Oliver Franklin (Center), a Grandson of Paul and Katrina Lobsinger,
discovered the cure for Blackleg in cattle and founded the Franklin
Veterinary Products Company. His son, Dr. Ted E. Franklin, Bryant,
TX., (right) recoreded his father's accomplishments in a book
recently published, entitled "He Made The Ranges Safe."
Lobsinger's Grandson Made The Ranges Safe
was the scourge of the plains in the 1800s. It decimated cattlemen's
herds around the world, and especially the "improved"
breeds such as Hereford and Angus that were just being introduced
into the US and Canada. Only buffalo and the scrawny long horns
Lobsinger, a son of "Count" Joseph Lobsinger, had married
Katrina Otto and moved from Ontario to Illinois, where one of
his several daughters, Mary Ann, became enamored with a young
man named Benjamin Franklin. Paul later moved his family to the
fertile plains of Oklahoma, near Braman, where he raised cattle,
wheat, and corn.
and Mary Ann were married and living in Chicago in 1886 when their
son Oliver Morris was born on August 1. Benjamin was a tinkerer
and inventor, and built an electric clock and other "doodads"
which would have caught on in a later era. He found work where
he could, and was killed in Maywood IL., in 1895 when a cyclone
struck a house he was working on. Mary Ann went to work for Marshall
Field & Co., to support her son Oliver and his sister Viola.
In later years, she lived with Oliver and his wife Anne (Ohlsen).
spent his summers at his grandfather Paul's place in Braman, OK.,
working in the Santa Fe Depot where he became fascinated by the
wireless telegraphy then becoming popular. He decided he wanted
to be a railroader, then later expanded his dreams to hopes of
becoming an electrical engineer. But by the time he was old enough
for college, veterinarians were in great demand and were getting
$1,400 a year. Young Franklin became a vet.
mother, Mary Anne (Lobisnger) Franklin, was operating a boarding
house in Manhattan, KS., at the time, and that made his decision
even more appealing. O.M. Franklin enrolled in the Kansas State
Agricultural College at Manhattan and earned his D.V.M. on June
13, 1912, a member of the fifth class of veterinarians to graduate
since the college was established in 1907.
didn't want to work for the government, and I didn't want to practice,
so I took a job in the Experiment Station as
an assistant in veterinary medicine. I had an office in the basement
of the agriculture building. Fortunately, they put me to work
on blackleg experiments. I was making $75 a month and living in
an apartment near the campus," Franklin said.
Mary Lobsinger Franklin
Paul Lobsinger's grandson, Dr. Oliver Morris Franklin, continued
his research into the blackleg disease and how he developed and
perfected the vaccine still used today is graphically detailed
in a new book authored by his son, Dr. Ted E. Franklin, of Bryan,
TX. Entitled "He Made the Ranges Safe" the book is published
by Sunflower University Press, 1531 Yuma, Box 1009, Manhattan,
Kansas 66502 ($24.95). Many in the various Lobsinger clans are
farmers, and have often used Franklin Veterinary Supply products
not ever suspecting that they were developed and marketed by a
member of their own family.
up around his father's "serum" veterinary plant influenced
Ted E. Franklin to enter the Texas A&M University College
of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in 1941 and returned in 1946
to join the veterinary division of the Texas Agricultural Experiment
Station. After six years, he was transferred to the Department
of Veterinary Microbiology, where he worked for 21 years as a
staff and faculty member. During that time, he earned a master's
degree in veterinary pathology.
Ted Franklin spent almost five years overseas as a leader for
two different United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization
projects in the Dominican Republic and Tanzania. He has worked
in many fields of veterinary medicine, such as biological production;
milk, meat, and poultry inspection; large and small animal practice;
pullorum testing and cattle anaplasmosis research. He is the author
of over 20 scientific veterinary publications, primarily in the
field of anaplasmosis.
Franklin is one of six sons of Dr. Oliver M. Franklin, but the
only one to follow his footsteps. Son Paul became a mechanical
engineer who developed multiple sclerosis and passed away in 1979,
Jack was a business student at KSU when he died of nephritis.
James became a petroleum landman. Joe is a rancher, and Bill is
The Mail Bag
and Art Frensch, Kitchener, ON., send all greetings over the
last holidays but I didn't get to mention it in the last issue.
(House of Peter)
and Allean Lobsinger, Apache Junction, AZ., and Denver, CO.,
also sent holiday greetings. Harold wrote again just recently
and announced another grandchild and great-grandchild in his clan.
and Diane Krieg are the proud parents of Brandi Ann Krieg, who
checked in to this world on February 26, 1993. Diane is the daughter
of Harold's daughter Helen Kayser.
