Air Show (1920s)

Air Show (1920s). Found in a Schermack/Blumenstiel Family photo album. It reminds me that my grandmother, Dorothy Blumenstiel Jarrell, went up in an open-cockpit plane in 1928. She only told her mother about it afterwards. I'm not sure of the location of this photo, but it could be Freeport, Illinois or Detroit, Michigan. #falknerjarrell #familyhistory... Continue Reading →

Schermack Sisters

Schermack Sisters. I am unsure of the group/occasion, but three of my Schermack great-great aunts appear in the photo. They were sisters of my great-grandmother, Laura Schermack Blumenstiel. Back row, left is Anna Schermack, next to Alma Schermack Feneley. In front of Alma is Emma Schermack. As a bonus, my maternal grandmother, Dorothy Blumenstiel Jarrell... Continue Reading →

Alma Schermack Feneley

Alma Schermack Feneley in about 1910 and 1972. She was my great-great aunt, who I knew as an old woman in the 1960s/70s. I don’t remember her personality, but definitely remember our family visiting her at home and in the nursing home where she passed. She relocated from Freeport, Illinois, USA to Detroit, Michigan, USA... Continue Reading →

Alma Schermack and Charles Feneley

Alma Schermack Feneley (front left) in front of husband, Charles Feneley, with friends. Aunt Alma was my great-great aunt, who I knew as an old woman in the 1970s. They relocated from Freeport, Illinois, USA to Detroit, Michigan, USA along with her siblings, in the early 1900s. #falknerjarrell #schermackgenealogy #schermack #freeportillinois #illinois #familyhistory #genealogy #familyphotos... Continue Reading →

Automatic Banking System – National Prosperity Association

Automatic Banking System - National Prosperity Association (circa 1920s). Joseph J. Schermack (my great-great uncle) invented a savings system which allowed depositors to purchase stamps for small amounts, paste them in books, and receive credit in their bank account once the book was full. A primary target market was schools, to encourage saving by young... Continue Reading →

John William Blumenstiel and Laura Schermack

Wedding Announcement for my great- grandparents, John William Blumenstiel and Laura Louise Schermack (Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois, USA. December 1905). #falknerjarrell #blumenstielgenealogy #blumenstiel #familyhistory #genealogy #familyphotos #ancestry #history #knowyouroots #antiquephotograph #family #ancestor #antiquephoto #genealogyresearch #familytree #familyhistorian #findyourroots #traceyourroots #genealogia #familyarchives #schermack #schermackgenealogy #marriagebanns #newspaperarticle #newspaper #freeportillinois #freeportil #weddingannouncement #marriagelicense

Schermack Sisters

Schermack Sisters. Left to right: Emma, Alma, and Ann. They were my great-great aunts, sisters to my great grandmother, Laura Schermack Blumenstiel. The photo was taken in Detroit, likely in one of their first residences in the city. #falknerjarrell #schermackgenealogy #schermack #freeportillinois #illinois #familyhistory #genealogy #familyphotos #oldphoto #oldphotos #illinoishistory #sisters #detroit #detroithistory #michigan #michiganhistory#strongwomen #sisters... Continue Reading →

Emma Schermack and Amanda Kuhlmeyer

Emma Schermack at left (my great-great aunt) with friend, Amanda Kuhlmeyer in Freeport, Illinois, USA. Aunt Em always had a sense of style. #falknerjarrell #schermackgenealogy #schermack #freeportillinois #illinois #familyhistory #genealogy #familyphotos #oldphoto #oldphotos #illinoishistory #strongwomen #sisters #hats #1900s #1890s #1890sfashion #womeninhats #women #womensfashion #womensrights #friends #bestfriends #greatgreataunt #senseofstyle #style #stylishwomen #cdv #cartesdevisite

Shermac Universal Envelope Sealer, 1905

Shermac Universal Envelope Sealer, 1905. My great-great uncle, Joseph J. Schermack, Jr. left his hometown of Freeport, Illinois, USA in about 1902 and moved to Chicago to seek his fortune. He worked with a number of companies, trying to bring his inventions to market. In 1905, the Hall Office Specialty produced his Universal Envelope Sealer... Continue Reading →

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