The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 Gottlieb Gessel, Sr

Gottlieb Gessel, Sr

Munich (München), Stadtkreis München, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 14 May 1923 (aged 74)
Providence, Cache County, Utah, USA
Burial Providence, Cache County, Utah, USA
Plot A2036
Memorial ID 50223 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Son of Gottlieb Gessel and Anna Maria Stieger

The Story of Gottlieb and Catherine Brandt Gessel
By Mrs. Margaret Gessel Nielsen

My father, Gottlieb Gessel was born in Grosscsrlbach, Germany, on 26 May 1849 to Gottlieb and Anna Marie Steager Gessel. He had a sister, Mary and a brother, Fredrick. Father never talked about his childhood very much but he told us that where he lived, they had cherry trees along the streets for shade and he and the other boys of the town would go to the forest and gather nuts. He belonged to the Catholic Church and I think that father had many happy times as a boy.

My mother, Catherine Brandt Gessel was born in Altlinniger, Germany on 06 March 1851 to Jacob and Elizabeth Allibrand Brandt. She was next to the oldest in a family of five girls and three boys. Her life as a child was very hard. She was hired out to work ofr a landlord when she was only twelve years of age and her pay was one dollar a year and her food and place to sleep. She had to get up at four o'clock in the morning to work in the fields and help in the kitchen and she had to work until very late at night. Each night she would read her Bible until she fell asleep. The Bible was the only book she she get to read, so she read it through three times and in later years she could still quote scriptures from any of the books of the Bible. She belonged to the Lutheran church and on Sundays she got one hour off to go to church.

When mother was about 18 years old, she met father, who was a stable boy on the estate where she worked. When father was 22 years old and mother just passed on her 20th birthday, they were marred in Altinniger, Germany on the 21st day of March 1871. They had a hard struggle to make a livelihood but they were happy loved each other very much and mother was a helpmate in all that father did. He made brick by hand and she would help him all that she could. Besides taking care of her home, mother had some goats that she milked and sold the milk and she also had a few geese that she plucked and sold the down for pillows and feather beds, saving every penny that she could.

On 03 September 1873 a son, Jacob was born to them, and on 05 March 1875 a daughter, Barbara was born. Catherine was born 04 May 1876 and Fredrick was born 08 November 1877 and Carl 18 June 1879.

During this time, the Mormon Missionaries visited their home and they were converted to the church. Fredrick Theurer converted them and on 22 April 1876 he baptized and confirmed them. They were baptized in the Rhine River and the ice was so thick that they had to chop a hole large enough to be baptized in.

It took them four years to save enough money to come to Zion and then mother, father, their five children and father's mother made the voyage. It took them six weeks to come to America, mother having been sick all the way over.

In the fall of 1880, they arrived in Providence and as there was no work at that time, father went to Montana to work on the railroad. Mother was left with her small family and she had many trying times. Sometimes they were without food and something to keep them warm but mother believed in prayer and many times her prayers were answered and there would be flour and wood on her doorstep in the morning. On 19 January 1881 their third daughter, Anna was born and soon after father came home and bought a piece of ground on which he built a log house with a dirt roof.

In 1884, mother and father went to the Logan Temple and were married there and in 1885, they had their children sealed to them.

Father was one of the first brick makers in Cache Valley and he and Fredrick Theurer started the first brickyard, which was at William Kressie's field. Later they moved it to the 8th ward in Logan and after that they moved it to the Ballard's southwest of town. At this time, father and his sons started a company of their own and moved just south of the Logan Bridge, where the ice pond is now located. He always tried to keep up with the latest machinery in brick making and made both wire cut and press brick. The last move was one mile and a half north of the O.S.I. Railroad station in Logan and they had the most up to date machinery. They furnished the brick for many of the older buildings at the Agricultural College in Logan that are made of brick, came from the Gessels Brick Company. The old Brigham Young College and Nibley Hall were also made from this brick.

In 1898, father built the brick home for his family, which is still standing.

Other children born to father and mother were: Gottlieb born 25 March 1885; Mary born 22 1883; Emil born 03 June 1885; Clara Eliza born 17 November 1887; Henry Brandt born 29 March 1889; Julian born 07 March 1891; Margaret Rachel born 10 March 1893; David Brandt born 29 September 1894.

When their daughter, Anna G. Vogel died, leaving two children, Katherine three years and Rodney three weeks old, this came as a great sorrow to them both but mother tried to take care of the children with the help of some of the family but it was too large a burden after all that she had gone through and on 24 February 1914 her spirit left this sphere of action but her unselfish and sweet spirit has always stayed with her family. She always thought of those in need and whenever new emigrants came, mother was there with food and clothes or other things they were in need of and she always worked hard and saved for those things.

Father always tried to be fair and honest in his dealings and believed in keeping high his standards of right living. He died on 14 May 1923.

Both mother and father were good and true to their religion. They never wanted any high positions or any public office but were just good, plain, Latter-day Saints.




  • Maintained by: Burnt Almond Fudge
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50223
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gottlieb Gessel, Sr (26 May 1848–14 May 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50223, citing Providence City Cemetery, Providence, Cache County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Burnt Almond Fudge (contributor 46857451) .