Husband: Theobald D. Britzius (1 2 3 4 5 6)
Born: 09 Jun 1866 in Quincy Twsp, Olmsted Co, MN
Married: 30 Sep 1888 in Quincy twsp, Olmsted Co., MN
Died: 12 Feb 1930 in Dover, MN (7)
Father: Theobald H. Britzius
Mother: Christina Elizabeth Maurer
Spouses:
Wife: Maria Catharina Mary Schield (8 9 10 11)
Born: 30 Nov 1868 in Switzerland
Died: 20 Nov 1941 in Dover, Olmstead, Minnesota
Father:
Mother:
Spouses:
Children
01 (M): Elmer Arno Britzius (13)
Born: 14 Oct 1892 in Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
Died: 27 Jun 1950 in St. Charles, Olmsted, Minnesota
Spouses: Mabel Grace Cunningham
02 (M): Harold B. Britzius (14 15 16)
Born: 19 Mar 1895 in Minnesota
Died: 20 Mar 1911 in Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
Spouses:
03 (F): Vera Mae Britzius (17 18)
Born: 30 Jan 1909 in Olmsted County, Minnesota
Died: 19 Aug 2005 in Olmsted County, Minnesota
Spouses:
Additional Information

Theobald D. Britzius:

Notes:

per B. Moyer - in 1900 Tim was living in Quincy twsp, Olmsted Co., MN

"The Britzius Story" by Dianne Z. Stevens 2013:
14 – Theobald D. Britzius (1866 Minnesota – 1930 Minnesota), called Tim, married Mary Schield and had two children. They stayed in Minnesota. Their son, Elmer died in the crash of a plane he was piloting in 1950. I found the following article on Ancestry.com. It is from June 28, 1950 Winona Republican - p. 1 and 4 The article has two photos of the mangled plane and also pictures of the two little girls.

Dover Mayor, Two Girls Killed in Plane Crash

(Photo Caption) - Dover's Mayor And Two Young Girls died when a plane crashed near St. Charles early Tuesday night. The twisted wreckage is shown in a ditch along highway 14 shortly after the crash. Traffic on the highway was blocked in both directions for some time as civil aeronautics officials investigated.

Dover, Minn. - (Special) - Three persons died in a plane crash near here Tuesday night, turning into tragedy an early evening pleasure ride for Dover's mayor and two little girls.
Elmer A. Britzius, 57, candidate for the state legislature, widely known retired farmer and businessman, and Joan Herman, nine, were killed outright; Mary Rose Herman, ten, died en route to a Rochester hospital.
The plane crashed on highway 14, two miles west of St. Charles about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Britzius was flying his own plane and had been taking the two sisters for a pleasure ride to Winona and back.
Witnesses said the machine came in for an apparent landing on a field next to the highway, its engine sputtered, and then a wing tip grazed the concrete highway, throwing the plane around and into a ditch.

Rush to Plane

Motorists reportedly rushed to the wreckage and succeeded in pulling Mary Rose from the debris unconscious but breathing. She died a short time later.
Britzius was pinned under the engine and the other young passenger was also trapped in the wreckage. Both were dead when witnesses got to the plane.
The two sisters had often gone for rides with Britzius as had scores of other youngsters in the area. In fact, several were waiting at the landing strip on Britzius' farm near-by for the plane to return, having been promised rides last night.
Britzius held a pilot's license and had made a practice of giving neighborhood children free rides. He was a man of many interests, owning several farms in the area, a hotel in Dover, and having invented a number of articles.
When only 17, Britzius invented and patented a milk strainer. One of his later inventions - a cone-shaped paper popcorn sack -led to the opening of a small manufacturing plant here, which his only son, Edison, managed.

Mayor of Dover
A Life-long resident of this area, Britzius had been mayor here for three terms and had filed recently as a candidate for the state house of representatives.
The two girls were daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Herman, Dover. There are four other children in the family: Oka May, Alvin, Rex, Rodney, all of Dover. Mr. Herman is a carpenter.
Britzius is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son: Mrs. Burton Henry, Dover, Mrs. Vernon Anderson, Rochester, Mrs. T. R. Kangas, Guam, and Edison, Dover, and one sister, Mrs. Leroy Millard, Dover. A son, Harold, is dead.
He married Mabel Cunningham at Viola, Minn., August 15, 1914. Britzius was born in Quincy township near here October 14, 1892.
Funeral services for Britzius will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Dover Methodist church with burial in Evergreen cemetery. Friends may call at Rendernick's funeral parlor, St. Charles.
Services for the two girls will be held at the school house here, but the time has not been set.

