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Richard Wilson, "", The Kansans and Whence They Came, Internet: (accessed ), < >.

C hristian Glamann was the first husband of Johanna Peisker. He and his brother emigrated separately to the United States from Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Christian arrived first and lived in Wisconsin before settling in northeastern Kansas. He was later joined by August and his family who soon continued onward to southern Kansas.

Christian Glamann

Christian Friederich Theodor Glamann was born 27 Nov 1843 in Neukalen in the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, which is now a part of northern Germany. He left for America from Hamburg aboard the steamship "Wakefield" on 5 Apr 1866 with a probable cousin from Neukalen named Heinrich Lahmann (or Lehmann). Both were twenty two years of age, and both were shoemakers. This voyage was headed for New York via Hull and Liverpool, England, where they were to change ships. The ship which brought them to New York has not been identified.

The 1875 Kansas State Census shows that Christian had lived in Wisconsinnote1, note2 before moving to Kansas, therefore, this must have been before October 1867. In this month, a local newspaper included his name on the list of voters in Center Township, Doniphan County, Kansas. Then on 29 Nov 1867, he purchased 40 acres of land in Doniphan County, Kansas, three miles northwest of the town of Troy. Christian initially took up farming, but he sold his property in April 1869 and moved into Troy to return to working as a boot and shoemaker. He originally partnered with another shoemaker named Neal Peterson, and the shop was located at the southwest corner of the public square. Their newspaper advertisements said they made the "celebrated Peterson & Glaman boot". After 21 Jan 1875, the advertisements began to be in Christian's name only.

Christian married Johanna Peisker 14 Feb 1874 across the Missouri River in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. A newspaper article describes how they were greeted by a loud traditional "cowbell serenade", or shivaree, the evening of their return. On 15 Apr 1875, his business burned down after a fire broke out in an adjacent building. He then relocated his shop to the north side of the square. On 04 Mar 1879, Christian died of Tuberculosis, just two days before his second child was born. His funeral was conducted by the local Odd Fellows Lodge (I.O.O.F.), of which he was a member, and they published a "tribute of respect" in the newspaper the following week. Additional details of Christian and Johanna's lives together as well as their following children were previously discussed in the "Peisker Family History":

  1. Christian William "Will C." (1876-1938). He and his descendants used the spelling "Glamann".
  2. Otto Christian (1879-1943). He and his descendants used the spelling "Glaman".

August Glamann

Christian's older brother, August Friederich Gustav Glamann, was born 9 April 1839 in Neukalen and married Johanna Louise Behrendnote3 there on 26 November 1866. She was born on 29 Mar 1848 to Johann Joachim Behrend in Malchin, a town about six miles south of Neukalen. According to his obituary, August served in the German army under Kaiser Wilhelm I, which would have been the Prussian army at the time. It is unknown if this was before or after marrying. August and Johanna emigrated with two young sons aboard the steamer "Saxonia", which departed from Hamburg and landed in New York 6 May 1870. Travelling with them were four other men. Two stonemasons named August Schulz and Heinrich Barschow, and a miller named Ernst Krüger were from Neukalen. Heinrich Behrend, another stonemason and probably Johanna's brother, was from Malchin.

Just over one month after their arrival, the family was included on the federal census on 9 Jun 1870 while living with Christian in Troy, Kansas. From here, they went downstate to Wichita, Kansas, in its early days before the railroad had arrived there. From here they moved to Caldwell, Sumner County, Kansas, and finally to Wellington in the same county, by 1880. This is where they remained.

When August came to the United States, his occupation was also listed as stonemason, a vocation he followed through at least 1885. By 1895, however, he had become a successful ice dealer and continued in this business until retirement. The business was then continued by two of his sons and later his grandsons. August died 26 Apr 1910 and was buried in Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Johanna had remained in contact with her family in Germany. Her sister, Lena, came from Malchin to visit in Jul 1908. After her husband's death, Johanna travelled back to Germany for the summers in both 1910 and 1911. She died 1 Jun 1930 and was buried with her husband in Wellington.

