Sources, Acknowledgements and Contacts
Papa and Mama Fraunfelder, 1973
The Story Music Downloads Family Page Schlitz Ads Radio Performances Promo Fliers Mama  Lullaby Sources

The Swiss Family Fraunfelder, 1944

Madison, Wisc.  1944
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Fraunfelder-Ganders Family Tree is an effort by the descendants of the "Swiss Family Fraunfelder" to consolidate and preserve our interesting family history from the musical stage, screen and radio.

We believe it not only has entertainment value but lessons on family, diversity, culture, and immigration that should be held for future generations. More corrections and additions are welcome.

This is a work in progress. Contact Larry Ganders a grandson of Papa and Mama Fraunfelder, and son of Betty Fraunfelder Ganders, to make contributions, corrections,  or inquiries regarding SwissFamilyFraunfelder.Com.

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Sources and Acknowledgements

Information is gleaned from a variety of Fraunfelder family members and their private archives. Many photos and documentation were provided by Yvonne and Dr. Fritz Fraunfelder of Lake Oswego, Ore. Fritz is the youngest of Papa Fraunfelder's six children.

Many original photographs, vinyl records, and other family papers provided by Ryan "Buba" Fraunfelder, Tigard, Ore; the son of Rheiny Fraunfelder. Original newspaper advertising and other documents and pictures were provided by Erika Williams, of Foothill Ranch, Calif.  Erika is the daughter of Rheiny Fraunfelder.

Sonia Redmond, daughter of Hans Fraunfelder, discovered some of the early 1930s flyers and other photographs posted on this website.

Special thanks to Cara Ganders, great granddaughter of Papa and Frieda Fraunfelder, for her research contributions.

Check out a pdf list of Cara's Fraunfelder sources and hyperlinks that provided background for this web site.

Critical geneological research was done by Paul Frauenfelder, a professor of mathematics at Winterthur Hochschule, a higher education institution in the Zurich Canton, Switzerland. Paul Frauenfelder was a cousin of Papa Fraunfelder.

Photos and information on Mama Fraunfelder, Frieda Fehlmann, was provided by Philippe Fehlmann, a Swiss grandson of her brother.

Click HERE for pdf file of the Fraunfelder family tree (still undergoing revision)

New! Click HERE for the Ganders-Fraunfelder family tree

Recollections of Rheiny Fraunfelder and other family tidbits are included in these books:
Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World by Bart Plantenga
Routledge, 2004
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There are also Fraunfelder references in Plantenga's 2012 book, "Yodeling in Hi Fi," which is available through the University of Wisconsin Press.
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Fritz & Yvonne Fraunfelder, 2011

Fritz & Yvonne Fraunfelder
October, 2011

Ryan & Marianne Fraunfelder, 2011

Ryan & Marianne Fraunfelder
October, 2011 

Wooster, Ohio

Walmer Photo Shop
Wooster, Ohio; 1948

Richard Buckey, husband of the late Ruth Fraunfelder Buckley, and his granddaughter, Megan Buckley, provided several old Fraunfelder recordings including a 1938 Electro Vox disc that are posted on the music download page.

Lisa (Ganders) Yoshida, a daughter of Betty Fraunfelder Ganders, and Mia Yoshida, daughter of Lisa, provided the Rondo cartoon poster.

Research on Grandma' Fraunfelder's traditional Swiss lullaby was greatly assisted by Tanja Seiler , who works for the consulate general of Switzerland in San Francisco, Calif.

Dr. Robert L. Campbell, a Clemson psychology professor, has been most helpful regarding the Fraunfelder's recordings on "Rondo Records" in the Chicago area.  As a sideline, Campbell researches Rondo Records.

Motion picture information found on Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb) and the American Film Institute Catalog.

