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John F. Tonsing

Male 1858 - 1919  (60 years)


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  • Name John F. Tonsing 
    Gender Male 
    Born 4 September 1858  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Cause of Death Paralytic Stroke; Uremia  [5
    Occupation Carriage Painter; Auto Painter  [3
    Cemetery Monroe St. Cemetery, Sect. G, Lot 9, E Half, Grave 3, North Line. Then Lutheran Cemetery  [6
    Death Notice Death notice, Feb 4, 1919, Cleveland Plain Dealer
    TONSING, John F., beloved husband of Mary Tonsing (nee Martin) and brother of Mrs. Minnie Jasper, William H. Tonsing, Paul G. Tonsing and [Mrs.?] Louis T. Mulander. Burial Tuesday, February 4, 1919 at 2:30 p.m., from late residence, 2125 W. 41st street. 
    Residence(s) 9 Jul 1860: Lot 239, west side of Jersey, Cleveland, OH
    1860: Medina, Medina Co., Ohio
    1861: 99 Jersey rear, Cleveland, OH
    1863: alley near Jersey, Cleveland, OH
    1864: 99 Jersey west side, Cleveland, OH
    1870 - 40 Burton St, Cleveland, Ohio
    1880: 152 Freas Ave, Cleveland, Ohio
    1985-1900 - 40 Burton, Cleveland, Ohio
    1904 - 40 Burton, Cleveland, Ohio
    1907: 2125 W 41st, Cleveland, Ohio
    1919 - 40 Burton St, Cleveland, Ohio
    1919: 2125 W 41st St., Cleveland, Ohio (burial record)  [2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Died 1 February 1919  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 13, 14
    • St. Johns Hospital
    Buried 4 February 1919  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 14
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    Person ID I2008  Lisa's Genealogy
    Last Modified 25 October 2014 

    Father Ernst Frederich Tönsing,   b. 7 April 1827, Linne, Wittlage, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 April 1873, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Anna Maria Gertrude Walker,   b. 5 May 1835, Brockhausen, Wittlage, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 August 1908, Oak Harbor, Ottawa Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 26 February 1852  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 15, 16
    • LDS batch M514232, Zion Lutheran Church
    Residence(s) 5 Nov 1851: purchased lot 789, west side of Jersey St., Brooklyn twp, Cleveland, Ohio
    1852: Pearl St (above Strong’s grocery), Newberg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio
    19 Jul 1853: sold west side of lot 789 on Jersey St., Brooklyn twp., Cleveland, Ohio
    1856: 20 Jersey, Cleveland, OH
    1867: sold lot 789. Moved to Medina County, Ohio
    21 Apr 1859: buy back lot 789+lot 790, Brooklyn twp., Cleveland, Ohio, then resold lot 789.

    1863-64: Alley n. Jersey

    1868-73: - 40 Burton street, Cleveland, Ohio and  [1, 8, 9, 17
    Family ID F1263  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Mary E. Martin,   b. 10 May 1858, Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 December 1932, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married about 1887  [18
    Residence(s) 1877-85: 40 Burton, Cleveland, OH
    1887: 1184 Pearl, Cleveland, OH
    1888: 79 Jersey, Cleveland, OH
    1889-02: 40 Burton, Cleveland, OH
    1903-05: 63 Burton, Cleveland, OH
    1906-19: 2125 W 41st., SW, Cleveland, OH,  [3, 8
    Children 
     1. Edgar Tonsing,   b. 1893,   d. 7 November 1895  (Age 2 years)
    Family ID F1291  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 September 1858 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 February 1919 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 4 February 1919 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Democrat Chronicle, Rochester, NY, Wednesday, August 15, 1894, p.1 (www.fultonhistory.com)
      The Wagon Makers
      Boston, Aug. 14 - The fourth annual convention of the Carriage and Wagon Workers’ International Asociation is in session here. The association represents 85,000 workers. President John F. Tonsing in his address urged upon the members the necessity of taking independent political action, as outlined by the American Federation of Labor, at its last convention, and to devote more time and efforts to the enactment of laws in the interest of wage-earners.

      The Daily Times, Watertown, N.Y., Saturday, August 18, 1894, p. 8 (www.fultonhistory.com)
      John F. Tonsing, of Cleveland, O., addressed the Watertown Carriage Makers’ union last night. He is president of the International union, which convened at Boston a few days ago. Emerson Hull, of this city, represented the local workers at the convention, returning yesterday afternoon.

