Luth and Verfurth Memories - Seattle, Washington -Monday Nov. 3, 1958
Dear John and Edith, (ed. John Henry Luth 5 Aug 1880- 7 Dec 1962 and Edith Aurelia Wilson Luth 8 Feb 1886 - )
Just received your letter to-day, and of all the record the Verfurth kids. Don't think your mother (ed. Katharine D Verfurth 23 Nov 1858 - 23 Aug 1944) had a record of V-family (ed. Verfurth) as Ella Anna (ed. ? Helen "Ella Anna" Verfurth 4 Dec 1871 - 22 Jan 1947) and I (ed. Elizabeth Verfurth Ashley 23 Aug 1875 - 25 Feb 1963) got it up- it is correct.
My father (ed. John Henry Verfurth: 26 Sep 1830 in Prussia, Germany - 17 Sep 1875 in Tripoli, Iowa) came to America on the same ship my mother (ed. Maria Catharina "Mary" Wynhoff: 5 Nov 1837 - 1 July 1890 or 13 May 1865) did. He had the cheapest deck he could get. I think he was about 10 years older than my mother.
My mother was 17 (ed. circa 1854? from Till-Moyland, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany) when she and her parents (ed. John Henry Wynhoff: 21 March 1799 - and Dorothea "Dora" Van Appledorn: 26 Aug 1806 - abt 1880) came to America.
My (ed. paternal) grandmother (ed. Maria Catharina "Mary" Wynhoff 5 Nov 1837 - 1 July 1890 or 13 May 1865) was a real mean woman, she married against her parents' (ed. John Henry Wynhoff 21 March 1799 - 11 Mar 1888 and Dorothea "Dora" Van Appledorn 26 Aug 1806 - abt 1880) wishes. (ed. They were both born in Till-Moyland, Rheinland, Preußen, Germany. Mary was the fourth of their nine children.)
They told her if she married John H. Verfurth they would disown her, but she thought they would forgive her after she was married. But they didn't.
She always felt above my grandfather and her own children and sure made a Hell on earth for grandfather and her children. My mother used to tell us about it and I remember it so well.
- Children of Katherine Luth:
- John Henry Luth: Aug 5 1880 - Dec 7, 1962
- William Frederick Luth: Oct 14, 1882 - Oct 1905
- Gertrude May Luth Gujer: Feb 7, 1887 - Oct 30, 1958
- George Arthur Luth: Oct 31, 1893 - (ed Jul 25, 1977)
- Children to Anna Verfurth Rhodes:
- Villa Mary Rhodes: Nov 25, 1892
- Hilda Wynona Rhodes Anderson: Jun 15, 1894