Dear Don: This is the information that my uncle, Harold Arthur Neuhaus (Oct. 15, 1913-January 30, 1990) and my father Melvin August Neuhaus (March 15, 1915 - still alive)
have remembered about the Neuhaus family.
Their grandfather, (August Neuhaus) was born in Neuchatel, Switzerland (emigrated at the age of 3) and married a Caroline Niemeier, born in St. Louis, MO. The had four children
of which only 2 survived infancy. Arthur Blaine Neuhaus(1884) and Lillian Neuhaus(1880). August and Caroline Neuhaus are buried in the cemetery in Fosterburg, IL. August Neuhaus was a rail splitter and barn raiser. At the age of 12 or 13 August Neuhaus joined the union army with his brother Phillip. They both joined from a large farm that was owned in Fosterburg by the Neuhaus family. August and Phillip Neuhaus were from a family of 16 children. Their mother (Roxanne) left 8 children in Neuchatel,Switzerland and brought 8 to America. They first settled in OHIO, later in Wood River, IL (about 10 miles from Fosterburg) and then finally in Fosterburg. Roxanne Neuhaus is buried in the Fosterburg cemetery and the date on the tombstone is about 1850.
I looked up the information that my Uncle wrote about the book I mentioned on the Neuhaus family. The Madison County Historical Society in Edwardsville, IL has the history on the Neuhaus family in a printed book in it's library. Of the 6 other children that Roxanne brought to America, 1 went to Texas (name is Willis); Another went to Lincoln, Nebraska (name changed to "Prue") (so must have been a woman).
I hope that maybe some of this information may help in your endeavor. I have not been able to schedule a trip to Illinois. I would really like to take the trip so that I can go to the Madison County Historical Society Library in Edwardsville myself. It appears to be about 15 miles East-Southeast of Alton.
I know from talking to my father (who is now 86 years young), that his parents met when his mother (from Chicago) went to visit her Aunt in Fosterburg. I have pictures of several Neuhaus family members, but my father doesn't remember who there were. They appear to be from the 1875 era, and are in their middle to late 20's. The pictures were taken in Chicago. There are also several pictures of an elderly couple who were probably born in early 1800's. I am thinking that it is probably August Neuhaus or his father.
My grandfather (Arthur Blaine Neuhaus) built a large house in Fosterburg. He did all the carpentry, all the mason work, and all the plastering, wallpapering and painting himself. Later when the house was moved to Alton, IL he took the house apart, board by board, shingle by shingle, marked everything and rebuilt it exactly as it was on a lot in Alton. Unfortunately, in about 1980 it was torn down to make way for a super-wide street.
I hope that some of this information has helped in adding some light to your heritage. I just think it is interesting to know that there were 16 children born to this Neuhaus family, and that there were 8 left behind in Switzerland. Probably the oldest 8 children, because they had families of their own.
Please let me know what you find out if you go to Chicago. Wishing you the best.