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Johann KarrasAge: 81 years18391920

Name
Johann Karras
Given names
Johann
Surname
Karras

Wilhelm

Name
Wilhelm
Given names
Wilhelm
SourceStory by Doreen Connors who told it as told to her by Edward Karras, son of Johann and Mathilde Karras, Vernon, B.C. 1980
Text:
Johann Karras lived in the village of Perelynsianka in the province of Wolhynia, Russia. The house was built of logs which had been ripped in half with a rip saw. These were about five inches thick. They stuffed the cracks with moss from the woods. It was windproof. The roof was made of poles with straw over it. Johann Karras worked for 36 years as a teacher and a preacher. He could baptize and bury people. He was able to read and write in German, Russian and Polish. Some of the villages were very large while others were small. When the people first came to Russia they were given large pieces of land. But they were being cut down to five acres or so. The land was rented. Each village had a landlord whom they paid rent to. The people were allowed to rent for 12 years. Many wanted to rent for life. They got together and took a protesting paper to the Czar. The Czar said, "Each landlord can do what he likes." Karras's landlord was a Frenchman who could swear in German. He owned a team of Belgium horses. The harnesses had bells on them and you could hear them coming. The team was beautiful. He fed them rye and would currie comb them. Then, he would take them to the river and they would have to swim. Oh! They looked nice. He didn't work the horses as they were just for his transportation and show. Once a month a report had to be made out at the town of Drausna. The report consisted of the births, deaths, marriages and baptisms for that month. Johann often took his son Edward with him on these trips to acquaint him the country. Some times, when Johann couldn't make the trip, Edward had to go. The Czar's picture hung in all the public buildings. When young Edward was 15 or 16 he went to the town hall to give the report. He hardly had the door open and the clerk already yelled, "Take off your cap!" Then, I would have to bow down to that lousy picture. People often ask, "How was the Czar?" Well, the Czar was okay - if you kept your moth shut - just like here. It was nice country but the people were too dumb! The climate was something like Vernon, B.C. They grew fruit trees and had short winters. There were no mountains or stones. Sometimes you could find a flinstone. The Karras's had two horses and a hand plow. THey cut grass with a scythe and grain with a sickle. Young Edward also had to go to the mill to grind grain into flour for making bread. The mills were driven by wind and water. There was one mill which was driven by engine. Some of the people who came to the mill would say, "Boy, if our parnets could be resurrected and see this, they would really look!" Sometimes, during the winter the houses would catch fire and the whole village would burn. Then the people would pray. There was a highway that went through Russia which was bild of rocks. It was wide enough for six wagons. When they built a road - they built one! They had a hotel and even the little kids could go in. You could buy a bottle of beer, walk out and drink it. Not like here, you buy it and then they pinch you for drinking in the street. Outside there was a big pile of corks. THe "Old Babushka" (old lady) went in and got herself a Kutchic (a pint), then she came out and shook the bottle, the cork flew out and she downed it gulp, gulp, gulp. THen she went right back in and got two cents for the bottle. She was never broke. Not like here, they throw the bottles in the street and you cut your tires. Grandma Karras was a midwife. Also, she clipped under the tongue if the childwas tongue-tied. Sometimes, she hardly got home and someone else was at the door. She went everywhere, but never seemed to pick up the diseases. The smallpox were very bad. Every kid had it and Grandma helped look after them. Then she came home and told Johann to take the kids to Drausna and have them innoculated, as it was like this and like that in the other villages. The next day the children were already sick and couldn't get out of bed. Wilhelmena didn't get any, but Louis and Adolph did. Julianna had a bunch and Ed had fourteen. Oh, that is a hellish sickness! You get black and blue and have no resistance. One year fifty-four children died in one village. Johann was sixty-five years old when he decided to come to Canada. His three sons were supposed to go in the army for four years. And still, they would have no more freedom or rights when they came out. The port they left from was called Libau. This is where they saw their first bicycle. They crossed to England on a freighter which was Russian. It was a terribly rough trip as a big storm arose and everyone was sick. THen, they came to Canada on an ocean liner which was about half a mile long. That was nice. The arrived in May 1905.
Note: 1982 Karras Reunion Booklet - copy in possession of Victor Werner
SourceHardship and Happiness
Publication: Interlake Pioneers, Steep Rock, Man. 1974
Text:
excerpt from The Hertzog Family Another accident occurred when as usual we kids went fishing in the spring down at Masnik's Creek. There were fish "to burn" and Adolph, willie Pischkie and I made a job of it. ALong came Gus and Albert Karras who said they were going down to the Long Lake a short distance away. They were not gone long when Gus came rushing back shouting, "Albert is drowned". Some of us rushed home to get the wagon and our parents, but he had taken an epileptic seizure and fallen forward into a slough hole with not more than three or four inches of water, and simply smothered without Gus realizing what had happened. He had been warned by his family not to go fishing and hunting. This certainly spoiled our spring fishing for that year.
