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Peter Schwindt
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1841, Russian Federation
Death: Dec. 5, 1921
Alfalfa County
Oklahoma, USA

Peter was the oldest child of Nicholas and Anna Katrina Kaser Schwindt, in a family of six boys and one girl. He was born on November 1, 1841, in the Colony of Norka, Russia, and passed away on December 5, 1921, at the age of 81, and laid to rest in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery, Cherokee, Oklahoma.

In Russia, Peter had been a farmer, so after coming to this country he naturally took to farming. His younger brother, Nick, had come to this country earlier, about 1876. Through the influence and help of brother Nick, Peter brought his family of four girls and one son to this country in 1891. After a year in Rush County, Kansas, working for his brother Nick, Peter took part in the Cherokee Land Rush of 1893, and both he and two of the oldest daughters each acquired a homestead.

His brother Nick offered Peter some advice on how to proceed in the free-for-all rush. He told him to run his horse as hard as he could, until the horse he was riding fell dead, if necessary, in order to get as far to the south as possible where the land was best. When night overtook Peter he had not yet found a place. He met some men, but not being able to understand English, he did not trust them. He did not like their attitude and did not trust them, so he spent the entire night awake holding his horse. On the following morning he turned back north and selected a quarter section near the present town of Driftwood, Oklahoma; about four and a half miles south of Burlington, Oklahoma.

The land was poor, but it was a new start. In time he erected two large sod houses, plowed most of the land and planted two orchards. The living quarters were crude, and the first few years were difficult. But in 1900 a better house was built; a four-room box-type house was erected. He farmed this land until he was well over 70 years old, and raised his family. In 1913, at the age of 72, he suffered a broken hip from which he never fully recovered.

Peter Schwindt was born in Saratov, Russia; His wife Christina Leihl (Schwindt) was born in Norka Russia. They were married in 1862 prior to coming to the USA. This union was blessed with two sons and four daughters. Only the youngest son was born in the USA. Two other children died in Infancy.

Sons:
Wilhelm - 3/4/1875 - 8/21/1962 (Anna Patzkowsky)

John - Born 1891; Died 1891 Died in Russia

Daughters:
Elizabeth - 4/1/1870 - 6/14/1962 (Jacob Ackerman)

Katherine (Katie) - 2/20/1872 - 1974 (Adam Koehler) Lived in Decatur County, Kansas

Christina - 11/13/1881 - 12/13/1973 (Jacob Kleweno) Lived in Rush Co. Kansas

Lizzie - 4/11/1887; Norka Russia - 7/14/1964 (LeRoy Settle)

Two other children died in Infancy in Russia. Nothing more is known of these children. 
 
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 Parents:
  Nicholas Schwindt (1823 - 1890)
  Anna Katharina Schwindt (1822 - 1888)
 
 Spouse:
  Christina Lehl Schwindt (1843 - 1918)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Schwindt Kildow Ackerman (1870 - 1962)*
  Katherine Schwindt Koehler (1872 - 1974)*
  Wilhelm Schwindt (1875 - 1962)*
  Christina Schwindt Kleweno (1881 - 1973)*
  Lizzie Schwindt Settle (1887 - 1964)*
 
 Siblings:
  Peter Schwindt (1841 - 1921)
  Christina Schwindt Yost (1849 - 1927)*
  Conrad Schwindt (1853 - 1891)*
  Nicholas Schwindt (1856 - 1936)*
  Heinrich Schwindt (1858 - 1910)*
  John Schwindt (1863 - 1889)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH.
 
Burial:
Cherokee Municipal Cemetery
Cherokee
Alfalfa County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: First Addition, Block 3, Row 8, Lot 8
 
Maintained by: Connie Schwindt Rumold
Originally Created by: Tim
Record added: Dec 16, 2012
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Peter Schwindt
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Peter Schwindt
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