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1: Henrietta Becher Martens' Confirmation Verse: "Thus saith the Lord, Thy Redeemer, the Holy one of Israel, 'I am the Lord, thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way, that thou shouldest go.'" Isaiah 48:17 This book is dedicated to all those who have gone before us. May their examples of faith, perseverance, and love give us inspiration, courage and gratitude as we live our lives of service to the Lord Jesus. A book such as this one is never truly finished, and parts may not be correct. I would love to receive updates as discoveries are made. --Allegra Martens Koehler 2011 | Above: Henrietta and Rudolf Martens with baby Katherine.
2: The Wiebe and Clasen Families | Martha Wiebe Schnackenberg, better known as Nana to many of us, was the daughter of Fred Wiebe and Catherine Clasen. Both Fred and Catherine began life in Stedorf, Germany, a farming community. They married after coming to America, in Ottertail, Minnesota. They had children Martha and Henry Wiebe in the Ottertail, Minnesota area and then moved to Haven, Kansas. They spent their later years in Orange, California.
3: At left: The passenger list found on Ancestry.com from the Clasen family in August 1896. As far as we can decipher, the ship came from Bremen, Germany carrying Heinrich Clasen, age 42; "Marge", age 39; Catherine, age 16; Bettie, age 14; Wilhelm, age 13; and brothers ages 11 and 6, plus Johann at age 10 months. Their destination was listed as Perham. Minn. | Left: The 1910 Census from Haven, Kansas shows Fred and Catherine Wiebe and children Martha and Henry. Also listed are Ernest and Bettie Wiebe with daughter Elsie. The Wiebe men were brothers and the Clasen women were sisters. | The Clasen Family Came to America in 1896.
4: These are the oldest pictures we have found. J.H. Meyer lived from 1813-1877 in Magelson, Germany. He was Martha Wiebe Schnackenberg's great-grandfather. (We wonder if Mr. Meyer was related to the great Martin Luther, as he resembles the man.) His wife, pictured above, is Katharine Mueller Meyer, who lived from 1825-1899 and was from Hoya, Germany. They were parents of Margarite Meyer Clasen (see next page). | Meyer/Clasen Ancestors
5: Heinrich (Henry) Clasen (1854-1935) & Margarite nee Meyer (1857-1939) Stedorf, Germany Great Grandparents of Ruth nee Schnackenberg Martens (Grandma Catherine Wiebe's parents.) They are buried in Ottertail, MN near a rural Lutheran church and camp. | At left: Bettie Clasen (b. 9-25-1881), and Catherine Clasen (b. 9-28-1878) who lived in Stedorf, Germany, near Dorverden. Above: At left is Bettie Clasen. At right is Catherine Clasen at age 16. These two girls married Wiebe brothers after they came to America. The sisters ended up living in Orange County, CA in later years. They often crocheted together, leaving beautiful family heirlooms. They made pillow cases, doilies, and table coverings, items for hope chests. Some of us remember "Grandma Wiebe" and "Aunt Betty".
6: Right: Marie Luders Wiebe was born in Stedorf, Germany on Dec. 9, 1847. She died in 1913. She was the mother of Fred Wiebe and grandmother of Martha Wiebe Schnackenberg. Left: Fred Wiebe, pictured at age 20. This was taken at Perham, MN. He was born near Stedorf, Germany (5-26-1872) and died in 1940 in Orange, CA. Fred Wiebe Came to America in 1885. | Below: The Fred Wiebe family in 1906, taken in Ottertail, MN. Son Henry and daughter Martha are about 3 and 5 years old. | Far left: The wedding picture of Catherine and Fred Wiebe.
7: Left: The Clasen home in Stedorf (now a part of Dorverden), Germany, taken in 2002. It is near the Weser River. The type of construction is called "Fachwerk"--timber with bricks. Ruth Martens and Allegra Martens Koehler are in front. The motto found on the house, #16, is translated as: "In the quiet controlling love among us, and the kindness, piety and devout aid, the peace, modesty, and the holiness of this house, may Christ live with us, make His throne on our "house altars", and also be in the small chambers of our hearts." -Erected 16 June 1848 | Above left: Martha (age 3) and Henry Wiebe in Minnesota. Above right: Grandma Wiebe with her four children. Arnold Wiebe, Catherine Wiebe, Marie Wiebe Friedrichs, Henry Wiebe, and Martha Wiebe Schnackenberg, pictured at the Schnackenberg home. Henry lived in Haven, KS and the rest lived in California. This was probably taken in the early to mid 1960's.
8: The Wiebe Family Pictured at left: Catherine Clausen Wiebe in a bathing costume with husband Fred Wiebe. Center: The Wiebes in the 20's or 30's. Above right: Catherine Wiebe with grandchildren. Vic and Bob Schnackenberg are in the back row, with sister Ruth in the light dress. Left: Catherine Wiebe with grandsons Wayne and Leland Wiebe, sons of Henry Wiebe, in Haven, Kansas. Small picture: "Grandma Wiebe" to many of us in the 1960's, our great-grandma, who lived with Martha and Emil Schnackenberg most of the time and with daughter Marie and Harold Friedrichs of San Diego part of the time. She passed away in December, 1966 after a broken hip. Her gentle spirit and her fluent German will be remembered by all who knew her.
9: The Schnackenberg Family | Emil George (E.G.) Schnackenberg was the father of Ruth Marie Schnackenberg Martens. He was known as Papa to many of us as our Grandpa. The Rodenburg family tree goes back the farthest, to about 1731. Most of them were from the Wilstedt/ Tarmstedt area of northern Germany, near Bremen. The name was changed from Rothenburg, like the city in Germany. Many discoveries are still to be made. The Rodenburgs on the Jagels side and the ones on the Schnackenberg side were not closely related. | Emil at an unknown age and location.
10: Schnackenberg Records Above: A record of the marriage of Herman Schnackenberg and Anna Rodenburg from the State of Missouri. At right: 1870 Census records for Cole Camp, MO, indicating the household of Herman and Anna Schnackenberg. Below: In 1920, the census for Orange, CA showed George, Katie, Emma, and Emil.
11: The Rodenberg Family At right: Anna, George, Herman and Louise Schnackenberg | Anna Rodenburg was the grandmother of Emil Schnackenberg. She was born in 1842 in Tarmstedt, Germany, and came to America at age 16. The letter is from her mother. Anna married Herman Schnackenberg in 1865 in Lake Creek, MO. He had already lost a leg in the Civil War. Anna died in 1920 from the flu and is buried at the Kiowa cemetery in NE. Gesche died on the prairie somewhere between St. Louis and Lake Creek, MO. We don't know where she is buried. She died of complications of childbirth. in the same year this letter was written. | This letter was typewritten and translated from the original German.
