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Frank Bossenberry

Male 1859 - 1940  (81 years)


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  • Name Frank Bossenberry 
    Born 2 Jul 1859  Zurich, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Church Membership Zion Evangelical Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Name Frank Bossenberry 
    Occupation 1889  Zurich, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    laborer 
    Religion 1901  Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Ontario German Canadian E & Ass. 
    Occupation 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Piano Tuner 
    Religion 1911  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    German Canadian Methodist 
    Residence 1911  54 Chapel St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation 1935  20 Mitchel St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    piano tuner 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-177880P 
    Died 7 Dec 1940  Kitchener Farmer's Market, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I177880  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2019 

    Father William Bossenberger,   b. 6 Jun 1821, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1872  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Lydia Gabel,   b. 9 Apr 1830, , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1916, Zurich, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Family ID F15448  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa Annie Wagner,   b. 29 Apr 1868, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1945, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 18 Jul 1889  Zurich, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Frank Bossenberry and Louisa Wagner 1939
    Frank Bossenberry and Louisa Wagner 1939
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    Children 
     1. Laura Rodella Bossenberry,   b. 24 Nov 1889, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944  (Age 54 years)
     2. Charles Earl Bossenberry,   b. 9 Aug 1891, Zurich, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Clayton Bossenberry,   b. 21 Apr 1892, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Alvena Bossenberry,   b. 13 Mar 1895, , Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1990  (Age 94 years)
     5. Emerson Bossenberry,   b. 13 Apr 1897, , Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1989, Listowel, Perth County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     6. Claude Bossenberry,   b. 22 Jan 1899, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Tucson, Pima, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Bert Louis Bossenberry,   b. 16 Nov 1903, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Theodore Vernon Bossenberry,   b. 25 Jan 1906, Zurich, Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1959  (Age 52 years)
     9. Zelda Marguerite Bossenberry,   b. 1 Aug 1908, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1989  (Age 80 years)
     10. Franklin James Bossenberry,   b. 13 Sep 1910, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1922, Breslau, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F175888  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChurch Membership - - Zion Evangelical Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Ontario German Canadian E & Ass. - 1901 - Hay Twp., Huron Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Piano Tuner - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - German Canadian Methodist - 1911 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - 54 Chapel St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - piano tuner - 1935 - 20 Mitchel St., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Dec 1940 - Kitchener Farmer's Market, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Hope Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Keep Golden Wedding Day
      Violinist and Pianist Are Married 50 Years

      Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bossenberry Were Married in Zurich in 1889


      A citizen, who has carried off the highest awards in all but one of the dozens of old-time violin contests he has entered and his wife, also a musician with a unique record of having taught music continously for the past 54 years, will observe their golden wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

      Those talented musicians are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bossenberry, Mitchell Avenue. Althought they didn't say so when interviewed at their home this week, it is safe to predict that piano-violin duets by the bride and bridegroom will be features of the golden wedding festivities next week.

      Old Favourites

      It is possible that Mr. Bossenberry will play "Miller's Reel", "Social Sixty", "Our Govenor March" and some of the other old favourite selections which he carried off no fewer thatn three medals, and scores of first prizes in fiddling contests in Toronto, Grand Bend, Cooksville, Orangeville, Meaford, Cookstown and other places.

      At her golden wedding party Mrs. Bossenberry may reminise, as she did for the Record yesterday, about the fine art of teaching three generations of little folks the notes of "Mary's Pet Waltz".

      When Mrs. Bossenberry first began to teach music it was her custom to travel from the farm hom of her parents by horse and buggy or horse and cutter, to the station of Zurich, and thense by train to London to take lessons from Professor Mears, a well known musical authority of that period.

      Pupils the Same

      Now the journey from Zurich which took her several hours, could be covered by automobile in a much shorter time, or by aeroplane in"no time at all." But although times have changed since 1885 there is little difference between the attitudes of music pupils of that period and music pupils of today.

      Always there have been some pupils, according to Mrs. Bossenberry, who have the love for music, and who will learn to play whether or no. Always there have been some to whom practising seems like punishment, and who will never be performers. Whatever the attitudes of her pupils - and she has had classes of 60 and over - Mrs. Bossenberry confesses she has always loved her work, and hopes to continue teaching the pecularities of the trebel and bass clefs for many years to come.

