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Rosburg, CHRISTIAN Johann Julius b. 1 Mar 1832 Harmsdorf, Ostholstein, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany d. 8 Jun 1909 Rosburg, Wahkiakum, Washington

Rosburg, CHRISTIAN Johann Julius

Male 1832 - 1909  (77 years)


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  • Name Rosburg, CHRISTIAN Johann Julius 
    Born 1 Mar 1832  Harmsdorf, Ostholstein, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Cooper / Store Owner/ Postal Agent 
    Buried Jun 1909  Old Grays River Cemetery, Rosburg, Wahkiakum, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Died 8 Jun 1909  Rosburg, Wahkiakum, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Person ID I5042  The Thoma Family
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2017 

    Father Rosburg, Kai Friedrich,   b. 20 Jul 1791, Harmsdorf, Ostholstein, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Boehm, Margaretha Sophia,   b. UNKNOWN, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Harmsdorf, Ostholstein, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2624  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Brix, Maria Dorathea,   b. 18 Jun 1834, Hannover, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1913, Rosburg, Wahkiakum, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1856  Clayton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rosburg, William,   b. 1859, Read, Clayton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 10 years)  [natural]
     2. Rosburg, Emil Andrew,   b. 14 Jun 1870, Keystone, Benton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1949, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, Oregon City, Clackamas, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
     3. Rosburg, Emile Alvina,   b. 6 Oct 1875, Keystone, Benton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1939, Salinas, Monterey, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F5243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Mar 1832 - Harmsdorf, Ostholstein, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1856 - Clayton, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jun 1909 - Old Grays River Cemetery, Rosburg, Wahkiakum, Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Jun 1909 - Rosburg, Wahkiakum, Washington Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    BRIX, Albert.jpg
    BRIX, Albert.jpg
    ROSBURG, Larry Information
    ROSBURG, Larry Information

    Headstones
    ROSBURG, Christian Johann Julius.jpg
    ROSBURG, Christian Johann Julius.jpg
    ROSBURG, Christian.jpg
    ROSBURG, Christian.jpg

  • Notes 
    • The German authorities listed Christian as "escaped" when they filed their reports in 1863. It kind of proves the story that they left to avoid conscription into military service.

      In 1855 Christian was living in Wisconsin and is on the Wisconsin Territorial Census. In 1860 he is living in Read, Clayton, Iowa with his wife and son, William. By 1870 he is liiving in Luzerne, Benton, Iowa on the lot where his niece would later live with only his wife. He moved the house to Keystone, Benton, Iowa where he appears on the 1880 census. In 1885 he is shown on the Iowa census and in 1893 he is postmaster at Rosburg, Washington.

      Rosburg, Washington
      The post office opened in the 1880s after outlying neighbors had tired of the long row to Grays River for mail and appointed representatives to sail to Astoria and request a post office of their own. The mission succeeded, but finding a centrally located postmaster proved difficult. A man named Peter Nelson refused the job, even when bribed by offers to name the post office for him. Finally German immigrant CHRISTIAN ROSBURG agreed, although he had to have the job description translated into German before he understood what was expected.
      The 1890s population was large enought to warrant a community hall at ROSBURG, and its Saturday night dances became famous. People living along logging railroad tracks started for ROSBURG by handcar, then rowed and walked - - dress shoes tucked into coat pockets as protection from the mud that is inevitable where rainfall reaches 110 inches a year. Other dancers came as far as they could by fishing boat, then rode by wagon or walked with a latern "listening to see if we could hear a couger or a bear, scared to death."
      The above from EXPLORING WASHINGTON'S PAST - - A ROAD GUIDE TO HISTORY by Ruth Kirk and Carmela Alexander

      Adaptation of the name of CHRISTIAN ROSBURG, the community's first postmaster.
      From WASHINGTON STATE PLACE NAMES by James W. Phillips

      Hamlet on Grays River, 10 miles northwest of Skamokawa, west central Wahkiakum County. It was name for CHRISTIAN ROSBURG, the first postmaster.
      From PLACE NAMES OF WASHINGTON by Robert Hitchman

      My Dad's brother, Christian Rosburg had a general store in Keystone, Iowa. He moved his house from Luzerne to Keystone (about 6 miles). In Luzerne, it was located on the lot we built our stucco house. Later both brothers moved west. Christian to the State of Washington where he founded the town of Rosburg. Henry moved to Seattle, King County, Washington, where he raised his family.
      From A COLLECTION OF MEMORIES FROM "OUR FAMILY HISTORY" by Laura Maria Rosburg Kouba

  • Sources 
    1. [S679] Individuals: Kouba, Laura Marie nee Rosburg.
      Source Medium: Letter

    2. [S637] Individuals: Kouba, Emil Rosburg.

    3. [S667] Census Records: USA, IA, Clayton, 1860.

    4. [S278] Census Records: USA, IA, Benton, 1870.

    5. [S400] Census Records: USA, IA, Benton, 1880.

    6. [S280] Web: rootdigger Genealogy in Schleswig-Holstein.
      Emigration out of Schleswig-Holstein

    7. [S295] Cemetery Records: Old Grays River Cemetery, Wahkiakum, Washington.