Thursday, December 29, 2011
Catherine Leineweber Gulde (1857-1943), the wife of Eusebius Gulde, (1858-1954) poses with two grandchildren perhaps in the 1920s. So few images of her exist. She grew up in China, Indiana (Jefferson County) among the German speaking Leinewebers. Her family attended the Catholic Church in China and for a while the young newlyweds even lived there. In the second half of her life she was beset by health problems and she became a somber person. Her grandchildren noted that she stood in stark contrast to the vibrant and sunny Eusebius. He was devoted to her, however, and when she called his name for help, he would be there at her side. More research is needed on the Leinewebers. Thankfully, we have a few pictures of Catherine including this ghostly image.
Carl Gulde (1898-1954), although known for his humor and sunny disposition, suffered from injuries or effects from World War I upon his return home. He and his wife Henrietta also grieved over the loss of two babies. These two photos, likely taken in the 1940s, show Carl and perhaps Henrietta Gannon Gulde's family having a good time. It looks like these were taken at the Veteran's Home in Lafayette, Indiana. Take a look at his shoes!!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Anna Ayres pauses to pose on what looks like a nice summer afternoon for this photo. She is dressed in men's clothing! This would not be her last time to do this. The photo was likely taken near Raysville, Indiana around 1912.
This tiny photo found in the Gulde family collection is the earliest known photo taken of Joseph Gulde (1896-1983). His sense of humor is quite evident with this picture as he poses in a bonnet. I am not sure he could have imagined a day with blogs where everyone could see his light-hearted prank, but I hope he would find it funny that his family kept this little gem for over one hundred years.
Joseph Gulde (1896-1983) served his country during the Great War. He arrived in Europe towards the end of the war. He guarded German prisoners and played the bugle each morning to awaken the troops. At the conclusion of the war, he along with the other doughboys, were kept in Europe throughout the wrangling over the Treaty of Versailles. Like many soldiers, he longed to go home, but he also took advantage of the opportunity to explore his environments. In this photo he and a buddy stand on a hill overlooking the Rhine towards the city of Coblentz, Germany. He spent many months near this city. He attended Catholic mass in the main cathedral of the city and he collected postcards and photos of his time there. The photo was likely taken in 1919. Joseph is standing to left.