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Electronic mail message from Beverley Gutenberg,
Got this tale from Puis Welk who may be known to
some of you. It concerns the maternal family of Lawrence Welk. This
may have been written in one of Joseph Heit's books. A notation
on the page says: "From Dr. Heit".
The Schwan's had one son, Johannes, who married and
fathered six children. They lived on the homestead in Strassburg
. Johannes' first five children were girls, his youngest was a son,
Johannes, born in 1846. Little Johannes' mother had tragically died
of blood poisoning in childbirth.
Fortunately the Schwan's neighbours, Ludwig and Marianna
(Bertsch) Erk were kind people. As it happened they had had a baby
girl, Barbara, just a month before Johannes' birth and his mother's
tragic death. Marianna Erk, a good Christain woman with a warm and
loving heart, offered to nurse the neighbour's little baby boy along
with her own daughter. Each day at feeding time one of Johannes'
sisters would take the baby over to Mrs. Erk until the time came
when he was weaned.
However, thoughout his childhood and as a teenager,
Johannes Schwan remained a daily visitor at the Erk home. He loved
his nursing mother and was deeply devoted to her. Twenty years later
she was to become his mother-in-law when he married Barbara.
Johannes and Barbara had seven children. The second
born was Christine - Lawrence Welk's mother.
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