52 Ancestors #03 Charles Wilhelm Dahl


Age 14 Merchant Marine

Age 14 Merchant Marine

Charles Wilhelm Dahl was born 20 Aug, 1866 in Haderslev, Sonderjylland, Denmark and received his education there.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Denmark.  At the young age of 14 he went to work as a merchant marine.  For nine years he worked as a seaman on merchant ships and in 1889 came from Marseilles, France and then onto Philadelphia, PA at about the age of 23. He left Philadelphia and headed to Huron, SD, most likely for homestead land.  He was later employed by the Chicago and North Western Railroad until 1899 when he moved to a farm in Beadle County and in 1936 he retired.The 1900 Beadle County, SD census lists him as William C. with his wife Amela (Bertha Amelia Matter), born 05 Aug 1877 Hakendorf, Germany,  and children Helena, Johanna, and Margreta.

Right next door is Ernest M. Dahl born in 1834 and his wife Margreta born 1932 in Germany.

It shows that Ernest came to the USA in 1888, Charles Wilhelm in 1889, Margreta in 1890 and Ameila in 1892.  The two men show their naturalization took place in Pennsylvania.Dahl, Charles Wilhelm

Charles W. Dahl and Amelia B. in 1930 are living in Pearl Creek Twsp, Beadle, SD next door to Gust F. and Margaret A. Matter.  On the same census page are William A. and Ella Matter with children Earl J and Florence L., and the household of Charles A. and Martha P. Matter.  Keep in mind that Matter is Charles wife’s maiden name.

Their children include, Helen Christine (16 Apr 1896), Johanna Louise (27 Sep 1897), Margaretha Ernestine (17 Sep 1899), Ernest William (02 Jan 1902), Syne Marie (22 Jul 1903), Bertha Amelia (10 Mar 1905), Elizabeth Mary (03 Nov 1906), Elsie Augusta (25 Jul 1911).