Brothers Heinrich and Herman Schroeder emigrated in 1871 from Hannover to Shakopee, Scott County, Minnesota. They were both single when they arrived. IN Shakopee the brothers started a brick manufacturing business. In 1872 Heinrich married Sophia Reinke. Three years later Herman married Maria Reinke. Both wives were also Hannover-born.
The 1880 census has the two brothers living on Bluff Street in Shakopee, in adjacent houses. Heinrich is listed as having six boarders and a servant in his house with all of the boarders working at the brickyard.
About 1883 Heinrich packed up his family and moved north, to Long Prairie, Todd County, Minnesota. It is from Heinrich's branch that I am descended, making Herman my great-great grand uncle.
Herman continued the brickyard and branched out into fuel, one assumes because the brickyard consumed plenty of fuel in its kilns. Herman and Maria had five children, all of whom were involved in the business.
The 1900 census gives us the next snapshot. Herman has Maria and all five children in the house of Bluff Street, plus two brickyard employees as boarders. The oldest son, Henry Conrad, is employed as an accountant. The oldest daughter, Amelia, apparently helping Maria to run the busy household. The youngest three were in school.
Ten years later, Henry Conrad had moved out (he got married in 1903) but the other children were all in the house. Adolph is listed as a teacher in the "Common School". There is still one brickyard worker boarding. The girls - Amelia, age 29, Anna, age 23, and Lena, age 20 - all all at home and have no occupation listed.
By 1920, the four children are still living with Herman and Maria on Bluff Street. But now all of them are listed as being employed. Amelia is now the bookkeeper for the brickyard and Adolph is in sales. Anna is teaching school and Lena is a nurse, working at the hospital.
Herman died in 1922 and Lena in 1926, making a much reduced household by the 1930 census. Adolph had gotten married in 1923 and moved out of the Bluff Street house. He took over the brickyard on Herman's death. Anna was still teaching but Amelia was no longer listed as being employed.
Maria died in 1932.