|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1892|
|Death: ||Aug. 1, 1976|
Eugene Erastus Bihn was born on 22 February 1892 in Sidney, Nebraska; the only child of hotel manager Peter David Bihn and his Swedish wife, Laura Josephine Swanson. The family moved frequently and lived in several large cities while Eugene was a boy. They settled in Beaumont, Texas, where his father managed the Crosby House Hotel. The Bihns appeared on the 1910 US Census in Beaumont. Eugene was listed as the chief cook at a hotel.
Eugene married first Sammie Bihn, 30 December 1916, in Beaumont, and was baptized on their wedding day with a reception held at the Cromwell Apartments. They had two daughters: Laura Agnes and Marthagene Bihn.
Eugene was employed as an assistant cashier at the Gulf National Bank and later as the manager of Fenner and Beane Stock Exchange. The Bihn family appeared on the Census of 1920 at Beaumont, renting a house with four people in the family. Eugene and Sammie were divorced 1924, remarried 1926, and divorced again 1928.
Eugene married second his secretary, Forrest Fern Crawford, around 1929. He became the father of two more daughters, Joan and Beverly Ann Bihn. They moved to San Antonio, Texas, where Eugene was the bookkeeper for Forrest's interior design business.
Eugene Erastus Bihn died, 1 August 1976, aged 84, from a cerebral accident at a nursing home in San Antonio and was buried with his second wife at Sunset Memorial Park.
"Someone told me Eugene was named after the mayor of Sidney. He was teased so much when he was smaller in school. His mother called him Eugene but we still called his Rastus. We used to tease him – you know kids – ‘Erastus Eugene, George Washington Bihn' and he didn't like it. He was greatly spoiled. Could play the piano, though. He could play Rag Time and keep a marble rolling back and forth in the groove where the music rests, never losing the time." --cousin Elsie
"I guess you might say that my father was very affluent. He always had to have the best of everything whether he could afford it or not. We had the first LaSalle convertible in Beaumont. We had the first black Chow dog. President Coolidge had the other one out of the litter. We had the first sidewalk bicycle in Beaumont. We didn't live in a mansion, but we lived in a nice house. " --daughter Agnes
Peter David Bihn (1860 - 1919)
Laura Josephine Swanson Bihn (1862 - 1942)
Sammie McGary Bihn (1896 - 1938)*
Forrest Fern Crawford Bihn (1905 - 1977)*
Laura Agnes Bihn Terry (1917 - 2004)*
Marthagene Bihn Rutledge (1919 - 2003)*
FEB. 22, 1892
AUG. 1, 1976
Note: double stone with FORREST BIHN
Sunset Memorial Park
Created by: meet Virginia
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34072879