(Photo Caption) - A Wing Of Elmer A. Britzius' Plane, shown above after it crashed last night, reportedly grazed the concrete highway, throwing the ship around and into a ditch. Witnesses said the pilot apparently was coming in for a landing on a farm field and then changed his mind. As he tried to gain altitude the motor sputtered and the plane crashed.

Maria Catharina Mary Schield:

Buried: Little Valley Cemetery, Olmstead County, MN 12

(02) Harold B. Britzius:

Buried: Little Valley Cemetery, Olmstead County, MN

(03) Vera Mae Britzius:

Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Dover, Olmsted, Minnesota

Footnotes
  1. Sheri Wheeler@qwest.net, Wheeler Family Tree (Ancestry.com).
  2. Census, Federal - 1870 - Olmsted Co., Minnesota, Quincy Twsp, PO Little Valley, Ancestry page 11.
    (10 Aug 1870)

    Line 27

    Britzius T. age 51 Farmer RE: $7,000 PE: $2,350 born: Biow
    Elizabeth 44 keeping house Biow
    Addicum 17 Ohio
    Jacob 14 Ohio
    John 10 Ohio
    Henry 7 Ohio
    Mary 6 MN
    Theobald 4 MN
    Caroline 1 MN
    Line 36

    Britzius Geo. 24 Farmer PE: $300 Ohio
    Margurite 20 Keeping House Ohio

  3. Bill Moyer, Britzius File I (received via USPS 24 Feb 2005).
  4. Census, Federal - 1880 - Olmstead Co., MN, Quincy ED 197.

    Name: Theobuld Britzins
    [Theobuld Britzius]
    Age: 14
    Birth Year: abt 1866
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Home in 1880: Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Father's Name: Theobuld Britzins
    Father's Birthplace: Germany
    Mother's Name: Elizabeth Britzins
    Mother's Birthplace: Ger.
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: At Home

    Household Members: Name Age
    Theobuld Britzins 60
    Elizabeth Britzins 53
    John Britzins 20
    Henry Britzins 18
    Mary Britzins 16
    Theobuld Britzins 14
    Caroline Britzins 11
    H. Van Lackum 8

  5. Census, Federal 1910, Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota.

    Name: Theabold D Britzin
    [Theabold D Britzius]
    [Theobald Jr. Britzius]
    [Zaabold D Britzin]
    [Theobold D Britzine]
    Age in 1910: 43
    Birth Year: abt 1867
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Home in 1910: Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Head
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse's Name: Mary Britzin
    Father's Birthplace: Germany
    Mother's Birthplace: Germany

    Household Members: Name Age
    Theabold D Britzin 43
    Mary Britzin 41
    Elmer A Britzin 17
    Herald D Britzin 15
    [14]
    Vera A Britzin 1
    [1 2/12]
    Milton Smith 20

    [This Census lists occupation as "Farmer"]

  6. Ancestry.com, Minnesota County History Name Index.

    Given Name: T.
    Surname: Britzius
    Book: OLMSTED CO. PLAT
    Year: 1914
    Town: Quincy
    Section: 15

  7. Minnesota Cemetery Inscription Index.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Bill Moyer, Britzius File I (received via USPS 24 Feb 2005).
  10. Census, Federal 1910, Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota.

    Name: Mary Britzin
    [Mary Britzius]
    Age in 1910: 41
    Birth Year: abt 1869
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Home in 1910: Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Relation to Head of House: Wife
    Marital Status: Married
    Spouse's Name: Theabold D Britzin
    Father's Birthplace: Germany
    Mother's Birthplace: Germany
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members: Name Age
    Theabold D Britzin 43
    Mary Britzin 41
    Elmer A Britzin 17
    Herald D Britzin 15
    [14]
    Vera A Britzin 1
    [1 2/12]
    Milton Smith 20

    [This census says Mary is the mother of 5 children, only 3 are living.]

  11. Dawn Anderson, email.
    (22 Mar 2016)
  12. Findagrave (http://www.findagrave.com/), 47147389.
  13. Ancestry.com, Newspaper article.
    (28 Jun 1950)

    Dover Mayor, Two Girls Killed in Plane Crash

    (Photo Caption) - Dover'sMayor And Two Young Girls died when a plane crashed near St. Charles early Tuesday night. The twisted wreckage is shown in a ditch along highway 14 shortly after the crash. Traffic on the highway was blocked in both directions for some time as civil aeronautics officials investigated.

