Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Weber Kuhn Reunion - Reflecting on a Quality August Day

     There's so much to do in the summer - fairs, family reunions, flea markets, growing flowers and fruit, a few quick trips and all that fun stuff!  I'm just sayin'  - that's my excuse for lagging behind on my family history posts.  But now's the time to get this summer's reunions inserted in the family history. So here we go....first on the agenda is a taste of the Weber Kuhn Reunion on August 22 at the Sarah Bolton Park in Beech Grove, Indiana. 
     The camaraderie and enjoyment were tremendous!  As usual, the vast array of food contributed by everyone brought smiles and sharing all around.  Everything from beef and noodles to fresh fruit salads to brownies and cobblers were brimming from our picnic buffet table.  After making a couple of trips to be sure we sampled enough of the yummies, it was time to get to serious cousin time.  There were updates on grandchildren, graduations and vacations everywhere.  And now we'll be waiting for a report  from Nancy, Kathy and Anne (Weber girls) about the latest family trip to Florida.  They received instructions aplenty on watching out for defective wooden stairs and balconies. There were also those of us diving into the family history, exploring news since last year, discussing possible connections and sharing theories to investigate.  And there were those putting their brains to work on the contests to guess the numbers of beans and candy and trinkets inside the mason jars.
     Then, a new conversation game brought out some interesting family facts all around.  We competed to see who could find the most relatives who've experienced an event or owned an item or tasted a dish, or whatever.   This game, organized by Anne (Weber) Graham, ramped up as the group went about asking each other if they'd eaten somewhere or met a celebrity.   It seemed as though a couple of the toughest people to locate was someone who had tasted the St. Elmo's shrimp cocktail or a person who did not have email.  But the most consistent blank on the contest sheets was "Has taken a cruise in the past year."   I guess we're not a cruising family.  Conversations revealed characteristics some of us didn't know about each other.  I learned that  Janet Holzer was a successful Jeopardy contestant and that another cousin, Matt Lindblom's undergraduate degree is from the Indiana University School of music .    The winner this fun challenge with 23 of 25 answers was Nancy (Weber) Gholson.  Great job Nancy!  
     Of course, I can't tell this story without mentioning the family heritage quilt raffle.  Especially since Rosie (Stull) Walters finally won one of her mother's beautiful creations. Thanks again Aunt Peg for providing your special tradition created with love.  (I'll post the quilt photo in our album below).
     I think that all of us taking the time to gather on August 22, 2015, would agree it was a special day.  That's quality time!
Here are few of those moments captured in photos:

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Remembering a Nice Niehaus Aunt and Uncle -- Wordless Wednesday Almost

     It's difficult for me to make a Wordless Wednesday post without saying something. So, my posts are  “almost” wordless.
     This time I'm going to say a few words remembering a cherished aunt and uncle.   Robert, my dad's brother, and Anne Niehaus were very nice people. They grew up on the south side of Indianapolis, married and raised their family in the same vicinity.  They are pictured here at the 2003 Niehaus Reunion in Mooresville, Indiana.  I remember reminiscing with them and sharing updates on our families that day.   Since that time they have both passed away.Anne and Robert Niehaus, 2003  The Niehaus Reunion will take place again on this Saturday, September 12.  My aunt and uncle would have added their caring and friendly ingredients to the gathering. But we can always have nice thoughts of them as we visit. And I will.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Family In The News -- Harry L. Weber Re-elected Assistant Cashier for Fletcher Savings & Trust Company, 1926

     There's an excitement to finding your "Family In The News."  Even if the information isn't sensational or totally surprising.  There's something cool about reading details of an ancestor's life written exactly as it was happening, in that time and place.  My researching of old newspapers recently has unearthed a plethora of interesting, and sometimes entertaining, tidbits of history.  So I'm beginning my "Family In The News" series --- sharing my finds.  My first news is about Harry L. Weber's re-election as an officer at Fletcher Savings & Trust Company, Indianapolis.
     His descendants are aware that Harry worked at "the bank" for 40 years, starting as a messenger and advancing to head of the loan department.  This career spanned 1906 to 1946, through his single and married life, until shortly before his death.  His children recall him riding the street car from his home about three miles south of the bank's main office in downtown Indianapolis. However, I'm still curious about many of the details of Harry's work years with Fletcher Trust Company.  What exactly were his positions and their timing?  Can I find more about who he worked with and his responsibilities?  The following article from the Indianapolis News, published January 14, 1926, imparts a fraction of that story.
All Officers Re-Elected
Fletcher Savings and Trust Directors Hold Harry L. Weber Re-elected Asst Cashier, 14 Jan 1926Annual Meeting