      "John Tonsing was a carriage painter in Cleveland OH. He did very fine decorative lines. His brother Will referred to im as 'our jolly, amiable good-natured brother'.

      The day before his death he had gone to meet a paint agent. On the corner of Lorrain St. and Fulton, just a fifteen minute walk from home at 40 Burton St. and opposite Gerhart Jasper's place of business, he collapsed. He was brought home on a stretcher, then was taken to St. Johns Hospital. He died of a paralytic stroke."

      John is buried at Cleveland Lutheran Cemetery, Cleveland, OH. The book also says John was buried in the old family plot in the Monroe Street Cemetery, Garfield Heights, OH with his wife Mary.

      Letter to John Tonsing from Samuel Gompers
      Feb 26, [1898]
      Mr. John F. Tonsing
      Secretary Cleveland Central Labor Union,
      #40 Burton St., Cleveland, O.
      Dear Sir and Brother:
      I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your favor of the 10th inst. conveying a series of resolutions adopted by the C.L.U. at its meeting of January 12th regarding an editorial which appeared in answer to a communication from the manager of the Cleveland Citizen. As a reason for not replying earlier I desire to say that there has been more important work demanding my attention in the effort to organize our fellow workers, to be somewhat helpful to our struggling textile workers of New England, and to attend to the large correspondence connected with this office.
      You say in your resolution that it is “basely false” whien I charge the Cleveland Citizen with throwing obstacles in the way of the Brotherhood of Carpenters nad Joiners in their effort to establish the eight-hour work day for its members in Cleveland. Yet as a matter of fact what I charged is true and beyond a possibility of a doubt by those who have taken sufficient interest in our movement to keep informed upon events as they transpire. If you still doubt this I commend your attention to the columns of the Cleveland Citizen, and the public press of your City during the Carpenters’ efforts to secure the eight-hour work day. If you have any doubts that my criticism of the Cleveland Citizen’s editor’s action are accurate, I commend you for verification or otherwise to the Carpenters’ unions of your city, and to the general secretary of the Brotherhood, Mr. P. J. McGuire.
      It is a fact beyond contravention that the attitude and anti-trade union policy o fthe Cleveland Citizen and because that paper sails under the flag of being your official Journal, has divided the labor movement of your city so much so that the Building Trades Unions of Cleveland have positively refused to have any connection with your Central Labor Union, and that between 25 and 35 other unions in your City are unrepresented in your C.L.U. at its weekly meetings.
      In view of these indisputable facts your charge of “base falsehood” and prevarication will scarcely have much weight with thinking earnest men, who are giving their undivided devotion to the cause of wage labor.
      If I apprehend conditions aright, the Cleveland Citizen, like all other official papers published by Central Bodies, is intended to be the spokesman, advocate and defender of the struggles which labor makes to secure justice for the workers not only in the distant future, but today. In the case of the Cleveland Citizen instead of it being what it was intended, it has become a menace to the true interests of the workers, and means to divide men of labor against each other, to tear down the general labor movement, to malign the men engaged in it, and to asperse their motives. In fact it has come to my knowlege that men engaged in the movement in your City have refrained from expressing their true sentiments in regard to the labor movement by reason of the whiphand which the editorial management of the Cleveland Citizen holds over the heads of men who dare differ with the policy of their paper. In a word in this instance, your C.L.U. has created its own Frankenstein, which if permitted to continue will either crush or cripple its own creator.
      With a full knowledge of the above facts, and conscious of the accuracy of the laws, principles and policy of the American labor movement as understood and carried on by the American Federation of Labor, I think you will agree with me that it is impossible for me to comply with your request to retract the statements made by me regarding the Cleveland Citizen, except to restate them with greater emphasis.
      I note that in each of the statements, resolutions, criticisms or denunciations of your C.L.U., they have been published in the Cleveland Citizen and given to the Press, and that any reply made from this office has invariably been suppressed. I should be pleasantly disappointed should this communication be an exception to the rule.
      In spite of all that has been said in bitterness or anger against me, I bid you accept the assurance that I shall ever do the very best which lies in my power to aid all our fellow wokers, those of your city included, to organize, to battle for their rights, and to attain that glorious end for which our noble cause stands.
      Fraternally yours, Saml Gompers
      President A.F. of L.

      1. John F. Tonsing was a Cleveland painter and corresponding secretary of the Cleveland Central Labor Union (CLU). [1, 19]

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