Friday, January 16, 2009

Schridde Family

Schridde Grandparents 

Since yesterday I had written about my mothers birthday I decided to publish a picture of a Family Portrait.  My mother looks to be about two in the picture so I can estimate this was taken c. 1924-1926.   I would think it was before they emigrated to the USA.  I wonder if it was taken to give to the families as a remembrance because they were going to the USA?

I really do not know much about my grandfather.   I have always felt a little cheated in life since I did not know either of my grandfathers.   My fathers father died in 1921, I guess my father did not know him either.   My father said the only thing his father did right was not to let his mother call him fathers name was Thomas, I have to admit I like Thomas better.

My grandfather above died in 1937.  He was closing the attic windows in an August storm when lightening struck  the chimney and killed him.   That is very sad.  

I know nothing about Willi’s family although I have a picture of them.  That is a treasure in itself.   I found most of my information on my ancestors on this side of the Atlantic but very little on the family in Europe. 

At the beginning of my research I did not know my great grandparents names but I did manage to find them.  I have to keep on looking.   I have posted on lists and hope that someday someone will respond to my inquiry.

Above Anna Maria Johanna Bartels Schridde, Willi Schridde, Gerda Schridde Dowd

1 comment:

  1. I'm wondering if you might have any idea if the name "Bartels" is very common? My step-mother, who was from Nebraska, had a grandmother whose maiden name was Bartels. She was born in the US, but her father was said to have been born in Marbeck, Germany, which is probably in Hesse.

    You can see pictures of her on Find a Grave:

    Laura (Bartels) Bringewatt