Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Charles and Alwine Dietrich

This is the tombstone of my Great Tante Alwine (All vina)   I did not know of her existence until last May when my sister and I went on a trek to the cemetery.

It seems that Alwine and her sisters Emma, Ella, and Minna emigrated to the USA in the late 19th and early 20th century.  I also found their nephew August (my grandmothers brother) and a brother of Alwine named William.

Why did they leave and why did my great grandfather Daniel and his wife Maria Korbach not come with his siblings?

And the biggest WHY question, why did my mother Gerda Schridde Dowd not mention that the family was here?   Perhaps she did and I do not remember.   I do remember that she said her grandfathers sisters all died of cancer, but I thought they were in Germany…

That will remain a mystery.


1 comment:

  1. Those things can certainly drive you crazy, can't they?

    I really like the color of this stone. Very unusual!