The Lindke Family

(as published in the Richmond Review in 1951)

A family group of nine, including Ephraim and Wilhelmina Kihen Lindke came to the United States from Germany about 1850. While on the ocean, three of the party died and were buried at sea. Three children, including the father of Rose Kihen, were left orphans and were brought up by the Ephraim Lindke family.

The Lindke's first settled in Tonawanda, N. Y. near Niagara Falls. They migrated to Michigan in 1877 and settled in Casco township to clear the land and build their homes. Their children were:

1. Albert Lindke
2. Charles Lindke
3. Christian Lindke
4. Matilda Lindke
5. Augusta Lindke
6. Wilhelmina Lindke
7. Louise Lindke.

Grandfather Lindke died soon after the family moved to Michigan.

Albert Lindke married Frances Muggleberg. Their children are:
1. Rena Lindke-Nedeau (Mrs. Robert Nedeau) of San Antonio, Texas;
2. Albert F. Lindke (jr.) of Richmond;
3. Mrs. Clayton Johnson, and
4. Gilbert, both in Detroit.

Mrs. Lindke, 89, lives in Detroit with her daughter.

Albert F. Lindke (jr.), president of Richmond National Bank, married Rena Fanning.
They have three children:
1. Margaret Lindke (Mrs. Earle Stump), Detroit;
2. Mary Alice (Mrs. Lawrence Leenhouts) New York City;
3. Lt. Albert F. Jr., in service at Fort Lee, Va.

Charles married Marie Paetzel and she died after 25 years. There were no children. He then married a cousin, Minnie Lindke. They had four children:
1.  Charles(deceased);
2. Wilma, Glendale, California;
3. Edwin, Port Huron, and
4. Florence (Mrs. Charles Beauvais), Marysville.

Christian Lindke married Ida Zuehlke of Casco township. They later moved to Croswell and their family of eight children live there and in Detroit.

Augusta Lindke married Albert Springborn and their family lives near Marine City, Detroit and Columbus, Ohio.

One daughter, Mrs. Robert Kammer, lives near Anchorville.

Matilda Lindke married Robert Prange, Marine City.  They had two sons, Elmer and Walter, who have a Marine City address.

Wilhelmin Lindke married Julius Kaufman.  They had four children. Three of them are still living:
1.  Mrs. Mabel Schultz and
2. Mrs. Hazel Ensley, of Detroit and
3. Miss Elsie Kaufman of Richmond.

Louise Lindke married Albert Thoms of Marine City.  They had two children:
1. Edgar Thoms of Marine City and
2. Mrs. Ervin Lubbert of Port Huron.
Mrs. Thoms died in February 1951 at the age of 84 years. She was the last surviving member of the Ephraim and Wilhelmina Lindke children.