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Charlene Gahimer John



Charlene Gahimer John (young girl on left), with her grandfather, William Gahimer, parents Ed and Roxie, and older siblings Maxine, Helen, and Richard in August 1924. This photo was taken less than 2 months before William passed away.

Charlene Gahimer John was born to Ed and Roxie Gahimer. Her father Ed was a son of William Gahimer and Salome Hirtzel. Ed, Roxie, and their children stayed on the homestead and cared for William as he aged. In the photo above, young Charlene has her hand holding her grandpa close. She grew up in the house that William built and had raised his children in. This farm was close to the homestead of her great-grandfather, Jacob Gegenheimer. She married Frank John, and they settled into a home on a farm close to her family homestead. Later, in the last years of Ed’s life, she moved her father into her home, and quit her job to care for him until his death. Throughout her life, Charlene heard many first-hand stories about Jacob Gegenheimer and his children, and she’s come to know a great many other Gahimers.

In the early 1980’s she began making a detailed genealogical record of all of the branches of Jacob Gegenheimer. Over the past three decades she has amassed over 500 pages of family history information. Her work is provided on this website under the files page. Her information is a treasure to the family, and, like the young girl with her hand on her grandpa, it’s keeping us all connected.


In the early 1980’s she began making a detailed genealogical record of all of the branches of Jacob Gegenheimer. Over the past three decades she has amassed over 500 pages of family history information.

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