Sunday, June 28, 2015

Red & White Old Maids Puzzle Quilt

We shall visit today, yet another quilt, from my family collection of quilts. This too, is a quilt that was made by grt. grandma, Ann Elston Krout-Scearce. This one has so much character, I hardly know where to begin. This one I especially like, because it shows all manner of stitches, and varying skill levels.

This first picture clearly shows grt. grandma Anne's, laundry mark, in the form of the numbers 137. It is written in ink, not stamped.

The quilt is 76 x 90 inches, and is in the, "Old Maids Puzzle", pattern, and is sewn by hand with a knife edge. Red and white quilts were very popular in the 1890's but also in the1920's & 30's. I believe this one was made about the same time as her other quilts, for it too was machine sewn and hand quilted. I think it too was sewn on the new singer treadle sewing machine she purchased in 1924. The skill of the machine sewer remains as good as the other quilts in my collection that belonged to her. I think she used this quilt to teach others to quilt, be it students from the high school or a ladies sewing club.

There are a minimum of five different sewers stitches, used on this quilt the best being 8 to 9 stitches to the inch on a 1 inch grid, some others being as little as 4 stitches per inch and their grids all over the place.

Look closely, at the quilting of this block, and you will see how evenly, the stitch pattern is done.

Now compare it to this one, that is from another part of the quilt, and you will see that whoever did this, had very poor sewing skills.  If quilts could only talk!

As these pictures clearly show, many hands made swift sewing of this quilt, but as you can see, in the upper portion of the last picture, it was never quite finished.

I like to think of those ladies, sitting around this quilt, sewing away, while chatting about the latest news, or gossip. Sewing Circles were a very large part of the, "Social Network," of their day, and would have been a welcome break, for the ladies, in a small town like Mosier, or Hood River Oregon.

I insert this picture, of a group of unknown ladies, because it was among the pictures, of grt. grandma, Scearce. From the look of the clothes, I would say this picture dates in the late 1800's, to early 1900's. If the late 1800's, it taken when the family were living in Noblesville, Indiana. If 1911 or later, they were in Mosier and Hood River, Oregon. I thought this group, looked just like a Ladies Aid Society, or Ladies Sewing Circle. Sadly the identification on the back only says, "Mrs. Evans." Don't ask me who that is, since there were Evans' in Noblesville, Indiana and Mosier & Hood River, Oregon. The name rather being as common as Smith and Jones. Maybe someone out there, will recognize someone or this picture. If you do, please send a comment.

I wanted to place this picture here, because it shows the ladies that sewed this flag. It was a Service Flag, made to honor the boys of Mosier, that fought in WWI. On the back, the following is written: Dedication of the Service & Honor Flags,  May 13, 1918, Mosier, Oregon. Compliments of A.W. Ehrlich, Chairman of L L Board. This flag was made by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church, at Mosier, Oregon, according to a reference to it in a letter written by a family member at that time.

If you look at the service flag closely, behind the head of the fourth girl from the right, you will see part of the name. It is R.J. Scearce, the next name over, which she is blocking, is R.G. Scearce. These are Robert John and younger brother, Richard Gregg Scearce. Grandma Maryann Hanners, father, "Dick" Sceace, and his brother, "R.J."

It would seem that sewing in Mosier, was alive and well, at least it was in 1918. The flag looks very well made too.

Note: I checked my family tree records, and found that none of the quilts belonging to grt. grandma, Anne Scearce, could have been made in the 1930's, because she died in Hood River, Oregon, September 23, 1927. Thus by mere deduction, it places the age of the quilts, prior to 1927, the date of her death.








Sunday, June 21, 2015

New Kitchen Bar Stools

I love shopping a bargain, and it is so nice that they have discount stores here. It saves the hassle of looking on Craig's List, or shopping Yard Sales. Two things I am not overly fond of. Here on the Hilo side of the Island, they have a most wonderful Ross. It is very well cared for, and can always be counted on, for great name brand finds.

I had been keeping my eye out, for some new bar stools, for my kitchen. It's not that my present bar stools are worn out, it's just after 30 years, I'm sick of looking at them. I will say, that whoever made them, made them sturdy. I think an elephant could sit on them, and they wouldn't be harmed.

