Obit: Rottjer, John H. (1874 - 1938)
Contact:  Audrey Roedl


The Loyal Tribune 30 June 1938

Rottjer, John H. (8 AUG 1874 - 20 JUN 1938)


John Henry Rottjer, son of Henry and Annie Rottjer was born in Hanover, Germany, August 8, 1874. When only 15 years of age he came to the United States and worked on a farm at Elkton, Minnesota.


On February 10, 1896 the deceased was united in marriage to Anna Marie Neubauer. To this union were born five children, Henry, Adeline and William, and two daughters preceding him in death.


In 1919 they moved to Loyal and settled on a farm near the south village limits, which has been their home until June 20th when the deceased passed away at the Marshfield hospital of pneumonia. He had been ill for only seven days.

The deceased is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Irvin (Adeline) Macksam, Beaver Dam, Wis., two sons Henry and William, both of Loyal. Also a brother Herman of Merrick, Long Island, N. Y., and a brother in Germany.


Short funeral services were held from Ohlrogge’s Undertaking parlors here last Thursday, Rev. Langholz officiating. The body was taken to Austin, Minnesota, where services were held from Grace Lutheran Church on Friday afternoon at 2:00, with interment in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Elkton, Minnesota, Rev. Reinke, officiating.


Pall bearers were: Sam Swenson, Max Pinke, A. D. Kraft, Ben Kraft, Frank Jech and Frank Kleihn.



Hermann Rottjer, was my great-grand-uncle. He was born on the farm place in Germany where I am still living. In 1892 emigrated to America and settled in Merrick, Long Island. I am staying in contact with some of his descendants.

Hermann's brother was John Rottjer, also born here in Germany. He emigrated already in 1889 and went to Minnesota being a farmer. Later he moved to Loyal, Wisconsin.

Hermann died 1956, his brother already 1938.  I am in contact with descendants of both lines. Also I have visited family places over there several times.  Hermann Roettjer (Röttjer/Rottjer)



I am still living in Germany on the old Rottjer farm, that was founded in 1780. We gave up farming in 1973 already.


Two of my great-grand-uncles emigrated from here in 1889 (Johann Hinrich - later called - John Rottjer, born Aug. 8, 1874 in Neuendamm, Germany) and 1892 (Hermann Rottjer, born Aug. 15, 1877 in Neuendamm) to America. Hermann was living in Merrick, Long Island, and John first to Elkton, MN, and later (1919) to Loyal, WI. He was a farmer.


I have a lot of dates and information about their descendants, because I am still in contact with some of them. But I am also thankful for further information and any material like pictures and documents for my family archive.


I am the president of our local home- und culture club for many years and interested in family- and local history, not only my own family. I am working on this for 30 years now and have an extensive archive at home. And I am responsible for the "Findorff-House" here. Juergen Christian Findorff (1720-1792) was the founder of our village and also for about 50 villages more in the moor (peat) area between the big towns Hamburg and Bremen. Still today he is a very famous man, who is buried in our village! Not only our elementary school, our church and "my" museum ("Findorff-House") are named after him.  Hermann Roettjer (Röttjer/Rottjer)



Re: Obit: Rottjer, John H. (1874 - 1938)

Contact: Hermann Roettjer

John Rottjer in Loyal and Hermann Rottjer in Merrick have been my great grand uncles. John emigrated 1889 and Hermann 1992 from the farm place in Neuendamm (today town of Bremervoerde) in Germany where I live today. I am in contact with descendents of both lines.

Re: Obit: Rottjer, John H. (1874 - 1938)

Contact: chris rottjer

Son of John Hermann Rottjer



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