Carrie E. Steuernagel was the youngest child of Charles A. Steuernagel and his first wife, Henrietta Paulina Yegerlehner. If you recall from last week’s Wednesday’s child, Henrietta was my grandfather’s aunt. Carrie died one month and nineteen days after her mother died, and just one month shy of her own second birthday. I do not know the cause of her death. I also find it hard to fathom the amount of grief that Charles experienced in his life. He had a rough time when it came to family. He lost his first wife and two of their three children within four years. When he married his wife’s younger sister Matilda, their marriage did not fare much better. Matilda and Charles were married seven years before she died a month after giving birth to her last child. They had five children together; two of which died as infants. Charles married a third time and lost this wife after only five years of marriage. Dorothy died within days of giving birth to her third child. I think Charles gave up trying to find a wife afterwards.
Carrie is buried at the St. Peter’s Church Cemetery at Hickory Corner, Owen County, Indiana (FAG).
It seems as if I’m getting the run around. Now the Captain has put me off until Friday. He may know of some orders coming in etc. or something else anyway today he told me to come back Fri. Fri I’m going to tell him I have some definite plans made for Sun and Mon and must get off at that time. Of course he may have other definite plans also. It might be as you said some time off between duties.
I wrote Mrs. Ahern so probably won’t be bothered by that anymore.
I’m just as much put out and feel as badly as you do about the summer but I can’t figure any solution because if there is no place to live I don’t know what can be done. These houses in Oakdale are OK but they don’t have gas or electricity so that is definitely out. A Lt. and his wife and 7 children are living in one and cooking in the fireplace but I don’t want that. They have been there 3 wks. Yesterday. Sounds
(page 2) like Wittenberg, but they can’t get the stuff to finish the lines.
Maybe we can talk those things over when I get home. I’ve been more dissatisfied here in the last 2 wks than before because its just like you said, the whole summer is almost gone, but I can’t see what can be done about it.
Got a letter from Uncles Wess today¹. They are in Mich., spending the summer. He still writes about the Spanish + American War². Guess it was as big to him as this one is now.
I washed out a suit of underware today. Mine are all in the wash. One bunch has been there since June 30, Maybe they will be out by Fri. Hope so or I’ll have to come home dirty.
Well, as I said last week. I’ll keep on writing each day because Fri. he may put me off again.
- Uncle Wess was Silvester Schiele, Roscoe’s mother’s brother. Silvester’s wife Jesse was from Michigan so it seems logical that they went there to vacation in the summers. Search the archives or tags to find more posts regarding Silvester.
- Silvester served in Company I, 1st Illinois Infantry in the Spanish American War in 1898. He was a musician. I recently found him in the U.S., Spanish American War volunteers, 1898 database on Ancestry. I knew he had served in the war but not that he was a musician! This letter provides the “smoking gun” evidence to corroborate the oral history that has been passed down.