My Messer Mystery
Found among my mother's
photos was this family portrait taken at Khudak Photography.
A name is written on the back, "Johann Messer". Where
does this name fit into my family?
Quite by accident,
I discovered that Jim Messer of Arizona had this photo
of his great grandparents - Jakob Messer, born 13 Mar
1846 in Karlsruhe, Beresan district, and Eva Eckroth,
born 24 Mar 1848 in Karlsruhe, Beresan district. Their
youngest son was named Johann, born 04 Feb 1889. Both
Jakob and Eva are buried in Richardton, ND.
the two photos and you can see that it is the same couple.
The second one is a colored and re-touched copy of the
first. If the young boy is Johann, then this photo would
have been taken about 1892 - coincidentally the year my
grandmother Elizabeth Tichy was born. The Messers were
from the Beresan district, and my Tichy family is from
Crimea. So why was this photo in my mother's collection?
There must be a family
connection, but what is it?
cannot say 'the past is past' without surrendering the
future." Winston Churchill
choose our family. They are God's gift to us, as we are
to them." Desmond Tutu
die Vergangenheit nicht ehrt verliert die Zukunft. Wer
seine Wurzeln vernichtet kann nicht wachsen." Friedrich
Hundertwasser, Austrian artist-architect,