I just ran across your inquiry about Frederick & Fredericka Kohler; they were my great great grandparents, through my paternal grandmother, Almeta Molitor Steele. Here's what she wrote about them.
Almeta Carrie Molitor
MOTHER Mary Kohler
Born Aug 17, 1868, in Hamburg, Germany. Came to America with her parents when she was one year old, first coming to Milwaukie Wis, 1869, then moved to a farm near Howard City Michigan in 1872, where she lived until she was married 1892. She was the oldest of nine children—Mary, Anne, Fred, Charles, Lena, Harmon, Albert, Hattie and William. Her father died when she was 17 yrs old. She worked for neighbors, bringing money home to her mother. (She was a gentle, sweet and patient woman, an excellent cook and dress maker, a good manager for a farm with so many children.)
Mary was baptised and confirmed in the German Evangelical Luteran Church in Howard City Mich. Many years later she became a member of the Presbyterian Church in Colusa, Calif., where she visited her daughter (Almeta) and lived with her husband for 1 1/2 yrs. Then she became an active member of the Pres. Church in Lake City Mich. Where she died Feb. 9, 1955. She was loved by all.
Mary Kohler was the daughter of Frederick Kohler and Frederika Caesar Kohler. Both parents were born and raised in Germany. Frederick had three brothers, all in Germany.
Karl had 5 children—Karl, Bernhard, Max, Reinhold and Berta.
Wilhelm had 2 children—Willy and Luise.
Albert had 7 children—Frtiz, Albert, Anna, Luise, Emma, Oskar and Marie.
Herman had 5 children—Else, Hedwig, Richard, Martha and Hugo.
Mary Kohler’s father Frederick Kohler was born Nov 20, 1844, in Germany. Died 1885 (Winter)
Mary Kolher’s mother Frederika Caesar was born in Gehofen, Saxony, Germany, Sept. 17, 1844. Died April 11, 1919. Howard City, Michigan.
Frederika Kohler raised her nine children, all being quite small when her husband died. She cleared the land and worked in the fields and taught her children about God, having a Bible lesson each Sunday in their home, as they were too far away to go to Church. She had been baptised and confirmed in the Luteran Church. When she got older, she moved from the farm into the town of Howard City Mich to be near her church. She was always of good cheer and was loved and highly esteemed by all her friends and neighbors. She could never visit anyone without bringing a small gift. All the neighbor children dearly loved her.
I tho’t you’d like to no something about the Kohler Family when they were getting ready to leave Germany for America. Their little baby (Mary My Mother) wasn’t very strong so our Grandfather made a nice chest to bury her at sea if necessary. Thank Goodness it wasn’t necessary, she lived to be 87 years old and worked hard all of her life, as she too had 9 children to take care of: Almeta, Henry, Edna, Charlie, Bill, Milford, Clarence, Nip, Blaine. We lived on a farm in Michigan. Well, when our grandparents had their last child (Hattie), our grandfather died of a heart attack while unloading wood at the little schoolhouse. That left Grandmother all alone to do the work, plowing etc. She worked very hard & long hours. She told me one time that sometimes she walked the floor all nite with a tooth ache. She had never gone to a Doctor or a Dentist, all her life. She died when she was 76, on the day that our son (Henry) was born (1919). She had a dear friend, Mrs. Heidel. Every Sunday morning she gathered her children around her and told them about God and the Bible, as they had no church near. In after years, she moved to Howard City, Mich., to be near her church, the Lutheran Church. All of us children in the Molitor family, as each one was born, would be taken to Howard City to be baptised, in the Lutheran Church (amen). Our grandmother was a good woman, never went anywhere, without taking something, a little crock of butter or some cookies. Yes, we loved her dearly & visited her many times.
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