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Jacob Kunzler and Louisa Ott

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Jacob KUNZLER. [How are we Related].
He was born 13 March 1851 at St. Margrethen, St. Gallen, Switzerland; son of Hans Jacob KUNZLER and Maria Elizabeth Barbara KUNZLER. Source 9 says he was called John Jacob Kunzler.. Source 17 says his father's name was John Jacob Kunzler.

John had a happy disposition, which helped him make many friends and to overcome obstacles.

He worked with his brother Johannes on the Railroad. John worked on railroad lines that shipped goods to Austria and Germany. It took two weeks to make one trip.

John met the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became converted to the church. He was baptized a member at Christmas time in 1872, at the age of 22. They had to break the ice for his baptism. It was a sad Christmas for the family, since they were not members of the Church at the time, and didnít approve.

He decided to emigrate to America and borrowed money, which he had to pay back before he could marry. He set sail on the ship Nevada on 1 June 1873 to New York. He then traveled by train to Utah, where he arrived in Salt Lake City on 1 July 1873. The first winter he spent in Lehi, Utah. He worked for John Beck for $15 a month. He later worked in smelter and mining camps. He worked for one winter in Nevada for a butcher. He farmed in Murray, Utah for Christian Berger. While there he met Christian Hirschi, who persuaded him to go with him to Rosette, in Box Elder County, to begin farming for himself. Rosette is situated on Pine Canyon Creek, which provided irrigation water for crops. Jacob homesteaded land there and built a cabin near natural springs to provide water for the household. He also bought land from time to time to increase his ability to support a family.

While Jacob was trying to get established, he also helped his sister Babette emigrate to America.

The first settlers to Rosette went there about 1871, and included the Campbell, Callahan, Morris, Hirschi, Raleigh, Hansen, and Rosevere families. Jonathan Campbell was appointed the first postmaster in Rosette, which opened on 18 MAR 1876. He gave it the name of Rosette because of the abundance of wild roses growing there.

Jacob married Louise Ott on 18 March 1880 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah; and they were sealed on that day in the Endowment House by Daniel Wells. They had met seven years earlier on the same ship on the way to America. During the next seven years they wrote two letters to each other, but they never saw each other. When Jacob was ready to get married he went with a wagon team to Mount Pleasant where she was living to get her. After they were married they then returned to Jacob's home in Rosette, Utah.

Jacob and Louise are in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census (S15):
Name: Jacob Kunzler.
Age: 29
Birth Date: abt. 1851
Birthplace: Switzerland
Home in 1880: Park Valley, Box Elder, Utah
Spouse's Name: Louise Kunzler
Occupation: Farmer
Household Members: (Name) (Age)
Jabcob Kunzler. 29
Louise Kunzler. 21

Jacob worked in sawmills part of the time to support his family. He also did some freighting from the railroad at Kelton, Utah to Boise, Idaho.

When his son Arnold was on a mission in the Central States, he became sick with Typhoid Fever. Jacob went to Springfield, Missouri to be with him while he was sick. Jacob was at his bedside when Arnold died. His body was brought home and buried in the Park Valley Cemetery.

Jacob received a Patriarchal Blessing on 11 December 1897 from Patriarch E. Mecham, in which he was said to be of the lineage of Joseph.

Jacob and his family are in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census (S14):
Name: Jacob Huzler. Age: 49 Birth Date: Mar 1851 Birthplace: Switzerland Home in 1900: Park Valley, Box Elder, Utah Immigration Year: 1873 Spouse's Name: Louisa Kunzler Marriage Year: 1878 Occupation: Farmer Household Members: (Name) (Age)
Jabcob Huzler. 49
Louisa Kunzler. 40
Louisa Kunzler. 17
Pauline Kunzler. 15
Mary A. Kunzler. 14
John H. Kunzler. 12
William J. Kunzler. 10
Chas E. Kunzler. 8
Tuia M. Kunzler. 6
Joseph A. Kunzler. 4
Harold L. Kunzler. 2

On 22 May 1910 the Rosette Ward was organized with Jacob Kunzler as the Bishop, and he was ordained a High Priest by Heber J. Grant. He served as Bishop for three years. He had served as counselor for many years. He was always faithful in discharging his duties in the Priesthood. He taught his children to obey the Gospel. His steadfastness in the Gospel was reflected in the lives of his children. He bore a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel as restored in the latter days.

