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From the Valley City Times Record, Valley City, North Dakota

Posted on July 10, 2010 - Filed Under Family history, Pulskamps Today, Uncategorized

Sister is last link to story of war

Tuesday, 06 July 2010
Is final survivor of Nazi incarceration

By Paul Riemerman
Staff writer

Maryvale Sister Eloise Marie Pulskamp has become the last surviving member of a group of seven nuns from The Sisters of Mary of the Presentation who survived incarceration in a Nazi concentration camp in France during World War II.
When the Germans decided to round up nuns in France who were from the U.S., Pulskamp, 90, was living at the order’s motherhouse in Brittany, France, established in the late 1700s.
Pulskamp became the last survivor of the camp from her order after fellow nun and Maryvale resident Sister Alexandras Turcotte, 93, died Wednesday.
“It’s kind of tough for me to be the last survivor. I hated to see Sister Alexandras die. I had a special connection with her,” Pulskamp said Monday.
The nuns were not starved, and were treated relatively well. “The worst part was the incertitude. Some people would disappear and never come back. We didn’t know what was going to happen to us.”
Pulskamp and her fellow nuns were all Americans finishing their novitiates at the motherhouse in France when the Germans rounded them up. At the time Pulskamp was in her early 20s.
Only the Americans were captured and sent to the camp.
“The Germans made us walk from the motherhouse to the train station,” Pulskamp said.
She arrived in France in 1940, before the war between the U.S. and Germany and before Germany invaded France.

For the complete story, see the July 6, 2010 print edition of the Valley City Times-Record.

Story about Joseph Pfister, friend of the Pulskamp Family in Celina

Posted on June 29, 2010 - Filed Under Family history

Cousin Daniel Hart wrote recently to tell me about the loss of his mother, Mary Bea Kohnen, granddaughter of J. Henry Pulskamp. She died June 9th 2010 and left Daniel and his siblings with some wonderful pieces of the Pulskamp history. One piece he is sharing with us is the a story from a 1978 History of Mercer County Ohio. The story is a biography of artist Joseph Pfister, who grew up with the large Pulskamp family in Celina, Ohio. He is the artist who did the painting, Dulah in Red which is posted on this website.

Text from story. (Not all the text, just the story part. If you need the entire text, let me know and I will forward the full PDF to you.)

Joseph Pfister, born March 3, 1895 in Newport, Ky. (died August 16, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio) received his early education at the Immaculate Conception School in Celina. Then he attended the Art Institute of Chicago and on June 15, 1917 received a certificate of completion of three and one-half years of drawing, antique life, painting and still life.

Pfister enlisted in the US Army September 18, 1917 at Celina. He served in Co. A 308th Engineers in the Aise-Ainse offensive Aug. 18-30, 1918; Ainse-Marne July 28-Aug. 6, 1918, Aesle sect. defensive Aug. 6-30, 1918; Meuse=Argonne offensive Oct. 9-Nov. 11; Chateau Thiery offensive July 12, 1918. Before he was sent overseas he was trained in the Military Trade School, Washington Barracks, D.C. and was awarded a certificate of achievement from the School of Photography. It was his job to sketch or to photograph bridges or other works that were blown up by the Germans. These sketches or photographs, often made from an airplane, were rushed to headquarters where the engineers made plans for restoration so that Allied forces could move ahead. After Armistice, Pfister was assigned to the Army of Occupation. He sketched German military fortifications along the Rhine. Honorable Discharge was received July 14, 1919. Then came two year scholarship at the Beaux Arts Institute in Paris an travel in Europe. At the Versailles Peace Conference he sketched Clemmenceau, the Old Tiger of France, a work that is in France today. Returning to USA, Pfister studied anatomy for a year at Flower Hospital in New York.

His major work was portrait painting. He had his studio in Chicago, in Celina, and after 1938 in Cincinnati. Pfister’s favorite commissions were the two portraits of Don Gentile, the flying ace of World War II who completed three hundred missions, which he did for the Gentile family and for a Piqua, Ohio veterans’ organization. In 1940 he painted the portrait of Pope Pius XII, whom he had never seen. The war prevented his going to Rome, so he resorted to other portraits, photographs, and the descriptions of people who knew the pope. Most Reverent Archbishop John T. McNichols offered many helpful criticism of the work. Another portrait which was received with much publicity an acclaim was that of President Truman done in 1946.