    Following a meeting of directors of the Fletcher Savings and Trust Company, Wednesday afternoon, it was announced that the entire list of officers of the company had been re-elected for this ensuing year. Evans Woollen is president of the institution,  and Hugh McKlandon is vice-president and chairman of the executive committee. Other vice-presidents are Albert E. Metzger, Vinson Carter, who is vice-president and counsel; Donald S. Morris, who is vice-president and trust officer; William B. Schiltges and H. Foster Clippinger.

Other officers re-elected follow: Secretary, Albert Buennagel; assistant secretaries, Rex P. Young and Francis Ohleyer; treasurer, Leland Crawford; assistant treasurers, Albert S. Johnson and Clair McConnell; cashier, Sylvester G. Kasberg; assistant cashiers, Harry L. Weber and Edward G. Freihage; chief accountant, Orpha A. Runge; assistants to the president, Walter S. Greenough and Evans Woollen, Jr.
        To bring Harry Weber's life into perspective at this juncture, he was 39 years old and had 20 years under his belt at Fletcher Savings and Trust.  He lived in Indianapolis for all of those 39 years. He and his wife, Tillie (Kuhn), were parents of four children between the ages of 2 and 12, with one more barely on the way.  They had been married for thirteen years and had lived for six years in what became a 42-year family home at 2160 Singleton Street in Indy.  Harry liked to play cards on Friday evenings at his father's house with family and friends.
      Other interesting facts are lurking within this small news piece.  The persons mentioned as secretary, Albert Buennagel, and cashier, Sylvester Kasberg, are Harry's first cousins. Albert and Sylvester were the sons of two of Harry's mother's sisters, Lena and Katie Keen.  The three cousins grew up in the same neighborhood and continued their close relationship in their workplace.  So, I could call this a trifecta win for family history banking news!

For more details of Harry Weber's life, CLICK HERE.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

August is Time for Our Weber Kuhn Reunion

     I'm posting the notice of the Family Reunion of the descendants of Harry Lawrence Weber and Otillia "Tillie" Kuhn on August 22, 2015 at Sarah Bolton Park in Beech Grove, Indiana.   It's nice to take this time to visit with family.  Bring your relatives, young and old for an enjoyable afternoon!



Weber Family Reunion

Saturday August 22, 2015

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lunch to begin at 12:00 noon

Sarah T. Bolton Park – Hilltop Shelter

1300 Churchman Avenue

Beech Grove, IN

Picnic shelter, playground equipment, games & prizes

There will be “no” Silent Auction this year

“Raffle for a Weber Family Memories Quilt”

Handmade by Peg Stull

Check out the grounds at

We will be having another reunion of our Weber Family this summer.

Plans are to share a pitch-in lunch and an afternoon of catching up and reminiscing.

Bring your family stories and photos to share or scan.

So plan to bring a meat/casserole, side dish and dessert (these will be

shared by everyone on one long table). You’ll also want to bring

beverages and lawn chairs for your family,

(there are picnic tables, but your own chairs may be more comfortable).

See you in Beech Grove at the Sarah Bolton Park on August 22nd.



Should anyone wish to browse through some of the family history before we get together, here's a posting of photos gathered from around the family:

Link to Weber Kuhn family photos:


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Incredible News About Minnie Niehaus - Thankfully She Escaped!

     This is a sad story with a happy ending.  I was astounded when I stumbled across it while browsing newspapers online hoping to learn more about our family history.Niehaus, Minnie, Indianapolis News, 11 Feb 1903  I recognized the family name immediately. As I read the details I identified several pieces that made me know that this is assuredly about the little girl in our Niehaus family named Minnie.  As well, there are a few of the details in the article that highlight why we should question the accuracy as an event is recaptured in the news.
     The article (original on left) is from The Indianapolis News published Wednesday, February 11, 1903.  Following is a transcription, since the 112-year-old copy didn't survive in the clearest form:
Looked For Assailant Of Nine-Year-Old Girl 
Crowd of Angry Men Near National Starch-Works
Minnie Niehaus Assaulted
Unknown Man Caught Her Up In His Arms and Ran Away with Her  --  People Excited
    The police are looking for the unknown assailant of Minnie Niehaus, nine years old, an orphan living at 1717 South West Street.  The assault of the little girl created intense excitement in the neighborhood of the National Starch Company's works, 601 West Morris Street, shortly before dark last evening.  A mob of one hundred men and boys pursued the man but he escaped in the darkness. 
    The little girl with her brother, were walking along the tracks near the starch works.  A man, described as being five-feet six inches tall and probably twenty-eight years old, met the children.
    "I want to vaccinate you.  I am a doctor." he said to the little girl.
    Instantly he caught her up in his arms and ran down the track with her.  The boy yelled and then ran to the starch-works and called some men.  The police were summoned and bicyclemen Morgan and Simon hurried to the place.
    Before the police arrived fully one-hundred men and boys were in pursuit of the man.  Barns, cars, sheds and every possible place was eagerly searched.
The Girl Found
    While the search was on the cry was sent up that the girl had been found.  Maimed and bleeding she was discovered in a barn in the rear of 907 South West Street.
     At the sight of the abused child the men in the crowd became wild with anger and the search was renewed.  It was learned that a Vandalia switch engine and a cut of cars had passed a few minutes after the girl was carried away.  The men ran up the track and searched in the cars but the man could not be found.  Late into the night the men hunted. 
     The little girl was not seriously injured, but is suffering from fright and nervous shock.
     Bicyclemen Morgan and Simon said today that if the man had been found last night he would have been roughly handled, and the police would have been powerless.  The police believe today they have a clew to the girl's assailant. 
     The child says her cries were stifled by the man's hand.  She can not give a good description of him, but other persons who saw him in the neighborhood can.
     Let me tell you why I know that this incredible news is about my grandaunt, Wilhelmina Gertrude Niehaus.  Minnie Niehaus was born September 13, 1893, and would have been nine years old in February of 1903 when this news appeared.  She lived at 1117 South West Street in Indianapolis near the National Starch Works.  This is where I believe the accuracy of the news is slightly off; but that the information still refers to our Minnie Niehaus.  The street number given for her address above is 1717 - a typo?  The Niehaus family's address was never 1717, but that mistake can easily happen.
Also, this little girl wasn't actually an orphan. However, her mother died when she was only two years old.  Her father was still living Wilhelmina in 1903. I believe that this piece of information was also distorted by the time it made it to the newspaper.   But, you have to admit,  the article was created with such enthusiasm and emotion that these items might be excused.  I think it's well done. 
     Just a few more comments about this segment of the Niehaus family story:
     I also believe that the brother that was walking the railroad tracks with his sister when this terrible event happened was my grandfather, John Niehaus.  He was four years older and the closest in age to Minnie.  (They are in the photo on the left in 1940.)  I'm glad that John raised enough commotion and brought adults to the scene to try to chase this evil person down.  Maybe he helped to scare the assailant into leaving Minnie in that barn.  
     Most importantly, to add to the happy ending: Minnie Niehaus grew up  to be  a beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother.  She evidently weathered this stormy day in her life in 1903 very well.  She was both a strong and happy person who taught by her example and brought joy to many. 
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Here's a link to the Niehaus Family Newsletter with a story about Minnie.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wedding Reception, July 1950 - Norris and Betty Niehaus --- Wordless Wednesday, Almost

