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Louis Altreuter

Born: February 24,1853 - Died November 19,1922

Historical Perspective

Large 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

Louis Altreuter 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 children.

Any information about the family would be appreciated and can be sent to Ken Altreuter at