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 Francisca <I>Schmelzer</I> Melcher

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Francisca Schmelzer Melcher

  • Birth 23 Mar 1841 Germany
  • Death 24 Nov 1907 Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Lindsay, Platte County, Nebraska, USA
  • Plot Row 11
  • Memorial ID 23205899

Part of the Melcher Family History:
By Albert J. Melcher, Venice, California in a letter to Bob:

Grandpa was a man that liked fun and beer like his sons Fred and John except that Grandma ruled with an iron hand. She counted the money and it better be all there or he was limited on beer. She kept him properly poor so he couldn't get notions.
Grandma was known as the only woman in those days that had the courage to burst through the swinging doors in the old saloons and tap John on the shoulder and say, "Come on John, out, you have had enough." She could smell the saloon he was in, Grandpa was a gay boy, a free spender if he could get his hands on the money, but also a good business man.
Grandma was a little woman with a six foot husband but she had the guts to stand up to any man. If one of the early settlers got drunk and beat his wife up, the wife would go to grandma with her troubles. Grandma would read the riot act to the husband in public and in such a way that he wouldn't pull that stunt again.
On one occasion, she beat the hell out of a drunken man with a broom stick for beating his wife.

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A very grateful and heartfelt "Thank you" to Laura
for her Sponsorship of this Memorial.
I appreciate it more then words can say.
"Thank you, Thank you, Thank you"
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  • Maintained by: William Peel
  • Originally Created by: Gloria Barnes
  • Added: 1 Dec 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23205899
  • Laura Virgil
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francisca Schmelzer Melcher (23 Mar 1841–24 Nov 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23205899, citing Saint Bernard Cemetery, Lindsay, Platte County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by William Peel (contributor 47327611) .