The Family of Gustave & Minnie (née Strauss) GASSENHEIMER

Gustave (whose name is spelled with and without the ‘e’ throughout the records) Gassenheimer was the third child, and first son, of Samuel & Blümchen (Karoline) Gassenheimer. Born in 1839 in Bibra, a small village near Meiningen in Thuringa, he left Germany at age 17 for the United States, arriving in New York on 14 July 18561 “United States Germans to America Index, 1850-1897,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KD32-7D2 : 27 December 2014), Initially he stayed in Washington DC but on 1 June 1861, he enlisted in the U.S Army.

G. Gassenheimer’s application for a pension. Source:United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917 Fold 3 database.

“Mustered out” on 11 June 1864, he married Mina/Minnie Straus in August 1864 and they started a family with the birth of Samuel in August 1865.

The family of three headed south to Alabama where his brothers Selig and Simon lived. But they moved again, this time to Waco Texas. In the 1886-7 Morrison & Fourmy’s General Directory of the City of Waco, the following Gassenheimers were living and working in Waco:

The final stop for Gustave was Webb City, Missouri, where he died in 1923.

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  • Gustave “Harry” GASSENHEIMER, b. 21 Feb 1839 Bibra, d. 14 Aug 1923 Joplin/Missouri
  • ∞ (12 Aug 1864) Minnie STRAUSS, b. Mar 1844, d. 15 Dec 1918 Joplin/Missouri
    • 1. Samuel GASSEMHEIMER, b. 18 Aug 1865 DC, d. 16 Oct 1887 Waco/Texas
    • 1. Harry GASSENHEIMER, b. Aug 1868 Haynesville/Alabama, d. 31 Mar 1926 Shawnee/Oklahoma2Obituary Shawnee News-Star, 02.Apr1926, p.3
    • ∞(12 Nov 1900) Ophelia KOLLMANN, b. 4 Mar 1882 Texas, d. 09 Jul 1953 Texas
      • 2. Russell Harry GASSENHEIMER, b. 31 Oct 1903 Waco/Texas, d. 07 Jun 1973
      • 2. Helen GASSENHEIMER, b. 1911 Texas, d. Jan 1981 Montgomery/Alabama
    • 1. Joseph GASSENHEIMER, b. circa 1871 Alabama
    • 1. J Isadore “Isa” GASSENHEIMER, b. 13 Aug 1873 Indiana, d. 25 Jun 1936 Austin/Texas
    • ∞ (18 Aug 1904) Anna NEWTON, b. 13 Jan 1885 LaVernia/Texas, d. 21 Sep 1925 Fort Worth/Texas
      • 2. NN GASSENHEIMER, b. 16 Aug 1908 Texas
      • 2. Ruth GASSENHEIMER, b. 21 Jan 1910 Waco/Texas, d. 25 Jan 1940 Austin/Texas
      • 2. Helen GASSENHEIMER, b. 12 Jul 1912 Waco/Texas
    • 1. Louis GASSENHEIMER, b. 8 Dec 1974 Opelika/Alabama, d. 1935 Tulsa/Oklahoma
    • ∞ Helene LENNARTZ, b. 20 Apr 1896 Missouri
    • 1. Alma GASSENHEIMER, b. 12 Jan 1879, d. 12 Jul 1879 Opelika/Alabama (Note 1)
    • 1. Matilda (Tillie) GASSENHEIMER, b. 29 Dec 1880 Alabama, d. 05 Feb 1960 Missouri
    • ∞ Albert E. BAER, b. 24 Nov 1864 Missouri, d. 14 Nov 1939 Missouri
    • 1. Rena GASSENHEIMER, b. 25 Dec 1893 Alabama, d. 30 Aug 1961 St. Louis/Missouri
    • ∞(08 Feb 1927) Ralph Alexander JARVIS, b. Jan 1890 Iowa, d. 04 Sep 1936 Clearfield/Iowa

Note 1: We cannot confirm that Alma Gassenheimer, born and died on 12 January 1879, was a daughter of Gustave and Minnie Gassenheimer. But the logic of the geographic movements of this family strongly indicate that this is possible. Given the dates of her birth and death, she would not have been captured in either the 1870 or 1880 Census.

Should anyone reading this page know anything further, please contact website curator Sharon Meen at [email protected]

Gustave Gassenheimer-gravestone
Source: Find A Grave