Monday, January 30, 2012

Julia Louise Barlag Confusion

This is a good example of how confusing all this can be.  Julia would be the Granddaughter of CLV Brueggemann.  Her records are really hard to understand.  I looked at Gary Brueggeman's site and am still confused.  I am not sure when her children were born and who their father(s) were.
Here is my record from Ancestry.  I don't expect anyone to actually have the answers, just want to show you how confusing it all it.

What we do know, she married late (age 27) but I think there be another husband as we show one of her daughters born before that marriage.  She was divorced from this husband in 1919 and married soon thereafter (when she was 35) to Otto Birth.  She is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery and she died from an Abscessed Appendix at age 60.  This is the case where we need one of her descendants to set us straight.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Clara Long

Thanks to Ann Jackson Hilliard for this picture of her mother, Clara Long.  Clara was the youngest daughter of Fred Long and granddaughter of Charles Long.  Not sure which one she is.  Clara would be the first cousin of Emma & Ernst August Brueggeman's children.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Another Prayer Request...

I am late in posting this from Rev. Fred Reinhardt (son of David Reinhardt):

Hello everyone, 
I just wanted to let you know that I was mugged last night, Dec. 27th, at 8:30 p.m. while walking home from downtown with a backpack and a bag of groceries!  As you know, it is the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day, and all the university students who are normally also walking around my area at that time are not here!  So, it was too calm - and dangerous - as I learned the hard way, for me to have been walking home, even at that normally very safe hour! 
Four men walked up behind me, surprising me.  Two or three of them held me, one tried to get my wallet out of my back pocket, another holding a "coupe-coupe" (machete) hit me on the left side of the head.  The cut actually turned out not to be too deep, but it was bleeding as if it were!  (head wound - go figure!) 
I was saved by an approaching man who had just gotten off work from a nearby hotel or "club" (?), next to the St. Paul Catholic University Chapel (I didn't even know that such a club was THERE!).  He immediately saw what was going on, and said something to them which scared them away.  God was with me in the person of this "Good Samaritan!"
My Good Samaritan took me to the hotel to await a taxi and to get paper towel compresses for my wound, and some "first aid" - some alcohol on cotton to clean the wound.  I was taken to the 24-hr Nairobi Outpatient Center right downtown, and they gave me good care, cleaning and dressing the wound and suturing it up (after having to shave the area!).  They prescribed and sold to me some antibiotics and something for pain relief, when the local anesthetic would wear off. 
I got a good night's sleep last night, so am out and about with my "funny white hat" today! 
Your prayers for continued safety and security, and for quick healing are much appreciated!  Thanks. 
Area Facilitator for French-speaking Central and East Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Prayer Request...

Due to my hiatus, I am late in posting this request from Rev. David Glawe (grandson of Louise Brueggeman Krausman)

Sherry-Lynn was in a Car accident on June 1, 2011.  She was rear ended.  Since that time many things have not gone right and there is a lot of pain.  We just got back from the doctor again and Sherry-Lynn has just been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.  It is small, only 4 mm,  but it is in the interior of the brain.  There are new ways to treat them now other than cutting open the skull if she is a candidate for that type of surgery. We hope to see a neurologist in January.  However, We need your prayers and will appreciate them.

Monday, January 23, 2012

I told you I was back, but,,,

I had all intentions of not missing a post but I caught a terrible cold and I cannot put two sentences together.  Stay tuned...

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Trinity Lutheran Cleveland Ohio

These are pictures of Trinity Lutheran from the early 1930s.  This was the church that C.L.V. Brueggemann and his family attended.  I spent a long time tonight trying to find an early map to place the church in relation to where they lived.  The church is at the corner of 30th and Lorain.  

I realized after searching early maps that many streets were renamed in 1906.  Many people believe that the streets were renamed in response to anti-German sentiment around the time of the first World War but it was unrelated.  I wasn't able to find the original street name but I will look at Census records to see if I can match it up.

