Ludwig Heinrich Theodor “Louis” VOLSCH1871 - 1942 (70 years)
Name Ludwig Heinrich Theodor “Louis” VOLSCH Born 5 Jul 1871 Karenz, Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Christened 21 Jul 1871 Gender Male Died 28 Feb 1942 Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, USA Buried Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Wall Lake Twp., Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Notes
- Confirmation Record: Mecklenburg, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1876-1918:
Date of Confirmation: 18 Apr 1886
Name: Ludwig Heinrich Theodor Volsch
BirthDate: 5 Jul 1871
Document found in Freda's trunk appeared to be an authorized record of birth and baptism. Full name of Louis as listed on the document was Ludwig Heinrich Theodor Volsch. Handwritten on the document was the following--
5 " 1871 - Birth.
21 July 1871 - Baptized,
24 Oct, 1886 - Landed in Soo Falls.
In “Germans to America”: Arrived in the U.S. on Oct. 5, 1886 on the ship Lessing that embarked from Hamburg & Havre. Name listed as Ludwig Volsch, age 15. Country listed as Mecklenburg.
In the 1900 census, Louis is listed as a single man living with his father and mother.
1905 South Dakota census card reads: Voelsch, age 34, in the US for 19 years.
Volsch, Louis H. head, age 38, married twice, married for one year in his second marriage, born in Germany, came to the U.S. in 1886.
Jessie M., his wife, age 20, married once for one year, born in Iowa.
Elmer, their son, age 9;
Elsie, their daughter, age 8
Joachim, their son, age 6
Terrio, Elmer, his nephew
Volsch, Joachim, head, age 76, married once for 45 years, came to the U.S. in 1886.
Marie, his wife, age 75, married once for 45 years, came to the U.S. in 1886, had 8 children, 4 now living.
1920 Census: SD/Minnehaha, Wall Lake Township:
Volsch, Louie Henry, head, married, age 47, came to the US in 1886, naturalized in 1892, born in Mecklenburg, father and mother born in Mecklenburg;
Jesse Mary, his wife, age 30, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Germany;
Elmer Fred, his son, age 18, born in South Dakota, father born in Mecklenburg, mother born in Iowa
Joseph Edward, his son, age 16, born in South Dakota, father born in Mecklinburg, mother born in Iowa;
Louis Leander, his son, age 9, born in South Dakota, father born in Mecklinburg, mother born in Iowa;
Ella Jesse, his daughter, age 7, born in South Dakota, father born in Mecklinburg, mother born in Iowa;
Nevoy Leighton, his son, age 5, born in South Dakota, father born in Mecklinburg, mother born in Iowa;
Naomi Idell, his daughter, age 1, born in South Dakota, father born in Mecklinburg, mother born in Iowa.
1930 Census: Minnehaha Cty., Wall Lake Twp:
Voelsch, Louie H., head, owns his farm, age 58, married, first married at age 26, born in Germany, father and mother born in Germany, occupation: proprietor, summer resort;
Jessie, his wife, age 41, married, first married at age 19, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Germany, occupation: laborer, summer resort;
Louis, son, age 19, single, born in SD, father born in Germany, mother born in Iowa; occupation: laborer, summer resort;
Nevoy, son, age 16, single, born in SD, father born in Germany, mother born in Iowa;
Naomi, Daughter, age 11, single, born in SD, father born in Germany, mother born in Iowa;
Adams, Ella, daughter, age 17, widowed, born in SD, father born in Germany, mother born in Iowa, occupation: servant, summer resort.
From the Aberdeen American (Aaberdeen, SD), Friday, October 6, 1916:
"CLOSE SCHOOLS THRU FEAR OF EPIDEMIC
Sioux Falls, Oct. 5--Special--Fear of an epidemic of infantile paralysis in the vicinity of Wall Lake has led to the closing by the authorities of the school in that district. The step is taken as a precautionary measure following the report that two other children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. L. Voelsch who reside near the lake are afflicted with the disease which is believed to have caused the death of their two-and-one-half year old daughter last week.
