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Bernard Joseph "Ben - B. J." Gehlhausen
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Birth: Sep. 16, 1880
Ferdinand
Dubois County
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 28, 1951
Camino
El Dorado County
California, USA

Father: Johann Francis Gehlhausen (1841-1906)
Mother: Theresa Amelia Rechtheng (1848-1935)

Bernard Joseph Gehlhausen married Katherine M. Walsh on Sept. 15, 1904. They had several children, daughters Elnora (Oct. 20, 1906) and Amelia Bridget (Jan. 8, 1908) and sons Francis Benjamin (March 11, 1910), Ervin B. (also March 11, 1910) and John Joseph (May 6, 1912). It's unclear what happened to Ervin B. Gehlhausen. A record of his death seems unavailable, but he clearly didn't survive into childhood. Francis died on July 8, 1911 as a toddler with whooping cough. Francis is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville, Indiana.

In 1910, the family lived at 1423 E. Washington Street in Evansville with the kids and Katie's brother, Robert Walsh, who like Ben, was a brakemen on the railroad.

By 1920, Ben continued with the railroad and the family rented a home at 1827 E. Delaware Street in Evansville with daughters Elnora and Amelia and son John.

The 1930 Census indicates the family owned a home valued at $6,000 at 700 E. Delaware Street in Evansville with daughters Elnora and Amelia and son John. Ben Gehlhausen worked as a conductor with C&EI Railroad. At some point, he may also have worked for Louisville & Nashville Railroad.

On Friday, April 3, 1936, Elnora died. She was 30 years old. She was affectionately called "El" by her family and friends. A deep loss for her parents and devoted sister Amelia and brother John.

In 1943 the family was living in a brick home R.R. 5, Stringtown Road, Evansville, Ind.

~Personality Sketches~ from Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Employees' Magazine page 3 August,1943.....
B. J. Gehlhausen, conductor on Passenger Runs 10 and 97, will be 63 years of age this coming September, and will have completed 40 years of service with the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Company. He entered service of the Evansville & Terre Haute Rail Road in the boiler shop in 1903 at Evansville, Ind., under Mr. George Bussing, master mechanic. Entered road service as a brakeman in 1906, and was promoted to conductor in 1910 by Mr. J. O. Bell, who at that time was superintendent. Mr. Gehlhausen or (Ben) as he is known to his hundreds of friends along the line, says that he has enjoyed every day of the past forty years of being an employee of the Evansville & Terre Haute Rail Road and C&EI Rail Road He has seen a lot of men enter and leave the service in the past forty years. Ben has been a member of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen for 36 years, a life long member of the Church of the Assumption, Evansville, Ind. Ben is married and resides with his wife, Katty, R. R. 5, Stringtown Road, Evansville, Ind. They have two children, a son, John, with our armed forces, and one daughter, Amelia, who is in Seattle, Wash., and is employed on a government project. Ben enjoys sports of all kinds and especially baseball, and is an ardent booster for Evansville of the Three-I League. He says he hopes to go on working for the C&EI for many years to come......

At some point, Katie and Ben moved to California to be near Amelia Bridget, who was living in Laguna Beach. They lived at 5116 Auckland in North Hollywood, CA. Their son, John Joseph,and his wife Charlotte (Dress) Gehlhausen, daughter of three-time Evansville mayor William H. Dress, also moved to California, though they returned to Evansville in the late 1940s. Katherine died in North Hollywood (May 31,1944) and is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Ben died Aug. 28, 1951 in Camino, Calif., where their daughter, Amelia Bridget (Gehlhausen) Peirsol (Mrs. Clayton Howard Peirsol), also lived. Amelia Peirsol was postmaster at Camino, California.

Katherine and Bernard Joseph Gehlhausen are buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Francis Gehlhausen (1841 - 1906)
  Theresa AMELIA Rechtheng (Rechtin) Gehlhausen (1848 - 1935)
 
 Spouse:
  Katherine M Walsh Gehlhausen (1882 - 1944)*
 
 Children:
  Elnora K. Gehlhausen (1905 - 1936)*
  Amelia Bridget Gehlhausen Peirsol (1908 - 1971)*
  Francis Benjamin Gehlhausen (1910 - 1911)*
  John Joseph Gehlhausen (1912 - 1980)*
 
 Siblings:
  Joseph John Gehlhausen (1867 - 1949)*
  Francis George Gehlhausen (1870 - 1952)*
  John Meinrad Gehlhausen (1875 - 1939)*
  Louise Mary Gehlhausen Schlamp (1878 - 1945)*
  Bernard Joseph Gehlhausen (1880 - 1951)
  Leo Edward Gehlhausen (1884 - 1962)*
  Ida Anna Gehlhausen Wund (1889 - 1938)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section E (Our Lady of Peace) Lot 129 Grave 7
 
Maintained by: Carolyn Wooton
Originally Created by: Mike St
Record added: Mar 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49612820
Bernard Joseph Ben - B. J. Gehlhausen
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Bernard Joseph Ben - B. J. Gehlhausen
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Peace. Grand Uncle Ben.Gehlhausen Family
- Carolyn Wooton
 Added: Feb. 7, 2014

- SaMo History
 Added: Mar. 18, 2010
 
 
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