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Chapter 2:  The Family of Wilhelmina (Hinz) and Edward Gast

 
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 12 Nov 1848 - 28 Apr 1920*
  +Edward C. Gast: 7 May 1843 - 28 Mar 1916*
  2 Gustav Henry Gast: 1872 - 1930*
  2 Emma L. Gast: 1875 - 1924*
  2 Martha Marie Gast: 1879 - 1939*
  2 Grace Marie Gast: 1881? - 1921*
  2 Edward August Gast: 1882 - 1933
  2 Albert Karl Gast: 1884 - 1956
  2 Henry H Gast: 1887 - 1954
  2 Frederick William Gast: 1890 - 1956

*Immigrated from Germany in 1882
 
S. S. Nurnberg
2 Wilhelmina Hinz (Mrs. Edward Gast) (Generation 1)
Fred and Christine Charlotte (Maschke) Hinz's only daughter, Wilhelmina, was born in Germany in 1848.  She married Edward C. Gast before the Hinz family moved to America.  U.S. Census records from 1900 indicate the family immigrated about 1883, but the death certificate for Edward A. Gast lists his birth in Covert, Michigan on November 4, 1882.  At the time of their immigration Edward and Wilhelmina would have been traveling with; Gustav (ten years old), Emma (seven), Martha (two), and Margaret/Grace (one).  A passenger list from April 30, 1882 for the S.S. Nurnberg lists an Eduard, Wilhelmine, Christof, Emma, Martha, and Margarethe Gast arriving together in Baltimore from Bremen, Germany.  While the ages of the passengers in this list are not all exact matches, this has a high probability of being the same Gast family described on this site.  The remaining four sons, Edward, Jr., Albert, Henry, and Frederick, were born in St. Joseph, Michigan.
 
Wilhelmina Hinz Gast died from cancer in the home of her daughter, Martha Dwan, in Benton Harbor at 3:30 PM on Thursday, April 28, 1920.  Funeral services were held on the following Saturday at the Dwan home.  Minnie Gast was laid to rest with her husband Edward in the mausoleum at St. Joseph City (Lakeview) Cemetery.[1]
 
Edward C. Gast - husband of Wilhelmina Hinz (Generation 1)
Edward Carl Gast was born in Germany on May 7, 1843.  He married Wilhelmina Hinz in Germany where they had four children; Gustav, Emma, Martha, and Margaret/Grace.  In April of 1882 they immigrated to the United States and settled in Saint Joseph, Michigan where they had four more sons.[2]  On October 15, 1888 Edward completed the naturalization process and was officially a U. S. citizen.  The 1892 Berrien County Directory lists Edward Gast as a pattern maker for St. Joseph Iron Works.  Edward was a charter member of St. Peter's Evangelical Church, helping to organize the congregation and to build the original church building.  He was also a charter member of the Knights of the Maccabees in St. Joseph.  Edward ran for the office of First Ward City Council Supervisor in 1908, but was defeated by the incumbent, Thomas Walker, by a mere seventeen votes.  Edward died at his home from a stroke on Tuesday, March 28, 1916.  He had been in excellent health until two months prior to his passing.  Funeral services were held on Thursday at St. Peter's Church with the Rev. F. W. Buehler officiating.  Edward was interred in the mausoleum at St. Joseph City (Lakeview) Cemetery.[2]
 
2.1 Gustav Henry Gast (Generation 2)
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 1848 - 1920
  +Edward C. Gast: 1843 - 1916
  2 Gustav Henry Gast: 12 Jan 1872 - 10 Dec 1930
    +Agnes Schneider: 02 Jun 1876 - 12 Mar 1969
    3 Carmon Marie Gast: 1905 - 1943
    3 Wilbur Edward Gast: 1908 - 1991
 
The eldest child of Edward and Wilhelmina Gast, Gustav Henry Gast was born in Germany on January 12, 1872.  He was ten years old when his family moved to Saint Joseph, Michigan.  The 1892 Berrien County Directory lists Gustav Gast as an apprentice at St. Joseph Iron Works.  In August of 1897, Gustav enlisted in the Navy.  He was placed on the Baltimore as an ordinary seaman while the cruiser was stationed in the Hawaiian Islands, but in a short time was promoted to a higher position, and later on, still further promoted to the position of gunner.  He served in the Spanish-American War, earning the Manila Bay Medal.  After the war he became a well-known letter carrier for the St. Joseph Post Office.  Gustav H. Gast married Agnes Schneider on December 31, 1900 in St. Joseph.  Gustav was a member of the St. Joseph Lodge of Elks, serving as Exalted Ruler in 1915 and again in 1924.  Gustav died on December 10, 1930 and was buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor.[3]

Gustav Gast
 
Agnes Schneider - wife of Gustave Henry Gast
Agnes Schneider was born on June 2, 1876 in Chicago, Illinois to August and Marie (Mess) Schneider.  She became Mrs. Gustav Gast on December 31, 1900 and they had two children; Carmon Marie, and Wilbur Edward Gast.  Agnes was a member of the First Congregational Church of St. Joseph.  She was also a member of The Mary Preston Circle of the church, the Spanish American War Veterans Auxiliary, and the St. Joseph Order of the Eastern Star.  In her later years, Agnes lived with the family of her son Wilbur in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Agnes was 92 years old when she died on March 12, 1969.  She had been a patient at Battle Creek Community Hospital for the five days preceding her death.  Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph with the Dr. George Fisk, pastor of the church, officiating.  Agnes was buried with Gustav and Carmon in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor.[4]
 
2.1.1 Carmon Marie Gast (Generation 3)
2 Gustav Henry Gast: 1872 - 1930
  +Agnes Schneider: 1876 - 1969
  3 Carmon Marie Gast: 17 Dec 1905 - 10 Jul 1943
 
Carmon Marie Gast was born in St. Joseph, Michigan on December 17, 1905.  She attended the St. Joseph public schools.  Carmon died on July 10, 1943 at the American Legion Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan where she had been a patient for about a week.  She was 37 years old.  Her funeral was conducted at the First Congregational Church by the Rev. G. E. Maggart.  Carmon was buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor.[5]
 
2.1.2 Wilbur Edward Gast (Generation 3)
2 Gustav Henry Gast: 1872 - 1930
  +Agnes Schneider: 1876 - 1969
  3 Wilbur Edward Gast: 22 Apr 1908 - 20 Aug 1991
    +Elizabeth Marion Abbey: 1 Sep 1911 - 24 Feb 1988
    4 Joann Gast: 26 May 1931 - 8 Jun 1931
    4 Lois Ann Gast: 27 Jun 1933 - 9 May 1965
    4 John Henry Gast: 23 Dec 1934 - 9 Sep 1997
 
Wilbur Edward Gast was born in St. Joseph, Michigan on April 22, 1908 to Gustav and Agnes Gast.  He married Elizabeth Marion Abbey on June 2, 1929 at the parsonage of The First Christian Church in South Bend, Indiana with the Rev. Elmer Ward Cole officiating.  The 1940 U.S. Census lists Wilbur as an Account Trust Officer at a bank.  Wilbur died on August 20, 1991 and was buried with Elizabeth and his daughters in Battle Creek Memorial Park Cemetery.[6]
 
Elizabeth Marion Abbey - wife of Wilbur Edward Gast
Elizabeth Marion Abbey was born on September 1, 1911 in Michigan to J. Lynn and Lillian J. Abbey.  She married Wilbur Edward Gast on June 2, 1929 in South Bend, Indiana.  They lived in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Wilbur and Elizabeth had two daughters, Joann and Lois Ann Gast, and a son, John Henry Gast.  Elizabeth died on February 24, 1988 and was buried with her daughters in Memorial Park Cemetery in Battle Creek, Michigan.[7]
 
