Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday (Almost) -- A Niehaus Family Fishing Tale

Niehaus clan on a fishing trip in Minnesota.
     Look at this catch!  Summer fishing trips are special memories in this Niehaus family.  I thank my cousin, Pat Cracraft, who shares these great photos from her family album.  You can see her special touches in the mounting around the edges and her hand lettering in her scrapbook. 
      Don't you just love the seriousness of these guys. Knowing the usual boisterous attitudes in this group, surely they weren't subdued for long.   From left to right: Kemo Hickman joined the family when he married Janie Stull, Dick Stull (Janie's brother) is a son of Al and Feenie (Niehaus) Stull and Abe is a son of Gerald and Amanda Niehaus.  This super fishing day was during their families' summer vacation at Cross Lake, Minnesota in the 1940s. 
     There had to be a delicious fish fry that evening.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our Brewery Man -- Charles Anthony Kuhn -- 52 Ancestors Challenge

         I am participating in the 52 Ancestors Challenge being led by Amy Johnson Crow at  She's bringing together family history writers who share ancestral stories throughout 2014.  There's a wide variety of stories each week written by people everywhere and about people from everywhere.  You can see the list by visiting Amy's blog. 
       Many families with Charles A. Kuhn, 1850 - 1916, Neustadt, Kurhessen, Germany - Indianapolis, IndianaGerman heritage have at least one connection to brewing beer, right?!  My great grandfather, Charles Anthony Kuhn, is my direct link. Charles was the son of Martin and Katherine (Birkenstock) Kuhn, born in Neustadt, Kurhessen on the 10th of June 1850.  His family emigrated in the 1860s to Connersville, Indiana. As he matured, Charles made his way to Indianapolis and to his experiences in the brewery business. 
      Through the Indianapolis City Directories and the censuses we can follow Charles's employment.   These historical records were extremely helpful in answering the whats and wheres of his life.  I learned that from 1877 to approximately 1905, age 27 to 55, Charles was a "brewery man"  at the C. F. Schmidt Brewery in Indianapolis and at later merged breweries.   Also listed in the directories in 1870s and 1880s is the Schmidt Brewery at Schmidt's Square, McCarty Street, south end of Alabama.
     The brewery address led me to the Sanborn Insurance Map from 1889 posted below presenting the layout for the company.  Take a look at the details, such as, the mash house, cold storage and cooper shop.  You can see that the company name at this time is the Indianapolis Brewing Company, after a merger of three breweries.  The brewery takes up a square block bounded by Alabama, McCarty, High and Wyoming Streets.   This location focuses in on another feature of Charles's history.  His home from the time he arrived in Indianapolis in 1875 until he died in 1916 was on High Street, two or three blocks north of the brewery.  Convenience! 1898.Sanborn Ins. Map includes a diagram of the Indianapolis Brewing Company, formerly the Schmidt Brewery
    Charles's job assignment at the brewery may or may not have been consistent over the years.   Some years he is listed in a city directory or census as a brewery man, then a brewery laborer, a brewer and yet another job listing is watchman at C. F. Schmidt.  How many different jobs these descriptions actually represent is hard to tell.  That's an answer I can only wonder about.  
     However, there are some interesting details available that might shed some light on his life during those brewery years.  His brother-in-law, John Scherrer, who was 12 years older than Charles, was a "brewer" for many years at various breweries in the city.  Perhaps John was an influence and mentor for Charles when he decided to move from Connersville to the big city and begin his career.  Since Charles lived in the Scherrer household for a period of time when he first came to Indianapolis, there is a strong possibility that's how the story went.  
    In 1879 Charles married Mary Anna Risch and they moved into their own home -- also on High Street, as neighbors of the Scherrers.  Looking a little further down the street we find another brewery worker and relative, Joseph Resch, Mary Anna's brother.  For a period of time during the 1870s and early 1880s Charles, John and Joseph were brewery workers simultaneously. These family members maintained their neighborly relationship throughout their lives.  Charles most likely received a good word at the Schmidt Brewery from either Joseph or John in order to get his job. Being eight to twelve years younger, I would say Charles Kuhn benefited considerably from the counsel of his brothers-in-law.  Can't you see the three guys making the stroll down High Street from their homes to the brewery -- Or sitting on one of their front porches on High Street enjoying a lager after a tiring day.  The beer business was definitely a factor in this family history!
Following is a brief history of the Schmidt Brewery from the website
Founded by Christian Frederick Schmidt and Charles Jaeger, the C.F. Schmidt brewery was located at the south end of Alabama Street (although some references say it was located at "Wyoming St. at High". Jaeger soon sold his interest to Schmidt, thinking Schmidt's management was not sound. They made about 1500 barrels per year.
"By the outbreak of the Civil War, Schmidt Brewery was producing a superior lager beer, and soon was supplying troops stationed in Indianapolis." - Nuvo, June 8, 2005.
The 1870 Indianapolis City Directory has an ad for C. F. Schmidt, Brewer of Lager Beer, Smith's Square, Indianapolis. The directory lists John Buhier, Louis Ehrmann, Ernest Ihrzohn, Henry Metzger, and Joseph Resoh as the brewers.
C.F. Schmidt died in 1872 and his widow, Caroline, operated the business with her brother, William Fieber until 1877 when her sons, John W and Edward Schmidt took it over. It was incorporated into the Indianapolis Brewing Company in 1887.
"Mr. Bosenberg is sole agent for the justly celebrated C. F. Smith's Lager Beer, manufactured at Indianapolis, Indiana. The qualities for which this beer is most distinguished are its healthfulness, purity, brilliancy of color, richness of flavor &c, the result of excellent water, intelligent care of its brewers conjoined to the use of apparatus possessing all the best modern improvements made in this country or elsewhere, and to the superior quality and quantity of the ingredients used. No claims are made for this beer that cannot be substantiated." - Rochester Sentinel, Feb 29, 1888. Yes, that said 1888. After the merger, each brewery continued their own brewing operations. The C. F. Schmidt plant at McCarty and High Streets closed on May 27, 1920 after 70 years of brewing.
(The  website has more interesting reading on the development, the individuals involved and more brewing business.)
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Monday, July 7, 2014

