I received a request to try to find family for something.
I belong to a German Interest Group in Janesville, WI. One of our members has an award (ribbon, I think.) Someone found it on the street and sent it to her. It is old and has information with it. Would it be possible for me to take a photo of it and send the photo and information to you for posting?
The surname is Scheurmann. The ribbon is in gold. There is a photo translating the German on the ribbon, one of the envelope and one giving information about the ribbon from a family member. The envelope is postmarked 1944. I don't think I can give you any more information. As I said, we are just trying to get it back to the rightful family. Do you have any other ideas? Mary
Here it is. First the entire ribbon, then the wording, the envelope, a note and the translation.
Miss Alice Scheurmann 311 Driftwood Lane Wilmette Ill Postmarked in 1944
There is a memo off to the side November 20, 1944-1786 =158 years old. (227 years old now)
This silk ribbon is a family heirloom from October 2, 1786 celebrating the succession of Fred. Whlm II to the throne of Prussia.
Given to Mimm Jones Scheurmann by her Aunt and Uncle Katrina and Karl Mueller who came to Ill in the 1850’s from Prussia, bringing money with them buying farm lands + becoming citizens. They brought this rare old ribbon among their personal possessions. Ribbon given to Karl Mueller by his father in Prussia who had been at this celebration as a young officer – 1786.
Here is the translation of what is on the ribbon.
Huldigen – to pay homage to swear allegiance
Come (all) to your kings throne
Swear (conjur up) by the peoples sacred hands
because Friedrich turned the crown over to Friedr. Wilhelm
swear (you??) to be faithful to him
longtime your fervent heart beat for him
know (that) your solemn oath of allegiance
will be carried by Prussia’s
protective spirit heavenwards
The book of fate (history) lies open
can prophesy you blessings
“You shall be happy for all times to come under Friedrich Wilhelm”
If anyone can help to locate family for this ribbon please leave me a comment or contact me by email, my email is off to the left click on the yellow flower in the sidebar. I will forward the information to Mary.
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