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), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A 1953 Christmas Gift from Sister to Sister

Readers of Dark Tigers: The Poetry of Bonnie Elizabeth Parker are enjoying something special today, an opportunity to look at an anthology handmade by the author herself as a gift for my mother. You can see it by clicking the book cover below:

Voice in the Night

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Secret in the Old Photo Case

Eliza Ann Davis, 1853
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I recently ordered some microfilm from Salt Lake City, so I've spent the last couple Wednesdays at the local LDS stake. I can't just go, you know. I have to take a whole arsenal of technology with me. The laptop, of course, and all the handy peripherals in my travellin' bag: USB fan, USB light, portable scanner the size of the computer itself (not that it's useful for microfilm, but it's stored in the bag), low-tech magnifying glass, etc. Really, I'm armed to the teeth when I sally forth to do battle with the old German Kirchenbücher. But that alone wouldn't raise many eyebrows. It's the digital camera and full-size tripod that seem to mark me as a full-fledged high-tech research warrior. You just don't slip under the radar with gear like that.

Thus it happened that last week, a gentleman was brought into the dark little microfilm room to meet me and my technology. We talked for a bit. He's in the process of building a website pertaining to family history photos, and he thought I would be a good candidate to answer some market research questions for him, which I did. He'll let me know when the site is up and running, and after me, you'll be the next to know.

Meanwhile, the topic interested me so I did a little market research of my own to see what might already be out there. I didn't get too far though, because the first thing that caught my attention in the Google hit list was PhotoTree, a great site for information about dating old photographs.

I have several daguerreotypes and ambrotypes which I believe were all handed down through Rosmer Kerr's family. Some I've had for years, and they are packed in such a "safe" place that I've been driven to the edge of sanity looking for them this past week. I'm still teetering. But the three I got last summer were within easy reach. I'd been speculating about who they might be. I don't know why I hadn't thought to try taking the photos out of the little cases, but at PhotoTree, I learned (or relearned?) that there might be information written inside the back of the case.

I used a dental pick to lift the photos out of the cases. Of the three, only this daguerreotype had writing pencilled in the case. It said, "Taken by H.S. Harmon - June 16, 1853, Cascade, Wis."

Taken by H.S. Harmon. Having no Harmons in my family tree, that information wasn't useful to me. But Cascade, Wisconsin? Home of Ezekiel Taylor Efner. Five seconds with my Family Tree Maker and I can tell you exactly what this picture is all about.

This is Ezekiel Efner's second wife, Eliza Ann Davis. No, she didn't have a Napoleon complex. Her hand is in that odd position because it's resting on Uncle Billy Efner, who would be born five months later. She had probably begun to feel the baby kick around the time of this photograph. She must have been very excited about it to commemorate it this way.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Unidentified Photo: A Daughter of Michael Krenz

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The three women pictured here with this young girl are daughters of Michael Krenz and his second wife, Dora Brandt. He also had two daughters with his first wife, but I have no photos of them. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen photos of them. I have no idea whether they share the strong family resemblance that these three sisters have.

The photo of the young girl is unidentified, but is thought to be one of the daughters. My best photo of Tillie isn't very good for the purpose of careful comparison, but based on these photos, I think the young girl is probably Emma. Click on the image for a closer view, and see what you think.

Friday, June 22, 2007

2007 Reunion This Weekend!

Wishing everyone a great time at
the sixth biennial John Krentz Family Reunion
June 23-24, 2007
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Monday, June 18, 2007

Johann Michael Krenz

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I love this interesting photo of my great-grandfather, Michael Krenz, in the shadow of the photographer. I don't know when it was taken. I would estimate 1920, give or take a few years. Compare with the unidentified photo posted here yesterday and you'll see why that's believed to be a photo of Michael also.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Hoosier Daddy

Believed to be Michael Krenz and Dora Brandt, his second wife
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Okay, stop groaning over my tacky wordplay. My great-grandfather, Johann Michael Krenz, fathered sixteen children, eight with his first wife and eight with his second. Four died in infancy, but he raised the other twelve, as well as a daughter his second wife brought with her from Germany, on a farm in Indiana. Hoosier daddy? A baker's dozen would have agreed, that would be Michael Krenz.

