Frida Hahn

Rankin, Robert L rankin at
Sun Apr 27 22:03:12 UTC 2008

I did a little more checking on Frida Hahn, the student of Franz Boas who wrote the Ponca grammar found in the Gordon Marsh Collection of the APS.  There was a Frida Hahn listed in the 1920 US Census from Lincoln, Nebraska, daughter of one William Hahn who had emigrated from Russia.  At the time our Frida was exchanging correspondence with Franz Boas she would have been 23-27 years old -- just about right for a graduate student.  And she might have been naturally attracted to study Ponca since she was from Nebraska.  According to the Census figures, below, she apparently had a brother and possibly three sisters.  
Those of you living in the Lincoln area might want to make some phone calls to the Hahns in the Lincoln phone directory and see if any of the names below rings a bell.  There may be some children or grandchildren still around, and we could clear up the question "What ever happened to Frida Hahn?" once and for all.  They might appreciate the information we have about her too.
Her father and mother were both born in Russia
NAME                     STATUS   AGE     FATHER       BIRTHPLACE
Hahn, Emma               Married  43  F   William (H9)   Russia 
Hahn, Emma                Single  11  F   William (H9)  Nebraska
Hahn, Frida               Single  13  F   William (H9)  Nebraska
Hahn, George              Single  22  M   William (H9)  Nebraska
Hahn, Hazel               Single  9m  F   William (H9)  Nebraska
I also checked the listings of names of persons who died in the holocaust.  There were at least three Frida Hahns from various places in Silesia and Hungary, but they were all born in the 1880s.  Let us hope she was not one of them.

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