2.2 Emma L. Gast (Generation 2)
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 1848 - 1920
  +Edward C. Gast: 1843 - 1916
  2 Emma L. Gast: 3 Nov 1875 - 7 Jan 1924
    +Archie James Hinkle: 13 Dec 1874 - 15 Feb 1953
    3 Floyd A. Hinkle: 1900 - 1958
    3 Gerald A. Hinkle: 1903 - 1904
    3 Gladys M. Hinkle: 1903 - 1957
    3 Mary L. Hinkle: 1911 - 1988
 
Emma L. Gast was born in Germany on November 3, 1875.  While she does not appear in any U.S. Census records with her parents, she lists Edward Gast as her father on her marriage license.  She married James Archie Hinkle on November 24, 1897 and they had a son, Floyd, and two daughters; Gladys and Mary.  Emma appears with Archie and infant Floyd in the 1900 census in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  In 1907 the family moved to Elkhart, Indiana.  Emma is listed in the 1910 and 1920 U.S. Censuses, living with the family in Elkhart.  In 1923 Emma's health took a turn for the worse.  She spent several months at the end of the year in a bed-ridden state.  Emma Hinkle died on Monday, January 7, 1924 at 11:00 P.M.  Funeral services were conducted by a Christian Science reader on the following Thursday at the Charles Walley Funeral Home in Elkhart.  Emma was buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor.[8]
 
Archie James Hinkle - husband of Emma L. Gast
Archie James Hinkle was born on December 13, 1874 in Delaware, Ohio to Ashley and Mary Hinkle.  He married Emma L. Gast on November 24, 1897 in St. Peter's Church in St. Joseph, Michigan.  Their marriage license lists Archie's brother Harry Hinkle, and Emma's sister Martha as witnesses.  The ceremony was performed by Pastor J. L. Kling.  After Emma died, Archie married Eva Hogue Merritt in South Bend, Indiana on July 11, 1926.  In the 1930 census, Archie, Eva, and Floyd are listed as living together in Niles, Michigan.  Archie died in February of 1953 in Sumnerville, a small village between Niles and Dowagiac, Michigan.  At the time of his death, Archie was the owner of a filling station in Sumnerville.  He was buried with Emma in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor.  Eva died in 1966 and was buried in the Eau Claire (Michigan) Cemetery.[9]
 
2.2.1 Floyd Archie Hinkle (Generation 3)
2 Emma L. Gast: 1875 - 1924
  +Archie James Hinkle: 1874 - 1953
  3 Floyd Archie Hinkle: 14 Apr 1900 - 1 Nov 1958
    +Ellen B. Tirrell: 1 Nov 1906 - 25 Nov 1925
    +Hazel E. Wyant: ~1911 - 12 Nov 1977
    4 Mary Louise Hinkle: Unknown
 
Floyd Archie Hinkle was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan on April 14, 1900.  He is listed as an infant with Archie and Emma in the 1900 U.S. Census.  Floyd married Ellen B. Tirrell on November 22, 1924 but she died just after their first wedding anniversary.
 
Floyd is listed in the 1930 census living with his father and step-mother in Niles, Michigan.  Later, he married Hazel E. Wyant and they lived in Niles, Eau Claire, and then Hartford, Michigan.  Floyd became the Standard Oil Dealer in Hartford where he worked for twenty-eight years before retiring.  After retirement, Floyd and Hazel moved to Naples, Florida.  Floyd worked for Ingram Chevrolet in Naples.  He died on Sunday, November 1, 1958 at Naples Community Hospital.  The Rev. Tracy Day Spencer of the Naples First Presbyterian Church conducted services at the Richard A. Pittman Funeral Chapel on November 5 and Floyd was buried in Crest Lawn Cemetery.  Pallbearers included Charles McCrone, Lloyd Hill, Warren Stamp, Burless Stallons, S. W. Shuart, and Robert Martin.[10]
 
Ellen B. Tirrell - wife of Floyd A. Hinkle
Ellen B. Tirrell was born on November 1, 1906 in Michigan to Leslie and Arley Tirrell.  Her father was the inventor and patent holder for several pieces of chemical spraying equipment and was a co-founder of the Tirrell Manufacturing Company in Bridgman, Michigan, the predecessor of the Gast Manufacturing Company.  Ellen married Floyd A. Hinkle on November 22, 1924.  Unfortunately, she contracted tuberculosis about two months after her marriage.  Ellen died on November 25, 1925 at age 19 at her parent's home.  She was buried in the New Troy Cemetery in Weesaw Township, Berrien County, Michigan.[11]
 
Hazel Ester Wyant - second wife of Floyd A. Hinkle
Hazel Ester Wyant was born around 1911 in Michigan to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Wyant.  She married Floyd A. Hinkle and they lived in Hartford, Michigan where they raised a daughter.  After Floyd's death in 1958, Hazel lived in Naples, Florida until around 1972, when she moved to Palm Springs, California.  In Palm Springs, Hazel was employed as an apartment manager for Sam Pascal, Inc.  She died in Palm Springs on November 12, 1977.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 16 from the Wiefels & Son Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jack Morrow, pastor of Desert Chapel, officiating.  Hazel was buried with Floyd in the Crest Lawn Cemetery in Naples, Florida.[12]
 
2.2.2 Gerald A. Hinkle (Generation 3)
2 Emma L. Gast: 1875 - 1924
  +Archie James Hinkle: 1874 - 1953
  3 Gerald A. Hinkle: 1903 - 9 Nov 1904
 
Cemetery records indicate that Gerald A. Hinkle was born to Archie and Emma Hinkle in Michigan on April 16, 1903.  This would have made Gerald a twin brother to Gladys M. Hinkle.  Gerald died at 10:00 AM in Benton Harbor, Michigan on Wednesday, November 9, 1904 after a long illness.  Gerald was buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery.[13]
 
2.2.3 Gladys M. Hinkle (Generation 3)
2 Emma L. Gast: 1875 - 1924
  +Archie James Hinkle: 1874 - 1953
  3 Gladys M. Hinkle: 17 Apr 1903 - 21 Feb 1957
    +Norman B. Sage: 2 Oct 1902 - 17 Aug 1947
    4 Norman J. Sage: ~1929 - Living?
    +Joseph Dana Cramer: 21 Aug 1888 - 4 Oct 1955
 
Gladys M. Hinkle was born to Archie and Emma Hinkle in Michigan on April 17, 1903.  She lived most of her life in Elkhart, Indiana.  Gladys married Norman B. Sage in the 1920s and they had a son, Norman J. Sage, around 1929.  After Norman Sr. died in 1947, Gladys married J. Dana Cramer on October 24, 1953 in Elkhart.  Gladys died at General Hospital in Elkhart on Thursday, February 21, 1957 after a three-month illness.  Funeral services were held at the Walley Funeral Home on the following Monday with the Rev. Elmer Baker of the First Congregational Church officiating.  Gladys was buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery in Elkhart.[14]
 
Norman B. Sage - husband of Gladys M. Hinkle
Norman B. Sage was born on October 2, 1902 in Elkhart, Indiana to Franklin and Jennie Sage.  He was a prominent realtor in the Elkhart area.  Norman married Gladys M. Hinkle on May 2, 1926.  He was a member of the local Elks Lodge and the Christiana County Club.  On Sunday, August 17, 1947 Norman drowned while swimming in the St. Joseph River with other family members.  He was noted as being an excellent swimmer.  Witness accounts said the there was no outcry and the rest of the party assumed Norman had returned to the house.  Upon finding his clothes at the house, they returned to the river and found him.  Artifical respiration was deployed for about twenty-five minutes to no avail.  An autopsy revealed that he had also suffered a heart attack, presumably while swimming.  His obituary was printed on the front page of the Elkhart Truth on Monday, August 18 and on page two on August 23, 1947.  Private funeral services were held the following Wednesday at the Sage home with the Rev. Russell B. Kern of the Trinity Methodist Church officiating.  Burial followed in Grace Lawn Cemetery.[15]
 
