Sunday, May 6, 2012

Great-grandparents Rosenbaum

I was able to do some scrapbooking this weekend, it being National Scrapbooking Day and all. I've found that I like my creations better when I get inspired by a photo rather than try to fit a photo into a layout for a challenge or something. So, I went through my old photos and found this wedding picture of my great-grandparents, Ferdinand "Frank" Ermund Martin Rosenbaum and Emma Sophia Sommer. The papers were K & Company that I used a Martha Stewart punch on.
 Emma Sophia Rosenbaum was born 18 Nov 1886 in Hanna, LaPorte Co., IN, to William F. Sommer and Theophiele Ottilie Warnke. The 1940 census shows she completed 6 years of schooling. She was the second born of 5 sisters and 1 brother. Her sisters were Cora (Kosanke), Liesetta (Schnurr), Lydia (Boatman), Martha (Gay), and Ernestina (Stotts). A brother, Albert, was born in 1893 but died just after his second birthday. The family story is that her parents, William & Tillie, came to the USA from Germany/Poland (Fitzerie, Posen) on their honeymoon with $1.50 in their pockets. They settled in Lacrosse and William worked all his life as section foreman for the Pere Marquette railroad.
Emma and Frank Rosenbaum were married 25 Sep 1906 at her home in Lacrosse. Frank's parents were Herman Carl Rosenbaum and Ernestine Emilie Noetzel. Herman was born in Rataje, Poznan, Poland on 29 Mar 1834. He immigrated to America when he was 20 years old, in 1854, ending up in Cass Twp., LaPorte County, IN. Ernestine was born on 20 Oct 1841 in Chodziez, Poznan, Poland. She immigrated in 1870.
Frank was born in 1881, the youngest of 9 that included Emma (Wittenberg), Mathilda (Schwuchow), Ada, Frederick (m Bertha Klemm), Gustave (m Julia Steinert), Albertine (Schultz), Paul, Carl. Frank and Emma had 3 children, Leona Marguerite (Domke), Herman Wilhelm, and my grandmother, Margaret Louise (Schnekenburger.)
I received this photo from my Great-aunt Leona's daughter, Mary Ellen. She gave me a box of pictures! It appears that Great-uncle Paul wrote names on most of the photos, thank goodness!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am very glad to know that your family roots go back to my homevillage - Fitzerie (Marunowo). Some time ago I created an Internet site about Marunowo ( so feel free to visit this page. I would be grateful if you could share with our community any kind of photographs or other heirlooms.
Kind regards,
Przemyslaw Pierko (