Joe spent some time away from Hazel. He was apparently workingfor Nevada Petroleum in Coalinga, California. I don't know if this coincides with his service time.
I have three copies of the same post card. The caption on one reads: "This picture taken Christmas afternoon. Shows front of the office and your Big Brother Sluester." I don't know positively who the card was intended for, but I can guess Emma.
Reads: "Dear Papa and Mama, Herewith a picture of the office. His nibs standing up and one of the mining engineers sitting down. Taken on Christmas morning. Note how fat I have gotten. Also note the door wide open in December. Joe"
"Dear Darling Hazel, Just a little photo taken Christmas morning of myself and one of the Engineers. This is the office of Nev. Pet Co. Some Building. What? Will write tomorrow morning. Joe"
"Dear Carl, Ask Hazel who she could love in their pictures." "Just a friendly bunch of Indians. The young fellow holding the dog is Captain of Baseball team. Mostly Eastern boys and a fine bunch. xo his nibs Production Foreman."
"This is a Rotary drilling well. In drilling the hole the bit turns around. They drill 2500 ft deep with there well drill."
"This is a boiler plant. Every well has a boiler plant . ? From 2 to 4 boilers. This furnished steam and pump the oil from the well."
"This picture shows the men building a new bunk house on a Sec. 18 Nev. Pet Co. Papa & Mama, The well you see in the middle makes 500 Barrells of oil every day."
A first postcard identifies the men: "Beginning at the left the men are: Myself, Mr. Coorerrt--Drilling Boss Mr. Kerwin--Warehouse or storekeeper, from Chicago. Mr. Brey--Engineer Mr. Haseltine -- Superintendent. Mr. Wilson--Kneeling down, bookeeper from New York Mr. Kurnow-- Bookeeper Behind the trees. Mr. H. Haseltine--superintendint's brother--a driller. Mr. Baker--Oil Commissioner.
"I don't know whether I sent you one of these pictures or not but if you don't want this one, give it to Flo. Don't get sore. Haze the young fellow marked x is sure none clars. He is from chicago. Just 23 years old and etc. etc. " (My note: sorry I can't read it better than that.)
Hazel Rauscher (center top row), Joe Rauscher (center bottom row), Emma Rauscher (bottom right corner). Caption reads: Taken at Grandpa Rauscher's home on 13th So. in S.L. Emma & Joe Rauscher on bottom row. Hazel Rauscher in center, dressed in dark color. Others must have been friends, unidentified.
Back row L-R: unknown, unknown, Hazel Edith Slater Rauscher, unknown, unknown, unknown Middle row: unknown Front row L-R: Emma Rauscher Olsen, unknown, Joseph Charles Rauscher, unknown, unknown
If you've stumbled across this blog, I'm hoping you are trying to research someone from the Rauscher, Slater or Clark families too. I will post the names of individuals in pictures if they are listed. If I don't know who they are, I will leave them blank. I'm hoping someone out there can help me fill in the gaps. If you are that person, please comment and I will add the names to the caption.
I've recently started researching my roots, and I'm using this blog in an attempt to gather more information about my family's history. I love mysteries and history and trying to find clues to my family's past is the ultimate treasure hunt!