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Volume 3 No. 1 - April to August 1990

Mark Alan Lobsinger Experiences...
Life As A Galley Slave Aboard An Ancient Greek Warship

In 427 B.C. Mytilene, a city on the Greek island of Lesbos had been recaptured by their Athenian overlords after a brief revolt. So outraged were the Athenian legislators that they ordered the destruction of Mytilene and dispatched one of their Greek Oaring Ships (known as a trireme) to accomplish the slaughter.

The swift vessels carried a crew of 170 galley oarmen and 30 soldiers and their supplies. It was a day and a half on its journey when the Athenian legislature had a change of heart and decided to spare the wayward city of Mytilene. Immediately, they dispatched a second trireme, promising the oarsmen extra provisions and a bonus if they could overtake the first ship and prevent the destruction. Mytilenaean envoys provided wine and barley for the crew and promised a large reward if they should arrive in time.

The oarsmen ate their barley-cakes, kneaded with wine and oil, and took turns at sleeping and rowing. And they overtook the first ship, and Mytilene was saved. Or so says Thucydides in his History of the Peloponnesian War.

Zeus had blessed the mission. Poseidon had smoothed the sea and made the waters safe for the hearty oarsmen. And for that, all of them, including Oarsman First Class Mark Alan Lobsinger were grateful.

Mark Alan who???

Mark Alan Lobsinger is the only known Lobsinger who has served as a galley oarsman on an ancient Greek Trireme. That's who.

But much as we'd like to tell you he was on the warship to Mytilene in 427 B.C., he wasn't. Still... what an adventure!

Mark is in Greece this summer, part of an international rowing crew of 170 persons taking part in the third annual Trireme Trust Sea Trials scheduled from July 18 to August 5. The trials will include a 235 kilometer row from the Greek island of Poros to Navplion. Mark is one of 40 Americans in the crew.

They will man the oars on the reconstructed Greek Trireme Warship "Olympias.", built by the Greek Navy to specifications gleaned from archaeological studies. The purpose of the sea trials is to scientifically determine how it was possible for such lightly constructed ships to reach the incredible speeds ancient writings boast about. After 200 years of high-brow scientific argument, the Trireme Trust was formed to build one of the ancient ships and settle the debate once and for all.

Mark Alan Lobsinger is a member of the House of George. He is a self employed commercial artist living in Omaha, NE. Mark is the son of William George (Bill) Lobsinger, Jr. and Joyce Elkins who now live in Lindon, Utah. His grandparents were William George (Joey) Lobsinger and Irene Mabel Walker. Great grand-parents were Joseph G. Lobsinger and Mary Diemert. Great-great grandparents were Mary Uberschlag and George William Lobsinger , founder of the House of George, and one of the sons of Count Joseph who started the Canadian branch of the new world Lobsinger families.

Drylanders, all. And so what would entice a plainsman from Nebraska to sign up as a galley slave on a Greek warship? Sorry - he didn't really say. The challenge, we suppose. The adventure. The chance to travel.

Mark applied for the job after reading about the adventure in Archaeology magazine last year, but was too late for last year's trials. This year, after convincing the people in charge that he was capable of running five miles in thirty-five minutes, and doing one hundred and fifty, fifty pound lat pulls in six minutes, among other feats designed to generate sweat on the brow of a Greek god, he was accepted.

All they want is someone capable of rowing 6 hours a day for 5 days a week. A small task compared with the feats of Greek mythological heros, but a rather mean one for a Nebraska commercial artist. Mark says his best running time was 47 minutes, but he convinced them with his time and stamina on the fixed seat rowing machine.

And so, Mark Alan Lobsinger will be racing across Aegean waters in a 120 foot reconstruction of an ancient Greek warship this summer, while the rest of us go about our everyday chores. It's nice to know the spirit of adventure is still alive in the Lobsinger line. We'll be looking forward to a report on his trip, and some sketches for the next newsletter.

Sister Anne Lobsinger Follows The Lord
To The Slums Of Los Angeles

A graduate of St. Eugene's School and Bishop Ryan High School, Sister Anne Lobsinger, daughter of Elmer and Maureen Lobsinger of Hamilton, ON., is now a social worker in poor areas of Los Angeles.

She recently took her final vows in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cluny, becoming the first Canadian to do so.