Here they are, in all of their wooden grandeur. I shall send them out to the garage, or give them away to friends. Their day had passed. See the dark chocolate floor, and the dark chocolate cabinets, and that nasty black granite?! That too, will soon be history, and I can hardly wait.

I found these adorable bar stools at Ross. Just compare those dull old brown things, to these bright cheerful, orange and red, stools. They made me smile, just seeing them. Then I looked at their price, and had reverse sticker shock. Now I had already shopped for bar stools, at the new Pier One Imports, they just opened a few months ago. They wanted 129.00, for some dark, heavy, wood, with dark fabric numbers, that were so out dated, they looked like they belonged in a Tiki Lounge from the late 70's.
These beauties at Ross, were just 44.95, for the red stool, and 49.95, for the orange stools, respectively. I couldn't believe my good fortune. I snapped them up immediately. They are going to go a long way towards cheering up, my tropical kitchen.

I don't know what everyone's thing is about browns, or the need to make their homes, into the dark hole of despair! I love color, and I came to the tropics to enjoy color, so I shall make my home as bright and cheerful as I possibly can. I think these sweet little stools, will really help.

The best thing of all, is that they are very comfortable. The seats are adjustable with a shock in the middle, they swivel sweetly, and will slide under the bar, out of the way. No more trying to sweep up food crumbs, from around all those wicked chair legs either.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Lavender Sheep At Black Sheep Gathering 2015

I am so excited by the things my daughter has done, and am especially proud of her involvement, with the fiber arts. This weekend, June 19th through the 21st, you will find her in Eugene, Oregon, at the fairgrounds there, for it is the 41st Annual Black Sheep Gathering. She with a host of vendors, sheep raisers, and instructors, will be displaying their wares, and their animals, as well as giving classes, on the ancient art of carding and spinning their fibers.

There will be fleeces and yarns, in every hue of the rainbow, and fun, food, and laughter for everyone. So if you are anywhere near Eugene, Oregon this weekend, you should go check it out. The entrance and parking is free. I guarantee you will have loads of fun, and maybe come away with some darling yarn, from my daughters booth.

Here is her booth, at Black Sheep Gathering. Doesn't it look so inviting?! It makes me want to hurry right up, and touch all of those delicious skeins. I'll bet they are as soft as a downy duck, or at least a fluffy lamb.

I couldn't help it when I saw this picture, I had to put it here. These are some real Lavender Sheep, well, at least they are sheep in a lavender field.

Now this is a little on the pink side of lavender, but was just too cute of a sheep to pass up. Doesn't it look like they even put lipstick on it?! I just want to give this sheep, a big hug.

There is something about this picture, that just makes me want to walk right into it. These sheep on a shady lane, just look so peaceful, on their quiet stroll in the countryside. Aren't those lambs delightful?!




Thursday, June 18, 2015

Octogon Or Spider Web Quilt

I just love old quilts, I love how they look, I love how they feel, and  I especially love knowing, that someone in the family, had the patience and skill, to make such a beautiful artistic item. When I get frustrated with one of my modern sewing projects, I stop and take a look at my old quilts, at all the tiny little stitches, and remind myself, of the patience and love, that was put into their making. They sewed every little stitch by hand. So I should stop complaining, when all I need to do is thread the serger, or replace a dull needle, on one of my machines.

I call this my Yellow Octagon Quilt, for lack of a better term. I do not know old quilt patterns well enough, to tell you what the name of this pattern is. I wish I knew. This quilt belonged to Grandma Mayann's, grandma, Anne Elston Krout, who married Harry Marshall Scearce. Tho this one does not carry the mark 137. It measures 75" x 81".


Like her other quilts, I believe grt. grandma Anne, made this one some time between 1924 in Mosier or Hood River, when she bought her new Singer treadle sewing machine, and her death in 1927, in Hood River, Or. Grandma Maryann couldn't tell me much about this one. She just told me she never liked it, so kept it in a bag, on the upper shelf of one of the bedroom closets. A part of me was just delighted, because that is why the quilt is in such great shape. However, another part of me felt rather sad, because this quilt never got to fulfill its destiny, which was to keep them warm on a cold winters night. I think it is just beautiful.

