William Joseph Brubaker

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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  William Joseph Brubaker

    William married Megan Kay Laverty [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Kelsey Elizabeth Brubaker
    2. Elliott Konrad Brubaker
    3. Grayson William Brubaker

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Dennis Lee Brubaker was born 19 Jun 1939, Grinnell, Poweshiek, Iowa (son of Everett LeRoy Brubaker and Helen Lavera Stuart); died 12 Dec 1999, Gilman, Marshall County, Iowa; was buried 16 Dec 1999, Prarie View Cemetery, Gilman, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Dennis was educated in the Grinnell area Schools Graduating in 1958. He then attended Engineering school in Minneapolis, Minn. Dennis spent a large portion of his life around this area. He has work for the Amana Refrigeration Factory, Forestry Service Omaha Nebraska, Lynnville Sully Feed Mill, Gilman Mid Iowa Telephone Company in Gilman Iowa, as a Plant Manager, He watched and helped the telephone industry go through many changes. He enjoyed his work and continued to take classed to keep up with the changes. He then went to work part time at the Kellogg Hardware in Kellogg Iowa. After the onset of the cancer he continued working until his strength gave out. Through Thier years of marriage Dennis enjoyed fishing, traveling, riding motorcycle and gardening. They made several trips to Seattle Wash. on Thier motorcycle and various other trips to other states.

    This story was told to me by my mom, Grandma had told her. Grandpa used to work building and fixing things their around the farm. Dad being young, 3 or 4 years old, copied grandpa. When grandpa had a hammer, dad had a hammer. Once particular day, dad was hammering, he would swing the hammer hit the board, and the hammer would bounce back and hit him in the head. He would look at the hammer and the wood, and take a step back from it. Then he swung the hammer again, it bounced back hit him again, So he would take another step back from the wood. Swing the hammer again, hit himself in the head. It was as if he couldn't understand why it keep bouncing back and hitting him, he must of been to close to it so he would get this expression of "Wow, I better step back"

    This story was told to me by Carol Rockwell, dads hospice nurse. Her mother told her that when dad was a young boy at the old school house, they would ride their sleigh during the winter. As the snow melt they would take their chances on hitting a bare patch. Normally they would just slide off of the sleigh when it stopped on the patch. One particular day, the boys were out their riding and dad hit a bare patch, rather than just flying off, he came forward and hit himself in the mouth with the handle and guide for the sleigh. He got up angry and bloody, bound back up the hill to make another go at it. He placed his sleigh and back down the hill he went, only to hit another bare patch, Once again he came to a dead stop, and once again he hit his mouth on the handle and guide. More angry and more bloody, back up the hill he went. And back down the hill, only to hit another bare patch. And once again, he hit as the sleigh stop. By the time the day's riding was done, he looked as if he had been beaten up. But he wasn't the kind to give up, till he had the results that he wanted.

    As a teenager, dad and the boys he ran with would go to the fields and catch baby skunks to sale. They would take them put them in gunny sacks. One particular day, they did just that, but they didn't make it to the place they would sell them quite quick enough. For this particular day, They put the gunny sacks in the back of grandpa's car, not thinking about what all of those baby skunks would do. Needless to say they couldn't get the smell out of the trunk of grandpa's car. Grandpa ended up selling the car and buying a new one.

    When dad met mom, he knew that she was already pregnant with me, he chose to date her anyway, he married her, gave me his name, raised me as if I was his. We had our rough times, but he was and always will be my father. Things didn't always come easy for him, and he didn't always show his feelings. But he was always their for me, and deep inside I always knew that about him. He helped to form me into the person that I am and I thank him for that.



    Dennis was educated in the Grinnell area Schools Graduating in 1958. He then attended Engineering school in Minneapolis, Minn.
    He was employed for 21 years with Mid Iowa Telephone Company in Gilman Iowa, as a Plant Manager, He watched and helped the telephone industry go through many changes. He enjoyed his work and continued to take classed to keep up with the changes.
    After the onset of the cancer he continued working until his strength gave out. He then went to work part time at the Kellogg Hardware in Kellogg Iowa until a year before his death.
    Through Thier years of marriage Dennis enjoyed fishing, traveling, riding motorcycle and gardening. They made several trips to Seattle Wash. on Thier motorcycle and various other trips to other states.

    Dennis married Betty Lou Kroeger [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Betty Lou Kroeger
    Children:
    1. Pamela Kay Brubaker
    2. 1. William Joseph Brubaker
    3. Denise Rae Brubaker was born 30 Nov 1966, Grinnell General Hospital, Grinnell, Powesheik County, Iowa; died 30 Nov 1966, Grinnell General Hospital, Grinnell IA. Buried at Grinnell Cemetary.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Everett LeRoy Brubaker was born 10 Jul 1914, North English, Iowa (son of David Curtis Brubaker and Myrtle Edith Pettibone); died 5 Dec 2003, Searsboro, Iowa; was buried 10 Dec 2003, Hazelwood Cemetery Grinnell, Iowa.

