Wednesday, May 4, 2011

out and about town

The other day I had lunch with friends and decided to stop at this old house that was about 1/2 a mile from my old high school. It is the Gittemeier home in Florissant, Missouri. It is an example of an 1860 farm house. Franz Gittemeier immigrated to the U.S. in 1850, married Gertrude Gerling in 1858. She might have been a mail order bride from Prussia. Franz went to California to work in the gold fields and earned enought gold dust to buy 50 acres of farmland. He and Gertrude had 10 children and eventually owned 500 acres of land. Legend has it that each of his children recieved a farm and $10,000.00 on his death.

2 comments:

Molly said...

My youngest [farmer leanings] would like to have been one of Franz's ten children!

patty said...

too bad that Franz's farm is all covered up by highways and buildings, i'm sure he is turning over in his grave!