Breitenau, located about 6 miles from the rural town of Hardheim (in Baden). He was the third of nine children (and the oldest son) born to Wilhelm Schneider and Walburga Ballweg. Wilhelm was the forester for the landowner. The lack of employment opportunities may have been the impetus for young Otto's emigration to the United States. He was encouraged by an uncle, Herman Ballweg, to leave his homeland for America in 1900. Otto was 17 when he arrived in the USA on 22 Oct, 1900 on the S. S. Statendam. He paid his own passage. Herman Ballweg helped him find a place to live and got him employment in the baking business.All he asked in return was that when Otto had children, he name his first son after him. Otto kept that promise.
Otto Schneider is described on his Naturalization document ( he became a citizen on 23 April, 1914) as 5'9", with fair complexion, brown hair & dark brown eyes.
While riding a streetcar one day, Otto saw a face that he recognized from the "old country." It was Anna Josephine Herold, whose family lived in Hardheim. She had come to America at the instigation of her older sister, Karoline Herold. They renewed acquaintances and were married on 10 October, 1908, at St. Leonard's Church in Brooklyn, which was located at 199 Jefferson Street (at the corner of Wilson Ave & Jefferson St., Bushwick [sadly demolished in 2001]. Its parishioners had been primarily German immigrants. Otto's sister, Minnie, had married Lorenz Eisenhauer at the same church in 1903.
After their marriage, the Schneiders lived at 482 Onderdonk Ave. in Ridgewood, Queens County. In 1922 Otto and Anna moved their family to the little village of Northport, on Long Island's north shore. Otto continued to work as a baker until his death from throat cancer on 29 December, 1942. He was 59 years old. Two brothers-in-law, Josef Wiener (m. to Karoline Herold) & Eugene Woelfel (m. to Julia Schneider) died the same year.
I have not yet done a great deal of research about Wilhelm Schneider...
Wilhelm Schneider (his birth record identifies him as "Josef") was born in Riedern, Baden, Germany, on 21 Jan 1849. He was the son of Johann Anselm Schneider *1808--1852) & Eva Katharina Kuhn (1816--1870.) He had at least one sister, Viktoria Schneider (b. 1 Apr 1842).
In September of 1878, he married Walburga Ballweg (1 May 1854--22 Jun 1929), the daughter of Thomas Ballweg (19 Dec 1815--8 Apr 1867) and Viktoria Bierling [have also seen her last name spelled "Pierling" and "Bailing"] (26 Jan 1824--5 Mar 1908) of Steinfurt.
Wilhelm worked as the forester at Breitenau, located about nine miles south of Riedern, and north of Hardheim. He retained this position until his death on 6 February, 1931. Walburga Schneider died on 22 January, 1929.
Starting with Wilhelm, you can trace the SCHNEIDER family back to Johann Schneider (b. c. 1570) at the following website:
The children of Wilhelm Schneider and Walburga Ballweg were:1. Wilhelmina "Minnie" Schneider (26 Dec 1879--5 Jul 1969)
m. Lawrence Eisenhauer (24 Mar 1876/8--10 Jun 1947) on 20 Oct 1903 in Queens, NY
a. Olive W. Eisenhauer (26 Jan 1905--2000)
m. Emil Josepf Goetz (26 Jan 1901--19 Oct 1982) on 10 Oct 1923
I. Olive Goetz (b. 25 Oct 1926)
m. Charles Wallace on 20 Aug 1947
II. Amy Therese Goetz (b. 27 Aug 1928)
m. Joseph Kish on 6 Sept 1948
b. Elvira Eisenhauer (8 Apr 1910--8 Aug 1959)
m. Fred Hoffman
c. Lawrence O. Eisenhauer (18 Jun 1913--2 Apr 1993)
m. Aileen McGann (3 Feb 1910--22 Jun 2000) on 29 Dec 1935
I. Lynn Eisenhauer (b. 9 Jan 1938)
m. John Henningsen on 5 Nov 1963
II. Lawrence Conway Eisenhauer (b. 22 Feb 1940)
m. Lynn Merkle on 1 May 1980
III. Robert Eisenhauer (b. 5 Aug 1941)
m. Elaine Cerul on 3 Mar 1975
IV. Peter Eisenhauer (b. 25 Feb 1946)
m. Virginia Barry
2. Olive Schneider (29 Jun 1881--Mar 1969)
3. Otto Joseph Schneider (5 Dec 1883--29 Dec 1942)
4. Johann Anselm Schneider (10 May 1885--27 Mar 1940)
5. Juliana Schneider (27 Dec 1886--26 Aug 1970)
6. Fr. Wilhelm Schneider (7 Jan 1889--17 Feb 1940 in Munich)
7. Anna Schneider (29 Jun 1890--7 Jul 1956)
8. Rose Schneider (29 Jun 1892--21 Oct 1980)
Otto Schneider Family notes:
Herman Harold Schneider (16 Aug 1909--28 Dec 1963)
Named for his Grand Uncle, Hermann Ballweg, Herman Schneider was born 16 August, 1909 in Ozone Park NY. He attended St. Aloysius Academy in Brooklyn (graduated 1922). At a very young age, he knew that he wanted to become a Catholic Priest, like his paternal Uncle, Wilhelm Schneider. He graduated from Aquinas College in Columbus, OH, in 1926. He studied at Providence College in Providence, RI, for two years (grad. 1930) and then entered the novitiate in St. Rose's Priory in Springfield, KY, in 1928. For three years he studied philosophy at River Forest, IL. In 1934, he went to the Dominican House of Studies in Wash
ington, DC. He realized his dream in 1935 when he was ordained into the Dominican Order at the age of 26 on 13 June. He said his first mass in his own hometown parish in Northport, at St. Philip Neri's on June 16th, 1935.