The little girl was ill but a short time and plans for a public funeral were given up when her twin brother began to show the same symptoms, diagnosed by Dr. W. A. Germain of this city as infantile paralysis. Another member of the family, a 14-year-opld boy, was also attacked, but reports from the Voelsch family indicate that both of the children now ill are recovering rapidly. The authorities believe that there is no danger of a spread of the disease."
From the Hartford Herald, March 6, 1942:
“Hartford Saddened by Death of 3 Citizens:
“...Louis H. Voelsch
“An illness of six weeks claimed the life of Louis H. Voelsch, Wall Lake resort proprietor, last Saturday at Long Beach, Calif., where he had wintered for the past twenty years.
“His wife, who had accompanied him there to spend the winter, was with him when he died and brought the body back to Sioux Falls Wednesday where services were held with Wendell A. Johnson, former pastor of Hartford, conducted the services. Interment was made in the West Wall Lake cemetery.
“Serving as pallbearers were his four sons, Elmer F., Louis L., Nevoy L., and Joseph C., all of Sioux Falls; and two sons-in-law, Robert Walter and Clarence Jordan.
“Mr. Voelsch is also survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Walter, and a sister, Mrs. John Lowell, Sioux Falls. He was preceded in death by two daughters and five sisters.
“He was born July 5, 1871 at Hamburg, Germany, and came to the United States with his parents in 1885, homesteading at Wall Lake, and after the lake dried he was proprietor of a skating rink.”
In October 1992, George J. Lowell provided the following information: "There was one son, Louis Volsch, but Grandpa couldn't remember where he fit in agewise with the girls. Louis was the grandfather of Clarys Voight. Louis has two surviving children--Elsa Jordan, Clarys' mother, and Louis, Jr. Uncle Louis married his 1st wife's sister. He had three children from the first marriage and a whole passel of children from the second marriage."
California Deaths, 1940-97 lists: Volsch, Louie H., born 5 Jul 1871, died 28 Feb 1942, born in another country, died in Los Angeles, no SSN, mother’s maiden name: Dahling, father’s surname: Volsch.
From “Hartford, S.D. 1881-1981 Centennial:
VOLSCH, Louis Henry, born Sept. 12, 1871 in Hamburg, Germany, immigrated to the U.S. with his parents and six sisters in October of 1886. The family settled on their homestead 1 1/2 miles south of Wall Lake Corner. Louis joined his parents in their family operation and made his home with them until their death. In 1900 he married Ella Ott and to their union were born three children: namely; Elmer, Elsa (Volsch) Jordan and Joachim, “Joe.” Ella Ott Volsch died when Joe was born. Louis later married the younger sister of Ella, namely Jessie Mary Ott, in 1908. To this union were born five children: Louis Leander, Ella Jessie (Volsch),, Walter (still residing at Wall Lake), twins, Nevoy and Norma, and Naomi. In 1914, Louis Volsch purchased property along the south side of Wall Lake, and developed a resort that was to become a local attraction for many years. In the early 20’s the family made a unique trip to California in an open touring car, with their four children and a tent. The trip took three months to complete.
Louis Volsch died Feb. 2, 1942, at Long Beach, Calif., leaving the resort as an estate. Gradually the brothers and sisters sold their interests and Bob and Ella Walter became the sole proprietors in 1950, and continued in this business until their retirement in 1975. Thus ended the operation of a family business that had continueed for 60 years. Bob and Ella continue to make their home just west of the resort property on Wall Lake. They have one daughter, Sharon Smit.”
Person ID I264 Lowell&Block Last Modified 28 Jan 2015
Father Johann Joachim Carl Heinrich VOLSCH, b. 18 Sep 1833, Karenz, Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany , d. 9 Feb 1918, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA (Age 84 years) Mother Katharina Maria Elisabeth “Mary” DAHLING, b. 2 Dec 1836, Grebs, Ludwigslust, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany , d. 18 Dec 1915, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA (Age 79 years) Married 22 Nov 1864 Conow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Photos Volsch, Joachim and wife Mary
Official names at time of baptism: Johann Joachim Carl Heinrich Volsch and Katharina Maria Elisabeth Dahling.
