Die Kohlengraber- my first genealogy book self-published in Dec 1992
Emigration of my Prussion ancestors
Territorial changes in Germany after WW II
Location of former Province of Pomerania (Pommern in German); now part of Poland since end of WW II.
I was able to locate the birthplaces for some members of my Kramp Line
Pommerische Wedding party, Die Brautigan (bride), Die Braut (groom), Die Pastor, and Die Hochsitebitte
Members of the Pommerischen Leute of Milwaukee, WI, display decorated hats of the wedding party
My ancestors settled first in "ghost town" of Peale, Clearfield Co. PA, and then migrated south to Houtzdale area.
Clearfield Co, courthouse
Bridge across Red Moshannon Creek at Peale, PA
Peale, bridge across Red Moshannon River
The only remaining house in Ghost town of Peale; probably the Company Store
Site of the former Company Store, Peale Ghost Town, after it was burned to the ground.
Immigrant labor at company store, Peale, PA. Was my great grandfather in the group?
Former Lutheran church of Peale, now in Lantz, Clearfield Co, PA, 1992. No known parish records exist.
Former Lutheran church of Peale, now in Lantz, Clearfield Co, PA, 2001
Tunnel on Beach Creek Railway, near Peale, Clearfield Co., PA
Exiting Beech Creek Railway tunnel near Peale, PA
Looking West from Beech Creek Railway after exiting tunnel
Trestle of Beech Creek railway, 2001
High above the Red Moshannon Creek on the Beech Creek Rail way
Old brick with Beech Creek title. Once probably part of the old rail station
On the Beech Creek Rail Trail, August 2001
Overgrown path through woods to Oakwood Cemetery, Peale Ghost town, Clearfield Co, PA
The late William Demmick shows me the lone standing tombstone at Peale's Oakwood cemetey
St. Severin's Catholic church, est. 1851; dedicated by Bishop Neumann; Bertha Hohnke and George Haas married here 1887
The second St. Agnes church, Morrisdale, Clearfield Co, PA. Haas, Moreau families buried here.
Home of her late Lewis C. Hohnke and Margaret Mehallow, Philipsburgh, PA
Trinity U. Methodist, Philipsburg, PA, view from west; home church of John C. and Robert W. Hartley families.
St. John's German Lutheran Church, front,1992. Congregation joined the Swedish Lutherans in 1970s?
Kiosk with church bell marks the site of the former St. John's Lutheran Church in Houtzale, PA
In 2000, St. John's was dismantled; this kiosk with bell commemorates the foundatiion
Houtzdale, Hannah St., (main street) looking norheast towards Osceola Mills. Bank with clock; former Eureka company store at end of next block
The Wagner Farm: Home of Henrietta Streich and her 2nd Husband, Charles Wagner, until they died in 1920s; then by Charles' descendants
Logo of H. Kruger Photographic Studios of Houtzdale, PA. Bertha Kramp Wagner once worked here. Many of my ancestors were photographed here
Moshannon H.S. now, a senior apartment complex, Woodward Twp., PA
The Past Time theator, Ramey, PA, now a Post Office
Map of Ramey showing Beulah Cem and house sites of August Shrock and the Kramp brothers, Robert and Frank
Former home of Frank Kramp, 1920s
Former home of Robert W. "Pop" Kramp and Martha (Streich), Ramey, Clearfield Co., PA
"Abondoned coal tipples made great playgrounds" - Cecil Lloyd (Dad's boyhood friend)
Beulah Cemetery, Ramey, Clearfield Co., PA; several members of the immigrant, German community are buried here
Vintage photo of Beulah Cem showing Fred Schrock tombstone, behind a fresh grave in foreground
"Loading coal car", sketch by Thomas Gregovich, folk artist and fiddler of Southport, PA
Now, I can bicycle the Houtzdale Rail-Trail and pass many of ancestor's landmarks, including ...
... the famous turkey deer. Go to Father's homelands, part 2 (sorry, under construction)