    Notes:

    SPECIAL MEMORIES OF Leroy: I talked with him about the old carriage that his father would let the kids use to go to school when he didn't need the horses. He called it the coupe of carriages, It was totally enclosed with a glass windshield for the sides it had windows and doors. Not a normal carriage that we would see these days. His father had 4 horses, and it usually took all 4 horses for the farm equipment. But when he didn't need one of the horses, the kids could use one to go to school. When he moved out and married, he moved to the Grinnell area, he remembers working at the Ford Garage, earning $15.00 a week. The apartment that they rented cost $25.00 a month, until they found one for $15.00 a month. He worked at the glove factory as so many did in the Grinnell area. For him he told me so many times you do what you need to to survive in this world. When his father became ill, they moved out to a farm, Leroy has spent most of his life farming, it was his lifes work and he was proud of it. He milked cows, raised hogs, he several chickens over the years. Still living on the farm but now renting out the farm grounds. He specially enjoys working in the garden now that he is retired.

    Memories of Pam McGerr: He was always a quiet man to me,

    Everett married Helen Lavera Stuart [Group Sheet]


  2. 5.  Helen Lavera Stuart
    Children:
    1. 2. Dennis Lee Brubaker was born 19 Jun 1939, Grinnell, Poweshiek, Iowa; died 12 Dec 1999, Gilman, Marshall County, Iowa; was buried 16 Dec 1999, Prarie View Cemetery, Gilman, Iowa.
    2. Betty Lou Brubaker
    3. Larry Joe Brubaker
    4. Kathleen Kay Brubaker

  3. 6.  Emil Henrich William Kroeger was born 24 Apr 1897, Eldridge, Davenport Iowa (Scott County) (son of August Wilhelm Johann Fredrich Kroeger and Clara Arp); died 1 Sep 1969, Grinnell General Hospital, Grinnell IA. Poweshiek Co. Buried at Dysart IA.; was buried Dysart Cemetery, Dysart, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Emil was educated in country schools in Scott Co. and Grundy Co. On April 5, 1910, he was working on the farm when he lost his fingers in a hay rope pulley.

    His life work was as a farmer, mechanic, truck driver, cab driver, Restaurant owner. What ever he had to do to support his family. He loved his children, grandchildren, fishing, and flowers. He was a friend to all, and would help any one in need. (Example: As long as he lived, Mr. Little, a black man, said that Mr. Kroeger worked on their cars, even Tho they didn't have money, or what color their skin was. He was a good man and friend.)

    June of 1923, Emil was driving the truck to town and home, the day him and his father were hit by a train.

    January 11, 1927, Emil was hit by the crank of the Case Tractor on the farm and receive a sever cut about the face. He spent nine days in the Allen Hospital in Waterloo.

    He continued to farm until during the depression, when they lost their farm, he then moved to town where he worked at the King Tower truck stop (Tama Iowa) around the 40's.

    Alice and Emil both became involved in the restaurant business and eventually bought their own restaurant. The first was a very small one located on the corner of main and highway 30. They later became owners of the 24 hour Coffee Shop which was located in the middle of the block just west of the first one.

    Emil had several strokes, and had a final stroke that took him to the Grinnell Hospital where he did of Complication, (Emphazima)

    Emil married Alice Wilma Berry 9 Oct 1924, Marion, Linn county, Iowa. Alice (daughter of George Elmer Berry and Lena Christina Brill) was born 8 Feb 1906, Gladbrook, Crystal Township, Tama Co., Iowa; died 22 Sep 1996, Waterloo, Blackhawk County , IA. Buried at Dysart Iowa; was buried Dysart Cemetery, Dysart, Iowa. [Group Sheet]


  4. 7.  Alice Wilma Berry was born 8 Feb 1906, Gladbrook, Crystal Township, Tama Co., Iowa (daughter of George Elmer Berry and Lena Christina Brill); died 22 Sep 1996, Waterloo, Blackhawk County , IA. Buried at Dysart Iowa; was buried Dysart Cemetery, Dysart, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Alice and her family moved to Cresco and later returned to Tama County where she grew to woman hood. She met and married Emil Kroeger, a farmer from Dysart. They farmed until the spring of 1940, when they moved to Tama from the Tom Hamiel farm east of Toledo. Alice was a hard working farm wife & mother. After moving to Tama, Emil worked for Wes Mansfield and Alice did restaurant work. Working for Ruth Beltcher, Shorts, King Tower Cafe, and they owned Thier own "The Coffee Shop". With Emils' help they ran the "Coffee Shop" restaurant until Emil retired, at which time they sold the cafe. After Emil's death Alice continued to work in cafes and restaurants as a cook until she was nearly 70. She had raised seven children by this time. She made her home with her daughter for about 1 1/2 years after being flooded out of her home. She had lived 50 years in the same house and was never flooded before that time. She entered Grandview Care Facility in 1994. After they closed in 1996 she went to Sunrise Hill Care Center in Trear where she lived until her death from pneumoni

    Notes:

    they were married by Justice of Peace J. L. Christie in Marion IA.

