Husband: William Druschel (1 2 3 4)
Born: 18 Apr 1834 in Prussia (5 6)
Married: 18 Oct 1899 in Clackamas County, Oregon (24)
Died: 22 Jun 1907 in Canby, Clackamas, Oregon (7 8)
Father:
Mother:
Spouses: Sibilla Link
Wife: Matilda Ella Fey (9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20)
Born: 02 May 1845 in Niederdresselndorf, Westphalia, Prussia
Died: 02 Jul 1922 in Canby, Clackamas, Oregon (22)
Father: Johann Adam Fey
Mother: Anna Thomas
Spouses: Christian Wintermantel
Additional Information

William Druschel:

Cause of Death: Chronic Bright's Disease

Matilda Ella Fey:

Christened: 08 May 1845, Evangelisch, Niederdresselndorf, Westfalen, Preussen 21

Cause of Death: chronic valvular heart disease

Buried: 06 Jul 1922, Zion Cemetery, Canby, OR 23

Notes:

1910 Census shows Matilda living in Tacoma with her daughters Minnie, and Ella, and their husbands and babies.

1920 Census she is living with daughter Louise

This story was told by our cousin's grandmother, Ethel Fey Hornschuch. "The Fey's were on a ship coming to America when a great storm hit. The family knelt on the deck and prayed, and were saved. Her recollection was that the mother was in ill health, and made her husband promise to take the girls to America and raise them there after she died."

from "The Fey Story" by Dianne Z. Stevens - 2013
Matilda Ella Fey (1845 Prussia – 1922 Canby, Oregon) is the last child of Johann Adam Fey and is our ancestor.

This is what Elbert Wardle wrote about Matilda in his Wintermantel genealogy in 1986:

"Matilda, our grandmother, was the youngest child and was two and a half years old when her mother died. Her father, sisters and brothers took care of her.
On their trip across the ocean she had her ninth birthday. They were on a sailing ship and the sea was stormy and very rough. Two icebergs were closing in on both sides of the ship and crashed together just behind them. Although Matilda was only nine, she remembers her father holding her and her sister Charlotte on his knees and comforting them while many of the passengers prayed. This trip took six weeks. Upon arrival in America the Fey family settled on a farm at Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin."

And there she grew until 9 November 1865 when she married a neighbor and returning Civil War soldier, Christian Wintermantel. Her story continues in the Wintermantel section of this history, but it also continues after that section, because Matilda outlived Christian by 25 years.

After 31 years of marriage Matilda Fey Wintermantel became a widow when Christian died in October, 1897. She married William Druschel in October of 1899. He died in June of 1907 and Matilda was a widow once again. Christian's pension file details where Matilda lived from the time her second husband died until her death. In 1900 Matilda and William are living in Canby. She lived there until March of 1908 when she moved to Seattle. She lived there until March 1910 when she moved to Tacoma, Washington. The 1910 census shows Matilda living at 1323 S. M Street, Tacoma, Washington with the families of both daughters, Minnie and Ella. A year later she moved to North Yakima,Washington for one year, then Tacoma, Washington again for two years, and then Portland, Oregon until December 1917. I suspect in all these moves she was living with various of her children. After that she moved back to Canby, Oregon with her daughter and son-in-law, Louisa and John Koehler. And that is where she died of heart disease on 2 July 1922.

I have a huge file of copies of Christian's pension file. She applied to receive benefits as Christian's widow after he died, to receive benefits for his two daughters who were still underage at his death, and to again receive widows benefits from Christian after the death of her second husband, William Druschel. It is very interesting reading. The number of depositions involved is truly astounding. Bureaucracy and paper work were not invented in the 20th century. On page 83 of the file, April 18, 1918, is a letter from Matilda to the Honorable C. N. McArthur. She writes:

"Two years ago I applied to renew my pension with no results. Now they tell me I must submit the same paper work all over again. Can you please help me?"

She did succeed in her claims and at the time of her death was receiving 30 dollars per month.

One more interesting thing about Matilda and William Druschel. They both lived in Canby, Oregon with their first families. Each of them had eleven children with their first spouses. Another neighbor family was that of Adam and Elizabeth Zimmerman. Adam and Elizabeth's daughter Emma married one of William Druschel's sons from his first marriage, Charles. Adam and Elizabeth's son George married one of Matilda Fey Wintermantel Druschel's daughters from her first marriage, Minnie.

