Ernest John Kirchmeyer 1850-1921
Johanna P. Reis 1851-1928
Ernest was born June 24, 1850 in Wiesenfeld, Germany. As a young man, Ernest served as a soldier in the German Army and fought in the Franco-German War of 1870-1871. He later moved to Altona-Hamburg where he married Johanna P. Reis (born in Altona-Hamburg on December 4, 1851). At age 33, Ernest and his wife Johanna, age 31, decided to leave behind their farm in Hamburg and immigrated to America with their two young children Frieda, age 6, and Ernest Andrew, age 8. On March 15, 1883, Ernest, Johanna and the children boarded the steamship CALIFORNIA and settled into the steerage compartment for the fourteen day trip across the Atlantic. They sailed into the port of New York on March 29, 1883 and were processed through Castle Gardens on March 30. They first settled in Cook County, Lansing, Illinois as farmers and later homesteaded in South Dakota.
On October 15, 1891 Ernest purchased 160 acres of land in Deuel County, South Dakota. Their farm was located on the North West side of the town of Tuner-Ville about three miles north of Altamont, South Dakota. Ernest died March 14, 1921 (age 71) and Johanna died October 6, 1928 (age 76). Their daughter Frieda Helene Amanda died December 19, 1894 (age 17). Ernest, Johanna and daughter Frieda are all buried together in the Lakeview cemetery in Clear Lake, South Dakota. Their granddaughter Freda Louise, who lived with them, inherited the property
Ernest Andrew Kirchmeyer 1874-1955
Johanna Marie Banke 1880-1960
Ernest Andrew was born March 24, 1874 in Altona-Hamburg, Germany. At age eight Ernest and his family boarded the steamship CALIFORNIA and headed to America. Ernest celebrated his nineth birthday aboard ship just five days before sailing into the port of New York. On September 28,1896 Ernest, age 22, filed an Applicaton for Marriage to 17 year old Johanna Marie Banke. With her fathers consent Ernest married Johanna Marie On October 4, 1896 in the Lutheran Church in Altamont, SD. Johanna Marie, the daughter of Fredrick G. and Louisia Banke, was born January 21, 1880 in Berting Koenigsburg, Germany. On July 13, 1904, Ernest filed his Declaration of Citizenship papers.
In 1905 Ernest and Johanna left Altamont, South Dakota with four children (Frederick-1897, Freda-1899, Andrew-1902 and Elsie-1904) and moved to Pilot Point, Texas. Ernest worked there as a carpenter and added five more children to their family (Rollend-1906, Arthur-1909, Pauline-1911, Helen-1913 and Lucille-1915). Two of the girls died at an early age (Pauline at 6 months and Helen at 18 days). In January of 1918, shortly before Ernest 44th birthday, the family left Pilot Point Texas and moved to Cushing Oklahoma and worked for the Consumers Refinery Corp. In Cushing Ernest and Johanna had two more children (Herbert-1919 and Margaret-1921). Ernest built much of the cabinetry, pulpit and interior of the Our Savior Lutheran Church at Cherry and High Streets in Cushing. Ernest died April 23, 1955 (age 81) and Johanna died January 10, 1960 (age 79). Both are buried in Cushing, Oklahoma.
Andrew Emil Gustav Kirchmeyer 1902-1976
Minnie Schindler 1893-1967
Andrew was born in Pilot Point, Texas on May 4, 1902. He spent his early years in Pilot Point and met his wife Minnie Schindler there. Minnie was born in Pilot Point on April 3, 1893. Andrew and Minnie left Pilot Point in 1919 and moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. They arrived soon after the hurricane of 1919 which had devastated the city. At age 17 Andrew helped in the massive clean up after the storm and recalled hauling lumber in horse drawn wagons from Corpus Christi to Robstown, Texas. Andrew and Minnie settled in Corpus Christi, Texas and began farming near the banks of the Cayo Del Oso Bay. They raised three children (Leona, Lucille-1925, and Joseph Donald-1931). Andrew died October 16, 1976 (age 74) and Minni died July 9, 1967 (age 74). B
- The Steamship CALIFORNIA (232 KB)
Photo of the steamship that Ernest, his wife Johanna and two young children boarded in Hamburg, Germany on March 15, 1883. The trip took fourteen days to cross the Atlantic. They sailed into the port of New York on March 29, 1883. Somewhere out in the Atlantic the young Ernst Andrew celebrated his nineth birthday aboard this ship.
- Ernst and Johanna Kirchmeyer (83 KB)
Ernst John Kirchmeyer 1850-1921Johanna P. Reis 1851-1928.Ernest was born June 24, 1850 in Wiesenfeld, Germany. Johanna P. Reis was born on December 4, 1851 in Altona-Hamburg, Germany. At age 33, Ernest and his wife Johanna, age 31, decided to leave Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to America with their two young children Frieda, age 6, and Ernest Andrew, age 8. They first settled in Cook County, Lansing, Illinois as farmers and later homesteaded in Deuel County, South Dakota. Ernest died March 14, 1921 at age 71.Johanna died October 6, 1928 at age 76. They are buried together in the Lakeview cemetery in Clear Lake, South Dakota.
- Castle Garden, New York (158 KB)
A photo from the harbor of Castle Garden which served as point of entry for immigrants prior to Ellis Island. This would have been the first view of New York for Ernest, Johanna, and their two young children. The site is now known as Battery Park.
- Ernest John Kirchmeyer 1850-1921 (443 KB)
Funeral card with photo of Ernest.
- Ernest John and Johanna P. (373 KB)
This is a younger picture of both Ernest John and Johanna P. Kirchmeyer