John Niehaus - A Cutter for C. B. Cones Overall Factory in Indianapolis -- 52 Ancestors Challenge

     John Niehaus was a life-long resident of Indianapolis, Indiana (1889-1956) except for a short period of time on a job assignment in Lynchburg, Virginia.  He was my paternal grandfather, the father of my father, Frank Niehaus. Employees of C. B. Cones & Son Manufacturing in Lynchburg, VA.  John Niehaus is in the center. I wrote an earlier post about memories of my grandfather.   John was born in Indianapolis on July 4, 1889, the tenth child of  Joseph and Gertrude (Wilmsen) Niehaus, immigrants from Westphalia, Germany.
     But about that employment I mentioned….I was sorting through memorabilia recently while packing for our move to a larger home.  You know how moving can unearth those treasures!  Well, I came across a special photo of my grandfather that belonged to my dad.  Dad constructed by hand a frame and displayed this photo prominently in his home.  In the picture on the left John Niehaus is with two fellowC. B. Cones & Son Manufacturing building in Lynchburg, VA. C. B. Cones & Sons Manufacturing Company employees.  He stands in the middle as they pose outside the factory in Lynchburg, Virginia.   I'm posting the photo outside the frame so that it's more viewable here.  But, I am preserving them together for posterity.   
     John Niehaus worked as a cutter for the C. B. Cones & Sons Manufacturing Company for 33 years.  Most of that time was spent at the facility in Indianapolis.  As close as I can determine those years with the company spanned 1910 to 1943, age 21 until he was 54 years old.  The company in Indianapolis was established in 1879.  They manufactured overalls, shirts and other clothing for laborers.  As yet I am unable to find when they closed. 
    My father told me a story of how his father was asked by the C. B. Cones Co. to go to Lynchburg, Virginia, in the early 1930s to assist with an expansion of the company.  This coincides with the history of the growth in the textile and clothes manufacturing industries in Lynchburg in the 1920s and 1930s.  John reportedly told his employer that if he could move his entire family to Virginia he would go.  So, John and Ruth and their six children moved to Lynchburg.  In the photo of the men you can see their place of employment behind them.  I believe this is the same building, although abandoned today,  in the photo on the right.  I found this photo on Flickr, posted by Kipp Teague, Retronaut on Flickr. I thank him for allowing me to post the C. B. Cones building here.
C. B. Cones advertisement, Indianapolis, IN, 1901    After some unknown period of time in Lynchburg, reports are that it was not a lengthy stay, John requested to return to Indianapolis. Two of his sons, Frank and Robert, stayed a while at their jobs with Cones in Virginia, earning money to help support the family in those difficult times of the early 1930s.  John returned to his job in his hometown and was employed their until 1943 or 1944. I don't have a photo of the manufacturing facility in Indianapolis, but I was able to locate the ad for their products that you can see at the left. (This ad is from the website: The C. B. Cones & Son Mfg. Co. was located on South Meridian Street, a few miles from John's home.  The overalls, shirts, jackets and other workers' clothing produced at the factory remained popular for many years.
     Do you have more details of John Niehaus's C. B. Cones story?  Or other interesting facts on this Indianapolis company?  I welcome your comments below.  Thanks for visiting Indiana Ties.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Summer Fishing Day in the Weber Family -- Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

    I enjoy participating in Wordless Wednesday, but find it impossible to not say anything at all about the photos.  So, mine are Wordless Wednesday (Almost).  This one portrays the fun memories created by a group of guys in the family fishing together. 
    These six fishermen are connected through the Weber family in Indianapolis.  From left to right are: Dick Lieland, Bob Weber, Harry Weber, Charlie Kuhn, Ed Ditlinger and Dick Sauer.  The photo was taken about 1935.  Dick Lieland, Bob Weber and Dick Sauer are cousins.  Harry Weber is the father of Bob Weber and uncle of the two other boys.  Charlie Kuhn and Ed Ditlinger are brothers-in-law of Harry. Summer fishing day in about 1935
  The location of their successful fishing trip is unknown.  But since the Ditlinger family lived on a farm in North Vernon, Indiana, where the men went to hunt, there's a good possibility that may be where they snagged the catch for this day.   
     I'm again grateful to my uncle, Bob Weber, for preserving this family photo in his albums.  There must be another relative along for this trip, maybe a Lieland or Sauer dad,  since Bob is not behind the camera this time.  They all look pleased and ready to have a fish fry!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mary Anna Keen Weber: A Life Lived in Large Families -- 52 Ancestors Challenge

  The 52 Ancestors Challenge is the creation of Amy Johnson Crow at  She's bringing together family history writers who share ancestral stories throughout 2014.  There’s a weekly update on Amy's blog linking to these stories by surname.
      Mary Anna Keen grew up in a large German Catholic family and carried on that tradition throughout her life.  She was one of nine children of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Kraut) Keen. Her father was a shoemaker. (I've included a link to his story below.)  Mary Anna was the seventh child in the Keen family, born in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, on 11 February 1860. Soon thereafter she was baptized at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. 
     The family lived in Ohio from approximately 1840 to 1864.  After 24 years in that Zanesville home, Mary's parents decided to move 230 miles west to Indianapolis, Indiana. Why and how exactly the Keen family made that life change is only speculation.  For a young girl the journey could have been exciting or frightful.  They might have traveled by wagon with all their belongings across the National Road, the pathway constructed in the early 1800s to help the hordes of settlers going east to west.  Also, by 1864 when the Keens moved with 5-year-old Mary, railroads were built that could have taken them to their new home. Maybe the ten of them had an exciting ride from eastern Ohio to central Indiana by rail.
     Regardless of how they made the journey, Mary's family soon established their home in Indiana.  By the time the census-taker asked for their family information in 1870, the Keens lived at 175 South New Jersey Street in Indianapolis, the home where Mary grew to adulthood. Her father had a shoe repair shop on Virginia Avenue, a short walk from their home.  We also know from the 1870 census that Mary was attending school in Indianapolis at age 10, becoming an educated young lady. 
