52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Music

The Glasschrank Piano Jeanette can recall the time in 1943 when she, Delores, and Bernhardt were outside their house in Port Arthur watching some furniture being delivered. She saw some chairs unloaded, then a table, and then something that would change her life. “Hey! We got a piano! Look, we got a piano!” she shouted …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Family Legend

This story first appeared in our June 2018 newsletter and is one of my favorites. Have you heard about the legendary Blue Rock, located on the Jaeger homestead? In 1955, Henry Jaeger’s eldest sons were growing up and moving to Houston to seek employment opportunities and Lillie was pregnant with Lanis. Henry was growing increasingly …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Valentine

On this Valentine's Day, I'd like to talk about the love my grandparents shared for each other. Popo and Granny loved one another very much. They worked through  difficult times early on, including frequent moves and financial insecurity, and eventually became one of those sweet older couples that so many younger couples hope to be. …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: William and Marie

William Brandt was born on October 4, 1853 in Shelby, Texas, to Henry and Bertha (née Giesecke) Brandt. William had an older brother named Rudolph, a younger brother named Edward, and three younger sisters, Marie, Pauline, and Elise.   Marie Witte was born on December 14, 1855. She was the daughter of Victor and Anna Marie …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Relationships

Ever since I began researching the history of the Witte section of the Jaeger Witte Cemetery, I have become curious about the relationships among the individuals buried in the lower Witte section. Family cemeteries function as a sort of "phone book" detailing who lived in the general area. But I found that some individuals such …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Labor

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Labor Elsie (Naegeli) Dittrich was the daughter of Johann Albert and Francisca (Witte) Naegeli. She was born on March 6, 1891 and was married to Karl Otto Heinrich Dittrich on September 30, 1913. The Brenham Weekly Banner describes the wedding as a beautiful affair that was attended by an abundance …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Gratitude

Gratitude If you want to see an example of gratitude, look at a dog. You give them food and shelter and they thank you with love and loyalty. Dogs are everywhere on farms and ranches. Any farmer knows the importance of having a good dog. But they serve a much greater purpose than just being …

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Close to Home

There is a place that all Jaegers of a certain generation remember well. Warmth, holidays, loose tiles, Popo and Granny, flowers, dogs, and family. Those are just a few of the things I think of when I remember the house at 5900 Jaeger Rd. Some of the cousins had the opportunity to live there long …

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