Here is a good picture of the back of the quilt, showing the intricate stitching. This quilt too was machine pieced and hand quilted, 10 & 11 stitches to the inch, her grids being 1 to 1 1/4 inches apart.
I always stand rather in awe, when I see just how tiny and even her stitch-work was.

Here is a closer view of the back, which is covered with a thin cotton cover, with a cotton thin batting in between.

UPDATE: I found a pattern on the internet which called this pattern, "Spiderweb," it is a variant, but I believe it is the closest pattern, to our design.

This is a quilt dated from the 1930's that I found online. It is similar, but doesn't have the cut off corners, so that the block remains square.

This one is also from online, and is considered a spiderweb pattern, its fabrics date from the 30's to the 50's.  It too has not cut the corners, so the block is square.

I think this quilt, most resembles the pattern of our old family quilt. It too is considered spiderweb. This one has the corners done, the same way as ours. It has fabrics dating from the 30's.

None of these quilts have the little octagon piece in the center, so it may well be, that our family made up their own variant of the spiderweb. I may be prejudiced, but I think ours is a much prettier example of this pattern, than the ones I found online.






Sunday, June 14, 2015

Farm of Gottfried Zimmermann

 Just when I thought, I didn't have any pictures of Gottfried and Caroline Zimmermann, I came across these.
They are rather poorly enlarged copies, and are not the originals, but they will have to do.

                                     This is Dorothea Caroline Thieme, wife of Gottlfried Zimmermann.

This is Gottfried Friedrich Zimmermann.  They do look rather grim, don't they?! They were devout Lutherans.

This is the Gottfried Friedrich Zimmermann Farm near Wilson, Sheyboygan Co., Wisconsin. You may have noticed the two n's on the end of his name. This is how the name was originally spelled, but somewhere along the line, they dropped the second n.

Gottfried Friedrich Zimmermann was born November 20, 1799 in Gruenrade, Brandenburg, Prussia, and died March 16, 1873 in Wilson Township, Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin.  He married Dorothea Caroline Thieme March 16, 1825.  She was born March 11, 1806 in Gruenrade and died October 23, 1885 in Wilson Township, Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin. She was known by her middle name of Caroline.

Most of Gottfried's & Caroline's children, were also born in the city of Gruenrade. That part of Germany was given over to Poland, after World War II.

According to a profile of their son Frederick, Gottfried was a shepherd in Germany. However, Gottfried's application for emigration states that he was a lawman. Gottfried was given permission, to emigrate with his family, in March of 1848.

According to his son's profile and the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, Gottfried and his family left Germany in 1848 on the sailing vessel "Howard", commanded by Capt. Paulsen. After more than a 5-week voyage, they landed at the port of New York. The family traveled the Hudson River to Albany New York, then to Buffalo by train, and then by boat on the Great Lakes to Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin. The trip from New York to Wisconsin took 15 days.

The family settled on a farm in Wilson Township, Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin, purchasing a quarter-section of land. Two years later they added 120 acres to the original farm. The picture above, is of that farm. It was in the personal papers of Wanda Dale Roberts, "aka" Dale Roberts-Scearce, aka "Grandma Matie." The grt. granddaughter of Gottfried and Caroline Zimmermann.








Pictorial Stroll Up The Family Tree Cont...

