George LEUBECHER

Male 1836 - 1921  (84 years)


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  • Name George LEUBECHER 
    Born 23 Nov 1836  Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1921  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Mar 1921  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • "George Leubecher arrived in the United States in 1880 from Germany with three German dollars and a few articles of clothing. It took three years working first on a farm near Pittsburgh, then in the coal mines, to earn and save enough money to send for his wife, Augusta and three daughters, Ida, Bertha, and Kate, from Germany. It took another eight months in Pittsburgh to save enough for the family to move to Sioux Falls in Dakota Territory. Unable to find housing, the family took up residence in a leaky roofed carpenter's shop where they moved the bed almost nightly in order to keep dry. Soon they were able to buy a one-room shanty for 12 dollars near what is now Morrell Meat Packing Plant. It was here that Helen (Gussie), and the only son, Herman, were born. For the sum of $1600 George and Augusta bought 80 acres from the Whipple homestead in Lincoln County (in the southeast quarter of Section 7 and northeast quarter of Section 18) Springdale Township in 1889, and moved here with their five children. The land has been in the Leubecher family continuously since that time (homesite in Section 7).

      "Here they did extensive market gardening and peddled vegetables, meat, eggs, butter, sauerkraut, horseradish, and anything else they might have. Augusta called on hotels, restaurants, and also homes.

      "George and Augusta were devout Lutherans and belonged to the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls.

      "Their five children were as follows-- Ida (Mrs. Max Miller); Kate (Mrs. Will Buswell), Toppenish, Wa.; Helen or Gussie (Mrs. Norman Bates), and after his death married Hansell Thompson, Stanwood, Wa.; Bertha (Mrs. John Hommes), Oklahoma City; and Herman who married Iva Peterson and remained on the "home place" as a farmer. Ida, who was living in Springdale Township at the time of her death, was killed by lightning at the age of 38."

      "My grandfather Leubecher was a traveling musician. They say he was a Bavarian gypsy. Grandpa Leubecher had been married before. He had a son. I don't know what happened to his first wife. The son came over to America after he was grown up. He worked in the Lick Observatory in California. He was a photographer. He was a half brother. He was adopted by somebody else and he went by that name. He never married because when he passed away his belongings had been sent to Grandpa Leubecher and that was where all these pictures were. His inheritance was divided between his half brothers and sisters, which my Mother was one. What was her share was divided up between us three. We got $35. We bought our first vacuum sweeper shortly after we were married with that. "

      Naturalization Records (1st papers) Declaration of Intention:
      United States of America, Territory of Dakota, Minnehaha County:
      Before me the undersigned, Clerk of the District Court in and for said County, personally appeared Georg Leubecher a native of Prussia and makes solemn oath that it is bona fide his intention to become a CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES and to renounce and abjure forever all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign power, prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly allegiance to Wilhelm, Emperor of Germany of whom he was heretofore a subject, and that he will support the constitution and government of the United States. [signed] Georg Leubecher] sworn and subscribed to me this 25th day of November 1885. Cyrus Walts, Clerk of the District C ourt.

      1900 Census for South Dakota, Lincoln County, Springkdale Township lists:

      Leubecher, George; head, born Nov. 1836, 69 yrs. old, married for 27 years, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, arrived in the U.S. in 1880, had been in the :U.S. for 20 years, occupation farmer, can read, write, and speak English; owned his farm
      Augusta, his wife, born June 1849, 50 years old, had given birth to 5 children, all living; born in Germany, mother and father born in Germany, arrived in the U.S. in 1883, had been in the U.S. for 17 years, could read, write, and speak English
      Kate, their daughter, born in Dec. 1877, age 22, born in Germany, mother and father born in Germany, could read, write, and speak English
      Herman, their son, born in July 1884, age 14, born in South Dakota, mother and father born in Germany, could read, write, and speak English, attended school
      Augusta, their daughter, born Jan. 1889, age 11, born in South Dakota, mother and father born in Germany, could read, write, and speak English, attended school.

      1905 South Dakota Census card: Geo Leubecher, Lincoln Cty, Springdale Twp, age 68, farmer, born in Germany, years in SD: 21, in US: 24; father and mother born in Germany.

