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Month: January 2016

Henry and the Elusive Mary…

 

1900s-Henry Pfund family

Henry Pfundstein Circa 1915

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Henry’s draft card 1917


 

Henry & Mary Harrer Pfundstein

Henry Pfundstein was the oldest of the Pfundstein brood.  He was born to Adam and Theresa in 1890 in Brooklyn. He lived and died in the New York area like many of his siblings. Henry followed his father into business and eventually took over the running of the tailor shop from his father.  

Henry and Mary were alive to witness some of the great growth of New York City at the turn of the century.  They literally would have watched the skyline of NYC change before their eyes with the construction of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.  They were likely were also affected by the sinking the General Slocum in 1904.  They would have both been teenagers at the time.  Even though the victims were not from their church, the loss of so many lives of German immigrants must have sent shockwaves through the community. Henry was 21 yrs old when his youngest sibling, Christopher was born!

Mary Harrer was born to Frederick and Katherine Harrer in 1889. Unlike Henry, Mary’s parents were born in Germany.  The Harrer family comes from a tiny town in Bavaria called Seussling (Soy-sling).  It is the most beautiful town in the heart of Bavaria.  It is very quaint and has probably not changed all the much since the family left.  It was one of my very favorite stops when my sister and I visited Germany this past spring.  In 2013 Seussling celebrated its 1000th anniversary!  Our cousin had called ahead and when we arrived we had a welcoming party to meet us. The town historian met us along with the historian from 2 towns over, and the church caretaker were there to greet us!  They couldn’t have been nicer and and told us the entire history of the town and bits and pieces about the Harrer’s.  They were also tailors!  We were able to tour the church and crypt.  The Harrer home was next door to the church, the house had been re-built but the original barn was still standing.  I have so much information on Mary’s family but I haven’t even been able to find a single picture of  the elusive Mary – I’m working on that one!

When we visited Germany we stayed with a cousin related to us on our Grandfather’s side (we are related to the Pfundstein’s on our grandmother’s side).  The Harrer’s are very interesting to us because Mary Harrer and my Grandfather were 1st cousins.  Mary’s father, Frederick was the brother of my grandmother Catherine Harrer Marschall.  So my grandfather Edmund Marshall and his cousin Mary Harrer both married into the Pfundstein family.  Henry and Mary were married in 1914 and Ed and Ida were married in 1917.  We are already know that my grandmother Catherine Marshall took in the Pfundstein’s laundry – that somehow led to 2 marriages between the families.  It was probably not all that uncommon for the time.

Henry and Mary were married Sept. 17, 1914 at St. Leonard’s Church in NY.  In 1917 Henry filled out his draft card for World War 1.  He listed his occupation as a clothing cutter and his address as 1705 Myrtle Ave.  That is the address of the Pfundstein tailor shop, the shop had apartments above the the store.  He was described as medium height, slender build, with blue eyes and blond hair. (I love finding all of these blue eyed relatives!) They went on to have 3 children. Henrietta, Louis, and Eleanor.

I haven’t been able to track down much information on the children. The little bit I have found is as follows. Henrietta was born in 1917, She graduated from Bishop McDonnell high school – where one of her Aunt’s taught.  In 1940 she married Joseph Fitzgerald. There were married by Fr. Adam, Fr. Edward, and another Uncle, Rev. Frederick Harrer. Henrietta died in 1998 in NJ. Louis was born in 1919, he graduated from Cathedral High School and joined the Air Force in 1943.  He graduated from Advanced Navigational School in the 1945 and shortly after that married Irene Lawrence Adams.  Louis and Irene were also married by the 3 Uncle’s. At some point (before joining the Air Force) Louis legally changed his last name to Funsten.  I haven’t been able to find any more information on this – but I would really like to!!  Maybe he didn’t want such a German sounding name with the war going on? The youngest daughter Eleanor was born in 1922, she married a James Mcmahon.

Henry died at the young age of 47 in June of 1938.  His obituary states that he died at his home on Lefferts Blvd in Richmond Hill.  His funeral was held at Holy Child Jesus R.C. church.  He was buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.  

