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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Adolph Niemann

I mentioned in an earlier post that newspapers can fill in a lot of information but that much of what we find is sad. Sad hardly describes the life of John’s great-uncle.

Adolph C. Niemann was born in Germany about 1883 and immigrated to the US between 1900 and 1902. By 1908 he had married Sadie Raash and their son Adolph H. was born. I have found the family on the 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records. By 1930 Adolph owned his own home. Prior to finding the family in the newspaper it seemed the Adolph was living the American dream.

On Christmas Eve 1929 Adolph H. Niemann died at the age of 21. The paper does not record the cause, I found nothing about an accident, just a brief funeral notice.

The death notice for his mother, Mary A. Niemann, is found Jan. 27, 1931.

On June 3, 1931 I found another brief funeral notice, this time for his wife Sadie, at only 41 years of age.

Sometime between his wife’s death and 1934 his daughter Eleonor married James Devine……………and his daughter Anna died. As yet I have not found the newspaper record of either of these events. So how do I know about his daughters?

By 1934, Adolph was living with his sister and brother-in-law, Adam & Jennie Weis. His death made the paper in a big way. He was said to be despondent over his arrest after an automobile accident. I think he just had had enough of life.

The Syracuse Herald, July 23, 1934, pg 4

Hit – and – Run Driver Hangs Self at Camp

Adolph Nieman Found a Suicide: Despondency Blamed

Believed to have been despondent following his arrest on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, Aldoph Nieman, 51, of 216 Grumbach Avenue, ended his life yesterday by hanging at his camp on Chittenango Creek.

Nieman was arrested early Saturday morning after the automobile he was driving collided with a car operated by Louis Barricci of 305 John street, at Butternet and Lodi Street. He was arrested after a chase.

Yesterday, he had invited ushers of Holy Trinity Church to spend the day with him at his camp, situated across the creek from the nearest road. He had indormed his guests to toot horns of their automobiles when they arrived and that he would row a boat across to meet them.

They arrived about 10:30 A.M., carried out instructions, but received no response. Following a trail through the woods in a roundabout way, the guests reached the camp and found Nieman hanging from a beam.

Sergt. Earl E Stickles and Sergt. Elmer C LaPoint of Oneida Barracks and Dr Nelson O Brooks, coroner of Madison County, were summonded. They cut Nieman down and Coroner Brooks issued a verdict of suicide.

Nieman, who was a machinist employed at the Pierce, Butler and Pierce Company, had pleaded not guilty when arraigned in Police Court Saturday morning. He was released on a bond of $1,000 for his appearance in police court today.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs James Devine, and three sisters, Mrs Adams Weis, Mrs August Korthas, and Mrs Frank Grawboski.

The body was taken by Carl J Ballweg, funeral director, to the home of Nieman’s sister, Mrs Weis, 216 Grumbach Avenue, where funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 o’clock. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery..


  1. You learn something new everyday. An interesting story about a common relative. I believe Adolph was my great-great-uncle. My name is Jacob Brayton, and i came across this while researching my grandmother,Rita Grabowski, daughter of Frank and Mary Grabowski.

  2. Hi Jacob,

    Adolph was your great-great uncle. I have been researching the Grabowski family for several years and you are the first close relative to show any interest. I have met very few of my husband's relatives on his paternal side.

    I am married to Harold's son, Frank.

    I would love to share my tree (mistakes and all) with you. I have a copy of Frank and Mary's wedding photo and an alien registration card for Maria Klotz Neiman that also has Adolph's photo on it Please contact me at

    I have a family history blog too. you might want to look at this link.