Among the collection of documents and photos cared for by my cousin Norma Bandock are three post-cards that were sent from Rothschild, Wisconsin to Montello, Wisconsin where the Zierke family lived. All three cards show historic scenes from Rothschild Park, which was just across Grand Avenue from my great-grandfather Edwin Schmidt’s home.
I’m guessing that Billy Schmidt was given these postcards by the Zierke family, possibly when August Zierke died in 1955.
The first one is from Edwin to his Uncle August Zierke promising to send more cards “like these of the park”. It was sent on 17 Sept 1908 when Edwin was 20 years old and August was 27. Neither men was married. August wouldn’t marry Emma Prochnow until the next year, and Edwin married Olga Hanson in 1911.
The next one is from Edwin to his Uncle August Zierke, talking about the weather. It was sent at the same time as the first on 17 Sept 1908.
The third is from Ella Barwineck, who was the daughter of Emma Zierke, so Ella was Edwin’s first cousin. Ella and her family were living in Schofield, Wisconsin at the time this was sent. Ella’s father Albert Barwineck worked at the paper mill where Edwin Schmidt worked. The Barwineck family lived on Grand Avenue right next to Alvina Schmidt Mueller and Wilhelmine Winkelmann [Edwin’s aunt and paternal grandmother], and very close to my part of the Schmidt family who also lived on Grand Avenue.
Ella was writing back to her Aunt [and namesake] Ella Prochnow Zierke (presumably after a visit in Montello) telling her they had arrived back home in Schofield, and describing a storm they had had up North. It was sent on 3 Aug 1910 when she was 14 years old.
“Mrs. A. Zierke, Montello, Wis. Box 4. Hello their ante (sic). I got home fine. We had a big thunderstorm last night and a fine rain. From Ella B.”