Charles Fredrich Vaubel (Carl Christoph Vaupel) (1864 - 1951) and Isabella Sophia Milne (1862 - 1952)

Charles Fredrich Vaubel  was born 31 Mar 1864 in Reichensachsen, Hesse, Germany [see THIS LINK for records of Reichensachsen].  He was christened Carl Christoph Vaupel 05 Apr 1864 in Reichensachsen, Hesse, Germany.  He was buried 14 Jun 1951 in Rampton Cemetery, Vinton, Benton County, Iowa, USA.  He was the son of Wilhelm Vaupel (09 Dec 1827, Reichensachsen - 08 Mar 1873, Reichensachsen) and Helene Christine "Lena" Külmar (25 Apr 1830, Reichensachsen - 17 Feb 1867, Reichensachsen). Hesse had been a  Landgraviate in the Holy Roman Empire, but two years after his birth, it was annexed by the Prussian Empire.  He died 12 Jun 1951 in Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, USA. 

     His father was a master shepherd (shepherd "foreman" with several shepherds under him) from a long line of shepherds. His mother was the daughter of a tawer (tanner of white leather) from a line of tawers.  After being orphaned at the age of 9, he was raised by an Uncle and taught the cobbler trade (this would have probably been a maternal uncle, since it deals in leather rather than herding).  At 18 (March, 1882), he was allowed to forego his mandatory stint in the Prussian Army and emigrate to the United States.  He worked on a farm in New Jersey for two years, then as a butcher in Philadelphia, where he met John Kullmer, said in a biography to be a childhood friend, but clearly is kin.  Vaubel and Kullmer both traveled west in 1886 to join another friend, John M. Krug (07 Mar 1864, Reichensachsen -  25 Nov 1947, Dysart, Tama County, Iowa, USA) who had previously emigrated from Reichensachsen in 1881 to Benton County, Iowa, undoubtedly to join his uncle and godfather, John Bernard Krug, who had emigrated from Reichensachsen in 1865.  John M. Krug's maternal grandmother was C. L. Külmar, so he, too, was kin, albeit distant, to Carl.  Benton County records uniformly spell his last name Vaubel, although he usually spelled it Vaupel in letters.  Other Vaupels from Reichensachsen who settled in Lee County, Illinois, USA retained the Vaupel spelling.  Why he decided to be Charles Fredrich rather than Carl Christoph is unknown.

Isabella Sophia Milne was born 03 Dec 1862 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.  She was the daughter of Andrew Milne (1836 - 1918) and Jane Stringer (1836 - 1922).  She died 08 Apr 1952 in Traer, Tama County, Iowa, USA. She is buried in Rampton Cemetery, Vinton, Benton County, Iowa, USA. 

Charles worked on a farm in Iowa, and married Isabella, who lived on a neighboring farm on 21 Aug 1888. They had four children:
+     Jennie Reah Vaubel (1889 - 1903)
+     Oliver Charles Vaubel (1891 - 1939)
+     Earl Fredrich Vaubel (1895 - 1989)
+     Lyle Andrew Vaubel (1905 - 1985)

They first rented the Ike (Isaac) Van Winkle place (Van Winkle was an early settler of Monroe Township). By 1891 they had saved the $1600 down payment for a nearby 80 acres, but they continued to rent the Van Winkle farm. Within the next 2 yrs. they had purchased an additional 240 acres and were operating several hundred acres with the assistance of two hired hands, and by use of horses and horse-drawn machinery. In 1900 a new home and farm buildings were raised on the land in Monroe Township.  This 1900 house and 240 acres eventually passed to Lyle Vaubel by 1970 (when a biography of Charles and Isabella was published in the Dysart newspaper), but is shown on the section map that accompanies this pages as "G.H. and J.F. Milne".  Photos of the property are shown on the George H. Milne page.  In 1906, The Vaubels took in Clarence Milne (a nephew of Isabella) to raise after his mother, Christine, wife of James M. Milne had died.

Notes for Charles F. Vaubel:

Reformed Churchbooks, Reichensachsen, Hesse, 1830-1867, p. 221: #1768 Place of Birth: #36 Reichensachsen; Time of birth: 31 Mar 1864 between 2 and 3 o'clock; place of baptism: April 5 baptism in extremis; parents: Wilhelm Vaubel, master shepherd, Heinrich's son, and his wife Helene Christine nee Kulmar, Martin's daughter; godparents: the grandfather Martin Kulmar, tawer, senior. Research done 2008 by Uwe Porten, Bingen, Germany for Larry S. Pierce.

