2015-08-31

Me, My Father, His Father, and the Father Before

Parents

My parents were Matthew Robert Kohn (1901-1971) from the farm area 9 miles southwest of Tipton KS and Louise Josephine Deneke-Kohn (1913-1990) from a farm east of Beloit KS. They married on my mother's 34th birthday, 1947.02.13—Dad was then 46 years old. The witnesses to their marriage at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church were her brother Leo Deneke and friend Margaret M. Heger, both of Beloit. The officiant was Monsignor William J Butzer.










Math Kohn (1901-1971) in 1942
Before they met, Dad lived and worked on his parents' farm about 9 miles southwest of Tipton (the southwest quarter of section 33 (T8S R11W) or section 8-south (T9S R11W), in Bloom township, Osborne county KS). It's not clear to me if the farm was only ranch land, but the homestead was at the eastern end of about 300 acres of hilly and rocky pasture land, on which grazed a hundred or so cattle. It seems likely that the family rented other land for feed crops (alfalfa, milo, sorghum, and other small grains) to sustain the cattle during the winter.

Although Dad was already 40 years old by Pearl Harbor, he was still not exempt from the peacetime draft that was enacted in 1940. He enlisted or was drafted on 4 November 1942, and he was inducted into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Benning GA. However, he served only four months and was discharged on 5 March 1943 from Fort Belvoir VA. I believe that the short enlistment resulted from a change in the age range for conscription from 21 through 45 to 18 through 38, which became effective after December 5, 1942. Dad returned to Kansas and took a job as a mechanic at Voss Motors in Downs.

Louise Deneke-Kohn (1913-1990) in 1939
Meanwhile, Mom saw her oldest sister Mary Agnes marry Peter Braun of Tipton in 1931 and die in childbirth in 1936. Her brother Pete married Nora Long of New Almelo KS in 1938 and began growing his family to four children by 1946. Her next-younger sister Cecilia entered the novitiate in 1938 and took final vows in the Congregation of St. Joseph in 1941, after which she took the name Sister Mary Henrita Deneke.

Mom began to attend nursing school at St. Margaret's Hospital in 1938, and she was awarded a diploma in 1944. A portion of that time was spent as a nursing assistant at a munitions factory near Kansas City KS. With her freshly awarded diploma, she returned to Beloit and worked at Community Hospital. Aunt Nora once said that Mom confided in her about a fear of remaining unmarried and had asked Nora, "Should I marry just for the security of it, if someone comes along, whether I love him or not?" 


Jimmy and Tommy Kohn, early 1952
Aunt Nora offered no insight on how they met, but Mom and Dad did marry in early 1947. Mom and Dad first lived in Downs KS, near where Dad worked. Mom commuted 25 miles each way to Beloit Community Hospital. My brother Jimmy was born in November 1948, and that was likely a reason for Mom to become a full-time housewife and mother. They purchased 160 acres in Jewell County (Ionia township (T4S R9W) section 13), about 5 miles northwest of Ionia and about ten miles south of Esbon. I was born in August 1951, and I once discovered that Mom and Dad had begun the process of adopting a child before Mom was pregnant with me.

The farm included a two-story frame house, granary, equipment shed, barn, and a small pond east of the barn. The livestock included at various times about 15 cattle, 10 hogs, 25 sheep, 20 laying hens, usually 2 dogs, several cats, and one pony "Goldie." A small wood of locust trees provided a wind break from the north, and osage and large junipers provided wind breaks west and south of the house. As we grew, Jimmy and I learned some chores, including gathering eggs, feeding and milking cows, shearing sheep, and slopping hogs. We were both too small to help much in the fields, which included alfalfa and small grains as well as pasture. I guess that Dad also rented nearby land for wheat farming, though I don't remember wheat harvest on the farm. A nearby land owner was Frank Kissinger, whose name I vaguely associate with wheat crops. Our nearest neighbors were the Thomas and Dietz families, about a mile to the west.

Jimmy went to the Ionia public school for first through third grades, from autumn 1953 through spring 1956. (The Kansas school system for rural children did not include kindergarten.) When I began school in 1956, we were bused along with neighbor kids to Esbon's public schools. The Ionia school attendance was small enough to place three grades in one classroom of 24 pupils, and the Esbon school placed grades 1 and 2 together for a classroom of about 20 pupils. My first teacher was "Miss Dolores" Holleran.