      Natives of Huron

      Prior to her marriage Mrs. Bossenberry was Miss Louisa Wagner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Wagner, who resided in Huron County, 2 1/2 miles from Zurich. Mr. Bossenberry, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bossenberry was also a native of Huron. It is of interest that Mr. Bossenberry's father was one of the early schol teachers in the "Green Bush" when Kitchener was still Berlin. It is also of interest that later in life Mr. Bossenberry was an auctioneer and frequently used three langusages of English, French and German, each of which he was able to speak fluently.

      Since the golden bridegroom of next week is also a piano tuner and the golden bride a music teacher their romance probably developed before a pianoforte. Information on this point was not revealed to The Record, but the fact remaings that however their meeting came about they were married at the Evangelical parsonage at Zurich on July 18, 1889. Rev. Theo Hauch, father of Rev. J.P. Hauch, a former pastor of Zion Evangelical church of this city, performed the ceremony.

      Move to Kitchener

      After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Bossenberry resided in Zurich until April, 31 years ago, when they moved to Kitchener.
      Both retained their interest in music through the years and in it found their chief hobby although Mrs. Bossenberry has a second special interest. Throughout her life she has been interested in Sunday school work, and for the past 25 years has been the capable teacher of a Sunday school class at Zion Evangelical Bible School.

      Mr. and Mrs. Bossenberry had a family of 10 children of whom all but Franklyn who was drowned in the Breslau dam 17 years ago, are still living. Their family circle also included their grandchildren.

      Their children are Mrs. I. Snider, Mr. Charles Bossenberry and Mr. Glen Bossenberry all of this city; Messrs. Clayton and Claude Bossenberry of Detroit; Bert of a Detroit-Buffalo Boat Staff; Emerson at Listowel; Mrs. J.L. Vanderwall of Toronto, and Mrs. J. Keiswater of Wiarton.

      It is of interest that all of the members of this family have inherited musical tastes from their parents, Mr. Claude Bossenberry, a vocal teacher in Detroit studied voice culture in Italy for some time; Mr. Burt Bossenberry plays several instruments in the orchestra on the Detroit-Buffalo boat of which he is a staff member and Mr. Charles Bossenberry of this city is a member of both the Kitchener and Waterloo bands.

      The anniversary festivities will continue for two days. On Monday evening Mr. and Mrs. Bossenberry are entertining their children and brothers and siters at a dinner party at the Olde Mill Coffee Shoppe. Among the guests invited to the dinner are Mrs. Bossenberry's brothers, Mr. John Wagner of Guelph and Mr. William Wagner of Zurich and their wives ahd her sisters Mrs. Charles Simpson, Guelph and Mrs. James McClimate, Kippen and their husbands; and Mr. Bossenbrry's sisters, Mrs. Frank Smith of Kitchener and her husband, his brother, Mr. Charles Bossenberry of Vancouver and his wife, his neice Mrs. Alma Willis of Toronto and his nephews Messrs. Bruce Bossenberry, Grand Bend and Milton Bossenberry, Sarnia.

      On Tuesday Mr. and Mrs, Bossenberry will be "at home" to thier friends at their residence, Mitchell avenue, in the afternoon from 2: 30 to 5 o'clock and in the evening from 7: 30 to 10 o'clock.1a


      The Kitchener Daily Record Jul 1939

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      Frank Bossenberry - A Kitchener piano tuner of the last 32 years, Frank Bossenberry, 81, died Saturday evening at his home, 20 Mitchell avenue, after an illness of five weeks. Mr. Bossenberry was born July 2, [ ] near Zurich. Only July 18, 51 years ago he married Louisa Wagner, Zurich. He attended Zion Evangelical church. / Surviving are his wife and sons, Charles E. of Kitchener, Clayton, Claude and Bert L. all of Detroit, Emerson of Listowel and Glenn at home, three daughters, [Laura] Mrs. Ivan Snider of Kitchener, [Alvena] Mrs. J. L. Vandewall of Toronto and Mrs. Zelda Kieswatter of [ ], a brother Charles Bossenberry of Vancouver, B.C., a sister, Mrs. Frank Smith of Galt and nine grandchildren. A son, Franklin, predeceased him 18 years ago. / Remains are at the Ratz-Bechtal Funeral Home where services will be held Tuesday at 3: 30 p.m.with Dr. C. A. Hirschorn, pastor of Zion Evangelical church officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope cemetery.


