Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bob Weber Memories - Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

Robert Walter Weber, photo taken 1938.
I'm happy to have another Wordless Wednesday Almost post as a result of the Weber family photos of my uncle, Bob Weber.  Although he was often the guy behind the camera, someone did get him to pose for this snappy-looking memory.
Robert Walter Weber (1914-1987) was the eldest of six children of Harry Lawrence and Otillia "Tillie" (Kuhn) Weber of Indianapolis, Indiana.  About the time that this photo was taken, 1938, he began a 20-year employment with H. Lieber Company in Indianapolis as a photo equipment salesman. 
At this point in his life he was 24 years old and single.  He was interested in travel and sometimes went on car trips with his Aunt Alberta Weber, who was close to his age.  A few years later Bob married Emma Ritchie and they expanded their family with two daughters, Barb and Janet.  The Weber annals are filled with his great photography.
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

John Hoskinson's Unusual and Interesting Obituary

What would you normally expect to find in an obituary?  Of course, there's the date and place of death.  Then, many times we're fortunate to have a listing of the immediate family, or even a few extended family.  And, yes, we aren't surprised to read about a person's career or clubs or volunteer activities.  There's a schedule for the services and burial usually announced in the obit as well.  The language is most commonly rather dry.  Although there are the exceptions.  And I believe that John Hoskinson's obituary falls into that category. 
I want to thank once again my cousins Leo Leonard and Sally Redinger that I wrote about a week or so ago.  They shared this obituary of their grandfather, husband of Mary Anna Niehaus and father of Ruth Hoskinson Leonard. John A. Hoskinson Obituary, 1957: Lived in Indianapolis, IN,  1872-1957 The writer, Bess Watson, of the Indianapolis News, brings joy to this sad day the way she presents the memories of John's life. 
John Hoskinson Burial To Be in St. Joseph's
(By Bess Watson, Indianapolis News, 7 Jan 1957)
A life resident of Indianapolis, John A. Hoskinson, 84, enjoyed modern conveniences, but he often yearned for the "good old days" in the city.  He often talked longingly of the days when the only traffic sound was the cloppity-clop of horses' hooves.  A resident of 1810 S. Meridian, he died yesterday in Methodist Hospital.
Mr. Hoskinson saw the first load of dirt carried from the excavation when construction was started on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  He was the son of John Arnold and Fannie Mae (Lendormia) Hoskinson.  Early in his life he served his apprenticeship as a garment cutter at the C. B. Cones Co.  He worked there 50 years as an overall cutter until the company sold out in 1950, when he retired.
Mr. Hoskinson enjoyed all sports.  Some time ago he attended an old-timers baseball game in Cincinnati and he was able to tell the records and life histories of all the players back to 1900.  He was fond of bowling. Active in the Republican politics, Mr. Hoskinson often worked at the polls.  For several years he was president of the Garment Workers Local 127.
Mr. Hoskinson was a friend of the Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley.  He was a long-time subscriber to The News.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Conkle West Michigan Street Funeral Home, with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Mr. Hoskinson was twice married.  His first wife, Mary Niehaus Hoskinson, died in 1912.  Survivors include the second wife, Leona Hoskinson; a daughter, Ruth Leonard, Cincinnati; a stepson, Edward Dourmagis, and three grandchildren.
From 1874 to 1957, John Hoskinson surely did witness tremendous developments in his hometown.  This account describes someone fully involved and makes me want to discover more about his life.  Aren't you curious?  I'll let you know later what develops as I gather more of his unusual and interesting history.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Honoring Our Veterans: Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

Today is Veterans Day --  A time for us to pause to remember and thank all American veterans for their service to the United States of America.  As in all families, there are many who have served honorably to assure our freedoms.  I've chosen two of our veterans this year to represent the many. 

