Bio: Guse, Amanda (1882 - 1960)


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Surnames: Guse


----Source: Spencer Advance, 3 Feb 1881, pg. 1, Federal Census Records


                       Amanda Guse



Amanda Adeline was born 17 Oct 1882, to Julius and Amelia (Stroscher) Guse in Sypniewo, Province Posen, Germany.  The family moved from Chicago to the Neillsville area around 1895 and resided in Levis Township. 


Amanda attended the St. John's Lutheran Church (German Lutheran) in Neillsville, Pine Valley, Wisconsin and was confirmed there, 11 Apr. 1897, by Reverend Frederick W. A. Thrun.  She was working in Chicago in 1899 and engaged to be married.


Amanda's father died of cancer during the winter of 1913 when she was a thirty-one year old married woman who was still residing in Chicago.  Amanda married Berthold Magnus Carl Ihrcke, 23 Oct 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. She died on Christmas day, 1960 in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.




1897 Confirmation Class, St. John's Lutheran Church, Neillsville, Wisconsin.




#11 Reverend Frederick W. A. Thrun, pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Neillsville, Wisconsin from 1892-1904.


#22 Amanda Guse, The Guse family moved to the Neillsville area around 1895.   She was working in Chicago in 1899 and engaged to be married so that should narrow the time frame of the photo to somewhere between 1895 and probably 1898.  We have a copy of the same photo and her name was written in, so we're quite sure of the identification.  Leslie Koch,




Family Genealogy--pdf. file


Illinois Marriage Record


Groom: Berthold Ihrcke
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Groom's Age: 26
Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1875
Groom's Birth Date: 1875
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Bride: Amanda Guse
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Bride's Age: 19
Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1882
Bride's Birth Date: 1882
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Marriage Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 23 Oct 1901
Marriage Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois


Illinois Birth Record


Name: Carl Ihrcke
Birth Date: 28 Nov 1903
Birthplace: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Berthold Ihrcke
Father's Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Father's Age: 28y
Mother's Name: Amanda Guse Ihrcke
Mother's Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Mother's Age: 21y
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Illinois Death Record


Name: Berthold C. Ihrcke
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Death Date: 31 Mar 1934
Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Gender: Male
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1910 Federal Census, Levis, Clark, Wisconsin


Name: Julus Guse
Birthplace: Germany
Marital Status: Married
Race : White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1896
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Family Number: 110
Page Number: 6
Head: Julius Guse M 68y
Wife: Emelie Guse F 60y, (1850) b. Germany, parents b. Germany
Child: Carl Guse M 34y, (1876) b. Germany
Child: Julius Guse M 32y, (1878) b. Germany

1930 Federal Census, Spirit, Price, Wisconsin


Name: Emily Guse (mother of Amanda Guse)
Gender: Female
Age: 79
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Birthplace: Germany
Estimated Birth Year: 1851
Immigration Year: 1891
Relationship to Head of Household: Mother
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Enumeration District Number: 24
Family Number: 91
Sheet Number and Letter: 5A
Line Number: 50
Head: Carl Guse M 54
Brother: Paul Guse M 52
Mother: Emily Guse F 79, widowed, b. Germany, both parents b. Germany


1930 Federal Census, Chicago (Districts 1751-1976), Cook, Illinois

Name: Amanda Ihrcke
Gender: Female
Age: 47
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Birthplace: Poland
Estimated Birth Year: 1883
Immigration Year: 1893
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Father's Birthplace: Poland
Mother's Birthplace: Poland
Enumeration District Number: 1765
Family Number: 36
Sheet Number and Letter: 2A
Line Number: 35
Household Gender Age
Spouse Bert C Ihrcke M 54, b. 1876, Hamburg, Germany, immigrated 1893, parents b. Germany
Amanda Ihrcke F 47
Child: Esther Ihrcke F 18, b. 1912, Ill.
Child: Flora Clarke F 27, b. 1903, Ill.
Son-in-law: Herbert Clarke M 32, b. 1898, Ill.




The Guse (pronounced GOO-zee) family only lived in Neillsville for about 20 years and none of them married there, so our only connection to the area now is great grandfather Julius’ grave - and thanks to your posting of his obituary, we now know it’s in the Levis cemetery. There are some variations is spelling - grandma was ALWAYS Amanda and never Adelline; her mother’s maiden name was spelled Stroscher; her married name was Ihrcke; and her sister Hedwig was always Hattie.

                   Farm of Julius Guse, Levis Township, Sec. 17, 1906

Using the cemetery as a clue, I discovered the location of their farm. The 1906 Levis Plat shows them in Section 17. There is a school listed in Section 18 which is later (1926 Levis Plat) identified as the Dells Dam School - this could conceivably be the school where Uncle Jul’s class photo was taken. The 1915 Levis Plat states that the farm was held by C & J Guse (sons Carl and Jul) and by the 1926 Plat they have left - for Spirit, Price County.





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