18 Mar 2008


Ancestors Sharing Center
Vintage Photos Found

Kanter County Collection

The following 5 photos were submitted on 9-20-2003 by:
Sandra Breitkreutz (Mrs. LeRoy)
644 Norman Avenue, Crete, Nebraska 68333

Photo No. 1. 8 1/8 x 5" photo on 12 x 9 flat card with no studio markings on front. Subject: interior of what appears to be a butcher shop. Standing behind the counter are a man and three boys, ranging in age from about 10 to 18. All are wearing white ³butcher shop² jackets. The oldest of the three boys, who is standing with his hand on a wall telephone, has a watch fob on his vest and looks to be wearing a graduation mortarboard. There is a calendar on the wall from Bankers Reserve Life Company, Omaha.

It is turned to April, and the first day of the month falls on a Sunday. I can¹t lay my hands on the chart that would help me determine what year that might have been, but photo looks like it could be the 1920s. Next to the calendar is a handwritten sign that includes the words ³butter,² ³Swift,² ³cottage cheese,² ³milk² and some other words I cannot make out.

On the back of the photo is a rubber stamp that says ³--Duplicate Orders Filled ‹C.P. Michael Photographer, Norfolk, Neb.² Handwritten on the back is the following: # 6904, Breitkreutz, 1.40 for Two² or that last may say ³1.40 for Five.² I don¹t believe any of the people on the photo are from our immediate Breitkreutz family, so, who in the world are they?

Photo # 2. 3 1/2 x 5 1/2² photo printed on postcard backing as was popular from about 1915 to about 1925 or so. The photo of four women was taken in a studio with a painted backdrop. Seated in front is Mrs. Ernst H. (Amelia Lierman) Breitkreutz, who looks to be in her 50s.

Standing behind her are (from left) ³Grandma Peters (about the same age as Amelia Lierman), unidentified female called Carsten , and Mrs. John Breitkreutz, who may be a niece of Amelia¹s husband. Carsten and Mrs. John Breitkreutz seem a little younger; maybe in their 40s-- than Amelia and Grandma Peters. We would like to know who Grandma Peters and the unidentified Carsten woman are, and we would like to know why these women had their photograph taken together.

  Photo # 3. 4 x 5 1/5² photo on4 1/4 x 6 1/2² cabinet card marked with Kortright Co. Studio, Wayne, Neb. And with a decorative ³Kortright & Craven Art Gallery, Wayne, Neb. Photography² design on the card back. Card and clothing, plus estimated ages of known individuals, suggest a time period from late 1800s to very early 1900s.

Subject: Couple in their 50s or 60s photographed against a painted backdrop that appears to have been set up outdoors because the floor appears to be grass. Written on the back is the name, ³Mr. And Mrs. Ferd Melcher, Wyoming.²

This picture is an exact match to a photograph of Ernst W. and Amelia (Lierman) Breitkreutz of Wisner, Cuming County, Neb., suggesting very strongly that the photographs were taken at the same time. We are anxious to discover who Mr. And Mrs. Ferd Melcher are.

Photo No. 4. 5 9/16 x 3 7/8² studio photo on 8 x 6² beveled edge card with ³frame² embossed around photo and C. Traulsen, Wisner, Neb.² studio logo embossed on front. Photo appears to have been taken sometime between 1890 and 1905. Subject: Eight people in two rows, all but one of whom we have been able to identify. I have named them by their relationship to Ernst H. Breitkreutz of Wisner, NE.

Pictured are (front row, from left) Grandma Breitkreutz Sr., Mrs. Ernst H. Breitkreutz, nee Amelia Lierman; Grandpa Breitkreutz Sr., Ernst H. Breitkreutz; Mr. Gus Matthies; Grandma Hoehne Sr., nee Caroline Breitkreutz, sister of Ernst H. Breitkreutz; (back row, from left) Mrs. Louie Breitkreutz (sister-in-law of Ernst H. Breitkreutz; Lizzie Lenling, relationship undetermined; Mrs. Gus Matthies, nee Antonia Hoehne; and Mrs. Augusta Paege, nee Augusta Hoehne. Mrs. Augusta Hoehne and Mrs. Gus Matthies are daughters of Caroline Breitkreutz Hoehne and nieces of Ernst H. Breitkreutz. Gus Matthies is the husband of Antonia Hoehne Matthies.

We have no idea who Lizzie Lenling is, but suspect she may have been a visitor from the South Dakota Breitkreutz clan, and may represent a lost link to the South Dakota branch of the Breitkreutz family.

Photo No. 5.3 7/8 x 5 1/5² photo on brown 4 3/8 x 6 1/2² beveled edge cabinet card w/ embossed logo of Langer studio, West Point, Neb. Subject; head and shoulders of young man which appears to have been taken about 1893. He has a mustache (almost handlebar) and short hair almost as short as the flat top styles of the 1950s. Written on the back of the card is ³Fred Punkey.² We have no idea who this is.

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