The Heligoland Gold Rush
President: Belmont Soda Works
I just sent this message to Ursula van der Leyen the head of the European Commission:
“My ancestors are a Gold Rush family who came to California in 1849 from Hamburg, and the island of Heligoland. They brought six portable homes around the Cape and erected them in Belmont California that is near Stanford University where Commissioner von der Leyen attended college. I have found evidence of prejudice against Germans in Belmont. The graves of Cark Janke and his wife were dug up in the middle the night, and moved to another city. Janke Street was changed. The study of my family in Belmont has been oppressed. I am kin to Ian Fleming and am authoring a Bond novel, starring Victoria Rosemond Bond. I find Erdogan’s treatment of women, appalling. Sincerely John Presco President: Royal Rosamond Press”
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My ancestors are a Gold Rush family who came to California in 1849 from Hamburg, and the island of Heligoland. They brought six portable homes around the Cape and erected them in Belmont California that is near Stanford University where Commissioner von der Leyen attended college. I have found evidence of prejudice against Germans in Belmont. The graves of Cark Janke and his wife were dug up in the middle the night, and moved to another city. Janke Street was changed. The study of my family in Belmont has been oppressed. I am kin to Ian Fleming and am authoring a Bond novel, starring Victoria Rosemond Bond. I find Erdogan's treatment of women, appalling. Sincerely John Presco President: Royal Rosamond Press
Elizabeth D. Johnson
Birth Place: Germany
Pioneer Father:Carl August Janki
Birth Place: Germany
Date of Arrival in California: Sept. 12, 1850
Pioneer Mother: Anna Dorthea Peterson
Birth Place: Germany
Date of Arrival in California: Sept. 12, 1850
Death: Father: Belmont 1881; Mother: Belmont 1881
Remarks: My father was the first to bring portable houses to the city. I believe two were erected where Sherman & Clays Music store now stands (Sutter & Kearney). One on Montgomery Street on part of the lot now occupied by the D.O Mills building and two on Folsom Street near First All were covered with slate roofs. My two brothers wore the flag of the Old Fusilier Guard. A building company called California Fusiliers (German) of which Colonel Little was the captain. My father also built and managed the first Turn Verein Hall situated on Bush Street near Powell. The hall was dedicated Christmas Eve and all the people of note in the city attended the exercises.
Mrs. Johnson passed away Jan. 20, 1829.
With the discovery of the Independent California Fusiliers, who may have been Turnverein and Oddfellows, one might suspect that some self-righteous Christians targeted my ancestors with their fake patriotic claptrap, and would want to obliterate all evidence they were PIONEERS! One member of the BHS asked me to limit my posts on their facebook to just Belmont History -knowing Carl built a Turnverein Hall in San Francisco. I assume he did not like my history of Vice President Kamala Harris, who was born in Oakland. Her parents may have known members of the Black Panthers, who were like California Fusiliers. These morons did not realize that all contact with me – is historic -and does go in the Public Record.
I found Carl and Dorothea (also and Doretta) are buried at the Union Cemetery in Redwood City.
Names Listed on the Marker:
Janke, Carl August
Janke, Dorette Catherine
Janke, Mutter Heinrich
— From the 1937 headstone survey –
Carl August Janke, born in Dresden, Germany Oct. 1806, died Belmont, Calif. Sept. 2, 1881
Dorette Catherine, wife of Carl August Janke, born in Hamburg, Germany, July 21,
1813, died in Belmont, California, Feb 16, 1877
Mutter Heinrich, mother of Dorette Catherine Janke,
born in Island of Heligoland, Germany, 1781 died in Belmont, California 1876
NOTE: In 1937 the Daughters of the American Revolution recorded all the headstones.
Prussia made early use of the title “fusilier” for various types of infantry. In 1705, the Foot Guards (Leibgarde zu Fuss) were designated as Fusilier Guards. By 1837, low-quality infantry raised from garrison companies also were named fusiliers. These latter units were dressed in blue with low mitre caps. Between 1740 and 1743 on Frederick the Great raised 14 separate Fusilier Regiments (numbers 33-40, 41-43 and 45-48). Except for the mitre caps, these new regiments were identical in appearance, training and role to the existing line infantry (musketeers).
Today is the most exciting day of my long study. I found proof the Jankes were a Gold Rush family -and this fact has been oppressed and hidden – because their remains were dug up from where they rested in the grove of trees in Twin Pines Park in the middle of the night, and secretly moved to Redwood City. Citizens of Belmont objected to the removal of JANKE as the name of a street. Add to this outrage the removal of members of the Janke family -along with the Stuttmeisters – from the Oddfellow cemetery. Is this what members of the Belmont Historical Society was hiding from me? I found another source for images of my family in the Daily News, and a source I will keep a secret – unless the Grave Robbers are not done!
