Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Oh Joy!

Just got an email from Mom. She was talking to Uncle Jimmy and he said he'd found Great grandpa Gust Borgreen's declaration of intention and citizenship document. So excited to have these papers at last. Can't wait for my copies to arrive.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thank You Sister Noreen! Amanuensis Monday

Way back in November I posted about my great-great aunt Martina Marxer. Martina was a nun with the Sisters of the Precious Blood in OH and died in 1939. I tripped across her death certificate one day and decided to find out a bit more. I sent an email to the convent and hoped to hear back. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays I received a very nice email from Sister Noreen of the convent archives. She promised to look into my requests ASAP. Today I received a brief summary of Martina's time at the convent.

CPPS Archives
Sisters of the Precious Blood
Dayton OH

Name: Sister M. Gabriela Marxer, CPPS
Birth Name: Martina
Birth: March 29, 1862, Eschen. Lichtenstein
Father's Name: Andrew Marxer
Mother's Name: Anna Schaechle
Entered the Sisters of the Precious Blood: March 12, 1883, Maria Stein, Ohio
Received as a novice: February 18, 1885, Maria Stein, Ohio
Profession: March 10, 1888, Maria Stein, Ohio
Ministry: Domestic Arts [included cooking, gardening, making hosts, making rugs and care of orphans]
Died: July 15, 1939, New Riegel, Ohio
Buried: New Riegel, Ohio
Cause of death: Stroke

Note: There are different versions of the spelling of the family name: Marxer, Merxer, Merxes. Some records also show the name of Sister Gabriela [her given religious name] was not always used but the name of Sister Martina, her birth name.

From CPPS Archives
Date: March 15, 2012
CPPS Archivist

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Grandma Marxer!!!

Marie Elizabeth (Johnson) Marxer was born 10 Mar 1914, to Albert and Elina Johnson in Roberts Montana.

Marie graduated from Roberts High School on 18 May 1933 and took a job at Yellowstone National Park, shortly thereafter.

On 24 Feb 1936, Marie married Edward Martin Marxer in Great Falls MT and they began their life together on the Marxer homestead near Eden MT. Eddie and Marie welcomed three boys to their family; Marvin, Gary and Neal. Ranch life was busy and the work was hard but life was good for the Marxer clan.

In the 1970's, Eddie and Marie sold the ranch and moved to town. They enjoyed their retirement and traveled extensively.

Eddie passed in 1984. Marie carried on with her volunteer work and traveled for several more years. Marie passed on 15 May 2000 in Great Falls MT. She and Eddie are buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Great Falls MT. Grandma, you are loved and missed.