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!