Michael turned 54 the year his last child, my grandpa, was born, so of course I never met him. Even my father has no memory of Michael, who died when Dad was just three years old. I have bits and pieces of information that I'll share here in the future, but in the meantime, readers who have heard stories about Michael's life and times are welcome to share them in the Comments section at the bottom of this post.


Husband: Johann Michael KRENZ
Born: 26 October 1837 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia
Father: Martin KRENZ
Mother: Anna Marianne STREICH
Died: 7 January 1924 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Burial: 9 January 1924 in Honey Creek Township, White County, Indiana

First Wife: Anna Louise BÜTO
Born: 17 July 1839 in Posen, Prussia
Father: Friedrich August BÜTO
Mother: Anna Christina WANDREY
Married: 21 January 1862 in Chodziez, Posen, Prussia
Died: 8 October 1874 in White County, Indiana
Burial: Reynolds, White County, Indiana


1 Name: Ernestine Pauline KRENZ
Born: 10 August 1862 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia
Died: 18 August 1862 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia

2 Name: Caroline Wilhelmine KRENZ
Born: 12 August 1863 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia
Died: 13 March 1864 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia

3 Name: August Friedrich KRENZ
Born: 22 December 1864 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia
Died: 3 September 1865 in Podanin, Posen, Prussia

4 Name: Gustav Emil (Gus) KRINTZ
Born: 17 July 1866 in Prussia/Germany
Married: 4 October 1893 in White County, Indiana
Spouse: Clara Amelia KRINNING
Died: 20 June 1934 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Burial: 23 June 1934 in Bunnell Cemetery, Reynolds, White County, Indiana

5 Name: William Martin KRINTZ
Born: 7 November 1868 in Germany
Died: 7 October 1949 in Benton County, Indiana
Burial: 9 October 1949 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana

6 Name: Amel Friedrich KRINTZ
Born: 18 August 1870 in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Married: 27 February 1897 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Spouse: Augusta E. KLOUCK
Died: 20 April 1965 in White County, Indiana
Burial: 23 April 1965 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana

7 Name: Bertha KRINTZ
Born: 20 March 1872 in White County, Indiana
Married: 25 December 1888 in White County, Indiana
Spouse: Jewell Francis WARD
Died: 29 January 1960 in White County, Indiana

8 Name: Caroline Maria Mathilda KRINTZ
Born: 8 June 1874 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 20 February 1895 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Spouse: William Newton STEELE
Died: 6 July 1943 in Charleston, Coles County, Illinois
Burial: 9 July 1943


Second Wife: Christine Friederike Dorothea (Dora) BRANDT
Born: 8 May 1849 in Dammeretz, Mecklenburg, Germany
Father: Johann BRANDT
Mother: Catharina Dorothea Elisabeth HAGEN
Married: 24 April 1875 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Died: 27 August 1903 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Burial: 29 August 1903 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana


1 Name: Gottlieb Heinrich KRENZ
Born: 31 January 1876 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Died: 11 September 1876 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana

2 Name: Wilhelmina Emelia KRENZ
Born: 25 October 1877 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 21 April 1897 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Spouse: Johann Theodor Friedrich REIS
Died: 31 January 1929 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota
Burial: 4 February 1929 in Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota

3 Name: Albert Adolph KRENZ
Born: 16 December 1879 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Died: 9 December 1925 in Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota
Burial: 12 December 1925 in Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota

4 Name: Herman Ottis KRINTZ
Born: 4 December 1881 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 26 April 1905 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Spouse: Huldah Charlotte LARSON
Married: 28 March 1947 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
Spouse: Lillie Agnes WILSON
Died: 4 January 1975 in Glendora, Los Angeles County, California
Burial: 8 January 1975 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California

5 Name: Mathilda Augusta KRENZ
Born: 12 December 1883 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 23 December 1906 in White County, Indiana
Spouse: Edward Theodor HASSELBRING
Died: 4 February 1962 in Stanwood, Mecosta County, Michigan

