Selected Schueth_Rice_Families and Individuals

Notes


Loren Dewayne Rice

Marriage may of been 6/13/1960 as per Jeanette (Glampe) Schneckloth.


Theresa Mary Brazda

DOB may of been 1923 as per Loren Rice


Roy Mayhew Conger

DWS: Roy was maternal grandfather to my wife Mary Jo Rice. She was close to her GrandFather. They played cribbage (cards) after she got off school as she waited for her ride home.
He died of cancer age 71.
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DWS: ancestry.com: in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
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Name: Roy Mayhew Conger
Address: Neligh, Antelope, Nebr
Age: 19
City: Neligh
County: Antelope
State: Nebraska
Birth Date: 13 Sep 1898
Birth Place:
Occupation: Farming
Employer: Elias Conger
Where employed: Neligh, Antelope, Nebr
Previous military:
Any Dependents:
Married or Single:
Nearest Relative: Elias Conger, Neligh, Antelope, Nebr
Race: White
Descrptn: Medium height, slght build, green eyes, brown hair
Draft Board:
Date of Registration: 12 Sept 1918
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DWS: from Antelope County, Nebr marriage records:
Connelly, Margaret ; Conger, Roy M. ; 06/25/1920
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DWS: 1910 Fed census Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
living with parents
Name Age
Elias Conger 56 head b. Indiana, marr 32 yrs, parents b. Ohio, farmer
Sarah E Conger 50 wife b. NC, marr 32 yrs, 10 ch, 4 living,
Elias G Conger 16 son, single, b. Nebraska
Nellie M Conger 15 dau, single, b. Nebraska
Roy N Conger 11 son, single, b. Nebraska
Josie M Conger 9 dau, single, b. Nebraska
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DWS: 1920 Fed census Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
living with parents.
Elias Conger 65 head b. Indiana, parents b. Ohio, farmer, owned farm
Sarah E Conger 60 wife, b. North Carolina as were parents
Roy M Conger 21 son single b. Nebraska
Josie Conger 19 dau single b. Nebraska
Elias G Conger 26 son married b. Nebraska
Olive E Conger 23 dau-in-law married b. Nebraska
Phillip G Conger 1 grandson single b. Nebraska
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DWS: 1930 Fed Census Neligh, Antelope Co, NE 12 May 1930
Conger, Roy 32 head marr at age 22, b. Nebraska, Fa. b. Indiana, Mo. b. North Carolina, farmer
Margaret 32 wife marr at age 22, b. Nebraska, Fa. b. Iowa, Mo. b. Iowa
Gerald 5 son b. Nebr
Mary 2 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1940 Fed census Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
Name: Roy Conger
Respondent: Yes
Age: 41
Estimated birth year: abt 1899
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Nebraska
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
Farm: Yes
Inferred Residence in 1935: Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
Residence in 1935: Same Place, Antelope, Nebraska
Sheet Number: 4A
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 77
Occupation: Farmer
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 10
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 60
Class of Worker: Working on own account
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: Yes
Name Age
Roy Conger 41 head b. Nebr, farmer, 4 yrs H.S.
Margaret Conger 41 wife b. Nebr, 2 yrs college
Gerald Conger 15 son b. Nebr, 1 yr H.S.
Marylen Conger 11 dau b. Nebr, 6th grade
Jack Conger 5 son b. Nebr, 1st grade
Pat Conger 3 son b. Nebr
Lester Burge 20 hired man, single, b. Nebr
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DWS: Ancestry.com: in the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Roy Conger
SSN: 549-50-1932
Last Residence:
68756 Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska, USA
BORN: 13 Sep 1898
Died: Oct 1969
State (Year) SSN issued: California (1954)
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Source: Richard E. Henthorn 5403 76th Ave Hyattsville, MD 20784-1705 Email:
Rhenthorn1@aol.com (301) 459-0535
AKA: His middle name is spelled, Mayhew in the family Bible. His daughter thought he spelled his middle name, Mayhue.

RESIDENCES: As of Sep 1932 Neligh, NE; 1 year in Sacremento, CA
OCCUPATION: farmer; insurance
CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Catholic
DEATH: 6 Oct 1969 at Neligh, Antelope, NE at age 71, from cancer.
OBITUARY:
Roy Conger Succumbs Roy M. Conger, 71, life-long resident of the Neligh, [NE] community, died at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh on October 6, 1969.
Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, at Hoepfinger Home for Funerals, and Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 9, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Neligh, with Father Steffensmeier officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Neligh. Music will be furnished by Mrs. Bud Furstenau, organist, and Mrs. Robert Adams and Dale Russell. Serving as pallbearers will be Carl Schrader, Clarence Johnson, Rolly Johnson, Bob Flenniken, Oscar Krohn and Jack Bonge.
Roy Mayhue Conger was born September 13, 1898 at Neligh to Elias Conger and Sarah Garner Conger.
He attended school in Antelope County and graduated from Neligh High School.
On June 26, 1920, he was married to Margaret Connelly, at Neligh, who preceded him in death on February 5, 1953. To this union four children were born.
On November 3, 1957, he was married to Ione Mae Nuttelmann, at Neligh.
Mr. Conger had farmed all of his life until he moved to Neligh in 1957. He served twenty-five years as a member of the School Board of District No. 15; he was one of the founders of the 4-H Clubs in Antelope County; charter member of Neligh Lions Club; former president of Neligh Chamber of Commerce; secretary-manager of Antelope Mutual Insurance Co.; served on the Antelope County Selective Service Board; and was a former president of the Union Oil Company. He was a life-long (sic) member of St. Francis Catholic Church of Neligh. [Note: He became a member at the time of his first marriage.]
The Nebraska State Corn Picking Contest was held on his farm on October 8, 1959.
Survivors include his wife, Ione Mae; his four children, Gerald and Jack Conger of Palos Verdes, California, Mrs. Arlo (Madelyn) Rice of Neligh, and Patrick of Rosemead, California; a sister, Mrs. Irvin (sic) Wagner, Oakdale, a brother, Elias Conger of Pender; and ten grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, six sisters and one brother.
(Source: undated clipping, includes photograph - furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
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Elias Conger Sr

DWS: Elias Sr. came to Nebraska by train in 1876 and settled at Nickerson located just north of Fremont, Dodge county, NE as he had an Uncle there as did his future wife Sarah Garner.
Sarah Garner's family came in March of 1877 and she and Elias married in Dec of that year. It has been reported that her father, a Minister in the Christian Church, wed them. This is disputed in their lic info below.
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DWS: From "Dodge Co. Marriages" 978.237 Ea7m:
"Lic 44 Book 3 page 44Groom: Elias Conger, of Dodge Co., NE
Born: Indiana Age: 23 yrs
Parents: Aaron Conger - Margarett Pur___ (dws note: Putrlebaugh)
Bride: Sara E. Garner, of Dodge Co., NE
Born: North Carolina Age: 18 yrs
Parents: John and Henrietta Hunter
Married: 18 Dec 1877 by: Rev J I Loner (or Toner)
Where: at John A Garner's home
Witness: John A Garner and Henry Herman"
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DWS: For 7 yrs they lived at Nickerson and Wisner on farms. They moved in 1884 to a homestead in Keya Paha County Nebraska 7 mi NW of Springview 18 miles from Ainsworth which was the closest train stop.
In 1891 Elias bought a farm near Clarkson and moved again in covered wagons. Here Elias and Sarah (Garner) Conger had 6 sons and daughters die from Diphtheria in October of 1892, within 10 days of each other at Clarkson Nebraska where they are buried. (See story in Sarah Garner notes.) Elias and wife Sarah had 4 children after the first 6 had passed away.
In the spring of 1895 they moved to a farm 1 mile east of Stanton, NE. In 1898 they moved to a farm 3.5 miles S.W. of Neligh, Antelope Co, Nebraska. Roy Conger was born there as was Josephine (Aunt Jo). Later Elias Sr bought farms on Antelope Creek a few miles southwest of Neligh, Nebraska and moved there. In 1909 he and Sarah moved onto an acreage on the SE side of Neligh.
In 1913 they again moved to a farm 1.75 miles SE of Neligh Nebraska. In 1921 they moved into Neligh on the East Side.
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DWS: Family oral history says Elias Conger Sr may of died as result of complications from a fall from haystack from which he was allegedly pushed during a dispute.
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DWS: From the "Neligh Leader" Friday Dec 14, 1900: 'Antelope Creek' area... "Elias Conger, who lives on the old Cox farm, has bought the old Libby half section. He will stay where he is during the coming summer, and expects to build on his purchase in the fall, and may then move, so as to be near school.
We are glad to have a good solid citizen like Mr. Conger settle permanently in our neighborhood."
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DWS: 1910 Fed census Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
Name: Elias Conger
Age in 1910: 56
Birth Year: abt 1854
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1910: Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Sarah E Conger
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Native Tongue: English
Occupation: Farming
Industry: Farm
Employer, Employee or Other: Own Account
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Home Free or Mortgaged: Free
Farm or House: Farm
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Years Married: 32
Name Age
Elias Conger 56 head b. Indiana, marr 32 yrs, parents b. Ohio, farmer
Sarah E Conger 50 wife b. NC, marr 32 yrs, 10 ch, 4 living,
Elias G Conger 16 son, single, b. Nebraska
Nellie M Conger 15 dau, single, b. Nebraska
Roy N Conger 11 son, single, b. Nebraska
Josie M Conger 9 dau, single, b. Nebraska
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DWS: 1920 Fed census Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
Name: Elias Conger
Age: 65
Birth Year: abt 1855
Birthplace: Indiana
Home in 1920: Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
House Number: Farm
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Sarah E Conger
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Farmer
Industry: Farming
Employment Field: self
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Home Free or Mortgaged: Mortgaged
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Name Age
Elias Conger 65 head b. Indiana, parents b. Ohio, farmer, owned farm
Sarah E Conger 60 wife, b. North Carolina as were parents
Roy M Conger 21 son single b. Nebraska
Josie Conger 19 dau single b. Nebraska
Elias G Conger 26 son married b. Nebraska
Olive E Conger 23 dau-in-law married b. Nebraska
Phillip G Conger 1 grandson single b. Nebraska
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DWS: From: Richard E. Henthorn 5403 76th Ave Hyattsville, MD 20784-1705 Email:
Rhenthorn1@aol.com (301) 459-0535

BIRTH-BIBLE: 2 Mar 1854; Columbus; Bartholomew, IN
(Source: Family Bible - furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
AKA: As far as my mother knew, her father Elias Conger, born 2 Mar 1854, did not have a middle name. He never used one. (Furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
EMIGRATION: Moved to Nebraska in 1876.
MARRIAGE: 18 Dec 1877; Nickerson, Dodge, NE
(Marriage Certificate - furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
OCCUPATION: farmer
DEATH-CHILDREN: In October 1892 Elias and Sarah Elizabeth Conger were living in Clarkson, Colfax Co., NE when they lost all 6 of their children in a matter of days to diphtheria. Within a year they had another child, Elias Garner Conger, born on 5 Oct 1893 the same day on which Elsie Lilly Conger, a sister he would never know, had died the previous year. Elias (Jr) survived all of the trials and dangers of life and lived until 9 Sep 1990 when he died at Pender, Thurston Co., NE at the age of 96.
RESIDENCES: IN; IL, MO; Nickerson, Springview, Clarkson, Stanton, Neligh, NE
RESIDENCES: May 1918, Neligh, NE
DEATH: 17 Sep 1932; Neligh, Antelope, NE
(Source: Death Certificate - furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
OBITUARY: Elias Conger
Elias Conger was born at Columbus, Indiana, March 2, 1854 and died Saturday Sept., 17, 1932 at his home in Neligh, [NE] after an illness of 10 days at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 15 days.
He was the son of Aaron and Mary Conger. His mother died when he was a year and a half old. His boyhood was spent with his father and step mother in Indiana, Missouri and Illinois.
In 1876 he came to Dodge county, Nebr. On December 18, 1877 he was united in marriage to Sarah E. Garner at Nickerson, Nebr. To this union were born 10 children, 3 of whom survive. One son and five daughters died of diphtheria at Clarkson, Nebr., in October 1892. A daughter, Nellie died at Neligh July 15, 1918.
His early married life was spent on a farm in Dodge Co, Nebr.
In 1898 he moved to Antelope county and resided on farms near Neligh until 1921, when he moved to the residence in the east part of Neligh.
Although living in town he made daily trips to his farms, taking an active part in farming.
In 1927 he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his wife and 3 children, Elias and Roy of Neligh and Mrs. Josephine Wagner of Oakdale. Also four grand children and a number of brothers and sisters.
Many kind and loving words could be spoken of him. He was a pioneer of Nebraska, taking all of the hardships and misfortunes of his life without a word of complaint.
He was never idle and always took an active interest in the affairs of his community, although his life centered in his home and family. He befriended many and never asked a favor in return.
(Furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
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Sarah Elizabeth Garner

DWS: Madelyn Conger Rice a descendant says that "Grandma Sarah says they had to leave North Carolina after the war because of the carpet baggers. They took the train as far as it would take them." - Nickerson in Dodge county, Nebraska - just north of Fremont.
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From "Memories of Josephine Conger Wagner" Compiled by Jacklyn Wagner Reimer:
"Mother's Life in the South by Josephine Conger Wagner...
Mother was born in Wilkes Co, North Carolina, on August 14, 1859. She was named Sara Elizabeth for her 2 grandmothers, Sarah being a first cousin of Robert E. Lee. Her mother came from a well to do family who had slaves. She had very little education as girls in the south often didn't. Grandpa Garner was better educated even having gone to Wake Forest College to study for the ministry. His father was a Baptist minister, and so was he, but as we learned when in North Carolina, both became Christian Church ministers. Mother's father also taught school and was usually her teacher, even at Oak Forest Academy, where he taught. Both the father and Grandfather were in the Civil War in the Confederate Army. My Grandfather as Color Bearer and his father as Chaplain.
Mother was 5 years old and well remembers Sherman's march, as they turned north from Savannah, Georgia. A group of his army on horse back stopped at their place and took everything they could find. Grandma had a mule to help in her work and it was killed. As the contingent left their place, mother saw a package fall from one of the horses. When the men were out of sight, Grandma sent Mother to retrieve it. In it, were several pair of new socks which came in handy for Grandpa. In the summer, mother and neighboring children drove milk cows up the mountain side to feed and drove them home in the evening. The lead cow would have a bell on.
When Mother was 12 years old, the family moved across the line to near Saltville, Virginia. This move seemed to have been made for Grandpa's health. Three little girls died; one in North Carolina and two in Virginia, Rhoda, Ida, and Ada. Two were around one year old and one was five years old.
In 1877, the family decided to come to Nebraska, as an uncle of Mother's already lived at Nickerson. Grandpa sold the 100 acre rocky farm in North Carolina, which he still owned for a little over one hundred dollars. On the morning of March 5th, as Mother always said, the day Hayes took his seat, as March 4th was on Sunday, a neighbor took the family consisting of the parents, Mother, Julia, Gertie, Cora, and Harrison, a boy who had lived with them for several years to Saltville, 9 miles away to board an emigrant train. With them were also Uncle Newton Garners and 4 children. It took almost a week to get to Nebraska. Grandma had baked big batches of bread and other food to bring along to feed them. At station stops, Grandpa would get off and buy some cheese, crackers, and bologna.
When arriving in Nickerson, Uncle John Hunter had made arrangements for the family to live in rooms above the depot. One evening while living there, my father and some friends visited the family. Dad played the mouth harp which delighted the children. When they left, Grandma made the remark that my father came nearest to looking like a real good man as anyone she had seen since arriving in Nebraska. Grandpa and my father rented a farm that spring from a Mr. Dorsey, and they farmed it together, Dad living with the family. On December 18th, 1877, Dad and Mother were married by her father at the family home. The Dorsey house was large, and Dad and Mother had a few rooms in which to live. I have heard my Dad say when they got married, all they had was a bed, table, and a team of mules.
(Note: Josephine Conger Wagner's mother was Sarah Garner Conger daughter of John Angel Garner and Henrietta Hunter Garner. Her father was Elias Conger son of Aaron Conger and Mary Jane Purtlebaugh Conger.)

Memories from my Mother of Their Homestead Days by Josephine Conger Wagner...

"In 1884, my Father took a 160 acre homestead in Keya Paha Co, 7 miles northwest of what is now the town of Springview (Nebraska). There was no town there in 1884, but in possibly a year, Brown County was divided into Brown and Keya Paha Counties and the town of Springview was laid out as County Seat and a courthouse built. Dad drove up there first in a covered wagon taking what livestock he had, machinery, and a few furniture pieces. Mother and 3 children, Sammy age 5, Mary 3, and Ida 1, visited her folks for a couple of weeks and then followed by train. Dad met them in Ainsworth in the wagon, 18 miles away. The two room house, which my Dad was building with help of neighbors wasn't quite finished, so they lived in the covered wagon for a while. A barn and chicken house also had to be built but there was no time to build a toilet. Mother got tired of going behind buildings so built the toilet herself. All the land was virgin grass so it had to be broken up with a walking plow. They raised some corn for feed for stock, wheat for their flour to be ground at a mill, and cane to make molasses done at some one's mill. Mother told of sweetening mostly with molasses.
Later a sod kitchen was built onto the house. Since the sod was wide, the 2 windows had deep wells where she could have plants or set things. Three more children were born there, Gertie, Elsie, and Rosa. I don't know if they had a doctor or not, but I do know when most births occurred in the neighborhood, mother was always there to assist. There were no undertakers, so she also assisted in laying out the dead. Home made caskets were used, and my father's wagon was usually the hearse taking the dead to their resting place.
There was an Indian scare while they lived there. All the men took their guns and went to scout for the Indians. All women and children came to my folk's home and stayed all night. There were over 30 there and Mother had to feed them. I don't know why they came unless my mother always said their place was so flat, they could see for miles and perhaps they thought they could see the Indians coming. None were seen.
The Jan. 12th, 1888 blizzard was quite a high light. Mother said it was a beautiful morning and Dad almost decided to take hogs to Ainsworth to sell, but changed his mind. The blizzard came so suddenly and with such fury that many people were caught out in it and died. It lasted more than one day and Dad couldn't make it to the barn to care for their stock. Luckily, the little one room schoolhouse that was there when they came, had school only 3 months in the fall and 3 months in the spring. So luckily the children Sammy and Mary, who went then, were home. A neighbor lady, Mrs. Crandall was over to Grandpa Conger's place staying the night as my father's stepmother was real ill. During the evening, she put on her wraps, and they thought was just stepping outside a moment. She didn't return and her body was found a mile away in the spring when the snow melted. * (See author's notes below)
Dad's father, with his flock of children, always seemed to depend on my Dad and always followed him. He came to Nebraska and lived near Dad and Mother, in Dodge County. When Dad took a homestead, he followed him up there and took one. He lived with the folks for several months while getting a house built. At the same time, Dad's sister Maggie with 2 small children came to live with the folks, the children 3 and a few months. She was leaving her husband and had no place to go. Before the baby was born, she wanted to come to them and they told her no way could she come as a Doctor was 18 miles away. So she stayed at Tilden with some of the husband's folks. A few months later, she gave them no time to write back a refusal, she just wrote when to meet her train in Ainsworth. So can't you imagine that small house, with 6 of the folks as Gertie was a baby, Grandpa Conger, Aunt Maggie and 2 children. If that wasn't enough, Grandpa, without telling the folks, had Aunt Maggie write for Uncle Bud to come, to help him as she said. Mother was furious and made Aunt Maggie go stay a few weeks with a lady living alone on her homestead and had been after Aunt Maggie to come to be with her, but she was always refusing.
There was no church close, so Mother and some of the neighbor ladies organized a Sunday School to meet at the school house. Relatives sent used materials for it. One family was Catholic but they sent their children also, as there was no Catholic Church near. They had Christmas programs, and my folks must also have raised popcorn, as Mother told of making so many popcorn balls with molasses to take to one.
My father belonged to the Vigilantes, which were a group who had to take the law into their own hands as there was horse and cattle stealing. The women were even preparing tar and feathers and a rail for one man wasn't staying on the straight and narrow path. Luckily, he left before they could carry it out.
In 1891, my father bought a farm, a few miles southeast of Clarkson. In August, the family moved there coming down in 2 covered wagons. Mother drove one and Dad one. It took several days for the trip. They would camp at night by the side of the road, and cook over a camp fire. Mother told of having a skillet over the fire, and frying pancakes, when a big grasshopper jumped right in the middle of one.
Mother seemed so happy to get away from Keya Paha County. As they crossed the Niobrara River with their covered wagons, Mother and the children got out to walk across the Bridge which wasn't a very good one. She said to Dad. 'I never want to cross this river again in my life' and she didn't. But I always wondered when their move to Clarkson turned out so tragically, if perhaps they hadn't made the move, might have been in her mind.

What I Remember of the 6 Children Dying of Diphtheria by Josephine Conger Wagner...

Samuel Captain was born August 7, 1879 at Nickerson. Mary Etta (named for 2 Grandmothers, Mary Jane and Henrietta) was born July 8, 1881 at Nickerson. Ida Belle was born June 23, 1883 near Wisner, Gertie Ann (named for Mothers 2 sisters) was born May 15, 1885, near Springview on the homestead. My parents had moved there in 1884. Elsie Lily was born at the homestead on Febr. 20, 1887, and Rosa Mona, also born there on March 20, 1889. When my parents left there by covered wagon in 1891, the children were 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2. The 3 older children had attended a country school there, 3 months in the fall and 3 months in the spring. in late summer of 1891, they went the one year to a country school, the 4 oldest, near Clarkson.
Fall of 1892 came and no schools had started as there was a bad epidemic over the whole country of diphtheria. The folks had not let the children go anywhere. But one day, my father had to go over to a Bohemian neighbor's on an errand and since he knew they had a child ill with diphtheria, asked how it was. The neighbor pointed to a nearby granary. Father opened the door and went in, and the child lay dead in there. Supposedly, my father had a light attack of the disease and that was where the children caught it. Half brothers John 15, and Cleveland 6, and half sister Nettie 8, lived with my parents as their parents were both dead. The 2 younger children of them also got the disease but John slept in the barn and didn't get it. Of the 8 children having it, only Nettie lived. The children began dying on October 2, the first was 3 yr. old Rosa. The other 3 younger girls died on the 4th, 5th, and 6th, and Cleveland on the 6th. Sammy died, I believe on the 9th but one place has it also on the 6th. They thought Mary was going to live but on Oct, 16th, her heart gave out and she died.
Grandpa Garner, who was a minister, came from Nickerson, when he heard of the children's illness. There could be no funeral services, so Grandpa and Father were at their burials and Grandfather said a ritual. Mother went only when Mary was buried. Ladies in Clarkson made a white dress for Mary.
All clothing of the children was burned and the house fumigated. A few years ago, Elias was at Clarkson, and ran on to an elderly lady, who remembered her mother telling of baking bread for the family and taking it to the drive way leading into the house. There was a serum to give for diphtheria but there was such an epidemic, the Doctor in Clarkson couldn't get any or they might of have been saved.
I have pictures of the 3 older children. Sammy, Gertie and Rosa had brown hair and brown eyes. My father would always say to Mother, how much Rosa looked like me. Mary, Ida, and Elsie were fair, with blue eyes and light brown hair. Sammy was left handed.
After Grandpa went home, he came down with diphtheria and their 2 children still at home, Uncle John 14 and Aunt Fannie 11 got it but lived. In August, Mother's sister Julia had died in Washington, and Grandma had brought her 3 children home to live with them. They all got the disease. Myrtle age 9 lived but the 2 little boys, probably about 6 and 4, died of it and are buried at Hooper. I have seen their graves there. Myrtle lived to be in the 80's and we visited her in Ontario, Oregon, in 1954."

