Moldenhauer-Miller Family Tree
Our Grandmother's Siblings
Emma Moldenhauer Miller Muster (our grandmother*) 11/03/1886 - 10/10/1934
Anna Amelia Moldenhauer (Hillman) 05/14/1889 - 12/30/1966
William Moldenhauer d. Jan. 1974
Charles Moldenhauer aka Ernest d. 05/31/1942
Arthur J. Moldenhauer 11/30/1899 - 12/05/1943
Nearly all of these people are from the Chicago, Illinois area. If you believe you could be related to the Moldenhauer family, please contact me, Nori (contact info. - click here). I would like to share genealogy information.
Additional information about our grandmother Emma Moldenhauer (11/03/1886 - 10/10/1934)
Emma Moldenhauer's first husband was Mr. Miller; their son was Edward A. Miller (1/13/1914 - 5/11/2000), our Uncle Ed.
Second husband: William N. Muster (March 1868 - Jan. 1926), born in Morgan (Porter County) Indiana.
This was the second marriage for both, Aug. 23, 1925 - Jan. 1926. Their son was William N. Muster (6/18/26 - 1/3/1989), our father.
William N. Muster's first wife was Etta, b. Dec. 1872, married 1891 (unknown whether there were children from this marriage). The couple lived several doors down from William's mother, Barbara Muster*.
William N. Muster's obituary, followed by his son William N. Muster, Jr.'s birth announcement:
Valparaiso Daily Vidette
Monday Evening, February 1, 1926
Veteran Rural Mail Man Dies
William N. Muster, a veteran rural route mail carrier at the Valparaiso post office and well known Valparaiso man, died Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock at his home, 305 East Indiana avenue, following a three months' illness from a nervous affliction. For the last two weeks he had been bedfast.
Mr. Muster was born in Morgan township, Porter county, January 18, 1868, and was a little past 58 years of age. All his life was spent in the county.
On January 1, 1902, he took a position with the local postoffice at the time the rural free delivery service was instituted by the government, and continued in this capacity until illness forced him to give up work about three months ago. In years of service he was the oldest of the local rural mall employes.
Surviving are a widow; his mother, Mrs. Barbara Muster, of this city; three brothers, Louis of Rensselaer, Ind.; Albert, of Battle Creek, Mich., and Jack, of Los Angeles, Cal.; and five sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Stansell, Mrs. George Howser and Miss Minnie Muster, of this city, and Mrs. Nellie Perry and Mrs. Ida Stoner, of Portland, Ore. He was a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of this city.
Mr. Muster was also well known throughout Indiana and other states as a race horse developer. During his long connection with the racing game horses owned and driven by him participated in harness events at county fairs and race meets in many of the central states with marked success. In one race he suffered serious injury when his horse stumbled and fell, throwing him under the cart of another driver. It is believed the injury was one of the causes of the illness which resulted in his death.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Christian church, conducted by Rev. E. Richard Edwards. Internment will be in Graceland cemetery.
William N. Muster, Jr. birth announcement
Published June 18, 1926
Local Squibs and Personals
A son was born this morning to Mrs. William Muster, of East Indiana avenue. Mr. Muster, who was a rural carrier at the Valparaiso postoffice, died early this spring.
Our Moldenhauer Great-Grandparents
Emma's parents were Ernest and Ottie Moldenhauer. Ernest b. 11/19/1857 Brumberg, Germany, d. 07/12/1930 Chicago, IL; Ottie aka Ottilie, Ottalie, nee Zogel/Zobel, b. 10/03/1860 Germany, d. 09/21/1934, Chicago, IL. For more research on the Moldenhauer family in Germany, click here or scroll down.
In 1929, Emma Moldenhauer (a widow) and her two sons, Ed Miller and Bill Muster, went to live with Ernest and Ottie in a South-side Chicago apartment. The 1930 Census shows* our father living with his maternal grandparents, his mother and half brother, as well as an aunt and uncle and their daughter (William and Ella Moldenhauer, and daughter Elaine Schlismann*). In total, eight people ages seventy-two down to age four (our father), lived in a small apartment in Chicago until Ernest died in late 1930, then Ottie and Emma died within a month of each other in fall of 1934. After that, our father became an orphan and grew up in orphanages and foster homes.
