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Andersen/Holtz Family

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FC: Andersen/HoltzFamily History

1: Einer Andersen + Verlene Holtz | "Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one." Here are the roots and branches, via photos, of two people who loved each other and their family very much...

3: Ladies first! Beautiful Miss Verlene Elsie Holtz was born to Bertha and Ernest Holtz of Walnut, Iowa on November 23, 1921. She was one of triplet babies, with a brother LaVerne and a sister Darlene, and was the smallest one. That earned her the nickname of "Midge." The following pages show some of the Holtz family.

4: The HOLTZ BOYS Top: Fred Right: Herman Bottom: Ernest | Verlene's father, Ernest, was the youngest of four children born to Elsiebe and Jurgen Holtz. Ernest's father died in a blizzard when Ernest was one, and when Elsiebe subsequently remarried, Ernest was raised by his step-father, Henry Peters. (See the next page for text on that history.) Obviously from the picture of the Holtz boys, beautiful, bountiful curly brown hair was a family trait!

5: Ernest met Miss Bertha Jacobsen, they married and started a family. And did not quit starting their family until there was what used to be called a "passle of young'uns!" Four baby girls -Ethel, Alice, Darlene and Verlene - and seven baby boys - Eddie, Bobby, Marvin, Mervin, LaVerne, Ivan and Donald - made up the Holtz family. Alice and Bobby died in infancy, but the rest of the children thrived. The Holtz clan were a close-knit and loving family. | l-r: Annie Jacobsen, Bertha Holtz , Ernest Holtz, and (seated) Otto Peters

7: (Typed copy for easier reading. I edited only punctuation and corrected a few grammatical errors to make the reading easier. An online search of "Elsiebe Kreutsfeldt" and "Jurgen Holtz" has some of this same information, and I inserted some info that was new online into this, for historical value. Becky Beaman, 1/24/2014) Grandma Elsiebe Holtz Peters Elsiebe, daughter of Jacob Kreutsfeldt and Margaretha Morte, born in Schleswig Hostein, Germany March 16, 1858. She lost her mother when she was 12, then in 1980, she was married to Jurgen Holtz (b. 1855 in Jagel) and made their home at Jagel, Germany. In August of 1883, they came to this country (on board the Lessing) with their two children, Hattie (2) and Fred (1) to Minden, Iowa where they lived three years. Then they moved to Ree Heights, Sough Dakota where they homesteaded 16.0 acres. Several years later January 12, 1888, Grandpa was killed in a blizzard. He was on the way to get the doctor for his family, but lost his way. They found him after the storm: his horse was with him and he still had the reins in his hand. The family never got to see him again. He is buried at Ree Heights, South Dakota. They had four children then: Hattie (b. 1882), Fred (b. 1883), Herman (b. 1885), and Ernest (b. 1887) who was the baby. In the spring of 1889, Grandma and the children moved to Ida County. In another year, (they moved) back to Minden, Iowa where her family was divided among uncles and aunts. Grandma worked as a housekeeper for Peter Henry Peters. Then on June 30, 1890 she was married to him (Grandpa Peters) and took her children all home again. Elsiebe and Peter had four children: Otto, Willie, Ella, and Alma. In 1928, September 23, Grandpa Peters passed away at the age of 70 years, five months, one day, and Grandma passed away January 31, 1936 at the age of 77 years, 10 months, and 15 days. Grandma had a half-sister here, Lena Schumann, and Grandpa Peters one brother, Henry Peters (Della Hansen's father), and Grandpa Holtz had two sisters here, Mrs. Pete Vogt (Uncle Bill Vogt's mother) and Mrs. Mary Holst (Fink) or Elmer Holst's mother. And one brother here, Fred Holtz. That's where Grandma and her four children went to when they came back from Dakota. Grandpa Holtz was born July 6, 1854 . (Note: this date is a year off from the internet information)