*Doug W Schueths note: 3 other sources state that the above Mrs. Crandall was in fact a Rachel (Darnall) Chandler wife of Jacob Chandler who homesteaded west of Springfield. Differing versions speculate as to why she was caught in the storm. Her husband found her the next March under a snow bank leaning against a stump or tree with arms wrapped around her knees and head down.

From "Keya Paha Co, NE 100 Years 1885-1985" 978.262 H673: page 58-9 by
Lucille Carr...
"The Chandler homestead was six miles west and two north of present Springview (SE 1/4 Sec 2 Tsp 33 N Range 22 W.) and their home was a dug-out in the side of a hill. Mrs. Chandler was a midwife and assisted at the birth of many of the babies born to the early settlers in her neighborhood.
In January, 1888 Mrs. Chandler was called to the home of a neighbor some two miles southwest of her home, and near the country postoffice of NESBIT (was 7 miles due west of Springview in SE 1/4 Sec 15 Twp 33 R 22W). Her duties as midwife kept her up throughout most of the night, and the next morning (January 12th) she sat in a chair before the fire to rest. She dozed, and upon awakening, the story goes, she noticed some pictures drawn on the wall with charcoal to which she took offence, and determined she would go home at once.
The morning had been pleasant enough, with a mild south wind blowing and a temperature of nearly thirty degrees. Before mid-afternoon, however, the wind veered to the northwest bringing with it swirling blinding snow. Within a few hours the temperature dropped to twenty-six degrees below zero. It was the worst blizzard the country had known, and it continued on into the next night. After about eighteen hours the wind abated, but temperatures remained below zero for several days.
Two different stories have been told of how Mrs. Chandler left the shelter of the home she was in and went out onto the raging blizzard. One version is that when she requested to be taken home she was told the storm was too severe to venture into, that they could not find their way; but disregarding the admonition not to do so, she nevertheless left for home afoot, and alone. The other relates that she went into another room and, unknown to the family, departed by way of a window.
On the morning of January 13th, as Mr. Chandler was shoveling the snow from his doorway, two horsemen rode up and inquired if Mrs. Chandler had come home. 'Isn't she at your house?' he asked. Upon being told she had left their home the previous morning, Mr. Chandler, filled with apprehension, leaned back against the doorway in a state of shock.
Immediately a searching party was formed and for the next several days some fifteen to twenty men combed the countryside for the missing woman, but to no avail. No trace of her was found and eventually the search was abandoned. Soon a rumor was afloat that an unknown, demented woman had been found wandering about neighboring Knox County. At once Mr. Chandler set out for Knox County to learn if this woman might be his wife; but before reaching there word came that the woman's identity had been established; she was not Mrs. Chandler. Sadly, he returned to his home.
March came, the snow drifts began to settle somewhat, although they had not started to melt. The Thomas Chamberlain family, residing somewhere southwest of Springview, noticed that their dogs were makind daily trips into a nearby canyon. This was reported, and neighbors again formed a searching party to go into the canyon to investigate. Two different men, both members if this party, have told substantially the same story as to how Mrs. Chandler's body was located. It is as follows: 'On Sunday we went on our search. As we approached the canyon we saw a few footprints frozen in the snow. We followed them and soon Mr. Dillon spied a strip of cloth - one end frozen down, the loose end fluttering in the wind. These clues led us to a tree on the side of the canyon, at the base of which a bit of red from a garment was exposed to view. We knew at once that Mrs. Chandler's body was underneath the huge snowdrift. Frantically, Mr. Chandler began digging into the snow with his hands and had to be restrained. As her body was being removed he sat on a snow bank an wept. She was in a sitting position with her back against the tree, arms clasped about her knees and head bent forward in her lap.'
Mrs. Chandler's body was taken to the home of her uncle, Daniel H. Darnall, in Darnall Valley just west of Springview. Kind friends and neighbors remained throughout the night keeping a warm fire burning in order to thaw out the body so it could be placed in a casket for burial. Funeral services were held in the schoolhouse, and Mrs. Chandler was laid to rest beside her mother in the Springview Cemetery.
Just when Mr. Chandler and his sons left Keya Paha County seems uncertain. In 1894 they were residing four miles west of Springview. Thomas, the older son, later lived at or near Kansas City. He was married and had children. Lorin Chandler, in the 1930's lived at Syracuse, Nebraska where he was working for the city. He was unmarried and died at Syracuse sometime during the 1940's. In 1935 Lorin Chandler stated 'My mother's body was taken from a snow bank March 18, 1888, one-fourth mile from the home of Thomas Chamberlain, and several miles from her own home.'"
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From "Stories of the Early Settlers of Keya Paha Co, NE" 978.262 qII35s
cir. 1950 page 21 'Blizzard of 1888': As told to Donnabelle Kienke by Mrs. Ballard...
"The only death in this area was that of Mrs. Chandler who had been sitting up with a sick lady. Her body was found the next March after a great search had been made."
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From "Keya Paha Co, NE Diamond Jubilee Edition 1885-1960" 978.262 W4ld C.2
Re: Blizzard of 1888:
"Mrs Chandler, a good woman, who was ministering to a sick neighbor when the storm struck, was Keya Paha County's fatality. Against the advice of (illegible).. reported her missing and of the intense search being made for her. The end of the sad story came the following spring when her body was found frozen in a sitting position on a stump where she had paused to rest. Her obituary concluded by stating 'She was the tallest woman in the county, and left a crippled husband and a ten year old son.'"
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From Jo Nelle (Conger-Wagner) Linnaus Records: Birth was at Wilkesboro.
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From gedcom to author 1998 by: Richard E. Henthorn 5403 76th Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20784-1705 Email: Rhenthorn1@aol.com (301) 459-0535
BIRTH-BIBLE: 14 Aug 1859; Wilkesboro, Wilkes, NC
(Source: Family Bible - furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
MOTHER: Her mother was Henrietta Frances Williams Hunter. According to JoNelle Linnaus, she was named for her mother's sister, Frances Williams. After marriage she went by, Henrietta W. Garner.
EMIGRATION: Moved to Nebraska in the spring of 1877.
CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Disciples of Christ
RESIDENCES: NC; VA; Nickerson, Springview, Clarkson, Stanton, Neligh, Oakdale, NE.
DEATH: 22 Apr 1948; Oakdale, Antelope, NE
(Source: Death Certificate - furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
OBITUARY: Conger Services Held April 25 at Oakdale
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Oakdale Sunday, April 25, for Mrs. Sarah E. Conger, 88, who died at the home of her daughter in Oakdale April 22. Burial was in Laurel Hill cemetery at Neligh.
The services were conducted by the Rev. Dawson Park.
Sarah Elizabeth Garner, daughter of the Rev. John and Henrietta Garner, was born at Wilkesboro, North Carolina, August 14, 1859 and passed away at the home of her daughter near Oakdale, [NE], on April 22, 19848 at the age of 88 years, 8 months, and 8 days.
At the age of 12, she moved with her parents to Virginia. While living [t]here she became a member of the Christian church. In March, 1877, the family came to Nebraska, settling in Dodge county, near Nickerson. On December 18, 1877, she was united in marriage to Elias Conger. Their marriage, which lasted nearly 55 years, was terminated on September 17, 1932, with the death of her husband at Neligh.
Their early married life was spent on farms in Dodge county. In 1884, they moved to a homestead which they had taken in Keya Paha county. They spent seven years there enduring all the hardships of the early pioneer.
In 1898, they moved to Antelope county and the rest of their married life was spent on farms near Neligh or in Neligh.
Mr. and Mrs. Conger were the parents of ten children, only three of whom are living. They lost their entire family of five daughters and one son at Clarkson in October, 1892 of diphtheria. Another daughter, Nellie, died at Neligh in 1918.
Surviving Mrs. Conger are her two sons, Elias of Pender and Roy of Neligh; her daughter, Mrs. Irven Wagner, of Oakdale, 8 grandchildren, one great granddaughter and three sisters, Mrs. George Crocker, Olympia, Wash.; Mrs. Cora Fitch, Omaha; and Mrs. Edward Weihhold, of Lincoln.
(Furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
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Samuel Captain Conger

One of 6 children in family to die from Diphtheria in Oct. 1892 epidemic .


Mary Etta Conger

One of 6 children in family to die from Diphtheria in Oct. 1892 epidemic .


Ida Belle Conger

One of 6 children in family to die from Diphtheria in Oct. 1892 epidemic .


Gertie Ann Conger

One of 6 children in family to die from Diphtheria in Oct. 1892 epidemic .


Elsie Lily Conger

One of 6 children in family to die from Diphtheria in Oct. 1892 epidemic .


Rosa Mona Conger

The first of 6 children to die within 10 days of diptheria epidemic of 1892.


Nellie Mae Conger

From Jo Nelle (Wagner-Conger) Linnaus Records: Birth and Death dates,
places. "Died of Bright's Disease (Nephritis) at age 23.
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DWS: 1910 Fed census Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
living with parents
Name Age
Elias Conger 56 head b. Indiana, marr 32 yrs, parents b. Ohio, farmer
Sarah E Conger 50 wife b. NC, marr 32 yrs, 10 ch, 4 living,
Elias G Conger 16 son, single, b. Nebraska
Nellie M Conger 15 dau, single, b. Nebraska
Roy N Conger 11 son, single, b. Nebraska
Josie M Conger 9 dau, single, b. Nebraska
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DEATH: 15 Jul 1918 at Neligh, Antelope, NE, at age 23, from nephritis
OBITUARY: Nellie May Conger
Death at all times casts a shadow over the home but particularly so when it claims one in the full tide of youth with all the indications of a useful life. Miss Nellie Conger was such. Possessed with talent, a personality that was pleasant and forceful and an ambition to do something, a promising career has been cut short.
Miss Nellie Conger was born in Stanton county, Nebraska, February 12, 1895 and died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elias Conger, east of Neligh Monday, July 15. The funeral will be held Friday at 4:30 p.m., from the Congregational church, services conducted by Rev. Rose.
When three years of age she moved to Antelope county with her parents and this has since been her home. She graduated from the Neligh high school in 1913 and taught school for four years. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge. She has been sick for some time and her death has been anticipated at any time for a month or more. Her brother, Elias Conger, Jr., is serving in the army, being stationed at Camp Cody, N.M., and is expected home for the funeral.
(Furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)
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John Mary Connelly

DWS: From "Home Brood" by Eileen Connelly Topin...
"Chilton (IA) was the birthplace of my father, John Mary, who was born on May 9, 1868.
The Dwyers continued to live in Fairfield, but the Connellys moved first to Oelwine, Iowa and then farther west to a farm in Madison Co, Nebraska, near Warnerville. (Editor's note... this was in section 28 in Warnerville precinct 4.5 miles south and just west of Norfolk NE.)
It was on a trip to Warnerville to visit her sister Nell Lodge, that Mary met John. the ensuing courtship culminated in their marriage on a Wednesday, May 2, 1894 at St. Mary's Church in Fairfield, Iowa by Fr. A. M. Nodler. They made their first home on a farm near Warnerville, Nebraska. Their first child Nora Frances was born there on September 17, 1895. Margaret Mary was born there also on June 17, 1897. Warnerville was also the birthplace of Hazel Florence on February 4, 1899 and Robert James on January 1, 1901.
The thought of pioneering further west became an obsessive idea to the restless spirit of John. Interesting stories had been reaching his ears from his sister, Ella, and her husband Joe Thornton, who were already operating a store in Alliance, Nebraska. Anthony Dwyer, brother of Mary, had also settled in that area, in conjunction with his ranch-railroad work. Soon a sodhouse on a ranch became the home of the burgeoning John Connelly family. Jack Dwyer was born there on June 8, 1904.
Perhaps the calming influence of quiet but persuasive Mary prevailed, for the family moved back to a farm in Oakdale, Nebraska where Neva Agatha was born on February 5, 1906 and Maryinis Frances on April 25, 1908. To Tilden, Nebraska was the next move - only a stone's throw from Oakdale. Anna Josephine (Joanne) was born there also on on March 1, 1911. Felix Ambrose (Patrick Anthony) was born there also, on May 26, 1913.
It was moving time again - this time to Neligh (a neighboring town of Oakdale and Tilden) to a farm four miles north of town.
A hurried call to a Mrs. Udey (none of the Connelly children were born in a hospital) on September 25, 1916 and Eileen Alice was ushered into the world..."
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DWS: As related to the author by Madelyn (Mary Conger) while discussing the KKK activity at Neligh in Antelope Co in the early 1900's: John Mary Connelly was the subject of a cross burning while living on a farm just north of Neligh, NE. Seems some neighbors on horseback were responsible and John found them. He asked them at gun point to come extinguish the cross back at his place. He was targeted because he was Catholic.
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DWS: From "Home Brood" by Eileen Connelly Topin...
"... A heart condition was bothering my dad more and more and eventually he had to go into Queens of Angels Hospital. His condition worsened, however and he died on June 30, 1947.
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DWS: From collection received by Madelyn Rice from Terry Connelly 1996:
Date of death 6/28/1947 at Los Angeles CA buried Holy Cross Cem Los Angeles CA.
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DWS: ancestry.com Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1826-1908
Name: John Mary Connelly
Birth Date: 9 May 1868
Birth Place: Chilton, Calumet, Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Race: White
Father's Name: James Connelly
Mother's name: Margar Higgins
FHL Film Number: 1299482
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DWS: name is found as Connelly in land records and as Conley such as in 1900 census in Nebr.
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DWS: the 1899 Warnerville plat map shows John and his wife or mother ? owning land just south and east of Warnerville but by the 1912 plat map they had both sold. They were northeast of Tilden in 1913 plat map.
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DWS: 1870 Fed Census Chilton, Calumet Co, Wisconsin 6 July 1870
living with parents
James 30 farmer b. Ireland, had $2200 farm and $300 personal (would be considered wealthy)
Margaret 36 wife keeping house b. Ireland
George 10 son b. Wisc
Elizabeth 8 dau b. Wisc
James 6 son b. Wisc
Catharine 4 dau b. Wisc
John 2 son b. Wisc
Patrick son 6/12 b. Wisc
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DWS: 1880 Fed Census of Jefferson Twp, Fayette county, IA - 1 June 1880
living with parents
James Connelly 45 farmer, born Ireland as were parents
Margeret 41 keeping house b. Ireland as were parents
George 19 son b. Wisc works on farm
Libby 16 dau b. Wisc
James 14 son b. Wisc works on farm
Kate 12 dau b. Wisc
John 11 son b. Wisc
Patrick son 10 b. Wisc
Mary 8 dau b. Iowa
Ella 6 dau b. Iowa
Josie 4 dau b. Iowa
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DWS: 1900 Fed Census Warnerville precinct, Madison county, Nebr 18 June 1900
Married, owned home on a farm with a mortgage, both parents could read and write
Conley, John M 32 head b. May 1862 Wisc, married 6 yrs, parents both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary A 27 wife b. Oct 1872 Iowa, married 6 yrs, mother of 3 ch, all liv, parents both b. Ireland
Nora F 4 dau b. Sept 1895 Nebr
Margaret 2 dau b. June 1897 Nebr
Florence 1 dau b. Feb 1899 Nebr
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DWS: 1905 South Dakota State Census 1905
He had arrived in South Dakota 3 years prior - 1902
Name: P J Connelly
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Age: 35
Birth Date: 1870
Birth Place: Wisconsin, United States
Years in State: 3
Arrival Year in State (Estimated): 1902
Residence Place: South Dakota, United States
Years in United States: 35
Arrival Year in the United States (Estimated): 1870
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin, United States
FHL Film Number: 2281217
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DWS: 1910 Fed census Cedar precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 3-4 May 1910
owned home, both parents could read and write
Connelly, John 42 head mar. 16 yrs, b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 37 wife b. Iowa, 8 ch, 7 living, parents both b. Ireland
Nora 14 dau b. Nebr
Margaret 12 dau b. Nebr
Hazel 11 dau b. Nebr
Robert 9 son b. Nebr
John 5 son b. Nebr
Eineva 4 dau b. Nebr
Mary J 2 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1920 Fed Census Custer precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 23-24 Jan 1920
owned home, both parents could read and write
Connelly, John 51 head b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 47 wife b. Iowa, parents both b. Ireland
Nora F 23 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Margaret M 21 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Hazel F 20 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Robert J 19 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
John D 16 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
Neva A 14 dau b. Nebr
Maryinis A 12 dau b. Nebr
Anna J 9 dau b. Nebr
Felix A 6 son b. Nebr
Eileen 3 4/12 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1930 Fed census Omaha ward 11, Douglas county, Nebr
living at 1301 S 25th Ave, Omaha, NE
John Connelly 62 head marr age 25 b. Wisc, parents b. Irish Free State, watchman for retail store
Mary Connelly 57 wife marr age 20 b. Iowa, parents both b. Irish Free State
Robert Connelly 29 son single b. Nebr checking clerk for rail road
Jack Connelly 25 son single b. Nebr checking clerk for rail road
Neva Connelly 23 dau single b. Nebr office clerk for retail store
Joanne Connelly 19 dau single b. Nebr not working
Pat Connelly 16 son single b. Nebr
Eileen Connelly 13 dau single b. Nebr
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DWS: 1940 Fed census Los Angeles, Los Angeles county, CA
family had lived in Omaha, Douglas Co, Nebr in 1935,
John Connelly 71 head b. Wisc, thru 6th grade, gardener at cemetery
Mary Connelly 66 wife b. Iowa
Patrick Connelly 25 son single b. Nebr file clerk at insurance
Neva Connelly 32 dau single, b. Nebr Stenographer at law ofc
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DWS: ancestry.com: in the California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: John Connelly
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 9 May 1868
Birth Place: Wisconsin
Death Date: 27 Jun 1947
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Higgins
Father's Surname: Connelly
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Mary Agatha Dwyer

From "Home Brood (Brewed)" Recollections by Eileen Connelly Toppin:
".. Mary Agatha was born there (Fairfield, IA) on October 6, 1872, on Hickory Grove Farm -13 1/2 miles northwest of Fairfield."
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DWS: 1880 Fed census Fairfield, Jefferson county, Iowa 11 & 12 June 1880
living with parents
Stephen Dwire 52 head b. Ireland as were parents, farmer
Hanora Dwire 46 wife b. Ireland as were parents
Anna Dwire 21 dau b. Canada, parents b. Ireland
Bridget Dwire 19 dau b. Canada, parents b. Ireland
Stephen Dwire 16 son b. Canada, parents b. Ireland
Margret Dwire 14 dau b. Canada, parents b. Ireland
Anthony Dwire 12 son b. Iowa
Ellen Dwire 9 dau b. Iowa
Mary Dwire 7 dau b. Iowa
William Dwire 1m son b. May, Iowa
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DWS: from Bob Johnson pdf supplied by Sharon Lamberton to DWS 6 July 2013
Bob wrote this in abt 2000:
" Mary married John Connelly. They lived in several Nebraska cities and finally settled in Omaha. Their family included two boys, Bob and Jack, and seven daughters, Nora, Margaret, Hazel, Neva, Maryinis (Sr. Johnora, Dominican), Pat and Eileen."
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Nora Frances Connelly

DWS: From "Home Brood (Brewed)" Recollections by Eileen Connelly Toppin:
" ... About this time worrisome things had begun to occur in the family. Nora, who was in nurses training at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, had contracted tuberculosis after working in the t.b. ward. Mom and I spent many weeks at my Aunt Nell's home in Lincoln, while Nora battled to regain her health. Hazel had been teaching in Marsland, Nebraska and begun to experience the heart problems that would plague her all her life.
The winter they were both home convalescing must have been hard on the folks, since the crops and conditions on the farm were not too good. My two thoughts from that era revolved around being given cod liver oil out of a brown bottle shaped like a fish and rubbing the girl's backs with some ugly smelling cream called 'Viavi'. "
... (the family moved from Neligh Nebraska to Omaha in early 1927)
" Illness again struck Nora, who was diagnosed as having a recurring problem with tuberculosis. Hazel and she became involved with a Christian Science practitioner who was 'tight' with our relatives, the Dughers. Of course, to two persons who had been ill a good portion of their lives, the 'its all in your mind' approach appealed to them. Because of this, a rift developed between them and the rest of the family and they decided to find a place of their own to live.
Our home life was never quite the same. The restless nature of my father led us into a move, not relished by any of the rest of us. We rented and began to run a boarding house closer in to down town (near 24th and Farnam). Thank the Lord the stay there was relatively short, but it was there that Nora returned home critically ill, and it was there that she died.
I'm sure that was reason enough for us to leave that area and move to a nice home in the south part of town (1302 Poppleton)."
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DWS: 1900 Fed Census Warnerville precinct, Madison county, Nebr 18 June 1900
living with parents.
both parents: could read and write, owned home on a farm with a mortgage
Conley, John M 32 head b. May 1862 Wisc, married 6 yrs, parents both b. Ireland, was a farmer,
Mary A 27 wife b. Oct 1872 Iowa, married 6 yrs, mother of 3 ch, all liv, parents both b. Ireland
Nora F 4 dau b. Sept 1895 Nebr
Margaret 2 dau b. June 1897 Nebr
Florence 1 dau b. Feb 1899 Nebr
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DWS: 1910 Fed census Cedar precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 3-4 May 1910
living with parents
parents owned home
Connelly, John 42 head mar. 16 yrs, b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 37 wife b. Iowa, 8 ch, 7 living, parents both b. Ireland
Nora 14 dau b. Nebr,
Margaret 12 dau b. Nebr,
Hazel 11 dau b. Nebr,
Robert 9 son b. Nebr,
John 5 son b. Nebr,
Eineva 4 dau b. Nebr,
Mary J 2 dau b. Nebr,
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DWS: 1920 Fed Census Custer precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 23-24 Jan 1920
living with parents
Parents owned home
Connelly, John 51 head b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 47 wife b. Iowa, parents both b. Ireland
Nora F 23 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Margaret M 21 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Hazel F 20 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Robert J 19 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
John D 16 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
Neva A 14 dau b. Nebr,
Maryinis A 12 dau b. Nebr,
Anna J 9 dau b. Nebr,
Felix A 6 son b. Nebr
Eileen 3 4/12 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: findagrave.com
Find A Grave Memorial# 152198035
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Neva Agatha Connelly

