Eva (Schott) Fritzler
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Eva Kraft (Schott) Fritzler (1886 - 1959)

Eva Kraft Fritzler formerly Schott
Born in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 30 May 1907 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 72 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, United Statesmap
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Volga German
Eva (Schott) Fritzler was a Volga German.
Eva (Schott) Fritzler has German Roots.
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Eva (Schott) Fritzler migrated from Russia (German) to Wisconsin, USA.
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mtDNA Haplogroup H1af

Family #170 in the 1897 Grimm census.

Birth Date and Place

  • 18 September 1886
  • Grimm, Saratov, Russia





  • 9 January 1959
  • Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United states

Eva Kraft Schott was born 18 September 1886 in Grimm, Russia, to Johann Friedrich Schott Jr. and Eva Katharina Kraft. She is descended from Johann Jakob Schott and Anna Margaretha Becker, and Nicholas Kraft and Eva Katharina Loeffler, all four of whom were some of the original settlers of Grimm. The Schotts and Beckers were originally from Holzgerlingen, Neckarkreis, Wuerttemberg, while the Krafts were from Mittelbrunn, Pflaz, Bayern, Germany.

Eva and her family should have all appeared in the 1897 Grimm census, but they were inadvertently omitted by the census taker. The only name that appears from her immediate family is her father's, Johann Friedrich Schott, age 34. It specifically says that he was married, but then omits his wife's name and the names of all his children. Grimm Village Coordinator John Groh from the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia contacted the translator about the omission. He asked if the names of the family members were in the documentation the translator used to translate the census from Russian to English. The translator confirmed that no family members were listed after Johann Friedrich Schott's name.

I am including a copy of the census entry so Eva's connection to her grandparents and cousins can be established. I've also added an addendum to the census record which shows the names of the known siblings and their approximate ages.

1897 Grimm Census [1]

Family # 120
Head of the Household Johann Friedrich Schott, age 65
Wife Maria Elisabeth Schott, age 62
Child #1 Christian Jakob Schott, age 41
Wife of Child #1 Katharina Margaretha Schott, age 40
Grandchild #1 Friedrich Schott, age 13
Grandchild #2 Christian Jakob Schott, age 9
Grandchild #3 Alexander Schott, age 5
Grandchild #4 Jakob Schott, age 7 months
Grandchild #5 Katharina Margaretha Schott, age 7
Child #2 Johann Jakob Schott, age 37
Wife of Child #2 Barbara Schott, age 33
Grandchild #6 Christian Jakob Schott, age 12
Grandchild #7 Johann Jakob Schott, age 10, possible twin
Grandchild #8 Heinrich Schott, age 10, possible twin
Grandchild #9 Karl Schott, age 8
Grandchild #10 Friedrich Schott, age 6
Grandchild #11 David Schott, age 3
Grandchild #12 Alexander Schott, age 9 months
Child #3 Johann Friedrich Schott, age 34, married

The census entry ends after Child #3 Johann Friedrich Schott. Here is what was omitted:

Wife of Child #3 Eva Katharina Kraft Schott, age 37
Grandchild #13 Amalia Schott, age 13
Grandchild #14 Eva Kraft Schott, age 11
Grandchild #15 Anna Schott, age 2
Grandchild #16 Alexander Schott, age 6 months

Eva married her husband Karl Fritzler around 1905 in Grimm, and one year later in December her first child was born, Amalia "Mollie" Fritzler, named after Karl's sister Mollie Fritzler Schneider. She remained home with her children when her husband was conscripted and forced to be a part of the Tsar's army. By the time he was released from service, the couple decided they were ready to immigrate to the United States.

Eva and Karl, Karl's sister Mollie Fritzler Schneider and her husband Philipp, and their families immigrated together from Russia to the United States. First they traveled by train from Saratov to Libau, Latvia, which at the time was territory of the Russian Empire. From there a small ship took them on the first part of their ocean voyage from the European mainland to England. About 30 days later, they traveled from Liverpool, England, to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the S.S. Canada. The passenger manifest for their ship, the S.S. Canada, confirms the families travel along with other relatives and friends.

Years later, Eva's sister-in-law's husband Phillip Schneider recalled their journey to America for his granddaughter Janelle Zimmermann, who documented the conversation. Notes from the conversation read, "He came to America leaving Grimm, Russia on November 27, 1912 and reached America January 13, 1913. They left by railroad to Libau, Finland."

