Happy Birthday, Anna

09 May

Yesterday would have been my great-great grandmother’s 143rd birthday. Her name was Anna Catarina Jahnke, born on May 8, 1865 in Garnerville, Iowa. She would later moved to Riley County, Kansas as a small girl.

Her parents, Heinrich & Ursula Jahnke, homesteaded a few miles north of Riley, Kansas. In the 1880s, they donated a corner of their farm for the erection of a German speaking Presbyterian Church, which is still standing.

Anna would later marry Karl (Charles) Kleiner. In 1910, the Kleiner and Swart Families left Kansas for Washita County, Oklahoma.

Grandpa & Grandma Kleiner drove to Oklahoma in a brand new 1910 Oakland Car. The Swart and Kleiner boys traveled in a railroad boxcar with all of the family possessions and livestock.

Bessie Kleiner, their daughter and Herman Swart would marry in Washita County in December 1912. They are my great-grandparents.

While in Cordell earlier this week, I saw a couple of pieces of furniture that my Great-great grandpa Kleiner had made. One piece was a chest of drawers, and another was a low-lying table they used to play dominoes on.

My cousin Marla also has a marble top dresser that belonged to them and was brought to Oklahoma from Kansas.

This photo shows the Charles Kleiner Family in 1910 before leaving Kansas. Anna is seated, holding uncle Rufus. Bessie is the young girl in the back.

Uncle Rufus, born in 1909, celebrated his 98th birthday last year. He’s the only one in this photo still living.

Happy Birthday Anna.

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Posted by on May 9, 2008 in Genealogy


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