Zimmerman Family

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William Zimmeran and Teofilia Welke with their children Carl and Martha about 1930.

 

 

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Wanda Welke

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Wanda Welke

Wanda Welke was the daughter of Karl Welke and Euphrosine Gurke. At the age of twelve, orphaned, she immigrated from the war-torn boarder lands of Poland and Russia to the United States in 1920 along with her siblings. The surviving Welke family made their home in Portland Oregon. Their story is one of sorrow, devastation, and hope.

 

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Death Certificate of Ferdinand Welke

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Ferdinand Welke was the son of Karl August Welke and Euphrosine Gurke. Ferdinand was born 10 Jul 1896 in what is today Dubeczno, Wlodawa, Lubelskie, Poland. The area where the Welke family lived at the turn of the 20th century was considered part of Russia. After World War I conditions was horrible and paranoia ran rampant. What remained of the Welkes decided that it was time to join their older sister in the United States. In the fall of 1920, Ferdinand immigrated to America, trekking across the continent to arrive in Portland, Oregon. He made his home in Oregon for many years then moved north to Roslyn, Washington, his final home.

 

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Photograph of the Week

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Harold Lavern Welke

Harold was the eldest son of Germans from Russia immigrant parents, Ferdinand Welke and Mary Magdalena Dargatz. He was born 5 July 1926 in Portland Oregon. In this photograph, Harold looks to be about eighteen or nineteen years old, which would date the picture to around 1945.

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