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Old WEDEKIND family album
Posted by: Ruth Vreeland (ID *****3274) Date: July 07, 2006 at 07:27:30
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To all Wedekind / Wittikind family members:

I have requested that a new forum be added for the family named "WEDEKIND", and realizing that may take some time to be approved (if at all), I would like to post the following information here. I know that the Wedekinds and Wittikinds in America are related, and that the spelling changed hands a few times.

I have had in my possession for many years, a keepsake of my Grandmother's -- a very large, thick "coffin catalog" from the late 1800's that belonged to her great Uncle, Marcellus "Bud" Wedekind, of Chico, California, then Pocatello, Idaho for many years, and finally Pomona, California. During the years he and his wife (Edith Huntington-Landphere-Wedekind) lived in Idaho, "Bud" Wedekind was actually the President of the American Embalmers Association as well as the local mortuist, and the owner of a local shop. But the most interesting thing about this man was his love for collecting all sorts of newspaper articles, poems and obituaries, which he pasted into his coffin catalog's pages. Although I am not related by blood to the Wedekind family in America (and I think there must be very few of you, judging by the small size of this surname's forum) I would like to share some of the contents of this book with any of you who might be interested. (My family descends from Bud's wife Edith's family -- the Huntingtons, from England, and unfortunately, this couple was childless.)

Here then is the first item I'll be contributing, and this particular short article is accompanied by a wonderful photo of this woman, if anyone would be interested in having me scan it, and e-mailing it to you. Please don't hesitate to ask!

"FIRST GERMAN WOMAN MAIL CARRIER"
'Over a year ago Miss Minna Wedekind was appointed a letter carrier by the German postal authorities. She was the first woman to receive such an office. Now, owing to the success she has had in her work, the government is appointing hundreds of women to similar positions, thereby releasing that many men for the army.'

There is a pencilled-in date at the bottom of this article, but unfortunately, it is mostly cut off. However, due to the woman's long floor-length skirt, I believe this to be early 1900's, just prior to WWI.


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