June 15, 1904

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On June 15 1904 the excursion boat, SS General Slocum, caught fire on the East River of New York City. The boat was carrying about thirteen hundred people, mostly women and children, on an picnic outing from St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 6th Street and Second Avenue. The wind was very strong, fanning the fire until it was out of control. The life preservers and hoses were rotted. The victims could neither put out the fire nor jump overboard safely. Most of the crew and passengers were burned to death or drowned when they jumped into the river to escape the flames. The grief stricken German American community of Kleindeutchland never recovered. It is said that most left the Lower East Side and moved away, many to Yorkville, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

More than 1,000 people died that day, making it New York City's worst disaster until September 11, 2001.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 1904

Post card collection of Maggie Land Blanck

I had this post card image for a number of years. In March 2009 Bob Alexander wrote that he had a version of the same postcard. In his version he was able to make out that the paddleboat on the right side was the Gen. Slocum.

Image shared by Bob Alexander March 2009

Image shared by Bob Alexander March 2009

Postcard collection Maggie Land Blanck

Bob's email spurred me on to seek other images of the General Slocum. This view of the New York Harbor shows Ellis Island behind the General Slocum. In July 2013 J T Chiarella pointed out that the building on the right is "Pier A". It still exists today.

Collection Maggie Land Blanck

The General Slocum

Collection Maggie Land Blanck

"The stricken General Slocum sinks into the Long Island Sound"

Printed on back;

General Slocum Disaster

1904 Flaming Horror on a Death Ship

June 15, 1904, dawned as one of those rare summer days that make New York City seem full of promise. And the Sunday School children of St. Mark's Lutheran Church were glad, because the Rev. George Haas had planned their annual picnic for that day. The children, their parents and their teachers were to board the steamship General Slocum, which would take them up Long Island Sound to Locust Grove on Huntington Bay. There they would eat lunch, play games, and have a great time.

The General Slocum, a typical excursion steamer of the day, had been built of wood in 1890. There were over 1,300 people aboard her as she pulled away from lower Manhattan at 9:40 A.M. The vessel steamed northward up the East River into the western end of the Long Island Sound. At 10:20, just 40 minutes after the Slocum had left her pier, fire broke out. A northerly breeze swept the flames rapidly toward the ship's stern, where the passengers huddled in terror. Capt. Willam Van Schaick beached the blazing steamer, now an inferno, on North Brother Island*, where her stern lay partly submerged in 30 feet of water. Many men, women and children were drowned as the leaped over the sides into the water; hundreds more died in the burning furnace of the hull when the hurricane deck collapsed. In all, 1021 were lost — making this one of the worst catastrophes in maritime history.

The entire nation was shocked, by the tragedy. President Theodore Roosevelt formed a special commission to investigate the disaster; there was also a New York coroner's inquest and a federal grand jury investigation. In the end it was found that the General Slocum's life preservers and fire-fighting equipment were not only inadequate but old and worn out, though they had recently been approved by government inspection. But it is doubtful than many lives would have been saved even if they had been new, since the fire spread through the old wooden hull so rapidly that few would have had time to outfit themselves before leaping into the water. The investigations did, however, lead to more stringent rules governing the inspection of passenger vessels.

A monument to the unidentified dead from the General Slocum still stands in the Old Lutheran Cemetery** in Middle Village, Long Island. Th hulk itself was raised and rebuilt as a coal barge called the Maryland which was lost in a storm off Sandy Hook***, New Jersey, on December 3, 1911.

* North Brother Island in the East River between the Bronx and Rikers Island was the site of Riverside Hospital an institution for the isolation of people with quarantinable diseases such as smallpox and typhoid fever. It is now uninhabited and and off limits to the public.

Karen Lamberson wrote in October 2014:

**Now Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery

***"And the barge, according to Clive Custler, who dived the wreck, was lost off Atlantic City (Brigantine) not off Sandy Hook which is probably fifty miles north of Atlantic City."

Collection Maggie Land Blanck

Printed on back:

"On a sunny June morning in 1904, the General Slocum, an excursion boat, sailed from Manhattan's Third Street pier, bound for Long Island. Aboard the steamer was a local church group looking forward to a day of picnicking and fun. But just minutes after the Slocum left its dock, black smoke began pouring from the ship. Hay and cans of oil had somehow ignited in a supply room, and fire roared through the steamer. The burning of the Slocum proved to be one of the worst disasters on water in American history; 1,021 people — mostly women and children — were killed.

One error after another contributed to the day's tragedy. The ship's captain had not trained his crew to handle a fire. Lifeboats, tied to the ship with wire, could not be launched. Aging fire hoses burst when the water was turned on, and rotted life preservers sank like weights. Many people jumped overboard to escape the spreading flames and drowned.

The disaster shocked the nation, and President Theodore Roosevelt, ordered an investigation. As a result, a federal commission recommended that all new ships be built of steel and have fireproof wall.

The Slocum appears to have been somewhat of a ill fated vessel. See SS General Slocum

Collection Maggie Land Blanck, Harper's Weekly June 25, 1904

Map showing the Course of the Burning Steamer

Collection Maggie Land Blanck, Harper's Weekly June 25, 1904

The Fire in Proress — Scene after the Collapse of the Hurricane-deck

Collection Maggie Land Blanck, Harper's Weekly June 25, 1904

The Steamer "General Slocum" Sinking off North Brothers Island after the Fire

Collection Maggie Land Blanck, Harper's Weekly June 25, 1904

A View of the "General Slocum" on fire off North Brother Island.

"As soon as word was received of the disaster, fireboats were at once hurried to the scene, where they attempted to put out the fire aboard the steamer and to rescue those who were imprisoned on her. At the moment the vessel went aground the hurricane-deck gave way, throwing many passengers, women and children, into the flames below, where rescue was impossible."

Collection Maggie Land Blanck, Harper's Weekly June 25, 1904

"View of the River Front, showing Bodies cast up on the Shore"

Collection Maggie Land Blanck, Harper's Weekly June 25, 1904

"Hospital Surgeons and Nurses attending the Injured"

Collection Maggie Land Blanck, Harper's Weekly June 25, 1904

"Another View of the Beach where the Bodies of Victims were Laid Out"

Collection Maggie Land Blanck, Harper's Weekly June 25, 1904

"Some of the Survivors, who were provided with Blankets from the Hospital on the Island"

New York Library, digital Collection — Temporary morgue 1904 Gustav Scholer papers Catalog Call Number: MSS 89M31 Digital ID: PS_MSS_CD8_108

New York Times

New York Library, digital Collection — Dock at E 26 St. June 15, 1904 Gustav Scholer papers Catalog Call Number: MSS 89M31 Digital ID: PS_MSS_CD8_108

New York Library, digital Collection — Burial of the 'unidentified' 'Gen. Slocum' disaster June [15, 1904] : Corner Ave. A & 6th St. Gustav Scholer papers Catalog Call Number: MSS 89M31 Digital ID: PS_MSS_CD8_106

Courtesy of The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, VA

The wreck of the General Slocum

New York Library, digital Collection — Cemeteries - Lutheran Cemetery - Queens. 1910 Digital ID: 731344F

The General Slocum Disaster Monument, Lutheran Cemetery Queens*

Erected by the Organization of
General Survivors and the Public,
in the Memory of the 61
Unidentified Dead Who Lost Their
Lives on the Steamboat Gen.
Slocum on June 15, 1904.

*In September 2010 Judy Gumaer Testa informed me that the name of the cemetery has been changed to Lutheran All Faith Cemetery, Glendale.

Photo collection Maggie Land Blanck

The General Slocum Disaster Monument, Tompkins Square Park, New York City

This fountain in memory of the victims of General Slocum disaster was erected in 1906 on the north end of Tompkin's Square Park.

Transcription of the articles on the Slocum disaster in the Brooklyn Eagle by Mimi Stevens at


GENERAL SLOCUM DISASTER Brooklyn Daily Eagle - June 15, 1904

List of Victims of the General Slocum

Number of people dead - 938

Number of missing - 93

Number of injured - 179

As listed in "New York's Awful Steamboat Horror" 1904.

No of identified dead 863, Missing 61, Injured 267, Uninjured 140 for a total of 1,331 according to the 1905 Annual City Report. The report noted that the 1,331 people represented 622 families of which 170 or 27 and a half precent had moved since June 1904.

In 1904, Charities: The Official Organ of the Charity Organization Society ..., Volume 12 stated

"The excursionists were mainly women and children, only nine male heads of families having been known to be lost, and in comparison with the appalling loss of life there was comparatively little loss of property. "

"One hundred and twenty men lost their entire family by the disaster. Of these twenty-nine lost wife only; thirtynine lost wife and one child; thirty-two wife and two children; ten, wife and three children; three, wife and four children; and one, wife and five children; two widowers lost each two children, and one widower four children, while the remaining three of the 120 men left alone as the result of the disaster lost other relatives with whom they were living. Twenty-one men, whose wives and one or more children were lost, were left with one child under fourteen, and eleven others were left with more than one small child, having lost wife and one or more children."

On Saturday June 18, the first mass funeral was held for twenty-nine unidentified and charred bodies - 18 adults and 11 children.

On June 23 there was a second burila of 50 unidentified dead - 32 adults and 18 children. On June 25 an additional 12 unidentified bodies were buried - 2 adults and 12 children.

On June 30 an additional 6 unidentified bodies wer buried - 2 adults, three children and one of body parts.

Arrangements were made for the careful designation of the number and location of the burials in the event that the bodies would need to be disinterred. A sectional drawing was made and each coffin contained a plate with a number on it. Clothing was removed before the body was buried and placed in a box that matched the number on the coffin. Within sixty days of the burials 37 bodes were thus identified and disinterred to be reburied by their family.

The Abesser Family

Henry Abesser was an electric bell hanger and locksmith with a small shop at street level on 4th street. He and his wife, Amelia, had three children, Emma, Kate and Henry. He lost his wife and son, Henry. Emma age 10 and Kate age 8 survived. Both were briefly in Lebanon hospital. Henry Abesser remarried in 1905 but does not appear to have had children by the second marriage. He stayed on 4th street until at least 1915. Kate Abesser took a "business" trip to Dresden, Germany in 1915.

Marriage 1: Amelia✟/Emilie/Mary

Emilie Wiegand, Sept 10, 1893 Manhattan (NYC Index)


  1. Emma

    Emmy E. Abesser BIRTH DATE: 5 Apr 1894 BIRTH PLACE: New York, New York CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 16224

  2. Katie

    Katherine Abesser BIRTH DATE: 24 Oct 1896 RECORDED BIRTH YEAR: 1896 BIRTH PLACE: Kings, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 42271 S

    Kate Abesser born 24 October 1896 applied for a passport no occupation was listed but the reason for the trip was "business", She stated that she left New York on August 30, 1910 and was sojourning in Dresden, intending to return to the United states within two years, age 18k 5 ft 1 inches, brown eyes, dark brown hair, dated July 7, 1915 Dresden Germany.

    Kate Abesser ARRIVAL DATE: 18 Oct 1915 BIRTH DATE: 24 Oct 1896 BIRTH LOCATION: New York AGE: 18 GENDER: Female PORT OF DEPARTURE: Rotterdam PORT OF ARRIVAL: New York, New York SHIP NAME: Rijndam, address 128 E 4th Street

  3. Henry✟ circa 1898

1900: Avenue B, Henry Abbasar 34, plumber, married 8 years 3 children 3 living, "Mary" Abbasar 30 Katie Abbasar 6 Annie Abbasar 4 Henry Abbasar 2

1903: Henry Abesser Locksmith and Bell Hanger, 128 E 4th New York, New York, USA New York, New York, City Directory, 1903


June 16 1904, Mrs. K Abesser, Kate age 8, and Henry Abesser age 4, and Emil, age 11, all of 128 E 4th street listed as missing. Mrs. Abesser and Henry were among the dead identified on June 19, 1904.

GENERAL SLOCUM DEAD: Abesser, Amelia, age 36, and Henry age 6 both of 128 E 4th street.

Abesser, Emma age 10 and Katie 8 both of 128 E. 4th street were listed among the uninjured.

1904 New York City Death Index: Abesser, Amelia, age 37, June 15, 1904, Henry age 6, June 15, 1904 Bronx.

Find a Grave: Henry Abesser DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx County, New York, USA CEMETERY: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery BURIAL OR CREMATION PLACE: Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA MOTHER: Amelia Abesser

1905: Marriage of Henry Abesser, January 4, 1905 Manhattan, to Bertha Petruck

1905: Naturalization, Abesser, Henry, U. S. District Court, New York, April 27, 1905, 128 E 4th Street, NYC electrician born Nov 28, 1870 Germany arrived New York October 1892.

1905 Census: 4th street, Abesser, Henry, head, age 35 born Germany store, Bertha, wife, 36 born Germany, Emma daughter age 10, Katie daughter age 8.

1910: 130 E 4th street, Manhattan, Henry Abesser 39, married 5 years, immigrated 1890, electrician own shop, Bertha Abesser 40, 0 children 0 still living, immigrated 1900, Emy Abesser 16 Katy Abesser 14

1915: 4th Street, Manhattan, Abesser, Henry, 45, Germany locksmith, Bertha, wife, 46 Germany, Emma, daughter age 21

1944: Bertha Abesser died Jul 15, 1944 Manhattan

No death listed for Henry.

Kate Abesser from her 1915 passport application

The Adickes (Addix/Addicks/Adieckis) Family

Ernest Adickes had a candy store on Ave A. He and his wife Annie (nee Stuve) had 5 living children in 1904. The Adickes children: John, Margaret, Martha, Mary (Anna), and Ernst, ranging in age from 16 to 5 were accompanied on the Slocum excursion by their grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Stuve, age 65. Two Adickes children, John (16) and Margaret (12) died. (On some later lists Margaret was listed as Margaret Heidekamp age 13 years - an adopted daughter.) Annie age 8 year and Ernst age 5 were injured and were hospitalized. Ernst, age 6, was a Lincoln Hospital and Annie, age 8 was at Flower Hospital. Margaret Stuve, 65, was at Lincoln. Martha, age 10 [11], was listed as missing. She was not listed among the dead but she was not listed in the 1910 census. It can be assumed that she was among the unidentified dead. In the 1910 census Annie Adickes said she had 9 children of which four were still living. The Adickes moved to New Jersey before 1907. The had two additional children: Catherine c 1907 and Herman c 1909. Margaret Stuve, age 80, was still living with the family in 1920.

Ernst Adickes married Anna Stuve the daughter of Margaret Stuve. They had: John✟ (c 1888), Margaret✟ (c 1892) (adopted), Martha (c 1894), Mary/Anne (c 1895), Ernst (c 1899) Catherine (c 1907), Herman (c 1909). John and Margaret died in the Slocum disaster.

1895: Anna Mary Adickes, Gender: Female, Birth Date: 12 Dec 1895, Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, Father's Name: Ernst Adickes Mother's Name: Anna Stuve Adickes, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C00508-6 , System Origin: New_York-ODM , GS Film number: 1322326

Mrs. Stuve, the grandmother, took the child on the Slocum outing. She survived and was listed at Lincoln Hospital as
"Mrs. Mary (or Maggie) Addix" 49 Ave A, shock. She was also listed as Margaret Stuve, Grandmother, age 65, at Lincoln Hospital.

According to a list in the New York Times of June 16, 1904, Injured, Addix, Mrs. Maggie 49 Ave A shock Lincoln Hospital.

June 16, listed as missing: Addicks, John 16, Martha 10, Annie 7, Ernest 5, Amelia 75 all of 49 Ave A.

Listed as injured:

  1. Addix, Mrs. Maggie, 49 Av A shock Lincoln Hospital
  2. Unknown (last name), Girl 7 years old, first name Annie, lives at 49 Ave. A. Burns on face and hands, Lincoln Hospital was with her mother and three sisters, but could not tell her last name. Others were lost.
  3. At Lincoln Hospital, Attics, Ernie, age 8, 49 Avenue A.

Listed as missing June 18, 1904: Addick, Margaret age 11, 49 Avenue A

June 18, 1904 Newly Identified dead: Addicks, Margaret, age 12, of No 49 Avenue A

Later listed as dead were:

  1. ✟ADDICKS, Margaret, 12 years, of 49 Avenue A - dead

  2. ✟ADDICKS, John, 16 years, of 49 Avenue A, (died)

  3. ✟Margaret Heidkamp 13, adopted child (died)

Listed as Missing:
  1. ADDICKS, Martha, 10 years, of 49 Avenue A, (missing) (She was definitely the daughter of Ernst and Anna Adickes). John age 15 and "Martha" age 11, were listed as dead in a later list.
  2. ADDICKS, Mary, 9 years, of 49 Avenue A (She was definitely the daughter of Ernst and Anna Adickes)
  3. ADDICKS, Amelia, 75 years, of 49 Avenue A (???)

Listed in a Hospital:
  1. ADDICKS, Annie, 7 years, of 49 Avenue A, (Flower Hospital) She was listed later as Addicks, Annie, age 8, 49 Ave. A
  2. INJURED: Addicks, Ernest, age 4, 49 Ave A. and Annie, age 8, 49 Ave A. - ADDICKS, Ernest, 5 years, of 49 Avenue A, (Lincoln Hospital)
"Mrs. Addicks" was rescued (this was actually Mrs Stuve, the grandmother):
"The first person that I saw was Mrs. Addicks, who keeps a candy store at No. 53 Avenue A, and she called me by name, and I went over and helped her by keeping her chin above water and towing her a little. She got to shore all right and was not much hurt. She threw her arms around my neck and kissed me."

Testimony of Charles Schwartz, Jr., machinist's apprentice, eighteen years old.

History of the General Slocum Disaster, J. S. Ogilvie

No listing under NYC death index for Addicks/Adickes in June 1904. John "Adrickes", age 15, June 15, 1904 #3647 Bronx

1894 directory: Ernest Adickes, 1894, 49 Ave A, Candy, New York, New York, City Directory, 1894

1900: 49 Ave. A. Ernst Adieckis, 37, born Germany, Candy Store, Annie wife, age 33, John son 10, Martha daughter 5, Annie daughter 4, Ernst son 3, Stuve, Margaret, mother in law, age 50, Stuve, Richard son age 24, ice cream, Heidkember, Maggie, border, age 6, adults born Germany, children born New York.

After the tragedy (and before 1907) the Adickes moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey. The had two more children born in New Jersey: Catherine c 1907 and Herman circa 1909.

1910: Village of Ridgewood, Bergen, New Jersey, Ernest Adicks 46, married 23 years, born Germany, immigrated 1880, manufacturer confectionaries, Anna M Adicks 43, 9 children 4 living, born Germany, Anna Adicks 15, born NY, Ernest Adicks 11, born NY, Catherine Adicks 3, born New Jersey Herman Adicks 1, born New Jersey, [1 3/12], Margaret Steve 71, mother in law, born Germany, widow, 6 children 3 living, Edward Adides 35, cousin, confectioner

In 1915 Ernest Adickes, son of a confectioner who had a store on Ridgewood Ave., summoned the police concerning a burglary. There was a shoot out between the police and there buglers in which two of the buglers were shot.(June 18, 1915 Trenton Evening Times)

1917: WWI DR for Ernest Dietrick Adickes, born June 2, 1897, New York address 173 - Ridgewood Av. Ridgewood, Radio Laboratory, customs service, Navy Yard, New York, nearest relative his father, blue eyes lit brown hair.

1920: Ridgewood, Bergen, New Jersey, Ernest J Adickes 58, confectioner own store, born Hanover, Germany, Anna Adickes 54, born Hanover, Germany, Ernest E Adickes 21, Catherine M Adickes 13, Herman J Adickes 10, Margaret Stuve 80, mother in law, born Hanover, Germany.

The Albrecht Family

Jun 16 1904 NY Times - Joseph Albrecht of 210 E 10th street was on the upper deck with his wife and daughter, Martha age 14, when there heard a boy shout that the chairs were on fire. Martha ran off to find a girl friend. Sensing the boat was doom Mrs. Albrecht went in search of her daughter. That was the last Joseph Albrecht saw of his wife until he identified her body in the morgue. He climbed over the rail and slid down the deck post intending to reach the lower deck. He was pushed overboard by the crowd. Just as he went over he saw his daughter jump. Hundreds were jumping or being pushed into the water. He did not see his daughter after that.

June 16 1904: N Y Times - Missing albrecht, Martha 14, 201 E. 10th street - DEAD Albrecht, Mrs. Selma age 44, 201 E10th st, identified by her husband.

1905 Dept. of Welfare: Albrecht, 201 E 10th street, Joseph 50 "taken home", Martha "9" uninjured, Selma age 44 DEAD

1900: Manhattan, Joseph Albrecht 44,* Superintendent leggings, Selma Albrecht 43,*, married 19 years 5 children 5 living, Clara Albrecht 17,* Bruno Albrecht 16,* William Albrecht 9, Martha Albrecht 4, Lillian Albrecht 3, *born Germany, immigrated 1890

1905: Amsterdam ave., Joseph Albrecht 52, delicatessen, Clara S Albrecht 21, teacher P.S., Brus J Albrecht 20, teacher P. S., Willie F Albrecht 15, Martha W Albrecht 10, Lillie M Albrecht 8

1925: Bronx, Joseph Albrecht 72, landlord, Clara Albrecht 38, teacher school, Martha Albrecht 26, housework

1930: Bronx, Joseph Albrecht 76, reitred Clara Albrecht 45, teacher public school, Martha Albrecht 33, none

Question: Was Lillian on the boat with them in 1904?

The Anger Family

Charles Anger was the assistant superintendent of the Sunday School at St. Marks.

Charles Anger 357 62nd street, age 52, born Germany and Minnie age 29 were listed among the dead in the 1905 City Annual Report.

Charles age 30 was listed as uninjured.

1880: 6th ave. Charles C. Anger 28, tailor, born Hanover, Elizth. Anger 30, born England, Charles A. Anger 6, William N. Anger 2, Clarlie Anger 29, cousin, tailor's apprentice

They were listed twice in 1880. Minnie born circa 1875 is missing.

1889: Charles Fredk. Henry Anger Spouse Wilhelmine Bernius 30 Aug 1899 Manhattan, New York, New York Father's Name: Chas. A. Anger Mother's Name: Bessie Williams Spouse's Father's Name: George J. Bermius Spouse's Mother's Name: Louisa Heiderbach (LDS)

1910: 357 East 62nd street, Anger, Elizabeth, age 59, widow 3 children 2 living, born England, own income, Charles F, son age 34 widowed, chauffeur private family, plus two boarders.

1913: Charles F. Anger Birth Date: 1875 Death Date: 1913 Cemetery: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA

1920: Elizabeth Anger, age 69 born England, 357 E. 62nd street

The Armand/Armond Family

Andrew Armand, a cabinet maker, married Anna P Haller on August 1, 1895. They had Stella circa 1896 and Lillian✟ in 1903. Anna Armand and her daughters were on the Slocum excursion with Annie's mother-in-law also named Anna. The two Annas and Stella survived. Lillian died. Armand, Staella, age 8, of 334 E 6th street was listed as uninjured. The Armands moved to the Bronx before 1910. Although Annie Haller Armand was only only 27 in 1904 the Armands did not have additional children after the tragedy. Stella Armand married Alfred Kraitzer in 1916 and had two sons before 1930.

In Lincoln Hosptial:

  1. Armand, Mrs. Annie, twenty seven, 334 East 6th street, shock and burns.

  2. Stella Armand, age 8, 334 6th street, shock and burns to arms and body

  3. Armand, Anna age 48, 334 East 6th street shock and burns.

  4. Listed among the missing were "Armond" grandmother and gandchild 334 E 6th street.

INJURED: Annie Armond, 27, 334 E 6th street

According to a list in the New York Times of June 16, 1904 Armand, Mrs. Annie 334 6th ave, shock in Lincoln Hospital. Armand, Stella same address, burns on arms and body, Lincoln Hospital.

Dead: ✟ARMAND, Lillian, 14 months, of 334 Sixth street (Birth: Armand, Lillian, Apr 12 1903, 16946)

1900: 123 7th street, Andrew Armand, 27, cabinet maker, both parents born Germany, Annie Armand, 23, Stella Armand, age 3, all born New York.

1910: Bronx, Andrew J Armend 36, cabinet maker, shop Anna Armend 32, 3 children 1 living, Estelle Armend 13

1915: Bronx, Andrew J Armand 42, cabinet maker, Anne Armand 38, Stella Armand 19, stenographer, George Hopfe 32, border

1916: Stella Armand GENDER: Female MARRIAGE DATE: 25 Mar 1916 MARRIAGE PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA SPOUSE: Alfred Kraetzer CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 1059

1917 WWI DR Andrew Ja Armand, born April 29, 1873, cabinet maker own business, wife, Anna Armand 424 E 149the street, N Y C, medium build, medium height, blue eyes black hair

They were also listed in the 1920 and 1925 censuses in the Bronx.

The censuses indicate that Andrew born circa 1873 was the son of Andrew and Anna Armand. Anna listed as age 48 in Lincoln hospital must have been his mother.

1930: Alfred Kraitzer 34, salesman woodwork, Stella Kraitzer 33, Kenneth G Kraitzer 10, Warren A Kraitzer 8

1936: Andrew J Armand 63 DEATH DATE: 4 Jul 1936 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 6628

1880 Census: Andrew Armand 45, carpenter, born Italy, Anna M. Armand 29, wife, born England, Christena Armand 12, Sarah Armand 11, Andrew Armand 7, Carrie Armand 5, children born New York

The Armbrust/Ambrust/Armhurst Family

Frederick Armbrust (variety of spellings) was a glass cutter. He married Barbara Salter in 1878. In 1904 they were living at 166 4th street. Three of their children and Mrs. Armbrust appear to have been on the excursion. Mrs. Armbrust [Barbara age 45 born Austria] and their daughter, Edna age 6, died in the disaster. Two daughters, Mammie [Mary] age 12 and Florrie age 9 were uninjured. "Mary" age 12 was listed at Lebanon Hospital and Florence, age 9 was listed at Lincoln Hospital. By 1910 the family was still on 4th street. Ferdinand Armbrust, age 54, was not remarried in 1910.

Edna Ambrust, age 6, of 166 E 10th st was originally listed as missing

Mamie and Florrie had at some point received swimming instruction from a teacher. By remembering to keep their heads up and not swallowing water they stayed afloat until a boat rescued them. Florrie suffered burns.

SLOCUM DEAD: "Ambrust", Mrs. "Kate", age 45, 166 E. 4th street - Armbrust, Barbara age 45 of 166 Fourth street, identified by husband, Ferdinand (Brooklyn Eagle 16 June 1904) _ Barbara Armbrust DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: New York, USA CEMETERY: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery BURIAL OR CREMATION PLACE: Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA

MISSING, June 16, "Ambrust", Mamie, age 13, and Edna age 6, both of 166 E. 4th street

MISSING: June 17, "Ambrust", Mamie, age 15, 166 E 4th street.

"Ambrust", Mamie, age 12 and Florrie age 9 both of 166 E 4th street were listed among the uninjured.

Marriage: Barbara Salter June 16, 1878, Manhattan (Index)


  1. Barbara
    Barbara Armbrust Gender: Female Birth Date: 15 Nov 1878 Birthplace: 6th St 510, New York City, New York Father's Name: Ferdinand Armbrust Mother's Name: Barbara Salza Armbrust
  2. Lotty c. 1879

  3. Julia c 1885,

  4. Katie c 1887

  5. Mamie c. 1891

  6. Florena E. Armbrust BIRTH DATE: 20 Jul 1894 BIRTH PLACE: New York, New York CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 32402

    Marriage: ???? NAME: Florence Armbrust GENDER: Female MARRIAGE DATE: 24 Jun 1916 MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA SPOUSE: John J Stelzle CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 14943

  7. Edna✟

1880: 6th street, Frederick "Armbrust" 24, glass cutter, born Switzerland, Barbra Armbrust 21, born New York, Lottie Armbrust 1, born New York

1892: Ferdinand Armbrust 1892 166 E 4th New York, New York, USA Cutter New York, New York, City Directory, 1892

1899: 4th Street 166, 25x96 William W Astor to Ferdinand Armbrust and wife, $17,000

1900: 4th Street, Ferdinand Ambrust 43, married 22 years, born Germany, imm. 1873, glass cutter, Barbara Ambrust 41, 7 children 6 living, born Germany, imm 1866, Lotty Ambrust 21, Julia Ambrust 15, Katie Ambrust 13, Mamie Ambrust 8, Florence Ambrust 5, Edna Ambrust 2, all children born NY, Mary Solten 78 servant.

1904 NYC Deaths: "Armbrust" Barbara, age 45, Edna age 6

1905: E 4th street, Ferdinand Armbrust 49, mirror silverer, born Germany, in US 37 years, Julia Armbrust 20, daughter, Mary Armbrust 13, daughter, Florence Armbrust 10, daughter

1910: 166 4th street, Armbrut, Ferdinand, head 54, wid Germany, immi. 1873, glass cutter, glass, Margo ??? daughter age 18, laborer printing firm, Florence daughter age 15, laborer _eck factory

The Bahr Family

August Bahr was born in Germany in 1854. He immigrated to the US circa 1883 where he married Lisa Beber. They had Ida in 1891 and Lillie circa 1897. Ida, Lillian and Lisa all died in the Slocum fire. The bodies of Ida and Lillie were identified but that of Lisa was not. The whereabouts of August Bahr after 1904 is unknown.

Ida Augusta Bahr 08 Oct 1891 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: August Bahr Mother's Name: Lise Beber
1904: Listed as dead: Ida age 12, Lillie age 7 or 424 E 9th street. Listed as missing Lizzie, age 32. Ida Bahr was identified by Jun 16. Lillie Bahr age 7 was listed as missing on June 19.

Growing list of the Dead: BAHR, Mrs. LOUISA, 32 years old, 424 East 9th St, June 17, NY Times. However, she was still listed among the missing and unknown dead buried at Lutheran Cemetery in 1905.

1900: Naturalization, Bahr, August M Aug 1, 1900, 424 E 9th st NYC, Tailor born Nov. 11, 1854, Germany

1900: 424 E 9th street, August Bahr 45, born Germany immigrated 1883, tailor, Louisa Bahr 28, immigrated 1887, married 10 years 2 children 2 living, Ida Bahr 8, daughter, Lillian Bahr 3, daughter

1904: Ida O Bahr age 12 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3344

The deaths of Ida and Lillie Bahr were listed in the NYC death index in the Bronx, June 15, 1904. Lizzie [Louisa] was not listed. Ida and Lillie Bahr were buried in Lutheran All Faiths Middle Village. It is presumed that the unidentified body of Lisa Bahr was also buried in Lutheran.

The Balser/Balzer and Fickbohm Family

Nicholas Balser age 56, a pharmacist, of 422 E 8th street was on the trip with his wife, Amelia, 46. They were joined by a friend Maria Fickbohm, 40, of 91 Ave. D, (the wife of Peter Fickholm a saloon owner) and the Fickbolm children, Marie 14, Ernest 12 and Fredrick 9. The Fickbolm servant Kate Cibilski, 18, was also with them.

NY Times June 16, 1904: Nicholas "Belser" of 422 East Eighth street, was employed by the "Dock Department". He went to the pier at the foot of 3rd street in search of his wife and child. They had all been together on the boat but had become separated sometime before the fire started. Nicholas was on the upper deck. He used his penknife to try and cut away one of the life boats but was unsuccessful as they were attached with wire. He climbed down from deck to deck until he reached the lower deck and then jumped and swam to shore. (NY Times June 16, 1904)

1886: Marriage Nicolaus Balzer Spouse Amelia C. Kneip 02 Mar 1886 Manhattan, New York, New York Father's Name: Heinrich Mother's Name: Marie Seelmann Spouse's Father's Name: Jacob Spouse's Mother's Name: Sophie Fischer

1900: E. 7th street, Nic Balzer 51, born Bavaria, bone dealer, Emelia Balzer 42, wife, married 14 years, 0 children 0 living,

1905: 422 8th street, Nicholas Balzer, age 56, born Germany, laborer

1905 Dept of Public Welfare: Balzer, 422 E. 8th street, Amelia age 46 DEAD, Nicholas 57 taken home - no listing for a child.

Fickbohm, 91 ave D - Marie 40, born Germany, Marie 14, Ernest 12 DEAD Kate Cilijsky age 18 servant, DEAD Fred Fickbolm age 10, INJURED Lebanon

Slocum Horror:

Shortly after leaving the pier, I left my wife and the Fickbohms on the middle deck. They were sitting in the bow. I took little Freddy Fickbohm on the top deck to show him the points of interest. We were approaching the island when, looking forward, I saw flames shooting up from the deck below. Unclasping my knife, I slashed at the fastenings of the life rafts nearby. But, they were secured by wire instead of rope. I told Freddy to stay with me, but when I returned he has disappeared. I then started for my party but was driven back by the flames.

The whole front part of the boat by this time was a mass of fire. For the time being, so near were we to shore that there was no panic. The passengers, mostly women and children, retreated before the flames. All thought that the boat would put into shore at once, but it seemed fully five minutes or more before she swung inshore. By this time, the scene was terrifying. Women threw their children overboard and then followed. They had no other refuge from the flames, which swept everything before them.

I rushed aft, calling to my wife, but I could not see her, and in the roar of the fire and the cries of the panic-stricken passengers, she could not hear me. I was driven back to the wheelhouse by the fire. I thought I was trapped. There was no chance for me to go farther aft, and below was the fire.

I threw myself over the railing and dropped into the water on the side farthest from land. It was then I received these burns. The waster came only to my armpits, and I could have walked to the shore. When I finally emerged, I looked back and to my dying day I'll never forget the scene. Around me were scores of bodies, most of them charred and burned. I helped as many as possible of those living to the land. From the stern of the boat, where hundreds of persons were huddled fighting like mad to leap into the water, I saw dozens of women throw themselves over the side.

I searched in vain for my wife. Body after body was laid out on the shore, but hers was not among them. Then someone said that a party of women and children had been sent to the city, and a neighbor told me my wife was among them.

