52 Ancestors: Ancestor #9: Wilhelm Gustav Skibbe. I am behind in my blog posts! I am making an attempt to catch up. 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/
Wilhelm died apoplexy on 10 Jan 1938 at the age of 80 in Wayne Township, Starke, Indiana. He was buried on 11 Jan 1938 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, in Denham, Pulaski, Indiana. His obituary was published in the North Judson News on 13 Jan 1938 in North Judson, Starke , Indiana.
Wilhelm’s obituary states that he fathered eleven children. I have located the names of ten of the children: Frieda cir 1887
Meta Emily “May” 1888
William Adolph 1890
George Theodore 1896
Margaret Edith “Gertie” 1899
Louis W. 1906
Ruth “Olga” 1909
The family lore states that Wilhelm went into business with his brother George Theodore Skibbe or Theodore George Skibbe. The business of growing grapes failed and the two brothers parted ways. It is believed that Wilhelm’s brother moved to Michigan.
1910 Census indicates naturalization 1889, possible marriage in 1884 possible place of birth – Posen, Parmmen, Germany