1 No. 4 - August 1988
Lang Visits Home Of His Great-Grandfather Antoine Lobsinger
In Village Of Langatte, France
L. Lang, son of Leona (Lobsinger) Lang of Regina, SK, (House
of Peter), is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto
in the Department of Zoology. During his recent studies, he
had the opportunity to visit in France, where he met Gilles
Pfrunner (House of Pierre), who took him on a tour of the area
of Langatte, France. This is where Nicolas and Count Antoine
and all of the forefathers of the largest American and Canadian
Lobsinger famlies first appear.
his own words, in a letter to his mother, Tony Lang reports:"Langatte
is very close to the border of Lorraine (Lothringen is the German
name) and Alsace (Elsass in German). It (Langatte) is in Lorraine.
The house with the inscription is on the northwestern side of
the village. It is typical of the area in that it has the kitchen
in the center, the living room (containing a stove) near the street,
and bedrooms at the back.
street is on the north side of the house. Right now it is being
used for grain storage. The inscription over the door is on the
outside and is on the south side of the house.
name used is Andoni Lobsinger. Note the "d" instead
of "t". This was typical in this German speaking area.
The N's are reversed. Gilles believes it was because the people
who put it there were poorly educated.I
also took pictures of the area around Langatte, including the
Estang Stock (pond) where Antoine (Andoni) was found dead.
of the Church In Langatte, France where Andoni Lobsinger once
served as tithe collector to the parish priest. Photo courtesy
of Denise Gemma
also took pictures of the church and the presbytery where the
Cure' (priest) lived. The ghost of the Cure' was said to have
inhabited it at the turn of the century. I also took a picture
of a cross at the edge of a field on the east side of the village.
That was put there by a Lobsinger. These are typical of Catholic
countryside areas of Europe and were signs of devotion to the
church. They bear short inscriptions. All we could make out was...
" In ... Elisabeth Lobsinger .... .... Jahr 1859." (Ed
note: One of Antoine's daughters, Marie Elisabeth Lobsinger Germain,
reportedly died on 09 NO1857 - possibly the date of death could
have been 1859)
of the Church in Langatte France. Dates from the 1700s.
now, a farmer is using it to anchor a barbed wire fence.
Lobsinger tomb now belongs to another family and no longer has
the headstone of the Lobsinger family. In Europe, if a family
does not keep up a grave for more than... 40 years... then the
church gives it to another family. The bones remain in the crypt
(if they are still intact) and the new family places their bodies
in it and puts their own headstone. They're deep and spacious,
so they can accomodate many bodies.
Cross near Langatte France was placed there by an ancient Lobsinger.
The monument now anchors a fence.
is still a small sleepy farming village. The people over 50 years
of age still prefer to speak the local German dialect rather than
French. Gilles and his sister also speak it by learning it from
their grandparents, but are more fluent in French. They also took
German in school.
note: Louise Ohmer married Jean Louis Lobsinger on 14 JN 1803,
through whom most American and Canadian Lobsingers descend) Gilles
was researching those Ohmers and found that a descendant married
Walter Mondale, former US Vice President.
are apparently no people bearing the Lobsinger name now in France,
although there may be some in Switzerland. There are, of course,
descendants like Gilles and we also met a few others in Langatte.
also gave me a photo that came from the US and ...was taken in
Missouri. He hasn't a clue who it is but perhaps it could be published
in the newsletter to solicit an identification. (Ed. Note: probably
a daughter of Antoine Jean Michel Lobsinger who founded one of
the American branches of the family)
German name of Langatte was Langd and the name Lothringen came
from Lotharingie. Lothar was a grandson of Charlemagne. At the
time of Antoine, Lorraine and Alsace were very much German speaking
areas... the culture has been pretty much uniformly German from
the time of Antoine until the end of the Second World War."
