Saturday, April 4, 2009

Conrad and Anna Zoellner

The 1900 U.S. Census listing for the Conrad Zoellner family indicates that Conrad Zoellner was born in Germany in 1838. His wife Catrina Zoellner was born in Germany in 1848. The couple had a son John, age 25 in 1900, was born in Ohio. Conrad's occupation was "day laborer."

On April 4, 1908, Anna Catharina Zoellner passed away. Her tombstone inscription was in German, with the word "Mutter" at the top of her tombstone. Conrad Zoellner died on December 1, 1923. His tombstone inscription was in English, with the word "Father" at the top of his tombstone. During the Great War, there was a trend for persons of German descent to try to appear more "Americanized" due to an increase in anti-German sentiment. People anglicized their names, German newspapers published in the U.S. ceased publications, and German Lutherans stopped having services in German. This tendency is certainly reflected in the tombstones of Conrad and Anna Catharina Zoellner, who are buried in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.

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