Wife of Herman J.A. Bartelle
In 1905, the Bartel family was experiencing severe
stress. Admission records for the Toledo State
Hospital show that Mrs.
Augusta Bartel, of 621 Nevada
Avenue, was admitted as a patient on 13 OCT 1905. She was 55 years old at the time of
admission. Her diagnosis was
"involutional melancholia," a depression which sets in during
menopause in women who have not experienced mental illness previously.
Listed as a "Protestant," Augusta was to die at the hospital 12 MAR 1938, at the age of
87 or 88 years, of "senility."
She had been a resident for more than 32 years. Her death certificate indicates that her
illness began in 1901. Augusta was buried on the hospital
grounds. A notation was found on an
Internet listing of Ohio Cemeteries in January 2002 which informed us that
persons buried at the Toledo State Hospital (Sunshine) were removed to Forest
Cemetery, but that there was no record of those interred.
The names of Augustaís
parents were listed as "unknown" on her death certificate. Through
her son Albert's death certificate, however, we learn that Augusta's maiden name was Ankele.
One family tradition says that Augusta was committed after she witnessed the
death of her daughter in a kitchen accident.
Her dress had caught on fire. No
one at the 1992 Family Reunion (except this writer's mother) remembered the daughter or her name. Some doubted her existence.
However, this writer has a 26 JUL 1965 letter from Grace Wolfinger, Augusta's granddaughter,
"My mother was married to Frank Bartel. He was born in this country, had two brothers
and one sister. His father and mother
came from the old country," Grace wrote.
"My mother (Jennie Queen Bartel Richmond) had eight children, only
three lived to be of any age," she added.
Another family tradition said that Herman committed his wife
so that he could seize their property and return to Germany. Augusta's
hospital record indicates that she was a paying patient, however; so it is
possible that the property was sold to pay Augusta's medical expenses. The record also
lists her address as 621 Nevada
It was fortuitous that Albert reported his mother's maiden
name prior to his death in Denver. A search of the Ohio
records for 1900 provided only one county with Ankele families -- Licking Co.,
City of Newark.
In 1900, Augusta
would have been 50 or 51 years old. In
1900, there was a Charles Ankele, 53, and his family listed in Newark. Charles was born in "Germany." Also in Newark
were Jacob Ankele, 57, and his family. Jacob was also listed as born in "Germany." Augusta, Charles and Jacob could be siblings,
but this is just speculation.
Herman and Augusta were the parents of:
1. Frank J. Frank and Jennie (Queen)
Bartel are living on Mount Rose
Avenue, Adams twp.,
Lucas Co., OH, in the 1900 Toledo
census. Frank, 25, is employed as
a hammerman. This is the only record we
have been able to find which mentions
Frank, although we have searched county, state, and federal records, Toledo
newspaper files, Lutheran
Church records and
records for the Toledo Public
Schools. We have not found reference to
the correct Frank Bartel.
does have a formal photograph of Frank Bartel, Emmett Queen (Jennie's brother), and Henry Richmond
(whose brother would later marry Jennie). The three men must have been close friends.
Another formal photograph 1905,
pictures Jennie with son Ben, daughter Grace, and infant Bessie. There is no Frank at the Reunion. (This is about the same year that Frank's
was committed to the State
Hospital. Bad year.)
believed that Frank left the family about this time, re-married and continued to live in the east Toledo area with his
second wife and her children. Frank maintained no contact with his own
children, although his brother Albert visited the
family from time to time. Frank
Bartel's children grew to maturity without him, married and produced many descendants.
2. Albert. "Uncle Albert" was
remembered as living in Windsor,
Canada, for a
time prior to
his death in Denver, CO. Windsor is located across the lake from Detroit, MI.
Albert spelled his surname "Bartell." He never married. Albert's death certificate from Denver tells us that he had been in that community
for less than a month prior to becoming
ill with broncho-pneumonia and brochial asthma.
He died 20 OCT 1941 at St. Anthony's Hospital,
was a returned to Toledo, Ohio, for burial. The certificate lists Albert's usual place of
residence as 504 Beaubien Street, Detroit, MI,
and his occupation as a core maker for Ford Motors. The document
further states that Albert's father was Herman J.A. Bartell and that his mother's maiden name was Ankele.
certificate lists Albert has born in Ohio,
31 AUG 1887, and
that he was 64 years old at
the time of his death. If Albert were
born in 1887, he would have been
only 54 years old at the time of his death.
I believe that Albert was actually born
in 1877, three years after his brother Frank.
Bartell is buried at the Willow Cemetery, Oregon, OH (single grave No. 417-C), the same cemetery where
Herman Bartel is buried (single grave No. 1598). Oregon is
located outside Toledo.
3. Robert. No record has been found for
son Robert, "who died here (Toledo)
in a "home,"
according to niece-in-law Fern Bartel in 1980.
It was Fern who provided Robert's
first name. The letter from Grace Wolfinger also indicates that her father had two brothers, and a sister. We
have assumed that Robert was the youngest of the
boys. I have found a marriage notice for a Robert R. Bartel in the Fort Wayne, Indiana,
Sentinel, when this Robert obtained a license 15 AUG 1902 to marry Frances E. Hartshorn. I have
no reason to believe or not to believe that this might be our relative.
Our Robert would be a marriageable age in 1902 and Fort
Wayne is not far
from Ohio. Still no reason to believe this is our man.
4. Daughter. This is the mysterious daughter who, my
mother says, died in a kitchen fire
accident, an accident which destroyed her mother's ability to cope with life and landed her in theToledo State
Hospital for 32 years.
The letter from Grace Wolfinger
confirms that there was a daughter. We do not know her name. I would
not be surprised if it were not "Barbara." My grandmother (Ben Bartel's first wife Alma) once made mention to me
that she had suggested the name "Barbara"
when my mother was born. Her
mother-in-law Jennie Bartel Richmond, threw a fit and
wouldn't hear of it -- for no stated reason. Later, my grandfather and his second wife Fern named a daughter
Barbara. Apparently, Grandmother Jennie had calmed down about