Birth: Feb. 15, 1865 Monee Will County Illinois, USA Death: Nov. 27, 1930 Dubuque Dubuque County Iowa, USA
Daughter of Henry Claussen and Mary Koble Claussen both born in Germany. Emigrated in 1855 to Illinois. There name was also spelled Claussen, and Classen. I was so excited to find Emma in the 1870 Census for Illinois, so now after 25 yrs. of searching I know who her parents and siblings were. Emma was my Maternal Great Grandmother.
The 1870 Census for Illinois shows: name: Emma Classen estimated birth year: 1865 gender: Female age in 1870: 5y color : White birthplace: Illinois home in 1870: Illinois, United States Household Gender Age Birthplace Henry Classen M 43y Germany Maria Classen F 43y Germany August Classen M 13y Illinois Frederick Classen M 11y Illinois Mina Classen F 9y Illinois Caroline Classen F 7y Illinois Emma Classen F 5y Illinois Louisa Classen F 1y Illinois Source Citation “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M6WY-NN3 : accessed 10 Aug 2012), Emma Classen in household of Henry Classen, Illinois, United States; citing p. 4, family 26, NARA microfilm publication M593, FHL microfilm 545791.
Emma was the sister of: August, Frederick, Minnie, Caroline “Carrie”, and Louisa Clausenn. Emma Elsie (Clausenn) Palen, beloved first wife of Frank Joseph Palen, married in 1885 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.
Mother of Phylis Adele Eugenia (Palen) Linderman, my Maternal Grandmother. I never knew my Great Grandmother, Emma because she died before I was born.
My Mother is Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Mancill, and she told me that Emma was Lutheran, but Frank was Catholic. And…that poor Emma had to attend her church alone, because she had promised to raise their children as Catholic.
My Grandmother wasn’t allowed to attend church with her Mother, and was forced to attend Catholic schools until she was in High School. Phylis changed spelling of her name to Phyllis, and then she begged her Father to allow her to go to Public High School. He never forgave himself for it, because she married a Lutheran not a Catholic.
Through research, thanks to LeRoy Amacher, I found out that Frank and Emma were both buried in the Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa, beside each other. Emma was a good, loving, and kind woman. She was a homemaker.
Emma and Frank had four children Leo, Phylis, Hedwig, and Flossie Palen. Hedwig and Flossie died very young. They have many, many descendants. They would be proud.
One of their daughters, my Grandmother, Phylis Adele (Palen) Linderman, and Harry William “Billy” Linderman, had four daughters: Yvonne (Burgess Levesque), Yvarra “Billie” (Jackson), Jean Marie(Frederick Mancill), and Patricia Mae “Patsy” (Cooke), and no sons.
Family links: Parents: Henry Claussen (1827 – 1901) Maria Koble Claussen (1827 – 1903) Spouse: Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953) Children: Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971) Fleicitas M. Palen Strueber (1892 – 1920) Hedwig J Palen Genz (1898 – 1921) Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963) Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery Dubuque Dubuque County Iowa, USA
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Phylis Adele Eugenia Palen, c. 1922, Dubuque High School, Dubuque, Iowa.
Phylis (changed spelling to Phyllis) Adele Palen, daughter of Frank Joseph Palen & Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen, in Caledonia, Minnesota, c. 1920. I found this photo behind another photo in an old frame of my Mother, Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Mancill’s keepsakes of my Grandmother, in Jan. 2009.
Phyllis Eugenia “Phyl” Palen Linderman Birth: Mar. 31, 1904 Clearwater County Minnesota, USA Death: Dec. 27, 1963 Houston Harris County Texas, USA
Born Phylis “Phy” Eugenia (Palen) in Bemidji, Clearwater County, Minnesota to Frank Joseph Palen and Emma Clausen Palen.Raised as Catholic and attended St. Mary’s Catholic schools, until high school when she went to Dubuque High School. Americanized the spelling of her name Phylis to Phyllis. Daughter, Yvonne Phyllis and Granddaughter, Phyllis Jean Frederick were named after her.Palen ancestors emigrated from Luxembourg in 1855. Met Harry William Linderman at Dubuque High School. He was a Lutheran, not a Catholic.
Daughter of Frank Joseph Palen & Emma Elsie Clausen Palen.
Pianist, Artist, Homemaker, and Singer.
Wife of Harry “Billy” William Linderman. Co-Owned “Linbar, Inc.” in Houston, Harris county, Texas. Resided at 4002 Arnold St., Houston, Texas 77005, in West University Place, from 1943-1963.
My Grandmother and Grandfather were members of the First United Methodist Church-Downtown, at 1320 Main Street, Houston, Texas, up until 1963.
CO-Owned Saturday’s Tavern, in Gayhill, Texas during the 1950’s. They spent many a weekend there.
Died of Hodgkin’s Disease in December 1963. Harry & Phyl were quite the host and hostess. They had many friends and family.
Phyl was the Mother of four girls, Yvonne Phyllis, Yvarra “Billie” Irene, Jean Marie and Patricia Mae “Patsy” Linderman.
Phylis & Harry loved to travel, and attended the Republican Conventions. They were both Republicans. Grandpa Harry Linderman was the 1954 Harris County Republican Chairman in Houston, Harris County, Texas. He was one of the Republican Delegates to the Republican Convention in San Francisco, California, 1954-1956, from Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Her family was so broken up by her death, that they couldn’t force themselves to visit her gravesite.
There is no headstone for Grandma Linderman. She is buried underneath an old, Oak tree and beside a Doctor.