Gram Kayser arrived earlier, on August 15, 1991, but Harold forgot
to tell us when it happened, so he's catching up. Heath's parents
are Brian and Dianne Kayser. Brian is Harold's daughter Helen's
March, Harold announced that he was "still kicking, but not
raising very much dust." What they thought was a spider bite
on his wife Allean's leg turned out to be a melanoma. She has
undergone surgery and we are all hoping for the best. Harold was
87 on March 29th, the same day Allean was to be operated on. "All
I want for my birthday is for the doctor to send my wife home
in tip top shape," he says. Amen to that. (House of Antoine)
and Leona Lang of Regina, SK., send best wishes to all, as
well as a flyer selling Lobsinger Threshing Machines. It is reproduced
on the back page. (House of Peter)
Ted E Franklin, DVM, of Bryan, TX. writes that he enjoys the
newsletter and reports that a book titled "He Made The Ranges
Safe" has been published by the Sunflower University Press
at Mannhattan, KS. (see cover) The book is about his father, Dr.
Oliver M. Franklin who discovered the cure for black leg in cattle
and founded the Franklin Veterinary Medicine Company. Dr. O.M.
Franklin was the son of Mary Anne Lobsinger Franklin. Mary Anne
Lobsinger was a daughter of Paul Lobsinger, one of the sons of
Count Joseph Lobsinger. (House of Paul)
and Christine Lobsinger of Lake Worth, FL., say hello to everyone.
(House of Peter)
and Michael Schnarr of Sonora, CA.., report they had the biggest
"fire season" in years - Michael works for the fire
service as a Fire Battalian Chief and is also assistant to the
Deptuy Fire Warden. He is also becoming involved in the Snow Mobile
Rescue Team for Tuolumne County, and works on the fire budget
for the county. Paula is interested in quilting and connecting
with anyone else in the family with that interest. You can contact
her at their new address - they just finished building a new home
- at 20965 Heavenly Drive, Sonora, CA., 95370. (House of Louis)
Lobsinger of West Palm Beach, FL., sent us the corrected address
of her aunt Christine Lobsinger in Fayetteville, AR., and also
notes that her grandparents, Phillip and Louella Lobsinger will
be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on April 25th. She promises
pictures and story for the next issue, as this one should be in
the mail by then, I hope. Teri is the daughter of Tom and Joyce
Lobsinger. (House of Peter)
Elisa Marie (Lobsinger)
Richardson, Tarawa Terrace, NC., is a daughter of Carl and
Nancy Lobsinger of Warren, MI. A couple of years ago, she married
CPL Scott G. Richardson, who is a radio operator for the US Marine
Corp and veteran of Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the Haitian
relief effort at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
are stationed at Camp LeJeune, where they share quarters with
their dog Peanut and their cat, Smokey J. Elisa works as a custom
framer at an art gallery. She has lots of brothers and a sister
and brings us briefly up to date on them:
and Laura Lobsinger are stationed in Colorado where he is in the
US Army. They have a daughter Moniqua.
Lobsinger is working as an apprentice at Rouge Steele with his
father to become an electrician.
Lobsinger just received his Master;s degree in Chemical Engineering.
Lobsinger and his wife Jill have both received their teaching
degrees, bought a new house, and are expecting their first child
Lobsinger is attending college, earning his degree in architectural
Lobsinger graduated from High School. (House of Louis)
Andrew Braun sent us a change of address which we appreciate
very much. Each issue up to 25 copies are returned because people
move or the forwarding order has expired. At 52¢ each (63¢
for Canada), it's an expensive way to find out somebody has moved.
send out somwhere near 600 of these things, and fewer than 100
contribute to the $10 per volume postage fund, so you can see
that it doesn't take long to eat up postage. (House of Joseph
D. Lobsinger of Edina, MN., dropped us a note in January adding
a few missing details to the chart of Simon Lobsinger from the
last issue, and later we received an update on his own family,
which we very much appreciate.
asked us to add his daughter Judy Emery to the mailing list, which
we have done. Harvey had four children, two sons (Donald and John
Dillon) and two daughters (Judy and Lori).
is married to Gardell Emery and they live in Bemidji, MN., with
their two children Amanda Joy and Sally Rose.
also reports the death of his sister Ruth Holland, who passed
away at the age of 77 on January 26, 1992 at her home in Alexandria,
OH. (House of Peter)
Lang of Calgary, AB., takes us to task for not getting the
newsletter out quarterly as advertised. So I changed the advertising.