SourceHistory by Audrey Clark
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My great-great grandfather was Wilhelm Karras. It is believed he was born in Sachsen, Germany. He moved to Gustanin, Poland where he was a school teacher and a lay preacher. He also made thermometors. It is not clear if these were for ships or for breweries. In about 1860-1870 he moved back to Sachsen, Germany. Johann was born June 21, 1839 in the province of Sachsen, Germany. He later moved with his parents to Gustanin, Poland. He married his first wife, Julianna Nasst there. There were four children by this marriage; Emelie, Gustav, Gottleib and Julius. After the death of Julianna, he married Mathilde Baum (who was Julianna's sister, Rosalie's daughter - Johann's neice by marriage). By this marriage seven more children were born: Julianna, Hulda, Wilhelmena, Edward, Augusta, Ludwig, and Adolph. Johann was a school teacher and a lay preacher for about 36 years in Dombrowka and Perelysianka/Rowna, Wolhynia, Poland (this is a part of Russia since 1918). His hobbies were bookbinder and watchmaker. He woulc write and speak German, Polish, Russian and Yiddish - like a Jew In about 1905 he emigrated to Canada with some members of his family. Emelie, Gustav, Gottleib and Julius were already here. For about one year Johann lived in and around Gretna, Manitoba. IN about 1906 he moved to Niche, North Dakota where he lived until 191. Then at the age of 72 years he moved back to Mooshorn and took up a homestead there. He was also a Lutheran preacher during this time and he helped to found the St. John's Lutheran church which still stands in Grahamdale, Manitoba. Johann passed away August 2, 1920 at the age of 81 years. His wife passed away October 4, 1922. Both are buried in the cemetery across the road from the old homestead which was about halfway between Grahamdale and Moosehorn.
Note: compiled by Audrey Clark from information gathered from various relatives.
SourceHomestead Record for John Karras
Birth June 21, 1839
MarriageJulianna NastView this family
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Birth of a son
#1
Gottlieb Karas
November 25, 1865 (Age 26 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Record inf o about Gottlieb Karas Name: Gottlieb Karas Relationship to Head of Household: head Birth Date: Nov 25 1865 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1898 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 10 Page #: 10 Entry #: 31 Family #: 70 Census Year: 1901
Note: Gottlieb is 2nd spouse of Julianne Hintz. The person entering the information appears to be from the first husband - new entry 21 Sep 2005.
Birth of a son
#2
Gustave Karras
November 15, 1869 (Age 30 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Recordinfo about Gustove Karras Name: Gustove Karras Relationship to Head of Household: head Birth Date: Nov 15 1869 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1899 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 6 Page #: 7 Entry #: 24 Family #: 58 Census Year: 1901
MarriageMathilde BaumView this family
April 29, 1873 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3
Augusta Karras
July 15, 1874 (Age 35 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Recordinfo about Agusta Karras Name: Agusta Karras Relationship to Head of Household: wife Birth Date: July 15 1874 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1899 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 6 Page #: 7 Entry #: 25 Family #: 58 Census Year: 1901
Birth of a daughter
#4
Julianna Karras
July 13, 1880 (Age 41 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5
Hulda Karras
July 13, 1880 (Age 41 years)
Birth of a son
#6
Adolph Karras
about 1885 (Age 45 years)
Text:
Name: Adolph G Karras [Adolph J Karras] Age: 35 years Estimated birth year: abt 1885 Birthplace: Russia Race: White Home in 1920: Blanchard, Traill, North Dakota Home owned: Unknown Sex: Male Marital status: Married Relation to Head of House: Head Year of immigration: 1919 Able to read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Mother's Birth Place: Poland Father's Birth Place: Poland Image: 594
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1930 United States Federal Census Recordinfo about Adolph Karras Name: Adolph Karras Age: 35 Estimated birth year: abt 1895 Birthplace: Germany Relation to head-of-house: Head Spouse's Name: Anna Karras Race: White Home in 1930: Finley, Steele, North Dakota Family and neighbors: View Results Occupation: View Image Education: View Image Military service: View Image Rent/home value: View Image Age at first marriage: View Image Parents' birthplace: View Image Owned a radio: View Image
Birth of a son
#7
Edward Albert Karras
1888 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a grandson
#1
Rudolph Karas
October 4, 1888 (Age 49 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Recordinfo about Rudolph Karas Name: Rudolph Karas Relationship to Head of Household: son Birth Date: Oct 4 1888 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1900 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 10 Page #: 10 Entry #: 33 Family #: 70 Census Year: 1901
Birth of a son
#8
Louis Karras
November 1892 (Age 53 years)

