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Robert M. Lange

Robert M. Lange[1]

Male 1865 - 1932  (67 years)

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  • Name Robert M. Lange 
    Born 13 Apr 1865  Hoffmannsdorf, Kreis Wirsitz, Posen, Preussen Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Birth 13 Apr 1865  Hoffmansdorf, Bialosliwe, Polen, Kreis Wirsitz, Enh, He u Wei District Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Possible Arrival in US 25 Apr 1883  Ship: Hammonia, Manifest ID Number 80349 Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Age: Abt. 18 
    Marriage Record 2 Jan 1891  Augusta, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Recording on 2 Jan 1891 of an event that took place on 21 Dec 1890 in Fairchild, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin. 
    Census 1900  Wentworth Township, Lake County, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Age: Abt. 35 
    Census 1905  Cleveland Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Age: 40 
    Agency: State of Wisconsin 
    Naturalization 26 Dec 1905  Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census 1910  Cleveland Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Age: Abt. 45 
    Land Owner 1914  Cleveland Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Found by the number 10 in the upper middle of the map. 
    Census 1920  Jackson County, Cleveland Township, Wisconsin, near Fairchild, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Age: Abt. 55 
    Census 1930  Eau Claire County, Fairchild Village, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Age: Abt. 65 
    Occupation: Farmer Abt. 1890-1932  Madison, South Dakota and Fairchild, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Died 4 May 1932  Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Funeral 6 May 1932  All of his sons were pallbearers. Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Buried 6 May 1932  Fairchild Cemetery, Fairchild, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    Notes 
    •        The name Robert Lange with the middle initial, M., is found in the 1910 U. S. Federal Census. It could be assumed that the M. stands for Michael, the middle name of his father, Johann Michael Lange. [DLL]
             There seems to be relatively little known about Robert Lange, probably because he died relatively early in the lives of those who are still alive [cousins in 2002]. If the Family Tree Maker Family Archives CD# 356 refers to this Robert Lange, he arrived in the US in 1883, probably New York City, aboard the SS Hammonia in steerage. [This date seems correct since Robert's birth date is 1865 and the Robert Lange of the record was 18 years of age.]
             The SS Hammonia III was built for the Hamburg America Line by J. G. Thompson of Glasgow. It was launched on 13 September 1882, weighing 3, 969 tons, 373 feet X 34 feet, with a straight bow, two funnels, three masts. It was made of steel; its propulsion was by screw with a service speed of 15 knots. It accommodated 150 people in first class, 100 in second class and 700 in third class. Its maiden voyage was February 28, 1883 and its last voyage was on November 10, 1889. [JosL 02.]
             U.S. National Archives & Records Administration searches found Robert Lange arriving on April 25, 1883 on the SS Hammonia in New York; the ship departed from Hamburg, then Le Havre prior to arrival in New York. The ship's manifest identification number was 80349.
             The record for Robert Lange reads as follows:
      Last Name: Lange
      First Name: Robert
      Age: 18
      Sex: Male
      Occupation: Laborer
      Literacy: Unknown
      Country of Origin: Saxony Altenburg
      City/Town of Last Residence: Unknown
      Destination City/Country: USA
      Transit and/or Travel Compartment: Staying in the USA [Transit] Steerage [travel]
      Manifest Identification Number: 80349 [RL 13.]
             An actual copy of the page of the SS Hammonia manifest with Robert Lange's information on it is included in the notebook under Robert Lange. [RL 08.]
             According to the undocumented obituary, after coming to the United States in 1881 [1883], he lived for a year in Ripon, Wisconsin. He was a farmer who had six sons and a daughter. He lived for almost ten years in South Dakota. There is conflicting information in his undocumented obituary and that of his wife, Emilie. His obituary indicates that he lived in South Dakota from 1881 to 1891; her obituary indicates that they moved to South Dakota after they were married and lived there for ten years before returning to Fairchild, Wisconsin, probably early in the period 1900-1910. I tend to believe the latter since Dale Lange's father, Max, was born in South Dakota in 1899; he was the next to youngest in the family. Ella, Arthur, Paul, Walter, and Otto were also born in South Dakota. Only Armin was born in Wisconsin. However, the former could also be true, since the marriage certificate indicates that when they were married, he was a farmer in Madison, South Dakota.
             The gravestone for Robert Lange reads Robert Lange, Sr. The "Senior" distinguishes this Robert Lange from a nephew, Robert H. Lange, son of Herman Lange.
             Judith Anne Schlegelmilch (Macke) [JAS 01] ways: "My mother (Loris) remembers her grandfather, Robert, as being strict and didn't play with the children, but would always give them a piece of chocolate when they left. They always looked forward to the candy."
             In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Robert Lange, a white, 35 year old, married male, lives with his wife, Ameila [sic] and six children: Ella, "Archie," Otto, Paul, Walter, and Max, the latter being just a baby in Lake County, Wentworth Township, South Dakota. His birthday is in July; he was born in 1865; has been married for nine years. Robert was born in Germany of parents who were both born in Germany. He immigrated to the United States in 1880; he has been in the U.S. for 20 years; and, he is a naturalized citizen. He is a farmer, has not been unemployed in past months. He speaks, reads, and writes English. He owns his farm. [RL 07.]
             Robert Lange became a naturalized citizen on December 26, 1905 in Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin [RL 10]. Emelie became a naturalized citizen at the same time, according to Emily Peters of the Murphy Library-Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, letter dated 01/30/2006: "Until 1922 women automatically achieved citizenship when her husband naturalized, or when they married a citizen. Also, since women could not vote until after 1919, many single women probably didn't bother to naturalize, as there was no practical reason to do so." [RL 11.]
             In the 1905 Wisconsin State Census, Robert Lange is a 40 year old, white, married male. He is married to Emilie Zech. He was born in Germany of parents also born in Germany. His occupation is that of farmer. He owns his own farm. He lives with his wife, Emilie, and seven children: one daughter, Ella, and six sons - Arthur, Otto, Paul, Walter, Max, and Armin [Armie]. They live in Cleveland Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin. [RL 12.]
             In the 1910 U. S. Federal Census, Robert M. Lange is a 45 year old, white, married male. He has been married to Emilie Zech for 19 years. He was born in Germany (Posen) of parents who were also born in Germany (Posen). He entered the United State in 1882 and is a naturalized citizen. He reads, writes, and speaks English although his native language was German. His occupation is that of farmer working in the area of general farming. He owns his own farm, free and clear. He lives with is wife, Emilie, and seven children (Ella, Arthur, Otto, Paul, Walter, Max, Armin) in Cleveland Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin. [RL 09.]
             Robert Lange and Amelia [Emilie] Lange are found in the 1920 U. S. Federal Census [RL 04]. As head of the family, Robert owns his property freely; is male, white, 54 years old, and married. If I read the record correctly because it is blurry, the record states that he arrived in the United States in 1884; he became a naturalized citizen as of 1904; he reads, writes, and speaks English, but not as his first language; his first language is German. He was born in West Prussia, as were both his mother and father, who both spoke German; he has no particular trade. [RL 04.] Only two children reside with them, Paul W. Lange and Max Lange, my father. Robert, Amelia, Paul, and Max live in Cleveland Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin.
             In the 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Robert Lange is head of household with only himself and his wife. No children are present at this time. It is two years prior to the death of Robert and nine years prior the death of Emilie [Amelia]. They live in the town of Fairchild, no longer on a farm. Robert is a married, white, 65 year old male. According to the record, he married at age 25. He speaks, reads, and writes English although his first language was German. He owns his home, has a home worth $1,400 and he owns a radio. He was born in Germany of parents who were also born in Germany. The record indicates that he immigrated to the U.S. in 1881 (1883?) and that he is a naturalized citizen. Since there is not an occupation listed, in fact the slot states "none," it is assumed that he is retired from farming. [RL 06.]
             