I am not done searching for information on this branch of Pfundstein’s – especially Great Aunt Mary.  I can’t wait to find more…

 

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                   The beautiful St. Sigismund R.C. Church                           Seussling, Bamburg Germany

 

Detail Registration State: New York; Registration County: Queens; Roll: 1787167; Draft Board: 179 Source Information Title U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Ancestry.com Publisher Date 2005 Publisher Location Provo, UT, USA
Web Address http://www.fultonhistory.com Source Information Title Brooklyn Daily Eagle Publisher Date June 25, 1938
Transcript Groom: Pfundstein, Henry Joseph Bride: Mary Catherine Harrer, Marriage date: 1914-Sept 17, St. Leonard’s of Port Maurice-R.C. Detail Vol#3, Page#24, Entry#71 Web Address http://www.germangenealogygroup.com Source Information Title St Leonard’s of Port Maurice – R.C Church Author Church Database Publisher German Genealogy group.com Publisher Date 2015 Publisher Location Kings Park, NY Repository Information Name St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church Web Address 185 Suydam St, Brooklyn, NY 11221

 

Holy Orders II

“The Pfundstein family not only created clerical garb, it contributed several sons and daughters to the service of the Church.” -Pat McNamara

This ad for clerical tailoring ran in a seminary yearbook during the 1930’s.

 

The thing I love about genealogy research is that that is always something new to be discovered. I have been looking into the Pfundstein’s for a while now  when I came across this ad and quote a few nights ago.  The Pfundstein’s were committed to their faith and proud to have 4 of their children take their Holy Orders.  They also made clothing for countless priests of the time.  

I’ve already written about Sister Augusta and Sister Miriam Claire, now it’s the boy’s turn. Adam Joseph Pfundstein was the 8th child of Adam and Theresa, he was born in Brooklyn on July 27, 1902.  Adam attended Cathedral College in Douglaston, NY where he excelled in Latin studies, winning awards in his third and fifth year.

Cathedral College was at the time a preparatory school for men who were going to become Priests.  After graduating from Cathedral College Adam left for the Seminary.  At the age of 18 Adam set out for Innsbruck Austria.  He was issued his 1st passport in Sept. 1920 and he sailed from NY to Europe as a 2nd class passenger.  During his time in Austria he studied and traveled.  He was able to come home to visit at least once that I could find. At 19 he sailed from Hamburg on 7/19/22 aboard the Orbita and arrived in NY as a 20yr old on 7/31/22. Adam was in Austria from 1920-1925.  His father traveled to see him ordained in July of 1925.  They visited places in Europe and sailed from the large German Port of Bremen to NY aboard the Stuttgart in August of 1925.

The newly ordained Fr. Adam returned to New York and became a teacher at Catherdral College.  He was a member of the Faculty there from 1925 – 1941, teaching Greek and Religion.  Fr. Adam’s very likely taught his own brother Edward while he was a student at the college.  Football coach Vince Lombardi also attended Cathedral and was probably also taught by Fr. Adam – can you even imagine Vince Lombardi as a parish priest?   From 1941-48 Fr. Adam served as Pastor of St. Johns Church in Riverhead. His final assignment was to serve as Pastor of Notre Dame Parish, New Hyde Park, NY.  He served there from 1948 until his death in 1973.  According to his obituary published in the New York Times, he oversaw much of the growth of the Parish.  He was by this time a Monsignor and under his leadership the church, rectory and school were built.  Fr. Adam died on August 11, 1973 at the rectory after a long illness. After his death the ND parish named their Auditorium in his honor. At the time of his death 7 of the original 13 Pfundstein children survived him.  He died almost exactely a month before I was born.  Monsignor Pfundstein was able to travel in Feb. of 1973 to Western NY to say the funeral mass of his sister, my grandmother, Ida.

Msgr.. Adam lived a full life, he was well educated and well traveled.  I found several passports in his name. From what I have found so far he traveled to Europe several times visiting Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Rome.  I also found a Pan Am flight manifest listing and A. Pfundstein as traveling to Ireland – still working on verifying that one. He also visited Havana Cuba with his father.

