Thursday, July 3, 2014

Visiting Remetschwiel, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Over the past several years I have visited a number of places that relate to my family history. The one that I have yet to visit, and is arguably the most important, is the place from which my 2nd great grandfather and his two brothers emigrated around 1866. That location is Remetschwiel, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and is located about an hour from Zurich, Switzerland.

Remetschwiel is near Waldshut which may have provided administrative support for the smaller town, and still might.

My interest is in visiting both Waldshut and Remetschwiel and seeing areas in both towns that might have existed in the mid-1800s when my relatives apparently lived in the area. A visit to a local catholic church in either or both towns would be a plus, possibly obtaining contact information so that I could obtain more information on the family through German church records.

I have no immediate dates planned for visiting the area, but anticipate that it would likely be in 2015 or later with the initial stop being in Zurich, Switzerland. Since the distance is reasonably close, I'm guessing that it might be a simple day trip (or two).

If you know of anyone in the area who could arrange for a visit to these areas, preferably someone with knowledge of the two German towns, please contact me at

I reside in Northern California, United States of America.
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition
Seattle Washington
June 1-Oct 16, 1909

This Souvenir Folding Card, an official publication of the Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition held on the dates noted above was postmarked Aug 20, 1909 in Seattle, Washington. It was mailed from Louie Yehle to his sister-in-law, Mrs. Casimir T. (Mary) Yehle in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Louis was the only Yehle sibling who moved to Canada in the mid-1910s and may have been living in either Canada or Seattle at the time of the Exposition.

Front Cover, Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition Souvenir Folding Card

Back Cover, Alaska-Yukon Pacific Exposition Souvenir Folding Card

Cascade and United States Government Buildings
Spokane County Building

Top: Machinery Hall; Bottom: Agricultural Building

Top: Forestry Building and Band Stand; Bottom: King County Building

Top: Music Pavilion; Bottom: Oriental Foreign Exhibit Building

Top: Official Emblem of Exposition; Bottom: European Foreign Exhibit Building

Top: Manufacturers Building; Bottom: Vista from Steps of the Agricultural Building

Top: Oregon State Building; Bottom: Fine Arts Building

Top: Emergency Hospital; Bottom: Auditorium

Top: Part of Nome Circle; Bottom: Court of Honor and Mt. Rainer

Top: Hawaii, Oriental and Manufacturers Building; Bottom: Puget Plaza and Government Buildings from Main Entrance

Top: Forestry Building; Bottom: Manufacturers, King County, and Machinery Hall

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wedding Photograph -1909

The above photograph appears to be a wedding photograph of my grandfather, Casimir Theodore Yehle and his bride Katherine Germing taken around the date of their wedding, 11 May 1909, in St. Joseph, Missouri. 

I cannot identify the two individuals on either side of the picture, maybe the best man and maid of honor (?) and maybe related. Any information on their identifies would be appreciated. .

Richard Yehle
Sacramento CA

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Family Photograph from the 1910s

The photograph is from the early 1910s (circa 1912-1913), probably taken in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The people in the picture are my ancestors:

Standing:  Marie Agnes (Theissen) and Casimir Theodore Yehle, my grandparents

Sitting with child:  Anna C. (Sturm) and Michael Germing, my 2nd great grandparents. The child is Casimir Capistran Yehle, my father. He was born in 1910.

The individuals on either end are Katherine (Germing) and Lambert Yehle, my great grandparents.

[The identifications have been corrected thanks to Dennis Kemper who's grandmother, Mary Veronica Germing Kemper identified them many years ago. Thank you Dennis for sharing.]

Marie Agnes Theissen was adopted following the death in 1887 of her biological mother, Maria Itirwer (Hatch). Even though her biological father, Vincent, Hatch, lived until 1919 and did remarry in 1889, the six daughters were given up to an orphanage.

Katherine (Germing) is the daughter of Michael and Anna Germing and the sister of Mary Veronica Kemper and Susan Cecelia Loutch.

