Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dr. F.R. Lange and Family

Dr. F. R. Lange is pictured above with his four children and his granddaughter Cora. The four Lange children, from left to right are Emily Lange (later Mrs. William Emrich), Adolph Philip Lange, Francisco Robert Lange, and Mrs. Jacob Greefelder, whose maiden name was Henrietta Lange. The little girl in the picture is Henrietta’s daughter Cora. In the book Sandusky Then and Now, we read that Dr. F. R. Lange was born in 1819 in Göttingen, Germany where he was a distinguished oculist. He came to Sandusky in 1848, and married Emilie Gaa in 1852. Records at Oakland Cemetery indicate that Emilie Gaa Lange drowned in October of 1861, when her children ranged in age from 3 to 8. While in Sandusky, Dr. Lange operated a pharmacy on Jackson Street for many years, until his death in 1891.

Adolph Philip Lange and his brother F.R. Lange owned a harness shop in Sandusky from the late 1870’s until the mid 1920’s. Henrietta Lange Greenfelder was one of the co-founders of the United Ladies Sewing Circle, which was a charitable organization made up primarily of women of German descent

Henrietta and Jacob Greenfelder moved to Cincinnati in 1897. Emily Lange Emrich died in September of 1933, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Senior, in South Euclid, Ohio. Emily was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings.

Dr. F. R. Lange’s grandson was Dr. Norbert A. Lange., who was a chemistry professor who is known for writing the classic text Handbook of Chemistry. In 1959 Dr. Norbert A. Lange and his wife, Marion Cleaveland Lange translated Dr. Von Schulenburg’s book Sandusky Einst und Jetzt into English as Sandusky Then and Now.

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