Bud Niehaus Army (1)
Joseph Niehaus, III, Indianapolis, 1908-1993
U. S. Army, 1938 - 1946
Husband, of Doris Brueckman
Son of Gerald and Amanda (Marsh) Niehaus

Harry J. Jul '47
Harry Joseph Weber, Indianapolis, 1927-1998
U.S. Army, 1946-47
Husband of Ruth Weber
Son of Harry L. and Tillie (Kuhn) Weber

We're grateful for the dedication of each and every one of our  veterans!

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Finding Cousins - Mary Anna Niehaus Hoskinson's Family

Have you ever met people that you immediately connect with?  One of those special events happened in September to my sister and I. But this connection was for real!  We had a visit from cousins we'd never had a chance to meet. What nice people!  Sally (Leonard) Redinger and Leo Leonard are our second cousins.  We share great granMarti Fleetwood, Leo Leonard, Sally Redinger, Nancy Hurleydparents, Joseph and Gertrude Niehaus.  Their grandmother, Mary Anna Niehaus Hoskinson, died when their mother, Ruth, was a very young child.  Ruth was raised by her father, John Hoskinson, and his sister, Ruby Henschen.  As life goes, Sally and Leo didn't have the opportunity to know their Niehaus family.  Although they were made aware enough of those family ties that they remained curious.  Then, in the past few years family history became more of a priority for them.  Voila! Leo and Sally found us on the Internet and here we are today. 
About 1 1/2 years ago Leo found this website while searching for his Niehaus family.  And there it was.  He found his grandfather, John Hoskinson, in a Niehaus reunion photo.  He emailed his sister across the country and they  began the email conversation with me.  While Leo was visiting Sally in eastern Indiana from his home in Washington State about two months ago they decided to make a trip to Indianapolis so that we could meet up.  And we're so happy that they did.  Our afternoon of sharing our heritage and becoming closer cousins was delightful.  This photo above is, left to right: Martha "Marti" (Niehaus) Fleetwood (my sister), Leo Leonard, Sally (Leonard) Redinger and me, Nancy (Niehaus) Hurley.  It was so nice to talk with them in person after sharing history and getting acquainted for a good while over the Internet.  I think that our grandparents would have been pleased at us making this family tie.
Sally shared photos of their mother, Ruth, through the years.  As well as other family photos that gave us a look inside all those years of our cousins' lives.  I'm very glad to get to know more about our grand aunt's family.  Below photos: 1.  Mary Anna Niehaus Hoskinson; followed by 2. Ruth Hoskinson, Mary Anna's daughter, at about 16; and 3. Ruth Hoskinson Leonard later in life. 
Mary Anna (Niehaus) Hoskinson, about 28Ruth Hoskinson, 1911 - 1986Ruth Hoskinson Leonard, daughter of John and Mary Anna (Niehaus) Hoskinson

Of course, we all plan to keep in touch now and have more visits.  We hope that if there are others wondering about the families you find on this website, that you send a message.  These living family ties are really the best kind!

To learn more about these Niehaus connections:
Joseph Niehaus, Our Rug Weaver
Gertrude Elizabeth Wilmsen Niehaus

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Family In The News -- That Crazy Summer of 1921 At The Webers

