My name is Emily Lemming
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(1650). The most recent event is the death of Louis (Butch) Joseph Scherra
(Dec 24 2012). The site was last updated on Apr 28 2013, and it currently has 27 registered member(s). If you wish to become a member too, please click here. Enjoy!
According to stories passed down by family members (in particular Claire Henry, youngest daughter of August and Minnie Rauf, and Phyllis Scherra, a grandduaghter), August and Minnie met on the ship as they traveled from Germany to the USA. However, according to the passenger lists of two different ships traveling from Bremen, Germany to Baltimore, Maryland, an August Rauf and a Minnie Meyer were passengers on different ships that arrived in Baltimore within 4 days of each other in early May, 1888. Consequently, it may be more likely that August and Minnie met just before leaving Bremen, Germany or just after arriving in Baltimore, Maryland, assuming they did not know each other in Hanover, Germany prior to their travels.
Clarie is an 85 year old white female who was born on May 4th, 1906. She was the youngest child in her family and had seven older brothers and sisters. There was a fifteen year age span between Claire and her eldest sibling. Her father, who was orphaned at age fourteen, worked for the C&O Railroad as a foreman for the car cleaners. Her mother was a housewife who stayed home to care for their eight children. Claire's parents were immigrants from Germany who came over on the same boat. She never knew any of her grandparents because they stayed in Germany and her parents did not speak of them very often.
My subject was raised in Covington, Kentucky in a predominately German/Catholic neighborhood. It was a working class community with many people employed in factories. Claire reported that her neighborhood was considered middle-class where everybody went to church on Sundays and most people attended the same parish school. Her neighbors all worked and it was expected tha...