The Fritz - Walker Family of Johnstown, PAUpdated October 1, 2003
7046 Beechfern Lane South
Adolph FRITZ and his wife Louisa BINGELL survived The Johnstown Flood in western Pennsylvania in 1889 by floating all night on a rooftop.Surviving with them were their daughter Anna and her husband Fred KUEHNE, and their son Henry aged 11 years.Henry was my grandfather.
Although there were other Fritz families in the Cambria and Somerset County areas, we always understood that none of them were relatives.However, after talking to my 90-year-old aunt, I believe what was said was, "They're no relatives of mine!"This following a gross misunderstanding based on superstition.
I would like to make contact with any possible "lost" relatives.We are the end of this branch of the Fritz family because there are no male heirs.
The WALKERs were from England and immigrated in the 1880's.Frederick Walker was an agent for Metropolitan Life and was also a lay minister with the Methodist Church.He died at the age of 40 from tuberculosis leaving his wife Margaret with ten children.She became a midwife. (She had experience, after all.)
Our family seems to be one held together on several occasions by courageous women.The men were hard-working and took pride in their work.I wish I had known them.