PHYLLIS EUGENIA PALEN WAS RAISED AS CATHOLIC. HER PARENTS SENT HER TO PRIVATE CATHOLIC SCHOOL UNTIL SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. SHE BEGGED HER FATHER TO LET HER GO TO PUBLIC SCHOOL. SHE WENT TO PUBLIC SCHOOL AND MET, AND FELL IN LOVE WITH, THEN ELOPED WITH HARRY WILLIAM LINDERMAN, A PROTESTANT. MUCH TO HER FATHER’S DISMAY, BECAUSE HARRY WAS LUTHERAN NOT CATHOLIC. PHYL’S FATHER NEVER FORGAVE HIMSELF FOR ALLOWING HER TO GO TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. PHYL AND HARRY MOVED AROUND A LOT, BECAUSE HARRY WAS A SALESMAN. I KNOW THAT THEY LIVED IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, DUBUQUE, IOWA, AND INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA. PHYL WOULD FIX UP AND SELL THEIR HOME FOR A PROFIT,AND THEY WOULD BUY ANOTHER HOME IN WHATEVER TOWN THEY MOVED TO. GRANDMA PHYL WAS AN ARTIST, PIANIST, HOMEMAKER, MOTHER AND SOMETIMES EVEN FATHER. HARRY WAS ON THE ROAD A LOT. HE WAS A SALESMAN. PHYL WAS A VERY CREATIVE, INTELLIGENT WOMAN. SHE LOVED HER FLOWERS, ANTIQUES, ART, AND MUSIC. PHYL ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT HER WEIGHT. SHE AND HARRY LOVED TO DINE, DRINK, AND DANCE. THEY COLLECTED ANTIQUES. THEY HAD VERY EXPENSIVE TASTES. PHYL AND HARRY’S HOME TOGETHER WAS AT 4002 ARNOLD STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS. THEY LIVED TOGETHER AS MAN & WIFE UNTIL PHYL DIED OF HODGEKIN’S DISEASE IN 1963. SHE WAS BURIED AT THE FOREST PARK- LAWNDALE CEMETERY, HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS. THERE IS NO HEADSTONE FOR HER GRAVE. SHE LOVED YELLOW DAISIES, AND THAT WAS THE LAST PICTURE SHE EVER PAINTED BEFORE SHE DIED IN 1963. NEITHER HARRY OR THE DAUGHTERS COULD BRING THEMSELVES TO VISIT THE GRAVESITE, THEY SAID THAT THEY CHOSE TO REMEMBER HER WHEN SHE WAS ALIVE. source: Sally Ann Frederick Fallin Brown Tudor
Family links: Parents: Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953) Emma Elsie Claussen Palen (1865 – 1930)
Spouse: Harry William Linderman (1903 – 1995)
Children: Yvonne Phyllis Linderman Levesque (1924 – 2010) Yvarra Irene Linderman Jackson (1925 – 1985) Jean Marie Linderman Mancill (1927 – 2012) Patricia Mae Linderman Cooke (1929 – 2000)
Note: No headstone or marker. Buried in front of Oak Tree. Buried between Dr. John H. Eganhouse and William J. Turner. Section Lone View 23, Plot 511, Burial no. 52138. Grave no. 4.
Burial: Forest Park Cemetery Houston Harris County Texas, USA Plot: 511
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Harry William Linderman & Phyllis Eugenia Palen wedding licence, Clayton County, Iowa, 27 Feb. 1923
Joseph & Anna were married April 04, 1820 in Baschleiden, Luxembourg, EUR and had 15 children, 5 of whom died in infancy — among them twins.
Old house still there in May 1998 A headstone type cross showing the following readable data:
1st line ‘hier’
2nd line ‘ruhet’
3rd line ‘Anna-Catharina Pletschette,’
4th line ‘Ehegattin des Joseph Palen,’
5th line ‘gestorben den 17.Marz 1855,’
6th line ‘im Alter’
7th line ‘von’
8th line ’54 Jahren’ Meaning in English: ‘at this place rests Anna-Catharina Pletschette
Wife of Joseph Palen
Deceased on March 17, 1855 at age of 54 years.
The cross is on catholic church (St. Servatius) property close to the wall, but many years ago a new cemetery was built outside the village & some of the old crosses were put close to the wall of the church.
The church is about 100 feet across the road from the old ‘PALEN House’. Address on 5/20/1998 ‘Mrs Bode-Koeune Georgette 25, Rue Mgr Fallize L-9655 HARLANGE
7 Marie ? Palen *January 28, 1821 +October 8, 1897
7 Dominique ? Palen *August 15, 1822 +Abt. 1896
7 Marie-Josephine Palen *May 12, 1824 +Unknown
7 Joseph ? Palen *Abt. 1826 +Abt. 1875
7 Nicholas Gregoire Palen *May 8, 1828 +November 13, 1902
7 Marie Francois Christine Palen *April 9, 1830 +Unknown
7 Pierre Joseph Palen *Abt. 1832 +Abt. 1892
7 Anne Marie Francois Palen *October 12, 1836 +Unknown
7 Marie Josephine Palen *October 20, 1838 +Unknown
7 Leopold Frank Palen *February 4, 1839 +November 2, 1909
oo Mary ? Haupert *April 11, 1844 +1937
8 Frank Joseph Palen *December 6, 1864 +December 1953
10 Stephen Roy Palen-Pletschette *June 22, 1937 +Alive
oo (Dorothy) Jean McGowan *December 2, 1944 +Alive
11 Patrick Louis Palen *March 17, 1967 +Alive
11 Daniel Stephen Palen *February 15, 1968 +Alive
11 Douglas William Palen *February 16, 1970 +Alive
oo Sonja Wagner *February 8, 1968 +Alive
12 Joshua Stephen Palen *November 17, 1994 +Alive
10 Michael Thomas Palen *January 28, 1941 +Alive
Below is 2nd wife of Nicolas F Palen #8 above.
oo Bertha F Deitelhof *May 9, 1897 +Sep 09, 1973
9 Charles F Palen *Jan 3, 1928 +Dec 26, 1972
8 Johanna ? Palen *Abt. 1875 +Abt. 1932
8 Emil ? Palen *1881 +Unknown
8 Joseph F Palen *1888 +1952
8 Josephine ? Palen *Unknown +Unknown
8 Lucy ? Palen *Unknown +Unknown
7 Marguerite ? Palen *Abt. 1840 +Unknown
6 Anne Marie Palen *Abt. 1783 +Unknown
6 Catherine ? Palen *Abt. 1788 +Unknown
6 Nicolas(rev) ? Palen *Abt. 1795 +Abt. 1864
Palen Family Homestead
This is the PALEN Homestead that was bombed in WWII, but was restored. The woman in the foreground is the Grand Duchess Charlotte. This is directly across the road from St. Servatius Catholic Church in Harlange. Stephen Roy Palen-Pletschette June 25, 2000
She died on 17 March 1855 in HAREL, HARLINGEN, HARLANGE, LAC DE LA HAUTE-SURE, LUXEMBOURG. She was buried in the St. Servatius Catholic Cemetery, in Harlange, Luxembourg. Joe died in January 1864 in HAREL, HARLINGEN, HARLANGE, LAC DE LA HAUTE-SURE, LUXEMBOURG. They are buried in the same cemetery across the street from their home.
They resided at 25 RUE MGR FALLIZE, L-965, HAREL, HARLINGEN, HARLANGE, LAC DE LA HAUTE-SURE, LUXEMBOURG from 1820 to 1855, when Anne Marie died.
