While John stayed to care for his mother and younger siblings, 10-year-old George ran two miles to where his father was working, to tell him he was needed at home.
After his wife Elizabeth died -- George was 10, his brother John 18 months older and Paul 6 months -- the two youngest surviving children were given up for adoption. Marie as Ann Margaret Elizabeth was renamed, was adopted by the Theisings.
The three oldest boys were sent to the Boys Protectory in Oldenburg, Indiana where they were taught by Catholic Brothers (Monks) in the German they had spoken at home. Their father moved back to Cincinnati.
When George was 13, their father was remarried, to the Widow Schneider. The three boys moved back home and the two oldest went to work for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.
John at 16 was working at a foundry in Saint Louis, and not much later he and his brother George came to the northwest.
Edward left home later, traveled the country to settle finally in California.
Marie (Ann Margaret Elizabeth) never left Cincinnati, remaining with the same employer until retirement.
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