Sommers
Sommers

The Sommers family name is also spelled Somer and Somers on some of the German records.

Frederick Adam Somer, his wife Rosine Elise Schult, and their young son Frederick Louis emigrated to the United States from Wismar, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.  They spent about 3 years in the Joliet, Illinois area where a second son John was born, then left for Minnesota in 1855, settling on land south of Northfield in Rice County.

Some time after 1855 and following the death of his wife, Rosine's father Christian Schult and her sisters Lisette and Sophie joined Frederick and Rosine in Minnesota.

Lisette married Joseph Everet and lived for a time in Rice County, later moving to Renville County, Minnesota.

Sophie married Jacob Glor and remained in Rice County.

These two marriages took place at the Frederick and Rosine Sommers home on August 12, 1862.

A Sommers history was published in 1955 by a granddaughter, Gladys Benz, for the Centennial Reunion held on the original family farm in Rice County.
 
 
Frederick Louis 8 January, 1851, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany
John Charles 28 March 1854, Joliet, Illinois
Alvina 16 May 1857, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota
Amelia Augusta 3 January 1859, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota
William 13 February 1861, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota
Ella Belle 24 January 1863, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota
George Henry 1 December 1864, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota
Sarah Amelia 28 April, 1866, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota
Frank Edgar 29 April 1868, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota
Calista Melvina 18 December 1870, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota
Hattie Sophia 5 January 1873, Northfield Township, Rice County, Minnesota

Frederick married Mary Anna Miller in 1872 and died in 1875 of "brain fever" - possibly encephalitis.

John married Sarah Holmes in 1879 in Martin County Minnesota.

Alvina married John Koester in 1878.  Some of their children moved to Canada and now spell the family name Kester.

Amelia married William Benz in 1883.  Daughter Gladys wrote the family history for the 1955 family reunion.

William married Minnie Chute in 1888.  William and his family lived on the family homestead.

Ella Belle married Charles Berg in 1882.

George married Louise Pfeiffer in 1898.

Sarah married Frank Koester in 1885.

Frank married Mary Albers in 1892.

Calista married Jay Fletcher in 1896 in Dundas, Minnesota.  Mr. Fletcher died in 1898.  Calista married William Nahl in 1908 and Ole Wiggin in 1945.

Hattie married Charles Wallace in 1902.

View a few family photos.

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