Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bitter Sweet Memories, The History of a Family Home

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

Yesterday, four years to the day of Man's mother's passing, the family home was sold.

There is no doubt it was bitter sweet.  Man's parents purchased the home, brand spanking new, in 1952, four years later, we have this photo.  That is Man and his Mother on the front porch.

About five years later, Man's father built a detached garage, framing in place.

The finished garage, although, not sure there are windows??  Do love the clothes line in the foreground, don't you?

About 1970, photo from old slide.  Shutters gone, house had been painted white.  Seems Man's father liked to take photos of the house in the winter/snow.

About 1980, window and porch awnings have been added, new screen door, new siding, eagle on the peak.  Interesting, there is what looks like a step ladder on the ground, wonder if that was used for installation of the eagle?

Since 1980 new shrubbery was planted, and it too has grown large. New windows were installed, new doors.  The last photo, taken yesterday after the closing.  Our last drive by.

Man lived in this home from the time he was about 4 or 5 till he left for college.  We stayed there a few times for weeks and/or months when we were "between" homes, like when he was in boot camp, or traveling to Morocco.

We brought our first born son home to this house after his birth.  Man's mother gave him baths in the kitchen sink.  Awww.  (Note the platex bottle system in the background.)

We celebrated births, deaths, and a marriage or two at this home.  There are many memories, family visits, sad and happy.

This was Man's family home for well over 60 years.

Yesterday was bitter sweet.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 30, Laura Mary Catherine Sonntag Pickleman Steinbach

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 30 of my participation Amy Johnson Crow's, once a week challenge to blog about one ancestor a week, tell their story, biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on that one ancestor. More about the challenge can be found at her Blog, No Story Too Small.

Laura Mary Catherine Sonntag was born April 18, 1898 at Brookfield Township, Huron County, Michigan to John Andrew Ernest Sonntag and his wife Mary (nee Gerth) Sonntag.

Photo of Laura provided by Man's mother.

Laura was a cousin of Man's mother.  Millie had fond memories of Laura when they were young, so she asked me to find out what happened to Laura.  Some research hours later I was happy to provide her with the facts.

Laura married Erwin C. Pickleman on June8, 1919 at Kilmanaugh, Huron County, Michigan.  The image of their marriage record as recorded in Huron County has been digitally edited, no facts have been changed.  The record comes from a 2 page record book, page 2 is the bottom half of this image.

Wedding photo of Laura and Edwin courtesy of  Erma Kuehn Callahan (now deceased).

Laura and Edwin had five children that I have recorded in my data base:

1.)  Edwin J. Pickleman
2.)  Lucinda M. Pickleman
3.)  Marie E. Pickleman
4.)  Harley C. Pickleman
5.)  Loretta E. Pickleman

Edwin died in 1944.  Laura married second, John A. Steinbach (also found spelled Steinbeck) on June 17, 1950 (place not known at this time.)

Laura died on August 4, 1954 at Saginaw County, Michigan.

Laura's obituary appeared in the Thursday, August 8, 1954 issue of The Saginaw News, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan:
     "Steinbach, Mrs. Laura M.
     5465 (or 5463) State Street
     Wife of John A. Steinbach, passed away suddenly at St. Luke's Hospital at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday.   Age 56 years, Laura M. Sonntag was born April 18, 1898, in Huron County, and was married there to Erwin Pickelman, June 1, 1919.  Shortly after their marriage they came to Saginaw.  Mr. Pickelman passed away Sept 18, 1944.  On June 17, 1950, she was married to Mr. Steinbach.   The deceased was a member of Peace Lutheran Church and its Ladies Guild.  Besides her husband, she leaves three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Jack A. Thompson, Mrs. Stewart Spyker, Mrs. Richard Collison, Harley C. and Edwin J. Pickelman, all of Saginaw; five grandchildren; also one brother, Leonard Sonntag, Lennox, Mich.; her step-mother, Mrs. John Sonntag, Sebewaing.  Funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church. Rev. Lorenz Weber and Rev. Lorenze Speckman will officiate with burial in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Case Chapel after 10 a.m. Friday until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and from 1 p.m. Saturday until time of service at the church."

Laura's Find A Grave memorial is found here, you can see a photo of her headstone there.  She was buried at Bethelehem Lutheran Cemetery, Saginaw Township, Saginaw County, Michigan on August 7, 1954.

Wish list for Laura:  Copy of her second marriage.  Further information about her second husband, he may be connected to this researchers data base in more than one relationship.  His death data has not been found, there is a headstone for him with no end date at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.

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