Lang is working on his doctorate in ornithology. For his thesis,
he is studying the Eurasian tree sparrow. These sparrows are native
to Germany, but in 1870, twenty were released in St. Louis ('spose
a Lobsinger turned 'em loose?) and now there are about 150,000
in the US. He is comparing the songs of the American sparrows
with the German ones, to find out if they are saying the same
things in English as they do in German. Actually, it's more complicated
was during one of his trips to Germany to record the German sparrow
that he and his wife Saragine located Gilles, whom he had read
about in this newsletter. It is particularly intriging to note
that Tony was able to see the home of his Great-great-great-great-great-grandfather,
who by a strange coincidence, had the same first name!
is the home of Andoni Lobsinger, whose name is on the lintel on
the far side of the house, over the doorway. Photo courtesy of
Denise Gemma, who is standing by the corner of the house. The
building is now used for agricultural storage.
Mildmay Apple Butter Factory...
issue, we explored the workings of the Lobsinger Bros. Foundry
in Mildmay, On. The foundry manufactured "Lion" Threshing
Machines sold throughout the area. But in the off-season, their
was another improbable product produced at the foundry. Apple
to John Schmidt, who recorded the process for posterity, apple
butter kept the company in business during the lean years. Schmidt
reports that after harvest season in late September, it was time
to catch up on the company's bookwork and prepare the Cider Mill.
men would clear the stored parts out of the cider mill, soak the
tanks, and repair the cookers. Everything was cleaned up and ready
for the first apples to arrive. The early apples were not good
for apple butter, so only cider was made for some time. Advertisements
were put in the papers for custom apple butter cooking and when
the later McIntosh and Spy apples were ripe, appointments were
accepted to make apple butter.
in the morning, the boiler was steamed up, and Alf Meyer came
in from the farm to fire it for the day. One man was kept busy
hauling wood from the woodpile into the firehole. Steve Missere
and Tony Berberich looked after the cider press, pressing 40 to
60 gallons at a pressing, while Eugene Schwehr emptied the bags
of apples into the elevator. Another man pumped the cider into
tanks, measured it and directed it to the various cookers. This
man also recorded the gallonage and costs in a book, and collected
Berberich operated the schnitz cooker which cooked the apples
into applesauce for filler. Several men would also be peeling
pumpkins for filler. John Schmidt and Thomas Berberich were the
cookers. After the cooker was full, the cider was brought to a
boil and skimmed to skim off all the impurities, care had to be
taken to get all the impurities out before the cider boiled. A
spoonful of lard was added to keep the cider from boiling out
of the cooker, and the cider then had to be sweetened with soda
until the desired sweetness was reached.
the cider had boiled down enough to make room, filler amounting
to one quarter of the gallonage was added, and more soda added
until the desired taste was reached. The cider continued to boil
down until it was thick enough to break in layers off the edge
of a ladle, requiring some stirring and further tasting. For syrup,
no filler was added, and the cider was boiled down until it formed
strings coming off the ladle, much like taffy. Pumpkin filler
was used only to give the apple butter a lighter color and a milder
taste. The finished apple butter was then run out of the cooker
into a skuttle, and placed in a filling machine. One man filled
the jars or cans, while several more sealed them and put them
Brand Apple Butter" was shipped in small quantities throughout
Canada, and delivered to many of the large grocery chains.
farmers made up to a hundred gallons of it each year, for their
own use, and distribution to neighbors. A few customers made Pear
Butter or Apple Syrup and others added oranges, cinnamon, etc.
to their apple butter.
Lobsinger and later Louis Ruetz were kept busy trucking 10 ton
loads of apples from Thornbury, Clinton, Richmond Hill, Clarksburg,
and other apple districts.
several years in the late 1950's there was an exceptional yield
of apples and the trucks and wagons were lined up for blocks from
the cider mill. Every bit of storage space (including the shed
and yard) were piled with customer's apples, and though running
to full capacity, it was late in December before they were all
quite a few years, Doug Cleveland operated a booth at the large
fairs in the province, and at the end of each day all the cider
tanks had to be filled up so he could pick it up that evening
as he sold several hundred gallons of cider each day.
customers put down several hundred gallons for hard cider, but
several groups from Chepstow would put in over a thousand gallons
for hard cider each year.
was good for the foundry and cider press until the advent of self
propelled combines. Slowly but surely, threshing machine manufacturers
went out of business, and many of them sold their stock and parts
to Lobsinger Brothers, which continued to try to compete for the
harvest equipment market. A proto-type combine was even developed,
but never put into production.
last new "Lion" threshing machine was sold in 1970 and
while there was still a demand for apple butter, the building
and equipment built in the 1890's was not suitable for present
day conditions. Finally, the cider mill was shut down as well.
