Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1880s Autograph Album of Friedrich Philip Binder, "Fred", of Monee, Illinois


1880s autograph album of Frederick Philip Binder, "Fred", of Monee, Illinois.

Many inscribers added "'73" to their sentiments, possibly referring to a school at Monee, or Hayes or Tuscola.  Fred's future wife Clara Marie Kettering inscribed the last page in the album; image shown farther below.


The album measures approximately 7" by 4-1/4" and contains the sentiments of about 59 of Fred's relatives, friends and, presumably, 1873 classmates.  An alphabetical list of the inscribers, together with any personal information they offered, appears at the end of this post.


Surnames in the Album

? [8]HHawleySSchiffer
AAndrewsHinelineSeymour
AshbrookKKasperSmith [3]
BBinder [5]Kettering [2]Sonneborn
BischmannKnechtTTinch
BohlanderKolstedtVVatter [2]
BonhamLLawWVollmar
BrewerLuehrs [2]Ward
CCarterMMasonWolfe
ClarkMcClory
CoxMiller [3]
DDaughertyMilliken
DoleMoats [2]
FFreeseWRobbins
GGillespieRutledge
Gilman

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

Friedrich Philip Binder, "Fred", was born, according to his gravestone and to a St. Paul's Church Burial Record, on December 5, 1859 at Chicago, Illinois, the son of Friedrich Binder and Barbara (Schneider) Binder.  Barbara inscribed the first page of inscriptions in German.


Inscribers who expressed a kinship (and there were likely others who did not):
  • Rosa; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on October 12, 1881.  Fred's cousin
  • F. W. Binder or H. W. Binder; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on February 10, 1883.  Fred's cousin
  • F. W. Binder; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on July 4, 1883 at 6 P.M.  Fred's cousin
  • Henry Fred Binder; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on December 5, 1881.  Album owner Fred's cousin
  • Louisa Binder; Fred's cousin

On May 14, 1885 in Will County, Illinois, Fred married Clara Marie Kettering, daughter of Adam Johann Kettering and Katharina (Wild) Kettering.  On Clara's death record, her parents names appear as Adam Kettering and Catherine (Wild) Kettering.   Clara and her brother Ferdinand Oscar Kettering inscribed pages in Fred's album.


I believe Fred and Clara had two sons.  Fred died in 1911 and Clara in 1942.  They're buried in the St. Paul Evangelical Reformed Cemetery at Monee, Illinois.

Sources 
  • U.S. Federal Censuses
  • Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920
  • St. Paul's Church Burial Record, Page 614
  • Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947
  • FindaGrave.com

Interesting pages in the album:

Urbana Smith; inscribed on February 9, 1881 at 8:50 P.M.

Mary Vatter; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on December 18, 1880.  


Emma L. Bonham; inscribed at Tuscola, Illinois, on February 7, 1881.  Mentions their shared time at Hayes

