Family - Meilen, Switzerland to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Steiger family members in Meilen c. 1900
I am seeking more information (both descendancy and ancestry) about the Steiger family that emigrated from Meilen, Switzerland to Milwaukee, Wisconsin between 1902 and 1906. Four of Nine children came to the US and numerous descendants now exist in the US and Switzerland. Most of the descendants are now located in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio. Individuals wishing to contribute data or research regarding this family may email Brendon Baillod. See additional family photos at bottom of page.
Steiger families that came to the United States from Meilen were descended
Eduard Steiger (c. 1850 - 1910) m. Maria Magdalena Buchmann (c. 1850 - c. 1920) - The Steiger family appear from letters and photos to have been in the Gardening/Green House business in Meilen. Both Eduard and Maria died in Meilen. The Buchmann family may have been from the town of Mettmenstetten, but they lived in Louisiana, USA for several years prior to 1860 and Maria was born there. Little is currently known about Eduard and Maria's ancestry, but the Steiger name appears to have been present in Meilen for a few hundred years.
Their descendants included:
1 -Anna Olga Steiger (1875 - c. 1950) - married Alexander Nikles (1880 - 1908) c. 1900, came to US in 1904. Settled in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Alex was killed in an industrial accident at Allis Chalmers. Olga then married Carl Zechbauer (1874 - ?) and moved to St. Paul, MN with their four children. Descendants of this family now live in Ramsey, MN and the St. Paul area.
-Olga Nikles (1903 - 1983) m. Phil Keeling
-Maria Nikles (c. 1904 - ?)
-Viola Nikles (1906 - 1986) m. Mike Sorenson
-Martha Nikles (1908 - ?)
-Carl Zechbauer, Jr (1910 - 1987)
2 -Edward Steiger (c. 1878 - ?) - remained in Switzerland, little else known.
3 -Maria Steiger (c. 1880 - ?) - remained in Switzerland, married, had children.
4 -Ernst Edwin Steiger (6/15/1881 - 2/20/1963) - Came to the US in 1905 and lived in Milwaukee. Moved to Evansville, IN c. 1910, m. Eva Sturgeon (1890 - 1981), later m. Frieda Anna Rasener (1889 - 1960). Worked for City Greenhouse. Children were:-Laura Steiger (1910 - 1984) m. Glenn V. Herndon (1910 - 1973), moved to Cincinatti, OH
-Albert Steiger (1914 - 1965) m. Leona Feix (1909 - 1982), lived in Evansville, no children
5 -Eugene Steiger (1883 - 7/11/1961) - m. Amelia Koerchner (1884 - ?), came to US in 1902 but left and went to South America c. 1904. Returned to Switzerland and came back to US with sister Klara in 1906. Children were:-Rosalinda Amelia Steiger (1909 - 1989) - m. Ed Haas (1907 - ?), lived in Grafton, WI
-Margareth Eugenie Steiger (1911 - ?) - reportedly didn't marry and died young.
6 -Klara Freda Steiger (6/14/1887 - 9/1865) - Came to US in 1906 with brother Eugene. Married Charles Adolphe Baillod (1882 - 1933) in 1908. Charles had served in the Swiss Army with Alex Nikles & Ernst Steiger, and had met Klara in Switzerland. Charles & Klara settled in Wauwatosa, WI. They later moved to Packwaukee, WI where they farmed. After Charles' death, Klara moved in St. Paul with her two daughters. Children were:-Charles Edward Baillod (1908 - 1975) - m. Sylvia Grochowski, lived in Milwaukee, had 5 children
-Clara Lilli Baillod (1910 - 1979) - m. Vernon Perry, lived in St. Paul, MN, no children
-Henry Adolph Baillod (1913 - 2002) - m. Mary Thurston, lived in Hancock, WI, had 4 children
-Francoise Baillod (1917 - 1993) - m. Ross Mason, lived in St. Paul, MN, had 5 children
7 -Hedwig Steiger (c. 1890 - ?) - Remained in Switzerland, m. Heinrich Aeberli (c. 1890 - ?). Children were:-Max Aeberli (c. 1912 - ?)
-Ruth Aeberli (1920 - 1958) - m. Peter Marx (c. 1920 - ?) children included Urs Marx (c. 1945 - ?)
-Doris Aeberli (c. 1925 - ?)
8 -Elizabeth Steiger (c. 1892 - ?) - remained in Switzerland, married, little else known.
9 -Walter Steiger (c. 1894 - ?) - remained in Switzerland, little else known.
Hedwig Steiger c. 1905 in Meilen, Switzerland Walter Steiger in the Swiss Army c. 1915 Charles Baillod and Ernst Steiger in Meilen c. 1900 Ernst Steiger in Switzerland c. 1900 Klara (Steiger) Baillod in St. Paul c. 1955 Eugene Steiger in Milwaukee c. 1955