Krumm Family History

being an account of Johann Gottlob Krumm (1791-1864) of Nürtingen, Württemberg, Germany, and his descendants


Gottlob Krumm Sr.

Our ancestor Gottlob Krumm Sr., whose birth name was Johann Gottlob Krumm, was born on October 3, 1791, in the town of Nürtingen in Württemberg, Germany, about 13 miles southeast of Stuttgart. He was the only child of Johann Gottlieb Krumm and Elisabeth Katharina Wurm of Nürtingen. Gottlob Krumm was a locksmith in the town of Nürtingen.

Note that the "Sr." and "Jr." titles on the Gottlob Krumm name have been added here only for the convenience of English speakers to distinguish between Gottlob Krumm the elder and Gottlob Krumm the younger. This title of course does not appear on German records, nor was the title used by the Krumms in Germany. Note also that there is no concept of "middle name" in Germany - a person has two or more "first names", one of which is chosen as the given name. Both Johann Gottlob Krumms, for instance, were known to the family as "Gottlob" and not "Johann".

On January 28, 1817 Gottlob Krumm married Rosina Judith Eberle in Nürtingen. Rosina Judith Eberle, born in Nürtingen on April 16, 1791, was the daughter of Johann Ludwig Eberle and Katharina Schietinger, who were married in Nürtingen on February 18, 1789. Johann Ludwig Eberle was born in Nürtingen on January 25, 1762 and died on August 24, 1839. Katharina Schietinger was born in Unterensingen on October 18, 1766 and died on November 29, 1833.

Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle were the parents of ten children:

  1. Johann Gottlob Krumm, born November 6, 1817
  2. Maria Friderika Krumm, born June 24, 1819
  3. Rosina Katharina Krumm, born January 16, 1821
  4. Anna Maria Krumm, born April 10, 1823
  5. Anna Katharina Krumm, born April 10, 1823
  6. Anna Maria Krumm, born October 12, 1825
  7. Christian Gottlieb Krumm, born September 13, 1827
  8. Maria Katharina Krumm, born March 27, 1831
  9. Maria Christiana Krumm, born November 2, 1833
  10. Katharina Louisa Krumm, born November 2, 1833

In 1850 Gottlob and Rosina Krumm emigrated to Winneshiek County, Iowa, following their sons Gottlob and Gottlieb who had emigrated in 1848. Pioneer life, however, did not agree well with the old folks from Germany. Gottlob died on October 1, 1864, and his wife Rosina died four years later on October 4, 1868. According to family tradition, Gottlob died as the result of falling from a hay wagon.

Gottlob and Rosina Krumm are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Fort Atkinson, Iowa.


Gottlob Krumm Sr.'s Ancestors

Gottlob's father Johann Gottlieb Krumm was born in Nürtingen on February 6, 1762. He was an only child, the son of Andreas Krumm and Sophie Katharina Beck. (Note that Johann Gottlieb Krumm was an only child, and Johann Gottlob Krumm Sr. was an only child as well. Andreas Krumm thus had only one child and one grandchild.) Johann Gottlieb Krumm worked as a locksmith in Nürtingen. He married Elisabeth Katharina Wurm in Nürtingen on October 4, 1787, and he died in Nürtingen on December 6, 1829.

Gottlob's mother Elisabeth Katharina Wurm was born on December 15, 1759, the daughter of nailsmith Johannes Wurm and his wife Katharina Agathe Lachenmaier. Elisabeth Katharina Wurm died in Nürtingen on August 6, 1819.

Gottlob's maternal grandmother Katharina Agathe Lachenmaier was born in Nürtingen on September 22, 1740, the daughter of Johann Martin Lachenmaier.

Gottlob's paternal grandfather Andreas Krumm was born on August 11, 1707 in Grötzingen, a small village west of Nürtingen. He was the town miller in Grötzingen. He apparently married late in life, since his son Johann Gottlieb Krumm was born when he was 54. Andreas was the son of Hans Jacob Krumm and Agatha Baltz, who were married in Grötzingen on May 9, 1702. Agatha Baltz was the daughter of Joachim Baltz and Agness Springer who were married on May 10, 1679. Joachim Baltz, who served as mayor (German: Schultheiss) of the village of Grötzingen in 1686, was the son of Ulrich Baltz of Oberensingen, and his wife Agness Springer was the daughter of miller Johann Springer.

Gottlob's great-grandfather Hans Jacob Krumm was the son of tailor Hans Jacob Krumm, presumably the same Hans Jacob Krumm who married Barbara Walter on October 17, 1683. Hans Jacob Krumm Sr. lived in Reutlingen, Württemberg, Germany.


Second Generation - Gottlob Krumm Sr.'s children

Gottlob's oldest child and first son Gottlob Krumm Jr. was born in Nürtingen on November 6, 1817, and bore the same name as his father, Johann Gottlob Krumm. Gottlob Jr. was a nailsmith in the town of Nürtingen. On January 28, 1845, Gottlob Krumm married Regina Barbara Fischer, who was born in Holzmaden on May 17, 1819. Regina Barbara Fischer was the 9th child and 3rd daughter of Jakob Fischer (April 22, 1779 - December 29, 1853) and Christiana Katharina Kirschmann (May 26, 1783 - July 17, 1822) of Holzmaden. Jakob Fischer and Christiana Katharina Kirschmann married in Holzmaden on May 15, 1803. Jakob Fischer was the 2nd son and 4th child of Johann Fischer of Ochsenwang (died April 7, 1802) and Catharina Steck (born April 13, 1757) who married on February 1, 1775. Christiana Katharina Kirschmann was the 2nd daughter and 5th child of Johann Georg Kirschmann (April 9, 1752 - March 3, 1807) and Barbara Heinkel of Ochsenwang (abt. 1755 - October 6, 1786) who married on April 8, 1777.

Gottlob and Regina Krumm had eight children:

  1. Christian ("Chris") Krumm, born October 18, 1845
  2. Christiane ("Nannie") Krumm, born January 14, 1847
  3. Mary Krumm, born August 5, 1849
  4. Louis Krumm, born October 30, 1850
  5. George Krumm, born April 28, 1853
  6. Matilda ("Tillie") Krumm, born October 1856
  7. Catherina ("Kate") Krumm, born December 1857
  8. Rose E. Krumm, born July 17, 1860

Gottlob and Regina Krumm emigrated to America in 1848 to escape the economic and political turmoil that was prevalent in Germany at the time. Traveling with them were their two young children, Christian and Christiane Krumm, as well as Gottlob's younger brother Gottlieb Krumm. Gottlob was said to have taken his brother to America so that he would not have to "go through the hell of the German army."