8: THE JACOBSEN FAMILY (Bertha's paternal grandparents) Compiled by WGS Members Jim and Karen Hansen Claus Jacobsen died at the home of his son, Henry, on the Bunge farm three miles northwest of Avoca, Wednesday, October 9, aged 86 years and 9 months. The funeral services will be held Friday at his late home at 1:30 o’clock and internment in the Avoca cemetery. Claus Jacobsen was born in Germany, came to America on the 7th day of October, 1887 locating at Avoca where he has always resided bringing a family of wife and two boys and one daughter. Mrs. Jacobsen passed away in February 1908, leaving her husband with six children, two girls and four boys. About fourteen years ago Mr. Jacobsen received a paralytic stroke from which he never recovered. He had been making his home with his children and the last three years he has lived with his son, Henry. Last July Mr. Jacobsen met with a serious accident. In going from one room to another, he opened the wrong door which lead to a cellar, falling the full length of the stairs, injuring him quite severely. Mr. Jacobsen leaves two daughters, Mrs. John Thomsen, of Avoca, Mrs. Annie Cohrt of Danby, Iowa, Henry, Hans and Fred Jacobsen of Avoca and Claus Jacobsen of Valentine, Nebraska. All of whom have the sympathy of their large circle of friends. (The Avoca Journal-Herald, October 10, 1918) Marie Katherine Jacobsen (Jim’s Great-great-grandmother), wife of Claus Henry Jacobsen, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Thomsen, in Pleasant Township, Thursday morning, February 13, 1908. She was born in Dorpstedt, Schleswig, Germany, March 24, 1836, where she grew to womanhood. She then removed to Ostenfeld where she was married June 26, 1859. Mrs. Jacobsen was the mother of eight children, six of whom together with her husband are left to mourn her. The surviving children are: Mrs. Thomsen, Henry, Claus, Hans and Fritz Jacobsen, all of Avoca, and Mrs. John Cohrt of Schleswig, Iowa. Mrs. Jacobsen had been an invalid for thirty-two years, but her final illness began the first of February. The funeral services were held Saturday at the Lutheran church in Avoca. (The Avoca Journal-Herald, February 20, 1908)

9: THE CLAUS JACOBSEN FAMILY Seated L to R: Claus, Marie Catharine (Oehlert), Claus Heinrich Jacobsen, Max Henry Standing: Annie Cohrt, Hans, Fred, Catherine Thomsen

10: THE JACOBSEN FAMILY (Bertha's parents) Compiled by WGS Members Jim and Karen Hansen Max Heinrich Jacobsen was born January 12, 1866, in Ostenfeldt, near Husum, Germany, and was baptized in the name of the Triune God, on February 9, the same year of his birth. He received his education in Hollingsted, Germany, and was confirmed on Palm Sunday, 1881. He worked on a farm for a year before leaving the home of his parents on April 9, 1882, and sailed on the Suevia from Hamburg, on April 12 for America. He landed in New York April 28, 1882, and immediately took the train for Avoca, arriving here May 2, 1882. For nine years he followed farming near Avoca, beginning with wages as low as $75 per year; the second year he received $100, and with his savings had a sister come to America in 1884, a brother in 1885 and his parents, a sister and brother in 1887. With his parents he lived in Tama County two years, returning to Avoca in 1891, and started farming for himself. On March 18, 1892 he was united in marriage to Miss Marie Grahlherr. To this union four children were born, three daughters and one son. In 1900 Mr. and Mrs. Jacobsen moved onto the L. J. Bunge farm in Shelby County where they lived for 26 years, after which they moved to a farm northeast of Avoca where they lived several years. Mrs. Jacobsen was president of the Lutheran Ladies Aid, for several years, before she passed away. In 1931 Mr. Jacobsen retired from actual farming life, making his home with his son and daughters. It was at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bertha Holtz, where he passed away. He was preceded in death by his wife and two sisters, Mrs. John Thomsen, Mrs. John Cohrt and two brothers, Claus and Hans. There remains to mourn his death three daughters, Mrs. Rudolph Hamdorf, of Corley, Mrs. Ernest Holtz, and Mrs. Otto Peters of Avoca, one son, Herman, of Ida Grove, one brother, Fred W. Jacobsen of Avoca, and 26 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Mr. Jacobsen was a naturalized citizen of the United States for over 50 years. He was a member of the Claus Guild and the Lutheran church.Max Jacobsen spent the greater part of his life in and around Avoca. He was a good father and fine neighbor. His friends were many, he helped many a young man over the rocky road by good fatherly advice and assistance. He never forgot a friend or a kind act. In his passing the people of this vicinity have lost one of their real pioneer farmers and citizens who helped in many ways to make the community a better place for us all to live. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family. (The Avoca Journal-Herald, April 14, 1938)