Christoph Vaupel, Release from allegiance to Prussia Mar 1882, Department of Interior of the Prussian province of Hesse-Kassel, STA Marburg, 165, no. 6420, volume 32, record 3758: Kassel March 14, 1882, Letter of Release, To the Royal county warden Mr. Gross in Eschwege, Attachments: 2 letters of release, no. 3758 and 3759. In return with the report dated March 10, 1882, no. 3260 and 3264, including the negotations, we enclose two letters of release for: 1. Carl Christoph Vaupel from Reichensachsen, and 2. the fugitive blacksmith Carl Wilhelm Burckhardt's wife, nee Martin, and her children, from Neuerode, for futher action.
Letter of release: Hereby the undersigned Royal government testifies, that Carl Christoph Vaupel (Wilhelm's son) from Reichensachsen (county of Eschwege), who was born at that place on March 31, 1864, upon his and his guardian's request, with consent of the guarianship court, and for his emigration to Ameria, has been granted the release from allegiance to Prussia. From the moment of handing over, this letter of release affects the loss of Prussian nationality of the explicitely stated person. However, it becomes null and void, if the released does not relocate his residence to outside of the federal area within a period of six months from the moment of handing over, or acquires the nationality in another federal state. Kassel, Mar 1. 1882. L.S. Royal-Prussian government. Department of Interior. Letter of Release A I 3758.
Research done 2008 by Uwe Porten, Bingen, Germany for Larry S. Pierce.

Benton Co., IA Marriage Register, Vinton, IA: Charles Vaubel and E.S. Milne 8-22-1888 (license says E.S.), vol. F, p. 158; Cert. of Marriage 22 Aug 1888 at Vinton; return says Isabel Milne; testimony of David Milne.

1895 IA state census, Benton Co.: Charley Vaubel 31 Ger. farmer methodist; Isabel Vaubel 32 IL Church of Christ; Jane Vaubel 5 Benton Co., IA; Charley Vaubel 4 Benton Co., IA.

1900 census, Monroe TWP, Benton Co., IA: Charles Vaubel 36, Mar 1864, immigration 1882, years in country 18, Ger,Ger,Ger; Isabella 37, Dec 1862, IL Scotland Ireland; Jennie R. July 1889 10; Charles O. Feb. 1891 9; Earl May 1895 5; Thompsen, Herman servant Nov 1862 37 S GER GER GER immigration 1882 been here 18 nat farm laborer [looks like maybe they came together to this country]; Milne, David boarder [but really a brother-in-law] Jun 1860 39 IL SCOT IRE landlord. Right next household: Vaupel, John head Feb 1857 43 M 20y IL GER GER farmer; Mary A. wife Jul 1856 43 M 20y 4ch 3liv IL GER GER; Emma dau Apr 1878 22 IL; Jacob son Feb 1886 14 IL; Vernie dau Feb 1898 2 IA. John is obviously some kin, but apparently not a brother.

1900 census, Monroe TWP, Benton Co., IA: John Killmer 33 Mar 1867 Ger Ger Ger immigrated 1871 in country 29 years; Laura 24 MO; Leo 7; Mae 4; Orina? 3; Alfred D. 1.; also 1900 census, Homer TWP, Benton Co., IA: John M. Krug 36 Mar 1864 Ger Ger Ger emigrated 1881 in country 18 years; Katie 30; Mary 10; John E. 8; Christ 5. (see story below for relevance).

1910 census, Monroe, Benton, IA, p. 1 of 12: Vaupel, Charles 46 Ger Ger Ger, Isabella 47 4 ch. 3 living IL Scot Ire, Olie 19, Earle 15, Lyle A. 4; James Bannon 15 hired man.

1910 census, Monroe, Benton, IA, p. 12 of 12, next page to Elmer Shafer and George W. Shafer: Vaupel, John 53 IL Ger Ger, Mary A. 53 IL Ger Ger, Ben F. 27 IL, Jacob 24 IL, Vernie (F) 12 IA.