After an ocean voyage of 47 days, during which it was said that Gottlob was the only passenger who did not experience seasickness, the Krumms landed at New York City, and from there they moved on to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where they boarded a boat on the Ohio River bound for St. Louis, Missouri. There they boarded a second vessel which took them up the Mississippi River. They landed at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in May, 1848.

From Wisconsin, Gottlob travelled west into Iowa in search of a home for his family. He arrived at Fort Atkinson, Winneshiek County, Iowa, where he found a fresh water spring and a deserted Indian wigwam south of the Fort. Leaving footprints in the soil to mark his claim, he hurried back to his family at Prairie du Chien. There he hired a ride back to Fort Atkinson with his family in a lumber wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen, paying the livery man $18 for the trip. They took formal possession of the deserted wigwam on June 29, 1848, thereby becoming the second white settlers of Winneshiek County, Iowa. Gottlob was initially under the impression that they were the very first settlers in the county, but some time passed before he discovered that Hamilton Campbell and family had predated his settlement by a scant three weeks. Hamilton Campbell arrived in Winneshiek County with his wife, Sarah, on June 7, 1848.

The wooded and hilly terrain of the Fort Atkinson area is quite similar to the area in and around Gottlob's native town of Nürtingen, and this may have been one of the reasons that he chose this spot as his new home.

One of the family stories of Gottlob's early pioneer life is repeated in detail in his obituary. In February 1849 Gottlob made a trip back to Prairie du Chien with an ox team and sled to fetch supplies. "This trip took eleven days," the obituary states. "While returning a severe snowstorm came up, but knowing the landmarks, one of which, near Calmar, has been known as Whiskey Grove ever since its discovery, he kept on. After passing the grove he lost his way. As night was coming on Mr. Krumm unhitched his oxen, chained them to the sled, and taking off his boots wrapped his feet in some sacks, and sat all night watching for daylight to come, and rubbing his limbs to keep them from freezing. The mercury was 30 degrees below zero. When he could see where he was he found himself on Falck’s hill only two miles from his home, which was in sight. It was the longest night he ever experienced." (An alternate version of this story can be read in the notes at the bottom of this page.)

Further details of Gottlob's early life in Winneshiek County can be read in his obituary. In 1886 he made a visit back to Germany, but while there found living conditions to be worse than in Iowa. He cut his visit short and came back to "his America" with the remark, "I am not going to leave my bones in Germany."

A Winneshiek County atlas from 1886 shows the Gottlob Krumm farm to be located in sections 17 and 18 of Washington Township.

Gottlob Krumm passed away at his home in Fort Atkinson on Wednesday, January 13, 1892. He is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery at the south edge of Fort Atkinson. His wife Regina passed away on August 12, 1905, and was buried next to him.

Maria Friderika Krumm, the second child of Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle, was born in Nürtingen on June 24, 1819. She married a Beck (first name unknown) in Germany in 1839 and died ten years later in 1849.

Rosina Katharina Krumm, the third child of Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle, was born in Nürtingen on January 16, 1821, married on May 12, 1844 (spouse's name is illegible), and died in Germany on October 12, 1892.

Twins Anna Maria Krumm and Anna Katharina Krumm, were born in Nürtingen on April 10, 1823 as the fourth and fifth children of Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle. They both died in infancy, Anna Maria passing away on April 26, 1863, and her sister Anna Katharina three days earlier on April 23, 1823.

Anna Maria Krumm, the sixth child of Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle, was born in Nürtingen on October 12, 1825.

Christian Gottlieb Krumm, who went by the name "Gottlieb", was born in Nürtingen on September 13, 1827 as the seventh child of Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle. He married Anna Maria Böhringer (alt. spellings: Boehringer or Behringer) on December 18, 1853, in Fort Atkinson, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Anna Maria Böhringer was born in Holzmaden, Württemberg, Germany, on July 11, 1831, the oldest child of Johann Ulrich Böhringer (December 19, 1803 - January 5, 1844) and Christina Catherina Fischer (December 28, 1803 - January 30, 1866). Christina Catherina Fischer was an older sister to Gottlob Krumm's wife Regina Barbara Fischer. (In other words, Gottlieb Krumm married his sister-in-law's niece.) Anna Maria Böhringer came to America with her parents at the age of 19, and in May 1853 they arrived at their permanent home in Fort Atkinson. Gottlieb died in Winneshiek County, Iowa, on September 9, 1901, and his wife Anna died at Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa, on March 5, 1925. Gottlieb and Anna Krumm are buried at Fort Atkinson, Iowa.

Gottlieb Krumm and Anna Maria Böhringer were the parents of eleven children as follows:

  1. Herman Krumm, born December 9, 1854
  2. Henry Krumm, born November 4, 1855
  3. Mary Krumm, born February 4, 1857
  4. Catherine Krumm, born April 10, 1858
  5. Christiana Krumm, born May 3, 1859
  6. Frank Krumm, born January 12, 1863
  7. Charles Krumm, born August 7, 1864
  8. Frederick W. Krumm, born February 17, 1866
  9. William Krumm, born November 24, 1867
  10. Albert Krumm, born November 6, 1869
  11. Paul Krumm, born September 23, 1871

Gottlieb Krumm came to Fort Atkinson with his brother on June 29, 1848. He lived with brother Gottlob for two years. After working for neighbors he took up a piece of land in south part of Sumner Township, Winneshiek County in 1851, and in 1853 he married. In 1855 he sold his farm to A. Schreiber, and after scouting for a new home in different parts of Iowa and southern Minnesota, he bought a piece of land in section 13 of Jackson Township, Winneshiek County. In 1859 he set out for Pike's Peak with brother-in-law George Herzog in search of gold, but after hearing discouraging news from that area, he and George changed their destination to California. What happened in California is not clear, but in any case Gottlieb returned home "rich in experiences but poor in gold" (according to grandson C. Irvin Krumm), taking a ship through the Panama Canal, around to New York, and then back to Iowa in the spring of 1862. Brother-in-law George Herzog disappeared in California and was never heard from again. This story was passed down through generations in the Krumm family. Interestingly enough, this same story was independently corroborated by a George Herzog descendant in 2003.

After his return to Iowa, Gottlieb Krumm lived on his farm until his death on September 9, 1901. Gottlieb was quite interested in civic affairs (as opposed to his brother Gottlob), and he served for a while as Treasurer of Winneshiek County.

Maria Katharina ("Kate") Krumm, the eighth child of Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle, was born in Nürtingen on March 27, 1831. She married Charles Meyer who was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, in 1829/1830 and who died around 1877. Kate Meyer died in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa, on October 31, 1904, and was buried in Festina, Winneshiek County, Iowa.

