7 No. 2 - June to December 1997
LOBSINGER FAMILY - from left, Paul Lobsinger, daughters Lavina
Carolina, Phoebe, Tillie, Mary, son Edward, and wife Katharina
(Otto). Life was good in Bloomington, IL., where Paul farmed,
and raised horses. Then Will Starkey came to town, and the sky
moving to the Cherokee Strip, "Professor" Will Starkey,
2nd from left in front row, organized the Braman Cornet Band in
Braman Oklahoma. Lavina Carolina Lobsinger, who had by then become
Mrs. Will Starkey, led an adventuresome life following him around
the country where ever his music led him.
long, the101 Ranch Rodeo and Wild West Show Cowboy Band, was organized
by "Professor" Will Starkey, right of drum, front row.
His music added color, emotion, excitement, and entertainment
to the Western extravaganzas put together by Col. Zack Miller
and the Miller Brothers. The shows gained fame and notoriety,
traveling across country and ocean to thrill audiences everywhere.
Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Rodeo and Wild West Show used the Cowboy
Band to drum up excitement where ever they were setting up tents
and arenas. Here the Cowboy Band was in downtown "Santone"
(San Antonio) Texas. Will Starkey, Band Leader, at far right with
Lobsinger Starkey, right, with her sister Mary Lobsinger Franklin.
Both were daughters of Paul and Katharina (Otto) Lobsinger. Lavina
became the wandering cowboy musician's wife. Mary married a veterinarian
whose son was the subject of our April 1993 newsletter. Lavina's
husband Will Starkey, left, poses pistol in hand, with Cheyenne
Chief Thomas Carlyle on the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch near Ponca
Carolina Lobsinger Starkey
- A Cowboy Musician's Wife -
the road a piece from where Will Starkey was born, near Centerville,
Missouri, was where Jesse James' folks lived. Gives you an idea
of the neighborhood. But to get it all in perspective, the time
was maybe March of 1877.
didn't turn out to be a gunman, though. He grew up to be a showman;
a Band Master; "Professor"; an accomplished musician
on violin, cornet, and many other instruments.
that same time, in Bloomington, IL., Paul and Katharina (Otto)
Lobsinger were working their homestead, raising corn, horses,
and kids. Their newest daughter, Lavina Carolina Lobsinger would
appear the following June 23, just about harvest time.
Starkey was already the Director of the Hudson, IL., City Band
by the time he was nine years old... if you can believe believe
the old records. By the time he was 16, he and Lavina Carolina
Lobsinger had met, courted, and married in Galesburg, IL. (1893).
life as a farmer's daughter ended abruptly as she became the traveling
musician's wife. Gigs in Chicago in 1895... first child (Gertrude)
born there on December 29, 1897. Second child a couple of years
later. Infant Katherine Marie died shortly after her birth, and
the family moved back to Bloomington by 1900 where Will led the
Hudson Band and Orchestra in concerts. Third child, Lorene, arrived
in March 1901.
Paul Lobsinger worked the Illinois dirt, cussed the winter cold
that aggravated his asthma, traded horses, and harvested corn.
About the only exciting thing that ever happens on a corn farm
is harvest. Except for that one year when the sky fell.
was a clear night and Paul and Katharina were relaxing on the
porch after a hard day. The children were asleep. The night was
clear and crisp and the stars were as bright as they used to be
back in Canada before the couple came south.
the sky lit up like daylight and a brilliant shooting star streaked
across the sky. But instead of burning out like so many others
Paul had watched, this one thundered closer and closer overhead
and finally smashed right into the middle of his corn field, where
it lay smoldering in the bottom of a six foot crater. It took
several days to cool down.
sir, that was excitement. Paul and some friends decided to dig
that monster meteorite out of the ground. It was solid iron, they
guessed, and it weighed over 600 lbs.
wrote home about that. He didn't write home often, especially
since the folks were still sore at him for marrying Kathrina,
but that shooting star was something to write home about, no matter
how sore they were at him.
father Joseph Lobsinger was a respected farmer of increasing wealth
in St. Agatha, ON., back in Canada. He had a wagon, of course,
but also a "Carriage" in which he took his wife Marie
Anne (Weber) and family of six sons and one daughter to the Catholic
Church every Sunday.
built the family a commodious two story stone home with walls
up to 27 inches thick. He had acquired land enough to accomodate
six average farmers, and his horses were known as the best and
fastest in the county.
the old country - France, where he was born in the village of
Langatte, he had inherited the title of "Count", like
his father Jean Louis and his grandfather Antoine before him.
