Title: 1860 Federal Census
Page: MN > Stearns > St. Cloud
Title: 1900 Federal Census
Page: MN > Stearns > St. Cloud Twp
Title: Wildrose Stock Farm
Author: Edd Goerger
Publication: 1966; updated 1980
Title: Descendants of Arnold Goerger
Page: Pg 1
Author: Cathryn Sikorski
Publication: With additions and corrections by Jeanne Goerger.
Title: "Aged Pioneer Settler Dead"
Publication: St. Cloud, MN: Daily Times, Nov. 15, 1920
Page: Calvary Cemetery, St. Cloud, MN
Note: BIOGRAPHY: EDWARD GOERGER. Edward Goerger, residing in St. Cloud township, is one of the prominent citizens of Stearns county. He has devoted his life to agricultural pursuits and has gained valuable property and the esteem and respect of his fellow men. Mr. Goerger was born in Clinton county, Illinois, in 1844. His father was a farmer and was a native of Germany. He came to America in 1831, prior to his marriage, and settled at St. Louis, Missouri. He became a resident of Minnesota when our subject was eleven years of age, in 1856, and settled on the farm now owned by our subject in section 23, township 124, range 28. This was timber and prairie and the father at once began the improvement of the farm. He built a log cabin and this served as the home for several years. He farmed with oxen for many years and did his marketing at St. Cloud. The first two years grasshoppers destroyed the entire crops. Our subject assisted his father and drove oxen in his early youth. He enlisted August 15, 1862, in Company I, Seventh Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, campaigned with the regiment and was discharged from the service on account of disability caused by injuries. After receiving his honorable discharge Mr. Georger [sic] returned to the home farm and has resided there continuously since that date. He has met with success and enjoys prosperity in his pleasant home, surrounded by all the comforts of country life. Mr. Goerger was married in 1868 to Catherine Richter. Mrs. Goerger died April 10, 1900, leaving nine children, who are as follows: Barbara, born May 7, 1869; Elizabeth, born April 20, 1870; Bernard J., born August 29, 1871; Gerhard, born January 28, 1873; Edward, born September 11, 1874; Nicholas, born December 10, 1875; Philip, born March 7, 1877; Kathrina, born June 26, 1878; and Maria, born April 11, 1886. During the many years that Mr. Goerger has resided in St. Cloud township he has become recognized as one of the public-spirited citizens and he has been called upon to serve in numerous offices of trust. He has been assessor twenty years, clerk six or seven years, supervisor at different times and about thirty years has served as school clerk in his district. Politically he is a Democrat. -- From: Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota (Chicago, Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1904), page 528. CENSUS: 1860 Federal Census: MN, Stearns, St. Cloud Edward [Gorger], age 15, male, born in Illinois CENSUS: 1865 Minnesota Census: MN, Stearns, St. Cloud Twp. 1 June 1865. Gorger, Edmund, M CENSUS: 1875 Minnesota Census: MN, Stearns, Town of St. Cloud. 1 May 1875. (Microfilm reel #414, p. 221) Edward Goerger, age 30 , M, born in Prussia, fa born Prus, mo born Prus. CENSUS: 1900 Federal Census: Mn, Stearns, St. Cloud Twp. Georger Edward, head, W, M, born Dec 1844, age 55, widowed, married 28 years, born in Illinois, fa born Germany, mo born Germany, Occupation: farmer, owns home. OBITUARY: Aged Pioneer Settler Dead - Edward Goerger, Civil War Veteran, Died Sunday Evening at 9:45 - Edward Goerger, aged 76, a veteran of the Civil War and pioneer of Stearns County, died last evening at 9:45 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. M. C. Weyrens. Death occured without serious illness though the deceased had been failing in health for the past week. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning with services at nine o'clock at St. mary's church. Interment will be in Calvary cemetery. Mr. Georger was born December 11, 1844, in Clinton county, Ill., and in 1856 came to Minnesota with his parents. The trip to Minnesota was made on a river boat. The family came to Stearns county and bought homestead rights on a tract of 160 acres two and a hlaf miles south of St. Cloud on the Clearwater Road, the farm now owned and occupied by M. C. Weyrens. At the outbreak of the Civil War the deceased enlisted though he was only 16 years of age. He served with the Ninth Minnesota. Upon his discharge from the army he returned to his Stearns county home and upon his marriage to Catherine Richter purchased the homestead as his home. In 1895 Mr. and Mrs. Weyrens came to the farm to make their home. In 1900 Mrs. Goerger died and for the five years following Mr. Goerger remained at the Weyrens home. In 1905 he went to California where he became an inmate of the old soldiers home, remaining there until the spring of 1918 when he returned to his pioneer home. The surviving children are Mrs. M. G. Weyrens, Sr. Theophila, O. S. B. of Browerville, J. G. Goerger of Wydmer, N. D., E. B. Goerger of Duelm, J. F. Goerger of Leavenworth, Wash., Nicholas Goerger of Great Falls Mont., Philip Goerger of Collegeville, Mrs. E. V. Theisen of Collegeville and Mrs. Fred T. Lux of Sauk Centre. Two brothers, Barney Goerger of this city, and William Goerger of Ione, Oregon, and two sisters residing in St. Louis, survive. -- St. Cloud Daily Times, Mon. Nov. 15, 1920. BURIAL: Calvary Cemetery, S. Cooper Ave., St. Cloud, MN. Third row in from the road, about 20 graves from the south boundary of the cemetery.
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