Emil Dombrowe and Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Augusta (Dombrowe) Stacke was my great-great-grandmother, and her daughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was my great-grandmother.
born January 23, 1855 in Wembowitz, Prussia (modern-day Wąbnice, Poland)
died November 26, 1924 in Abbotsford, Wisconsin
Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe Brenner
born February 3, 1857 in Breslau, Prussia (modern-day Wroclaw, Poland)
died January 4, 1938 in Abbotsford, Wisconsin
Emil Dombrowe and Caroline Gammer were both born in areas of Prussia that later became part of the German Empire and today are in Poland. They were married on Apr. 20, 1881 and had six children together before moving to the United States. Emil arrived in New York City on Sept. 30, 1891, along with his future son-in-law Carl Frederick Stacke. Caroline and the six children followed, arriving in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 1892. After settling on a farm in Pine Valley, Wisconsin, outside of Neillsville, they had two more children. The family briefly moved to Fond du Lac before moving to Colby and then in 1912 they moved to Abbotsford. Emil suffered a “stroke of paralysis” several years before his death, and died at his home.
On July 25, 1932, Caroline married Christian Brenner, who was also widowed, in the Lutheran parsonage in Dorchester. Christian previously lived in Lafayette, Indiana and had six children with his first wife. This marriage doesn't seem to have lasted, because when Caroline died of “old age complications” in her home less than six years later, there was no mention of her second husband in either of her published obituaries. Christian moved back to Lafayette and died there on March 24, 1947. Christian was buried with his first wife at the Asbury Cemetery in Shelby, Indiana. Caroline and Emil are buried at Abbotsford Cemetery.
Emil and Caroline's eight children were:
- Augusta Martha (Dombrowe) Stacke (1880-1976)
- Frederick Reinhard “Fred” Dombrowe (1882-1960)
- Louise P. (Dombrowe) Allar (1884-1967)
- Otto Adolph Dombrowe (1886-1917)
- Paul Charles Dombrowe (1888-1965)
- Rudolph Herman “Rudy” Dombrowe (1891-1982)
- Oscar Willard Dombrowe (1894-1992)
- Edith H. (Dombrowe) Ingersoll (1897-1975)
1. Augusta Martha (Dombrowe) Stacke
born August 14, 1880 in Broslawitz, German Empire (modern-day Zbroslawice, Poland)
died April 30, 1976 in Neillsville, Wisconsin
Augusta was born in Europe and traveled to the United States with her mother and siblings, following her father and future husband. On Jan. 10, 1897, Augusta married Carl Frederick Stacke at First Saint John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville. They lived and farmed in Pine Valley until about 1909, when they moved to rural Colby, Wisconsin, where they had a dairy farm and raised their eleven children: Martha, Lydia, Herman, Emma, Adolph, Louise, William, Frieda, Walter, Adeline, and Ethel. Carl died on Dec. 13, 1930 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. In 1940, Augusta was living with her son Adolph and his family in Colby. She later moved to Curtiss and Abbotsford, and moved to the Memorial Nursing Home in Neillsville on April 6, 1966, living there until her death ten years later. Carl and Augusta are buried in the Colby Memorial Cemetery in Colby.
2. Frederick Reinhard “Fred” Dombrowe
born July 16, 1882 in Broslawitz, German Empire (modern-day Zbroslawice, Poland)
died Oct. 23, 1960 in Aberdeen, South Dakota
Fred was born in the region of Silesia and moved with his parents to Pine Valley, Wisconsin when he was not quite ten years old. He moved to Groton, South Dakota sometime between 1900 and 1904, where he lived and worked as a painter until his death. His younger brothers Otto, Paul, and Oscar lived in nearby towns. On Oct. 18, 1920, he married Eda Marie Smeenk in Groton. Eda worked as a seamstress, and they had two sons, Donald and Robert. Fred died in a hospital in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Eda died on Sept. 25, 1989 at Mother Joseph Manor, a retirement home in Aberdeen. Fred and Eda are buried together at the Groton Cemetery.
3. Louise P. (Dombrowe) Allar
born April 1884 in German Empire (modern-day Poland)
Louise came to the United States with her family in 1892, and lived on the family farm in Pine Valley, Wisconsin. She married Jacob Edward “Jake” Allar on Nov. 16, 1909 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. They lived together in Colby and Abbotsford before moving to Dorchester by 1920. Louise and Jake had six children: James, George, Jacob, Raymond, Lillian, and another daughter. Jake was a prominent man in their community. He owned a general store and several farms, was a member of the board of supervisors for Dorchester, and was village president for eight years. Jake died in Dorchester on Nov. 17, 1938, of a coronary embolism. Two years after his death, Louise's occupation was listed as “administrator, husband's estate.” Louise died in 1967, and she is buried with Jake and two of their children at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Colby.
