Robert Swan Mueller I (b1893)
Robert Swan Mueller I ( also known as Robert Swan Mueller Sr.) was born on April 9, 1893, in 🌐 Allegheny City, Pennsylvania .
Robert Swan Mueller I (Referred to here sometimes as "RSM1") is the father of Robert Swan Mueller II and John Freeman Mueller . He is also the grandfather of Robert Swan Mueller III, the man leading the "Russia 2016 election interference special council" in the United States.
1893 (April 9) - Born
Robert Swan Mueller I was born on April 9, 1893 to Gustave Adolph(us) Mueller M.D. and Grace Swan (Miller) Mueller.
1894 - 1896 - Infant years in Europe, as father traveled for study
As an infant, a young Robert Swan Mueller I traveled with his parents to Europe for about two years, a time where his father studied "the nose, ear and throat, attended postgraduate courses in Berlin, Heidelberg, Munich, Vienna, Paris and London, and spent two years abroad perfecting himself in his specialty."
1897 - Death of Grace Swan (Miller) Mueller (Robert Swan Mueller I's mother)
Robert Swan Mueller I's mother passed at an early age of 29 (or 30) in the year 1897 [aa9][ GDrive ] . Robert Swan Mueller I would have been about 4 years old. (See full page in newspaper at [aa17][ GDrive ] ).
1900 - Stepmother Nell (Anderson) Mueller
Robert's father, Dr. Gustave A. Mueller, married is second wife, Nell Anderson (Miller) Mueller, before the year 1900 [aa15][ GDrive ].
A clip from the 1900 USA Census from Allegheny, Pennsylvania is shown below. It was taken on June 7 in 1900. (Full page from census see [aa78][ GDrive ] ). This Census shows Gustave A Mueller (father) as a "physician, stepmother Nell Mueller (his second wife), and Robert Swan Mueller I. The Mueller household had one resident servant as of the 1900 census, named Mary Campbell (age 21). The 711 Arch Street in Allegheny, Pennsylvania no longer exists on a year-2019 Google map. A National Aviary is there now (2019).
The 1910 Census: In 1910, the Mueller family (with Dr Gustav Mueller as the head of the family, now age 47) moved to 🌐 Oakmont, Pennsylvania , which is a borough in Allegheny County in the Pennsylvania, but remaining in the Pittsburgh metro area. Dr. Gustav Mueller now identifies his profession as "surgeon". ( Full census sheet at [aa11][ GDrive ] ). Robert Swan Mueller I is still living at home, now age 17. The new family member Gustave Mueller (Jr.) is only 3 years old as of the 1910 census. Their address of "110/111 H-Street" in Oakmont cannot be found on a year-2019 Google map.
1911-1915 - Lafayette College
Starting 1911 Robert Swan Mueller I attended Lafayette College. In the Allentown Democrat (Oct 14 1915), in the wedding description for Robert Swan Mueller I, it says that Mueller completed 4 years of college and graduated in 1915. (For this reference, see the clipping here : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CUIBk7CBwzcovmCO3Zq1AgdLKF20T0CK ).
Robert Swan Mueller I is identified in the 1912 Lafayette College yearbook, and was identified as a prospective 1915 graduate of Lafayette. (A link to the full PDF of the book for "Biographical catalogue of Lafayette college, 1832-1912" is here : [aa1][ GDrive ] ). 1911-1912 was his freshman year.
1912 - Death of Gustave Mueller (Robert Swan Mueller I's father)
Gustave Adolph(us) Mueller M.D. , who Robert Swan Mueller' Is father, passed at the early age of 48 years on February 9, 1912. He passed away from typhoid fever at age 48. At the age of only 19, Robert Swan Mueller I has now lost both of his biological parents. His stepmother Nell Mueller and young half-brother Gustav Mueller are still alive.
The "The Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, Volume 4, Issues 4-9" (available in digital form on Google here : https://books.google.com/books?id=Is8VAQAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false ) describes Dr. Gustave Mueller as having fallen to typhoid fever (page 1205):
1915 (Feb) - Wedding attendance for Law-Babst
(See full newspaper page at [aa57][ GDrive ])
If Robert Swan Mueller I was graduating from Lafayette in 2015, then his graduation would have been 2-3 months after this wedding, hence not yet employed.
Some information on the guests - " Her father, Chester Babst, was president of the Charles Babst Company, which sold physician supplies. Chester died in 1925, at the age of 38" (http://www.karensbranches.com/Memoir/BarbaraBabstFord.html)
1915 (April) - Engagement to Anna Elizabeth Freeman
The engagement of Miss Anna Elizabeth Freeman to Robert Swan Mueller was announced in the Pittsburgh Press newspaper on April 8, 1915. Robert Swan Mueller I would have been about 22 years old at the time of his engagement/wedding to Anna. Anna Elizabeth Freeman was born in 1892 [aa10][ GDrive ]. The bride's parents were including DR. Edward Jacob Freeman (born 1851) (of Freemansburgh, Pennsylvania), means both the bride and groom (father was Dr. Gustave Adolph Mueller ) had parents who were doctors. (See full newspaper page at [aa2][ GDrive ] , with clip shown below.
