This particular photograph was discovered thanks to the internet.
In the spring of 2001, a genealogist noticed it in an antique store near Lockport, Illinois and realized that someone, somewhere must be related to the people in this picture. She posted a notice on the Shantz forum on GenForum.
After a lot of emails and a truck load of equipment going across the continent that got driver Duane Arndt near the antique store, the photograph was purchased in June 2001. The antique store had purchased it from an antique dealer who had bought it at an estate sale.
The photo now resides in Manitoba with Martha & Jim Arndt. Martha's parents, Earl & Velma (Shantz) Snider, were newlyweds at the time of the photograph and are sitting in the second row.
No one knows for sure, but it's fun to speculate!
Christian R. Shantz (1779-1856) was the earliest Shantz immigrant to arrive in Waterloo County. One of his sons, Isaac C. Shantz (1803-1885) left Waterloo County in 1858 and took his family of five children to Livingstone County, Illinois, where they settled.
Could an elderly grandchild or great-grandchild of Isaac C. Shantz have come to the 1930 Shantz reunion and took this photograph back home to Illinois?
The original photograph is quite large, measuring 40 inches long by 11 inches high. It has an original wooden frame from Illinois with a decorative narrow edge stained dark grey.
Last updated August 12, 2005