Here's the 1930 census record from Ancestry.com:
The address is 6218 South Lincoln, Chicago, Illinois.
Transcript showing ages in 1930 (with death dates added):
75. Moldenhuer Ernest | head | 72 | d. 07/12/1930
76. -- Otila | wife | 69 | d. 09/21/1934
77. Muster Emma | daughter | 43 | d. 10/10/1934
78. Miller Edward | g. child | 16 | d. 5/11/2000
79. -- William | g. child | 4 | d. 1/3/1989
80. Moldenhuer William | son | 39 | d. Jaunary 1974
81. -- Ella | daughter-in-law | 39 | d. October 1972
82. -- Elaine | g. daughter | 13 | d. 1/31/2000
William Muster is listed under the last name Miller, possibly because Emma wanted both of her sons to share the last name of her first husband so people would know they are brothers.
Moldenhauer Family Line in Europe
Editor's note: In 2009, as a result of posting this information, the grandson of Elaine Schlismann contacted me. In 1930, his grandmother (aged twelve) and my father (aged four) were the two children living in the Moldenhauer apartment. Here is John's letter to me, dated November 23, 2009. He begins with the family members in the crowded apartment during the Great Depression, then goes back in time to Europe.
From: John Schlismann
Subject: RE: follow-up re. Moldenhauer genealogy
Date: November 23, 2009 5:24:26 PM GMT-07:00
To: Nori Muster
Sorry I didn't get back to you before, your e-mail must have gotten lost in this mess of an inbox I have on here. I do have some information for you about the Moldenhauer family, actually a lot more that I had back in May so hopefully it'll be of some help to you.
Elaine Moldenhauer Schlismann was born Dec. 13, 1917. In the 1930 Census in which she was 13 she lived with her parents William and Ella Moldenhauer as well as her grandparents Ernest and Oteila Moldenhauer. Her father my great grandfather William was a milkman working for Western Dairy; he actually drove a horse drawn milk cart (which I learned from my father, Elaine's son, Paul Schlismann), before that he worked at a Ford plant painting cars (as of 1917 WWI Draft Registration). According to the 1930 Census there were 8 people living in that property (6218 South Lincoln). On William's WWII draft card he lived at 6218 South Wolcott, which is the house my dad remembers his grandparents living in. This place is still standing, but the neighborhood has changed drastically, unfortunately it's probably not as nice of a neighborhood as it was in the early 1900s. It's interesting that William lived at both 6218 South Lincoln and 6218 South Wolcott but I checked both original documents and it appears that's the case.
On May 24, 1949 Elaine got married to Carl Schlismann, I'm not sure how long they were married for but I would say until around 1970. Elaine and Carl Schlismann had five sons: Paul (my father), Norman, Carl, Charles, David. She never got remarried, lived in Park Forest, IL until her death on January 31, 2000.
Here are some vital stats on the Moldenhauer family:
William Henry Moldenhauer born September, 21 1890 in IL. Am able to track in 1900 census, 1910 census, and 1930 census. He died in January 1974 in Park Forest, IL at the age of 83.
Ella Moldenhauer born Febuary 25, 1890, died october 1972 in Chicago at the age of 82. The tree stops here for Ella.
Ernest Moldenhauer born Nov 19, 1857 in Bromberg Stadt, Posen, Preussen (Prussia which was once Germany and is now a part of Poland). He was Christened December 6th, 1857 also in Bromberg Stadt, Posen, Preussen. He Departed from Hamburg Germany at the age of 28 April 9, 1886. He stopped in Liverpool [and] London on the way. He arrived in Baltimore, Maryland April 29, 1886, than traveled immediately to Chicago. He came over here on a ship called Huddersfield. According to Census records he worked as a laborer in building construction. His son was William Moldenhauer.
Otiliea Moldenhauer who was born around 1861 also in Bromberg Stadt, Posen, Preussen. She came over here with Ernest when she was 25. They both had a lot of kids one of them being Emma (your grandmother) which I have names for but not much else other than William's history. Otiliea's tree stops here.
David Moldenhauer who was born September 1821 in Bromberg Stadt, Posen, Preussen. He was married in 1849 at the age of 28 to Eva Weber. They had a son Ernest. David died young at 41 on February 28, 1863. This is as far as I've gotten on the Moldenhauer family. I have no more information on Eva or David Moldenhauer.