"I had planned to get married, move to a farm and raise a family and take care of horses and dogs."

Instead, she is now doing full-time social work in downtown Los Angeles and is also engaged in volunteer catechism instruction in a poor area of nearby Wilmington.

The areas where Sister Anne works cover a broad spectrum of life.

There are rich neighborhoods. There are also ghettos with their youth gangs, violence and poverty in the streets.

Sister Anne grew up in a working section of east Hamilton and her parents were part of a tightly-knit community which built St. Eugene's parish in the late 1950s.

After graduating from high school in 1977, she worked at the Chancery in Hamilton for three years. In 1979, she began to ponder whether she was hearing the call of God to religious life.

She served as a postulant at St. Patrick's parish in Hamilton, working with youth, senior citizens and as a teaching assistant.

"The experiences at St. Patrick's helped confirm my vocation," she recalls. Next came studies and a degree in social work followed by the move to L.A. to begin her ministry with the poor.

At first, she says, she felt culture shock at downtown L.A. and its wide gaps between rich and poor, violent and sedate lifestyles.

Now, when she is away, she misses the people and her work. "The challenge of Christianity is to take it out to the streets, to share it everywhere, to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and teach those versed in violence to turn to Christ's love."

That's exactly what she and 100 deeply-committed volunteers from the lay community do. "The volunteers are tremendous," says Sister Anne. "They really verify St. Paul's statement, 'Though we are many, we are one.'" (House of Louis)

Nadine & Nicolas Wed In Classic French Ceremony

From France comes the following wedding invitation, sent to us by our French cousin Giles Pfrunner concerning the marriage of his sister Nadine. To prevent our ignorance from showing too badly, we'll copy the original, and you can find your own translator...

Madame Marcel Pfrunner, Monsieur et Madame Rene' Pfrunner, Madame Bernard Dunoyer de Segonzac, Monsieur et Madame Cyril Kressmann sont heureux de vous faire part du mariage de leurs petits-enfants et enfants Nadine et Nicolas et vous prient d' assister ou de vous unir d' intention a' la messe de mariage celebree le Samedi 2 Juin 1990, a' 15 h., en l Eglise St. Leger de Guebrviller.

9, Rue de Picardie, 67380 Lingolsheim. 4, Square du Chateau, 67300 Schiltigheim. 12, Rue du Luspel, 68500 Guebrviller.

Congratulations and best wishes to Nadine and Nicolas from all the American families! Even if our command of the French language is not very astonishing. (House of Pierre)

State Legislature Commends Newkirk Herald Publishers

Newkirk (OK.) Herald Journal publishers Bob and Sue Lobsinger, with State Representative Jim Reese in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, where they received a Joint Legislative Commendation for reporting on the connections between a supposed drug rehabilitation program known as Narconon, and Scientology, a notorious quasi-religious cult.

Bob Lobsinger, owner of the Newkirk Herald Journal was recently honored by the Oklahoma Legislature with a commendation for his "quiet, indepth search for facts uncovering startling information concerning Narconon, a supposed drug rehabilitation center, and the Church of Scientology..."

Lobsinger and his wife, Sue, were honored in presentation ceremonies conducted in the chambers of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Representative Jim Reese (R-Deer Creek) served as the Lobsingers' personal host. The commendation was concurrently passed by the Oklahoma Senate.

Following the award of a state health commission certificate of need authorizing Narconon International to begin development of the old Chilocco Indian School facility for a prospective drug rehabilitation center, Lobsinger undertook to investigate the background and ties of the organization that billed itself as an international non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating substance addicts and abusers and fighting the war on drugs. In his investigation, Lobsinger uncovered links to the Church of Scientology, an organization billing itself as a religion that was founded in the early 1950s by now-deceased science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Using the Newkirk Herald as a vehicle, Lobsinger undertook what amounted to a one-man campaign that eventually led to an investigative television series and a corresponding investigation by the Associated Press. In the meantime, roles played in securing the Narconon certificate of need in early 1989 by persons inside state agencies were called into question and numerous questions concerning Narconon's legitimacy and the legitimacy of its treatment program, which allegedly incorporates Hubbard technology, were addressed by a variety of the state's university and private professional experts, as well as by the Oklahoma Legislature and state agencies that have yet to grant operating licensing.