Charles Meyer and Kate Krumm had twelve children as follows:

  1. Anna Meyer, born 1855
  2. Charles Meyer, born 1858
  3. George Meyer, born October 1859
  4. Barbara Meyer, born 1862
  5. Mary Meyer, born 1862/1863
  6. Julia Meyer, born May 1864
  7. Caroline Meyer, born 1864/1865
  8. Edward Meyer, born 1866/1867
  9. Amalia Meyer, born November 1869
  10. Catherine Meyer, born March 1872
  11. Louisa E. Meyer, born November 1873
  12. Eliza Meyer, born 1875/1876

Maria Christiana Krumm, the ninth child of Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle, was born in Nürtingen on November 2, 1833, along with her twin sister Katharina Louisa Krumm. On November 28, 1852 she married George Herzog who was born in Germany between 1829 and 1836. George Herzog joined his brother-in-law Gottlieb Krumm on a trip west to find gold, but never returned. Grandson Frank Janous reported that George Herzog sold an ox team, took a wagon train, and "went west during gold strike - and never came back. Last news was he was on way home at Pike's Peak." According to this report, he had four children at the time he went west. A Herzog descendant in 2003 wrote, "I don't know what happened to George Herzog after Pike's Peak. Family stories say that he had found gold and was coming home. Speculation is that he was killed."

George Herzog and Maria Christiana Krumm had five children as follows:

  1. George Herzog, born ca. 1854
  2. Louis Herzog, born March 30, 1855
  3. Joe Herzog, born ca. 1856
  4. Mary Madeline Herzog, born June 2, 1859
  5. Barbara Herzog, born ca. 1862

Maria Christiana Krumm Herzog may have remarried after the disappearance of George Herzog. Records in the old Congregational Church of Fort Atkinson show a Johann Rudolf Pfenninger, born on October 6, 1874, the son of Rudolf Pfenninger and his wife Christine, née Krumm. Since there was no "Christine Krumm" in the Fort Atkinson area at this time, this may well have been Maria Christiane Krumm, the former Maria Christiane Herzog.

Katharina Louisa Krumm, the tenth child of Gottlob Krumm and Rosina Eberle, was born in Nürtingen on November 2, 1833 along with her twin sister Maria Christiana Krumm. She died in infancy on January 14, 1834.

Third Generation - Gottlob Krumm Sr.'s grandchildren

Gottlob Krumm Jr. and Regina Krumm's oldest son Christian Krumm was born in Nürtingen on October 18, 1845. At the age of two he accompanied his parents and one-year-old sister Christiane across the Atlantic Ocean to their new home near Fort Atkinson, Winneshiek County, Iowa.

On October 15, 1872, Chris Krumm married Lena Scheller, the second child of Heinrich (Henry) Scheller and Elisabeth Weiss, immigrants from Switzerland who settled just northeast of Fort Atkinson in about 1853. Henry Scheller was born in Switzerland on June 11, 1819, and died at Fort Atkinson on July 1, 1888. His wife Elisabeth was born in Switzlerland on February 6, 1819, and died at Fort Atkinson on February 21, 1900. Henry and Elisabeth Scheller are both buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Fort Atkinson, Winneshiek County, Iowa.

Chris Krumm worked as a farmer in Winneshiek County for several years. In 1900 he retired from farming and moved with his wife Lena and daughter Myrtle to El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma, following his son Charles Krumm, who had moved there with cousin Albert Krumm (son of Gottlieb Krumm) in or around 1898. They purchased a small home in El Reno, and Chris took a job as a butcher in Frank Kraft's meat market, where he worked until he retired.

Chris Krumm died in El Reno on December 18, 1941, and his wife Lena died in the same city on July 1, 1943. They are buried in El Reno.

Chris and Lena Krumm were the parents of four children:

  1. Louis George Krumm, born July 21, 1873
  2. Charles Henry Krumm, born April 4, 1875
  3. Mary ("Nellie") Krumm, born 1876/1877
  4. Cora Myrtle Krumm, born February 23, 1883

Christiane Krumm, better known as "Nannie" Krumm, the second child of Gottlob and Regina Krumm, was born in Nürtingen on January 14, 1847. She emigrated with her family to Fort Atkinson, Iowa, at the age of 1. On January 26, 1866 she married Jakob Weiler, born in Germany in September, 1837.

Jakob Weiler and Nannie Krumm were the parents of six children:

  1. Jerome ("Romy") G. Weiler, born November 1867
  2. Matilda ("Tillie") Weiler, born May 1868
  3. Emma Weiler, born August 1870
  4. Lloyd Lewis ("Cap") Weiler, born March 1872
  5. Jesse D. Weiler, born April 7, 1874
  6. Lorena Weiler, born December 1879

Mary Krumm, the third child of Gottlob and Regina Krumm, was born at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, on August 5, 1849. She was the first white girl born in Winneshiek County, Iowa. Mary Krumm died on November 5, 1863 at the age of 14.

Louis Krumm, the fourth child of Gottlob and Regina Krumm, was born at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, on October 30, 1850. On June 11, 1889 he married Cora Blanche Warren, the daughter of Seth Hooper Warren (1818-1869) and Charlotte Robinson (March 12, 1822 - September 17, 1913), the marriage taking place in Fort Atkinson. Cora Blanche Warren was born in Rutland, Dane County, Wisconsin on June 26, 1858. She was a younger sister of Isabelle Charlotte Warren, who married Louis Krumm's brother George Krumm. Louis and Cora Krumm moved to Tilden, Antelope County, Nebraska, where they lived the rest of their lives. Louis Krumm died on January 14, 1937, and his wife Cora died on December 17, 1929. They are buried in Tilden, Nebraska.

Louis and Cora Krumm were the parents of two children:

  1. Giles W. Krumm, born June 17, 1891
  2. Mildred Krumm, born November 30, 1897

George Krumm, the fifth child of Gottlob and Regina Krumm, was born at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, on April 28, 1853. In around 1888 he married Isabelle Charlotte Warren, the daughter of Seth Hooper Warren and Charlotte Robinson, the marriage taking place in Prarie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin. Isabelle Warren, born in Rutland, Dane County, Wisconsin on December 23, 1851, was an older sister to Cora Blanche Warren who married George's brother Louis Krumm. George and Isabelle Krumm moved to Tilden, Nebraska, where they lived the rest of their lives. George Krumm died on July 17, 1939, and his wife Isabelle died on November 23, 1940. They are buried in Tilden, Nebraska.

George and Isabelle Krumm had one son:

  1. George W. Krumm, born July 21, 1890

Matilda ("Tillie") Krumm, the sixth child of Gottlob and Regina Krumm, was born at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, in October 1856. She married Henry Summers (born in Canada on September 7, 1849), the son of William Summers, on May 25, 1875. Henry and Matilda Summers moved to Floyd County, Iowa.

Henry and Matilda Summers had one daughter:

  1. Cleone J. Summers, born June 1879

Matilda Summers died in December 1955.