Mom resumed nursing at Community Hospital after both Jim and I were in school. I remember summers when Dad would take us to the public swimming pool in Beloit, and then we would pick up Mom at the end of her 7 a.m.-to-3 p.m. shift at the hospital. I also remember a couple of winters when she got stuck in snow drifts on the way home from work. It turned out that the 30-mile commute to Beloit was too strenuous, and Mom and Dad decided to forsake their farm life for "the city." They arranged for an auction of the whole farm to occur in summer 1959. The house sold separately, and it was lifted from its foundation and moved to Ionia. (I found the house there in 2001, long uninhabited and rotted through with a termite infestation. A return visit in 2014 found the same property empty, and the town itself deserted but for a dozen families.)

We moved to Beloit in time to enroll Jimmy and me in St. John's Catholic School for Jim's 7th grade and my 4th grade. My class was one of the largest for many years—33 classmates, give or take a few each year. I don't remember my 4th-grade teacher, but Mrs. Golda Poelma taught 5th grade. Each school day began with assembly for Mass in the large, stone parish church. I had begun to develop a deep religiosity, and this likely resulted from —or furthered— an estrangement from my new classmates. My mother and at least the two aunts who were nuns in the Congretation of St. Joseph (Sisters Henrita (Cecilia) Deneke and Edna Louise (Isabella) Kohn) encouraged this religiosity. I'm sure they would have regretted it had they seen me "celebrating Mass" alone at home in vestments pieced together from sheets and comforters with hand-pressed "hosts" and Coca-Cola "wine." These feelings increased as I was encouraged to learn to serve as an altar boy and subtly shunned from recess team games in which my coordination and strength were insubstantial. Near the end of eighth grade, I asked Monsignor Fraser if he would recommend me for entry to pre-seminary school at St. Fidelis Friary, but he suggested I continue study at the parish high school.

Grandparents

Mike Kohn and Louise Ohnsat,
married 1900.08.13 at St. Boniface, Tipton.
My father's parents lived most of their lives in the Tipton KS area, and as youngsters they lived on farms about a mile apart. Mike Kohn married at 21, and his bride Louise Ohnsat was almost 25. They married 13 August 1900 at St. Boniface in Tipton. Their witnesses were Louise's brother Bernard Ohnsat and Mike's sister Katherine Kohn.
















Mike Kohn, age 71.
John Michael Kohn (1879-1965) was born March 18th at his parents' homestead north of Tipton (Carr Creek township, T7S R10W section 25 in Mitchell county). He was their third child, and the second son to survive infancy. He was usually called Mike because his father also had the first name of John.

Sometime between the 1880 census and the birth of Mike's first sister in January 1881, the family moved to La Crosse WI. His uncle Mathias Kohn (1829-1888) had lived there since 1855, and he operated a saloon that included boarding rooms and a restaurant. The Mathias Kohn family had grown to nine children by the time that the John M. Kohn family arrived, another two children came through 1885, and two orphaned children were adopted as well in the 1890s.

Mike's father John M. had a dairy at the eastern edge of La Crosse, and he delivered milk daily to customers in town. I suppose that Mike and his older brother Pete (1877-1941) helped in the barn and herded the milk cows to and from pasture. Mike and Pete likely attended school in La Crosse, and it's possible they attended a Catholic parish school. The family lived in La Crosse until 1887 or 1888, when they moved back to the Tipton, after their mother died from heat stroke in August 1887. Her mother and sister had come from Tipton to help John M with his five children (Peter, age ten; Mike, age eight; Katie, age six; Annie, almost five; and Ben, just turning three). They persuaded John M. that Tipton would make a better home for them, with plenty of land available for ranching and several families of in-laws to help establish a homestead for the family.



Louise Ohnsat-Kohn, age 75.
Louise Ohnsat-Kohn (1875-1959) was born 2 December 1875 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By 1878, the Ohnsat family resettled in Osborne county, about ten miles west of Tipton.


















Mike Kohn and Louise Kohn,
50th wedding anniversary (1950) at their Tipton home.

Great Grandparents

John Mathew (John M., Johann Mathias) Kohn (1839-1919)
John M. Kohn, seated right

Susanna Reinert-Kohn, seated left

John M. Kohn family, about 1895, on their ranch farm southwest
of Tipton in Bloom twp, Osborne county KS. l to r: Ben (age 11),
Annie (13), Kate (14), Mike (16), John M (56); Peter (18) is likely
behind the camera.
Susanna Reinert (1848-1887)







Kohn family photos

Created 2014.08.18
Edited 2015.08.31

I have these photos (mostly of my father's family) that I hope to identify with a date and subject. If you have corrections or additions for any information, please leave a comment on this page or contact me directly at tgkohn@aol.com.