To my knowledge, Libau is a Latvian city. I double checked to make sure there wasn't another Libau in Finland; there was not. If they traveled to Libau, they traveled to Western Latvia, which was at that time a territory of the Russian Empire. I thought it was curious that he mentioned Finland at all, since it is in an entirely different direction from Latvia.

From Libau, the families took a small ship to Hull, Yorkshire, England. This was the first time I had heard of the town of Hull, so I decided to find out what ships sailed there from European ports. There were two:

  • The Wilson Line of Hull, England
  • F.A.A., a Finnish steamship line

The Wilson Line mainly transported passengers between Norway and England. F.A.A. transported passengers from Helsinki and Libau to Hull. Because Phillip Schneider clearly mentioned Finland in his story about his journey to America, I believe that he meant they boarded a Finnish ship, not that they actually traveled to Finland before heading south and west.

Wikipedia shows the Finnish Steamship Company, Finska Ångfartygs Aktiebolag, was also known as F.A.A. Their ship, the S.S. Titania, was primarily used to transport emigres from Finland to Hull, England. It made stops along the way in Libau and Copenhagen, picking up and transporting Russians and Jewish Latvians to Hull, too.

I tried to search for a copy of the F.A.A. passenger lists from 1912. Copies of the passenger lists up to 1910 and after 1918 exist; the lists for passengers traveling between those years are either not available, were destroyed, or never existed. [2]

According to the Genealogical Society of Finland, while some ships traveled from Helsinki to Hull, some ships carried Russians directly from Libau to Hull. "Apart from Finns, the volumes record thousands of Russians, a number of Estonians, Latvians and Livonians. Many of the Russians have Jewish names, but even German names are common...It is unclear whether all Russian emigrants travelled by way of Hanko, since F.Å.A. boats carried Russian emigrants from Libau to Hull without calling at a Finnish port." [3] (emphasis added)

The journey on the S.S. Titania from Libau to Hull took four days, which means Eva, Karl, Mollie, Phillip and their families arrived in England on December 1, 1912. The ship docked at the Riverside Quay, a dock built specifically to handle quick turnaround ocean vessel traffic at the port. A rail station adjoined the quay to allow European travelers to conveniently board a train that took them to Liverpool where they would board larger ocean liners that headed to America.

The Fritzlers and the Schneiders spent a month in England prior to boarding the S.S. Canada. Some of that time may have been spent traveling. It's unclear whether the families were able to take a train directly to Liverpool or if they traveled south to London and then northwest to the port city.

According to historical records, once the passengers arrived in Liverpool, they were not allowed to board outbound ships until the day before or the day of departure. If they arrived earlier than that, they were forced to stay in a lodging house. Historically, the lodging houses had a reputation for being crowded and unsanitary. By the turn of the 20th century, often the steamship companies looked after the emigrants during their stay. Although conditions in the early 1900s were better than those 30-50 years earlier, there were still complaints. It's difficult to imagine which was worse: lodging accommodations in the port city or steerage class on board a ship. Knowing this makes it clear how horrible the conditions in their homeland must have been, for them to be willing to uproot their family and endure the long, uncomfortable journey to America.

After the families spent more than a few days in a lodging house, they boarded their ship and departed for America on New Year's Day in 1913. The voyage across the Atlantic normally took 10-11 days. As with most Atlantic departures to America, they probably stopped in Ireland to pick up additional passengers before heading west. This would explain why the journey took 13 days, since the ship arrived in Nova Scotia on January 13, 1913.

Phillip Schneider remembered the the families paid $150 per adult, $75 per child, and $8 for an infant son under two years of age. Most likely they traveled 2nd class or steerage, and they brought plenty of black bread and sausage for the journey. Phillip recalled that the ship meals included bear meat and fish, among other things, and that, frankly, it wasn't very tasty. Even with dipping in to their personal food supply, the families still managed to make their bread and sausage last more than a month, until shortly before they arrived in Chicago.

Although the ship landed in Nova Scotia, Canada, passengers going to the United States were transported over the border where they were processed in Portland, Maine. From there the families took a train to Chicago where they stayed with two different families. Eva, Karl and their family stayed with the Albrandts, and Karl's sister Mollie, Phillip and their children stayed with Herman Schuette, a cousin of the Schneiders.

