Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Clemens Vonnegut Jr.  



Indiana and Indianans : a history of aboriginal and territorial Indiana and the century of statehood Chicago: American Historical Society, 1919, pg. 2173-5

Clemens Vonnegut... on January 24, 1853 married Miss Catherine Blank, who died April 13, 1904. They were the parents of four sons, three of whom are still living. The eldest, Clemens, Jr., born November 19, 1853, entered his father's establishment in 1869. After an intermission of twenty years, 1890-1910, during which time he was manager of the Indianapolis Coffin Company and the National Casket Company, he returned to the hardware business. As a republican he represented Marion county in the State Legislature in 1895. He married Emma Schnall of Indianapolis. They have three children; ELLA is the wife of W. K. Stewart, and they have one child, Susan. ANTON married Ina Holleweg, and their three children are: Louise, Richard, and Antonette. WALTER married Margaret Potts. They have one daughter, Irma Ruth.

The second son was Bernard Vonnegut,who was born August 8, 1855, and died in August 1908...Franklin Vonnegut, the third son of Clemens Vonnegut, was born October 20, 1856...The fourth son, George Vonnegut, born October 22, 1860.






The name Vonnegut is one that is woven into the fabric of Indianapolis of the past half century and more. In business and social life, in the promotion of enterprises that have made the city what it is, the name has figured, and as the elsest member and head of the family for many years, Clemens Vonnegut, whose life at 67 has just ended, established a reputation for business integrity and general good citzenship that is an honor to his memory and an inheritance to be cherished by those who come after him. An unspectac ular man who never sought the limelight, he was never the less active in all progressinve movements, especialy the advancement of education and the the liberal arts, and particularly music. Indianapolis owes much to him for his tirelss efforts to create a greater interest in the best music. Born in Indianapolis, all his interests were here. He was a part of the city's life and the city esteemed him. Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana Wednesday, January 19, 1921 Page 6






Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana
Wednesday, January 19, 1921 Page 8

Vonnegut Rites Here Tommorrow
Nephews to Act as Pallbearers
at Funeral of Local Pioneer Merchant


Funeral services for Clemens Vonnegut, 67,years old, pioner Indianapolis merchant, will be held from the Vonnegut home, 604 East Thirteenth stree, tommorrow morning. Six nephews of Mr. Vonnegut will act as pallbearers: Kurt, Alex, Irwin and Theodore Vonnegut and Clememns Mueller and John Raugh [Rauch].


Mr. Vonnegut, who died at his home Tuesday morning following an illness, and result of being struck by an automobile in December while soliciting for the community. He was born in Indianapolis, Nov 19, 1853 the eldest son four sons of Clemens Vonnegut. Following schooling [in the] German-English Independent and Indianapolis high schools, he went to work in his father's hardware store on East Washington street.

A Civi cBuilder.


He later became local manager for the National Casket Company, remainign at that post for fisteen years. In 1908 he became vice president of the Vonnegut Hardware Company, the position he held at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Columbis Club, Hoosier Motor Club, active in the Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association, and at the time of his death was president of the Athenaeum. He was one of the directors of the Indiana Manufacturing Recirocal Association, and in 1894 served as a member of the Legislature as a representatinve of Marion county. He married Miss Emma Schn ull in 1878. He was active in the musical life of the city, at one time being director of the Indianapolis Orchestra and the May Musical festival, and was an able amateur violinist.

Mr. Vonnegut is survived by the widow, two brothers: George and Franklin Vonnegut; a daughter, Mrs. W. K. Stewart and two sons: Anton and Walter. The funeral services will be private.






22 Feb 1939
Culver Citizen

Mrs. C. Vonnegut, 81, Passes away Sunday

Mrs. Emma Schn ull Vonnegut, age 81 years, died Friday at the home "The Hollyhock", on the east side, after an illness of twelve days from complications. She was the widow of the late Clemens Vonnegut.

The Vonneguts were pioneers among the cottagers having started coming to Lake Maxinkuckee from Indianapolis fifty years ago. Ten years ago Mrs. Vonnegut purchased the Peeples farm and has been conducting an apple orchard that gained fame for its quality throughout northern Indiana and southern Michigan.

Three years ago the home was destroyed by fire and Mrs. Vonnegut at once rebuilt a house that was her "dream home".

Surviving are one daughter Mrs. W. K. Stewart, of Louisville, Ky.; two sons: Anton of Indianapolis, and Walter who was associated in the operation of the orchard; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Flanner-Buchanan funeral home, Indianapolis, with internment in the Crown Hill Cemetery there. The remains were taken to Indianapolis Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Vonnegut was a woman of unusual character, personality, and business ability. To know her was to admire and respect her in every way. Her indomitable courage was demonstrated when her home with priceless belongings was destroyed by fire without wavering or seeking refuge in courting expressions of sympathy, she set out at once to plan for the future. Instead of bemoaning her loses she gloried in the responses from her friends. Mrs. Vonnegut's passing is a loss to the community for her type is few and far between.






This obituary from the Rochester News-Sentinel of
Saturday, February 18, 1939

Culver , Ind., Feb. 18. -- Mrs. Emma SCHNULL VONNEGUT, 81 years old, widow of Clemens VONNEGUT, died last night following 12 days' illness.

She and her husband came to Culver from Indianapolis 50 years ago and were among the first persons to establish homes on the shore of Lake Maxinkuckee. Ten years ago the family home was established at the Peeples farm and now is known as the Hollyhock.

Mrs. Vonnegut operated a widely known apple orchard with the help of a son, Walter [VONNEGUT].

Other surviving children are Mrs. W. K. STEWART of Louisville, Ky., and Anton VONNEGUT of Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held at the Flanner & Buchanan funeral home in Indianapolis at 11 o'clock Monday morning. Burial will be at Crown Hill cemetery there.






Indianapolis City Directory, 1889. Indianapolis, IN: R.L. Polk and Co., 1889 & 1890
Name: Clemens Vonnegut, Jr
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Year: 1889
Business Name: Clemens Vonnegut
Location 2: 366 N Alabama

Name: Clemens Vonnegut, Jr
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Year: 1890
Business Name: Clemens Vonnegut
Location 2: 124 N Alabama






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