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Hermann Wilhelm Ludwig Carl Kasten

Hermann Wilhelm Ludwig Carl Kasten

Male 1880 - 1949

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  • Name  Hermann Wilhelm Ludwig Carl Kasten 
    Nickname  Herman Martin 
    Born  23 Jan 1880  Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  15 Feb 1880  Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Emigration  25 Jun 1884  Gottesgabe, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Boarded the SS Gellert, operated by the Hamburg America Line, in Hamburg on 25 June 1884. After passing through La Havre, France, they landed at Castle Garden in New York New York on 7 July 1884. Their "dampfschiff", steamship, was captained by Mr. Kopff and the family traveled "zwischendeck", or steerage. The family listed Gottesgabe, Mecklenburg as their residence. Their information shows up in 3 sources (Hamburg Passenger Lists [emigration], New York Passenger Lists [immigration], Castle Garden [immigration]). Interestingly, the US records show them as "Karsten." Some names and dates are different than what I have now. They show Carl born about 1846, Wilhelmine (1851), and children Caroline (1875), Ernst (1876), Carl (1880), Herrmann (1882), and Ida (1883). In particular, I assume that Caroline and Amelia are the same person, as are Ida and Edith. It's also curious that Hermann appears older on his death certificate than he does on these manifests.
    Immigration  7 Jul 1884  Castle Garden, New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Military  12 Sep 1918  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Herman Martin Kasten, born 23 Jan 1880, was living on Shawnee Street (maybe #20?), Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. Herman was a US citizen because of his father's naturalization. He listed "Mrs. Mattie Kasten" as his nearest relative, and that he was currently employed as a deputy sheriff. He was a tall, brown-eyed man with a medium build.
    Occupation  1930–1934  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Chief Deputy Sheriff 
    • His advertisements in the Freeport Journal-Standard state "Herman Kasten Candidate for the nomination for Sheriff of Stephenson County on the Democratic Ticket" is "the last name on the ballot" and that he "Has had four years experience as Chief Deputy Sheriff of Stephenson County" and "Respectfully solicits the supports of the voters at the primary election April 10, 1934."
    Military  1942  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Herman Martin Kasten, born 23 Jan 1880 in Mecklenburg Schwerin, Germany, was living at 1032 East Stephenson Street, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. His telephone number was "Ridge 2966". He listed "Mrs. Mattie Kasten" as someone who would always know his address, and that he was a self-employed florist.
    Misc  18 Sep 1949  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Elderly Local Man In Bad Condition After Bullet Wound

      Herman Kasten, 69, of 203 North Fairview avenue, is in critical condition at Deaconess hospital as the result of a bullet wound in the head inflicted yesterday morning shortly after seven o’clock. Sgt. Harold F. Meyers reported he was called at 7:17 a.m. yesterday to the residence of Kasten’s daughter, Mrs. Archie Schwarze, on Fairview avenue, to investigate the incident. He was told Kasten had been alone in a garage behind the residence and Schwarze entered the garage after a gun report was heard. Kasten was taken to Deaconess hospital by ambulance. The police officer said he believed the wound was self-inflicted. The .38 calibre bullet entered Kasten’s head behind the left ear.
    Social Security Number  356-12-6223  [3
    _UID  4F695DB9EE2F234785146125A7F97FDF72B3 
    Died  2 Oct 1949  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • His official cause of death is "shock from fall from hospital window. Room 207 Deaconess Hospital. That on Sept. 18 1949 the deceased shot himself in the head with a 38 cal. revolver. Self inflicted with suicidal indent [sic]." His place of residence was 203 North Fairview.
    Buried  4 Oct 1949  Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Walker Mortuary handled the arrangements.
    Kasten, Herman (1880-1949)
    Kasten, Herman (1880-1949)
    Herman Kasten
    1880-1949

    Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois
    Notes 
    • I found a baptism for a Hermann Wilhelm Ludwig Carl Kasten, son of Carl Kasten and Caroline Norden. This seems like the correct Hermann, however, I don't understand where the "Martin" that Hermann uses, and is recorded on his death certificate, came from. Curiously, I believe his brother Carl had Martin in his name: Carl Johann Ludwig Martin.
    Person ID  I251  Page-Dumroese
    Last Modified  26 Feb 2012 

    Father  Karl Kasten,   b. 20 Apr 1846, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1931, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Wilhemine Carolina Henrika Norden,   b. 10 Dec 1848, Blankenhagen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1917, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1873  Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F96  Group Sheet

    Family  Meta Charlotte Sophie Hill,   b. 10 Nov 1881, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1948, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  3 Jan 1901  Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9, 10
    • They were married in the parsonage.
    Children 
     1. LeeRoy Wilhelm Kasten,   b. 28 Jan 1901, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1969, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Ralph Albert Kasten,   b. 26 Nov 1902, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1964, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Cora Emeline Mathilde Kasten,   b. 14 Jul 1904, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1995, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F95  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Jan 1880 - Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 15 Feb 1880 - Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - 25 Jun 1884 - Gottesgabe, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 7 Jul 1884 - Castle Garden, New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Jan 1901 - Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 12 Sep 1918 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Address:
    Chief Deputy Sheriff - 1930–1934 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois
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    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 1942 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - 18 Sep 1949 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Oct 1949 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 Oct 1949 - Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

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    Kasten, Hermann Martin
    Kasten, Hermann Martin
    Hermann Martin Kasten wearing his Freeport Police Department uniform.
    Kasten, Carl Family
    Kasten, Carl Family
    Circa 1890; back row left to right: Carl Jr, Ernst, Amelia, and Hermann; front row left to right: Carl, Edith, and Minnie.
    Kasten, Hermann and Meta (nee Hill) Wedding
    Kasten, Hermann and Meta (nee Hill) Wedding
    Hermann Martin Kasten and Meta Charlotte Sophie Hill wedding portrait, 3 Jan 1901.

