Rudolph & Albertina Fiebing moved into their home at 434 W. 7th St., Traverse City, MI sometime in 1883, four generations before Trish and I began our family across the alley at 425 Sixth Street. Rudolph, his brother (name unknown) and sister Wilhelmina left their home in Ducherow (Western Pomerania), Prussia in 1871. Albertina and sister Emma Pufahl left their home in Gembitz (Gembice), Czarnikou, Posen, Prussia (Poland) the same year. Whether Rudolph and Albertina knew each other before leaving Prussia has not been established nor has any record of their travel been found. They were married in Ionia, MI where Emma and Karl (Charles) were born. They moved to Leland, MI and lived with sister Emma (who had married Martin Werner) where Martha was born, before moving to their 7th St home. Rudolph worked as a shoe maker most of his life.
Their son Charles (Karl), my grandfather, followed in his fathers footsteps for a while before moving to Cook Co., IL, to work for Sears & Roebuck in Chicago. In Palatine, IL, he met and married Marie Wienike and my father was born 9 months later. In 1917 they moved back to Traverse City where grandpa partnered and later became sole owner of Ideal Dairy.
My dad toured with a vocal quartet until the Depression of 1929, when he and my mom married. He found work as an automobile mechanic in Chicago, where my sister Patricia was born. They moved back to Traverse City in 1933 and I was born in 1935. Margaret Campeau, my mother, lived in the same farm home that her great grand mother, Sophie, and grand parents, Alfred and Anna Campeau had lived. Alfred, his sister Susan and his mother Sophie, came from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Long Lake Township, Grand Traverse Co. before 1872, when he married Anna McGarry, who was born in Ireland. Many offspring of that union remain here today.
After WWII my dad and his brother Charles introduced Northern Michigan to paper milk cartons as the new owners of Ideal Dairy. They accomplished many "firsts" in the dairy industry and were written about in several trade magazines. My cousin Charles III and I joined our fathers after serving with the US Navy.
I married Patricia McMahon November 9, 1963. Jonathan was born in 1964 and Katrina in 1965, just days before we moved into the Sixth Street house, across the alley from Rudolph and Albertina's former home on Seventh St. Trish and her family were summer residents at Lake Leelanau for many years where we met. Although our first "date" was with a car load of Leelanau Kids going to the drive in movie when she was a freshman in high school and I was seven years older, our dating started the summer after my Navy time and she was 21. We married that November, but not until after her uncle, Retired Admiral Bernard McMahon, USN (Submarine Service) checked out my Navy (submarine) record, before giving approval. Trish's dad, George John Joseph McMahon was one of those who wanted desperately to serve in WWII but wasn't allowed because of his flat feet. After serving a stint with the Merchant Marines he joined the Coast Guard Auxillary and lived the war through his brother.
George [F. Patrick Henry (John Joseph McMahon & Margaret Briscoe)M. Olive Elizabeth Lang (Francis Joseph Lang & Theresa J. Knapp)] and his mother were born in Rochester NY and his father in Canandaigua NY. He lived in Cleveland OH until moving to Monroe MI, where he worked in the paperboard industry. Eileen (Jummy to her grand children) Rutherford [F. John James Rutherford, (John Rutherford ((George Rutherford & Ann Howe))& Catherine Mackenzie) M. Rose Marie Onlman )] was born in River Rouge MI and remained in the Down River area until after George's death when she moved to Traverse City with us. Schooled as a social worker, Eileen delayed her calling as an adoption specialist until after George had died. She remained in Monroe until diagnosed with breast cancer.
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