Catherina ("Kittie") Krumm, the seventh child of Gottlob and Regina Krumm, was born at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, in December 1857. In about 1877 she married Mallory C. Lawrence, who was born in July 1855 in New York. Mallory Lawrence was the second child of Edward and Mehitable Lawrence, both of whom were born in New York. Mallory and Catherina Lawrence left Winneshiek County, Iowa, and moved to Richey, Dawson County, Montana sometime after 1891.

Mallory and Catherina Lawrence were the parents of at least two children:

  1. Gertrude Lawrence, born January 1881
  2. Preston P. Lawrence, born February 17, 1891

Rose E. Krumm, the eighth and last child of Gottlob and Regina Krumm, was born at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, on July 17, 1860. Rose never married, and remained on the Gottlob Krumm homestead until the property was sold in a family lawsuit. Rose Krumm lived her remaining years in a rest home in Charles City, Floyd County, Iowa. She died on December 27, 1962 at the advanced age of 102, and was buried at Fort Atkinson, Iowa.

Herman Krumm, the oldest child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born in Fort Atkinson, Iowa, on December 9, 1854. He died at Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, on April 3, 1927, and was buried at Fort Atkinson. Herman Krumm never married.

Herman's obituary states that he was born on a farm two miles west of Fort Atkinson. He was a member of the Congregationalist Church. In about 1917 he sold his farm and moved to Mason City where he lived with a brother and sister (probably Henry and Mary) until he died. Herman was buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery at Fort Atkinson.

Henry Krumm, the second child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born in Fort Atkinson, Iowa, on November 4, 1855. He died on February 20, 1950, and was buried at Fort Atkinson. Henry Krumm never married.

Mary Krumm, the third child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born in Fort Atkinson, Iowa, on February 4, 1857. Although Mary Krumm never married, she had one child born out of wedlock, Amanda Krumm, born on March 21, 1880 and subsequently raised as a daughter by Gottlieb and Anna Krumm. Mary Krumm died on July 16, 1945 and was buried at Fort Atkinson.

Catherine Krumm, the fourth child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born on April 10, 1858, and died on March 22, 1884.

Christiana Krumm, the fifth child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born on May 3, 1859, and died on March 26, 1866. Christiana Krumm is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Fort Atkinson, next to her brother William.

Frank Krumm, the sixth child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born on January 12, 1863. On August 20, 1902 he married Mary (Mae) Lawrence who was born in Jackson Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa in 1875. (Mae Lawrence was the daughter of John Lawrence and Julia A. McCarthy.) The marriage took place in Calmar, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Frank Krumm died on March 17, 1945.

Frank and Mae Krumm had one daughter:

  1. Mabelle Juliet Krumm, born February 12, 1906

Charles Krumm, the seventh child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born on August 7, 1864. On May 14, 1895 he married Josephine Huber, the daughter of Francis Joseph Huber (March 16, 1811 - November 23, 1887) and Marie Anna Gaertner (February 28, 1823 - October 23, 1902) who was born on June 3, 1866. Charles Krumm died on July 4, 1959, and his wife Josephine died on November 23, 1957.

Charles and Josephine Krumm had at least one son:

  1. Charles Irvin Krumm, born February 20, 1897

Frederick W. Krumm, the eighth child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born on February 17, 1866. On September 1, 1890 he married Lola Moulen Goddard, the daughter of Harrison J. Goddard (April 25, 1840 - March 3, 1929) and Rhoda Horton (August 14, 1851 - February 3, 1912) who was born at Fort Atkinson on August 30, 1869. The marriage took place in Fort Atkinson.

Fred and Lola Krumm had two children:

  1. Fern Beryl Krumm, born August 17, 1891
  2. Marjorie Krumm, born November 4, 1899

Fred Krumm died on December 3, 1917 and was buried at Fort Atkinson. His wife Lola died on August 27, 1952.

William Krumm, the ninth child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born on November 24, 1867. He died on July 16, 1868 and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Fort Atkinson next to his sister Christiana Krumm.

Albert Krumm, the tenth child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born on November 6, 1869. He married Nellie May Goodner, the daughter of William Benjamin Goodner. Nellie Goodner was was born in Kansas on April 30, 1875.

In about 1898 Albert Krumm moved to Oklahoma with his cousin Charles H. Krumm (actually, first cousin once removed - Charles H. Krumm was the son of Albert's cousin Chris Krumm). Albert Krumm died in Weatherford, Custer County, Oklahoma on December 3, 1953. His wife Nellie died on January 15, 1946. Albert and Nellie Krumm are buried at the Highland Cemetery in Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma.

Paul Krumm, the eleventh and last child of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm, was born on September 23, 1871. On February 17, 1903 he married Anna Mikota who was born in Spillville, Winneshiek County, Iowa, on May 8, 1879. Anna Mikota was the daughter of Albert Mikota and Terezia (Tracy) Touzimsky.

Paul and Anna Krumm had three sons as follows:

  1. Lester P. Krumm, born 1904
  2. George A. Krumm, born 1908
  3. Alvin L. Krumm, born 1910

Paul Krumm died on July 8, 1964 and was buried in Fort Atkinson's Oak Hill Cemetery next to his wife Anna, who died earlier on October 1, 1928.

Anna Meyer, first child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1855. On May 20, 1884 she married Peter J. Haubrick (born in Germany in January 1853) in Ossian, Winneshiek County, Iowa. Peter Haubrick was the son of James Haubrick and Catherine Rusch. Peter and Anna Meyer had at least four children as follows:

  1. Rose Haubrick, born February 1885
  2. Joseph Haubrick, born April 1887
  3. Annie Haubrick, born March 1892
  4. Marie Haubrick, born February 1894

Charles Meyer, the second child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1858. On March 1, 1881 he married Anna Dessel (born 1864 in Germany), the daughter of Henry and Anna M. Dessel, in Ossian, Winneshiek County, Iowa.

Charles Meyer and Anna Dessel had at least one daughter:

  1. Anna Meyer, born 1912/1913

George Meyer, the third child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in October 1859. In 1882/1883 he married Barbara (last name unknown), and they had at least three children:

  1. Katie J. Meyer, born December 1883
  2. George E. Meyer, born February 1886
  3. Laura Meyer, born November 1887

Barbara Meyer, the fourth child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in 1862. She married a Mr. Funk who died sometime before 1920.

Mary Meyer, the fifth child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in 1862/1863.

Julia Meyer, the sixth child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in May 1864. She married a Mr. Butler.

Caroline Meyer, the seventh child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in 1864/1865.

Edward Meyer, the eighth child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in 1866/1867.

Amalia Meyer, the ninth child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in November 1869.