Joseph Dana Cramer - second husband of Gladys M. Hinkle
Joseph Dana Cramer was born on August 21, 1888 in Martinsville, Indiana to Dayton and Katherine Dana Cramer.  Mr. Cramer managed the Chase Bag Company in Goshen, Indiana until he retired in January of 1955.  He married Joyce M. Kinney in Elkhart in 1917, but she passed away in 1926.  He then married Myra E. Neidig in 1928, also in Elkhart.  Myra died in 1944.  Joseph married Gladys M. Hinkle Sage on October 24, 1953.  He died unexpectedly at his home shortly after midnight on Tuesday, October 4, 1955.  His obituary was printed on page two of the Elkhart Truth on October 4 and October 5, 1955.  Funeral services were held on Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Andrew Hardie officiating.  Burial was in Voilett Cemetery in Goshen.[16]
 
2.2.4 Mary L. Hinkle (Generation 3)
2 Emma L. Gast: 1875 - 1924
  +Archie James Hinkle: 1874 - 1953
  3 Mary L. Hinkle: 6 Aug 1911 - 1 Nov 1988
    +William J. Alford: 17 Jul 1907 - 30 Aug 1974
    4 Kathleen E. Alford: Unknown
    4 Timothy J. Alford: Unknown
    4 Patrick L. Alford: Unknown
 
Mary L. Hinkle was born to Archie and Emma Hinkle in Elkhart, Indiana on August 6, 1911.  After her mother dies in 1924, she went to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Norman and Gladys (Hinkle) Sage.  She was a winter resident of St. Petersburg, Florida from 1928 to 1931.  A teen-ager at the time, she enrolled at St. Petersburg Junior College to study biology.  She returned to Indiana to marry William J. Alford in 1941 and raise a family.  They lived in Elkhart and then South Bend.  Mary had a career as a medical technologist, but volunteering was a major part of her life.  In addition to working as a volunteer for the Red Cross in South Bend, she initiated the Reading for the Blind-Dyslexic Service.  After William died, Mary continued to live in South Bend until she returned to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1978.
 
Soon after moving to St. Petersburg, Mary quickly made her experience available to the local Red Cross chapter.  After two years as Chairman of Volunteers and then Chairman of the Volunteer Personnel Committee, she was appointed the position of Chairman of Disaster Volunteers in 1984 - just in time for Hurricane Elena the following year.  When the hurricane forced the evacuation of thousands of people into South Pinellas County shelters, Mary was the first volunteer called in.  During a 55-hour crisis, she alerted people who had agreed to serve during disasters, then went after new volunteers, eventually turning to professional nursing organizations to beg for more help.  When the crisis was over, her work was still not done: She had to send out letters thanking those who had helped.  For her work, the chapter's board of directors presented her with a marble and bronze plaque in November of 1985 and passed a resolution of its appreciation.  After moving to Seminole, Florida in 1986, Mary cut back on her Red Cross work, but still found time to spend a day a week at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic as a receptionist.  She also served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Largo Library.  Mary was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in St. Petersburg.
 
Mary Alford died on Tuesday, November 1, 1988 in Seminole, Florida in a fatal traffic accident that occurred near her residence.  Her obituary was printed in the St. Petersburg Times on November 4, 1988.  It also appeared on page B6 of the Elkhart Truth and on page C5 of The South Bend Tribune on the same day.  A memorial service was held at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home on the following Friday.  A Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church.  Final services were in South Bend, Indiana with burial in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, Indiana.[17]
 
William J. Alford - husband of Mary L. Hinkle
William J. Alford was born on July 17, 1907 in Dublin, Ireland.  In 1930, he immigrated to the United States and located in the South Bend area.  William married Mary L. Hinkle on November 21, 1941 in South Bend, Indiana.  During World War II, he served as a Captain in the Army Air Corps.  William retired from a career at the Midland Engineering Company, where he held the position of Controller.  He was a member of the Hibernians: Council 593, the Knights of Columbus, and the Holy Name Society of St. Matthew Cathedral.  William died at his home on Friday, August 30, 1974, after an extended illness.  His obituary was printed on page 28 of The South Bend Tribune on August 30, and on page 36 on September 1, 1974.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 3, 1974 at St. Matthew Cathedral with Rev. Edmond Murray officiating.  Burial followed in St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park.[18]
 
2.3 Martha Marie Gast (Generation 2)
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 1848 - 1920
  +Edward C. Gast: 1843 - 1916
  2 Martha Marie Gast: 25 June 1879 - 25 Jan 1939
    +James U. Dwan: 26 May 1874 - 17 Jan 1970
    3 Marian M. Dwan: 1906 - 1998
 
Martha Marie Gast was born in Germany on June 25, 1879.  She married James Dwan on October 5, 1899 and they had a daughter Marion Dwan.  Martha's mother, Minnie, was listed in the 1920 census as living with the family shortly before she died.  Martha Dwan was a prominent member of St. John's Catholic Church, its Altar Society, and the Order of the Macabees.  In December of 1938, she fell down the stairs in her home, sustaining a concussion and fractured ribs.  Martha died on Wednesday, January 25, 1939.  While she does not appear in any U.S. Census records with her parents' family, Edward Gast and Wilhelmina Hinz are listed as her parents on her entry in Michigan Deaths and Burials 1800-1995.  Her obituary also lists Albert, Henry, and Fred Gast as her brothers.  Martha was buried in Calvary Cemetery the following Saturday.[19]
 
James U. Dwan - husband of Martha Gast
James U. Dwan was born in Niles, Michigan on May 26, 1874.  He moved to Benton Harbor around 1894 and married Martha Marie Gast on October 5, 1899.  James Dwan was a well-known businessman in the Twin Cities area.  He built the luxurious Hotel Dwan and Mineral Bathhouse in Benton Harbor with his brother Edward Dwan in 1912 and ran it for several years.  He was also involved with several other businesses in St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, and Holland, Michigan.  Mr. Dwan was honored by the Benton Harbor American Legion Post 105 on his 85th birthday for a life-time of community service.  He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the Benton Harbor Elks Lodge No. 544.  James U. Dwan died in Mercy Hospital on the evening of January 17, 1970 at the age of 95.  He was buried with Martha in Calvary Cemetery.[20]
 
2.3.1 Marion M. Dwan (Generation 3)
2 Martha Marie Gast: 1879 - 1939
  +James U. Dwan: 1874 - 1970
  3 Marion M. Dwan: 9 May 1906 - 21 Jul 1998
    +Louis J. Patton: 4 Mar 1906 - 1 Oct 1980
 
Marion M. Dwan was born in Michigan on May 9, 1906 to James and Martha (Gast) Dwan.  After she graduated from the parochial high school at St. John's Catholic Church in Benton Harbor, Marion studied at the Conservatory of Music at St. Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana.  She taught in the Junior Music Deptartment at St. Mary's after her graduation.  Marion married Louis J. Patton in St. John's Catholic Church on June 25, 1930 in an elaborate ceremony that was deemed a brilliant social event of the season.  Marion was a noted musician and private music teacher in St. Joseph society, with articles regarding her performances appearing in several of the local newspapers throughout her life.  Marion was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and Altar Society.  She was a lifetime member of Berrien Hills Country Club, a past president of the Monday Musical Club, and a member of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Club.  Marion died on Tuesday, July 21, 1988 at the Lakeland Continuing Care Center in St. Joseph.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John's on Friday and she was buried with Louis in Calvary Cemetery.[21]
 
