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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 "Zähjs Holz" appears to say that Niklaus Gerber of Giebel, after his purchase of the Hapbach farm, moved and no longer was a member of the Neutäufer church. However, that statement is could be associated with the wrong Niklaus as the Neutäufer movement began in 1835. More likely, this Niklaus renounced his membership in the Mennonite church, not Neutäufer. Gerber, Niklaus (I2699)
14 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 Death Records show her mother's name is Aije, not Antje as it appears on the ship's passenger manifest. It seems to indicate her maiden name was Klingenborg

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 emigrated. 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 immigrants from Germany 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

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)
15 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)
16 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)
17 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)
18 A chart from the Gerber reunion in 2009 shows the family lived at Bottigen or Hans Zehnder was from Bottigen. Family F0013
19 According to "Geschichte_der_Bernischen_Täufer (page 127)" and "Swiss and German Pioneer Settlers of Southeastern Pennsylvania" (page 127) which is largely a translation of the aforementioned book, Michael Gerber of Wannental was deported for a time from Langnau. He was listed as the son of another Michael Gerber. Gerber, Michel (I5870)
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. Because she was Catholic, he could not inherit under Berne law. - Marianne Gerber, October 28, 2001

According to Ruedi Gerber of Vorder Giebel, he had arranged to pay off his debts with his debtors.

He had taken a loan against his inheritance because he became bankrupt. He lived for a time in Schwertschwänden, Ufhusen, Luzern. 
Gerber, Christian (I0495)
21 According to "Zähjs Holz" A Niklaus from Hapbach was married to Anna Steiner, the widow of Ulrich Steiner of Eggiwil. However, that appears to be incorrect. Her marriage record to Niklaus Gerber in the Eherodel shows her last name was Janni at the time of the marriage and that she was born with Steiner surname.

There is an inscription on a stove in the house that says, "Komm Wärme dich bei mir. Ich ofen gönn es dir.
Niclaus Gerber Anna Steiner 1829"
Translated into English, the inscription reads "Come warm yourself by me. I wish you well. Niclaus Gerber and Anna Steiner 1829.
Family F0167
22 According to 1912 Chronicle, John and Rosa Brunner were mentioned in Pella, IA. Family F0090
23 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)
24 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)
25 According to Daughter Barbara's birth record, they lived in a farm near Langnau named Gool-grat Aeschliman, Johannes (I0393)
26 According to documents obtained from family in Switzerland, he was suspected to be the father mentioned in the Gerber Book of Deacon Michael Gerber of Hapbach, a Mennonite minister who immigrated to Ohio (USA) and who became the ancestor of 650 descendants. 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. This individual was known to live at the farm called Hinter Baeregg in Langnau. Both individuals are mentioned separately in the "Heimatrodel der Tauferfamilien von Langnau 1791-1870" with different families. Finally, Deacon Michael's father's name was said to be Christian, not Michael.

Gerber, Michael (I0492)
27 According to Emma's husband, John, she came from Mettmenstetten. Haab, Emma (I4164)
28 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)
29 According to Ernst and Clara Gerber's travel log, Marie and Heini had twins. Family F0014
30 According to Ernst and Clara's travel log (8 Sept 1929), Christian was mentioned as the person who built the church. Gerber, Christian (I0388)
31 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)
32 According to Ernst and Clara's travel log, Ida stayed with brother Ruedi at Giebel on 8 Sept 1929. Gerber, Ida (I5418)
33 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
34 According to family history. Peter Gerber Studer, Mathilde (I26626)
35 According to Fay Schlotfeldt, CAF Kroegersberg was active in the settlement of Davenport Kroeger, Cay Asmus Franz (I3526)
36 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)
37 According to her death certificate, Anna's death was the result of pneumonia complicated by asthma. Kummer, Anna Elizabeth (I2316)
38 According to her father-in-law, John, she came from Bottmingen. Bauer, Fraziska Stefanie (I5884)
39 According to Jim Kellenberger, August Knobloch had changed the spelling of his surname to Knoblock Knobloch, August (I1897)
40 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)
41 According to Julius Billeter, Jacob was from Bittwil. Microfilm #193467. Lohse, Jacob (I2596)
42 According to Julius Billeter, Sam was from Rapperswil. - Microfilm #193467 Hofer, Sam (I2595)
43 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)
44 According to Peter Gerber, a letter of his father shows that Heini had at least three children. Rueegger, Heinrich (I0386)
45 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)
46 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)
47 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)
48 According to Ruedi Gerber of Vorder Giebel in "Usere Altvordern" document, father Christian passed down to this Niklaus in 1839 1 large farm house, 1 cow barn, 1 Speicher, 1 "Bauchehaus?", 1 house at Giebelkelle, 1 bee apieri, and "Moos" (could be a wetland area or Giebelmoos). he held back the Schwandgraben" portion of Lohngratalp for its timber. Gerber, Niklaus (I0461)
49 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)
50 According to the birth records of the children, this family was living at the farm called WannetalFamily F4629

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