Name: William H. RABE
Birth: 11 NOV 1886 in Kenton County, Kentucky
Death: 15 SEP 1973 in Kenton County, Kentucky
William H. Rabe was employed as an interior decorator. Most likely, he picked up this trade from his mother's family, the Boehmers, who owned paint stores in Covington. References to William H. Rabe can be found in the Covington City Directories:
1940-41 Wm. H. (Carrie) painter, house: 21 Silver Ave, S. Ft. Mitchell
1943 Wm. H. (Carrie) pntr, house: 704 W. 9th Street
1948 Wm. H. (Carrie) interior decorator, 704 W. 9th St, house: ditto.
Cincinnati Post, Kentucky Edition, Thursday Morning, October 26, 1944
(includes photos of Sgt. Walter Rabe and PFC James H. Rabe)
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Rabe, 704 W. 9th St., Covington, hoped last night that their oldest son, Sgt. Val Rabe, 29, with the 15th Air Force in Italy, would not suffer the same fate as has befallen his two younger brothers in the Army overseas.
Yesterday the parents received word from the War Department that their youngest son, Sgt. Walter T. Rabe, 22, had been wounded in action in Italy September 29. The message followed an announcement received Monday that their second son, Pfc. James "Whitey" Rabe, 25, had been wounded in France September 27. This was the third time Walter was wounded since going into action last February.
In a letter received by their parents this week Walter described the manner in which he received his third wound. He was on patrol duty when a German shell exploded near him and blew him eight feet into the air. He landed on his back on a rock.
"I was knocked out but my buddy found me in the dark and went to work to dig a fox hole big enough for the both of us," he wrote, "He pulled me in and we were there for two days and nights without medical attention. It rained hard all the time and we were in water up to our waists. My legs were temporarily paralyzed. My buddy bailed out the water with his helmet. At last our Captain found us. It took him and three men to pull me out and get me back to a first air station."
Sergeant Walter Rabe is in charge of a machine gun unit with his crew. Before entering the Army he worked at the Wright plant in Lockland. He received basic training at Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
There are seven brothers in the Rabe family. The other four were in service, but have received medical discharges, their mother said yesterday. Two cousins, both Marines, have been killed in the Pacific area. They were Pfc. John Kampsen Jr., and Corp. Stephen O. Stevie.
Kentucky Post, 1973
William H. Rabe, Sr. 86, of 704 W, 9th St. Covington, died 5:50 p.m. Monday, St. Elizabeth, patient 2 1/2 weeks. Retired 20 years as self employed interior decorator. Former caretarker of grotto, St. Aloysius Church, Covington. Wife, Mrs. Carrie Sandel Rabe, died 1956. Survivors: Daughter, Mrs. Dorothea Cobb, Covington, same address, five sons, William, Jr., Valentine, Walter and Eugene, Covington; and Joseph Rabe, Ft. Wright, 22 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial, 9 a.m. Thursday, St. Aloysius. Visitation 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Middendorf, Covington.
Father: John Henry RABE b: 16 FEB 1862 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Mother: Anna M. BOEHMER b: 16 NOV 1864 in Covington, Kentucky
Carrie Magdalene SANDEL b: AUG 1887 in Kenton County, KY
23 JUL 1907
in the home of M. Abele (Justice of the Peace), Kenton County
- Living RABE
- William Joseph RABE b: 11 NOV 1913 in Kenton County, KY
- Valentine J. RABE b: 1915
- Robert J. RABE b: 26 JUN 1917
- James H. RABE b: 1920 in Kenton County, Kentucky
- Walter T. RABE b: 10 JUL 1922
- Joseph RABE b: 3 NOV 1924
- Eugene RABE b: 4 FEB 1927