A Valentine’s Day Card to George from his sister Rose

This beautiful Valentine card, from “dear sister Rose” to “dear brother George,” is dated February 28, 1912.

“To My Valentine”



To dear brother
George from
dear sister


George Schenk, Mary’s 1st husband, had several siblings, including a younger sister Rose.

Sadly, Rose died at age 30 – two months after she sent this card to George.

  1. I believe the word “Neihart” and the date below Rose’s name were written by my great grandmother, Mary.

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Pete, Irene, and Frances

Another wonderful photo from Mary’s collection. Shown in this picture, left to right, are three of her children: Christie (aka “Pete”), Irene, and Frances (aka “Georgie”).

Pete, Irene, and Frances – circa 1908

The photo is undated but was probably taken about 1908.

Here is the photo back . . . see translation below.

Pete, Irene, and Frances circa 1908 (photo back)


Christ Schenck (Pete)
Irene Schenck
Frances Schenck
Mrs. Geo Shenk

E L Blue2
H M D Brown3

E Brown4
D white[?] Red spots[?]5
Red trimming

Eye Brown
H D Brown6
Dress pink + [?]
White [illegible]
Ribbon white

  1. A note by Mary indicating the alternate spelling of the surname?
  2. Eyes, light blue
  3. Hair, medium brown
  4. Eyes, brown
  5. Dress, white with red spots
  6. Hair, dark brown

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An interesting photo of Marysville, Montana

Going through Mary’s photo collection this afternoon, I came across this snapshot – date unknown.

And here is the photo back, with a transcription below.


A scene near Marysville
Mont. Highest point is
Bald Mt.  First light spots
to the rite is Bald Mt. mine.
Next light spots in the gulch is Belmont
mine. Marysville lies
in the bottom between
those mts and the ones in front with
the pine trees on.
Taken about 19___
by Evelyn Schenck Buttner.
By the white spot on the left (a mine) is the
power line going
over the Continen-
tal Divide
Rocky Mts.

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Mid January 1932: sub-zero temps, sand in the well, working the night shift

January 13, 1932

It was around 25 degrees below zero, the men didn’t go to work. Big Jim Sullivan of Butte was buried yesterday.

January 14, 1932

I went to the bottom of Efil [Eiffel?] Tower (the well), cleaned out the ice and sand and Albert drew it up, as it was full of sand.

January 17, 1932

Henry Baker died in Los Angeles

January 20, 1932

Clarence Beaver and Christie Schenck went nite shift.


This photo from Mary’s collection shows a Marysville baseball team circa 1932. Clarence Beaver is on the far left, back row. Christie is in the middle row, second from the left.

Here is the photo back, with names of all the players.

Transcription of photo back:

Taken about 1932 on the ball ground
(old wood yard) Marysville, Mont.
back row                                   2nd row
Clarence Beaver                   1 Joe Color
Ted Marrin                                Ralph Williams
Milton Rudio                          3 Tomie Williams
Herman Ingman                   4 Earnest Korting
Thadeus Smigaj                    5 Gordon O’Connell
Clarence Cooper                   6 Albert Haley 1947
2nd Christie Schenck
Ralph Williams
Douglas Rudio
1946 Tommie Williams is the only one [illegible]

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