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Maria BALZER

Female 1846 - 1922  (75 years)


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  • Name Maria BALZER 
    Born 12 Oct 1846  Waldheim, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Baptism Abt 1878  Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    History Maria was previously married to an Enns and a Heidebrecht - both died very early in their respective marriages. One family record says she was born 11 Oct in Muntau, Molotschna. Her Zionsbote obituary says she was born 11 Oct in Muntau, Molotschna. She had a total of 7 children with Wiebe, 3 sons and 4 daughters, 1 son and 2 daughters predeceased her. 
    Immigration 8 Jun 1886  Elbe; New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 011ma 
    Buried Abt Feb 1922  Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 4 Feb 1922  Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I22637  Reid Family | Lynn's side of the family
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2013 

    Father Heinrich H. BALZER,   b. 17 Aug 1820, Kommerau, Graudenz, West Prussia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1896, Delft, Cottonwood, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Katharina REIMER,   b. 23 Sep 1824, Muntau, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1901, Delft, Cottonwood, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1846  Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Ships
    S.S. Strassburg-1872
    S.S. Strassburg-1872
    The steamship STRASSBURG was built for Norddeutscher Lloyd by Caird & Co, Greenock (yard #166), and was launched on 24 May 1872. 3,025 tons; 107,06 x 11,89 meters (length x breadth); straight stem (first Norddeutscher Lloyd high-seas vessel so built), 1 funnel, 2 masts; iron construction, screw propulsion, twin single-expansion engine, service speed 11 knots; accommodation for 60 passengers in 1st class, 120 in 2nd class, and 889 to 900 in steerage; crew of 70 to 100. The STRASSBURG was the "name ship" of the 13 vessels of Norddeutscher Lloyd's Strassburg Class of passenger vessels, and was built for the Line's New Orleans service. 3 September 1872, maiden voyage, Bremen - Southampton - New York. 16 October 1872, first voyage, Bremen - Havre - New Orleans. 1874, given new boilers and compound engine, service speed 12 knots. Made one voyage to Hankau for a cargo of tea, being the first German steamship through the Suez Canal. 16 February 1881, first voyage, Bremen-Baltimore. 11 November 1881, first voyage, Bremen-South America. 1883-1896, primarily to South America. 1885, refitted in Bremerhaven. 2 August 1893, last voyage, Bremen-New York (12 roundtrip voyages). 25 January 1896, last voyage, Bremen-South America. August 1896, sold to Tardi & Co, Genoa, for scrapping. 1897, scrapped at Genoa.
    Family ID F10265  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Kornelius ENNS,   b. 12 Apr 1845, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1875, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married Abt 1867  Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Heinrich ENNS,   b. 16 Jul 1870, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1897, Cameroon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)
    Family ID F34534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Cornelius HEIDEBRECHT,   b. 30 Nov 1835, Tiegerweide, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1876, Waldheim, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1875  Waldheim, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F34531  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Johann Abraham WIEBE,   b. 17 Jan 1844, Gnadenfeld, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1929, Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 21 Apr 1877  Gnadenfeld, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Susanna WIEBE,   b. 19 Jul 1880, Waldheim, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1963, Hillsboro, Marion, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +2. Anna WIEBE,   b. 15 Feb 1886, Waldheim, Molotschna Colony, South Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1977, Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
    +3. Rev. Jacob J. WIEBE,   b. 5 Jul 1887, Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1960, Shafter, Kern, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Ships
    S.S. Elbe
    S.S. Elbe
    SS Elbe was built in the Govan Shipyard of John Elder & Company, Ltd, Glasgow, in 1881 for the Norddeutscher Lloyd of Bremen. The Elbe had a 3 cylinder compound engine which provided power to her single-screw propeller. She was a fast ship for her time, being able to reach the speed of 15 knots, but small cargo capacity, along with her high consumption of coal, would soon make her uneconomical. She had a straight bow, two funnels and four masts. She was launched on 2 April 1881. After sea trials she made her maiden voyage on 26 June 1881, leaving Bremen for New York via Southampton. The Elbe had accommodation for 179 first-class passengers, 142 in second class, and 796 in steerage. She was a very popular ship with immigrants from Europe to the United States and was virtually always sold out in steerage. The Elbe spent most of the next ten years working the North Atlantic service, but she also made three voyages to Adelaide in Australia, two of which were in December 1889 and 1890.

