Mystery Photographs from the Widenmann File
Navy and History Museum
Vallejo, CA

woman from Stuttgart

Mystery woman of Stuttgart

Photographer:   Maler BUCHNER
Royal Court Photographer of Württemberg

Photo taken before 1871

unknown man

Mystery man from Ann Arbor, MI

Photographer:   LEWIS, The City Artist
First Floor over Express Office
Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI

Date unknown

       These photographs were sent by ROBERT J. WIDENMANN who supplied the following background for these people.

       "My paternal family emigrated in the form of three brothers. My great-grandparents, August Widenmann (1826-1884) and Pauline Gärtner (1829-1915) came to Philadelphia in 1848 and 1849, respectively, met there and married in Germantown in 1851. Immediately after the wedding, they moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where they settled down. Pauline was accompanied to Philadelphia by two sisters.

       August was followed by two brothers. Karl (Charles, 1833-1919) settled in Vallejo, CA and founded a minor dynasty, with descendants still existing on the West Coast. Karl Friedrich (Fritz, 1829-1909) settled in Ann Arbor, MI along with the oldest of the brothers.

       All of the above were living in Stuttgart at the time of their emigration and carried on a lively correspondence by mail after their arrival in the US."

       These two mystery photos are among a collection of more than 200 Widenmann photographs preserved in the museum.

If you can help to identify these people or have questions for Robert,
please contact him at the following e-mail address:

Robert Widenmann

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