Ok...a quick review--Mike Sand & Louisa Rausch had ten kids. The oldest was Joseph, born in 1878. Our grandma, Elizabeth, was born in 1888, the fifth kid was Angelica, born in 1884, and the second-last kid, Magdalena, was born in 1894. Wanna know why I'm mentioning those four? Ha! Read on ☺
This small pic is Joe at about 22 years old (about 1900). He was still living at home then, but by 1911, he was married with two kids, and living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He and Antonia Poser had four kids in all (Mary, Michael, Erwin and Agnes). They made their home in Saskatchewan.
Their daughter Mary married Peter Lewans, and they had 12 kids, one of whom, Sylvester, became a priest.
Angelica Sand, Angie, married Joe Hiemenz in 1907, and their son Eddie was a good buddy to dad. Eddie sent me these pics this week--this was on the occasion of a trip to Minnesota by Mary and Peter Lewans, their son Syl, and Mary's dad, Joe. It had to be the early 60s, since Joe died in 1965.
See? Here's a dinner at Eddie & Marcy's with Fr. Lewans on the left, then dad, Eddie, Mom, Marcy and, I assume, Joe and Mary facing away.(I don't know who the other diners are). Make sure to enlarge this one--it's good to see the parents enjoying themselves!
Now this pic is why I mentioned Lena up there...I'm pretty sure left to right is Peter Lewans, Joe Sand, Lena (Sand) Block, Mary (Sand) Lewans, and Fr. Sylvester Lewans. (I believe Antonia Sand spent her last years in a nursing home with dementia, so she probably wasn't along on this trip, tho I don't know that for sure).
(Wow, Mary looked like her mother...and married a man who looked like her father!)