We continue on with our stroll up the family tree, with more pictures of the Roberts home in Edgar, Wisconsin.
Here is one in the side yard of the home in Edgar. It is of Dale, and her younger brother Stephen. Looks like she is wearing glasses, and holding a Teddy Bear. She told me, about how she worked in her Grandpa Zimmerman's garden, pulling bugs off the plants, and dropping them into a can of kerosene. Her grandpa is actually in the far right of the picture, but he moved, so is too blurry to see. Plus the cameraman cut him in half.
Matie also told me, she used to cross this bridge, when she was young, with a bucket, to fetch home beer for her Grandpa Zimmerman, from a tavern in the town. You can see her house. It is the first one on the right.
The lady with the young child, is not identified, but is probably Grandma May, with Dale aka Matie.
As the caption says, this is another view of S.B. Roberts home, in Edgar, Wisconsin.  Her grandpa, William Frederick Zimmerman is the man standing there. I don't know what the dogs name was?!
Here is a fine portrait of  her father, Stephen Benedict Roberts. It must have been in a very fine frame at one time, but suffered severe moisture damage, and is in one no longer. Fortunately the damage, is only around the edges.
This portrait of Matie's grandpa,William Frederick Zimmerman, was taken at about the same time, as the one above, and by the same photographer. We know it was taken prior to Stephens death in 1904. It too has suffered water damage around its edges, and is no longer in its frame. Why his isn't colorized, I don't know?!
This is a very small tintype of Aunt Carrie Zimmerman, and her younger sister, on the right, our Grandma Mary Ann aka May. Carolyn sometimes spelled Caroline, aka Carrie Ellen Zimmerman, was born Sep 2, 1861, in Beaver Dam, Dodge co., Wisconsin. She was the eldest of  the 10 children, born to William Frederick Zimmerman & Bridget Bowe.
According to the family bible, Bridget Bowe, was born November 25, 1842 in Dublin, Ireland, and came with her mother, Margaret Bowe from Ireland, in 1856. They came on the packet ship, William Taspscott, from Liverpool, England to New York Harbor, then caught a train to Wisconsin, for her mother already had family living near Beaver Dam, Dodge co., Wisconsin. This relative I believe to be John Bowe, possible brother or cousin to Margaret's husband, tho no other records aside from the ships list below have yet been found concerning Bridget's mother Margaret.

This story was told to me by her grt. granddaughter, our Gandma Matie: While in New York, waiting on the train, Bridget's mother felt rather ill, so Bridget got off the train, and went back into the depot, to search for some tea for her. When she returned, the train had switched to another track and she was lost, and could not find the train. Bridget fell to her knee's and prayed and God directed her to the right coach, and she found her mother. Grandma Matie always said Bridget was ten at the time, but the ships records show that she was actually fourteen. Grandma Matie also said that Bridget had a beautiful voice and was known for her singing and was one of the first persons to sing the Star Spangled Banner in Ireland, and was known in some circle's as the Jenny Lind of Ireland. Tho I have searched, I have been unable to find any records concerning Bridget and her mother Margaret in Ireland. Nor have I been able to find any record of who her father was?!
This is a painting of the packet ship, William Tapscott that brought Margaret and Bridget Bowe to New York Harbor. James B. Bell was the ships master at the time of their arrival on February 16, 1856.
Here is the front page of the ships passenger list showing which ship they sailed on, the date of arrival, the name of the ship, where it sailed from, and its master.
Here is the page showing Magaret and Bridget Bowe. What surprised me is that they did not sail steerage but were able to pay for a better level of accommodation, tho not first cabin. No father is listed. So he probably died prior to their sailing, somewhere in Ireland, for if he had died enroute he would have been on the ships manifest as having done so.

Bridget was a devout Catholic and a story has come down in the family that all of her six girls, were raised Catholic. However, her husband was a Lutheran, so the four boys, were raised Lutheran. Not long after the youngest child was born, in 1881, Bridget came down with tuberculosis. In the last few years of her life, she was too ill to attend Mass. When she died June 10, 1887, in Birnamwood, Shawano Co., Wisconsin, the local parish priest, would not allow her to be buried in the Catholic cemetery, because she had not attended Mass. This angered her daughters so much, they left the Catholic church never to return. I have, since doing the family genealogy, run across Zimmerman sons who were Catholic, so I do not know how true this story is?! It just came down through Grandma Matie, so I thought I would include it here. When the family moved from Birnamwood to Edgar, Wisconsin, they had Bridget disinterred, and took her with them, and had her reburied in the Catholic cemetery in Edgar.
This tintype of William Frederick Zimmerman was taken in the 1860's. He fought in the Civil War, as a Union soldier, and served as a Private in Co., I, 5th Reg., Wisconsin Vol. Inf. & (New) Co. B 5th Reg. Wisconsin Vol. Inf. from 1861-1865.

Born March 1, 1837 in Stettin, Germany - now Szczecin, Poland, since WW II. He was the son of, Gottfried Zimmermann and Dorothea Caroline Thieme, and came with his parents and siblings to Milwaukie, Wisconsin, in 1848. He was a shoe maker by trade and for many years lived in the home of his daughter,  Grt. Grandma May Roberts aka Mary Ann Zimmerman who had married Stephen Benedict Roberts above.
This is the Confirmation record of Wilhelm Zimmermann aka our William Frederick Zimmerman. As you can see it is written in German. I have translated the first of it as best I can.

