To temporarily escape sad memories and the hot summers in Fiume, Agathe’s mother took the children on a vacation to the ‘Zeller’ lake in Austria. Slowly the interrupted life of the war years was being reclaimed. [29], Agathe Johanna Erwina Gobertina von Trapp, "So long, farewell: Von Trapp daughter dies, aged 97", "Agathe von Trapp: Eldest daughter of the family who inspired 'The Sound of Music, "Former Vermont resident Agathe von Trapp of 'Sound of Music' fame dies", "Movie vs. [8] Agathe was surrounded by music at an early age,[9] and her father began teaching her guitar when she was in her early teens. Rijeka, Općina Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia. However, in 1921 while still managing Vega-Reederei-Hamburg/Greiswald, Georg founded his second ship merchant enterprise, the Rhein-Donau-Express-Schiffahrt’s-A.G. For the next nine years Georg build up this successful and lucrative maritime business, capturing so much of the Rhein and Donau river shipping market that his fellow competitors eventually bought him out. Agathe hingegen zog mit ihren Kindern zu ihrer Mutter auf den Erlhof nach Zell am See. Schooled at home by tutors, Agathe was also given piano, violin, and voice lessons. Agathe and the two children left for Zell am See to stay with her mother and younger siblings, at the 'Erlhof'. [see 'Marriage & Family' below]. Georg’s early years and adult life were spent on these beautiful stretches of coastline. U 5 und U 12 auf österreichischer Medaille 1915 des Kriegsfürsorgeamtes. The family found their respective countries on opposing sides. Rupert von Trapp, Brs. Her parents entertained buyers of commissions for torpedos from all over the world. Her birth coincided with a visit from the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef I to the Adriatic coast from June 23rd - 28th; on his itinerary was a stop-over at the Whitehead Torpedo Factory. By 1866, he received royal commendation when his new steam-powered engine, installed in the flagship Erzherzog Ferdinand Max, was instrumental in giving the Austro-Hungarian fleet an edge in winning the famous sea battle at Lissa. Agathe spent extra time with her youngest, Martina, who was worse than the others. Agathe visited wives of Naval personnel living in the area and made sure her children’s lives continued as normal as possible. After a two year courtship, Agathe and Georg were married January 14, 1911, at the Naval Academy chapel in Fiume (today Rijeka, Croatia). Hier gebar sie ihre weiteren Kinder Maria Franziska (1914–2014), Werner (1915–2007), Hedwig (1917–1972) und Johanna (1919–1994). Johnwas born on November 23 1854, in Fiume. The diagnosis of a stomach tumor was the beginning of a two-year effort to save his life. [24] At his request, the family changed their stage name to The Trapp Family Singers. The 1921 wedding of Agathe’s sister, Mary Whitehead to Baron Gioacchino Pietro Malfatti di Montetretto capped off this feeling. Wherever the Kaiser's standard (imperial flag) appeared, the squadron offered a 101 cannon salute. Seven days after returning home, September 3, 1922, her young life was cut short in the early hours of the morning. Most horrible of all, the potential existed they would be pitched against each other in battle. [24] In 1942, Agathe settled down with her family on a farm in Vermont,[4] and continued to perform throughout the country. Agathe christened his first command, the U-boat U-6. Zu Beginn des Ersten Weltkrieges befehligte Georg das Torpedoboot 52. Das ganze Haus steht im Schatten ihres Todes, wie sich gleich bei Marias erster Begegnung mit den Trapp-Kindern zeigt. The coastal areas emptied out, with masses of people moving inland to be relocated. These seven children would later become the famous "von Trapp children" popularized in the musical and film, The Sound of Music. [28] She decorated wooden bowls and was good at carpentry, making some of her own furniture for her house.