Melida (Lydia) Altwasser
The Tenth Child of Friedrich Altwasser and Wilhelmine Wilde
Back Row from the left:
August Teske, Fred Altwasser Jr., Gustav Domes, Frederick Lenz. Second Row from the left:
Frank Banman, Lydia Teske, Bill Domes, Bertha Altwasser, Otillia Domes, Mollie Lenz, and Ferdinand Krieger. Front Row from the left:
Emma Banman, Julia Domes, Fred Altwasser Sr., Wilhelmina Altwasser, Florentine Krieger.
Second Row from the left:
Frank Banman, Lydia Teske, Bill Domes, Bertha Altwasser, Otillia Domes, Mollie Lenz, and Ferdinand Krieger.
Front Row from the left: Emma Banman, Julia Domes, Fred Altwasser Sr., Wilhelmina Altwasser, Florentine Krieger.
Melida (Lydia) Altwasser and August TeskeSelected text from "A Journey of Discovery", (2005)
Karl A. Lenz.
Melida was just a baby when the Altwasser family departed from the town of Alexandrov, Volhynia, Russia on April 11, 1894 and started their journey of immigration to Canada. She was born on February 8, 1893 in the Shitomir Parish area of Volhynia, the seventh daughter of Friedrich W. Altwasser and Wilhelmine Wilde. The 1901 census recorded her as being born on February 8, 1893 and that she could read and write.
Melida was nine years old when her family moved to Yellow Grass. She grew up at Yellow grass and married a neighbor, August Teske, June 18, 1912 in a double wedding ceremony with her brother Friedrich. Their only child, Emil Wilhelm Teske, was born on February 3, 1914 at Yellow Grass. Sadly, Melida died the day after the birth and was buried in the Yellow Grass Cemetery.
August married again on May 30, 1920 to Lydia Arndt at Yellow Grass Saskatchewan. There were three girls born from this union. August passed away on September 29, 1960 at Star City, Saskatchewan and Lydia passed away in September 1987, also at Star City. The town of Star City is a farming community situated 19 km east of Melfort and 19 km west of Tisdale, just off of Highway No.3.
Child of Lydia Altwasser and August Teske
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