Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie

Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie

Female 1869 - 1955  (85 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie 
    Born 19 Nov 1869  Stillwater, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Apr 1955  Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Some more insights into the lives of Ellis Baker Grinstead and Rachel May Bingham were provided to the author by Virginia Lea Grinstead, their youngest daughter. She wrote in April, 1999.

      Dave (John David Grinstead) told me that you are interested in some family history. I sent Bob (Robert Lawrence Grinstead) most of these letters, but I wasn’t sure you had them. I am enclosing Grandma’s letters (Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie), one letter from Grandpa (Adelbert Decolia Bingham), some of her poetry and a letter from Aunt Ruth (Ruth Amelia Evans Bingham) to Grandma written before she married Uncle Lee (Elmer Lee Bingham). I copied some of the originals so you can see her writing. I have some great pictures from this time I would be glad to copy for you if you would like. When Auntie Becky (Rebecca Fern Grinstead) was dying I copied some of Darlene’s pictures so I may have some that Bob doesn’t have.

      A little history on these letters:

      When Mom and Dad married in Oct. of 1926, Grandma came to live with them. When Charmie was born, Dad and Grandma delivered her and Dad gave her her first bath. Grandma did live in an apartment for a short while (which burnt down) but most of her life she lived with Mom and Dad. She visited her other children from time to time. These are the letters she wrote to Aunt Ruth and Uncle Lee. Aunt Ruth saved them and gave them to me. She also had more letters that were found when she died and he has promised to copy them for me. Grandpa and Grandma were estranged for most of the time after Mom and Dad were married, but Grandpa lived with them from time to time. Grandpa died lon before I was born, but I remember Grandma quite well. She started suffering from dementia in the early 1950’s and Mom and Dad put her in a nursing home sometime about 1953-54. Mom said Dad cried when he carried her to the car to take her there. I used to catch the bus after school and go visit her. Mom used to give me 15 cents to buy her grapes. She died in April of 1955. She had broken her hip and died of complications. Grandma was a very interesting lady. She was an artist, played the piano and was very well educated. She was a suffragette and wrote some articles to the papers on women’s rights that I can copy for you if you like. Uncle Lee used to tell me “you are just like Ma” and that was not a compliment! You might enjoy a book by Wallace Stegner called “Big Rock Candy Mountain” that I think really has a lot of parallels to Grandma and Grandpa’s life.

      I am writing this at our house in Longview, and miss our computer and spell check. Please ignore my numerous errors. My memories are, of course, my own and you Dad may see them differently. By the way, much to Dave’s delight, he said you had my birthday in 1940 – it is really 1946, although after the year I have had I feel at least 60.

      Give our love to your family and come see us when you can.

      Love

      Ginny



      The
      Fritschies

      Rudolph Frederick Fritschie was born at Canton Arragen Taufertahl, Switzerland on 17 APR 1840. He was raised as an orphan in a Swiss institution as both of his parents had died. He married Elizabeth Maurer in Basel, Switzerland. Together they emigrated to New York. Together they had two children.

      1.Rudolph A. Fritschie
      Born 1863 in New York
      Married Francis Bates 21 FEB 1899

      2.Elizabeth Fritschie
      Born 19 NOV 1869 in Lilly Lake, Minnesota
      Married Adelbert Decolia Bingham 25 FEB 1899
      Had children Lawrence Frederick, Adelbert William (Clyde), Clarence Miles, Elmer Lee, Rebecca Fern and Rachel May

      Rudolph Fritschie was a direct descendant of a line of Swiss silk manufacturers from the time silk was introduced into Switzerland. He was a member of the Masonic Order having been initiated in Garnet Lodge # 166 on 12 APR 1894 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Rudolph Fritschie got his start as an accountant . He moved to White Bear Lake where he engaged in the lumber business until he died 18 APR 1896.

      Elizabeth Fritschie (Bingham) was born 19 NOV 1869 in a log cabin on a farm near Lilly Lake, Minnesota. She married Adelbert Decolia Bingham 25 FEB 1899 in Washington State. Together they had six children:

      1.Lawrence Frederick Bingham
      Born 1 DEC 1899 in Whatcon, Washington
      Married Ione Buferton Richey 30 SEPT 1927
      Had children Donald Lee and Doris Veryl
      Died 9 MAR 1986

      2.Clyde Henry (Adelbert William) Bingham
      Born 1 OCT 1990 in Whatcom, Washington
      Died 1 NOV 1918

      3.Clarence Miles Bingham
      Born 1 JAN 1902 in Whatcom, Washington
      Died 8 MAR 1902 in Whatcom, Washington

      4.Elmer Lee Bingham
      Born 5 DEC 1905 in Bellingham, Washington
      Married Ruth Amelia Evans 16 JUN 1928 in San Francisco, California
      Had children David Lee and Wesley Evans
      Died 23 JUL 1991

      5.Rebecca Fern Grinstead
      Born 14 OCT 1907 in Jamestown, North Dakota
      Married Perry Cannon Anderson
      Had children Robert Lee, Harold, Norman Arnold, Lee Armond, Esther Lorraine and Darlene May
      Died 18 OCT 1994 in Portland, Oregon

      6.Rachel May Bingham
      Born 7 APR 1909 in Spearfish, South Dakota
      Married John (Ellis Baker) Grinstead
      Had children: Charmie Fern, John David, James Richard, Robert Lawrence, Raymond Charles, William Adelbert, Virginia Lea and Donald Edward
      Died 18 AUG 1994 in Bellingham, Washington

