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 Ludwig Bott

Ludwig Bott

Death 24 Mar 1941 (aged 84)
Alexander, Rush County, Kansas, USA
Burial Alexander, Rush County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 60000251 · View Source
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All of the Bott brothers were born in Norka, Russia. Five of them came from Norka, Russia to the USA and initally settled near Sutton, Nebraska: Ludwig, Henry, Peter, Conard and John. One brother, Justice, died in Norka, Russia while serving in the Russian Army.

Our Bott name means messenger.

Ludwig Bott came alone in 1876 at the age of 19. One memoir in the notes is from a relative on the Yost side of the family who tells their memories of the awful conditions on the ship, lice, people were sick all around them, and the terrible smells and no water with which to clean up.

Another story from the Yost memoirs tells of relatives in Harvard, Nebraska had sent money for first class tickets. However, when they got to the port they were told their ship was not in yet. The father refused to wait. He herded his family on the first old cattle ship that came in. It took 15 days to cross the Atlantic. They ship they were to have taken took only 8 days to cross and passed them at sea on the way. When the group landed in New York they were beset by many different agents persuaded them to go to such diverse places as Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sutton, Nebraska, Pawnee Rock, Kansas and Red Oak, Iowa.

Ludwig married Christina Yost in Sutton, Nebraska in 1878. Nine children were born; six died before moving from Sutton, Nebraska to LaCrosse, Kansas in 1900 in a covered wagon caravan. The information of the children who died in Sutton, Nebraska:
* 4 died in infancy
* Alice lived to 5 yrs
* Wilhelm lived to 7 years
The 2 children died 12 days apart.

Ludwig and the family settled on the farm south and east of Alexander, Kansas in 1901 after purchasing the ¼ ground from WL Kittle for $1500.

Between 1901 and 1928 the farmstead was a house painted white with green trim and a red chimney; windmill tower was painted red and white; the barn was also red and white. Here, Ludwig and Christina raised their two daughters, Katie Bott Schwindt and Elizabeth Bott Boese and son, John Adam Bott.

Their son, Adam (John Adam) married Sophie Foos and they made their home on this farmstead until their deaths. This was the birth home of LeRoy and Carl Bott. After Carl was born in 1927, the old house was torn down and the present farm home was build in 1928.

It took a year for the new home to be built. It was built on the old home foundation. The materials from the old house were used to build the new. Additional cost of $1700. Adam, Sophie and the boys lived in the west bin of the big granary. Ludwig & Christina lived in wash house by the windmill. Sophie would cook the meals at the granary and carry them to the wash house for the elders. Ruth Ann was born in the new house in 1934.


Golden Anniversary - translated from German to English (from Church Records)

On September 24, 1928, Brother and Sister of Ludwig Bott celebrated the rare festival of the Golden Anniversary in their beautiful new home near Alexander, Kansas. More than 70 persons came to bring good wishes and blessings to the pair. Beautiful flower arrangements and many gifts were brought by the children and relatives to present to the couple.

After the reading of Psalm 103 and the singing of songs of Thanksgiving, the pastor spoke about I Samuel 7:12: "Until this day has the lord helped us.." After the singing of several songs by the youth and friendly conversation, several kinds of refreshments were served.

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  • Maintained by: Connie Schwindt Rumold
  • Originally Created by: Joe Gibbens
  • Added: 12 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60000251
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ludwig Bott (28 Jul 1856–24 Mar 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60000251, citing Belle Prairie Cemetery, Alexander, Rush County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Connie Schwindt Rumold (contributor 47931842) .