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Knitting - Sewing
Sweater knitted for grandson Walt Robbins, Jr.  Ph9029.jpg
 
 
 

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Memberships

Moose
Mabel was a member of the Women of the Moose S1, S2,

Red Men:
I have a lapel pin in my possession that is from the Order of Red Men Society. I have no further information concerning whether August was a member or how he came to have the pin.   
Red Men Page  (See A below)
Church:
Mabel was a member of John Wilson's class at the Walnut Street Baptist Church (10 May 1942) - (See B & C below)

Mabel was a Member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Muncie - S7, Doc1777.pdf

 

Eagles:
Mabel was a member of The Fraternal Order of the Eagles (FOE)  Ph8220.jpg
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Red Men Pin John Wilson's Class,
Mother's Day, 1942 (10 May 1942)
Family Members
:  Norma Haas ID0006 - Olive Haas ID0380 -
Marjorie Haas ID0381 - Possibly Mabel Worthen Haas ID0378 -
(See C, at right)
 
John Wilson's Class
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Music
There was a piano in the home and Mabel could play.  August played the clarinet so it is supposed they played together at times.  S8, (See B below)
August played clarinet in the Warner Gear Co. Band in Muncie beginning in Feb 1916. S3S4S9,  He was also a Musician in the US Navy in 1918. S5, S6

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"[I] remember now, Mother gave my fathers clarinet to Ball state during the war. They needed instruments. I was so angry because I felt it should have remained in the family."
   (Email from Wilma 25 Jan 2008)

-  According to ID0452 the clarinet August played was an Albert System clarinet (Wikipedia) - (Pictures of the Albert System) - (Albert System in a nutshell) -
According to Aunt Wilma August played under the direction of John Philip Sousa at one time - this is quite possible given that Mr. Sousa was the leader of the Naval Band at the Great Lakes Naval Station near Chicago during WW 1 where August was stationed for a time - Link
 
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Warner Gear Band
August, front row,
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Norma, 1944
17th St. House
Piano - Living Room
       

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Outdoors
Outdoors:

August loved to fish and be outdoors. It is said that he could spend the entire day out on a lake in his boat and even if he didnít catch one fish he would be well satisfied.  (See Below)

As a young man August enjoyed riding his bicycle.  (See A below)

 
 
 
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August with bicycle August with stringer
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Chapman Lake
1940
August's Fishing Pole
abt 1938
August & Car
Garage not built yet
abt 1922
August in his waders
abt 1940
August, Barbara
on a pier
abt 1942
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Photography
August and Mabel took a lot of pictures and developed some of them in their attic. Many of their photographs and negatives are in the RobbHaas Collections along with the camera that was used. Many of the photos attached to the various person and family pages are from their collection of pictures.
Photo Processing Envelope - Other Processing Envelopes (Acc001134):  Doc2305.pdf - Doc2306.pdf
 
Instruction manual for the Kodak Premoette Junior Camera shown below http://www.cameramanuals.org/kodak_pdf/kodak_premoette_junior.pdf
Information from Jason Schneider, Modern Photography Magazine, 1976 Doc1848.pdf
Probably 3-1/4 x 5-1/2 or 3-1/4 x 4-1/4 in. format - Product of Rochester Optical Co.
Circa 1890
Original Price:  $15-$20
Value (1976) $25-$30 in nice shape
Not rare but certainly collectible
 
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Camera Front Picture taken
with Camera
   
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Woodworking
Woodworking:  August was an accomplished woodworker and has many projects to his credit. Many of his items are still in the possession of family members.
Some of his projects included some of those listed below.  He created many more items but these are representative of his skill. 
 
Drop-leaf walnut table with 2 drawers(2) (Acc000177) - (See A below)
Hall Table(3) - (See C below)
Covered Wagon Model  - (See below)
Stagecoach Model  -  (See below)
Lamp (4)- (Acc000585) - (See D and E below)
Sometime in the 1920s August built a garage behind and to the southeast of the 17th St house.  In the photos he had a lot of help from his girls - This garage had double doors on the front and was a little wider than one car.  The doors opened on hinges as can be seen in Photo F.  (See F, G below)
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Drop-Leaf Table(2) Drop-Leaf Table Hall Table(3) Lamp(4) Lamp with Shade
Shade made by Norma Haas Robbins(1)
August and his girls
Wilma, Olive, Norma
abt 1923
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August with saw
building garage
         
