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LaVila – Krueger Family

I called my cousin LaVila Krueger Luedtke today.   She lives in Edgar, Wisconsin and she’s 88 years old.  Still as sharp as a tack. Funny, charming, and quite beautiful.  I had a few questions to ask her about the Carl Bertold Krueger (1864-1949) side of the family.  They were farmers in the Town of Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin.   Carl Krueger was one of the four original Kruegers to come over to the US from Pomerania, Prussia.  I had a few questions I wanted to ask her and these are her answers:

  • She didn’t know anything about the Krueger origins apart from the fact that they were from Pomerania.  She never heard a town mentioned.
  • She never heard anything about how Henry Krueger and Bertha Kamrath met.  Nor did she hear how Carl Krueger and Bertha Strehlow met, although she knew that the Strehlow family property actually touched the property of the Krueger family in the Town of Maine (the two plots were diagonal to each other, so they touched in one corner).  So they most likely just met via proximity.  “They couldn’t get around anywhere except on horseback, so it must have been really convenient to have a girlfriend who lived just next door.  You could go chat at the fence!”
  • She had no idea what Henry did for a living.  “He lived in Wausau.  What did he do there, do you suppose?”  🙂
  • She confirmed that there were only the four Kruegers in the family.  Just Wilhelm and Caroline and their two boys Henry and Carl.  No other children left behind in Prussia.  “They would have brought them over with the parents I’m sure.  No, it was just the two boys.  I never heard about anyone else.”


Prussian Origins – Next Steps

Jörg Schrick sent me an email this morning:

Kahlen, Kohlen, Calem…..or Wandau, Wanden, Wansen….  that all are guesses, speculations, you need to know exact places of birth and marriage to find anything.

I agree with him  Perhaps the only way to be sure (unless someone has a box with documents from the old country) is to find the family in Prussia before they left.
  • The Zierkes arrived in 1865.
  • The Schulz siblings (Wilhlemline and Martin) came in 1866.
  • The Strehlow family came in 1868.
  • Heinrich Krueger got here in 1881 or 1882, his brother Carl in 1883.
  • The parents Wilhelm and Caroline Krueger came in 1883.
  • The Kamraths came in 1885.
  • Wilhelm Schmidt came in 1885 and his mother and five sisters in 1892.

So I think that about 1860 and 1870 are the best times to look for them.

In 1860 the ages would have been:
Friedrich Zierke Sr.    54
Dorothea Hardow Zierke  46
Friedrich Zierke Jr.    25
Anna Rosina Zierke      14

Martin Schulz           19
Wilhelmine Schulz       13
In 1870 the ages would have been:
Wilhelm Krueger                      35
Caroline Hoge Krueger                34
Heinrich Krueger                     13
Carl Krueger                          6

Ferdinand Strehlow                   40
Wilhelmine Schweitz/Schuriz Strehlow 40
Bertha Strehlow                       8
Hermann Strehlow                      5

Carl Kamrath                         38
Henriete Prinow Sense Kamrath        28
Bertha Kamrath                        6
August Kamrath                        5
Helene Kamrath                        4
Anne Kamrath                          2
Emma Kamrath                          0

Friedrich Schmidt                     Unknown
Wilhelmine Winkelmann Schmidt	      32
Carl Ernst Wilhelm Schmidt             8
Alvine Schmidt                         4
Amelie Schmidt                         1
So now I guess the best thing is to look for census records for the “Candidate Towns” and try to find them.

Strehlow Family Origins

The Strehlow family is connected to mine by virtue of the fact that Henry Krueger (my great-great grandfather)’s brother Carl Bertold Krueger married Bertha Strehlow.  Like the Kamraths and Kruegers, the Strehlows were from Pomerania, Prussia.

The German passenger list for the Strehlow voyage to the US in 1868 mentions two towns:

Rügenwalde” for Wilhelmine, Bertha and Hermann, and “Wandhagen” for August Strehlow.

Rügenwalde was on the northern coast of Prussia, and is called Darłówko, Darlowo, Poland now.  It is straight north on the coast from Jastrowie (where the Zierke family came from) and the Netzbruch region (where the Schmidts came from).

Bertha Strehlow gave her birthplace as “Waldehagen, Roning, Pomerania” on her marriage certificate, so it may be that the family lived in Wandhagen first then some of them moved to Rügenwalde before they came to the US.  Wandhagen is about 12 miles from Rügenwalde and is called Wierciszewo, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland today.

Bertha’s mother Maria Wihelmine Schwarz was born, according to her death record, in Böbbelin, Pommerania.  She was baptized in the nearby town of See Buckow.  Bertha’s grandfather Johann Ferdinand Strehlow Sr. was listed on his marriage record in 1829 as a resident of Neuenhagen, which was in the same area.

Wandhagen & Rügenwalde

Wandhagen & Rügenwalde

Rügenwalde  (Darlowo), from 1816 to 1945 in district of Schlawe (Slawno) in administrative district of Köslin (Koszalin), Province of Pomerania.

Wandhagen (Wierciszewo, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland), a village in “Hinterpommern” = East Pomerania, district Schlawe in administrative district of Köslin until 1945.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darłowo

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wierciszewo,_West_Pomeranian_Voivodeship