Back in 2017, I published a post titled, Cheyenne Schubarths. That post told the story of Adolph Schubarth spending the last few years of his life in Cheyenne County, Nebraska in a place near the city of Potter. We at the museum sometimes refer to this area of Nebraska as a Perry County suburb because many Perry County natives ended up settling there in the early years of the 1900’s. I will display evidence today that Adolph may not have been the first of the Schubarth’s to settle in Cheyenne County. It may have been one of the main characters in today’s tale.
Herman Johann Joseph Schubarth was born on January 9, 1889, so today would have been his 133rd birthday. Herman was one of Adolph Schubarth’s sons. His mother’s maiden name was Agnes Fehnke. Herman was baptized to Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. Below is an image of his baptism record from that congregation’s books.
Herman’s family moved back across the river to Perry County before the 1900 census. We find this family living in the Brazeau Township where his father was a day laborer. Herman was 10 years old. His mother had died in 1898, so his father was a widower at this time.
Although his father, Adolph, was still living in Perry County when the 1910 census was taken, we find Herman living in Cheyenne County, Nebraska. That would mean that Herman got to Nebraska before his father did. He was a hired hand in the Peter Nelson household at the age of 21.
Herman had his World War I draft registration completed in 1917. When that form was completed, his address was given as Potter, Nebraska. This document gives evidence that Herman’s father was also living in Cheyenne County by this time. It says Herman was the only support of his father.
Let’s turn our attention to the girl who was going to be Herman’s bride. Her name was Anna Lydia Darnstaedt. Lydia’s childhood had similarities to that of Herman. She was born on November 27, 1895, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Weber) Darnstaedt. A previous post was written about Lydia’s parents titled, Joseph and Anna – To Illinois and Back. Like her future husband, Lydia was living in Illinois when she was born, and she was also baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob. Here is her baptism record.
When the 1900 census was taken, Lydia’s family was still living in the Fountain Bluff Township. Lydia’s age looks like it was first written as 4, but changed to 3. That can be explained by the fact that her birth year is given as 1896, which is not correct. Her father was a farmer.
Before the 1910 census was taken, Lydia’s family moved back across the river to Perry County. Lydia had been confirmed in 1909, and her confirmation record is found in the books of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. In this census, Lydia was 14 years old.
I figure it was possible for Herman to get to know Lydia both while they lived in Jacob, Illinois or in Altenburg,, Missouri. Regardless, we find Herman travelling back to Altenburg to get married not long after he had completed his World War I draft registration. On January 31, 1918, Herman Schubarth married Lydia Darnstaedt. This couple’s marriage record is found in the books of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. This document states that Herman was from Potter, Nebraska.
We can also take a look at this couple’s marriage license.
Herman would take his new bride back to Nebraska where they would spend the rest of their lives. There were no more records for this couple in Perry County. Since we cannot rely on our German Family Tree, we have to rely on other records and family trees of Ancestry.com to determine how many children they had. It looks like they may have had 5 children. The 1920 census shows this couple with just their first child.
The next census in which we find the Schubarth’s was the one taken in 1930. Herman and Lydia had 3 daughters and a son. Herman was a farmer.
The last census we can view is the 1940 census. An additional son had been added to the family in 1932. This time, Herman was called a truck driver living in Sidney, Nebraska, which is not far from Potter.
Herman had to have a World War II draft card completed in 1942. This document says Herman was working at the Liberty Bell Beer Garden in Sidney.
Both Herman and Lydia reportedly died in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska. Herman died in 1965 at the age of 76; Lydia died in 1976 at the age of 80. These two were buried together in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Gurley, Nebraska, which is located in Cheyenne County.
Herman and Lydia Schubarth had such similar lives. They were each born in the Fountain Bluff Township in Jackson County, Illinois, later moved to Perry County, Missouri, and then spent most of their lives in Cheyenne County, Nebraska.