Muster-Moldenhauer and Miller Genealogy

William Muster married Emma Moldenhauer in 1925. William died within a few months, and Emma gave birth to their son, Bill Muster, our father, in 1926. Emma's first husband was Mr. Miller, and their son was Edward Miller, our Uncle Ed. Our father and Uncle Ed remained friends for life. I still stay in contact with Ed's family.

Emma Moldenhauer and William N. Muster (Sr.)

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. 31, 1926), born in Morgan (Porter County) Indiana.
This was the second marriage for both, taking place on Aug. 23, 1925 - Jan. 1926.*
Their son was William N. Muster (6/18/26 - 1/3/1989), our father. He was born six months after his father died. Uncle Ed told me they never called him Bill Junior because Senior was dead. My father never went by Junior. My brother Bill also does not go by Junior or III. I refer to my grandfather as William and my father as Bill for clarity.

William N. Muster's first wife was Etta, b. Dec. 1872, married 1891. That's all I have on Etta. We don't know what ended the marriage, or whether they had children. I spoke to one of the descendents of Albert Muster who thought Emma and Etta may have been the same person, just a variation on spelling.

Definitive research on Etta Muster:

William Muster married his first wife Etta in 1891.
Etta was born in 1872 in Valparasio, Indiana, and was four years younger than William.

They were on the 1920 census married and living together, but no children. She died or disappeared soon after that, because William married our grandmother Emma Moldenhauer Muster in 1925.

Etta and William lived in Valparaiso, Indiana, several doors down from William's mother, Barbara Muster. Sometime after Etta was gone, William married Emma and she moved in. However, the family apparently did not accept Emma. My Uncle Ed told me after William Muster died, the Muster brothers came to their house and took all William's horses, and anything of value. Emma stayed in Valparaiso to give birth to their son (Bill Muster, b. June 18, 1926), then stayed on for some time before moving to Chicago to be closer to her family. Uncle Ed recalls Emma worked as a waitress at the Chicago train station, and that he could see the station from their home.

In 1929, Emma's health declined and she moved in with her parents, along with her two sons, Ed Miller and Bill Muster. The 1930 Census shows them living with her parents, Ernest and Otila Moldenhauer, along with other family members. In total, eight people ages seventy-two down to age four (our father), lived in a small apartment in Chicago. Ernest died in late 1930, then Otila 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. By 1934, Ed had married Lois and was supporting three children, two of whom he adopted. Ed and Lois could not take care of Bill, so he grew up in a series of orphanages and foster homes from 1934 until he turned eighteen and joined the Army in 1944.

Here's the 1930 census record from

moldenhauer 1930 census

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 used Miller for both of her sons so they would share the same last name. Or it could have been an error on the part of the census taker. The taker also misspelled Moldenhauer (sic. Moldenhuer).

The other Moldenhauer family, was Emma's brother, William, his wife Ella, and their daughter Elaine. Elaine's grandson contacted me to provide more Moldenhauer genealogy information - now posted on this page - click here or scroll down.

Additional information about our grandfather William N. Muster:

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 (Junior) 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 Grandmother's Family Tree

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.

Our Moldenhauer Great-Grandparents

Emma's parents were Ernest and Otila Moldenhauer. Ernest b. 11/19/1857 Brumberg, Germany, d. 07/12/1930 Chicago, IL; Otila, aka Ottie, Ottilie, Ottile, Ottalie, nee Zogel/Zobel, b. 10/03/1860 Germany, d. 09/21/1934, Chicago, IL.

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 thirteen) 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

Hi Nori,

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.

married to:

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.

married to:

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?

John Schlismann


During our father's lifetime, he was interested in finding his relatives, but lost contact when his mother died. 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 Vicki) 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
Vicki 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 Vicki'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.



Moldenhauer Family

The following photo turned up in a box of Bill Muster's photos. Not marked, but an educated guess: the Moldenhauer family in 1934, at the funeral of Otila Moldenhauer. The three people on the left are most likely William and Ella Mouldenhauer, with their daughter Elaine.


Detail of the family portrait (below) is Emma Mouldenhauer and her son, Bill Muster. If this photo was taken at the funeral of Emma's mother, Otila, who died September 21, 1934, Emma lived another few weeks, dying October 10, 1934. Bill Muster grew up in orphanages and foster homes in the Chicago area, then joined the Army at age eighteen.


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