Anyone know of FRED ROTE living long enough in Erie, PA to father two sons, Leon, born in 1896 and Nello Rote? Somethime later they all moved to Sycamor, Illinois.
Fred would have been born sometime in the mid 1860s to later 1870s most likely. Family 'heresay' says of french descent, but I'm beginning to doubt this with a name like "Fred," a more common German name for "Fredrick."
Have an old picture of "Fred" (Fredrick?) Rote with his wife, both my great grandparents, standing next to an old car (model T) in the 1930s from a newspaper account of their then unsually long road trip from Illinois up thru PA to upstate NY to visit my grand father Leon and then on thru Canada and back.
I won't speak "too poorly" of my grandfather, Leon Rote here, and how he had a 'hand' in his wife's, my grandmother's death while simultaneously leaving 4 offspring, 2 sons and 2 daughters, one my mother, literally homeless, but he did supposedly accomplish some amazing things during his life. Attended a part of the University of Chicago achieving a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, an accomplishment in and of itself in those days unlike today when everyone seemingly has at least a BS or BA. Went on as a civilian test pilot for the Air Force and "supposedly" designing some of the first jet instrument panels. Ended up in Grand Rapids designing auto instrument panels for Oldsmobile where he died....
So if anyone has some info on Fred(Fredrick?)Rote, most "likely" of the PA Rotes since fathering children in Erie in the 1890s, do let me know via email..