William Henry Grosenbach1,2,3

ID# 3945, (1884 - 1972)
FatherAdam Grosenbach4,3,5 (12 Apr 1856 - 5 May 1919)
MotherKatherin E. Stormer6,3 (8 Sep 1859 - 21 Jul 1915)

Key Events:

Birth: 26 Jan 1884, Chatsworth, Illinois7,8,9
Marriage: 8 Sep 1909, Chatsworth, Illinois, Laura Angelina Glabe (26 Oct 1886 - 4 Oct 1962)10,11
Death: 22 Sep 197212,13
Burial: 26 Sep 1972, Hillcrest Memory Gardens, Morton, Tazewell Co., Illinois5
ChartsDescendants of Jakob and Anna Katharina Glebe

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Narrative:

     William Henry Grosenbach was born on 26 Jan 1884 in Chatsworth, Illinois.7,8,9
     He appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Chatsworth Twp., Livingston Co., Illinois, in the household of his parents, Adam Grosenbach and Katherin E. Stormer.4
     William married Laura Angelina Glabe, daughter of Sebastian Glabe and Anna Katherine Ruppel, on 8 Sep 1909 in Chatsworth, Illinois, with Rev. M. Gronewold offciating.10,11
     William and Laura appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Germanville Twp., Livingston Co., Illinois, enumerated 10 May 1910, reporting they were renting their farm. Hubert King, a 21-year-old hired man, was listed as living with them..14
     William registered for the draft for World War I on 12 Sep 1918, while living in Chatsworth, Livingston Co., Illinois, reporting he was self-employed in farming and machinery.1
     William and Laura appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Germanville, Livingston Co., Illinois, enumerated 7 Jan 1920, reporting that they owned their farm, which was mortgaged. Their children LeRoy and Helen were listed as living with them.15
     In Jun 1928 William sold his 185 acre farm in Chatsworth to Charles Endres for $32,000. It was described as a good one, with two dwelling houses and other farm buildings, but the buildings were in bad repair. Possession was to be given 1 Mar 1929.16
     William and Laura moved 120 miles north, to McHenry Co., by 1930. They appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Marengo, McHenry Co., Illinois, at 754 East Grant Highway, enumerated 3 Apr 1930, reporting they were renting their home for $25 per month, and they owned a radio. Their children LeRoy, Helen, Phyllis and Kenneth were listed as living with them.17
     William and Laura moved nearly 150 miles southwest, to Tazewell Co., by 1935. They appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Washington, Tazewell Co., Illinois, enumerated 16 Apr 1940, reporting they owned a home valued at $1,000. Their children Phyllis and Kenneth were listed as living with them, and all were reported to have lived in rural Tazewell Co. in 1935. Their son LeRoy and his family were apparently living nearby as they are listed as the preceding household.18
     William registered for the draft for World War II, while living at Washington, Illinois, reporting he was employed by Caterpillar Tractor Co.19
     He was a farmer as a young man. By 1930 he was a laborer, doing odd jobs.20,21,22 By 1940 he was a laborer at a Caterpillar Tractor manufacturing plant. That year he reported he had work 40 hours the last week of March, and 52 weeks the prior year, earning $1,450.18 He retired from Caterpillar in 1949.5
     His wife died on 4 Oct 1962 in 313 Stahl, Washington, Illinois.23
     William died on 22 Sep 1972 at age 88.12,13 He was buried on 26 Sep 1972 in Hillcrest Memory Gardens, Morton, Tazewell Co., Illinois.5

Children:
     Children with Laura Angelina Glabe:

Citations

  1. [S8048] William Henry Grosenbach, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
  2. [S8046] Adam Grosenbach household, 1900 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois, shows name as William H. Grosenbach.
  3. [S8047] Marriage certificates, Livingston Co., Illinois, no. 2132, Will H. Grosenbach adn Laura A. Glabe.
  4. [S8046] Adam Grosenbach household, 1900 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois.
  5. [S8051] William Grosenbach obituary, The Pantagraph.
  6. [S8046] Adam Grosenbach household, 1900 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois, shows him as the son of her husband and that the parents had been married longer than the age of the child.
  7. [S8049] Will H. Grosenbach, Selective Service Registration Card, World War II, Fourth Registration, shows date, town, and state.
  8. [S8051] William Grosenbach obituary, The Pantagraph, shows date and town.
  9. [S8046] Adam Grosenbach household, 1900 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois, shows month, year, age 16 and state.
  10. [S8047] Marriage certificates, Livingston Co., Illinois, no. 2132, Will H. Grosenbach adn Laura A. Glabe, shows date, town, and officant.
  11. [S8042] William H. Grosenbach household, 1910 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois, shows married 7/12 year.
  12. [S8051] William Grosenbach obituary, The Pantagraph, shows died Friday.
  13. [S1000] "Social Security Death Index," Ancestry.com, record for William Grosenbach, Soc. Sec. No. 331-03-1200, shows month, year, and last residence as 61571 Washington, Tazewell, Illinoi.
  14. [S8042] William H. Grosenbach household, 1910 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois.
  15. [S8043] Will H. Grossenbach household, 1920 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois.
  16. [S8050] "Chatsworth Farm Sells for $173," The Pantagraph, 17 Jun 1928.
  17. [S8044] Will H. Grosenbach household, 1930 U.S. Census, McHenry Co., Illinois.
  18. [S8045] Willie H. Grosenbach household, 1940 U.S. Census, Tazewell Co., Illinois.
  19. [S8049] Will H. Grosenbach, Selective Service Registration Card, World War II, Fourth Registration.
  20. [S8042] William H. Grosenbach household, 1910 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois, shows occupation as farmer.
  21. [S8043] Will H. Grossenbach household, 1920 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., Illinois, shows occupation as farmer.
  22. [S8044] Will H. Grosenbach household, 1930 U.S. Census, McHenry Co., Illinois, shows occupation as laborer, industry as odd jobs.
  23. [S8052] Laura Grosenbach obituary, The Pantagraph, shows died Thursday, at her home, address.
  24. [S1500] "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," Ancestry.com, record for Phyllis Wilora Grosenbach, Soc. Sec. No. 333-20-4043.
  25. [S8055] Kenneth S. Grosenback obituary, Journal Star.