My RAUB Grandparents

           Edwin's parents were Daniel Brands Raub and Lydia Schilling.

            Daniel Raub was born in Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ, in 1859.  His parents were  Erastus Raub and Macrina  Brands.  In the 1860 census, Daniel and his parents are shown living with his grandfather, Michael Raub in Knowlton Township, NJ.  As a young man, he moved to Newark, NJ, where he worked on the 42nd street trolley line.  On February 4, 1889, Daniel opened a grocery store at 366 South Orange Avenue with total assets of $750.  A picture of his store and a copy of his opening ledger can be seen  here. Before he opened his store,though, he was apparently already selling produce, as can be seen by the letter he received from his father, written Feb. 28, 1884.

        He married Mary Sonnekalb, by whom he had a son, Pern D. Raub.  From their Marriage Return, I learned that Mary was a widow when she married Daniel.  The surname of her first husband was Waldron.  I don't know where Mary was from, but her parents were married in Easton, PA, in 1857.  Pern's headstone and family records give his name as "Pern," but his birth certificate shows his name as "John."  Mary died in March 1890, and Pern died in July of the same year.

            In 1892 Daniel married Lydia Schilling.  Lydia was born in Newark in 1869.  Their children were Lydia (1893 - 1893), Laura (1897 - 1932), Paul Erastus (1899 - 1899), George Michael (1900 - 1901), Daniel Willard (1903 - 1972) who is pictured at left with nieces Nancy and Janet in about 1944), Gladys (1905 - 1989) who is on the right with her husband, Barney Krueger, and her granddaughter, Linda; and Edwin (1908 - 1983).

            Daniel Raub died in 1936; Lydia died in 1948.  They are buried in Woodland Cemetery, Newark, with Mary Sonnekalb and Pern Raub, their other infants, daughter Laura Raub Sassaman, and Lydia's parents and brothers.


My VARGA Grandparents

           Helen's parents were Louis VARGA and Mary VIEHMANN.  Louis was a cooper, born in Hungary in 1890.  He came to the United States first to find work, then sent for his wife and two young daughters.  The 1930 Federal Census shows Louis, Mary, Helen and Elizabeth living at 338 Stiles Street, Union (Vaux Hall), NJ.  According to that census, they all emigrated to the U.S. in 1914.

        Louis became a U.S. citizen in 1928.  I have several pictures of him which were taken in Hungary.  I'm hoping some Hungarian historian will be able to identify his uniform.  Mary Viehmann was born in 1893; they were married in 1908.  Besides my mother, Louis and Mary had a daughter Betty who was a hairdresser.  Betty married Bill Wurzbach, and they lived for many years in Jackson Heights, Long Island, NY.  Louis died in 1956, and Mary died in 1957.

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