Compared to Adam, the 2nd Pfundstein son to become a priest lived a slightly more quiet life.  Edward was the 10th of the Pfundstein children, he was born June 17, 1905.  Edward “Ed” went to Cathedral College like his older brother. He went to St. John’s Seminary in New York and was ordained in 1932.  St. John’s last class graduated in 1932, it had grown too small to accommodate the large numbers of men entering seminaries at the time.  Msgr. Adam and Fr Edward lived during the heyday of American Catholic Priests.  It was a time when Priests were  large in number, well respected, it was common for priests to be invited to their parishioners homes for Sunday dinner.  After he was ordained, Fr. Ed served the parishes of St. Monica’s, St Thomas the Apostle, St. Anastasia’s (as curate) and St. Margaret’s. At the time of his death he was the Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst.  Fr. Ed died suddenly of a heart attack in 1948 at the age of 42.  

From all accounts both of the Priest’s were well respected members of the clergy.  In 2014 Cathedral College celebrated their 100th anniversary.  They had this to say: “Over the years, certain families gave their sons to the church in large numbers: the Holzheimers, Pfundsteins, Puricks, Crawfords, Regulskis, and Arceses”  2 nephews also graduated from Cathedral, making 4 Pfundstein’s who were graduated and ordained.


There were numerous mentions of the brothers during their careers.  It must have been a heavy burden for them to carry at times.  Fr. Adam and Fr. Ed said the funeral masses for both of their parents, several siblings, and other family members.  Fr. Adam made the trip to Western NY on several occasions for say masses for my family’s milestones.  Along with the sad, they had the privilege of saying wedding masses for many of their nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

1930s-Fr. Edward Pf

Fr. Edward

1960s-Fr. Adam 1

Msgr. Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sources:

McNamara, P. (2009, October 27). Old Catholic Stuff. Retrieved January 5, 2015.

Obituary Notices. (1948, April 23). The Suffolk County News, p. Pg 4. Retrieved January 5, 2015.

Cathedral College 100th Anniversary Gala. (2015, October 4). Retrieved January 5, 2016.

1918 Preparatory Seminary of the Immaculate Conception of Cathedral College. (n.d.). Retrieved January 6, 2016, from http://bklyn-genealogy-info.stevemorse.org/Graduate/1918/1918.Cathedral.College.June.html

Obituary Notices. (1948, April 22). The Leader-Observer, p. Page 7. Retrieved January 6, 2016.

Obituary Notices. (1973, August 13). New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2016.

 

Holy Orders II

“The Pfundstein family not only created clerical garb, it contributed several sons and daughters to the service of the Church.” -Pat McNamara

This ad for clerical tailoring ran in a seminary yearbook during the 1930’s.

 

The thing I love about genealogy research is that that is always something new to be discovered. I have been looking into the Pfundstein’s for a while now  when I came across this ad and quote a few nights ago.  The Pfundstein’s were committed to their faith and proud to have 4 of their children take their Holy Orders.  They also made clothing for countless priests of the time.  

I’ve already written about Sister Augusta and Sister Miriam Claire, now it’s the boy’s turn. Adam Joseph Pfundstein was the 8th child of Adam and Theresa, he was born in Brooklyn on July 27, 1902.  Adam attended Cathedral College in Douglaston, NY where he excelled in Latin studies, winning awards in his third and fifth year.

Cathedral College was at the time a preparatory school for men who were going to become Priests.  After graduating from Cathedral College Adam left for the Seminary.  At the age of 18 Adam set out for Innsbruck Austria.  He was issued his 1st passport in Sept. 1920 and he sailed from NY to Europe as a 2nd class passenger.  During his time in Austria he studied and traveled.  He was able to come home to visit at least once that I could find. At 19 he sailed from Hamburg on 7/19/22 aboard the Orbita and arrived in NY as a 20yr old on 7/31/22. Adam was in Austria from 1920-1925.  His father traveled to see him ordained in July of 1925.  They visited places in Europe and sailed from the large German Port of Bremen to NY aboard the Stuttgart in August of 1925.

