A few weeks ago I went with a friend to the Washington State Genealogical Society’s Conference in Port Angeles, Washington. We spent some time going through the antique shops. One shop had a collection of old photos. I scanned through them and came across the following photo:
The back of the photo had the following information:
G.P. Scherrer 1st /1851
G.P. Scherrer 2nd Born 9/25/86
Louise ” ” 10/25/84
Augusta ” ” 11/11/60
Came from Germany
G.P. Scherrer 1st came Chicago ILL when he was 12 years old. Had a twin brother name Jacob who had a boy & girl – Granite City, ILL.
Moved to Lincoln, Nebr.
Move to Butte, Mont about 1891
” ” Colfax, Wash about 1912 G.P. Jr
Died in Coflax, Wash April 18, 1914
I was intrigued by this photo and the amount of detail transcribed. I purchased it for $1. It had sat in my conference notebook until this morning when I decided to do a little research on the Scherrer family. Here is what I uncovered.
No immigration records were found for George Scherrer. He first appears in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska working as a carpenter. No records could be found to verify that he went to Chicago first. If as the photo details, he immigrated at age 12, he would have come to the U.S. in the early 1860s. Further research will need to be done to determine if there are any records to put George in Chicago in the 1860s.
On November 12, 1883 George married Augusta Krone, daughter of H.W. Krone and Louisa Seivers, in Lincoln. On October 25, 1884 the couple welcomed daughter Louise. In the 1885 Nebraska State Census, the family is found in Lincoln. George is listed as a butcher. Living with them is Augusta’s mother Louisa and a 27 year old woman name L. Hart who is listed as a sister. It is not known if this was a sister of George or of Augusta.
On September 25, 1886 George Jr. is welcomed into the family.
Sometime after the birth of George Jr. the family left Lincoln and settled in Butte, Montana. The earliest city directory that could be found in Butte was 1899 where George is listed as a butcher living at 348 East Granite. By the 1904 city directory, the family had moved to 216 W. Gelena. They would reside in this house until George and Augusta moved to Washington State. The exact date of the move is unknown. The last Butte city directory that the couple appear is 1911. The back of the photo seems to indicate that George Jr. moved to Colfax in 1912 but does not list any source for that information.
On April 18, 1914 George Sr. passed away at the age of 62 in Colfax, Whitman Washington.
Augusta is found living with George Jr.’s family in the 1920 and 1930 census in Spokane, Washington. On November 2, 1937 Augusta passed away at the age of 77. Her death record lists her father as Frederick which is different than what is listed on her marriage record.
Their daughter Louise is not found in 1920 and 1930 census with the rest of Scherrer family. She passed away in July 1976 in Spokane. It is unknown when she arrived in the city.
Death information for George Jr. and his wife Emma could not be located. They did have at least two sons. Their first son, Frederick George was born on Nov. 5, 1914 and on September 11, 1918 Robert Hamet was born.
I would love to know how this photo ended up in a antique shop in Port Angeles. Did George Jr. or Louise or their descendants move to the Port Angeles from eastern Washington? Did the antique dealer pick up an estate sale in his travels or on Ebay? I would love to return this photo to any descendants of this couple out. If you or someone you know has this family in your tree, please send me an email and I would be happy to mail this photo to you.
“Nebraska, Marriages, 1855-1995,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X5ZF-9BG : accessed 23 Sep 2012), George Scherrer and Augusta Krone, 12 Nov 1883.
National Archives and Records Administration; Nebraska State Census; Year: 1885; Series/Record Group: M352; County: Lancaster; Township: Lincoln; Page: 24
United States Federal Census
Year: 1880; Census Place: Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska; Roll: 751; Family History Film: 1254751; Page: 136D; Enumeration District: 229; Image: 0457.Year: 1900; Census Place: Butte Ward 3, Silver Bow, Montana; Roll: 914; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 107; FHL microfilm: 1240914.
Year: 1910; Census Place: Butte Ward 6, Silver Bow, Montana; Roll: T624_836; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0108; Image: 882; FHL microfilm: 1374849.
Year: 1920; Census Place: Spokane, Spokane, Washington; Roll: T625_1940; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 160; Image: 875.
Year: 1930; Census Place: Spokane, Spokane, Washington; Roll: 2518; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 95; Image: 310.0; FHL microfilm: 2342252.
Butte, Montana City Directories 1899-1911 Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
George Scherrer Death Record. Washington State Death Certificate Index 1907-1960 http://digitalarchives.wa.gov/Record/View/0EF65571BA0CAD42704DA059BD523496
August Sacherrer Death Record. Ancestry.com. Washington, Deaths, 1883-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Ancestry.com. Washington, Births, 1883-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.