A Few Hoff Family Members

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According to the caption written on its back, the above photograph depicts May, Louis, and Annie Hoff who lived at 1711 North Bethel Street:

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The photograph was in a big bunch I bought at an antique store in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore in early 2018. I discovered after I got home that I had also scooped up the the following photograph which, according to its caption, depicts their father, John Hoff.

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While it is obvious that the captions were written by the same hand, we can also see that John Paul Hoff (1866-1946) and Amelia Achatz Hoff (1871-1947) lived at 1711 North Bethel Street between 1902 and 1910. The children are too young for the photograph to have been shot at this address but I had no success in fixing the photograph’s setting. We learn from the 1910 Census that John was born in Switzerland and was a carpenter whose mother tongue was French. Amelia was born in Germany and was a homemaker. They had been married 19 years in 1910 and 10 of the 12 children Amelia bore were still living.

Mary Anna Hoff (1883-1963) was also known as Mae. She married Francis Kirby McManus (1890-1983) and they had two daughters, Anna Irma McManus (1913-2003) and Mary Althea McManus (1917-2018).

Louis A. Hoff (1896-1969) was a plumber. He married Cecilia Morris (1897) and they had one son, Louis Nicholas Hoff (1925-1970).

The only traces of Annie Hoff (February 1895) I could find were in the 1900 and 1910 Censuses.

Ernsberger’s Photograph Gallery appears to have been located at 501 and 503 North Gay Street, Baltimore, MD in 1891, but the property went for auction that same year. In 1996 J. G. Ernsberger was operating his “photographing establishment” up the street at 588 North Gay Street. This dates the photograph of John to circa 1891.

John appeared with his family in Census records until 1920, but in 1930 and 1940 he was enumerated as a patient at the Spring Grove State Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Catonsville, MD. Amelia was enumerated in the Census as married in 1930 and 1940. By 1924 she was listed as single in the city directory and living at 4322 East Eager Street in Baltimore, a house Louis bought in 1923. Starting in 1924 Amelia was listed in city directories as the “widow of John P.”

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A Few Hoff Family Members

A Sense of Colorful Well-Being: Joan Marie Reiter

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The owner of that big, beautiful smile was Joan Marie Reiter (1929-2017). I found her photo album, dated 1948, at an antique store in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden in January 2018. I could afford to purchase only the pages which contained photographs of her and members of her immediate family and a couple of loose ones stuck inside.

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Joan was born in the Bronx to Robert Francis Reiter, Sr. (1883-1964) and Mae Margaret Terrell (1894-1962). She graduated from Metuchen High School in Metuchen, NJ in 1947. She was a member of the “Twirlers” who were described in the 1947 yearbook, the Blue Letter, as “high school girls in blue and white costumes” who “lined the halves at football games and generally gave to the school games a sense of colorful well being.” She was also a member of The Middionettes Club which “was organized not as a ‘good-time’ club but with the idea of being generally helpful . . . making favors, tray covers, etc., for hospital trays and lending a helpful hand wherever it is most needed.

Here is Joan posing with a 1941 Chevrolet Master Delux:

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Below is Joan and her ’47 classmate Ellen Ruth Christophersen:

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Here is a photo of the previously mentioned Ellen Christophersen, classmate Elizabeth Anne Coffey (1930-2000), and Roger J. Canary III (1929-1974).

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Below are photos from a pages in Joan’s album. First up are Joan’s mom, Mary Margaret Terrell (1894-1962) and Joan’s brother, William John Reiter, Sr. (1920-2002) who was known as Billy. Billy was a welder.

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Below are three photographs of Joan’s other brother, Robert Francis Reiter, Jr. (1922-1982), also known as Bobby, who was an accountant. I don’t know who the women are or the identity of the photobomber.

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Finally, a photograph of Joan’s dad, Robert Frank Reiter (1883-1964)

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Joan married Joseph Michael Dalton (1925-1996) in 1954 and, after he died, Francis Michael Mirkay, Jr. (1938-2003). All three of them are buried in Potomac, MD.

 

A Sense of Colorful Well-Being: Joan Marie Reiter

Frank at 1529 Holbrook Street, Baltimore, MD

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Pictured above is Francis Joseph Zeller (1897-1979), AKA Frank, on 19 June 1910. He was about a month shy of 13 years old. As you can see from the caption on the back (below), he is standing in the back yard of 1529 Holbrook Street, Baltimore, MD “which mother kept neatly and proudly.” Holbrook Street is in the neighborhood of Oliver (see map below). I have not yet determined which of Frank’s sisters wrote that.

