Name: Maria "Sophie" Margaretha SCHLUCKEBIER
Birth: 20 JUL 1870 in Frankenmuth, MI
Death: 10 FEB 1945 in Frankenmuth, MI
Burial: St Lorenz cemetery
Baptism: St Lorenz Church
CONF: St Lorenz Church
At the age of 23, she married Johann. They went to the World's
Columbian Exposition in Chicago for their honeymoon. Young
Sophie returned with stories about a new and exciting invention
called electricity which would soon be lighting the homes of
America. There was also a new and exciting steel structured
ride called a Ferris Wheel on which she and John had ridden.
Upon returning from their honeymoon, John & Sophie settled into
their first home in Denmark Township west of the sawmill that
John owned with his brother-in-law Peter. John renovated the
exterior of the house. Three years later her sister Gertie
married John's brother Leonard and they moved into a home just
west of Sophie's. Sophie and Gertie got together frequently and
occasionally took a train up to Bay City to visit their younger
John & Sophie had 5 children while living in Denmark Township.
Sometime before 1910 John went to work with Christoph
Nuechterlein in his carpentry shop in Frankenmuth. John enjoyed
working with wood and in 1910 he sold his sawmill to Matthew
Weber and bought the carpentry shop from Nuechterlein and
renamed it Frank's Sash and Door. Today this building houses
the Schnitzelbank Shop which sells wood carvings to visiting
tourists. John built a house to the north of the shop and his
family moved in in 1911. Today this house at 535 S. Main is
called Gramma's House which caters to visiting tourists.
John made window frames for houses and businesses which were
springing up in this fast growing community. His son Oscar also
helped with the family business. In addition to window frames
they made cabinets and cedar chests which people bought as
wedding gifts for their soon-to-be-married daughters. However,
when times became economically hard, John found he had stacks of
cedar chests which no one wanted to buy.
About 3:00pm, John would always take a break and come into the
house for some bread and cheese. Anyone who happened to be in
the shop with him around that time were always invited to come
in the house and join him.
After Sophie moved into town, she no longer had a garden and did
very little canning or food processing. She enjoyed crocheting,
knitting, sewing and quiltmaking. She sewed all of her
children's clothing. She also liked to cook and had a strict
rule that whatever she made, her children had to eat or else go
Since they lived close to the river, every spring when the rains
came and the ground thawed the river would flood its banks and
Sophie would find her basement full of water. However, no one
became too concerned about water in their basement. They just
waited for the river to recede and the water to drain away.
Then Sophie would mop up the little remaining puddles of water.
Christmas was a special time of year at Sophie's house. A few
days before Christmas she would set up the tree and wrap the
gifts in the front parlor. The door was locked and no one was
allowed to go in that room until Christmas morning after "Krist
Kind" came. Krist Kind was Santa Claus' female helper and a
custom which apparently came from Germany. However, today few
children have ever heard of this once highly regarded Christmas
One year Grandma Sophie played the part of "Krist Kind". She
threw a white sheet over herself and cut holes for her eyes.
Her grandchildren weren't fooled. Grandma was a very heavy set
lady and they knew by the size of the sheet that it was really
Grandma hiding underneath.
Grandson Marv Engle tells about the time his parents went up
north with Aunt Alma and Uncle Albert and left their boys home.
The Nefe boys with Marv & Vic were excited at the prospect of
having the house to themselves. That night when they went to
bed, they locked all the doors. What a surprise they had when
the next morning they found their Grandma Sophie sitting at the
kitchen table reading. "How did you get in here?" they demanded
to know. Imagin their surprise when she told them she had
crawled through the kitchen window! She was always checking up
on her grandsons, even when they thought they were alone.
John bought his first car in 1916. Not surprisingly, Sophie
never wanted to learn how to drive it. She preferred to let him
drive her wherever she needed to go.
Father: Johannes SCHLUCKEBIER b: 13 MAY 1835 in Dissen, GERMANY
Mother: Johanna Paulina REIK b: 1 JUL 1843 in Thompson Township OH
Johann FRANK b: 22 JUL 1862 in Germany
23 AUG 1893
in St Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth,MI
- Alma Gertrude Kunigunde FRANK b: 30 JUN 1895 in Denmark Township, Tuscola Co, MI
- Emma Lucille Pauline FRANK
- Linda FRANK
- Oscar FRANK
- Clara FRANK b: 2 APR 1907 in Michigan