12: Above: George Schnackenberg, taken in Hebron, Nebraska Right: George Schnackenberg married Katie Jagels on 6-17-1892 in NE. Bottom right: The couple in later years. Below: The farm near Deshler, NE | George Schnackenberg and Katie Jagels | Oval: Gerd Jagels at left with his brother. Gerd was born in Tarmstedt, Germany in 1834 and came to America in 1838. He lived in Lake Creek, MO until moving to Kiowa, NE in 1890. He was the father of Katie Jagels.
13: Clockwise, from above left: George and Katie with Emma; men playing crochet on the farm in NE; Grandpa George Schnackenberg in January 1937 against a frozen, broken tree; Emil, Martha, George, Katie, Walter Brattmiller, and Emma Schnackenberg Brattmiller; at the Schnackenberg home at 264 N. Main St. Orange, CA; George, Emil and Walter next to their cars. The orange grove was to the left of the picture. | Above: A postcard sent from a Nebraska relative to brother George in sunny California.
14: Top: Emma Schnackenberg as a baby. Above left: Aunt Emma Schnackenberg Brattmiller is on the right; the lady on the left is unknown. So far as we know, Aunt Emma was not at home with a shotgun. The setting is an orange grove, perhaps the George Schnackenberg grove at 264 N. Main St., Orange, CA or, if she was already married, the Walter Brattmiller grove near Orange. Top right: Emma Schnackenberg Brattmiller and Emil Schnackenberg, siblings at the beach. Below: The same two, picking oranges. Right: A picture disliked by Papa (in ruffled shirt.) | Emma and Emil Schnackenberg
15: At left: Walter and Emma Brattmiller, Katie and George Schnackenberg, taken at 264 N. Main St., Orange, CA. The other pictures are of Emma and Emil Schnackenberg at various times and places. The ones in dress clothes are from Confirmation days.
16: The Schnackenbergs and the Brattmillers: Siblings and Travel Companians | Emil and Martha were married in 1925. They loved the outdoors, and camped various places. These are pictures from a trip to Yosemite, in CA. Above: Emma, Walter, Emil, and Martha at the Redwoods in northern CA.
17: Above: Martha, Emma, Emil and Walter at the beach. At right: Walter and Emma, married February 22, 1921. They had no children, but lived in Orange and were kind and generous to their niece and nephews. | At left: Ruth, Emma, Walter, Unknown, Martha, Vic and Bob at the dining table in Orange. Below: George, Katie, Ruth, Martha, Emil, Vic, Walter, Bob and Emma. | At left: Emma Schnackenberg Brattmiller
18: Ronda Martens Wescott Writes: Nana Nana was an incredible cook, but sometimes the very basic or easy things she made were the best because they were so unusual to me. Tamales for lunch that I think came from a can? Biscuits with strawberries and whipped cream on top for dessert. Nana could also set a beautiful table, but it made me scared to clear the table and perhaps drop something, especially when Nana would get so upset when Aunt Norma would not treat them gently and break them in the sink! I cannot smell a rose even today without thinking of Nana. She loves the roses that Papa nurtured and would put them in every room. The first time I saw Nana without one of her wigs on I was totally shocked and scared! I had no idea her real hair was so straight and long and it sure made her look short! I loved walking down the long glass-cased hallway and looking at all the teacups that she treasured too. I really think she enjoyed shopping with and for her granddaughters, but it must have been a struggle to find four things that were similar but not identical all the time. I distinctly remember four denim purses with beads on them that were all different. Nobody could beat the warm nightgowns that Nana would make for us for Christmas. I still prefer nightgowns over pajamas to this day. | Papa Papa was big and sometimes scary. He got mad at Sean and I at two distinct times that made me have a lot of respect for his temper. One time when we put olives on our fingers before we even started to eat a beautiful Sunday meal in Nebraska. Another time in California when he showed us how to weed a flower garden for him on Saturday, so on Sunday we decided to surprise him by finishing the job. We were the ones surprised when he came storming out to chastise us for working on a Sunday! It was hard for him to be patient when we played with the automatic windows in the back of his car, but it was such a novelty to us and he did try. But usually he was a gentle giant. I remember being very young and riding on his shoulders at the San Diego Zoo. I was on top of the world. And another place I was never scared of him was at church. I loved to grab his hand and hold it and compare my small hands to his huge ones. He also showed incredible patience as he worked on the race track above the garage/barn so that we would be able to play with it during our visit. He seemed to genuinely enjoy what he could do for his grandchildren. He definitely had pride when he presented us with the bonds he had purchased and let mature to help us all go college. Even pre-buying tickets to Disneyland and dropping us off at the gates seemed to be something he was glad to treat us with. | Both Snoring in their chairs every evening. Sometimes even before Lawrence Welk was over. Arguing over the cards as to which were blue and which were green in the back porch of the Seward house with the yellow light bulb. Stopping at Lawrence Welk village and having the door opened by Lawrence Welk himself as he was on his way out. Nana was so excited she blushed and gushed at him and Papa said he would never wash his hand again. Being able to sleep in their trailer! | Sweet Memories
19: Nana and Papa (Martha Wiebe Schnackenberg and Emil George Schnackenberg) | At right: They were married in these clothes in Fullerton, CA on May 11, 1925. Papa had his teeth taken out shortly before that, so the wedding was not a large one. Below: The family grew to include Victor, Robert, and Ruth. Emil's parents and sister and brother-in-law complete the picture. | Above: Martha Wiebe Schnackenberg--unknown ages and years taken.
20: Ruth Marie Schnackenberg Martens | At left, in the snow: Nov. 25, 1940 at the John Jagel;s farm in Idaho. Below: Ruth (Oma) was on the very first woman's basketball team (#12) at Concordia Teachers College. Her parents came for graduation day. Far right: with a friend, Jeanette Busch, at CTC by Weller Hall. Bottom right: Ruth in the pink dress she wore as part of the Queen's Court for Homecoming. The man in the other photos is her brother Bob. | Far left: Baby Ruth Left: Shirley Temple curls were all the rage.
