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5.  Bernhard Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn, New York in October 1874.  He died at age 14 in Brooklyn on October 27, 1888, of a fever "of a typhoid character."

6.  Charlotte Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn in November 1875.  Some time after her mother's untimely death in about 1885, Charlotte moved in with her mother's unmarried sister Charlotte (Lottie) Althans.  By about 1894, Charlotte and all three of her younger siblings - Eleanor, Frederick, and Edward - were living with their Aunt Lottie.  In 1900, all four were recorded as young adults living with her in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, and Charlotte was working as a teacher.  In 1902, the Brooklyn Eagle reported that Charlotte filed a lawsuit against one William Koehler for injuries suffered when she was thrown from her bicycle by a horse ridden by a servant of the defendant.  It was reported that her injuries confined her to her house for several weeks.  (In the 1900 Census, the family of Robert Koehler, a jeweler, was recorded nearby in Jamaica, including a son William who would have been 17 at the time of this lawsuit.)  By 1910, Charlotte (who was also called "Lottie" by the family) was working as an accountant and living on 16th Street in Brooklyn with her brother Edward
and Aunt Lottie.  Later she became a certified public accountant, served as book keeper for the Osann Sewing Machine Company, and lived in Manhattan. 

Charlotte had a country cottage enjoyed by family members on Copake Lake south of Albany.  A descendant offered this recollection after seeing Charlotte's picture in the Image Gallery of this site - "I especially liked seeing pictures of Aunt Lottie, who I think didn't like being photographed.  I remember her as an avid nature lover, walking in the woods showing us how to identify evergreen trees, and swimming and rowing in the lake at a pretty advanced age.  Her writing was practically unreadable, and it was fun to try to figure out
her postcards that were always signed "In Haste". -- Rosalie Walsh Pascale, grandniece

Charlotte Osann died on August 31, 1955.

7.  Eleanor Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn in July of 1876 or 1877.  Eleanor moved to Chicago around 1890 with her father and stepmother, but moved back to Brooklyn by 1894.  Eleanor studied stenography at the YWCA in 1898 and 1900.  She married (1) Hermann Frederick Schweitzer (18xx-1908), son of Hermann Schweitzer and Rosalie H. _____, on xxxx yy, 19xx, in ____.  Their children were:
a.  Norman Schweitzer (1901-1991)
b.  Ruth D. Schweitzer  (1904-1998)
c.  Eleanor E. Schweitzer  (1906-1991)

After the death of her first husband, Eleanor returned to clerical work, and worked in New York City as secretary to James E. West, the chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America.  Eleanor married (2) Henry Calvert (1853-1931) on xxxx yy, 19xx, in ____.  Henry farmed about 30 acres near Oyster Bay, growing produce and later raising chickens.  They had one child:
a. male child (1914-    )

Eleanor Osann Calvert died in 19xx.

8.  Frederick Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn on October 20, 1878.  He married Ada Belle Reiner (18xx-1951), daughter of John Reiner and ___ ___, on October 10, 1908, in White Plains, New York.  Their children were:
a.  Ada Osann (19xx-19xx)
b.  Frederick Osann, Jr.  (1917-1996)
c.  Isabella Osann (19xx-19xx)
d.  Richard Osann (1921-1998)

When his father and stepmother moved to Chicago around 1890, Fred landed a job as an errand boy at Marshall Fields.  While still a teenager, he moved back to New York to live with his aunt, and went to work in the sewing machine business.  In 1907, he established and served as president of the Frederick Osann Company, a company specializing in industrial sewing machines, two hundred types in all, including specialized machines for sewing furs.  In the late 1920's, the company acquired the Standard Sewing Machine Company, a well-known manufacturer of household sewing machines.  The "Sew Handy" became a leading product of the renamed Osann Sewing Machine Company.  The company's headquarters were located at 245 Seventh Avenue.  (See the Image Gallery on this site.)  Facing financial difficulties brought on by the Depression, the Osann Company was sold to Singer in 1934, and for a time Fred and his brother Edward held positions there.  Later, Fred engaged in consulting. 

Frederick died on September 7, 1948 in White Plains. 

9.  Edward William Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1883.  He married Anna Brandsema (1885-1970), daughter of John Brandsema and Bertha Schwarzer, on July 9, 1910, in Queens, New York.  Edward served as secretary of the Osann Sewing Machine Company.  Their children were:
a.  Edward William Osann, Jr.  (1918-2005)
b.  Robert Osann  (1922-1986)

Edward died in Huntington, New York, in January 1972.

10.  Minnie Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born and died in Brooklyn in December 1884.

11.  Robert D. Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in January 1887 and died at home in Brooklyn on October 10, 1887 of "infantile convulsions."

12.  Alice Dunnell Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in_____, New York on March 17, 1888.  She married Samuel Forman Walton (1888-1955), son of Charles J. Walton and Mary Rhodes Norton, on June 26, 1920, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
They had one child:
a. Samuel Forman Walton, Jr. (1921-1971).

Samuel Walton, Sr. built a career as a ceramics engineer, joining the firm of Kalmus, Comstock & Westcott in Boston.  (See entries below for Norman3 and Isabel3 for other family connections with this firm.)  His career is well summarized in this obituary from the Tonawanda (NY) News of January 22, 1955 -

Private funeral services were conducted this morning for Samuel F. Walton, 66, of 71 Chatsworth Ave., Town of Tonawanda, in the Bury Funeral Home, Kenmore.  Technical director and vice president of The Exolon Co., Mr. Walton died Thursday night in Buffalo General Hospital. 
He joined Exolon in 1927.  Born in Germantown, Pa., Mr. Walton spent his youth at Washington, Ia.  After graduation from high school there, he worked for the Western Pacific Railroad before entering Iowa State College.  He was graduated in 1912 with a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering.  Mr. Walton joined the Carborundum Co. in 1916, leaving in 1919 to spend three years with Kalmus, Comstock & Westcott, industrial engineers, at Boston, Mass.  In 1923 he went to manage a Pennsylvania clay plant and in 1925 established a person business as a Philadelphia refractory engineer.  He sold this business in 1927 to join
Exolon in Tonawanda as a ceramics engineer.  He later became technical director and in 1950 was elected a vice president.  Mr. Walton was responsible for much of the product development at Exolon.  He had several patents in the abrasives and refractories field.  He was a director of the New York State Ceramics Association, former director of the Abrasive Grain Association, a member of the Institute of Ceramic Engineers, American Chemical Society and Electro Chemical Society.  Mr. Walton is survived by his wife, the former Alice Osann; his son, Samuel Walton Jr. of East Woodstock, Conn.; two grandchildren, Stephanie D. and Cynthia L. Walton.

Alice Osann Walton died in 19xx.

13.  Norman Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 29, 1889.  Norman attended the University of Wisconsin, where he was elected to the Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society and graduated in 1912. His senior thesis was on the use of an electrostatic discharge for smoke reduction, a form of pollution control that became widely used much later in the century.  After Wisconsin, Norman entered the Electrical Engineering program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he became a teaching assistant in the fall of 1912 and an instructor in the spring of 1914.  Later he joined an MIT faculty member, Dr. Herbert Kalmus, at the firm of Kalmus, Comstock & Westcott, an industrial research firm in Boston dealing with diverse products, including abrasives, ceramics, and color motion pictures.  The members of this firm established Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation in November 1915.  In 1923, Technicolor opened its first lab in Hollywood.

Some time in the early Twenties, Norman and others with the firm moved to Southern California to more directly participate in the motion picture business.  In Los Angeles, Norman worked as a technician for Cecil B. De Mille, and is listed in the credits of one of De Mille's early big-budget spectaculars, King of Kings.  The premier of King of Kings on May 18, 1927, was the first event held at the then-new Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard and was attended by thousands of movie fans.  However, on May 4, just two weeks before the premier, Norman died at his home in Hollywood of a gunshot wound indicating suicide.  His remains were cremated at Hollywood Crematory.

