" Mom", Mary Ann Rial Schmitz, is holding her new-born,
Joanne. Behind her are her two oldest daughters Mary Ann, and Jane. To the left
in the picture is Nancy(she passed away in 1972), and in front is Teresa.
The two girls center front are Rita and Carol(Carol passed on just recently
in 2001, just prior to my meeting the family). On the right side
of the picture is " Dad", William Newton Schmitz, he has a hand
on little Gregory's shoulder and to the left is the oldest boy, Michael, and then Philip.
I found my cousins going off of information my mother
had given me. Then using the people finder on-line, I mailed out a few queries in 1998.
Philip was the first to to write back.
Since that time I have had the oportunity to meet with
my cousins a couple of times and have been given
both the 50 cent and 2 dollar tour of Schmitz Press, a printing
business, family-owned and operated since it's beginning in 1937
by E. John Schmitz.