22: Siblings Vic, Bob and Ruth Above: Vic at various ages and at his wedding to Frances Wilcox. Ruth was the maid of honor. The marriage ended in a divorce, and he later married Norma, who had three children: Jackie, Shelley, and Danny. Left: Front: Joel (sleeping), Linda, and Melanie. Seated: Jeanne holding Renee, Allegra, and Vickie Sue. Vickie and Jeanne were daughters of Vic and Frances. Below left: Bob, Ruth, and Vic seated during a visit to Seward on 8/21/2005. Below: The same three, with spouses Edmund and Dorothy.
23: Above: Bob served in the Korean War on the carrier "Boxer". He was a weather forecaster. Middle: With his mom, Martha. At left: His first wife was Joan Fithian. Their children are below: Linda, Joel, John, and George. After Joan died, Bob met Dorothy. At right: Bob's second wife was Dorothy Davis; they married in about 1965. She brought sons Jim, Jeff, Michael, and Chris into the family. They made their home in Carpenteria, CA. | The Schnackenberg Cousins I remember many a wonderful time at Nana and Papa's house with all the fun cousins to play with. The orchard, gardens, and massive front porch provided ample room for "Kick the Can" and "Hide and Go Seek" games. Indoors, we had slumber parties, dress-up days, and could select a storybook doll to sleep with at night in the large spare bedroom. Nana often took us to the beach, Prentice Park, or to fashion shows at Bullock's Department Store. Uncle Vic usually ate lunch at their house, and would show up in a different car each time (he was a mechanic). --Allegra Koehler, 2011
24: The Becher Family Tree
25: Above: From the passenger list of the ship "Jubilaum", December 1, 1860. Listed are: "Sch" (Christoph or Christlieb?), Dorothea, Henriette, Carol, August, and Hermann Goring--also spelled "Goering" elsewhere. The origin of the ship was Hannover, departure from Bremenhaven. The family was bound for Chicago. Below: From the 1870 census, the Hartmann and "Gerring" (incorrect spelling) families were farmers in the Chicago area. | Coming to America Bechers 1853 Goerings: 1860 Hartmanns: 1862
26: The Becher Ancestors (Henrietta Becher Martens' family) | At left: Johann Nikolaus Becher & (wife) Anna Marie nee Wolfrum , 1875, Grandparents of Henrietta nee Becher Martens. They were married in 1849 at Muenchberg, Bavaria, Germany. Johann (J.N.) was born September 8, 1822, in Mechelenreuth, Bavaria, Germany. He died on June 7, 1899, in Oran Township, Oelwein, Iowa. Anna was born January 26, 1826 in Munchberg, Bavaria, Germany. She died October 5, 1900 in Oelwein, Iowa. | (Back of photo) She died in Charles City, IA at age 81. | Henrietta Martens wrote, "Mama's father--Hartmann, (just cannot recall his given name) was born in Saxony, don't know name of village or city, but same place from which old Kaiser Bill came, and he always claimed relationship to the Kaiser.. Mama's mother, nee Goering (Dorothea at left)--that family also from Saxony, claimed close kin to Herman Goehring of W.W.11 fame. My, what a background of smart people. Mama's grandfather Goering I believe was Christlieb, lived to be 99 3/4 years. I well remember him."
27: Thomas Becher, was born November 24, 1850 in Mechlenreuth, Upper Bavaria, Germany. He died on October 14, 1933, in Buhl, Idaho. He came to America on a two-masted ship with his parents when he was three years old, in 1853, They lived on the Illinois prairie till 1863, when they went by covered wagon to Oran Township, Fayette County, Iowa. His parents, brother John, and sisters Barbara and Katie also went along. (Sisters Mary and Henrietta were born later, in Iowa.) Thomas wrote in his autobiography,"...there were millions of prairie chickens" on that 80 acres they were to farm. His brother John took over the farm in later years. Thomas attended Bayliss College in Keokuk, IA to study bookkeeping, shorthand, and plain and ornamental penmanship. He was a bookkeeper in Waverly, IA until April 14, 1885, when he married Lina at age 35 and moved to Westgate, Iowa. He had a general merchandise business and later bought a farm. In 1917 they moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, where some of their children had settled. Carolina ("Lena" or "Lina)" Hartmann was born February 24, 1866, in Blue Island, Illinois. She suffered from rheumatism and was ill quite often, and yet she was able to give birth to eight children. The couple moved to Idaho in hopes that the climate would help her condition. She died March 1, 1923, in Twin Falls, Idaho at the age of 57.
28: The Thomas and Lina Becher family | Above: The Thomas Becher family at the farm in Iowa in 1908. Left to right: Thomas, Jr. (Beth’s father), Albert, Marie, Thomas, Sr., Edmund, Lina, Dorlina, Henrietta, Henry, Carmelia. This was sent as a postcard to the Horns, cousins. Note the one cent stamp.
29: The above postcard (see the back side at left) was sent to cousin Agnes in Waterloo by Carmelia, Henrietta's sister. In the anniversary picture, Henrietta and her siblings can be seen sitting near Thomas and Lina. | Left: the oldest six Becher children, from Henrietta to baby Thomas Arthur. this must have been taken in 1898.
30: Right: Henrietta, Albert and Henry Becher.