Documents Census. Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Volkszählung, 1867.
Census record for Joachim Völsch and family, who lived in Karenz.
Marriage. Volsch, Johann Joachim Carl Heinrich marriage to Katharina Maria Elisabeth Dähling. Marriage record.
Marriage occurred on 22 Nov 1864 in Conow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Headstones Volsch, Joachim and wife, Maria Dahling Volsch. Histories Heirlooms. Volsch, Joachim and wife Mary
Joachim and Mary Volsch, settlers in Minnehaha County, South Dakota, from the Volsch family in Germany. Full names of the individuals at time of baptism: Johann Joachim Carl Heinrich Volsch and Katharina Maria Elisabeth Dahling. In original frame.
Family ID F90 Group Sheet
Family 1 Ella M. OTT, b. 28 Feb 1879, Hickory Grove, Iowa, Iowa, USA , d. 7 Oct 1903, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA (Age 24 years) Married 12 Sep 1900 Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Children + 1. Elmer Wilhelm Fredrick VOLSCH, b. 18 Mar 1901, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA , d. 10 Feb 1975, Loma Linda, San Bernardino, California, USA (Age 73 years) + 2. Elsa Anna Maria VOLSCH, b. 3 Mar 1902, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA , d. 29 Nov 1994, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA (Age 92 years) + 3. Jochaim Edward “Joseph” Carl VOLSCH, b. 7 Oct 1903, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA , d. 9 Oct 1985, Havana, Gadsden, Florida, USA (Age 82 years) Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 Family ID F290 Group Sheet
Family 2 Jessie Mary OTT, b. 31 May 1889, East Boyer Twp., Denison, Iowa, USA , d. 21 Jul 1976, Lennox, Lincoln, South Dakota, USA (Age 87 years) Married 11 Jul 1908 Wayne, Wayne, Nebraska, USA Children 1. Louis Leander VOLSCH + 2. Ella Jessie VOLSCH, b. 24 Oct 1912, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA , d. 25 Jan 1987, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA (Age 74 years) 3. Norma Frieda VOLSCH, b. 20 Apr 1914, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA , d. 26 Dec 1916, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA (Age 2 years) + 4. Nevoy Layton VOLSCH, b. 21 Apr 1914, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA , d. 26 Apr 1943, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA (Age 29 years) 5. Naomi Idell “Tootie” VOLSCH, b. 27 Sep 1918, Wall Lake, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA , d. 2 Feb 1936, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA (Age 17 years) Last Modified 5 Feb 2017 Family ID F576 Group Sheet
- Confirmation Record: Mecklenburg, Germany, Parish Register Transcripts, 1876-1918:
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Photos Volsch, Ludwig "Louis". Wall Lake Resort Boat.
Wall Lake, 1917. Copyright Minnehaha County, South Dakota.
Documents Birth. Völsch, Ludwig Heinrich Theodor. Notarized document certifying Ludwig's birth, birthplace, and names of his parents.
This document was found in the trunk that Ludwig's sister, Freda, carried with her from Germany when their family emigrated to the United States. The document was of critical importance, since it led to the discovery of where the Völsch family had lived in Germany. The writer of the brief notes written in pencil at the bottom of the document is unknown.
Land Records. Family Farms in Wall Lake Township, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, 1929.
Farms for John R. Lowell, Viola Lowell, Minnie McCartney, Max Miller, and Louis Volsch displayed. Township map publication data: Atlas and Farmer's Directory of Minnehaha County, South Dakota. Containing Plats of All Townships with Owners Names... Compiled from latest data on record. Published by The Farmer, Webb Publishing Company, Publishers, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1929.
Recordings Country Life Revisited: Part 07: Recording
A driving tour of southeastern South Dakota in August 1987. Contents include: a) recreation area at Wall Lake; b) Uncle Louie's roller rink at Wall Lake; c) Grandpa Lowell fishing as a child; d) driving through snow and blizzards to get Grandma Lowell to her school.