The family was prominent in Bohemia near Hirschberg and was
undoubtedly of German origin. The emigrant to America left Bohemia, as many
others did, to escape the oppression of the Hapsburgs who at the time were
ruthlessly suppressing selfgovernment, and public opinion, and forcing the youth
of the country into long terms of military servitude.
Franz Waldburger, a cobbler of Hirschberg, District of Dokra, married Barbara
Leegold of Wobozok, Bohemia, about 1816. Of issue was
Franz Xavier Waldburger, b. May 1, 1819, in Hirschberg, Bohemia, district of
Dokra. He d in Fort Dodge, Iowa, U. S. A., Feb. 13, 1879. In 1846 he m. Theresa
Josepha Kampe, b. Feb. 18, 1827, in Hirschberg; d. Apr. 27, 1894 in Fort Dodge,
Iowa. Her parents were Joseph Kampe, a stocking maker, and Theresa Kampe (nee
Hergple) both of Hirschberg. Franz Xavier Waldburger and his wife and dau.
Theresa emigrated to America in the fall of 1857 and landed at Castle Garden,
New York City. They moved at once to Davenport, Iowa, where they lived until
1866 when they moved to Johnson Township, Webster Co., Iowa. Here they resided
until 1871 when they moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa. They were Catholic in their
faith, but several of their children renounced this religion for others when
they were grown.
On December 31, 1868, Mrs. Waldburger started with a team across the prairies to
Fort Dodge, a distance of fourteen miles, to purchase provisions. She was
accompanied by her fifteen-year-old dau. Theresa and a young man who was
visiting the family. A blinding blizzard overtook them soon after they started
home and very quickly the road was obliterated by drifting snow. Dusk was
falling and the mother, fearing lest they get lost, got out of the wagon to
search for the road. Before she realized it, she was out of sight of the wagon.
The horses, impatient in the storm, soon became unmanageable and proceeded home.
For hours the distracted mother was hopelessly lost and wandered aimlessly
through the storm. About ten o'clock she caught sight of a gleam of light and
found herself before a farm house where she was taken in almost exhausted from
cold and fatigue. The frantic family at home spent a terrible night and it was
not until the following morning that they knew the wife and mother was safe.
Issue, nine, as follows
(1) Franz Waldburger, b. July 16, 1849; d. Mar. 21, 1855.
(2) Wenzel Waldburger, b. Sept. 27, 1851; d. Aug. 26, 1856.
(3) Theresa Waldburger, b. June 21, 1853; m. Charles Clouse.
Issue: (1) Frances; (2) Frank; (3) Albert; (4) Anna; (5) Hiram.
(4) Franz Waldburger, b. Apr. 24, 1855; d. July 24, 1855.
(5) Frances Waldburger, b. Feb. 13, 1857; m. 1st, Adam Krutz. Issue, two:
(1) Anna, m. M. Tierney;
(2) Viola, m. Louis Schultz.
Both children living, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
M. 2d, John J. Magennis; issue, two:
(1) Joseph L.
(2) John Francis.
Family lives, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
(6) Franz Joseph Waldburger, b. Jan. 28, 1859; d. Aug. 14, 1911;
m Jan. 4, 1886, Sadie Snyder. Widow, living, New Kamilche, Wash. Issue, six
(1) William, b. Feb. 23, 1891; m., living, Olympia, Wash.,
with two children, Harold and Phyllis.
(2) Joseph, b. May 28, 1893; m., living, Tacoma, Wash.
(3) Myrtie, b. Jan. 21, 1896; m., living, Olympia, Wash., issue, two
daughters, one named Grace.
(4) Guy, b. Nov. 1, 1897.
(5) Max, b. Aug. 28, 1900.
(6) Lester, b. Aug. 29, 1903.
(7) Joseph Charles Waldburger, b. Mar. 2, 1862 in Davenport,
Iowa; m. Mar. 10, 1889, Nettie Irene, dau. of Sidney Simmons and Melissa
Isabelle Simmons (nee Crawford) of Marshalltown, Iowa, b. Apr. 20, 1868. Family
resides at Fort Dodge, Iowa. Attend Congregational Church. Occupation,
Waldburger Drug Company. Issue:
(1) Ernest, d. young.
(2) Rose Marie Waldburger, b. Apr. 22, 1895. Educated, Fort Dodge, Iowa,
Public Schools. Resides with parents.
(3) Robert Simmons Waldburger, b. Mar. 14, 1897; m. Sept. 5, 1922, Margaret M.
Miller. He was in 126th Machine Gun Battalion, 34th Division, World War. Six
months in France. Resides, Fort Dodge, Iowa.
(4) Frank Richard Waldburger, b. Apr. 4, 1902.
(5) Elizabeth Helen Waldburger, b. Jan. 1, 1906.
(8) Rose Belle Waldburger, b. Jan. 7, 1865, in Davenport, Iowa;
m. Nov. 13, 1884, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Carl Phillip Bechtel, b. Nov. 12, 1863,
at Nevada, Story Co., Iowa. (See Bechtel
Genealogy) Both members Protestant Episcopal Church. Issue, two:
Rosamond Bechtel, b. Dec. 16, 1885.
(2) Carl Phillip Bechtel, b. May 21, 1888.
(9) Anna Waldburger, b. Dec. 6, 1867; m. Ernest F. Green, a direct descendant of
Nathaniel Green and Nicholas Herkimer. Issue, two:
(1) Ernestine, m. Herman Tiedemann, residing, Chicago;
(2) Doris, unm., Librarian, Laramie, Wyo. Parents reside, Pueblo, Colo.
Information obtained from birth certificates and passports of
the emigrant to America, and from family Bibles for later generations.