PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS
Anna Grabner Dengler, Mike Grabner & Christian "Little Chris" Grabner

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Description Albumen print on tan cardstock of Christian Grabner "Little Chris" with his mother Anna Kriekbaum Dengler Grabner and brother Michael Grabner.
Year Range from 1896
Year range to 1899
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Emulsion
Notes Full view of three people an older woman seated her arm resting on a table and her two sons' standing one behind and the other on the left side who was known as "Little Chris" , a dwarf who became a team mascot for several Oshkosh baseball teams. Written on back:"Little Chris Mike Grabner Mrs. Anna Dengler Grabner (should be Grabner-Dengler) - ran the Brooklyn Boarding House on 5th Street from 1889-1915 Maiden name Anna Kriekbaum".

Michael "Mike" Grabner was born in Oshkosh July 24, 1868, the son of Michael Grabner and Anna Kirchbaum Grabner. His younger brother was Christian "Little Chris" Grabner. His father died in 1874 and his mother married a man named Dengler. Mike married Veronica Miller on May 23, 1886. The couple had several daughters: Anna; Betty; and Ella, but only the birth of Barbara was recorded on November 12, 1888. A son Christian Grabner was born May 17, 1896. Mike worked as a finisher at the Buckstaff, Edwards Company.
Christian Grabner was born November 20, 1870 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the son of Michael Grabner and Anna Kriebaum. Chris was born with dwarfism. His father died in 1874 and his mother married a man named Dengler. Chris was a well known person in Oshkosh and mascot for various baseball teams including the 1887 Oshkosh Baseball Club; Continentals of 1902; and the Stuebings of 1903. He worked as a cigar maker for many years and later owned the Brooklyn Hotel on 6th Avenue with his own icecream and soda fountain shop. He married Ethel Johnson of Chicago, IL (formerly of Eau Claire, WI) on April 11, 1917 in Chicago. Ethel was also a dwarf. He went to work for Foster-Latham Company in 1919. He died in Oshkosh on February 11, 1928.
Object ID P1992.15.9
Object Name cabinet card
People Dengler, Anna Kriebaum Grabner
Grabner, Christian "Little Chris"
Grabner, Michael "Mike"
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size H=6 1/2 W=4 1/4 in
Subjects Group photographs
Families
Dwarfs
Immigrants
German-Americans
Title Anna Grabner Dengler, Mike Grabner & Christian "Little Chris" Grabner
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