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1 He was actually christened in Sumiswald, Bern, Switzerland, as stated in the Langnau parish register (Kirchenbuch). The christening was then registered at Langnau.


K 8 Sumiswald p.139 
Siegenthaler, Johannes (I18788)
 
2 Julius Billeter research notes; FHL film 128111. Gerber, Ulrich (I2396)
 
3 Julius Billeter Research Notes; FHL film 128111. Gerber, Anna (I5658)
 
4 Julius Billeter research notes; FHL film 128111. Gerber, Anna (I18844)
 
5 Julius Billeter research notes; FHL film 193480. Neuenschwander, Hans (I5741)
 
6 !CHRISTENING: Parish register of Langnau; Julius Billeter research notes;
FHL film 193480. 
Neuenschwander, Daniel (I5734)
 
7 !CHRISTENING: Parish register of Langnau; Julius Billeter research notes;
FHL film 193480. 
Neuenschwander, Elsbeth (I5735)
 
8 !MARRIAGE: Julius Billeter research notes;
FHL film 128111.

Katharina Baumgartner was christened 21 Jul 1588 in Trub, Bern, Switzerland.

She was a daughter of Hans George Baumbartner (1564) and of Anna Langenegger (1564). 
Baumgartner, Katharina (I5640)
 
9 !MARRIAGE: Julius Billeter Research Notes;
FHL film 193480. 
Blaser, Margret (I5725)
 
10 !MARRIAGE: Parish register of Langnau, Julius Billeter research notes;
FHL film 193480.

Her surname was also spelled Witmer. 
Wittwer, Elsbeth (I5454)
 
11 !MARRIAGE: Parish register of Langnau; Julius Billeter research notes;
FHL film 128,111. 
Lugibuhl, Margaretha (I0456)
 
12 !MARRIAGE: Parish register of Trub; Julius Billeter research notes;
FHL film 193473. 
Moser, Barbara (I18982)
 
13 1895 Census confirms birth year. 1915 Iowa census shows an HL Garrels from Canaan, Henry Iowa at about the same age. It is possible he is a brother. He lists Germany as his birth place. Also listed in Henry, IA is an Albert L Garrels in 1930 census (about same age).

Iowa Marriage Records show her mother's name is Aije, not Antje as it appears on the ship's passenger manifest.

Garrels were also present in Ireton, IA. The earliest known from 1839 could have been her mother. At least one of Hilka's children was born in Matlock, Sioux County, IA, which is very close to Ireton. Appears to be many Haans in the area as well, so this is likely the family that appears to be related to Hilka.

1880 Census shows a Harmon Garrels and siblings living with Weert and Sara Garrels in Franklin, Des Moines, IA. His birthplace is listed as Ostories Laduch.

1920 Census confirms German heritage. So does her obituary.

It is unclear at this point the exact location from which Hilka immigrated. Census data and her obituary shows she came from Germany, and her name is spelled "Hilke", the German form. According to her obituary she is from the Emden area, Ostfriesland, Germany. Emden may have been her port of departure. Most German immigrants at that time came to the US through New Orleans.

Lana Kratz, a decendent of Hilka, stated in an email that her mother told her that Hilka was from Emden. It is unknown as to where her mother received that information. It was possibly passed down from generation to generation. It is confirmed by information of Familysearch.org.

There is another family from the same area (Theodorus Garrels and Hilke, or Hilka according to census, Harms) who came from Germany. Hilka came from Ostfriesland, but it is unclear the origin of Theodorus. In any case, their families have many similarities. Birth dates of the children are within 2 years from each other. Their childrens names are Trientje (Trina), Agnes (?), Harm, Elske (or Elka), Helen (Hilka). Theodorus and Hilke Harms were married in Parkersburg, Butler County, IA. You will find Haan's and Garrels both in that county. In fact, there was a Bena Garrels born in Emden who immigrated with her parents, Jacob Sluiter and Anna Garrels.

From Appledorn genealogy:
[387] Theodorus Garrels married Hilke Heren Harms in 1885. Mrs. Garrels was born Hilke Heren in Ogle County, llinois. Her parents died when she was very young and she lived with the Wesley Harms family. At the age of eight 8
moved with her foster parents to near Parkersburg, Iowa where she lived for many years. Here she met Mr. Garrels. They were married and soon after that moved to Lyon County. The Garrels farmed until they retired to George many years later.


