Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Off to war

Evansville Pres, 4 Sep 1917
When the US entered World War I, Edward John Rech was part of a group of men from Vanderburgh County, Indiana whose draft numbers were called up early when neighboring counties were not able or ready to supply their selected men. Edward was the oldest son of William Jacob Rech and Catherine Elizabeth Freyling, and he worked as a photographer in his father's shop. He had only signed his draft card on 31 May 1917, and was already ordered to report for duty according to the news article published on 4 September 1917.
WWI Draft Card, via Ancestry
Edward must have distinguished himself as a leader, as he was named a corporal during training at Camp Taylor as part of the 335th Infantry.
Evansville Press, 22 Sep 1917.
By November 1917, Edward had been made a sergeant.
Evansville Press, 20 Nov 1917.
The 335th regiment made quick progress in training. Edward was part of several hundred men selected in December 1917 to go to Fort Hancock in San Antonio, Texas in preparation to be sent to France.
Evansville Press, 20 Dec 1917.
Rech's photography skills were put to the use, and he was made an airplane photographer once assigned to service in San Antonio.
Evansville Press, 22 Feb 1918.
Evansville Press, 16 Mar 1918.
This ends the series of newspaper articles mentioning Edward Rech's service during World War I. I can't tell whether he was sent to Europe. He was officially released from the Army on 26 January 1919. Direct descendants of Edward Rech will want to request a copy of his Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File.

After the war, Edward returned to Evansville and appears regularly in news clippings for his participation in musical and athletic events. He later took over operation of the family photography studio from his father William, and attained leadership positions in the Indiana Association of Photographers. Edward was named President of the Indiana Association of Photographers in 1943.

Edward John Rech died in Evansville, Indiana on 28 November 1977.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

William and Catherine

My wife's Rech-Freyling side of the tree has another connection between the two families. William Jacob Rech, brother of Karolina "Carrie" Rech Freyling, married Catherine Elizabeth Freyling, sister of Stephen Freyling. William Jacob was born on 24 April 1861 in Scott Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana. He started out as a farmer, working on the land of his father Nikolaus Rech and later helping his mother Susanna Euler Rech. After she passed, William Jacob became a photographer, and owned his own photography studio in Evansville, Indiana.
1898 City Directory for Evansville, Indiana
William Jacob and Catherine appear in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 US Census in Evansville. They had at least the following children:
- Edward John Rech, 1894-1977
- Selma Rose Rech, 1896-1978
- Clarence Frederick Rech, 1901-1979
1900 US Census, Evansville, Indiana.
1910 US Census, Evansville, Indiana.
1920 US Census, Evansville, Indiana.
William Jacob's photography work must have been highly regarded. In 1913, William Jacob received an award for making the best flashlight negative.
Wilson's Photography Magazine, 1913.
Edward John Rech joined the family business, and I will have some additional information on him from area newspapers. He served as a photographer in World War I. Edward took over the business after William Jacob died on 16 March 1930.

Catherine Elizabeth Freyling Rech died on 7 January 1960 in Evansville, Indiana.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Another family goes to California

The pull to go west has popped up several times on both sides of our family tree, from my early Californian residents, my own journey to LA, to my wife's Freyling side of the family. Back in March 2012 I hinted at how her 2nd-great-grandmother Carrie Rech Freyling moved with her daughters from Evansville, Indiana to Los Angeles, but I never returned to their story.
1940 US Census. Los Angeles, CA.
1942 US City Directory, Los Angeles
Sometime after 1935, Carrie Freyling and her daughters Marie Elizabeth, Kathryn Susan and Emma Carolyn moved to Los Angeles. It looks like Kathryn may have moved west first, she appears in a Los Angeles City Directory in 1932, and by 1936, sister Emma Carolyn was living with her. They appear in the 1940 US Census, as shown above, living at 1243 4th Avenue, not too far from Downtown LA. Marie appears working as a secretary, while Kathryn and Emma Carolyn were working as stenographers. They were living at the same address in the 1942 City Directory.

