I am the daughter of Robert Peter Toppen, niece of Jeanette and May Toppen. I stumbled on this website by accident when researching Mount Toppen in Dutch New Guina (may also be named after a long lost relation that was a Dutch explorer). I called my father, Robert, and relayed the information on this web site and he requested that I correct some mis-information. His mother, Viola, did not die from the flu, but from phenomnia several months after being severly burned from the waist down by boiling water that was being heated to give Jeanette a bath.
My father married Pauline Estelle Frost (later changed to Goss)and had 4 children: Christopher Robert; William James; Anne Viola and Mary Margaret.
My father remembers that his uncle, John Henry Toppen, at the turn-of-the-century held the title of "The World's Strongest Man" and remembers seeing his medals for "Tug-of-War" championships.
My father is now 91 years old and still going strong, but both Aunt Jean and May have both passed away. My father was both a pilot and paratrooper in the 101st in WWII as well as being a founder member of the 1st Special Service Force (later to become the Green Beret's).
Looking forward to hearing from any of you and learning more about my family.