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Charles “Karl, Jr.” VOELSCH

Male 1871 - 1941  (69 years)


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  • Name Charles “Karl, Jr.” VOELSCH 
    Born 26 Nov 1871  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Jan 1941  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 9 Jan 1941  Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Ancestry World Tree entry lists name as “Karl Jr. Voelsch.”

      From “History of Minnehaha County”, by Dana R. Bailey, Brown & Saenger, Sioux Falls, 1899:
      “Charles Voelsch is a native of Germany and was born November 26, 1871. He emigrated with his parents to the United States in 1881 who settled in Wall Lake Township taking up a homestead and tree claim in Sections 6 and 18. Carl Voelsch, his father, died in 1891 and the subject of this sketch has since purchased 160 acres adjoining the old homestead and his good farm. He has been assessor of Wall Lake Township three years and is a good citizen.”

      1900 Census: SD, Minnehaha County, Wall Lake Township:
      Volcsh, Charles, Head, born Nov. 1871, age 28, single.

      1910 Census: SD, Minnehaha County, Wall Lake Township:
      Voelsch, Charles, head, 38, first marriage, married for seven years, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany;
      Amelia, wife, 21, first marriage, married for 7 years, born in Pennsylvania, mother and father born in Pennsylvania;
      Tarria (spelling difficult to read), Nellie, boarder, 4, born in South Dakota, father’s birthplace unknown, mother’s birthplace Germany.

      Newspaper Article: Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 02 Sep 1902, Tue.
      There was an old fashioned German gathering at the home of the mother of Deputy Sheriff Charles Voelsch on Sunday. The occasion was the homecoming of the deputy sheriff with his bride, the couple having been married at Pittsburg about a week ago. About helf of the German settlement answered the invitations to greet the happy couple and there were "some doings" at the Voelsch home. Sioux Falls was represented by Senator Kittredge and Sheriff Huston who drove out in the afternoon and spent a couple of hours with the happy assemblage. Of course there was a regular old fashioned German time. There was plenty to eat, a little to drink, plenty of cigars and all hads had a big time. Mr. Voelsch and bride arrived in Sioux Falls this morning and he is again on duty in the sheriff's office."

      Newspaper Article: Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 21 Apr 1913, Mon.
      "Among the passengers who sailed on the George Washington of the North German Lloyd line on April 19 from New York for Bremen, Germany, were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Voelsch, Mr. Fred H. Voelsch, Mr. and Mrs. Frederich Rudemann, Miss Lulu Rudemann and Henrich Muller of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County."

      Newspaper Article:
      Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 08 May 1913, Thu.
      "The Argus-Leader is in receipt of a letter from Charles Voelsch, who, with a party of relatives and friends from Minnehaha county, is on a trip to points in Germany. The letter was written on shipboard and a part of it is as follows: 'We are sailing at the rate of 440 nautical miles each twenty-four hours. We left New York city April 19 at 10 a.m. and expect to reach Plymouth, England at 1:30 p.m., tomorrow, April 26, and Bremen the next evening, but will not leave the boat until Monday morning. We have had fine weather and there has been no seasickness. The George Washington, on which we are sailing, is a splendid boat."

      From the Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 28 Jun 1913, Sat.
      "A post card from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Voelsch who with a party of relatives and friends have been touring Germany and other European countries, announces the safe arrival of the party at New York city on the 24th inst. The weather was rough on the homeward passage and many of the voyagers were seasick. Mr. and Mrs. Voelsch will visit some time in the east before returning to Sioux Falls."

      From the Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 09 Aug 1913, Sat.
      "Charles Voelsch and wife have returned to Sioux Falls from their extended European trip. They arrived in this country about a month ago, since which time they have been visiting with Mrs. Voelsch's relatives in Pennsylvania."

      1920 Census: SD, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls City:
      “Voelsch, Charles; Head, 48, came in 1881, naturalized in 1947, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany;
      Amelia, his wife, 38, born in Pennsylvania, father and mother born in Pennsylvnia;
      Nellie, his daughter, 14, born in SD, father born in Germany, mother born in Pennsylvania;
      Cook(?), Sarah, mother-in-law, 60, born in Pennsylvania, father and mother born in Germany;
      Henry W., brother-in-law, 30, born in Pennsylvania, father and mother born in Pennsylvania;
      William S., brother-in-law, 20, born in Pennsylvania, father and mother born in Pennsylvania.”

      Newspaper Article: "Voelsch Writes of Visit in California" Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 22 Dec 1923, Sat.
      "A letter from Charles Voelsch who with his family, is spending the winter on the Pacific coast, locates them at 705 West First st., Long Beach, Cal. Mr. Voelsch writes that on account of the unpleasant weather on December 8, the date originally set for the annual picnic of the South Dakota association, that function was postponed until December 15 on which date the weather was perfect and as a result there was an immense crowd of former South Dakotans present. He writes that he met Win Braley, Harold Whitehouse, Joe H. Kirby and Lew Wyman of Sioux Falls, as well as Walter Crisp of Dell Rapids. He also writes of a pleasant visit with H. M. Avery, a former resident of Sioux Falls.
      On December 8, 9, and 10 he reports that California went through one of the hardest wind storms that he ever experienced.
      He writes that for some unexplained reason there is no crowd of eastern people at Long Beach or Los Angeles this winter, at least so far. He writes that there is a lot of building going on and still many unemployed. He says there are 25 people for each job and he advises those in search of work to stay clear of the Pacific coast. The price of property is sky-high. A bungalow that could be built even in Sioux Falls for $5,000 costs $12,000 to $15,000 out there, Mr. Voelsch says.
      Mr. Voelsch writes that he and Mrs. Voelsch will visit San Diego after the holidays and after that will go over the line to Tijuana for the races."

