Re: Charles Helburg/Elizabeth Rau
I have the original citizenship papers of Charles Helblurg, signed by him and dated 31st March, 1887, Boulder, CO.Charles is my great-grandfather. Charles died before my birth but I knew Lizzy.Grandma Helburg.Their children are 1. Laurence, 2. Joe 3. Fred 4. Elizabeth (my grandmother) 5.Ceclia 6. Bert 7. Francis.Laurence died before my birth also, but I did know the other great-aunts and uncles. I probably have them out of birth order and not sure if I can locate any papers that would give me birthdates on them or not.Elizabeth was married 3 times and I am in the process of delving into her history. Ceclia was married to Doug Fravel and sometime in the prohibitiion era (30's?) moved to the Seattle area when she lived out her life.Francis married Johnny Weisbeck in Boulder and they had 3? daughters that all remained in the Boulder, CO area. Joe's widow, Ollie, died in Boulder at the age of 100 or plus.I am not certain of Joe's date of death but could probably locate his tombstone. Fred lived in Long Beach, CA.His wife was Maude. Bert was married to Ora, lived in Boulder, died in the late 1940's in an accident where he was driving a steam roller and it rolled over on him.
Charles had a brother named Victor that also came to the Boulder area.Victor married Mary Derfler on April 22, 1889. I believe Victor was killed in a street gun fight in Louisville, CO.The family story was that he was a bystandaer.
Charles and Lizzy Rau were married on Oct. 2, 1883 in Boulder. I have another record that shows their date of marriage as Feb. 10, 1883.One of these fine days I will make a trip to their grave and see what the headstone might tell me. It is located in Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder, CO. He was born in Alslace Lorraine which was located in Germany when he was born but invated and taken over by France which the family story goes is why he and Victor came to the US.Date of immigration is 1881 as far as I can tell. His birthdate is about 1862.
Elizabeth Rau was born Sept. 6, 1859 in Illinois.Her parents were both born in Germany.
I would be very interested in correspondence with anyone connected to or knowing more about Charles and his parents or Lizzy Rau and her parents.