Friday, February 5, 2010

Photo Number 101

This is a South Dakota/Illinois Photo of Edith Hermes taken at Brown Studio in Sterling, ILL.  Tomorrow I  have another photo for you to compare with this one..or maybe my imagination is working overtime.  I will venture to say that this photo was taken around 1910.  She looks like a school teacher to me..it would be interesting to know more about her.

I missed posting yesterday on this blog..the day just got away from me.
Thanks for stopping by do come again:)
***Update
From Norkio :Edith Hermes was one of four children born to Anton (or Anthony) and Margeret Hermes in Hamilton, IL. Edith had one older sister, Kate, a twin sister named Mayme (or Mary on later records), and a brother George. Edith and Mayme were born in September 1880, Kate in 1869 and George in 1878. My guess is there were some lost children in between Kate and George. In 1900 Anton's brother George was also living with them in Hamilton, he was 52 years old at that time.

Edith's parents came from Germany some time in the 1870s. Anton was born in 1832 and Margaret in 1845. Anton was a farmer according to the 1900 census. Their kids came later in life for the 19th century - Anton was 37 when Kate was born and 48 when the twins came. Margaret was 24 with Kate and 35 with the twins.

By 1910 the family had moved to Whiteside. By this time Anton was 77, Margeret was 65. Kate and Edith were residing with their parents still and there is no employment listed for them.

In 1920, Edith and Kate were residing in a home they owned, possibly their father's, and had taken in a boarder named Philip Peters. Edith is listed as the head of the household.

In 1930 they were still in Whiteside, Edith and Kate lived together. They both were listed as single on each census record.

BUT there is a marriage record for a Kate Hermes in South Dakota in 1918 to August Koerber. It's possible he passed away and Kate returned to Illinois to live with Edith. This would be a clear South Dakota connection. The dates/ages are fuzzy here because the marriage license has Kate 5 years younger than the census records. Maybe she lied about her age, August is younger than her on the license. :-)

Here's some more interesting information. Mayme married Matthew Hermes (yes the same name, cousins??) in 1904 at the age of 24. She and Matthew lived in Aurora IL and he was a cigar manufacturer by 1910. They had four children: Cacilia (or Carcelia, hard to read), Elmer, Raymond and Arthur. There's no information on the 1920 census about them, and by 1930, Matthew was 60 and retired, Mayme was 59, and their son Elmer was living with them. He was a dentist and also a veteran of WW1. Elmer died in September 1972 at the age of 83.



Update from Connie:
Ok here is some more to chew on.  I wonder if the Phillip Peters that is the boarder in 1920 with Edith and Kate is the same Phillip Peters who is the father of Margaret Peters Bauer ( Photo number thirty-nine.) 


AND in passing..LOL..Arthur Hermes (Mayme's son) was a casket bearer for( photo number102)   Anson Mekeels brother Arthur Mekeel. 


*** Update Feb 24, 2010.   Edith's twin sister is Mayme in photo number 104.  Edith would have been an Aunt to baby Hugh Hermes in Photo Number 103.   I am sending this photo to Jeanne..Edith would have been her Great Aunt. 

6 comments:

  1. I did some digging. I love this stuff!

    Edith Hermes was one of four children born to Anton (or Anthony) and Margeret Hermes in Hamilton, IL. Edith had one older sister, Kate, a twin sister named Mayme (or Mary on later records), and a brother George. Edith and Mayme were born in September 1880, Kate in 1869 and George in 1878. My guess is there were some lost children in between Kate and George. In 1900 Anton's brother George was also living with them in Hamilton, he was 52 years old at that time.

    Edith's parents came from Germany some time in the 1870s. Anton was born in 1832 and Margaret in 1845. Anton was a farmer according to the 1900 census. Their kids came later in life for the 19th century - Anton was 37 when Kate was born and 48 when the twins came. Margaret was 24 with Kate and 35 with the twins.

    By 1910 the family had moved to Whiteside. By this time Anton was 77, Margeret was 65. Kate and Edith were residing with their parents still and there is no employment listed for them.

    In 1920, Edith and Kate were residing in a home they owned, possibly their father's, and had taken in a boarder named Philip Peters. Edith is listed as the head of the household.

    In 1930 they were still in Whiteside, Edith and Kate lived together. They both were listed as single on each census record.

    BUT there is a marriage record for a Kate Hermes in South Dakota in 1918 to August Koerber. It's possible he passed away and Kate returned to Illinois to live with Edith. This would be a clear South Dakota connection. The dates/ages are fuzzy here because the marriage license has Kate 5 years younger than the census records. Maybe she lied about her age, August is younger than her on the license. :-)

    Here's some more interesting information. Mayme married Matthew Hermes (yes the same name, cousins??) in 1904 at the age of 24. She and Matthew lived in Aurora IL and he was a cigar manufacturer by 1910. They had four children: Cacilia (or Carcelia, hard to read), Elmer, Raymond and Arthur. There's no information on the 1920 census about them, and by 1930, Matthew was 60 and retired, Mayme was 59, and their son Elmer was living with them. He was a dentist and also a veteran of WW1. Elmer died in September 1972 at the age of 83.

    I could continue to trace this family because it's possible there are descendants somewhere still living, but in the mid 20th century the records on them get spotty.

    Your tease for tomorrow could in fact be Edith, Mayme or Kate!

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  2. Oh this is exciting - can't wait til tomorrow! Thank you ladies!

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  3. This is so fascinating that so much can be found out on this lost family. She reminds of a person I know who is in her 30's now.

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  4. Noriko..Thank you so much..great info!! The plot thickens..I would say stay tuned for a couple of days. We have already had the beautiful Margaret Peters.. Photo number thirty-nine. Could she be related to the boarder named Phillip Peters? AND how?? :)

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  5. I found another document that suggests the parents came to the US in the 1860s, not the 1870s. There's a tax record that Anton Hermes paid income taxes in 1865. This would have been the tax to pay off the Civil War debt. At that time he was something like a liquor distributor or retailer. ??? The challenge with this is there is no other identification information to confirm one way or another that this is our Anton Hermes. Hermes was a surprisingly popular name in the 1800s and often mutated into Hennes, Herms, Helms, Harmz and Harms. I found another record suggesting that Mayme passed away in Kentucky, but as with the tax record above, there's no real way to connect it to our Mayme. There were a number of women named Mayme - I'd never heard it before this morning!

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  6. Norkio, how do you find all this stuff! I need to have you check out my Grandfather and his family!

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Connie