Wednesday, August 31, 2011

1910 Census: Louis Brueggeman

Louis was living with his wife and family in Cleveland.  His father, Clamor, had died in 1909.  I have been told that this was Clamor's house.  He lived with Louis prior to his death.  

Louis was 48 and his wife, Wilhelmina (known as Minnie) was 44.
Children:   Meta (19), Rudolph (17), Edward (15), Cornelia (8) and William (5)

Louis was listed as being a Grocer with his own store.  Their daughter, Meta, was a Stenographer for a Carbon Company and their son, Rudolf, was listed as an Surveyor's Apprentice, a skill that was to be greatly valued when he served in World War I.   Meta and the three youngest children attended school after Sept 1, 1909.

This is a photo taken in 1910 in a Cleveland grocery store.
It is not Louis' store, but it gives a glimpse what his store may have looked like at the time. 

They were living at 2034 West 93rd Street. Here is current info on the house.  The house was listed on the Census as being owned mortgage free. It was built in 1896 and today has five bedrooms.  According to Google Maps, this is the house today.  Kind of cute.
The neighborhood was not a German enclave.  Most of the residents were born of Native born citizens and those that weren't, most were English.  There occupations ranged from an Elevator Man at a hotel, to a mailman, to foremen, to a publisher.  Most owned their homes, many without a mortgage.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Anniversary Time Around Here...

Ray & Nori, Mark & I, and Tony & Judy all have celebrated our wedding anniversaries over the last couple of days.  All three couple got married on what was then Labor Day Weekends.

Ray and Nori
August 30, 1957
Kent, Ohio
Sid & Selma Riley with the Bride & Groom
Mark & Lynne King
August 30, 1980
Ann Arbor, Michigan

I cannot find a scanned photo of the wedding to include but here is a picture from the time period.

Tony and Judy Raymer
August 29, 1987
Atlanta, Georgia

I cannot believe that I don't have a picture to share.  I received a picture of their wedding back from Theda but I gave it to Judy before scanning.  Judy, send me one and I'll add to the post!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to Ron Riley

Today is the 82nd birthday of Ronald Earl Riley, third son of Sid and Selma Riley.  He currently lives in Casselberry, Florida with his wife, Bonnie.  He is the father of four sons:  Russell, Greg, Kent and Troy.

Happy Birthday Uncle Ron!
It looks like he got the Brueggeman Hair
2009, at his 80th Birthday party
Ray (l), Ron (r)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

1910 Census: Sophia K Brueggemann

The next census record from 1910 is the Sophia K Brueggemann Reinhardt family.  She was the youngest daughter of Clamor and the second youngest child.  She had been married to Rev. John F.W. Reinhardt for 18 years in 1910.  If I read the census record correctly, they were living at 214 West Garden in Pensacola, Florida.
Their children:
Stella K. (17)
Otto C. (15)
Clara (12)
Everett (11)
Harry G.B. (9)
A Leonhardt (3)

All of their children were born in Florida.
As we learned the other day, school wasn't mandatory after the age of 14.  I don't know what Florida required, but neither Stella nor Otto had been in school at anytime after September 1, 1909. 

The family was listed as being renters.  

My favorite occupation of one of their neighbors, William Davis, was a Book Maker at a Race Track.  He was a boarder at Mrs. Flora Brown's boarding house.
Pensacola was a growing community when the Reinhardt's arrived.  In  1890, the population was 11,750 ( a 71% over 1880), 1900 it was 17,747 ( a 51% increase) and in 1910 it was 22,892 (a 29.5% increase).
Louisville and Nashville Railway Station 1910
This fort built in 1836 guarded the entrance at Pensacola Bay, on the west side (Johnson Beach) opposite Fort Pickens. It was heavily damaged during the Civil War and erosion collapsed what was left of it. One of the early hurricanes (1906 or 1916) pretty much destroyed what was left (as seen in this 1910 postcard),.
Pensacola Harbor circa 1900-1910

Friday, August 26, 2011

Family Picture Friday: Two of Grace Riley's daughters

Alice Addy Neal sent me some pictures on a disc this week of her side of the Riley family.  I will be sharing these in future posts.  This is a picture of Ann Bostwick Wright (l) and Mary Bostwick Addy (r) taken on a cruise.
Ann Hay Bostwick, first child,  was born in 1917 and died in 1985.  Mary Ruth Bostwick was Grace's third daughter, she was born in 1922 and died in 2003.  The middle daughter, Elizabeth, was known as Betty.  She was born in 1920 and died in 2004.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A new Roberts family connection

I received this message from an member.  His tree wasn't a public tree so I wasn't able to find him before he made a correction in a census record.  He is related to Jane Roberts Riley's sister, Ann.  I knew of Ann but no information.  David  appears to still live in England.

