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Friday, May 11, 2012
Spanish-American War Veteran Lawrence Kienzle, Greensburg PA, 1890s
This image was signed on the back, "With compliments, L. J. Kienzle." Kienzle, being a not-so-common name, was an advantage in the search for information on our subject.
At the time of the 1920 US Federal Census for Greensburg, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, German-born Lawrence J. Kienzle was 54 years old, employed as a Steamfitter at a plumbing shop. Also living in the household was Bertha, his wife and four of their children: Mary, Jack, Margaret and Richard.
In the 1910 and 1930 Censuses, Lawrence's family name is entered as "Kinsley." His immigration year is 1876. In 1930, he and Bertha have seven children with the addition of William, Texena, and Clyde.
I found Bertha Russell and Lawrence Kienzle's marriage in the Pennsylvania County Marriage, 1885-1950. They wed on the 30th of July 1908 in Greensburg.
A decade earlier, Lawrence served with the US Army in the Spanish-American and the Philippine-American war (Company I, 10th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers.) The obituary which appeared in The Pittsburg Press on November 25, 1935 provides a little more background:
Lawrence Kienzle is buried at the Union Cemetery in Greensburg, PA: Lawrence J. Kienzle (1867 - 1935) - Find A Grave Memorial