      1910 Census: SD: Lincoln: Springdale, p. 65a:
      Lubecker, George, head, 73, second marriage, married for 39 years, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, farm, general farm;
      Augusta L., wife, 61, first marriage, married for 39 years, has had 7 children, 4 still living, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, housekeeper, house;
      Kate A., daughter, 29, single, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, bookbinder, printing office;
      Herman S., son, 25, single, born in SD, father and mother born in Germany, farm, general farm;
      Augusta E., daughter, 20, single, born in SD, father and mother born in Germany, bookkeeper, bank;
      Miller, Clifford, boarder, 7, single, born in SD, father and mother born in Germany;
      Miller, Hazel, boarder, 5, single, born in SD, father and mother born in Germany.

      1920 Census: South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Sioux Falls, ED 203:
      Lubecker, George, head, owns his home, age 83, came to the U.S. in 1880, naturalized in 1880, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, occupation: farmer, general farm;
      Augusta, his wife, age 70, came to the U.S. in 1883, naturalized in 1884, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany.

      Per Rex Leubecher in a letter received on October 25, 2001: George Leubecher came to New York on June 12, 1880. He spent 2 1/2 years in Pennsylvania working to earn enough money to bring his wife, Augusta, and three daughters Ida, Bertha, Kate, another 6 months in the mines to raise enough money to come to Dakota Territory.”

      Per birth records of Bertha and Kate, name was spelled “Georg”. His profession was listed as landlord and economist.

      There is listed in “Germans to America, 1875-1888” the following entry:
      G. Lubecher
      Age: 41
      Gender: Male
      Occupation Code: Farmer
      Country: Germany
      Last Residence: Unknown
      Final Destination: USA
      Pot of Embarkation: London
      Manifest ID Number: 60390
      Ship’s Name: Alsatia
      Date of Arrival: Jun 10, 1880
      [Ship’s Passenger List confirms above information.]

      New York, Passenger Lists:
      Name: G Lubecher
      Arrival Date: 10 Jun 1880
      Birth Date: abt 1839
      Age: 41
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity/Nationality: German
      Place of Origin: Germany
      Port of Departure: London, England
      Destination: United States of America
      Port of Arrival: New York, New York
      Ship Name: Alsatia

      Property held in Turner County, reflected in both the 1893 and 1911 Turner County Map, Home Township:
      Geo Leubecher
      SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 8 (Lot 1 of Section 8) and the S 1/2 of the NW Q of Section 9 (Lots 3& $ of Section 9)

      Sioux Falls Press, March 11, 1921:
      “Deaths and Funerals”
      George Leubecker
      “George Leubecher, 84 years old, a resident of Sioux Falls for the past 40 years, passed away at a local hospital yesterday morning at 7:30 o’clock after a lingering illness.
      He is survived by his wife, three daughters, Miss Gussie Leubecher of this city, Mrs. John Hommes of Oklahoma City, and Mrs. W. J. Bussell [sic] of Toppenish, Wash., and a son, Herman Leubecher who lives on the old homestead, seven miles southeast of town. Mr. and Mrs. Russell [sic] are in the city.
      The funeral of George Leubecher, 1005 Center Avenue, wil be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the German Lutheran Church, with Rev. Frior officiating.
      Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Buswell, of Toppehnish, Wash., are in the city for the funeral, and Mrs. John Hommes, of Oklahoma City, Okla., another sister, will arrive Saturday morning.”

      Death Certificate:
      Place of Death: County of Yankton
      Township of Utica
      Yankton State Hospital
      Full Name: George Luebecker
      Sex: Male
      Date of Birth: (no month indicated, no day indicated) Year=1836
      Married
      Birthplace: Germany
      Name of Father & Mother: Unknown
      Birthplace of Father & Mother: Unknown
      Occupation: Retired
      Informant: M. L. Staffler
      Yankton, SD
      Date of Death: Mar. 10, 1921
      “I hereby certify, that I attended deceased from Mar. 5, 1921 to Mar. 10, 1921 and that death occurred on the date stated above, at 7:30 a.m. The cause of death was as follows: Exhaustion of Senile Dementia
      Duration: 1 1/2 Yrs.
      (Signed) M. L. Staffler, M.D. 3/10/1921 Yankton, S.D.
      Former or Usual Residence: Sioux Falls, SD
      How Long at Place of Death: 5 days
      Place of Burial: Sioux Falls

