Another post in a series in the challenge of posting about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks by Amy Johnson Crow
Frederick August Gerhardt Goesch (usually called Fritz) was my grandfather. I’ve already talked a little about his wife, Winnie Pearl Walton, and will write more about both of them at a later date. Fritz Goesch was born on March 3, 1878 in Nebraska to Ernst and Amelia (Karner) Goesch. Officially I don’t have an exact location of his birth but I’m pretty sure he was born in the Buda Precinct, Lincoln, Lancaster County. He sort of appears in the 1878 Nebraska census. I say “sort of” because his father, mother, brother Wilhelm and sister Emma appear in that census which was enumerated on March 1, 1878, just two days before he was born!
As I pointed out in the post about Ernst Goesch, he had sort of wandering feet. The 1880 US Census shows Fritz with his family in the Chicago area. The census shows Ernst, Amelia, Wilhelm, Emma, Fritz and Louie living on the corner of Samuel and Augusta streets in Chicago. That census, taken on the ninth of June, shows the children as ages 5, 4, 2 and 6/12. As described earlier, the family moved to Ramsey County, Minnesota and Fritz’s mother died (probably in child birth) in February of 1888. By August of 1888, Ernst had remarried and by January of 1891 the family was back in Nebraska. The 1900 census shows Fritz farming with his brothers Wilhelm and Louie and their sister Emma as housekeeper in Marshall Precinct in Clay County, Nebraska.
That merry band soon broke up as Wilhelm and Emma both got married in 1902 and Fritz got married in 1903 while batching as a hired hand at the Lake View Ranch in Clay County. As stated earlier, Fritz married Winnie Pearl Walton on October 29, 1903 and soon began to raise a family and farm in Clay County. In rapid succession they soon had sons Walton Percival (1904) and Frederick Gerhardt (1906) and daughters Evelyn Amelia (1908), Cecil Edna (1910) and Winifred Pauline (1911). The 1910 census shows the family living on a farm in Marshall Precinct in Clay County.
Things were about to change. On February 3, 1914 my grandfather held a public auction at his farm. He auctioned off 12 horses and mules, 3 head of cattle, 5 sows and some chickens. Also, 5 tons of hay and straw and numerous farm implements were auctioned. In addition, he sold some household goods and “other articles too numerous to mention.” A picture shows he had a fairly large turnout for the auction even though it was the middle of winter. My mother tells me that the farm my grandfather rented was owned by someone who lived in England. I don’t know if they wanted my grandfather to vacate the farm or if for some other reason he decided to move to Minnesota. He had lived in Minnesota as a young boy and still had relatives there. According to my mother, they went by train but she remembers little of the trip. I guess they didn’t sell all the livestock since they took several horses and/or mules along by train.
My mother doesn’t remember exactly how long they lived in Minnesota but the 1920 US Census shows that Fritz was once again farming in Edgar Township, Clay County. My grandfather never owned his own land but over the years he rented four or five different farms in Clay County. He and Pearl moved into the town of Edgar in 1952 or 1953 when Fritz became too old to farm. I was lucky enough to spend several summers in the 1950s staying with him and my grandmother Pearl. I remember him as a large, happy man with a good sense of humor. The picture below shows Fritz (in the straw hat) on a combine on either his farm or one of his neighbors’. The man under the covering I have always assumed to be a neighbor or hired hand. But, my “cousin” Bea (White) Snodgrass tells me that the man is her grandfather John Uden. John was the father of Fritz’ daughter in law Elsie (Uden) Goesch, married to his son Frederick Gerhardt. It turns out that John Uden was also the father of Ervin Uden, who was destined to become my step father! It’s a small world in rural areas.
Frederick August Gerhardt Goesch died on April 19, 1960 at the age of 82. I think he lived a good, long life, fathered really good children and meant a great deal to all who knew him.
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 196; Family History Film: 1254196; Page: 270A; Enumeration District: 144; Image: 0180. Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Marshall, Clay, Nebraska; Roll: 920; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0039; FHL microfilm: 1240920. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
Source Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society; Nebraska State Census; Year: 1878; Series/Record Group: RG207; County: Lancaster; Township: Buda; Page: 12. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Nebraska, State Census Collection, 1860-1885 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations: Nebraska State Genealogical Society; Bismarck Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society; Original data: Nebraska. Lancaster County. “County Census, 1860-1880.” Microfilm RG207, 4 rolls. Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln.