Edward Peter Basse


Personal and Family Information

Edward was born on 14 JUN 1833 in Westphalia, Prussia, the son of unknown parents.

He died on 25 JAN 1892 in Beloit, Kansas.

His wife was Lydia A. Trumbauer, who he married on 16 SEP 1865 in Waterloo, Iowa. Their three known children were Ida Hellena (1867-1942), Charlotte Mary (1866-1954) and Dora Matilda (1869-1937).


Birth14 JUN 1833
Place: Westphalia, Prussia
Death25 JAN 1892
Place: Beloit, Kansas


Note 1

Edward Peter Basse was born 14 June 1833 in the Providence of Westphalia, Prussia, Germany, where he attended school until he was 15 years old. He intended to study for the ministry, but the death of his father caused him to turn his thoughts in another channel. When 13 years old he began to learn the trade of gold and silver smithing. He came to the United States arriving in New York City in February 1855, and immediately went to Philadelphia, where he stayed a short time, and then moved to Stephenson County, Illinois where he engaged in his trade, and part of his time at farming. In 1858 he came to Blackhawk Co., Iowa and located in Barclay township. He lived there until 1861 when he started for Colorado with an ox team, and eight dollars in his pocket to pay expenses, but returned with a couple of thousand dollars, a top carriage and two ponies. He lived in Central City, Colorado, pursuing his business of jeweler. His establishment was known as the "Crystal Palace".

In 1865 he returned to Blackhawk County, Barclay township. On September 16, 1865 in Waterloo, Iowa he married Lydia A. Trumbauer, daughter of Peter and Mary (Boyer) Trumbauer of Barclay township. Eight of their children v/ere born in Jesup. Edward Peter was appointed postmaster of Barclay township in 1868. He was a Republican in politics and was township constable eight years, township collector one year and Road Supervisor one term. He was a member of No. 133, Jesup Lodge of I.O.O.F. and also a member of Blue Ribbon Temperance Reform Society of Barclay township.

In the fall of 1879 they moved to Beloit, Mitchell Co., Kansas, and lived on a farm about eleven miles south of Beloit. They lived on the farm until I889 when they moved into Beloit and operated "The Valley Hotel". Their last three children were born in Beloit. Edward Peter had been ill for some time, but did not suspect any danger when on Monday night 25 January 1892 he took a drink of water and told his wife he would lie down on the bed for a while to rest. Nothing peculiar was noticed in his actions as he slowly reclined and apparently went to sleep. His wife noting the suddenness of the appearance of sleep tried to rouse him but he was dead. He is buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Beloit, Kansas.

Since the death of her husband, Lydia lived mostly with her children. She made her last visit to Beloit in the summer of 1924. She then went to Lomita, California to stay with her daughter Lottie Smith where she died the l4th of March 1925. She is buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Beloit, She was a member of the Lutheran Church for 65 years.