Known as George, Gottlieb learned the wagon maker trade from the Spenner Brothers Wagon Works in Lansing. Later he had his own shops in New Albin, Iowa, which he purchased on 27 May, 1881.
He sold his wagon and paint shop 24 October, 1884. On May 11, 1888, George left New Albin for his future home in Inwood, Iowa, and on 31 January, 1890 he wrote from his home in Hay Springs, Nebraska where he was then living. He moved to Platte Center, Nebraska sometime after 1890 and before 1902. George's obituary indicates that he was also in Minnesota for a time.
While in New Albin there were references in the Lansing Mirror that he and a partner named Walls marketed fish in the east; "Engelhorn and Walls, our successful fish dealers, as well as shrewd business men, returned home Monday via La Crosse from Scranton, Penn. where they had been for the last few weeks retailing a car load of fish."
(The Mississippi River was rich with fish around the turn of the century and earlier. An item from New Albin in the Lansing Mirror of 15 March, 1911, noted that "the Randall boys made a haul of close to 310,000 pounds of rough fish at Dundas, Minn., recently.")
According to Pete Zing, an acquaintance, "Gottlieb was a skilled carpenter and wagon maker, an expert workman. He was a good citizen, friendly, well liked, good hearted, sometimes attended a Baptist church, did not take part in civic affairs. But he had a heavy cross to bear in that wife of his. She was a holy terror."
According to his son, Ed, after his retirement Gottlieb "worked at sharpening knives, scissors and other things, he liked fishing, he was an all around woodworker and made a lot of things out of wood. One time he made a snake out of a broom handle and if you held it in your hand it would wiggle around like one."
George married Martha RIPPE "Mattie", daughter of George Henry D. RIPPE and Katherine, on 22 Jan 1878 in Brownsville, Minnesota. Mattie was born 14 Jun 1860 in New York. She died 16 Feb 1923 in Platte Center, Nebraska and was buried 19 Feb 1923 in Platte Center.
They had six children:
George enlisted in the Army on 27 April, 1898 at Columbus, Nebraska, for a two-year term and was honorably discharged at the Presidio, San Francisco on 23 August, 1899. He was in Company K, 1st Regimental Infantry, Nebraska Volunteers. At the time of enlistment, George was 19 years old, 5' 7- ½" tall, weighing 175 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair, and dark complexion.
His unit was sent to the Philippines during the Philippine Insurrection of the War with Spain (Spanish–American War). While in the line of advance on the trenches at Pasig near Malate in the battle for Manila he was wounded by a gunshot to the left shoulder on the 6th of August, 1898. He was treated in hospital at Camp Dewey. He also contracted severe diarrhea in February 1899 while in the field from bad water and poor sanitary conditions. He was sentenced to forfeit $3.00 from his pay after being found guilty of quitting guard duty on October 4, 1898.
George never married. He lived in Los Molinos, California, where he was a plumber by trade and was in the junk business. He lived in a small cottage on a large prune orchard where he was foreman. His brother Ed said he had 16 cats, all white.
He died of bronchial pneumonia. He claimed to have suffered all his life from the affects of his war wound and the diarrhea contracted in the Philippines.
George was not heard from after the Spanish-American War until about 1931 when he wrote to the Platte Center, Nebraska, newspaper asking about his family. As a result the brothers, Clarence, Ed, Bill, and George were able to have a reunion in Los Angeles at the home of William (Bill) Quincy Engelhorn.
Edward moved at an early age with his family to Platte Center, Nebraska where he attended school. As a youth he ran the first light plant in Platte Center where he worked the steam engine and the boiler. He also took care of the waterworks engine and pump. He got tired of these jobs and started bumming around the country. In 1904 he was offered a job with the circus taking care of three elephants for $13 per month, but declined. He got several odd jobs hauling water for threshing rigs and working in a packing house in Omaha.
Ed enlisted in the army at Dubuque in 1904 and served three years at Fort Stevens, Oregon in the coastal artillery at the mouth of the Colombia River. While in the Army he played football, shotput and hammer throw. Ed was a fairly large man, weighing 212 pounds on his five foot eleven inch frame.
After the army he returned to Iowa in 1907 and studied the carpenter trade for a time before finally getting a fireman's job with the Milwaukee railroad. He "got canned" from that job for fighting with the engineer. He then got a job as a fireman with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.
Edward spent 48 years, most of his life, as a fireman and later engineer on the C&NW, Union Pacific and Milwaukee railroads. He lived in his home in Fond du Lac for more than 45 years. He took retirement at age 65 and later said, "I have not done anything since and don't intend to. I go to bed when I want and get up when I want."
Edward married Edna May BOWEN on 15 Oct 1912. Edna was born 27 Feb 1887 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She died 21 Sep 1951 in Sikeston, Missouri and was buried 25 Sep 1951 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
She was killed in an automobile accident in Missouri when their car was struck by another while she and Ed were travelling.
