Irma Aurelia Sander1,2,3

ID# 6, (1883 - 1971)
FatherAdolph Sander4,1,5 (2 Oct 1840 - 18 Nov 1912)
MotherCatharine Mathes5,6,7 (19 Mar 1844 - 25 Mar 1908)

Key Events:

Birth: 17 Jun 1883, Cincinnati, Ohio8,9,10
Marriage: 1 Nov 1905, Hamilton Co., Ohio, Howard Wieman Fenker (5 Apr 1883 - 17 Sep 1974)11,12
Death: 25 Sep 1971, Nashville, Tennessee13,14

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Narrative:

     Irma Aurelia Sander was born on 17 Jun 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio.8,9,10
     She appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio, in the household of her parents, Adolph Sander and Catharine Mathes.4
     She attended in Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland, from 1902 to 1904.15
     Irma married Howard Wieman Fenker, son of John William Fenker and Amelia M. Wieman, on 1 Nov 1905 in Hamilton Co., Ohio, with Rev. Robert Watson, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, officiating.11,12
     The following newspaper report of her wedding appeared 5 Nov 1905 :
Schoolday Love Leads to Wedding
Miss Irma Sander, Handsome Heiress, Becomes Mrs. Howard Fenker
Cupid Undaunted Through College and Business Separated the Lovers
Romance That Began in Intermediate School Led to the Bridal Affair
Back of the quiet wedding Wednesday night of beautiful Irma Sander, daughter of Adolph Sander, millionaire pork packer, of 3430 Brookline avenue, Clifton, and Howard Fenker, 930 West Ninth street, has developed a romance dainty enough to have formed the plot of a piece of fiction. Miss Sander and her young husband, who are now on their honeymoon trip, met when they attended the First Intermediate. Howard and Irma were "sweethearts" those days and when they entered Hughes High school in the same class the romance grew apace. The boy and girl were ardent lovers all through High school, and the fact that Miss Irma was the daughter of wealthy and admiring parents and had a social career in prospect didn't make a difference with the lovers. Irma was elected the captain of the girl's basket ball team, and Howard was made the captain of the Hughes football team. Both the "captains" graduated in the class of 1902 of old Hughes. Mr. Fenker entered the business world, and Irma went off to Baltimore to school. But the love of yesteryear did not fade, and a steady correspondence was maintained, and the wedding Wednesday was the result. Mr. Fenker and his bride have fitted up a dainty flat in Avondale.16

     Irma and Howard appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio, at 264 Hosia St., enumerated 19 Apr 1910, The household also included an 18 year old servant, Florence Haslinger.17,18
     Irma and Howard moved their family to Minneola, Florida, about 1919, because they thought the weather would be helpful in restoring his her health after she was very ill for a time.19,20 They appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Clermont, Lake Co., Florida, at 119 Club House Rd., enumerated 14 Jan 1920, with a household consisting of a 23 year old trained nurse, Emily Borwell. Their children Richard and Emilou were listed as living with them.21
     Irma and Howard moved their family to Nashville, Tennessee, about 1924, so Howard could attend the law school at Vanderbilt University.20 They appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, at 1920 20th Ave. South, enumerated 3 Apr 1930, reporting that the family owned a home worth $15,000, and had a radio. Their children Richard and Emilou were listed as living with them.22
     Irma started the preschool program for Peabody Demonstration School, and taught there. During the War she traveled all over Tennessee starting day care centers so that mothers could work as part of the war effort.6,23,24
     Irma and Howard appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, at 1920 20th Ave. South, enumerated 3 Apr 1940, reporting that they owned a home valued at $7,000, and had lived in the same house in 1935. Her sister, Emma, was listed as living with them.25 She and Howard later lived at 3507 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee.26
     Irma died on 25 Sep 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 88.13,14

Children:
     Children with Howard Wieman Fenker:

Citations

  1. [S8685] Marriage Record, Hamilton Co., Ohio, 185:16, Howard W. Fenker and Irma Sander.
  2. [S353] Howard Sander Fenker, Certificate of Death, shows name as Irma A. Sander.
  3. [S250] Interview, Emilou Fenker Frazier, 3 & 5 Jul 2000, gave full name, says surname is spelled without a final s.
  4. [S212] Adalf Sander household, 1900 U.S. Census, Hamilton Co., Ohio.
  5. [S1500] "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," Ancestry.com, record for Irma Sander Fenker, Soc. Sec. No. 410-76-3314.
  6. [S250] Interview, Emilou Fenker Frazier, 3 & 5 Jul 2000.
  7. [S91] Martha Fenker, personal notes, typed list prepared by MCF.
  8. [S1500] "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," Ancestry.com, record for Irma Sander Fenker, Soc. Sec. No. 410-76-3314, shows date, city, and state.
  9. [S212] Adalf Sander household, 1900 U.S. Census, Hamilton Co., Ohio, shows age 16, month, year, and state.
  10. [S8685] Marriage Record, Hamilton Co., Ohio, 185:16, Howard W. Fenker and Irma Sander, shows age 22 at marriage 1 Nov 1905, and city.
  11. [S8685] Marriage Record, Hamilton Co., Ohio, 185:16, Howard W. Fenker and Irma Sander, shows date and officiant.
  12. [S213] Howard W. Fenker household, 1910 U.S. Census, Hamilton Co., Ohio, shows married 4 years.
  13. [S47] Fenker, Family File "Fenker.FTW," 29 Sep 1998.
  14. [S91] Martha Fenker, personal notes, typed list prepared by MCF, shows year only.
  15. [S8818] Directory of the Alumnae and Non-Graduates of Goucher College, pg 94.
  16. [S91] Martha Fenker, personal notes, newspaper clipping marked "Cincinnati, Ohio, November 5, 1905" in her hand.
  17. [S213] Howard W. Fenker household, 1910 U.S. Census, Hamilton Co., Ohio.
  18. [S178] Richard Fenker, Certificate of Birth, shows same residence in Oct 1910.
  19. [S250] Interview, Emilou Fenker Frazier, 3 & 5 Jul 2000, recalling they moved to Florida before she started in school, and story of health issues and schooling.
  20. [S260] Richard M. Fenker, Sr., "Richard M. Fenker Sr. biography", shows moved to Florida after First World War, then to Nashville 1924.
  21. [S428] Howard W. Fenker household, 1920 U.S. Census, Lake Co., Florida.
  22. [S485] Howard W. Fenker household, 1930 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee.
  23. [S485] Howard W. Fenker household, 1930 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as teacher, in a college.
  24. [S5288] Alice Tuck household, 1940 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as primary teacher, industry as private school.
  25. [S5288] Alice Tuck household, 1940 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee.
  26. [S177] Howard Wieman Fenker Death Certificate.
  27. [S29] Cemetery of Spring Grove, burial records, for Howard Sander Fenker.
  28. [S353] Howard Sander Fenker, Certificate of Death.
  29. [S178] Richard Fenker, Certificate of Birth.
  30. [S428] Howard W. Fenker household, 1920 U.S. Census, Lake Co., Florida, shows him as the son of her husband.
  31. [S428] Howard W. Fenker household, 1920 U.S. Census, Lake Co., Florida, shows Emilou as the daughter of Irma's husband.