Monday, January 25, 2010

Kuno And Dellah

See this distinguished looking gentleman?...

...His name is Kuno and he's my great-great-grandfather.

He came over from Germany with his parents in the early 1850s and they settled in New York. His dad worked in one of the many macaroni factories there in the city but when Kuno came of age he chose a profession that offered travel, adventure and, ultimately, romance. The railroad.

While riding the rails through Arkansas he saw this vision of beauty...

...Dellah. He was in love.

He promised her that he would come back and marry her. And, luckily for me, he kept that promise. He returned to rural Arkansas, became a farmer like everyone else and he married Dellah, 15 years his junior, in 1886.

They had 11 babies over the years and buried 3 of them. And when he lost his Dellah in 1912, he followed her in death just 2 months later.


Now that's a family portrait.



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11 comments:

  1. That's really cool! So neat that you have those pictures and the history... beautiful.

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  2. I love old portraits like this, and I think it is great to hear the story behind the family pictured. :-)

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  3. That's great! I don't have anything like that! I love family history.

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  4. That is so cool. I know almost nothing about my family history - my dad grew up in an orphanage and my mom's family didn't seem to have much interest in keeping track. My in-laws, however, can go WAAAYYYY back and it is so interesting.

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  5. I love this story. I wish I knew more details of my family's history.

    I have a book review and give a way........come on by!!

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  6. I'm just going to sit around and let you do all the work finding out the family history!

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  7. What a lovely post! I love it!!!!!

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  8. That's very very cool. It is neat that you have those pictures of your family history.

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