Friday, December 16, 2016

A Shared December 16th Birthday.....

...from Grandmother - to Granddaughter - to Granddaughter...

Genealogy is much more than a compilation of names and dates and places.  While those facts are very important, adding a human touch to the lives of those researched makes the search all the more interesting - for the genealogist and the readers.

Today is December 16th.  This would be the 176th birthday of my 2nd great-grandmother, Emilie Friederike Rott, who was born December 16, 1840 in Borntuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern.   

During the years of my research I easily found Emilie's birthdate from US records but recently was able to find her actual birth record due to the release of church book records from Borntuchen.  This record, as shown below, was proof positive of Emilie's birth, listing her parents and sponsors as well.  It was a welcome piece of data for my research.
Birth Record of Emilie Friederike Rott
December 16, 1840
Borntuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern, Germany

Emilie was to marry Albert Ludwig Kramp and she gave birth to 11 children before she immigrated to the US where she settled in Berrien County, Michigan.  Her children were all to immigrate as well - some of the older children immigrated first and Emilie followed with her younger children following the death of her husband, Albert.
Ernst & Emilie (Rott Kramp) Zorr
Emilie's second husband
Stevensville, Michigan, ca 1910

Emilie's oldest son was Robert Ernst Kramp.  He and his wife were to have several children and their daughter, Agnes Friederike Kramp, was born on her grandmother, Emilie's, birthday of December 16, 1890.

Today I was reminded of this birthday of Agnes in a very special way.  My own grandmother had what was called a "birthday book".  When she received the book in the early 1940's she had her friends and family members write their names and year of birth in the book on the specific date of their birthday.  This last year I have been looking at that book each day, noting whose birthday was listed for each day.  Today when I looked at the book I saw that Agnes had written her name and year of birth in her own hand and I was reminded that this date was also her grandmother Emilie's birthday and marveled at the coincidence.
Entry made by Agnes Kramp Kolberg
in birthday book of
Ella Kolberg Kijak

Agnes certainly knew her grandmother, Emilie, as they lived in the same small area of Berrien County and perhaps they often discussed that they shared the same birthday. It would also appear that they shared the same middle name perhaps making Agnes one of Emilie's favorites of her many grandchildren.  Agnes was 31 when her grandmother, Emilie, passed away so it is very likely that they shared many visits together.
Agnes Kramp Kolberg
Stevensville, Michigan

Now a grandmother and granddaughter sharing a birthday is unique but this story is not done.  

As a Facebook follower I noted today that when I logged into Facebook a notice popped up that today was the birthday of my cousin, Mary.  The significance of this is even more unique when I realized that Mary IS the granddaughter of Agnes and the great-great granddaughter of Emilie.  

From grandmother to granddaughter to granddaughter - from December 16, 1840 to December 16, 1890 to December 16, 19__ (I won't divulge Mary's birth year), three directly linked women have shared the same birthday.  What a special connection for all three.

Now will the trend continue?  That remains to be seen!!!

Copyright (c) 2016, Cheryl J. Schulte

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

75 Years Ago Today.....

...Melbourne Schulte, Sr. and Virginia Reske were married!

To honor the memory of my very special aunt and uncle I am presenting this display of their many years together.  They first met in approximately 1939 when Mel was ushering at the Rialto Theatre on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.  The story goes that he saw Virginia sitting watching the movie and shone his flashlight on her making note of her gorgeous legs.  The rest is history.

They were married on November 15, 1941 in a double ceremony at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit.  Their marriage continued for just shy of 70 years with the death of Virginia on September 5, 2011.  Mel lived for a short time after and he passed away on April 9, 2013.

They were a wonderful aunt and uncle to me and Mel was additionally my loyal and loving godfather.  On each telephone conversation I had with them over the last 20 or more years of their lives he would always start the conversation by saying "this is your godfather calling" and this connection was very special to me.

Today on what would have been their 75th wedding anniversary I present this cavalcade of photos of their life together:
Prior to marriage - ca 1940
Wedding Day, November 15, 1941
The Bride on her Wedding Day, November 15, 1941
Awaiting the birth of their son, ca 1943
Proud parents with their son, Melbourne, Jr., ca 1944
Aunt Virginia with Me ! (Cheryl), 1949
Aunt Virginia with son Melbourne, Jr. and Me! (Cheryl), 1949
ca 1950
Dancing in approximately 1957
Partying in approximately 1960
Family photo for a church directory, ca 1961
A party in approximately 1970
Nice photo from approximately 1975
Card playing, a frequent past-time, April, 1981
Relaxing, ca 1994
At their home in Arizona, 2006

Copyright (c) 2016, Cheryl J. Schulte

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Letter From The Front - 1918

In honor of Veteran's Day, 2016 - though I will admit it was a few days ago - I thought a post on my paternal grandfather's service in WWI would be appropriate.