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Birth: Feb. 6, 1801 Canton de Wiltz Diekirch, Luxembourg Death: Mar. 17, 1855 Harlange Diekirch, Luxembourg
Her Father was Jean-Pierre Pletschette and Anna Maria (Asselborn) Pletschette from Nengsen, Neunhausen, Canton of Wiltz, Luxembourg.Married: Josef Palen Sr. on 4 April 1820 in Bachlieden, Diekirch, Luxembourg.Children: Maria, Dominque (Dominick), Marie-Josephine, Joseph Jr., Nicholas Gregorie, Marie-Francois Christine, Pierre-Joseph, Anne-Marie Francois, Marie-Josephine, Leopold Frank, Marguerite, Julien, and Christine Palen.Anne & Joseph Palen had fifteen (15) children, five (5) of whom died in infancy, among them twins. The old Palen homeplace is about 100 feet across the street from the Saint Servatius Catholic Church Cemetery. Saint Servatius  (Dutch: Sint Servaas; French: Saint Servais) (died in Maastricht, traditionally in 384) was bishop of Tongeren —Latin: Atuatuca Tungrorum the capital of the Tungri— and is revered as a Roman Catholic saint. Servatius is patron saint of the city of Maastricht, Schijndel and Grimbergen, and is venerated on May 13. He is one of the Ice Saints.~~~Wikipedia http://www.pletschette.net/PalenFamily.htm http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pletschette/index.htm
Family links: Spouse: Josef Palen (1778 – 1864)
Children: Mary Palen Schrup (1827 – 1887) Nickolaus Gregorie Palen (1828 – 1902) Leopold Frank Palen (1839 – 1909)
Inscription: At this place rests Anna-Catherina (Pletschette) Palen, the Wife of Josef Palen, Sr. Deceased on 17 March 1855 at the age of 54 years.
Note: Buried beside each other.
Burial: Saint Servatius Catholic Church Cemetery Harlange Diekirch, Luxembourg
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Birth: Dec. 3, 1927 Dubuque Dubuque County Iowa, USA Death: Mar. 9, 2012 Rosharon Brazoria County Texas, USA
Jean Marie (Linderman)Frederick Mancill, daughter of Phyllis “Phyl” (Palen) Linderman and Harry William Linderman. Granddaughter of Frank Joseph Palen and Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen, also of Edward Francis Linderman and Gudrun Ivarra (Lund)Linderman of Dubuque, Iowa. First huband LeRoy Eugene Frederick. Married 15 November 1947, Liberty, Texas. Divorced 1968. the Frederick homestead was at 1709 Cheston Drive, Jacinto City, Texas 77029. Six children together: Joseph Lee, Phyllis Jean, Sally Ann, Karl Thomas, Patricia Marie, and Sarah Kay Frederick. Mother was a very loving and creative woman. She taught me how to sew at 16, she made us a braided rug(I still have today), she knitted, crocheted, needlepointed, and quilted. Second husband Louis “Honey Lou” Clifford Mancill. Married 5 December 1968, Houston, Texas. Our Mancill homestead was at 11039 Lafferty Oaks St, Houston, Texas. My Mother and Dad made our house a home. We celebrated many a birthday, and all holidays at this home, at 11039 Lafferty Oaks St., in Houston, Texas. He preceded her in death. No children of this union. One step son, Michieal Wayne Mancill. She was the life of the party. She lived, she laughed and she loved. Lou called her his “satan pussycat”, and the “princess and the pea”. She was spoiled by my Dad. They spoiled each other. They were each other’s best friend. They were deeply in love. Mother passed away at home surrounded with family that loved her. She just drifted off, and the angels came to get her. My consolation was she was not in pain, and not alone, and I was able to be there with her for her last six years of her life. Mother just passed today, March 9, 2012, in Rosharon, Texas. She left us peacefully to be with Jesus. I am so grateful to have been able to spend the last six years living together with Mother. We got to be even closer than ever. She was blessed with a good life, and a good family. She really was always there with all of us six children, up until the last week of her life. She fell on Monday, and we think she had a mini stroke, she never was able to speak clearly after that. She passed away on Friday afternoon, in her sleep. Mother left us just like she wanted to. She had dignity and respect from all who knew her. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was a very giving person, and always was there for her six children. Our family was a very loving, close-knit family. Burial followed at the same Oaklawn Cemetery, where Aunt Yvonne Linderman (Levesque), Uncle Kenneth Jackson, and Aunt Yvarra “Billie” Linderman (Jackson) are buried. Mother’s viewing was held on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 4-9pm. The funeral services were on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @11am @ Oaklawn Cemetery Pavilion, on Hwy. 36 in Somerville, TX. location at:, Strickland Funeral Home at 545 8th Street, SOMERVILLE, TEXAS 77879, (979)596-2133.Family links: Parents: Harry William Linderman (1903 – 1995) Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963)Spouses: Leroy Eugene Frederick (1926 – 2006) Louis Clifford Mancill (1924 – 2002)* Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery Somerville Burleson County Texas, USA Created by: TEXAS TUDORS Record added: Mar 10, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 86532980
Mother’s family was a very musical one. Her father played the violin and organ, and her mother sang and played the piano. Jean was very creative too. Mother and her sister, Patsy both sang. They were all artists.
Birth: Jan. 28, 1861
Death: May 18, 1911
Wife of John Peter Thimmesch. Married on 13 Feb. 1884 in Houston County, Minnesota.
Mother of Charles J, Jennie, Clara, Johanna, and George Peter Thimmesch.
According to Minnesota death records her birth date was Jan. 1861 not 1862, like her headstone shows.
Name Anna Catharina Thimmesch Maiden Name Palen Event Type Burial Event Date 1911 Event Place Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota, United States of America Photograph Included N Birth Date Jan 1861 Death Date 18 May 1911 Affiliate Record Identifier 147919067 Cemetery Calvary Cemetery CITING THIS RECORD “Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK1L-GQTQ : accessed 6 February 2016), Anna Catharina Thimmesch, 1911; Burial, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota, United States of America, Calvary Cemetery; citing record ID 147919067, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
Oct. 14, 1916 Minneapolis Hennepin County Minnesota, USA
Nov. 20, 2002 Hinsdale DuPage County Illinois, USA
Father Bob was a Catholic Priest, the son of Leopold Palen & Besse Leone (Koch) Palen. After graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, he took his theology training in Innsbruck, Austria and Sion, Switzerland.Because of World War II, he completed his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.He was ordained June 7, 1941, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa by Archbishop Francis J. Beckman.Father Bob served as an Associate Pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Dubuque, Iowa from 1941 to 1948.Father Robert “Bob” Leon Palen organized the building of the church and rectory at the Maquoketa Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1970’s. Diagnosed with Leukemia in 1979. Retired from the priesthood in July 1982. Father Bob resided at 1117 N. Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302. He continued to give mass to his faithful followers, up until he became too ill to perform his duties. Father Bob resided in Oak Park and, subsequently, Oakbrook Terrace, up until he passed away on November 20, 2002.Surviving are a brother, William “Billy” Edward Palen, of Dixon, Lee County, Illinois.
