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Louis and Mary A. Belzer

In 1880 Geneva, Franklin County, Iowa Louis and Mary Ann have Sarah, Frank, Ellen, Mary, Edward, Emma, Freddie, and Alice Belzer, and a Lerra Myers, 7.

Family Photo

They're still in Geneva in 1885, with six kids - Sarah has left.

In 1894 Lewis Belzer cash-claimed a quarter two miles southeast of Verno n, and Glaphia J. (Heaston) Belzer homesteaded just south of that in 1903.

Frank L. Belzer "tree-claimed" a quarter in 1899 a little east of Vernon.

These three quarters were not under the Belzer name in 1920 - Edward Belzer had land in eS 44W

In 1900 Glendale - Arapahoe County, then) - Louis Belzer February 1836 in Germany, Mary A. March 1839 in New York, have Frederick A., March 1879 in Iowa.  Mary has had 12 children, 7 living.  Grandchildren Mary E. Theuer,  October 1885, Feieda J.  October 1890, and William F. December 1894 - all born in Texas - are with them.

September 1900


May 3, 1901 "Mrs. Belzer is still very sick and there seems to be no improvement in her condition, although everything in the power of men has been done.  Mr. Belzer says unless some improvement is made within the next few weeks he will take patient back to Iowa."

November 9, 1901 - "Louis Belzer left for Iowa Monday night to join his wife.  Her health is so that she can not live at this altitude.  Mr. Belzer is a good farmer and an A 1 citizen and we can not well spare him."

Iowa WPA records have Mary Belzer dying July 15, 1902, and buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Franklin County Iowa.

Ackley World Wednesday, July 16, 1902

"After an illness that had extended through many months, during which both family and friends experienced both hope and despair, ultimately, Mrs.  Louis Belzer gave up the struggle at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Kienesberger, Tuesday afternoon. 

The family left here several years ago, removing to Colorado,  hoping that the change of climate would be beneficial to her, but it was tp no purpose, she returned her several months ago.  The kindly ministries of relatives, the presence of those near an dear to her cheered her, but the efforts of love and devotion were of no avail.  Her death occurred at almost four o'clock. 

Mrs. Belzer was 53 years of age.  The funeral is to be held at the Evangelical church eight miles north of Ackley, tomorrow, (Thursday) at 1:00 o'clock.  Rev. Hahn will officiate."

Louis Belzer, age 57, married Mrs. S.A. Frost, 48 in Wray December 31, 1903. Judge James Hendrie performed the ceremony.

January 8, 1904 "Well ! Well ! who next ?  Uncle Louis Belzer has taken to himself a better half.  Ask him what the Hayseeds gave him for a wedding present."

My GG Grandfather, Luis Belzer, son of Ludwig Von Belzer and Maria Elisabetha Traub.
Married Maria (Mary Ann) Krebs on 27 September 1862.
Their son Edward Willis was my Great Grandfather.

Deborah Penta

LOUIS BELZER is a native of Germany, born in 1836. In 1848 his parents emigrated to the United States and settled in Washington Co., Wis.; were there five years, when they moved to Dodge Co., Wis., and remained ten years, and then moved to Iowa, settling in Black Hawk county, where his parents still live. Louis remained there seven years, when he came to Franklin county, and located in Geneva township, on the farm where he now resides. He was married Sept. 27, 1862, to Mary Ann Krebs, a native of New York , born in 1839. They were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are now living - Susan C., Sarah M., Franklin L., Luella B., Mary G., Edward W., Freddy A. and Frieda A. (twins). They are members of the Evangelical Association. Louis and Barbara Krebs, parents of Mrs. Belzer, are natives of Alsace . They came to the United States in 1830, and settled in New York State , where Mrs. Belzer was born. Her father died in 1852, aged fifty-two years.
From the 1883 book History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa

Belzer.- Brother Louis Belzer was born February 27, 1836, in Gimsheim am Rhin e, Hessen, Darmstadt, Germany. He came to this country with his parents in 1848, and settled near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1861 they moved to La Porte, Blackhawk county, Iowa. On September 25, 1862, he was joined in marriage with Maria Krebs. This union was blessed with 4 sons and 7 daughters. In 1868 he moved to Franklin County, Iowa, where he remained for many years. In 1902 his beloved wife died. He was again joined in marriage in 1904, with Sarah Frost, and changed his place of residence to Charles City Iowa, in 1906. Where he died of congestion of
the lungs and heart trouble, June 29, 1910, aged 74 years, 5 months and 2 days.
Brother Belzer was converted in his boyhood days in Wisconsin, joined the Ev. Association and became a member of the Unite d Ev. Church, when organized, and was a faithful worker, filling all offices that were open
to a layman, performing his duties conscientiously, having been faithful to his trust and hence was prepared to meet his God, his last words being" I am ready to go." He was a kind husband and a loving father, hav ing the welfare of his children at heart. He leaves a beloved wife, 3 sons, 5 daughters, 45 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, 3 brothers, of whom 2 are ministers of the Northwestern Conference, the Brethren Frederick and Peter Belzer, and is the uncle to Rev. L.E Belzer and many relatives. He was a true friend of the undersigned, for almost 40 years, and when entering his home I found all the comforts he was able to bestow. Rev. John Sass, his pastor, conducted the services at Charles City, and the undersigned spoke in German and English in our church at Ackley, Iowa, assisted by Rev. F. Bruns, our pastor there. His remains were laid to rest in the Ackley cemetery, where they remain until that bright day when all his saints shall hear the voice of the son of God to
meet him in the skies. May God lead all his loved ones in life th at they may last meet him in glory.

"I have a Sarah Frost nee Krebs who married Louis Belzer between 1902 and 1910. She was a sister to Louis' first wife, and I don't have any information on her first marriage to a Frost. They lived in the Blackhawk County area, but also moved to Franklin and Floyd Counties. Lottie"

One tree has Sarah A. Krebs, born May 1855 in Wisconsin, living in Washington County Wisconsin in 1860, married to W.S. Frost  April 10, 1874 in Fond Du Lac County, Wisconsin.  In 1885 Iowa both are 30, born in Wisconsin.  In 1895 they're in Palo Alto County, Iowa. "Walter S. Frost"

In 1900 Kossuth County, Iowa there's a Sarah ? Frost, born May 1855 in Wisconsin, "Married"  with Emma E, July 1879 in Iowa, Jennie M. September 1881 in Iowa, Arthur D May 1883 in Iowa, and Sadie June 1885 in Iowa.

Sept 2, 1921 - Humboldt Republican - Walter Scott Frost was born in Ripon, Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, in the year 1856, where he lived until the age of twelve when he moved with his widowed mother to Pocahontas, Iowa. He later lived in Emmetsburg many years where he is well and favorably known.

Two years ago he was united in marriage with Mary Cutler (Hulit), of Humboldt June 7, 1291,(30 Aug 1919) he moved to Humboldt, purchasing the East End Cafe, in which he was deeply interested. He had been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Emmetsburg many years.

His three brothers preceded him to the Great Beyond. For the last six years he has suffered from diabetis, going to the hospital at Carroll, Iowa ten days ago, where, he passed from this life at 8:15 Wednesday evening August 24, 1921.

He left four children: three daughters and one son. Another son had preceded him. Mr. Frost was deeply interested in his family and had many friends where he was known, who will miss his smile and friendliness. 

Susanna Dietz Theuer - daughter of Christian and Maria Ann

In 1860 Germantown, Wisconsin Christian 22 and Maria Ann 21 "Diety" have Susannah, seven months. An Ancestry tree said Susan was born November 2, 1859 in Wisconsin, and married Engelbert Florentine Theuer in Ackley, Iowa December 25, 1875.  In 1880 Susan 20 is in Geneva, Franklin County, Iowa, married to Engelbert Theur, 25.  They have Annie 3, Louis 1, and an uncle Charles Leola 30.  So Maria must have been married twice.

