What a pleasure, at the age of 67, to speak for the first time to a Striegel relative!
You seem well informed not only about the Striegels, but also about the Burkes. I heard my great uncle Ambrose on a nation-wide radio broadcast in the 1940’s, but had no idea of his long life-span.
My grandmother Frances may have given up her concert career when she married, but she remained very much part of the music world until she died in 1933— a year before my own birth.She taught, wrote a regular music column for a Portland newspaper, and at the time of her death was a head of Portland’ principal music school. She and my grandfather Thomas Burke had three children, Helen Fields (who died in infancy), Jocelyn (who married a naval officer named Newman) and had no children) and my own father, Thomas Carrick Burke, Jr (who married Katherine Deborah Ball in 1931 and died in 1979, leaving four children: Thomas, III (myself), Frances Deborah, Margaret Jennifer and Richard Ball Burke.)
Frances Striegel’s husband attended Grinnell College and Drake Law School, practiced law in Davenport, Iowa with his brother John, was at some stage a judge (he was universally addressed as “the honorable Thomas C Burke” until his death), went to Baker, Oregon as a copper mining entrepreneur, was Collector of Customs in Portland under Wilson, and then becamevice-president of the New York Cotton & Grain Exchange. In the 1920’s he again joined his brother John in a stock-brokerage, which failed spectacularly owing to the defalcation of one of the partners.He was by then 70 years old and poor, for he used his resources to make partial restitution to people injured in his firm’s collapse. He and my grandmother returned to Portland, where she became the mainstay of the family until her death.He died in 1943 or 44. I remember him in his old age, writing a monthly column for an Oregon magazine. My grandmother’s death occurred at Reed College in Portland (the alma mater of my parents and myself).
I wonder whether you remember the name of John D. Striegel’s wife, my great-grandmother.I’d also be interested to hear any details you might have about the family’s immigration to this country and, in general, anything about the Keokuk county Striegels.If there are details that seem too unimportant for public posing, I’m available by e-mail at ThomasBurke@aol.com.