We put it out when I have the time and the material to put one
together. Every 4 issues is a volume. The more stuff everyone
sends me about their own immediate family, the more material I
have to put a newsletter together, and maybe the more often they
will come out. Or they'll get bigger. Either way, we need the
news to fill with, so send it in. (House of Peter)
Thomas Maslen (above left) married Heather Hamilton on May 30,
1992 in Sarnia, ON.. Above right: Terry Maslen was married to
Lori DalBanco on April 26, 1992 at Niagra Falls, ON. (Both House
and Leonard Maslen of Lucan, ON., sent in the photos of the
weddings of two of their sons that are printed here somewhere.
Son Gary Thomas was wed to Heather Hamilton on May 30, 1992 in
Sarnia, ON., and Terry was wed to Lori DalBianco on April 26,
1992 in Niagara Falls, ON., Gary and Heather honeymooned in Jamaica
while Terry and Lori went to England for their honeymoon. Daughter
Linda is planing a wedding for May 15, 1993, so we're looking
forward to photos and story of that event for the next newsletter.
(House of Louis)
Beatrice Schnarr sent us her change of address - she's now
at St. Joseph's Villa in Dundas, ON., and says she really enjoys
the newsletter. (House of Louis)
oversight on our part: Last summer Sue and I took a road trip
around the mid west and among our stops was
Belleville, IL., where we managed to find Leo and Nadine Lobsinger.
Time was limited, but we did manager to meet them for breakfast
one morning and exchanged photos. We put the picture of Leo and
Nadine in the glove box of the car for safe keeping.
I prepared the last issue, the photo was not with the rest of
my notes and letters, and so it didn't get mentioned. A few days
ago we cleaned out the glove box and found the photo, still waiting
to go into a paper. Better late than never.
is the son of William F. Lobsinger and Frieda Mueller. He is one
of the few known Lobsinger descendents of Michel Lobsinger of
Langatte, France, one of the brothers of "Count" Joseph
who settled on this continent around 1840. (House of Michel)
Lobsinger of St. Clair Shores, MI., says he saves every copy
of the newsletter and periodically goes through all of them. (House
O'Donnell of Waterdown, ON., sent some postage money and a
nice note. It is especially interesting to me to find some O'Donnells
on the Lobsinger side of my family, as there are lots of them
on my mother's side. One of these days maybe I'll find a connection
between the two branches. (House of Louis)
Lobsinger of Southaven, MS., sent us the new address for his
daughter Dawn Lobsinger of Houston, TX. The short note came in
an envelope with an "Elvis" stamp on it postmarked out
of Memphis TN.(House of Michel)
(Lobsinger) Margrett of Brantford, ON., sent us a nice note
on a card she created herself. Anne is a weaver, and uses small
swatches of her handwoven fabric designs to decorate greeting
cards. She reports that she has joined the local genealogy society
and finds it fascinating. She's even thinking about getting a
computer next, to keep track of everyone.
also reports her brother Bishop Tom Lobsinger will be in the area
this Spring for confirmations.
Anne Shoesmith of Owen Sound, ON., sent us a note with a few
more details on the death of her mother Dorothy (Lobsinger) Bellinger
who died December 23, 1991 at age 78, and also some other dates
that we needed to fill in blanks. (House of Louis)
and Teresa Walsh managed to get out to the great west last
October and visited with their two boys, Patrick and Michael Lobsinger
and families. Their girls, Cathy (and Rip) Pearson and Mary (and
Mark) Bond both live in Brantford and all are doing well, she
reports. (House of Louis)
Allen of Davison, MI writes to inform us of the passing of
her father Ronald T. Hamblin, son of Jerome and Christine (Mier)
Hamblin on 31 December 1992 of a heart attack. She also enclosed
a photo of Ron and his wife Mary Lou with grandchildren Amy and
Lee Allen taken in Nov. 1988 which we will print here somewhere.
