Howard Wieman Fenker1,2,3

ID# 7, (1883 - 1974)
FatherJohn William Fenker4,5,6 (25 Dec 1856 - 7 Nov 1912)
MotherAmelia M. Wieman4,7,6 (16 Jun 1861 - 16 Dec 1943)

Key Events:

Birth: 5 Apr 1883, Covington, Kentucky8,9,10
Marriage: 1 Nov 1905, Hamilton Co., Ohio, Irma Aurelia Sander (17 Jun 1883 - 25 Sep 1971)11,12
Death: 17 Sep 1974, Gallatin, Sumner Co., Tennessee6,13
Burial: 19 Sep 1974, Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee6

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Narrative:

     Howard Wieman Fenker was born on 5 Apr 1883 in Covington, Kentucky.8,9,10
     He appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio, in the household of his parents, John William Fenker and Amelia M. Wieman.5
     Howard married Irma Aurelia Sander, daughter of Adolph Sander and Catharine Mathes, on 1 Nov 1905 in Hamilton Co., Ohio, with Rev. Robert Watson, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, officiating.11,12
     He was a bookkeeper when he married. He was later a salesman in the pork packing business. We might assume that it was with his father-in-law's firm.14,15,16
     Howard and Irma 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

A Distinguished Military Career --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Howard enlisted in the Ohio National Guard, 1st Ohio Infantry Regiment, 2 Apr 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio, reportedly as a private. He was a Battalion Sergeant Major by October of that year. More than a dozen units of the Ohio Guard were mobilized that summer, including the 1st Infantry.19,20,21,22
     Howard was the victim of an assault on 5 Oct 1917, apparently before his unit shipped out. His auto stalled at Glenmary and Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, and as he tried to restart it three men drove up. Saying "You don't need to think you can take up the whole road because you wear a United States uniform" they then beat him severely. They drove off once he was able to exit his auto. Members of his regiment threatened to avenge the insult when they learned of it but were restrained by officers.23
     The Ohio units assembled at Camp Sheridan, Alabama, where they formed 37th Infantry Division in Oct 1917.24,25 Howard was discharged as an enlisted man 19 Dec 1917 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant the next day, effective 15 Sep 1917. He rose quickly rising through the ranks after he arrived in Europe. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant 29 Aug 1918, Captain 20 Nov 1918, and to Major 21 Feb 1919. He served in Division Headquarters, becoming secretary to the General Staff of the Division.26,27
Belgian War Cross
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After nearly ten months of intensive training, most of the Division, including Howard, began to entrain for Camp Lee, Virginia, on 20 May 1918. They spent two weeks there in more intensive training.28,29
     Much of the Division, including most of the Headquarters division, shipped to France from Hoboken, New Jersey. But Howard was part of a small detachment of Division Headquarters that departed by river steamer 21 Jun 1918 to Newport News, Virginia, with the 74th Brigade and Engineers. There they boarded three steamships, including the S.S. Pocahontas which Howard was aboard. They were joined by four freight steamers and formed a convoy protected by submarine chasers and a cruiser.28,30 Traveling by convoy was slow. They arrived in Brest, France, on 5 Jul 1918 and shipped by train to join those that had arrive earlier.28
     The Division was involved in heavy fighting in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, a major effort that extended from 26 Sep 1918 until the Armistice 11 Nov 1918. But the Division was reassigned to the Ypres-Lys Offensive, in Belgium, shipping out 18 Oct 1918. Howard was present in both locations. Family lore has him behind enemy lines at times during this period, but details are unknown.31,32,33
     A detachment of the Division participated in King Albert I's triumphal return to Brussels on 22 Nov 1918. Whether Howard was one them is unknown.34 He was one of 150 members of the Division who were awarded Belgian war Crosses 11 Jan 1919 in the public square of Esquelbreeq, Belgium.35,36,37
     Howard departed Europe with an advance detachment of the Headquarters Division, including the commanding officer, Maj. Gen. Charles Farnsworth and other senior officers, on 12 Mar 1919. They sailed on the SS Noordam from Brest, France. The ship carried 1,878 military passengers, including 51 officers and 59 nurses who had 1st class accommodations, and 1,767 enlisted men. It arrived in Hoboken, New Jersey, 23 Mar 1919.38,39
     He was discharged 10 Apr 1919 at Camp Sheridan, Alabama, after participating in a parade in Cincinnati.40,41