August and Johanna had the following children:

  1. Albert G. Glamann (1867-1934)note4 who was born in Neukalen. He married Mary Price 3 Mar 1889 in Sumner County, but they were divorced 5 May 1896. He remarried 10 Sep 1911 to Marie Inga Price who was born in Norway.note5 They remained in Wellington.
  2. August Friedrich Glamann (1869-1926)note6 who was also born in Neukalen. He married Eugenie Fish c.1895. They moved to Chicago where August manufactured cigarsnote7 and Eugenie became a successful artist known for her paintings and etchings of animals.
  3. Elizabeth L. Glamann (1871-1950) who married John Link Fisher 29 Sep 1887 in Sumner County. They remained in Wellington.
  4. Henry William "Heine or Hiney" Glamann (1873-1944) who first married Lillian Norwood Woodcock 23 Dec 1896 in Arkansas City, Kansas. He second married Asia Alice Landrus 15 Sep 1917 in Newton, Harvey County, Kansas. They lived in Wellington where he ran his father's ice business with his brother.
  5. Anna Emma Glamann (1879-1960) who married Henry Albert Keuneke 20 Apr 1904 in Sumner County. They remained in Wellington.
  6. Christian Elnor Glamann (1882-1965) who first married Katherine M. Price c.1905. They were no longer living together after 1910. He remarried to Mabel Mitchell c.1918. Christian ran the ice business with his brother, was a coal dealer, began an oil drilling company, and was the mayor of Wellington, Kansas, from 1938-1944.


The parents of Christian and August were Christian Heinrich Theodor Glamann, also a stonemason, and Friederica Sophia Weilshäuser. Christian was born 24 May 1812 in Neukalen, and Friederica was born to Johann Gotthilf Kristoph Weilshäuser as a twin on 5 Jul 1814 in Glasow, about nine miles north of Neukalen. The two were married in Neukalen on 27 Oct 1837. Friederica died 1882, and Christian died 19 Nov 1892. They had the following children:

  1. Christian Helmuth Theodor Glamann (1838) who died at six days of age.
  2. August Friederich Gustav Glamann (1839-1910) previously discussed.
  3. Christian Friederich Theodor Glamann (1843-1879) previously discussed.
  4. Wilhelm Johann Theodor Glamann (1846) who died at fourteen days of age.
  5. Friedrich Carl Wilhelm Glamann (1847-1864).
  6. Sophia Carolina Bertha Glamann (1852-1926) who married Carl Friedrich Christian Kukuk in Neukalen 31 Jan 1873.note8

Helmuth and Sophia Glamann

The parents of Christian, senior, were Helmuth Christian Glamann and Catharina Sophia Lehmann. Sophia was born in Gnoien, about twelve miles north of Neukalen. At the time of their son's birth, Helmuth was shown as living in Teterow, about twelve miles southwest of Neukalen. The two were then married in Neukalen 6 Nov 1812, nearly six months after Christian was born. Sophia died 17 Jan 1832.

Glamann Selected Documents


'Kirchenbuch, 1704-1875' [Church Book], Neukalen Protestant Church, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

Baptisms, 1839.
[original text in German]

born: 9 April 1839
baptized: 14 April 1839
father: Christian Heinrich Theodor Glamann, mason
mother: Friederica Dorothea [sometimes listed as Dorothea, sometimes Sophia] Weilshäuser
child: August Friederich Gustav
witnesses: 1. Gustav Kasch 2. Friederich Trense 3. Amalia Weilshäuser [sister of the mother]

Baptisms, 1843, p.46.
[original text in German]

born: 27 Nov 1843
baptized: 24 Dec 1843
father: Christian Heinrich Theodor Glamann, mason
mother: Friederica Sophia Weilshäuser
child: Christian Friederich Theodor
witnesses: 1. Theodor Fischer, mason 2. Christian Roloff, gristmiller 3. Gustav Friederich Kalsh

Emigration / Immigration

'Auswandererlisten, 1850-1934' [Emigrant Lists], Emigration Office, Hamburg, Germany.

Indirect vol.13, p.267.
Steamer Wakefield, from Hamburg, Germany, via Hull and Liverpool, England, to New York, departed 6 Apr 1866.
[original text in German]

29 Christ Glamann, birthplace or residence Neukalen, country Prussia, occupation shoemaker, age 22, male.
30 Heinrich Lahmann, birthplace or residence Neukalen, country Prussia, occupation shoemaker, age 22, male.

