S: Peter Julius Muller, Jr.
FC: Peter Julius Muller, Jr.
1: Peter Julius Muller Jr. | Peter Julius Muller Sr. | Thelma Mary Davidson | Peter J. Muller | Sophie Bruderley | Louise Weiss | Adolf Davidson. | Marries | Peggy Jean Lane | Peter Julius Muller, III | Laura Louise Muller | M
2: Peter J. Muller | It is not known what the "J" stands for. Peter's father's name was Joseph, and Peter gave his son the middle name Julius. but there is no record of Peter J. ever using either of these.
3: Sophie Bruderley | Both Peter J.'s and Sophie's families immigrated to the United States from Germany. They spoke German, but refused to allow their children ever to speak the language. They said, "We are Americans, so we speak English." The couple met and married in New Orleans, La.
4: Peter J. Muller owned a bar and two houses. The bar served beer and sandwiches during World War II, and cashed everybody's checks. Before the war, they also sold coal. All the Muller's were industrious and owned businesses. | Peter J. Muller's brother, name unknown.
5: This is Peter J. Muller and his wife, Sophie, standing in front of their home (a "shot gun" house) on Iberville Street in New Orleans. | Drawn from memory by Peter Julius Muller, Jr in 2009 (age 80.) Shows his grandfather's store and 2 family homes.
6: Peter J. and Sophie had 7 children. In addition, they adopted a young girl, whose name, coincidently, was Sophie, helped care for the younger children. | Old German families were not very demonstrative to children. The children had to raise their hands before they could speak, and they ate at a different table. Peter Jr. remembers his grandmother Sophie was sweet and would hand him a treat, but say "Hash Maax Socks Nix," which means,"Shut your mouth and say no more!" in German.
7: Edna | Sophie, above, and to the right, with other children | Willie and his wife, Florence
8: Eugene and his wife, Evelyn | Thelma and an unknown friend | Erma and her husband Milton Reach | Lydia and her husband Gus Toifel
9: Peter Julius Muller was the 2nd child and oldest son of Peter J. and Sophie Muller. He was later known as Peter Julius Muller, Sr., as he named his son Peter Julius Muller, Jr.
10: Peter Sr. was the third baseman on a semi pro baseball team. | A scout from the majors came looking for him, but his father, Peter J. Muller, sent the scout away and never told his son! | 4th from right above 3rd from right below | < | <
11: The Roaring 20's! | Peter Julius Muller Sr. became a dental technician and traveling salesman with the Davidson Dental Supply Company. He often threw parties for dentists. To the left, Pete Sr. is shown with his best friend, Dr. Gordon Smith and some unknown Flappers!
12: Looks like he caught some spot-tail bass, (that's red fish in Cajun!) | Note the fancy Cadillac! | At the fish camp on the salt bayou | Peter Sr. was an avid fisherman . . .
13: . . . his biggest catch ! | Thelma Mary Davidson | Childhood photo of Thelma. Pictured with her friends, she is standing on the far left.
14: Peter Julius Muller, Sr.,
15: Thelma Mary Davidson
16: Above are childhood photos of Thelma Mary Davidson's parents, Louise Weiss and Adolf Davidson. To the left is the only known photo of Emily Gangloff Weiss, Louise's mother. She is shown with Charlie Fereday, who married Louise's younger half sister, EmilyMonpat, born to Louise's mother and her second husband. Emily Monpat was Pete Jr.'s beloved Great Aunt.
17: Louise became a second mother to Peter Julius Muller, Jr., as his parents, Peter Sr. and Thelma, were living with Adolf and Louise when Pete Jr. was born. | Louise Weiss Davidson
19: Adolph and Louise loved and pampered their only child, Thelma.
21: Thelma modeled hats for a department store in New Orleans and also for a catalog.
22: Peter Julius Muller, Jr. | Peter Jr.was the only child of Peter Julius and Thelma Muller. born August 11, 1928 on the night of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Grandmother Louise Davidson always reminded him how special he was as each year the annual meteor shower marked his birthday.
23: Peter Jr. is shown above in his stroller, with his cousin and both his grandmothers, Louise Davidson on the left and Sophie Muller on the right. | Peter Julius Muller, Jr. and a cousin
24: Peter Julius Muller Jr. escorts Beverly Thomas in a "style show" at about age 6 | As a child, and well into his teens, Peter Jr. was called PJ by family and friends.
