Thursday, January 27, 2011

Anna Margaret Schoessler Wiederspahn

Anna was born 19 July 1873 in Walter, Russia. She was the daughter of Georg Schoessler and Anna Margaret Alles. Anna married George Wiedershpahn in 1893. She lived most of her adult life at the Lincoln sanitarium. She died 6 December 1960 in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is buried at the Wyuka cemetery.

Annie spent 50 years, 3 months, and 9 days of her life as a patient at the Lincoln State Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her death certificate indicates she suffered from manic depressive psychosis. Annie would have been a young woman, approximately 37 years old with seven young children at the time of her admital to the hospital.

Adult children did not speak of Annie, her grandchildren were not aware that she was living at the hospital. Grandchildren grew up assuming their grandmother was deceased.

Family members later heard stories of Annie attempting throw a baby from the window of a moving train; to date we have no way to prove or disprove the accuracy of this information.

Known children of Anna Margaret Schoessler and Geroge John Wiedersphan are:

George, 1894-1899; Jacob, 1896-1986; Conrad, 1898-1986; George, 1901-1967; Amelia, 1903-1995; Pauline, 1906-1958; and Benjamin, 1908-1979. Pauline would later marry Gottlieb Hert and lived in Montana.

Mr. Georg Wiederspahn was born 21 October 1870 in Walter, Russia, and died 30 April 1945 in Marysville, California. George later remarried and had two additional children.

Contributed by Dee Hert

1 comment:

  1. Annette -
    Just surfed in with a search on WIEDERSPAN. Many thanks for this post. A bit of family history research serendipity, to be sure. With this account, and comparing with it some things I had in my file, I was able to confirm that George Wiederspahn (b. 1870) was the brother of Jacob A. Wiederspan (b. 1872) of Lincoln, NE. Their parents: George J. Wiederspahn (1844) and Ann Margaret Alles (1849). All born village of Walter, Russia. Collateral relatives of my husband.
    Such a sad story about Anna.