I was temporarily side-tracked from my big scanning projects I've been working on for several months (Ohde & Voge collections), so I could scan some more amazing history before it leaves Manning. History that is going to be sent to one of the current owner's relatives out of town who have NOTHING for family pictures and history - what they once had was thrown away.

I constantly write about the "THROW" scenario and this is just one more example.
Fortunately, the current owner (one of my relatives) contacted me about scanning this history before he sends it to them.

I'm constantly begging in my articles to let me scan old pictures and history before anyone with Manning history sends it to relatives in other towns and states...once it is no longer here I'll never get a chance again to add it to my digital database.

My second cousin, once removed, Dennis Barten recently gave me this nice selection of old items of John & Pauline Barten to scan before sending it out of town to another relative.

He had also captured a number of old Monitor obituaries in printed form that I could scan & OCR and convert to text.
I now have them added to my obituary page linked on the left side of my main web page.
There are also a couple of incomplete obits that I hope someone will be able to complete for me, and I'm also looking for some death dates and also first or maiden names to make more complete obituaries.
So if you have any of this information, please send it my way.
Here are some pix and unique documents from the Barten collection...

John & Pauline Barten

Luise Pauline Mueller baptism document

Dennis' great-grandmother, Sophia (Grau) Rothfolk, taught him how to speak and read/write German and more importantly to read and translate the old German Script...

Sophia was a sister to my grandmother, Ida (Grau) Kusel.

Luise's citizenship certificate

Pauline Müller Barten confirmation

Before digital repair

Translation by Dennis.

A very unique document from WWI - very rare and not kept in later years by many families probably because they felt it was anti-German ancestral sentiment.
This is why we should NEVER destroy any of our history!!!
Whether it be documents, books, pictures, statues, or monuments like we see being done in the big cities today.

Luise Barten registration booklet

On November 16, 1917, all males in the United States older than 14 who were "natives, citizens, denizens, or subjects" of the German Empire were required to register as alien enemies. In 1918, an act of Congress included women aged 14 and older. Registration affidavits were filed at police district stations. Then each district sent its collected registration affidavits along with a summary sheet to the Chief Registrar. Each "alien enemy" was issued a registration card with photograph and identifying information, which he was required to have on his person at all times. He also needed permission from the local registrar to travel or change place of residence. Certain areas were also off-limit zones as deemed by the military. The Armistice was declared on November 11, 1918, and all regulations on enemy aliens were lifted December 25, 1918.

John & Pauline Barten with baby Lorraine, who later married Frank Danner.

John Barten passport

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