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Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Sale Legal Sect- Twn- Ra- Meri- Acres Price Total Soc. Date Co. or State of Name of Purchaser Type Description ion ship nge dian Bought Per Acre Price Stat Purchased Purchaser Vol. Page
PFEIFER JOHN G FD NW 22 31N 07E 3 80.00 000.00 WARRANT MALE 05/12/1851 UNKNOWN 684 136 GRUNDY
PFIEFER JOHN G FD NW 15 31N 07E 3 80.00 000.00 WARRANT MALE 05/12/1851 UNKNOWN 684 135 GRUNDY
SCHROTBERGER GEORGE FD W2NE 26 31N 07E 3 80.00 1.25 100.00 MALE 10/18/1853 UNKNOWN 684 137 GRUNDY
SCHROTBERGER GEORGE FD W2SE 23 31N 07E 3 80.00 1.25 100.00 MALE 10/18/1853 UNKNOWN 684 136 GRUNDY
When the word "warrant" appears in the column headed "Total Price," the purchaser used military bounty land warrants instead of cash for payment.

Land patent dated October 1, 1855 to George Schrotberger of Grundy Co., Illinois. States that he has made full payment for the sale of public lands for "the West half of the South East quarter of Section twenty three and the West half of the North East quarter of Section twenty six in Township thirty one of Range seven in the District of Sands formerly subject to sale at Chicago now Springfield Illinois containing one undred and Sixty acres. President at time of signing was Franklin Pierce.

1860 census Goodfarms, Grundy Co., IL page 59 June 19, 1860
Household #418/414
George Schotberger, age 49, b. Bavaria, farmer
Maria, age 39, b. Bavaria
Maria, age 12, b. IL
George, age 10, b. IL
Barbara, age 8, b. IL
Sophia, age 5, b. IL
Margaret, age 3, b. IL
Mena, age 10 months, b. IL

1870 census Goodfarm Twp., Grundy Co., IL Page 16
Household #117 July 14 1870
George Shrodberger, age 59, b. Beyern, farmer
Mary, age 50, b. Beyern, keeping house
George, age 20, b. IL, farming
Barbara, age 18, b. IL, at home
Margaret, age 14, b. IL, at school
Mina, age12, b. IL, at school
John, age 10, b. IL, at school
Leonard, age 6, b. IL, at school
Grundy County IL
LAWRENCE & THOMPSON'S Grundy County Directory
Goodfarm Township
PFEIFER Frederick, s e qr sec 15
PFEIFER George, n hf n w qr sec 22
SCHROTBARGER, George, w hf s e qr sec 23
SCHROTBARGER G. S., w hf n e qr sec 26
KRUG John, s hf s w qr sec 23
KRUG George B., n hf s w qr sec 23
KRUG Leonard, n hf s w qr sec 14

1880 United States Census Goodfarm, Grundy, Illinois Page Number 294A June 18 1880
Household #146/149

Dwight Star & Herald, Sat. Feb 26, 1898, page 5, Dwight, Livingston Co., IL
Biography of John G. Schrotberger, Deceased
John George Schrotberger was born in Wallersdorf, Bavaria, Germany, Sept 16, 1810; he came to America with his wife whose maiden name was Krug, in 1848, and first settled in Kane, then in Kendall county, and since 1856 he resided in Grundy county 4 miles northeast of Dwight where by his labors and industry acquired several hundred acres of valuable land which he leaves to his heirs. In the early fifties he united with the Evang. Association in which he remained a faithful member. He was a very cheerful and contented man, which was especially manifested by him in his disabled condition caused by rheumatism when he could not walk for many years, he would not fret and show anxiety but would rather smile and express his contentedness; in this respect he certainly set a good example for others. In his last years he was afflicted with dropsy, which also finally caused his demise on Feb 19, 1898 at the ripe old age of 87 years, 5 months and 3 days.
His funeral took place from his late home, with his son-in-law Henry Meier, at 1:00 pm. After the internment in the Union cemetery at the Lutheran church, the services were held in the Salem Evang. church at 2:30 pm, Rev. F. Schwartz officiated, assisted by Rev. Ph. Boucher. Father Schrotberger leaves three sons and four daughters, besides many other relatives and friends. his wife and one daughter preceded to the spirit world. The children were all present at the funeral; two came from Nebraska and one from Elwood, Ill, the other four are living in the neighborhood. Thus again it was seen that "We all do fade as a leaf" Isa 94:6 which was the text of the service.