Source: 1910 Census
Text:
Louis Karas, sevant in home of O'Conner Family (from Canada) 17 yrs old; birthplace Russia birthplace of both parents (Russia)
Note: There is a William Wonnick servant next door
Birth of a granddaughter
#2
Emelia Karas
September 13, 1893 (Age 54 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Recordinfo about Emilia Karas Name: Emilia Karas Relationship to Head of Household: daughter Birth Date: Sept 13 1893 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1900 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 10 Page #: 10 Entry #: 34 Family #: 70 Census Year: 1901
Birth of a granddaughter
#3
Olgo Karras
December 18, 1893 (Age 54 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Recordinfo about Olgo Karras Name: Olgo Karras Relationship to Head of Household: daughter Birth Date: Dec 18 1893 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1899 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 6 Page #: 7 Entry #: 26 Family #: 58 Census Year: 1901
Birth of a grandson
#4
Adolph Werner
November 9, 1894 (Age 55 years)

Birth of a granddaughter
#5
Bertha Karas
July 25, 1895 (Age 56 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Recordinfo about Bertha Karas Name: Bertha Karas Relationship to Head of Household: daughter Birth Date: July 25 1895 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1900 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 10 Page #: 10 Entry #: 35 Family #: 70 Census Year: 1901
Birth of a granddaughter
#6
Erna Karras
September 5, 1897 (Age 58 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Recordinfo about Erna Karras Name: Erna Karras Relationship to Head of Household: daughter Birth Date: Sept 5 1897 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1899 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 6 Page #: 7 Entry #: 27 Family #: 58 Census Year: 1901
Birth of a granddaughter
#7
Paulina Karas
September 21, 1897 (Age 58 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Lisgar District, Manitoba 1901 Census: Rhineland Recordinfo about Paulina Karas Name: Paulina Karas Relationship to Head of Household: daughter Birth Date: Sept 21 1897 Birth Place: Russia City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: 1900 Film #: T-6432 Division #: 10 Page #: 10 Entry #: 36 Family #: 70 Census Year: 1901
Birth of a granddaughter
#8
Helena Karras
December 11, 1899 (Age 60 years)
Source: 1901
Text:
Name: Helena Karras Relationship to Head of Household: daughter Birth Date: Dec 11 1899 Birth Place: Man City of Residence: Rhineland Immigration: - Film #: T-6432 Division #: 6 Page #: 7 Entry #: 28 Family #: 58 Census Year: 1901
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REGISTRATION NUMBER: 1899-19514392 CHILD'S DETAILSLast Name: KARRAS Given Names: HELEN Sex: FDate of Birth: 12/11/1899 PLACE OF BIRTH DETAILS Name of Hospital: Place of Birth: ALTONA USUAL RESIDENCE OF MOTHERAddress: City, Town, Village, Rural: Province: Country: MAILING ADDRESS OF MOTHER (IF DIFFERENT FROM RESIDENCE OF MOTHER)Address: City, Town, Village, Rural: Province: Country: OTHER PARTICULARSDuration of Pregnancy: wksNumber Liveborn Including This Birth: Number Stillbirths: Birth Weight: gramsParents Married: UMother's Marital Status: UNKNOWN FATHER'S DETAILSLast Name: Given Names: Place of Birth: Date of Birth: Age: MOTHER'S DETAILSMaiden Last Name: HERMANNGiven Names: AUGUSTE Place of Birth: Date of Birth: Age: Date of Registration: 01/27/1956
Marriage of a childSamuel WernerJulianna KarrasView this family
1899 (Age 59 years)
Marriage of a childGustave KarrasAugusta UnavailableView this family
1900 (Age 60 years)
Note: submitted by family of wife, Agusta Herman
Birth of a granddaughter
#9
Auguste Werner
May 22, 1901 (Age 61 years)

