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More German Relatives Found

Reiner Pappe, who lives in Schotten, Hesse, Germany recently contacted us and has provided genealogy papers that show his connection to the American Pappe line. Our common ancestor is Hanns Erhard Pappe in generation 2. Reiner has also provided some terrific photographs of his great grandfather, Friedrich Otto Pappe (1882-1972), who left eastern Germany where the Pappe line originated and moved west to the Hesse region about 1923. You can see photos of Otto Pappe and his home and factory in Lich on the Photos Page.

Max Major Pappe (1917- 2002) Memorial Website

February 24, 2002 -- Max Pappe, son of Arthur Pappe and Violet Major Pappe passed away in Cathedral City, California, at the age of 84 years. A Memorial web page has been set up in his memory to celebrate the highlights of his life.

Pappe Mini-reunion Produces More Old Photographs and Family Memorabelia

December 26 - 31, 2001 -- Several Pappe descendants gathered in Oklahoma to get reacquainted and exchange old photos and stories. Visitors to this website can expect to see many new items posted over the next few weeks as we share our new discoveries.

Sharan Carman of Kingfisher was the organizer of the event and her home, the old Pappe house at 8th and Miles, became reunion headquarters. She brought out her old photos and documents, including the original 1901 application for Richard Pappe's liquor license and a terrific photograph of Albert Pappe. Her photo of Richard Pappe Jr. in his two-piece bathing costume was a big hit.

Elaine Pappe Lawson flew in from California with laptop, scanner and camera in tow to fulfill her role of archivist and historian. Meeting Pappe relatives after 40 years and some for the first time surely was her most memorable experience in 2001.

Nell Crosswhite Jersak and Nancy Jersak Henderson arrived from Missouri with their car loaded with boxes of old photographs and memorabilia. Each piece was carefully examined and photographed and the large collection of old pictures were scanned. Some memorable pieces were Richard's pasty cutters, Louise's prayer books and personal items, Louise Jersak's shoes and the only known photograph of little Clara Pappe! She also produced a very large photograph in its original antique frame that is believed to be Richard Pappe's brother in Germany and a 1929 Oklahoma History book with three pages dedicated to Richard Pappe's biography.

Sharan's sisters, Niter (Juanita) Pappe Sutterfield and Sandra Pappe Terrell, drove in from around the state and the entire entourage made a journey to Oklahoma City for a long visit with Juanita Pappe Greer. Juanita produced her photo albums for scanning and had many Pappe stories to tell. She recalled visiting Pappe relatives in New Mexico as a young child and the wonderful pastries they sold in their bakery. The search for Pappe kin continues....

Johnny Pappe was unable to join the ladies in person, but dropped off a large collection of documents and photographs including a fabulous photograph of the Richard Pappe family taken around 1893 and a collection of newspaper clippings about the mysterious death of John (aka Johann Hermann) Pappe in 1903. Chuck Altizer of Oklahoma City also dropped in for a short visit with Sharan and Elaine. He's promised to search his home for more Pappe memorabilia to share.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this event and lets hope for a repeat performance in 2002. Springtime may see us all gathering in Missouri to view the Pappe heirlooms first hand.

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Pappe Homepage Launched!

December 7, 2001 -- This Pappe website was launched today! It is the culmination of two years of research by a great granddaughter of Richard Pappe Sr. and his wife, Louise Kornrumpf Pappe. She created this website to present the information amassed to date so that it can be shared with other family members. It is hoped that other descendants of these immigrant ancestors will contribute to this work so that the full story of their common ancestry and heritage will be discovered and preserved for future generations.

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