(Apr 1865, Germany - pre1920), arrived in America from Hamburg with his parents from the German Rhine in 1881.
He became a dry goods merchant on Second Avenue in the German Yorkville
New York City. Henry married in 1889 at NYC Amelia/Amalie/"Eme"
Henry and Amelia include:
ii. Herman (1895-?),
iii. Sydney E. (1897-?).
1899 Henry purchased the burnt remains of the Robert Newton Sneden
House and associated property in .
The 1900 census lists Henry Happel
(head, 45, Dry Goods store) at 1261 2nd Avenue, Amelia (wife, 23), Flora (19), Herman
(15), Sydney (13).*
The 1910 census lists Henry
Happel (head, 35), Amelia (wife, 31), Flora (8), Herman
(6), Sydney (3).**
The 1920 census lists
Amelia (head, 54), Flora (26), Herman
(farmer, 24), Sidney (chauffeur, 22).***
By 1921, the foundation of the
Jacob Sneden House had become incorporated into the present Queen Anne style Sneden-Happel
House (24 Rockleigh Road).
* 1900 Federal
Census, Dist 881, New York City, NY. Sheet 12.
Federal census, Dist 23, Harrington Township, Bergen Co, NJ. Sheet
*** 1920 Federal census, ED 85, Northvale, Bergen Co., New Jersey, Sheer
(1893, NYC, NY -?) m. c.14 Apr 1924 Harry Schaffer (c.1890-?)
of Palisades, Rockland Co, NY. Flora and Harry had children:
i. Flora Schaffer (24 May 1925, Bergen Co, NJ - 2 Jun 2000,
Rockleigh, NJ) married 2nd Raymond Lynch (23 Dec 1916
- 3 Nov 2000, Rockleigh, NJ) with no children.*
ii. Annie Schaffer (8 Sep 1928, Englewood, NJ - 13 Jul 1999,
Westwood,NJ), m. 18 Sep 1954 to Robert L. Piper of Piermont, NY.*
iii. Jean Schaffer-Linderman (? - Mar 2005, Palisades, NY).*
Obituary 15 Apr 2004 - The Journal
News, Nyack, Rockland Co, NY.
(27 Nov 1893, NYC, NY - Dec 1981,
Rockleigh, NJ) lived in the Sneden-Happel House and is listed in the 1920
census as farmer. In 1926 he married Bessie -?-.
The 1930 census lists Herman (35, house painter) and Bessie (wife,
Clerk) living on Rockleigh Avenue and Effingham D. Tallman (lodger,
67, single, retired carpenter; son of Alfred & Hannah Tallman of
NYC, NY - ?),
m. in 1922 Elsie -?- (1904, Switzerland-?) who had emigrated to
America in 1904. Sydney was first Rockleigh Chief of Police and member
of the founding Borough Council in 1923 and 1924.
Sidney and Elsie had children:
i. Henry E. (1925 - c.1943) and
W. (1926 - c.1986).*
1920 census lists Sydney (22) as private chauffeur and living with his
mother, brother and sister in the Sneden-Happel House. In 1921, Sydney
built a 2-story clapboard house on Piermont road. The
1930 census lists Sidney (32, house painter) living on Carterett [36
Piermont] Road with wife, Elsie (26), son Henry E. (5), son Theodore W.
(4), and mother, Amelia (65).
S/Sgt. US Army. Henry was a fighter pilot and died over France, a casualty of WW II.
(1926 - c.1986) Pvt. US Army, wounded in WW II.
CHIEF JAILED IN FIGHT WITH POSSE
Brother also Sought for Beating Brother-in-Law,
Escapes as Bullets Fly.
WOODS SEARCHED FOR HIM
Two Men Charged With Assaulting Sister's Bridegroom
In Row Over Wedding Gift.
to the New York Times
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. April 24 . —Sidney
Happel, chief of police of
Rockleigh, is a prisoner in the Hackensack jail charged with
assault in the first degree while a posse of New Jersey and New
York State officers are searching the woods of Bergen County for
his brother, Herman Happel, wanted on a similar charge.
Sidney was arrested and Herman escaped
after a battle with the officers at the Happel home. Sheriffs and
deputies fired several shots over Herman's head as he slipped from
the roof of the house and ran into the woods, Sydney surrendered.
The arrests followed a beating alleged to have
been administered by the brothers to their brother-in-law, Harry
Schaefer, at the latter's home at Palisades, N.Y., on Monday
night. A few days ago Schaefer married Flora Happel, sister of
Sidney and Herman. Bad feelings existed, police say, between the
brothers and Schaefer.
When Schaefer returned to his home on
Monday night, he told police, Herman and Sydney came to the house.
He said the brothers attacked him and knocked out several teeth. A
woman neighbor loosed her police-dog on the brothers and then
summoned help. Herman and Sydney fled in an automobile.
Later Schaefer filed a complaint with the
Nyack, N.Y., authorities. Sheriff Brown of Rockland County,
lacking jurisdiction in New jersey, asked help from the Bergen County
authorities. Sheriff J. L. Fox of Bergen County, accompanied by
several deputies and the New York officers, went to the Happel
home. Herman was on the roof. He slid down a ladder and was caught
in the yard. A few moments later he eluded his captors and dashed
into the woods.
Sydney Happel was found inside the house.
He made no resistance and turned over his revolver to the officers
when they entered the place. He was taken to the Hackensack jail
and later held in $5,000 bail to await extradition papers from New
Police say the dispute between the Happel
brothers and Schaefer was because Mrs. Happel had given her
daughter $1,500 and some diamond rings as wedding presents and the
brothers had demanded that they be turned over to them.
Times, April 18, 1924, p. 36.