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As told to Bill and Diane Kranzler circa 1960 by Elizabeth Liebig Kranzler (wife of Jacob Kranzler) parents of Bill (William Kranzler).


My father-in-law Jacob Kranzler’s family were landowners in Russia.  His father’s (also named Jacob Kranzler) mother had a store in Gluckstal (she was 82 when she died there).  When Dad’s father and family immigrated to America, his brothers and sisters took his land.  One of Dad’s uncles (named Bernhardt) was a judge in Gluckstal and Kassel.  Dad’s aunts, uncles and cousins, who remained in Russia, were all killed by the Bolsheviks because they were “wealthy.”

Dad’s father was (also) Jakob Kranzler, born Jan 27, 1862 in Gluckstal, south Russia.  He was 70 years old when he died Aug 12, 1932 at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, Calif.

(That) Jakob Kranzler married Barbara Neumann, daughter of Johannes (possibly Christof?) Neumann and Rosina Zuelzle (sp?) on Feb 17, 1886.  Barbara Neumann was born July 3, 1858 in south Russia (possibly Gluckstal).  She died July 31, 1925 at San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp, Calif.

My father-in-law Jacob Kranzler was born March 8, 1887 at Gluckstal, Tiraspol, south Russia.  He married Elizabeth Liebig on March 28, 1910 at Fredonia, North Dakota.  Best man at their wedding was his twin brother Bernhard.  Barbara Liebig, mother’s sister, was her attendant.

Dad’s parents and the 7 oldest children came to America in 1893 on the SS Darmstadt, leaving Bremen March 23, 1893 for NY.  Their immigration papers came from the Court House at St. Petersburg, Russia.  From the Gluckstal Colonies Research Association (GCRA) newsletter, issue Vol. 2, No. 1, 1989, the following ship’s entry is found on page 3:  “Jakob Krenzler, SS Darmstadt, leaving Bremen March 23, 1893 for NY, Jakob 30 farmer, Barbara 32 wife, Karoline 8, Jacob 5, Bernhard 5, Rosina 4, Christina 3, Adam 2, Margara 2 months, from Gluckstal to NY (Essig).”  The older daughter Karolina was born out of wedlock some years earlier to the mother.  She came with the family and the first 6 children of the marriage.  4 more children were born in America, some died young.  There were 2 sets of twins born, of which Dad and his twin brother were the eldest of the children.  Henry’s twin did not live and Henry never knew he had a twin (I found this twin listed elsewhere, she evidently died at birth).

The family first settled near Eureka, South Dakota and in 1895 they moved to a farm 5 miles southeast of Lehr, ND.  After several years of farming there, they retired from farming and moved to the city of Lehr.  Four years later they moved to Aberdeen, SD and after living there for 5 years they moved to Lodi, California where they remained in that area the remainder of their lives.

The day that Jacob Kranzler and Elizabeth Liebig, my husband’s parents, got their marriage license (2 days before their wedding) the court house burned down and they lost everything.  The year their eldest daughter Lydia was born (1912) hail destroyed all their crops and they lost everything.  Dad worked out for $50/ month.  Mother went to live with his family. 

There were 10 children born of Mother and Dad’s marriage, although the oldest son, the 1st Emil, died when 2 weeks old.  The other 9 children survived and were all raised.  Dad (Jacob Kranzler) died Oct 2, 1969 in Lodi, Calif., age 82.  He is buried in Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, Calif.  His wife Elizabeth Liebig Kranzler, died Oct 26, 1975 in Lodi, Calif., age 85, and also is buried in Cherokee Memorial Park. 

Dad’s mother’s mother was Rosina Zuelzle
Dad’s mother’s father was Johannes (or Christof?) Neumann
Dad’s father’s mother was Christina Guthjahr (sp?)
Dad’s father’s father was Jakob Kranzler
Dad’s father was Jakob Kranzler
Dad’s mother was Barbara Neumann

Written by daughter-in-law Diane Kranzler.

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