Helms, Schmalgemeier

Henry C. and Marie (Schmalgemeier) Helms
Henry C. and Marie (Schmalgemeier) Helms

My research

All of my genealogy information is now available in the Genealogies section of FamilySearch.org.

I am looking for a place where I can post my photos online where they will be available publicly, freely and permanently. I previously attached my old photos to individuals in FamilySearch’s Family Tree, but I can’t be sure they will continue to be available there. It’s too easy and common for other users to merge these individuals into people in “their” family trees, deleting the ones I attached the photos to.



Henry Helms’ name is at the bottom of this page from a list of passengers arriving in New York City on the ship Havel on Sept. 20, 1893. The family story is that he was a stowaway, but this record shows he traveled in steerage. He was 16 years old and departed from Bremen, Germany. There does not appear to be anyone else from his family on this page. It says he was a farmer and his intended destination was East Henderson, Minnesota. (He joined his brother Herman there.)


I_SCHM_immHenry Schmalgemeier and his daughter arrived in New York City Feb. 27, 1901, on the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. I do not know why she was listed as Fredrika rather than Marie, but the age is right. It’s also interesting that Henry’s granddaughter said his wife’s/Marie’s mother’s name was Freda Rike (or was it Freda Reich? or Friederike?). It’s a piece that will fall into place eventually.

They traveled here with Henry’s sister, Dorothea Schmalgemeier Eikmeier, and her husband, Wilhelm Eikmeier. Notice their nationality is given as “USA” and their residence as “Great Bend, Kansas”; the 1920 census says they originally came to the US in 1882.

The family story is that Henry was crippled and couldn’t come into the US directly; supposedly he had to go to Canada first and then go to Great Bend. I don’t know whether that is true or not. There is a note to the left of his name that says “Hold.” I can’t read what it says under the “Deformed or Crippled” column on the far right. I do know that people who appeared unhealthy were detained at Ellis Island and eventually allowed to enter the country or sent back to Europe. It seems unlikely that happened to Henry, because when he applied for citizenship he listed his arrival on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse (although he gave the year as 1900).


Souvenir of Larned and Pawnee County Kansas
This book or booklet makes me want to move to Larned! Of course, that was the intention of the businessmen who published it in the early 1900s. On page 66 there is a photo of the F. H. Meckfessel home; Christina Helms married a Meckfessel.