Sunday, October 18, 2015

Death Records & Modern Medicine

It is both interesting and heartbreaking to browse (or find) death records.  So many causes of death are preventable in our day and age but would wipe out most of a family before modern medicine.  It just makes me wonder about the mother who lost THREE children from Scarlet Fever in less than a month, what she would have risked or given to have been able to prevent that tragedy.
1872 Michigan death record: King children age 9, 12 and  6
It is easy to blame vaccinations for this happening or that, but it really comes down to is poor Margaret King would have jumped at the chance to prevent this kind of tragedy or many others like it.  (Scarlet fever doesn't have a vaccination but is curable today.)  The type of disease that vaccinations due work against are NOT as severe as they once were because modern medicine is much better at treating the symptoms.  But we shouldn't loose sight of the tragic past we can find in the old records which show us just how deadly they once were.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Gradus Lubbers and Dina Sneller Ball

Gradus Lubbers and Dina Sneller Bol where married March 14, 1896 in Fillmore Township, Michigan.  Three children total born to this couple, one set of twins.

It's curious how little anyone in the family knows about the courtship and marriage of our ancestors.  So write down your own story to save it for the future generations!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Naber & Lubbers

Walter Naber and Priscilla Lubbers married February 14, 1918 in Fillmore Township, Michigan. Together they had 11 children, 2 who died young.  Walter Naber is credited by family with saving some of his younger children who were very small.  He setup a little incubator at home for the newborns, keeping them warm like little chicks!  Their youngest daughter was actually born at the hospital at a time when very few babies were not born at home because of the high risk birth.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Brandt & De Vries

Jeanette De Vries and Otto Brandt married October 31, 1918 in Zeeland, Michigan.  I don't have a newspaper clipping describing the dress but the story goes that Otto and Jeanette had a shotgun wedding.  She was pregnant (first child born April 1919) and her brothers (she had six of them) chased Otto down, forcing him to marry her.  They ended up with 11 children, two who died very young.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Brandt & Naber

I love old wedding pictures!  I have tried to locate direct line ancestor's wedding pictures and have only been partially successful.  So I'll share the ones I have, starting with my maternal grandparents.

Gertrude Brandt married Gordon Naber on September 26, 1941 in Holland Township, Michigan.

From the newspaper: "A pretty wedding took place Friday evening at 8 o'clock in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Brandt on route 2 when their daughter Gertrude, was united in marriage to Gordon Naber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Naber, of route 5.  The bride was gowned in white silk marquisette, princess style with a train.  The yoke of the dress and the upper sleeve were trimmed in lace.  She wore a fingertip veil and carried a bouquet of lilies, delphiniums, pink gladioli and baby breath."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Great-Great-Great Grandparents #32

Egbert and Hermina (Beld) Boes were married November 21, 1858 in Zeeland, Michigan.  Egbert Boes was born July 2, 1819 in Zweelo, Drenthe.  Hermina Beld was born March 16, 1836 in Bentheim.  Together they had 12 children.  Egbert died at the age of 92 on May 30, 1912 in Zeeland, Michigan.  Hermina died at the age of 83 on February 12, 1920 in Jamestown, Michigan.  They are both buried in the Zeeland cemetery, Zeeland, Michigan.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Great-Great-Great Grandparents #30

Jan and Trientje (Koenes) Meulenbelt were married September 24, 1862 in Aduard, Groningen.  Together they had five children.  Jan Meulenbelt was born November 21, 1839 in the Netherlands and died June 2, 1925 in Michigan at the age of 85.  Trientje Koenes Meulenbelt was born April 1840 in the Netherlands and died March 21, 1917 at the age of 76 in Michigan.  They are both buried in the Grandville cemetery in Grandville, Michigan.  There is no headstone.