In addition to recognizing Lobsinger's effort, the legislature passed House Bill 2252, setting out new guidelines for licensing rehabilitation programs. The new law requires certification of proposed new programs by one of two nationally recognized accrediting agencies, and / or program verification and approval by the Oklahoma Department of Health, which has adopted the certification criteria set out by the two national accrediting organizations.

Narconon, in the meantime, must have its drug rehabilitation program certified and licensed through the Department of Mental Health and the facility certified and licensed through the Department of Health by June 30 (1990 - which they failed to do), or the certificate of need issued last year will lapse and the organization would have to start all over in order to operate a licensed program.

Narconon could conceivably operate its facility on the Chilocco land with or without state licensing so long as the Chilocco Development Authority, comprised of five participating area tribes, with the approval of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, chooses to honor the lease agreement. Without a state license, Narconon would not be eligible to participate in state contracting and very probably would not qualify as an insurance-approved provider for many companies. The program would have to operate primarily with private-pay clients and patients.

Lobsinger has asserted, "Narconon is not and has never been accredited by anyone, anywhere, except other Scientology organizations."

Lobsinger has also has been recognized by the Newkirk Chamber of Commerce as the Newkirk Citizen of the Year.

(Reprinted from the Ponca City News, Wednesday, May 30, 1990) (House of Peter)

Paul Lobsinger Migrated From Ontario To Oklahoma

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wise of Stillwater, OK., sent us the following story of their branch of the Lobsinger family - they are descendents of Paul, the son of Count Joseph. Mrs. Wise relates the story as it was told to her by Paul's mother the late Matilda Margaret Lobsinger Wise.

Paul Lobsinger was the son of Joseph Lobsinger of New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, where he was well-to-do and in the lumber business.

Joseph Lobsinger was married to Marie Weber, and both were from the French Alsace Lorraine area. The Lobsingers were Catholics and had a priest in the family. (Who was this, anyone know?)

Paul Lobsinger met a Mennonite girl he wanted to marry, by the name of Cathrina Otto. Joseph Lobsinger disinherited Paul and he was ex-communicated from the Catholic Church when he married Cathrina. So Paul Lobsinger and his bride Cathrina migrated to St. Louis, Mo., where Matilda Margaret Lobsinger (Wise) was born. Later, they lived in Bloomington, Ill., and then came to Braman, Ok. (Paul and Cathrina also had several other children, but only one son who reportedly died young and the Lobsinger name consequently became extinct in this branch of the family.)

While they were living in St. Louis, Matilda contracted polio at the age of two years, and was left with a crippled left foot which she had as long as she lived. Matilda died at age 87.

It was at Braman that Matilda met and married James Leonard Wise, who was from Waterville, Kansas, and who was playing an instrument with a band in that area. They married at Braman and lived there the rest of their lives.

Matilda and James Wise had four children: Paul Conrad, born April 15, 1905; Nancy Katharyn, born July 17, 1907; Pauline Adalee, born March 4, 1912; and James Lyman, born June 17, 1914. Both Nancy Kathryn (Westphal) and Pauline Adalee (Pugh) are deceased.

Mrs. Wise is an accomplished free lance writer and artist well known in Oklahoma, who has been a member of the Stillwater Writer's Club for over 50 years, serving as its president several times. She has also had her art works featured in many juried exhibitions across the southwest.

Mr. Wise is a successful businessman and well known banker in Oklahoma. He was the subject of a "Profile" article in the April issue of Oklahoma Banker magazine, and we have reprinted that article elsewhere in this issue.

(House of Paul)

This Year's College and High School Graduating Seniors

Peter Harold Goetz, son of Jim and Christine Goetz of Mildmay, ON., graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University on May 27, 1990 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography.

Peter has accepted a position with Grand River Conservation Authority, Cambridge, Ontario.

Following the Convocation at the K-W Auditorium, a dinner party was held at the Black Forest Inn, Conestoga. Those attending from Mildmay were Mr. and Mrs. Jim Goetz, Jim Goetz, Jr., Mrs. Ellen Lobsinger, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. Al Dosman, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Goetz, Luanne and Vincent. (House of Peter)

Michael Robert Lobsinger, son of Robert W. and Susan M. Lobsinger of Newkirk, OK., graduated from The University of Oklahoma College of Engineering on May 12, 1990, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

A week earlier his brother, Steven Richard Lobsinger graduated from Newkirk High School with a college prep diploma.