1976, the complete Mildmay Cider Mill was donated to the Ontario
Agricultural Museum, which also houses the plastic sided Lion
demonstrator, as well as the proto-type combine and an 1888 antique
1967, the Canadian Broadcasting Company sent a television crew
to Mildmay to film a program about the manufacturing of the Lion
thresher. Called "Aged In Wood", the program was shown
throughout Canada in 1968 and preserved on film some of the operations
of the last threshing machine company.
Dawn Lobsinger and Gary Douglas O'Connor were married in Huntsville,
On on March 18th, 1988. Kimberly is the daughter of James E and
Sharon Lobsinger of Tehkummah, On. (House of George)
and Dolores (Lobsinger) Schmidt of Mildmay, On., were guests of
honor at a reception in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary
on July 16, 1988. The celebration was held at the home of their
daughter, Mrs. Michelle (Gary) Napper in Cargill, On. The couple
have 6 children: Michelle Napper, Lauralea Weiler, Lois Jane Moran,
Jammy Lynn Tolton, John Blair Schmidt, and Nancy Ann Wild. Also
13 grandchildren at last count.
Branches In The Family:
Brooke Lobsinger -Born
to Gregory and Wendy Lobsinger (House of George) on April 7th,
1988, a daughter, Erica Brooke Lobsinger. She is the new sister
of Curtis, and 5th grandchild of James E and Sharon Lobsinger
of Tehkummah, On.
Robert Lobsinger - Steven Robert Lobsinger arrived on June
2, 1988 at 2:47 pm. He is the second child of Byron Louis and
Christine Strother Lobsinger, and the umpteenth grandchild of
John Ross and Catherine Marie Davis Lobsinger of Lake Worth, Florida.
(House of Peter)
Alise Lobsinger - Arriving on July 2, 1988 was Jessica Alise
Lobsinger, daughter of Michael Eldon and Kimberly Susann (Cummings)
Lobsinger of Lake Worth, Fla. This makes the umpty-one-th grandchild
of John Ross and Catherine Marie Davis Lobsinger (House of Peter)
and Debbie (Marsland) Lobsinger are the parents of Lucas Victor
Lobsinger born on Thursday, April 21, 1988. The youngster is an
8 pounder with one ounce to spare. Grandparents are Jim and Joan
Marsland of Guelph, On, and Vic and Susan (Graff) Lobsinger of
St. Catherines, On. (House of Peter)
Harry Roper - Cody Paulitzke - Two new arrivals in the House
of George: First, Tyler Harry Roper was born on May 17, 1988 to
Linda (Paulitzke) and John Roper. Second, Cody Paulitzke was born
earlier this year to David and Cindy Paulitzke. No exact date
on Cody's arrival was available. Grandparents are Marjorie (Lobsinger)
and Roy Paulitzki. Great Grandfather is Howard John Lobsinger
of Elliot Lake, ON.
Tyler John Schmidt was born on September 17, 1987 to Connie (Easton)
and John Blair Schmidt of Mississauga, ON. Grandparents are John
and Dolores (Lobsinger) Schmidt of Mildmay, ON of the House of
Ann Lobsinger - Katrina Ann Lobsinger is the first Great Grandchild
of John Ross and Catherine (Davis) Lobsinger of Lake Worth, FL.,
and the first Grandchild of John F. Lobsinger of Newkirk, OK.
Katrina is the daughter of John F. (Jr.) and Marsha (Jenkins)
Lobsinger of Newkirk, OK. She was born on June 14, 1988, at 5.27
pm, and weighed 8 lbs 4 ozs. Also House of Peter.
are looking for information on Lobsingers in the Merritt and Vancouver,
B.C. area who are descendents of George William Lobsinger. In
particular, information on Caroline Collins, William, Fred, and
Louis Lobsinger, Tillie O'Connell, and Margaret O'Donnell. Can
Goes To Four Continents
the addition to our mailing list of the addresses of Lobsingers
in Austrailia and now Tanzania, Africa, our little newsletter
is becoming somewhat international in nature! We have circulation
in 5 countries (U.S., Canada, France, Austrailia, and Tanzania).
