numbers of Germans immigrated to this country in the 1840's and 1850's.
Louis Altreuter's parents were among this group. Germany was politically
a weak confederation of small states at the time. In the early 1840's,
harvests were poor and the economy was weak in the German Confederation.
We do not know if Louis's parents met and married in Germany, or if they
met in New York.
Louis was born in the melting pot of New York City. He was 8 years old at the beginning of the Civil War.
In 1877, the first public telephones were introduced
in the United States. In 1880, electric lights were introduced to New
York City streets.
In 1889, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington
become states and Oklahoma was opened to non-Indian settlement
was born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 24, 1853.
According to the 1920 census, both of his parents
were born in Germany. His occupation in 1920 is listed as bank clerk.
In the 1870 census, a William Altreuter is listed
in New York City with a birth date of 1849 and birth place as New York
City. This could have been a brother of Louis Altreuter. No other Altreuters
are listed in NYC in the 1870 census although Louis and his parents were
probably living in NYC at that time.
Louis Altreuter married Elinore Boyd on November
3, 1875. Her name appears in the 1920 census as Louis' wife. She is also
in the 1930 census in New York City, but Louis is absent. According
to his daughter's Bible, he died on November 19, 1922.
Louis and Elinore had four children:
Mary Emma. Altreuter born December 17, 1876
William B. Altreuter born February 1, 1880
Louis B. Altreuter born September 4, 1886
Royal Washington Altreuter born May 6, 1889
We know essentially nothing about the life of Louis
or his parents. We have no pictures of him or his parents. We have a
fairly complete accounting of the descendents of three of Louis's four