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

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

Posted: 1115490350000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1137589274000
[Transcribed by M. Stone from The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York, Friday morning, February 15, 1907, page 5:]

Woman Receives Friends
On Ninety-Fifth Birthday

Mrs. Catherine Luchsinger
Does Not Wear Glasses and Walks Without a
Cane—When She Came to Syracuse
It Was but a Settlement.

Surrounded by her intimate friends and her two daughters and receiving guests with all the vigor of a woman of [50?] years, Mrs. Catherine Luchsinger last evening celebrated [illegible: “internally” ?] her ninety-fifth birthday at her residence, No. [221?] Cedar street.

Mrs. Luchsinger came to this city from Switzerland with her husband in 1836 and has lived continuously in the same locality ever since. She points with pride to the cottage next to her present residence as her first home in this city.

“I have seen Syracuse grow from nothing to this great place,” she said to a Post-Standard reporter last evening “and when I moved in this locality there was nothing but a shanty, the canal and a canal boat in sight.”

Mrs. Luchsinger expects to pay a visit to the Court House in her neighborhood this summer. Some of her friends said that there was an automobile ride awaiting her this summer also, but Mrs. Luchsinger shook her head and laughed heartily as she replied that she might fall out when she got dizzy. She takes great interest in all the events of the day, reads without glasses, hears well, walks without a cane and goes upstairs without assistance. She says she has always been of a cheerful nature, and that is why she has good health.

“It is none of my doing, though, for the good Lord gave me all I have for which I am truly thankful,” she said.

Mrs. Luchsinger is the mother of seven children, two of whom are living. They are Mrs. Blumer and Mrs. J[oanne?] Straub and both live in the same house with their mother. Mrs. Luchsinger has no grandchildren.

Mrs. Luchsinger eats of the hearty food that her family does and she does not have to be coddled as is generally the case of most women many years younger. A friend suggested that Mrs. Luchsinger was a model for the [generation?], both in mind and body, and that she certainly would round out the century.

Her son-in-law, Mr. Blumer, celebrated his birthday yesterday also.

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

L. Kapphahn (View posts)
Posted: 1115641991000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sury/luchsinger/Kurtz /Sauer
Are the above Luchsingers related to the Kurtz & Luchsingers in Solvay. Are they related to the Sury's in Syracuse. Are you related to these. My grgrgrandparents & grandparents came from Switzerland & I have these names in my family tree. I no longer live in NY & some of my research has been hard to come by. Please answer.
Lorraine Warren Kapphahn

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

Posted: 1116320802000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1137589274000

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:

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:

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:

Verein für Geschichte und Kultur um Schwanden:

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:

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

Michelle Stone
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