Bertha & Joseph Steinberger Family Genealogy
was born 7/11/1881, one of six children born to Christina Bumen and
Nicholas Zapp in the scenic river town of Madison Indiana. Bertha's
mother, Christina was soft spoken and just a sweet woman that
everyone adored. Nicholas was a strong hard-working German that
farmed for a living. Growing up on Michigan Road in Madison, life
was good for Bertha. She was a remarkable woman, graduating high
school with honors, she taught school in China, Indiana, a six mile
trip from N. Madison. (See "A
road to China from Madison is all curves and hills.
There is a creek beside the school and a very tall hill is on the other side of the creek. When you look at aerial maps, this is in a valley surrounded by hills.
Next to the old school house is St Anthony Catholic Church.
Not long after she began teaching, she met a doctor in Madison who moved to work in the hospital in Logansport, Indiana. Bertha traveled to the Logansport Hospital to train to be a nurse. During this time, she worked as a "candy striper". After working there for a short time, she missed Joe and returned to Madison to marry him. (as told to me in 2001 by Mary Louise Werner, Bertha's daughter)
Joseph Paris Steinberger
Bertha Cecelia Zapp and Joseph Paris Steinberger
marry July 27, 1905 in Madison Indiana
(sister of Bertha), George Crawley, Joseph,
Bertha and Joe moved to Indianapolis in 1910. Joe heard great stories about the work in Washington State as a longshore man. He wanted to move his family there. Bertha said she did not want to go. Joe went and worked there for many years. He came back after his children were grown and had children of their own. He and Bertha did not have a relationship after he returned.
Mary Louise, Kathryn and Bertha, sisters
See Also Bertha Zapp
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