DWS: 1910 Fed census Cedar precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 3-4 May 1910
living with parents
parents owned home
Connelly, John 42 head mar. 16 yrs, b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 37 wife b. Iowa, 8 ch, 7 living, parents both b. Ireland
Nora 14 dau b. Nebr,
Margaret 12 dau b. Nebr,
Hazel 11 dau b. Nebr,
Robert 9 son b. Nebr,
John 5 son b. Nebr,
Eineva 4 dau b. Nebr,
Mary J 2 dau b. Nebr,
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DWS: 1920 Fed Census Custer precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 23-24 Jan 1920
living with parents
Parents owned home
Connelly, John 51 head b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 47 wife b. Iowa, parents both b. Ireland
Nora F 23 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Margaret M 21 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Hazel F 20 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Robert J 19 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
John D 16 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
Neva A 14 dau b. Nebr,
Maryinis A 12 dau b. Nebr,
Anna J 9 dau b. Nebr,
Felix A 6 son b. Nebr
Eileen 3 4/12 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1930 Fed census Omaha ward 11, Douglas county, Nebr
living with parents
living at 1301 S 25th Ave, Omaha, NE
John Connelly 62 head marr age 25 b. Wisc, parents b. Irish Free State, watchman for retail store
Mary Connelly 57 wife marr age 20 b. Iowa, parents both b. Irish Free State
Robert Connelly 29 son single b. Nebr checking clerk for rail road
Jack Connelly 25 son single b. Nebr checking clerk for rail road
Neva Connelly 23 dau single b. Nebr office clerk for retail store
Joanne Connelly 19 dau single b. Nebr not working
Pat Connelly 16 son single b. Nebr
Eileen Connelly 13 dau single b. Nebr
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DWS: 1940 Fed census Los Angeles, Los Angeles county, CA
family had lived in Omaha, Douglas Co, Nebr in 1935,
John Connelly 71 head b. Wisc, thru 6th grade, gardener at cemetery
Mary Connelly 66 wife b. Iowa
Patrick Connelly 25 son single b. Nebr file clerk at insurance
Neva Connelly 32 dau single, b. Nebr Stenographer at law ofc
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DWS: ancestry.com U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1
Name: Neva A Connelly
Birth Date: 5 Feb 1906
1970 Address: 9632 San Vincente Ave, South Gate, CA, 90280-4834 (1970)
1992 Address: 8515 Elburg St Unit B, Paramount, CA, 90723-2887 (1992)
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DWS: ancestry.com California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: Neva Agatha Connelly
Social Security #: 505106793
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 5 Feb 1906
Birth Place: Nebraska
Death Date: 12 Feb 1996
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Dwyer


Sr Maryinis Frances Connelly

Maryinis became Sister Johnora. Mary Jonora Rice (Arlo and Madelyns daughter; my wife) was named after her.
Sister Johnora taught at Visitation H.S. in Chicago, Principal and Superior at St. Leo's in Oakland, CA. Also taught in Wyoming and in Chicago area.
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DWS: 1910 Fed census Cedar precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 3-4 May 1910
living with parents
parents owned home
Connelly, John 42 head mar. 16 yrs, b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 37 wife b. Iowa, 8 ch, 7 living, parents both b. Ireland
Nora 14 dau b. Nebr,
Margaret 12 dau b. Nebr,
Hazel 11 dau b. Nebr,
Robert 9 son b. Nebr,
John 5 son b. Nebr,
Eineva 4 dau b. Nebr,
Mary J 2 dau b. Nebr,
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DWS: 1920 Fed Census Custer precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 23-24 Jan 1920
living with parents
Parents owned home
Connelly, John 51 head b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 47 wife b. Iowa, parents both b. Ireland
Nora F 23 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Margaret M 21 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Hazel F 20 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Robert J 19 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
John D 16 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
Neva A 14 dau b. Nebr,
Maryinis A 12 dau b. Nebr,
Anna J 9 dau b. Nebr,
Felix A 6 son b. Nebr
Eileen 3 4/12 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1930 Fed census Omaha ward 11, Douglas county, Nebr
living with parents
living at 1301 S 25th Ave, Omaha, NE
John Connelly 62 head marr age 25 b. Wisc, parents b. Irish Free State, watchman for retail store
Mary Connelly 57 wife marr age 20 b. Iowa, parents both b. Irish Free State
Robert Connelly 29 son single b. Nebr checking clerk for rail road
Jack Connelly 25 son single b. Nebr checking clerk for rail road
Neva Connelly 23 dau single b. Nebr office clerk for retail store
Joanne Connelly 19 dau single b. Nebr not working
Pat Connelly 16 son single b. Nebr
Eileen Connelly 13 dau single b. Nebr
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Anna Josephine (Joanne) Connelly

DWS: From "Home Brood" by Eileen Connelly Topin...
Never married - died at age 25 of TB
"In August of 1936 my sister, Joanne died. The winter previous she had a really rough time with flu and colds. I imagine the tuberculosis germ was latent in her system for she was diagnosed as having the disease. If only the wonder drugs we have today had been available, I'm sure Nora and Joanne would not have died at such an early age."
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DWS: 1920 Fed Census Custer precinct, Antelope county, Nebr 23-24 Jan 1920
living with parents
Parents owned home
Connelly, John 51 head b. Wisc, both b. Ireland, farmer
Mary 47 wife b. Iowa, parents both b. Ireland
Nora F 23 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Margaret M 21 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Hazel F 20 dau single b. Nebr, was a teacher
Robert J 19 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
John D 16 son single b. Nebr, farm labor at home
Neva A 14 dau b. Nebr,
Maryinis A 12 dau b. Nebr,
Anna J 9 dau b. Nebr,
Felix A 6 son b. Nebr
Eileen 3 4/12 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1930 Fed census Omaha ward 11, Douglas county, Nebr
living with parents
living at 1301 S 25th Ave, Omaha, NE
John Connelly 62 head marr age 25 b. Wisc, parents b. Irish Free State, watchman for retail store
Mary Connelly 57 wife marr age 20 b. Iowa, parents both b. Irish Free State
Robert Connelly 29 son single b. Nebr checking clerk for rail road
Jack Connelly 25 son single b. Nebr checking clerk for rail road
Neva Connelly 23 dau single b. Nebr office clerk for retail store
Joanne Connelly 19 dau single b. Nebr not working
Pat Connelly 16 son single b. Nebr
Eileen Connelly 13 dau single b. Nebr
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Gerald Elias Conger

DWS: Was in insurance on the West Coast being in Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, then Los Angeles in management for Farmers Group of Companies.
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DWS: 1930 Fed Census Neligh, Antelope Co, NE 12 May 1930
living with parents
Conger, Roy 32 head marr at age 22, b. Nebraska, Fa. b. Indiana, Mo. b. North Carolina, farmer
Margaret 32 wife marr at age 22, b. Nebraska, Fa. b. Iowa, Mo. b. Iowa
Gerald 5 son b. Nebr
Mary 2 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1940 Fed census Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
living with parents
Name Age
Roy Conger 41 head b. Nebr, farmer, 4 yrs H.S.
Margaret Conger 41 wife b. Nebr, 2 yrs college
Gerald Conger 15 son b. Nebr, 1 yr H.S.
Marylen Conger 11 dau b. Nebr, 6th grade
Jack Conger 5 son b. Nebr, 1st grade
Pat Conger 3 son b. Nebr
Lester Burge 20 hired man, single, b. Nebr
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DWS: Article he wrote appeared 13 July 2004 'Daily Breeze'
My Turn: Rural, 1-room school worked just fine, once upon a time
By Jerry Conger
Today the only knowledge of the one-room schoolhouse comes from TV programs such as "Little House on the Prairie." But in the early 20th century these schools were the staple of rural America.
In 1930, when I was 5 years old, I attended one of these schools in Nebraska along with two other 5-year-olds, Marian and Donald.
Our teacher was fresh out of high school, where she had training to teach at a country school. There were 15 students from several grade levels and she taught all subjects and classes.
Every 15 minutes a grade was called to the front of the room. We read aloud or did writing or arithmetic on the blackboard. Sometimes we had a spelling or geography quiz.
Our desktops lifted up and we stored our books and papers inside. In the corner of the desk was an ink well in which we dipped our pen (no ballpoint pens). Every day, using a pen and ink, students in all grades participated in Palmer method writing classes. Years earlier a professor Palmer had published a book of writing exercises for us to copy.
The school day was separated by a 15-minute recess at midmorning, a one-hour lunch period, and another 15-minute break in midafternoon. We ate lunch in five minutes and spent the rest of the time playing.
In warm weather we played softball, had races and tug of wars, or played anti-i-over -- a game where a player threw a rubber ball over a small barn at the north side of the school lot. If someone on the other side caught the ball they would run around the barn and try to hit someone with the ball. The one who was hit would then belong to the thrower's team and this would continue until everyone was on one team.
During the winter we played in the school's basement, but we preferred the outdoors unless there was a blizzard. We would play "fox and hounds" in the snow, making ever larger circles that we could run around, with spokes connecting the circles, and a free zone in the middle. Everyone started on the outer circle and the one who was "it" would try to catch the runners before they could get to the "free zone."
Most one-room schools were heated in the winter by a pot-bellied stove, but our school was modern and it had a furnace the teacher had to stoke with wood to heat the building. We did not, however, have indoor plumbing, which meant no bathrooms. There were two outhouses, one for the girls and one for the boys. This was fine in nice weather, but not in the winter.
When I was in fifth grade, we had a new teacher who was a disciplinarian. The first day of school she warned us that she would wash our mouths out with soap if she heard any cuss words -- by the second week of school I'd already had my mouth washed out. I never told my parents about the mouth-washing because, if I had, I would have gotten a second one at home.
Social events included the entire family. The school year ended with a picnic and everyone brought food. We played games while our parents visited, or we might have a softball game with the kids versus the parents.
At Christmas the parents were invited to a program featuring skits and songs by the children. When I was about 7, I was to sing a solo of "Home on the Range" at the Christmas program. I practiced at home and knew the song by heart. I was dressed up like a cowboy but, when I got up to sing, I couldn't remember one line of the song. I stood there silently until from the back of the room I heard Mom singing, "Home, home on the range ... "
Another event was the monthly box supper social. The women and girls filled a hand-decorated box with sandwiches, fruit, cake, etc., and the men and boys bid on them to raise money for the school. The men, of course, bid for their wives' boxes but, with the boys, it was a different matter.
We bid on the box that had the best cakes. Marian's mom made the best three-layer cakes. The bidding started at 5 cents and sometimes I bid as high as 20 cents to get her box. The only shortcoming was that I had to eat the supper with Marian. Oh, well, any sacrifice was worth it for some of her mom's cake.
When I was in about the eighth grade we moved closer to town and I completed my elementary education in the town school. Though I no longer went to the one-room schoolhouse, I have always been thankful that I experienced a part of Americana that is now long past but not forgotten.
Jerry Conger, a retired insurance executive, is a 36-year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes."
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DWS: www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Gerald "Jerry" Elias Conger
With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather Gerald "Jerry" Elias Conger on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Jerry was born on March 26, 1925, to Roy and Margaret Conger in Neligh, Nebraska, the oldest of four children. He grew up on a farm and after graduating from Neligh High School in 1942, he attended the University of Nebraska until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the Pacific during World War II. He resumed his studies after the war before moving to Los Angeles in 1947. Shortly after moving out West, he met Grace McNamara, the love of his life. They were married for more than 60 years and had a son, Steven, and a daughter, Maureen. Jerry and Grace owned a successful insurance business for 40 years and, upon retirement, traveled the world and enjoyed volunteering for 23 years at "The Little Sisters of the Poor" home for the elderly. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and "The Catholic Golden Age Club." Jerry was recently named the Outstanding Alumnus at his 70th high school reunion and cherished both this award and his hometown. He always had a joke or story to share and will be remembered for his faith in God, devotion to his wife, love of family and friends, and overall zest for life. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Grace, and his son, Steven. He is survived by his devoted daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Paul Barton, his daughter-in-law, Renee Conger, grandchildren Terrin (Jay) Griffiths, Ryan (Sacha) Mendivil, Eric (Natalie) Conger, Nicholas Conger, and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn, Emily, and John Conger and Luke Griffiths. He is also survived by his siblings, Madelyn Rice, Jack Conger, and Patrick (Julie) Conger, sister-in-law Jolene Conger, and many loving relatives who will always cherish his memory. Visitation will be at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, on Wednesday, June 13 from 5 to 9 PM with a rosary at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 5448 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, at 1 PM on Friday, June 15. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to "The Little Sisters of The Poor" home, 2100 So. Western Ave., San Pedro, CA, 90732. Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
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Grace Mae McNamara

DWS: by Jerry her husband
"Grace McNamara Conger, beloved wife, mother, grammie and great-grammie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Grace was born on May 30, 1928 to John and Mary McNamara in Los Angeles, California, the youngest of 4 children. She was a member of the "gold tie" class of 1946 at St. Mary's Academy, Los Angeles and was proud of being a teenage "Rosie the Riveter" in the final years of World War II. In 1947, she met Jerry (Gerald) Conger, the man who was to become the love of her life. They were married on May 21, 1949, and Jerry attests to the fact that, for the next 60+ years, there was never a dull moment. To this union a son, Steven, and a daughter, Maureen, were born. Grace and Jerry owned a successful insurance business for 40 years, and upon retirementraveled the world and enjoyed volunteering for over 20 years at the "Little Sisters of the Poor" home for the elderly in San Pedro. She also enjoyed her membership in the "Catholic Golden Age Club", traveling on many trips with the club locally, stateside and overseas. She never met a stranger and had many friends, and even more "best friends". Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, and her son, Steven. She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry; her devoted daughter, Maureen (Paul) Barton; her daughter-in-law, Renee (Steven) Conger; grandchildren, Terrin (Jay) Griffiths, Ryan Mendivil, Eric (Natalie) Conger, Nicholas Conger; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Emily Conger and Luke Griffiths. She is also survived by many loving relatives who will cherish her memory forever. Visitation will be at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance on Sunday, March 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. with rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 5448 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 16. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the "Little Sisters of the Poor" home, 2100 S. Western Ave., San Pedro, California 90732."
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DWS: California Birth Index, 1905-1995 about Grace May Mcnamara
Name: Grace May Mcnamara
Birth Date: 30 May 1928
Gender: Female
Mother's Maiden Name: Spruell
Birth County: Los Angeles


Gerald Elias Conger

DWS: Was in insurance on the West Coast being in Seattle, WA, Sacramento, CA, then Los Angeles in management for Farmers Group of Companies.
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DWS: 1930 Fed Census Neligh, Antelope Co, NE 12 May 1930
living with parents
Conger, Roy 32 head marr at age 22, b. Nebraska, Fa. b. Indiana, Mo. b. North Carolina, farmer
Margaret 32 wife marr at age 22, b. Nebraska, Fa. b. Iowa, Mo. b. Iowa
Gerald 5 son b. Nebr
Mary 2 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1940 Fed census Neligh, Antelope, Nebraska
living with parents
Name Age
Roy Conger 41 head b. Nebr, farmer, 4 yrs H.S.
Margaret Conger 41 wife b. Nebr, 2 yrs college
Gerald Conger 15 son b. Nebr, 1 yr H.S.
Marylen Conger 11 dau b. Nebr, 6th grade
Jack Conger 5 son b. Nebr, 1st grade
Pat Conger 3 son b. Nebr
Lester Burge 20 hired man, single, b. Nebr
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DWS: Article he wrote appeared 13 July 2004 'Daily Breeze'
My Turn: Rural, 1-room school worked just fine, once upon a time
By Jerry Conger
Today the only knowledge of the one-room schoolhouse comes from TV programs such as "Little House on the Prairie." But in the early 20th century these schools were the staple of rural America.
In 1930, when I was 5 years old, I attended one of these schools in Nebraska along with two other 5-year-olds, Marian and Donald.
Our teacher was fresh out of high school, where she had training to teach at a country school. There were 15 students from several grade levels and she taught all subjects and classes.
Every 15 minutes a grade was called to the front of the room. We read aloud or did writing or arithmetic on the blackboard. Sometimes we had a spelling or geography quiz.
Our desktops lifted up and we stored our books and papers inside. In the corner of the desk was an ink well in which we dipped our pen (no ballpoint pens). Every day, using a pen and ink, students in all grades participated in Palmer method writing classes. Years earlier a professor Palmer had published a book of writing exercises for us to copy.
The school day was separated by a 15-minute recess at midmorning, a one-hour lunch period, and another 15-minute break in midafternoon. We ate lunch in five minutes and spent the rest of the time playing.
In warm weather we played softball, had races and tug of wars, or played anti-i-over -- a game where a player threw a rubber ball over a small barn at the north side of the school lot. If someone on the other side caught the ball they would run around the barn and try to hit someone with the ball. The one who was hit would then belong to the thrower's team and this would continue until everyone was on one team.
During the winter we played in the school's basement, but we preferred the outdoors unless there was a blizzard. We would play "fox and hounds" in the snow, making ever larger circles that we could run around, with spokes connecting the circles, and a free zone in the middle. Everyone started on the outer circle and the one who was "it" would try to catch the runners before they could get to the "free zone."
Most one-room schools were heated in the winter by a pot-bellied stove, but our school was modern and it had a furnace the teacher had to stoke with wood to heat the building. We did not, however, have indoor plumbing, which meant no bathrooms. There were two outhouses, one for the girls and one for the boys. This was fine in nice weather, but not in the winter.
When I was in fifth grade, we had a new teacher who was a disciplinarian. The first day of school she warned us that she would wash our mouths out with soap if she heard any cuss words -- by the second week of school I'd already had my mouth washed out. I never told my parents about the mouth-washing because, if I had, I would have gotten a second one at home.
Social events included the entire family. The school year ended with a picnic and everyone brought food. We played games while our parents visited, or we might have a softball game with the kids versus the parents.
At Christmas the parents were invited to a program featuring skits and songs by the children. When I was about 7, I was to sing a solo of "Home on the Range" at the Christmas program. I practiced at home and knew the song by heart. I was dressed up like a cowboy but, when I got up to sing, I couldn't remember one line of the song. I stood there silently until from the back of the room I heard Mom singing, "Home, home on the range ... "
Another event was the monthly box supper social. The women and girls filled a hand-decorated box with sandwiches, fruit, cake, etc., and the men and boys bid on them to raise money for the school. The men, of course, bid for their wives' boxes but, with the boys, it was a different matter.
We bid on the box that had the best cakes. Marian's mom made the best three-layer cakes. The bidding started at 5 cents and sometimes I bid as high as 20 cents to get her box. The only shortcoming was that I had to eat the supper with Marian. Oh, well, any sacrifice was worth it for some of her mom's cake.
When I was in about the eighth grade we moved closer to town and I completed my elementary education in the town school. Though I no longer went to the one-room schoolhouse, I have always been thankful that I experienced a part of Americana that is now long past but not forgotten.
Jerry Conger, a retired insurance executive, is a 36-year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes."
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DWS: www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Gerald "Jerry" Elias Conger
With a heavy heart, we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather Gerald "Jerry" Elias Conger on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Jerry was born on March 26, 1925, to Roy and Margaret Conger in Neligh, Nebraska, the oldest of four children. He grew up on a farm and after graduating from Neligh High School in 1942, he attended the University of Nebraska until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in the Pacific during World War II. He resumed his studies after the war before moving to Los Angeles in 1947. Shortly after moving out West, he met Grace McNamara, the love of his life. They were married for more than 60 years and had a son, Steven, and a daughter, Maureen. Jerry and Grace owned a successful insurance business for 40 years and, upon retirement, traveled the world and enjoyed volunteering for 23 years at "The Little Sisters of the Poor" home for the elderly. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and "The Catholic Golden Age Club." Jerry was recently named the Outstanding Alumnus at his 70th high school reunion and cherished both this award and his hometown. He always had a joke or story to share and will be remembered for his faith in God, devotion to his wife, love of family and friends, and overall zest for life. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Grace, and his son, Steven. He is survived by his devoted daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Paul Barton, his daughter-in-law, Renee Conger, grandchildren Terrin (Jay) Griffiths, Ryan (Sacha) Mendivil, Eric (Natalie) Conger, Nicholas Conger, and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn, Emily, and John Conger and Luke Griffiths. He is also survived by his siblings, Madelyn Rice, Jack Conger, and Patrick (Julie) Conger, sister-in-law Jolene Conger, and many loving relatives who will always cherish his memory. Visitation will be at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, on Wednesday, June 13 from 5 to 9 PM with a rosary at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 5448 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, at 1 PM on Friday, June 15. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to "The Little Sisters of The Poor" home, 2100 So. Western Ave., San Pedro, CA, 90732. Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
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Yvonne McGee

DEATH: Yvonne McGee Conger was married in Jun 1947 and died of polio on 3 Aug 1947 at Omaha, Dodge Co., NE. She was buried at Clearwater, NE in the McGee plot.
(Furnished by JoNelle Linnaus)


Joleen Benning

EDUCATION: college graduate; member of Chi Omega Sorority
OCCUPATION: sub teacher
HOBBIES: plays piano, enjoys tennis, latch hooking, bowling
CHURCH_AFFILIATION: Congregational
RESIDENCES: Neligh, NE; Los Angeles area, CA
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DWS: Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles CA
Jolene Benning Conger
On April 29, 2013, Jolene Benning Conger of Rolling Hills Estates passed away peacefully at home with her daughter by her side, after being diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Jolene kept active by volunteering for the Peninsula Seniors and the Palos Verdes Library. She is survived by her family: Sue, Danielle, Charley and Jerry Williams, of Castle Rock, Colorado. A Celebration of her Life will be held at The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates, on Tuesday, May 7th at 11:00 AM. Donations may be made in Jolene's name to The Peninsula Seniors.