Spc6 Carl Anthony Palen of Dubuque, Iowa served in the United States Army. At about 0900 03 Jan 1971 a U-6A BEAVER (serial #52-25884) departed Qui Nhon on an administrative support flight to Ban Me Thuot, South Vietnam, carrying crewmen from the 61st AHC to collect replacement helicopters for the company. The helicopter crewmen would then fly the helicopters back to Qui Nhon. At 1120 hours, with the U-6 about 14 miles southeast of Phu Cat, radio and radar contact with the plane was lost. Because the pilot, Captain F. A. Rhodes, had announced plans to remain overnight at Ban Me Thuot, no immediate search was made. When search efforts were begun on 5 January, no trace of the aircraft or its seven occupants could be found. Formal search efforts ended on 9 January 1971. He is honored…
In the past, I’ve only really thought of Minnesota in terms of unfair generalities. For example, “It’s too cold there.” “It’s basically Canada.” “I don’t like their accents, or Michele Bachmann for that matter.” “The Vikings suck.” (Just kidding, I don’t mind the Vikings). My trip to Minnesota proved most of these things to be true. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like Minnesota. In fact, I’m actually growing incredibly fond of this state. There’s something about Minnesota’s image of rugged wilderness– of forests and lakes and moose and geese– that appeals to me. I happen to love the outdoors, and Minnesota (especially the northern portion of the state) seems to be an outdoors-man’s paradise. And I never thought I’d be venturing this far west so soon. Even though Minnesota is in the middle of the continental United States, to someone who has lived their life almost entirely around the…
Luxembourg is about as cuddly as countries come: prosperous, picturesque and delightfully tiny. At 999 square miles, it is the smallest but one of the European Union states. You could drive its length (55 miles) or its width (35 miles) in less time than it takes to watch a feature-length movie — provided you don’t stop at one of the many touristy villages or vineyards along the way. The capital, also called Luxembourg, is a cozy city of barely 100,000 souls; its major problem is not drugs or urban decay, but the apparently unfixable fact that it’s rather boring.
Luxembourg is the only country in the world ruled by a grand duke, which sounds more like the setup to a fairy tale than a real-world constitutional arrangement. The grand duchy is a founding member of the European Union and NATO and hosts the European Court of Justice, Eurostat (the European Statistical Office), the Secretariat of the European Parliament and other supranational institutions. Luxembourg expects to be listened to and taken seriously by its international peers. And it is: of its last four prime ministers, one went on to become president of the United Nations General Assembly, another of the European Commission, and a third of the Eurogroup.
All that from a country less populous than Hanover, Germany’s 13th largest city. It is so small that even tiny Belgium is able to smirk about the grand duchy’s size, replicating the scorn heaped upon itself by its own larger neighbors. Why is Luxembourg so determined to punch above its weight? Could it be that it has a grander idea of itself than its neighbors have? An elevated sense of self is a useful survival tool, for countries as well as people. But Luxembourgers could argue that they don’t have delusions of grandeur, but rather memories of grandeur. Once upon a time, you see, there was a Greater Luxembourg.
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The state’s roots go back to 963 A.D., when Siegfried, count of the Ardennes, acquired Lucilinburhuc, an old Roman fort with a Frankish name. Over the next few centuries, the House of Luxembourg would choose its wars and wives wisely, and the County of Luxembourg would grow to encompass an area four times the size of the present grand duchy.
Indeed, Luxembourg’s international ambitions, mainly within the vast and chaotic German Empire, are almost as old as the house itself. It produced three Holy Roman emperors, several kings of Bohemia and a fair share of archbishops. Perhaps Luxembourg’s most lasting impression on the empire was the Golden Bull of 1365, a decree that would determine how Holy Roman emperors would be elected for over four centuries, until the empire’s dissolution in 1806. It was issued by Emperor Charles IV of Luxembourg, king of Bohemia, who in 1354 elevated his ancestral county to a duchy.
Unfortunately, Luxembourg soon lost control of its own fate. In 1441 Duchess Elizabeth sold it to Burgundy; it later passed into Hapsburg hands and was eventually integrated into the Netherlands as one of its 17 provinces. Lack of an independent dynasty meant an end to Luxembourg’s influence in the world, and it eventually fell under the geopolitical knife. Like once enormous Poland, to the east, it suffered three partitions, resulting in the bonsai nation it currently is.
In fact, the three countries surrounding present-day Luxembourg all own territory that once belonged to the Duchy of Luxembourg, and they all at one point or another demanded its total annexation into their own territory. In 1659, the Treaty of the Pyrenees accorded just over 400 square miles (or 10 percent of its size at the time) of Luxembourg to France, which gained the fortified cities of Stenay, Thionville and Montmédy. At the Congress of Vienna in 1815, Prussia got the fort at Bitburg, and all lands west of a new riverine border, further reducing Luxembourg by 880 square miles (or an additional 24 percent of the original). Part of these lands would go to Belgium after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
But the worst loss occurred in 1839, when the Netherlands accepted the Treaty of London, formally recognising Belgian independence. In return, the Dutch king William I got to keep the eastern halves of Limburg and Luxembourg, provinces which had nevertheless cheered on Belgium’s secession. As a result, the grand duchy lost its western half (1,687 square miles, or 42 percent of its territory at its largest extension) to Belgium, which still has a province also called Luxembourg. William remained grand duke of the eastern half of Luxembourg, establishing a personal union with the Netherlands that would last until 1890.
And of course the country didn’t avoid the horrors of 20th century Europe, either: in the first half of the 20th century, Germany brutally occupied Luxembourg twice, annexing it outright the second time.
That list of unfortunate events would be enough justification for a grand duchy to be brimming with resentment, with local politicians falling over one another demanding the return of the lost territories, a condition common to many once grand nations. But political extremism is a fringe movement in Luxembourg politics —probably so small that it can be identified as that one guy fuming behind his Weissbier in a bar in Echternach.
Instead, Luxembourg has sublimated irredentism, that unpalatable side dish of nationalism, into something much more powerful. Outwardly, the Luxembourgers are the best students of the European class. Their national motto, rendered in Luxembourgish, is: “Mir wölle bleiwe, wat mir sin” (“We want to stay what we are”), a good summary of the folksy, don’t-rock-the-boat conservatism that dominates the political scene.
But the real slogan might just as well be: “We want to become what we were”: European power brokers, as they were in the Middle Ages. Luxembourg is stealthily positioning itself as the central pivot of a new supernational zone within Europe, generically called the Grande Région.
