6 No. 1 - March to September 1995
Annual Reunion Open To All Lobsingers
to Dolores (Lobsinger) Schmidt of Mildmay, ON., the annual Frank
Lobsinger Reunion has been opened up to include all Lobsingers and
descendants. The event will be held in Mildmay again next Spring,
and is always on the Sunday before Father's Day (June 9th in 1996).
1996 version will be at the Pavilion behind the Mildmay Carrick
Arena and Community Center. Registration fee is $2.00 per person
and an item for a raffle. Pot lunch buffet and BBQ's are there if
anyone wants to do some cooking. Dolores says there is usually enough
food for an army. If anyone wants more information they can write
or phone Bill Robson, 2 Janet Street North, Mildmay, ON., NOG 2JO,
phone (519) 367 5305 in the evenings or (519) 881-3401 during the
day. Dolores is another contact - write her at 5 Peter Street, Box
408, Mildmay, ON., NOG 2JO, or phone (519) 367 5334. Bill Robson
and his wife Darlene and Cheryle Harrison took care of the reunion
arrangements this past year and will be looking after things next
year, too. They are great grandchildren of Frank Lobsinger of the
House of Peter. Everyone who can is invited to attend and enjoy
meeting other relatives.
Bruce Melvin Lobsinger Family at Christmas 1994, from left, Jenny
Lee, 17; Luke, 10; Bruce Melvin; Clint, 5; and Julianne.
Lobsinger Among Those
Who Brought Honor And Respect To Canada
John Kirkvaag Mildmay, ON., Canada
Second World War lasted six terrible years. It left a legacy of
death and destruction. It was a war that encircled the globe from
the Atlantic to the Pacific and even touched the far reaches of
thousands of young Canadian men and women serving the Canadian Army;
the Royal Canadian Navy; the Royal Canadian Air Force; and other
Allied Forces, was Arthur Lobsinger.
are Lois and Arthur Lobsinger of Hanover, ON., the parents of Allen
and Ann, and grandparents of Allen's children Adam, Trevor, Jason,
was among the many Canadians ready to defend the United Kingdom
when it appeared that a Nazi invasion was imminent. And he was there
when the Allied Forces returned to Continental Europe on D-Day 1944.
was among the nearly one million young Canadians who enlisted during
World War II. Almost 46,000 Canadians died and another 55,000 were
wounded during those six terrible years.
brought honor and respect to Canada. But most of all, they helped
to win the struggle against the tyranny and oppression which threatened
to engulf the World.
was for our freedom that these young Canadians fought... and it
was for that freedom so many of them died.
Lobsinger is among those who returned and now lives with memories
likes to chat and he can tell stories for hours on end... but he
seldom talks about the war years and we therefore gratefully thank
him for letting The Crier publish his recollections from those years.
fact, Art will never forget the nineteen air sorties he flew as
a rear-gunner over European enemy territory aboard a Lancaster bomber
especially remembers March 3, 1945 when "Lanky Jox" was
on a bombing mission with Dortmunde, Ems Canal (in Germany) as its
main target. Arthur recalls F/L Bert Martin (pilot and Captain of
the "Lanky lox") reporting over the intercom that their
aircraft was damaged at 7,000 feet over the target area. One ack-aack
shell entered the fuselage between Arthur's gun turret and mid-upper
gunner Ron Thorpe's position where it exploded peppering the fuselage
sides of the aircraft with shrapnel. Neither Arthur or Ron were
injured in the explosion because of the armor platings back of each
gunner's turret. A second ack-ack shell passed through the starboard
sailplane throwing the top surface over the elevator and took with
it the hinged socket of the rudder. Needless to say, these explosions
left Pilot Martin with very restricted control of the aircraft and
he therefore headed for home with a severely damaged aircraft.
"Lanky lox" luckily held together throughout the homebound
trip to England, and the crew happily made an emergency landing
in the southern part of England.
was necessary to replace the "Lanky Jox" with anew aircraft,
which was named the "X-quisite" Arthur explained quietly.
nineteen sorties over enemy territory left him with a lifetime of
memories he would rather forget... but never will. His memories
of war will never end... and so it is with thousands of other Canadians
whose horror stories will never be told.
was born in, Ontario, November 3,1922, a son of Vera (Kalte) and
Isadore Lobsinger. He completed Public School; High School; a course
at Galt Aircraft School and a business course at Northern Business
College in Owen Sound in his early years. He
enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in March 1942.
in Canada included Toronto Manning Depot; St. Thomas Technical Training
School; No. 1 Service Flying Technical Training School at Camp Borden,
On., and was transferred to aircrew service in June 1943. .Arthur
trained at Mount Pleasant, P.E.I. and graduated in January 1944.
