been out of work for six months in the previous year. He lived in a house that he owned in Enoch Twp., Noble County, Ohio. Joseph was able to read and write English.

According to neighbor Clara Hohman Smithberger, Joe Fisher owned a shoe shop in Fulda.

From death certificate:
Name: Joseph Fisher
Age: 78 years 4 months 23 days
Occupation: Harness & shoe making
Birth: 13 Jan 1868, Noble, Ohio
Marital status Single
Father: Frank Fisher, Kora, Germany
Mother: Margaret Hupp, Wheeling, WV
Informant: Carl J. Fisher, 1904 Market St., Wheeling WV 
Fisher, Joseph (I210388)
65 Marilyn Wilkinson, Sacramento, California
Ancestral villages: Selz (Kutschurgan District); Landau, Speier and Sulz (Beresan District)

I was born, raised in Southern California and presently live in Northern California. I have been married 22 years and have five wonderful children. I began my family research in 1993 after attending a Genealogical Convention in San Diego, beginning with a folder with some names and dates that my mother had acquired at a family reunion 10 years prior.

My maternal roots are traced through both my grandmother's family and my grandfather's family back into Russia. My great-grandparents on my grandmother's side, Michael Segmiller and Katarina Wetsch were both raised in Sulz, Russia. They were married in their village on January 22, 1913. This began their journey to America. The other villagers believed them to be on their honeymoon when, in fact, they were fleeing to America. Michael and Katarina's journey took them from Russia to Glasgow, Scotland. On April 25, they began their voyage to America. On May 10, 1913, the adventurous couple felt America under their feet.

My great-grandparents rarely spoke of their family and friends or the village from where they came. It was something they were afraid to share with us. My mother and I are working on this project together, and it is our wish to learn more about the village of Sulz. Our goal is to try to tell the ancestral story of my great-grandparents, who are still very much alive in our hearts today. This is how I will share them with my children and the generations to come. Every time I work on my genealogy, I truly walk with the angels.

Tour to Germany only: 
Segmiller, Michael Sägmüller (I155662)
66 Notes from BRESOCK Family File:
by Jay W. Bresock Jun 20, 1969
Katherine Bresock still living as of this date June 20, 1969 she is in mental hospital at Lakeport, California, where she has been since 1912.
After her husband died Feb 6, 1906 she lost her mind and for several years was irresponsibale, in 1910, Frank-King and Jay brought her to California thinking it might help her over come her trouble however it was necessary to commit her to hospital, I Jay visit her at intervals however she does not recognize any one and has lost her voice.

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# Birth: 5 JAN 1880 in Bridgeport, Harrison, Ohio
# Death: of old age, died in mental hospital in California 30 OCT 1973 in Lakeport, Lake, California
# LDS Baptism: 13 MAR 2004 Temple: BROUG
# CONL: 16 MAR 2004 Temple: BROUG
# WAC: 25 AUG 2009 Temple: BOUNT
# Endowment: 24 SEP 2009 Temple: SLAKE
# Sealing Child: 24 SEP 2009 Temple: SLAKE
# DSCR: short stocky, light complection, blue eyes, heavy set
# Ancestral File #: 1900-LQ 
Bresock, Katharina Luise Margaretha (I129486)
67 Obituary of the father of Mrs. Edgar Schott:

T.M. Wills Is Called By Death
Cambridge, O. --T.M. (Tuck) Wills, former Buffalo
merchant and well known Guernsey county man, died
Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edgar Schott,
The body was brought to the Herlan funeral home
in Byesville and later returned to the family home in Buffalo.
In addition to his widow, Mrs. Bertha Wills, and his
daughter, Mrs. Schott, a granddaughter and two sisters, Mrs.
Morgan Wilson, 1901 Beatty avenue, and Mrs. Lela Young,
West Pike, Cambridge, also survive. 
Wills, Mona (I245583)
68 On 12 Sep 1918, 32 year old Oscar Adolph Helbling of 3210 East. St., Pittsburg (sic), Pa. registered for the US military draft. He stated that he was born Oct. 28, 1885. His wife, Mrs. Ida Marie Helbling of the same address was listed as his next of kin. Oscar worked as a machinist at the Westinghouse Machine Co. in Garrison Alley, Pittsburgh, Pa. Oscar was described as being of medium height and stout build, with brown eyes and brown hair.

At the time of the 1920 census, Oscar A. Helbling (34) rented a home at 3210 East St. in Pttsburgh, Pa. Living with him were his wife Ida (30), and children Harold (8 yrs 7 mos), Emil (7 yrs 4 mos), Wilbert (5 yrs 8 mos), Mildred (4 yrs 1 mo) Howard (2 yrs 6 mos) and Ralph (2 mos). The oldest three children attended school. Oscar worked as a laborer at a piano store. Living next door to the Helblings was Ida's parents and siblings, John and Theresa Singer.