Birth of a grandson
#10
Rudollf Karras
February 2, 1902 (Age 62 years)
Text:
REGISTRATION NUMBER: 1902-003689 CHILD'S DETAILSLast Name: KARRAS Given Names: RUDOLF Sex: MDate of Birth: 02/02/1902 PLACE OF BIRTH DETAILS Name of Hospital: Place of Birth: R.M. OF RHINELAND USUAL RESIDENCE OF MOTHERAddress: City, Town, Village, Rural: Province: Country: MAILING ADDRESS OF MOTHER (IF DIFFERENT FROM RESIDENCE OF MOTHER)Address: City, Town, Village, Rural: Province: Country: OTHER PARTICULARSDuration of Pregnancy: wksNumber Liveborn Including This Birth: Number Stillbirths: Birth Weight: gramsParents Married: YMother's Marital Status: MARRIED FATHER'S DETAILSLast Name: Given Names: Place of Birth: Date of Birth: Age: MOTHER'S DETAILSMaiden Last Name: HERMANNGiven Names: AUGUSTA Place of Birth: Date of Birth: Age: Date of Registration:
Birth of a granddaughter
#11
Hilda Werner
about 1903 (Age 63 years)

Birth of a grandson
#12
Henry Werner
about 1909 (Age 69 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#13
Ernestine Werner
about 1911 (Age 71 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#14
Mathilda Werner
about 1912 (Age 72 years)

Marriage of a grandchildKarl KaschkyEmilie WernerView this family
December 13, 1914 (Age 75 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#15
Lydia Werner
December 11, 1919 (Age 80 years)

Birth of a grandson
#16
Frederick L. Karras
about 1920 (Age 80 years)

Text:
1930 United States Federal Census Recordinfo about Vern Karras Name: Vern Karras Age: 10 Estimated birth year: abt 1920 Relation to head-of-house: Son Father's Name: Adolph Karras Mother's Name: Anna Karras Home in 1930: Finley, Steele, North Dakota
Death of a sonGottlieb Karas
July 1920 (Age 81 years)
Death August 2, 1920 (Age 81 years)
Burial
Last change July 28, 200601:00

Family with Mathilde Baum - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: April 29, 1873Roschischtsche (Rozyszcze), Volhynia, Ukraine
15 months
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6 years
daughter
6 years
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4 years
son
Edward Albert Karras
Birth: 1888 48Dombrufka, Russia
Death: June 15, 1972Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
5 years
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daughter
daughter
Family with Julianna Nast - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage:
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-4 years
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son

Shared note
Using birthdate from history compiled by Audrey Clark. (have found fgr with Jan and July as birthdates) Moved with his parents to Gustanin, Poland. Sometime between 1860-1870 moved back to Sachsen, Germany. Married while living in Gustanin, Poland Religion: Lutheran Occupation: teacher and preacher for 36 years History: well educated, knew 3 languages Left from Port Libau - crossed to England on a Russian freighter. Came to Canada on Ocean liner and arrived May 1905 (age 65) Landed in Gretna, Manitoba at son's (Gustav). Lived for 1 yr near Gretna, Manitoba, Canada. In 1906 moved to Neche, North Dakota until 1911. At age 72, moved to Moosehorn. Homestead was 5 1/2 miles northeast of Moosehorn (Gypsumville).
Source
1982 Karras Reunion Booklet - copy in possession of Victor Werner
Source
compiled by Audrey Clark from information gathered from various relatives. From 1982 Karras Reunion Booklet, copy in possession of Victor Werner