Elmer Meyer Schulte was born on August 4, 1894 in Detroit, Michigan and by the time of WWI he was eligible for the draft.  As required he did complete a draft registration form as shown below.  While no year of registration is shown, I can only assume the date would have been June 5, 1917 as he listed himself as single and at that time he certainly had not yet been married.

He was, however, dating a young girl named Ella Wellhausen and the thought of being away from her while in the service of his country was daunting.  He was called up for service soon after registering and sent to Waco, Texas for training in the United States Army, Company D, 125th Infantry, 63rd Brigade of the 32nd Infantry of the Red Arrow Division.  Here is his scroll from that service which shows him as a Private 1st Class.  Also in that division was a Corporal, Edwin H. Herz who just happened to be a first cousin of Elmer's girlfriend, Ella.  Perhaps it was through Ed Herz that Elmer and Ella met though I don't know that for a fact.

Once down in Texas Elmer notified Ella that his division was getting ready to ship off to France.  Up in Detroit, Ella and her aunt, Helena Herz (mother of Edwin) discussed this situation.  They decided to go down to Waco, Texas to see the boys off to France and Ella's mother and father gave their consent.  Though Ella was already 21 it was still customary that her parents give their permission on such travels at least in the strict Wellhausen family.  While in Texas, however, Elmer and Ella decided to marry and on Christmas Eve, 1917 they were married at the First Lutheran Church in Waco, Texas.

Ella and her aunt returned to Detroit and to the surprise of Ella's parents she was coming back now as Ella Schulte, wife of Private 1st Class, Elmer Schulte!

During the next months letters flowed back and forth between Elmer and his new bride, Ella.  On August 4, 1918 (which happened to be Elmer's 24th birthday) he wrote a letter to his bride explaining that he had been wounded in the war and was now recuperating in a Base Hospital in France.  This letter was later published in the local Detroit paper under the heading "At the Front" complete with the gap where the censors cut out some text:
The above article, now nearly 100 years old, is faint, yellowed and hard to decipher, therefore, I will translate the text below:

At The Front:

Mrs. Elmer M. Schulte received an interesting letter from her husband, Private Elmer M. Schulte, telling of his experience at the front.

Base Hospital 44, August 4th, '18.

My dear W_______:

No doubt you will be surprised to hear that I am in the Base Hospital suffering from shell shock.  Well now I will tell you a little about my experience, if the censors will let you read it.  You perhaps have read in the papers that we were at that front.  Well the last one was rather more lively.  For three nights we hiked layed over in some woods at day time.  The food we had was what we carried that was three boxes of hard tack and a can of condensed beef.  Well you can imagine how long that lasts.  What water we had was what we could find in puddles and ditches.  The night we hiked to the front we had our gas masks on nearly all the way, and believe me its not very comfortable marching with those on.  It was nearly midnight when we got there and talk about tired.  I could have slept most any place.  But we had to get busy and make our dug out for protection from the shells.  After working for about two hours, we got the order to go out on a patrol.  Seven of us volunteered to go.  We were out but a short time when we heard something behind a bush.  We fired three shots and out jumped a Boche yelling "Kamerad, American".  Well the first thing we did was to search him.  He started to talk French and German and tried to make us believe he was a Frenchman.  But we did not listen to that.  I'd liked to have did worse to him.  Well we found a pair of spy glasses and some papers which are of some value to us.  We then took him prisoner.  Well by this time it was getting daylight____________________________________

____________________front of me and exploded.  Well that was all I knew until I got to the first aid, being brought there by some of the boys under heavy artillery.  From there I was taken to a Base Hospital.  But the aeroplanes kept trying to bomb the hospital.  Then we were all taken away from there to Base Hospital No. 44 where I am now getting along quite well.  The right side of my face scratched and bruised.  I was deaf for about three hours after the explosion and my eyes bother me so I think there was gas in the shell.  We sure do get treated fine here in the hospital.  Have also received my six months service stripe.  I am anxious to get back with the boys again.  Well I must close as I have told you about all I dare.  Haven't heard from you in nearly six weeks.  And sure getting anxious.

Good-bye.  Regards to all,
Your husband, Elmer

(Note:  Text is translated identically as written; a "Boche" is slang for a German soldier).

 Elmer would later receive the Purple Heart for his service in WWI and I am honored to have that medal and all of his war time medals including the scroll from his Red Arrow Division.

As an interesting aside to this piece of history, three years after they were married their first son, Melbourne Meyer Schulte was born.  This son was given the name Melbourne in honor of the Captain of Elmer's Brigade "Milburn H. Hawks". 

Copyright (c) 2016, Cheryl J. Schulte

A Genealogy Challenge

Here I am - just 3 years after my last post.  I'm sure all of my multitudes of readers have been wondering why there have been no continuing posts to this blog.

Well in reality there is probably just ONE reader to my blog (right cousin, TK?) but she has recently gently chastised me for my lack of posting and she has issued me a challenge.

Challenge - "Let's each take 5 genealogy items per day that need computerizing - photos, documents, etc and scan, save, post as necessary.  If we do this, then in 5 days we would have 25 items computerized".

Sure that sounds easy enough and I will say that this morning by 10 am she had already done her 5 items.  I must add, though, in my defense that she does get up by 5:30 in the morning and she, therefore, has a large head start on me.

But I will give this a good try and have a post ready for publishing on my Schulte line.  Watch for it!

Copyright (c) 2016, Cheryl J. Schulte 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Family Rott...Part One


If we take all the known surnames in our family and research them as best we can some will elicit more data than others.  While I have been highly successful with my research on my Colberg/Kolberg line progress on other lines comes more slowly.  If we are lucky something will appear on a line that is very exciting.

Such was my experience yesterday.  I have to confess that I had an interesting encounter that I can safely say few if any genealogists (or non-genealogists) have ever experienced before and  will probably not experience in the future either.  I had a delightful conversation with a woman in Minnesota who has the maiden name of Rott and whose father and grandfather were born in Borntuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern, Germany where my 2nd great grandmother, Emilie Rott, (mother of my great-grandmother Bertha Kramp Kolberg) was born.  The name is pronounced ROOT such as the root of a flower!

Now I can hear my readers saying to themselves "well great, Cheryl, but what makes you think we have not had similar experiences ourselves"?  The deciding factor in this statement is that the sweet lady I spoke with is 113 years old, fully cognitive and a pleasure to talk to.

Now how did this connection come about?  As often happens in our research an interesting tidbit will pop up here and there.  Such is what happened about 7 years ago when my cousin and fellow researcher, Sheila, told me that she had found a website of Trinity Lutheran Church of Audubon, Iowa that included a family history page.  In this family history page there was mention of various families that had originally immigrated to this part of Iowa from Borntuchen, Kreis Bütow including a woman, Anna Rott Stoehr, who at the time was 106 years old.  Sheila studied the web site, contacted the webmaster and subsequently had a conversation with Anna's son.  It was an interesting connection but at the time we had not uncovered that much about our Emilie Rott and we discussed the amazing life of a woman, who at 106 still lived independently on her farm, did all her own cleaning and cooking and was alert and cognitive.

Over the years Sheila would tell me that she had seen on the Internet that Anna was now 108, 110, etc and we would marvel over that.  Last fall Sheila told me that she had seen some articles again on Anna who was going to be 113 on October 15th.  She was listed as the oldest woman IN THE WORLD living independently and the oldest woman in Minnesota.  Here are a few of those articles:

a.  Article on her 112th birthday.

b.  Article in April, 2013 at the Minnesota Twins Lutheran Night.

c.  Article on her 113th birthday.

I decided to send Anna a birthday card and did.  A few weeks later I received a phone call from her oldest son and we had a lengthy conversation comparing names and data on our ancestors from Borntuchen.  We discovered that Anna's grandfather and my 2nd great-grandmother were both born in Borntuchen in the early 1840's and while there is no clear evidence at this time to connect our Rott ancestors it is highly possible.  During the conversation her son gave me Anna's phone number and told me that she would love to hear from me.  She had recently decided to give up independent living and had moved into an assisted living facility in Minnesota but still prepared two meals a day and did her own cleaning and laundry including baking her own bread!

