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Frank Goehle Birth 1894
Frank Goehle, the son of Peter Goehle and Minnie Lindemann was born on March 6, 1894 at 88 Sheriff Street in New York City. (New York City Birth Certificate #12013)
For the siblings of Frank Goehle, see Peter Goehle, Senior.
1910 - Frank Goehle Arrested for Sodomy
Court of General Sessions of the Peace: People of the State of New York against Frank Goehle. The Grand Jury of the county of New York accused Frank Goehle of the Borough of Manhattan of the Crime of SODOMY on June 15, 1910
"upon one Nelson A Downing a male person and there being feloniusly did make an assault and him the said Nelson A Downing then and there feloniusly did carnally know by and with the anus of himself, Frank Goehle against the form of the statute in such case made and provide, against the peace of the People of the State of New York and their dignity.Frank Goehle pleaded NOT GUILTY on June 22, 1910. And guilty on July 5 1910.
The testimony of Peter Hayes, age 29, bath attendant, was taken on June 16, 1910.
"Nelson A Downing and Frank Goehle, acting in concert and complicity with one another did willfully and unlawfully violate the provision of section 690 of the Penal Law of the State of New York, under the following circumstances, to wit: that about the hour of 6:15 p.m. on said date deponent saw both defendants enter a booth in the Public Baths at 382 Avenue A and deponent's suspicion being aroused deponent entered the said booth and saw and detected both defendants in a recumbent, bent position with defendant Downing leaving (sic) over the other defendant carnally knowing Goehle by the anus.
It is not entirely clear, but it look like Downing (and possibly Frank Goehle - just lists "defendant") was held on 15 Hundred dollars bail.
In Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World By George Chauncey footnote 4. on Chapter 8. The Social World of the Baths reads:
People v Downing and Goehle, DAP 77,986 (CGS 1910). The incident occurred June 15, and Downing was sentenced on June 28. The younger man's sentence was suspended.New public baths on the east side of Avenue A at 23rd were opened in 1908 (Listed between 23rd and 24th street on Avenue A in 1922.) Originally called the East 23rd Street Bathhouse and renamed the Asser Levy Recreational building the bathhouse was modeled on the Roman public baths.
Asser Levy Public Baths is located at 392 Asser Levy Place, New York 10010
1900: 15 Pleasant Place, Brooklyn, John Downing 58, US steamboat pilot, Martha F Downing 55 Nelson A Downing 29, son, cutter clothing, Julia Mcfarland 86, mother in law
Frank Goehle Suffers Heat Prostration 1917
"MERCURY AT 98 CAUSES 15 DEATHS"
"NEARLY 100 OVERCOME IN THIRD HOTTEST DAY SINCE WEATHER BUREAU'S OPENING"
On July 31, 1917 a new heat record was set for New York City at — the third warmest day on record. The unofficial reading in Park Row during the hottest part of the day was 110. The official tempature was 98 at 5:00 P.M. Thousands crowded to the beaches at Coney Island, South Beach and Midlands. Fifteen deaths were reported due to the heat and ninety-two people suffered heat prostration in Manhattan and the Bronx. Among them was "Goehle, Frank, twenty-two, binder, 526 East 85th Street, overcome in front of No. -75 Tenth ave.: went home."
New York Times August 1, 1917
Draft registration for World War I in 1917
Frank Goehle registered with the mandatory draft registration during WWI and provided the following information.
Frank Goehle, age 23, born May 6, 1894, address 526 East 85th Street, occupation, bookbinder at Careys on 10th Avenue and 36th Street, single, next of kin, mother, physical description, tall, medium build, brown eyes, and brown hair.
Draft registration for World War II in 1942
On April 25, 1942 Frank Goehle filled out a draft registration form that contained the following information:
Frank Goehle, 201 E 82nd Street, New York, Telephone, none, Age, 48, Place of Birth, New York City, Date of Brith, March 6, 1894, Wife, Mrs. Isabell Goehle, Address, same, Employers Name and Address, Bristel Service Bindery, 457 West 31 Street, NYC, Shipping Clerk, No height or weight was entered, Eyes, brown, Hair, no entry, Complexion, light brown, Other, wears glasses
The Marriage of Frank Goehle and Isabelle Walsh
Frank Charles Goehle married Isabelle Walsh on February 6, 1921 at St. Nicholas Church in NYC. The marriage licence lists Frank, age 26, address, 439 E. 82 Street , Isabelle age 19, address, 158 Seventh Street, witnesses, Charles Cornelius Veith and Catherine Schwauer. Information taken from their marriage certificate.
Katherine/Catherine Goehle Schwauer/Schwaner was the daughter of Frank's half sister, Elise Goehle Schwaner. Catherine was born 1899. Catherine married Charles Cornelius Veith in May 1921.
|Photo courtesy of Timothy and Karin Greenfield-Sanders|
St Nicholas Chruch, rectory, and convent on 2nd Street between First Avenue and Avenue A. The church and convent are no longer standing.