In 1930, the Helbling family rented a home on Mt. Troy Rd. in Ross Twp. Allegheny County, PA. Members of the household were Oscar A. (44) and his wife Ida M. (40), and their 13 children: Harold W. (18), Emil O. (17), Wilbert C. (15), Mildred C. (14), Howard J. (12), Ralph R. (10), Eleanor M. (8), Oscar F. (6), Dorothy M. (5), Lawrence O. (4 yrs 5 mos), Ida C. (3), Mary P. (1 yr 10 mos), and Bertha A. (7 mos). Wilbert, Mildred, Howard, Ralph Eleanor and Oscar attended school. Oscar worked as a helper on a piano truck. Everyone in the home was a native of Pennsylvania except Ida, who was from Ohio. Oscar's parents were German.

On 27 Apr 1942, 56 year old Oscar Adolph Helbling of 28 Royal St. (no town listed), Allegheny County, Pa registered again for the US military draft. His wife, Ida, of the same address was listed a the "person who would always know his whereabouts." Oscar worked for the Owens Illinois Can Co. in McKees Rocks. He stated that he was born in Pittsburgh on 10-28-1885. Oscar was 5'6", 150 lbs. with hazel eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. 
Helbling, Oscar Adolph (I263290)
69 Rosemarie (Dauenhauer) Hoff, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Ancestral Villages: Katharinental, Landau, Speyer [Beresan District]; Franzfeld [Liebental District]

Rosemarie writes, "I was born to Florian Dauenhauer and Rosa Bernhardt Dauenhauer on a farm in western North Dakota. Florian had immigrated to the US in 1912 with his family. Rosa came to the US with her family in 1914. My paternal ancestors left Rheinpfalz in 1809 and settled in Landau, Beresan. My mother's ancestors were originally from Eußerthal near Bergzabern in the Pfalz. They were founders of Katharinental in 1817; the new colonists spent the winter of 1816/17 in the older colonies of the Beresan.

My parents were married at Hirschville, North Dakota, and farmed north of Taylor where they raised nine children. When I was in the sixth grade, we moved to Richardton. Three of my sisters and I completed grade school and graduated from St. Mary's High School. Maurice Hoff, also from Richardton, and I were married at Petaluma, California. We have three children.

In 1993, I had the good fortune to be able to visit the birthplaces of my parents with my daughter and my sister Zita [see Zita Gieser, above].

Rosemarie continues, "Truly, this was a gratifying experience to be able to visit Katharinental and Landau; to see the village my mother had spoken of so often. We saw the elementary school she had attended. The building is unused and in disrepair.

In 1994, Zita and I were members of the American delegation to the 1994 Bundestreffen in Stuttgart. More than 45,000 Germans from the former Soviet Union attended this gathering. Among all those people, we met and talked with former Landau residents and were delighted to meet descendants of our common ancestor, Valentina Dauenhauer of Landau." 
Dauenhauer, Rosemarie (I155683)
70 Second Home by Mary Kay Ward

Every neighborhood needs a Mrs. Knake. Growing up in Dormont in the mid 1940's was safe and secure. I would wander far and wide with easily available playmates, the boys of the neighborhood. We played war games and chased each other pretending we were American soldiers chasing Germans and Japs with guns. The lesser weapon I used was a cast off cap gun from my neighbor, but the boys were heavily armed with loud pretend machine guns and rifles. Patriotic fever ran high in our neighborhood. We also played football and baseball with a tennis ball in the street and went home when the street lights came on. On summer nights we could sometimes stay out a little later, and play hide and seek, or release. During long summer afternoons we would dig in the dirt around the tree in a neighbor's yard and make a pretend town. Rocks and stones were arranged for houses and a little village. My contributions to the constructions was a heavy kitchen spoon to dig deep tunnels. Some days we wandered to the woods two streets away to play with a sandwich in our pocket for lunch. We found a rope to swing across the little creek, and found flowers to pick for our mothers' kitchen tables, or May altars at school.

About 1945 my young life changed. Girl playmates arrived! The Knake family moved into the large house on the corner of our street, a large home for their growing family. This move brought a whole new perspective for my young life. The first three children were girls, and the oldest was only a year younger than I. Mary Ann, Carol, and Dorothy were instant available playmates but the best part was Mrs. Knake, their mother. I can't explain even today how it happened, but I became her "oldest daughter." The boys of the neighborhood were still friends for an occasional game of ball, but Knake's large basement or backyard was now where you would find me almost every day.

The Knake home was larger than the average Dormont home with four bed rooms and a sun porch on the second floor, and a lrage attic for sleep overs on the third floor. The house stood at the top of the hill with a lot that was surrounded by a white picket fence. A large cherry tree was in the back corner of the yard, and in my memory it was always blooming with abundant white blossoms. In the back corner of the yard was the flat roof of a garage that opened to the street below. The roof had a concrete parapet so it could be flooded with a hose to make a small wading and splashing pool on hot day. Outside the basement door was a small walled area that served as a porch. Inside the basement it was divided into two large rooms, one for play, and the other for laundry and the furnace. On Tuesdays and Fridays Mrs. Knake, and a laundress named Mary, would wash the mountains of laundry gathered from the family with homemade lye soap that had been cured in large trays. The entire basement smelled of this fresh soap.

