Those rascally Skibbe's
Part of the homework for the NGS course was to write letters of inquiry. I sent mine in as homework and out to whom they were addressed. I received a response from my mother's cousin. She stated that her mother told her Wilhelm Skibbe and a brother bought a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. The brothers had an argument and the brother moved away. She has a copy of the farm purchase but it only listed Wilhelm.
She believes that he had a brother by the name of Theodore or possibly George Theodore.
She believes she located a ship record for Johanna (Wilhelm's mother) and children located in Germans to America Volume 58, July 1889-1890 page 329. Ship was the Rhein from Bremen to Baltimore which arrived on 13 Feb 1890.
Skibbe, Johanna 57 F W PRZ Balt.
Emma 20 F SERVANT PRZ Balt.
Otto 16 M Lab. PRZ Balt.
Theodor 13 M Lab PRZ Balt.
Now I know that that Wilhelm was in both Chicago and Indiana. Time for a timeline and a check of Chicago Directories.