August and Fredericka Koesters Schnuettgen Families

August & Fredericka Koesters Schnuettgen Family

This is a “recent” photo from a negative that Dewie Gaul had and was printed from that original negative.  Dewie estimates this photo was taken about 1900 as Emma Schnuettgen apears to be about a 2 year old child. If anyone knows for sure, please comment below. 

In this photo is from left to right is Theodore Schnuttegen, Louise Johanna, Othilia, August, Emma, Frederecka, and Maria Antonia. 

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Theodore Schnuettgen, son of Peter Anton Schnuettgen and Maria Anna Franzisca Josepha Hitze, was born on 7 Feb 1850 in Eichhagen, Kreis Olpe, Westp., Germany, was baptized on 8 Feb 1850 in Rhode, Olpe, Westp., Prussia, Germany, and died on 24 Jan 1939 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA at age 88. 

Theodore married Fredericka Koesters, daughter of Josef Koesters and Maria Brigitta Schulte, on 9 Mar 1886 in Westphalia, Shelby, Iowa, USA. Fredericka was born on 5 Mar 1859 in Oberhundem, Kreis Olpe, Westp., Germany and died on 3 Jan 1948 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA at age 88.  Another name for Fredericka was Marie Bernardine Fredericka Koesters. They had six children: Maria Antonia, August Joseph, Louise Johanna, Antonia, Othilia, and Emma Mary. 

  1. Maria Antonia Schnuettgen was born on 23 Dec 1886 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA and died on 25 Mar 1968 in Yankton, Yankton, South Dakota, United States at age 81. Maria married Anton Wortmann, son of Henry Wortmann and Theresa Noecker, on 3 Apr 1913 in St. Joseph Church, Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA. Anton was born on 11 Feb 1889 and died on 8 Oct 1947 at age 58. They had eight children: Elvira, Eleanor Teresa, Theodora, Rudolph, Edgar, Francis Alphonse, August, and Josephine. 
  2. August Joseph Schnuettgen was born on 9 Jan 1888 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA, died on 7 Aug 1978 in Defiance, Shelby, Iowa, USA at age 90, and was buried in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Defiance, Shelby Co., Iowa. August married Crescentia Schechinger, daughter of George Schechinger and Elizabeth Blum, on 3 Sep 1912 in St. Joseph Church, Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA. Crescentia was born on 20 Aug 1891 in Westphalia, Shelby, Iowa, USA, died on 3 Dec 1912 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA(1) at age 21, and was buried on 6 Dec 1912 in St. Joseph Cemetery, Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA. August next married Mathilda Kohls, daughter of Louis Kohls and Elisabeth Handoff, on 26 Jan 1915 in St. James, Cedar County, Nebraska. Mathilda was born on 23 Sep 1894 in Bow Valley, Cedar, Nebraska, USA, died on 26 May 1985 at age 90, and was buried in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Defiance, Shelby, Iowa. They had ten children: Othmar Theodore, Delores Marie, Mary Ella, Madonna, Marie, Rita Mae, August Joseph “Gus,” Elizabeth Ann “Betty,” John Raymond, and Eugene Norbert. 
  3. Louise Johanna Schnuettgen was born on 1 May 1889 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA and died on 8 Nov 1969 in Osmond, Pierce, Nebraska at age 80. Louise married John Wortmann, son of Henry Wortmann and Theresa Noecker, on 22 Sep 1910 in St. Joseph Church, Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA. John was born on 9 Mar 1884 in Bow Valley, Cedar, Nebraska, USA and died on 4 Aug 1950 in Bow Valley, Cedar, Nebraska, USA at age 66. They had one son: Ferdinand.
  4. Antonia Schnuettgen was born on 18 Sep 1891 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA and died on 2 Oct 1892 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA at age 1. 
  5. Othilia Schnuettgen was born on 28 Jul 1894 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA and died on 24 Jul 1963 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA at age 68. Another name for Othilia was “Tillie.” Othilia married John A. Gaul, son of Nicholas Gaul and Susanna Friedmann on 10 Feb 1914 in St. Joseph Church, Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA. John was born on 4 Sep 1888 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA and died on 16 Feb 1965 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA at age 76. They had nine children: Cyril Nicholas, Valerie Marie, Roman Anthony, Marian Kathryn, Colette, Verner Peter, Dewie Joseph, John Mark, and Angela Therese. 
  6. Emma Mary Schnuettgen was born on 9 Apr 1899 in Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA, died on 8 Dec 1979 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, USA at age 80, and was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA. Emma married Mathias Thomas Gollobit, son of Jacob Phillip Gollobit and Anna Adam, on 4 Oct 1921 in St. Joseph Church, Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA. Mathias was born on 26 Feb 1886 in Charlotte, Clinton, Iowa, United States, was baptized in St. Joseph Church, Sugar Creek, Clinton, Iowa, United States, died on 17 Oct 1941 in Manilla, Crawford, Iowa, USA at age 55, and was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Earling, Shelby, Iowa, USA. They had ten children: Theodore Frederick, Mary Stella, Edna Helen, Odelia, Dorothy (Dort) Theresa, Imelda Louise, Joseph Paul, John William, Thomas James, and Phillip Richard. 

Sources

1. Dewie Gaul, E-mail correspondence and written records scanned and shared. 

 2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “FamilySearch Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 29 Mar 2022), entry for Mathias Thomas Gollobit, person ID LV4P-6TD. 

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In a article that I believe, Dewie wrote it goes:

   Today is the 125th anniversary of a most significant day in our family’s history.  On Aug. 17, 1874, Theodore Schnuettgen disembarked from the Deutschland in New York City.  He was 24, and I am sure we all rejoice this day that he landed safely.  If he hadn’t, some of us would not be.  

The Deutschland was an oceangoing vessel regularly running between Bremen and New York and was owned by the North German Lloyd’s Company.  It was built in 1866 and was 328 feet long, had a 40-foot beam and possessed two 300 horsepower engines.  It weighed 2,898 tons.  

Just 15 or so months after my grandfather got off her, on Dec. 6, 1875, attempting to avoid a storm, it struck the Kentish Knock shoals, on the Thames, in the height of a gale.  157 drowned, 155 were saved.  The fact that the liner struck at all is a mystery since two experienced pilots, one German and one British, were aboard the ship and were familiar with such dangerous waters.  There was no panic at first, since land was in sight and life preservers were plentiful.

The wreck of this ship was immortalized by the famed English Jesuit poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, in his poem The Wreck of the Deutschland.  

Verse 14 thereof: 

She drove in the dark to leeward,

She struck—not a reef or a rock

But the combs of a smother of sand: night drew her

Dead to the Kentish Knock;

And she beat the bank down with her bows and the ride of her keel:

The breakers rolled on her beam with ruinous shock;

And canvass and compass, the whorl and the wheel

Idle for ever to waft her or wind her with, these she endured.

 

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