My maternal grandfather, John Weise, came over from Germany about that time. We went to Denmark first, where he married a Dane, Rosmina Rygaard, then lived in southern Sweden for 6 months before emigrating before WWI. My mother, Elizabeth Christine Weise, was born in Kansas City, KS (not Missouri) on 2/11/22. The family was Lutheran. Maybe this is a connection. I believe he had at least 2 brothers.
John was a brakeman on the Union Pacific for a long time, then chucked it all and became a prospector in and around Florence, Colorado, looking for gold, silver, copper and then uranium. He died of multiple radiation-induced cancers in 1969 in Grand Junction.