Drott Brothers
 

                             


Drott Brothers

Two Drott brothers moved to Collegeport, Matagorda County, Texas, during the early years of Collegeport. A third brother died in Houston enroute to Collegeport to join his brothers. He was buried in the Collegeport Cemetery.

The brothers were the sons of Otto Wilhelm Drott & Anna Catharina Petersdotter Drott. The seven children of Otto and Anna were:
Selma Mathilda Drott b April 26, 1872 Hassleby, Jönköping
Karl Oscar Drott b September 15, 1875 Hassleby, Jönköping
Johan Wilhelm Drott b Aug 7, 1878 Askeyd, Östergötland
Albin D. Drott, b January 9, 1880 Askeryd, Jönköping
Felix Victor Drott, b July 3, 1882 Askeryd, Jönköping
Gustaf Adolph Drott, b August 4, 1885 Askeryd, Östergötland
Axel Robert Drott, b July 25, 1891 Askeryd, Östergötland

On March 14, 1902, Albin, age 22, departed from Göteborg (Gothenburg), on the ship Ariosto for Hull, England. (It appears most ships departing Sweden sailed first to England before continuing to the United States.) His immigration record indicated his destination was Essex, Iowa and was not going to join a relative.


Oceanic

A year later, on March 11, 1903, Albin filed his Declaration of Intent to seek American citizenship in Montgomery County, Iowa. He completed the immigration process on September 24, 1907 in Montgomery County when he took his Oath of Allegiance as an American citizen. The following information was included in his naturalization record: Resides on Section 7, Sherman Township, Montgomery County, Iowa, Farmer, Born on January 9, 1880 in Borgen, Askeryd, Jönköpings, lan, Sweden. Emigrated from Goteborg, Sweden on the vessel Oceanic, landing in New York on March 12, 1902. Not married.

Albin’s younger brother, Gustaf Adolph Drott, age 19, began his immigration on March 18, 1904 when he, too, left Goteborg on the Ariosto bound for Hull, England. He left Liverpool on the Oceanic, and arrived in New York on March 30, 1904. The passenger list indicated Albin had paid his passage and he was traveling to meet his brother who lived on Route No. 1, Emerson, Iowa.

At the time of the enumeration of the 1910 census, Albin was living in Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa and was working as a house carpenter. He was rooming with Mrs. Cornelia Hobson at 107 Washington Avenue. Gustaf wasn’t living with him and was not found in the census.

A third brother, Axel Robert Drott, left Sweden to join Albin and Gustaf in 1911. He left on April 7, 1911 bound for Red Oak, Iowa. He also sailed on the Oceanic, but left from Southampton, England and arrived in New York on April 19, 1911. It is unclear whether Albin and Gustaf were still living in Red Oak or had moved to Collegeport by that time.

Sadly, Axel never saw his brothers again. The Collegeport Chronicle reported that Axel died in Houston, Texas enroute to Collegeport.

Came in his casket, sad story of a young immigrant who died en route to Collegeport. Here follows the account of the death of Axel Robert Drott, who left Sweden to join his brothers, Alban and Gustave Drott of this city. He was picked up on the Houston streets a very sick boy and died there. The remains were brought to Collegeport on Monday where a large of number citizens accompanied the sorrowing brothers to the cemetery for interment.

The exact location of Axel’s grave in the Collegeport Cemetery is unknown. It is possible that the shellcrete marker with the Roman number II marks his grave.

After Axel’s death, Gustaf returned to Sweden. He sailed from New York on the Mauretania on June 20, 1911 bound for Gothenburg via Liverpool. He was registered as a Swedish citizen.


Mauretania

His name was on the passenger list leaving Gothenburg, Sweden on October 4, 1911on the Eldorado bound for Grimsby, England. He departed Liverpool on October 7th aboard the Lusitania. (The Lusitania, traveling from New York to Liverpool on what was her final voyage, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk on May 7, 1915).