6 Name: Emma Elisabeth KRENZ
Born: 22 December 1885 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 21 July 1915 in Baker, Fallon County, Montana
Spouse: Peter McARTHUR
Died: 11 April 1930 in San Francisco, California
Burial: 1930 in Baker, Fallon County, Montana

7 Name: Traugott Ferdinand KRENTZ
Born: 26 January 1888 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 26 November 1914 in Pontiac Township, Cass County, North Dakota
Spouse: Myrtle Emma NOHR
Died: 10 March 1962 in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota

8 Name: John Samuel KRENTZ
Born: 19 May 1891 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Married: 11 February 1914 in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota
Spouse: Margreta Tjode Hedwig BUSS
Died: 27 August 1978 in Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota
Burial: 31 August 1978 in Anselm, Ransom County, North Dakota



Name: Dorothea Wilhelmina (Dora) BRANDT
Born: 2 April 1871 in Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany
Mother: Christine Friederike Dorothea BRANDT
Married: 11 November 1891 in Reynolds, White County, Indiana
Spouse: George BURGHARDT
Died: 14 December 1950 in Glendora, Los Angeles County, California
Burial: 18 December 1950 in Los Angeles County, California

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Short-Lived Marriages of Milton Efner Kerr

My great-grandfather, Milton E. Kerr, was married twice.

His first wife was Bessie K. Zahniser, daughter of William and Elizabeth C. Zahniser. Bessie was born about 1863. Her brother James, a few years older, died in 1865, the same year her sister Mary was born. Their mother died four years later at the age of 41. With two young daughters to care for, William moved in with W.L. and Hannah R. Fleming. I believe Hannah was William's sister.

Zahniser family in 1870
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Bessie was again enumerated at the Fleming home when the 1880 census was taken.

Bessie Zahniser in 1880
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Milton and Bess were about 23 when they were pronounced husband and wife by the Reverend George W. Zahniser on September 16, 1886. But they would enjoy less than a year of marriage. Bess died on September 4, 1887, just eight weeks after the birth of their daughter.

In December 1889, Milton married Kate E. Pettis. Together they had two sons: Milton, born in Chicago in 1891, and my grandfather Rosmer, born in Mercer, Pennsylvania, in 1892.

This marriage too was doomed to brevity. Milton died in 1895, just days before Rosmer's third birthday. He was laid to rest in Mercer Citizens Cemetery beside his first wife.



Husband: Milton E. KERR
Born: 15 July 1863 in Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania
Father: Andrew Jackson KERR
Mother: Esther Alice CARROLL
Died: 27 or 28 September 1895
Burial: Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania

First Wife: Bess K. ZAHNISER
Born: About 1863
Father: William ZAHNISER
Mother: Elizabeth C. ---
Married: 16 September 1886 in Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania by Rev. Geo. W. Zahniser
Died: 4 September 1887
Burial: Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania


1 Name: Bessie KERR
Born: 12 July 1887 in Nebraska
Spouse: Walter R. MARSHALL
Died: 13 July 1966


Second Wife: Katharine E. PETTIS
Born: 2 Oct 1864 in Winona, Winona County, Minnesota
Father: Darius J. PETTIS
Mother: Kate EFFNER
Married: 15 December 1889
Died: 11 June 1937 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Burial: 14 June 1937 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan


1 Name: Milton E. KERR
Born: 19 May 1891 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Married: 15 August 1914 in Lake County, Indiana
Spouse: Marie Clara LETTERER
Died: 3 April 1961 in Magnolia Springs, Alabama
Burial: 7 April 1961 in Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana

2 Name: Rosmer Pettis KERR
Born: 30 September 1892 in Mercer, Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Married: 12 June 1916 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Spouse: Evelyn Elvina HAUER
Died: 9 February 1969 in Port Huron, St Clair County, Michigan
Burial: 11 February 1969 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan

The Marriages and Children of William Zahniser

William Zahniser in 1860
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William Zahniser, a dry goods merchant, lost his first wife Elizabeth in 1869, when she was just 41 years old. He had lost his son four years earlier.

