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1870 census Jackson Twp., Will Co., IL p.2, Household #11
Weible, Jacob, 33, b. Berne Switzerland, Farmer
Maria, 22, b. Illinois, Keeping house
Aaron, 4, b. Illinois
Rolandus, 2, b.Illinois
Warnke, William, 19, b. Prussia, Farm laborer
Schrotberger, Sophia, 15, b. Illinois, Domestic servant

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 Wilton Twp., Will Co., IL Sheet 4A
Household #66
Rolandus Weibel, April 1868, age 32. IL/Switzerland/IL
Frances S., March 1870, age 30, IL/OH/PA
Warren E., July 1891, age 8, IL/IL/IL
Alfred F., April 1893, age 7, IL/IL/IL
Roscoe E., July 1899, age 10 months, IL/IL/IL

1910 census Jackson Twp, Will Co., IL
Household #63/64
Rolandus Weibel, head, age 41, md 19 yrs, IL/Switzerland/IL, farmer
Frances S., wife, age 40, md 19 yrs, 4 births, 4 surviving children, IL/OH/PA
Warren, son, age 18, IL/IL/IL, farm labor
Alfred, son, age 17, IL/IL/IL, farm labora
Roscoe, son, age 10, IL/IL/IL
Clara, daughter, age 6, IL/IL/IL
Edna Johnson, servant, age 14, IL/Sweden/England, house work

1915 - silver wedding anniversary
----- Original Message -----
From: Erma
To: Kari Northup
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2003 6:42 PM
Subject: Rolandus Weibel Silver Wedding Anniversary

Celebrate Silver Wedding

Friday, August 20th, was the occasion of the 25th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Weibel of Elwood, but on account of the heavy rain the celebration was postponed until the evening of the 21st.

Over 200 of their relatives and friends gathered to spend the evening with them. A short but spicy program was successfully rendered, after which a luncheon of ice cream, cake, fruit, etc., was served by the young ladies of the neighborhood. The balance of the evening was spent in renewing old time acquaintances.

One unique feature of this anniversary lies in the fact that both the parents of the bride and bridegroom have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and were all present on this occasion.

Everyone spent an enjoyable evening and the crowd departed this way and that, leaving behind them a number of choice presents, among them an elaborate toilet set (given by their children), a number of silver pieces, two fine leather covered chairs, an extension table, and the good will of everyone present.

Mrs. Clara Dunn of DeWitt, Nebraska, and Mrs. Rev. Schwab and daughter Ruth, of Oak Park, sisters of Mr. Weibel, were among the guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Weibel wish to thank all their friends for their presence and assistance given, which all helped to make this celebration the grand success it was. And especially those who took part in the program and the ladies who served.--Contributed

1920 census Wilton Twp., Will Co., IL
Household 87/88
Rolandus Weibel, age 51, IL/Switzerland/IL, Farmer
Frances, wife, age 49, IL/OH/PA
Roscoe E., son, age 20, IL/IL/IL
Clara, daughter, age 16, IL/IL/IL

1930 census Jackson Twp., Will Co., IL
Household #92/93 Doyle Road
Rolandus F. Weibel, age 62, age at first marriage - 22, IL/Switzerland/IL, Dairy man, farm
Frances S., wife, age 61, age at first marriage - 19, IL/OH/PA

----- Original Message -----
From: Erma
To: Kari Northup
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2003 6:46 PM
Subject: Obit Rolandus Weibel

Funeral Notice printed in the Manhattan American, 09 July 1936

R. F. Weibel Succumbs To Illness at 68 Years Old

Many Attend Funeral Services to Pay Last Tribute

Rolandus Franklin Weibel, was born April 27, 1868, in Jackson Township, Will County, Illinois. He died on Wednesday, July 8th, at the age of 68 years, 2 months and 11 days.

Mr. Weibel was one of a family of ten children. Two of the ten died in infancy and a brother, Aaron, died after he had grown to manhood.

In the year of 1886, he went with his parents to DeWitt, Nebraska. He stayed there until 1890. On August 20, 1890, he and Miss Frances Lichtenwalter were united in marriage and this was the beginning of a very happy home. They lived in Florence Township for one year, In Wilton Township for 15 years, and in the Jackson Township home for 29 years.

Four children were born to the home. Warren preceded his father in death, having died at the age of 24 years in 1918. Alfred lives in Joliet, Roscoe lives in Helton, Kentucky, and Mrs. Clara Runty lives on the farm in Jackson Township. The love of the home was extended to another and Mrs. Edna Johnson Mack of Chicago was the benefactor of it. She was reared in the home. A kindly devoted father and mother made their home a welcome place for others as well as for their own numbers.

Besides the children just mentioned, he leaves to mourn his departure his loving and devoted wife, Frances. Also, his brothers and sisters as follows: Elmer of Ovid, Colorado; Mrs. Minnie Clapp of Lincoln, Nebraska; Mrs. Ada Schwab of Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. Clara Dunn, and Oscar of DeWitt, Nebraska; Harvey of Manhattan, Illinois; and eight grandchildren who will also miss their grandfather.

Many friends and neighbors and business acquaintances have lost a good friend and fellow citizen. That which made his life so abundant in his contacts with men was an expression of his love and devotion to Christ. Out of his life flowed the virtues of higher ideals, love, patience and courage. He gave because he loved to share that which had been given to him from God. His life-long friends called him "a good Christian man." There is no higher recommendation to be given in tribute to any man's life.

