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Leo and Margaret Picnic with the In-laws

Hello, People. I hope you all had a satisfying Halloween. I costumed up as an accordion-playing gypsy and relaxed by my new Campfire-in-a-Can (so great) to serenade the trick-or-treaters walking by, and hand out gobs of candy. Alas, we didn’t think to take even a single picture, so you’ll have to take my word for it. We didn’t achieve the decorating heights we did last year, but we had fun anyway.  We’ll bring back Macbeth next year, when all this home-improvement madness dies down.

And now, back to our story.

These photographs were all taken in 1919, the year in which my great-grandparents Leo Lessiack and Margaret Spielmann Lessiack wed. I don’t think that they all portray the same occasion because the clothes change, but I’m presenting them together because they all show the newlyweds having fun with their new in-laws.

Here is a blend of Keils and Spielmanns, with Margaret holding Baby Leopold, her new nephew by marriage. He has quite a bit more hair than he did in the pictures in my last post.

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Fanny Spielmann and Emma Lessiack Keil in the back, Margaret Spielmann Lessiack holding Baby Leopold Keil, with Lillian Spielmann kneeling beside him.

Here’s another picture of Margaret and Baby Leopold, this time with Bosco the dog. Bosco is a regular feature in family photographs–here and here, for example. Like me, these folks were wild about their dogs.

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This next picture, with Leo behind his niece Wally and nephew Leopold, is so consistent with my own memories of my great-grandpa. He was always right in there with the kids, enjoying whatever we were enjoying, even as a very elderly man.

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For example, here he is enjoying the festivities at my sixth birthday picnic out on my grandparents’ tiny island in Panama. (None of these children are me, by the way–my buddies enjoyed great-grandpa Leo as much as I did.)

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Back to the Spielmann/Lessiack/Keil family picnics. Something tells me that it wasn’t easy to get these two to sit still. Wally would be about seven years old, and Leopold about two years old here.

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Wally Keil and Leopold Keil

This next group of pictures were taken on September 21, 1919, just a few days before Leo and Margaret’s wedding on September 24th. Here are Bruno, Margaret, and Leo playing cards al fresco, while Emma reads the newspaper. I can’t tell exactly what they’re playing, but Margaret appears to feel pretty good about her hand.

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Leo Lessiack, Margaret Spielmann (soon to be Lessiack), Emma Lessiack Keil, and Bruno Keil, all smiles.

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Emma Lessiack Keil and Bruno Keil.

I love this next picture. Though I never knew my great-grand aunt and uncle Emma Lessiack Keil and Bruno Keil, I can’t help but think that I would have liked them a great deal. They seem like such fun, high-spirited people.

Bruno Keil and Emma Lessiack Keil, cutting up.

Bruno Keil and Emma Lessiack Keil, cutting up.

These next pictures feature the Spielmann family, Leo’s new in-laws. The pictures were also taken in 1919, but not on the same day, based on the clothing. Here is Lillian Spielmann Bielitz, with Margaret in the background. Lillian is one of the witnesses listed on Leo and Margaret’s marriage certificate. Born in 1900, Lillian would be 19 years old at the time of this photograph. I rather wonder why Hilda Spielmann Morgan, Margaret’s nearest-in-age sister, didn’t serve as witness; she doesn’t appear in any of these pictures, so it’s possible that she was ill or traveling.

Lillian Spielmann, with Margaret in the background. Lillian is one of the witnesses listed on the marriage certificate.

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Margaret in the back, Lillian in the foreground, and Leo on the right. I don’t know who the other folks are.

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My great-grand-uncle Ernst Spielmann with an unknown sweetheart. Ernst is the other witness listed on Margaret and Leo’s marriage certificate.

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Margaret on the left, Ernst in the back on the right, Lillian down in front with a great big smile. Because Leo isn’t in this picture, it’s possible he’s behind the camera.

Until next time, People. It’s raining here (hallelujah–we need it so terribly), but I hope that a picnic is in your near future.

15 comments on “Leo and Margaret Picnic with the In-laws

  1. rar12
    November 2, 2015

    Love how you are making these folks come to life! Keep writing.

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  2. Amy
    November 2, 2015

    These are just precious—they really capture the times. Did you know Wally and little Leo at all? You may have written about them, but my brain can’t retain too much!

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    • Pancho
      November 2, 2015

      Alas, no I did not. Their story has a very sad ending, which will be the subject of an upcoming post.

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  3. sultanabun
    November 3, 2015

    Emma and Bruno…I loved them even in the first picture, where he had such a mischievous grin. Lovely!

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  4. Su Leslie
    November 3, 2015

    I’m so loving your posts and photos. I really feel that I’m getting to know these people and would love to have met them, “for real.” Glad you enjoyed Halloween. It was the “night before Rugby” here, and my boys were both out partying in readiness for the game, so I didn’t really get into Halloween at all. Probably better for my teeth and waistline that way 🙂

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    • Pancho
      November 3, 2015

      Yes, I do admit that one too many Reese’s peanut butter cups passed my lips that night. 🙂

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  5. Chips Off the Old Block
    November 6, 2015

    You have such great photos! A wonderful record of lots of happy times.

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    • Pancho
      November 8, 2015

      I feel so lucky to have them, and continue to unearth new treasures as I sort through all the boxes. So fun. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Sheryl
    November 7, 2015

    I enjoyed the photos. The people look like they are having so much fun in many of them.

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    • Pancho
      November 8, 2015

      I agree–folks look very happy, a nice change from some of the more somber, posed shots from that era. Thanks for dropping by!

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