Emma A. Zierke (1871-1960), was the younger sister of my great-great-grandmother Ottelia Zierke. Like all the Zierke children, Emma was born on the Zierke family farm in Harris, Wisconsin. She was the second of five surviving children of Anna Wilhelmine Schulz and Friedrich Zierke Jr.
I was lucky enough recently to get in touch with Emma’s great-grandson Tim Dittmer, and all the photos listed below are courtesy of him.
Emma married Albert William Barwineck (an immigrant from Pommern, Prussia) in 1893, and they had four children that I know of: Walter, Ella, Albert, and Flora. The Barwinecks lived in Wood County, Wisconsin for a while before moving to Schofield and Wausau. While they were in Schofield, Albert worked at the Marathon Paper Mills where my great-grandfather Edwin Schmidt also worked. Later the Barwineck family moved to Milwaukee, and finally to Marshfield where Emma died in 1960.
This photo shows Emma as an older woman with her grand-daughter Jacquelene Barwineck. It was taken about 1944.
This one shows Emma with her grandchildren Gerald and Jacquelene Barwineck, taken about 1950.
I didn’t expect to get photos of Emma’s sister (another of my great-great-grand-aunts), Minna Pauline Zierke (1885 – 1970). But there are two photos of Emma and Minna together. You can definitely tell they are sisters.
The other photo of the two sisters. At first I thought it was some kind of funeral floral arrangement in front of them, but looking closer I think it’s just a flowering plant in a wooden plant stand.
Finally, a real treat, also sent to me by Tim. This is a photo of my 3x great-grandmother Wilhelmine Schulz. I have written about her family on this blog many times. She was born in Podstolitz, Kreis Kolmar, Posen, Prussia and came to the US in 1866. I had this photo previously, except it was just her face. This is the full photo, and you can see her in her entirety, which I love. I especially like the fur rug at her feet. So random!
It makes me realize that somewhere is a matching photo of her husband Fred Zierke, from which the hand-tinted portraits that Gary Zierke owns were made. Hopefully I can find it someday.