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[1] Bethlehem Steel
[2] Who is John Knecht ?

"With keen business foresight, Mr. Knecht saw the great benefit the Valley might realize from the building of the railroad, and after its completion he inaugurated the movement that resulted in the formation of the Bethelehem Iron Company."
[3] John Knecht married Eliza Reigel on Feb 2, 1841

Their 4th daughter was Emily J Knecht

Emily J Knecht married Dr. Edward Jacob Freeman (b Dec I8, I851)

Dr E J Freeman and Emily J (Knecht) Freeman had 4 children; Only one lived to be an adult - Anna ("Nan") Elizabeth Freeman
[4] Here is a Feb 1915 wedding with an unmarried 22yr old Robert Swan #Mueller I standing in front of a "Nan" Freeman

RS Mueller 1 lost his father (a doctor) 2 years before, and "Nan" Freeman also had a father who was a doctor (that being Dr E J Freeman)
[5] So - In summary - The family of Robert Swan Mueller I's bride "Anna Freeman" included the unspoken founders of Bethlehem Steel

That would explain the connections to US Shipping Board

And the move to Baltimore

And the sudden jolt into all the "high society" headlines
[6] 8 months later - Robert Swan Mueller I and Anne Freeman married ..
[9] Timeline for Robert Swan Mueller I updated with this new information.
[10] Of course they share an office building !
[11] The passing of Robert Swan Mueller I's mother-in-law in May of 1927 confirms the #Knecht relationship. It was there the whole time, I just didnt know the significance of the name.
[12] In 1928, Mrs. Robert S Mueller I was raising money for Moravian Seminary and College for Women in #Bethlehem PA. Deep family connections.

Observe RSM1 lost parents; Mrs. RSM1 was only child. Her dad's (Dr. EJ Freeman) entire legacy was them. RSM1 is the son he never had.
[13] I am not saying they were rich.

But I am saying they could not work for 7 weeks, sail on a luxury ship over to Europe for a month to watch a horse race, and leave all 4 kids at home, who were enrolled in top private schools, while they prepared to build on #GibsonIsland .
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