Descendants of Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Stelzriede

Sixth Generation


118. Orville Henry Stelzriede (Henry Frederick Christian , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 13 Aug 1905 in Decatur, IL. He died on 24 Jul 1991 in Decatur, IL.

From FamilySearch™ U.S. Social Security Death Index.

Orville married Evelyn Margaret Fickes on 3 Dec 1930 in Taylorville, IL. Evelyn was born on 7 Nov 1913 in IL. She died on 10 Feb 1986 in Illiopolis, IL.

From FamilySearch™ U.S. Social Security Death Index.

Some info from - Phyllis Scott on

Orville and Evelyn had the following children:

+ 211 M i Living
+ 212 M ii Living
  213 F iii Living
        Living married (1) Living.
        Living married (2) Living.

119. Alma Francis Stelzriede (Henry Frederick Christian , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 7 Oct 1910 in Mt. Auburn, IL. She died in Mar 1995 in Decatur, IL.

Some info from - Phyllis Scott on
born on T.T. Roberts place.

Alma married Paul William Fisher on 9 Dec 1927 in Springfield, IL. Paul died Unknown.

From F.C. Stelzriede

Paul and Alma had the following children:

  214 M i Living
        Living married Living.
  215 M ii William Gene Fisher was born on 1 Sep 1930 in Mt. Auburn, IL. He died on 27 Feb 1992 in Mt. Auburn, IL.
        William married Living.
  216 M iii Living
        Living married Living.
  217 F iv Living
        Living married (1) Living.
        Living married (2) Living.
        Living married (3) Living.

121. William Frederick (Billie) Stelzriede (Henry Frederick Christian , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 22 Sep 1924 in IL. He died on 8 Nov 1991 in Mt. Auburn, IL.

Found on - family tree
SS death index

Some info from - Phyllis Scott on Born on Senator Ed L. Smith place.
Died Decatur Memorial Hospital.

William married Living.

They had the following children:

  218 F i Living
        Living married (1) Living.
        Living married (2) Living.
  219 F ii Living
        Living married Living.
  220 F iii Living
        Living married (1) Living.
        Living married (2) Living.
  221 F iv Francis Ilene Stelzriede was born on 11 Jan 1947. She died on 20 Aug 1981 in Ben Taub Hospital, Houston, TX.

Info from - Phyllis Scott on
        Francis married Living.
  222 F v Living
        Living married (1) Living.
        Living married (2) Living.
  223 F vi Living
        Living married Living.
  224 F vii Living
        Living married Living.
  225 M viii Living
        Living married Living.
  226 M ix Living
        Living married Living.
  227 F x Living
        Living married Living.

124. Albert Frederick August Meyer [scrapbook] (Emelia Mary (Amelia, Millie) Stelzriede , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 7 Dec 1907 in Grand Prairie Township, IL. He died Unknown.

There is a 141 page volume of the "Recollections of the Life, Times, and Activities of Albert F. Meyer". I have a copy. He was an editor & news writer for the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale News Service and the School of Agriculture. Part I follows:

MEMORIES: Recollections of the Life, Times & Activities of Albert F. Meyer
By Albert F. Meyer (b. 1907)

PART I. [Based on his mother’s (Emelia Stelzriede Meyer (b. 1882)) report written in 1930.]

My ancestry loses itself amid the rural communities of Germany (now West Germany), a heritage of the soil. The records have not been well kept, so knowledge of our past is rather sketchy. Knowledge of my mother’s ancestry goes back farther than that of my father. The two branches on mother’s side are the Krueger and the Stelzriede families.

My great-grandfather Krueger was born in 1821 in the little country village of Hille, Germany. At the age of 20 or so, he came to the United States to seek his fortune, coming almost immediately to the Midwest and remaining in Southern Illinois most of the rest of his life. Great-grandmother Charlotte Krueger (his wife) likewise was born in Germany near her husband’s birthplace. She came to America to seek work at the early age of 16 or 18 years, finding work she desired in St. Louis, MO. Before long she was married to my great-grandfather Krueger, making their home for a time in, or near St. Louis.

Later the family settled on a farm a few miles northeast of Nashville, Illinois, after having moved about some because they were having a hard struggle for a livelihood According to a family story, the Kruegers were living for a short time at Cairo, Illinois, where their first child, Mary, was born. According to one report, the father had crossed the river to buy a supply of flour for the family. On the return with a barrel of flour in the boat, the boat capsized and the flour was lost. The young family had a shortage of flour for a time because they lacked money to buy more.

