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Posted by: AnnMarie Andros (ID *****5297) Date: December 26, 2007 at 00:31:33
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Berger, Fox, Smith, Kessler, Fowler, Maureth, Davis, Swift..

Can anyone PLEASE help me? I have so many pieces to this family puzzle that I must try to fit together…I think locating obituaries may help tie in all of the facts.
I, unfortunately have no access to files or $$$ for newspaper archives. (In fact, I'm still using good ole dial up on the computer…and lack many resources) The help of the community and message boards is my only hope! Thanks so much!! Please write-regardless of the date that this message was posted!!

I need help locating obituaries!!
I'm desperately seeking the following obituaries:

1. Charlotte Maureth, Montana (Cascade County?) or possible Oregon (This is the one I need the most!)
2. Rhinehart Smith, Montana died Jan 30 in 1995 Civil Oregon-Cascade, MT
3. Fannie and/or Jack (Jacob?) Kessler, Montana
4. Charlotte Kessler (last name might have changed)
5. Donald or George Kessler

Other poss names which may help in my research include:
Felix Maureth
Jacob Fox
Clara Davis
Frieda Fowler
Lonnie Emeline
Rhinehart Smith
Rose and/or Jack Swift (Jacob?)

I am Still missing Charlotte's Maiden Name…one person suggested Milstein based on other research she found.
I cannot find WHO was Leo Berger's father? (Lemberg Austria)
Did he come to the USA with them when they immigrated here?
How can I learn whether or not Leo had siblings in Austria?

(Leo's mom) Charlotte's Spouses and children:
Charlotte Milstein??? Maiden??
1.       ______Berger              Children: Leo BERGER
2.        Jacob Fox               Children: Fanny, Rosa (Rose), Jacob, Lottie (Lonnie), Clara FOX
3.        Jacob Smith              Children: Frieda, Millarny, Rhinehart SMITH
4.        Felix Maureth              Children: None?

Possible NEW married names of her children:
Frieda Fowler
Clara Davis
Jacob Fox
Rhinehart Smith
Jack and Rose Swift
Lonnie ??
Did Charlotte OUTLIVE all of these men? Wasn't it taboo to be divorced back then? Curious to learn how these men died (gulp!)

Can anyone PLEASE offer me some assistance???
I have been researching my great grandfather's ancestry…trying, at least.
He was born in Lemberg Austria Hungry on Nov 22, 1893 and died Feb 21, 1978 in Gary, IN.

I don't even know where to begin. I have names..tons!
Acc. to his obituary, his brothers were: Jacob Fox, Rhinehart Smith...sisters: Frieda Fowler, Lonnie Emeline, and Clara Davis. (These were their married "changed" names, I assumed)

His children were Arlene, Orrin, Dorothy, and Bessie. (Bessie was my grandmother)

Leo married into the Kasin family (which I have tons of info on)...but I have NO idea who Leo's parents were... I found a photo indicating that his mother was dying in Mont...and family in Oregon.

Any suggestions? I may be reached at ! Thanks

Further research indicated that Leo's mom had been married several times (could explain my luck with

Anyway, I found census records with the following info:

My primary focus is on gaining info on Leo Berger and his mom and dad….and siblings!!

5.       Charlotte Milstein? Berger, Fox, Smith, Maureth (great grandpa's mom and dad?)
4.       Leo (possibly 'Leopold' Berger) + Julia Helen Kasin (My grandma's mom and dad)
3.       George Andros Sr. + Bessie Lucille Berger (my grandparents-dad's side)
2.       George Andros+Patricia Casey (My parents)
1.       AnnMarie Andros (me)

The following info may help!
This 1910 Census "Fox" was written in a fancy way and documented as "Hox"…
The names DO, in fact, coincide with my great-grandfathers family members.
Cromwell, Burleigh, North Dakota
Jacob Hox {FOX?}60 abt 1850 Germany imm 1902 Germany
C Hox 40 married for 11 years 5 children
Fanny Hox 10 Germany
Rosa Hox 8 Germany
Jacob Hox 6 ND
Lottie Hox 4 ND
Clara Hox 1 ND
Leopold Berger 20 stepson (THIS is my great grandpa!!)

