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Six Daughters

It’s a job no one wants. Going through the contents of one’s childhood home and preparing the property to be sold.

On the upside, I was able to discover more of my family history. Through the process, I started to identify more with my mother’s side of the family because I had so many stories and photos.

Thus, I identify as a Wegner, an uncommon version of Wagner or Wagoner. Anyway, the name is all about wheels and wagons!

This post traces the line of six daughters on my mom’s side.

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Emelia Eilenberger Quandt and Frederick “Fritz” Quandt

I don’t know much about the Quandts, other than that they were born in Germany in the 1800s.

Emelia was born September 29, 1836 in Somerfield, Germany, and died October 24, 1909. Her father was Carl August Eilenberger and her mother was Johanna Elenora Winter Eilenberger.

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Lena Quandt Jentzsch and Bernhart Richard Jentzsch

Lena and Bernhart “Richard” Jentzsch on their wedding day. The photo says June 5 (I’m still researching the year). I believe both were born in Germany.

Before Lena met my great grandfather, she went to a tavern on a date and drank at the bar. She had a feeling that something wasn’t right. When her date wasn’t looking, she switched the drinks. The man passed out on the floor.

The Jentzsches would have three children, Gertrude (my grandmother), a daughter Clara, and a son Arthur. Gertrude and Clara would spar over family business matters and end up estranged. Arthur would pass away from pneumonia before his 30th birthday. (Penicillin was not introduced until 1928, a year after my mother was born.)

Art was mischievous. As an adult, when he dropped by to visit his parents and they were not home, he would collect everything in the yard – hoses, sprinkling cans, whatever he could find – and blockade the front porch with all the items he rounded up from their yard. The parents would arrive home and just say, “Looks like Art was here!”

Lena’s sister, Olga Ulrich, created hand-crocheted doilies, tablecloths, and pillow cases that withstood the Great Depression and the Great Recession and are still on display at home and work.


Gertrude Jentzsch Wegner and Harvey R. Wegner

Gertrude Jentzsch Wegner and Harvey R. Wegner were married in October 1920. Harvey wasn’t good with money, so prior to their wedding he would bring his entire paycheck home to my grandmother – to save for their future. Grandma was a bookkeeper and was good with money. She taught me the importance of saving money as part of her many stories from the Great Depression. She told stories about having to eat crumbs. Thus, she never threw out the bread crust!

Gert and Harvey operated a grocery store in Des Plaines, Illinois. Harvey worked for McDonnell Douglas during World War II and then for Skill Saw. Some of those Skill Saw drills are still spinning!


Lois Wegner Anderson and George E. Anderson

Lois Wegner married George E. Anderson on April 16, 1955. Dad was 38 years old and wanted to get married before he turned one year older on April 19. They were ten years apart in age, but it never seemed odd.

This was a second marriage for Lois. Her first husband was 18 years older than her and died at age 40 of a massive coronary event in the middle of the night. At age 25, Lois was a widow. (This one’s odd – how my grandparents allowed a man in his late 30s to date their 21- or 22-year old. Yet, from what I know they seemed to like him and appeared very happy in wedding day photos!)

When George was ten years old, his parents, Martin and Mathilda Anderson were in a train accident. It was at an unmarked crossing of the Chicago and North Western in Maywood or Melrose Park. They were in the hospital for a long time and the four children were spit up to live with relatives until they returned home. Grandma always said that the cinders from that train accident continued to come out of her skin for decades.


Renee Anderson and Clark Chrisman were married in July 1982.

I had been dating a friend of Clark’s. The friend wanted to fix Clark up with of my friends and I didn’t look forward to arranging this double date. Mom encouraged me to do so and said, “Throw him at her. Maybe he won’t want to date her.” Shortly after that, I broke things off with our mutual friend and Clark asked me out.

Keith E. Chrisman was born in 1988 and Janelle L. Chrisman, was born in 1991.


Janelle Chrisman and Johnny Kando

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Janelle and Johnny  –  June 4, 2016

Janelle met Johnny at her 16th birthday party. Her cousin Lee brought him to the party and they soon started dating. They went to senior prom together and we will be celebrating their marriage soon!



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I’m Shocked!

Shocked at the grocery store! I went to the Jewel grocery store and the cashier told me that the store is discontinuing their Preferred Card. I was so dismayed.

Some initial thoughts:

  • Stores have trained us to hand over our cards, including our car keys.
  • What about all the data that won’t be gathered? Did they make good use of our buying habits or decide that they really didn’t want to know how much Kleenex we purchased during the cold season?
  • Do they know that I’m using my dad’s preferred card? I like looking at his signature when I use it. There’s more to that story!

What are your thoughts on Jewel’s decision from a marketing perspective and a consumer’s perspective?

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