Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan). Archives, Labels (tags), and other links appear at the bottom of the page.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Coffee What?

No doubt you've heard of a coffee klatsch. It's a social gathering wherein the guests partake of coffee and gossip... um, I mean, you know, conversation. The term comes from the German Kaffeeklatsch: Kaffee--yes, you're right, that part means coffee--see? you know some German already--plus Klatsch, which means slap, smack, pop, crack of a whip, or gossip. (Oh, did you think gossip was harmless?) Klatsch can also be used to refer to the person who gossips: a fly-flap or babbler.

See, I did not make that up! It came directly from The Classic Series German-English Dictionary published in 1926 by Follett Publishing Company of Chicago. I don't remember how I came by this dictionary. The name written inside the front cover means nothing to me, so I suppose I bought it at a garage sale. It's in rather worn condition, but of the three or four German-English dictionaries I own, I've found it the most useful by far.

I've been working on a book project for several weeks, and in the course of creating an index, I happened again upon another interesting term which, I've always thought, meant essentially the same thing as coffee klatsch. The term Coffee Krentzgen was used in a couple of short news clips from The Sheldon Progress in 1908. I find the term particularly interesting because one of my family surnames is Krentz, and I've wondered if I might have some sort of ancestral connection to this odd term.

A Google search for Coffee Krentzgen turned up nothing but my previous blog post of the 1908 news clips, and neither Bing's nor Google's translation tools had any translation for Krentzgen. But as I started to look for it in my German-English dictionary, I stumbled rather accidentally upon the meaning of the word. It seems Krentzgen may have been a phonetic spelling by a news stringer who didn't know the German word Kränzchen , for which one of the definitions is small circle, society, or club. Essentially, then, the Coffee Kränzchen is about the same thing as the coffee klatsch... maybe with a little less gossip... or maybe not!

Either way, this dictionary is one of my favorite books. But now I can't help wondering whether somebody will give me some Krapf for this post.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Anemoia: Nostalgia For A Time You’ve Never Known

I am a huge fan of John Koenig, who invents words for things there should be words for. My genealogically-inclined friends are sure to recognize the need for this one:

On his Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows Facebook page, John comments on the roots of his words. This one, for example, he explains thus:
ETYMOLOGY: From Greek anemos, "wind" + noos "mind." It's a psychological corollary to anemosis, which is a condition in the wood of some trees in which the wood is warped and the rings are separated by the action of high winds upon the trunk. In anemoia, the sheer force of time warps something in your mind, until you find yourself beginning to bend backward, leaning into the wind.
 His readers often leave interesting comments as well.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1925

Ed. note: I spent a good portion of 1997-98 at the library every day after work reeling through inter-library-loaned microfilmed weekly newspapers, The White County Democrat (Indiana) and The Sheldon Progress (North Dakota) from the first three decades of the 1900s, taking notes on anything I saw that pertained to my extended Krentz/Krintz family and anyone else related by marriage. I ended up with three legal pads full of notes along with a stack of articles I printed out because they were too long to transcribe by hand. 

Currently, I'm transcribing these notes for inclusion in a book, the fourth in a series of books all bearing the subtitle, A Krentz & Buss Family Album. I completed the first two, Portraits and Gatherings, earlier this year, and the third, Snapshots, is about two-thirds done. News, like the others, will be between 150-200 pages. 

Apparently I did not take many notes from the 1925 & 1926 WCD, and none at all from 1927 & 1928. I think I just saw a note somewhere that said I ran out of time with the microfilm, but as I write this, I can't even find that note! I am nothing if not organizationally challenged, both when I did this note-taking project and now, still. So, in the interest of not getting bogged down in obsessing over what wasn't done, we're just gonna go with what was done.

[January or February--I failed to note the exact date on this item!] 1925:

     Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Robey moved to town Saturday. They will reside with the latter's mother, Mrs. August Krinning.

6 March 1925:

     Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Erwin and Mrs. Elizabeth Erwin moved into Mrs. Buss' property Saturday.

     [William and Mamie Brandt finally got their divorce.]

27 March 1925

Funeral Services For Well Known Man To Be Held Saturday Afternoon
     Henry Brandt, a well known resident of the county, passed away Thursday at his home two and a half miles northeast of Monticello after a long illness. The deceased was born in German April 20, 1851, and had lived in White county a good many years where he was highly esteemed.
     Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with the Rev. Keiss of Reynolds in charge. Burial was made in Riverview cemetery.

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1924

The White County Democrat, Friday, April 11, 1924

4 January 1924:

     Reynolds: Frances Krintz returned to Fort Wayne Monday after spending the week here visiting her father.

     Reynolds: Michael Krintz who has been in poor health for some time, is not expected to live.

     Reynolds: James Firth and George Krintz went to Akron, Ohio Tuesday.

11 January 1924:

     Michael Krintz died January 7, 1924. He was born in Prussia, Germany, October 26, 1836. When a young man he came to this country and went to Wisconsin, but soon moved to Indiana and settled in White county, where he spent the remainder of his life. He has been failing in health for the past years, so that he was almost a cripple. He was making his home with his son, Emil, northeast of town. He was married twice, both of his wives preceding him in death. He was the father of thirteen children, twelve of whom survive, seven boys and five girls. He was buried Wednesday afternoon. Services were held in the St. James Lutheran church, of which the deceased was a member.

     Mrs. Ed Hasselbring of Michigan arrived here Tuesday to attend the funeral of her father, Michael Krintz, who was buried Wednesday.

     Mrs. John Rice and John Krintz, both of North Dakota, came Monday to attend the funeral of their father, Michael Krintz.

     Rev. F. A. Kiess and Paul Hasselbring visited the latter's father, August Hasselbring, who is staying at Delphi at the present  time.   Mr. August Hasselbring has been quite sick, bit it is thot he is on his way of recovery. [sic]

18 January 1924:

     Mrs. Ed Hasselbring returned to her home in Michigan Wednesday after being here for the past week.

     Gus Krintz entertained the following for dinner Sunday at his home: Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krintz, Mr. and Mrs. Will Hasselbring and son, Mrs. John Rice, John Krintz, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Camp and family of Logansport, and his daughter Frances of Fort Wayne.

15 February 1924:

     Mrs. John Rice who has been visiting here for some time returned to her home in North Dakota Sunday.

     Ben Krinning of Wyoming came this week for an extended visit with his father, August Krinning, who is in critical condition.

     Sitka: Ray Wards have gone to their new home in Michigan.

29 February 1924:

     Born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ward Saturday, a baby girl.

     Paul Minnicus and George Krintz went to Gary Tuesday for employment.

28 March 1924:

     Sitka: The Bible class of Sitka Sunday school met with Mrs. Bertha Ward Tuesday of this week.

11 April 1924:

     Pike Creek: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brandt of Monticello spent Monday evening with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brandt.

18 April 1924:

     Lewis Krintz of Gary came home Friday to attend the funeral of his grandfather, August Krinning.

16 May 1924:

     Will Krintz of Gary was called home Tuesday evening by the serious condition of his sister Clara.

     Mr. and Mrs. Lester Kleyla moved Monday to the farm vacated by Wm. Camp.


     Miss Clara Krintz, who was taken to the Lafayette hospital Tuesday where she underwent an operation, died Wednesday morning. She suffered from peritonitis. Miss Krintz was a very popular young lady. She was born March 5, 1905. She attended the Lutheran parochial school and the past year was a freshman in the local high school. She was a life time member of the Lutheran church, and was well respected in the community.
     Her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krintz, and four brothers, Will of Gary, George, Elmer and Lloyd, besides other relatives and many friends survive.

23 May 1924:

     Miss Frances Krintz and Mr. and Mrs. Newt Steele of Charleston, Ill., attended the funeral of Clara Krintz Sunday. They returned Tuesday.

13 June 1924:

     Frances Krintz is home for a few weeks vacation after finishing a term of work at the Illinois State Normal school at Charleston, Ill. She will return there next week and take the summer course.

     Gust Krintz shipped a carload of cattle and hogs to Chicago Monday.

