Wilhelm Krisch

29 March 1905–6 December 1980 (Age 75)
Odoien, Johannisburg, East Prussia, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Wilhelm

When Wilhelm Krisch was born on 29 March 1905, in Odoien, Johannisburg, East Prussia, Prussia, Germany, his father, Gottlieb Krisch, was 34 and his mother, Maria Penski, was 37. He married Emma Stank on 28 October 1938. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Arkansas, United States in 1944 and Oklahoma, United States in 1944. He died on 6 December 1980, in Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Bountiful Memorial Park, Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Wilhelm Krisch
Emma Stank
Marriage: 28 October 1938
Renate Erika Krisch

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    Emma Stank


28 October 1938


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World Events (8)

1906 · Diamonds Found Near Murfreesboro

Age 1

In a 37- acre plowed field in  a state park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas visitors are able to go looking for diamonds. This was the site for the first diamond discovery in 1906. Through the years more than 33,100 diamonds have been found at the Crater of Diamonds. 

Age 9

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina provoking World War I.
1927 · Land Covered in Dinosaur Fossils

Age 22

The quarry was originally found by sheepherders and cattlemen as they drove their animals through the area. The Department of Geology at the University of Utah soon visited the area and found 800 fossils of a variety of Dinosaurs from the Jurassic Era. Because of the proximity of the site to Cleveland, Utah, and because most of the expeditions were financed by Malcolm Lloyd, the site was later known as the Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry. In later years, Princeton college spent three summers at the site. They collected a total of 1,200 bones, part of which were sent back to the school and mounted to complete a full skeleton of an Allosaurus, Utah’s State Fossil. Over the years, excavations led to the collection of more than 12,000 fossils from the quarry. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1965.

Name Meaning

German:1. from a short form of the personal name Krischan, a Slavic variant of Christian . 2. nickname for a loud person from Slavic krič ‘crier’ or a topographic name from Slavic křiž.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Selbongen Branch, Königsberg District

"Selb​​ongen Branch, Königsberg District" Roger P. Minert, In Harm’s Way: East German Latter-day Saints in World War II (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2009). Link: h …

Sources (3)

  • Wilhelm Krisch, "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957"
  • Wilhelm Krisch, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Wilhelm Krisch in entry for Gertrude Czwikowski Kirsch, "Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005"

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