Hello!I see that it's been 7 1/2 years since you posted this message, but hopefully this is better late than never!I have been searching for Felix Appelhans as well, as he is the great-grandfather of my husband, JJ.Just tonight, we found the names of Felix's parents on a passenger list from the ship they came to New York on in 1907.
Felix's parents were Johannes and Margaretta Appelhans.They came over from Liverpool, England (after getting there somehow from Russia) along with three of their children: Felix, aged 14, Caspar, aged 7, and Ekatarina (I couldn't read the handwriting where it listed her age).
Also, Felix and his wife Mary (or Matie, depending on which form you find and the possible mis-spelling by record keepers) came over through Canada in 1912 or 1913.There are no official papers documenting this as they had to escape illegally from Russia at the time, so they befriended the ship's first mate and hid in his cabin for the entire trip.
Exactly when Felix went back to Russia between his immigrations to America, we are not sure.He came here through New York at age 14 and then through Canada with his wife, Mary/Matie, at age 19 or 20.We've heard the family story that when his parents and two siblings came here the first time, they had to leave a sister behind, due to some illness that prevented her from making the trip.At some point, her parents and Felix went back for her.
When the family came over through New York in 1907, the paperwork said they were headed for Topeka, Kansas.By 1917, we have a World War I draft registration card filled out for Felix, stating that he lived in Brighton, Colorado and was applying for exemption from the draft due to being the sole supporter for his parents.As he was not in WWI, as far as the family history goes, we assume he was exempted.Whether he was supporting his parents in Colorado, Kansas, or Russia, we don't know.
I hope this helps!If you have found this information already or better yet, more in your 7 1/2 years of searching since your post, please let us know what you know!You and my husband must be second cousins.