Steven will be entering the University of Oklahoma College of Electrical Engineering in the fall, and will move into the room at the "Kids Apartment" being vacated by older brother Michael, who is currently job hunting in the aerospace field. Steve will be joining his sister Judy Sue Lobsinger and another brother, John Allan Lobsinger, who are also both OU students. John is a Civil Engineering student, and Judy is a Bio-Chemistry major.

Dad took what money he had left and treated the entire family and a few stray boy and girl-friends to dinner at Steak and Ale in Oklahoma City to celebrate the graduations. (House of Peter)

Deaths and Funerals

Lloyd Albert Lobsinger

Lobsinger, Albert Lloyd - At K-W Hospital, on Monday, April 2, 1990, age 59 years, of 11 Vicmount Drive, Kitchener, On. Canada.

Mr. Lobsinger had been employed at Uniroyal Goodrich for 25 years.

Beloved husband of Lorraine; dear son of Philomena and Edwin Lobsinger of Hamilton and step-father of Sharron Schultz and her husband David of Hawksebury and Sharryl Kay and her husband George of Heidelberg. He is also remembered by one step-granddaughter, Loryanne Schultz; one brother, Clem of Hamilton and two sisters, Irene Hamilton of Hamilton and Edna Schaefer of Kitchener.

Mr. Lobsinger's family will receive friends at the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm today (Tuesday). The funeral service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 am., with Rev. Olaf Poulsen officiating. Interment to follow in Memory Gardens, Breslau.

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

Friends and relatives are invited to the Reception Room of the funeral home, following the committal service at Memory Gardens. (House of Louis)

New Branches On The Family Tree

Clint Adam Lobsinger

Clint Adam Lobsinger was born March 13, 1990 to Bruce and Julie Lobsinger of Snyder, New York. He weighed 8 lbs, 4 oz and was 21 1/2 inches long, and joins brother Luke age 5, and sister Jenny age 12. (House of Peter)

Michael Patrick Douglas Walsh

Michael Patrick Douglas Walsh arrived May 17, 1990 and weighed in at 6 lbs, 12 ozs. His parents are Patrick and Cheryl Walsh of Alberta, SK, and his grand parents are Leonard and Teresa (Lobsinger) Walsh of Brantford, ON.. Great grandparents were Reuben and Leone Lobsinger. (House of Louis)

Snooker Suprise!

Remember Barney Lobsinger the professional wrestler who was featured a few issues back?

Well, Barney can't get the spirit of competition out of his system. He's taken up shooting pool. Snooker, particularly. His local paper had this to say on May 24, 1990:

Youth had to take a back seat to age Thursday in the billiards (snooker) event of the Ontario Senior Games.

Barney Lobsinger and Mike Meloche, both of Windsor and the oldest team in the competition held at Branch 12 Canadian Legion, were declared winners.

Lobsinger, 76, and Meloche, 78, were well over the age limit of 55 but that didn't stop them from winning four straight games against all younger players in the double-knockout event. He won the same tournament in his "younger days," back in 1985. And in addition, he has won several other local tournaments in the last few years.

Marion and Barney Lobsinger at Gatorland in Orlando Florida on Vacation.

The Lobsinger Memorial Cross In Langatte, Fr.

Mme Odette Meyer of Langatte, France, a descendant of patriarch Nicolas Lobsinger (ca 1678-07April 1732), sent the accompanying photograph of the Lobsinger Memorial Cross in rural Langatte, France, to Charles E. Rinck of Collinsville, Il., who sent it on to our newsletter.

The inscription on the base is badly eroded by the weather, but Mme Meyer visited the "croix" four times in one day at different hours to gain better visibility of the inscription by using the varying directions of the sun and associated shadows to enable enhanced interpretation of its legibility.

Mme Meyer is positive that the actual inscription reads,

"Dieses Kreutz Ist Gerichtet Durch Elisabeth Lobsinger Zur Ehre Gottes Im Jahr 1839"

-- This cross is erected by Elisabeth Lobsinger paying homage to God in 1839.--

The inscription does not mention anything of birth or death, but was probably erected as it states, paying homage to God. Odette is now also sure that the year is 1839, not 1859 as thought previously.