But the title was more a family curse than a blessing, especially
when the guillotine began falling on nobility during the French
Revolution in the late 1700s.
may have been one reason Joseph and his brothers Antoine and Michel
came to the new world. They were staunch Catholic, highly connected,
and hard working in a time when it was probably not a good idea
to be any of those things. In the new world, titles didn't matter.
Joseph was called "Mr." Lobsinger by all who knew him.
so it was quite a blow to the father when the son decided to marry
outside his Catholic faith. Lutherans were bad enough. Let alone
to a Quaker, or a Mennonite, or whatever she was!
word of the meteorite arrived at the elder Lobsinger household,
Joseph commented that God would surely not miss the next time.
never did reconcile himself with son Paul's wayward marriage;
he ordered that Paul's inheritance be cut to one dollar.
1893 there was a big land run scheduled for September 16th. The
U.S. government was opening up what was known as the "Cherokee
Strip." It was a huge chunk of northern Oklahoma Territory
that had recently been stolen from the Cherokee Indians for little
disinherited, asthma afflicted corn farmer Paul Lobsinger and
his faithful companion Kathrina listened to the stories of hundreds
of pioneers heading west to join the run for free land. Free land!
Just for pounding a stake in the dirt. Land rich enough to grow
just about anything a farmer might want to put in the ground.
some of the fellows who had been there and seen it - they called
'em Sooners - said that staking a claim was gonna be the hardest
part of the deal because you had to get to the land office and
back before the stake sprouted leaves. The weather was wonderful
compared to Illinois winters, they said. And there was gonna be
a big demand for good horses in the newly settled land.
missed the land run by a couple of years, but couldn't stand it
any longer. In fact, it seemed like half of Illinois and most
Bloomington couldn't stand it any longer. The Bliss family moved
to Oklahoma Territory; the Franklins moved down; the Starkeys,
the Kohlers, the Wises and the Hiatts and all the rest. Either
in time for the run, or shortly after.
loaded his wagon with children, supplies, and his 600 lb meteorite
and headed to Oklahoma, where he bought a stake near Braman from
the fellow who got it in the run. The Starkeys were right behind
was about 1902, maybe a bit later, when Will Starkey, his young
wife Lavina, whom he called "Lu," and their two kids
Gertrude and Lorene arrived in Braman. They came with the Wises,
the Franklins, the LeMarrs, and of course, Paul and Kathrina Lobsinger
and the rest of the kids.
Lobsinger's first item of business was to establish a permanent
home, bust the ground, get good breeding stock, and find a part
time job as telegrapher for the Santa Fe Railroad spur that passed
Starkey's first item of business was to establish the Braman Cornet
Band. By 1903 he had appointed himself Director; E.R. Kohler,
manager; D.M. LeMarr, president; Jno. Felible, secretary; and
J.L. Wise, treasurer. The first concert was on Saturday evening,
April 11, 1903. By May, they were booked in Hunnewell, KS., and
in August they played for the Baptist Young People's Union in
Lobsinger was Chairman of the event. Phoebe Lobsinger was Lavina
Starkey's sister. Although she was deaf from an early age, she
was an attractive young lady who caught the eye of one Professor
Taylor, who performed vocal selections with the band. Braman folklore
has it that Phoebe created quite a stir in town when she eloped
with Mr. Taylor, leaving a local beau behind in the dust. But
that's another story.
demand for entertainment on the prairie was insatiable... Starkey
played concerts, parades, celebrations of one kind or another,
in quartettes, at speeches, during plays, for grand openings,
for grand closings, wakes and even Indian War Dances. For a quarter,
you could soak up Will Starkey's music deep into the night. Soon,
the Starkey Players were expanding into serious drama. They produced
"The Emigrant's Daughter" in which Lavina portrayed
the "Prairie Spirit, Queen of Mysteries." Next they
took on comedy with "Joe the Waif" with Lavina again
in a key position.
acting career came to an end in 1905, and by March 9, 1906 her
fourth child was born. The Starkeys named their newest daughter
Noalene in honor of their neighbor Noalene LeMarr. The LeMarrs
were good friends and had acquired considerable land. They, and
others like the Wises and the Franklins, were doing well in Braman,
Oklahoma. They had land. The Starkeys had fun.
the first big oil boom hit the Braman area, the folks with land
did very well indeed. The first joint well produced by the area
land owners poured forth 5,800 barrels of black gold every 24
hours. Suddenly, a quarter a pop for admission to a Will Starkey
concert no longer seemed like big easy money.
was time to move on for Will Starkey and his family. This time
he'd go for land. They moved to Hooker, Oklahoma, which is 19
miles from the end of the world, and Will attempted to farm. The
family lived in a dugout on the new homestead, which was essentially
a hole in the ground with a big box over it. This time they had
land, but no fun. No oil, either.
Starkey Family- At the Dugout in Hooker, OK., in the Spring of
1906 - from left, Mrs. Beach the schoolteacher, Lavina (Lobsinger)
and Will Starkey holding Noalene with Gertrude and Lorene in front.
was a musician. A hungry one at that. So the "Professor"
headed to the nearest town and organized another band, this time
in Guymon. His band greeted trains, and hosted quarter concerts
Will was in Guymon greeting travelers, Lu was sitting up all night
chasing snakes out of the dugout. It was, after all, about the
coolest place for miles around. Her older two children, Gertrude
and Lorene attended school in Guymon, traveling back and forth
by school buggy.
was in this snake infested dugout on May 10, 1908 that William
(Bill) Albert Starkey, Jr., arrived at 13 lbs. Will, Jr.'s mother
was not an easy person to upset, but having a 13 lb. baby by herself
on the plains of Oklahoma while her husband was playing a trumpet
in some saloon near the edge of the world did not set well with
decided it was time to move on again. The Miller Brothers 101
Ranch Rodeo and Wild West Show was becoming a national sensation
featuring real cowboys, actual wild Indians, daredevil stunt riding,
colorful costumes, elaborate reenactments, and famous celebrities.
The show was headquartered near Ponca City, OK., and it had everything
but a band.
Professor Will Starkey became the first leader of the 101 Ranch
Traveling Band. Silent cowboy film star Tom Mix was just a stunt
rider for the Miller Bros., in those days. One evening Mix visited
the Starkeys and bounced Lorene on his knee for a little bit.
Then he stole a horse from the Ranch and rode off into the sunset
until he reached Hollywood, CA., and signed up with the movie
people. Starkey suspected the horse Mix was so fond of on screen
was the same one he took from the 101 Ranch that evening.
had the same wonderlust as Mix. He left the 101 Ranch as well,
this time headed back to his hometown in Missouri. From there,
with a friend named Charles Franklin, he moved the family to Orlando,
FL., where they opened a silent movie theatre and presented occasional
musical concerts directed by "Professor" Starkey. By
this time his children were becoming accomplished musicians, and
Lorene would often perform cornet solos.
was almost normal for the Starkey family while they lived in Florida,
but the movie theatre barely made payroll and Will had the urge
to move on again.
to Missouri - where their oldest daughter Gertrude wound up married
to the son of family friends, and just as quickly divorced with
a son she had to leave behind. Her family, by then was in Nebraska.
and Lu got real jobs at a boys industrial school and life returned
to normal for awhile. Noalene and Bill, Jr. continued to practice
their music, and were good enough to be selected to play for the
first broadcast of KFKX Radio out of Hastings Studio. It was a
coast to coast NBC production.
the meantime, daughter Lorene grew up and married Ralph Atkinson
Johnson and had a daughter Ruth before their divorce.
Gertrude had remarried to a Spanish-American War veteran named
Percival Madill and moved to San Jose, CA., where they had three
children - Lola, and twins Harry and Marguerite. She sent back
glowing reports about the wonders of the new land to her folks.
Lorene and Ruth moved to California, too.
new found Nebraska stability was too much for Will Starkey and
he began to dream about those stories of wealth and beauty in
California. By 1924, he couldn't stand it any longer and left
by himself to go see the Pacific State for himself. He eventually
settled in French Camp, CA., where his daughters Lorene and Gertrude
and some other family friends had ended up.
long suffering wife Lavina and the two remaining children, Noalene
and Bill, and their dog, Doc, left Kearney, NB., on Labor Day,
1924 to make the trek to California in their 1923 Model-T Ford.
was a three week journey, but they stopped to visit relatives
in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas on the way. Lavina kept a diary
of the trip...
31st. ...We made sure to camp near an electric lamp, with due
regard to all the tales of hold-ups, murders, robberies, and such.
There were several men camped fairly close to us. Although they
did seem very quiet and did not bother to speak to us even, we
felt no better, for we knew that even robbers and cut-throats
are quiet at times. But with morning and daylight, our senses
were somewhat restored, and we felt that we had been very foolish.