[386] [SOURCE] "In and Around George, Iowa 1871 - 1912" [GEO 0148]
Cresent Publishing Company, Hills, Minnesota, 1971
reprinted: Kruger Office Supply, George, Iowa, 1998

[384] [SOURCE] 1900 USA Census - Iowa (Lyon County), Wheeler Township
Supervisor District No.: 11; Enumeration District No.: 57
Page 74A; Sheet: 10; Line: 46

[385] [SOURCE] Germans to America, Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby, Scholarly Resources
listed as Garrels, Theod., age: 22; ship's name: Weser
manifest ID: 36138, embarkation: Bremen, debarkation: - 
Garrels, Hilka (I2235)
 
14 1911 News Photo Police Officer Ottie Schlotfeldt (48 KB)
This photo from an article in the Sioux City, Iowa newpaper turned up from a family member after the author had been searching for a long time through other sources. The family story was that Adolph "Ottie" Schlotfeldt, son of Henry F. Schlotfeldt had been found shot "mysteriously" in Sioux City and we had only a year of 1911. We still haven't found the details but now can get closer. On the back of this photo it discusses Arizona's first statehood election being held the day Ottie was killed. Arizona historical archives indicate that date to be Dec. 12, 1911. We now know the date. Interesting "jigsaw" pieces of the Genealogy process. 
Schlotfeldt, Adolph (I0600)
 
15 1920 Census shows she immigrated in 1870 and naturalized in 1880.

Ellis Island records show an Anna Blaser immigrating on 5 Jul 1892 from La Havre. The year of her birth matches. The ship's name was La Bourgogne.

Died in Lester, IA
Born in KS, Bern, Switzerland
Married December 20, 1916 in Seneca, KS
Immigrated in 1889

or born in July 31, 1864 in Bern, Switzerland area (Shirlee DeHaan)
or died in May 25, 1957 (Shirlee DeHaan)
or May 2, 1957


New York Passenger Lists 1851-1891 shows Anna arriving on 4 Jun 1888 on La Gascogne in New York. She emmigrated from Switzerland and immigrated to Kansas from Le Havre. She was 24 years old.

1900 Census shows they lived in Richland Township, Vernon county, Missouri 
Blaser, Anna (I0292)
 
16 A chart from the Gerber reunion in 2009 shows she lived at Bottigen. Whether that was before or after she was married is unknown. Gerber, Bertha (I0013)
 
17 A chart from the Gerber reunion in 2009 shows the family lived at Bottigen or Hans Zehnder was from Bottigen. Family F0013
 
18 A relative, Niklaus Gerber (probably his half-brother who lived at Untern Hapbach), the farmer at Obern Hapbach, was ordered to raise Christian and Michael after their father's death.



Farmer at Hinterer Baeregg. Co-managed Giebel before his father's death.

According to documents obtained from family in Switzerlland, he is probably the father mentioned in the Gerber Book of Michael Gerber of Hapbach who immigrated to Ohio (USA) and who became the ancestor of 650 descendents.

It is possible that they are referring to the Mennonite deacon, Michael Gerber. However, his birth and death dates are a little off. Deacon Michael emigrated from Chaluet in the Bernese Jura, likely due to fleeing from religious persecution. The spouse names are not the same, either. 
Gerber, Michael (I0492)
 
19 A relative, Niklaus Gerber, the farmer at Obern Hapbach, was ordered to raise Christian and Michael after their father's death.


Very popular leader of the "new baptism movement" in Emmental called Froelichianer, begun by Samuel Froelich. His name is mentioned in Mennonite history regarding a large separation from the Mennonites. He is called "Christeli" to differentiate himself from his grandson.

The baptismbook of Geiser mentions regarding the breaking away from the Mennonites that Christian was ?the most talented of all Neutäufer (in Langnau) was undoubtedly Christian Gerber.? In 1821 he was called to a Mennonite lectureship. In 1832, he had his first contact with Samuel Fröhlich, 1834 first meeting of the Neutäufer, part of the time held at Giebel, May 1835 he was excommunicated from the Mennonite worship, whereby the community of Neutäufer proclaimed their beginning as mentioned on a letter from Samuel Fröhlich currently at Giebel. He is noted as the armendirektor (literally, poor-director or hospital director) in Langnau and owner at Giebel who died in 1894.

