52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Blogging Prompt by Amy Johnson Crow
|William Skibbe WWI|
William Adolph Emil Skibbe was born on the 3rd day of November, 1890 in Chicago, Illinois.[i] He was the first son born to Wilhelm Gustav Skibbe and his wife Julia Ann Panzer. I have found information to confirm that William had eight siblings - four sisters: Meta "May", Ella, and Ruth "Olga" and four brothers: George, Arthur, Edward, and Louis. Some researchers include a sister born in Germany by the name of Frieda that was born and died in Germany in 1887, I have not yet found proof that she existed. William and three of his siblings were born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. The youngest five children were born in Indiana - two in Laporte and two in the town of North Judson.
William was baptized at the St. Matthew Evangelical Church in Chicago on 6 December 1890.[ii] Witnesses to the baptism were Adolph Blank, Emil Buhnke, and Minnie Panzer. The 1900, 1910 and 1920 census records indicate that William lived in Indiana.[iii] [iv] [v] He served in the military during World War I.[vi]
|Clara and William Skibbe 1953|
William enrolled in the Greer College of Automotive Engineering in 1920. William married Clara Emma Miottel on 14 September 1921 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.[vii] William The couple lived at 1837 S 62nd Avenue in Cicero, Cook, Illinois and William worked as a mechanic.[viii]
The couple adopted Viola Gollnick in 1921 after the death of William’s sister Meta and her husband Charles Gollnick. Their son William was born in 1923 and a daughter, Lorraine, in 1934.
William was the proprietor of Skibbe Brothers Tire, 116 Pershing Road in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.[ix] He and his brother Edward ran the business taking turns sleeping at the shop to always be available for their clientele – they specialized in tire repair and sales.
William died in 1961 at the age of 70 of Cerebral thrombosis in Niles, Cook, Illinois.[x]
[i] Certificate of Baptism and Birth, St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church dated 10 Jun 1943; Skibbe Family Artifacts; privately held by Amy Beth Urman, [address for private use], Tucson, Arizona, 2011. Citing birth of 3 Nov 1890 and baptism of 6 Dec 1890 for William Adolph Emil Skibbe. owned by Lorraine Clark, given to Amy Beth Urman 2005.
[iii] 1900 U. S. Census, Pulaski County, population schedule, Franklin Township, enumeration district (ED) 89, 5A, dwelling 87, household 87, Wilhelm and Julia Skibbe household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://interactive.ancestry.com/7602/004118652_00063/4250136?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3d1900usfedcen%26h%3d4250136%26ti%3d0%26indiv%3dtry%26gss%3dpt%26ssrc%3dpt_t57801172_p34027459824_kpidz0q3d34027459824z0q26pgz0q3d32768z0q26pgplz0q3dpid&ssrc=pt_t57801172_p34027459824_kpidz0q3d34027459824z0q26pgz0q3d32768z0q26pgplz0q3dpid&backlabel=ReturnRecord : accessed 10 October 2013); United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
[iv] 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Starke County, Indiana, population schedule, Wayne Township, enumeration district (ED) 206, 5A (penned), dwelling 82, family 82, Family of William and Julia Skibbe; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://interactive.ancestry.com/7884/31111_4328274-00403/139640905?backurl=&ssrc=pt_t8272908_p6136673472&backlabel=ReturnRecord : accessed 5 January 2014); Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.
[v] Indiana, Starke, 1920 U.S. census, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : National Archives and Records Administration, 2005), T625, roll 466, Wayne, enumeration district (ED) 281, sheet B, p. 13 (penned), dwelling 321.
[vi] "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : [AccessType] [AccessDate]), [ItemOfInterest]; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918., [FilmDetails]; [Annotation].
[vii] Marriage record of Clara Miottel and William Skibbe, (14 September 1921), Cook County Marriage Registers: Serial No. 0922407; Cook County Clerk's Office, Chicago, Illinois.
[viii] Cicero Driectory 1923-24 (Chicago, Illinois: The Atlas Printing Companty, 1923), 600, Skibbe William (Clara) mechanic 1837 S 62nd av; digital image, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 October 2013).
[ix] . "U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942," digital image, Ancestry, Ancestry.com Operations (www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 May 2012), William Adolph Skibbe; citing U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; State Headquarters: Illinois; Microfilm Series: M2097; Microfilm Roll: 270.; United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. National Archives and Records Administration Branch locations: National Archives and Records Administration Region Branches.
[x] Illinois, Department of Health, death certificate 1137 (5 April 1961), William A. Skibbe, date of death 3 Apr 1961; Illinois Department of Health, Springfield.