Footnotes
  1. Census, Federal - 1900 - Clackamas Co, OR, Canby Precinct, Town of Canby ED82, p. 8 of 16.
    (7 Jun 1900)

    Line 54 Dwelling 89 Family 89

    Druschel William head b Apr 1834 age 66 m 0 yrs Ger Ger Ger imm 1855 Na Farmer
    Matilda wife May 1845 55 m 0 yrs Ger Ger Ger 1854
    Herman son Dec 1874 25 s IA Ger Ger
    Minnie dau Oct 1880 19 s IA Ger Ger at school
    Clara dau Oct 1882 17 s IA Ger Ger at school
    Ella dau Feb 1885 15 s OR Ger Ger at school

    [The four children listed are all Wintermantels not Druschels.]

  2. Druschel, Wm - obit.
  3. Census, Federal 1880, Western, Multnomah, Oregon.

    1880 United States Federal Census about William Drushel Name: William Drushel
    Age: 48
    Birth Year: abt 1832
    Birthplace: Prussia
    Home in 1880: Western, Multnomah, Oregon
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse's Name: F. Drushel
    Father's Birthplace: Prussia
    Mother's Birthplace: Prussia
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: Laborer


    Household Members: Name Age
    William Drushel 48
    F. Drushel 35
    Charles Drushel 14
    Samuel Drushel 11
    Sarah Drushel 8
    William Drushel 5
    Delia Drushel 3

  4. Sandy McGuire, Clackamas County Family History Society Letter to Patricia Andrea dated 27 Feb 1997.

    Index to William Drueschel's Probate information:

    Druschel, Wm. #1084

    d. 22 June 1907, Testate. Execs: C.W. Druschel and W. H. Druschel.
    Heirs: John F. Druschel, son, age 47, San Francisco, Calif; Matilda Koehler, age 28; Ida Lucke, age 45; Sam'l G. Druschel, age 37; Matilda Druschel, widow, age 65, Canby, Ore; C.W. Druschel, age 41; W.H. Druschel, age 31, Portland, Ore; Amelia D. Tempel, age 43; Sarah L. Keller, age 33, Portland, Ore; Mrs. Elizabeth Hoefle, Des Moines, Iowa; Clara Hoefle, age 29, Portland, Ore; Ebenezer Orphan Asylum of Flatrock, Ohio.

  5. Druschel-obituary, Wintermantle.

    [The obit is in German and hasn't been translated as of 12/2001.]

  6. Patsy Clark Email.
    (12 Mar 2004)
  7. Druschel-obituary.
  8. Clackamas County Probate Records 1845-1910, Index to, # 1084.

    D. 22 June 1907, Testate. Execs: C. W. Druschel and W. H. Druschel. Heirs: John F. Druschel, son, age 47, San Francisco, Calif; Matilda Koehler, age 28, Ida Lucke, age 45, Sam'l G. Druschel, age 37, Matilda Druschel, widow, age 65, Canby, Ore; C. W. Druschel, age 41, W.H. Druschel, age 31, Portland, Ore; Mrs. Elizabeth Hoefle, Des Moines, Iowa; Clara Hoefle, age 29, Portland, Ore; Ebenezer Orphan Asylum of Flatrock, Ohio.

  9. Wintermantle, Minnie, note.

    Matilda Fey - daughter of Adam Fey and Anna Thomas Fey - Born in Westphalia, Prussia, May 2, 1845. She was the youngest of nine children Adam, John, Carl, Katherine, Caroline, Anna, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Matilda. Her mother died of TB when Matilda was three years of age. At the age of nine, she and the family came to America and settled in Wisconsin. When she was 20 years old she was married to Christian Wintermantel. For a time they lived in Ackley, Iowa, then in 1883, the family came to Oregon. They lived near Jefferson and in 1891 moved to the Canby district. In 1899 she was married to William Druschell. She died July 2, 1922 at the age of 77, and was buried in Zion Cemetery."

  10. Wintermantle, Mathilda-pension papers.
    (Jun 1918)
  11. edited by Glazier and Filby, Germans to America, Vol 7, p. 100.
  12. Census, Federal - 1860 - Sauk Co., WI, Troy Twsp, p. 111.
    (9 Aug 1860)

    Name: Matilde Fey
    Age in 1860: 15
    Birth Year: abt 1845
    Birthplace: Preußen
    Home in 1860: Troy, Sauk, Wisconsin
    Gender: Female
    Post Office: Sauk City
    Value of real estate: View Image
    Household Members: Name Age
    Adam Fey 60
    Charlotte Fey 16
    Matilde Fey 15
    Adam Fey 33
    Charles Fey 20

  13. Census, Federal - 1900 - Clackamas Co, OR, Canby Precinct, Town of Canby ED82, Oregon, Clackamas, Canby - p. 8 of 16.

