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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: Evelyn Kerr, Family Historian

That Evelyn! If I could time-travel, I'd go back to about 1920 and take her a 3" binder full of blank family group sheets and pedigree charts. She would have loved that! Instead, to keep track of family history, she used stray bits of paper and whatever little blank books came her way--address books, pocket datebooks, memo pads... and I've come upon yet another one.

This time it's a little 1943 organizer with all three functions--weekly pages for appointments, a memoranda section, and some address pages. In the back there are maps and handy informational charts, and at the front, several pages give details about General Electric--addresses of their warehouses and offices, sales graphs and such--as this little book bears the GE logo on the front and was surely something the company gave to its employees. It measures slightly over 3" x 4 " and is about three-eighths of an inch thick.

I don't know when or how the book came into my grandma's hands--I don't know that she ever worked for GE--but it doesn't surprise me that she ultimately converted it to her own purpose. And, as it turns out, mine!

At the front of the book, she Scotch-Taped death notices clipped from Detroit newspapers. The images below are high-resolution. If you wish to print an image or read a clipping directly, first click on it to enlarge it, then right-click and select View Image, then click it again to really enlarge it. I'll also transcribe the clippings and add notes in brackets following each transcription.

1. Mr. and Mrs. George Corneilson, of 116 Townsend avenue, announce the engagement of their daughter, Evelyn E. Hauer, to Rosmer P. Kerr, the marriage to take place at the bride's home, June 12. [Evelyn noted the year below the clipping, 1916.]

2. IN MEMORY of Baby Mary June Kerr, who died three years ago today. She lived only two days on earth when Jesus called her home again, but we can't forget her. --Her Mother and Father, Evelyn and Rosmer Kerr. [Evelyn's note: Born Mar 21 - 1918.]

3. HAUER, FELIX--In loving remembrance of our dear husband and father, who died 24 years ago, May 19, 1897. You are gone, dear Felix, but not forgotten, by your loving wife and daughter, Evelyn Kerr. [This memorial notice would have been published in 1921. Evelyn's note: Born Jan 5 - 1866. His tombstone, however, gives 1867 as his birth year. I believe the tombstone is correct, as his age at the time of his death was 30 years, 4 months, 14 days, according to the death certificate.]

4. CORNEILSON--Feb. 10, Elizabeth, aged 40 years, beloved wife of George Corneilson, better known as George Nelson. Notice of funeral later from residence, 116 Townsend ave. Deceased was a member of Mary C. Lodge, No. 59, Degree of Honor, A. O. U. W. [Evelyn's note: His first wife -. George Corneilson's second wife, Evelyn's mother, was also named Elizabeth. The house at 116 Townsend Avenue is the one where my Auntie Marceline was born and where she lived for her entire life.]

5. SCHULTE--Oct. 16, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. George Corneilson, 534 Townsend, age 78 years, Joseph, beloved father of Rudolph M. and Theodore M. Schulte, Mrs. George Corneilson (nee Elizabeth), Mrs. Ida Gregory. Funeral Wednesday 2 o'clock from residence. [Evelyn's note: Died 1921 Born 1843.]

6. [This is a duplicate of no. 3 above. However, this time Evelyn has noted the correct birth date, Jan. 5, 1867.]

7. HAUER--Anthony, April 2, age 49 years, beloved husband of Hattie and dear father of Arthur, Mrs. Theo. Green and Joseph, Harvey and Norville. Funeral from late residence, 488 Orleans st., Thursday, 2 p.m. Interment German Lutheran cemetery, via La Bell funeral [Anthony Hauer was a brother of Felix. I believe he was born in March 1869. If that's correct, this notice would have been published in 1918. His wife was Hattie Shields. Their daughter's name was Lillie. ]

8. CORNEILSON--July 9, 1906, at the residence of his son-in-law, John T. Persman, 528 Bellevue ave., Theodore Corneilson, age 64 years. Funeral Thursday at 8:15 a.m. from house, and at 9 a.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows church. [Evelyn's note: Born 1842. According to the 1900 census, where his first name was listed as Thomas, he was born in December 1841.]

9. IN MEMORIAM. In loving remembrance of Theodore Corneilson, who departed this life three years ago, the 9th of July, 1906. Gone but not forgotten. His geloved [sic] son and family. GEORGE T. CORNEILSON.

10. SCHULTE--On Monday, Jan. 14, 1:45 a.m., at her residence, 952 Concord, Julia A. Schulte, aged 37 years (nee Feucht), dearly beloved wife of Rudolph M. Schulte and dear mother of Elmer, sister of Elizabeth Pospishl, Rose Feucht, Mrs. Stahl, Mrs. Engel and Charles, George and John Feucht. Funeral Wednesday at 1:30 from residence to St. Mark's Lutheran church, corner St. Aubin and Maple. [Evelyn's note: Born 1866, Died 1903. A quick check at Two Sides of the Ocean, where Cheryl Schulte has written about her great-grandmother Julia, confirmed my suspicion. Evelyn was off by four years. Julia was actually born in 1870 and died in 1907.]

11. SCHULTE--Aurelia Evelyn, beloved child of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Schulte. Funeral from residence, 1220 Bellevue ave., Wednesday, 2 p.m. [Evelyn's note: 9 months old. I don't know the date. However, Theodore Schulte and Bertha Emig were married in 1908 and their first child Gerald was born 19 May 1909. Aurelia was doubtless named after Bertha's sister.]

12. MAYER--At her mother's residence, 341 Brady st., April 23, 1907, 10:30 a.m., Mary Mayer, wife of the late Jacob Mayer, daughter of Mrs. F. Haner ad dear mother of Arthur and Irene Mayer, aged 36 years. Funeral Friday at 8 a.m. from house and 8:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart church. [Evelyn's note: Born in 1871. April 17th, according to my records. The death notice is incorrect. Mary's mother was Theresa Hauer, not Mrs. F. Haner. Mary was a sister of Felix Hauer.]

13. ROSS--At residence, 1115 Hamilton ave., Evelyn, aged 5 years, beloved daughter of William and Irene Ross; dear sister of Eleanor and Lorain. [Evelyn's note: Born 1915. She also dated the clipping Dec 19 - 20; that is, 19 December 1920. Irene Ross was the daughter of Mary Mayer, above.]

14. CONRAD--Jan. 4, 1921, at his late residence, 8305 Harper ave. (old number 1651), Adam, beloved husband of Johana and dear father of Mrs. Charles Schweitzer, Mrs. Walter Genso, Oscar, Irving, Edward and Virginia Conrad, William, Viola, Mildred, Leona and Dorothy Lawrence. Funeral Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from residence, and to Calvary Lutheran Church, Holcomb and Chapin aves., at 2 o'clock. Interment at German Lutheran Cemetery. [I believe Mr. Conrad was related to the husband of a Hauer descendant. Someday I may try to figure out how!]

15. GREGORI--March 9, Elizabeth, beloved daughter of Frank and of the late Ida Gregori, dear sister of Mrs. Minnie Tracy, Josephine and Marco. Funeral from residence, 2169 Alfred st., Saturday at 8:30, and at San Francesco's Church, 9 a.m. Interment at Mt. Elliott Cemetery. [Evelyn's note: Died 1926 - Born 1910. These dates may be wrong. Elizabeth may have been born as early as 1908 and died in 1925. I'll need to research this. In addition, the death notice contains an error. Mrs. Tracy's name was Mamie, not Minnie.]

16. KRAEMER--April 27, 1927, at her residence, 8621 Harper ave., Josephine (nee Hauer), loving wife of Peter, loving mother of Mrs. L. Schweizer, Mrs. W. Genso, Ervin, Oscar, Edward, Harold, Antonette and Dorothy. Funeral Monday from above residence at 9:30 o'clock; St. Thomas church at 10 o'clock. Interment, Mt. Olivet cemetery. [Josephine was a sister of Felix Hauer.]

17. MELCHER--Nov. 20, 1928, Catherine, beloved wife of Joseph, dear mother of Frank, Walter, Marie, Catherine and Charles, sister of Sophia Pietz. Funeral from residence, 3978 St. Clair ave., Friday at 8:30 a.m., St. Bernard Church at 9. Please omit flowers. [Catherine was the youngest sister of Felix Hauer, and Sophia Pietz was the eldest.]

18. SCHWEIZER--March 22, 1921, at Providence Hospital, Harold, beloved and darling son of Charles and Lillian Schweizer and dear brother of Mildred. Funeral Thursday morning at 9:30 from the residence of his uncle, 3645 Farnsworth ave. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. [Again, I am not sure about the relationships here. See no. 14 and no. 16 and you will understand why.]

There were a couple more death notices but I'll save them for a later post.

The next several pages in this little book are devoted to names of various relatives with their dates of birth and/or death. I believe Evelyn may have written these from memory--there were three errors on the first page alone, so I won't include the images here. Next comes a section of unused pages with one or two name-and-date pages in the middle somewhere.

On the last few pages before the maps, Evelyn wrote a chronology of the houses she'd lived in. We'll look at those in a later post also. It's a good little timeline, and it answers some questions I've had.


Lisa Swanson Ellam said...

What a wonderful treasure! Evelyn left you a gold mine of information!

GrannyPam said...

How interesting, and a great way to save things. To bad about the scotch tape, but that was so common. We came across a book in an old estate which had serials from the newspaper glued onto the pages. That's right, every one, week after week, pasted onto the pages of an old book. Interesting way to scrapbook, I'd say.

Joan said...

i believe that Evelyn left a treasure hunt for you ---- certainly she left treasures.

Kathy said...

What a great treasure your grandmother left you. I am sure she is smiling now seeing all your work and you including hers!

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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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