Louis J. Patton - husband of Marian M. Dwan
Louis J. Patton was born on March 4, 1906 in Michigan to Frank and Agnes Patton.  After attending the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, he operated the Dixie Empire filling station.  Louis married Marian M. Dwan on June 25, 1930 in St. John's Catholic Church in Benton Harbor.  In 1934, along with Horace J. Terrill, Louis applied for, and was granted, a patent for an automobile wheel holder.  In addition to being a co-owner of Patton Brothers Appliances Louis' name appeared, along with his father-in-law, James Dwan (who, by 1940, was making his home with his daughter and son-in-law), in numerous business venture announcements in the twin cites area.  Louis died on October 1, 1980 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery.[22]
Marion Dwan Patton
 
2.4 Grace Marie Gast (Generation 2)
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 1848 - 1920
  +Edward C. Gast: 1843 - 1916
  2 Grace Marie Gast: ~Mar 1881 - 9 Sep 1921
    +Wilbur Griffith Miller: 31 Dec 1878 - 10 Sep 1949
    3 James A. Miller: 1916 - 1995
 
Grace Marie Gast was born in Germany in March of 1881.  She is listed as a witness at the respective marriages of her brother Gustav, and sister Martha.  Grace is also listed as living with the family under the name Margaret in the 1900 U. S. Census.[98]  On May 5, 1909, Grace Marie Gast married Wilbur Griffith Miller in St. Joseph, Michigan.  Mrs. Wilbur Miller of Lansing is listed as one of the surviving daughters in Wilhelmina Hinz Gast's obituary.  The 1920 census shows the couple living in Lansing, Michigan with a son, James A. Miller.  Mrs. Wilbur Miller died on Friday morning, September 9, 1921 at Mercy Hospital in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Funeral services were held on the following Sunday at the home of her sister, Mrs. James Dwan.  The Rev. Percy V. Dawe of the St. Joseph Congregational Church rendered the eulogy and Grace was buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor.[23]
 
Wilbur Griffith Miller - husband of Grace Marie Gast
Wilbur Griffith Miller was born on December 30, 1878 in Michigan to John D. and Abbey McLaughlin Miller.  Wilbur married Grace Marie Gast on May 5, 1909 in St. Joseph, Michigan.  Their marriage license lists Wilbur's occupation as a machinist.  His 1918 World War I Draft Card lists him as a lathe foreman for the Reliance Engineering Company.  After Grace died, Wilbur remarried on September 18, 1926 with Jessie Elvira Blodgett in Munger (Bay County), Michigan and moved back to Benton Harbor.  Wilbur was a long-standing member of the Benton Harbor Elks Lodge No. 544, as well as the Lakeshore Masonic Lodge and the First Congregational Church.  He retired from the Seranac Machine Company in 1945.
 
Wilbur Griffith Miller died on September 10, 1949 at Mercy Hospital after a three month heart ailment.  A large number of mourners filled the funeral chapel when the Rev. Howard A. Blanning of the First Congregational Church conducted funeral services.  Past Grand Master Roscoe J. Burra of the Lake Shore Masonic Lodge, acting as chaplain, gave the Masonic funeral oration.  Wilbur was buried with Grace in Crystal Springs Cemetery.  Casket bearers included; Arthur Jennings, Nathan L. Dodson, Edward (unreadable), Harold Morse, Millard Larke, and Gale Smith.  Jessie raised Wilbur's son, James, as her own until her death in April of 1986.[24]
 
2.4.1 James A. Miller (Generation 3)
2 Grace Marie Gast: 1881 - 1921
  +Wilbur Griffith Miller: 1878 - 1949
  3 James A. Miller: 15 Mar 1916 - 23 Jul 1995
    +Mary Teresa McCrina: 6 Apr 1918 - 3 Oct 1989
    4 Martha Dwan Miller: Living
    +Madeline Phillips: 23 Oct 1916 - 31 Dec 2008
 
James A. Miller was born in Michigan on March 15, 1916.  He was only five years old when his mother died in 1921.  James later attended Benton Harbor High School.  He was serving as a radio instructor in the U. S. Army when he married Mary Teresa McCrina on July 6, 1943.  The wedding was conducted in the Annie Banyon chapel of the First Congregational Church, Benton Harbor, while he was on leave from his post at Camp Swift, Texas.  In the fall of 1950, James received authorization under the G. I. Bill to begin studies at Benton Harbor Junior College toward receiving a degree in elementary teaching.  He completed those studies with a 4.0 grade point average in January of 1952.  He then enrolled at the University of Texas, graduating in 1954.  He was a teacher, first in Pattison, Texas, then, from 1956 to 1967, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he was also in charge of the school newspaper, "The Tiger."  His philosophy classes were among the first in the country to be taught at a high school level.  In 1965 James Miller was awarded a "John Hay Felllowship" and he attended Yale University for a year.  In 1967 he moved to the Coloma School System and worked there until his retirement in 1979.  In 1972, James was the speaker for the Algonquin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Good Citizen Award dinner.  James was the originator of a television show called "The Quiz Bowl" which aired for many years on the local television station, WHFB.  He was a member of the Berrien County Retired Teachers Association and the National Association of Retired Teachers.  James also played drums with the Twin Cities Symphony and with various local bands.
The millers--Mary, Jim, Marti
 
After the death of his wife, Mary (McCrina) Miller, James was married to Madeline Phillips.  James A. Miller died on Sunday, July 23, 1995 at Berrien General Hospital in Berrien Center, Michigan.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Dey-Florin Chapel in St. Joseph.  He was buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor.[25]
 
Mary Teresa McCrina - wife of James A. Miller
Mary Teresa McCrina was born on April 6, 1918 in Coburn, Pennsylvania to Frank and Edna (Keen) McCrina.  She graduated from Williamsport (PA) High School and then from Bucknell University in 1940.  Mary served in the U. S. Signal Corps and was stationed in Chicago.  She married James Miller on July 6, 1943.  Mary continued her teaching position at Williamsport High School while her husband completed his obligation to the U. S. Army.  She served several years as her class reporter for the Bucknell University alumni magazine, writing updates about the lives of her and her fellow Bucknellian classmates.  The Frank and Edna Keen McCrina Memorial Scholarship at Bucknell University was established through a bequest from Mary McCrina Miller in memory of her parents.  Preferences for the scholarship are given to students majoring in the humanities.  In 1969, Mr. and Mrs. James Miller were living in Benton Harbor when their only daughter, Martha Dwan Miller, married Carlton Wesley Depner.  She was a volunteer for the Department of Social Services and a member of the Ossoli Club.  Mary died at home on October 3, 1989.  Her body was donated to the University of Michigan Medical School and a memorial service was held later at the First Congregational Church where she was a member.  A marker was placed in the Fairview Cemetery in Milheim, Pennsylvania.[26]
 
Madeline Phillips - second wife of James A. Miller
Madeline Phillips was born October 23, 1916 in Benton Harbor to Oscar and Elsie Phillips.  She graduated from Benton Harbor High School, teaching dance in the area in her early years.  Much of her childhood was spent at the House of David, often found riding their float in the Blossom Parade as her father was a police officer for them for over forty years.  She then moved to Chicago and commuted to Sister Lakes on weekends with her family for many years.  Later she built a home with her first husband, Solan Emery on the Islands of Paw Paw Lake.  In the late 1980's, she married James A. Miller.  Madeline died on December 31, 2008 and was cremated.  Her ashes were buried next to her parents in Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor.[27]
 
2.5 Edward August Gast (Generation 2)
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 1848 - 1920
  +Edward C. Gast: 1843 - 1916
  2 Edward August Gast: 4 Nov 1882 - 24 Jul 1933
    +Clara Anna Wilson: 19 Oct 1884 - 05 Feb 1963
    3 Edward W. Gast: 1912 - 1986
    3 Harold Myron Gast: 1917 - 1979
 
Edward August Gast was born on November 4, 1882 in Covert, Michigan.  He was the first member of the Gast family to be born in the United States.  Edward married Clara Anna Wilson in Chicago (Cook County), Illinois on June 4, 1906.  They made their home in St. Joseph, Michigan where Edward began his business career as a clerk in the E. S. Gurran Drug Store.  Together with Charles Schaefer, Edward founded the Gast Drug Company.  He continued in the pharmaceutical business until around 1923.  Edward was also prominent in local Republican politics.  He was appointed to the position of Postmaster by U. S. Congressman John C. Ketcham on February 16, 1922.  Edward served eight years as the Postmaster in the St. Joseph Post Office.  He was active in many civic projects, notably the Blossom Festival, the Twin Cities Civic Music Association, and the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club.  Edward served as president of the Rotary Club and was a member of the board of directors of Mercy Hospital.  He was also a member of the local Masonic and Elks Lodges, as well as the Berrien Hills Country Club.
 