Dear Lynne,
Thomas Roberts (1804-1865), my great great grandfather, had 4 daughters. The eldest, Jane (1833-1863), was the first wife of Ezra Riley (1828-1913). The second daughter, Bridget (1837-1875), was the first wife of Issac Chorton, who subsequently married Erza's cousin, Grace (born about 1839).
The youngest daughter, Ann (1842-1916), married Alexander John Elder (1838-1888), a cabinet maker, at the Hanover Street Chapel, Manchester, on 13 Oct 1863. Their daughter, Annie (1870-1927) married my grandfather, John Rothwell (1869-1960), on 23 Aug 1893 at St Stephens Street Wesleyan Methodist Church, Salford. I am the son of their elder son, John Alexander Rothwell (1899-1975).
Consequently, I am not related to the Riley family, but got interested when researching the family of Thomas Roberts, and was curious as to how Ezra and Grace Riley were related.
Best regards
David J. Rothwell

I have written him back to see if he knows anymore about the other Roberts siblings.  I don't know if he knows about Daniel (I've written about him before here and here) and Edward.  The other sister he didn't mention by name is Suzannah. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

1910 Census Thomas Roberts Riley Family

The Thomas Roberts Riley family was living in Dover Township in Tuscarawas County Ohio at the the time of the 1910 Census.

He was 51 years old at the time and Lizzie was 47.  All the children were living at home. 
Percy  (Thomas Percy)  Age 18
Grace  Age 15
Ezra Age 14
Sidney Age 11
Norman Age 8
Sue Age 5

They lived a couple of houses away from Tom's brother Ezra and his wife Sue (on Front Street).  Both men were listed as Rollers at a Rolling Mill (Steel).  Percy was listed as a student at business college.  Both houses were listed as Owned with a Mortgage.  I imagine that a roller was a tough job for a 51 year old man. 

Dover became a steel center early on, with the first blast furnace opening in the mid 1850s. The first steel rolling mill began in 1867, and was purchased in 1882 by J. E. Reeves, becoming the foundation for the building of Reeves Steel. The legacy of Mr. Reeves, his company and his family still impacts Dover and Tuscarawas County through such local treasures as the
J. E. Reeves Home and Museum and the Reeves Foundation. The Reeves Foundation annually contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to local good works.

Dover voters took the city "dry" in 1908, putting 22 saloons and two breweries out of business overnight. Dover became somewhat infamous during prohibition for official Volstead Act violations and many officials resigned in disgust. The city again allowed the sale of liquor after repeal of prohibition in 1933.

I don't know if Tom and Ezra worked at Reeves Steel or Ohio Steel.
Canal Dover Government Building 1911

The population of Tuscarawas County in 1910 was 57,035 and in the 2000 Census it was 90,914.
1899 Map of Canal Dover

Most of the residents on the street were children of Native Born Americans.  Many of the other men on the street also worked for the Steel Mills.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

General Info about the 1910 Census

I found on Google books, the final report of Thirteenth Census of the United States.  It is rather long but I want to point out some interesting info.

The 70,000 enumerators were mostly paid on a piece rate of 2 to 4 cents per name.  The average amount received in city areas was $4 per day or $50 total for the period of the census.

The census results was recorded via punch cards.  Because of the complexity of the data, each card needed to run through the machines more than once, the reports state it was the equivalent of of processing 700 million cards.

The total population of the United States (excluding Phillipine Islands) was 93,402,151.
This represents a 21% increase over the 1900 census.

Ohio grew 14.7% 1900 to 1910.

Ohio was the 4th most populous state with a population of 14.8 million. Florida ranked 33rd and Tennessee ranked 17th.

The center of population was in Bloomington, IN having moved westward 20 miles from the 1900 census.

