I am holding a copy of a divorce decree dated 21Oct 1896. Antonie Meyer vs Peter CS Meyer. It states that Antonie and Peter were married on 24 Dec, 1886, had four children, Herman, Carl, Anne, and Emil. Emil is listed as 2 1/2 at the date of the decree. It is stated that Antonie had been a resident of Il for 12 years at that time. The complaint states that Peter is guilty of adultery and the divorce was granted with custody and education of the children going to Antonie. 1910 census shows Beatrice as 17 years old, so birth year would be 1893/4, approx the same birth year as Emil.
Interesting story about Antonie and Bertha. I wish I could ask my mother. She would remember! I'll check with my Dad and see if he remembers a time line. Even as a child I remember some discussions around the subject.
Thank you for the information. I'll continue to post what I find out.
Sharon A Adams