The Buffalo Volksfreund [The Buffalo People's Friend], a German newspaper published from 1868 until 1982. Microfilm coverage begins at January 2, 1891.

Tues. Jan. 6, 1891, Page 2, column 4

Commandery No. 13's Gala Evening

Last evening Commandery No. 13 of the Knights of St. George from St. Ann's Church held their annual inspection in Schwabl's Hall. It was a gala evening in every respect and decorated knights received special recognition. The members of the officers staff were there in full number and took their places on the platform.
Mr. Peter Paulus conducted the inspection. The Company was under the command of their esteemed Captain Louis P. Kirchmeyer and the marshalls performed their sword exercises flawlessly, gleaning the rich and well-deserved applause of spectators. The participants displayed military discipline and the affair was truely praiseworthy. After the staff review the President, Mr. Peter Vogt, came forward and presented a beautiful dedication speech to Capt. Kirchmeyer, and in the name of the company, gave Kirchmeyer his own portrait done in charcoal.

The portrait was encased in a beautiful frame of fine tooled material and was covered with a curtain on which these words were imprinted: Presented to their Commander, L.P. Kirchmeyer, by his Commandery No. 13, Monday, January 5th, 1891.

The portrait itself was a first-rate artwork. It was executed by Photographer Schwab of 627 Broadway. And of course a fine bill of fare followed. Mr. Jacob Hiemenz provided a rich meal and no one went thirsty. The Long Hugo was expendable [the beer tap flowed freely] and the wonderful draught was heady. It was a great banquet in every respect.


He followed his Wife

Yesterday the earthly remains of the deceased wife of Mr. Johannes Koch were interred and last evening the husband closed his eyes in eternal rest. He died at 15 minutes after 8PM in the home of his son-in-law, Mr. William Mauermann, at 48 Rich Street. The departed was born in Silsheim, Alsatia on December 18, 1800. He had reached the ripe old age of 91 years of age.

In 1833 he came to America and settled in Buffalo. He lived here continuously for the rest of his life. He had a long and happy life with his wife and it was ever his wish that she should die before him so he could be with her to the end. His wish was fulfilled and now he is reunited with her for eternity.

Five children mourn his death. They are Frank and Michael Koch, Anna Mauermann, Elisabeth Drummer and Barbara Woeppel. The deceased was a member of the Sts. Alphonse and Joseph Society. Details of burial arrangements are forthcoming. May he rest in peace!

Tues. Jan. 6, 1891, Page 2, column 5, top


Child Murderess


Yesterday evening Coroner Tucker and the Grand Jury began an inquest into the murder case against Franceska Gorska, [whose child's body] was found in an outhouse pit behind 143 Coit Street. Dr. Hoyer was the first witness. He stated that he examined the body and was of the opinion that the child had been born living and perhaps remained alive for 4 hours, that it had been about 4 or 5 weeks later when the child was found and that the death was the result of strangulation. Two other witnesses gave testimony about the discovery of the body and the whereabouts of the mother at the time. Since an important witness was not present Coroner Tucker was forced to postpone the inquest until Wednesday morning.

Tues. Jan. 6, 1891, Page 2, column 6

East Buffalo Notes


-- We still have dirty streets.

-- The sewer on Lord Street will cost $103.50.

-- There's a lot of work going on in our malt houses.

-- Storm shelters are being constructed at the Broadway Market.

-- The Lehigh Railway has ordered more new locomotives.

-- Another public school is being built on Bailey Avenue.

-- The large steam hammer for the Wagner Car Shop has arrived.

-- The new station for the Hose Company on Broadway has been completed.

-- On Thursday Mr. Henry Gärtner will marry Miss Carrie Adler.

-- You don't see as many "Three Cents per Glass of Beer" signs as you used to.

-- This year more livestock was purchased by East Buffalo stockyards than in any year past.

-- Around us there are plenty of cock fights going on and the police don't seem to want to know anything about them.

-- Last week Mr. Louis Conschafter was presented with a beautiful chain from his friend.

-- Early this year the Wagner Car Company will erect more buildings.

-- The City Council has given out 15 permits for the building of frame structures here on the Eastside and on the Northeast side of Buffalo.

-- Christian Heckler has been granted a permit to open a Butcher Shop at 290 Southhampton Street.

-- Without further ado a sidewalk should be laid on Broadway from Bailey Avenue to the city limits.

-- Today work again begins in the iron foundry on Broadway and the Belt Line.

-- Deputy Streets-Commissioner Fox is constructing a magnificent building on Genesee Street near Jefferson Avenue.

-- The evening's entertainment at St. Agnes School on Monday and Tuesday night was a success in every respect.

-- Our Savings Association is currently preparing its yearly report for the State Banking Department.

-- The cost to extend Monroe Street one block from Brown Street to Genesee will cost almost $13,000.

-- The new Broadway sewage canal system will cost $14,399 if it is built in accordance to the parameters of the City Engineer.

-- The sewer system on Bailey Avenue is now complete and paving will begin in the spring.

-- Miss Schlier, daughter of the Superintendent of Stockyards, Michael Schlier, spent the holiday with her aunt, Fran Seeman, in Lancaster.

-- In the past year four streets in the city have been extended or laid-out. The total cost for this work amounts to $38,678.96.

-- There's often thievery in our dry goods stores. Certain small items have gone "missing" by persons who are seldom discovered.

-- Our old friend, Henry A. Miller, has finally reached his goal of being appointed a permanent streets inspector. And Henry will try to be a good public official.

-- Lieutenant Harry Kaiser of Police Sub-District 2 received a beautiful baton and a revolver from his friend, Mr. Marks of the New York Police.

-- In the past week 16,055 head of cattle, 70,000 pigs, 29,200 sheep and 490 horse have come into our stockyards. 5,311 head of cattle, 70,660 pigs, 21,600 sheep and 346 horses have been trasnported to other destinations.

-- Many policemen among us are of the opinion that the new charter will not be passed and that a pay increase would have to be secured by the Legislature through a separate act. However they could not convince any assemblymen to enact such legislation. That's not a good thing to hear.

-- A few days ago an innkeeper of our neighborhood received an order through a constable to appear in Municipal Court. The constable "pumped" 65 cents from the innkeeper and told him that when the trial was over he'd get his money back. Naturally the innkeeper never got it back. A fine fellow, this constable. He was an Irishman.

-- The candidates for Alderman in the 5th Ward on the Republican ticket are already at it. The incumbant, Stettenbenz, is going to run again; joining him are former Aldermen Adam Spang and Charles G. Pankow, ex-supervisor Fred. H. Yuhl, former policeman and innkeeper Cyrus Schneider, Benjamin Roedtke the Coal Merchant, and perhaps Louis P. Kirchmeyer.

-- Isn't it remarkable that although so many people have already been injured on the railroad tracks of East Buffalo there are always some who will cross them just to save a few steps. Three lines converge there, which have been the site of many accidents. This dangerous shortcut must be avoided.

                                   "The East Ender"

Thurs. Jan. 8, 1891, Page 2, column 3 bottom

A Personal Item

Mr. A. Neupert accompanied the Rev. G. Meyer of Freiburg, Pa. today on a welcome visit to our sanctum. A year ago both men had made a pilgrimage together to the Holy Land. Instead of an extended journey Father Meyer is taking a little holiday, which holds the promise of some reminisces of the pilgrimage. We wish the good Reverend happy hours in our midst.




At the meeting of the board of the Orpheus last Tuesday evening 62 new members were inducted and 8 potential members were nominated. A committee of 15 members was appointed to make arrangements for a masked ball to be held in the Music Hall on February 9th. The ball will be for members only. The Music Committee was commissioned to engage a soloist for the concert to be held on January 26th. Miss Maud Howell, the violinist, has already been signed. A meeting of the membership has been called for Friday evening to determine whether the society will take part in the Saengerfest to be held in Newark next July.


The Gorski Inquest


The Coroner's inquest into the case of murder of a Polish infant was continued yesterday by Coroner Tucker. More witness testimony of a damaging nature to the mother was taken but Coroner Tucker again adjourned the proceedings until Friday morning due to the absence of Special Police Reibold.


Railroad Accident


The Bestline trains were blocked this morning for a significant amount of time after a freight train headed towards East Buffalo had a mishap. At 6:30 a Central freight train separated and rolled down the hill at the Genesee Station and collided with the West Shore train. Some of the cars were thrown from the track and smashed. The West Shore locomotive was slightly damaged, the caboose was demolished and the tracks were strewn with rubble. No one was injured.

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Susan Kriegbaum-Hanks
August 2, 2003