Lusitania

On November 2, 1911, Albin and Gustaf advertised as building contractors in the local newspaper.


Collegeport Chronicle, November 2, 1911


Collegeport Chronicle, September 12, 1912

 

It’s possible that Gustaf had left Collegeport by the next year as Albin was only advertising his services.

As a carpenter and contractor, no doubt Albin worked on many of the buildings in Collegeport. Two of the examples of his expertise were the chancel and pulpit built in the First Church of Collegeport – Federated where he was member # 90. When a new sanctuary was erected in 1955, the chancel was carefully removed from the old building and installed in the new building where it still resides today.

Albin returned to Sweden on a visit and departed from Gothenburg on October 29, 1913. On his return, his destination was recorded as Austin, Texas. Upon his arrival at Ellis Island on November 10, 1914, his last place of residence was listed as Collegeport, Texas. Apparently, Albin did not return to Collegeport. The boom of the early days of the town was over and many had moved away. Albin probably left to find a place with more work for a carpenter.

At the time of Albin’s WWI Draft Registration on September 12, 1918, he was living at 702 5th Avenue, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois and working at the Rock Island Arsenal. His nearest relative was listed as Felix Hyden, Box 460, Nashwauk, Minnesota. His physical description was tall height, small build, blue eyes and sandy brown hair.

In 1920, Albin was living at 311 11th Avenue in Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. He was boarding with Albin and Matilda Anderson, who were also born in Sweden, and was working as a carpenter at the Government Arsenal.

Albin married Charlotta Lundblad on August 8, 1924 in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Charlotta was born April 15, 1881 in Sweden and was naturalized on November 18, 1936.

In the 1939 Hammond, Indiana City Directory, Albin was listed as an assistant templet maker at Standard Railway Equipment Manufacturing Company.

No census record was found for them in 1930, but in 1940 they were living at 7115 Jackson Street in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana. He was working as a carpenter for the Railroad Product Company.

At the time of Albin’s WWII draft registration, they were still living on Jackson Street and Albin was working for W. M. Doss at 7232 Jefferson Avenue in Hammond at the Standard Railroad Equipment Company.

No census record was found for them in 1930, but in 1940 they were living at 7115 Jackson Street in Hammond, Lake County, Indiana. He was working as a carpenter for the Railroad Product Company.

At the time of Albin’s WWII draft registration, they were still living on Jackson Street and Albin was working for W. M. Doss at 7232 Jefferson Avenue in Hammond at the Standard Railroad Equipment Company.

Charlotta died in 1955 and was buried at Moline Memorial Park, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. Albin died September 26, 1965 and his Social Security record indicated he was living in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He was buried beside Charlotta.

Albin Drott

Albin Drott, 85, formerly of Moline, died Sunday in the Fridhem Baptist Home, near Chicago. He was a retired pattern maker. Born in Sweden, he came to this country in 1902. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Moline Memorial Park. Visitation will be after 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Esterdahl Mortuary. There are no immediate survivors.--The Times - Democrat, Monday, 27 Sep 1965, p. 18—Courtesy of Scott County IAGenWeb Board

Drott

Albin Drott, formerly of Hammond, Ind., beloved husband of the late Charlotta. At Edgar Funeral Home, 1107 W. 79th street, from 6 to 10 p. m., Monday. Services Tuesday, Sept. 28, 11 a. m. at Fridhem Baptist Home, 11404 S. Bell avenue. Interment in Moline, Ill.—Chicago Tribune, September 28, 1965

After leaving Collegeport, Gustaf (Gustav or Gust) moved on to California. He married Martha J. Eliason Drott and they were living in Oakland, Alameda County, California at the time of his draft registration on September 12, 1918. His physical description was medium height, stout build, blue eyes and sandy hair. He was working as a shipwright and they were living at 4041 Maybelle Ave.

Martha was born November 26, 1889 in Sweden. Census records indicate she arrived in the United States in 1905 and was naturalized in 1909.

