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Catherine LUCHSINGER's 95th Birthday, 1907 (A Swiss/German Pioneer of Syracuse)

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Re: Catherine LUCHSINGER's 95th Birthday, 1907 (A Swiss/German Pioneer of Syracuse)

Posted: 17 May 2005 3:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 18 Jan 2006 6:01AM GMT
Surnames: LUCHSINGER, LUCKSINGER, BLUMER
Lorraine,

Did you receive the email I sent to you on May 11th?

I am not related to the Luchsingers. You can read the information about Jakob Luchsinger/Lucksinger at my website, including a brief biography written in 1897 in the book, Geschichte der Deutschen in Syracuse und Onondaga County (History of the Germans in Syracuse, etc.):

German Immigrant Ancestors
in Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mstone/

Use the "Search This Site" search engine.

There is some confusion for me in reading his biography. It says he was a member and founder of Immanuel congregation. But I think this is a mistake, and it should be the name of a different church, Salems-Gemeinde, as you can read about in connection with his name in the Logen und Verein section of the book. There is more information about both of these churches on my German Churches webpage:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mstone/churches.htm...

Immanuel Church was out in the country, miles away from Syracuse. I am fairly sure it is more correct to say Salems-Gemeinde church, which was very near to his home on Cedar Street.

This Luchsinger was an early settler in Syracuse from the town of Schwanden in the Glarus Valley (Canton Glarus), Switzerland, along with Gabriel Blumer (died c. 1884?), an even earlier settler; evidently these Blumer and Luchsinger families both came from Schwanden and intermarried in Syracuse. There are still Luchsinger and Blumer families back in Schwanden, I'm told.

Here is a website for the town of Schwanden:
http://www.schwanden.ch/

Verein für Geschichte und Kultur um Schwanden:
http://www.gukum.ch/

I understand that emigrants left the Glarus Valley for a number of reasons: over-population (or lack of land), changes in the textile industry (Glarus was highly industrialized at one time), around 1845 there was a potato disease (the most important crop at that time), and the financial support offered by the towns of the valley that encouraged the poor to leave; and of course, the desire of the emigrants to be independent and seek fortune and more freedom elsewhere.

There is a "New Glarus" in Wisconsin as well: "Wisconsin Genealogy Group will meet in New Glarus: The Green County Genealogical Society will have its Saturday, May 7, meeting at the Swiss Historical Village in New Glarus and tour the village, which includes a traditional Swiss bee house, cheese factory, schoolhouse, church, blacksmith shop, print shop, smokehouse and sausage shop, general store and firehouse."

More info about it here:
http://www.themonroetimes.com/o0504psw.htm

Hope this gives you some clues to begin your research.
Good luck!

Michelle Stone
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m1chellestone 7 May 2005 6:25PM GMT 
L. Kapphahn 9 May 2005 12:33PM GMT 
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