|Birth: ||Aug. 24, 1846|
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
|Death: ||Aug. 8, 1908|
South Dakota, USA
CHRISTOF AND TERESA BIRNBAUM Christof Birnbaum, his wife Teresa; children Henry, Crescence (Crescentia),Dionysius (Tony), and Johanna, left their native Bavaria in early May 1883, sailing on the "Bohemia" to New York. The family traveled by train to Fort Pierre, Dakota Territory. Here the railroad ended and the rest of the journey be wagon train was difficult. Traveling with the Mike Teal family, they found the Cheyenne River dangerous to cros because of high waters and heavy spring rains. On the road from Fort Pierre, Baby Johanna died and was buried by the roadside. The family arrived in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 24, 1883. Christof Birnbaum homesteaded on Dry Creek and later bought land on Rapid Creek. While living here two sons were born, Joseph and Fred. Fred died in February 1914 of pneumonia.
Christof Birnbaum, a skilled brick and stone mason, helped build many of the early buildings in the growing Rapid City. One of these was the original Methodist Church on Kansas City Street. A large copper ball was formed from sheet copper and placed on the spire by his future son-in-law Bill Nicholas.
Christof farmed along Rapid Creek and continued to build in Rapid City until his death on June 7, 1221. Each day he would walk into Rapid City and three of the homes he built continue to stand at Fourth and South Streets. His craftsmanship is also seen on the Buell Building, a historic landmark, at Seventh and St. Joseph Street. The Moorish tower (Onion Dome) on the corner was constructed by Christof and covered by his son-in-law Bill Nicholas.
Christof's son, Henry, lived at Rapid City until 1927 when he moved to Chicago. Also, a son, Christ (John), born a few years before Christof's death, moved to Chicago in later years. Tony and Joseph married and raised their families in Rapid Valley.
Tony's sons were Thomas, Francis, Joe and step-son John Campbell. Living in Rapid City is Joe Birnbaum.
Joseph's children are Theresa, Paul, Lawrence, Helen, Mary (Mrs. Harold Ashiem) and Margaret (Mrs. Leo Outka). Still living in the Rapid dCity area is Paul Birnbaum.
Crescence Birnbaum married William Nicholas November 1, 1885.
By Elaine M. Hill
From Center Pennington County Book
Mount Calvary Cemetery
South Dakota, USA
Plot: block 43
Created by: April Asheim-Ondriezek
Record added: Jun 08, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14542903