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Volume 4 No. 2 - February 1992 to May 1992

60 Years On Fire Line...
Lobie Retires From Walkerton Department

By Scott Dunn, Sun Times staff

WALKERTON, ON. - After 60 years of fighting fires and searching for drowning victims in area waters, 85 year old Irwin Lobsinger thinks it's time to take it easy.

He's held every post in the Walkerton Fire Department since first volunteering in 1932, including chief, fire marshal's assistant and for the last 14 years, fire prevention officer.

His panelled office walls in his Walkerton home are covered with plaques and certificates recognizing his achievements.

Town council will even be installing a bronzed antique fire hydrant in front of the fire hall in recognition of Lobisnger, or "Lobie" as he's known locally.

Dressed in his navy blue uniform and black boots, Lobsinger looked back over his career - which he figures is the longest one ever for a firefighter - in an interview recently.

He first volunteered because he thought fire fighting was exciting. He was proved right about that.

He was expert at locating drowned victims and developed his own method of finding them.

"I don't know why it is. I just seem to have a knack for finding bodies," he said.

To help him, he used to throw a bag of bran into the waters where the victim entered.

"That bag of bran would go around to where the body was," explained Lobsinger, who successfully used this method most recently a couple of years ago to find a young boy who fell off the apron of a dam.

He found 27 bodies in the Saugeen River, Teeswater River, by the Mildmay dam and in various creeks over his career.

He received a medal of bravery from the Ontario Fire Marshal's office for rescuing a young boy from a burning building in 1977 - an incident that nearly killed Lobsinger.

Police had arrived at an apartment building on Catherine Street to learn a boy was trapped inside, but it looked too dangerous to go after him, Lobsinger said.

"I went into the building where the boy was supposed to be. I went in through a window and got the boy."

The youth later died, and Lobsinger almost died too, doctors who treated him for smoke inhalation later told him.

There's been a lot of worrying if her husband would return from fires, but fire fighting was in his blood, said his wife, Ruth.

"I though eventually he'd have to retire. His heart was always in his work."

When the phone would ring in the middle of the night about a fire, it was she who gathered his heavy clothing, turned on the outside light and helped him on his way.

"Later on I think it was a little hard on him getting up in the night. But he still did it. Right at the crack of the siren."

Fire fighting has change a lot since Lobsinger first started.

At one time a fire bell at the town hall was sounded to alert the volunteers there was trouble. Horses hauled fire hose to the scene.

The driver of the first team of horses to reach the town hall would receive a dollar, Lobsinger remembered. In the winter, a sleigh was used.

The fire department had an old Imperial Oil tanker converted to fight fires, but it wasn't very helpful.

Much has improved with the advent of pagers, larger tankers and high-pressure hoses which douse blazes, less with water volume than force, he said.

Until July 1, Lobsinger will continue to educate people about ways of preventing fires.

It might not be as exciting as rushing into burning buildings, but it brings him much pride.

Other than arson at the town's agricultural building three years ago, no more than $3,000 damage has been caused by fire in Walkerton in more than five years.

"I get a great deal of pride in doing this job because I feel by doing the job you save lives and you save property," he said. (reprinted from the Owen Sound, ON., Sun Times, Mon., March 23, 1992.) (House of Louis)

Lobsinger - Crabtree Wedding Held
In Norman's McFarland Chapel

Judy Sue Lobsinger, Newkirk, OK., and Charles A. Crabtree, Duncan, OK., were united in marriage a 7:30 pm Saturday, February 29 at McFarland Chapel in Norman, OK. The Rev. Phil Fenn officiated the double ring ceremony.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lobsinger, Newkirk and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Crabtree, Duncan.

The chapel was decorated with three candelabras adorned with greenery and white satin bows.

Music was provided by organist Sam Porter and The Boyd Street Brass Quintet with members Eric Swisher and John Guffin, trumpet; Jennifer Breitzmann, French horn; John Lasswell, baritone; and Nick Nicholson, tuba. They performed selections by Handel, Pachelbel and other baroque composers in addition to several hymns.

