Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Query from Belgium

Cemetery: Placerville Union Cemetery, Placerville, California, USA
Born: March 8, 1871
Died: May 5, 1943
I'm Wouter De Boeck from Belgium and I found a family member from my mother's side of the family tree who moved to California: Peter Van der Auwera, who died in Sacramento (Mercy Hospital).
Peter was a native of Boom, Belgium and came to the US in 1910, one year after his half-brother Joseph did. In 1918, Peter and his (second) wife, Rose Dillenbeck, moved to Placerville (9 Gilmore Street), El Dorado county, California. Peter was a photographer and conducted a photo studio for several years. He also invested in real estate and lost a building in a fire in 1930.
His family in Belgium was very poor and almost everyone had been working in the famous brick factories.
I'm still looking for his daughter, Mrs. Paul Hartmann…
Thank you.

Submitted by Wouter De Boeck
Posted by Ron Setzer

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