Notes for Anna Maria Krug Schrotberger:
1860 census Goodfarms, Grundy Co., IL
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
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
1880 United States Census Goodfarm, Grundy, Illinois Page Number 294A
John G. SCHROTBERGER Self M Male W 69 BAVARIA Farmer BAVARIA BAVARIA
Maria A. SCHROTBERGER Wife M Female W 59 BAVARIA Keeping House BAVARIA BAVARIA
John SCHROTBERGER Son S Male W 18 IL Farm Laborer BAVARIA BAVARIA
Leonard SCHROTBERGER Son S Male W 16 IL Farm Laborer BAVARIA BAVARIA
Charlie CARL Other M Male W 29 SCHLESWIG Farm Laborer SCHLESWIG SCHLESWIG
Dwight Star & Herald, Sat. Feb 26, 1898, page 5, Dwight, Livingston Co.,
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
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, 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.
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
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.