Wilhelmina Schubert (1843-1934)

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Wilhelmina Catob
Fritz & Minnie Catob
Born: 8 Jan 1843 Riesenberg, Germany
Died: 3 Jan 1934 Harbor Springs, Michigan
Father: John Schubert
Mother: Marie
Siblings: Wilhelmina Schubert
Spouse: Frederick L. Chudobba
Married: 1875 Riesenberg, Germany

Wihelmina Schubert was born January 8, 1843 in Reisenberg, West Preussen, Germany, daughter of John and Marie Schubert.

Minnie married Frederick L. Chudobba in 1875 at Germany.

They immigrated to the US and 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.

Minnie died 3 January 1934 in Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan and is buried in the Lakeview Cemetery in Harbor Springs.

Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs
Lakeview Cemetery, Harbor Springs


Emmet County's Weekly Newspaper, August 26, 1971:

Rural Ramblings
(Hedrick District, West Traverse, Pleasantview)

by Lois Jane Ruonavaara

Catob, Fritz and Minnie.jpg

On a hillside between Emmet Heights and Hedrick Road can be seen the remains of a house and barn enjoyed by this couple for whom Catob Road is named. Neighbors still remember their good garden, and Mrs. Catob's fine cooking. Mr. Lee Cosens, Sr., used to work for them. Their niece, Mrs. Gerald Carmer, still lives in Harbor Springs.

Mrs. Catob told my grandparents how, as a girl in Germany, working as a servant on one of the large estates, she helped clean and cook many chickens for the people in the "big house", but only had the left-overs to eat. "Gott has been gut to me," she said. "I have had this." Here is food for thought for us for whom, in recent years, chicken has been one of the least expensive meats!

As a child I remember the Catobs driving past in their horse and buggy, and stopping at our front gate to visit. At their home I first saw, and was fascinated by, an authentic German Cuckoo clock, and first tasted delicious German potato pancakes.

Catob Farm


  • 1880 Federal Census, Pleasant View, Emmet, Michigan:
CAUTABA, Frederick
Minnie, Wife, Md, female, white, 35, Keeping House, BAVARIA, BAVARIA, BAVARIA
  • 1900 Federal Census, Little Traverse township, Emmet, Michigan, 22 June 1900, Dwelling #340:
Name: Minnie Kutobia
Head of Household: Fred Kutobia
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: Jan 1843
Age: 57
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 25
Marriage Year (Estimated): 1875
Mother of how many children: 0
Number of Living Children: 0
Immigration Year: 1872
Birthplace: Germany
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
  • 1930 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Catob, Fred
, Minnie, wife, female, white, 83, married at 30, Ger, Ger, Ger, speaks German
1934 01 03 Catob, Wilhelmina.jpg
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Date of Death: 1/3/1934
Liber: 5
Folio: 149
Place of Death: Harbor Springs
  • Family Records of John Catob
Catob, Minnie
Died: 1934
Sec: J
Lot: 28