Edward died on Monday, July 24, 1933 from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head while at home.  He had reportedly been despondent over his failing health.  Funeral services were conducted the following Wednesday at the First Congregational Church.  The Rev. George Horst, pastor of the church, officiated.  Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.[28]
 
Clara Anna Wilson - wife of Edward August Gast
Clara Anna Wilson was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 19, 1884 to Frederick W. and Mary Wilson.  She married Edward August Gast in Chicago, Illinois on June 4, 1906 and they had two sons, Edward W. and Harold Myron Gast (Myron was also the name of Clara's younger brother).  Clara was a member of the Knights of the Macabees and the St. Joseph Order of the Eastern Star.  Clara died in the Alma Masonic Home in Alma (Gratiot County), Michigan on Tuesday, February 5, 1963.  She was 78.  Funeral services were held on the following Friday at the Kerlikowske, Starks & Beatty Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank O. Kruger of the First Christian Church, Benton Harbor, officiating.  A group of employees from Theisen-Clemens Co. formed an honor guard outside the funeral home.  Casket bearers were George, A. Karl, and Robert Gast, Jim Miller, and Wilbur and Clarence Wendt.  Clara was buried in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.[29]
 
2.5.1 Edward W. Gast (Generation 3)
2 Edward August Gast: 1882 - 1933
  +Clara Anna Wilson: 1884 - 1963
  3 Edward W. Gast: 17 Feb 1912 - 1 Apr 1986
    +Sue Unknown: ~1921 - Unknown
    4 Edward Gast: ~1938 - Unknown
    4 Paul Charles Gast: ~1940 - Unknown
 
Edward W. Gast was born to Edward and Clara Gast on February 17, 1912 in Michigan.  He served as best man at his brother's wedding in 1940.  The 1940 U. S. Census lists him as living in South Bend, Indiana with his wife, Sue, and sons; Edward (age two), and Paul Charles (infant).  In a newspaper article in the Benton Harbor News Palladium on November 10, 1971 Edward was announced as a candidate for the St. Joseph Elks Lodge No. 541.  His cousin Robert H. Gast was listed as a sponsor.  Edward died on April 1, 1986.[30]
 
Sue M. McCaw - wife of Edward W. Gast
Sue M. McCaw was born around 1921 in Indiana to Blish and Mary (Myers) McCaw.  She married Edward W. Gast around 1937 and they had two sons.  The 1940 U. S. Census shows them living in South Bend, Indiana.  In December of 1973, Mrs. Edward W. Gast, of 2900 Cleveland, was admitted to Memorial Hospital in St. Joseph, Michigan.  No other information has been located for Sue McCaw Gast.[31]
 
2.5.2 Harold Myron Gast (Generation 3)
2 Edward August Gast: 1882 - 1933
  +Clara Anna Wilson: 1884 - 1963
  3 Harold Myron Gast: 13 Feb 1917 - 30 Jul 1979
    +Dorothy E. Wendt: 9 Apr 1922 - 13 Jul 2009
    4 Linda Gast: Living
    4 Clara Gast: Living
    4 Harold Edward Gast: Living
 
Harold Myron Gast was born to Edward and Clara Gast in 1917 in Michigan.  He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1934.  Harold married Dorothy E. Wendt on November 16, 1940.  In 1944, Harold graduated from the Naval Training School for diesel students located at the Naval Air Technical Training Center, Navy Pier in Chicago as a Fireman, first class.  He and Dorothy settled in Benton Harbor and raised two daughters and a son.  Harold died on July 30, 1979 and was buried in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.[32]
 
Dorothy E. Wendt - wife of Harold Myron Gast
Dorothy E. Wendt was born on April 9, 1922, in St. Joseph, to Adam and Melinda (Ferus) Wendt.  She had two brothers, Clarence and Wilbur, and two sisters, Phyllis and Marilyn.  Dorothy married Harold Myron Gast on November 16, 1940 at the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph, Michigan.  She loved spending time in her flower garden and bird watching.  Dorothy loved to be on the go, whether on weekend trips camping in Baldwin, visiting family and friends or going to the church mission house on Crystal Lake in Frankfort, Michigan.  She was a licensed daycare provider for over 60 years and spent over 30 years as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and the financial secretary at Riverview Park Christian Church.  She also was a member of the Lady Maccabees.  Dorothy died on July 13, 2009 and was buried with her husband in Riverview Cemetery.[33]
 
2.6 Albert Karl (A. K.) Gast (Generation 2)
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 1848 - 1920
  +Edward C. Gast: 1843 - 1916
  2 Albert Karl Gast: Nov 1884 - 13 Aug 1956
    +Maitland Piper: 25 Aug 1887 - 23 May 1963
    3 Florence Maitland Gast: ~1917 - Apr 2002
    3 George Gertman Gast: 09 May 1919 - 13 Nov 1999
    3 Albert K. Gast, Jr.: Living
    3 Martha Maitland Gast: 16 Jul 1925 - 4 Jul 2016
Star Shade Cutter Company
 
Albert Karl (A. K.) Gast was born in November 1884.  On October 2, 1915 he married Maitland Piper in Washington, D.C.  Albert was the founder and president of the Star Shade Cutter Company, a firm that produces machines used for cutting window shades.  He established the business in 1907 and registered several patents for inventions pertaining to his company's products.  The company is still in business, and is still family-owned.
 
A. K. died on Monday, August 13, 1956 and was buried in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, Michigan on Thursday after a private funeral.  The Rev. Wayne E. Weiz of St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church officiated.  Casket bearers included Elmer Cress, Fred Palenske, Charles Gore, Warren Correll, Nathan Preston, and John Preston.[34]
 
Maitland Piper - wife of Albert Karl Gast
Geraldine Maitland Piper Gertman was born on August 25, 1887 in Pennsylvania to Gerald and Minnie (Deith) Piper.  She married Albert Karl Gast in Washington D. C. on October 2, 1915.  Her engagement announcement was published in the Washington Post on June 13, 1915.  A. K. and Maitland lived in Ohio after they were married.  The 1920 U. S. Census lists them, along with Florence and George, as living with her mother and step-father in Washington D. C.  Eventually they settled in St. Joseph, Michigan in the early 1920's.  Their last two children were born in Michigan.  In February of 1940 Maitland attended the graduation of her oldest daughter, Florence, from George Washington University in Washington D. C.  Maitland died at home in St. Joseph on May 23, 1963 and was buried with Albert in Riverview Cemetery.[35]
 
2.6.1 Florence M. Gast (Generation 3)
2 Albert Karl Gast: 1884 - 1956
  +Maitland Piper: 1887 - 1963
  3 Florence M. Gast: 7 Apr 1917 - 15 Apr 2002
 
