|The emigrants of the
Giezendanner-Mettler branch to Indianapolis in the middle
of the 1900's
by Dr Ernst W.
Alther, St Gallen
Giesendanner translation and published here with the
approval and consent of the writer)
From the alliance of
Giezendanner-Anderegg (x 1726) stems Hans Martin
Giezendanner-Friedrich (x 1785), who originally settled
as a baker in Furth on Necker River, then at Ennet Brugg
from 1770 onwards in the community of Wattwil. His son
Johannes, who lived from 1788 to 1849 in Ennet Brugg,
made his apprenticeship as a sugar baker and took over
his Dad's bakery after his father's death . From the
first marriage Giezendanner-Näf (x 1814) came Anna
Barbara who was not yet of age when her mother died. In
1838 Anna Barbara married in Lichtensteig Josua Wäspi,
who was a fitter and kitchen stove manufacturer, founding
the third branch of the St. Gallen Lines.
From the second marriage of Johannes Giezendanner to Anna
Mettler in 1831, two daughters and one son survived. One
daughter married in the Canton of Zürich. After the
death of her husband in 1849, the widow decided to sell
the house and bakery in Ennet Brugg and emigrated to
America with the younger daughter and the son to America.
The son Wilhelm (William) Giezendanner, who lived from
1845 till 1925, established himself as a baker in
Indianapolis, developed a modern enterprise and was very
successful in his trade.
William was also an honorable member of the Meridian
Lodge and Order of the Odd Fellows, and built the
"Wm Giezendanner Building" at the Senat
Avenue/Indian Avenue and Vermont Street in Indianapolis.
In the year of the foundation of the bakery William
Giezendanner married in 1868 Margaretha Hoffmann. Out of
this marriage came beside the daughter Myrthe Lucila in
between 1868 and 1898 five sons, whose names were John
George, Harry F., Walter B., William Jr. and Charles J.;
in the next generations 31 descendants were born.
Toggenburgische und werdenbergische Auswanderungen Mitte
des 17., 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts
Toggenburger Annalen 1998)