Fred mentions the Bogenriefs several times in his life story. The first is in the opening, which I quoted from the other day.
I discovered the University of Iowa has some wonderful online digital archives of county maps. I hadn't discovered a land patent in Iowa for the Buss family, so I thought I'd take a look at the 1907 Sac County Atlas, which included plat maps for each of the townships. I found the Buss farm, just where Fred said it was, in the SW corner of section 15.This day I will write the history of my life to my four children: Elsie, Ella, Edith, and Hubert-all born on the farm in Douglas Township on section fifteen (15) south-west quarter, Sac County Iowa. Your mother was born on the north-east quarter of the same section in the same township, in 1877. I went to school with her brothers and sisters in Illinois seven or eight years before she was born. She had one sister about my age whose name was Elizabeth. We were in the same class and studied from the same book and I thought she was the nicest girl in school. But she died of typhoid fever October 3, 1880 in Iowa on section fifteen (15) in Douglas Township and I waited seventeen years and then I married her youngest sister, Maude Bogenrief in 1897. We spent forty-one years of happy life together and then she passed away and left me alone in this wide world like I was the first thirty-four years of my life.
|Fred helped build the church in section 16. My grandmother went to the school in section 9.|
By 1885, the Bogenriefs had moved south to Cedar Township.
I happened upon photos of Sol and Sophia's headstone this weekend as I searched Sac County cemeteries on the FindaGrave website.
|Photo by Sheila Bunting|
Then I saw a link for Elizabeth.
|Notice the crooked, broken headstone|
|Elizabeth Bogenrief, 1864-1880|
Solomon and Sophia Bogenrief had at least nine children, only six of whom survived to adulthood. I don't know why it makes me especially sad to see the three who died were consecutive children.
John, b. Jul 1855
Catherine b. Jan 1857
Benjamin b. Dec 1858
Samuel b. Oct 1862
Elizabeth b. Aug 1864 d. Oct 1880
Adam b. abt 1867 d. bet 1870 and 1880
Amelia b. abt 1869 d. Mar 1874
George b Mar 1872
Mary Maud b. Jan 1877 (my great grandmother)