I was born in Augsburg, Germany, grew up in Northern California. My ancestors are German, English and Scottish . . . settled in Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland . . . all rich in history and waiting for me to discover and share our story.
This newspaper piece above was given to me by my aunt Ginnie, Robert's daughter. It is the only photo that she has found of him and I am so grateful aunt Ginnie shared it with me. She said he was quite the character . . . sure would have liked to have known him. Rest in Peace dear grandpa Robert.
When mom returned from my Oma's, (Liselotte Haf née Kaiser-Saule ~ 1913-2010) memorial service in April of 2010, the above original photo and newspaper article were among the many photos and documents mom hand carried back with her. My Oma had a treasure trove of family history I hadn't seen before and I am so grateful that mom brought the entire box of all these treasures to me before she passed away in July of 2010.
The newspaper article is about my grandfather, Adalbert Haf ~ (1907-1968), his family, his brothers, the Great War and WWII . . . the loss of many of his brothers in the family due to the war. Mom had told me that there were nineteen children in the family . . . two of which I believe may have died at birth or were miscarried.
My guess and I do not know for sure, that this may have printed in the local Augsburger Newspaper. There is no date or name of newspaper.
Headline ~ Eight Sons wore the field grey coat ~
Below the photo ~Five Sons of the family Haf, which are under weapons right now.
Eight sons of the parents Adalbert and Emilie Haf, living in
Augsburg, Kurze Wertachstrasse 16b (that's the address), have been enlisted for
defending their fatherland in 2 wars. Four of them stood in the world war 1914-1918 at different
fronts. The oldest son went missing 1916 on the Romanian battlefields. The second son contracted a heavy tropical disease with the
fighting troops in the Orient and the third son got gravely wounded at the west
front. The fourth son returned healthy from the west front, but
died shortly after the end of the Great War of a tragical accident back
home. In the current war the four younger sons and a fifth who
already served in the Great War were called to the flags (meaning: called to
the troops). One was part of the crusade in Poland and afterwards went on
the mission west. Three of them battled at the Maginot-Line and one is serving
as a shooter in Poland. Those 5 sons who are shown in the picture above were brought together by a coincidence in their hometown after being separated for a
year. One grandchild of the parents suffered the heroic death
in September 1939. The aged mother, who gave birth to 17 children, carries the
mother cross in gold.
Even though the article does not mention names (and how I wished it did), I gleaned so much information from one newspaper article that I didn't know before. I am currently working on a book for my Haf-Kaiser (maternal) side of the family . . . German research is frustrating and difficult to say the least but I am learning so much about my family . . . this article and photo will happily fill several pages of my book. It's Genealogical Random Acts of Kindness such as Barbara helping to translate documents like this, that help discover the stories and events that happened in your ancestors lives . . . thank you again, Barbara!
From this article, I also discovered that my great grandparents, Adalbert (1868-1952) and Emilie Haf (1871-1944) lived in the same building that my grandfather, Adalbert, my Oma, my mom and her brothers lived in on Kurze Wertachstrasse 16a . . . and I was born at that address. I was able to see this wonderful building when mom and I visited in 1967 . . . Oma resided there until she went into a nursing home.
~ After recent remodel (2013) ~
~ Prior to remodel ~ this was the entrance to my Oma and mom's home . . . also where I was born ~
Photos taken by my cousin, Marion ~ 2013 ~ Thank you, cousin.