During the Genealogy Do-Over, as I’ve been going through the ephemera I inherited when my maternal grandmother passed away, I came across several prayer cards dating from 1933 to 1954 from both (apparently) Indianapolis and Ridgefield, New Jersey.
As far as I know, the individuals named on these prayer cards are not related to my family in anyway. I thought I should post them online in case anyone might be looking for them.
This one is for Joseph Fischer, who died on February 13, 1933.
On the 1930 U.S. census, I found a Joseph Fischer, age 81, living with his son Walter’s family at 1041 Southern Avenue in Indianapolis. This is approximately 4 miles away from my grandmother’s house on E. Raymond. He is married – presumably to Elizabeth, who is listed as Walter’s mother. He was born in Germany and appears to have immigrated to the United States in 1882. I find them again in the 1920 U.S. census – Joseph, Elizibeth, and Walter J. – living at 1730 Prospect Street, Indianapolis. This census also shows immigration in 1882, but gives the year of naturalization as 1919.
I located Joseph and Elizabeth on the 1910 U.S. census living one door down at 1728 Prospect Street, Indianapolis. There are two other children – Joseph age 20 and Anna age 16 – living with them at this time. Walter is seen to be 12 years old. I note that Elizabeth is shown to have given birth to 6 children, but only 5 are living in 1910 (I’m not sure where the other three living children are – since she had only given birth to two in 1900). I also note that this is the second marriage for both Joseph and Elizabeth, and they have been married for 13 years (meaning that she is probably not the mother of Joseph or Anna). Joseph Sr. is working as a butcher, as is son Joseph. His year of immigration is given as 1885 and he is listed as an alien.
The 1900 U.S. census shows Joseph and Elizabeth B. living at 801 Prospect Street with four children – George age 11, Joseph age 10, Annie age 6, and Walter age 2. Joseph and Elizabeth have been married for 3 years, and Elizabeth has given birth to two children, and both are still living. One of these children is most likely Walter, and the other is Mary Azins, age 17, listed as Joseph Sr.’s stepdaughter. Joseph was born in July 1848 (just like the prayer card says) and is working as a butcher. The census indicates that he arrived in the U.S. in 1883 and is already naturalized.
I found an article in The Indianapolis News from July 17, 1893 about Joseph. It seems he was quite the rebel.
I discovered an engagement announcement in The Indianapolis News from August 4, 1906, mentioning Elizabeth’s daughter Mayme K. Zins (Mary Katherine) marrying Joseph A. Moran. From the Indiana Marriage Index (1780-1992), it appears that Elizabeth’s husband was Joseph Zins (not Azins like the census indicated).
I also found an announcement for the marriage of daughter Anna Fischer to John Long in The Indianapolis News dated June 27, 1917:
After looking at the Indiana Marriage index (1780-1992), it appears that Joseph’s first wife – or at least the mother of his children – was Barbara Derleth. The marriage index shows Joseph’s birth as 1852. They were married on May 30, 1887 in Indianapolis. Joseph’s parents are listed as Joseph Fischer and Theresa Pfleghaas. Another daughter, Margaret Fischer was married in January 1917 to Thomas Neal. Son George married Marie Rohleder in June 1912. Son Joseph married Kathleen Cecelia Mullin in October 1912.
My grandmother would have been around 8 years old when Mr. Fischer passed away, so they likely only knew each other through church.
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