Catherine Meyer, the tenth child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in March 1872. In 1893/1894 she married Charles W. Striegel who was born in Iowa in October 1864. Charles Striegel and Catherine Meyer had at least five children as follows:

  1. Bertram Striegel, born September 1899
  2. Erwin Striegel, born March 20, 1901
  3. Vincent Striegel, born May 29, 1905
  4. Catherine Striegel, born 1908/1909
  5. Charles A. Striegel, born September 15, 1914

Louisa E. ("Lucy") Meyer, the eleventh child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in November 1873. Louisa married August W. Draheim, born February 1872 in Wisconsin, and had at least two children as follows:

  1. Earnest J. Draheim, born October 1896
  2. Charles H. Draheim, born April 1900

Eliza Meyer, the twelfth child of Charles Meyer and Maria Katharina Krumm, was born in Iowa in 1875/1876.

George Herzog, the oldest child of George Herzog and Maria Christiana Krumm, was born in Iowa about 1854.

Louis Herzog, the second child of George Herzog and Maria Christiana Krumm, was born on a farm near Spillville, Winneshiek County, Iowa, on March 30, 1855. In 1882 he married Lucy Manning (born November 1860 in Wisconsin) in Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota. In 1880 Louis was working as a blacksmith in Mitchell, SD. He was a charter member of the Mitchell Fire Department. In 1904 he was living at 202/204 W. 1st St., Mitchell, SD.

Louis and Lucy Herzog had four children as follows:

  1. William John Herzog, born June 22, 1884
  2. Bertha Herzog, born 1885
  3. Arthur Dennis Herzog, born 1887
  4. Katie May Herzog, born March 1891

Louis Herzog died in Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota.

Joe Herzog, the third child of George Herzog and Maria Christiana Krumm, was born about 1856 and died sometime after 1880. According to information from the Janous family, Joe Herzog drowned in the Turkey River on July 3rd, no year given.

Mary Madeline Herzog, the fourth child of George Herzog and Maria Christiana Krumm, was born on June 2, 1859. In about 1879 she married Frank Janoush who was born on May 30, 1854 in Prague, Bohemia, the marriage taking place in Mower County, Minnesota. Frank Janoush came to the U.S. in 1858, settling first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then to St. Louis, Missouri, and then to Spillville, Winneshiek County, Iowa. In 1897 Frank and Mary M. Janoush moved to Mississippi. Frank Janoush purchased land for the railroad.

Frank Janoush and Mary Madeline Herzog had five children as follows:

  1. John James Janous, born March 21, 1880
  2. George Janous, born April 29, 1882
  3. Frank Henry Janous, born December 7, 1888
  4. Arthur (Arty) James Janous, born March 14, 1893
  5. Carrie Belle Janous, born 1898

Frank Janoush died in 1941 and Mary Madeline Janoush died in 1947, both in Cleveland, Bolivar County, Mississippi.

Barbara Herzog, the fifth child of George Herzog and Maria Christiana Krumm, was born in Iowa about 1862. On May 14, 1883 she married J. D. Green who was born in 1847. J. D. Green and Barbara Herzog had two children as follows:

  1. Walter Green
  2. Mary Green



Letter written by Bill Price in November 1978 to relatives following his visit to Nürtingen, Germany, in July 1978.

These are the results of the research on the Krumm family tree my wife and I did during our one-day stay in Nürtingen this summer.

As you probably already know, Gottlob Krumm came to Iowa from Nürtingen in 1848. Nürtingen is a relatively small city southeast of Stuttgart in SW Germany in an area called Schwaben. The people who live there speak with a very strong "schwäbisch" accent, which is quite comical for northern ears.

Christiane's father, a genealogy buff himself, helped us a great deal by getting in touch with the church officials in Nürtingen who keep the old books. When we arrived on July 17th the church secretary, Mrs. Müller, had the books ready for us. If I remember correctly, there are basically three kinds of books: family registers, baptsimal records, and marriage records. The books they had were complete and went back as early as the 16th century. Starting out with only Gottlob's name and birth date, we quickly found him in the family register. His full name (Johann Gottlob Krumm), his wife's name, wedding date, birth dates, and the 4 parents' names were recorded, along with the remark, "emigrated to North America with his family in 1848." On the next page was a list of children - by then only two were born: Christian and Christiane (Nanny Weiler).

By looking up the parents' names we were able to trace backwards along several lines until we were referred to another town. Gottlob's great-grandfather Andreas Krumm came from Grötzingen, a small village about 10 miles away. Later in the afternoon we went there, got hold of the pastor, and were able to continue our research. Pastor Erlenmaier, a young man in his thirties, was almost more excited about the research than we were. He helped us immensely in deciphering many of the local family names and reading some of the writing in the old books. We were able to trace back two more generations on the Krumm line, and yet one more on a maternal line. If we had had the time, we could have found out much more and filled in many missing dates and names.

Some interesting sidelights:

Gottlob's great-great-great-grandfather, Joachim Baltz, was referred to as "mayor" when we found him (German: "Schultheiss"). Consulting a history book of the local area, Pastor Erlenmaier quickly found his name in the list of mayors of Grötzingen - mayor in 1686. (This book - "Heimatgeschichte der Stadt Grötzingen" by Otto Schuster, Nürtingen, 1929 - also has many interesting references to the Krumm family name. It seems that many Krumms from the area emigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1860's.)

We almost couldn't find Andreas' name in the baptismal book, because, tracing back from the year of his son's birth, he wasn't where he should have been. We finally found him - 55 years back! A father at age 55!

Krumm seems to have been a common name in the area back then. This sometimes led to difficulties, because the more Krumms there were, the harder it was to find our man. This was even worse with some other names (such as Beck) - like trying to find John Smith in a New York City telephone directory.

Pastor Erlenmaier told us that Andreas Krumm must have been a very well-known and important man in town, because as miller he possessed the town mill. He must have worked long and hard to get it, which speaks for his late marriage - one could only marry after having a job or trade.

The area around Nürtingen and Grötzingen is much like Winneshiek county - woods, rolling hills, winding roads, and fields. I can well imagine that Gottlob and family settled at Ft. Atkinson because it reminded him of home.

We originally wanted to find some relatives in Nürtingen. Mrs. Müller immediately referred us to about the only Krumms she knew in town - an Otto Krumm and family who owns the local butcher shop. Unfortunately he was out of town at the time. Gottlob's two married sisters who were left behind in 1848, Maria Friderika Beck and Rosina Katharina ---, were in the books, but we found it impossible to trace any descendants. (If anyone is interested, address: Otto Krumm, Krumm Metzgerei, Brunnsteige 5, 7040 Nürtingen, West Germany).

Excerpts from letters written by C. Irvin Krumm (son of Charles and Josephine Krumm, grandson of Gottlieb and Anna Krumm) to Ruth Krumm Price (granddaughter of Chris Krumm, great-granddaughter of Gottlob Krumm Jr.)

