WHERE "THEY" SETTLED IN THE UNITED STATES
In 1880, Frank, his wife Theresa (Montag), and their children left Ohrnes, Austria (Javorí, Czech Republic), and came to the United States, arriving at New York Harbor on September 4, 1880. The family made there way west amd settled in Springfield Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota. In March 1886, Adolf Schad left Ohrnes and arrived in Baltimore Harbor, Maryland, on March 26, 1886. He too went to Minnesota and met up with his brother and family.
According to an 1896 platbook of Springfield Township, Cottonwood County, MN, Frank and Adolf Schadt (name is spelled wrong, but there is no doubt this is supposed to be SCHAD) owned equal sized plots of land at the southern border of Springfield Township, which happens to be at the southern edge of Cottonwood County.
The Jarmers and Nimmerfrohs also settled in this area. Many of them settled just south in the county of Jackson. These families lived very close to each other in Europe, and in the end, remained this way in Minnesota. It never ceases to amaze me how an entire community uprooted itself and relocated half a world away. While walking the many cemeteries in southwest Minnesota, I was able to recognize many, many names from my ancestors' home towns.
Over the years, many of the ancestors of Frank & Adolph Schad remained in the area surrounding Cottonwood and Jackson counties. Families jumped from town to town, but in the end, they remained close to relatives. Frank and Adolph eventually moved into Heron Lake, MN, just south of their original homesteads. Most of the Jarmer family stayed in Heron Lake for a number of years. Many in the Schaffer family settled in Jackson, MN, in southeastern Jackson County. Each generation seemed to venture a little farther away from the Heron Lake area. There were exceptions, however. Frank Jr. and Gustave "August", the two living boys of Frank and Theresa (Montag) Schad, left the area fairly early. Frank Jr. and Gustave worked for a time near Mandan, ND. Gustave met his wife Anna Yusko while there and the two were married in 1912. The group then moved back to Heron Lake where Gustave and Anna started a family and Frank got married. Frank and his wife, Emma Hanson, eventually moved to Placer County, California, approximately twenty miles northeast of Sacramento. Gustave, Anna, and their four boys, Donald, Lester, Floyd, and Sylvester, moved to north central South Dakota in the late 1920's. The next generation of individuals spread out all over the country, some more than others. All in all though, southwest Minnesota was the starting place for the Schads and their descendants in America.
page last updated: 8/15/2014