History of Andreas Aikele and Ludawika Sauter, George & Louise A. Speth
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The History and Family of Andreas Aikele and Ludawika Sauter: Including the Origin of the Aikele Family
Compiled by Nancy Aikele Kimmerle
Printed Nov 2002
DMT Publishing, North Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Nancy Aikele Kimmerle
222 South 100 East 85-4
Blanding, Utah 84511
Book in possession of Margene Sant
Andreas’ father was the owner of a weaving business in which he hired expert weavers to weave different kinds of fancy cloth, shawls, and scarves. At one time Andreas invented a little apparatus to save time and laboring in the winding of the bobbins. But, when his father discovered it, he broke it into bits, because he said he didn’t believe in inventions, as they would be the means of taking work away from the poor man who needed it.
Andreas attended the Lutheran Church. At age 14 he was confirmed into the Lutheran Church, wearing a long black coat and black trousers. The night after his confirmation he had a dream in which he saw his whole life. He was wearing his black coat which kept getting heavier and heavier. He traveled through a beautiful landscape and came to a river where he saw his wife and children. He continued on until he came to a magnificent pink sandstone building. By this time his cloak had become so heavy he could hardly carry it. Then his cloak became a Ravensburg police uniform.
At the door of the building he was met by a kind gentleman who allowed him to stand and look into the building through the open doorway. Inside were people whose clothes were spattered with mortar from the building. He saw his own family, which was a large one working on the building. The people worked in peace and harmony. He traveled on in the direction of the setting sun, or eastward and came upon a terrible turmoil and confusion where people of the earth were quarreling and making trouble one with another. After this his understanding was increased and his life’s journey seemed much easier. He then enjoyed peace and quiet and had everything he desired.
When Andreas saw the Logan temple in Logan, Utah many years later, he said “That was the building I saw in my dream when I was only 14 years old. He interpreted the dream as he would be introduced to the gospel when he was in Ravensburg, the people within the building were members of God’s church. The terrible tumult and confusion he saw were the beginning of the First World War. He finally found peace and happiness when he left mortality to go to heaven.
He was about 5 foot 8 inches, a large well-built heavy chested man, he had dark brown eyes and slightly wavy brownish black hair. He had a wonderful bass voice and loved music . He belonged to a traveling glee club that went from town to town and he loved to play the drums.
Andreas met this wife, Ludawika when he was working for her brother and his weaving establishment. They courted for about six weeks and were married in the Lutheran church in Reutligen, even though she was a staunch St. Mary’s Catholic. She was a very small-built woman when full grown. She weighted only 90 pounds, had blue eyes and auburn hair, her associates called her redhead. She was full of fun and ambition. She was very refined, never used slang. She was very religious and had prayers for everything and was a good singer.
Their second child, Gottlob, was a beautiful blue-eyed baby, large for his age and walked at eight months. One night Ludawika had a dream and saw an angel take her baby and stand by her bed holding him in his right arm. The baby seemed so happy and smiling and held out a bouquet of flowers to her. The angel held Ludawika’s water bucket filled with flowers on his left arm. Exactly two weeks from that night, the baby took sick during the night and was dead by morning. She was heartbroken and no one could console her. Two weeks after his death she dreamed she was at the cemetery standing by the grave of her child, when the grave opened and there stood her baby upon the casket, holding the same bouquet of flower and smiling at her. The dream was a great comfort to her. The first two boys and four girls were born in either Reutlngen where they lived for a short time and then they moved in Mahlspieren where they lived for six years.
They were comfortably well off and then had to pay off a bond Andreas had signed for one of his brothers who didn’t pay his bond. The had to give up their house and all their furnishings. They took their beautiful linens, extra clothing, beautiful cut glass dishes, good books and jewelry including their wedding rings to a friend to hold for them until they could retrieve them. The took an ax and chopped up all their nice furniture so the officers could take it away. After the trouble was settled they went back to their dear friend to ask for their property back. He refused to sell it back to them. They were left with nothing.
When they moved from Mahlspieren at this time they didn’t have a thing to their name. In this condition the humble Mormon elders found the Aikele family. The were living in an apartment in an old monastery upon the Veitsburg, a large hill. Andreas often said that if he hadn’t lost everything and become so poor, he wouldn’t have listened to he message brought to them by the missionaries.
The family traveled to Zion, from Mannheim, down the Rhine River to Rotterdam. They sailed across the North Sea to Hull, Holland. They crossed England to Liverpool. The sailed for American on the SS Wyoming on Nov 19, 1892. The voyage lasted twelve days. They landed in New York November 30, 1892. They took the train to Chicago from there to Denver, from there to Ogden, Utah and then on to Logan, arriving in Dec 1892. They were the only immigrants arriving and there was no one to meet them and no one understood German at the station.
Louise Aikele Speth
Louise took care of her great-aunt, Gottlieben Aikele Schmidberger, Andreas’ father’s sister. She stayed with her from about age 14 and only visited her family when she went to town to get supplies for her aunt. Louise lived with her until she died at age 77 and Louise was 20 years old. During that time her aunt would not let her talk to or have anything to do with boys telling her, “you cannot get married until I die.” When she died, she willed all her property and money to Andreas and his family. They were able to sell the property right away and use the money to travel to Utah.
Louise was five foot three inches, slight build with blue eyes and brown hair. Louise’s husband to-be, George Speth was the son of George Wilhelm Friedrich Speth & Anna Guther. When the Andreas family lived n Germany, they used to bake bread for their family in the big ovens of George W Speth. Their son George heard about the church in Germany and was baptized in 1892. He went to America on his own to go to Utah and settled in south Salt Lake, Farmers’ Ward. Andreas heard that George was in Utah through writing to his parents. George traveled to Providence to see some familiar faces from Germany and met Louise. They were married 29 Apr 1893 in the Logan temple. They rented a farm for a few years, then bought an 80 acre farm in College Ward, UT.
Bertha Aikele Zollinger
Ezra born 4 Jan 1902
Eugene Andreas born 21 May 1903
Bertha Rosetta born 8 Sep 1904
Louise Charlotte 26 Dec 1905
Floyd Aikele 23 Apr 1907
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In later years, when he wasn't able to work in the mines, Grandfather wove carpets. He delighted in this kind of work very much. Farming and mining were alright when he had to do it, but best of all to design and weave carpets, shawls, and cloth. Everyone liked his carpets because they were neatly designed and were durable too.
He received many orders from the people of Logan, who brought their rags. No one here could weave carpets quite like him. He would beat the rags so hard and worked them so tight that the finished product was very firm and made for long wear.
His children tried to urge him to discontinue his weaving as it was getting too hard for him to do, but he would not. He said, "When a man quits working, he dies." So he kept on with his weaving until the time of his death in 1915.