2 No. 2 - February 1989
Lobsinger presented his sweetheart, Nora Copley, with a dozen
red roses and a kiss on Valentine's Day (1984). The two, friends
and fellow residents of Caribou Lodge for many years, were each
100 years old at the time.
- the Romantic Printer
the Printer did it the hard way. With handset type. The kind you
had to place in a rack, letter by letter. Upside down and backwards.
In a cold shop with only the re-melt pot for heat and the smell
of flux in the air. Not the quick, clean easy way we to it today,
all on computer. Louie probably would have marveled at the changes
in his trade since he put out his famous 100 page Christmas edition
of the Merritt (B.C.) Herald in 1910.
took 40 printers to produce that effort. It was a glorious achievement
in those days. Some of the pages were even in color. The Herald
was established in 1905. Louis Lobsinger moved to Merritt about
1908 and by 1910 he owned the newspaper, according to some reports.
newspapering is a perilous business. When advertisers can't pay,
newspapers fail. And shortly after the famous Christmas edition
of 1910, the Merritt Herald fell into other hands. Louis pursued
various other occupations until the '30s, end then returned to
the Herald as a printer. Those were lean years. The Herald published
4 pages a week, was owned by E.B. Mayon, and the staff consisted
of L.G. (Louis) Lobsinger at $15 per week, and an unpaid printer's
devil, F.A. Loren Lobsinger, Louis' son, who was privileged to
learn the trade after school and on Saturdays.
Editors, and Sober Contributors never make mistakes." Loren
remembers from his apprenticeship years, "Any mistakes made
in a newspaper are traced to the Printer's Devil who is not paid
and therefore not liable and is legally unresponsible"
part of the business hasn't changed any over the years.
the printer's devil, who now lives in Maple Ridge, B.C., sent
us much of this information on his father, including the following
words related from memory in 1965. Louis was 82 years of age when
have hunted several times for the passport when my grandfather,
Joseph Lobsinger (Count Joseph) with his wife and five children
came from Meurthe, France to America in 1837 and stetted in Minnesota."
accounts show Joseph had only three children when he came to the
New World, and this is the first mention that Count Joseph settled
in Minnesota before moving to Ontario. This is also the first
indication that Joseph had moved from Langatte, France to Meurthe
before coming to North America.)
youngest son, George, later went to Waterloo County, Ontario,
and married Mary Uberschlag and his mother gave her son George
(my father) deed to 160 acres of farmland in Bruce County as a
wedding gift. The farm is 9 miles from Walkerton, Ont. They reared
10 children and I was the first one born in a two story brick
house (but not the first born). He also built a very large barn
and had 35 acres of orchard and a windmill bringing water into
the house, barn, and outside water trough.
was a church warden, school trustee and Reeve for many years.
And when the Bank of Mildmay failed, he lost everything and became
turnkey of the jail for 25 years. He died aged 88.
mother (Marie Anne Weber Lobsinger, wife of Count Joseph) died
at 96, my brothers John and Joe at 86. (other reports give different
ages) I have a sister (Mary Lobsinger Lovedahl) at Edmonton, aged
88. My oldest sister Kate (Hergotte) died at 88 in Saskatchewan.
My mother died in May 1911.
married Ottillia Voisin June 6,1911 in Formosa, Ont. We were school
mates and we knew each others relationships."
didn't put in all of the details. But his daughter Marie Simone
Ernestine Bartolome helped fill in the gaps:
September 1906, Dad married my mother, Aimee Dagenais, in Montreal
and I was born the following July. My mother passed away April
1908, and Dad married Ottillia Voisin," recalls Marie.
mother died when she was an infant, and her father, Louis, who
was working at the Montreal Gazette, moved west to visit his sister
Caroline and her husband Jack Collett who were early pioneers
in the Nicola Valley. He stayed and went back into the newspaper
business. Meanwhile, his infant daughter Marie was in a Montreal
French Canadian shelter until Louis remarried. She then rejoined
the family in Merritt.
