Descendants of
George Adam Krumbholz
Pauline (Zeller) Krumbholz
Second Generation

George B. Krumbholz Harriet Hathaway Krumbholz
with son George

GEORGE BERNARD2 KRUMBHOLZ (George1), later called "Senior," was born at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on 19 May 1895, the only son of George Adam Krumbholz and his wife Pauline Zeller. George grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and studied accounting at New Bedford Vocational School.

HARRIET MARIE HATHAWAY was born at Mansfield, Massachusetts, on 5 September 1895 a daughter of Adiel Harvey Hathaway and his wife Julia Lawton Reed. She grew up in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. In 1914 she graduated from New Bedford Vocational School, where she had majored in foods. Then she attended Wilfrid Academy in Boston, to learn hairdressing.

George and Harriet met at Vocational School. They married at the Congregational Parsonage in Fairhaven on 3 May 1914.

George held a variety of jobs, including:

Meisel Music was owned by George's friend, Chris Kratt. In 1956 George was promoted to Vice-President, but he continued to travel across Pennsylvania selling instruments. (For article on his promotion see below).

Harriet worked as a hairdresser for Albert Gonsalves on Pleasant Street, New Bedford. Then she owned and operated her own business, Harriet's Beauty Shop.

The Krumbholz family moved several times, around the city of New Bedford. They resided at the following addresses:

They owned their last home. George purchased the property on 13 July 1940, for $500. They had their home built, mortgaging it for $2200 on 9 November 1940, and discharging of mortgage on 3 January 1950.

George was raised Roman Catholic at Saint Boniface Church, where he was an altar boy. He was inactive at the time of marriage. He and Harriet both joined Trinity Methodist Church, New Bedford. On 3 February 1957 they both joined First Congregational Church, Fairhaven. Religious faith became more important to George after he had a heart attack in the 1940s. When he went to thank the Doctor, the Doctor said, "Don't thank me. You should be dead now," and pointed him to God.

George B. Krumbholz wrote his will at New Bedford on 8 July 1966. For the text of his will, see below.

George B. Krumbholz died unexpectedly, of natural causes, while on a selling trip, at DuBois, Pennsylvania, on 6 April 1971. For the report of his death in the DuBois Courier-Express, and his obituary in the New Bedford Standard Times see below. He was buried at Naskatucket Cemetery, Fairhaven.

Harriet (Hathaway) Krumbholz died at New Bedford on 2 December 1972, and was buried at Naskatucket Cemetery.

George and "Hattie" were both active in Fairhaven Grange #363, and she was active in the Fort Phoenix Chapter of the D.A.R.

George and Harriet Krumbholz had the following children:

  1. GEORGE BERNARD KRUMHOLZ Junior b. at New Bedford on 18 September 1915
  2. PAULINE HATHAWAY KRUMBHOLZ b. at New Bedford on 20 December 1918
Daughter Pauline shared these memories:

When they were courting, George lived in New Bedford, and Harriet lived on Sconticut Neck, Fairhaven. They often repeated this story: "Once Dad borrowed the horse and carriage which Grandpa used to deliver the mail. He brought Mother home late that night. He said that coming home he couldn't get the horse to go, because the horse stopped at every mailbox along the way. . . . Very often Dad stayed too long and missed the trolly car."
"My parents were modern! They had a group of friends called, 'The Crowd.' They were husbands and wives. They were all friends who would get together every once in a while. They had their own bootlegger in the crowd. His name was Huey. So they never had any trouble getting booze for their parties."
When they were planning their new home, Harriet, now retired, went back to Vocational School. Pauline recalled: "She wanted a stair carpet for her new home. She had a customer who used to make rugs. My mother would give her permanents, and she would pay for them with rugs. Mother spoke to her about a stair carpet. The woman said, 'Why don't you do it yourself, Harriet?' So she went back to Vocational School. She went nights. She learned how to hook. She learned about dying."

Harriet is remembered as an exceptional homemaker. She made all her own draperies, slipcovers, and bedspreads. She was a good taylor. She braided and hooked rugs. She was a marvelous cook!

From New Bedford Standard Times, 10 October 1956

Is Promoted--George Krumbholz
New vice-president of C. Meisel Music Company of Union, NJ, is Mr. Krumbholz of 1434 Sassaquin Avenue. An accomplished musician and former professional violinist, he has been with the firm since 1954 as a salesman in New England, New York and Pennsylvania. Most of his time will be spent in sales promotion work. He has held positions with Carl Fischer Music Company of Boston, Meiklejohn Music Company of Providence, and Continental Music Company of Chicago.

Will of George B. Krumbholz
Copy from family, not from Probate Court
BE IT REMEMBERED that I, George B. Krumbholz otherwise called George B. Krumholtz of New Bedford in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, being of sound mind and memory, do make this my LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
After the payment of my just debts and funeral charges, I bequeath and devise as follows:
FIRST: To my son, George B. Krumbholz, II and his wife Marjorie Krumbholz, my table saw, planer, sander, vacuum barrel, one ¼ inch drill, Sabre saw, 2 hand saws, grinder and one work bench.
SECOND: To my daughter, Pauline Maxfield and her husband, Charles Maxfield II my jig saw, skill saw, one ¼ inch drill, one 3/8 inch drill, Porter sander, 2 hand saws, drill press, 1 work bench and electric chain saw.
THIRD: To my grand-son George B. Krumbholz III my diamond ring.
FOURTH: To my grand-son Donald Krumbholz my Royal typewriter and electric adding machine.
FIFTH: To my grand-son Charles Maxfield, III my Wollensack tape recorder.
SIXTH: To my grand-daughter, Polly Ann Jarusik and her husband, Paul Jarusik, my Wollensack camera, projector, screen and titler.
SEVENTH: All the rest, residue and remainder of my property and estate both real and personal of every nature and description and wherever the same may be situated of which I may die seized and possessed and to which I may be entitled, to my wife, Harriet M. Krumbholz.
EIGHTH: I hereby nominate and appoint said Charles Maxfield II the executor of this my last will and testament and request that he be exempt from furnishing any surety on his official bond as such executor.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF I hereunto set my hand and in the presence of three witnesses declare this to be my last will this 8th day of July in the year one thousand nine hundred and sixty-six.

Dies Suddenly While Visiting DuBois Friend
George B. Krumbholz, 75, vice-president of C. Meisel Music Company Inc. of Union, N.J., and resident of New Bedford, Mass.
He died of a heart attack late yesterday afternoon while visiting at Beer's Music Store, Brady St., DuBois.
He was dead on arrival at Maple Avenue Hospital, DuBois.
The Eldon V. Mohney Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Courier-Express. DuBois, Pa. vol. 92, no. 82, p. 1 (7 April 1971)

George B. Krumbholz
George B. Krumbholz, 75, of 1434 Sassaquin Ave., died yesterday unexpectedly in DuBois, Pa., of natural causes. He was the husband of Mrs. Harriet M. (Hathaway) Krumbholz.
Born in Pawtucket, R.I., he lived in this area most of his life. He was a traveling salesman and was on a business trip at the time of his death.
He was a member of the Fairhaven First Congregational Church and the Fairhaven Grange.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, are a son, George B. Krumbholz, Jr., of New Milford, N.J.; a sister, Mrs. Emily Koontz of Buffalo, N.Y.; a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Maxfield of Fairhaven; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Wilson Funeral Chapel, 479 County St.

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