 
Theodore Kohn (1875-1924) was the first son of my great-granduncle Michael Kohn (1844-1907). Michael was the last of 3 Kohn brothers who emigrated from Wasserliesch (Mathias in 1855, John M in 1865, and Michael in 1872). Michael settled first in La Crosse WI, married Theresa Lörscher in 1874, and then resettled with his family to Beloit KS by 1880. They again resettled to Leavenworth KS soon after 1880 and had several children, of whom I am still researching for more certain information. Their first child was Theodore, who died in the Spanish-American War. Buried in the military cemetery in Leavenworth, he is the only family member who has a tombstone there. All others died destitute and buried in the paupers' graves at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Parents

My parents were Matthew Robert Kohn (1901-1971) and Louise Josephine Deneke-Kohn (1913-1990). They married on my mother's 34th birthday, 1947.02.13—Dad was then 46 years old. The witnesses to their marriage at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church were her brother Leo Deneke and friend Margaret M. Heger, both of Beloit. The officiant was Monsignor William J Butzer.










59 "at St. Mary's Manhattan 1950" (left); Louise Deneke and Matthew Kohn at their wedding reception, 1947 at her parents' home east of Beloit KS.











57 Francis Nicholas (left) at his first communion, about 1912 to 1914; Math and Mike Kohn (right) at their first communion, about 1910 to 1912.











Math Kohn (1901-1971) in 1942
Although Dad was already 40 years old by Pearl Harbor, he was still not exempt from the peacetime draft that was enacted in 1940. He enlisted or was drafted on 4 November 1942, and he was inducted into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Benning GA. However, he served only four months and was discharged on 5 March 1943 from Fort Belvoir VA. I believe that the short enlistment resulted from a change in the age range for conscription from 21 through 45 to 18 through 38, which became effective after December 5, 1942.










Louise Deneke-Kohn (1913-1990) in 1939
Meanwhile, Mom began to attend nursing school at St. Margaret's Hospital in 1938, and she was awarded a diploma in 1944. A portion of that time was spent as a nursing assistant at a munitions factory near Kansas City KS. With her freshly awarded diploma, she returned to Beloit and worked at Community Hospital. 













Jimmy and Tommy Kohn, early 1952
My brother Jimmy was born in November 1948, and I was born in August 1951.

The farm included a two-story frame house, granary, equipment shed, barn, and a small pond east of the barn. The livestock included at various times about 15 cattle, 10 hogs, 25 sheep, 20 laying hens, usually 2 dogs, several cats, and one pony "Goldie."

Jimmy went to the Ionia public school for first through third grades, from autumn 1953 through spring 1956. When I began school in 1956, we were bused along with neighbor kids to Esbon's public schools.














Grandparents

Mike Kohn and Louise Ohnsat,
married 1900.08.13 at St. Boniface, Tipton.
My father's parents lived most of their lives in the Tipton KS area, and as youngsters they lived on farms about a mile apart. They married 13 August 1900 at St. Boniface in Tipton. Their witnesses were her brother Bernard Ohnsat and his sister Katherine Kohn.
















Mike Kohn, age 71.
John Michael Kohn (1879-1965) was born March 18th at his parents' homestead north of Tipton (Carr Creek township, T7S R10W section 25 in Mitchell county).
















Louise Ohnsat-Kohn, age 75.
Louise Ohnsat-Kohn (1875-1959) was born in Pittsburgh PA, and she came with her parents and older brother to Osborne county in 1878.















Mike Kohn and Louise Kohn,
50th wedding anniversary (1950) at their Tipton home.















Great Grandparents

Susanna and John M. Kohn, seated,
with their three oldest—Peter, Mike, and Katie
John Mathew (John M., Johann Mathias) Kohn (1839-1919) was born in Wasserliesch, Germany on January 10th 1839. He was the second son in his family to emigrate to the U.S., and he departed after making an application on 30 Jun 1865.



Susanna Reinert (1848-1887) was born in Igel, Germany on January 8th, 1848. She was the eldest of five children who emigrated with their parents after applying on 9 Feb 1867. The family first lived on a farm northwest of Caledonia MN. Her father John Reinert died there in 1871, and her mother resettled the family to Tipton along with about a dozen other settler families.



