Title: Holy Trinity Catholic Church Baptismal Records - Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio
Note continued: Source Medium: Church Record Holy Trinity Catholic Church Baptismal Records - Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio 272 Bainbridge Street Dayton, OH 45402 937-228-1223
Title: Dayton Daily News
Page: Nov 8, 2002 article
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Note: Hugo was baptized at Holy Trinity Church and his godparents were Clarence Hasenstab and Odelia Bucher. *** Source Dayton Daily News November 8, 2002 Lost world Eccentric brothers' Oakwood home yields treasure trove of Dayton memorabilia and pristine items from the early 20th century 'It doesn't look like they touched a thing since about 1931' by Cathy Mong - Dayton Daily News Oakwood- Hugo Bucher and his brother, George Edward Bucher, would rise at 5 in the morning, eat their bran and prepare for Mass. At 4:30 in the afternoon, they would draw their shades. That was their daily routine in later years. Hugo, the youngest and last surviving of three Bucher brothers born to Theresa and Edward R. Bucher of Dayton between 1898 and 1907, was eccentric, to say the least. Like his brothers, he never married, speculation being "their mother wouldn't let them," according to a cousin. Luckily, George E. and Hugo had steadfast friends, mainly two sisters whose great-grandparents knew the Buchers from "New Germany," a part of Dayton inhabited by German immigrants. The sisters saw to it that these reclusive men had weekly visits and someone who cared for them. The Bucher brothers evidently were greatly influenced by the Great Depression. They amassed close to $1 million - $85,000 of which was found stashed in a closet. Yet "the newest thing in the house is a 1950s black and white TV," said auctioneer Frank Lewis, who is preparing for an auction of the Buchers' estate on Saturday. Louis died in 1969. George Edward died in 1993. Hugo Bucher died April 5, at Walnut Acres Nursing Home, where he spent the past two years after suffering a stroke. Their house, built in 1920 at 1620 Far Hills Ave., and its eclectic contents - "the best collection of Dayton memorabilia I've seen" Lewis said - go on the auction block at 10 a. m. Saturday. The sale is expected to last the day, with proceeds earmarked for St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Kettering. The brothers - Hugo, George E. and Louis Bucher had what appeared to be a rambunctious young life punctuated by Indian-brand motorcycles and trips to Grand Lake St. Marys, "but something happened in the 1920's," Lewis said. "I'll bet I've spent 12 hours looking at photo albums" of the boys when they were young, Lewis said. "The photos stop around 1929". So did the Buchers' buying, it appears. Original 1920s furnishings dusty and worn, dot the interior of the house. "It doesn't look like they touched a thing since about 1931. Never painted nothing, never dusted nothing. Never cleaned nothing," Lewis said. That's a good thing for people looking for pristine collectibles, such as leatherette notebooks, "naughty girl" playing cards, silver match sages, ink blotters, mother-of-pearl ink pens, knives and other tokens given out by banks and businesses in the early 1900s. Many items are in original boxes or protective wax sleeves, a real plus for collectors, Lewis said. Hugo lived by himself after George Edward's death. "He was a recluse, a hermit," said Ginny VandenBosch, whose mother, Ann Leibold, 82, knew the Buchers when they lived on Buckeye Street in the early 1900s and attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church on East Fifth Street. " I think his family was so insular." "They were a family unto themselves," said Mary Ann Schoen, VandenBosch's sister. "It was just them and Mom and Dad. They just dearly loved their parents." "It was an interesting family," Leibold said. "No girls attached." The brothers' dad died in 1955 at age 87; Mrs. Bucher died in 1962 at age 92. The family is buried at Calvary Cemetery. For the past several weeks, Lewis and sons Joshua and Jamison have been immersed in a bygone era. Hugo Bucher's life and that of his brothers, intrigue Lewis. He's scoured the four floors of the home, including attic and basement. "There's a ton of stuff in there, stuck in the back in these cubbyholes. Men's stuff. Model-T and Model-A tools. I found a pair of foot pegs for a motorcycle, probably from 1910-20," Lewis said. Lewis said some of the best advertising memorabilia includes the Indian motorcycles which Hugo and his brothers rode. Leibold remembers Hugo racing up the street and into the back yard. "They were like the original Dayton Outlaws," Lewis said. Hugo worked 46 years at NCR, from 1923 to 1969. He also was one of the oldest World War II draftees, who served as a barber and military police officer, due in the part to his experience on motorcycles, Lewis said. "He got rid of his motorcycles after the war," Lewis said. The family built their house on Far Hills after the 1913 flood damaged their former house on Buckeye Street. "The water came to the top of the second floor," schoen said about the Buckeye Street house. Finally, it suffered from "damaged brick," she said Hugo told her. Schoen's family got to know Hugo when he started attending St Albert's. Then George Edward got Parkinson's disease and he took care of him for hears." She said Hugo had a "Depression-(era) mentality," and washed his clothes in the basement's wringer washer and plunger, "which is how he said he did it in the Army." Schoen made an album for Hugo which included photos of the places he loved and frequented - "the house he grew up in on Buckeye and the one on Far Hills, Holy Trinity Church, St. Albert, NCR building, Dorothy Lane Market and the bank." The album was buried with Hugo. Lewis said he found photos of a feather Christmas tree, under which were toys, all of which he found in the house. Later, Christmas celebrations became taboo in the hourse. "They never had Christmas trees," Schoen said. "His mother told them they didn't need to do that. They gave their old ornaments and things to St. Joseph's Orphanage." VandenBosch said Hugo seemed happy the last two years he spent at the nursing home. "He had a happy time over there. He felt people were wonderful and paid attention to him. He had people contact." Lewis said he is still trying to figure out whey the Buchers lived the way they did. "Wednesday, I was talking to Hugo and the boys. I said, 'C'mon boys, give me some insight. I need some closure on this.' I was kind of hoping, when I looked into this cloudy mirror, behind me would be one of them and he'd let me in on it," he said. "I think they had such good, good times in the '20s, maybe the Depression and World War II were wake-up calls, or a go-to-sleep call. Maybe all those good times lasted a lifetime." *** Source Dayton Daily News (OH) April 7, 2002 BUCHER, Hugo L., 95, of Oakwood, Friday. Mass of Christian Burial noon Tuesday, St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Kettering. (Westbrock, Wayne Avenue) *** Source Calvary Cemetery Bucher First Name: Hugo L. Sex: U Birth Date: 4/1/1907 Death Date: 4/5/2002 Burial Date: 4/9/2002 Age: 95 Funeral Home: Westbrock Church: St. Albert Section: 8 Block: X Lot: 12 Space: 10
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