ENGS Newsletter April 2004


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   MAY 2004

10 MAY 2004

This month we are going to go to Scribner, NE and visit the Musbach Museum, directed by Nona Wiese.

Those from Fremont area meet at Claire’s home 1722 East 19 and we will pool the cars, we will leave for Scribner at 6:45 p.m. This gives us a 30-minute drive barring traffic. Nona and staff will greet us at the Museum.

This is a very interesting museum because It holds Dodge County pioneer and descendants donations; all kinds of documents, photos and other materials, including furniture.

Now for the April meeting-we had a very good turnout and Renee Bunck gave a presentation on how Y-chromosome DNA tests can be useful to genealogists. The DNA study in conjunction with good research can help provide information
about family connections that are not documented.

Renee shared results from her Elder family research group and explained how the DNA testing was being used to help sort out different branches of the Elder families that are found in America In the 1800’s. Hopefully the DNA results will also help identify the origin of the Elder family by comparing results with Elder participants worldwide.

Family Tree DNA Is providing the Y-chromosome DNA testing at special prices through surname research groups. You can check for a surname group and find a wealth of information about the testing process and interoperation of test results online at: www.familytreedna.com. Mitochondria DNA tests are also available to follow your mother’s, mother’s mother.... back to the beginning of time or Haplotype DNA tests to follow your father’s line to it’s origin before surnames were common. While Mitochondria and Haplotype tests jump over most of the time period that a genealogist can research, the results may provide interesting insights to the history of your family. Renee recommends the book “The Seven Daughter’s of Eve” by Bryan Sykes as an interesting explanation of Mitochondria DNA studies combined with historical fiction tales of the lives of these “daughters of Eve”.


Early 19th Century German Settlers in OH, KY and other states by Clifford Neal Smith.

Ellis Island Interviews. In Their Own Words by Peter M Coan and donated by Helen Drumright.

Wickwire. Wickware Family Genealogy by Arthur Wickwire and donated by Janet Tavenner.

Tennessee Cousins. A History of Tennessee People by Worth S Ray.

Abbott. Ancestry of Nicholas 1799-1871 compiled and donated by Elizabeth Foster Tilton.

The Nyes of Fremont by James Hanson.

A short but interesting Headline from the Prairie Pioneer Gen Society Inc of Grand Island, caught my eye and I share it with everyone. This is in their April newsletter.


This is a way to check if there may be some American Indian blood in one’s family history other than by high cheekbone and coloration. American Indians have scooped teeth, scooped in the back of all of the teeth excepting molars. They will be scooped like a spoon. The more Indian blood, the more pronounced the scoop. This Is NOT visible from the front of the tooth, only from the back. It is one way remains can be identified as being native American when there are no other means of identification. shared by Mary Munch.

The Society also had an interesting article on ANTIQUE Stores and how they can be of help in genealogy research, such as local books, postcards, and old photo albums.

Members, please remember we have newsletters from societies across Nebraska, and also most of the U.S. State Gen Societies- or larger Gen societies within a state.

“A little girl had just finished her first week of school. “I’m just wasting my time,” she said to her mother. “I can’t read, I can’t write and they won’t let me TALK!”


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100 YEARS AGO 1904 - from Book 10

William F Ellerman to Emma M Renter on 4 May
Arthur H Christensen to Esther G Magley on 4 May
Henry Cook to Edna Wallace on 4 May 1904
Herbert V Johnson to lona Irene Connovan on 5 May
George C Legge to Amelia Horak on 9 May
Charles H Lyman to May Denslow on 11 May
William Magenau to Georgie Belle French on 17 May
Francis H Brown to Daise Louise Goff on 18 May
James Rasmussen to Mary Plain on 19 May
Joseph K Carlisle to Mrs Amy Vick Vertrees on 23 May
Carl J Schneider to Matilda E Kurz on 24 May
Ross Wickersham to Lulu Crocker on 26 May
Henry W Hasemann to Katie M Muller on 26 May

                                             and one of the marriage celebrations

A pretty wedding was solemnized Wednesday afternoon at the spacious farm home of Mr and Mrs Wm Renter, eight miles southwest of Scrlbner, when their daughter, Miss Emma, was united in marriage to William F Ellerman. It was a regular old-fashioned German wedding to which all of the friends on the contracting parties and their families were invited and more than two hundred persons responded with their presence. Guests were present from Omaha, Fremont, Pilger, Dodge, Snyder and Scribner, in addition to those of the neighborhood.

At 3 o’clock Miss Schweitzer took her pace at the organ and as the strains of a wedding march was heard, the bridal party descended from upstairs and took a position in the parlor, where the usual Lutheran ceremony was performed by Rev Mr Weibel, pastor of the Lutheran church of Ridgeley. After congratulations had been extended the bridal party and guests formed a line in the front yard and headed by the Dodge band, marched to the large barn south of the house where dancing was Indulged in as a fitting celebration of the event.

The bride wore a bewitching gown of blue silk crepe de chine, trimmed with spangled net and carried yellow roses. The bridesmaids, Misses Lizzie Renter, Tena Ellerman and Anna Schuler wore handsome gowns of white Persian lawn, with pink roses. The bridegroom was attended by William Lowe, Charles Renter and Hugo Schweitzer. Tillie Nolte was ring bearer.

A very elaborate wedding dinner was served from 6 to 9 o’clock in a tent adjoining the house, about fifty being served at a time. The tables were prettily decorated with roses and smilax. In the house the only room in which an attempt at decoration was made was the parlor, where roses and smilax were used to a good advantage.

The barn, where the light fantastic was tripped, is a very commodious structure, being 32 by 48 feet in size, and as the floor was nicely waxed made dancing a pleasure, and the orchestra of seven stringed pieces played in a manner that called for many encores. This part of the celebration did not end until the break of day. The older guests spent their time at the house at cards and as spectators to the young people’s gaiety. The celebration will be continued for several days.

The bride and bridegroom have grown up in the community and number their friends by the score, and have the best wishes of them all. They will begin housekeeping in a few days on a farm in Ridgeley. They received many useful and beautiful gifts, which were displayed in one of the rooms upstairs.

from Fremont Tribune, date unknown.

25 Apr 1904 a note in the Tribune:

TO BE MARRIED - Miss Emma Renter and William F Ellerman will be married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr and Mrs Wm Renter, on Wednesday, May 4th The Renters live three miles northeast of Webster. Miss Renter was one of the contestants last year in The Tribune’s piano contest. She is a charming and popular young lady.

Copyright 2002,2003,2004 Claire Mares

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