The other area was exclusively for play. There were two rope swings that hung from the exposed rafters in opposite corners. A carpeted play area was surrounded with child proof furniture. Best of all was the player piano against the outside wall. (There was also an organ but I can't remember anyone playing it.) The piano got a real workout from me! I pumped away and sang along as the words scrolled down, "Night and day, you are the one," or " When they begine the beguime." These were my favorites, but many others were stacked and stored on the top of the piano.

We hung curtains and played dress up and put on plays. The loudest child usually claimed the starring roles. Older children also were shown preference. Mr. and Mrs. Knake would clap and applaud for our opening presentations.

The longer I played with the Knakes the more I felt like part of the family. Mrs. Knake even cut my hair one day, and I matched her real daughters, bangs and straight cut under the bowl. It was wonderful for me and I was often invited to sleep over, sometimes for two or three days at a time. With the family I piled into the station wagons to go swimming, to the park on a hot day, or just for ice cream. Most of the time we remembered to count noses before leaving anywhere. One summer night we did forget and there was Kathy, who was about four or five at the time, sitting and waiting for us all alone at Mt. Lebanon park. Luckily we missed her before it became dark.

With so many children there were many birthday parties. One year in the middle of Mary Ann's cake we discovered a table spoon that had been baked inside. Mrs. Knake just laughed and said, " I guess on of the little ones threw it into the batter when I wasn't looking."

She loved to play cards and must have been desperate for a card game because she taught me and her two older daughters to play five hundred. I was the oldest and only about nine at the time. She played with us and was patient. The cards and all games were fun. In my home, windows were washed almost weekly and were always shinning. Mrs. knake explained to my mother that twice a year was good enough, in fact, the hose sprayed on the outside was fine for a quick job. That probably explains how she had time for cards with kids.

Some times there were crises. A large section of the living room ceiling fell down when I was in the seventh grade. On that same day the young baby, Jimmy, tossed out a red tin play telephone. I was supposed to be keeping him quiet and the phone glanced off the side of my face and sliced the outer edge of my nostril. Two perfect even slices that needed only one large stich. My mother didn't drive so Mrs. Knake took me down to the doctor to be stiched. I can still hear Mrs. Knake telling my mother, "Now don't worry Kate, these things happen."

I had found a second home. I loved having so many girls to play with, or just to be with the whole family. Mrs. Knake was a busy mother, but I watched as she cared for her large family. She played cards, knitted, read books, had weekly dates with Mr. Knake, and was active at church.

When it came time for me to marry I had a dream of the future. It would be like hers. My husband and I have raised five children. Once I went to my childhood second mother and we visited as two adults. I asked her about all these childhood memories. We laughed a lot, even about forgetting Kathy as a young toddler as the park, and birthday cakes that fell. I asked her how she survived raising nine children in thirteen years. She smiled and said, "The grace of God and we stuck for bread. Our family survived because Walter and I stuck for the hard times."

Mrs. Knake lived into her nineties, still in the home of my childhood memories. What a blessing to me and my family as watching her helped shape me with courage to be a wife and mother through the "Grace of God, and a sticking for bread." Children need to be a part of a secure family and leaving in a huff because of hurt feelings wasn't an option for Mrs. Knake, a good example for me! 
Petgen, Elizabeth Theresa (I19654)
71 The death certificate of Joseph Fisher states that his father Frank Fisher was born in Kora, Germany. (The writing is very legible.)

After the village of Fulda, Ohio was laid out in the mid 1850s, Francis Fisher bought a lot and erected the first house. He ran a saloon, which his wife continuted after his death. The family was also engaged in brewing.

In 1860, 30 year old brewer Francis Fisher lived in Enoch Twp., Noble Co., Ohio with his wife Margaret and their three young children, Margaret (3), Elizabeth (2), and John (1). Neighboring families in the census were Anton Kress and Maurice Hohman.

At the time of the 1870 census, Francis Fisher (42) was still living in Enoch Twp. with his wife Margaret (33) and children Elizabeth (11), John (10), Ferdinand (8), Kathrina (6), Joseph (4), and Barbara (1). Francis Fisher's occupation was "brewer and cooper." (A cooper is a barrel-maker.) Francis was born in Bavaria, his wife in Virginia and the children in Ohio. The oldest three children attended school. The family that preceded the Fisher household in the census was that of Eve Clever [Kluber]. The next dwelling in the census was vacant, followed by 23 year old shoemaker August Dimmerling, who lived alone.

