|Notes for Jacob BOTZ|
|From "The Life and Times of C.F. Botz":|
Jacob Botz was born in Oberbolheim, Germany on November 13, 1845 to Henry and Katherine Botz. He came to the United States at the age of 5 or 6 with the family, settling in Port Washington, Wisconsin. While living there, he worked on a boat in Green Bay and Manitowoc. He came to Sauk Centre, Minnesota in 1867, to Getty township, taking a homestead 5 miles south of Sauk Centre. He married Elizabeth Wolter Oct. 19, 1871
Jacob retired from farming in 1910, and moved into Sauk Centre. On Oct 18, 1936, he and Elizabeth celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Jacob was respected by everybody and took great interest in affairs of the community.
At the age of 94, Jacob died on Dec. 27, 1939 and is buried in the St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.43
From, "Jacob Botz, head of long line, homesteaded here in 1867":
By latest count, 166 members of the Botz relationship are able to say their great-grandfather was Jacob Botz, and 177 could say he was their great-great-grandfather. And a good many of his descendants are living in the same area of Minnesota where he settled about 1867.
The Botz's have traced their family tree back to Wilhelm Bootz (Botz, Boatz) of Wissersheim, Germany. His date of birth is not known, but old records indicate he was married late in the year of 1763. The relationship has been traced through Reinerus, Quirinus and Henry, Jacob's father.
Jacob was about six years old when he came with his family from Oberbolheim, Germany to settle in America in 1850 or 1851. He father, Henry, first took his family to Chicago, but within a few years they moved to Port Washington, Wis. There the men and boys in the family worked in the shipyards on Lake Michigan.
The area Jacob homesteaded south of Sauk Centre was mostly prairie. His first tasks were to build a hous and barn; he hauled logs from east of Sauk Centre to build frames that were then stuffed with straw. It wasn't until 1888 that the family's brick hous was built, and a new barn was put up in 1890.
No one in the family knows how Jacob came to meet the woman he would marry. Elizabeth Wolter had come with her parents from a Prussian province to settle in Detroit when she was six year old. Though the two families were not acquainted in Germany, the Botz's and Wolters made the move for the same reason, according to Peter Botz: "There were too many people there for the land," he said, "and no opportunity to work themselves up."
And, like the Botz's , the Wolters moved from the big city to homestead land in Minnesota - Elizabeth's family staked out land in the Rockville area. She taught school there before marrying Jacob in 1873 in Meire Grove.
When Jacob arrived at Sauk Centre in about 1867 he found land tha was still visited by Indians on horseback. It was still visited by buffalo, too; a grandson has horns from two buffalo Jacob killed during his first year on the farm.
During thos early years priests used to make the rounds, saying Mass at farm places where neighbors could gather together. According to Peter, his father [missing line...] three St. Paul's Church buildings. The first one was a tiny building, he said, the second was a slightly bigger frame one, and the third is the brick one still standing. Appropriately, Jacob's daughter Ann was the first person married in the new St. Paul's Church.
During his years on the farm Jacob and his children raised grain, cattle, hourses, hogs, chickens and "a dog or two" on their homestead. The early years were hard ones, Peter recalled, "But we were used to that - we didn't know it could be better."
Jacob and Elizabeth had 12 children in the 63 year together, but two died in infancy and one was killed in a threshing accident. Nine children grew up to spend their lifetimes in Minnesota; just two are still living. John was a carpenter at Freeport, Ann lived in Sauk Centre, Elizabeth lived in Minneapolis. Jake ran a [missing line...] Henry ran on at St. Joseph, Alex farmed the home place, and Conrad farmed nearby. Peter, who was a mail carrier for forty years, still lives in Freeport, and Fred is retired in Sauk Centre after farming in this area for many years.90
Jacob's homestead certificate granting him his homestead south of Sauk Centre is still in the family. Jacob's claim, approved May 20, 1862, was officially granted to him by signature of President Ulysses Gran on May 20, 1873.90
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