45. Ludwig5 Wallner (Josef4, Andreas3, Andreas2, Andreas1) was born 18 September 1874 in Pastetten Bavaria33, and died 10 March 1960 in Ridgewood, Queens Co., New York. He married Wilhelmina Wentzlow Abt. 1900. She was born Abt. 1882, and died 27 January 1910 in Brooklyn, NY.
Ludwig Wallner was the second son of Josef and Elisabeth (Brunner) Wallner, born on 18 September 1874. Eight months after his older brother and sister, Josef and Johanna, immigrated to the United States, Ludwig also arrived in New York, on 8 June 1892. On the ship's record of the Westernland he is listed as age 18, although he was actually 17 years old at the time. He was processed at the new immigration factility that had opened 5 months earlier: Ellis Island. The Ellis Island information records Ludwig as "Ludwig Wollner".
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The oral tradition of the family is that Ludwig had wanted to go to Texas, but upon his arrival in New York, he found that the family there had arranged not only a job for him, but a marriage as well. Wilhelmina Wentzlow was said to have been "very young", and records indicate that at the time of Ludwig's arrival, she was approximately ten years old. Although unhappy about the circumstances, Ludwig did not go to Texas. He remained in New York and waited for Wilhelmina Wentzlow to reach the age when she would be old enough to be married.
His name Ludwig was "Americanized" to Louis, by Ludwig himself according to family tradition. He was a blacksmith by trade, employed as an ironworker with Thomas W. Kiley and Co., 57 Grand Street, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn NY, where his brother Josef was also employed. Kiley & Co. were hardware wholesalers and jobbers which probably made tools such as chisels, pry-bars, crowbars and wrenches, etc.
In 1898 Louis Wallner was a witness to his brother Josef's first marriage to Elfrieda Huch in St. Joseph's Church of Yorkville, 404 E. 87th Street in New York City NY.
In the 1900 census, Louis was still single, and living with his sister Johanna (Wallner) Dollack and her husband Henry, and their daughters Elizabeth and Lillian, at 210 Wyckoff Avenue in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY. It is believed that shortly after this time, when Wilhelmina Wentzlow reached the age of 18 years old, and Ludwig was 26, that they finally were married. Louis and Wilhelmina's daughter Johanna Wilhelmina was born 3 October 1902
Ludwig was naturalized on 6 January 1905 in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, the witness was his brother Josef. He and Wilhelmina were living at 24 Ten Eyck Street in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY at the time. On 28 July 1906 their daughter Anna Elizabeth was born.
Another oral tradition of the family is that Louis' daughters attended the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish school. The Parish was contacted in 1996, and advised that they were unable to locate any church record on the Wallner family, or that of Johanna (Wallner) O'Kane, or Anna E. Wallner, and that the school records, which start in 1921, were also checked and no records were found.
Louis and Wilhelmina (Wentzlow) Wallner were said to have had a son that died at birth, and that Wilhelmina died in childbirth with twins. Wilhelmina died at 28 years old, on 27 January 1910. The oral tradition of the family is that when Wilhelmina died, her mother moved in with Louis to take care of his two young daughters. When Wilhelmina's mother died sometime after 1911, Louis' mother, Elisabeth (Brunner) Wallner, who was recently widowed, came to the US to care for his daughters. Asked why Louis never remarried, a family member said that his favorite daughter Anna never wanted him to. In the 1920 census, Louis is renting the residence at 96 Sackman Street in Brooklyn, Kings Co. NY. This was previously the residence of Louis' sister Johanna (Wallner) Dollack, whose husband Henry had died in a year earlier. It is assumed that Johanna rented this residence to her brother. Enumerated with Louis, age 46, are his two daughters, Johnna, age 18, and Anna, age 13, and Louis' mother, Elisabeth (Brunner) Wallner, age 68.
Louis was very dapper, and wore tails to dances and parties. He was also known to be "holier than the Pope" and was angry with his brother Josef because Josef's second wife, Wilhelmina Kraft, was not Catholic. Evidently the brothers made up their differences. In the period 1930 to 1960 Louis was living at old 2230 Hughes Street in Ridgewood, Queens Co., NY (the new address was changed to 59-20 68th Street), which it is believed he purchased from his brother Josef Wallner.
Louis Wallner died at age 85, on 10 March 1960, at his residence on 68th Street in Ridgewood, Queens Co., NY. His funeral service was held at St. Matthias R.C. Church, 58-15 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens Co., NY. The Peter J. Geis Funeral Home, 57-34 Catalpa Avenue in Ridgewood handled the arrangements. He was interred in Section 14, Range Q, Plot 24, No. 4 at St. Johns Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY on 12 March 1960, with his wife Wilhelmina. The records of St. John's Cemetery verify that he was buried in the family plot purchased by Henry Dollack in 1919, but the large monument at this location, which includes the names of 20 family members, is not inscribed with Louis Wallner's name.
Children of Ludwig Wallner and Wilhelmina Wentzlow are:
57. Johanna Wilhelmina6 Wallner (Ludwig5, Josef4, Andreas3, Andreas2, Andreas1) was born 03 October 1902 in Brooklyn, NY, and died 09 December 1948 in Brooklyn, NY. She married Henry Joseph Michael O'Kane Abt. 1924 in St. Matthais RC Church, Ridgewood, NY, son of John O'Kane and Margaret Fox. He was born 25 November 1894 in probably New York City, NY, and died 12 February 1958.
Johanna Wilhelmina Wallner was the oldest daughter of Ludwig and Wilhelmina (Wentzlow) Wallner. She was born 3 October 1902 in Brooklyn. Kings Co., NY. She attended Our Lady of Lourdes Parish school. In the 1920 census she is living with her father, sister Anna, and Grandmother, Elisabeth (Brunner) Wallner at 96 Sackman Street, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY. At that time she is 18 years old, and her occupation is listed as "bookkeeper". Johanna Wallner worked as a Stenographer with New Yorker Magazine. She married Henry Joseph Michael O'Kane (son of John Thomas O'Kane born in Co. Antrim Ireland and Margaret Fox born in Donnegal Ireland) and had four sons, Henry Daniel, John Louis, James Albert and Robert Frederick. Sons John Louis and James Albert died young. Johanna (Wallner) O'Kane died at age 46 in Jewish Hospital, Brooklyn NY on 9 December 1948. Her funeral service was held at St. Matthias R.C. Church, 58-15 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood NY. Johanna was interred with her two sons on 13 December 1948 in St Johns Cemetery, Middle Village NY.
Children of Johanna Wallner and Henry O'Kane are:
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