The Pomnitz Family Newsletter
Descendants of Adelbert Richard
Pomnitz & Ida Marie Ernestina Telschaw
Alberta BINNEY --- Nora GOW --- Maisie HANMER ---
Celia MEISSNER --- Jacob & Charles POMNITZ
From: Art Meissner, Editor,
Pomnitz Family Newsletter
To: Family Members-we-know-of-with-e-mail
Associate Editor: Nancy
Historian: Charles Edwin
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:
» Family Reunion
Anderson Binney, Jr., as remembered by
Bert Tolsen Smith
Births, Anniversaries, Deaths
5. Family Projects:
» Family T-Shirt Now
6. Pomnitz Family Fund Report
- Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
7. Services Offered
To Family Members
» Photo Gallery II
Chat Room Access
» Internet Dial-Up Service
8. Newsletter Mechanics:
» Format &
Layout of the Newsletter
9. Contact Information:
» How to
» Where to send articles & news
10. Notizen Aus Dem
Ziegenstall (Notes From the Goathouse)
11. Next Newsletter Date
12. Final Quote
PURPOSE of this newsletter: to note and share items of
possible interest for the "greater Pomnitz Family". The
178 family names
mentioned in the Family Tree are listed at http://www.pomnitz.net/history/surnames_list.htm.
Please do send me suggestions or ideas for future newsletters: they will be
STORIES, BIOGRAPHIES AND NOTES OF INTEREST:
THIS ISSUE: FAMILY
Yes, it's time to make your plans for our
8th Biennial Reunion to be held July 12 and 13. Your attendance
is required to help make this the greatest Family Reunion ever! Please check our
website for details and updates. If you
don't have online access, please contact our 2003 hosts, Donal &
McKeown at the following
Donal & Marion McKeown
619 Old Orangeville Road
Fergus, Ontario N1M2W4
3. HISTORY -
This Memory of Walter Anderson Binney, Jr. (1903 - 1997) comes from Bert Smith (Alberta
Tolson-Smith), Agnes Binney Tolson's daughter.
About 11 years ago, at the Fergus reunion, we Binney bashers arrived
from cousin Jim Wyche's place in Heidelberg, Ontario. What a surprise it was
to hear bagpipes and later a Celtic harpist! During that afternoon,
Uncle Walter and I had a conversation about the beautiful area at the
Gow house. Apparently other relatives had also lived in the house next
door. As we walked toward the stream, Walter shared that he had visited
the site many times. (WHO lived there?) The relatives had a chicken hut
at the back of the property. Walter became one of the volunteer
dismantlers of the chicken coop. During that project, he sustained a
head injury. Fortunately, the wound must have been minor as Walter had
lived a very alert life until he passed on in his early nineties.
4. PASSAGES: EVENTS REPORTED SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER (births, graduations,
marriages, deaths, careers):
POMNITZ FAMILY FUND REPORT - (A Note from Ed Pomnitz,
Sr.): The greatest significance of our Family Reunions, our Family Newsletters, our
Family Tree Database, Family Website and ongoing Research that they help us to: 1)
Understand our rich heritage... 2) Stay in touch with one another.
Thanks to our
contributors last year, we had enough funding to stay online
through the end of 2002. We
are now in need of funding for the 2003 year.
You can help out through the purchase of a family T-Shirt or by
simply making a contribution. ALL profits from
our T-Shirt sales go towards the Family Fund! We STILL have
a way to go to pay for the initial run of T-Shirts (-$73.19).
|FAMILY FUND REPORT - From Ed Pomnitz, Sr.
Balance from Last Quarter
$ 0.00 - Mail-In Contributions
$ 0.00 - Profit From T-Shirt Sales
$ 38.85 - Web Hosting Pomnitz.com & Pomnitz.net 01/01/03
If you desire to make a contribution to the
Pomnitz Family Fund, you can mail your check or money order to:
SERVICES OFFERED TO FAMILY MEMBERS: Please contact Ed
Pomnitz regarding these services at email@example.com.
PHOTO GALLERY II:
Family members can load their own family photos directly
onto our website for all to see. The Pomnitz Family
Web Photo Gallery II can be found at:
We would like to see at least one photo of each family
member posted here. You can include a title and
description of your photo as well as "keywords" to
help others search for your information. Please follow
the categories that have been supplied. If you require
a new category, please E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with the photo category you would like to see added.
Join in the FUN. Registered family members can post
new photos, leave comments and even vote on any of the
photos in this area.
Registration is simple. Just use your FIRST and
LAST NAME when asked for a USER NAME. Then
select a PASSWORD of your choice and provide a valid E-Mail
automated subscription service is back online and better
than ever. You can subscribe or un-subscribe from this
newsletter online. You may also elect to receive Web
Update Notices. An update notice will let you know
when something has been changed or added to our
website. To subscribe or unsubscribe go online to: http://www.pomnitz.net/news/newsletter/subscriptions.htm.
ACCESS: The family website now offers family members (only)
their own 'chat-room', where you can (at no cost to you) chat with others anywhere in the
world. You can find it in the "In Touch" area, http://pomnitz.net/intouch/index.htm and
just click on "Family Chatter". This area requires a USER ID and PASSWORD.
Contact email@example.com for your
DIAL-UP SERVICE: Family members are offered an economic
way to get to the Internet as well as having e-mail AND their own Web Site, if desired.
