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“Greatly Loved and Sadly Missed”: Carole (Schmidt) Treat-Rebert, 1939-2016

These days it seems most of my posts are about deaths. Another Koppelman-Schwarz relation passed away in March 2016: Carole Treat-Rebert. Born Carole Margaret Schmidt in Baltimore to George Schmidt and Edith (Kraemer) Schmidt, Carole graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High … Continue reading

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Emily Laura Koppelman Barger (1917-2015)

Another Koppelman passed on this summer. Emily Laura Koppelman Barger died at the home of her son Robert W. Barger in Lynchburg, Virginia on her 78th wedding anniversary, June 12, 2015. Emily had lived with her son and daughter-in-law since … Continue reading

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“Reserved for the Koppelman Family Forever”: The Fate of a Family Cemetery

Many rural family cemeteries on the outskirts of Baltimore disappeared as the streetcar suburbs advanced into the countryside. In northeast Baltimore, some remain, including the Gontrum, Biddison and McCormick/Councilman family burial grounds. I knew from the Hopkins Atlas of Baltimore … Continue reading

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“Crabs, Mitchell’s corn, and hopefully a Buick”: Clarence Cromwell Boyle Sr.

Clarence C. Boyle, Sr., long-time proprietor of Boyle Buick in Abingdon, Maryland, died on March 27, 2012. A World War II veteran, avid pilot and talented baseball player who was scouted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, Mr. Boyle was well-known and … Continue reading

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Louis Soeder, Lost and Found

When my distant Soeder cousin Susan and I researched our immigrant Soeder ancestors, we found a mystery. Bernhard “Barney” Söder, a miner born in Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, and his wife Maria, brought five children to Baltimore in 1853 aboard the … Continue reading

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Confirmation, Easter Sunday 1931

Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church‘s confirmation class of 1931 sat for a portrait at Reissert’s Studio, 321 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, to memorialize the Easter Sunday affirmation of their faith and full membership in the community of the church. The serious … Continue reading

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Bengratz Raab is Broken

Mingled excitement and dismay. Charlie Herr, an intrepid and generous volunteer in Baltimore got in touch to let me know he had found and posted photographs of many Raab graves in the cemetery of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in … Continue reading

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