The photo is of William "Bill" Rohde's WWI United States Army picure.

Wilhelm (Willliam) Gustave Carl August Rohde "Bill" (Karl Friedrich, Wilhelm Rohde) was born 25 March 1894 in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan and was christened 15 April 1894 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  He died 19 October 1982 in Westgate Manor Nursing Home, St. Louis, Michigan and was buried in Richland Township Cemetery, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.William's sponsors for his baptism were Gustave Stenzel, Wilhelm Diener and Ferdinand Durow.  Bill was confirmed on March 24, 1909 at St. Peter's Evangical Lutheran Church in Hemlock, Michigan and his Confirmation Bible Verse was 2 Corinthians 12 V. 9. 

 

William G. Rohde was inducted into the army on November 17, 1917.  He sailed from the United States on June 19, 1918.  According to his "Individual Pay Record Book", William G. Rohde's monthly pay was $33.00 less his W.R. $10,000 Insurance premium of $6.60.  He received $26.40 per month.  This book lists his "Date of arrival in U.S. from f. s. (foreign service) July 3, 1919.

During WWI, William fought in France.  He drove an ammunition wagon with a team of eight horses.  William said that when the bugler sounded charge, the horses were trained to charge and there was no stopping them.  Ammunition wagons were prime targets, so he rode on the lead horse rather than on the wagon.  While in France, he had three of his horses shot and would have to cut them loose on the run because the other horses would not stop.  He was recognised as being skilled with horses and selected to drive the team that pulled the "big guns that could shoot 18 miles".

That winter in France was terrible cold.  He said that the horses were better off than the men because they always had plenty to eat and warm blankets.  At night, it would get so cold that some men would dig holes into the manure pile and crawl in because it would be warmer there.

Bill was a sharp shooter in the army and received several medals.  He was a member of the Merrill-Hemlock Post #7302 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Bill and Esther Rohde's wedding photo.

Bill married Esther Bertha Pretzer Hoeppner, daughter of Ferdinand Pretzer and Bertha Emily Achterberg, on 21 December 1924 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan by Rev. Ernst Walther.  Their marriage witnesses were Joh. Pretzer and Anna Anderson - Pretzer.   Esther was born 29 August 1897 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and was christened 26 September 1897 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  She died 21 March 1982 in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan and was buried in Richland Township Cemetery, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

The photo is of Bill and Esther Rohde.

William and Esther's first home was on Steele Road.  They next moved to Patterson Road and lived on a farm owned by Clyde Cox.  There he farmed for Mr. Cox.

Finally, they bought forty acres of land on Hemlock Road from a brother-in-law, Charles Zabel.   He now worked his own farm and worked for Schultz Brothers in Saginaw (They made milk coolers for farmers).

After leaving Schultz Brothers, he farmed full time and Esther worked for Midland Hospital.  After she left the hospital, William continued to farm full time and they added more chickens to the farm and had an egg route in Saginaw, delivering eggs to homes and stores. 

"I remember my grandfather as a quietly strong, moral, hard working man who liked to have fun.  I remember him coming by with a sleigh (looking back.. it was a big old pallet) hitched to his tractor, picking up his grandchildren, and taking us on a thrill ride about the farm.  In the summer, we (the grandchildren and some neighbors) would often gather in grandpa's back yard to play baseball.  Usually grandpa would be working, but I can remember him coming out and playing ball with us, laughing and having a great time.

The trips to their, William's and Esther's, cabin in Harrison were also adventurous events.  They would gather up grandchildren from several families (I think they tried to group us by age and gender) and off to the wilderness we would go.  The cabin had a hand pump outside for water, an outhouse, and the water in the lake was always cold, but I had a great time every time I got to go.

After his funeral, I had people of all ages express to me how much they liked my grandfather and gave examples of his dry sense of humor and pranks that took years to set up.  I miss him a great deal.  Bradley Rohde"

The photo is of the William Rohde Family: left to right - sitting: Violet Helfrect, Esther and Bill Rohde; left to right - standing: Wallace Rohde, Emil Hoeppner, Elwood Rohde and Bill Rohde Jr.