4. Otto Adolph Dombrowe
born May 16, 1886 in German Empire (modern-day Poland)
died August 8, 1917
Otto grew up on the family farm in Pine Valley after his family moved to the United States. In about 1907, he moved to Groton, South Dakota, where he worked as a farmer. He married Ollie Rebecca McMillan on March 5, 1914 in Lodgepole, South Dakota. They had at least one son. Otto died young and was buried at Abbotsford Cemetery in Abbotsford, Wisconsin, next to his parents' eventual burial sites. Ollie married again, to a man named Floyd Franklin Miller. They had three children and moved to Oregon. Ollie died Oct. 22, 1969 in Eugene, Oregon and is buried with her second husband at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene.
5. Paul Charles Dombrowe
born August 5, 1888 in Berlin, German Empire (?)
died December 23, 1965 in Aberdeen, South Dakota
Several records from later in Paul's life indicate he was born in Berlin, although I don't know whether that is true. In any case, he moved to the United States with the rest of his family in 1892. He grew up in Pine Valley, Wisconsin, and moved to Claremont, South Dakota by 1910. In 1913, he was living in Aberdeen and working as a clothes cleaner. He later farmed in North Dakota. On June 29, 1917, he enlisted in Company I, 2nd Infantry, North Dakota National Guard. His younger brother Oscar joined the same unit on the same date. Within a month of enlisting, their unit was called into federal service and sent to France to fight in World War I. Paul served until his discharge on Jun 24, 1919. He worked as a farmer until his retirement in 1960, first in Claremont, and after 1949 in Aberdeen. He married Agnes R. Hansen on Sept. 1, 1925 in Aberdeen, and they had two children, Pauline and an infant daughter who died shortly after birth. Paul died at an Aberdeen hospital in 1965, and Agnes died in Ellendale, North Dakota in August 1987. Paul is buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen. Agnes is probably buried with him, but I'm not sure of that.
6. Rudolph Herman “Rudy” Dombrowe
born June 8, 1891 in Berlin, German Empire (?)
died September 20, 1982 in King, Wisconsin
Like his older brother, there are records that say Rudy was born in Berlin, but I'm not sure if that's true. He moved to Pine Valley, Wisconsin with the rest of his family and farmed in Colby. On June 28, 1918, Rudy was inducted into the 163rd Depot Brigade of the U.S. Army in Sherbrooke, North Dakota. He was stationed at Camp Dodge, Iowa, and was discharged on February 5, 1919. He returned to Wisconsin and married Goldie S. Martin in about 1920. Rudy and Goldie lived in Fenwood, Wisconsin, where Rudy worked as the proprietor of a “hotel & soft drink parlor” during Prohibition. Goldie died on May 3, 1940. Rudy remarried on Sept. 21, 1940 in Dubuque, Iowa to Martha Maria Louisa (Scheel) Elson, who was also recently widowed. Rudy and Martha lived together in Wausau. Rudy did not have any children, but Martha had one son prior to their marriage. Martha died on Feb. 1, 1979 in Wausau and Rudy died in 1982. Rudy is buried with his first wife Goldie at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery in Dorchester, while Martha is buried at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau.
7. Oscar Willard Dombrowe
born July 12, 1894 in Neillsville, Wisconsin
died February 29, 1992 in Aberdeen, South Dakota
Oscar was the first of his siblings to be born in the United States. He grew up on the family farms in Pine Valley and Colby, Wisconsin before moving to Tappen, North Dakota by 1917. On June 29, 1917, he enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard along with his older brother Paul. Oscar served in Europe during World War I until he was discharged on May 22, 1919. He moved to Claremont, South Dakota and married Katherine Elizabeth Worthy on Nov. 3, 1921 in Aberdeen. They had one son and they lived on a farm in Claremont. Katherine died on July 13, 1984 in Groton, South Dakota and Oscar died in 1992. Both are buried at Huffton Cemetery in Huffton, South Dakota.
8. Edith H. (Dombrowe) Ingersoll
born August 20, 1897 in Wisconsin
died November 26, 1975 in Abbotsford, Wisconsin
Edith was the youngest Dombrowe child. She grew up with the rest of her family and on Nov. 12, 1923 she married Kenneth Ingersoll in Owen, Wisconsin. They lived in and near Abbotsford while Kenneth worked at various jobs, including farming, road construction, and as a teamster. Edith and Kenneth had nine children, including Gladys, Donald, Jeanette, Arlene, and Robert. Kenneth died on Apr. 7, 1975 in Abbotsford, and Edith died later that year. They are buried at the Abbotsford Cemetery.