This was actually going to be a game at the Big Schellhardt Reunion of 1991 but it was deemed to be “too hard.” So we played Moo, Moo, Buckaroo instead. Not that Moo, Moo, Buckaroo wasn’t challenging…
What we needed was a cousin with enough courage and tenacity to figure it all out. I think we can all agree that we can thank goodness for Number 33!
How hard could it be? It’s not like I was trying to figure out who our godparents are (one of mine is #19 by the way). Well, it wasn’t a simple feat and it involved combing through old papers, digging into the recesses of my mother’s memory, and one case of Facebook creeping (sorry #10) – but I got it done. From 1 – 33, I present to you the Schellhardt grandchildren in numerical order.
4. Bobby Schellhardt
5. Bill Knuttel
6. Betty Ann
7. Carole Sue
9. Bill Schellhart
10. Anne Marie
14. Helen Jean
17. Cousin Anne
19. Cousin Ed
25. Michael Peter
28. Margaret Mary
29. Mary Ellen
30. Jean Peter
I’m pretty sure #12 and #13 are in the right order. #24 and #25 are in dispute, however, because my mom couldn’t remember who was born first. Any ideas?
Also, I left off actual birth dates and years because I wasn't sure how people felt about having their ages posted.
Fun Facts –
There are 19 girls and 14 boys
Each family that has more than one son has three sons
15 of the 33 grandchildren were born between 1953 and 1957. A second baby boom hit between 1960 and 1963 when 8 grandchildren were born. That means from 1953 – 1963 – 25 grandchildren were born – that’s like ¾ of the family. (Note, I was never good with fractions so I don’t know if that’s even right)
The age span between oldest and youngest is 28 years
There were no grandchildren born in October
August was the most prolific month – six grandchildren were born in the eighth month
The busiest time period for birthdays is 2/25 through 3/10 – that doesn’t even include Nanny’s birthday on 2/24 or my mom’s birthday on 2/27
There is one cousin born on the Fourth of July – #8
There is one cousin born on Tax Day - #2
There are three sets of non-twin cousins who share birthdays - #24 and #25 (same day, same year – 12/12); #3 and #19 (same day, six years apart – 7/8); #7 and #18 (same day, three years apart)
So now you know your number – aren’t you so excited?!
Tell your kids, the great-grandchildren – or as I call them – my contemporaries, not to worry – I’ll work on them next!
P.S. Extra credit if you can match up your number with player numbers on the 1964 Phillies roster.