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 Lena M <I>Jahn</I> Eggert

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Lena M Jahn Eggert

  • Birth 1 Jan 1845 Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  • Death 10 Sep 1902 Dixon, Solano County, California, USA
  • Burial Dixon, Solano County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 106062760

Aged 57 yrs, 8 mos, 10 days.
Native of Holstein, Germany.

Bio excerpt from her daughter, Elda Marie Magdelena Eggert:

Lena Jahn [Stick Eggert] was born in Lutjenvestedt, Kreis Rendburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, on January 1, 1845, the youngest of eight children born to Johann Jahn, a Napoleonic War pensioner.

She came to America together with another girl her own age. None of us know who that was. At any rate, they were a pair of 19 year-olds when they hazarded the trans-Atlantic trip to join her two sisters already in Dixon.

The two girls crossed the Isthmus of Panama by train, and then went by boat to San Francisco. The railroad across the Isthmus of today runs in practically the same route as at that time. The friend stayed in San Francisco. Lena went to Sacramento, whence she was to find a way to get to her sister.

All the farmers from the plains left their horses at one of the stables; and, from the owner, she learned that a neighbor of Saltzen's was driving home that day and would take her out. It sounds as if the Sacramento person knew the farmers around Dixon. That is how she came to ride with Mr. Behrens. (Reports had it that Mrs. Behrens was quite upset over her husband having brought a young girl those 20 miles.) Anyway, she walked across the field to the Saltzen place.

When she arrived there, she made the acquaintance of Johann Stick and she married him in 1865. He was 36, and she, 20. Seven children were born before the dreadful years of communicable disease struck them. Little brow-curly-haired Auguste Theresa (born 20 Apr 1876) was the first to die (22 Jun 1877) of measles that went into the lungs, at one year of age. She developed pneumonia also.

Henry was next. He had fallen from a horse and broken a blood vessel near his knee. There was a substitute doctor in town who thought it was only a bruise, but blood poisoning set in. He was born 4 Mar 1869 (died 30 Aug 1879), age 10 ½.

Detlef Raabe, Senior (buried in the Saltzen lot in Tremont) came from Germany on a boat that was disease ridden. It was thought to be due to a diet deficiency, scurvy, but was, in fact, smallpox, which Detlef developed after he arrived on the Saltzen ranch. John Stick nursed him and also prepared the body for burial, still now knowing it was smallpox; he contracted the disease which took him also (20 Oct 1881), aged 52 years.

Son Albert, (born 2 Aug 1879) also died of the disease plus dysentery (8 Nov 1881), aged 2 years, 3 months. All were vaccinated except Herman, who hid out. Lena suffered as much from her swollen, black arm as the rest from the pox.

So, Lena Stick was left a widow at the age of 36 with four children – Johnny, 15, Lena, 14, Herman, 10, Amanda, 8, and a debt on the land. nursed smallpox, diphtheria, measles, blood-poisoning, typhoid, a gunshot wound, all in a six-year period. She lost her husband and four children in that time. Besides those who died, others had the disease also and survived.

She had executive and organizing abilities galore. Onkel Otto Bertelsen of Alameda (not a blood relative) always said she never had known anyone who could get through a mountain of work with the routine she did. She liked sewing. We all learned from her to honor work. Her patches were a work of art, and she taught satisfaction of a neat job of darning or mending.

She was only 57 when she died of Blight's Disease. Her heart had troubled her for some years.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 106062760
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lena M Jahn Eggert (1 Jan 1845–10 Sep 1902), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106062760, citing Tremont Cemetery, Dixon, Solano County, California, USA ; Maintained by Matthew Kirby Brideson (contributor 47754184) .