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  • ID: I159
  • Name: Maria "Sophie" Margaretha SCHLUCKEBIER
  • Sex: F
  • 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
  • Occupation: Homemaker
  • Note:
    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.
  • Note:
    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
    sister Martha.
  • Note:
    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.
  • Note:
    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.
  • Note:
    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.
  • Note:
    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
  • Note:
    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.
  • Note:
    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
  • Note:
    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.
  • Note:
    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.
  • Note:
    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

    Marriage 1 Johann FRANK b: 22 JUL 1862 in Germany
    • Married: 23 AUG 1893 in St Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth,MI
    1. Has Children Alma Gertrude Kunigunde FRANK b: 30 JUN 1895 in Denmark Township, Tuscola Co, MI
    2. Has Children Emma Lucille Pauline FRANK
    3. Has No Children Linda FRANK
    4. Has No Children Oscar FRANK
    5. Has No Children Clara FRANK b: 2 APR 1907 in Michigan
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