Letter written October 12, 1978:

This morning the mailman delivered some old pictures that were a part of the accumulated personal effects of Amanda Krumm Swailes. Perhaps you never knew Amanda, but she had a son Albert with whom she lived in Marietta Georgia. Albert was married and died several years ago. He didn't leave any heirs who would be interested in Krumm family pictures, especially when they were unacquainted with the subjects. His widow Helen and I have been carrying on an occasional exchange of letters and as she has worked over the odds and ends, I wound up with old items. This morning's mail isn't the first. I might add here that she has sent two Iowa legislative reports which were the property of Gottlieb. One is the report of the 8th General Assembly of the State of Iowa for the session held in 1862. The other one covers the 13th general assembly in 1870.

In the 1950's, we had Kenneth, your brother, in our home for a pleasant evening of family conversation. I have also had some correspondence with Geraldine Weiler, whom I guess would be a 2nd cousin of yours. Your Dad and Jessie were 1st cousins. Am I correct?

In your letter you mentioned your son's visit to Nürtingen. I reread a letter today that was written by Amanda and in it she said that Gottlob and Gottlieb left sisters behind in Germany but no brothers, that their father Gottlob J. Krumm was an only son and their grandfather was an only son. So, there would not be many by the name of Krumm in church records.

Letter written on October 24, 1978:

Thank you so very much for your interesting letter of the 16th and in particular for the family tree as a result of your son's tireless effort in tracing the Krumm story back to the early 1700's. So far he does not appear to have uncovered any undesirables such as made their way to the colonies in an earlier time. He has done a fine job and certainly a tedious one. I knew that there was some relationship between the Krumm and Fischer families and it now appears that Regina is the connecting link. The Gottlieb family visited with a Fischer family that lived on a farm approximately halfway between Ft. Atkinson and Spillville. This family was headed by Jake. They moved when I was real young to a place near Lyle Minnesota if my memory serves me right. The father's name was Jake in family conversation but I presume it too was spelled Jakob.

I had Gottlieb's jubilee pictures reproduced for wider family distribution and the copy is not too clear but the subjects are readily identified if you were at all acquainted. Both Dad and Amanda set up a name sheet reading from left to right from the front to back row and you will note that several Fischers are present. Just in case, the Jubilee was a celebration recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Krumm brothers' arrival in Winneshiek Co. That arrival included your Great Grandmother, Regina, Chris, and Nannie. The Mrs. Christian Fischer could be Regina's mother but I am guessing about that. The Aunt Kate Meyer or Mrs. Charles Meyer Sr. was the mother of a sizeable family most of whom lived in the Sioux City area. One of her Granddaughters was Sister Anna Marie, who passed away several years ago. She spent much of her life as a teacher at St. Catherine's in St. Paul and founded the Christ Child school for exceptional children. We visited with her a few years prior to her death and she was a real sharp person who lived usefully in spite of a paralysis which was caused by an auto accident in the early 1930's.

I remember Herman and Louise Scheller coming to the Fort on their regular shopping days. Wasn't there a younger sister too? Joe Schissel whose mother was the first of the Hubers (born in New Orleans) later purchased the Scheller farm a few miles east of the Fort. Didn't your Dad play the clarinet in the old Krumm dance orchestra?

Getting back to family, there was a Barbara Kirschman who lived in Mason City. The Gottlieb's talked about her, so she must have been a distant relative and I'd assume through Gottlob's wife Regina.

Letter written November 1, 1978:

You have perhaps already discovered the identity of one of the three missing Krumm girls who are mentioned along the left margin of the family tree. Last evening as I was dozing through a TV program the thought of it hit me and I asked myself how I could have overlooked Aunt Katherine Meyer, wife of Charles Meyer of Festina and a sister of Gottlob and Gottlieb. She raised quite a family. Two of her daughters are in the Jubilee picture of the second generation folks. One is Lucy and the other Julia. She had two sons, George and Charles who were manufacturers of harness and were prosperous in that business till the horse was replaced by the tractor. There was a Barbara and Anna both of whom lived in Chicago, a Mrs. Striegel of Sioux City and a Mrs. Mulcy or some such sounding name. My memory is not too accurate about some of the members, since we saw them very infrequently. Charles Jr. did come to the Fort on occasion to call on my grandmother and I presume at one time that included Regina too. He was born in a stone house at the base of the Fort hill (southwest side) as the old road to the Gottlieb farm wound around the hill before it reached that suburban area we called Dog town. Aunt Catherine or Kate, as she was sometimes called is buried at Festina. She joined the Catholic Church when she married.

Do not depend too much upon the accuracy of the following, but a faint recollection of hearsay evidence tells me that a sister was married to a Mr. Herzog. He was the man who started out with my Grandad for the Pikes Peak area and eventually landed in California. That was in 1859. I am not positive about this but I do know we were related to the Herzogs. Grandfather and his Herzog companion became separated in California and no one saw him again. What happened to his wife is a mystery to me but two of his sons moved to Mitchell S.D. when that town was located a mile or so east of its present location. One of the brothers lost his life while swimming. The other, Louis lived in Mitchell, was a blacksmith and had a family, some of whom, probably 3rd generation, are still around. I have visited with some a number of years ago. Her husband was on the staff of the Mitchell Daily Republic. In 1907 Dad took Mother and I to Mitchell to attend one of the early Corn Palace events.

Going back to the Herzogs, I'll explore that lead when I happen to be in Mitchell. The family always presumed that the Herzog who was with Gottlieb died of sickness, or may have been killed in a miner's brawl. Grandfather came back by way of the Isthmus of Panama, by ship to New York, and back to Iowa, rich in experiences but not in gold. A letter of Amanda's says that Grandfather learned to read and write English as a school boy in Germany. As one tries to piece family events together the same thought keeps reoccurring. Why didn't I ask more simple questions of my elders when that was still possible.

Letter written to Bill Price on March 5, 1979:

I was born in 1897 and as a consequence I never knew Gt. Uncle Gottlob but I do remember your great grandmother [sic] whom we knew as Bar Regalie. That spelling is purely my phonetic attempt to write it as it sounded. The Regalie is obvious German Regina and as I recall the Bar was a sort of title of respect and recognition of a high regard for the perosn place in the family life. [Note: "Bar" was more probably a shortened form of her name "Barbara".]

Rose was the one member most of us knew. Nanny lived in Charles City and didn't come back to the Fort A. vicinity too often. Lou and George were in Tilden and as George was quoted when he would return to his Nebraska home, "I am going back to the States." Mrs. Summers & Mrs. Lawrence and your grandad [sic] Chris left home about the time of my birth or soon after. At any rate Rose was on the home place and a connecting link for us kids between Nürtingen and Ft. Atkinson. She enjoyed relating incidents of early days and in particular the stories that were handed down from her parents and the older brothers and sisters. By the way, have you been in touch with Mildred Krumm who lived in Tilden. I am thinking of locating the girls of the original family whose whereabouts are unknown. I wrote to your mother and reported that Catharine was married to Charles Meyer and that another sister could have been a Mrs. Herzog. I promised to explore the Herzog connection from this point since the sons of that family did settle in Mitchell S.D. So far I have not. But perhaps Mildred if she is still alive, might have some family records.