A collection of clippings, exhibition catelogues, photographs of his works, document, by and about Joseph Pfister are in the file of the Cincinnati Art Museum Library donated by Mrs. Donald M. Wood.  She is Anna Lee Pfister Wood, daughter of Leo an Margaret Pfister, and she has the following collection of Joseph Pfister’s works in her Cincinnati home. Franklin D. Roosevelt; Federal Judge Frank L. Kloeb of Toledo; President Harry Truman; Governor John W. Bricker; John Francis Beckmeyer (?); John MacGrego (?); Dulah in Red Velvet; Miss Dulah Pulskamp; The Misses Alexandra and Mary; Miss Nathalie Fleish (?); Woman Wearing Orchids; Mrs. Albert Gearson (?); Orchids; Venus de Milo; Football Game; Expulsion; Broadway Chorus Girl (chalk); Hiawatha; Sketch for a Proposed Mural; Charcoal studies of: Josephine Pfister; Pius Pfister; Three watercolors: As You Like It — Roselinda; Falstaff; Midsummer Night’s Dream; One oil cartoon: Dorothy’s Little Boxer.

Biography of Joseph Pfister, friend of Pulskamp Family of Celina

Biography of Joseph Pfister, friend of Pulskamp Family of Celina

John B. Pulskamp and Rose Pulskamp

Posted on April 28, 2010 - Filed Under Family history

I came across a 1902 Cincinnati City Directory listing the following, and wonder if anyone can clarify for me who these folks are:

Edw. H. Pulskamp, draftsman, 507 E. Pearl res. St. Bernard

George H. Pulskamp, printer, h. 427 Woodward

Henry, elev man, h. 427 Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, candymkr, h. 1355 Pendleton

Rose Pulskamp, h. bkbinder 427 Woodward

The folks on Woodward could be Henry Theodore John Pulskamp, who came from Germany at age five and his son George Henry Pulskamp who ended up in the state hospital, and Rose could be Henry Theodore John’s daughter Rose Mary Pulskamp, born 1874, died 1940, never married. Does that sound correct to everyone?

John B. Pulskamp could be Henry Theodore John’s son, but I always thought of him as a furniture maker. He owned Dams and Pulskamp Furniture Mfg Company and was my grandfather’s father.

Edward H. could be the son of Herman Heinrich but he moved to Celina at some point. Does anyone know if he worked as a draftsman in Cincinnati in 1902?

1861 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Herman Pulskamp, plow stocker, wks 10 W 7th

1862 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

H. Pulskamp, plowmkr, wks 10 W. 7th

Hy Pulskamp, chair mkr, bds 13 Bremen

1866 Cincinnati City Directory

Henry Pulskamp, chair mkr wks 166 W 2d

1867 Cincinnati City Directory

H. Pulskamp, chair mkr wks 166 W 2d

1878 Cincinnati City Directory lists Dams & Pulskamp, 247 Sycamore

Henry Pulskamp, (Dams & P) h. 28 Jones

1880 Cincinnati City Directory lists Dams & Pulskamp, 247 Sycamore

Dams, Herman, (D & Pulskamp) h. 170 Pleasant

Dams & Pulskamp, (Herman D & Henry P.) furniture frames, 247 Sycamore

1881 Cincinnati City Directory lists

Dams, Herman, h. 170 Pleasant

Dams & Pulskamp, (Herman D & Henry P.) furniture frames, 247 Sycamore

Dams & Pulskamp, 247 Sycamore

1882 Cincinnati City Directory lists

Dams & Pulskamp, 247 Sycamore

1883 Cincinnati City Directory lists Herman Dams (D & Pulskamp ) h. 170 Pleasant

Dams & Pulskamp (Herman D & Henry P.) furniture frames, 247 Sycamore

Dams & Pulskamp, 247 Sycamore

1884 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Dams & Pulskamp ,247 Sycamore

Henry Pulskamp, (Dams & P) h. 28 Jones

John Pulskamp, wood carver, h. 28 Jones

1885 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Henry Pulskamp, (Dams & P) h. 170 Woodward

John Pulskamp, h. 170 Woodward

John Pulskamp, varnisher, h. 105 David

Herman Dams (D & Pulskamp ) h. 154 Spring

Dams & Pulskamp (Herman D & Henry P.) furniture frames, 247 Sycamore

1886 Cincinnati City Directory lists Herman Dams (D & Pulskamp ) h. 55 Elder

Dams & Pulskamp (Herman D & Henry P.) furniture frames, 247 Sycamore

Henry Pulskamp (Dams & P), h. n e c Spring and Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, 96 Woodward

Jos. L. Pulskamp, upholsterer, 96 Woodward

Lizzie Pulskamp, h. 29 Dandridge

1887 Cincinnati City Directory shows

Henry Pulskamp (Dams & P), h. n e c Spring and Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, 96 Woodward

