Critique: Genealogy of the Ludwig Mohler Family in America, by Dunning

Dunning, Cora Garber, compiler and editor. Genealogy of the Ludwig Mohler Family in America: Covering a Period from April 4, 1696, to June 15, 1921. Stanley, New Mexico: the Author. 1921.

The patriarch, Ludwig Mohler, referenced in the title, and the first date given, are at best, anecdotal to the genealogy given. The only reference to Mr. Mohler is in a letter written to the author and dated much later than the late 1600s. There is a possibility of a connection, however, because the first reliably recorded member of the Mohler family was born about the time the alleged patriarch flourished.

The Mohler genealogy covered in this volume consists mostly of hearsay and vaguely cited source material. As the family settled in Pennsylvania in the mid–1700s, and there are few reliable records from that time and place, some assumptions must be made and allowed for. The bulk of the genealogical material presented here relates to the Garber family, the author’s own ancestors.

Most of the members of the families recorded in this genealogy lived in the mid–West: Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma for instance, and the eastern states. There are a number of Pacific Northwest connections, which are interesting. Several members of the family lived in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, so I will highlight those members.

  • p. 23 – William Francis Guin, b. 16 August 1880; was a businessman in Seattle, Washington.
  • p. 43 – Philip T. Garber, b. 18 July 1892, at Red Cloud, Nebraska, married Florence Habler, 28 September, 1915, in Washington State. He was a printer by trade.
  • … – Bernard S. Garber, b. 11 August 1894, at Red Cloud, Nebraska. He served five months at Camp Fremont, California, during World War I, as corporal drilling raw recruits. He lived at Nespelem, Washington.
  • … – Victor B. Garber, b. 1 April 1901, Red Cloud, Nebraska, graduated at Almira, Washington H. S.
  • p. 44 – Jacob Garber, married Julia Wheeler in California, and later moved to Grangeville, Idaho, where he was postmaster a long term of years.
  • … – Mary Magdaline Mohr, b. 26 March 1847, d. 21 October 1906, at Eugene, Oregon. She married Edward Ayers in the early part of 1870 and moved from Manchester, Iowa, to Beaver City, Nebraska, and in 1885 to Santiam, Oregon, where they lived many years. Her only living child is Jesse G. Ayres. b. in 1885, at Beaver City. Nebraska.
  • p. 49 – Estella V. Garber, b. 21 August 1861, at Humboldt County, California, married J. E. Corlette of Elkader, Iowa, 23 February 1886. They moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1908.
  • p. 59 – Joseph Schaeffer Garber completed the Red Cloud High School and settled at Kellogg, Idaho, where he married, in 1912, and is in business. He has no issue.

There are a few technical issues with the Google Books copy of this genealogy. The page alignment is off, and one of the pages is clipped on the right edge of the text, resulting in lost information.

Numerous photo illustrations of the Mohler and Garber ancestors are supplied. There is no index, however, so one will need to use online tools to search it or find a searchable copy elsewhere. I was able to extract the pages into a multi-page TIFF file using IrfanView, and then run the images through Tesseract, an Open Source OCR program, to make an off-line searchable copy.

The Mohler genealogy is available on Google Books. It is a free download, as it in the public domain.