|Birth: ||Apr. 2, 1851, Germany|
|Death: ||May 16, 1933|
From the Zessin Nine Booklet:
Carl Zessin was born April 2, 1851, in the Province of Pommern, near Stolp, Germany, (which is now Poland.)
The following was taken from a 1902 issue of The Newman Grove Reporter, published in Newman Grove, Nebraska:"Carl Zessin is a native of Germany where he served as tailors apprentice and learned the trade.
He came to America when he was 18 years of age and settled at Madison, Nebraska, in 1870 and he has always called Madison County his home. He has been on the Pacific Coast eight times and has worked at his trade in all parts of the country. He has seen much of the country in his travels and can tell interesting experiences of western life in the mountains and on the plains. Of later years he has given more attention to business and owns a good farm besides a residence and business property in town. He is proprieter of 'Carl's Place', accomodating and obliging and is doing a good business".
Carl married Magdalena Melkhart. It is believed that they met in Omaha where she lived or worked at the time. It is presumed that their first home was on a homestead farm in Madison county, Nebraska, in the Green Garden Community between Madison and Newman Grove. In years following they lived in Bellingham, Washington; Newman Grove, Nebraska; and Spokane, Washington; in that order.
Carl had hardly a fifth grade education when he arrived. Nevertheless, he taught himself to read and write English and became a man of considerable substance. At the time of his death, he owned his home in Spokane, a wheat farm a few miles west of that city and several business building in Newman Grove, Nebraska. As written by Grandson, George H. Gutru, jr.: "I am very very proud that Carl Zessin was my grandfather. I think he was the kindest and gentlest man I have known. With all his gentleness, Grandpa Carl also was a man of great courage and fortitude. I was told he had gone on the gold rushes in both the Klondike and the Black Hills. In the Black Hills he was robbed of his equipment and supplies. To replenish them, he walked virtually the entire distance to Omaha, Nebraska probably around 400 miles, mostly at night to better hide from the Indians and wild cattle and buffalo."Granpa Carl must have followed several lines of endeavor in his business career. 'Carl's Place' mentioned in the quoted newspaper item, would be called a bar today, but was called a saloon in its time. 'Miley' McDonald, a somewhat younger comtemporary of Grandpa's in Newman Grove and I think at one time an employee in Carl's Place, once told me, "No man ever left Carl's Place drunk, Carl never would permit anyone to drink enough to get drunk.""Carl Zessin was the most repected, revered and beloved man I ever knew."
Shortly after his death, I visited his brother, Henry, Uncle Henry was habitually forceful and dynamic in his expressions. Speaking of Grandpa Carl, however, he paused for a moment and bowed his head, then spoke pensively in gentle reflection, "Carl - he was the best of us" I shall never forget it. It was the perfect tribute of a loving brother.
Carl and Magdalena (Lena) are buried in the Hope Cemetery at the southwest edge of Newman Grove, Nebraska.Grandson, G. Gutra, Jr.Granddaughter, Lone Jacobsen
Spokesman-Review Newspaper-May 21, 1933-Spokane, Washington Newspaper:
ZESSIN, Carl--Age 82. Passed away May 16, at the home, S1124 Cedar. He was a retired farmer and had resided in Spokane the past 25 yrs. Survived by 4 daughters. Mrs. Sever E. Fanderson and Mrs. George H. Gutru of Newman Grove, Neb.; Mrs. C. W. Manson and Mrs Clara Z. Carlson, both of Spokane; 3 brothers and 2 sisters in the east.
The body is at HAZEN & JAEGER'S.
Try to locate home at S1124 Cedar. House is gone now, there is an apartment building there.
Ferdinand Joachim Zessin (1824 - 1903)
Henrietta Mame Henrich Zessin (1827 - 1916)
Magdalena Melkhart / Melcher Zessin (1861 - 1928)*
Emma F Zessin Sanderson (1882 - 1953)*
Phoebe E. H. Zessin Gutru (1883 - 1956)*
Clara I. E. Zessin Carlson (1885 - 1968)*
Josephine Zessin Eyer Manson (1893 - 1976)*
Albert Zessin (1849 - 1930)*
Carl Zessin (1851 - 1933)
Hermann Zessin (1853 - 1907)*
Henry Zessin (1859 - 1935)*
Ferdinand August Zessin (1864 - 1950)*
Adelina Zessin Brown (1866 - 1910)*
Ida Johanna Zessin Markley (1868 - 1959)*
Frederick Morris Zessin (1871 - 1955)*
Alesa Maria Zessin Markley (1873 - 1964)*
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Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Jul 27, 2009
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