Gramkow & Engel Descendants

 

Generation No. 1

1. JOACHIM GRAMKOW was born 1834 in Mecklinburg, Germany. He married DORTHA KOESTER 1867 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

     

Children of JOACHIM GRAMKOW and DORTHA KOESTER are:

       
  2

i

JOSEPH HENRY GRAMKOW, b. August 21, 1862, Mecklinburg, Germany; d. January 16, 1927.
   

ii

HERMAN GRAMKOW
   

iii

LENA GRAMKOW
   

iv

GUSTA GRAMKOW
   

v

IDA GRAMKOW
 

1. JURKEN ENGEL. He married SOPHIA.

     

Children of JURKEN ENGEL and SOPHIA are:

       
  2

i

LOUISA MARY ENGEL, b. August 03, 1871, Middleton, Wisconsin; d. October 30, 1952, Frisco Cemetery.
   

ii

EDWARD F ENGEL, b. April 20, 1877; d. January 1965.
   

iii

JOHN J. ENGEL, b. April 25, 1868, Germany; d. October 29, 1942.
   

iv

MINNIE ENGEL, b. 1870; d. January 1877, Mt. Vernon.
 

Generation No. 2

2. JOSEPH HENRY GRAMKOW (JOACHIM1) was born August 21, 1862 in Mecklinburg, Germany, and died January 16, 1927. He married LOUISA MARY ENGLE November 01, 1888 in Parker, South Dakota, daughter of JURDEN ENGLE and SOPHIA.

      Children of JOSEPH GRAMKOW and LOUISA ENGLE are:
       
   

i

ANN SCHIEN GRAMKOW
  3

ii

THEODORE JOHN GRAMKOW, b. November 13, 1889; d. March 04, 1948.
   

iii

ALICE KATHERINE GRAMKOW, b. October 18, 1890; d. December 12, 1924; m. CARL WERNER.
  4

iv

SARAH ELIZABETH GRAMKOW, b. January 30, 1894; d. March 1976.
  5

v

HELEN ANNA MINNIE GRAMKOW, b. August 07, 1896, Parker, South Dakota; d. September 29, 1987, Frisco Cemetery.
   

vi

ALVA LOUISA GRAMKOW, b. March 30, 1898; m. GEORGE CHILSON LONGSTRETH.
   

vii

EDWARD ERNEST GRAMKOW, b. November 21, 1900; m. ETHEL MAUDE SHAW.
 

Generation No. 3

3. THEODORE JOHN GRAMKOW (JOSEPH HENRY2, JOACHIM1) was born November 13, 1889, and died March 04, 1948. He married GOLDIE ELIZABETH GRASSMEYER.

      Children of THEODORE GRAMKOW and GOLDIE GRASSMEYER are:
       
   

i

MELVIN BURDELL GRAMKOW

   

ii

DELLA GRAMKOW, m. ROBERT RANDALL
   

iii

CORABELLE GRAMKOW
   

iv

GENEVA MAE GRAMKOW
   

v

EVERETT HAROLD GRAMKOW, m. SHIRLEY MAE OLSEN
   

vi

CONNIE MAUDE GRAMKOW, m. RONALD KEMMERZELT
   

vii

DALE GRAMKOW, m. DORIS VAN GORDON
   

viii

SAMUEL GRAMKOW
   

ix

MARY GRAMKOW
   

x

ANNA GRAMKOW, m. ROBERT WOLFE

4. SARAH ELIZABETH GRAMKOW (JOSEPH HENRY2, JOACHIM1) was born January 30, 1894, and died March 1976. She married (1) CLARENCE DELOSS BARTON. She married (2) J. C. PRYSE.

      Child of SARAH GRAMKOW and CLARENCE BARTON is:
       
   

i

ELIZABETH LOUISE BARTON, m. HAROLD LOUIS JOHNSTON.

