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Karl Friederich Bethsold and Albertine Wilhelmine Bartel
Karl Friederich BETHSOLD.
Born on 28 November 1853 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia; son of Johann Wilhelm BETHSOLD and Dorothea Caroline MOLL.
He married Albertine Wilhelmine BARTEL on 22 May 1875 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia.
He died on 21 July 1927 at Ratzebur, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia.
Albertine Wilhelmine BARTEL.
Born on 22 September 1854 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia; daughter of Wilhelm August Karl BARTEL and Charlotte RUBBERT.
She married Karl Friederich BETHSOLD on 22 May 1875 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia.
She died 7 August 1936 at Ratzebur, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia.
CHILDREN of Karl Friederich BETHSOLD and Albertine Wilhelmine BARTEL:
- Marta Anna Augusta BARTEL. Born 15 December 1870 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia. She married Wilhelm MOLL on 13 March 1903. She died 25 August 1948.
- Ewald Eduard Ernst BETHSOLD. Born 31 OCT 1875 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia. He married Mathilde Bertha GUENTHER on 26 JUL 1906 at Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 8 SEP 1911 in Berlin, the same day as his sister Agnes. He lived in Berlin until late 1948, after World War II, when they moved to Brooklyn, New York and stayed with his son until the following year. They then all moved together to Utah. Their primary purpose for moving to Utah was so they could be sealed together in the Temple. They lived in Bountiful. He died on 14 JAN 1957 in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah.
Children of Ewald Eduard Ernst BETHSOLD and Matilda:
- 1. Walter BETHSOLD. He was Matilda’s child, but he was adopted by Ewald. He died in Germany, probably in Berlin. Children of Walter BETHSOLD:
- A. Elfrieda BETHSOLD. She married Gunther SCHMIDT. They operated the Schmidt Bakery on about 545 North 200 West in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died in 2005 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
- 2. Karl BETHSOLD. Karl grew up in Berlin. He was three when his parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was active in the church ever since. He wanted to be a soccer star, but his mother explained that he could not play soccer on Sunday. His music professor wanted him to be a violinist, but the practices were on Tuesday night, and that was the night they branch had Bible study. He was baptized a member of the Church in the River Spree when he was 11 years old.
When he became a young man, Karl became a printing apprentice.
Karl came to the USA in 1928 with his boyhood friend, F. Schreyer (founder of the Schreyer Typewriter Company in Salt Lake City). They settled in the suburb Brooklyn, in New York City. They became part of the Brooklyn Branch of the Church. The Moyle, Fletcher, Jones, Hogland and other strong LDS families were branch members. Karl had many wonderful experiences associating with them in his early days in America.
When Karl arrived in America he got a job as a painters assistant, and spent a lot of time painting Catholic Churches. This required that he be gone from home for as long as six weeks at a time.
He married Elly in 1931 in New York. They met in the LDS branch in Brooklyn. They lived for a long time in Brooklyn, New York. In 1948 his parents moved from Berlin and stayed with them. They all moved to Utah together in 1949. They bought a brand new 1949 Mercury. They shipped their dishes, but all four adults, two children, and all their possessions loaded into, and on top of, the Mercury. Karl’s first experience at driving was two days earlier. They bought a large tent and were going to camp out under the stars. Their first night greatly diminished their desire for outdoor life. They had traveled as far as the Finger Lakes district of New York. When they arrived there, it was very cold. They saw that other people had blankets and sweaters and all those other neat things. That was the only night they slept out. The trip took ten days.
In Utah, Karl continued in the painting business. He did some interior painting is several LDS temples.
Spouse of Karl BETHSOLD: Elly. She was from Chemnitz, Germany. She studied to be a ballerina with the White Russians, who were masters of the ballet. She became very good, and was taking solo parts.
After World War II, a great depression hit Germany, accompanied by horrible inflation. A day=s wages had to be spent that same day, or by the next it had diminished significantly in value. When Elly was young, she took a whole day to go to the forest with her brother to find mushrooms. They sold them on the way home. She remembers her mother=s great dissapointment that they did not bring the mushrooms instead of the money. They couldn=t eat the money!
Elly had heard stories about the easy and wonderful money in America, so she and her brother decided to go there for one year -- just long enough to become wealthy! They had heard of the Mormon church in Germany. Her brother was baptized there, much to the disapproval of their family who were Lutherans. When they moved to New York he took her to the LDS branch. Elly joined in the activities there even though she was not a member. There Karl saw her and said, I wonder who that girl is. However his mother had told him that if he wanted happiness in life he should marry in the Church. After getting to know each other, Karl laid down an ultimatum. If they were to be married, she would have to join the Church. She was very happy to do so. They were married in 1931. The whole ward was there; everyone had been invited to attend. The ceremony was performed right after Sunday School.
Karl and Elly were wonderful dance partners, and became well known at the Stake Gold & Green Balls. On one occasion, when the winners were announced and Karl and Elly received second place, Brother Moyle stood and objected, and said that the first prize really should have gone to the Bethsolds.
During one of Karl's trips away from home, Elly decided to list the house for sale. She thought it would take a couple of years to make the sale, because nobody had much money at the time. The house sold the same afternoon, and Karl was quite surprised when he returned home.
Children of Karl BETHSOLD and Elly:
- A. Gisela Eleanor BETHSOLD (Eleanor). When she was about 4 years old her mother became sick. Since her father was away from home working at the time, she took care of her mother. She married HUNTER. They live in Santa Barbara, California. She is a Chemist. She was the only girl in her Chemistry Course, out of 40 students. She was so smart her classmates called her Einie -- for Einstein.
- B. Karl BETHSOLD, Junior. He is a chemical engineer.
- Agnes Anna Albertine BETHSOLD. Born 20 APR 1879 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 8 SEP 1911 in Berlin, the same day as her brother Ewald. She married Johannes Carl SUST. They came to America but later moved back to Thuringia. He never joined the Church. She died 2 JUN 1950.
- Walter Carl Wilhelm BETHSOLD. Born 1 DEC 1884 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia. He married Margarette (Grete)PAHL (PAUL). He died 18 DEC 1939.
- Erna Frieda Helene BETHSOLD. Born 12 AUG 1888 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia. She died 7 DEC 1889.
- Agatha Adelheid Anna BETHSOLD. Born 8 August 1891 at Boock, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia. She went to Berlin to find work, where she joined her brother Ewald and her sister Agnes, who were already working there. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 3 April 1913 in Berlin. She married Max Paul Christian KERSTEN on 18 December 1919 at Rothen-Klempenow, Kreis Randow, Pommern, Prussia. They emigrated to America, first to Duluth, Minnesota; and later to Ogden, Utah. She died on 17 November 1955 at Ogden, Weber County, Utah.
- [S1]. Family Record Book of Max Kersten. Copied from the original Parish Records of Boock.
- [S2]. Records of Elfirede Bethsold Schmidt, 541 N. 200 W., Salt Lake City, Utah.
- [S3]. Ancestral File, ver. 2.0.