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Mielke Genealogy  


Johann Paul Mielke and Susanna H. (Roggenbuck) Mielke were the first generation
of our family to immigrate from Flötenstein, Germany. They came aboard the SS AMERICA, in 1892,
and landed in Baltimore  on 2/25/1892.

Most of the parish records in Flötenstein, Germany were destroyed during WWII, so researching
this family has taken me more than 25 years. I have not been able to determine
(for certain) where  Johann Paul Mielke was born, however records prove that he married
Susanna H. Roggenbuck and had 2 sons in Flötenstein.

Today, Flötenstein is in Poland and is called Koczala (Miastko), Koszalin, Poland;
it is 71 miles south west of Gda
sk Poland


                        Johann Paul Mielke          Susanna Roggenbuck Mielke 



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Information printed in RED is new

Johann Paul Mielke, great grandfather of John Robert Mielke, was born on 5/30/1854. He was the son of KARL MIELKE and MARIANNE RYMON. I found Johann Paul's date of birth as well as his parents names on his marriage record (to Susanna H. Roggenbuck Butzke); they married on 2/10/1885 in Flötenstein. It was Johann Paul's 1st marriage and Susanna's 2nd marriage.

Johann Paul Mielke (and family) came to the United States aboard the vessel AMERICA, leaving Hamburg Germany and landing in Baltimore on 2/25/1892 with $5 to their name.

I believe that the Mielke/Roggenbuck family chose to live in Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota because Susanna had relatives there. The first census record in America that this family appears on is the following:

1895 Minnesota State Census  Bellingham, Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota

John Mielke age 41 b. Germany   Occupation: Section Labor
Susanna Mielke age 49 b. Germany
Mary Mielke age 12 b. Germany
Frank Mielke age 7 b. Germany................our line descends from Frank Mielke
Albert Mielke age 5 b. Germany

Their oldest daughter: Elizabeth "Lizzie" (age 20) was living on her own in Bellingham during this census.

1900 U.S. Census Bellingham, Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota

John Mielke b.1858 Germany    married 17 years   occupation well digger
Susanna Mielke b.1847 Germany    
Mary F. Mielke b.1883 Germany
Frank Mielke b. 1887 Germany.................our line of descends from Frank Mielke
John A. Mielke b.1889 Germany

1905 Minnesota State Census  Bellingham, Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota

Johannes P. Mielke  51 b. Germany               Gardner
Susanna Mielke 58 b. Germany
Frank Mielke 19  b. Germany .................our line descends from Frank Mielke
John A. Mielke 15 b. Germany

1910 U. S. Census   Nassau, Lac Qui Parle County, Minnesota

John P. Mielke  age 55  married 1 time   b. Germany     occupation: truck gardner
Susan H. Mielke age 63  married 2 times  b. Germany     occupation: mid-wife
Albert Mielke age 19 b. Germany

1920 U.S. Census  Marmarth, Slope County, North Dakota
Frank Mielke 33 b. Germany   occupation General Contractor
Susie Mielke 30 b. Minnesota
Lucille Mielke 9 b. North Dakota
John Mielke 7 b. North Dakota .............our line descends from John C. Mielke
Richard Mielke 5 b. North Dakota
Avis Mielke 4 b. North Dakota


50th Wedding Anniversary of Frank Paul and Susie Lena (Baker) Mielke  1958

John P. Mielke married Susanna H. Roggenbuck (daughter of Franz Roggenbuck and Anna Elizabeth Leo) on 2/10/1885 in Flötenstein, Germany (his 1st marriage). She had
2 daughters from a previous marriage to Ferdinand Butzke: Elizabeth Butzke b. 6/20/1876 and Maria Franziska Butzke b. 9/23/1883.

John P. Mielke and Susanna (Roggenbuck)(Butzke)had 2 sons: Franz Paul Mielke b. 9/25/1886 and John Albert Mielke b. 10/17/1890 in Flötenstein, Germany.

In America, Elizabeth Butzke was known as "Lizzie Mielke" and her sister, Maria Franziska Butzke was known as Marie Frances Mielke.

