2018-07-14 / Letters

Looking for More Information About Kriesche Family

To the Editor:

I just read your article “A Look at History” (World War I Divides Mackinac Island’s History in Two, April 6, 2017) and was pleasantly surprised to see my great-grandfather, Frank Kriesche, Sr., being mentioned. My mother (Ruth Ethel Monast) lived on the Island with him and Mabel (which is my middle name) somewhere around mid-1920s. Her mother, Mary Monast, had been in an automobile accident, and her father was fighting in the war, so she was unable to take care of my mom and sent her to stay with her grandfather.

My mother inherited the house from him and we spent the summers on the Island for many years (winters were in Chicago). You probably know the house, it is left of Ste. Anne’s Church and is now owned by Patti Ann and Steven Moskwa, and they own Horn’s Bar.

I have to say that the happiest years of my life were spent on the Island, and I miss it tremendously. I was fortunately able to visit in 1993 (even got to see inside the house) and would love to come back.

I have an old album from my great-grandfather with pictures of some of the areas back in his era, and, of course, I have several of his art pieces packed away. My mother is now deceased and she never told me much about the family, so although I knew Frank was a talented artist, I didn’t really know how famous he was. I also knew nothing of his first wife, Karoline, her date of birth, or what she died of. I knew there was a Frank, Jr., but know nothing about him, as my grandmother and my mom never talked about him.

If anyone knows of any information, I sure would like to be filled in on any details they can share.

I’m sorry to go on and on, but this is the first time in all these years that I’ve been able to find out much about the Kriesche family, even though I have pictures, pieces of info, but could never put the pieces together.

Thanks for listening and I look forward to getting the Town Crier so I can keep in touch with the Island I love so much.

Judith M. Cimino

Henderson, Nevada

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