The West Side was originally called Ohio City and was annexed to Cleveland in the 1850s.
From Trinity's Website:   Trinity was founded in 1853, on it's present site, in a small wood structure that was subsequently moved to, and still exists at, West 32 and Chatham.  The congregation exploded in size and the current bldg. was erected in 1873 to serve 1,500 West Side parishioners.  The building has been called "One of the finest examples of a Victorian Gothic Meeting House in this part of the Country".  During the fifties, when most congregations were relocating to the suburbs, the congregation made the commitment to stay in the neighborhood.  The size of the congregation steadily declined until the early 1990's.   In 1994, the average worship attendance was in the low 80's.  Due to innovative programming and a new contemporary service, in additional to the traditional service, the attendance has increased 100% to an average worship attendance in the 150's, and continuing to grow.
Trinity also has a special organ according to this from The Plain Dealer:

An anonymous donor who loves Baroque organ music has pumped $100,000 into a fund supporting the restoration of the Beckerath organ at Trinity Lutheran Church on Cleveland's West Side.
Until recently, the Beckerath Organ Restoration Fund stood at $142,000, about half the amount needed to refurbish the 1956 instrument. The $100,000 donation will enable the project to be completed this year, said organist Florence Mustric, who chairs Friends of the Beckerath.
Mustric said 92 percent of the $142,000 came "not in major gifts, but in small and modest donations over three years, ranging from a great many $1 bills to a few $1,000 checks." The donors have comprised music lovers from across Northeast Ohio and the country, including members of the Organ Historical Society.
The church's admired organ was built by Rudolph von Beckerath of Hamburg, Germany. It is being restored by Leonard Berghaus, founder of Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders in Bellwood, Ill., who was inspired to become an organ builder by Trinity's Beckerath.
The instrument has been undergoing restoration in stages, as funding has allowed, since 2007. After a concert Sunday, Jan. 16 by organist David Tidyman, who'll present a program titled "Bach as Visionary and Mystic," pipes and several divisions of the Beckerath will go to Berghaus for restoration.
Mustric said this stage should be completed by April, after which the final stage, including renewal of the console, will follow.
The anonymous donor has been a fan of the Beckerath for two decades, said Mustric.
"When we first met, I expressed surprise that he knew nothing about it," she said. "I said, 'I have the keys to the candy store' and invited him to come hear it and play it. His first words on hearing it were, 'This is not the candy store.' Stunned, I said, 'No?' He said, 'This is no candy store - this is Fort Knox!' "
Mustric said the $100,000 donation will make it possible for her and Trinity organist and director of music Robert Myers to pursue foundation support for the restoration.
"Bob is speechless," said Mustric of the $100,000 donation. "I'm stunned, but, as you see, I am not speechless, which is a good thing."
Mustric and Myers alternate as soloists in free recitals on Wednesday afternoons in Trinity's Music Near the Market series. The church is at 2031 West 30th St., Cleveland

Friday, January 20, 2012

You won't believe what I found" VIDEO on Elmer Wischmeier

I was googling around some more and found some 16mm film uploaded to YouTube by Elmer's Grandson, John:

Don't you wish we all had such treasures!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Elmer Wischmeier

I was following a trail on Louise Brueggeman.  She was Clamor's daughter.  She married a Bennoff.  They had a daughter, Emma.  She married Wilhelm (William) Wischmeier.  The article below has a lot of information about this branch of the family.  It was published in 1924.  Elmer lived to be 100 and died in 1994.

WILLIAM WISCHMEIER. The late William Wiscbmeier was one of the well known citizens and successful business men of Cleveland, and by his death the South Side of the city lost a leader in all community affairs, one who was always ready to give freely of his time and means to all movements having for their object the welfare of the community.