11: Bertha's mother) Mrs. M. Henry Jacobsen (Bertha’s mother) passed away at her home northeast of Avoca Monday, November 25, 1929 at 8:20 a.m. at the age of 57 years, 10 months and 11 days. Funeral services were held from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church Wednesday at 2 p.m. and the body laid to rest in the Avoca cemetery. Marie Louise Wilhelmine Grahlher was born January 14, 1872 at Oberhode, Hannover, Germany, and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. She grew up and attended school in her home town and at the age of eighteen, in 1890, she came to this country and came to Shelby County. On March 18, 1892, she was united in marriage with Max Henry Jacobsen. Four children were born to this union Mrs. Freda Hamdorf, Mrs. Bertha Holtz, Mrs. Anna Peters and Herman Jacobsen, all of whom live in this community. Mrs. Jacobsen was a member of the Lutheran church of Avoca and the Ladies’ Aid society, being president of the society for a number of years. She was a member of the Royal Neighbor lodge of Avoca also. She loved farm life and has always lived on a farm. She was a good wife and mother, her cheery disposition made her home life very happy and cheerful, a good neighbor and friend and ever willing to help others. For some time she had been ailing and last June submitted to an operation from which she recovered rapidly and regained her usual health nicely. On August 31 she suffered a stroke while in town and was critically ill for several days at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Oehlertz in Avoca, but she seemed to recover quite rapidly and again seemed in good health. About three weeks ago those closely associated with her noticed a change for the worse coming gradually, although she herself did not realize the change. During the past few days it was noticed she was sinking rapidly and another stroke ended her life. Surviving are the husband, M. Henry Jacobsen, the four children and 23 grandchildren. Four sisters and two brothers are living in Germany, many other more distant relatives and friends who will miss her smiling face and cheery greetings. (The Avoca Journal-Herald, November 28, 1929)

12: THE MAX HENRY JACOBSEN FAMILY Standing: Elfrieda Hamdorf, Herman, Annie Peters Seated, L to R: Max Henry (Dad), Bertha Holtz, Marie Luise (Mom)

13: Bertha Jacobsen Holtz and her siblings. Bertha is far left, top is Frieda, right is Annie and bottom is Herman.


18: HOLTZ SIBLINGS | Ethel, Eddie (both pictures)

19: The Tripletts: Verlene (Midge), LuVerne, Darlene | The Twins: Marvin, Mervin (Mert)

20: Still more ... HOLTZ SIBLINGS!!! | Bobby (died in infancy) | Bertha holding Alice (she died in infancy)

21: Marvin and Mervin | Confirmation with four of the Holtz kids. | Note: Evidently being the last two of 11 children put Ivan (Ike) and Donald (Bud) on the short end of the individual photograph stick. Couldn't find any pictures of them as small children.

23: Einar Christian Andersen Born September 29 1921 - another ROARING TWENTIES BABE! (and he could DRIVE when he was 15 - LEGALLY!!!)

24: Chris & Marie

25: Einer was born to Christian (Chris) and Marie at Dayton, Iowa | Einar and his mom, Marie. | Einar and his son, David

26: Einar met and was captivated by the vivacious, little blond with the beautiful curls, and so on a relatively mild winter day in January, they were wed. Verlene's brother and sister-in-law stood up with them.

28: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

32: In 1949, their son, David Lynn was born. David evidently loved how his hair looked as a baby, because he still sports the same 'do!

39: Like all first-borns, Dave was subjected to the camera once or twice...

40: Following David four years later was the beautiful little Marcia. Not only did she look like her mother, but some of her descendants think she bore a striking resemblance to a very famous movie star - the little girl who played "ZuZu" in "It's a Wonderful Life!"

41: < ZuZu Marcia >


49: Christmas at Grandpa Holtz's

57: David grew up, fell in love, married and had a family. His family grew up, fell in love, and began their families. And so the Holtz/Andersen lineage continues on!

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