      Current administrative structure for the municipality of Tann:
      Name of Municipality: Tann
      Gem.Schl. (Key): 06631023
      PLZ (Zip Code): 36142
      Bundesland (Land/State): Hessen
      Regierungsbezirk (Region/AdmDist): Kassel
      KFZ (LicPl): FD
      Landdkreis (County): Fulda, [1, 2]
    Person ID I247  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 15 Oct 2016 

    Father Nikolaus LEUBECHER,   b. 1799 
    Family ID F1511  Group Sheet

    Family 1 ? CLAUS 
    Children 
     1. Carl August BERGMANN,   b. 8 Dec 1863, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1926, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2017 
    Family ID F13888  Group Sheet

    Family 2 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 
    Children 
    +1. Ida LEUBECHER,   b. 9 Mar 1872, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1909, Shindler, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    +2. Amalia Bertha LEUBECHER,   b. 27 Oct 1874, Wendershausen, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1940, Seymour, Baylor, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     3. Anna Katharina LEUBECHER,   b. 9 Dec 1876, Wendershausen, Tann, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1959, Toppenish, Yakima, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +4. Herman George LEUBECHER,   b. 23 Jul 1884, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1972, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +5. Augusta Helen LEUBECHER,   b. 16 Jun 1889, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1981, Stanwood, Snohomish, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    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.
    Last Modified 8 May 2017 
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Nov 1836 - Tann, Hessen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Aft 1862 - Free State of Saxony, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1921 - Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Mar 1921 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Death. Leubecher, George.  Death Certificate.
    Death. Leubecher, George. Death Certificate.
    Died 10 March 1921.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1893.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1893.
    Farms for George Leubecher and Adolph Miller displayed. Township map publication data: Atlas of Turner County, South Dakota: Compiled and Drawn from a Special Survey and from Official Records. Published by Rowley & Peterson, Map Publishers & Engravers, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1893. E. P. Noll & Co., Map Publishers, Philadelphia, PA.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1899.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1899.
    Farms for George Leubecher and Adolph Miller displayed. Township map publication data not available.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1902.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Home Township, Turner County, South Dakota, 1902.
    Farms for George Leubecher and Adolph Miller displayed. Township map publication data: Twentieth Century Atlas of Turner County, South Dakota. Compiled and Drawn from a Special Survey and Official Records by E. Frank Peterson, Map Publishers, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1902.
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Springdale Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1900.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Springdale Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1900.
    Farm for George Leubecher displayed. Township map publication data: Scott, Mark D. Sectional Map of Lincoln County, South Dakota. [Sioux Falls, S. D.: Mark D. Scott, 1900]
    Land Records.  Family Farms in Springdale Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1910.
    Land Records. Family Farms in Springdale Township, Lincoln County, South Dakota, 1910.
    Farms for George Leubecher, Herman Leubecher, and Max Miller displayed. Township map publication data: Standard Atlas of Lincoln County, South Dakota, including a Plat Book of the Villages, Cities, and Townships of the County. Compiled and Published by Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1910.
    Land Records.  Location of Family Farms in Springdale Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street and Highway Names
    Land Records. Location of Family Farms in Springdale Township, South Dakota, Using Current Street and Highway Names
    This 1910 Springdale Township map has been annotated with the street and highway names that were in use as of 2014, to assist in identifying the location of the family farms for George Leubecher, Herman Leubecher, Rex Leubecher, and Max Miller.

    Headstones
    Leubecher, George
    Leubecher, George

    Histories
    Immigration.  Miller, Adolph.  Naturalization Record.
    Immigration. Miller, Adolph. Naturalization Record.
    Filed with the Circuit Court, Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit South of Dakota, ss., on 13 Dec 1889. Witnesses were David Woehrle and George Leubecker.
    Immigration.  Miller, Adolph.  Proof of Residence and Oath to Support the Constitution for Naturalization Petition.
    Immigration. Miller, Adolph. Proof of Residence and Oath to Support the Constitution for Naturalization Petition.
    Witnesses signing document were David Woehrle and George Leubecker [sic] on 13 Dec 1889. The Oath to Support the Constitution was signed by Adolph Müller [sic].

    Recordings
    Country Life Revisited: Part 01: Recording
    Country Life Revisited: Part 01: Recording
    A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) departing from Grandma and Grandpa Lowell's home; b) George and Augusta Leubecher's first home; c) the West Sioux Falls quarry; d) the death of Delores Niblick; e) changes that had occurred to 41st street in Sioux Falls.

  • 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.