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SCHURDEL FAMILY HISTORY


Descendants of Gustav Ernst Schurdel

Gustav Ernst Schurdel
- born 25 August 1840, Steegen, Prussian Holland
- died July 1903 (at Friedheim?) (Information from family records.)
- married 28 December 1869, Friedheim, Wirsitz,
Amalie Ernestine Radke, daughter of Wilhelm Radke & Friederike Juliana Busse
- born 19 March 1848, Schneidemuehl, now Pila, Poland.
- died (date unknown), Schirotzken, (now Serock?)

Gustav wrote the chronicle that is the source of most of the information about this family. He was a teacher and organist who served at several places, including Doebern and Friedheim in Wirsitz, and was also in the military.

Gustav and Amalie Schurdel had 9 children:

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  1. Clara Martha Schurdel
    - born 15 September 1870, Friedheim, Wirsitz, Posen, now Miasteczko, Poland
    - bapt. 25 Sep 1870. Sponsors: Amalia Kuehn, Wilhelm Radke, Gustav ____
    - died 1 February 1928
    - married 10 February 1893
    Karl Straumann
    - born 26 September 1864, Waldenburg, Switzerland
    - died 27 November 1939, Chicago, Illinois.
    They lived in Chicago where they operated a candy store at the entrance of Lincoln Park. Karl went to Chicago in 1878.
    Five children:
    A. Elsie Straumann
    - born 20 November 1893 Chicago, Illinois.
    - died 1980
    - married 1917 in Chicago, Illinois
    George Kern
    - born 1893 Chicago, Illinois
    - died 1967 Chicago, Illinois. They had one son.

    B. Marie Straumann
    - born 16 January 1896
    - died 21 August 1964.
    - married Fred A. Gliffe
    - born 1883 d. 1930 Chicago, Ill. They had two daughters.

    C. Carl E. Straumann
    - born 8 May 1898
    - died 5 November 1968
    - married Elsa Behrens b. 1908. They had three children.

    D. Clara Straumann
    - born 31 January 1908
    - died 4 September 1997 Central City, Kentucky.
    - married 29 Sep 1928 Chicago, Illinois.
    Walter Dieball
    - born 2 March 1907
    - died 22 May 1994. They had three children.
    Clara typed the English translation of the Schurdel chronicle.

    E. Otto Straumann
    - born 12 February 1910
    - died 31 July 1984 Chicago, Illinois.

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    Maria Ottmann Schurdel, 1871 - 1963          Theodor Felix Schurdel, 1871 - 1938

    Marie Ottman Schurdel
    Theodor Schurdel

  2. Theodor Felix Schurdel
    - born 8 September 1871 Friedheim, Wirsitz, now Miasteczko, Poland.
    - bapt 10 September 1871.
    - confirmed 26 March 1885, Grace Lutheran Church, Augusta, Wisconsin.
    - died 20 November 1938 Cleveland, Ohio,
    - buried Cleveland, Ohio, Lutheran Cemetery
    - married 3 November 1895 Collinsville, Illinois
    Maria Dorothy Barbara Ottmann, daughter of Fredrich & Louise Wichmann Ottman
    - born 13 November 1871, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin,
    - died 13 October 1963, Cleveland, Ohio,
    - buried Cleveland, Ohio, Lutheran Cemetery
    Gravestone of Theodor and Marie Schurdel

    Theodor arrived in the U.S., 27 May 1883 on the German ship America, traveling with Ernstina Beyer Alszewski Radke, wife of his uncle Gustav Radke, and Ernstina's daughter Anna. He lived with a Proehl family in Augusta, Wisconsin, where he as confirmed in 1885. He graduated from the St. Louis, Mo., seminary in 1894, served 1 year in Connecticut in a mission. Served St. Peter's Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Tower Grove area; 1901 moved to St. Paul's, Indianapolis, then served daughter congregation, Emmaus. In 1911, he went to Zion, Cleveland; served there till his death.

    Schurdel Family, about 1912
    Theodor Schurdel family, about 1912

    Seven children.

      A. Stillborn infant Schurdel b. 1896 d. 1896, buried in Concordia Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

      B. Otto Ernest Schurdel
      - born 26 May 1898, St. Louis, Missouri
      - died December 1974, Cleveland, Ohio.
      - married 1927 Helen Kocian, stenographer
      - born 15 November 1902, in Ohio
      - died 19 August 2005, Cleveland, Ohio
      After attending Fort Wayne Concordia College, he transferred to law school at Western Reserve in Cleveland; worked as an attorney in Cleveland. No children.

