Thanks for the reply! We have and probably posted these items you referenced here. They all come from claims Alfred Sohland and his wife made later on in Pennsylvania. The problem is, we have no actual record of the Sohland family, like on 1880 or 1900 census, or Chicago or Milwaukee directory listings from before that time. Therefore Alfred’s true origins, whether he really was even born in this country or served in the Spanish American War, as he later claimed, are a mystery.
He does not seem to be related to the “Soland” (minus the h) family in Illinois at that time and William Julius Sohland, who pops up at the same time in Allentown and later Dauphin Co. Pa., listed Alfred as “person who will always know your address” on his WWII Draft card and on that document he claimed his “Place of birth Allentown Pa.”, while earlier (1910-20) he claimed he had been born in Saxony and was an “alien” on his WWI Draft Card. Alfred Sohland on the other hand dosent seem to have either draft record and I find no trace of him before 1908. He had to be somewhere. Did he actually come with (brother?) William only in 1905? Where his two children born outside the Midwest?
That would explain his/their not being in US records before that time, however I do find these tantalizing clues from Wisconsin in 1885-90 that I posted earlier.
I’m anxious to see any reference to the SOHLAND family name from before 1908.
Thanks! Ron S