|In the 1840s three brothers emmigrated to the United States from the village of Clarholz, Westphalia, in what was Prussia.According to family legend, their father took them out in the fields, separately we believe, and explained that he had several sons but only one farm. "Go to America" he said and they did.They supposedly entered by clipper ship through the port of New Orleans and, later, sailed up river to St. Louis, MO where there was a large German population.Shortly after the Civil War the three brothers started an ice business,named, appropriately enough "Muckermann Brothers," cutting ice off the Mississippi and surrounding lakes and servicing the North St. Louis area. The partnership, for some reason did not work out and was dissolved after a short time.Johann(or John, as he was known later)took over the original establishment at the corner of 14th and Salisbury St.Christopher decided to start an ice business in South St. Louis at 1100 South 12th Street.The third brother, Everhard, Muckermann, had been a farmer in Germany and remained a farmer to his dying day. He eventually bought a farm in Creve Coeur, MO, outside St. Louis.His brothers needed a farm to raise and stable the delivery horses, cut and store the ice and to board the workers in the ice cutting season.At some point, before the turn of the century, the farm probably ran into financial problems, again the reasons are unclear, but the farm became the property of Christopher Muckerman's "Polar Wave Ice and Fuel Co"(later it became "Mound City Ice & Cold Storage"). Everhard and his family continued to run this farm in Creve Coeur situated on one of the two Creve Coeur Lakes.(There is only one now, but I believe the farm was near the shore of the larger lake.)|
This arrangement worked very well for the Muckermann family and for Mound City Ice & Cold Storage until the early 1900s.Business changed directions probably. No one seems to know exactly what happened anymore, but the farm was sold and Everhard's son, Christopher Edward Muckermann, continued on for some time, running the farm.There was a fire at the huge farmhouse, about 1929, and the family eventually moved into the Overland, MO area.It's this generation, Everhard's grandchildren, who are the last to actually know the cousins from the other two branches. I am Christopher Edward's granddaughter and would like to maintain the family's history for my children.
One of the multitude of Chris Muckermans has searched backward to 1600 in Westphalia and listed the information with Family Treemaker.My own brother, Richard G. Muckerman, visited the family farm while stationed in Germany with the US Army.He was told that the farm was deeded to the family in the 1100s by the abbey which previously owned it.The Abbey is now in ruins, but the deed is kept at the local church in Clarholz.Unfortunately, our little branch gets lost along the way.I hope to restore these connections and find information along the way.
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Updated January 26, 2011