He was posted to Three Rivers (Quebec) and then shipped overseas
to Britain in March aboard a Dutch passenger ship. In England, Art
transferred to the Royal Air Force for further combat training and
eventually became a member of the seven crew bomber "Lanky
Jox". As it turned out, five of that crew were from the RCAF.
more air battle training, the crew was transferred to participate
in a Royal Australian Air Force Squadron and the nineteen bomber
sorties that followed over enemy territory. (Each sortie lasted
some seven to twelve hours).
rear gun turret of a Lanky is very small indeed, and very difficult
to maneuver in" Arthur explained, "You are stuck in there
for a long, long time with very little chance of escape in case
of attack. We witnessed many of them and would rather forget. It
was frightening, indeed!"
his last operational flight, Arthur became ill and was hospitalized.
He was returned to Canada aboard the hospital ship "Lady Nelson"
and transferred to a Toronto hospital and later taken to a Veterans'
Hospital in Kingston. He was discharged from hospital in January
of '46 and after three years of more medical care, was ready to
return to civilian life.
when he began his employment with the Pilot Insurance Company at
their Claims Office in. Arthur remained with the company until his
retirement in 1987.
1950 on September 11th, Lois June (Weidner) and Arthur Lobsinger
were married. They became the proud parents of a son Allan (April
1952) and a daughter, Ann (June 1956). Allan is now married to Joan
(Cronin) of Mildmay and they have made Lois and Arthur the proud
grandparents of four sons, Adam, Trevor, Jason, and David. Ann Lobsinger
resides with her parents in and is employed as an Insurance Broker
with a firm. She is not married.
is grateful to his longtime friend, Eric Winkler, who provide him
with much insight into political life. Arthur is an avid fan of
radio-controlled airplanes and has built many models at his home.
Boating is another hobby and he truly enjoys his own boat.
knows hundreds of area people and has an exceptional ability of
remembering names and places whenever he travels in the Bruce Peninsula
area. Most of all, Art always has a friendly smile or greeting to
one and all... And he's only too happy to tell you one of his many
thousand yarns of good humor.
Laverne and Leo Ruetz
celebrated their 40th Anniversary on June 18, 1995. Leo is a descendant
of Caroline Lobsinger Ruetz
of the community is extended to all the members of the Dietrich
families in the sudden passing away of Bertha Elizabeth Dietrich
at her residence in Mildmay on Friday, March 24th, 1995. Mrs. Dietrich
was seventy-seven years of age.
wife of the late Seraphine (Pat)Lobsinger and the late Robert (Bob)
Dietrich; Dear mother of Robert (Bob) Lobsinger and his wife, Wilma
of Mildmay; Frances and her husband, Bev Mothersell of Mount Forest;
Joseph (Joe) Lobsinger and his wife, Barbara of Midhurst; Charles
(Chuck) Lobsinger and his wife, Marilee of Mildmay. Loving stepmother
of Betty Ann and her husband, Joseph Kueneman of Waterloo; Doreen
and her husband, Kenneth (Ken) Kueneman of R.R. #5, Mildmay; Lynda
and her husband, Kenneth (Ken) Diemert of Neustadt; Rose and her
husband, Wayne Klein of; David Dietrich and his wife, Julie of Kitchener;
John Dietrich and his wife, Betty of St. Jacobs. Also survived by
twenty-three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Pre-deceased
by her parents Joseph and Mary Detzler; one sister, Clara Lobsinger
and one brother, Ed Detzler. Family and friends expressed their
respects at the Greg Roberts Funeral Home, Mildmay on Sunday afternoon
and evening. A Vigil Service at the Funeral Home took place on Sunday
evening at 8:45 while a Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sacred
Heart Roman Catholic Church, Mildmay on Monday, March 27th, 1995
at eleven o'clock in the morning.
were John Mothersell, Kurtis Lobsinger, Tim Diemert, Jeff Klein,
Kevin Kueneman and Jamie Kueneman. Spring interment in Sacred Heart
R.C. Cemetery, Mildmay. As expressions of sympathy donations to
the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated and
may be made at the Funeral Home.
Ambrose Tangney, of Mildmay passed away at the County of Bruce General
Hospital, Walkerton, on Tuesday, August 30, 1944. He was 77.
husband of Irene Lobsinger. Dear father of Mary Anne Tangney of
Dundas, Jack and his wife Mary of Kincardine, JoAnne and her husband
Henry Paliga of Chesley, Doug and his wife Mag of Vancouver, B.C.,
and Patricia and her husband Kevin Ratchford of Chesley. Loving
grandfather of Ryan, Adam, Matthew, Ben and Christian. he is also
survived by his brother Joe Tangney of Mount Forest and many nieces
and nephews. Family received friends at the Greg Roberts Funeral
Home, Mildmay, where a vigil service was held on Thursday evening.
Funeral mass was conducted by Father Michael Bennett in Sacred Heart
Roman Catholic Church, Mildmay, on Friday, September 2. Interment
at Sacred heart Cemetery, Mildmay.
flower bearers were Adam Paliga and Matthew Tangney, Pallbearers
were Mike Moran, Tim Moran, Ryan Paliga, Paul Bolen, Ron Schmidt
and Steven Tangney. Donations were made to the Cancer Society.
of the community goes out to all the members of the Lobsinger families
in the passing away of Ruth Lobsinger of Walkerton at the County
of Bruce General Hospital, Walkerton on Sunday, February l9th, 1995.
Mrs. Lobsinger was eighty years of age. Ruth will be sadly missed
by her beloved husband, Irwin Lobsinger; three daughters; Gail and
her husband, John Voisin of Walkerton; Nanci and her husband, David
Picken of R.R.2, Desboror; Grace and her husband, Harry Schnurr
of R.R. 2, Walkerton; one son, Ron and his wife, Jeanette, of Walkerton;
two brothers, Robert Last of and Lloyd Last of Toronto; eight grandchildren
and one great grandchild. Pre-deceased by a daughter, Jean (in infancy);
her parents, George and Alice (Maurer) Last; and a stepfather, George
were held at the Tanner and Pearson Funeral Home, Walkerton on Monday
and Tuesday. Funeral Service took place Wednesday, February 22,1995
at two o'clock in the afternoon at Walkerton Baptist Church. Rev.
Richard McTavish officiated. Pallbearers included Robert Voisin,
Paul Lobsinger, Scott Koeslag, Michael Schnurr, Christopher Koeslag
and Steven Maxwell. Interment in Walkerton Cemetery. Memorial donations
to the Saugeen Valley Conservation Foundation would be appreciated
as expressions of sympathy.
Glen Lobsinger Verne Glen Lobsinger, 81, of Holiday, FL., born
June 21, 1914, died July 5,1995 at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in
St. Petersburg, FL.
was a retired Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Air Force
and a member of the First Baptist Church of Elfers, FL. He was preceded
in death by his first wife Ethyl Phyliss Chandler and his second
wife Mildred Huskey Lobsinger. Although he had no children of his
own, he is survived by the children of his second wife Mildred.
They are Gary L. Huskey of Lutz, FL., and Diane G. (Huskey) Bright
of Palm Harbor, FL.
is also survived by step grand children Michael Huskey and Courtney
Bright; a sister Carrie Paxson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at First Baptist Church of Elfars, FL., with
Rev. Harness officiating. Verne was interred beside his wife Mildred
at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.
V. (Gib) Arnold Mildmay (On., and District is mourning the loss
of one of their longtime residents and businessmen in the person
of Gilbert "Gib" Valentine Arnold who passed away at the
County of Bruce General Hospital, Walkerton on Friday, May 12, 1995
in his seventy-seventh year.
son of the late Fred J. Arnold and Norma Lobsinger, he obtained
his elementary schooling here. He exchanged marriage vows with Florence
M. (Toots) Schefter; served in the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1945
when he returned to Mildmay and continued operating the plumbing
business of F.J. Arnold & Son. Gib continued that occupation
for thirty-five years, retiring in 1984. Gib
enjoyed most sports and during the early Post-War years was an outstanding
net mincer for the Mildmay "Monarchs" Hockey Club. He
was on of the Charter Members of the Nip 'n Sing Fishing Club (and
was still a member at the time of his death). The same held true
as a member of the Mildmay Rotary Club where he served on various
committees and was the Club's President in 1961-62.
was also a member of the Mildmay & District Chamber of Commerce
and served faithfully for many years as a member of the Mildmay-Carrick
Fire Department. Gilbert
was always active in church affairs as a member of the Sacred Heart
parish here in Mildmay. He was also a long-standing member of the
Father Cummings Council of the Knights of Columbus.
by his beloved wife, Florence; cherished father of Carol and George
Miller of Teeswater; Gail and Ed Weber, Pauline and Larry Binkley,
Dan and Helen Arnold, Laurie and Michael Ruetz (all of Mildmay);
Joanne and Darryl Culbert of Owen Sound; Connie and George Parent
of Kitchener. Also survived by sixteen grandchildren and five great
grandchildren; two brothers, Oscar and Ed; and one sister, Mary
Pearce. Predeceased by his parents, Fred and Norma; one brother,
Eldon; and one son, Bob (1992). Visitations for friends and relatives
were held at the Greg Roberts Funeral Home, Mildmay on Saturday
Evening, Sunday Afternoon and Evening.