I tried several times to call Anna but never received an answer.  Her son had told me that she is very busy with her activities at her assisted living facility, loves to play cards and hosts her "card club".  Yesterday afternoon I decided to give it another try and called Anna.

This time I was successful.  She answered the phone promptly and it was like talking to somebody 40 years younger.  She was pleased to hear from me, told me her son had talked to her about our previous conversation and she discussed her father and grandfather.  While she did not have much information on the early years of her ancestors she did know that they were from Borntuchen though she had never been there herself.  She was born in Iowa, lived in South Dakota and now in Minnesota and she told me she was a "prairie girl".  She inquired on my life, talked about the upcoming Christmas holidays and the weather.  She talked about her church and her activities there and how she was enjoying her new home.  She also said that she wished I could visit her and inquired as to where my home town was located in Michigan.  When I told her it was near to Chicago she said that was not all that far from her home in Minnesota.  She was just delightful and I enjoyed my time talking with her.

If for no other reason, it was a privilege to "meet" this delightful woman and spend some time talking with her.  She truly has a strong Christian faith which has seen her through the trials and tribulations of life and has blessed her with a long life and one which she is still able to enjoy.

In the realm of my genealogy research on my Rott family there will need to be further data that will allow me to, hopefully, connect my Rott family with that of Anna's.  New information on my Rott ancestry has become available the last few years which I will discuss in further posts in this series.

Copyright (c) 2013, Cheryl J. Schulte  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Family Kolberg/Colberg...Part Eleven


The amazing story of my Kolberg ancestors continues with Part Eleven.  It is hard for me to fathom that I have been able to have as much success with this line as I have and to have been able to continually find information to allow this series to grow.

One of the roadblocks in this research has always been the varying way that the surname has been spelled.  There has been no rhyme or reason as to why sometimes the name will be spelled with a "C" as in Colberg and other times with a "K" as in Kolberg.  I have found old records, from the late 1700's and early 1800's where children in one family have been listed with both spellings.  While I originally thought the name was always with a "C" and was changed when my great-grandfather, August, and his brothers, Heinrich, Otto, Paul and Ferdinand, immigrated to the US that wasn't accurate either.  These variances in spelling have made the search more difficult but certainly not impossible.

As my story has unfolded through the past 10 episodes I have shared how I was able to successfully research my great-grandfather's life and those of five of his six brothers - again, Heinrich, Johann, Otto, Paul and Ferdinand.  However, brother Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. and his life has eluded me. 

In the sequence of children born to my 2nd great-grandparents, Friedrich-Wilhelm Colberg, Sr. and Henriette Amalie Kautz, son Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. was their second son and the first child of theirs to survive childhood.  Family documents here in Michigan seemed to indicate that Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. had inherited the Colberg family farm in Klein Tuchen and he had remained in Klein Tuchen for his life.  This practice was quite common with the eldest son inheriting the family property and that story seemed logical.  It made sense as well that 5 of the brothers would take their chances by immigrating to the US while brother, Johann, chose to settle in Berlin.  However, family stories (while helpful and interesting) are not always accurate and the story of the life of Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. did not include a life on the family farm in Klein Tuchen nor a life in Klein Tuchen at all.

To flesh out this story and find further data on Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. was a journey that I could not take all on my own.  Without the unbelievable help of three researchers, two in this country and one in Germany, I would not have been able to finally fill in most of the gaps on this brother of my great-grandfather.

Special thanks must go to a wonderful researcher in Germany, Marion H, who helped me find more than I could ever hope to find on my own as well as researcher and cousin, David M, in Arizona and a long time research friend, Steve M, in Illinois.  

To begin this story, at the outset of my research, I had the following basic information on Friedrich-Wilhelm Colberg, Jr.:

1.  Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. was born  28 Sep 1852 in Klein Tuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern, the second son of Friedrich-Wilhelm Colberg, Sr. and Henriette Amalie Kautz.  At the time of his birth, son #1 Albert Johan Carl Colberg was still living at age 1 1/2 but he would pass away in 1863 at the age of 12.

2.  Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. was baptized on 3 Oct 1852 at the Evangelische Kirche, Groß Tuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern.

3.  Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. remained in Klein Tuchen his entire life with his family which included a wife and 6 children and inherited the Colberg family farm upon the death of his father, Friedrich-Wilhelm, Sr., in 1900.

4.  A photo, taken in Bütow, Pommern, was shared with me with the caption on the back which read "Friedrich-Wilhelm Colberg, Sr. and wife with son, Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. and wife standing behind, 1898".

5.  Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. passed away in 1918 in Klein Tuchen, Bütow, Pommern.

The above information had been shared with me by two cousins of my grandmother, sisters Ruby Kolberg Berndt and Edna Kolberg, daughters of Paul Kolberg.  The information they possessed was from written notes that their father wrote of his life in Klein Tuchen and which they had inherited.

Some of the above information (#1, #2) proved to be accurate though parts were not (#3, #4, #5 ).  These are common occurrences with written memories; so helpful to have as starting points but not something that can be used as primary sources.

Over the years I tried to expand on this information but never really succeeded.  When I connected with cousin, Gerhard Kolberg, in Berlin he also had the above information from points 1 and 2 in his notes from his grandfather, brother Johann Colberg, but nothing further either.

With the interest in genealogy growing, the use of the Internet in the picture, a huge ongoing project to transcribe church books from the Pomeranian counties of Bütow and Stolp in place and the generosity of researchers helping others to discover facts about their ancestors I have managed to find the following on Friedrich-Wilhelm Colberg, Jr.:

1.  On 07 Jan 1881 Friedrich-Wilhelm married Hermine Augusta Melchert.  They were married in Reinwasser, Kreis Rummelsburg, Pommern, a neighboring county to Bütow and the county of birth of Hermine.  Hermine had been born 14 May 1848 in Friedrikenfelde, Kreis Rummelsburg, Pommern to Gottlieb Melchert and Henrietta Winkel.

2.  Friedrich-Wilhelm and Hermine began to create a family of their own but tragically each of their children died - either at birth or shortly thereafter.  Birth, baptismal and death information was found in the church books being translated by the Stolp group and shared with me.  Sponsors for all of these children were listed as well and were helpful in proving other familial lines.  It was common in those days, in those particular church books, to list descriptive data on sponsors such as "uncle of the child", "brother of the father of the child" and in many cases "grandmother of the child", etc.  I learned as well that a male child would have three sponsors with two being godfathers and one godmother while a female child would have three sponsors as well but two godmothers and one godfather.  It was very interesting.  It was also notated that all of these children were born in Zemmen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern which was a neighboring village to Klein Tuchen and father, Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. was listed on various records as farmer or landowner or tenant farmer.   Here are the 7 children of Friedrich-Wilhelm and Hermine Colberg:
  • Martha Marie Franziska Colberg (1882-1882)
  • Paul Willy Colberg (1883-1886)
  • Fritz Wilhelm Colberg (1885-1886)
  • Erich Ernst Franz Colberg (1886-1887)
  • Ernst Friedrich Paul Colberg (1888-1888)
  • Max Friedrich Adam Colberg (1889-1889)
  • Clara Marie Emilie Colberg (1893-1893) 
3.  Hermine Melchert Colberg passed away on 05 Jan 1898 with the following notation from the church books of Groß Tuchen:
  •  "Died 5 Jan 1898 in Zemmen,  Death Nr. 1 of 1898, Hermine Kolberg, geb. Melchert, 49 Years, 9  Months and 9 Days old, buried on 9 Jan 1898.  
With the death of Hermine in January of 1898, and the fact that none of her 7 children had survived, I felt this indicated the end of the line of this family.  My hope that I would be able to find descendants of Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. still living today was thwarted.  While tossing this information around in my head I remembered the photo I had of Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. and "his wife" and his parents which was dated 1898.  Upon further examination of the photo I found it hard to believe that "the wife" indicated was a 49 year old woman as in this photo Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr's wife certainly looked much younger.  A thought was brewing in my head.  Could Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. have remarried?  He was 46 at the time of Hermine's death and it could have been possible he would have married again even though he had no children to raise that he needed help with.

