NORTH NEBRASKA DEATHSLots of great information! First, a more accurate date for her husband's death. I had been assuming it was between his appearance in the 1880 US Census and the 1900 US Census when Helena was listed alone in Creighton. This narrows that range down to sometime around 1892, twelve years before Helena's death. Awesome! Second, I now have the married names of all her daughters, even though the spelling on some is horribly butchered (it's Richling, Boisdorf and Huigens). These are my Grandpa Joe's aunts on his mother's side. Wunderbar!
"GRANDMA" FITZLER OF CREIGHT-
TON PASSES AWAY
Creighton, Neb. May 21.-- Special
to The News: Mrs. Helena Fitzler of
Creighton died here yesterday after-
noon at 3 o'clock of old age. She was
seventy-two years old and was born
in Germany. She came to this coun-
try with her parents, locating in Hen-
ry, Ill. After the death of her hus-
band, Mrs. Fitzler moved to Creighton
and has made this her home for the
past twelve years. She owned prop-
erty in Illinois and owned her home
She leaves six daughters and one
son, John Fitzler, who is unmarried,
and who is employed in the store of
Loeble & Son, of Creighton. Maggie
Rublow, Mary Higgons, Lizzie Bloom,
of Knox county; Mr. and Mrs. Peter
John of Sheldon, Ia., Helen Boisbors
of Mendota, Ill, Kate Schubert of
Manson, Ia., were all here at the bed-
side of Mrs. Fitzler when the end
The funeral will be held Sunday af-
ternoon at 3 o'clock from the Catholic
church, Rev. Father Windols in
Helena Fitzler was a good old lady
and will be greatly missed by the cit-
izens and people of Creighton. She
was known universally as "Grandma"
Fitzler and her kindly nature had
made for her friends in every corner
of Knox county.
However, I don't believe she came to America with her parents. I have her a on passenger list for the Charles Cooper with her future sister-in-law. I'll check the list for other Schmitt's but I'll be surprised if I find any. On the other hand, they would have been the grandparents for these seven children. If one of the daughters was the informant for this article, they probably knew better than me. On the third hand, on her death certificate, Helena's parents are listed as "Mr. Smith" and "Mrs. Helena Schmitt." If they knew their grandparents, why didn't they know their grandfather's name?
Several questions answered and a new one raised.