Florence Maitland Gast was born to Albert and Maitland Gast on April 7, 1917 in Defiance, Ohio.  She graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1935.  On February 22, 1940 she graduated with a degree in Sociology from George Washington University in Washington D. C.  She also took courses at Northwestern University in Chicago.  In March of 1945, a farewell party was held at the home of Mrs. Louis Patton, honoring Florence before she left for Washington D. C.  Florence was taking a three week training course to become an American Red Cross staff aide, then was going to work in a west coast hospital.  Among the guests at her party were cousins Mrs. Norman (Gladys Hinkle) Sage and Mrs. William (Mary Hinkle) Alford from Elkhart.  Florence was stationed as a staff aide at Camp Beale and Camp Stoneman in Pittsburg, California.  One year later, Florence was named Executive Secretary for the Berrien County Chapter of the Red Cross.  She held that position until 1949.  Afterwards, Florence worked as an executive secretary at the Whirlpool corporation, retiring from there in 1986.  She enjoyed traveling, attending the opera, driving convertible Karmann Ghias, and raising her dachshunds.  Florence died on Monday, April 15, 2002.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held on the following Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Florence was buried in Riverview Cemetery.[36]
Miss Florence Gast
Miss Florence Gast
circa 1946
 
2.6.2 George Gertman Gast (Generation 3)
2 Albert Karl Gast: 1884 - 1956
  +Maitland Piper: 1887 - 1963
  3 George Gertman Gast: 09 May 1919 - 13 Nov 1999
    +Wilma Lucille Gruner: 30 Aug 1920 - 1 Aug 1981
    4 Georgia Ann Gast: Living
    4 Michael Philip Gast: Living
    4 David Albert Gast: Living
    +Janet Patricia O'Green Chinery: 26 Feb 1930 - 23 Oct 2002
 
George Gertman Gast was born to Albert and Maitland Gast on May 9, 1919 in Defiance, Ohio.  He graduated from St. Joseph (Michigan) High School and then the University of Illinois.  George enlisted in the U. S. Army in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 16, 1941.  His enlistment records indicate he had completed four years of college, was single with no dependants, and had an occupation of actor.  George first served in the Military Police at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  Service notes later published in the News-Palladium in 1942 indicate he completed flight training as was serving with the Army Air Force.  He received an honorable discharge in October of 1945 and returned to St. Joseph with his wife, the former Wilma Lucille Gruner, whom he had married in 1943.  In St. Joseph, George and Wilma raised three children and he was a co-owner of the Star Shade Cutter Company.  George was a life-member of the St. Joseph Elks Lodge No. 541.  He was also a member of the Berrien Hills Country Club.  After Wilma died, George married Janet P. Chinery.  He died on November 13, 1999.  Funeral services were held at the Kerley & Starks Funeral Home in St. Joseph and George Gertman Gast was buried in Riverview Cemetery.[37]
 
Wilma Lucille Gruner - wife of George Gertman Gast
Wilma Lucille Gruner was born on August 30, 1920 to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gruner.  She married George Gertman Gast in early 1943 and they had three children.  Wilma died on August 1, 1981 and was buried in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, Michigan.[38]
 
Janet Patricia O'Green Chinery - second wife of George Gertman Gast
Janet Patricia O'Green was born on Feruary 26, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to Harold and Florence O'Green.  She married Randall Nye Chinery and had two daughters and a son.  Later Janet married George Gertman Gast.  She died on October 23, 2002 in Alpena, Michigan and was buried in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.[39]
 
2.6.3 Albert K. Gast. Jr. (Generation 3)
2 Albert Karl Gast: 1884 - 1956
  +Maitland Piper: 1887 - 1963
  3 Albert K. Gast, Jr.: Living
    +Mary J. Goode: Living
    4 Margaret M. Gast: Living
    4 Karla J. Gast: Living
    4 Elizabeth G. Gast: Living
    4 Mary F. Gast: Living
    4 Andrea K. Gast: Living
 
Albert K. Gast, Jr. was born to Albert and Maitland Gast in Michigan in the early 1920's.  He served in the U. S. Army Air Corp during World War II.  Albert received training as a hydraulics specialist in Amarillo, Texas and Chanute Field, Illinois.  In 1948 he and his brother, George, were ushers at the wedding of their sister, Martha.[40]
 
Mary Jane Goode - wife of Albert K. Gast. Jr.
Mary Jane Goode was born to Grover and Margaret (Tribble) Goode in Texas in the early 1920's.  After graduating from Amarillo (Texas) High School she married Albert Karl Gast, Jr. and they had five daughters.[41]
 
2.6.4 Martha M. Gast (Generation 3)
2 Albert Karl Gast: 1884 - 1956
  +Maitland Piper: 1887 - 1963
  3 Martha M. Gast: 16 Jul 1925 - 4 Jul 2016
    +William A. Thomas, Jr.: 11 Jul 1919 - 27 Jan 2000
    4 Christopher M. Thomas: Living
    4 Peter C. Thomas: Living
    4 Martha Thomas: Living
    4 Catherine Thomas: Living
    4 Anne Thomas: Living
    4 William N. Thomas: Living
    4 Rebekah Thomas: Living
 
Martha Maitland Gast was born to Albert and Maitland Gast in Michigan.  She attended Michigan State College at East Lansing and St. Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana.  In 1948 Martha married William A. Thomas, Jr. at the Annie Banyon Memorial Chapel of the First Congregational Church in St. Joseph.  Together, they raised seven children.[42]
 
William A. Thomas, Jr. - husband of Martha M. Gast
William A. Thomas, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. William A. Thomas and Ruth Newberry Thomas on July 11, 1919.  After attending the University of Chicago for medical studies, he enlisted in the Unites States Marine Corp.  William served in several South Pacific campaigns performing radar duties.  After his time in the military, William settled in St. Joseph, Michigan.  In 1948 he married Martha Maitland Gast at the First Congregational Church of St. Joseph.  At the time of the wedding, he was employed at the Nineteen Hundred Corporation (Whirlpool) where he was a Process Engineer until his retirement in 1984.  William Alexander Thomas died on January 27, 2000.[43]
 
2.7 Henry H. Gast (Generation 2)
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 1848 - 1920
  +Edward C. Gast: 1843 - 1916
  2 Henry H. Gast: 06 Sep 1887 - 11 Jul 1954
    +Marguerite Hinds: ~1892 - Unknown
    3 Robert H. Gast: 1913 - 1991
    3 Charles R. Gast: 1915 - 1959
    +Enid May (Barnhardt) Kammerer: 9 Jul 1891 - 14 May 1973
 
Henry H. Gast was born to Edward and Minnie Gast on September 6, 1887.  He married Marguerite Hinds on November 25, 1912.  He later married Enid Kammer on November 18, 1936.  Henry was a prominently known salesman at Twin City Chevrolet for twenty-two years.  He was also a life member of the St. Joseph Elks Lodge.  Henry died at his home on July 11, 1954 and was buried in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, Michigan.[44]
 
Marguerite Hinds - wife of Henry H. Gast
Marguerite Hinds was the wife of Henry H. Gast.  She was born around 1892.  Marguerite married Henry Gast on November 25, 1912.  They had two sons; Robert H. and Charles R. Gast.  Marguerite is not listed with the family in the 1930 U.S. Census.  In the obituary of her son, Charles, Mrs. Arthur Friedman of Chicago is listed as his surviving mother.[45]
 
