Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Frau Christina Dircks, 1838-1908

According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Christina Dircks (sometimes spelled Dirks) was born in Germany in April of 1838. At that time, she residing in Sandusky's 10th Ward, with her husband Carl, and children, John and Rosa, all who also natives of Germany. Each of the members of the Dircks family stated that they had come to the U.S. in the year 1891. Mrs. Christina Dircks passed away on January 11, 1908, at the age of 69 years, 8 months, and 28 days. She was survived by her husband, two daughters, four sons, an adopted son and daughter, and several grandchildren. Funeral services for Christina Dircks were held at both the family residence and at Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. Stellhorn officiating. Burial was at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. A cross adorns the top of Christina's tombstone, and the German word for Mother,
Mutter, is found at the base of her tombstone. An obituary for Christina Dircks/Dirks appeared in the January 11, 1908 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal.

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