Levi Gottlieb Kaiser b. 26 Jul 1884 Freeport (Florence Station), Illinois d. 27 Apr 1971 Worthington, Minnesota: William Kaiser's ancestry
Levi Gottlieb  Kaiser

Levi Gottlieb Kaiser

Male 1884 - 1971  (86 years)

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  • Name Levi Gottlieb Kaiser 
    Born 26 Jul 1884  Freeport (Florence Station), Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Apr 1971  Worthington, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Round Lake Cemetery, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I0315  William Kaiser Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2011 

    Father William Frederick Kaiser,   b. 19 Apr 1858, Freeport, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1936, Sutherland, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Emma Rose Schauer,   b. 12 Sep 1860, Reading, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1957, Cherokee, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1881  Freeport, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • According to notes compiled by Blythe V. V. Poage Kaiser, in 1966:

      " The William F. (Emma) Kaiser family lived on a farm north of Sutherland most of their lives. Moved to Sutherland to retire. Son, Charley Kaiser, still has the old home farm in 1966."
    Family ID F108  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dott Lissie Parish,   b. 5 Oct 1892, Chestnut Hill, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1984, Round Lake Cemetery, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 19 Feb 1919  Sutherland, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Bernadine Lorraine Kaiser,   b. 19 Mar 1920, Sutherland, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1988, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +2. Daisy Blythe Kaiser
    Family ID F117  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Levi Kaiser
    Levi Kaiser
    Agnes, Levi & Emma Kaiser
    Agnes, Levi & Emma Kaiser
    Charley, Levi, Emma, Agnes, Lillie Kaiser 1971
    Charley, Levi, Emma, Agnes, Lillie Kaiser 1971
    Emma, Levi, Bernadine & Jim
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    Kaiser Brothers 1915
    Kaiser Brothers 1915
    Kaiser Brothers about 1913
    Kaiser Brothers about 1913
    Kaiser extended family, about 1926
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    Kaiser Family 1920
    Kaiser Family 1920


  • Notes 
    • The following is related by the daughter of Levi Kaiser, Daisy Kaiser Sampson, on June 21, 2000:

      Levi sold land in Louisana and Minnesota for Payne Investment Co. of Omaha (before he was married). He did custom corn shelling and threshing, before and after marriage. He also played the violin and accordian for square dances in their home (he played by ear).

      It is possible that he co-owned a farm in Brookings, South Dakota, with his brother, William G. Kaiser. During the depression, that was the first farm he had to give up, then gave the second one up close to the one we still own right across the Minnesota state line, where Bill and Blythe would come to visit us, and they enjoyed it so much!!!

    • Submitted from Daisy Blythe Kaiser (07/01/2000):

      We had lots of company every Sunday it seemed(Mom was a good, generous cook who believed in the best for company).

      Dad was the township assessor and I got to ride along. I remember him telling me how people would move their livestock and machinery to another place if they knew he was coming!!

      We would drive to Minnesota to see the farm and the renter and I could sense that he was pretty unhappy with the renter there. I never dreamt that that would soon be my new home.

      Decoration Day was strictly a holiday and we would dress up with our very best clothes and go to the cemetery in Sutherland and decorate Dean's grave plus some others. THere would be a big parade there, and a regular service too.

      It seemed like Dad always had lots of welding to do with his machinery, so that meant a ride along over to see his cousin in Gaza, Harry Kaiser. (I rode along everywhere be cause I wasn't in school yet). Dad did so some of that himself at home.

      We always had a playhouse out in the grove, and spent lots of time there.

      In the summer of 1929, a new school house for our township was being built close to home--about one fourth mile north of us. We would walk up there and watch them build it, it would have an inside toilet.

      One morning when Mother went to the mailbox to mail a letter, she sound the nicest little police puppy, waiting for a home. WE adopted him instantly, and he became a faithful member of our family.

      In September school started and I was in the first grade, no kindergarten then. Little did I know then that I would not get to enjoy that nice building very long.

      Soon the stock market would crash and that would mean the loss of 2 farms. It was then that the folks decided to move to the farm in Minnesota, and Dad was very unhappy with the renter.

      It would be one day in November that Dad would write a letter to Grandpa Kaiser that read:

      Dear Sir:
      I am moving to Minnesota March 1, 1930.
      Yours truly,
      Levi G. Kaiser
      Business was business with Grandpa and Grandma, right down to the penny. I don't remember of being aware that we were about to move.

      I would be missing Charlie very much, we grew very close, and I followed him all around the farm and helped(?) him do everything including grease the machinery. He would put me up on the horses to ride all around the farm. He had so much patience.

      Dad was gone quite a lot doing custom work--corn shelling the year round and threshing in the summertime.

