Ruth Weinmann's Life in Michigan and Her Marriage to Dallas Munsell, 1947-1950

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Andy Weinmann's farm was located on Lime Creek Creek Road in Medina Township of Lenawee County.  His wife Frieda spoke no German and did not feel comfortable having Ruth and Andy carry on conmversations in German (fearing they might talk about her).  Therefore she insited that Ruth learn English as soon as possible.  Andy created lists of  English words for her to learn each day and by Thanksgiving she was able to write a letter in English to her Uncle Max and Aunt Emily Weinmann.

Because of her limited ability in speaking English and her German accent, some people would have nothing to do with her as she was viewed as one of the enemy from the recently completed war.

Max and Emily, who had no children of their own, took a special interest in Ruth.  They invited her to visit them in Detroit for a week around Thanksgiving each year.  She and Aunt Emily would shop at the big downtown department  stores and explore the attractions of the big city.  In fact, Max and Emily invted Ruth to come live with them and take classes to extend her education, but her father could not bear to let her leave so soon after he had finally gotten her back.

Ruth did not work outside the home, but did help her father and step-mother with all of the tasks involved with running the family farm.  The family did find time to go to town and to socialize with neighbors and Ruth began to make friends with other young people in the area.  One of these friends was Vera Munsell.  Vera was the 13th and youngest child of John and Emma Munsell of Prattville, Michigan.  Although Vera had the idea of introducing Ruth to one her other brothers, it was her brother Dallas who soon began dating Ruth.  Eventually the two became engaged and they married on August 12, 1950 at her parents' farm.

Ruth Weinmann at her parents' home on Lime Creek Road near Hudson, Michigan  Ruth Weinmann and her aunt Emily Ludwig Weinmann at Ruth's parents' farm on Lime Creek Road near Hudson, Michigan. 
Ruth at her parent's home, ca. 1948; Ruth and her aunt Emily Ludwig Weinmann at Ruth's parents' home, ca. 1948

Ruth Weinmann, her aunt Emily Ludwig Weinmann, and Emily's mother Matilda Hoppe Ludwig  Ruth Weinmann  Ruth Weinmann while visiting her uncle and aunt Max and Emily Wienmann in Detroit, Michigan
Ruth, her aunt Emily Ludwig Weinmann, and Emily's mother Matilda Hoppe Ludwig, ca. 1948; two photos of Ruth while visiting Max and Emily Weinmann in Detroit, November 17, 1948.

Ruth Weinmann  Andreas Weinmann
Ruth, ca, 1949; her father Andy, ca. 1949

Andreas Weinmann, Dallas Munsell, Ruth Weinmann, Vera Munsell, Clarence "Junior" Shipman  Ruth Weinmann and Vera Munsell  Ruth Weinmann and her step-mother Frieda Kellam Weinmann
Andy Weinmann, Dallas Munsell, Ruth, Vera Munsell, and Clarence "Junior" Shipman at the Weinmann farm, October 1949; Vera Munsell and Ruth, October 1949; Ruth and her step-mother Frieda at the family farm, October 1949

Wedding invitation  Wedding certificate
Wedding invitation and marriage certificate, 1950

Ruth Weinmann and Dallas Munsell on their wedding day  John Munsell, Emma Brown Munsell, Dallas Munsell, Ruth Weinmann Munsell, Frieda Kellam Weinmann, Andreas Weinmann  Frieda Kellam Weinman, Ruth Weinmann Munsell, Andreas Weinmann at Ruth's wedding
Wedding of Dallas Munsell and Ruth Weinmann, August 12, 1950:  Ruth and Dallas; John Munsell, Emma Brown Munsell, Dallas, Ruth, Frieda, Andy; Frieda, Ruth, Andy

John Munsell, Dallas Munsell, Emma Brown Munsell  John Munsell and Emma Brown Munsell 
Wedding of Dallas Munsell and Ruth Weinmann, August 12, 1950:  John Munsell, Dallas Munsell, Emma Brown Munsell; John and Emma

Rice throwing after the wedding of Dallas Munsell and Ruth Weinmann  Dallas Munsell and Ruth Weinmann Munsell preparing to leave their wedding
Wedding of Dallas Munsell and Ruth Weinmann, August 12, 1950: rice throwing after the ceremony; Dallas and Ruth preparing to leave after the ceremony

Newspaper article about the wedding of Ruth Weinmann to Dallas Munsell
Newspaper article about the wedding

Chapters

Ruth Weinmann Munsell oral history interview
concerning her life in Germany, 1930-1947