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

Thursday, May 20, 1937

We paint chicken house etc. Pierre got milk. We planted 53 cabbage plants. Oscar Birkner have 18 mons. Muriel’s picture taken at Belleville Studio it is in the paper, also Jerome Cortner’s girl’s picture to be 2 yrs old in Aug. 31. Gypsy Joe sang a song for Lorraine Cortner by Ray Neff.

Wednesday, May 19, 1937

Went to Waterloo, got flour etc. paid take $247.21. Painting our chicken houses now, started yesterday. Pierre came brought a jar for milk in the morn. Uncle Fred & A. Mary came this eve, planted plants. We planted 53 cabbage & 2 rows mushmellons this eve. Eggs $.74 Wheat $1.27. The Oscar Birkner & Grahlerr h case which was at Belleville last week, Birkner won Grahlerr has to paid $33. for selling posts & straw.

Tuesday, May 18, 1937

Cloudy & black sky this morn, had light shower of rain. We went to Leo’s, brought Jake along, he got the horse rode him up there to work by Leo’s; Mr. Orlet is out to came last nite. Ivo Buehler came brought cabbage plants here what Rose sent along with him for Henry. Pierre Laut got 1 qt milk. Went out to Henry’s, helped plant cabbage plants; Geodelle’s stopped a little while to then went to Dan Geodelle’s.

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