52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 35 – John Huber (1880-1948)
By – Don Taylor
friends can prove that you have wrong person all along. I wanted to increase my
understanding of John’s immigration and how he ended up in Wisconsin when I
thought he was headed for Oregon. I had him arriving in 1901 aboard the SS St.
Paul with two friends. I decided to follow his friends and see what happened to
them. I found them in Oregon in 1910 and then I found another John Huber (born
about 1880) in Oregon as well. Oops. I know that my John Huber was in Alabama
in 1910, so the immigration aboard the SS St. Paul was clearly incorrect. I scrapped
the information I had about his immigration and will start anew. Sigh…
Bio – John Huber (1880-1948)
Zürich, Switzerland. He was the oldest of five known children of Jacob and Kath
immigrated to the United Sates. He
appears to have headed to the Swiss Colony area of southern Wisconsin where he
met Bertha Barbara Trumpi.
County, Wisconsin, probably at the Swiss Church, in an ecclesiastical ceremony
by Rev. A. Roth. The 1905 Wisconsin Census finds the couple living on a farm
that they rented in Primrose, WI, about
8 miles north of New Glarus.
Florence Wilma Huber.
moved to Alabama where their only son, Clarence Eduard Huber was born. The
family is seen farming their own farm in Elberta and Josephine, Baldwin County,
Alabama in the 1910 Census. The
1910 Census also indicates that John had submitted his First Papers for
towards Swiss immigrants in Wisconsin and Illinois, which promised cheap land,
without snow and cold, in a Swiss Colony in Alabama. In any event, they bought
a farm in Alabama and worked it for seven to eight years. Then they bought a
farm from Jacob Spitz in James Township, Saginaw County, Michigan in 1916.
1910 census indicates that he submitted first papers. In the 1920 Census, he
was listed as an alien. The 1930 Census indicates that he was naturalized. However,
the 1940 census, once again, indicates he had only submitted first papers. It
is the recollection of his granddaughter that in the mid 1940s he indicated he
was still a Swiss citizen and “didn’t like America much.” That is not to say he hated America, rather, he spoke of Switzerland as if it were heaven. My suspicion is that
he never became a citizen and only went through the process enough to have
submitted first papers.
and son, Clarence, living on the Farm on St. Charles road in James Township.
by her widower.
living in the same house as they did in 1935 (and 1930). John owned the farm
worth about $4000 in 1940.
Luke’s Hospital in Saginaw, MI. At the time of his death, he was a member of
the Evangelical Church.
116, in Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan.
Do not confuse with Johann Huber from Switzerland who
immigrated in Nov 1901 aboard the USMS St. Paul and settled in Oregon.
Do not confuse with John Huber who owned 40 acres in
Bridgeport Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.
· Find John Huber’s immigration information.
· Further research John’s Parents & Siblings
Place: Elberta and Josephine, Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: T624_1;
Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 1374014. – Huber,
Censuses, 1895 and 1905, John Huber. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=WIstatecen&rank=1&new=1&MSAV=1&msT=1&gss=angs-d&gsfn=John&gsln=Huber&dbOnly=_83004005%7c_83004005_x%2c_83004006%7c_83004006_x&uidh=by1&pcat=35&fh=13&h=1552338&recoff=7+8&ml_rpos=14.
Josephine, Baldwin, Alabama; Roll: T624_1; Page: 5A; Enumeration
District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 1374014. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1910USCenIndex&h=9295177&indiv=try
Place: James, Saginaw, Michigan; Roll: T627_1811; Page: 9A;
Enumeration District: 73-18.