Savanna couple wins First Baby of 2019 contest

Frederick Hugo Schau VI was born at 12:09 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, making him and his parents the winners of the First Baby of 2019 contest. The newborn is pictured with his parents, Erica Schau and Frederick “Eric” Hugh Schau V, of rural Savanna, along with sister Audrey, 3.


Nine minutes after 2019 began, a rural Savanna couple welcomed their son, Frederick Hugo Schau VI — the first baby born in the new year who resides within the West Carroll School District.

Erica Schau, 39, and Frederick "Eric" Hugo Schau V, 42, said they are excited to welcome their second child, named after many of Eric's family, including his great-great-grandfather from Denmark, the first Frederick Hugo Schau.

Erica said she was quite surprised that her son, due Dec. 22, ended up being the first baby born in 2019, to parents living within the West Carroll School District.

"Everyone kept saying I'd have a Christmas baby, but I ended up with a New Year's Baby," Erica said.

After Erica passed her due date by nine days, the couple traveled to Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa, so labor could be induced at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31.

Their son was born approximately 16 hours later, at 12:09 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. He weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 inches long.

Erica and Eric, who reside north of Savanna, have been married 17 years. She is a stay-at-home mom and accountant who until recently (Dec. 10, 2018) served as treasurer for the city of Lanark. Eric is an equipment operator at Exelon in Cordova.

They have a three-year-old daughter, Audrey, and Erica said her daughter is already in love with her new brother.

"She's been excited for months," Erica said.

Grandparents include Frederick Hugo Schau IV and Kathy Schau of Brodhead, Wis., and Dennis and Paula Tessendorf, of Lena.

As winners of the Carroll County Mirror-Democrat/Savanna Times-Journal's "First Baby of the Year Contest," the family will receive the following prizes from local businesses:

Diapers, wipes and baby supplies from CGH Mount Carroll Medical Center; $25 gift certificate from the Mount Carroll Home Center; smoke alarm and gift basket from Herrell Electric; children's book from the Mount Carroll District Library; 16-inch pizza from Charlie's II.

$25 Visa gift card from the Savanna-Thomson State Bank; $25 savings account from the Mount Carroll Banking Center; two chicken strip baskets from Mount Carroll Dairy Queen Grill & Chill; tractor Pillow Pet from the Carroll County Farm Bureau; $10 gift card from Sullivan's Foods.

Large one-topping pizza from Manny's Pizza; one dozen carnations from River Valley Design; baby centerpiece from Sassy Stems; $25 savings account from Blackhawk Area Credit Union; one-year subscription to either the Mirror-Democrat or Times-Journal.