The bride, escorted by her father, chose a white satin gown accented with pearls and iridescent sequins, featuring a beaded bodice and keyhole back ending in a cathedral length train with cut out appliques and satin whipped cream ruffles. Her bouquet featured white roses and greenery with satin ribbon.

Matron of honor was Nancy Eveland, Tulsa; bridesmaids were Danna White, Cushing and Karen Wagner, Norman. They wore navy velvet tea-length dresses featuring shirred sleeves, satin bows and jewel neckline flowing into the dropped waist and a plunging deep-v back.

Michael Lobsinger and John Lobsinger, brothers of the bride, served as candle lighters.

Attending the groom as best man was Danny White, Cushing. Other attendants to the groom were Eric Sayers, Duncan and Stephen Crabtree, brother of the groom, Tulsa. Serving as ushers were Michael Lobsinger, John Lobsinger and Steve Lobsinger, brothers of the bride, and Chad Gray, cousin of the groom.

Following the ceremony a reception was held with Mary Ann Roberts, aunt of the bride and Cheri Crabtree, sister-in-law of the groom, attending the guest book and gift table. Stephanie Chissoe, Sandra Clifton, Kaylynn Hale, Angelika Bodenteich and Nicki Winter served at the reception.

Following a honeymoon in Banff, Alberta, Canada, the couple returned to Norman where they will establish a home and continue their education. Chuck, who has taught math and science in the Norman school system, intends to return to the University of Oklahoma to pursue another degree in Astro-Physics this fall. The bride graduated from the University of Oklahoma on May 9, 1992, and has accepted a four year University Fellowship to pursue her doctorate in BioChemistry. (House of Peter)

Deaths and Funerals

Joseph M. (Joe) Moran

A well-known and longtime resident and businessman of Walkerton, ON., Joseph M. (Joe) Moran, passed away at the County of Bruce General Hospital in Walkerton on Tuesday, February 25, 1992, in his 77th year.

Many will remember Mr. Moran from his longtime ownership of Moran's Farm Equipment business and his longtime activness in community affairs, especially on Walkerton Town Council and his interest in sports (coaching, sponsoring, or as a fan).

Dear husband of the former Marie Lobsinger; dear father of Dr. Jane Moran and her husband Dr. Kelly Flannigan of Victoria B.C., Mary-Jo of Vancouver, B.C.; Robert and his wife Lynda of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey; Patrick and his wife Marnie of Mississauga; Terry and his wife Holley of Rutland, Vermont; Mike and his wife Kathy of RR 4, Walkerton; Dan and his wife Dr. Barbara Schmalz of Calgary, Alberta, and Tim and his wife Linda of RR 4, Walkerton.

Also surved by one sister, Jean Rowers of Windsor; and one brother Jack of Teeswater. Dear father of twelve grandchildren.

Predeceased by his parents, Frank and Katherine Moran; one sister Laura; and one brother Ted.

Family greeted relatives, neighbours and friends at the Tanner and Pearson Funeral Home, Walkerton on Thursday and Friday. The Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 102) held a memorial service at the funeral home on Thursday evening. The Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, February 29th, 1992 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Walkerton at eleven in the morning. Interment in Calvary Cemetary, Walkerton.

The pallbearers included Elmer Stiffler, Dave Thomson, Gordon Anstett, Clare Phillippi, Don Perdue, and Merv Reinhart. (House of Peter)

Amelia Ruetz Named Citizen Of The Year
By Mildmay Lions Club

Mildmay, On., and District Lions have announced their choice for Mildmay's 1991 Citizen of the Year Award. She is Mrs. Louis (Amelia) Ruetz of Mildmay and she becomes the 15th citizen to receive the award since it was first introduced in 1976.