Returning to Civilian Life --- Text Stolen from ReigelRidge.com !! ---


     Howard and Irma 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.42,43 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.44
     The 1920 census shows his occupation as "none," but by 1923 he was president of the First National Bank of Clermont, which had assets of $33,000 and loans outstanding of $75,000.45,46

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     Howard and Irma moved their family to Nashville, Tennessee, about 1924, so Howard could attend the law school at Vanderbilt University.43 After graduating he became a lawyer. He was a member of a law firm in Nashville during the Depression. He later told stories to his children of sitting in the law office with nothing to do because people could not afford to hire attorneys. His investments included Shell Oil, which seemed to lead to his later becoming a distributor for Shell in Gallatin.47,48,49,50
     Howard and Irma 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.51
     Howard and Irma 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.52 He and Irma later lived at 3507 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee.6
     His wife died on 25 Sep 1971 in Nashville, Tennessee.53,54
     Howard died on 17 Sep 1974 in Gallatin, Sumner Co., Tennessee, at age 91.6,13 He was buried on 19 Sep 1974 in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Nashville, Tennessee.6

Children:
     Children with Irma Aurelia Sander:

Citations

  1. [S8685] Marriage Record, Hamilton Co., Ohio, 185:16, Howard W. Fenker and Irma Sander, he signed as Howard Wieman Fenker.
  2. [S177] Howard Wieman Fenker Death Certificate, shows name as Howard Wieman Fenker.
  3. [S250] Interview, Emilou Fenker Frazier, 3 & 5 Jul 2000, gave full name, middle name pronounced "Weeman."
  4. [S8685] Marriage Record, Hamilton Co., Ohio, 185:16, Howard W. Fenker and Irma Sander.
  5. [S715] William Fenker household, 1900 U.S. Census, Hamilton Co., Ohio.
  6. [S177] Howard Wieman Fenker Death Certificate.
  7. [S715] William Fenker household, 1900 U.S. Census, Hamilton Co., Ohio, shows him as the son of her husband.
  8. [S177] Howard Wieman Fenker Death Certificate, shows date and state, as Kentucky.
  9. [S130] "Social Security Death Index," Rootsweb.com, record for Howard Fenker, Soc. Sec. No. 411-46-6498, shows date.
  10. [S715] William Fenker household, 1900 U.S. Census, Hamilton Co., Ohio, shows month, year, age 17, and state.
  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. [S130] "Social Security Death Index," Rootsweb.com, record for Howard Fenker, Soc. Sec. No. 411-46-6498, shows month, year, and last residence of 37215 (Nashville, Davidson, TN).
  14. [S8685] Marriage Record, Hamilton Co., Ohio, 185:16, Howard W. Fenker and Irma Sander, shows occupation as book-keeper.
  15. [S213] Howard W. Fenker household, 1910 U.S. Census, Hamilton Co., Ohio, shows occupation as salesman, in the pork packing industry.
  16. [S178] Richard Fenker, Certificate of Birth, shows occupation as salesman.
  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. [S8695] Howard Wieman Fenker, Official Military Personnel File, Reconstructed, Final Statement, shows enlistment date, city and state, and rank of Batl Sgt Maj at discharge.
  20. [S8694] "Rise of Yank," The Cincinnati Post, 3 Apr 1919, shows he started as a private, but also says he was a private when he went to Camp Sheridan, which appear to not be correct.
  21. [S8687] "First Infantry Major Beaten," The Cincinnati Post, 8 Oct 1917, shows rank as Sergt. Maj.
  22. [S8689] Fenker, The Thirty-Seventh's Bit, shows units mobilized.
  23. [S8687] "First Infantry Major Beaten," The Cincinnati Post, 8 Oct 1917.
  24. [S8689] Fenker, The Thirty-Seventh's Bit, shows formation of Division.