Original Memorial the date of Confirmation for Wilhelm Zimmermann born the 1st March 1837 confirmed the 9th April 1854 in the Church in Sheyboygan.

Thinking demanding 1 Corinthians 16 : 13
Be watchful, stand firm in the belief, act like a man, and be strong.

I do not know German and used Google to decipher this, up to this point. If someone can give me a better translation in its entirety it would be most welcome.
This was among Grandma Matie's personal papers inherited from her daughter, Maryann Scearce-Hanners.
This is the marriage record of William Zimmermann & Bridget Bowe.
It reads: Beaverdam, Wis. November 30, 1859
This is to testify that I have examined Mr. William Zimmermann on oath & find no legal impediment to his marrying Miss Bridget Bowe of Beaverdam City and that today I have married them according to the rites of our holy Mother the Roman Catholic church. Attest my name
Frank T C Shroudenback
Pastor of St. Mary's at Beaverdam.
These pages are from Mary Ann Zimmerman-Roberts' bible, (aka Grt. Grandma May Roberts) She wore this bible out reading it, for she was a deeply religious and wonderful Christian woman. Only these pages remain and they were tucked into her huge family bible, that was given to her grt. grandson, Daniel Gregg Hanners in 1975, by her daughter, Wanda Dale Roberts-Scearce aka Grandma Matie.
This page documents the death of her father, William Frederick Zimmerman which occurred December 24, 1926 in Hood River, Hood River Co., Oregon, at the home of Grt. Grandma May Zimmerman-Roberts.
It reads:
Funeral of William Zimmerman Sunday - handwriting- Hood River, Or Dec 24, 1926
Funeral services were held at the English Lutheran church Sunday for William Frederick Zimmerman, 89 and native of Germany, whose death occurred at the apartment of his daughter, Mrs. May Roberts, Friday night.
The pastor, Rev. P. Hilgendorf, officiated, and interment followed at Idlewilde cemetery. (Hood River, Or)
Mr. Zimmerman, who spent most of his life in Wisconsin, came to Hood River 13 years ago. The following other children survive; Mrs. Amos ("Carrie") Rauget (Rouget), of Hood River; Mrs. Ida (Lou) Filyes, of Madison, Wis; Mrs. J.J. (John Jacob "Jack") ("Inez") Kress of Los Angeles, Calif; G. H. (George Henry) Zimmerman of Chicago, Illinois; Mrs. J.H. (John Henry) "Madge" "Tanta" Gorman of Walla Walla, Wash; and Albert "Allie" Zimmerman, of Antigo, Wis.
I have added corrections in brackets, ( ), showing their names and that of their spouses.
This one documents the names of  her husband, Stephen Benedict Roberts' family, and her own Zimmermann sisters and brother. She must have written it about 1891 for their ages to be right.
It reads:
I. Roberts 75  Thomas Isaac Roberts b.May 22, 1816 Bryn Isa, Denbigh, Denbighshire,Wales
Margret Roberts 70 Margaret Salisbury b.Dec 9, 1822 Henllan, Denbighshire,Wales
John Roberts 38 John Salisbury Roberts b.May 6, 1853 Liverpool, England
Will Roberts 35 William Henry Roberts b.Jan 3, 1856 West Port, Dane co., Wisconsin
S.B. Roberts 34 Stephen Benedict Roberts b.Jun 25, 1858 West Port, Dane co., Wisconsin
Maggie J. Roberts 31 Margaret "Maggie" Jane Roberts b. Mar 18, 1860 Mazomanie, Dane co., Wisconsin
Thos. I. Roberts 28 Thomas Isaac Roberts, Jr. b.Oct 25, 1861 Dane co., Wisconsin
Annie Roberts 27  Catherine  Anne "Annie" Roberts b.Feb 1863 Cross Plains, Dane co., Wisconsin
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This list was written about 1896 for the ages to be correct.
Carrie R 35 Carolyn "Carrie" Ellen Zimmermann b.Sep 2, 1861 Beaver Dam, Dodge co., Wisconsin she m.Amos Hilary Rouget
May R 33  Mary "May"Ann Zimmermann b.Aug 31, 1863 Birnamwood, Shawano co., Wisconsin she
m.Stephen Benedict Roberts same as above.
Fred Z 30 Frederick "Fred" C. Zimmermann b.Aug 24, 1866 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Will Z  28 William "Willie" Niclous Zimmermann b.Nov 12, 1868 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Agnes Z 26  Agnes "Inez" L. Zimmermann b.Nov 1, 1870 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Ida F 23  Ida Gertrude Zimmermann b.Mar 6, 1872 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin m.Lou Filyus
Henry Z 21 George Henry Zimmermann b.Oct 14, 1874 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Maggie Z 18 Margeretha "Madge" "Tanta" Bridget Zimmermann b.Apr 25, 1878 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
Allie 15  Albert "Allie" Rockins Zimmermann b.Jan 22, 1881 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin
NOTE: the only child not on this list is: Alicia Elizabeth Zimmermann b.Oct 31, 1871 Sheyboygan, Wisconsin. Nothing else is known about her.
This page documents her marriage to Stephen Benedict Roberts and also the marriage of Henry Zimmerman and the death of William ("Willie") Zimmerman it reads:
S.B. Roberts Born in Wesport Dane co., Wisconsin the 25th of June 1858 and married the 3rd of July 1884
Married to Miss Mary Zimmerman Died Feb 6th 1904. S.B. Roberts was born in Westport, Wis., not Wesport as she has spelled it.
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Henry Zimmerman Born 14th Oct 1874  Married 15th Oct 1902 to Miss Kathleen Schmehl. This is George Henry Zimmermann as seen above, he married Katherine "Kitty" Schmehl.
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Wm. Zimmerman Died Oct 5th 1906. This is William "Willie" Niclous Zimmermann as seen above.
This page is another list of the births of the Zimmerman children of Frederick & Bridget Bowe-Zimmerman, so I will not repeat it, as it is the same a above.
This is another repeat of Henry, Maggie's, and Allie Zimmerman's births. As I have already done the list of these children above, I will not repeat them here.
This first clipping is a recording of the death of Mary Ann Zimmerman's oldest sister, Carrie's first born child. His name was not Rogers as the newspaper mistakenly printed it, but was Chester A. Rouget the son of Amos Rouget and Carolyn, sometimes spelled Caroline, Zimmerman. They were living in Chicago, Illinois at that time. The clipping reads:
Died Oct 15, 1885 at 4017 Dearborn street, of pneumonia, Chester A. Rogers (Rouget), baby boy of Amos and Carrie Rogers (Rouget) aged fifteen months. Funeral services at the house, 2 p.m. to-day. The remains will be taken to Oakwoods. (He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois)

