I was recently going through some boxes of photos in my basement and found a booklet entitled “Pioneer Profiles” (F. Johnson, Ed.). This was put out by the Madison Crossroads Homemakers Club in conjunction with the “Alabama Reunion 1989″. In their words: “It is hoped that this booklet will cause an awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage afforded by this community.” It is a collection of histories and stories from the area one of which was submitted by my mother. The following is excerpted from that story.
The Homemakers thank Mrs. Lavetta Kull for the following insight (both historical and humorous) into the family/heirs of Max Julius Kull.
Max Julius Kull (known in America as Julius Max Kull) of Lenzburg, Switzerland arrived in America aboard the ship “Weimar” (a steam assisted sailing vessel) in 1892. [NOTE: My information is that he actually arrived earlier around 1888 with his mother and brother. There is a record of an 1893 arrival for Julius and his brother Fred but this was their return trip from Switzerland after going back to settle affairs after their father’s death in 1892.]
He settled in Chicago where he worked for Pullman Company. I have heard him tell the story about a land agent from Madison County, Alabama coming to Chicago to get settlers to come to Northwest Madison County. He and his friend Michael Ghidotti, an Italian, came to Madison County in the early part of 1895. He said when they arrived in Madison County and saw all the sage grass they thought this must be very fertile land. He laughed when he told this for he said he learned this was not true. He and his friend homesteaded adjoining farms on Stateline Road. The farm Julius acquired (158.5 acres) had been entered by someone else who failed to prove his claim. Julius bought the improvements and took up permanent residence on June 28, 1895.
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