Re: Matilda (Tillie) Wiese

Delete this post Submitted by Dave Kusel <> on 14/Jul/2010 in reply to Matilda (Tillie) Wiese posted by Karen Gottsch on 14/Jul/2010


Hi Karen,

Fortunately the 1982 Aspinwall Centennial history book had a write-up about Bill & Matilda (shown down below).

Unfortunately the Goettsch name has been spelled and/or misspelled differently by a lot of people.
Based on my information the original German spelling before immigrating to the US was Göttsch. If you drop the umlaut you add an e after the o and you get Goettsch. The Manning cemetery has 2 old spellings like this.
Then a lot of "Americanized spellings" dropped the umlaut and did not include the e so you have Gottsch. I have also seen the name spelled Gotch and I believe Herman Gotch simply dropped one 't' and the 's' but he belongs to the Gottsch family.

I'll e-mail you some links to see if you can help me confirm the Gotch/Gottsch pictures I have.

Dave Kusel

Bill Wiese, son of Fred and Matilda (Gottsch) Wiese, was born in 1896 on a farm near Manning. He had seven brothers and sisters, Anna Hargens, Alma Grau, Louie, Fred, Henry, Conrad and Herbert.
Ida Grimm, born in 1894, was the daughter of Claus and Anna (Schwieso) Grimm. They were married September 25, 1918 at Manning and lived on various farms south of town until they moved into Manning in 1938.
Bill worked as a mechanic for John Deere and then for himself until his death in 1975. Ida passed away in 1974. They had two children, Rockley and Eunice.
Rockley, 1919-1978, was married to Dorothy Ruhde June 3, 1944, and their children are Gary, Jack and Brad. Gary's wife is Patricia Clark and their children are Erin and Alison. Rockley worked for Priebe and Company, served in Europe in World War II, and then was a U.S.D.A. inspector for the government.
Eunice, born in 1921, married Lester Meggers in 1940, and they have a son Gene, who married Margie Dziedzic in 1974. They have three daughters, Stephanie, and twins Amy and Ivy.

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