The Ramthun and Schofield families
The Ramthun family came to Calhoun County in 1870s, first Fred Ramthun (full name Martin Frierich Gottlieb Hermann Ramthun) with the families that came from Ogle County, Illinois to found Trinity Lutheran Church outside of Rockwell City. His brother, August Ramthun (full name Johann August Wilhelm Ramthun) followed in the 1880s. The Ramthun brothers settled in Logan and Center townships, respectively. The Ramthuns originally came from Coldemanz, Greifenberg, Pommern, Prussia (modern Kołomąć in Poland, located up near the Baltic Sea about 40 miles from the German border).
(one of Fred's sons is also named August, as you'll see below; best to keep that in mind in order to not be confused)
One of August's daughters, Minnie Ramthun (full name Wilhelmine Carolina Ramthun) married Anton Schofield. Their son, Fred Schofield, married Fred Ramthun's granddaughter, Bertha Ramthun. Thus the two families were brought back together in the Schofield family.
The Brothers, August and Fred Ramthun
August and Minnie (Lembke) Ramthun
Fred Ramthun (wife Caroline Broitzmann)
Fred and Caroline Ramthun and their family around their 50th Anniversary.
Front Row: August Ramthun (holding Walter), Bertha Ramthun, Marie Ramthun (with Mabel in front), Arthur Ramthun, Fred Ramthun, August Gleason, Caroline Ramthun, Wilhelmine Ramthun, Louise Gleason (holding Rose Gleason), and Frank Gleason (holding Gertrude Gleason)
Back Row: Harry Ramthun, Rose Ramthun, Alfred Gleason, Wilbur Gleason, Martha Gleason, John Gleason, Alma Ramthun, Frank Gleason, Rudolph Ramthun
Anton Schofield and Minnie Ramthun
Minnie was the daughter of August Ramthun and Minnie Lembke
Anton and Minnie Schofield and children in front of their house.
Left to Right: Bertha, Anton, Fred, Wilhelmine holding Wilhemina
Anton Schofield and his 6 daughters (his 2 sons not pictured).
Left to Right: Alvena, Ella, Emma, Anton, Ann, Minnie, Bertha
August Ramthun and Maria Ausborn
August was the son of Fred Ramthun and Caroline Broitzmann
(zoom of picture on right)
4 Generations of Ramthuns
Left to Right: Fred, August, and Harry Ramthun holding Deloris
August and Maria Ramthun
The Ramthun Family Farm
August and Maria Ramthun and Family
Back Row: Arthur, Alma, Harry, Rudolph, Rose, Bertha
Front Row: Mabel, Marie (w/ Mildred), Hazel, August, Walter
August and Maria's House
Left to Right: August Ausborn, Rudolph, August Ramthun, Alma (with Mabel and Walter in front),
Maria (with Hazel on lap), Rose, Bertha, Harry, and Arthur
Fred Schofield and Bertha Ramthun