Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Winsor-Krengel

Virgil C. Winsor is a brother of Rena (Winsor) Elsner.  He married Olga Krengel on September 5, 1916.

The Princeton Union, Thursday, Sept. 7, 1916, pg. 1
   Mr. Virgil C. Winsor and Miss Olga Leona Krengel were united in marriage Tuesday noon at the home of the bride's parents in Mankato.  The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Winsor of this village, and is a young man of sterling worth.  Numerous friends here wish Mr. Winsor and his bride a married life of uninterrupted bliss.  Mr. and Mrs. Winsor will reside at Excelsior.

Newspaper clipping is from the Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers site:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Kettelhodt-Smith

Frederick T. Kettelhodt married Mrs. Elvena E. Smith on June 16, 1921.  It is the second marriage for each of them.  Frederick Kettelhodt's first wife, Ottilie (Kriesel) Kettelhodt, died Jan 5, 1920 and Elvena E. (Kriesel) Smith's first husband, Frank, died July 17, 1919.

The Princeton Union, June 23, 1921, page 1
  Frederick T. Kettelhodt and Mrs. Elvena E. Smith of Princeton were married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Sundboom in St. Paul by Rev. Heyne at 7:30 p. m. on June 16.
  The bride was gowned in blue Canton silk crepe and carried a bridal wreath of rosebuds.  She was attended by her daughter, Mrs. C. R. Sundboom, and Mr. Sanboom (sic) was best man.  Hazel Sundboom was ring bearer and Lucille Sundboom flower girl.  Mrs. Sylvia Troseth, niece of the bride, played the wedding march.
  Following the ceremony a wedding supper was served, those present being E. G. Waldhoff and son, Earl, North Branch; Bernard Klaus and son, Harry, St. Paul; Mrs. Lydia Apgar, Mrs. Sylvia Troseth, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Peterson and son, Jerome, St. Paul; Miss Elenore Smith, daughter of the bride, Princeton.
  Their many friends wish them their full share of life's blessings.

  Ottilie and Elvena are not sisters.  I'm sure they must be related somehow, but I haven't figured out the connection yet.  I'll let you know once I figure it out.

Newspaper clipping is from the Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers site:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Mrs. F. T. Kettelhodt

The Princeton Union, Thursday,
January 8, 1920, pg. 1
Mrs. F. T. Kettelhodt.
   Mrs. F. T. Kettelhodt died at the Northwestern hospital, where she had been for 10 days, on Monday at 7 a. m. She was taken to the hospital after being confined to bed for five weeks at her home. Mrs. Kettelhodt had been in poor health for eight years.
   Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 1:30 p. m., at Ross' undertaking parlors and at the Princeton German Lutheran church at 2 p. m. The interment will be at Oak Knoll.
   Mrs. Kettelhodt was born in Posen, Germany, on September 22, 1863, came to the United States in 1874 and located at Crown, Isanti county. She was married to F. T. Kettelhodt at Cambridge on September 17, 1882. With her husband she then went to Young America, Carver county, where she lived about a year, from there going to New York city. On March 1, 1903, with her husband, she returned to Minnesota, locating in Princeton, and here she lived continuously until called by death. She is survived by her husband; one son, W. F. Kettelhodt of Livonia; two daughters, Mrs. Gust Kriesel and Mrs. Theodore Kriesel of Crown, besides seven grandchildren.
   Mrs. Kettelhodt was a quiet, unassuming, home-loving woman who was loved and respected by everyone favored with her acquaintance.

Mrs. F. T. Kettelhodt's name was Ottilie (Kriesel) Kettelhodt, and she was Elizabeth (Elsner) Kettelhodt's mother-in-law.

Newspaper clipping from the Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers site

Monday, April 2, 2012

Mystery Monday - Mystery Couple

Thanks to a newly found cousin, I have pictures of Albert & Lydia!  Everyone in the picture is identified with the exception of one mystery couple.  I have been trying to figure out who they are, but have had no luck.  So for now, they are Mr. & Mrs. Mystery Couple.  (I am assuming they are married, but maybe they are brother & sister.)

In this picture we have from left to right: Lydia (Richter) Elsner and her husband Albert Elsner, then Bill Kettelhodt, Lulu (Robideau) Elsner and her husband Erick Elsner, next to them is Fred Elsner, the mystery couple, and Elizabeth (Elsner) Kettelhodt.

In case you forgot how they are all related, here is a reminder:  Albert & Lydia Elsner are the parents of Fred, Elizabeth, Otto, and Erick.  Bill Kettelhodt and Elizabeth were married on Sept. 22, 1913; Erick Elsner and Lulu were married on Nov. 15, 1917; and Fred and Rena (not pictured here) were married April 30, 1913; Otto and Betty were married on Nov. 25, 1919.

So who is the mystery couple?  Is it Fred's in-laws, Samuel and Edith Winsor?  Or could it be one of Albert's brothers and his wife, or Lydia's sister and her husband?

In this picture, they have moved a few people around, Bill Kettelhodt and Fred Elsner are gone, but Fred's wife is in this one and now Otto and Betty are in the picture.  From left to right is: Otto and Betty (Hedin) Elsner, Lydia and Albert, Lulu and Erick, Elizabeth (Elsner) Kettelhodt, Rena (Winsor) Elsner, and then the mystery couple.

It looks like Mrs. Mystery Woman has her arm around Elizabeth's waist.  This makes me wonder if it might be Elizabeth's in-laws, Frederick T. Kettelhodt and Ottilie (Kriesel) Kettelhodt.  Bill isn't in this picture but he is in the one above and isn't even standing by his wife or the mystery couple.  And Rena is in this picture but she wasn't in the other one but her husband was.  Maybe they took turns taking the picture.  Were these two pictures taken on the same day?  Maybe they took the first picture before Otto and Betty arrived, so they had to take another family picture.  They all seem to be wearing the same clothes in both pictures.  Erick took his hat off for the second picture and Lydia has a different belt on her dress in the second one, but otherwise I think they are all in the same clothes.

In this one, all the ladies got together for a picture.  Left to Right: Lydia, Betty (Hedin), mystery woman holding a little dog, Elizabeth posing for the picture, Rena, and my great grandma Lulu in her sailor dress laughing at Elizabeth.  (Are they sitting on a wheelbarrow?!)

I noticed that in all these pictures, Elizabeth is always next to the mystery woman.  Is it because it is her mother-in-law, or a favorite Aunt?

Hopefully, someone will be able to help me identify the mystery couple and maybe we can figure out what year these pictures were taken too.  I believe the pictures were taken on Albert's farm which was in Greenbush Township, Mille Lacs, Minnesota.