John M. Kohn family, about 1895, on their ranch farm southwest
of Tipton in Bloom twp, Osborne county KS. l to r: Ben (age 11),
Annie (13), Kate (14), Mike (16), John M (56); Peter (18) is likely
behind the camera.






 

 












Uncles and Aunts

The Mike Kohn family in 1950: (back l to r) Nick (age 46), John (36),
Sr. Edna Louise (38), Math (49), Leo (44); (center) Katherine (40);
(front) Al (33), Mke (71), Louise (75), Mike (48).
I had occasional contact with all my uncles and aunts as  I grew up, although only Uncle John lived near Tipton, the family's home town. Uncle Nick and his wife Anna lived near Burr Oak KS, about a half hour north of our farm near Ionia KS. Tipton was a bit more than an hour south-southwest from us. Sister Edna Louise lived and worked in Salina from what I remember, and that was an hour and a half away. I'm not sure where Uncle Leo lived, since we saw him only at large family gatherings. The same was the case with Uncle Al, who my mother called the "Black sheep of the family." Aunt Katherine lived quite far away, in Albuquerque NM. I think all our trips to visit her included an overnight with Uncle Mike, who lived near Spearville KS, in the area of Dodge City—about three and a half hours away.

Aunts Katherine (age 10) and Isabella
(8) at their first communions, about 1920.
OR
Great-aunts Katie Kohn and Anna Kohn
at their first communion, about 1890.
This communion portrait has been noted "First Communion Katherine 10 years & Sister Edna Louise 8 years." The clothing doesn't fit with 1920, to fit with their ages. The veils instead relate to Louise Ohnsat's wedding picture, and I suspect the photo was taken in the period 1890 to 1905. Thus, I believe the portrait may be of Katie and Annie Kohn at their first communion, likely 1891 when they were ten and nine, respectively.

















Unidentified girls at first communion.
Unidentified girls at first communion, likely date 1880 to 1895, likely ages 12 and 8.
















Mike and Evelyn Kohn

Mike Kohn and Evelyn Ritchie,
married 1939.08.30 St. Mary, Garden City
Michael Alexander (Mike) Kohn (1902-1987) and Evelyn Ritchie (1915-1995) were married on 30 August, 1939 at St. Mary Catholic church, Garden City KS. Their 3 children were Mary, Charles, and Galen.
  • Where did Mike live before the marriage? How did he meet Evelyn?
  • Was Garden City the home town of Evelyn? (Or why was the marriage there?) Was she employed before the marriage?
  • Where did they live first after marriage?
  • When did they purchase land for farming in Ford county?
  • When did they move to a home in Spearville?
  • In their last years, were they cared for in a nursing home or through other arrangements? 
  • Mike died on 7 Jun 1987 in Great Bend; exact location and circumstances not known.
  • Evelyn died on 16 May 1995 in Great Bend; exact location and circumstances not known.
  • Causes of their deaths?
  • Burial locations?
Photo 57 Francis Nicholas (left) at his first communion, about 1912 to 1914; Math and Mike Kohn (right) at their first communion, about 1910 to 1912.











Mary Kohn-Durland, age ~18
Mary Kohn (b. 1940)
  • No childhood picture? 
  • High school graduation May 1958? School name, location? (picture at right)
  • No recent picture?
  • Married Gary Lee Durland 17 Nov 1962 at St. John the Baptist Catholic church in Spearville KS
  • No wedding picture?
  • College attendance?
  • College degree?
  • Employment?
  • Gary was baptized on either 24 Sep 1963 or Aug 1962 (at St. John's in Spearville?)
  • Seven children (Barbara, 1963; Jeanette, 1966; Ronald, 1967; Linda Kay, 1967; Carla, 1968; Gregory, 1971; David, 1977)


Charles Kohn (1943-2005)
  • No childhood picture? 
  • High school graduation May 1961? School name, location?
  • No graduation picture?
  • Married Sandra Kay Cox 4 Jun 1966 at St. John the Baptist Catholic church in Spearville KS
  • No wedding picture?
  • How did Charles and Sandy meet?
  • Two children (Murland, born 1967; Jeffrey, born 1969)
  • No recent picture of Charles or Sandy?
  • College attendance for either Charles or Sandy?
  • College degreee for either Charles or Sandy?
  • Employmente for either Charles or Sandy?
  • Navy service: twenty years from January 1964 to 1984. Home bases?
  • He was a maintenance engineer for an apartment complex from 1984 until ....
  • Charles died 8 Mar 2005 in Portsmouth VA. Cause of death?

