Schultz, Auguste [Barkowsky] Family Picture, Macoupin County IL

Auguste [Barkowsky] Schultz Family

Picture below courtesy Sharon Buethner.

For a long time [many years] I did not know who these people were, but my gut told me that one was my Grandmother.  The problem was that the age of the known kids did not fit.

Well, through the years, I have discovered that Grandma came from Germany, not just with her mother & step-father, but also a half brother [who died within days of arriving in Mt. Olive in 1892] but also a step sister, Sophie Schultz,  two years older than she.

So, I believe this photo is of --
Auguste [Barkowsky] Schultz [1868 Germany - 1911 Mt. Olive, IL]
Marie [on the left] 1888 Germany - 1968 North Dakota]
Sophie Schultz [on the right] 1886 Germany - 1960 Michigan.  Sophie m. J.
Herman Gerdes in Mt. Olive 1909.
William Henry Schultz [baby], b. 2 May 1893 Mt. Olive, IL, d. 1951 California.

William Henry Schultz was baptised 14 May 1893 [Immanuel Lutheran], so I would assume the photo was taken about that time.

I still have some problem with the photo, that Marie would have been 4 1/2 yrs old then, but she was a very small woman, not quite 5 ft tall.  Sophie would have just turned 7.

After Auguste's husband, Henry Schultz, was killed in the mine accident 25 July 1893, (see Henry Schultze article) Auguste married John Hillmann in January 1895.  Sophie was apparently "farmed out" as she is living with William and Minnie Wellingbring [Wellenbrink] family in the 1900 census.

all rights reserved. Sharon BUETHNER.

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