In 1910, the census taker who enumerated the household of Francis Fisher's son John appears to have misunderstood the census directions. Although both John Fisher his wife Mary were born in Ohio, he wrote "1847." He indicated that John was a naturalized citizen, but Mary was not a citizen. The census taker made this mistake for everyone on in the district whose parents were of foreign birth. It appears that the immigration information refers to the householders' parents. 
Fisher, Franz Johannes Fischer (I133792)
72 The following article appeared in The Zanesville (OH) Signal newspaper on September 13, 1937WOMAN SEEKS $3,000 DAMAGES Injured in Auto Wreck in July, 1936 CALDWELL-- Lucy J. Schockling, Fulda, has filed suit in the Noble county common pleas court through her attorney, Charles D. Fogle, asking that $3,000 be awarded her for injuries sustained in an automobile accident, July 28, 2936. The suit was entered against Herman Schott, also of the Fulda community, who the petition states, was driving in a careless and negligent manner. The plaintiff says that she suffered injuries which resulted in a very nervous condition. Her husband, William Schockling, who was driving the car, has entered suit against Schott, asking the court to award him $118.00 to compensate him for damages to the automobile and a medical bill of $18.00. Attorney Fogle of Marietta represents the plaintiff in both damage actions.

(Note: Lucy Schockling and Herman Schott were related; they were 2nd cousins once removed) 
Dimmerling, Lucy G. (I130180)
73 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Stangl, Thomas (I155661)
74 Wedding announcement:
Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Josephine Weisend of North High
street, Columbus, and Mr. H. Leonard Loar of Lexington avenue, Columbus, but formerly
of Newark. The wedding was solemnized Monday morning [17 Apr 1922] by Rev.
Father William McDermott, pastor of Holy Name church, Columbus, assisted by Rev.
Father William Connelly. Miss Katheryn Allen acted as maid of honor and Mr. Herbert
L. Roberts was best man. The users were: Messrs. Harold Roberts and Nicholas J.
Weisend, brother of the bride.
A wedding breakfast for thirty guests was served at the Maramor, immediately follow-
ing the ceremony.
The bride wore a gown of French blue georgette with jet bead trimmings and her hat was
of blue. Her maid was in sand colored crepe with amber beads. Mr. and Mrs. Loar left
Monday evening for a month?s stay in the east and on return will be at home in 77 Lexington
Mr. Loar is manager of The When store, Columbus. He formerly managed a store in East
Park place. His bride has also been interested in the dry goods business.

Widow Josephine Loar was a resident of Columbus, Ohio at the time of her death. 
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75 10 Jan 1891 Family (F49803)
76 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Johnson, John Martin (I17853)
77 Albrecht Hornbach
deutscher Unternehmer
Geburtstag: 24. Oktober 1954 Landau
Nation: Deutschland - Bundesrepublik

Internationales Biographisches Archiv 15/2014 vom 8. April 2014 (kg)


Albrecht Hornbach wurde am 24. Okt. 1954 in Landau als Sohn einer Pfälzer Unternehmerfamilie geboren. Sein Vater Otmar Hornbach (1930-2014) gründete 1968 den ersten kombinierten Bau- und Gartenmarkt in Bornheim bei Landau.

Nach dem Abitur studierte H. Bauingenieurwesen an der Universität Karlsruhe und erwarb abschließend 1980 das Diplom.

Erste Berufserfahrungen sammelte H. als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter des Studienganges Bauingenieurwesen an der Universität Kaiserslautern, sowie danach in einem Ingenieurbüro für Tragwerksplanung und als Geschäftsführer einer Grundstücksentwicklungs-Gesellschaft.

Vorstandsvorsitzender der Hornbach-Baumarkt-AG1987 berief H.s Vater, Otmar Hornbach, seine Kinder zu Gesellschaftern der übergeordneten Hornbach Holding AG, der bis dahin ausschließlich familieneigenen Firmengruppe. Diese brachte damals Teile des nicht-stimmberechtigten Kapitals der Holding an die Börse. 1991 wurde H. schließlich selbst Mitarbeiter der Hornbach-Gruppe, des inzwischen viertgrößten deutschen Baumarkt-Filialisten. Vorläufer der Gruppe war eine 1877 vom Handwerksmeister Michael Hornbach in Landau/Pfalz gegründete Schieferdecker-Firma. Dessen Sohn erweiterte das Geschäft 1900 um eine Baumaterialien-Handlung. Ab 1968 übertrug Otmar Hornbach die Idee großflächiger Baumärkte, die er in den USA kennengelernt hatte, auf deutsche Verhältnisse. So eröffnete ... 
Hornbach, Albrecht (I276164)
78 Bößhanß Böshans, Maria Katharina (I434425)

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is honored on Panel 9W, Row 102 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Date of Birth: 7/14/1950
Date of Casualty: 6/29/1970
Home of Record: LODI
County of Record: SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY
State: CA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: CPL
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: BINH DINH 
Stelzer, Corporal Curtis E. (I168474)
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WOODSFIELD -- Ellis Burdedtte Bartenschlag, 85, of Lewisville, died July 21, 2009, at Monroe County Care Center, Woodsfield.