In 1920 the family was still living on Maybelle in Oakland. In 1930 they had moved to Richmond, Contra Costa County, California where Gustav was a carpenter at the shipyards.

The children of Gustav and Martha were:
1. Kenneth Reinhardt Drott b February 9, 1916 in Stanislaus County, CA – d December 24, 1996 Contra Costa County, CA

2. Axel R. Drott b January 20, 1918 in San Francisco County, CA – d March 30, 1918 San Francisco, County, CA

3. Gustaf A. Drott b January 20, 1918 in San Francisco County, CA – d April 19, 1918 San Francisco County, CA

4. Edith E. Drott b February 25, 1919 in Alameda County, CA – d September 30, 1999 El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, CA

5. Lila L. Drott b c1921 CA – d August 25, 1934? San Joaquin, CA

6. Carl Albert Drott b September 10, 1923 in Alameda County – d October 25, 1969 Contra Costa Conty, CA

7. Anna Christine Drott b August 9, 1925 in Alameda County – d married Edmund J. Williams on December 30, 1950 in Alameda County, CA

8. Martha Dorothy Drott b March 11, 1927 in Alameda County – d married Robert Laban Bolt on August 28, 1949 in Alameda County, CA

Gustav and Martha were living at 3038 Eastman Avenue, Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley, California at the time of the 1924 Oakland City Directory.

1930 Census - California - Contra Costa County - Richmond
Gustav A. Drott, age 44, b Swe, married at 29, carpenter at shipyards
Martha J. Drott, age 39, b Swe, married at 24
Reinhold K. Drott, age 14, b CA
Edith E. Drott, age 11, b CA
Lila L. Drott, age 8, b CA
Karl A. Drott, age 6, b CA
Anna K. Drott, age 5, b CA
Martha D. Drott, age 3, b CA

Manteca Girl Is Called By Death

Manteca, Sept. 1.—Funeral services were held Thursday for Lila Drott, 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gust A. Drott of Manteca, who died Tuesday at the San Joaquin General Hospital. Sacred selections were sung by Mrs. George Fry and Rev. George Fry officiated.

Pallbearers were: Mark Draper, Lawrence Ashland, Jack Linn, Clifford Nelson, Basil Powell and Walter Linn. Burial was in East Union Cemetery [Manteca, San Joaquin County, CA]. Besides the parents, she leaves the following sisters and brothers: Dorothy, Edith, Anna, Carl and Reinhold Drott, all of Manteca.—Modesto Bee and News-Herald, September 1-2, 1934

Each Claims Bad Injuries
Couple In Accident Near Ukiah Asking Heavy Damages

Suit for general damages amounting to over $30,000 has been filed by Gustav A. Drott and Martha J. Drott against R. C. Humphrey, the Creamery Package Company and E. J. Shaw and G. F. Gormley, the two latter as employees of the company.

Each Was Hurt.

This suit is the outgrowth of an automobile collision on the highway about seven miles south of Ukiah, July 27, in which both plaintiffs claimed severe and permanent injuries were sustained. Mr. Drott asks for $10,000 general damages; Mrs. Drott asks $20,000 for her injuries. Professional services, loss of wages during the time of recovery and costs of suit are added to the total.—Ukiah Republican Press, October 20, 1937

1939, 1940 & 1942 Richmond California City Directory
724 Lexington Ave (El Cer), carpenter
1940 & 1942 Edith Drott, beauty opr
1940 & 1942 Reinholdt K. Drott, carpenter

At the time of Gustav’s WWII Draft Registration, they were still living on Lexington and Gustav was working at the Moore Dry Dock Company.

Drott

In Berkeley. February 6, 1948, Gustav A., dearly beloved husband of Martha Drott; loving father of Kenneth R. Drott, Carl A. Drott of Oakland, Anna Drott of 8th Army, Tokyo, Japan; Edith and Dorothy Drott, both of El Cerito; devoted grandfather of Diana Drott; beloved father-in-law of Joan Drott; loving brother of Felix Hyden of Duluth, Minnesota, and Albin Drott of Hammond, Indiana; a native of Sweden; aged 62 years. A member of the Carpenters’ Union, Local 36, A. F. L. or Oakland.

