Christoph Heinrich Boettcher was born November 1859 in Germany and died March 3, 1936 in Hanover, Ks (according to his obit). "Christ" as he was known was the son of Christoph and Maria Boettcher. He married Louise D. Meyer; she was born March 1873 in Kansas and died March 3, 1936 in Hanover, Ks. (source: census & tombstone records) They had two children: George Friedrich Louis Boettcher born September 13, 1891 and died November 27, 1977, buried in Lanham Kansas; Hilda Boettcher born July 1898.
Obituary Hanover Herald, March 6, 1936, Hanover, Kansas-- C.H. Boettcher Passed Away. Christoph H. B. Boettcher, of near Hollenberg, passed away at the Steele City, Neb. hospital March 3, 1936 at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 29 days. Deceased was a son of Christoph Boettcher and his wife nee Marie Wesdow. He came to this county 73 years ago when he was 4 years old. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1pm from the home and interment will be made in the Hanover cemetery, conducted by a minister from Lincoln, Neb. He is survived by his wife; one son and one daughter.
Census 1895, Washington Co. Ks, Independence twp: C.H. Boettcher age 35, born Germany; Louisa Boettcher age 25 born Kansas; George age 3 born Kansas.
Census 1900, Washington Co, Ks, Hanover twp, V 54, ED 138, Sheet 5: C.H. Boettcher, born Nov 1859, age 40, married 10 years, born Germany, immigrated to U.S. in 1864, been in U.S. for 36 years, naturalized; Louisa wife, born March 1873, age 27, married 10 years, mother of 2 children, born Kansas, parents born Germany; George, son born Sept 1890, age 9, born Kansas; Hilda, daughter, born July 1898, age 1, born Kansas.
Census 1905, Washington Co. Ks, Independence twp: C.H. Boettcher, owner, no mortgage, farm; age 45; Louisa age 32; George age 13; Hilda age 6.
Census 1910, Washington Co., Hanover twp, Ks, ED 154, family #8: Christoph H. Boettcher, age 50 married 19 years. born Germany, parents Germany, came to America 1864, Naturalized. Louisa D., wife, age 37, born Kansas, parents Germany: George L., son, age 18, single born Kansas; Hilda M., daughter, age 11, born Kansas.
Land Deed: Vol 44, page 479, Washington Co. Ks; January 2, 1889: Ellis J Moore to Christoph H. Boettcher. For $3500. The North East quarter of the North West quarter the South East quarter of the North West quarter and the Lots numbered one and two of Section Seven in Township One South of Range Five East of the Sixth Principal Meridian in Kansas containing one hundred and fifty four acres and ninety three hundredths of an acre.
Children of Christ and Louise were:
George Friedrich Louis Boettcher: born September 13, 1891 near Lanham, Kansas and died November 27, 1977. He was married to Hazel Dell Mayborn on September 13, 1916.
Hilda Boettcher: born July 1898
Obituary of George Boettcher, the son of Chris and Louise Boettcher, was born Sept, 13, 1891, on a farm west of Lanham, Kansas. On Oct. 4 of that year, he was baptized into the Christian faith at St. John's Lutheran church of Lanham.Although George would rather have become a railroad engineer, he was a dutiful son, and farmed with is father. It is interesting to note that George's sister, Hilda, left the home near Lanham to attend high school in Lincoln. She went on to earn her doctorate in languages. Hilda taught at Union College in Lincoln before moving to California where she and her husband were both college professors. On Sept 13, 1916, George married Hazel Mayborn, who had been raised on a neighboring farm. After their wedding, they farmed the land west of Lanham. George and Hazel had one son, James. Two months before George and Hazel would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, Hazel died, in the summer of 1966. George continued his even 'keeled life in Hanover. He was well known for many reasons. One of these is the windmills he produced in his kitchen workshop. The story is told of a traveler passing through Hanover who niticed the windmills. After this traveler had arrived home he desired to purchase a windmill. So an order was sent, addressed to the Windmill Man, Hanover. Of course, George received the order. In 1968 George became the weather reporter for the Hanover News. While his methods were not meteorologically scientific, his reports were as helpful as any others could be, and his personal observations included in the reports were enjoyable to read. After moving to Hanover, George and Hazel became active members of Zion Lutheran church. George died on Sunday, Nov. 27, 1977 in Hanover. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Hazel, and by his sister, Hilda Haagstotz. George is survived by his son, Jim; daughter in law, Mary of Enon, Ohio; by two granddaughters, and by cousins.
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