George Lobsinger, Louis' father, had 10 children altogether. In
addition to Louis, their other children were Mary Catherine (Kate)
married Albert Joseph Hergotte and lived in Humbolt, SK. John
M. Lobsinger married Mary LaFrance, and later Appolonia Kohler
Becker Castor and lived in Ontario. Joseph G. Lobsinger married
Mary Diemert. He was a metal smith and lived in North Dakota.
lived in Edmonton, AB., and married a man named Lovedahl, but
we know little else about her. Caroline married John Collett,
and members of the Collett family still reside in the Merritt
and Vancouver area.
is known of William, who died at age 19, or Fred, who died at
age 28. Tillie reportedly married an Alec O'Connell, and later
a man named Harrison. She lived in Hamilton, ON. A son George,
died at age 4. Some reports have an 11 th child, Margaret, married
to a man named O'Donnell who lived in Merritt, B.C.
the Printer and his second wife Ottillia had four children.
married a fellow named Greer. Ruby married Lu Chase, and her family
lives in Vancouver. Rita married Charles McDonnell and the family
lives in Chilliwack. And of course, Lorne, who has provided much
of this information.
died March 7, 1986, just a couple months short of 103 years old,
which makes him one of the longest lived- individuals in the family.
his later years, he was a resident of the Caribou Lodge Care Home
in William's Lake, B.C. where he became acquainted with his third
sweetheart, Nora Copley. A newspaper clipping from William's Lake
Tribune in 1983 described them as..."Two of a kind."
two local pioneers share a common denominator, both celebrated
their 100th birthday this past year. Nora Copley was born in Victoria
on June 20, 1883 end has lived all her life in British Columbia
A shade the elder, Louis Lobsinger marked his century-mark on
May 10th. He was born in Deemerton, Ontario and came to B.C. in
1908. He settled in Merritt and followed his trade as a printer,
at one time owning the Merritt Herald.
now call William's Lake home and both were feted at Caribou Park
Home on their respective birthdays."
clipping from February 21, 1984 says... "Romance is usually
associated with youth but Cupid selects his targets indiscriminately-like
the two 100 year old sweethearts at the Caribou Lodge in William's
Copley had been a resident of the lodge for a few months when
Louie Lobsinger moved there in the spring of 1977. Although they
had been acquainted for many years they became fast friends that
summer when they rode on the lodge float in the stampede parade.
Since then the two have been devoted companions. Joan Boomer,
an activities worker at the lodge, remembers them challenging
her to foot races in the hallway.
could almost beat me," she said.
Blakely, a nurse at the lodge, said Louie used to propose marriage
to Nora quite often, but she would always tell him to ask her
again when she turned 100. On Valentine's Day this year Louie
presented his special sweetheart with a dozen red roses, proving
there is no age limit for gallantry and romance."
and Amaline (Emily Craig) Lobsinger on their 69th Wedding Anniversary.
Photo Courtesy of their daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Bernice) Maslen.
(House of Louis)
and Mrs. Michael Lobsinger
69th Wedding Anniversary
(Amaline Craig) and Michael Joseph Lobsinger of Stratford, ON.,
celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary on November 6, 1988.
They were married November 6, 1919, and have two sons and three
Cletus, their oldest son, is married to Maureen Ireland. He is
a metallurgist, and they are the parents of 7 children: Patricia
McConnell, Mary, Margaret Turner, James, Robert, Anne, and Paul.
Patricia and her husband John McConnell are now parents of four
children of their own: Michael John, Stephen Cletus, Paul Joseph,
and Sharon Marie. Margaret and her husband David Turner have three
children: Lori Ann, Julie Lynn, and Brian David.
and Michael's other son is Harold Joseph who is married to Lois
Audrey Bossence. He is a welder, and the couple have provided
with another seven grandchildren: Gail and husband David Moloughney
are parents of Sarah and Christopher; Gary Daniel and wife Elizabeth
Ann Dwyer are parents of Jeffrey, Bradley, and Matthew; Nancy
and Husband John McNaughton are parents of Andrew and Katherine;
Paul and wife Joan Chessell are parents of Chad; Larry, who is
married to Tracey Sharper Mark; and Jennifer.
third son, Earl, passed away as an infant.
and Emily's eldest daughter is Helen, who is married to Michael
Bannon. They have 4 children: Mary, who is a teacher; Catherine
and husband Terrence Robinson are parents of Adam, Valerie, and
Dana; Eileen and husband David Barclay are parents of Amanda and
Christine; and Patrick and wife Adriana Rizzo, who are parents
and Emily's second daughter is Bernice who is married to Leonard
Maslen. They have seven children: Robert Michael, married to Donna
Moon, parents of Robert Michael, Jr, and Shonna Louise; Ronald
Leonard, married to Lynn Hedger, parents of Brian and Mark; Bruce
Joseph and wife Carol Benn, parents of Kellie, Kathleen, and Stephen;
Gary Thomas; Linda Marie; Allan Dale; and Terry Anthony.
and Michael's last daughter is Rita, who is married to Henry Mogk.