    Person ID I7155  Lythgoe-Donaldson
    Last Modified 23 Jun 2019 

    Father Johann Michael Lange,   b. 8 Jun 1828, Kreis Wirsitz, Posen, Preussen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1868, Hoffmansdorf, Posen, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother Wilhelmine Dalluege,   b. 2 Jul 1833, Kreis Wirsitz, Posen, Preussen Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1888, Weissenhöhe, Kreiß Wirsitz, Westpreußen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 2 Feb 1854  Brostowo, Posen, Preussen Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Husband's age at marriage: 25
      Wife's age at marriage: 20
    Family ID F3511  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Emilie Albertine Zech,   b. 21 Jul 1861, Smirdowo, Kreis Flato, West Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1939, Jackson County, Cleveland Township, Fairchild, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 21 Dec 1890  Bridge Creek, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [19, 20
    Notes 
    •        By 1905, the Robert Lange family had moved from South Dakota to Wisconsin. It is my conjecture [DLL] that after marriage in Wisconsin, Emilie and Robert went to South Dakota to establish a homestead. When they had met homestead criteria, they probably sold the farm, moved back to Wisconsin, and bought a farm in Cleveland Township, Jackson County, Wisconsin. This conjecture will need proof.
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F7154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S249] Name.
      The use of Robert Lange, Sr., is only on his gravestone. It distinguishes him from a nephew, a son of Herman Lange, Robert's brother. The name Robert M. Lange comes from the 1910 U. S. Federal Census: Robert Lange [written Robert M. Lang] household, 1910 U. S. Census, Jackson County, Wisconsin, Cleveland Township, ED 76, SD 6, sheet 174A, dwelling 18, family 18; National Archives micropublication T624, Roll 1713. [RL 09.]

