LEWIS LEHRER, SR. was born on December 08, 1841 in Philadelphia, PA, and died on September 16, 1908 in Philadelphia, PA. He married MARY TRAINOR in 1869. She was born May 1840 in Ireland, United Kingdom and emigrated to Philadelphia in 1852 just after the era of the Great Potato Famine.
Although Lewis is not mentioned in the 1860 US Census as part of Johannes ‘John’ Lehrer’s Family, he would have been 19 at the time, and out of the house. In 1969, Robert ‘Bob’ Bash Jr. reported to Charles, ‘Cholly’ Lehrer, his cousin, that ‘Lewis’ was their grandfather.
Lewis was a shoemaker by trade, and was 67 years, 9 months old when he died of uremia. Uremia is a term used to loosely describe the illness accompanying kidney failure (also called renal failure). In kidney failure, urea and other waste products, which are normally excreted into the urine, are retained in the blood. A TURP (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate) could have saved his life, but in 1908 the operation did not exist. Lewis was buried on September 19, 1908, Philadelphia, PA in the German Lutheran Cemetery.
The 1900 US Census for Philadelphia follows:
This is the family of Lewis (Louis) Lehrer and his wife, Mary Trainor, the latter born in Ireland. Two children are living with them, Louis Jr. (age 25) and Anna (age 19). Joseph (29) and Mary M.(27) are not listed as they had moved out to start their own families. Lewis and Mary’s son, Joseph Lehrer, who had become an architect, had moved to Atlantic City in 1898 and would soon marry Mary Bloomer, while their daughter Mary M. Lehrer was already married to Robert Bash Sr. Of the four Lehrer children of Lewis and Mary, documentation shows that Joseph was brought up Catholic, the religion of his Irish mother.
The 1910 US Census for Philadelphia follows:
Since Lewis Sr. had died in 1908, Mary Trainor Lehrer and her son, Lewis Jr. were now living with the family of Mary’s daughter, Mary M. Lehrer, who had married Robert Bash Sr. At the time, Mary Trainor Lehrer was 69 years old and the proprietor of a notions store; Lewis Jr. at 36, who could not read nor write and had received no education whatsoever, was most-probably mentally impaired. Lewis Jr’s sister, Anna Lehrer had died in 1908, shortly before the death of Lewis Sr. in September of that year.
The four children of LEWIS LEHRER and MARY TRAINOR are:
1) JOSEPH ‘JOE’ LEHRER born 1871 in Philadelphia, PA; died January 31, 1909 in Atlantic City, NJ. Joe was the father of Charles ‘Cholly’ Lehrer.
2) MARY M. LEHRER, born October 1874 Philadelphia, PA. Mary M. was the mother of Robert ‘Bob’ Bash, Jr.
3) LEWIS LEHRER, JR. born March 1875
Lewis Jr., appears to have been physically or mentally impaired, since at age 36 he could neither read nor write. In 1910 he was living with his mother, Mary Trainor Lehrer, in the home of his brother-in-law, Robert Bash Sr.
4) ANNA E. LEHRER, born October 05, 1879, Philadelphia, PA; died July 29, 1908, Philadelphia, PA. Burial: August 01, 1908, New Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA
Anna was 28 years, 9 months old when she died of phthisis pumonalis, that is to say tuberculosis. In the 19th Century and early 20th centuries, tuberculosis was called consumption (phthisis), because it seemed to consume people from within, with a bloody cough, fever, pallor, and long relentless wasting.