After moving later to the farm in North Prairie near Nashville, conditions improved and they made their home there for a considerable time. Two more daughters, Sophia and Louise, and a son, John, were born there and grew up to marriage age. Sophia married a Michael Schmidt, a native of Germany, and Mary married Casper Finke, another German, both of whom had settled in the Nashville region. Louise married Frederick Stelzriede, likewise a native of Germany. John married and established his home near Sandoval, Illinois, for a time, and the parents came there to live. Here father Krueger died at the age of 67 years and his wife, Charlotte, then returned to the farm home of her oldest daughter, Mary (Mrs. Casper Finke.) near Hoyleton, Illinois, and lived there the remaining 24 years of her life, dying in 1914 at the age of 87 years.

At the time this account was written in 1930, Sophie (Schmidt) resided at Nashville. (Illinois); Mary Finke in Hoyleton; and son, John Krueger, in Audrey, Texas.

However, Louise Krueger is the essential branch of our family tree. At age 17 she married a small energetic German, Frederick Stelzriede. Grandfather Stelzriede was born in 1848 in Kreis-Minden, Germany. He came to the United States at the age of 17 or 18 to escape compulsory military training in the German army, this being during the time of Prussia’s military expansion that resulted in uniting the other German states to form the German Empire.

Frederick Stelzriede came almost at once to Hoyleton, Illinois, area where many other Germans were settling and worked as a farm laborer. At age 27 he married Louise Krueger and bought a farm about five miles south of Hoyleton in the North Prairie neighborhood.

He made a livelihood from the farm through hard work and being thrifty. Two sons and two daughters--Henry, Arthur, Ida and Emelia--were born there. The third of the four children, Emelia (later spelled Amelia) is my mother. She was born on July 30, 1882. Tragedy struck when Emelia was but five years old. Grandmother Louise was fatally injured by the kick of a calf at her early age of 29 years, leaving the four children motherless. The oldest child was nine years old. For two years grandfather Frederick struggled alone with the four children on the farm with a three-room frame house. Mother says they lived there comfortably.

After two years the father married Miss Mary Krietemeier of Nashville, IL. She had come to America from Germany with her parents at the age of two years. The Krietemeier family came to Illinois, living for a time at Petersburg, and Centralia before settling at Nashville. Mary’s father died the year she married grandfather Stelzriede when she was 21 years old. Four more children were born to this union, a son and three daughters--May, Frederick, Ruth and Julia.

Mother reports the little farmhouse now was a scene of happiness. Another room was added to accommodate the larger family. The inevitable spells of childhood illnesses hardly ruffled the surface of the farm life. The father’s motto was hard work, a necessary practice on a small farm with a family of eight children.

Among the many escapades of the children on the farm, mother was especially fond of telling about their fun in teasing the ram of their father’s flock of sheep. The children caught the ram and blind-folded him to get him angry. They then ran around a tree stump in the pasture with the irate animal chasing them until he became dizzy after which the children got the ram down, placed a fence rail on him, and scampered to the safety of the pasture fence before the ram could get up and follow them.

My mother, Emelia, attended a small, one-room country school about a mile from their home through woods and fields. The public school was in session only about five months each year with an additional two months of spring school for small children too young to work on the farm. The school was not graded as today. Schooling consisted of five readers and a course in history as well as arithmetic, but children attended school until they became young men and women. Mother quit school for home work at age 15, having reached the fifth grade level.

Grandfather Stelzriede’s home was devoutly religious. The family attended Pleasant Grove, the country church a short distance from home through the woods. Sunday school, church services, and Epworth League were on the family’s program each Sunday, rain or shine. The “old time religion” preaching was part of many of the meetings. Families came to the church on foot, in buggies, surreys, or wagons. Mother joined the church at age 11.

Life for young folks at that time was different than in the modern fast-paced living. Mother said in those days a young lady’s dress swept the ground if she did not hold it out of the dust or mud with her hands. It was a time of “bustles”, “leg-o’-mutton” sleeves, toboggan hats and tam o’shanters. Mother recollected one of her school teachers, who always wore a “bustle” to school, and some mischievous boys took delight in using the bustle as a pin cushion as the teacher passed along the aisle between the desks.

She said young folks had hilarious birthday and surprise parties where they played games while the older folks talked. She said the Stelzriede home was too religious to tolerate dancing. Fall “apple cuttings” were quite interesting times in their neighborhood. Young folks gathered at a neighbor’s house in an evening to peel and cut apples for the fall’s cooking of apple butter. Throwing apple peelings and cores was even more interesting than cutting the apples at these parties.

