Thursday, June 6, 2019

75 Years Ago


Seventy-five years ago today, my grandfather's brother Charlie Thielen was a navigator in a bomber that flew missions over France in support of the D-Day landings. He wrote in a letter to his parents later that month: "In the Stars and Stripes for Wed June 7 you might be interested in column 1 page 1 the 2nd paragraph and in the 9th paragraph the last line."


The second paragraph in the Stars and Stripes' coverage of the D-Day bombing campaign reads:

"Between midnight and 8 AM yesterday alone, 10,000 tons of steel went cascading down on German targets on the coast of Normandy. In the same period more than 31,000 Allied airmen, not including airborne troops, dominated the sky over France."

The ninth paragraph, after discussing the first and second waves of the attack, ends with: "Another Nazi strongpoint was battered on the third mission."





























Uncle Charlie wrote in a letter home on June 12, 1944: "Sure hope those Germans decide that they really are licked, as they are, and this war doesn't last much longer[...] Suppose there are a lot of anxious parents back there in the States now that the troops are fighting on the ground now in the European continent."

Uncle Charlie was killed in action when his plane was shot down just over a month after D-Day on July 11, 1944. He is buried at Normandy American Cemetery on the cliffs above the D-Day landing zone. Today I'm thinking of Charlie and wishing I had the chance to know him.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Christoph Jammer, Johanna Brüche, and their children

Christoph Jammer and Johanna (Brüche) Jammer were my great-great-great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe was my great-great-great-grandmother, her daughter Augusta (Dombrowe) Stacke was my great-great-grandmother, and her daughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was my great-grandmother.

Christoph Jammer
born ????
died ????

Johanna (Brüche) Jammer
born ????
died ????

Not much information is available on Christoph and Johanna. They lived in an area of Prussia that today is part of Poland. Most of their nine children died in infancy, and only two or three of them lived to the age of twenty.

Their nine children:
  1. Christiane Jammer (1840-1840)
  2. Johanna Jammer (1841-1843)
  3. Gottlieb Jammer (1843-1852)
  4. Friedrich Wilhem Jammer (1846-????)
  5. Anna Rosina Jammer (1846-1847)
  6. Anna Rosina (Jammer) Gräber (1848-????)
  7. Karl Ferdinand Jammer (1851-1853)
  8. Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe Brenner (1857-1938)
  9. Karl Ferdinand Jammer (1860-1880)
1. Christiane Jammer
born January 14, 1840 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)
died March 7, 1840 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)

Christiane was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz (modern-day Gądkowice) on Jan. 19, 1840. She died before reaching the age of two months.

2. Johanna Jammer
born March 26, 1841 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)
died January 22, 1843 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)

Johanna was baptized on Apr. 4, 1841, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz. She died before her second birthday.

3. Gottlieb Jammer
born February 11, 1843 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)
died October 7, 1852 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)

Gottlieb was baptized on Feb. 19, 1843, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz and died when he was nine years old.

4. Friedrich Wilhelm Jammer
born January 12, 1846 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died ????

Friedrich was the twin brother of Anna. He was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz on Jan. 18, 1846.

5. Anna Rosina Jammer
born January 12, 1846 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died April 9, 1847 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)

Anna was the twin sister of Friedrich. She was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz on Jan. 18, 1846. Anna died when she was one year old.

6. Anna Rosina (Jammer) Gräber
born July 17, 1848 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)
died ????

Named after her deceased older sister, Rosina was called by her middle name. She was baptized on July 23, 1848, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz. At the same church, Rosina married Gustav Gräber, a man nearly thirty years older than her, on May 20, 1872.

7. Karl Ferdinand Jammer
born January 15, 1851 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)
died May 11, 1853 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)

Karl was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz on Jan. 19, 1851. He died when he was two years old.

8. Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe Brenner
born February 3, 1857 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)
died January 4, 1938 in Abbotsford, Wisconsin

Caroline was born with the name Johanna Christiane Karoline Jammer. Later in life she was known as Caroline, and the spelling of her last name was Americanized. She was baptized on Feb. 15, 1857, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz. Caroline married Emil Dombrowe on Apr. 20, 1881 and they 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, Wisconsin before moving to Colby, Wisconsin, and then in 1912 they moved to Abbotsford. Emil died at their home there on Nov. 26, 1924.

On July 25, 1932, Caroline married Christian Brenner, who was also widowed, in the Lutheran parsonage in Dorchester, Wisconsin. 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.

9. Karl Ferdinand Jammer
born May 11, 1860 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Poland)
died April 12, 1880 in Kollande, Prussia (modern-day Kolęda, Poland)

Ferdinand was born seven years to the day after the death of his namesake older brother. He was baptized the day after his birth at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz and was called by his middle name. Ferdinand was murdered a month before his twentieth birthday.

Friedrich Stache, Johanna Karoline Bergander, and their children

Friedrich Stache and Johanna (Bergander) Stache were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their son Carl Stacke was my great-great-grandfather, and his daughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was my great-grandmother.

Friedrich Stache
born 1822
died ????

Johanna Karoline (Bergander) Stache
born 1831
died ????

Friedrich and Johanna were presumably born in the same region of Prussia (now Poland) where their children were born. Their parents and background are unknown.

Friedrich's first wife was Johanna (Brüche) Stache. Johanna was born on Feb. 9, 1827, and she had five children with Friedrich before her death on Mar. 17, 1867, in Breslawitz (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland). Friedrich married Johanna Bergander two months later, on May 12, 1867, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz (modern Gądkowice). They had two children.

The five children of Friedrich and Johanna (Brüche) Stache:
  1. unnamed infant daughter (1852-1852)
  2. Karoline Stache (1854-????)
  3. Wilhelm Stache (1857-????)
  4. Christiane Johanna Stache (1858-????)
  5. Rosina Stache (1862-????)
The two children of Friedrich and Johanna (Bergander) Stache:
  1. Carl Frederick Stacke (1868-1930)
  2. Auguste Stache (1870-????)
1. unnamed infant daughter
born October 17, 1852 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died October 17, 1852 in Brelawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)

This child was either stillborn or died on the day of her birth.

2. Karoline Stache
born April 29, 1854 in Gontkowitz, Prussia (modern-day Gądkowice, Poland)
died ????

Karoline was baptized on May 5, 1854, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

3. Wilhelm Stache
born November 1, 1857 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died ????

Wilhelm was baptized on Nov. 8, 1857, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

4. Christiane Johanna Stache
born December 21, 1858 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died ????

Christiane was baptized on Jan. 2, 1859, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

5. Rosina Stache
born September 5, 1862 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died ????

Rosina was baptized on Sept. 14, 1862, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.

1. Carl Frederick Stacke
born August 16, 1868 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died December 13, 1930 in Marshfield, Wisconsin

Carl was born with the name Carl Friedrich Stache, which was Americanized later in his life. Like all of his siblings, he was baptized into the Lutheran faith in the town of Gontkowitz. Carl and his future father-in-law Emil Dombrowe emigrated to the United States together, arriving in New York City on Sept. 30, 1891. Carl married Emil's daughter Augusta Martha Dombrowe on Jan. 10, 1897, at First Saint John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville, Wisconsin. They lived at farmed in Pine Valley, Wisconsin, until about 1909, when they moved to rural Colby, Wisconsin, where they had a dairy farm and raised their eleven children.


Carl developed stomach cancer in 1930, and died at a hospital in Marshfield. Augusta died on Apr. 30, 1976, in Neillsville. Carl and Augusta are buried in the Colby Memorial Cemetery in Colby.

2. Auguste Stache
born August 23, 1870 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Poland)
died ????

Auguste was baptized on Sept. 4, 1870 at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz.