Family of Otto Strike and Emily Russell
Family of Otto Streich and Emily Russell
Emily Russell and Otto Strike Fig. S-1. My paternal grand parents, Otto Strike (or Streich), 1877-1946, oldest child of Karl Streich and Henrietta Hohnke, and Emily Russell (1880-1918), the third child of Thomas W. Russell and Ellen Hartley; Probably a wedding photo taken in 1903 at Barnesboro, PA. These are my father's biological parents.  Tragically, Emily died in the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, leaving Otto with a baby and 5 young children.  The baby, who was my father, was then fostered and eventually adopted by Otto's married sister, Mrs. Martha Kramp, nee. Martha Streich. 
Family of Emily (Russell) and Otto Strike, 1918. Fig. S-2. Family of Emily Russell and Otto Karl Strike. From left: Russell Strike, 1907-1996; Otto (father); Martha, 1909-1982; Mrytle, 1905-1995; Emily (mother); in front: Gladys, 1913-1974: and Ruth, 1911-1986. Photo taken in Detroit, MI, about 1918. Reportedly, Emily was pregant with my father, Robert Karl Strike; The mother died one week after the baby was born.
Robert Kramp, nee Robert Strike Fig. S-3. My father, Robert Carl Kramp, nee. Robert Karl Strike, 1918-1974. School Photo, 1930, Ramey, Clearfeild Co, PA. 
Otto & sons: Robt, Russ Fig. S-4. Otto Streich traveled from Cresson, PA, to Alexandria, VA, to visit his sons, Robert and Russell. about 1939. This is one of the few times that Robert saw his biological father. 
Children of Otto Strike and Emily Fig. S-5. Adult children, including spouses, of Otto Strike and Emily Russell, ca 1954. From left, Harold Vernon and Martha Stryke; Cal McKillop and Gladys Stryke; Russell Stryke and Ruth Wolgomot (center); Ruth Stryke and Mike Scord; Myrtle Stryke and Jim Lusk. Maiden surnames given. Robert Kramp, nee. Strike, not present.
Family History Note: The Strike children all changed the spelling of their surname to Stryke when in High School. Russell Stryke had three daughters, and Robert Strike adopted the Kramp surname. Thus, the Streich/Strike/Stryke surname died with this branch of descendants.

Family Landmarks

St John's Methodist, Barnesboro Fig. S- 6. Church of St John's United Methodist, formerly Episcopal Methodist, Barnesboro, Cambria Co, PA. The corner stone was laid Nov 15, 1903, and Otto and Emily were married about a year later. The old church records are disheveled, but I found the baptism records for 3 of the 6 Strike children. Members of the family of Thomas W. Russell also worshipped here. Photo by RCK, 1992
Cresson TB Sanitorium Fig S-7. Unit No. 1 of the Pennsylvania State (tuberculosis) Sanitorium, Cresson, PA. Otto Strike was working as the ice plant operator for the instutute, and living on campus when he died in 1946. The sanitorium was transformed into a state prison in 1950's. Scanned from one of five old post cards that I found at antique store. Good thing, because in 1992, when I drove by the prison, I encountered "No photos allowed" signs.

Family History Note: In the early 1900's, Andrew Carnegie, the steel magnate of Pittsburgh, bought several hundred acres of land at Cresson, PA.  The climate was cool and the atmosphere clear and healthy. Andrew planned to build a mansion at Cresson for his mother so that she could enjoy the health benefits of the climate. However, she died before she could move to Cresson.  Andrew then offered the land to the State of PA for one dollar if they would agree to build a tuberculosis sanitarium there. The State accepted.

Other well known persons visited the sanitarium. The following item was copied from a booklet in the "Cresson Sanitarium" folder at the Cambria Co, Historical Society, Ebensburg, PA:

"A great interest was taken in the Sanitarium by Mrs. Mary Thaw of Pittsburgh who had a summer home near Cresson. She gave generously in a financial way, particularly in the building of the chapel [see image below], and she visited the Sanitarium frequently familiarizing herself with its needs."

"On her visits she several times brought with her Helen Keller, her friend and protege and Mrs. Keller's teacher, Mrs. Ann Sullivan Macey. On one occassion Mrs. Keller gave a short talk to the sanitorium children who were gathered in the assembly room."

NEW LINK: Chuck Felton who was a former TB patient at Cresson Sanitorium is collecting historical information and posting it to his site, "Cresson Sanitarium Remembered".
Cresson Chapel Fig. S-8. Grace Chapel, Pennsylvania State Sanitorium, Cresson, Cambria County, PA. Scanned from old postcard.
Former site of Alexandria Gazette Fig S-9. This park and fountain occupy the former site of the Alexandria Gazette which was located at 317 King St.  In the 1970's the old Gazette building was raised. Alas, the effect of urban renewal on family history. Both of Otto Strike's sons became printers for the  Gazette- the oldest daily newspaper in the States. Otto's son, Russell, began working  there in the 1920's and was eventually promoted to Composing Room Forman- a job he held for over 45 years.  Earlier, about 1933, Russell drove to Ramey, PA; picked up his biological brother, Robert, and brought him to Alexandria, to apprentice him as a linotype operator. Robert later switched his employ to the The Washington Evening Star and then to the Government Printing Office. Photo by RCK, June 2000.
NOTE: The Alexandria Gazette has changed its name to the Alexandria Packet. A "packet" is a type of sailing vessel.  The offices of the newspaper are still in Alexandria, VA, at 1610 King Street, however, the newspaper itself is now printed in Pennsylvania.

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