    Dover, Minn. - (Special) - Three persons died in a plane crash near here Tuesday night, turning into tragedy an early evening pleasure ride for Dover's mayor and two little girls.
    Elmer A. Britzius, 57, candidate for the state legislature, widely known retired farmer and businessman, and Joan Herman, nine, were killed outright; Mary Rose Herman, ten, died en route to a Rochester hospital.
    The plane crashed on highway 14, two miles west of St. Charles about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Britzius was flying his own plane and had been taking the two sisters for a pleasure ride to Winona and back.
    Witnesses said the machine came in for an apparent landing on a field next to the highway, its engine sputtered, and then a wing tip grazed the concrete highway, throwing the plane around and into a ditch.

    Rush to Plane

    Motorists reportedly rushed to the wrteckage and succeeded in pulling Mary Rose from the debris unconscious but breathing. She died a short time later.
    Britzius was pinned under the engine and the other young passenger was also trapped in the wreckage. Both were dead when witnesses got to the plane.
    The two sisters had often gone for rides with Britzius as had scores of other youngsters in the area. In fact, several were waiting at the landing strip on Britzius' farm near-by for the plane to return, having been promised rides last night.
    Britzius held a pilot's lisence and had made a practice of giving neighborhood children free rides. He was a man of many interests, owning several farms in the area, a hotel in Dover, and having invented a number of articles.
    When only 17, Britzius invented and patented a milk strainer. One of his later inventions - a cone-shaped paper popcorn sack -led to the opening of a small manufacturing plant here, which his only son, Edison, managed.

    Mayor of Dover

    A Life-long resident of this area, Britzius had been mayor here for three terms and had filed recently as a candidate for the state house of representatives.
    The two girls were daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Herman, Dover. There are four other children in the family: Oka May, Alvin, Rex, Rodney, all of Dover. Mr. Herman is a carpenter.
    Britzius is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son: Mrs. Burton Henry, Dover, Mrs. Vernon Anderson, Rochester, Mrs. T. R. Kangas, Guam, and Edison, Dover, and one sister, Mrs. Leroy Millard, Dover. A son, Harold, is dead.
    He married Mabel Cunningham at Viola, Minn., August 15, 1914. Britzius was born in Quincy township near here October 14, 1892.
    Funeral services for Britzius will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Dover Methodist church with burial in Evergreen cemetery. Friends may call at Rendernick's funeral parlor, St. Charles.
    Services for the two girls will be held at the school house here, but the time has not been set.

    (Photo Caption) - A Wing Of Elmer A. Britzius' Plane, shown above after it crashed last night, reportedly grazed the concrete highway, throwing the ship around and into a ditch. Witnesses said the pilot aparently was coming in for a landing on a farm field and then changed his mind. As he tried to gain altitude the motor sputtered and the plane crashed.

    [Winona Republican - p. 1 and 4 The article has two photos of the mangled plane and also pictures of the two little girls.]

  14. Census, Federal 1900, Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota.
  15. Census, Federal 1910, Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota.

    Herald D Britzin
    [Herald D Britzius]
    Age in 1910: 15
    [14]
    Birth Year: abt 1895
    [abt 1896]
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Home in 1910: Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Marital Status: Single
    Father's Name: Theabold D Britzin
    Father's Birthplace: Minnesota
    Mother's Name: Mary Britzin
    Mother's Birthplace: Germany

    Household Members: Name Age
    Theabold D Britzin 43
    Mary Britzin 41
    Elmer A Britzin 17
    Herald D Britzin 15
    [14]
    Vera A Britzin 1
    [1 2/12]
    Milton Smith 20

  16. Dawn Anderson, email of 22Mar2016.
  17. Census, Federal 1910, Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota.

    Name: Vera A Britzin
    [Vera A Britzius]
    Age in 1910: 1
    [1 2/12]
    Birth Year: abt 1909
    Birthplace: Minnesota
    Home in 1910: Quincy, Olmsted, Minnesota
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Relation to Head of House: Daughter
    Marital Status: Single
    Father's Name: Theabold D Britzin
    Father's Birthplace: Minnesota
    Mother's Name: Mary Britzin
    Mother's Birthplace: Germany

    Household Members: Name Age
    Theabold D Britzin 43
    Mary Britzin 41
    Elmer A Britzin 17
    Herald D Britzin 15
    [14]
    Vera A Britzin 1
    [1 2/12]
    Milton Smith 20

  18. Dawn Anderson, email of 22Mar2016.
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