Is Miss Anna Elizabeth Freeman in the Bethlehem Steel family? We believe so.
John Knecht married Eliza Reigel on Feb 2, 1841 Their 4th daughter was Emily J Knecht,
Emily J Knecht married Dr. Edward Jacob Freeman (b Dec I8, I851) . Dr E J Freeman and Emily J (Knecht) Freeman had 4 children; Only one lived to be an adult - Anna ("Nan") Elizabeth Freeman ,
Who is John Knecht ? "With keen business foresight, Mr. Knecht saw the great benefit the Valley might realize from the building of the railroad, and after its completion he inaugurated the movement that resulted in the formation of the Bethlehem Iron Company."
Hypothesis - The family of Robert Swan Mueller I's bride "Anna Freeman" included the unspoken founders of Bethlehem Steel . That would explain the connections to US Shipping Board. And the move to Baltimore. And the sudden jolt into all the "high society" headlines, and ability to live in nicer homes.
1915 (estimated around summertime) - Joins National Metal Moldings Co. in Pittsburgh
Learn more about National Metal Moldings Corporation in Pittsburgh - National Metal Moldings Corporation .
1915 (Oct) - Wedding to Anna Elizabeth Freeman
The wedding was hosted at the home of Anna Freeman's parents ( DR. Edward Jacob Freeman ) in Freemansburgh, Pennsylvania. The best man for the wedding of Robert Swan Mueller I was Frank M. Everson of Pittsburgh. At the time of the wedding, Robert Swan Mueller I was with The National Metal Company at Pittsburgh. (See full page from Allentown Democrat newspaper at [aa7][ GDrive ] ).
Robert Swan Mueller I stayed in Freemansburgh with his new bride and in-laws for a couple of weeks before returning home. (See full page - 1915-11-03-the-morning-call-p3 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qAD5e6hSkwCBnaAI1FbloZyhpvHhlh9j )
1915-1917 - Pittsburgh PA addresses / Moves to Thomas Blvd in 1916
Robert Swan Mueller I was a "clerk" in the "sales department" at National Metal Molding Company , as of the 1915-1917 Pittsburgh phone books. He is not listed in the 1918 Pittsburgh Directory, suggesting the Mueller family moved to Baltimore before between 1917 and 1918.
The address of Robert Swan Mueller I is listed as "6757 Thomas" in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, starting with 1916. His father passed a few years prior in 1912, so this home was not inherited from his family. It is a rather large home (still standing today, great neighborhood) for a man is 24 years of age. Presumably, the wealth from his wife's family afforded the young Mueller family to move to this location within a year of his graduation from Lafayette.
1916 (July) - First son Robert Swan Mueller II (Jr) born
1916 (Dec) - Weddings attendance
Pittsburgh press Nov 29 1916 p 9
Pittsburgh Press Dec 23 1916p 3
1917 - Military Enlistment
Robert Swan Mueller enrolled for the US military Draft Registration. His Registration date was in 1917. His address as of 1917 was 6757 Thomas, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (we know he moved there in late 1915 or early 1916). His height is described as "tall". A the time he was working at "Natt Metal Molding Co.", which we believe means National Metal Molding Corporation. The writing on the line of "present trade" is not legible.
1916-1918 : Frequent visits from Mrs. Anne (Freeman) Mueller' parents (staying weeks at a time)
1918 (early-to-mid) Move to Baltimore
Note that on this visit from the parents, the Mueller family is "of Baltimore"
Aug 31 1918 p 12
Their first address is "3551 Newland Ave" in Baltimroe, which is in a good neighborhood.
Early listings for Robert Swan Mueller I in Baltimore, 1920-1922
The 1920 Census: In 1920, the Mueller family has now separated. The new family, with Robert Swan Mueller I now 27 years old and the head of household with wife Anna, has moved their family in 1918 o Baltimore Maryland ("Newland Ave."). They now have two children - Robert Swan Mueller II (who is still referred to as Robert Swan Mueller Jr. in 1920), who is 3 years and 7 months old as of this 1920 census, and John F. Mueller (who we believe is John Freeman Mueller (born 1919) (taking his grandmother's maiden name "Freeman" as his middle name), who is less than 1 year old. ( See full census page form at [aa6][ GDrive ] ).
Robert Swan Mueller I is now identifying his career as "Purchasing Agent" on the 1920 census. History researcher John O'Loughlin comments on Twitter "From the 1920 Census, Robert Swan Mueller I lists his employment, as a Purchasing Agent [...] for the United States Shipping Board !" Information on the USSB can be found here : [🌐United_States_Shipping_Board]. We do not know when Robert Swan Mueller I joined the USSB, but it must have been between mid 1917, but before mid 1920.