This Greater Region of Luxembourg is one of Europe’s many cross-border cooperations called Euroregions, welding Luxembourg with the Walloon region of Belgium (including its German-speaking area), the French region of Lorraine, and the German states of Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate. The Greater Region is much wider than the old Greater Luxembourg, comprising an area of 25,250 square miles and counting more than 11 million inhabitants.
Ostensibly only a forum to discuss economic, social, cultural and tourist affairs, the Greater Region of Luxembourg could nevertheless be seen as the inchoate resurrection of an ancient European entity: Middle Francia, the centerpiece of Charlemagne’s empire. It’s been a long time coming: While the empire’s eastern and western parts later evolved into Germany and France, Middle Francia — extending in a narrow corridor from the North Sea to the Mediterranean — did not survive its creation at the Treaty of Verdun, in 843 A.D., for very long.
Perhaps this is Luxembourg’s insurance policy in case the European Union goes to the dogs. Plan A is to be the best student in the European class, at which is excels. Plan B is to recreate Middle Francia, but this time as a viable third way between France and Germany. Middle Francia’s undoing was its lack of cultural cohesion. Perhaps the Luxembourgers, fluently trilingual, can turn that defect around to an advantage. And maybe one day, Europeans tired of a superstate dominated by France and Germany will resolutely declare, from Amsterdam to Athens: “Mir wölle bleiwe, wat mir sin.”
Frank Jacobs is a London-based author and blogger. He writes about cartography, but only the interesting bits.
And about two-thirds the size of Rhode Island, smallest of the 50 American states. Luxembourg held the distinction of being the smallest member state until the 2004 accession of Malta, which is only 121 square miles in size, about twice the size of the District of Columbia.
The French and standard international name of the city and country; in German, it is called Luxemburg; in Luxembourgish, it is called Lëtzebuerg. All three are official languages, with French the sole legislative language, German used for fiscal matters and in the press, and Luxembourgish (French vocabulary grafted on a German dialect) deployed in everyday conversations.
So boring that at least one local girl found no way better to spend her spare time than to correspond with an adolescent, pre-famous Morrissey: “Spending warm summer days indoors, writing / Frightening verse to a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg.”
A grand duchy is a rare nomenclature, defining the sovereign territory of a monarch below the rank of king but above that of prince. One of the earliest, and longest-lived, examples is the grand duchy of Tuscany, which existed from 1569 to 1860. Napoleon created a handful of semi-independent grand duchies to solidify his European conquests (e.g. the grand duchies of Würzburg and Frankfurt). The Congress of Vienna, undoing Napoleon’s work, showed a curiously similar predilection for grand duchies, creating a dozen of them in and near Germany. Of these, only Luxembourg has maintained its independence, and its grand duke.
There has been a contingent of about 10 Luxembourgish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan since 2003, integrated with a Belgian battalion tasked with the defense of Kabul airport.
In order: Gaston Thorn (1975-1976), Jacques Santer (1995-1999) and Jean-Claude Juncker (2005-present). The Eurogroup is the council of euro zone finance ministers maintaining political control over the euro currency. Luxembourgers also have their hands on the levers of power across the Atlantic. J. Dennis Hastert, speaker of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2007, is a Luxembourgian-American. That same community produced a United States governor (Richard F. Kneip, of South Dakota), an Oscar winner (Loretta Young), a Nobel Prize laureate (the chemist Paul Lauterbur) and a baseball Hall of Famer (Red Faber). For more on this tiny but fascinating community, see the archives of the Luxembourg News of America.
The name was long thought to mean “little fortress,” but the prefix could also refer to a type of fortified promontory known in German as a “Letze.” In the 19th century, Luxembourg’s heavily fortified Bock hill was known as the “Gibraltar of the North.”
Presiding over a Golden Age for Bohemia, Charles is considered father of the nation in the Czech Republic. He founded the university in Prague that is still named after him.
Which was installed and still operates as a condominium, previously discussed here.
One monarch ruling over two (or more) distinct countries. The personal union between the Netherlands and Luxembourg ended in 1890 when William III left only a female heir. Wilhelmina became queen of the Netherlands, but as Luxembourg followed the Salic Law (allowing only men to the throne), William III was succeeded by Wilhelmina’s distant relative, Adolphe of Nassau-Weilburg.
Banality is an excellent cloak for deviousness. Hence the even more abstract alternate name for this Euroregion: SarLorLux.
Larger than West Virginia and more populous than Michigan.
Its northern part was later also called Lotharingia, after its king Lothair II. Its southern parts included Burgundy, the Provence and the kingdom of (northern) Italy.
Luxembourg has endured a hidden, and misunderstood history. Home to the elite for generations, Luxembourg has no longer the ghetto of high society, but remains a testament to that age, when class decided destiny.
This gallery will show you what Luxembourg looks like today… which will give you an idea of Luxembourg’s past. An interesting city, historical lesson, and view back into the social ideas of our ancient roots.
Today, Luxembourg is a tourist destination that allows anyone to visit… without the guise of the Holy Roman Empire, or an of the other past governments that have occupied this land.
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Proper summer has just started and I have already had a chance to see quite a few European countries. The smallest I went to was Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
As this is a very small country (only 2586 sq.km) we decided to head for the capital – Luxembourg city, which is actually a commune with city status. What was it like? I’d say – completely unexpected, unique and very pretty.
Everything seems to be built on two levels – it even looks as if part of the old town has dropped down with all its buildings at some point in time… That’s what I found on Wikipedia, before we entered the city, and, to be honest with you, it still didn’t prepare me for everything I was going to see:
“The city centre occupies a picturesque site on a salient, perched high on precipitous cliffs that drop into…
Born in Reiden-Atert, Redingen, Redange, Luxembourg. Died Jan. 1864 in Harel, Harlingen, Harlange, Luxembourg.Married Anna Catherina Pletschette on 4 April 1820 in Bachlieden, Diekirch, Luxembourg. His Father was Johann (Jean) Palen, and his mother was Marie Muller (Mueller). Father of fifteen (15) children: Marie, Dominque (Dominck), Marie-Josephine, Joseph, Nicholas Gregorie, Marie-Francois Christine, Pierre Joseph, Anne-Marie Francois, Marie-Josephine, Leopold Frank, Marguerite, Julien, and Christine Palen. He is buried in the St. Servatius Catholic Church Cemetery, Harlange, Luxembourg beside his wife Anne Catharine (Pletschette) Palen.
Source: COMPILED BY VERNON WALSER PALEN, PEDIGREE CHARTS OF PALEN FAMILY–RECEIVED FROM VIRGINIA PALEN-LONG OF DIXON, WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS. (researched JAN. 1, 1965) (1902-1994). His son was STEPHEN ROY PALEN, GOOD WEBSITE FOR PALEN & PLETSCHETTE: (1999), PLETCHETTE/PALEN FAMILY HOME PAGE. Short Footnote: PLETCHETTE/PALEN FAMILY HOME PAGE.
