Peter J. Schwartz (1892-1916): Gone too soon

Posted for Week #15 of the 2015 edition of the blog meme 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks hosted by Amy Johnson Crowe of No Story Too Small.

Peter J. Schwartz was the son of Johan Schwartz and is, therefore, the stepbrother of our family’s patriarch, Peter Ernest Arnold. Peter Schwartz was born April 2, 1891;[1] Peter Arnold was born March 25, 1893.[2] Their parents, Johan Schwartz and Anna Oberding Arnold, were both widowed when they married in about 1896.[3] The two boys would have been about five and three years old respectively at that time, so it is likely they formed a brotherly relationship from a very young age. The family, including Johann, Anna, Anna’s daughters Maria and Anna, and the two boys lived in or near Dolacz, Torontál, Hungary until they emigrated in 1903[4] and 1904.[5]

Seated: Johan Schwartz and Anna (Oberding Arnold) Schwartz. Standing: Peter Schwartz, Anna Arnold, Maria Arnold, and Peter Arnold

Seated: Johann Schwartz and Anna (Oberding Arnold) Schwartz. Standing: Peter Schwartz, Anna Arnold, Maria Arnold, and Peter Arnold

Following a brief stay in Helena, Montana, where Johan Schwartz worked as a gardener at a county farm, the Schwartz family eventually settled in Scheffield, North Dakota, on four lots totaling about 126 acres on the western edge of Section 18, Township 137, Range 97.[6] Scheffield was a small farming community about 17 miles south of the county seat in Dickinson. By 1916,[7] about the time Peter and Susanna were married, John (Johan) Schwartz had acquired an additional 160 acres adjacent to his original homestead claim.[8]

Being as close in age as they were, it is not too surprising that the brothers started courting about the same time. In fact, the brothers and their respective spouses were married on November 21, 1915, at St. Pius Catholic Church in Scheffield. Peter Schwartz married Susanna Klupp,[9] and Peter Arnold married Magdalena Wehner.[10]

I don’t have any information at present to support this, but I am guessing that Peter and Susanna might have lived on the Johan Schwartz property, while Peter and Magdalena started their married life at Gladstone, a few miles north and east of the Schwartz property. Sadly, Peter Schwartz died on July 25, 1916,[11] just a few months after his marriage. Peter and Susanna’s daughter, Anna, was born sometime in 1916.

John Sibla and Susanna (Klupp) Schwartz were married on February 19, 1919.[12] John Sibla was a widower with two daughters from his first marriage to Barbra Kirstbaum. Their daughters, Helen and Magdalena, were born in Wisconsin. John and Barbra Sibla later moved to Glen Ullin, Morton County, North Dakota. Barbra Sibla died June 7, 1918.

John and Susanna Sibla together parented five more children: Theresa, Susanna, Mike, Claudia, and Leona. John and Susanna retired to Glen Ullin in 1948. John died in August 1957. Susanna died in June 1970. They are both buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery.[13]

Peter and Susanna’s daughter, Anna Schwartz Krisanits Andrahovitch, died at Rahway Hospital in Union County, New Jersey on May 25, 2000. Anna’s obituary reports three surviving sons: Peter Krisanits, and John and Michael Andrahovitch. She may also have had a daughter, Arlene Krisanits, but it’s possible the daughter died before Anna because she is not mentioned as a survivor in Anna’s obituary.[14]

[1] Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9541031&ref=acom : accessed 16 April 2015).
[2] Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, registration card for Peter Arnold, serial no. 967, North Dakota, Stark County, Roll: 1819496.
[3] 1910 U.S. census, Stark County, North Dakota, population schedule, Township 137, Range 96, p. 6A, dwelling 70, John Schwartz family; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 February 2015); citing FHL microfilm 1375161.
[4] Ancestry.com. Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 and 1954-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006, entries for Johann Schwarz and Maria Arnold, arrived Baltimore, Maryland, 03 May 1903, aboard SS Neckar.
[5] Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, entries for Anna Schwarz, Anna Arnold, Peter Schwartz, and Peter Arnold, arrived New York, New York, 30 Nov 1904, aboard the SS Blucher.
[6] Johan Schwartz (Stark, North Dakota), homestead patent no. 288884; “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records.
[7] 1916 Keiter Directory of Dickinson, North Dakota, microfilm reprint, Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011, 235, Schwartz, John.
[8] Ancestry.com. U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010; Collection Number: G&M_97; Roll Number: 97. Map of Township 137N, Range 97W, northeast corner of Section 18, showing John Schwartz as a contractor for the owner W. D. Castle.
[9] Personal record: marriage license issued at Dickinson, Stark, North Dakota and certificate of marriage from St. Pius Church, Schefield, Stark, North Dakota.
[10] Personal record: marriage license issued at Dickinson, Stark, North Dakota and certificate of marriage from St. Pius Church, Schefield, Stark, North Dakota.
[11] Find A Grave memorial for Peter J. Schwartz, previously discussed.
[12] 1983 – 2008 Glen Ullin Yesteryears, Volume II. Glen Ullin, ND: Glen Ullin Historical Archives Committee, 196.
[13] 1983 – 2008 Glen Ullin Yesteryears, Volume II. Glen Ullin, ND: Glen Ullin Historical Archives Committee, 196, previously discussed.
[14] Anna S. Andrahovitch obituary, The (Newark, New Jersey) Star Ledger, 28 May 2000, via NewsBank.

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