A beautiful vintage postcard from Mary’s collection –
The card is addressed to Mary (“Mrs. Geo. Schenck”) and is from her cousin Irene[1. Irene and Mary were first cousins – their mothers, Christena Specht Ehrhardt and Eva Specht Rumping, were sisters.] in Decatur, Illinois. It was mailed on March 12, 1912.
How is Aunt Eve? I do feel so sorry for her, she certainly is having her cross to carry in this world, for which she will be rewarded in the next. I hope all is for the best and that God will give her strength.[2. Mary’s mother Eva died about four months later that same year on July 20th.]
One of the more interesting items discovered among Mary’s belongings is this letter from a cousin in Germany. Dated in 1905, the letter appears to have been written in response to correspondence that Heinrick’s parents received from Mary. She would have been 27 at the time and he was 15.
Since Heinrick’s last name is “Von Bobart”, I believe Mary’s father, John H. Rumping, and Heinrick’s mother, whose maiden name is unconfirmed at this time, were probably siblings.
This letter from George to Mary dated May 30, 1899, was written while he was living in Marysville and she was out of town, most likely visiting family in North Vernon, Indiana. The reference to Mary’s father‘s “sweet heart” in paragraph 2 is interesting. Mary’s parents had been separated since about 1893 but I was unsure whether her father was still living in Marysville. Apparently he was – or perhaps he was temporarily in Marysville on business?
Spelling, punctuation and capitalization are as seen in the original letter, except for edits I made as necessary to clarify meaning.
May 30th 1899
I received your kind and welcome answer tonight. So as I am home at good time . . and went to bed early the last few nights I will ans[wer] tonight.
The last time I see your Papa was last night in the post office. He got a letter. I expected it was from his Sweet Heart.