Left with two young daughters, Bess and Mary, he remarried within a couple of years. His second wife Caroline was soon expecting, and she gave birth to their daughter Sarah on March 9, 1873.

Sadly, less than four months later, Caroline also died. William buried her at Mercer Citizens Cemetery with his first wife and son James.

William Zahniser in 1880
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In the 1880 census, William's oldest daughter Bess, 17, was enumerated at the home of her aunt and uncle, the Flemings. William was enumerated separately with his two younger daughters.

Paul Terhune's household in 1900
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In 1900, William Zahniser was again enumerated with his daughters Mary and Sarah. Mary was newly married to her husband, Paul Terhune.

Christian Terhune's family in 1870
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Paul was a son of Christian and Margaret Terhune of Lodi, New Jersey.

Paul Terhune's household in 1910
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William Zahniser died January 20, 1901. He was buried with his two wives and son in Mercer Citizens Cemetery.

Sarah continued to live with her sister Mary. Paul was a commissioned traveling man in the wholesale lumber business, so Mary was probably glad to have her sister's company.

Paul Terhune's household in 1920
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By 1920, Paul's mother and sister Elizabeth, both widowed, lived with them also.

Paul Terhune's household in 1930
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To my knowledge, Paul and Mary had no children, and Sarah never married.

Paul's mother died in 1923 and was buried next to Milton E. Kerr at Mercer Citizens Cemetery. Paul and Mary would eventually join her there, and Sarah was eventually buried in the row immediately behind them, next to her father William.

That's the extent of my knowledge about the Zahniser family, and I have no photographs of any of them, not even Milton's wife Bess. If you can add to their story or share photographs, please use the Comments feature at the bottom of this post to contact me. Include your email address for a personal response. Any comment containing an email address or other personal contact information will not be published to the blog.


Update: The full text, including photographs, of The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906) is available online in PDF format at BYU's Family History Archives. I found the introductory material and Part One, a narrative about the emigration from Germany and early life in Pennsylvania, very interesting and well-written. Part Two is a descendancy which often includes a bit of interesting personal information along with the statistics. Two hundred pages may seem daunting at first glance, but there are only a couple of double-spaced paragraphs per page so the reading goes quickly. There are many photographs included, as well as an index.

Some Gravestones at Mercer Citizens Cemetery

(To pause on a particular slide, mouse over the lower edge to make control arrows appear.)

In 1991, I photographed family gravestones at Mercer Citizens Cemetery in Mercer, Pennsylvania. Gravestones of the following people appear here:
  • Alice Kerr Howe
  • Charles L. Howe
  • Elizabeth Howe
  • Infant Son Howe
  • Andrew Jackson Kerr
  • Ester Alice (Carroll) Kerr
  • Milton E. Kerr
  • Bessie K. (Zahniser) Kerr
  • Adda J. (Isenberg) Kerr
  • Ralph C. Kerr (1865 - 1936) [Note: no close-up photo of stone]
  • Bessie (Kerr) Marshall
  • Walter R. Marshall
  • Margaret D. Terhune
  • Mary (Zahniser) Terhune
  • Paul Terhune
  • William Zahniser
  • Elizabeth C. Zahniser
  • James Edward Zahniser
  • Caroline F. Zahniser
  • Sarah F. Zahniser

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Unidentified Photos: Postcards "To Mut"

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The late Alberta Westfall Krintz kept a wonderful collection of old family postcards. Several years ago I was given the privilege of photographing them by Bill and Sharon Krintz. Among them were these two that were printed as postcards.* The inscriptions on the back of the two cards were identical: "To Mut" Jan 17 - 1913.

I'm curious to know the identity of these two people, and who "Mut" was. If you're able to shed any light on these photos, please click on the Comments feature directly below this post to share your information.

