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Karl Wilhelm Schoelzel[1]

Male 1877 - 1956  (79 years)


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  • Name Karl Wilhelm Schoelzel 
    Born 30 Jan 1877  Schneidemühl, Posen, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Census 1900  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1910  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • 2500 Monticello Avenue
    Residence 1918  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1920  Denver, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • 1462 South Clarkson St.
    Census 1930  Denver, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • 1808 South Pennsylvania St.
    Also Known As Carl William, Charles William, Charlie  [5
    Occupation Clerk  [9
    Occupation Produce salesman, Manager (Armour & Co.), Poultry salesman.  [2, 4, 6, 8
    Medical Notes In February, 1956 he was hospitalized and diagnosed as having an intestinal obstruction due to colon cancer. Died of a massive stroke before surgery could be performed.  [4
    Research Notes Wendell Mohr gives date of death as February 5, 1958. Elaine Schoelzel gives birthplace as Oschowitz, Bromberg, Posen. Bromberg, Posen is now Bydgoszcz, Poland. Oschowitz may be Ossowitz, now Osowiec. A note in the papers of Grace Shoelzel lists his birthplace as Gruenberg, Provinz Pozen, Germany (the same as his older siblings). Birth certificate lists last name as “Scholzel.”

    Social Security Death index lists a different Social Security Number than the Social Security Application and Claims index.  [1, 4, 5, 10
    Buried Feb 1956  Fairmount Cemetery Mausoleum, Denver, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • Cremated; Section 1536, Column G (Main Floor)
    Died 5 Feb 1956  Denver, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • Emigrated to US with parents in 1887 (1900 census lists 1888). Family moved to Denver on July 4, 1919 (the day Jack Dempsey knocked out Jesse Willard to become the World Heavyweight Champion). Never naturalized, and generally lied about his birthplace. In the 1920 census and in his Social Security Life Claim, his place of birth is listed as Wisconsin.

      Worked in produce, initially for his brother, Rudolph, and then for himself (1920 census lists occupation as “Produce Salesman”). Suffered financial disaster in 1917 when the market for eggs collapsed, leaving him with large volumes unsold. He lost everything, including money earmarked for a house (his wife Sophie never forgave him for that loss). Found work with Armour and Company in Chicago, then transferred to Denver. Living at 1462 S. Clarkson St. in Denver in January of 1920. Later took a job with Greene Brothers Produce Company in Sterling, Colorado. Sophie chose to stay in Denver with the children. Lost his job in Sterling and drank heavily(?) Lived with family of son Charles for a while during the 40s.

      During WWII, he served as a translator for German soldiers incarcerated near Camp Hale, Colorado. Wendell Mohr believes that was at Kremmling, where he cut ice for Denver Ice and Cold Storage. After the war, he moved back to Denver and worked as a night watchman. He lived in a room on Larimer Street.

      Enjoyed playing baseball as a young man, and was first baseman for his team. [1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11]
    Person ID I28  Mohr-Whalen | Blood relatives of Brad Mohr
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2016 

    Father Ernst Wilhelm Schoelzel
              b. 3 May 1837, Peilau, Reichenbach, Schlesien, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 Feb 1910, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Emilie Marie Peitscher
              b. 5 Nov 1845, Campani, Vorpommern, Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 29 Aug 1896, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Family ID F59  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emma Sophia Knuth
              b. 27 Mar 1882, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 2 Dec 1979, Iliff Care Center, Denver, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Married 25 May 1901  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 12, 13, 14
    • Married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knuth Sr. by Rev. G. Lambrecht. Anna Knuth and Herman Lenz were witnesses.
    Research Notes Charles and Emma were married at the German St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church by Pastor Gotthilf G. Lambrecht. Lambrecht’s grave in Montrose Cemetery in Chicago is marked by an elaborate statue.  [12
    Notes 
    • Family lived at 173 Crystal St., Chicago in 1902, 951 N. Hoyne Ave, Chicago in 1909, with Emma’s parents at time of 1910 census (2500 Monticello Ave., Chicago) and at 2709 Monticello in Chicago in 1918. Rented a house at 1462 South Clarkson, Denver in 1920 and 1808 S. Pennsylvania, Denver in 1930. [2, 6, 7, 8, 15, 16]
    Children 
    +1. Charles William Frank Schoelzel
              b. 17 Apr 1902, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 31 Mar 2000, Meridian Nursing Home, Denver, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
    +2. Grace Lillian Anna Schoelzel
              b. 15 May 1909, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 24 Feb 2003, Aurora, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2016 21:12:32 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Jan 1877 - Schneidemühl, Posen, Prussia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1900 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 May 1901 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1910 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1918 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1920 - Denver, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1930 - Denver, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Feb 1956 - Fairmount Cemetery Mausoleum, Denver, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Feb 1956 - Denver, Colorado, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Research notes of Wendell C. Mohr.
    2. [S786] WWI Draft Registration Card of Charles William Schoelzel, Ancestry.com (National Archives & Records Administration).
    3. [S260] 1900 US Census - Household of William Schoelzel.
    4. [S2] Letter to Bradley Mohr, Elaine Schoelzel.
    5. [S3327] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com.
    6. [S96] 1910 US Census - Household of Charles Knuth.
    7. [S21] 1920 US Census - Household of Charles N. [W.] Schoelzel.
    8. [S107] 1930 US Census - Household of Charles Schoelzel.
    9. [S2496] Birth Register Entry for Grace Lillian A. Schoelzel.
    10. [S63] Personal papers of Grace Schoelzel (Mohr).
    11. [S227] Genealogy, Wendell Mohr.
    12. [S531] Marriage License of Charles Schoelzel and Emma Knuth.
    13. [S118] Pages removed from a family Bible (Schoelzel?), author unknown.
    14. [S52] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763–1900, Illinois State Archives & Illinois State Genealogical Society.
    15. [S865] Birth Certificate of Charles William Frank Schoelzel.
    16. [S86] Birth Certificate of Grace Lillian Anna Schoelzel.