NameClara Matilda Bollman
Birth4 Oct 1867, Eastern, Posen, Germany, Germany
Death18 Apr 1940, Milan, Erie, Ohio, USA
Burial21 Apr 1940, Lot 104-2, Hoover Section, Milan Cemetery, Milan, Ohio
Birth: Record from Justus P Oetzel genealogical records, Milan, Ohio
Burial: Milan Cemetery, Milan, Ohio in lot 104-2 Hoover Section
ADDIONAL INFORMATION: Clara M. Bollman was born in the Province of Posen, October 4, 1867. Her parents were Frederick Bollman and Marie Woycke. Frederick was one of two sons in a family which had a heritage of militarism for several generations. Frederick renounced the army soon after his marriage and was subsequently disowned by his father with whom he never reconciled.
Marie Woycke was one of a number of children and was born to the second marriage of her mother. Her mother's first husband's name was Dembitzky.
EMIGRATION: When Clara was about six years old the family and her aunt Matilda Woycke came to America from Bremen on the ship "DEUTSCHLAND" landing in New York 23 Aug 1873. The "DEUTSCHLAND sank off Southhampton England in Dec 1875. They finally settled in LaSalle, IL The family finally moved on to Nebraska. When Clara was about seven, her mother died and her father married Matilda. Her father and Matilda had a daughter. Clara was in her twenties when her stepmother died. When her father contemplated a third marriage Clara left home and did not see her father again while he was alive. Frederick Bollman died March 9, 1906 (certified death certificate from Nebraska). Clara's younger half sister had died a few years previous.
On leaving home, Clara M. Bollman went to Chicago where she found work. There she met Justus F. Oetzel whom she had previously met in Nebraska when he went there to visit a sister. They were married at the home of her cousin, Mary Fahey, in Milwaukee, Jan. 1895, and immediately returned to Ohio to set up housekeeping.
The Bollman family came to the USA on the ship DEUTSCHLAND Bremen to New York arriving 23 Aug 1873. Her father Frederick Bollman was listed at age 39, wife Marie age 29, Clara age 4. Source: Germans to America, Volume 30, Page 238
OBITUARY: MILAN, OHIO APR. 19-Mrs. Clara Oetzel, 72, wife of Justus Oetzel, died at her home on Main St. early today after an illness of two weeks. She was a native of Germany and had been a resident of Milan for the past 50 years. She was an active member of the Edison Memorial Methodist Church, and the Grange. She is survived by her husband; two sons, William of Milan and Fred of Norwalk; four daugthers, Mrs. L. F. Reifert of Vermilion, Mrs. Charles Heys of Berlin Heights, Mrs. Fred Williams of Milan, and Mrs. O. H. Heil of Rocky River, and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the Rawle Funeral Home at 2:30 p. m. Sunday, with the Rev. W. H. Norman officating. Burial will be in the Milan cemetery. The family has requested that flowers be omitted.
Birth15 Dec 1859, Milan, Erie, Ohio, USA
Death16 Nov 1943, Milan, Erie, Ohio, USA
Burial20 Nov 1943, Lot 104-1, Hoover Section, Milan Cemetery, Milan, Ohio
MarriageJan 1895, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA