Harvester. The Lion Thrashing Machine was produced in Mildmay,
Ontario by descendants of Peter Lobsinger. This one is preserved
in the Ontario Agricultural Museum.
Lobsinger Foundry -
Home Of The Lion Thresher
historic Lobsinger landmark dating back to the 1870's vanished
in January of 1987. The
Lobsinger Bros. Ltd. Foundry located on Absalom Strcet, West
in Mildmay, Ontario was demolished by a group of Mennonite
men ending over a century of service to residents of the area.
company was most famous for its "Mildmay Lion Threshing
Machines", but also made Apple Butter and Cider during
the off-seasons. Information for this article was taken from
the Mildrnay Crier, where it was first published. The information
was provided to the Crier by current owner of the foundry,
John Schmidt of Mildmay. The
firm traces its beginnings back to the 1870's when a farmer
from Baden patented a balanced sectional deck thresher with
special gearing. Rights to the improved system were purchased
by Jacob Bricker who first used the trade name "Lion
the years, the implement manufacturing firm grew and underwent
several changes in partnerships and owners. The
"Lion" brand name ultimately landed in the hands
of Henry Spitzig, who was joined by Henry Berberich in 1886
to form a partnership which manufactured the machinery in
Mildmay. A year later, Jonas Herrgott bought half of the business
for $750, and in 1890 he bought the other half for $419.50.
Herrgott manufactured other equipment as well as the threshers,
including choppers, plows, reapers, turnip pulpers, mowers,
apple grinders, and repaired steam engines.
Philip H. Lobsinger, (son of Peter, son of Count Joseph Lobsinger
of Langatte, France) went to work for J. Herrgott Co. sometime
during the 1890s. He was with the firm from the time he started
until 1956, a period of over 66 years. He was known later
as "Old Phillip" when his nephew Philip J. Lobsinger
bought into the business.
Lobsinger Foundry on January 15th 1987, the day before being
demolished. The front portion was over 100 years old. Lobsinger
Bros. constructed the rear portion during the 1940s.
Philip was a faithful employee, and acted as a salesman and
bailiff for the Herrgott's and is credited with saving the
company in 1927 after Henry and Jacob Herrgott split up. In
1950 "Old Philip" was still working in the moulding
shop at the age of 80. As
there were no blueprints or other detailed information for
the "Lion" threshers, employees of the firm passed
their knowledge and experience down to successive new comers,
and the only guides they had to build a machine were the wooden
patterns used to copy the parts from, and the experience passed
on from generation to generation.
Herrgott inventory for 1891 showed the company had patterns
for a Knuckle Joint Cider Press. An addition was built to
house a cider mill. Apple butter cookers were constructed;
Cider presses and coils and cookers for making apple butter
were manufactured for sale to set up other cider mills. Eventually,
cider mills all over Ontario were equipped with Herrgott Cider
Mill Equipment. In
addition, the Herrgott Company made and patented many improvements
in their equipment.
were small, and many such equipment companies sprang up, each
copying and improving on the other's designs. Patent suits
were frequent, and competition was keen.
Hergotts continued to operate the frm until 1938, during which
time they continued to produce the "Lion" with various
and sundry improvements and innovations. They drilled for
water to supply the foundry, and produced the frst artesian
well in Mildmay, which eventually became the Mildmay Waterworks
System. Wells in the same area still provide the town with
its water supply.
were hard, and most years, less than a dozen machines were
produced and sold. Most of them had to be repossessed, and
only the off-season work producing apple butter and cider
kept the cash flow flowing.
OF the Lobsinger Brothers, Sons of Joseph L. Shown (l to r)
are Leonard, now living in Sarnia, On., Charles, Pat, Peter,
Philip, Frank, and John. Not shown are Alex, Luke, Joseph,
Raymond, Richard, and daughters Margaret Adelma and Amelia.
Another brother, also named Joseph, died in infancy.
1938, the business was sold to Philip and Charles Lobsinger,
who were nephews of "Old Philip". They were sons
of Joseph L. Lobsinger, "Old Philip's" brother.
sale was for $6,000.00, andJacob Herrgott took a large mortgage
in the deal. It was the middle of the depression, and Herrgott
boasted that he would have the foundry back in a year or two
at the most.
pattems in the moulding shop disappeared one Sunday moming
before anyone was awake. They were whisked away to a shop
owned by Henry Herrgott in St. Clements, according to a story
told by one longtime employee. This loss sent the struggling
company close to the edge of disaster. But "Old Philip"
managed to save the day, by tracking down the missing pattems
and returning them home in much the same way they were removed
to begin with.
J. Lobsinger and Charles M. Lobsinger were bom in Carrick
Township. Members of a large family of 17, they were raised
to appreciate the value of a dollar. A close knit family,
the rule was to contribute all income home until they reached
21 years of age. Their father, Joseph L. Lobsinger, operated
a livery stable, and at a young age the boys were engaged
in meeting the trains, picking up the mail, and driving salesmen
to outlying villages with a horse and buggy.
Joseph L. Lobsinger
and second wife Catherine Beitz. Joe was the first son of
Peter Lobsinger who was the second son of Count Joseph Lobsinger.
Most of Joseph L's sons were in one way or another involved
in the Lobsinger Foundry.
Lobsinger worked at the livery, and during prohibition Philip
and brother Pete would pick up the shipments of liquor at
the Mildmay station and deliver the barrels to the hotel in
Teeswater (which was in a dry area). Someone would scout ahead
to watch for the County constable who sometimes patrolled
the road. They would sometimes have to sneak down back roads
to avoid the Constable, and when they got to the hotel a signal
was given, large doors would open up, and they would drive
right into the basement of the hotel and unload the cargo
into a hidden cellar.
later obtained employment at the Krug Furniture Factory in
Chesley, ON, where he became a cabinet maker. He was a member
of the Chesley Band and stayed at the McDonald House. He worked
in a fumiture factory for awhile before moving to Detroit,
MI., where he worked at the Detroit Screw Works.
was enlisted by the US Secret Service to infiltrate unions,
and during his stint with the SS, he met and married Neva
Moore from Ravenna, MI.
the years, three brothers (Joseph, Ray, and Alex) also obtained
work in Detroit. Finally,
due to poor health and the danger and strain of the Secret
Service work, Philip decided to move back to Mildmay and lead
a quieter life. Brother
Peter came to Detroit with a truck, and loading all their
fumiture on the truck with their daughter Dolores (now Dolores
Schmidt ) and niece Marie Lobsinger perched on mattresses
on top of the load, they drove back to Mildmay.
bought a small 8 acre property in the Village, where with
a garden, several cows, and pigs, they were able to raise
their own food. He also purchased an old harness shop where
he worked long hours and built up a good business despite
being in poor health due to asthma and peptic ulcers.
1937 Philip and Charles Lobsinger decided they would like
to get into a larger business. The Mildmay Creamery was for
sale and they made an offer to purchase it, which was accepted,
but before the final papers were signed, another group spoiled
the deal, and it was sold instead to Thompsons. After this
disappointment, the brothers continued to watch for a business
opportunity, and finally purchased the foundry of Jacob Herrgott
on December 8, 1938. In
1938 the Great Depression was still rampant and money and
jobs were scarce. The Lobsinger Brothers purchased the foundry
with $500 down and a mortgage of $5,500 with the first payment
of $1,000 due January 1939.
they decided to build 10 separators the frst year, they needed
a lot of money to meet the payroll and buy material. The feeling
was that the brothers would not last long in this business.
being a close knit and frugal family, the Lobsingers pitched
in and loaned their savings to the two brothers. some of the
family members who loaned them money were: Catherine Lobsinger
(their mother) $780.60 in 1938. $400 in 1940.;Peter loaned
them $1050; Joseph A. $700; Leonard W $1300; "Old Philip"
$500; John $1000; and Patrick Mahoney $200.
of the employees were satisfied to let their wages stand,
and would draw on them only for necessary expenses. The Lobsingers
put heir hearts and souls into the business, and no amount
of sacrifice or work was too much to insure success. They
lived for the threshing machine, and loving a good argument,
were seldom talked down when "singing the praises"
of their "Lion" thresher. They would back a customer
into a corner with their arguments until he finally gave in
first year, 1939, showed a modest profit and then the War
came and demand for the threshers increased, although materials
were hard to obtain. The rationing of sugar caused a great
rush for apple butter, and the cider mill did a good business.
The brothers continued to work hard and put all the profits
back into the business. Their Journal shows the following
amounts taken as wages: Charles
Lobsinger - 1939 - $220.70; 1940 - $238.23; 1941 - $540.67.
