Carl Wittman, Sr. 1877-1950

Carl Wittman and Mary Thalmyer Wittman had two sons, Walter and Robert (Bob). Walter and Jeanette Freeman Wittman had two children, Jane and Carl. Carl Wittman was born in Germany and came to the U.S. at the age of 14. From 1900-1910 he mined gold in Alaska, traversing the length of the Klondike three times…

Johnston Wittman

Peg and Carl

Carl was six years older than his cousin Peg but there was a mutual admiration and bond, complicated by the great geographical distance between them, and ultimately, by Carl’s untimely death due to AIDS. What follows is a letter from Carl on coming out, a remembrance published in the women’s newspaper Hera (Binghamton NY Women’s…