Karl Wacker

Male Abt 1855 - 1944  (~ 89 years)


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  • Name Karl Wacker  [1
    Born Abt. 1855  Freudenthal, Odessa, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Possible Arrival in US 28 Sep 1874  New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    On the ship, Deutschland, from Bremen, Germany, origin, Russia 
    Age: Abt. 19 
    Wacker, Christian.  New York Passenger Lists, 1920-1957; Arrival, 28 Sep 1874, New York City, New York, USA
    Wacker, Christian. New York Passenger Lists, 1920-1957; Arrival, 28 Sep 1874, New York City, New York, USA
    Christian Wacker and two brothers: Johann John and Carl Wacker
    Census 1880  Township 98N Range57W, Hutchinson County, Dakota Territory (SD) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    1880 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 25 
    Wacker, Karl. 1880 U. S. Federal Census; Township 95S Range 57W, Hutchinson County, Dakota Territory
    Wacker, Karl. 1880 U. S. Federal Census; Township 95S Range 57W, Hutchinson County, Dakota Territory
    Karl Wacker; his wife, Barbara Neuharth; their children, Karl, Jr., and Amelia.
    Naturalization 1880  Unknown Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: Abt. 25 
    Census 1900  Wachter Township, McPherson County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    1900 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 45 
    Wacker, Karl.  1900 U. S. Federal Census; Wachter township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Wacker, Karl. 1900 U. S. Federal Census; Wachter township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Karl Wacker; his wife, Barbara Neuharth Wacker; their children: Karl Jr., Barbara, Kate, Bertha, Henry, Christina Fred, Luisa, and Imanuel.
    Census 1910  Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    1910 u. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 55 
    Wacker, Karl.  1910 U. S. Federal Census; Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Wacker, Karl. 1910 U. S. Federal Census; Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Karl Wacker; his wife, Barbara Neuharth Wacker; their children: Fred, Louise, Emeale, Marth.
    Land Owner 1911  Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Indexed County Land Ownership Maps 
    Wacker, Karl.  U. S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918.
    Wacker, Karl. U. S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918.
    Wacker Township 128n 68w, sections 9, 14, 17
    Census 1920  Wishek Village, McIntosh County, North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    1920 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 66 
    Wacker, Karl. 1920 U. S. Federal Census; Wishek Village, McIntosh County, North Dakota.
    Wacker, Karl. 1920 U. S. Federal Census; Wishek Village, McIntosh County, North Dakota.
    Karl Wacker; and, his wife, Barbara Neuharth Wacker
    Census 1930  Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    1930 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 75 
    Wacker, Karl.  1930 U. S. Federal Census.  Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Wacker, Karl. 1930 U. S. Federal Census. Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Karl Wacker; his wife, Barbara Neuharth Wacker
    Census 1940  Leola Township, McPherson County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    1940 U. S. Federal Census 
    Age: Abt. 85 
    Wacker, Karl  1940 U. S. Federal Census; Leola Township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Wacker, Karl 1940 U. S. Federal Census; Leola Township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Karl Wacker
    Wacker, Karl.  Continuation of 1940 U. S. Federal Census.  Leola Township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Wacker, Karl. Continuation of 1940 U. S. Federal Census. Leola Township, McPherson County, South Dakota
    Karl Wacker was actually living with his granddaughter, Hilda Sperle and her husband, Gottlieb. The two records were separated, but they are together here.
    Died 15 Oct 1944  Brown County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Person ID I2659  Lange Pierce
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 