Direct vol.24, p.263.
Steamer Saxonia from Hamburg, Germany, to New York [1870].
[original text in German]

Glamann August, from Neukalen Mecklbg [Mecklenburg], Maurer [mason], age 31.
Glamann Joha.[Johanna], from Neukalen Mecklbg [Mecklenburg], Frau [wife], age 21.
Glamann Albt.[Albert], from Neukalen Mecklbg [Mecklenburg], age 2 1/2.
Glamann August, from Neukalen Mecklbg [Mecklenburg], child, age -.

'Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897', U.S. Customs Service.

Steamer Saxonia, from Hamburg, Germany, to New York, arrived 06 May 1870, pp.1-2.

Aug. Glamann, age 31, male, mason, from Germany, to USA, between decks.
Johanna Glamann, age 21, female, his wife, from Germany, to USA, between decks.
Abt.[Albert] Glamann, age 3, male, his child, from Germany, to USA, between decks.
A. Glamann, age 7 months, male, his baby, from Germany, to USA, between decks.

News Article

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas.

31 Jul 1873.

Some person forced an entrance into Chris. Glaman's shop on Saturday night, went through his stock of boots, picked out a pair, and travelled with them leaving the balance scattered over the floor. The pair taken had been made for Col. D. M. Johnston. We indignantly repel the foul suspicion that the Colonel himself took them!


'Marriage records, 1839-1916', Buchanan County, Missouri, Recorder of Deeds.

Vol.C, p.464, 14 Feb 1874.

St. Joseph Buchanan County State of Missouri} state seal.
I certify that I have joined in the holy bonds of matrimony as follows:
February 14th Christian Glamann and Johanne Peisker
Certified by me this 21st day of March AD 1874.
Henry F. Kirchoff
Minister of the Gospel
Filed for Record April 3rd AD 1874
Thomas Kelly, Recorder


The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas.

19 Feb 1874, p.3.

Chris Glaman went to St. Joseph and got married, Sunday, and Monday he returned and started housekeeping. Monday night the boys treated him to a cow bell serenade. But the neighbors got as much good of it as Chris did.

Published Book

History of the State of Kansas, by William G. Cutler, 1883.

vol.1, p.480, Doniphan County.

A Serious Conflagration. — On the night of April 15, 1875, fire broke out in the rear of an unoccupied building on the east side of Main street, just below the public square. Along this row and on both sides of the burning building stood small frame structures of various ages and degrees of dryness. With such material to work upon the rapid spread of the fire was not to be wondered at. Discovered about half an hour before midnight, it had before dawn destroyed the entire row of buildings on the east side of Main street south of the square, and two of those fronting the court-house. The buildings destroyed were a dwelling of H. A. Wright, on the corner, the office of Dr. Hoffmeier adjoining on the east, the shoe shop of Christian Glaman on the south of Mr. Wright's dwelling, the two story building belonging to William Mann, in which the fire started, the dwelling of William Sears, the two story brick of Henry Wheeler, occupied on the lower floor by the boot and shoe shop of M. W. Bell, and above by Joseph Craney. On the south of this building stood another two story brick, used on the lower floor as a grocery by D. S. Sergeant, and above by L. Merritt. The total loss by this fire is unknown, as but one building carried any insurance. With the exception of the office of Dr. Hoffmeier, none of the burned buildings have been rebuilt.

Death Notice and Tribute

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas.

6 Mar 1876.

Chris Glaman died at his residence in this place Tuesday afternoon, of consumption. He was buried Wednesday, by the Odd Fellows.

13 Mar 1876.

Tribute of Respect

Whereas, It has pleased God, in His wisdom, to remove from our number Brother Christ. Glaman, a member of this Lodge [Odd Fellows]; and whereas, we as individuals, and as a Lodge, feel deeply the loss of our brother, we deem it appropriate to give some expression to our feelings: Therefore, be it
Resolved, That in the loss of brother Glaman, this Lodge has lost a useful member, society an honest, upright, industrious and valuable citizen, and his family a kind and affectionate husband; and that we hereby tender to the widow of the deceased, our heartfelt sympathy.
Resolved, That a copy of those resolutions be presented by the Secretary of this Lodge, to the widow of our deceased brother, and also a copy to the Troy Chief, for publication.

Nathan Price.
G.W. Strahan,
X.K. Stout. Committee.


The Wellington Daily News, Wellington, Kansas.

19 Nov 1908, p.4.

Mrs. Lena Drecoll, of Machine [Malchin], Germany, a sister of Mrs. Gus Glamann, has come to make a visit with relatives in Wellington. She spent the summer with a brother in Chicago.

