Alright, so it isn’t truly polka dot, but I’m not sure what to call it. This is one of the family photographs that has always intrigued me. I often find myself wondering about Susanna Stähli. I love her dress. I also get the impression that she must have been stern, based on her expression here and how tightly her hair was pulled back.
I haven’t really researched my Von Allmen line, as I have a cousin who has done extensive research on them. I tend to research the other side of my family more. Almost everything I know about Friedrich and Susanna (Stähli) Von Allmen is thanks to my cousin, Shirley.
Friedrich and Susanna lived in Wilderswil, Switzerland and immigrated to America in 1883 on the S.S. Canada.
Friedrich and Susanna had eleven children traveling with them, so I can see why Susanna would need to be stern. They purchased land in Floyd County, Indiana to start a dairy. It’s interesting to me that it looks as though they lived at the bottom of a knob in Switzerland and purchased similar land in Floyd County.
According to St. Mark’s Baptismal Records, Friedrich and Susanna had two more children. As I mentioned before, Shirley has done extensive research and found that there was another child who did not live long.
Susanna died on December 16, 1898 of stomach cancer.
This may sound strange, but this is, coincidentally, one of my favorite tombstones. It’s a very unique stone in the Atkins Cemetery and I was always drawn to it as a child attending the church.
I do intend to do my own research on the Von Allmens at some point, as I have lots of questions. One thing I often wonder is whether Susanna worked in the dairy or had another job. They immigrated in 1882 and she died in 1898, so there is no record of it on any Census. Certainly, if the dairy was as successful as it seems, she would have needed to be involved in the dairy work.