J. Lobsinger - 1939 $10L76; 1940 - $185.63; 1941 - $450.35.
were running their business on a cash basis, but the Federal
Government was not. The Excess Profits Tax Act of 1940 was
based on the average profits of a company between 1936 and
1939. As the Lobsingers started business on December 18,1939,
they had no standard to work from, and when the tax department
made assessments several years later, an excessive amount
of tax, penalties and interest was assessed. Also a sore spot
was that they were selling the separators with terms of 4
years, some of which might be bad debts, but had to pay tax
on the full amount the year the separator was sold.
order to get their tax matters straightened out they engaged
an accounting firm and finally in 1950 incorporated the company
under the name of Lobsinger Bros. Limited.
problem of getting the company financially secure was partially
relieved by their increased production, but this also meant
more labor and supplies. Credit laws were changing, and collections
were better, too. The Lobsingers also had good relations with
all of their customers. Many evenings, especially during threshing
season, they would always be driving out to a farm, bringing
parts to repair a machine so that it would be ready for operation
the next day. All this helped the company as a lot of their
money was tied up in the machines and full payment would not
be received for three to four years.
threshing business carried on through winter with about 20-35
men employed and more were hired in the spring when it was
time to assemble and ship the machines. Lobsingers
had their own flatbed truck to deliver the machines, plus
six cars in the summer season for their men to drive around
in, doing repairs and setting up the machinery. They delivered
them all over Ontario and in the local area. Several were
trucked to Manitoulin Island and as far north as Callander
the 50's, the "Lion" was better known as the "Mildmay."
Sales were confined to a 100 mile radius of Mildmay, with
the largest market area being
the Waterloo district. In some small areas, there would be
a "Mildmay" thresher in almost every barn. Sales
were good from Tottenham and Newmarket as well as the Sarnia
area, but dropped with the introduction of the combine, which
was more suited to large areas of flat land. In
the late 50's, sales remained good in many areas of Ontario,
and moved further north into the Bruce peninsula, Manitoulin
Island, the Peterborough area and the South River and North
Bay areas in Northern Ontario. Some were even sold in Pennsylvania
there were no machines shipped to Western Canada, some found
their way out west anyway, and some to New Brunswick and Nova
Scotia, too. In
the more remote areas, a local farmer would be consigned a
stock of parts so that repairs would be available in the area.
Seldom were these stocks of repairs needed, however, because
the outlying customers were more careful and gave their machines
1949 the work hours at the foundry were from 7 am to 6 pm
(10 hours a day), 6 days a week The average wage was 50 cents
per hour, with new help getting 40 cents and experienced workers
65 cents. There were no rest breaks at that time, and the
only holidays were Holy Days, as the entire staff was Catholic.
harvest time and cider mill time, the men worked overtime
until the work was done, often putting in 80 to 90 hours a
week. The employees were put at as many different jobs as
possible so they could learn as much as possible about the
the Fall, lumber was brought into the woodworking shop and
sawing and planing of the wood parts began. A core oven was
set up in the shed, and several men mixed and formed the sand
cores for the moulds. After the cores were all made, the moulding
shop was opened up. There
were three floors and two smaller back rooms with one man
on each floor. Each man had a group of patterns to work up
each year, depending on the size of the floor and moulding
boxes used on that particular floor.
cutting and mixing the pile of sand which stretched the entire
length of the floor (30 ft) they began making the moulds.
It usually took 5 or 6 days to fill all the floors with moulds,
and in the meantime a man would have had the cupalo lined
with sand and ready for use.
casting day, one of the moulders would get up early and light
the cupalo. First, kindling was put in and a sprinkling of
coal gas was put on top and a flame thrown in while standing
well back. After the kindling was burning, coke was added.
Usually by the time men were starting work the coke would
be red all the way through and the iron was thrown in and
the fan turned on to give the fire blast. Ladles
and pits were prepared and all the men from the machine and
woodworking shop were called over to the mouldshop.
strong men got their ladles ready and the others acted as
skimmers, taking the dull iron off the top of the ladles.
cupalo was then tapped, and the iron began to flow.
of the brothers, Pat Lobsinger and Ted Hesch (two blacksmiths
in town) always helped on casting day. Pat Lobsinger tapped
the cupalo, and often would shock everyone by passing his
fingers through the molten iron as it came spurting out.
iron ran down a spout into a bull ladle on two stands which
could be tipped to allow the iron to run into the smaller
ladles carried by the men. The
first iron was too dull to pour into moulds, so was poured
into pits to be used the next cast. When the iron was hot
it was poured from the bull ladle into the small ladles.
man took his turn and caught a ladle full of iron, carried
it to his floor and started filling the moulds with molten
skimmers assigned to each floor had to watch and skim off
any slag which might get in and spoil the casting. When the
moulds were all full, the iron remaining in the cupalo was
dumped, making a large splash.
mild days or wet weather, water would leak into the cupalo
room and if the pits were too wet they would explode when
the hot iron hit them causing sparks to fly all over the area.
