A treasured item found among my mother’s things after she died, was this photo of my grandmother’s family in 1904 just before they began the immigration process to move to Canada from Kansas. My grandmother Annie E. Jantz is the youngest girl in the photo. She was born in 1892 so she would have been 12 years old.
In the front row sitting from the left are Marie -14, my great grandmother Marie Gerbrandt Jantz born in 1860 in Swiniary, Poland, my great grandfather Peter H. Jantz born in 1850 in Zosnow, Poland, Edward-16.
Standing in the back row starting from the left are Matilda-19, my grandmother Annie-12, Ben- 25, Henry- 20, John -17, Valentine-22.
My great grandmother Maria Gerbrandt immigrated to Kansas from Poland in May of 1875 with her family. My great grandfather Peter H. Jantz immigrated to Illinois from Poland in July of 1874. He moved to Kansas in 1877 and he and Maria were married in Kansas in 1879. In 1905 their son Valentine moved to Drake, Saskatchewan, in 1906 their son Ben immigrated there, and in 1906 the rest of the family followed.