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Carl Alfred Bleess
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Birth: 1877, Germany
Death: 1957
Brighton
Washington County
Iowa, USA

Carl I just did get to know you as a boy. And then I didn't know your stories and experiences. I do have the picture of you marching in the Kaisers army, 1898. You showed me the knot on your arm from the recoil of the Kaisers rifle. I'll bet coming to america was a relief after that. Certainly Iowa mud was better than the mud of Flanders in 1916. Ellis Island must have been something near terrifing. Farm life in Iowa between 1910 and 1950 must also have been a trial. Good for you Carl, rest in peace.

I know that Marie was a governess for a wealthy family in London, England around 1900. She remarked to my mom, Esther that coming to Washington County Iowa with dirt roads and farm chores and severe winters was a real test after life in London. Oh well here they are. Marie ran a restaurant in Brighton,Iowa for a few years with Cora Pringle through the 1930s. I remember the Pringle house, it is gone now. I'm told the food was excellent, of course two Iowa farm women used to cooking with all fresh goods. I don't know the name of the restaurant or if it had a name.

Grandma Bleess was an excellent cook and had a wealth of Alsatian recipes. I remember her homemade catsup, wouldn't I love to have some now. Naturally as a kid i wouldnt consider going near the stuff. And her plum pudding, make in January place in the dark highest cupboard and let it mold all year. In December cut off the mold, burn with brandy and eat. No I wouldnt eat that either.



 
 
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 Spouse:
  Marie E Stumpf Bleess (1877 - 1964)*
 
 Children:
  Maurice Ralph Bleess (1916 - 1993)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Josephs Cemetery
Pleasant Plain
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: billcarr
Record added: Jun 15, 2006
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Carl Alfred Bleess
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Carl Alfred Bleess
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Carl Alfred Bleess
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- Lorraine Blake
 Added: Jul. 15, 2006
Rest in peace, Carl.
- billcarr
 Added: Jun. 15, 2006
 
 
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