Martha (Lindemann) Schmidt and her Grandchildren (1913)

(Click the image to enlarge) Thank you to our cousin Sandra (Schmidt) Banwart of Algona, Iowa for this terrific photograph of Martha Elisabeth (Lindemann) Schmidt (1837-1923) (the wife of Conrad Jacob Schmidt, one of the original Schmidt immigrants to the West Bend, Iowa area) and twenty nine of her grandchildren! This picture was taken in […]

Photo: Adam and Lizzie Raub and their kids

Check out this great photograph of some of our cousins on the Raub side of the family from the Dysart, Iowa area! ¬† (From left to right) Lois Louise (Raub) Woodworth (1904-1974); Pauline Mary (Raub) Casbon (1917-2006); Adam Raub (1877-1957); Frank W. Raub (1913-1995); Elizabeth K. “Lizzie” (Wetzstein) Raub (1884-1960); LaVanche Gertrude (Raub) Elliott (1906-1971). […]

Congrats to Elizabeth Schafer!

Congrats to our cousin, Elizabeth Schafer, on the birth of the newest member of our family tree: JaKhai Schafer, who was born on October 30th! JaKhai Schafer is the son of Elizabeth Schafer, grandson of Jon Schafer, great grandson of Francis Schafer, 2xgreat grandson of Carl Schafer, 3xgreat grandson of Lizzie (Schmidt) Schafer, 4xgreat grandson […]

The Ship That Almost Snuffed Out the West Bend Schmidts

This is an essay written in 1927 by John Klein, a Humboldt, Iowa high school student. His freshman English class was to interview and write about an older person in the community. The essays are collected at the Humboldt public library. Michael Lindemann is the subject of this essay and it includes an account of […]

Congrats Cousins Lolla & Lilly Tenwalde!

Wow! Check out these amazing wooden speedsters built by cousins Lolla and Lilly Tenwalde. Lolla and Lilly were on the news¬†because at the Putnam County (Ohio) Fair this week, Lolla’s car (pictured at top) won the Pinewood Derby for fastest car, while her sister Lilly’s car (pictured underneath) won the Pinewood Derby for best designed […]