9 May 1910, p.4.

Mrs. Gus Glamann has gone to Chicago with her nephew, Will Behrendt, who has been visiting here, and after visiting for several weeks with relatives will return in June with her sister. They will make ready here for a visit to their old home in Germany later in the summer.

30 Sep 1911, p.1.

Mrs. August Glamann has returned from Germany, where she spent the summer. Mrs. Behrend accompanied her here from Chicago.


The Wellington Daily News, Wellington, Kansas.

26 Apr 1910, p.1.

Gus Glamann and Lewis M. Knowles, Near Neighbors, Succumb to Death at Same Hour

Within a few minutes of each other's death, and with only a few feet separating their homes, August Glamann, the veteran ice dealer, and Lewis M. Knowles, formerly a teacher in the County High school, died about 7 o'clock this morning.
Mr. Glamann was found dead in bed, having been a sufferer for years from heart trouble. Mr. Knowles was a victim of paralysis, having been stricken a second time a week ago. His family surrounded him when the end came. Mrs. Glamann, as was her custom, rose about 6:30 this morning to prepare breakfast, leaving her husband slumbering peacefully. Half an hour later, when she went to waken him, he was dead. Death had relieved him of his suffering only a few minutes before.
Gus Glamann was born in Germany 72 years ago and came to America with his wife 35 years ago. He located at Wichita, driving in there before the railroad reached the town. He built the first Douglas avenue bridge over the Arkansas. Afterward he moved to Caldwell and then came to Wellington where he has been since, where his family has grown up and where he has been a familiar figure on the streets for many years. Gus Glamann always had a kind "Wie geht es" [How goes it] for everybody. He was the wholesouled German always. Besides his widow he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Henry Keuneke and Mrs. Link Fisher, and four sons, Albert, of Kansas City; August, of Chicago, Heine and Chris, who have made the old Glamann ice wagon grow into a big commercial enterprise. Before coming to America he served in the German army under Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. Absent relatives have been notified of his death.


  1. [The book, "The Heritage: A Family History : the Glamanns of Atchison and Doniphan Counties, Kansas", by Daryl Glamann, Sr. states that Christian Glamann came to the United States with his parents at the age of 8 years (c.1852) and initially lived in Ohio. They then moved to Wisconsin where he apprenticed with a shoemaker at the age of 14 years (c.1858). No sources were given for this. This has been proven incorrect, since his parents never left Mecklenburg, and Christian was already a shoemaker when he emigrated at the age of 22. He did however live in Wisconsin prior to moving to Kansas.]
  2. [Otto and Sophia Glamann, their daughter, Maria, their son, Johann, his family, and four other families left Hamburg 15 Oct 1857 on the ship "Johannes". They had all lived in Teschow, Mecklenburg, which is only 9 miles west of Neukalen. Otto's family settled in Theresa, Dodge County, Wisconsin, by 1860. Their relationship to Christian Glamann has not been proven, although some relationship is very likely. It is quite possible that Christian lived with or near them as part of a typical chain migration before continuing on to Kansas.]
  3. [The wife of August Glamann was listed in the church records of Neukalen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin several times as Carolina Luise Sophia Behrend. However, she was listed on the passenger records of the "Saxonia" as Johanna, and was always shown as Johanna or Johanna Louise thereafter. There is no indication that August remarried before emigrating, and her birthdate given in the church records matches the birthdate on her tombstone in Kansas. They must be the same individual.]
  4. [Albert Glamann was baptized in Neukalen as Albert Heinrich Johann Glamann, but was always shown as Albert or Albert G. Glamann in American records.]
  5. [Albert Glamann's two wives may be the same individual. His son, William, was born c.1890 so he is the son of his first wife. The 1920 and 1930 censuses show that William's mother was born in Norway. Albert's second wife was born in Norway. No information is known about his first wife other than her age when married, which makes her year of birth the same as his second wife.]
  6. [August Glamann probably originally worked for his uncle, Henry Behrend, in Chicago. Henry was already a cigar maker when he arrived in America and continued his trade in Chicago.]
  7. [August Glamann was baptized in Neukalen as August Johann Friedrich Hermann Glamann, but was always shown as August or August F. Glamann in American records.]
  8. [A note on the marriage record of Carl F.C. Kukuk may show that he died in Chicago in 1917.]