Jos. L. Pulskamp, upholsterer, 96 Woodward

Herman Dams (D & Pulskamp ) h. 55 Elder

Dams & Pulskamp (Herman D & Henry P.) furniture frames, 247 Sycamore

1888 Cincinnati City Directory shows

Henry Pulskamp pres The Dams & Pulskamp Manuf. Co. 247 Sycamore h. 96 Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, h. 96 Woodward

Jos. Pulskamp, Upholsterer, h. 96 Woodward

Dams, Harry, wood carver, h. 55 Elder

Dams, Herman, secy. and treas. The Dams & Pulskamp Manuf. Co. 247 Sycamore, h 55 Elder

Dams & Pulskamp Manuf. Co. (The) Henry Pulskamp, pres; Herman Dams, secy. and treas.; parlor furniture frames, 247 Sycamore

1890 Cincinnati City Directory shows

Henry Pulskamp (The Dams & Pulskamp Manuf. Co.) h. 96 Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, h. 96 Woodward

1891 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Henry Pulskamp, pres. The Dams & Pulskamp Manuf Co. 249 Sycamore, h. 96 Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, h. 97 Pendleton

Rosa Pulskamp, saleslady 33 Lock h. 96 Woodward

1892 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Henry Pulskamp, pres. The Dams & Pulskamp Manuf Co. 249 Sycamore, h. n w c Spring and Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, h. 97 Pendleton

Rosa Pulskamp, packer, h. 96 Woodward

Dams, Edward, carver, h. 170 Pleasant

Dams, Elizabeth wid. Herman, h. 170 Pleasant

Dams, Harry, carver 170 Pleasant

Dams & Pulskamp Manuf. Co (The) Henry Pulskamp, pres.: Jos. V. Dinger, secy and treas: furniture frames, 249 Sycamore

1893 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Henry T. Pulskamp, 164 Broadway

1894 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Emma Pulskamp, dressmkr, 109 Woodward

Henry T. Pulskamp, chair mkr 109 Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, 103 Pendleton

Rosa Pulskamp, labeler, 109 Woodward

1896 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Emma Pulskamp, dressmkr, 427 Woodward

Henry Pulskamp, elevator man, 427 Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, wood carver, h. 1355 Pendleton

1897 Cincinnati City Directory lists Dams & Pulskamp, 107 Wade

Geo H. Pulskamp mach h. 427 Woodward

Henry J. Pulskamp, elevator man h. 427 Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, 1355 Pendleton

1898 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Geo. Pulskamp, printer, h. 427 Woodward

Henry J. Pulskamp, elevatorman, h. 427 Woodward

John B. Pulskamp, carver, h. 1355 Pendleton

1901 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Edw.H. Pulskamp, draftsman 507 E Pearo res St. Bernard

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer h. 427 Woodward

Henry J. Pulskamp, elevatorman h. 427 Woodward

John B Pulskamp, carver h 1355 Pendleton

Rose Pulskamp, bkbinder, h. 427 Woodward

1904 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer h. 1047 Rittenhouse

Henry J. Pulskamp, elevatorman h. 427 E 13th

John B. Pulskamp, foreman candymkr 27 W Court h. 1355 Pendleton

1906 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer h. 427 Woodward

Henry J. Pulskamp, elevatorman h. 427 E 13th

John B. Pulskamp, foreman candymkr 27 W Court h. 1355 Pendleton

1907 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

E.H. Pulskamp, draftsman 610 Baymiller res St. Bernard

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer h. 1047 Rittenhouse

Henry J. Pulskamp, elevatorman h. 427 E 13th

John B. Pulskamp, foreman candymkr 27 W Court h. 1355 Pendleton

1909 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer wks s e c 9th and Cutter

Henry Pulskamp, clk 1341 Pendleton

Henry J. Pulskamp elev man h. 427 E 13th

John B Pulskamp foreman candymkr 27 W Court h rear 1341 Pendleton

1911 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer wks s e c 9th and Cutter

Henry Pulskamp, shoemaker, h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Henry J. Pulskamp elev op h. 427 E 13th

John B Pulskamp foreman candymkr 27 W Court h rear 1341 Pendleton

1912 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer wks s e c 9th and Cutter

Henry, shoemaker, h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Henry J. Pulskamp elev op h. 427 E 13th

John B Pulskamp foreman candymkr 27 W Court h rear 1341 Pendleton

Rosie Pulskamp, bookwkr, 427 E 13th

1913 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer wks n e c 8th and Cutter

Henry, shoemaker, h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Henry J. Pulskamp 1334 California

John B Pulskamp foreman candymkr 27 W Court h rear 1341 Pendleton

Rosie Pulskamp, bookwkr, 427 E 13th

1914 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Geo H. Pulskamp, printer wks n e c 8th and Cutter