    Disaster in the North Sea
    The night of 30 January 1895 was stormy. In the North Sea, conditions were freezing and there were huge seas. SS Elbe had left Bremerhaven for New York earlier in the day with 354 passengers aboard. Also at sea on this rough night was the steamship Crathie, sailing from Aberdeen in Scotland, heading for Rotterdam. As conditions grew worse, the Elbe discharged warning rockets to alert other ships to her presence. The Crathie either did not see the warning rockets or chose to ignore them. She did not alter her course, with such disastrous consequences, that she struck the liner on her port side with such force that whole compartments of the Elbe were immediately flooded. The collision happened at 5:30 am and most of the passengers were still asleep.
    The Elbe began to sink immediately and the captain, von Gossel, gave the order to abandon ship. Amid great scenes of panic the crew managed to lower two of the Elbe's lifeboats. One of the lifeboats capsized as too many passengers tried in vain to squeeze into the boat. Twenty people scrambled into the second lifeboat, of whom 15 were members of the crew. The others were four male second-class passengers and a young lady’s maid by the name of Anna Boecker, who had been lucky enough to be pulled from the raging sea after the first boat had capsized. Meanwhile on the other side of the Elbe, Captain von Gossel had ordered all the women and children to assemble there but no other lifeboats were launched because the ropes on the derricks were all frozen up, and so they perished along with the captain. Within 20 minutes of the collision, the Elbe had sunk and the only survivors were the 20 people in the one surviving lifeboat. These people now had to endure mountainous seas and below-zero temperatures and they were 50 miles from land. Things looked bleak; the Elbe's distress rockets had not been seen by any passing vessels and so no one knew of their predicament. After five hours in the raging storm, their luck changed. A fishing smack from Lowestoft called the Wildflower found them. In desperate conditions the crew of the Wildflower struggled to pull the 20 survivors from the lifeboat, which had begun to break up. The skipper, William Wright, said later that the survivors would not have lasted another hour in those conditions, and believed that the only reason they had stayed alive for five hours was the expertise of the Elbe's crewmen aboard the lifeboat.

    Steamship Crathie
    The Crathie was a steamer of about 475 tons gross and 272 net. She left Rotterdam with general cargo for Aberdeen on January 29th 1895 carrying just 12 hands. The Craithie was also badly damaged in the collision and returned to Rotterdam flying signals of distress. When later asked why they had not stayed on to help the Elbe and her passengers, the captain, Alexander Gordon, said that he feared that his ship would sink, and in any case he did not hear any cries for help coming from the liner. It appeared to him that the Elbe was steaming away from his position.

    Miss Anna Boecker
    Of the twenty who survived the sinking, only one was a female. Anna Boecker was a shy, quiet maid in the employment of an elderly lady, travelling with her employer to Southampton. In the panic and confusion of the collision she had been unable to save her employer. She joined the terrified crush of passengers lowered into the first lifeboat. When it capsized under the sheer weight of numbers, Anna ended up in the ocean. All the others from her lifeboat clambered back onto the sinking ship. Anna was alone in the treacherous sea until the survivors in the second lifeboat spotted her floundering in the water and pulled her up to safety.

    Repercussions
    The SS Elbe incident resulted in a court case which took place in Rotterdam in November 1895. The court found that the steamship Crathie was alone at fault for the collision. Amazingly the captain was merely censured for leaving the disaster, a verdict that astounded the maritime world at the time. The blame was put squarely on the first mate, who had left his post at the bridge at the critical time to chat in the galley with other crew members, and therefore had failed in his job of operating the ship's warning lights. The captain, officers and sailors of the SS Elbe received no rebuke from the court either, which caused some concern amongst the German public. The crew of the fishing smack Wildflower each were given, by Kaiser Wilhelm II, a silver and gold watch bearing his monogram and £5 as a gesture of thanks for saving the lives of the eighteen German citizens, an Austrian, and the English pilot. They also received other medals and gifts in the following years.

    Wreck identified in 1987
    In the early part of 1987 a group of Dutch amateur divers searched and located the wreck of the Elbe on the sea bed. They managed to salvage a small quantity of the glasswork and a quantity of procelain as well as earthenware from the wreck site, which enabled them to identify the wreck.
    Family ID F15085  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1867 - Molotschna Colony, South Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - Abt 1878 - Molotschna Colony, South Russia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Abt Feb 1922 - Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Feb 1922 - Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S137] Kirchenbuch der Mennoniten Gemeinde zu Mountain Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, translated by Adeline Friesen in 1996, Pg. 25.

    2. [S102] Index to Mennonite Immigrants on United States Passenger Lists: 1872-1904, (published in 1986), Pg. 116.

    3. [S358] Profile of the Mennonite Kleine Gemeinde 1874, by Delbert F. Plett, ISBN 0-920035-33-7., Pgs. 242, 307.