Johann Schroedel

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First Generation

  1. Johann1 N. Schroedel was born about 1824 in Bavaria, Germany.

    He left Bavaria, sailing from Bremen on board The Atlantic, arriving in New York on 19 Sep 1859. He was headed for Pittsburgh, traveling alone (with no other Schroedels), age 36, and a tailor.

    He married Katherine "Katie" Himmelein sometime before 1861. She was sixteen years younger, born about 1840 in Bavaria. She arrived in New York City on 20 Oct 1860, bound for Pittsburgh. It is likely they married soon after her arrival. We do not know if they met in Germany or in the U.S.

    In Pittsburgh, Johann continued to practice his trade as a tailor. Around 1869, he lived at 55 Main St., but by 1870, the family had moved to Allegheny City.

    He died in 1877, at the age of 53. She died in 1889. They are buried together at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Pittsburgh.

    1. An 1880 city directory gives his middle initial. Although he accepted the name John in American public life, the name on his tombstone is Johann.
    2. His parents remain unknown.
    3. This spelling of her name is taken from Anna's immigration record and her death certificate.
    4. "United States Germans to America Index, 1850-1897," FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDQQ-9XK: accessed 10 August 2015), Cathr. Himmelein, 20 Oct 1860; citing Germans to America Passenger Data file, 1850-1897, Ship Helvetia, departed from Bremen, arrived in New York, New York, New York, United States, NAID identifier 1746067, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

    Johann and Katherine had the following children:

    1. Philip Robert2 Schroedel was born on 7 Dec 1861 in Pennsylvania. He died on 14 Feb 1933 in Sadsbury, Crawford, Pennsylvania (Conneaut Lake). He married Anna Luella Vineyard.

    2. Jacob P. Schroedel was born on 20 Oct 1865 in Pennsylvania. He died on 17 Jun 1927 in Ross, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He married Amelia A. M. Fanck, daughter of Emil Martin Fanck and Anna Marie Hasom, 18 Jul 1895. She was born on 20 Sep 1869 in Germany. She died on 20 Nov 1936 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

      Together with Philip and Justus, Jacob founded the Schroedel Brothers news agency, which later became Schroedel & Siebert (in partnership with William and John Siebert). He continued as the news man after Justus took political office and Philip worked at a gas company.

      Jacob and Amelia did not have children.

    3. Anna Susanna Schroedel was born on 1 Jan 1868 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on 27 Jul 1947 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She married (2) John George Seibert.

    4. Justus F. Schroedel was born on 25 Jun 1871 in Pennsylvania. He died on 17 Jun 1947 in Ross, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He married (1) Charlota "Lottie" Miller, and (2) Catherine Dehla.

Second Generation

  1. Philip Robert2 Schroedel was born on 7 Dec 1861 in Pennsylvania. He died on 14 Feb 1933 at Conneaut Lake in Sadsbury, Crawford, Pennsylvania. He married Anna Luella Vineyard about Dec 1883. She was born on 7 Jul 1865 in Pennsylvania. She died on 24 May 1935 at Conneaut Lake. They are buried there at Lakeview Cemetery.

    Philip was a paper carrier at age 18, and then helped his brothers start the news agency. At age 25, he was a grocer. By age 38, he had become a gas inspector.

    In 1910, the family lived at 35 Enfield Street. By 1926, around his retirement age, the family moved to a farm at Conneaut Lake in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, which was a resort destination, known for an amusement park and boating.

    1. The date is inferred from a newspaper article about the celebration of their wedding anniversary.
    Births & Deaths in Anna Luella Schroedel's Family Bible (couresty of C. Schroedel)

    Philip and Anna had the following children:

    1. Ella Lyons Schroedel was born on 19 Jan 1885 in Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on 24 Jan 1958 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She married (1) Homer Franklin Mench, and (2) Franklin Washington Gass.

    2. Philip Robert Schroedel, Jr. was born on 8 Sep 1886 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 28 Jul 1952 in Arlington, Arlington, Virginia. He married Harriet Edna Marsh, daughter of Fred Marsh and Edna Blackwell, about 1916. She was born in 29 Nov 1892 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died 23 Apr 1957 in New Kensington, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.