1910 census, Eden, Benton, IA: Vaupel, Conrad head 40 M1 11y GER GER GER imm 1887 Na farmer; Lizzie wife 34 M1 11y GER GER GER imm 1888; Minnie dau 8 IA. Next door: Vaupel, Carl head 33 M1 4y GER GER GER imm 1904 farmer; Catherine wife 22 M1 4y 3ch 2liv GER GER GER 1904; Alfred son 2 IA; Anna dau 6/12 IA; Heppe, Anna sister-in-law 14 IA GER GER; Stick, George hired man 22 GER GER GER 1906 farm laborer.

1920 census, Clark, Tama, Iowa town of Dysart: Vaupel, Chas head 57 M entered country 1885 naturalized 1895 GER GER GER no occ; Belle wife 57 M IL Scotland Ireland no occ; Earl son 24 M IA laborer farm; Lyle son 14 IA; Lidia dau-in-law 24 M IA IA IA; Milne, Jane mother-in-law 83 Wd 1850 Naturalized 1860 IRE IRE IRE.

1925 Iowa census, Tama Co.: Vaubel, Chas. 60 b.Ger 42 yrs in US [came to US in 1883] 39 yrs in IA home owned free and clear 8th Grade School B highest education father= Vaubel, William Ger mother= Killmer, Lena Ger parents married in Ger; Isabelle 62 62 b. IL yrs in US 59 yrs in IA 8th grade ed. father= Milne, Andrew Scotland, mother= Stringer, Jane Ireland parents married in IL; Lyle son 19 12th grade ed.

1930 census, Dysart, Tama, IA: Vaubel (indexed as Vandal), Charley head 66 M when 24 GER GER GER German immigrated 1882 Na no occ; Isabelle wife 67 M when 25? IL SCOT North IRE; Lyle son 24 IA GER IL farmer.

