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In exploring the Gatke Family we have found most of our information here in Phoenix, Arizona as this family came to the Salt River Valley in the mid 1870's.  My great great grandfather, my daughter's great great great grandfather Frederick William Gatke was quoted by the newspapers at the time of his death, "Mr. Gatke was known as "The Poet of the Salt River Valley."  His poems were published, one by one, as they appeared, in the columns of the Gazette.  They ranged from tragedy to pathos and quotations linger in the memory of residents here and are evoked at pleasure.  His verses were widely read and gave evidence that the writer had genius".

The Gatke Family left Prussia Germany in the latter part of 1855, we have not been able to locate the exact date, ship or port of departure or entry.  They settled in Canada where the last two of their children, one of them being my great grandmother, my daughter's great great grandmother Jennie Gatke, were born.  They had four children and the first two were born in Prussia Germany.  When they left Iowa we have not been able to discover but we have found they were in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa in 1870.  Eventually arriving in Phoenix.

FREDERICK WILLIAM GATKE
Born: 1829
Prussia, Germany
Died: December 17, 1897
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Married: Date Unknown
Prussia, Germany
DORTHEA C.
(maiden name unknown
but believe her middle name was Caroline)
Born: 1826
Prussia, Germany
Died: May 12, 1894
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona


Note**  We have discovered that my great great grandfather, my daughter's great great great grandfather did remarry after his wife Dorthea died.  We have not been able to confirm this information but believe he remarried in California.  He married a woman named Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, do not know if that was her name at the time of their marriage but it was Moore in 1909.  As she was considerably younger than him it is very possible that she had remarried.  We think she possibly returned to California after his death.

Children
of
Frederick & Dorthea Gatke

  

1. A. F. GATKE
(do not know what
his first or middle
name was, but believe
the F. was for Frederick)
Born: May 1852
Prussia, Germany
Died: Unknown
Married: Unknown
(believe he married
in Iowa, Illinois or New York)
ANNA M.
(do not know her
middle or maiden name)
Born: 1855
Iowa
Died: June 13, 1888
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona

  

2. CAROLINE GATKE
Born: February 1855
Prussia, Germany
Died: June 21, 1909
Pasadena, Los Angeles, California
Married: 1872
Place Unknown
ERNEST F. WARNKE
Born: 1844
Prussia, Germany
Died: Unknown

  

Note**  Caroline Gatke Warnke remarried a Rev. Charles W. Maxon in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona on January 31, 1905.  We have no information on him.  We are assuming that Caroline was visiting her daughters in California (as three of them were living there) when she passed away.  Her body was sent back to Phoenix for burial in the Gatke Family plot at the Pioneer Cemetery here in Phoenix.

  

3. JENNIE GATKE
Born: 1862
Canada
Died: September 5, 1889
Tempe, Maricopa, Arizona
Married: September 13, 1882
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
THEODOR FRANZ CARL (CHARLES) MOHLE BOLZAU
Born: April 16, 1841
Etteliin, Germany
Died: September 6, 1889
Tempe, Maricopa, Arizona

  

4. WILLIAM A. GATKE
Born: 1865
Canada
Died: November 20, 1887
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Never Married

Children
Of
A. F. & Anna M. Gatke

  

DORTHEA GATKE
Born: 1879
Place Unknown
Died: July 27, 1888
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona

  

FREDERICK W. GATKE
(believe W. was
for William)
Born: March 1888
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Died: Unknown
Married: August 21, 1909
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
SADIE STOVER
Born: abt1889
Place Unknown
Died: Unknown

  

Children
Of
Frederick & Sadie Gatke

  

LUCILLE E. GATKE
Born: November 9, 1910
Los Angeles County, California
(all the information
we have on her)

  

SON GATKE
Born: January 23, 1914
Los Angeles, California
(all the information
we have on him)

  

DOROTHY GATKE
Born: March 5, 1915
Los Angles County, California
(all the information
we have on her)

  

HAZEL G. GATKE
Born: January 3, 1918
Los Angeles County, California
(all the information
we have on her)

  


Note**  We have discovered after the death of A. F. Gatke's wife Anna and his daughter Dorthea that he left Phoenix and went to Elgin, Illinois to work as a machinist in the Elgin Watch Factory.  At the time of their deaths he had only been living in Phoenix for nine months.  He left his son Frederick W. Gatke with his sister Caroline Gatke Warnke to raise.  We know he returned to Phoenix in 1900 but have not been able to locate what happened to him after that.  We are assuming that his son Frederick and his wife Sadie moved to California because he had been raised with Caroline Warnke's children and three of them were living in California.  We have never been able to locate what happened to Frederick, his wife Sadie or their four children.  We do not know if there was possibly more children, than the four we have shown on this page, born to Fred and Sadie.

Children
Of
Caroline Gatke & Ernest F. Warnke

  

FRED WILLIAM WARNKE
Born: April 1873
Big Bear, San Bernardino, California
Died: December 18, 1930
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Married: April 5, 1895
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona LOWRY ELDEN
Born: Unknown
Died: Unknown

  


Note**  Fred William Warnke remarried twice after his marriage to Lowry Elden ended in divorce.  His second marriage was to Etta E. Gray Opperman in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona on March 21, 1900, which also ended in divorce.  His third marriage was to Mary Thomason on September 29, 1912 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona which ended in divorce.

