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Werner SUESS  1823 - 1901   PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Werner SUESS  1823 - 1901

aka W. Suess, W. Süss
nationality
occupation
birth 7 Feb 1823, Leipzig, GERMANY
remark migrated in 1853 from Bremen (GERMANY) to USA
baptism
death 7 Aug 1901, Bladensburg, Prince George's, Maryland, USA
burial Evergreen Cemetery, Bladensburg, Prince George's, Maryland, USA
marriage (1)
Helena/Helen ..........

b. ............
d. ..............

children
  • Werner Jr.

    b. 7 July 1860, Boston, MA
    d. ................

  • Otto L.

    b. 3 Aug 1863, Baltimore, Maryland
    d. .... 1898, .......... (34y)

(Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW))
marriage (2) on 19 July 1871, Washington DC
Justina/Justine/Christina MASKE(N)

b. .. Feb 1852, ........., GERMANY
d. 6 Mar 1936, Oakland, Maryland - burial: 9 Mar 1936, Evergreen Cemetery, Bladensburg, MD

childrenno children. foster mother of:
  • Justina D. MASKE (- WEBER)

    b. .. Mar 1875, ........, MD - m. 25 June 1894 Carl A. WEBER
    d. .................


PARENTS

father .......... SUESS

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

mother ..............

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

children
  • Werner

    b. .. May, 1822, Leipzig, GERMANY
    d. .... 1901, ............


LIFE



Werner SUESSE (sic) (4y)
SS "BAYERN"
dep.: Hamburg, .... 1923
arr.: New York, 22 Dec 1923
last place of residence: Leipzig, GERMANY


In 1882 worked on Siemens deep sea thermometer
Suess, Werner: Mechanician Coast and Geodetic Survey Office in charge of fitting up Observatory at Los Angeles, Ca., p. 44; services in measurement of Yolo Base, p. 48-49; concluding observations at Observatory University of Wisconsin, p. 56.
Appendix No. 1882 - 18. Pp. 451-457. John R. Bartlett and Werner Suess. Report on the Siemens electrical deep-sea thermometer. Test of thermometer on the U.S. Coast Survey steamer BLAKE, with tables of results obtained at different depths and under different conditions and a description of the apparatus. [Oceanography; Instrumentation.] (source: Report of the Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Showing the Progress of the Work During the Fiscal Year ending with June, 1882 (Washington Printing Office 1883))

Music on Record, p. 19:
"Werner Suess ................. He has been a lifelong inspiration to me."
electrician, instrumentmaker, surveyor

After Thanksgiving 1887 he joined Emile Berliner in his lab (in Washington) as an assistant to perfect the device that was still only experimental. Suess helped make an improved device with the reproducer mounted on a pivot arm that Berliner used in a public lecture and demostration at the Franklin Institute May 16, 1888.

May 6,1890 Werner Suess Patent #427,279 (source: The Patent History of the Phonograph by Allen Koenigsberg)


WERNER SUESS SERENADED.
A Pleasant Surprise to an Old Washingtonian on His 75th Birthday.
While Mr. Werner Suess, one of the oldest inhabitants of the District of Columbia, was sitting quietly in his flat, at No. 1013 Tenth street northwest, at about 6 o'clock last night, he was awakened from his quiet contemplation of a life of seventy-five years by the strains coming from a brass quartet which had stolen up into his hallway and intonated the beautiful German song, “This is the Lord’s Own Day”. Back of the quartet was a party of well-known citizens, old friends of his, who had come to surprise him with a serenade and a banquet.
Following the hymn came the rousing melody of German university students, played and sung by all present, "Gaudeamus Igitur." whereupon Mr. Simon Wolf turned to Mr. Suess who, utterly bewildered by this unexpected occurrence, had come out of his room, and, in his happiest vein, congratulated him and wished for him many returns of the day. Mr. E. Berliner followed with a short address, in which he recalled the highly eventful incidences in Mr. Suess' life; how as a boy he had sung in the Thomas School at Leipzig, under the leadership of the illustrious Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the great Franz Abt being his classmate; how as a young mechanician he had been an assistant at the University of Marburg to Professors Bunsen and Kirchhoff; how in the eventful revolutionary time of 1848 he had joined such patriots as Karl Schurz, Frederick Hecker, G. Kinkle, and many others, who subsequently had to flee the countrv and come to America.
Here Mr. Suess soon entered the Government service as mechanician in the United States Coast Survey, remaining there many years. When Professor Tyndall came to this country to lecture, Mr. Suess accompanied him as an assistant and when the late Professor Joseph Henry made his classical investigation for the Light-house Board Mr. Suess often helped him with his mechanical genius. Mr. Berliner then alluded to his ten years' activity in the Gramophone Laboratory and the address closed with three rousing cheers by all present. In the meantime a beautifully adorned table had been set in the parlor and the fine repast which followed was interspersed with speeches by Mr. William Elterich, editor of the Washington Revue; Mr. Wolf and others, and at a late hour the guests left the now happy celebrant with his wife and other members or his family.
Among those present were, Mr. Simon Wolf. Mr. William Elterich, Mr. Joseph Auerbach, Mr. Joseph Lyons, Mr. William Hahn, Mr. E. Berliner, Mr. J. Schultzbach, Mr. Wellhauer, Mr. Fred Gaisberg, Mr. Charles Gaisberg, Mr. Joseph Sanders, Mr. William S. Darby, Mr. and Mrs. Weber and Mr. I. W. Nordlinger. The quartet was composed of Messrs. William Grosskurth, Harry Stone, Walter Smith and Fred Wellhausen.



