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Karl Stephen von Herrmann

Karl Stephen von Herrmann

Male 1876 -

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  • Name Karl Stephen von Herrmann 
    Born Mar 1876  Brandon, Rutland, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I49263  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 19 May 2011 

    Father Charles Herrman,   b. , , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Florence Coates,   b. , , Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F22334  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Clara Louise Foss,   b. 15 Nov 1879, Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1941  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 5 Jun 1899  Hamilton, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F22332  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Mar 1876 - Brandon, Rutland, Vermont Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jun 1899 - Hamilton, Essex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Clara Louise (Foss) von Herrmann (1879-1941) with Karl Stephen von Herrmann (b. 1876)
    Clara Louise (Foss) von Herrmann (1879-1941) with Karl Stephen von Herrmann (b. 1876)

  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Handwritten descendancy chart of Matthew Whipple by Shirley Whipple Adams (swagene@rangeley.org), mailed to Weldon Whipple Oct 2000. Shirley created the chart "20 yrs. ago in Ipswich [Massachusetts] at the library using Hammatt & Darling papers, Ipswich V[ital] R[ecords], Hamilton V[ital] R[ecords] & cemetery records." ... "s/o DR or pharm [i.e. son of doctor or pharmacist]." Gives name Carl Vaughan Hennan, marriage in 1911.

      !SOURCE: Email from Luis Asencio Camacho (undisclosed at example dot net) to the Whipple Website, 18 May 2011. Gives name Karl Stephen Herrmann. Writes the following:
      I am currently working on a Spanish edition and translation of Karl Stephen Herrmann's 1899 book "From Yauco to Las Marias," Herrmann's memories about the Puerto Rican campaign during the Spanish-American War. While researching his life, I learned he was married to a certain "Clara Louise," from Hamilton, Mass., whose maiden name I had not found out until yesterday. This very morning (this has been a truly exciting and productive day!) I continued my research into Clara Louise, having learned that she was the daughter of the Foss Family, and that her mother's maiden name had been "Whipple," and came across your page. Very interesting indeed. Keep up the excellent work.

      From what I have been able to glean during my entire research, Clara Louise Foss was born in 1879, the youngest daughter of Robert Foss and Abbie Whipple. Sometime, probably before 1899, she became a model (or at least posed) for the highly acclaimed artist Harrison Fisher, thus coming to be known as a "Harrison Girl." In June 1899 she married Karl Stephen Herrman ... The 1900 census of Mass., has both Herrmann and Clara Louise lodging at Simeon C. Bailey's estate.

      What I know about Herrmann at the time is that he was working as an editor for a literary magazine. Sometime between 1902 and 1903, it seems that Clara Louise introduced her husband to Julia Marlowe, a very famous Shakespearean actress, and Herrmann became the actress's press agent, not long afterward becoming romantically involved with her. Clara Louise filed suit for divorce, but Herrmann was able to break loose. Mind that at the same time, both his editor and publishing house had come under another lawsuit on account of some comments he made in his book, supposedly giving too much information away about the "dirty laundry" within the Puerto Rican Campaign. Inasmuch as I have not been able to find out the outcome of such a lawsuit, it appears that Herrmann and company ended up fine. In a future correspondence I can provide you more details about such case.

      It appears that Clara Louise was apeaced, but Herrmann allegedly continued his shady businesses with Marlowe and widowed New York socialite Maud Thorburn Backus, until once again in 1908, Clara Louise filed another divorce lawsuit, with both ladies as co-respondents. In a few days after the lawsuit, her lawyer was able to reach an agreement with Marlowe's and drop both teh actress's name and Backus's off the lawsuit, leaving only Herrmann's. (Herrmann, at the time, styled himself as "von Herrmann"; therefore, you will see Clara Louise styling herself as so, too.) I regret to say this is as far as I have been able to trace both Herrmann and Clara Louise, but from ... your document, I can assume she got her divorce. Clara Louise's lawyer stated that he had known the Herrmann matrimony, and that he could vouch for Clara's allegations of cruelty from her husband's part, not to mention that Herrmann was a drug user (I assume he meant alcohol).


      !SOURCE: Scan of page from "Marriages Registered in the Town of Hamilton for the Year eighteen hundred and ninety-nine," submitted by Luis Asencio Camacho (undisclosed at example dot net) to the Whipple Website, 18 May 2011. Gives marriage date and place, groom Karl S. Herrman, resident of Hamilton, age 23, Author, b. Grandon, VT, son of Charles [Herrman] and Florence Coates, first marriage; bride Clara L. Foss., resident of Hamilton, age 18, at home, b. Lynn, dau. of Robert [Foss] and Abbie Whipple, first marriage. Marriage performed by Jesse G. Nichols, Minister, Hamilton.

      !SOURCE: Jun 1900 federal census of District 1325, Boston Ward 12, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, sheet 6B (p. 12), living at 15 Greenwich Park, dwelling 39, family 83:
      • Bailey, Simeon C., head, b. Sep 1844, age 55, married 30 yrs., b. ME, parents b. ME, Hair Dresser
      • Bailey, Mary E., wife, b. Jul 1848, age 51, married 30 yrs., b. ME, parents b. ME, House Keeper
      • Seabourn, Florence, lodger, b. Nov 1868, age 31, single, b. Canada, father b. England, mother b. Canada, Music teacher
      • Cramer, Carrie C, lodger, female, b. Mar 1867, age 38, married 7 yrs., b. MA, parents b. MA, Stenographer
      • Hale, Mary, lodger, b. Apr 1859, age 41, single, b. Canada, parents b. Canada, Dressmaker
      • Millbury, L. Emma, lodger, b. Apr 1875, age 25, single, b. Canada, parents b. Canada, Dressmaker
      • Starrett, Julia R., lodger, b. Dec 1870, age 29, single, b. Canada, parents b. Canada, Dressmaker
      • White, Mabel, lodger, b. Jan 1875, age 25, single, b. MA, parents b. MA
      • Herrman, Karl S., lodger, b. Mar 1876, age 24, married 1 yr., b. VT, father b. Germany, mother b. VT, Editor
      • Herrman, Clara L., lodger, b. Nov., 1879, age 20, married 1 yr., b. MA, father b. ME, mother b. MA
      • Wright, George, lodger, b. Mar 1872, age 28, single, b. ME, parents b. ME, Salesman [...]
      • Davis, Blanche, lodger, b. Apr 1872, age 28, single, b. IL, father b. MA, mother b. IL


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