Monday, April 20, 2009

The Dancing Darlings of 1899...

...All Grown Up!

Recently in speaking with my aunt and uncle, who live in Arizona, I asked them if they had any old family photos. I had many photos but my uncle was telling me how they were sorting through albums so I thought I would see what goodies they might have that I had never seen.

About a week later came an envelope with about 30 photos from them. I was pleasantly surprised to see that most of them I had never seen before. Photos of my dad, my uncle and their sister from childhood into their young life. Some good pictures of the whole family - my paternal grandparents and their 3 children and some funny photos as well.

One such photo was of my great-grandmother (who I had known) along with her two daughters (my grandmother and my grandmother's sister). My grandmother was a very proper and elegant person and was always dressed to the hilt with jewelry to match. I was amused to see this photo of her and her sister in their bathing suits. This is definitely not an image that I had of my grandmother and especially my very shy great-aunt. Obviously they were enjoying themselves and the date on the back of the photo said July, 1939. They were probably in Hubbard Lake as this was a favorite spot that they visited often during their lives.

Gertrude Wellhausen Kolberg
Amelia Schluessler Wellhausen
Ella Wellhausen Schulte
Hubbard Lake, MI
ca 1939

Gertrude and Ella Wellhausen were the daughters of George and Amelia (Schluessler) Wellhausen. Gertrude was born April 10, 1895 in Macomb County, Michigan followed on November 15, 1896 by sister, Ella, who was born in Detroit where the family was temporarily living. They grew up in Macomb County, Michigan and moved to Detroit after each of their marriages. Gertrude married Hugo Kolberg on September 9, 1919 in Detroit while Ella had married Elmer Schulte on December 24, 1917 in Waco, Texas (while Elmer was in the service).

They were very close sisters, had sons 6 weeks apart in 1923 and raised their families in close proximity to each other. After the death of Gertrude's husband, Ella and Elmer lived many years with Gertrude to assist her as her eyesight was failing.

Perhaps their closeness started in childhood as this photo will show - they were dubbed the "Dancing Darlings of 1899" in the local Macomb County paper when they won a dance contest. This is one of my very favorite photos in my genealogical collection:

Above photos - personal collection of Cheryl Schulte


Greta Koehl said...

What a great pair of photos! It's always so interesting to see younger pictures of people whom we have only known in their old age.

Judith Richards Shubert said...

I love the photos of your family. Isn't it wonderful when a relative offers to send you pictures?
I love your blog and think it deserves to receive the "One Lovely Blog Award". You can pick it up at Genealogy Traces.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the comments, Greta and Judith. Gosh, Judith, nobody has ever nominated my blog for an award before. I sure appreciate it.