Frederick William Schindler

DWS: 1920 Census Ewing Twp, Holt co, NE 19 Jan 1920 by Frank G Schmidt Sheets 8A-8B
Schindler, Fred W Jr, head, rents, age 26, born Nebr, Fa. b. Mahren Austria, Mo. b. Bohemia, farmer
Lucy wife, age 22, born Mahren Au, parents b. Mahren Austria, immigrated 1910, citizen1916
Lambert L, son, age 2 5/12, born Nebraska
Maxicae? W, son, age 7/12 , born Nebraska
Tagel, John bro-in-law, age 25, single, b. Mahren Austria, immig 1910, not yet a citizen, farm laborer
Tagel, William bro-in-law, age 21, single, b. Mahren Austria, immig 1910, not yet a citizen, farm laborer
They lived as neighbors to Ernest Bollwitt family, Leo Vandersnick, John Bauer, Charles Shore?
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DWS: 1930 Fed census Logan twp, Antelope Co, NE 23 Apr 1930
Shindler, Fred W 36 farmer, b. Nebr, parents b. Austria, was 26 (sic) when first married
" Lucy T 33 wife b. Austria as were parents, was 19 when first married
" Lambert L 13 son b. Nebr
" Max W 10 son b. Nebr
" Sylvester L 9 son b. Nebr
" Vincent F 7 son b. Nebr
" Betty A 5 dau b. Nebr
" Mary J 3/12 dau b. Nebr
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DWS: 1940 Fed Census Logan Twshp, Antelope Co, NE
Schindler, Fred age 47,married, born Nebr, rented farm, had 3 years college, farming
Lucy, wife, age 42, married, born Austria, thru 8th grade
Max, son age 20, single thru 2 yrs high school, born Nebraska, farming
Sylvester,(shown ??ab absent-away at college?), son age 19 single thru 1 yr college, born Nebraska
Vincent, son age 17, single thru 1 yr high school, born Nebraska, farm labor
Betty, dau age 15, single thru 8th grade, born Nebraska
Mary Jean, dau age 10, single thru 4th grade, born Nebraska
Rose Marie, dau age 4, single, born Nebraska
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DWS: The only Grandpa this author (Doug W Schueths) ever knew. Grandpa entertained my brother Dave and me many a summer day driving tractor in his hayfields & hunting rabbits, pheasant, quail and coyotes at his farm in the sand hills west of Elgin Nebraska. He would pick us up from Elgin after school to help with little chores or to be his "bird-dog" and walk the plum thickets to chase out pheasants or coyotes. He'd buy 'Davie' and 'Dougie' a box of 50 "22-short" rifle shells to last the whole summer. We learned to aim well and not waste shots.
He grew watermelons on his farm in the Nebraska sandhills west of Elgin so he'd have kids sneaking into the patch at night in the fall of the year. He got a big kick out of shooting his double barrelled 12 gauge in the air to scare the kids away. He let me plant about 200 hills of acorn squash and you can imagine the abundance of melons and squash to sell out of the trunk of his '63 Chevy. We'd park in front of the funeral home off main street in Elgin or in front of the sale barn. Grandpa would visit with everyone! He knew everyone. The '63 Chevy was a light blue four door with a 3 speed stick shift on the column. He'd accelerate with this car in 1st gear on his sandtrails (similar to roads but more closely resembling animal trails) to the engine's limit then drop it right into 3rd gear. Of course the engine would clatter and choke struggling to maintain speed much less continue to accelerate. He just say 'damn Chevy.'
In Oct of 1964 Fred and grandson Larry Schindler captured a porcupine on the "Grant Place" located 3 m south and 3 m west of Elgin. It was placed in a chicken cage and displayed at our home in Elgin to the amusement of the local kids.
Fred loved to read. He would drive to the mailbox and read the mail and the paper sitting in the car in front of the mailbox. This could be from a half-hour to a couple hours. He was so insistant on reading the mail that in the earlier 1960's he braved a blizzard and 20 below 0 temps to walk the 2 miles and back to get his mail. He got frost bitten ears and a chewed butt from his kids and grandkids.
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From "Elgin, NE Centennial 1889-1989":
"Fred Schindler, son of Ferdinand and Elizabeth (Latzel) Schindler, was born on June 10, 1893 in a sod house southwest of Ewing, NE. He attended District #146 of Ewing. After taking a Normal Training course for eight months in Fremont, NE, he taught school for three years in Holt and Wheeler Counties.
Lucy Tagel, daughter of Ludwig and Lucy (Huffman) Tagel, was born Dec. 31, 1896 at Hersogsdorf, Austria. She came to America in 1910 at the age of 14. She attended the Ewing Public School.
Fred and Lucy were united in marriage on June 20, 1916, at Ewing, NE. After teaching school, Fred farmed in the Ewing area from 1918 to 1924. In 1924 they moved to Elgin, where Fred engaged in farming until his retirement....
Lucy was a tallented seamstress, having learned to sew when she first came to America. She was a member of the St. Boniface Altar Society until her death on Jan. 30, 1964.
Fred kept bees for many years and loved to hunt, fish, and read. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus and was a member of St. Boniface Church in Elgin.
Fred married Laura (Bauwens) Tagel on Sept. 12, 1975(in error - DWS should be 1970?), and moved to Neligh at that time."

From "History of Ewing, NE" 978.255 Ew5h
"The early settlers knew that education went hand in hand with their religion and attempting to educate their children came foremost. So they formed a school that later was District 118. This schoolhouse was on the southwestern corner of Section 4. (Deloit Township)
The Holt County records show that the District was organized in August, 1884. There were accurate records unitl about 1900. As far as I know it was called the Lappen school in the first years... the name was changed to Pleasant Valley in about 1918 or 1920.
"... Teachers we find received a salary of $25.00 for the whole term to $400.00 and better a month. The list of teachers includes: E.L.Davies, Endora Mc Dermat, Alvina Dawson, Zoe Bethea, Myrtle Dawson, Maggie Latzel, Fred Schindler, Lethea Mc KAmy, Aleen Bethea, Eunice Bethea,... The school terms ranged from three months to nine months."
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FREDERICK SCHINDLER NELIGH - Services for Frederick W. Schindler, 96, Neligh, will be Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church here. His son, the Rev. Frederic Schindler, will officiate with burial in West Cedar Valley Cemetery in Elgin. Visitation will be Sunday, 3 - 6 p.m., at Hoepfinger-Beyer Funeral Home in Neligh and after 7 p.m.at the church, where there will be a 7:30 prayer service.
Mr. Schindler died Thursday at the Neligh Nursing Center.
The son of Ferdinand and Elizabeth (Latzel) Schindler was born June 10, 1893, southwest of Ewing. He attended Midland College in Fremont and taught for three years in Wheeler and Holt counties.
On June 20, 1916, he married Lucy Tagel at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Ewing. The couple farmed near Ewing until moving to Elgin in 1923.
They farmed until his wife's death Jan. 31, 1964. On Sep. 11, 1970, he married Laura Tagel and moved to Neligh where he resided until his death.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife of Neligh; four sons, Lambert and Max of Elgin, the Rev. Frederic of Elkhorn and Vincent of Neligh; three daughters, Mrs. John (Betty) Thiele of Clearwater, Mary Jean Meusch of Stuart and Mrs. Henry (Rose) Schueths of Elgin; 37 grandchildren and 71 great-grandchildren; one brother, Otto Schindler of Elgin; and two sisters, Josephine Rotert of Norfolk and Clara Kerkman of David City. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, one son in infancy, three sisters, six brothers and one grandson.
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The following was transcribed by Rosie Schueths from Elgin Review articles saved by Snooks Koinzan

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My Trip Abroad Written by Fred Schindler, Sept. 1966

