My history: Paul and Olga Ladewig Kimmel family at their home in Gruenau, DeWitt Co., Texas

This house at Gruenau, DeWitt Co., Texas, originally belonged to Ernst & Therese Rabenaldt Kimmel. Later, their son Paul & and his wife Olga Ladewig Kimmel lived there with their children. Back row: left to right: Hugo Piske; Paul Kimmel; Olga Ladewig Kimmel. Front row: Alfred Kimmel; Anna Kimmel; Stella Kimmel; Ella Kimmel; Frieda Kimmel; and Ida Kimmel.

My great-grandmother, Marie Emma Olga Ladewig, was born Aug. 20, 1880 in Rockhouse, also known as Willow Springs, Fayette Co., Texas to Johann Heinrich "Henry" and Friederike Auguste Kettner Ladewig. Olga, as she was called, was baptized on Mar. 19, 1882 in Willow Springs, Fayette Co., Texas.

She married Paul E. Kuemmel, spelled Kimmel in English, on Mar. 16, 1899, in DeWitt Co., Texas. Paul was born Jan. 26, 1882 in Voigstedt, Province of Saxony, to Friedrich Ernst Kuemmel and Therese Jacobine Helene Friederike Wilhelmine Rabenaldt Kuemmel.

Paul and Olga Kimmel had seven children--Ida Helene Minna, who married Hugo Piske; Alfred Oscar who married Maria Maureschat; Anna Ella who married Adolph Carl Schroeder; Estella Therese who married Alfred Simicek; Frieda Ella who married Werner Diebel; Mary Ella who married Otho Griffin; and Edwin Walter who married Ernastina Gras. The Kimmels were members of the Nopal Lutheran Church and all their children were baptized into that denomination.

The Kimmel family made their home in Gruenau, near Yorktown, DeWitt Co., Texas. Their occupation was farmer. Around 1900 Paul and Olga were crowned “King and Queen of Maifest” at Gruenau Hall, because Paul won the club's annual shooting contest.

Marie Emma Olga Ladewig Kimmel died Apr. 14, 1914, apparently of complications from delivering her last child. Paul E. Kimmel died three years later, on Aug. 11, 1917. Both are buried in Sandy Gate Cemetery near Nopal, DeWitt Co., Texas. The Fraternal Order of the Sons of Hermann, of which both Paul and Olga were members, helped conduct their funerals.

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