Saint Servatius  (Dutch: Sint Servaas; French: Saint Servais) (died in Maastricht, traditionally in 384) was bishop of Tongeren —Latin: Atuatuca Tungrorum the capital of the Tungri— and is revered as a Roman Catholic saint. Servatius is patron saint of the city of Maastricht, Schijndel and Grimbergen, and is venerated on May 13. He is one of the Ice Saints.~~~Wikipedia
Family links: Parents: Johann Palen (1750 – 1825) Marie Muller Palen (1759 – 1825) Spouse: Anna Catherina Pletschette Palen (1801 – 1855) Children: Mary Palen Schrup (1827 – 1887) Nickolaus Gregorie Palen (1828 – 1902) Leopold Frank Palen (1839 – 1909)
Saint Servatius Catholic Church Cemetery Harlange Diekirch, Luxembourg
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Leopold Frank Palen family-1898-Caledonia, Minnesota. Back row– May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with moustache), Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with moustache). Middle row — Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary “May” Haupert. Front row — Nicolas Frank, Joseph Frank, Anne Palen.
Leo F. Palen, 1208 Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, June 7, 1917
Leo Frank Palen Birth: Mar. 28, 1890 Caledonia Houston County Minnesota, USA Death: Jun., 1971 Dixon Lee County Illinois, USA
Leo Frank Palen, husband of Besse Leone (Koch) Palen, resided 815 Galena Ave., Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. Father of Virginia Palen (Long), Rev. Robert “Bob” Leon Palen, and William “Billy” Edward Palen.
His Parents were Frank Joseph Palen, and Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen.
His parents Frank and Emma resided at 1208 Jackson St., Dubuque, Iowa, 52001.
Beds 4 Bed, Baths 2 Bath, House Size 2,195 Sq Ft, Lot Size 2,600 Sq Ft Lot, Year Built 1890
Leopold’s Grandparents were Leopold Frank Palen and Mary “May”(Haupert) Palen both from Luxembourg. They resided in Caledonia, Houston, County, Minnesota.
Leo was the beloved brother of my Grandmother, Phyllis Eugenia(Palen) Linderman.
Family links: Parents: Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953) Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen (1865 – 1930) Spouse: Besse Leone (Koch) Palen (1895 – 1962) Children: Robert Leon Palen (1916 – 2002)
Virginia Besse “Ginnie” Palen (Long) (1919 – 2015) William Edward “Billy” Palen (1933 – ____)
Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery Dubuque Dubuque County Iowa, USA
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Virginia (Palen) Long, Leo Palen, Harry Linderman, & Jean (Linderman) Frederick Mancill, Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, c.1970.
Leo Frank Palen, Dixon, Illinois, circa 1950’s.
Leo Frank Palen and his sister, Phylis “Phyl” Palen Linderman, Dixon, Will County, Illinois, c. 1960’s
Leo Palen, Dec. 1962, 4102 Arnold St., Houston, Harris County, Texas, in the backyard of Harry & Phyllis Linderman’s home (Leo’s sister).
Palen family-1898–Back row–May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with moustache), Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with moustache). Middle row–Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen. Front row–Nicholas Frank, Joseph Frank, and Anne Palen in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.
Patricia “Patsy” Linderman, Phyllis Linderman, Leo Palen, Dixon, Illinois, 1946.
My winter break began with a 9 am train to Paris on Saturday, with a connecting train that would take us to Luxembourg. Luckily, there was a two hour layover in Paris, which gave us time explore the city a bit. We ate some street food for lunch and relaxed in a coffee shop before meeting the rest of our friends in the Paris Montparnasse train station.
The TGV is one of the nicest trains I have ever been on (not that I’ve been on a lot of trains). The seats were comfy, it was carpeted, there we desks to eat/work on, lights, electric outlets for charging, several bathrooms in every car, a food car, and the ride was so smooth you couldn’t even tell when you were moving. Needless to say, the trip to Paris and then to Luxembourg went off with no problems.
Descendants of Anna Catharina Pletschette
Generation No. 1
1. ANNA CATHARINA2 PLETSCHETTE (JEAN PIERRE1) was born February 6,
1801 in Neuhausen,Canton of Wiltz, Luxembourg, EUR, and died March 17,
1855 in Harel(Harlange) (Harlingen), Luxembourg, EUR
(Source: Stephen Roy Palen, Death Date on Tombstone of Anne, e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org.). She married JOSEPH ? PALEN April 4, 1820 in
Baschleiden, Luxembourg, EUR, son of JOHANN PALEN and MARIE MULLER..
He was born 1778 in Canton of Redange, Luxembourg, EUR
(Source:Broderbund(Banner Blue Division), World Family Tree Vol. 13,
(Web site (www.familytreemaker.com), "CD-ROM."), and died January 1864 in
? (Source: Broderbund(Banner Blue Division), World Family Tree Vol..
13, (Web site (www.familytreemaker.com), "CD-ROM.").
Notes for ANNA CATHARINA PLETSCHETTE:
resided in Roodt later at Harlange Buried in Harlange(Harlingen).
Old house still there in April 2000
A headstone type cross showing the following readable data:
1st line 'hier'
2nd line 'ruhet' 3rd line 'Anna-Catharina Pletschette,'
4th line 'Ehegattin des Joseph Palen,'
5th line 'gestorben den 17.Marz 1855,' 6th line 'im Alter'
7th line 'von' =
8th line '54 Jahren'
Meaning in English 'at this place rests Anna-Catharina Pletschette
Wife of Joseph Palen Deceased on March 17, 1855 at age of 54 years..
The cross is on catholic church(St. Servatius) property close to the
wall, but many years ago a new cemetery was built outside the village
& some of the old crosses were put close to the wall of the church..
The church is about 100 feet across the road from the old 'Palen
Address on 5/20/1998 'Mrs Bode-Koeune Georgette
25, Rue Mgr Fallize
More About ANNA CATHARINA PLETSCHETTE:
Burial: 17 May 1855, Saint Servatius Catholic Church Cemetery, Harel(Harlange) (Harlingen), Luxembourg, EUR
Children: Bet. 1800 - 1855, Joseph & Anna had 15 children,
5 of whom died in infancy -- amoung them twins.
