Ida LEUBECHER

Ida LEUBECHER

Female 1872 - 1909  (37 years)

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  • Name Ida LEUBECHER 
    Born 9 Mar 1872  Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 2 Aug 1909  Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "Two years after moving to a farm just east of her parents (in 1909), Ida was killed by lightning as she was upstairs tucking her three small children into an iron bed.

      "Came with parents to the U.S. in 1883."

      "I remember two things about my Mother. We used to have a well that was right outside the kitchen door that used to have a platform around it. I remember siting on the platform washing radishes from the garden. She used to tell me what a good girl I was. I remember another incident when it was Easter time. My mother's sister who lived in Oklahoma always used to send me a card for birthday or Easter or Christmas. I still have that Easter card in my little trunk upstairs. I cacan remember standing with my Mother out there waiting for the mailman and that was when the card came. And I can remember the night when she was killed. I remember My dad putting the three of us, he had to go to the neighbor about a quarter of a mile away to telephone because our telephone was out. When going up there in this storm he put the three of us in a big chair and threw a quilt over the three of us so that we couldn't see the lighting or hear anything until he got back. TThen he took us up to this neightbor to spend the night and the next day they took us over to Grandma's and as we went by our place I can still see this woman out of the backdoor throwing the dishwater out the back porch. I can rememer crying at the funeral, why they were putting her there. I can remember somebody taking me away. All three of us kids were in one bed upstairs in the one bedroom and Dad and Mom slept in the other bed. It was a slanting roof and there was a window undder there and the glass had been knocked out of it and Dad had gone up to put a board or something in that and when he was up there we three kids were in bed. When he came up to do that, Mother came and brought the light up and she set it on the dresser and she turned to leave and when she turned it was when the lightning struck. She was killed instantly. Dad always said that he had his pipe in his mouth and it was blown out and the top of his hair never came back. "

      Max Miller and Ida Leubecher were married at Mrs. Leubecher’s farm.

      Ida's original tombstone read "God's finger touched me and I slept." It was about 1 or 1 and 1/2 feet tall, a little spire, sitting on a 12" square base. It was put up by Augusta Leubecher since Max didn't get around to putting up a headstone. Cliff, after Max's death, removed the original tombstone and installed a contemporary stone (without any discussion with Hazel or Elsie).

      From the Daily Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tuesday, August 3, 1909:

      “Killed By Lighning
      “Mrs. Max Miller, Who Lived Near Schindler, Killed by Lightning Bolt Monday Evening
      “Husband and Three Children, Who Were in the House at the Time, Escaped Injury

      “About 9:30 Monday evening Mrs. Max Miller, who lived with her husband on a farm one mile from Schindler, was struck by a bolt of lightning and instantly killed. Deceased was 37 years of age, and was born Miss Ida Leubecher, and was well-known in Sioux Falls, the Leubecher family having spent the last 30 years in Minnehaha County.

      “It was during the same storm that passed over Sioux Falls Monday evening that the accident took place. Mr. and Mrs. Miller and three children were all in the house. Mrs. Miller had put the three children to bed and she was about ready to retire. Mrs. Miller stood near the chimney with her back to the chimney. Mr. Miller was sitting on the other side of the room near the telephone. A sharp flash of lightning came, filling the room with a bluish blaze. Mrs. Miller fell to the floor. Mr. Miller, who was for a few minutes dazed by a light shock which came in over the telephone wire, finally went to his wife and found her unconscious as he supposed. He immediately called for medical aid. Dr. W. F. Keller of this city, was summoned, and in company with N. E. Stringham he drove to the Miller home as rapidly as possible.

      “It was about 11:30 when Dr. Keller and Mr. Stringham arrived at the Miller home. Dr. Keller at once made an examination. He found the unfortunate woman stiff in death which convinced him that she was killed instantly. An investigation revealed that Mrs. Miller had been struck by the bolt in the back of the head. The lightning then ran down and around the neck and across the breast, burning the flesh severely.

      “Miss Gussie Leubecher, stenographer at the Sioux Falls National bank is a sister of the dead woman. She knew nothing of the accident until this morning, when she was informed of the untimely death of her sister, and she at once left for the Miller home.”

      From the “Shindlar Department” column in The Harrisburg Journal, Friday, August 6:

      “Killed By Lightning:

      “The sad news reached this city early Tuesday morning that Mrs. Max Miller of Springdale was killed by lightning on Monday night while retiring to rest. She had just put the children to bed when the lightning struck the chimney and ran down hitting her in the neck killer her almost instantly. Dr. Steenson was called and hurried to the scene of the sad calamity but life was extinct. Mr. Miller was also hit but not fatally. Mrs. Miller was formerly Miss Ada [sic] Leubecher and the many friends of the family extend sympathy in their sorrow.”