      He began working at People's Natural Gas Co. as a water boy for 10 cents an hour in 1903.

      In about 1906, he attended Gallaudet Mute College in Washington, D.C., graduating with a B.S. in 1910. He studied accounting and played baseball. After graduation, he returned to the company as an accounting clerk, and worked in that position for 40 years. Nearly 20 people at People's Natural Gas learned sign language so they could communicate with him.

      At the time of his retirement, Philip and Harriet lived at 1106 Hillside Ave. in Pittsburgh. They enjoyed dancing and played bridge with friends. A newspaper article reported that he didn't have an enemy in the world.

    3. John Archibald “Arch” Schroedel was born on 3 Oct 1888 in Pennsylvania. He died on 23 Jan 1950. He married Mildred Lewis.

    4. Howard Milton Schroedel was born on 25 Aug 1891 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 1 Nov 1918 in France. He married Agnes Stella McMahon, daughter of Francis "Frank" Joseph McMahon and Mary Frankhouse, on 1 Apr 1918 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She was born on 29 May 1875 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on 13 Jan 1925 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

      He is listed in the 1910 census as a clerk at grocery store, but in the next few years he would become proprietor of his own store, located at 4709 Center Avenue (at corner of Neville).

      During World War I, Howard trained for a month at Camp Lee, and was sent to the front. He was a Private in Company M, with the 320th Infantry, and was severely wounded on the last day of the last battle at Sedan. In letters sent to Stella while he was still in the trenches, he wrote that the first battle there was “96 hours through hell” and he fought three days and three nights in a second engagement without rest, and had been on duty 18 days in the Argonne Forest.

      Stella received a telegram from the War Department by 12 Dec 1918 saying that Howard had been severely wounded. By 8 Jan 1918 he was reported killed.

      The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the largest in United States military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers, and was one of a series of Allied attacks known as the Hundred Days Offensive, which brought the war to an end on 11 Nov 1918. 26,277 American troops were killed in these battles, and 95,786 wounded.

      Howard is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

    5. John Charles Schroedel was born on 6 Jun 1894 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 1 Jan 1962 in Santa Clara, California. He married Margaret E Loper.

    6. Edith Elizabeth Schroedel was born on 16 Apr 1896 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died in Jun 1978 in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia. She married John "Jack" Ogston Livingstone Martin.

    7. Edgar Allen Schroedel was born 1 May 1899 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 1 Nov 1899 when he was six months old due to capillary bronchitis.

    8. Walter Dale Schroedel was born in Jun 1901 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 22 Jul 1901 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania when he was one month old due to cholera infantum.

    9. Dale Palmer Schroedel was born on 29 Aug 1903 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 15 Jun 1963 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He married Martha Agnes "Marty" Strohm.

    10. Theodore Clinton Schroedel was born on 7 Feb 1910 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 9 Oct 1927 at the age of 17 in Meadville, Crawford, Pennsylvania when he was shot and killed by Joseph S. Peterman.

      Theodore was taking Lorene Mellon, age 15, home after a football game. She asked him to come inside the house so that she could show him her guitar. After a few minutes, her step-father found them, and fired a shot at the girl. He missed. He then shot and killed Theodore, and then turned the gun on himself. One newspaper reported: “Mad infatuation of a man 37 years old for his 15-year-old step-daughter, resulted in a murder and suicide. Only the man’s poor aim prevented a double murder” (The News Herald, 11 Oct 1927, p. 8).

      Dale created a running award, "The Theodore Clinton Schroedel memorial trophy" in his memory.

      1. The Pittsburgh Press, Apr 7, 1929
      2. 1910 Census
      3. 1920 Census
      4. Pennsylvania Death Certificate
      5. "The Schroedel Mile"
  2. Anna Susanna2 Schroedel (Johann1) was born 1 Jan 1868 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She died on 27 Jul 1947 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She married John George Seibert, son of John Georg Seibert and Mary Eisenhard, on 26 Apr 1896 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He was born 12 Jun 1862 in Coraopolis, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died 1 Sep 1939 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Before her death, she lived at 3421 Gass Ave.