    2. [S250] Obituary and Death Certificate.
      See also undocumented obituary, [RL 01.] See also indication of date of birth on the death certificate for Robert Lange. [RL 02.]

    3. [S8972] Johann Michael Robert Lange. Birth, 13 Apr 1865, Hoffmansdorf, Evangelische Kirche Weissenhoehe, Kreis Wirsitz, District Enh, He u Wei, p. 60, FHL Film No. 245492. [RL 15.].

    4. [S253] Robert Lange entry, SS Hammonia Passenger Manifest 80349, in Passenger and Immigration Lists: Germans to America, 1875-1888, Family Archive #356. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1999. [Taken from Glazier, Ira A., and P. William Philby, eds. Germans to America Volumes 32-56. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1993-1997 [RL 04.] See also, Robert Lange, New York Passenger Lists, 1851-1891 (database online], Micriofilm M237, roll 464, list no. 472. Provo, UT: My Family.com, 2003. [RL 08.] [Actual image of ship's manifest.].

    5. [S8233] Robert Lange, Germans to America Passenger Data File, 1850-1897. College Park, MD: The U.S. National Archives & Records Administration, http://aad.archives.gov/aad/ [RL 13.] [Go to Passenger Lists; Type in Robert Lange.].

    6. [S9170] J. J. Oetjen, Lutheran Minister. Marriage of Emelie Zech and Robert Lange, 21 December 1890. A Register of Deeds Form. [DLL.].

    7. [S254] Robert Lange household, 1900 U.S. census, Lake County, South Dakota, Wentworth township, page 11A, dwelling 174, family 176; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 1551. [RL 07.].

    8. [S8117] Robert Lange, 1905 Wisconsin State Census, Jackson County, Wisconsin, Cleveland Township, sheet 06, family 103, line 29; Wisconsin State Census, 1905, roll CSUSAWI1905_13. Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Census, 1905. Microfilm, 44 reels. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison Wisconsin. Ancestry.com. (2007). Wisconsin State Censuses, 1895 and 1905 [database online]. Provo, UT: The Generation Network, Inc. [RL 12.].

    9. [S258] Robert Lange, declaration of intention, 31 October 1896, Lake County, South Dakota, and naturalization record, 26 December 1905, Volume C, page 60, Naturalization Records, Jackson County, Black River Falls, Wisconsin. [RL 10.].

    10. [S255] Robert Lange [written Robert M. Lang] household, 1910 U. S. Census, Jackson County, Wisconsin, Cleveland Township, ED 76, SD 6, sheet 174A, dwelling 18, family 18; National Archives micropublication T624, Roll 1713. [RL 09.].

    11. [S9172] Robert Lange, land owner. Ancestry.com Indexed County Land ownership Maps, 1860-1918 [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. G&M_67; Roll 67. [RL 16.].

    12. [S256] Robert Lange household, 1920 U. S. census, Jackson County, ED 48, page 6A, , family 102; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1990, image 0167. [RL 04.].

    13. [S257] Robert Lange household, 1930 U.S. census, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, town of Fairchild, ED 18-21, SD 4, sheet 4A, dwelling 95, family 96; National Archives micropublication T626, roll 2572, image 143.0. [RL 06.].

    14. [S251] Marriage Certificate.
      Lange [Robert]-Zech [Emilie], Registration of Marriage, 2 January 1891, Augusta, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, Register of Deeds. [RL 03.]

    15. [S8773] Robert Lange, death certificate (May 4, 1932), State of Wisconsin, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Original Certificate of Death 155, Eau Claire County, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, June 7, 1932. [Uncertified Copy.] [See RL 02.].

    16. [S252] Pallbearers and Conveyance List.
      Pallbearers and Conveyance List, Funeral of Robert Lange. [See RL 01c.]

    17. [S237] Obituary.
      Undocumented Obituary [RL 01] indicates that he was interred the same day as the funeral.

    18. [S8781] Robert Michael Lange. (2012). Ancestry.com. Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database online]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Find a Grave Memorial # 28286121. [RL 14.].

    19. [S251] Marriage Certificate.
      Lange-Zech Marriage, marriage certificate (December 21, 1890), Register of Deeds, Eau Claire County, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, filed January 2, 1891. [EAZ 03.]

    20. [S9169] Emilie Albertine Zech - Robert Michael Lange marriage. (2000). Ancestry.com. Wisconsin, Marriage Index, 1820-1907 [database online]. Volume 2, page 49. provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations. [EAZ 07.].