Land of Opportunity: Brothers Set Sail From Germany

Arriving in Port of Baltimore, brothers spend 61 years in land of opportunity.

| Good Old Days

On August 21, 1890, Rolf Jacob Fecht of Wiessens, Germany, received a citation from the German Army for his excellent marksmanship. After his service in the army, he wanted to go to America, the land of opportunity, where some of his relatives had gone. Rolf was afraid he would have to go back in the army again, and he didn't want any part of it. Rolf married Fentke Maria Jansses of Holtrop, Germany, April 16, 1893, in the German Lutheran Church in Bremenhol, Germany. On April 28, 1893, Rolf, Fentke, and his younger brother, Albert, 16, set sail for America, arriving at the Port of Baltimore on the steamship Dresden.

The family went to Carthage, Illinois. Their entire family was born in the United States. The first seven children were born in or around Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois. The family moved from Illinois in 1907, relocating near Wilcox, Nebraska. Later they moved to the Huntley, Nebraska, area. The last four children were born in Nebraska.

Albert Jacob Fecht, the 16-year-old immigrant, married Anna Katherine Helmrich on February 12, 1902, at Camp Point, Illinois. In 1907, Albert and Anna moved with Rolf's family to Wilcox, Nebraska, and later moved to Caney, Kansas.

The two brothers, Rolf Jacob and Albert Jacob Fecht, who came to the United States together, were again united in death. Rolf and Albert passed away at the same hour, day and year: Tuesday, July 13, 1954, at 9:30 a.m. Services were conducted on the following Friday, one in Nebraska and the other in Kansas.

These two brothers spent 61 years in America and never returned to their homeland, Germany, not even for a visit.

Pauline Fecht
Syracuse, Kansas

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