Six if we include Texas. (just kidding, Ken)
hoping to receive addresses of some Old World Lobsingers so we
can continue to chase the family name back into history over in
Switzerland, and possibly the Karlsruhe, Germany area. Anyone
headed that direction, be sure to look for evidence of Lobsinger
trivia, and pass it on to us.
Lobsinger - Julius Lobsinger, Tombstone, Az. died January
29, 1988. Details of funeral not available. Julius was an adopted
son of Emil Lobsinger of Peoria, Ill. He was born in Belgium and
came to the US in 1914 with his original parents and older sister.
A younger sister was later born in Peoria.
parents were divorced a few years later, and his mother married
Emil Lobsinger, who adopted all three children.
Lobsinger reportedly had a brother who lived in Michigan. No one
yet knows what branch of the family Emil Lobsinger belonged to.
of the descendents of the House of Joseph live in Michigan, and
Joseph Lobsinger was married to a Josephine Emil, so there may
be a connection ...
Lobsinger and wife Esther (who survives him) moved to Arizona
in 1972, where they have lived for the past 16 years or so since
his retirement. It is not known if they have any children. We
would be pleased to hear from anyone with more information on
which branch of the family Emil Lobsinger hails from.
From The Mailbag
Harold and Allean
note from Harold and Allean Lobsinger of Apache Junction, Az.
Harold was surprised to find out there is at least one other Harold
Lobsinger from the last newsletter. "Do you think the world
is ready for two Harold Lobsingers?" he quips.
is a picture of Harold and Allean in this newsletter. We took
it on a visit to Harold's place a couple of years ago. Allean
does needlework, and Harold has become quite an artist. He's completed
20 oils just since last November.
is a retired United Airlines employee, and spends the winters
in Apache Junction, and the summers in Denver, with a lot of traveling
in between. His grand daughter Robin Jones of Oklahoma City also
gets our newsletter and says she enjoyes receiving it as well.
(House of Antoine)
Laurier Lobsinger of Kitchener, On. (House of Louis) sent us a
newspaper clipping about the man who spells backwards. You'll
find that story in this issue, too.
and Julianne Lobsinger of Snyder, NY (House of Peter) sent us
the names of their children, Jenny Lee and Luke David. That brings
their family chart up to the current generation. Bruce is the
son of Melvin E., son of Melvin R., son of George M., son of Peter,
son of Count Joseph.
L. and Eugene R. Lobsinger of Grayling, Mi sent us photo copies
of the naturalization papers of Petter Lobsinger and wife Frances.
They are his great grandparents. Dixie is training to become an
animal control officer, and her husband Eugene is a mechanic with
the National Guard and reserve sheriff's deptuy. They have two
children, Jeffrey R. and Melissa K. They are of the House of Joseph,
descending from Count Joseph through his son Joseph and Josephine
Emil, Petter, Peter Paul, and Eugene Myron. Dixie also sent considerable
information on the families of the other children of Petter and
Frances. The House of Joseph has been hard to reconstruct, and
this was important new information which we appreciate.
and Mrs. Richard J. Lobsinger of Warren, MI (House of Peter) sent
in their kids names and addresses. That brings them up to date
until grandkids start arriving! They have two daughters and one
son. Daughters are Mrs James (Laurie E.) Cross of Bloomfield Hills,
MI., and Mrs. Dale (Denise A) Alexander of Warren. Their son is
Terry R Lobsinger, of Warren.
the House of Louis comes a note from Arthur Peter Lobsinger of
Hanover, Ontario. He is the son of Isadore Alexander, son of Peter,
son of Louis, son of Count Joseph. Says he hopes the rest of you
also write and send in interesting articles so we can continue
to pass family stories around. He and wife Lois June Weidner have
two children, Allen Peter and Ann Elizabeth; also three grandkids,
Adam Peter, Trevor William, and Jason Allen, all sons of Allen
Peter and wife Joan Louise Cronin.