The ship landed in Nova Scotia, Canada. Passengers going to the United States were transported over the border where they were processed in Portland, Maine. From there the families took a train to Chicago where they stayed with two different families. Eva, Carl and their family stayed with the Albrandts, extended family members of the Fritzlers, while the Schneiders stayed with Herman Schuette, Phillip's cousin.

Germans from Russia typically chose to settle in agricultural areas similar to their homeland in the Volga region of Russia. They preferred to go to a place where they could immediately become successful farmers. This led to a large immigration to the plains states of the U.S. Eva and Carl Fritzler chose to go to Windsor, Colorado, not only because of the large Volga German settlement there, but also because of the free land available through the Homestead Act. By farming and improving these untamed lands, they could eventually sell the property at a profit.

The couple decided to move to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, another city with a large population of Germans from Russia, including her two sisters-in-law, Elisabeth Fritzler Trott and Eva Fritzler Felde and their families. Eva and Carl finally settled in a house at 180 Doty Street, just one block away from Rueping Leather Company, where Carl was employed while Eva stayed home and cared for their children.

According to family members, Eva was an excellent seamstress and often made clothes for her children and grandchildren. She made her granddaughter Ruth very happy when she sewed clothes for her dolls. She didn't speak much English, but her children and grandchildren were able to communicate easily with her with the limited German they knew. She and her husband were members of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac, along with the German Brotherhood, a tighly knit group of fellow Volga Germans who met regularly to worship as they had in their homeland. The group was comprised of Biblically learned laymen who took turns leading their small group in old-tyle worship. Services were held in German, not English.

Eva was a kind and honorable wife and mother, close to her five children and their families. They had occasional, large get-togethers both in the Fond du Lac area and at a lake cottage owned by her grandson. She and her husband often traveled around Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, visiting other Grimm residents who had also immigrated to the United States. Many of those people were extended family members with whom they remained close for the rest of their lives.

In 1958, Eva Fritzler had a stroke, from which she never fully recovered. Her family turned their living room into a bedroom for her and cared for her themselves, rather than putting her into a convalescent home. Her children would come over to care for her every day, giving her the best personal and medical care possible. In early January of 1959 she passed away. She is buried in Estabrooks Cemetery in Fond du Lac, along with her husband Carl, who passed away four years later.

Canada Passenger List [4]

Name Eva Fritzler
Event Type Immigration
Event Date Jan 1913
Event Place Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Gender Female
Age 26
Birth Year (Estimated) 1887
Birthplace Russia
Ship Name Canada

Canadian Passenger Lists [5]

Name: Eva Fritzler
Gender: Female
Age: 26
Birth Year: abt 1887
Birth Country: Russia
Date of Arrival: 14 Jan 1913
Vessel: Canada
Search Ship Database: Search for the Canada in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Port of Arrival: Portland, Maine, USA
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England

U.S., Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959 [6]

Name: Eva Fritzler
Age: 26
Estimated birth year: abt 1887
Birthplace: Grim, Russia
Gender: Female
Ethnic Background: German
Arrival Date: 15 Jan 1913
Port of Arrival: Portland, Maine
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Ship Name: Canada
Friend's Name: J Albrandt
Last Residence: Russia
Place of Origin: Russia

1920 United States Federal Census [7]

Name: Eva Fretzler
Age: 34
Birth Year: abt 1886
Birthplace: Russia
Home in 1920: Fond du Lac Ward 14, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Street: W Aindt St [sic] should be Arndt St.
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year: 1913
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Carl Fretzler
Father's Birthplace: Russia
Mother's Birthplace: Russia
Native Tongue: German
Able to Speak English: Yes
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Carl Fretzler [sic] 40
Eva Fretzler [sic] 34
Mollie Fretzler [sic] 12
Amelia Fretzler [sic] 10
Anna Fretzler [sic] 8
Carl Fretzler [sic] 5
Edward Fretzler [sic] 1