Knights of Columbus held a Rosary at the Funeral Home at seven-thirty
Sunday Evening, followed by a Parish Vigil Service at eight-thirty.
The Fourth Degree Knights also stood guard Sunday Evening. A Funeral
Mass was conducted by Father Michael Bennett on Monday, May 15th,
1995 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church and Mildmay at eleven o'clock in
pallbearers were all grandsons of the deceased, Jeff Miller, Phil
Miller, Rob Arnold, Brad Arnold, Steve Binkley and Jason Binkley.
The flower bearers were Jodi Lang, Debi Weber, Shelley Weber and
Krystin Kirkland. Members of the Knights of Columbus and the Rotary
Club of Mildmay provided an Honour Guard. Interment took place in
Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery, Mildmay.
Emma Ludwig A resident of Estevan and formerly of Browning,
SK., Catherine Emma Ludwig died peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital
on Tuesday, January 31 at the age of 89 years. She was known as
Katie or Aunt Katie to relatives.
was predeceased by her husband, Henry in 1962; her parents, Andrew
and Catherine Fornwald; one sister, Annie May Yoner; three brothers,
Andrew, Alphons and Stephen Fornwald; two sons-in-law, Roger Thievin
and Paul Madden; two grandchildren, Lucille Thievin and Carolyn
Pettigrew. Katie's mother Catherine Fornwald was the daughter of
Louis Lobsinger and Catherine Gehl.
is survived by 10 daughters and three sons; Sister Mary Ludwig,
Wainwright, AB.,; Edna (Roland) Deland or Estevan; Sister Elizabeth
Ludwig of Estevan; Elsie Madden of Phoenix, AZ.; Albert (Ivy) Ludwig
of Lampman; Sister Gertrude Ludwig of Peterborough, ON.; Lorraine
(Steve) Deitz of Winnipeg, MN.; Jerome (Faye) Ludwig of Lampman;
Catherine (Armand) Hoffort of Kenosee Lake; Christine (Harold) Buttazoni
of Estevan; John Ludwig of Lampman; Anne Welch of Estevan; Josephine
(Doug) Pettigrew of Winnipeg; 34 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren;
two sisters and two brothers, Cecilia Ludwig of Estevan, Sylvester
Fornwald of Estevan, Eugene (Grace) Fornwald of Vernon, B.C. and
Genevieve (Joe) Kaphamer of Willmar; one sister-in-law, Mary Ludwig
of Meadow Lake; also many nieces and nephews. Katie was born south
of Browning on April 20, 1905. She and her husband Henry lived on
their farm five miles northeast of Browning until 1959, when they
moved to Estevan. During the Depression years and the thirties,
times were tough, but Katie and Henry worked hard and provided a
happy, faith-filled home for their children. Katie enjoyed cooking,
sewing, gardening and home-making. Friends and relatives were warmly
welcomed when they came to visit.
arrangements were in care of the Boire Funeral Home and prayers
were let there by Doug Third on Thursday evening, February 2. Funeral
mass was celebrated Friday, February 3 at St. John the Baptist Church,
Estevan with Father L. Abello officiating. Pallbearers were six
grandsons: Leonard Thieven, Brian Ludwig, Mark Deitz, Garth Hoffort,
David Buttazoni and Henry Welch. Internment was in Estevan Cemetery.
The Mail Bag
Melvin and Julianne Lobsinger, East Amherst, NY., sent us a photo
for the "blank spot" which is printed in this issue, along
with some family news.
just landed a new position as Vice President of a local waterproofing
company. Julianne "continues to tirelessly care for us all."
She is also presently designing a new home for them to live in and
wonders if there are any relatives with land for sale in Clarence,
daughter Jenny is graduating from High School and will be off to
college as an honor student with a 96 average. She is also taking
advantage of an exchange student program and will be spending time
in Wales, England, and France. She earned her way by working at
a local fruit and vegetable market. Bruce says he thinks he remembers
his branch of the family being apple farmers in Kitchener. (Well,
they made applesauce, juice and cider in Mildmay, and their old
apple press is now on display at the Ontario Ag Museum) Son Luke
is 10 and doing well in school, but soccer is his first love and
he has been mentioned often in the local paper for excelling as
a goalie. He also won a recent contest sponsored by the local Sabres
Hockey team and was given various items of official Sabres equipment
and clothing... all presented on TV during a Sabres game.