One of them said good-morning and we got a good look at them and
saw that they were really a bunch of fine looking young men. In
need of shaves, it is true, but they had been out in the harvest
fields, and proved to be young college men from the east who were
getting a good look at the country and earning some money at the
same time. I think maybe we were just a bit disappointed for our
first night out had turned out to be a very tame affair afterall.
One thing it did for us, it caused us to be less suspicious of
others and to judge more kindly."
so the long journey began, with adventure after adventure related
by Lavina in her diary... stories of campsite floods along the
way, visits with relatives in Braman, flat tires, beautiful scenery,
mountain passes, and so much more even Lavina could hardly find
words to describe it all.
stopped often, visiting friends along the way, and of course visited
the Franklins and Wises and others in Braman. It was maybe a special
stop for Lavina, who visited the Braman Cemetery to remember her
parents, Paul and Kathrina Lobsinger who had found their final
resting place together beneath a 600 lb. meteorite engraved with
their names that served as a marker. Paul had died on January
29, 1907, just months before Oklahoma became a state. His beloved
wife Katharina joined him a few years later, on August 21, 1913.
did fancy herself quite a photographer, for some reason, but her
diary did not bear her out on that point... an almost daily entry
says something like "Took a picture of the Peak, ate our
supper and went to bed. But the pictures didn't turn out for some
prevailing style of architecture here is adobe. Got one good picture
of a"dobby" house."
saw the Deaf School (in Santa Fe) and took a picture of that too.
The others we took that day were no good."
was here we saw an old church (in LaGuna), with images built in
the gable. Noticed it too late to try for a picture, which may
be just as well, for so many of them did not turn out well anyway."
August 22, they had crossed the Great Divide at an elevation of
9,000 feet. The next day they came to the Painted Desert and Petrified
Forest. It was "not at all like we thought it would be, but
so wonderful that I can not describe it. We got a few good pictures
of it, and will never forget it, no matter how much more we may
see. The sun was just right to show up all the wonderful colors,
altho it seems to me it must be beautiful at any time of the day.
... Here is where Zane Grey wrote the Rider of the Purple Sage,
and here the photoplay of the book was made. The most predominating
color was red, of every shade, from bright red to maroon..."
the Grand Canyon, Noalene ran to the railing and "skinned
the cat" over the canyon rim, a stunt that almost cost Lavina
a heart attack, but later made for a great story that was retold
many, many times. "We saw the Hopi Indians dancing the Victory
Dance and the Eagle Dance. They had a large building with various
things on exhibition... we went into the store where they sold
Navaho blankets, bead work, jewelry and post cards... Had a good
night of it here."
gold mines and "some of the most wonderful mountains you
could ever imagine" later, they found themselves facing a
hard, hot west wind "and it seemed like it was blowing right
out of a red hot furnace. We found out the next day that it had
been 126° at Needles, so no wonder we thought it was hot."
diary says nothing about the two day vehicle breakdown Barstow,
CA., just as their journey was coming to an end. She had to wire
Will for money to pay for repairs and enough extra to finish their
trip to French Camp.
(were) selling for five cents per dozen; grapes, all kinds, five
cents a pound, and so on, the fruit stalls are all along the roads,
every few miles, and such a display of fruits and vegetables.
It looks like an exhibition at a fair," she reported on August
finally, they were "home."
were so happy to be there we just ached," Lavina wrote on
the final day of the long journey, "Noalene put a record
on the victrola and she and William danced all around the room.
Then we hunted up the cupboard and had lunch."
reunited Starkey family settled in, built a home across from their
daughter in French Camp on Dudley Lane. Young Bill finished high
school and played in dance bands in Stockton. One vocalist he
often accompanied was a youngster named Anthony Martino who you
probably know better by the name of Tony Martin.
finally had her own home. A real place to settle down. No more
traveling. But Will Starkey had turned sour over the years and
had become an alcoholic and a womanizer. The final straw was one
day when Will came home drunk and abusive and it took both Lavina
and her daughter Lorene to tie him down in bed. The next day Professor
Will Starkey handed a note to his grand daughter Ruth and told
her to give it to her grandmother in a week. Then he walked out
of the door and disappeared.
again, Lavina Carolina Lobsinger Starkey divorced Will in 1935
and continued to work for many years at the Stockton State Hospital
until she retired and enjoyed many years of traveling. Her last
years were spent in a nursing home in Sonora, where she died at
Sonora Community Hospital on April 25, 1967.
granddaughter Ruth searched for Will and finally located him in
Tacoma, WA., where he had turned his life around but never remarried.