*Note: For the purpose of this display, I cropped the images and added the narrow border. The original cards have wider borders, but there is no printing that would give place clues.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Notes from The Sheldon Progress, 1913

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January 2:
Invested in Florida Lands: Word was received this week to the effect that Messrs. Wall, Kaspari, Hanelt, Buss and Froemke, who left here about three weeks ago for Fargo, Fla., had found that country so much to their liking that each of them had purchased a tract of fruit land fom the Florida Fruitlands Company, intending to develop the same and make that their winter homes in the future.
These gentlemen have, by hard work and good management, acquired a goodly portion of this world's goods, and The Progress is pleased to note that they have decided to spend the winters of their declining years in so pleasant a place as Florida must be.
They expect to arrive home about the middle of next week.
February 13:
Jacob Muth of Kidder, South Dakota, is calling on old friends in this vicinity.
February 27:
Anselm: The business men of Anselm must have mistook John Reis for a traveling safety deposit box on his way to Sheldon Wednesday the way they turned over their coin to him. They must know who to trust sending in their deposits.

Fred Wall returned last Wednesday evening over the Soo from his stay of several weeks with the Dakota colony at Daytona Beach and Fargo, Fla. He and Jacob Kaspari came together as far as points in Wisconsin when Mr. Wall received word of the sickness of his children and he left Mr. Kaspari there and came direct home. Mr. Kaspari will visit with a brother at Lake City, Minn., and is not expected home before the middle of next month. The rest of the party became so enamored with the county that they will spend the balance of the winter there. All of the party bought small tracts of fruit land near Fargo and had the ground prepared and set out to oranges and grapefruit. H.C. Buss invested the heaviest and purchased two six acre tracts adjoining the town of Fargo. Fred says, that is the country to spend the winter in and if crops are good this year he is going to take the whole family down next winter. The party covered Florida pretty thoroughly by auto and rail, making several sight seeing auto trips across the state and trips by boat and rail up along the coast. They crossed over to Cuba and spent several days in Havana and along the coast. The trip to Cuba was made by the way of the Keyes on that celebrated railway that run for one hundred and fifty miles out into the ocean. It is quite a scenic route and Fred says they crossed one tressel that was eight and one half miles long and about sixty feet above the water. He found time to visit with all the old timers from around Sheldon who have located there and found them all enjoying the best of health. The remainder of the party will not be home until warm weather.
March 6:
Mrs. Ferdinand Buss and daughter, Mrs. Jake Muth, returned from Minneapolis Monday morning, where they were called some time ago to take care of Mrs. Oscar Weig, whose household was blessed with a baby girl.
March 13:
Anselm: W.C. Buss returned Wednesday evening from his southern trip.
March 20:
Election Returns: Casey Twp. Road Overseer, Philip Nohr (one of four).

March 27:
Liberty: Philip and Reuben Nohr were Lisbon visitors Friday.
April 10:
Ransom County Population:
10,345 (5,639 male; 4706 female)
2,061 families, 2,016 dwellings
2,624 of Norwegian descent (at least one parent)
739 of German descent
8 Negroes (7 male; 1 female)
no Indians, Chinese, or Japanese

Philip Nohr was at the Gust Jaster home Sunday.
April 17:
Jake Muth came up from Kidder, South Dakota, on business, Mrs. J. Reise accompanying him to Sheldon.
May 8:
August Jaster and family and Mrs. Gust Jaster spent Sunday at Philip Nohr's place in Shenford.

Mesdames F. Buss and Jake Muth and children spent Sunday with Oscar Weig and family of Sheldon.
June 5:
[Sheldon land north of Northern Pacific right-of-way, 82 acres at $75/acre, a new record, $15 more than ever paid before. A subsequent letter from Peter Lewis said he paid $100 to T.L. Wiper and wouldn't sell now for $150!]
August 21:
At Fred Wall's birthday surprise party, planned by Mrs. Wall and Mrs. Muth, there was a huge cake with 43 candles, and a spring chicken supper.
October 30:
J.T. Reis, one of the big farmers out southwest of town [Sheldon], left last evening for Bemidji, Minn., near where he has some land which he will look after while he is away. He may make a trip to Duluth also.
November 6:
The young people of Pleasant Prairie met Friday, October 24, to organize a literary society. A large number of young people were present. The meeting was called to order by Ira Herzberg and opened by singing America. Officers were then elected. President, Don Smith; vice-president, Elsie Schunk; secretary, Ada Herzberg; editorial staff, editor-in-chief, Ira Herzberg; assistant editor, Will Schunk; reporters, west district, Clara Nohr; north district, Will Jaster; east district, Bertha Krueger; sergeant-at-arms, Philip Nohr and Will Jaster. Name of the society "Alpha Omega." The date for the program will be announced later.