Clint, age 5, has graduated from the terrible twos all the way to
the total handful fives... So it goes... (House of Peter)
and Beverly Lobsinger, Edina, MN., sent a big "Hello to the
1,362 families on the Lobsinger tree. (House of Peter)
and Lois Lobsinger,, ON., sent clips from the August 9th 1994 Mildmay
Town Crier, which featured a story about his years in the service
during World War II. He laments that unlike in America, there is
no special recognition to veterans for serving in a war zone. (House
the same time we got a note from Dolores (Lobsinger) Schmidt of
Mildmay, ON., who said she had encouraged Arthur to send us the
article. Glad she did. We need those kinds of items to fill the
paper, but also to preserve the information for the future.
and husband John got away for a month and visited friends in New
Mexico, Utah, Nevada and California during the winter. John was
anxious for his horseshoe league to start up.
also sent us some clips that we will use, as well as a flyer for
the Lobsinger Reunion that is (or was) set for June 11, 1995 in
the Mildmay Lions at the Agricultural Pavilion, being organized
by Bill and Darleen Robson. She says I'll probably get one from
them, too, but two are better than none. (House of Peter)
and Evelyn Lobsinger of Stratford, ON., sent us a note and photo
about their 50th Wedding Anniversary that was held on December 28th
1994. Giles says they celebrated the day with a family dinner and
their children held and Open House for them in January, at which
many relatives, friends, and neighbors got together. Giles is looking
forward to Spring and his garden.... but admits he doesn't plant
as big a one as he used to. (House of Louis)
(Schmidt) and Gary Napper celebrated their 25th anniversary on May
29th. Actually, they celebrated a bit early on May 20th. It was
held at the Walkerton Community Center where 230 of their closest
friends gathered to celebrate with them. Quite a crowd. (House of
Peter) Tracey (Napper) and Scott Sharpe are the proud parents (ever
know any new parents who weren't "proud"?) of a new 7
lb 12 oz youngster named Hayden Napper Sharpe. That makes Michelle
and Gary Napper (above) first time grandparents, and Dolores and
John Schmidt first time great grandparents. Youngster was born May
24, 1995 at & District Hospital. (House of Peter)
Moran, son of Lois and Ted Moran, graduated June 14th from college
in London, ON., where he majored in air conditioning and refrigeration
and started work with a London company the next day. (House of Peter)
Michael and Kim Lobsinger, Port St. Lucy, FL., sent a note and couple
of pictures. Their daughter Kari is playing softball now, and Mike
managed the team last season. Kari plays 2nd base for the Wildcats
and also shortstop. Then she got moved into the pitching position
for the rest of the season. Mike says she got 10 strike outs in
her first 4 innings. Her team came in 2nd in their Southwestern
Tournament, and in the All Star Tournament, finished 3rd. Mike is
anxious for next year's season to start. Mike and Kim's other daughter
Jessica turned 7 on July 2nd and is taking gymnastics. She rearranges
the living room so she can do cart wheels and what not. (House of
Gertrude Ludwig of Peterborough, ON., sends us the obituary notice
about her mother, Katie Ludwig. She also reports that she broke
her arm while at home on holidays with her family and has now recuperated
enough to type a note to us. They had a good visit with all of her
brothers and sisters home except for Lorraine from Winnipeg. (House
and Paula Schnarr of Sonora, CA., sent us a note and a check for
postage fund. Says they are very busy, just like the rest of the
world, and have had a hot summer. (House of Louis)
Harold and Lois Lobsinger,
Stratford, ON. send word that they have a new grandson born to their
son Larry and his wife Tracey Lobsinger. His name is Eric Daniel,
born on May 11, 1995. He is new brother to Stephanie. They also
sent us a photo of their daughter Jennifer, who graduated in June
from Conestoga College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
(House of Louis)
Elizabeth Ludwig - Sr. Gertrude's sister - sent us a new address.
She has moved to Edmonton, AB., from Estevan, SK.
received a nice letter and lots of information on a rare branch
of the family from Lois Marguerite (Lobsinger) Wing in Yuma, AZ.
We're not exactly sure where her branch of the family fits into
the scheme of things yet.
is a descendent of Philip William Lobsinger. Trouble is we don't
know for sure which Philip William Lobsinger. There is a Philip
Lobsinger in the Canadian bunch who could be her ancestor, but there
is also a Philip Lobsinger in the St. Louis bunch. Both would be
about the right age and in the right time frame but we have no really
good information on either one of them. We don't even know for sure
if either of them had William for a middle name. The right Philip
died on 14 July 1967, and was married to Martha Maud, who died in
November 1948. He was a roofer. Anybody know anything else about
him? If we had his father's name, we could place the family accurately.
one of these Philip Lobsingers adopted a child named Raymond Emmett
Lobsinger, who eventually married Hazel Shelton. They had three
children: Philip Joseph Lobsinger, John Thomas Lobsinger (adopted),
and Walter Raymond Lobsinger.
