Richard F. Freudenberg
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Sex: Male
Birth: October 13, 1896
Hoboken, New Jersey
Death: September 21, 1988 (age 91)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Burial: Fairview Cemetery
Fairview, New Jersey
Father: Maximillian S. Freudenberg I (1858-1921)
Mother: Eloise Lindauer II (1860-1935)
Siblings: Max S. Freudenberg II (1881)
Ada Augusta Freudenberg (1885-1957)
Charles Fredrick Freudenberg (1887-1942)
Jenny Gertrude Freudenberg
Clara Freudenberg (1889-1959)
Arthur Oscar Freudenberg I (1891-1968)
Max Freudenberg III (1893-aft1900)
Louis Julius Freudenberg I (1894-1918)
Harry Freudenberg (1895-1896)
Eloise Freudenberg (1898)
Eugene Freudenberg I (1900-1956)
Ralph Freudenberg (1903-1980)
Grace May Freudenberg (1904-1981)
Spouse/Partner: Charlotte C. Kahrar (1897-1963)
Marriage: circa 1917
Children: Richard Charles Freudenberg I (1918-1994)

Richard F. Freudenberg (1896-1988) was a veteran of World War I. He later became a chemical salesman. He was an nonagenarian. (b. October 13, 1896, 220 Madison Street, Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA - d. September 27, 1988, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA) Military Service Number 4025411 and Social Security Number 138129629.


His middle name is most likely "Frederick", but it does not appear in any written documents found to date. His grandfather was Charles Frederick Lindauer.



Eloise and Max had 15 children, 9 lived to adults. The children of Max and Eloise are:


He dropped out of school after completing the 8th grade according to the 1940 United States Census. He would have been around 13 and it would have been around 1909.

Hudson County, New JerseyEdit

His parents were living at 220 Madison Street in Hoboken when he was born in 1896; 51 Booraem Avenue in Jersey City by 1905; and in 1907 they were living at 22 Hopkins Avenue in Jersey City.


Around 1917 Richard married Charlotte C. Kahrar (1897-1963). Charlotte was the daughter of Charles Gotlieb Kahrar (1862-1932) of Tubingen, Germany and Mariah Elizabeth Smith (1860-1917) of Jersey City, New Jersey.


City Chemical CompanyEdit

Richard was working as a salesman for the City Chemical Company on Oakland Avenue in Jersey City when he registered for the draft on June 6, 1918, just two days after his child's birth.

World War IEdit

He enlisted on August 26, 1918 and served at Camp Meade in Maryland until he was discharged on December 06, 1918. He was in the 154th Brigade until October 07, 1918 when he was transferred to Battery D 52, until he was discharged. His brother Louis died in France during the War.

61-63 Concord AvenueEdit

In 1930 he was living at 61-63 Concord Avenue in Jersey City and a photograph exists of the family in front of the house. His mother lived in one of the units in this two family house. In 1935, the year his mother died, he bought his own house with the help of his real-estate salesman brother, Arthur, at 92 Jefferson Avenue in Jersey City, where he lived until he died in 1988.

John J. ForresterEdit

In 1939 he applied for Social Security when he was working for John J. Forrester (1902-?) at 58 Carlton Avenue in Jersey City, most likely still selling chemicals. As a chemical salesman he would buy big bottles of chemicals and then break them down into smaller bottles and peddle them to the jewelry stores in Manhattan.

World War IIEdit

He registered in the Old Man's Draft in 1942. He was listed as being 5' 4" and 140 pounds. This gives him a body mass index of 24.0.

Death of WifeEdit

On August 29, 1963, his wife Charlotte died of a heart attack.


Richard lived to be 91 years old and died in 1988.


He was buried in Fairview Cemetery in Fairview, New Jersey with his wife. His parents and most of his siblings were buried in Flower Hill Cemetery in North Bergen, New Jersey.


  • 1896 Birth on October 13, 1896
  • 1918 Working for City Chemical Company
  • 1939 Working for John J. Forrester selling chemicals
  • 1939 Application for Social Security
  • 1941 Working for Calcine Chemical Company
  • 1963 Death of Charlotte C. Kahrar (1897-1963), his wife, on August 29, 1963
  • 1988 Death on September 27, 1988

Memories about Richard F. FreudenbergEdit

  • Thomas Patrick Norton II (1920-2011) said in 1999: "He sold chemicals that were used by jewelers to clean their gold and silver. He would buy a big container of it and break it down into smaller packages, then go into Manhattan on the tube and go from store to store selling it. He did all the work in his basement."
  • Arthur Oscar Freudenberg I (1891-1968) wrote in 1923: "Richard, another brother, served at Camp Meade, Maryland, but was not sent overseas."
  • Patricia Irene Cerulli (1936) in 1999: "Clara Freudenberg lived with Eloise Lindauer in Jersey City on Jefferson Avenue. Before that they all lived at 63 Concord Avenue. My family lived in West New York then we moved to Brooklyn then Weehawken. Richard Freudenberg, my father-in-law, worked for guy on Carlton Avenue in Jersey City that sold chemicals to jewelry stores for cleaning gems. He would mix the chemicals in the basement of the house and deliver them on the subway. John J. Forrester was the man who owned the business and he died while driving into New York City in his car. He had a heart attack or stroke and crashed the car. His son took over the business and then my father-in-law didn't get along with him. Richard may have been the only salesman there. There was no company, just a business run out of his house."
  • Robert Charles Freudenberg (1954- ) on April 28, 2007: "The chemical had a horrible smell, he sold it to jewelers. He also sold distilled water, and would fill up bottles with just tap water. The chemical was in big bottles, and he would put them in smaller bottles. He loaded then in the car in a wooden crate and then covered them with rags so they wouldn't bump each other."

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Richard F. Freudenberg (1896-1988)'s ancestors in three generations
Richard F. Freudenberg (1896-1988) Father:
Maximillian S. Freudenberg I (1858-1921)
Paternal Grandfather:
Siegmund Freudenberg (1828-1908)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Paternal Grandmother:
Clara Horwitz (c1835-?)
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Eloise Lindauer II (1860-1935)
Maternal Grandfather:
Charles Frederick Lindauer I (1835-1921)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Oscar Arthur Moritz Lindauer (1815-1866)
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Sophia Weber (1815-1891)
Maternal Grandmother:
Anna Augusta Kershaw (1841-1931)
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Abraham Kershaw (1815-?)
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Sarah Olderen (1816-?)

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