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John William Loos and Amollia K. Speckhart Family
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Ancestors of the John William Loos and Amollia K. Speckhart Family

Author: Steve Brinkoetter
Family Names: Heidenreich, Herlemann, Loos, Reich, Simmermacher, Speckhart, Waldhaus, Wurtenberger.

Summary: This booklet traces all of the ancestor branches of the J.W. Loos family, who lived in Melrose Township from 1894 to 1935. This booklet says little about their descendents, but it does trace several ancestor branches back to the 1500s (Speckhardt), the 1600s (Simmermacher, Wuertenberger), and the 1700s (Herlemann, Loos, Waldhaus). In addition to being a family history, this story is also significant in that it also offers other historical insights, such as the limited geographical mobility of earlier generations. For example, over a period of 264 years, generation after generation of Speckhardts in Germany never moved more than 16 miles from their original location-until one of them moved 6000 miles to come to Adams County! Then once in the U.S., another pattern emerged-for generation after generation, farm boys grew up and married girls from nearby farms. As a result, the children of the J.W. Loos family, growing up in the early 1900s, had two parents and four grandparents who had all grown up on farms within 3 miles of their own farm!

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