Joseph Lobsinger, a truck driver, and his wife (ukn) have 4 children
(if we get the story straight) named Philip Anthony, Raymond Julio,
Betty Ann, and Richard Alexander. No information is available on
Philip Joseph's grandchildren, if any.
Thomas Lobsinger, also a truck driver, and wife (ukn) adopted two
children, one named John, the other Jennifer. No information is
available on John Thomas's grandchildren, if any.
Raymond Lobsinger, a mechanic, married Judy McLaughlin, since divorced,
and they have three children: Jack Emmett Lobsinger, Lois Marguerite
Lobsinger (who sent us the information) and Lisa Kristen Lobsinger.
Walter Raymond Lobsinger has three grandchildren. His daughter Lois
has 2 children, Ray James Fletcher by her first husband Charles
Fletcher, and Benjamin Christopher Wing, Jr., by her second husband.
His daughter Lisa and her husband Hemaloto Fotu have one child,
Susanna Lenore Fotu.
Emmett Lobsinger's wife Hazel has a sister, Lila Sunderland, living
in Alton, IL., who says Raymond had two brothers, Norman Lobsinger
and Jack (or John) Lobsinger, and one sister is still living in
Godfrey, IL., named Margaret (Lobsinger) Naugle. Unfortunately,
Mrs. Naugle can not remember her grandfather's first name. (House
M. Lobsinger of East Amherst, NY., and I suspect many others of
you, received an offer from the World Book of Lobsingers in Bath,
OH. It purports to have researched to find Lobsinger families, and
has located 204 worldwide. It is a computer search type of book
with names and addresses, but not relationships. I suspect we have
more accurate information in our computer. Nevertheless, it is a
good place to start looking - it was a book like that that got me
started chasing ancestors many years ago. If any of you purchased
the book, I'd like to know what you think of it. I didn't receive
the offer, so I know they don't have all of us yet.
for the book says that the first of us in the US was Michel Lobsinger
who came to New Orleans in 1850. Which is more or less true. He
was one of three brothers who arrived in this country from Langatte,
France. Each of them started branches of the family. Joseph went
to Canada and his descendants are the largest group by far. Michel
and the other brother Antoine Jean Louis settled in the St. Louis
area. Anyway, there is nothing wrong with these books - every few
years someone will offer one - as long as you know what you're getting.
the book actually has any addresses of European Lobsingers, I would
be very much interested in getting copies. So far, we have been
unable to find any Lobsingers in the Old World. I feel certain there
are some in Switzerland and Germany, if we just knew where to look.
The name has died out in France, where there are Lobsinger descendants,
but no actual Lobsingers left.
Lobsinger, St. Clair Shores, MI., says he really enjoys the newsletters
and has saved every issue. He celebrated his 93rd birthday last
March, and says he is in pretty good health. His grandfather was
Louis, and his dad was John. (House of Louis)
and Bernice Maslen, Lucan, ON., report two new grandchildren since
their last note to us. Daniel Michael Maslen was born February 8,
1995 to Heather and Gary Maslen, and tipped the scales at 6 Ibs
9.5 ozs. He was born at Chatham General Hospital. Candace Bernice
was born Easter Sunday, April 16, 1995. She weighed 8 Ibs 2 ozs.
She is a sister for Sarah Danielle and is the daughter of Lori and
Terry Maslen of Nairn. She was born in St. Joseph's Hospital, London.
Maslen's eldest grandson got married on June 24, 1995. Robert Michael
Maslen, son of Robert and Donna Maslen, married Trista Wilson, daughter
of Joe and Marla Wilson, all of Lucan. (House of Louis)
Lou Hamblin, Otisville, MI, sent us some postage money, but no family
news. Sometimes nothing happens. We appreciate hearing from you
just the same. We also received a note from her eldest daughter,
Kathleen Marie Tompkins,who gave us a new address for her family.
Her husband James is in the Army and is retiring after 20 years.
Bass wrote to inform us of the death of his mother, Dorothy Lobsinger
Bass, who passed away on April 23, 1995 at age 90. She was the daughter
of Charles Lobsinger, the granddaughter of Joseph Carl Lobsinger.