Galen Kohn (b. 1958)
Galen Kohn, age ~8
Galen Kohn, age ~14
  • High school graduation May 1976? School name, location?
  • No graduation picture?
  • Married Doris Downey at St. Andrew Catholic church in Wright KS
  • No wedding picture?
  • How did Galen and Doris meet?
  • No recent picture for either Galen or Doris?
  • College attendance for either Galen or Doris?
  • College degree for either Galen or Doris?
  • Employment?

Nick and Anna Kohn

Nick and Anna Kohn, (1981 or before)
Nicholas Frank Kohn (1904-1991 ) and Anna Long (1909-1981) were married around 1933, perhaps in New Almelo KS. Their 7 children were Margaret, Bernard, Joseph, Robert, Arthur, Eugene, and Anna Marie.














57 Francis Nicholas (left) at his first communion, about 1912 to 1914; Math and Mike Kohn (right) at their first communion, about 1910 to 1912.











Photo 63. 1933.04.xx. Nick (Nicholas Frank) Kohn (1904-1993) and Anna Margaret Long (1909-1981) on their wedding day, April 1933. They may have lived near Tipton first, since several of their children were baptized at St. Boniface. My parents and I visited them occasionally as I grew up, on their farm north of Burr Oak KS, in Jewell county.

I hope to find their exact wedding date and identify the children who were baptized at St. Boniface.

  • Is my guess correct that Anna was from New Almelo KS or a farm near there?
  • How did they meet each other?
  • Where did they live after their marriage?
  • When did they move to the Burr Oak KS area? Where exactly was the farm? What type of farming did the family pursue?
  • Did Nick and Anna live in this one location until retirement or advanced age?
  • Children of Nick and Anna Long-Kohn: Margaret (b. 1934); Bernard (b. 1935); Joseph Arnold (1936-1997); Robert John (b. 1938); Arthur (b. 1940); Eugene Michael (b. 1942); Anna Marie (b. 1943).
Photo 60 (left) Mike Kohn, age about 5. (right) Bernard Kohn, Margaret Miller-Long (1909-1981), and Margaret Kohn-Grubaugh.












Margaret (b. 1934)
  • Childhood picture?
  • High school graduation May 1952? School name, location?
  • Graduation picture?
  • Married Gene Grubaugh [date] ____Feb 1956 at _________ church in [town, county, state]______________
  • Wedding picture?
  • How did Margaret and Gene meet? 
  • Children: Connie Jean (born 1957? exact date, location?); Kenneth Raymond (born 1959? exact date, location?); Jeannie Louise (born 1961? exact date, location?); Paul Robert (born 1963? exact date, location?); Thomas James (born 1966? exact date, location?); Mary Ann (born 1970? exact date, location?); Corey Lee (born 1976? exact date, location?); Carey Lawrence (born 1976? exact date, location?) 
    • Photo for Connie?
    • Photo for Ken?
    • Photo for Jeannie?
    • Photo for Paul?
    • Photo for Tom?
    • Photo for Mary Ann?
    • Photo for Corey?
    • Photo for Carey? 

    • Photo 56 The Gene and Margaret Grubaugh family (top); two girls at communion identified as Katherine and Sister (bottom). The family photo identifies all eight Grubaugh children (Jeanie, Corey, Ken, Tom, Mary Ann, Corey, Connie, and Paul) and the notation "Kenny wedding," for which I do not have a date.









       
  • Recent picture for either Margaret or Gene?
  • College attendance for either Margaret or Gene?
  • College degree for either Margaret or Gene?
  • Employment?
  • Residence history?
Bernard (b. 1935)
Note: I'm not certain these photos are of Bernard or Eugene, both of whom my data has as married with one daughter named Virginia.
  • Childhood picture?
  • High school graduation May 1953? School name, location?
  • Graduation picture?
  • Married Jane McNamara 2 Jan 1971 at _________ church in [town, county, state]______________
  • Bernard and Jane Kohn, date? Is this picture from their wedding?














  • How did Bernard and Jane meet? 
  • Children: Virginia (born 1970? exact date, location?). Photo date?













  • Bernard and Jane Kohn and Virginia, date? Recent picture for either Bernard or Jane ?
  • College attendance for either Bernard or Jane ?
  • College degree for either Bernard or Jane ?
  • Employment?
  • Residence history?


