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Esther A. Striffler

Esther A. Striffler

Female 1878 - 1965  (86 years)

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  • Name Esther A. Striffler  [1, 2, 3
    Born 4 May 1878  Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 2 Feb 1965  Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Notes 
    • Cass City Chronicle
      June 24, 1904, page 4

      Mrs. M. Schwegler and Miss Esther Striffler went to Elkton Thursday to attend the Evangelical campmeeting which is being held there this week.

      Cass City Chronicle
      Friday, October 18, 1940
      Page Four

      Mr. and Mrs. W.R. KAISER of Detroit, David STRIFFLER of Columbus, Georgia and Miss Martha STRIFFLER were Sunday guests at the G.A. STRIFFLER home. All the guests returned to Detroit Sunday evening. David STRIFFLER returned to Cass City on Tuesday and is spending the week with his brother, G.A. STRIFFLER, and other relatives. Miss Martha, who has spent a few weeks with her sister, Mrs. KAISER, in Detroit, returned to Cass City with her brother Tuesday.


      Cass City Chronicle
      Thursday, February 11, 1965
      Page Two
      Mrs. Esther Kaiser Dies in Mt. Clemens
      Mrs. Esther Kaiser of St. Clair Shores, widow of the late W.R. Kaiser, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, in a nursing home in Mount Clemens. Funeral services were held Friday p.m. in the Kaul Funeral Home, St. Clair Shores. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William (Irene) QUIGLEY of St. Clair Shores, with whom she lived for several years, and Mrs. Stanely (Ruth) GLICKMAN of New Rochelle, N.Y.; two sons, Kenneth of Grand Rapids, Mich., and John of Pittsburg, Pa.

      The Kaiser family were former residents of Cass City and the children attended school here. Mr. Kaiser served as custodian of the local schools for many years.

      Mrs. Kaiser was the last member of the family of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Striffler, pioneer settlers of this area.

      (Transcribed by Melinda McLemore Strong, Spring 2007)
    Person ID I12729  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father John "Uncle John" Striffler,   b. 15 Mar 1833, Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1922, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Anna Maria "Mary" Benkelman,   b. 22 May 1839, Schneiderhof, Waldhausen Parish, Welzheim, Jagstkreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1913, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 14 Nov 1858  Lancaster, Erie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    • BonnieMargaret Jacobs also shows a daughter, Martha, born Nov. 1873???
    Photos
    Striffler, John and Mary (Benkelman) Family
    Striffler, John and Mary (Benkelman) Family
    A family photo of John and Mary Striffler with their children. Their eldest child, Emeline stands behind her parents, and son George Albert is to their right. Daughter Salome sits on her father's lap and based on the birth order of their remaining children, it is assumed that Mary is holding son Edward on her lap. Edward was born a year before daughter Mattie, and died at the age of four.
    Striffler, John and Mary (Benkelman) Family, ca 1890
    Striffler, John and Mary (Benkelman) Family, ca 1890
    This photo, taken around or before 1890, is of John and Mary (Benkelman) Striffler and their six surviving children: Emeline (b. 1860), George Albert (b. 1864), Salome (b. 1867), Martha (b. 1871), Esther (b. 1878), and David (b. 1883). Based on their ages, and comparision to numerous other photos, Maggie Battel Bethel (a descendant) has identified each person as follows:
    Seated in the front, John Striffler and wife Mary Benkelman, with son youngest son David in front and youngest daughter Esther slightly behind them. Standing in the back, l to r, Emeline, George Albert, Mattie and Salome.
    Striffler, Uncle John Home
    Striffler, Uncle John Home
    The original John and Mary Striffler farm home on Schwegler road, nearby the home of his brother-in-law Adam Benkelman
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendant's ca 1920's
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendant's ca 1920's
    A gathering of relatives in front of John Striffler's home

    Maggie Bethel thinks the following individuals are pictured:

    Front: (children) Marjory Schwegler, Alice Buehrly, Keith Buehrly, UNKNOWN, Ruth Schenck Esau, Fern Schwegler, UNKNOWN little blond girl