The Freylings also appear in the 1940 California Voter Registrations database. The 1950 California Voter Registrations database included their mother Carrie with daughters Marie and Emma Carolyn. All were registered as Democrats.
1940 California Voter Registrations
Emma Carolyn Freyling remained in Los Angeles, living and working on the Westside of LA in Westwood and later in Santa Monica. In the 1958 Los Angeles City Directory, she appears as an office secretary working for the Veterans Administration and living at 2930 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica. It is kind of amazing that 48 years later my wife and I moved our family to Santa Monica and we weren't too far away from this address. This former trailer park is now has an upscale development under construction called Millennium Santa Monica. Emma Carolyn died on 27 June 1975.

Marie Elizabeth Freyling later moved to San Francisco. She died there on 15 April 1985. Her sister Kathryn Susan Freyling also moved to San Francisco, after marrying husband William H. Murphree in Los Angeles in 1949. Kathryn Susan Freyling died on 12 July 1985.

Unfortunately I have not run across news articles that might shed some light on why they chose to move from Indiana for California. I may have some more information on this later in the summer.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Freyling Family of Warrick County

In examining the Freyling family in Warrick County, Indiana, I am first going to look back again at the family of Stephen Freyling, my wife's 3rd-great-grandfather. He was born around Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany on 9 November 1828. I am not certain on his arrival date in the US, but he married Katharina Wagner in Vanderburgh County, Indiana on 31 October 1852. Stephen and Katharina settled in neighboring Warrick County, Indiana. In the 1880 US Indexed County Land Ownership map for Warrick County, Stephen Freyling's land (misspelled as Frieling) appears between the Welte Post Office and Millersburgh in Campbell Township.
US Indexed Land Ownership map, Campbell Township, 1880

Stephen and Katharina appear in the 1860 US Census in Campbell Township, Warrick County, Indiana.
By the 1870 US Census, Stephen appears as a blacksmith, with Katharina and children.

Stephen and Katharina had at least the following children:
- Anna M. Freyling, 1857-1921
- John Andrew Freyling, 1860-1915
- John Jacob (Johann Jacob) Freyling, 1862-1892
- Maria Margretha Freyling, 1866-1884
- Catherine Elizabeth Freyling, 1869-1960
- Louisa Caroline Freyling, 1871-1902
- Rosa K. Freyling, 1874-1953

Stephen registered for the Civil War draft in June 1863. I have not been able to find a service record to see if he actually served in the Civil War.

Anna Freyling married Christian Frederick Schlag at Salem UCC in Evansville, Indiana on 19 October 1879. John Andrew Freyling married Karolina (Carrie) Wilhelmina Rech on 3 September 1890. John's sister Catherine Elizabeth Freyling married Carrie Rech's brother William Jacob Rech. Youngest sister Rosa K. Freyling married James Simpson on 27 June 1907.

Katharina Wagner Freyling died on 11 June 1891 in Warrick County, Indiana. Stephen Freyling died on 28 June 1893 in Campbell Township, Warrick County. After Stephen's death, son John inherited the family land. He appears in the 1900 and 1910 US Census with wife Carrie and children.
1900 US Census, Campbell, Warrick County, Indiana.
1910 US Census, Campbell, Warrick County, Indiana.
After John's death in 1915, Carrie sold the farm and moved to Pigeon Township, Evansville, Vanderburgh County. She appears in the 1920 US Census with her daughters.
1920 US Census, Pigeon Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.
John Andrew and Carrie Freyling had the following children:
- Alfred Stephen Freyling, 1892-1975
- Ruth Ann Freyling, 1894-1947
- Minnie Louise Freyling, 1896-1972
- Marie Elizabeth Freyling, 1899-1985
- Kathryn Susan Freyling, 1901-1985
- Emma Carolyn Freyling, 1904-1975

Carrie lived a long life and died in Los Angeles, California on 12 August 1960. I will have much more on her time in California in upcoming posts.

Going backwards once again, Stephen Freyling had at least two siblings who joined him in the Warrick and Vanderburgh County area of Indiana. His sister Elizabeth Freyling married Johann Frederick Wahl on 2 October 1856. They were living in Center Township, Vanderburgh County in the 1860 US Census. Older brother Jacob Freyling was also in the area. More to follow.