||Peter Leiker was involved in the westward expansion of the USA.|
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Peter was 1 of 5 scouts who came from Russia in 1874 to inspect prospects of life in America. After departing Hamburg Germany on board the S.S. Schiller and landing in New York, NY on July 15, 1874, they met a land agent, more then likely someone associated with a railroad company, and traveled by way of Chicago, Omaha, Lincoln and then to Sutton County, Nebraska. They took back with them soil and prairie grass samples and gave a glowing account when they returned back to Russia of what they found out on their trip. Other scouting groups came to America at later dates and checked out land that was available in other areas of Kansas and Arkansas.
July 8, 1876 Peter and family left Saratov Russia along with founders of Munjor and scouts Anton Wasinger and Peter Stecklein on the Hamburg-American Line. After landing in New York August 3rd, they immediately headed westward traveling to Topeka and then to Herzog, Kansas, and within a few days moved to a tract of land along Big Creek and after 2 months moved to Section 25, Range 18 in Wheatland Township which is now Munjor, Kansas.
Germans to America Passenger Data File: LEIKER, PETER age 37 Occupation: FARMER Country of Origin: PRUSSIA Travel Compartment: Steerage Manifest Header Data File: 00033491 Ship Name: SCHILLER Port of Departure (Embarkation): HAMBURG Date of Arrival: 7/15/1874 Click here for Passenger Data File:  Click here for Manifest Header Data: 
Peter's 1st wife was Anna Elisabeth Unrein (1834 - 1887).
Peter Michael Leiker (1856 - 1941) marr Anna Margaret Ruder.
Rosa "Rose" Leiker Herman (1860 - 1940) marr Martin Herman (1855 - 1929).
Barbara Leiker Ruder (1862 - 1945) marr 1st husband Anton Ruder (1856 - 1912), marr 2nd husband Clements Wasinger (1866 - 1929).
Amalia Leiker Ruder (1863 - 1924) marr Vincent Ruder.
Catherine Leiker Dechant (1873-1955) marr Carl W. Dechant (1869-1937).
Anna Margaret Leiker Pfeifer (1877 - 1937) marr Adam Pfeifer.
Peter's 2nd wife was Mary Catherine Ludwig (1843 - 1924) widow of John George Giebler.
The descendants of Johann George & Anna Elisabeth (Velte) Leicker by Anthony J. Leiker, Lubbock, TX, ©2000.
Saint Francis Parish, Munjor, Kansas 1876-1976 compiled by Fr. Earl Meyer, Print Press Inc, Hays, KS, 1976, p29.
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=28444630 iron cross grave marker has birth year 1836.
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