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Harry George Binninger
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1882
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Death: May 26, 1923
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

This mini-biography is currently being compiled and written by Gordon R Hines. The latest date of revision is 11 Sept 2013.

Harry George BINNINGER was the only son of Henry J BINNINGER (1857 – 1900) and Christina (aka Christine or Lizzie) Catherine HERDER (1864 – 1902). He had one sister, 2 1/2 years younger, Hilda Katherine BINNINGER (1885-1952). Both of Harry's parents were born and raised in St Louis and were married there on 14 Mar 1881 at ages 23 and 17.

On 1 June 1900 (census day), the family was living in an apartment at 820 Lafayette Ave. Harry was 17. On 19 Sept 1900, Harry's father, age 43, was killed in an industrial workplace accident (accidental electric shock) at the Buff and Rau Mineral Waters factory on 1716 South 9th St, where he was employed as a foreman.

Following his father's death, his mother bought a relatively new home at 2411 South 9th St which was built in 1890.

Harry and Hilda's mother suffered greatly from the loss of her husband and experience many bouts of depression. Distraught on the loss of Henry, Christina made three attempts a suicide in the months that followed. Sadly, her 3rd try succeeded on 7 January 1902. It was front page news in The St. Louis Republic newspaper of 8 Jan 1902. Harry was 19 and Hilda was 16.

It is not known what, if any, guardianship was sought for Hilda. The age of majority in Missouri (in 2011) was 18 although persons of 16 or 17 may marry with parental consent. The law in 1902 was likely at least as restrictive.
In all likelihood, Harry became Hilda's guardian. Hilda's experiences with her mother's death were doubtless extremely upsetting and she did not want to return to the same house (reported in another newspaper item later the same week). This doubtless contributed to her desire to move away from the heartache she felt.

Shortly afterward, sometime in 1902, Hilda married Charles Franklin HINES, a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He had been discharged in Cuba in Aug of 1900. Hilda turned 17 in May 1902. Hilda's and Charles's first child, Russell, was born in Michigan on 19 July 1903, where Charles was also born. It is unknown when, where or how the couple came to meet each other and to marry. Research to date (Aug 2012) on Missouri, Michigan and other states' marriage records has yet to locate any record.

Harry was on his own after Hilda moved away. He is the only BINNINGER listed in both 1909 (pg 352) and 1916 (pg 305) St Louis City Directories.

In 1909, listed as "Harry G", he resided at 2525A South Jefferson Ave, a walk-up apartment above a small business in a 2 storey building. His occupation "Team" is an abbreviation of "Teamster" or, simply, a (truck) driver in early 1900s usage.

1910 census....???

In 1916, he is listed again as "Harry G". His occupation is shown as "Driver". He resides at 2113 Bismarck St (changed in WWI to Fourth St - and possibly changed again as 4th Ave North and South - which one, is unknown).

On 12 Sept 1918, his WWI Draft Registration Card records that he was living at 1546 South 2nd St (rear). He showed his given names "Harry George". He worked as a chauffeur for the Crunden Martin Manufacturing Co. at 724 South 2nd St; (woodenware, willow-wear and metal-goods; formed in 1891) He gave as his nearest relative, his sister "Hilde HINDS"[sic](i.e. Hilda HINES) of 774 Haight St, San Francisco, California [suggesting that he is unmarried].

On 1 Jan 1920 (census day), Harry is still working as a chauffeur. His name is listed as "George H". He is 38 and his wife Minnie née NOLTE, 40, are living in a rented apartment at 1546 South 2nd St (rear). There are five households at this same address. One is Minnie's widowed mother, Anna NOLTE, age 65. She born in Germany - emigrated in 1959 and was naturalized in 1871. Another is Minnie's brother, Oscar, 26 and his wife Anna, 22. Anna was born in Pennsylvania to parents who were born in Russia.

***** a little bit more to be added **************

Harry passed away in Koch, a former city in the vicinity of Oakville. He was just 40 years old. He died of pulmonary tuberculosis at the Robert Koch Hospital for Contagious Disease (it was closed in Nov 1983) - it was located at 4101 Koch Road in present day (2012) Oakville.

His obituary was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper on 27 May 1923 (page 15B) [available from the St Louis Public Library].
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This mini-biography is currently being compiled and written by Gordon R Hines. The latest date of revision is 11 Sept 2013. 
Family links: 
  Henry Binninger
  Catherine Binninger
  Minnie Dorothea Nolte Binninger (1879 - 1935)
  Harry George Binninger (1882 - 1923)
  Hilda Katherine Binninger (Hines) Henry (1885 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Paul Churchyard
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Gord Hines
Originally Created by: Susan Ing
Record added: Jul 02, 2011
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