14.  Dorrit Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 27, 1892.  She attended the University of Wisconsin, where she was a member of the class of 1914 and the Pi Beta Phi sorority.  In 1915, Dorrit was employed as a private secretary at the Ingersoll Watch Company in downtown Chicago.  In 1920, Dorrit was sharing an apartment on West 103rd Street in Manhattan with another UW alumna, Blanch Canright ('13), and Lucille Cazier and working as a sales manager for a watch company.  Dorrit later entered the women's wear business and worked for Cannon Mills, a large producer of towels and other textiles.  In November 1937, Dorrit was recorded returning home to New York City on a trans-Atlantic voyage from France on the Queen Mary.  Dorrit Osann died on October 17, 1988 in Connecticut.

15.  Isabel Osann 3 (Bernhard 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 9, 1898.  She married Joseph Arthur Ball (1894-1951), son of Elijah Ball and Clara A. Peterson, on October 27, 1920, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  They had one child:
a.  David Jeremy Ball (1927 - 2007)

Joseph Ball, or J. Arthur Ball, as he became known, was an engineer with the firm of Kalmus, Comstock & Westcott in Boston.  In California, he worked as a manager at the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation.  He is listed in the film credits for Wanderer of the Wasteland (1924) and for The Black Pirate (1926), the first color film with a major star, Douglass Fairbanks.  He was one of the 36 original leaders of the industry that met with Louis B. Mayer at a dinner at the Biltmore Hotel in Hollywood on May 11, 1927, and founded of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.  Ball, together with D. F. Comstock, Leonard T. Troland, and E. A. Weaver, were considered co-inventors of the Technicolor process.  Ball received a special Academy Award in 1939 "for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of color in Motion Picture Photography."  Ball later served as a consultant to E. I. duPont and Time, Inc.  For over twenty years, the family made their home a block off of Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood Heights.  J.
Arthur Ball died on August 27, 1951. 

Isabel Osann Ball died on April 29, 1979 in Santa Monica, California. 

16.  Beatrice Vollmer 3 (Mathilde 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 7, 1887.  She married Elvin Isaac Powell (1885-1956), son of William B. Powell and Amanda Belle Styles.  They had two children:
a.  Marjorie Florence Powell (1914-1997)
b.  Donald Vollmer Powell (1919-1996)
Beatrice Vollmer Powell died in December 1974.

17.  Philip Vollmer, Jr. 3 (Mathilde 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 1888.  He married ____.  Philip Vollmer, Jr. died in Cleveland, Ohio on December 24, 1969.

18.  Clement Vollmer 3 (Mathilde 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 10, 1889.  He married Maude Hugo (1898-1999), daughter of Victor Hugo and
___ ___, on ___, in _____, _____.

In 1909, Clement received his A.B. degree from Heidelberg University in Ohio.  He went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1913 and 1915.  In 1918, he published The American Novel in Germany.  He taught at Penn for ten years and at Cornell University for one year before going to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  He joined the German Languages and Literature Department there in 1926, where he remained until his retirement as chairman of the department in 1956.  He served as president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in 1934.  His professional papers are maintained at the Duke University Library.  Professor Vollmer served as an interpreter during World War I and a consultant to the US government during World War II. 

Through periodic trips to Germany, Clement maintained contact with the Osann family there and helped organize the collection of information on Osann family members in the U.S. for inclusion in the family tree prepared in Germany in 1950.  He noted the irony of this role, since none of the Vollmer family members were included in the Stammbaum, which was organized on a patrilineal basis.

Clement Vollmer died in Durham on December 28, 1972.

19.  Paula Vollmer 3 (Mathilde 2, Gottfried 1) was born in 1893 and died in 1895.

20.  Thekla Vollmer 3 (Mathilde 2, Gottfried 1) was born in Pennsylvania in June 1896.  She married Melville Hugh Way (1894-1972).  Rev. Way was a minister at the United Reformed Church in Baltimore, Maryland.  They had:
a.  Virginia V. Way (c. 1927-  )
Thekla Vollmer Way died in xxxx.

Last updated December 15, 2007.

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