1900 CENSUS (Bladensburg, Prince George's, Maryland, 14 June 1900):
Wuerner SUESS (78y) electrician
Justina (48y)
= Wilhimina RATH/ROTH (sister-in-law) divorced (RATH/ROTH was her ex-husband's surname) (b. 28 Aug 1847, ..... - d. 16 Aug 1922, .....)



1910 CENSUS (Bladensburg, Prince George's, Maryland, .... 1910):
Justine D. SUESS (55y = 58y) widowed



1920 CENSUS (Bladensburg, Prince George's, Maryland, .... 1920):
Justine SUESS (68y)



1930 Census (Spauldings District Marlboro Pike, Prince George's County, Maryland, .... 1930):
Henry MASKE, head, age 50, divorced, age at first married 20, b. MD, both parents b. Germany, farmer
= Albert MASKE, brother, age 38, divorced, age at first marriage 23, b. MD, both parents b. Germany, farmer
= William MASKE, boarder, age 74, married, age of first marriage 27, b. Germany, both parents b. Germany, immigrated 1887, naturalized, laborer
= Justina WEBER, sister, married, age at first marriage 19, b. MD, both parents b. MD (this is an error...earlier record said parents both born Ger. same as her brothers)
= Justina SUESS, aunt, age 78, married, age at first marriage 19, b. Germany, both parents b. Germany, immigrated 1867, naturalized, no occupation



1900 CENSUS ((Washington DC, 14 June 1900):
Nellie V. [COMER] SUESS (29y / b. .. Dec 1870, ......., Virginia) widowed [widow of Otto L. SUESS, 1863 - 1898]
- Anthony W. (10y / b. .. Apr 1890, Washington DC) father born in Maryland
- Helen E. (8y / b. .. Dec 1891, Washington DC) father born in Maryland
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1910 CENSUS (Washington DC, .... 1900):
Nellie V. SUESS (39y)
- Anthony (20y)
- Helen E. (18y)
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1920 CENSUS (Washington DC, .... 1900):
Anthony SUESS (29y)
Emily SUESS (29y)
- Charlotte (6y)
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1930 CENSUS (Washington DC, .... 1900):
Nellie V. SUESS


NOTES

  • Obituary of Werner Suess in Washington Evening Star of 9 August 1901 (page 7)
  • Werner Suess Serenaded (in: The Evening Times (Washington) of 7 Feb 1898 (online)
  • Report on the Siemens electrical deep-sea thermometer. By Commander J. R. Bartlett, U. S. N. , assistant Coast and geodetic survey. (Accompanied by a description of the apparatus, by Werner Suess.), pp. 451-457.


COMPANIES & LABELS



PHOTOS

from l. to r. (sitting up front): Emile Berliner and Werner Suess
from l. to r. (standing in the middle): Fred Gaisberg, Joe Sanders and Zip Sanders
from l. to r. (standing at the back): W. Sinkler Darby and Raymond Gloetzner



THANK YOU


Allen Koenigsberg
Susan G. Pearl