Last winter Father Frederic Schindler and I decided to make a trip to Europe this summer. With permission granted to Father Frederic, we then set about making the preliminary preparations. Passports had to be procured and small pox vaccinations received. Since we wished to make a trip to Czechoslovakia, a visa for that purpose was also on the agenda.
Abbot Anselm suggested that since he and Fr. Raphael would be in Europe in the fall, it might be well to procure a Volkswagen which both Father and I could use for our trip and when we were finished using it we could leave it for them to pick up and use later. It was purchased through the Volkswagen dealer in Omaha.
After all preparations were made, we had a family get-to-gather at my home before departure. It was good to see how interested everyone was in the two who would be neophyte travelers of the Schindler clan.
Betty, Rose Marie and Mary Jean were most helpful arranging last minute details, even to the point of sewing inside pockets in our trousers for the purpose of carrying our travelers checks, passports, etc. The 'Peters Travel Agency' handled the purchase of tickets and reservations on the steamship, Hanseatic, a German ship.
On May 30 we left Elkhorn, NE about 7:00 a.m., crossed the Missouri River via the Mormon Bridge in North Omaha. Once on the Interstate 80, we make excellent time, stopped at Aurora, Ill., the first night and Milan, Ohio, the birthplace of Thomas Edison, the second night. We left Milan about 7:30 a.m., took Interstate and Toll way to Morristown, N.J., where we parked the car for the summer and stayed at Mary’s Abbey that night.
The next day, the Fraters drove us into Newark to Mary’s Priory, from there we took a subway into New York. We arrived at Dr. John Tarsneys and Charlenes, who is my granddaughter about 11:00 a.m., had a light lunch and then Charlene took us for a boat ride around Manhattan Island on the Circle line, an excellent way to see New York City. The trip took about three hours. We saw the New York skyline, passed Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty and got a good view of the New York buildings. From there it was St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Empire State Building. The view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building was beautiful. The next day after lunch John and Charlene accompanied us to pier 40, where the Hanseatic was docked. We passed customs, etc. and then with John and Charlene made inspection of our cabin and took a curiosity tour of the ship. We were at supper below the deck when the ship was moved from the dock. Coming upon the deck, we were sailing out of the Hudson passing the New York skyline, Statue of Liberty, Washington Bridge- magnificent views, our first time at sea was a fascinating experience.
June 4, our first day at sea, Father Frederick read his Mass as usual in the concert room. The day was spent touring the ship, meeting people, getting acquainted. The food was very good and our table waiters were polite and courteous.
Recreation on board ship was varied: movies, concerts, talent programs, dances and etc. On June 5,6,7 and 8, all went with the usual routine. The seas were rough and I suffered from sea sickness.
On June 9, the ship arrived at Cherbourg, France. The first sight of Europe was unforgettable. The port of Cherbourg is not too elaborate. It was interesting to see ships arrive and depart. They were mostly of the ferry type, taking on and discharging their cargo of all kinds of vehicles, cars, trucks and passengers. Later in the afternoon, we departed for Southhampton. The docks at Southhampton were jammed with English ships due to the maritime strike, Some were England’s prize passenger ships. The Hanseatic looked small in comparison.
About 11:00 p.m., we were prepared to receive a radiogram, the message read, 'Happy Birthday.' The next day was my 73rd birthday anniversary, a joyous relief. We returned from the radio station grateful to Dr. John and Charlene for the thoughtfulness. On June 10, we arose early to get a good daylight view of Southhampton. It was our first good look at England. As the Hanseatic pulled out from dock, we got a good view again of all the docked ships of the English fleet. The coast lines with the little towns , castles and country sides were pretty. We viewed with the hopeful anticipation that in a few weeks we would be back in England on our way home. These
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anticipations did not materialize because of the T.W.A. strike. We were routed to U.S.A. via Brussels, the trip north up the channel was interesting. We noted particularly, the white cliffs of Dover and by chance we made the acquaintance of a couple from Omaha, NE. They do not live very far from Vincent and LaRaine. These were the only people we met on our trip from Nebraska.
June 11th was an ordinary day at sea. The voyage at this time was beginning to get long and tiresome. We had been on the ocean now since the 3rd and with few glimpses of land within the past several days and we were beginning to itch for the good old soil or the terra firma.
On June 12th, we slowly sailed into Cuxhaven. As the ship pulled into the port, the bands started playing and the people waved and cheered. The docks were lined with thousands of people. It was particularly moving when one could notice people on the ship or on land when recognizing acquaintances.
We were aground about 12:00. We now had set foot on European soil for the first time. We set about making train reservations into Hamburg. This settled, we set down to a bottle of German beer. About 12:30 the train pulled out for Hamburg. It was with particular interest that we watched the country side as it rolled by. Everything seemed too green. All available farm land was tilled and there were many new homes and buildings. The farming techniques were rather simple. There were many small gardens and they were so neat and clean. We arrived in Hamburg a 2 p.m. Hamburg is a metropolis, Hauptbonnkof is large and there are trains arriving and leaving constantly. While we were at the station, we made arrangements for the trip to Denmark by train. This settled, we set out to find St. Raphael’s Hospice, a rooming house procured a room and freshened up.
We set out on foot to look for a restaurant. It was our first attempt at finding something to eat in a foreign land. My German came in handy. We ordered what proved to be a good old home cooked meal. In style of the Germans, we ordered beer as the accompanying beverage. For the rest of the afternoon, we took a walk though the nearby areas.
June 13. Had we arrived in Hamburg on any day but Sunday, we would probably have proceeded directly to Wofsburg about 60 miles to the southeast of Hamburg to pick up the Volkswagen. We decided to take the train up to Copenhagen in Denmark first. The ride north was again interesting. North Germany has a level terrain. The crops were beautiful. The characteristic neatness of the fields, absence of weeds little compact villages were everywhere noticeable.
We passed over into Denmark without getting off the train. The officials inspected our passports enroute. In Denmark, beauty still prevailed. The entire train was driven onto a huge barge as Copenhagen is situated on a large island in the North Sea. We called out of St. Knuds Klaster and contacted the Fathers. Father Niles, a native of Denmark, directed us to come out part way by train. He was at the train to meet us when we arrived. Father Frederic was glad to see his confreres, Fr. Donald, Fr. Niles, Fr. Edwin and Fr. Xavier. After a long visit exchanging items of news, Father Niles then gave us a tour of the area to the north of Copenhagen. We visited Kronborg Castle at Elsinnore. We crossed the strait over into Sweden. Returning again to Elsinore we toured the country side, saw the palace of the king and queen and other sights. Darkness set in before we finished our tour.
The community concelebrated mass in the vernacular. Father Frederic and I didn’t understand much of the Danish. After breakfast, we packed and made plans to go into Copenhagen and back to Hamburg. Father Xavier accompanied us on a bus and boat tour of the city. Copenhagen has a population of 1,300,000. It is the capital of the royal residence and holds also the seat of parliament, the central administration and the supreme court. Boat service on the harbor canals lead into the center of the city. On our boat excursions we by-passed the king’s royal yacht and saw the little mermaid statue.
Before we boarded the train back to Germany, we had dinner with Father Xavier. The train ride south was very similar to that coming north.
June 15, - After breakfast, we left Hamburg about 8:00 a.m. for Wolsburg. The Hauptbankoff was crowded with oncoming and outgoing passengers. At 11:21, we stopped at the station for Wolfsburg. A bus was waiting at the station to take all purchasers of Volkswagens to the
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factory. In about 15 minutes we were at the plant. The papers were processed for the car. All was in order except for several minor details.
During the time that the plant personnel was readying the car, we were given a tour of the factory. The factory has over 440 acres under roof. The factory is a marvel of German ingenuity and engineering. 7000 VWs roll off the assembly lines daily, 1500 of these assigned to the United States every day. We were told that the plans for the expansion of the plant are much curtailed due to lack of laborers.
Germany already imports hundreds of thousands of employees from the countries of Italy, Turkey, Greece, Spain and France.
By 4:00 all was cleared and we drove out of the plant. The car, black in color, loaded with our personal belongings in the following weeks would become endeared to us. I would see us through thick and thin never once giving us any trouble. It was our home on wheels. We did not leave Wolfsburg until the next morning.
June 16, by 8:00 a.m. we were packed and ready to start on the first and perhaps one of the most memorable drives of the trip. We headed for Helmstedt near which is the checkpoint that opens to the autobahn that leads into Berlin. We were stopped at least five times passing the checkpoint. We had to show passports, car papers, fill out forms, pay a fee of $2.00 each, and declare how much money we were carrying, etc. The East German authorities processed the tourists slowly seemingly on purpose to either to harass or show their lack of enthusiasm for tourists travel into West Berlin. At the checkpoint one could see the barbed wire entanglements, no man’s land, and the ever present watch towers. After about three hours we were finally given the signal to go ahead. We were now in East Germany traveling on the corridor. The autobahn was in poor shape. Apparently the East Germans do not permit road repair to any extent on the artery leading to Berlin.
The country side appeared rather beautiful with crops, but as much as we scanned the country side we did not see any people on either side of the road. Here and there was a small village but each appeared to be a ghost town, not a sign of life. What is more, there is no stopping on the autobahn.
Each car is identified both at the entrance and at the exit from the autobahn. If it does not appear within a certain allotted time the police are out to investigate forestalling any contact with the inhabitants in the area. When we arrived at the east end of the autobahn, we had to pass another checking station. We had a scare in that after looking at our passports, the communist guard directed Father and me out of the direct route of traffic over to another stopping place. Here another officer came to check passports and papers. After some hesitation, he passed us on. It was in a way amusing how the communist authorities check many of the cars. They have a large mirror mounted on wheels which they push under every car. The autos had to be opened and the guards inspected inside and out. The gas tanks even had to be opened and checked with plastic plunger to see if there were any false bottoms.
It was with some relief that we entered into West Berlin. Upon entering Berlin, it was like entering an American city, traffic was heavy and there seemed to be activity everywhere. Not knowing the city or where to go, it did not take long to get lost. We finally stopped at a little restaurant to get a bite to eat. Finally we spoke to an American lady who happened to be the wife of an army officer. She directed us to the U.S. base where we contacted the army chaplain. He offered us a place to stay in his own home. It was here then that we stayed while we were in Berlin
We took Fr. Fraine to the army compound for dinner. Leaving here, we then drove to the canal which periodically figures in the news when escapees from East Germany try to swim it to freedom. Only a few days before, a young German was shot in an escape attempt at the very point where we were resting. The canal was unforgettable. Boats with flood lights were standing everywhere. We walked to the end of the bridge right up to the guards. Fr. Fraine assured us that they dare not do a thing. They kept a close watch on us because we parked our car closer than allowed. They knew that we were U.S. citizens by the oval license plates on the front of our car. Finished seeing what could be seen, we started for home having some very definite
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impressions of the divided city. Coming into Berlin we saw the usual barbed wire entanglements with watchtowers and communists everywhere. We were ready to return to Fr. Fraine’s home and retire with the hopes we would be blessed with some degree of rest after a hectic day.
June 17, Father celebrated mass at the base chapel. We drove downtown for breakfast. By this time we learned what continental breakfasts were. They consist of coffee, that is a small portion of coal black coffee diluted with twice as much milk, a bun, butter and marmalade. We ate our breakfast at the Dam Hotel. Here we also made arrangements for a bus tour into East Berlin. We left the VW parked, took a taxi down to the area near Kaiser-Wilhem Church. From this point the tour into East Berlin started. This was another unforgettable experience. The East Berlin Check Point, Charlie can best be described in terms of barricades for both automobiles, tanks, armed guards, totting rifles, machine guns and pistols, etc. The whole array leaves one uneasy and a bit apprehensive. For the American, the sight excites a deep interior gratitude that we live in a free land in the U.S.A.
As our bus approached Check Point Charlie, our guide left the bus. After crossing the border the bus was parked and all the tourists had to get out. The communists officials then inspected the bus, opening the luggage compartments, evidently looking for stow-aways or contraband. One inspector went through the seating area of the bus. He confiscated a newspaper of one of the tourists which he had left lying on the seat. Fr. Frederic left his hat on the seat and he looked under this also. We also had to present our passports and pass identifications herewith. At long last we boarded the bus and then resumed our tour. The contrast between East and West Berlin was appalling. West Berlin is a living and thriving city. In east Berlin one sees hardly any of this. The West Berliners are spirited and full of life. In East Berlin there are few automobiles, hardly any transportation means, only a few trucks which are old and rickety. The people are fewer and seem deeply depressed. As our bus passed they would just stand and look, perhaps in the hope of recognizing some one they knew. Their clothes were old and worn. The East Germans are still repairing war damages and their methods of building are primitive. They have hardly any of the power machines for building which are so prevalent in the west. Many of the buildings are still as they were immediately after the war. A tour of East Berlin clearly shows that the communists were given the heart of the city. East Berlin has most of the edifices and government buildings of former days. In the course of the tour we saw the area where Hitler’s bunker stood. In this he committed suicide. We also saw a regiment of Russian soldiers marching back and forth in an open space.
We were in East Berlin about two hours. When passing through Check Point Charlie on the way out, the same procedures were repeated as when we came in. No pictures were permitted at the check point - communists orders. After we were again in West Berlin, the bus drove to a point some distance, a short distance from the check point where there was an observation ramp along the wall. The tourists left the bus to mount the stand and thus get a good look at the wall, the barricades, barbed wire and the communists sentries armed to the hilt. While we were standing there a jeep with four soldiers drove up behind us. They merely stood there behind us as a token gesture, that they would stand behind us and defend the tourists if the communists wanted to harass or in any way cause them injury. The rest of the tour was through West Berlin. We then returned to Fr. Fraines and called it a day.
June 18. The big item on the agenda for today was to get packed and make the return trip into West Berlin. Passing the check point was much like it was as we came in. After we came out we parked the car and relaxed thankful to God that we were in a free country again. Some time later I will tell of the trip through Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.
After we left East Germany, we continued our journey to the West toward Hanover. The next morning, we drove to the autobahn and headed West for Cologne. The traffic was heavy and speedy. In Germany, there are no speed limits. It is a common sight to see the speedsters zoom by you at a 100 miles per hour. The country side was beautiful. We turned off before arriving at
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Cologne to a little village called Altenburg. Here there is an old Trappist Monastery and church which was built in 1103. It is now a tourist attraction. We procured reservations for the night and took a bus into Cologne to see some of the sights. We then walked to the Cologne Cathedral. Its size, architecture, the maraid form of sculpturing embodied in its decoration, its high spires were fascinating. In one of the towers was a circular stairs of 475 steps leading up to an observation area. I was game to make the climb but about half way up I quit. The view of the newly built city around the cathedral was magnificent. In the evening we went back to Altenberg. The next morning, after Father read mass, we started up the Rhine, driving through Bonn by chance we were pointed out Conrad Audenaur’s home. Here we continued on until we came to Anderach. Here we turned to the Abbi of Mari Laach. It is a Benedictine Abby and was built in the 11th century. It was confiscated by Napoleon in 1802. Maria Lach today is a tourist attraction and is also famous for its work in Gregorian Chant. After we were given rooms and got settled for the evening we met several of the Fathers. One who had been a prisoner of war in World War II, learned to speak good English in Georgia. As a young man, he was a body guard for Hitler and he could tell some interesting stories. In the evening both Father and I accompanied the Monks to their own rectory for supper. This was the first time that I had ever eaten in a Monastic Rectory.
The next day after mass, we had the usual continental breakfast and I again ate in the Monastic Rectory. A Father mentioned that this was the first time that a layman had eaten in the Monastic Rectory in Maria Laack. I guess that I made a dent in its history. We left the Abby and drove to Koblenz and then took the autobahn to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt where we ate lunch at the airport. It was interesting to see the jets come in and take off. Frankfurt is the largest air terminal in Germany. Planes from all over the world arrive and depart steadily. From Frankfort we continued east on the autobahn until we came to Aschaffenburg and from there headed for the monastery Muensterscharach. The drive on the autobahn was beautiful especially in the Wurzburg area. The drive skirts the city high over the valley of the Main River. The stop at Muensterwarzach was pleasant. We were given a wholesome German meal, beer included, and the sleeping quarters were pleasant. By this time we were learning that feather ticks were the order of the day for sleeping in Germany. Constantly we would wake up perspiring from the heat. About 2:00 we returned to the autobahn and continued east. Our immediate destiny now was Abezhausen where my cousin Erherd Englisch lives. We had quite a time finding this little village. We passed through many of the little villages and as we drove further we asked about our whereabouts. Finally we came to the little village. Erea, Erhard’s wife had noticed the black VW drive through and she no doubt also noticed that its occupants did not really know where they were going. So she mounted the family bicycle and started down the road after us. While we were at the dwelling which we mistook for the Englisch home, she embraced us and kissed us crying for joy. She led the way on her bicycle back to her home. We were greeted much the same way by her husband and two children. What an evening. Father and I were treated as though we were long lost members of their own families. A big meal was prepared with all the trimmings and finery they could muster. The wines and liquors were plentiful and I must say they were very tasty. A number of topics made up the conversations but one that was first mentioned and brought up again and again were the Care packages that they had received from us and the relatives during and after the war. They said that we could never realize what these meant to them. At times they ere on the verge of starvation. The Erhard Englisch family of five, his father, mother and baby were loaded on a freight train with millions of others from Czechoslovakia in 1946 and dumped in southern Germany. They had to leave all their personal belongings behind. All they could take with them was 40 pounds. Today, they have a half-acre ground, a beautiful six room home, a garden spot, a young producing orchard and a new Opel car. This is only a sample of the progress made here in Germany since the end of the war. Erhard lost his foot in World War II.
The next morning after our breakfast, we left with Englisch for Helpstadt and Erchstadt. We visited St. Wolburgs Convent, here are the relics of St. Wolburgs. We also visited the Cathedral and Seminary run by the Jesuits. The diocese of Eichsladt is very old. It was founded by St. Boniface, the Apostle of Germany. We arrived back in Aberhausen. In Gotstradt we visited my
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other cousin Adelfla, brother of Ehard. He must have a good job and apparently had a good income. He also had built a beautiful home.
We made plans to leave the next morning, Ehard accompanying us for Landsberg some miles to the south. After a visit with our relatives we would then make a trip into Czechoslovakia.
We arrived at our relatives home at 12:30. The warmth of our reception was much like a funeral. They all cried for joy. They were all displaced people. The family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Springer, the Mrs. is my wife’s sister. She has a daughter Annie, her husband Rudi Schwab, who lost both legs above the knees during the war. They have two children, Ingrid, 20 and Wolfgang, 25. The Springers also have a daughter who lives across the street. They lost their only son in the war.
The Springers and Schwabs live together in their beautiful two story ten-room home. They have all the most modern conveniences and fine furniture. This shows again how much progress was made in Southern Germany since the war.
The first thing was an order of refreshments and the exchange of news concerning the relatives back home. In the afternoon, Annie and Ingrid drove us to the old city of Landsburg which in Medieval times was a fortified city. Here is also the prison where Hitler was imprisoned back in the 20’s and where he wrote his Mein Kamph. Before returning home, we stopped at the outside chapel of the prison.
Father Frederic contacted the chaplain of the prison and arranged for Mass the next morning at the chapel. I walked outside the chapel where there are hundreds of crosses and grave markers of prisoners who were condemned to death by the Nurenburg trials.
In the evening after supper, Ingrid and Wolfgang took me to a folksong feast. It really was a beer feast with all of Landsberg seemingly in attendance. In the center of the hall was a band which accompanied the singers and kept the gathering lively. The Bavarians love their beer but no where did one ever see anyone unduly intoxicated. That evening we made preparations for our trip in Czechoslovakia. We left Landsberg about 8:00 and started toward Munich on Highway No. 12. Munich is undergoing a massive subway building project in preparation for the 1972 Olympic Games to be held there. We found the autobahn that goes into the area of Berchtesgurden into Austria. We drove as far as Vienna that day. We stopped in Berchtesgarten to see Hitler’s old hideout. Nothing of this remains today so we did not drive into the vicinity. However, the trip up into the Bavarian alps was very beautiful. It rained most all of the way through Austria. The scenery which we could see was very beautiful. We by-passed Solsburg at its edge. Further into Austria we saw the famous Benedictine Abby of Melk. We arrived in Vienna about 6:30 and drove through the city to find a hotel which was very reasonable, we were ready for a good nights rest. We left the Berger Guest House, the place where we stayed, early in the morning heading north to the Austria-Czech border. Once again we were about to enter communist country.
The country north of Vienna is mostly agricultural. As we advanced further north we could see that the farming methods were poor, and the country as a whole seemed to be poor and ill kept. Much of this was due to the fact that during the Russian occupation, the Russians stripped the inhabitants of their belongings of practically every movable object, leaving them almost destitute. Only now are the Austrians making a gradual comeback. At last we came to the Austrian checkpoint. The formalities of presenting car registration, insurance card and passports did not detain us but several minutes. We drove on to the Czech checkpoint and here there was all together a different atmosphere. There were soldiers with their rifles and machine guns. We were directed to park our car at the check-point headquarters. Again a number of questions were asked on how much money we had, etc. Finally, we were given the go ahead signal and we were on our way
The country side of Czechi is beautiful and the crops looked promising. But there were also many contrasts. The small villages through which we passed have scarcely any automobiles. To get around, people have to walk. The only means of transportation are huge trucks and these are in abundance. Much of the field work is done by tractors and equipment which belongs to the collective farms. At times we could notice groups of people, 20 or 30 or so, out in the fields doing hand labor. The villages looked unkempt and deteriorated. Lack of repair and cleanliness is
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widespread. We drove north to the city of Dub where my cousin lives. She is the sister of Ehard. It was Ehard’s first trip back to Czech, after he was driven out 20 years ago. He directed us about. We stopped to inquire as to the whereabouts of his sister. She did not know of our coming and when she returned to the car with him, she too had tears in her eyes being overjoyed to see us. Her name is Lea. She is German but since she had married a Czech, she was not driven out of the country. We were taken into the home. We entered through one of the facades facing the street into what comprised their home. Behind the building is an open space walled in. Here there are a few chickens, a garden and what have you. They have two pigs that are to be the meat supply when matured. These live under the same roof of the family dwelling. The house was simple lacking many of the up to date features of our American homes. Since her husband is in charge of a collective farm and has about 300 people under his orders, they should be comparatively well off. However, when he goes out into the field, he has to do the same work that the others have to do. Lea, his wife, has to work on a chicken farm four days a week, ten hours a day.
Later we were given lunch. The coffee was a dried root of some kind, which was an ordeal to get down. That evening Lea’s husband returned from work. He seemed polite and courteous. Apparently he has the good graces of higher authorities because there were hanging on the wall of the home, diplomas of agricultural achievements. They still, however, do not own a car.
In Czechi, we also found feather ticks for sleeping. Wine here, too, was the order of the day. It accompanied our meals. During the mid-afternoon, Erhard, Lea, Father Frederic and I walked through the town. There were very few people about, but I am sure that they were watching us from many windows and other points. Occasionally a big truck would lumber through pulling a big wagon loaded down with black dripping manure.
Father Frederic stopped at a barber shop to get a hair cut. The shop was not clean and I would say very primitive in its equipment. He was given a hair cut with a comb and straight-edge razor. A rather harrowing experience for the first time. We parked the car within the premises of Lea’s home. We drove it through a narrow, side door over a cistern, which had to be planked to get across. It simply would not have been safe to leave the car out in the street.
The next day, Ehard, Lea, Fr. Frederic and I left Dub at 8:00 in the morning and started the trip which was really the purpose for driving into Czechoslovakia, to visit my father’s birth place, Deuctchouser, and also visit my wife’s birthplace. If it had not been for Ehard and Lea we would not have been able to make that trip. They both could speak the Czech language and read road signs. All the towns and small villages now have Czech names. Deuctchouser everywhere shows neglect, many of the buildings are in ruin, others standing empty and badly in need of repair. This is understandable because most of the Germans were expelled from this area and the few Czechs that live here with all their hard and slave-like labor, gain scarcely enough to live on. One Czech told us that they set us back one hundred years. In a certain sense, they live a life of legalized slavery. Our first object was to find someone who may have known my father’s relatives. We stopped at a home to which we had been directed. An old lady lived here with her daughter and husband. We were invited into the home and in the course of our visit they were so gracious and overjoyed that Americans were their guests. They told us of the conditions under which they lived. The elderly lady knew of my father’s relatives. She also directed us to the church which was over 200 years old and Fr. Frederic read a mass there. It is no doubt it was the church in which my father was baptized and which attended before coming to America. After mass we returned to the home at which we had previously stopped.
They insisted that we stay for dinner, when we refused they begged us all the more. The dinner consisted of rye bread and scrambled eggs, no butter, no coffee and no milk. After the meal we took leave. Our hosts had tears in their eyes as we said good bye.
From Deuetchouser, we drove to Herzogsdorf, Mrs. Schindler’s birthplace and home. Here we found conditions much the same as in Deuethouser. Buildings empty, some in total ruin as was the case of the Tagels and Springers. Before leaving, we stopped at the church and graveyard with the intention of finding my mother-in-laws grave marker. Neglect was evident everywhere. Many of the tombstones were toppled, others were absent
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From this town we started back to Dub. We drove through Rhemerstadt here while Lea and Ehard did some shopping and inquired about some relatives. Father and I stayed in the car. It was amusing or should I say pathetic the way the people on the street milled around the car. They acted as though they had never seen a car. Lea and Erhard located their relatives and they of course had to fix some lunch. What amused me, they opened a can of pork that was packed in China.
Back in Dub, we made preparations for our return trip to Germany. We accompanied my cousin, Lea to her place of work. She must work even though she is the wife of the boss of the farm itself. She works about four days a week and ten hours a day cleaning out the chicken houses and caring for the chickens. The other ladies that were at work were old. They were old enough to be retired. The leave-taking from Lea was tearful.
Our trip back to the grandse was without difficulty. About a mile from the check-point, we were stopped by an armed guard who asked us if we had seen a young girl on the road. We had not. While we went through the necessary procedures of checking out, we heard machine gun fire and rifle shots. After taking leave of the check-point and yet only a short distance down the road an ambulance came speeding down the road. Its purpose we didn’t learn, perhaps the young girl had been shot. The Austrian officials told us that the shots are often heard. It is hard telling how many people are killed trying to escape.
By noon we were back in Vienna. We drove downtown to pay a visit to St. Stephans Dome. Vienna certainly is a city rich in tourists’ attractions. The beautiful architecture of the buildings are amazing. Austria is scenic and exceedingly beautiful. We bypassed Salsborg and again arrived in Aberzhausen that evening. It was the end of an unforgetable four days.
We packed and took leave of Aberzhausen and drove back to our relatives, the Springers and the Schwabs. They were all ears to hear about our trip into their homeland. So we spent the day telling them of our experiences.
The next day they drove us south from Lansberg into the Bavarian Alps. On the way, we stopped to visit Rottenbuch Church. I must say here, that Southern Germany has some of the most beautiful churches in the world and thousands of tourists come here from all over the world to see them. Not far from here is the Echlsbacher Brucke (bridge) the highest bridge in Germany. We then drove to another shrine, Weiskirche, a church built by Dominus Zimmerman in the years 1746 to 1754. It too is famous for the Baruque Style. Perhaps the highlights of the day was the visit to the Neveschwanstein Castle of King Ludwig II. The castle is a magnificent structure built on a pennacle of rock that protrudes at the foot of the towering Alps. The interior of the castle is exceedingly beautiful. I can see now where the expression - He lives like a king- came from. As I understand, however, King Ludwig II never lived in the castle. He drowned shortly after it was completed.
We also visited the Linderhof Castle, another masterpiece of workmanship. The grounds surrounding the castle have a number of shrines interspersed with fountains and waterfalls.
From here, we drove to Oberammergau to see where the famous Passion Play is performed. A few miles further on lies the beautiful and famous Benedictine Abbey of Ettal. Ettal was built in 1330 by Kaiser Ludwig dem Bayern. We arrived home about 7:00 p.m. After we spent another two days with our relatives, we took leave and drove south. We crossed the Austrian border and drove as far as the little picturesque tourist town of Seefeld. Leaving Seefeld, we drove to Insburck and started down toward the Brenner Pass. We passed over the Europa Bridge, famous for it’s tremendous height. The drive up the Brenner Pass was not too steep but rather long and winding. At the Pass, we again had to pass through the checkpoints. We started down on the Italian side of the Brenner Pass with our destination now being Venice. We took the scenic drive to the East to Brunico, turning south to Dobbiaco. This mountainous drive was a fascinating experience. The roads are crowded with thousands of tourists. At Longarone, we had a good view across the valley of the Dam disaster, that occurred there a few years ago. The flood disaster happened in the middle of the night. Approximately 1200 people lost their lives. Effects of the disaster could still be seen. The valley below is a mess of dislodged rock and stone with patches
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of vegetation here and there.
That evening, we drove to a little town named Conegliano and found lodging for the night. We arrived in Venice about 9:30 and drove over the Ponte della Liberta the cause-way that permits one to drive to the outskirts of Venice. We parked our car at Piozzalo Romo and took the fast canal boat, Circolare to San Georgio Maggiore, which is situated on the Island of Isala. Father Giles, who taught nine years at Conception was very gracious and glad to receive us. He gave us the choice guestrooms in the monastery, which face toward San Marco across the Bay. From our window, we could see the large ships and boats of all descriptions passing between us and San Marco, a distance of about one-fourth mile. Venice is a unique city with no automobiles and no bicycles. One moves either by foot or by boat. It is amazing how a city apparently could be built on water.
San Marco is the center square of the city, a world attraction and the constant flow of tourists verify this. The church of San Marco is a collection of the world’s finest building materials. Costly marbles, mosaic sculpturing , comprise to make it a monument to all ages. Venice stands today as it stood 500 years ago with all its places, narrow streets, canals, etc.
Entering Venice is like entering into a different world. The food was excellent, consisting always of soup, spaghetti, vegetables and fish. These were the basic foods with wine as the appetizer and the main drink. On one of our trips to Venice, we purchased our plane tickets for our return trip to the United States for the middle of August. We also contracted for a tour to the Holy Land through the Cit agency. We continued to explore Venice.
The next morning, Father Giles accompanied us to Padua, some 20 or so miles north of Venice. We visited the church of Grotto, a famous Italian painter. The entire church is decorated with his paintings. We then visited the church of St. Anthony, which contains St. Anthony’s shrine. The church is a huge structure and a tourist attraction. At noon we went to a restaurant to get Father Giles a good American steak. The steak was good, but it did not taste like our steak back home.
From here, we drove on to Reeze to visit the birthplace and home of Pope Pius X. the home is kept as it was in the Pope’s childhood days. We met his niece who cares for the premises. Then we drove back toward Padua turning off to visit Father Giles own monastery at Praglia. He made arrangements with the prior to have one of the Fathers accompany us back to Venice and then bring the Volkswagen back to Praglia until we would return from our trip to the Holy Land. There would be no cost for storage in this arrangement and also it would be in safe keeping.
We returned to the Abbey to make final preparations for our trip to the Holy Land next day and to get a good nights rest in preparation for what lay ahead.
On July 13, we took leave of San Georgio at 9:15 and went to the Cit Travel Agency at St. Mark’s Square where we bought our tickets to the Holy Land and for the flight home, to the U.S.A. The airport was about 10 miles north of Venice. We boarded a four motor plane and took a rear seat so I could get a good view. This was my first commercial air flight. After we landed in Rome, we found that the airport is a busy terminal and we had to change planes. We boarded the Atitalia jet to Beiruit Lebonan, where we stopped about 45 minutes but we were not allowed to get off of the plane. From Beirut, we flew to Amman Jordan where we were picked up by the guide for the Cit Travel Agency. After we were checked out, we were taken to the hotel.
We had a peaceful rest except that about 2:00 a.m. the Moslems began their call to prayer from the cities minarets. It was a wailing, pleading call. A practice that the Moslems have to call the people to prayer. After arising at 6:30, we had our continental breakfast (even in the near East this is the style of breakfast) and went out into the opening before the hotel to view the Roman amphitheater. We were picked up by our tourist guide and made a short tour of the city.
We left Amman heading south and west through the mountains of Moah. The country is barren and there is no sign of vegetation. It is surprising that it keeps alive the few herds of goats and camels that we did see. However, in the winter when it rains, the hills green up. The region between Amman and the Jordan Valley is hilly and rugged. As we were driving along we came to a sign which said, 'You are now at sea level'. As we drove on, we gradually started descending into what is known as the Jordan Valley,
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This Valley lies almost 1300 feet below sea level at the point where we crossed the Jordan. The Jordan river has a long and varied history, various happenings as recorded in both the Old and New Testaments.
We drove to the little town of Jericho. Here we visited the excavations of the old city, a city which is known to have been inhabited as far back as 6000 years ago. To the west of Jericho on the horizon stands the Mountain of Temptation. Father Frederic and I with our Moslem guide joined a group of Negroes from California, who were passing through Jericho and were on their way to the Jordan River to visit the area, where our Lord is supposed to have been baptized. At the River Jordan we witnessed the baptism of one of the negro ladies by her minister. The minister submerged her three times reciting the ritual of baptism.
Leaving the sight of baptism, we drove down where the river enters the Dead Sea. Nothing is able to live in its waters because it contains over 26 percent salt. After I washed my feet in the Dead Sea, we then drove west, starting up the long incline out of the Jordan Valley towards Jerusalem. This is a fascinating drive. The country side is dry and hot. The hills steep and rugged. After we drove about four miles, we came to a road sign, it again said, 'Sea Level'. As we drove nearer to Jerusalem, we could see more signs of human activity. There were many flocks of sheep. The shepherd never drives his sheep. They always follow the shepherd. As we drove nearer Jerusalem, we drove through Bethfoge. We passed by Bethany and then coming over a hill we came in full view of Jerusalem itself, which lays across the Kedron Valley. A magnificent sight.
Now to be able to see it in actuality, made a deep impression as this city has played a great part in man’s salvation history. We were driven to the hotel named Pilgrims Palace. The next day we left the hotel for our first visit into the Walled City. The sights here must be actually seen to be appreciated. The streets are very narrow, winding on many of the streets. There are the shops and merchants with the display of all their goods. All kinds of edibles, vegetables, fruits, meats newly butchered, garments dry goods, trinkets, souvenirs and what have you. The city is not clean according to western standards. No doubt, Jerusalem looks today much as it did in the days of our Lord. Here and there a donkey, a camel and the city’s lack of proper sewage disposal. There are no cars in the old city itself.
The new Jerusalem is different. I has wide streets and beautiful business buildings. We found our way to the Franciscans Casa Nova, a hospice for travelers. Since the Franciscans have charge of all the shrines in the Holy Land, we contacted them to make arrangements for the holy masses that Father Frederic would celebrate while in the area. We also made provisions to cross the border between Jerusalem and Israel. We returned to the hotel, took our supper and then retired for the night. The hotel was modern and catered especially to western tourists.
The next morning we made a trip to Bethlehem. We visited the church of the Nativity which contains the cave of our Lord’s birth and in which Fr. Frederic read a mass. On the way back, we visited the Mount of the Ascension and the church of Mary’s Tomb and also paid a short visit to the Garden of Gethsemani. In the garden area, about 100 feet square, there are a number of old olive trees which scientists claim to be about 3000 years old. Bordering the square is the church of all Nations. After returning from lunch, we took a guided tour of the city. We entered through St. Stephens Gate. Some of the interesting sights were the Pool of Bethsaida, the Church of St. Ann - a church built by the Crusaders. It is well preserved. About 3:00 pm. We assembled in the courtyard of Pilate, where Jesus was condemned to death, with many other pilgrims to make the Way of the Cross. That is done every Friday under the guidance of the Franciscans. The procession stops at the church of the Holy Sepulchre, where our Lord was nailed to the cross, and was buried. Fr. Frederic read a holy mass here the next morning.
Later in the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, we took a walk through the part of Jerusalem that lies outside of the walls. We went to the American Embassy but found it closed. It was Saturday. We visited the old temple area, Mosque of Omar. A Moslem Temple which is considered one of the most beautiful structures in the world. The interior is very beautiful, decorated with mosaics and fine wood work. The walking area is covered with thick carpets and you must remove your shoes before you can enter. We were lead down beneath one part of the
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temple area to visit the stables of Solomon. We also visited the old Fort of Antoninus, the Roma garrison which housed the Roman soldiers. We returned to the hotel for supper. In the evening, we went out for a walk to get a glimpse of what life in the city is like after dark. Every store has a protective metal shield which is pulled down over the entire front entrance to guard against thieves.
On July 17, we left the hotel about 5:00 a.m. and walked by way of the road that skirts the north wall going down into the Kedron Valley to the Church of All Nations, in the Garden of Gethsemani. With mass finished we returned to the hotel for breakfast and to pack our suitcases and checked out of the hotel. At 8:30, our guide had a taxi at the door and he drove us to the Mendelbaum Gate which is the passageway from Jerusalem-Jordan, the Arab sector to Jerusalem-Israel, the Jewish sector. Jerusalem is much like Berlin. It too is a divided city. As we passed through the gate we also saw barbed wire in 'no man’s land'. The border line of Jordan and Israel runs directly through the city. These walls are 2 ½ miles long and 38 ½ feet high. When crossing the border from Jordan into Israel, you leave behind all hope of returning to Jordan or any other Arab country from Israel. The Arab who helped carry our bags carried them about 50 feet beyond the gate and told us that is as far as he could go.
In Israel, after passing the checkpoint, the first person we met was Father Peter, O.S.F. who was a tourist director in Israel. He was very fortunate to get us on a bus of Italian tourists that were on the plane from Rome with us. There was an Italian couple and daughter from Chicago, who could speak good English. There were also tourists from Brazil and other places in South America. From them we learned about conditions in that country. Israel is a thriving country, due to the abundance of wealth that has been poured into the country from abroad. Our first stop was at the Coenaculum, where our Lord and His disciples celebrated His last Supper and then we visited the tomb of the Psalm writer and Prophet King David. We then stopped at a convent of German Sisters, who had dinner ready for the group. Then we boarded the bus and started the trip back to Joppa, which lies west of Jerusalem on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The country between Jerusalem and Joffa is very hilly but most of it is irrigated and is very productive. In Joffa, we visited the shrine of St. Peter. While in Joffa, we had to cancel our trip to Greece due to the TWA strike, but we were very fortunate to make reservations to board the very plane with which our group itself would be making the trip back to Rome.
From Joffa, we headed north and east toward Tel-Aviv a modern Jewish city and then to Hoifa. There we visited the cave of Elias and the shrine of St. Carmel. We arrived in Nazareth about 9:00 and put up for the night at the Grand Hotel. The next morning, we visited the various points of interest of Nazareth. It does not have a sewage system, a small little drain runs down the center of the narrow streets. We visited the Holy Family Grotto, the Old Synagogue. The synagogue stands on the location of the original synagogue, where Christ himself when a boy attended. We visited the well in Nazareth, where no doubt Mary, Joseph and Our Lord obtained water. We drank from this flowing well.
From there we drove to Mt. Thabor. The mount is about 1200 feet high. On the mount is a beautiful shrine where Fr. Frederic read a mass. We had another real spaghetti dinner with the Franciscans, who have care of the shrine on Mt. Thabor. The road up Mt. Thabor was a thrilling drive. From the mount we could see the Horns of Hittin, the Mountains of Gelboe. We returned to our hotel for the night.
The next day. We left Nazareth for our tour in the area of Tiberias and Lake Genesareth. We stopped at the church of St. Bartholomew. We stopped at a Jewish Kibuts. A kibut is a Jewish settlement of refugees from all over the world. They have turned many acres of barren land and rock into a tillable acreage. Through irrigation, they have literally changed the face of the earth. We then drove to Tiberias on the west shore of Lake Geneserath. Where a large boat was waiting to take us to Capharanoun. The ride on the boat was one of the highlights of the Holy Land trip. Near that little city is a convent. Behind the convent lay the ruins of an old city and ruins of a synogogue
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which dates back to the year of 200. Here we took dinner. Fr Frederic celebrated holy mass in the shrine of the Beatitudes. Later in the mid-afternoon, we drove to the lake shore to the spot where our Lord multiplied the loaves for the multitudes. Then we drove back toward Tiberias and stopped at Magdola, the home town of Mary Magdelene, then back to Nazareth, a wonderful day.
On July 20 Fr. Frederic got up at 3:45 with a Father Alphonso, the tourist guide, to the shrine of the Annunciation to celebrate holy mass. After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel for our bus trip back to Tel-Aviv for our trip back to Rome. The trip through the countryside back to the shore of the Mediterranean was revealing. Israel is a booming land. You see hundreds of new buildings under construction. The Jews have the garden spot of the Holy Land and one sees fruit trees, crops of all descriptions. We passed through the checkpoints, showed our passports and boarded the plane. We traveled at 33,000 feet. We landed in Rome about 12:15. We took a bus into the city and from the terminal station took a taxi to San Ansilmo, the Benedictine College.
The rector arranged lodging for us at a pension conducted by the sisters of San Antonio convent. The room was very simple and very reasonable in price. We then took a walk down into the old city. We saw the Arch of Constantine and walked to the Coliseum. The Coliseum is a huge structure. After seeing these great structures one is convinced that the Romans were master builders. We then started back to our pension, took supper there and then retired for the night.
July 21. Rita Holmes, an Irish girl from London and an employee of the American Embassy in Rome was on the tour with whom we accompanied in the Holy Land. When we got back to Rome she offered to drive us around to show us the sights. She drove us in her little car to St. Peters, where we made the tour of the Basilica. In the afternoon, Fr. Frederic and I took a bus trip of the city and visited various points of interest. Namely the Gurinal Palace, the Trevi Fountains, the Mannertime Prison, the Church of St. Peters in Chains which contains Michaelangelos famous statue of Moses, St. Mary Major, the Piazzadella Rupublica, the Borghese Gardens. The tour ended at 5:00. Rita picked us up and drove us back to our pension.
The next day, Rita drove us about 40 miles north of Rome to the little village of Subraco and then to cave Sacro Speco and on to Monte Cassino. We stopped at Tivoli where we visited the famous fountains and gardens. We returned to Rome and stopped at the terminal station to get our tickets for our train ride north to Venice. On the way back to our pension, we got lost, but the wandering through the city was interesting in that it gave us some sights of Rome that we would otherwise have missed.
On July 23, Rita again was at our service taking pains to see that we saw more interesting sights. She drove us out to St. Callixitus Catacombs. This tour was fascinating. These excavations served as old burial places for the early Christians. From here, we drove out of the city on the Appian road. Here and there some of the original stone work is still part of the road-way and it is amazing how the speeding cars will slow down when they come to cross the original stone work. We stopped at the church called Quo Vadis. We also visited St. Paul’s Church which is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the World. We then drove to St. Johns Lateran, the cathedral of Rome and the Pope’s own Cathedral Church. Nearby is the Sacra Seala, the Sacred Stairs brought from the holy Land. We stopped at Rita’s for a short while.
Later in the evening, we took dinner at an outside café in the Trastevere. We saw Rome at night. On the way back to our pension, we drove by the Pantheon, and this ended our tour of Rome.
The next morning, Rita took us to the train leaving Rome. The landscape through Italy was interesting. Vineyards were everywhere. The ride through the mountains was beautiful. There were a number of long tunnels. We arrived at Venice at 8:00 p.m. Father Giles again gave us a warm welcome. We then retired for the night. After dinner on July 25, we bid farewell to Fr. Giles and took leave with the Father from Pragila, who brought our Volkswagen to Venice. We returned to Pragila, from there we drove to Verona. Here we stopped to see the old Roman amphitheater. The arena is well kept. In the afternoon, we located a room for the night, did our washing and called it a day.
The next morning we headed for Bergamo. We wanted to locate Pope John’s birthplace and childhood home. We could not find anyone who could speak English. We spent some time in
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trying to find the place, but finally gave up. Then we drove towards Milan and Como and crossed the border into Switzerland at Chiazzo. As we drove north we were again heading into the heart of the Alps. We drove up over the St. Gottard Pass, a wonderful and exciting experience. It is the second highest pass in Switzerland and winds up and up in a series of hairpin turns. Many cars were stalled on the incline due to over heating and stopped traffic, but our Volkswagen never gave us any trouble. At the top is a station. Snow banks spot the area and the air is very cool. We started down the north side and again was a thrilling experience. It was late afternoon when we got down into the valley. We stopped a Fluelen, obtained a room in a roadside pension and stayed for the night. The mountains surrounding Fluelen were monstrous. The price of the room was $3.00.
The next morning after mass we left for Engelberg. Engelberg is the mother house of Conception, MO Since Fr. Frederic was once connected with Conception we received a most cordial welcome. Engelberg was founded in the 8th century.
On July 28, Fr. Fidelis, the guest master gave us a tour of the Monastery, its library, its rare books, many of them hand written and which dates as far back to the year 1000. Fr Fidelis accompanied us to Maria Richenback.. We drove to a station for the cable car. This was our first ride in a cable car. Up and up out of the valley into the mountains above we went. Maria Richenback is situated on a level clearing on a mountain side, a small and beautiful convent. Maria Richenbach was once the mother house of Clyde, MO and Yankton, S.D. The cable car was a new one and it carries 40 people. It has been in operation only about four months. The construction of it certainly was an engineering feat. I was a bit leery about riding, due to what I had witnessed Lincoln, NE the previous year. (note: Fred witnessed the collapse of rides at the state fair in Lincoln the year before.)
July 29 proved to be a day of cable car rides and breath taking scenery. After mass, we took the cable car that starts in Engelberg and goes up the north wall of the valley. The scenery again is magnificent. To look down up on the town itself from the surrounding mountains made one feel that he was in a fairy land. It’s marvelous how the Swiss people utilize these mountains for grazing and hay. Men and cattle cling to these mountain sides regardless of the height, to use every available land that can be reached. It was surprising to see how many people, tourists and the native Swiss themselves, who go up into the mountains just for the thrill of climbing and to see the beautiful scenery.
In the afternoon, we went up the mountains on the opposite side of the valley. Here we did not take only one cable car but three, each taking us to a higher elevation. At the top of the third we were about 3000 ft. below the summit of Mt. Titis. We were above the timber line and of course a lot of this ground was covered with snow. The views again were beautiful. We found many people in these high altitudes and of course the ever present Swiss cattle and their bells. In the quiet air, one can hear everywhere the constant clanging of the cow bells. We returned to the Abbey tired but also refreshed. We packed our things for the trip back to Landsberg Germany in the morning.
On July 30, we left Engelberg and made a stop at Lucerne. We then drove north out of Lucerne with our next destination, the Monastery of Einsiedelin. We drove to the Austrian border passing through Boregenz. At Lindlaw, we crossed the border into Germany and from here to Landsberg. We arrived back at our relatives about 5:00 p.m. They were happy to see us again. We had many things to tell them about our travels since we had left them. From July 31 to August 8, we spent visiting with our relatives at Landsberg and Aberzhousen.
On August 8 we took leave of the Englischs’. We were now on our way west starting our return home. We drove to Frankfurt and from there, towards Heidelberg and then towards Saarbrucken. We crossed the border at the checkpoint in Saarbrucken in to France. It was interesting to see the difference between France and Germany. Fewer cars, the roads were poorer. France is not as neat and clean as Germany. When we approached Verdun, here and there we could see cemeteries of buried soldiers from World War 1. The next morning we drove on north and east of Verdun to visit the famous battlefields. Here one can still see the scarred earth with its shell holes, trenches, etc. Nearby is the French Memorial Cemetery. We then drove some 30 miles to the American Cemetery at Romagne. We left Romagne shortly after noon driving toward
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Fontainebleau where we would meet Fr. Alcuin Greenberg, formerly of Nebraska City, who is serving with the Military Base as an Army chaplain. On the outskirts of Fontainebleau, we met an American soldier and his family. He said he was on his way to the Army base. We followed him directly to Fr. Alcuins office. While we were at this large base, we were told that 1400 Frenchmen will be thrown out of work when the base closes next April. We left the Volkswagen at the Caserne. When we parked it, it was the last ride of the 5000 miles we put on it.
Fr. Alcuin took us to the hotel, where he had obtained reservations for us. The next day, Fr. Alcuin took us to Paris to catch the train for Lourdes. The train ride south to southern France was interesting. Everything looked neat and clean. The landscape down through France is much like that in U.S.A. Much farmland and I was surprised to see so many large corn fields and wheat fields. You also see many American combines and tractors. We traveled through Orleans, Tours Bourdeau and then to Lourdes arriving there about 4:30. We went to the hotel and cleaned up and then took a walk to the world famous shrine of our Blessed Mother. It was a memorable experience to see the sight and environment of Mary’s appearances to Bernadett Soubirous. In the evening, we attended the candlelight procession, a beautiful display of faith on the part of the pilgrims.
At Lourdes, there are about 50,000 visitors daily. The next morning, Fr. Frederic concelebrated mass with six other priests at the grotto. We returned to the hotel for breakfast and then returned to the shrine and basilica. We made the outdoor Way of the Cross, which winds up the mountain side above the basilica. In the afternoon, we went sight seeing in the city. Later, after supper, we made another visit to the shrine and then packed our bags. We walked to the station and waited for our train. Our visit to Lourdes was certainly one of the high-lights of our trip. We arrived in Paris at 7:00. Fr. Alcuin met us and then gave us a brief tour of Paris. In the evening we went to Fr. Alcuins home, where he cooked supper for us.
While we were in Lourdes, Fr. Alcuin got in touch with the personnel of the American Express Agency and made our reservations for the flight back to New York. The next day, we spent most of the day resting and packing our bags eliminating what we could so that the weight would not exceed 40 pounds.
On August 14, two American soldiers drove us into Paris for us to catch the plane. Our reservations were made on the Belgium airline, Sebena. The plane was a few hours late, but we finally boarded it about 5:30. We made a stop over in Brussells. About 7:30 we were airborne on our way west over the Atlantic. When we took off from Brussels airport, the sun was just above the horizon. Our trip was fast enough that the sun did not set until after midnight, Brussels time. On board the plane were 170 people. We flew at about 35000 feet. We landed at Kennedy airport about 11:30 New York time. Charlene was there to meet us. As soon as we passed customs, we were on our way to Charlene and John’s apartment.
It was a big feeling of relief to be back again in the good old U.S.A. We spent one day with Dr. John and Charlene. Since John and Charlene were to leave on their vacation on the 18th, I left my car with them to drive back. John and Charlene had made arrangements for us to ride back to Nebraska with John’s brother and a friend.
The trip back to Nebraska took two days. We made a stop at Washington D.C. where John’s brother had some business. During this brief stop, we called Ann Kerkman. She came to spend a few minutes with us for a visit. She took lunch with us. We drove as far as Cleveland, O. that day. On the next day, we drove to Omaha, arriving about 9:00 p.m. Rose Marie, Mary Jean and Sally were at Vincent’s to meet us when we arrived.