  25. [S8686] Unknown author, The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War 1917-18, 5:5119, entry for Howard W. Fenker, shows he was at Camp Sheridan.
  26. [S8686] Unknown author, The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War 1917-18, 5:5119, entry for Howard W. Fenker, shows dates of promotions.
  27. [S8695] Howard Wieman Fenker, Official Military Personnel File, Reconstructed, Special Order No. 291, 14 Dec 1917, shows promotion from Battalion Sergeant Maj. to Second Lieutenant "from" 15 Sep 1917.
  28. [S8689] Fenker, The Thirty-Seventh's Bit.
  29. [S8686] Unknown author, The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War 1917-18, 5:5119, entry for Howard W. Fenker, shows he was at Camp Lee.
  30. [S8690] Pocahontas, Newport News, Virginia, Lists of Outgoing Passengers, 1917-1938, shows him departing on the Pocahontas 22 Jun 1918.
  31. [S8689] Fenker, The Thirty-Seventh's Bit, describes unit's battles.
  32. [S8686] Unknown author, The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War 1917-18, 5:5119, entry for Howard W. Fenker, shows him in both theaters.
  33. [S110] Personal knowledge of author, recalling stories by his grandchildren that he was "behind the lines" and "out of touch" for extended periods.
  34. [S8689] Fenker, The Thirty-Seventh's Bit, describes unit's participation in King's return.
  35. [S8691] "Cincinnatians Win Belgain War Honors," The Cincinnati Post, 31 Jan 1919.
  36. [S250] Interview, Emilou Fenker Frazier, 3 & 5 Jul 2000, recalls he was recognized by the "King" of Belgium for service during the war.
  37. [S94] Interview, Richard Fenker Jr., 5 Jul 2000, recalling conversations with his grandfather about the award.
  38. [S8692] Noordam, Brest, France, Lists of Outgoing Passengers, 1917-1938.
  39. [S8693] Noordam, Hoboken, New Jersey, Lists of Incoming Passengers, 1917-1938, shows arrival and passenger counts.
  40. [S8686] Unknown author, The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the World War 1917-18, 5:5119, entry for Howard W. Fenker, shows date.
  41. [S8694] "Rise of Yank," The Cincinnati Post, 3 Apr 1919, shows place and parade.
  42. [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.
  43. [S260] Richard M. Fenker, Sr., "Richard M. Fenker Sr. biography", shows moved to Florida after First World War, then to Nashville 1924.
  44. [S428] Howard W. Fenker household, 1920 U.S. Census, Lake Co., Florida.
  45. [S428] Howard W. Fenker household, 1920 U.S. Census, Lake Co., Florida, shows occupation as "none."
  46. [S1431] Annual report of the Comptroller of the Currency, December 1922, pg 430, shows him as president of the bank, C. D. Baker as cashier, and list loans, discounts, and overdrafts as 75,160, U. S. Government securities as 15,084, and other bonds, investments, and real estate as 17,609.
  47. [S250] Interview, Emilou Fenker Frazier, 3 & 5 Jul 2000.
  48. [S485] Howard W. Fenker household, 1930 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as lawyer, in general practice, working in his own business.
  49. [S5288] Alice Tuck household, 1940 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as lawyer, industry as private practice.
  50. [S177] Howard Wieman Fenker Death Certificate, shows he was a distributor for Shell Oil Company.
  51. [S485] Howard W. Fenker household, 1930 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee.
  52. [S5288] Alice Tuck household, 1940 U.S. Census, Davidson Co., Tennessee.
  53. [S47] Fenker, Family File "Fenker.FTW," 29 Sep 1998.
  54. [S91] Martha Fenker, personal notes, typed list prepared by MCF, shows year only.
  55. [S29] Cemetery of Spring Grove, burial records, for Howard Sander Fenker.
  56. [S91] Martha Fenker, personal notes, typed list prepared by MCF.
  57. [S353] Howard Sander Fenker, Certificate of Death.
  58. [S178] Richard Fenker, Certificate of Birth.