He was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Wayne Township, near Lewisville, son of the late Walter and Amelia Steed Bartenschlag.

Mr. Bartenschlag graduated as valedictorian of Lewisville High School, Class of 1941. He served in World War II from 1943-1946 in the Navy and Marine Corps as a medic is the South Pacific, including Okinawa and Guadalcanal. After leaving the service, he worked in the oil fields and as a caregiver for his parents until their death.

He worked at Ormet Corp. from 1966 until he retired in 1983.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 87.

He enjoyed working on the farm, which was established in 1856 by his great-grandparents, Fredrich and Christina, when they emigrated to America from Germany.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Clayton (Thelma) Bartenschlag; a sister, Melba Bartenschlag; and a niece, Debbie Haurez.

He leaves two brothers, Bob (Pat) Bartenschlag of Berea, Ky. and Jack (Jane) Bartenschlag of Columbus; a sister-in-law, Wilda Bartenschlag of Lewisville; caregivers and their families for the last several years: nephew John (Kim) Bartenschlag of Parkersburg, W.Va, niece Crystal (Pat) Willis of Pleasant City and nephew Don (Aimee) Bartenschlag of Chandlersville; other nieces and nephews are Patty Secreto of Akron, Fran (Ron) Morris of Akron, Kathy Bartenschlag of Columbus, Cheryl (JR) Eshem of Marysville, Mark (Amy) Bartenschlag of Danville, Ill.; and several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Ellis requested cremation. There will be no viewing or services.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.

Condolences may be expressed at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Cemetery Association, c/o Dana Bach, 33765, State Route 78, Lewisville, OH 43754. 
Bartenschlag, William Frederick (I120690)
81 Gossersweiler, Lug, Münchweiler, Schwanheim, Silz, Stein, Völkersweiler, Wüstung Follach Source (S51)
82 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Reinkensmeyer, Robert (I199587)
83 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Buchholz, Rodney (I378140)
84 HUNTER T RESCH - 7 yo - (2010) Greece NY

Post by TomTerrific0420 on Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:03 pm
GREECE -- Police said a 39-year-old man shot and killed his
7-year-old son and then committed suicide in a house at 491 Island
Cottage Road last night.

Chief Todd Baxter of the Greece Police
Department said names of the victims have not been released yet,
pending identification by the Monroe County Medical Examiner's office.

said the mother of the child, who was estranged from her husband who
lived at 491 Island Cottage, called 911 last evening asking police to
check on the welfare of her child.

The house is located directly across Island Cottage Road from the access road leading to the Greece Police Department.

"The wife was responding to the house at the same time we were responding," Baxter said. "She was coming from another location."

officers arrived at the address at about 7:30, they first checked the
exterior of the house, then discovered the grisly scene when they
looked inside.

"They peered through one of the windows and they
saw an apparent gunshot victim inside the location, in the living
room," Baxter said. "They immediately made entry into the house to try
and secure that victim. Upon entering the house, the officers found a
second victim just inside the back door of the house. That victim was
also apparently dead on arrival from a gunshot wound."

Baxter said that the father picked up his son earlier Friday from
the mother's residence for a scheduled visitation period. The mother
had received an order of protection against her husband on Jan. 25, and
at that time, weapons had been cleared from the Island Cottage Road
address by police, Baxter said. A second order was issued on Feb. 8.

said that yesterday evening, the boy's mother became concerned with his
welfare after speaking to the boy's father on the phone.

called from an area on Ridge Road," Baxter said. "She got worried about
her son based on conversations she was having with the male at the
house. So she was starting to respond here. While she was responding,
she also called 911 and asked us to go check on the welfare of the
child. The officers beat her to the scene and were just doing the
preliminary check on the exterior of the house when she arrived."

who is in his first week as chief of police in Greece after a long
career with the Rochester Police Department, said the situation was a
difficult one for everybody involved.

"It is very traumatic on
the family, the family is extremely distraught, both sides of the
family," Baxter said. "The officers are quite upset, the ones that had
to go inside and see the child in that condition. It is a very
traumatic situation."

Baxter said that the father had left at least one note inside the house that referred to Friday's shootings.

Baxter said the weapon used in the shootings appeared to be a shotgun. 
Resch, Hunter T. (I294635)
85 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Landrigan, Michael Patrick (I17837)
86 Maria Müller Cornet

Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958
birth: 1899
death: 11 Apr 1942 Hinterweidenthal,? Rheinland Pfalz,? Bayern,? Germany
spouse: Petri Cornet

name: Maria Müller Cornet
gender: Female
death date: 11 Apr 1942
death place: Hinterweidenthal, Rheinland Pfalz, Bayern, Germany
age: 43
birth date: 1899
marital status: Married
spouse's name: Petri Cornet
indexing project (batch) number: B03240-4
system origin: Germany-EASy
source film number: 351995 
Müller, Maria Luise (I204400)
87 Mathilda "Tillie" Margaret Bruessel
Date of Birth:
Sunday, May 6th, 1934
Date of Death:
Saturday, June 9th, 2012
Funeral Home:
Murray Funeral Home
131 E Maple Ave.
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES

Mathilda ?Tillie? Bruessel, age 78, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at her home in Beaver Dam.