Sadness came to the Stelzriede family in 1901 when the father died of pneumonia at the age of 53 years. The family did not remain on the farm long after his death. The farm was sold and, the family moved to Centralia because three of the older children already had left home to marry or work. The following year my mother Emelia left home for work up north to Boody and Blue Mound, Illinois, for a year. The following year she went to St. Louis for work in homes for a time. A high point in her life there at this time was a visit. to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. On March 2, 1905, she was married to August H. Meyer, my father, a young German farmer near Irvington, Illinois.

The Meyer side of the family tree is well-rooted in Germany, but we have not collected much ancestry about the Meyer family because only two of them were living in America at this time of writing. Grandfather Meyer, probably Fred, lived at South Hemmern, Kreis-Minden, which was not far from the birthplace of my grandfather Stelzriede. In Germany the Meyer spelling was Meier. My father, August, was born on November 16, 1877. He had one brother and three sisters. His mother died while father was a child and he had no later remembrance of her. Grandfather Meier married a second time and the new wife cared for the family with love. Three more sons were born to the family.

Of the Meyer children, a sister, Louise, came to America to live, married Henry Wellpott, a German farmer, and at this writing (1930) are still living on a farm near Hoyleton. The Wellpott family consisted of eight daughters and a son--Minnie, Louise, Clara, Sophia, Martin, Frieda, Alice, Ida and Bernice.

Father’s only full brother, Fred, serving in the German army, was killed on the Western front during World War I. The husband of one of father’s sisters also was killed in the conflict. The other sister still lives in Germany at this writing. Of the three half-brothers, one, Christian, born in 1889, came to America at the age of 23 to satisfy his lust for wandering and to seek his fortune. He lived at our home for a time while attending the Breese country school for a time to learn some English language, and then left for work. He lived only two years longer, becoming ill with tuberculosis and died on the day in 1914 that World War I began.

The other two half-brothers of my father returned to their German homes after serving in the German army’s losing cause in World War I. Father’s stepmother had died some time before the outbreak of that war. Grandfather Meyer lived until 1928 dying at the age of 71 years. One of these stepbrothers was Ludwig, born in 1887, who owns and operates a soda and mineral water bottling business in Waune-Echel in Westfalen, West Germany. A sister of father’s is Caroline von Behren, born in 1882, who lived in Kreis Minden.

During father Meyer’s boyhood, South Hemmern was a farming village where people had small land holdings which were farmed intensively. Yields from the soil were large and varied. Grandfather Meyer’s home was a rather large building, a typical German farmhouse of the time and place which was a combination house and barn. The family lived in the front part and the farm animals were housed in the barn addition to the back of the house. This was partly due to the value of land and better protection for farm animals.

Father completed public school studies in Germany and also was confirmed into the Evangelical Lutheran Church. However, the lure of work in America was great to the crowded conditions in Germany, so at the early age of 16 years young August Meyer embarked for America as some of his acquaintances had done. He landed at New York and came immediately to Illinois. He worked for a time on the farm of a distant relative living near Irvington which is eight miles south of Centralia, Illinois. Several Germans had settled west of Irvington and in the Hoyleton area.

Father attended a public school for a short time to get a reading knowledge of English, but he found association with people who had no knowledge of German more valuable in learning to understand and speak English. He never tried to write in the English language much other than signing his name or other necessary paper, such as checks. He worked in the corn fields of northern Illinois as a harvest hand in the fall for a season or two (as many young men in Southern Illinois did at that time) and found the associations there quite helpful in learning to converse in English.

However, father’s health did not seem very good at that time, so at 23 years of age he went west to the lumber camps of Washington state with a friend. They worked in the pine woods and saw mills for three years at Addy, Washington, near Spokane. It was a good life, health restoring, and filled with valuable experience.

By chance, the friend, with whom father went west, had been courting Emelia Stelzriede earlier. When, after three years in the lumbering work, my father expressed a desire to return to Illinois, but his friend desired to stay on in Washington. He jokingly told father that he could have his girl friend when he returned. Father was interested in farming, so when he returned to Irvington he arranged with a Julius Wacker to rent a farm he owned southeast of town to start working for himself. He apparently had saved some money from the three years of work in Washington to arrange for a few essential farming tools and a team or two of work horses. Almost immediately he took his friend’s remarks seriously and got acquainted with Emelia Stelzriede.

After a three-weeks’ courtship the couple were happily married on March 1, 1905, and started life together on the newly-rented farm. Two years later the first child, a son, was born on December 7, 1907, and named Albert. Three other sons and one daughter were born into the family. The struggle for a living was hard, but the heritage of my father and mother was that of hard-working, thrifty Germans filled with the love of the soil and what it produced.

