Fritz "Frederick" Schrah is the son of PHILIP JOHANN SCHRAH and
CATHERINA WALTHERS (SCHAFER).
Margaret Loeb \ Loebs \ Loups is the daughter of
JOHN LAPES / LOUPS / LOEB / LOEBS.
Her mother is UNKNOWN.
FRITZ SCHRAH was born 25 May 1842
in Herxheim, Am Berg, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany.
He was baptized on 29 May 1842
at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Herxheim.
MARGARET LOEBS / LOUPS / LAPES was born 2 April 1846
in Bayern, Germany.
When Fritz left Bavaria, after arriving at Man's Estate, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1865 at the age of 23. The port he landed at in New York is uncertain.
Margaret immigrated to the U.S. in 1867 at the age of 21 years with her father, John Loebs \ Loups.
After Fritz immigrated to the U.S., he stopped for a brief time in New York, and then went to St. Louis, where he remained for two years engaged in a malt house.
He next went to Evansville, Indiana and remained there two years.
In 1872, he went to the Gasper Quarry in Warren County, Kentucky where he managed the quarry.
Fritz then moved his family from Kentucky to Empire, Clear Creek County, Colorado in 1889 where he engaged in mining.
The family moved to Denver, Colorado 12 years later in 1901 where Fritz then became a teamster. It was in Denver that they lived for the remainder of their lives.
The 1880 census records show the family lived in Warren County, Hadley District, Kentucky.
In 1900, they lived in Empire, Clear Creek, Colorado.
Fritz Schrah and Margaret Loebs were married 22 August 1870 in Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana. He was 28 years and she was 24 years of age.
The marriage of Fritz Schrah and Margaret Loebs / Loups resulted
in the birth of 9 children but only six survived to adulthood:
1. ELIZABETH ("Lizzie" or "Tishie") SCHRAH
Born 19 Dec 1871 in Indiana.
(1) Frank A. Binz
(2) Charles (Ed?) Trowbridge.
She died at the age of 83 years on 23 July 1955 in Denver, Colorado.
She is buried in Mt. Olivett Cemetery in Jefferson County, Colorado.
2. CHARLES H. SCHRAH
Born 15 Aug 1872 in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky.
He married at the age of 33 years to Lena Marie Schmidt
on 10 Oct 1905, but they divorced shortly afterwards.
He died at the age of 74 years on 15 Dec 1946 in Denver, Colorado.
He is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Lakewood, Colorado.
Charles has been described as a "very small man."
His occupation was a baker.
3. KATHERINE ("Katie") DRAKE SCHRAH
Born 6 Oct 1874 in Kentucky - probably in Louisville.
She married Rudolph Ullrich.
She died at the age of 89 years
on 17 Dec 1963 in Denver, Colorado.
She is buried in Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
She has been described as "a tall, thin lady
who was very good-hearted."
4. RUDOLPH FRANCIS SCHRAH
Born 9 Dec 1877 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky.
He married Anna Lydia Wright about 1897.
He died at the age of 80 years
on 12 July 1958 in Denver, Colorado.
He is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.
5. FRITZ (R. or W.) SCHRAH
Born 1879 in Kentucky, possibly in Lousiville.
He died at a young age.
6. LENA LILLIAN SCHRAH
Born 28 Feb 1881 in Hadley, Warren, Kentucky.
She married at the age of 19 years to
Jacob William Rau Baumgartner on 11 June 1900.
She died at the age of 78 years on 11 July 1959
in Wheatridge, Jefferson Co, Colorado.
Lena has been described as "a good-hearted,
heavy set lady who weighed about 200 pounds."
7. JOHN P. SCHRAH
Born in 1882 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky.
Died at a young age.
8. ALBERT SCHRAH
Born 2 July 1887 in Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky.
(1) At the age of 23 years, he married
Dora Marie Hall in 1910 in Denver, Colorado.
(2) At the age of 31 years,
he married Bertha O'Tillia Aldenhoven
on 10 May 1919 in Denver, Colorado.
He died at the age of 85 years
on 21 April 1973 in Denver, Colorado.
He is buried in Ft. Logan National Cemetery
in Denver, Colorado.
Albert served in World War I. His tour of duty was in France.
9. [UNKNOWN - INFANT DAUGHTER]
Born about 1884.
She died as an infant about 1885.
An early history book of Warren County, Kentucky states that Fritz served in the German Army before he immigrated to the U.S.
Fritz and Margaret were members of the Protestant German Church, probably the Evangelical Reformed Church.
FRITZ SCHRAH died on 4 January 1909 at the age of 66 years
in Denver, Colorado from "double pneumonia."
He is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.
MARGARET LOEBS died on 12 March 1924 at the age of 77 years
in Denver, Colorado.
She is buried next to her husband at Crown Hill Cemetery.
In politics, Fritz Schrah was a Republican. He was a member of the Masonic Order.
Both Fritz and Margaret were educated in Germany.
Margaret has been described as being only 4-ft. 5-in. tall and having a hunch-back.
Nothing is known yet on the fate of the family he left behind. I did find a "Kate Schrah" in the 1880 Federal Census living as a servant with another family. She was 18 years old, born in Bavaria, and was living in Bowling Green Kentucky, the same city as Fritz was. The relationship is still unknown but it is possible that she could be Katharina Schrah - Fritz's sister. I believe she could have been the younger sister to Fritz ?.