31: The Thomas and Carolina Becher Family by Edmund Martens The photo at left was taken in Iowa at the time of the double wedding, so, near Oct. 28, 1915. The first couple are Lucy nee Timmermann and Albert Becher. They were on the home farm near Westgate, Iowa, at this time. Later, in the 20's, I think, they moved to Twin Falls. Albert did not like farming. Then come Henrietta Becher and Rudolf Martens , who with Carmelia and Erhard Riedel were married on Oct. 28, 1915. The Riedels soon thereafter went to Shanghai, China, where he became a teacher in our church's seminary there. He was a grad of our Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Then next is Ida nee Matthias and Henry Becher. (Both Lucy and Ida were Westgate girls.) Henry and Ida were farming near Kimberly, Idaho, a small town near Twin Falls. They probably went on the same train to Iowa with Henrietta and Rudolf. They were quite instrumental in getting Henrietta and Rudolf together. Before Rudolf bought the land at Clover and cleared it, he and his brother Emil rented farmland near Kimberly. That and the fact they went to the same Immanuel Lutheran Church in Twin made Rudolf and Henry good friends even before the romance with Etta. Seated in front: Dorlina Becher, later married But Lacey in Hollywood, California where she was an R.N. at a hospital there. Then Thomas Becher who at this time was a student at Concordia, St. Paul, MN, preparing for the ministry, but he never went on to the seminary. He also migrated to Twin Falls with his parents and later met and married Juliana nee Krause who was working in the area , next, Thomas and Carolina nee Hartmann Becher. Next is Marie, later married to Armin List from Sherwood, Oregon. They met in the Twin Falls area also. Marie was a licenced teacher and taught a few years in the public school near Clover. That school went out of existence because the bulk of the children in that are went to Clover Trinity Lutheran School. Last is Edmund Becher, who at this time was about 16. He received his degrees from U of Idaho, Moscow and settled in the Spokane area where he found his wife, Grace. (He and Dorlina look so small, but they probably ran out of standard chairs so they had to sit on footstools.) I do not know when the Becher family moved to Twin Falls, but it must have been in the early 20's. Grandma died in '23 and is buried at Clover, as is also Grandpa Thomas who died in '32. | The photo at left was taken in Iowa at the time of the double wedding, so, near Oct. 28, 1915. The first couple are Lucy nee Timmermann and Albert Becher. They were on the home farm near Westgate, Iowa, at this time. Later, in the 20's, I think, they moved to Twin Falls. Albert did not like farming. Then come Henrietta Becher and Rudolf Martens , who with Carmelia and Erhardt Riedel were married on Oct. 28, 1915. The Riedels soon thereafter went to Shanghai, China, where he became a teacher in our church's seminary there. He was a grad of our Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Then next is Ida nee Matthias and Henry Becher. (Both Lucy and Ida were Westgate girls.) Henry and Ida were farming near Kimberly, Idaho, a small town near Twin Falls. They probably went on the same train to Iowa with Henrietta and Rudolf. They were quite instrumental in getting Henrietta and Rudolf together. Before Rudolf bought the land at Clover and cleared it, he and his brother Emil rented farmland near Kimberly. That and the fact they went to the same Immanuel Lutheran Church in Twin made Rudolf and Henry good friends even before the romance with Etta. Seated in front: Dorlina Becher, later married Bud Lacey in Hollywood, California where she was an R.N. at a hospital there. Then Thomas Becher who at this time was a student at Concordia, St. Paul, MN, preparing for the ministry, but he never went on to the seminary. He also migrated to Twin Falls with his parents and later met and married Juliana nee Krause who was working in the area. Next, Thomas and Carolina nee Hartmann Becher. Next is Marie, later married to Armin List from Sherwood, Oregon. They met in the Twin Falls area also. Marie was a licensed teacher and taught a few years in the public school near Clover. That school went out of existence because the bulk of the children in that are went to Clover Trinity Lutheran School. Last is Edmund Becher, who at this time was about 16. He received his degrees from U of Idaho, Moscow and settled in the Spokane area where he found his wife, Grace. (He and Dorlina look so small, but they probably ran out of standard chairs so they had to sit on footstools.) I do not know when the Becher family moved to Twin Falls, but it must have been in the early 20's. Grandma died in '23 and is buried at Clover, as is also Grandpa Thomas who died in '33. | The Thomas and Carolina Becher Family by Edmund Martens
32: The above picture was taken at Oelwein, Iowa on Sept. 29, 1924. Front from left: Mary (Becher) Meyer, Thomas Becher. Back from left: Mary (Rechkemmer) Becher, F.C. Meyer, and Thomas' brother John Christian (J.C.) Becher. Mary Rechkemmer Becher was the wife of J. C. | The Bechers wrote the above postcard to Etta from the Chicago World's Fair in 1912. She was staying in Texas to be near her fiance. | Taken about 1918 at the farm in Idaho. Thomas and Lina Becher.
33: Early Days in Idaho At left: Left to right: Dorlina Becher, Rudolf, Marie (holding Katherine), Henrietta, Ida (holding Lorene), Henry, Thomas, Jr., Edmund, Albert, Thomes, Sr. It looks like a Sunday afternoon with relatives. Lower left: Lina and Thomas Becher, after they settled in Twin Falls. Below: A postcard from St. Louis.
34: Henrietta Marie Becher Martens (Grandma Martens) Born February 12, 1886 | Above: Age 12 Below: Age 21, in 1907 | Above left: Age 3 months Left: Age 2, with brother Albert J., Age 3 months. (taken January 1888).
35: Above: Henrietta Becher, in 1907, age 21 | St. Peter's Lutheran Church Choir, 1909. Etta (age 23) was the choir director and organist, front and center. Albert Becher her brother, is on same step at left. | Below is the church where Etta was baptized, in Waverly, IA, before the family moved to Westgate.
36: Difficult Times Henrietta became engaged to Mr. Martin Lang,sometime around 1910. He contracted tuberculosis, so he went down to Cloudcroft, New Mexico, to stay at a sanitarium in hopes that his health would improve. Etta followed him there, working as a domestic at nearby El Paso, Texas. Unfortunately, Martin did not survive. Pictured--Etta (right) with Martin. The other couple, from Detroit, MI was also staying there. Etta corresponded with them for many years. The postcards below are from Martin. The "hard work" might refer to the 25th anniversary party for Etta's parents, who were married on April 14, 1885. | Martin gave Etta an amethyst engagement ring, and a pearl ring, which she treasured.
37: Many cards were sent to Etta during her time in Texas. This one, apparently from a friend named Henry, shows the Omaha tornado of 1913. | Lina Becher was president of the Ladies Aid of Westgate, Iowa at about this time. She is pictured twelfth from left. Mrs. William Matthias, Ida Becher's mother, is third from right.
38: Henrietta is in the center of the back row. Her sister Carmelia is the first woman from the left in the front row. Brother Albert is 3rd right of Etta. Sister Marie is 6th. Far left, front row, is Carl Lang, and next to him, his brother Martin Lang. Martin became engaged to Henrietta. Edmund remembers Carl and family visiting in later years. | At left are pictures from the double wedding of Etta Becher and Rudolf Martens and Carmelia Becher and Erhart Riedel on October 28, 1915, in Westgate, IA.
39: Henrietta Becher Martens | Top left: Henrietta, Ida Becher, and Marie List at Knott's Berry Farm. At right: Henrietta taught many piano lessons. She is pictured with Edmund in 1950 in Columbus, NE where he took his first teaching call. Above, Henry Becher showing Edmund the music. Bernice Becher Fitzgerald is in the back.
40: Right: Anna Margeta Kruse Martens, 1884. She was born on April 19, 1819, in Braaken, Germany. She was the second wife of Johann Jakob Martens, married Jan. 10, 1845.