He died in Tacoma on July 23, 1964, a retired music teacher.
Notes: The above account of the life of Lavina Carolina Lobsinger
Starkey has been compiled from much factual historical data perforated
with periodic gaps which have been filled with bursts of creative
fiction for the sake of a good story. The photographs and information
on the Starkey family and related material come courtesy of Lorraine
A. Oneto-Leigh of Pinecrest, CA., a grand daughter of Lavina, daughter
of Noalene Starkey Oneto. She also provided the photograph of the
Paul Lobsinger family. Information about Paul Lobsinger and his
ancestry prior to the Bloomington, IL., era has been collected from
many sources by this newsletter.)
(Lobsinger) and Chris White
Lobsinger Weds Chris White
over a year ago this September, Dawn Heather Lobsinger and Christopher
Andrew White were married, on the 14th. She is a Ph.D. candidate
in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa... and by now probably
has defended and graduated with her Doctor's degree.
is the daughter of Neil Francis and Virginia Dorothy (Roeder)
Lobsinger. Her grandfather was Edward Lobsinger who was married
to Kathleen Dietrich.
the wedding the couple honeymooned in Spain, visiting Madrid,
Alarcon, Calpe, Granade, Toledo, Segovia, and other places, as
well as spending a couple of days in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
before returning home to Ottawa. (dawn@ civich. ottawa.on.ca)
(House of Louis) (email@example.com)
Lobsinger Family Relocates In
Ancestral Black Forest Area Of Germany
July, Sharon (Lobsinger) Wilson, (SJWilson@sympatico.ca)
was searching the Internet for European Lobsingers when she ran
across two names - one Martin Lobsinger in Stuifenwig, Alfdorf,
and another in Schorndorf, Wurt., Germany.
who is the daughter of Laurier and Verna Irene (Sachs) Lobsinger
of Hanover, ON., relayed their addresses to the Lobsinger newsletter,
and we dropped a note to both addresses, hoping to hear from some
real European cousins. What we found out was totally unexpected!
received a letter in German from Anna Beiltz, daughter of Martin
Lobsinger of Schorndorf, Wurt. She is the sister of the other
Martin Lobsinger in Alfdorf. Anna and her family live in Schwäbisch
Gmünd, Germany, but her family for many generations, was
father, Martin Lobsinger was born in Schoenau, Romania, as were
his ancestors back to about 1750! Martin is a retired construction
worker. His daughter Anna has been working on her family history.
When Martin received our letter, he referred it to her.
to Anna, the ancestors of her family came from Malterdingen -
the Black Forest area of Germany. About 1750, the family moved
to Siebenbuergen, Romania. According to Anna, the family lived
in Romania generation after generation until World War II.
were lots of hard times, and especially my father's generation
had a lot to endure, World War II and the effects of it. My Father
was sent to Russia during the dispossession and was forced to
live under the communist's government," Anna reports.
in 1990, following the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the family
returned to Germany where they are trying to build a new life
in their ancestral homeland in Southwestern Germany, near the
family of Martin and Anna Lobsinger consists of Helmuth Martin
Lobsinger, their son, who lives in Alfdorf with his wife Annemarie
and two children, Thomas Lobsinger and Sebastian Lobsinger. Anna
is one of two daughters, the other is Hedwig, who has a son named
Hannes. Anna says they are the only seven people she knows of
who have the name Lobsinger spelled the same way we do.
received her information on the family from a church pastor in
Schoenau, Romania, named Wilhelm Capesius, and another pastor
named Ferdinand Barck in Malterdingen, the ancestral home of the
family. According to Pastor Barck, "Malterdingen is located
in the vineyards of the Black Forest mountains, about 12 kilometers
from the Rhine River, and 25 kilometers from Freiburg. Lobsingers
do not live there any longer. I ask myself why and where to has
the family so vanished without any trace? I have not received
is interesting to note that there is a "Freiburg" in
Illinois and another one in Ontario, and Lobsingers have lived
in both towns during the past 150 years.
have sent all of the past issues of the Lobsinger newsletter that
we have available to Anna Bieltz so that she and her family can
catch up on what the Lobsingers on this side of the world have
been doing since 1840, and we hope to hear more from her in the
For Fun...Thermodynamics Exam Revisited
Note: Last issue we ran a humorous bit about a professor who gave
a Thermodynamics Exam asking if Hell were exothermic or endothermic,
and one student's response. We, of course, invited Bishop Tom
Lobsinger of Whitehorse, YT, to comment, and he, of course, couldn't
resist. Here's what Bishop Tom has to say on the whole heated
Bishop Tom Lobsinger
it wouldn't be right if I didn't take up your challenge and throw
out a few personal remarks about this VERY important question
about the possibility of hell freezing over.
