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Notes for Clara Weibel Dunn

1880 census Jackson Twp., Will Co., IL, ED 196, p.20, Household #164\168
Weible, Jacob, 46, Switz\Switz\Switz, Farmer
Maria, 34, IL\Bavaria|Bavaria, Keeping house
Aron G., 14, IL\Switz\Bavaria, working farm
Rolandus, 12, IL\Switz\Bavaria
Minnie, 11, IL\Switz\Bavaria
Elmer E., 7, IL\Switz\Bavaria
Addie, 5, IL\Switz\Bavaria
Clara, 2, IL\Switz\Bavaria

1900 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE
Household #265
B.R. Dunn, Sept 1873, age 26, IL/IN/PA, Farmer
Clara, Jan 1879, age 21, IL/Switzerland/IL
Ed Johnson, hired man, Dec 1883, age 16, MO, Farm Labor

1910 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE
Household 50
Burton R. Dunn, head, age 36, md 13 yrs, IA/IN/PA, Farmer
Clara L., wife, age 31, md 13 yrs, 4 births, 4 surviving children, IL/Switzerland, IL
Everett H., son, age 9, NE/IA/IL
Russell E., son, age 7, NE/IA/IL
Verna M., daughter, age 5, NE/IA/IL
Burl R., son, age 3, NE/IA/IL

1920 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE
Household 85
Bert R. Dunn, head, age 46, IA/IN/PA, Farmer
Clara L., wife, age 41, IL/Switzerland, IL
Russell E., son, age 19, NE/IA/IL
Everett H., son, age 17, NE/IA/IL
Verna M., daughter, age 15, NE/IA/IL
Burrell R., son, age 13, NE/IA/IL
Wilma A., daughter, age 3, NE/IA/IL

1930 census DeWitt, Saline Co., NE
Household #46/49
Bert R. Dunn, head, age 56, age at first marriage - 23, IA/IN/PA, Farmer
Clara L., wife, age 52, age at first marriage - 18, IL/Switzerland, IL
Verna M., daughter, age 25, NE/IA/IL
Wilma G., daughter, age 13, NE/IA/IL

Entries: 2444 Updated: Sat Aug 25 21:22:20 2001 Contact: michael farr <>
ID: I378
Name: Maria Margaretha SCHROTBERGER
Given Name: Maria Margaretha
Surname: Schrotberger
Sex: F
Birth: 5 Oct 1848 in Osweko,,Illinois
Death: 17 May 1934 in Dewitt,,Nebraska
Burial: Dewitt,,Nebraska
LDS Baptism: status: SUBMITTED 19 Jun 1998
Endowment: status: SUBMITTED 19 Jun 1998
Change Date: 31 Mar 1998 at 16:20:06
PEDI: birth
Sealing Child: status: SUBMITTED 19 Jun 1998
Father: George SCHROTBERGER b: <1822> in ,,Germany
Mother: Anna Maria KRUG b: <1826> in ,,Germany
Marriage 1 Jacob WEIBEL b: Nov 1833 in Berne,,Switzerland
Married: 2 Jan 1865 in
Sealing Spouse:
Aaran WEIBEL birth b: Abt 1866 in Dwight,,Illinois
Rolandus F. WEIBEL birth b: Abt 1869 in Elwood,,Nebraska
Minnie E. WEIBEL birth b: Abt 8 Jun 1870 in DeWitt,,Nebraska
Elmer E WEIBEL birth b: 7 Sep 1874 in
Ada S. WEIBEL birth b: Abt 1876 in
Clara Lavinia WEIBEL birth b: 7 Jan 1878 in Elwood,,Illinois
Oscar Warren WEIBEL birth b: 24 Mar 1881 in Elwood,,Nebraska
WEIBEL birth b: Abt 1885 in
Harvey Everett WEIBEL birth b: 2 Sep 1883

----- Original Message -----
From: Doris A. Peters
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2002 6:34 PM
Subject: Weibel

Dear Kari, Found your new listing in Rootsweb for Pfeifer, Reid etc. I am a grandaughter of Clara Lavinia Weibel who married Burton Robert Dunn, my grandfather. I have noticed your work on the Weibel page too. Doris

----- Original Message -----
From: Erma W
To: Kari Northup
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 8:58 PM
Subject: This is the story

(Kari, I think that possibly Lois Bernice Weibel intervied her grandmother, Maria, for this story, possibly Jacob himself.)

This copy is taken from a paper Lois Bernice Weibel wrote for a school assignment.


He was born in a small village near Bern, Switzerland, in November 1833. He did not remember the exact day because in the old country, and in his particular family, little attention was paid to birthdays. Jacob Weibel had two brothers and five sisters. As far as he knew, neither of his brothers came to America. Three sisters, Elizabeth, Ann, and Marie (sp Maria?) came to America, Elizabeth coming several years before Jacob. The names of the other sisters are not known.

Elizabeth married John Yonkers. They were last known in Sedalia, MO.

Ann was married twice. Her first husband was a watchmaker. He worked many years to invent an improvement for watches but , when he knew he was going to die, and because he did not have money to finish his invention, he destroyed it. Ann was also a watchmaker. She had maids to do her work. Her second husband was John Triber.

Marie did not marry well. She died in a hospital in Chicago.

Jacob's mother died when he was thirteen years old. His oldest sister, Elizabeth, kept house until his father married again. Because his mother was gone, Jacob left home. He worked, first helping the neighbor thresh grain with flails in the barn. Several years later, he learned the cabinet trade as an apprentice. He was very handy with carpenter tools. He could not only build houses but furniture as well. (One splendid example of his work is a china closet in his wife's home.)

