|Birth: ||unknown, Germany|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 1899|
Name Dorothy Manger
Death date 24 Nov 1899
Death place Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Race or color (on document) white
Age at death 73 years
Estimated birth year 1826
Birth place Germany
Marital status Married
Street address Osborn & Vacaris (Vassar) Sts., 21st Ward
Residence Philadelphia, Pa.
Cemetery name South Laurel Hill Cemetery
Burial place Philadelphia, Pa.
Burial date 28 Nov 1899
The above information was obtained from her death certificate. Contrary to this information, cemetery records show that Dorothy Manger was interred on November 29, 1899.
The street address is incorrect, it is Osborn and Vicaris. The Philadelphia Inquirer of April 10, 1899 shows the couple of Henry and Dorothea Manger having bought the property at that time, having no knowledge Dorothea would pass away within the year. The same paper would carry her death notice the day after her passing.
It is believed this is her christening record:
Name Dorothea Druck
Christening date 25 Sep 1824
Christening place KATHOLISCH,INGENHEIM,PFALZ,BAVARIA
Father name Michaelis Druck
Mother name Margarethae Dahm
The reason it's presumed this is Dorothea (besides the right name) is that on one census Dorothea's sister reports having been born in "Pfalz" which is where this lady was christened. Her year of christening is close to the estimated birth year on her death certificate. My guess is that her age was written as 75 and the "5" looked like a "3", accounting for the calculated year. Finally, christening data was found for her sister Frances, and the parents' names are the same.
Searching with her parents' names, we find the family was rich with daughters. Under variations of these parents' names (Georgii Michaelis and Maria/Mariae Margaritae/Margaretae/Margarethae Dahm/Damm) we discover Dorothea had the following siblings:
Maria Anna, christened 15 Jul 1811
Eva Barbara, christened 25 Jul 1813
Anna Maria, christened 29 Dec 1815
Catharina, christened 19 Jun 1818
Maria Francisca, christened 17 Aug 1820
Elisabetha, christened 26 Jan 1823
Margaretha, christened 13 Feb 1827
Josepha, christened 01 Jul 1830
Josepha, christened 27 Feb 1832
All of these daughters' information for christening place is identical (KATHOLISCH, INGENHEIM, PFALZ, BAVARIA) except for the eldest, Maria Anna, whose info is ROEMISCH-KATHOLISCHE, BILLIGHEIM, PFALZ, BAVARIA. And yes, there were indeed two daughters named Josepha, this is not a typo. Perhaps the first did not live long. The parents' marriage was recorded thusly:
Groom Georgium Michaelem Druck
Bride Mariam Margaritam Dahm
Marriage date 07 Aug 1810
Marriage place Roemisch-Katholische, Billigheim, Pfalz, Bavaria
Dorothy was sister to Dr. Frances M. Druck, and worked with her in a "fancy store" they ran. Her sister Frances predeceased her, and was notable for being an early proponent of cremation, a fact noted even by the New York Times.
A November 1885 Philadelphia Inquirer article says Frances passed of "cancer in the breast". It goes on to say that her brother in law, who is not named, accompanied her remains through the trip to and process of cremation.
It appears Frances' brother in law was the husband of this Dorothea/Dorathea, because the (then single) ladies appear together on the 1860 Philadelphia census, and later (1880) they live together again after Dorothea has married Henry Manger. It appears Dorothea and Henry married between the 1860 and 1870 censuses.
Manger, a sculptor from Odessa, was born in Russia to German parents, and art-educated in Germany according to biographies. A figure he crafted of Schiller (1886) and (a companion piece, 1890) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe stands in west Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, just west of Belmont and Montgomery. The Drexel Fountain in Chicago's Drexel Square in South Park (1881) is his as well, paying homage to Philadelphia banker and Chicago property owner Francis M. Drexel. Dr. Hermann Alexander Müller"s "Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists" (1882) says his most notable works also included "the war memorial in Stargard (1874)" and "a colossal bust of Herbart in Oldenburg". The gardens of Strasbourg University in Germany display another bust of Goethe done by him. Records show that a statue of William Penn he executed is in the Pennsbury School District in Fallsington, PA, and that a bust of Lincoln he crafted was displayed in Philadelphia. An 1891 New York Times reports that in Norristown PA a monument to General Hartranft is to be unveiled for Decoration Day, featuring an ornamental "bronze medallion showing the General's head". An iron figure of Otto von Bismarck, sculpted by Manger in 1877 stands in Bad Kissingen in Bavaria Germany. This last work commemorated Bismark's luck in surviving an attempt on his life, and hearkened back to a speech he once made where he said "the unity of Germany can be affected only by blood and iron".
The sculptor was formally Heinrich Carl Johann Manger (or Carl Johann Heinrich Manger depending on the source) and he later went back to Germany and was active in Berlin. It is heartening so busy and notable a man was willing to escort his sister in law through her last steps on earth.
Dorothea would pass away in 1899, and was interred in the same cemetery as her sister Frances. Yet oddly, Frances would be moved to Harleigh Cemetery in New Jersey in 1909, 10 years later.
Many thanks to White Light for sponsoring Dorothea Druck Manger, her sister Frances Druck, and their mother. Plus, he also sponsored the memorial of Dr. Lemoyne, who opened the first US crematorium. That's sponsoring kindness the likes of which I've never seen, my friend.
Margaret Dahm Druck (____ - 1868)
Dorothea Druck Manger (____ - 1899)
Frances M Druck (____ - 1885)*
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section 9, Lot 160
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: May 09, 2010
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