    The south side area of Indianapolis where the Keen family settled was heavily populated by German immigrants. When the Keens became residents in the mid-1860s the German language could be heard on the streets as the merchants sold their wares and people went about their daily lives.  In Mary's neighborhood lived a young man named Harry Adam Weber.  The two were very close in age and may haveKeen siblings in 1907. attended school together.  The families would most assuredly have known each other.  By following Mary's path through Indianapolis City Directories, I see that as a young woman she became employed as a clerk at the New York Store.  Records also show that Harry Weber was a clerk in that store. Was sharing their work at this popular department store in downtown Indianapolis the catalyst that brought these two young people close?  I can't say for sure what ignited that spark.   But they were married on 21 October 1886 in the local German Catholic parish of St. Mary’s. 
The photo on the left, taken in the early 1900s, is eight Keen siblings ranging in age from 40 to 57 years old.  They are posing outside St. Mary's Catholic Church in Indianapolis.  Mary Anna Keen is the small lady in the front of the group. 
Pictured in this 1907 photo are:  Men in back - Left, George Keen; Right, Fred Keen.
Sisters left to right are: Lizzie Keen Suess, Anna Keen Cheseldine, Katie Keen Kasberg, Mary Keen Weber, Lena Keen Buennagel, Clare Keen Paetz
(The eldest son, John Keen, was already deceased at the time of this photo.) 
Mary Anna Keen Weber and her husband, Harry Adam Weber.
         Mary Anna Keen Weber gave birth to 12 children between 1887 and 1908.  The Weber home on South Alabama Street in Indianapolis was bubbling with family, including Harry's mother who lived with them for 13 years. Their home remained a gathering place of children and grandchildren until the 1940s.
Children of Mary Anna Keen and Harry Adam Weber:
Harry Lawrence WEBER (1887-1946)
Ida Theodora WEBER (1888-1968)
Walter Maximilian WEBER (1890-1942)
Mary Stella WEBER (1892-1962)
Elizabeth Magdalena "Lillian" WEBER (1893-1976)
Edith Marie WEBER (1896-1987)
Clarence George WEBER (1898-1989)
William John WEBER (1899-1973)
Herbert Lawrence WEBER (1901-1975)
Albert Edward WEBER (1903-1903)
Catherine Amelia WEBER (1906-1990)
Alberta Clara WEBER (1908-1995)
     Mary Anna Keen Weber died at 68 years old on the 16th of October 1928, just a few days before her 42nd wedding anniversary.   She is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Indianapolis, alongside her husband and near several of her children and grandchildren.  Of course, there is quite a long list of Mary's descendants.  I have posted a list of the Keen descendants at this link if you would like to take a look.  
     In closing, I believe I'll continue to include a happy birthday wish here in this family history spot.  Below is a chart showing the ancestry of my cousinSteve Holzer, great grandchild of Mary Anna Keen Weber, Steve Holzer, to Mary Anna Keen.  Steve recently celebrated a birthday and this sends out wishes for a good health and good fortune!
Ancestry chart - Steve Holzer to Mary Anna Keen
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     If you'd like to read about Mary Anna Keen's father, Lawrence Keen, here's a link to his story in an earlier segment of 52 Ancestors.)
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Family Recipe Friday -- Janine's Barbecue Sauce

     Here's a delicious recipe for Barbecue Sauce, if you feel like you would prefer to make your own rather than open the store-bought bottle.  I received this from the friend pictured below many years ago.  It has a great combination of sweet and sour flavors.   