Enid May Barnhardt - second wife of Henry H. Gast
Enid May Barnhardt was born in Ontario, Canada on July 9, 1891.  She immigrated to the United States in 1920.  Enid and Henry married on November 18, 1936.  Enid had four daughters from previous marriages; Lorraine, Ardelle, and Marjorie Crane, and Patricia Kammerer.  Enid died on May 14, 1973 while visiting her daughter Marjorie in Stuart, Florida.  Funeral Services were held on Friday, May 18, 1973 at Kerly & Starks Funeral Home with Rev. George Horst officiating.  She was buried in Riverview Cemetery.[46]
 
2.7.1 Robert H. Gast (Generation 3)
2 Henry H. Gast: 1887 - 1954
  +Marguerite Hinds: ~1892 - Unknown
  3 Robert H. Gast: 09 Dec 1913 - 22 Apr 1991
    +June Thompson: 29 Apr 1919 - 5 Jun 1982
    4 Barbara J. Gast: Living
    4 Victoria A. Gast: Living
 
Robert Henry Gast was born to Henry and Marguerite Gast on December 9, 1913 in Danville, Illinois.  He married June Thompson on January 21, 1939 in South Bend, Indiana.  The couple was granted a divorce on May 20, 1940.  He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1941 and spent a year in training at Fort Monmouth, N.Y.  Afterwards, Robert was transferred to the Signal Corps headquarters on Governor's Island in New York.  Robert later remarried (June) and, on D-Day, had a daughter, Barbara June Gast.  A service note published in the Benton Harbor News Palladium on February 3, 1945 stated that Sgt. Robert Gast was one of sixty soldiers on a work furlough to assist in a worker shortage at the Dayton Rubber Manufacturing Company.  After the war, Robert became a foreman at the Industrial Rubber Company in St. Joseph.  He retired from that position.  On October 3, 1964 Robert gave his daughter, Barbara, away at the altar when she married Edward Wise at the Zion Evangelical Reformed Church in St. Joseph.  In a newspaper article in the Benton Harbor News Palladium on November 10, 1971 Robert was listed as a sponsor for new members of the St. Joseph Elks Lodge 541.  His cousin, Edward W. Gast, was listed among the candidates.  Robert gave his daughter, Victoria, away at the altar when she married Raymond Russell, Jr. at the Zion Evangelical Reformed Church in St. Joseph on August 6, 1973 .  Robert died from cancer on Monday, April 22, 1991 at Berrien General Hospital in Berrien Center, Michigan.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at Kerley & Starks Funeral Home in St. Joseph.[47]
 
June Thompson - wife of Robert H. Gast
June Thompson was the wife of Henry H. Gast.  She was born on April 29, 1919.  June married Robert Henry Gast on January 21, 1939 in South Bend, Indiana.  A Michigan Death Certificate lists the death of a male infant on September 6, 1939 who had been born the previous day in Benton Harbor to Robert Gast and Jane Thompson.  Although the Benton Harbor News Palladium reported they were granted a divorce on May 20, 1940, Robert and June remarried and had two daughters; Barbara June and Victoria Ann Gast.  Mrs. Robert H. Gast was listed in several local newspaper articles as being active in area charities and causes.  June died on June 5, 1982 and was buried in North Shore Memory Gardens.[48]
 
2.7.2 Charles R. Gast (Generation 3)
2 Henry H. Gast: 1887 - 1954
  +Marguerite Hinds: ~1892 - Unknown
  3 Charles R. Gast: 2 Mar 1915 - 6 Dec 1959
    +Lois Unknown: Unknown
    4 Robert Gast: Living
    4 Sandra Gast: Living
 
Charles R. Gast was born to Henry and Marguerite Gast on March 2, 1915 in St. Joseph, Michigan.  During World War II he served in the U. S. Army.  A service note published in the Benton Harbor News Palladium on October 6, 1943 stated that Pfc. Charles Gast had been transferred from Fort Monmouth, N. Y. to Camp Eustis, Va.  Charles married and had a son and a daughter.  He worked for his father in the service department at Twin Cities Chevrolet until 1955, when he moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Charles died unexpectedly in Phoenix on Sunday, December 6, 1959.  Funeral services were held at the Kerlikowske Funeral Home on the following Saturday with the Rev. E. A. Irion, pastor of Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church officiating.  Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph.[49]
 
Lois Gast - wife of Charles R. Gast
Lois Gast was the wife of Charles R. Gast.  She is listed in her husband's obituary, but no other information about her has been located.[50]
 
2.8 Frederick William Gast (Generation 2)
1 Wilhelmina Hinz: 1848 - 1920
  +Edward C. Gast: 1843 - 1916
  2 Frederick William Gast: 09 Jan 1889 - 29 Feb 1956
    +Edna Mae Bassett: 01 Oct 1893 - Jan 1941
    3 Frederick Charles Gast: 1916 - 1987
    3 Garrett Ainsworth Gast: 1918 - 2010
    3 Graydon Gast: 1923 - 1988
    +Minnie Gross: Aug 1896 - 22 Dec 1956
 
The youngest son of Edward and Minnie Gast, Frederick Gast was born in January of 1889.  He met Edna Mae Bassett in St. Joseph in the summer of 1913.  They married in Anderson, Indiana on February 23, 1914.  Fred and Edna Mae lived in Bridgman, Michigan until shortly after the stock market crash of 1929.  In the 1920s Fred was the treasurer of the Bridgman State Bank and owned several other local businesses.  The great depression hit the family hard.  The bank and Fred's other businesses were closed.  With no means of income in Bridgman, the family moved to Chicago to live with one of Edna Mae's aunts.

Life did not improve and in 1931 the family relocated to Corbett, Oregon where Fred and Edna reopened and operated the Crown Pointe Chalet, a restaurant at the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.  The Chalet, was changed into an authentic German restaurant.  The Chalet provided the most authentic German food in the area.  According to family lore, the Chalet hosted officers and crew of the last German naval ship (a cruiser) to call in Portland before the second world war.  Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed after just a couple of years due to the poor economic conditions and the family moved to Portland.

In the 1940 U. S. Census, Fred and his wife, Mae B. Gast, are listed as living in Portland, Oregon with their two youngest sons, Garrett and Graydon.  After Edna Mae died, Fred married Minnie B. Gross.  In Portland, Fred supported the family by holding a number of jobs; movie theater manager, life insurance agent, and Social Security Administration Administrator for Multnomah County, Oregon.  His last position was Comptroller for Poole, Maghonigal, and Dick, a local structural steel fabricator.

Fred died in his home in Portland, Oregon on February 29, 1956.  His remains were entombed at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Mausoleum after his funeral on March 3, 1956.[51]
 
Edna Mae Bassett - wife of Frederick William Gast
Edna Mae Bassett was born on October 2, 1893 in Indiana to Charles and Carrie Ann (Ainsworth) Bassett.  Her father's family lineage has been traced back to William Bassett and the founders of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.  It is through the Bassett family that Gast decedents are directly related to Miles Standish and John Alden, signers of the Mayflower Compact.

One of ten children, Edna grew up in Anderson, Indiana where her father operated a jewelry store until he died suddenly in 1912.  Edna married Frederick Gast at her mother's home in Anderson, Indiana on Monday, February 23, 1914.  From the account in the Anderson Herald on the following Saturday, news of the marriage came as a surprise to local friends.  The couple had intended to keep the union secret until the following Monday, but the newspaper announcement preceded that by two days.  Fred and Edna Mae made their home in Bridgman, Michigan where they had three sons; Frederick C., Garrett A., and Graydon Gast.  In 1932 she moved to Oregon with her family and helped run the Crown Point Chalet as the family emerged from the grips of the depression.  The Chalet quickly became known for providing the most authentic German food in the area.  Head cook Edna Mae's specialty was a German Sauerbraten recipe that had been passed on to her from Wilhelmina Hinz Gast.  This recipe has since been passed on and enjoyed as the traditional dish for Gast family holiday dinners.

