Claire Madaline Hoelzel1

F, #93, b. circa 1906, d. before 16 February 1999
1st cousin 1 time removed of Sheila Sue Altenbernd
Father*Frederick Emil Hoelzel b. 14 December 1873, d. 18 June 1952
Mother*Friedaricka Elizabeth Altenbernd b. 24 November 1878, d. 28 January 1947
     Claire was born in Missouri, USA, circa 1906.1 She was the daughter of Frederick Emil Hoelzel and Friedaricka Elizabeth Altenbernd.
     Claire Madaline Hoelzel was mentioned in a lettter sent by Friedaricka Elizabeth Hoelzel residing at at 2732 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA, to Flora Altenbernd on 1 July 1931.
Dearest Flora,

I have intended writing to you for some time. We enjoyed getting John's picture so much, it is very good of him. I showed it to Mrs. Kobrock and she immediately said that he is a Stoerker in looks. Of course that is true and is very complementary to you. Thanks a lot for the picture.

It has been so very hot here for two weeks and for those who are and have to be busy in the sun I feel plenty sorry, for it is more than I appreciate and I can stay in and make myself as nearly comfortable as possible. I mean the heat is more than I appreciate. I guess Will and Carl are digging potatoes now, and I so hope they get a good price. It is so discouraging to put the money and labor in for a crop and then get such prices as the farmers are getting for wheat. I am about sure that never before has wheat been so cheap. The country is full of food supplies and there are so many people coming to my door every day for a little to eat. Prices with us too have changed a great deal. So many people are out of work. Emil has had no extra business all year, so we are dependent on our rental income. I am very thankful that we saved our money when we made good money. I know so many people who lived off their entire income and now feel the depression very heavily. Claire starts her vacation Friday, she is looking forward to a good time with Harvey. He is taking a 12 weeks summer course in Midland and wants Claire there for one month. She will live in Dr. Martin's home but will have her meals and recreation with Harvey. He preached in our church the last two Sundays and did remarkably well. Dr. Band is in Portland and paid Harvey to fill his pulpit. Ruth is rather lonesome, she enjoyed her year at K.U. so much. I guess she will go again next year. Carl is home again, just got back from a 10 day trip to Oklahoma City. I often think about Louis. Have Will and Carl heard from him? I am truly sorry the way things stand with him but I know what it would mean to us had we listened to his plea.

I am piecing a flower garden quilt. I love it. I like to talk quilts to people who like that kind of work, And now I must close and would like to hear from or better yet to see you after the heat is over. Claire and Harvey will be here after the 10th of Aug. Come down sometime when they are here.

With love

     Claire died before 16 February 1999.3
Last Edited=14 May 2010


  1. [S1102] Lynn Vint (#3099), "Vint, Lynn (#3099) E-Mail 2009-09-27," e-mail message (St Louis, Missouri) to Sheila Altenbernd (3172), September 27, 2009. Hereinafter cited as "Email".
  2. [S1134] Reaka Hoelzel (#51) Flora Altenbernd (#63). July 1, 1931 Sheila Altenbernd, 12230 W Washington Street, Avondale, Arizona. (2010).
  3. [S702] Carl Hoelzel (#92) Obituary, The Ponca City News, Ponca City, Oklahoma, February 25, 1999,, viewed at on March 13, 2008 . Hereinafter cited as Ponca City News.

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