They're next on the page with Louis and Barbara Krebs,

Alias: Christian /Dietz/
Is this Mary's Christian?? Did they divorce? Christian entered the
Civil War on 14 Aug 1862 and Mary and Louis married on 27 Sept 1862.
Name: Christian Dietz ,
Residence: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Enlistment Date: 14 August 1862
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Wisconsin
Unit Numbers: 3078 3078
S ervice Record: Enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862
Enlisted in Company K, 26th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 14 August 1862.
Wounded on 02 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, VA
Mustered out Company K, 26th Infantry Regiment Wisconsin on 13 June 1865
Found image of 1890 Veterans Schedule. This Christian, same enlistment
dates, is now going by Charles H. Dietz


Regiment Name: 26th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
Company: K Soldier's Rank In: Private
Soldier's Rank Out: Private
Alternate name: Christian  /Dietz
Original filed under Christian Dietz

In 1900 Schulenburg, Fayette County, Texas Annie B. 23, married, is living with brother-in-law Frank Johnson and his wife Elsa and their son Victor.  Annie also has a son Victor 2 and three-month-old Lillian.

Mary married Madison Musselman, probably.  They're in Vernon in 1910, and have Irene, 9..  In 1920 Vernon they're Henry M. and Mary E., with Erene S, 15..    The H.M. Musselman probate in Weld County is 1925 is probably him. In 1930 Denver Mary is widowed, working as a "servant", in perhaps  a hospital or nursing home.  In 1940 she's a nurse in Denver, saying she was in Gilcrest Colorado in 1935.

Frieda probably married Fred L. Hurzik  - they're in Texas in 1920, 1930,. and 1940.

Willie F. is living with Fred and Evalena in 1910 Topeka, Kansas.

In 1910 Englebert Theur is editor of a weekly newspaper in Schulenburg, Fayette County, Texas, living with daughter Anna B. Jordan, 33, born in Iowa, widowed, her son Victor Max 12, and her daughter Lillian Elise 10.

Schulenberg, Texas April 1913

E.F. Theuer October 23, 1854 - April 7, 1916 is in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Frieda THEUER Herzik -1980 - March 6, 1974 and Susie E. THEUER Herzik  - May 7, 1888 - April 12, 1931 are in the Schulenburg City Cemetery,

Cora Ann THEUER Neel - August 14, 1883 - October 19, 1966 is in teh Earthman Resthaven Cemetery in Houston.  The Findagrave listing says "Note: born Iowa; died Houston, Harris County, Texas; dau of Engelbert Florentine Theuer and Susan Catherine Dietz; wife of 1st) James Frank Gorman; 2nd) Thomas Myers Neel"

The Ancestry tree says Susan died October 19, 1897 in Temple Texas..  She's probably the one in Hillcrest Cemetery, Temple - the Findagrave listing says "This grave is surrounded by a concrete border and a granite rim with the family name engraved. No other data can be found."

April 14, 1916 Schulenburg Sticcker, Texas

From 1903 to 1914, the Sticker was published by Raymond R. Winfree. During his tenure, the paper shared an upstairs office at 625 1/2 North Main with Engelbert F. Theuer's German newspaper Texas Volksfreund (published 1904-16).


Edward W. Belzer married Glaphia J. Heaston in Vernon June 21, 1896.  The minister was C.A. Burbank of Wray.   Wedding Photo

1900 Glendale, Arapahoe Co., CO Census

Belzer, Edward W. Head M 25 IA

Galphia J. Wife F 25 IA

Myrl Daughter F 2 CO

Mary Daughter F 1 CO

Heaston, Roy S. Brother-in-law 21 IA

1910 Vernon, Yuma Co., CO Census

Belzer, Edward W. Head M 35 IA

Galphia Wife F 35 IA

Myrl Daughter F 12 CO

Mary Daughter F 11 CO

Willie Son M 8 CO

Dorothy Daughter F 7 CO (this must be the one who married Roy Smith, son of Rose Ann Prickett of Eckley /Yuma in 1921.

Samuel Gerry Son M 5 CO   Looks like Samuel moved to Wheeling, Illinois, running an ice cream parlor.  Married Lillian Vollman June 13, 1925 in Chicago. Then to Wisconsin - a farmer in 1940 married to Lillian.  They have Stephen 3 and Spencer 1.