The visitation will be at St. Jerome?s Catholic Church in Columbus on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 11:15 AM. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the church on Wednesday at 11:30 AM with Fr. Steven Kortendick officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael?s Cemetery, Town of Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin.

Mathilda Margaret Gehl was born on May 6, 1934 in Hartford, Wisconsin. She was united in marriage with Wayne Bruessel on May 3, 1958 at St. Killian?s Catholic Church in Hartford. Tillie?s most important job was being a mother to her four daughters but she also helped run her husband?s business, Wayne?s Service Center in Hartford. She enjoyed playing cards and was a master homemaker. Tillie could sew, quilt, crochet, garden and cook like no other. These things will be missed but her love that she had for her family will be missed the most.

Survivors are her husband, Wayne of Beaver Dam; daughters, Mary Bruessel of Beaver Dam, Carol (Andy) Dietenberger of Elkhorn, Donna (Matt) Graff of Waupun, and Jean (Dave) Kaiser of Shakopee, MN; grandchildren, Kristin (Joe) Belongia, Jenna (Jered) Buehre, and Alena and Brenden Graff; great grandchildren, Zoe and baby JoJo Belongia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her three brothers, three sisters-in-law, and one brother-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mathilda Bruessel?s name to St. Jerome?s Catholic Church.

The Murray Funeral Home, 131 East Maple Avenue in Beaver Dam, is caring for the family. To leave condolences, for directions, or for other information, please visit our website at 
Gehl, Peter L. (I202363)
88 Schafft, Susanna
May 10, 1898
Antwerp, Belgium 
Schafft, Susanna (I2044)
US ARMY AIR CORPS - EX-TOTTORI MARU | Died: November 7, 1942
Uphoff, Sergeant Charles F. (I276424)
90 SS Unterscharführer Fischer, Paul (I213183)
91 THE DELPHOS HERALD DELPHOS. OHIO SATURDAY^EC. 12, 1942 MARRIAGE Miss Bette Beckman Becomes Bride of Carl Hotz in Ceremony Performed at Cha|>el at Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado ? Bride's Mother Present for Ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph I-I. Beckma.n, 2j08 West Fourth street, are an- noiuwving the marriage of their daughter, Bette Louise Haley Beck- niau, to Carl Francis Hotz, son of (Mir. and Mrs. S. J Hotz, 327 North Pierce street. The announcement is of particular interest to residents, of Delphos as the young couple is well known here. The ceremony was performed in Ihe chapel o.' Lowry lFamily (F85547)
92 The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to present Ida Bender's important work The Dark Abyss of Exile: A Story of Survival which she originally authored in the German language. Her cousin, Carl Anderson, helped write this book with assistance from Laurel Anderson and William Wiest who completed the German to English translation.

Ida Bender relates her story of deportation and exile to Siberia at the beginning of World War II in 1941. She and her family lived in the lower Volga region of the Soviet Union, along with 400,000 other ethnic Germans. These people were descendants of 18th Century settlers invited by Czarina Catherina II from western Europe to convert barren Russian steppes into productive farmland. Bender and fellow ethnic Germans were subjected to inhumane conditions in Soviet concentration camps. Many persons perished from starvation, freezing, and brutal treatment. Ida Bender, who also describes acts of kindness by some Russians, expresses the hope her book will help replace hatred with understanding between peoples. The book includes photographs and sketches depicting Volga German village scenes and life in the forced labor camps.

Ida Bender writes in the Foreword: "I wanted my children to have a happy, peaceful life, while they still were young. I wanted to spare them the difficulties I had experienced. They had inherited the stigma of being damned, exiled Germans. Even as children, they were considered second-class citizens, scoffed and cursed. They were persecuted because of their ethnicity. I took it as my assignment to explain to them why they were in that position, while at the same time I did not want to stir up hate in their hearts. I wanted them not to be ashamed of their parents or their people."

"Later, one of my grandchildren asked me why we Germans in the Soviet Union were treated as second-class citizens. I told all my grandchildren they deserved to have human dignity, which had been taken away by the Soviet government. I taught them war should not be a part of life, that one person should not be violent toward another, that one people should not be violent to another people. That is what I wish for all people on earth, and to that end I have recorded my experiences for those who follow me."

Ida Bender shares a compelling story of her life. She writes: "We had been loyal citizens for two centuries, had given our all to make the land productive, had believed in the idea of a perfect society when the Communists took over. The only path left for us was a struggle for survival, trying to keep our family together and out of harm's way." 
Bender, Ida H. (I117975)
93 The Hawarden Independent, Hawarden, Woodbury, Iowa. Thursday, October 27, 1927; p1.

