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Hermann and Martha (Kroebel) Baetz


Hermann was a quarrymaster, near the small town of Uftrugen in Central Germany, near the Harz Mountains. He was killed in the explosion of a powderhut, in Feb of 1905. Hermann and Martha were the parents of nine children at the time of Hermann's death, and their daughter Clara was born after this tragic event.

Martha came to America, arriving at Ellis Island in Nov of 1925. Her daughter Martha and sons Paul and Herman had preceded her to America. Her daughter Clara came the following month, Dec of 1925. Martha was a diabetic, and a short time after she came to America, she died from complications of this disease. She is buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Chicago, IL. Her sons Paul and Herman are also buried at Oakwood Cemetery.

Hermann and Martha are my paternal great-grandparents, their daughter Clara is my grandmother. Information in Family Group Records was obtained from family members and vital records.


Photo of Hermann Baetz


Family Photo
Left to right: Anna, mother Martha, father Hermann, and daughter Martha. Martha is holding twin son, name unknown, Hermann is holding twin Hermann Jr.


Family Group Records



Hermann Baetz
Son of/Unknown
Born/Unknown
Married Martha Kroebel 15 July 1891
St Moritz Evangelical Church
Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Died February 1905/Uftrugen, Germany/Killed in a quarry explosion
Berta Amalie Martha Kroebel
Daughter of Fritz Kroebel and Wilma Hild
Born 13 March 1868/Mereseburg, City of Halle (Salle) Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Died 8 February 1926/South Chicago Hospital, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Buried/Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois

Children of Hermann and Martha

1.Anna
Born 12 February 1891/City of Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany
Emigrated from Germany in 1911
Married Frank Henry Deckert abt 1912/USA
Died 6 August 1988/Hayward, Sawyer Co., Wisconsin

2.Hermann
Born 11 March 1895/Twin/Village of Krosigk, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island abt. 1920, exact date/ship still unknown
Never Married
Died September 1972/Elgin, Kane County, Illinois
Buried at Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois

3.Female/Twin of Hermann
Born 11 March 1895/Village of Krosigk, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Died/about 2 years of age, exact date unknown/Germany

4.Martha
Born 1892/Village of Krosigk, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Married Herman Eicke 30 August 1918/Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
First sibling to come to America
Arrived at Ellis Island New York 29 May 1913, aboard ship President Grant
Died 5 March 1934/Killed by a streetcar in Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Buried 8 March 1934/Oakwooods Cemetery/Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois

5.Hedwig
Born 6 September 1896/Village of Krogsik, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island New York 29 March 1923, aboard ship Seydlitz
Married August "Gust" Galske/Date Unknown
Died 6 November 1988/Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois
Buried 9 November 1988/Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery, Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois

6.William Paul
Born 26 September 1897/Village of Hohenthurm, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island in 1925, exact date/ship still unknown
Married 1.Emma Herta Polter/abt 1924/Germany
Married 2.Lillian A. Kline/Date Unknown/Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Died November 1971/Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Buried at Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois

7.Karl
Born abt. 1898/Village of Hohenthurm, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Married Grete (surname unknown) abt. 1921/Germany
Died/Unknown/Salza, Germany

8.Freida
Born 2 November 1901/Village of Hohenthurm, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Married Erich Schrader Date unknown/Germany
Died 5 September 1983/City of Erfurt, Thuringia, Germany

9.Berta Louise
Born 19 November 1903/Bartz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommerm, Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island abt 1952/exact date/ship still unknown
Married Mileta Nikodijevic, July 1956
Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois
Died 17 Jan 1986/Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois
Buried 21 January 1986/Mother of God Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake Co., Illinois

10.Elsa Clara
Born 26 June 1905/Village of Dehlitz, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island December 1925, ships name still unknown
Married 1.Hermann William Schwartz, 15 February 1928
St Paul's United Church of Christ, Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois
Married 2.Harold Ziel Sr., abt 1962
Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Died 17 Nov 1970/Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Buried 20 November/Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois


Additional Family Group Records will be added for Herman and Martha's children, please check back for updates ~ sandiesquilts@att.net

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