The Bromberg Line starts with Johannes Gatter (ca. 1755-1810). His place of birts is not known, he dies on November 16, 1810 in Bromberg, one of the bigger cities of eastern Prussia. The town which is located on the river Netze (Notec) was once part of one of Germany’s many kingdoms und duchys, today it belongs to Poland and carries the name of Bydgoszcz.


Bromberg in 1902

The Brahe River flowing through Bromberg, 1908


The Gatters were quite numerous here, and many left in the second half of the 19th century to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania.

On the eve of World War I however still some families lived in the city. In an old address book of 1915 we read:

Gatter, Karl - Bauunternehmer (constructor), Schwedenhöhe, Beelitzerstr. 22
Gatter, Emil - Maurergeselle (mason apprentice), Linienstr. 27
Gatter, Erich - Blumenhandel (flower shop), Bahnofstr. 19
Gatter, Wilhelm - Maurer (mason), Bahnhofstr. 19
Gatter, Martha - Wittwe (widow), Beelitzerstr. 22
Gatter, Julie - Wittwe (widow), Neu Beelitz, Oranienstr. 3


Other Gatters that are likely to be from this line are the following:


1 Eduard GATTER     born Ca. 1850

+Bertha FROEHLICH     born: Ca. 1850 married in Bydgoszcz, Bydgoskiego, Poland

2 Auguste Louise GATTER     born: 1 April 1875 in Neu Beelitz, Bydgoskiego, Poland

1 Auguste Louise GATTER     born: 1 April 1875 in Neu Beelitz, Bydgoskiego, Poland


+Bertha GATTER     born about 1855 in Bydgoszcz, Bydgoskiego, Poland


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