The following story was written about John George Schrotberger. The author is unknown. This story has been retyped from a hand written version, from Dorothy Rieke, Oct 1996.

Goodfarm, Grundy Co., Ills Sept 30, 1916

Father Schrotberger in whose honor this meeting has been called today, was born in Bavaria, Germany on the 16 day of Sept, 1810. Owing to conditions peculiar to his country he was compelled to seek his own livelihood at an early stage of life Not having made any choice of occupations which he would follow at this time he found employment as a helper in a flour mill. This position required strength and endurance, both of which qualifications he possessed in an uncommon measure, proof of which is indicated by the following. The eight hour law not being in effect at the time, it was his duty to toil from 4 o'clock a.m. until late at night. He often related the experiences of his life at this time. One of which was tp carry a sack containing four bushels of wheat from the first floor, on a stairway leading to the second floor of the mill all day. Another was to wash with cold water a white horse (father would say schnee weis) regularly every morning summer and winter.

Later he took up the vocation of a baker. Growing to more mature years and being naturally ambitious he was thinking about the possibility of bettering his conditions. While he was thus casting about for something where at he could spend his youthful energy to a better advantage to himself, there was a report reached his country that a land beyond the sea, called America, offered all the opportunities a young man like himself could wish for. After deliberate considerations he concluded that he would, as many others were doing, emigrate to that country. It required courage to go into an unknown country, break family ties, and above all with only such money as he had earned by his own hands But there was still someone else he must consult. And here our dear sainted mother appears on the scene. Having made her acquaintance as a young lady. He soon realized that she was the one with whose love he could overcome any obstacles which might confront him. Together they planned and came to the conclusion to get married and sail for this country either for the better or for the worse.

Mothers maiden name was Anna Maria Krug. She as we all know became a worthy companion of our fathers and a great deal of his success must be attributed to her. In the year of 1848 father and mother look passage on a sail boat leaving behind their relatives, friends and fortune. In explanation of this latter sentence I quote from memory Father had some property left him by the will of his parents who were both dead at this time. In some way his brother and sister would not allow him to take peaceable possession of what rightfully belonged to him. Rather than having any unpleasant words, or doing any unkind deed, father resolved to leave all his interests in the estate of his parents to his brother and sister But the trials and troubles of life were yet in their infancy. After sailing for some time perhaps no longer than it would lake a modem steam ship to cross the ocean in these days, a furious storm arose and drifted the frail sail boat back into the same direction in which they had come, in all, of about 5 days travel. Arriving on the shores of this country in just 40 days trials and anxiety (indeed an enviable honeymoon trip) father and mother came directly west from New York to Chicago. Chicago was then a hamlet consisting of a few houses. The only reason these houses not being obscured by tall prairie grass is because of Lake Michigan being on one side. Still traveling towards the setting sun they finally arrived al near Oswego, Kendall Co., Ills. Fathers fortune at this time consisted of good health, determination, and thirty five cts of cash money in his pocket.

At first they worked as common laborers on a farm. By hard labor and economy they managed to save a little money and renting a small place they started farming for themselves, thus they continued for about 9 years. Wishing to better their conditions they resolved to move to Grundy Co., Ills in the year of __. Locating in Goodfarm Township 4 1/2 miles northeast of the village of Dwight. Father bought from the U.S. Government 80 acres of land in section 23 at the price of $1.25 per acre. That it would not have become a home for a man with less courage and ambition is borne out by the fact that the land at the time produced prairie or slough grass six foot tall and prairie wolves had their den on the spot where father erected his first dwelling house. There were no school houses, no churches, no public highways, no railroads, no towns, grain was almost worthless, and the nearest market place Morris, Ills. Here together father and mother took up the hardships of pioneer life, and their efforts were crowned with success. They remained al this same place all their lives until Oct 16 - 1892 when mother died at the age of 72 yrs and 4 mo. Father following her on Feb 19 o 1898 at the age of 87 yrs, 5 mo, 3 days.
Father was a man of the strictest integrity. His word was as good as his bond. A deceitful tongue was an abomination to him. He had a strong faith in humanity believing all men to be honest until they proved to be otherwise He was a man of few words. He disposed gossip. He had implicit faith in God, and many were his testimonies of the immediate answer to prayer. The writer cherishes his memory and what good traits of character he may possess and largely due to the influences of a true life of his father.