    Father Johann Nikalaus Wacker,   b. 1811, Freudenthal, Odessa, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1856, Freudenthal, Odessa, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Katherine Harsch,   b. Abt. 27 Apr 1824, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1907, Tripp, Hutchinson County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married 8 Apr 1845  Freudenthal, Odessa, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F874  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Neuharth,   b. Abt. 1856, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1933, McPherson County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Married 14 Nov 1875  Yankton, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Notes 
    Married:
    • This information comes from an Ancestry.com Family Tree, that of Harmon Reinhardt. I have no documentation for it, but it could be correct. There is also another date for this marriage, 1878, which I also cannot corroborate. [DLL.]
    Children 
    +1. Karl K. Wacker (Jr.),   b. 10 Oct 1878, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1957, Eloise, Wayne County General Hospital, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +2. Amelia Wacker,   b. Abt. 1879, Dakota Territory (SD) Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Barbara Wacker,   b. 10 Aug 1881, Hutchinson County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Kate Wacker,   b. Apr 1883, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Bertha Wacker,   b. Nov 1884, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Henry Wacker,   b. Aug 1886, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Christina Wacker,   b. Oct 1888, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Fred Wacker,   b. Dec 1890, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Luisa Wacker,   b. Apr 1892, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Imanuel Wacker,   b. Nov 1995, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Emeale Wacker,   b. 1896, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Marth Wacker,   b. 1898, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F878  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    Prairies (Ashley, ND)'White Roots: The Life and Times of Karl Wacker, an Immigrant' - Five Parts. 2,9: June 1977, 28-30 & 32 & 34; 2,8: May 1977, 32-37; 3,1: June 1977, 25-29; 3,2: July 1977, 36-39 & 41; 3,3: August 1977, 24-37
    Prairies (Ashley, ND)"White Roots: The Life and Times of Karl Wacker, an Immigrant" - Five Parts. 2,9: June 1977, 28-30 & 32 & 34; 2,8: May 1977, 32-37; 3,1: June 1977, 25-29; 3,2: July 1977, 36-39 & 41; 3,3: August 1977, 24-37
    These five parts were written by Karl Wacker in German; they were translated into English by his granddaughter, Hilda Feickert Sperle, when she was only 15 years old.

  • Notes 
    •        On September 28, 1874, Karl and two brothers arrived in New York City on board the ship, Deutschland, from Bremen, Germany, origin Russia. They were without their parents and sisters. They arrived prior to the remainder of the family. There are questions that are raised about this situation.
      What is the reasons for this early departure?
      Why the family split up? Was it monetary?
      When these three arrived, where did they go?
      Who met them in New York?
      Where did they go? Who gave them directions to the Dakotas? (Carl must have known something.)
      There may be other questions as well.
             Some of these questions are answered in the pages of the autobiography or "history" that Karl has left behind that has been made accessible to me by Terry Wacker (Texas) from the University of North Dakota Library, but translated from the German by Hilda Feickert Sperle, a granddaughter, who was 15 years old at the time of the translation. I would urge the reader to examine these pages for the answers to the above questions. [KlW 03.]
             In the 1880 U. S. Federal Census, Karl Wacker is a 25 year old, white, married male. He was born in Russia of parents who were also born in Russia. All speak German. Karl is a farmer by profession. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and two children: Karl, Jr. and Amelia. The family lives in Hutchinson County, Township 98N and Range 57W, Dakota Territory, which is really South Dakota. [KlW 01.]
             In the 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Karl Wacker is a 45 year old, white, married male. He is married to Barbara Neuharth and has been married to her for 24 years. He was born in Russia of parents who were also both born in Russia. They all speak German. He immigrated to the United States in 1873 (1874) and has lived in the United States for 27 (26) years. He is a naturalized citizen. His occupation is that of farmer. He has not been unemployed in 1900. He reads, writes, and speaks English. He has mortgaged his farm. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and nine children: Karl, Jr., Barbara, Kate, Bertha, Henry, Christina Fred, Luisa, Imanuel. The family lives in Wachter Township, McPherson County, South Dakota. [KlW 02.]
             In the 1910 U. S. Federal Census, Karl Wacker is a 55 year old, white, married male. He is married to Barbara Neuharth and has been married to her for 39 years. He was born in Russia of parents who were also born in Russia. They all speak German. He immigrated to the United States in 1874. He is a naturalized citizen. It is not clear if he speaks English or if he reads and writes it. The census record indicates that he speaks German, and, indicates that he can read and write, but not what language. He is not in school. He owns his own farm free and clear. He has not been in the military, nor is he blind or deaf and dumb. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and four children: Fred, Louise, Emeal, and Marth. The family lives in Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota. [KlW 04.]
             In the 1920 U. S. Federal Census, Karl Wacker is a 66 year old, white, married male. He is married to Barbara Neuharth Wacker. He owns his own home free and clear. He immigrated to the United States in 1874; he was naturalized in 1880. He reads, writes, and speaks English - thus, that issue is cleared up from the 1910 census. His native language is German. He was born in Russia of parents who were also born in Russia. All spoke German. He is a retired farmer. He lives with his wife, Barbara, in Wishek Village, McIntosh County, North Dakota. [KlW 06.]
             In the 1930 U. S. Federal Census, Karl Wacker is a 75 year old, white, married male. He is married to Barbara Neuharth Wacker. He was born in Russia of parents who were both born in Russia. All spoke German. Karl and Barbara own their own home; it is valued at $545; they live on a farm. Karl has not attended school since Sept. of 1929. He reads, writes, and speaks English. However, his native language is German. He immigrated to the United States in 1874 and is naturalized. He has no occupation and is retired. He also has not served in the United States military. He lives with his wife, Barbara, in Wacker Township, McPherson County, South Dakota. [KlW 07.]
             In the 1940 U. S. Federal Census, Karl Wacker is living with a granddaughter, Hilda Sperle and her husband, Gottlieb. Somehow his record was separated from theirs, but I was able to find and put the two together. In any case, Karl is a 85 year old, white, widowed, male. He has not attended school or college during 1929. He completed three grades of education. He was born in Russia. He lives on a farm in McPherson County, South Dakota. He is not working or seeking work because he is unable to work. In the 12 months ending in Dec. 31, 1939, he did receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary. He lives with his granddaughter, Hilda, and her husband, Gottlieb, in Leola Township, McPherson County, South Dakota. [KlW 09.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S8370] Christian Wacker, arrival 1874: New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_393; Line 29; List Number 1048. Ancestry.com. (2010). New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [Database Online]. Provot, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. [ChW 09.].

