OK, lets see if I can explain these Mischke generations, with the help of Gerry who sent info earlier, and three photos this week (!) He also sent a couple pages of who-begat-who, which I just finished entering on my family tree. It mostly all fits now ☺.
If you recall, this couple is Joseph Mischke and Mary Otremba, the original immigrants to Buckman. Their kids were Franz, John, Clara, Mary and Paul. They look more substantial here than in the next pic, but it's surely them.
Since Joseph died in December, 1901, the latest this photo could have been was that summer. By the apparent ages of the boys tho, I think it may have been 1887 or so. I'm assuming the sons are Franz and John.
Ok, next generation: Franz was Frank, Sr. who started with a livery, and later the Hardware store.
John married Theresa Peschel and had 11 kids: Joseph, Ida, Carl, Hermina, Mary, Agnes, Jack, Leo, Hildegard, Benno and Fridolin.
Their oldest, Joseph, married Margaret Theis, and they had four kids: Maurice, Marie, Bernard and Marjorie (below). Click to enlarge the pics. That's little Bernard with Gramma. He looks about four.
I suspect this photo was taken when Bernard made his vows at Crosier. From the left, Marge, Maurice, Margaret, Joe, Bernard and Marie Mischke. (I know, the names are below the pic, but this makes em googleable).
Next generation: Gerry, who sent the pics and info, is Maurice's son.
(Gerry thinks the men might be his uncles Carl and Jack, but he has no idea which aunt/sister it is. The chickens were Tillie, Cluck, and Shimel).