Elizabeth Schubert

Type Value
Name Elizabeth Schubert
Gender F
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Father George Schubert b. (1823-07-28, Mittlefranken, Bavaria, Germany) d. (1893-05-19, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois)
Mother Maria Eva Barbara Rasp b. (1826, Mittlefranken, Bavaria, Germany) d. (1894-12-29, Henry, Marshall County, Illinois)
Married 1848-00-00
Type Value
Family Hank Conrad


1 NOTE Elizabeth, her husband, and one child died of typhoid fever.Buried in Wiota Cemetery. Several other children survived.

Conrad and Elizabeth (Schubert) Hank1880 …

At the time of the 1880 census, Conrad (33) and Elizabeth (32) have moved to a farm near Section 34 in Osage Township, LaSalle County. With them is young son Anton (3 months). Conrad is incorrectly listed as Cornell and young Anton is listed as Austin. There is reasonable probability this is the young family because living in the same household is John and Mary Balensiefen Stadel and their young daughter Christine.

Before the decade is out, Conrad and Elizabeth will have two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth, and three additional sons, George, Fred and August. George passes away in 1883. Where he is interred is unknown.


On September 2nd 1892, Conrad and Elizabeth buy 135 acres of land in Franklin township, Cass County, Iowa from Fred and Mary Stoodt for $6400, consisting of the east half of the SE quarter of Section 7 and the south half of the SW quarter of Section 8 including the land north to the railroad right of way. When they made the move from LaSalle County, Illinois to Cass County, Iowa is uncertain, but it had to occur between the purchase of the land in September of 1892 and the death of Elizabeth’s father, George Schubert, on May 19th, 1893, whose obituary states she was living in Wyota, Iowa.

Wiota is located 30 miles north east of Greenfield in Adair County where Antone‚Äôs sister, Mary Elizabeth Hanck Eatinger lived, and 75 miles south south east of Chatsworth, Iowa, where Elizabeth’s sister, Theresa Schubert Diimig lived.

1895 …

The 1895 Iowa Census shows Conrad (38) and Elizabeth (36) to be in Franklin township, and raising seven children, Anton (15), Maggie (14), Lizzie (11), Fred (9), August (7), Mary (4), and little Joseph (1)

In the Fall of 1899, Conrad and Elizabeth sell their farm in Sections 7 and 8 in Franklin township and buy all 160 acres of the southwest quarter of Section 27 in Benton Township two miles north of Wiota. There is some speculation that the old farm was sold because of some Irish-German segregation in Wiota at the time. Supposedly, the Irish farmed south of Wiota and the Germans farmed north of Wiota. I would tend to believe that this had little significance in the decision to move, given the length of time they stayed on the southern farm. The family had grown since coming to Iowa with the births of Dora (4), Anna B. ( 2) and Herman G. (8 months). It is more likely that Conrad and Elizabeth needed the room for their large family and wanted to expand farm operations to provide for them.

1900 …

There is a lot of excitement after the move to the new farm. They erected an new windmill which some of the children helped build be nailed on the crossbars. And eldest son Anton prepared a new corn crib in preparation for the coming Fall harvest.

The move turned out to be a disaster for the family when in the Fall of that year, young August contracts Typhoid Fever along with five other family members.

August succumbs to the disease in early September. The tragedy for the family compounds when Conrad dies of the same affliction in early October, and then mother Elizabeth is stricken and passes away just three weeks later. Conrad, Elizabeth and August are buried in the Wiota Catholic Cemetery, August’s was the first burial in that cemetery 23 days after his death.

Three other children are stricken with the disease and a new doctor is called in. Young Joseph Henry recalls the new doctor inspecting the white powder being used to treat the illness and remembers that doctor shaking his head in disgust and saying, “No wonder they died”. One can only imagine the consequences had not someone in the family decided that a new doctor was in order. The fact that so many family members came down with the illness suggests that bacterium Salmonella was present in barnyard feces and was probably carried by flies or other air born insects onto the family food. It seems unlikely that all six family members would have poor hygiene habits.

On November 6th, 1900, eldest son Anton petitions the Cass County Circuit Court to appoint their uncle John D. Dimig (John’s wife Mary is Elizabeth’s sister) of Atlantic, Iowa as Administrator of the Conrad and Elizabeth Hank estate and the appointment is granted.

On December 28th, 1900, John D Diimig requests of the sale of the personal property of the estate, consisting of six hogs, seven cattle, one heifer, 2 steers, six calves, one sorrel mare, one grey mare, two mules one double carriage, 200 bushels of potatoes and 2500 bushels of corn to settle debts. The Court grants the request.

On December 21 1901, John D Diimig requests of the Cass County Circuit Court, authority to sell the Hank farm to prevent foreclosure and to provide funds for the care of the minor children. The request is granted and the farm is sold for $6800 and the proceeds distributed to the guardians and adult heirs, as reported to the Court on February 4th, 1902.

The Court appoints guardians for the minor children as recommended by the Marshall County Court. These appointments were Vincent Schubert (Elizabeth’s brother) guardian to Anna, John George Hank (Conrad’s brother) guardian to Joseph and Dora, Peter Merdian (Peter’s wife Martha is Elizabeth’s sister) guardian to Fred and Herman, and Bernard Haugens (Bernard’s wife Elizabeth is Conrad’s sister) guardian to Mary.

Oldest son Anton heads north towards Minnesota and takes up residence in the city of Madison, Lac Qui Parle County around 1903.

Oldest daughter Margaret marries John Seitz on November 30, 1905. Together they will have four sons, William, Edwin, Arthur, and John.

Daughter Elizabeth marries Christopher Schwiderski on February 6, 1906. The couple will play a critical role in the young lives of some of Elizabeth’s younger siblings, Joseph Henry, Anna, and Herman.

Son Fred John marries Cora Hazel Haddon in Henry, Illinois on August 19, 1908. They will have two children, John who died as an infant in 1911 and is buried in the Henry Public Cemetery, and Fred Jr..

1910 …

Son Joseph Henry marries Christina Elizabeth Schlosser on November 24, 1914. They will have four children, William, Harold, Dorothy and Clarence.

Daughter Dora Veronica marries Thomas Peter Wunder on November 26, 1914. They will have two children, Marjorie and Paul before the end of the decade.

Daughter Anna Bertha marries Charles Mickey on 27 November 1916.

Daughter Mary Martha marries Myrt Slattery on February 4th 1917

Three sons of Conrad and Elizabeth, Fred, Joseph and Herman register for the World War I Draft in 1918.

1930 …

Anton marries Regina Olson on June 4th, 1930 in Madison, Minnesota. They will have four daughters, Arline, LaVonne, Mavis and Marilyn.

1940 …

During August of 1949, Conrad’s Hank’s living children met for a reunion in Amboy, almost fifty years after the former Iowa family was broken up. The nine siblings present at the reunion were sisters, Margaret Seitz (68), Elizabeth Schwiderski (65), Mary Slattery (58), Dora Wunder (54), Anna Mickey (52), and brothers Anton (70) , Fred (63), Joseph (56) and Herman (50). Just three months later in November, Margaret is the first of the surviving children to pass away. She dies of lung cancer.