Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Schalke, 12 June 1897
There appeared today before the undersigned Registrar the miner Gerhard Linnemann, personally known, residing in Schalke at Essener Strasse 7II, of the Evangelical Lutheran faith, and reported that Elisabeth Linnemann, née Nilkowski, his wife, of the Evangelical Lutheran faith, residing with him, gave birth to a child of the female sex at 3 o'clock in the morning at their home, and that this child has been given the names Elisabeth Maria.
Read, approved and signed: Gerhard Linnemann
The Registrar [signature of his representative].
Gelsenkirchen, 29 August 1887
There appeared today before the undersigned Registrar the midwife Josepha Grönwäller, née Hibbeln, widow, personally known, residing in Gelsenkirchen at Bochumer Strasse 22, of the Catholic faith, and reported that Elisabeth Fasel, née Nilkowski, widow of miner Christian Fasel, who died on 8 June 1887 in Gelsenkirchen, of the Catholic faith, residing in Gelsenkirchen at Bochumer Strasse 80a, gave birth to a child of the male sex on 24 August 1887 at 9 o'clock in the evening at that address and that this child has been given the name Christian. The informant declared that she was present when the Widow Fasel gave birth.
Read, approved and signed: Josepha Grönwäller
The Registrar [signature of his representative].
Here is the image of Christian's birth record (click on it for a larger view):
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Less than 3 weeks ago, I was on a the genforum message boards searching for info on Gelsenkirchen. Someone had posted that they were looking for records from Gelsenkirchen and wonderful man named Bill posted the address and email for the Rathaus. I sent a quick email with the Linneman names and birth dates and that I thought they had been born in Schalke or Gelsenkirchen.
I never heard back from them via email, so I was thrilled to open the envelope! The next step is to try to read these records. My mother is taking a look at them first and we will go from there. Besides my minimal understanding of German, the handwriting is very difficult to read on a couple of the papers. I am hoping that she can decipher them!
I will post more about what we learn about the Linneman family through these records later, but in the meantime, here is the birth record for my great-grandmother, Elizabeth. Click on the image for a larger view, and let me know if you can read any of the handwriting!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
My grandfather, William Arthur Cubbage, Sr. (Art) took these pictures in the spring of 1953. He had been living in an apartment in South Orange for a couple of years after taking a job in New York City. His wife, Agnes, and sons, Corky and Jeff, were still living in Pittsburgh with Agnes' mother while they saved money to buy a house. Art would take the train out to Pittsburgh once a month or so to visit them.
Art and Agnes eventually saved enough to have a house built in New Providence and Art would visit the lot to take pictures of the progress. These are some pictures that Art took of New Providence:
This is the New Providence Presbyterian Church, which looks much different today! My parents were married in this church and my great-grandmother Mem (Elizabeth Linneman Speck Merz) is buried in the church cemetery with her second husband (Charles Merz). I can remember sitting in front of this church on the curb in the late 1970's and early 1980's and watching the Memorial Day Parade.
This is the back of one of the pictures. Art made a drawing of the intersection, the buildings he had taken a picture of, and where he was standing. I love how it shows directions to home, the train station, and the local "beer joint". That sounds just like my grandfather!
This last one is of the train station in Murray Hill, which is where Art got the train to New York for the next 30 years until he retired. Again, I love the car! I am guessing that Art sent these pictures to Agnes and the boys in Pittsburgh to show them their new town. They moved into their new home in the fall of 1953 and planted Cubbage family roots that have been in New Jersey ever since.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
This finishes up the series of posts on the death of Frank F. Speck (my great-grandfather). This tombstone is quite large compared to others we have seen from family in the 1940's. Frank's wife, Elizabeth, remarried and was buried in New Jersey with her second husband. More on Frank's life and Elizabeth to come in future posts.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
The obituary also lists Frank's church, lodge and social activities, which show his involvement in the Monessen community. I am hoping that the Monessen library or historical society may have information on these groups that I can look at on our next research trip.
Another interesting part of the obituary is that he is survived by his wife Elizabeth, his son Frank R. and his daughter "Miss Agnes Speck". Agnes was married a year earlier, but didn't announce it until later in 1940 (see earlier post).
The mention of a sister in Germany is also helpful, since I didn't know of any of Frank's relatives. I know that all of dates and facts were given by a family member or friend and may not be exact (and are mostly likely NOT exact), but they give me some starting points on an otherwise tricky relative!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Art went on to complete Service School Command on September 22, 1944. This school was organized to train selected personnel who had completed basic training and showed a skill or talent during this training or recruit testing. He was in Section Y6-1, probably Yeoman School.
Art is in the second row, second from the left. It is interesting that in all of these pictures, he is not wearing his glasses which he has on in almost every other picture of him since high school. More Navy pictures to be posted later.