    Documents

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    Kasten, Herman - 1934 Sheriff Campaign Card
    Kasten, Herman - 1934 Sheriff Campaign Card
    Card used by Herman Kasten during his 1934 campaign as the Democratic candidate for Stephenson County, Illinois Sheriff.
    Kasten, Herman - Files as 1934 Candidate for Stephenson County, Illinois Sheriff
    Kasten, Herman - Files as 1934 Candidate for Stephenson County, Illinois Sheriff
    A report in the Freeport (Illinois) Journal-Standard 19 Feb 1934 (p 12) that Herman has filed as a Democrat to run for the office of Sheriff.
    Kasten, Herman - 1934 Advertisement for Primary Election for Stephenson County, Illinois Sheriff
    Kasten, Herman - 1934 Advertisement for Primary Election for Stephenson County, Illinois Sheriff
    A political advertisement that Herman, Democratic candidate for Sheriff, ran in the Freeport (Illinois) Journal-Standard 7 Apr 1934 (p 9) for the upcoming primary election to be held on 10 Apr 1934.
    Kasten, Herman - 1918 Candidate for Stephenson County, Illinois Sheriff
    Kasten, Herman - 1918 Candidate for Stephenson County, Illinois Sheriff
    A political advertisement that Herman, Democratic candidate for Sheriff, ran in the Freeport (Illinois) Journal-Standard 31 Oct 1918 (p 10)

    Headstones
    Kasten, Herman (1880-1949) and Meta (nee Hill)(1881-1948)
    Kasten, Herman (1880-1949) and Meta (nee Hill)(1881-1948)
    Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois

    Albums
    Kasten, Herman - Candidate for Sheriff (twice)
    Kasten, Herman - Candidate for Sheriff (twice) (4)
    Herman Kasten ran twice as a Democratic candidate for Stephenson County, Illinois Sheriff. First in 1918, losing in the general election, and again in 1934, losing in the primary election.

  • Sources 
    1. [S306] WW I - Draft Registration Cards (Ancestry), Herman Martin Kasten, Registration Location: Stephenson County, Illinois; Roll: 1642743; Draft Board: 0 (accessed 8 Nov 2010).

    2. [S341] WW II - Draft Registration Cards (Ancestry), Hermann Martin Kasten; Roll: 30955_165840; Local board: Freeport , Illinois (accessed 8 Nov 2010).

    3. [S418] Illinois: Stephenson County Death Certs, Kasten, Herman M. b 23 Jan 1880 in Germany, d 2 Oct 1949 at Deaconess Hospital in Freeport. Buried: 4 Oct 1949, Oakland Cemetery, Florence [Township], Freeport. Last occupation: Salesman, Mfg. Co. Widowed. Spouse: Mattie Kasten. Residence: 203 North Fairview, Freeport. Father: Carl Kasten, b Germany. Mother: Minnie Norden, b Germany. Informant: R.A. Kasten, Freeport. "...deceased came to his death... shock from fall from hospital window, Room 207 Deaconess Hopstial. That on Sept. 18, 1949 the deceased shot himself in the head with 38 cal. revolver. Self inflicted with suicidal indent [sic]." Certificate 27-1195. Registered numbered: 315.

    4. [S367] Germany: Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898 (Family Search), (accessed 2 Apr 2011); indexing project number: I02134-9; system origin: Germany-EASy; source film number 68983; reference: 172.

    5. [S339] Germany: Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 (Ancestry), Staatsarchive Hamburg, 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 052 B, Seite 1265 (Mikrofilm Nr. K_1732 (accessed 23 Oct 2010).

    6. [S332] New York Passtenger Lists, 1820-1957 (Ancestry), Year: 1884; Arrival: New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: M237_478; Line: 45; List Number: 828; Search = "Carl Karsten" (accessed 23 Oct 2010).

    7. [S278] Castle Garden Immigration Records, search = "Carl Karsten" (accessed 23 Oct 2010).

    8. [S402] Newspaper: Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, 19 September 1949, page 13.
      Elderly Local Man In Bad Condition After Bullet Wound

      Herman Kasten, 69, of 203 North Fairview avenue, is in critical condition at Deaconess hospital as the result of a bullet wound in the head inflicted yesterday morning shortly after seven o’clock. Sgt. Harold F. Meyers reported he was called at 7:17 a.m. yesterday to the residence of Kasten’s daughter, Mrs. Archie Schwarze, on Fairview avenue, to investigate the incident. He was told Kasten had been alone in a garage behind the residence and Schwarze entered the garage after a gun report was heard. Kasten was taken to Deaconess hospital by ambulance. The police officer said he believed the wound was self-inflicted. The .38 calibre bullet entered Kasten’s head behind the left ear.

    9. [S264] Illinois: Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, Hermann Kasten and Meta Hill; Stephenson County; License 371 (accessed 24 Oct 2010).

    10. [S418] Illinois: Stephenson County Death Certs, Kasten, Mattie. b 10 Nov 1881, Stephenson County. d 2 Jun 1948 at 3 p.m. at 514 South Chicago. Buried: 7 Jun 1948, Oakland Cemetery, Florence [Township], Freeport. Spouse: Herman Kasten. Residence: 1032 East Stephenson. Father: Louis Hill, b Germany. Mother: Lizette Mueller, b Germany. Informant: R.A. Kasten, Freeport. Certificate: 27-168; registered number: 198.