William and Esther had the following children:

1.   Violet Emma Meta Hoeppner was born 4 November 1919 and died 21 October 1997.

2.   Emil Arthur Hoeppner was born 19 July 1923 and died 5 October 2004.

3.   Elwood Elder Rohde was born 3 June 1927 and died 21 May 2000.

4.   Wallace Walter Rohde was born 17 February 1930 and died 13 February 1996.

5.   William Jr. Rohde

The photo is of Violet Hoeppner's confirmation picture.

Violet Emma Meta Hoeppner was born 4 November 1919 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and was christened 23 November 1919 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  She died 21 October 1997 in Heartland Health Care, Saginaw, Michigan and was buried 24 October 1997 in Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

Violet's sponsors for her baptism were Edward Hoeppner, Emma Neuenfeldt, Wilhelm Pretzer and Meta Pretzer.  

Violet married Harold R. Helfrecht.  He was born 31 January 1914 in Saginaw, Michigan.  He died 8 November 1997 in Saginaw General Hospital, Saginaw, Michigan and was buried 11 November 1997 in Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

Violet and Harold had the following children:

1.   Carol Jean Helfrecht was born 13 October and died 14 September 1988.

2.   Doris Helfrecht was born 1 July and died 4 May 1968.

3.   Barbara Ann Helfrecht was born 19 July 1942 and died 3 November 1952.

4.   Harold R. Helfrecht was born 25 June 1951 and died 10 November 1951.

5.   David Helfrecht

Emil Arthur Hoeppner was born 19 July 1923 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and was christened 5 August 1923 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  He died 5 October 2004 in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan and was buried in Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

Emil married Herta F. Tessin.  Herta was born 18 November 1922 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.  She died 6 March 2005 in Jonesfield Township, Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan and was buried in Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

Emil and Herta had the following children:

1.   Elaine Hoeppner

2.   Wilfred Hoeppner

3.   Arnold L. Hoeppner was born 1 December 1944 in Midland County, Michigan and died 18 October 1968 due to a automobile accident on St. Andrew's Drive in Saginaw, Michigan.  Arnold served two tours in Viet Nam in the United State Army.  Arnold is buried in the Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

4.   Gerald Hoeppner

5.   Lloyd Hoeppner was born on 20 January 1952 and died on 16 October 2013 and is buried in the Richland Lutheran Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

The photo is of Elwood Rohde's confirmation picture.

Elwood Elder Rohde was born 3 June 1927 and was christened 19 June 1927 in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  He died 21 May 2000 and was buried in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

1.   Elwood married Erma M. Corbat.  They had the following children:

2.   Joseph Rohde

3.   Deanna Rohde

4.   Alan Rohde

5.   Lorraine Marie Rohde was born 5 August 1954 and died 20 August 1954.

6.   Laurie Rohde

7.   Joan Rohde

8.   Douglas Rohde

9.   Phillip Rohde

10.  Michelle Rohde.

The photo is of Wallace Rohde's confirmation picture.

Wally Walter Rohde "Wally" was born 17 February 1930 in Ingersol Township, Midland County, Michigan.  He died 13 February 1996 in Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan and was buried 17 February 1996 in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

Wally was employed by the Farm Bureau, Saginaw, retiring in 1975.  Wally served the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1953 and was a member of the V.F.W. Post #7302.

 

Wally married Louise Marie MdDonald daughter of Malcolm McDonald, on 28 November 1954 in Fremont Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.

 

Wally and Louise had the following children:

1.   John Wallace Rohde was born 15 July 1955 and died 22 October 2006.

2.   Thomas Rohde

3.   Connie Louise Rohde was born 5 August 1956  and died 25 December 1975.

4.   James Rohde

5.   Walter Rohde.

The photo is of Bill Rohde's confirmation picture.

William Jr. Rohde "Bill" was christened in Zion Lutheran Church, Richland Township, Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan.  Bill  married Lois Hutfilz.  They had the following children:

1.   Bradley Rohde

2.   Gregory Rohde

3.   Catherine  Rohde

4.   Dale Rohde

SOURCES:  researched by Brad and Jackie Rohde;  photo's and information  by William and Esther Pretzer Rohde, William and Lois Rohde, Erma Rohde, and Louise Rohde.