Information on the role of the Fraunfelders in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," was gleaned from the recollections of Disney Sound Man, Jim McDonald (1906-1991). See also:

United Press report on the Fraunfelder-Disney lawsuit was published in many newspapers across the United States including in the Oct. 15, 1938, Niagara Falls Gazette, New York. Another trial story from the Deseret News was run as a wire story on Sept. 6, 1939.;

Three Fraunfelder recordings are listed among about 30 records under "Selected Discography"  in James P. Leary's book, "Yodeling in Dairyland." The book was published in 1991 by the Wisconsin Folk Museum.

Accordian information provided by Michael Arralde, Diamond Accordians; Kent, Wash.

One Fraunfelder tune, "The Herd Song" was included in a compact disc recording of Swiss music titled "Swissconsin."  It was compiled by the University of Wisconsin, Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Culture.
Richard Buckley, 2010 

Richard Buckley
2010 Fraunfelder Reunion

Rheiny&Papa, About 1985 

Rheiny & Papa
About 1985

Keizer, Ore

Chautauqua Circuit information provided through the Library of Congress and the University of Iowa Libraries.

Gretchen Curtis, director of operations for the the Lakeside Heritage Association, was helpful in confirming information about the Fraunfelder's opening day performance in the 1942 Chautauqua in Lakeside, Ohio.

Huntington Daily News story on lawsuits appeared in Hollywood Roundup column on Jan. 16, 1940. 

 Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel articles, ads and other newspaper clips provided by Google News provided important information.

Fraunfelder feature in the Milwaukee Journal was published June 12, 1941.
Swiss Echo Yodelers, 1933
"Swiss Echo Yodelers", 1933

Elkhorn, Wisconsin, recollections from the 1940s are published in "Small Town Boy," by Donald E. Van Scotter. Trafford Publishing, 2006.

Alpine Records made a number of announcements in Billboard Magazine, such as on March 24, 1951.

Printed program for the Fraunfelder Concert, Germania Hall, San Diego, Calif., Dec. 8, 1939 provided information.

Keating recording studio information provided by HistoryLink.Org. Keating recordings transferred from 78 rpm acetate to digital by Chinook Wind Recording, University Place, WA.

Rocky Mountain brand milk information produced by articles in the Ogden Standard-Examiner, particularly March 10, 1954, page 11A, Ogden, Utah. Other information provided from a number of sources including

Heather White of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., said the Fraunfelders were friends for many years with her father, now 93 years old. Her father, Doug Ross lived in Glendale, Calif.  The Ross's and the Fraunfelders vacationed together at Mt. Baldy, where Doug had a cabin and photography studio. Heather provided some photos and clippings used on this website including a circa 1938-40 photo of Betty playing the accordian.

This website is listed by Swiss Center of North America

Music links on this site can be played on Windows, Macs, or Ipads using the free Apple Quicktime plug-in at:

Fraunfelder Home, Elkhorn, WI
Fraunfelder Home, 1945-46
Elkhorn, WI

Forever and Ever Record, Red Vinyl, 1950s, Yodel Melody The late Rheiny Fraunfelder played a huge role during the 1970s in preserving Fraunfelder music by transferring many songs from steel and acetate master records to a wax master. Others were transferred from plastic or vinyl records such as the red 45 rpm at left. As the Fraunfelder tune on the red record suggests, we'd like to keep these memories "Forever and Ever."

Rudee Rolla recording was transferred from Rheiny's wax 33 1/3 rpm master in about 1975 to tape and was digitally remastered at an Olympia, WA recording studio called The Recording Lair in the 1990s. Some other recordings were improved at that time. The Recording Lair, owned by Daryl Sarnat, is now reportedly re-located to Corpus Christi, TX.
Other recordings such as Garibaldi and Rocky Mountain Milk were transferred to digital in 2012 from acetate masters and old records by Kerry Webster, Chinook Wind Recording, University Place, WA.

Other links to recordings at pages may contain more sound imperfections as they were transferred directly from record to digital.

 Schlitz Family Fraunfelder Christmas Poster was restored by Boston Harbor Photography of Olympia, WA.

For more information on our family, see also

-- Larry Ganders
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