I must admit to having to look up the meaning of the terms "exothermic"
and "endothermic". I'm not sure that those words were
even around when I took Physics classes.
speaking, it seems that it might be a good thing to be reminded
that hell even exists. But as to the number residing therein or
entering therein, do you know that in all of Sacred Scriptures
there is no mention of anyone being sent there? No doubt we all
have our list of special people whom we think are heading in that
direction (perhaps even relatives)!!
question then, is not how many are already in hell, or at what
rate it is being filled up and expanded, but rather how to keep
the hell out of there.
"good news" is that God loves each of us unconditionally
and doesn't want us there at all, but to be part of his eternal
family. All that takes is to make an effort to love one another
Fronchak, Kitchener, ON., sent us a note in September to bring
us up to date. He reports that is wife Theresa (Lobsinger) passed
away in 1993, but since then his family has also had several additions
in the way of grandchildren. He also asks that we send the paper
to his daughter Cindy Logel in Keswiek, ON. and we are pleased
to add her to the mailing list. (House of Louis)
Lobsinger, now an 83 years young, is tackling the Internet these
days and enjoys hearing from other Lobsingers around the world.
If you would like to send Barney an e-mail note, his address is
trying to remember to put everyone's e-mail address in the newsletter,
so don't be surprised if Barney drops you a note! (House of Louis)
received an e-mail message from Bob and Teresa Tischart, (kaitlyn.t.@ampsc.com)
who are members of the Tschirhart clan with a shorter version
of the name. We and they have common ancestors and relations and
have swapped computer files. (House of Louis)
and Lois Lobsinger, Stratford, ON., wrote us a short note to advise
that they are now new grand parents of a baby girl, Jenna Nicole,
born on July 22, 1997. Parents are Mark and Donna (Masur) Lobsinger.
Jenna Nicole will join her sister Bryn at the home. That's two
grandkids we didn't know existed yet! Send us the kid's addresses
and we'll add them to the mailing list. (House of Louis)
and Yvonne Lobsinger, Kitchener, ON., are pleased to announce
the marriage of their daughter Maureen Anne to Matthew Raymond
Bonneville, Gravenhurst, ON., The marriage took place on Friday,
June 13, 1997 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Kitchener. Father
Daniel Lobsinger, C.R., brother of the bride, officiated. The
bride and groom are residing in Kitchener. Likewise, send address
and we'll add them to the mailing list. They are using son Kevin
Lobsinger's email address. Contact them or Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
(House of Louis)
Rix, Hamilton, ON., writes requesting to be added to the mailing
list. She is the daughter of (my great aunt) Amelia (Lobsinger
) and Edwin Detzler. Glad to have you aboard! (House of Peter)
the way from merry old England comes a note from Sister Janet
Mikol, SSND, who says Liverpool is having an unusually warm and
sunny summer. She is "regretfully" moving back to Canada
just when the weather finally gets nice over there. But after
11 happy years on the other side of the Atlantic, she will be
returning to Burlington, ON., where she has been appointed Community
Treasurer for the sisters. "It's a far cry from working pastorally
among the poor in Liverpool," she laments. (House of Louis)
and Cheryl Walsh, Bellevue, AB., raided their US coin collection
and sent us a bunch of coins for the postage fund. And they arrived
safely, by the way. We have also made a note of the new address.
