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Alice Fleuckiger Wallace died in 1918’s Flu Epidemic


Alice was born 15 April 1887 at her parent’s farm house in Old Economy Village, in what is now Ambridge, Pa.  Her parents were Gottlieb Fleuckiger and Rosina Schmatz.  Their first son Gottlieb Jr. (Fred) was born in 1876 in Allegheny City before the family took work with Old Economy.    Their next two daughter Rosa and Annie died soon after birth of the “Summer Fevers” along the Ohio River.  Millie was the next sister born, and she was followed by Alice , and then by my grandmother Bertha.  I have written a few essays about the surviving Fleuckiger children, but have recently learned much more about Alice’s short life and the lives of her surviving family members.

Alice  was a seamstress like her sisters.  She married William Blaine Wallace Sr. in 1911, and they lived in Leetsdale where William was the Station Master for the RR station.  They had 2 children, William Jr. b. 1913, and Evelyn b. 1914.  World War 1 was just beginning, but its effects killed more people outside of the battle zone, than those who died in combat.  Alice fell ill with “the Spanish Flu” in early April 1918, and died on the 15 th.  She was buried in the Sewickley Cemetery, along with a score of her neighbors.  After she died William Sr. raised their two children in Leetsdale, but was soon offered a transfer to the Upper Darby Station, in Delaware County, where he worked as a railroad adjuster.  He moved his children there, and his widowed mother Mary Ague Wallace with them to help with William Jr. and Evelyn.

William Sr.  lived there in 1940 with his son, and possibly a boarder.  William Sr.’s mother Mary Ague Wallace died there on February 23 1941.  On 4 Feb 1942.  William Sr. also died. I have found no more recent records on William Jr.

His younger sister Evelyn married Drexel College student Edward A. Turner in Philadelphia in 1936.  Edward was probably born in 1913, probably in Lancaster County.  He died on 12 Feb 1998 in Elizabethtown, in Lancaster, and is buried at the Arlington Cemetery on Drexel Hill, in Delaware Co., Pa.  The only public record I have found of Evelyn is that she was born 13 January 1913 and was residing in Phoenixville, Pa. Although I have visited the Old Quaker towns in SE Pa., I am no expert on their geography or history.

When I write again I will present what I know about William Sr’s father Daniel Moore Wallace, and his mother Mary Ague; plus his four siblings Mary Ethel Roach, Anna E. McFarland, Bessie J. Heckler, and Edward Baldwin.  This is interesting, writing about a family I never met, but a family who meant a lot to my doomed grand aunt Alice Wallace





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