Sometimes the pressure in the cupalo would be too much and
it could not be plugged up, causing the bull ladle to run
over and shower sparks. This was cause for everyone to run
for cover, all the while beating sparks out of their clothing.
cupalo tapper had to stay and get the cupalo plugged before
he could find cover; an exciting job requiring steady nerve!
Pat Lobsinger's job. When
the moulds were all filled and the cupalo dumped, the men
would have a rest, and usually some cider was passed around.
The machine shop and wood shop men would then go back to their
regular jobs. The moulders would shake out all the mould boxes,
which was a very hot job as the sand and the castings were
still hot, filling the building with steam and heat. The castings
were put in a pile, ready for the men in the machine shop
to pick them up and start machining them.
the moulds were all shook out and water added to the sand,
the moulders had the rest of the day off to cool down.
Lobsinger was one of the formen in the upstairs woodworking
shop. Peter Lobsinger was forman in the downstairs machine
shop where early in the Fall the iron shafting would arrive.
they cut the iron to size, keyseated the shafts and drilled
all the holes necessary for each pattern. The castings were
brought over and ground on emeries, placed in tumblers to
take the excess sand off, machined and finally painted with
Black Japan paint.
lathes were busy boring out pulleys and turning the ends of
all the cranks. The
blacksmith forge was kept busy all winter forming various
parts and heating babbitt to make the blower jacks.
blower pipes and thrower pipes and tinsmithing was made by
Arnold's Plumbing during the winter. Closer to Spring, some
parts such as tighteners, and cylinder and carrier chains
were assembled and stored away.
the early Spring, a larger fan was put on the forge, all the
doors and windows opened, and the shaker boards brought down
from upstairs to be burned out. Each board had several hundred
1" holes which had to be smoothed and tapered so the
grain would pass through them freely. Seven or eight men would
each have a tool which was a tapered piece if shafting with
a handle on it. The end of the tool was placed in the forge
until it was red hot, and then inserted into each shaker hole
and twisted so as to taper the hole and burn the wood smooth.
caused quite a bit of smoke, especially when the tool was
not hot enough. The job took several days and due to the smoke
and heat, was the cause of many running eyes, noses and colds
that time of year.
in the woodworking shop, the lumber would be hauled in, ripped,
planed, and cut into length according to its purpose. It was
drilled, mortised, tenanted and stored on shelves. The sides
for the separator were tongue & grooved, glued together
and taken to Walkerton to be sanded. This was usually completed
by the end of February, and assemblies such as the decks,
feeders, and elevators were then assembled as units, then
stored in various sheds and buildings in the village.
of the separators were painted, and some of the older men
were put at lettering the elevators by hand. This took several
weeks until a silk screen was made, and the job was done in
May, everything was ready, and trestles were set up on the
upstairs floor, and the first frame for a separator started.
The frame was set up and nailed, sides put in, wheels and
axles and cleaning fan, beater and flops added, holes cut
for the cranks, cylinder and feeder installed, cranks, kickers,
shakers, shue and cutter and shredder put in. Then the blower,
hopper and a top was put on .
several men working in harmony a separator could be put together
in seven or eight hours, and each day another machine would
roll out the tramway, down to the shed to be painted.
machine was given a coat of primer and then several coats
of red. It was striped and varnished and the feeder chain,
pulleys, governor assembly, tailing elevator, blower pipes,
and grain thrower added. Belts
were measured and cut, and once installed, the machine was
ready to run.
old Case tractor was put on a drive belt and the machine was
tested to make sure everything operated properly. Storage
became a problem in big production years. Every church shed
around was full of Lion threshing machines. Delivery
was made by private truckers at first. Clayton Lobsinger,
a nephew of the brothers, delivered machines for many years.
Then the Lobsingers bought a used truck and installed a large
platform on it and the machines were winched into place for
the delivery trip. It was a dangerous job, as sometimes the
cable would slip or the wheels would slip off a loading plank.