Note: This article is a brief account of a wonderful trip. I hope it was not too long and boring.
It was a lifetime experience and one that will never be forgotten. I am especially grateful for this wonderful opportunity and to have been able to make that a trip at my age.
I have been asked many times what was the highlight of my trip. Above all I will always treasure the trip to the Holy Land.
I was also asked what is the attitude toward the U.S.A. by the people of the 12 countries that
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we visited. They asked many questions. Many questions were asked about John Kennedy.
After people get off work they all seem to be relaxed and happy and ready to have a good time. You would also see that they were intelligent, well mannered and very courteous. (This does not include the Communist officials at the check points). Of course, the sad part of our trip was to see the poor living conditions of the displaced Arabs in Jordan and the depressed people behind the Iron Curtain.
In conclusion, I want to suggest that we Americans get off our high horse and quit our crabbing and start counting our Blessings.
May God bless you all.

Fred Schindler-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
(letter from Germany of a Latzel relative met by Fr Frederic and his father Fred Schindler)
(translation: from using internet by Doug Schueths 30 Apr 2004)
Note: German date system example 10.7.66 means 10 July 1966


Aberzhausen, den 10.7.66
Ihr Lieben in Amerika !
(translation:
Aberzhausen, 10 July 1966
Their loves in America! )


Wir senden Euch recht liebe und herzliche Grüße und bedanken uns vielmals für das Geschenk an Evelyn. Es waren 5 Dollar, die uns Fred Schindler überreichte. Auch danken wir den Brief,für die netten Zeilen und Eure Grüße.
(translation:
We send You surely loves and kind regards and thank to us many times for the present to Evelyn. These were 5 dollars which Fred Schindler handed to us. Also we thank the letter, for the nice lines and your greetings. )


Fred Schindler kam am 23.6. 66 um ca 18,30 in unser kleines Dorf. Es war eine unbeschreibliche Freude. Wir durften nun endlich einmal einen kleinen, Dank abstatten, für das Gute das uns Schindler und auch Ihr Lieben in Zeiten der Not gtan habt. Father Frederc hielt in unserem kleinen Dorf früh immer Gottesdienst. Am Samstag den 25.6. fuhren wir dann weiter nach Landsberg zu den Springers. Sie machten mir die heftigsten Vorwürfe, daß ich mit den Schindlers in die Tschechoslavakei fahre. Nun das lag am wenigsten an mir. Fred Schindler hatte ein fertiges Visum in dieses Land. Die Unfreundlichkeit der Springerleute war nicht sehr schönn. Am Montag den 27.6.66 fuhren wir von Landsberg nach München und weiter nach Bad Reichenhall über Berchtesgaden-Salzburg nach Wien.
(translation:
Fred Schindler came on 23.6. 66 around approx. 18.30 in ours small village. It was an indescribable joy. We might now call, finally, once a small, thanks, for the property to us Schindler and also your loves in times of the need can have. Father Frederic held in our small village early always Service. Then on Saturday 25.6 we farther went after Landsberg to the jumper. They made the most violent reproaches to me that I go with the Schindler in the Tschechoslavakei. Now this lay in least with me. Fred Schindler had a ready one Visa in this land. The unfriendliness of the jumper's people was not to very nice ones. On Monday 27.6.66 we went from Landsberg to Munich and farther after bath Reichenhall Berchtesgaden-Salzburg to Vienna. )


Wir übernachteten in Wien. Am Dienstag den 28.6.66 ging die große Fahrt weiter in Richtung Grenze. Nach 2 Stunden standen wir am Schlagbaum der Tschechoslovakischen Grenze mit klopfenden Herzens. Es ging in die alte Heimat von meiner Seite aus, als auch von Schindler seiner Seite aus. Schindler wollte unbedingt die Heimat seiner Vorfahren sehen. Dadurch daß ich sehr gut tschechisch noch sprechen kann waren wir wohl in 10 Minuten schon an der Grenze fertig und es ging landeinwärts in Richtung Brünn, dann weiter nach Olmütz und schliesslich nach Dub bei Olmütz, wo ich noch eine Schwester verheiratet habe.
(translation:
We spent the night in Vienna. On Tuesday 28.6.66 the big journey farther went in the direction of Border. After 2 hours we stood in the blow tree of the Tschechoslowakischen Border with beating heart. It went in the old one Native country from my side, as well as from Schindler of his side from. Schindler wanted at all costs the native country of his forefathers see. Because I can still speak very well Czech if we were probably ready at 10 minutes already on the border and it went inland in the direction of Brünn, then farther to Olmütz and, in the end, to Dub with Olmütz, where one more sister has married.)


Sie nahm uns sehr gut auf und wir übernachteten dort und wurden bestens bewirtet. Meine Schwester spricht noch gut deutsch und Vater Schindler konnte sich gut unterhalten. Meine Schester hat 2 sehr nette Töchter,die wohl nicht deutsh können; aber sie waren auf uns sehr gut. Am 29.6.66 zu Peter und Paul ging es weiter nach Deutsch Hausen,wo die Schindlers herstammen. Bei strömenden Regen trafen wir dort ein. Father Fredric hielt in Deutsch Hausen in der Kirche wo die Schindlers getauft wurden vor vielen Jahrzehnten, eine heilige Messe.
(translation:
She took up us very well and we spent the night there and were entertained very well. My sister still speaks well German and father Schindler could well talk. My Schester has 2 very nice daughters, probably not German can; but they were very good on us. On 29.6.66 to Peter and It went for Paul farther after German living where the Schindler originate. With flowing out rains we arrived there. Father Frederic held in German living in the church where the Schindler baptized became a lot of decades ago, a holy fair. )


Es war gewagt, aber einmalig. Wir fuhren weiter nach Herzogsdorf, wo die Lucie Schindler geb. Tögel zur Welt kam. Das Dorf ist fast verlassen, die Kirche und Friedhof sind verlassen und verwachsen. Wir waren auch in Girsig, dem Geburtsort meiner Mutter, geborene Latzel. Fred Schindler ist mit uns verwandt von Seiten der Mütter her. Wir fuhren über das Gebirge zu meinem Geburtsort Maskelle, dann weiter nach Sternberg und zum Heiligen Berg bei Otmütz, wo wir Wallfahrten waren. Wir wurden eine so richtige unzertrennliche Gemeinschaft und Kameradschaft, die wir wohl nie mehr im Leben vergessen werden.
(translation:
It was ventured, but unique. We farther went to duke's village, where the Lucie Schindler was born. Tögel came into the world. The village is almost gone, the church and cemetery are left and grow together. We were also in Girsig, the birthplace of my mother, born ones Latzel. Fred Schindler is used with us from her Mothers here. We went over the mountains to my birthplace Maskelle, then farther after star mountain and to the Holy mountain with The Otmütz where we were pilgrimages. We became such a right one inseparable community and comradeship, which we probably in the life are never again forgotten. )

Der Schindler Vater, sagte, daß er in Leben nie bereuen wird, diese Reise, sie wird im immer erinnern, gemacht zu haben. Wir übernachteten dann wieder be i meiner Schaester und fuhren dann über die Grenze wie der nach Wien. Dort besichtigten wir den St. Stefansdom und fuhren Richtung Aberzhausen. Wir haben während der Reise sehr viele und schöne Aufnahmen gemacht. Ich habe schon welche entwickeln lassen. Einfach die schönsten Erinnerungen. Fred Schindler fuhr am Samstag den 2.7.66 nach Landsberg zu den Springers und schrib wir, daß er am 7.7.66 nach Rom weiterreist.
(translation:
The Schindler father, said, the fact that he will be never penitent in life, this trip, they becomes in always remind to have done. Then we spent the night again best of all i then of my Schaester and went about the border like after Vienna. There we visited the Saint Stefansdom and drove direction Aberzhausen. We have many during the trip and clarifies Admissions done. I already let which develop. Simply the nicest recollections. Fred Schindler went in Saturday 2.7.66 to Landsberg to the jumper and shouted we, that he on 7.7.66 to Rome continuation of the journey. )

Alles Gute, bleibt recht gesund und grüßt bitte, Harold Perry und alle, die damals in Nürnberg waren, soweit sie noch leben. Herzlichste Grüße von Familie Erhard English
(translation:
All the best, stays surely healthy and, please, greets, Harold Perry and all which were at that time in Nuremberg, as far as they still live. The heartiest greetings of family Erhard Englisch )

(written in margin)
Die Reise in die Tschechoslovakei hat mich so be eindruckt, daß ich im August mit der Ganzen Familie nochmals fahren will. Ich habeein Paket an FatherFrederic seine Adresse gesandt, es waren viele Erinnerungen enthalten von der großen Reise. Bitte schreibt auch wieder einmal und etwas mehr. Es interessiert uns ,wie es Euch geht. Wenn Ihr Lieben Interesse habt an einigen Bildern, so will ich Euch welche entwickeln lassen. Ich lasse Dias machen und schicke sie an Father Frederic. Er hat einen Aparat und wird uns in Amerika wiedersehen, der schwere Abschied im Walde, ist wohl am besten getroffen Das wäre alles für heute, wenn Ihr noch etwas wissen wollt, ich schreibe gern.
(translation:
The trip in Czechoslovakia has me so best of all whole eindruckt, that I in August with the whole family again wants to go. I habeein parcel in FatherFrederic his address sent, these were many recollections contain by the big trip. Please, also writes once more and small a little bit more. It interests us, how it goes for you. If your high interest has in some pictures, thus I leave you who develop. I depart Planing acts, and if it sends the father Frederic. He has an Aparat and will see us again in America, the heavy renunciation in the wood, is probably met best of all all This would be everything for today if you know something else want, I write gladly.)


