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 Albert Koesters, who died on December 18, 1954.
When I began researching Mr. Koesters, I thought he might have attended church with my grandmother in Ridgefield, New Jersey, since that is where she was living in 1954. However, I found no Koesters in that area in the 1950s. I did locate a Find-a-Grave listing for Albert Koesters who died on the same date and is buried in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Calvary Cemetery, Section 5, Lot 75.
So I began looking in Indianapolis. Mr. Koesters really did not want to be found. I managed to sneak up on a 7-year-old Albert Koesters in the 1910 U.S. census living with his parents, Frank and Bernadine, and six siblings on Meridian Street in Indianapolis. In the 1920 U.S. census, 16-year-old Albert is again living with both parents and three siblings on South Meridian Street. 26-year-old Albert Koesters is found in the 1930 U.S. census living in Indianapolis with his mother and three siblings, employed as an assistant cashier at a bank. It appears his father passed away sometime before the 1930 census.
On a whim, I decided to look up Albert’s father, Frank. He was born around 1852 in Germany to German parents. His occupation is given as cabinetmaker. The 1910 and 1920 censuses show Frank arriving in the United States in 1870. I was able to locate an index of Germans to America 1850-1897. Franz Koesters and about 700 other passengers piled into the steerage compartments of the SS Ohio (see photo at left) at the port of Bremen and arrived in the port of Baltimore on 1 Nov 1870. He was 18 years old and his occupation is given as “joiner.” A joiner is a carpenter who cuts and fits joints in wood without the use of nails, screws, or other metal fasteners. A transcript of the passenger manifest can be found here: page 1 and page 2. His birthplace is listed as Prussia.
Albert gave me a bugger of a time finding him on the 1940 U.S. census, but find him I did! He is listed as Albert Kesters and is living with his wife Emma and son Richard (less than a year old) on what appears to be either East Muth Street or E. St. Joseph Street in Indianapolis. Albert worked as a teller at the Fletcher American National Bank and lived at 527 E. Terrace Avenue, his mother’s address, from 1931 until 1934. In 1935, he is working as an auditor for the County. By 1936, he has married Emma and is the secretary-treasurer of Democratic Printing & Publishing. He now resides at 28 E. 16th, Apt. 503 (now some sort of office building). Emma is the secretary for the American Legion Auxiliary. From 1937 until 1942, Albert is found in the Indianapolis city directories working as the Chief Deputy County Treasurer (his name is even in bold!) Until 1938, his address is 3145 N. Illinois, Apt. 206 (now a parking lot). From 1938 until 1942, he resides at 6160 E. 9th (now a golf course). By 1943, he is back to being listed with the commonfolk, but living at the same address.
Albert and Emma had two more children: Carolyn in 1940 and Barbara in 1942.
Albert is working at Equipment Service Company as a stock recorder in 1945, and in 1947 is working as an auditor for the Union Red Savings & Loan Association. In 1949, Albert is the secretary-treasurer of the Inland Finance Corporation, where he stays until 1952, when he is found working as the comptroller for Fidelity Trust Company. We then find him working as the secretary and treasurer for Mercury Builders, Inc. By this time, he only 51 years old when he is taken from this world. Emma lives to the ripe old age of 82 years when she passes away in 1988 in Indianapolis.
I wish I could say that I was able to find an obituary for him. I don’t even know how he died. One thing I do know: Albert’s family can take solace in the fact that he was one of the fortunate few who remained employed throughout the Great Depression and was able to provide quite well for his family and stay in Indianapolis.
Hopefully one of Albert’s descendants is out there and will stumble across this (and provide some answers)!
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