The Fickbohm Family

Marriage: Peter, son of Henry Nicholas Ficknohm and Anna Margaret Dorthea Sprieck marred Anna Cath. Marie Waacks daughter of Fredk Wm. Waacks and Rebecca M. 5 June 1889

1900: 284 Second st. , Pette J Fickbohm 40, saloon keeper, imm 1883 born Germany, Marria Fickbohm 36, wife, born Germany, married 11 years 3 children 3 living, Marria Fickbohm 10, Ernst Fickbohm 8, Fredrick Fickbohm 5, Dietrick Duchne 23, boarder, Auguste Grothe 21, servant

1904: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"Pathetic Scene at the Funeral of the FICHBOHMS.

The constrained grief of the neighborhood, fighting for expression which would not out, came near reaching a climax at the funeral of the FICHBORNS, in the Emanuel Chapel, at 735 Fifth street, Manhattan. The husband and father, Peter J., bereft of reason by thoughts of the loss of his wife, Maria, and their daughter, 14 years old, who bore her mother's name, has been with difficulty restrained from self-destruction.

"I cannot speak as my heart dictates," said the Rev. John C. PALMER, rector of the chapel. "It would be foolhardy. Their grief is too intense as it is without recalling sweet memories which would serve only to heighten their sorrow. Mr. FICHBOHM has attempted to make away with himself and needs careful watching until his grief has somewhat abated."

The sorrowing hundreds in the chapel broke down when they heard the sobs and moans of the distracted husband as the bodies of his dear ones were born up the aisle. Women grew pale and faint and some had to be escorted from the church before the service began. Both Mr. FICHBOHM and his wife belonged to many fraternal societies and he was a member of United Brother Lodge No. 356, F. and A.M. Representatives of all these societies attended. The Rev. Mr. PALMER conducted the service."

1909: Peter J Fickbohm 49 DEATH DATE: 6 Feb 1909 DEATH PLACE: Kings, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2569

1909: Peter John Fickbohm Died suddenly at his home, of pneumonia, after an illness of two days, age 50,he was a member of a number of German fraternal organizations. Nothing mentioned about his life or occupation other than he had been in the hotel business in Manhattan. Born in Germany. Left a widow, "Annie Lange" and a son Frederick.

1909: Probate Died 6 February 1909 - personal property $1,000 - Adelheid F. Fickbohm widow and Friederich Willhelm Fickbohm both of 835 Gates Ave Brooklyn - Peter made a will 7 July 1904 (not included in probate papers) - mentioned in the probate were Adelheid, Friedrich and Nicholas Waacks.

1910: Brooklyn, Ward 22, Adelaid W Fickbohm 28, widow, 4 children 0 living, born Germany, washing, Fred W Fickbohn 15, step son, clerk dry goods

1914: June 8, Passport Application, Adelheid Fickbohm born Blender Germany 30 September 1881 her husband immigrated to the US on the Oder from Hamburg, August 1883, and resided 26 years in the United States. Naturalized Common Pleas 14 May 1894 - His widow. age 33 5 ft 2 inches, grey eyes blond hair.

1915: Bronx, Fredrick Fickbohm head age 10 salesman, Lillian wife 20, Lillian daughter age 1

Fredrick, Lillian and Lillian show up in 1920, 1930 and 1940 in Newark NJ.

The Bandelow Family

William Bendelow was born in Germany in 1871 to Fredeick and August Bendelow. The family immigrated to New York City. William Bandelow was naturalized when his father, Friedrich W., a tailor, of E. Houston street, became a citizen in October 1891 in the Superior Court of New York City. William married Louise. They had Louise c 1900 and George circa 1901. Louise and daughter Lulu died in the Slocum fire in 1904. The body of George was never found. William famously searched for him for months, putting adds in papers, offering rewards and contacting police stations. William Bandelow remarried in 1908. He did not have any children by his second marriage.

Pittsburgh Press December 15, 1904, Image of George Bandelow.

1900: E 5th Street, Wm Bandelow 28, cutter of clothing, born Germany immigrated 1885, Lousie Bandelow 25, wife, born Austria, immigrated 1875?, 1 child 1 living, Lousie Bandelow 6/12, daughter Josie Nedoma 15, sister, born Austria imm 1884, servant

1900-1901: Birth of George Bandelow

1904: Death Index Louisa Bandelow 29 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3439

The child, Lulu was not listed.

William Bandelow was said to have lost his father, mother, brother, sister, wife and two children. (Only his wife and daughter were listed among the Slocum dead under the name Bandelow.) In December 1904 William Bandelow a clothing cutter of 87 7th street Manhattan was still seeking in vain for his son, George. He had lost his wife and little girl in the burning ship. However, he held out hope that his son had been rescued by and elderly woman who owned property at Liberty and Wynona streets. He offered a $100 reward. He spent days putting up posters with the picture of George and relating the supposed rescue of his son by the unknown woman. It was stated he did not know his wife had decided at the last minute to go on the excursion. He had returned home around noon on the 15th to find his house deserted. After hearing of the disaster he was able to identify his wife who had been burned to death and his daughter who had drown. They were buried side by side. He was unable to identify his son among any of the numerous children's bodies at the morgue. He claimed that he was fairly sure he could identify his son by his teeth. He hired men to dredge for the body and divers to search for it. Some months later Captain Berg of the United States Volunteer Life Saving Corps informed William Bandelow that he had helped rescue a boy of the age and description of young George and had put him ashore at Oak Point. William Bandelow started his hunt anew this time in the area of Oak Point, an area in the Bronx not far from Brother's Island. Even later William Bandelow's sister-in-law met a woman, a Mrs. Mary Ryan, who told her that she had met an elderly woman with a young boy that she had supposedly found wandering in the streets the day of the disaster. The elderly woman had asked the child his name but he was unable to tell her. Assuming that the child's parents had perished in the calamity she had taken the boy home to her own house. She said she owned property at Liberty and Wynona streets. Mrs. Ryan said the boy met the exact description of young George Bandelow. From that point on William Bandelow focused on finding the elderly lady with the young golden haired boy. George was described as: three years and nine months old, 38 inches tall, blue eyes, curly blond hair, upper teeth short broad and decayed, bottom teeth short, narrow and perfect, strawberry birthmark on left breast, and a large brown mole on his back, wearing a gold chased band ring on middle finger of left hand. When last seen he was wearing navy blue velvet Russian blouse, bloomer pants, a coat with four large white pearl buttons, white leather belt, blue flannel Norfolk shirt waist with white pearl buttons, white flannel drawers, black stockings, and garters and black lace shoes. William Bandelow's family was buried in evergreen Cemetery. This story popped up throughout July, August and September 1904 and was carried in several papers cross the county. In August William Bandlow went to Providence in the vain hope of finding his son. A story with an image of the boy was carried as late as December 1904.

1908: William Bandelow married Anna Sobiechowska

1910: Greenwich ave., William F Bandelow 38, 2nd marriage, cutter, cl----s Anna M Bandelow 37, first marriage, no children

1915: Pierpont ave Bronx William Bandelow 44, born Germany, pattern maker, Annie Bandelow 42, born Germany

1930: Manhattan, no address indicated, William Bandelow 58, head, born Germany, pattern maker, ladies clothing, Anna M Bandelow 57, wife, born Poland, Helena Metka 62, lodger

William Bandelow and his wife, Anna, traveled to Europe several times in the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

1960: William Bandelow born August 30, 1871 in Germany resident of 472 Brook Ave Bronx New York, died July 9, 1960 at 51 Elbestrasse Frankfurt am Main, of heart infraction. His body was shipped back to the New York for burial.


Bandelow Frederic W Oct 9 1898 15256 Manhattan To Fannie Gohl

Bandelow William May 31 1896 8510 Manhattan to Anne Laugton

Bandelow William F M Jun 16 1908 11981 Manhattan to Sobiechowska Anna M


Bandelow Fred 3 y Jul 21 1871 92931 Manhattan

Bandelow Auguste 1 y Sep 22 1874 187536 Manhattan

Bandelow Fred'k W 57 y May 6 1903 14304 Manhattan

Bandelow Louisa 29 y Jun 15 1904 3439 Bronx

Bandelow Augusta 70 y Aug 9 1913 23832 Manhattan

Bandelow Albert 80 y Mar 24 1943 7069 Kings

William Bendelow born 1871 was buried in Lutheran All Faith in Middle Village Queens with his parents, Fred. William born 1845 died 1903 and Augusta born 1846 died 1896.

1900: 164 E 4th street, Fredick Bandelow 54, clothing cutter, married 2 years, Fannie Bandelow 36, wife, George Bandelow 20, lithographer,

Fred'k W Bandelow 57 DEATH DATE: 6 May 1903 DEATH PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 14304

The Baumann Family

Louis Baumann, a cabinet maker, born New York to German parents, married Lena and by 1900 they had two children, Margaret and Otto. Lena, Margaret and Otto all perished in the Slocum disaster.

1900: 468 E 5th street, Louis Baumann 39, cabinet maker, born Russia, Lena Baumann 26, 2 children, 2 living, Margaret Baumann 2, Otto Baumann 1

1904: Listed as dead: Magdalena age 31, Margarite age 6 and Otto age 5 of 526 E. sixth street,


Otto Baumann 5 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3410

Marguerite Baumann 6 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3581

Magdalena was NOT listed.

1905: 6th street, Louis Baumann age 43, citizen, cabinet maker, head (by himself).

The Baumler Family

Frederick Baumler, a woodworker, was born in Germany in 1870. He immigrated to New York circa 1889. He married Margarethe Fleishmann (born in Germany S September 1866) in 1889. They had six children between 1889 and 1896. Friedrich born June 1891 died October 1891. Alfred born in 1896 died in 1898. Margarethe and three children: Amelia, Anne and Charles died in the Slocum disaster. Son Frederick born in 1893 survived, married and had children. Frederick senior became a citizen in 1905. In 1906 he married Katherine Zausch. They did not have any children despite the fact that they were born quite young. By 1910 Fredrick Baumler, his wife and son, Fredrick (from his first marriage) had moved to Queens. Katherine Zausch Baumler died in 1926 and was buried with Fredrick's first family. In 1928 Fred Baumler married Lena Arneth - a widow with two children. Fred Baumler died in 1955.

Birth of Fred Baumler: Aug 2, 1870 Germany

Immigration: circa 1889

Marriage: Margarite Fleischmann

Margaret Fleischmann SPOUSE NAME: Frederik R. Baumler MARRIAGE DATE: 1889 MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, New York MARRIAGE ID: 0100030137 CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 10839


  1. Amelia✟ c. 1889

  2. Freidrich✟ born Jun. 2, 1891 Death: Oct. 16, 1891

  3. Anne✟ c. 1893

  4. Frederick c 1893

    1915: Fred Baumler 23, machinist, Katie Baumler 21, Dora (smudged) Baumler 1, daughter, George C Staedler 40,, boarder

    1920: Queens, Fred C Baumber 27, Catherine Baumber 28, Dorothy C Baumber 5 [5 9/12] , Frederick C Baumber 3 [3 9/12]

  5. Charles✟ c. 1894

  6. Alfred✟ 1896 died 1898 per tombstone.

Slocum List: Baumler, Margarite age 35, Amelia 16, Annie 11, Charles 10 - Uninjured Frederick age 11 - 433 6th street.


Margarita Baumler 35 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2740

Amelia Baumler 15 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3741

Annie age 12, June 15 Bronx cert #2879

Charles was NOT listed. This most likely means his body was unidentified.

1905: Friedrich Baumler 406 E. 6th street, woodworker born Aug 2, 1870 Germany was naturalized april 13, 1905 in the U. S. District court. arrived, Aug 22, 1889.

1906: Remarriage of Fred Baumler April 28, Katherine Zausch #10171 Manhattan

1910: Queens, Linden street, Baumler, Fred, head age 39, 2nd marriage, born Germany woodworker, Katherine wife age 30 marriage 1, 0 children, born New York, Fredrick son age 18, cutter pipe

1915: Queens, Linden street, Frederick Baumler 44, furniture maker, Katharine Baumler 36

1925: Lindon street, Queens, Frederick Baumler 54, machinist wood work, Catherine Baumler 46

1926: Katherine Zausch Baumler, born 2, Jun 1879 died 7 Jan 1926 buried All Faiths with first wife and children, per tombstone. (Katharine Baumler 46 DEATH DATE: 7 Jan 1926 DEATH PLACE: Queens, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 192)

Marriage 3 of Fred Baumler: Dec 22, 1928 Queens, Lena Arenth

1920: Kings, John Arneth 37, brewer, Lena Arneth 37, wife, Johanna Arneth 10, daughter, John Arneth 4, son, plus 4 roomers,

1925: Queens, Ralph street, Lena Arneth 42 John A Arneth 09 Johanna Arneth 15

1930: Ralph st, Queens, own $5,000, Frederick Baumler 59, born Germany 1st marriage age 19, immigrated 1890, machinist head furniture, Lena Baumler 47, wife age at 1st marriage 26, John P Arneth 14, son, born New York, James Sugrue 31, lodger, Peter O'Shea 22, lodger, Sebastian Schernbach 23, lodger Henry Weil 51, lodger

1955: Death of Frederick Baumler

Find a Grave:

Large Stone Lutheran All Faiths Middle Village Queens: Margarethe Baumler born Fleischmann Sept 2 1866 - died June 15, 1904 and her children Amelia Baumler (1889 - 1904) Annie Baumler (1892 - 1904) Charles Baumler (1894 - 1904) - victims of the General Slocum.

Also Husband, Fredrick (1870-1955) and Alfred (1896-1898)


Emil Behmer of 306 E. 93rd street was on the upper deck. He threw some pales of water on the flames without much effect. When he tried to free a life boat he found it strapped down and so stuck with paint that it could not be unstuck. The flames eventually drove him overboard where he picked up Lizzie Ullner of 232 Avenue A, swimming with her to the paddle wheel where they clung for half and hour before some buring timbers fell on them. They were eventually rescued by a tug and taken to Lincoln Hospital.

Anna "Bohmer" age 59 and Emile, "Bohemr age 18, both of 306 E. 93rd street, were listed among the uninjured.

However, a separate list from Lincoln hospital listed "Bohner" Emil age 18 and Annie age 59, both of 346 East 93 street with burns.

1900: East 4th street, Anna Bohmer 52, born Germany, widow, Freda Bohmer 21, book binder, Lizzie Bohmer 28, operator, Charles Bohmer 20, printer, Minnie Bohmer 18, operator, Emil Bohmer 12, all born Germany all immigrated 1887

In 1914 Emile Bohmer marred Minnie Wohltmann. He was a machinist. They were listed in the Bronx in 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930, and 1940. They did not have children.

Lizzie Ullner was not listed among the injured or uninjured.

The Behrends/Behrendts Family

Marie Louise Osnitski was born in Germany circa 1863. She immigrated to New York circa 1888 where she married Herman Behrendt, a woodworker, born in Danzig, Germany circa 1863. They had three children: Anna, Lizzie and Clara. Marie Louise and Anna survived the Slocum diaster. Lizzie, age 10, and Clara, age 8, were lost. The family was still on the Lower East Side in 1910. Sometime before 1915 the family moved to the Upper East Side in the 80s. By 1929 they had moved to Brooklyn where Marie Behrendt died in February 1929. Herman Behrendt died in 1939. Anne Behrendt did not marry.

Birth: ????? Marie Louise Osnitzki BIRTH DATE: 12 Nov 1862 BAPTISM DATE: 11 Jan 1863 BAPTISM PLACE: Sankt Bartholomai, Danzig Stadt, Westpreussen,Prussia FATHER: Adolph Robert Osnitzki MOTHER: Louise Henriette Falk FHL FILM NUMBER: 742655

Marriage: Mary Louise Osnitsky [Odnitzke]

?????Mary O'Snitzki MARRIAGE DATE: 23 Feb 1890 MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA SPOUSE: Herman "Behnstedt" CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2611

  1. Anna 1891

    Anna Louise Behrendt 23 Jun 1891 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Herman Emanuel Behrendt Mother's Name: Marie Louise Odnitzke

  2. Lizzie✟ c 1894

  3. Clara✟ 1896

    Clara Winna Behrendt 19 Jan 1896 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York Father's Name: Herman Behrendt Mother's Name: Mary Luise Osnitzky

1900: 88 3rd Street, Herman Behrends 37, immigrated 1888, carpenter, Mary Behrends 37, immigrated 1890, married 10 years 3 children 3 living, Annie Behrends 9 Lizzie Behrends 5 Clara Behrends 4

1904: Behrendt, no 88 3rd st, Dead, Clara, 8, Lizzie 10, inured Marie, 40, uninjured Annie 13

On another list, Behrentd Mrs. Mary of 88 East Third st "missing", Lizzie age 10, of 88 E 3rd (died), Fannie age 8 of 88 E 3rd (died)

Clara Behrendt age 8 cert. #2970 Bronx DEATH: 15 Jun 1904 - New York, United States of America

Lizzie Behrendt BIRTH: United States of America DEATH: 15 Jun 1904 - New York, United States of America

Louise Behrendt Cert 2969 Bronx DEATH: 15 Jun 1904 - New York, United States of America

Find a grave says:

Victim of the General Slocum Disaster- age 11 years old, no death cert, body not recovered or unidentified, lived at 88 Easr 3rd Street, sisters Lizzie & Clara also perished Burial: Unknown Created by: Judi Braddick. Is this Lizzie??
1904: History of the General Slocum Disaster:
Mary Behrendt of 88 East Third street "faced fire and death in attempts to find and save two of her youngest children, who had been dancing on the hurricane deck." The deck eventually fell. Mrs. Behrendt's clothes were afire and her hair mostly burned off when she finally allowed herself to be pulled off the ship. She appeared in the Alexander Avenue Police station with her hands in bandages "still on her quest for her little ones." The Anderson Avenue Police station was the closest station on the New York side of the accident.
"Annie, my eldest daughter" said Mrs. Belirendt, "was sitting with me on the upper deck, when somebody shouted 'Fire !' We all began to shout Fire! too, although I couldn't see any at that moment.

"Lizzie and Clara, 10 and 8 years old, were dancing on the deck above. I ran up there, but couldn't find them. I pushed my way down again. People were trampling down each other and screaming and fighting. It was impossible to recognize anybody.

"The smoke came over us then, too. The deck gave way and I saw my daughter Annie fall into the water. She was picked up by a boat, and for a minute I saw the other people falling into the water. Some were picked up, but others went down under the pieces of burning wood."

According to a list in the New York Times of June 16, 1904 Behrendt, Lizzie 10 years old and Fannie 8 years old of 88 3rd street. Mrs. Mary Behrendt, their mother, went to the Alexander Avenue Police Station and reported the children missing. Part of her hair was burned off and she was suffering severe injuries. while in a delirium she wandered away from the statio unobserved by the police.

1905: 88 3rd street, Herman Behrendt 41, carpenter, Mary Behrendt 41, Annie Behrendt 14

1910: Ave A., Herman E Behrendt 46, carpenter, stage, Mary L Behrendt 47, 3 children 1 living, Anna E Behrendt 18

1910, 1911: Herman Behrendt, 71 AvA, OCCUPATION: Carpenter, PUBLICATION TITLE: New York, New York, City Directory, 1910

1915: Herman Behrendt, 410 E88th, OCCUPATION: Carpenter, PUBLICATION TITLE: New York, New York, City Directory, 1915

1915: 88th street, Herman Behrendt 52, carpentry, Marie Behrendt 51, Anna Behrendt 23, dressmaker

1920: 85th street, Herman Behrendt 57, Germany, imm 1888, stage hand theater, Mary Behrendt 58, Germany, imm 1888, janitress, Anna Behrendt 28, New York, dressmaker department store

1929: Marie Behrendt 66 DEATH DATE: 14 Feb 1929 DEATH PLACE: Kings, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 4987

1930: Brooklyn, New York ave., rent $45. Herman Behrendt 66, widowed, born Germany, imm. 1888, stage hand, Anna E Behrendt 39, dressmaker, dress shop

1939: Brooklyn Eagle Obit: Herman Behrendt Old Stage Hand - 44 year veteran as a stage hand died at his home 12 Raleigh Place after a long illness. Born in Danzig, Germany he immigrated circa 1888. He lost two children in the Genreal Slocum disaster. His wife "who died some years ago" was badly burned. His daughter, Anna, who survived him "was thrown overboard and picked up". Buried Lutheran Cemetery.

The Behrens Family

1900: St Marks Place, Behrens, Gerhard, 44, bookbinder, imm1888, Augusta 45, imm 1889, 3 children 2 living, Harry F 16, imm 1889, Alice 12 imm 1889, all born Germany, and one boarder

Died: Behrens, Alice 16 born Germany and Augusta age 52 born Germany both of 127 Garden Street, Hoboken


Alice Behrens BIRTH: abt 1888 DEATH: 15 Jun 1904 - Bronx
Buried Flower Hill Cemetery
Alice Behrens, 1904, North Bergen, Hudson, New Jersey, United States of America, Death Date: 15 Jun 1904 Affiliate Record Identifier: 18643384 Cemetery: Flower Hill Cemetery

Augusta Behrens Event Place: North Bergen, Hudson, New Jersey, United States of America Death Date: 15 Jun 1904 Affiliate Record Identifier: 18643413 Cemetery: Flower Hill Cemetery

Death cert #2721 Bronx, 127 Garden Street, Hoboken NJ Augusta Behrens age 52

According to a list in the New York Times of June 16, 1904 August Behrens of 127 Garden Street, Hoboken was identified at the morgue by her husband.

According to a list in the New York Times of June 16, 1904 Missing - Behrens, a daughter of "George" Behrens of 127 Graden street, Hoboken.

The Bertrand/Hertrich Family

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hertrich was born in New York circa 1859 to George Hertrich, tailor, born in Bavaria circa 1833. She married Charles A Bertrand. The had: Charles, William, Edward and Arthur. Elizabeth and Arthur were on the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. Elizabeth died but Arthur was saved. Arthur Bertrand married and had a daughter Jeanne circa 1918. Charles A Bertrand remarried before 1915. His second wife's names was Bertha. Charles A. Bertrand died in Brooklyn in 1915.

1880: 2nd ave Charles Bertrand 50, barber, journeyman, rheumatism Katharin Bertrand 52 Charles Bertrand 19, driver for paper house

1880: East 13th street, George Hertrich 47, tailor Bavaria, Lizzie Hertrich 20, George Hertrich 19, works in pencil factory, Joseph Hertrich 15 Addie Hertrich 12 Michael Hertrich 10

Marriage: Charles A Bertrand to Elizabeth Hertrich


  1. Charles

  2. William 1881

    William F. Bertram, Marriage, 26 Nov 1912, New York, United States, Age: 26, Father's Name: Chas. Bertram, Mother's Name: Elizabeth Hertrich, Spouse's Name: Florence E. Myers, Spouse's Age: 25, Spouse's Father's Name: Lyman Myers Spouse's Mother's Name: Listell

  3. Edward Joseph 1884

  4. Arthur 1891

    Arthur Adam Bertrand 14 Jul 1891 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Charles Bertrand Mother's Name: Lizzie Heitrich Bertrand

    1917 WWI DR: Arthur Adam Bertrand, born July 14, 1891 NYC, not employed, married 5 ft 10 and a half inches, brown eyes, brown hair, slender

    1920: Brooklyn, Margaret Quinn 66, none Anna E Quinn 40, daughter, teacher, public school, Arthur A Bertrand 28, son-in-law, clerk, brokers, Elizabeth J Bertrand 27, daughter, Jeanne E Bertrand 2, granddaughter

    He registered in 1942 for the WWII Draft Registration. Died 5 June 1946 Queens

1904: Bertrand, 730 6th st., Lizzie, age 45, died, Arthur age 13 uninjured.

"Bertrard", Lizzie, age 45, June 15, 1904 Bronx 3438

1900: 270 6th street, Charles A Bertrand 39, truckman, born New York, married 18 years, Elizabeth Bertrand 40, married 18 years, born New York mother of 6 children 4 living, Charles A Bertrand 12, jeweler, William Bertrand 15, Arthur Bertrand 8, Michael Hertrick 29, brother in law, leather, Leopold Manheimer 40, boarder

1905: West 19th street, Catherine Bertrand 78, born Germany, in us 52 years, Edward Bertrand 21, clerk, William Bertrand 19, clerk express company

Second Marriage: Bertha before 1915

1915 Charles A Bertrand 53 DEATH DATE: 9 Mar 1915 DEATH PLACE: Kings, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 4933

1915: Probate March 30, 1915 petitioners, Charles A Bertrand 3209 Snyder ave, and Edward J Bertrand, 1318 Purdy street, Bronx, the sons of Charles A. Bertrand who died 9 March 1915, personal property $5,000 real estate $1,000. Widow, Bertha Bertrand, 85 Somers Brooklyn, children: Charles A ., Edward J., William F 17 Cumberland st. Monroe co. and Arthur A 83 Somers street Brooklyn

Edwards J. Bertrand: Online Bio

Edward J. Bertrand was born in New York City, January 26, 1884, a son of the late Charles A. and Elizabeth Bertrand. On his father's side he is of French descent, being a great great grandson of Count Henri Gratien Bertrand, one of the generals of Napoleon I and one of the Emperor's most loyal supporters. The first member of the family to come to this country was Mr. Bertrand's grandfather, who settled in the United States in 1858. His son, Mr. Bertrand's father, was for many years successfully engaged in the trucking business and also was over a very long period of years a power in local politics, having been a staunch supporter of the Democratic party and at one time a member of the New York State Senate. He died in 1916, having been predeceased by Mrs. Bertrand, who was one of the unfortunate victims, June 15, 1904, of the disaster which befell the Steamship "General Slocum" in the East River."


The Blohm Families

1904: Blohm, 18 Jackson st, Dorothea age 15, died, Margaret age 17, died, 573 Central ave, Brooklyn, Anne 28, died, Margaret age 53, injured Lincoln hospital

1880: Monroe street, John Blohm 29, butcher, Hanover, Margaret Blohm 29, Hanover, John Blohm 6, Annie Blohm 2

1900: Jackson street, John Blohm 49, butcher, imm 1865, Margaret Blohm 49, 3 children 3 living, imm 1865, Dora Blohm 11 Anna Blohm 21 Margaret Blohm 13

1904 Death Index Bronx:

Blohm Anna 28 y Jun 15 1904 2763 Bronx

Blohm Dora 15 y Jun 15 1904 2766 Bronx

Blohm Margaret 19 y Jun 15 1904 2765 Bronx

Brooklyn Eagle List 1904:
BLOHM, Anne, 28 years, of 18 Jackson street, identified by husband, William. [Anna*]
BLOHM, Margaret, 19 years, of 18 Jackson street, identified by father, Jacob [BLUHM*]
BOHM, Dora, 18 Jackson street * [maybe this should be BLOHM, as above, same address?]

Another Brooklyn Eagle list:
BLOHM, Dora, 573 Central avenue
BLOHM, Margaret, 573 Central avenue
*BLOHM, Beatrice, 573 Central avenue

Find a Grave: Annie Blohm,

Victim General Slocum Disaster -age 28 years old, wife of Mr William Blohm. Died along with sisters-in-law - Mrs Annie Smith, Dora & Maragret Blohm. Her daughter Beatrice (2 years old) also perished "

Judi Braddick

According to a list in the New York Times of June 16, 1904 Blohm, Mrs. Anna 28 18 Jackson st identified by her husband, William Blohm at the morgue. Blohm, Margaret 19, 18 Jackson st identified by her brother, William blohm, at the morgue.

1900: Central Ave., William Blohm 26, photo engraver, Anna Blohm 25, no children

Brooklyn Eagle June 15, 1904

Police Detail at BLOHM Home.

Police Captain BECKER, of the Hamburg avenue station found it necessary early in the day to detail a corps of patrolmen to the BLOHM home to preserve order.

Arrangements for the burial of the dead were made in all parts of the city to-day. The BLOHM home was one of those which was devastated by pestilence. The dead in his home are: Annie, his wife, 28 years old; Mrs. Annie Smith, his sister, and Margaret and Dora BLOHM, his two younger sisters. The body of little Beatrice, BLOHM, 2 year old daughter, has not yet been recovered. The family were members of St. Mark's parish. The funeral services will be held at the home to-morrow. The bodies will be interred in the Lutheran Cemetery.

DEATH RECORD: Beatrice Blohm Burial Event Place: Middle Village, Queens, New York, United States of America Death Date: 15 Jun 1904 Affiliate Record Identifier: 17822894 Cemetery: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery

The New York Awful Steamboat Horror

stated that 5 members of the Blohm family from Williamsburg were buried from the home of William Blohn: his wife, Anne, 28, his married sister, Mrs. Annie Smith, 24, his two year old daughter, Mildred, and his sisters Margaretta 18 and Dora 15 years old. Another child of Mrs. Smith's, 2 month old Beatrice, had not been found. Mrs. Margretta Blohm, age 53, was the only member of the family on the excursion who survived.

The throng of mourners was very large. The five bodies, each in its own casket, were taken by hearses from in front of the Blohm house to the Lutheran Cemetery. Hundreds followed.

The Boeger Family

William A. Boeger was born in the East Village circa 1866 to Killian and Barbara Boeger. He married Susan L Hannemann in 1898. They had a son, Wilbur, in 1900 and a daughter, Florence circa 1902. By 1904 the family was living on Putman Ave. in Brooklyn. Susan Boeger and her two children perished in the Slocum diaster. In 1905 William Boeger was living on Putnam Ave. Brooklyn with his brother, John, and sister, Anne Wichum, and her son, George. In 1907 William Boeger married Frieda Schneider. They had three children: Evelyn c 1909, William c 1910 and T. Edward c 1913.

Marriage: William A Boeger MARRIAGE DATE: 20 Apr 1898 MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA SPOUSE: Susan L Hannemann CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 6354

1900: E 147th street, William A Boager 34, clerk, Susan L Boager 27, 1 child 1 living, Wilbur Boager 6/12, all born New York

1904: DEAD Boeger, Susan L age 27, 910 Putnam ave, Brooklyn, Florence, age 3, Wilber age 5, NEW YORK DEATH INDEX: Susan L. Boeger 32 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3291

Buried All Faith Lutheran Middle Village Queens

1904: New York Times of June 16 listed: MISSING Boeger, Mrs. Susan wife of William A Boeger of 910 Putnam ave and "Burger", Susan L. "sister" of William Boeger of 910 Putnam ave Brooklyn. also listed, Boeger Wilbur age 5 910 Putnam Ave. son of William A. Boeger DEAD: Boeger Florence 3 years old 910 Putnam ave identified at Alexander Avenue Police Station by her father, William, A Boeger.

1905: 910 Putnam Ave Brooklyn, Boeger, Wm., 39, bookkeeper, John brother age 35, clerk, Wichum, Annie sister, 38, George Wichum nephew, 16

1907: William A Boeger 19 Jun 1907 MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA SPOUSE: Frieda Schneider CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 15951

1910: Brooklyn Wm A Bolger 43, 2nd marriage, bookkeeper, cigar factory, Frieda P Bolger 27, 1st marriage, 2 children 2 living, Evelyn H Bolger 1 [1 11/12] Wm A Bolger Jr. 0 [3/12] Pauline Lehmann 22, servant

1920: Queens, William A Boeger 48, salesman, paper, Frieda P Boeger 36, Evelyn W Boeger 11, William A Boeger 9, T Edward Boeger 7

1930: Queens, own $12,000, William A Boeger 55, married at 32, no occupation, Frieda Boeger 47, wife, married at 26, Everlyn W Boeger 21, teacher, William A Boeger 20 T Eward Boeger 17

1940: William A Boeger 71 Freda P Boeger 57 William A Boeger 30, insurance salesman, T Edward Boeger 22, book clerk

1880 Census: 5th street, Killian Boeger 61, shoemaker, Barbara Boeger 46, Henry Boeger 19, clerk in grocery store, George Boeger 16, cigar maker, William Boeger 14, clerk in cigar store, Annie Boeger 13, John Boeger 11

1900: Annie E Wichum 31, married, 2 children 1 living, George Wichum 10, son, John Boeger 41, brother, widowed, Peter J Boeger 26, nephew, single, no occupations for any of them.

1910: Annie Wichum was listed as a widow. she died in 1917 in Brooklyn.

The Boenhardt Family

1900: 208 2nd ave. Albin Boenhardt 47, head, born Germany, imm, 1887, waiter, Irma Boenhardt 32, wife 3 children 3 living, forn Germany imm. 1888, Carl Boenhardt 11, son, Otto Boenhardt 9, son, Ella Boenhardt 7, daughter, private teacher, Paul Erlick 26, lodger, Norah Erlick 22, lodger, Frank Gunzales 28, lodger, Agusta Gunzales 23, lodger, Sigiesmond Debielski 55, lodger, John Mc Cabe 28, lodger, James Curtin 25, lodger, Clara Curtin 19, lodger, Fritz Heckendorf 78, lodger

1904: Boenhardt, 322 E 13th Otto age 14 died, Ella age 12 missing, Albin age 50 injured, in Lincoln Hospital.


Boenhardt, Walter A 2 m. Aug 7, 1894 Manhattan
Boenhardt, Irma, age 38, Nov 19, 1902 Manhattan
Boenhardt, Otto, 13, June 15, 1904, Bronx
Boenhardt, Albin a age 63, Feb 9, 1917 Manhattan

MISSING NOT ON DEATH INDEX: Ella Boenhardt age 12 (missing body never recovered or identified)

Ella Boenhardt

Otto Boenhardt

1907: Boenhardt vs. Loch was a case growing out of the distribution of funds collected by various donors for the benefit of the sufferers from the General Slocum disaster. ALBIN BOENHARDT, Plaintiff, v. JACOB W. LOCH, LOUIS W. KAUFMANN, HUGO W. HOFFMAN, EMIL C.J. KRAELING, JOHN C. HAAS and WILLIAM S. JACKSON, as Attorney-General of the State of New York, Defendants.

In 1906 there was still $9,769 in a fund set up for Slocum survivors. St Mark's church wished to retain the remaining funds. Several survives sued in attempt to get more funds. Albin Boenhardt of 322 East Thirteenth street was a surviver of the Slocum disaster. He was struck by a burning timber and blinded in his left eye. He claimed he received $180 from the the relieve fund that was set up for Slocum survivors and requests for further aid had been denied. He said he still had doctors bills. (New York Times No 7, 1908)

1910: Manhattan, West 26th street, Alvin Boenhardt 55, widow, 55, waiter restaurant, Carl Boenhardt 21, son, Dist of Columbia, butcher, Otto Meyer 38, lodger, John Rose 40, brother, barber

1917: Carl Otto Boenhardt, Manhattan, New York, butcher, wife and 2 children, tall, slender, grey eyes and light brown hair, BIRTHPLACE: Washington,District of Columbia BIRTH DATE: 2 Jan 1889 DRAFT BOARD: 105 Carl O Boenhardt appears to have changed the spelling of his name to Bonhart [or Bonhardt] around 1913/1915/1918/1920. He is listed in the 1915, 1971 and 1918 NYC directories under Bonhart, butcher (or meat cutter).

