AtoZ Challenge...Letters S's fiction from forgotten fotos
The new born infants of German immigrants began life in a state with divided loyalty's to the Confederacy and the Union with strong ties to Kentucky born President Abraham Lincoln.
At the age of 19, Chester and Carl made their way to Texas.
In the late 1890's Chester was a Pharmacist at a drug store located in a small West Texas town. Carl continued on South to a larger populated area to study medicine. It was during this time Chester became acquainted with Dr. Abel Bergman and his four daughters.
Dr. Bergman, a Swedish physician from New York, came to America in 1889. He and his wife Hilda were persuaded to come to Texas with the promise of 80 acres which included a Sanitarium.
After several years as the Sanitarium Director, Dr. Bergman became concerned his now of age charming daughters would become involved with the rough and rowdy men of West Texas. The Bergmans packed up their belongings and four daughters and boarded a train heading South. Before they traveled twenty miles, the train was boarded by four masked men who grabbed the four beautiful daughters, who happily rode off on horseback.
Twenty year old Gretchen Bergman became the bride of Chester Shear, 34 year old pharmacist in 1899. A few years later Chester and Gretchen moved to Arizona, for Chester's health...he suffered from consumption (tuberculosis).
As a common malady of the time, TB was often the reason for moving to the drier climate and sanitariums of Arizona. Chester and Gretchen returned to Texas before 1905 when their son Harold was born.
Chester died the next year leaving his young widow and son alone and destitute.
Gretchen and five year old Harold are next found in the 1910 Census living in San Antonio, Texas in a doctors private home where she was employed as a live in servant. Ten years later in the 1920 Census, they are listed as living with, Gretchen's father who is now widowed and a practicing physician. Also listed is Gretchen's new husband, Dr. Carl Shear.