There are some ledgends surrounding the reason that Julius Christopher Schnetzka came to America around 1874 to the port of Baltimore. He later settled in York County, PA. My mother said that he left Europe due to a conflict with the Military. I have also heard that his father was an soldier who was executed because he refused to arrest and execute a Roman Catholic piest. As a result, Julius left his homeland. This would have been during the Franco-Prussian War which resulted in the unification of the German States. There was considerable anti-Catholic sentiment at the time. Has anyone else heard these stories?
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