Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Travel Tuesday - 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis

I have two copies of the same photo.  Wonderfully, they are from different families and between the two photos, all but one person is identified.

1904 World's Fair
Only people identified:  woman 3rd from left - Leo Bessie Spieth, woman seated on left - Mrs. Rodenberger
woman seated in the middle - Iona Dawson, and young man standing on far right - Challis Dawson

1904 World's Fair
[Source:  Jeanie Ommerle]
Top - Edith, 2nd Gma Rodenberger (Elizabeth), Leo, Clara, Billie Spieth, Nettie Spieth Bradley
Bottom - Harold, Sis, Ralph Bradley, Harry Bradley
"Lived in tent while there.  Smallpox epidemic in progress."
[Only the two people standing on the right side were unidentified.]

In Letters to Connie Rodenberger Fulton, 1901 - 1908, on page 16, C. C. Rodenberger wrote to his daughter, Connie on September 25, 1904.  C. C. Rodenberger lived in Oswego, Kansas and his daughter lived in Arizona.
". . . There is considerable sickness around here and has been Several deaths we are all on foot  Uncle Levy his wife and baby will start the third of next month from medford by the southern rout, he will land here on the Katy  Stop a day or two then go to the fair at St Louis on account of his ticket then will come back and visit with pa for Some time none of us have seen him for 48 years he says that is the cheapest rout 36 dollars a ticket . . ."
[Source:  Charles Alvard Rodenberger]

In the photos are two sisters:  Clara (Rodenberger) Spieth and Iona "Sis" (Rodenberger) Dawson.  Clara's husband is Billie Spieth.  Their children are Leo Bessie, Edith, and Harold Spieth.  2nd Grandma Rodenberger is the step-mother of Clara and Iona - the 2nd wife to their father.  Iona's son is Challis Dawson.  Nettie Spieth Bradley was the sister of Billie Spieth and, I believe, Ralph and Harry Bradley are her sons and they lived in Illinois.  Iona and Challis Dawson also lived in Illinois, Edgar Co.  The Spieths and 2nd Grandma Rodenberger lived in Cherokee Co, Kansas.

Charles C. Rodenberger was the brother of Clara and Iona.   John Harland Rodenberger, the father of Iona, Charles, and Clara, was the oldest brother of Uncle Levy.

Levi Cornwall Rodenberger was captured in the Civil War and escaped from prison.  I have read of two different regions - Huntsville, TN and Petersburg, VA -  and am not sure which is correct.  Some time after the Civil War, Levi headed west -  possibly with his brother Moses Rodenberger [See post of 10/2/2011].  He is enumerated in the 1870 Federal Census of Myrtle Creek Precinct, Douglas Co, Oregon. 

Travelling with Levi would have been his second wife, Sherry Abigail (Dean) Rodenberger.  Since the child is referred to as a baby, I would surmise that he would be Robert Dean Rodenberger, youngest son of Levi, who was born in 1901.

John Harland Rodenberger died 6 September 1908 in Cherokee Co, Kansas at the age of 76.  Levi Cornwall Rodenberger died 25 May 1933 in San Francisco, California at the age of 90.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Marie C (Doumont) Johnston

The McKeesport Daily News
 Monday, August 14, 1944

    Mrs. Marie C. Johnston, widow of Seibert Johnston, died yesterday at her home, 1013 Fifth Avenue.
    She was 66 years old and spent much of her life in this district.
    Survivors include four sons, Earl, Seibert, and Ralph of McKeesport, and Corporal Lloyd, of the U.S. Army stationed in Louisiana, one daughter, Mrs. Rosine Readel; a sister, Mrs. P.J. Pierrard of Midway; 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
    Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Readel, 455 Twenty-seventh Avenue, in charge of Reader Melvin Carter.  Interment will follow in Versailles Cemetery.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Obituary - Dick Sabatini

Carmella and Dick Sabatini

Richard A. "Dick" Sabatini, 78, of Dunmore, died peacefully Tuesday in Hospice Community Care surrounded by his family. His wife of more than 50 years is the former Carmella Quatra.

