|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1843|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 1930|
Louisa Roenigk emigrated with her brother, Frederick Adolph Roenigk in 1860 from Ufhoven, coming on the "Teutonia". The rest of the Roenigk siblings and their parents came on the "Rhein" to America in 1871, eleven years later. They included: Johann Ludwig "John Louis" Gottlob Roenigk and Johanna Maria Christine (Zacharias) Roenigk, and children: Anna Teresa, Richard, Julius Roenigk, Augusta, and Charles John Roenigk.
From the "Clay Center Times" March 27, 1930.
"Rasmussen.--Mrs. Louisa Rasmussen died at her home in Morganville, March 23, at the age of 86 years, 6 months, and 24 days. The story of her life is as follows:
Eleanora Louisa Roenigk was born August 29, 1843 in Uf Hoven, Thurinia, Germany. At the age of 14, she was confirmed in the Lutheran church, and when 17, she with her brother, Adolph, came to America.
They first located on a farm near Madison, Wisc., where they lived several years. Here she first met Mate Rasmussen, who shortly thereafter enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served in southern waters during the remainder of the Civil war. In 1864 she and her brother moved from Madison to St. Louis, Mo., and at the close of the Civil war, Mr. Rasmussen joined them at St. Louis and on October 15, 1865, he and Miss Roenigk were united in marriage. They, then moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where Mr. Rasmussen was employed as a book-binder in the D.R. Anthony printing plant. In the spring of 1866, before the advent of the railroad, they came by wagon route to Manhattan, Kansas.
In 1870 they moved to a homestead in Bloom township, Clay county, where the parents, brothers and sisters joined them, coming from Germany in the spring of 1871, all settling on homesteads. A few years later the old homestead was sold and a larger farm purchased, the main part of which she still retained at the time of her death.
Her husband preceded her in death twenty-two years ago and those who are left to mourn her departure are her children, Theo. C., Hiram Rasmussen, Mrs. Florence McKinney, Mrs. Anna Stoneback, and Mrs. Emma Purves all of Santa Ana, Calif., three brothers and one sister, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and a host of friends.
For the past twenty-two years, she has made her home in Morganville, where she was an active member in church and community affairs as long as health permitted. She was a kind and thoughtful neighbor, whose interests centered in the welfare of others. She was a woman of sterling character and greatly beloved by all who knew her. Her life story is very interesting and her going was very peaceful. Funeral services were held at the Morganville M. E. church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock with Rev. N. J. Adams officiating. The music was very appropriate for the service and relatives and friends came to pay tribute to one they loved. Many beautiful flowers expressed further regard. Burial was made in the Rasmussen family plot in the Bloom cemetery."
Mates and Louisa Rasmussen had ten children.
They were able to visit the Denmark homeland in July 1897. They visited Mates' mother Ane Madsdatter, his one brother, Niels, who did not emigrate and his sisters. Ane Madsdatter was using a surname in 1897. She signed her name Anna Madsen.
(Thanks to Ann Bowler for this obituary)
Mads Rasmussen (1839 - 1908)*
Theodore Charles Rasmussen (1867 - 1943)*
Waldemar Rasmussen (1868 - 1900)*
Anna Rasmussen (1870 - 1872)*
Florence Rasmussen McKinney (1873 - 1957)*
Hiram Mates Rasmussen (1874 - 1948)*
Anna Rasmussen Stoneback (1876 - 1930)*
Daisy Rasmussen (1880 - 1880)*
Emma Marie Rasmussen Purves (1882 - 1980)*
Created by: Burt
Record added: Sep 15, 2008
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