was born in the 1850's in Germany.
She was my grandfather's grandmother,
my father's great-grandmother,
She immigrated to the US around 1880 or so.
She was in a challenging marriage to a difficult man... described in genealogical literature as an "itinerant butcher" who "liked to drink." Awesome... big knives, big booze. Not a winning combo.
Interestingly, his death proves this.
He was injured in a knife fight over a game of cards. Alcohol was involved. Apparently, he was playing at a friend's house...not sure if they called them 'playdates' back then. The cards came out. The liquor was flowing. Order is not important. Someone may or may not have cheated but someone thought he did. And.... out came the knife.
Ol' Karl got stabbed.
Evidently, this signaled "game over" to him, and he decided to walk home.
In central Pennsylvania... in the winter.
In the snow.
I'm thinking wifey was no stranger to such shenanigans and did not have a whole lot of sympathy. I don't think a doctor was called, but that part is unclear. What we do know is that a couple of days later, he bled to death from the injuries sustained... in the kitchen, on the floor.
Agnes looks pretty content in this picture. I am going to venture a guess that it was taken after Karl's demise.
Any colorful characters in your family tree?
–there are lots in mine. This is all for this week, though ;-)
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