      From the “Shindlar Department-Shindlar News” column of The Harrisburg Journal, Friday, August 13, 1909:

      “The funeral of Mrs. Max Miller was held last week Thursday P.M. A short service was held at the residence, and the regular church service at the Lutheran church in Sioux Falls, of which she was a faithful member. Mrs. Miller leaves a heartbroken husband, three children, both parents, three sisters and a brother to mourn her loss. She will be greatly missed at the Shindlar Union S.S. as she was one of those broad minded christians who, laying creed aside, can worship where ever oppoortunity offers. She was a dutiful daughter, a faithful wife, a loving and indulgent mother, a loving sister and a good neighbor. Her many friends will long remember her pure christian life. The floral offerings were many and beautiful showing the high esteem in which she was held.”««s1»», ««s2»» [1, 2]
    Person ID I228  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2013 

    Father George LEUBECHER,   b. 23 Nov 1836, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1921, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Augusta POMNITZ,   b. 2 Jun 1849, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1925, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Aft 1862  Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Sitting outside their homestead in southeastern South Dakota.
    Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz.  Children.
    Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz. Children.
    Taken sometime in 1882 or 1883 in Germany, before Augusta and her three daughters arrived in the U.S. on 9 Jun 1883. L. to R.: Bertha, Augusta, Kate, and Ida.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Back row, L. to R.: Herman Leubecher, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher, George Leubecher, John Hommes, Front row, L. to R.: Kate Leubecher, Bertha Leubecher Hommes.
    Leubecher sisters.
    Leubecher sisters.
    L. to R.: Bertha, Helen, and Kate.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher. Family.
    L. to R.: George Leubecher, Carl A. Bergmann (son of George Leubecher from first marriage who was adopted by another family), Bertha (?), Kate (?), Herman.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and wife, Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Headstones
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Leubecher, George and Augusta Pomnitz Leubecher.
    Histories
    Stories.  Leubecher Family Biographies.
    Stories. Leubecher Family Biographies.
    Brief biographies of three generations of Leubechers who farmed land outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota: George and Augusta Leubecher; Herman and Iva Leubecher; and Rex and Ruby Leubecher. These bios were written by Rex and Ruby Leubecher. Date of writing unknown. Publication in which these bios appeared is also unknown.
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Max MILLER,   b. 12 May 1871, Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1963, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1900  Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Elsie Vera MILLER,   b. 31 Mar 1901, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1988, Mapleton, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +2. Clifford MILLER,   b. 10 Mar 1903, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1976, Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +3. Hazel Lucille MILLER,   b. 16 Dec 1904, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1994, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Photos
    Miller, Max.  Family.  Four Generations.
    Miller, Max. Family. Four Generations.
    L. to R.: Hazel Miller Lowell, Jerry Lowell held by father, G. James Lowell, and Max Miller. Taken at a Miller Family Reunion held on August 5, 1950 in the City Park, Parker, South Dakota.
    Miller, Max and wife, Ida Leubecher Miller.  Children.
    Miller, Max and wife, Ida Leubecher Miller. Children.
    L. to R.: Cliff, Hazel, and Elsie. Taken 1905.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    Front seat, L. to R.: Helen Leubecher Thompson, Max Miller. Back seat, L. to R.: Cliff Miller, Hazel Miller Lowell, and Augusta Leubecher. Taken sometime between 1910 and 1913.
    Miller, Max.  Family.
    Miller, Max. Family.
    L. to R.: Hazel Miller Lowell, Max Miller, Cliff Miller, Helen Leubecher Bates, and Elsie Miller Strobel. Taken around 1913.
    Miller, Adolph.  Third generation descendants in South Dakota.
    Miller, Adolph. Third generation descendants in South Dakota.
    Third generation Miller cousins. Taken on August 5, 1950, at the Miller family reunion held at the City Park in Parker, South Dakota. Back row, L to R: Betty Kettleson Thompson, Alice Nelson Lowell holding Jerry Lowell, G. James Lowell, Claire Strobel, John H. Lowell. Front row, L to R: (kneeling) Marvin Miller, Roger Lowell; (standing) Janice Miller.
    Miller, Max and wife, Ida Leubecher Miller.  Wedding party.
    Miller, Max and wife, Ida Leubecher Miller. Wedding party.
    Wedding occurred on January 10, 1900 at Shindler, Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
    Headstones
    Miller, Max and Ida Leubecher Miller
    Miller, Max and Ida Leubecher Miller
    Histories
    Newspaper Articles.  Miller Family Reunion.  August 5, 1950.
    Newspaper Articles. Miller Family Reunion. August 5, 1950.
    Reunion was held at City Park, Parker, Turner County, South Dakota. Article appeared in the 10 Aug 1950 edition of The New Era newspaper, published in Parker, South Dakota.
    Family ID F77  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Max MILLER,   b. 12 May 1871, Free State of Saxony, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1963, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1900  Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elsie Vera MILLER,   b. 31 Mar 1901, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1988, Mapleton, Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. Clifford MILLER,   b. 10 Mar 1903, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1976, Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Hazel Lucille MILLER,   b. 16 Dec 1904, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1994, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 
    Family ID F3617  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Mar 1872 - Tann, Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jan 1900 - Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jan 1900 - Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Aug 1909 - Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Miller, Ida Leubecher.
    Miller, Ida Leubecher.
    Miller, Ida Leubecher.
    Miller, Ida Leubecher.

    Recordings
    Country Life Revisited: Part 03: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 03: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) the Volsch family; b) sale of 1117 W. Madison; c) the Leubecher fraction of property next to the Adolph Miller homestead; d) approaching the entrance to the Miller homestead; e) the years that Grandma Lowell spent at this homestead farm; f) beginning of the walk up to the location of the house and outbuildings.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Interview while driving to and from a family reunion at Flathead Lake, Montana..

    2. [S2] Report compiled for a Lincoln County History., Leubecher, Rex and Ruby.