I am lucky to know who many of the ancestors in my photos are but I have just as many where I do not know who they are---and that just haunts me.
Today's post is about my Great Aunt Ida Roxanne Lammay Bartz Lambert Gruber. (Uh, yah she was married a few times!).
|Ida Roxanne about 1915-1925 est|
She worked outside the home for most of her life, not common for a woman of her time. But I suspect this was mostly out of necessity. Many of her sisters worked also, quitting school by the 8th grade, to help support their mother because their father had abandoned the family. Her first marriage to Herman Bartz ended in divorce in 1912. Her second marriage to Henry Lambert was not a happy one.
Apparently Henry drank quite often and would become very mean and violent resulting in beating Aunt Rox. One night in 1923 during one of these drunken beatings her teenage son, Carl Bartz, had enough of the abuse of his mother. He retrieved a gun and shot Henry dead. This had to be a terrible ordeal for her.
|Aunt Rox, son Carl Bartz, & pet dog about 1915|
Tragedy struck her again in 1940 when her son John Lambert age 18 drowned in the river when a boat he made with friends went over the dam. For a second time her family had made front page news in the local paper due to an awful event.
|Aunt Rox, sons John & Howard Lambert about 1928|