26 June 2009

Kirchhofers of Michigan & California and Kin

Initially, when encountering the "Kirchhofer" name, I wondered if they were related to my first cousin (4 times removed), Clara Howard Kirchhoffer, wife of John Nesbitt Kirchhoffer (who hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, later King George V and Queen Mary). At this time there is no known connection, but there is a Lapeer County, Michigan, connection which is just as good!

The Manchester (MI) Enterprise published this news item 2 August 1917:

27 August 1908 Hugo Kirchhofer, of Manchester, Michigan, married Clara Tuttle in Lapeer County, Michigan. The marriage record listed his occupation as "vocal teacher" and hers as "music teacher."

Groom's name: Hugo Kirchhofer
Groom's age: 26 years
Groom's birth year: 1882
Groom's birthplace: Mich.
Bride's name: Clara E. N. Tuttle
Bride's age: 21 years
Bride's birth year: 1887
Bride's birthplace: Mich.
Marriage date: 27 Aug 1908
Marriage place: Lapeer, Lapeer, Michigan
Father of groom's name: Henry Kirchhofer
Mother of groom's name: Lydia Schmid
Father of bride's name: Chas. Tuttle [Note: Prob. son of Columbus Tuttle]*
Mother of bride's name: ...ace Perkins [Grace] [Note: daughter of Benjamin Perkins]
Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925

*Columbus Tuttle was the father of Ruby Tuttle, mother of author Marguerite DeAngeli
1880 MI Census Lapeer
Columbus TUTTLE Self M W 51 NY Sash & Door Manu. NY CT
Eunice C. TUTTLE Wife M W 48 CT Keeping House CT CT
Charles H. TUTTLE Son S W 18 MI Gardening NY CT
Ruby A. TUTTLE Dau S W 12 MI At School NY CT
William K. TUTTLE Son S W 10 MI At School NY CT
William TUTTLE Father W W 73 NY Carpenter --- ---

The Flint Journal newspaper published the item below on 2 February 1916:

Mrs. Hugo Kirchhofer, nee Clara Tuttle, and two children, Dorothy and Margaret Marie of Hollywood, California, will spend the summmer with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Tuttle. Mr. Kirchhofer will go to Buffalo for a musical convention as soon as school is out and then come to Lapeer for the remainder of the summer.

Note: I found this article while researching at the Lapeer County Genealogical Research Center; the index to selected Flint Journal article extracts are in the front of the notebook (in this case, the year 1916) and a copy of each indexed article is also in the notebook.

Did Hugo Kirchhofer coin the name "Hollywood Bowl"? Apparently he did according to this article:

...Hugo Kirchhofer conducting the Community Sing. When Kirchhofer saw the site, he commented, It looks just like a bowl! The name stuck.

Hugo Kirchhofer died 18 June 1955 in Los Angeles, California.

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