Marriage 1913: Carl O Bonhardt, 12 Oct 1913, Manhattan, New York, USA, SPOUSE: Ann Welch, CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 24217

The Borger Family

Marriage: Pauline Flaccus born April 1, 1867 died June 15, 1904(per tomb sonte)

Philip Borger 29 Nov 1893 MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA SPOUSE: Pauline Flaccus CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 14824


  1. Philip Jr.✟ July 20, 1895

  2. Pauline✟ Sept 14, 1899
Both children died in the Slocum diaster. Buried Lutheran All Faith, Middle Village Queens. All listed on NYC Death indes June 15, 1904 Bronx.

1900: 325 13th street, Philip Borger 37, married 6 years, merch bedding, Pauline Borger 34, 2 children 2 living, Philip Borger 4, Pauline Borger 9/12, all born New York, Louis Lang 30, lodger

1904: DEAD: Pauline, age 37, Pauline age 5, Philip Jr age 9, 104 1st ave.

1910: ????? Brooklyn, Philip Borger 44, marriage 2, salesman drug house, Florence E T Borger 29, wife, marriage 1, 0 children Theresa Neidig 64, mother in law, 4 children 3 living, born Germany,

1925: ?????Brooklyn, Phillip Borger 60, head, helper shipping, Fredericka Borger 53, sister, Eliza Borger 50, sister

1930:????? Brooklyn, Philip Borger 65, widowed, no occupation, Fredricka Borger 59, sister

The Brauer Family

Henry Brauer born circa 1863

Marriage: Margaret Seiler (per information on death list of 1905)

1900: Henry J-- Brauer 37, born New Jersey, cutter, clothing, Margaret Brauer 30, 1 child 1 living, Genetta Brauer 1

1904: DEAD: Brauer, 107 E. 84th street, Margaret 33, Jeanette 6, Catherine Seiler 72 born Germany (mother of Margaret Bauer),

1904: Margaret Brauer listed on death index - Kathi Seiler 72, DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904, DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA, CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3220

The Braun/Brown Family

Marriage: Mollie Gettler


  1. Elsie✟ M born April 1, 1894 died June 15, 1904

  2. Valentine P✟ born Jan 1 1898 died June 15, 1904

  3. Peter V✟ born Aug 23, 1891 died May 14, 1909

    Peter Braun, 23 Aug 1891, Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, Father's Name: Valentine Braun, Mother's Name: Mollie Gettler Braun

1900: Manhattan, 125 4th street, Valentine Braun 37, teamster, married 10 years, Mollie Braun 30, wife, 3 children 3 living, Peter Braun 8, Elsie Braun 6, Valentine Jr Braun 2

1900: 4th street, Caroline Gettler 65, born Germany, widow, imm 1850, Lena Gettler 30, born New York seamstress right next to the Brauns, at 125 4th street

1904: Mollie Braum BIRTH: 7 Oct 1870 DEATH: 15 Jun 1904 - New York, USA

1904 List BE: DEAD: BRAUN, Mollie, 32 years, of 233 Fifth street - GETTLER, Caroline, 65 years, of 231 Fifth street

1904 June 16, NY Times List

1905 List: Braun, 233 56h street, Mollie age 32 DEAD, Elsie age 10, DEAD, Walter age 6 DEAD, Peter age 12 INJURED Lebanon Hospital.

1905 Census: Brooklyn, Frank Mcclury 29 Alice Mcclury 26 James A Mcclury 4 Valentine Braun 40, boarder, trucker, Peter Braun 14, boarder, Katy Tacket 20, servant

Tombstone: Mollie V Braun, born October 7, 1870, died June 15, 1904, Elsie M born April 1, 1894 died june 15, 1904, Valentine P born Jan 1 1898 died June 15, 1904 Peter V born Aug 23, 1891 died May 14, 1909, Caroline Gettler born Oct 17, 1836 died June 15, 1904 Lena Gettler born Sept 26, 1866 died Sept 14, 1926

Find a Grave

Mollie Gettler Braun was the wife of Valentine Braun Sr. Mollie and her children Elsie and Valentine Jr., a/k/a Walter, and her mother Caroline Hesse Gettler died in the Slocum Disaster in 1904. Peter V. Braun was also a child of Valentine Braun Sr. and Mollie Gettler Braun. Lena Gettler a/k/a Magdalena, was Mollie's sister. Added by: Anonymous 11/01/2013

1870: Between ave A and B Gettler, Frank polish manufacturer, born New York, age 33, Caroline, age 30 born Wurtenberg, Caroline, age 8, Magdelena 2, Amalie 1

1880: 5th street, Peter "Braum", 45, driver, Magdelena Braum 45, Valentine Braum 18, driver, Sabrina Braum 15, Peter Braum 10, Kate Braum 8, Lena Braum 5

The Breda/Brida Family

Miss M. "Brida"

Is this Minnie or Mamie? If it is really "Miss" it should be Mamie.

Four members of the Breda family of 90 Ave A were listed among the dead: Mamie age 23, Minnie, age 29, Minnie age 13 months, and Thomas age 9

The 1905 City Report only listed Minni and Mamie.

NYC Death Index lists: Mamie 24 and Minnie 29, June 15, 1904 Bronx.

LDS: Death - Mamie Breda 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, New York, New York, United States 24 Marital Status: Unknown Father's Name: Gottleib, Mother's Name: Caroline Haug

LDS: death Minnie Breda 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, 29 Marital Status: Unknown Birth Year (Estimated): 1875 Father's Name: Herman Ehling

1900: Brooklyn, North 9th street, Breda, Emil, age 26, head, porter, Minnie wife age 24, o children, Ehling, William brother 34, pressman, Ehling, Ernest, brother age 20 driver

1900: 90 Ave. A, Manhattan, Gottlieb Breda 49, jeweler, Carlina Breda 50, 4 children 3 living, Oscar Breda 20, Mammie Breda 11, Henry Haug 80 boarder, baker

(Note: lists it under Beede) 1901: death - Name: Emil Breda 02 Jul 1901 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States 150 N. 9th. St. Male Age, 0, New Jersey Cemetery: Flour Hill Cemet, Father's Name: Emil Breda, Father's Birthplace, Germany, Mother's Name, Minnie Breda, Mother's Birthplace, US

1905: 90 Ave A., Gottlieb Breda Head M 54y Bohemia, Jewelry, Cary Breda Wife F 56 y Germany, Mina Rehrer Niece F 18 y Germany, niece, Emil Breda Son M 30 y Germany, son, porter

1917: Emil P. Breda Death 04 Feb 1917 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States 42 Married laborer Germany Burial Date: 08 Feb 1917 Cemetery: Lutheran Father's Name: Gottlieb Breda Mother's Name: Carolin Hong

Emil Alfred Breda married Sophie Goodwin July 22, 1905 in Brooklyn.

They were listed in Queens in 1910 no children

Gotleib Breda married Pauline Lustig Jan 9, 1910 in Manhattan.

1920: East 77th street, Gottlieb Breda 68, jewelry own shop, Pauline Breda 55 Clark Heinrich 34, son in law, Emily Heinrich 33, daughter

Gottleib Breda, age 70, retired Jeweler died in 1921 in Ruscombmanor, Berks, Pa. Pauline Breda died in 1935 Ruscombmanor, Berks, Pa.

The Bruning Family

The 1905 City Annual Report listed as dead: Bruning, John L. age 44, Anna E age 43 and Magdelena age 13 all of 215 E. 12th street. Grace M. age 14 injured Lincoln Hospital.

1900: 217 E 12th street, Anne G Hunee 61, 7 children 3 living, John L Bruning 40, married 11 years 2 children 2 living, flour business, Annie E Bruning 39 Grace M Bruning 11 Magdalen F Bruning 7 Emma G Reiners 35, niece

Find a Grave, Bruning Tombstone

One of the largest funeral was that of John Bruning and his family. Family and friends gathered at the large house in the early morning. The house was full of flowers and the coffins lay in the rear parlor. "over the caskets purple palls of violets were stretched".

"The great disaster to the steamer General Slocum last Wednesday, by which it is estimated that nearly one thousand people lost their lives, was brought closely home to the members of the Produce Exchange here by the loss of John L. Bruning. Mr. Bruning, his wife and two daughters were with the excursionists Who Were on the ill-fated steamer. Mr. Bruning had been connected with the flour business many years, having started with the old firm of Miller & Huber which was afterward succeeded by Huber & Co. Mr. Bruning remained with the successors. Mr. Bruning was 44 years of age, and leaves one daughter who was saved from the disaster." (The Northwestern Miller, Volume 58)

1908: April 19, Miss Grace Bruning won the lady's prize at the 2nd annual Arrow Athletic Club raffle held by Mr. Huner.

1909 Miss Grace Bruning wearing a turquoise gown attended a ball in Brooklyn.

1911 to 1914: Grace Bruning attended several engagement and wedding parties of her friends.

In 1915 she was the guest at Mrs. Thomas's summer home in Brightwater.

1910: Nostrand ave., John T Huner 54, manufacturer matches, Anna M Huner 52, John T Huner Jr. 31, merchant automobile, William G Huner 26, -- clerk, office, Edwin F Huner 17, Franklin Huner 15, Grace M Brunning 20, no occupation, Ema G Reiners 48, servant

1914: Grace Bruning Arrival Date: 7 Apr 1914 Birth Date: 19 Aug 1889 Birth Location: New York Birth Location Other: Brooklyn Age: 24 Gender: Female Port of Departure: New York Port of Arrival: New York, New York Ship Name: Victoria Luise

1914: Grace M. Bruning of 145 Hancock street, Brooklyn owned a Hupp auto. (Official Automobile Directory of the State of New York)

1915: Nostrand ave., Brooklyn, Anna M Huner 55, match company, John T Huner 35, match company, William Huner 30, match company, Franklin K Huner 20, college, Grace M Bruning 25, niece, no occupation, Meta Andersen 27, servant

1889: Bruning Birth 19 Aug 1889 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States Female Father's Name: John L. Bruning Father's Birthplace: New York Father's Age: 29 Mother's Name: Annie E. Huner Mother's Birthplace: New York Mother's Age: 28 (LDS)

1919/1920: Brooklyn Blue Book and Long Island Society Register, Miss Grace M Bruning 145 Hancock Place

1921:Grace M Brunning June 23, Kings #7645 marriage to Albert Brochardt.

1930: Montclair, Essex, New Jersey, cooper ave, own value $25,000, Albert H Borchardt 43, sales manager pumping machinery, Grace M Borchardt 40, born New York, Victoria Charzewska 24, servant

1940: Mrs. Borchardt is the former Grace M. Bruning. They were married in 1921, have no children and reside at 90 Cooper Avenue, Upper Montclair, N. J.

The Codes/Cortes Family

In June 1904 Metta Cordes was a widow with 5 children living on 16th street. Mrs. Cortes and two of her children, Henrietta age 22 and Fritz age 14, died in the disaster. Son Charles age 18 was injured. Henry (age 21) and Charles were rescued by a tug. Initially Henry did not know what had happend to the rest of the family. No mention was made of son John age 19. In 1905 Henry, John and Charles were still living on 16h street. In 1910 the Cordes brothers were still all single and still all living together on 16th street. John Cordes married Mabel K. Werner on Aug 6, 1913 (NYC Marriage Grooms index). They had a son, John. The other brothers do not appear to have married. By 1915 John Cordes was living in the Bronx.

Metta Cordes (nee Hops), widowed of Hinrich Diedrich Cordes, age 46, born Germany was listed in the 1900 census at 417 16th street with her children: Henrietta, 18, dressmaker, Henry 16, baker, John 15, clerk, Charles 13 and Fritz 10 plus three boraders. Mrs. Cortes✟, Henrietta✟, and Fritz (Fred)✟ died in the Slocum disaster. Henry was on the excursion but survived. John was listed as identifying his mother and brother Fred.

Charles was on the missing list but appears to have survived. Metta Cordes was buried in Middle Village Queens.

Henry Cordes said that he and his brother, Charles, were rescued by a tug but the rest of his family were missing.

Henry Cordes was interviewed at the morgue where he went to look for his mother and siblings. He stated that once the cry of FIRE! went up everyone rushed to the upper decks. The crowding cause the railing to give way and many were pushed into the water. As the fire ate away the supports of the deck the deck crashed taking many into the flames with it. He said the crew did try and get the life boats down and the hoses out - but it was overwhelming.

"The scene when the deck fell in was one of indescribable horror. The flames roared and licked at the people who, in their desperation leaped overboard to escape a worse death, while those who were too late went down into the hell below." (N Y times June 16, 1904


  1. Henrietta✟ Cordes BIRTH DATE: 3 Dec 1881 BIRTH PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 326435

  2. Henry c 1883

    Name: Henry Cordes Gender: Male Birth Date: 28 Sep 1883 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Henry Cordes Mother's Name: Meta

  3. John c 1885

    John married and had a son, John, circa 1915

  4. Charles February 1887 Name: Charles Cordes Gender: Male Birth Date: 01 Feb 1887 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Henry D. Cordes Mother's Name: Meta Hops

  5. Fritz✟
List of Victims: "Cortes": Meta, age 52, Henrietta, age 22, Fred age 14 all of 417 E 16th street.

New York City deaths, Cordes Frederick, 14, Henrietta, 22, Metta 51 June 15, 1904 Bronx

Metta Cordes BIRTH DATE: Feb 1854, BIRTH PLACE: Germany, DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904, DEATH PLACE: Bronx County, New York, USA, CEMETERY: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery, BURIAL PLACE: Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA, CHILDREN: Frederick Cordes Henrietta A Cordes

INJURED: Cordes, Charles F. 18, 417 E 16th st

According to a list in the New York Times of June 16, 1904 DEAD Cordes, Mrs. Maida, 55 year old 417 E 16th street MISSING Cordes, Charles, 18 Fred 14 and Etta 23 all of 417 E 16th street.

1905: East 16th street, Manhattan, Henry Cordes 22, tailor, John Cordes 20, brother, dentist, Charles Cordes 18, brother, jewelry maker

1910: 16th street, Henry J Cordas 26, head, cutter children's wear, shop, John H Cordas 25, brother, dentist, Charles F Cordas 23, brother, bookkeeper, office Ernestine Trotme 70, boarder, Geo C Gusner 29, boarder

1917 WWI DR: Henry Cordes was at E 153 St., New York not married, medium height, slender build, grey eyes, brown hair, brother, Charles Cordes,

1917 WWI DR: Charles F Cordes, dentist, single was living at 219 1/2 St. Annes, Ave. New York, tall, medium build, blue eyes, lt brown hair.

1915: At Anns ave., Bronx, John H Cordes 30, dentist, Mable A Cordes 26, John H Cordes 7/12, Elizabeth Werner 52, mother in law

1918: Mabel A Cordes BIRTH YEAR: abt 1890 AGE: 28 DEATH DATE: 19 Oct 1918 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 8242

1920: Henry Cordes, 36, Bronx, single, bookbinder

1920: St Anne Ave. Bronx, John head, age 35, widow, proprietor, dentil office, John son age 5, Werner, Elizabeth, age 58 widow, mother in law

1942 WWII DR: Henry Cordes was living in the Bronx. He does not appear to have been married. Bookbinder.

The Deluccia Family

Lena DeLuccia of 54 7th street took her children: Rose, Frank, Agnes, and Nicholas on the Slocum excursion. Frank✟ age 9, Agnes✟ age 6 and Nicholas✟ age 2 perished. Rose, age 12, survived.

June 16, 1904: NY Times - Mrs. Giovannie De Luccia of 54 7th street was on the Slocum with her four children ranging in age from 12 years to less than a year. She returned home with her face badly burned and not remembering anything about the incident except there was fire all around. She did not know how she got in the water. She did not know where her children were. She had heard that her eldest daughter was alive and in a hospital.

Lena Deluccia, who was badly burned survived by clinging to the paddlewheel.

Dead: Deluccia 54 7th street: Agnes age 6, dead, Frank age 9, dead, Nicholas, age 2, missing, presumed dead (never found).

DEAD: DeLuccia, Agnes, 6 and Frank 8 both of 54 7th st.

Rose, age 12, in Lincoln hospital in shock.

UNINJURED: DeLuccia, --- age 31, 54 E 7th, and Rose age 12, same address

Nine persons from the tenement 54 Seventh street, in the rear of St. Mark's Church, none of them members of the congregation, went with the excursion. Only one came back.*

Mrs. Lena De Luccia, who lives on the top floor front, took her four children, ranging in age from two and a half years to twelve, for the sake of the sail. She persuaded her neighbor across the hall, a young married woman named Sophie Siegel, to join the party. Yesterday morning Mrs. Galefsky, on the floor below, decided to go, too, and took her two young children.

Mrs. De Luccia was the only one who returned.* Her hands and arms were horribly burned. She and her children, she said, were all together on the main deck, near the wheel-box, when she saw the smoke and flames forward. She picked up her baby and, with her other children, crowded to the rail. Men went around, she says, shouting that there was no danger.

Next she remembers a wave of frenzied women and children forced her overboard. She lost her baby and saw no more of her other children. Mrs. Siegel struck the water alongside of her, but she did not see her come to the surface. The Slocum's engines had stopped and Mrs. De Luccia clung to a paddle-blade. As the superstructure burned, the iron got so hot that it blistered her hands. Then a Towboat picked her up.

History of the General Slocum diaster, 1904, J. S. Ogilvie, Electronic library

Mrs. A. Galewsky (Flora age 36) and 2 children. Helen Galewski age 5 years dead list, Morris age 3 dead list. Mrs. Galewsky was on the missing list - her body was never recovered. The Galewski family were listed at 54 7th Avenue in the 1900 census : Samuel 36, born Russia, salesman, Flora 30 born Russian, Hellen 2 and Emil 1 both born in New York.

The 1900 census listed 15 families at 54 E. 7th ave including:

  1. Henry De Luccia age 35 stableman, and his wife Lina age 29, both born Italy and their children Aggie 2, Frank 5 and Rosie 8
  2. Nick De Luccia age 40, bookkeeper, Janie, wife 29 both born Italy, no children.

Mrs. Sophie (Mrs. T. age 24) Siegel (or Nagal).

The building was said to be a five story flat. Fourteen people who lived in this building were said to have died. Besides the DeLuccias, and the Galewskis (Galwiski) was Mrs. Tobias "Nagal" who was pregnant, and Mary Clow 35 - listed as identified by her husband, Alfred - her name was later given as Margaret.

NYC Death Index: Deluccia, Frank, 9 y, Jun 15, 1904 3380, Bronx, Body No. 541 - Frank DE LUCCIA, 9 years, 55 Seventh street - Identified June 12, 19-4

"In the clothing of a boy about 10 years old was a small aluminum strip, such as issue from slot machines upon the deposit of a cent. On the strip was stamped "Frank DE LUCCIA, goes to P.S."
Galewski Helen 6 y Jun 15 1904 3465 Bronx

MISSING: DeLuccia, Nicholas age 4, 54 E. 7th st.

*Rose DeLuccia, age 12, also survived.

The Dersch Family

1900: 76 1st ave., Charles Dersch 42, salesman, Helen E Dersch 36, Charles Dersch 14, Elsie Dersch 11

1904: City Report, 79 1st ave, Dersch Helen age 41, Elsie age 15 dead

1905: 79 1st ave, Charles Dersch 47, salesman malt, Charles Dersch 19, clerk bank, Susan Ichrath 59, servant

In 1905 Charles Dersch was a founding member of the Organization of Slocum Survivors.

1910:76 1st ave., Charles Dersch, age 52, widow, Manhattan Ward 17, "commercial traveler" (Note: a salesman) Mamie Hatzfelat 42, house keeper, Charles Dersch Jr 24, salesman, brewery supplies

In 1911 Charles Dersch and twomembers of the Slocum Survivors Association protested agains the release on parole of Captain William H. Van Schaick.

In 1913 it was stated that Charles Dersch of 229 E 49th street was a former salesman for the American Malting Company.

1930: E 72nd street, Charles Dersch 72, salesman malt, Mary Hatzfeld 63, domestic servant, Eva Barrie 80, aunt all widowed

1938: Death of Charles Dersch sr. - Age 80 president of the Organization of General Slocum Survivors died at his home 253 E. 72nd street. He was one of the founders of the organization and he had lost his wife, daughter and niece. He was survived by a brother, Adam Dersch. Buried Lutheran cemetery.

Mrs. M. Hatzfeld was a survivor of the diaster. Note: I do not find her on the list. However, she was listed as Miss M. Hatzfeld a member of a 1906 committee of survivors who went to Washington to petition the government to pass a bill to allow the survivors to present thier claims to the Court of Claims.

The Diehl Family

George Diehl, a lithographer, and his wife, Lizzie had three children by 1904: Josephine c 1893, Elsie c 1896 and Kate c 1901. Lizzie, her three children and her mother-in law, Katherine Diehl, were on the General Slocum excursion. Josephine Diehl survived. Lizzie Diehl and her two daughters, Elsie and Kate died. Katherine Diehl also died. Josephine broke her arm and nearly lost her own life. Josephine was sent to relatives in the Bronx immediately after the tragedy. Most likely the relative was George Diehl's sister, Pauline.

Henry and Katherine Diehl

Birth of Henry Diehl: c. 1846, Germany

Marriage: Catherine Wittich born c 1846 Germany.



  1. George c. 1867, Germany

    Marriage: Lizzie born c 1877 marriage before 1893


    1. Josephine c 1893
    2. Elsie c 1896
    3. Kate c 1901

    1900: East 3rd street: Diehl, George age 33, immigrated 1880, lithographer, Eliza wife, 30, married 8 years 2 children 2 living, Josephine, age 7, and Elsie age 3

  2. Pauline c 1884

1900: St Anne Ave., Bronx, Henry Diehl 55, grocery store, born German, immigrated 1878 Catharine Diehl 54, wife, 4 children 3 living, Pauline Diehl 16, daughter, Henry Hellwig 22, boarder

1905: Bronx, Charles Glenn 30, butcher, Pauline Glenn 22 Alice Glenn 1 Henry Diehl 60, father in law, widow, painter


At 200 5th street "Fred" Diehl waited for news of his missing wife and three children.

INJURED: Diehl, Josephine, age 11, 209 E 5th street.

DEAD: Diehl, Lizzie, 27, Elsie, 8 and Kate 3 all of 209 E 5th

MISSING: Diehl, Catherine age 3, 209 E 5th street.

Elizabeth Diehl was misidentified based on her dress. The body based on an inscription in a ring turned out to be that of Mrs. John Ansel.

NYC Death Index: Diehl, Katherine, age 58, Jun 15, 1904 Bronx

Newspaper list of dead: Katie age 3 Mrs. Lizzie age 34 and Elsie age 7 all of 209 5th street.

L Diehl of 516 East 5th street made the shoes of another victim, 45 year old Mrs. Hines of 97 Ave A. When the label was seen in the shoe it allowed the identification of Mrs. Hines.

Katherine Diehl Germany, age "58", DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 CEMETERY: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery BURIAL PLACE: Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA

Katherina Diehl, Born Wittich, 1 Feb, 1846 died General Slocum, June 1904, husband, "Henry" Diehl born 1845 died 1919, 23 Jan

1905: Brooklyn, Diehl, George, 39, boarder, lithographer, Mary wife, 45, Josephine, daughter, age 12

1910: Brooklyn, Ward 28, George Diehl 44, printer, lithographer, Mary Diehl 49, 3 children 3 living, Josephine Diehl 16, Leonard Hoffman 30, son in law, Lizzie Hoffman 25, daughter, Lenora Hoffman 4, granddaughter

1920: Queens, Leonard Hoffman 40, pressman, Elizabeth Hoffman 35, Leanor Hoffman 15, Ethel Gerlie Hoffman 8

The Dappert/Depper/tDippert Family

"Five Dead in One House.

This picture represents the crepe-hung door of a home, made desolate by the burning of the Slocum. With the exception of the father, August Dippert, who bade his wife good-bye on the morning of the disaster, the entire family was wiped out - mother, wife and three children losing their lives. " (New Yorks Awful Steamboat Horror, 1904)
The image is classic for the traditional way of announcing to anyone who walked by that there was a death in the family. However the information seems to be incorrect. There was no listing for Dippert and only two members of the Deppert familie died in the disaster. Agnes "Dappert" age 61 and Mary "Dappert" age 28 were listed among the dead. The child Charles, age "10 months", was listed on the city Record of 1905 as injured and sent to Lebanon Hospital.

The name was usually spelled "Deppert". Agnes was a widow with a son, Charles. Charles married Mary Roos in September 1902. They had a son, Charles, in 1903. Mary and died in the Slocum disaster in June. Charles, a widow, remarried in August 1904. Charles Junior died in 1908.

Charles died before 1920. He and Anna do not appear to have has any children.

List of the DEAD: Dappert, Agnes, 61, Mary 28, both of 328 E. 6th street.

Agnes Deppert 63 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, New York, USA Certificate Number: 3332 - son Charles - buried Evergreens, Brooklyn (per Find a Grave)

Mary Deppert 28 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, New York, USA Certificate Number: 3378 - buried Middle Village Queens (per Find a Grave)

1900: 328 E. 6th street, Agnes Deppert, age 57, widow, 5 children 1 living, born Germany, immigrated 1871, woolen business, Charles, 26, woolen business

1902: Marriage, Charles Deppert, to Mary Roos, 21 Sept 1902. Charles' father, Frank Deppert, mother Agnes Marfilues, Mary's father, Fredk Roos, mother, Mary Marfilues

1903: Birth: Charles Frederick Deppert 30 Jul 1903 Manhattan, father, Charles Deppert age 28 Mother Mary Ross age 27 (LDS)

1903: Deppert, Agnes & sons 328 6th street.

1904: Marriage: August 21, 1904 Charles Deppert, widower, age 29, father Franz Deppert, mother "Marfilins" to Anna Lindauer single age 31, father Charles Lindauer, mother, Weimer.(LDS)

1905: Brooklyn, Seppert, Chatles age 30, yarn slaesman, wife, Anna age 32, Son Charles age 1

1908: Charles Deppert death, 5 Nov., Manhattan, 2 W 136th street, age 5 buried Evergreen, father Charles Deppert, mother, Anna Lindhann (LDS) Listed NYC Death indes age 5 years

Anna Lindauer died in 1935 (LDS).

The Dieckhoff Family

The Brooklyn Daily Easgle reported that the entire family of Fredrick Dieckhoff, of 121 4th ave., a driver for the Consumers Pie company was wiped out. By June 16, Fredrick Dieckhoff had identified the bodies of Annie and William.

Five members of the Dieckhoff family 121 4th Ave. Brooklyn, were listed among the dead: Catherine age 42, Anne 17, Mary 15, Catherine 13, William 4.

The 1905 City records listed, Anne c 17, Catherine, 43, Catherine, 12, Mary 15 and William 4.

1905: 121 4th ave. "Deickhoff", Fred, age 45 pie baker, Fred son age 13

Identified in the Slocum Horror book as Mary "Duckhoff" "one of the first to be identified"

Both Catherines were listed in the NYC Death index, Jun 15, 1904, Bronx.

Find a Grave lists Catherine died Jun 15, 1904 Lutheran Cemetery Middle Village, Queens, children Mary and William H. It does not list the children Anne and Catherine.

Johann Friedrich Dieckhoff (1860-1937) died in 1937

The Dittrich Family

Dittrich, 96 Greenwich street, Adeline, 35, Alfred 9, Emma 3, George 11, Herman 5 all listed as dead. Emma was disinterred. City Report.

They were the family of George Ditrrich born 1862 died 1931.

Find a Grave 1900: 91 Greenwich street, George Dittrich 38, grocer, Alinda Dittrich 31, married 9 years 3 children 3 living, George Dittrich 6, Alfred Dittrich 5, Herman Dittrich 8/12, Albert Sessler 18, boarder

1910: 96 Rector street, George Dittrich 47,retail merchant grocery, Emma Riess 57, sister in law, saleswoman grocery, Hellen Riess 28, niece, saleswoman grocery

1910: George Dittrich was the secretary of the Slocum Survivors Organization.

1911: George Dittrich 96 Gwich street, grocer.

1925: Brooklyn, 4th ave., George Dittrich 63, grocer, Helen Riess 43, niece, grocery, Emma Riess 73, sister, Norman Owens 20, lodger

1931: Death of George Dittrich senior.

The Dorhoffer/Doherfer Family

Robert Doherfer of 121 Ave A was not a good swimmer. He and Annie Kipper, Robert Becker, and Andrew Zimmer took refuge beneath the starboard paddle box until they were saved by a tug.

Unfortunately, Frieda Doherfer age 13 and Fritz age 7 of 121 Ave A were not as lucky. They were listed among the dead.

Barbar "Dorhoffer, 42 and Mamie age 9, Margaret "Dornhofer" age 42 all of of 121 Ave A. were listed as injured. Robert was not listed among the Uninjured.

"Mamie" Dorhoffer of 121 ave A in Lincoln Hospital suffered burns. 1920: Frederic Dorhoffer 55, wine place, Babara Dorhoffer 57, Cate Dorhoffer 30, Marie Dorhoffer 24, Frank Grubel 30, boarder

The Doering Family

June 23, 1904: Mrs. Ida Dorothea Doering, wife of the Rev. George Doering, superintendent of the Lutheran Home at 12 State street died of pneumonia superinduced burns and shock. She had been accompanied on the trip by her three children: Ida, 11, George 9, and Edna 6. Ida and George had drown. Mrs. Doehing and Edna was saved.

1904: Brooklyn Eagle

"Mrs. Ida Dorothea DOERING, the wife of the Rev. George DOERING, the superintendent of the Lutheran Emigrant Home at 12 State street, Manhattan, died at midnight of pneumonia, superinduced by burns and shock. This is the third member of his family that the Rev. DOERING has lost by death as the result of the Slocum disaster."
Edna Doering was still alive in 1987 when she gave an interview about the Slocum diaster. She stated that some man had thrown her overboard. She landed on bodies and was picked up by a passing rowboat.

1900: Newark New Jersey, August Doering 37, preacher gospels, Ida Doering 29, married 10 years, 3 children 3 living, Ida Doering 7, August Doering 4, Edna Doering 2

1905: Gustav F. L. Doering clergyman born Germany, October 26, 1862 was naturalized in NY District court on March 22, 1905. Date of arrival June 19, 1885

1906: Marriage Gustav Doering 5 Jul 1906 Kings, New York, USA SPOUSE: Irma Hettrich CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 6254

1910: State Street, Gustave Doering 47, marriage 2, pastor, ---- Haus, Irma Doering 34, marriage 1, Hildegard Doering 2, Edna Doering 12, Felix Doering 8, Gertrude Doering 6

1920: Jersey City Ward 12, Hudson, New Jersey, Gustav Doering 57, Superintendent Orphan's Home, Irma Doering 41, Gertrude Doering 15, Hildegarde Doering 11, Irmagarde Doering 7, Lina Doering 5

1920: Edna Doering was a teacher in an Orphans' home in West Seneca, New York

The Dorhoffer (Darhaffer) Family

Frederich, a cooper, and his wife, Babette Dorrhofer, lived at 121 Ave A. The Dorrhofers had five children: Lillie, Kate, Frida✟, Fritz✟ and Mamie. Fritz and Frida died. Mamie survived. Lillie and Kate were not memtioned in connection to the Slocum. In 1910 the family at 1643 2nd ave (near 85th street). In 1915 the family was living in the east 80s.

Fredrich Dorrhofer married Barbara Kirchner on 04 Apr 1885 in Manhattan Manhattan, New York, New York.


  1. Lillie c 1886

  2. Kate c 1890

  3. Frieda✟ c 1891

  4. Fredrick M. Derrhoefer✟ Birth Date: 19 Jun 1893 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Fred Derrhoefer Mother's Name: Barbara Kirchner Derrhoefer

  5. Mamie c 1895

Barbara "Dohefer" of 121 Avenue A was saved by patrolman John Q. Schwing of the Alexander Avenue Station who saved five people in his boat. Mrs. Barbara Dorhoffer 121 ave A was listed in Lincoln Hospital with burns on her head, neck and arms.

Also listed at Lincoln Hospital: "Dorrfler" - Margaret 42, 121 Ave A., Barbara 42, 121 Ave A, Mary age 9, Mamie age 9 both 121 Avenue A.

"Mamie" Dorhoffer of 121 ave A in Lincoln Hospital also suffered burns on her right hand and legs.

Listed among the Dead:

Dorrhoffer, two children, no 121 Avenue a.

✟Dorrhoffer, Frederick age 11, 121 Avenue A - DORRHOEFER, Frederick, 11 years, of 121 Avenue A.

Listed among the missing: "Dorffhager" Mrs. 40 , Fred 10, Freda 13, Mamie 8 all of "128" Ave A.

On another list of missing Dorrhofer, Freida age 13 121 Avenue A.

The "Doerhfer" family made a mistake in identifying the body of of Fritz Doerhofer of 121 Ave A. After the body was removed from the morgue and taken to the undertaker the mistake was recognized and the body was returned to the morgue. (NY Times, June 17, 1904)

The body of ✟Frida Doerrhofer 13 of 121 Ave A was identified on June 22, 1904.

In 1905 121 Avenue A was listed as a four story tenement on a lot 24.5 by 70.

The 1900 census at 121 Ave A listed the Dorrhofer family: Fritz, age 37, wine cooper, Babette wife age 33 six children 5 living, Lillie daughter age 14, Kate daughter age 10 Frida, daughter age 9, Fritz son age 6, Mamie daughter age 5

Fritz, Barbara and Mamie Dorrhofer got passports in 1906.

