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Charlotte Klukas

Charlotte was born December 20, 1858.

Her parents were Gottfried Klukas and Louisa Felscher. She was the first child of ten.

Charlotte married Samuel Adolph Seiffert on November 16, 1878 in the area of Volhynia, Ukraine/Russia and had fourteen children, Carl Robert (January 12, 1880 to May 19, 1956); and Julianna (July, 1881 to 1885); Wilhelmina (November 16, 1882 to December 1946); Adolph Ernst (October 6, 1884 to June 5, 1955); Alvina (September 24, 1886 to February 11, 1979); Fredrick Wilhelm (1887 to 1889); Gustav Samuel (October 26, 1889 to November 16, 1957); Emil Ferdnand (August 3, 1891 to May 30, 1949); Albert Walther (May 29, 1893 to September 19, 1929); Bertholt Herman (August 10, 1895 to October 10, 1986); Edward Ludwig (January 30, 1898 to February 15, 1967); Johann Gottfried (December 16, 1900 to July 13, 1912); Lydia Beata Luise (April 5, 1902 to February 17, 1973); Emma Christana (July 19, 1904 to September 14, 1994).

Charlotte died in Scholls, Oregon on April 26, 1946 at the age of 87 years, 4 months, 6 days. She is buried at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery Section B, Row 7, plot 15 in Sherwood, Oregon.

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Letter from Samuel

Ritzville April 9, 1899
Charlotte Seiffert,
Dear wife, I got your letter, and, from it, I see that all of you are well. I'm glad, and I'm now answering your request for instructions on what to do. You are to plant approximately 30 ripe carrots and five sacks of potatoes. You are to put seeds on what is left over and sow what you have.
I'm informing you that, unfortunately, I still can't say much about this climate. Up to now, it's snowed only a little, and it has rained a bit at a time. Otherwise, it was dry, and it's been that way since I've been here. Minnie can come when she's healthy. If she has enough money to get here, can she come? I have taken a 120-acre piece of land. I want to take the money I earn here and buy horses so I can break some more land. Also, when you write me again, tell me more about Karl Adolf. I don't understand where he's supposed to have died.
I send my regards to the whole family, and give my best to those who ask about me.
Respectfully, Samuel Seiffert
Writing list for Minnie at home.

Letters from Julianna Rosentreter (Charlotte's Sister)

Letter from Bertha Erdmann (Samuel's Sister)

Letter from Ludwig Klukas (Charlotte's Brother)

Letters from Emilie Bastion (Charlotte's Sister)

Letter from Ernestine Roman (Charlotte's Sister)

Letters from Christian and Julia Kucklas

Krupp, Feb. 9, 1906
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Seiffert,
It's time that I wrote you. It has to do with planting roses. I don't know how much it'll cost, so I'm asking you to tell me how much you spent. You cut all of them 14" long, and then you pack them into moss and wiggle them in wet ground so that the moisture stays. And someone can send you this page so I can get it back soon.
Can I send the money order to Scholls Ferry, or do I have to send it to Sherwood? Please tell me exactly how much the roses and everything else will cost. I'll send the money right away, because I'll know then how much it'll cost. Write me at the same time you send the other information.
Your friends in best health,
Christian and Julia Kucklas
P.S. Julia would also like the pansies, but with the roots, as the farmers here don't throw them away. If you have any of the plants left that came from Fischer's, I don't know the name, but when they bloom, they turn from green to white, and if you put rusty water on them, they turn red. Send me one, and blackberries with roots if you still have them.

Krupp, March 11, 1906
Dear friends, Samuel and Charlotte Seiffert,
We both got a letter, and we also got the roses yesterday. You wrote that they cost 70 cents. That's surely only the Express. I'm now sending you $1.00, if it should be more.
All of us send you our cordial greetings.
Your loving friends,
Christian and Julia Kucklas
P.S. Since February 25, it's been warm here, and we've been sowing. But we had a cold spell yesterday and today. It was 18 this morning, and I think it'll be that cold tomorrow, for that's what the weatherman forecast for this three-day period. Otherwise, all is well. I sowed the oats in February, and they've already sprouted. Why don't you send me Minnie's address? Julia wants to write to her.

Letter from Karl and Th. Kucklas

Krupp, August 8, 1906
Dear friends, Samuel and Charlotte Seiffert,
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God be with you all. Amen.
First, we got your letter, and we're happy that we've heard from you again. But why have you written so little, and why are you too lazy to write? For my part, I'd have answered your letter as soon as possible so that we'd be able to know how the family is-whether you are sick or well. We speak of you often. Don't think that we've forgotten you this soon, because we remember the hours that we talked together in love. To be sure, we're still alive, but we'll be done with this life soon. The straw is high this year, but the ears are skinny because it was up to 111 in the shade. So, everything ripened too quickly.
Edward bought a Haetter. Christian is alone, and we're still where we first settled. Edward's on my homestead, and I'm on the new farm I bought last fall for $4,000, half of which I'd put down. It's still my pretty farm. It has up to 90 trees, a well, a windmill, and enough water. We've already had some fruit.
Dear friend Samuel, could you send me about two dozen root vegetables of the three kinds? What I'd like is some of the white, the red, and the early black ones. We've had no appreciable rain this summer, though it's rained a lot near and around us. But we got only a little, and it's very dry where we are. I've grown cucumbers this year, but only after a lot of effort. Our watermelons are small. The corn that I planted early is beautiful. That which I planted later is scarce. I only hope that you give me an answer right away and not be so lazy about writing. Is Carl still single? And where are Minnie and the other children? Send them regards from the Fischers and us. Edward and Nathanael have married. Edward, on February 25, and Nathanael, on March 1. Now, it's just mother, Wilhelm, and I. In closing, we greet all of you.
Cordially,
Karl and Th. Kucklas The writer also sends his regards.

Memories

Granddaughter Mary Jane remembers that she could understand her grandma. She also remembers people saying that Grandma couldn't have c-a-n-d-y and thinking it was funny.
She remembers Aunt Emma saying how her mother found out she was trading food to other kids. She embarrassed her by going to talk to the teacher. She found that some kids were not sent to school with a big lunch and then packed a good lunch for Emma to share.

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