     This Family Recipe Friday selection is from Janine Schumm.  We have shared good times and bad over the years. Of course, that includes numerous recipes.   Janine just had a birthday in late June.  Although I won't share which one.  Happy Birthday Janine!!
Janine Schumm  1980
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wilhelm (William) F. Marsischky -- Where Did He End UP? -- 52 Ancestors Challenge

The 52 Ancestors Challenge is the creation of Amy Johnson Crow at  She's bringing together family history writers who share ancestral stories throughout 2014.  There’s a weekly update on Amy's blog linking to the group of stories by surname.
     Don't you hate it when you find all the history for an ancestor but the very last detail, the burial?!  My second great grandfather, Wilhelm (William) F. Marsischky, is one of those frustrating ancestors.  I've uncovered his birth, his immigration, his occupations, his wives, his children and, oh yeah, even his obituary.  But where is he buried???
    I do have details about Grandfather Marsischky's life that construct an interesting story, though. Wilhelm F. Marsischky Individual Summary  From his marriage records I know that he was born in Stolp County, Germany, (Pomerania), on 3 June 1852.  Somehow he was able to acquire the funds to bring his wife and four children to America in 1880, when he was 28 years old.   I'm including an individual summary report at the right that briefly lists the facts about Wilhelm Marsischky.  He was a day laborer, a gardener and a metal worker.  He married three times: Carolina Mischky (m. about 1875 in Germany), Fredericke Heyden (m. 15 May 1905 in Indianapolis) and Josephine Domarchko (m. 1 Apr 1911 in Indianapolis).  William and Carolina had seven children: Martha, Otto, William, Lena, Anna, Maria and Carl, four born in Germany, two born in New York and the last born in Indianapolis, Indiana.
      Along the way I've also been fortunate to find another Marsischky family researcher that provided a lead on our common ancestor's obituary in the Indianapolis Times. (Transcription below) I was so pleased to have this information, thinking that I would now also have a link to his gravesite.  
Indianapolis Times, Tuesday 4/17/1923, Pg. 9, Col. 1
Marsischky, William F.
“Age 73 years, beloved husband of Josephine Marsischky and father of Otto, William and Charles Marsischky and Mrs. Martha Albers, Mrs. Lena Mitchell, Mrs. Anna Rosemeyer, and brother of Albert Marsischky, and Mrs. Lena Hause, passed away Monday April 16 at 6:20 am. Short services at the residence 2441 Coyner Ave., Wednesday April 18 # 1:00 pm followed by funeral at the Lutheran church on the corner of Brookside and Jefferson Avenues at 2 pm. Friends invited. Burial at Lutheran Cemetery.”
     I know.  The information in the obit seems so helpful and complete.  He has a funeral at the Lutheran church and is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery. But….not exactly.  Researching Lutherans we know that "Lutheran Cemetery" translates to Concordia Cemetery on the south side of Indianapolis.  Yes, his first wife Carrie Marsischky is buried there.   William did buy the plot where Carrie is buried and there is roomRelationship chart - Wilhelm Marsischky to Chloe Peck for another burial but they have no record in either the card system or on the plot maps of William.  Even two of his sons and their wives are buried next to Carrie Marsischky.  But no William.  Of course, that part of the story could be completely logical since he died 19 years after his first wife and married twice in those years.
     So, how about a cemetery near the church mentioned in the obituary?  That church is now another denomination.  And there is Chloe Peck photo.  Copyright (c) indianaties.comno cemetery located at or near that church.   I have investigated other cemeteries in the vicinity of his home at the time of his death.  And every time I see a new cemetery index online in the vicinity, I plug in William Marsischky.  (Next, I think I'll be repeating those Google map searches to make sure I didn't miss one.)
     Oh well, I have to be patient and may never find everything, right?  For now, I'm happy to know a bit about how William Marsischky lived.  He seems to have had a life filled with many relationships and experiences, from Germany to New York to Indiana.  A particular part of those relationships resulted in descendants leading to one of my great nieces, Chloe Peck.  Since June is her birthday month I'm including at the left a chart (click to enlarge) of her lineage to William Marsischky, her fourth great grandfather.   Happy Birthday Chloe! 

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