Every picture tells a story No. 32
As I mentioned in episode 22, Hedwig the milkmaid was persuaded into moving in with her in-laws as her husband was conscripted to fight in WW2. Her mother-in-law was also called Hedwig, and I am guessing that the third adult in this pair of pictures may be her youngest daughter, also called Hedwig (or Hede). I may be wrong, but the only other daughter of the family was married by then, and also quite a bit older, so that leaves young Hedwig as the most likely person to still be around.
So there were three Hedwigs in the house, and to make matters worse, all three of them also shared the same last name at that point in time, so all three were called Hedwig Gellrich. In my family history adventures, I always refer to people by their birth name to avoid confusion, so in my nomenclature we have Hedwig Scholz, her daughter Hedwig Gellrich, and her daughter in law, Hedwig Geppert. Much easier.
Here we have first Hedwig senior (and invisible granddaughter) with her daughter (or somebody else) hiding in the open door:
Then the two younger Hedwigs (NB Hedwig Geppert is confirmed, the other one is not) with the baby born 1941:
This photo is also on flickr.
Every picture tells a story series so far:
- string quartet Wuppertal Elberfeld 1927
- greetings from Adamsweiler
- Gastwirthschaft Ferd. Weirich
- quartet times three
- Neumühl 1923
- Tangermünde railway station 1889
- a singing lesson
- bei Wilhelm Geppert
- a bakery at Lorsch 1900
- Consumgeschäft von Julius Düsselmann
- Hanna and Ruth
- a young chemist
- school's out at Reichenstein, 1886
- a patchwork family in East Prussia
- the case of the missing grandmother
- checkpoint Glaner Brücke 1929(ish)
- finding Mimi
- five sisters, five decades
- happy at home
- gone milking
- steel workers
- field work
- what to wear at Porta Westfalica
- a classic convertible
- at the bottom of the steps
- a forester's family
- the Kaiser visits Allenburg
- teaching the 'deaf-mute'
- a guard dog called Schluck
- party like it's 1956
- the case of the mysterious uncle
- three Hedwigs and a baby
Alternatively, you can use this twitter thread as an illustrated table of contents.
In a somewhat roundabout way, this series relates to my research for the family history music memoir I have now completed in a first version.