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Kinnick 2003 Genealogy Book

Prepared as Part of The Kinnick Project,
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Compiler, William L. (Bill) Smith

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Carrie Evaline Krohn (b. 15 Jan 1865; d. 5 Sep 1952, Paw Paw, MI; bur. Kirkwood, IL)

See Letter about the family written by Carrie to her brother, Harrison, in 1949, when Carrie was 1984 years old. Great!


Carrie went to a Normal School in Bushwell for six months and later to a normal school in Dixon, Illinois, for eight months. She taught in rural schools in Warren County, Illinois, for ten years. She is now [1945] living in Schoolcraft, Michigan.*

Lillie went to Schoolcraft, Michigan, and lived with Carrie there until her death.*

*From the term paper written in 1945 by Marian Bremer of the Krohn family, based on interviews with family members. [I have added the comments in square parens].


 

The following narrative is from the first page of a term paper written in 1945 by Marian Bremer of the Krohn family, based on interviews with family members. [I have added the comments in square parens]. The first page is credited in the paper as having been written by Carrie E. Krohn, seventy-seven years old at the time of writing, in Michigan where she lived:

[Grandfather Heinrich] Krohn was born in Hanover, Germany, Dec. 20, 1811. He learned the blacksmith and iron workers trade and like many other German youths served an apprenticeship for several years. After that he was a journeyman in Hanover and the provinces near the Weser River.

[Heinrich] had heard of the opportunities to be found in America so in 1836 he and his brother came to New York. His mother had been a very frugal woman, so in spite of his being married and havinga son, Henry, born October 30, 1833, she gave Henry and his brother the equivalent of eighty dollars to help pay for their passage to America.

[Heinrich] was very glad to be on land once more and to see the city, New York, which he had just come to. He put his new boots and a bundle of clothing on the dock and walked along the shore to see the New York of 1836. When he came back to the dock to get his boots and bundle of clothing, they were gone. He was practically penniless.

[Heinrich's] brother went on westward soon and neither Henry nor any of his descendants have ever been able to trace the whereabouts of the brother and his probably family. A friend who had also come to America with [Heinrich] and he found a place to board and room. The two young men spent their evenings comparing the words each had learned during the day. One story is told of the difficulty they had learning the difference between table and stable. One of the men had learned what "tisch" meant and thought it was table. The other had heard the word stable. It was several days before the meanings were cleared up.

Though [Heinrich] wasn't very strong or husky he shortly found work with a wagoner. He helped make wagons and shoed oxen and horses. He probably worked many hours a day because the next year he was able to send for his wife and young son, Henry.

It took [Heinrich's wife] and young Henry, who was about four years old, more than three months to come from Hanover along the River Veger to New York. They came in a sailing boat. The journey across the water took three months.

The family remained in New York until 1846. Henry received what education he had in New York City. Not much is known about their life in the city except that Henry later told his own family "about eating oysters from the shell when and where the fishing boats unloaded at the harbor." There were two more sons born in New York. They were Frederick and William. However, the eleven years [Heinrich] was in New York, he never forgot the desire to own land and the feeling that in the land was riches. He remembered that there was fertile land farther to the west, and that Wisconsin was a name he had heard even while in Germany.

Finally he had saved three hundred dollars and he had a clock, received in payment for work. With these and his family he made his way to Wisconsin Territory in the spring of 1846.

[inserted from another page: The last place that [Heinrich] worked before leaving for Wisconsin, the wagonmaker was unable to pay [Heinrich] his wage. The wagonmaker had two clocks, [Heinrich] had none. He got the clock in payment for his work.]

The clock is a prized possession and occupies a place of importance on a shelf back of the big kitchen stove. The clock is about three feet tall. All the wheels and cogs are of wood. The clock has kept accurate time until just now. Pasted to the back of the clock is a piece of paper having thirteen stars on it. We are inclined to believe the clock is very old. The clock struck the hour until [Heinrich's] grandson, Henry, wound the chime too tightly. Now the clock has to be wound every evening by winding the chains that hold the weight.

[The term paper continues the family storys, based on other family interviews, it appears]

 


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