The percentage of residents in Urban areas increased from 40.5% to 46.3%.

Changes in sizes of Ohio Cities:
Akron  42,700 to 69,000
Cleveland 325,900 to 363,590
Zanesville 23,500 to 28,026

Pensacola, FL  17,700 to 22,900

Native Born (both parents born in US)  60.5%  {Sema}
Native (with both parents foreign born) 15.8%  {EAB}
Native Mixed (with one parent foreign born)  7.3%
with the rest foreign born                    14.7%

One important section was tracking the migration of population from their birth state to another state.

Another large section of the Abstract involves the country of origins of foreign born residents.

Only 62.3% of children age 6-20 attended school.  It is a little misleading using to age 20.
age 6-9  73%
10-14  88%
15-17   51%
18-20  15%

Compulsory school attendance laws existed in all but 7 states and most states didn't require it before 7 and after 14.

Monday, August 22, 2011

1910 Census Johann Martin Brueggeman

To continue our review of the 1910 Census, I looked at the youngest Brueggemann sibling,  Martin.  He was 40 at the time of the census and they were living in Memphis at 204 Washington Street.  This is the address of Trinity Lutheran Church.  I wonder if the parsonage was on the property.
His children were all still at home, Victor (14), Otis (12) and Arno (7).

It was a working class neighborhood as all the residents on this census form were renters.  It wasn't a German neighborhood.  The residents had all kinds of occupations:  Hair dresser, book keeper, traveling salesman, optician, teacher, doctor's assistant.  Many of the women worked outside the home. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1910 Census

I will begin to cover the different families at the time of the 1910 Census.  It think will be interesting to find out about people at the same point in time.
This is Ernst August Brueggeman family identified in 1910 Census.  The census taker had trouble with their name and it is really hard to read.  The person who indexed the record for has them listed as the Berryemara family.

It appears that they lived in a two family home as the Samuel Nelson family is listed at the same address.  I am having a hard time reading the street.  It looks like 1530 Wheeling Avenue.  
Here is a link to Google Maps for a view of the street today.  It appears that a street view isn't available. 

Ernst is listed as a publisher, daughter Louise is a printer, daughter Emma is a Stenographer and Edwin (at 17) is listed as a hardware salesman.  At this time none of the children have married and all are living at home.

Mr. Nelson worked as a Burner at Brick plant and his daughter was a Decorator at a Pottery (see previous post about Zanesville).  He was from Ireland.  This wasn't just a German neighborhood.  There were quite a variety of occupations represented like musician, photo engraver, carpenter, book keeper, and telephone operator.  The Brueggemann family owned their home as did the Nelsons.  The rest of the street looks like it was split pretty evenly between owner and renters.   The Brueggemanns and the Nelsons owned their home mortgage free.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Family Picture Friday: Theda Hill and Grace Riley

Theda send another package of pictures last week.  In grateful thanks to Theda for giving me these pictures to share, I wanted to post a picture of her with Grace Riley (Sue and Thomas' sister).  Grace also moved to Florida.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Relatives Known to be Interred at Glendale in Akron

To follow up on my Glendale Cemetery postings, listed below are relatives known to be interred at Glendale:

Emma Louise Brueggeman Bischoff
Walter Bischoff 
Ruth Bischoff (their daughter who died as a child)
Rev Ernst August Brueggeman (Plot: Sec. S, lot 11, #159)
Emma Lange Brueggeman (Plot: Sec. S, lot 11, #159)
Walter Martin Brueggeman (Plot:  Sec S, lot 11, #???) 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Glendale Cemetery Part 2

Listed below is a short history of Glendale Cemetery in Akron:

Established in 1839, Glendale Cemetery (Original name: Akron Rural Cemetery), originally was inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. At the beginning, Glendale was comprised of 88-acres. In 1850, Oak Openings, a smaller 8-acre cemetery was incorporated into the site. Then in 1891, another area called the "western section" was added. When driving through the main gate of Glendale, several structures catch your attention. To the left on the hill, is the Bell Tower, then there's the office, the Gate Lodge and the Civil War Chapel. The Civil War Chapel was built to commemerate Akron's Civil War dead. Names of those who did not return are inscribed on the interior walls. The basement is a tomb for those who did return. There are hundreds of veteran's graves from all the wars at Glendale. But what makes Glendale Cemetery stand out are the graves and family plots of Akron's famous. Industrialists, bankers, businessmen, tycoons, people of politics, etc. Names like Miller, Robinson, Saalfield, Seiberling, Perkins, Sherbondy, Young, Howard, the list goes on. Cypress Ave., the main road through Glendale is lined on both sides with the stately mausoleums of the turn-of-the-century wealthy. Designs range from gothic, egyptian, and modern to rustic, colonial and Victorian.

