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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

118 Years Ago Today: Schulte-Hauer Marriage

An evening reception had been planned, but Joseph Hauer, father of the groom, died June 6.

At my dad's house quite awhile ago, in the basement where, I'm sorry to say, all things archival have been buried for ages (yes! pictures too! feel my pain!), I happened upon a large manila envelope stuffed with greeting cards that my grandpa Rosmer Kerr had given to my grandma Evelyn during the many years of their marriage. Evelyn had even identified the contents as such on the front of the envelope.

I may have peeked at one or two of the cards. Most were still in their own little envelopes. It didn't seem like a motherlode of genealogical information or family history, just a big pack of sentimentality, and if you've been here before, you know I've had much bigger fish to fry from the archival pool in the basement. So back into the cupboard went the manila envelope full of greeting cards.

I happened to be at my dad's the other day waiting for an electrician, and since my sister had taken Dad shopping, I had nothing to do so I brought the greeting cards up and commenced going through them one by one, taking each from its envelope to have a look.

Amidst the greeting cards, tucked into one of the envelopes, I was stunned to find that several real treasures were stowed, including the one above, an invitation to the 1893 wedding of Evelyn's parents, Felix Hauer and Elizabeth Schulte.

Let this be a lesson to you, my genea-friends... make no assumptions! Go through everything!

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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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