I’ll never know who actually built this home but one thing I’m almost certain of is that this was the home of my 2nd great grandparents, Ferdinand and Fannie (Goldstein) Gunzendorfer. I ran across this photo several months ago and while I suspected it was their home, I had no way of knowing and figured I never would. But my recent connection with my cousins, which I talked about here, has provided me with some clues that have helped solve some puzzles for me. The first of which is this home. (Note in the bottom left corner it reads “Abe Gunzy, Monterey”)
My cousin graciously sent me a copy of some family history research another cousin had done about 20 years ago. It was great to see my family in print and I poured over the information. And pictures – there were pictures! One of which was this.
Not a very good picture, and she apologized for the quality, but the caption underneath was all I needed. Residence of Ferdinand Gunzendorfer. Pretty home in it’s own right but spectacular when I compared it to the photo above. I’m about as certain as I can be that they are one in the same! Let’s look at them side by side.
I’m not sure of the time frame but if those four children are the four Gunzendorfer boys, I would guess the photo on the left to be from the late 1870’s. In the 1870 census, the family was enumerated in Gilroy, California but no address was listed. In 1880 they were again enumerated in Gilroy, this time in Enumeration District 254. They are shown on Fifth but the house number of 125 may actually be the family number. And by 1900 the family was in Monterey, at either 121 or 132 Webster.
Let’s look closely at the boys just in case it is them.
By height and age, these boys could be Jacob, Adolph, Gustave, and Abraham (my great grandfather) Gunzendorfer. Since Adolph and Abraham were only two years apart, I suppose those two could be switched. Are these not the cutest boys ever?
Another puzzle piece is in place! Thanks, Gunzendorfer cousins!