Saturday, January 20, 2018

1880-1890 Autograph Album of Emma Rahe of Madison, Indiana; Married Inscriber Edward Hugh Gibson


1880-1890 autograph album that belonged to Emma Rahe of Madison, Indiana.  Emma married inscriber Edward Hugh Gibson in 1888.  Inscriptions were made by residents of Indiana and Ohio, with one from New York City.

Emma was given the album by her brother Will, presumably William Henry Rahe, at Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 29, 1880.


The album measures approximately 7-3/4" by 5" and contains the sentiments of nearly 70 of Emma's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.

Surnames in the Album

? [3]HHildreth [3]RRahe [7]
AAntle ?Hunger [3]Rea
BBelserJJarreisSSchiller
Brocksmith [3]Jones [2]Schofield
CCainKKelschSeidel [2]
CarnageyKestnerStegner
ChampneyKibbyStiening [4]
CochranLLathropTThayer
Cravens [2]LustigWWehrle
DDouglasMMellenWenzler
EEckertMerl [2]Winters ?
FFoltzMiller
Foster [2]Moore
Friedersdorff [2]Muth
GGeilePPeddie
Gibson [2]

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

Emma E. Rahe was born about April 1858 in Indiana, the daughter Henry Rahe and Margaretha (Stiening) Rahe, who inscribed several pages in Emma's album.




Other inscribers who expressed a kinship with Emma and/or had the surnames Rahe or Stiening: [and there were probably more who didn't express a kinship]
  • Minnie Cain; Emma's cousin
-->J. A. Carnagey of Columbus, Indiana; inscribed on August 12, 1890 at Madison, Indiana. John Albert Carnagey, who would marry Emma's sister, inscriber Clara Elizabeth Rahe in 1890. He inscribed the overleaf to Clara's page.


  • Lou; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on January 2, 1881.  Emma's sister Louisa M. Rahe
  • Clara Rahe; inscribed on January 1, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.  Emma's sister Clara Elizabeth Rahe, who would marry inscriber John Albert Carnagey in 1890.  She inscribed the overleaf to John's page.
  • Louise Stiening; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on July 16, 1884.  Emma's cousin, presumably Louisia Steining, daughter of Christian Heinrich Steining, a brother to Emma's mother Margaretha (Steining) Rahe
  • H. Stiening; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on October 3, 1883
  • L. O. Stiening; inscribed at Lett's Corner, Indiana, on September 27, 1882.  Emma's cousin, presumably Lewis Orlando Stiening who graduated from Franklin College in 1887 and became a minister.

  • On October 15, 1888 in Jefferson County, Indiana, Emma married Edward Hugh Gibson.  Edward inscribed a page in Emma's album shortly before their marriage.


    Emma and Edward raised their family of, I believe, two children in Jefferson County, Indiana.  The page of one inscriber, Hannah Winters, has an intriguing entry along the side, though the date of Emma's daughter Margaretha's birth doesn't quite match up with the date Hannah inscribed her page.  Perhaps a reader will weigh in.  Sadly, Emma's mother died before the birth of her namesake granddaughter.


    Edward died in June of 1944 and Emma in December of that year.  They're buried in the Springdale Cemetery at Madison, Indiana.

    Emma's teacher, Granville P. Mellen inscribed a page on June 15, 1884 at Madison, Indiana.