     I'm glad to say that I have more family news that I've uncovered in newspapers.  But sometimes the stories pop up in a roundabout way. Recently I was wondering about my mother's (Rosemary Weber) experiences playing basketball in high school and thought I'd see if there might possibly be a mention of her in the local newspapers. Not surprisingly, a search of the online newspaper archive where I'm subscribed didn't turn up anything in their sports columns.  But wait....what are these mentions?  Well, here she was at five years old as flower girl in two aunts' weddings within sixty days. What I did find on this search were two news items vividly painting scenes of the weddings of Ida Weber in July and May Weber in September of 1921.
      Before coming across these details the events were just black and white dates. Now there's some color to them. We can picture the preparations and the family festivities.  There are even comments as to the couples' wedding trips and where they will live.
      First, the news immediately below from the Indianapolis Star on Sunday, July 3, 1921, announces the marriage of Ida Weber and Frank Shelton Cordell.  The wedding took place on June 27 at St. Mary's Church and was followed by "a wedding breakfast at the home of the bride, the table decorations carrying out a color scheme of pink and white, with wedding bells, summer flowers and bows of tulle."  Notice also that the attendants included "little Rosemary Weber, niece of the bride, who wore a frock of white net trimmed with pink rosebuds and carried a basket of wild roses and daises."  Descriptions of the bride's dress, names of the wedding party and information about the couple's home give life to the event.
Weber, Ida, Marriage news, Indianapolis Star, Sun, Jul 3, 1921   Approximately sixty days after Ida's marriage, her sister May Stella Weber married John Lieland.  The second clipping below from the September 7, 1921, Indianapolis Star describes their marriage at St. Mary's Church on September 6.  "The bride wore a gown of white satin with Duchess lace over drapery.  Her veil fell from a bandeau of pearls and orange blossoms."  In May's wedding there were two flower girls: "Little Rosemary Weber and Fern Grace Leiland, in dainty frocks of white net, carrying baskets of roses in pastel shades."
Weber, May, Marriage, The Indianapolis Star, Wed, Sep 7, 1921

     It's interesting to compare these two sisters' weddings within the short time frame. Think about the situation for the whole Weber family!  Each bride chose one of their sisters as bridesmaid and also two different Weber brothers as best man. Maybe they decided that Rosemary could wear the same flower girl dress in July and in September.  One of their cousins, Leonard Paetz, served as usher in both weddings. Was he a favorite?  I know that May and Ida lived with their parents and worked for the Big Four Railroad at this time.  Marriage records indicate that the men they married worked for the railroad also.  Was there marriage in the air at the railroad office that summer?
     Just imagine the dinner conversations in the household as the plans were going forward.  There were ten of the children of Harry and Mary Weber living at their home until these two ladies married.  Definitely the Weber home on South Alabama Street in Indianapolis was a crazy place in the summer of 1921.

Here are other posts with more about this family:
Weber & Zimmer Dry Goods Store
Mary Anna Keen Weber

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sis and Bob Weber, 1916 - Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

Weber, Sis and Bob, 1916


I've been having a great time scanning and organizing some old family photos that hadn't made it to the computer yet.  So, now I've also created a tremendous potential for Wordless Wednesday posts. Thought I'd jump in with a Weber family treasure. Here's my mom, Rosemary Ethel Weber (Sis) and her brother Robert Walter Weber.  The photo dates sometime in 1916 since Sis is just a baby.  Bob would be two years old.  It's probably taken at 733 Parkway on Indianapolis' south side, the home where my mother was born.  They seem to be dressed up for a special occasion. Isn't Bob's outfit something! Maybe this is a sunny fall day after they've attended Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Or maybe a party........


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To see another photo of these two loving Weber siblings, CLICK HERE.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Grandpa Niehaus's Picture Pops Up - Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

That's how these things happen! I was talking to my cousin Diana Pugh at the Niehaus reunion a few weeks ago. We couldn't remember the birth year for one of our uncles. Before I knew it Diane had called her sister, Sharon, on her cell phone because  "She's the one who can remember dates and names."   Pretty soon several of us were taking turns catching up by phone with Sharon.  It was a lot of fun.
The next day I received an email from Sharon. That's what I mean by "these things happen."  I guess that when Sharon finished talking with her Niehaus cousins she felt like looking at old photos. John Niehaus Family, 1955 Family Reunion
So, she decided to share one with us - a fabulous memory of our Grandpa Niehaus seated with his children and grandchildren surrounding him. I don't remember ever seeing this photo from our family reunion in 1956.  This has to be one of the last photos taken of John Niehaus, since he died in November of 1956.
I'm grateful to Sharon for taking us down memory lane!  There is much to say about this scene....but I'll keep it "almost wordless."  That's me standing behind Grandpa, looking sideways. Sharon is seated on the ground at his right. And there's Diana standing, holding a baby.   I believe this reunion was at Garfield Park on the south side of Indianapolis. (I've posted a list of the people in the photo on the Niehaus Reunion tab above.)

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