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Monday, March 3, 2014

FRANZEN, Art and Elaine

ART FRANZEN, Otto's son
Art and Elaine FRANZEN have gone home!

Here we have two Confirmation photos of siblings Art FRANZEN and Elaine FRANZEN. The matte is missing on the photo of Art, but for Elaine, it is stamped "Daniel, Columbus." This turned out to be Columbus Nebraska. Time period for Elaine appears to be early 1930s, and the photo of Art looks much earlier.

The back of Art's photo says "Art Franzen, Otto's son."

The back of Elaine's photo says "Elaine Franzen  Hellbusch, Otto Franzen's girl".

ELAINE FRANZEN HELLBUSCH
Otto Franzen's girl
Using these clues, I have determined that "Art" is Arthur Louis Franzen (1908 - 1963) who married Elsie Ann Becher and had at least two sons. His parents are Ubbo "Otto" Louis Franzen, a German immigrant, and Helene Daniels, a Nebraska-born daughter of German immigrants.

Otto and Helene had several children; Lydia, Arthur, Leona, Edgar, Elaine and Melvin.

Elaine (1918 - 2006) married Clarence Hellbusch in 1936, and had 2 daughters. She and Clarence farmed in rural Nebraska and returned to Columbus upon retirement. She enjoyed watching sports on television and was a Cubs fan.

At Ancestry.com, I was able to locate a more recent photo of Elaine, and a full obituary which I will not reprint here because this was a fairly recent passing and the obituary contains names of living people and I prefer to respect their privacy. I will however post the recent photo next to that of the old photo, for the purpose of comparison.

 

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