There is a letter from Samuel Fröhlich at Giebel. You can find it as a media link on this website. 
Gerber, Christian (I0505)
 
20 According to "Zeitschrift für vaterländisches Recht, Volume 2 By Bernischer Advokatenverein", Christian lived at Giebelmoos in 1826.

Could not handle money and had gone bankrupt. He left Canton Berne and married a catholic woman. Therefore, he could not inherit under Berne law. - Marianne Gerber, October 28, 2001

He had taken a loan against his inheritance because he became bankrupt. He lived for a time in Ufhusen, Luzern. 
Gerber, Christian (I0495)
 
21 According to 1912 Chronicle, John and Rosa Brunner were mentioned in Pella, IA. Family F0090
 
22 According to Carrol Burkard, Samuel, Maria, Johan Ernst, and Maria Anna all settled in California, Moniteau County, Missouri. Mother Maria Elizabetha Mathys and Johan's first wife Ida Marie Beutler are buried in Bloch Cemetery in Moniteau County. Ernst, his father Samuel, sons Edgar and Arthur, and many members of the Beutler family migrated to McHenry County, North Dakota. Gerber, Johann Ernst (I5303)
 
23 According to Carrol Burkard, Samuel, Maria, Johan Ernst, andMaria Anna all settled in California, Moniteau County, Missouri. The parents are buried in Bloch Cemetery in Moniteau County. The rest of the family migrated to McHenry County, North Dakota. Gerber, Maria Anna (I5304)
 
24 According to Emma's husband, John, she came from Mettmenstetten. Haab, Emma (I4164)
 
25 According to Emmy Banwart, Paul adopted three daughters and was living with one of his daughers at the time of his death in Idaho.

Paul left home at about 17 and joined the Navy. He served in Pearl Harbor as a deep sea diver. His job was to pump air into the ships in attempt to bring them to the surface.

Lived in Grass Valley, CA according to Gilbert's Obit. 
Gerber, Paul R. (I4082)
 
26 According to Ernst and Clara Gerber's travel log, Marie and Heini had twins. Family F0014
 
27 According to Ernst and Clara's travel log (8 Sept 1929), Christian was mentioned as the person who built the church. Gerber, Christian (I0388)
 
28 According to Ernst and Clara's travel log, Emma stayed with her parents while Ruedi was a farmer at Giebel on 8 Sept 1929. Gerber, Emma (I0521)
 
29 According to Ernst and Clara's travel log, Ida stayed with brother Ruedi at Giebel on 8 Sept 1929. Gerber, Ida (I5418)
 
30 According to Ernst and Clara's travel log, the Kamblys ran a cookie and candy factory out of their home. They lived upstairs. Family F1571
 
31 According to family history. Peter Gerber Studer, Mathilde (I26626)
 
32 According to Fay Schlotfeldt, CAF Kroegersberg was active in the settlement of Davenport Kroeger, Cay Asmus Franz (I3526)
 
33 According to Frieda's obituary, she had still living one sister, Elsie Leuthold of Lester, Iowa; one brother, Ezra (Marie) Knobloch of Rock Rapids, Iowa. It is unknown at the time of writing of this note if they were half-siblings for full. Knobloch, Frieda Clara (I0069)
 
34 According to her death certificate, Anna's death was the result of pneumonia complicated by asthma. Kummer, Anna Elizabeth (I2316)
 
35 According to her father-in-law, John, she came from Bottmingen. Bauer, Fraziska Stefanie (I5884)
 
36 According to Jim Kellenberger, August Knobloch had changed the spelling of his surname to Knoblock Knobloch, August (I1897)
 
37 According to John Gerber of Giebel, she was from the farm Ilfistalden. Ilfis is the name of the river in Langnau, while Stalden is a steeply mounting part of the ground. Gasser, Rosa (I0141)
 
38 According to Julius Billeter, Jacob was from Bittwil. Microfilm #193467. Lohse, Jacob (I2596)
 
39 According to Julius Billeter, Sam was from Rapperswil. - Microfilm #193467 Hofer, Sam (I2595)
 
40 According to Nemaha County, KS Berwick Township 1900 Federal census, it is also possible this Christian (Nov 1866 Switzerland) married Anna Elizabeth Nusbaum (Eliza) (May 1863 Switzerland), and had Anna E (19 May 1891 Switzerland), Elizabeth/Lizzie (Mar 1893 Swizerland), and Ida (23 Jan 1900 Kansas). Immigrated in 1891 and was a blacksmith in 1900. Died 9 Apr 1904 in Corning, Nemaha, KS and buried 11 Apr 1904.