I hope this information was helpful to you, I can send you copies of some of the original documents if your interested. Some of the originals I don't have are from the International Genealogy Index. Are you still researching the Moldenhauer side of the family?
During our father's lifetime, he was interested in finding his relatives, but never saw any of them after age nine. The only relative who did stay in contact (especially toward the end), was Uncle Ed Miller (1/13/1914 - 5/11/2000), first son of Emma Moldenhauer. Ed and his wife Lois (b. October 19, 1912) had three children (Jeanne b. 1931, Vicki, and Bob). Ed's grandchildren, Christina Musilek (daughter of Vickie) and Sandy (daughter of Jeanne, b. 1965), are my cousins. Christina has a daughter, Kaitlyn Victoria Musilek, born June 3, 2005.
Editor's note: I heard from Tina Wood, the daughter of Bob Miller, offering more details about the Miller branch of the Moldenhauer family.
On Jun 4, 2013, at 10:08 AM, Tina Wood wrote:
Dear Ms Muster,
I would like to introduce myself since we have never met. I am Tina Wood, (nee Miller ). My father is your cousin Robert (Bob) Miller and my Grandfather Edward was your father's brother. I had met your father on several occasions. When I was young, a visit from Uncle Bill was a great treat and celebration!
I have heard some wonderful stories about your father. My grandfather was extremely proud of the work your father did, with the saving of the Delta Queen and the photography he had done his whole life. I have several pictures of my father that your father took when Dad was a young boy.
Recently we were in Chattanooga, Tennessee and found out that the Delta Queen is docked there. I will be taking my parents there for Christmas this year. I was thrilled to learn it was so close to us. It is something I have heard about since I was young, so I am excited to be able to share that with my father.
I just wanted to reach out to say hello. I don't know if you would be interested in the pictures your father took, they are just simple photos of a young boy and his dog, but if you are, I would be happy to make myself copies and send you the originals. They would have been taken around 1945 when my father was about 6 or so.
. . .
I just noticed the interest in the genealogy information. The family from your grandmother's side through Ed Miller is this:
Edward A and Lois had 3 children who have all had children. Oldest to youngest:
Jeanne Miller, b. 1931 - daughter: Sandy Miller, b. 1965 - no children
Bob Miller - daughter: Tina Miller Wood - no children
son: Joseph Edward Miller - 2 sons
Jason Edward Miller - 2 daughters
Madelyn (2) and Jocelyn (1 )
Brandon A. Miller (20) - no children
Vickie Musilek - daughter Christina - daughter Kaitlyn Victoria Musilek, born June 3, 2005
I can try to get more info on dates and more info on Aunt Vickie's daughter. Unfortunately the last time I same them both was at Grandma Lois's funeral. I guess that is the real downside of family spread out over the country.
My grandfather, your Uncle Ed, has a library named after him at the Cobb County Extension Office, Marietta, GA, in honor of his work with The Master Gardeners Association and his charity work with them. He donated plants to nursing homes all over the area. It was estimated that he donated approximately 10-15,000 plants a year.
Photos from Sandy Miller
The following photos, and scan of the back of one of the photos, are from Sandy Miller. Her grandparents were Ed and Lois Miller.
Bill and Ella Moldenhauer, and daughter Elaine (later Elaine Schlismann).
Bill and Ella Moldenhauer.
Bill Moldenhauer and Ed Miller.
The following photo turned up in a box of Bill Muster's photos. Not marked, but an educated guess: the Moldenhauer family in approximately 1934, before the death of Emma Moldenhauer. Most of the people were probably living in the Chicago apartment, as recorded in the 1930 census. However, it is possible the photo also includes Lois Miller, Ed Miller's wife.
Detail of the family portrait (below) most likely shows (l. to r.) Lois, Ed, Emma, and Bill. This would be Ed with is mother and wife; Emma with her two sons. Lois with her in-laws. This photo could have been taken at the funeral of Otila Moldenhauer, who died September 21, 1934. If so, Emma lived another few weeks, dying October 10, 1934.
If anyone has any information about the Moldenhauer family line, please contact me!*