Although the following appears under the heading "Joachim Wulf," who was the
second husband of Anna Margaret (Redlingshafer) Rosa, it actually is more of a biography
of the Rosa family. Anna Margaret; her two husbands, John Rosa and Joachim Wulf; Lott
Rosa, an infant son of Anna Margaret and John; and Anna Margaret's son and
daughter-in-law, John W. and Sarah Minerva (Chynoweth) Rosa, share a lot in the Chariton
Cemetery. Anna Margaret's mother, Doratha; brother, George W. Redlingshafer; sister,
Margaret Anna (Redlingshafer) Hupp; and niece, Mary Belle (Redlingshafer) Myers, are
buried at Salem. Note that Frank Myers family records show that John Rosa died of
JOACHIM WULF, deceased, was born in Rentzburg, Province of Prussia, May 3, 1822, and
belonged to that army of men who, since the establishment of the first settlement in this
country by white men, have crossed the Atlantic to secure homes. He was reared on his
father's farm and received a good common-school education. In 1867 he resolved to try
his fortune in the New World and sailed from Hamburg to Quebec on a post ocean liner.
After landing he at once resumed his westward journey, coming to Iowa, where he secured
work on the Burlngton Railroad, which at that time was being constructed westward from
On the 28th of November, 1868, Mr. Wulf was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna M. Rosa, widow
of John Rosa, and a daughter of George and Dorothea (Redlingshafer) Redlingshafer, and a
sister of John G. Redlingshafer. The lady was born in Bavaria, Germany, February 28, 1824.
At the home of her aunt, on the 12th of June, 1850, she became the wife of John Rosa, who
was born in that city (sic) April 11, 1822. He came to America in 1849, and in this
country renewed the acquaintance of the lady whome he made his wife, and whom he had known
in her native land. The young couple removed to St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked at
the tailor's trade for about five years. Their next place of residence was in Tazewell
county, Illinois, and Mr. Rosa opened a tailor shop in Pekin, which he conducted for two
years. He then established a small cigar store in Peoria, Illinois, and in 1864 he removed
from Illinois to Iowa, locating in Chariton, Lucas county, where he again embarked in the
business on a somewhat limited scale. His death occurred there October 23, 1867. The same
year his widow purchased the farm on which she now resides.
Mr. and Mrs. Rosa had ten children, three now living, namely: John W., who resides on a
farm near his motherr; George A., also a farmer, of Benton township, Lucas county; and
Anna M., who was born in Illinois July 24, 1862; she was married October 25, 1887, to
William Schreck, and they have four children: Rosa May, born June 15, 1888; John H.,
January 3, 1891; Laura, December 22, 1892; and Gussie Margaret, February 4, 1895. Mr.
Schreck has resided in this State since 1869.
Upon their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Wulf located upon the farm owned by the latter, and to
its development and cultivation our subject devoted his energies throughout his remaining
days. He passed away on the 2d of August, 1893, and was laid to rest in Chariton
"A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa" (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing
Company, 1896), page 1158.