“Originally Carl and Dorthea were buried under a huge Bay tree, and their bodies later moved to the Union cemetery “during the dark of the night” as my mother used to tell us.”
Doris is my kin. Why didn’t Cathryn McCarthy, and other members of the Belmont Historical Society, tell me Doris wrote a history book, titled “Belmont” – As We Remember It. It is obvious MY FAMILY feels the oppression of OUR HISTORY and wants to make sure OUR VERSION is recorded. This is – AN OUTRAGE! My attorney is going to make this FACT very clear; Doris prayed one of her kin would take an interest in the history she compiled – and add to it! I posted on the Union Cemetery and that post was removed in a vile act of desecration and censorship. I only found Doris’s letters – yesterday! This is a COVERUP. Members of the BHS dug a fresh grave – and threw me and my history in it. They tried to bury me – alive! The trauma I feel – is extreme! I have been in therapy for the same thing being done to I and my famous sister’s history.
I found my Atlantis from where my possible DNA, hail. A test should be made. Dorothy Peterson-Janke was born on the island of Heligoland, that means Holy Land. She might have been a British Subject. Did Janke live on Holy Land Island, too? Did other citizens of Holy Land come around the Horn with the portable houses – because they needed room – a new land for their offspring? Was a colony established in Belmont, that was first named Waterview? When you live on a island, you have a view of the water – all around you.
Plans were made to build a major port in Belmont called ‘San Francisco Port’. The Jankes appear to have made enemies. Did they found New Heligoland in 1849 – before California became a State? This place was seen as the Nazi Atlantis. There was a horrendous battle over it. A super bomb was made – and dropped on his in order to wipe it off the map! Did the enemies of the Jankes – mock them after this D-Day Bomb destroyed the Motherland?
I have a dream, a vision. I am destined to live on Holy Land Island that is the real Fantasyland! Consider the gathering of our first Science Fiction Writers on Santa Cruz Island. The Janke theme park – was the first Disneyland. I am wondering if the Cimri trilbe, and their Queen, ended up on Holy Land Island. Did hey claim descent from Mary Magdalene?
I founded the New Falcon Art College in Belmont. How many citizens of Heligoland came around the Horn with the Janke portable houses? Is there a hidden lineage in California? I suspect The People of The Holy Land had a colony in Hamburg that helped support the Mother Holy Land. With the revolutions of 1848 there might have been a call for….
The Exodus From The Holy Land! Prussia did make an offer to purchase California.
For six years I have pondered why there is a wreath and a rifle hanging in the tree at the picnic of the Stuttmeister- Janke – Broderick Picnic. I believe that is William Janke sitting on a tree stump, a head above the others. These are Oddfellows who traditionally come sit amongs their dead. I believe the wreath is honoring Carl and Dorthea Janke who are by feet away, they at rest in their eternal park they maketh, their Garden of Eden.
I now launch a campaign to make Harry and Magan Windsor, the King and Queen of Heligoland, and this New Kingdom, become a member of the European Union – which in theory – must contain California! Here is the Gone With The Wind Story In The West! How many times did the enemies of The Holylanders – try to starve them out?
I will now fashion a cote of arms for The New Holy Landers with this motto….
“during the dark of the night”
In the ending scene of Gone With The Wind, we see Scarlet O’Hara rising from the graveyard of Her People. Where are their tombstones?
We now return our souls to the creator,
as we stand on the edge of eternal darkness.
Let our chant fill the void,
in order that others may know.
In the land of the night,
the ship of the sun,
is drawn by the grateful dead.
Helgoland, also spelled Heligoland, island, Schleswig-Holstein Land (state), northwestern Germany. It lies in the German Bay (Deutsche Bucht) of the North Sea, in the angle between the coast of Schleswig-Holstein and the estuaries of the Jade, Weser, and Elbe rivers, 40 miles (65 km) offshore northwest of Cuxhaven. The 520-acre (210-hectare) island consists of a level, cliff-girded, red sandstone plateau, called the Oberland (184 feet [56 metres] at its highest point); a smaller, low sandy tract in the southeast, the Unterland, extended by reclamation; and a low sandy island 0.25 mile (0.4 km) east, called Düne. Geological and historical evidence suggest that Helgoland and Düne are the last remnants of a single island whose periphery in AD 800 was about 120 miles (190 km). Continuous wave attack on the cliffs and a rise in sea level or fall in land level had reduced the island’s periphery to about 8 miles (13 km) by 1649. It has an oceanic climate with mild winter temperatures.