Before and aft er World War II--during which he served as a Navy Chaplain--Fr. Schneider was sent to a variety of posts until becoming an instructor of German and an assistant athletic director at Providence College in Rhode Island, where he received an honorary Master of Arts degree in 1958 (he rec'd a Master of Arts degree in languages from Columbia University in 1953). Fr. Schneider was a life-long sports fan and became the "Father of Providence College Hockey" when he organized a team at the small college. One of his players, Lou Lamoriello, went on to become the General Manager of the Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils of the NHL. The Providence Friars now play in Schneider Arena, built on the campus in 1973.
Herman Schneider visited Hardheim, Germany in July of 1960 in the company of his mother and sisters Wilma & Clara. He said mass at the little chapel adjacent to the forester's house at Breitenau where his father had been born.
Health problems emerged around 1961 when he suffered first a heart attack and then a stroke. While spending the Christmas holidays with his family, Herman Schneider died suddenly at the age of 54 on 28 December, 1963, at Manhasset Hospital in Manhasset, LI. After lying in state at Aquinas Hall on the campus at providence College, he was buried in the Dominican Cemetery there.
To read the letters of Fr. Herman Schneider, click HERE. [Be patient]
Otto Joseph Schneider, Jr. (6 Jun 1911--8 Nov 2000)
Otto, Jr., was born on 6 June, 1911. With his older brother far from home studying for the priesthood, it fell to the younger Otto to assist his parents as much as possible at home. In 1936 he married Florence Mastriano (28 August, 1916--16 Jan 2003) and they raised their three children in East Northport. Ultimately Otto and Florence moved to Marietta, Georgia.
Wilhelmina Amalia Schneider (25 July 1913--27 July 1990)
She was ill during the last few years of her life. At the time of her death on 27 July, 1990, she was the only child of Anna and Joseph still living at the Schneider home on Scudder Avenue in Northport. For many years she worked in the Insurance office of Oliver Hartt in Northport.
Arthur William Schneider (8 May 1915--12 May 1967)
After the War, Artie returned to his job at the Post Office. He married Marie Jenelton in the early 1950s.
He was godfather to both sister Gertrude's oldest son, William Robert Mackey and his sister Beatrice's daughter, Lynne Margaret Kennedy.
Like his father and brother, Herman, Artie died at a young age. He lost a leg to cancer before passing away at the age of 52 on 12 May, 1967.
Clara Marie Schneider (12 Aug 1917--12 Oct 1985)
Clara was very active in St. Philip Neri RC Church and was an avid bowler. Like her sister, Wilma, she joined the local civilian Motor Corps during WWII and transported, among other things, injured soldiers to and from the hospital. Clara, familiarly known as "Kaki", died on 12 August, 1985 and is buried with her parents and sister, Wilma, at St. Philip Neri Cemetery in East Northport.
Gertrude Walburga (Schneider) Mackey (3 Oct 1919--19 Dec 1990)
Trudy always cringed at the sound of her middle name (she was named for her grandmother Walburger Ballweg Schneider). She was born on 3 October, 1919, the last child to be born in Queens before the family moved to Northport.
Of the four Schneider daughters, only Trudy and younger sister Bea married. Trudy married William Mackey. They had three children and later separated. Sadly, before Trudy's death on 19 December, 1990, she had buried two of her three children: Bobby died in a house fire in 1966 at the age of 23, and Diana, plagued for much of her life with illness, including narcolepsy, was 45 when she passed away in 1986.