      C. Esther Louise Schurdel
      - born 17 July 1900, St. Louis, Missouri
      - died 4 March 1998, Bakersfield, Calif.
      - buried Alamosa, Colo.
      - married 2 October 1932, Cleveland, Ohio
      Denver Merritt Houser, son of Thomas Houser and Minnie Garland,
      - born 12 September 1906, Denver, Colo.
      - died 3 September 1968, Denver, Colo.
      - buried Alamosa, Colo.
      They had four children.

      D. Arthur Gustav Schurdel
      - born 6 September 1902, Indianapolis, Indiana
      - died 25 November 1957, Indianapolis, Indiana
      - married 1 June 1927
      Lucille Jones
      - born 10 January 1904, Cleveland, Ohio
      - died 22 August 2003, while living in Florida
      They had two children.

      E. Walter Eugene Schurdel
      - born 8 June 1904, Indianapolis, Indiana
      - died 3 March 1969
      - married (1) 4 October 1927, Peg Binbeutel. Divorced.
      - married (2) Margaret Salisbury,
      - born 10 April 1921,
      - died March 1994, while residing in Florida
      They had two children.

      F. Lydia Emma Schurdel
      - born 3 February 1907, Indianapolis, Indiana,
      - died 19 September 1999, Denver, Colo.
      - buried Cleveland, Ohio.
      - married 12 May 1932, Cleveland, Ohio
      Arthur Walter Gronert son of John Karl and Pauline (Schiemann) Gronert
      - born 24 September 1908
      - died 11 August 1996, Denver, Colo.
      - buried Cleveland, Ohio.
      They had two sons.

      G. Theodor Schurdel
      - born 22 Nov 1910, died March 1913 Cleveland, Ohio

      H. Ruth Schurdel, stillborn 1918
      Gravestone of Theodor and Ruth

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  3. Helene Anna Schurdel
    - born 17 Dec 1872, Friedheim, Wirsitz, Posen
    - bapt. 20 Dec 1872. Sponsors: Wilhelm Schmidt, Caroline Radke Schulz
    - immigrated in June 1905
    - died 25 August 1936, buried at Oakland Cemetery, Fort Madison, Lee Co., Iowa
    - married about 1912 (at age 40) to a widower, August Ellerman, 18 Aug 1850 - 05 Mar 1925, and lived in Ft. Madison, Iowa, where he was stone mason.

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  4. Elisabeth Amalia Schurdel
    - born 18 Sep 1874, Friedheim, Wirsitz, Posen
    - bapt. 11 Oct 1874, Friedheim, Wirsitz, Posen
    Sponsors: Adolph Hemmerling, Lina Hemmerling, Frau Kerlin

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  5. Emma Maria Schurdel
    - born 16 Jun 1876, Friedheim
    - bapt. 23 Jul 1876, Friedheim
    - died in Chicago.
    - married Hubert Kraus.
    They lived in Chicago and had two children.
    A. Elizabeth Kraus married Harold Hasselbrink.
    They had a daughter.
    B. Arthur Kraus, died young.
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  6. Amanda Amalia Schurdel,
    - born April 1878, Friedheim, Wirsitz, Posen
    - bapt. 21 April 1878, Friedheim. Sponsors: Caroline Radke Schulz, Wilhelm Schulz
    Amanda was a nurse, never married.

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  7. Friedrich "William" Schurdel,
    - born 7 February 1880, Friedheim
    - bapt. 7 February 1880, Friedheim. Sponsors: Pauline Arndt, Amalia Wegner.
    Willi was a musician and band leader. Remained in Prussia.

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  8. Otto Ernst Schurdel
    - born 18 August 1882, Lassek, Posen
    - died 18 December 1960, Friedheim, Wirsitz, Posen, now Miasteczko, Poland
    - married 8 November 1916, Friedheim
    Amanda Elisabeth Kloehn
    - born 28 February 1895, Friedheim, Wirsitz, Posen, now Miasteczko, Poland
    - died 10 July 1975, Husum, Schleswig-Holstein.
    Otto wrote "Grenzmarkgrus"--"March of Hindenburg."
    One daughter:
    A. Edeltraut Schurdel,
    - b. 28 Aug 1918 Friedheim, Wirsitz, Posen
    - d. 13 Apr 2003, Hamburg, Germany
    Had one son with Harold Peter Bauchais b. 31 May 1910
    Edel was a ballerina before WWII, then served as an interpreter. In 1945 she fled with her parents to West Germany.

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  9. Anna Schurdel, a dressmaker. She married and had a son and a daughter, Mrs. Katie Klatt, who had 4 children. I haven't yet found her birth/baptism date, so I don't know where she fits in the order of the children.


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