From the Emington Joker 1916
This was from a copy of the article that Sandy Dransfeldt had retyped Oct 1996.

First Family Reunion
On Saturday, Sept 30, the descendants of Mr. and Mrs. John George Schrotberger gathered at the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Meier to hold their first family reunion. Mr. and Mrs. George Schrotberger were born in Bavaria, Germany and came to this country in 1848 and first settled in Kane County, Ill. near Aurora. Later they moved to Kendall Co. and in 1857 moved to Grundy Co., Goodfarm Twp. and settled on section 26. When Mr. Schrotberger settled in Goodfarm Twp. the country was nearly all prairie land and upon the hill where Mr Schrotberger built his first house the wolves then had their dens. The country being very level without public roads or ditches, water overflowed this land in the spring and ofentimes in other seasons to quite a depth making farming very difficult and many were the failures in producing a good farm crop so that many who settled in this level country pulled up stakes to move elsewhere. But Mr. Schrotberger like quite a number of his countrymen remained upon the farm he had chosen to be his home. Although adversity and defeat stared him in the face everywhere, by frugality and determination he was able to hold on until improvements could be made and some of the difficulties which stood in the way to successful farming could be removed. Today his descendants arc reaping the benefits of his frugality, determination, and endurance Of course a great deal of his success must be credited to the assistance of his faithful wife. Mr. Schrotberger was blessed with 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters, who are all living but one daughter who died at the age of 41 years. These children who are all living were all present but one son. With the sons and daughters that were present at this reunion, their husbands and wives, and the grandchildren's husbands and wives and their children making in all 51 persons in number. Sixty one persons who reside in Nebraska and belong to the family could not be present plus 12 residing in Ill. The next meeting will be at Elmwood, Ill. one year from now.


One of Our Successful Farmers Tells of His Methods

In 1847 George J. Schrotberger left Bavaria, Germany. As steam ship were an unknown motive of transportation himself and wife took passage on a sail boat, making the trip to New York in forty-six days. They traveled by rail to Chicago. Chicago at that time consisted of perhaps a dozen houses all told. From thence they came to Kendall county, Illinois, transporting their paraphanalia in a wagon drawn by an ox team. For about nine years they worked land on shares. Wheat was then the principal crop, the surplus of which was dellvered by ox teams to Chicago, a distance of about seventy-five miles. In 1856 they moved to Grundy county locating about four miles northeast of Dwight. That the prairie was then almost in it's wild state Is proven by the fact that not over three rods distant from where they built their first dwelling the then common gray prairie wolves| hadn their dens. In a few years the C. & A. Railroad was built and settlers began coming in faster. Most of this land belonged to the government at that time it was sold at $1.25 an acre. By ? and economy incident to ? life they came into possession of some real estate, three hundred and twenty acres of which is now owned and occupied by the senior member of the firm of John Schrotberger & Sons whose portrait appears in this issue.
Realizing that the ? seemingly inexhaustable prairie soil is becoming in need of recuperation, and also recognizing the value of manure, and crop rotation in order to keep up the fertility of the soil, John Schrotberger & Sons have taken, to stock raising. They are now maintaining a herd of about thirty red Polled cattle a recognized dual purpose breed, the products of which are nearly all sold to private customers of Dwight at a very remunerative price. The cattle not only consume all the roughage of the farm, but return to the land in the shape of manure a fertilizer of almost an inestimable value. Besides cattle they have also on their farm a large herd of pre bred Duroc Jersey swine. These are kept on blue grass pasture and are fed skim milk fresh as it comes from a centrifugal separator. They are also fed ground oats, tankage, and some corn. Messrs. Schrotberger have by careful feeding and giving their hogs a wide range, been very successful in this line, not losing a hog by cholera or any other disease in their twentyfive years experience.There are on the three hundred & twenty acre farm this season only ninety-five acres of corn, the balance being In oats, clover, alfalfa and pasture. On all ground sown to oats there is also clover sown with it, each year, and when this has made a good growth, it is plowed under In the fall of the year, and then planted to corn the following season. Aside from their Illinois farm they also own an improved farm in Paulding county, Ohio, on which the oldest of the sons now resides. This farm is operated in the same manner, the same crop rotation is put Into practice. Pure bred stock is also kept on this farm. Farming along this line of crop rotation and keeping stock to consume the products of the farm is conceded by all authorities who have made this a study, the only way to stop the rapid depletion of our once fertile soil, and robbing it of the elements of plant food by constant cropping and hauling the grain to market

