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Roebling Memoirs
by James Lieblang of Roebling, NJ
Published in the Trenton Donauschwaben Newsletter (August-October 2001)

Dear Editor:

     I wanted to write you a short note/letter about your recent posting in our Donauschwaben Newsletter concerning German-Hungarian businessmen in Trenton taken from the 1937 issue of the Deutsch – Ungarischer Familien Kalender.

     My family had a dairy and milk business in Trenton from 1916 to 1976. As such, I was acquainted since boyhood with many of these (now) elderly members of our community who came from “the old country”. I served milk and collected bills from many of them.

     Growing up, I certainly remember the names of various families who it seemed all knew each other. The Schöns, Herdts, Basslers, Bohns, Winklers, Drobneks, Rohrbachers, Fredericks, Hahns, Weissers, Yungers, Ofners, Schmeltzes, Klespies, Knotts, Reegers, Dingers, Weiners, Kiss’, Karlowitsches, Wildmanns, Mahlers, Wilwols (sic) on and on and on.

     Now to the particulars of your article. First, the Wildmans. They ran a corner grocery in the Franklin Park section. I remember they had an old wooden freezer I used to take cases of milk into when serving. I think the wife’s name was Rosa. Maybe not.  Anyway, I remember the store from my youth. Very nice people. The Weissers also ran a store as did the Klespies.

     The Angebrandt's lived on Division Street down by Hewitt. One of the benefits of having a Dad with a milk business and many customers was that I was always getting “fixed” up to date one of the daughters! I dated Mr. Angebrandt’s daughter once or twice in my teens. He was a “paper hanger” like another German customer, Frank Fiest.

     Mrs. Stettner ran an upholstery business if I am not mistaken. My Aunt Anna worked there as a young woman.

     George Marosowitz is another name I remember. He and his wife lived directly opposite St. Raphaels Church in White Horse. He taught me how to use a SCUBA tank in his pool! George used to deliver soda to our house. His partner was Joe. The store was one or two blocks from where Kuser hits Hamilton, right near St. Anthony’s school. George used to sell his own version of a cross between Ginger Ale and Sprite called “Tune Up”. It was delicious. He had a great “crème” soda and a “root beer” which was the best. Home deliver of soda, like milk, soon went the way of many things.

     I don’t know if the Duachek is who I am thinking of but I seem to remember one that was a tailor.

     The Yungers (Tasty Bottling) lived  (some of the family) right by Franklin Park near the Schmeltzes and Ofners. I remember Mrs. Yunger lived into her 90’s and eventually had a home off of Parkside in West Trenton. She and the Ofners used to play pinochle with my Oma and Opa often. As a matter of fact, the Ofners were best man and bridesmaid to my Oma and Opa when they got married in 1915. I still have their wedding picture. (My grandparents came over in 1905 and 1907 from Banat and Batschka).

     I also remember the name Hengert put can not place it any better.     

James Lieblang

Roebling, NJ

Published at 20 Jan 2009, with permission of the Trenton Donauschwaben Club

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