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Frederick George / George Frederick ELSASSER  ("Fred")1899 - 1956   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Frederick George / George Frederick ELSASSER  ("Fred")1899 - 1956

aka Frederick G. Elsasser, Frederick Elsasser, F. G. Elsasser, F. Elsasser, George F. Elsasser, George Elsasser, G. F. Elsasser, G. Elsasser
nationality
occupation
birth 30 Sep 1899, Berlin, Camden, NJ (source: passenger list/SSDI)
baptism
death 27 Oct 1956, Camden, NJ
burial
marriage married on .......... to:
Freda .............

b. 16 Jun 1904, ..........
d. .. Dec 1972, Camden, Camden, New Jersey

children
  • Miriam

    b. ..... 1926, NJ
    d. ..............

  • Fred(erick)

    b. 19 Apr 1929, NJ
    d. 26 Jan 2008, Morris, New Jersey


PARENTS

father Frederick George ELSASSER Sr.

b. ..........., GERMANY
d. ...........) iron worker (emigrated to USA in 1892; on PA it says "May 1899"

mother Margret .............

b. .........., GERMANY
d. ............

children
  • Julia

    b. ......, GERMANY
    d. ............

  • Fred(erick) George Jr.

    b. 30 Sep 1899, Berlin, Camden, NJ
    d. 27 Oct 1956, Camden, NJ

  • Margret

    b. ......., NJ
    d. ..........

  • Paul

    b. 2 Sep 1904, Camden, Camden, NJ
    d. .. Jan 1987, New Jersey


LIFE


1900 CENSUS (11 June 1900, Camden City, Camden, NJ):
Fred G. ELSASSER Sr. (31y ; b. .. May 1869, GERMANY)
Margret ELSASSER (30y, b. .. Oct 1869, GERMANY)
children:
- Julia (6y; b. .. Nov 1883, GERMANY)
- Freda (2y; b. .. Jan 1888, GERMANY)
- Frederick (6m; b. .. Dec 1899, NJ)



DRAFT REGISTR. CARD, 1917-1918:
Frederick George ELSASSER
b. 30 Sep 1899
Machinist Victor Talking Machine [Co.]
3021 Morrison(?), Camden, NJ


1920 CENSUS (9 Jan 1920, Camden City, Camden, NJ):
Fredck G. ELSASSER Sr. (50y)
Margret ELSASSER (49y)
children:
- Julia (25y) Assembling Dept. Victor T. M. Co.
- Fred G. Jr. (20y) Tool maker
- Margret (17y) Assembling Dept. Victor T. M. Co.
- Paul (15y)



1930 CENSUS (7 or 14 April 1930, Camden City, Camden, NJ):
George F. ELSASSER. (30y) Sound recorder / Radio Factory
Freda/Frida ELSASSER (25y)
children:
- Miriam (3y7m)
- Fred (2m)


1940 CENSUS (Maywood, Proviso Township, Cook, Illinois):
George F. ELSASSER. (30y) Sound recorder / Radio Factory
Freda/Frida ELSASSER (25y)
children:
- Miriam (3y7m)
- Fred (2m)



Recording engineer Victor


William J. Linderman (y)
+ Eva Mae LINDERMAN (y)
+ Fred Elsasser (y)
ethnicity: USC
profession: -
date of departure: 24 June 1924
port of departure: San Francisco, CA
ship's name: SS "PRESIDENT PIERCE"
date of arrival: ...... 1924
age on arrival: y
(see PASSPORT APPLICATION # 409654, issued on 8 May 1924, Washington: assistant sound recorder (China & Japan)
To make recordings in Shanghai, Tientsen, Pekin, Hong Kong, Canton and in French Indo China
See p. 18-19 of part IV of Harry O. Sooy's Memoir of my Career at the Victor Talking Machine Company (The David Sarnoff Library) internet

Page 106 of the July 1924 issue of Talking Machine World identifies Fred Elsasser as "manager of the recording laboratory, Oakland."


William J. Linderman (30y)
+ Eva Mae LINDERMAN (30y) (b. 23 Dec 1894, Camden, NJ)
+ Fred Elsasser (25y)
ethnicity: USC
profession: -
date of departure: 13 May 1925
port of departure: Shanghai, CHINA / (French) INDO CHINA
ship's name: SS "PRESIDENT PIERCE"
date of arrival: 2 June 1925, San Francisco, CA
Linderman: Hotel Oakland, Oakland, CA
Elsasser: 3021 Morrison Str., Camden, NJ

Linderman and Elsasser arrived back at Camden on 10 June 1925 (p. 27 of 33)

See p. 13/18 of part III and p. 17 of part IV of Harry O. Sooy's Memoir of my Career at the Victor Talking Machine Company (The David Sarnoff Library) internet

Vet Recorder Elsasser Dies
NEW YORK - Fred Elsasser, one of RCA's top recording engineers, died of a heart attack Wednesday (27 Oct) in Camden, N.J. Elsasser who was 58, joined the company in 1929 and spent the last 30 years of his tenure in the recording field. Elsasser was originally stationed in Camden, but later joined the staffs of Victor's Chicago and New York headquarters. In 1927 he travelled to Japan and China, where he recorded many sides for Victor. He specialized in the pop and country fileds. In the latter field he worked under Ralph Peer years ago and later under Steve Sholes. Artists Elsasser recorded included Jimmy Rodgers, the Carter Family, Rudy Vallee, Don Bestor, Jean Goldkette, Paul Whiteman and many of the current crop of artists including Perry Como. Elsasser also did much re-processing of noted performances in the Victor catalog including Caruso masters.
(source: Billboard of 10 Nov 1956, pp. 14 and 121)


NOTES

  • Memoir of my Career at the Victor Talking Machine Company by Harry O. Sooy (The David Sarnoff Library) internet
  • The Sooy Dynasty of Camden, New Jersey: Victor’s First Family of Recording by Paul D. Fischer {for: 2nd Art Of Record Production Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland Sept. 8 - 10, 2006
  • Talking Machine World of July 1924, p. 106
  • Billboard of 10 Nov 1956, pp. 14 and 121



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