After nine or ten years on the rented Wacker farm, father was able to get enough money together to make a decent payment on the 160-acre Fisher farm as a place of his own. This farm, with house and barns, was only about three miles north of the Wacker farm, so the family quickly made the change of abode, using wagons with wide hay frames on them to move household belongings and other items while larger farm equipment was transported separately. Farming was reasonably good during the World War I years and the immediate years thereafter at the new farm. The soil was quite good although father spent many winter days of hard work clearing out overgrown fence rows on the farm to improve the land. The depression that came in the late aftermath of World War I hit the family hard for a time and made the struggle for a livelihood strenuous in the face of remaining debts on the farm purchase, but the future was not without considerable hope--as was borne out in the years to follow.

Albert married (1) Alveria Faye Wood on 15 May 1937 in Carbondale, IL. Alveria was born on 16 Nov 1910 in Karnak, IL. She died on 2 Sep 1963 in Jackson County, IL. She was buried in Pleasant Grove Memorial Cemetery, IL.

They had the following children:

+ 228 M i Living
+ 229 F ii Living

Albert married (2) Edra Vinita Tweedy Bricker on 9 Aug 1964 in Carbondale, IL. Edra was born on 12 Jan 1913 in Murphysboro, IL. She died on 2 Oct 2002 in Frederick, MD.

Edra T. Bricker Meyer, 89, retired instructor (1955-1973), died Oct. 2 in Frederick, MD. Meyer was hired in fall 1955 as a lecturer at University School and at the student-teaching department. She retired as an instructor Sept. 1, 1973.

126. Lester Arthur Meyer [scrapbook] (Emelia Mary (Amelia, Millie) Stelzriede , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 15 Feb 1916 in Irvington, IL. He died on 16 Aug 1992 in Centralia, IL.

Live near Irvington, IL.

Lester married Living.

They had the following children:

  230 F i Sharon Kay Meyer was born about 8 Jun 1947. She died about 1947. She was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery.
+ 231 M ii Living

132. Oscar J. Stelzriede (Arthur F. , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 29 Jan 1914 in Ashley, Beaucoup, IL. He died on 6 Mar 1972 in Nashville, IL. He was buried in Ashley Cemetery.

From FamilySearch™ U.S. Social Security Death Index.
Died of Cancer, buried in Ashley Cemetery. Had twin sons, still living (2003), both served in the Navy at the same time, Viet Nam Vets. His wife, Lois M. died September 22, 2001. She was buried in Ashley Cemetery.
Some info from - Phyllis Scott on

Oscar married Lois M. Krietemeyer in 1941 in St Charles, MO. Lois was born about 1920. She died on 2 Sep 2001 in IL. She was buried in Ashley Cemetery, IL.

They had the following children:

  232 M i Living
  233 M ii Living

134. Claude F. Stelzriede (Arthur F. , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 27 Apr 1918 in Beaucoup, IL. He died on 12 Mar 1955 in Ashley, IL. He was buried in Ashley Cemetery, IL.

From FamilySearch™ U.S. Social Security Death Index.
Claude was born April 27, 1918, died on his son's 4th birthday, March 12, 1955. Heart Problems. He was a self employed contractor/carpenter. Did a lot of work at Scott Air Force Base in Southern Illinois. He was buried in Ashley Cemetery. He married Idra Lee McCoy, from Ashley. - From Claude L. (Bud) Stelzriede. 2003.

Claude married Living.

They had the following children:

+ 234 F i Living
+ 235 M ii Living

135. Ada Alice Stelzriede (Arthur F. , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 3 Nov 1921 in Beaucoup, IL. She died on 30 Jun 2004 in Centralia, IL.

Ada Groves, 82, of Centralia, formerly of Richview, Illinois, died at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at the Fireside House Nursing Facility in Centralia. She was born November 3, 1921, in Beaucoup, Illinois, daughter of Arthur and Dora (Smiley) Stelzriede. She married Charles W. Groves on June 21, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo., and he preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1986. Mrs. Groves is survived by two daughters, Mary Ellen of Irvington and Sharon Belcher and special friend Steve Gwin of Richview, a sister, Mary Williams of Richview, four grandchildren, Lisa Tracz and husband Larry, Melissa Brown, Willie Belcher, and Terry Gwin; and 9 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; two sisters; a grandson, Tony Funk; and a great-great grandchild. Mrs. Groves was a mail carrier for many years. She was a member of the Richview Methodist Church and loved gardening and flowers. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Boggs Chapel of the Styninger-Pacey Funeral Home with the Revs. Brett Yates and David Trover officiating. Interment will follow at Friedens Cemetery in Irvington. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Richview Cemetery Fund and will be received at the funeral home.