[28]. Reality: The Real Story of the von Trapp Family", "Agathe von Trapp, of Trapp Family Singers, dies", The Sound of Music: Music from the NBC Television Event, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Agathe_von_Trapp&oldid=976369642, Emigrants from Austria after the Anschluss, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 September 2020, at 15:29. He left behind a loving wife, Countess Agathe von Breunner and six children John Jr. (13), Frank (12), Agathe (10), Robert (near 9), Mary (6), and Joan (2). Georg Ritter von Trapp (born April 4, 1880), patriarch of the Trapp Family Singers, had 10 children, seven by his first wife, Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, whose father invented the … Just as it seemed Georg and Agathe had managed to regroup and move forward, a scarlet fever epidemic struck the public schools in Klosterneuburg. (Records of District Courts of the United States, RG 21) I first saw the movie The Sound of Music as a young child, probably in the late 1960s. On April 27, 1915, in SM U-5  he and his crew executed the first ever night-time-underwater torpedo attack in the Adriatic and sank the French armed cruiser, Léon Gambetta. Agathe's mother, Agatha Whitehead von Trapp, died of scarlet fever in 1922,[10] when Agathe was almost 10 years old. Their well-respected family, along with other manufacturing company owners, were the backbone of the Fiume economy. The film The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music (2015), starring Eliza Bennett and Rosemary Harris as younger and older Agathe, respectively, was based on this book. Falling in love with this area, she later purchased land on the lake shore, and designed and had a homestead built, named the ‘Erlhof’. He was sent to Fiume (today Rijeka, Croatia) where the Whitehead Torpedo Factory was building two Holland-class submarine U-boats: SM U-5 and SM U-6. In short order, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war and well-ordered lives were disrupted everywhere across Europe. [2], In 1956, Agathe left home to pursue a career with a friend, Mary Louise Kane, starting a Kindergarten in Stowe, Vermont. The Whitehead Torpedo Factory was branching out and building U-boat submarines. Class in 1898, Georg had been instructed in 31 subjects including: German, Italian, French, English, oceanography, meteorology, shipbuilding, ship machine building, naval tactics, naval law, naval signals, ship maneuvers, sailing vessel rigging, and etiquette. Wenige Monate, nachdem die Familie das Mar­tins­schlössel in Klosterneuburg bezogen hatte, er­krank­ten die Kinder und die Mutter an Scharlach. Family gatherings and regular visits to each other's homes filled the summer and holiday calendar. 1911: Georg von Trapp heiratet Agathe Whitehead und zieht nach Pula. As Georg had been born in Zara, Dalmatia (today Zadar, Croatia), when the territory of Dalmatia was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the post-war land distribution, the family was given Italian citizenship. Agathe was 43 years old. She self-published the book with Publish America, LLLP in 2003 at age 91. Werner von Trapp, baby Brs. With her 18th birthday around the corner, Agathe dreamed of soon having a family and home of her own. [4][19], Their house did not fly any Nazi flags from the windows, except in windows of rooms that were leased to boarders. By early 1920, with the intent of providing seafaring jobs to former Austrian Navy personnel, Georg with two Partners founded Vega-Reederei-Hamburg/Greiswald. Agathe Whitehead interesting facts, biography, family, updates, life, childhood facts, information and more: Agathe Whitehead date of birth: June 14, 1891. Learning an instrument was compulsory - he learned to play the violin. In the evenings, Agathe sang with her family. Running the entire estate and staff efficiently, was again under her charge. Ms. von Trapp was the oldest daughter of Austrian Navy naval Captain Georg Ritter von Trapp. Agathe’s childhood was shared with her three brothers John, Frank and Robert, and two sisters Mary and Joan. [22] Agathe returned to the United States in October 1939,[4] and received the unwanted publicity of being detained on Ellis Island with her family for several days. Capt. Georg Ritter von Trapp. The Austro-Hungarian Navy surrendered, lost its coastline, and ceased to exist. Die Geschichte der Familie von Trapp begann im Jahr 1911, als sich der Korvettenkapitän der königlich-kaiserlichen Kriegsmarine von Österreich-Ungarn, Georg Freiherr von Trapp, mit Agathe Whitehead verehelichte. On November 21, 1916, Emperor Franz Josef I passed away; his nephew Emperor Karl I became the last reigning Monarch of the Austria-Hungary Empire. Managing the food shortages and hardships that had befallen all in the Empire became the new norm. Agathe Whitehead is a member of famous Relative list. [see 'Marriage & Family' below], Honoring the von Trapp ​and Whitehead Heritage​​​​, Villa WhiteheadFiume, Austro-Hungarian Empire (Today Rijeka, Croatia), Zara, Dalmatia, Adriatic