1910: 164 2nd ave., Fritz "Doerrholfer" 45, wine store, Barbara Doerrholfer 47, 6 children 3 living, Kate H Doerrholfer 20, Marie Doerrholfer 15

1915: East 80th street, Fred Doerrhoefer 50, wine dealer, Ballard Doerrhoefer 53, Kate Doerrhoefer 25, bookkeeping, Marie Doerrhoefer 20

1920 Census: Manhattan District 16, Dorhoffer, Frederic, age 55, wine place, Barbara wife age 57 (?), Cate, daughter, --, Marie, daughter 24

1925: Elmhrust, Long Island, Toledo street, Fritz, and Barbara Doerhoefer

1929: Fritz and Barbara Dorrhofer of Elmherst Long Island returned form Europe on the Aquitania in September 1929.

New York Death Index: Doerrhoefer Freida 13 y "Sep" 15 1904 3670

Frederick "Fritz" junior not listed in 1904.

1929: Travel from Cherbourg to New York, Barbara Dorrhofer age 66, and Fritz, 65, 27 Sep 1929, Cherbourg, France to New York, New York on the Aquitania to Elmhurst Long Island.

The Dreher Family

1905 City Report: Dreher, Angelica 34, Catherine, 10, Conrad 4 310 E. 25th street dead.

1891: Ignaz Dreher married 28 Mar 1891 Manhattan, New York, USA Angelina Ostheim Certificate Number: 3804

1894: 24 Oct 1894, Angelika Dreher age 25, Henry, child age 2, Catherine child age 1, Majestic to New York form Liverpool

1900: 607 E. 11th street, Ignatz Dreher 36, expressman, Angelia Dreher 31, Henry Dreher 8, Katie Dreher 6, Konrad Dreher 7/12, Henry Ostheim 25, lodger

1905: 123 Avenue A, Dreher, John, boarder, 42 furniture, born Germany, Henry age 13, born US, at school

1910: 452 36th street, John Dreher 47, marriage 2, 1 year, furniture polisher, store, Kate Dreher 35, marriage 2, 2 children 2 living, Henry Dreher 17, driver furniture store, James Daly 14, stepson, Kate Dreher 0 [7/12]

Find a Grave

1920: On the tombstone, John Dreher born January 1863 died October 1920

1930: Brooklyn, Henry Dreher 38, chaffeur, , taxi, Mary Dreher 39, wife, 1892: Ignatz Heinrich Dreher birth 17 May 1892 Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Ignatz Dreher Mother's Name: Angelica Ostheim Dreher (LDS)

The Drewes Family

1900: Catherine Drewes, widow, age 61 6 children 2 living, 54 E.4th street, janitress

1904: City Record Drewes, Catherine age 65, born Germany, Freda age 27, Henry H age 7 Lillian age 2, 54 E 4th street dead.

1897: Henry Druwes Birth 20 Jun 1897 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States Gender: Father's Name: Henry I. Druwes Father's Birthplace: Germ. Father's Age: 24 Mother's Name: Frieda Hookwell Mother's Birthplace: N.Y. Mother's Age: 20 (LDS)

1900: 54 E 4th street, Harry J Drews Head M 28 Germany, shirt waist cutter, Freda Drews Wife F 24 New York, Henry Drews Son M 3 New York, David Hamilton Boarder M 39 England(same building but not same apartment as Catherine.)

1915: Bronx, Drews, Henry Jr. salesman, 43, born Germany, Mary wife, age 44, Margaret daughter age 7


The Ebling Family

1900: Alphonz Ebeling 32, 46 7th street, clerk wine house, Emma Ebeling 28, wife, 1 child 1 living, George P Ebeling 1, son

1904: Dead - 77 1st street, Ebling, Emma age 34 and George H. P. age 5

"Alfonse Ebeling also gave way to his despair to an extent that left him insane during the greater part of the day until he found the body of his wife Emma."

1898: Alphons Ebeling married Emma H. R. Tanck 15 Jun 1898 Manhattan, New York, New York Father Henry August Ebeling Mother Johanna Struve Spouse's Father Hermann Tanck Spouse's Mother Sophia Ollandt (LDS)

1899: Georg Heinrich Ebeling birth 25 Mar 1899 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States Father Alfons Ebeling Father's Birthplace: Altona (Hanberg) Father's Age: 32 Mother Etna Janck Ebeling Mother's Birthplace: New York City Mother's Age: 27 (LDS)

1904 : November Alfons Ebeling 25 Nov 1904 Age: 38y Nationality: American Departure Port: Cuxhaven Arrival Port: New York Gender: Male Marital Status: U Citizenship Status: X Ship Name: Graf Waldersee (LDS)

The Eimer Family

1900: Brooklyn, Philip Eimer 38, house painter, Katie Eimer 40, 3 children 2 living, Carl Eimer 9 George Eimer 7

1904: City Report, Eimer, 84 Stockholm street, Carl P. age 13, George age 11 and Katie age 45 all dead.

1905: Stockholm street, Philip Eimer 39, painter, Mary Eimer 32, wife, Barbera Sambach 70, mother-in-law

1910: Stockholm street, Brooklyn, Philip Eimer 43, marriage 2, painter, paint shop, Mary A Eimer 37, marriage 2, 1 child 1 living, Florence B B Eimer 4 Paul Lindau 40, lodger

1887: Philip Eimer Marriage 14 Jun 1887 Kings, New York, USA Spouse: Catharine Bauer Certificate Number: 2162

1911 Death: Philip Eimer Death 07 Oct 1911 Event Place: New York City, Queens, New York, United States 407 Stanhope St., Brooklyn, Borough of Queens Age: 49 Marital Status: Married Occupation: Paper Hanger Birth Date: 20 May 1862 Birthplace: Germany Burial Date: 10 Oct 1911 Burial Place: New York City, N.Y. Cemetery: Linden Hill Father's Name: Lombard Eimer Father's Birthplace: Germany Mother's Name: Katie Stite Mother's Birthplace: Germany (LDS)

The Ell Family

1900: East 85th street, Manhattan, John Ell 33, engineer stationary, Tillie Ell 30, John Ell 9, Paul Ell 7, William Ell 4

1904: City Report dead: Matilda Ell age 34, 99 1st street - Injured, Paul 11, Lincoln Hospital, william 9 lincoln Hospital - Uninjured John L 13

John Ell age 14 was quoted in the paper on June 15, 1904. He said his mother's dress and his brother Paul's clothing caught on fire. He grabbed them and started to rush toward the side of the boat. Everyone was screaming and yelling. His mother and brother were swept away from him towards the side where people were jumping in the water. The crew was yelling at them to stay on board. John remained on board. He could not get to the side to jump. His face and hands were burned.

1904: Matilda Ell Death Event Date: 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, New York, New York, United States 34 Marital Status: Married Burial Date: 23 Jun 1904 Cemetery: Lutheran Father's Name: Herman Schermer Father's Birthplace: Germany (LDS)

1904: October 18, Eleven year old Paul Ell and his Younger brother, Willie, who were both badly burned in the Slocum fire were among the last of the victims to leave the hospital. They returned to their home at 99 1st street to the welcome and curiosity of the neighbors. They said they had become separated from their mother. They though their mother had jumped so they jumped. They were badly burned on the face hands and back. They were almost immediately picked up by a boat. The boys were taken to Lincoln Hospital where skin grafts were taken from their backs and legs and placed on their faces and necks. Their faces looked like patchwork quilts and the doctors had rebuilt their ears.

A doctor from Lincoln Hospital said they had treated 169 Slocum patients. Only two had died in the hospital.

1890: John Michael Ell Birth 04 Jul 1890 Manhattan, Father John Ell Father's Birthplace: Germany Father's Age: 23 Mother Mathilte Schermer Ell Mother's Birthplace: New York City Mother's Age: 20 (LDS)

1910: Brooklyn, Woodbine street, John Ell 43, marriage 2, engineer, Cunnigunda Ell 38, marriage 2, 3 children 3 living, John Ell 20, chauffeur private family, William L Ell 14, John Zimmermann 15, step son, George Zimmermann 13, step son, Catherine Zimmermann 11, step daughter,

John Ell, jr. married before 1915. John Ell, jr mechanic, was listed in the 1930 census in Brooklyn, married to Emmy, with three children, John 14, Helen 11 and William 4. He died in Florida in 1971.

Find a Grave

Mathilda died in 1906 on the General Slocum. Paul born 1892 died in 1906. John Ell "Vater" born 1865 died 1934. Emmy C Ell born 1892 died 1940 John M Ell born 1890 died 1971. William Ell born 1895 died 1924.

The Eller Family

1900: 219 E 13th street, Joseph Eller 62, music teacher, Mertilde Eller 41, 1 child 1 living Elsen Eller 12, Louis Sanders 25, lodger, John E Lockwood 62, lodger, Carl J Minsler 32, lodger, Kattie Hoffman 30, lodger

1904: City Reprot: Eller 219 E 13th street, Matilda age 46, and Elsa age 16 dead, Joseph age 65 in Lincoln Hospital.

1905 Marriage: Joseph Eller Marriage 10 Aug 1905 Manhattan Age: 66 Marital Status: Widowed Birth Year (Estimated): 1839 Birthplace: Gossueweldorf, Germany Father, Adam Eller Mother, Margaret Wrichuer Spouse, Auguste Adler, Age 35, Single Spouse's Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany Spouse's Father's Name: Hermann Adler Spouse's Mother's Name: Auguste Golla (LDS)

1905 Census: Jos Eller 66, musician, Aug Adler 32, "daughter", dressmaker, Benj Woyle 30, boarder, Henry Bougoff 35, boarder, Harry Stone 35, boarder, Jas Mcallister 62, boarder

1910 Census: 225 Second Ave., Joseph H Eller 71, instructor music, Auguste Eller 38, married 5 years o children.

1913 Passport application: Joseph Eller born Gossmansdorf, Germany June 30, 1838 and Auguste Eller, his wife, Augeste born Schoeneck, Germany March 4, 1872. Joseph immigrated to US aboard the Wursata, from Bremen, July 1, 1854. Naturalized citizen, musician.

Joseph Eller applied for a passport again in 1916. Born Gossmannsdorf, Unterfranken, Bavaria, retired musician. He applied to return to the US with his wife. He stated that in 1913 he and his wife had come to Germany for a visit of about one year. "The the war broke out" and the deferred their return to the US. He claimed to have a brother and 4 sisters with thier families still in the US and to ow a mortgage in the US. Auguste Eller applied for a passport in 1916 on her own right.

Joseph Eller played the flute and oboe.

1916: Arrival November 1, from Rotterday to New york on the Noordam, Joseph and Auguste.

1916 Death : Joseph Eller 10 November 1916

1888: Elsa Augusta Eller, born 13 Jul 1888, Father Joseph Eller, Mother Mathilda Romer Eller (LDS)

The Erdmann Family

1900: 346 East 9th street, Clinton Erdmann 34, store keeper, Margereta Erdmann 35, 1 child 1 living, Alma Erdmann 7

1904: City Report, Erdmann 346 E 9th, Erdmann, Alma age 11, Margaret age 38 both dead. Find a GraveIn addition to Margareta and Alma - Wilhelmine Erdmann born Mai 3 1876 died 3 April 1909

The Erklin Family

The Erklin family of 1028 Hudson st. Hoboken lost Theordore age 5. They were spared Anna age 32, Stephen age "7 weeks" both of whom were "taken home" and Gertrude "age 1" uninjured and Louise Gailing age 16 "nurse". Stephen was the youngest person on the Slocum.

Louise Gailing of Nutley New Jersey was in charge of the "two year old" of Mrs. G Erklin of "Nutley". Miss Gailing was on the hurricane deck when the fire broke out. She found a life jacket in "good condition". She placed the baby on her back and wrapped the life jacket around herself and the baby. Then she jumped in the water. She "could swim a little' and she headed for a tug where she and the baby were pulled aboard.

On June 16 Mrs. Otto E. Erklin of 1028 Hudson street and three children of the same, "ages five years, two years and two months", were listed as missing.

Erklin, Theodore age 4 June 15, 1904 NYC Death Index. Listed as age 6 in the 1904 list and 5 in the 1905 list.

1900: Park ave, Otto R Erklin 26, accountant, Annie Erklin 30 Theodore Erklin 10/12

1910: Hoboken, 1028 Hudson, Otto R Erklin 36, manager, coal, Anna Erklin 36 Gertrude Erklin 8 Stephen Erklin 6 Theresa Nelson 19, servant

1920: 1028 Hudson street, Otto Erklin 46, manager, coal company, Anna Erklin 47, wife, Dorothy Erklin 17, daughter, Steven Erklin 15, son

1930: Tuckahoe, Westchester, New York, rent $95, Otto R Erklin 56, no occupation, Anna M Erklin 56, wife, Stephen B Erklin 26, designer clothes, Gertrude M Erklin 28, --- bank

1940: Stephen Erkin, age 35, designer and his mother, Anna age 70, were living in Mout Vernon Westchester.

Stephen Erkin traveled to Europe a number of times in the 20 and 30s.

Stephen Erklin was a women's clothing designer of some note. He designed evening wear for Saks. Gertrude Erklin went to Puerto Rico in 1928.

Otto and Anna Erklin had three children: Theodore in 1900 who died in the Slocum disaster. Gertrud/Dorothy circa 1902, Stephen circa 1904.

The child Louise Gailing saved was 2 mont old Stephen Erklin who died in 1985. Stephen Erklin, SSN: 104-03-2580, 18847 Susquehanna, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, USA, BORN: 23 Apr 1904, DIED: Jul 1985

The New York Times of July 4,1904 reported on Louise Caroline "Gehling" the 15 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Gehling of River Road, Nutley who saved herself and a baby entrusted to her care during the Slocum catastrophe. she strapped the baby and herself in several live perservers and "leaped from the deck of the burning vessel." She was awarded a testimonial and a purse of money by the town of Nutley.

1910: Franklin ave. Nutley New Jersey Louisa Gaehling 56, Alrich Gaehling 22, daughter born Vermont, pump maker, electric wks, Louise Gaehling 21, born New Jersey, badge maker, novel, wks, Minnie Gaehling 19, badge maker, novel wks, Charles Gaehling 17, molder

Louise Gailing married Robert Joiner and had five children of her own. Their son James G. Joiner born July 30, 1923 in Belleville N. J. died October 15, 2005. He graduated Dartmouth college in 1946.

1920: Belleville, New Jersey, Robert Joiner 35, carpenter, house, Louise Joiner 30, Mildred Joiner 7, Louise Joiner 5, Robert Joiner 3, Edith Joiner 1, James Joiner 80, father

1930: own, $10,000, Robert Joiner 45, landscape gardener, Louise C Joiner 41, Mildred C Joiner 17, Emma D Joiner 15, Robert R Joiner 13, James G Joiner 6

The Feldhusen Family

1900: 50 W 8th street, Geo Feldhusen 42, saloon, Maria Feldhusen 44, Nicholas Feldhusen 8, Hulda Linderman 23, servant, Al Bethmann 22, bartender

1901: George Feldhusen, 50 West 8th street saloon 5 story brick, fire April 28, 9:59 AM

1904: City Report, 50 W 8th street, Felhusen, "Margaret" age 47, and Nicholas age 12, dead.

1905: 50 west 8th street, Geo Feldhusen 47 saloon, Emlie Feldhusen 47, wife, Pauline Helving 21, servant

1909: Death of "Amelia" A Feldhusen

1910: 50 west 8th street, George Feldhusen 52, widower, liquors, saloon, Minnie Weiss 22, servant

1911: George Delhusen, 50 W 8th street, beer

1916: Agnes Feldhausen, widow, Husband died in NYC in 1915, applied for a passport, husband George Feldhusen was born in Germany naturalized in 1882.

Marriage: George Feldhusen 12 Nov 1911 Manhattan, to Agnes Duffelmeyer Certificate Number: 26264

Naturalization, George Feldhusen, milk dealer, dob Nov 12, 1857, naturalized Common Pleas Dec 4, 1882

1881: George Feldhusen marriage 1 May 1881 Manhattan to Margaretha S Volckmann Certificate Number: 1876

1884: Anna Dorathe Feldhusen 20 Jul 1884 Manhattan, Father George Feldhusen Mother Magarethe Sophia Volkman (LDS)

In the late 1880 George Feldhusen participated in the Volkfests and sharpshooters contests.

The Felzke/Felske/Fetzke Family

1904: Fetzke, 211 5th st, August 38, Elizabeth 14, Herman C. W. 8 months dead - Hattie J 12, uninjured (City Report)

1904: Augusta Fetzke Burial 15 Jun 1904 (LDS)

Mr. "Felzke" lost his wife and two children. He had one daughter, Hattie who lived but was traumatized by the loss.

Felske, Hattie age 12 of 211 E 5th was listed among the uninjured.

1906: August Fetzski Death 18 Jul 1906 Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States Gender: Male Marital Status: Unknown (LDS)

1889: Augusta Tanner Female 9 Feb 1889 Manhattan Spouse: August Fetzke Certificate Number: 1718

The Fittig Family

1904: City Report, 120 2nd ave. Christian 32, Elsa 2 Peter age 43 all dead.

Christina and Elsa were disinterred.

Find a Grave Christina Schott Fettig.

The Fickbohm Family

Jun 16, 1904: NY times - P. J. Fickbohm a saloon keeper at 7th street and ave D reported the loss of his wife, three children and a servant girl. Later in the day the bodies of two of his children were taken to his house at 91 Ave. D.

See the Balser Family above.

Naturalization of P. J. Fickbahm: Peter Jacob Fickbohm Common Pleas, May 14, 1894, 90 ave D, NYC, merchant, born Germany, arrived US August 1883

Marriage: Peter, son of Henry Nicholas Ficknohm and Anna Margaret Dorthea Sprieck marred Anna Cath. Marie Waacks daughter of Fredk Wm. Waacks and Rebecca M. 5 June 1889


  1. ✟Marie born circa 1890

    Died in the Slocum Fire

  2. ✟Ernst born circa 1892

    Ernest A. Fickbohm BIRTH: 30 Apr 1892 - New York, New York

    Died in the Slocum Fire

  3. Fredrick/Freddy born 1894

    Frederick W. Fickbohm BIRTH: 1 Jul 1894 - New York, New York

    Frederick Fickbohm, Birth Date: 1 Jul 1894, Manhattan, New York, USA, Certificate Number: 29070

    Fred Fickohm age 9, 91 Ave D was listed with the injured.

1900: 284 Second st. , Pette J Fickbohm 40, saloon keeper, imm 1883 born Germany, Marria Fickbohm 36, wife, born Germany, married 11 years 3 children 3 living, Marria Fickbohm 10, Ernst Fickbohm 8, Fredrick Fickbohm 5, Dietrick Duchne 23, boarder, Auguste Grothe 21, servant

1904: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"Pathetic Scene at the Funeral of the FICHBOHMS.

The constrained grief of the neighborhood, fighting for expression which would not out, came near reaching a climax at the funeral of the FICHBORNS, in the Emanuel Chapel, at 735 Fifth street, Manhattan. The husband and father, Peter J., bereft of reason by thoughts of the loss of his wife, Maria, and their daughter, 14 years old, who bore her mother's name, has been with difficulty restrained from self-destruction.

"I cannot speak as my heart dictates," said the Rev. John C. PALMER, rector of the chapel. "It would be foolhardy. Their grief is too intense as it is without recalling sweet memories which would serve only to heighten their sorrow. Mr. FICHBOHM has attempted to make away with himself and needs careful watching until his grief has somewhat abated."

The sorrowing hundreds in the chapel broke down when they heard the sobs and moans of the distracted husband as the bodies of his dear ones were born up the aisle. Women grew pale and faint and some had to be escorted from the church before the service began. Both Mr. FICHBOHM and his wife belonged to many fraternal societies and he was a member of United Brother Lodge No. 356, F. and A.M. Representatives of all these societies attended. The Rev. Mr. PALMER conducted the service."

Death: June 15, 1904 Marie "Fickbohn" age 43, Bronx cert. # 2861 - Death: Mamie Fickbohm 15 June 1904 age 40 41 Ave D (Find a grave)

"Fichbohn", Marie age 14 Bronx cert. # 2862

Death: Ernest Fickbahm age 12, cert # 3677 Bronx. (Find a Grave) [Not listed in NYC Death Index]

1909: Peter J Fickbohm 49 DEATH DATE: 6 Feb 1909 DEATH PLACE: Kings, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2569

1909: Peter John Fickbohm Died suddenly at his home, of pneumonia, after an illness of two days, age 50, he was a member of a number of German fraternal organizations. Nothing mentioned about his life or occupation other than he had been in the hotel business in Manhattan. Born in Germany. Left a widow, "Annie Lange" and a son Frederick.

1909: Probate Died 6 February 1909 - personal property $1,000 - Adelheid F. Fickbohm widow and Friederich Willhelm Fickbohm both of 835 Gates Ave Brooklyn - Peter made a will 7 July 1904 (not included in probate papers) - mentioned in the probate were Adelheid, Friedrich and Nicholas Waacks.

1910: Brooklyn, Ward 22, Adelaid W Fickbohm 28, widow, 4 children 0 living, born Germany, washing, Fred W Fickbohn 15, step son, clerk dry goods

1914: June 8, Passport Application, Adelheid Fickbohm born Blender Germany 30 September 1881 her husband immigrated to the US on the Oder from Hamburg, August 1883, and resided 26 years in the United States. Naturalized Common Pleas 14 May 1894 - His widow. age 33 5 ft 2 inches, grey eyes blond hair.

1915: Bronx, Fredrick Fickbohm head age 10 salesman, Lillian wife 20, Lillian daughter age 1

1917 WWI Draft Registration, Newark New Jersey, Fredrick William Fickhohm age 22 60 Hawthorne Ave. Newark, born July 1, 1895 New York City, forrman at Kalt and Stephens, 56 Begilow Street, married, wife and child, tall, slender, grey eyes and light hair

Further Records: Fredrick, Lillian and Lillian show up in 1920, 1930 and 1940 in Newark NJ.

The Finkenagle/Fingeragel/Finglenagle and the Geissler/Gissler Family

Four members of the Fingeragle/Finglenagle family were listed among the missing. Katie age 36, Clara age 7, William age 9, and Mary age 10. The address was 439 E 6ht street.

This was the largest number of missing in one family.

Mary "Finkenagel" 439 6th street age 10 cert No 3608.

William Finkenagel's body was never identifed. Death certificates were not issued for Katie, Clara and William Finkelnagel.

1891: Marriage of John Finkenagle and Catherine Wernborn, 15 June

1900: 439 6th street, John Finkenagel 32, coal peddler, Katie Finkenagel 30, Katie Finkenagel 8, Mary Finkenagel 6, Clara Finkenagel 4, William Finkenagel 2

Same address Gissler, Christopher, head widow, 1 child 1 living, Louis, son age 54, 3 children 3 living, lithographer, Mimmie wife age 39, 3 children 3 living, Louis son age 5, Lillie daughter age 2, Ella daughter age 1

The NY Times reported that in addition to the Finkelnagels at 439 6th street, Mr. Geisler of the same address lost his wife and two children while Mr. Finkenagle lost his wife and three children. They were still missing on June 19 and Mr. Finkenagel's mind "seemed to give way".

Anna "Grissler" age 35, of 439 E. 6th street, Lillie "Greissler" age 7 and Ella "Geissler" age 5 all of the same address where also among the missing.

A "Geisler" child, "a young boy", told reporters that he did not think his mother would return as the last he had seen of her she refused to jump overboard and was standing beneath the place where the deck collapsed. He was knocked overboard and was thrown into the water where a man pulled him to shore.

Note: I do not know who this young man could be as Louis Geissler age 10 of 439 6th street was listed among the dead.

It would appear that these two mothers of small children, living in the same building for a number of years were friends who went on the excursion together and died together along with thier young children. One child Katie Finkelnagel age 12 survived. She was listed on the uninjured list.

In 1905 the City Record of the disaster listed Mary Finkenagel age 10 as disinterred. Kate age 34, Clara 8 and William 6 were listed as missing. Kate age 12 suffered injury, shock or submersion and was sent to Lebanon hospital. It listed Geissler Louis age 10 as identified dead, Ella 5, Lillie, 7 and Minnie age 35, as missing.

1905: 5th street, Finkenagel, John coal dealer, head, age 35

1910: 5th street, John Finkenagel 42, widowed, retail merchant coal, Catherine Finkenagel 18

John Finkenagel died 7 February 1925

1906: Marriage, Louis Geissler 10 Mar 1906 Manhattan, New York, USA Spouse: Louisa Brauneck Certificate Number: 6624

1911: Louis Geissler, lithographer h. 544 E 87th street.

1925: 544 E 87th street, Geissler, Louis, age 78 [?] artist, Geissler, Louis, wife, age 58

1927: Death of Louis Geissler, buried Middle Village Queens

1956: Louise Geissler born 1869 nee Brauneck same grave as Louis

The Ferneisen/Firneisen Family

Emma Firneisen and her three children, Henry, William and Marie were on the Slocum on June 14. They all survived uninjured.

Listed as uninjured were: Ferneisen, Emma age 33, Henry G 10, William 8, and Marie 7

Engineer Patrick Lynch of the New York Fire Department, saved 45 lives during the Slocum disaster. In 1916 he was presented with a gold medal by the congress of the United States for his bravery in assisting Slocum victims. Lynch was off duty the day of the disaster. He was about to go for a swim when off East One Hundred and Forty first street at the East River when he saw the blazing Slocum steaming upstream. He commandeered a row boat and tried to assist those jumping off the burning Slocum. The row boat was too small be of much assistance so Lynch persuaded Capt. John L. Wade of the tug boat Wade (which was in the area) to take the refugees that were in the row boat. He returned to the burning ship where he was "half a hundred women and children holding on" to the paddle wheel. He got another row boat full of women and children and took them to the Wade. He repeated his trip many times.

"Detective Sergeant Henry C Firneisen owes Lynch the safety of his wife and two sic children. When Firneisen heard that the Slocum was ablaze he rushed almost hysterically to the scene, and to his joy, found Lynch had saved those dearest to him.

Firneisen presented Lynch with an inscribed gold chain and watch.

(Suburbanite Economist Chicago Illinois, 16 June 1909)

Marriage 1893: Henry G. Firneisen to Emma C. Dieterich 18 Jan 1893 Manhattan, New York, New York Father's Name: Germann Mother's Name: Anna Lorey Spouse's Father's Name: George Spouse's Mother's Name: Therese Binder


  1. Henry Georg Firneisen Birth Date: 21 Oct 1893 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Henry Georg Firneisen Mother's Name: Emma Diderich Firneisen

    In 1920 Census, Staten Island

    1917 Staten Island, salesman, married

  2. William Fredrick Firneisen Birth Date: 25 Jun 1895 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Henry Georg Firneisen Mother's Name: Emma Christine Firneisen

  3. Marie c 1897 per 1905 census and Slocum uninjured list.
1902: Henry C Firneisen was made detective sergeant In November 1902. He was described as oen of ex-chief Byrnes' right hand men and regarded as one of the best detectives on the force. 1905: 7th street, Henry G "Firneisen" 43, detective sgt., Emma C Firneisen 34 Henry G Firneisen 11 William F Firneisen 9 Marie T Firneisen 8

1940: Queens, Anthony Chomas Head M 43 New York, Maria Chomas Wife F 43 New York, Grace Chomas Daughter F 17 New York, Emma C Firneisen Mother-in-law F 69, widowed, New York

1904: City Report 40 7th ave. Ferneisen, Emma 33, Lincoln Hospital, Henry 10, Marie 7 both Lincoln Hospital - Uninjured William F. age 8

The Fischer Family

1900: 110 1st ave., Henry Fischer 33, upholsterer, Emma Fischer 26, married 4 years 2 children, 2 living, Edna Fischer 2, Lillie Fischer 1, John Schwartzkopf 40, boarder, Charles Dotzbacher 28, boarder

1904: City Report dead: Fischer 108 1st ave., Edna age 6, Emma age 30 Lilli age 4 and Barbara Hegyi age 20, servant

1897: Henry Fischer 27 Jan 1897 Manhattan 30 Single Birthplace: New York City, U.S. Father's Name: Christian Fischer Mother's Name: Catharine Rosenblatt Spouse Emma Dorzbacher Age: 22 Single Spouse's Birthplace: New York City, U.S. Spouse's Father's Name: Henry Dorzbacher Spouse's Mother's Name: Lena Schmitt (LDS)

1897: Emma Edna Fischer Birth 08 Nov 1897 Manhattan Father Henry Fischer Age: 30 Mother Emma Dorzbacher Fischer Age: 23 (LDS)

1900: Lillian Fischer 15 Mar 1900 Manhattan Father Henry Fischer Age 33 Mother Emma Doerzbacher Fischer Age 25 (LDS)

1905: Henry Fischer Marriage 03 Aug 1905 Manhattan Age: 38 Marital Status: Widowed Father Christian Mother Katherine Rosenblatt Spouse's Name: Theresa Trass Age: 37 Single Spouse's Birthplace: New York Spouse's Father Henry G. Trass Spouse's Mother Theresa Bauer (LDS)

1910: 108 [?] 1st ave. Henry Fischer 43, marriage 2, proprietor bakery, Theresa Fischer 41, marriage 1, 1 child 1 living, Henry C Fischer 0 [2/12], Gertrude Schlegel 39, lodger, Clifford R W Schlegel 9, lodger, Mary Harris 19, servant,

1920: 105 1sr ave, Henry Fischer 52, messenger, bank, Theresa Fischer 51, Henry E Fischer 9, Gertude Schlegel 49, sister, Clifford W Schlegel 18, nephew

1930: They were in the Bronx

The Foelsing Family

1900: 1914 Third ave., Henry Foelsing 40, cannot read occupation, may be "painter" Amelia Foelsing 30, 4 children 4 living, William Foelsing 12, Elizabeth Foelsing 10, George Foelsing 5, Ferdinand Foelsing 3

1904: Foelsing 1914 3rd Ave., Elizabeth 16, Ferdinand 8, Amelia 35, George B. 10

1910: Bronx, Frederick J Weiss 42 Anna Weiss 34 Frederick P Weiss 17 Howard D Weiss 9 William E Weiss 5 Harry W Weiss 4 Henry Foelsing 51, widowed, boarder, painter, job work,

1913: Henry Foelsing, Age: 54, Death Date: 12 Feb 1913, Death Place: Bronx, New York, USA Certificate Number: 1014

The Folke Family

1900: 257 Ave B., Ludwig Folke 37, cigar maker, Annie Folke 37, O children, married 2 years, Dora Folke 73, widowed, mother, 1 child 1 living

1904: Folke, 257 Ave B, Annie "50"* and Dora 75 dead - Ludwig age 41 in Lebanon hospital.

*should be "40". 1905: 257 ave. B, Louis Folke, cigar maker

1910: 257 Ave. B., Ludwig Folke 46, marriage 2, 5 years, cigar maker, Mary Folke 42, marriage 1, o children

1919: Death Manhattan 6 March, 1919

1899: Marriage to Anna Balsom mother Dorothea Zimmermann

1905: Marriage to Mary Lightfoot, mother Dorothea Zimmerman, father Ludwig

The Freck Family

Eddie Freck 13 of 409 5th street returned home alone and told how he had been saved. He had been with his brother, Charlie, 14, on the lowest deck when Charlie told him the boat was on fire. The fire was all around so they jumped off the boat. Eddie though Charlie was a better swimmer but for some reason Charlie went down and Eddie couldn't get to him. Eddie was pulled out by a man in a "little" rowboat who also rescued two or three women. The boatman also pulled in the body of a baby. He went after two other people who where "fighting" in the water, but did not get to them in time. Eddie was but ashore and took a "car" back home. He then returned to the morgue to look for his brother but did not find him. 1905 Dept of Public Welfare: Freck, 409 5th street, DEAD Charles, age 14, INJURED Edward, age 13 Lincoln

1900: Society for the Relief of Half Orphaned and Destitute Children: Freck, Charles, born Jan 1890 age 10, Edward, born June 1891 age 8, Freck, John born July 1894 age 5

The Freese/Fresse Family

Fresse, Anna 15 of 509 Houston street, Lebanon Hospital

Fresse, Elle 43 of 509 E Houston Lebanon Hospital

Fresse, Fred 50 509 East Houston

UNINJURED: Freese, albert, 16, 426 E 15th street

INJURED: Freese: Ferdinand, age 50, and Annie age 15, Mangin and Houston streets, also Meta age 44 or 509 Houston st. and Meta 48 of 426 15th street

Listed as Freese, Ferdinand, age 50, Annie, age 15, and Meta age 44, of Mangin and Houstin or 509 Houston. Brooklyn Eagle:

Mrs. Charles E. PFIFER, wife of Policeman Charles E. PFIFER, attached to the Vernon avenue station, was lost. Her body was identified this morning at the morgue. Mrs. PFIFER is the daughter of Frederick FREESE, a saloonkeeper in East Houston street, Manhattan, and who is also a director of the Consumers Brewing Company of this borough. Mr. and Mrs. FREESE with another daughter, were on the excursion, and at the time of the outbreak were engaged in looking in the engine room of the boat. Mrs. PFIFER had stepped away, and while the FREESE family were saved, she was killed. The unfortunate woman was to have celebrated the first anniversary of her wedding to-day.

June 16, 1904

The Galewski/Galweski Family

1905 Dept of Public Welfare: Galewski 54 7th street, DEAD Helen 6 and Morris 3 MISSING Flora 36 (according to articles in the paper Flora's body was never recovered.)

1904: The June 17 NY Times reported the death of Mrs. Anna Galweski, age 64, of 54 7th street as one of those lost in the Slocum disaster. She was said to hair "as white as snow" and be a favorite of all the children in the neighborhood. She was known as "Mother Galweski". She would take a group of children to Tompkins Park where she would tell them "beautiful stories". In her honor the children hung steamers of crepe and white flowers at her usual park bench seat. (New York times Jun 17, 1904)

NY times Missing list June 17:

GALEWSKY, Flora, 36 years, of 54 Seventh street
GALEWSKY, Morris, 3 years, of 54 Seventh street [Morris on died list?]
GALEWSKY, Helen, 6 years, of 54 Seventh street

See DeLuccia who were at this same address.

1900: 54 7th ave., Galeweski, Samuel, head, age 36, born Russia, salesman, imm 1888, Flora, wife, 30, born Russia, Hellen daughter, 2, Emiml son, age 1, children born New York

1904: NYC Death Index Bronx Galewiski, Morris 3 and Helen 6. - Burial Mount Hope Cemetery Brooklyn

1904: July, 26, Samuel Galewski, born October 22, 1862, of 19 E. 101 st became a US citizen in the District Court in Brooklyn.

