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Updated: 24 May 2012


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Peter Ley married (1) Mary Simon (d. 24 Feb 1856 in Wabasha, MN, USA) and (2) Katherine Fisch (b. in Hanover, Germany. Married to Peter in 1857)). Peter and Mary had 4 children:

  1. Michael Ley (1848 - 1911)

  2. Joseph Ley (1850 - 1914)

  3. Elizabeth Ley (1852 - 1943)

  4. John Henry Ley (1853 - 29 Oct 1901) married Theresa Greden (09 May 1856 - 19 Nov 1926). They had 11 children:

  • Magdalena Helen "Lena" Ley (17 May 1878 - 09 Oct 1966) married Joseph G. Lauters (1875 - ). They had 2 children.
  • Katherine "Kate" Ley (25 May 1879 - 28 Jan 1959) married Peter Fisch (15 March 1874 - 12 Oct 1952). They had 3 children: Viola T., Roman J., & Gertrude J. (A number of Fisch names are in the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project.)
  • Anna Catherine Ley (11 Aug 1881 - 27 Oct 1970) married John G. Nemmers (20 Jan 1881 - 30 Jan 1974). They had 4 children: Orville Joseph, Elmer John, Evelyn, Verna.
  • Margaret Theresa Ley (22 Feb 1883 - 18 Dec 1965) married John W. Nemmers (27 July 1880 - 16 Oct 1970). They had 9 children: Celeste Helen & Cletus Charles (twins), Melita Kathryn, Sylvia Ida (died in infancy), Clarice Ann, Charlotte Margaret, Margaret Theresa, Florine Mae, John Charles.
  • Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ley (25 March 1885 - 26 April 1980) married Frank Francis Faber (18 Oct 1882 - 16 Aug 1955). (A number of Faber names are in the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project.) They had a son, Arnold Faber.
  • Ida Ley (19 Nov 1886 - 21 Dec 1970) married Peter F. Thoma (01 April 1890 - 21 Nov 1973). They had 2 children: Helen A. and Lorraine. (A number of Thoma names are in the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project.)
  • Angeline Petronella Ley (06 Oct 1888 - June 1971) married Theo Warren. They had 3 children: Marrette, Robert, Kathleen.
  • George Matthew Mathias Ley (18 April 1891 - 11 Jan 1900)
  • John Peter Ley (18 April 1891 - 15 Aug 1891)
  • Andrew G. Ley (18 Oct 1893 - 25 Jan 1961) married Josephine Huegurich (23 July 1968) Gravestone photo Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carroll, IA
  • Josephine Susan Ley (12 March 1897 - ) married Adolph Klenner (24 Oct 1897 - Oct 1985). They had 2 children: Marlys & Marain.

Peter Ley married (2) Catherine Fisch (1822 - 1915). They had  3 daughters:

  1. Mary Ley (28 April 1857 in Glasgow, Wabasha, MN, USA - 01 March 1902 in Caledonia Village, Houston, MN) married Anthony Molitor (1850 - 1897)

  2. Margaret Ley (28 April 1857 - ) married Casper Wholgenant (1851 in Austria - ). They had 3 daughters.

  3. Catherine "Kate" Ley (07 May 1862 - 04 April 1926 in Winona, MN, USA) married Peter J. Stiever (10 May 1852 - 13 April 1930)


Mathias Fisch (Sep 1833 - ) married Susan (Feb 1840 - ). They had 5 children:

  1. Jennie Fisch (March 1864 - )
  2. Ursula Fisch (Oct 1870 - )
  3. Peter Fisch (15 March 1874 - 12 Oct 1952)
  4. Joseph D. Fisch (Oct 1880 - )
  5. Lena Fisch (Sep 1889 - )

Death of J. H. Ley

J. H. Ley, proprietor of the Western house, died at his home on Tuesday morning after a very brief illeness of pneumonia.

The funeral was held this morning at St. Joseph's church under the auspices of the Catholic Order of Foresters of which the deceased was a prominent member. Mr. Ley came to LeMars from Remsen about a year and a half ago and during that time has built up an extensive hotel business and made a number of friends.