Lobsinger McIntee updated our list of her grandchildren quite
a bit. She reports that in addition to her recent County Fair
special award, she has also received her 60 year pin from the
Catholic Women's League. Congratulations!
about the time I fancy myself a full fledged newspaperman... big
shot publisher and all, I get a letter from Irwin (Lobie) Lobsinger
of Walkerton, Ontario. This fellow has been writing a newspaper
column for 20 years or so. One of 'em is partially reprinted in
this newsletter.The difference is he's 80-something and newspapers
only part time in between running a couple of businesses and spending
54 years in public service. Lobie is a truly remarkable individual.
He's from the House of Louis, son of Bridget Tschirhart and John
Lobsinger, son of Louis, son of Count Joseph.
Lobsinger of Minot, N.D. (House of George) sent us his new address,
and we appreciate that. I have no way of knowing where to send
the newsletter if you move and don't tell me. Post Office will
only forward for so long before they return them. Got several
back the last time.
Paintings by Jerome Lobsinger Of Minot, N.D.Jerry
is an artist, and sent us color slides of several of his works,
which are simply beautiful. At least one will be reproduced in
this newsletter, but I doubt that my black and white printing
will do justice to these outstanding wildlife portraits.Jerry's
son, Christopher James Lobsinger lives in St. Lucia, Queensland,
Austrailia, which makes him the first known Lobsinger to have
settled on that continent.
also has visited the Viet Nam Memorial, and sent us the location
of the name of John Dillon Lobsinger, son of Harvey, son of Simon,
House of Peter, who was killed in the war. If you get the chance
to visit the Memorial, his name is on panel 35E, line number 16.
So far as we know John Dillon is the only Lobsinger killed in
Vietnam. He died in 1967.
Generations Of Lobsingers: From left, Howard John Lobsinger, son
James Edward holding Curtis James, and Gregory James. The family
is of the House of George, and they live in Northern Ontario.
Edward Lobsinger of Tehkummah, On sent us a four generation photo
you'll find in this issue. He's from the House of George, too.
James and wife Sharon also have a brand new grandaughter, bringing
them up to 5 grand kids now. Also got a subscription check from
James Edward's dad, Howard Lobsinger of Elliot Lake, On..
Agombar, grandson of Salome Lobsinger Bohnert of the House of
Louis wrote us from an article he read a while back in the Mildmay
Town Crier. We put him on our mailing list, too. He provided some
new information on the family of Peter Lobsinger, son of Louis
and Catherine Gehl, and we sent him all of his Lobsinger ancestors
back to Nicolas of Langatte, France in the 1600's. We are continuing
to swap and compare information on his branch of the Lobsinger
Kenneth Lobsinger, Houston, TX
R Lobsinger of Houston, TX, stopped by our office in May, on his
way back home to St. Louis. Kenneth is a son of Leslie Lorenzo
and Irene Louise Palmer Lobsinger of O'Fallon, Ill. Ken is one
of the St. Louis Lobsingers, a descendent of Michael Lobsinger,
the brother of Count Joseph. He is an area manager for Hardy Shoe
Stores in the Houston area, and he has a couple of children named
Michael and Dawn Darlene. We took a mug shot of Ken while he was
here, which is printed somewhere in this newsletter..
Lobsinger Kretsch of Elbow, SK dropped us a nice letter with lots
of information on her family. She is a daughter of John Lobsinger
( House of Louis) and Bridget Tschirhart, and a sister of Alfred
Edwin, Clarence J, David Pius, and Irwin, all of whom we have
corresponded with from time to time. Florence was 93 years young
on May 17th of this year. Happy Birthday!
(Lobsinger) and Peter Kretsch Family: From left, Allan, Mervyn,
Earl, Leonard, Clarence, Cyril, Milton, and Raymond. Front, seated,
Bernice, parents Peter and Florence Kretsch, and Florene
and Rita Huber Schnarr dropped a note along with their family
tree. He reports remembering the Hergotte Threashers rolling off
the line when he was a boy in St. Clements. The Lobsinger Bros.
bought out the Hergotte plant in Mildmay, as was reported in the
last issue. Cyril is a descendant of Anna Lobsinger and Herbert
Schnarr, of the House of Louis Lobsinger. They have 7 children
and 6 grandchildren at this point.