1904: July 27, Samuel Galewski, merchant, dob October 22, 1862 Tomashow, Russia, immigrated 1888, applied for a passport.

1905: Sam Galewski, age 43, American Citizen, arrived from Antwerp, on the Kroonland on 20 June 1905

The Gallagher Family

DEAD: Gallagher: Veronica, 34, 424 E. 32nd, Walter age 9, Agnes 9 months same address.

UNINJURED: Gallagher, Katie age 11, 424 E 32nd. The 1905 list says she was sent to Lebanon hospital.

1899: Edward Gallagher Birth 07 Oct 1899 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States Father's Name: John Gallagher Father's Birthplace: N.Y.City Father's Age: 25 Mother's Name: Veronica Ottinger Gallagher Mother's Birthplace: Germany Mother's Age: 26 (LDS)

1903: Agnes Gallagher Birth 19 Sep 1903 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States Father's Name: John Gallagher Father's Birthplace: N.Y. City Father's Age: 29 Mother's Name: Veronica Attinger Gallagher Mother's Birthplace: Germany Mother's Age: 30 (LDS)

1904: Veronica Gallagher Death 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, New York, New York, United States Age: 32 Married born Germany Burial Date: 19 Jun 1904 Cemetery: Calvary Cem Father's Name: Martin O. Hinger Mother's Name: Regina (LSDS)

Catherine Gallagher was one of the longest survivors of the Slocum disaster. She died in 2002 age 109. Catherine Connelly, 109; Escaped Slocum Fire

The Gassman Family

1904: city Report - 128 4th street, Frank 11, Michael 5, Minnie L 7 dead - Henrietta age 41 to Lebanon hospital.

1893: Birth Nov 17, Franz of Michael and Henrietta Zinckgraf

1900: 128 E 4th, Michael Gassman Head M 38 New York, barber, Hattie Gassman Wife F 38 New York, 3 children 3 living, Frank Gassman Son M 7 New York Minnie Gassman Daughter F 3 New York Michael Gassman Jr. Son M 1 New York

1910 Queens Michael Gassmann 47, clerk county club office, Henrietta Gassmann 47, 3 children 0 living

1920: Brooklyn, Michael Gassmam 57, clerk city hall, Henrietta Gassmam 57

Michael Gassman died 22 April 1923 Brooklyn

Henrietta Gassmann died 26 March 1930 in Queens

Mrs. Henrietta Gassman, 67, a survivor of the General Slocum Disaster died at her home 1130 92nd ave., Jamaica of heart trouble following a long illness. None of her immediate family were still living at the time of her death.

Michael Gassmann to Henriette Zinckgraf 1888 Manhattan, New York, New York Marriage ID: 0000029770 Certificate Number: 12284

The Geissler Family

1900: 439 6th street, Christina Gissler Head F 83 Germany, widowed, 1 child 1 living, Louis Gissler Son M 55 Germany, lithographer, Minnie Gissler Daughter-in-law F 40 Germany, 3 children 3 living, Louis Gissler Grandson M 6 New York, Lillie Gissler Granddaughter F 3 New York, Ella Gissler Granddaughter F 1 New York

1904: City Report - 439 6th st., Dead Louis Geissler age 10 (Louis Geissler BIRTH: abt 1894 DEATH: 15 Jun 1904 - Bronx and Louis Geissler Death 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, New York, New York, United States Age: 10 Father's Name: Louis Geissler Mother's Name: Minnie Geissler LDS) - Missing, Ella age 5, Lillie age 7 and Minnie age 35

1886: Louis Geissler to Minnie Hofofensack 10 Jun 1886 Manhattan Father Louis Geissler Mother Wilhelmine Schwarz Spouse's Father Wm. Hofofensack Spouse's Mother Barbara Welker (LDS)

1906: Louis Geissler Spouse Louisa Brauneck 10 Mar 1906 Manhattan, New York, New York Father Louis Geissler Mother Christophene Schwartz Spouse's Father Christian Brauneck Spouse's Mother, Mary Noll (LDS)

1920: Louis Geissler 70, no occupation, Louisa Geissler 51

1925: Louie Geissler 78 Louise Geissler 58 Main Brauneck

Death of Louis Geissler 1927 buried Lutheran All Faiths Queens

The Gerdes Families

1904: 430 Kosciusko St Brooklyn Gerdes, Henry age 80 dead, Margaret age 60 dead

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Gerdes: Anna 1828-1871, Gesche 1839-1889, Henry Jr. 1876-1901, Henry sr. 1823 to 1904 Emma Gerdes

Gullmann 1874-1901

1880: Henry Gerdes 56, soap manufacturer, Guseina Gerdes 40, Menia Gerdes 16, Henrietta Gerdes 14, Emma Gerdes 6, Henry Gerdes 4

1904: 341 Rivington Christina age 28 Henrietta age 27 both dead

Christina wife of George Gerdes grocer, Rivington street born Von Harten 22 March 1876.

George Gerdes born 1869 died 1930.

Katherine Gerdes born 1875 died 1952

1910: Rivington and Mangus street George Gerdes 40, grocer, Marriage 2, Kate Gerdes 35, marriage 1, 0 children

1914: Passport application, wife, Katie, George born Wulsdorf, Hanover May 1869, immigrate October 1883, naturalized.

1915: George Gerdes 46, milk man, Kate Gerdes 46 1920: George Gerdes 50, laborer dairy, Katie Gerdes 44

1930: George, retired, and Katie listed in Queens own home $9,000.

The Gibbons Family

1904: June 17, Thomas Gibbons of NO 225 E 5th street reported to the Slocum relief committee and "visited the same day, no evidence of need of immediate relief being found". Mrs. Gibbons later said that she needed assistance showing a bill for $106.50 to which was credited $50. The committee paid the balance.

Listed as DEAD, Gibbons, Margaret 225 5th street, Mary and Ella all of same address no ages given Brooklyn Daily EagleJun 17, 1904

NYASH book:

listed under dead - Gibbons, Ela, age 11, Margaret 13 both of 225 E 5th street

Uninjured - Gibbons, Thomas age 42, Mary 40, Mary 15, Frank 9, thomas Jr., 7 and Catherine 4 all of 225 E. 5th street.

1900: E 74th street, Thomas "Gibbus" 33, laborer, Margaret Gibbus 31, 5 children 3 living, Mary Gibbus 4, Thomas Gibbus 3, Catherine Gibbus 9/12

1905: Thomas Gibbons 45, Margaret Gibbons 40, Mary Gibbons 9, Thomas Gibbons 7, Catherine Gibbons 6, John Gibbons

1910: Ward 12 Manhattan can't read street, Thomas Gibbons 48, born Wales, plasterer, buildings, Mary Gibbons 46, wife, 6 children 4 living, janitor, Mary Gibbons 21, daughter, bookkeeper, jewelers, Francis Gibbons 15, son, typesetter, printing, Thomas Gibbons 13, son Catherine Gibbons 10, daughter

1915: Bronx Thomas Gibbons 53, Mary Gibbons 50, Francis Gibbons 20, Thomas Gibbons 17, Catherine Gibbons 15

Margaret Gibbons

The Goetz Family

Edmund Goetz of 80 1st ave was allowed $100 by the Slocum relief committee although the undertakers bill was only $54.50 for one member of his family, the amount of the other member was not filed.

Edmund Goetz lost his wife Catherine age 28 and son Albert age 2. His son Edward age 5 was listed as missing.

The Greenhagen Family

June 16, 1904: Ernest Greenhagen of 176 Lewis street age 14 was "one of the small boys who escaped uninjured". He jumped straight from the lower deck onto a tug. A woman grabbed at him just has he went over. He saw her jump into the water but she went "down at once"

1905 Dept of Welfare list: Greenhagen 176 Lewis st Ernest Greenhage age 14 "take home" 1880: John Greenhagen 30, truck driver, Henrietta Greenhagen 25, Henry Greenhagen 8, John Greenhagen 6

1900: 176 Lewis street, John Greenhagen 50, collector, lqiuer, Henrietta Greenhagen 45, 7 children 7 living, Charles Greenhagen 22, driver, Edward Greenhagen 18, roofer, Harry Greenhagen 17, son, Earnest Greenhagen 10, son, all born New york

1905: 176 Lewis street, John Greenhagen 55, salesman, born Germany, Henretta Greenhagen 49, Charles Greenhagen 27, driver, Edward Greenhagen 23, roofer, Earnst Greenhagen 15 office boy, Edna Greenhagen 12

Death of John Greenhagen: May 16, 1906, Manhattan age 56.

1910: Wrong page comes up on - they list, however, Manhattan Ward 11, Henretta Greenhagen 54, widowed, Charles Greenhagen 32, Edward Greenhagen 29, George E Greenhagen 22, Edna Greenhagen 17, John W Deck 23, John Craig 5

Earnest was not listed with them. He would have been 20 years old.

In 1930 Henrietta Greenhage age 75 widow and her son Charles age 53 were living in Brooklyn.

The Grewe/Gravey/Galevsky/Graves Family

June 16, 1904: NY Times Mrs. A. Galevsky of 54 7th street was missing as were here two children. The neighbors were also searching for Mrs. Sophie Siegel of the same address wh had gone on the trip despite her doctors orders.

June 17, N Y Tribune Mrs. "Gravey" of 54 7th street found her son, Fred age 14. On the arm of a friend and "weeping bitterly" she went in search for her other "boy".

June 17, Brooklyn Eagle List: Graves, Fred of 54 7th street DEAD

The 1904 list includes: Grewe, Henry 16 and Frederick 14 both of 54 E 7th street

The 1905 list includes: Grewe, William H. age 16 and Fredeirck W. J. A 14 both of 54 7th street.

The 1905 Dept of Welfare only lists the "Grewe" family at "54 7th ave" under "G".

The Haag/Hoag Family

Haag 210 E 14th street: DEAD Emma 9, William 14, Wilhelmina 12

June 17, New York Times - Willie Haag was identified by his father, Louis Haag described as an"elderly man". He was accompanied by his wife and another elderly man. Two daughters were still missing. Upon identifying the son, the mother repeated "It's Willie" several times and then "her mind gave way" and she was taken to Bellevue.

June 17, New York Tribune: Mrs. Louis Haag of 210 East 14th street "heedless of the throng around her, gently stroking the white face and crumpled hands, murmuring unintelligible endearments in German" while her husband paced up and down. Mr. Haag's brother was with them and explained that the two daughter were still missing.

The Slocum "Horror" book lists: Hoag, Wilmur 12, William 14, and Emma 9 all of 210 E 14th street.

The New York City Death index lists Emma, 9, William 14 and Wilma 12 under "Haag"

1904: NY Times July 17, Louis "Haas" of 210 E. 14th street asked the Slocum Relief committee to pay the undertakers bills amounting to $218. No decision was made because he had insurance for those killed of $248.50.

The Holthusen/Halthusen/Halphusen Family

As reported by the NY Times John "Halphusen", age 58, was the sexton at St. Marks. He was on the boat with his daughters, Mina "age 12" and Clara "age 10". He placed his daughters on the top of the paddle box and kept them there until the tug Sumner picked all of them up. He stated that the crew seemed very disorganized and unfamiliar with the life rafts and lifeboats.

This would be John Holthusen, whose daughter Clara was 25. Mina was actually Wilhelmina Hayden age 23 a "stepdaughter" of John Holthusen.

Every family in St. Marks lost immediate family except that of John Holthusen wh was the sexton of the church and the principle of the school. Mr. Holthusen and his two daughters were save through "what they consider a miracle". (NY Times June 26, 1904)

Miss Ida Hayden, a stepdaughter of John Holthusen, Superintendent of the St. Mark's parish school, stated that all of a sudden everyone was rushing to the starboard side of the boat. The railing gave way and hundreds of women and children and a few men fell into the water "which was black with human forms packed so densely that we might have stepped out and walked over them as on a floor." Most of those in the water did not know how to swim and appeared to make little effort "to save themselves form sinking." There were no life boats and almost no one had on a life jacket. The life jackets ripped open and cork was spread all around the deck. The tug Sumner threw a rope to the Holthusens and pulled them onto the tug.

John Holthusen made comments to the press on several occasions regarding the Slocum. The Chicago Tribunes of June 16, 1904 quoted him as saying the crew was badly disciplined. He claimed it was only too plain they had never had a fire drill, that the fire hose was of the poorest quality, the couplings were worn and the water poured out of the joints, and the hoses, in the end, were absolutely useless.

1880: 6th street, John Holthusen Self M 35 Germany, teacher, Clara Holthusen Wife F 32 Germany, Adolph Holthusen Son M 6 New York, United States, Charley Holthusen Son M 4 New York, United States, Clara Holthusen Daughter F 1 New York, United States, John Holthusen Son M 8 New York, United States

1900: John Holthusen Head M "45" (must mean 55) Germany, teacher language, Gesina Holthusen Wife F 52 Germany, 5 children, 3 living, Clara Holthusen Daughter F 21 New York Wilhemina Hayden Boarder F 20 New York

1905 Dept of Public Welfare list: Holthusen, "138 and ave"John age 57 and Clara 25 uninjured - Hayden, 138 Ave A, Wilhelmina L age 23, uninjured

The pastor of St. Mark's, the Rev. George Haas lost his wife and a daughter in the Slocum disaster. He married a second time in May 1906. His bride was Clara Holthusen, the daughter of John Holthusen.

The Harms Family

June 17, New York Times - Jennie Harms who worked at Dreamland, Coney Island, was seeking the bodies of her brother Herman who lived at 312 E 14th street and her parents who were visiting from Troy, New York.

"The girl identified the body of her mother in the afternoon, but the other two bodies had not been found up to late last night."
The Harms parents did not die on the Slocum.

Tombstone Find a Grave - Lutheran all Faint: HARMS Herman born 24 Aug 1884 died June 15, 1904 "oper des General Slocum die trauermdenheltern" Also: Richard J Harms born 24 September 1857 died May 6 1926 Ida P Harms born 14 Aug 1864 died Dec 12, 1943

Herman Harms is not on any of the later Slocum dead lists under "H". He was listed by the New York Times - HARMS, HERMAN. 18 years old, of 312 East I4th St.

No listing under "Harms" in the NYC death index.

The Haas Family

Reverent George Haas was the pastor of St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran church on E. Sixth street between 2nd and 3rd avenues. "One of the most musical pastors in the Lutheran Church is Dr. George C. F. Haas of St. Mark's German Church, on Seventh Street." (NY Times, December 10, 1905)

Nineteen year old George Haas did not go on the excursion. At home he was reached by telephone and told that his parents, two aunts and a sister had perished. In fact, his father had survived.

DEAD: Hana Haas age 46 64 E. 7th street - Gertrude Haas age 13 64 E. 7th Ave.

The Rev. George C. F. Haas and his sister, Emma Haas survived.

Mrs. William B. Tetamore, of No. 1741 Bushwick ave Brooklyn, the sister of Mrs. Haas, was identified by Dr. George H Semken, the family physician by "surgery marks" form an operation he had performed.

The Haas house became a center for spreading the news about the disaster. The Reverent Haas remarried.

1905: Seventh street, George C F Haas 50, minister, George C O Haas 22, son, teacher, Emma Haas 26, sister, housework, Louise Weathernazel 38, boarder, Sophie Tietge 21, servant

1910: 136th street, George C Haas 55, minister church, marriage 2, Clara M Haas 31, marriage 1, three years, George C Haas Jr 26, teacher college, Emma C Duehlmeyer 28, servant

1920: 312 Manhattan Ave. New York , George C F Haas 65, clergyman, Clara M Haas 41, George C O Haas 36, con--- government

The Heckert Family

Peter Heckert, a butcher, born in Germany was married to Eva. They lived at 82 Ave A. Eva Heckert was on the trip with her children Annie, age 11, Maggie age 9, Cecelia age 6 and Julia age 8 months.

Eva 32, Julia 8 months, Annie 11, Maggie 9 and Cecelia 6 all of 88 Ave A where on a listed of UNINJURED. Julia age 8 months and Annie age 11 both of 88 Ave a were on a list of the DEAD

Marriage: Eva


  1. Annie✟ c 1893

    Died June 15, 1904 Bronx - Listed as a victim age 11, 88 Ave A

  2. Margaret (Maggie) c1896

  3. Cecelia c.1898

    Cecelia married Harry Reisenfeld and died at age 54 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Her obit stated that she had been a surviver of the Slocum disaster. She had been a member of the General Slocum Survivors Association. She was survived by two sisters, Margaret Hummer and Anne Kahn and two brothers, Conrad and Henry.

  4. Peter✟ c 1900

    Died age 3 1903

  5. Julia c 1903 ✟

    Listed as a victim 88 Ave A

    Not listed New York Death index 1904

  6. Conrad c 1906

  7. Henryc 1908

  8. ? Eva claimed 8 children 4 still living 1910. The four were: Margaret, Cecelia, Conrad and Henry.

  9. Anne circa 1914 - per 1915 census

1900: 82 Ave A., Peter Heckert 33, married 7 years, born Germany, butcher, Eva Heckert 29, 4 children 4 living, born New York, Annie Heckert 6, Margaret Heckert 4, Cellia Heckert 2, Peter Heckert 7/12

1904: Heckert Annie K age 11, Bronx in 1904, June 15

1910: 88 Ave A., Peter Heckert 43, butcher own shop, Eva Heckert 39, wife, 8 children 4 living, Margaret Heckert 15, Celia Stephani Heckert 12, Conrad Heckert 4, Henry Heckert 2

1915: East 88th street, Peter Heckert 49, butcher, born Germany, Margaret Heckert, daughter, 20, stenographer, Eva Heckert 44, wife, Cecilier Heckert 17, daughter, dressmaker, Conrad Heckert 10, son, Henry Heckert 7, son, Anna Heckert 2, daughter

The Hedekamp/Hedenkamp/Hendkamp Family

Mrs. E Hedenkamp 806 6th ave, Lincoln Hospital shock - Listed as Margaret Hedekamp age 50 805 6th street on a later list.

Hendkamp, John age 54, and Margaret age 11, Frank of 805 6th street listed as dead.

The Heinz Family - Also Peters, Ludemann, Schoenemnann

Mrs. Johanna Heinz of 97 Ave A and her children, Louise 20, George 16, Henry 12, Dinal 10 were on the Sloucm excursion. George and Henry survived. Johanna and her two daughters perished.

Others who perished and were connected with this family were: Mrs. Peters, age 28, and her daughter Lillian, age 1, of 126th st., Mrs. Hannah Ludemann, age 45, of Smith St., White Plains, John Schoenemann, 18, and Elsie Schoenemann, 15, of 946 Home street. Mrs. Ludeman's children, Hannah 17, Fred 18 and John 16, who were also on the excursion, survived.

Heinz, 97 Ave A. DEAD Johanna 44, born Germany and Louisa 20 born New York Dina 10 MISSING Henry 12 Lincoln Hospital, George 17 taken home.

Liste as injured: George Heinz age 17, 97 Ave A and Henry Heinz age 12 of the same address were listed among the injured.

June 16, 1904: George "Heinze" "18" of 97 Avenue A asserted that the deckhands and employees of the Slocum acted cowardly. He claimed when the panic started they did nothing to try and calm the hysteria but immediately jumped overboard. The Captain and several others in uniform did remain on the upper deck.

George jumped in the water and headed towards Brothers Island which was about 50 yards away - "it seemed an awful long swim with one's clothes on". He spotted a young girl of six or seven floating near him and calling for her mamma. He made an effort to grab her but the currant was too strong. He was pulled in at the island by a man with a garden rake. His mother, brother and two sisters were missing.

Another articles says seventeen year old George Heinz of 97 Ave A was pulled ashore at North Brother Island by someone extending a rake to him. He claimed the deckhands on the Slocum were grabbing all the good life preservers and pushing women and children aside to do so. George became separated from his mother and sister and was forced overboard by the flames. He was a considerable distance form the shore but managed the swim. At one point he caught a little girl with light hair and blue eyes wearing a brown dress with a string of beads around her neck. But the current was strong and he could not hold on to her.

The Hordkopf/Hardekopf Family

Henry Hordkopf of 343 Rivington street lost his mother.

Hardekopf, Meta age 40, 343 Rivington listed among the victims.

June 17, 1904: The New York Times of June 17 reported that two friends of Mrs "Hines" of 97 Avenue A "found her body so badly burned they could not recognize a single feature, but a shoemaker whose name was found on the inside of one of her shoes made the identification." Later the identification was confirmed by her husband "by the fillings in her teeth". Mrs. "Hines's sons, George 16 and Henry 12 survived. But as of June 17 two daughter's Louisa age 20 and "Dinal" age 10 had not been found.

1900: 97 Ave A, Henry Heinz 60, oyster dealer, Johana Heinz 37, Louiese Heinz 16 George Heinz 12 Henry Heinz 9 Deaner Heinz 6 Maggie Heinz 25, boarder,

1905: Manhattan 97 Ave A Henry Heinz 64, oyster house, George Heinz 18, book keeper, Henry Heinz 14

1910: 149 Ave. A, Henry Heinz Sr 69, own income, George Heinz 23, clerk drug house, Henry Heinz Jr 18, clerk insurance co.

Henry Heinz owned the Oyster House at 97 Ave. A.

13-year-old Henry Heinz was stricken dumb after escaping the ship (NY Times).

Deaf Mutes Journal June 23, 1904:

BOY STRICKEN dumb Henry Heinz 13 years old escaped from the disaster "in some way or other" however, he was not able to speak since his rescue.
"He had been though dead until yesterday noon, when he walked into his home, at No. 97 Avenue A., and tried to tell his father and brother the story of his adventures, but he could utter nothing but inarticulate sounds." It was said he had been struck dumb with horror."
George had escaped by swimming to shore where a farmer with a rake pulled him ashore. He then tried to return to the water to try and drown himself in his emotional agony. He remembered seeing a little boy with golden curls looking up to heaven as he watched in dismay the boy was consumed in flames his face melting like wax. For George everything went black and he felt himself going "down, down, down" in the water. Mrs. Heinz's body was identified by her husband in the morgue on June 22. The two girls were still missing.

Other relatives with the party were: Mrs Peters, an aunt, who was still missing, Mrs. Hannah Ludemann of White Plains, an aunt and her two sons who was all rescued rescued by a tug, John Schoenemann, an uncle still missing.

1904: Indianapolis News - Jun 17, 1904 Henry Heinz age 12 was dumb due to the orderal e went through. He and his brother George stood on the middle deck until it became too hot. then tyeh jumped into the water. Henry held the paddlewheel and was rescued by a man in a tug. George declared that his mother and aunt had been robbed of diamonds and valuable jewelry. He said his mother had a valuable diamond brooch and his aunt had two diamond rings which were missing after the bodies were found.

1905 Dept of Welfare list: Schoenemann, 946 Homes street, Elsie 15, John 18 - Peters, 121 E. 126the street, Helen age 28, Lillian 1 - Ludemann, 4 Smith St White Planes, Johanna age 45 born Germany

John Schoenemann 18 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2898

Elsie Schoenemann 15 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3289

Mrs. Hannah Ludemann was listed among the dead on June 16, 1904 and on the 1905 Dept of Welfare list

Her daughter, also named Hannah, age 16, survived. Hannah Ludemann age 40 was on the Slocum trip with her children, Fred age 18, John age 16 and Hannah. Hannah Ludemann, age 17, was rescued by a deckhand on the Massasoit. She had been badly burned about the head. Her injuries were treated at Hart's Island She was later taken to fiends at Sixth Ave and Ave A. She said they had been on the upper deck at the stern when the cry of FIRE! went up. She helped her mother put on a life vest and put one on herself. She left her mother inside to go out on the deck and try and see what was happening. She had barely left her mother when the part of the deck where her mother was standing collapsed and her mother went down into the burning hole. Hannah jr. was thrown into the water and her life preserver held up up until she was pulled out. She did not know where her brothers were but she was sure there was no chance her mother had survived. John and Fred do not appear on any of the lists of the dead.

Johanna Ludemann 45 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2896


Attending a General Slocum memorial service in 1984 was Adolph F. Schulze, 81, of Mount Vernon, the nephew of Elsie and John Schoenemann, who drowned trying to escape the flames.

1916: November 17, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Henry Heinz, age 76 "one of the oldest oyster and chop house proprietors in New York City, died at Bellevue Hospital from arterio sclerosis. He was interred in the Slocum memorial plot in the Lutheran Cemetery beside his wife and two daughters who were victims of the Slocum disaster. He was survived by his two sons, George and Henry. The family were all members of St. Mark's and all, except the father, where on the ill fated trip. George and Henry were saved after "narrow escapes". "George leaped overboard and swam to North Brother's Island, where he was helped ashore and Henry clung to a paddlewheel of the burning steamboat until rescuers arrived in a row boat." Henry Heinz senior was born in Darmstadt, Germany to Antony and Marie Heinz. He was one of a family of 14 children. He came to NY in 1865 ad settled on Essex street "where he established a small chop house". He later moved to Ave A and 6th street and maintained an oyster and chop house there for 35 years. He hard been in declining health "ever since his triple bereavement" and "which almost unsettled his reason then and for some time after."

Henry Heins Family

Henry Heins, grocer, born Germany circa 1861 lost his wife and three daughters in the Slocum disaster.

1900: Manhattan, 319 Henry street, Henry Heins 36, grocer, imm 1884 born Germany, Annie Heins 36, Ida Heins 9, Etta Heins 6, Margarete Heins 3, Annie Handlman 25, servant, Martin Heins, brother, 29, grocer

June 23, The Graphic Nashville, North Carolina (and other papers all over the country) On Friday the body of an 8 year old girl washed up on shore at the foot of Clinton street. The neighbors identified it as that of daughter of Henry Heinz, of Front street. The girls mother, Anna, was among the dead. The body had apparently floated down the river from North Brothers Island to a block away from the girl's home.

Slucum Dead list 1905 Dept of Welfare: Heins, 300 Front street, Annie age 40, Henrietta, age 10, Ida age 14, Margaret age 7.

Slocum Horror: Listed among the dead - Heins, Annie 20, Annie 26, Ida, 14, Etta, 10, Margaret 7, and Henrietta 10 all 300 Front street.

1905: 312 Front street, Frederick Pope 43, Helen Pope 38, William H Pope 15, Henry Heins 40, boarder, proprietor, Martin Heins 30, boarder, clerk, John L Smith 35, William Ronan 50, Paul Lahade 46

Henry Heins of 300 Front Street, New York City made a passport application in Hoboken, State of New Jersey, Henry Heins, born Godenstedt, Germany, 29, September 1864, immigrated on the Main 16 June 1881, resided in the US from 1881 to 1904 at New York, naturalized N Y 21 October 1886, merchant, age 40, 5 feet 7 inches, mustache, blue eyes, black hair

October 25, 1904.

It may be him who was listed as Henry Heins age 40, US citizen on the Kronprinz William from Bremen, January 3, 1905.

On June 17 the New York Times reported that the body found furthest for the scene of the disaster was that of Margarete Heins, age 6 of 300 Front street. The body had drifted 8 miles and was picked up by a New Haven Railway tug near Clinton street not far from the child's home. Henry Hines had located the bodies of his wife, Annie and his twelve year old daughter, Henrietta at the morgue. Elsie and Margarete were still missing when he left the morgue at the urging of friends. A short while after he left the little girls's body was brought in. According to the article the child was known as Margie.

In 1905 Martin Heins of 300 Front street, Manhattan, made a passport application in Hoboken, N. J.

DEATH INDEX NYC: Ida "Heina" 14 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3485

The Just/Justh Family

Another family listed in the 1904 Slocum Horror book with a large number of missing were the Justs, Jos age 6, Margaret age 1 and Amelia age 38 at "105" E. 8th street. In addition three of the family were listed among the dead: Amelia 13, Etelka 12 and Leontine age 10 of "405" E. 8th street. They were listed as Justh in the 1905 city report: Adelheid, 12, Emilia 14, Joseph F. J. born Austria, age 6, Leontine age 11, and Margaret age 1. Emelia age 39 was listed as missing. Margaret age 1 and Joseph F. J. were also listed as disinterred.

Death certificates were issued for: Adelheid, Amelia, Leontine, Joseph and Margaret.

Joseph Justh Jr. Death 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, New York, New York, United States Age: 6 Birthplace: Austria Burial Date: 23 Jun 1904 Cemetery: Lutheran Father's Name: Joseph Justh Mother's Name: Amelia Knobels (LDS)

1884: Joseph Justh 129 Pitt street, cabinet maker

1900: 138 E 3rd street, Joseph Justh 45, cabinet maker, Amelia Justh 32, 4 children 4 living, Amelia Justh 9, Etta Justh 8, Leontina Justh 6, Joseph Justh 1, Julius Justh 24, son cabinet maker, Joseph Knabel 28 brother in law, machinist. The family was Hungarian.

1912: Joseph Justh, cabinet maker, Shore rd n Old, Queens

1920: Rudolph Pauker 32, Eva Pauker 22, Rudolph Pauker 4 [4 2/12], Frank Pauker 1 [1 5/12] , Joseph Justh 67, boarder, widower, cabinet maker piano company

The Kiesel Family

Listed in the hospital:

Kiesell, Annie, 25, 266 Ave A submersion and shock at Harlem Hosp.

Kiesell, Edward, age 3, 266 Ave A. submersion "will die" Harlem Hosp.

Kiesell, T. Edward, 27, 266 Avenue A. Harlem Hops.

Listed as dead: Kiesell, Lillian age 5, 266 Ave A.

1900: Keisel, "Peter E." age 23, upholsterer, Annie, age 21, Lilian E age 2, Wessler, Philix, father in law, 72, widow, John J W brother in law, 28, straw hats

1904: Kiesal, Lillian, age 5, June 15, 1904 Bronx

Anna Kiesel, 25, "Theo" Kiesel, age 27, Edward Kiesel age 28 all of 266 Ave A were listed as uninjured. Edward Keisel age 3 of 266 Ave A was listed among the injured.

On June 26, 1904 the Brooklyn Eagle ran a story about the Kiesel family. As the fire raged Mrs. Kiesel and her daughter Lillian jumped in the water. Mrs. Kiesel was a good swimmer but the daughter was pulled away from her by the mass of people in the water. Anna Kiesel managed to get away from the people who were grasping at her and make her way to shore. Mr. Kiesel and his son went into the water together. Mr. Keisel was also a good swimmer and he expected to make it to shore. However, he ran into the same experience as his wife, with people trying to grasp hold of him until finally the boy was pulled away from him. Edward Kiesel the 3 year old son of Edward Keisel was discovered by his mother among the bodies of the dead that were laid out along the shore. Mrs. Kiesel, an excellent swimmer, made it to the shore and started to search among the bodies for her son. The doctors and nurses assured her that the bodies laid out were all dead. Mrs. Kiesel found her son and quickly held him up by the heels as the water slowly oozed from his mouth. She then stripped him of his clothes and worked over his body trying to restore it to life. At this point Mr. Kiesel arrived to assist her. They found a doctor who told them that although the child was alive he would most likely never recover from the shock. A small dose of strychnine and brandy was administered to little Edward and he was taken to Harlem Hospital. In a few days he was well enough to go home. Lillian Kiesel's body was found at the morgue by her uncle William W. Kiesel an employee of the Building department of Queens.

1910: 279 Ave. A., Edward Kiesel 33, upholstery shop, Anna Kiesel 30, 3 children 2 living, Edward Kiesel 9, Grace Kiesel 4

1920: 437 17th street, Kiesel, Edward, head age 43, upholsterer, Annie age 43, born Germany, wife, Edward age 19, chauffeur, Grace age 14

Peter E, Annie and Grace listed in Queens in 1940.

In 1932 Edward Kiesel was a member of the General Slocum Memorial Committee.

The Klein Families

The Edward Klein Family

Edward Klein was the son of Karl (Carl) and Dina (Tinea) Klein born in Germany circa 1863.

1880: Avenue A between E Houston and 2nd streets, Carle Klein 48, keeps saloon, Dena Klein 42 Julius Klein 20, blacksmith, Edward Klein 18, cigar maker and a servant, bar tender.

Marriage 1882: Edward Klein, Spouse's Name: Dina Grimm, Event Date: 22 Oct 1882, Event Place: Manhattan, New York, New York, Father's Name: Karl Klein, Mother's Name: Dina Eberweus, Spouse's Father's Name: Franz Grimm, Spouse's Mother's Name: Elizabetha Mleppel

1870: Klein, Carl age 38, saloon keeper, Tina, age 2-, Edward 7 Julius 9

1880: Avenue A between E Houston and 2nd street (same block as Edward Klein) Frank Grimm 49, soap maker, Elizabeth Grimm 43, Henry Grimm 21, cigar maker, Dena Grimm 16, --- maker


  1. Christina c 1883

  2. Karl c 1885

  3. August c 1885

    WWI DR: August Klein CITY: Manhattan COUNTY: New York STATE: New York BIRTH DATE: 15 Apr 1885 RACE: White DRAFT BOARD: 161, bartender, age 33, 172 E 112 street, NY, wife, Anne Klein, tall, slender, bleu eyes, black hair rheumatism -----

  4. Elsie c 1887

    Eliesabetha Klein, Birth Date: 24 Sep 1887, Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, Father's Name: Edward Klein, Mother's Name: Dina Grimm

  5. Edward c 1890

  6. Matilda✟ died June 15, 1904

  7. Julius✟ died Jun 15, 1904

  8. Lucy

According to the NY Times of June 20, 1904 the funeral of Mrs. "Clara" Klein was said to be one of the largest at the Lutheran Cemetery in the aftermath of the Slocum disaster. She was listed as the wife of Edward Klein, "a wholesale and retail liquor dealer on "34" Ave. A., and one of the wealthiest men in the district." The service was held in "a large serving room back of the liqueur store." Three family members were still missing and "the kneecap fo Edward, Klein, Jr. the oldest son, was broken". He had to be carried on a couch to the cemetery.