Susanna (Roggenbuck)(Butzke)(Mielke) died on 26 Apr 1915 in .NASSAU, MINNESOTA She was buried in the Catholic  Cemetery in NNASSAU,  MINNESOTA Her daughter, Elizabeth "Lizzie", is  buried next to her. Obituary found in Bellingham Times 4/29/1915 page 8, states that she "dropped dead while preparing supper" and hadn't been previously ill.  The obituary states she was born in Germany 8/9/1847 and was 67 years 8 months and 15 days old at the time of her death.  She came to Bellingham, Minnesota in 1892 and lived there for 16 years, then moved to Nassau, Minnesota.
Johann Paul "John" Mielke died 8/8/1934 in Hardin, Montana; cause of death was endocarditis and acute nephritis.

John Paul and Susanna Mielke raised the following children:


Left:  Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Butzke) (Mielke)
Right:  James Franklin Hollarn and Lizzie (Butzke) Mielke


1. Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Butzke) Mielke  was born on 20 Jun 1876 in Flötenstein, Germany (biological father Ferdinand Butzke). She died of liver cancer on 1 Aug 1912. "Lizzie" married James Franklin Hollarn 1/8/1906 in Ambrose, North Dakota. They had 3 sons:

James Franklin Hollarn b. 1907-1998
George Stanislaus "Stanley" Hollarn b.1909-2001
Leon Hollarn* b. 2/9/1911 1911-1999

*Leon's mother died when he was a year old. Before she died, she asked her cousin, Ida (Roggenbuck) Sinkbeil (and husband Edward) to raise Leon. Leon did not know he was adopted until he was an adult. His Uncle, John Albert "Jack" Mielke helped reunite Leon with the two brothers he did not know he had.

Marie Francis (Butzke)(Mielke) Fraasch
Otto Theodore Fraasch
Elsie Irene Fraasch

2. Maria Franziska "Marie Francis" (Butzke) Mielke was born on 9/23/1883 in Flötenstein, Germany. Her biological father was Ferdinand Butzke. Marie married Otto Theodore Fraasch (1882-1958). They had 4 daughters:

Elsie Irene Fraasch b. 1906-1987
Marian Agnes Fraasch b.1910-1994
Ada Florence Fraasch b.1916-1996
Baby Girl Fraasch    b.1918-1918

Marie Francis(Butzke) (Mielke) (Fraasch) died shortly after giving premature birth to a fourth daughter in Seattle, Washington on February 18, 1918. Her cause of death was Erysipelas, an acute skin infection caused by the streptococcus bacteria, complicated by her pregnancy.  The baby girl, born two months prematurely, was not named and died a day before her mother died, she was 10 hours old.  They are buried together in Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, Washington.

After Marie's death, her husband Otto put their three daughters into Burien Orphanage in Seattle.  The two older daughters remained in the orphanage until they became of age.  The youngest daughter, Ada Florence, was raised by the Harold Spalding (sports magnate) family of Seattle, they named her Barbara Spalding. 

At the time of Marie's death, She and Otto and daughters were living in Lilliwaup, Washington.

Frank Paul Mielke
Susie Lena (Baker) Mielke

3. Franz "Frank" Paul Mielke was born on 25 Sep 1886 in Flötenstein, Germany. He died on 6 Mar 1962 in Hardin, Montana. Frank married Susie Lena Baker in Correll, Minnesota on 11/26/1908. They had 6 children:

Lucille Veloia "Dolly" Mielke 1910-2005
John Clifford Mielke 1912-1989
Richard Lyle Mielke 1914-1981
Avys Lois Mielke 1915-1987
Robert Wilbur "Bobby" Mielke 1925-1940
Susalyn Mielke 1929-1929

Frank Paul Mielke's obituary appeared in the Billings Gazette 3/7/1962:

F.P. Mielke, 76, Dies in Hardin
"Frank P. Mielke, 76, former railroad employee and contractor, died at 1 PM Monday in his Hardin, Home.  Mr. Mielke was born 9/22/1885 in Germany. His family came to Bellingham, Minnesota, when he was 6. He worked in South Dakota during construction of the Milwaukee Railroad and settled in Bowman County. In 1907, he homesteaded near Marmarth, North Dakota.

He married Suzie Lena Baker November 26, 1908 in Correll, Minnesota. Mr. Mielke did contract carpenter and construction work until he came to Hardin in May of 1920.  He was forman when the WPA built the Big Horn County courthouse and he built many homes, churches and buildings before retiring in 1955.

