Theoretically, my great-grandfather should be easy to research. All of the information out there is fairly recent and should be easy to obtain, but I find I still have gaps in my research that I just can’t fill. I’m kicking myself now for not asking my grandma about her parents while she was still living.
George Herman Schroeder was born on September 21, 1896 in Benton Township, Ottawa County, Ohio.1,4,6,9,10 His parents were Frederick and Louise Reisenberg Schroeder.1 In 1900 and 1910, George lived with his mother in Ohio.2,3 His father had died before 1900.1,2
I couldn’t find him in 1920. I had thought this was because he was away at school or something, until I found his World War I information. George enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve Forces on June 4, 1918. He went to the Naval Training Station Great Lakes in Illinois and was there until November 11, 1918. He then served as Landsman for Machinist’s Mate (Aviation) for 160 days and became Machinist’s Mate, Second Class (Aviation). He was honorably discharged on September 30, 1921.4 I’m guessing I can’t find him on the 1920 Census because he was on base.
I also don’t know when or where George married Louise Marie Von Allmen. Their first child was born in 1927, and they were living in Jefferson County, Kentucky in 1930.5 I’m guessing they married in 1926. My search area for a marriage record is Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. It may take a while to find one.
After he was discharged from the Navy, George worked for Hart Manufacturing Company in Louisville, Kentucky. He was first a foreman of the stove and range department and eventually a pattern maker for that department.5,6,7,8
George died on January 3, 1979.9,10
- “Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XDRJ-QXX : accessed 26 August 2015), George Herman Schroeder, 21 Sep 1896; citing Birth, Benton Twp., Ottawa, Ohio, reference vol 2 p 245 n 382, county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 475,917.
- 1900 United States Federal Census. Ancestry.com, 2009. Web. 06 Jan. 2015. Benton, Ottawa, Ohio. p.12B. Family #250, lines 94-98.
- 1910 United States Federal Census. Ancestry.com, 2009. Web. 06 Jan. 2015. Toledo, Lucas, Ohio. p.9A. Family #209, lines 15-20.
- Ohio Soldiers in WWI, 1917-1918 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2005. Original Data: The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War, 1917-1918. Columbus, OH, USA: The F.J. Heer Printing Col, 1926. Accessed 07 March 2011.
- 1930 United States Federal Census. Ancestry.com, 2009. Web. 06 Jan. 2015. Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky. p.11A. Family #244, lines 5-7.
- U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original Data: United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group Number 147. National Archives and Records Administration. Accessed 07 March 2011.
- 1940 United States Federal Census. Ancestry.com, 2009. Web. 06 Jan. 2015. Lafayette, Floyd, Indiana. p.1B. Family #9, lines 41-45.
- “About Vulcan – Company Overview.” VulcanEquipment.com. Vulcan Equipment, n.d. Web. 2 Sept. 2015.
- Social Security Death Index (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2010. Original Data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration. Accessed 20 April 2011.
- “George H. Schroeder (1896 – 1979) – Find A Grave Memorial.” FindAGrave.com. Douser, 31 Jan. 2010. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. Find A Grave Memorial # 47380124.