Monday, August 9, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 32 "In The City"


My 2nd great-grandmother, Magdalena Helena Bauer, was born January 30, 1840 in Schwarzenbach by Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany to Johann Bauer and Margaretha Barbara Pickel.  When I began my genealogical research decades ago I was very fortunate that Helena's birth place appeared in detail on both her Michigan marriage certificate and her Michigan death certificate. With this complete birth place I was able to write to the Evangelical church in Schwarzenbach and they were gracious enough to send me her birth record.  Eventually I was able to go back many more generations on Helena's family - even going back to the late 1500's with the help of a professional genealogist in Bavaria.

In 1993 I was able to visit Germany where my brother and his family were living.  Together we took a tour of 17 of the birth places of our ancestors that I had uncovered at the time.

Here are some photos of the village of Schwarzenbach by Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany:


The gentleman in the above photo is not a relative but he was entranced with my brother's American van and he was willing to have his photo taken.

With the help of my German genealogist I was able to learn that the ancestors of my Helena Bauer lived in and worshiped in villages near Schwarzenbach and when I was in Germany in 1993 we also visited the nearby village of Ezelsdorf by Nürnberg, Bavaria.  Here are some photos of that village as well:

The third village we were able to visit with ties to our Bauer, et al ancestors is the village of Burgthann by Nürnberg, Bavaria.  Here are some photos from that village:

This leg of our ancestral journey found us in beautiful, modern villages obviously unlike the villages our ancestors called home in the 1500's to 1800's but still a wonderful blessing to be able to stand on the same land where our ancestors had once lived.

Copyright 2021, Cheryl J. Schulte

Monday, August 2, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 31 "Favorite Name"


When expectant parents start considering names for their baby-to-be there are many avenues to search for ideas.  In the last 20 or so years many unusual first names have appeared.  In my case, both sets of my grandparents were very progressive with selecting very unusual first names for both my father and my mother.

My father, Mylen Elmer Schulte, was born March 29, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan.  He was the second of three children that my paternal grandparents would have.  While my father usually used his nickname, Monie, throughout life, his official name was indeed Mylen.

Mylen Elmer Schulte, 1923:

While I don't know for certain, I am pretty confident that this name was chosen as my grandfather had had a first cousin named Mylen who was born August 24, 1905 and who died on April 2, 1909.  My grandfather would have been 10 years old at the time his cousin, Mylen, was born and perhaps he had had a fondness for him.

In a search on Google for the rarity of the first name Mylen for baby boys born in the US, I learned that there were 3.6 million babies born in the US in 2020.  Only 1,267 of those babies were named Mylen.  

That is certainly a very small portion. 


My mother, Eloris Harriett Kijak, was born July 5, 1925 in St. Joseph, Michigan.  She was the third of four children that my maternal grandparents would have.  She never had any nicknames that were used, and although her first name of Eloris was very often mispronounced, she always was quick to explain that her name was indeed Eloris (pronounced E LOR S).

My grandmother explained to me that when she was pregnant with my mother she had been reading a story about twin babies named Deloris and Eloris.  She had determined then that if she was carrying twins those were the names she would use.  When my mother was born my grandmother chose the more unusual of those names and my mother became Eloris.

Eloris Harriett Kijak, 1926:

In my research on the rarity of the female first name, Eloris, I learned something most interesting.

On the website as well as the website for the social security administration, I learned that:

"Eloris is the 71,332nd most popular name of all time.  From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded TWELVE babies born with the first name Eloris in the United States."

Twelve babies in 139 years.  Now that is certainly an unusual first name!


Today, August 8th, my cousin commented on my above blog to inform me that she did some digging on-line and learned that of the 12 babies born in the US from 1880-2019 named Eloris, two of those babies were MALE.  