Goes With Detroit Concern

Zeno Wilkinson Will Become Vice President of Heater Company

Zeno C. Wilkinson, former well known Hawarden boy and only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Wilkinson, who has been in the employ of the Youngstown Pressed Steel Co. of Warren, Ohio for the past four or five years has advised his parents that he expects to make a change within the next month. He has purchased a large block of stock in the Peter Smith Force Feed Heater Co. of Detroit, Mich. and expects to move to that city to take up his work there. He is to become vice sales manager of the concern and in addition to receiving a salary that would make most any Hawarden citizen envious he will be given a bonus in the way of a handsome share in the gross profits of the concern.

Zeno has been connected with some phase of the steel business for a good many years. Prior to the war he spent a year or two in the steel mills at Gary, Ind., where he had an opportunity to learn something of the fundamentals of the business. Later he acquired considerable experience as a real estate salesman in Detroit and has worked as a salesman for the Youngstown Pressed Steel Co. for a number of years past where he has made an enviable record and has been able to command a large salary. He felt, however, that the opportunity to acquire an interest in a large going a concern with a nice increase in salary thrown in was too good an opportunity to pass up and decided to make the change in spite of inducements held out by his present employers to keep him with their organization 
Wilkinson, Zeno Charles (I220578)
94 The story of the Welk family can be traced to Moritz Welk who married Magdalena Arth in 1802 in the village of Winzenbach, located in Lower Alsace, France. In 1808 Moritz and Magdalena Welk, along with a hundred other German-Catholic families from Alsace, immigrated to southern Russia. They founded the village of Selz in the Kutschurgan district near Odessa and the Black Sea.

Moritz and Magdalena Welk's eldest son, Kasper, married Magdalena Gutenberg in the 1820's. Kasper and Magdalena Welk had a son named Johannes, born in the 1830's and raised in the colony of Selz. Johannes Welk, who became a blacksmith, married Marianna Schweitzer from the colony of Strassburg, Kutschurgan District, Black Sea Region. They are the grandparents of the famous bandleader, Lawrence Welk.

Significant in the story of the homestead is the third child of Johannes and Marianna Welk. Ludwig Welk was born in Selz, Russia, on August 24, 1864. He married Christina Schwahn, who was born in the colony of Strassburg on March 1, 1870. Besides being a farmer, Ludwig Welk became a blacksmith, like his father.

Ludwig and Christina immigrated to America, as did many other Kutschurgan families, arriving in New York in 1893. They traveled by rail to Eureka, South Dakota, where they acquired a wagon and a team of oxen for their trek northward to Emmons County, North Dakota. Ludwig and Christina lost their first child, Anton, before leaving Russia. When they emigrated in 1893 Christina was carrying their second child, John, born on July 3, 1893. There were eight children in all in the Welk family. Born in the sodhouse still standing on the homestead were Barbara (1895), Anna Mary (1896), Louie (1898). Agatha (1900), Lawrence (1903), Michael (1905), and Eva (1909). Eva, a resident of Aberdeen, South Dakota, is the only child still living. Lawrence Welk died on May 17, 1992 in Santa Monica, California.

When Ludwig and Christina Welk retired to Strasburg, the farm was taken over by their youngest son, Michael and his wife Catherine (Hager) Welk. Today the land is farmed jointly by brothers Larry and Jimmy Schwab who are husbands of Evelyn and Edna, daughters of Michael and Catherine Welk. Evelyn and Edna have granted a 99-year lease of land to Welk Heritage for the restoration of the farmstead begun in 1990. They serve on the Board of Directors of Pioneer Heritage, Inc. and as tour guides at the homestead.

The Welk Homestead has been placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The ground-breaking for the homestead restoration took place on June 25, 1990. Along with a reunion of the Welk family, the dedication was held June 7, 1992 and was attended by 3,500 people. Guests at the dedication included Lawrence Welk II, accordionist Myron Floren, and champagne music lady Norma Zimmer.

The homestead has been carefully restored to its 1920's condition. The house was made of mud and clay brick, a method of construction used by Ludwig Welk's ancestors 85 years earlier on the steppes of South Russia. Besides the house, other buildings include a summer kitchen, a granary, buggy house, blacksmith shop, outhouse, and barn. The restoration of the barn has not been completed. It will eventually house an interpretive center telling the story of the Welk family and the heritage of the Germans from Russia.

