Catherine Heinrich was born in Topeka, Kansas on 8 September 1911. Her parents were Georg Heinrich, born 13 Feb 1881 in Josefstal, and Barbara Schmidt, born 18 June 1882 also in Josefstal.
George will bring his family from Josefstal to the USA in October of 1908. They will live in the US for a number of years, returning to Josefstal around 1912. Once there, they will go through the Russian Revolution, civil war, and then finally another escape from Russia. Arriving back in the US in October of 1922.
They will settle in the Aurora, Illinois area.
In 1983, while researching this family, I heard from Catherine Heinrich Weller, and that included this wonderful article from the Aurora Beacon Hill Press, dated 27 Feb 1983. The article is a fascinating interview with Catherine about her life, what she remembered about Russia, and the family’s escape to the US.
That article can be found here.
Also among Catherine’s possessions was a photograph of her maternal grandparents, Peter & Barbara Schmidt.