Items of Special Interest to Those Interested in Westphalia
THE LEGACY OF JOSEPH KINIKE (born SALOMON KATZ)
In 1836, Salomon Katz, a Jew, emigrated to America from a rural
German village, Erklen, Westfalen. Arriving in Philadelphia, he
began an amazing adventure as Joseph Kinike. Thank you to Ed Bode
for the contribution of this material.
Johan Heinrich Loehner
Following are two translated excerpts from the book:
Mastholte, Die Geschichte zweier Gemeinden: Moese und Mastholte
by Bert Bertling: first, "J. H.
Loehner," translated by Peter Koester; second, "Westphalia
Mastholte" translated by Edward Bode. Each gives a glimpse of the
unusual life of "Henry" Loehner and his importance to the settlement
of the Maries River valley.
Carl Crede, a month shy of his 15th birthday, kept a diary during
his 1855 trip from Germany to the Westphalia community in America.
Very few immigrants did this, so it is an especially valuable
first-person account that could be considered typical yet unique.
The diary is unique in that we see what is important to Carl during
this journey through his very young eyes. Carl constantly refers to
weather (wind, fog, etc.), passing ships, seasickness, the birth and
death of babies. The diary was translated by Adolf E. Schroeder.
Charles Kliensorge, a 21-year-old Westphalia merchant, kept a diary
in German describing his 1854 overland trip from St. Joseph,
Missouri, to Sacramento, California, with a wagon train and cattle
herd. Below is a biographical summary of Charles Kleinsorge and a
link to a translation of the diary published in the Missouri
Historical Review in the July, 1982, edition.
The diary was translated by Edward Bode.
Propaganda Foiled: "A study of Prejudice and Intolerance"
by Rev. Theodosius Plassmeyer, O.F.M.