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(1)  I believe she used the original shade and made the covering that is shown
(2)  Built by August, given to daughter Norma, who in turn gave to Walt Robbins, Jr.
(3)  Built by August, given to daughter Wilma
(4)  Built by August, given to daughter Norma, Walt Robbins, Jr. received it upon the death of Norma
 

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Covered Wagon Model    Acc000427, 428
August Built this model in the 1930s from blueprints purchased from Popular Science Monthly as stated below.  This model was hand made.  At some point after the death of August, daughter Marjorie took the model home with her to California.  Following the death of Marjorie her children very kindly shipped the model to me where it remains.  After receiving the model I built the Plexiglass enclosure to protect it.  It is on display in my home.  The blueprints are kept in acid-free enclosures.
Blueprints:  (I do have the blueprints for this model - See Below)
-  Popular Science Ad for the Blueprints - May 1933 (Vol. 122, No. 5), page 92 "Covered Wagon (231/2-in.), 118-119-120-R   $1.00"  Link (Google Books) -  (See N below)
-  The envelope which the blueprints were mailed from Popular Science has a date on the front of 8/14/1933 and the blueprint number 118-119-120-R - (See H below)
Magazine Construction Articles:
The blueprints state: "Refer to Vol. 116, No. 6, page 75" - (June 1930, page 75)

"Westward Ho!  A Covered Wagon Model"  Popular Science, June 1930, page 75 - Link (Google Books)
The article is continued in the July 1930 Issue, page 86:   "How to add the Body and Canvas to Our Covered Wagon Model" - Link (Google Books)
 
 
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Full View Side View, Detail Inside Carriage, side view Carriage, Front view Covered Wagon - Stagecoach Models
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Covered Wagon - Stagecoach Models
Plexiglass Covers
Jan 2008
Envelope from
Popular Science(1)
Purchasing List
From Blueprint #3
Blueprints, Envelope Blueprint #1 Blueprint #2
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Blueprint #3 Popular Science
May 1933, Page 92
Blueprints Ad
       
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(1)  Addressed to:  August Haas, R. 6, Box 43, Muncie, Ind./ 8/14/1933/ 118-119-120-R

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Stagecoach Model       Acc001060
August Built this model in the 1930s from blueprints purchased from Popular Science Monthly as stated below.  This model was hand made.  I remember this model being at the home of Mabel Worthen Haas.  At some point daughter Barbara took the model to her home.  After her death Barbara's husband very generously gave the model to me.  After receiving the model I built the Plexiglass enclosure to protect it.  It is on display in my home.
Blueprint Ad:  (I don't have the blueprints for this model)
Popular Science Ad for the Blueprints - May 1933 (Vol. 122, No. 5), page 92 ("Stagecoach, Concord (20-1/2 In.), 115-116-117-R   $1.00")  Link (Google Books)
Magazine Construction Articles
-  "Now - Model Stagecoaching" - Popular Science, February 1930, page 77 - Link (Google Books)  (Building the Carriage)
-  "Building the Body of the Diamond Tally-Ho" - Popular Science, March 1930, page 86 - Link (Google Books)
-  "Stagecoach Model Making" (Upholstery, etc) - Popular Science, April 1930, page 77 - Link (Google Books) (This article mentions the Plans in the ad above)
Wells Fargo Company Created, 18 March 1952 -
   -  Shows photo of a Wells Fargo Stage Coach inside the museum - Looks like the one built by August

"Abbot-Downing's Concord Coaches"
 
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Concord Stage Coach Model
Hand made By A. Haas
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Carriage
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Misc.

Mabel was  a professional dressmaker and knitting instructor.  She made many wedding dresses and other projects during her lifetime.  She was quite gifted at creating sewn and knitted items for family members.

When the girls were younger Mabel would do a lot of cooking and would prepare noon meals for both the teachers at nearby Stevenson School and also for the workers at Ball Brothers Company.  People would come to the 17th St house to buy their meals.   Mabel was a great cook as can be attested to by her grandson RobbHaas.  According to daughter Norma,

"Mother made pies, jelly and canned a lot of fruit. I remember she used to make lemonade and put cherries in to make it look pretty & appetizing. She made homemade bread - so delicious, we would go around from house to house & sell it. She also baked pork loins and make big sandwich buns. She sold the sandwiches to the employees of Ball Brothers. They really did enjoy them. I also remember she would fix noon meals for the teachers at Stevenson. They would come down to our house and buy their lunch."  Source

The family always had a garden and a backyard full of trees of all sorts including Cherries, Apples, Mulberry.  Many of these items were canned and preserved for later use.
 