    2. [S8471] Johann Nicholas Wacker, from Ancestry.com Family Tree owner Jason Zenker, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/6977349/person/-110061124?ssrc= [JNW 01.].

    3. [S8484] Karl Wacker household, 1880 U.S. Census, Hutchinson County, Dakota Territory, Township 98N, Range 57W, ED 31, SD 15, sheet 101A, dwelling 4, family 5; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 112, Family History Film 1254112. [KlW 01.].

    4. [S8488] Karl Wacker household, 1920 U. S. Census, McIntosh County, North Dakota, Wishek Village, ED 186, SD 2, sheet 10A, dwelling 193, family 204; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1336, image 460. [KlW 06.].

    5. [S8485] Karl Wacker household, 1900 U. S. Census, McPherson County, South Dakota Wachter Township, ED 229, SD 2, sheet 1B, dwelling 19, family 19; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 1552, Family History Library microfilm 1241552. [KlW 02.].

    6. [S8486] Karl Wacker household, 1910 U. S. Census, McPherson County, South Dakota, Wacker Township, ED 295, SD 1, sheet 4A, dwelling 8, family 8; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 1478, image 319, Family History Library microfilm 1375496. [KlW 04.].

    7. [S8487] Karl Wacker, Wacker Township 128n 68w, sections 9, 14, 17. Ancestry.com. (2010). Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 [Database On-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. [KlW 05.].

    8. [S8489] Karl Wacker household, 1930 U. S. Census, McPherson County, South Dakota, Wacker Township, ED 32, SD 3, sheet 2A, dwelling 27, family 27; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 2227, image 198, Family History Library microfilm 2341961. [KlW 07.].

    9. [S8501] Karl Wacker in household of Gottlieb & Hilda Sperle, 1940 U. S. Census, McPerson County, South Dakota, Leola Township, ED 45-8, SD 3, sheet 1B [continued 61A], no. 12 [continued] in order of visitation; National Archives micropublication T627, roll 3861. [ KlW 09.].

    10. [S8490] Karl Wacker, death; Ancestry.com. (2004). South Dakota Death Index, 1905-1955 [Database Online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. [KlW 08.].

    11. [S8489] Karl Wacker household, 1930 U. S. Census, McPherson County, South Dakota, Wacker Township, ED 32, SD 3, sheet 2A, dwelling 27, family 27; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 2227, image 198, Family History Library microfilm 2341961. [KlW 07.].
      This Census Record indicates that Karl was married at age 21 and Barbara at age 20. Thus, they could have been married at 1874 or 75. Until a marriage record is found, there is some doubt as to the actual date. [DLL.}


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