Individual Record 168

Name}   Romandy, Dionys Heberling Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 1863 Place} Pest*, Hungary
Marr.: Date} Exa  6 Mar 1893 Place}     , Los Angeles, California     (Link)
Death: Date} Fam 3 Jan 1899 Place}     , Los Angeles, California
Burial: Date} Aft 3 Jan 1899 Place} San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel, Los Angeles, California
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1} 115 = Interview
Source 2} 1037=Geog history
Source 3} 1045=Biography
Source 4} 1049=Letter
Source 5} 1160=Letter
Source 6} 902 = Passenger ls
Source 7} 1036=Citizenship
Source 8} 1469=Voter record
Source 9} 1057=Newspaper
Source 10} 1073=Newspaper
Source 11}1165=Photograph
Source 12}1430=Marriage rec
Source 13}   19 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } Not traced
   Relationship No.} None
1st Household No.} 447 = Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
      Occupation 1} Musician
       Occupation 2}  
  Religion/Church}  
Spouses:   Prime} Hildebrand, Emma Wilhelmina
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  Dionys Heberling was born in 1863 in Pest*, Hungary.  He was a well-known violinist.  In his youth he composed a beautiful gavotte and dedicated it to Elisabeth, the Queen of Romania (Carmen Sylva).  In recognition of his genius, she honored him with the title "de Romandy".  Thus he became known as Dionys Romandy.  He was the leader of his own Hungarian orchestra, which toured throughout Europe.

Dionys Heberling Romandy naturalization Dionys came to the United States aboard the S.S. Lessing, leaving from Hamburg Germany, stopping in Le Havre, France, and arriving 10 Jun 1887 in New York.  Aboard the ship were 17 other musicians, presumably his orchestra, and all coming from Pest*.  They toured the western United States as "Romandy and His Hungarian Orchestra".

Dionys became a naturalized U.S. citizen on 10 Jun 1893 in San Diego, California.  He appears in the California Great Registers in 1896 as a registered voter, living at the Hoffman House.  He received his mail at the Orpheum Theatre.  He was described as 5'7'. with fair complexion, brown eyes and gray hair.  He was blind in the left eye.

Dionys was the music director or conductor of the house orchestra at the Palace Saloon in Los Angeles, played at the Orpheum Theater, and played at a winter graduation ceremony for Los Angeles High School.  He published a piece of music in 1887, entitled: Op.30. Csárdás über beliebte ungarische Volksmelodica f. Orch.

Dionys married Emma Wilhelmina Hildebrand, herself a musician, on 6 Mar 1893 in Los Angeles County, California.  They had two sons, namely Gounod, born in Coronado, California in 1893, and Dion H., born in 1895.  Dionys died 3 Jan 1899.  In the 1900 U.S. census, his wife and sons were living at 1073 Wall Street, Los Angeles.  Dionys is buried in the San Gabriel Cemetery, San Gabriel California.

*Pest is the eastern half of modern-day Budapest.  It united with the western half (Buda and Obuda) to become one city in 1873.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}   Click to enlarge
Confirm. Date}   Photos} Dionys in 1894
Immigr'n Date} Exa 10 Jun 1887 Port} New York
Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 10 May 2014
Date Created}    1 Jan 1992
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