      Newspaper Article: Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 24 Apr 1924, Thu.
      "Mr. and Mrs. Charles Voelsch and daughter Miss Nellie Voelsch have returned from a six months' visit to Long Beach, Cal."

      Newspaper article: Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 20 Nov 1929, Wed.
      "Mr. and Mrs. Charles Voelsch left today over the Rock Island for southern California to pass the winter. They will return in the spring by the northern route."

      1930 Census: CA: Los Angeles: Long Beach: Dist. 1095, p. 2 of 28:
      Voelsch, Charles, rents, $28.50, age 58, first married at age 31, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany;
      Amelia, age 48, first married at age 21, born in PA, father born in PA, mother born in Germany.

      1930 Census: SD: Minnehaha: Sioux Falls: Dist. 36: 220 S. Summit:
      Voelsch, Chas, head, owns, $5500, age 58, first married at age 25, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, came in 1880, naturalized;
      Amelia, his wife, age 48, first married at age 18, born in PA, father and mother born in Germany.

      Was a witness to the marriage of Minnie Volsch and William Munsky on Mar. 8, 1895.

      From the Aberdeen Weekly News (Aberdeen, SD), Thursday, July 12, 1917:
      "LIGHTNING STRIKES HOME
      Sioux Falls, July 6,--The family of Charles Voelsch, 220 South Summit avenue, had a strange experience this morning. During the thunder storm, following a sharp flash of lightning and a loud peel of thunder, Mrs. Voelsch's mother remarked that the lightning struck close by. A few minutes later there was a peculiar odor of a sulphurous nature in the house and an investigation was started which revealed a fire in the cellar, caused by the bolt of lightning entering the house from an electric wire. The fire was extinguished with no damage."

      From the Sioux Falls newspaper:

      “Charles Voelsch Succumbs to Heart Attack Monday”

      “Charles Voelsch, 69, Sioux Falls, brother of Fred Voelsch of Hartford, passed away at a hospital in Sioux Falls last Monday afternoon. He was a former deputy sheriff of Minnehaha county and treasurer of the Farmers Mutual Insurance company of Hartford. He had been sick for several weeks but had became seriously ill about a week prior to his death.

      “Charles Voelsch was born in Germany November 26, 1871, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Voelsch. He came to this country with his parents when he was nine years old, settling near Wall Lake. He was married to Amelia Cook at Irwin, PA., in 1902.

      “He moved to Sioux Falls 27 years ago and was a member of the Wall Lake township school board prior to this time. He was also assessor of Wall Lake township while a resident there. He was deputy sheriff of this county from 1901 to 1994.”

      “At the time of his death he was deacon of the Congregational church in Sioux Falls and was a member of the Elks and Knights Pythias.

      “Surviving are the widow; one daughter, Mrs. Clifford Miller, Hartford; one granddaughter; three brothers, Fred, Hartford; William, Watertown, and Henry, Salem, Ore., and four sisters, Mrs. Joseph Cook, Salem, Ore; Mrs. John Ideker, Humboldt; Mrs. H. H. Phillip, Diamond, Md., and Mrs. Louis Louck, Lester, Ia.

      “His parents and one sister preceded him in death.”

      “Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Miller funeral home with Rev. Charles Gerlinger officiating. Interment was made in the Woodlawn cemetery in Sioux Falls.”

      Minnehaha County death record lists birth as 11/20/1871 and death date of Jan. 6, 1941, buried at Woodlawn Cemetery on Ja. 9, 1941.

      At the time of his death he lived at 902 S. Minn. Ave., Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota.

      Charles and Amelia may have had a biological set of twin girls, Dora and Irene, born in 1908 and dying in infancy, but this has been unable to be confirmed.
    Person ID I1179  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2020 

    Father Johann Carl Heinrich Friedrich “Karl” VOELSCH,   b. 4 Mar 1845, Karenz, Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1891, Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Mother Elise Maria Louise “Marie” LÜTH,   b. 15 Nov 1846, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1919, Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 13 Jan 1871  Karenz, Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F583  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Amelia COOK,   b. 26 Jun 1881, Pitcairn, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1972, Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 27 Aug 1902  Irwin, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Nell TERRIO,   b. 15 Jan 1906, Howard, Miner, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1988, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Frieda Irene TERRIO,   b. 23 Nov 1908,   d. 27 Jun 1909  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 22 May 2018 
    Family ID F582  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Nov 1871 - Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 27 Aug 1902 - Irwin, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Jan 1941 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 9 Jan 1941 - Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Cook, Joseph and bride Adelia Voelsch.  Wedding picture.
    Cook, Joseph and bride Adelia Voelsch. Wedding picture.
    Married 14 May 1908 in Hartford, South Dakota. This photo is important because it was taken at Joseph Cook and Adelia Voelsch's wedding. Standing next to them are Amelia Cook Voelsch, Joseph's sister and Charles Voelsch, Adelia's brother. From the Lyla Fletcher/Ludington photo collection. All rights reserved.

    Documents
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1893.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1893.
    Farms for Carl Voelsch, Joachim Volsch, and John Fairfield Lowell displayed. Township map publication data: Avery, H. M. Map of Minnehaha County, South Dakota, Sioux Falls, S. D.: H. M. Avery; Cleveland, Ohio: H. B. Stranahan & Co., c1893.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1903.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1903.
    Farms for John Fairfield Lowell, John R. Lowell, Charles Voelsch, Mrs. Charles Voelsch, and Joachim Volsch displayed. Township map publication data: Standard Atlas of Minnehaha County, South Dakota, including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities, and Townships of the county. Compiled by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, Assisted in Record Work and Platting by H. M. Avery, Abstractor of Titles, Sioux Falls, So. Dakota. Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Publishers and Engravers, Chicago, 1903.