Henry, shoemaker, h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Henry J. Pulskamp 1334 California

John B Pulskamp foreman candymkr 27 W Court h rear 1341 Pendleton

1915 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Henry Pulskamp, sole agt h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Henry J. Pulskamp 1334 California

John B Pulskamp foreman candymkr 27 W Court h rear 1341 Pendleton

Rose Pulskamp, bkbinder, h 1334 California Av

1916 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

Janitor Supply (Henry J. Pulskamp & John Menkhaus) 706 Reading Rd

Henry J. Pulskamp, h 1334 California Av

Henry J. Pulskamp (Janitor Supply Co.) 706 Reading Rd h rear 1341 Pendleton

John B Pulskamp foreman candymkr 27 W Court h rear 1341 Pendleton

Rose Pulskamp, bkbinder, h 1334 California Av

1917 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

H. J. Pulskamp, prop Janitors Supply Co 113 E Court h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Henry J. Pulskamp h 1334 California Av

John B. Pulskamp forman candymaker 27 W. Court h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Jos H. Pulskamp, clk 216 E. 6th, h rear 1341 Pendleton

Rose Pulskamp, bkbinder, h 1334 California Av

1918 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

H. J. Pulskamp, h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Henry J. Pulskamp, h. 1334 California Av

Henry B. Pulskamp forman candymaker 27 W. Court h. rear 1341 Pendleton

Jos H. Pulskamp, clk 216 E. 6th, h rear 1341 Pendleton

Louise M. Pulskamp, maid, 3424 Mooney Av

Rose Pulskamp, bkbinder, h 1334 California Av

1923 Cincinnati City Directory shows:

John B. Pulskamp 1608 Young

Jos. H. Pulskamp 1608 Young

All interesting questions.

Update on the Original Farmstead

Posted on November 6, 2009 - Filed Under Family history, Pulskamps Today

Those of you who were able to attend the World Wide Gathering of the Pulskamps (August 1-3, 2008) probably got a chance to visit the original Pulskamp farmstead. This is the property which Herman H. Pulskamp bought in Indiana just weeks after landing in America. The property was for sale in 2008 and my second cousin, Barry Pulskamp, was happy to purchase it for his family. Barry and his wife had been looking for a property in the country, so it all came together perfectly. They invited the whole family to visit and many of us did, some arriving in hay wagons pulled by cousin Leon’s antique tractors.

Barry has sent me an update on the property. They have removed the old house that was on the property. (It had been built some time after the original homestead had burnt down, so it held no real historical interest.) They are having a lovely home built on the site and they have put in a pond, which is filling up from natural rainfall. Barry sent an aerial view of the property. Notice the trees along the drive on the left of the photo? Those trees were planted by our ancestors and once lined the drive to the original house.

Pulskamp Farm 2009

Pulskamp Farm 2009

One Less Pulskamp

Posted on November 5, 2009 - Filed Under Family history, Pulskamps Today

My father’s cousin, Raymond “Footsie” Pulskamp died recently in Cincinnati.

Robert and Raymond "Footsie" Pulskamp

Robert and Raymond "Footsie" Pulskamp

In this photo, Raymond is on the left. The photo was probably taken during a visit to Cincinnati by my Dad’s family but could have been sent to his family from the Cincinnati family.

PULSKAMP, Raymond

PULSKAMP Raymond “Footsie” Loving devoted partner for 27yrs. of Antoinette “Toni” Mellett. Dear father of Sue (Steve) Ulmer, Lynn (Dan) Meiners, Ray (Jackie) and David (Teresa) Pulskamp, Tom (Beth) Mellett and Katie (Jonathan) Pillow. Devoted grandpa of 16. Dear brother of Helen “Sis” Cassidy, Jinny and Robert Pulskamp. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Preceeded in death by brother Joseph Pulskamp and grandson Robbie Meiners. Died suddenly Oct. 29, 2009 Age 71yrs. Retired Cinti. Fireman. Visitation Monday 5-8pm at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home 3155 Harrison Ave., Westwood. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30am Tuesday at St. Catharine Church, Westwood. Burial Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorials to the Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Rd. (45206)neidhardminges.com

A Very Precious Find

Posted on October 8, 2009 - Filed Under Family history

This afternoon my Mom gave me an old ledger book she found among my aunt’s papers. The book belonged to my grandfather, Henry John Pulskamp, starting in 1918.  The first page includes a little table of contents, listing a number of interesting things in it, including a collection of Odd Information starting on page 35. But the item that caught my attention first was Family History Page 75.