They used to live in Blairmore, AB. Cheryl informs us of the 1993
death of Julietta McIntee of Pincher Creek. She was Patrick's
great aunt, and the subject of several articles in the early years
of the newsletter. She had traveled east with the Welsh's to visit
with her sister Bea Long in Buffalo, NY., where she suffered a
stroke. (House of Louis)
think we finally got computer disc files transferred to Robert
Maslen. We gave up and used the mail system instead of electronic
transfer. Haven't heard from Bob recently, so I presume they worked,
or else he gave up! (House of Louis)
M. (Lobsinger) Richardson has sent several address changes during
the past 6 mos or so. She and husband Scott are in the military
and move around quite a bit. Latest word is that Scott is now
a recruiter in Portland, ME. (House of Louis)
and Maureen (Lobsinger) Keane, Mukilteo, WA., dropped us a nice
note by email (email@example.com)
in July, to pass on some corrections to the chart we printed on
Maureen's dad, Clarence Lobsinger in the last edition. We're glad
to get anything that improves the accuracy of the data base. John
is a true Irishman, born on the Emerald Isle. Says he always took
his ancestry for granted because they all came from the same area
of Ireland. Not so with the Lobsingers! He also reports that Clarence
Lobsinger passed away on January 1, 1994, and that their son's
name is Micheál, Gaelic for Michael and is pronounced Mee-hawl.
Things like that we'd never know if someone didn't tell us. Micheál
is 20 years old and is in his Senior year at the University of
Washington majoring in Computer Science. Maureen is a noted nutritionist
and author with nine books in print and over one million sold,
ranging from her first book "Juicing for Life" to her
most recent "What To Eat If You Have Cancer." (House
Tony Lang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
emailed us in June with his new address and an update on what's
going on in his family. Tony completed requirements for his Ph.
D. a couple of years ago. He defended his thesis in May 1995 and
moved shortly thereafter from Toronto to East York, ON. He is
currently working with Geomatics International, a firm that does
consulting in environmental issues, forestry, geology, mining
and business geographics. The firm has landed international contracts
in Nigeria, Romania, Czech Republic, Jamaica, and Indonesia, and
Tony hopes he'll get to do some international travel. Geomatics
has also signed an agreement to develop and build GM's in-car
navigation system. Tony has been writing environmental impact
assessments and doing wildlife surveys associated with the expansion
of TransCanada PipeLines Limited's facilities in Canada to feed
demand for natural gas in the northeastern U.S. In June, he was
working in Saskatchewan in the Great Sand Hills and other places,
so he got to see his family again in Regina. Tony's mom, Leona
(Lobsinger) Lang flew to Toronto when his Saskatchewan work ended
and spent some time visiting with him and his wife Sarogini and
their daughter Renata. They also all attended the Lobsinger reunion
in Mildmay this summer. He says there were about 80 people there
and plenty of food. Leona brought some old photographs and spent
much time trying to get the people in them identified. They also
met Detective Paul Lobsinger of the Metro Toronto Police, whose
name he has seen in the Toronto newspapers occasionally, as well
as many other family members. (House of Peter)
(Lobsinger) Lane, Arnold, MO., sadly reports the loss of her husband
Robert on January 1, 1997. He had been ill for many years with
cancer. She also sent us her son Jeff's new address in DeSoto,
MO., and says they really look forward to the newsletter. "For
a long time we didn't know there were any other Lobsingers but
the few around here. Now, I feel a kinship with all Lobsinger,"
she says. (House of Michel)
Lobsinger and friend Keith Snider prepare the BBQ'd Pig this summer
for the annual Flying Dutchmen's Summer Picnic at the Kitchener-Waterloo
Remote Controlled Model Airplane Club's flying field. Bob also
serves as Treasurer of the organization.
M. Lobsinger (email@example.com)
reports she graduated from the University of Florida in May 1996
with honors and a degree in aerospace engineering and has decided
to stick around for grad school to get her Masters degree! She
has since completed her first year in grad school and at least
another to go on that project. At the time she wrote us in June,
she was in Ann Arbor, Michigan working as a summer intern at Ford
Motor Company getting an idea what an engineer does - and getting
paid pretty well at the same time, she grins. Heather reports
that her boyfriend of the last three years, Michael Stoll, proposed
to her at the top of the Tybee Island Lighthouse near Savannah
, GA., on April 26th, and they are now engaged. The unofficial
date for their wedding is May 23, 1998. Mie is also an aerospace
engineer who graduated from the Naval Academy in 1992 and is now
a helicopter pilot flying the SH-60B Seahawk. He is stationed
in Mayport, FL. They met at the University of Florida when he
was briefly stationed at the ROTC unit there three years ago.
Recently, he has been on a 6 month deployment, and Heather flew
to Greece for a visit with him near the end of July. He returned
home in October. Heather reports her folks, Philip A and Carolyn
(Harrell) Lobsinger, West Palm Beach, FL., have moved into a new
house right on a golf course and seem to be happy with the change.