Beatrice Juliana (Schneider) Kennedy (6 Oct 1922--20 Feb 2005)
The youngest of the Schneider children, Beatrice was born in Maspeth, Queens, just as the family was moving to their new home in Northport, NY. She met her future husband, William Allen Kennedy, on the bus from North port to Farmingdale, where they both were employed at Republic Aviation.
Although there was some concern in the family that she was determined to marry a man who was 10 years her senior and had one failed marriage behind him (that previous union had been annulled), the couple were wed on 8 Nov, 1952, after William's return from service during the Korean War. For a time they lived in Northport, just down the street on Scudder Ave. from the Schneider home, but in 1956 they moved to Smithtown, NY where they raised their 3 children, spent 48 happy years together, and where they both passed away, Bill in 2000 and Bea in 2005.
[photo: Beatrice (left) with her sister, Clara]
Wilhelm Schneider Family notes:
Wilhelmina Schneider (26 Dec 1879--5 Jul 1969)
Minnie Schneider was the first child born to Wilhelm Schneider and Walburga Ballweg at Breitenau, Germany on the 6th of June, 1879. The eldest of six daughters, she was one of five who emigrated to the United States where, on 20 Oct 1903, she married butcher Lorenz Eisenhauer (24 Mar 1876/8--10 Jun 1947), who had come to the USA in 1902 and who became a citizen in 1917. A butcher by trade, he was the son of Franz Eisenhauer and Maria ____ of Schweinberg, Germany. Between 1905 and 1913, they had three children, all of whom married.
When Lorenz Eisenhauer applied for a passport to travel home in 1925, he listed his address as 34 Smart Ave., Flushing, NY.
Olive Schneider (29 Jun 1881--Mar 1969)
Born on 29 June, 1881, Olive Schneider came to live in America. There is a record of an Olive Schneider arriving in New York on the Pretoria in on 7 Sept 1906.
When Olive married (16 May 1907), it was to a man from her home-town of Hardheim, Eduard Gruelich (1 Feb 1870--24 Jan 1940). He was the son of Franz Karl Greulich (1841--1912) & Franziska Schreck (b. 1845 in Gissigheim) of Hardheim. He was already a citizen of the USA when he sailed on the S.S. Ryndam from Rotterdam to NY, arriving 20 Oct, 1903 [on a passport application in 1913 he states he had been living in America since 1887, which means he was but 17 years of age when he left Germany]. By coincidence. on the same ship was Anna Josephine Herold, Olive Schneider's future sister-in-law. Eduard, a baker by profession, & Olive had four children, two of whom pre-deceased Olive, who died in March of 1969 just shy of her 88th birthday.
For information on the GREULICH family, click HERE.
Johann Anselm Schneider (10 May 1885--27 Mar 1940)
Julianna Schneider (27 Dec 1886--26 Aug 1970)
Julia Schneider arrived in the USA 17 September, 1908, in the company of her maternal uncle, Herman Ballweg (a US citizen), and his first wife, Susanna. On the 1910 Federal Census, she is enumerated with her brother-in-law, Lorenz Eisenhauer, husband of her sister, Minnie. She married Eugen Woelfel (1881-1942), a native of Tahl, Alsace Lorraine, on 4 November, 1914 in Queens, NY. Julia Schneider Woelfel died on 26 August, 1970.
Eugen (or Eugene) Woelfel was born in Tahl, Alsace Lorraine on 11 November, 1881. He was the son of Alfons Woelfel and Adele Morgenthaler. Eugen had at least one brother, Alfons (b. 27 Dec 1869).
Like his brother-in-law, Otto Schneider, Eugene moved his family from the crowded city to (what was then) rural Long Island, settling in the town of Melville, NY. In addition to working for the rail road, he and Julia opened a small gas station/diner on the Rte. 110 corridor which eventually expanded into a noted German restaurant known as Woelfel's. After Eugene's death (18 Sept 1942), it was run by his wife and daughters into the 1980s until it was eventually sold. Julia Schneider Woelfel died on 26 August, 1970.
Marie Schneider (20 Oct 1894--24 Jan 1977)
It was at the funeral of his half-brother, Eugen Struve (1942?), that Marie Schneider met her future husband Karl Fuss (13 Aug 1905--24 Mar 1968). He came to the U.S. in 1926, a native of Schoenberg, Germany. He joined the US Army during WWII, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. They are buried at LI National Cemetery [2Q, 5036] in Melville, NY.