They have 5 children: Lori, married to Michael Snider, parents
of Stacey; Michael, married to Cheryl Henderson; Jeffrey; Jeannette;
is quite a family. You can count up the number of grand and great-grandchildren
Lobsinger and grand daughter Michelle, photo taken August 24,
Remembers "That Darn Comet"
Haley was an English astronomer who lived in the time of Nicolas
Lobsinger, the patriarch of all the major new world Lobsinger
families. Nicolas was probably a farmer in the village of Langatte,
working his fields and raising his family while Haley poured over
his astronomical calculations in England.
predicted that there would be a great comet returning to view
about 1685. Nicolas might have seen that comet and wondered at
the phenomenon as it lighted the night sky. The appearance of
the strange light might have even struck fear or wonderment into
the hearts of people in those days.
predicted that the great comet would return to view from earth
about every 75 years. And right on schedule, in 1910, it came
around to make it's fourth appearance. Clarence Lobsinger was
there, and he remembers it.
(John Lobsinger, son of Louis, son of Count Joseph) was making
candles from our bees-wax. He had five bee hives and a 12 tube
candle maker in the cast. Then Peter Girodat came and said, 'See
had a fiery ball at the end and an expanding flashing light ahead."
Clarence drew a picture of the unusual sight, with a long streaming
was about 1/40th across the sky. Seems like the North Pole attracted
it by magnetism. It came six nights in a row in Carlsruhe, On.,
23 miles east of Lake Huron near Walkerton. Dad was home from
his saw mill and shingle mill. It looked more like a powerful
has some insights on other subjects he remembers from those days
when the comet was in the skies:
would never have left home, but dad wanted me to drive horses."
horse got scared of a car when I was driving our buggy, and kicked
it all to pieces. So I got terrible scared of horses. Mr. Metzger,
a farmer, had to drive me home after that."
was 12 years old and was spading the priest's garden when I saw
my first indoor toilet in his house. When I left home I went to
work in Uncle Nathan Tschirhart's Meat Market in Detroit."
frightening experience was the time Clarence and his uncle Henry
Peter Lobsinger were driving a wagon load of beer in barrels and
the hand brakes on the wagon broke as they were starting down
a hill. "The horses could hardly hold it back!"
were on their way to Ayton from the Carlsruhe Brewery at the time,
and must have survived, because on the way back Henry dug a fox
out of a hole, and the G.T.R. Train hit Oberle's cow and they
paid him $10 for the cow. All in all, Clarence considered it a
rather scary day! Probably all caused by that darn old comet in
says his father John... "sawed enough lumber at today's prices
to be worth over a billion dollars."
sawed a city block of lumber in Stokes Bay which the British used
to build ships for almost nothing. John also sawed a city block
15 feet high in Chepstow, and a city block in Tara. There was
no end to the lumber John Lobsinger ran through his saw mill in
Carlsruhe, Hampton, Nuestadt, Ayton, Chesley, Barrow Bay, and
other areas of Ontario."
remember helping to put out fires in the saw dust piles that were
bigger than our house!"
he ended up with nothing.." Clarence adds rather dejectedly,
"Change that old saying, 'Have a nice day,' to 'Eat onions!
and his wife Gertrude (Lamb) have two children. His daughter Maureen
(Keane) is a microbiologist with the Pepsi-Cola Company in Seattle,
WA. She teaches Irish Folk Dancing in her spare time.
son Michael lives in Birmingham, MI., "part time". He
travels a lot by air, "Too much to suit me. Too much tension!"
Michael is Vice President of Compuware, a computer company. He
was in California at the time Clarence wrote his story, establishing
a new office for his business. The firm has offices in six other
cities, Clarence reports, and they own the Windsor Spitfires Hockey
worries about his airplane hopping kid, but you can tell he's
pretty pleased the way he turned out...
has a house and boat on Rose Lake, south of Cadillac, MI., and
the deer come to his house. Also wild turkeys and pelicans and
beaver, etc. He has a daughter Michelle, and a son Joseph. They
both ice skate at the lake."