As a matter of family relationship, I have also assumed that my grandmother Krumm, whose maiden name was Mary Ann Beringer and I believe was a niece of Gottlob's wife Regina. There was a Fischer family (Jake) who lived on a farm about midway between Ft. Atkinson and Spillville. We were related but to what degree I can't say. When I was still very young (6 or 7 as a guess) the Fischers moved to the Lyle Minn. area. It's a shame that so many unanswered questions were never asked and recorded when it would have been so easy to obtain the accurate story.

Excerpt from the Decorah Republican, Thursday, July 5, 1888, page 5:

40 Years.

Mr. Krumm, of Washington township, called on Friday last to pay his subscription to the Republican. In the course of a pleasant conversation, allusion was made to his long residence in the county, and to his being one of the pioneers.

"What day of the month is this?" inquired Mr. Krumm.

"The 29th," was replied.

"Well," said he, in turn, and with a quiet laugh, "that is just the day we arrived at Ft. Atkinson forty years ago."

Mr. Krumm came with a party, and he only remains of the number. Many of the pioneers, who followed in the succeeding years, are rapidly passing away. Yet Mr. K. is not yet an aged man, and is in the enjoyment of a remarkable degree of vigor and strength.

Excerpt from the Decorah Republican, Friday, February 19, 1875:

The permanent settlement of the county commenced in 1847 [sic]. In that year the pioneers and homesteaders came to this county, to-wit: Gotlob [sic] and Getleb [sic] Krumm, Charles Kregg and Francis Rogers. They arrived in June of that year. Gotlob Krumm came direct from South Germany to Fort Atkinson. The first habitation of this family, consisting of Gotlob, his wife and two little children, was a deserted Indian wigwam, standing beside a beautiful spring. In it they lived a few weeks, until Mr. Krumm, with the help of Charles Kregg, built a log house, which also stood by the spring, and was the first house built and occupied by an actual settler in this part of the county. But it has long since been torn down; and the ground where it once stood yields yearly a rich harvest of golden grain. The clear crystal waters of the spring have been taken from its bed of many colored pebbles, and is conveyed through a leaden pipe down to a beautiful grove, where it is somewhat surprised to find the same pleasant family, with a few additions, occupying a more grand and spacious dwelling, surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubbery and flowers; with a huge barn and granaries in the background.

Mr. Krumm tells some interesting reminiscences of early life in Winneshiek County, among which is the following story of his getting lost, and nearly losing his life in a snowstorm.

He started in February, 1849, to go to Prairie du Chien to get some flour; but soon after leaving home it commenced to snow. His team consisted of a yoke of oxen and a long sled. The wind gradually and steadily increased to a perfect gale from the south east, driving the snow into his and the cattle's eyes with such force as to almost blind them. The road was poorly broken, there being about two feet of snow on the ground, and all the travel on it during the winter was the mail once a week to the soldiers in the Fort. Finding it impossible to proceed further, about three o'clock in the afternoon he began to retrace his steps, already tired with wading in the snow. The depth of snow increased; the wind howled more fiercely; all signs of a track were soon obliterated; and night found him eight or nine miles from home in a terrible storm. From this on all was guesswork wading through snow drifts, sometimes in the road and sometimes out, until about eleven o'clock, when he became entirely lost. The cattle were completely exhausted, so he determined to camp for the night. The cattle were turned to the sleigh box, into which he bestowed himself. Taking off his boots, he drew a grain sack over his feet and spent the night kicking against the end board to keep from freezing. The wind changed by midnight and blew bitterly cold from the northwest; and while the cattle ate the hay from under him he thought of his home in Germany and how those who wish to sleigh ride there must go while it is snowing; for should they wait, the snow will melt and they will be too late.

Imagine his surprise when daylight came, and he found himself about a half mile from the road, and within sight of his own house. Yet he was on the top of a hill which terminated abruptly upon all sides but one; and should he have gone a half mile in either direction except the one in which he came he would certainly have perished. After another three hours of hard work, in which he had to unyoke his cattle three times to get them out of the snow drifts, he reached home, with his hands, feet, and legs to his knees, badly frozen.

Letter written by Rose Krumm (daughter of Gottlob Krumm Jr.) to Ruth Krumm Price, March 7, 1957. This letter was written when Rose was 96 years old and living in the Starr Home, 302 N. Grand Ave., Charles City, Iowa. Rose was nearly blind, and the letter was dictated to a friend (who was responsible for the spelling). I remember meeting Rose Krumm there with my mother, probably not long after this letter was written. She was the youngest of Gottlob's children, and the one that lived the longest. (She died in 1962 at age 102).

Charles City Ia Mar. 7, 1957

Backward turn backward a time in your flight Dear little Ruth when you were in Cherokee you & others went Sioux City to here Richie brooks I here him over Ames the last time you wrote me you were dressing chickens you Boys were small & you wanted me to meet your husband later you came up here to tillies then to Allison & said you would come & see me later what do you no about the Gerald Nash family thay were going to move near Manley & I havent heard from them since thay called on me when their Baby was five 1/2 month old I heard your mother went 2 Florida to Rodgers he teaches Library Science I still see him looking at my Book case before he could Read I took care of your Father before he could walk or talk while his mother went to see her mother the Methodist minister comes to see me his name is heath he knows the Arnolds thay are wonderful People he says & now thay live at Duncombe near fort Dodge on my Birthday thay Brought the Sunday school to sing for me you are now tied up with Ridgeway & Calmer & with the fort Both Prostestent churches are for sale Are you teaching music I listen to Ames & heard that Bernard Nash said that the Bird foot Clover came through the winter all right I have dissy spells on acount of hardening of the arteries & had two Bad falls Broke my shoulder have catarracks on hearing failing but everything can be is done for my comfort Cousin Paul comes to see me he thinks you are a good woman is Kenneth still manager of wild Life conservation I suppose you no tillie Passed away a year ago last Dec a kind friend is writeing for me hope to see you All soon yours lovely

Aunt Rose

I live near the Catholic Church

The Krumm Family in Oklahoma

Written by Ralph Macy (son of Myrtle Krumm Macy, grandson of Chris and Lena Krumm, great-grandson of Gottlob Krumm Jr.) to Bill Price in June 1992

The following is drawn from my own experience and from talk with family members over the years. For our family group, the Krumms were in Oklahoma roughly 1898 to 1956. - Ralph E. Macy

