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,...
The second son was Bernard Vonnegut,who was born August 8, 1855, and died in August
Franklin Vonnegut, the third son of Clemens Vonnegut, was born October 20, 1856...
The fourth son, George Vonnegut,born October 22, 1860..
Mr. Franklin Vonnegut married Pauline Von Hake, who died May 12, 1890. She was the mother of three children: THEODORE F. married Lucy Lewis.
They have one child, Pauline. FELIX married Edna Goth. ARTHUR married Lillian Fauvre, they have two children: Franklin Fauvre and Virginia.
Indianapolis City Directory, 1889. Indianapolis, IN: R.L. Polk and Co., 1889 & 1890
Name: Franklin Vonnegut
Year: 1889 & 1890
Business Name: Clemens Vonnegut
Location 2: 508 E Market
Franklin Vonnegut (1856-1952) was the son of Clemens Vonnegut, a German immigrant who came to Indianapolis and founded a hardware
store, which was a city institution for over a hundred years. He was president of the company from 1908 to 1940. He was involved
in numerous civic institutions: a founder and later president of the Commercial Club; a founder and longtime director of Indianapolis
Area Red Cross; leader of Community Fund and supporter of several German gymnastic organizations.
The first May Music Festival was organized in 1889 by Carl Barus, director of the Indianapolis Maennerchor, and festivals were held
each year through 1898. Prominent members of the German-American community, such as Herman Lieber and Franklin Vonnegut, joined with
other Indianapolis notables like Mayor Thomas Taggart, Charles W. Fairbanks, and Col. Eli Lilly to serve as guarantors of the festival
fund. Nellie Melba, Lillian Nordica, and other internationally-known performers took part in the festivals