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Thomas Alexander Mager, Sr.

Thomas Alexander Mager, Sr.

Male 1901 - 1972  (71 years)

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  • Name Thomas Alexander Mager 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Birth 27 Jan 1901  Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Born 27 Apr 1901  Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 5 May 1901  Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 528 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Name Poppy 
    Occupation Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Shop keeper 
    Residence 20 Apr 1910  102 West St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 14 Jan 1920  [4
    Checker, RR 
    Residence 14 Jan 1920  146 West St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 10 Jun 1930  [5
    Bookkeeper, General Groceries 
    Residence 10 Jun 1930  122 Sunset Ave., Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1935  136 Sunset Ave., Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation Apr 1940  [6
    Superintendent, Tea Co. 
    Reference Number PERS156 
    Residence Apr 1940  136 Sunset Ave., Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 16 May 1972  Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8, 9
    • At Home
    Person ID I156  Zellner Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 

    Father Valerian Mager,   b. 13 Apr 1862, Zepfenhan, Rottweil, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1913, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Anna Marie Steets,   b. 8 Apr 1863, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1941, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 12 Jan 1886  Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 528 Martin Luther King Blvd, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 12, 13
    Reference Number MARR188 
    Documents
    1895 New Jersey State Census
    1895 New Jersey State Census
    Essex, Newark, Ward 3, P. 75, Valerian Mager Family
    1895 New Jersey State Census
    1895 New Jersey State Census
    Essex, Newark, Ward 3, P. 76, Mager & Steets Families
    1900 U.S. Census
    1900 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED24, P16A-B, Valerian Mager and Jacob Steets Families (1 of 2)
    1900 U.S. Census
    1900 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED24, P16A-B, Valerian Mager and Jacob Steets Families (2 of 2)
    1910 U.S. Census
    1910 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED17, P12-B, Valerian Mager Family
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    1920 U.S. Census
    1920 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED119, P. 22-A, Anna Steets Mager Family
    Family ID F60  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Loretta A. Leavitt,   b. 17 Sep 1904, Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1988, Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1926  St. Aloysius Church, 219 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 14
    Reference Number MARR50 
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Alexander Mager, Jr.,   b. 26 Mar 1927, Montclair Community Hospital, 120 Harrison Ave., Montclair, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1986, Montclair, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)  [natural]
    +2. Anne Marie Mager,   b. 28 Mar 1928, Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1981, Jupiter, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
    Documents
    1930 U.S. Census
    1930 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Verona, ED7-619, P4-A, Thomas A. Mager Sr. Family
    1940 U.S. Census
    1940 U.S. Census
    NJ, Essex, Verona, ED7-372A, P. 5-A, Thomas A. Mager Sr. Family
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F79  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 27 Jan 1901 - Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Apr 1901 - Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Shop keeper - - Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 20 Apr 1910 - 102 West St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 14 Jan 1920 - 146 West St., Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Jun 1926 - St. Aloysius Church, 219 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 10 Jun 1930 - 122 Sunset Ave., Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1935 - 136 Sunset Ave., Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1940 - 136 Sunset Ave., Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 May 1972 - Verona, Essex, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    1907 First Generation of Magers in America
    1907 First Generation of Magers in America
    Valerian Mager, Anna Steets & Children
    Thomas Mager Sr. Family
    Thomas Mager Sr. Family
    1924-10-14 George Zellner Sr. & Anna Marie Mager Wedding
    1924-10-14 George Zellner Sr. & Anna Marie Mager Wedding
    Anne Zellner Schnabel believes the last two people on the right to be longtime family friend Emma Ott and either Paul or Leo Strack.
    Tom & Ferd Mager First Communion
    Tom & Ferd Mager First Communion
    Photo: H. Schumacher, 14 West St.

  • Notes 
    • Worked for A&P throughout his career. Received a very good watch as a retirement gift; still in the family.

      Helped support his mother and the family during difficult times.
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      Recollections from family members solicited and compiled by Terese Schirmer Piccoli, organized and transcribed by Anne Marie Zellner:

      Mary Ag (“Sis” Schirmer) Schoenberger:

      What I remember about Uncle Tom is that he frequently stopped in our house -- sometimes 2 or 3 times a week, maybe just for 15 minutes whenever his work took him nearby. I think he was fond of Mother and he just stopped by to check on our family and to report on his family.

      Fr. Martin Mager (Joe Mager):

      I remember Uncle Tom and Aunt Loretta Mager. They lived in Verona which, to us city kids, was like way out in the country… or Mars. That’s where my sister Gen lives today.

      Louis “Buddy” Sieben:

      Uncle Tom married Aunt Loretta, bought a house in Verona and lived there for the rest of his life. He and his wife were a fun-loving couple who always seemed to be enjoying life. He worked for the A&P as manager of the “return” department. That’s where all the empty egg crates, potato sacks, bushel baskets, bottles etc. came back from the stores and were resold to vendors. When a store had a fire, his crew brought all of the water-damaged cans and bottles back to the building to be disposed of. I know a lot of that stuff came to our house, and I would think to yours too.

      Joan Zellner Scheuermann:

      I have not had any contact with the Mager-Sharkey families at all. I don’t know who might keep in touch with them. I used to spend a lot of time in Verona on weekends when I was young. Anne Marie was one of my bridesmaids.

      Jim Sharkey (Anne Marie Mager Sharkey’s son):

      I have very fond memories of visiting his house on Sunset Ave. in Verona, NJ. My mother would usually visit at least once or twice per week and I would very much look forward to tagging along. “Poppy” as we nicknamed him, worked for the A&P Grocery Company. My job was to help Pop cut his lawn and he would pay me each time.

      Pop was very good with electrical work. When my father decided to redo our third floor attic in our home, Pop did all the electrical and wiring work. I would usually be the helper around the house and I always would know when it was 12:00 noon time. Pop would say, “Hey, hey get your cold beer” which meant I was to provide the coldest beer that I could find for him.

      We would usually have our annual Easter Egg hunt at my grandparents’ house and Pop was in charge of hiding the hard boiled eggs. I would usually find some of the eggs in the spring and summer, especially while mowing the lawn.

      One last story that we often remember was Pop was playing golf with a few of his work buddies. He was having the round of his life and when they reached the 14th hole, his buddies decided that they had had enough and walked off the course and quit. Pop would never play that good of a golf game as he had going on that particular day.

      Terry Sharkey:

      Tom Mager (“Poppy” as we called him) was my grandfather. I am Cliff and Anne’s 3rd child and have fond memories of Poppy. He would go fishing with Dad, Cliff Jr. and myself on the party boats out of the Jersey shore. His favorite line would be “wake me up when they start biting” as he slept below deck. His other favorite line was “Hey-hey get your cold beer,” which was our cue to go to the fridge and get him a beer.

      Another funny story was when he took care of my younger brother Jim for a day to help my mom out. Jim was 8-9 years old and Poppy fed Jim ice cream, soda and snacks all day. When Jim came home in the evening, he spent a few hours in the bathroom sick to his stomach. My mom was very upset at Poppy for not feeding him real food and he said, “that’s what Jim wanted to eat.”

      Marianne Sharkey Flood:

      Since my mother died in 1981 and my uncle Tom very close to that date, as well as my grandmother, “Mimi” Mager, I feel I have lost touch with the Magers. We have many fond memories together. I will relate a few memories to you about my grandfather, Thomas Mager.

      “Poppy” was the kind of grandfather you could joke with, laugh with and just sit down and enjoy a Sunday dinner together. Poppy always called me “Pinky Head” and I guess I thought he was a little color blind because my red hair looked pink to him. I can still picture him sitting in his easy chair in the TV room on Sunset Avenue in Verona with the TV on to sports, crossword puzzles in front of him, and always a can of beer nearby. He often remarked how he enjoyed his “nice cold beers.” I remember when he was in the hospital very sick and he asked my brothers to sneak a few cold beers up to his room. We thought that was hysterical and Mom laughed too.

      Poppy and Mimi held an annual Easter Egg hunt with real hard-boiled eggs in their back yard every year during my childhood. It was a highlight of our spring. Poppy was not too happy when he found the eggs smashed under the grass -- it seems my brother Cliff and my cousin Tommy (who we called “Brud”) thought it would be funny to re-hide the eggs in areas that we trampled on.

      Poppy always kept cases of bottled root beer in his basement which we regarded as a great treat.

      My grandparents, Mimi and Poppy had me sleep over for several weekends when my grandmother and I would sew aprons and doll clothes. She always served me lamb chops, my favorite meal. I felt very special during those weekend visits.
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  • Sources 
    1. [S55] Das Mager-Buch: Geschichte einer Familie aus vier Jahrhunderten, Dr. Edwart Mager, (Location: Freiburg im Breisgau; Date: 1935;).

    2. [S168] Parish Register of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Newark, New Jersey.

    3. [S11] 1910 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T624, NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED17, P12-B.

    4. [S14] 1920 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T625, NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED119, P22-A.

    5. [S15] 1930 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T626, NJ, Essex, Verona, ED7-619, P4-A.

    6. [S481] 1940 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T627, NJ, Essex, Verona, ED7-372A, P5-A.

    7. [S194] U.S. Social Security Death Index.

    8. [S114] Kelly Sieben.

    9. [S524] David Mager.

    10. [S55] Das Mager-Buch: Geschichte einer Familie aus vier Jahrhunderten, Dr. Edwart Mager, (Location: Freiburg im Breisgau; Date: 1935;), 193.

    11. [S130] Marriage Register of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Newark, NJ, January 1858 - December 1888, 131.

    12. [S9] 1900 U.S. Census, Population Schedule; NARA Microfilm Publication T623, NJ, Essex, Newark, Ward 3, ED24, P16 A-B.

    13. [S266] New Jersey, Marriages, 1678-1985.

    14. [S56] Das Mager-Buch: Geschichte einer Familie aus vier Jahrhunderten (Erganzungsband zum "Mager-Buch" 1935), Dr. Edwart Mager, (Name: Freiburg im Breisgau, 1972;), 81.