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Edward Gustav Kletke

Male 1873 - 1947  (73 years)


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  • Name Edward Gustav Kletke 
    Born 26 Oct 1873  Alexen, East Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Sep 1947  Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Edward Gustav the youngest son of Gottlieb Klaedtke and Emilie Klaedtke nee Mau was born Oct. 26, 1873 near Konigsberg, Germany. He was baptized Nov. 2, 1873 in the Lutheran Church. Edward Gustav lost both his parents as a young lad. He was four when his mother died and his father died when he was nine. He was taken in by a farm family where he herded geese and did farm chores for his keep. At the age of fourteen Edward entered military training and here learned the trade of a mason (bricklayer). He received his Masonry Certificate in June 1893.
      Edward and Ida Louisa Augustin enjoyed out-of-door sports. In the area of Berlin the street know as "Unter den Linden" would be flooded for the purpose of ice skating. Here they skated to music played by various bands.
      May 29, 1898 Edward and Ida were married. Ida was the daughter of Frederick Leopold Augustin and Justine nee Wandernalia. Their first ceremony read "Mason, Edward Gustav Kletke and Seamstress Ida Louisa Augustin married by "Der Standesbeamte" (registrar) on May 27, 1898. Two days later May 29, they had a church wedding. The later was always observed as their anniversary.
      In the summer July 16, 1899 their first child was born, Margaretha Helena. She live till Aug. 2, 1899.
      In the fall of 1899 plans were made to come to the U.S.A. Dad's oldest brother Gottlieb Kletke and his only sister Helena Kletke Meyer were living in Noble and Kay Counties, OK.
      Here on is a copy written by Dad of his first five years in the U.S.A. "The first of January 1900 we left Hamburg, Germany. The 13th of January we landed in New York City Staying there 3 days. Then by Train Via St. Louis to Ponca City, OK. My Brother and Brotherinlaw meeting us at the Depot. They took us to a home the Name was Newman. There we had supper by them people. That evening we left for my sister's home the 18th of January, Ida's 20th birthday. And the following day we left for my brother's home. There we made our temporary home. I then worked for my brother for $20 a month and in harvestime $1.50 per day . . . In 1900 our little son Gustav Erick was born.
      My brother and brotherinlaw sold their farms and moved to Woods County east of Alva. We three families moved by wagons, driving livestock through. The women rode in my brotherinlaw's "surrey with the fringe on top".
      In February 1901 my brother rented a farm for me from Mr. Wamhof, known now as the Schick Farm 3 miles east of Alva. 1901 and 1902 I put out 100 acers of wheat. I had to have some horses. I bouth 2 mares and one mule with harness on for $230 for sowing wheat I needed one more horse. I bouth one mare from my brother for $40. Than I bouth a bain wagon and a 16 in. riding plow second handet for $85 . . . My wheat made about 12 bushel per acer. One-third rent delivered in Elevator left my part about 800 bushel. So my whole crop sold for $432 less expense $355 left me $77. Chocking wheat and twine $40. Threshing expense @ 6 cents a bushel $72, 12 team hauling bundels and grain to elevator $84, boar, for crew and teams $14.50, expense $211.30, money I had $77. Left me in the red the year ending $134.
      Our second son was born, Ernest Heinrich. Little Ernest lived with us only a short time. Jan. 26, 1902 he died. Sadness struck both Ida and me when by accident little Erick died May 3 , 1902. We lost our first three children. Our two boys Ernest and Erick are buried next to each other in the second grave of the little children in the Lutheran Cemetery south east of Alva.
      The year 1902-1903 I sowed 170 acers in wheat. The wheat was looking good and in the spring there was the lease on the NW1/4 (28-14-33) for sale and I bought it for $500 on my growing wheat crop. But the first week of April we had hot winds and all the wheat in the country was burned and had the color of dry grass. The dry weather stayed on till the 27th of April. That night the first rain came and stayed about one week. The wheat growed out and the field of 170 acer made 25 bushel to an acer. That year it sold for 56 cents per bushel. So I had 4250 bushel of wheat and my part amounted to $1512. After interest, threshing bill, men, teams, board for men and teams and binder bouth that year for expenses of $1441 I had left clear $71.
      Also that spring we had another daughter Erna Gertrude. Two years later in the spring Hildegard Frieda was born."
      Besides farming Dad worked at bricklaying for homes north of the river or wherever he was needed to lay brick and to build chimneys.