Mrs. Bass has in the past provided us with much valuable information
about the family of Joseph Carl Lobsinger. We are saddened at the
news of her death. (House of Joseph)
and Al Spidel, Nanaimo, BC., were among many who wrote to express
sympathy following the bombing in Oklahoma City. Fortunately, we
are about 100 miles north of there. The truck carrying the explosives,
however, was sighted at a convenience store in our town the night
before the blast. We are on a US highway, but not an Interstate
Road. Lots of traffic, but few police to patrol the area.
of our children live in the Oklahoma City area now, but all of them
were safe. Brother John's son and his wife also live in the area,
but were out of harm's way as well. All of us knew somebody who
was in the blast. Oklahoma is not that big of a place.
surfing on the Internet a few weeks ago, I ran across a Brian Lobsinger
out in California, and dropped him an email note. Turns out he is
not the Brian Lobsinger we thought he was, but a member of the Swiss
Family Lobsinger - those few individuals in the US whose families
immigrated directly from Switzerland instead of descending from
Langatte, France. Haven't heard from any of them in a couple of
years. His sister is Jan (Lobsinger) Carr, with whom we corresponded
in the past.
whose email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, says:
grandparents "Americanized" the last name from Lobsiger
when they came to this country near the turn of the century. I'm
not sure when exactly, but all of my Dad's siblings were born here.
Dad was born in 1916, end he wasn't the eldest (of many). It seems
that all Lobsingers must be quite prolific, considering the sizes
of the various families I know of.
did a small amount of research a while ago on our history but I
don't know if it was Lobsinger or Moll (the other side). My mom,
I'm quite certain, know a bit of the Lobsinger history; my Dad past
away in 1984. I'm sure my Aunts and Uncles in MI would know something.
Who knows, you most likely have all of the information our side
has from my sister."
Internet contact we ran across is Rollie Lobsinger, House of George.
His Internet address is MAHP@aol.com. Rollie reports...
Bob! How did you find me on AOL? I didn't even know you were out
there. Yes I am the son of Jerome Lobsinger, Dad is living in Omaha
right now, he is trying to break in to painting and he is taking
some courses in alternative medicine.
still lives near Brisbane Australia, he is a fully licensed family
therapist and is fast becoming the foremost leader in gambling addictions
therapy. He has no children as of yet.
Lobsinger my younger brother lives near Provo Utah and works at
the home office of Flying J. This is a large full service Truck
Stop franchise. John is married and Karla is expecting their first
baby some time late this fall (I think)
work for the Metro Area Housing Program, a private non-profit dedicated
to the creation of affordable housing. Our programs are geared to
help working families buy their first homes. In addition we develop
rental housing and we salvage old buildings for their usable contents."
Opportunity: My Trip To Canada's Great White North
Seven Science Fair Winner) Son of Rick and Chyleen Lobsinger Descendent
of August Lobsinger, House of Peter.
mom and I packed my bags and I headed to the Toronto airport Saturday
morning, May 14. There I met Jim, Brad, and Sean, three other Bruce
County Science Fair Award winners and my chaperones, Marlene Weishar
and Mary Ann Schneider.
plan left Toronto at 5 o'clock and we flew to Vancouver on a 647.
Most of the passengers were Canada Wide Science Fair Participants.
During the flight I got to visit the cockpit and learn what it's
like to be a pilot. The view from the cockpit of the Rocky Mountains
had a two hour stop over in Vancouver. We took a smaller jet to
Whitehorse and during the flight we had just enough time to watch
the movie, "Terminal Velocity." We landed at the Whitehorse
airport at midnight, Yukon time. I can understand why they call
it "the Land of the Midnight sun." They had twenty-three
hours of sunlight that day. I phoned my mom to tell her that we
had arrived safely. She had the phone under her pillow ready for
my call, for it was 3 o'clock a.m., Mildmay time. Nana's calling
card came in handy during the week.
shuttle bus picked us up and took us to the Yukon Hotel which would
be our home base for the week. During my stay it was surprising
to find out how many of our Bruce County people are now living up
a good night's sleep we set up our science projects Monday morning
at the arena and had them safety checked.
afternoon we had a forty-five minute bus excursion of Whitehorse,
the "tent city that became the capital!" To make it even
more interesting, we were on the French speaking tour. Madame Neable,
my French teacher, would have been proud of us! We visited the famous
national historic site, the S.S. Klondike Stemwheeler, the riverboat
that once transported people and equipment down the Yukon river
all the way to Dawson City and stopped at Miles Canyon.
May 15 was our first day of judging. Each science participant was
judged at least five times. It was a long day, but visiting and
pin trading with other exhibitors made the time go by quickly.
Tuesday, we were judged for various special awards. In the evening
we had a beautiful banquet followed by the Frantic Follies, a Vaudeville
Show held at the Yukon Arts Centre. We also enjoyed a Participatory
Arctic Sports Demonstration.
was devoted to all day tours. My group took a two hour bus ride
to the community of Haines Junction, Yukon, nestled in the heart
of one of North America's largest Protected areas - Kluane National
Park. We spied a Grizzly Bear and a Lynx along the way. We had a
tour of the Visitor's Reception Centre to familiarize us with the
attractions of the area. We learned about the snowshoe hare and
glacier research being done in the area. As we traveled up the mountains
it started snowing and we could see the sheep up on Sheep Mountain.
we were back at the Takhini Arena with our projects. Local schools
and delegates toured the exhibits. In the evening we had a BBQ.