There are many "Schrah" surnames recorded in Plaidt, Germany.
Various spellings for this surname include Schrau, Schrag, Schrock, Schrack, and Schragg.
Funeral notice in the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado on Jan. 6, 1909:
Schrah, Frederick Schrah, Jan. 4, 1909. Funeral from late residence, 244 S. Emerson St., Thursday afternoon at 2:00. Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Taken from "A History of the State," Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886, Warren County:
FRITZ SCHRAH was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1842, and is a son of Philip and Catherine (Schafer) Schrah. After arriving at man's estate he came to the United States and stopped for a brief time in New York, and then went to St. Louis, where he remained for two years engaged in a malt house. He next went to Evansville, Ind., and remained there two years, and next came to the Gaspar Quarry, where he has been since 1872 managing the quarry. He married, 1870, Margaret, daughter of John Lapes, of Evansville. This union has resulted in the birth of seven children, as follows: Lizzie, Charles, Katie, Fritz R., Lena, an infant, deceased, and John P. In politics Mr. Schrah is a Republican. He is a member of the Masonic order, and of the Protestant German Church. Both Mr. and Mrs. Schrah were educated in Germany. She came to the United States in 1865.
"The Early White Stone Industry In Bowling Green and Warren County."
Abstracted from Christy Spurlock Smith:
Shortly after Kentucky became a state in 1792, Warren County was established as a county separate from northeastern Logan County in 1797, and the city of "Bolin Green" was founded in 1798. In the early 1800s, the advent of the railways led to the development of one of Warren County's first industries, the white stone industry.
In 1833 near Bowling Green, John Howarth opened what was later called the White Stone Quarry. In 1856 William Carnes and Hugh E. Smith bought the quarry and in 1860 Mr. Carnes sold his interest to Mr. Smith who greatly expanded operations. The "Bowling Green stone," of oolite limestone, as trademarked for the White Stone Quarry, had a high oil content so that it split uniformly for cutting, shaping, and carving. It also had a beautiful bleached white color, strength, and resistance to fire. The stone received awards at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. Over the years the white limestone was used for construction of many buildings and parks, which included the Warren County Courthouse; the St. Thomas Episcopal Cathedral and Pulitzer Fountain in New York City; the Sacred Heart Church and Trinity College Chapel in Washington, D.C.; the Church of Immaculate Concep tion in Waterbury, Connecticut; the Hartford Masonic Temple in Hartford, Ohio; the Chateau Crillon in Philadedlphia; the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort; the Seelbach Hotel, the Old Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Speed Memorial Art Museum, the First Church of Christ Scientist, and the First Christian Church in Louisville; and the columns for Western Kentucky University's Van Meter Hall and Kentucky Building.
The actual work in the white stone industry was quite interesting. Originally, quarrying, shaping and carving the stone were done at the quarry site. However, increasing technology changed the methods of operations over the years. In the 1860s, individuals used wooden derricks with geared wenches to load the stone onto ox-carts which then hauled the stone over rough roads into Bowling Green. By 1870 the city of Bowling Green had utilized the white stone for many of its public buildings and residences. However, it took the growth of the railway system in the 1870s to transport the stone to places such as Louisville, Chicago, Memphis, Nashville, and St. Louis. Additionally, in the 1870s, a small company-owned community developed. By the early 1900s there were a boarding house for stone workers, a one-room schoolhouse, a company store, and church services at Stonecutters' Hall. During the late 1880s and early 1900s, there was a steam-driven stone saw mill at the quarry site to cut the stone; stonecutters shaped the stone to fill orders; and stonecarvers cut detailed designs into the stone. By the early 1900s, a large rock crusher and a lime kiln crushed rough rock which overlay the white limestone, for road and railroad beds. A steam-driven "pumping station" supplied water to the quarry and a community reservoir.
By the 1920s, there were two large powerhouses, one with gasoline engines to energize the derricks and one with a steam boiler and engine for other power needs. Workers used dynamite to remove the earth and rough rock from atop the white limestone. Sometimes the rock was still crushed for road and railway beds; scrap rock was loaded into the "traveler" or chair lift to go by rail to a dumping area. To cut a section of the stone, a steam-powered (later electric) cutting machine called a "channeler" or "wardler" with five drill bits was driven back and forth on a track laid on the stone. Then, a line of several holes was drilled at the base of the cut, and a row of wedges was driven into the holes between slips. When the section of stone was loose, a steel derrick laid it over onto a bed of soft stone, which cushioned the fall. The stonecutters then used a straight edge to mark off the stone and the stone was split further to reach the size for a given order. Finally, a derrick lo aded the stone onto the railcars to go to the mill in Bowling Green.
Over the years, several companies quarried the white stone. The White Stone Quarry itself survived several changes of owners, changes in name, and economic downturns. However, by the early 1900s, all of the readily accessible stone was quarried and labor unions had increased the cost of labor. Finally, the Great Depression caused a slowdown in orders and many employees to be laid off. The last stone quarried was for the four columns of the Kentucky Building in Bowling Green, Kentucky. These columns are unique in that each is a solid piece of stone--twenty-two feet in length.
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Updated August 18, 2009
|LOEB / LOUPS, John
LOEBS / LOUPS, Margaret
WALTHER / SCHAFER, Catherina
KINIGUNDA / CHRISTMANN?
|WYSS / WISS, Urs
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