Thursday Treasures

Haviland China Our family was lucky enough to inherit the wedding china of my husband's great grandparents, Charles Frederick Ehle and Gertrude Ethelyn Smith. Charles and Gertrude were married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 21 December 1904. The china is from Theodore Haviland, Limoges and is marked as made for Gimbel Brothers in Milwaukee. The pattern … Continue reading Thursday Treasures

Curiouser and Curiouser

Meet the Libbeys This is a continuation of the Charles Reif vs SB Paige story. This post is focused on the mother and sister of Mary Elizabeth Libbey Fagin who was the second Mrs. Paige. This is the 9th and final installment in the series. Elizabeth Nelson Libbey was born in Ireland probably in about … Continue reading Curiouser and Curiouser

The Curious Case of Charles Reif vs SB Paige

Part 8 -The Historical Record of Mrs Paige The task of the detective hired to research Mary Elizabeth Libbey Fagin Paige's past would have been daunting. It seems as though Mary - and her mother, Elizabeth Libbey - deliberately tried to muddy the waters regarding their history from the beginning. Even today, with the ability … Continue reading The Curious Case of Charles Reif vs SB Paige

The Curious Case of Charles Reif vs SB Paige

Part 6 - The Persecution of Mrs. Paige from the Quad-City Times, Davenport, IA6 July 1883, Friday, page 1 There is an interesting slant to the newspaper stories published in Oshkosh versus the stories written from Davenport. The Oshkosh papers seemed to favor the cause of the Paige family and the Davenport paper seemed to … Continue reading The Curious Case of Charles Reif vs SB Paige