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Gottlieb and Karleina Wyss
[submitted by James W Bradley]
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Son: Gottlieb Wyss (1884-1884)
Son: Paul Fred "Pete" Wyss (1886-1947)
Son: William B Wyss (1888-1966)
Son: John Gottleib Wyss (1890-1952)
Dau: Lena Marie Wyss (1890-1954)
Dau: Lydia Wyss (1892-1962)

Jonathan Gottlieb Wyss (1850RipischbergSwitzerland-1892HalsteadKansas) married Karleina [Caroline] "Lina" ?Goretz? (1860KantonBernSwitzerland-1892HalsteadKansas). Gottlieb (32 year old laborer) and Karleina [23 year old Lina] Wyss already married arrived in the USA on the ship "Canada" from Havre, France, to New York arriving 28 June 1883. They traveled to and lived near Halstead, Kansas, They had four sons and two daughters (John and Lena were twins). Both Gottlieb and Caroline died in 1892 leaving young children. The school where four of the Wyss children were sent on the train in 1894/95 was Central Wesleyan College in Warrenton, Missouri. It was charted as "Western Orphan Asylum and Education Institute" in the year 1865. Gottlieb and Caroline are buried in the Halstead Cemetery in Halstead, Kansas. [Submitted by James W Bradley]

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Obituary William B Wyss, Auxvasse, Missouri, 2 Apr 1966
Descendants of Gottlieb and Karleina (Goertz) Wyss

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From: james.w.bradley@att.net To: William F Bishop Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 7:53 AM
Subject: migration to Kansas

Bill    Here is some more information on the migration to Kansas. http://www.vlib.us/old_west/lineoftime.html

1867/1868--A great famine in Sweden combined with the discontent bred by repressive government
made the American advertisement of land and freedom particularly attractive to Swedes. The third
largest foreign-born group in nineteenth-century Kansas came from Sweden. The primary colony from
Sweden was at Lindsborg in McPherson County. The settlement at (New) Scandia in Republic County
was promoted by the Scandinavian Agricultural Society of Chicago. Swedish influence was also in
Osage County and the Blue River parts of Riley and Pottawatomie counties.

1873/1874--German Mennonite immigration to Kansas and South Dakota from Russia. Southeast McPherson
and adjoining Marion (Hillsboro), Harvey (Halstead-where they built a flour mill by the Little
Arkansas River, North Newton), and Reno (Buhler-one of the oldest Mennonite Brethren churches in
Kansas) counties became the home of German-Russian Mennonites.

1870s--Bethel College at Newton was founded by Swiss and German Mennonites from Russia; what is
now the General Conference Mennonite Church.

1874/1875 -- Mennonites from Russia introduced Turkey Red wheat to Kansas.


From: james.w.bradley@att.net To: William F Bishop Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 7:40 AM Subject: Re: Jonathan Gottlieb and Caroline (Goretz) Wyss Family Bill I presume that they spoke the dialect of Swiss German. They were married when they left the old country. They boarded the ship in Harve France. I would guess that had learned some english,. The area they settled in was all of German and Swiss decendents. As far as I know they boarded a train in New York and proceded to Halstead Kansas. The area in Kansas where all of the red wheat is raised was settled by German immigrants from Russia. http://www.kancoll.org/khq/1974/74_1_saul.htm This site tells of the history of the Mennonites and the migration from Russia and parts of Switzerland and Germany. Jim
From: james.w.bradley@att.net To: William F Bishop Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 6:57 AM Subject: Re: Jonathan Gottlieb and Caroline (Goretz) Wyss Family Bill I guess I assumed that you knew that he was in the orphanage in Warrenton, MO. Three of the boys ran away initially but the youngest one was too slow and got caught, the two older ones got away they being Bill and Paul Wyss. They both stayed in the Mexico area all of their lives. Bill stayed with the Berry family and I never could find Paul listed in the census in Mexico. I may have overlooked it. Jim
From: james.w.bradley@att.net To: William F Bishop Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 4:14 PM Subject: Re: Jonathan Gottlieb and Caroline (Goretz) Wyss Family Bill, I am sending what I have on both of them along with obits from Kansas. Some of the information on them is that Gottleib was born in Ripischberg Switzerland abt 1858 and Karleina was from Linden kuezenburg Kanton Bern Switzerland abt 1858 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The first one is of Gottleib... Gottlieb and his wife are buried about half way down on the east side of the cemetery next to the field. Gottlieb Wyss arrived in the USA on the ship "Canada" from Havre on 28 June 1883. Gottlieb was a 32 year old labour. PAGE 3 THE HALSTEAD INDEPENDENT TRIBUNE Friday September 2 1892 Gottlieb Wyss died this morning at 11:00 after an illiness of several weeks. He leaves behind 5 small children the oldest being only seven years old. The mother died last spring. Funeral services to be held Sunday. The Modern Woodmen will have charge. According to a letter writen to Dorthy Wyss in 1943 Gottlied was from Ripischberg and Lina came from Kuezenburg Kanton Bern Schweiz. In the annual account of the Guardian of the estate and person of Paul Wyss, Willie Wyss, Lina Wyss, John Wyss, Mary Wyss. There is a amount received from insurance of $2000.00, Money collected $200.00 and interest of $165.00. This report is dated 18 Jan 1894, so all of the above money was received in 1893. In the report dated January 1895 there is a notation of receiving money from Switzerland in the amount of $76.25. In the report of January of 1896 there is a notation of receiving money from a Steam Ship Company of $53.55. According to the guardian's record the properity was sold to Abraham I. Schowalter on the 28 day of May 1901 and recorded at 4:30 PM on page 354 of book 37 deeds. The properity is decribed as follows as lot three and the south half of lot 2 in block 23 in the city of Halstead [Kansas] according to the recorded plat of said city. The properity here was purchased July 22 1884 from Jacob Stanph and Margarretha for the price of 3 25 dollars. We know they came from Switzerland aboard the ship "Canada" from Havre, France to New York, arriving 28 June 1883. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is what I have on Carolina (Karleina) Carolina arrived in the USA on the ship Canada from Havre on 28 June 1883. She was listed on the ships registey as Lina a 23 year old. Goertz may or may not have been her maiden name. page 3 THE HALSTEAD TRIBUNE Friday March 18, 1892 Friday evening March 11 at her home, Mrs G. Wyss died. The funeral services were held at the German M. E. Church Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. Lange. The deceased leaves a husband and 5 children of which the youngest was 9 days old at the time of her death to mourn her loss. THE HALSTEAD INDEPENDENT Friday March 18, 1892 Mrs. D. Weiss living on the Swartley place died last Friday. Funeral was held at the German Methodist Church Saturday afternoon. She leaves behind a husband and 5 small children the youngest being only a few weeks old. According to a letter writen to Dorthy Wyss in 1943 the correct spelling was Karleina Wyss. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The school where four of the Wyss children were sent on the train in 1894/95. The name of the school in Warrenton [Missouri] was Central Wesleyan College. It was charted as "Western Orphan Asylum and Education Institute" in the year 1865 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Maybe this will give you something to go on sometime. Jim