Lobsinger and his brother Pat were unloading at Amurlee, On.
when the winch cable slipped and a separator rolled down the
ramp pinning Pat against a wall. In serious condition for
some time, Pat finally recovered enough to leave the Stratford
hospital, but he never did recover his health, and died several
years later of lung cancer.
motto was "We service what we sell" so when time
for harvest came, a team would be sent to each owner's home
to make sure the machine was in good shape each year. After
any repairs were made, and the machine was up and running
to the farmer's satisfaction, the team of servicemen would
collect the amount due for that year, and settle accounts.
was a big item. Never more than an hour away from repairs,
farmers gained confidence in the equipment. But it ment long
days and nights for the company's workers. And it was not
unusual to find 3 or 4 Lobsinger cars parked at area "watering
holes" after some tough days in the fields repairing,
delivering, or starting the machines. Some of the experienced
repairmen were Anthony J. Diemert, Anthony, Thomas & James
Berberich, Charles and Len Reinhardt, John Schmidt, Patrick
Weber, Pat Lobsinger, Howard Lobsinger, and Eugene Schwehr.
off-season brought the Lobsinger foundry into yet another
phase of it's operation. And apples were the key to it. More
on that in the next issue.
The Mail Bag...
those we were honored to hear from were Dr. and Mrs. William
J. Lobsinger of Waterloo, ON, They are from the House of Peter.
Dr. Lobsinger is a surgeon/radiologist, and they have 5 children.
James is a geologist in Calgary; Mary Lou is an architect.
Son Thomas is also a doctor, as is his wife the former Bernadine
Murphy. They have provided Dr WJ. and his wife Sheila with
their first grandchild, Peter William, born October 17, 1987.
Margaret Ann is a public health nurse married to Paul Sabo,
a civil engineer in Toronto. Mark
William Brady Lobsinger, their youngest son, is an Honors
Student in Business Administration at UWO in London, ON. Mark
will graduate this May.
Lobsinger of Detroit dropped us a short note, too. He is from
the House of Louis. His son Donald is the founder of Breakthrough,
a conservative patriotic group active in the sixties. Some
of you in the area may remember seeing his name in headlines
a few times. David
also has a daughter Mary Ann married to Robert DeGentenaar.
The couple iive in Warren, MI, where they are raising David's
two grandchildren, Larry DeGentenaarand Gary DeGentenaar.
third child is daughter Janet Therese who lives in West Branch,
MI and works for the GAO Precision Company.
Edward (Kathleen) Lobsinger wrote us a nice note. She is also
from the House of Louis, and is the widow of Edward Anthony
Lobsinger. She has 5 children and about ~ grandchildren by
recent count. One of her great grandchildren is Larry Lobsinger,
who is the organist where Dr. and Mrs. W. J. (mentioned above)
attend church.. Another
of Kathleen's children is Neil Francis of St. Clements. He
and his wife Virginia Roeder have two children with a couple
of the prettiest and most unique names in all Lobsingerdom....
Dawn Heather and Eryn Lee.
Lobsinger Nicholson, who lives in Kitchener, ON, from the
house of Louis writes that the picture of the Lobsinger Harvester
brought back memories of her mother telling about her Uncle
Peter in Mildmay who helped build the machines. What
is most sign)ficant about the comment is that this is the
first connection we have found between the House of Peter
and the House of Louis, even though we have known for quite
a while that Peter and Louis were brothers. In January, Irene
and husband Jim traveled to Panama City Beach in Florida.
Last year they traveled to Las Vegas, NV on holiday.
Lobsinger of Mildmay, ON, from the House of Peter says he's
not a history buff yet, but finds the newsletter interesting
anyway. He is the son of Gordon and Kathleen Lenehan Lobsinger.
Rick and wife Chyleen MacLeod have a couple of youngsters
named Mark and Michael. Rick runs a Home Services business
in Mildmay and we were glad to hear from him. One reason we
put the newsletter out is so everyone can find out where they
came from without having to be research historians.
E. Dan Lobsinger,
Regina, SK., shows off a 115 lb halibut he caught recently
on a fishing excursion. Dan is a son of John Eugene, son of
Franz, son of Peter, son of Count Joseph.
from the House of Peter to write us was E. Dan Lobsinger of
Regina SK. Haven't heard from him in a couple of years. Turns
out he has been fishing the Pacific.
brother Patrick Leo Lobsinger of Ladner, BC, also dropped
us a nice letter. At left you'll find a picture of Dan with
a 115 lb Halibut he caught, probably on his own lure design.
Dan has a couple of adopted children, but he hasn't sent us
their addresses yet. How bout it, Dan?
European mailbag brought us a Christmas card from Giles Pfrunner
of Lingolsheim,FR. He's from the ancient House of Pierre which
remained in France. Giles reports that he has uncovered the
inventory of the goods of Jean Pierre Lobsinger who died in
1724. He is translating it and maybe we will get a glimpse
of how the Lobsingers lived in the old country when he sends
us a copy. Giles
also hopes to visit the US in 1989, and we hope he plans a
stop in Oklahoma when he makes the trip.
