Our father, Robert Bredimus, had the title of research engineer. I’ve been a bit of research engineer myself in building this website of Ancestry and Newspaper clippings.
I do find it fulfilling, probably because it fills in pieces of the puzzle. Our branch of the Bredimus patriarchy is dying out and the McDonald patriarchy is already gone.
The information that I uncover and post might help curious extended family, but it won’t have the relevance it has for us siblings. Mike would have treasured some of stuff I am digging up now.
That 1910 reunion must have been a special occasion, but I’ve never heard it mentioned. Our Father was probably there as a one-year-old. The article says Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bredimus from Waterloo were in attendance. It is interesting that Dad would be under a large grape arbor listening to French-language speakers; some early programming? The grape arbor prompts the question of whether our relatives made wine like many European immigrants. The family tree shows Nicholas Bredimus deceased in 1908. Bob Cameron told me he met Uncle Nick, so I must do some more research.
Another nugget: “of Social Interest Mrs. F. A. Bredimus, 1713 Beaver Avenue, has returned from a three week’s visit in Milwaukee and Chicago. En route home she visited with her son, Francis Bredimus, who is a student at the University of Iowa.”
And this: “June 6, 1927 Des Moines Register Miss Harriett Bredimus of Park Avenue will spend some time in Minneapolis and at the Minnesota lakes.”