Edna's mother died while visiting the family in Portland in 1937.  Edna Mae Gast died in 1941 in Portland.  She is interred in a niche with her son Fred and his wife, Rosalind, in the mausoleum at River View Cemetery in Portland.[52]
 
Minnie Gross - second wife of Frederick William Gast
Minnie Gross was born in August of 1896.  In the U. S. Census for 1900, she is listed as living with her widowed mother Francis and sister Bertha in Athena Town, Umatilla, Oregon.  She married Fred Gast sometime after 1940.  According to family accounts, Minnie's family owned a large wheat farm in northeastern Oregon and she held an interest in that farm well into her latter years.  Minnie died on December 22, 1956 and her remains were entombed with Fred's at Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Mausoleum.[53]
 
2.8.1 Frederick Charles Gast (Generation 3)
2 Frederick William Gast: 1889 - 1956
  +Edna Mae Bassett: 1893 - 1941
  3 Frederick Charles Gast: 9 Aug 1916 - 04 Apr 1987
  +Rosalind P. Ferris: 24 Jun 1918 - 26 Aug 1985
    4 Fred C. Gast: Living
    4 Stephan P. Gast: Living
 
The oldest son of Fred and Edna Mae was Frederick Charles Gast.  He was born on August 9, 1916 in Bridgman, Michigan.  Fred attended Grant High School in Portland, graduating in 1934.  Moving to San Francisco, Fred went to work for IBM.  In 1937 he married his high school sweetheart, Rosalind Ferris.  In 1939, he was employed by the state of Oregon and became controller and assistant commissioner in charge of fiscal operations for the State Industrial Accident Commission.  In the 1940 U. S. Census, Fred and Rosalind are listed as living in Portland, Oregon with their two year old son, Fred.  They later moved to Salem, Oregon where Fred worked as the Comptroller of the State Industrial Accident Commission.  In 1952 the family moved back to Portland where Fred worked for United Grocers as an office manager.  He also served as assistant general manager until 1968, when he was appointed executive vice president and general manager.  Fred retired from United Grocers in 1982 as General Manger and CEO.  He was also a member of the Columbia Edgewater Country Club and Masonic Lodge.

Fred C. Gast. died in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, April 4, 1987.  After funeral services on Thursday, April 9 at the Adams Chapel of River View Cemetery, Fred's remains were interred with Rosalind's in the Riverview Mausoleum.[54]
Gast Brothers circa 1983
Fred, Dick (Graydon), and Gary Gast - 1983
 
Rosalind P. Ferris - wife of Frederick Charles Gast
Rosalind Pauline Ferris was born on June 24, 1918 to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Longine Ferris in Portland.  She attended Grant High School.  Rosalind married Fred Gast in 1937 and they raised two sons.  As Mrs. Gast, she was appointed and elected to head several women's and civic organization, for a period of 14 years beginning in 1956 and continuing through 1970.

She was elected president in 1960 of the Oregon Federation of Women's Clubs, and was appointed during the 1960s by Oregon Governors.  Mark O. Hatfield and Tom McCall to the Oregon Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Governor's Committee for Children and Youth and the Governor's Advisory Committee on Arts and Humanities.

In 1963, Rosalind was selected as one of four panelists to appear with Secretary of State Dean Rusk on the premiere of the television series "Women on the Move," a show that addressed world affairs.  At the time she was first vice president of the Western States Conference of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.  Rosalind also was elected recording secretary of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, a nationwide organization, and served as president of the Salem Junior Women's Clubs, Portland Zenith Club, and Marion County Federation of Women's Clubs.  Her activities also included membership in the Japanese Garden Society, Portland President's Club and Portland Sorosis.

Rosalind died in a Portland hospital on August 26, 1985.  After funeral services, held at the Riverview Cemetery Chapel on Friday, August 30, her remains were interred in a niche at the Riverview Cemetery Mausoleum in Portland.[55]
 
2.8.2 Garrett Ainsworth Gast (Generation 3)
2 Frederick William Gast: 1889 - 1956
  +Edna Mae Bassett: 1893 - 1941
  3 Garrett Ainsworth Gast: 28 Apr 1918 - 9 Jan 2010
  +Joan Huggins: Living
    4 Garry Graydon Gast: Living
    4 David Warren Gast: Living
    4 Betsy Gast: Living
 
The middle son of Fred and Edna Mae was Garrett Ainsworth Gast.  He was born April 28, 1918 in Bridgman, Michigan.  As a young teen, Garry won the Michigan State Junior Violin Championship.  When the Great Depression hit, he relocated with his family to Chicago, and then Portland, Oregon.  While attending Grant High School in Portland, Garry met Joan Huggins.  They married in 1942.  During World War II, Garrett was a Second Lieutenant stationed at Camp Hale, Colorado in the Tenth Mountain Division (ski troops).  Following the war he returned to Oregon and founded the Mount Hood Ski School.  In 1950 the family moved to Marin County, California where they raised their three children; Garrett Graydon, David Warren, and Betsy Gast.  An avid sailor, Garry then moved the family to Belvedere, California where he was an active member of the San Francisco Yacht Club.  Garry enjoyed a successful career in the furniture business as a manufacturer's representative from 1950 until he retired in 1981.  In 1989 he and Joan moved to Gig Harbor, Washington.  There, he was a 20-year member of the Canterwood Golf Club where played golf daily.  His last nine holes were played on January 4, 2010.

Garrett Ainsworth Gast died peacefully on January 9, 2010 at age ninety-one with his family at his side.[56]
 
Joan Huggins - wife of Garrett Ainsworth Gast
Joan Huggins married Garrett Ainsworth Gast and they raised two sons and a daughter.[57]
 
2.8.3 Graydon Gast (Generation 3)
2 Frederick William Gast: 1889 - 1956
  +Edna Mae Bassett: 1893 - 1941
  3 Graydon Gast: 5 May 1923 - 3 Oct 1988
  +Rosemary Monley: 19 May 1926 - 14 Apr 2002
    4 Cathy Gast: Living
    4 Joan Gast: Living
    4 Marguerite Ellen Gast: Living
    4 Mary Gast: Living
    4 Sheila Gast: Living
    4 Richard Graydon Gast: Living
    4 James Gast: Living
Graydon and Rose Gast
Graydon and Rose Gast
 
The youngest son of Fred and Edna Mae was Graydon Gast.  He was born on May 5, 1923 in Bridgman, Michigan.  When the Great Depression hit, he moved with his family to Chicago, then Oregon.  He was seventeen when his mother died from blood poisoning in 1940.  After graduating from high school, Graydon enrolled in the Navy.  Being placed as a gunnery officer, he lost hearing in one ear after a year of duty and was given an honorable discharge.  He began his private life working in a warehouse in Portland, Oregon.  When he was promoted to a sales position, he moved to Seattle, Washington.  It was in Seattle that Graydon met Rosemary Monley while on a blind date.  They married in 1948.  Graydon 'Dick' Gast died from an inoperable brain tumor on October 3, 1988.  His remains were cremated and a memorial marker was placed in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Petaluma, California.[58]
 
Rosemary Monley - wife of Graydon Gast
Rosemary Monley was the daughter of Howard and Katherine (Kelly) Monley of Grand Forks, North Dakota.  She was born on May 19, 1926 in Grand Forks.  Rosemary met Graydon Gast in Seattle on a blind date and they married in 1948.  They raised five daughters and two sons.  Rosemary was an active parishioner and choir member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Larkspur, California.  Rosemary Gast, age 75 years, died in Petaluma, California on Sunday, April 14, 2002, after a long illness due to Alzheimer's Disease.  Her remains were cremated and a memorial marker was placed in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Petaluma, California.[59]
 
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