Louise Lisabeth Dorthea Magdalena (Siemsen) Brahms

John and Louise [Siemsen] Brahms, 1906, with daughters Agnes and Emma, standing,
Dora, seated, Alice, held by mother. Photo courtesy of Stephen Siemsen.
John and Louise [Siemsen] Brahms, 1906, with daughters Agnes and Emma, standing, Dora, seated, Alice, held by mother. Photo courtesy of Stephen Siemsen.

Gravestone photos courtesy of photographer Chuck James
Gravestone photos courtesy of photographer Chuck James

(April 29, 1876 - April 8, 1945)

The Lusk Herald
April 12, 1945


Word of the death of Mrs. Louise Brahms was received here on Sunday by her brother, John Seimsen.

Mrs. Brahms, who has been a resident of the Manville and Jireh communities for many years, was in Nampa, Idaho, with her daughter, Mrs. Frank Carey, when she passed away Sunday, April 8th.

The remains are being shipped to Lusk, but as The Herald goes to press the funeral arrangements are indefinite. Burial will be made in the Jireh cemetery beside her husband and one son, who preceded his mother in death.

She is survived by five daughters and two sons - Mrs. Mildred Hay, Moorcroft, Wyo.; Mrs. John Schuricht, Moorcroft, Wyo.; Mrs. Alf Lincoln, Upton, Wyo.; Mrs. Oscar Lincoln, Upton, Wyo., and Mrs. Frank Carey, Nampa, Idaho. Besides her brother, John Seimsen of Lusk, she leaves to mourn many grandchildren and other relatives.

A more complete obituary will be published next week.

The Lusk Herald
April 12, 1945

The final rites for Mrs. Louise Brahms were conducted from the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Keeline on Monday afternoon. Rev. Paul M. Schmidt, pastor of the Lusk and Keeline Lutheran churches officiated.

Miss Minnie Frosheiser of Lusk presided at the instrument, and music was furnished by the church choir.

Interment was made in the Jireh cemetery beside her husband, and the casket bearers were Emory Gaukel, Frank Demmer, L.C. Stoddard, Leo Himes, Theron S. Grant and Frank Brooks.

Mrs. Brahms has been a resident of the Jireh community for many years and last November
went to Nampa, Idaho, to visit her daughter, Mrs. Emma Carey and family, and it was at the home of this daughter that she passed away, April 8, 1945.

Louise Siemsen Brahms was born in Davenport, Iowa, April 29, 1876, being at the time of her death 68 years, 11 months and 10 days of age.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Agnes Lincoln, Hood River, Oregon; Mrs. Emma Carey, Nampa, Idaho; Mrs. Dora Lincoln, Upton, Wyo.; Mrs. Alice Schuricht and Mrs. Milda Hayes, both of Moorcroft, Wyo., and two sons, Erwin in the service in Belgium, and Leo in the Aleutians; four sisters and five brothers, one of them, John Seimsen (Siemsen), residing in Lusk.

More information found at findagrave.com
Louise Lisabeth Dorthea Magdalena Siemsen was born in Doerpling, Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, at the home of her maternal grandparents, Johann Witt and Dorthea [Gudenrath] Neuhoefel.

She came to America with her mother and brother Claus Friedrich as a passenger aboard the S.S. Wieland. Her father was also aboard, but as a member of the crew. The S.S. Wieland docked in New York City on August 10, 1881, and the family traveled by train to Nebraska.

She married Johann Jacob Brahms at Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska, on January 24, 1896, and moved to Wyoming in 1910, living first at Van Tassell before moving to a homestead outside Jireh in 1913.

Her husband died in 1926 and she eventually moved to Nampa, Ada County, Idaho, where she died on April 8, 1945. Her remains were returned to Jireh to be interred alongside those of her husband.

1. Infant (1896-1897, Pierce, Pierce, Nebraska)
2. Agnes Marie Christina
3. Emma Margaretha
4. Dora Lena (Oct. 27, 1901, Pierce, Pierce, NE)
5. Alice Augusta
6. Infant (190?, Pierce Co., NE)
7. Mildred Margaretha (May 19, 1908, McLean, Pierce, NE) married Orville Windall Hayes May 23, 1922
8. Lawrence Henry
9. Ervin
10. Leo Martin (Dec. 3, 1915, Jireh, Niobrara, WY) married Thelma Alice Pennington August 23, 1945

Note: According to family member Stephen Siemsen, Louise appears on the passenger manifest for the SS Wieland along with her mother and brother "Fred". Her father was a member of the SS Wieland's crew. The family arrived in the US in 1881, so she could not have been born in Davenport, Iowa. Her brother Henry, Stephen's grandfather, was born in Davenport. Stephen has visited the Neuhöfel house in Dörpling where she was born, and has a copy of her German baptismal certificate. Steven's father was born in a sod house on the Siemsen homestead outside Van Tassell August 31, 1912.

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