    Children:
    1. Russell Gale Kroeger
    2. Wayne Virgil Kroeger
    3. Donald George Kroeger was born 20 Aug 1931, Rural Dysart, Tama Co., Iowa; died 7 Oct 1998, Astoria, Oregon.
    4. Shirley Jo Ann Kroeger
    5. 3. Betty Lou Kroeger
    6. Francis Loren Kroeger
    7. Phyllis Jean Kroeger


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  David Curtis Brubaker was born 11 Jul 1872, Sheridan, Ohio (son of David Todd Brubaker and Salome Arzelia Clark); died Aug 1943, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa; was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Iowa.

    Notes:

    David and Myrtle spent a large share of their life moving across the county side. If you notice their children birth places, they moved to Iowa, Virginia, Ohio and finally back to Iowa where they finally settled for good.

    David and Myrtle met while both were attending College in West Virginia or Virginia. David studies to be a teacher. However we are unsure as to what happened to his ambitions. David worked as a plumber in North English and later moved to a farm 5 miles north of North English. David lost the farm after a series of flood stricken years and moved to Grinnell, still working as a plumber. Recollection is it was for Ritter Hardware and later for the Grinnell College.

    David was diagnosed with Cancer, and was hospitalized in Iowa City.

    David married Myrtle Edith Pettibone 12 Nov 1895, Marion, Iowa. Myrtle (daughter of Benjamin F. Pettibone and Ellen R. Warner) was born 31 May 1876, North English, Iowa County, Iowa; died 18 Dec 1964, Des Moines, , Iowa; was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Iowa. [Group Sheet]


  2. 9.  Myrtle Edith Pettibone was born 31 May 1876, North English, Iowa County, Iowa (daughter of Benjamin F. Pettibone and Ellen R. Warner); died 18 Dec 1964, Des Moines, , Iowa; was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Edith, as most refer to, her father committed suicide when she was young and her mother died during childbirth. Her Aunt & Uncle, Frank & Elly Warner took her in and raised her. Although she felt that she had to work harder then her cousins which were all boys, they did send her to college in West Virginia or Virginia, and this is where she met David Curtis Brubaker. Frank & Elly Warner lived on a farm east of North English and kept in close contact with Edith and her family.

    SPECIAL MEMORIES OF PAM BRUBAKER MCGERR: I remember going to great grandma's home all of the time when I was really young, she was always wearing her apron and seemed to know I was coming because she always had fresh baked cookies waiting for me. Her white/gray hair all wrapped up in a small bun on the top of her head. I remember climbing up on her lap at a table in the center of the kitchen to eat my cookies........... I don't remember ever seeing David Curtis there, but I remember feeling at ease there. There was a small timber that ran along the gravel road by the house, we used to go mushroom hunting there.

    Children:
    1. Sarah Mable Brubaker was born 8 Feb 1897, North English, Iowa; died 11 Jun 1978, Chariton, Iowa; was buried Chariton, Iowa.
    2. Francis Fern Brubaker was born 22 Dec 1898, Kenova West Va; died 6 Sep 1978, Hiawatha, Linn County, Iowa; was buried North English Cemetery, North English, Iowa.
    3. David Raymond Brubaker was born 6 Dec 1901, Kenova, Wayne County, West Virginia; died 17 Nov 1981, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida (Burial in Cedar Rapids Iowa); was buried Cedar Rapis, Iowa.
    4. Oscar Arnold Brubaker was born 26 Feb 1904, South Point Ohio; died 17 Sep 1975, South English, Keokuk, Iowa; was buried South English, Iowa.
    5. Mary Evelyn Brubaker was born 27 Nov 1908, Portsmouth, Ohio; died 7 Mar 2000, Des Moines, Iowa; was buried 10 Mar 2000, Resthaven Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.
    6. Doris Pauline Brubaker
    7. 4. Everett LeRoy Brubaker was born 10 Jul 1914, North English, Iowa; died 5 Dec 2003, Searsboro, Iowa; was buried 10 Dec 2003, Hazelwood Cemetery Grinnell, Iowa.
    8. Keith Molton Brubaker was born 7 May 1919, North English, Iowa; died 11 May 1984, Panora, Guthrie, Iowa; was buried Union Cemetery, Guthrie Center, Iowa.

  3. 10.  William Franklin Stuart was born 23 Dec 1872, Crawford Co., Indiana (son of Daniel Marion Stuart and Rosetta Elizabeth Brown); died 28 Oct 1961, Newton, Iowa at daughter's home (Mrs. Charles Balmer); was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Grinnell Herald Register recorded in 1957

    Sixty fifth Wedding Anniversary Observed by Grinnell Couple
    Saturday evening, March 9, friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs William Franking Stuart to help them celebrate their sixty fifth wedding anniversary which was March 10.
    Mr. and Mrs. Stuart were married at Allison, Kansas, in 1892. They have lived in Jasper and Poweshiek counties all their married lives and have lived in the present home west of Grinnell since 1922.
    The evening was spent visiting and viewing pictures after which refreshments were served. A lovely decorated cake was presented to the couple.
    Six of their eight children were present: Mrs. Cyrus Thompson of Malcom, Mrs. Charles Balmer and Mrs. Alma Callison, both of Newton; Mrs. Roy Brubaker of Searsboro, Ona Stuart and Mrs. Don Vogt, both of Grinnell, with their families. The two unable to attend were Mrs. Lloyd Adams of Loveland, Colo., and Leonard Stuart of Des Moines.
    Mr. and Mrs. Stuart are the proud grandparents of 29 children and 40 great grandchildren.
    Mr. Stuart observed his 84th birthday Dec 23, 1956, and Mrs. Stuart celebrated her 83rd birthday February 26, 1957