Frank was the son of Louis M. Zeller (1864-1926) and Margaret Ann Buechner (1868-1938). Louis purchased 1529 Holbrook Street from Ella A. Murphy in 1907. The house was subject to a ground rent of $39 until Louis acquired the ground from W. Allen Hammond in 1920. Margaret sold the house to Frank after Louis died in 1926 but maintained ownership of the ground. In 1937 Margaret and Louis sold the house and ground to Frank’s sister, Caroline M. Zeller (1893-1965), and her husband, Benjamin Harrison “Harry” Gosnell (1889-1960). Caroline and Harry had owned 1544 Holbrook Street since 1927. I’ll tell you more about the Gosnells in a future post.

The next door neighbor whose window is visible and mentioned in the caption was Ella M. Carlin (1858-1946) who lived at 1527 Holbrook Street. She was married to John W. Harris (1852-??). Her brother Louis B. Carlin (1864-1930) lived with them there at the time of his death.

Here is the back of the above photograph:

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In the next photograph of Frank, developed 2 May 1933, he is 35 years old and again standing in the back yard of 1529 Holbrook Street. The dog in the photograph belonged to Eva M. Smith (1890-1981) who was married to John W. Bates (1897-1969). They were neighbors two doors down at 1525 Holbrook Street.

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The three-story residences behind Frank were in the 1500 block of Aisquith Street. These three-story residences were replaced by two-story residences in the 1970s. A 10 June 1970 article in the Baltimore Sun discussed the recent demolition of 1531, 1533, and 1535 Aisquith Street, after they were condemned by the Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development. The article noted that 1531 Aisquith Street was owned by a couple living in Trieste, Italy. A lien of $1200 was placed against the property to cover the costs of razing the house and “wall patching” at 1529 Aisquith Street, which was left standing, but a spokesman for the Department was quoted as saying “it’s going to be difficult to collect.” Almost 50 years later the problems associated with dilapidated housing and absentee owners still exist in Baltimore.

Below is a recent Google Earth Street View view of 1525, 1527, and 1529 Holbrook Street. All three of the houses are vacant.

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Here is a map of the neighborhood of Oliver with Holbrook Street marked in red”

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These photographs were among about 50 I purchased from an antique store on The Avenue in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore in July 2017.

Watch this blog for more of what these photographs tell us about the Zeller Family and life in ancient Baltimore.

 

Frank at 1529 Holbrook Street, Baltimore, MD

Reuschlein and Wolfe and Great Hats

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The beautiful people above are Albert Charles Fredrick Reuschlein (1875-1948) and Bessie M. Wolfe (1875-1967).

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Albert was the son of George Reuschlein (1847-1936) and Anna Margaret Schneider (1847-1892). All four of Albert’s grandparents were born in Germany. Bessie was the daughter of Samuel Y. Wolfe (1847-??) and Susan Carlin (1847-??) who were born in Pennsylvania as were all four of her grandparents.

Albert and Bessie grew up in Cumberland, MD and married there in circa 1900. They both performed in vocal ensembles of various configurations at the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Street and at the Y.M.C.A. Albert worked as a clerk, timekeeper, and statistician for the B&O Railroad and retired on 3 July 1940 after 43 years of service. Bessie worked as a dressmaker and stenographer. Albert was a member of Ohr Lodge No. 131, A. L. & A. M for 35 years. They had one daughter, Elizabeth Carlin Reuschlein (1903-1977). She married Clinton Leroy Ewing, Sr. (1898-1989) and they had one son, Clinton Leroy Ewing, Jr. (1925-1983).

Bessie and Albert moved from Cumberland to Baltimore around 1920. They were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in plot which is also the final resting place of Carlin and her husband (findagrave.com memorials 157268103-6).

Bessie and Albert were great hat people. Below they’re posing with Carlin.

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Here is Carlin and an unidentified man:

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I bought these photographs at an antique store on The Avenue in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden.

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Reuschlein and Wolfe and Great Hats

Feete Family

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The above photograph depicts Carrie May Feete (1869-1962) according to the inscription on its back:

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Carrie was the only daughter of Henry Calvin Feete (1838-1924), a constable and undertaker in Middletown, MD, and Mary Elizabeth Null (1841-1907). Carrie’s six siblings were all brothers.

Carrie married William Hamilton Leatherman (1868-1928). William was a farmer who died on the farm where he was born. William was the son of George Leatherman (1827-1907) and Rebecca Elizabeth Johnson (1827-1908). George was known as Elder George Leatherman and was a farmer and a minister in the Dunkers church, also known as the German Baptists or Church of the Brethren. There is much material about the Leathermans of central and western Maryland available on the Internet and in libraries, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here. If you want more dope just ask me. Generally, there were two Leatherman clans which intermingled together and with the Harshman and Warrenfeltz families. Below is William:

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Carrie and William had four children. Two of them, Carroll Feete Leatherman, Sr. (1898-1977) and Leslie Daniel Leatherman (1900-1940) are pictured below:

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Carroll married Eleanor Martha Hedges (1901-1988) and they had one child, Carroll Feete Leatherman, Jr. (1933-2014).