Surviving Mr. Mielke, besides his widow, are two sons, John Mielke of Anchorage, Alaska and Richard Mielke of Hardin; two daughters, Mrs. Robert Yale of Hollywood and Mrs. Earl Marsh of Hardin and 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday from the First Congregational Church. Burial will be in the Hardin-Fairview Cemetery."

"Funeral services for Mrs. Susie Lena Mielke, 83, of Hardin were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Congregational
Church.  Mrs. Mielke died Wednesday March 8, at a Hardin home.  She was born 4/18/1889 at Correll, Big Stone County, Minnesota, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Clephane Baker.  She married Frank P. Mielke November 26, 1908; after their marriage they homesteaded near Marmarth, North Dakota, later moving into the town.  In May of 1920, the couple came to Hardin (Montana) where Mr. Mielke worked in the construction business.  Mr. Mielke died in March 1962 at Hardin.  Survivors include 2 sons, Richard of Hardin and John of Anchorage, Alaska; 2 daughters, Mrs. Earle (Dolly) Marsh of Hardin and Mrs. Robert Yale of Hollywood California, 1 brother, Ray baker of Vancouver, Washington; 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren." Published 3/16/1972  Billings Gazette.

John Albert "Jack" Mielke

4. John Albert "Jack" Mielke was born on 10/23/1890 in Flötenstein, Germany. He was a World War I veteran and City Manager of Morris, Minnesota for 27 years. He was the conductor of the Morris Municipal Band for many years and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He married Gertrude Caroline Kiesel, daughter of Louis Kiesel and Lena Zibold on 1/8/1924 in Edina Minnesota. They had no children.  "Jack" died 12/20/1957 and Gertrude died 6/28/1966.


 Frank Paul Mielke and Susie Lena (Baker) Mielke had 6 children:

1.  Lucille Veloia "Dolly" Mielke b. 2/8/1910 in Marmarth, Slope County, North Dakota. She married Earl Everett Marsh on 5/5/1928. Earl was born near Darlington, Missouri. Earl and Dolly had no children.

"Dolly" (Mielke) and Earl Marsh  1928

Earl Marsh Obituary: Billings Gazette 6/13/1983 "....Born near Darlington, Missouri, he came to Sheridan, Wyoming when he was 18 and worked on the Eaton Brothers Dude Ranch, X4 Ranch and Spear O Ranch in Montana before coming to Hardin, Montana in 1924. On 5/5/1928 he married Lucille "Dolly" Mielke in Billings.  Survivors include his wife; a sister, Mrs. Vern Buchanan of Boulder, Colorado; a brother Raymond of Gunnison, Colorado; nieces and nephews.

John Clifford Mielke  1912-1989

2.  John Clifford Mielke, born 6/23/1912 in Marmarth, North Dakota. He married Margaret Alice Gustafson on 8/8/1937 in Bozeman, Montana. Margaret was the daughter of William Ferdinand Gustafson 1885-1933 and Alice Almeda Klint 1886-1975.

Margaret Alice Gustafson  1912-1980

Richard Lyle "Dick" Mielke 1914-1981
Marian Cora (Plummer) Mielke 1911-2004

3.  Richard Lyle "Dick" Mielke  was born on 23 Jan 1914 in Marmarth, North Dakota. He married Marian Cora Plummer on 8/28/1938 in Hardin, Montana. They had 2 children: Marilyn Kay and Richard "Dicky" Mielke. Dick Mielke died on 8 Nov 1981 in Hardin Montana from alcoholic cirrhosis. 


Avys Loyce Mielke  1915-1987
husband Robert Yale

4. Avys Lois (Loyce) Mielke born on 21 Oct 1915 in Marmarth, North Dakota. On 6/25/1938, she married Robert Wilson Yale. They had 1 daughter, Valerie Ann Yale on 12/25/1948.

Robert Wilbur "Bobby" Mielke

5. Robert Wilbur "Bobby" Mielke born 1/9/1925 in Hardin, Montana. He died on 9/15/1940 when he fell from the back of a moving truck and struck his head on a metal object that was on the ground.


6. Susalynn Mielke born and died on 8/8/1929 in Hardin, Montana.




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