5. HELEN ANNA MINNIE GRAMKOW (JOSEPH HENRY2, JOACHIM1) was born August 07, 1896 in Parker, South Dakota, and died September 29, 1987 in Frisco Cemetery. She married RALPH JAMES PALMER June 19, 1918, son of WINFIELD PALMER and ELVIRA MAYFIELD.

      Children of HELEN GRAMKOW and RALPH PALMER are:
       
   

 

See the Palmer Descendants page for details.

       

A letter written from John Engel to his sister Mrs. Louisa Gramkow 1938/39

 
July 1938

Dear Sister & Family

Received your welcome letter some time ago and I hope you and the family are all well and all the friends around there. We are all pretty well, as good as we can expected and grandma Tesch is pretty fair. Once in a while she gets a bad spell; she is staying with us now. The 22 July she was 89 years old. She is getting little thin - she only weigh 135 lbs - she weighed 175 lbs last year. Mary has the house now. She rents it out she gets $16.50 per month for the house, and Mary is getting $50.00 per month for taking care of her mother. The three Boys have to pay their mother $600.00 per year for her living. That is the rent from the two farms; that is why Mary gets $50.00 per month for taking care of her. And Mary will get all grandma's property, so far as I know the will is made out that way.

We had pretty good small grain, the oats made around 40 to 60 bushel per acre and barley from 25 to 40 bus. And wheat from 15 to 35 bus and rye from 15 to 30. And corn was poor from 5 to 10 bus. The grass hoppers was pretty bad on the corn as it was dry. We had a good garden, the chickens eat all the grasshoppers around the garden. But most of the people's garden, the grasshoppers eat all. And the early potatoes was pretty good. We got about 300 hens now. We get 27cents per dozen for eggs.


December 1938

Dear Sister

You wanted to know where you was born. You was born in that old house where Ida Engel lives, when we came from Germany in the spring of 1869. We lived in that old house. I was born in Germany April 15, 1868 and sister was born in 1870 and you was born in 1872 in that old house in Dane County, Wisconsin. And you was 66 years old the 2nd August 1838. And in 1873, father bought a 40 acre farm and then he built a house on it and it was not plastered and we lived on that farm 2 years. And then father lost the farm that was about 4 miles south from Ida Engel and the chinges bugs was so bad in the wheat they eat all the wheat up. And in 1873 there was one boy born in that new house and died right away and then we moved to Verona in 1874. And we lived there one year and there was one boy born in 1875 and he died right away. And then we moved to Mt. Vernon 20 miles south from Engel's place and we there 2 years 1875 - 1877. And in January 1877 we had scarlet fever and our sister Minnie died from scarlet fever. She was 7 years old and she was buried there at Mt. Vernon. And in the spring brother Ed was born April 20, 1877. And in the spring 1877 we moved to Aunt Kilgast and in the fall of 1879 there were a pair of twins born only half grown.

And in the spring of 1880 we moved on Willright farm. And then in the spring of 1881 we moved to Dakota May 10 in Sioux Falls about 10 a.m. in the flood. I have remembered all this from the time I was 3 years old and I can go there today and find all them places yet. About 18 years ago Ed went down there to visit Engel's and I told Ed where to find his birth place and where the grave yard is where Sister Minnie is buried and he found it there as I told him.

I must close with my best love all, Relations & Friends.

From your Brother John


Dear Sister

Francie's little girl is going to be 9 years old Dec. 29, 39 and she weighs over 100 lbs. And Pearl's little girl was 4 year old the 14 of June and her name June Marie Clausen. She weighs about 60 pounds, they are pretty good and husky.


Dear Sister:

This January 5th, 39, we had a thunder storm & rain today. We had pretty good weather here but we may have some snow pretty soon. We are all well so far and I hope the same of you folks all. We got your letter Jan 3rd 1939. We been having kind of an open winter so far.

Well I better quit writing and send this letter. I been writing this letter for six months, else it might spoil.

This Jan 5, 1939 John Engel