I posed this question to my researcher friends who quickly sent me back the following information:

1.  From the church books of Groß Tuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern was found the following record:
  •  Marriage Nr. 12 of 1898 on 25 Mar 1898, Friedrich Colberg of Zemmen, born on 28 Sep 1852, First Wife Deceased, To Jungfrau Therese Lewitzke of Zemmen, born on 7 Feb 1868, Never Married, Daughter of Carl. 
  •  Baptism Nr. 13 of 1867 in Groß Tuchen on 31 Jan 1867, Therese Louise Mathilde, daughter of Carl Lawitzke and Albertine Gaul, baptized: 7 Feb 1867, Godparents:  Mathilde Lawitzke, Mathilde Lawitzke (correct, two with exact same name), Ernst von Domarus, all from Groß Tuchen.
 2.  Further information followed in the form of 4 children for Friedrich-Wilhelm and Therese as follows:
  • Max Erich Colberg (born 1899 and confirmed 1913)
  • Anna Meta Therese Colberg (born 1901 and confirmed 1915)
  • Paul Otto Colberg (born 1903 and confirmed 1917)
  • Helene Martha Minna Colberg (born 1905 and confirmed 1919)
3.  Confirmation dates were found for the above children as well indicating that they had certainly survived childhood and were living at the time they each reached 14.  This was positive and hopeful information that perhaps these children went on to marry and have families of their own.

4.  Friedrich-Wilhelm Colberg, Jr. passed away in 1918 with the following church book entry as proof:
  •  Death Nr. 63 of 1918, 7 November, Friedrich Colberg, Pächter (tenant farmer) of Zemmen, Age 66 Years, 1 Month, buried 10 Nov 1918. 
5.  Therese Colberg's death was recorded as follows:
  •  Death Nr. 25 of 1928 in Zemmen, Therese Kolberg, geb. Lawitzke, 61 Years, 5 Months Old, died on 23 Jun 1928 and buried at 3PM on 30 Jun 1928.

To say that I was overwhelmed and totally excited would be understating how I felt with all this information.  It only took 30+ years of research to finally fill in the blanks on Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. to add to the information on his six brothers - August, Heinrich, Johann, Otto, Paul and Ferdinand.  To have the actual excerpts from the church books gave me primary source data and to have made connections with generous researchers willing to search these records for me and share them was phenomenal.  I cannot thank these researchers enough.

But what about the 4 children born to Friedrich-Wilhelm and Therese Colberg?  Did they marry and create families of their own?

Part Twelve of this continuing saga will share that data as well.  And to conclude, this is the photo showing Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. and Therese Colberg with Friedrich-Wilhelm's parents, Friedrich-Wilhelm, Sr. and Henriette Amalie (perhaps a wedding photo as the photo is dated 1898 and Therese is holding flowers?).

Standing:  Friedrich-Wilhelm, Jr. and Therese Colberg
Sitting:  Henriette Amalie and Friedrich-Wilhelm Colberg, Sr.
Bütow, Pommern 

Above photos personal collection of Cheryl Schulte
Copyright (c) 2013, Cheryl J. Schulte  

Friday, February 22, 2013

End of a Kolberg Generation

On my Schulte surname side I have two first cousins.  My mother, on her Kijak surname side, had 3 first cousins.  My grandmother, however, on her Kolberg surname side had 67 first cousins!  That's correct there were 68 children from 7 Colberg/Kolberg brothers.  After many years of research on my Kolberg line I have been able to collect data on each and every one of these first cousins of my grandmother.

Today in the newspaper I was saddened to read of the death of my grandmother's last remaining first cousin.  Over the years that I have lived back in my home town of St. Joseph I was able to interact frequently with this cousin and developed a fondness for her.  She was blessed to reach the age of 95 and when thinking of this, what can one say about somebody who lived to that age and will be remembered fondly by many.

Mildred Helen Grace Kolberg was born on August 22, 1917 in Stevensville, Berrien County, Michigan to Paul Kolberg and Augusta Zuhl.  She was their 10th and final child.  When Mildred was only 19 months old her mother passed away and she was raised by a combination of her father, her three older brothers and their wives and was very close to her next oldest brother who always was very protective of her.  On November 17, 1962 she was married to Charles Herman Price and they had 49 years together before Charles passed away in February of 2012.  I believe her sorrow at losing her partner of many years hastened her death though, again, I will say what more can someone ask than 95 years of life.  Mildred had a beautiful smile which she was always ready to give another and she had a strong personality and faith.  She will be remembered.