When researching the cemetery, I learned that Dr. Commin was worried about public health in downtown Akron so he started this cemetery.  The first mausoleum was built for his son in 1860.
I also learned that Glendale was a tourist attraction as early as the 1880's  and a place that was much like a park where Akronites would picnic and enjoy the outdoors.
Caretakers Cottage built 1869
Civil War Chapel built 1876

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy Birthday to Lois Brueggeman Smith

Today is the birthday of Lois Brueggeman Smith.  She is the daughter of Edwin Brueggeman.  She was born in Akron and lives there still.  Her husband, Frank, died last August 19th of Multiple Myeloma.  She has two daughters, Donna and Susan.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Identifying Where Photos were taken

I have two photos of Sid Riley and his friend, Bill Whittaker .  I don't know when they were taken (maybe someone who knows cars can help here) but I have figured out where they were taken!  Again, the internet is an amazing thing for the arm chair genealogist.   These photos were taken at the Glendale Cemetery in Akron.  I will write more about the Cemetery later.
I started with this picture since the name "Hill" was so prominent.  I found this picture from an Akron resident who photographed most of the mausoleums at Glendale.
The Hill family were involved in the sewer pipe manufacturing industry in Akron.

In the second picture, there wasn't a name, it wasn't as easy to find.  The picture was taken on the same day as the other after looking carefully at their clothing.  This mausoleum is also in Glendale.  It is the oldest one.  It was built by the "developer" of the cemetery, Dr. A. Commins to inter his son.
from an 1880 photograph

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Selma's Bathing Suit

I was looking through Selma's diary and found that she purchased her bathing suit for $4.98 on August 15, 1918 from Akron Dry Goods.  I just discovered an interesting resource on  They have scanned in what looks like every Sears Catalog from 1896 through 1993.  In the picture I posted of Selma swimming earlier in the week, you couldn't really see what her bathing suit looked like.  Here is the only page of bathing suits from the Spring 1918 catalog.  I imagine that Selma's suit would have looked very much like these:
Here are pictures of more fashion-forward suits from 1918, not likely that the conservative Brueggeman's would have allowed (or could have afforded) these suits.

Friday, August 12, 2011

300th Post and Family Picture Friday

Well, I've made it to 300 posts....When I started this blog 9 months ago, I am sure some wondered if I'd run out of things to post about.  The readership of the blog grows every week as more and more Rileys and Brueggemans find out that it exists. I hope that more of you will contribute stories and photos to share with others.  One of the best compliments I have received was from Chris in San Diego (a Benhoff) is that I've taught her that family history is more than names and dates on a piece of paper.  I depend on all of you to help me out.  Just a little thing can make an interesting post.  You can contact me via email  lynner4 @ aol dot com or by leaving a comment at the bottom of any post.

Family Picture Friday
I was looking through Selma's pictures this week, looking at them enlarged.  I found what I thought was familiar face or two (unlabeled). 

Did  Charles and Louise Long (Lange) come to visit their daughter, Emma Long Brueggemann.  He died in 1902.  I am confused about the labels.  Selma looks too old to be that tall in 1902 and Karl and Elmer, too old in this picture.  Compare the photo to known photos of Louise and Charles and see what you think.  Is this the Zanesville house?  If that is really Selma, then who are these people?  Lots of other unknowns in the picture as well.

close up from this photo
known photo of Charles and Louise
Louise from this photo

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Gretchen K. L. Riley

I missed this on my calendar yesterday.  Happy Birthday to Gretchen, wife of John Riley.

Zanesville Pottery Fire 1909 Mystery

Here is a picture found Selma's photo.  It is dated 1909, they were living in Zanesville.  I am sure if you watch Antiques Roadshow you have heard of many of the art potteries in Ohio:  Roseville, McCoy, Hull, or Weller.  I guess I didn't realize that Zanesville was one of the centers of this industries in Ohio. 