 
 
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Sources
 

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S1 Found inside a Bible belonging to August [ID0377] and Mabel (Worthen) [ID0378] Haas. , Philadelphia, PA: A.J. Holman Co., nd.. , Women of the Moose Membership Certificate.  Acc000065/Doc1768.pdf

Extract:
Women of the Moose/an auxiliary of the/ Loyal Order of Moose
Membership Certificate
". . . Mabel Haas, Hartford City Chapter #63 is hereby confirmed and established. . . duly attested by the Grand Recorder this 19 day of December, 1947."
Signed: Katherine Smith Grand Chancellor and Tyna Magnuson Grand Recorder
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S2 Object:  Women of the Moose Pin belonging to Mabel Worthen. Found in her possessions following her death. Acc000416/ Ph9026-002.jpg

Note: Pin with heart attached with a chain is mounted on a piece of lightweight cardboard. The pin has the letters "WOTM" on a shield and is gold in color as well as the chain. The heart is red with gold coloring around the edge. Inside the heart is a triangle with a moose in the center and the letters F, H and C one at each point of the triangle - this belonged to Mabel.

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S3 Email, from Wilma Haas Lucas to Walt Jr 25 Jan 2008. 
 
Extract:  "remember now, Mother gave my fathers clarinet to Ball state during the war. They needed instruments. I was so angry because I felt it should have remained in the family./Do you have a picture of him in the Warner Gear band. He is holding the clarinet in that picture. I don't have it here/but have perhaps two or three different ones with the clarinet in Indiana. Will get you one when I return/Love Wilma" )
 
S4 Newspaper Article: "Album of Yesteryear: Musicmakers". Muncie Star, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, nd. Acc000137/Doc1717.pdf

Image Caption: "Eighteen men and a boy comprised this Warner Gear Company band in Muncie an indefinite number of years ago. The identity of the director and the well-uniformed members is not known to us at The Muncie Star, but readers may recognize a friend or relative".

Note:  August Haas, Front Row, 2nd from Right

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S5 Military Record, "Enlistment Record", U.S. Navy, August Haas, 3 May 1918 to 17 Dec 1918. Wilma Haas Lucas Papers. Acc000797/ Doc0593.pdf

Extract:
 
ENLISTMENT RECORD
Scale of Marks: 0, Bad; 1, Indifferent: 2, Fair [crossed out 1.5 written above]; 3, Good [crossed out 2.0 written above]; 4, Very Good [marked out 3.0 written above]; 5, Excellent [crossed out and 4.0 written above].
Name, Haas, August; Rate, Mus.2c, U.S.N.
Enlisted 3 May, 1918, at Indianapolis, Ind for DW years
Previous naval service, XX years; Served apprenticeship, XX
Gun Captain certificate, XX; Certificate graduation P.O. School, XX
Seaman Gunner, XX; Trade, Laborer; Citizenship, U.S.
Ratings held during enlistment, Lds. Mus., Mus. 2C,
Proficiency in rating, 3.25; Seamanship, XX; Ordinance, XX
Signaling, XX; Marksmanship, small arms, XX
Mechanical ability, XX; knowledge of marine machinery XX
Knowledge of electrical machinery and appliances, XX; Sobriety, 4.0
Obedience, 4.0; Average standing for term of enlistment, 3.75
Signed J. G. M???, Ensign, U.S.N.,R.F./ Acting and Executive Officer.
DESCRIPTIVE LIST.
Where born, Defiance Ohio; Date, Aug 29, 1894
Age, 24 years, 3 months; Height, 5 feet, 8 3/4 inches; Weight, 135 lbs
Eyes, Blue; Hair, D Bro; Complexion, Ruddy
Personal characteristics, marks, etc., fs. Left temple. (3 fs wrist). Tattoo "A.H." low on rt arm. Fs rt knee. Acne between shoulders, m. lft buttock.
Percentage of time on sick list during enlistment, (blank)
Is Physically qualified for reenlistment (signature of Medical Officer, U.S.N.
I hereby certify that the above-named August Haas Mus 2c
has been paid Discharged - no balance ($ Not Balance, in full to date. $10.27 Deposited to Cover Indebtedness 17 December, 1918 - Signature of Paymaster - Family Allotment: Class A $15 per month, Last month Charged December 1918 - Insurance 10000 Last Premium Charged for Dec, 19__

