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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. They had nine children at the time of Hermann's death, and a 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, 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 gr 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 abt. 1881/82/Germany
Died Feb 1905/Uftrugen, Germany/Killed in a quarry explosion
Martha Kroebel
Daughter of Fritz Kroebel and Wilma Hild
Born 13 Mar 1868/Halle, Germany
Died 8 Feb 1926/South Chicago Hospital, Chicago, Cook Co., IL.
Buried/Oakwood Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., IL.

Children of Hermann and Martha

1.Anna
Born abt. 1883/Germany
Died/Unknown/Germany

2.Hermann
Born 11 Mar 1886/Twin/Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island abt. 1920, exact date/ship still unknown
Never Married
Died Sep 1972/Bartlett, IL.
Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., IL.

3.Boy/Twin of Hermann
Died/As infant, exact date unknown/Germany

4.Martha
Born abt.1889/Germany
Married Herman Eicke abt.1914/Germany
First sibbling to come to America
Arrived at Ellis Island NY 29 May 1913, aboard ship President Grant
Died abt. 1938/Killed by a streetcar in Chicago IL,
Buried/Chicago, Cook Co., IL.

5.Hedwig
Born 6 Sep 1890/Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island NY 29 Mar 1923, aboard ship Seydlitz
Married August "Gust" Galske/Date Unknown
Died 6 Nov 1988/Elgin, Kane Co., IL
Buried at Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin, Kane Co., IL

6.Paul
Born 26 Sep 1896/Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island, exact date/ship still unknown
Married 1.Emma (surname unknown)/Date Unknown
2.Lillian (surname unknown)/Date Unknown
Died Nov 1971
Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., IL.

7.Karl
Born abt. 1898/Germany
Married Grete (surname unknown) abt. 1921
Germany
Died/Unknown/Germany

8.Freida
Born 2 Nov 1901/Hohenthurm, Germany
Married Erich Schrader
Died/Unknown/Germany

9.Bertha
Born 19 Nov 1903/Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island abt 1952/ship, still unknown
Married Mileta Nikodijevic, July 1956
Elgin, Kane Co., IL.
Died 17 Jan 1986/Elgin, Kane Co., IL.
Buried at Mother of God Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake Co., IL

10.Clara
Born 26 June 1905/Germany
Arrived at Ellis Island Dec 1925, ships name still unknown
Married 1.Hermann William Schwartz, 15 Feb 1928
St Pauls United Church of Christ, Elgin, Kane Co., IL.
Married 2.Harold Ziel Sr., abt 1962
Chicago, Cook Co., IL
Died 17 Nov 1970/Chicago, Cook Co., IL
Buried at Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago, Cook Co., IL.


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