Joseph Arnold (1936-1997)
  • Childhood picture?
  • High school graduation May 1954? School name, location?
  • Graduation picture?
  • Married Flo Belden [date] ____1976 at _________ church in [Stillwater, county, Wisconsin]______________
  • Wedding picture?
  • How did Joseph and Flo meet? 
  • Married Irene Sue McDole 3 May 1963 at _________ church in [town, county, state]______________
  • Wedding picture?
  • How did Joseph and Irene meet? 
  • Married Patricia Smith [date] ____1955 at _________ church in [town, county, state]______________
  • Wedding picture?
  • How did Joseph and Patricia meet? 
  • Children: Kandy Sue (born 12 Oct 1965, location?); Kitty Jo (born 11 Feb 1967, location?); Mary Ann Skinner (born 1965? exact date, location?)
    • Photo for Kandy?
    • Photo for Kitty?
    • Photo for Mary Ann?
  • Recent picture for either Joseph, Flo, Irene, or Patricia?
  • College attendance for either Joseph, Flo, Irene, or Patricia?
  • College degree for either Joseph, Flo, Irene, or Patricia?
  • Employment?
  • Residence history?

Robert John (b. 1938)
  • Childhood picture?
  • High school graduation May 1956? School name, location?
  • Graduation picture?
  • Married Lucille Margaret Wagner 24 Aug 1963 at _________ church in [town, county, state]______________
  • Wedding picture?
  • How did Robert and Lucille meet? 
  • Children: Carla Sue (born 2 Feb 1984, location?); Bradley Lee (born 9 Oct 1965, location?); Bonnie K. (born 5 May 1968, location?)
    • Bradley Kohn?, date?
    • Photo for Carla?
    • Photo for Bonnie? 












  • Photo 39 Robert Kohn and children? date?
    (right} Carla or Bonnie Kohn? date?











  • Recent picture for either Robert or Lucille?
  • College attendance for either Robert or Lucille?
  • College degree for either Robert or Lucille?
  • Employment?
  • Residence history?

Arthur (b. 1940)
  • Childhood picture?
  • High school graduation May 1958? School name, location?
  • Graduation picture?
  • Married Ruby Fox  [date] ____ at _________ church in [town, county, state]______________
  • Wedding picture?
  • How did Arthur and Ruby meet? 
  • Children: Rhonda  (born date?, location?); Kandee (born 28 Dec 1969, location?); Arthur Jr (born 11 Jun 1974, location?)
    • Photo for Rhonda?
    • Photo for Kandee?
    • Photo for Arthur Jr?
  • Recent picture for either Arthur or Ruby?
  • College attendance for either Arthur or Ruby?
  • College degree for either Arthur or Ruby?
  • Employment?
  • Residence history?

Eugene Michael (b. 1942)
Note: I'm not certain these photos are of Bernard or Eugene, both of whom my data has as married with one daughter named Virginia.
6 Bernard or Eugene Kohn and Cherie Ann, date?
  • Childhood picture?
  • High school graduation May 1960? School name, location?
  • Graduation picture?
  • Married Cherie Ann Busch [date] ____ at _________ church in [town, county, state]______________
  • Wedding picture?
  • How did Eugene and Cherie meet? 
  • Children: Virginia Anna (born 1 Nov 1980, location?); (died 4 Dec 2005, USA, Oregon, Umatilla county, Umatilla?)
    • Cause of death?
    • Buial 13 Dec 2005 at USA, Oregon, Morrow county, Irrigon, Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery?
  • Recent picture for either Eugene or Cherie?
  • College attendance for either Eugene or Cherie?
  • College degree for either Eugene or Cherie?
  • Employment?
  • Residence history?

Eugene and Cherie Kohn and Virginia Anna, date?
















Anna Marie (b. 1943)
  • Childhood picture?
  • High school graduation May 1961? School name, location?
  • Graduation picture?
  • Married William Still [date] ____ 1965? at _________ church in [town, county, state]______________
  • Wedding picture?
  • How did Anna Maria and William meet? 
  • Children: Standley (name spelled correctly? born date?, location?); Brian (born 28 Dec 1969, location?); Mark (born 11 Jun 1974, location?)); Steve (born 11 Jun 1974, location?)); Theresa (born 11 Jun 1974, location?)
    • Photo for Standley?
    • Photo for Brian?
    • Photo for Mark?
    • Photo for Steve?
    • Photo for Theresa?
    • My data says William Still was married previous to Anna Marie and that these children may be from that marriage. Verification?
  • William Still died on 10 Jul 2000, (exact location?)__________. Buried in St. Patrick cemetery, Ogden, Riley county, Kansas.
  • Recent picture for Anna Maria?
  • College attendance for either Anna Maria or William?
  • College degree for either Anna Maria or William?
  • Employment?
  • Residence history?