FOR SALE CHEAP. One sanitary closet good as new. G.L. McDonald

On Halloween Eve at the hour of eight, the members of the S.W.C. began to arrive at the home of Frank Nohr. There were twenty-four present, who were all ready to jump the tub of water when blindfolded to receive their badges, which were made up of the class colors of orange and green and were very pretty. After having received the badges we were ushered into two other rooms, which were decorated with class colors. Pennants of the class were hug all around in the different rooms. Streamers were nicely hung all about, jack-o'-lanterns and masks, the latter hung over the gas lamps, furnished the light for the evening. At 11:30 we were invited to the beautiful decorated dining room where the class motto, "We Mean Business" was hanging on one side of the table. A five course dinner was served by three young men waiters. Everybody enjoyed the evening and reported a good time.

The young people of the Emanual church of the Evangelistic association, two miles southwest of Anselm, met at the home of Mr. Schunk to organize an adult buble class. Officers were elected as follows: President, Ira Herzberg; vice-president, Will Jaster; secretary, Clara Nohr; treasurer, Will Schunk; teacher, Rev. A.F. Herzberg. Four committees were appointed, executive committee, membership committee, social committee, devotional committee. Class name - "Soul Winning Class." Class motto - "We Mean Business." A great interest is being manifested in the class, everybody is a worker and working. All the committees are busy trying to do their best. The attendance of the class has increased greatly. The average attendance before organized was about ten, now we have an attendance of eighteen to twenty-two every Sunday. Prospects are good for many more. All are working to fill the class room which will hold about forty. We give a cordial invitation to those who do not attend an other Sunday school, to come and get acquainted and join our large and working class.
November 27:
Jake Muth, who has been in Montana the last two months, was visiting in this vicinity last week.

Mrs. August Nelson, of Minneapolis, arrived last week, Wednesday, and is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. Buss.
December 4:
Ed Buss spent a few days with Ed Wall.
December 11:
The first monthly program of the Alpha Omega given at Casey School No. 2 Friday evening December 5th was well rendered. The debate, "Resolved that the schools of North Dakota should be consolidated," was well given. The judges voted in favor of the affirmative.
December 18:
Pleasant Prairie: Philip Nohr and Clarence Peters are at Forest Junction, Wis., on a visit with relatives and friends.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Felix Hauer's Certificates from St. Joseph's

Felix Hauer's First Communion
signed by Rev. Johann F. Friedland
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detail from framed marriage certificate of Felix Hauer and Elizabeth Schulte
signed by Rev. B.J. Wermers
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These ornate documents belonged to my great-grandfather, Felix Hauer, who attended St. Joseph's Church, located at 1828 Jay Street in Detroit. The church itself is quite ornate and I was able to learn a lot about it online. Here are some web pages worth visiting:
  • a great slideshow of St. Joseph's Church, beginning with a little visual history of the church followed by stunning photos of the interior of the building
  • various aspects of St. Joseph's parish history, including a bit about Germans in Detroit
  • St. Joseph's is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Registration Form (in PDF format) includes an extremely detailed description of the entire building, followed by an equally detailed and very interesting history of the church and its people. A map of the parish complex is included.
  • A bit of social history from a different perspective adds another dimension to an understanding of the times.
  • And because I need to inquire about some records one of these days, here is the current mailing address.

Update, 24 November 2009:

Jasia has posted a poem about St. Joseph's at Creative Gene. Her post includes a slide show of her own spectacular photo tour of the church.

Carnival of Genealogy: The Creative Gene

Who Inherited the Creative Gene in your family? That's the question at the Carnival of Genealogy, 25th Edition. You'll find a lot of great answers posted today at Creative Gene.

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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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