The Mail Bag
arrived just a day or two too late to make the last newsletter.
Jan (Lobsinger) Carr and husband Russell are parents for the third
time. We have a photo of their "l988 Model" Carr under
our birth announcements column. They are from Mammoth Lakes, CA,
and members of the Swiss Lobsinger families that we have yet to
tie into the rest of us. (Swiss Family Lobsinger)
F. Lobsinger, who has moved back to Lake Worth, Florida and is
sorely missed at the Newkirk Herald Journal where he served as
sports editor for several years, sent us a few bucks for the postage
fund, and added his daughter Theresa Lobsinger's name to the mailing
list He's a firefighter and paramedic with the Lantana, Fla.,
Fire Department. (House of Peter)
(Lobsinger) Kretsch of Elbow, SK, sent us addresses on her children,
and asked us to send each of them a subscription. She says the
newsletter is... "really something to have!" She was
pleased to learn how many relatives she had in Saskatchewan. When
she and her husband Peter were first married, she says they had
a one room homestead with a trap door to the cellar. The door
was under the bed, so they had to move the bed to even get into
the cellar. "Times were hard, but happy, as the neighbors
were so kind." (House of Louis)
letter from Len and Theresa Walsh from Brantford, On., (she is
Bishop Tom's sister) who says we should have called somebody while
we were in the area last summer. Maybe so. We'd love to visit,
but hate to be the family mooch, so we just didn't feel good about
dropping in on somebody and saying we had no place to stay...
But thanks for the offer. (House of Louis)
Luciani also sent us a nice note. (she's Bishop Tom's other sister)
And a renewal check. She wishes you all a Merry Christmas season.
Which, by the time you read this will be good for either last
Christmas or next. Take your pick! (House of Louis)
Clarence, David Pious and Irwin Lobsinger, 1987
Lobsinger of Dearborn, MI sent us another nice letter and some
more stories about his dad, John Lobsinger, the saw mill operator
from Carlsruhe. Also sent addresses for his son and daughter,
which we appreciate, some pictures you'll find in here somewhere,
and a few bucks for postage. (House of Louis)
Schnarr and wife Anne sent season's greetings to all. They live
in Ahwahnee, CA. (House of Louis)
Lang dropped another note to us. His translation of the inscription
on the Langatte Cross is exactly the same as mine and Charles
Rinck's, so it must be right. He says his mother, Leona Lang,
of Regina, located the stone house that Count Joseph Lobsinger
built in Perth, County, On., in 1856. Joseph purchased the farm
from the Canada Company and settled there in the 1830's. Tony
says his mother is sending the details, so we are awaiting that
story. Tony also writes that the numbers on the lintel above the
door of Antoine Lobsinger's house in Langatte, France do read
1781. The "l" is just so weatherworn that it failed
to show up in the photographs.(House of Peter)
and Hattan Bass of Detroit send greetings and report their branch
of the family is busy with Christmas. Dorothy is the daughter
of Carl (Charles) Lobsinger and Dora Schick. (House of Joseph)
an interesting turn to the story about Barney Lobsinger the wrestler.
Harold Lobsinger of Denver and Apache Junction reports that he
was indeed a professional wrestling fan in the 30's and in fact
lived across from the wrestling arena (a Masonic Lodge) in Chicago.
Harold says he remembers reading about the wrestler with the boa
constrictor, but never got to watch him. One of his first wife's
cousins was also a professional wrestler in the 30's named Whitey
Whitler. Harold wonders if Whitler and Otto Lugger ever crossed
paths, ... or mats as the case may be. (House of Antoine)
Grambusch of Sacramento, CA., sent a card and was happy to see
her poem in the last edition. And we were pleased to print it.
(House of Louis)
card and family picture arrived from James Ross Lobsinger in Phoenix,
AZ. Jim is an electrical engineer with Honeywell and also happens
to be another of my many brothers. Jim's wife Jody reports that
the photo is almost out of date already, as their second child
is due about the same time as this newsletter will be out. Little
Jimmy wants a sister. (House of Peter)
pleased to receive a nice card from David Pius Lobsinger and son
Donald Lobsinger of Detroit, who renewed their subscription to
the newsletter. David's picture is in here somewhere, along with
his brothers Clarence and Irwin, taken at a recent get together.