Ed Pomnitz' computer consulting company (FXtra) which handles the technical side of
"Pomnitz.net", is also able to offer Family Members a low-cost connection to the
Internet, called "EZDial". A special offer for low-cost EZDial is
available in both the US and Canada, is economic ($15.95 USD per month) and reliable, with
no pop-up ads, no-spam, privacy (does not sell your e-mail address), no set-up fee, free
web space, unlimited access. If you are interested and want to join-up, you need to
go to http://www.fxtra.com/deal and enter this PIN
number when prompted: "ae80701". If you need more information before you
do, contact Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org via
e-mail. The added benefit to us all is that Ed's company will donate another $2 per
month to the Pomnitz Family Fund, which helps to underwrite our website and our other
NEWSLETTER MECHANICS: TROUBLE VIEWING THE NEWSLETTER IN
THIS FORMAT??: Please notify email@example.com to describe any problems you are having. This Newsletter is
composed and sent to you in "html format". Some subscribers may not have
computers capable of handling html or graphics in their e-mail.
If you are having difficulty with this E-Mail, go to the Newsletter section on our family website. http://www.pomnitz.net/news/newsletter/index.htm. You can print a copy if you wish.
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NOTIZEN AUS DEM ZIEGENSTALL (Notes From The Goathouse):
Dear Folks -
In the last newsletter I noted that there are only four (4!) living
Pomnitz Family Members who knew Ida Telschaw: Charles Edwin Pomnitz (our
Historian, son of Jacob), James Gow (son of Nora), Jean Binney Smith
(daughter of Walter Binney, Jr.) and John C. Meissner, Jr, (son of Celia).
I was wrong. There is one more person: Mabel Pomnitz Slear, sister of
Charles Pomnitz (our Family Historian). She corrected me, all the way
from Hawaii... with much the graciousness that only a person from Hawaii could muster.
And she shared a few memories of Grandmother Ida with me. Wonderful.
Chuck and Ed Pomnitz, co-historians, have done marvelous work in digging
up, recording and saving family history, including all that we presently
know of Grandmother Ida and Grandfather Adelbert. I refer you to all
the bits and pieces of facts and photos you'll find as you roam the
different files on this website.
Now these five of us who have first-hand personal memories of Ida
Telschaw all seem to hold Grandmother Ida in high respect and awe.
They’ve given me a little sense of just why she is beloved in their
What was Ida Telschaw like?
A loving, nurturing mother/wife/householder? Or an old, Teutonic version of the dominant
hausfrau ("she-who-must-be-obeyed")? I've always wondered.
After all, she began life as a most privileged child of her day, given
that she was sired by the Kaiser. Her education was the best available,
including Latin, Spanish, as well as what served in those days as our
"three R's". She even told her children of being ridden around in a
coach drawn by white horses, escorted by servants in livery...
She could have so easily become a demanding prim Donna. But, no.
The Image of Ida that comes through the mistiness of history is based on
the impression she made on the five of her grandchildren who are still
alive today. Ida Telschaw died at 79 in 1934, so their memories of her
are from the 1920's and early 30's. Those memories suggest she was a
loving, resourceful and compassionate woman. Ida bore 13 children, 3 or
whom died as children or teenagers, over a period of 22 years (1876 -
1898); this is about 1 child every twenty months! Yet the few photos we
have of her in later years show a woman standing tall, with a pleasant
and almost serene look on her face. To bear so many and then to look so
well in older years tell us of her physical health, strength and of the
obvious patience and dedication she had in order to survive as she did.
It also tells us of her love for her husband and children without
using a lot of words. No antibiotics; no sterile hospitals as we know
them; no endless supplies of prescription drugs for body or mind.
What stamina! What a healthy immune system, with no antibiotics or
vaccinations to help it along!
Jean Binney Smith recalls Grandma Ida working in a kitchen with a white
apron over her black skirt, washing dishes. All the time she was
humming Strauss waltzes and would occasionally waltz around the kitchen
in time with the waltz she was singing.
John Meissner, Jr., remembers Grandma Ida baking the tastiest white
raisin bread, letting the dough rise in a bowl sitting on the hot-air
grate on the floor... the wonderful smell filling the house.
Jim Gow remembers Ida as a widow, taking the train all by herself from
Detroit to Fergus, Ontario, to spend a time visiting with her daughter,
Nora Gow, and her family. He reports being struck by her dignity and
gentle warmth, combined with a tenderness for others. (He especially
remembers how she did not talk a lot!) As Jim wrote, "She was a
guileless person who accepted people at face value and loved them. Such
people are blessed with love returned."
Chuck Pomnitz notes, "I remember Grandma Pomnitz as a very regal woman
with a very kind and caring presence. She demonstrated her love of the
children openly. She was laid out at the Binney Home on Van Dyke in
Detroit and I recall someone remarking that her skin was like silk."
Quite a heritage for us all.
DO NOT FORGET THAT THE NEXT FAMILY REUNION will be hosted by Marion
(Gow) and Donal Mckeown in Fergus, Ontario: July
12-13. Save the dates
and plan to be there. FOR YOU HISTORY BUFFS: THE REUNION WILL BE JUST
A FEW HUNDRED FEET FROM THE SITE OF THE OLD CHICKEN COOP THAT WALTER
BINNEY, JR. HELPED DISMANTLE... as Bert Tolsen Smith tells us about
earlier in this newsletter. For more details of the upcoming Reunion,
go to this website address:
(Rumor has it that Donal
McKeown just might wear kilts and squeeze a bagpipe
Warm best wishes
to you all.
11. NEXT NEWSLETTER is tentatively scheduled for May 1, 2003. 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
April 15, 2003. 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.)
We will edit it for a future issue. THANKS!
"Who of us is mature enough for offspring
before the offspring themselves arrive?
The value of marriage is not that
adults produce children but that
children produce adults."