Leo Kohn


Photo 58 Leo Nicholas Kohn (1906-1983, right) at his first communion, about 1914.


Leo Nicholas Kohn did not marry. I have no other certain photos of him alone. Did he have no relationships? Was he a loner or, perhaps, a closeted homosexual in an area and era when openly gay men were shunned?

John Charles Kohn

John Charles Kohn (1908.11.04-1909.03.09). John Charles died of influenza at 4 months.

Katherine and Dan Cooper

Katherine and Dan Cooper, about 1980.
Katherine Susanne Kohn (1910-2009)


















Katherine Kohn, perhaps 1944 at age 34.



















Katherine Cooper, 2006 at age 94.














Isabella Kohn (Sr. Edna Louise)

Isabella Mary (Edna Louise) Kohn (1912-2006)

















 



John and Lorraine Kohn and Gertrude Kohn

John Kohn and Gertrude Komarek, married
1966 in Salina.
John Aloyius Kohn (1914-1995)

















Photo 12 (left) John  A. Kohn and Gertrude Komarek-Kohn wedding; (right) the couple about 1970.











Photo 13 (left) John  A. Kohn and Gertrude Komarek-Kohn, date?; (center) John  A. Kohn and Gertrude Komarek-Kohn, date?; (right)  Loraine Mans-Kohn, date?.

Photo 14 (left) Patty, Johnny, and Allen Kohn, about 1950; (right) Roger, Debbie, Patty, and Allen Kohn, about 1976.









Photo 15 (left) The John A Kohn family: Allen (in arms of) Lorraine, John A., Patty, and Johnny, about 1946; (right) Johnny, Allen, and Patty Kohn, about 1951.












Children of John and Lorraine Mans-Kohn: Patricia Ann (b. 1940); John Michael (1941-1956); Rayomond (1943-1943); Allen John Kohn (1945-2003).














Children of John and Gertrude Komarek-Kohn: Roger Lee (b. 1968); Deborah A. (b. 1970).

















Patricia Ann (b. 1940)

















John Michael (1941-1956)













Raymond (1943-1943)



Allen John Kohn (1945-2003)



























Roger Lee (b. 1968)
































Deborah A. (b. 1970)

































Photo 20 Roger and Cheryn Kohn: (left) date?; (top right) with Reece, Christmas 1997; (bottom right) date?.











Photo 21 Roger Kohn and Cheryn birthname?-Kohn: (left) wedding, about 1996?; (right) date?.










Al and Delores Kohn and Georgia Kohn

Al Kohn and Georgia Baxter,
married 1970 (location unknown).
Aloysius Mathew Kohn (1917-1999)



















58 Al and Dolores Kohn wedding.














Charles Michael Kohn (1921-1921)

Grandpa Mike, Grandma Louise, and their grand daughter Helena
Cooper (age 5) in 1950, the couples' 50th wedding anniversary.

Cousins













Children of Math and Louise Deneke-Kohn: James Robert (b. 1948); Thomas Gerard (b. 1951).

 
Lois Ann Schaeffer and Tom Kohn
married 1972.08.12 (divorced 1974)
in Pennsylvania.
Thomas Kohn (b. 1951)



James Robert Kohn (b. 1948)










































































Leo Kohn remained unmarried and without children.

John Charles died in infancy.

Child of Katherine and Dan Cooper: Helena (1945-1966).

Isabella Kohn took vows of celibacy and the name of Sr. Edna Louise Kohn.



Al and Delores Tonar-Kohn had no known children.
Al and Georgia Baxter-Kohn had no known children.

Charles Michael Kohn died a few days after his birth.

Other Family Members 

Robert and Annemarie Schuh

Photo 1 The Robert Schuh family, about 2000: daughters Barbara and Susanne (back), my thrid cousin Robert and his wife Annemarie Reuter-Schuh, in their home in Wasserliesch, Germany. Robert is the great-grandson of the sister of my great-grandfather. Our common ancestors are 2nd Great-Grandparents Johann Matthias Kohn V (1804-1877) and Katharina Dahm (1803-1868), who spent their whole lives in Wasserliesch.

