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.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Detroit's Tribulations, 1945-Style

My earliest Detroit ancestors, great-great-great grandparents Johann and Maria Wolfschlager and their family, arrived at the Port of New York on August 16, 1845. Consequently, they were not listed in James H. Wellings' 1845 Directory of the City of Detroit.  Nevertheless, the front matter in this directory--Wellings says it was only the second ever published--provides an interesting contemporary picture of the city they would soon arrive in.

My tenth grade history teacher, Mr. Oglesby, posted a Santayana quotation on our classroom door: "Those who learn nothing from history are doomed to repeat it." And while I must admit I really didn't learn a whole lot of history, Santayana's piece of advice (along with the Oglesby concept of a double entendre) has certainly stuck with me though the years. It came to mind as I read Wellings' Preface, in which he also shared a quotation: "They that will be rich, fall into temptation and a snare." Apparently Detroit was not without its share of troubles even in the early days.

Really, it's too bad Kwame Kilpatrick didn't have Mr. Oglesby for history class.

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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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