Coast, circa 1890, Austro-Hungarian EmpireToday Zadar, Croatia, Klosterneuburg and Shipping Companies (1920-1930), CHAMPION THE ARTS      PROMOTE PEACE      ARCHIVE & EDUCATE, Legacy Project: Torpedo & Naval Museum, Peace & Innovation Research, and Peace Conference & Arts Performance Center. As a free port, many an entrepreneur had been attracted to this location. Robert migrated with his wife in the 1840s from England to Europe, ultimately settling on the Adriatic Coast, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. During this time three healthy children, Maria (September 1914), Werner (October 1915), and Hedwig (July 1917) were born to Georg and Agathe. It became the family summer vacation home where they gathered for generations to come. Aside from the regular daily routines, their lives were filled with creative pass times. Georg Ludwig von Trapp war Marineoffizier und diente im Ersten Weltkrieg als U-Boot-Kommandant. Georg and Agathe’s send-off into their life together was a chorus of “hurrahs”. She and friend Mary Louise Kane ran a kindergarten at the Sacred Heart Catholic parish in Glyndon, Md., until 1993. The uncertainties continued, the war news bleak, and the countryside was increasingly lawless. Agathe Johanna Erwina Gobertina von Trapp (12 March 1913 – 28 December 2010) was the eldest daughter of Agathe applied for citizenship in 1944 [4], The Trapp Family Singers made two long tours of the United States each year, singing in all forty-eight states and Hawaii. Mehr noch als die Starre, verstärkt durch die steife Kleidung, As of 2018 Agathe Whitehead is 31 years (age at death) years old. The peacetime naval career was no more. [21], After touring the United States singing as the von Trapp family Choir, Agathe returned to Europe [4] when her and her family’s visas were expired. [1], Agathe was born on 12 March 1913 in Pola, Istria, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Pula, Croatia). [25] She toured Canada, South America, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, the Fiji Islands, Hawaii, and Europe. In and out of a private clinic in Vienna, John Whitehead lost his battle with cancer on April 9th, 1902. By the time Georg graduated Cadet 2. 31. *Later in life, he was elevated to the title Baron by the Austro-Hungarian Empire for his heroic deeds during World War I, specifically for sinking the battleship-cruiser, Léon Gambetta. Valor and honor were stressed and expected of a future naval officer. Genealogy profile for John Whitehead John Whitehead (1854 - 1902) - Genealogy Genealogy for John Whitehead (1854 - 1902) family tree on Geni, with over 200 million profiles of ancestors and living relatives. He fell deeply in love. (AP) — Agathe von Trapp, a member of the music al family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died, a longtime friend said Wednesday. They spent anxious days waiting for news of their loved ones. The older children were enrolled in public schools, the little ones taken care of in the nursery, when a seventh child, Martina (February 1921), arrived. Her good humor and kindness had gotten the children through this tough time, but the situation across Austria was still dire and the cities especially were suffering. Left to right circle: Brs. The joyous celebration brought family from throughout Europe and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Im Januar 1911 heiratete das Paar und zog in eine Villa in der Nähe von Pula in Kroatien. Georg Ludwig Ritter von Trapp (4 April 1880 – 30 May 1947) was an Austro-Hungarian naval officer who later acquired U.S. citizenship and the patriarch of the Trapp Family Singers, whose lives were the inspiration for the musical play and movie The Sound of … The company was sold a few years after. Absolute Habsburg rule of almost 400 hundred years came to an end. She still painted, and one of her paintings is displayed at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.[27], Throughout her life, she made many water color paintings and crayon etchings, most of which she sold. With orders to patrol the Ontranto straights, he was given command of Torpedo boat 52 and stationed at Bocche di Cattaro (today Bay of Kotor, Montenegro), the eastern end of the Adriatic Sea. On one European tour, they sang for Pope Pius XII in a general audience in the Vatican. Maria von Trapp, Br. But since the Kaiser went back and forth on the coast mostly by various boats, “per mare” (by sea), there was frequent “cannonading” going on most of the day.