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Schroder family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Schroder family.
Creator: Schroder, Claus, approximately 1869-1955.
Title: Schroder family papers
Dates: 1888-1954
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Identification: MS 1199

Biographical/Historical Note

Claus Schroder (ca. 1869-1955) was the second son of a wealthy German couple. At the age of 13, he left his home in Scharmbeck, Germany, and immigrated to the United States. He lived for a time in New York City before moving to Savannah, Georgia around 1893. By 1895 he had married Anna Gesine, an indentured servant two years older than Schroder; they had two daughters, Anna (Annie) and Lillian. Claus was one of the original directors of the Atlantic Mutual Fire Insurance Company and the Southern Savings and Loan Association. He was president of Schroder-Schnaars Grocery Company and was very involved in real estate. His daughter, Annie (ca. 1894-1971) was also quite involved in real estate management. She married Samuel F. Siceloff in the early 1920s.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of business papers concerning the businesses of Claus Schroder and his daughter, Annie Schroder Siceloff. The businesses concerned include Schroder's real estate business and Schroder-Schnaars Grocery Company. Also included is correspondence to and from various family members, including Claus Henry Schroder; his wife, Anna Gesine Schroder; Anna (Annie) Gesine Schroder Siceloff; Lillian Schroder Schwalbe; Herman Schroder (Claus' brother); Henry F. Schwalbe (Lillian's husband); Henrietta Siceloff Trotter (Annie Schroder Siceloff's daughter).

Some of the correspondence is in German.

Index Terms

Business enterprises--Georgia--Savannah.
Business letters.
Grocery trade.
Letters (correspondence)
Real property.
Schroder family.
Schroder, Claus, approximately 1869-1955.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from a descendant of the Schroder family.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Schroder family papers, MS 1199, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Anne Trotter, 1978.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11Family business correspondence to and from C.H. Schroder, 1903-1953, undated ( 46.0 items. )
Correspondents include (?) Halshen; Theodore A.H. Fincken; Fred and Fonnilis Gasan; Charles Seton Hardee; C. Henderson; Charles F. Fulton; Mary Helmken; Emil Wilhelm; Carl Mendel; Samuel Hornstein; W. Horace Stillwell; T.A. Waters; Sigo Mohr; Hattie Clark; Mr. Carr; H.L. Fulton; Walton Usher; Mamie Frazier; Mrs. Joe Brooker; Fred Wessels, Jr.; E.C. Knight; Rev. George S. Taylor; Washington Falk; Mrs. Louis Lucas; Harry and David; E.H. Tomlinson; A.D. Wells; Mrs. E.L. Brunson; Owen H. page, Jr.; Jason Collins; J.E. MacQuinn; J.S. Wakins. These letters deal with real estate, taxes the grocery business, and family news, primarily in Savannah.
2Miscellaneous correspondence to and from Anna Gesine Schroder Siceloff, 1920-1954, undated ( 35.0 items. )
Correspondents include Adele Segelken ("Mag"); Shelton Moose; Robert E. Carl; Josie Lalmsem; Marie Annie Ferperuson; Mr. McCarthy; Mrs. Riche; Fred Wessels, Jr.; W. Harvey Atkinson; Mr. Echols; L.C. Kessler; W.H. Stillwell; H.F. Gibbons; J.M. Flinn; Allan S. Bond; Paul Ladson; Louise Lunday Pick (Mrs. AL Pick); C.F. Powers; E.E. Wanek; Sidney C. Anschell; Juanita Trulock.
3Miscellaneous papers of Anna Gesine Schroder, 1952-1953

"Letter of Transmittal" from Anna Gesine Schroder to Philadelphia National Bank. Savannah, 1952 September 8, 1.0 p.
Transferal of stock, but letter was incomplete and was returned to her.
First Boston Corporation to Anna Gesine Schroder. New York, N.Y., 1953 May 25, 1.0 p.
Regarding transferal of stock.
4Miscellaneous papers of Lillian Schroder Swalbe, 1917-1927 ( 6.0 items. )
Mainly school papers plus two letters written in German.
5Johann Schroder to Herman Schroder. Osterholz, Germany, 1919 September 1 ( 2.0 p. )
Written in German.
6Marie Schwalbe to her cousin, Henrietta Siceloff Trotter. N.p., undated ( 2.0 p. )
Family news.
7Miscellaneous legal documents concerning the Schroder family and business, 1888-1943 ( 8.0 items. )
These are primarily deeds and contracts for real estate improvements. People involved are Isaac Drayton La Roche, Mary Johnson, C.H. Schroder, Herman Schroder, W.F. Cardinal, Samuel Neal, Schroder-Schnaars Grocery Company, Samuel F. Siceloff, Thomas Patu, Margaret L. Proctor, C.F. Proctor et al.
8Miscellaneous correspondence to and from unidentifiable members of the family, 1914-1944 ( 7.0 items. )
Most of these letters are in German. Correspondents include John Greschen, Mrs. Bertha Schroder, Mildred Bertha Schroder Ruth, Harry Vernon Ruth, Phil Perron, Inin Bowden Johann, Mrs. J.M. Fesperman, et al.
9Souvenir program for the "Sixth Annual Saengerfest." Atlanta, 1911 May 7-9 ( 1.0 items. )
1 vol., printed. "Saengerfest" was sponsored by the "South Atlantic League of German Societies, Lodges, and Singers."



210-134 account books, apparently for the Schroder-Schnaars Grocery Company, Savannah, 1918-1948 ( 4.0 items. )