Posted by: Bev Bird | April 6, 2011

Heite Bauko aka Henry Herman Tieking 1884 Immigration

Ship Manifest record

Pictures of the ship ‘Amerika’

Posted by: Bev Bird | March 26, 2011

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas – 1895

A fellow genealogy blogger recently posted this article on her blog at:

I thought it was very interesting, especially being from Salina, Kansas.

“This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas. I’m told it was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, and reprinted by the Salina Journal. Could you pass this test? It’ll make you think twice about your grandparent’s 8th grade education… ” {Jasia at Creative Gene Blog}

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas – 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph.
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of ‘lie’, ‘play’ and ‘run’.
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 – 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school 7 months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards -12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour) (Do we even know what Orthography is?)

1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication.
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, lingual.
4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u’.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e’. Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks. And by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)

1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America.
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

So the exam took 5 hours to complete. Whew! I don’t remember… does the high school ACT or SAT take that long?

Posted by: Bev Bird | January 29, 2011

Hermine “Mini” Tieking

Posted by: Bev Bird | January 29, 2011

Blenn Girls

Daughters of William and Hermine “Mini” Tieking Blenn

Back – Elsie Henrietta b. 26 Sep 1903 d. 15 Jun 1976; Velena “Lena” b. 1910

Front – Esther Elizabeth b. 12 Mar 1906 d. 6 Mar 1991; Christina Matilda b. 14 Jun 1895 d. 17 Jun 1943; Johanna “Hanna” b. 1 Oct 1896 d. 1 Feb 1974

Posted by: Bev Bird | January 21, 2011

Hermine Tieking arrives in America in 1891

Hermine sailed on the SS Karlsruhe built in 1889. This steam ship traveled at 13 knots and carried passengers as well as cargo. It was 415 feet in length and 48 feet in breadth.
There were just over 2,000 passengers on board at the time of Hermine’s journey. Considering a football field is 360 feet by 160 feet, that’s a lot of people in compact area. Just imagine the journey she must have had!

Posted by: Bev Bird | January 21, 2011

William Blenn and Hermine Tieking

Married 15 March 1893

William and Hermine were married 15 March 1893.

Posted by: Bev Bird | December 5, 2010

Advent Calendar – Visiting Santa at the North Pole

Sandy, Rosemarie, Beverly, David, Donna, and of course Santa!

With every Christmas season came a visit to Santa to describe our long list while sitting upon his lap.

However, one year visiting Santa came early – as the picture shows, we were all in shorts!

We grew up in Pottawatomie / Riley counties of Kansas and visiting grandparents was always an exciting time.
My mother’s parents, Okly and Mildred [Woolman] Carpenter lived in Westminster (Denver), Colorado and we were fortunate to be able to see them as often as we did.

On this particular visit, Grandpa and Grandma took us to the North Pole, complete with Santa! The North Pole was located just west of Colorado Springs.

This picture was taken the summer of 1965.

Posted by: Bev Bird | November 30, 2010

Advent Calendar – Our Christmas Tree

Donna, Sandy, Beverly 1959 - 1960

Putting up the Christmas tree was a special event each year. We always put it up about 10 -14 day before Christmas and was taken down on New Year’s Day. Some of my favorite memories are from the early 1960’s when I was in elementary school.

Growing up in the country we had many neighbors with farm and pasture land in Kansas. The farmer’s didn’t look too fondly on the cedar trees and were very agreeable to let us find our perfect tree on their property [almost pleading with us to take as many as we wanted]. They usually asked that we chop down another tree so they could decrease the number of cedar trees.

Saturday morning would bring about lots of excitement about picking out the best tree we could find. I am the eldest of 6, which guaranteed I’d get to go with dad, along with my sister, Sandy, who was 18 months younger. I don’t remember exactly, but we had to be at least 6 or 7 years old before we could go. After all, we were going trekking through pastures of snow all day (or so I thought).

Mom would get us bundled up, and our snow boots on, dad would sharpen the axe and the kids climbed, excited and giggling with glee into dad’s truck and off we would go.

Each time we found the perfect tree, we’d look around and find another one that was even bigger and better. I’m sure dad had to eventually choose the perfect tree. Dad would have us each hold a branch on each side of the tree, so we could ‘help’ chop it down. Then dad would grab the trunk of the tree and we would help drag it back to the truck.

Returning home, my sister and I would run into the house to announce we found the best tree ever. Mom fixed us hot chocolate and we could hardly wait to decorate – but that came after lunch.

Dad put the lights on the tree and then turned the decorating over to mom. Once the decorations were on, we put the tinsel went on – “One strand at a time,” mom would say. Then the Christmas tree top was put in place.

The lights were turned on and we all admired the most beautiful tree we ever had.

Posted by: Bev Bird | May 2, 2010

Letter from Aunt Sister

The letter from Aunt Sister, (Sister Mary Emmanuel, aka Elizabeth Obringer), was in response to a request from Christine Tieking (Ostermann) for family information for a school project.

Posted by: Bev Bird | April 6, 2010

Bible Records of Henry & Johanna Tieking

So they are no longer two, but one. Man must not separate then, what God has joined together.
Matth. 19:6

That is why a man leaves his father and mother to be with his wife, and they become one.
Gen. 2:24

I herewith declare that:
are joined in Holy Matrimony in Leer on the 11th day of February in the year of our Lord 1872 in the presence


Hermine Tieking born March 9, 1872
Johanna Tieking born December 18, 1873
Herman Tieking born November 28, 1877
Johann Tieking born May 1, 1880
Hermann Tieking born March 5, 1884
Ludwig Tieking born October 9, 1887


Hermine Tieking marries on 15 March, 1893 to Wilhelm Blänn.


Hermann Tieking died June 23, 1883
Johanna Tieking
nee Heickman died November 1, 1920 at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 22 days
Henry Tieking died January 31, 1922 at the age of 76 years, 1 month and 25 days

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