41: Above: Edmund Martens wrote on the back of this picture of the family tree associated with it. Pictured are Rudolf's parents who left Germany at different times, but managed to find each other in Wisconsin in about 1903.
42: The Martens Family Arrives in America | Top photo: The S. S. Bulgaria, which sailed from Hamburg on May 13th and arrived at Halifax on May 27th, 1903. Right: On the ship were Heinke, age 50; Rudolf age 18; and Hermann, age 14 (they are listed at the bottom of the page.) They were to meet "son Emil". We have not been able to find the documentation for Peter Jacob Emil Martens' passage to America prior to May 1903, or Johann Hinrich Martens' passage, after 1903. Johann Hinrich stayed behind in Germany to care for his terminally ill mother, who had cancer.
43: Some Interesting Documents Below: It is not known when Rudolf obtained American citizenship exactly, but these are copies of his draft cards from WW1 and WW11.
44: Rudolf Martens | At right: Gavin Koehler, Edmund Martens, Allegra Martens Koehler, and Alex Koehler at the baptismal font at St. Martin's Lutheran Church at Tellingstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where Rudolf was baptized and where his parents were married. The church dates back to the 1100's. The same church is pictured at far right in a postcard from Aunt Lena Martens. Rudolf was baptized at this font on the 12th of July, 1885. | Rudolf Martens is in the top row, fourth from the right. This was an all-boys school in Germany.
45: This is the home where Rudolf and Emil lived as children in Germany. The photo at left was taken by Lena Martens in June of 1954. The picture at right was taken in 2002, when Edmund and Ruth Martens and the Koehler family toured Germany. Rudolf was only three when they moved from here. | This postcard was sent to Henrietta from Lena Martens when she traveled to the Martens ancestral area of Germany.
46: Rudolf and Herman Martens, Brothers Edmund writes, "I wonder if this picture was taken while they were still in Germany. Rudolf certainly looks very young. I remember Mom saying that this was at a friend’s wedding. Or, it might possibly be at Emil’s wedding to Lena in Colorado." | Rudolf Martens | Rudolf Martens, 8th from left, second row from front. This was taken about 1895, when he was ten, by Wilh. Kohnen Potographie-Atelier of Altona, in Germany. | Rudolf was born May 2, 1885 in Lexfahre, on the Eider River, in northern Germany. His father wanted to start a lumberyard by the Eider, but it did not work out. In 1903, Rudolf came to America by way of Hamburg and up the Elbe River. He was 18 years old. | Right: This must have been taken soon after Rudolf and Henrietta returned from their wedding trip, 1915/16. The house had not yet been painted, and the sleeping porch was quite newly added. At left is Rudolf, then Henrietta, Henry and Ida Becher, who were living near Kimberly, Idaho, where they farmed. Shotguns were quite necessary living so close to the wild sagebrush desert nearby.
47: At left: A very early picture of the Martens home at Clover. Note the buggy to the right. It looks like the house is surrounded by gardens of (probably) vegetables. | Edmund writes, "When the Clover Tract was opened for sales, most of the buyers came from Nebraska, particularly Thayer County. A hotel was built to house them while the families built their own homes on the various farms. This picture appeared in a news and advertising brochure of which I have a copy. I am not sure why so many left their safe and sane Nebraska homes about 1913 and following years. Most had large families and probably wanted more land which was not available in Nebraska. A few of the immigrants were from Kansas which if I remember right was in a drought at that time. The fast majority were Lutheran. By the time my father was able to buy some land, the only acres left were on the western edge of the irrigated acres. The soil there was not nearly as good as farther east, and had more rock to be removed. So Rudolf struggled to get the sage brush removed, the ground leveled, the ditches dug to receive the water, and large amounts of rock to be picked up and placed elsewhere. Those rock piles are still there. " | Above: Henrietta and Rudolf feeding lambs. She was probably pregnant with Katherine when the picture was taken. | Farming on the Clover Tract
48: Rudolf Martens: Husband, Father, Farmer Above left: hauling a load of beets. (This might have been at Kimberly, where they rented land at first.) Above right: about 1915, clearing the land. | Above and left: "Proud Rudolf with this first-born. I suppose Aunt Marie took the picture. She was at our house a lot during those years when she was a teacher at the Clover Public School. She had one of the few cameras among our relatives." -- Edmund Martens
49: Text, at left, was written on the back of the photo above by Carmelia Becher Riedel to her brother and sister-in-law. "Erh" must refer to Erhard Riedel, her husband. Edmund writes, "Another early picture of the Clover (Buhl) home. The small background (partial) house is the Rendla home across the canal. The rear sleeping porch had canvas windows. The rear was remodeled about 1941. The addition to the front was done in '38. Uncle Armin List was the carpenter for those projects." | At left: Marie Becher List is holding Katherine, with Emil Martens at right and twins Rudolf and Herman Martens (the blond boys). In the background is Lena Martens.
50: At left: A Gathering of Relatives, about 1924 Children in front, left to right: Frederick Becher, Gertrude Becher, Katherine Martens (holding Donald), next two unknown, Waldo Martens, Albert Becher Jr. Middle Row: First three unknown, Lucy Becher (holding Ted), Albert Becher Sr., unknown, Henrietta Martens, Marie List Standing: Armin List, Thomas Becher, Sr. | Baby at left: Waldo. Above: Henrietta and Rudolf with Donald and Edmund. | Middle picture: Eating watermelon, about 1918. Henrietta is in the middle, with Rudolf holding Katherine on one side and her father on her other side. Lena Martens is the tallest woman. Marie Becher,is at far right. Twins Rudolf and Herman Martens are at far left.
51: Waldo, Henrietta, Donald and Rudolf Martens in about 1946 Edmund was probably at school at Portland or Seward. Right: Donald, probably a confirmation picture. | Edmund writes about the picture at left: Back row are Martha Dannenfeldt, Donald (They were not engaged yet), Waldo, Ruth (peaking from behind); front are Edmund, Henrietta, Rudolf. The picture was taken at the List home near Jerome where Armin, a reasonably good carpenter, built this house. The siding had not yet been installed. (For years, they were not connected to a power line, so every evening they had to pump up and light the kerosene lamps. I still remember the smell emitted.) It seems it was an Easter Sunday or a Sunday after. Waldo and Ruth must have been on leave. | Below: Henrietta and Rudolf Martens | Above: Katherine, Waldo and Donald Martens
52: Katherine Martens | Left: "Henrietta and Rudolf with Katherine. I wonder how old she is. She was born in May. Could this be the following fall, or spring. No coats - must have been a nice day. This is truly a wonderful picture for that time. Another thought occurs: I wonder if Rudolf had his citizenship by then. If I remember him talking about this, he was sworn in either during or shortly after World War I. The boy in the background could be one of the Emil Martens’ twins - very blond hair." --Edmund Martens, 2011 | At left: "I have always thought this to be Papa and Katherine. It certainly was taken in the yard at our house. (Note the Rendla house across the canal in the background.) I'm quite sure it is my father - certainly his nose, his hair, his smile. He certainly needed new overalls! If the child is not Katherine, I have no idea who it might be." ---Edmund Martens Right: The Martens family on Katherine's confirmation day. Waldo, Edmund and Donald are in front.