(House of Louis)
Thomas J. Lobsinger, Whitehorse, YT, (House of Louis) sent us
a nice letter and some leads on a Louis Lobsinger who was a printer
in Merritt, BC area. If you've read the rest of this newsletter,
you know that the good bishop gave us a useful lead, and we have
since collected much more information on the family of Louis Lobsinger
from the House of George.
card, short message, and printing money came from Ken and Julia
Lobsinger of Tara, On. Ken is the son of Gordon (Nixie) Lobsinger,
son of August Lobsinger of the House of Peter. He and wife Julie
have two children at last count, Paul and Pam. We need birthdates
on them, and maybe even spouses names, by now.
Frensch sent us a card and a check and says she is looking forward
to receiving more issues of the newsletter. She's a daughter of
Jerome Lobsinger and Evelyn Shilling. Her grandfather was George
J. (Geordi) Lobsinger who was married to Matilda Miglarini. George
J. was a son of George Meyer Lobsinger and Catherine Kramer...
if I've got it straight. Anyway, Sandy and husband Arthur Frensch
are parents of one daughter, Karen M. Frensch.
and Mrs. Leonard (Bernice Lobsinger) Maslen of Lucan, Ontario
sent us the photo and little story on the 69th Wedding Anniversary
of her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lobsinger. Michael
is a son of Anthony L. Lobsinger, son of Louis and Katherina Gehl,
founders of the House of Louis.
(Lobsinger) McIntee of Pincher Creek, AB. wrote to reminisce about
the story her Uncle John wrote about the founding of Carlsruhe
in last issue. She remembers visiting him often, and visiting
at his summer home on the Georgian Bay. She also remembers seeing
Barny Lobsinger the wrestler. (House of Louis)
(Lobsinger) and husband John Schmidt will be grandparents for
the 14th time next month. Their daughter Lauralea Marie and her
husband Brian Weiler of Palmerston, ON., are expecting their second
child in March. The new young one will be welcomed home by their
other child, Kerri Lynn. (House of Peter)
Christmas card and note from Hellmut and Leona Lang of Regina,
SK., who have located the home built by "Count" Joseph
when he settled in Ontario in the mid 1 800's. Says she will send
photos and details later, and we are anxiously waiting for them.
She also found a copy of Joseph's will in which he cut off sons
Peter and Anthony with $2 each. Interesting.
photo Christmas card of the Byron Lobsinger family arrived just
before the holidays. He's another of my brothers from Florida,
and is an employee of United Parcel Service. If I have room, I'll
print the picture. He and wife Christine have two children now,
Shaun, 4 years old, and Stephen, almost 1. (House of Peter)
to Marilee (Kennedy) Lobsinger, who was recently featured in the
Mildmay, ON., Town Crier for her efforts in the Mildmay Tennis
Club. She took home trophies as the Singles and Ladies' Doubles
and Mixed Doubles Champion. She is the wife of Charles P. Lobsinger,
a son of Seraphine (Pat), son of Joseph L, House of Peter. They
have two children, Ken and Kurtis.
Lobsinger (House of Louis) of Brantford, ON has sent in some new
addresses from the Vancouver area. We needed the updates and appreciate
the help. She also sent us the photos of Johannes Francis Xavier
Lobsinger, his wife Christina Westonhoefer, and his mother Catherina
Gehl, which are below.
Francis Xavier Lobsinger and his wife Christina (Westenhoefer)
Lobsinger. Photos courtesy of Irene E. Lobsinger, Brantford, ON.
(House of Louis)
George and Rose Marie (Benninger) Detzler of Durham, ON., sent
us a check but no letter. Joe is the son of Amelia (Lobsinger)
Detzler of Mildmay, ON. She is the youngest daughter of Joseph
L. Lobsinger, of the House of Peter. Joe and Rose Marie have three
children: Tracy Edwin, who is in electronics, and his wife Debbie
(Lantz) are parents of April Rose Detzler; Dr. Leslie Patricia
Detzler is a Chiropractor; and Dale Joseph is a civil engineer.
Joe is a plumbing contractor and travels extensively.
Lang of Calgary, AB., brother of Tony and son of Leona and Hellmut
Lang of Regina, SK., has done a bit of research into the origin
of the Lobsinger name and says he has found indications that it
could be a German place name... that a Lobsinger was a person
from the town of "Lobsing". Dates go back to about 1109.
More will be forthcoming from Greg on this in the future, we hope.