The newly ordained Fr. Adam returned to New York and became a teacher at Catherdral College.  He was a member of the Faculty there from 1925 – 1941, teaching Greek and Religion.  Fr. Adam’s very likely taught his own brother Edward while he was a student at the college.  Football coach Vince Lombardi also attended Cathedral and was probably also taught by Fr. Adam – can you even imagine Vince Lombardi as a parish priest?   From 1941-48 Fr. Adam served as Pastor of St. Johns Church in Riverhead. His final assignment was to serve as Pastor of Notre Dame Parish, New Hyde Park, NY.  He served there from 1948 until his death in 1973.  According to his obituary published in the New York Times, he oversaw much of the growth of the Parish.  He was by this time a Monsignor and under his leadership the church, rectory and school were built.  Fr. Adam died on August 11, 1973 at the rectory after a long illness. After his death the ND parish named their Auditorium in his honor. At the time of his death 7 of the original 13 Pfundstein children survived him.  He died almost exactely a month before I was born.  Monsignor Pfundstein was able to travel in Feb. of 1973 to Western NY to say the funeral mass of his sister, my grandmother, Ida.

Msgr.. Adam lived a full life, he was well educated and well traveled.  I found several passports in his name. From what I have found so far he traveled to Europe several times visiting Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Rome.  I also found a Pan Am flight manifest listing and A. Pfundstein as traveling to Ireland – still working on verifying that one. He also visited Havana Cuba with his father.

Compared to Adam, the 2nd Pfundstein son to become a priest lived a slightly more quiet life.  Edward was the 10th of the Pfundstein children, he was born June 17, 1905.  Edward “Ed” went to Cathedral College like his older brother. He went to St. John’s Seminary in New York and was ordained in 1932.  St. John’s last class graduated in 1932, it had grown too small to accommodate the large numbers of men entering seminaries at the time.  Msgr. Adam and Fr Edward lived during the heyday of American Catholic Priests.  It was a time when Priests were  large in number, well respected, it was common for priests to be invited to their parishioners homes for Sunday dinner.  After he was ordained, Fr. Ed served the parishes of St. Monica’s, St Thomas the Apostle, St. Anastasia’s (as curate) and St. Margaret’s. At the time of his death he was the Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst.  Fr. Ed died suddenly of a heart attack in 1948 at the age of 42.  

From all accounts both of the Priest’s were well respected members of the clergy.  In 2014 Cathedral College celebrated their 100th anniversary.  They had this to say: “Over the years, certain families gave their sons to the church in large numbers: the Holzheimers, Pfundsteins, Puricks, Crawfords, Regulskis, and Arceses”  2 nephews also graduated from Cathedral, making 4 Pfundstein’s who were graduated and ordained.


There were numerous mentions of the brothers during their careers.  It must have been a heavy burden for them to carry at times.  Fr. Adam and Fr. Ed said the funeral masses for both of their parents, several siblings, and other family members.  Fr. Adam made the trip to Western NY on several occasions for say masses for my family’s milestones.  Along with the sad, they had the privilege of saying wedding masses for many of their nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

1930s-Fr. Edward Pf

Fr. Edward

1960s-Fr. Adam 1

Msgr. Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sources:

McNamara, P. (2009, October 27). Old Catholic Stuff. Retrieved January 5, 2015.

Obituary Notices. (1948, April 23). The Suffolk County News, p. Pg 4. Retrieved January 5, 2015.

Cathedral College 100th Anniversary Gala. (2015, October 4). Retrieved January 5, 2016.

1918 Preparatory Seminary of the Immaculate Conception of Cathedral College. (n.d.). Retrieved January 6, 2016, from http://bklyn-genealogy-info.stevemorse.org/Graduate/1918/1918.Cathedral.College.June.html

Obituary Notices. (1948, April 22). The Leader-Observer, p. Page 7. Retrieved January 6, 2016.

Obituary Notices. (1973, August 13). New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2016.

 

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