1930 United Sttes Federal Census [8]

Name Eva Fritzler
Event Type Census
Event Date 1930
Event Place Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States
Gender Female
Age 43
Marital Status Married
Race White
Race (Original) White
Relationship to Head of Household Wife
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Wife
Birth Year (Estimated) 1887
Birthplace Russia
Immigration Year 1913
Father's Birthplace Russia
Mother's Birthplace Russia
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 11
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Carl Fritzler Head M 50 Russia
Eva Fritzler Wife F 43 Russia
Amelia Fritzler Daughter F 20 Russia
Anna Fritzler Daughter F 18 Russia
Carl Fritzler Son M 15 Wisconsin
Edward Fritzler Son M 11 Wisconsin

1940 United States Federal Census [9]

Name Eva Fritzler
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Ward 6, Fond Du Lac, Fond Du Lac City, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States
Sex Female
Age 53
Marital Status Married
Race (Original) White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Wife
Relationship to Head of Household Wife
Birthplace Russia
Birth Year (Estimated) 1887
Last Place of Residence Same House
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Carl Fritzler Head M 60 Russia
Eva Fritzler Wife F 53 Russia
Adolph Fritzler Son M 21 Wisconsin
Note: Adolph Fritzler was not their son; probably a nephew.

Naturalization Record [10]

Name Eva Fritzler
Event Type Naturalization
Event Place Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Event Date 1941
Birth Year 1886
Birthplace Russia

Wisconsin Death Indez [11]

Name Eva Fritzler
Event Type Death
Event Date 09 Jan 1959
Event Place , , Wisconsin
Residence Place , Wisconsin
Gender Female
Age 72


  1. 1897 Grimm (Lesnoi Karamysh), Russia Census List, Translated by Richard Rye, Compiled and Edited by John Groh, Contributor Henry Schmick; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published 2017; page 243, family #120, see entry for her father, line 19, Johann Friedrich Schott, son of Friedrich Schott, age 34, married.
  2. http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/archive/sheet/64
  3. http://www.genealogia.fi/
  4. "Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HL4-XQY : 27 December 2014), Eva Fritzler, Jan 1913; citing Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, T-4745, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
  5. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935. Ancestry.com. Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. See: http://ancstry.me/2uk1qtS.
  6. U.S., Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959, Ancestry.com. U.S., Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2010. Original data: Records from Record Group 287, Publications of the U.S. Government; Record Group 85, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service [INS] and Record Group 36, Records of the United States Customs Service. The National Archives at Washington, D.C. See: http://ancstry.me/2uJGXkH.
  7. 1920 United States Federal Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Fond du Lac Ward 14, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; Roll: T625_1986; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 43; Image: 961, by Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com Operations Inc., Provo, UT, USA, 2010. See: http://ancstry.me/2uj8W9W.
  8. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9QD-G9X : accessed 21 July 2017), Eva Fritzler in household of Carl Fritzler, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 26, sheet 11A, line 21, family 368, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2572; FHL microfilm 2,342,306.
  9. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7VG-LBL : accessed 21 July 2017), Eva Fritzler in household of Carl Fritzler, Ward 6, Fond Du Lac, Fond Du Lac City, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 20-18, sheet 11A, line 14, family 168, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 4479.
  10. "Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XKLR-V5G : 12 December 2014), Eva Fritzler, 1941; citing Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, NARA microfilm publication M1285 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 58; FHL microfilm 1,432,058.
  11. "Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V8SP-5R4 : 12 December 2014), Eva Fritzler, 09 Jan 1959; from "Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2007); citing certificate number , , , Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Health, Madison.

See also:

  • Death Certificate in the files of Julie Miller Mangano, Round Rock, Texas.
  • www dot genealogia dot fi/emi/emi321ne dot htm
  • www dot genealogia dot fi/emi/emi321ze dot htm
  • "United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVSS-3P7X : 31 July 2014), Carl Fritzler Jr in entry for Mrs Eva Schott Fritzler, 09 Jan 1959; citing Obituary, in ""; American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln.
  • Notes and family papers from Phillip Schneider, Mollie Fritzler Schneider, and their daughter Frieda Schneider Grotegut. Original copies are with Frieda's daughter Janelle Zimmermann; typed copies are in the files of Julie Miller Mangano, Round Rock, Texas.
  • Notes and family papers from Ruth Kaiser Miller, granddaughter of Karl Fritzler and Eva Kraft Shott, in the files of Julie Miller Mangano.

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