Charles Rinck says there is a possibility the monument was erected by one of his ancestors, Marie Elisabeth Lobsinger (17 Sep. 1777 - 09/10 Nov. 1857). If she was the builder, she may have simply financed it by sending money home to Langatte, as she would have been 62 years old at the time, and had emigrated to the USA in 1832 with her husband Hyacinthe Germain and their children. The Germain family settled in French Village, IL.

But, adds Rinck, this is pure supposition, as there are 4 other Elisabeth Lobsingers of that era, and the builder could have been any one of them.

Our thanks to Charles for making the photo available to us, and to Odette for taking the trouble to photograph it for us in the first place.

From The Mail Bag

From researcher Charles Rinck comes the following translation of the handwritten baptismal certificate we printed in the last newsletter. For the web, we've moved the original to here so it would be with the translation:

"129

Today, 27th of the month of March 1731 is Baptized by me Henri Arnouldt, Pastor in Vingersheim, Joseph Lobsinger, son (of) Joseph Lobsinger, (a) vagabond and begging pilgrim, and (of) Anna Maria Bolier, his legitimate wife, having (her) origin in Dossenheim, near Haville.

(His) Godfather was (the) honest adolescent Joseph Reinbolt from Vingersheim, and (the) Godmother was Barbara Kremerine, free, from Schapthausen, who all signed as one with me, or made note (mark).

(sig.) Joseph Reinbolt

Mark + (of the) Godmother

Mark a (of the) parent

(sig.) H. Arnouldt, Pastor (of this) place."

Rinck says the year is definitely 1731. A French immigrant told me it was 1431 because of the form of the 7 or 4. No matter, it's still a pretty old and very interesting document. Rinck says it is written entirely in Latin, and since my Latin is limited to two of the three parts Gallia est divisa into, I'll take his word for it.

He says records at "Dossenheim-Kochersberg" need to be researched for a marriage record of the parents. So, all of you wanderers, check that out when you next roam the French countryside.

Charles also sent us a slide of the Langatte, France monument built by one of the early French Lobsingers from whom we descended. Photo of the monument is in this issue somewhere.

Dorothy (Lobsinger) Scott of Waterloo, ON, sent a nice letter asking for more information on her branch of the family. She is a daughter of Herbert Paul Lobsinger who was a son of George C. Lobsinger the son of Anthony Jacob Lobsinger, son of Count Joseph Lobsinger. Sent her some charts showing how she fits into the family tree. This branch of the family is one of the smallest, and one about which we know very little. (House of Anthony Jacob)

Richard J Lobsinger of Warren MI dropped us a note and says he's glad the newsletter is back. Richard is son of Raymond Henry Lobsinger, son of Joseph L, son of Peter. He and wife Geraldine (Schnurr) are parents of 4 children, Laurie E. Cross, Denise Alexander, Terry R Lobsinger and William Henry Lobsinger. Denise has recently moved to Wheaton, IL., and we changed her address on the mailing list. (House of Peter)

Lloyd Lobsinger of Kitchener wrote to tell us how much he has enjoyed the newsletter. Only a few days later, we received a letter from Clement Lobsinger notifying us that his brother Lloyd had passed on. His obituary notice is reprinted in this issue.

We also received a letter on Lloyd's death from George R. Kay, who is a son-in-law of Lloyd's wife Lorraine. He sent us copies of Lloyd's birth, baptismal and marriage certificates. (House of Louis)

Received news of a new baby from Patrick and Cheryl Walsh of Alberta, and a note from Patrick's parents, Len and Teresa (Lobsinger) Walsh of Brantford, ON., about Easter time.

Ann Wickie of Waterloo, ON., sent us a postage donation and wants to join the club. She is a daughter of Giles Lobsinger and says a personal interview with her Dad would be very interesting. Since we are too far away for that, how about you talking with your dad and sending us the stories, Ann? We'd love it. (House of Louis)

Anna Heaney, of Hanover, ON.,sent us a couple of notes and a few bucks for the subscription fund. She is doing well and is expecting a couple of her grand children to announce wedding plans before long. (House of Louis)

Paul Wise - Bringing Traditionalism
To The 1990s Banking Arena...