      Later, her father built a large two story house at 427 4th Street, at Pine, near the vicinity of the Courthouse in Stillwater, Minnesota. When Elizabeth Fritschie Bingham was twelve years old, she and her Mother spent a year in Switzerland. While there she studied music and Catholicism, because all of her Mother's relatives were Catholics. One of her Aunts was a Catholic nun

      Glimpses of Elizabeth Fritschie Bingham can be found in Elmer Lee Bingham's "Era of Good Feeling's" reproduced in the Chapter on the Bingham's. She also was a very talented, educated individual. Some of her poetry survives today. Several poems follow:

      IN THE MEMORY OF MY MOTHER

      Whether at dawn of the morning or late at night
      She ministers to the needs of the little mite
      At intervals, then her slumbers cease
      That she may know her babes rest in peace
      Tho for months no absolute rest she knows
      While with utmost tenderness she bestows
      The love that none but a mother can give
      To a tiny mite, that it may thrive and live.
      Then when it has strength to toddle about
      How in bending and lifting she wears herself out.
      No being, no element so fierce and wild
      But she will step between it and her child.
      In the same way, thwn, in later years
      All her joys, hopes sorrows and tears
      Are all laid as a sacred offering
      To the best of life for her beloved offspring
      When sons or daughters suffer she suffers, too,
      No friend more sincere, no love more true


      ARE ORDINARY LIVES ALL LIKE MINE

      Oh can it really be!
      Then if such a thing were true
      There could be nothing good or fine
      If all were bound like me
      My fate that opposes at every turn
      Any initiative whatever it be
      There is always a something to hinder me

      If we could know the story of each one
      There are millions who tried and tried
      Who have not the battle won
      For they were kept to the extreme
      At every turn by the giant poverty
      Who steps in between and so much as to say
      Surmount me if you dare!

      God made all good things to abound
      But the wicked rich in some way devise
      To manipulate so things won't go around
      If there were no want they would have no power
      And the world would become a paradise

      Elizabeth Fritschie (Bingham) died 14 APR 1955 in Bellingham, Washington.

    Person ID I00221  McKenzie Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 

    Father Rudolph Frederick Fritschie,   b. 17 Apr 1840, Taufertahl, Canton Aragon, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1896, White Bear, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Maurer,   b. 5 Apr 1844, Basil, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1917  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1863  Basil, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00216  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Adelbert Decolia (Dell) Bingham,   b. 30 Jun 1860, Pottersville, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1935, Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 25 Feb 1899  Bellingham, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lawrence Frederick Bingham,   b. 1 Dec 1899, Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1986, Seattle, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     2. Aldelbert William (Clyde) Bingham,   b. 1 Oct 1900, Bellingham, WA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1918, Bellingham, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)  [natural]
     3. Clarence Miles Bingham,   b. 1 Jan 1902, Bellingham, WA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1902, Bellingham, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     4. Elmer Lee Bingham,   b. 5 Dec 1904, Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1991, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     5. Rachel May Bingham,   b. 7 Apr 1909, Spearfish, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1994, Bellingham, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
     6. Rebecca Fern Bingham,   b. 14 Oct 1909, Jamestown, ND Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1994, Portland, OR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F00044  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Photo of Washington Hotel-Bellingham, Washington.jpg
    Photo of Washington Hotel-Bellingham, Washington.jpg
    Rachel Bingham (Grinstead) was staying at this hotel with her mother, Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie(Bingham) in approximately 1925 when she looked out the window and saw her husband-to-be, Ellis Baker "John" Grinstead for the first time. That chance sighting spawned a marriage that produced 8 children and countless grand-children and great-grandchildren.
    Rudolph Frederick Fritschie (b. 1840) and Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie (b. 1869).jpg
    Rudolph Frederick Fritschie (b. 1840) and Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie (b. 1869).jpg
    Father and daughter. Rudolph was born in Switzerland. Elizabeth was born in Stillwater, Minnesota.
    Grinstead Photos (1)
    Grinstead Photos (1)
    Grinstead Photos (4)
    Grinstead Photos (4)

    Documents
    Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie Suggestions of Future Splendor 1902 (top half)
    Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie Suggestions of Future Splendor 1902 (top half)
    This composition of Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie was published in an unknown Washington State newspaper in 1902. Elizabeth was a very educated individual who wrote beautifully and also played several instruments. The family story was that she was fearful of becoming an old maid and, as a result, married her husband, a timberjack, Adelbert Decolia Bingham.
    Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie Suggestions of Future Splendor 1902 (bottom half)
    Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie Suggestions of Future Splendor 1902 (bottom half)
    Letters from the People by Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie
    Letters from the People by Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie
    Written by Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie on August 16, 1912
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie Bingham to Ellis Baker (John)n Grinstead and Rachel May Bingham Grinstead December 1929
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie Bingham to Ellis Baker (John)n Grinstead and Rachel May Bingham Grinstead December 1929
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie to Children November 1929
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie to Children November 1929
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie Bingham September 1931
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie Bingham September 1931
    An Era of Good Feelings by Elmer Lee Bingham (b. 1904)
    An Era of Good Feelings by Elmer Lee Bingham (b. 1904)
    Poetry of Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie
    Poetry of Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie To Elmer Lee Bingham 1 Dec 1938
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie To Elmer Lee Bingham 1 Dec 1938
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie To Elmer Lee Bingham August 2, 1937
    Letter from Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie To Elmer Lee Bingham August 2, 1937
    Pencil Drawings of Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie
    Pencil Drawings of Elizabeth Bertha Fritschie


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