      About the time Ella Helena was born Dad bought a farm in Southern Oklahoma near Granfield. Each fall after wheat sowing here, he and his family would go by covered wagon to the cotton farm south for the picking, then return to Alva for the wheat harvest. They did this till the late spring of 1909. When a son Harold Gustav was born. This time Mother did not come to Alva in the covered wagon but came by train with four small children. He later sold this land.
      Dad mastered the speaking of the English language very well. Mother had a more difficult time. Neighbors would often visit mother and they could make each other understand a little. Mrs. Affholder helped mother a little but the real learning came when we children went to school. It was a trying experience to try to understand what the teacher wanted in an all English speaking school with two all German speaking little girls trying to commune. The school was "Highland School" northwest of Alva. About this time Martha Margaret was born.
      Dad bought more land and also rented another quarter. He also raised horses and mules and broke them for harness, selling them by teams.
      When the Lutheran Church was built in 1911, Dad did much of the bricklaying.
      In 1916 Dad bought his first automobile a "Seven passenger touring Overland". We were very proud of Dad. During the summer mother's health began failing. In May 1917 Dr. W. E. Simon and Dr. White came to the farm to do some minor surgery for mother. Ella, then 11 years old had taken very ill during the night. Dad called the doctor's attention to Ella. Dr. Simon said, "Mr. Kletke if she were mine I wouldn't wait but have her operated on today". Dad asked, "When? What for?" Both doctors agree, "Immediately, today, she has an acute attack of appendicitis". The hospital in Alva was having problems and the lady running it would not let German people in as patients and also it was not in good condition. Orders were given to Dad to get bed sheeting and tack it over the ceiling and walls of the living dining room, not over the windows or door. Curtains came down and they were to have the clothes boiler cleaned and ready with hot boiling water for sterilizing to be ready by 3 p.m. Dad rushed to town and bought yards and yards of sheeting and covered the room as instructed.
      Three doctors were there by 3 o'clock with them a registered nurse, Nellie Cooksey. They sterilized the operating implements and packed the hot implements on a pad on the new dining table. The kitchen table was moved into this room and a large door placed on the kitchen table was covered with pads and sheets. When all was ready for the operation Ella got up and walked to the operating table. This moved possibly was when the appendix ruptured. Ella told of how she repeated the Lord's Prayer when they began giving her the anesthetic. It felt like two hammers coming closer and closer together. When she came to the words "For Thine is the Kingdom" the hammers clashed and she remembered no more. The doctors worked for three hours. We children were outside staying away until we saw the doctors leave. A tube had been inserted for drainage. Doctors came every day to dress, sterilize the tube and replace it. This is when I would take the two youngest to the top of a hill south of the house so we couldn't hear Ella cry. We'd stay till we saw the doctor's car leave. These calls lasted three weeks and later 2 to 3 times a week. With all this stain and worry it was advised by the doctors that mother be sent to Colorado Springs. She left with the three youngest children by train and stayed about 2 months. In the spring of 1918 Dad had a farm sale. Then the last of March the family moved to Optimo, NM.
      We children attended a bilingual school with many Spanish speaking children. It wasn't long before we picked up their language, mastered it and finished high school and taught in Spanish Schools.
      Dad and Mother moved to Eagle Nest, NM in 1924. In the Fall of 1934 Mother was burned by a gasoline stove explosion and died three days later on Oct. 31, 1934. Dad tried to keep up his farming but soon retired.
      Ella married Louis Engelken and they live southeast of Alva. Harold, his son, also lived southeast of Alva. He married Theresa Stevens of Raton, NM. The oldest daughter of Erna married while in New Mexico. Her husband was in the lumber business in Taos. Martha finished college at Northwestern, Alva, and taught school near Gate, OK and Gallup, NM where she married Robert C. Tecklenburg. Hildegard taught school for twenty six years in New Mexico. She married Julius Kirmse in 1951 and lives in Alva.
      Edward Gustav sold his interest in the farm to his son Harold and wife Theresa and moved to Alva. Edward Gustav died Sept. 29, 1947. He and Ida were members of the Lutheran Church in Alva and both are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery southeast of Alva.