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    From the GRINNELL HERALD REGISTER dated Monday October 30, 1961

    TUESDAY RITES SET HERE FOR W.F. Stuart 88
    William F. Stuart, 88 Rte. 1 Grinnell, died suddenly Saturday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles Balmer in Newton, where he had moved three weeks ago to make his home. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday from the Smith Funeral Home with Dr. G. S. Bruland, pastor of the Grinnell Methodist Church, officiating. Organ music will be by Mrs. Rhee Auman.

    Serving as pallbearers will be Dennis Brubaker, Carl Callison, Carrol Stuart, Keith Stuart, Bob Thompson and Ray Thompson. Interment will be in Hazelwood Cemetery.

    The son of Daniel Marion Stuart and Rosetta Brown Stuart, he was born in Indiana on Dec 23rd, 1872. He received his education in the schools near his home in Indiana and later in Kansas.

    On Mar 10th, 1892, he was united in marriage with Arrissa Ellen Cooper in Allison, Kansas. To this union were born nine children, eight of whom survive: Mrs. Cyrus (Ollie) Thompson of Malcom; Mrs. Charles (Eva) Balmer and Mrs. Ernest (Alma) Thompson, both of Newton; Mrs Roy (Helen) Brubaker of Searsboro; Ona B. Stuart and Mrs. Don (Faye) Vogt, both of Grinnell; Mrs Lloyde (Ester) Adams of Loveland, Colorado. and Leonard Stuart of Anchorage, Alaska

    Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Stuart moved to a farm in Jasper county form Kansas and then to a farm just west of Grinnell city limits in 1922

    William married Arrissa Ellen Cooper 10 Mar 1892, Allison, Sheridan Co., Kansas. Arrissa (daughter of George Washington Cooper and Telitha Le Grand Adkins) was born 26 Feb 1874, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa; died 21 Mar 1958, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa; was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Iowa. [Group Sheet]


  4. 11.  Arrissa Ellen Cooper was born 26 Feb 1874, Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa (daughter of George Washington Cooper and Telitha Le Grand Adkins); died 21 Mar 1958, Grinnell, Poweshiek County, Iowa; was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Arrissa's grave stone reads Ella A.
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    From the GRINNELL HERALD REGISTER on Thursday March 27, 1958

    Mrs. William F. Stuart

    Mrs Arrissa Ellen Stuart, 84, the wife of Billy Stuart, Route 1, Grinnell, passed away Friday, March 21, at the Community Hospital.

    She was born Feb 16, 1874, at Kellogg, Iowa, the daughter of George and Litha Adkins Cooper. On March 10, 1892, she was united in marriage with William Franklin Stuart at Allison, Kansas. They had celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary only 11 days before her death.

    All of their eight children survive; Mrs. Cyrus Thompson of Malcom; Mrs. Charles Balmer of Newton, Mrs. Alma Callison of Newton, Mrs Roy Brubaker of Searsboro, Ona Stuart of Grinnell, Mrs Donald Vogt of Grinnell, Mrs. Lloyd Adams of Loveland, Colorado, and Leonard Stuart. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren and 42 great grandchildren.

    She is also survived by one brother William Cooper. Mr. and Mrs. Stuart have lived in Grinnell area since 1923, having moved here from Kellogg. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

    Children:
    1. Ethel Virgis Stuart was born 28 Mar 1893; died 26 Sep 1893.
    2. Ollie Eunice Stuart was born 11 Sep 1894; died 14 Oct 1966, Burial Sheridan Methodist Cemetary.
    3. Ona Bryan Stuart was born 1 Jan 1897; died 30 Aug 1981.
    4. Esther Leota Stuart was born 17 Dec 1899, Jasper Co., Kellogg, Iowa; died 5 Oct, Loveland, Colo..
    5. Eva Pearl Stuart was born 5 Oct 1903, Jasper Co., Iowa; died 5 Jun 2003, Newton; was buried 10 Jun 2003, Newton, Iowa.
    6. Leonard Merrill Stuart was born 10 Apr 1906; died 11 May 1974; was buried Hazelwood Cemetery, Grinnell Jasper Coutny, Iowa.
    7. Alma Irene Stuart
    8. 5. Helen Lavera Stuart
    9. Agnes Faye Stuart

  5. 12.  August Wilhelm Johann Fredrich Kroeger was born 25 Apr 1868, GruBe, Holstein, Germany (son of Claus Henrich Friedrich Kroeger and Elsube Auguste Friederika Schwartz); died 17 Jun 1953, Traer, Tama county, Iowa; was buried Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, Iowa.

