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This studio portrait of my grandparents and two of their children was taken in Romania around 1903, shortly before they came to the United States. The girl held by Sam died soon afterwards. The other girl was my aunt and lived to 90, becoming a great-grandmother. Sam was a tinsmith for most of his life.
I have been "wondering" [wandering?] through the National Photo Collection at the LOC (looking for an idea for my next project) and came across this one... The Babe and General Geroge Pershing ... Also, a thought on National Photo ... I have GOT to get a hold of a Washington DC social register ... or some great source of scoiety new from the early 1900s ... my gosh ... there are interesting photos in the collection, the bulk of which really seem to be the "who's who" of that era.
Charles G. Prossig, my great-great maternal grandfather. Born in Germany in 1829, he migrated to the US in 1849 and fought in the Civil War. He left two journals he kept during the war (including the battle at Gettysburg), his enlistment papers, military papers, discharge papers, an autobiography and an article in an IL paper about himself all which I have in my possession. He was married after the war and had six children, four of whom died young. My great-great grandmother died having the last child, which died that day also.