Inscribers in the Album
  • J. E. D.; inscribed at Hayes, Illinois, on November 27, 1880
  • Rosa; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on October 12, 1881.  Fred's cousin
  • Jinks of Mattoon, Illinois; inscribed on April 9, no year written
  • Written partly in code; inscribed to Operator H from Operator P"; inscribed on June 14, 1881
  • Julia; inscribed at Hayes, Illinois, on January 29, 1881
  • Mary; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on November 25, 1880
  • Laura; inscribed at Tuscola, Illinois, in June 1881; written partly in French
  • Ma of Hayes, Illinois; inscribed on July 12, 1881.  Was this Fred's mother Barbara (Schneider) Binder?  Or perhaps a house mother or someone else.
  • Florence Andrews of Buckley, Illinois; inscribed at Hayes, Illinois, on July 9, 1881
  • S. C. Ashbrook; inscribed on June 10, 1881.  Mentions Tuscola in the inscription
  • Barbara Binder, Fred's mother.  She was Barbara (Schneider) Binder; wrote her sentiment in German.
  • F. P. Binder of Monee, Illinois; album owner Frederick Philip Binder, or Friedrich Philip Binder (1859-1911)
  • F. W. Binder or H. W. Binder; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on February 10, 1883.  Fred's cousin
  • F. W. Binder; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on July 4, 1883 at 6 P.M.  Fred's cousin
  • Henry Fred Binder; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on December 5, 1881.  Album owner Fred's cousin
  • Louisa Binder; Fred's cousin
  • Louis C. Bischmann of Monee, Illinois; inscribed on November 25, 1880
  • Rhoda Bohlander; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on September 18, 1880
  • Emma L. Bonham; inscribed at Tuscola, Illinois, on February 7, 1881.  Mentions their shared time at Hayes
  • Sadie Brewer; not sure of surname; of St. Joseph, Michigan; inscribed at Hayes, Illinois, on November 27, 1880
  • E. H. Carter; inscribed at Hayes, Illinois, on February 7, 1881
  • L. P. Clark; inscribed at "US", Tuscola, Illinois, on June 10, 1881.  "73"
  • W. Cox; middle initial A or D; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on January 19, 1881
  • Jeff Daugherty; inscribed at Hayes, Illinois, on February 11, 1881
  • C. A. Dole; inscribed at Tuscola, Illinois, on April 5, 1881
  • Edo R. Freese; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on November 26, 1880
  • Estelle Gillespie of Tuscola, Illinois; inscribed on February 7, 1881
  • C. E. Gilman; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on December 18, 1904.  "73"
  • ? B. Hawley; inscribed at Hayes, Illinois, in August 1881.  First initial could be C, E, O or ?
  • H. H. Hineline of Chicago, Illinois; inscribed on August 13, 1883
  • P. J. Kasper; inscribed at Chicago, Illinois, on February 11, 1881
  • Clara Marie.  Presumably Clara Marie Kettering, whom Fred would marry in 1885
  • Ferd Kettering; inscribed at St. Louis, Missouri, on February 13, 1882.  Ferdinand O. Kettering, brother of Fred's future wife Clara M. (Kettering) Binder
  • Ed. R. Knecht of Mattoon, Illinois; inscribed on April 5, 1881.  "73"
  • John Kolstedt; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on November 26, 1880
  • Jennie Law of Mattoon, Illinois; inscribed on April 10, 1881.  "73"
  • ? H. Luehrs of Monee, Illinois
  • Harry Luehrs; from or inscribed at Aurelia, Iowa, on February 13, 1882
  • Julia Mason
  • T. McClory; not sure of middle initial; inscribed at Tuscola, Illinois, on February 11, 1881
  • George S. Miller; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on April 17, 1882
  • Mary Miller; inscribed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1880
  • Simon Miller of Monee, Illinois; inscribed on November 26, 1880
  • J. E. Milliken; inscribed on March 3, 1882.  "73"
  • Emma Moats of Hayes, Illinois; inscribed on January 25, 1881
  • Sarah Moats of Hayes, Illinois; inscribed on January 25, 1881
  • Joe C. Robbins of Richview, Illinois; inscribed on November 27, 1880.  "73"
  • George W. Rutledge of Hayes, Illinois; inscribed on August 17, 1881
  • Carl Schiffer; inscribed on November 25, 1880.  "Your Thanksgiving Friend"
  • Charles Seymour; inscribed at Champaign, Illinois, on March 9, 1881
  • G. M. Smith of Pesotum, Illinois; inscribed on June 14, 1881.  "Yours with '73'"
  • Sadorus S. Smith; inscribed on February 10, 1881.  Presumably Sadorus Springfield Smith (1858-1951)
  • Urbana Smith; inscribed on February 9, 1881 at 8:50 P.M..  Beautiful colored sketch of flag, scroll, arrow, flowers, birds, elk
  • George Sonneborn, Jr., of Monee, Illinois; inscribed on November 26, 1880
  • D. Tinch; inscribed on 4-5-81
  • Bertha Vatter; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on December 20, 1880.  
  • Mary Vatter; inscribed at Monee, Illinois, on December 18, 1880.  She sketched a scroll and foliage
  • Ferdinand Vollmar; inscribed at Frankfort Station, Illinois, on March 1, 1882
  • H. A. Ward; inscribed at Champaign, Illinois, on July 16, 1881
  • Ed. J. Wolfe of Monee, Illinois; inscribed on February 18, 1882.  "73"

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