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Chapter 12, Part 2 – The Flickingers Move On

Three Paths Taken by Three Flueckiger Children when Old Economy Faded Away

Gotttlieb Flueckiger Sr. was a working associate of the Harmonite Society. He worked for them from 1876, to the beginning of the 20th Century. He was the orchardist at the Bottom Orchard, and lived in the community. I have also learned that he played the cornet in their band in 1897. He and his wife Rosina had nine (of whom only 4 survived; Annie and the younger Rosina are listed in the 1880 US Census, but not in the 1900 when only Alice, b. 1887 is listed, and I have not yet found further mention of her) children, including eldest son Gottlieb Jr. (b.1876), Amelia (b 1884), and youngest daughter Bertha (b.1889). Gottlieb Sr. died on August 28, 1901, and was buried in Old Economy Cemetery. Rosina (nee Schmatz probably live into the mid- 1920’s and died in Leetsdale before the family moved south. I conjecture that my great-grandmother Rosina is buried in the family plot in Sewickley, even though their records do no list her. I will try to resolve this on my planned autumn trip to Old Economy.
1). Rosina�s children helped keep her, after Gottlieb Sr.’s death The 1920 US Census lists Amelia Bauman, and her husband Oscar, who ran a grocery in Leetsdale, and mother-in-law Rosina Flueckiger, who died soon after. By 1930 the Baumans moved to Deland, Florida to operate Bauman’s Feed Store. The structure still stands as Paul Hunter’s restaurant.
The family lived on Missesota and Wisconsin Avenues. Oscar died in 1945, and Milly in 1968, and are buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
As a nice postscript, I recently received a copy of a letter from their eldest daughter Ferne A. Bauman, dated May 1969. She wrote to Old Economy Historical site, informing them that her mother had left an old flaxen dress, grown at, and spun and woven by Old Economy, plus some photos. The Old Timer’s Club wrote back saying that they would indeed appreciate these mementos. I look forward to my next visit to OEV to see if their curator and I can find these items.
2) Gottlieb Jr. stayed near Old Economy. He married Mary K. Pierce, from Leetsdale, and they had their daughter Mary 1n 1903. By 1910 they bought a house at 1639 Henrici Street, and he worked as an electrician at American Bridge Company. Their daughter Mary died in 1912, and was buried in the family plot in Sewickley Cemetery. Their youngest daughter, Hazel was born in 1918, and as a ten year old ,took over the household after her father’s death, and her mother’s return to work.
Gottlieb changed his name to Fred G. Flickinger. He was a teamster for Ambridge Boro, and he and Mary had son Ira in 1914 and daughter Hazel (who I remember) in 1918. By 1920 Fred was working as a mechanic at National Metal Molding Co., and in 1924 he moved his family to a bigger house at 1124 Maplewood Avenue. He died tragically at home on January 1929, and was buried next to his daughter. Mary continued to live in their home, and worked as a seamstress. Her son Ira worked as a welder at Spangs, and never married. Mary died in February 1967, and Ira in 1974. They are also buried in Sewickley Cemetery, along with Marys brother Joseph Pierce. Hazel became a US Army nurse in WW@, and saw service in the brutal invasion of New Guinea, where she was decorated. She married Alexander Teets, and lived in Sacramento, California, where she had two daughters. {I am now in contact with the younger daughter, who is also trying to unravel her family’s past.} I had met “Aunt Hazel” when I was a boy, perhaps at my father’s funeral in 1954. If so, my second cousins were probably there.
Ira died in 1974, and Hazel outlived him by three decades.
3) Bertha Flickinger also stayed in Ambridge. In 1913 she lived with her mother in a boarding house on Locust St. and worked as a postal clerk. She married Thomas John Dunn, who worked as a steel inspector, and then as a shipping clerk at the Bridge Works. They bought a house at 718 14th Street, and bore Lillian in 1914, Arthur in 1917, Betty in 1923, and Thomas Jay in 1930. Thomas John retired from work, but soon died in 1942. Lillian married Donald Creese. She and Art helped keep their mother, supporting her at a house in Five Points in the late 1940s. Betty married first and acquired the name West and lived in Freedom, Pa. My father’s 1954 obituary list that she had re-married, to William Hineman, of Rochester. Thomas Jay married and lived in Carnot. {I had met him and his wife and children when I was very young}. At some time in the mid- 1950s Bertha moved to Deland, Florida to be with her sister Amelia (Millie). Lillian and Donald Creese moved their family there also. Thomas Jay Dunn also joined them in Deland. Bertha died in 1968. Thomas Jay died in 1976, Donald Creese in 1974, and finally Lilliane Creese, in 1994. Most of them are buried in the family plot in DelLand Memorial Gardens.

An interesting conjecture is that Donald Creese was born of the same family as Susannah Creese, also an associate of Old Economy and is buried there. Her daughter Susie Creese married John Duss and they were the last leaders of the Harmonites. They wintered in Smyrna Beach, Florida, next to DeLand. I have not yet found any proof that these families were related, nor if living relatives are still in Volusia County.
It is starting to look like a mid-winter research trip to Volusia Co., Florida is in order. Among my first memories was in 1953-54, that my parents took me to Florida. Of couse, this was 56 years ago, and all I ‘remember’ was seeing an alligator on a beach. One surprising feature of this ‘ghost search’, is that childhood memories are trickling back to me.

Compiled and written by Thomas Joseph Dunn/Marti 3/1/ 2009
PS: Updated 11 Aug 2009

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