Mr. Wiscbmeier was born in Cleveland (then Brooklyn Village) on June 16, 1866, the son of Frederick Wischnieier, a native of Germany, who was one of the early merchant tailors of the South Side. He attended the Lutheran parochial schools, and while yet a boy began an apprenticeship to learn the upholstering business, working for his brother-in-law, Edward Blawse. After he had mastered that business he formed a partnership with John Linderman, another brother-in-law, and the firm of Wischmeier & Linderman established a furniture store and upholstering and undertaking business. Mr. Wischmeier bought his partner's interest in the business March 5, 1895, and continued it under his own name until 1920, in which year he admitted his son, Elmer, as a partner, the firm then becoming William Wischmeier & Son, as it continues at the present time, with a business ranking among the leading and successful furniture, upholstering and undertaking houses of the city.

Mr. Wischmeier had other important interests. A number of years ago he became a member of the board of directors of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Company, and when that institution was absorbed by the Pearl Street Savings and Banking Company he continued as a director in that bank. He was also president of the Hal-Fur Motor Truck Company.

Civic and church affairs lay close to Mr. Wischmeier's heart, and he gave much of his time to them, always willingly and always cheerfully. He was treasurer of Lutheran Hospital, treasurer of Lutheran Cemetery Association and a member of the board of trustees of Emanuel Lutheran Church, and treasurer of the church for fifteen years.

His splendid traits of character, his personality and the upright life he led won the respect of all who came in contact with Mr. Wischmeier, while his circle of warm friends was very large, all of whom mourned his death as a personal loss.

Mr. Wischmeier was united in marriage with Emma Bennhoff, who was horn in Cleveland, the daughter of the late William Bennhoff, pioneer blacksmith and wagonmaker of the West Side. To their marriage a daughter and son were born: Clara L., who married Julius Gerlach, and has a son, Julius, Jr., born July 16, 1920; and Elmer Wischmeier.

Julius Gerlach was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 2, 1889, son of the late Alfred F. Gerlach, who for twenty years was a teacher in Saint Matthews Lutheran Parochial School of Cleveland, who died in 1918, his widow surviving. Julius Gerlach came to Cleveland with his parents, attended Saint Matthews Parochial School, graduated from Western Reserve University School of Pharmacy in 1911, and is now a member of the drug company of Flandemeyer & Gerlach, corner of Trowbridge and West Twenty fifth streets, Cleveland.

William Wischmeier passed away on January 30, 1922, his wife having preceded him to the grave on November 15, 1919.

Elmer Wischmeier was born on May 27, 1893. He was educated in the Lutheran parochial schools and at business college. On leaving school he entered his father's store, and soon developed into a good business man. He took the prescribed course in embalming and received his certificate from the state, and from that time on he was active in all the departments of the business, to which he succeeded at the death of his father, and which he is carrying on along the lines taught .him by his father, under the old firm name, and continuing the success begun by its founder.

The World war interrupted his business career for a time while he was in the service of his country in France. On May 25, 1918, he entered the United States Army, and was sent to Camp Gordon, Georgia, and was assigned to the Infantry Replacement Troops. Thence he was ordered to Camp Mills, and on july 10, 1918, he sailed for overseas duty with the Sixteenth Replacement Regiment. The regiment landed in England, and thence went to France, in which country Elmer was on duty until the signing of the armistice, after which he returned to the United States and was mustered out of the service and given his honorable discharge on May 14, 1919, at Camp Sherman. Leaving the service, he at once returned home and resumed his place in the store.

He is a member of Elsworth Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Olive Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Forest City Commandery, Knights Templar; Lake Erie Consistory, Scottish Rite, thirty second degree; Al Koran Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; Al Sirat Grotto and Cleveland Forest of Tall Cedars. He is a member of the advisory hoard of the Pearl Street Savings and Trust Company, a director in the Lincoln Savings and Loan Company, and a director in the Hal-Fur Motor Truck Company.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


It has been a long time since I posted.  So sorry for the delay.  Max was home until late last week and he's a huge distraction.  Plus, spending a ton of time on DIYGreek.

I promise I'll get back in the habit of posting.