Charles did farm work around Hay Springs, Nebraska as well as livery barn work. Brother Ed said he went into the Navy and thought he served about 10 years before WW I and sailed around the world as a fireman with the "Great White Fleet" (1907-1909) when Teddy Roosevelt was President. After naval service he was in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin for a short time and then he moved to Milwaukee where he worked in a candy factory.
[The "Great White Fleet" was the main battle fleet of the US Navy, consisting of 16 first class battleships known as the "Great White" because all the ships were painted white. They were sent on an around the world cruise on a "goodwill circumnavigation" in order to drill the officers and men, and advertise America naval power. The fleet traversed 43,000 miles, making 20 port calls on six continents over a period of 14 months. Cited by author Ian W. Toll in "Six Frigates; The epic history of the founding of the U.S. Navy," W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.]
Known as "Bill" or "Speck". Ed wrote: "Brother Bill was quite a rounder. He made a lot of money but was quite a spender." He worked as a brakeman on the Canadian Northern and Southern Pacific railroads. They had a strike one time and he went out and never came back. The 1920 California census listed his occupation as brakeman, indicating he was still a railroad man in 1920, probably with the Southern Pacific at that time.
He was a good carpenter, cook, waiter, painter, and auto mechanic. He drove from Los Angeles to Salinas in the fifties and stayed for a time with Dr. Theodore Englehorn doing carpentry work. Ted referred to him as "Hobo Bill." He worked for the Pacific Sash and Door Co. installing screens, doors and windows. When he came to Dr. Ted's in Salinas he was invited to get something to eat and rest before going on to San Francisco; he stayed six weeks, doing odd carpentry and plumbing jobs. His wife sent him a $100 bill each week and Bill would pin the money on the wall behind a bar and order drinks for himself and his friends until the $100 was gone.
William married an English girl from Canada named Dorothy. They were divorced after about 20 years. Ed guessed she took him for all his property. Then he married an "insurance widow." She had "quite a little money" and property. Bill didn't want to work so she divorced him. Bill never had any children.
Bill was quite a ladies man, he "always dress good, a good talker", according to his brother Ed .William gave himself his middle name, Quincy.
At her birth the New Albin Spectator reported, "And now Gottlieb Engelhorn steps around with greater alacrity and with a more dignified air than usual. Reason, a bouncing girl baby put in an appearance at his domicile and G.E. rejoiceth in the title of daddy for the first time."
Elizabeth lived in Inwwod, Iowa and Hay Springs, Nebraska but spent most of her life in and around Platte Center. She continued to operate the oil station after Peter died.
Elizabeth married Peter ANDERSON on 8 Apr 1900 in Platte County, Nebraska. Peter was born 4 Oct 1876 in Denmark. He died 24 Apr 1944 in Genoa, Nebraska and was buried 28 Apr 1944 in Genoa.
Peter came to America as a five year old boy in 1881 in the company of his uncle, Andrew Anderson, who first settled in Indiana. They soon moved to Lindsay, Nebraska, where Peter grew to manhood. He was confirmed in the Rosenberg Lutheran Church. For about thirty years after his marriage the family lived on a farm north of Monroe, Nebraska. In 1934 they moved to Genoa where Peter operated the White Rose Oil Station in the northeast part of town.
They had five children:
Elmer was resident in Genoa, Nebraska, in 1944. Death date not known.
Lillian married Herman Carl LINDAUER on 12 Jan 1928. Herman was born about 1904.
Clarence went to California when quite young, apparently on the insistence of his older brother Bill. He worked at an elevator company in Los Angeles, then went to Mira Loma, then Riverside. He was a machinist with Food Machinery Company in Riverside for many years.
He retired in April 1967 after 24 years as a machinist and bench man for the Food Machinery and Chemical Corp.
Second wife, Virginia, said that Clarence was a "change of life" baby, born 12 years after his next older brother, and a stranger to his older brothers and sister.
Clarence married (1) Jacqueline MENDIBLEZ about 1923. Jacqueline was born about 1904 - 1905 in California. She died 24 Aug 1927 in Bell, California.
Jacqueline died of infected teeth about six weeks after her second child was born. The child, Clarence Edward, was put up for adoption.
They had two children:
Family legend says that Clarence Edward was born about six weeks before Jacqueline died. Clarence was adopted by the couple who were providing child care for him and his brother Richard. Nothing more is known about Clarence Edward.
Clarence also married (2) Virginia Mae BAKER, daughter of Franklin R. BAKER and Jennett MILLER, on 21 Jul 1929 in Riverside, California. Virginia was born 14 Apr 1912 in Tacoma, Washington. She died 4 May 2003 in Corona, California.
She was employed at a nursery for small children later in her life.
They had four children:
Harvey married Anna REESE, daughter of William REESE and Emma BEHLEN, on 30 Jun 1926. Anna was born about 1905 - 1906. She died 10 Oct 1994.
They had the following children:
Evelyn married Donald GARRETSON on 12 Dec 1946. Donald was born 16 Feb 1926.