    Anna Susanna Schroedel and John George Seibert had the following children:

    1. Carl Edward Seibert was born on 15 Aug 1890 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 31 Jul 1964.

    2. Howard Arthur Seibert was born on 16 Nov 1892 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 11 Jul 1949 in Mayview, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    3. William John Seibert was born on 17 Dec 1898 in Pennsylvania. He died on 10 Feb 1971. He married Edith Marie Dietrich, daughter of Charles Peter Dietrich and Amelia Petri, about 1931. She was born on 9 Jul 1904 in Pennsylvania. She died on 12 Jan 1986 in Richmond, Chesterfield, Virginia.

  3. Justus2 Schroedel (Johann1) was born on 25 Jun 1871 in Pennsylvania. He died on 17 Jun 1947 in Ross, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He married (1) Charlotta "Lottie" Miller, daughter of Fred W. Miller and Dorothy Rosina (both from Germany), in 1934 in Wellsburg, Brooke, West Virginia. She was born on 28 Aug 1881 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on 22 Jan 1946 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania at 1822 Ley St. B. Pittsburgh. He married (2) Catherine Dehla, daughter of George Dehla and Catherine Krause, on 25 Jun 1892 in Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She was born on 27 Jan 1873 in Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on 15 May 1933 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    A biography published in 1904 states that he was one of the boys that sold papers on the funeral train of President Garfield as it passed through Allegheny city. He helped found the news agency with his brothers. His biography says that he "is regarded as one of the wide-awake young businessment of Allegheny, as well as one of the public-spirited citizens... he enjoys the full confidence of the people, and his name is frequently mentioned in connection with various offices as a possible and available candidate."

    He became a city councilman and had a long political career. In 1910, he was implicated in a graft scandal, but this cleared up quickly, and he was appointed police magistrate in 1912.

    1. Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: personal and genealogical, with portraits. Madison, Wisconsin: Northwestern Historical Association, 1904, pp. 416-417.

    Justus and Catherine had two children:

    1. Roy Harrison3 Schroedel was born 31 Jul 1892 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 12 Jun 1956 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He married Helene Virginia Smith.

    2. Esther S. Schroedel was born 20 Dec 1895 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died 21 Oct 1933 in Pittsburgh at age 37 (no children). She married Harry Elmer Mahnert, son of Otto Friedrich Manhert and Louise A. Grotemeier, on 20 Jun 1923 in Pittsburgh. He was born 13 Sep 1892 in Allegheny City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania and died 29 Mar 1967 in Pittsburgh. He later married Mary Kane and Rose Lieb.

Third Generation

  1. Ella Lyons3 Schroedel (Philip2, Johann1) was born on 19 Jan 1885 in Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died 24 Jan 1958 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Her last residence was 230 Green St. in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

    She married (1) Homer Franklin Mench, son of Alexander Mench and Katherine Jane Gibboney, on 26 Feb 1904 in Columbiana, Ohio. He was born on 27 Aug 1876 in Williamsburg, Blair, Pennsylvania. He died on 27 Apr 1932 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Homer was a railroad engineer. She is buried next to Homer in Allegheny Cemetery.

    She married (2) Franklin Washington Gass, son of Christian Henry Gass and Kathering Rockencies, on 1 October 1941 in Pittsburgh. He was born 24 June 1877 in Pittsburgh and died 17 October 1953 at Wilkinsburg, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    1. Her husband's name is given as "Homer F. Gass" on her death certificate. John C.'s death certificate lists his mother's maiden name as "Laurie" but all other sources say "Vineyard."

    Ella and Homer had one child:

    1. Howard Willis Mench was born on 19 Oct 1906 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He married Amelia "Millie" Caroline Gerhardt, daughter of Frank Gerhardt and Anna Maleik on 19 Jun 1937 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She was born on 5 Jan 1908 in Millvale, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on 14 Nov 2001 in Verona, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. They had one son.

  2. John Archibald "Arch" 3 Schroedel (Philip2, Johann1) was born on 3 Oct 1888 in Pennsylvania. He died on 23 Jan 1950 in Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, New York. He married Mildred Lewis, daughter of Charles Edward Lewis and Mary Theodora Burnett on 16 Sep 1918 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania at Bellefield Presbyterian Church. She was born on 12 Jun 1896 in Cambridge, Lamoille, Vermont. She died on 1 Aug 1993 in Northbrook, Cook, Illinois at Glen Oaks nursing home.

    In 1920, he was living on a farm in Sandy Creek, Mercer, Pennsylvania. By 1930, he had moved to Bergen County, New Jersey. In 1936, He moved to Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, new York. There, he worked at the Children’s Village and later at the Phillip’s Company.

    John Archibald Schroedel and Mildred Lewis had the following children:

    1. John Arch Jr.

      John Arch4 Schroedel Jr. was born on 14 Jun 1919 in Pennsylvania. He died on 23 Jul 1968 in White Plains, Westchester, New York. He married (1) Selina "Sally" Greenbaum, daughter of Lawrence Greenbaum and Syvia Sobel. She was born on 19 May 1926 in Larchmont, Westchester, New York. She died on 26 Jul 2007 in Briarcliff Manor, Westchester, New York.

      He married (2) Jean Marie Lindstrom, daughter of John (Johann) R. Lindstrom and Hedgwig Johnson in 1959 in Florida. She was born on 15 Mar 1933 in New Jersey.

      During World War II, he was a Private First Class. He spent three years in the South Pacific, and served in the military campaigns of Blak and Hollandia. At Hollandia, New Guinea, he was a member of a patrol that liberated a Japanese prison camp and rescued a group of missionaries and nuns. For exemplary conduct in action, he was awarded the Combat Infantryman badge and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and American Defense Ribbons. After the war, he participated in the national “Here’s Your Infantry” tours which demonstrated battle tactics to the public.

    2. Karl

      Karl Burnett Schroedel was born on 15 Jan 1923 in Moon, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 15 Apr 1978 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. He married (1) Lillian Jeanne Cox on 16 Jun 1951 at St. John’s Methodist Church in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York. She was the daughter of Herbert Spencer Cox and Laura Jean Rough; born 9 Feb 1923 in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York, and died 15 Dec 1990 in North Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. They had five known children.

      He married (2) Jane Forrest Smock, daughter of Karl Kightlinger Smock and Betty Louise Henry, on 2 Apr 1971 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. She was born on 12 Jun 1938 in Pennsylvania.

    3. Bob

      Robert Townsend Schroedel was born on 11 Oct 1924 in Pennsylvania. He died on 5 Mar 1974 in Manhattan, New York, New York. At the time of his death, he lived at 515 East 89th Street in Manhattan. He was 8 Mar 1974 buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in Ardsley, New York.

  3. John Charles Schroedel (Philip2, Johann1) was born on 6 Jun 1894 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 1 Jan 1962 in Santa Clara, California. He married Margaret E. Loper, daughter of Milton Smith Loper and Mary Bell McBride in Apr 1921. She was born in 1901 in Pennsylvania. She died on 17 Jul 1952 in Santa Clara, California.

    John and Margaret had the following children:

    1. Donald Rodney4 Schroedel was born on 13 Feb 1922 in Meadville, Crawford, Pennsylvania. He died on 1 Aug 2003 in Capitola, Santa Cruz, California. He married (1) Delsa Renee Hansen, daughter of Jesse Leroy Hansen and Leota May Wick, on 14 Apr 1956 in Santa Cruz, California. She was born on 25 Feb 1933 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California. She died on 20 Oct 2008 in Boise, Ada, Idaho. He married (2) Barbara J. Zeiler on 25 Jun 1950 in Santa Clara, California. She was born about 1933.

    2. Ruth Schroedel was born on 10 May 1925 in Pennsylvania. She died on 14 Nov 2011 in Salinas, Monterey, California (Last residence: Vail, Pima, Arizona). She married Charles William "Bill" Comer. He was born on 31 Mar 1924 in Muncie, Delaware, Indiana. He died on 19 Aug 2001 in San Jose, Santa Clara, California.

