Your Photos Hold a Story

Did you ever look at a photo and think: I know there is a story behind this! I just wish I could know what it is!? This happens to me more times than I can count. Sometimes a family member is dressed up silly which is the case in a photo of my grandfather wearing nothing but a native Hawaiian hula skirt and a huge grin. Where did he get this skirt? What drove him to put it on? Was it even his?? Unfortunately I didn't come across this picture until after he was gone to ask him these questions. And sometimes it is just a group shot. All filled with smiles and I can only identify a couple of people in the photo. Oh, how I wish I could know who the other folks are and why they were important in the lives of my relatives. This past summer I attended St. Augustine's KirchenFest in … Read More >

Get talking! 22 Interview Questions to Discover YOUR Family Story

The dreaded interview. We all have had to endure at least one that didn't go quite the way you wanted. Or, in my case, you thought it went really bad and you still ended up with the job! It all goes to say what you may think is one thing isn't always the case! But I am not talking about those kind of interviews. Let's talk about the interviews where we take some time and just sit and chat with our oldest family members. What if you are the oldest family member? Well, then interview yourself! Get a nice journal and jot down your answers to these questions. Perhaps use them as a jumping off point for a story or two that you would like future generations to know. If you are blessed to have an older family member in your vicinity then I can't encourage you enough to ask them questions … Read More >

Changes at Tillie’s Tales

There are changes afoot on Tillie's Tales! We are now deep in 1937 for my grandmother's (Bertille "Tillie" Brand Klein) entries of her "Tales." She ends her entries on December 30, 1939 so that means we have a little over two years left to go. With that being said I (Angie Kelly - Tillie's granddaughter and the person who posts her entries) have decided to expand what I post on this website. … Read More >

Tillie’s News Diaries from the 1930s

Sunday, April 25, 1937

Pretty cool today, with some showers, went to Red Bud mass, went with Henry & family to Uncle Fred’s for dinner & supper. Leo & Rose were also over. Uncle Fred & A. Mary came. Bert [Bertille] went along to Floraville to Boeker’s Wedding dance, Boy! what a crowd; Girls played. Rained a little. We got in the ditch coming home, he drove along the side of the road on account of holes & oil, got in rut & went right in the ditch. Lee Gregson & Isd. Helfrich came along Lee took his tire chains & hooked on bumper & pulled it out backwards, Leo & Lee pushed, Isd. drove; would of never got out if he wouldn’t of pulled it out. Uncle put his chains on also.

Saturday, April 24, 1934

Pap got his haircut, Mr. Griffin was here got some oats for his chickens. Uncle Fred & Aunt Mary came went along with us to Belleville, Bert got dress & hat etc., went to church. Henry & Floyd were up this morn. Eggs 17¢. Tax receipts came, much higher again this yr. $247. Bill Geodelle moved today from Omer’s Emil Schilling place to Bretsch’s some were near Broad Hollow, they say Emil has his place for sale.

Friday, April 23, 1937

Another Beautiful day, pap fixing pen for little chixs. Bert [Bertille] baking bread etc. & cleaning. Light bill $1. for 9 hrs.

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