From: Erma []
Dear Erma,

Sorry to have been so slow to reply to your inquiry-the subject is so huge I really don't know where to begin. Yes, I am Doris, daughter of
Alice whom you refer to. She is now 94 yrs and lives in the Wilber Care Center. I was looking through some material which I received when I was writing the 125 year History of DeWitt for the DeWitt 125th anniversary in 1997. I have put together what various descendants of Jacob Weibel have written-the facts need to be verified-

"Jacob Weibel was born 16 Nov 1833 in Berne, Switzerland. He had five sisters and two brothers. At age 14 he was confirmed in the Reformed Lutheran Church in Switzerland. His mother died when he was 13 so he left home and learned the cabinet trade. In 1860 at the age of 27, because he did not want to serve in the compulsory military service, he and six unmarried men sailed to America. After three long months they arrived in New York. He spent the first winter with his sister near Morris, Grundy County, Illinois. Later he worked on a farm near Elwood for $15 a month. He became a naturalized citizen at Chicago, in 1865.

He married Maria Margaret Schrotberger in 2 Jan 1865 in Grundy County IL. She was born 5 Oct 1848 and was 17, he 31. Her father was John G. Schrotberger, born 16 Sep 1810 at Wallersdorf, Bavaria, Germany. In 1848 he and Anna Maria Krug were married and came to America on their honeymoon to Kane County IL and then to Kendall County IL. In 1856 they located in Grundy County IL, 4 mi NE of Dwight IL. John and Anna Maria Schrotberger were parents of George, Barbara Maria, Sophia Catharine, Leonard, Minnie, Margaret, Barbara Maria and Maria Margaret Schrotberger.

Jacob and Maria bought some land in northern Illinois near Elwood. Maria had to live with her parents until a granary was built. This was their home for five years-until they could build a house. By this time they had two sons, Aaron and Rolandus. Seven more children were born in this house: Minnie, Anna, Elmer, Ada, Clara, Oscar and Harvey. They were very poor and the crops were not good. One winter they lived on potatoes, milk and cottage cheese.

Maria Weibel became ill with asthma and was advised to move to a dryer climate. They purchased a quarter section of land near DeWitt NE, NE ¼ of Sec. 33, DeWitt Twp, Saline County NE in 1886 and moved to NE. Again Jacob built a granary which was their home until a new house could be built. This granary stood for many years while their son, Harvey E. Weibel, and then their grandson, Everett E. Dunn, farmed the home place. Their possessions were shipped in 2 freight cars. They took 2 crates of brown leghorn chickens, 6 horses, farm implements, a double carriage, wagons and household goods. They moved into their new house as the big blizzard of 1888 was brewing. It lasted 3 days. After 21 years on that farm they moved into a new house in DeWitt at 103 East York (which still stands). Jacob united with the Evangelical Association when he came to the U.S. and remained a member until Sep 1911 when he united by letter with the Methodist Church in DeWitt. Jacob died 16 Jul 1920 age 86 and Maria died 17 May 1934 age 85"

Some sources say Jacob and Maria had 9 children and others say 10. 9 are listed above as having been born in IL. We do not have any information on the child called "Anna>" I think she may have died in IL. In our Oak Grove cemetery in their family plot, there is a stone inscribed "Infant daughter" of J. and M.M. Weibel, b. and d. 1891. This would have been after they moved to NE so I think it explains the "10" children. Will end this for now.


Wednesday, May 3, 2000

To: Kari Northup

From: Erma Weibel

Dear Kari,

In January you communicated with Edward Harazak, my daughter's husband. He forwarded your email to me containing some info on the Schrotbergers. I am doing a family tree on the Weibel's (my husband's family). We are getting way up in years and I am certain that we are the last generation to leave our family tree for future generations.

