Fridolin Trefzger
born 1838, immigrated 1909, but returned to Germany in 1912, died ?

Fridolin was born in Wehr in 1838. He had two brothers living in Wehr and four sisters. One sister was a Nun, the other three were married.

Fridolin's wife was Marie Buechle. She was born in 1852 in Elfingen, Switzerland. She had two brothers and one sister. One brother and a sister came to the U.S.A..

Fridolin's son Fritz Trefzger (age 23) and his daughter Pauline (age 19) came to the U.S.A. in 1905. Evidently Pauline went back to Basel sometime before 1909.

In 1909 Fridolin Trefzger,60 yrs.9 mo., his wife Marie, 56 yrs. 1 mo., and daughters: Marie, 24 yrs. 3 mo, Pauline, 22 yrs. 6 mo., Lina, 17 yrs. 11mo., and Frieda, 16 yrs. 3 mo. arrived on 7/24/1909, from Basel, Switzerland on the La Lorraine, from La Harve, France.
The family listed their Nationality as German, Race or People as French, destination as Patterson, NJ, and nearest relative at home as Otto, son.

Fridolin and his wife (who was homesick) along with their daughters returned to Basel in 1912.

Pauline returned to the U.S.A. from Bremen, Germany to New York, NY on April 24, 1913.

Son Fritz or Gustave Frederick registered the the draft in both World War 1 and 2.

Frieda, Marie and Lena supported the family in the family homestead until Fridolin died in 1921 and his wife Marie died in 1924.

Frieda and Lena returned to the U.S.A. in the spring of 1928 to Patterson, NJ where they Lived with Pauline and Gene (69 years old). When they could not find jobs in Patterson they moved to the Swiss girls home on West 67th Street in N.Y.C.. Later they got an apartment on East 64th St.

Lena was found in the 1930 census working as a maid in Englewood NJ.

Frieda evadently went back to Germany to visit in 1938. She returned from Bremen, Germany to New York, NY on October 6,1938.

On July 25, 1946 both Lena and Frieda petitioned for Naturalization.

When they retired Frieda and Lena moved to San Francisco.

Social Securities death records show:
Lena, born 8/08/1891 in NY, died 1/1971 in San Francisco, CA.
Frita, born 4/24/1893 in NY, died 2/1988 in Oakland, CA.

Our thanks to Mary O'Dell of Hayden, Idaho who provided all of the information about Fritz and Pauline Trefzger who arrived in 1905, Fridolin and the rest of his family who arrived in 1909, along with all of the photos.
Thanks to Peter Trefzger who recommended we contact Mary O'Dell.
Although family records show that Fridolin was born in Wehr, no birth or baptismal records for Fridelin have been found so we canít tie Fridolin into either of the 2 large Trefzger families from Wehr.

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