53: At right: "This picture was taken at Uncle Emil’s, rural Eden, Idaho. It was Thanksgiving, 1934. Aunt Lena was perhaps the world's finest cook. Oh how I loved going there for a holiday meal. She always surprised us with something new, like our first taste of yams with marshmallows melted on top. And the turkey was always done to perfection. (We never had turkey in our home.) Quite a few pictures were taken that day of various family poses. This could very well be the last picture of Katherine." --Edmund Martens, 2011 | Katherine’s Confirmation Day, probably after the noon meal. from left to right, Uncle Emil Martens, Rudolf, Aunt Lena Martens (partially hidden), Henrietta, Katherine, Uncle Armin List (behind), Cousins Emilena and Eunice Martens (who was Katherine’s age). The photographer must have been Aunt Marie List. I have no idea where any of the brothers and younger cousins were. No doubt the older cousins in the Emil Martens family did not come because they never had room enough in their auto to take all the family. We usually figured on an hour to get from our home to theirs near Eden. --Edmund Martens
54: This is Katherine’s Confirmation picture. She appears thin and in perhaps poor health. I don't know at what age exactly when she contracted scarlet fever, aka rheumatic fever. The two conditions are related, the latter is the most dangerous stage which can cause severe heart valve problems. Both begin with strep which in the early 30’s could not yet be treated with penicillin. Various doctors in the area were consulted. Some were good and helpful, others merely torturers. Nothing could be done short of open heart surgery which had never been done at that time. I remember her as a sweet and loving big sister who no doubt often took care of me while our mother was busy with the household duties, the garden, canning, butchering, milking and a myriad of other things to get done. I remember going to the Rendla’s across the canal. Lily Rendla was about the same age as Katherine, and I often went with along to play at their house. Mrs. Rendla was like a second mom to me in my early years. I remember Katherine taking me by the hand when we crossed the canal bridge which had no sides and often loose planks. t was thought by our family doctor that perhaps a lower altitude would be beneficial to her heart which would not have to work so hard. An opportunity to try this occurred. Aunt Dorlina Becher Lacey and her husband Buddy (nickname, I don't remember his given name) came to visit us in summer 1933. They lived in Hollywood where Dorlina began her nursing career and where she met Buddy who was a production worker for one or more movie studios, but who often was out of work. So they took this long trip to visit their Idaho relatives. They offered to take Katherine to their home to see if this might be of help. She was with them for a year, enrolling her in a Hollywood Jr. High. She had already finished her Freshman year at Buhl. (Perhaps the Hollywood school thought she would need more than what a hick town like Buhl could offer.) She was very homesick in spite of the great care and love showered on her by our aunt and uncle. And she was often at the Henry Becher home in Orange with Lorene and Bernice who were close in age. She also made some lasting friendship with a girl at her school, a young lady who later became a fashion model, and who kept in touch with our mom after Katherine’s death. Her health was no better there unfortunately.
55: In late June, 1934, the five of us - our parents and the three boys, piled into our ‘28 Dodge sedan, struck out for California to bring Katherine home. I remember that trip fairly well. The first night was spent at Lovelock, Nevada. The second night at Bishop, California. That was a rather short day; I think we may have had some car trouble. These overnight stays were at tourist cabins where there may have been a couple double beds where we could put our blankets brought from home. I suppose we boys slept on the floor. We arrived in Hollywood the third day and enjoyed the nice warm climate. I remember seeing the lights of L.A. from the Hollywood hills with wonderment. The indoor plumbing was especially nice! We, of course, also visited the Orange Bechers where we picked oranges off the tree and eating them. Avocados were tried but none of us boys relished them - “tasted like soap”. From there we went with Uncle Henry’s to the ocean where I was frankly frightened by the big waves while wading along the shore. Of course my brothers teased me for many months about that. They, of course, swam with all the others. We also visited the San Diego Zoo and drove a few more miles to see Tijuana where we bought a few trinkets. In our home we had a straw man on his straw horse with typical Mexican accouterments. (I wonder what ever happened to that.) The return trip went via San Francisco where we spend a very cold night on the Fourth of July. Didn't have enough blankets. The second night was at Winnemucca, Nevada, the next day - home. As I look back how was it possible to get six people plus luggage, bedding, and all of Katherine’s things accumulated during her year there. The car had no trunk so I suppose we had to pile a lot on the top luggage carrier. Katherine returned to Buhl High probably as a Sophomore. She was happy to be with her old friends again. But she missed a large number of days due to illness, weakness. I remember well that Christmas because she decorated the house with crepe paper ribbons and made bells to hang from the ceiling, etc. The big boys helped her with that. By early April it was seen that her life was ebbing. One day she had me lie beside her on her bed. I can't remember exactly what she told me, but had to do with her going to heaven soon. She was admitted to the county hospital in Twin Falls and our mother stayed with her there for a very few days. I was in first grade at Superior School when one day Papa came by to pick me up. He only said one sentence; “Katherine is dying”. We drove as fast as possible in our somewhat new ‘33 Chevy. Picked up Waldo and Donald at Clover School. In spite of the speed, we were too late. I think Papa was especially heartbroken for he could not hold her hand and tell her goodbye. I remember going along to the mortuary in Buhl and selecting the casket, going to the greenhouse and ordering flowers. The funeral service was held, as I remember, during the week of Easter. I remember the funeral car came to our house to take us to the church. The many girls in her class were at the service as a group carrying flowers. (Interestingly, at least two others in that 1932 Confirmation class died in the ensuing years from much the same kind of illness.) Her grave is in the Clover Cemetery. --Edmund Martens, 2011
56: Lower right: Etta and Rudolf, March 7, 1946. "Papa says his legs got that way from riding the range,'" Etta writes. Left: The Riedels came to visit. Back row, left to right: Waldo, E. Paul Riedel, (later a pastor and graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis,) Rudolf, Henrietta, Carmelia Riedel, Rev. Erhard Riedel Middle: Teddy Riedel, Edmund, Marie Riedel Front: Herbert Riedel, Donald, Joe Riedel Gerhard Riedel | Above left: Katherine Right: Katherine with Edmund, or possibly Donald. | Family Gatherings in Idaho