Lobsinger Carr of Mammoth Lakes, CA is a member of one of
the few families that are not directly related to Nicolas
Lobsinger of Langatte, France. She is from a family of Swiss
immigrants from Bern, Switzerland. Her Great Grandfather was
Benjamin Lobsiger (without the n). The name was changed in
her father's generation. He was John William Lobsinger, and
he lived in Linwood, MI. This branch of the family needs more
research to tie in with the rest of us.
Francis Lobsinger Family: Front, l to r, James Matthew, Eric
David, Carl Francis, Jeffrey Paul, and David Carl. Back, Eric
David's wife Laura, Carl Francis' wife Nancy Jean, Jeremy
Paul, Elisa Marie, and Lorna Jean. Carl is a son of Norman
Peter, son of John,
son of Louis, son of Count Joseph.
Paul Lobsinger of Madison Hights, MI sent us a family picture
which you will find above. He is a great-nephew of David (mentioned
above) and son of Carl Francis Paul Lobsinger.
and Ann Huber Schnarr are descendants of Louis John Lobsinger
of the House of Louis. They sent us some current information
on their children, which we appreciate. They live in Ahwahnee,
CA, and their 5 children are also all residents of California.
Lobsinger of Warren, MI sent us a much appreciated subscription
check, but no letter. He and wife Geraldine Schnurr have three
children but we have no data on them at all. Please let us
know who your kids are, Richard! Richard is the son of Raymond
Henry Lobsinger of the House of Peter.
branch of the House of Peter sent us a note from Kissimmee,
FL. Melvin E. Lobsinger, the son of Melvin R. sent us copies
of the notices of his grandparents funerals (George Meyer
Lobsinger and wife Katherine Kramer) Up til his note, nobody
could remember what the M. in old George's name stood for.
It is the maiden name of Maria Anne Lobsinger, the wife of
Peter Lobsinger, founder of the House of Peter. Interesting
tidbits fall out in the mail, and we are glad to get them.
and his wife Dolores Helmbrecht have 5 children, most of whom
still live in Florida: Paul M, Bruce M, Diane M. Reiman, Glenn
M, and Carol Ann. Son Paul is the only one to leave the state,
and he is now in East Aurora, N.Y.
Joseph Lobsinger family: Teresa Lobsinger Walsh, Bishop Thomas
J. Lobsinger, Joan Lobsinger Luciani, and Anne Lobsinger Margrett.
They are children of Reuben Joseph and Leone Russell Lobsinger.
Reuben was the son of Johannes Francis Xavier, son of Louis,
son of Count Joseph.
Lobsinger Walsh (House of Louis) sent us a copy of the Oblate
Missions magazine with a feature story on "the littlest
bishop," who is her brother Thomas J, featured in our
first newsletter last October. Teresa and husband Len are
celebrating the arrival of grandchild number 8.
the House of Joseph comes news from George Lobsinger of Mt.
Pleasant, MI. He reports a new grandson Zachary Michael born
Dec 18, 1987. Zachary is the first Lobsinger in history to
have a name starting with the letter "Z". Zachary
is grandchild number 17 for George and his wife Katherine
also reports that his aunt Cecelia Agnes Lobsinger died Oct.
16,1987 in Alma, MI, and Cecelia's daughter Dolores Slavens
died in July 1987. Dolores helped us make some sense out of
the jumble of Lobsinger families several years ago by helping
chart relationships in the House of Joseph. George sent us
current information on his family as well, which helps bring
it up to the current generation.
Lobsinger Lieb of Vancouver, WA (House of Michael) sent us
some fantastic old documents and photographs of Antoine and
his father Jean Louis Lobsinger. Antoine and brother Michel
were early day first generation Lobsingers who settled in
the St. Louis area.
to Sandy Frensch for her Christmas card. She is a great granddaughter
of George Meyer Lobsinger, son of Peter.
Lang (House of Peter) from Regina, SK, sent us a wealth of
material on the descendants of Franz Lobsinger and Mary Fehner;
as well as much new information on the descendants of George
William Lobsinger and Maria Uhersellry (House of George).
We appreciate it all.
Lobsinger and son John Eugene on their Homestead at Kyle,
SK., about 1912. Franz is a son of Peter, son of Count Joseph.
