THE FAMILY OF ERNST JAKOB BINDER AND KATHERINE HEINRICH
According to census records, Ernst Jakob Binder and Katherine Heinrich were married around 1893, probably in South Dakota. To this union four children were born: Louise (Louisa) Rosine, Hattie (Hedwig) Katherine, Louis (Ludwig Jackob) Jacob and Carl (Karl) Otto.
The family lived in Butler, (Day County) South Dakota near other members of the Binder and Heinrich families. By 1902 Ernst, Katherine and their children had moved to what would soon become the state of Oklahoma. They settled in Pottowatomie County, near the town of Shawnee. On February 4, 1902, Ernst purchased 40 acres east of Shawnee near the town of Earlsboro. That same month, the family of Ernst's sister, Mary Binder Jeske, purchased 40 acres just south of the Binder farm.
In 1907, at the age of 38, Ernst succumbed to typhoid fever, leaving Katherine to raise their four children. Mary Binder Jeske, who cared for her brother during his illness, caught the fever and died less than two months later.
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