(Graff) and Victor Lobsinger of St. Catherines (House of Peter)
sent word of a new grandchild, plus some very good photos of the
family of Joseph L. Lobsinger and hi second wife Catherine Beitz.
The also sent the information on Dr. Jane M. Moran, and a clip
of the obit of Reuben J. Lobsinger of the House of Louis who was
the father of Bishop Tom Lobsinger.
Lobsinger Lang of Buffalo, NY dropped us a nice note. She's from
the House of Louis, and recently celebrated her 80th birthday
with a noon Mass celebrated by Bishop Tom Lobsinger, courtesy
of her nieces and nephews in Buffalo. She also reports recovering
nicely from open heart surgery and cataract surgery during the
past 18 months.
Toffler of Coral Gables, FL saw her mother Barbara Lobsinger Mier's
name in the index in the last issue. She's from the House of Joseph
and wants us to put her and her sisters Luella Lee, Barbara Blancher,
and Betty Brownyn on the mailing list. We're happy to add them!
Now that you're all on board, send us what you can about your
familiy. Kids, grandkids, photos old or new, etc!
Leo S. Ruetz of Shaunavon, SK, comes a nice letter and picture
postcard of many of the early Lobsinger and Ruetz family members.
Leo has done a complete Ruetz family tree, which includes the
descendents of Caroline Lobsinger Ruetz which fit nicely into
our collection of Lobsinger descendents.
Ottawa comes word from John Patrick Lobsinger that he and his
wife Theresa Anne (White) will be moving to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,
in East Africa for a few years. Kids will be going, too, we presume.
They are Alison Mary, Meghan Patricia, and Timothy John (who was
born in Bangkok, Thailand on the family's last foreign excursion.
John is an employee of the Canadian Department of External Affairs.
He's from the House of Peter, son of Dr. Allan Joseph, son of
Ignatius Franz, son of Peter. More on him elsewhere.
received a note from Ken Lobsinger, who asked us to put him and
his brother Jim Lobsinger on the mailing list. Which we have.
They are sons of Leo Lobsinger, son of Francis X, son of Peter.
Ken and wife Margaret (Green) have two children, Blair and Brandon.
Jim and wife Sharon (McCulloch) also have two youngsters Michelle
Xavier Lobsinger and wife Caroline Krug. Photo taken in early
1900s. Photo courtesy of their granddaughter Doreen (Lobsinger)
Robson, who reports that the 4th Clayton Lobsinger (her dad) reunion
was held on Father's Day in Clesley, On., with 94 descendants
(Lobsinger) Robson sent us the photo of Francis X. Lobsinger and
wife Caroline (Krug) at the top of the page. She also sent a snapshot
of the 94 people who attended the 4th reunion of the descendents
of her father Clayton Lobsinger. Unfortunately, I can't enlarge
that one enough to print.
James B. Wise, M.D., of Oklahoma City is a descendent of the mysterious
Paul Lobsinger, the son of Count Joseph who moved from Ontario
without leaving many tracks to follow. Dr. Wise is trying to find
out what happened to the rest of that clan for us.
Lobsinger, a brother of Irwin and Florence (Lobsinger) Kretsch,
sent us this photo taken in 1987. Clarence was commended by
the Michigan Legislature in 1974 for stopping a train before
it hit a car stalled on the tracks. His actions thereby saved
the life of the driver. Clarence lives in Dearborn, MI.
Lobsinger - Businessman, Public Servant,
And Winner Of Coveted Julian Crandal Award
Once in awhile a truly
remarkable individual surfaces without making many waves. The
Lobsinger family sprouts such individuals every so often.
Safety Officer Irwin Lobsinger and small friend
of them is Irwin Lobsinger, son of John Lobsinger and Bridget
Tschirhardt of the House of Louis.
as he is known, is over 80 now, and still just as active as ever.