Jacob and his family are in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census (S13):
Name: Jacob Kungsler.
Age in 1910: 59
Birth Year: abt 1851
Birthplace: Switzerland
Home in 1910: Park Valley, Box Elder, Utah
Immigration Year: 1873
Spouse's Name: Louis Kungsler
Occupation: Farmer
Industry: Hay and Cattle
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Home Free Or Mortgaged: Free
Household Members: (Name) (Age)
Jabcob Kungsler. 59
Louis Kungsler. 50
John H. Kungsler. 22
William J. Kungsler. 20
Charles E. Kungsler. 18
Tina M. Kungsler. 16
Arnold J. Kungsler. 14
Harold L. Kungsler. 12
Emma A. Kungsler. 9
Julia G. Kungsler. 7

Jacob and his family are in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census (S13):
Name: Jacob Kunzler.
Age in 1920: 68
Birth Year: abt 1852
Birthplace: Switzerland
Home in 1920: Rosette, Box Elder, Utah
Immigration Year: 1873
Spouse's Name: Louise Kunzler
Occupation: Farmer
Industry: Hay and Cattle
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Home Free Or Mortgaged: Free
Household Members: (Name) (Age)
Jabcob Kunzler. 68
Louise Kunzler. 60
Harold L. Kunzler. 21
Emma A. Kunzler. 19
Julia G. Kunzler. 17
Gertrude Cobie. 7

Jacob and his family are in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census (S16):
Name: Jacob Kunzler.
Birth Year: abt 1851
Birthplace: Switzerland
Home in 1930: Rosette, Box Elder, Utah
Occupation: Farmer
Industry: Stock Farm
Class of Worker: Employer Household Members: (Name) (Age)
Jabcob Kunzler. 79
Louise Kunzler. 70
Gertrude Cobia. 18
Nolan Savage. 23 He spent quite a bit of time and money doing Genealogy Research for his ancestors and in doing Temple work for them.

Jacob died on 11 February 1933 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah, at age 82, and was buried in the Park Valley Cemetery in Park Valley, Box Elder County, Utah. On his deathbed he again bore his testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God.

WIFE:
Louisa OTT. [How are we Related].
Born 4 November 1859 at Unterlangenhart, in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland; daughter of Heinrich Ott and Anna Elizabeth Winkler.

Her father died when she was 4 years old.

In 1873, at the age of 14, she was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, probably in Switzerland prior to sailing for America; for that same year, she and her mother, her four siblings and her grandmother, age 75, set sail on 1 June 1873 on the ship Nevada for America. They were two weeks on the Ocean and landed in New York City. They traveled by train to Utah, arriving in Salt Lake City on 1 JUL 1873. They stayed a week in Salt Lake at a home for emigrants. They then went to Mt. Pleasant to stay with her mother's brother, Ulrich Winkler who had arrived in Utah in 1864. To provide for the family they gleaned the fields in Mt. Pleasant, by which labor they gathered 24 bushels of wheat.

She married Jacob Kunzler on 18 March 1880 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah; and was sealed to him that day in the Endowment House. She received her Patriarchal Blessing on 11 December 1897 from Patriarch E. Mecham, and was said to be of the lineage of Joseph.

She always had cookies or candy for the grandchildren when they came to visit. She was very kind to them. She was well known for her cooking, and she cooked a great deal by "feel" rather than by recipe.

She died on 28 January 1944 in Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah, at age 84, and was buried in the Park Valley Cemetery, Park Valley, Box Elder County, Utah.

CHILDREN of Jacob KUNZLER and Louisa OTT:
  1. Bertha KUNZLER. Born 1 January 1881 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. She died about 1883.
  2. Louise KUNZLER. 1 December 1882 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. She was baptized 9 July 1892. She received a Patriarchal Blessing on 1 June 1902 at Salt Lake City, Utah from Patriarch John Smith, and was declared to be of the tribe of Ephraim. She married 9 AUG 1905 to Philip Roy PUGSLEY. She was endowed 11 DEC 1907 in the Logan Temple. She died about MAR 1983.
  3. Pauline KUNZLER. Born 20 JUL 1884 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. She received a Patriarchal Blessing on 19 APR 1905 at Logan, Cache County, Utah from Patriarch Lorenzo H. Hatch, and was said to be of the tribe of Ephraim. She married 11 DEC 1907 to William Nicholas Cobia II. She died 23 September 1971.
  4. Mary Elizabeth KUNZLER. Born 21 April 1886 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. She received a Patriarchal Blessing on 2 April 1904 (but was named Mary Alice) in Salt Lake City from Patriarch John Smith, and was said to be from Ephraim. She married (1) John Garner Chadwick on 23 Jan 1907 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. [Were they divorced?]. She married (2) Antonio Ologue on 23 June 1921. She died 8 December 1954 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah; and was buried in the Park Valley Cemetery, Park Valley, Box Elder County, Utah.
  5. John Henry KUNZLER. Born 18 February 1888 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. He married 10 March 1915 to Edna PUGSLEY. He received a Patriarchal Blessing on 21 February 1945 from Patriarch Joseph J. Larkin at Snowville, Box Elder County, Utah.
  6. William Jacob KUNZLER. Born 27 January 1890 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. He married 27 January 1916 to Annie ATHERLY. He died 24 November 1918.
  7. Charles Edward KUNZLER. Born 4 March 1892 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. He married 5 November 1913 to Elsie PUGSLEY. He died 4 May 1964.
  8. Tina Matilda KUNZLER. Born on 8 February 1894 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. She married Eli Ray MORRIS on 9 December 1914 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. Tina died on 24 October 1988 at her home in Rosette, Box Elder County and was buried beside Ray in the Park Valley Cemetery in Park Valley, Box Elder County, Utah.
  9. Arnold Joseph KUNZLER. Born 2 March 1896 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. He received a Patriarchal Blessing on 11 April 1917. He died on 8 October 1917. He was a missionary in the Central States Mission, serving in Springfield, Missouri, when he contracted Typhoid Fever, and died there. He was buried in the Park Valley Cemetery.
  10. Harold Lorenzo KUNZLER. Born 12 February 1898 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. He married Vinnie Lillian ROSE on 12 March 1924.
  11. Emma Alvina KUNZLER. Born 8 July 1900 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. She married Laurence G. CARTER on 3 NOV 1921.
  12. Gladys Julia KUNZLER. Born 10 September 1902 at Rosette, Box Elder County, Utah. She received a Patriarchal Blessing on 15 December 1926. She received a second Patriarchal Blessing on 17 September 1927 from Patriarch Joseph J. Larkin at Snowville, Utah, and was said to be of the tribe of Ephraim. She married Elliott BRIGHTON on 18 March 1932. She died 17 August 1955.