It appears that Christian appears on the 1900 Gilman township, Nemaha County, KS Census, born 1858, immigrated 1886, married to Alvina, with children, Henry W, Ester R, Matilda A, Christian E, Josephine A. 
Blaser, Christian (I0196)
 
41 According to Peter Gerber, a letter of his father shows that Heini had at least three children. Rueegger, Heinrich (I0386)
 
42 According to Peter Gerber, he was known as 'Tricot Gerber', because he had a shop with clothes preferably made of 'Tricot', the Swiss name for Jersey fabric.

Commissioned the painting of Giebel. 
Gerber, Christian (I0018)
 
43 According to Peter Gerber, this Michael may be the son of Niklaus Gerber (Giebel-Glais). This would make him the owner of Hapbach as well as his son, Simon. Gerber, Michael (I1868)
 
44 According to Peter Gerber: He was christened “Niklaus”. That name is usually abreviated to “Klaus” and in the language of the people Klaus transforms to “Glais” (as "Robert" to "Dick" in English).  Gerber, Niklaus (I2699)
 
45 According to Peter Gerber: Hans, called "Grat-Hans" (because he lived on the Farm “Grat” or “Aussergrat” near Kröschenbrunnen). Also known as Ausser-Grat Escholzmatt Gerber, Hans (I0524)
 
46 According to Sharon Gerber, Nicklaus had 9 children. John was the oldest. When he was old enough to work on his own, he moved away. While he was gone, the rest of his siblings caught diphtheria, and each child died. Later, Joseph was born. My guess is that John Moser moved from Forrest, IL to work in Bern, Kansas. When his siblings died, his parents moved to be with him, which is why Joseph was born in Bern. Moser, Nicholas (I2292)
 
47 According to the travel log of Ernst and Clara Gerber in 1929, Hans lived up in the mountains at a house owned by Ulrich's estate. Hans used to mow the hay up there. It would take an hour of walking after reaching as far a car could drive. Gerber, Hans (I0524)
 
48 According to Tony Gerber, this family moved south to Vechigen. Family F1196
 
49 Also note that one source (Adam Barrone) shows that he was born in Rorschach (Rorschachersberg), Switzerland. However, these villages are both located on the south side of the Bodensee.

Johann Heinrich (German)
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Extracted from Kellenberger Family History and Record Book - Revised 1978

Grandfather - Christian David Kellenberger
Born December 12, 1827 in Walzenheusen, Switzerland
Died March 2, 1895 near Sabetha, Kansas
Buried Country Cemetery near Bern, Kansas
Grandmother - Marie Magdalena Tobler
Born April 4, 1828 in Heiden Kt Appenzell, Switzerland
Died February 13, 1901 near Richard, Missouri across
the line from Fort Scott, Kansas and was buried there.


This was written in 1916.

I, H. J. Kellenberger, was born at Rohrsbach Co. St. Gallen, Switzerland on the 10th day of October, 1862. When I was four years old, my father moved to Zurich. Then in 1873 we came to America. On the 1st day of August, we started off at Zurich; quite a lot of my schoolmates were at the station to bid me goodbye. It took us three days to get to LeHarvre via Paris. Then we boarded a new steamer, named Washington, to cross the Atlantic Ocean. It took us just two weeks to come across. We landed at New York. It was quite a city at that time already. They had lots of elevated railroads. Then we started on our trip again by rail; on the 3rd day we arrived at Peoria, Illinois, where we settled down as I had an uncle living there. We only stayed one year at Peoria as it was not the city to suit my father's trade, so we moved to St. Louis, Missouri. When we children grew older, we thought we would like the country life better, so we went to Tremont, Illinois -- close to Peoria again. There we lived on a farm until I was 23 years old. In the spring of 1885, the 27th day of February, I came to Neemaha County, Kansas. On the 15th day of November, I got married and started farming on my own. Then in 1898 we went to try the South -- Eastern Oklahoma and Fort Scott, Kansas.

In 1910, we left Fort Scott and came in our old locality again within a few miles of where we now live.

P. S. My first days of plowing, I done right across the road of where
I now live, 1 mile east of Bern, Kansas, but there was no town
then, as there was no railroad here. The Rock Island built the
road through here in the fall of 1886, then the townsite sprung
up fast.
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Extracted from Kellenberger Family History and Record Book - Revised 1978

JOHN HENRY KELLENBERGER

Son John Henry, in German or Swiss Johan Heinrich
Born at Rohrsback K.T. St. Gallen, Switzerland - October 10, 1862
Came to America with his parents in 1873, 11 years old.