The Dysart Reporter June 28, 1973:
Family of Charles F. and Isabella Milne Vaubel
     Charles Fredrich Vaubel, son of William and Lena Vaubel, was born in Reichsachen [sic] in the province of Hessen, Germany on Mar. 31, 1864. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by an uncle and learned the cobbler's trade. When he was 18 years old, he came to the United States, where he first worked 2 yrs. on a farm in New Jersey at $5 per month, and then as a butcher at $20 per month in Philadelphia, Pa. Here he met a boyhood friend, John Kilmer, and together they came west (1886) to join another friend, John Krug, who was in the Dysart, Iowa area. Charles found work on a farm 4 mi. northeast of town.
     On a neighboring farm to the east lived the Andrew and Jane Milne family, who had come by covered wagon from the Chicago area in 1866 to take up a homestead (now owned by Donald R. Milne, Milwaukee; renter John Docekal). There were 6 boys and 3 girls including Isabella Sophia (born Dec 3, 1862). It was a short 2 mile walk across the fields to the east for Charles to go courting, and courtship was under the watchful eye of the entire family. Promptly at 9 p.m. her father would clear his throat loudly, look up and the clock, and Charley knew it was time to leave. They were married Aug. 21, 1888 in Vinton, Iowa, and began married life as renters on the Ike Van Winkle place (now Row Luze farm). By 1891 they had saved the $1600 down payment for a nearby 80 acres, but they continued to rent the Van Winkle farm. Within the next 2 yrs. they had purchased an additional 240 acres and were operating several hundred acres with the assistance of two hired hands, and by use of horses and horse-drawn machinery. In 1900 a new home and farm buildings were raised on the land in Monroe Twp. Benton Co. (now owned by son, Lyle).
     On Oct. 19, 1903 tragedy struck! Charles was in Chicago with a carload of caattle and the hired men had just unloaded hogs from a wagon drawn by a teaam of mules. The children, Jennie Reah (July 4, 1889) and Oliver Charles (Feb. 21, 1891) were nearby, and Earl Fredrich (May 10, 1895) was sitting on the high seat of the wagon. When the lines fell to the ground, Jennie Reah stepped over the trace to retrieve them. The startled mules bolted and ran. She was dragged several rods, thrown against a stump and the wagon wheels passed over her body. Dr. C.F. Aschenbrenner (from was summoned, but she died early the next morning. After services by Rev. A.H. Hirsch in the M.E. Church, burial was in Rampton Cemetery in Monroe Township, Benton Count. On Dec. 21, 1905 another son, Lyle Andrew, was born. Five months later, Christine, wife of James M. Milne died leaving 2 sons (Clifford (10) and Clarence (7)). Relatives helped out and the Vaubels took Clarence Milne into their home to live. Thus it was that his cousin, Clarence Milne (now 12), took Lyle one mile across fields on his first day in rural school (1911).
     In March 1913 Charles with Isabella and Lyle moved to West Wilson Street in Dysart and rented their land to Oliver, who had graduated from Tilford Academy in 1910 and had married the local milliner, Mabel A. Shafer, Dec 17, 1912. Charles, at 49 yrs. of age, was too ambitious to retire. He kept a cow and chickens in town, had a big garden and worked as a carpenter. He also helped farmers in the busy season. Also in 1912, Earl had enrolled in Ellsworth Business College, Iowa Falls; and upon his return he was in the automobile bisiness and was owner-manager of the Lyric Movie house. When Earl, Arthur Lincoln and Ray Hawbaker enlisted in the service (Apr. 1918) and went to France, Charles assisted C. Bob and Nettie White in operating the Lyric. Earl returned home in June 1918 and married his hometown sweetheart, Lydia Griffith, Dec. 18, 1919. They rented on of his father's farms and in the spring moved to the east of Ollie Vaubel's.
     In 1920, when the Dysart school was consolidated with 48 sections, 12 horse-drawn buses were purchased and Charles was one of the drivers. It was no easy matter to trasport rural pupils over the muddy country roads, for there were no concrete or rock roads in the area. He continued to drive until motor buses replaced the horses. In the meantime, Lyle had finished high school and had attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, but he preferred the farm. So he rented land from his Uncle Fred J. Milne (now Johnnie Milne farm). On Jan. 1, 1930 Lyle married Mary L. Gorden of Ames, former elementary teacher in the Dysart and Oelwein schools, and they rented land in the La Porte City - Waterloo area. On Feb. 14, 1939, Oliver succumbed to pneumonia one week before his 48th birthday, and March 1, 1940, Lyle and Mary returned to rent the home place and also nearby acres totalling 640 acres. Charles was often at the farm now helping out. In 1944, the Cedar Rapids Gazette carried a photo of Charles and told how (at 80 years of age) he had just finished planting 160 acres of corn with a 2-row horse-drawn planter for Lyle.
     In the summer of 1949, due to their age and because the buildings and fences were in need of major repairs, they decided to sell their remaining farm. So Lyle and Mary sold the Waterloo farm (which they had purchased 3 yrs. earlier) and they bought the home placeof 142 acres in Monro Twp. Charles & Isabella lived to celebrate their 50th and 63rd anniversaries. On June 12, 1951, Charles passed away, followed by Isabella April 8, 1952. They were laid to rest in Rampton Cemetery. They were survived by two sons, Earl of Traer, Iowa, and Lyle on the farm. Also six grand-children who are: Dr. Ellis K. of Estherville, Iowa; Dean, Dysart farm owner-operator; Mrs. Helene Pierce, Grafton, Wis.; Dr. Rex, Phoenix, Ariz; Mrs. Maxine Krause, Cresco, IA; Mrs. Lorraine Drummond, Dallas, Tex.



From Left to Right: 1) Photographer: Stimson, 1717 Capitol Ave., Cheyene, Wyo. Unmarked, but identified by Helene (Vaubel) Pierce (his daughter) as Charles F. Vaubel.  2) Another unmarked cabinet card, but this time the photographer is Macy & Doughty, Norfolk, Neb.; also identified by his daughter, Helene. 3) A print, c. 1905 from the charcoal mount, from Stimson, Cheyene, Wyo.  Unmarked, and probably taken about the same time as the cabinet card No. 1, but re-printed much later.  4) Photograph in an art deco mount c.1930, unmarked, but identified by Helene Pierce.
Left: a tintype marked on the back: "Isabella Vaubel".  Right Unmarked tintype that looks like the same woman.  It is also possible that this is Susannah, her sister.











Snapshot marked: "Aug. 21, 1949 Chas & Isabella Vaubel's 61st anniversery in Traer with Uncle Herm & Aunt Susannah".  From left to right: "Uncle Herm", George Herman Milne (Lyle Vaubel's uncle), Susannah (Milne) Zwilling, Charles F. Vaubel, Isabella (Milne) Vaubel









Mary Vaubel's inscription on back: "The old granary and barn. Snapshot taken in the twenties with Oliie Vaubel's truck at right. When Charles and Isabella Vaubel bought the farm in 1891, they tore down all bldgs except the granary - replaced buildings within a few years, the house in 1900."  Note that the barn is marked "C. V. 1899".  Snapshot taken in the 1920's.

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