Born in South Scranton to the late Steve and Stella Fabrio Sabatini, he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and went on to honorably serve for four years in the
United States Navy during the Korean War as part of Jet Fighter Squad #71. He attended and graduated from the University of Scranton on an athletic scholarship and earned his B.S. and M.B.A. For a short time, Dick worked as a special agent with the United States Treasury Department within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He was a teacher at Lackawanna College for 10 years, where he was chairman of the faculty, Athletic Director and coached both basketball and baseball. He later worked as manager for the George Pegula Insurance Company before becoming Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Deputy Director of ten state general hospitals. In 2000, he was elected to Dunmore Borough Council, and upon retirement, he worked for the Lackawanna County Bureau of Elections.

Dick was an active member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore, and was a former member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in South Scranton. He always found joy in helping others and in serving his church. He was a selfless man, a true friend, and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Also surviving are a daughter, Gina Galluci and husband, Carl, Voorhees, NJ; four grandchildren who were his "gold," Giuliana, Summer, Dominic Richard and Ava Bella Gallucci, all of Voorhees, NJ; a sister, Virginia Duboski and husband, Tony, Clarks Summit; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Sabatini.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass at 11 a.m. in the St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith St., Dunmore. Interment in the Italian-American Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. To send the family an online condolence or for more information, please visit www.Dun

Published in Scranton Times on January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Becoming a U.S. Citizen - Desire Doumont

Arriving in the United States in May of 1887, Desire Francis Joseph Doumont submitted his Intention to become a Citizen of the United States on September 18, 1890 to the Court of Common Pleas, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Intention to become a Citizen of the United States of America
Desire Doumont
18 September 1890
[Source:  Footnote]

On September 17, 1892, Desire Doumont being duly qualified, is admitted a CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES.

District Court of the United States
Western District of Pennsylvania
Citizenship document for Desire Doumont
17 September 1892
[Source:  Footnote]

Monday, January 9, 2012

SS Noordland Partial Manifest
Sailing from Antwerp, Belgium
Arriving Port of New York, 19 May 1887
[Source:  Ancestry]
Line 113 - D. F. J. Doumont, age 34, male, Coalminer, from Belgium, Nationality - Belgian, Going to Midway, 4 pieces of luggage, Forward Deck Level 2, Starting from Caumont [?].  Listed with him is Rosine Doumont, age 29; Marie Doumont, age 11; and J. D. Doumont, male, age infant. 

After J. D. Doumont, a Marie Granmoth, age 64, housekeeper, from Belgium, Nationality - Belgian, Going to Midway, no luggage listed, Afterdeck Level 3, Started from Grand Sus [?].  Is Marie related to Desire and Rosine's family?

Listed on Lines 107 and 108 are Jules J Gilles, age 25, coalminer, and Juliette Gilles, age 20.  Then, Emi Doumont, male, age 24, Georlette Cath, female, age 22, Clem Doumont, male, age 2, and Florastina Doumont, female, age 9/12, follow on Lines 109-112.

I believe, but do not have proof, that Juliette Gilles and possibly Emi Doumont are siblings to Desire Doumont.  In 1901, Desire Doumont and Juliette Gille arrived at Ellis Island, New York after sailing from Antwerp, Belgium.  Both were noted on the manifest as "Citizen Discharged on Pier" and from Midway, Pennsylvania.

SS Noordland
[Source:  Ancestry]

This steamship was built by Laird Bros. of Birkenhead for Red Star Line. She weighed 5,212 gross tons, had a length of 400 feet and a beam of 47 feet, one funnel, four masts, and a single screw. Her service speed was 13 knots. There was accommodation for 63 first-class, 56 second-class, and 500 third-class (steerage) passengers.
Launched on 11 January 1883, she began her maiden voyage on 29 March 1884, sailing from Antwerp, Belgium to New York City. She began her last sailing on this service on 9 March 1901. She was then chartered to the American Line, with accommodations altered to carry 160 second-class and 500 third-class passengers. She began sailing a Liverpool-Philadelphia route in April 1901. Beginning on 28 March 1906, she made two round-trip voyages on the old Antwerp-New York route, then resumed service between Liverpool and Philadelphia. She made her last voyage in this service in 1908, and was scrapped later the same year.
[Source:  http://rogerkreuz.com/gen/ships]

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Desire and Rosine Doumont

Center Cemetery, Midway, Washington Co, Pennsylvania -

Desire Francis Joseph Doumont born Feb. 1852 in Belgium, died 1905
Rosine (Thierry) Doumont born Nov. 2, 1858 in Belgium, died Mar. 21, 1904.

Father                     Mother
Desire                     Rosine
1852-1905               1858-1904