20 June 1924:

     R. L. Erwin of Lafayette and C. F. Walters of Battle Ground have purchased the Martin Drug Co. from Earl Martin of Earl Park. R. L. Erwin, a competent registered pharmacist, will operate the new store which will be known as the Walters and Erwin Pharmacy. The new owners extend a cordial invitation to the public to come and get acquainted.

22 August 1924:

     [Frances Krintz will teach 3rd and 4th grades for Honey Creek township schools.]

10 October 1924:

Alleges Husband Was Cruel to Her
     Alleging that her husband was guilty of cruel and inhuman treatment and that on an occasion on September 14, he threatened to throw her into the Tippecanoe river, Mamie Brandt filed suit Friday in the circuit court for a divorce from her husband William Brandt. Glenn R. Slenker is attorney for the plaintiff.  Mrs. Brandt also asks the custody of the two minor children and $1000 alimony. The couple were married November 4th, 1915 and separated September 14, 1924.

31 October 1924:

     Mr. and Mrs. Herman Buss entertained about 75 guests Saturday evening in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary.

7 November 1924:

     Mr. Ralph Erwin and Miss Marjorie Krintz were quietly married at Danville, Ill. last Monday morning by Rev. Ewing of the Methodist church. Mr. Erwin is part owner of the Walters and Erwin Pharmacy. His bride is a popular local girl. Their many friends join in wishing them much happiness.

14 November 1924:

     Mrs. Elizabeth Erwin entertained the following guests Sunday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Erwin who were recently married: Mr. and Mrs. Morris McCarty of Montmorenci, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Dellinger and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rowles and family of Lafayette, and Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Erwin of Reynolds.

21 November 1924:

     [In the first week of court, Emil Krintz filed a claim against the estate of Michael Krintz for expenses incurred in caring for him.]

26 December 1924:

     [In the case of Mamie Brandt vs. Wm. Brandt, the defendant filed a verified petition to modify the former order of the court as to the custody and allowance to the plaintiff for the temporary support of the children and the parties in this action.]

Ed. note: Most of the notes above are quoted as printed in The White County Democrat, a weekly which was published on Fridays. On rare occasions I make small corrections in the interest of readability. On even rarer occasions, I have been known to make typographical errors, but rest assured, most of the errors appearing in this series are vintage! Notes which appear in brackets have been extracted and summarized in my own words from longer articles and are not direct quotes.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Notes from The White County Democrat, 1923

The White County Democrat, May 4, 1923

16 February 1923:

     Fred Krintz of the Monticello high school visited school Tuesday.

23 February 1923:

     Emil Krintz shipped a carload of cattle, baby beef, to Chicago Tuesday from the local yards. Hardy Krintz went to Chicago with the cattle.

6 April 1923:

     Will Krintz of Fowler is visiting here this week with relatives and friends.

4 May 1923: See clipping above.

8 June 1923:

     Rhinehart Krintz, of near Reynolds, broke his left ankle Saturday when he fell backwards off a cornplanter and caught his left foot in the machine.

17 August 1923:

     Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Robey entertained the following Sunday at their home for dinner: Mr. and Mrs. August Krinning, B. W. Krinning and family of Spearfish,  South Dakota [here for two weeks], G. E. Krintz and family and Miss Frieda Strantz.

14 September 1923:

Circuit Court Notes
     Claim: William Brandt vs. Guy W. Lee et al, foreclosure of a mechanic's lien. Upon the plaintiff's motion the cause is dismissed and the costs are paid.

28 September 1923:

     Miss Ellen Ward went to Monon Sunday to assist her sister Mrs. Topp with her work.

9 November 1923:

     George Krintz, who has been employed at Flint, Mich., returned home Thursday to stay until after the holidays.

16 November 1923:

     Pike Creek: William Brandt and family called on Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hutton Sunday evening.

23 November 1923:

     [Marjorie Krintz, Ernest Krintz, and Irma Buss were among guests at Frieda Strantz's 17th birthday party the evening of November 20th. Guests enjoyed dainty refreshments, games, and dancing.

28 December 1923:

     Will Krintz of Gary visited Christmas day with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Emil Krintz.


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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