Comment 1: resided in Roodt & later at Harlange. Old house still
there in May 1998 Buried in Harlange(Harlingen)
Notes for JOSEPH ? PALEN:
RESIDED AT ROODT,d'ELL LATER AT HARLANGE
More About JOSEPH ? PALEN:
Event 1: Unknown, RESIDED AT ROODT, d'ELL
Event 2: Unknown, Later at Harlange
More About JOSEPH PALEN and ANNA PLETSCHETTE:
Marriage: April 4, 1820, Baschleiden, Luxembourg, EUR
Children of ANNA PLETSCHETTE and JOSEPH PALEN are:
i. MARIE ?3 PALEN (Source: Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family
Tree Vol. 13, Ed. 1, (Release date: August 14, 1997), "CD-ROM."), b.
January 28, 1821, ?, Luxembourg, EUR; d. October 8, 1897, ?; m. JEAN ?
SCHRUP (Source: Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 13,
Ed. 1, (Release date: August 14, 1997), "CD-ROM."), Abt. 1843, ?; b.
Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.
Notes for MARIE ? PALEN:
See the name Marie Palen & its source to where the next line came
from. [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 13, Ed. 1, Tree #0058, Date of Import:
Jun 15, 2000] Mary Palen -- check under name Nickolas Shrup
More About MARIE ? PALEN:
Comment1: October 8, 1897, she died at 8:15am on a sunday with
sacrements after a long illness
Comment2: 1855, immigrated to Dubuque, IA, USA
Notes for JEAN ? SCHRUP:
See the name Jean Schrup & its source to where the next 2 lines came
[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 13, Ed. 1, Tree #0058, Date of Import: Jun 15,
NICK SHRUP WAS OF THE FIRE MARINE.
More About JEAN SCHRUP and MARIE PALEN:
Marriage: Abt. 1843, ?
2. ii. DOMINIQUE ? PALEN, b. August 15, 1822, ?, Luxembourg, EUR; d.
Abt. 1896, ?.
iii. MARIE-JOSEPHINE PALEN, b. May 12, 1824, ?, Luxembourg, EUR; d.
Unknown, ?; m. HENRY J TALBOT, Abt. 1846, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d.
More About HENRY TALBOT and MARIE-JOSEPHINE PALEN:
Marriage: Abt. 1846, ?
3. iv. JOSEPH ? PALEN, b. Abt. 1826, ?, Luxembourg, EUR; d. Abt. 1875,
4. v. NICHOLAS GREGOIRE PALEN, b. May 8, 1828, Harel(Harlange)
(Harlingen), Luxembourg, EUR; d. November 13, 1902, Dubuque, Dubuque
Co, Iowa, USA.
vi. MARIE FRANCOIS CHRISTINE PALEN (Source: Broderbund(Banner Blue
Division), World Family Tree Vol. 13, (Web site
(www.familytreemaker.com), "CD-ROM."), b. April 9, 1830, ?,
Luxembourg, EUR (Source: Stephen Roy Palen(11/11/1999, e-mail
(email@example.com), Daubenfeld, René(Bavigne, City Hall,
Luxembourg, 11/11/1999, e-mail(firstname.lastname@example.org).); d. Unknown, ?; m.
(1) JEAN ? BOEM, Abt. 1851, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?; m. (2)
HENRI ? KRIER (Source: Rischard, Sale of Palen Harlange home in
1857.), 1854, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.
Notes for MARIE FRANCOIS CHRISTINE PALEN:
See the name Marie Francois Palen & its source to where the next line
More About JEAN BOEM and MARIE PALEN:
Marriage: Abt. 1851, ?
More About HENRI ? KRIER:
Residence: 1857, Hachiville, Canton of Clervaux, Luxembourg (Source:
Rischard, Sale of Palen Harlange home in 1857.)
More About HENRI KRIER and MARIE PALEN:
Marriage: 1854, ?
5. vii. PIERRE JOSEPH PALEN, b. Abt. 1832, ?, Luxembourg, EUR; d. Abt.
viii. ANNE MARIE FRANCOIS PALEN (Source: Broderbund(Banner Blue
Division), World Family Tree Vol. 13, (Web site
(www.familytreemaker.com), "CD-ROM."), b. October 12, 1836, ?,
Luxembourg, EUR; d. Unknown, ?; m. ? ? BURKHART (Source:
Broderbund(Banner Blue Division), World Family Tree Vol. 13, (Web
site (www.familytreemaker.com), "CD-ROM.").
Notes for ANNE MARIE FRANCOIS PALEN:
Immigrated to USA
See the name Anne Francois Palen & its source to where the next line
came from.~~Frances Palen ix. MARIE JOSEPHINE PALEN, b. October 20, 1838, ?, Luxembourg, EUR;
d. Unknown, ?; m. NICOLAS ? LUCAS (Source: Rischard, Sale of PalenHarlange home in 1857.), Abt. 1855, ?; b. Unknown, ?; d. Unknown, ?.
More About NICOLAS ? LUCAS: Occupation: 1857, Laborer in Harlange,
Canton of Wiltz, Luxembourg (Source: Rischard, Sale of Palen Harlange home in 1857.)
More About NICOLAS LUCAS and MARIE PALEN: Marriage: Abt. 1855, ?
6. x. LEOPOLD FRANK PALEN, b. February 4, 1839, Baschleiden, Luxembourg, EUR;
d. November 2, 1909, Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa, USA.
xi. MARGUERITE ? PALEN, b. Abt. 1840, ?, Luxembourg, EUR; d. Unknown, ?.
Notes for MARGUERITE ? PALEN: Immigrated to USA
Descendants of Marie ? Palen
Generation No. 1 1. MARIE ?7 PALEN (JOSEPH ?6, JOHANN ?5, PETER ?4, GOEDDEN ?3, JOHANN ??2, WILHELM ?1)
(Source: Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 13, Ed. 1, (Release date: August 14, 1997), "CD-ROM.")
She was born January 28, 1821 in ?, Luxembourg, EUR, and died October 8, 1897 in ?. She married JEAN ? SCHRUP
(Source: Brøderbund Software, Inc., World Family Tree Vol. 13, Ed. 1, (Release date: August 14, 1997), "CD-ROM.")
Abt. 1843 in ?. He was born Unknown in ?, and died Unknown in ?. Notes for MARIE ? PALEN:
See the name Marie Palen & its source to where the next line came from. [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 13, Ed. 1, Tree #0058,
Date of Import: Jun 15, 2000] Mary Palen -- check under name Nickolas Shrup More About MARIE ? PALEN:
Comment1: October 8, 1897, she died at 8:15am on a sunday with sacrements after a long illness Comment2: 1855, immigrated to Dubuque, IA, USA
Notes for JEAN ? SCHRUP: See the name Jean Schrup & its source to where the next 2 lines came from. [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 13, Ed. 1, Tree #0058,
Date of Import: Jun 15, 2000] Nickolas Shrup. NICK SHRUP WAS OF THE FIRE MARINE. More About JEAN SCHRUP and MARIE PALEN:
More About JEAN SCHRUP and MARIE PALEN: Marriage: Abt. 1843, ?