"The area around the towns of Roseville, Zanesville, and Crooksville was the other Ohio pottery hotspot.  This southeastern Ohio region is rich in clay, and its pottery history goes all the way back to the Native Americans.  When European settlers came to the area, they set up "bluebird" potteries in their backyards and sheds.  Naturally, there were entrepreneurs who saw the pottery’s profit potential, and an industry was born.  McCoy, Weller, and Roseville were some of the first potteries to establish successful businesses in the area that would eventually be known as the "Pottery Belt" and "Clay Corridor." Ohio Art Pottery

The only pottery fire I could find in Zanesville in 1909 was the Brush Pottery.  Some references stated it happened in late 1908 and others state 1909.  I imagine this photo was taken after the fire.

Here is information about George S. Brush and his pottery:

...located near the Muskingum River bank in the  Putnam section of town. There, beginning in 
1906, he produced kitchen ware and sanitary ware, most notably the Lucille Toilet Ware line, 
named for his young daughter (Mrs. Clare Barnett). Fire also plagued this original Brush Pottery, 
for the one-kiln plant burned to the ground in the winter of 1908.
In 1909, George Brush joined the J.W. McCoy Pottery. Prior to that time he had established a pottery under his own name. However, the pottery only operated about one
year before a fire destroyed the entire plant. The Brush Pottery was not rebuilt. Later in the year his pottery burned, George Brush became the Manager of the Globe Stoneware Company, and the Crooksville Clay Products Company.
Within two years after joining the J.W. McCoy Pottery, George Brush had become the General Manager of the pottery , but he retained the remaining assets of the Brush Pottery. In October of that year, the directors of the McCoy pottery decided to expand by the purchase of the Globe Stoneware Co. (1901-1911).
During August of 1911, George Brush, acting on behalf of the Brush Pottery interests, purchased the old J.B. Owens Pottery, Plant Number One in Zanesville (1883-1909), along with the equipment and molds.
Late in 1911, the officers of the J.W. McCoy Pottery, at the suggestion of George Brush, agreed to combine the assets of the company with those of the Brush Pottery, and rename the pottery, theBrush-McCoy Pottery.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Norm's Nickname

While Ray was getting ready for his trip to San Jose for Norm's Memorial Dinner, he was talking with his brothers about "Norm Stories".  Norm was named after Sid's beloved brother, Norman.  Norman had died just five years before Norm was born.  Norman was just 18 years old when he died.  Sid always called Norm "Buster".  I surmise that it was still too painful for Sid to call him Norman.    Buster had become popularized around the time of Norm's birth due to the Silent Film Star, Buster Keaton. 
Film Released the year of Norm's birthday (1925)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Happy 90th Birthday Harold Bischoff

Best wishes to Harold Bischoff on his 90th Birthday.  He is the son of Walter Bischoff and Emma Brueggeman.  Harold has an older brother, Bud (Luther) who is 94 and has a living younger sister, Juanita.

Selma in the Summer

Here are three of the Brueggeman girls, Linda, Lydia and Selma, at a lake or swimming hole in their bathing costumes.  I am sure they were fashionable at the time, but can you imagine swimming in outfits like these?  My guess this is 1918 or 1919.
Linda and Selma
Lydia and Selma

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sid in the Summer

While most of the country has been hot lately, I thought this picture of Sid Riley and his good friend Bill Cartright in their bathing costumes might help you think of cooling off in some inviting water somewhere!  Ray just told me a story that Sid was once kicked out of Euclid Beach because his bathing costume didn't go below his elbows or below his knees. 
Original.  Sid looks so young

Photo adjusted to see a little better

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Special: Pentecost & Ron Riley

... because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Acts 2:5

Ron and his wife, Bonnie, recently joined a Lutheran Church near their home in Florida.  Ray told me that Ron read the Gospel in German on Pentecost  At our church, the gospel used to be read simultaneously in many languages on Pentecost.  Ron didn't learn to read and speak German from his German-American mother.  While he was in the service, he was stationed in Germany and made it a point to spend time with German families and learned the language.  I am so impressed that these many years later, he could still feel comfortable enough with his language skills to be able to do this.
Ray and Ron August 2009