Among his many lifetime accomplishments, Lobby has served on the
Walkerton, Ontario Fire Department for 54 years. He was fire chief
for 37 years, and is still active as their Fire Prevention Officer.
addition, Irwin spent 22 years on the town council as Mayor, Reeve
(I don't know what a Reeve is, we don't have Reeves in Oklahoma),
and Councillor. His public service career includes the founding
of the Saugeen Valley Association, and in 1973 he won the Julian
Crandall Trophy, Canada's highest Conservation award.
Julian Crandall Trophy is awarded annually to the Canadian citizen
who through word, thought, effort or deed is considered to have
contributed most to the conservation of the renewable resources
of forest, field and stream in Canada.
trophy was donated in 1952 by Julian T. Crandall of Ashaway, Rhode
Island to the Canadian Travel Industry Association as an award
providing national recognition to individual conservation achievements
by Canadians. Mr. Crandall, a manufacturer, donated the trophy
in appreciation of many enjoyable fishing trips to Canada.
Lobsinger ranks among such Canadian notables as Richard Passmore,
executive director of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Charles
Sauriol, of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and David Munro,
director of Canadian Wildlife Service, all of whom have been awarded
the Julian Crandall Trophy.
his services in the field of wildlife conservation, Lobie is a
Hunting Safety Instructor for the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Since 1957, he has instructed over 3,000 students in safe hunting
you might think that is enough to keep an 80 year old busy. But
owns and operates Lobie's Riverbend Tent and Trailer Park, and
Lobies Flea Market.
Tent and Trailer Park is midway between Hanover and Walkerton,
On on highway 4. It boasts 42 acres of natural beauty, with serviced
and unserviced campsites and trailer hookups, with modern conveniences
like showers, shuffleboard courts and nature trails. Lobies Flea
Market is open weekends in June, July, and August, same location.
his spare time, Lobie is an artist, specializing in oils on 12"x16"
canvas. In 1987, Lobie produced 30 oils, which sell easily for
$100 each. (Send us a picture of your favorite, Lobie, and we'll
print it in the next newsletter)
sometime in between his other activities, Irwin Lobsinger is a
veteran Newspaper Columnist. For over 20 years, Lobie has been
the author of "Our Valley," a regular column of the
columns are a poupourri of hometown humor, wit, and wisdom from
his observations of everything in sight. A recent (February 3,
1988) column noted that as he and wife Ruth (Last) were "loafing
in the lobby of a hotel on Woodward Ave, a boy of about 14 came
in and asked the hotel clerk to reserve a bridal suite for a date
in 2009. Nothing like looking ahead," quipped Lobie.
hostess at a restaurant asked us if we had a reservation - we
must have looked like Indians."
laughed loud and long when a lady came along dragging a little
wagon on the sidewalk with a goldfish bowl, fish and all. She
was taking the dear thing for a walk."
column is one anecdote after another, all quaint observations
of a life he enjoys to the fullest!
town of Walkerton enjoys "Lobie Park," which was donated
to the city by Irwin on the date of his parents Diamond Jubilee
Anniversary on July 31, 1948. In the past, Irwin has also operated
an auto parts business.He
and Ruth have 4 children. Son Ronald is married to Jeannette Ernest
and they have 3 children of their own, Paul, Christina, and Heather.Gail
is married to John Voisin, and their son is named Robbie.
Nancy is married to Doug Koeslag, and daughter Grace is married
to Harry K Schnurr. Grace and Harry have a daughter, too, named
Laurie, and a son Michael.
last May, Lobie sold his campsite and flea market operation with
the idea of maybe taking it a little easier. But...
now, there may be even more grandkids we don't know about, yet.
And Lobie may be operating another business or two, or maybe off
on a safari somewhere, or making movies, or running for Prime
Family Of Franz Lobsinger Continues
To Feast On Adventure
Franz Lobsinger left the relatively civilized area of Bruce County,
Ontario and trudged out west to the wilds of Saskatchewan to homestead
near Kyle. Franz, or Frank as he became known, was a grandson
of Count Joseph Lobsinger. And he showed the same pioneering spirit
that brought the Count and his family across the Atlantic to the
and his spouse, Mary Fehner, settled in an unforgiving frontier
area with harsh winters and harsher summers. His early dwelling
consisted of a single story frame hut maybe 12 feet wide and 15
feet long. It had one small window and one door. And Franz filled
most of the doorway when he stood in it.
