|GENERAL SLOCUM DISASTER |
June 15, 1904
Germans in the New York City Area:
New York City Images|
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.
|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* 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
| 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.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
BROOKLYN GENEALOGY INFORMATION PAGE
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)
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, 1904.1905: 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.
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 , 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: 1322326Mrs. 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.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 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:
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, USAMarriage: Barbara Salter June 16, 1878, Manhattan (Index)
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 Beber1904: 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
Nichols 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)
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
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 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.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.
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 GohlNEW YORK DEATH INDEX
Bandelow Fred 3 y Jul 21 1871 92931 ManhattanWilliam 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,
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,
NYC DEATH INDEX:
Otto Baumann 5 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 34101905: 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
Margarita Baumler 35 DEATH DATE: 15 Jun 1904 DEATH PLACE: Bronx, New York, USA CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 27401905: 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,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.
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: 2611Children:
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 America1904: 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.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."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.
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
NEW YORK DEATH INDEX BRONX:
Alice Behrens BIRTH: abt 1888 DEATH: 15 Jun 1904 - BronxBuried 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
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
"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 BronxBrooklyn 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:
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 "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.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 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
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
MISSING NOT ON DEATH INDEX: Ella Boenhardt age 12 (missing body never recovered or identified)
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
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
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 Grave1870: 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 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, 1904Marriage:
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. 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:
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 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.
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.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 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.
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.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.
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 Felzke/Felske Family
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.
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 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
1904: Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"Pathetic Scene at the Funeral of the FICHBOHMS.1904:
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)
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 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.Marriage: 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
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
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.
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 Floar's body was never discovered.)
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 streetSee DeLuccia who were at this same address.
The Gibbons Family
1904: June 17, Thomas Gibbons of NO 225 E 5th street was reported to the Slocum relief committee and "visited the same day, no evidence of need of immediate relief being found". Mrs. Gibbons said later that she needed assistance showing a bill for $106.50 to shish 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
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
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 ancestry.com - 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 boides 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 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 od DEAD
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.
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.
(George was 12 not 18.)
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.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."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.
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
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 Hordkopf/Hardekopf Family
Henry Hordkopf of 343 Rivington street lost his mother.
Hardekopf, Meta age 40, 343 Rivington listed among the victims.
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
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: 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, Luey 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
The Kohler Family
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 Kohler1900: 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: 2924They 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 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, Harlod, 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 staid 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) 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.
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 Family
Paul Liebenow was badly burned about the head and hands as he tried to pull down useless life perservers. Among the victims were tow of his children, a sister, a sister in law and a niece and nephew.
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
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
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:(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)
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.
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 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.
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."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."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. John and his son John suffered burns on their bodies and were in the hospital.
The list of dead included: Eliza Muth, age 62 1264 Lexington Ave, Lizzie Muth, age 11, Tina Muth age 8 both of 785 E 146the street. 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. Conrad was the son of Conrad Muth a brother of John Muth. He told the Times John and his son had become seperated from the rest and were forced to jump overboard.
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).
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.
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 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."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.Õ1904: 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 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 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.
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"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.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, USA1880: 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 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
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 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 AveNot 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 Ancestry.com).
The NYC Death Index lists:
Stahl Emil 12 y Jun 15 1904 3065 Bronx1904: 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 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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
More on The General Slocum 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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