Obituary - Adam Group, 26 May 1893
The Evening Herald, Syracuse, NY, Friday, May 26, 1893, Page 4
Obituary – Death of Adam Group
Career of the Veteran Police Officer and Court Interpreter
At 7:20 A. M. today Police Court Interpreter and Doorman Adam Group died at his home, No. 123 Townsend Alley. Up to late yesterday afternoon it was not thought that his illness was of a serious nature. Tuesday morning he ate his usually hearty breakfast and went to the Central Police station to report for duty. A little before 8 o’clock he was seized with severe pains in the stomach and Dr. D. M. Totman was called. As he had been subject to cramps of the stomach it was thought to be a return of the old malady and the Doctor prescribed for him, and in an hour or so he was relieved considerably, and Supervisor of the Sixteenth ward, Adam Klink, a son-in-law, removed him in a carriage to his home, Doctor Totman accompanying him. On Wednesday he was attended by Doctor Kemter and Alfred Mercer, who prescribed the usual remedies. Yesterday it was found that the trouble did not yield, and it became apparent that a severe illness was developing, so late yesterday afternoon a council of physicians, composed of Doctors Kemter, Saxer, Mercer, Totman, Welch and Oberlander, was called. They pronounced his illness inflammation of the bowels and that the prospects of his recovery were very slight. From that time on he grew gradually weaker until he died. When the results of the council was made known Mrs. Rosina Group , who, with her three daughters, were in Chicago visiting two married daughters and a son who live there and incidentally seeing the World’s Fair, was telegraphed to, but she did not reach the city until this afternoon.
Sketch of his Life - Adam Group was born in Rhine-by-Ulmet, Germany, May 7th, 1823. Forty-five years ago next fall he left his native land for America, coming direct to Syracuse. He learned the trade of a tanner, but as this did not agree with his health he abandoned it for the business of salt boiler. On October 9th, 1861, the first year of the war of the rebellion, he enlisted at Auburn with the Seventh-fifth regiment and became a member of the regimental band. By order of the Secretary of War, the band was mustered out of service in New Orleans September 8th, 1862. Mr. Group returned to this city and resumed his work of salt boiling, and in November, 1869, soon after the reorganization of the forces into what is known as the metropolitan system, he became a patrolman. This position was faithfully filled by him until May 1st, 1885, when he became doorman and court interpreter at the Police headquarters. This promotion was given him because he spoke German and French and had a smattering of Spanish, Italian and other languages and dialects which made him a very useful man about headquarters. In these respects there is not a man on the police force that can take his place. His knowledge of the different tongues was acquired while traveling in Europe with a band of musicians. About five or six years were spent by him in this sort of travel, and in that time he had visited all the great cities of Europe. He was a good observer and never tired of telling stories of his travels. He was a fine musician, his instruments being clarinet and trombone. Before going on the police force Mr. Group lived for two years in Edgerton, Ohio. With this exception, his home has been in Syracuse since he came to America.
Father of Fifteen Children - He had been married forty-four years and had been the father of fifteen children. Ten are living, seven daughters and three sons. With the exception of two daughters and one son who live in Chicago, the family, including the widow, live in this city. He came of a long-lived race, and few people who saw him about his daily employment can realize that he was seventy years old. A sister, who was with him when he died, is seventy-eight years old. A brother, who lives in Ohio, is eighty-nine years old, and the deceased was planning to take his furlough the 15th of next month and pay him a visit.
Officer Group was member of Central City Lodge, Order of Harugari, and a member of Lilly post.
The deceased was a member of the Policemen’s Mutual Benefit society and his family will, therefore, receive a death benefit of three dollars from each member of the society.
The dead officer was a general favorite about Headquarters. His sunny temperament and witty replies are remembered by his associates. He was a kind father and was intensely devoted to his family, and his home life was one of affection and beauty. He had lived for about a quarter of a century in the house where he died. End
Both are buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Syracuse, Onondaga County, NY.
Adam Group is my 2nd great grandfather; his daughter, Elizabeth "Libbie" Group married John F. Gieselman, my great mother and grandfather.
Question – If any one knows Adam Group wife’s maiden name (Rosina Group, but listed as Lucinda on earlier Federal Census information) or the name of her parents, I would appreciate being contacted. Richard Wheeler