I guess everyone runs into a roadblock and mine is Jacob Weibel. So, this week I have been searching but it has always been a dry run until today when I came upon your entry on Aaron Weibel. I have always asked my son-in-law to write for me on the internet as I don't know my way around very well. When he sent me your email I really didn't connect our two families. But today I feel certain that your Aaron is our Aaron.

I think your husband's g-grandmother, Beatrice Kate Meister, and our family's Aaron Weibel married. My information is that the Jacob Weibel family moved to DeWitt NE from Elwood, Will County, IL, in 1886. Maria Schrotberger Weibel suffered severely from asthma and was advised to move to a dryer climate. I wonder if Aaron didn't follow along when he married, being that Beatrice Aileen Weibel was born in Nebraska one year after their marriage and he died two years after their marriage.

In the Oak Grove Cemetery at DeWitt, NE, A. G. Weibel is listed as b. 1866 d. 1897. We had some letters translated from German and in one it told about the Schrotbergers visiting in NE. In October 1910 Mr. and Mrs. John Schrotberger visited the Jacob Weibel's overnight on their way to Lincoln and they were told to expect Mr. and Mrs. Fred Pfeifer later on.

Now, if you ever learn anything about Jacob who in 1860 came to Morris, Grundy County, IL to live with a sister whose name I don't know, please let me know. I think that the sister may have moved on to Sedalia, MO. I came across a Nicholas Weibel listed as a stone cutter and real estate owner in the History of Will County 1878. Jacob Weibel had two brothers, Ben and Nick. One stayed in Switzerland, but I don't know which one. It seems likely to me that the sister (or Nick) came over first and Jacob followed to settle in the same area. I just can't seem to find the names of Jacob's parents or his sisters or the data on the one brother who came over.

I don't know where you are from, but my husband and I grew up in Joliet, IL. We are very familiar with the area. We are now living in Northern Illinois and because of our ages it is difficult for us to travel around to visit court houses, etc., to obtain information. I am hoping your family kept in touch with Beatrice Aileen Weibel and through that connection there may come some help about the Weibels. I will go
through all my papers to see if I have anything more I can offer about the Schrotbergers.


Erma Weibel

Paper thought to be written by Leah Schrotberger Olfson:
Information from a family tree entitled Descendants of John G. & Anna Maria Schrotberger

John George Schrotberger, Born Bavaria, Germany September 16,1810; Died Goodfarm Twp IL February 19, 1898 A flour mill worker, baker in Germany; a farmer in Goodfarm Twp.


Anna Maria Krug, Born Bavaria, Germany June 16,1820, Died Goodfarm Twp IL October 16,1892

They had 8 children, all of whom married and also had (or in one case, adopted) children, as follows:

Maria, born 10/5/1848, married Jacob Weibel on 2/2/1865; 3 surviving children: Aaron, Rolandus and Minnie.

George, born 9/21/1850, died 1935, married Margaret Meier 12/26/1873; adopted two children, a Mary and a boy not named in these materials.

Barbara, born 10/16/1852, married John Meir 3/3/1874; 3 children: Rolandus, Allie and Ada.

Sophia, born 12/17/1854 [lived into her 90's - I remember meeting her in Joliet around 1946-47], married Nelson Blatt 2/9/1876; 3 children: George, Alfred and Garland.

Margaret, bom 4/25/1851, died 11/22/1938, married Fred Pfeifer 10/17/1876; 2 children Erwin and George.

Minnie, bom 8/5/1859, died 4/13/1942, married Henry Meier 8/14/1878; 5 surviving chilren: Laura, Arthur, Mabel, Jesse, and Pearl.

John, bom 6/25/1861, died 6/10/1925, married Augusta Meier 2/25/1882 [these are my grandparents]; 5 surviving children: Curtis, Elmer, Milton, Julia, and Clyde [my father]

Leonard, bom 9/21/1864, died 1/16/1938, married Caroline Baker in 1885; 5 surviving children: Aaron, Daniel, Otis, Minnie and Ruth.

Excerpts from a paper that Lois Bernice Weibel wrote for a school assignment:

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 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.
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.

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