Frederick L. Chudobba (1852-1933)

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Frederick L. Chudobba
Catob, Fritz & Minna.jpg
Fritz & Minnie Catob
Born: Nov 1852 Riesenberg, Germany
Died: 1 Apr 1933 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Father: Jakob Chudobba
Mother: Louise Müller
Siblings: Gottfried Chudobba
Christian Chudobba
Johann Adolph Chudobba
Frederick L. Chudobba
Christine Chudobba
Gottfried Chudobba
Spouse: Wilhelmina Schubert
Married: 1875 Riesenberg, Germany

Frederick L. Chudobba was born in November 1852 in Reisenberg, West Preussen, Germany.

His parents are Jakob Chudobba and Louise Müller.

Fritz married Wilhelmina Schubert.

He immigrated to the US in 1871 they bought land outside Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan and had what became known as the Catob Farm on Catob Road. Fritz helped build the railway from Petoskey to Mackinac City. They Americanized their last name to Catob so their neighbors could pronounce it.

Fritz died 1 April 1933 in Emmet Co., Michigan and is buried in the Lakeview Cemetery in Harbor Springs.

Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs


  • 1880 Federal Census, Pleasant View, Emmet, Michigan:
CAUTABA, Frederick, head, Md, male, white, 30, Farmer
Minnie, Wife, Md, female, white, 35, Keeping House, BAVARIA, BAVARIA, BAVARIA
  • 1920 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Name: Fred Kutobia
Residence: Harbor Springs village, Emmet, Michigan
Birth date: Nov 1852
Birthplace: Germany
Relationship to head-of-household: Self
Spouse's name: Minnie Kutobia
Spouse birthplace: Germany
Father's birthplace: Germany
Mother's birthplace: Germany
Race or color (expanded): White
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Years married: 25
Estimated marriage year: 1875
Immigration year: 1871
Enumeration district: 0092
Sheet number and letter: 19B
Household id: 379
Reference number: 76
GSU film number: 1240710
Image number: 00366
Collection: United States Census, 1900
  • 1930 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Catob, Fred, head, male, white, 79, married at 26, Ger, Ger, Ger, speaks German
, Minnie, wife, female, white, 83, married at 30, Ger, Ger, Ger, speaks German
  • Family Records of John Catob
Catob, Fred
Died: Apr 1, 1933
Sec: J
Lot: 28