Dorothy married Gaylin GOTSCHALL on 31 Jul 1946. Gaylin was born 28 May 1925.
Mary married Robert WINCHESTER about 1954/1955. Robert was born about 10 Nov 1931.
Harvey married Elaine BLASER on 16 Jun 1962. Elaine was born 22 Jun 1943.
Ralph married (1) Helen MUNSON on 17 Jun 1931. Helen was born about 1911, possibly in Genoa, Nebraska. She died 14 Feb 1962.
They had two children:
Richard married May Elizabeth HAYWOOD on 15 Feb 1958. May was born about 1938.
Sheri married Larry GODFREY on 23 Oct 1964. Larry was born about 1940.
Ralph also married (2) Dorothy HUGHES on 25 Oct 1963. Dorothy was born 24 Sep 1931.
Richard served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-1945 and was decorated with a Purple Heart Medal. From 1946-1947 he was a member of the Veteran's Advisory Council of the City of Riverside, California.
Richard attended Riverside Business College from 1945-1949. He was chief accountant and office manager for National Ice and Cold Storage Company from 1949-1953. He participated in the executive program at UCLA School of Management in 1959-1960 and worked for Poppy Food Company, Los Angeles from 1953-1977 as vice-president of finance and administration, and from 1968-1977 was secretary-treasurer. He joined Pacific Cold Storage Company, Los Angeles, and served as vice-president of finance and administration from 1977-1979 and vice-chairman of the board beginning in 1981.
Richard was a member of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and the Pacific Cold Storage Warehouse Association, and held offices in both organizations. He also was a member and held offices in the Financial Executives Inst., National Association of Accountants, and the American Management Association.
He was a member of the UCLA Alumni Association, the Los Angeles Athletic Club, Rotary, Elks, and California Country Club.
Richard married (1) Johanna Marie YONKERS, daughter of Richard Dirk YONKERS and Johanna Martina DE VISSER, in Nov 1942 in Yuma, Arizona. The marriage ended in divorce. Johanna was born 17 Oct 1927 in Riverside, California.
They were married 23 years and then divorced, about 1964. Remarried in 1990.
They had four children:
Joanna married (1) William WALPOLE. The marriage ended in divorce.
Joanna also married (2) Jack CABE.
Irene married (1) Dan KRYSZAN.
Irene also married (2) Kurt BENNETT.
Dianna married (1) Steven Robert GASPER, son of William GASPER and Gloria, in 1968 in Redondo Beach, California. The marriage ended in divorce. Steven was born 31 Oct 1948.
Steven served in the Vietnam War. He was a gentle person who returned from the war with severe emotional problems. He died of complications from contact with Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant used in Vietnam.
Dianna also married (2) Alfred Lee OLMSTEAD, son of Alfred Lee OLMSTEAD and Frances Virginia LEWIS, on 13 May 1978 in Mehama, Oregon. Alfred was born 12 Sep 1951 in Salem, Oregon.
Alfred is a machinist in Eugene, Oregon.
Richard married (1) Mildred CRADER "Millie" on 28 Feb 1981 in Franklin, Oregon. The marriage ended in divorce.
Richard also married (2) Vickie GASTON, daughter of Kermit GASTON and Patricia HALL, on 24 Aug 1996 in Elmira, Lane, OR. Vickie was born 29 Nov 1964 in San Pedro, California.
Richard also married (2) Joan BUTLER.
Richard also married (3) Inez Howard GARDNER on 15 Jan 1970.
Richard remarried (4) Johanna YONKERS in 1990.
Don lived in New Hall, California, where he was in mining and construction.
Don married Shirley HARRIS in Apr 1957. The marriage ended in divorce. Shirley was born about 1935 - 1940.
They had one child:
Barbara married (1) Delbert LOCKHART "Del" on 22 Nov 1947 in Quartzsite, Arizona. The marriage ended in divorce. Del was born 17 May 1928 in Riverside, California.
Delbert worked in the Riverside county sheriff's office from June 1952 until his retirement in 1982.
They had three children:
Robert served in the Army in Vietnam.
Michelle married James Gary GRADY on 22 Aug 1981.
Barbara also married (2) Charles Albert STRANG on 8 May 1982 in San Diego, California. Charles was born 1 Apr 1931 in Pasadena,, California. He died 11 Aug 1987 in Riverside, California.
Virginia married Lawrence H. KEMP about 1953 in Quartzite, Arizona. Lawrence was born in Arizona. He died 1960 in Los Angeles, California.
Lawrence worked for a large road construction firm and was killed on the job in 1960.
They had one child:
Roger served in the U.S. Navy and is a lab technician at St. Mary's Hospital in Apple Valley, California.
Roger married (1) Ann DAWSON on 17 Nov 1961 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The marriage ended in divorce. Ann was born 15 Nov 1943 in Riverside, California.
They had four children:
Erika married Michael FATTEN.
Roger also married (2) Pennie FRUTIGER about 1978. The marriage ended in divorce.
They had three children: