My grandfather David Schafer and his sister Mary Schafer Klein had a brother George, wife Katherine Schmidt, who died 1956 in Odessa, WA. His obituary below mentions my grandfather David Schafer, Mary Schafer Klein, and Henry Schafer with wife Elizabeth (maybe Schmidt, but not sure if Grandma just got her confused with Katherine) as siblings present, and also John and Mary Schafer but without identifying the relationship between John and Henry.
My info came from my grandmother, but she was in her later 80's at the time, and Grandpa had been gone for over 30 years. She was 21 years younger than him, and he was much younger than most of his siblings, so most of her info had to come from what she remembered being told by Grandpa or his even older sister Mary. Since the family rift happened prior to her meeting my grandfather, and she and he moved to CA while most of the others were in or later went to WA, she most likely had little direct interaction with the others.
This is from the Odessa Cemetery Records:
Schafer, George h/o Kath. (d. 1956; b. 1879; TS; OC; dc) “George Schafer. Died: 4-23-1956. Birth: 1-17-1879-Frank, Russia. Married. Father: Conrad Schafer. Mother; Barbara Greenwalt. Buried: Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, WA.” (Lincoln County Health death card) “George Schafer. Born: Jan 17, 1879, Frank, Russia. Died: Apr 23, 1956, Odessa, WA. Buried: April 25, 1956, Odessa, WA. Cause of death: Heart. Survived by widow, Katherine. 2 Daughters: Louise Hinkhouse, Marie Connell, Washtucna; 2 sons, Henry and Paul, 9 grandchildren. Phil. 1:21. H. Mau, Interim P.” (Christ Lutheran ledger) “Funeral services were held on Wednesday from Christ Lutheran Church for George Schafer, 77, long time Odessa resident. The Rev H C Mau officiated, with burial in the Odessa Cemetery, under the direction of the Strate Funeral Home. Pallbearers were: George Gies, Sol Zier, Dan Gettman, E A Scheibner, Reuben Fink and R J Kuest. Mr Schafer had been ill for the past three weeks with a heart ailment that responded to oxygen treatment. He made a trial visit to Leavenworth, in hopes that the higher altitude would be beneficial, but obtained no relief. On Saturday he was well enough to drive his own car down town. About 10 hours before his death, he was taken ill and removed to the hospital here. Born Jan 17, 1874, in Frank, Russia, he came to the United States at the age of 14 in 1892, locating with his parents in Nebraska. As a young man working with the railway, he came to Washington, and farmed south of Lamona for almost five years. He was married in 1903 to Miss Katherine Schmidt. They lived for a time in Puyallup and Seattle, then returned here, farming the home place southwest of Odessa until he retired in 1937. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and the Odessa Grange. Survivors include his wife, Katherine, at the home; two sons, Henry Schafer and Paul J Schafer, both of Odessa; two daughters, Mrs Marie Connell, Washtucna, and Mrs Louise Hinkhouse, Ruff, and 9 grandchildren; two brothers, Henry Schafer, Puyallup, and David Schafer, LaHabra, CA; one sister, Mrs Mary Klein, Pasadena, CA. Out-of-town relatives coming for the Schafer funeral on Wednesday included the following: Puyallup—Mr and Mrs Henry Schafer, Mr and Mrs John Schafer, Mr and Mrs Ervin Hayes, John Schmidt and Mrs Freda Peterman; Tacoma—Edward Schafer; Wenatchee—Mr and Mrs David Schafer and Mr and Mrs Fred Schafer; Spokane—L Fetzner, Miss Lucile Fetzner, Jack Straub, Elizabeth Frick, Mr and Mrs Henry Schibel and Mr and Mrs R O Logsdon; Ritzville—Mrs Jake Miller and Mr and Mrs George Amen.” (Odessa Record: 4-26-1956)
Harv, with the addition of Katherine, and maybe Elizabeth, Schmidt, does this indicate that our family branches might be on the same tree?