This is the oldest funeral card I have in my collection. My mother-in-law gave me several photo albums of funeral cards. I spent the better part of a week removing them from the album they were in, scanning them and then placing them in an archival safe album.
The funeral card is for Konrad Flasch who was buried at Saint Kilian's church (cemetery) in St. Kilian, Wisconsin on July 8, 1897. The card is pretty extraordinary. Very delicate and has held up fairly well considering its age. I'm certain that Konrad was important to my mother-in-law's side of the family. I don't know yet if he was related or if he was just a friend or important community figure. I look forward to the journey! When I kick the sicky-icky cooties that have invaded my house, I'll have to spend some time going through the newspaper articles she gave me as well and see if I can find any members of the Flasch family. I know I have a treasure in these cards and newspaper clippings. It's a great puzzle to put together!
Until that time, however, pass the tissues and hand me my cup of tea!....sniff