My grandpa was John Ludwig Margheim,youngest of the children of George Jacob and Mary Katherine "Katy" (Winter) Margheim. He was born in 1900 in Russell, Russell, Kansas.
This timeline shows us that Grandpa lost his father at age 12, in 1912. Grandpa told me he had to quit school at that age so he could work and help support his family.
|One of my favorite portraits of my Grandpa Margheim|
on a celluloid plaque.
By the time he was 20 years old he was living on his own and supporting his older sister Lena in his household.
He married my Grandma in Nov. 1920, at age 20, and sadly, just three-and-a-half months later his mother passed away. Five months after he lost his mother, his first child, my father Ernest was born.
When Grandpa Margheim was 23 he was blessed with another son Alfred.
Just 3 years later, Grandpa experienced the loss of his older brother Alexander, a father of five who was killed in a car accident at age 34. Exactly one year later his older sister Lena passed away from tuberculosis at age 38. This was the sister who was living with Grandpa in 1920, before he got married.
In 1929, when Grandpa was age 29, he became the father of twins Leonard and Laverna.
In my previous post I wrote of my Grandparents' move from the farmland of Kansas to Longmont, Colorado. It was in Longmont that their little precious son Alfred passed away in March, 1933 from pneumonia.
|Left to right: Alfred, Leonard, John, Laverna and |
In September 1934 Grandpa received word that his oldest brother Fred had mysteriously died in Russell, Kansas.
You can see the family activities in the intervening years in the timeline posted above. But it's sad to note that when Grandpa was 46 his brother Jake died.
When he was age 50 his oldest sister Eva died at age 67 from a stroke.
At age 53, Grandpa experienced the death of his sister Mary, then at age 62 he lost his brother George.
|John and Mollie Margheim with granddaughter Michele |
and daughter Laverna Irelan. 1969
At age 72 he suffered the devastating loss of his only daughter Laverna, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 43.
|Left to right: Leonard and Marceleen (Manke) Margheim,|
John and Mollie (Koleber) Margheim, Phyllis (Jones) and
Ernest Margheim. About 1976
On July 28, 1978 Grandpa enjoyed an evening at home with his wife and good friends playing pitch at their dining room table, after which he suffered a heart attack and died.