|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1792|
|Death: ||Jun. 7, 1875|
From Early Pioneers and Indians of Minnesota and Rice County, by Lillie Clara Berg. PUB. 1959.
Albers, Mrs. Adelaide.
Mrs. Adelaide Albers, nee Meyer (1792-1875), was born in Sulingen, Hanover, Germany. She married Mr. Albers (given name unknown, likely Heinrich), a German farmer. They made their home in Sulingen. They had three children: Frederick, christened Johan Frederich Ernst (1814-1892); Henry (1831-1915); and Christian (deceased).
Because of militarism, constant wars and heavy taxation in Germany, many farming people left that country for America, the New World. After Adelaide became a widow, she with her two sons, Frederick age 39, his wife and their four children, and Frederick's brother, Henry, age 22, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a sailing boat, landing in New York in July 1853. Christian remained in Germany and disappeared in the wars.
From New York they all came directly to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the operated a small grocery store and bar. In 1855, Frederick and Henry staked out a land claim of 16 acres in Rice County, Minn., for future homes. In 1856 Frederick applied for and was granted U. S. Citizenship in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, thereby renouncing all allegiance and fidelity to George the Fifth, King of Hanover, Germany.
That same year, the Albers left Milwaukee for Minnesota in a covered wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen. (Accompanying them in another covered wagon were the Bergs, their foster child, and Ludwig Hartman.) They also took with them four cows, an extra yoke of oxen and enough wheat to seed a few acres the following spring. En route, probably near Lacrosse, Wisconsin, a fifth child, Charles, christened Henry Carl, was born to Frederick and his wife, nee Sophie Marie Rupkins (1819-1899). When the Albers arrived in the Northfield, Minnesota, area, they found a few scattered settlers. They stopped overnight at a farm, forded the Cannon River in the morning and continued their long journey to their 16 acre claim in section six of Bridgewater township, Rice County, six miles west of Northfield.
During their first year, most provisions were procured in Hastings, Minnesota, or St. Paul. In 1858, J. S., and G. M. Archibald established the first store of general merchandise in Dundas, three miles south of Northfield. The two pounds of sugar they brought with them from Milwaukee lasted the family the entire first winter. Their first crop of wheat was beaten into the ground by a hail storm. Their only alternative was to gather up the wheat heads and rub out the wheat. By this toilsome effort, they had enough seed to plant their crop the following spring. During the first years, wheat was hauled to the Hastings flour mill, one of the earliest in the area. The butter, eggs, dressed poultry, dressed beef and pork, produced by the farmers, were taken to St. Paul via the Dodd Road, which ran from Mankato, Minnesota, to St. Paul. The clothing of the families in those early days was made by hand, including the denim overalls, which they often died brown with green wild walnut shells. Baby clothes passed from one family to another.
One of the favorite dishes was wild crab apples, picked after the first frost and put into the oven until the tough blistered skins could be slipped off easily. The apples then were boiled and sweetened with sugar.
In 1857, the United States government built what was referred to as the Knoles school house (now District No. 67) in Webster township. The oldest of Frederick's children attended this school. As there was no road built yet, the children walked the six miles through the woods. In September 1865, the Minnesota Railway Company reached Northfield. As its construction continued through Dundas, the Albers families assisted in cutting ties for the track. In 1866, the railroad reached Faribault and later other southern connections. The settlers in the community enjoyed the most friendly relations with the surrounding Indians. Many Indians from the Chippewa encampment on the shores of the nearby Union Lake brought pickerel and other fish caught in Heath Creek to exchange for fresh white bread. The white women gladly made the exchange for the sake of continued friendly relations. When the New Ulm Sioux Indian uprising of 1862 occurred along the Minnesota River in the midst of the Civil War, many settlers hurried to Dundas where they would be able to make a better stand against the Indians if the uprising spread to their community. Fortunately, it did not. Adelaide Albers, her two sons, Frederick and Henry, their wives, Sophia and Christine, were all buried in Rolling Green Cemetery, which had been laid out in 1858 on land adjoining the Albers farms, facing what is now Highway 19.
Sophia Albers (Mrs. Fred Schrader), when seven years of age, gave members of the Jesse James-Younger Brothers gang a drink of water, which she pumped from the well on the homestead later operated by her sister, Miss Louise. On September 7, 1876, that gang attempted to rob the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota.
Rolling Green Cemetery
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