I am also researching St. Louis Wieses. My Grandfather, Gustave Wilhelm SAWADE, wrote a few letters about growing up in St. Louis c.1900 and about his relatives. His mother was Caroline Minerva WIESE, who came from Germany to St. Louis in June, 1880. A Mr. BUSSE, who was her father's father-in-law, loaned Wiese the $500 to bring over his family. He got the money from his friend and employer, Mr. Waltke, Waltke's Soap Factory. This tale could mean two things: 1, Wiese married Busse's daughter in Germany, Mr. Busse came to St. Louis, as did Mr. Wiese, and then they sent for Mrs. Wiese (nee Busse) and Caroline and other relatives, siblings, grandparents, whatever; or, 2, the First Mrs. Wiese, Caroline's mother, died in Germany, and Mr. Wiese married Miss Busse in St. Louis as his second wife.
I do know that when Caroline came to St. Louis, she lived at her Uncle SCHLEUTER'S (note spelling, e before u) house, located on May Street.
The family seems to have been centered around E. Grand Av., Desoto Av., various parts of N. St. Louis and into Florissant.
My grandfather Gus mentions an Uncle Christ and Uncle George, a cousin Mandy, unfortunately with no surnames, and a cousin Willy Schaefer.
Gus died in 1955, in E. St. Louis, and said in 1953 that the whole family was gone before him, with the "possible exception" of bill Suedmeyer.
This is probably more than you want to know about my side of the family, but it may help you. And, of course, you may just be able to help me fill in some of my ancestral holes. Looking forward to hearing from you. Debra
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