I cannot access the New York City records for the period of the births of the children of Frank and Isabelle. The following information on the dates of birth was taken from Cousins' Directory compiled by Vincent Czaplyski and Bella Czaplyski Pippas in July 1996, unless otherwise noted.
Frank Goehle and Isabelle Walsh Goehle had:
Freddie Walters: For more information on the family of Freddie Walters go to Freddie Walters now or at the bottom of the page.
The family of Peggie Goehle and Charles Edgar on the occasion of the marriage of their grandaughter, Abbey in 2002.
For more information on the Edgar Family go to Edgar now or at the bottom of the page
How the Goehle Family Got From Manhattan to Long Island
Peggie Goehle Edgar told me in August 2001 that:
1929 Lollypop Lickers
This image and article ran in various newspapers across the county in October 1929. This images is from the Decatur Review of October 10, 1929.
Three year old Eileen Goehle has established herself as champion lollypop licker. She is shown, right, after licking all previous records - and one lollypop - in 12 minutes 30 seconds flat. Her twin sister, Peggy, left is another of the little girls who competed in a "twins lollypop tournament" at the Henry Street Settlement, New York. The rules were strict, "No chewing, no cracking with teeth, no swallowing of pieces" were allowed.
Frank Goehle and his family were not listed in the 1930 Census.
None of the New York City Goehles were listed.
201 East 82nd Street, 5 families in building, Goehle, Frank, head, age 46, high school second year, laborer, parks department, income $211, weeks out of work 24, Isabelle, age 39, 8th grade, Agnes daughter age 17, Isabelle age 16, librarian N Y A, income $55, Eileen, age 14, Margaret age 14, Frank age 12, Elinor, age 9, Anthony age 8, Elizabeth age 6, Daniel age 1
There is no indication who provided the information.
Isabelle, United States Cadet Nurses Corp
Goehle, Isabelle S., 135 West 238th St. New York dob 8/18/23 admitted 8/31/44 senior cadet period beginning 3/3/47 Lenox Hill Hosp, New York
Goehle, Isabelle S., May 1944, Membership Card B Lenox Hill Hospital, New York cadets's address 135 West 238the Street, New York, singel, father Francis C Goehle, shipping clerk, no college, usual place of residence, St. James New York
Highland Ave, St. James
Long Islander (Huntington) Thursday, May 20, 1943 Page: 7 Real Estate News, Goehle, I to Bank of Smithtown lot s s Moriches rd adj land estate W. J. Gaynor St James ..... $1,500
Note: William Gaynor had been the mayor of New York City. He had a summer home, now known as Deepwells Farm Historic Park, on North County Road near Moriches Road in St. James. He died in 1913.
See St James Images
Commute from St. James to New York City
After the family moved permanently to St James, Frank Goehle commuted to the city on the Long Island Railroad.
More on Frank Goehle
Circa 1957 Frank Goehle came "out of the closet" as a gay man. According to his daughter, Peggy, Frank had a boyfriend named Walter with whom he lived on Staten Island for many years. In 1957 Frank was in his 60s, had been married for about 36 years and had fathered 10 children.
I personally do not know the details of why this disclosure happened then and not earlier. I was in 7th grade and did not understand all the brouhaha. My mother, his oldest child, did not speak to me of my grandfather again until he was very near his death in 1985. In fact, I had thought for years that he had died not long after 1957.
Others of his children did continue to have contact with him particularly his daughter, Peggy, with whom he lived for a while near his death.
Frank and Isabel had 62 grandchildren who all seem to know that grandpa was gay.
Obviously it was a big step to disclose his sexual preference at that age and at that time.
It is also clear that there was a continued relationship of sorts between Frank, Isabell and their children.
In September 1963 there was a picnic reunion of the family of Mr. and Mrs. F. Goehle, sr. of Highland ave., held at the Elk's Lodge on Edgewood Ave. Smithtown. It was covered by the local paper. Seventy-two guests attended the including their 9 living children and 48 or their grandchildren:
Death of Frank Goehle
Frank Goehle died in May 1985. He was buried in St Patrick's Catholic Cemetery on Mount Pleasant Road in Smithtown, Long Island.
Frank Goehle Birth: 6 Mar 1894 Death: May 1985 - Smithtown, Suffolk, New York, United States of America Civil: New York, 117-10-5445 (Social Security Death Index)
Death of Isabelle Goehle
Isabelle Goehle died on November 14, 1989. She is buried in St Patrick's Catholic Cemetery on Mount Pleasant Road in Smithtown, Long Island.
|The Grave Markers|
The graves are located toward the road side of the central area of St Patrick's Catholic Cemetery on Mount Pleasant Road in Smithtown, Long Island. There are two grave markers which are flush with the ground between Lanzon and Speiser and read:
BELOVED WIFE AND MOTHER|
ISABEL B GOEHLE
Photos of Frank Goehle