    Notes:

    Wilhelm at the age of 15 years was described as being small framed, dark blonde hair, blue eyes, long shaped face young man. He went by the name of Wm., he seldom used the name William. His surname of Kroger was changed to Kroeger by the Am. immigration officials. He applied for a passport March 3, 1884 to come to America - passport received was good till 1st of May, 1885. His parents gave consent for him to come to America November 5, 1884. Wm. left for America April 1885 (age 17). He arrived in New York on the ship SS Bohemia. Wilhelm received his citizen ship papers October 19, 1892. He farmed with Fritz from 1891 to 190
    He moved to Davenport Iowa where he farmed and married Clara Arp, by Rev. A. D. Grief of Davenport, Iowa. Attendants at the wedding were William Arp and Emma Voss. The brides dress was Gray.
    Eventually he moved to Dysart IA. where he continued farming until he retired and moved to Traer IA. Wilhelm spent most of his life as a farmer, after retiring he cared for Taylor Park in Traer, IA. Where he could continue with his love for flowers and took care of the grass and trees. After being a widower for 5 years he married (Carrie) Carolyn Augusta Nagel Steffa. His burial was in Reinbeck cemetery beside his beloved wife, Clara. He died of a heart attack. His funeral service was held at St. Luke Lutheran Church at Traer Iowa on June 20 1953 at 2:00 P.M. with Rev. V.F.Groth officiating.



    ***News paper Article dated June 23, 1933 ---Prominent Farmer Injured Saturday Wm. Kroeger, prominent farmer residing on the old Rueppel farm northwest of Dysart, is in the hospital in Waterloo in a serious condition following an accident which occurred at Dysart Saturday forenoon about eleven o'clock. Mr. Kroeger and son Emil had driven their Ford truck to town and after delivering cream and doing their shopping had secured a load of fence posts, and also some sacked ground feed. They started home about eleven o'clock, it being after the regular passenger train time, they thinking that the train had been gone a half hour, gave little attention to the railway crossing at the Schultz corner in west Dysart. They were with in a few feet of the track when they saw the train some ten or fifteen feet away. Their only hope was to open the gas feed and attempt to get across ahead of the train. The pilot of the engine struck the truck just back of the cab. Both men were thrown several feet. Mr. Kroeger, Sr., striking a stub post, rendering him unconscious. the son was not injured and rushed to his father. The train was stopped within a few rods. Mr. Kroeger was taken to the depot by the local section crew, and Dr. Wagner was summoned. It was found that Mr. Kroeger had received a sever injury near the right eye, and the flesh was torn loose over they eyes and to the back of his head, with a scalp wound. he was removed to the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Koontz, a special nurse was secured, and in the course of a few hours he regained full consciousness. On Sunday he was removed to the hospital at Waterloo and latest reports indicate that he is improving and every hope is entertained for his entire recovery, which is most welcome news. The crossing where this accident occurred is a most dangerous one, as the view of car drivers is obstructed by trees and buildings on the east when approaching from the south. The Kroeger truck was a complete wreck, and it is indeed remarkable that both men escaped with their lives. ***


    ***Newspaper clipping December 9, 1938 ---California Tip Turns Out to be Honeymoon. When we report in last week's Star Clipper that William Kroeger, Traer park custodian, was leaving for California to spend the winter, we didn't know that it was to be a honeymoon trip. Neither did he. Mr. Kroeger left on Thursday of last week for the West in company with a brother, Detlef Kroeger, of Princeton, Iowa., and a long time friend, Mrs. Carrie A. Steffa, of Belle Plaine, who is the mother of Mrs. Effie Keel, of Traer, and is known to many here. While the travelers were staying overnight at Glenwood, Iowa., Mr. Kroeger, who is 70 years old and a widower, and Mrs. Steffa, who is 69, decided to get married. The ceremony was performed at Glenwood on Friday and the newlyweds continued on their way. Mrs. Steffa spent several weeks in Traer at her daughter's home a year or two ago while Mrs. Keel, who lives next door to Mr. Kroeger, was visiting in California. ***

    ***Newspaper Clipping 1938 ---The recent marriage at Glenwood, Iowa., of William Kroeger, Traer park caretaker, to Mrs. Carrie Steffa, of Belle Plaine, mother of Mrs. Effie Keel, of Traer, may have been a surprise to local people but it wasn't to them, according to a letter received from the bridegroom by the Star Clipper this week. Newspaper reports of the event said that Mrs. Steffa had started to California with Mr. Kroeger and his brother, Detlef Kroeger, of Princeton, Iowa., and that after reaching Glenwood the two members of the party decided to turn the trip into a honeymoon. But Mr. Kroeger writes: "I knew for several months of my intended marriage, also of my trip, but thought I could keep it a secret. I find I cannot keep a secret from you as your reporters seem to find out the news." With this "confessions" Mr. Kroeger proceeds to give the hitherto unrevealed details of the wedding, which occurred on December 9 at high noon and was performed by the Rev. Fred W. Long, Congregational pastor at Glenwood. Witnesses were Detlef Kroeger and Nellie Long. The newlyweds had made their plans to be married in Glenwood so that they might secure their wedding license in the historic courthouse where Abraham Lincoln once had to enter by a window in order to make a speech because of the immense crowd of people who were gathered at the door. "We are enjoying this wonderful trip to California," Mr. Kroeger writes. "We have had rain for five days but never a day that we could not be in the park sunning ourselves." Mr. Kroeger gives his address as Apartment 5, St. Mark's Hotel, 415 Magnolia Avenue, Long Beach California. "I am disappointed in the flowers here," the local park custodian declares in closing. "I thought I would find many, but find few."***