      Kitchener Daily Record 9 Dec 1940

  • Sources 
    1. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 26 Pg 14.
      Bossenberger Frank M Head M Jul 1858 52 Ontario German Canadian Methodist Piano Tuner
      Bossenberger Louisa F Wife M Apr 1867 43 Ontario German Canadian Methodist
      Bossenberger Charles E. M Son S Aug 1891 19 Ontario German Canadian Methodist Pearl Button Cutter
      Bossenberger Clayton M Son S Apr 1892 18 Ontario German Canadian Methodist [rubber] Shoemaker
      Bossenberger Emerson M Son S Apr 1897 14 Ontario German Canadian Methodist Shoemaker
      Bossenberger Claude M Son S Jan 1900 11 Ontario German Canadian Methodist
      Bossenberger Bert L. M Son S Apr 1904 7 Ontario German Canadian Methodist
      Bossenberger Glen T. M Son S Jan 1906 5 Ontario German Canadian Methodist
      Bossenberger Franklin J. M Son S Sept 1910 9/12 Ontario German Canadian Methodist
      Bossenberger Laura F Daughter M Nov 1889 21 Ontario German Canadian Methodist Music Teacher
      Bossenberger Alvena F Daughter S Mar 1895 16 Ontario German Canadian Methodist Milliner
      Bossenberger Zelda F Daughter S Aug 1908 2 Ontario German Canadian Methodist
      Snider Ivan M Son-in-law M Mar 1889 22 Ontario German Canadian Methodist Butcher

    2. [S721] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 5452 (1889), Bossenberry-Wagner.
      Frank, Bossenberry, 29, laborer Zurich, b. Zurich, s/o Wm. & Lydia Bossenberry, married Louise Wagner, 21, res. Hay, b. Hay, d/o Conrad & Albina Wagner, married 18 Jul 1889 Zurich

    3. [S400] Census - ON, Huron, Hay Township - 1901, Huron South District 74 Hay B-3 Page 8.
      Bassenberger Ledy F W Widow S 9 April 1830 70 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass
      Bassenberger Frank M W Head M 2 July 1859 41 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass
      Bassenberger Lonnie F W Wife M 29 April 1868 32 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass
      Bassenberger Laura F W Daughter S 24 November 1889 11 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass
      Bassenberger Charles M W Son S 9 August 1891 9 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass
      Bassenberger Clayton M W Son 21 April 1892 8 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass
      Bassenberger Alvina F W Daughter S 13 March 1894 6 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass
      Bassenberger Emmerson M W Son S 13 April 1897 3 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass
      Bassenberger Claud M W Son 22 January 1899 1 Ontario German Canadian E & Ass

    4. [S166] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Mount Hope CC#4508 Internet Link .
      Frank Bossenbery/ 1859-1940/ Louisa Wagner/ his wife/ 1868-1945/ Laura Bossenbery/ 1889-1944/ wife of/ Ivan Snider/ Bossenbery/
      Franklin/ son of/ F. & L. Bossenbery/ born 1910, died 1922/ Laverne/ son of/ I. & L. Snider/ born 1913, died 1922/ Glenn Bossenbery/ 1906-1959/
      Alvena [Bossenbery]/ 1895-1990/

    5. [S350] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener Daily Record 1919-1947, Obituary of Frank Bossenberry - 9 Dec 1940.

    6. [S340] Census - ON, Waterloo, Berlin - 1911, Div. 26 Pg 14.

    7. [S2016] Voters' List - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - 1935, 1935 District Waterloo North Urban Polling Division 51 South Ward City of Kitchener Page 8960 (1).
      Mitchel 20 Bossenberry Frank piano tuner 184
      Mitchel 20 Bossenberry Mrs F (W) married woman 185
      Mitchel 20 Bossenberry Mrs C (W) married woman 186
      Mitchel 20 Bossenberry Emerson piano tuner 187
      Mitchel 20 Bossenberry Glenn student 188
      Mitchel 20 Snider Ivan butcher 189
      Mitchel 20 Snider Mrs I (W) married woman 190