|Four Generations of Horst Women|
Mobile, Alabama ca. 1907
Seated in the front center of the picture is the Horst family matriarch, Apollonia Weinschenk Horst (1829-1908), my great-great-great-Grandmother.Standing, from left, are two of Apollonia's granddaughters, Odalie Felice "Dolly" Horst (1896-1990) and Pearl Alphonsine Horst Flemming (1884-1961). Pearl is my great-Grandmother. Pearl and Dolly are the daughters of Apollonia's oldest son, Charles Frederick Horst (1856-1912) and Odalie Felice Fortier (1857-1920), my great-great-grandparents. Pearl and Dolly both lived in Birmingham and obviously were visiting their grandmother and other family in Mobile when this picture was taken.
Pearl is holding her oldest daughter, Pearl Alphonsine Flemming, who was born in Birmingham on March 11, 1907 - her father is my great-grandfather Harry Clinton Flemming (1878-1955). Baby Pearl was the first great-grandchild of Apollonia. She is also the older sister of my grandmother Susie Flemming O'Donnell (1909-1989).
Standing at Pearl's left is her aunt Apollonia "Appie" Horst Manson (1870-1942). Appie is the youngest child of Apollonia - Apollonia's husband and the father of Appie is Martin Horst (1830-1878). Next to Appie, on her left, is her only child, Marie Apollonia Manson (1894-1972). Appie's husband and her daughter's father, James Hunter Manson, died in 1896 when his daughter was just two years old. Appie and her daughter moved in with her mother and lived with her until the matriarch's death the year after this picture was taken. (In 1915, at the age of 45, Appie married Robert Sands (1860-1946), the son of a distinguished Civil War Captain.)
Monroe Park was established in 1893 near Mobile Bay. It was located east of Frascati Park, once owned and operated by the Horst family until it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1893. Monroe Park operated in Mobile until the 1940's. Here are two great vintage postcards showing scenes of Monroe Park in its heyday.
"Monroe Park" on Mobile Bay is the largest pleasure park around Mobile. It has been the scene of many large gatherings. A large number of church, school and private picnics are given there during the season. Crowds gather nightly to see the free moving pictures, while enjoying the gulf breezes.Another charming vintage postcard shows off the carousel at the center of the park.
|Steam Carousel at Monroe Park, ca. 1908|