      Hildegard Kirmse nee Kletke; 1976
    Person ID I0201  Kletke-Durham
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2009 

    Father Gottlieb Klaedtke,   d. 1882 
    Mother Emilie Mau,   b. 22 Jan 1828,   d. 15 Oct 1877  (Age 49 years) 
    Family ID F086  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Hannah Kunzman,   b. 1872 
    Family ID F085  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ida Louisa Augustin,   b. 18 Jan 1880,   d. 31 Oct 1934, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 29 May 1898  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margareta Helena Kletke,   b. 16 Jul 1899,   d. 2 Aug 1899  (Age 0 years)
     2. Erick Gustav Kletke,   b. 26 Jun 1900, Harperville, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1902, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     3. Ernest Heinrich Kletke,   b. 24 Dec 1901, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1902, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Erna Gertrude Kletke,   b. 17 Apr 1903, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1999, Taos, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     5. Hilda Frieda Kletke,   b. 18 Mar 1905, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 2002, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     6. Ella Helena Clara Kletke,   b. 13 May 1906, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 2000, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     7. Harold Oscar Gustav Kletke,   b. 22 Apr 1909, Randlet, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1979, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     8. Martha Margaret Agnes Kletke,   b. 03 Jan 1911, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 2008, Grants, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
    Family ID F017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Edward & Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke
    Edward & Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke
    Harold Kletke Family
    Harold Kletke Family
    Back Row: Elisha Randall, Louis Engelken, Bob Tecklenburg, Martha Tecklenburg, Theresa Kletke
    Front Row: Erna Randall, Ella Engelken, Hilda Kletke,
    Edward Kletke, Harold Kletke
    Edward & Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke
    Edward & Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke
    Edward Gustav Kletke
    Edward Gustav Kletke
    This picture was taken in the Moreno Valley, a few miles north of the current town of Angel Fire, NM, probably around 1928. Edward would then have been 55 years old. The family moved to the valley in 1924 and then moved to Oklahoma in 1934.

    Documents
    #04 1910 August 04 - Hamburg
    #04 1910 August 04 - Hamburg
    Letter from Friedrich Augustin to his sister Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke asking for assistance to survive a strike.
    #06 1912 August 23 - Koenigsberg
    #06 1912 August 23 - Koenigsberg
    Letter from Justine (Wandernalia) Augustin to her daughter Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke thanking her for the birthday wishes.
    #07 1913 June 17 - Koenigsberg
    #07 1913 June 17 - Koenigsberg
    Letter from Marie Thiel to Edward & Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke on the passing of Ida's mother.
    #19 1947 January 28 - Berlin
    #19 1947 January 28 - Berlin
    Letter from Oskar Koerner to Edward Kletke on the murder of Emma (Koerner) Augustin.
    #09 1934 December 04 - Berlin
    #09 1934 December 04 - Berlin
    Sympathy card from Friedrich Augustin to Edward Gustav Kletke on the passing of Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke
    #11 1938 December 12 - Berlin
    #11 1938 December 12 - Berlin
    Letter from Emma (Koerner) Augustin to Edward Kletke on the passing of Friedrich Augustin.
    #12 1946 August 20 - Berlin
    #12 1946 August 20 - Berlin
    Letter from Emma (Koerner) Augustin to Edward Kletke updating him on family after the WWII.
    #13 1946 September 17 - Flensburg
    #13 1946 September 17 - Flensburg
    Letter from Franz Jordan to Edward Kletke on the passing of Mr. & Mrs. Karl Kletke
    #14 1946 October 20 - Berlin
    #14 1946 October 20 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke introducing herself and her family.
    #15 1946 October 23 - Berlin
    #15 1946 October 23 - Berlin
    Letter from Emma (Koerner) Augustin to Edward Kletke updating him individuals in the family after WWII.
    #16 1947 January 09 - Alva, Oklahoma
    #16 1947 January 09 - Alva, Oklahoma
    Letter from Edward Kletke to Emma (Koerner) Augustin.
    #17 1947 January 13 - Berlin
    #17 1947 January 13 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke.
    #18 1947 January 26 - Berlin
    #18 1947 January 26 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke on the murder of Emma (Koerner) Augustin.
    #20 1947 February 9 - Berlin
    #20 1947 February 9 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke describing the poverty after WWII.
    #21 1947 February 21  - Alva, Oklahoma
    #21 1947 February 21 - Alva, Oklahoma
    Letter from Edward Kletke to Hilda Kletke informing her of Emma (Koerner) Augustin's passing.
    #22 1947 May 09 - Berlin
    #22 1947 May 09 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke thanking him for his care package.
    #23 1947 March 13 - Berlin
    #23 1947 March 13 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke on the final state of Emma (Koerner) Augustin's burial.
    #24 1947 March 28 - Berlin
    #24 1947 March 28 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke updating him on her son Werner, her sister Berta and Emma (Koerner) Augustin.
    #25 1947 April 14 - Berlin
    #25 1947 April 14 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke describing the poverty after WWII.
    #26 1947 April 24 - Berlin
    #26 1947 April 24 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke sending him a family picture.
    #27 1947 April 05 - Berlin
    #27 1947 April 05 - Berlin
    Letter from Oskar Koerner to Edward Kletke on the estates of Emma (Koerner) Augustin and Herbert Sterneberg.
    #29 1947 June 04 - Berlin
    #29 1947 June 04 - Berlin
    etter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Harold Kletke informing him of who in the family is still alive after WWII.
    #30 1947 August 18 - Berlin
    #30 1947 August 18 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke thanking him for the care packages and re-assuring him of their need.
    #31 1947 September 15 - Berlin
    #31 1947 September 15 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Edward Kletke thanking him for the care packages and re-assuring him of their need.
    #32 1947 October 19 - Berlin
    #32 1947 October 19 - Berlin
    Letter from Anna (Kletke) Steguweit to Harold Kletke offering her sympathies on the passing of Edward Gustav Kletke.
    #36 Undated
    #36 Undated
    Postcard from Friedrich Augustin to Edward Kletke sending Christmas greetings.
    Edward Kletke & Ida Augustin Marriage Certificate
    Edward Kletke & Ida Augustin Marriage Certificate
    TRANSLATION

