It’s the 30th of the month and my Memorial Day Series is continuing. John Niehaus (he was not given a middle name) is the subject for June. His birthday was July 4, 1889, soon to be 123 years ago. He left this world at the age of 67 in 1956. John first married in 1911 to Louise Albers, who I wrote about in my Ladies in My Line series earlier this month. John and Louise had three surviving children when she died in 1919 and there were four children born to John and his second wife, Ruth. It seems that universally memories of him brought/bring smiles for his children and grandchildren.
John is in the front seat in the photo below with his son, Robert, on his lap. My father, Frank, is the youngster standing behind him and Frank’s sister, Charlotte, is the young girl seated in the back. Two of his sisters, Minnie and Lena, are thought to be the ladies in the back seat, with his brother-in-law, Fred Kleinsmith, driving. John would have been a widower of about age 30 at this time.
|John Niehaus in the 1950s|
Here’s another memory of John that’s a fresh one for me since I just heard it from my cousin, Sharon:
“I remember when he was bedfast, not long before he died, he called me in to his room and asked me to get him the can of nuts on the shelf above his bed. I reached up and got it and he asked me to open it for him. Wellll, when I did, it didn't have nuts in it at all.........it had one of those spring loaded snakes in it and of course, I jumped and screamed and, bless his heart, he laughed and laughed.”
We are remembering you with that smile, Grandpa Niehaus.
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