The Pomnitz Family Newsletter
Adelbert Richard Pomnitz & Ida Marie Ernestina Telschaw)
From: Art Meissner, Editor,
Pomnitz Family Newsletter
To: Family Members-we-know-of-with-e-mail
Editor: Art Meissner...
Associate Editor: Nancy Meissner...
Historian: Charles Edwin Pomnitz...
Webmaster: Edwin Charles Pomnitz, Sr.
Family Website: http://www.pomnitz.net
Art Meissner - Editor
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
of this Newsletter
2. Family Stories, Events and Biographies:
» Art Meissner remembers
"Charles Edwin Pomnitz"
3. "Passages": Births,
Anniversaries, Deaths, etc.
4. Family T-Shirt
5. Pomnitz Family Fund Report
- Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
6. Family Chat Room Now Open
7. Newsletter Mechanics:
& Layout of the Newsletter
8. Contact Information:
» How to
» Where to send articles & news
9. Notizen Aus
(Notes From the Goathouse)
10. Next Newsletter Date
11. Final Quote
THE PURPOSE of
this newsletter: to note and share items of possible interest for the "greater
Pomnitz Family". The 149 family names mentioned in the Family Tree are listed
Please do send me suggestions or ideas for future newsletters: they will be
PLEASE SEND US FAMILY STORIES, BIOGRAPHIES and notes of interest for future newsletters. Questions about any
aspect of the Family Tree or history? Well track down answers for you.
Jot down a bio-note about yourself, one of your parents, or one of your immediate
family. They will be shared and saved in the Archives.
CHARLES EDWIN POMNITZ (1893 - 1954) - Grandfather of our Webmaster, Edwin Charles Pomnitz, Sr.; Twin to the
Father of our PRESENT FAMILY HISTORIAN "Chuck" (Charles Edwin Pomnitz).
(Is this a family or what??) - A Remembrance by Art Meissner, Registered Nephew to
I visited Uncle Charlie near Christmas,
1953, about a month after my mother, Celia Pomnitz Meissner, sister of Charlie, died.
It was to be only a month before Uncle Charlie himself was to die.
I stopped by his home in northern New
Jersey, on my way back to school after Christmas vacation in Detroit, with my Father,
John. Uncle Charlie and Aunt Mary were always gracious and warm toward me, and this
was no exception. A beautiful feast was served, in the days when I seemed to be able
to eat all I wanted and still be thin. Among other things, Uncle Charlie showed me
the invention he had been working on for several years: A perpetual motion machine!
I could not believe it: I had been
taught that perpetual motion machines were fine in theory, but could not work! Uncle
Charlie had worked for years for Timkin Roller Bearing in New Jersey. All those roller bearings got him to thinking:
"What if..." The thought came to him that these bearings just might be
able to continuing rolling and rolling IF they were put in the right environment.
And he thought he was pretty near to building it. In fact, he showed me a model he
had built: a tooled metal object, about 10 - 12 inches high, 2 inches wide, 6 inches
deep. He took a metal plate off the side which revealed channels inside which
reminded me of a spiral conch shell sliced in half; but these channels formed a continual
loop. He showed me how five metal roller bearings (about 1 inch diameter) could roll
in a serpentine-like circle, in a light oil bath, with three of the bearings always coming
down and pushing up the remaining two bearings. He seemed excited as he told me how
a huge version could propel great ocean liners, and other right-sized models could power
airplanes through the sky.
I came away a changed young man. With
all the terrors and traumas of life lying ahead, I knew that my Uncle could dream in ways
I had not thought possible. It buoyed me up. The fact that the 'perpetual
motion machine' would never come to be did not bother me. It was "ok" to
dream and to think big. How absolutely lovely, I thought. And it is innate in
REPORTED SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER (births, graduations, marriages, deaths, careers):
||Birth: September 16,
2001 - David Robert Meissner, son of Daniel and Elizabeth Meissner. Meet David at http://meissner.fws1.com.
||A Pomnitz Family T-Shirt will be offered
for sale, soon, at cost. Watch The Pomnitz Family Web for its appearance!
You will see a great, fun Family "Coat of Arms". "Good food takes
time" says the menu at a good restaurant. So, too, it takes time to make a
great Family T-shirt suitable for its Debut. But, it IS coming!
THE POMNITZ FAMILY FUND REPORT - (A Note from Ed Pomnitz, Sr.): Thanks to the generous
contributions of our family members, our Pomnitz Family Web hosting has been paid through
the end of 2001. We received the equivalent of $171.14 USD at the 2001 Family
Reunion and a have had a total of another $25.00 USD mailed in.
