Historic Steussy Photos

Edwin, Leroy and Henry M. Steussy, appox. 1900 and 1904

Edwin, Leroy and Henry M. Steussy, appox. 1900 and 1904

My grandfather is the child on the left in both photos. Dates are approximate. Their mother, Maria, died when Leroy was only seven months old. Leroy was adopted by his aunt, Anna Steussy and her husband Paul Kubli. Father Henry and the two sons left for South Dakota, but returned after a few years to New Glarus. Father Henry remarried to Ellen Kundert Steussy of New Glarus. Click through to see more.

Henry and Maria Steussy

Henry and Maria Steussy

Henry (seen above) was the ninth child of Melchior Steussy, the first person with the last name Steussy (an Ellis Island misspelling of the Swiss-German name Stüssi). All persons with a surname Steussy, of that particular spelling, can trace their heritage to Melchoir. He immigrated in 1845 to New Glarus, Wisconsin. Henry Steussy, Senior was born in 1874 and married Maria Geiger. After having three children, Maria died at the age of 23 in 1898. Her tombstone is one of the largest and most ornate in the New Glarus cemetery.

Henry Steussy, Sr. and Ellen Kundert Steussy

Henry Steussy, Sr. and Ellen Kundert Steussy

Henry Steussy, Sr. remarried to Ellen Kundert. They lived into the 1950’s and were present at Calvin and Gene Steussy’s wedding.

Henry M. Steussy

Henry M. Steussy

This is a portrait of Henry Senior and Maria Geiger’s eldest son, Henry Melchoir Steussy. Henry M. Steussy married Clarice Babler and had one child, Norman Babler Steussy.

All photos here are courtesy of Bonnie and Buzz Steussy.

2 Responses to “Historic Steussy Photos”

  1. Jolly Steussy Baker says:

    Hi Ed,
    I am Bonnie Steussy’s elder sister. I spent many summers in Montecello and New Glarus and visited my great grandparents yearly until I was 16.
    I would like to offer you some additional information for our family tree. My actual Birthday is Feb. 06, 1938. I was married to Robert W. Baker from October, 1966 until January 1975. My daughter Dawn Leigh Baker Neary was born March 21, 1962 and my son Daniel Reed Baker was born August 17, 1959.

    Thank you for your hard work. I look forward to sharing it with Dan and Dawn and their children.

  2. […] spelling, is a descendant of Melchoir and one of his ten children. Our oldest photos (located here) show Henry Steussy, his ninth child and my […]

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