Mr. Ley was a member of the Carroll court of Foresters and carried insurance to the amount of $3000 in the order.

A large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral.

Deceased was born at Aurora, Ill,, about forty-eight years ago and after spending his earlier life in Illinois went to Minnesota where he was united in marriage with Miss Theresia Greden at Wabasha, Minn., in St. Felix church, June, 1877. Eleven children were born to them, nine of whom survives him. The children are Lena, Katie, Anna, Maggie, Lizzie, Edith, Angie, John and George. The two who have passed away are Andrew and Josephine. After marriage the family lived in Minnesota about five years and then went to South Dakota wher they lived for sixteen years. They lived at Carroll three years and at Remsen and then here.

Mrs. Theresa Ley Passes Away Friday -- Leaves Large Family

LeMars Globe Post, 22 Nov 1926 (Vol. 44, No. 9

Mrs. Theresa Ley, nee Theresa Greden, was born May 9, 1856, in Belgium. She came to the United States with her parents at the age of five years and the family settled at Port Washington, Wis. Here she received her early education and spent her childhood days. Her marriage to J.H. Ley occurred June 24, 1877. To this union 11 children were born, but twin boys born Jan. 11, 1900, died soon after birth. The surviving children are: Mrs. J.G. Lauters, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mrs. Peter Fisch, Oyens; Mrs. J.G. Nemmers, LeMars; Mrs. J.W. Nemmers, LeMars; Mrs. Frank Faber, Aurelia; Mrs. P.F. Thoma, LeMars; Mrs. Theo Warren, LeMars; Andrew G. Ley, Carroll; Mrs. A. Klenner, LeMars. One sister, Mrs. Helen Pulles of Wabasha, Minn., and one brother, Frank Greden of Minnieska, Minn., survive. Mr. Ley, husband of deceased, died Oct. 29, 1901 of pneumonia. Mrs. Ley is also survived by (blank) grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Her death occurred Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. P.F. Thoma. The funeral was held this morning at 10 o'clock from St. Joseph Catholic Church and the body was interred in the St. Joseph's cemetery.

Handwritten note on back of news article: "Family information on Theresa and John Ley: The family moved from Minnesota to Iowa. After some time there, they moved to Pierre, SD--went by boat from Sioux City to Pierre. In Pierre, John Ley ran the Government Store at Fort Pierre and the family lived in a home outside the fort. When the children were older the family moved to LeMars, IA where John Ley owned and operated the Western House Hotel. After John's death Theresa kept the hotel in operation until the girls had grown and married. At that time the hotel was torn down and my father, a contractor, built three homes on the site using lumber from the hotel. The three homes are still standing in good condition.


Elizabeth Faber celebrates 90th birthday at party
23 April 1975

(Newspaper source not known)

Mrs. Elizabeth Faber, Cherokee, was honored recently on her 90th birthday anniversary at the home of her niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Hatz in Le Mars. Co-hostess for the party was Geraldine Lauters, Le Mars, also a niece of Mrs. Faber. Mrs. Faber reportedly is in good health, gets around fairly good and maintains her own apartment at Cherokee. An evening potluck dinner and birthday cake was served followed by visiting. Guests in addition to Mr. and Mrs. Hatz and Geraldine Lauters were Mrs. Faber's son, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Faber of Cherokee and her grandson Donald Faber, Sioux City. Others attending the party were her nieces and nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kelly, Oyens; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Puetz, Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. Orville Nemmers, Remsen; Verna and Evelyn Nemmers, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Nemmers and Dr. and Mrs. R.J. Fisch, all of Le Mars. Mrs. Faber received many cards and gifts in addition to a plant from her nieces and nephews at Denver. She also received a telephone call from a nephew Vincent Lauters of Springfield, Ill. The former Elizabeth Ley, Mrs. Faber was born March 25, 1885. Many years ago her mother with the help of her daughters operated the Western House hotel in Le Mars. Mrs. Faber was married to the late Frank Faber. The couple had one son, Arnold of Cherokee.