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Title Robert L. & Reaka Ziebell
Catalog Number P2010.53.17
Accession number 2010.53
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Gelatin print of Robert L. & Reaka Ziebell.
Date circa 1937
People Ziebell, Robert L.
Born, Bertha Friedericka "Reaka"
Ziebell, Bertha Friedericka "Reaka" Born
Subjects Group Photographs
Universal Foundry
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection Ziebell
Catalog date 2010-07-19
Cataloged by Cross, Scott
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Candid outdoor view of Robert L. and Reaka Ziebell, standing in the backyard of their home on Ceape Avenue. Robert is holding the family cat. probably taken on their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1937.
Robert L. Ziebell was born in Germany on October 4, 1865, the son of Reinhold Ziebell and Alvina Streffen Ziebell. His father died when Robert was a child and his mother then married Albert Ziebell. The family emigrated and arrived at the Port of New York on May 19, 1880, and settled in Oshkosh, Wisconsin the same year. They lived on 17th Avenue where Robert worked as a moulder. He married Bertha Friedericka "Reaka" Born on November 16, 1887, at Sheboygan. Reaka was born in Germany on June 4, 1867, and immigrated with her parents, Carl and Amelia Radtke Born, in 1869. Robert and Reaka had two children, Clara, born in 1888; and Arthur, born in 1890, in Appleton, Wisconsin. The family lived in Batavia, Illnois in the 1890s, and settled in Oshkosh by 1900. Robert was a member of a musical group called the Oshkosh Mandolin Club, and built his own harp. He worked for Termatt & Monahan foundry and in 1916, the company was incorporated as Universal Foundry by the original owners and his son Arthur. by 1920 he was president of the company and later served as chairman of the board until he retired in 1953. Reaka died on November 6, 1955, and Robert died on December 4, 1957.