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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
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 Kleinsorge
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.

Plassmeyer - Hasenbeck - They Gave All