Dear Shawn Ann --
I knew Sid Pfefferle and knew him well when I was a boy. My mother was a Pfefferle and every Thanksgiving there was usually a Pfefferle family reunion at the Pfefferle home in Sidney, Ohio. Sid and his parents and brothers and their families (those that were married) usually showed up from Detroit.
I have TONS of Pfefferle information and data on Sid and all of our relatives!! Most but not all of it is in a genealogy data base. I am behind in entering new information.
Sid's father and my mother's father were brothers. Sid and I therefore were first cousins once removed. You and I therefore are cousins. I haven't yet figured out the degree. I am a generation older than you.
I just now discovered this forum and saw the messages regarding Sidney Pfefferle. I have been on-line now for 2 or 3 hours, so will need to get back to you later -- within the next 24 hours or so -- with more details.
The Sidney, Ohio, Pfefferle family tree is very complicated because of the numerous children that some of them had, and the fact that one of your patriarchal Pfefferle gggrandparents was married twice and had 15 children, part by each wife. Our Pfefferles came from Carls Ruhe, Germany. (My spelling may not be accurate at this writing)
I also have a PRIZE photograph taken at one of the reunions -- circa 1907!! MANY members of the family are in the photo, including my mother at about 2 years of age!
My mother's brother is still living at age 93 in a nursing home in Columbus, Ohio. He told me some tales about Sid -- not all happy ones (which you may know!). Sid unfortunately made of himself a skeleton in the Pfefferle closet. Tell me whether you want me to tell you that part of the story on this board or in a private e-mail message. It's not too terribly bad (depending on how sensitive you are), but it certainly is nothing to brag about.
My great Aunt Mary Pfefferle Heck died in a Sidney, Ohio, nursing home only 2 or 3 years ago at age 102. She was your great great Aunt Mary, a younger sister of Sid's father.
Love, Cousin Tom
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