When you are doing family research sometimes you run across info that has been repeated for generations. How much do you believe and how much is the stuff of legends?
Far Guy’s Paternal Grandmother Theresa or “Tracie” had four brothers. They all came North from Logan Iowa in 1914. Fitting bits and pieces of information together in later years Grandpa Stuve sold part of a very successful farm and helped his sons with farms of their own. Then there was the Depression in 1929. One night the boys all took off. No one knew where they were for years. The farms went back to the banks. Grandpa Stuve was left penniless.
One of them is known as a “Horsethief” perhaps he stole horses for the getaway.
Ferdinand Theodore Stuve July 22, 1888 to December 15, 1941. He was a twin.
Here is picture of him. He remains elusive for me. I found him linked on Find A Grave to his parents. Family history has it that he died in Montana and was buried in Kelso Washington. Then why did I find him buried in Detroit Michigan? He was married at least once to Effie Edwards but has no children. If he is really buried in Michigan he had another wife who had three previous husbands.
Was he really a horsethief? He looks like a kind man, but you never know during the depression men were pushed to their limits.
This is the only known photo I have thanks to Aunt Frances and CousinTerry.
For now, I have my notes. My OCD wants to fill in all the blanks…make sure it is really him in that cemetery in Michigan…something tells me that it is not him…but I may never know for sure.