    Line 54 Dwelling 89 Family 89

    Druschel William head b Apr 1834 age 66 m 0 yrs Ger Ger Ger imm 1855 Na Farmer
    Matilda wife May 1845 55 m 0 yrs Ger Ger Ger 1854
    Herman son Dec 1874 25 s IA Ger Ger
    Minnie dau Oct 1880 19 s IA Ger Ger at school
    Clara dau Oct 1882 17 s IA Ger Ger at school
    Ella dau Feb 1885 15 s OR Ger Ger at school

  14. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  15. Compiled by Elbert J. Wardle, Wintermantle Genealogy: Christian and Mathilda's Family Tree 1799 to 1986 (informal publication, July 1986).

    The Adam Fey Family

    The Fey family lived on a wheat farm, near Bremen, in Westphalia
    province. Adam Fey was a wheat merchant who traveled all over the
    world. He made his first trip across the Atlantic when he was
    nine years of age. He and his wife, Katherine, had seven
    children.

    Matilda, our grandmother, was the youngest child and was two and
    a half years old when her mother died. Her father, sisters and
    brothers took care of her.

    On their trip across the Ocean to America she had her ninth
    birthday. They were on a sailing ship and the sea was stormy and
    very rough. Two icebergs were closing in on both sides of the
    ship and crashed together just behind them. Although Matilda was
    only nine, she remembers her father holding her and her sister
    Charlotte on his knees and comforting them while many of the
    passengers prayed. This trip took six weeks.

    Upon arrival in America the Fey family settled on a farm at
    Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. This is a very short distance from
    Sauk City, Wisconsin.

    Some records say that Matilda Fey and Christian Wintermantel met
    and married and started their family in Prairie du Sac and some
    say Sauk City.

    [This exerpt comes just before the family tree information. There are no page numbers in this part of the book.]

  16. Census, Federal - 1920 - Clackamas Co, Oregon, Canby, ED# 26, 13B (Ancestry p. 26 of 33).
    (16 Jan 1920)

    Koehler, John W. head owns/m age 42 m IA Germany Germany occ: farmer/own acct
    Louisa A wife 40 m IA GER GER
    Druschel, Matilda mother-in-law 74 w GER GER GER imm: 1854 nat: 1861

  17. Census, Federal - 1910 - Pierce Co, Washington, Tacoma , 2A (Ancestry p.3).

    Tacoma Ward 3 ED# 244 1323 S. M Street Dwelling # 28 Households #'s 29 and 30 Line 23 - 29

    Zimmerman, George E. Head 30 M1 5yrs MN Can PA OCC: Tinsmith at Hardware store R
    Minnie J wife 29 M1 5yrs IA GER GER
    Forrest son 3/12 WA MN IA
    Mundorf, John Head 28 M1 5yrs KS GER PA Laborer at odd jobs R
    Ella C wife 25 M1 5yrs OR GER GER
    Lowell L son 3 OR KS OR
    Druschel, Mitelda mother-in-law 65 wd GER GER GER

  18. Census, Federal - 1880 - Franklin Co., Iowa, Geneva Twsp, p. 5.
    (4 Jun 1880)

    line 33 Dwelling 33 Household 34

    Wintermantel, Christian age 38 Farmer Baden Baden Baden
    Matilda 35 wife Prussia Prussia Prussia
    Rose 13 dau WI Baden Prussia
    Matilda 12 dau same
    William 10 son IA Baden Prussia
    Albert 8 son same
    Hedwig 7 dau same
    Herman 5 son same
    Amelia 3 dau same
    Louisa 1 dau same

  19. Census, Federal - 1870 - Madison Co, IA, Webster TWsp, PO Winterset, Ancestry p. 11 of 13.

    Line 31 Dwelling # 75 Family # 76

    Wintermantel, Wm age 31 Farmer born Baden
    Sarah 21 NY


    Family # 77

    Wintermantel, Shristian age 27 Farm Laborer born Baden
    Matilda 28 Prussia
    Rosena 3 WI
    Matilda 2 WI
    William 7/12 IA

  20. Christian Wintermantel Pension Papers, p. 34.

    At date of death CW left property: 490 acres of land near Jefferson, OR; 80 acres at Canby; Will left all property to MW;”130 acres of the property at Jefferson was under cultivation. I rented that for 1/3 of the crop. On average I would get 300 bu wheat 50cents/bu and 100bu oats 30 cents/bu. This place I worked myself for the first few years. There was about 40 acres under cultivation. I have since sold most of it. My taxes were on both places about $70 - $80 per year. No insurance. There was indebtedness of $2600 with interest of 7 and 8%. No other property except few head of stock, farming implements, and household goods... No money in bank or investments of any kind.”

  21. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch.com, Batch # c970182, Source # 0995305.
  22. State of Oregon, Oregon Death Certificate, state no. 267, local no. 16.
    (3 Jul 1922)
  23. Ibid., state 267, local 16.
  24. Sandy McGuire, Clackamas County Family History Society Letter to Patricia Andrea dated 27 Feb 1997.
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