Fritz, Caroline Ellen 1a 2a 3a 4a 5a

Birth Name Fritz, Caroline Ellen 6a
Nick Name Calla
Birth Name Fritz, Caroline 2a 7a
Birth Name Fritz, Callie E 1a 3a
Married Name Couch, Caroline E 8a
Married Name Couch, Calla E 5a
Married Name Couch, Calla 8b
Gender female
Age at Death 86 years, 15 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1902-11-14 Penn Township, Madison, Iowa, United States  
5a 6a
Birth about 1904 Iowa, United States  
Census 1910-04-15 Penn, Madison, Iowa, United States  

Relationship to head: Daughter

Sex: Female

Color: White

Age: 7

Place of birth: Iowa

Place of birth of father: Iowa

Place of birth of mother: Iowa

Able to speak English; if not, language spoken: English

Occupation: none

Able to read: Yes

Able to write: Yes

Census 1915-06-01 Penn, Madison, Iowa, United States  

Age: 11

Gender: Female

Color: White

Months in Public School in 1914: 8

Able to read: Yes

Able to write: Yes

Years in Iowa: 11

Common Education: 7

Birthplace: Iowa

Father's Birthplace: Iowa

Mother's Birthplace: Iowa

Census 1920-01-05 Penn, Madison, Iowa, United States  

Relationship to head: Daughter

Sex: Female

Color: White

Age: 17

Single, married, widowed or divorced: Single

Attended school since Sept. 1, 1919: Yes

Able to read: Yes

Able to write: Yes

Place of birth: Iowa

Place of birth of father: Iowa

Place of birth of mother: Iowa

Able to speak English: Yes

Occupation: None

Death 1988-11-29    


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Fritz, William Benedict
Mother Shumaker, Emma
    Brother     Fritz, William Arlie
    Brother     Fritz, Walter
    Brother     Fritz, Clarence Edwin
         Fritz, Caroline Ellen
    Sister     Fritz, Florence Evelyn
    Sister     Fritz, Gertrude Alice


Unknown Partner Couch, Percy J



  1. Fritz, William Benedict
    1. Shumaker, Emma
      1. Fritz, William Arlie
      2. Fritz, Walter
      3. Fritz, Clarence Edwin
      4. Fritz, Caroline Ellen
        1. Couch, Percy J
      5. Fritz, Florence Evelyn
      6. Fritz, Gertrude Alice


Source References

  1. 1910 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1910-04-15
      • Page: Roll: T624_412; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0034; Image: 260; FHL microfilm: 1374425
  2. 1915 Iowa State Census
      • Date: 1915-06-01
      • Page: Roll: IA1915_319
  3. 1920 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1920-01-05
      • Page: Roll: T625_499; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 35; Image: 520
  4. Dexter Cemetery
      • Page: Gravestone of Caroline Ellen (Fritz) Couch
  5. Social Security Death Index
      • Page: 483-14-8505; Caroline Ellen (Fritz) Couch
      • Citation:

        Name: Calla E. Couch
        SSN: 483-14-8505
        Last Residence: 50322 Urbandale, Polk, Iowa, United States of America
        Born: 14 Nov 1902
        Died: 29 Nov 1988
        State (Year) SSN issued: Iowa (Before 1951)


  6. Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935
      • Page: film number: 1028195
      • Citation:

        name: Caroline Ellen Fritz
        event: Birth
        event date: 14 Nov 1902
        event place: Penn Township, Madison, Iowa, United States
        gender: Female
        father: William B Fritz
        mother: Emma Shoemaker
        film number: 1028195
        digital folder number: 004708021
        image number: 00047

  7. Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1857-1947
      • Page: FHL Film Number: 1065288
      • Citation:

        Name: Leland Merrill Couch
        Birth Date: 19 Sep 1923
        Birth Place: Iowa, United States
        Father's Name: Perry Couch
        Mother's name: Caroline Fritz
        FHL Film Number: 1065288


  8. Earlham Library Collection
      • Page: Obituary for Clarence Edwin Fritz
      • Citation:

        Earlham Echo, Earlham, Iowa
        October 1946

        Clarence E. Fritz, son of W. B. and Emma Fritz was born on a farm near Dexter, Iowa, on November 14, 1902. It was there that he spent his boyhood days, attended Penn No. 3 school and later graduated from the Dexter high school. He was engaged in farming with his father for one year. In 1923 he and a friend took a vacation trip to California and it was then that he decided to make his future home in the west. He returned to Iowa in 1924 and helped his father another year.

        On September 22, 1926, he was united in marriage with Nellie M. Schalkle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Schalkle of Earlham, Iowa. One week later they left Iowa to make their home in California.

        In 1927 he started working for the Shell Oil Company and was still employed there at the time of his death. While on a hunting trip near Fillmore, Utah, he suffered a heart attack and death came instantly on October 20, 1946 at the age of 43 years, 11 months and 6 days.

        Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 25 at the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn Memorial Park and interment was made there.

        He is survived by his wife, Nellie M. Fritz of Pasadena, Calif., his father, W. B. Fritz of Dexter, Iowa, a brother, W. A. Fritz, of Adel, Iowa, and three sisters: his twin, Mrs. Caroline E. Couch of Dexter, Iowa, Mrs. F. M. Dennis of Boone, Iowa, and Gertrude A. Fritz of Dexter, Iowa. Surviving also are three nephews and three nieces. He was preceeded in death by his mother and an infant brother.

        Early in his youth he became a member of the Dexter Methodist church and after moving to California his membership was transferred to the First Methodist church of Pasadena where he was a faithful member.

        Those who attended the funeral from Iowa were Mr. W. A. Fritz of Adel, Gertrude A. Fritz of Dexter, Mr. A. B. Schalkle of Earlham and Mr. Earl Schalkle of Earlham.

        Transcriber’s note: Clarence Edwin Fritz was born in Penn township, Madison county, Iowa.

      • Date: 1951-02-00
      • Page: Obituary for William Benedict Fritz
      • Source text:

        Earlham Library Collection
        February 1951


        William Benedict Fritz son of Christian and Mary Ellen Fritz was born at Blakesburg, Iowa, July 12, 1864, and passed away at Dexter, February 13, 1951 at the age of 86 years, seven months and one day.

        He moved to Orilla, Iowa with his parents when he was quite young and it was at Pleasant Ridge, a country church near there, that he became a member of the Methodist church. Later his membership was transferred to the Penn Center Methodist church and from there he transferred to the Dexter Methodist church and continued in that faith at the time of his death.

        He with his parents, moved to the Penn Center neighborhood in Madison county in 1888 and lived there eleven years.

        On March 18, 1897 he was united in marriage to Emma Shumaker. To this union, six children were born, three sons and three daughters. He was preceded in death by his wife and two sons.

        In 1899 he moved to a farm one mile south of Dexter where he lived 45 years. At the age of 80 he had the misfortune of losing his eye sight and because of this he moved to his present home in Dexter in 1945 and has made his home with his daughter Gertrude.

        Surviving him are four children, a son, Arlie of Perry, Iowa; Mrs. Calla Couch of Dexter; Mrs. Evelyn Dennis of Boone, Iowa; Mrs. Gertrude Brinton of Dexter and five grandchildren. Also two brothers survive Frank of Earlham and Fred of Van Meter.

        The funeral service for Mr. Fritz was held Friday, February 16th at his home and from his church with the pastor officiating. What was mortal of our departed brother and friend was tenderly laid to rest at the Dexter cemetery under a blanket of beautiful flowers.