Tuesday, February 11, 2014

52 Ancestors - Robert's Roots - Michael Lutz

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.
Robert's 7th great grandfather,  Michael Lutz (Lutes) is somewhat famous in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Hundreds of year after his death, he is still talked about. On a fall vacation, last year, we discovered how Michael Lutz was one of the first eight permanent settlers of the Moncton area. The other families being Heinrich Stieff (Steeves), Charles Jones, John Koppel (Copple), Matthias Sommer (Somers), Jacob Treitz (Trites), George Wortman (Wartman), and Jacob Ricker. 

There are plaques and monuments paying tributes to these eight families at Settler's Landing. We heard about the eight families on the Roads to Sea bus tour of the bay of Fundy and area. (Which was an excellent way to see the dramatic tides and learn of the area.) There's even a Lutes (anglicized) connection to the tourist attraction, Magnetic Hill. Muriel Lutes Sikorsky opened an ice cream shop on Lutes Mountain  known for its optical illusion in 1933. There's evidence of the Lutes in many places in Moncton.  We even stayed at the Magnetic Hill Bed and Breakfast run by Dale Lutes, a distant cousin of Robert. Very lovely place to stay. Just down the road from the B&B is the Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum. We were very fortunate to  have a private tour of the museum.  

Not bad for a poor immigrant from Germany willing to take a chance.

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