Friday, May 24, 2013

Friday's Faces from the Past - Good Humor Man

I was sitting outside this week, enjoying a beautiful spring evening with my boys, and we heard the familiar jingle of the "ice cream man." I thought of this picture of my mother as a teenager and my grandmother, Elise Gegenheimer Haberkern. It was taken in the spring of 1960. I'm not sure where they are or why my grandfather took a picture of them with the Good Humor Man. I need to check with Mom to see if she remembers!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Military Monday - Armed Forces Day

In recognition of Armed Forces Day, which was Saturday, May 18th, I am posting a few images in honor of my military ancestors.
Christian Linnemann
World War I, Pvt. 3rd Co. 1st Btn. 155th DB 
Frank Rudolph Speck
US Maritime Service 
William Arthur Cubbage
World War II, Yeoman Second Class, US Navy 
Charles G Schwenk
Civil War, Sgt, Co. C, 82nd PA Vol
(I don't have any pictures of Charles, this is an image of his re-enlistment papers)
Gerhard Linnemann
World War I, Cook, Quartermaster Corps

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Christian Linnemann's Gesangbuch

I saw my parents last weekend and they gave me a little book ... my great grand uncle Christ's Gesangbuch! They know that I have been researching our Linnemann line for some time and wanted me to have it!

The first page ... "Ach bleib mit Deiner Gnade." According to Google Translate, this means "Oh stay with your grace."

Christ's name is written on the back of the first page. The first two pages appear to have been repaired with some white tape that covers the end of his name and part of the next  page. The next page is printed with "Widmung" which means "dedication", but nothing is written on that page.

Christian Linnemann, known as Christ, was my great-grandmother's oldest brother. He was born Christian Fasel, but his father died shortly before he was born and his mother later married Gerhard Linnemann. I also posted a picture of him when he was in the Army and his tombstone.

The title page ... "Evangelisches Gesangbuch für Rheinland und Westfalen" which translates to "Protestant hymnal for Rhineland and Westphalia." Christian was born in Gelsenkirchen, which is in the state of North Rhein-Westfalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen). His mother's religion was Catholic on Christ's birth record, but by the time his sister Elisabeth was born, she and her husband were both Protestant (Evangelishes).

The bottom of the page has what I believe is the publisher (W.Crüwell) in Dortmund, dated 1897. The Linnemann family came to America in 1904. My father only met Christ a few times as a child, but remembers him as very quiet and was often seen sitting reading his Bible or this hymnal.

The hymnal doesn't open very far, but it is a beautiful little book filled with German hymns. Thank you Dad and Mom for this wonderful gift!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sentimental Sunday - Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! Here are a few pictures of our favortie Moms:

 My grandmother, Agnes Speck Cubbage with her mother, Elizabeth Linneman Speck Merz
November 1954
My father (middle) with his brother Jeff and mother, Agnes Speck Cubbage
August 1959

My mother and her mother, Elise Gegenheimer Haberkern
circa 1955

Here I am with my Mom, along with my sister and brother!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Funeral Card Friday - C. Lester Cubbage

Charles Lester Cubbage was my great uncle. This funeral card was found with Cubbage family memorabilia and photos and also includes his obituary. Lester was the oldest of the eight Cubbage children. He was born on 1 January 1904 in Swissvale, PA and died on 4 May 1970 in Trenton, NJ.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Marian Barbara Cubbage

Below is the obituary for my great aunt, Marian Cubbage. It was printed in The Valley Independent (Monessen, PA) on May 10, 1990. Marian was the second of the eight Cubbage children, and she outlived five of her siblings. Marian never married or had any children.