This photograph came to me via my Aunt who died in 2000 in Missouri. My trip to Trenton Missouri in 2006 resulted in collecting a treasure trove of photo albums and other memorabilia.

Richard Yehle
Sacramento CA

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Foto Fold's - Any Ideas?

As I was going back over some items I have in my Aunt’s photo collection (she died in 2000), I found two unique items that I can’t seem to find out anything about.

They are called “Foto Fold's" and are raised pictures in a fold-able container. I’ve attached three photos:

Closed image shows the two closed. One is the back and the other the front which is die cut.
Opened image shows both opened. One is a single picture of my grandmother and the other my Aunt, father and grandmother (their mother).
Side View shows that the item is not flat but raised. The raised part fits into the cut out piece on the right which then closes to the fold-able container.

I don’t know when these were taken but my grandmother died in 1956 so it is before that. My dad was in the army until 1945 so it is after that. He was born in 1910 so I’m guessing that it is either late 1940s or early 1950s. 

Any information that you may have regarding this type of photography would be appreciated.

Monday, April 18, 2011

La Plata Argentina - #8

This post is part of my ongoing blog of information related to La Plata, Argentina (see previous posts). This post is complete following a Holland America cruise taken in February-March 2011. As mentioned in blog #7, I used ByT Argentina ( to arrange the tour from the dock in Buenos Aires to La Plata, Argentina.

As planned, we were met at the Buenos Aires dock by a driver who spoke only Spanish and a tour guide who was bilingual. The tour consisted of myself and my travel mate, a former co-worker and good friend. Our first surprise was that the car was a new, air conditioned, sedan that was very comfortable. La Plata was a 45 minute drive from our location in Buenos Aires. I showed the previous blog postings (I had printed them prior to the trip) to the guide who used the information as the basis for the tour.

La Plata is the capital of Buenos Aires province and it’s easy to get around since its streets are logically numbered, in what was one of the first planned cities in Argentina. 

As expected, many of the locations mentioned in the blogs, dating back to the 1920s, had been replaced by other structures over the ninety some odd years since my grandparents, father and aunt were in the country. The guide did, however, take us to the streets where the buildings would have been and went out of their way to talk with current hotel managers who had some idea as to the history of the area.

The most anticipated part of the trip, and the one with the most obvious 1920s photographs was at the Plaza Moreno. It is an expansive and open area with broad views of the sky, city skyline and the towering neo-gothic cathedral, copied after one in Germany. Several religious statues are located around the plaza. While the gift shop was not open when we were there, I did notice that there was a large coffee-table book, in either Spanish or English, that was available. I was lucky enough to find the only available on-line copy just prior to my return.

The Cathedral of La Plata: The Largest Neo-Gothic Church of the Twentieth Century [Hardcover] Manrique Zago (Editor), Graciela Smith (Translator)

This cathedral is beautiful, both inside and out and I recommend a trip to La Plata just to see it and enjoy the beauty of the plaza. I've copied most of a wikipedia article below for your information. As noted in the article, the cathedral was started in 1884 and designated a cathedral in 1932, however, it really wasn't completed until 2000. The pictures of the cathedral in my grandfathers photos showed one spire. The finished cathedral has two.

The tour guide, and the driver, went out of their way to try to match the blog entries. The driver especially spent some time tracking down the Armour and Company Meat Packing location, which we knew had been torn down some time ago. What he found, however, was another refrigeration company warehouse - spread over several blocks - in a downtrodden part of town. He advised that we might have to "make a run for it" if we found the area a bit too challenging. As it turns out the plant was still being used in the outskirts of town in a rundown residential area. The trip to that site alone as awe inspiring (maybe only for me).

In the early discussion with By-T travel, I was directed to an on-line article concerning cold storage units in La Plata ( The site is in spanish but can be translated to English. I mentions in that article that the Armour S. A. plant was closed in 1983 and demolished in 1986.

We were also treated to the exterior (it was closed) of the Natural History Museum and several other local attractions. It was a truly interesting day.

