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In addition to my Gunther/GUENTHER line in the Ft. Dodge area, I am also
looking for information on the KOLB and WEISS families. At first I didn't
think my WEISS' made it to Ft.Dodge, but I believe they may have, along with
Traugott Wilhelm KOLB was b: Sep 1, 1814 in Goldlauter, Sachsen, Prussia
(Formerly in SW part of East Germany) and d: Apr 13, 1895 in Badger Township,
Webster Co., IA He was married to Aurelie Phillippine HEYM in 1841 in
He may have been known as William. He was the brother of Katharina Maria
KOLB who married Gottgetreu WEISS, the father of my great grandmother
Wilhelmina WEISS, who married F Justus Guenther (He died 1879 in Ft Dodge,
she in 1917 Orange CA).
I don't know where or when Wilhelmina's parents died, except that she came to
the US with them around 1852. Since her Uncle Traugott KOLB also died in Ft
Dodge, I assume the possibility that the entire family came to the Ft Dodge
Looking for other descendants of John Chester ("J.C.") RHODES and
Margaret SALZ RHODES, my ggparents. John was a salesman for the Red
Wing Company. He was born May 1856 in PA, and Margaret came from
Germany (or Austria) in 1861 at the age of about 4. I believe they met
in the Waterloo, IA area and probably moved to Red Oak after 1880,
possibly as late as 1895. The lived for awhile in town in Red Oak, then
on a farm outside of town. One of their grandsons told me that J.C. and
Margaret are buried in Fort Dodge.
They raised at least six children in Red Oak. The children were:
Agnes (a.k.a. "Dot") RHODES REDMOND, b. Nov. 1884, IA
Arthur RHODES, b. Nov. 1884, IA
Leo RHODES, b. Nov. 1891, Dakota Territory
Marie RHODES LEHR CARTER, b. Nov. 1893, Dakota Territory (Yankton)
Merrill RHODES, b. July. 1896, Dakota Territory
Margaret RHODES HEATH DOHE, b. July. 1897, IA
There was also a daughter, Regina, who died at the age of 8 months.
I have lots of well-preserved old pictures (from studios in Fort Dodge,
Manson, and Waterloo), and some mementos from their daughter Margaret,
who graduated in Red Oak, married, and moved to Waterloo and later to
Please contact me if you are related to or researching these people or
their relatives or spouses, or if you have access to any information
Kevin in Missouri
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