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My homely, undeveloped, uneducated 17-year-old great grandmother was nearly WAP-en-ized by local toughs in 1884

Ludwina โ€œMinnieโ€ Katzenberger was my great grandmother on my dad’s side. In 1884, a few women tried to pull her into working at a house of ill repute when she was 17 but she โ€œwould not permitโ€ when a man tried to โ€œtake libertiesโ€ with her.

The Courier Journal article posted below states that Minnie’s father testified against the other women and the men at the prostitution house. It sounds as if he wasnโ€™t exactly sure how old his daughter really was at the time. The reporter described my sweet great grandmother as โ€œrather homely, undeveloped, and uneducated.โ€

Both father and daughter Katzenberger were from Sandberg, Bavaria so that means they moved to America sometime after her birth in 1867.

Minnie’s father was Dennis Euthymii Idemious Katzenberger, a widower who was killed on Liberty Street in a 1904 dispute over a woman. He showed up with a brick and the other guy showed up with a gun. End of Mr. Katzenberger.

Both of their headstones are in St. Michaelโ€™s Cemetery off Barrett Avenue in Germantown.

This is us.

from The Courier-Journal, July 1884
from The Courier-Journal, July 1884

My son Simon also found this 1898 Courier-Journal piece on another shady Katzenberger. We are not sure if this bird thief is actually one of our ancestors but he sure sounds slick enough to earn the title.

from The Courier-Journal, 1898
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