Also on the 1920 census, we see that Robert Swan Mueller I's stepmother Nell Mueller (now a widow) and her son (and Robert Swan Mueller's half-brother) Gustav Mueller, have moved to San Diego, California. None of Robert Swan Mueller I's immediate relatives remain in Pittsburgh.
1921 (Jan) - Baltimore Branch of National Association of Purchasing Agent - Elected treasurer
On Jan 20 1921, the Officers of the Baltimore Branch, National Association of Purchasing Agents ... R.S. Mueller elected to be treasurer , and is on the executive committee. (See the full page in the Baltimore Sun at [aa3][ GDrive ] )
1921 - Move to 12 Englewood Rd. in Baltimore
Based on the Baltimore phone directory, the Mueller family moved to the residence at 12 Englewood Rd in Baltimore between 1920 and 1921. The new Mueller family address is a duplex of a very high-end neighborhood of Baltimore. This is Google Street View today (Jan 2019) of that spot on Englewood Road in Baltimore. Robert Swan Mueller estimated his home value to be about 20,000 USD on the 1930 census (shown later), a time when the average US home price was under 5,000 USD. Combined with several children, and one servant to pay salary for, the 28-year-old Robert Swan Mueller I is apparently doing well financially as of 1921.
1922 (Feb) - Representing "Union Shipbuilding Co." in Baltimore at Local Association of Purchasing Agents
"R.S. Mueller" is described as the Treasurer of the Union Shipbuilding Company in Baltimore. See full Feb issue of "The Purchasing Agent" with all 1922 issues at [aa38][ GDrive ].
Some info on hulls associated with Union Shipbuilding can be found here : 2016-05-shipbuildinghistory-com-union-shipbuilding-baltimore.pdf / https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tI-g_5H8eWOpC82qJtz3kWNeNBpvICXW
"Union Shipbuilding Company was established in 1916 by the Riter-Conley Manufacturing Co. of Pittsburgh, a large industrial steel fabricator: the site was in the Fairfield section of Baltimore, on the west side of the harbor, where in 1913 Ellicott Machine Corp. had opened a yard to build dredge hulls. Riter-Conley's President, Thomas Riter, died in 1916, however, and the business was sold to McClintic-Marshall Co., who retained ownership until WWII, when it was acquired by the US government and became part of the Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard."
1923 (March) - "R. S. Mueller Company" opens in Baltimore
The following information was obtained from the 1935 issues of the periodical "The American Fertilizer". (You can download a copy of all of the volume 59 July-Dec 1923 issues in this PDF at [aa4][ GDrive ] ). A few pages at the front of the July 14, 1923 issue are below:
We see that in March of 1923 (on page 23 of "The American Fertilizer"), Robert Swan Mueller I of Baltimore opened up his company "R. S. Mueller Company" in Baltimore. This solidifies out knowledge that as of March 1923, Robert Swan Mueller I was no longer with the United States Shipping Board, but now owned and operated his own business as a "Chemical broker", with an apparent focus on the fertilizer industry. The person associated with the new business, W. Whiteley Baker Jr. , is an important individual to research. (See his page here : William Whiteley Baker Jr. (b1894) ). The R.S Mueller Company was initially located in the Vickers Building, Baltimore .
The R.S. Mueller Company has several specialties including (but not limited to) Chemical brokering, Chemicals, Fertilizer materials, Fish scrap, and sulfuric acid. The following are all taken from the July 14, 1923 issue.
1925 (April) - Atlantic City Trip highlighted in News Personals
Full page : 1925-04-05-baltimore-sun-p14.jpg / https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aNbAq8N39zkqtndMQu8EcVDCyrhGW7_K / Clip at 1925-04-05-baltimore-sun-p14-personals-of-week-rsmueller-atlaniccity.jpg / https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aBkNmTUB_ygDjJ3X9SkmLQdbESJ8FopY
1927 (May) - Passing of Emily G Freeman (Mother in-law)
( See full page in 1927 newspaper at [aa5][ GDrive ] ). Verification that Emily Grace Freeman was the wife of Dr. Edward Jacob Freeman , and she was the daughter of John Knecht and Eliza (Riegel) Knecht.
1928-01-17-the-baltimore-sun-pg4.jpg / https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eAvJqapW7YU4oeUgppSRAXAPVjkxiIZc
On April 25 1928, they left Europe, and returned through the port of New York on May 5 1928. The ship they traveled on was the S.S. Homeric, a premier ocean liner in 1928 [🌐 RMS_Homeric_(1913)]. They left Europe out of the port of Cherbourg, which is in northern France. (Cherbourg is the same port used for the Titanic maiden voyage [🌐 RMS_Titanic#Maiden_voyage]. See the return passenger info sheet at [aa18][ GDrive ]. Curious - What did they do with the three extra weeks?