One of the most difficult moments in Eusebius (1858-1954) and Catherine Leineweber Gulde's (1857-1943) lives came in 1911 when their two older sons Louis (1886-1977) and George (1891-1950) convinced the couple to buy farm acreage near Waycross, Georgia. The Guldes had been farming in southern Rush County on the Anderson property north of Milroy, Indiana when they made the decision to leave the state. Mr. Anderson, who leased the land to Eusebius asked him to reconsider, but the Gulde's had never owned their own farm before.
The family loaded up everything they owned in the world including some farm animals and made the long journey to southern Georgia most likely on a train. Upon their arrival, they were shocked to learn that they had been hoodwinked. The land was a swamp and they lost everything. After realizing that they could not survive in Georgia, the family quietly moved back to Madison, Indiana. Louis and George went their separate ways as well. While the poor business deal did destroy their livelihood, the family still remained close.
In this photo Louis Gulde poses with his cousin John Gulde in Waycross, Georgia in 1911. More research is needed on John. Louis (on the left) had already married Missouri Winscott by the time this photo was taken. Louis and Missouri would eventually settle in Webster, Indiana, a small village in Wayne County.