Wordless Wednesday: Postcard from Lena (Brandenburger) Gosch to her sister Lily F. (Brandenburger) Schillig

Postcard from Lena (Brandenburger) Gosch to her sister, Lily (Brandenburger) (Glass) Schillig.
Postcard from Lena (Brandenburger) Gosch to her sister, Lily (Brandenburger) (Glass) Schillig. [Click to enlarge.]

Wow, lots of words in the title for a Wordless Wednesday post.


And now I can’t be wordless, because as I was fact-checking the married names of the sisters for the caption, I learned a bit more about sweet “Eloies” who had apparently been ill.

The card was postmarked 23 Aug 1912.

Christina Eloise Glass died 17 Sep 1912.

Dear Eloise was just 12 years old, as she was born 08 Dec 1899 in Texas.

Eloise’s father, James Maynard “Jimmie” Glass had been a physician, but passed away 28 Feb 1903 at the young age of 36. Eloise’s mother, Lily F. Brandenburger, remarried and she and Eloise were living with Lily’s second husband Fredrick C. Schillig and children from his previous marriage.

The death certificate of Eloise states that she died of a malignant intracranial tumor that affected her cerebellum.

She was buried in Bunker Hill, Illinois, on 19 Sep 1912.


I really hate it when a “Wordless Wednesday” post becomes a “Wednesday’s Child” post.


Notes, Sources, and References:

1) Postcard part of family ephemera collection.

2) Missouri death certificate online for Christina E. Glass, Certificate Number 31229: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/Results.asp?type=basic&tLName=Glass&tFName=&sCounty=all&tYear=1912#null

3) One Ancestry tree has her name as “Christine” but I had not seen that name before in family information. It was a clue to watch for, though, as German folks often called their children by their middle name, in this case, Eloise. The death certificate documented her legal name as Christine E. Glass, and I knew it was our little Eloise because her step-father, F. C. Shillig, had provided the death certificate information including her father and mother’s names and birthplaces that matched known facts. Another good instance of using Ancestry trees as clues to be verified.


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