(House of Joseph Carl)
Lobsinger of Walkerton, ON., sent us a "press release"
about his sister's 101st birthday which we happily reprint in
this issue. (House of Louis)
(Lobsinger) Chase of Vancouver, BC has moved from the mainland
to Vancouver Island just north of Victoria to the town of Nanaimo
and sends us her new address. Ruby is recovering from a serious
illness and an accident last summer, and is living with her daughter
Penny and son-in-law Al Spidel. (House of George)
May 16, 1992, Zita Christopher, front left, became Mrs. Douglas
G. Lobsinger. Standing are Douglas' siblings Marjorie (Lobsinger)
Paulitzki, Patricia (Lobsinger) Armstrong, Marlene (Lobsinger)
Schwehr, and John Lobsinger, all children of the late Howard John
Lobsinger. (House of George)
(Christopher) Lobsinger writes that she and Doug Lobsinger
were married May 16th 1992 in Newmarket, ON., at St. Elizabeth
Seaton Church. Doublas is the son of the late Howard John Lobsinger
of Elliott Lake, ON. She sends photos from the wedding, which
we will print. She also sent us new addresses for her sister-in-law
Patricia (Lobsinger) Armstrong and family. (House of George)
(Lobsinger) and James Nicholson of Kitchener, ON., sent us
a nice letter from Panama City, FL., where they were spending
an early Spring vacation this year. She reports they have taken
a few bus trips to the casinos in Biloxi, MS where she had a bit
of luck on the quarter machines! Glad there is some luck in the
family, somewhere. I would go to a place like that in a $15,000
car and come back in a $90,000 Greyhound bus! Oh, and guess what?
Another Elvis stamp. (House of Louis)
Francis Paul Lobsinger of Warren, MI., was kind enough to
make additions to a family form I sent earlier to his daughter
Elisa Richardson, and return it to me. Carl says he finds each
edition of the newsletter very inspirational ... seeing the accomplishments
and growth of the family. Thanks to his additions, we have addresses
on all of his children now, and have put the ones who have moved
from home on the mailing list. (House of Louis)
Arnold called and visited with Sue one day recently. I was
out at the time. In the last issue he noted that we had reports
that August Lobsinger had two more daughters named Anne and Norma
says Norma Arnold was the daughter of Philip H. Lobsinger and
Caroline Braun, who had three children, Eldon, Norma, and Loretta.
Once we looked at the charts, we had that family correct. So we're
taking Norma off the list of suspected children of August. That
still leaves Anne? Anybody care to tackle that one?
Mildmay-Carrick, ON., Public School Boys recently captured the
Bruce County Volleyball Championship. The team consisted of Jeremy
Ellis, Trevor Winters, Chad Spence, Kevin Russwurm, Mark Lobsinger,
Jeremiah Hamm, Aaron Morris, Jon Eickmeier, Chris Hendershot and
Mike Arnold. -- Mildmay Town Crier, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1993.
Late Ron Hamblin, right, and wife Mary Lou with grand children
Amy and Lee Allen in Nov. 1988. (House of Joseph Carl)
Ronald T. - Of Otisville, age 59, died Thursday, December 31,
1992 at St. Joseph Hospital. funeral services were held 11:30
AM Tuesday at the Hudson Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Smith officiating.
Burial in Bird Cemetery. He was born in Flint on May 12, 1933,
the son of Jerome and Christine Hamblin. He graduated from Sacred
Heart Catholic School, class of 1952. He married Mary Lou Perkins
on August 22, 1953 in Flint. Mr. Hamblin was a member of UAW 651
and member of Grand Blanc Hunting Club, National Wild Turkey Federation.
He retired from AC Rochester on April 1, 1982, also was a union
official. Surviving are: wife, Mary Lou; 2 daughters, Kathleen
and James Tompkins of Colorado Springs, Co., Theresa and Richard
Allen of Davison; 4 grandchildren, David and John Tompkins, Amy
and Lee Allen; sister, Alice Haber of Owosso; brother, Robert
Hamblin of Clio; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death
by his father, mother and a sister. (Flint Journal, Jan 3, 1993)
(House of Joseph Carl)
(Lobsinger) Ducharme Celebrates 101st Birthday
and relatives were on hand at Brucelea Haven Walkerton to celebrate
the 101st birthday of Agnes Ducharme, daughter of John and Bridget
Lobsinger and sister of Irwin Lobsinger on Tuesday evening, February
23. Eighty-five friends enjoyed a social hour. The gathering was
entertained by Mrs. Ronald Lobsinger on the piano accompanied
by her daughter Heather on the flute.
Patrick O'Hara of Chepstow entertained with her singing. Teresa
O'Hara read a humorous poem. Jerome Grubb of Formosa entertained
with accordion solos. Irwin Lobsinger was Master of Ceremonies.
Lobsinger read a few poems written by Agnes. Agnes has been blind
for six years, but thanked everyone for coming to her party. Lunch
was served. (House of Louis)
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