Heligoland, and the inhabitants were evacuated to the mainland. During World War II, the Nazis fortified the island further and constructed a submarine base. In April 1945 the British Royal Air Force dropped around 7,000 bombs on the diminutive island fortress, making it uninhabitable. You can now take a tour of the five-floor bunker system located underneath the island.
After the war, the island came under British control again. They used it for bombing practice before finally detonating about 7,385 tons of explosives under it in 1947. One of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history, this “Big Bang” was intended to get rid of thousands of unexploded bombs. The British were ready to accept the total annihilation of the territory. Lluckily for the native Heligolanders in exile on the mainland, the plucky islet survived. However, it did change the geography of the island, dividing it into Oberland, Mittelland, and Unterland.
In 1952, a slightly slimmed down Heligoland was returned to Germany and the former inhabitants moved back to reconstruct their tiny homeland, which had survived against all odds, albeit in a slightly different shape.
Heligoland is actually made up of two islands – Hauptinsel (main island) and the small island, Düne. Düne is not permanently inhabited by humans but is home to lots of seals. The airport is also located on Düne.
This 1843 painting by Rudolf Jordan suggests strongly the strong maritime influence of the island. Although a fashionable spa had been created in 1826, the maritime heritage was thought to underpin the core appeal of this British colony even to German tourists and visitors. it The painter himself was something of a German radical who became caught up in the 1848 Revolutions.
he island was certainly useful to the Royal Navy for the remainder of the Napoleonic Wars, but its continued ownership after the war was by no means guaranteed. Heligoland would find itself trussed up as a bargaining chip with other Danish and Scandinavian territories. Britain was keen to keep the tiny island but returned other Danish islands and saw that Norway was entrusted to Sweden in what was known as the Treaty of Kiel. This would be the constitutional basis for British ownership of the island for the next 76 years.
The British, under Lord Salisbury, finally agreed to an elaborate deal to increase Britain’s influence and control in Central and Eastern Africa in return for Germany regaining control and sovereignty of Heligoland. Basically, Britain was to receive primacy in Uganda,Kenya, and Zanzibar in return for the small island. Queen Victoria herself was less than impressed with the trade and did attempt to scupper it. However, Salisbury managed to convince her of the merits of the deal and persevered in seeing it through. Principally he was content to keep German colonial ambitions under control and prevent them becoming yet another colonial rival alongside the much more vociferous French. It was also hoped that this deal would herald something of an Anglo-German rapprochement and bring the two economies closer together. It should be noted however, that the Heligolanders were not consulted over who should be their overlords and they were handed over regardless.
On the 9th August, 1890, the Union Jack was taken down for the last time. The following day the Kaiser arrived on the island and claimed it for Germany. The island was duly militarised and turned into a German naval base. At first, this held little concern for the British especially given the size of their Royal Navy. However, with the publication of the Tirpitz Plan in 1898 which explicitly stated Germany’s plans for its Navy to challenge the Royal Navy, the British soon realised that Heligoland might play an important role in facilitating this strategic ambition. Writers like H.G. Wells and Erskine Childers incorporated Heligoland into their pre-war writings as an example of the Germanic menace that threatened freedom. The Island began to take on a more sinister role for the British especially now that it was no longer under their administration.
The Nazis built naval facilities which were extensive enough to have held virtually the entire German High Seas Fleet if necessary. Ultra thick submarine pens were constructed of reinforced concrete designed to withstand the biggest bombs of the time. They constructed a brand new harbour and built myriad tunnels and shelters deep into the rocks. Huge quantities of provisions and ammunition were supplied to the island as it was required to be self sufficient in case it was cut off from the mainland. In the end though, it was not so much as a naval base that it would prove itself useful to the Third Reich but as a support point for the Luftwaffe and later still to monitor incoming Allied bombing formations
(CNN)European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said sexism was to blame for an incident where she was left awkwardly standing while her male colleague sat during her last visit to Turkey earlier this month.
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with the European Union’s two presidents raised eyebrows after von der Leyen was left standing while her male counterparts settled into two gilded chairs at the focal point of the room.
Von der Leyen told the European Parliament on Monday that she could not find “any justification” for the way she was treated, adding: “So, I have to conclude that it happened because I am a woman.”
“I am the first woman to be President of the European Commission. I am the President of the European Commission, and this is how I expected to be treated when visiting Turkey two weeks ago, like a commission president, but I was not,” she said.
“I am the president of the European Commission, and this is how I expected to be treated when visiting Turkey two weeks ago — like a commission president. But I was not,” she told European Union lawmakers Monday. “I cannot find any justification for what I was treated in the European treaties. So, I have to conclude that it happened because I am a woman.”
It was a sharp rebuke to a country with whom relations are already tense. Two days after the incident, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called criticism over the incident “unfair” and said that “the seating arrangements were made in line with the E.U. suggestion.”