This is information regarding the Ranschaus who originally arrived in Sioux County, Iowa taken from a book published in 1976.Johannes Ranschau was my great-grandfather, Henry J. Ranschau was my grandfather and Billie H. Ranschau is my father.I have additional information regarding Ranschaus, Baatzs and Streits, but couldn't find an Ed or Edward anywhere.If you are Brian Hass, son of Myron LeRoy Hass, grandson of Lee Raymond and Anna Wilhelmina Ranschau Hass, then your great-grandparents were Henry Ranschau and Anna Margarita Gelderman.In the information I provide below, your ancestor would be Henry Ranschau.Let me know if this is the correct tie.I can provide additional Ranschau information and we can talk about file formats, etc.
From Rock Valley Records & Recollections written in honor of the two hundredth birthday of the United States and the first century of Rock Valley history:
RANSCHAU BROTHERS FARMS
In the early 1900's three Ranschau brothers, Henry, John, Sr., and Chris, from Munsterdat, Itzehoe-Holstein, Germany came to America to better themselves.As John Sr. said, "In Germany, once a worker man, always a worker man."They came by boat to New York and then by train to this area.John Tank, who knew the Ranschau boys when he also lived in Germany, sent each of the brothers the necessary finances to come, which they later repaid; Tank also made provision for their employment after they arrived.
Henry was the first brother to venture to America, coming in 1900 or 1901, and he began his life here by working for John Tank.In 1909 he married Anne Gelderman, who also had come from Germany in 1907.Two or three years later, they bought 160 acres for $110 per acre, Garfield Township Section 1/4 Section 11, and later bought 80 more acres.They became the parents of twelve children, who were all born on the farm.Two of the children, Ted and Rich, are farming in the community.When Ted and one of his sisters, both older members of the family, started to school neither could speak English and taught it to other family members.Rich, one of the younger family members, took over the operation of the family farm upon the retirement of his parents, Rich and his wife, Jane (Lawrence), have three sons, Leslie, Douglas, and Lyle.Leslie, who is married to Mary Kersbergen, is living on the farm also and is helping with the farming, making three generations of Ranschaus farming this land for over sixty years.Mrs. Henry Ranschau resides in Rock Valley.
JOHN RANSCHAU, SR.
John Ranschau, the second brother to leave his homeland, arrived in America in 1906, accompanied by his wife and their three young children.The three long weeks on the ocean, the arrival in a very large English speaking city, and a four day train ride to a God-forsaken town (Mrs. John Ranschau's first impression of Rock Valley) all with three young children, was too much for Mrs. Ranschau to bear.Her spirit broke, and her one desire was to catch the next train going east to start a journey back to her home country.It took some encouragement before Mrs. Ranschau stepped off the train into a strange land to start a new life.
John Tank had arranged for them to live on one of his farms, and John's brother, Henry, helped him farm the first two years.A few years later, in 1914, John was able to purchase a farm, Plato Township corner Section 7, where the Ranschaus made their home until 1944, when they moved to Rock Valley.
After settling in the Rock Valley farming community, the Ranschaus had seven more children.Three of their children, Henry J., Herman, and John Jr., became farmers in this area.
Their son, Henry J., bought land one mile west of the family farm, and at the present time has four sons, Billie, Dale, Rodney, and Larry, and one daughter, Mrs. Walter Moore, all farming in this vicinity.
The sons, Herman and John, Jr., stayed on the home place, and purchased it in 1967, and are still living there.Herman and his wife had three daughters, but none are living in this area.
Chris Ranschau, half brother of Henry and John, joined his brothers in Rock Valley a few years after John's arrival.He worked for his brother, Henry, for a time, and then in 1914 or 1915 he bought the "Old Bellesfield Farm,"Sioux Township, Northwest Section 35.He gave up his bachelorhood in 1919, and later became the father of three sons and one daughter.The daughter, Mrs. Merland, now owns the home farm.Mr. and Mrs. Ranschau retired to Rock Valley and have since passed away.None of their family lives in the community.