Friends are invited to attend funeral services Tuesday, February 10, 1948, at 3:30 p.m. from the Drawing Room Chapel of the Ellis-Olson Mortuary, 727 San Pablo Avenue, Albany. Committal services, Sunset View Cemetery.--Oakland Tribune, February 9, 1948

Gustav A. Drott

Funeral services for Gustav A. Drott of 724 Lexington Ave., El Cerrito, will be conducted at 3:30 p. m. tomorrow at the Ellis Olson Mortuary, San Pablo Ave., and committal services will be held at Sunset View Cemetery.

Mr. Drott passed away suddenly last Friday from a heart attack. He was stricken while at work and passed away in his auto while enroute home. Mr. Drott was born in Sweden and was 62 years of age.

He came to this country in 1910 and had lived in the Bay Area for many years making his home in El Cerrito since 1929. Mr. Drott was a member of the Carpenter’s Union, Local 36 A. F. of L. of Oakland. His widow, Mrs. Martha Drott survives him. He also leaves two sons and three daughters. They are Kenneth R. Drott, Edith Drott and Dorothy Drott of El Cerrito, Carl A. Drott of Oakland; and Anna Drott of the Eighth Army in Yokohama, Japan. He leaves one granddaughter, Diana Drott. Mr. Drott leaves two brothers, Felix Hayden [Hyden] of Duluth, Minn. and Alton [Albin] Drott of Hammond, Ind.--Berkeley Daily Gazette, February 9, 1948

Justweds Are To Return to Teaching Posts

The just wed Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Bolts (Martha Dorothy Drott) will both return to classrooms to teach in Potter Valley schools on Sept. 19 following their Tiajuana honeymoon. They were wed Aug. 28 at Northbrae Community Church by the Rev. Gail Cleland. A reception was held at the Jenny Lind Hall in Oakland.

For her 2 p.m. informal nuptial service, the bride, given in marriage by her brother Carl A. Drott of Richmond, donned a gray checked suit, complemented by a dahlia velvet hat. Her accessories were of taupe suede and she carried a mixed bouquet of gladioli and bouvardia.

Edith Drott was her only attendant. She donned a blue gray suit with which she wore a corsage of lavender gladioli and yellow roses.

John R. Sharitg, the benedict’s brother-in-law from San Francisco, was his best man, and ushers were Robert Bolt, the benedict’s father, and John Neunner of Berkeley.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Martha J. Drott, 724 Lexington Ave., El Cerrito, and of the late G. A. Drott. A graduate of El Cerrito high school, she attended Arts and Crafts college and received her B. A. degree from San Francisco State college.

Parents of the bridegroom are the Robert S. Bolts [Bolt] of 706 Lexington Ave., El Cerrito. He graduated from Richmond Union High school and also San Francisco State College.—Berkeley Daily Gazette, September 8, 1949.

Carl Albert Drott, the sixth child of Gustav and Martha, died October 25, 1969 and was buried at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Concord, Contra Costa County, California.

Martha died on January 26, 1972, at the age of 82, and was also buried at Memory Gardens.

Felix Victor Drott Hyden

Another brother of Albin, Gustaf and Axel, Felix Victor, also immigrated to the United States. The unusual factor in the story is Felix’s surname was Hyden. He was born on July 3, 1882 between Albin and Gustaf.

Like his brothers, he sailed from Gothenburg on May 15, 1903 on the Ariosto bound for Hull, England. He continued his journey on the Oceanic leaving from Liverpool, England on May 20, 1903 and arriving in New York on May 28, 1903.

