I’ve written about Bertha on numerous occasions and feel like of my ancestors whom I never met, I know her the best. Maybe it’s because I remember hearing my dad and grandmother talk about Birdie so much as I was growing up, maybe it’s that there was always a picture of Birdie as a young girl displayed in our living room, or maybe it’s because I have so many of her things now. Whatever it is, I’m thrilled to feel like she’s really a part of me and love being able to share her story with my descendants so that they, too, will know more about this beautiful woman.
Photo displayed in our living room
Rebecca Steen Schwartz (1848-1918), Joseph Schwartz (1867-1919), Louis Schwartz (1834-1893), Bertha Schwartz (1872-1950)
Milton Harry Schwartz (1878-1958), Rebecca Steen Schwartz, Louis Schwartz, Colman Schwartz (1884-1920)
Unfortunately, there were five other children born to Rebecca and Louis but three of the children died very soon after birth while young Tina died in 1870 and Marks died in 1877, both at the age of four. But the other four children pictured all lived into adulthood.
Here’s to the Schwartz siblings – Joseph, Bertha, Milton, and Colman!