Frank Son M 3 M CO

March 1917

1920 Lansing, Yuma Co., CO Census

Belzer, Edward W. Head M 44 IA

Dorothy Daughter F 17 CO

Gerry S. Son M 15 CO

Frank E. Son M 12 CO

Florence E. Daughter F 10 CO

 Louis F Son M 9 CO

Helen G. Daughter F 8 CO

Elnora R. Daughter F 7 CO

Eldon B. Son M 5 CO

Raymond Son M 3 CO

  Pictures of some of the Belzer kids are on the Ash Grove School page


In 1900 Evalena B. Osmus is 18, born August 1881 in Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa,  the oldest of eight children of Henry 49 and Sarah E.  (Troutman) 40 Osmus at Glendale (then Arapahoe County)


February 1910 "Dick Jones and Fred Belzer loaded and (sic) emigrant car Monday to ship their goods to Topeka, Kansas where then intend to make their future home."

In 1910 Fred and Evalena are farming at Topeka, Kansas, with Beaulah R. 6 and Felma S. , 4.

In 1920 they're farming in Cedarvale, Torrance County, New Mexico.  They've added Frank A. 8, born in Kansas and month-old Evalena B. born in New Mexico.

Evalina died April 21, 1959 in California, and both she and Fred are buried in Torrance County, New Mexico.


Louis' daughter Luella Barbara Belzer b.05/23/1857 married John Charles Yenter b.07/15/1861.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Cemetery, Madison, Nebraska has Earl Milton Yenter 1894/11/01 - 1976/10/00
Married - Gableman, Pearl E 1917/02/15
Married - Cloyd, Boyles, Elizabeth 1957/02/06
Son of John & Luella (Belzer) Yenter


William Kienenberger was reared and educated in his native state (Illinois) and when a young man went to Iowa, where he established his home. He there married Sarah Belzer, who was bom in Black Hawk county, Iowa, July 10, 1861, the daughter of Lewis and Mary (Krebbs) Belzer, the latter a daughter of Martin Krebbs, a soldier of the Revolutionary war. Lewis Belzer was born at Gunsheim-on-the-Rhine, Germany, and there lived until twelve years of age, when he came with his parents to the United States, the family home being established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The father purchased land and lived thereon during the boyhood years of Lewis Belzer. After some time the parents, Ludwig and Elizabeth (Drant) Belzer, went to Black Hawk county, Iowa, and purchased land. Their son Lewis also had a farm in that state and continued its cultivation until 1868, when he removed to Franklin county, Iowa, where he resided until 1890. He then went to Colorado but after eleven years returned to Ackley, Franklin county, Iowa, where his wife passed away. The death of Mr. Belzer occurred in Charles City, Iowa.

In their family were twelve children, of whom five died in infancy, the others being: Mrs. Kienenberger; Frank; Luella, the wife of John Yenter living in Stanton, Nebraska; Edward, a resident of Colorado; Mary, the wife
of Abe Uunsbeigcr of Nebraska; Fred A. who is living in New Mexico; and Frieda A., a twin
sister of F'red and the wife of Amos Fry, of Canada.



Found in the Vermilion Standard Jan 19, 1958
Mrs. Frieda Alice Fry
Funeral services for Mrs. Frieda Alice Fry, age 78 years, who passed way at the Royal Alexandera hospital, Edmonton, on Dec. 26th were held Tuesday, Dec. 31st at 10:30 a.m. at the First United church, Vemilion (
Alberta ). Interment was in Vermilion cemetery. Rev. C. W. MacKay officiated.
Pallbearers were Carmen Long, William Dougan, Ross Taylor, Johnny Gordey and W.McLaughlin.
She leaves to mourn her loss four daughters and seven sons: Mrs. G. Dollman ( Joy) Vermilion; Mrs. W. Harrison ( Mona), Mayerthorpe; Mrs. C. Cox ( Mary), Edmonton; Mrs. M. Farrell ( Zella ), Clandonald; Louis,
Wayne, Everett, in Vermilion; Hale, Elsworth and Donald , of Edmonton; and Harlin of Regina ( Saskatchewan). There are 45 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Born in Ackley, Iowa in March 1879. Mrs. Fry moved with her husband and 9 children to Hughendon, Alberta in 1914 where three more children were born. The family came to Vermilion in 1927. She was predeceased by
her husband in 1943 and son Clemont in 1947.

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