farming wouldn't feed the family of several children, lumberjacking
would. Franz raised his children on sawdust and ketchup, and seems
to have given them big doses of spunk for good measure.
courage that comes from facing the unknown, whether it be an ocean,
a new frontier with no promises of a cushy job, or a tornado on
the plains, seems to pervade the history of the descendants of
daughter Emellia became the chief operator at the Regina Telephone
Exchange and in 1912 when a disasterous tornado ripped into that
bustling town. She refused to leave her post until the danger
had passed, and continued to place calls from frightened victims
and worried relatives across the country.
son, Leo, helped tame the great farming areas of the Canadian
bread basket from the tender age of 16 when he went to work for
International Harvestor Company. From Regina, to Swift Current,
to Edmonton to Winnipeg, Leo climbed the laddar of success with
the farm equipment giant. He was a one company man, and worked
from the bottom of the ranks to the top before his death in 1952.
Eugene was the lanky kid with bushy hair who helped develop things
around the homestead. Dressed in oversize work britches, probably
his father's discards, John Eugene built the fences and cared
for the plow horse, and fed the big shaggy dog who hung around
the shack for what little was discarded.
John Eugene's descendents are still developing the Canadian prairie;
still insuring that things go right. Most of them are in the Real
Estate Development business and the Insurance Business. At least
one sails the pacific in search of adventure. Another is an inventor
of electronic gadgets for the handicapped. All showing that spirit
of innovation, wonderlust, and search for adventure that brought
Count Joseph across the ocean and Frantz to Saskatchewan in the
there was Dr. Allan Joseph Lobsinger, who managed to work his
way off the farm and through medical school... a field few if
any Lobsingers had attempted prior to him. After obtaining his
medical degree from the University of Manitoba, he moved to Edmonton,
married, and set up shop. Dr. Allan Lobsinger was the father of
three: Allan William is a salesman in British Columbia. Daughter
Judith is married to Leo Dooling and lives in Vancouver, B.C.
then there is John Patrick. While the rest of the family was moving
west to the coast, John Patrick really went west. All the way
to Bangladesh, which is so far west that they call it east when
you get there. Wife Theresa Anne went along, and pretty soon it
was time for their third child, son Timothy to arrive. Alison
Mary had arrived first, while the family was in Ottawa in 1976;
another daughter, Meghan Patricia, was also born in Ottawa in
facilities in Bangladesh have almost reached the technological
level of 18th century Eskimo Shamuns, so Timmy was born next door
in the exotic and comparatively modern city of Bangkok, Thailand,
Patrick works for the Canadian government in the Department of
External Affairs, and satisfies that urge for travel and excitement
by pulling up stakes every few years and heading to another far
after another breather in Ottawa, the John Patrick Lobsinger family
is again heading out into the unknown for yet another adventure.
They are packing up for the trip to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in
Moran Specializes In Emergency Medicine
Jane M. Moran B.Sc (P.T.) M.D.-FRCP(C), is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Joe (Marie Lobsinger) Moran of the House of Peter.
In 1987, according to a clip we have recently received, she
had just completed four years of post-graduate specialty training
in Emergency Medicine at Queen's University, Kingston. She had
also successfully passed her Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons Fellowship exams in Emergency Medicine.
1900s REUNION of some of the children of Peter Lobsinger, and
the Ruetz Family. From left, standing, Peter Ruetz, Harry Lobsinger,
Peter Lobsinger, Mrs. Peter (Kate Spahr) Lobsinger, Mrs. Philip
(Caroline Braun) Lobsinger, Mrs. Harry (Katherine McDonald)
Lobsinger, Simon Lobsinger, Grandma Mary Anne (Meyer) Lobsinger
(Mrs. Peter), Caroline (Lobsinger) Ruetz, her husband Frank
Ruetz, August Lobsinger, Philip Lobsinger, Frank Ruetz, Jr.,
Michael Ruetz, and John Ruetz. Sitting: Louis Ruetz at left,
and unidentified Lobsinger or Ruetz children. Photo courtesy
of Leo S. Ruetz, Shaunavon, SK. (House of Peter)