AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1009
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 in business by adherence
to the principles of honesty and industry which he learned at his motherís
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.
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 filial duty he
had set out to perform, and tried again for work, in the meantime endeavoring to
learn the language as soon as possible. Turning
his back upon the great city, which to the poor, homesick boy seemed heartless
and forbidding, he started for Hartford, having heard that in that direction
there was plenty of work for all who would ask for it.
Walking the greater part of the distance, and asking food along the way,
he finally reached Hartford, penniless, and making his way to a boarding house
he told his story and offered his watch as security for some food, but was there
told that his honest face would be sufficient.
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.
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.
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
sold out to him. Being a fine
workman, he was given the particular work to do, and many of the most elaborate
tombstones in Tolland county attest his skill.
still engaged in his trade, he purchased the ďAmerican House,Ē 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.
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.
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. Laubscherís 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.
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 Legislature one term,
and was assessor of Rockville, in 1890. Martin
has a sketch elsewhere. August has a
sketch elsewhere. Lizzie, who was
born in East Long Meadow, Mass., attended the high school, is the widow of
Robert Carroll, and with her three children, George, Lillian and Everett, lives
with her mother. Emma, now Mrs.
Cornelius F. Wemett, of East Hartford, has one boy, Morton.
Bertha, who is now Mrs. J. Paul Haun, of Rockville, Conn., has one
daughter, Zoe M. Katherine is Mrs.
Frank Austin, of Huntington, Massachusetts.
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