25: Peter Jr. attended St. Johns Lutheran School in New Orleans. The school was very strict and quick with the strap or a ruler applied to an open hand. The older boys were hard on the younger ones, sometimes sticking a boy's head into the urinals. In the later elementary grades, Peter Jr. would sometimes ride his bike to Audubon Park instead of to school. He loved to ride the Merry-Go-Round in the park where he became expert at capturing the "golden ring" entitling him to a free ride. Once he was chased by a policeman on a horse. Peter rode his bike through lawns and alleyways trying to lose the policeman, but sadly he was caught. After promising to return to school the policeman let him go. Peter actually did return to the school that day. | Peter Julius Muller, Jr., sitting in front, center
26: From the time Peter Jr. was a small child, he was fascinated with animals. He raised an alligator and several large frogs in a small pool in his back yard. He captured spiders and their necessary food. A large spider escaped and climbed across the dining room ceiling one evening during dinner, the chandelier casting a huge shadow on the wall. His grandmother was not happy! Later in early high school, Peter Jr. would skip school and head for the bayou to capture snakes. He made friends with some Cajun boys who would meet him with a small boat called a pirouge. Together they would head off into the wilds capturing snakes. They took time to swim with the gars (very large fish with a mouthful of teeth and scales so tough that Indians had used them for arrow points!) The snakes were a money making activity for Peter Jr. He sold the snakes to boys in New Orleans; he even kept a bag of snakes in his locker at school. Once he sold a snake to a friend who put the snake in his teacher's desk. Upon the ensuing uproar, the friend was cornered and so he fingered Peter as his source. A search of Peter Jr.'s locker lead to a suspension from school. Although all the skipping of school caused Peter Jr. problems when he started college, he was actually unknowingly preparing for a future working with animals. Peter Julius Muller, Jr. would become a veterinarian.
28: Pete Jr., (on the left above,) with his LSU buddies | Peter Jr., 2nd from left | Peter Jr., on the right
29: Peter Julius Muller, Sr. and Thelma, parents of Peter Julius Muller, Jr. | From left: Peter Jr., Peter Sr., and Thelma with friends.
30: Peter Jr. went off to LSU at the age of 16. Ill prepared, and with no one to advise him, he signed up for 20 hours, including chemistry, physics and German. He finally dropped the German, but survived the rest. At the time Peter Jr. was starting college, the veterans of World War II were returning and enrolling in large numbers using the new GI Bill. Peter Jr. was given a room in the stadium among these older students. These returning war veterans allowed no foolishness--they were serious about getting an education. This atmosphere no doubt helped Peter Jr. survive his freshman year. He, too, had become serious about school because as he finished high school someone asked him what he was going to do to earn a living and, for the first time, he gave that serious thought. Peter Jr. was a pre-med major, thinking he might want to be a doctor. His father wanted him to be a dentist, but Peter knew he would not like that. One day he learned about veterinarians (something he didn't even know existed) and he couldn't believe that he could earn a living taking care of animals. He knew what he wanted to do. | GO TIGERS!
31: At the time Peter Jr. was graduating from LSU, there were only a few veterinary schools in the country. So each school was required to take a small number of students from surrounding states. Auburn University Veterinary School accepted two students from the State of Louisiana, and Peter Jr. was chosen. His years at Auburn were highly successful as he fought for the top spot in the graduating class, finishing 2nd by only tenths of a point. After graduation, the U.S. Army was waiting for him to serve his required two years. | WAR EAGLE! Auburn Veterinary School | Dr. Peter Julius Muller, Jr.
32: OTS Veterinary Fraternity | Peter J. Muller, Jr.'s room | The OTS House | Peter J. Muller, Jr., 2nd from right
33: Peter J. Muller, Jr., left | OTS won the Ping Pong Championship in the inter-fraternity sports competition. Peter Jr. is in the center, holding the trophy. in both the picture above and the one to the right.
34: Peter Julius Muller, Jr.
35: Peggy Jean Lane
36: Peggy Jean Lane was born September 17, 1934 in Oakland, Mississippi, one of five children born to William Marshall Lane and Cora Rhue Taylor. The children were Purvis, Charles, Sally, Peggy and Mary. Peggy spent her early childhood living on a farm.
37: Peggy and her younger sister Mary
38: Clockwise from right front: Peggy, younger sister, Mary, grandfather, Lee Andrew Lane, and father, William Marshall Lane | Peggy, age 11. wearing a grass skirt brought home by her brother Purvis, following World War II. | 5th grade class, aken in Brunswick, Georgia where Peggy's father worked during the war. Peggy is standing on the far left.
39: Peggy with friends, Nellie Pryor, left, and Earline Martin, right.
40: Peggy's family moved to Memphis, Tennessee where she completed high school. The following fall she enrolled in the University of Tennessee at Memphis while also going to work at an army depot. It was here that she would meet Lieutenant Peter Julius Muller, Jr., - newly graduated from veterinary school. | Peggy, second from right, at her junior prom.
41: Peggy is attending the University of Tennessee during this time. She is 18 years old and has not yet met Peter Julius Muller, Jr., | Earline Martin andPeggy | High School Graduation, 1953
44: Peggy and her father, William Marshall Lane | Sally Lane Harper, Peggy, Peter Jr., Milton Reach, married to Peter's Aunt Erma | William Marshall Lane and Cora Taylor Lane (Peggy's Parents)
45: Peter Julius Muller Sr., Thelma Davidson Muller, Peter Jr., Peggy, William Marshall Lane and Cora Taylor Lane | Left: Mary Elizabeth Lane, Peggy's sister, Peggy and Peter Jr., Sally Lane Harper, Peggy's sister, and mother, Cora Taylor Lane
46: Dr. and Mrs. Peter J. Muller, Jr.
47: Peter Jr. and Peggy had two children. | Peter Julius Muller, III June 27, 1959 | Laura Louise Muller July 6 1963
48: To Be Continued... | The | of Peter Julius Muller, Jr.