Mom's Mother is in the upper right hand side-Amy Cecile
I wondered today where this type of Family Record Document came from. In the bottom left hand side is the
name PRINTED IN 1882 BY KURZ & ALLISON, ART PUBLISHERS 76178 WABASH AVE, CHICAGO, USA.
This I Goggled and found the same document preserved in the Library of Congress. The very same document! I wondered if the Family Record document was purchased blank by CK and Susan or if they had mailed off the photos of the family and the company printed them. Then either CK or Susan enter in the info. It's a beautiful record of the family. I hope to track down the original document.
Another detail that really brothers me is these were Mom's Aunt's and Uncle's some living to the 1980's and 1990's and I only met Katherine once in 2003. (Aunt Katherine was born in 1915, Mom was born in 1921. Aunt Katherine passed away 10 days after Mom in March 2008) The rest lived only 30 miles away and I NEVER knew them. That is so sad to me.
As I have always said sometime in the late 1990's when computer's were the source of information Mom asked me "Do you think you can research my Mother's side of the family? I know my Grandfather Miller was from Germany" I said "Mom, Miller is such a common name I don't think I could ever find anything" Little did I know in the last few years I have discovered more information on Mom's side of the family than on Dad's side!
Louis Kurz first worked as a lithographer in Milwaukee, together with Henry Sifert. After the Civil War, he was one of the founders of the Chicago Lithographing Company. He worked there until the company was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. He then returned to Milwaukee, and started the American Oleograph Company. He moved back to Chicago in 1878, where in 1880 he became a partner in the newly founded firm of Kurz and Allison. Alexander Allison probably provided financial backing.
Kurz and Allison also issued a series of "family prints" which showed such Civil War figures as Jefferson Davis, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and James A Garfield in domestic settings, surrounded by their families. At least one lithograph entitled "George Washington at Mount Vernon" (1889) is known to exist depicting George Washington, Martha Washington and Martha's two children.
The firm also produced a sizable number of black and white lithographs on religious subjects. These were marketed to localized communities with ethnic identities, often separated from their compatriots, often in the West. Many of the firm's prints were reproduced in New Mexican tinwork.