Let us not forget the many other ways that
people have contributed.
All those, starting with Pat and Jim Kusiak,
who helped make the 2001 Family Reunion a complete success! And all those who have
contributed their time and homes for all our past wonderful reunions.
I want to thank Art Meissner and Associate
Editor Nan Meissner who has provided time and effort for the ongoing publishing of this
fine newsletter. Take a moment to help them out with a little encouragement:
Perhaps a note of thanks... and ALSO help them by contributing a story or biography of
your own to be published in the next newsletter.
The importance of our Family Reunions, our
Family Newsletter, our Family Tree Database and our Family Web is most significant in two
areas, understanding our rich heritage and staying in touch with one another. My
most deeply felt gratitude goes to all of those who have made this a GRAND FAMILY, one in
which I'm proud to belong!
Love to All, Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
|FAMILY FUND REPORT - From Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
$ 171.14 - Reunion Contributions
20.00 - Mail-In Contributions
5.00 - Mail-In Contributions
$ 38.85 - Web Hosting Pomnitz.com & Pomnitz.net Jul - Sep 2001
$ 38.85 - Web Hosting Pomnitz.com & Pomnitz.net Oct - Dec 2001
If you desire to make a contribution to the
Pomnitz Family Fund, you can mail your check or money order to:
FAMILY CHAT ROOM NOW OPEN: The family website now offers family members (only) their own
'chat-room', where you can (at no cost to you, except time) chat with others anywhere in
the world. You can find it in the "In Touch" area, http://www.pomnitz.net/intouch/index.htm,
just click on "Family Chatter" This area requires a USER ID
and PASSWORD. This area requires a USER ID and PASSWORD which firstname.lastname@example.org will
be happy to give you.
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notify email@example.com to describe any problems you are having. This Newsletter is
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computers capable of handling graphics in their e-mail. For a 'graphic version' of
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NOTIZEN AUS DEM ZIEGENSTALL
(Notes From The Goathouse): By Art Meissner, Editor. These are 'notes from the
Editor's notebook'. I think I get the best notes when, of all things, I am milking
the goats. Just at dawn each morning, here in the Great Northeast, I walk out with
milk bucket in hand and wake up our four lovely Toggenburg Goats. They all look like
the goats in "The Sound of Music" up in the Swiss Alps. For some reason I dare
not question, I receive great inspiration both for the day ahead and about life in general
and in depth from them. Why? The goats. They love to be with people.
Again, I am not going to question their judgment but merely be thankful for their
love, affection and concern for me and my family. Yet the goats help keep my feet on
the ground of reality and remind me that I am part of their animal world. They rely
on us for food, water, health care, grooming, hay, and more. I've come to rely on
them for their ability to make me explain myself, among other things. The way our
milk-room is set up, while I am milking one goat who is eating grain in one stanchion, I
can look into the eyes of a neighboring goat also in a stanchion awaiting milking.
This is a great experience. Goats can easily stare-down any hypnotist and win, never
losing eye contact. So I take advantage of being their center of attraction by
telling them about my life, my ideas, and my family. They seem strangely
appreciative of my chatter. Plus they seem to have an uncanny ability to give almost
instant, nonverbal evaluation of whatever I am saying. If they like what I am saying
and maybe even agree with my judgments, they respond by burping a gentle
"baaaaa". But if I am spouting nonsense, they just belch in my face, never
losing eye contact, with their tongue extended straight out! But I can never get
them to tell me what they say at Midnight, Christmas Eve, when all God's animals can speak
out loud. They seem most fascinated with our Pomnitz Family and its branches of Gow,
Binney, Hanmer, McKeown and Meissner.... If you have any question you'd like me to
put to them, let me know. I'll report their response faithfully!
NEXT NEWSLETTER is
tentatively scheduled for February 1, 2002. It will contain a summary of
then-current Family news as well as any articles submitted by family members. Please
help by submitting newsletter items no later than January 15, 2002. You do not have
to do a lot of writing: Just list WHO in the Family did WHAT, WHEN, and WHERE.
("How" and "Why" are optional.) Our "Crack Editorial
Team" will put it together for the next issue. THANKS!
"There was a person who sent ten different
puns to friends, in the hope that at least
one of the puns would make them laugh.
Unfortunately, no pun in ten did."
From Art Meissner