In Lawrence Welk's autobiography, Wunnerful! Wunnerful!, appears the following: "On March 11, 1924, I woke up early in the morning. I was twenty-one years old ... My father and I had a bargain, and we had each kept to the letter the spirit of agreement. He had kept his word and I was free to go. Now it was up to me to prove that my dreams were more than dreams ... I jumped into the buggy and I began the three-mile trip to Strasburg ... Now the fields straight ahead of me, beckoning me toward my future ... Occasionally I would turn around and look back toward the farmhouse. All the rest of the family had returned to their chores, but my mother stood out where she could see me as I drove down the road; and whenever I turned around she would withdraw her hands from beneath her white apron and wave both arms in the air. I waved back, until finally I came to a turn in the road ... and I could see her no more. "

It is important in the context of the Welk homestead to note other sites relating to the Germans from Russia, all within easy driving distance of each other. The churches in Strasburg and Hague are beautiful examples of structures consecrated to the Christian Faith of German-Russian homesteaders. Both churches are on the National Register of Historic Sites. The John and Magdalena(Baumgartner) Schwab farmhouse, located west of Strasburg, has been restored by Schwab family members. Another farmhouse, that of Johannes Goldade, is not far from the Schwab farmhouse. Beautiful wrought iron crosses characteristic of German-Russian Black Sea Catholic cemeteries can be found in south central North Dakota near Hague, Napoleon, Strasburg, Linton, and Zeeland. Also of interest are the historical museums located in Eureka, South Dakota, and in the towns of Linton, Napoleon, and Ashley, North Dakota.

Pioneer Heritage, Inc. offers, for the enjoyment and education of future generations, the story of the Welk family and their homesteading experience in North Dakota, along with general documentation on the heritage of the Germans from Russia and biographical material on the best known member of the Welk family, Lawrence Welk.

The restoration of this homestead is of interest and value to Americans of every ethnic extraction whose forefathers pioneered and settled the Great Plains of our country. A glimpse into the past cannot fail to engender an understanding and appreciation of those courageous, hard-working people who laid the groundwork for our present-day quality of life. Pioneer Heritage, Inc. invites you to step back in time with a visit to the birthplace of Lawrence Welk. The Welk homestead, located three miles northwest of Strasburg. 
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95 !BIRTH: Gerald P. Scher, Genealogy of the Eckert, Karst, Scher, and Related Families, 1970. Library of Congress CS71.S5515 1970. p1N, 6N. ADDRESS: Huntington, Huntington, Indiana.

Name: Joseph H Karst Age: 39 years Estimated birth year: 1890 Birthplace: Indiana Relation to Head-of-house: Head Race: White Home in 1930: Lancaster, Huntington, Indiana Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Lancaster, Huntington, Indiana; Roll: T626_593; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 1044. 
Karst, Joseph Herman (I7826)
96 !BIRTH: Gerald P. Scher, Genealogy of the Eckert, Karst, Scher, and Related Families, 1970. Library of Congress CS71.S5515 1970. p1N.
Karst Jacob A, 89, Fort Wayne, died Saturday in Byron Health Care Center. He was retired from Essex Wire and Cable Division. Surviving are a son, Fred of LaOtto, a sister, Virgile Zahm of Huntington. Services were Tuesday in Klaehn?s Chalfant-Perry Chapel. Burial, Greenlawn Memorial Park. ~ 12-29-1983

Name: Jacob A Karst Age: 35 Estimated birth year: abt 1895 Birthplace: Indiana Relation to head-of-house: Head Spouse's Name: Freda Karst Race: White Home in 1930: Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana Image source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana; Roll: 575; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 21; Image: 195.0.

Social Security Death Index
Name: Jacob Karst SSN: 313-09-1736 Last Residence: 46763 Laotto, Noble, Indiana, United States of America Born: 25 Jul 1894 Died: Dec 1983 State (Year) SSN issued: Indiana (Before 1951 )
KARST JACOB A. 5B JG 12/26/1983 
Karst, Jacob Aloysius (I8775)
97 !BIRTH: Gerald P. Scher, Genealogy of the Eckert, Karst, Scher, and Related Families, 1970. Library of Congress CS71.S5515 1970. p2N. Musselman, Ruth Ellen (I7881)
98 !BIRTH: Gerald P. Scher, Genealogy of the Eckert, Karst, Scher, andRelated Families, 1970. Library of Congress CS71.S5515 1970. p1N. Died of typhoid.
Karst, Sylvester J., b. 31 Dec 1885, d. 29 Jan 1902, Son of J. & M.B. Karst, s/w Victor P. Karst, Sect H Lot 56W-01 
Karst, Sylvester John (I7845)
99 "Direkte Stammfolge der Familie Kunz im Bruchweiler" by Michael Lothar Cunz spells Elisabeth's surname as KÜBLER.

Röselsthal lies 2km SW of Ludwigswinkel which lies 3.5km SW of Fishbach bei Dahn. 
Kappler, Elisabetha (I24593)
100 "Direkte Stammfolge der Familie Kunz im Bruchweiler" by Michael Lothar Cunz spells Servatius first name as SERVACIUS.

Röselsthal lies 2km SW of Ludwigswinkel which lies 3.5km SW of Fishbach bei Dahn. 
Kuntz, Servatius (I24864)

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