Aurelia Laura Bauwens

DWS: She was my mother's aunt before she married my mother's dad Fred Schindler in a 2nd marriage for each. She was still 'Aunt Laura' to us.
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DWS: Elgin Review
"Laura Schindler
NELIGH - Services for Laura Schindler, 93, of Neligh will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church here with burial in St. Anthony's Cemetery at Ewing. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church, with a 7:30 p.m. wake service, under direction of Beyer Funeral Home.
She died Monday, April 9, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Neligh.
Laura Bauwens was born Oct. 23, 1913, near Ewing to Gus and Josephine (Miller) Bauwens. She attended school in rural Holt County.
She was married to William Tagel on Oct. 12, 1929, in South Dakota. They farmed in Holt and Wheeler county until they retired in 1969 and moved to Neligh. William died shortly after they moved to Neligh.
She was later married to Fred Schindler. They continued to live in Neligh. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and its Rosary Sodality.
Survivors include four daughters and their husbands, Lorene and Gilbert Grimm of Norfolk, Delores and Jack Haws of Montrose, Colo., Donna and Raymond Salafia of Lincoln and Wilma Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo. She is also survived by three stepdaughters, Betty Theile of Clearwater, Mary Jean Koinzan of Stuart and Rosie Schueths of Elgin, and seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, three brothers and four sisters."
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DWS had a dob for Laura of 23 Oct 1913.
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DWS: From Sheila Stuthman files: via email wstuthman@conpoint.com Sep 2007
October 30, 1913
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Ferdinand Schindler

DWS: Ferdinand's hometown in Austria was called DeutschHause in the Sudetenland. Today it is called Huzova which is in the region of Olomouck'y in the Czech Republic.
He and Elizabeth had 13 children all born in the sod house near Deloit in Holt county, Nebraska south of Ewing near the St John's Catholic parish and Knievel's corner.
They had 49 grandchildren
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DWS: 1900 Fed Census Deloit Twp, Holt co, Nebr pg 137b 29 June 1900
Schindler, Ferdinand age 32, b. Nov 1867, German Austria as were parents, imarr 9 yrs, mmig 1880 in US 20 yrs
Elizabeth, wife age 30, had 6 ch 5 living, b. Nov 1869 German Austria as were parents, immig 1890 in US 10 yrs
Elizabeth, dau, age 8 single born May 1892, Nebraska
Frederick, son, age 6 single born June 1893, Nebraska
Anna, dau, age 5 single born Mar 1895 Nebraska
George, son, age 2 single born Aug 1897 Nebraska
Rudolph, son, age 1 single born Feb 1899 Nebraska
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DWS: 1910 Fed census Deloit Twp, Holt co, Nebr 29 Apr 1910 by William Berthia
Schindler, Ferdinand age 42, marr 19 yrs, born Austria-Germany as were parents, immigrated 1880
Elizabeth, wife age 43, had 13 ch 11 living, born Austria-Germany as were parents, immigrated 1890
Fredie, son, age 16 single born Nebraska
Anna, dau, age 15 single born Nebraska
George, son, age 12 single born Nebraska
Rudolph, son, age 11 single born Nebraska
Bruno, son, age 9 single born Nebraska
Mary, dau, age 8 single born Nebraska
Josephine, dau, age 6 single born Nebraska
Joseph, son, age 5 single born Nebraska
Adolph, son, age 3 single born Nebraska
Otto, son, age 1 6/12 single born Nebraska
Clara, dau, age 0/12 single born Nebraska
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From Mary Alice Funk Dwyer's Family History 1984 - 1987 Corrections - Recollections from Constantena Thramer Glaser (dau of J K Thramer and Antonia Schindler) by Harold Glaser:
"J.K. (J K Thramer husband of Antonia Schindler), Frank Miller's father, Ferdinand Schindler and a Koenig neighbor used to get together in the winter evenings to play cards and drink a little whiskey. They would play until daylight so that they could see to go home. Grandpa said that the losers only got to smell the cork of the whiskey bottle."
Burial is shown at Miller Cemetery in rurual Ewing, Holt Co, NE


Elizabeth Latzel

DWS: Eliabeth Latzel Schindler was born away from (Bärn, Moravský Beroun, Bärn, Hof Co, Moravia Bohemia(Now Czech Republic) where other Latzel family was born. Her father Karl worked with the railroad and they probably resettled quite often.
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DWS: State Regional Archive in Plzen, Collection of Vital Registers, RCPO at the Church of St. Nicolas in Cheb, vol.100, fol.130:
Birth/baptism date: 5 (at 5 am)/ 6 Nov 1869 (record in German)
DWS: 1900 Census Deloit Twp, Holt co, Nebr pg 137b
Her dob is given as Nov 1869 age 30 very clearly
In her church babtismal records it is 05 Nov 1869
These records are in Cheb, Czech Republick (was Eger, Bohemia)
vs other dob reported as 5 Nov 1868 in Dena's hand written family sheet.
she immig to America in 1890 per census
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DWS: the town or Místo in the Czech Republic today is called Chub.
Cheb - city or Místo in Czech Republic where Elizabeth Latzel Schindler was born and baptized.
Region is called: Západoceské lázne
Church in Czech is called Kostel sv. Mikuláše means: Church of St. Nicholas.
Kirk or Kostel is a church
vs. is Saint
Mikuláše is Nicholas
DWS: she was born away from (Bärn, Moravský Beroun, Bärn, Hof Co, Moravia Bohemia(Now Czech Republic) where other Latzel family was born. Her father Karl worked with the railroad and they probably resettled quite often.
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From Death Certificate: Cause of Death "self inflicted (hanging)" with contributing "Mental Depression".
Parents shown as John Latzel and Rosalina on her death certificate.
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From Terri Gibson Nielsen to Doug W Schueths email July 2000 regarding a visit to Cech Republic:
" The genealogist/guide in Czech Republic has confirmed that there is a birth for Elizabeth Latzel, daughter of Karl Latzel and Sabina Warner in the town of Eger, presently called Cheb."
e-mail from Mirek last week from CzR:
"One more piece of information that will please you, I hope. You may already know from Terri (Nielson) that the big mystery of the Latzel clan has been solved up.
Your note about Edgar as the native place for Elizabeth Latzel was helpful. There was no town of that name in the Czech Lands, indeed. But I knew that Eger was the German name of the town in west Bohemia presently known as Cheb. I could not stand waiting till my research trip to the Plzen archive so I gave a call to them and they confirmed that Elizabeth was really born in Cheb/Eger. Great!"
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Her father was a brakeman on the railroad.
Below is a report submitted to Terri Gibson Nielsen dau of Elizabeth Jean Schindler Gibson by a researcher Terri hired in the Czech region year 2001. The researcher was Mirek.
"Research Report
Feb 2001

I started my research at the Plzen archive with the birth record for Elisabeth Latzel:

State Regional Archive in Plzen, Collection of Vital Registers, RCPO at the Church of St. Nicolas in Cheb, vol.100, fol.130:
Birth/baptism date: 5 (at 5 am)/ 6 Nov 1869 (record in German)
Place: # 38 Eger
Name: Elisabetha; catholic, female, legitimate:
Father: Karl Latzel, "Bremser" at the Czech-Saxon State Railroad, born at # 302 Bärn, Hof County in Moravia, legitimate son of Georg Latzel, "Bergmann" at # 302 Bärn, and of the deceased Johanna neé Kopp from Hangenstein, Roberstadt County;
Mother: Anna Sabina Werner, born at # 369 Eger, legitimate daughter of Johann Georg Werner, "Baumwollweber" at # 331 Eger and Anna neé Krainhofer from # 166 Sandau:
Godmother: Elisabeth Klingner, wife of Friedrich Ernst Klingner, "Bahnbeamter" at the Czech-Saxon Railroad in Eger;
Baptized by; Venceslaus Botschan, chaplain.

Her siblings born in Cheb: (vol. 100, fol. 192)
23/26 Feb 1871, Anna Maria; at # 540; no more siblings were recorded there in the period 1861-1877, according to the indexes in vol. 100, 101 and 21

Their parents' marriage is not listed by the indexes in the marriage registers (vol. 62 and 63). In spite of it, I searched vol 63 page by page from the beginning of 1858 up to November 1869 (fol. 1-166). Fruitless.

It is unusual that the marriage did not take place at the bride's parish. Let me say in advance that it did not take place at his parish either (see below). However, there were more chances for them to get married. First of all, there are two more parish churches in Cheb (St. Ann's and St. Bartholomew's respectively). This time I did not search for them for I hoped it would be in Moravský Beroun. And taking into account that Karl was employed with the railroad company, he might have been moving quite a lot and the marriage might have taken place anywhere, as a matter of fact.

Then I tried to skip the marriage, and knowing the names of two generations of Elisabeth's ancestors, to directly locate the birth records for her parents. And I succeeded both in Cheb and then later on in Moravský Beroun as well.

RCPO at the Church of St. Nicolas in Cheb, vol 18, fol. 49: (record in German)
Date: 5 (at 4pm) / 6 May 1846
Name: Anna Sabina; catholic, female, legitimate;
Father: Johann Georg Werner, "Baumwollweber", legitimate son of the deceased Georg Werner, "Taglöhner" at # 272 Eger, and Margretha neé Trapp from Eger:
Mother: Anna, legitimate daughter of Anton Krainhöfer, "Schmachermeister" at # 166 Sandau, and Rosina neé Barbara from Sandau.
Godparents: Anna Sabina Kraus, wife of Andreas Kraus, "Burger" "?Schmid?meister" in Eger: Klement ?Zrötschner ? (illegible)
Baptized by: Ant. Schmid, chaplain
Note: She died under the married name Latzel in Eger on 4 Jun 1871.

Her siblings born in Cheb:
-(Vol. 17, fol 153:) 10 (at 2pm)/11 Dec 1843 *Anna Antonia: at house # 58
-(Vol. 17, fol 67.) 17 (at 3 pm)/18 Mar 1841 * Ewa; at house # 48, + 27 Dec 1845
-(Vol. 16, fol. 188) 25/26 Apr 1838 * Kaspar; at # 69; + 13 May 1861 at St. Barth.'s;
No more siblings were recorded in Cheb either down to the beginning of 1832 or up to the end of 1849, according to the indexes in volumes 16, 17 and 18.

Some younger siblings may be recorded in the younger registers that was not available on that day. It can be completed next time.

The parents marriage is not recorded in the Dolní Zandov parish registers in the period 1832-1838 either in Horní Zandov (vol. 14, fol 10-12) or in Dolní Zandov (vol. 12, fol. 35-41 and vol. 13, fol. 1-2) but the family name Krainhofer occurs there.

I checked the parish in Cheb (St. Nicolas') that their children had been baptized:
The marriage of Johann Georg Werner is not listed in the index of vol 61 in the period 1825-1838.
Page by page I searched the period 1835-1838 in that register (fol. 63-102) but it remained fruitless too.

Well, at this point I interrupted the search for the maternal branch of Elisabeth (*1869) Latzel's at the Plzen archive. Next time I will be happy to extend this research if it is of interest to you. For example, I can skip the marriage again and try to directly locate the birth records for Anna Sabina Werner's parents (knowing their parents' names). I look forward to your opinion.

For the location of the marriage record for Elisabeth's parents, Karl Latzel and Anna Sabina Werner failed in Cheb, I tried to find it in Moravský Beroun. But as I indicated above, this attempt remained fruitless as well:

The marriage of Karl Latzel is not listed in the index of vol. 6232 for Moravský Beroun in the period 1860-1871 (Provincial Archive in Opava, Branch Office in Olomouc, Collection of Vital Registers, RCPO in Moravský Beroun, vol. 6232).

Luckier I was with the direct location of the birth record for Karl:

RCPO in Moravský Beroun, vol 6227, fol. 141:
Date: 12/12 Aug 1844
Place: #302 Bärn
Name: Karl Latzel, male, legitimate;
Father: Georg Latzel, "Bergman" in Bärn; catholic
Mother: Johanna, daughter of Karl Kopp, "Mullermeister" in Hangenstein, Janowitz Manor, and his wife Johanna, daughter of Johann Tanel, "Fleischhauermeister" in Bergstadtl: Catholic:
Godparents: Georg Latzel "Bergsteiger"; Johanna, daughter of Anton Wensky, ''Müllermeister'': they both from Bärn.
Baptized by: Karl Hauser, cooperator
Midwife: Antonia Rüker, # 189 Bärn

His siblings born in Moravský Beroun (at # 302):
- (Vol. 6227, fol. 125:) 8/10 Apr 1843 * Albin;
- (Vol. 6227, fol. 119:) 8/9 Nov 1842 * Marie;
No more older siblings were recorded there down to beginning of 1837, according to the index of vol. 6227.
- (Vol. 6227, fol. 164:) 26/26 Apr 1846 * Johanna; + 4 Jun 1847: maternal g-grandfather is recorded as Michael Tanl;
- (Vol. 6227, fol. 185:) 15/16 May 1848 * Sophie:
- (Vol. 6227, fol. 205:) 18/19 Jan 1850 * Augustin;
No more younger siblings were recorded there up to the end of 1855, according to the indexes of vol. 6227 and 6228.

Half-siblings:
Father: The same;
Mother: Anna, daughter of Franz Dittrich, "Wirthschafter" in Friedland, and his wife, Johanna, daughter of Johann Hildebrand, "Erbrichter" in Altstadt: Catholic:
- (Vol. 6228, fol. 53.) 28/29 Sep 1856 * Emma
- (Vol. 6228, fol. 67.) 10/12 Sep 1857 * Hugo father is recorded as a son of Georg Latzel, "Bremann" in Bärn, and his wife Theresia, daughter of Anton Hauke, "Hausler" in Niesnersberg:
- (Vol. 6228, fol. 87.) 22/22 Dec 1858 * Anton
- (Vol. 6228, fol. 105) 14/15 Mar 1860 * Maria Anna
- (Vol. 6228, fol. 136) 20/22 Mar 1862 * Karolina
- (Vol. 6228, fol. 164) 5/7 Jan 1864 * Bertha
No more younger half-siblings were recorded there up to the end of 1871, according to the index of vol. 6228.

Two uncles of Karl Latzel (his father's brothers) started giving birth to children in Moravský Beroun in the meantime:
Johann Latzel, "Bergman" and his wife Marie Hansel at house # 255 on 8 Feb 1865 (vol. 6228, fol. 179)
Stephan Latzel, "Weber" and his wife Antonie Pilz at # 302 on 31 May 1869 (vol. 6228, fol. 232)

RCPO in Horní Mesto, vol. 7468, p. 428 (record in German)
Date: 9 Nov 1841
Place: Hangenstein
Groom: Georg Latzel, "Burger" and "Bergmann" at #302 Bärn, son of Georg Latzel, ''Anbauer'' at # 80 Endersdorf, presently living at # 302 Bärn and Theresia neé Hauke from Niesnersdorf, Friedeberg Manor: Catholic, 21 years 4 months 27 days old, single
Bride: Johanna, daughter of Karl Kopp, "Mullermeister" at # 40 Hangenstein, and Johanna, daughter of Johann Michel Thanel from Bergstadt: Catholic, 21 years, 10 days old, single:
Witnesses: Franz ?Zerhan?, ''Bürger" and ''Webermeister" in Bergstadt: Joseph Bittner, ''Burger" and þ' ''Bergmeister" in Bergstadt.
Married by: Johann Riedel, parish priest
Note: Both the underage groom and the under-age bride got their fathersþ permissions.
(Signatures of the fathers and the witnesses)


The second marriage of Georg Latzel is not recorded in Moravský Beroun in the period 1850-1856, according to the index of vol. 6232.
It took place at the bride's town:

RCPO in Bridlicna, vol. 7448, fol. 42: (record in German)
Date: 24 Oct 1854
Place: Friedland
Groom: George Latzel, "Bergmann" and widower from Bärn, son of Georg Latzel, "Bergman" in Bärn, and his wife Theresia, daughter of Anton Hauke, "Hausler" in Niesnersberg; Catholic, widower.
Bride: Anna, daughter of Franz Dittrich, "Wirthschafter" and "Ortsvorsteher" in Friedland, and his wife Karolina, daughter of Johann Hildebrand, "Erbrichter" in Alstadt: Catholic, single.
Note: the under-age bride got her father's permission.

RCPO in Moravský Beroun, vol. 6235, p. 174: (record in German)
Death/Funeral date: 25/27 Jul 1854
Name: + Johanna Latzel, wife of Georg Latzel, "Bergmann" in Bärn: Catholic, female, 32 years and 5 months.
Cause of death: Miscarriage ("Abortus")
The last sacrement administered by: Adolph Smekal, cooperator:
Buried by: Alois Krumpholz, parish priest.

The birth of Georg Latzel (around 1820, according to the age in his marriage record) is not listed by the index of vol. 6226 in Moravský Beroun in the period 1817-1823. The family name Latzel does not occur there in that period at all.

First child of that surname was born there in 1830, and he turned out to be a younger brother of Georg Latzel:
-(Vol. 6226, p. 358) 28/29 Sep 1830 *Franz: at #276; + 30 Mar 1832; father Georg Latzel, "Bergmann", mother: Theresia, daughter of Anton Hauke, "Tagwerker" in Gursdorf, Silesia.

The Latzel family must have moved in Moravský Beroun from another place and Georg had probably been born right there. Hopefully in Ondrejovicich/Endersdorf that his father lived before, according to the 1841 marriage record for Georg. Another chance is Skorosice/Gursdorf that the mother came from. But the records for both those places are deposited at the archive in Opava.

Further siblings of Georg Latzel born in Moravský Beroun:
-(Vol. 6227, fol. 12.) 11/12 Nov 1833 *Theresia: at # 115, fathers first name is recorded as Franz but it is just a mistake, later on he was recorded as Georg again- see below. Maternal grandfather Hauke is recorded as coming from Niesnersdorf:
-(Vol. 6227, fol. 95.) 1/2 Jan 1841 *Johann Baptist: at # 302. + 30 Nov 1899. Maternal grandmother Hauke is Johanna,
No more younger siblings were recorded there up to the end of 1847, according to the index of vol. 6227.

In the death register I found a reference to another brother, however. He was older (* around 1824), and as well as Georg, must have been born somewhere else:

-(Vol. 6235, p. 109) 27/29 Dec. 1842 at # 302 +Joseph Latzel, son of Georg Latzel, "Bergmann" in Bärn. Catholic, male, 18 years old.
Cause of death: Intestines inflammation (Gedarmentzundung)

This Josef Latzel is the first person of that family name recorded in the death register for Moravský Beroun after 1824, according to the index of vol. 6235.

Because of the house number, I thought the following widower would be an ancestor of yours too. The parents of Georg jr. gave birth to a child still in Jan. 1841 so this could be the fathers second marriage.
But this hypothesis was disproved by the death register: The mother of Georg jrs, Theresia Hauke Latzel did not die in Moravský Beroun between Jan and Nov 1841 (vol. 6235, pp 101-105).
Let me say in advance that further research confirmed that the widowed groom below was a generation older, in other words, the grandfather of Georg. Jr.

RCPO in Moravský Beroun, vol. 6232, fol. 55: (record in German)
Date: 8 Nov 1841
Place: #302/#226 Bärn
Groom: Georg Latzel, widower and "Ober-Steiger" in Bärn, son of Anton Latzel, "Taglöhner" in Ober Lindewiese, Troppau Co, and his wife Regina neé Neugebauer, daughter of the "Taglöhner" in Ober Lindewiese, Catholic, widower.
Bride: Johanna, widow after Anton Wensky, "Mehlhändler" in Bärn, daughter of Florian Schramm, "Fleischhackermeister" in Brockersdorf, and his wife Johanna, daughter of Florian Richter, "Anbauer" in Neu Lublitz, Catholic, 50, widow.

Then I looked up some more death records for the Latzel family:

RCPO in Moravský Beroun, vol. 6235, p. 124; (record in German)
Death/funeral date: 15/17 Sep 1845
Place: # 302 Bärn
Name: + Georg Latzel, "Bergmann" in Bärn (ie Karl's grandfather) Catholic, male, 45 yrs old.
Cause of death: Liver organic disorders (Organische Veränderung der Leber)
The last sacrament administered and buried by: Karl Hause, coop.;

RCPO in Moravský Beroun, vol. 6235, p. 193 (record in German)
Death/funeral date: 20/22 Jan 1858
Place: # 312 Bärn
Name: + Johanna Latzel, wife of Georg Latzel, former "Steiger" in Bärn. (ie the second wife - neé Schramm- og Karl's great-grandfather) Catholic, female, 66 yrs 10 months 9 days old
Cause of death: Consumption

RCPO in Morvaský Beroun, vol. 6235, p. 208 (record in German)
Death/funeral date: 26/28 Oct 1860
Place: # 313 Bärn
Name: Georg Latzel "provisionirter Bergwerk Steiger" in Bärn; catholic, male, 85 yrs old (ie the g-grandfather of Karl)
Cause of death: Old age (altersschwache)
The Last Sacrament administered by: Adolph Smekal, coop.
Buried by: Alois Krumpholz, parish priest

RCPO in Moravský Beroun, vol. 6235, p 235: (record in German)
Death/funeral date: 11/14 Mar 1865
Place: # 302 Bärn
Name: Anna, wife of Georg Latzel, "Schieferdecker" in Bärn; (ie the second wife- neé Dittrich- of Karlþs father)
Catholic, female, 29 years old.
Cause of death: Cancer
The Last Sacrament administered and buried by: Johann Rosmanith, parish priest

Karl's grandmother, Theresia neé Hauke did not die in Moravský Beroun in the period 1824-1866, according to the index in vol. 6235.
She did not get re-married there from Sept. 1845 up to the end of 1853 either (vol. 6232, fol. 68-100). I finally found her death in the younger death register:

RCPO in Moravský Beroun, vol. 6236, p. 51 (record in German)
Date: 23/25 Jun 1874
Place: # 302 Bärn
Name: Theresia Latzel, widow after Georg Latzel, "Bergmann" in Bärn, daughter of Josef Hauk, "Wirthschafter" in Niesnersberg, Silesia. Catholic, female, 73 years old.
Cause of death: Womb cancer (Carcioma uteri)
The Last Sacrament administered by: Eugen Mathias, cooperator
Buried by: Johann Bernt, parish priest.

Karl's father, Georg (*1820) Latzel did not die in Moravský Beroun in 1866-1866, according to the index of vol. 6236.

RCPO in Horní Mesto, vol. 7456, fol. 201 (record in German)
Date: 28/29 Oct 1820
Place: # 40 Hangenstein
Name: Johanna Kopp, catholic, female, legitimate
Father: Karl Kopp, "Mullermeister"
Mother: Johanna, daughter of Joh. Micel Thandel, "Burger" in Bergstadt.
Godparents: Joseph Kracher, ''Burger" from Bergstadt, Theresia Klamert, ''Inwohnerin"
Baptized by: Philipp Rosmanith, parish priest.
Midwife: Viktoria Geitner, # 52 Bergstadt


Her siblings born in Skály/Hangenstein:
-(Vol. 7456, fol. 204) 25/26 Jul 1822 * Johannes; at # 40
-(Vol. 7456, fol. 207) 28/29 Jan 1825 * Joseph; at # 40
-(Vol. 7456, fol. 209) 20/22 Apr 1827 * Karolina: at # 41
-(Vol. 7456, fol. 213) 2 Mar 1830 * Franz at # 41
No more siblings were recorded there in the period 1814-1832 (fol. 195-218, ie the end of this register)

In that same register I came across the birth record for a child who most likely is a younger brother of Johanna Tandel:
-(Vol. 7456, fol. 12) 21 Feb 1812 * Johann Michel at # 140 Father: Johann Michel Thandel, "Burger" and "Fleischhackermeister" Mother: Cezillia, daughter of Anton ?Jilg? "Schmidmeister".
No more siblings were recorded there in the period 1809-1820, according to the index of vol. 7456.

Further research was performed in Opava. I started with the birth record for Karl Latzelþs father:

Provincial Archive in Opava, Collection of Vital Registers, RCPO in Ondrejovice, vol. Z-II-4, p 206: (record in German)
Date: 12 Jun 1820
Place: # 80 Endersdorf
Name: Georg Latzel; catholic, male, legitimate
Father: Georg Latzel, younger "Bauer" (it most likely means that his father of that same name farmed on there as the "older" one) from here.
Mother: Theresia neé Hauke:
Godparents: Joseph Schonwalder, "Bauer" from here. Magdalena, wife of Franz Schonwalder, "Bauer" from here.
Baptized by: Johann Karpstein, parish priest
Midwife: Johanna Brauer.