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RESEARCH: [S12]. John Paul Kunzler was born 10 Aug. 1853 at St. Margarethen, St. Gallen, Switzerland. He was the fifth child of Hans Jacob and Maria Elizabeth Kunzler. Their family consisted of 3 children. In St. Margarethan, he spent his childhood days and was reared by his parents according to the beliefs and customs of the Lutheran Church. He was trained to earn an honest living; clean habits and to believe in God. Also that there was life after death. He graduated with honors from the schools of Switzerland. He learned the trade of stone-cutter. He was very successful at this trade. He served the four years of training required by his country for the standing army. At the age of 25, he worked at one of the largest railroad stations between Switzerland and Austria. When he first began to earn wages as a young men, he gave his wages to his parents. As he grew older and earned more, he had one-third for himself. In this way, they spent many happy, peaceful years, until on Christmas Day, 1871, his beloved older brother, Jacob, was at that time working in another town, came home and told them he had become a member of the Mormon Church. This brought great sorrow and a test to the whole family. The Mormon Church, at that time being considered a very bad church. It was the saddest Christmas the family ever spent. From this time on, persecution followed them. In the early spring of 1872, his beloved brother left his loved, beautiful Switzerland and loved ones and came to Utah. The night before his sad departure, the two brothers slept together; they dared not to expect to see each other anymore in this life. They talked long into the night. Finally they became quiet and wanted to ease their tired minds a little before the awful morning. John could not sleep, but lay very still. Thinking his brother asleep, Jacob slipped out of bed and onto his knees to pray to his Maker once more in his father's home. The prayer so deeply impressed John Paul, that a tender spot was raised in his heart to find the religion that could give a young many faith to offer such a wonderful prayer. In 1880, his sister Babetta, joined the Mormon Church and left in May 1881 for Utah. On the night of 2/3 Sept. 1881, his father's home burned to the ground. Not a thing was saved in the whole house and the family barely escaped with their lives. His sisters were nearly burned to death. The family separated; some with one sister to a neighbor's home and some with the other sister to another neighbor's home; doing all in their power to try to aid their daughters and sisters to recover. Their youngest sister (Bertha) died after three weeks of terrible suffering. During the night that the home burned, John's father came to him and said, "Now John, it is settled. We go to America to Jacob and Babetta." John and his father were both baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in St. Gallen, in the River Rhine in the early spring of 1882. Soon after, that same year, the aged parents, John and his sister Catherine, who was still very week, left their beloved Switzerland and journeyed to Utah. Three of their children having died when grown and all within a few years before leaving. (One right before they left) They arrived in Ogden, Utah in June 1882. They went to Park Valley where their son and brother Jacob located. Grandfather Kunzler left his trunks on a railroad car at (Kelton?) for two weeks, as he was so homesick he could not be comforted. So his wife, Maria Elizabeth and his son John and his daughter Babetta and Catherine all came south trying to locate a home where their aged parents (65 yrs) might be comforted. John's father chose his home in Willard, Utah, saying it reminded him of Switzerland more than any place he had yet seen. Here John worked for the Utah Northern Railroad and also helped his father farm for many years. He also cut the rock used to build the home of R.B. Baird of Willard and a number of other stone buildings. He married Susanne Barbara Braegger in the Logan Temple, 15 Nov. 1888. They were blessed with eight children. His wife died after the birth of a pair of twin boys, 14 July 1905. This being one of the great trials of his life. Three years later, he accepted a call to fulfill a mission to his native land. This giving him the wonderful opportunity of again meeting many of his relatives and friends and bearing his testimony to them. While there, he again saw his father's only brother, who was then 92 years old. On 2 May 191(8?), he married Ida Braun Wolsky in the Logan Temple for eternity. His home was much disturbed by the flood that hit Willard; on in August 15, 1923 and again 31 July 193(?). The last flood tried him greatly, but he did not complain; but from that time his health gave way. On the night of 20 Sept. 1936, he went to sleep and awakened in the eternal world, Sept. 21, 1936. He was buried in the Willard Cemetery, Willard, Utah.

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