Ada married Wesley Groves on 21 Jun 1941 in St. Louis, MO. Wesley died on 24 Dec 1986.

They had the following children:

  236 F i Living
+ 237 F ii Living

140. Keturah Ruth (Kaye) Stelzriede (Frederick Carl Benjamin (Fred) , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 14 Jul 1921 in Alton, IL. She died on 14 Feb 1986 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Died of colon cancer. There was cancer in both her father's and mother's families (from Carmen S. Nelson).

Keturah married Living.

They had the following children:

+ 238 M i Living
+ 239 F ii Living
  240 M iii Living
+ 241 F iv Living

141. Elizabeth Marie (Betty) Stelzriede (Frederick Carl Benjamin (Fred) , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 14 Mar 1923 in Lebanon, IL. She died on 14 Jan 1999 in Green Valley, AZ.

Worked as a nurse. Had breast cancer and later a rare blood disease (cold agglutinin hemolytic anemia) that required avoiding cool or cold temperatures. Died of meningitis acquired in the hospital.

Elizabeth married Living.

They had the following children:

  242 M i Living
        Living married Living.
+ 243 F ii Living

142. Bonnylin Naomi (Bonny) Stelzriede (Frederick Carl Benjamin (Fred) , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm ) was born on 10 Mar 1925 in St. Jacob, IL. She died on 23 Nov 1971 in Encino, CA. The cause of death was breast cancer.

Died young of breast cancer.

Bonnylin married (1) Fordice (Smitty) Smith. Fordice died Unknown.

They had the following children:

  244 M i Living

Bonnylin married (2) Living.

They had the following children:

  245 F ii Living
        Living married (1) Living.
        Living married (2) Living.
        Living married (3) Living.
+ 246 F iii Living
  247 M iv Living

144. Living (Frederick Carl Benjamin (Fred) , Christian Frederick (Frederick) , Johann Heinrich , Johann Heinrich , Johann Friedrich Wilhelm )

Living married John William (Bill) Nelson [scrapbook] son of William (Bill) Nelson and Daisy Violet Black. John was born on 18 Jul 1926 in St. Louis, MO. He died on 8 Apr 2001 in Tallahassee, FL.

Professor of Physics (Nuclear, Experimental) at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 1960-1 & 1966-2001) and also at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS, 1962-65). Studied nuclear lifetimes in the millisecond range using a "Leaky Integrator" that he invented. Later worked in air sampling and analysis of the chemical elements in air pollution using Particle-Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE) analysis.
Founded PIXE International Corp. in 1978 to produce and sell air samplers called impactors and Streakers to measure chemical elements using ion-beam analysis techniques for atmospheric and indoor air pollution studies.
Had heart disease (atherosclerosis). First artery bypass operation at age 48. One more bypass operation about 10 years later. Stents inserted in later years to keep arteries open. Died from complications following an emergency appendectomy for a ruptured appendix.

Bill was always very curious about the world. As a boy he would ask his mother how something worked and when she told him that she didn't know he would get upset and say "Yes you do!". He was a ham radio operator and enjoyed working and playing with all kinds of electronics. He also loved music, especially jazz and swing. He liked to roller skate for exercise.

Education: B.A. Meteorology, UCLA, 1947; B.A. Physics, Washington Univ., 1949; M.A. Physics, Univ. of Texas, Austin, 1952; Ph.D., Physics, Univ. of Texas, Austin, 1959.

Employment: Ens. (USNR) Flight forecaster, U.S. Navy Territory of Guam, 1946-47; Flight forecaster, U.S. Weather Bureau, New Orleans, 1950-51; Lt. (USNR) Administration of Research Contracts, U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, Washington, D.C., 1953-55; Graduate Student, U. of Texas, 1955-59; Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Associate, Florida State University, 1959-62; Substantial Professor of Physics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, 1962-66; Assistant Professor of Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1966-71; Associate Process of Physics, Florida State University, 1971-77, Professor of Physics, Florida State University, 1977-95; Professor Emeritus, Florida State Univ. 1995-2001.

Member: AAPT, AAAS, Sigma Xi, APS, IEEE, ACS.

John and Living had the following children:

+ 248 M i Living
+ 249 M ii Living
  250 F iii Living

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