Photo Courtesy of Leona Lobsinger Lang, a daughter of Leo
A., a brother of John Eugene.
from the House of George we received the family tree of James
Edward Lobsinger of Tehkummah, ON, which almost brings us
up to date on their branch of the family. Jim and wife Sharon
Roper are expecting three more grandkids by next fall, so
we'll have to add a few branches to their family tree. We're
looking forward to receiving a 4 generation photo of Jim,
his father Howard John, his son Gregory, and his grandson.
G. (Bill) Lobsinger of the House of George sent some photocopied
pictures of his father William G. (Joey) Lobsinger working
the lines for the telephone company in North Dakota. Bill
is a claims examiner with Adjustment Services Inc. in Omaha,
Grambusch (House of Louis) of Sacramento, CA has a youngster
named Sara Diane born a couple of years ago. She has been
collecting family information so it will be available to the
young one someday. She descends from Anna May Lobsinger and
Herbert Schnarr, and provided some more missing details in
that family lineup. Mary's sister Denise L Schnarr has also
joined our club!
Lobsinger and wife Debra Sue wrote from Grayling, MI. They
are descendants of Peter Paul Lobsinger (House of Joseph)
and have four children: Jody Lynn, Jamie Beth, Jessica Ann,
and Justin James. They helped fill in a few bare branches
in Joseph's tree.
to Marlene Lobsinger Schwehr for her subscription. She's from
Elliot Lake, On.
the House of Antoine comes a note from Lila Lobsinger Schmidt
of High Ridge,Mo. She seeds word of the death of Burnette
W. McNamee, who was married to another descendant of the House
of Antoine. This lady was an aviator and WW II volunteer,
and was one of the first women to fly cross-country in air
races in the Powder Puff Derby. She was also a past president
of the Ninety-Nines, a national organization of women pilots.
Margaret Lobsinger of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan dropped us a
nice letter. She is the widow of Frank Hugh who died on August
25, 1985. He was a descendent of the House of Peter, and brother
of E. Dan and Patrick Leo mentioned above.
descendent of the House of Peter wrote with more missing details
of her family. And we thank June K. Lobsinger Stevens of Plymouth,
MI for that information. Her daughter Kathryn Thompson helped
us sort out some family lines a few years ago, but hasn't
written recently. They are descendants of Melvin, of George
Meyer Lobsinger, son of Peter. Her brother is Melvin E, mentioned
and Lois Lobsinger of Stratford, On. say they are enjoying
the newsletter and would we send it to their daughter Gail
Moloughney. We did.
Schnarr of Mississauga, On. (lIouse of Louis) also wrote asking
us to continue the newsletter. We will.
Leonard W. Lobsinger and wife Jean of Sarnia, On. (House of
Peter) sent further information on their family and an address
of a John Lobsinger in Ottawa, On. whom I haven't heard from
yet. If I'm notmistaken,this John is also of the House of
Peter, son of Dr. Allan Joseph Lobsinger, son of Leo A. Lobsinger,
son of Franz, son of Peter. Hope to find out soon if I'm right!
We were also pleased to send Dr. Len's grandson, Master Allan
Leonard Dafoe, (age 7) his complete family tree back to 167X
or so for a 2nd grade school project he was working on.
Lobsinger of Brantford, On. (House of Louis) reports two births
in her branch of the family tree! Both are listed in our new
Lobsinger of Hamilton, On. wonders when I'll get a book together
on all of these Lobsingers. So do I. I have well over 1000
names all in the right order of descendency. But there are
a lot of children's names still missing, not to mention dates
of birth and death, occupations, spouses names, etc. I'm filling
in the gaps as quickly as I receive the information, and maybe
I'll get that book out yet!
Lobsinger (House of Louis) from Dearborn, MI tells us a story
on his brother Edwin, who once collected a matchbox full of
Rattlesnake rattles near their father's sawmill in Stokes
Bay. In 1933, Clarence and his dad shot a bear there, too.
Clarance will be 88 on August 18 this year, but he's just
a youngster as his sister Agnes is 95, and sister Florence
and Dolores (Lobsinger) Schmidt of Mildmay, ON., will be heading
to Vancouver Isle this Spring to visit daughter Nancy Wild
and family. Their granddaughter Tracey Napper is headed to
Scotland in May with the Walkerton District Secondary School
Concert Band. Tracey plays the flute.
Lobsinger - Joseph Lobsinger died on Tuesday, January
12, 1988, age 85 years, of 68 Avondale Ave. S., Waterloo,
On.Mr. Lobsinger was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church
and retired from SunarHauserman, where he had worked for many
was the brother of Mrs. Marie Steadman of Des Moines, Iowa,
and is also fondly remembered by the Girodat and Wunder families
and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents
George and Barbara Diemert Lobsinger, and his other brothers
and sisters: Philip, Clara, Anthony, Lorraine, Tillie, and
funeral and committal service was held in the chapel of the
Edward R. Good Funeral Home, Waterloo, with Rev. P.T. Sherratt
officiating. Interment followed in Mount Hope cemetery, Waterloo.