  

LOUISA WARNKE
Born: June 1875
Big Bear, San Bernardino, California
Died: March 20, 1929
Married: January 17, 1898
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
JOSEPH O. MILLER
Born: October 1863
Canda
Died: Unknown
Married: November 15, 1917
Jerome, Yavapia, Arizona
ROBERT MC MILLAN
Born: abt 1867
Place Unknown
Died: January 9, 1930

  


Note**  Louisa Warnke's husband Joseph O. Miller, we have been unable to locate what happened to him, we do not know if they divorced or if he died.  We know they both were living here in Phoenix in 1900 but cannot locate any record of him after that.  Louisa and her second husband Robert Mc Millan lived in Jerome although they had several homes they rented here in Phoenix.  We have not been able to locate where they died, although we are sure they were both living in Jerome, Arizona, but their wills were probated here in Phoenix.  We have located that Louisa was buried in Valley of Memory Forest Lawn Cemetery, grave 6, lot 551, Glendale, California.  We have never been able to locate where Robert Mc Millan is buried.  Louisa did not have any children from either of her marriages.

  


ANESTINA WARNKE
Born: December 7, 1876
Big Bear, San Bernardino, California
Died: Unknown
Married: February 28, 1903
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
H. J. MESSENGER
Born: Unknown
Died: Unknown

  


Note**  Anestina was a twin to Caroline Warnke.  We have never been able to locate any information on Anestina or her husband.  We do not know if she had children or not.  The last information we had on her, she was living in Holtville, California in 1909 and still had the last name of Messenger.

  


CAROLINE SOPHIA WARNKE
(twin sister to
Anestina Warnke)
Born: December 7, 1876
Big Bear, San Bernardino, California
Died: June 15, 1943
Corcoran, Tulare, California
Married: January 18, 1899
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
ABRAHAM ZIMMERMAN
Born: August 7, 1872
Switerland
Died: October 30, 1934
Corcoran, Tulare, California

  


Note**  Out of all of Caroline and Ernest Warnke's children this is the only one that we have been able to locate descendants and have found a lot of information, that they so graciously shared with us.

  


DORA WARNKE
Born: February 1883
Big Bear, San Bernardino, California
Died: Unknown Married: January 10, 1900
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
THOMAS ZIMMERMAN
Born: Februry 1876
Switzerland

  


Note**  We have been able to find information that Dora Warnke Zimmerman remarried a man named Tredennick and believe his first name was John, but have no other information on her husband, their marriage or whether or not they had any children.  We do not know what happened to Thoms Zimmerman, her first husband, whether he died or they divorced.  We know that Dora was living in Holtville, California in 1909 and in El Centro, California in the 1930's and worked for the United States Postal Service in that town.  We have not been able to locate any information on her after that time.

Children
Of
Fred & Lowry Warnke

  

LLOYD WARNKE
Born: August 2, 1896
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona
Died: August 6, 1911
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona

  

MAUD WARNKE
Born: abt 1898
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona Died: Unknown

  

Note**  We have never been able to locate what happened to Fred & Lowry Warnke's daughter Maud Warnke, we do know that their son Lloyd is buried in the Gray Family Plot at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery here in Phoenix.

Children
Of
Caroline Warnke & Abraham Zimmerman

  

As we previously explained we have been fortunate in finding descedants of Caroline & Abraham, but if anyone has any further information on their descendents we would appreciate any information they are willing to share. They had four children: Mildred Caroline, Abraham Ernest and twin sons Frank William and Fred Wendel Zimmerman.

Children
Of
Dora Warnke & Thomas Zimmerman

  

THOMAS ZIMMERMAN
Born: June 1900
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona

  

FRANCES ZIMMERMAN
Born: Unknown

  

We have never been able to locate any information on these children or whether or not Dora and Thomas Zimmerman had any more children. &nsbp;There are pictures of both of these children along with pictures of Caroline & Abraham Zimerman's children.  There are also pictures of Caroline Gatke Warnke, Caroline Warnke Zimmerman with her husband Abraham and pictures of Anestina and Dora Warnke.  You will find these pictures located under Family And Relatives Pictures of My Mother, My Daughter's Grandmother's Family.

We have not included the children of Jennie Gatke and Charles Bolzau, my great grandparents, my daughter's great great grandparents as we have most of that information and they are included under the Research For The Bolzau Family.

We would appreciate any information that anyone would be willing to share with us on the following surnames:  Gatke, Stover, Warnke, Messenger, Zimmerman or Tredennick.  Or any information on any of the individuals mentioned on this page if you recognize them and have any knowledge about them.  We are particularly interested in finding my great great grandparents, my daughter's great great great grandparent's ancestors, although we do not know exactly where they came from in Germany other than Prussia.  All information will be greatly appreciated.

 

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