Martin BUCKWAR arrived at the port of Castle Garden, NEW YORK CITY, on 31 Mar 1893, on the “Strassburg,” from BREMEN, GERMANY; he traveled with two friends also from DRACHHAUSEN, Fred HANNUSCH and Martin GOSCHMANN.


1)      Martin BUCKWAR, 17, laborer, record reads “BUKWAR”


He was the son of August Carl BUCKWAR and Anna Elizabeth MEHLOW of DRACHHAUSEN.  He immigrated to FORT MADISON, IA, where he apparently joined the military. Martin was a veteran of the Spanish American War, which began in February, 1898 and lasted through December, 1898. He served with Company F of the 50th Iowa Volunteer Regiment.


Martin went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad in 1900, working with Wendish immigrant Matthes TESCHA YURTH, 17, who had immigrated 3 years prior, possibly from SCHMOGROW.


At some point he met Wendish immigrant, Mary NUEMANN, who was 2 years younger than Martin. He was 24 when he married her in 1899.


2)      Mary NUEMANN had immigrated in 1883, with the rest of her family, when she was 7, from TURNO or SCHMOGROW, Brandenburg Germany, a few miles from Drachhausen.


He started building a house in 1898 and finished it in 1902. They had 3 children.

1)      Walter Frederick Carl BUCKWAR, b. 1901, died age 20

2)      Ester Louise Selma BUCKWAR, b. 1908, married Gene Patrick

3)      Lorreine Ruby BUCKWAR, b. 1912, married Virgil Wayne Thompson


A civic minded man, he was a member of the St. John Evangelical Reformed Church, Claypoole Lodge No. 13 A.F.&A.M., Potowonok Chapter No. 28 R.A.M., Delta Commandery No. 51 Knights Templar and Kaaba Shrine of Davenport.  He was a former officer of the Southeast Iowa Shrine club. Martin retired from the Railroad 1940.


Revised November 10, 2005





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