    ***Newspaper Article 1949 --- Hudson Man, 81, Is Flying to Germany (Courier Special Service) Hudson, IA--Wilhelm Kroeger, 81, will leave June 15 from Cedar Rapids by plane and will stop at Frankfurt, Germany, going on to Grube, Germany, where he will visit his sister, Augusta Lembeck, and brother, John Kroeger, both of Grube. Mr. Kroeger came to the United States when he was 17 and has never been back to Germany since, or seen his brother and sister. He expects to be gone three weeks and to return by plane. The Hudson man has several sons and daughters living in surrounding country. Hugo and William, near Hudson. He is very active and likes to garden.***


    ***Newspaper Article ---Traer man, 81, to visit Germany-- William Kroeger, 81-year old retired Tama County farmer who has been a resident of Traer the last 20 years, plans to fly back to his native Germany for a month's visit around the middle of June. Mr. Kroeger, who appears much younger than his 81 years, made application this week for a passport from the Tama county clerk at Toledo. The father of 11 children, Kroeger was born at Grube, Holstein Germany, now a part of the British zone. He came to this country May 5, 1885, at the age of 17 and spent the first 20 years farming in Scott county, Iowa, Later he farmed in the Reinbeck, Dysart and Traer vicinities. Although retired he still does a lot of work for people of the Traer community. he has a brother and sister living at Grube, where he expects to spend the entire allotted time of 30 days.***

    ***Newspaper Article from The Traer Star dated 1952 ---Search for Missing Car Abandoned when Mix up is Discovered-- Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Knoop recovered their car, a 1949 Chevrolet Sedan, Sunday morning, after some worry and wonder as to what became of it after it disappeared Saturday night from the Traer business district. The missing auto was returned by William Kroeger, of Traer, who had mistaken it for the used car of the same make and model which he recently purchased. both cars were parked in downtown Traer along the west side of U. S. 63 near the First National Bank. Mrs. Knoop, who works every other day at Reuel's Jack Sprat store parked the car when she returned from her evening meal about 6 o'clock Saturday night. When she happened to look over that way from the store shortly after, her car was missing. After checking to make sure that her husband had not taken the car, she assumed it had been stolen or "borrowed" by youthful joyriders. She notified the agent who wrote the car insurance, and the town and county authorities. A search was begun and highway patrolmen were notified to be on the lookout for a stolen car. Meanwhile, Mr. Kroeger had driven "his" car home, and parked it overnight in his garage. The ignition key for his own car worked perfectly in the Knoop auto. the following morning when he drove the car to take his daughter, Wilma, to her work at the Sunset Manor Restorium she asked about the seat covers. her father then became suspicious about having brought, home the right car, and was soon convinced of his error when he checked the registration card on the steering post. He and Wilma promptly notified the Knoop's of the mistake and returned the car to them. His own car was where he had parked it the night before.***


    ***Newspaper Article in the Waterloo Courier dated Thursday, June 18, 1953 page twenty-one ---Traer--William Kroeger, 85, Wednesday night in Schoitz Memorial Hospital at Waterloo, where he had been taken by ambulance after suffering a heart attack here; had been in comparatively good health; retired from farming about 20 years ago and since had been employed at various jobs in Traer; born in Germany and came to the United States as a youth; made a plane trip to Germany about two years ago to visit relatives; funeral, 2 P.M. Saturday at the Lutheran Church; burial in Reinbeck Cemetery; body at the States Funeral home here.***


    ***Waterloo Courier Friday June 1953 --Traer - William Kroeger, 85, of a heart attack in an ambulance Wednesday evening while en route to Waterloo, after suffering the attack near the Traer business street two hours previously; had been in apparent good health until stricken; born at Grube, Germany, April 25, 1868, and came to the United States at the age of 16 to join an older brother and uncle living near Davenport; farmed near that city several years and was married there Dec. 23, 1893, to Clara Arp; couple continued farming in that vicinity for 10 years and in 1903 purchased a farm near Reinbeck, operating it until 1918; then they purchased a farm northwest of Dysart which they operated until retiring to Traer in 1928; wife died in 1933; married Mrs. Caroline Steffa in 1938 and she died in 1944; leaves three sons; Emil, Tama; Hugo, Traer, and William Jr., Waterloo; eight daughters, Mrs. Ray Harder, Cedar Falls; Anna Kroeger, Glenwood; Wilma Kroeger, Traer; Mrs. Freeman Stahr, Mrs. Paul Arrasmith, and Mrs. Walter Meyer, all of Waterloo; Mrs. Herman Lucas, Nora Springs and Mrs. Glenn Hook, Dysart; three brothers, Fritz, and Chris, Eldridge, Iowa; and John, in Germany, and a sister, Augusta Lembeck, Holstein, Germany; 26 Grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a daughter, Mabel, and two brothers preceded him; services at 2 P.M. Saturday at the Lutheran church in Traer; burial will be in the Reinbeck Cemetery; body at the States Funeral home in Traer.*** Camer to the united states at the age of 16, turned 17 while on his travels on the ship BOHEMIA. They farmed near Eldridge Iowa in 1894 and moved to Grundy County in 1903 they then moved to Dysart in 1918. They moved to Traer IA. in 1928 where they remained. August Wilhelm spent most of his life as a farmer, after retiring he cared for Taylor Park in Traer, Iowa. Where he could continue with his love for flowers and took care of the grass and trees. After being a widower for 5 years he married Carrie (Carolyn Augusta Nagel Steffa). Wilhelm is buried in Reinbeck Cemetery beside his beloved wife, Clara Arp. He died of a hear attack at the age of 85.