57: Edmund Martens writes, "1940 - front yard at our Clover farm. Kneeling left to right: Laverne Meyer (a 2nd cousin. a career navy man from Iowa who was on leave), Donald Martens, Al Becher; standing, Henrietta, Edmund (age 11), Rudolf, Waldo, Art Becher, Milton Meyer (brother of Laverne), Gertrude Becher, Ruth Becher (later, Heller), The four Bechers are from the Albert & Lucy Becher family, Twin Falls. I remember that Laverne had this wonderful new camera which he bought somewhere in the Far East while on deployment. The Meyer brothers were traveling about visiting relatives along the way." | Above: This seems to be the same group of cousins as the photo at right, with the addition of Edmund. Left: Etta at age 52, in 1938. | A Gathering of Martens Children: Back row, left to right: Uli (Ulrich), Herman, Rudolf (twin), Emelina, baby Winfred. Front row, left to right: Waldo, Eunice and Katherine In front: Donald
58: Edmund Martens writes: This was a day picnic outing at Warm Springs campground near Ketchum, Idaho. Interesting that the older ladies wore fashionable hats, and nice dresses with white shoes. The month was probably July, 1938. The Dannenfeldt, Burkhalter, and Martens families took a day off. Left to right, front: RenÃe Burkhalter (a pal of mine, though not at school together; our families often got together for birthday, anniversaries, etc.), Martha Dannenfeldt (notice to her left is her future husband Donald; who knew?), Edmund holding tightly onto Skippy, the Dannenfeldt family dog, Melba Dannenfeldt, Irma Burkhalter, Mrs. Luci Burkhalter, Mrs. Ida Dannenfeldt. Back rows: Fritz Burkhalter, a most genial Schweitzer, Waldo (peeking from behind), Willard Ihler (WaldoÂ’s good buddy), Ed Lierman & Paula Dannenfeldt (who were probably married already at this time. Note how much Priscilla looks like her aunt Paula), Pastor Dannenfeldt, Elmer Burkhalter (who died as a Marine on Iwo Jima at the horrible battle there during World War II), Rudolf & Henrietta Martens. This trip was only a bit over 100 miles. I donÂ’t remember all the cars that made it there, but I had to ride in the front seat of Pastor'Âs brand new Nash sitting between him and my father. The ladies were in the back seat with Martha as I remember. The picnic food was excellent and plentiful. This was my first trip to the mountains after longing to go there so often in the years previously.
59: The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | Above: Dorlina Becher Lacey with her dad Thomas, in Hollywood (where she lived) about 1925. The picture was sent to niece Katherine. Dorlina was married to Buddy Lacey. They had no children. She was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in 1936. (Color picture above) | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover. | The Martens family group at Balanced Rock. Edmund is recognizable in the overalls in front. | Far right: Waldo Martens working the soil. Right: The family gathered on the front lawn at the home place at Clover.
60: Hannah Jane is also known as Jane Martens Lewis.
61: Above left: The early days of Clover Trinity Lutheran Church. Above right: On dedication day, 1918, at the Fred Lutz home east of Clover. Thomas and Lina Becher are in the middle, with Rudolf and Henrietta behind them. At left: From a Christmas card from 1989, sent to Edmund and Ruth from Donald and Martha Martens.
62: I Am Jesus' Little Lamb | Top left: Edmund writes: "No, that's not a dog. I remember that I was supposed to get the money from the sale of that lamb. However, one black sheep for every 50 was necessary in order to take a quick count out in the pasture or on the desert range. Well, you guessed it - 'twas a ewe lamb so Papa kept it in order to have the right amount of blacks to whites. Equal opportunity, you see. As I remember it, that ewe was in the flock for quite a few years. You can see I was in my chubby stage, so must have been about 13. My bros called me Oscar (or Ozzie) after a short fat man who did combining for us - Oscar Noh. I hated that designation! " Bottom left: About 8 or 9 years old - taken on the farmyard. | Below: "First grade picture - Superior School. I remember I was not too happy about the guy taking the shot. Notice the same wild hair and the same big ears that Mom thought she should have trained better. The hair, not the ears, though that would have worked too." Edmund Martens, 2011
63: Jeep Picture: Edmund writes, "This had to be after Waldo returned from the Air Force in '45 or '46 - he was able as a veteran to obtain the jeep from surplus equipment. So I was perhaps 16. Notice our old house in the background. Still had nice trees around it at that time. The dog is either Butch 1, or Butch 2 Both were great dogs but were trained for cattle, not sheep. So we had to be careful not to allow them to bite the sheep's hind legs when trying to move them from place to place. ( On further reckoning it must have been the second Butch. They were almost identical in looks and disposition.) The first was killed accidentally when he fell in front of the pickup out on the range. Donald could not stop in time. Papa needed that dog to help him with sheepherding. About a week later, he got up one morning and the first thing he saw waiting for him at the door was Butch 2. He did a double take! We never knew from where the new dog came and no one ever looked for him. We think someone abandoned him out in the sagebrush. But, he was a reasonably well-trained dog with good breeding. A lot of Collie in both dogs."
64: Edmund Martens High School and College Memories | "My college roommates when I was a freshman at Concordia: l to r: Edmund Martens, Frederic Nitschke, Sr., Louis Eberhard, Sr. Merton Grabau Jr. Upon arrival at Seward (Sept. 1945), I was the only one in room 12 until Thanksgiving time. Two other new students were assigned to this room but for some reason or other did not show up. Frederic was to be the Room Buck, as the head person in the rooms were called. He did not want to leave his friends from the previous year. Apparently, he took one look at me and decided "no way". But Herb Meyer, the Dean of Men, (before he married Norma), was vehement in that Fritz, as he was better known by this nickname, had to move into my room. A compromise was reached: Louie, and Mert would also move into my room. Because of a connection with some of his Schroeder relatives at Clover, Mert had become acquainted with me. Anyway, we became four close roommates in a short time. Fritz and I became great friends. a special friendship which has lasted these nearly 65 years. Fritz and Louie were in the accelerated program due to the war years. All men had to stay at Seward through the entire year(s) in order to comply with the draft laws. They graduated in '46, a year earlier than otherwise. So, they were roommates only that one year '45-'46." --Edmund Martens, 2011 | Above: Edmund in 1946.
