Miscellaneous Picture Gallery
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1861, the St. Paul's German Reformed Church in Wheatland had a commemorative booklet published. Few of the founding immigrants were still alive, but the group pictures included many Riedesels and close kin.
- Henry Riedesel (1865-1932) who came from the house in Wunderthausen known as Försters hinter der Huthe. He was a member of the church council at the time.
- Edward J. Riedesel (1875-1923), a son of the immigrant George Riedesel from Haase Haus in Wunderthausen. He was a member of the church council.
- Theodor Riedesel (1859-1941), a son of the immigrant L. Henry Riedesel from Haase Haus in Wunderthausen. He was a member of the church council.
- Frank Riedesel (1877-1950). He was a member of the church council and a son of emigrant Henry D. Riedesel.
- George Ott (1866-1940), husband of George Riedesel's daughter Lisetta Riedesel (1969-1930). He was a member of the church council.
- August Kramer (1856-1948), husband of George Riedesel's daughter Mary Jane Riedesel (1861-1947). He was a member of the church council.
- Albert Dickman (1862-1925), husband of George Riedesel's daughter Anna (1863-1848). He was a member of the choir.
- Elisabeth (Knoche) Riedesel (1835-1923), the Wunderthausen-born wife of immigrant John Riedesel (Haase Haus). She is pictured in the booklet as one of the founding members.
- Flora (Schneider) Riedesel (1841-1920). This is a tentative identifcation. Her picture is included on the page of founding members but is not in the group picture. She and her late husband Henry Riedesel (1834-1898) from Bergmanns Haus in Wunderthausen had moved to the Lanesboro, IA, area.
- Aunt Susie Riedesel (1847-1942), another founding member and the daughter of immigrant J. Ludwig Riedesel from Haase Haus in Wunderthausen. She was not living in Wheatland at the time, but eventually returned.
- Esther (Riedesel) Dennie (1890-1969). She was daughter of Theodor Riedesel (see above) and was pictured both with the choir and the Martha's Aid society.
- Reuben Riedesel (1892-1988). He was a son of Theodor Riedesel and was pictured as a member of the choir.
- A large "gif" file of old Wittgenstein showing place names. From the definitive history by Gunther Wrede, 1927. You will want to save this file and print it offline.
- The Schloß (Palace) in Berleburg; the rulers of the northern county of Wittgenstein lived here, as does the Sayn-Wittgenstein family to this day.
- Territory around Wittgenstein 1648 This map shows Wittgenstein in relation to its neighboring states at the end of disastrous Thirty Years War. It looks better printed than it does on-screen.
- Main street in Wheatland, Iowa, 1915
- Edward Riedesel (1875-1923) and one of the Otts operated a grocery store in Wheatland. This jug was probably a promotional item, but is valued at over $1,000 today!
- Henry A. Schneider was one of many Wunderthäuser by that name to come to Wheatland. Daughter Laura Catherine married Holsteiner Wilhelm Kelting, shown with their family in this 1909 picture.
- Site creator Paul Riedesel and his wife, Joyce, in Berleburg Germany.
- The coat of arms (Wappen) created for Wunderthausen in association with its 700th anniversary celebration in 2003.
- Wind power came to Wunderthausen in the 1990s, not to everyone's
The second generation of Wunderthausen/Diedenshausen emigrants often married each other; they were members of the same tight community and spoke the same German dialect. One such couple was John Philip Homrighausen (1873-1967) and Anna Knebel (1879-1918) who lived around Big Rock in Scott County, Iowa. Their great-granddaughter, Karen Sue Petersen, has provided a collection of photos of them and their family of seven children.
- John Philip Homrighausen
- John Philip Homrighausen on his 90th birthday in 1973.
- Anna Knebel Homrighausen, before her untimely death in 1918
- Daughter Nora Homrighausen who died in 1919.
- Several children
- Several children
- Son Edward and family
- John Philip with grandson William
- Daughter Lillian Homrighausen Petersen on her 90th birthday