    Middle: David Striffler, Mattie Striffler, Martha Mark Darling, Mary Ida Thompson Striffler, Esther Striffler Kolb, UNKNOWN, Emeline Striffler Mark, UNKNOWN, Lena Mark Schwegler, UNKNOWN women holding baby, Ben Schwegler, Louis Krahling (to the right of the tree)

    The Man barely visible in the very back row is UNKNOWN

    PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU CAN HELP US CONFIRM THIS



    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendants
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendants
    A snapshot identified by Lena Mark Schwegler as "Some of John Striffler's descendants" Her granddaughter, Maggie Battel Bethel, has identified most everyone after comparision to other family photos labeled by her mother and grandmother.

    Back row, l to r, Mattie Striffler, Emeline Striffler Mark, Mary Ida Thompson Striffler, UNKNOWN, Aunt Lena Benkelman Schwegler, Archie Mark, Esther Striffler Kaiser, David Striffler, UNKNOWN, George Albert Striffler, UNKNOWN, Stanley Bien

    Front: Paul Bien, Salome Bien, William Bien

    PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU HAVE CORRECTIONS OR CAN IDENTIFY ANY OF THE UNKNOWN INDIVIDUALS.
    Family ID F5023  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William Rudolph Kaiser,   b. 27 Sep 1874, Göppingen, Donaukreis, Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1947, Allen Park, Ecorse Township, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 3 Aug 1908  [3
    Children 
     1. Irene Kaiser,   b. 6 Feb 1910, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1979, Saint Clair Shores, Macomb County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     2. Kenneth William Kaiser,   b. 25 Nov 1911, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1976, Rockford, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. John Kaiser,   b. 26 Dec 1914, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1975, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Ruth Kaiser,   b. 4 Apr 1923, Cass City, Tuscola County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1993, Tuscon, Pima County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2013 
    Family ID F2479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 May 1878 - Elkland Township, Tuscola County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Feb 1965 - Mount Clemens, Macomb County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Schwegler, Laura and Esther Striffler ca 1890's
    Schwegler, Laura and Esther Striffler ca 1890's
    Laura Schwegler (l) with her first cousin, once removed, Ester Striffler (r). Both were descendants of Leonhard and Dorothea Benkelman of Börtlingen, Württemberg (Germany). They were likely classmates in Cass City, Michigan as well, as both were born in May 1878.
    Striffler, Esther ca 1890's
    Striffler, Esther ca 1890's
    b. 1878 d, 1965, Michigan
    Youngest daughter of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman, later married to William Rudolph Kaiser and moved to Detroit.
    Striffler, Esther A. ca 1900
    Striffler, Esther A. ca 1900
    Wife of William Rudolph Kaiser
    B. 1878 D. 1965 Michigan

    Portrait from J. Maier Photographer, Cass City, Michigan
    Striffler, Martha or Esther?
    Striffler, Martha or Esther?
    Martha and Esther were sisters, both daughters of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman. Carole Benkelman has a copy of this photo, and it was labeled Esther Striffler, who later married Rudolph Kaiser. Maggie Bethel also has a copy, inherited from her grandmother, Lena Mark Schwegler. Maggie believes it instead to be a photo of Martha Striffer. The woman in the photo is wearing the same clothing in this photo as in a cameo photo of Martha Striffler, also taken at the Meier studio, possibly taken at the same time. PLEASE HELP US CONFIRM EXACTLY WHO IS PICTURED IN THIS PHOTO.
    Striffler, Uncle John's Farm
    Striffler, Uncle John's Farm
    The family gathered at Uncle John's farm after the felling of a particularly large pine tree on March 8, 1905. The tree was 112 feet tall and 4 feet, 7 inches in diameter. Lena Mark Schwegler identified the women standing to the left as Esther Striffler, Miss Klump, Lillian Striffler and Mattie Striffler. Just to their right, with the long white beard, is John Stiffler, the family partriarch. The youngest boys are Stanley, Paul and Will Bien.

    PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU KNOW WHICH OF THE TWO LILLIAN STRIFFLER'S THIS IS (they were cousins, close in age) OR IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY ANYONE ELSE IN THE PHOTO.
    Striffler Reunion Photo, bet. 1908-1910
    Striffler Reunion Photo, bet. 1908-1910
    Members of the John Striffler and Mary Benkelman family, around 1908-1910

    Standing in the Back row, l to r, UNKNOWN woman in black, Esther Striffler Kaiser, Rudolph Kaiser, Cora Horn Striffler, George Albert Striffler holding his son Irvine, Pastor Schweitzer, Mattie Striffler, Archie Mark, Billy Bien

    Seated in the Middle row, l to r, Salome Striffler Bien, Paul Bien, the wife of Pastor Schweitzer, Mary Mark Buehrly, Aunt Lena Benkelman Schwegler (sister of Mary), Martha Mark Darling, Emeline Striffler Mark

    Front row, l to r, Mary Rommel Striffler (sister-in-law of John), Christian Striffler (brother of John), John Striffler, Mary Benkelman Striffler, Leonhard Benkelman (brother of Mary), Louisa Benkelman Stiffler (sister of Mary and widow of Jacob)

    Seated on ground, l to r, Alma Mark Krahling Seegar, Stanley Bien, Lena Mark Schwegler

    PLEASE HELP US IDENTIFY THE UNKNOWN WOMAN IN THIS PHOTO
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Striffler Siblings ca 1940's
Adult Children of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman
    Striffler Siblings ca 1940's Adult Children of John Striffler and Mary Benkelman
    A snapshot of the siblings in their later years
    from l to r, George Albert Striffler, Esther Striffler Kaiser, Martha "Mattie" Striffler, Emeline Striffler Mark, and David Striffler
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendants
    Striffler, Uncle John Descendants
    A snapshot identified by Lena Mark Schwegler as "Some of John Striffler's descendants" Her granddaughter, Maggie Battel Bethel, has identified most everyone after comparision to other family photos labeled by her mother and grandmother.

    Back row, l to r, Mattie Striffler, Emeline Striffler Mark, Mary Ida Thompson Striffler, UNKNOWN, Aunt Lena Benkelman Schwegler, Archie Mark, Esther Striffler Kaiser, David Striffler, UNKNOWN, George Albert Striffler, UNKNOWN, Stanley Bien

    Front: Paul Bien, Salome Bien, William Bien

    PLEASE EMAIL IF YOU HAVE CORRECTIONS OR CAN IDENTIFY ANY OF THE UNKNOWN INDIVIDUALS.

  • Sources 
    1. [S492] Peck, Edward Arthur THE TEN BENKELMANS WHO EMIGRATED TO AMERICA Ca. 1850s AND CERTAIN OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, 1982.

    2. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Thursday, February 11, 1965 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 157a (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S595] Striffler-Benkelman Broadcast, (Family Publication, published sporadically to record family milestones in connection with the annual Striffler-Benkelman Family Reunions, with Vol. 1, Number 1, published Sept. 7, 1936. Issues on file at the Rawson Memorial Library in Cass City, Michigan include Vol. 5 (1941), Vol. 7 (1944) and Volumes 8 (1945) through Vol. 28 (1968). Issues published from 1961 through 1964 were not assigned volume numbers, and 1963 appears to be missing. Xeroxes of the existing issues were also made by Melinda McLemore Strong in 2007. According to a article published by the Cass City Chronicle on August 6, 1981, commemorating the Fiftieth and Final Striffler-Benkelman Reunion, the final issue of the STRIFFLER-BENKELMAN BROADCAST appears to have been Volume 28, published in 1968.), Volume 25, September 6, 1965 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S1610] Jacobs, BonnieMargaret McDonald "The Family Benkelman" Unpublished Manuscript, 276 pages, October 1981 Version, (Copy owned by Barney Benkelman, Helena, Montana; which he xeroxed and sent to Melinda McLemore Strong in San Antonio, Texas), p. 151, 157 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S653] Cass City Chronicle, P.O. Box 115, Cass City, Michigan 48726, Published continously since 1899, archived from 1899 through 2005 at http://newspapers.rawson.lib.mi.us/chronicle/, Friday, July 14, 1922 Vol. 18, No. 9 (Reliability: 3).