                                                          


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S6 Military Record, Discharge, U.S. Navy, 17 Dec 1918, Newport, Rhode Island, August Haas. Wilma Haas Lucas Papers. Acc000566/Doc0593.pdf

Extract:   
AHC/Form No 7/Bu. Navigation -
DISCHARGE.
This is to certify That No. (blank), August Haas,
a Musician 2d Class, U S Navy, has this day been discharged from the
U. S. Naval Training Station, Newport, Rhode Island and from the Naval Service,
by reason of his own request. Discharged prior to expiration of enlistment,
with an ORDINARY DISCHARGE, by Special Order of Secretary of Navy (without
refund) in accordance with BN C/L 225-18 of 5 December 1918. Waived all
claim to transportation to Naval Station nearest place of enlistment.
Is --- recommended for reenlistment. Rating best qualified to fill, Musician 2d Class
Dated this 17th day of December, 1918 at Newport, Rhode Island.
Signed ??? Commander, U.S.N./ Acting
Commanding U.S. Naval Training Station,/ Newport, Rhode Island

Purple stamp in upper right corner: A PERMIT TO HUNT, FISH AND TRAP ISSUED HEREON - by THE CLERK of Delaware Circuit Court - Date July 9 1929

                                                                                                                           


 

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S7 Obituary, Mabel M Crabill. Muncie Star, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana. March 1978. Acc001037/Doc0666.pdf

Extract:    Mabel M. Crabill Succumbs at 78; Services Thursday - Mrs. Mabel M Haas Crabill, 78, 1927 E 17th St, died Monday at Ball Hospital after a long illness. A native of Hartford City, the daughter of the late William and Mattie (Klinger) Worthen, she had lived in Muncie more than 60 years. She was a member of St Paul's United Methodist Church and the Warner Gear Sympathy Club Auxiliary. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. John (Wilma) Lucas, Jonesboro, Mrs. Walter (Norma) Robins, Yorktown, Mrs. John (Barbara) Mock, Albany, and Mrs. Joe (Olive) Hanson and Mrs. Frank (Marjorie) Van Couwenberghe, both of San Anselmo, Calif; two stepsons, William Crabill, Texas, and Jack Crabill, Albany; a brother, William Worthen, Lafayette; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be at Meeks Mortuary at 3pm Thursday, Rev Milton Beeman, pastor of St Paul's United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Elm Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary 2-5 and 7-9 pm Wednesday and prior to services Thursday.

 

 


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S8 Interview, With Norma ID0006 19 March 2002  
S9 News Article"Magic City's Latest Musical Organization" - The Muncie Sunday Star (Muncie, Indiana), 13 Feb 1916, Second Section, page 1, Col. 4 & 5. www.newspapers.com, accessed 5 Feb 2017.  Full Page  - Clip of Article - Doc4023.pdf

Transcription:
Magic City's Latest Musical Organization
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Warner Gear Band.

   The Warner Gear Band, the latest musical organization in Muncie, starts off with the promise of becoming one of the best concert bands in the city.  Among its members are band men who have had lots of experience.  The organization first attracted attention at the Y.M.C.A. by playing at the Factory Basketball League games.  It made its first public appearance by heading the parade at the district Red Men's meeting and later took an active part in the Y.W.C.A. campaign.   
   Gus Doerman is leader and Clifford Babb is the business manager.  The handsome uniforms were furnished by the Warner Gear Company.
   The members of the band, reading from left to right, are as follows:  Back row, Jess Chambers, tuba; Martin Carey, baritone; Lawrence Butler, tuba.  Middle row, Irvin Heeter, bass drum; Arthur Hillard, trombone; Earl Longnecker, trombone; Thurman Hensley, alto; Clifford Babb, snare drum.  First row, Raymond Hoyt, cornet; Charles Hollopeter, cornet; Frank Tilton, cornet; Clifford St. John, cornet; Gus Doerman, clarinet and director; Claude Moore, clarinet; August Haas, clarinet; William Neighbors, clarinet; Norwood Carey, mascot (seated on floor), and John Rinard, trombone.
 
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