Photo Mysteries. .. Need Assistance

A few more photos from my cousin, Bob E.  We cannot identify all the members of this family.  Suggestions welcome!

This one MAY be the blended family of John Schaefers (1841-1917) and Nipp relatives.  The woman seated at the far right is Carolyn Schaefers (1891-1983), daughter of John Schaefers and Carolyn Nipp Naescher Schaefers (1958-1893).

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This photo was identified as “Nipp Cousins.”  Seated center is Johanna “Hannah” Schaefers (1889-1958).  Standing right is her sister Caroline Schaefers (1891-1983).  We do not know the other women in the photo.

Nipp cousins

This one is most likely Frank Schaefers (1872-1952).

Frank Schaefers

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John Schaefers Home near Clayton, South Dakota

Readers of my blog may remember the excerpts from the autobiography of Sister Julitta (Mary) Naescher that I posted earlier.  In her writings, S. Julitta recounted her early home life and memories of happy years before the death of her parents at an early age.  Recently Bob E., a second cousin, generously shared these photos of the Schaefers family home which was located just north of Clayton, South Dakota.

S. Julitta painted these first two pictures.  The original painting hung for many years in the living room of my grandparents, John and Leona Schaefers.

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You can see the vivid and accurate details that S. Julitta captured as evidenced by the photos below.  The persons in these photos are from left: Johanna, John, Caroline, their father John Schaefers, and their brother Frank Schaefers.  The second photo is a close up of the persons in the first photo.

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Keeping Up With the (Digital) Times

Changes abound:

*typewriters have given way to computers

*landlines are being replaced by cell phones

*videocassettes gave way to DVDs which are being supplemented by online streaming

*and vinyl records, while still available, are becoming rare and were replaced mostly by CDs which are being replacing by mp3 players and online players … and the list goes on.

And then there are, or more accurately, were cameras that had film.  But digital photography  had largely replaced film.  Indeed, there are exceptions to all of these and I experienced  that when cleaning an all too forgotten drawer recently.  I came across a disposable camera.  That’s the kind that used to be quite popular for taking outdoor amateur pictures.  The film was enclosed in a cardboard type of camera which, when all the pictures had been taken, was then returned to have the film developed.  The camera was part of the package and was a single use item.

I had absolutely no idea what was on the film but was surprised and pleased to find these two photos included.   Looking at the photos, it appears they were taken in approximately 1994 or 1995.  The location was Logan Dam in Clark County, South Dakota.  This dam was a WPA project in the 1930s and the idea was water retention.  My husband grew up on a farm very close to this dam and has memories of spending Sunday afternoons fishing and swimming there.  Some of the area around the dam is now covered with prairie grass in middle to late summer.

The developed pictures were very light (probably due to the age of the film) so I scanned a few of them and tried to adjust and “correct” the color but was only marginally successful.

The first photo is of our daughter Naomi and the second is a view of the dam.  (It was a typical windy day in South Dakota.)

Lesson learned:  next time don’t wait twenty years to have a roll of film developed!  Technology almost by-passed me on this one.

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Hanson-Johnson Photographs

Nels A Hanson, 1858-1916

Nels A. Hanson, born 17 April 1858 Katslosa Parish, Malmohus Ian, Sweden Died 19 October 1916 Lily, Day, South Dakota

John B (Bryngelsson) Johnson and Johanna (Larson) Johnson 2

John B. (Bryngelsson) Johnson, born 11 November 1836 Eggvena Parish, Sweden; Died 1 June 1898, York Township, Day, Lily, South Dakota Johanna (Larson) Johnson, born 1 June 1836 Eggvena Parish, Sweden; Died 4 January 1906, Lily, Day, South Dakota

Andrew Hanson and Bertha (Persdotter) Hanson 2

Andrew Hanson, born 24 November 1826 Lomma Parish, Malmohus Ian, Sweden; died 15 May 1898 Lily, Day, South Dakota Bertha (Persdotter) Hanson, born 16 April 1830 Katslosa Parish, Malmohus, Ian, Sweden; died 4 May 1898 Lily, South Dakota

Anna Mathilda Johnson Hanson, 1868-1932

Anna Mathilda Johnson Hanson, born 16 July 1868 East Union, Carver, Minnesota; died 23 Sept. 1932 Lily, Day, South Dakota

John B. (Bryngelsson) Johnson and Johanna (Larson) Johnson were the parents of Anna Mathilda Johnson (wife of Nels Hanson).

Andrew Hanson and Bertha (Persdotter) Hanson were the parents of Nels Hanson.






















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Nativity Sets Through the Years

Four crèche sets that are part of our Christmas tradition:

Creche1This was purchased December 1969 when I had my first full-time job and was on a very tight budget.

Creche2This was purchased in 1970, our first Christmas of married life.

Creche3This set,  made in Kenya, was a gift from our daughter Naomi.

Creche4This set was purchased in Mexico in the mid 1980s.

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Christmas Films

Of all the assorted Christmas films and TV specials, my favorite is Frosty, the Snowman.  The reason for that is simple– Frosty was the first Christmas special I watched with our daughter Naomi.

She was about two and a half and probably did not grasp the entire story, but she did ask repeatedly afterward, “Why Karen cried?”

This was back in the days predating flat screen TVs, high definition television, and surround sound.  If memory serves me correctly, we had one, and only one, television set at the time which was an a 12 inch black and white TV I had purchased, pre-marriage,  for the grand sum of $79.  It was bought on credit and I made six monthly payments.  The final payment was made with a great sense of accomplishment!

To this day, Frosty is still my very favorite Christmas film (although The Christmas Story–a/k/a “You’ll shoot your eye out, Kid”– is in second place).

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Santa Claus Revelation

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, ” Francis Pharcellus Church, (From the famous editorial “Is There a Santa Claus?” which appeared in The Sun, September 21, 1897)

My own reaction upon learning the reality of Santa Claus was not too emotionally-damaging.  Hey, as long as the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve continued, I was a happy girl.

When our daughter Naomi was young, we did not overly emphasize Santa Claus.  Our tradition was that we exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve and then Santa brought a few smaller items on Christmas morning which were literally stocking stuffers.  Santa was a low-key operation in the Lohr household.

But there was one caveat to this:  “Santa” always used different wrapping paper for the Christmas morning gifts … totally unlike what I had used for wrapping Christmas Eve gifts.

Well, at least that was the plan.  But it was foiled when observant five year old daughter Naomi shyly asked me one Christmas morning, “Mom, are you and Santa Claus the same person?”  Ah, the best laid plan had unraveled!  I don’t think our daughter was profoundly damaged by this revelation.  (Did I mention the Christmas Eve gift tradition continued?)

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