1900: 31 Ave A. Edward Klein 37, saloon keeper, born Germany, imm 1871, married 18 years, Christina Klein 36, wife, 11 children 8 living, New York, Christina Klein 17, Karl Klein 15, clerk drygoods, August Klein 14, at college, Elsie Klein 14, Edward Klein 10, Matilda Klein 6, Julius Klein 1, Lucy Klein 11/12

1904: List of victims, 31 Ave A, Tiena, 73, Tillie 10, Teina 40, Julius 6

1904: List of injured, Klein, Eddie H. 15, Elsie 16 Lucy age 4 all of 31 Ave A. Lizzie Einer, age 15 of 33, Ave. A. survived by after loosing her "brand new" hat and coat but saving 50 cents her mother had given her. She was with her neighbors the Klein family. Lizzie reported Mrs. Klein "got burned up", Eddie Klein survived but had both his kneecaps were broken, his two brothers died and Agnes Hauff, age 9, also with the party drowned. Agnes had made it as far as one of the tug boats but fell overboard and disappeared. Note: Agnes Hauff was not listed among the dead; she was listed among the uninjured, age 11 41 Ave A.

1904: Klein, Dina, age 73 born Germany, 97 Ave A DEAD, Harry. J. INJURED Lincoln Hospital.

1904: Klein, Nancy, 13 399 Miller, ave, Brooklyn, DEAD

1904: New York Death Index:

Klein, June 15, 1904, Dina age 40, Julius age 6, Tinna 73, Tillio 10

Brooklyn Deaily Eagle, June 23, 1904:

"Two members of the family of Edward KLEIN, a wine merchant and president of the "White Mice," will be buried from 31 Avenue A. Two other members of the family are still missing."
1904: June 16, 1904 Newark Avocate. "In front of the house of Edward Klein, at No. 31 Avenue A, a sympathetic crowd was ------ this morning. He had lost his whole family."

1904: The Washington Times reported there was a rumor that Edward Klein of 31 Ave A who had lost his mother, wife and two children had attempted suicide. It appeared to be just a rumor. He had spent the day preparing for his wife's funeral and "vainly " searching the morgue for the bodies of his children and mother.

1904: Jun 20, The Scranton Republican reported that Edward Klein lost his wife, mother and two children but his wife was the only body recovered. The wake was held in a room behind the bar. The tables were all taken out and all the walls, ceilings and bar were hung with black cloth. The coffin was situated in a alcove and the wall behind it was cover from floor to ceiling with flower arrangements. Hundreds of people attended with many others standing in the street in front of the store.

1905: List of Dead and Missing - Klein, 31 Ave A., "Dina" age 40, DEAD, (died in Lincoln Hospital) Julius, age 6, DEAD, Matilda age 10, DEAD, Elsie age 16, Edward, age 14 and Lucy age 4 "taken home".

According to the NY Times, Dina Klein* had a personal estate worth $15,000 which she bequeathed to her son, Edward of 31 Ave A. and a grandson, Harry Klein and a granddaughter, Nancy Klein. "The husband Carl, was "cut off because he 'showed no love or affection' for her". He was one of the Slocum victims." *This would have been Edward Klein's mother. (A Nancy Klein age 13 died in the disaster. Harry J age 17 survived. See above.)

1905: 31 Ave A., Edward Klin 42, liquors, Edna Klin 21, daughter, Carle Klin 20, son Gussie Klin 18, daughter, Elsie Klin 17, daughter, Edward Jr. Klin 15, son, Lucie Klin 5, daughter, Lizzie Anf 22, boarder, Marie Hynan 32, servant, Gertrude Sewald 18, servant

1907: April 27, 1907 New York Times - THOUSANDS WAKE THE "WEISER MIT" - Passing of Klein's Famous Saloon Brings Sorrow to Second Avenue

"The old-fashioned German of New York pulled his hat over his eyes and declared last night that Avenue A had passed away. The reason for this declaration was that Edward Klein, who has had a wine stube in Avenue A since he was a boy, had pulled his shutters down and notified his customers that he had done with business at his place, 31 Avenue A." The saloon, which has been the resort of politicians for almost half a century, will pass away on May 1. Last night everybody of prominence on the east side went there to have a last drink with the proprietor. Klein had notified them that he had sold the property and intended to live in Easy Street for the rest of his life.

Edward Klein's father, Karl, had opened the place in 1863. The establishment was know as the "Weiser Mit" because they sold white wine and seltzer (white with).
The place became famous after the younger Klein, Edward, took charge of it twenty years ago, and when the Jewish element began to crowd out the Germans form the east side everybody siad the Weiser Mit would soon go out of business."
There was music, fireworks and balloons with gift certificates inside. The ballons were set aloft with cards inside entitling the finder to a prize like a business suit, a case of cheese, a basket of wine, an umbrella. The prizes were sponsored by the different business men who were friends and associates of Ed Klein.

Onlookers reminisced about the Klein family and the fact that his mother, wife some of their children had been lost in the General Slocum disaster. The surviving Klein children were on hand to be part of the celebration. One of the surviving sons told how his 21 year old brother had drowned shortly after the Slocum disaster. He said he was happy to be leaving the area.

Edward Klein had created history in the neighborhood with his wine saloon, which did not serve beer. It was the home of pinocle clubs, pigeon shooting societies, and the meeting place for many German organizations. Edward Klein reportedly kept two pigeon coops on the roof of two of his properties on Avenue A containing over $6,000 worth of pigeons.

1910: 1475 3rd ave, Edward "Klien" 47, proprietor saloon emp, marriage 2, 2 years, no wife, listed, Timmie Klien 27, daughter, August E Klien 23, son, bartender saloon, Elsie Kline 21, daughter, haridresser, private, Edward Klien 20, son, Lucy Klien 10, daughter, Mary Tischler 43, servant cook resaturant

1915: Brooklyn, Madison st, Elsie Klein 27, head, no occupation, Tinnie Klein 31, sister, hair dresser, Lucy H Klein 15, sister

1915: E. 11 st NY, Klein, August, age 30, bartender, Annie wife, born Austria, age 26, and a lodger

The William Klein Family

1904: June 16, NY Times - Mrs. William Klein a mother and grandmother lost nine members of her family and "a score" of friends. The Klein party included her daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Meininger of 631 Bergen "st Brooklyn" and her baby 19 months old, her son John Klein, 17, her sister-in-law, Mrs Tillie Weiss of "530" 5th st, and her five children Sadie, Sallie, Jakie, Nellie and Louis, a nephew, Louis Weiss, a age 17, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Annie Klein. Mrs. Klein's youngest daughter, Sallie, had come home "having been rescued by a little boy." Louis Weis, the three year old son of Tillie Weiss, had also been rescued by a tug boat. He was in a hospital "uptown".

1904: Sallie Klein a "very diminutive child, even for a twelve-year-old, returned safely to her home at "391" 3rd street to discover that nine of her relatives were missing. She had been saved by a boy about her own age, but she did not know his name. She had jumped just because everyone else was jumping. She thought she may have been holding the hand of a "little boy" when she jumped. Anyway, when she reached the water he had hold of her and put his arm around her waist and swam around with her. After a while they were pulled into a boat. She was taken to the hospital but it was determined she was not hurt, so she was went home. Sallie said her friend Lillie Beist of 23 ave. B had been with her but the became separated when the fire started and she had not seen her since. Lillie Baist 23 Ave. B age 13 died in the Slocum Disaster according to the Department of Public Welfare report of 1905. She was the only member of her family listed. She was originally listed as missing.

1905 Dept of Public Welfate - Klein 191 3rd st DEAD John 17 - Meininger 631 "Bergen ave Bronx", DEAD Eliza 29, Henry 19 - Weis 532 5th street DEAD, Amelia 9, Fredrick 18, Jacob 10, Louis 21, Mathilda 44 and Salome 13 INJURED, Louis 4 at Flower Hosp, and UNINJURED Harry age 12

1900: 191 3rd street, William Klein 52, immigrated 1865, born Germany, builder, Lena Klein 45, born New York, (no listing of number of children or number of years married) Henry Klein 21, architect, Frederick Klein 16, carpenter, John Klein 13, st school, Sallie Klein 7, at school,

Same address: Meininger, Henry, head age 26, shipping clerk, Elizabeth wife, just married, 0 children

1905: 191 E 3rd street, William Klein 59 Lena Klein 49 Solomona Klein 13

1910: 528 5th st, William H Klein 62, builder, house, Lena Klein 54, married 36 years, 7 children 3 living, Salome Klein 17, daughter

Marriage: Salome Klein, 11 Jan 1912, MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA, SPOUSE: John G Odendall, CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 1770

1915: Wm Klein 67, Lena Klein 29, Salome Klein 22, Wm Odendahl 1

1920: 528 5th street, William Klein 72, imm 1868, na 1880 carpenter, shop, Lena Klein 64, William Oddenthal 6, grandson

1925: Lena Klein 69 William Odendahl 11


Listed as dead: Kleinhenz, Barbara 44, and Lena 11, 196 Ave. A.

A story was circulated that Philip Kleinhenz of 196 Ave A had been serving time on Blackwell's Island for non support of his wife and daughter. Mr. Kleinhenz was released to addend his daughter's funeral. Her body had been identified by a man who was a boarder in the Klienhenz household. Mrs. Kleinhenz had a balance of $900 in the German Savings Bank. The bank book was taken as security by the undertaker.

1900: 216th E 4th, Philip Kleinhenz 40, baker, Barbara Kleinhenz 40, John Kleinhenz 10, all born Germany all immigrted 1891, Lena Kleinhenz 7, born NY

In 1915 Philip Kelinhenz, baker, was a lodger living in the Bronx.

Philip Kleinhenz died in 1927.

The Kohler Family

The 1905 Annual City Report listed Kohler, 315 13th street: Dead, Henry A. age 40, Henry A. Jr. age 12, Mary 38. there were no other family members listed. Birth: Circa 1864

1870: Henry Kohler M 36 Bavaria Caroline Kohler F 32 Bavaria, Germany Henry Kohler M 6 New York George Kohler M 4 New York

Marriage: Henry A Kohler and Mary Ganzenmuller, 1889 Manhattan $5717


Henry August Kohler Birth Date: 25 Nov 1892 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Henry A. Kohler Mother's Name: Mary Ganzenmuller Kohler

1900: 315 E 13th street, Henry A Kohler 36, real estate, born New York, Mary Kohler 32, born New York, 1 child 1 living, Henry A Kohler 7, Joseph Blumenthal 70, lodger

On June 19, 1904 the New York times reported that 29 members of the extended Kohler family were lost. Henry A. Kohler of 315 E 13th street was in the insurance business with his brother, George S. Kohler. at 143 4th ave. Henry Kohler went on the excursion with his wife and son Henry age 10. Also "in the party were cousins, sister-in-laws, and connections of every sort by blood and law." Henry Kohler's body was found in the water. His son was also found and identified but his wife's body was still missing. The bodies of some of his kin were still missing but other lay in the undertaker's shop of Philip Wagner, at 138 Second ave.

Henry A. Kohler was a trustee of St. Mark's Benefit Fund.

No Ganzenmullers were listed. DEATH INDEX:

Henry A Kohler 40 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2924

Mary Kohler 38 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 3553

Henry Kohler 12 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 2925

They were all listed on the 1905 Department of Welfare list. No other Kohlers were listed. No Ganzenmullers were listed.

The Kreuder Families

1904: N Y Times - June 16 - Miss Marie "Kreuger" of "451" West End Ave. suffered burns and was taken to Harlem Hospital. She stated that she was on the upper deck when the alarm went up. Some men "came along" and told the women to be quite. The "advice fell on deaf ears" as every one was panic stricken the minute the cry of FIRE was heard. Marie slid down a pole to the water and managed to get hold of a rope that was hanging alongside the boat. She had to abandon the rope quickly as the flames shot out of the port holes right above her. Near her was a small boy who was holding on to a life preserver. They were both pulled aboard a barge. She had a sister and cousin on the Slocum and did not know their fate.

1904: "Krauder", Marie, 23 years old, 452 West End Ave, shock, went home after being treated at Harlem Hosp. (Globe and Commercial Advertiser June 16, 1904)

Dept of Public Welfare: "Kreuder" "452" West End Ave, Marie age 29 sent to Harlem Hospital.

Dept of Public Welfare: Kreuder 62 W. 97th Lena P. 28, to Harlem Hosp and Anne E age 18 UNINJURED

1904: Krauder, Lena age 35, 62 West 97th street, submersion, right solder dislocated, in Harlem Hosp. (Globe and Commercial Advertiser June 16, 1904)

1905: 62 West 97th Henry Kreuder 32, physician, Lena Kreuder 29, sister, Hira R Kreuder 22, brother, Anna E Kreuder 19, sister, Johanna Schellingman 19, servant Elizebeth Schillingman 22

The Kriegler/Krekler/ Family

Listed as dead: Kriegler, Margaret 24, Fred 10, Annie 7 all of 257 Ave. B.

Listed as uninjured: Krekler, Dora, age 11, 257 Ave. B. Krekler, Lizzie, age 2 same address.

Lizzie Kriegle, age "4" was discovered lying among the dead in the interior of the paddle box. She had gone on the excursion with her mother and brother. Her other was burned.

NY Death Indexes: Fred Kregler, age 10, June 15, 1094 Bronx - father Charles per find a grave , buried Holy Trinity Brooklyn.

July 1904 Charles Kregler of 257 Avenue B made a request for aid on June 20. Some money was given to him on June 21. After that time repeated efforts to contact him failed. Another article stated that he submitted bills for $208 for funeral expenses "without any reason" He was denied.

1910: ??? Fred A Beamer Head M 49 Germany, Dora Beamer Wife F 43 Germany, Charles Beamer Son M 15 New York, Fred A Beamer Jr. Son M 12 New York, Wallace Beamer Son M 6 New York, Dora "Kergler", Niece F 17 New York, Lizzie "Kergler", Niece F 9 New York, Patrick J Dunn Boarder M 62 Ireland

1917/1920:Charles Kregler 257 Ave B, clerk

1930: 257 Ave. B, Kregler, Charles age 65 widower, born Germany metal worker car factory.

The Lambeck Family

A news article stated Mrs. Albertina "Lembesk" of 427 East 9th street ran hysterically through the corridors of Lincoln Hospital her head and neck "swathed in bandages" bemoaning the fate of her five children, Herman 14, Dora 11, Ernestine 9, Henry, 7 and Albert 4. She had thrown Ernestine and Albert overboard in an attempt to save them from the fire. Her other children became separated from her in the general panic.

1900: St Marks's Place, Henry W Lambeck 36, painter, born Germany, immigrated 1891, Albatine Lambeck 29, 45 children 4 living, immigrated 1872, Herman Lambeck 9, Dora Lambeck 6, Ernestine Lambeck 4, Henry Jr., Lambeck 2

1910: Henry W Lambeck 46, painter, own shop, Albertina Lambeck 39, Herman A Lambeck 19, book keeper life insurance, Dorothy Lambeck 16

1920: Henry W Lambeck 56 Albertine Lambeck 49 Dorothy Lambeck 26

1930: Queens, Henry W Lambeck 66, painter, house, Albertina Lambeck 59 Dorothy Lambeck 36, stenographer

NYC Death Index June 15, 1904, Bronx, Lambeck: Albert age 4, Ernestina age 9 (Listed as Ernest in the death list of Slocum victims), Henry age 6.

Albertina Lambeck died age 60 August 31, 1930. Queens #5327

Henry W. Lambeck age 3, May 1937, Queens, #4121

Herman Lambeck born April 25, 1891 married, Wilhelmina, and had several children, Harold, Albert, and Dorothy. He worked as a life insurance clerc for Germania Life ins. Co in 1917.

Mrs. Lambeck was on the upper deck of the Slocum with her five children ranging in age from 14 to 4. They stayed on the deck until it collapsed. Three of her children were thrown into the water and she jumped in with the other two. When she hit he water she was knocked out and sank. When she finally recovered her senses and was rescued all of her children were missing. She was taken to Lincoln Hospital in shock. (The Evening Telegram, June 15, 1904)

Herman age 14, Dora age 11, Minnie age 9 and Albert age 4 were originally listed among the missing on June 17, 1904 (New York Times). Minnie and Albert were still listed among the missing on June 19 (New York Times). Henry Lambeck of 427 East 9th street was listed among the dead on June 17, 1904 (New York Times). Lambeck, Albert 3 and a half and "Albertina" age 9 both of 427 E. 9th were still listed among the missing on June 23, 1904 (New York Times).

Listed among the victims: Lambeck, Ernest age 9, Henry age 6 and Albert age 3 all of 427 E. 9th.

Listed among the injured: "Laubeck", Albertina 33, Herman age 14, and Dora age 11, 427 E 9th.

Albertina born circa 1871 was 33 years old at the time of the Slocum disaster, young enough to have had more children, yet she did not.

Lamm/Lemm Family

June 17, 1904 - Mrs. Muller of 645 E 17th was searching for her sister, Mrs. "Lamm" and her two children Frank "age 8" and Lillian age 7. Mrs. Lamm was a widow who lived with her sister. Mrs Lamm and Frank were found by July 17 but the little girl was still missing.

The 1905 Dept of Welfare list includes "Lemm" 645 E 17 street, Amelia age 40, Frank age 13, and Lillian age 7,

1900: E 17th street, Amelia Lamm 36, widow, 9 children 6 living, born New York parents born Germany, David Lamm 15, clerk, William Lamm 13, wagon boy, Charles Lamm 12, Frank Lamm 10, George Lamm 7, Lillian Lamm 3

In the same building Charles Muller, head age 43, machinist, Margareth wife, age 30 6 children 6 living, Albert, 20, machinist, Charles 9, Lillie [or Tillie] 8, annie 6, George 3, Tony 2 (must be a 2nd marriage for Charles sr.)

The Liebenow/Liebnow Family

Paul Liebenow was badly burned about the head and hands as he tried to pull down useless life perservers. Among the victims were two of his children, a sister, a sister in law and a niece and nephew.

Listed in Lebanon hospital: Liebnow, Annie 32, Helen six months, and Paul age 32, all of of 133 E. 125th street

Paul and Annie were on the injured list. Anna "Libenow" age 3, 133 E. 125th street was listed as dead as was Martha Liebnow age 29 of 404 E. 5th street.

Paul, Annie and Adele survived the disaster. Annie, age 3, died. According to later reports the body of Helen was never found.

By 1904 Mr. Liebnow was part owner of a restaurant in Manhattan. Paul Liebenow testified at an inquest late in June. His head and one hand were "swathed in bandgages". He said he tried to pull down on of the life preservers but the wires would "not dislodge". He showed his badly cut hand as proof of how the wires had resisted his efforts. He survived with his wife and six monts old daughter. Others in the party did not survive.

In July 1904 it was reported by the Slocum Aid Committee that Paul "Liebenau" of 133 E 25th street had stated on June 19th that a nurse was needed. On July 6 Mr. Liebenau presented bills for $276.50 for funeral, physician, transportation from the hospital and drugs. Some deductions were made and Mr. Liebenau was paid by check.

1880: Forsyth street, Henry G. Liebnow 39, waiter in restaurant, Henrietta Liebnow 34, Henry G. Liebnow 12, Otto Liebnow 10, Paul Liebnow 9, Annie Liebnow 7, Martha Liebnow

Adele Liebenow was 6 months old and was the last surviver of the Slocum disaster. She married James Witherspoon and died in 2004. See Adella Wotherspoon, Last Survivor of General Slocum Disaster, Is Dead at 100

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The Manheimer/Mannheimer Family

It was reported that Lillie Manheimer lost her father, a brother and an aunt (for whom she was named). And in another Manheimer family, the mother and three older children were lost leaving one 8 year old son, named Otto.

The 1905 Public Welfare list does not confirm this. It lists 3 Manheimers dead (Maimie 36, Walter 11 and Lillie age 18) and one uninjured (Lillian age 9). Lilli lost her mother, brother and aunt.

Jun 17, 1904: NY Times - "Mammy Mannheimer, "a bookmaker", whirled down t the morgue in an automobile with his friend, Dr. Fleming, of the Grand Hotel." He was searching for his sister, a nephew and a niece. He was more anxious than "after the heaviest races."

1904 June 16 Miss Clara Stuer was sitting with the Misses Millie Mannheimer (age 40) and Lillie Mannheimer (the niece of Millie age 9) and Walter Mannheimer age 11 (Lillie's brother). As they passed the entrance to the Harlem river. Lillie said she thought the boat was on fire. Her aunt hushed her saying she would cause a panic. Within a few minutes it was apparent that lillie was correct. The entire front of the boat appeared to be in flames. Everyone started rushing around. Clare lost sight of her friends as people pushed and shoved and jumped overboard. Clara slide down a pole to a lower deck and took off some of her clothing so she would have a better chance of staying afloat. As she was prepared to jump she heard someone tell her to "hold on a minute". A tug was approaching. Clare and a number of others were rescued. The tug put them at Randall's Island and returned to rescuing more victims. Clara searched for her friends and found Lillie. Lillie had suffered some burns but otherwise was alright. Lillie did not know how she had been saved. Lillie and Clara were taken by boat to Manhattan and went down to Miss Mannheimer's house at 86 E 7th but Miss Mannheimer was not home. Clara was not listed on the 1905 Dept of Public Welfare list, presumably because she walked away uninjured.

1905 Dept of Public Welfare: Manheimer 867th street Mamie 36, Walter 11 - Manheimer 44 st Marks Lillie 28. 1900: Manhattan 86 7th street, Henry Manheimer 37, clerk city department, Mamie Manheimer 32, married 9 years 2 children 2 living.

Walter Manheimer 7, Lille Manheimer 5

1905: Henry Manheimer 45, bookkeeper, Manny Manheimer 34, brother, bookmaker


George Maurer was a bandmaster. His band was playing on the General Slocum that fateful day in June 1904.

1904: Tombstone, opfer des dampfrers gen. slocum Margaret 1856, George 1841, Clara 1892, Mathilda 1890 Find a Grave

1900: George Maurer 49, Maggie Maurer 44, Elisabeth Maurer 20, Julius Maurer 18, Tillie Maurer 10, Clara Maurer 9

1904: Tombstone, Middle Village, Queens, Lutherans Cemetery, 1905 City report: Identified Dead - Maurer, 421 E 9th street, Mauerer, George J. 53 born Germany, Margaret 48 born Germany, Clara age 12, and Matilda age 14 born born US.

When the fire broke out George Maurer and the band were playing. His wife and children were sitting nearby. Mr. Maurer and his family ran to a rack of life vests only to find that most were rotten. Some that looked to be in good condition were wired down and impossible to free up. Mr. Maurer directed his wife to slide down a rope and hold on to it. Then he took his daughters by the hand and jumped. Mrs. Maurer saw them hit the water. Unfortunately, someone jumped on top of them and forced them under. When George Maurer's body was recovered there was reportedly a heel make on his forehead.

Margaret Maurer died June 25, of pneumonia following burns. A news article says she died at her home, 421 E. 9th street of pneumonia and shock.

A daughter, Mrs. Charles Geminn, and a son, Julius, were not on the trip.

1909: Julius Maurer, the musical Director of "New Century Girls" playing in April 1909 at the Empire Theater, lost all his family, except a sister, in the Slocum fire. He and his sister were both living in Brooklyn in 1909.

1919: Lizzie Geminn, wife of Charles Gemmin, 308 Grove Street, died 13th February 1917, probate May 15, 1919 - they had one daughter Mathilda Margaret Geminn - personal property $2,000. Lizzia Maurer Geminn was 36.

1920: Julius Maurer leader of the Empire Theater Orchestra shot himself in the presence of his brother in law, Charles "Gemin". they were in a cafe across the street from the Empire Theater when he pulled out a .38 caliber pistol and shot himself twice in the left breast. He then fell to the floor and shot himself once in the head. He was 35 and recently engaged. He was rushed to St. John's Hospital where he died.

1910: Grove street Brooklyn, Chas Giminn 35, marriage 2, carpenter, Elisa Geminn 29, marriage 1, 1 child 1 living, Matilda M Geminn 5

1920: Brooklyn,Charles Geminn 45, carpenter, born Germany, Emma Geminn 36, wife, Matilda Geminn 15, daughter

1925: Queens, Char Geminn 50, carpenter, Emma Geminn 40, wife, Mathilda Geminn 20, daughter

Charles Geminn died in 1962. He was buried with his wives, Eliza and Emma.

Eliza Geminn geb. Maurer 29 Oct 1881 to 13 Feb 1917, Emma Geminn 1884 - 1958 Charles Geminn 1874-1962.

Emma Maurer, age 55, of 1551 Ave A was listed in the 1905 Annual City Report as "missing". She was the sister of George Maurer.


The 1905 City Report listed Meinhardt 146 E. 4th street: Rudolph H age 13, Walburga, age 38 and Walter G 15 dead and Otto age 8 at Lincoln Hosp.

Rudolph Meinhart age 13 was initially listed in the paper as missing. His father, Jacob, had found the body of one of his son, Walter at the Morgue. he had aslo found his wife "Barbalka". Otto, age 9, said he had been "pitched" overboard by a man "who did not give him time to ask questions". Otto did not remember how he got home but he walked in the house 2 hours after the disaster.

The 1904 Slocum Horro book listed, Meinhardt, Walde, 4 of 146 E 4th dead, Walberge age 37, Rudolph age 14 same address, dead. and Otto age 8 as uninjured.

1889: Marriage Philip J Meinhardt and Walburga Kam Aug 18, 1889, Manhattan


Walter George Meinhardt 08 Aug 1889 Manhattan Father Philip Jacob Meinhardt Mother Warshurga Kam Meinhardt

1896: Otto Meinhardt 21 Feb 1896 Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Father's Name: Jakob Meinhardt Mother's Name: Waly Kam (LDS)

1900: 146 4th street, Philip J Meinhadt Head M 42 Germany, wine cooper, Wally Meinhadt Wife F 34 Germany, 3 children 3 living, Walter G Meinhadt Son M 12 New York, Rudolf H Meinhadt Son M 9 New York, Otto Meinhadt Son M 4 New York

1905: Bronx, Elizabeth Raeder 50, head, cider William G I Raeder 20, architect, George L Raeder 13, Philip J Meinhardt 45, brother-in-law, cooper [?] Otto Meinhardt 9, nephew, and three lodgers

1906: Meinhardt Ph Jacob married B. Elise Kling June 2, 1906 Kings

1915: 281 Nostrand ave., Brooklyn, Phillip Meinhardt 56, liquor wholesale, Eliza Meinhardt 52, wife, Otto Meinhardt 19, clerk bank

WWI DR: 1917, Otto Meinhardt, 281 Nostrand ave Brooklyn, dob Feb 21, 1896, salesman, Remington Typewriter, single. He was inducted into the service in Sept 1918 and honorably discharged in Feb 1919.

1920: 281 Nostrand ave. Phillip J Meinhardt 61, widow, bottle soda company, Otto Meinhardt 23, single, typewriter manager

1922: Death of Phillip Jacob Meinhardt - Philip Jacob Meinhardt Death 08 Feb 1922 Brooklyn 281 Northand Av. Age: 63 Widowed Retired Birth Date: 11 Mar 1858 Birthplace: Germany Burial Date: 11 Feb 1922 Burial Place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York Cemetery: Lutheran Cem. Father's Name: Philip Meinhardt Mother's Name: Unknown (LDS)

1926: In 1926 Otto when to Europe

1941: Otto Meinhardt died in Brooklyn

The Molitor and Hagenbucher (+ Dunn & Irving)

Adolph Molitor was born in Germany circa 1871.

Marriage: Adolph Liborius Molitor, Spouse's Name: Margaretha Hagenbucher, Event Date: 27 Aug 1892, Event Place: Manhattan, New York, New York, Father's Name: Georg Johann Molitor, Mother's Name: Eva Kessler, Spouse's Father's Name: "Christian" Hagenbucher Spouse's Mother's Name: Margaretha Roetzel


  1. Arthur c 1894

    Arthur married and had children

    Arthur Molitor, 27 Nov 1913, Westchester, New York, United States, Age: 20, Birth Year (Estimated): 1893, Father's Name: Adolf L Molitor, Mother's Name: Margaret Hagenbucher, Spouse's Name: Freda Reichert, Spouse's Age: 21, Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1892, Spouse's Father's Name: Joseph Reichert, Spouse's Mother's Name: Kennie Heidig

  2. Eva✟ circa 1896

  3. George c 1897

    George married and had children

    1930: South Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania George Molitor 33, desk clerk post office, own $9,000, born NY, Ethel Molitor 33, wife, born Pa., Frances Molitor 8, Georgianna Molitor 3, Allan Molitor 0 [10/12], Caroline Wallace 91, grand mother, widow born Pa.

  4. Karl✟ c 1900

  5. Joseph✟

1892: Naturalization, Molitor Adolf L., Oct 19, 1892, 584 3 ave NYC brewer dob 1870 arrival 1886 Superior Court, NYC.

1900: Crescent Place, Yonkers, Adolph Molitor 29, married 8 years, born Germany, imm 1886 naturalized, brewer, Margret Molitor 30, 4 children 4 living, born New York, Arthur F J Molitor 7, Eva M Molitor 4, George A Molitor 3, Karl Molitor 10/12

1904: New York Times, June 18, 1904 BEREAVED FATHER'S SEARCH - Mount Vernon, New York, Adolph Molitor foreman of the Bronx Brewery in Mount Vernon, lost eight family members. By the 18th he had succeeded in identifying five of the bodies and had arranged to have them buried on Sunday afternoon (the 19th). He had recovered the bodies of his wife, Margaret, age34, Miss Mary Hagenbucher, 32, clerk at Astor, Library and sister of Mrs. Molitor, Mrs. Julia Dunn, age 29 another sister of Mrs. Molitor and Arthur Dunn son of Julia Dunn and a friend "Miss Fanny Irving". The bodies of three children, Eva, Carl and Joseph, had not been found. Two sons George and Arthur were still alive but it was not mentioned if they had gone on the excursion.

1904: June 17, New York Times - "Several members of the Salvation Army Fourth Corps in Harlem" were at the pier searching for four "missing comrads". The identified the bodies of Mrs. July Dunn of 2112 3rd ave, Mrs. Dunns' five year old son, Arthur, Miss Mary "Hegenbushcher" 32 (same address), an Mrs. "Mollinor" of Mt Vernon, sister to miss Hangenbushcer. Other members of the party were Mrs. Hegenbushcer's three children and Miss Fannie Irving. The Salvation Army women were aided by Mrs. Hegenbushcer's brother, Jacob and two clerks of the Astor library where Miss Hegenbusher and Miss Irving worked.

Henry C. Alt:

"All of the members of this party had been induced to go on the excursion by Henry Alt, the fourteen-year-old son of the engineer of the library. The Alt boy was the only surviver of the entire party"

(Talk about guilt!)
Louis Alt, was the chief engineer of the old Astor Library for a number of years (Power, 1911). In 1904 he had been the chief engineer for 15 years. (Underhill Society of America)

Initially it was believed that Haney Alt's mother, father and brother had gone with him and all were missing. However, the only ones listed under Alt, Astor Library were Ella Hoffman age 14 DEAD, niece of Mr. Alt and "Harry" 13, UNINJURED.

1910: Manhattan, Louis H Alt 47, marriage 2, born Germany, stationary engineer, Clara Alt 39, marriage 1, 1 child 1 living, Henry C Alt 19, son, engineer US Navy, Louis H Alt Jr 5, son, Anna Baldasty 16, maid

1910: Henry Alt was listed twice - the second time on the USS Connecticut, US Navy, Military and Naval Forces -sailor

1905: Adolf Livorius Molitor, Spouse's Name: Emma Bohm, Event Date: 08 Apr 1905, Event Place: Manhattan, New York, New York, Father's Name: J. George Molitor, Mother's Name: Eva Nesslar, Spouse's Father's Name: Carl Boham, Spouse's Mother's Name: Anna Ares

1905 Department of Welfare: DEAD: Molito, Central Ave, Bronx River Rd, Yonkers, Carl age 4, Eva age 9 and Margaret age 34 - MISSING: Joseph age 6 months. No mention of Arthur and George.

"Irwin", Fanny, DEAD no age - note "see Dunn".

DEAD: Hagenbucher, 2212 3rd Ave., Mary are 32

DEAD: Dunn, 2112 rd Ave., Arthur, age 4, Julia age 27 and Fannie "Irvin" age 33 (lived with Mrs. Dunn)

1905: South West Street, Adolph Molitor 34, head, brewer, in US 18 years, Emma Molitor 29, "mother" born Austria, in US 2 years, Arthur Molitor 12, son George Molitor 7, son Ida Molitor 5, step daughter, Fred Hagenbucher 23, brother-in-law, born US.

Children of Second Marriage: Carl c 1907, Lewis c 1909 and Gretchen c 1913.

1917: Koch Brewing Co. Williamsport Pa, brewmaster, Adolph L. Molitor.

1920: South Williamsport Ward 1, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, Adolph L Molitor 49, brewer, born Germany, Emma Molitor 4, wife, born Austria, Carl Molitor 13, son, boen Pa. Lewis Molitor 11, son, born Pa, Gretchen Molitor 8, daughter, born Pa.

1936 Death: Adolph Molitor, AGE: 66, BIRTH DATE: 2 Jul 1870, BIRTH PLACE: Germany, DEATH DATE: 17 Aug 1936, DEATH PLACE: Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, USA, FATHER NAME: George Molitor, FATHER BIRTH PLACE: Germany, SPOUSE NAME: Emma Molitor, CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 78723

His obit in the Express Lock Haven, Pa, stated that he died in the Williamsport hospital after and illness of two months. He was a former Brewer at the Lockport Brewery. Buried Wyoming Cemetery. Survived by six sons and daughters: Carl Molitor, president of the Lockport Brewery, Arthur and Lewis of New York, George of Williamsport, Mrs. Lewis Wetzel of Williamsport and Mrs Ida Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla. (Note: Ida was a step daughter.)

The Hagenbucher Family

1880: Third ave Hagenbucher, "Charles", barber, born New York, Margaret, wife, 31, Margaret daughter, 10, Mary 9, Julia 4, Jacob 3, Bertha 3 months.


