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This identified cabinet card came into my possession today thanks to my amazing husband!! "Katherine Remlinger born to John Remlinger, Sr. and his wife Anne Marie Graus. In February, 1872 at the age of 7, Katherine and her family immigrated to America, when their homeland, Alsace-Lorraine, was ceded to Germany at the conclusion of the Franco Prussian war. The family settled in Nicktown, Cambria, Pennsylvania where three more brothers were born to add to his parents' six other French born children. In 1878 the entire family of 11 moved by wagon to Marshall, Clark, Illinois and settled on their own 40 acre farm located in the southwest corner of Section 29 of the Wabash Township. Not long after moving to Marshall, Katherine's mother, Emma, died in July, 1879 when she was only 14 years old. In an instant Katherine became the female head of her father’s household and the de facto mother of all her siblings but most importantly for the five younger children, whose ages ranged from 3 to 10 years.
On March 1, 1893 Kate at the age of 29 married John C. Klinger in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshall, Illinois. John’s only other sibling, Anna, married Kate’s younger brother, Adam Remlinger, on October 15, 1894.
Both Kate and John and Adam and Anna lived on or near John’s parents’ farm in the Wabash Township near Marshall, Illinois. John and Adam assisted John Sr. with the farming. Kate resided at this location for the remainder of her life.
Kate and John did not have any children. They both had, however, close ties with her brother Adam and his wife Anna, who had seven children.
In Kate’s obituary there is a statement: “Her mother departed this life when Kate was only 13 years old, leaving her with the responsibility of caring for the home and a large family consisting of a father, one sister and seven brothers. She bore many hardships in keeping the home and in keeping the family together.” Kate was strong in character and bore the responsibilities of an adult when but a child. She was loved and respected by all her family.
When Kate died she and John had been married for 41 years. She lived 70 years, 8 months, 3 weeks, 2 days"