Mrs. Ruetz is not one who likes to be fussed over and is more of a "behind-the-scenes" type of person. The Mildmay Crier (from whom we lifted this story) found that out quite quickly when they asked to obtain some information about her past experiences.

Mrs. Ruetz did tell them that they farmed until 1962 and during those years they didn't have too much time for other activities other than farm duties. But after she felt that she'd like to do some volunteer work and had been doing the odd catering job. It wasn't long before Amelia was busy with a number of weddings, anniversaries and club dinners... and she was also in charge of the Chamber's "200 Club" dinner for three years. Mrs. Ruetz has also been in charge of the monthly Lions Club dinners for the past eleven years.

The new Citizen of the Year has also been on the Mildmay Senior Citizens' Executive for a number of years and is the Quilting Convenor for the Mildmay CWL group. She concluded by saying, "I really enjoy being with people and especially working with so many willing helpers!" (House of Peter)

Clayton Lobsinger Honored.

Friends and relatives were invited to an "Open House" in honor of Clayton Lobsinger's 85th Birthday on Saturday, March 21, 1992 from 2 to 5 pm at the home of Bill and Darleen Robson in Mildmay, ON. (House of Peter)

Heart Attack Claims Life Of Joe Moran,
Walkerton PUC Chairman

Walkerton, ON. - Joe Moran, 76, was a man who like to work. He enjoyed working for his family, company and town. And, he worked right up untila a fatal heart attack claimed his life Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 1992.

Just hours before he died, Moran, Walkerton's PUC chairman, was at the Monday night town council meeting to discuss concerns he had over allegations levied against the PUC concerning water hookups.

He's a man who saw many firsts in Walkerton. He was the town's mayor when he dialed the first dial telephone in Walkerton. He was a fund raising committee member when Walkerton built its first inground pool. He was an original stock member during the building of the Happy Valley Ski Resort in Walkerton. He was instrumental in placing four new wells supplying water to town, and served the PUC for 25 years as commissioner. He was PUC chairman since 1980. He was also instrumental in starting the first junior hockey team in town. And, his farm machinery dealership sponsored Moran's Midgets for 26 years.

Moran was born April 19, 1915 at his family's farm on the 2nd Concession of Culross Township. He was a son of the late Frank and Katherine Moran. he attended public school at SS#1, Culross. After Grade 8, he worked on the farm, and then got a job as a machinist in a Kitchener factory.

Moran joined the Canadian army and served for three years in World War II. When the war ended, his father-in-law, Jack Lobsinger of Mildmay, convinced him to start a farm machinery dealership.

He followed that advice, and in 1945, established a Cockshutt dealership in Walkerton. The business still carries his name, but today, it is a Ford / New Holland dealership. The business opened in a new location, just west of Walkerton, three years ago, and it employs 10 people.

He was involved in the dat-to-day operations of the business up until his death, and was in partnership with his son, Tim. He was also a member of the Ontario Retail Farm Dealers Association since 1947.

Back when he started the business, Moran did everything from sell tractors and equipment to repairing it. The result was he helped set up the heavy duty machinery mechanics course at the University of Guelph. That course is now taught at Fanshaw College.

Moran became involved in municipal politics, joining council as a councillor in 1951. In the years following, he served as deputy-reeve and was a Bruce County councillor. He became mayor of Walkerton, and served in that post from 1962 to 1968. In his years as mayor, he was involved with the police commission.

He was a past member of the Countyof Bruce General Hospital board, was a past member of the Brucelea Haven board and was a member of the board when the new home for the aged was built.

He was a 4th Degree charter member of the Knights of Columbus, past member of the Walkerton Kinsmen, member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 102, past-president of the Walkerton Chamber of Commerce and an active life-time member of the Liberal party.

In sports, he helped form Walkerton Minor Sports through the recreation department with Bob Christie, recreation director. He was active in hockey, coaching many championship teams. He spent about 15 years coaching the Peewees. he was an executive member of the Intermediate team which won the All-Ontario championship in 1954-55.

His son, Tim, says he was active in all aspects of the town "because he felt it was his duty... and obligation to get involved in the community." (House of Peter)

Notes From The Mail Bag

Theresa Lobsinger Fronchak of Kitchener, ON., writes that she is the sister of Gorden A. Lobsinger and Mary Margaret McKelvie. They also had a brother named John Michael who died in 1950. They are the children of Edmund John Lobsinger, the youngest child of Anthony Lobsinger and Annie Stroeder. Edmund John Lobsinger had multiple sclerosis and died in 1962 at age 55. He had "a great tennor voice and sang in the church choir."

Her brother Gordon married Yvonne Lankowski in 1963 and they have 4 children - Paul Joseph who is a policeman in Waterloo, Daniel Anthony, a seminary student in Toronto, a daughter Maureen and son Kevin Edmund who lives at home. Gordon is the head of the Guidance Department at Waterloo-Oxford High School. Yvonne was a school teacher, but now works at the Kitchener Public Library.

Mary Margaret, married to Mike McKelvie who works in the maintenance department at St. Mary's Hospital, works part time at Dutch Boy Food Market in Kitchner and has three children: John Michael, Kelly Ann, and Patrick Edmund, all at home.

Theresa married John Fronchak in 1960 and they have three children. Michael John and his wife Patricia are expecting their first child in May. Both of them are grauates of Wilfred Laurier University. Michael has a BBA and a CMA and has just started his own business in financial management. His wife Pat is in Real Estate and they live in Kitchener.

Theresa's next child is Cindy, married to Geoffrey Logel. They live in Keswick and have one son Joshua John, born in 1991. Geoff works for the town of Richmond Hill, and Cindy works in the payroll department of the York Region Separate School Board.

Daughter Michelle Therese, who goes by Shelley, graduated from the University of Waterloo, St. Jerome's Campus, majoring in English and History. She is working at Spectrum Photo in the accounting department - waiting and hoping she can get into teachers college.

Like her father, Theresa also has MS, although she is not confined to the house because of all the special equipment available now. (House of Louis)

Giles Lobsinger of Stratford, ON., announces the birth of another grandson, bringing his total to 14. The new one - Brendan Michael Lobsinger - is the son of Michael Paul and Rose Anne Lobsinger. Brendan was born on February 5, 1992. His parents live in Waterloo and they have a daughter Nicole Lynn who was 3 in April. (House of Louis)

Clarence Kuntz of St. Clements, ON., sent a couple of photos of the 100th birthday party held for Agnes Lobsinger Ducharme in February. We'll try to get them to print, but they are pretty dark. (House of Louis)

Laurier Lobsinger of Kitchener, ON., sent us an appreciated check for postage, but no letter. (House of Louis)

Eileen Henley of Maberly, ON., says she was allowed to read some of the back issues of the newsletter while she was recently visiting with her father, Clayton Lobsinger of Mildmay, ON., She is his youngest daughter, born in 1952. In 1972 she married Robert Henley and since then they have had 2 sons, Michael, born in 1973, and Scott, born in 1976. Borth are presently in high school.

Robert Henley is a senior constable with the Ontario Provincial Police in Perth, ON., and Eileen is the office manager for a silk screening company called ProDecal Ltd. in Perth.