After reading that I had to add this Addendum also including an interesting misconception on my father's first name.  In 1996, just prior to my father's death, he was hospitalized in the same hospital where I worked in Administration.  At the time, the hospital was a Catholic institution and there were still nuns working in various capacities.  One of the elderly nuns was responsible for visiting the inpatients and praying with them if they so desired.  As we were not Catholic it was indicated on my father's paperwork that our Lutheran minister would be visiting thus relieving her of that duty.  However, she was very knowledgeable on all the names of those hospitalized. One day she stopped me in the hallway to just talk and asked me how I was doing.  I told her I was fine but very worried about my father who was very ill in ICU.  She frowned and said to me that "there is only one patient here in the hospital named Schulte and that is a woman with the first name Mylen".  I smiled and told her that was actually a man's name and that it was my father.  

Just two examples of the very unusual first names that both my parents had!

Copyright 2021, Cheryl J. Schulte

Monday, July 26, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 30 "Health"


Cancer is a horrible disease.  It has been around, in varying forms, for many, many years.  It has affected countless numbers of individuals and families, and while great strides have been made in conquering cancer, it continues to occur. 

I did some research on the history of cancer and learned that the disease was first called by the name of "cancer" by the Greek physician, Hippocrates, who lived from 460-370 BC.  As we know, Hippocrates was considered the "Father of Medicine".

While cancer may have been a known disease for many generations I admit that I was surprised to see it listed as a cause of death for my great-grandmother, who died in 1907, as well as the deaths of both her parents who died in 1885 and 1892.


My great-grandmother, Christine Katharine Juliane Feucht, (known as Juliane) was born February 16, 1870 in Detroit, Michigan.  She was the sixth of ten children of parents, Johann Jacob Feucht and Magdalena Helena Bauer.

Juliane Feucht, ca 1884:

Juliane married Rudolph Myer Schulte on October 7, 1891 and they had two children:

1.  Irene Elisabeth Schulte, born and died on May 14, 1892 in Detroit.

2.  Elmer Meyer Schulte, born August 4, 1894 in Detroit (my grandfather).

Juliane and Rudolph Schulte with son, Elmer, ca 1906:

Juliane had a very short life, dying at the age of 36 on January 14, 1907 in Detroit.  Her death certificate stated her death was from "liver cancer".  She was the only one of her 9 siblings to succumb to cancer:

While I was somewhat surprised to note that cancer was used as a diagnosis as early as 1907, I was more surprised to learn that both the parents of my great-grandmother, Juliane, also died from cancer.


Juliane's father, Johann Jacob Feucht, was born August 12, 1826 in Tamm, Ludwigsburg, Wuerttemberg, Germany.  He immigrated to the US in the mid-1850's and on February 20, 1859 he married Magdalena Helena Bauer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Together Johann Jacob and Helena would have 10 children.  I wish I had photos of Jacob and Helena but unfortunately I do not.

Jacob outlived his wife, Helena, by 7 years.  He died at the age of 66 on November 25, 1892 in Detroit.  His death certificate listed the cause of his death as cancer of the stomach:


Juliane's mother, Magdalena Helena Bauer, was born January 30, 1840 in Schwarzenbach by Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany.  She immigrated to the US in the mid-1850's as a young girl where she met and married Johann Jacob Feucht.  Together they had 10 children.

When Helena died on September 22, 1885 she was only 45 and her four youngest children were only 4, 8, 10 and 15.  Her death certificate lists her cause of death as cancer of the liver:

These were all young deaths from a dreaded disease and at a time when current treatments were yet to be discovered.  

Sad indeed.

Copyright 2021, Cheryl J. Schulte

Monday, July 19, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 29 "Fashion"


My great-grandmother, Amelia Schluessler Wellhausen, was a fashion icon in her time.  She always had the latest dresses and coats and what I remember most were her hats.  She was born in 1876 and passed away in 1963 when I was 16 so I remember her well. When my brother and I were younger she would often come and babysit for us.  

When I developed my interest in genealogy she was already gone but my grandmother, her daughter, shared many photos and other memorabilia with me.  In studying the photos I noticed many photos in which great-grandma was wearing a hat.  