  1. Margaret✟ c 1870 married Adolph Molitor - Died General Slocum with three of her children

  2. Mary✟ circa 1871 - died General Slocum

  3. Julia✟ circa 1876 - married ____ Dunn - died General Slocum with her son Arthur

    1899: ????? Julia Hagenbucher MARRIAGE DATE: 26 Oct 1899 MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA SPOUSE: Harry Dunn CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 17479

  4. Jacob c 1877

    WWWI DR, 1917, New Rochelle, Westchester, New York born March 3 1887, Iron worker, nearest relative, Rose

  5. Bertha c 1880 - 1880 census

  6. Fred Nov 18, 1881 with his brother-in-law in 1905

    WWI DR 1917, Frederick William Hagenbucher teamster Ebbling's Brewery. Emelia Hagenbucher wife

1900: Bronx, 3rd Ave., Dunn, Julia head b 1877, age 24, married 1 year 1 child, born New York, Arthur F age 3 months, born 1900, Hagenbucher, Mary, sister age 28, cleaner, Irwin, Fannie boarder, age 39, house cleaner,


June 19, New York Times DIED Hagenbucher Family at New York suddenly on General Slocum, June 15, Mamie Hagenbucher, Margaret Molitor, (nee Hagenbucher) and three children Ev, Carl, and Joseph - still missing; Julia Dunn, (nee Hagenbucher) and child, Arthur, and their friend Fanny Irwin. REmains at George M. Fitzpatrick, undertaking parlors, 1,488 Lexington Ave corner 96. Service Sunday. Burial Monday. Funeral strictly private. Interment Greenwood Cemetery.

1904: Slocum Disaster Victim list:
Dunn, Julia age 29 and Arthur age 4, 2112 3rd ave. "Heggenbucher", Mary age 33, 2112 3rd Ave.


"A baffling tangle of claims arising from the General Slocum disaster has just been settled by the New Amsterdam Casualty Company. Mary Hagenbucher, of Yonkers, and Fanny Irwin and Julia Dunn, of New York city, each took out an accident policy for $1,000 in the New Amsterdam, naming one another as beneficiaries. All three sailed on the General Slocum on that fatal day, and none came back. The claims were legally impossible of settlement, as no one knows which of the girls died first. Mary Hagenbucher was the beneficiary of the policy of Julia Dunn, and in case the beneficiary died before the insured, the heirs of the beneficiary were to receive the insurance. The brother of Mary Hagenbucher made a claim, and was allowed by the surrogate to settle with the company for $1,000, the full amount which his sister would have received had she survived the death of Julia Dunn. The claims of the other heirs have been rejected by the company under the conditions of the policy, as no notice of death was given within six weeks of her death."

The Weekly Underwriter, Volume 71, 1904

HAGENBUCHER MARY 1904-06-20 20701 186
HAGENBUCHER EMILY 1934-01-19 20701 186
HAGENBUCHER FREDERICK 1950-01-04 20701 186
HAGENBUCHER JACOB F. 1932-11-23 20701 186
HAGENBUCHER MARGARET 1886-07-02 20701 186
HAGENBUCHER MARGARET 1939-09-14 20701 186

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The Mettler Family

Jun 16 1904: Mrs. Kate "Metteer" of 338 E. 5th street and her six children were on the Slocum - Elsie 15, Albert age 11, Robert 10, Fred 8, William 4 and "baby", George age 2 . She and George were saved when she jumped to a tug. Three of her children were originally listed as missing. Elsie, Albert, Robert and Fred died. Albert and Elsie are listed in the NYC Death Index. william age 4 also survived.

June 16, 1904 NY times Injured list: "Emma Mettler" age 8 of "41 1st ave" was listed in Lebanon Hosp. "Nettler", Geroge 2 and a half, 338 5th street, in Lebanon Hospital. "Nettler" Kate, 32, 338 5th st in Lebanon Hosp.

Albert Mettler was identified on June 18. Elsie Mettler was still "missing" on Jun 23, 1904.

1900: 339 5th street, Robert Mettler 39, embroiderer, born Switzerland, Kate Mettler 29, married 12 years 6 children 5 living, born New York, Elsie Mettler 11, Albert Mettler 9, Robert Mettler 6, Frederick Mettler 4, William Mettler 1

In 1915 Robert Mettler age 56 born Switzerland designer was a patient at Metropolitan Hospital

1920: 240 E 52nd Robert Mettler 51, designer, embroiderer, Kate Mettler 38, 8 children 3 living, William Mettler 11, George Mettler 8, Theodore Mettler 4

1930: Kate Mettler was widowed and living with her sons, George, 28, Theodore, 24, and Arthur, 18 all single. 1940: Chatrine Mettler 68 George Mettler 38 Theodore Mettler 34 Theodore Mettler died in 1984.

1905 Dept of Welfare List: Mettler 338 5th street, DEAD Albert, 11, Elsie, 15, Fred, 8 Robert 10, INJURED Katie age 32, Lebanon Hosp.

The Mueller/Miller Family

Bernhard Mueller lost his wife and youngest child, Edward [or Edgar] age 4. As a result of anxiety and exposure during the search for his family he fell victim to pneumonia. His sons, Grover, twelve, Walter, nine and Arthur six survived.

Listed among the dead: "Miller", Bernhardt, age 34, 95 2nd ave and Miller, Mary, 29, same address. among the uninjured, "Moller", Grover age 12 and Walter age 9, 95 2nd ave. Arthur, age 6, was listed among the injured.

Walter Mueller stated:

"After papa tied the life preserver around me, I jumped into the water. The life preserver was of no use, for it broke right off me, and I thought I was going to drown. I grabbed a man's neck and went under the water. When I came up again, I seized a woman by the hair and she scratched my face. I let go of her and was sinking again when a man in a boat picked me up."

(New York's Awful excursion boat horror)

Before his death Bernard Mueller said:
"Myself, my wife and four sons, were sitting on the first deck when I saw smoke coming up through the deck in great clouds. The people on the boat acted as though they had lost their minds. I grabbed life preservers, and, after putting them on my wife and children, assisted them over the side of the boat into the water. Then I put one on and went after them, telling them to make for shore. The youngest child was in my wife's arms. I started after them, but had not taken more than half a dozen strokes when I was surrounded by half a dozen women, who clung to me and dragged me under. I had all I could do to save myself from being drowned by their frantic efforts to hold on to me. A rowboat came up and took us all on board. When we got there I searched for my wife and family in vain. They were not to be found."

(New York's Awful excursion boat horror)

1904: Brooklyn Eagle
"Another funeral that attracted attention was that of the wife (32 years old) and son, Edward (eight years old) of Bernard MILLER, Tammany district leader, at his home, 95 Second avenue. Three of the Tammany leader's children who were on the General Slocum were rescued. A delegation of district Tammany men accompanied the bodies for a part of the distance toward the Lutheran Cemetery at Middle Village. Under the direction of Julius HARBURGER, the Tammany leader, representatives of the district Tammany organization attended many of the funerals and did what they could to help those who had lost relatives in the disaster."
1892: Brooklyn, Ward 13, Miller, Bernard, age 26 born "Ireland", clerk, Valeska Miller born age 16, US, Grover miller, age 1, Johannah Hager age 41 born Germany

1900: 2nd ave. Manhattan, Bernard Miller 34, clerk, born Germany, Valesca Miller 23, born Germany, 4 children 3 living, Grover Miller 8, Walter Miller 5, Arthur Miller 2, Johanna Hager 51, mother-in-law

1905 Dept of Public Welfare: Mueller - 95 and Ave. - DEAD Edward 4, Valesca 29, Bernard 38, (died June 23, 1904) INJURED Arthur 6 Lincoln Hosp., Grover 13 Lincoln, Walter 10 Lincoln Hosp.

Notes: The death record is for Edgar not Edward Mueller. Johanna Hager does not appear to have been on the boat.

1905: E 87the street, Johanna Hager 56, head, Grover M Mueller 13, grandson, Walter Mueller 10, grandson, Arthur Mueller 7, grandson Susanna Mosny 17, servant

1910: E 88th st., Johanna Hager 60, head, no occupation, Grover C Mueller 18, grandson, no occupation, Walter B Mueller 15, grandson, office boy, silk house, Arthur Mueller 12, grandson

1915: 222 E 87th Grover C C Miller 23, electrician, Arthur E Miller 18, brother, jeweler, Johanna Hager 66, grandmother, born Germany

1920: Johanna Hager at 222 87th street

1925 Johanna Hager was still living at 222 87th street.

Grover Mueller was in Colorado Springs in 1920 and in Los Angeles in 1940. He died in Los Angeles in 1968. Find a Grave with images

According to the information at Find a Grave - Walter "Miller" died in WWI

Find a Grave" Has images of Bernard Mueller and his wife.

1880: Ludlow street, New York, Johanna Hager 31, dress maker, born Prussia, Valeska Hager 4 Johanna Hager age 30, and Valecka age 3 both from Prussia immigrated on the Fresia from Hamburg and arrived in New York 10 June 1879

On August 12, 1914 Johanna Hager was in Berlin and applied for an Emergency US Passport. She stated that she was born in Schupin [?] Germany on or about May 18, 1849. She had immigrated on the Frisia from Hamburg arriving June 11 1879. Resided from 1879 to "1904" in New York City. Naturalized in Brooklyn 15, July 1883. Had been in Germany since 29 July 1914. Wanted to retune to US "at once". age 65, 5 ft 5 inches brown eyes, gray hair. There is a note in the margin that is hard to read because of the binding. It does say something about "August" Mueller.

Johanna Hage died in 1931 in Brooklyn.

Find a Grave: Glendale Cemetery Bloom Field New Jersey The Tombstone of Bernard, Valeska and Edgar "Miller" all died 1904 and Johanna Hager died 1931.

Why were they buried in New Jersey?

1930: own $8,000, Arthur A Miller 36, born NY, parents born Germany, salesman, stove co. Gertrude Miller 34, Arthur Miller 9, Grace Miller 11, Charles Forst 42, nephew

The Muth Family

John Muth age 36, of East 146th street and his three year son were the only members of their party of fifteen to survive. His wife, his children, Lizzie, Keenie, and Katie perished, as did his mother and mother in law, Wilhelmina Hessel, his sister (or his wife's sister), Keenie Schnitzel (Mrs. Edward Schnitzer) and her daughter, Kate, as well as four neighborhood children they had brought along. One of those nieghberhood children was Minnie Christ, age 14, buried in Lutheran Cemetery.

Minnie Christ age 14

1880: East 2nd street between A & B, John Christ 46, shoemaker, Susan Christ 40 Anna Christ 21, makes pocketbooks, Frederick Christ 19, ditto, Barbara Christ 17, ditto, Susan Christ 13, ditto, Katie Christ 12, John Christ 11, Herman Christ 10, Henry Christ 5

1900: 7th Street, Manhattan, Frederick Christ 39, pocketbook maker, Annie Christ 38, Frederick Christ 17, printer, Casper Christ 15, pocket book maker, Minnie Christ 7

1905: 7th street, Frederick Christ 44, Annie Christ 43, Frederick Christ 22, Casper Christ 21

John and his son John suffered burns on their bodies and were in the hospital.

The list of dead included: Eliza (or Annie) Muth, age 62 1264 Lexington Ave, Kate Muth, 36, Lizzie Muth, age 11, Tina (or Tennie) Muth age 8, Kate age 5 all of 1254 Lex ave. The missing list included: Mrs Kate Muth, Kate Muth 8, John 3, Mrs Ann 1254 Lexington ave and Conrad Muth age 12, 1254 Lexington ave.

The list of the uninjured included Muth, Conrad age 10 and John age 3 both of 1254 Lex. ave.

The list of the injured included John Muth age 37, 1254 Lex ave. Conrad was the son of Conrad Muth a brother of John Muth. He told the Times John and his son had become separated from the rest and were forced to jump overboard.

According the the NY Times John Muth's mother, mother-in-law and sister, Kennie Schnitzel, and her daughter, Katie, and four neighborhood children, who had joined the party, also perished.

Lizzie, Christina, Katie and John Muth from New York's awful excursion boat horror, 1904 (open,

John, age 31, clothing cutter, Katie, Lizzie, Christina and Katie were listed in the 1900 census on E 5th street.

Kate Muth and her children were buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Middle Village.

In October 2014 Karen Lamberton who is related to the Muth family wrote

John Muth age 36, of East 146th street, a clothing cutter, sewer, and designer, was married to Katherine (Katie) Hessel. By Katie, he had Christine (Keenie), Catherine (Katie), Jr., Anna Lizzie, and John, Jr. (Who was only slightly burned).

Only John and his son John, Jr. survived by jumping overboard. John was holding the baby at the rail when another jumper from the 3rd deck knocked the baby out of his arms as he prepared to jump. He lost his balance and broke his leg by hitting the main deck rail on the way down. John later remarried and had a second family.

John's mother, Anna Elizabeth (Koch) Muth and his mother in law, Wilhelmina (Roller) Hessel both died. John's brother Conrad Muth, could not go that day, but his son Conrad H. Muth was aboard and also survived with minor burns. Katherine Hessel had a sister Christine who was also in the party and died. She was the wife of Edward Schnitzler, one of the police officers who came to the rescue before the boat made it to NBI. Her daughter, Katie also died. Edward ID'd both of them the day after the disaster at the 138th St. police station, which was one of the temporary morgues.

Also in the group were Caroline and Edward Ochse, Minnie Christ, and two Smith children. Although I do not have the entire "trail" on these children, I do know that they were related to the Muths, Hessels, and Schnitzlers. In fact The Ochse's purchased one of the plots used by these families after the disaster.


The Oellrich family lived above the grocery store on Willoughby and March avenues.

The family went on the Slocum excursion at the invitation of Mrs. Oellrich's sister, Anna Sackmann. William Oellrich did not go at the last minute because he was called for jury duty. The Oellich family of 611 Marcy Ave., Brooklyn had three members listes as missing: Minnie age, 4, Lizzie age 3, and Fred age 6.

Helen age 9 months, Anna age 35, were listed as dead. The father, William did not go on the trip. A son, Henry age 11, was listed as injured. His father found him in a hospital suffering from minor burns. Henry had been playing with some boys his won age on the upper deck and had left his mother and the other in the cabin downstairs. When the fire started he tried to get back to them but could not manage it due to the crowds. A man was yelling that everyone who could swim should jump overboard. So he did. He was picked up by a row boat.

Others who went on the excursion with them were Anna's sister Mrs. Sackmann and her children. Anna Sackmann 14 of 341 Rivington steet was listed as uninjured.

Margaret Sackmann age 40 of 341 Rivington street died as did her son Herman age 7. Margaret Sackman age 9 of 341 Rivington street was missing.

1900: William Oelluch 39, grocer, Annie Oelluch 27, 4 children 4 living, Henry Oelluch 7, George Oelluch 3, Fredrick Oelluch 1, Fredricka Oelluch 8/12, Adolph Schalck 23, servant


William H Oellrich 44, grocer, Maria Oellrich 30, wife, Henry D Oellrich 12, son, Adolph Mehren 16, boarder

The Peining/Piening Family

Jun 17, 1904 NY Times: Oscar Piening of 45 7th street was searching for his mother, sister and sister's three children. He found the body of his mother Dora Piening, age 59. His sister, Mrs. Helen Gruening, 29 and her three children - Henry 5, Carl 3 and a nine month old baby were missing. Oscar Pineing's father, Henry, died on June 24, 1894 while on a chartered fishing trip on the tug James D Nicoll. The boat was caught in a squall off Sandy Hook and capsized. Twenty four people died, including Henry Peining. Oscar Peining was on board the tug but was saved.

1900: 7th street, Dora Piening 43, widow, 3 children 2 living, born Germany imm 1881 Oscar Piening 27, conductor RR, Helena Gurning 25, daughter, married, Henry Gurning 1, Henry Bartholdus 55, lodger, Rudolph Baetcke 48, lodger, Henry Guerniry 31, son-in-law

June 25, 1894: "Oscar" Peining was a member of the Herring Club. As a fund raiser they planned a fishing excursion on the tug James D Nicols. There were 105 ticket fo sale but it is not known exactly how many were sold. It was estimated that there were about 65 people on board - plus the crew of 12. The fishing was poor. The sea was very rough and many got seasick. Some though the tug was running too fast. The waves were washing over the boat. One large wave hit the boat and she started to sink. The whistle was blown in a call for help. There do not appear to have been any life jackets. Many just held on to the tug as long as possible - other found life boats, but the going was tough as the water was so rough. According to some accounts the boat not only held too many passengers but it also held too much beer. Oscar Peining, who was rescued, said he was on the trip with his father Henry. As the seas got rougher Oscar went to the upper deck with his father. He though the boat was top heavy and that was one reason it could not stay upright. The tug lurched to its side and Henry Peining was up to his waist in water. Oscar tied to help his father, instead he sank and when he came to the surface his father was gone. It was hard swimming with his clothes and shoes on. He was taken on the tug Richard H Sayre of the Lehigh Valley RR company which brought in 34 survivors. The boat sank about 3 miles off the Jersey Highlands. 54 people were accounted for, three of them dead. Another 24 were believed drowned. Several boats had come to the rescue having head the alarm whistle.

The James D Nichol - Mystic Seaport

1905 Dept. of Public Welfare list: Gruning 45 7th street, Cearles, 5, Helena 8 months, Henry C 6, and Helena age 29. The bodies of Charles and Helena (8 months) were "disinterred." Apparently bodies were which were unidentified were buried. Even after the burial of these unidentified bodies every attempt was made to identify them. Meticulous records were kept by the city and some bodies were later identified based on clothing, jewelry, etc. When identified the bodies were disinterred.

Piening/Peining is an unusual name. There is an Oscar Peining of the right age who shows up in latter records in Nassau county (1910, 1917 WWI DR, 1930) He married but did not have any children.

The Pullman Family

William H. Pullmann was on the board of Elders of St. Marks as well as its Treasurer of the church.

The 1905 City Report listed dead, William H Pullman age 49, 337 E 18th street - Injured Lizzie 46 Lincoln hospital.

"Funeral services were held over the body of William H. PULLMAN last night at his late residence, 337 East Eighteenth street. Mr. PULLMAN was one of the victims of the Slocum horror. He and his wife went on the excursion, leaving their two children, a boy of 18 and a girl of 16, at home. Mrs. PULLMAN was saved, but her husband lost his life trying to save lives of children in the wreck. The services were conducted by the Rev. Otto HOFFMAN, the pastor of the Lutheran Church of St. Paul, of South Fifth and Rodney streets, Brooklyn, a lifelong friend of the deceased."
1880: Peter Pullman 53, cabinet maker, Kate Pullman 50 William Pullman 25, works in Jewelry store, Frederick Pullman 19, cabinet maker

1900: 337 18th street, William H Pullmann 54, salesman jewelry, Lizzie Pullmann 41, married 16 years, 2 children 2 living, Anna Moritz 23, servant, Henry Bindewald 69, f in law, Carrie Bindewald 66, m in law, 3 children 3 living,

1905: 337 E 18th street, Henry Bindewald 74, retired, Caroline Bindewald 71, Elise Pullman 45, daughter, Elsie C Pullman 19, granddaughter, William H Pullman 17, grandson

1920: 337 E 18th street, Elise Pullman 60, widowed, L Spencer Dawes 52, boarder, John Sternhagen 30, boarder, Madeline Fackner 50, boarder

The Reinfrank (Rheinfrank) Family

1904: June 16, New York Times, J Reinfrank, a coal dealer of Goerck and Third Streets, who lived at W. 71st street was reported missing. His clerk reported that Mr. and Mrs. Reinfrank had gone on the excursion. Mrs. Reinfrank was said to be in a hospital, but she was later reported dead. None of their children were with them but articles do mention that they were part of a party of 12 friends and family members who were on the "ill-fated" trip. John and Catherine were the only Rheinfrank (Rienfrank) listed. Others mentioned with them were the family of Henry Gansenmuller, whose wife also died in the disaster. (There is no listing for Gansenmuller - or anything close to it)

John Reinfrank and his wife of 342 W. 71st street, victims of the Slocum disaster.

1904 June 24, The Misses E. R. and E. A. Reinfrank returned from Europe on June 24, 1904 on the steamship Lucania of the Cunard Line out of Liverpool. They had received the news of the Slocum disaster while still in Europe but did not know that their parents had been on board the vessel when it caught fire. They received the news of their parents death while vessel was docking in New York. John Reinfranks body had been recovered but that of Mrs. Reinfrank was still missing. John Reinfrank had been buried on Sunday the 19th. The Misses Reinfrank had gone abroad about two moths before with a party of friends. Their brother, John, met the ship to tell them the sad news.

The Slocum Horror list: Rheinfrank, John 75, 343 W 71 st street, Catherine age 64, same address

"John Rheinfrank, a well-known dealer of this city, lost his life in the great Slocum disaster on the 15th. Mr. Reinfrank was a man advanced in years and one of the most highly esteemed members of the trade. He had been a subscriber to this paper for over 30 years and was considered one of the wealthiest retail dealers. His business of late had been largely in the hands of his son and other associates and no change therein is anticipated. The funeral services were held at his late residence in West 73rd street on Sunday evening and were largely attended by members of the trade and other friends Much sympathy is extended to the family as of the party of twelve friends and relatives which went on the ill-fated trip all lost their lives."

(Coal and Coal Trade Journal, Volume 43, 1904)

1860: NYC, John Rheinfrank 31, clerk, bron Bavaria, Katharina Rheinfrank 20

1870: 4th street bet Ave C and D John Rheinfrank 41, coal dealer, Kate Rheinfrank 30, Fred Rheinfrank 9, Henry Rheinfrank 7, Kate Rheinfrank 5, John Rheinfrank 3, Emma Rheinfrank 1, Sophia Embern 18

1880: E. 4th street, John Rheinfrank 50, born Bavaria, coal dealer, Katherine Rheinfrank 39, wife, Frederick Rheinfrank 18, clerk in coal yard, Henry Rheinfrank 16, Kate Rheinfrank 15, John Rheinfrank 12, Emma Rheinfrank 10, Mathilda Rheinfrank 8, George Rheinfrank 5, Elizabeth Rheinfrank 3, Mary L. Rheinfrank 2m, granddaughter, and one servant.

1900: W. 71st street, John Rheinfrank 71, retired, Kathrin Rheinfrank 60, wife, Emma Rheinfrank 30, daughter, George Rheinfrank 21, son, bank teller, Elizebeth Rheinfrank 23, Martha Rheinfrank 17, Hanah Nelson 28, servant, Amelia Nelson 21, servant

1907: The J. Rheinfrank Co. was one of the oldest retail coal businesses in New York. Frederick Rheinfrank, a son of John Rheinfrank, the founder of the firm, is president of the corporation formed a few years ago to carry on the business. (Coal and Coal Trade Journal, Volume 38)


"John Rheinfrank and wife were among the victims of the fire that destroyed the picnic excursion steamboat General Slocum in New York last week. Mr. Rheinfrank, who at one time was among the prominent coal dealers in New York, having two yards on the East side, had retired from business a number of years ago, leaving it to his sons, who are operating now under the name of J. Rheinfrank & Co. He was well known to the older members of the trade and his loss through this disaster is much regretted. The wife of Henry Gansenmuller, who was formerly identified with the trade and a partner of J. Rheinfrank, was also among those lost in the fire. Several other members of these families, who were on the excursion, are still missing and are thought to be dead." (The Black Diamond, Volume 32, 1904)
John and Catherine Rheinfrank were buried in Middle Village Queens Lutheran All Faith Cemetery.

Their tombstone as posted on Find a Grave is hard to read but it is inscribed with a version of Isaiah 43:

"I will be with you when you pass thought the waters, and when you pass thorough the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You shall not be scorched when you walk through the fire and the flame will not burn you."
Quite appropriate for the circumstances!

Jun 17, 1904 Fredrick and Gustave Rheinfrank searched for their family members. They said that in the two families fourteen people were missing. They were searching for their aged father and mother. Frederick obtained permission to go to North Brother's island while Gustave waited on the dock searching among the bodies that were brought in.

The June 17 New York Tribune article described the Rheinfrank brothers as "two big Germans". Frederick and Gustave "wandered disconsolately from the morgue to the scenen of the accident, to Police Headquarters and back to the Morgue seeking for a trace of their families, fourteen persons in all, who have vanished."

The Richter Family

Mrs. Emilia Richter, age 47, of 404 E 6th street was the widow of Franz Wilhelm Richter. she and six of her seven where on the Slocum on that fateful day. Oldest son, William age 15, had to work. Emilia, 20, Lizzie 19, August 14, Ernest 12 and Anne 8 all perished along with Mrs. Richer. Daughter, Frances age 10 survived.

Frances Richter said:

""The first thing I knew was a lot of people yelling 'fire!' and in almost a minute the whole middle of the boat seemed burning. The wind blew the flames towards us, and I saw the dresses of several children catch fire all at once. The screaming was awful. My mother called out to me 'Don't be afraid! Hang over the side!' then she pushed me over the rail and I fell down to the lower deck, outside, and I hung to the railing with my feet and legs in the water.""
Slocum Horror Book:
"Frances, the ten year old girl who was saved, walked hand-in-hand with her brother, who had not gone. The boy is only fifteen, but he acts like a grown man. The day after the funeral he went back to his work in a commission house downtown, but his employer said to him in kindly fashion: 'Take the week off; come back next Monday.

'I was glad,' said the boy simply as he came home and took off his coat, 'for now I can get the moving done.' With a little help, he moved over what furniture would be needed from their own tenement to that of his grandmother. The children will live with her for the present.

'She oughtn't be left alone,' explained the boy. 'I will have to take care of her and my little sister. Well, I don't know just how I'm going to do it, but I'll manage it somehow. There isn't anyone else to do it.'

1904: June 21 New York Times, There were 82 interments in the Lutheran Cemetery on June 20. Mrs. Amelia Richter of 406 6th ave was buried with her three daughters and two sons.

1905: Dept of Public Welfare - Richter, 404 6th street - DEAD Anna J 8, August 15, Elizabeth 19, Emilia 21, Emilia, 47 Ernest 12 - INJURED France age 10 Lincoln Hospital

The Richter Family

1905: Dept of Public Welfare - Richter 104 Ave A, Christine age 9, Fredrick age 11, Lena 35 and Lydai L age 12

The Schmidling Family

John M Schmilding married Marie Berger 14 September 1869

Mary Schmidling age 54 of 119 7th street was listed as missing. Anna L. age 15, Emily S age 22 and George C 18 all of 119 7th street were listed as dead.

John Schmidling married Mary Eiberg according to the birth record of their son, William in 1884 (LDS)

1900: 119 7th street, John Schmidling 56, inspector mayor's office, Mary Schmidling 50, married 31 years, 11 children 9 living, Joseph Schmidling 27, post office clerk, Mary Schmidling 25, trained nurse, Charles Schmidling 21, teamster, Emily Schmidling 18, William Schmidling 15, George Schmidling 14, Anna Schmidling 11

1904: John Schmidling was the Post Commander of Riker Post No. 62. condolences were offered by the "Encampment" on the loss of "four" of his children. 1905: 119 7th street, Schmidling, John, age 16 merchant, John, son, 28 driver, Mame, daughter 30 nurse, William, son age 21 bookkeeper, servant

1907: 04 Dec 1907, Marriage, John Schmedling, widower, age 63 to Catherine Christman, age 39, single.

1910: John Schmedling, Head, M, 66, New York, Catherine Schmedling, Wife, F, 42, New York, Edger Schmedling, Son, M, 1, New York, Antony Christman, Father-in-law, M, 72 New York

1920: John Schmidling 75, pension, clerk city hall, Katherine Schmidling 51, Edgar Schmidling 11

John Schmidling Pct. Co. L 45th NY Vol died October 4, 1932/7, buried Lutheran Middle Village

Edgar Schmidling died in Florida in 1995

The Schnude & Kassebaum Families

The entire family of Henry C Schnuder of 196 Guernsey street, Brooklyn was lost - Anna age, 32, Grace C. age 4, Henry age 32 and Mildred age 1.

Henry Schnude's parents of 426 E. 76th street were also lost - Louise 57 born Germany and William age 60 born Germany.

Anna Schnuder was the daughter of Henry Kassebaum. Henry Kassenbaum was not on the Slocum that fateful day, but his wife, three of his daughters and four of his grandchildren were. The Schnuder-Kassebaum party numbered 11. Two members lived: Henry's wife, Kate and daughter Annette (Nettie). The six Schnuders all perished. Another daughter of Henry Kessebaum, Mrs. Fredricka Tonipart, age 28, and her two children, Charlotte age 2 and Francis age 4, also perished. Freda Torniport's body was identified on June 22. William Schnude, a cabinetmaker, was born in Prussia circa 1842. He married Louise before 1870. They had Henry circa 1872 and Emil circa 1874. William, Louise, and Henry and his family (wife and two children) all died in the Slocum disaster. Emil Schnuder married but did not have children. He died in the Bronx in 1946.

Henry Kassebaum, a barber, was born in Germany circa 1850. He married Catherine (Kate). The had: Augusta, Anna (married Henry Schnuder), Annette (Nettie) and Fredericka (married Torniport [Toniport]).

1870: Manhattan, Wm Schnude 28, Braunsweig, cabinet maker Louise Schnude 24, Braunsweig

1880: NYC 5th street, William Schnude 38, works at wood, born Prussia, Louisa Schnude 34, wife, born Prussia, Henry Schnude 8, born NY, Emil Schnude 6, born NY

In 1880 to 1886 he was listed at 644 Fifth street as a cabinet maker/carpenter/wood worker.

1898: Henry C Schnude 14 Jun 1898 married Anna K Kassebaum Cert. #9379 Manhattan

1900: Brooklyn, Henry Kassebaun 54, born Germany, imm 1850, barber, Kate Kassebaun 49, wife, Henrietta Kassebaun 26, neck wear maker, Annie Schnude 28, daughter, married 2 years, one child one living, Henry C Schnude 28, son-in-law, clerk bank, Grace A Schnude 7/12, g daughter

1902: City Directory Schnude, William & Son (William and Emil Schnude) 426 E 76th street. (Only Schnude listed.)

1904: Rome New York June 16

"Among those lost in the disaster were Henry C. Schnude, receiving teller for Koutze Brothers of No 120 Broadway, his wife, and two children and his father and mother. The wife and two children of Mr. Toniport, an employee of Chase National Bank and a relative of Mr. Schnude, were lost. The only one of the party of 10 who was saved was Miss Nettie Kassebaum, a sister of Mts. Schnuder, whose leg was broken"

In other articles Nettie Kassebaum was also reported as suffering from shock.

Schnude Funeral: Brooklyn Eagle -
"On Monday afternoon the funerals of the SCHNUDE and TORNIPORT families will take place from the undertaker's establishment of Jacob SCHAEFER, at 1023 Third avenue, Brooklyn. The dead are Henry SCHNUDE, Anna SCHNUDE and Grace SCHNUDE, Frances and Charlotte TORNIPORT. They lived at 196 Guernsey street. The bodies of Mildred SCHNUDE, 2 years old, and Mrs. Freda TORNIPORT, 29 years old, are still missing. The dead will be buried in Greenwood Cemetery."

June 17, New York Times:

Henry Kassebaum of 196 Guernsey Street, Greenpoint was looking for members of the Kassebaum/Schnuder party. Of the 11 members of the group only two were saved. He said his wife and the rest of the party had been on stern the upper deck. She was pushed overboard landing in the water near the minister, Mr. Haas. She sank twice but finally managed to cling to the paddlewheel where she was rescued by some men in a row boat. She was taken to shore and took a carriage home. Their daughter, Nettie, (Annette) age thirty, jumped from the boat and landed on the deck of a tug. She broke her leg in the fall and was at Harlem Hospital. The party also included Henry Schnude and his wife, who was the daughter of Henry Kassebaum, Henry's parents and two children. Henry Schnude was the head deacon in St. Mark's Church.

Another member of the party was Mrs. Frida Toniport, another daughter of Henry Kassebaum. With her were her two children Frances age 4 and Charlotte age two. Mr. Kassebaum found the bodies of 5 of the nine missing.

1905: 76th street, M. Orbach & sons have bought for Emil Schnude a 4 story tenement 426 East 76 street, on lot 25x102.2


Schnude, Anna "Annie" 17727695 b. unknown d. Jun. 15, 1904 Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA

Schnude, Grace 18103684 b. unknown d. Jun. 15, 1904 Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA

Schnude, Henry C 17727661 b. unknown d. Jun. 15, 1904 Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA

Schnude, Louise 18103701 b. unknown d. Jun. 15, 1904 Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA

Schnude, Mildred 18103639 b. unknown d. Jun. 15, 1904 Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA

Schnude, William 18249849 b. unknown d. Jun. 15, 1904 Green-Wood Cemetery Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA

Does not come up on Greenwood search

1880: Manhattan, Henry Kassebaum 35, Hesse Datmstadt, barber, Kathy Kassebaum 28, Augusta Kassebaum 10, Anna Kassebaum 8, Natty Kassebaum 6, Frederika Kassebaum 4, Mary Strobe, 60, mother-in-law

Henry C. Schnuder was apparently very active in St. Mark's community. At the time of his death he was the Superintendent of the English Sunday School, on the Board of Trustees and head deacon of the church.

Adolph Torniport was born in Manhattan April 5, 1872, the son of Adolph and Charlotte Torniport. He died in August 1910 at his home 754 A Halsey street. His obit mentioned that he had lost his wife, Freda, and two children in the "the burning of the General Slocum". He was a clerk at the Chase National Bank. A member of St. Mark's Lutheran church he was survived by his mother, a brother, Frederick and three sisters. Charlotte Torniport died in 1912.

The Schoett Family

June 16, 1904: NY Times - Charles Schott a tailor of 98 7th st was missing his wife and three children

June 17, 1904 - Christian Schoett, age 19, organist at St. Mark's and his sweetheart (unnamed) were identified by Edward Yost of 393 East 9th street. Yost was Schoett's brother-in-law. Edward Yost was seeking the bodies of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Josephine Schoett 98 7th street and her three children: Christian, Katie,age 10, Helen age 5 and his nephew, Henry Siedewande, age 12 of 184 3rd street.

He found only that of Christian and his girlfriend. (New York Times)

An article in the June 17 New York Tribune gives the name as Schott. It said Christian and his sweetheart were to be married. The body of Mrs. Josephine Schott of 98 7th street had been identified and was lying near her son. Son-in-law, Edward Yost, was searching for the bodies of the family. Three had been found and three were missing, including, Katy age 10, Helen age 5, Henry Seidewand a nephew.

Dept of Welfare list 1905: Schoett, 98 7th street: DEAD - Caroline E age 10, Christian F. J. 19, Helena A. M. 4, Josephine T. 42. - Seidenwand 184 3rd st, Henry age 18 born Germany.