Great-Grandparents
Johann Matthias Kohn VIII (1839-1919) and Susanna Reinert (1848-1887)
Barbara Kohn (1831-1905) and Johann Schuh (1826-1891)
Grandparents
Mike Kohn (1879-1965) and Louise Ohnsat (1875-1960)
Joannes Schuh (1867-1949) and Maria Giwer (1868-1949)
Parents
Matthew Kohn (1901-1971) and Louise Deneke (1913-1990)
Johann Mathias Schuh (1903-1977) and Anna Franziska Fisch (1914-2010)

Photo 62. Undated. A postcard from Wasserliesch, Germany. The top image is a view of the town with the Mosel River and left bank of the wine growing region in the background. The bottom left image is of a Kaufhaus (general store) owned by the widow Rummel. The bottom center image is of the Gasthaus (hotel-pub) owned by my great granduncle Johann Kohn (1834-1902) and his wife Anna Hild-Kohn (1830-1894).

Johann Kohn and his siblings Peter (1825-1908, unmarried), Nicholas/Nikolaus (1827-1871, married to Maria Müller of Konz), Barbara (1831-1905, married Johann Schuh of Wasserliesch), and Katharina (1841-1908, unmarried) remained in Wasserliesch, while three of their brothers—Mathias, John M., and Michael—emigrated to America. Today, descendants of Barbara Kohn still live in Wasserliesch, though the Kohn name of our family has not survived.

Photo 61. Undated. A larger version of the Gasthaus operated by Johann Kohn and Anna Hild-Kohn. I presume it is the family who stands in front of the main entrance. The group appears to have two parents and five children.

I know of only one son who survived past infancy: Johann-Mathias Michael Kohn (1873-1955). The other children were Peter Kohn (1875-1876) and an unnamed daughter (1880-1880). It's possible that Johann and Anna had another child between 1876 and 1880, and one or two more after 1880. However, the Wasserliesch Familienbuch lists only these three children.

The children might be those of the Johann Schuh-Barabra Kohn family. Their children were Katharina (1864-1940), Maria (1866-1866), Johann (1867-1949), Peter (1869-1873), Michel (1870-1946), Johann Mathias (1872-aft 1908), and Margarete (1875-aft 1900).




Stanley and Jayne Kohn

Photo 3 Jayne Larsen Kohn and Stanley Kohn, date? Stanley is a grandson of Peter Kohn (1877-1941) and son of Ernest Kohn (1919-1980).

Photo 2 Jayne Larsen Kohn and son??, date? Jayne's husband is the grandson of Peter Kohn, the elder brother of my grandfather.


Photo 4 Jayne Larsen Kohn and Stanley Kohn, date?












Photo 5 Jayne Larsen Kohn and Stanley Kohn, date?










 

Photos to be Identified and Placed in Family Groups



Photo 16 (left) Bernard or Eugene Kohn and wife, date unknown; (center) Roger Kohn? date?; (right) Roger and Debbie Kohn?, about 1971.











Photo 17 (left) uncertain, date?; (center-left) uncertain, date?; (center-right) uncertain, date?; (right) uncertain, date?.










Photo 18 (left) uncertain, date?; (center) uncertain, date?; (right) uncertain, date?.












Photo 19 (left) uncertain, date?; (left-center) uncertain, date?; (right-center) uncertain, date?; (right) Ashton Ray and Brady Allen Zacharay, Christmas 2000.
















Photo 22 (left) Patty Kohn senior photo?, 1955-1956; (center)Patty Kohn-Cunning and John Cunning, date?; (right) uncertain, date?.









Photo 23 (left); (right) .














Photo 24 (left); (top center); (bottom center); (right) .












Photo 25 (left); (top center); (bottom center); (right) .













Photo 26 (left); (center); (right) .












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Photo 28 (left); (top center); (bottom center); (right) .













Photo 29 (left); (center); (center); (center); (right) .












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Photo 37 (left); (top center); (bottom center); (right) .












Photo 38 (left) Grubaugh family (also photo 39); photo 38 (center) uncertain name, date; photo 38 (right) two school portraits of the same person, uncertain name, dates









Photo 40 (left); (right) .














Photo 41 (left) Helena Cooper; (center top); (center bottom) Unidentified man at grotto near St. Boniface church in Tipton; (right) four unidentified women cleaning hens outside.












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Photo 54 (left) Katherine Kohn-Cooper, about 2002; (right) Two girls identified as Katherine and Isabella Kohn.










Photo 55 (top, left) flood unidentified (bottom, left) flood unidentified (top, center) flood unidentified (bottom, center) unidentified dog (top, right) Math Kohn and James Kohn, age about 4 (bottom, right)










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