When he was 23 years old, he came to Nemaha County Kansas in February, 1885 in the neighborhood of Sabetha and Bern, Kansas to work on the farm.

November 15, 1885 he was united in marriage to Salome Strahm, daughter of Christian and Kathrina Gerber Strahm in the Apostolic Christian Church near Bern. Salome was born at Bluffton, Indiana, December 21, 1860, and came to Kansas with her parents as a child when the Indians still roamed around.

To this union five children were born:

Martha - November 25, 1886
David John - September 27, 1888
Christian Louis - August 12, 1890
Henry William - December 14, 1892
Nathan Solomon - November 26, 1894

When Henry and Salome were married they lived with her father as the mother had died many years before and Salome was keeping house for her father. The house was built onto a hillside and Martha was born at that place. Some called it a dug out - later they built rooms above.

Then November 14, 1895 the mother Salome died quite suddenly. It must have been a stroke or heart attack, after a two week mild illness.

In August 16, 1896, Henry was married to Anna Blaser, daughter of Ulrich and Magdelena Shenk Blaser. She was born in KT, Bern, Switzerland on July 31, 1865 and came to America in 1889.
Mother Anna died May 2, 1957 at Lester, Iowa.

Some of you may think this marriage was quite soon. The father Henry wanted to keep his children together and housekeepers were not to be had. It would have been a scandal for a girl to keep house for a widower those days, and Anna was kind to come in and help raise the five children, which few girls would consider. Then another five children were born:

Rose Celia - August 18, 1897 - Sabetha, Kansas
Lena Emma - March 14, 1899 - Indian Territory
Hulda - July 26, 1900 - Richards, Missouri
Herman - January 27, 1902 - Hammond, Kansas
Ernest Andrew - June 16, 1906 - Hammond, Kansas

In 1899 Henry and Anna left Kansas and moved to Aften Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in hopes to have their choice of land to homestead. Then Uncle Sam changed his mind and turned this country into a Indian reservation. This is where Lena was born. It was all prairie and wild country, roads were trails across the prairie every which way. The land lord was part Indian. Then in January, 1900 they moved to Fort Scott, Kansas two years. Lived just across the line in Missouri near Richards. Here Hulda was born and the grandmother died in 1901. Then they bought a farm across the line in Kansas near Hammond or ten miles north of Fort Scott. Here Barman and Ernest were born. In 1910 they moved back to Sabetha, Nemaha County, Kansas.

By 1916 the four older boys had left for Lyon County, Iowa. Their father Henry went to visit them, liked the country, so in February, 1917, the family left for Lester, Iowa to make their home. The father. Henry wanted to keep his family together. In 1917, sons Henry and Nathan were drafted into World War I. In August 1918 son Henry sent word he would be at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, then sent across. Father Henry and Anna left September 3 for Rockville, Connecticut to visit Anna's sister and family and to see son Henry before he left for overseas. The father caught cold on the way and died at the sister's home September 13, 1918. He never saw his son Henry, as he already had left for Europe. (It was two months before Henry heard that his father had passed away). He had a bad case of hayfever for many years before and got worse every year. He was brought home and buried at the Apostolic Church Cemetery south of Lester.

Sons Henry and Nathan both came home from the army.

Later five of the boys left for Winthrop, Minnesota, then to Elgin, Illinois where David, Henry, Nathan and Barman still live at this time, 1967. Ernest worked at the Elgin Watch Factory 19 years, then bought a jewelry store at Morris, Minnesota in 1944.

Son Christian settled in the Lester, Iowa area as a young man and engaged in farming until his retirement. He is still living in Lester. Three daughters, Martha, Rose and Lena, also settled in this area. Presently, Martha is living in Lester, Rose in Larchwood and Lena in Sioux Falls.

Daughter Hulda, moved to Elgin, Illinois in 1928 with her family and passed away July 26, 1932 after giving birth to her third child.
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Kellenberger, Heinrich Johann (I0305)
 
50 Alternate birth location: Gurzelen Seftigen

Settled in Sardis, OH in 1848 according to post on rootsweb by Darin Schneider on 17 Aug 2000 
Hauert, Anna (I0318)
 

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