|John C. Dueber|
• According to Greg Farino, our geneologist working on the Dueber Family tree, he tells us that John Dueber was born in Netphen, Germany in 1841 (Farino).
• John Dueber was the oldest of 6 children—three of his siblings all died in infancy in Prussia (Farino).
• Arriving aboard the steamer Herder along with John Dueber were his parents Johannes and Katharina (Schmitt ) Dueber and his sister Pauline (his brother Hermann is believed to have died in Germany before the family came to America. They arrived in New York on October 20, 1853 (Farino).
• Ship records indicate the family's final destination was Cincinnati, Ohio. It is unknown why the family chose that city.
I didn't find out why John C. Dueber and his family originally migrated to Cincinnati, but some have told me it was the large German settlement in Cincinnati, and they had relatives already there. I also heard it was the large hills that reminded the Dueber Family of their homeland in Germany.
|• The ship record with the family's name (Farino).|
• About one year after coming to America, on August 17, 1854, John Dueber’s father died. It is believed but not certain that he is buried in Cincinnati (Farino).
• For five years, Dueber spent his days making watch cases in a small room in Cincinnati as an apprentice watch maker. At night, he crafted wedding rings. He saved the money that would one day fund his own watch factory. (Heald,v2., pg.170)
|The Dueber Watch Case Factory--|
(used by permission from The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton, Ohio)
Farino, Greg. "Dueber webfile." Message to the author. 16 May 2011. E-mail.
Gibbs, James W. From Springfield to Moscow: The Complete Dueber-Hampden Story. Revised Edition--supplement to the 1954 Dueber-Hampden Story. Philadelphia, PA: Supplement to the Bulletin of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., 1986. Print.
Heald, Edward T. The Stark County Story. 3rd ed. Vol. 4. Canton, OH: The Stark County Historical Society, 1958. 262-275. Print.
John C. Dueber--used by permission from Edward Thouvenin, private collection
The Ship record with the family's name--used by permission from Greg Farino, private collection
The Dueber Watch Case Factory--used by permission from The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton, Ohio)