Monthly Archives: July 2017

Irene Von Rissen

Irene Von Rissen is our first cousin, twice removed—our paternal grandmother’s first cousin on her father’s side.  She was born in 1897, in Cincinnati, to John and Rose Von Rissen.  She worked as a bookkeeper, an inspector (of what we … Continue reading

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The Death of George Theetge

The first three stories in this series were about our mother’s ancestors.  But our father’s ancestors had more of a reputation for lawlessness. Family lore is that our paternal grandfather’s maternal grandfather, Percy Theetge, killed a man in the early … Continue reading

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Pauline Eng

Pauline Eng Jackman Mirrielees Eschenbrenner is the subject of this post.  She was our maternal grandmother’s maternal grandmother (so, for members of the family, she was Great-Grandma Ritter’s mother).  There are many mysteries in Pauline’s life, starting with the year … Continue reading

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Frank Reting – Santen

In my search for information about ‘Aunt Mamie’, I found reference to another family secret.  A newspaper article from February 1902 quoted Mamie on the disappearance of her father, Fire Company Captain Frank Reting.  She said that he had been … Continue reading

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