    3. Richard Raymond “Dick” Schroedel was born 23 Feb 1928 in Meadville, Crawford, Pennsylvania. He died 25 Feb 1999 in Surprise, Maricopa, Arizona. He married (1) Imogene Louise “Jeannie” Morey, daughter of Linwood Jackson “Dutch” Burkholder and LaWanda Virginia Morey, on 2 Jul 1950 in Santa Clara, California. She was born 23 Jan 1932 in Lima, Allen, Ohio. She died 17 May 2006 in Kelseyville, Lake, California. (Her step-father was William Frederick Stengel, and she is also known by that surname.) They had three children, and divorced about 1960.

      By 1961, he married (2) Pauline L., born about 1928.

  4. Edith Elizabeth3 (Philip2, Johann1) was born on 16 Apr 1896 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died in Jun 1978 in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, where her son Dick lived. She married John “Jack” Ogston Livingstone Martin, son of Niel Martin and Ada Plant before 1931. He was born on 7 Sep 1897 in Shanghai, China. It is thought that he died around 1943 in Burma, possibly while fighting with the British against the Japanese in the Burma Campaign.

    Edith met Jack in China while teaching. She lived in Hawaii for many years. The exact connection has not been established, but it is said that Jack was a relative of the famous Scottish explorer David Livingstone.

    Edith Elizabeth Schroedel and Jack O. L. Martin had the following children:

    1. Barbara

      Barbara Livingstone Martin was born on 26 Jun 1930 in Mukden, Manchuria, China. She married Roland E. Quinlan, son of Martin J. Quinlan and Lillian Quinlan about 1954. He was born about 1932 in Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts.


    2. Dick

      Richard John "Dick" Livingstone Martin was born about 1932 in Saigon, French Indo China. He died on 24 Jul 2013 in Atlanta, De Kalb, Georgia. He married (1) Doris Emma Olson, and (2) Barbara B. Rose.

  5. Dale Palmer3 Schroedel (Philip2, Johann1) was born on 29 Aug 1903 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 15 Jun 1963 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He married Martha Agnes "Marty" Strohm, daughter of George H Strohm and Emma Barbara “Mimi” Auerswald in 1936 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. They met at the University of Pittsburgh. She was born on 4 Jan 1913 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on 4 Sep 2010 in New Milford, Litchfield, Connecticut at Danbury Hospital.

    Dale Palmer Schroedel and Marty had the following children:

    1. Carol Jean4 Schroedel was born on 3 Jan 1944 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    2. Ann Schroedel. She married Raymond Brewster “Bruce” Strong Jr., son of Raymond B. Strong and Dorothy Donaldson, on 29 Apr 1967 They lived in New York City, where Bruce was an officer at the Chemical Bank.. He was born on 5 Aug 1939 in New York. He died on 15 Feb 1992 in Strongs Neck, Long Island, New York.

      1. http://saq.smith.edu/i/514662-august-1967/70
  6. Roy Harrison3 Schroedel (Justus2, Johann1) was born on 31 Jul 1892 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died on 12 Jun 1956 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He married Helene Virginia Smith, daughter of Walton E. Smith and Arabella “Orie” Sipes, on 22 Jul 1919 in Bellevue, Allegheny, Pennsylvania at the First United Presbyterian Church. He lived at 1715 Rialto St. She was born 1 Jul 1894 in Allegheny City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died 31 Jan 1966 in Pittsburgh.

    Roy and Helene had the following children:

    1. Clare Catherine4 Schroedel was born on 9 May 1920 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She died on 9 May 2009 in Gibsonia, Allegheny, Pennsylvania at Jefferson Manor. She married Charles Henry Heim on 1 Jan 1943 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He was born 24 Apr 1914 in Ross, Allegheny, Pennsylvania and died 2 Nov 1986 in Gibsonia, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

    2. Dorothy Schroedel was born about 1925 in Pennsylvania. She married Robert Wade Nesbitt, son of Frank Nesbitt and Martha Jane Martin. He was born 17 Jul 1923 in Warrendale, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He died 21 Aug 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida.