Two photos of the same family came to me from the United States. They show siblings Emma, Carrie and Walter Hohl from Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The surname Hohl sounds very German, and I was right in my assumption – the children’s paternal grandfather Christian Hohl, born in 1831 in Bavaria, had immigrated to the US from Germany. And guess what German tradition this family kept going in the New World? Once again, I’m researching generations of bakers :).
The siblings were born to parents Lewis A. Hohl and Minnie A. née Newhard. Father Lewis was a baker, like the children’s grandfather had been. In 1900, the family was living in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.
By 1910, the family had moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, and father Lewis continued to work as a baker.
Now about the siblings:
Emma Mahler née Hohl
Emma Hohl was born on February 25th, 1893. In 1910, Emma was working as a saleslady. When Emma was 31, she married Oscar A. Mahler in 1924. Oscar was a banker. In 1930, Emma and Oscar and their two children – Frederick and Eleanor – were living in Allentown. By 1940, they had another daughter Anne and Oscar was an office manager at a silk mill.
Emma passed away in September 1986 and was buried at Grandview Cemetery in Allentown. You can see her Find A Grave page HERE.
Emma’s son Frederick passed away in 2011. His obituary names the following survivors: Wife; sons, Douglas L. Mahler and wife Cynthia of Aliquippa and Jeffrey F. Mahler of Jasper, IN; daughter, Dr. Susan Jane Mahler wife of Dr. Dennis Ruff of San Antonio; sister, Anne McClelland of Allentown; grandchildren, Brooke, Alex, and Jessica. He was predeceased by a sister, Eleanor Mauser.
Carrie Snyder née Hohl
Caroline “Carrie” Esther Hohl was born on June 29th, 1894. In 1910, Carrie was a stamper with a cigar company. She married one Robert E. Snyder on May 24th, 1915. In February 1922, she became a mum to Virgina Alice Snyder (1922-2013).
Unfortunately, Robert passed away in 1929. A year later, Carrie re-married. Her second husband, Herbert Raymond Krammes, was widowed too.
Unfortunately, Carrie passed away in July 1944 at the age of 49 of heart disease. She was buried at Woodland Cemetery, Coopersburg, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. You can see her Find A Grave page HERE.
Walter Harold Hohl was born on March 12th, 1896, in Slatedale, Pennsylvania. When he was 20 years old, he married Helen A. née McCracken in June 1916. At the time, he was machinist by profession. But he followed his father’s footsteps and became a baker too. In the 1920 Census, he was listed as a baker in Allentown.
Walter and Helen had two sons: Harold John Hohl (1917-1988), and Richard Earl Hohl (1924-2013). Looks like both of their sons married and had children of their own. The WWII military draft card says that at the time of drafting, Harold was working for the Freihofer’s Baking Company in Allentown. Perhaps he was a baker too, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had been.
By 1940, Walter was working as a “prok’s clerk” (?) at a bakery, his son Harold as a cashier at a bakery, and his other son Richard was a newsboy.
Walter passed away in July 1962 at the age of 66, while his wife Helen lived to be 99 years old.
The youngest sibling of the family, Harry Hohl, is missing from the photos. He was born in about 1904. He married Mary née Kueblier in 1929 in Allentown. He was a projectionist by profession. By 1940, he had 4 children.
Weren’t the siblings just adorable in their little outfits with ruffles and all? Sweet as baked pies :).