It’s all in the neighborhood.
We see a small glimpse into the life of a Mohawk resident in this turn of the 19th century photo of Elizabeth Matheis Fiedler (1859-1931), d/o Theobold and Nettie.
Elizabeth Matheis Fiedler
Elizabeth is leaning out the window of the Cafe she owned with her husband William, on this celebration day…watching it all from her roost.
In 1878 Elizabeth married William Fiedler in OTR at St. Peter’s German Evangelical Church. William Fiedler like Elizabeth, was born of two German-born parents. Elizabeth and William had eight children, all but one reaching adulthood. The Fiedler family lived on various streets near Renner in OTR….West McMicken and Klotter.
Elizabeth and her husband William (1857-1917) owned the White-Fiedler Cafe at McMicken and Central Parkway.
These joined families exemplify the culture of the times–turn of the 19th century German heritage, the breweries, the commerce and a community engaged.
Elizabeth Matheis was born a twin with brother Charles, and had 3 sisters, Mary, Carrie, and Anna.
Elizabeth’s father Theobold (b. Bavaria 1821 d.1891) and mother Metta/Nettie Matheis (b. 1830 Bavaria d. 1898) lived all their lives in the heart of the working class OTR at 215 Renner Street.
Elizabeth Matheis was born a twin with brother Charles, in Mohawk at 215 Renner Street.
The Theobold Matheis family never moved ‘up’ or out of Mohawk (evident by the censuses). Matheis was a stonemason by trade, like dozens of other men in Mohawk, as the censuses show page after page of them alongside each other.
Matheis’ house on 215 Renner Street, South side, faced the massive stone reinforcement wall directly across the street; it is still standing today, on the North side of Renner. Close by are the remains of a spring house. I surmise the huge stone walls and an incline/ramp at a 45 degree angle heading east-west, may have been part of the Bellevue Incline/Bellevue House and brewery compendium.
215 Renner Street
We see how it all worked together in the attached illustration below on the Northern portion of Mohawk, part of Over–the-Rhine historic district.
Looking at the illustration, to the * far left, center we see the smallest of structures just below the Bellevue House, on what is the very deep curve in Clifton Avenue today; it is actually just above the Renner Street house.
* The small structure in the illustration on the curve looks down onto Renner Street…..out of sight in this illustration just over the hillside.
Examining this illustration further, we see many stone retaining-walls; it shows the dynamic and the geography involved in Mohawk between brewing, the incline, and the residences integrated in between brewing and other industry at that time.