1920-409, 217, 251
Cascade, Montana Precinct 21
44 Charlotte Smith 1895 1900
7 Frieda Smith
4 8/12 Millarny Smith
9/12 Rhinehart Smith

1930-716, 90, 102
Cascade, Montana Precinct 28 City Ward 5 Block #550
55 Maureth, Felix 26 at first marriage Russia Odessa Carpenter Railrd shop
51 Maureth, Charlotte 16 at first marriage Poland Lemberg 1902 immigr
20 Fox, Clara North Dakota Stenographer Electric Co.
15 Smith, Loney (Lonnie) North Dakota
11 Smith, Rhinehart Montana
according to the 1930 census for Leo Berger he immigrated to the US abt 1900

Hammond, Lake, Indiana
Leo Berger 36 Germany Engineer for Steel Co
Julia Berger 37
Dorothy Berger 14 ND
Orrin Berger 12 MINN
Arline Berger 10 MINN
Bessie Berger 8 MINN (My Grandma!!)

Hawley, Clay, Minnesota
Leo Berger 28 imm 1902 naturalized 1909 (Great-grandpa and great grandma)
Julia Berger 27
Dorothy Berger 3 10/12
Orion Berger 2 1/12
Arline Berger 5/12

World War I Draft
Name: Leo Berger
City: Baldwin
County: Burleigh
State: North Dakota
Birthplace:Lemberg Austria
Birth Date: 22 Nov 1891
Race: Caucasian (White)
Roll: 1819405
DraftBoard: 0
Maturalized citizen
married and 1 child
in spite of the birth difference I believe this is him

WWII Draft Reg.
Name: Leo Berger
Birth Date: 22 Nov 1893
Residence: Gary, Lake, Indiana
Birth: Germany
Race: White
Roll: WW2_2240319
Next of kin Gilbert Kasin(Brother in law)
Leo worked for Inland Steel, Indiana Harbor, Indiana

Cromwell, Burleigh, North Dakota
Jacob Hox {FOX?}60 abt 1850 Germany imm 1902 Germany
C Hox 40 married for 11 years 5 children
Fanny Hox 10 Germany
Rosa Hox 8 Germany
Jacob Hox 6 ND
Lottie Hox 4 ND
Clara Hox 1 ND
Leopold Berger 20 stepson

Great Falls Ward 5, Cascade, Montana
Jacob Smith 49 ABT 1871 AUSTRIA
Charlotte Smith 44 ****************
Freda Smith 7
Millarny Smith 4 8/12 1915 north dakota
Rhinhart Smith 9/12 MONTHS
**where is Clara Fox? Who is Millarny?

Great Falls, Cascade, Montana
Felix Maureth 55 Russia
Charlotte Maureth 51 wife Lemberg Poland*************
Clara Fox 20 step dau
Loney Smith 15 step dau
Rinehart Smith 11 stepson
Montana Death Index, 1907-2002

Name: Rinehart Smith
Age: 75
Estimated birth year: 1920
Death Date: 30 Jan 1995
Death County: Cascade
Residence County: Cascade
Social Security Number: 542124305
Marital Status: Married Or Separated
Index Number: 100
Source: Montana State Genealogical Society

the younger Jacob Fox was in Calif in the US ARMY in 1930
Name: Jacob G Fox
Home in 1930: Monterey, Monterey, California
Age: 25
Estimated birth year: abt 1905
Birthplace: North Dakota
Race: White

Would love to learn more about Leo Berger while he lived in Lemberg Austria Hungary…Who was his father? Was his mother's name, in fact, Milstein? Did Leo leave behind other siblings or relatives when he came to the USA? His half-siblings (or their descendents) might know the answers! Why was his mom married so many times? Why did she leave Austria? SOOO many questions!
Please write! I have genealogy pics on click "pics" under the profile pic! Thanks!

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