On Page 75, my grandfather listed data about his birth and my grandmother’s birth, then their wedding information. The next part was where the fun really started. He wrote a description of the night my father, his first child was born. The text is included here. (I am at my Mom’s at the moment, or I would scan it for you all to see.)

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John Joseph Pulskamp (Son)

On Thur. evening, Dec 16th, Agnes and myself retired at the usual time. (10 P.M.) Both slept sound until 1 A.M. Dec 17th, when Agnes complained of intense pains in certain organic regions. I at once, diagnosed them as the beginning of things important, so I dressed and left the house at 2 A.M. to notify Mrs. S– an old maternity nurse. She not being at home, went to Agnes’ Ma’s house and requested her to come to our home at once. She agreed, so I left and very hastily returned home to Agnes, to find her resting easily. Then I phoned for Dr. Cubbison at 3 A.M., and he arrived at 3:45 A.M. , shortly after Mrs. O’Keefe and Julia arrived.

After a brief consultation, the Doctor decided to wait a few hours, so we sat in the kitchen speaking of general topics.

About 7 A.M. we again went in to see Agnes, to ascertain the intensity of her pain, and after learning of them, the Doctor decided to begin work. From 7 to 7:45 A.M. he coaxed and tenderly urged Agnes to put forth her best efforts, and after about a dozen attempts, she was successful.

The dear child, John, was born at 7:45 A.M., and entered the world with a lusty yell. Agnes, my dear wife, bore it all so bravely and patiently, then when the crisis was past, she seemed quite weakened and tired.

I, the daddy, was the first one to hold the child after he was born, and too I was the first one to kiss Agnes, after the difficulties were over.

The weather was fair and about 30º above zero. Snow was on the ground, and at the time the boy was born, it was already daylight. The new moon was in the first quarter.

Baptized Sunday Dec 26th 1920 2 P.M. St. James Church, Wilkinsburg, Pa by Fr. Stephen Walsh, the same priest who married us, and also the one who baptized Agnes, at St. Agnes Church in 1894. Sponsors Geo. W. Scott, and his wife Kath O’Keefe Scott.

Received First Holy Comm. Sund Apr. 14th 1929. Sacred Heart Church Los Angeles. Rev. Geo. Donahue Msgr.

Some photos of my Dad’s family

Posted on September 3, 2009 - Filed Under Family history

I heard that my aunt had thrown out all the photos when she cleaned the house after Grandma Agnes Pulskamp died so I was surprised to find these two photos from my Dad’s childhood. The kids are John Joseph Pulskamp (my Dad), Thomas H. Pulskamp, and Anna Mary Pulskamp. Pretty cute kids, if you ask me!

Pulskamp Kids in Los Angeles

JJ, Tommy, and Anna Mary in a row

JJ, Tommy, and Anna Mary in a row

Pulskamp Kids in Los Angeles

Wedding in Germany

Posted on September 1, 2009 - Filed Under Pulskamps Today

News from Ettlingen! Karin Pulskamp, daughter of Georg and Elfreida and sister of Birgit, got married  to Carsten, her long-time boyfriend. Following the custom in Germany, they got married in a register office in Ettlingen on the 20th of July, and on the 25th of July there was the church wedding with a great celebration party with 100 guests.

They sent some photos!

Karin and Carsten Wedding

Karin and Carsten Wedding

Carsten and Karin Wedding

Carsten and Karin Wedding

My Daughter’s Wedding

Posted on February 19, 2009 - Filed Under Pulskamps Today

Our youngest child, Rebecca, got married at our home on Saturday, September 27, 2008. This photo is our favorite one. Rebecca designed and made her dress and made the skirt for Jennifer and a similar one for her new sister-in-law. (Not shown in this photo.)

Photo shows our son Benjamin on the left, his wife Megan Robertson near him, my Mom Kay Pulskamp in front, the bride Rebecca, her wonderful groom Paul Howarth, myself (Ellen Pulskamp Turner), my husband Ray, and our eldest child Jennifer.

Since these kids have no particular church affiliation, my Mom presided at the wedding, which was really wonderful. The ceremony was on the west yard, overlooking Silicon Valley, followed by wine and appetizers around the pool in the courtyard. A lovely dinner was then served in the tennis court. The kids made all the decor themselves and everything was perfect. rebeccapaulweddingfamily

Dulah In Red Velvet (full color)

Posted on February 18, 2009 - Filed Under Family history, Uncategorized

Mrs. Annalee Wood, the niece of artist Joseph Pfister sent me a color photo of the painting Dulah in Red Velvet. Dulah is cousin Dulah Pulskamp of Celina, OH, who was very close to the artist all her life.dulahinred2

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