This page presents the results of our research, since 1997, into:
* The Swiss Stotzer and Stotser family from Büren an der Aare, Switzerland to various locations in the USA.
* The Swiss or German Snader (earlier Schnader) family from the "Palatine" area of the Swiss-German border to mainly Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the USA.
In some cases the family data begins as far back as the 1500s in Europe. Other significant surnames in this combined family tree are: Reust, Gribi, Kocher, Stotser, Schneder, Ehlert, Eucker, Case, Moore, and Cayse.
We are, of course, willing to share or match family information with other interested parties.We also welcome additional data, especially from Europe, on any of the above families.
SPECIAL THANKS to those (to name just a few!) from all over the planet that contributed to this family tree: Bill, Fritz, Willy, Sam, Adolph, Heidi and Helen Stotzer; Allan Skiles; Robert Dargitz, Harold Marks; Elizabeth Stotzer Leupp; Susan Stotzer Null; Joyce Snader Weber, Carol White; Raymond Snader; Barbara Wonder Snader; Ann Gribi Rothenbuhler; Pat and Hazel Ehlert; Dennis Reust; Charlotte Soderblad; professional Swiss genealogists Theodor von Lerber and Gustav Wehrli and lastly Sue Burden and Christine Smith who did the extensive Moore, Kays, and Cayse family tree research.
- Daniel Schnader Obituary-1934 (360 KB)
Scan of the obituary of Daniel Schnader from the "Ephrata (Pennsylvania) Review" in 1934.
- Gottlieb Stotzer-my grandfather (103 KB)
Gottlieb Stotzer was born in Büren an der Aare, canton Bern, Switzerland in 1878.He married Frieda Reust in 1908 in Cleveland, Ohio and had four sons: Arthur, Ernest, Frederick, and Harold (my father).Ernest died as an infant in 1909. The others lived normal lives. Sadly, Gottlieb died in Cleveland in August, 1912 due to "strangulation, suicide."
- Passenger Ship: L 'Aquitaine (1898) (42 KB)
This is the French Line passenger ship that carried Gottlieb Stotzer to the USA. The ship departed Le Harve, France on April 25, 1903 and arrived at Ellis Island on May 4, 1903. This photo of the ship in earlier times was taken at Port Said, Egypt, 26 June - 11 July 1898, while the ship was serving with Rear Admiral Manuel de la Camara's squadron, which had been sent to relieve the Philippines.This ship was the former Hamburg-Amerika Line Normannia, purchased by Spain for war service in 1898. After the Spanish- American War, she became the French Line's L'Aquitaine and was scrapped in 1906.
- Royers/Reiher's or Zion Church Brickerville, Pa. (144 KB)
John Schnader and Catherine Killian were married here in 1823. Their son Michael was also baptised here 1824.
- Harold W. Stotzer: Shipyard Welder 1943-46 (24 KB)
Harold, my father, worked at the Western Pipe and Steel shipyard during WWII. This was the front of his security pass into the Port of LA area which included his shipyard.
- Büren an der Aare, Switzerland Today (187 KB)
Büren an der Aare, Switzerland in modern times. Note the covered bridge!
- Stotzer brothers around 1920 (93 KB)
Gottlieb's sons Harold, Fred and Art Stotzer circa 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio.
- USCG Northwind WAG 282 circa 1955 (41 KB)
Built at Western Pipe and Steel, San Pedro and launched in early 1945. This 1999 painting depicts her in the prime of her career doing her main duty!
- Harold Walter Stotzer and Florence Ehlert Stotzer (37 KB)
Harold Walter Stotzer and wife Florence ("Teenie") Louise Ehlert Stotzer taken in Westlake, Ohio mid 1950s.
- Western Pipe and Steel Shipyard, San Pedro, Ca. (222 KB)
This shipyard is where Harold Stotzer worked as a welder from mid- 1943 to mid-1946.He and my mother and brother thus arrived in time to see this ship, the ice breaker Southwind, launched in July 1944. During and after WWII, the yard built "Wind class" icebreakers, "Owasco class" Coast Guard cutters, Destroyer Escorts, Land Ship Mediums (LSMs) coastal oilers and various types of un-powered barges.
- Stotzer brothers in the 1930s (57 KB)
Gottlieb's and Frieda's sons Harold, Art, and Fred Stotzer probably in the 1930s in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
- John Stotzer farm-Mineral City, Ohio (96 KB)
The original John Stotzer farm, Mineral City, Ohio in the 1950s.Aline Stotzer, one of my father's cousins, was married to a nearby farmer, Ernest Gribi.
- Stotzer Hardware Store-Archbold, Ohio (63 KB)
Stotzer Hardware Store (started as a harness shop in the mid 1800s) probably taken in the 1950s.Sadly, the store closed after 150 years on December 31, 2006.
- Reust Family late 1800s-early 1900s (55 KB)
Frederick Reust, Mary Resser (Reusser?) Reust and family around 1905 in the Cleveland, Ohio area.Frederick and Mary emigrated from Switzerland in 1882.The young woman in this photo in the back row is Frieda Reust-future wife of Gottlieb Stotzer.Also pictured: Fred, Herman, Theodore, Edward, Ida, Rosa (on knee) Reust.