The Grandson Of A Transplanted Canadian Horse Trader Finds His Career On The Plains Of Oklahoma

Left: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wise

By Laura Cupp

The office, located next to the front door of the bank, accurately reflects the personality of its occupant. Pictures of business gatherings and family members hang on the wall, along with a trophy fish caught off the coast of Alaska. A manual typewriter sits on the desk. Books reflecting their frequent use are arranged neatly on a bookshelf.

Paul Wise, executive vice president and cashier of Stillwater National Bank & Trust Co., (Oklahoma) looks quite at home behind his desk. And he should, after spending more than 70 years in the banking industry.

"He gives our bank a sense of continuity... a sense of tradition... integrity and leadership," said Stan White, executive vice president and senior trust officer. "He brings all the things that have made him successful to the institution and the people here."

Paul is known for his good business decisions and his innovative ideas. And at the age of 85 with a flair for tradition, he continues to work at the bank from five to seven days a week, eight hours a day.

"When there's work to be done, I do it," Paul said. "That is one thing I learned as I grew up on a farm in Braman."

He takes that lesson to heart for when he is not at the bank, he is working as corporate secretary and director of Stillwater Milling Co., positions he has held since 1937.

He has worked hard to achieve his status at Stillwater National, always learning all he could about banking. However, banking technology has changed drastically since he entered the banking arena in 1920 at the age of 15 as bookkeeper of First National Bank in Braman. He said some of what he has learned over the years is obsolete because of new technology, so he has to rely on younger bank officers for computer applications and similar technological procedures.

His co-workers said he has adjusted will to the rapidly changing banking industry.

"He is a remarkable person," Stan said. "He has adjusted to change in terms of deregulation, customers' needs, and products and services."

Bob McCormick Jr., president and chief executive officer, said Paul is a wonderful support and resource to him and other bank employees.

"He is wise, astute and a wonderful role model," he said. "He continues to be future oriented and a man of goodwill. Wonderful lessons can be learned from him."

Letting younger officers play a part in running the bank is one area in which Paul believes strongly.

Paul demonstrated this deeply imbedded belief in an assertive, business-like matter at an Oklahoma Bankers Association Public Speaking Contest in 1928. Not surprisingly, the title of his presentation was "Give Us a Chance." That day, as he stood in front of many prestigious bankers from across the state, he discussed how these bankers could help the younger generation learn, work and grow in the banking profession. He won the contest.

However, he also was recognized in a different way. After listening to his presentation, Jim Berry, who later became Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor, asked him to join Stillwater National Bank. So Paul left Braman National Bank to take advantage of the opportunities Berry offered him -- to work full-time, attend Oklahoma A&M and participate in the U.S. National Guard.

Since joining the bank Sept. 1, 1928, he has demonstrated his patience and hard-working attitude repeatedly. While working full-time at the bank, he attended Oklahoma State University and graduated second in his class within three years. With a natural assertiveness, he also climbed from bookkeeper to executive vice president.

During his tenure in the banking industry, Paul experienced the trials and tribulations of the banking industry during the Great Depression, served as a national bank examiner for two years and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He also has designed some unique customer service programs.

For instance, Paul organized the first bank installment loan department in Oklahoma in 1931. The loan department primarily financed automobiles.

"When I first thought of the possibilities this department could offer the bank, most board members were against it. But I kept thinking that instead of having dealers provide loans to car buyers, we could make the loan to them," Paul said.

"So I prepared material to present to the board," he added. Most board members did not want to listen to my presentation, but someone said, 'Let's hear him out.' Well, they decided to give me $25,000 to loan out. Talk about making sure the loans were good! It worked out and the board agreed to let me have $50,000. That worked out, too.

"So we began an advertising campaign comparing our rates to GMAC rates. Eventually, we had accounts with most of Stillwater's automobile dealers."

In addition, Paul was one of the first bankers to develop a drive-in window in Oklahoma for Stillwater National.

Reflecting on his career, Paul said he is satisfied because he feels he has accomplished his goals -- to acquire a substantial interest in the bank and be a good banker.

When asked to describe a good banker, Paul thoughtfully replied: "A good banker knows the bank's customers and their needs and works to supply those needs, taking into mind those needs should be sorted between real needs and wants.