My friends tried the Moose Burgers, but I enjoyed the good ol' fashioned
the BBQ, we had a Great Scientific Softball Tournament. Teams could
be recognized by their coloured coordinated ball caps. Everyone
had a lot of fun!
Award Assembly was held Friday afternoon in the Yukon College gym.
It was a pretty fantastic feeling sitting amongst so many young
scientists from all across Canada and our international visitors.
were all extremely proud of my roommate, Sean Liipere, a Grade Ten
Student from Bruce Peninsula Secondary School, in Lion's Head, who
received a Silver Medal for his project entitled, the Red Blood
Cell, A New Recipe. Sean also won the Chemical Institute of Canada
Award. Sean was chosen to be a member of Team Canada and will go
on to the International Science Fair in Tucson, Arizona.
activities were held at Mt. McIntyre. The Society of Yukon Artists
of Native Ancestry presented a First Nations Show after the Awards
May 20 was our last day in the Yukon and we certainly made the most
of it! Early in the morning our projects were dismantled and prepared
to be shipped back home to Bruce County.
we climbed into our tour van and headed to Skagway, Alaska. On our
way we made several awesome stops, one at Emerald Lake and the other
at the smallest desert in the world, Carcross Desert.
was a two-hour ride south of Whitehorse through spectacular mountains
descending to sea level. Skagway, "Gateway to the Klondike,"
was the spot where many hopeful miners landed by boat before climbing
the Chilkoot Trail to Bennett Lake and onto Dawson, answering the
cries of 'gold.' We wandered around historical Skagway and took
a ride on the famous White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, the original
narrow-gauge railroad that at one time hauled freight all the way
along the shore of the Pacific Ocean was certainly a treat. I just
had to bring back a bottle of salt water as a souvenir. Watching
the seals swim in the ocean was a sight I will always remember.
had an exciting day and returned to our hotels to catch some z's.
from Whitehorse airport was 3 o'clock a.m. Everyone wished they
could stay longer!
plane was pretty quiet with all the sleeping bodies on board. It
was a good flight back with a rough landing in Toronto because of
the strong winds that day. It felt great to be home!
would like to thank Vern Freer, Science Teacher at Walkerton district
Secondary School for his guidance along the way; my chaperones;
the Village of Mildmay, Carrick Township, and the County of Bruce
for donating pins for me to trade; the Mildmay Rotary Club and the
Bruce County Board of Education for their continued support in the
County Science Fair. Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends
and the staff and students at Mildmay-Carrick School who gave me
a wonderful send off and some extra spending money. My trip was
truly a "Golden Opportunity!!"
One's For You, Gramps"
the Mildmay Crier June 7, 1995
year we know that the seasons will change... a new day will dawn...
and the local "Nip 'n Sing" Fishing Club will make their
Annual Northern Excursion to their favorite fishin' hole and bring
back some of those whoppers!
the gang all winter longed for the big day when they would head
to the north on their annual trek that dates back many moons since
the club was founded by, among others, Gib Arnold.
year, the fellows packed their gear, and spent from Friday, May
26th to Monday, May 29th dipping their lures into the crisp, clear
waters at Manitoulin Island.
"stand-by" reservations... club members boarded the Chi-Cheemaun
(Big Canoe) for their traditional smooth voyage to the far northern
island of Manitoulin. A few staple supplies were obtained at a local
island Trading Post before club participants proceeded to camp...
very, very notable difference this year was the vacant chair of
one of the Nip 'n Sing's Charter Members Gilbert V. Arnold of Mildmay.
was an all-round "Nipper" and would be more than willing
to fill the shoes of any fellow "Nipper"... be if helping
with the cooking, filling in a fourth for cards, helping to untangle
fishing lines, acting as a guide, helping to land those big ones,
and maintaining the Arnold name in high offices pertaining to the
Nip 'n Sing Fishing organization (for instance, the office of the
President of the North has always been held by an Arnold, as long
as we've known).
any rate, Gib will be greatly missed... but always remembered because
there is a "Gib Arnold Trophy" for the Nipper who catches
the largest fish over the weekend.
year, the trophy was awarded to Nipper Brad Arnold of Mildmay...
for the third consecutive year. This year's whopper brought in by
Nipper Brad was the biggest to date - a 40.75 inch Great Northern
Pike that tipped the fish scale at 16 Ibs 4 ozs. Brad expressed
his thanks and appreciation to bigger brother Rob for his expertise
with the landing net...
advice to fellow Nippers was "Ya gotta spend more time on the
water and less in the cabin!"
was also heard to say... "this one's for you, Gramps".
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