24 Jul 1863 1
Forstgen, Germany 1
01 Nov 1942 1
Chandler, Warrick County, Indiana 1

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Emma Karoline Thube Wiggers 2
24 Jul 1863 1
Forstgen, Germany 1
Female 1
01 Nov 1942 1
Chandler, Warrick County, Indiana 1
Cause: Chronic Myocarditis 1
Burial Date: 04 Nov 1942 1
Burial Place: Park Lawn Cemetery, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana 1
Mother: Karoline Tzchoppe Thube 1
Father: Gottlieb Thube ?-1874 1
Charles Andrew Wiggers 1
01 Mar 1888 1
Vanderburgh County, Indiana 1
To: 24 Aug 1941 1
Waitress; Housewife 2
Evangelical and Reformed Church 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2

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Earning a living in Germany

Dresden, Germany

Taken from a speech given at her 50th Wedding Anniversary
"In the year of 1880 at the age of 17, Emma left Forstgen seeking better employment and went to Dreden where she lived and worked diligently until September 1884.  Her employment was in a restaurant and her wagers were better. The last two years that she worked she was paid the rate of 8 marks per month of the equivelent of $2.00 per month in U.S. money, but her many and generous tips through courteous service accumulated to be sufficiently great to enthuse her with a longing and desire to come to America to live with her older sister, Augusta, who had come to this country in the year 1883."

Early life

Forstgen, Germany

Taken from a speech given on her 50th wedding anniversary.
   "Emma Karoline Thube was born in Forstgen, Germany on July 24, 1863 and was the fourth child of seven children born to the union of Karoline and Gottleib Thube. Her father was a well-to-do tailor in Forstgen, where he practiced his trade.  She had three older sisters and three younger brothers; namely in order of their ages: Augusta, Ernestine, Anna, August, Wilhelm, and Paul.
    Emma was baptized and confirmed in Forstgen where she lived the early part of her girlhood.  It was here that her father died when she was eleven years old and two years later when only thirteen it was necessary for her to make her own living by finding work as best she could."

Coming to America

Bremenhaven, Germany


From a speech given on her 50th Wedding Anniversary
   "On Saturday September 6, 1884, in the company with Miss Hedwig "Hattie" Fahrman, who had been kind enough to ask Emma to accompany her, left Germany and boarded the good ship, Bremen (it was actually the Rhein of the Norddeutscher Lloyd Steamship line), and set sail for America.  Her journey was more joyous and pleasant than that of her sister Augusta who had left Germany the previous year with her husband and to small children to find a new home in a new land.  Sadness and misfortune seemed to stalk her on the way over as one of her children died at sea and only the three were left to complete the journey."
   The voyage to America was full of many happy and pleasant incidents and especially this one stands out above all the rest; Emma who had become very efficient and handy in mending soon made the friendly acquaintance of the cook who was in dire need of some help so good naturely she volunteered to help him out so to show his gratitude for her services, extra good eats were brought to her which she most willingly shared with her companion.  As money was not so aplentiful in these days, they took passage on the Bremen as third class or about the cheapest way they could come so naturally the eats were not so abundant therefore the acquaintance with the cook and the extra food he gave was appreciated very much.  They danced practically every night which was the only entertainment they had and outside of some seasickness by Hatti and some fading thoughts of leaving her homeland the remainder of the trip was uneventful but joyous."

Arrival in America

Castle Gardens, New Jersey

From a speech given on her 50th Wedding Anniversary
   "On Thursday night, September 18th, 1884 the Bremen docked at Hoboken.  As it was late at night, they were compelled to remain aboard ship until the next day, then with bag and baggage they were transferred to a small boat which took them ashore.  They were ushered into a large building called Castle Gardens where it was customery for all immigrants to go to have their money exchanged and to purchase tickets to get them started on their way to their final destination.  It was here that a large bus took them to a depot where they boarded a train to Cincinnati.  While on this train they met a salesman who was English, although they couldn't understand each other, the Englishman made them understand that he wished them to take care of his brief cases while he went to the barber shop.  When he returned he wished to show his appreciation for their help by offering to buy them some eats and coffee, but as they were very timid and bashful, they kindly refused his offer.  In those days trains traveled so slow that it was Saturday evening before they arrived in Cincinnati, where they were to change trains for Vincennes. About 10 p.m. on September 20, they left Cincinnati and arrived in Vincennes at 2 a.m. Sunday.  The English salesman had also been traveling with them and found a Germany speaking engineer named August Von Beheren, who induced them to remain in the waiting room of the depot until the train left for Evansville, about a five hour wait.  this way they could get a little sleep and save money as rooms were rather expensive in those day.  They spent part of their time in knitting stockings, however the layover soon passed and they boarded a train about 7 a.m. Sunday morning and arrived in Evansville about 10:00 a.m. September 21st, 1884, just 16 days after leaving their home in Germany.  After getting off the train, they hired a horse drawn cab at a cost of 75 cents each to drive them to an aunt by marriage named Nolte where they stayed until Monday morning, then went to Uncle Julius Tzschoppe, where Augusta, her older sister was staying.  (Julius Tzschoppe was Emma's uncle, brother to her mother Caroline).

Courtship and Marriage

Vanderburg County, Indiana

excerpted from a speech given on her 50th Wedding Anniversary
   "Soon after Emma and Hattie arrived at their home they met two cousins, both named Charles Wiggers.  Emma's courtship lasted three years and was quiet in contrast with our modern days by not being able to see her friend at one time for seven months and usually not oftener than every two weeks or longer.
   During this time she worked in and around Evansville.  this all happened in the horse and buggy days so when Charles had that yearning to see Emma it was a choice between two things, horseback or walk, but be as it was with hardships and thrills, Charles and Emma ended this coursthip by the bonds of matrimony and in the year of 1888, Miss Emma thube became the blushing bride of Charles Wiggers.  This happy and successful union was blessed with nine children, five girls and four boys, namely: Lena, Augusta, Minnie, Arthur, Charles (Oscar), John, Bertha, Victor, and Emma.  they have lived their entire married life in southern Indiana, spending nineteen years, seven months in Vanderburgh County and the remainder in Warrick where they have lived since September 25, 1906."

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