In early June 2015, I traveled to Washington State to visit with my brother. Then Kenneth, Billie and I traveled to Coeur’d Alene, Idaho to visit with our cousin, Wilma and her husband Dick. Another cousin Carl and his wife, Nola joined us as we visited and shared our memories. Our first meeting was wonderful, considering that Kenneth and I had never met Wilma. We sat down, and it like we have always known each other. Carl and Wilma have been in contact over the years.
Wilma shared photos gathered by her mother, Irene and our grandmother, Christiana. There were a number of them stored in a beautiful album. One of the great things was that probably 90% were identified. I have been working on renaming and preparing the photos to be put into some kind of presentation format.
A Summary of information from pictures scanned at Wilma’s
There are questions that have been answered and also some new questions. I ended up with almost 200 pictures, not counting anything from Sandee, which will be another topic.
Also was able to scan several confirmation documents and Charles Martin and Christiana’s Marriage Certificate. So much information has been gathered from a very short visit.
There is a picture of a Libby Voss and Bill Cooley. I am exploring the possibility that Libby was the wife of Henry Voss, Brother of Charles Martin. I have recently ordered some obituaries from Monroe County Historical Museum, in Monroe, Michigan to see if they help to explain this relationship. I am finding some interesting information about Agnes/Elizabeth A/Libby Frankhous. If I confirm these are all the same person, I will let people know.
Pictures I have added to my collection Even if it is only one.
Pictures added for these Voss Family Members : Children of Charles and Christiana – Agnes, Rudolf, Irene, George, Herman Voss-Wife Ruby, Children: John, Walter, Margaret, Rosalie, Carl, Charles Voss and Family, Louis, Barbara Langston, Wilma Negrey, Kenneth Voss, Melba Voss, and Walter’s Granddaughter-Valerie.
Pictures added for the Weisleder Family Members – William and Eva Hagen (k), Children: Sophia Hale, her sons, Walter, Warren and Clarence, William Weisleder, George Leonard and Family, Jennie Momberger, Charles C and Tillie Hansen Weisleder, Florence, Willie, Cora, Howard I., Mary Rodel, Edna, Ella and for Christiana (see Voss Family)
Charles Martin and Christian Weisleder Voss, Wedding picture, As a couple, In Ark, In Montana
Henry Voss’ Daughter – Mary and her husband Henry Dufour. Possibly his wife Agnes
The Mother of Charles Martin and Henry Voss – Mary Flagel Voss Rutschow, her second husband – John Rutschow, her second family – Fred, Carrie, Minnie, Mary “May” McQueen her daughter Erie McQueen Burton, and Erie’s son Daniel.
Allene is in a couple of pictures with Christiana and Irene, also one with her son. Do not know if Allene is neighbor, family friend, or relative. There were pictures of a Belfour Family. I could not find any relationship. Contacted a member of the family through Ancestry, and shared the photos I had.
Have also been able to make contact with a member of Freda Voss Miller, have shared information and also a couple of pictures. Freda would be the daughter of Frederick Voss, Brother of William Voss who is the father of Charles Martin.
The Ancestry family tree for Erie McQueen did not have her mother. I believe Mary “May” Rutschow McQueen was her mother. One of pictures was of Erie with her Aunt Carrie Rutschow.
There was a note in album about Rosalie, Eva Weisleder’s mother. It is possible that I need to revise my searches as it is possible Eva’s maiden name was Hagek not Hagen. Have done some searching without any success. There is a picture of a woman that looks very much like Eva, but the time frame for the picture does not fit.
Looking to confirm information about Henry Dufour, as the husband of Mary Voss.
If the picture of Libby Voss and William Cooley, can be confirmed, there will be a picture of the wife of Henry Voss, brother of Charles Martin.
This trip to visit Wilma was a “genealogist dream come true”. As always, as questions are answered, more question come up. I can’t thank Wilma enough for sharing all of those wonderful pictures and memories. Also the fact that so many were identified, was awesome. My next goal is to try to put these into a form that can be shared with the family. Through all of this I have found new records to add to my Voss Family Tree.
Like the dishes and the wash genealogy is never done.
Many thanks to my brother and his wife, Billie for taking me up there, and to my cousin Carl for sharing this time with us. They also provided the contact for one of his nephews and I have pictures and information from them.