The Schrumpf Family

Schrumpf, Lizzie, 48, John 16, and William 13 all of 208 Ave. B.

Elizabeth Schrumpf was the wife of Jacob Schrumpf, a retired mounted policeman. The had two sons, John Edward and William Walter. William had been a choir boy at St. Thomas' church.

1900: 208 Ave B., Jacob Schrumpf 43, patrolman, Lizzie Schrumpf 41, 6 children 2 living, John Schrumpf 12, William Schrumpf 9, all born New York of German decent.

In 1908 Jacob Schrumpf, born April 29, 1856, of 208 Ave B was granted a passport. He listed his occupation as retired.

In July 1908 Jacob Strumphf was aboard the Barbarossa with 200 members of the Brooklyn Arion Society enroute to Bremen, Germany when he became despondent and "mentally deranged" on the second day out from New York. He was taken under the care of the United States Counsel at Bremen where it was hoped his condition was only temporary. However this was not to be and he died in a city hospital in Bremen. He was described as having lost his wife and two sons in the Slocum disaster and as having no other relatives in New York. His situation since the disaster had been to lead a solitary life with his main outside interest the Arian Society. He had been a member of the Society for many years and was a retired policeman, having retired only a few months before the Slocum disaster. The article did mention that he had a married sister, Kate Schnitzer, in Brooklyn. She and some other friends encouraged him to take the trip. He had been in the police force for 20 years. It was also reported that he lost three children in rapid succession sometime before 1904.

The Schuessler Family

The Brooklyn Eagle, June 24, 1904, Mrs. Sophia "Scheuffler" age 63 or 338 E. 6th street, who weighted over 400 pounds was known as the "grandmother" of St Mark's parish. Her funeral was held at the Beethoven Hall 431 6th street, Manhattan. It was impossible to hold the funeral in her home because of the the casket was too large to fit through the door of the house. The Beethoven was a meeting place of many German societies. The hall was heavily draped in black. Following the service, twenty-one carriages followed the hearse to the Lutheran Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens. It was said to be one of the largest funerals following the Slocum disaster. Many neighborhood children lined the street as the hearse passed by.

"It was the custom of Mrs. Schueffler to take the five families of her two daughters and three sons on the annual St. Mark's excursions. It was due to a fortunate whim of hers that she went alone on the excursion this year for the first time. She said she had grown too old and too stout to take the responsibility of caring for so many of those near and dear to her, and so would go alone."

1904 List Slocum Steamboat Horror: DEAD "Schuesler", Sophia, 62, 338 6th ave.

1905: Slocum Disaster List Department of Welfare: Schussler, 338 6th street, Sophia age 63 born Germany.

1870: NYC, Schussler, August, age 35, baker, born Germany, Sophie, age 30, born Germany, Elsie age 10, Cornelia, age 7, August 5, John age ?

1900: 338 E. 6ht street, August Schussler 65, born Germany, baker imm 1853, Sophia Schussler 59, born Germany, imm 1856 mother of 8 5 still living

The Schwartz/Burkhardt Family

A little girl of 7 years walked along the lien of the dead sobbing. She identified her mother and grandmother who by coincidence were lying side by side. Her mother was Mrs. Annie "Buechard" and the Grandmother, Mrs. Louisa Schwartz. (I think this is reversed - her mother was Louisa Schwartz and her grandmother was Anna Burkart - this is based on the 1900 census and the 1905 Dept of Public Welfare lists)

1900: 141 3rd street, Charles Schwartz 41, born New York engineer, Louise Schwartz 39, 5 children 5 living, Emilia Schwartz 15, Charles Schwartz 13, Antonis Schwartz 12, Louis Schwartz 6, Louisa Schwartz 6, Anna E Burkart 63, mother-in law, 3 children 2 still living

1904: Schwartz, Amelia age 19, Charles M 18, Anton 16 and Lewis 10 all of 141 E 3rd street injured - Louisa age 43 same address DEAD

Tony Schwartz, a brother of an unnamed boy who swam our and recovered the bodies of his mother and grandmother, saved his sister even though both legs were broken. They were pulled out of the water and onto a tug.

The brother must have been Charles Scwartz, age 18, machinists apprentice, who is listed in several GS accounts as a good swimmer who tried to save his grandmother. He did not save her but he did recover her body.

1905: 141 E 5th street, Charles Schwartz 46, engineer building, Amelia Schwartz 20, Charles Schwartz 18, machinist, Anton Schwartz 17, Louis Schwartz 11

Remarriage of Charles Schwartz: Circa 1907 - Tillie

1910: 715 Lexington ave., Charles Schwartz 51, marriage 2, 3 years, engineer factory, Tillie Schwartz 42, marriage 2, 0 children, Charles M Schwartz 23, engineer, Anthony Schwartz 21, lithographer, Louis J Schwartz 17, office boy

1905 Dept of Public Welfare list: DEAD Schwartz, 141 3rd street, Louisa age 43 , INJURED Anton age 16, S. Marks Charles M 18 taken home, Emily 20 taken home and Louis 10 taken home. - Burkhardt, Anna 141 3rd street, Anna age 66 born Germany.

The Seelig Family

1905 Dept of Public Welfare: Seelig, Dundee Lake, New Jersey, Anna age 27, DEAD "disinterred"

1904 June 25 NY Times - Frederich Seelig had a chicken farm in on Dundee Lake in Bergen Co., New Jersey. He only learned of the Slocum disaster by chance when he went to the grocery store and saw a paper about the event. He immediately went to the information bureau in the basement of St. Mark's church to ask about his wife. He said his wife, Anne age 37, had gone to the city about ten days before with the intention of opening a delicatessen. He said he was a former member of St. mark's and had purchased two tickets for his wife and a friend.

"Seelig subsequently visited the morgue, where he identified some clothing his wife had worn. Her body had already been buried in the unnamed grave, but will be exhumed and buried in a private plot."

The Siegwart/Seigwart

Listed among the dead: Seigwart, Phoebe, "age 16"* and Carrie age 9 of 225 E. 5th street

According to the Slocum Horror book, Henry Seigwart of 225 E. 5th street and his two daughters ages "6" and 9 were drowned. There is a picture in the book of the three of them in front of his store.

Henry Seigwart was not listed under the dead in the Horror book. In fact, he did not die in the Slocum disaster.

*Six must be the correct age - not 16.

1893: Henry Siegwart marriage: 8 January 1893 Manhattan, New York, New York father: Amber Siegwart mother: Catharine Help spouse: Olga Isabelle Ochler parents Engebert Ochler, Carrie Dirch (LDS)

1895 Birth: Carrie Siegwart, August 30, 1895, father, Henry Siegwart mother Belle Oehler Siegwart (LDS)

1898 Birth: Isabella Siegwart birth: 31 July 1898 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States father: Henry Siegnart mother: Olga Oahlan Siegwart (LDS) - This must be the child known as Phoebe.

1900: 225 E. 5th street, grocery, Henry "Siegivart" 33, Bella "Siegivart" 32, Carrie "Siegivart" 3, Febie "Siegivart" 1

1904 Death: Olga Isabella Siegwart 27 May 1904 Manhattan, age 37, wife Burial Date: 29 May 1904 Cemetery: Lutheran Father's Name: Englebert Schler Mother's Name: Carolina Disch (LDS)

1904: Caroline and Phoebe died in the Slocum disaster.

1905 Marriage: Henry Siegwart marriage: 22 August 1905 Bronx, New York father: Ambrose Siegwart mother: Catharine Held spouse: Louisa Miller parents Louis Miller, Mary Ritter (LDS)

Henry Siegwart and his wife Louise were listed in the Bronx in 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1930 and 1940. they did not have any children.

1945 Death: Henry Siegwart died in the Bronx in 1945, father Ambrose, mother Catherine held (LDS).

The Strockermann/Steckman Family

Listed among the dead were: "Steckman", Augusta, 51, Annie 21, Hulda 17, Augusta 15, Louise 10 all of 225 E 5th street.

Herman Steckman, age 7, of 225 E 5th was listed as uninjured.

The name was given in the 1905 city report as Stockermann, 225 5th st.. Dead: Augusta age 15, Lizette a 50, Hulda 17, Louisa 10. Herman age 7 set to Lincoln hospital.

1903: 31 January 1903 departure "Gustav" Stockermann 49 Auguste Stockermann 13 Louise Stockermann 9 Hermann Stockermann 5 Anna Stockermann 18 Hulda Stockermann 16

1903 Arrival: 16 February on the Graf Waldersee from Cushaven to New York: Mrs. A Stockermann, age 49, Anna age 18, Hlda 16, Angnste 13, Louise 9, Hermann age 7 to husband and father Gustave Stockermann 224 E 77th street.

1904: Hulda Stockermann born Germany died 15 Jun 1904

1904: Augusta Stoekermann, Death 15 Jun 1904 Bronx, New York, New York, United States Age: 50 Birthplace: Germany Burial Date: 18 Jun 1904 Cemetery: Lutheran Spouse, Gustave Stockermann, Father's Birthplace: Maiden name, Augusta Sackerlaer (LDS)

1904 Marriage: Gustave Stockermann Marriage 17 Sep 1904 Manhattan, New York, New York, United States Age: 50 Widowed Birthplace: Barman, Pa., Gy. Father's Name: Fred. Stockermann Mother's Name: Lisette Thunken Spouse's Name: Anna Wegner Age: 34 Single Spouse's Birthplace: Barman, Pa., Gy. Spouse's Father's Name: George Wegner Spouse's Mother's Name: Wilhelmine Seidel (LDS)

Herman Stockermann married Elsa Geistner 17, December 1921 and had two children, Elsa and Herman. They were listed in the 1930 cenus in Queens, elsa daughter age 7, Herman G son age 5

The Steil Family

As an example of the confusion that occurred over variations in the spellings of names the Steil family was reported by the Department of Welfare as follows:

Certificate No. 2776, George Stihl, 14, No 55 First Ave
Certificate No 3065, Emil Stahl, 12, NO 55 First Ave.
Certificate No. 3145 Fritz Stehl, 6 years No 55 First Ave.
Certificate No. 3618, Lillie Stehl 16, No 55 First Avenue.

The names appeared on the Police list as "Stiehl" and "the father of the family is reported by the police as Andrew Heil, "uninjured"."The correct spelling was said to be "Steil" The father of the family was NOT on the Slocum. He committed suicide after June 15, 1904 "from grief over the loss of all his children". (Annual Report By New York (N.Y.). Dept. of Public Welfare)

They were reported under "Stiel" 55 1st ave in the 1905 report by the Department of Welfare list od dead.

Not listed by the Department of Welfare was Adelaide Steil age 15, 55 E. First street whose death was recorded in the Bronx No 3533 (according to

The NYC Death Index lists:

Stahl Emil 12 y Jun 15 1904 3065 Bronx

Stahl George 14 y Jun 15 1904 2776 Bronx

Stehl Frite 6 y Jun 15 1904 3145 Bronx

Steil, Adelaide, 15, June 15, 1904 3533, Bronx

1904: The Globe and Commercial Advertiser list among the dead: Stahl, Emanuel 55 First ave, (no age).

1904: The Globe and Commercial Advertiser list among the dead: Stahl, Emanuel 55 First ave, (no age).

1904: The 1904 book about the Slocum disaster did not list the name at all. Nor did it list any with the surname starting in "S" at 55 First Ave.

1899: Petition for naturalization under the name Andreas Steel July 12, 1899 age 39 butcher, 2nd ave. Naturalized under the name Andras Steel July 27, 1899, 6 Second ave, butcher age 39, arrived NY July 19, 1884, Supreme Court NYC.

1900: 6 Second ave., Andrew Steil 40, widower, born Germany, imm 1884, naturalized, butcher, Lillie Steil 12, George Steil 10, Emil Steil 9, Frederick Steil 1, George Hoffmann 45, boarder, Henry Hoffmann 38, boarder

I did not find a death certificate for Andrew Steil (and a variation of spellings).

The Schmidt Family

Edward Matzerath and Fred Schmidt managed to swim to the shore of North Brother's Island.

"The swimming was all right just as soon as you got out of the tangle of the bodies." He lost his mother and sister and a "baby" sibling.

The Timm/Trimm Family

Listed among the dead: "Trimm", Mary 36, Hedwig 11, Henrietta 9 George all of 211 E. 5th street.

Charles Timm married 1 May 1892 Marie Schaller Certificate Number: 5282, Manhattan

Hedwig Timm was born October 16, 1893.

Marie Timm and all of her children died in the disaster.

Charles Timm remarried (Agnes) after 1904 but did not have more children.

1905: Chas Timm, butcher, and Agnes Timm 280 ave. B.

1910: Brooklyn, Knickerbocker ave., Charles A Timm 48, 2nd marriage, married 5 years, born Germany, naturalized, retail, merchant, delicatessen Agnes Timm 36, wife, o children, born Germany

Find a Grave lists the burial of Hedwig Timm and has an image of the tombstone and of the Timm sisters - Henrietta and Hedwig. Hedwig Timm

Lutheran Cemetery

Charles Timm born 11 Nov 1861 died 11 Nov 1918
Agnes Timm born 6 Mai 1879
Neffe [nephew] Gerhardt Schaarschmidt 1901-1915
Oper de General Slocum
Maria Timm 1867-1904
Hedwig 11 Jahren
Henrietta 9 Jahren
George 7 Jahren

Charles Timm 56 Death Date: 11 Nov 1918 Death Place: Kings, New York, USA Certificate Number: 28878

The Turner Family

Mrs. H. W. Turner of 2649 8th Avenue testified at the inquest. She was on the excursion with her mother, sister, nephew, and baby girl. She said she tried to pull down the life preservers but they broke open - the powered cork falling in her eyes and nearly blinding her. She was rescued by a tug. Her mother, sister and nephew (unnamed) all died.

Mrs. Harvey Turner, age 28, of 2649 8th ave was listed among the uninjured. Mary Turner, age 5, of 2649 was listed among the injured, as was Julia Turner age 26, of 2629 8th ave.

1900: West 142nd street, Harvy Turner, age 29, advertising agent, Julia age 22, and Mary age 1

1905: Harvey Turner 30, Mary Turner 25, Mary Turner 5

1910: Harvey W Turner 39, Julia Turner 31, May Turner 11

1920: 8th ave. Harvey W Turner 48, electrician wholesale, Julia Turner 41, Mary Alice Turner 20

The Ulrich Family

Mrs. Sophia Ulrich of 433 W. 41st street was listed in Lincoln Hospital in shock with burns. Sophia was about 70 years old. With her on the trip was her daughter Elizabeth who did not survive.

Dead: Elizabeth Ullrich age 32 433 W 41 st street.

1880 census: Essex street, Lawrence Ulrich 48, grocer, Bavaria, Sophia Ulrich 46, Darmstadt, Mathilda Ulrich 22, Lena Ulrich 18, Edward Ulrich 13, Cathrine Ulrich 11, Elizabeth Ulrich 8, John Martin 26 9 boarders.

1900 census: 41st street, Sophia Ulrich 63, widow, Matilda Ulrich 42, daughter, saleslady delicatessen, Edward Ulrich 33, son, clerk, delicatessen, Elizabeth Ulrich 28, daughter, bookkeeper

Ulrich, Elizabeth, 32 y, Jun 15 1904, 3444 Bronx

Ulrich, Sophia, 82 y, May 24 1916, 16258 Manhattan


NY Death Index: Vetter, Charles 11, Fredrick 17, Mamie, 18, Margaret, 47, Mary 49, all June 15, 1904 Bronx

Charles Vetter age 11 of 730 E 6th street was listed among the dead. Also listed were, Mamie age 20 of "780" E. 6th street, and Mary age 45 of 31 Beekman.

The body of Charles "Veter" was initially misidentified. A body of a boy was taken to the Veter home at 730 E. 6ht street. As the body was bring prepared for burial the mistake was realized and the body was sent back to the morgue. The body was later identified as Charles Kleuck age 8 of 113 St. Marks Place. John "Klinck" age 12, of 113 St. Marks's Place was listed among the uninjured.

The Vollmer/Ballmer Family

1904: Brooklyn Eagle - June 15 One of the first bodies identified (no. 6) at the Alexander avenue station was that of Mrs. Mary Ballmer, age 35, of 123 1st ave.. She was identified by her husband, Joseph Ballmer, a waiter. Joseph Ballmer's children, Joseph age 16, Minnie 8 and a girl age 6, were still missing.

1904 Brooklyn Daily Eagle:

There was an unending stream of sorrowing relatives seeking remains of their lost ones. One of them was Joseph VOLLMER, a parent, who had lost his entire family.

VOLLMER's wife was lying there and when he saw her he screamed in agony and almost fainted. All of his children were gone, he said. One of them was Joseph VOLLMER, who had earned only last week a hero's fame by saving thirty persons in a burning apartment house on the East Side.

The boy had been in charge of an elevator and he ran the lift up and down the building at the risk of his own life until he had saved every person there. To-day he, with this mother and brothers and sisters was on the excursion and he with the rest was among the missing. The only visible remnant of the family was the body of the mother of this little hero.

1904: NY times 16 June - "Ballmeer", Joseph age 16, Minnie age 8, and a girl age 6 all children of Joseph "Ballmer", whose wife lost her life. The father was unable to find any of their bodies among those at the morgue. The oldest, boy, who is though to have been lost was the hero of the fire on Broome st a few days ago. Despite the fact that the building was in flames, he continued to run the elevator and carried many people to safety.

1904: Death Certificates for Joseph 16, Magdeline 7, Mary "1" year, Wilhelmina 9 years - June 15, 1904

1905 Department of Public Welfare: Vollmer 123 1st ave, DEAD Joseph W. 16, Magdeline M 7, Mary 36, Auguste W 9

1905: June 18, 1905 N Y Times (and other papers) - Joseph Vollmer committed suicide a few days after the first anniversary of the Slocum disaster. After the tragic loss of his family Vollmer went to live with his sister, Mrs. Katie Lutz. He did odd jobs but was very depressed over the loss of his wife and children. While his sister was out he turned on the gas and shot himself.

1905: Joseph Vollmer BIRTH DATE: Feb 1869 DEATH DATE: 17 Jun 1905 CEMETERY: Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery BURIAL OR CREMATION PLACE: Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA (Find a Grave)

1904 June 11, Fire Broom St:

June 11th, 1904, 10:48 A. M. Nos. 457-459 Broome Street, six story brick building, occupied by J. K. Stiefel & Co., importers of laces, and Henry E. Frankenberg & Co., importers of yarns, and commission merchants. Fire originated on sixth floor, and extended to the roof, also causing loss and damage to adjoining buildings and contents. No. 461 Broome Street, five story brick building, occupied by Muser Brothers, importers of laces; Eureka Summer Neckwear Co., manufacturers of neckwear; Zimbleman & Friedman, manufacturers of cloak and dress trimmings; Henry E. Frankenberg & Co., importers of yarns; and A. A. Russell, manufacturer of novelties. (Annual Report of the Committee on Fire Patrol, to the New York Board of Fire ... By New York Board of Fire Underwriters. Committee on Fire Patrol)

1900: 123 1st ave., Joseph Vollmer 32, born Germany, waiter, imm 1885, Mary Vollmer 31, married 13 years, 3 children 3 living, born New York, Joseph Vollmer 12, Minnie Vollmer 4, Lena Vollmer 1


NYC Death Wallmerr none.

NYC Death Index: Wollmar, Catherine E age 58, Louisa age 19, June 15, 190 Bronx

According to newspaper reports Mrs. "Wallmerr's" son Henry was a fireman in Engine Company NO 46. Henry "Wallmerr" identified the body of his sister, age 19, on June 16ht but was still searching for his mother on June 17th.

Weaver Family

Fredericka Weaver, a widow, and her five daughters all drowned.

See Means of Identifying the Dead below.

The Wiedemann[Weidemann]/ Reichenback/Reichenbach Family

1904: NY times June 16, Eleanore Richenbach of 75 Houston street, was sitting near the edge of the middle deck with her two and a half year old son Herman when the alarm went up. She picked up a life preserver, put it around her waist, held her baby and jumped into the river. Her preserver caught fire. She grabbed a rope that was hanging off the side of the boat. That too caught fire. The flames from the life preserver were licking her face. She put the baby in the water so his clothes would not catch fire. But he sank. That was the last Eleanore remembered until she was "in the arms of a negro who had saved me."

1904: Damage suits were instituted by Henry Weidemann a barber at 79 E. Houston street who asked for $50,000 for the loss of his wife, Caroline, by his son who sued for the loss of his wife, "Helen", and his son-in-law, "Emil" Richenbach asked for $5,000 for the loss of his two and a half year old son. Of the members of the Weidemann family who went on the excursion only one person survived.

1905 Dept of Public Welfare: Reichenbach 241 Stockholm st Brooklyn Herman age 2 DEAD (no mention of the mother) - Wiedermann, 79 Houston, Caroline age 50, "Catherine" age 30

1905: 5th street, Herman Reichenbach Head M 30y United States, machinist, Elenor Reichenbach Wife F 24y United States, Madeline Reichenbach Daughter F 1y United States, Henry Wiederman Father-In-Law M 51y United States, barber, Henry Wiederman Brother-In-Law M 27y United States, drug clerk

1915: Queens Reichenbach, Herman G. head age 39, machinist, Eleanore, wife, Madeline daughter age 10, Wiedenmann, Henry, father-in-law, 63 barber,

1920: Queens Assembly District 2, Queens, New York Herman B Reichenbach 43, machinist, Eleanor Reichenbach 39, Madaline Reichenbach 15, Henry Wiedemann 66, father-in-law

The Weis Family

The published List of Victims included the following members of the Weis family: Louis, 21, Tillie, 44, Fred, 18, John Jr. 5 months, all of 522 E 5th street and Amelia 9, Salome 14, and Jacob 10 of 533 E 5th street.

NYDeath Index: Weis, Emily, 10, Fredrick, 19, Jacob 11, John 5 months, Louis 21, Salomie, 14, and Tilly 47 all June 15, 1904 Bronx

Weis, Katie age 24, 532 5th st and Harry Weis, age 12 same address were listed among the injured.

Weis, Louis 21, Tillie, 44, Fred, 18, John Jr. 5 months, Amelia age 9, Salome 14 and Jacob were listed amont the death. Louis "Weiss" age 3 was listed "532" 5th st was listed among the injured.

The Weiss Family

The Weiss family of 1235 3rd avenue was very lucky.

The young Minnie Weiss "age 11" of 1235 3rd ave. was slightly burned. She was on the board the Slocum with her mother, Ida, 45, and her bother George, 15, and a cousin, Louisa Roth, 16. The females were at the front of the boat on the second deck when the alert of fire went out. George was on the upper deck. George got to the others and tried to get a life preserver for his mother and sister. But the life perservers caught fire. Minnie finally got a live vest. The next thing she knew she was in the water and a large man caught her, put a line around her and pulled her to a boat. She had not seen her mother, brother or cousin. (NT Times June 16, 1904) Minnie was rescued by Albert Rappaport a deck hand on the Massasoit. An official of the Charities Department was prepared to take Minnie home. However, when they exited the building they were greeted by a group of elated relatives "who had come expecting to find her dead". At that point Ida, George and Louisa were still missing.

Ida May Weiss, of 1235 3rd Ave., age 42 was at Lincoln hospital, George 15 was taken home and Minnie 14 was at Bellevue according to the 1905 Dept of Welfare list. Louise Roth of 516 E 88th street was also "taken home".

1900: 5th street, Frank Weiss 40, liquor store, born Massachusetts, Ida Weiss 36, wife, 2 children 2 living, George Weiss 11, born March 1889, Minnie Weiss 9 1905: 3rd ave near E. 70th street Frank W Weiss 41, liquors, Ida M Weiss 42, wife, George Weiss 16, day laborer, Minnie Weiss 14

1910: Manhattan, 1235 3rd ave Frank W Weiss 51, proprietor hotel, Ida M Weiss 47 George W Weiss 21, clerk hotel Minnie Weiss 19 Augusta H Arnold 35, boarder

1915: Kings Warick st. Frank W Weiss 56, restaurant, Ida M Weiss 52, George W Weiss 26, restaurant, Minnie Weiss 23

In 1917 George W Weiss, accountant, of 125 Warwick street born March 21, 1889 was still single.

1920: Greene Avenue Brooklyn Frank W Weiss 61, flower salesman, Ida M Weiss 57, wife, Minnie Weiss 23, bookkeeper bank

Death of Frank W. Weiss: Frank W Weiss, 63, 22 Aug 1921, Kings, New York, USA, CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 14126

On June 16, 1904 the N Y Times listed Roth, Rosa, 516 88th st niece of Frank W Weiss amont the DEAD

In 1918 Frank W. Weiss a saloonkeeper at 1 Willoughby street Brooklyn was in financial trouble. He owed $99,332.57 and only had $250 "to meet these debts". His restaurant at Willoughby and Adams street had been a favorite gathering place of politicians for over 40 years. Most of the dept was to Breweries. Weiss filed a voluntary petition of bankruptcy.

The Weirk/Wierk Family

Jun 16, 1904: NY Times -Miss Martha Weirk of 341 E 55th street said she was forced overboard by the crowd and while she was struggling in the water a boat with several men in it pulled up beside her and she was "stripped of her rings, earring and brooch then pushed back in the water." She was later rescued in an unconscious condition by another boat. Her sister drowned. Her story was carried in multiple papers. (Her sister did not drown, she was in Lincoln hospital.)

1905 Dept of Public Welfare list: Wierk 341 e 55th - Amelia 15, at Lincoln Hospital Martha 21 "taken home".

1900: Bronx, H Charlie "Wierk" Head M 50 Germany, milk dealer, born Germany immigrated 1866, Anna Wierk Wife F 42 Germany, 4 children 4 living, Anna Wierk Daughter F 19 New York, Martha Wierk Daughter F 18 New York, Henry Wierk Son M 14 New York, Millie Wierk Daughter F 12 New York

1902: Milk Dealer, Charles H Wierk 311 E 9th street

1896: Passport application. Charles H Wierk milk dealer, born Offerudorp , Germany, April 1850, immigrated from Bremen on or about 20 April 1867, naturalized Cour of Common pleas NYC, age 45, 5 ft 11 inches, brown eyes and brown hair.

In 1880 census milkman Charles H Wierk and his wife annie.

1904: Marriage of Martha Wierk: H.C. William Beckmann to Martha Wierk 09 Oct 1904 Manhattan, New York, New York, Father's Name: Marcus Beckmann, Mother's Name: Marie Sievern, Spouse's Father's Name: "Henry" Wierk, Spouse's Mother's Name: Anna Stricker

1905 Census: E. 55th street, Chas H Wierk 54, milk dealer, Emma Wierk 46, Henry Wierk 19, Ameria Wierk 16

Charles H Wierk died 17 July 1905

1915: 126th street, William C Beckmann 39, real estate, Martha Beckmann 31, wife, Anna Beckmann 9, William Beckmann 7, Martha Beckmann 5

1930: Bronx, own $25,000 William Beckmann 54, retired, Martha Beckmann 48, wife, William Beckmann 22, clerk brokers office, Martha Beckmann 20, teacher P. S., Henry Weirck 42, brother-in-law, painter, George Blackstone 55, boarder, Grace Vriendenburg 78, roomer

The Weisser Family

In Lincoln Hospital Mrs. Ernestine Weisser of -4 Stockholm street Brooklyn, shock.

The Band

As the General Slocum cast off on June 15th 1904 the seven man band, lead by bandmaster George Maurer, was playing and her flags were flying. When the fire started the band was playing German favorites and people were dancing on the promenade deck.

  1. Maurer, George bandmaster of 421 E 9th street, body identified by Mrs. Zimmerman. His body was claimed by his son, Julius, who also sought his sister, "Julia" age "14" still missing. Mrs. Maurer was on the boat but was saved and was reported to be in Lincoln Hospital, badly injured. The sister "Julia" was listed in several articles. However, this must habe been Matilda AKA Tillie.

    Listed as dead on the 1905 Dept. of Welfare list: Maurer, 421 E. 9th Clara 12, George 53, Matilda 14, Margaret 48 (died June 25 1904 of pneumonia following burns.)

    June 26, 1904: "Mrs. Margaret Maurer, wife of George Maurer, the bandmaster who lost his life on the General Slocum, died late yesterday at her home, 421 East Ninth Street." (NY Times)

    Margarethe, Georg, Clara and Matilda Maurer were buried in the Lutheran All Faith Cemetery "Opfer des Dampfres Gen. Slocum".

    1900: Norfolk street, George Maurer 49, musician, Maggie Maurer 44, 4 children, 4 living, Elisabeth Maurer 20, Julius Maurer 18, Tillie Maurer 10, Clara Maurer 9

  2. August Schneider 34, of 322 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn was a cornet player. He was on the boat with his family: wife, Dora, and children: Augusta age 3, and Catherine 8 and Amelia 6.

    Dora 32, Catherine age 8 and Amelia age 6 did not survive. Augusta age 3 was uninjured. On the 1905 Dept of Welfare list it is noted that Catherine and Amelia were "disinterred". August Schneider was not listed.

  3. June 17, NY Times - Zimmerman of 29 Bleeker street, wife Agnes, and her sister was looking for Agnes's husband "John".

    A New York Tribune article of June 17 also says that Mrs. Zimmerman was looking for her husband John of 229 Bleecker st. Just after the Massasoit landed a number of bodies Mrs. Zimmerman and her sister entered the morgue. The first thing they saw was the band uniform. She was overcome thinking it was her husband but her sister assured her that it was George Maurer the band leader.

    On the 1905 Dept of Welfare list DEAD Zimmerman 229 Bleecker st Bld, "William" age 30.

    "William" Zimmermann, age 30 years old, death cert #3421 Bronx, died 15th June 1904

Policemen on Board the General Slocum

Several reports mentioned a number of policemen from the River and Harbor Squad who were detailed to accompany the excursion and who were on board the Slocum that fateful day. These included:

  • Albert T Van Tassel who was in uniform and who survived by swimming to North Brothers Island after he was pushed into the water.
  • Kelt who was mentioned in the same article as Van Tassell.
  • Charles Zeach who was rescued by the tug New York when he was found badly burned and bruised hanging under the paddlewheel
  • Richard Holt with Charles Zeach in the same condition.

General Slocum Employees

Deckhand, William R. Trimbley, age 33, who lived on the boat said the smoke was noticed for a considerable time before the alarm was sounded. He extinguished the flames on the dress of a women by using his cap. As the fire progressed he grabbed some lifejackets, put one on himself and on two children and jumped in the water. He made his way towards the paddlewheel with the two children in tow. There he lost his lifejacket to others struggling near him. People clutched at him and someone bit him. A child was being lowered near him by a rope made out of a torn piece of clothing. He managed to get his two children to a "kind of float" and then swam back to the child being lowered by the rope and got him to the float. He then lost consciousness and woke in the cabin of a tugboat. He said it was HELL!

Means of Identifying the Dead

Many of the victims were so badly burned they could only be identified by dental records or jewelry, such as engraved rings. Five years after the disaster there were still 90 envelops containing jewelry found on the victims that had not been claimed.

One article of jewelry was claimed in April 1909 - a wedding ring inscribed J. W. to A. W. It belonged to Anna Fredericka Weaver the widow of John Weaver who with her five daughters drowned in the Slocum disaster.

"Regina" Weaver (Wever) and her five children, Christina age 13, Carrie age 9, Mamie age 8 and Ellen and Esther age 5 all perished in the fire on the General Slocum. The 1905 city report gives her name as Frederika, age 36, born in Germany. The children were all listed as born in the US. Christina Weaver was disinterred.

Weaver, Christiana, age 11, June 15, 1904 Bronx, 3604. She was buried at Evergreen cemetery, Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, Pa. The tombstone includes John Weaver: 1866 to 1899, A Fredericka, his wife, born 1868, and their children Christina A b 1893, Caroline M b 1896, Mamie - b 1897 Esther E and Helene twins bon 1898 all perished in the Gen. Slocum Disaster June 15, 1904

They were listed in the 1900 census East Mauch Chunk, Carbon, Pennsylvania, Fredericka Weaver 31, born Germany, 5 children 5 living, no occupation, Christina Weaver 7, Caroline Weaver 4, Mary Weaver 2, Helen Weaver 1, Esther Weaver 1

Listed among the dead in the Slocum Horror book: Weaver, Carrie, age 9, Fred. age 36, Mamie age 7, Ester, age 5, and Helen age 5 all of 304 E. 29th street. Christine was not listed.

Taking Advantage of the Disaster

Among the callous individuals taking advantage of the disaster were: pickpockets, people collecting funds under false pretenses, burglars who knew the families would be away at funerals, people who stole jewelry and money off the dead, and people hitching rides on the funeral carriages for the fun of a ride out of the city for the day.

Pickpockets worked the crowds at funerals.

Morbid curiosity seekers crowed the streets around St. Mark's church and around the morgue. They interfered with those trying to identify family members and the transfer of information to families of those lost or injured in the disaster.

The Aftermath

Almost immediately there was talk of distraught family members attempting suicide.

Several papers reported that Mrs. Diamond and her bother went to the morgue to identify the body of their mother, Mrs. Catherine Birmingham. In her grief, Mrs. Diamond attempted to jump off the pier but was caught a Bellevue nurse.

Andrew Steil who had recently been widowed and then lost all four of his children in the disaster is also said to have committed suicide.


In 1913 over 2,000 people attended the annual memorial service for the General Slocum victims.


Thirty three years after the disaster the children of victims wer said to number "800 into the second and third generation." "a mere handful "showed up to commemorate the anniversary.

29 people survivors were still living and 20 of them attended the ceremony in the Lutheran Cemetery in Queens. Four survivors died in 1936. They were Mrs. Elizabeth Wernz of Elmhurst, Herman Stegman of Astoria, William Brewer of Union City, N. J. and Joseph Thum of manhattan

More on The General Slocum Disaster

General Slocum Boat Fire

  • The Last Survivor of the Slocum Died in 2004

  • The General Slocum by Rebecca Kirschman and Dr. Nils Samuels, March 21, 2002

  • Captain Wade, Hero of the Disaster

On June 28, 1880 a similar incident occurred when the steamer Seawanhaka


List of Dead as publiched in the Brooklyn Eagle, June 17, 1904


List of Dead as publiched in the Brooklyn Eagle, June 17, 1904


Germans in the New York City Area

The Hoboken Fire

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