Wilhelm Schmidt, Emil and Otto Prielipp

Otto Prielipp was a German/Prussian immigrant who came to the US in 1922.  In 1923, my great-great-grandfather Wilhelm Schmidt paid $164.98 for Otto’s brother Emil Prielipp come to the US from Germany/Prussia.  [Gornitz was in the Prussian Province of Posen, but I believe technically after WWI it was considered Germany.]  Both men worked in the paper mill with my great-grandfather Edwin Schmidt, and both lived on Grand Avenue in Rothschild, Wisconsin(as the Schmidt family did).  Gloria and Kay Johnson were friends with the Prielipp daughters.  It’s not clear if Wilhelm also paid for Otto to come to the US.

Ticket for Emil Prielipp to the US from Gornitz, Prussia.

On the passenger record for Emil Prielipp it gives his home town as “Gornitz, Ashebude, Germany”.  Gornitz is the town where Wilhelm was living from November, 1884 until he came to the US in the second half of 1885.  “Ashebude” (actually Ascherbude) is a small town near Gornitz.  Emil sailed aboard the “Albert Ballin” from Hamburg, Germany on 8 Nov 1923, arriving in New York harbor on 18 November.  His destination was listed as “Rothschild, Wisconsin”, and his father was listed as Hermann Prielipp, and his trade as “blacksmith”.

Emil Prielipp passenger list, 1923

Emil’s brother Otto left Gornitz in 1922 on board the “SS Mount Carroll” which sailed from Hamburg, Germany on 29 Jun 1922 and arrived in New York on 11 Jul 1922.  Otto was listed as a “Farm Laborer”, father Hermann Prielipp of Gornitz, and with a destination of Wausau, Wisconsin.

Otto Prielipp Passenger List, 1922

Otto Prielipp passenger list, 1922

I’ve asked Gloria to try to get me in contact with Otto’s daughters.  My hope is that they know something about the relationship between their father/uncle and Wilhelm Schmidt, and perhaps even have some knowledge (even if it’s just family stories) about Gornitz.

UPDATE:  From further records discovered by Doris Winkelmann Sonntag and Marlena Krzemińska, we now suspect that Emil Prielipp was the grandson of Hannah Auguste Friedericke “Friedericke” Winkelmann, who was the sister to my 3x great-grandmother Wilhelmine Winkelmann. So Wilhelm Schmidt may have been paying for the passage of his first cousin, once removed. It seems probable that Emil’s father Hermann was Wilhelm’s first cousin, and may have written to Wilhelm to ask for help getting his two sons to the US.

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About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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