    If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, or information on any of the inscribers listed below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Inscribers in the Album
    • Johannes ?; inscribed at Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 11, 1887
    • ?; inscribed "Moorefield S. S. Celebration, August 25, 1883"
    • Unsigned, "Your Friend in Thy Bond", inscribed on August 22, 1882
    • George Antle, Jr.; not sure of surname.  Inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on April 17, 1881
    • George F. Belser; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on February 13, 1881
    • George F. Brocksmith; inscribed on October 3, 1882 at Cin, presumably Cincinatti, Ohio
    • Georgie W. Brocksmith; inscribed at Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 3, 1882
    • Minnie Brocksmith; inscribed at Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 3, 1882
    • Minnie Cain; Emma's cousin
    • J. A. Carnagey of Columbus, Indiana; inscribed on August 12, 1890 at Madison, Indiana.  John Albert Carnagey, who would marry Emma's sister, inscriber Clara Elizabeth Rahe in 1890.  He inscribed the overleaf to Clara's page.
    • D. V. Champney; inscribed on May 27, 1881.  Possibly DeVernon Champney
    • Marie S. Cochran of Madison, Indiana; inscriber on October 25, 1884
    • Carrie Fidelia Cravens; inscribed on February  9, 1885
    • Minnie Cravens; inscribed on June 12, 1885 at Scottsburgh, presumably Scottsburg, Indiana
    • Mrs. L. A. Douglas; inscribed on Thursday, March 6, 1884 at 5:30 AM
    • Kate Eckert; inscribed on February 14, 1881
    • Amelia Foltz; inscribed on February 23, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Lillie Foster; inscribed on December 24, 1881
    • Madge Foster; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on December 23, 1881
    • Lotta Friedersdorff; inscribed on March 7, 1881
    • Mary Friedersdorff; inscribed on March 1, 1881, or 1887
    • Mollie Geile; inscribed in January 1881
    • Edward H. Gibson of Madison, Indiana; inscribed on March 11, 1888.  Emma would marry Edward on October 15, 1888.
    • Gertie Gibson; inscribed on March 22, 1888 at Madison, Indiana
    • Emma S. Hildreth
    • Madge Hildreth; inscribed on December 30, 1881
    • Rhoda W. Hildreth; inscribed on November 15, 1881.  Presumably the Rhoda W. Hildreth who registered for a license to marry Charles E. Heberhart in Indiana on December 26, 1895
    • Clemens Hunger; inscribed on January 7, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Josephine Hunger; inscribed on January 15, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Matilde Hunger; inscribed on November 27, no year written, at Olean, Indiana
    • E. Jahrreis; inscribed on September 8, 1888
    • George W. Jones; inscribed on 2/1/85
    • Ida M. Jones; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on January 31, 1885
    • Addie A. Kelsch of New York City; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on August 12, 1881.  She sketched an intricate bird and scroll.
    • Clara C. Kestner; inscribed on September 18, 1882
    • Annie Kibby; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on February 3, 1885
    • A. H. Lathrop; inscribed at New Year in 1882
    • Mrs. Clara Lustig; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on February 27, 1881
    • G. ?. Mellen; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on June 15, 1884.  Emma's teacher.  Presumably Granville P. Mellen
    • Lena M. Merl; inscribed a sentiment that spanned facing pages on August 22, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.
    • Teresa M. Merl; inscribed on August 19, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Philip Miller; inscribed on Madison, Indiana, on May 11, 1881
    • Mollie E. Moore; inscribed on June 22, 1884 at Madison, Indiana
    • Lou Muth; inscribed at Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 5, 1882.  Presumably Louisa Muth
    • T. Alice Peddie; inscribed on August 4, 1882 at Madison, Indiana
    • Clara Rahe; inscribed on January 1, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.  Emma's sister Clara Elizabeth Rahe, who would marry inscriber John Albert Carnagey in 1890.  She inscribed the overleaf to John's page.
    • Emma Rahe of Madison, Indiana; album owner, given the album by "Brother Will", presumably William Henry Rahe, at Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 29, 1880
    • Lou; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on January 2, 1881.  Emma's sister Louisa M. Rahe
    • Margaretha Rahe; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on December 8, 1880.  Emma's mother Margaretha (Stiening) Rahe
    • Margaretha Rahe; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on October 20, 1880.  Emma's mother
    • Margaretha Rahe; inscribed on December 9, 1880; Emma's mother Margaretha (Stiening) Rahe
    • Will, who called himself "Brother Will", presumably Emma's brother William Henry Rahe, who gave the album to Emma at Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 29, 1880
    • Mollie R. Rea; inscribed on April 17, 1881 at Madison, Indiana
    • Anna Schiller; inscribed at Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 5, no year written
    • Iva Schofield; inscribed on June 14, 1890 at Madison, Indiana
    • Emma Seidel; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on February 14, 1885
    • Nelda Seidel of Madison, Indiana; inscribed on February 14, 1885.  Presumably the Nelda W. Seidel who married W. Allison Scott in Indiana on September 30, 1891
    • Tillie Stegner of Cincinnati, Ohio; inscribed on September 8, 1882 at Madison, Indiana
    • H. Stiening; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on October 3, 1883
    • J. F. Stiening of Westport, Indiana; inscribed on September 27, 1882
    • L. O. Stiening; inscribed at Lett's Corner, Indiana, on September 27, 1882.  Emma's cousin, presumably Lewis Orlando Stiening who graduated from Franklin College in 1887 and became a minister.
    • Louise Stiening; inscribed at Madison, Indiana, on July 16, 1884.  Emma's cousin, presumably Louisia Steining, daughter of Christian Heinrich Steining, a brother to Emma's mother Margaretha (Steining) Rahe
    • Emma G. Thayer; inscribed on February 24, 1882
    • Mary L. W.; inscribed on October 5, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.  Someone, presumably, Emma, added the surname Wehrle, the inscriber was Mary L. Wehrle
    • Jno. W. Wenzler; inscribed on February 25, 1881 at Madison, Indiana.  Jonathan W. Wenzler or John W. Wenzler
    • Hannah Winters; not sure of surname; inscribed on June 14, 1890 at Madison, Indiana.  Also mentions Margaretha, age 7 months; may have been Emma's daughter Margaretha, born in 1890, though she would have been less than two months old by June 14, 1890.  



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