(House of Jacob Anthony)
Agnes Lobsinger Elias - Cecelia Agnes Lobsinger Elias,
October 16, 1987, Alma, MI, cemetery. Daughter of Peter Paul
and Francisca Muschinski Lobsinger of the House of Joseph.
No funeral details available.
Elias Slavens - Dolores Elias Slavens, July 1987, daughter
of Cecelia Agnes Lobsinger Elias. No funeral details available.
(House of Joseph)
Branches On The Family Tree
Thomas Bond - Mary and Mark Bond announce the birth of
a son, Kevin Thomas Bond, 8 lbs 11 1/2 ozs born January 11,
1988, Mary is the daughter of Len and Teresa Lobsinger Walsh
of the House of Louis. Kevin Thomas is grandchild number 8.
Amanda Nicole Blundell. - Colleen and Howard Blundell
(she is a granddaughter of Dorothy and Herb Bellinger, also
of the house of Louis) announce the birth of a daughter, Amanda
Nicole, born November 7, 1987.
John Quinn - New son of Mike and Mary Ann Lobsinger Quinn
of Lake Worth, Fl., is Stephen John Quinn, born December 29,
1987, weighing in at a little over 7 Ibs. He's child number
6 for the Quinns, and grandchild number 20 for John Ross and
Catherine Lobsinger (House of Peter)
Michael Lobsinger - New son of Gary Michael and Esther
Mallory Lobsinger of Mt. Pleasant, MI., is Zachary Michael,
born on December 18, 1987. Zachary is the 17th grandchild
of George Edward and Katherine Mankowski Lobsinger of the
house of Joseph.
William Lobsinger - Born October 17, 1987, Peter William
is the son of Dr. Thomas R. and Dr. Bernadine Murphy Lobsinger,
of Orilla, On. He is also the first grandchild of Dr. William
J and Sheila Brady Lobsinger of Waterloo, On. (House of Peter)
received a plaque from Pincher Creek Ag Society President
susan Earl for her many years of placing a wide variety of
exhibits at the annual fair
(Lobsinger) Mcintee Honored By Pincher Creek Ag Society For
Lifetime Of Fair Exhibits
Lobsinger McIntee, of Pincher Creek, Alberta, had a welcome
surprise on Monday, February 1, 1988, when the Pincher Creek
and District Ag Society presented her with a plaque in recognition
of the many years she has had exhibits at the annual fair.
McIntee has been a long and enthusiastic supporter of the
August fair since - and before - it officially began in 1952.Ag
Society president Susan Earl gave her the plaque at her Kettles
Street home. The plaque cites her for her "outstanding
participation in bench show exhibits at the Pincher Creek
McIntee has shown flowers, vegetables, sewing, knitting, crochets
and baking exhibits, "often over 100 per annum,"
said society member Donna Lee Smith, also there for the presentation.
home has a large number of trophies, cups and awards accumulated
over the years, and - despite advancing age - "she hasn't
slowed down at all," said Mrs. Smith.Juliette McIntee
was born in Ayton, Ont., in 1905. She came to live in Beaver
Mines in 1924, and - apart from a year in the Turner Valley
oilfields - has lived in the Pincher Creek area all of her
and her husband Edward had two girls and a boy, and she now
has 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, according
the the story that appeared in the Pincher Creek Echo on Tuesday,
It would be nice if someone would collect the names and addresses
of all of those grand and great-grandchildren for us so we
could include them on our mailing list.
McIntee is from the House of Louis. She is the daughter of
Johannes Francis Xavier Lobsinger, son of Louis, son of Count
Joseph Lobsinger of Langatte, France.
William Lobsinger Family: Luke was one of the sons of Joseph
L. Lobsinger who wasn't involved in the Lobsinger Foundry
in Mildmay, Ontario. He left home in 1913 and moved to Lake
Worth, FL., where he raised his family. Luke was an artist,
house painter and interior decorator. Some of his murals are
preserved today in homes and apartments in Lake Worth. Shown
are, from left, Luke, Jr., Luke, Sr., Phillip A., Catherine,
Margaret Ann, wife Mary Jane Ross, and John Ross. Barbara
Jane had not yet arrived when this picture was taken.
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