Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing – Wernher von Braun
In a post about a circa 1907 family reunion on the Rightmeier homestead in Jewell County, Kansas, I mentioned a great great uncle, August, we had lost track of. A friend who has a gift for finding lost family on the Internet decided to poke around for me. I was humbled that she took time to do this.
What We Found On August G Rehtmeier
- He voted in 1890 while living at 819 W North Avenue, Chicago, IL
- On November 24, 1887 he married Catharine Goldenbogen in Chicago, IL. Sir name spelled Rithmeyer on the marriage license.
- 1900 US Census shows him in Chicago at that same location with a wife, Kate and three children, Neta
- (Nettie) (11), Walter (8) and Florence (5) Sir name spelled Rehtmeyr and occupation as a furniture dealer
- He and Kate took a ship while cited as being a resident of Chicago and he went to Hamburg, on the Hamburg-Amerika line, a Dampfschiff (steam ship)
- 1908 He’s married and going from Hamburg through a French port to New York
- September 12, 1912 He, Kate and the two girls takes the ship President Grant from Boulogne sur Mer France to New York
- 1920 Census he and Kate are living in Los Angeles on 3008 West 7th Street in a rental. He is listed as a furniture merchant and employer. The building there today looks about a 1920’s stor
efront. It is probable they lived above the store he ran. Name shown as AG Rehtmeyr
- Then I see him going from Hawaii to LA on a ship 1923 and he’s living in LA on Olive St in 1926. He voted in CA as a Republican.
- Two places have his death mentioned: Jan 6 1929, Los Angeles, CA at age 67. He’s buried at Forest Lawn Glendale. He was considered American on all the ships manifests.
- My Uncle August was Konrad (Conrad) August rather than August G. (forgot)
- He was born in 1848 rather than 1861 (My uncle naturalized around 1861
- My Uncle’s wife’s name was Maude (Martha) vs. Kate (Catherine)
- Yes, they were both from the same area of Germany, Lippe and traveled back to Germany at about the same time.
- Name spellings were known to evolve due to literacy levels, accents and the manual manner in which records were kept. Even in our family the name Rightmeier took on a couple of variations in the 1800s.
- My Aunt Maude’s name had only one source, a handwritten note on the 1906 family reunion photo – it could have been a mistake, etc. etc.
- It is amazing how you can recreate the lives of a branch of a family tree you knew nothing about – even if it is not your own!
- The spelling of names needs verification. This family had a lot of changes as did mine.
- I was surprised at how excited I was as I discovered information on this family and at how disappointed I was when I realized we were not related!