Here are some examples:

My oldest photo of my great-grandmother dates to approximately 1890 when she would have been 14.  She was in some type of production where she sat in a boat on a stage with a young gentleman and her hat was something to behold.  My grandmother told me this was a school production but I really doubt that my great-grandmother was still attending school when she was a teenager. This photo is a tintype, the only tintype photo I have:

Tintypes, originally known as ferrotypes or melainotype, were invented in the 1850's and continued to be produced into the 20th century.  The tintype was very popular during the Civil War because every soldier wanted to send a photo of himself back to his family with his rifle and sword.  The tintype actually does not contain any tin but is made of thin black iron.  It is sometimes confused with ambrotypes and daguerreotypes but is easily distinguishable from them by the fact that a tintype attracts a small magnet.

In 1925 in Detroit, this photo of my great-grandmother and my grandmother was taken.  I have no idea what the outfit is that my great-grandmother is wearing; she was not a nurse but perhaps she volunteered in a hospital as the outfit resembles that of a medical worker:

In 1928 she was pictured with her granddaughter, my aunt, Marilyn Gertrude Schulte.  In this photo little Marilyn is shown with her maternal grandmother, my great-grandmother Amelia, as well as little Marilyn's paternal grandfather, Rudolph Schulte.  In this photo great-grandma has another of her stylish hats on for the time period.  This hat reminds me of the hats shown on the TV show "The Walton's" when the "mama, Olivia" would be going to church:

In 1939 great-grandma was pictured in a different hat which I thought was very unique.  I really like the coat as well:

In 1940 great-grandma was photographed with her grandson, my uncle, Melbourne Schulte, at his high school graduation, and again she had a different hat on:

When I was 10 my aunt taught me how to knit.  The first project I tackled was a simple hat with ties.  I remember my great-grandmother asking me to make a special one for her in pink and I did.  She insisted on paying me $1.00 for this hat.  I doubt she ever wore it, I never saw her wearing it but she made me happy that she showed an interest in what I was learning.

I don't have a photo of that hat any longer but it was very similar to this one which is a photo from Etsy:

Hats were certainly a favorite of my great-grandmother and I will always remember her this way.

Copyright 2021, Cheryl J. Schulte

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Please Note


This is an important message to those who follow my blog.  

Blogger is eliminating the feed-burner by which you receive my blog posts in your e-mail.  This change will be effective in August.

I have investigated other options and none "spoke" to me.

If you have previously signed up on my blog to receive my posts in your e-mail I hope you will begin to come directly to my blog to read my new posts.

I truly appreciate all my readers and thank you for your interest in what I write.

Copyright 2021, Cheryl J. Schulte

Monday, July 12, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 28 "Transportation"


While I would love to have knowledge of, and photos of, the modes of transportation that my ancestors used in Germany and Poland unfortunately I do not.  What I do have, though, are some photos of ancestors with the various means of transportation that they used in the US.

My mother's uncle, Theodore Wierzbicki, husband of her aunt, Anna Kijak, used this means of transportation to get around while living in St. Joseph, Michigan.  

Unfortunately I do not know the name of the horse(!):

I do understand that my own great-grandfather, August Kolberg, had a horse and wagon which he used to drive from his farm in Stevensville, Michigan to the bigger town of St. Joseph.  The story goes that August visited a local saloon there in St. Joseph and at the end of each "visit" the horse was supposedly so smart that he could head back home to the farm in Stevensville on his own without the aid of August.  How I would love to have a photo of that horse and wagon but I do have a photo of August in approximately 1916:

My grandparents, Joseph and Ella (Kolberg) Kijak had a car prior to 1929 but my grandfather gave up driving after his incident with a member of Al Capone's gang, Fred Burke, as I wrote about here:

My 2'nd great-grandfather, William Schluessler, and his sister, Minnie Schluessler Bredow, sitting on the bumper of a car in the late 1920's:

My uncle, Melbourne Schulte, in 1938, with his brother, my father, Mylen and their sister, Marilyn with his 1935 Terraplane.  After the death of their grandfather, George Wellhausen, in 1938, Melbourne asked their grandmother, Amelia Schluessler Wellhausen, if he could have his grandfather's car.  His grandmother, always frugal, agreed if he would pay her $300 for the car.  He did and this was the reward:

My father's car, in 1942, after some reckless driving, just after graduating from high school.  Definitely his older brother, Mel, didn't let him drive the above Terraplane:


A very different mode of transportation, but very useful for my cousin, Melbourne Schulte, Jr. in 1944, was this carriage where he is shown with our grandmother, Ella Wellhausen Schulte, in the front, our great-grandmother, Amelia Schluessler Wellhausen, in the back-right side and our great-aunt, Gertrude Wellhausen Kolberg, in the back-left side.  This proved to be a much safer mode of transportation for cousin, Mel, than the one he chose when he was in his early 20's and drove his then sports car into the front of a local grocery store.  He was lucky to escape with his life but the car did not fare well.  While I don't have a photo of that poor car I do have the memory of my father taking me to view the car as a means of pounding into my mind the lesson of safe driving:

To conclude, while I don't have photos of any modes of transportation that my ancestors used while living in Germany and Poland, I do have photos of three of the ships that my Kolberg ancestors came to America on:

Passenger list information from the port of Castle Garden in New York states that my great-grandparents, August and Bertha (Kramp) Kolberg, along with their 3 year old daughter, Hedwig, arrived in New York on the ship, Lessing, on November 28, 1883.  They had traveled from their home in Klein Tuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern to Berlin and on to the port of Hamburg where they boarded the Lessing going on to the port of Havre in France and on to the US:

August, Bertha, Hedwig (sitting) and Amelia Kolberg (born in America-standing) in 1888:

According to passenger list information from the port of Castle Garden in New York, Otto Kolberg, brother of my great-grandfather, traveled at the age of 16 from his home in Klein Tuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern, Germany to Berlin and on to the port of Bremen in Germany where he boarded the ship Weser, arriving in New York on May 16, 1883:

Otto Kolberg and wife, Alvina Truhn, at their wedding in 1892:


According to passenger list information from the port of Castle Garden in New York, Paul Kolberg, brother of my great-grandfather, traveled from his home in Klein Tuchen, Kreis Bütow, Pommern, Germany at the age of 18 to Berlin and on to the port of Bremen where he boarded the ship Werra going on to Southampton and then to New York.  Family lore stated that Paul came to America dressed as a woman to avoid military service in Germany but that is hearsay as Paul is listed on the ship manifest as a male:

Paul Kolberg in 1891:

Transportation - A vital form of movement both in the past and present! 

Copyright 2021, Cheryl J. Schulte

Monday, July 5, 2021

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 27 "Free"


As today, July 5, 2021, would be my mother's 96th birthday, I decided to deviate from the topic of "Free" and do a "Free Choice" post.

My mother and I were very close particularly the last 20 years of her life when she lived with me.  She has been in heaven now near 5 years and I think of her every day. 

Here is a collection of photos of my mom over the 91 years of her life:

Earliest photo I have of my mom, Eloris Kijak, in 1925, with her older brothers, Elden (left) and Harris (right):

Mom at 2 years old with her baby doll:

In 1933 with her younger brother, Leslie:

High school graduation in 1943:

Wedding day in 1946:

In 1954 at the 40th wedding anniversary of her parents (I still have the antique punch bowl set:

With first grandchild, Diane, in 1983:

1991 in Hawaii with both grandchildren, Jay and Diane:

At her computer in 2005:

In 2012:

With granddaughter, Diane, in 2014:

90'th birthday party, July 5, 2015:

Happy 96th heavenly birthday, Mom.  I will never forget you!

Copyright 2021, Cheryl J. Schulte