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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT
AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1009
ABRAHAM LAUBSCHER, deceased. During
the progress of a useful and honored life, Abraham Laubscher was
one of the best known citizens of Rockville, Tolland Co., Conn.,
and probably the most influential of the German residents. Self-made
in the fullest sense of the term, he became successful
Mr. Laubscher was born in the town of Weidenthal, Bavaria, June 18, 1829, a son of Henry and Catherine (Schaeffer) Laubscher, the former of whom was a stone and marble cutter by trade. Abraham was the only son, and had one sister, Barbara, who lives in Tarrytown, N.Y., with her third husband, a Mr. Schofield.
Mr. Laubscher, having learned the trade
of marble cutting from his father, decided to make his way to America,
where better openings were promised young men. In 1854, he sailed
from Havre and landed safely in New York, with the intention of earning
enough money in the new land to assist his aged father to pay off
an obligation under which the older man was suffering, having taken
a large contract and lost money on it. Being thoroughly competent,
he soon obtained work in New York City, but as he was entirely ignorant
of the language, and could not understand the instructions given
him, he was soon discharged and was so discouraged that he thought
he must immediately return to his German home, but in time remembered
The first work secured in Hartford was on the postoffice which was then in the course of erection, and after that Mr. Laubscher found employment in other places, Windsor Locks, East Long Meadow, and elsewhere, after his marriage locating in East Long Meadow, where he was employed in the brown stone quarries, where his skill in fancy marble cutting was in demand, although his home was a very poor one and the locality lonesome and unpleasant.
At Warehouse Point, Conn., lived Frederick and Katharine (Wehrheim) Yost, with their family of ten children, Germans, who had come to America about 1855, and to Katherine, the estimable daughter of this worthy couple, our subject was married, April 2, 1856. Mrs. Laubscher was born in Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany, April 2, 1833; a brother, August Yost, is now a prominent citizen of Meriden, and another, Henry Yost, a well-known citizen of New York.
About 1859 Mr. Laubscher and his family
located in Rockville, he working for Mr. Lewis in the stone quarry
at the warp mill, when the new addition was being made to what is
now the Adams mill. In later years, Mr. Laubscher opened up a stone
and marble business of his own, on Market street, in Rockville, in
company with a Mr. Risley, but this business was later sold to H.T.
Bolles, and our subject remained in the employ of the former. After
a period he bought the business of Mr. Bolles, and then later again
While still engaged in his trade, he purchased the American House, on Market street, which he successfully conducted for more than thirteen years, at which time poor health compelled him to give up active business, and during the remainder of his life he lived semi-retired, contenting himself with giving attention to his property interests.
Mr. Laubscher was a very prominent Democrat and took a great interest in political matters, especially in his city and town, and held a number of the minor offices, such as assessor, member of the board of relief, justice of the peace, notary public, and trial justice for a time, and he was always a great worker for party success. He was one of the founders of the German Lutheran Church, of Rockville, and one of its most liberal and substantial supporters, his generosity being equaled by that of his widow, who is one of the most prominent members of that religious body.
When Mr. Laubscher came to America it was with the expectation that he would soon return from this land of opportunity with enough means to make his parents comfortable, and then settle down in his own land, but he found conditions very different from what he expected, new ties were formed here, and the time never came for the expected return to his old home. After a busy life, he decided to revisit the old scenes, and was preparing to go, when his last illness attacked him, resulting in his death, Sept. 27, 1889; he was buried in Grove Hill cemetery, and his funeral was one of the largest ever conducted in Rockville. Not only a member of all the German societies of the city, but an active and interested one, Mr. Laubschers death was sadly felt. He was one of the early members of the Rockville Sick Benevolent Society, No. 1, for years was its president and was frequently a delegate to the conventions of the various societies as well as the entertainer of other delegates, when they came to Rockville, hospitality being one of his virtues. When a young man he was connected with the Liedertafel Singing Society. His kind heart made any appeal to him meet with success, and the many private benefactions he bestowed will never be known to the public.
Of the family born to Mr. and Mrs.
Laubscher, Charles H., born in Long Meadow, Mass., married Elizabeth
Rentz, and is a letter carrier in Rockville (his son Frederick A.
also being a letter carrier); he was in the
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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