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June 8, 2008 / Dona

Two woman wearing hats

The woman on the left is my paternal grandfather’s mother, Jessie Tyler. I don’t know who the woman on the right is.

Two women wearing hats on Flickr

Two women wearing hats

June 8, 2008 / Dona

Woman in a white hat

I like the way this woman is standing, arms akimbo, and looking into the camera with an expression that seems to say, “Get on with it, why don’t you?” I wonder what the camera was, what it looked like. Was it the kind that you put your head under a black cloth?  Was it a Brownie?

As noted from my mother’s comment below, this is my Great Grandmother, Jessie Tyler (Green then Harris).

Woman in a white hat on Flickr

Woman with white hat

June 8, 2008 / Dona

Man with large rabbit

This is a man with a rabbit. The photo was probably taken somewhere near Elgin. I’m going to guess this man was a relative of my grandfather, Walter Green, as his face seems similar to photographs of my grandfather at a young age.

Whomever he is, he seems mighty proud of that rabbit.

Man with a rabbit on Flickr

Man with rabbit

June 8, 2008 / Dona

Woman in white dress in front of house

Another person I don’t know. It’s from the same batch, I think, as the one of the man and woman in the hats.

Photo on Flickr

Woman standing in front of house, wearing white dress and shoes.

June 8, 2008 / Dona

More unknown people

This couple might be ancestors, or perhaps friends of ancestors. The woman is in at least one other photo I have. I don’t know, from the clothes, what decade it is. Do you?

This is the woman in the photo with my Great Grandmother Jessie. I’m going to assume the man is her husband or boyfriend.

Photo on flickr

Man and woman standing in front of a bush.

June 7, 2008 / Dona

Another unknown ancestor

Someone else, probably related to me and long gone, who I don’t recognize.

Edited to add: It is Jessie Tyler Green Harris

Photograph on flickr

another unknown ancestor

June 7, 2008 / Dona

Jessie Tyler

Update: This is my mother’s father’s mother, Jessie Tyler.

This photo was taken at the Electric Studio in Elgin Illinois. I don’t know who she is, but the photograph was in a batch I got from my mom.

Unknown Ancestor on Flickr

Unknown ancestor

June 7, 2008 / Dona

Silas Koeser

Silas Paul KoeserMy grandmother Green told me a few things about her parents. Her mother, Emma Thiede Koeser, died when Grandma was 14 years old. Her father remarried to a woman named Jo. One of my grandmother’s siblings died as an infant. Grandma remembers that someone, her mother perhaps, saying to her father, “Silas, you have to go in and say goodbye to the baby.” I think he was too broken up about losing his child to go see the body.

While I couldn’t find Silas’ obituary online, I did find his first wife’s — my great grandmother.

EMMA KOESER cemetery 89A

Two Rivers Reporter
Friday, February 9, 1923:

After a long illness Mrs. Silas Koeser passed away Monday morning at her home, 2300 Thirteenth St., a victim of cancer of the stomach. Deceased, before her marriage was Miss Emma Thiede. She was born in this city in 1876, and had reached the age of 47 years when removed from the midst of her family of nine children, several of whom still need the mother’s loving care, the youngest being four years of age. Besides her husband those who mourn her untimely death are the following sons and daughters; Mrs. Everett LaFond, Mrs. Lester Lonzo, Silas, Jr., Phyllis, Lloyd, William, Lois, Harold and Donald. Other relatives are her mother, Mrs. Henry Thiede; a sister, Mrs. Charles Haltaufderheide, and five brothers; Henry and Fred Mandel and August and Ernest Thiede of this city and William Thiede of Jefferson. Mrs. Thiede’s death is a sad loss to her family and many friends who lived her as a devoted wife and
mother. The funeral will be from the Evangelical church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. [Thanks to the wonderful people at who maintain a website for Manitowoc County where my grandmother grew up]

My grandmother wrote the following on the back of the photograph.

Dad Koeser
Silas Paul Koeser
Born March 20, 1878
Son of Ernest and Elizabeth Doegler Koeser
Married Emma Thiede May 2, 1900
Father of following-
Themla LaFond
MIldred Linzo
Silas Wilbert Koeser
Phyllis Lahey
Lloyd Koeser
Lois Elizabeth Green
Harold Carl Koeser
Jerry Emmet Koeser
Donald Paul Koeser

Silas Paul Koeser on Flickr

June 7, 2008 / Dona

Henry Theide

Henry Thiede was my grandmother’s grandfather. His daughter, Emma, was my grandmother’s mother, but she died when my grandmother was 14 years old.

Henry, with his long white beard looks a little menacing, but his eyes look kind — a bit like Santa Claus.

I did an Internet search with the following keywords: “Henry Thiede” “two rivers” and found a wonderful website that mentions, not only the Thiedes, but also the Koesers. I discovered that Henry’s wife, Charlotte  Fredericka Willamina (Schwantes) Thiede was married before, to Henry Mandel who was killed in the Civil War. Henry Thiede fought in the Civil War as well, before he married Fredericka in 1867.


From the Two Rivers Reporter, Saturday, Dec. 13, 1913: OLD TIMERS – (photo with article)

The cruel hand of war parted many loving hearts forever when the boys of ’61 and ’62 set out in answer to Lincoln’s call for volunteers. Among those who responded to that call was Henry Mandel. He had been married two years before to Fredericka Schwantes. He and two of his brothers enlisted in company D 27th Regiment, Captain Rankin in 1862. He never came back. Fatally wounded in battle he died in the hands of the enemy and his remains were interred in far away Kansas. Henry Thiede who had served four years in the Civil war then became married to Mrs. Mandel in 1867.

Mrs. Thiede who is in good health at 76 came to this vicinity in 1856 with the entire Schwantes family consisting of six boys, four boys, the father and mother. The father bought a farm of eighty acres a few miles west of here soon after. He was proprietor of a hotel in Pomern, Regen Walde, Germany where Mrs. Thiede was born. To satisfy his children who did not like the business he sold out for a good price and they emigrated to America.

Left alone during the war with her two babies Fred and Henry who are now upright citizens of this vicinity, Fredericka went back to live with her father on his farm. The Schwantes boys, Carl, August, Fred and William had all gone to the war and she and her sister helped harvest the crops and did all they could to take their place. There was much work to do. And besides, they made home spun garments which they gave in exchange for help in farm work from the neighbors.

The Thiedes lived on a farm a few miles north of this city for eight years and then sold out and took up their residence in Two Rivers. Here the family has since resided. Since the death of Mr. Thiede eight years ago Mrs. Thiede has lived with her son Ernst, contractor.

Henry Thiede on Flickr.

Henry Thiede

June 7, 2008 / Dona

Oldest Photo?

This photograph of my great great Grandparents Henry and Charlotte Thiede outside their house in Two Rivers Wisconsin is possibly the oldest photo I have. I found it in an envelope at my mother’s house along with several photographs of people I don’t know. I would not have known who the people in this photo were had my Grandma Green not had the foresight to write, in detail, who the people were and where the photo was taken. I only wish she’d added the date.

Taken in front of Grandpa and Grandma Thiede’s house which was two doors west of Mexico House.

Mrs. Schwantes – Grandma Thiede’s Mother-in-law
Grandpa Thiede (Henry)
Grandma Thiede – Charlotte, Fredericka Willamina (Schwantes)

According to the Manitowoc County, Wisconsin Genealogy Website This house may be located at 3rd West Madison in Two Rivers (if that is actually a location).
Henry Theide House on Flickr
Grandma and Grandma Thiede at their house.