(House of Peter)
from Dr. William and Sheila (Brady) Lobsinger of Waterloo, On.,
had a surprise photo of my grandparents (Luke William and Mary
Jane [Ross] Lobsinger enclosed. It was taken on their wedding
day in Estevan, SK. The next day or so, they moved to the warm
and sunny climate of LakeWorth, Fla., and never left. The old
photo was found with other memorabilia from Dr. Bill's father's
John J. Lobsinger, Luke's brother) house in Mildmay, On.(House
and Martha (Lessard) Lobsinger of Grand Bend, On., sent us their
family tree and put leaves on some of the branches for us. Rick
is son of Sylvester, son of Lambert Wilfred, son of Louis John,
son of Louis, son of Count Joseph. (House of Louis)
Pfrunner, Lingolsheim France, a descendent of Pierre Lobsinger,
a brother of Count Joseph, wrote to say he has located some more
Lobsinger descendants in France... but none carrying the Lobsinger
name. He will revise and send family charts when he gets time.
Funny how some of us have to work now and then between playing
a subscription check but no letter from Paul Albert Lobsinger
of Burlington, On. He is the son of Victor and Susan (Graff) Lobsinger,
son of Francis Xavier and Caroline (Krug) Lobsinger, son of Joseph
L and Mary (Grossman) Lobsinger, son of Peter and Catherine (Meyer)
Lobsinger. Paul is with the Metro Toronto Police department, and
he and wife Debbie (Marsland) are the parents of Lucas Victor,
born just last April.
Bellinger, Hanover, On., reports that her brother Lorne Lobsinger
is recovering from a stroke, and is now living in Durham, On.,
so we made sure we had his new mailing address on the list so
he won't miss an issue. (House of Louis)
received a couple of letters with lots of information about Louis
the Printer from Merritt, B.C. from F.A. Loren Lobsinger, Louis'
son, and Marie Simone Ernestine (Lobsinger) Bartolome, his daughter,
and a phone call from Jerry Hilton, one of Louis' grand-daughters.
Also received a nice letter from Margaret Qualey, who worked at
the retirement home in Williams Lake, B.C. where Louis lived in
his later years. Louis is one of the members of the House of George
who moved out west. His is an interesting story featured in this
Branches On The Family Tree
to Russell and Jan (Lobsinger) Carr, Mammoth Lake, CA., Tyson
Jay Carr, on May 31, 1988 at 5 Ibs and 4 ounces. Tyson is their
third son, brother of Austin 3-1/2 years, and Kevin 2 years. Tyson
is the 15th grandchild of the late John William Lobsinger and
Betty Lobsinger who lives in Sonoma, CA. (Swiss Family Lobsinger)
Vincent Ceranski was born recently to Mr and Mrs. Gene (Patricia
Creighton) Ceranski. No date or other data yet. Andrew is the
grandson of Agnes (Lobsinger) Creighton who is a daughter of Johannes
Francis Xavier Lobsinger and Christina Westenhoefer of the House
of Louis. The Ceranskis live in Cheektowaga, NY.
Daniel Nicholson was born December 31,1988 to Daniel Joseph and
Heather (Hastings) Nicholson. The 91b 3 oz baby is the first grandson
of Jim and Irene (Lobsinger) Nicholson. They have three granddaughters
and were pleased to see the young man arrive. Craig Daniel joins
his sister Stephanie at home in Kitchener, On. (House of Louis)
Douglas James O'Connor
to Doug and Kimberly (Lobsinger) O'Connor on December 20th, 1988,
a son, Ryan Douglas James O'Connor. Weighing in at 7 Ibs 12.5
oz., he is the new brother of Kayla Dawn and 6th grandchild of
James and Sharon Lobsinger of Tehkummah, On., and the 13th Great
Grandchild of Howard John Lobsinger of Elliot Lake, On. (House
Lobsinger One Of First WACS
To Return From Overseas Duty
following clipping is from April 17, 1945:
the first WACs to return from overseas on temporary duty, Sgt.
Mary C. Lobsinger is spending a 45 day furlough with her father,
J.G. Lobsinger and her sister, Mrs. Walter Olstead of Sanborn,
Lobsinger enlisted in 1942 and went overseas in August, 1943.
She served in Algiers and Italy for 21 months."
later married Ed Hooper and established a family in the Helena,
Montana area, where they raised 4 children, Joyce, Gayle, Carol,
Hooper died in 1980.
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