- Johann & Elisabeth Richter

Elisabeth Richter
Elisabeth (Schreiner) Richter.
Photo provided by Jeanne Goerger
Johann / John Richter Elisabeth Schreiner Married: Germany, about 1842


                         | Catherine             B. 29 SEP 1840   D.  8 JAN 1902, St. Nocholas, MN
                         | Gerhard               B.  1 MAY 1843   D.  7 SEP 1921, Melrose, MN
Johann Richter      \    | Catherine (Katarina)  B. 15 JUL 1846   D. 10 APR 1900, St. Cloud, MN
      &              }---| Barbara               B.       ~1851   D. 31 JAN 1931, Stearns Co., MN
Elisabeth Schreiner /    | Maria                 B. 15 MAR 1852   D.  8 JAN 1892, Albany, MN
                         | Elisabeth             B. 13 NOV 1855   D. 28 JUL 1897, MN
                         | Bernard               B.        1859   D. 27 MAY 1928, St. Augusta, MN

Johann and Elisabeth Richter family

Written by Jeanne Goerger, Pelican Rapids, MN. August 31, 2005.

Johann Richter was the son of a farmer, born February 20, 1814 in Prussia, Germany. About 1842 he married Elisabeth Schreiner who was born June 18, 1813 in Prussia, Germany. They raised a family of seven children there until immigrating to America about 1865 and farmed in Sections 34 and 35 of St. Cloud Township in Minnesota. John died at age 70 of heart disease on December 16, 1883 at St. Augusta, MN. Elisabeth died at age 71 of general disability on June 2, 1889 at St. Augusta, MN. Both are buried in the southeast corner of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church cemetery in St. Augusta.

Catherine was born September 29, 1840. She married Nicholas Lutgen (b. September 2, 1842 Luxembourg, d. St. Nicholas, MN). Catherine died January 8, 1902 at St. Nicholas.

Gerhard was born May 1, 1843. He served three years apprenticeship to the blacksmith trade at Oberstgegen, then three more years working the trade at various Prussian cities. After arriving in Minnesota, Gerhard worked under blacksmith Peter Shedler, then at Richmond for six years as blacksmith for the Minnesota Stage Company. From 1872 until his retirement in 1912 Gerhard manufactured wagons, blacksmithed, and sold farm machinery in Melrose, MN. He also acted as Councilman, school director, and census enumerator. On July 6, 1868 Gerhard married Margaret Grun, the daughter of German immigrants Jacob and Appalonia Lohskiel Grun. Margaret was born July 7, 1845 in Watsenburg, Germany. Margaret died October 1, 1939 and is buried beside Gerhard in St. Mary's Church cemetery in Melrose. They had ten children all born in Melrose: Jacob, b. April 30, 1870; John George b. March 12, 1872, d. April 21, 1922; Catherine b. January 6, 1874; Frederick, b. March 18, 1876, d. before 1915; Maria Theresa, b. July 2, 1877; Claudius, d. before 1915; Joseph; Barbara; Elizabeth; Unknown female, b. October 22, 1881.

Katharina was born July 15, 1846 in Karlshausen, Rheinland, Prussia. She married Edward Görger (also spelled Goerger) on August 13, 1868 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Edward was born in Germantown, IL on December 18, 1844, the oldest son of Henry and Catherine (Lors Kniepman) Göorger. Katherine and a child died in childbirth on April 14, 1900. Edward died of asthma and bronchitis on November 11, 1920. Both are buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Cloud. They had twelve children all born at St. Cloud: Barbara, b. May 7, 1869, d. December 3, 1947, m. Matt Weyrens in 1890; Elizabeth, b. Aril 20, 1870, professed her vows as Benedictine Sister Theophilus, d. June 19, 1953 at St. Joseph, MN; John Bernard, b. August 29, 1871, m. Bernadina Schueller on November 5, 1895, d. May 30, 1967 in Breckenridge, MN; Phillip, b. March 7, 1877, m. Francis Backes July 9, 1907, after her death, he m. her sister Hildegaard Backes, d. February 22, 1931 at Collegeville, MN; Edward B., b. September 11, 1874, died of lightening April 28, 1927; Nicholas, b. December 10, 1875, m. Mae McMakin September 4, 1907, died in 1968 at Great Falls, MT; Gerhard F, b. January 28, 1873, m. Ann DuBlois, after her death he married Kathryn Burns, d. January 25, 1945 in Seattle, WA; Kathryn, b. June 26, 1878, m. Edward Victor Theisen August 6, 1904, d. June 18, 1943 at Collegeville, MN; Mary Theresia, b. April 11, 1886, m. Ferdinand Lux July 23, 1907, d. November 17, 1949 at Sauk Center, MN; Theophilus Goerger was born at Mayhew Lake, MN, died young; John Theophilus b. October 29, 1883, died of diptheria March 10, 1884; Henry died young, dates unknown.

Barbara was born in 1851. She was a housekeeper for Rev. Anson Fruuendorfer. She died January 31, 1931, buried at St. Augusta, MN.

Mary was born March 15, 1852, married Peter Dierkes, the son of Heinrich and Maria Magdalena Goederts Dierkes, on April 15, 1872 in Albany, MN. She died January 8, 1892 in Albany. Peter owned the Windsor Hotel in Richardton, ND. He died January 5, 1915 and is buried in Richardton, N. They had seven children all born in Albany, MN: Frederick Gerhart, b. February 2, 1875, m. Anna Maria Thoennes on June 4, 1907, d. November 30, 1945 at Albany; John, b. September, 1873; Maria Catherine, b. February 6, 1877, married Michael Lenarz October 6, 1896, d. March 10, 1941 at Albany; Maria Theresa, b. March 4, 1879, m. Joseph Brown; Maria Magdalene, b. March 24, 1881, died December 5, 1888, bur. in Seven Dolors cemetery, Albany; Maria Louise, b. July 28, 1883, d. March 1977 in Cashmere, WA; Edward Peter, b. May 24, 1890, m. Clara Richter, m. unknown 1892, d. October 22, 1961 in MT or ID.

Elisabeth was born November 13, 1855. She was a priest's housekeeper, died of apoplexy July 28, 1897, buried at St. Augusta, MN.

Bernard was born in 1859, married Margaretha Fink on October 11, 1887 at St. Augusta, MN. She was born 1867, died 1947. They had six children all born near St. Augusta: Gerhard Albert Leo, b. January 7, 1890; Elizabeth M., b. July 25, 1891, d. May 17, 1958; John Bernard b. July 2, 1892, m. Rose Kirmeir, d. June 25, 1974; Alois born and died March 16, 1894; Margaretha, b. February 28, 1900, died of pneumonia March 30, 1910; Dorothy Catherine, b. December 1, 1904, d. June 23, 1965.

From History of Stearns County, 1915, pg 927


John Richter and his wife, the parents of Gerhard Richter, came to St. Cloud in 1866, and spent the remainder of their days on a farm on the St. Augusta road, south of St. Cloud. They had seven children: Catherine (deceased), Barbara, Catherine, Elizabeth, Bernard and Mary.

All of the Richter children were born in Prussia.

Gravestone of Johann and Elisabeth Richter
Johann and Elisabeth Richter are buried in the cemetery behind "St. Mary Help of Christians" Catholic Church at St. Augusta, Minnesota. Buried in the same cemetery are their son, Bernard (1859-1928), and his wife Margaret (1867-1947), and unmarried daughters Barbara (1851-1931) and Elisabeth (1855-1897).

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