Paul R. Sprohge

Male 1901 - 1990  (88 years)


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  • Name Paul R. Sprohge 
    Born 27 Sep 1901  Rīga, Rīga, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 May 1990  Houston, Harris, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4163  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2014 

    Family Hedwig Herzenberg,   b. Abt 1901, Berlin, Berlin, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1990, Houston, Harris, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Married Bef 1932  of Rīga, Rīga, Latvia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1721  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • BIOGRAPHY:
      1. 28 Jul 2007 Http://www.herzenberg.net/leo/htmlrh/Content.html copyrighted by Leo Herzenberg:
      "An meinen Sohn (To my son) Leonhard Herzenberg von (from) Robert Herzenberg. Memoirs written during the 1940's." Translated during the 1990's by Leonardo (Leonhard) Herzenberg. The entire memoir is quite lengthy and included in its entirety in my notes with Joseph Herzenberg, the original known ancestor, in this database. The following is only the portion dealing with this part of the family:
      "...JulIUS HERZENERG, the second son, studied at the Polytechnic in Riga and graduated as a chemical engineer shortly after Uncle Abraham's death. In the following summer he married the daughter of his cousin Louis, Mery Herzenberg from Riga. It was a love marriage. The wedding took place in Karlbad, on the Riga shore, where all Riga's and some of Mitau's families moved every summer, and most of them had established summer residences. That same night the house burned down, and only the naked lives were rescued.
      The parents bought him a gas light mantle factory in Berlin.[47] There their daughter Hedwig was born. When I was in Berlin in the October 1902, she lay in the cradle. The mantle undertaking soon went bankrupt. Julius never again worked as a chemical engineer. He left Berlin and Germany for ever. For a time he was in Irkutsk (in Russia, near lake Baikal) with representation, then back to Russia. There a son, Alfred (Fredy) was born. I did not hear much from them for a long time, after the revolution they were able to return to Latvia. Fredy went to the United States to study. Hedy married the Latvian architect Sproghe. Julius Herzenberg died soon after in Riga. Fredy came to Schenectady as an engineer at General Electric, then, in 1936 as an exploration engineer for Shell Oil in Houston, Texas, where he still works today (1940). In 1937 he brought his brother in law over, in 1938 Hedwig and Mery also came to Houston. Hedwig has a son Erik. So, the great-grandchild of Uncle Abraham, [48] Eric Sproghe, is the first half Latvian in out family. Fredy Married in Houston, but I do not know his wife's name."

      2. Ancestry.com's "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957"
      A. Arriving on the ship "Champlain" 11 Jun 1937: Paul Sprohge, 35, md., male, architect, reads and writes, German language, nationality of Germany, German race, b. in Riga Latviea, immigration visa QIV:225 issued in Riga 24 May 1937, last permanent address was Berlin, Germany, friend's name: Alfred Herzenberg.
      B. Arriving on the ship "Champlain" 10 Jun 1938 having sailed from Southhampton, England.
      a. Hedwig Sprohge, 35, md., h.wife, reads and writes, speaks German/english, citizen of Germany, German Hebrew, b. Berlin, Germany, visa issued in Riga, last permanent address was in Riga, Latvia, sponsoring friend is Paul Sprohge.
      b. Erik Sprohge, 6, speaks German, German Hebrew, b. Riga, Latvia, visa issued in Riga, last permanent address was in Riga, Latvia, sponsoring friend is Paul Sprohge.
      c. Merija or Maria Hercenbergs or Herzenberg, 57, widow, no occupation, speaks french/german/english/russian, citizen of Latvia, Hebrew, b. Riga, Latvia, visa issued in Riga, last permanent address was in Riga, Latvia, sponsoring friend is Paul Sprohge.

      3. Ancestry.com's "Texas Birth Index" shows Paul Christopher Sprohge, b. 31 Mar 1963 in Harris County, Texas to Erik Tom Sprohge and Helen Jean Khilling.

      DEATH:
      1. Social Security Death Index: Paul R. Sproghe, b. 27 Sep 1901, d. 20 May 1990, ssn 450-12-5591 iss. in Texas bef. 1951.

      2. Ancestry.com's "Texas Death Index": Paul Sprohge, d. 20 May 1990 in Harris County, Texas. Phone directories show him in Houston and Bellaire, Texas, phone 713-665-5978.

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. Leonardo Herzenberg http://www.herzenberg.net/

      2. Website of Peter Bruce Herzenberg of London, England (since relocated to South Africa). Website is no longer functioning as of 7 Aug 2007. Copies of much of his data from the website in my possession.