MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 462
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007
GOTTLIEB JOHANN EHRECKE
Gottlieb Johann Ehrecke was born nearly 83 years ago on the 23d day of April, 1815, at Neuen-Neuestrodt near Magdeburg, and since April 1, 1897, a part of Magdeburg, by incorporation. In this beautiful province of the kingdom of Prussia he grew up. At the age of 25 years he was united in wedlock with Miss Marie Koeppe. This marriage was blessed with seven children: Carl, Gustav, Maria, Bertha, Augusta, Ida and Emma, of whom Carl, Gustav and Ida died in the old fatherland. On 1850 Mr. Ehrecke decided to go to this country with his family, but before he could do so, his wife was taken away from him and his children by death. By this sad misfortune he was detained until in 1852. Shortly before he left his old home, where he had worked diligently on his farm, he married Miss Johanna Schmelzer, in whom he gave to his children a good, loving mother. This second marriage of the deceased was blessed with eight children: Hermann, Charlotte, Rudolph, Ida, Charley, Amelia, Lena and Amel, of whom Lena died at a tender age.
Having landed in the United States November 18, 1852, he went to Davenport, where he remained with his family for one year, then he settled in the country of Muscatine county, near the present homestead at Blue Grass.
He was one of the pioneers of this section of the country, and was one of the foremost in building it up. When he settled near Blue Grass he was a ……(article cut off)….
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