Leslie Married Pearl Elizabeth Harshman (1901-1923) in 1922 and she died suddenly the next year. In 1924 Leslie married Nellie May Leatherman (1898-1975) and they had one son, Richard Lee Leatherman (1926-2010).

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Carrie’s brother Alva Daniel Feete (1873-1942) married Lulu K. Welton (1876-1932) and they had no children:

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Carrie’s brother Charles Henry Feete (1867-1947) started his professional life as a telegrapher for the Mutual Union Telegraph Company offices in Ellicott City and Rockville, MD. After bookkeeping in Chicago for about two years he returned to Frederick County in 1899 and, following in his father’s footsteps, established the C. H. Feete and Brother “ambulance and undertaking” business in Brunswick in partnership with is brother, William ((Null)) Feete (1873-1906). Charles’ obituary says he was “long considered Brunswick’s ‘first citizen.'” When he died he left the business to his sons who are pictured below, Charles Floyd Feete (1894-1954) and Bernard Lee Feete (1899-1963). The stamped name “Carroll H. Feete” refers to another of Carrie’s brothers, Carroll Hoffmeyer Feete (1878-1924).

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I bought these photographs from an antique dealer in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore in March 2017. It came with a number of other photographs of more distant family members and associates which you will see in these pages at some point down the road.

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Feete Family

The Garner Family

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The above photograph depicts John Jacob Garner (1873-1958), his wife Lydia Mae Royer (1871-1950), and two of their four children. The Garners were members of the Church of the Brethren and Lydia appears in traditional headgear as she does in the photograph seen here on her findagrave.com memorial page.

Sitting on her mother’s lap is Gladys M. Garner (1905-1910). I was unable to find out how Gladys died at such a young age. She was enumerated in the Census of 1910 on 20 April 1910 in Manchester, MD. She is buried with her parents, brother Jonas Sterling Garner (1910-2009), and sister Rachel H. Garner, in Meadow Branch Cemetery, Westminster, MD (61586941, 61586920, 42503690, and 6158696.)

To the left is her brother, Ralph L. Garner (1902-1989). He married Anna V. Myers (1908-1983) in 1930. They did not have children. They are buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Westminster, MD. Their obituaries are here, 54071591 and 54071594.

It is worth noting that many members of the extended family spent their last years living in the Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Home.

Below is the back of the insert to the frame which contained the photograph. I bought the photograph and insert at an antique store in the Baltimore neighborhood of Hampden in October 2016.

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The Garner Family

Two Frizzell Brothers

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The young man in the above photograph is Raymond Lewis Frizzell (1880-1949). The photograph below depicts his brother Gordon Brewester Frizzell (1893-1962) and was taken about November 1894. They were two of the four sons of Berthian “Bertha” Oswald Frizzell (1851-1916) and Mary Cora Harding (1857-1903). The other two sons were Walter Harding Frizzell (1882-??) and Ira Rudisill Frizzell (1884-??)

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According to a biography in History of Frederick County Maryland, Vol. 2 which contains a number of errors, after being educated in public schools Bertha drove a huckster’s wagon between his home town of New London and Baltimore. He later operated several creameries in Frederick County. He moved to the Baltimore suburb of Catonsville in 1890 and “opened an office as general commission agent in Baltimore.”

After graduating from Eli Lamb’s Private School (Society of Friends), Raymond worked for his father in Baltimore. In 1903 he bought a creamery in Monrovia and moved there. He was a notary public and belonged to the Democratic Party, the 5th Maryland Regiment, the International Order of Odd Fellows, and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Raymond’s obituary published in the 13 January 1949 edition of The Evening Sun (Hanover, PA) noted that Raymond was one of the first highway patrolman in Maryland and a watchman at the B&O Railroad’s pier at Locust Point. His law enforcement career apparently began when he was named a Frederick County deputy sheriff in 1911. He married Carrie Delana Bankert (1875-1966) in 1904. At the time of their marriage she was a nurse and assistant superintendent at the Baltimore Eye and Ear Hospital on Franklin Street in that city. He is buried in Central Cemetery, New London, MD (15952643) and she is buried with her parents in Saint Johns Evangelical Cemetery, Mexico, MD (48778003).

Gordon appeared in the The Baltimore Sun of 19 June 1902 in a story describing how he had sleepwalked out of a 2nd story window of the family’s home in Catonsville. He never married and his occupations were “clerk” and “mattress maker” in Census records. He apparently entered the Springfield State Hospital in 1937 and was enumerated there in the Census of 1940–that was the last I found of him. He is buried in Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore (92748504).

I purchased these photographs at an antique store in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore in October 2016. Below are the backs of the photographs.

Two Frizzell Brothers