He was the second brother to leave Sweden to travel to America. It is possible that Albin worked to earn the money for Felix’s ticket and sent for him. The passenger manifest indicates he was traveling to meet his relative, brother, A. Drott, Route No. 1, Emerson, Iowa.

Felix married Hilda Halvorson? c 1908.

By the 1910 Census, they were living in Itasca County, Minnesota
Felix Hyden, head, age 27, b Sweden, married 2 years, Engineer-Steam Shovel
Hilda Hyden, wife, age 19, b Sweden, married 2 years, no children

In 1914, the family sailed to Scandinavia and returned on the S. S. Fredrik VIII.

S. S. Fredrik VIII – sailing from Copenhagen March 26th 1914 to New York April 8, 1914
Felix Hyden, Engineer, Alien
Hilda Hyden, Wife, Alien
Arthur Hyden, Son, American born

WWI Draft Registration – September 12, 1918 – Itasca County, Minnesota
tall height, stout build, blue eyes, light hair
PO Box Nashwauk, Itasca County, Minnesota
Employer: Hawkins Mine Int. Harr Co of N. J.
Nearest relative – Hilda Hyden
Address – First St. Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota

Felix was a member of the International Brotherhood of Steam Shovel and Dredge Men and was listed in Volume 11, page 611, Felix Hyden – Local No. 6

1920 Census – Minnesota – Itasca County – Nashwauk Township – First Street
Felix Hyden, head, age 37, b Sweden, arrival 1903 – naturalized 1914, Steam Shovel Man
Hilda Hyden, wife, age 29, b Sweden, arrival 1905 – naturalized 1914
Arthur Hyden, son, age 7, b Minnesota
Ruth Hyden, daughter, age 1, b Minnesota

Their daughter, Mildred, was born Nashwauk, on November 14,1922.

1930 Census – Minnesota - Itasca County - Nashwauk Township – East Second Street
Felix Hyden, age 47, b Sweden, divorced?, Shovel runner?, Iron Mine

It is unclear as to whether Felix and Hilda were divorced, or whether he was just working in another town.

1930 Census – Minnesota – Hennepin County – Minneapolis – 619 17th Avenue S
Hilda Hyden, age 39, b Sweden, married, baker in café, 8 roomers
Arthur Hyden, age 17, b MN
Ruth Hyden, age 12, b MN
Mildred Hyden, age 7, b MN

Felix Hyden & Clara Wigness? married June 26, 1935 in Itasca County, Minnesota

1940 Census – Minnesota – Itasca County – Lone Pine – 20 Swan Park Road
Felix Hyden, age 57, Sweden, living in same house in 1935, Shovel engineer-Iron Ore Mine
Clara Hyden, age 50, b Minn
Mildred Hyden, age 17, b Minn

Mrs. Felix Hyden

Peterson, Minn. (Special)—Mrs. Felix Hyden, a former Peterson resident, died April 1 at a Grand Rapids hospital where she had been a patient for a month. She was buried at Cromwell, Minn., Monday.

Mrs. Hyden, the former Clara Jensen, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jensen, was married to Edward Vigness [Wigness]. They lived in Peterson for several years. They had two sons. Vigness [Wigness] and the two sons are dead. Later she was married to Hyden. They have made their home in Grand Rapids.

Mrs. Hyden is survived by her husband, six grandchildren and one sister.—Winona Republican-Herald, April 9, 1952

Felix died May 11, 1957 Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Mildred E. Schaeffer Bye

Bye, Mildred E. Schaeffer, 69, of Minneapolis and formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday (Oct. 27, 1992) at Walker Methodist Health Care Center, Minneapolis. Born in Nashwuk, Minn. she came here in 1980 and moved to Minneapolis in August. She was a homemaker. Survivors include two sons, Vernon E., Minneapolis and David R., Plymouth, Minn.; and three grandchildren. Washborn McReavy DuShane Chapel, Robbinsdale, Minn.--St. Petersburg Times, October 30, 1992
[believed to be Mildred, the daughter of Felix and Hilda]
 


 

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