Next in handwriting: Stephen Roberts died Feb 6, 1904 and is a repeat of the death of Grt. Grandma May's, aka Mary Ann Zimmerman's husband, Stephen Benedict Roberts.

The next clipping is that of Bridget Bowe-Zimmerman, it reads:
Died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. S.B. Roberts, Mrs. Zimmerman, beloved wife of Wm. Zimmerman, of Birnamwood, aged 45 years. She was taken to her home for interment, the funeral taking place on Monday.
In hand writing it says: 10th of June 1887 Mrs. Wm. Zimmerman
In margin it reads: Bridget Bowe, Tuberculosis. 
NOTE: Grt. Grandma May married Stephen Benedict Roberts Jul 2, 1884 in Clintonville, Waupaca co., Wisconsin. Her mother Bridget died three years later at her home. I do not know for sure if they were living in Clintonville at that time, or if they had moved to Pelican Lake or Edgar? Bridget was taken back home to Birnamwood and buried there, but later as I have stated before she was removed and reburied in the Edgar Catholic cemetery when the family moved there.

Last handwritten note: Willie Zimmerman died Oct 5. 1906 This is a repeat of  William "Willie" Niclous Zimmermann as seen above.















Pictorial Trip Up The Family Tree

Today being a drizzly day, I thought I would take some time, to go on a little pictorial trip, up the family tree.
I thought I would start with Great Grandpa, Richard Gregg Scearce, aka Dick, and wife, Wanda Dale Roberts, aka Matie.
Here is a picture of Dick, about the year 1918. This was taken when he was in college, at the University of Oregon, in Eugene. Dick was born November 20, 1898 in Noblesville, Hamilton co., Indiana, to Harry Marshall Scearce & Anne Elston Krout. But we are not going up his tree yet.
This is grt. grandma Matie, as she was known to family, but was know as Dale by all others. She was born Wanda Dale Roberts, Mar 31, 1900 in Edgar, Marathon co., Wisconsin to Stephen Benedict Roberts, & Mary Ann Zimmerman, aka May or Mae.