Fernand Pletschette wrote: Lydia, for sure I know that you are in contact with Jean Ferber.
I realy enjoy hearing that we made progress with the Kransz family.
This all started the Pletschette family tree.
Steve, could you help here? -----Original Message----- From: Lydia Krier [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: samedi 17 novembre 2001 12:10 To: Fernand@pletschette.com
Subject: The Pletschette Family HomePage
I have been in contact with Jean Ferber regarding the Kransz family.
I know he has copied you what I have sent him on the Kransz family.
I recently found out that Maria Palen (Died October 8, 1897) and John Schrup had 8 children,
one of them Nicholas J. Schrup. He married Mary Anna Kransz daughter of Nicholas and Margaret Faber Kransz.
Do you know when Maria & John got married? I have an obit on Maria Palen that said they emigrated from Luxembourg in 1855,
with six little children and settled in Iowa. Do you know who were the parents of Maria? Also in the obit it
says that she leaves two brothers Nicholas and Leopold. Do you have any information on them?
If you would like a copy of the obit I will email it to you.
Thank you in advance for any information you can provide on Maria Palen & John Schrup. Lydia
Luxembourg is fairy-tale stuff…complete with the happy ending. The story of this land’s tumultuous history beguiles with its counts and dynasties, wars and victories, fortresses and promontories. Only the dragon is missing. It’s no surprise that Luxembourgers are a proud people whose national motto, Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sin (‘We want to remain what we are’), sums up their independent spirit. The population of 469,000 is predominantly rural based – the only centres of any size are the capital, Luxembourg City, followed by Esch-sur-Alzette.
Though too small for its full name to fit on most European maps, pint-sized Luxembourg (2586 sq km, or 82km long and 57km wide) is wonderfully diverse. Lush highlands and valleys in the northern Ardennes merge effortlessly with the Müllerthal’s ancient forested landscape to the east, where the vibrant town of Echternach makes an enjoyable base. The impossibly picturesque and ridiculously romantic (not to mention tourist-flooded) Vianden is just a short trip north from Luxembourg City; in the southeast snakes the Moselle Valley with its steep vineyards and riverside hamlets. In between all this are rolling farmlands dotted with pristine, pastel-toned houses and medieval hilltop castles.
Luxembourg’s cuisine is French and German based. The national dish is judd mat gaardebounen – slabs of smoked pork served in a thick cream-based sauce with chunks of potato and broad beans. Other specialities include ferkelsrippchen (grilled spareribs), liewekniddelen mat sauerkraut (liver meatballs with sauerkraut) and kachkeis (a cooked cheese). Beers to sink include Bofferding, Diekirch, Mousel and Simon Pils, after which comes a host of local fruity white and sparkling wines. From 2008 you can enjoy all this in an untainted environment, thanks to recent legislation banning smoking in restaurants and, during dining hours, in cafés.
Married second time to a widow, Ann Nason, who had one daughter (name unknown Nason).
Frank & Ann Nason Palen had no children together.
Frank Palen, attended a Catholic Church, there close to the River, the Cathedral of St. Raphael there on Bluff St, because that is where his Grandson, Robert Leon Palen, was ordained on 7 June 1941.
Frank Joseph & Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen are buried beside each other in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa.
Frank resided in Retirement Home near Mount Calvary Cemetery up until his death, because Ann had died before him. His home at 1208 Jackson Street was sold, and the house was hers from her former marriage.
A world of thanks to LeRoy Amacher for taking the time to go and take this photo of Frank J. & Emma E. Palen’s headstone. I was soooo excited to see it for the first time!
Frank & Emma’s Granddaughter, my Mother, Jean Marie Linderman Frederick Mancill, was 84, and resided in Houston, Texas, Jan. 1, 2012. Mother passed away on 9 March 2012.
From the beginning of December, streets and store windows in all major cities are richly illuminated and decorated. Christmas trees, in all their glitter, adorn public squares. Out-door Christmas markets throughout the country attract many shoppers. French is the official language, German is taught in schools, and English is also widely spoken. The majority of the population is Roman Catholic.
Most people in Luxembourg celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends. Many attend Midnight Mass, after which the family gathers for supper consisting sometimes of a typical Luxembourg winter menu: black-pudding with mashed potatoes and apple sauce.
Clubs and associations also organize Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities. Some cities produce Nativity plays, with children as actors, others give concerts in the afternoon of December 25th. In some villages, these concerts are followed by a Christmas tree auction, the profits of which are given to charity organizations.
There is no Santa Claus in Luxembourg at Christmas time, however “St.Nicolas Day” is celebrated on December 6th. On evenings – one week – before this date, children put their slippers in front of their bed-room doors expecting them to be filled with a small gift by St. Nicolas during the night. On the eve of December 6th, children place a plate on the kitchen or dining-room table which St.Nicolas fills with sweets and gifts overnight. St. Nicolas also pays visits to children in schools.
Palen family-1898-Back row— May, Lucy, Emil, Johanna, Henry (with moustache), Josephine, Frances, Frank Joseph (with moustache). Middle row — Leopold Frank (with beard), Mary Haupert.Front row — Nicolas F., Joseph F., Anne.
Both of them from Bachlieden, Luxembourg. Leo emigrated in 1862 to New York then Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. Leo and May married on 29 March 1864 in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. Leo was a farmer, and May was a Homemaker.
Parents of twelve (12) children: Frank Joseph, Anne (Molitor), Mary A. (Hengel), Frances (Fuos), Nicholas Frank “Nick”, Johanna “Jennie” (Gaspard), Henry, John, Emil, Josephine (Westcott), Lucille “Lucy” (Koel), Josef F. “Joe” Palen.
Leopold’s parents were Joseph Palen & Anne Catherine (Pletschette) Palen both of Bachlieden, Luxembourg. Both were Catholic. They are buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.
My Maternal Grandmother, Phylis Adele (Palen) Linderman, was the daughter of Frank Joseph Palen.
According to the U.S.Census for Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota for 1880, Mary’s father, Frank Haupert (Hupert), resided with “Leo” and “May” Palen in 1880. He was listed as age 72, retired farmer from Luxembourg. All were Catholic.
I traveled to Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and England in April 1980 with my parents, Louis & Jean Mancill, and my husband, at that time, Richard Fallin. This is one of the postcards from my trip.
This blog is dedicated the memory of my mother, Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Mancill. Today would have been her 85th. birthday. Her mother died when I was young and I don’t remember her much. She was Phylis Eugenia (Palen) Linderman. Mother was only 36 then in 1963 and she missed her dearly, and always honored her memory.