    August married Clara Arp 23 Dec 1893, Davenport, Scott, Iowa. Clara (daughter of Claus Arp and Anna Mundt) was born 28 Jun 1873, Davenport, Iowa; died 28 Jun 1933, Hampton, Iowa; was buried Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, Iowa. [Group Sheet]


  6. 13.  Clara Arp was born 28 Jun 1873, Davenport, Iowa (daughter of Claus Arp and Anna Mundt); died 28 Jun 1933, Hampton, Iowa; was buried Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, Iowa.

    Notes:

    ***Article from the Traer Star Clipper --Mrs. William Kroeger, of Traer, died at 3:15 P.M. Wednesday in the Lutheran Hospital at Hampton, Iowa, as the result of an infection which followed an operation for removal of a five pound tumor performed Thursday of last week. She was apparently making an excellent recovery until Monday, when the infection developed. Mrs. Kroeger, who was 63 years old moved to Traer about five years ago from a farm northwest of Dysart. She is well known in the Reinbeck and Dysart neighborhoods, where she lived for many years. Besides her husband, she is survived by eleven children, all but three of whom live in north Tama. Mrs. Kroeger also leaves three sisters, none of them known in this community.***


    ***Article from Reinbeck Courier 1933 --Mrs. Wm. Kroeger Dies At Hampton Hospital-- Former Reinbeck Woman Succumbs To Infection Following Operation At Hampton Hospital Mrs. Wm. Kroeger, a former resident of this section for many years, died Wednesday of this week at the Lutheran hospital in Hampton. Mrs. Kroeger entered the hospital there Thursday of last week for an operation for the removal of a tumor. Infection developed following the operation and caused her death. Mrs. Kroeger, who maiden names was Clara Arp, was born June 28, 1870 in Scott county, Iowa, and was exactly sixty-three years old at death. She was married to William Kroeger in that county Dec. 23, 1893, and twelve years later the family moved to near Reinbeck. They farmed here for fifteen years, moving to Dysart in 1920. In 1928 they retired from active work and moved to Traer which has been their homes since. Mrs. Kroeger was the mother of twelve children, eleven of whom with the husband, survive her. These are Emil Kroeger, Traer; Mrs. Ray Harder and Hugo Kroeger, Dysart; Anna Kroeger, Glenwood; Wilma Kroeger, Traer; Mrs. Freeman Stahr, Dysart; Mrs. Herman Lucas, Mason City; William, Jr., Dysart; Mrs. Paul Arrasmith, Waterloo; Loney Kroeger, Traer, and Mrs, Glenn Hook, Dysart. Besides her immediate family there are three sisters living; Mrs. Kate Abel, of Milwaukee; Mrs. Doris Hartwell, of New Boston, Ill., and Mrs. Detlef Roenau, of Luverne, Minn. Two brothers, Peter and William Arp, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon with services at the home in Traer at 12:30 and at the Lutheran Church in Dysart, at 1:30. Burial will be made in the Reinbeck Cemetery.***


    ***Article from the Waterloo Courier --Kroeger Service is Scheduled for Dysart Church (Death of Tama County Woman Occurred at Hampton As Infection Result. (Courier Special Service) Traer, Iowa - Mrs. William Kroeger died Wednesday in the Lutheran hospital at Hampton, Iowa, as the result of an infection which followed an operation for the removal of a tumor. Mrs. Kroeger was 63 years old and has lived in Traer for about five years. The family moved here from a farm northwest of Dysart, where it had resided many years. Besides her husband she is survived by three sons and eight daughters: Emil Kroeger, Traer; Mrs. Ray harder and Hugo Kroeger, Mrs. Wilma Kroeger, and Mrs. Freeman Stahr, Traer; Mrs. Herman Lucas, Mason City; Mrs. Paul Arrasmith, Waterloo; William Kroeger, Jr., and Mrs. George Hook, Dysart. Three sisters also survive. Funeral services will be held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran church in Dysart Saturday with Rev. W. F. Dormes in charge. Dural will be in a Reinbeck Cemetery.***



    Clara died in the Lutheran Hospital, after surgery to remove a tumor, and infection set in. Clara is buried in the Reinbeck Cemetery