65: Edmund Martens in 1949 at his graduation from Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebraska. | Left: At Columbus around 1950, where Edmund took his first teaching call. He stayed there for a couple of years, and then accepted a call to be a teacher and music director at St. John Lutheran School, Orange, California (above). | Some Sadness in the Midst of His College Years: In 1947, Edmund received word that his father had passed away suddenly while on a trip to California with Etta. They were in Escondido with Lorene and Karl Bosch. (Lorene was Etta's brother Henry's daughter). He probably suffered a heart attack. Rudolf was not yet 62 years old. Pastor J.A. Schlichting wrote of Rudolf, "He wore the cross of Christ on the lapel of his coat--and in his heart....I was always pleased with his definitely Christian stand and his work for his church." After becoming a widow, Etta moved to Seward and lived with Edmund in a home across Columbia Avenue from Concordia.
66: Martha Schnackenberg and Henrietta Martens at the wedding of their children, Edmund and Ruth Martens | Brothers Waldo Martens and Edmund Martens at Edmund and Ruth's wedding. | The Schnackenberg and Martens Families Unite
67: Ed and Ruth were married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Orange, California. Both were teachers at the school and played the organ in church. Bridesmaids, from left: Betty Lou Heller, Frances Schnackenberg, Deanna Friedrichs Dufresne (a cousin of Ruth's), and Randy Woehrmann. Groomsmen from left: Bob Schnackenberg, Richard Heitshusen, Donald Martens, Waldo Martens, Vic Schnackenberg, and Joe Riedel. Vickie Schnackenberg (niece) and Matthew Martens (nephew) were the flower girl and ring bearer. | August 5, 1956 Edmund and Ruth Got Married
68: Scenes from the '50s and early '60's | Cousin Beth Hogan singing and Edmund playing. | Kitchen at 541 E. Lomita, Orange, CA about 1963. | Ed and Ruth's first four children, Allegra, Melanie, Renee, and Ronda, were born in Orange, CA with son Sean arriving in 1968 in Seward, NE. At left: Edmund in front of Henrietta's home at 374 N. Center St. in Orange. Above left: This was probably a school picture. Far left: About 1958. Grandma Martens with Allegra, Ruth, Melanie and Edmund. Center: Renee, Melanie, & Allegra Martens, about 1962.
69: Above left: Grandma's birthday, February 12, 1962. Melanie, Renee and Allegra Martens with her, from left, in her home. Above: Ruth and Edmund at a church picnic. Left: Grandma Martens, Ruth, Melanie, Allegra and baby Renee, July 1960 Below: Allegra and Melanie, 1961 and with Renee in the mid-sixties.
70: The Cousins Get Together in the '50's and 60's | Above left: Grandma Martens with Allegra, baby Melanie, and Kala Above right: Grandma with Allegra and Melanie Lower left: ( left to right) Allegra, Aunt Ruth Martens, Edmund, Brent, Ruth, Melanie, Gerald, Kala, Henry Becher, Henrietta, Tim, Ida Becher Bottom: Grandma holding Tim and Matthew, with Jane, Gerald, Brent and Priscilla
71: At right: Allegra, Renee, Melanie, and Ronda in Nana and Papa's trailer, March 1966, at Desert Hot Springs. Below: Grandma was getting ready to travel to Hawaii. We stopped by her house to send her off. Lower left: Melanie, Allegra, John, Renee, and Joel at Uncle Bob's place in Carpinteria, CA. Lower right: in our Easter finery, made by Nana. | Left: On one of our many camping adventures with the Keisers and McFerrins in the sixties.
72: Above: Martha and Donald Martens, seated, in July, 1986, celebrating their 40th anniversary. Their children Matthew, Miriam Garrison, Priscilla Martens, and Jane Lewis are behind them. | Taken on Edmund Martens' 42nd birthday. From left: Allegra, Melanie, Sean, Edmund, Ronda, & Renee Martens. | Edmund holding pony (Mandy?) with Melanie and Allegra on a trip to Idaho. | Above: Christmas 1970 Sean and Edmund Martens | 70's and 80's Memories | Below: Melanie, Renee and Allegra in back row and Sean and Ronda in front at the 50th anniversary party at St. John's Lutheran Church in Orange, CA in 1975 for Emil and Martha Schnackenberg. | Nana and papa were frequent visitors to our home in Seward.
73: The Grandchildren Arrive Left: Four generations in 1984. From left: Allegra and Gavin Koehler, Ruth Martens, Martha Schnackenberg. Below left: A summer gathering. Allegra holding Ian, Melanie, Renee holding Nathan, Ronda, and Sean. Back row: Gavin, Edmund and Ruth. Below: Opa holding baby Gavin, first grandchild, in his office at Concordia in fall of 1984. | Sean and Brenda's Wedding 1990 Back row, from left: Clark Koehler; Allegra Koehler; Rick, Justin, and Renee Nolte; Brenda and Sean Martens; Ed and Ruth Martens; Rodney and Ronda Wescott; Melanie Martens. Boys in front: Nathan Nolte, Gavin Koehler, Ian Koehler | Joy
74: 50th Anniversary Cruise Summer 2006 Top row: Rick, Renee, Ruth, Edmund Second row: Sean, Brenda, Allegra & Clark Third row: Rod, Ronda, Melanie, Gavin Fourth row: Gerald & Judy Martens, Dorothy and Bob Schnackenberg Fifth row: Nathan, Rachel, Rebecca, Zach and Devin Bottom row: Justin, Alex, Madeline, and Luke
75: Blessings The blessings of faith in Christ Jesus, and of home and family, are evident when one looks at the writings and pictures of those who have gone before us and those who are still here today. From Henrietta Becher Martens: "A favorite verse of Holy Scripture from which I have derived much comfort is Isaiah 43:1--'Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name. Thou art Mine.' " (underlines are hers.) She also wrote: "Let me be with all Thy loved ones Where I can see them face to face. Let me be where the river of peace runs And dwell amidst Thy love and Grace. Amen." | Above and below: Ed and Ruth near Granby, Colorado, in about 2005, on the hike to Eisenhower's cabin above and near The Rapids Restaurant below. | In October 2011, at Twin Falls, Idaho.