Eileen wants to be added to the mailing list, and we are happy to do so. She also reports that her father Clayton celebrated his 85th birthday on March 21st this year. (House of Peter)

Harold Lobsinger of Apache Junction, AZ., writes that he is now legally blind, and that cuts into his oil painting hobby a bit, but other than that he and Allean are both enjoying pretty good health. Harold, who was 86 years old as of 6 am on March 29 this year, calculates that the human heart is a pretty remarkable machine.... his has - as of that birth date - beat 3,347,156,160 times at least. Not counting "the countless times I saw a pretty girl or something else that made my heart beat a little bit faster!" (House of Antoine)

John and Dolores Schmidt of Mildmay, ON., sent us word of the death of Joe Moran, whose wife is the former Marie Lobsinger. We have reprinted a feature story from the Walkerton newspaper as well as the obit from the Mildmay Crier in this issue. They have been busy with lots of activities that even kept them from their annual cross country holiday this year. (House of Peter)

Elmer Lobsinger of Hamilton, ON., asks us to add his daughter Patricia McConnell to the mailing list. He reports his corner of the world has been relatively mild this past winter, with little snow. His daughter Anne, who lives in Los Angeles, knows where the moisture was. LA flooded this year. In the past few years, Elmer's family has increased in size. In November of 1990, his son Bob married Christine Kereliuk; in September of 1991, another son, Paul, married Christine Nagy. Elmer says it's a bit confusing trying to keep all of the Christines straight. Elmer's father, Michael Lobsinger, is in good health and living by himself in Stratford, which is not too bad for his 97 years. (House of Louis)

Beverly Miller, Lakewood, CA., enjoyed seeing her grandparents photo (Joseph Frank and Cecelia (Tillie) Lobsinger) in the last newsletter. She is planning a trip to Michigan this month and may try to visit some relatives along the way. Hope she gets to stop by our berg here in Oklahoma. (House of Joseph Carl)

Paula and Michael Schnarr sent us their new address in Sonora, CA., Mike just finished building their new house, and Paula says he did a terrific job. They report a new grand-daughter, born in Sept. 1991, named Sierra Shay.

They also have a couple of weddings scheduled - and one will be over by time you read this. Tara Schnarr was married on April 4, 1992, and Tiffany Schnarr will be married May 15, 1993.

Michael Schnarr spends his time on the job, landscaping their new yard, or playing golf. Paula says he's pretty dedicated to his golf game and was playing in 40 degree rain at the moment. She, on the other hand, prefers quilting and sewing, and takes classes each week. She wants to know if there are other quilters in the family. Are there?

She reports that her aunt, Loretta Qwerin passed away on June 18, 1991. No one has sent me a copy of her obituary notice, so we had nothing to print. If anyone has a copy, please forward it to us for the next issue. (House of Louis)

Vera Barthel of Freeburg, IL., says she is still looking for information on Jean Nicolas Klein who was born in 1816 and married July 14, 1839 in Haut Clocher, France to Marguerite Lobsinger, daughter of Sebastien Lobsinger and Marguerite Mazerand. They came to the US aboard a ship called the Mulhouse from Havre to New Orleans, arriving on 24 April 1854. Marguerite died either on ship, or at St. Louis, MO., then Jean Nicolas died on Nov. 16, 1854 and the children were given to a Michael Germain according to guardianship records in St. Clair County.

According to the ship's records, Jean Nicolas Klein was 38 years old; Marguerite was 32, Louise was 15, Celestine was 8, Marguerite 9, George 6, Auguste 1 1/2. The children all lived in St. Clair Co., and Michael Germaine and wife Marie Threasa are buried in Freeburg. If anyone knows anything more about Jean Nicolas Klein, pass it along to me and I'll see that Vera gets the word. (House of Sebastien?)

Bernice Maslen of Lucan, ON., notes that a couple of her sons were surprised to find out that they were married after reading the last newsletter. We had Terry married on April 26th, 1991, and his brother Gary hooked up on May 30, 1991. I guess 1992 is when the weddings will take / took place. Hope the girls involved are still the same as earlier reported. I'm not going to take a chance on that by printing them again. Please send photos of weddings and clips so we can get it right in the next newsletter. Maybe.

She also asked for computer files on all of the family, and sent disks for me to copy them on. That's a great way to get lots of information. My files are all in Microsoft Word on a Macintosh computer. If you have access to any Macintosh, you should be able to open and read the files. If not, there are conversion programs that should allow you to create IBM compatable files. (House of Louis)

Joe Detzler of Durham, ON., son of Amelia Lobsinger Detzler, writes that his mother is recuperating from a stroke last May. We had a short opportunity to visit her in the hospital last June shortly after it happened. Amelia is my great aunt, youngest sister of my grandfather Luke Lobsinger. Anyway, Joe says she is happy at Brucelea Haven Nursing home.

Joe reports that he has remarried as of March 13, 1991, to Sherrin Leathem. Other family developments - Joe's son Tracy Detzler and wife have a new son, Evan Carter Detzler, born Nov. 2, 1990. Well, maybe that's not too new, but it's been awhile since we've heard from Joe. (House of Peter)

David Lobsinger of Detroit writes to say he appreciated the story and picture of his sister Agnes in the last newsletter. She was 100 years old on Feb. 23, 1992. He asked for a couple of extra copies, which we gladly sent. (House of Louis)

Gregory Lang, Calgary, AB., sent us a nice Christmas card and a bit of news. Says his sister Terry Anne Lang is tired of the subarctic cold of Winnipeg and is taking a vacation in Cuba so she can "visit a communist country before they're all gone". Greg's other sister Amy Lang collects stamps and would love to get some from other Lobsingers but is too shy to write. Contact her at 65 Bobolink Bay, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 4K2. Greg sent us a photo of himself which is reprinted in here somewhere. (House of Peter)

Daniel Anthony Lobsinger, son of Gordon Anthony and Yvonne Lankowski Lobsinger, who attends the seminary in Toronto, ON., writes that he professed first vows to the Congregation of the Resurrection on August 15, 1990 at Resurrection College Chapel in Waterloo, ON., The photo of him and his parents printed somewhere in this newsletter was taken following the ceremony. Currently, he is in his second year of studying theology at St. Michael's College of the University of Toronto in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. (House of Louis)

Clarence and Gertrude Lobsinger of Birmingham, MI sent a nice letter. Clarence is another of Agnes Ducharme's doting brothers and was pleased to see the story of her 100th birthday, too. He says brother Irwin (Lobby) and his wife Ruth Lobsinger visit Agnes daily at her nursing home, and brother David entertains the senior citizens with his violin.

Clarence' son Michael lives about 4 blocks from him now, and he can keep closer track of his grandkid's activities. His grand daughter Michelle is 14 years old and won 2nd place in "a World Figure Skating competition" in Birmingham. (House of Louis)

Richard J. Lobsinger of Warren, MI., sent us a snapshot of himself and grand daughter Megan Marie Cross, daughter of Laurie Ellen and James A. Cross. Megan arrived April 20, 1990. He also reports that son Terry Richard Lobsinger will be married June 20, 1992 to Renee Wojechowski, and add her to the list of relatives. Done. (House of Peter)

Tony and Sarogini Lang of Toronto, ON., sent some postage money, but no letter this time. We enjoyed visiting with them last year on our trip to Ontario. Tony showed us all the high spots in a whirlwind tour. Now if we only had a month or two to absorb the rest of Toronto. (House of Peter)

Theresa Allen of Davison, MI., says finding the picture of her great uncle John Jospeh Mier in the last issue brought back many childhood memories of visits to his farm in years past. (House of Joseph Carl)

Linda Lobsinger Woelfle of Brandon, MS., wrote for the address of Ken Lobsinger in South Haven, MS., because she was going to be in the area in February. We passed on Ken's new address and hope they managed to get together to swap Lobsinger stories. Haven't heard from either of them since, however. Linda is from the House of Louis, and Ken is from the House of Michael.

Irene Lobsinger Nicholson of Kitchener, ON., whom we had the pleasure of meeting on our visit to Ontario last summer, sent us a note from Panama City, FL., while she was on vacation this February. She is the youngest child of Francis Xavier Lobsinger and Christina Westenhoefer.