             Charles & Mildred Price
                   ca 1990


Family of Friedrich Wilhelm Colberg, Jr.:
  • Martha Marie Franziska Colberg (1882-1882)
  • Paul Willy Colberg (1883-1886)
  • Fritz Wilhelm Colberg (1885-1886)
  • Erich Ernst Franz Colberg (1886-1887)
  • Ernst Friedrich Paul Colberg (1888-1888)
  • Max Friedrich Adam Colberg (1889-1889)
  • Clara Marie Emilie Colberg (1893-1893)
  • Max Erich Colberg (1899-after 1913)
  • Anna Meta Therese Colberg (1901-after 1915)
  • Paul Otto Colberg (1903-after 1917)
  • Helene Martha Minna Colberg (1905-after 1919)
Family of August Gottlieb Kolberg:
  • Paul Louis Robert Kolberg (1879-1879)
  • Hedwig Johanne Auguste Kolberg (1880-1956)
  • Berta Hermine Franziska Kolberg (1883-1883)
  • Frederick Gustav Emil Kolberg (1886-1887)
  • Amelia Alvina Henreitta Kolberg (1887-1963)
  • Kurt Paul Hugo Kolberg (1890-1935)
  • Robert Ernest Paul Kolberg Sr. (1892-1950)
  • Hugo Otto Heinrich Kolberg (1894-1951)
  • Ella Emma Louise Kolberg (1895-1973)
Family of Heinrich Carl Kolberg:
  • Johann Charl Kolberg (1883-1883)
  • Carl Heinrich Kolberg (1885-1885)
  • Hertha Emilie Katherina Kolberg (1886-1976)
  • Alexander Otto Paul Kolberg (1889-1965)
  • Heinrich Friedrich Ernest Kolberg (1892-1966)
  • Retha Lina Minna Kolberg (1894-1947)
  • Ortha Amalie Friederike Kolberg (1895-1966)
  • Erick Carl August Kolberg (1896-1897)
  • William Louis Julius Kolberg (1898-1947)
  • Bentha Bertha Alwine Kolberg (1900-1989)
  • Arnold Albert Emil Kolberg (1901-1957)
  • Gerhart Walter Hugo Kolberg (1903-1966)
  • Esther Maria Helena Kolberg (1905-1988)
  • Lorenz Gustav Johann Kolberg (1907-1983)
  • Ralph Nelson Ferdinand Kolberg (1914-1915)
Family of  Johann Eduard Colberg:
  • Marguerite A. Colberg (1884-1946)
  • Richard Hugo Georg Colberg (1888-1982)
  • Johanna Helene Marie Colberg (1890-1977)
  • Johannes Colberg (1893-1964)
  • Walter Colberg (1894-1954)
  • Max Colberg (1896-1946)
  • Otto Hermann Erich Kolberg (1904-1937)
  • Charlotte Colberg (1906-1997)
Family of Otto Ferdinand Paul Kolberg:
  • Grace Henreitta Othella Maria Mathilde Kolberg (1893-1986)
  • Frederick A. Kolberg (1894-1978)
  • Victor Henry Kolberg (1896-1993)
  • Orville Carl Julius Kolberg (1904-1973)
  • Viola Elaine Kolberg (1911-1966)
  • Leo Henry Kolberg (1912-1994)
Family of Paul Wilhelm Rudolf Kolberg:
  •  Oscar Otto Gustav Kolberg (1892-1970)
  •  Ralph Heinrich Johann Kolberg (1893-1894)
  • Waldimar August Wilhelm Kolberg (1895-1985)
  • Clarence Heinrich Berthold Kolberg (1897-1989)
  • Lillian Maria Ottillie Kolberg (1899-1905)
  • Leo Otto Edward Kolberg (1902-1903)
  • Ruby Edna Kolberg (1904-1988)
  • Edna Olga Kolberg (1907-1991)
  • Harry Paul Ferdinand Kolberg (1910-1985)
  • Mildred Helen Grace Kolberg (1917-2013)
  • Alvin Albert Kolberg (1921-1984)
Family of Ferdinand Robert Kolberg:
  • Oscar Friedrich Hermann Kolberg (1898-1970)
  • Waldemar Paul Hugo Kolberg (1899-1989)
  • Alfred Paul Ferdinand Kolberg (1900-1995)
  • Selma Anna Helene Kolberg (1901-1988)
  • Gertrud Martha Marie Kolberg (1903-before 1910)
  • Herta Anna Augusta Kolberg (1904-before 1910)
  • Kurt Hugo Max Kolberg (1905-1986)
  • Arthur Ferdinand August Kolberg (1906-1990)
What a glorious reunion they must all be having tonight in heaven!  Rest in peace to all these cousins.

Above photos personal collection of Cheryl Schulte
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