Harold "Norris" Niehaus and Betty Schmaltz - Wedding Reception - July 22, 1950
       This Wordless Wednesday photo celebrates a wedding day 65 years ago today. (It surely can't be "wordless.") Norris Niehaus and Betty Schmaltz were married on July 22, 1950 in their hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana.  The photo is of the gathering of Niehaus family for their wedding reception at the Lake Shore Country Club in Indianapolis.
      The adults standing are: Frank Niehaus and Rosemary (Weber) Niehaus (parents of Martha, Don and me, and Norris's brother), Gertrude (Niehaus) Murphy (Norris's sister), John Niehaus (Norris's father), Betty (Schmaltz) Niehaus (the bride), Ruth Niehaus (Norris's mother), Charlotte (Niehaus) Ellis (Norris's sister), Harold "Norris" Niehaus (the groom), Evelyn Ellis (Charlotte's daughter), Ed Niehaus (Norris's brother), Anne Niehaus (Robert's wife), Robert Niehaus (Norris's brother).
     Seated are several nieces and nephews of Norris's, two more of his brothers and a sister-in-law.  They are, left to right: Martha Niehaus, Charles Niehaus (Norris's brother), Marilyn Niehaus, Larry Niehaus (Norris's brother), Donna Niehaus, Bill Niehaus, Catherine "Kitty" Niehaus (Betty's daughter), Don Niehaus, Kenny Niehaus, Virginia "Gin" (Weber) Niehaus (Ed's wife), Sharon Ellis, Shirley Ellis (almost hidden) and Diana Ellis.
     Norris and Betty were married 45 years when he passed away in 2005. They were nice people. Norris and my dad were electricians at Western Electric for many years.  In my memory bank is some period of time when they rode together to work to save on gas expense, approximately 12 miles from their homes on the south side of Indianapolis.  Also, I  remember once Aunt Betty wet her pants because she laughed so hard at a family reunion.  Rest In Peace Uncle Norris and Aunt Betty.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Will & Estate Proceedings: Charles Anthony Kuhn, Indianapolis, Died: 5 Feb 1916

     Personalities and other details about individual family members are bubbling up lately.  There seems to be more underneath the old family history documents than I realized when my research first led me to them. It's almost as if while the records lingered in my files, pictures of people gained more detail -- just waiting for me to dig them out. For instance, as I reread the 1913 will of my great grandfather, Charles Anthony Kuhn, I was struck by the strength of his ties to the country he left behind. His will has a specific outline for the inscription on his tombstone denoting his birthplace. From a family historian's perspective that detail is outstanding! (I have the transcription below.)

      Actually, I didn't think it remarkable that he would remember his boyhood home fondly. Why not? But, as I took a closer look at the years and experience involved, the request seemed to reveal his sentimentality. He was 12 years old when he left Neustadt, Kurhessen, Germany in 1862 with his parents, Martin and Katherine (Birkenstock) Kuhn, and the four siblings who had not yet made the journey to America. Over his 51 years in the United States he married, fathered eight children, worked as a brewery man 25-30 years, was a founding member of a German Catholic church and established other ties in Indianapolis. Yet, along with his priority for family, Charles' last will and testament in 1913 is loud and clear about the importance of his tie to the land where he was born.

      I am posting the original will and estate proceedings below, followed by my transcription. Charles wrote his will in January 1913 and died 5 Feb 1916. The probate records were made in Marion County Probate Court beginning 21 February 1916 and ending 7 April 1917. The first document, is Charles's will, including the request for the tombstone inscription of the birthplaces for he and his wife, Mary Anna (Risch) Kuhn. See if you agree with my analysis. And do you see other personal details about Charles from this record? (click on each document to enlarge):
Last Will & Testament, Charles  A. Kuhn, Indianapolis, IN, Probated Feb 1916
Probate Proceedings, Charles A. Kuhn, Marion County Probate Court, Indianapolis, IN, 1916-1917
Probate Proceedings, Charles A. Kuhn, Marion County Probate Court, Indianapolis, IN, 1916

Claims, Estate of Charles A. Kuhn, Indianapolis, IN, 1916-1917

Transcription of Will of Charles A. Kuhn, Indpls, IN, Probated 1916Transcription of Probate Proceedings, Charles A. Kuhn, Indpls, IN, 1916 - 1917Transcription of Probate Proceedings, Charles A. Kuhn, Indpls, IN, 1916 - 1917

Source for these documents: : Last Will and Testament of Charles A. Kuhn (1916-1917), Probate Court, Marion County, Indianapolis, IN, Will Record Book BB, page 320 and Order Book 45, p. 93. Claim and Allowance Docket, Docket 48, page 14191; City Archives, City-County Bldg., Indianapolis, Indiana.

You can also find these documents in Scribd online in my Family History Collection:

If you'd like to read more about Charles Kuhn or Neustadt, Kurhessen, click on these links:
Our Brewery Man -- Charles Anthony Kuhn
The Kuhn, Risch, Scherrer Neighborhood in 1880 and 1900
Neustadt, Hesse
History of Kurhessen
Hesse-Kassel or Electoral Hesse (Kurhessen)

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