by Emmett Smith
Cousin Kathy Brown of Edina, MN, sends the following information, originally as comments, in:
George Schippel was a son of Anton and Wilhelmina Frohrip Schippel. Cousin Myrna Halverson Renner, who also comments in these online pp, is a granddaughter of George and daughter of Bert[ha] Schippel Halverson and Claire Halverson. “I am sending one of the pictures I have of them.”
“The Frohrip family left Hamburg Germany in two ‘shifts’. On 18 May 1854 the two oldest girls, Mary (Maria) and Dorothea, arrived in the US aboard the Oldenburg which was a barque. Then the rest of the family, their mother Maria and the remaining grown children, Louisa, John Charles, Wilhelmina and Frederica arrived, travelling with Mother Maria’s brother Andreas Bahlke. They arrived at Castle Garden in New York on 23 Oct 1855 aboard the Nordamerica.
“How they travelled to MN I do not know and would dearly love to find out.
“In 1860 This group was all together in Cottonwood , Brown County, MN [sic]. That 1860 census report information is the last document in which I find them all together. We know that in 1862 they lived near the present town of Morton, MN, on property taken from the Dakota not long before they purchased it. The Renville History states ‘Mrs. Marie Frorip [sic], a widow, with her son John and daughter Louisa, and her brother, Andrew Bahlke, lived on the hill in the southeast quarter of section 25, Beaver. The Indians came along and killed the dog. Andrew Bahlke came into the yard and scolded the Indians, whereupon they shot and killed him instantly. Mrs. Frolip [sic] started to run. She was shot in the back, her flesh being filled with buckshot. In time she made her way to Fort Ridgely. John and Mary were captured.’ * Family history tells us that Mother Maria made it to the home of her daughter Wilhelmina near Eagle Lake and she died there from infection in her wounds. [emphasis added — ed] I would assume that she is buried somewhere near there. I did find that Grandpa John went to Iowa for a short time and from there communicated with the MN Governer and requested reimbursement for his losses and was awarded $600. I keep finding bits of stories and keep adding to it. Sister Louisa married Valentin Bott in 1864 in St Peter with her brother John as a witness, and a Mrs JB Reynolds (maybe a surviving sister who we haven’t found?) Still so much to learn…answers just bring up more questions…but in all this I have found new cousins and for this I am very grateful…best wishes to you…Cousin Kathy”
Kathy Brown, first of all, thank you for the fine pictures of Wilhelmina Schippel and the George Schippel family and grandchildren; I believe this picture appears also in Katharine Dokken’s comprehensive account of the Frohrip and Schippel and related families.
Also, now, the Leona Magly Albert Schippel-story as recorded by me thus far begins to undergo further revision!
Great-Aunt Leona Magly’s version to me in the Summer of 1956 when I was seven was that “mommy harnessed up the horses and took Henry and the baby to safey” in Fort Ridgley, meaning Wilhelmina Schippel who was the stepmother of three-year-old Henry and eight-month-old Albert. In that connection our late mother, when she worked there in the 1970s, used to tell Donna Lind at the Hennepin County Historical Society, in Minneapolis by the Art Institute, that she was not afraid of any reported hauntings of the building by Dakota war leader Little Crow. The haunting was alleged because the museum in the usual rather grisly way was said to have some of Little Crow’s bones laying around. “If I see him,” said Mom, “I’ll just ask what he meant by shooting my great-grandmother!” This of course was persiflage, but Mom did say also that she remembered touching the buckshot in the cheek of her great-grandmother in 1921, the year of Wilhelmina Frohrip Schippel’s death. Mom was born in March of 1918 and so would have been three, or in her fourth year. I was born in 1949, have precocious memory and can remember visually (NB) numerous scenes at home at 15 in Ludlow Avenue in St Paul in 1951-2, before we moved to South Minneapolis in August, 1952. So I know early memory is indeed possible, but if her great-great-grandmother and not Wilhelmina was shot and then died no more than months later in rural Eagle Lake of infection from buckshot, then how can Mom have remembered the healed-over buckshot of 1921, in Marie’s daughter’s cheek?
The answer says My Dear Partner In Crime is obvious:
When small one is told stories about for example their early “cute” behavior so often as to believe they, themselves, remember these stunts. An example of course is that I can state truthfully that we moved in 1952 when I was three:
I do not remember of course looking at the calendar and going “Aha! It is 1952 and I am three, I am indeed in my fourth year and now we are moving into the Old Swedish Ghetto, in South Minneapolis….” I visually remember the old and the new place; the details were supplied by my grownups in response to my later questions — about those visual recollections.
Later, in 1956, I had a feverish bout of encephalitis; Mom knew I was badly ill when I came into the kitchen and asked “Why is there a submarine on top of the refrigerator?” I remember clearly a favorite underwater image of a submarine in a book I had about ships — it was very mysterious looking! — and, so, when Mom told me about it all later, I thought I, myself, could remember my hallucination too. But in fact my actual recollection of this is only a tenuous back-formation triggered or imprinted by the later narrative….
This is altogether a fine example, Kathy, of how History gets made! Thank you.
Kathy Brown also asks about cemeteries in Blue Earth County, Mankato Township and immediate area, and their proximity to the Eagle Lake Road, formerly US Hwy 14 and now lowly Blue Earth County 17. As to cemeteries, go to Google Maps…
…and copy these two search phrases into the Search Maps bar:
Tivoli Cemetery, near Eagle Lake, MN
Burgess Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota
You will see that they both are SSW of Eagle Lake village which lies due East of Old Mankato on Blue Earth County 17; this is Old US 14. The Schippel homestead was on the NW corner of Cty 17 and Blue Earth County 186; and, the Maglys was next door (East) on the NE corner of 17 & 186.
Leona Magly spoke of both of these and, though I’ve not been to the Burgess Cemetery as an adult nor have I even looked at Albert Schippel’s grave in the Mankato (Presbyterian) Glenwood Cemetery, still I think we will find some of our folks there. Indeed, MDPIC, Mickey, says just now that in…
…Jacob and Anna Magly are shown buried in the Burgess Cemetery.
…three Schippels come up, Allan (1918-81) at the Ft Snelling Cemetery; and, Gust (1874-1949) and Minnie (1876-1950) in Westbrook Cemetery, in SW Minnesota.
So far we’ve not found any more either on Marie Marie Bahlke Frohrip or Wilhelmina Frohripp Schippel.
All for now,
Old Cousin Crow
* — An additional online resource available in full is History of the Minnesota Valley, by Edward Duffield Neill and Charles S Bryant, and which features this excerpt:
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[31 August 2010]