Tragedy stuck her family when she was very young. Her father dying in a hospital in Chicago, where he had gone for surgery, for a bleeding ulcer, in 1904. Her mother, along with her grandfather, William Frederick Zimmerman, came on the train, first to Eugene, Oregon in 1913, and then to Hood River, Oregon, in 1914. Encouraged to do so by her older sister, Caroline, aka Carrie, whose husband Amos Rouget, was helping in the building of the Power Dam, at that time.
This is her mother, Mary Ann Zimmerman-Roberts, who was known lovingly as, Grandma May, sometimes spelled Mae. She was born, Aug 31, 1863 in Birnamwood, Shawano co., Wisconsin to William Frederick Zimmerman & Bridget Bowe.

When her husband died in 1904, he left a very prosperous business, yet the loss of him was too much for Grandma May, and she had to go into a sanatorium for a while. Her children, Dale and Stephen, were taken in by relatives. This made Dale a very sad, and sometimes angry child. I do not know how long May was in the sanatorium, but Dale was 13, when the family took the train out West. She did not like this change either, as she had to leave most of her family, and all of her friends behind in Edgar.
This is Grandma Mays husband, Stephen Benedict Roberts. He was born, Jul 25, 1858 in Westport, Dane co., Wisconsin to Thomas Isaac Roberts b.May 22, 1816 in Bryn Isa, Denbigh, Denbighshire, Wales & Margaret Jane Salisbury aka Maggie b.Dec 9, 1822 in Henllan, Denbighshire, Wales.
Thomas & Maggie Roberts were married at St. Davids Church, Nov 9, 1851 in Liverpool, England. Their first born son, John was born there in 1853, but in 1854, they took ship from Liverpool, and emigrated to Wisconsin.
This is Mary Ann Zimmerman & Stephen Benedict Roberts, possibly on their wedding day, which took place, Jul 2, 1884 in Clintonville, Waupaca co., Wisconsin. Stephen was a man of some prestige in the towns of Pelican Lake, where he was Post Master, and in Edgar, where he was a Town Councilman, and business owner, and a partner of Charles C. Delong, in a drygoods store.
Here is an interior shot of his store. L to R: Stephen Benedict Roberts, sitting is his partner, Charles C. Delong, the woman on the right is S. B. Roberts sister in-law, "Madge" Zimmerman. Sister to Grandma May.
Here is an exterior shot of the old store. Grandma May Roberts, is on the far left, next is her sister, "Madge" Zimmerman, sister, "Inez" Zimmerman Kress, sister, Ida Zimmerman Filyes, their father, William Frederick Zimmerman, brother, "Allie" Zimmerman, and lastly Grandma Mays husband, Stephen Benedict Roberts.
This is the new brick store, that was built in 1900. The old store was not sold, but used for overflow, and storage.

This is an interior shot of the new store, taken circa 1910. "Jack" Kress, the husband of  "Inez" Zimmerman, a younger sister of Grandma May, was manager of the store at that time. The woman may be Inez and the girl, their daughter, Gennedean Kress.
This is the home of S.B. Roberts & Grandma May Zimmerman-Roberts, in Edgar, Wisconsin. It is also the house that Matie spent her childhood in. I do not know who the girl in the hat is, but the girl in the middle in Matie, and the little boy next to her, is her younger brother, Stephen Forest Roberts, aka Forrie. I believe the person standing and waving, in the window, is Grandma May.

                     Another view of the home in Edgar, Wisconsin.
                      Interior view of the home in Edgar.
                   Another interior view of Maties childhood home.
As you can see, they were people of wealth and standing in their community. It must have been very hard, for them, to leave Edgar, and move West. At least they didn't have to do it by wagon train.

This is the obituary of Stephen Benedict Roberts, the husband of Grandma May Zimmerman Roberts, he died Feb 6, 1904.
Pages one and two of the last will and testament of Stephen Benedict Roberts, husband of Grandma May.