Louis Sr. marries Agatha Krieger (b. Jan 10,1859, d.July 22,1921)(2nd wife)
and moves to America!
Their children - Harry, Charles, Leo, Emma, Hildegard & August.
Soon after, Louis Jr. fearing, that he was about to be drafted into the German army decided to join his father in America in 1889. He apparently brought his younger brother Joseph with him. Harry told me, Louis Jr. (& Joseph?) had to go under the 'barbed wire' to escape from Germany.
Grandma Barbara Bogner was the daughter of a well off Strasbourg family. She was in love with Louis Jr. and followed him to America in 1890 with a girl friend when she was 19 years old. She never saw any of her family again. Her mother and father, who apparently disapproved of Louie, disinherited her but she did maintain contact with her bothers and sisters who shared their inheritance with her when her parents eventually died.
When she first came over she worked as a maid for a doctor in Buffalo who taught her to speak English. Louis Jr. and Barbara were married October 15, 1891 and lived happily everafter. Joseph was his best man. Louis Jr.ís other brothers (Alyosis, Gregor & Ulrich) also came over a little later and were living at 390 Monroe St. in 1899 with Louis Sr. according to the Buffalo City Directory (Agatha was not mentioned). They said they were painters . By this time Joseph had married Barbara Schmitt (1897) and their first son William was born in 1898. Louie & Barbara were living at 86 Herman St. (Lucille & Wilma were born there May 24, 1899.) I donít know what became of Great Grandma Kathryn.
Louie Jr. & Barbara moved to Springbrook, NY (A few miles south of Buffalo) were they raised their family. Their daughter Mae (Marie) & George W. Schiewiller went to school together and later married. George served in the army (Pvt 1st class, 302nd Supply Train) in WW1 and later was a conductor on a trolley when they were popular. Louie Jr. (and Mae?) ran a small store in Springbrook and also had a farm. My mother (Lucille) told me she would ride with him on the horse drawn wagon sometimes when he brought his produce to market in Buffalo. Later when the kids were grown Louie and Barbara moved to Buffalo at 89 Burch Avenue because it was to far for the kids to travel since they worked in Buffalo. My mother worked for the Larkin Co. in the Larkin Building when it was a really large company. (The Larkin Bldging was designed by Frank Loydd Wright but was unfortunately torn down.)
Brother Joe was also a conductor on a trolley down around the 1st Ward in Buffalo. He got into the habit of stopping for an ice cream at a little shop at Hamburg & O'Connell Sts. that Ora Mays and her sister were running. Joe & Ora began going out with each other and soon were married.
Later Grandpa Louie & Grandma Barbara moved to Alahambra, California and enjoyed their retirement years out there. After Uncle George died Mae and her children, Norine, June and Ron moved to California also. Ron died in May 31, 1978.
By - Don Hamilton - updated Sept. 2002, April 2003.
Their children - Louis, Marie (Mae), Joseph, Lucille & Wilamena (twins), Philip.