His siblings born in Ondrejovice/Endersdorf:
-(Vol. Z-II-5, p. 20) 14þ/14 Sep 1822 * Vinzens
-(Vol. Z-II-5, p. 46) 26/26 Sep 1824 *Joseph, father is the „Inmann"
-(Vol. Z-II-5, p. 70) 29/29 Aug 1826 * Sewerin, at # 159 father is the „Hausler"
-(Vol. Z-II-5, p. 93) 27/28 Jul 1828 * Franziska at # 159 father is the local „Dominikalist"
No more siblings were recorded there 1812-1834, according to the indexes in vol. Z-II-4 and Z-II-5.
Three younger siblings were born in Moravský Beroun-see above.

The parents' marriage is not recorded in Ondrejovice from June 1820 down to the beginning of 1815 (vol. Z-II-4) marriage section pp. 57-68) I found it in Nyznerov, at the brides place:

RCPO in Skorosice, vol. VI-IV-25 p. 313 (record in German)
Date: 22 Feb 1819
Place: # 44 niesnersberg (the house numbermost likely refers to the grooms residence in Ondrejovice-notice that the bride came from # 35)
Groom: Georg Latzel, "Bauer" in Endersdorf, son of Georg Latzel; Zuckmantel Manor, catholic, 18, single
Bride: Theresia, daughter of Anton Hauke, "Hausler" from # 35 Niesnersberg. Catholic, 18, single.
Witnesses: Georg Schmid, "Bauer" in Stezdorf, Adam Schuberth, "Hausler" in Niesnersberg.
Married by: Ignatius Stein, chaplain
Note: Both the under-age groom and the under-age bride got their fathers' permission.

RCPO in Dolní Lipová, vol. Je-IV-1, Horní Lipová section p. 54 (record in German)
Date: 15 Feb 1801
Place: # 84 Oberlindewiese
Name: Georg : catholic, male, legitimate.
Father: Georg Latzel, "Haussler"
Mother: Johanna neé Bauerin
Godparents: Joseph Neugebauer, "Haussler" from here, Theresia Neugebauerin, daughter of the "Haussler"
Baptized by: Filip Groch
Midwife: Veron. Frankin.

His siblings born in Horní Lipová/Oberlindewiese:
-(Vol. Je-IV-1, p 47) 13 Aug 1799 Joseph, fathers name is recorded as Joh. Georg Latzel
-(Vol. Je-IV-1, p 62) 3 may 1803 Anna Maria, father recorded as Johann Georg Latzel, mother is from Ramsau
-(Vol. Je-IV-1, p 67) 14 jul 1805 Theresia, father is just Georg Latzel again.
No more siblings were recorded there 1785-1820, according to the index (vol. Je-IV-16)

The index (vol. Je- IV-16) lists the marriage of a Georg Latzel at # 84 Horní Lipová in 1798. In the marriage register the record should be in page 12. It looks most likely that it will be the marriage record for the parents of the children above. Next time I can confirm that.

In vol. Z-II-4, I then checked whether the family gave birth to any children in Ondrejovice afterwards. (Notice that their son Georg was at the time of the 1819 marriage recorded as coming from there.) According to the index in that register, no father named Georg or Johann Georg Latzel gave birth to children there 1799-1810.

Theresia Hauke is not recorded in the birth register fro Nyznerov 1796-1805 (vol. Vi-IV-11, pp. 415-428). No man named Anton Hauke gave birth to children there in that period.

But I found a trace of that family in the parish town, Skorosice:
-RCPO in Skorosice, vol. Vi-IV-11, p 52) 8 aug 1800 *Franz Laurenz, at # 119 Gurschdorf.
Father: Anton Hauke „Bauer"
Mother: Theresia neé Latzelin:

But unfortunately, Theresia Hauke herself is not recorded in Skorosice in the period 1799-1803 (pp. 36-91)
I will be happy to extend the research next time if it is of interest to you."
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DWS: From Josephine Schindler Rotert papers given to Doug Schueths by her daughter Joyce McKenna:
"Vienna, Sept. 20, 1921
Dear Liesi: (DWS Note: probably to Lizzi or Elizabeth Latzel - married to Ferdinand Schindler)

Your letter was here for me when I returned from my last vacation at home, It was a completely unexpected and therefore very pleasant surprise. So this is the first exchange of thoughts and feelings after over 30 years.
I remember well the time of your departure from Gutdoerfel (DWS Note: probably should be Hutdörfel - the Latzel guarry business at Eulenberg a few miles NW of Deutsche-Haus, later owned by son-in-law Colonie Schreiber married to dau Marie - per postcard) and still see you bitterly crying. Why just this and not too many other things come to my mind at present, is hard to explain. But perhaps these were the deepest impressions for me and my beloved mother who passed away shortly thereafter, might have spoken of all this. I do not know how much you know about the fate of the family and the household. At least this much, from the old Latzel-Business only these, aside from me are here: My sister Anschi married to a good teacher from Zehren (Ielzer), a married halfsister from father's first marriage, then the old Tilscherin with her 2 daughters Bertha (single) and Sofie (married). (Poor "Mitscha died two years ago from a long ailment, after having had 5 children). Also 2 married daughters of the late Uncle Franz Latzl. Your poor father with whom I made so many walked during the forests, had to pass away a long distance from home, in a home for the sick. Presumably the sisters Berti and Loti died about the same time in Gutdoerfel. Aunt Marie, shortly after the death of grandfather, married a gardner from Sternberg by the name of Schreiber who had two sons, the younger of whom was killed during the war. The older boy who studied Protestant Theology, married splendidly. Since in his profession he could not be sent to the front, he turned to War business and married the daughter of a factory owner from Wiener-Neustadt. At this time he is director and stockholder of some industry concern. In addition he, of course, is the only heir to the entire Gutdoerfel, which his father intended to sell for One Million Kronen. The estate was considerable enlarged before and during the war.
I myself finally, as you already know , am a highschool professor teaching French, German and English. I paid for my exhausting studies through tips and extra money in working on farms during vacations, etc. Schreiber and Aunt Marie cannot take any credit for this, even though I have to be grateful for their hospitality, which was generous and always quite insulting. 1911/12 I had my doctor's degree in philosophy and and spent some studying time in France, but then had to go to war from 1914 until 1918, tha latter part of which right in the front lines. Even I was wounded in the stomach and my nerves were all shot, I returned all right. Inspite of the war, having spent some of that time in Italy, I had a great desire for a family life and during a two weeks furlough married the daughter of a former judge Schiebel who, before the war, had been quite wealthy. But his property had suffered during the war and he practically gave it away afterward, Then he invested the rest of his money in war bonds for Austria, in order to assure a good income for his retirement. But with our so well-known revolution he lost everything. This shook us, as a young couple, quite badly and we had to postpone setting up household for a long time to come. My father-in-law was completely crushed by all this and is suffering from incurable asthma and diabetis. He is already 70 years old. Since 8 months, my wife as his only daughter, is the most dedicated and loving nurse he could have. Thus, I am just as well as a widower, cooking for myself, living by myself here in Vienna, doing all chores alone, in order to save money. I am praying to God that he may take this poor old man, especially since I am concerned over the health and welfare of my wife, who never has any rest, day or night, and I want to keep and protect her. My wife insists that she could go on with this for a long time, out of love for her father, if only she had me for support and consolation with her. But, approaching his death, the old farmer could hardly stand the transfer and transportation would be almost impossible. For the sake of my wife I was willing to transfer into tehechoslowakian (DWS Note: Czech) employment, but my type If job is not easily transferable.
And the old gentleman seems to be afraid of the thought of going to an "institution" where, in his opinion, one goes just to die and, that with the loving care of his daughter, he would get well again. Just to comfort him we, of course, help him make believe, for his own good. Of course, the remainder of my wife's wealth has been used up, with the two separate households, etc. and we have to save every penny. As far as figures are concerned, I have a fine income, but in reality it does not amount to much. Thank goodness, my wife is a magician as far as saving money is concerned, she does all her sewing herself, and we have only the one great fear that one of us might get sick one day. For this reason I have taken out a rather large life insurance and my wife ----

to be continued. (DWS: There is no further letter found at present.)

Ann This is the end of the letter. There must be more some place. Also, some of the translation may sound a little funny, but I did it as I went along, since making out the handwriting was the worst problem. Furthermore, when he speaks of income, values, etc. I omitted the value in Austrian Kronen (money at that time), since I felt that would not be important. Hope you agree. I did my best. Inge."

DWS: end of translated first letter - typed page - where is original letter ??
A post card has a picture drawing of a little village with a quarry in front and X's on several of the buildings.
Text on the front of the card:
"Colonie Schreiber, vorm: Latzel
Gruss.aus Hutdörfel (Girsig bei Eulenberg

Text on the back written possibly by Josephine Schindler Rotert:
"Stone Quarry - Elizabeth's GrandFather, owner.
Colonie Schreiber - married Marie Latzel
Son - studied theology - married girl from Wiener-Neustadt.
Younger son - killed in war, 1914-1918."

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DWS: From Josephine Schindler Rotert papers given to Doug Schueths by her daughter Joyce McKenna. DWS question: The 2 letters have the same date. Were they included in the same envelope to Elizabeth Latzel from 2 Latzel cousins in Germany?

"September 20, 1921
God Bless You: Dear Cousin Elizabeth:

After a long time I received your dear letter, which gave me great joy and for which I thank you very much. I had thought you never received my letter, since I had written during the winter.
If it were today, I would immediately travel with you to America and I remember well when you departed. I would like to come to you 0 - the Good. Lord has taken my parents away too soon. And I cannot go to the Aunt Mrs. Schreiber because I am too poor and it is not my fault that the war has ruined us so.
We had a good business before the war and now we do not have the money to reestablish ourselves. We had a butcher shop but we cannot begin anew since we need too much mouney. Dear Cousin, I cannot write you how expensive everything is. My children run around like beggars' children, everything is too expensive, one cannot buy it.
Once I received a letter from Rosi with a picture. I replied, but have to date not received an answer. She had also written from Gutdoerfel (this must be some little village), where I cannot go, since they are too rich there.
I beg of you to write again soon. Until then except greetings from your Cousin Sofie Englisch
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Elizabeth Schindler

DWS: verbal from Rosie Schindler Schueths to Doug Schueths (DWS)
Elizabeth probably died of pneumonia after a riggorus workout chasing cattle for her Father. Her father, Ferdinand was pretty tough on his children Fred and Elizabeth.
Fred Schindler later told his children he remembers them carrying her body out of the home as he lay sick in bed.
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Henry Schindler

May of been spelled Henry as per Josephine Rotert papers.


Bruno Schindler

DWS: Never married. Lived with Joe Huffmeister another batchelor 2.75 miles west of Elgin, NE on highway 70 on the north side. Buildings are gone now.
This author Doug W Schueths remembers visiting with Bruno and Joe at their place. Grandpa Fred Schindler would bring him squirrels and rabbits we had shot. Watching them skin a squirrel was memorable.
Cousin Rudina (Dena) Schindler Tupa Mickelson Lautenschlager wrote in one of her early genealogy pages about Bruno: "My second father. I got more lickens from Uncle Bruno than I got from Mom & Dad put together."
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Ludwig Tagel Tögel Toegel

From Rosie Schindler Schueths to Doug Schueths (DWS)
Ludwig came to America after his wife died. (1909) He sent for his kids a year later to come from Germany. He failed to meet his kids while they were at Ellis Island in New York City and they were nearly returned back due to no one claiming them.
He was born at Herzogsdorf, Moravia, Austria which is now the Czech Republic.
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DWS: from Czech parish registry online:
N • inv. c. 7478 • sig. R VII 5 • 1822 - 1859 • Jiríkov, Sovinec, Techanov, Krížov, Knežpole
http://vademecum.archives.cz/vademecum/permalink?xid=be940090-f13c-102f-8255-0050568c0263&scan=439
katolická (Catholic registers)
470 page scans of Girsig Herzogsdorf area villages births 1822-1859
Births
Date of birth: 19 Apr 1856
Baptismal date: 19 Apr 1856
Birthplace: Herzogsdorf
House# : 12
Name: Ludwig
Father: Franz Tögel Gärtler in Herzogsdorf son of Franz Tögel Gärtler in Herzogsdorf and Vicktoria dau of Johan Georg Schneider Gärtler in Herzogsdorf
Mother: Antonia dau of Johann Altmann Gärtler in Herzogsdorf and Antonia dau of Heinrich Hipper of Friedland
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DWS: Name is found at Toegel, Togel, Tagel and Dagel in 1910 census of Deloit, Holt Co, NE.
Also in Czech records it can appear as Tvgel.
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DWS: From Ellis Island Web Site: Ship manifest
Family Name: Tögel
Given Name:Ludwig
Country of which citizen or subject: Austria
he was a locksmith
could read and write
Race or people: German
last permanent address country: Moravia
last permanent address city: Herzogsdorf
nearest relative in country from where come: Son Edward Tögel, Breslau,
Parashies Strasse 24, Germany
dws: note: this is 70 miles north and a bit west of Herzogsdorf - today Breslau is known as Wroclaw, Poland.
Date of Arrival: May 18, 1909
Age on Arrival: 53y
Gender: M
Marital Status: W
Ship of Travel: Prinzess Alice
Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany
Date of Departure: May 8, 1909
He was number 5 on the list page 192 of ship manifest. He purchased his own ticket on the ship and had a ticket to O'Neill (Nebraska) his final destination. He had $300 and had not been in the U.S. before this time. He is shown as 5 ft 7 inches ?? illegible, Brown-Grey hair Blue eyed.
Whether going to join a relative of a friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address:
"Brother-in-law: Hugo Latzel
Ewing, Holt Co, Nebraska"
Place of birth: Herzogsdorf, Moravia
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DWS: 1910 Fed census Deloit Twp, Holt co, Nebr 29 Apr 1910
Ludwig Tagel was living with his niece Rosa Latzel Thoendel as a hired man - widowed
Thandel, Gustave 39 farmer, marr 10 yrs, b. Austria-Germany as were parents, immig 1878
" Rosa 29 wife, marr 10 yrs, 7 ch 6 living, b. Austria-Germany as were parents (immig not shown)
" Mary 9 dau b. Nebr
" Gustave 7 son b. Nebr
" George 5 son b. Nebr
" Maggie 3 dau b. Nebr
" Adolph 2 son b. Nebr
" Robert 3/12 son b. Nebr
Dagel, Ludwig, 54 hired man, widowed, b. Austria, immig 1909
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DWS: 1920 Fed census Lake twp, Holt county, Nebraska 6-8 Jan 1920
Frank Hubel 40 farmer, b. Mahren Austria, immig 1896
Antonia Hubel 32 wife, b. Mahren Austria, immig 1910
William Hubel 7 son b. Nebr
Carl Hubel 4 5/12 son b. Nebr
Hilda Hubel 2 11/12 dau b. Nebr
Frieda Hubel 1 4/12 dau b. Nebr
Ludwig Toegel 65 father-in-law, widowed, b. Austria
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DWS: 1930 Census Lake twp, Holt county, Nebr 3 April 1930
with daughter Antonia and her husband Frank
Hubel, Frank 50 farmer, marr age 31, b. Austria as were parents, immig 1896
" Antonia 42 wife, marr age 24, b. Austria as were parents, immig 1910
" Willie 17 son b. Nebr
" Carl 14 son b. Nebr
" Hilda 13 dau b. Nebr
" Frieda 11 dau b. Nebr
" Otto 9 son b. Nebr
" Paul 8 son b. Nebr
" Chrstiana 6 dau b. Nebr
" Camilla 4 6/12 dau b. Nebr
" Stefanie 2 8/12 dau b. Nebr
Tagel, Ludwig 73 father-in-law, single, b. Austria-Germany as were parents, immig 1909
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DWS: 1940 Census Lake twp, Holt county, Nebr
still with dau Antonia's family
Frank Hubel 60 farmer, b. Austria, 1 yr high school
Antonia Hubel 52 wife, b. Austria, 8th grade
Otto Hubel 20 son b. Nebr, 8th grade - farm laborer
Paul Hubel 18 son b. Nebr, 8th grade - farm laborer
Christena Hubel 16 dau b. Nebr 8th grade
Chamila Hubel 14 dau b. Nebr, 1 yr high school
Stefania Hubel 12 dau b. Nebr, 8th grade
Ludvik Taigel 84 father-in-law, widowed, b. Austria immig 1909, 8th grade
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DWS: note concerning the ancestral villages of the Schindler, Latzel and Tagel lines
The old villages of Girsig, DeutschHaus, Weigelsdorf, Bärhn and Herzogsdorf were all very closely located in the Austrian province of Moravia (in German: Mähren) until 1918 when it became Czechoslovakia. Our remaining German ancestors and cousins would be removed from this area following World War II when Czechs expelled over 3 million Sudeten Germans.
Today Girsig is called Jirmkov or Jirikov and DeutschHaus is called Huzova and Herzogsdorf is called Knezpole and Bärhn is called Moravský Beroun. These tiny villages are within a couple miles of each other and were in the German settled area called Sudetenland.
This area is now in Moravskoslezsky kraj located in the northeastern part of the Czech Republic. Another neaby larger city is Römerstadt, which is now known by the Czech name Rymarov. The whole region is about 50 miles north of the major city Olomouc, Czech Republic.
There are at least 2 towns named Herzogsdorf in pre World War II Austria but only 1 was in Moravia now the Czech Republic near Girsig or Jirikov and DeutschHaus or Huzova. The other Herzogsdorf is near Linz in modern Austria and is NOT the Tagel home village.
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DWS: From Sheila Stuthman notes
d: January 31, 1943
came to America in 1909
Burial: 1943, Miller Cemetery, rural Clearwater, NE
Census: Bet. 1910 - 1930, Holt County NE, Lake Township; lived with niece Rosa and Gus Thoendel in 1910 and daughter Antonia & Frank Hubel in 1920 and 1930.
Immigration: May 18, 1909, Austria to New York on the S.S. Princess Alice, North German Lloyd Line, Group No. 45, List No. 5.
Military service: 1877, Served in the Austrian Army as a Corporal.
Occupation: Farmer
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DWS: from Donna Salafia:
He was a Corporal in the Austrian Army before coming to America
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DWS: N • inv. c. 7480 • sig. R VII 7 • 1888 - 1893 • Jiríkov, Sovinec, Techanov, Krížov, Knežpole
91 page parish registry online at:
http://vademecum.archives.cz/vademecum/permalink?xid=be93ff28-f13c-102f-8255-0050568c0263&scan=82
example page of births of his kids in the above film
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DWS: From report by paid researcher in Czech Republic - Martin Pytr Oct 21, 2012
Městský úřad (Town Hall) Rýmařov, wedding registers of catholic parish Girsig (Jirikov) 1873-1911
Page: 16
Tongue: German
Date of marriage: 9 Nov 1880
his house#: 12 in Herzogsdorf
her house#: 35 in Girsig
Groom: Ludwig Tögel (b. 14 Apr 1856 in Herzogsdorf 12), farmer at Herzogsdorf 12, single son of retired farmer Franz Tögel from Herzogsdorf and of his wife Antonia, daughter of Johann Altmann farmer at Herzogsdorf
age: 24 years, 6 months, 20 days
cathol., single
Bride: Aloisia Hoffman (b. 1 Mar 1858) single daughter of Eduard Hoffman, farmer in Girsig 35, and of his wife Ottilia, daughter of Joseph Brix, Erbrichter in Girsig
age 22 years, 8 months, 8 days
cathol., single
Witnesses, Priest: Adolf Zohner farmer in Girsig Eduard Badstieber shoemaker in Deutsch Hause Gottfried Mudrak parson
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Aloisia Elizabeth (Lucy) Hoffmann Hofmann

DWS: Died in Austria while in her 50's. Her husband Ludwig went to America by himself.
Place of birth found on pedigree chart with handwritting difficult to read.
Date of birth had been shown as 021 Mar 1858 at Gerzig, Austria (would be Girsig, Moravia, Austria)
Death had also been shown as 14 Apr 1906
DWS: Today Girsig is called Jirmkov or Jirikov and is in Moravskoslezsky kraj, Czech Republic.
Girsig, Huzova or DeutschHaus are within a few miles of each other and are located in the northwestern part of what was until 1918 the Austrian province of Moravia (in German: Mähren). The nearest larger is Römerstadt, which is now known by the Czech name Rymarov. Our German acestors would of been removed from this area following World War II. The Czech authorities expelled the more than 3 million Sudeten Germans, as they were known, from their homes.
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DWS: From Bill Tagel's hand written pedigree thanks to Donna Salafia .
Date of birth shown 1 March 1857 at Girsig, Austria
Date of death 17 April 1908 (on Good Friday)
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Ottilia Tagel

DWS: czech on-line images
N • inv. č. 7479 • sig. R VII 6 • 1860 - 1887 • Jiříkov, Sovinec, Těchanov, Křížov, Kněžpole
http://vademecum.archives.cz/vademecum/permalink?xid=be93ffaa-f13c-102f-8255-0050568c0263&scan=374
katolická
Births 1860-1887
402 pages
Name: Ottilia
dws note: She was probably named after her grandmother Ottilia Brix
Date of birth: 28 Apr 1881
Baptismal date: 28 Apr 1881
Birthplace: Herzogsdorf
death cross + stillborn
house #: 12
Father: Ludwig Tögel a householder in Herzogsdorf son of Franz Tögel a householder in Herzogsdorf and wife Antonia dau of Johann Altman a householder in Herzogsdorf
Mother: Aloisia dau of Eduard Hoffman a Grundbesitzer (landowner) in Girsig and wife Ottilia dau of Josef Brix in Girsig
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Ludwig Tagel Tögel

DWS: from Donna Salafia:
Died in WW I
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DWS: N • inv. c. 7480 • sig. R VII 7 • 1888 - 1893 • Jiríkov, Sovinec, Techanov, Krížov, Knežpole
91 page parish registry online at:
http://vademecum.archives.cz/vademecum/permalink?xid=be93ff28-f13c-102f-8255-0050568c0263&scan=75
house #12, Ludwig born 19 Sep 1889 baptism 20 Sep 1889 Herzogsdorf son of Ludwig Tögel of Herzogsdorf son of Franz Tögel of Herzogsdorf. Mother is Alosia Hoffman dau of Eduard Hoffman of Girsig and Ottilia dau of Josef Brix of Girsig
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DWS: czech on-line images
Archiv obce Kněžpole • inv. č. 1
http://vademecum.archives.cz/vademecum/permalink?xid=3FD5ABFC19B911E1BF2E002564A33537&scan=15
Chronicle of the village Kněžpole (Herzogsdorf)
26 pages
His name is in a list of 17 WW I villagers killed along with a 'Ludwig Tögel'
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Joseph Tagel

DWS: N • inv. c. 7480 • sig. R VII 7 • 1888 - 1893 • Jiríkov, Sovinec, Techanov, Krížov, Knežpole
91 page parish registry online at:
http://vademecum.archives.cz/vademecum/permalink?xid=be93ff28-f13c-102f-8255-0050568c0263&scan=82
Onlineimages on web - parish registers Girsig and Herzogsdorf area in Moravia, Austria:
house #12 Josef born 13 October 1891 died 29 May 1892
son of Ludwig Tögel of Herzogsdorf and Aloysia Hoffman da of Eduard Hoffman of Girsig
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