"The good banker thinks in terms of what is best for the customer because what is best for the customer is also best for the bank," he added. "When making a loan, a good banker thinks in terms of ability to repay the loan and not the security."

And he has instilled those concepts in the bank executives following him up the corporate ladder. So he has done what he set out to do -- help build Stillwater National Bank, provide opportunities to young banking professionals, and learn and teach good banking practices to others.

(Reprinted with permission from the Oklahoma Banker, April 1990) (House of Paul)

 

 Reuben's Three Daughters All Graduates Of St. Joseph's School Of Nursing In Hamilton, Ontario

Reuben Lobsinger, a son of Johannes Francis Xavier Lobsinger, grandson of Louis Lobsinger, and great grandson of Count Joseph Lobsinger married Leone Russell in 1923 in Ayton, Ontario. They had 4 children, 3 girls and a boy - Teresa, Joan, Tom, and Anne.

Their story is a remarkable history of service to mankind that spans many decades. The three girls are all in the health care field, and Tom grew up to be Bishop of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Prior to his appointment as bishop, he spent 33 years as a missionary of Mary Immaculate in British Columbia. His appointment as Bishop of Whitehorse was the lead story on our very first newsletter back in 1987.

In 1932, Reuben, Leone and family moved to Brantford, Ontario, which became the family's "hometown."

Teresa Lobsinger Walsh graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Hamilton in 1945. Since that time she has nursed at St. Joseph, Brantford, the Brantford General Hospital and prior to her retirement in 1987, she worked as head nurse at the Brantford Clinic. She has been married to Leonard Walsh for 40 years and they have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.

Joan Lobsinger Luciani also graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Hamilton in 1947 and until her retirement in 1986, she worked on the maternity ward of the Brantford General Hospital specializing in premature and constant care nursing. She has been married to Bill Luciani for 40 years and they have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Their 2 girls are also in the professional field, - one as a registered nurse, and the other a registered laboratory technician.

Anne Lobsinger Smith Margrett, was the third and last of Reuben's girls to graduate from St. Joseph's School of Nursing. She completed her schooling in 1951, and soon after married Delbert Smith, M.D., and moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Following the sudden death of Dr. Smith, Anne remained in Cleveland and later married John Margrett, M.D. She continued nursing at the Cleveland Clinic, and later in a dermatological office.

Since Ruben and Leone have passed away, Anne decided to return to Brantford and now lives in their homestead on Pearle Street. Currently, she is pursuing another of her talents... that of weaving. She is gaining wide recognition for her work both here and in the states, and is presently creating vestures for the church.

In addition to her three daughters, Leone's sister also became a nurse. She is Sister Camilla Russell of the Sisters of St. Joseph, now 84 years young and residing in St. Joseph's Villa, Dundas.

Sr. Camilla graduated as a nurse at St. Joseph's in 1926 and worked there until 1930 when she professed her vows as a nun. For more than 50 years she has served at the St. Joseph's Hospital and orphanage in Hamilton, St. Mary's Hospital, Kitchener, and at the Indian Reserve at Cape Croker, On.

Together, Sr. Camilla and her three nieces have been engaged in nursing and helping mankind for close to 180 years - quite a record for one family.

(House of Louis)

Harold and Allean Lobsinger Spend Summer
On The Road Exploring the West

Our old buddy Harold Lobsinger and his wife Allean have been wandering all over the wild west this summer.

He reports that while in Dallas they got trapped for a few days by all the flooding and were afraid they would have to trade their van in on a boat to get back home to Denver.

In June, they were in Nevada, Mo. to help some friends celebrate their 50th Anniversary, and on August 24th, they will be heading for a little town called Minnesota Lake to help some more friends celebrate. Then, they'll be heading back to Longmont, Co., where Harold's grandson is getting married at a Dude Ranch.

"This should be quite an affair, (as) Brian has been a professional Rodeo Rider for a number of years, so the joint should be full of high heels and 10 gallon hats!"

Shortly after the wedding celebration, Harold and Allean will be packing up to head back to Arizona, where they will again spend the winter.

Harold is the son of Elmo Anthon Lobsinger, grandson of Louis Jacque Lobsinger, and great grandson of Antoine Jean Louis Lobsinger, a brother of Count Joseph Lobsinger who settled in the St. Louis, Mo., area. (House of Antoine)

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