Caesar and Louise
if you can help to trace any descendants of the Blombergs
Ada Louise Augusta
Orestas and Ada Louise Augusta Blomberg were two of the seven children
of Anthony Daniel Blomberg and his wife Louisa Adam Cooke. Family
history said that Anthony
was hit by a train and killed but his death certificate shows that
he died on 22 December 1896 from a chest complaint (probably TB). Caesar
and Ada (Louise or Louisa as she was apparently known) were
sent to Canada by Dr Barnado's Homes. They were later joined in
Canada by their sister, Constance Laura. It was with much excitement
that I read a posting on the BHC List* mentioning the 2 elder
Blombergs as being included in 2 issues of "Ups and
Downs" the Dr Barnado's Home magazine. My cousin, Sheila, also
spotted the posting, we exchanged emails on the subject and I
subsequently contacted the people responsible for the transcription.
Amazingly, they were able to supply us with scanned copies of the
entries and at last we were able to put faces to people who had only
been names for so long.
The photograph of Caesar and
Louise together appeared in the
August 1903 issue of "Ups and
Downs" and in the 'Home Chat' section was the following comment:
"We are very pleased to publish a photograph of Caesar O
Blomberg and his sister Louie(sic). Our friend worked on a farm
for the first two years after his arrival and at the end of that time
thought he would prefer employment at his trade. He soon
discovered, however, that he could do better on the farm and is now once
again an agriculturalist and, we hope, will be satisfied to earn his
living and make his future career as a farmer,"
Home, Ontario, Canada where Louise spent several weeks.
Ups and Downs magazine said:
"Louisa Blomberg has been at Hazel Brae for a few weeks this
summer. She needed rest and change and has gone to what we hope is
an easy place, where we feel sure she will give conscientious attention
to her duties."
This comment is disturbing and leads to the conclusion that Louisa
had had a bad experience in her previous position, hopefully she faired
better with subsequent employers.
I understand that Louisa married in Canada, became Louisa Gaston
and had at least one son.
| I would love to
contact any descendants of the Blombergs but so far have been unable to
trace them. Please email me
if you are able to throw any light on where they might be. - or, even
better, if you're one of them.
|The photographs and
extracts relating to Louisa and Caesar were supplied by some great
people at the University of Toronto who are transcribing the Ups and
Downs magazines and posting details to the British Home Childrens List
at Rootsweb. *The List is a great place for people whose ancestors were
sent to Canada by Dr. Barnado's Homes both in terms of knowledge and
support that the members are only too pleased to share. The
information on the Blomberg family tree was initially supplied by my cousin, Sheila
Whatmore, for which I am very grateful.