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Re: Casper Drescher/Germany/Penna.
Posted by: Jean Cox Date: October 06, 2001 at 14:49:47
In Reply to: Casper Drescher/Germany/Penna. by J. M.D. of 183

I tried to send this to your e-mail but received a notice that the message was not able to be delivered. Her is your reply:

WOW! My mother is Eleanor Nancy Drescher Lewis. George and Helen are her parents. I asked my mom if she remembers her uncle Victor Michael and she said YES! He had a farm north of Pittsburgh near a town called (and please forgive the spelling - she could not remember) "Zelienople." My mom's family went there to live during the Depression and Victor's family stayed in their house in the city. She said that Victor Michael was married to Lorena. She rememers two sons Victor and Louis.

All together there were 8 girls and 2 boys born from George and Helens 70 year marriage. Here they are in order:

Helen...never married...lives in Pittsburgh.

Rose Mary...never married...lives in Pittsburgh.

Jean...died at age 11 from a leaking heart.

Margaret...died at 9 months from a erasyphalis (brain swelling). a Bakowski...lives in Pittsburgh.

Kay (nickname...Catherine is the proper) a Sharrer...lives in Pittsburgh.

Barbara...Hassel...died about 4 weeks Manassas VA.

George...lives in Pittsburgh.

John Paul "Butch"...lives in Pittsburgh.

Eleanor Lewis...lives in NC with my dad.

Helen and Rosie still live in the same house in which they were raised, in Pittsburgh.

I was wrong about the birth year of Grand dad. It is 1903, not 1901. I have a little info too, but just a little. Mother insists that Grand dad never spoke about his family so there is little verbal history to trickle down. I have his father as Casper Drescher born October 6 (today!), 1875. His mother was Barbara Graf or Graef. No B'day just year 1867. I guess she was a cradle robber (being 8 years older than he) or somewhere the 6 and 7 have been reversed.

I also should mention that George and Helen are buried together at St. Wendelin's on Custer Ave. in Pittsburgh. Jean and Margaret have separate graves in the same cemetery, old section. Helen and Rose Mary have said that they are going to buried with Jean and Margaret.

Barbara is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. Her husband was a Purple Heart receipiant in the Korean War and was granted permission to be buried there and so since she died first...she was buried in his plot...and he will join her when he passes. Barbara was the genealogy researcher of the Drescher family. She went to Germany, said that we were from Bavaria. But since she has just died, I would feel uncomfortable about calling them for her records. I will, however, ask my mom to mention it next time she speaks with her sisters and figure out the most respectful way to request that information.

Also, mother said that George and Victor also had a sister. Her name was Eleanor, she couldn't remember her married name. But she lived near Victor and she died after being dragged by a cow. Her children were sent to an orphanage because her husband, their father, was "a drunk and good for nothing."

I look forward to hearing from you as well.

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