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Carl Johann Ludwig Martin Kasten[1]

Male 1878 - 1921


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  • Name  Carl Johann Ludwig Martin Kasten 
    Nickname  Karl Jr 
    Born  4 Feb 1878  Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  24 Feb 1878  Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    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  [8
    • Karl Kasten Jr., born 4 Feb 1878, was living at 31 Center Street, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. Karl was a US citizen because of his father's naturalization. He listed Elizabeth Kasten as his nearest relative, and that he was currently employed as a fireman for the City of Freeport. He was a grey-eyed, dark-haired man of medium height and build.
    Occupation  1921  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    fireman 
    _UID  16F5075C13D14441B7A2746E7EC7BB7789D7 
    Died  15 Jul 1921  Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Resolutions
      The following Resolution was presented:
      Whereas, God in his wisdom has taken by death Karl Kasten, and whereas, said Karl Kasten at the time of his decease and for many years prior thereto had been in the employ of said City as a Fireman, and whereas, as such Fireman, he at all times discharged the duties required of him creditably,fearlessly and with entire satisfaction and was considered both by the City and the general public efficient and capable in such position; and whereas by kindness,attentiveness to line of duty and by past dealing, he had endeared himself to the officers and employees of said City and to many of the Citizens of Freeport, and whereas his untimely death has caused irreparable loss to the City's Fire Department. Be it therefore Resolved, that this resolution of respect to his Memory be spread on the records of the proceedings of the City Council and that a copy thereof be sent to his bereaved family by the City Clerk and that there be sent to them the heartfelt condolence of those connected with the City Administration. Alderman Boyd moved, Alderman Rampenthal seconded that the Resolution be adopted as read. On call of the yeas and nays all the aldermen voted yea.
      Council Proceedings - Regular Meeting Held Monday Evening, July18, 1921. Freeport (Illinois) Journal-Standard, Tuesday, 9 Aug 1921, p 10.
    Kasten, Karl Jr. - Freeport (Illinois) City Council Resolution
    Kasten, Karl Jr. - Freeport (Illinois) City Council Resolution
    Resolution approved 18 Jul 1921 by the Freeport (Stephenson County, Illinois) City Council remembering Karl Kasten, City Fireman, upon his death. Freeport (Illinois) Journal-Standard, Tuesday, 9 Aug 1921, p 10. "Council Proceedings: Regular Meeting Held Monday Evening, July 18, 1921."
    Buried  18 Jul 1921  Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Notes 
    • His complete name from his baptismal record.
    Person ID  I268  Page-Dumroese
    Last Modified  12 Mar 2014 

    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  Elizabeth Henze,   b. 30 Sep 1878, Carroll County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1920, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Dec 1901  Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Karl's death certificate indicates he was a widower at the time of his death.
    Children 
     1. Lester H. Kasten,   b. 14 Jul 1902, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1992, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Delbert H. Kasten,   b. 13 Aug 1905, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1977, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Clarence Kasten,   b. Abt 1910,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F100  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Feb 1878 - Basse (Lühburg), Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Germany) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 24 Feb 1878 - 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 - 12 Dec 1901 - 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 - fireman - 1921 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Jul 1921 - Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 18 Jul 1921 - Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    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.

  • Sources 
    1. [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: 157.

    2. [S306] WW I - Draft Registration Cards (Ancestry), Karl Kasten Jr.; Registration Location: Stephenson County, Illinois; Roll: 1642743; Draft Board: 0 (accessed 8 Nov 2010).

    3. [S352] Illinois: Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, (accessed 31 Dec 2011). Karl Kasten, died 15 Jul 1921, Freeport, Stephenson Co., Illinois, born 4 Feb 1878, Germany, father: Karl Kasten, Sr. born Germany, mother: Minnie Norton born Germany, occupation: fireman, no spouse, buried 18 Jul 1921. Ddigital folder number: 4008119; certificate: 22921.

    4. [S418] Illinois: Stephenson County Death Certs, Kasten, Karl. b 4 Feb 1878 in Germany. d 15 Jul 1921 in Freeport. Buried: 18 Jul 1921 in Oakland Cemetery, Freeport. Widowed city fireman. Residence: 805 Center Street, Freeport. Father: Karl Kasten Sr of Germany. Mother: Minnie Norton of Germany. Certificate: 15-242, registered number: 199.

    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. [S306] WW I - Draft Registration Cards (Ancestry), Karl Kasten Jr.; Residence: 31 Center, Freeport; born 4 Feb 1878; City Fireman, City of Freeport; Nearest Relative: Elizabeth Kasten, 31 Center; Gray eyes, dark hair, medium height, medium build. Registration Location: Stephenson County, Illinois; Roll: 1642743; Draft Board: 0 (accessed 8 Nov 2010).

    9. [S264] Illinois: Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, Carl Kasten and Lizzie Henze; Stephenson County; License 729 (accessed 24 Oct 2010).