Golden Anniversary Announcement of Fred and Rika Schroeder

[This article is dated November 26, 1919]











Fred Schroeder, and his wife, Reke [Rika] Schroeder, celebrated their golden wedding day, Nov 26, 1919, at the home of their son-in-law, Christ Rossow, and his wife, Marie, and the latter’s son.  Richard Rossow celebrated his 16th birthday also.  They thank the neighbors and relatives who helped celebrate that day and for the nice presents.


Fred Schroeder was born the 30th day of June 1841, in the Willich Marxhagen, state Mechlenburg Schwrin, Germany.  November 10, 1866, mother and two brothers, August and Christ Schroeder, and came across the Atlantic Ocean and landed in New York, Nov. 25, 1866.


Mrs. Fred Schroeder was born Nov. 26, 1850, in the village of Ludishofe, Germany, and came to this country Nov. 2, 1850, in the village of Ludishofe, Germany, and came to this country Nov. 2, 1869, and was united in marriage with Mr. Schroeder in the township of Dallas, Clinton county, Nov. 26, 1869, by Joseph Smith, pastor.  They lived in Westphalia for two years.  IN 1871 they moved to Riley Township on their farm and lived there for 45 years, when they moved to the village of Forest Hill and have lived there three years.  Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder are members of the Lutheran church.  They have eight children, three sons and five daughters, who were with them that day, John and August of Lansing, Mrs. William Marten of Riley, Minnie Hart, Carrie Bucklin and Ricky Waldron of Watertown, Marie Rossow and William Schroeder of Riley and their grandchildren, Mr. Schroeder’s two brothers, August and Christ, and Mrs. Carl Silm, sister of Mrs. Schroeder.


Before the meal was served the song was sung, “Praise the Lord, King Almighty,” the psalm 103 was read by Mr. Schroeder.  Mr. Schroeder says there have been great improvements since their first wedding day.


Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder are in good health and we wish them many years of happiness.


Obituary of Mrs. Fred [Rika] Schroeder

November 26, 1850 – April 13, 1923

(Age 72)



Mrs. Frederick Schroeder

Rika Schroeder, the beloved wife of Frederick Schroeder, was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, November 25, 1850,and departed this life April 13, 1923, at her late home in Riley township, having lived in said township for over 51 years.  In the fall of 1869 she came to America with her father accompanied by her sister and her husband Mr. and Mrs. Karl Silm.  They landed in Westphalia November 2, 1869.  On November 26, 1869, she was married to Frederick Schroeder.  Three years ago they celebrated their golden wedding at the pleasant home of their youngest daughter, Mrs. Christ Rossow, of Riley Township.  They were blessed with nine children, eight now living, one died in infancy.  The eight surviving children are John and August Schroeder, of Lansing; Mrs. Will Bucklin, Mrs. Harry Hart and Mrs. Allen Waldron of Watertown: Mrs. Will Martins, Mrs. Chris Rossow and William Schroeder (who live in the homestead) of Riley.


In 1871 she and her husband moved to Riley township on the farm which they improved.  By hard work and strict economy they built the building, fences and drained the land, endured the hardships, reared a fine family of children, surrounded themselves with a large circle of friends and lived an exemplary Christian life. She was a devote wife and mother and had the respect of all who knew her.  She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church.  The funeral cortege was a true indication of the esteem of the friends and neighbors.



Funeral services were held at the Riley Lutheran Church with the Rev. George Mooring , pastor of the church officiating.  The remains were laid at rest in the church yard (Lutheran Cemetery.)


A few years ago Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder retired from the arduous duties of farm life and retired to her late home at Forest hill, Riley township, where they lived happy and contented, having earned this rest form hard work.  She is survived by her husband, three sons, five daughters, one sister, Mrs. Silm of Riley, and a host of their relatives and friends.  Heart trouble and pneumonia were the chief causes of her sudden death.