    Marriage Certificate
    The Mason Edward Gustav Kletke
    and Maiden Luise Ida Augustin

    Were on this day in this evangelical church married by me.

    Koenigsberg, Pr., Altgrossgarten, Pfingstfest, May 29, 1898

    Dr. Eilsberger
    Edward Kletke Military Record
    Edward Kletke Military Record
    TRANSLATION
    Infantry-Regiment von Boyn (5th East Prussians) No. 41.
    II Battalion.
    That Lance-Corporal Kledtke,
    5th company, in the rifle qualification year 1896,
    after demonstrating the required expertise was awarded the traditional
    marksman's badge
    which is hereby recognized.

    Tilsit, September 18, 1896

    I.A.D.K.Lf.
    Kist
    ....Lieutenant
    Edward Kletke's Mason & Carpentry Certificate
    Edward Kletke's Mason & Carpentry Certificate
    TRANSLATION
    Association
    German Master Builders
    Unified Mason and Carpenter Guild Bartenstein

    Apprentice Certificate
    The Apprentice Gustav Kletke
    from Alexen born October 27, 1873
    Has by the member of the undersigned organization during a __ year preparation period the trade of a Mason satisfactory completed and is on this day after proving his competence, and after the application by his Master/Teacher, with this Certificate in the presence of the leader of the organization presented.

    In addition we wish the Apprentice in all his future undertakings good luck and declare him herewith an Apprentice.

    The director of the Unified Mason and Carpenter Guild Bartenstein

    Bischhoff, Chairman
    Aug. B, Secretary
    F. Wurns
    Master/Teacher

    Bartenstein, June 26, 1893
    #02 1908 June 06 - Koenigsberg
    #02 1908 June 06 - Koenigsberg
    Letter from Leopold Augustin to his daughter Ida Louisa (Augustin) Kletke and son-in-law Edward Kletke letting them know how much Ida's mother Justine (Wandernalia) Augustin misses them.

    Headstones
    Edward & Ida (Augustin) Kletke
    Edward & Ida (Augustin) Kletke
    Headstone for Edward & Ida (Augustin) Kletke