    Children:
    1. 6. Emil Henrich William Kroeger was born 24 Apr 1897, Eldridge, Davenport Iowa (Scott County); died 1 Sep 1969, Grinnell General Hospital, Grinnell IA. Poweshiek Co. Buried at Dysart IA.; was buried Dysart Cemetery, Dysart, Iowa.
    2. Ruby Kroeger was born 16 Jun 1898, Eldridge, Scott Co., Iowa; died 29 Nov 1982, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk, Iowa.
    3. Hugo Kroeger was born 11 Aug 1899, Eldridge, Scott co., Iowa; died 24 Feb 1960, Traer, Tama co., Iowa; was buried Dysart Cemetery, Dysart, Iowa.
    4. Anna Marie Kroeger was born 20 Aug 1900, Eldridge, Scott Co., Iowa; died 5 Nov 1969, Aplington, Butler co., Iowa; was buried Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, Iowa.
    5. Wilma Kroeger was born 13 Feb 1902, Eldridge, Scott County, Iowa; died 23 Dec 1984, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa; was buried Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, Iowa.
    6. Laura Kroeger was born 28 Jan 1903, Reinbeck, Grundy, Iowa; died 18 Nov 1980, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa; was buried Dysart Cemetery, Dysart, Iowa.
    7. Auguste Kroeger was born 13 Dec 1904, Reinbeck, Grundy Co, Iowa; died 26 Oct 1993, Humboldt, Humboldt, Iowa; was buried 29 Oct 1993, Elmwood Cemetery, Mason City, Iowa.
    8. Wilhelm Kroeger Jr. was born 26 May 1906, Reinbeck, Grundy Co., Iowa; died 4 Feb 1989, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa; was buried 6 Feb 1989, Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, Iowa.
    9. Rosa Kroeger was born 21 Jun 1908, rural Reinbeck, Grundy, Iowa; died 16 Jan 1990, Americana Health care Center, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa; was buried 18 Jan 1990, Waterloo Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa.
    10. Loney Lillie Kroeger was born 26 Mar 1910, Reinbeck, Grundy, Iowa; died 2 Dec 1996, Waterloo, Black Hawk Co., Iowa; was buried Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, Iowa.
    11. Hattie Harriett Kroeger
    12. Mabel Viola Kroeger was born 13 Apr 1913, Grundy County, Iowa; died 26 Mar 1915; was buried Reinbeck Cemetery, Reinbeck, Iowa.

  7. 14.  George Elmer Berry was born 19 Oct 1879, Gladbrook Iowa (son of Samuel Walter Berry and Harriet Louisa Allard); died 10 Jan 1962, Toledo; was buried 12 Jan 1962, Crystal Cemetery north of Toledo and Garwin.

    Notes:

    George and Lena made Thier home in the Gladbrook, Traer Area, Tama County, Iowa most of their life. George as a young man worked on the railroad in the Gladbrook vicinity. George and Lena for many years looked after real estate owned by the family out in South Dakota. They farmed most of Thier married life raising Thier family on the farm. They farmed the Galleon Estate 32o acres 23 years near Gladbrook, Crystal Township, Tama County, Iowa. Previously had farmed a short time near Lime Springs and Cresco in Howar County. In 1939 they purchased an 80 acre farm from the Frank Abbee's 5 1/2 miles north of Toledo on Highway 63, Howard township, Tama County and Lived there until retiring to a small acreage just 2 miles west of Toledo on the ridge road, and just east of the Fairview Church. Lena passed away following a massive stroke in 1955 and George passed away in 1962 of a Annurisym in his stomach (Broken blood vessel).

    George married Lena Christina Brill 28 Sep 1904. Lena (daughter of William D. Brill and Chatarina Ann Landgrebe) was born 4 Mar 1887, Bell Plaine Iowa; died 12 Nov 1955, Gladbrook Iowa; was buried 14 Nov 1955, Crystal Cemetery north of Toledo and Garwin. [Group Sheet]


  8. 15.  Lena Christina Brill was born 4 Mar 1887, Bell Plaine Iowa (daughter of William D. Brill and Chatarina Ann Landgrebe); died 12 Nov 1955, Gladbrook Iowa; was buried 14 Nov 1955, Crystal Cemetery north of Toledo and Garwin.

    Notes:

    As a child Lena lived in the Belle Plaine and Dysart communities. She was baptized in the Lutheran Faith when a child as a young lady was confirmed in the same faith. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Tama.

    Children:
    1. 7. Alice Wilma Berry was born 8 Feb 1906, Gladbrook, Crystal Township, Tama Co., Iowa; died 22 Sep 1996, Waterloo, Blackhawk County , IA. Buried at Dysart Iowa; was buried Dysart Cemetery, Dysart, Iowa.
    2. Doris Arleen Berry was born 15 Apr 1908; died 3 Aug 1947.
    3. Gladys Pauline Berry was born 25 Oct 1916, Cresco, Iowa; died 12 Jun 1935; was buried Crystal Cemetery.
    4. Samuel Walter Berry was born 18 Mar 1920, Tama Co., Traer, Iowa; died 29 Jul 1971; was buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence, Iowa.
    5. Francis Marion Berry
    6. Eloise Harriet Berry