Many of the Germans from Russia who chose to live in Sheboygan were from the villages of Reinwald, Schaefer, and Schwed. Most of them are buried here.
We parked and quickly located my great-grandparents headstone. As I look at the stone, memories flooded back to me of all of the research I still want to do on the lives of Philip and Anna Maria Reimer. The Reinwald Censuses of 1850 and 1857 opened many avenues for further exploration of their lives.
My grandparents, Fred and Sophie Herzog, are near. Cousins from this side of my family still reside in and around Sheboygan. They maintain and clean the areas around these plots as evidenced by the hosta plant behind my grandparent's stone. I like how it has filled in the space and I hope the hosta Ashley and I planted will do the same at John's grave.
Fred Herzog remains my mystery to solve. I believe his family moved to Rosenfeld am Nachoi as I have found a number of Herzogs in the 1862 Census. This census could be the link to pulling the family tree chart back to the original Settler's list. Yet, there are so many Fred's and misspellings and date contradictions, I need to cloister myself and submerge into the documents again before I can confirm my findings.
This visit I located my Mom's brother's grave. The last time I was here with my cousin Charlotte, we could not find the stone. When I talked with Charlotte, she told me that her daughter found the stone, but it had sunk so far into the ground, most visitors would not have seen it. It has been raised again and it now visible. A beautiful green plant grows behind the stone. Fred died at 29 years old after a car accident on 8th Street during a snow storm.
Before we visited the Lutheran cemetery, we drove past my grandmother's house on St. Clair Ave and circled the block to check if my cousin Charlotte was home. She was sitting in the yard and we had a wonderful unexpected visit.