Mr. Weibel was a member of the Evangelical Church from the time that he was 14 years of age. He had been converted in a revival meeting that same year. The Grace of God was upon him and used him to His honor in the church. In the church he held every official position that the church has to offer her laymen. He attended several Conference sessions. Many times he assumed the financial obligations of the local congregation until they were able to repay him. His faith and devotion to the church never failed when the way seemed rugged and hard. The fact that he has one son, Roscoe, in the Missionary work of the Church he loved, proves again that a father's faith such as his does not fail to bring results.

Aside from being a good farmer, Mr. Weibel was a director and claim adjuster for the Green Garden Insurance Company for many years. This work gave him a wide range of friendship.

We have faith to believe that Mr. Weibel has left us to join the ranks above with God his Maker. His memory we cherish but he waits over yonder where we shall soon be called to go. May we do as he had done, prepare for tomorrow while it is still today.

Funeral Services were held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the home and at the Ridge Evangelical Church at 2:00 o'clock, with the Rev. W. B. Tarr officiating. Burial was in the North Ridge Cemetery.

We say "Goodnight" but not "Good bye"
As we shed a silent tear,
For your friendship meant so much to us
And we loved to linger near.

But some day we shall meet again
Where parting scenes are o'er,
And dwell in Peace and Happiness
On Heaven's Golden Shore.

So today we think not of our loss
But only of your gain.
May God guard us with His love,
Until we meet again.

The community joins with relatives and friends in expressing their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Entries: 8633 Updated: Sat Aug 25 16:22:57 2001 Contact: Unknown <>
ID: I0135
Name: Rolandus Franklin WEIBEL
Sex: M
Birth: 27 APR 1868 in Jackson Township, Will County, Illinois
Death: 8 JUL 1936 in Jackson Township, Will County, Illinois

Father: Jacob WEIBEL b: 16 NOV 1833 in Berne, Switzerland
Mother: Maria Margaret SCHROTBERGER b: 5 OCT 1848

Marriage 1 Frances Sarah LICHTENWALTER b: 17 MAR 1870 in Florence Township, Will County, Illinois
Married: 20 AUG 1890 in Manhattan Township, Will County, Illinois
Warren Everrett WEIBEL b: 31 JUL 1891 in Florence Township, Will County, Illinois
Alfred Forrest WEIBEL b: 28 APR 1893 in Manhattan, Wilton Township, Will County, Illinois
Roscoe Edwin WEIBEL b: 29 JUL 1899 in Wilton Township, Will County, Illinois
Clara Irene WEIBEL b: 13 JUN 1903 in Wilton Township, Will County, Illinois

----- Original Message -----
From: Erma
To: Kari Northup
Sent: Sunday, March 23, 2003 1:05 PM
Subject: Births and Deaths and some Middle Names

Dear Kari,

Here are data some of which you may not have:

Alfred Forest Weibel, b. 28 April 1893; d. 22 Feb 1948

Clara Irene Weibel Runty, b. 13 June 1903; d.1991 (I will get exact date later.)

Harvey Everett Weibel, b. 02 Sept 1883; d. 20 Oct 1969

Roscoe Edwin Weibel, b. 29 July 1899; d. 18 Aug 1986

Freda Evelyn Weibel, b. 16 March 1908; d. 06 Dec 1988

Evelyn Weibel

Marie Glennette Weibel (Ford) (In 4-generation picture) b. 11 April 1917; living

Weibel, Aaron George, b. 1866; d. 20 Sept 1897

Weibel, Alton H., b. 1904

" , Anna b. 1872 (have nothing on Anna so will look into that; Minnie born in 1870 and Elmer 1874 so she was born in between those two)

" , Beatrice Aileen, b. 25 Jan 1896; d. 29 July 1961

" , Elmer E., b. 07 Sep 1874; d. 12 Jul 1944

" , Hollis Doretta, abt. 11 July 1906; d. 11 Oct 1983

" , Letha Mae, b. 21 Dec 1910; d. 28 Oct 1968

" , Lois Bernice, b. 18 Dec 1905; d. 16 Feb 1985

" , Minnie, b. 08 June 1870; d. 04 Dec 1951

" , Oscar Warren, b. 24 Mar 1881; d. 27 Mar 1957

Hope this will be of some help. I will ask around for pictures you requested.

We have a gorgeous day here. Harold is setting up the patio furniture. We had our lunch and now is nap time.


----- Original Message -----
From: Linda L. Willibey
To: Erma Weibel
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 9:43 PM
Subject: baby Annie Weibel

I visited this cemetery about 3 years or so ago. I was looking for some family members for a woman in IN.


Annie Weibel is buried at the Providence Ridge Cemetery in Jackson Twp., Will County IL
Weibel, Frances S; ; 3/17/1870; 10/21/1945; ; Mother
Weibel, Rolandus F; ; 4/27/1868; 7/8/1936; ; Father
Weibel, Roscoe E; ; 7/29/1899; 1986; ; Father
Weibel, Ruth Edwina; ; 5/25/1939; 8/29/1986; 47yrs __ms __ds; Daughter
Weibel, Ruth H nee Boyer; ; 3/12/1900; 4/11/1989; ; Mother
Weibel, Warren E; ; 7/31/1891; 12/16/1918
Weible, Annie Arsene; *; 4/4/1872; 6/20/1872; 2ms 16ds; daughter of J & M
Weible [sic]

----- 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.