I'm surprised and pleased, too, to stumble on this.My maternal grandfather, Richard Uhlfelder, moved from Germany to New York before my mother's birth in 1929.The family may have returned to Germany for a short time after that.I know nothing of his family background, and my grandmother's story changed often.
He died around perhaps 1960.His daughter, born Lucille, took the name Linda Fields, initially as a stage name, early in her life.They lived on West End Avenue, probably until my parents married, at which time we lived there while my grandparents moved.I'm told that he made a good living from supplying glitter as a decorative paint supply for hotel lobbies and such.
On an impulse, just now I tried a Yahoo search for "Uhlfelder." To my astonishment, it came up with a Leo Uhlfelder company in Mount Vernon, New York, doing exactly that:"distributor of gold and silver leaf, imitation leaf, bronze powders, and gilding supplies."So now I'm truly curious, and thus I followed Web matches here.My warm hello to everyone.