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Descendants of Joseph J. Tritz

Generation No. 1

      1. Joseph J.1 Tritz was born October 12, 1850 in Schaumburg, Germany, and died July 06, 1923 in Burlington, Iowa. He married Anna Sofia Suntrop October 12, 1874 in Germany, daughter of John Suntrop and ? Shoemaker. She was born July 17, 1855 in Essen, Germany, and died March 10, 1928 in Burlington, Iowa.

Notes for Joseph J. Tritz:
Born in Seigourgh, Germany, his father died when he was but a small child and his mother was compelled to carry him to and from her work. When fifteen years old he worked in the coal mines to help support his mother, and after serving in the German army he started on what was his life's vocation as apprentice in the Krupp gun works.

Joseph and Anna Tritz arrived in America, May 25th, 1882 in New Orleans. From New Orleans they went up the Mississippi River to St. Louis, then to Burlington. Anna's father, John H. Suntrop, mother, and two sisters, Lena and Amelia also came with them along with their own daughters, Pauline, Minnie, Cecilia, and Anna. Joseph went to work at the Murray Iron Works, he was with them for 25 years. He also was an inventor.

July, 6th, 1923. Death Comes to Skilled Machinist and Inventor.
Joseph Tritz, Aged Murray Iron Works Employee, Succumbs to Long Illness.
Joseph J. Tritz, an expert machinist and inventor for many years affiliated with the Murray Iron works, died yesterday morning at his home, 1825 Vogt Street, following an illness of three months.
Mr. Tritz' training was gained in the Krupp Gun works in Germany. He was born in Seigourgh, Germany, October 12, 1850, and when a mere boy, he went to work in the great arms and ammunition factory. He used to often tell his fellow-workers here of the massive machinery and methods used in the Krupp works where he gained a knowledge of mechanics that made him a valuable adjunct to the Murray Iron works for a quarter of a century.
Came here at age of 34. He was 34 years old when he came to Burlington. He had arrived in the United States a year and a half before, going first to St. Louis and living in Keokuk before coming to Burlington. He went to work for the Murray Iron works as as he came here and remained in its active employ for some twenty-five years and since then , whenever his health would permit, he visited the plant frequently and worked on his patents.
He was the inventor of a pickle-slicer which is used by the Burlington Vinegar and Pickle works and similar factories all over the country. He made butcher machinery when the Murray Iron works was supplying a large market for this type of machinery.
Mr. Tritz married Miss Anna Suntrop, before coming to this country, and if he had lived would have celebrated his fiftieth wedding anniversary next October.
He leaves his widow and five sons and seven daughters, who are as follows: Joseph of Minneapolis; John of Clinton, Iowa; William J. of Ft. Madison, Iowa; Fran of Hammond, Indiana; and Herman of Burlington, Iowa; Mrs. H.W. Etzkaro, San Jose, California; Mrs. C.E. Embree, Sacramento, California; Mrs. F.J. Kottenstette, Pubelo, Colorado; Mrs. F.G. Roesch, Marshalltown, Iowa; Mrs. A.J. Atherton, Waterloo, Iowa; Mrs. J. F. Skerik and Miss Celia Tritz of Burlington, Iowa; There are thirty-five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Notes for Anna Sofia Suntrop:
Mrs. J.J. Tritz Taken By Death
Mrs. Anna Tritz, 73, widow of J.J. Tritz, died at her home, 1821 Vogt Street at 8:35 o'clock this morning. She had been a resident of Burlington for 40 years.
Anna Sophia Suntrop was born in Essen, Germany, July 17, 1853, and was married to J.J. Tritz, 55 years ago. Ten years later they moved to America, settling in St. Louis and five years later they moved to Burlington. Mr. Tritz died five years ago. Mrs. Tritz was a member of St. John's Catholic church and the St. Francis society.
Children of Joseph Tritz and Anna Suntrop are:
  2 i.   Pauline2 Tritz, born 1875 in Essen, Germany; died January 30, 1951 in San Jose, California. She married Henry W. Etzkarn; died Unknown.
  3 ii.   Hermine Tritz, born 1877 in Essen, Germany; died December 13, 1955 in California. She married Fred G. Roesch; died Unknown.
  4 iii.   Ceclia Tritz, born March 15, 1879 in Essen, Germany; died February 16, 1966 in Burlington, Iowa.
  Notes for Ceclia Tritz:
never married

  5 iv.   Anna Gertrude Tritz, born May 25, 1881 in Essen, Germany; died January 15, 1964 in Denver, Colorado. She married Fred J. Kottenstette; died Unknown.
+ 6 v.   Joseph Tritz, born 1883 in Burlington, Iowa; died May 18, 1969 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  7 vi.   Marie Tritz, born 1885 in Burlington, Iowa; died May 12, 1967 in Sacramento, California. She married C.E. Embree; died Unknown.
+ 8 vii.   John Henry Tritz, born September 22, 1887 in Burlington, Iowa; died August 02, 1938 in Rockford, Illinois.
  9 viii.   Carolyn Tritz, born November 13, 1889 in Burlington, Iowa; died January 04, 1983 in Sacramento, California. She married Arthur J. Atherton; died Unknown.
+ 10 ix.   William J. Tritz, born January 30, 1892 in Burlington, Iowa; died 1954 in Burlington, Iowa.
  11 x.   Elsie Tritz, born June 29, 1894 in Burlington, Iowa; died April 15, 1978 in Burlington, Iowa. She married Joseph F. Skerik; born 1895; died 1978.
+ 12 xi.   Frank Tritz, born 1896 in Burlington, Iowa; died 1940.
  13 xii.   Heman Tritz, born 1899 in Burlington, Iowa; died 1944 in Burlington, Iowa. He married Lou ? Private; born Private.
  Notes for Heman Tritz:
no children

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