Confirmation Notice for Gottlieb Schuetz, 1855
This document comes from the family of Bill Dean, Margaret Dean's husband, who are the second great-grandchildren of Gottlieb and Anna Schuetz. It is most probably a confirmation notice for Gottlieb Schuetz the sponsor wrote as keepsake of the confirmation day. The Schuetz children probably received these notices from members of their home protestant church in Canton Berne where they were from. Filled out on a day of confirmation, the notices would be the keepsakes and a reminder of an important ritual.
A son of soap manufacturers Hans (John) Schuetz and Magdalena Luthi, Gottlieb Schuetz was born in 1838 in Canton Berne, Switzerland. He married Anna Parli who also came from Canton Berne, Switzerland in 1863 and immigrated to Humboldt, Nebraska in 1870. Their daughter Maria (Mary) Schuetz, born in 1867 in Switzerland started the Dean family line marrying German-born Dirk Sutorius in 1889. Sutorius' daughter Emma, born in 1890 married a recent emigrant from Germany (1908) Edo F. Harms in 1914. All three generations lived in Humboldt, Nebraska in close proximity with various relatives (Emma Sutorius's uncle John Schuetz lived right next door to her family according to the 1930 census).
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