      All the while during the fall of 1929 Dad was busy taking machinery to the farm in Minnesota. That meant pulling the threshing machine and corn sheller to Minnesota with the Hart Parr--a large heavy duty tractor. It was slow, and probably went about 5 miles per at the fastest. so that meant a long trip. He would stay with his friends, the Maranells who lived north of Hartley, Iowa.

      He and Charlie would split up the other machinery, but the most sad part was splitting up that beautiful team of Belgian horses!! They were red with black manes and tails!! Charlie kept Barney, and Dad took Queen.

      My Grandpa Parrish had a truck, so he helped with all the moving. It was Grandpa Parrish who got my Sister and I from school to make the long trip up to our new home.

      Goodbye Iowa, Minnesota, here we come!!!!

      The scraggly pines that stood in front of the bedroom window made the most lonesome sound as the wind blew through them that first night in Minnesota.

      It was cold that morning and it was time to go to school. Dad started Grandpa's truck with the tractor. What a disappointment it was to see the schoolhouse, after leaving that new one in Iowa. It was so old and cold that I knew it must have been one the settlers had gone to!

      It was spring very soon, and the one and one half mile walk to school was a pleasant one;wild flowers grew on both sides in the ditch, and pheasants, meadowlarks,wrens, brown thrashers and other birds nesting would be disturbed by our footsteps.

      Spring came early that year so the oats were planted early. Corn would be planted in May as soon as the frost was out of the ground. Already there was a large pasture and alfalfa field. There were many rocks in the field that were left by the glacier, and would have to be picked up before the corn was planted. The field on the south edge of the farm was an extra rich black soil that had sea shells in it that were left from the glacier. That would make a fine potato field.

      We didn't have much livestock at first, but in time the herd grew. We started with five shorthorns- Dad raised them for the calves-they weren't much for milking. In time the herd grew to fifteen, and we fed hogs and steers.

      Ducks and geese were added to the poultry flock, but we soon stopped raising them after we had enough for feathers. Sheep were added to the mix-we sold the wool and lambs.

      We sold eggs to the Boote Hatchery in Worthington. Hatching eggs require extra care such as cleaning them with vinegar, sorting them, and must be kept cool.

      We had two incubators in which we hatched our own chicks. They were set up in the living room and heated with a kerosene lamp, each having a thermometer in to keep the temperature at a correct point. Eggs were put in trays, taken out twice a day, morning and evening, and rolled very gently taking the place of the mother hen. This was done quickly so as to not let the eggs cool off. There would be little chicks in three weeks. It was such fun to watch the little chicks pecking their way out of the shell. Their next home would be a nice warm, clean brooder house with a kerosene stove in, and clean straw on the floor.

      We needed a windbreak on the south side of the yard, so Chinese elms were planted for their fast growth. Mulberry trees were planted for the birds, hoping they would leave the other fruit alone.

      There was some time for leisure!! After a rain we would go out in the grove and dig up earthworms for bait to go fishing. We had homemade fishing poles that Dad had made. We could pull the fish in so fast that Dad hardly had time to bait the hooks. We lived in a fisherman's paradise!! We lived close to so many lakes--to name a few there was Round Lake, Iowa Lake, Silver Lake, Heron Lake, Lake Ocheda, Lake Okabena and more. We met my future brother-in-law at a little creek where I caught my first fish. He was sitting there with his ever-pleasant smiling face and offered us minnows

      Our mailing address was always confusing-we lived in Minnesota but the address was Lake Park, Iowa. It was almost the middle of June now and in the mail was a letter from Grandma Kaiser saying that she had had a letter from Uncle Bill saying that they were coming, and were coming up to see us!!

      Of course Aunt Blythe, and Aunt Myrtle would come too--maybe Uncle Charlie, depending on his chores. We were very anxious to see them as this had been the longest time that we hadn't seen any relation from Sutherland(or Chicago). While down at Sutherland, we had company most every Sunday. Uncle Bill would be driving his usual black Oldsmobile(and wiping it off with a soft cloth) as soon as he got there!!

      That meant we had better get everything in apple pie order!! Grandma was the first Martha Stewart-everything was neat, clean, and in it's place.

      DID YOU KNOW?? 1. Grandma had three mischief makers. They were Bill, Lillie and Levi. They decided to take their clothes and run away to make their fortune. However, the plan soon ran amok, as Grandpa soon overtook them north of the farm up by the Ortmann farm.

      2. The Wonder Bread man who stopped in at the store won Myrtle's heart over and married her.

      3. Bill always drove a shiny new Oldsmobile to Grandma's in the summer time. After each drive, each speck of dirt was dusted off.

      4. Levi stood on a stool when he was four years old and washed baby diapers.

      5. Levi walked every morning to High School in Sutherland(5 miles), but had to quit in January because there were so many chores to do.

      5. Charlie owned two farms, 160 acres each.

      6. Charlie had a housekeeper who was trying to win him over

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