But really that in between spot is actually the sweet spot.
In a way, we’ve been made adopted members of every other sibling’s family unit – whether there’s room for us or not! We cross over the family in a way that doesn’t happen much these days. So, while it’s been years that most of the cousins have seen each other, I actually see a lot of you at least once or twice a year. Sure, I’m the quiet one in the corner but I like being there!
And there’s another benefit too. I get to experience a lot of things that the rest of you didn’t. Kinda like this day a few years ago when some Schellharts and Wissmanns (and those cross-over Hendersons) got together for dinner. Sitting on the left next to my dad is Louisa Wissmann – “Aunt Louisa” who was our de facto family matriarch for decades after the passing of our own matriarch in 1987. Her daughter Mary – “Cousin Mary” – is between our own Uncle Bill and Aunt Betty. And there I am on the end – that weird in betweener.
There we were - three generations gathered around a table.
I told you we’d get to know the Wissmanns today so let’s go around the table and get acquainted.
In the center is Mathilda Horn Wissmann Schoener. As family matriarch, she deserves her own post so we’ll cover her later.
Cousin Al was the oldest of the Wissmann grandchildren – born in April 1927, he edged out Charles Schellhardt as oldest by just a few months. Hey, we can’t all be #1 all the time! Cousin Mary was born a few weeks after Bill Schellhardt in December 1928. At least from the photos, it seems that the Alphonse Wissmann family and Schellhardt family were very close. And always at the zoo. We’ll get back to that another day.
Like our family, each of these families has branched off and grown into their own strong family trees.
But this picture from 1938 reminds us that we all started out from the same seedlings.
Tomorrow, we’ll meet the other Wissmanns.