Uncle Charlie (Charles G. Krumm - Bill, I note you have it as Charles R., and I'm working from memory) [note: Charles' middle name was actually Henry.] evidently was not enamored of Iowa living. He told me that one day - it was probably 1898 - his cousin Albert Krumm came by and said he was going to Oklahoma next day, and would Charles like to come? Next day they bought tickets on the Rock Island for Kansas City and headed south. (I asked Aunt Alice Krumm, early in her second century, if my recollection was correct, and she confirmed it crisply: "Charles was standing right there in the yard when Albert came by.") At Kansas City they asked where to go and were told El Reno (Oklahoma Territory). With new tickets they set out for new land, rented horse and wagon at El Reno, located land about 50 miles west of there. The government was giving out lands formerly and solemnly promised to the Indians (Cheyenne and Arapahoe in that area). I don't know if they got adjoining parcels, but I do know that Charlie in short order decided western Oklahoma farming wasn't for him. He returned to El Reno, hired on at the local livery stable, and eventually owned it. (I met Albert one time when Uncle Charlie and I drove to Weatherford, where Albert had worked in a local grocery. His farm had been somewhere near there.)

Charles Krumm married Essie Palmer, daughter of early settlers. I don't know the year and didn't know the family. Your record says they had two children who died in infancy, and I vaguely recall hearing that. There were no others. Essie's sister, Hayden Palmer, lived with them for some years, died after a long illness. Uncle Charlie moved with the times and converted from hoofs to wheels. With partner Carl Whitlock the business became El Reno Transfer and Storage Co. / Krumm and Whitlock. I used to visit him at his work and remember his two finger skill with the old Oliver typewriter (the kind with oposite banks of type bars). He always welcomed me there and at their home, as also did Aunt Essie at home. They were quiet people, and I don't recall their having time with friends. They often had Christmas and/or Thanksgiving with us, but Essie never reciprocated (re. which Mother had some feelings). I remember some good gatherings, though, with grandparents and aunt and uncle and perhaps Hayden. Mother had a real affection for Charles, regretted that Essie somewhat hindered much visiting. She was amazed years later when Charlie and Essie invited Mary and me to have lunch with them. (Essie, by the way, was "a rock in every snowball", could detect the sinister motive behind the noblest act, would recite a whole list. I recall once Uncle Charlie saying after a bit, "Hell, Essie, it ain't all that bad." Said simply and without rancour. And at heart she was a good person who wished things were better.)

Charlie wanted to retire, but the war got in the way, and it was about 1946 when he finally got someone to buy him out. I think Carl just took a walk. He changed lifestyle overnight - slept late, he and Essie took long rides together, cooked on Friday and heated various dishes Saturday and Sunday (kosher kitchen?) He raised some hogs (fed with town garbage he contracted for) and some alfalfa - actually, hired someone to do these and enjoyed oversight. On one of their afternoon rides he failed to see an oncoming car and pulled onto the road in its path. He was killed instantly, and Essie was badly injured. She recovered, lived alone the rest of her days, and generally lamented her plight - a rather lonely person. I was sad at Uncle Charlie's death. He was a good friend.

Chris and Lena Krumm also were ready to move on, and they and their daughter/my mother Myrtle came to El Reno in 1900. I don't know what the arrangements were, but assume Charlie made them. They bought a small house and Grandpa Krumm became a butcher in Frank Kraft's meat market, where he worked until he retired. Mother got a job with a local insurance man, was there through 1907. The house was a four room square, with kitchen and two ante-rooms added at the rear. A cystern served as cooler for dairy products etc. At the rear of the lot was a tool barn and in a smaller room a toilet - like a privy but with a porcelain bowl connected to the town sewer. There was a well by the back porch - Grandpa said 70' deep. The procedure: get a pail from the porch, draw water from the well, use the facility and flush from pail, returning same to porch. This was to prevail as long as they lived there. I wondered why - department of unasked questions. I understand they attended a nearby Evangelical and Reformed Church on occasion, also recall Mother saying the minister denounced alcoholic beverages (and users?) and Grandpa said he was a hypocrite and didn't go back. That memory is less than clear.

My grandparents were in their eighties when I came along, so I never knew their active life. I recall Grandpa's large garden and a root cellar, and the tool shed - he was always glad to show me what he was doing. My brother John (12 years older) recalled fishing with him and greatly enjoyed him in earlier years. Grandmother always gave me apple sauce, bread and butter, rhubarb, and/or other simple things and was quite gracious about it. They had a "victrola" and some records, and I was always welcome to crank and play, such things as "Beautiful Ohio Waltz". There were also two family photo albums, which now are with Ken or Ruth, about my only contact with Iowa relatives except for a visit around 1930 from Louie, Ruth, Ken, Louise, Gerald. Aunt Alice later told me she wasn't on that trip, and I'm not sure Ken. Your grandfather [i.e., Louis G. Krumm] came once around 1942, when Grandmother Krumm was at our home and bedridden - a sad visit for him, but a wonderful time for me.

Chris and Lena grew old together, lived simply, and about 1939 or so began to fade. Mother arranged for two people to stay with them, one by day and one by night. Grandpa moved gently with it all, was happy to arise and to go to bed (with help) when Arthur said it was time. He would tell me how many rows of potatos he dug that day, as he sat at the dining table all day. I think I was the delivery boy at the meat market from 50 years earlier. Once he picked up the daily paper, which had a large headline. "NAZIS..." (I don't remember the content). He read aloud. "Nazzies....", put it down and said "Humpf". That was the extent of his reading observed by me. He died in his sleep one night, departing peacefully even as I had observed him live. Grandmother Krumm didn't have it so easy. She said to me once, when Grandpa was talking to himself in the next room, "Listen to that old man." I'm not sure how aware she was then. But she became unhappy, tired, found it difficult to be cared for and complained loudly. Mother brought her to our home, where two women helped with care and laundry until they all nearly gave out. Mother then arranged for her care in a nursing home in Oklahoma City, where she died shortly. I visited there once, and she was oblivious to her surroundings. That was sad to see, and it was a blessing when she finally died. The grandparents had a Waterbury steeple clock on a kitchen shelf that I admired - a wedding present they had received. I told Grandmother that I would like to have that some day, and she said it would be mine. I had it refurbished after they died, and it is on our mantel, somewhere near 130 years old.

That sums up what I recall of the Krumms in Oklahoma. There are none of them there now to my knowledge - at least none via Chris and Lena. So far as I know, I am the only one to visit El Reno in recent years, and I find I am most drawn to visit folk who were friends to both Mother and me. The old connections last longest.

genealogy | home
Krumm Family History
Copyright © 2010 by Bill Price
graphic.gif (2326 bytes)