Her sister Stacy turned 21 on June 25th and friends took her to
Pleasure Island and Disney World. Stacy is one class away from
her Associates degree at community college and hopes to continue
her education at a university. (House of Peter)
(Lobsinger) Long, Cheektowaga, NY., says her dad, Johannes Francis
Xavier Lobsinger, used to mention his uncles immigrating to Canada
via Montreal from Alsace Loraine. But we are of German birth,
she adds. In response to Bernice (Lobsinger) Maslen's question
in the last newsletter, Bea says she has a picture of Grandma
Caroline Gehl Lobsinger who resided in Carlsruhe. She would be
happy to have a copy made. (House of Louis)
Wayne L. Lobsinger sent us a notice of change of address from
Hamilton to Kitchener, and we've taken care of that little chore
so he should get this newsletter by Christmas, we hope. (House
B. Lobsinger, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
emailed us in May that he has become engaged to Akiko Yamamoto
of Sekiyado-machi, Japan. Eric has been dating her for over three
years, and finally got up the nerve to ask her to marry him. Eric
says he will send pictures and a wedding date later. He says the
hardest part was having to ask her mother for permission to marry
her in Japanese. "It was no small task to emeorise the lengthy
plea and to say it with the feeling I have. (House of Michel)
Armstrong and Jordan Dorion
Ann Armstrong, Elliot Lake, ON., sent us updates on several addresses,
a couple of birth announcements, an obituary which we already
ran, and some other news last May just in time to be late for
the last issue. She is one of our lost souls and has missed the
past several issues, so we sent them to her to catch up. Her daughter,Sellena
Marie Lucille, was born February 17, 1995. Jordan Robert Dorion
was born September 7, 1995 to Darcy and Christine (Armstrong)
Dorion. They are the first two grandchildren of Robert and Patricia
(Lobsinger) Armstrong. Pictures of both in here somewhere. (House
H. Bass, son of Dorothy (Lobsinger) and Hatton F. Bass dropped
us a short letter and photos of the grave marker of his great
grandparents Josephine (Emil) and Joseph Carl Lobsinger. They
are buried in a designated historical cemetery in Klacken Creek,
MI. (House of Joseph)
received word of the recent death of Melvin Lobsinger of Kissimmee,
FL., from his wife Dolores, who also asked that we add their daughter
Carol Robbins to the mailing list. Welcom aboard, Carol. (House
Nedinis, Calgary, AB., sent us a new address so that we can get
her back on the mailing list. We haven't heard from her in a couple
of years and wondered where she went. She has two children, Tamara
Leigh and Jason Cole. (House of Peter)
Robert L., on Wed. Jan. 1, 1997, beloved husband of Carol J. Lane
(nee Lobsinger), dear son of the late Lelia Mae and Edward Lane,
dear father of Deborah L. Graham (Steven), Roger K. Lane (Ruth),
Marlene A. Goveia (William), Jeffrey L. Lane (Laura), grandfather
of Amanda, Kristin and Andrew, brother of Ruth R. Curtis, Paul
W. Lane, Leslie D. Lane, Sue B. Williams and the late Edwin H.,
Clyde R. and James A. Lane. He was also preceded in death by his
stepfather David Everett Roberts, son-in-law of Irene Lobsinger,
our dear uncle, cousin, and friend.
funeral service was conducted on Saturday, January 4 at the First
Baptist Church of Arnold, 2012 Missouri State Road. at 10 a.m.
Interment Shepherd Hills Cemetery. Visitation was Friday, 4-8
pm at the Heiligtag Funeral Home, 1081 Jeffco Blvd. Arnold, Mo.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Arnold Building
Fund. Mr. Lane was a Deacon, Sunday School Dept. Director and
faithful servant to the Lord and the Church for many years. (House
Lobsinger, 75, of Rancho Drive, Kissimmee, FL., died September
12 in St. Cloud.
February 7, 1922 in Kitchener, ON., he moved to the area from
Buffalo, N.Y., in 1969. He was a retired manufacturing representative
and was an Air Force veteran of World War II.
include his wife, Dolores Libsinger, Kissimmee; sons, Paul M.,
East Aurora, N.Y., Bruce M., Clarence, N.Y., Glenn M., Raleigh,
N.C.; daughters, Diane Reiman, St. Cloud, FL., Carol Robbins,
Winter Park, FL., sister, June Stevens, Plymouth, MI., and 14
were held September 15 followed by graveside services at Highland
Funeral Home, Kissimmee, was in charge of arrangements.
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