Frederick Lubenheimer - update 8/20/2016

Frederick Lubenheimer was born on May 6, 1834, in Deixheim, Germany.

Frederick’s parents came to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from Germany in 1840. His mother died the following year and his father died in 1871.

Frederick stood 5’7” with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion and was 27 years old and possibly working as a farmer in Byron, Kent County or in Ottawa County just across the line from Tyrone, Kent County when he enlisted in Company B on June 4, 1861. Frederick was wounded in the hand on May 3, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Virginia, and absent sick in the hospital in June. He soon rejoined the Regiment and was wounded a second time, on July 2 or 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and was hospitalized on July 6, probably in Philadelphia where he was soon employed as a nurse.

Frederick remained hospitalized through January of 1864, but had rejoined the Regiment by the time he reenlisted on February 29, 1864, near Culpeper, Virginia, crediting Lyons, Ionia County. He was presumably absent on veteran’s furlough in March of 1864 and probably returned to the Regiment on or about the first of April. He was transferred to Company E, Fifth Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the Third and Fifth Michigan Regiments on June 10, 1864, and in October was reported on detached service. In November he was detached in the Quartermaster’s department where he was employed through March of 1865, and he was mustered out on July 5, 1865, at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

After the war Frederick returned to Michigan after the war and lived for a time in Manistee and possibly Lake County, working as a laborer.

He was quite possibly the same “Frederick Lubinhammer” who was arrested in September of 1867 for stealing cattle in Kent County.

On September 13 the Grand Rapids Eagle reported that on the Wednesday evening previous “Frederick Lubenhammer and Henry Edding, broke jail by prying out two of the bars in an upper window, and made their escape. Lubenhammer was awaiting trial for stealing cattle, and Edding on the charge of attempting to make off with a team, which he hired of Rathbun & Moore. The jail is very insecure, and requires ceaseless vigilance on the part of those in charge to prevent successful attempts to force a passage out, which can be easily effected, as this instance proves. The people of the County refused to vote money to build a new one, and unless something is done to render the present building more secure, we shall soon be in the condition of our northern counties, where, if a prisoner refused to give bail, they are obliged to let him go without, having no place to keep him.”

On October 1 the Eagle reported that Lubenhamer was convicted on two charges of larceny and sentenced to one and a half to three years in prison.

Frederick worked as a laborer most of his life.

He was married to Ella Hummel (d. 1879) by a justice of the peace on May 6, 1878, in Manistee County, and they had at least one child, Jenny Lind (b. 1879).

By 1900 he was living at 39 Union block, in Seattle, King County, Washington, and in 1909 at R.R. no. 4, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington.

By the end of 1910 he was living in the Soldiers’ Home in Orting, Pierce County, Washington. By 1914 he was residing in Los Angeles, California, and in 1915 at 426 Ruth Avenue; two years later he was paralyzed in the left arm and left leg by a stroke.

In 1920 Frederick was reported to be residing at 1030 Maple Avenue in Los Angeles, suffering from chronic bronchitis and a double hernia, chronic retinitis of both eyes, and to be totally helpless, and was in the constant care of one John A. Wilson.

In 1900 he applied for and received pension no. 1,045,328 (dated March 15, 1915).

Frederick was reported to be a widower when he died of arteriosclerosis on June 14, 1922, at the Pacific branch National Military Home, and was buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery: plot 4012/F.