She has sad news to report that her sister Dorothy Bellinger passed away Dec. 23, 1991. She was born Aug. 11, 1913. Please send us a clip of her obituary for the next issue. Late is better than never.

Irene also reports that her brother Lorne Lobsinger who lives in Durham has suffered a fall and is in the Durham hospital. We hope he is recuperating nicely. (House of Louis)

Juliette Lobsinger McIntee of Pincher Creek, AB., sent us a nice note and wants us to keep the newsletter coming to her and her grandson Ron Valin of Coaldale. We will. She reports nice winter weather with lots of Chinooks. (House of Louis)

Gerald J. and Sally A. Lobsinger of Madison Heights, MI., sent us a check for postage, but no news. Maybe next time. (House of ???)

Anne Lobsinger Margrett of Brantford, ON., sends greetings from her town, where they have had blue skies, cold temperatures, but almost no snow this year. We enjoyed visiting with Anne and her sisters last summer and look forward to seeing them again on some future trip. (House of Louis)

Verne G. Lobsinger of Holiday, FL., sends a note saying he would like to continue receiving the newsletter. We printed his name as Vernon in a past issue, and he says that is a mistake. It should be Verne. He should know - and we've got it fixed now. Verne is the son of Lorenz Joseph Lobsinger and Elsie Mary Conley Paxson. (House of Michael)

Barb and John Zitars of Waterloo, ON., sent us a new address but no news to go along with it. (House of Louis)

Steve and Mary Grambusch of Herald, CA., sent a short note but not much news from California, either. (House of Louis)

Word has been received of the death of Victor Lobsinger of St. Catherines, ON., but we have no details. Anyone with a copy of his obituary notice is invited to send it to us for the next newsletter. (House of Peter)

Miniature "Lion" Thrshers well be manufactured for the annual Mildmay Reunion and International Plowing Matches. The limited edition threshers will be about 32" long and will sell for about $250 each. Lion Threshers were manufactured by Lobsinger Brothers at the Mildmay, ON., foundry for many years, and several units are in the Ontario Agricultural Museum. John and Dolores Schmidt, who were recently contacted for permission to make the models, will send us more information on the project as it becomes available. They will be sold as fund raisers for the celebrations, which will be held next year. (House of Peter)

Tony Lang of Toronto recently presented a couple of papers at an ornithological conference near Orlando, FL., and while in the area went "birding" with friends in central Florida, near Ft. Meyers, and in the Everglades and Keys. He says he finds the area much too developed, but did find new species and new habitats during his field trips. Tony's wife Sarogini is planning a trip back to Saskatoon in July to attend her sister's wedding. (House of Peter)

Terry Schulte of Grand Rapids, MI, writes that he came across our last newsletter and decided to see if we had any information on his wife's family. She is the former Jacklyn Della Carter, a daughter of Glenadine Louise Lobsinger Carter, daughter of William Lobsinger, son of Peter Paul Lobsinger, son of Joseph Carl Lobsinger. From there, we were able to send him charts showing the lineage all the way back to Langatte, France. He also provided valuable information as to some of the descendents of William Lobsinger, which we sorely lacked. (House of Joseph Carl)

F.A. Lorne and Elly Lobsinger of Maple Ridge, B.C., sent us a nice package of propaganda about their beautiful province in anticipation of our visit there this summer. Unfortunately, we don't think we will be able to make it after all this summer. Too many other problems at hand that need caring for at home...(House of George)

Lorne reports that John Allen Collett, son of Caroline Lobsinger, has died at age 81. Collett was the mayor of Merritt, B.C., for 27 years. No date. Over all, Lorne says it has not be a particularly good year for "Lobsingerus Pacificus", which he calls a "sorry lot" during the past several months due to various and sundry illnesses. We hope everyone is recuperating by now. Our best to Lorne's sisters Rita, Marie, and Ruby, and all the clan out there. (House of George)

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