Sunday, April 26, 2009
Today is the anniversary of my mothers death, she died in 1995. She was born in Altona, Germany in 1923. My grandfather Willi Schridde and grandmother Anna Bartels came to this country in 1926. Gerda was four when she came. She remembered the ride on the ship. She said she could remember being on the deck eating a lollypop and a bee tried to land on it. Gerda also said she remembered seeing dolphins jumping in the ocean. When she landed at Ellis Island she had a cold and her mother told her "Don't cough they will send us back."
My mother died fourteen years ago. She had two primary malignancies. The first was colon cancer, which was found early and considered a cure. The second was colangiocarcinoma, cancer of the bile duct, it was located just below the liver. This type is very rare, just about 1% of all malignancies. It was inoperable because of the location. The life expectancy was up to one year. With the modern techniques, the gastroenterologist inserted a stent into the bile duct, which then was able to drain the bile from the liver. Gerda lived four years and her quality of life was good, she only had a bit of pain the last month or two and she took some Tylenol with Codeine.
It has been fourteen years and we still miss her very much.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
After having some anguish with my computer I am happy that I am now up and running.
Today I went to the Carnegie Library to work on my marriages…I was looking for my Great Grandfather, Thomas Dowd’s sisters marriage. I found Catherine Dowd.
Catherine married Thomas Mulroy on October 27, 1892. They were both born in Ireland and were twenty five when they got married. I talked to my daughter about that was considered to be “old” or a first marriage. Emily said Catherine was just probably “Picky” and waited for the right man. Who knows, maybe she was.
They were both living in Port Perry, PA, which was in Allegheny County PA, it was a town on the confluence of Turtle Creek and the Monongahela River.
There was just a question on one of my Roots Web list this week and I was surprised to find I had ancestors who lived there.
I had taken some pictures of the microfilmed documents. I have to download them and see if I was successful, what I probably needed was a tripod.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
This is a picture of my Great Aunt Anne. She was born 10 November 1875. She was the eldest of the O’Rourke children. I had this picture with my dads things. My newly found cousin Joanne, was able to tell me who it was because Anne was her grandmother.
She was married first to Charles Forgie, He died at an early age. She had one son to Mr. Forgie I have to find out how he died. Then she married to Peter Zentner and they had five children. The child above is her first Zentner child, Leo. Mr. Zentner died early also. Anne’s other children were William, Mary, Ellen and Rita. They are all gone now and I remember them all.
The photo must have been in a round picture frame. I like the velvet choker and her Gibson Girl upsweep. If you look closely it appears that there was someone else in the photo. I wonder who it was and why they were removed?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
This is a picture of my grandmother, Gertrude O’Rourke, brother William. He was born in 1888 and died in 1979.
This picture is an old photo. The original has sort of a metallic sheen and is very reflective. I do not know what it is made from.
Uncle Bill never married, he stayed at home to take care of his mother and father. After they died he stayed with his two sisters Mary O’Rourke and Gertrude O’Rourke Dowd. Gertrude got married a second time to Pete Graham and after his death moved in with Bill and Mary.
The one thing I remember about Uncle Bill is one summer I was staying with my grandmother for a week and in the evening we would sit on the porch and he would listen to the Pittsburgh Pirates. If they were on TV he would watch them. At the beginning of one game the started to play the Star Spangled Banner. He rose from his seat and held his hand over his heart while they played. Being about ten or twelve I found this extremely funny. He also would call my dads car the “machine.”
When he got to be a senior citizen my dad told him he should get a flu shot. He refused to do that because he said they were putting something in it to kill the old people. This was the Hong Kong flu season. Well, into the season some old people started to die from the flu, including some who had the shot. Uncle Bill said “See, I told you.”
This is a picture of Uncle Bill in 1958 holding my sister Kathy. Uncle Bill spent his like working at a soft drink bottling plant and then for Westinghouse in their electric shop.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I read a blogging idea written by Amy at WE TREE about thing to write if you if you run out of ideas. I am always looking for ideas, and she had many listed. It may keep me busy for the year.
This is a picture of my great grandparents. Heinrich Theodor Fredrick Schridde and Anna Meta Margarethe Hackmann. The man in the back in his German WW I uniform is my grandfather Willi Schridde. He was born in Quickborn Germany in 1898. I was writing to a gentleman who had the Schridde name in his family tree and he helped me by contacting the authorities in Quickborn and I was able to get the name of my great grandparents. They did not live in that town and left a little while after Willi was born. I will be forever thankful to him for helping me find their names.
We think the families are related but it must have been generations ago.
Willi had five sisters, Johanna, Una, Mina, Dina and Lily. Lily married Herr Clausen. I have some water color prints by Helmut Clausen. I do not know if that was her husband or son. The ironic thing about that is I also like to paint watercolors. Johanna was listed as a witness at my grandparents wedding.
I know the sisters names but not who they were. This is a mystery I would love to solve. I found this picture at my sister Kathy’s house a few years ago. She said it was out great grandparents and our mother had given it to her. I had to have a copy.
It is my hope sometime someone in Germany will recognize the people and contact me about the family.
I have been wondering why there were two markers with P. O’Rourke. The second one actually has my great grandparents names on them. Was the P. O’Rourke a stone from long ago, then why the second? Patrick was the last to die so his children had to buy both.
Is it because this could be the place where the missing children are buried. I know of Loretta, Dennis and there were two others according to the census records…I do not know their names…..could one be another son Patrick? The bottom stone looks much older than the one with both names on it.
This is another enigma in my search.