As we returned to Buenos Aires on our way to the touristy Florida Street, we went by the Buenos Aries Cathedral which from the outside looks like some sort of government building, not at all impressive. However, the inside is as beautiful as the cathedral was. Without this specialized tour we wouldn't have known what the inside of the cathedral looked like as most off-ship excursions don't give you enough time to wander into the cathedral.

La Plata lived up to what I had hoped when I first saw the old pictures. While many of the original buildings I had hoped to find were no longer available, the simple act of being in the town and standing in the general area of my ancestors made the trip a bargain.

Below is the promised article from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Cathedral of La Plata

Cathedral of La Plata
View of the lateral buttressing
 / -34.9228833; -57.9563167 The Cathedral of La Plata, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic sanctuary in the city of La Plata in Argentina and one of the largest in Latin America. This neo-gothic edifice is located in the geographical center of the city, facing the central square, Plaza Moreno, and the City Hall.

Inspired by the European cathedrals of Amiens and Cologne, its plans were drawn by architect Ernesto Meyer under the direction of city planner Pedro Benoit. The cornerstone was laid in 1884, and it was consecrated as the Parroquia Nuestra Señora de los Dolores in 1902. The parish church, which continued undergoing works, was designated a cathedral in 1932.

Restoration and completion

View of the altar
In the 1930s, fearing that the foundation had been underestimated, workers halted construction. The spires were left unfinished and the exterior brick work was left undressed. In the mid 1990s, an ambitious plan of restoration and completion was carried out. The 1990s plan included the following:
  • Strengthening the foundation.
  • Reversing the damage in the bricks and joints. 
  • Completing two spires, six turrets, 200 pinnacles and 800 needles.
  • Installing a 25-bell carillon.
Once the bricks were restored, the decision was made to leave them undressed. The building's exposed-brick exterior is thus unusual to some extent, and it makes La Plata Cathedral resemble the brick Gothic style of many churches in northern Europe, such as Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden and Poskilde Cathedral in Denmark. The refurbishment was inaugurated to the public in the year 2000.
With its towers rising 367 feet, it is among the four tallest churches in the Americas.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

La Plata Argentina - #7

This post is part of my ongoing blog of information related to La Plata, Argentina and travel that included the State of Sao Paulo Brazil (see previous posts). My intention with this post is to highlight several resources provided by those who have responded to my emails, have assisted with a planned visit to La Plata in 2011, and as a thank you to my favorite podcasts.

Genealogy Gems Podcast / World Vital Records:

When I first created this blog, I sent information to Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems Podcast [] who referenced the blog in Episode 86. In response to that post, a comment was received via Lisa from World Vital Records: "I was listening to your last podcast, where you had a listener who is doing genealogy research in Argentina. We have a large database called Familias Argentinas with over 14,000 individuals in it. It is found at ."

Genealogy Guys Podcast

I also sent a notice to the genealogy guys ( who mentioned the blog in Podcast #204, 8 June 2010. They did an excellent job highlighting the blog - thank you to George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, the hosts of the podcast.

Art Frommer's Travel Podcast

Pauline Frommer was kind enough to answer an email sent to her father, Art Frommer. Her response, in part was: "Such companies as Port Compass, ShoreTrips or Port Promotions would be able to hook you up with a local tour operator. Or you could simply go to, key in Buenos Aires and get contact info for local tour operators there."

The Travel Show with Art and Pauline Frommer can be accessed at or via itunes. The show is two hours once a week on Sundays.

ByT Argentina (

By independently searching the web, I found a firm named ByT Argentina that is located in Buenos Aires. I contacted them and the various firms highlighted by Pauline Frommer. Not only was ByT the cheapest, but Roxana del Canto, Travel Consultant, worked closely with me to develop a tour with a pickup at the dock to La Plata and return on the first day we were in port. I sent her the link to this blog, which she was able to use to determine my exact interests. Not only did she offer a tour in a modern van with an English speaking guide (I don't speak Spanish) but did so with my interests in mind and at a fee about 40% less than the US based firms. If the tour is half as good as I anticipate, it will be well worth it.