At the age of twenty-seven, Jacob Weibel with six other young, unmarried men from the same neighborhood left their homes and started to America. Jacob borrowed half his passage fare from his sister, Elizabeth, and his schoolmate, Nicholas Younker, who were in America.

These young men set sail from unknown port in a sailing vessel. They were on the water three months. Six weeks of that time was spent in the English Channel going back and forth but unable to escape from the channel due to the wind direction. Each passenger was required to prepare his own meals aboard the ship. Quarrels often arose because those with large kettles would crowd out those with small kettles. The captain would stop the disturbance by pouring water on the fire. Of course, no cooking would be done until the next mealtime. The captain had to allot the water supply since they were out so much longer than they expected. The allotment was not enough to satisfy the thirst of these young adventurers, so several would sit and stand in front of the water barrel while the others would draw water from the barrel with macaroni straws.

(From a clipping from a newspaper some time ago, "One reason so many immigrants died on the way to this country generations ago was the early rule on numerous clipper ships. Passengers had to bring their own food and cook it. If they ran out of grub that was it!)

Jacob Weibel landed at N.Y. Nov. 1860. He spent the first winter with his sister, Elizabeth, and her husband, John Younkers, who were living on a farm near Morris Illinois. He then worked on a farm near Elwood, IL, earning fifteen dollars a month. He first paid back his debt to his sister and his schoolmate, and then bought farm tools and horses. Jacob bought two from a dealer in Wilmington, IL. He had saved money for a long time to pay for them. He placed the money in a pocketbook and started early one morning to pay for them. When he reached Wilmington, the pocketbook was gone. ("He didn't have money enough to buy a glass of beer" so Grandma says.) Jacob went to the dealer and told him of his loss, the dealer answered him by saying, "I have lost the note." For several days Jacob hunted the path he had followed, but the pocketbook could not be found. He had to hire himself out until he could pay for the colts. He soon went to farming for himself when he purchased eighty acres in a Swiss settlement near Wilmington, IL.

Through a preacher who preached in the Swiss settlement as well as a German settlement near Mazon, Jacob Weibel met Maria Schrotberger. The preacher brought Jacob to the Schrotberger home on a Saturday in the summer of 1864. Maria, who was seventeen, was working away from home. However, her parents called her home to meet the young man. Maria had heard of this young man through a chum who had met him. Maria felt just a little bit proud when Jacob came to see her after this introduction, for he had not come to see the chum after they met. Jacob and Maria were married January 2, 1865 at the ages of 31 and 17 respectively. Maria lived at home until a home could be prepared for her. On April 3, 1865, they moved into a granary. Two years after they were married, they purchased 60 acres adjoining their land. Two children, Aaron and Rolandus, were born in this granary.

Jacob's folks wrote from Switzerland asking his son to send them money for passage to America and to Illinois. Jacob did not have the money. After much discussion, the money was finally borrowed and sent. But, when the father received the money he decided to remain in Switzerland where the money was worth five times that in America and where he could live comfortable for a long time. This is just one of the misfortunes that befell the Weibel family. A prize cow went mad, a big black horse that Jacob had raised from a colt died, and one season it was so wet that the crops were drowned.

After five years, in the fall of 1870, the family moved into their house. This was large and furnished better than most of the surrounding homes. Minnie, (Annia died at three months), Elmer, Ada, Clara, Oscar and Harvey were born in this new home. Jacob was older than the men called for in the first draft of the civil war. However, but that the war ended he would have been called. He had hired a substitute to take his place.

Jacob's wife became ill with asthma. The Dr. advised a higher climate. They scouted Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. They decided on Nebraska because Maria had a sister, Barbara Meyer, and a brother, George Schrotberger, living there.

A quarter section of land five miles southwest of DeWitt, Nebraska, was purchased from a Mr. Harris Southwick, who was living in New York but had inherited the Nebraska land. In the summer of 1886, Jacob and Rolandus came to Nebraska and built a granary on their land. The following spring the whole family moved to Nebraska. They arrived at DeWitt, Nebraska on February 22, 1887. Jacob and Aaron came with two train cars of their possessions. Maria came with the rest of the children in a passenger train. They brought with them two crates of brown leghorns, six horses, (one died on the train) implements, double carriage, wagons and household goods.

For the first two weeks, until a stable and a fence were made, the family lived with relatives. They lived in the granary all that summer. Conditions were not so comfortable. Twelve people lived in the small building; the family and a group of carpenters. The weather was unfavorable for building the whole summer. Before the house was quite complete, they moved in. It had begun to blizzard and the storm lasted for three days. In the hurry and confusion, things were thrown into the rooms in any way.

This was the Weibel home for 21 years. When the youngest son, Harvey, was married, Jacob and Maria moved to DeWitt to live. After renting a house one year, they again built a house that is still standing in DeWitt. Jacob spent his time working at cabinet making or visiting their children. He died July 16, 1920, at the age of 87 after a prolonged illness.

Maria's parents, George and Anna Maria Krug came to America from Bavaria, Germany, on their honeymoon. Upon their arrival in Illinois, the husband hired himself out, plowing with a horse and ox, and the wife did washings. When their first child, Maria, was born, they moved onto a farm of their own near the Fox River. Later they moved to Mazon, Illinois. They had eight children.