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CLAUSS, GEORGE & JOHANNA, Identified photograph,  Kalamazoo, MI. 1894
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CLAUSS, GEORGE & JOHANNA, Identified photograph,  Kalamazoo, MI. 1894
CLAUSS, GEORGE & JOHANNA, Identified photograph,  Kalamazoo, MI. 1894
CLAUSS, GEORGE & JOHANNA, Identified photograph,  Kalamazoo, MI. 1894

CLAUSS, GEORGE & JOHANNA, Identified photograph, Kalamazoo, MI. 1894

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You are looking at an identified WEDDING photograph of GEORGE CLAUSS & wife JOHANNA. The photo measures abt. 4x6 and is faded with corner wear and some dirty spots. I have scanned in a copy of the photo after it was fixed by paint shop pro just to show you that you can make a copy that is very nice for displaying and I have scanned in the original faded photo. The back of the photograph is identified as such MR & MRS. GEO. CLAUSS WEDDING PHOTO, FROM AUNT MARY KERSTEN (HIS SISTER) TO MR. & MRS. SAM CLAUSS (GEORGE & JOHANNA'S SON), TAKEN MAY 9, 1894.

I have done some research on this photo and the information I have found is limited, mostly taken from census records.

GEORGE CLAUSS was born Dec. 1869, MI. to GEORGE CLAUSS born Sept. 1837, Germany & DOROTHEA born Sept. 1840, Germany and JOHANNA was born October 1865, MI.

GEORGE had one sibling (that I could find) MARY D. born Dec. 1877, MI., based on the information on the back of the photo,she married EDWARD KERSTEN.

GEORGE & JOHANNA had 2 children: DOROTHEA R. born November 1896, MI. & SAMUEL "SAMME" or "SAM" J. born 1904 MI.


1900 Mendon, St. Joseph, MI. Census = George Clauss, Johanna, Dorotha.

living next door are George's parents (George & Dorothea and his sister Mary D.).

1910 Menden, St. Joseph, MI. Census = George (40), Johanna (34), Dorthea R. (13) & Samme (6).

**1920 Menden, St. Joseph, MI. Census = George, Johanna & Samuel J.

1930 Menden, St. Joseph, MI Census = George & Johanna.

**Here' were it gets a little weird, in 1920 Mendon, St. Joseph, MI. Census records, SAMUEL J. is living with his parents GEORGE & JOHANNA CLAUSS and this census record was enumerated Jan. 2 - 6 1920, HOWEVER, also in 1920 (while looking for SAMUEL'S married sister DOROTHEA I found a DOROTHEA GOODACRE, born abt. 1897 MI., married to WALTER GOODACRE and they have DOROTHEA'S brother SAMUEL living with them in KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, and this census was enumerated on Jan. 1-8, 1920. I really do believe that this is the same SAMUEL, possibly within that short period of time he went to live with his sister and got recorded in two census records.

That is not the only reason I believe that DOROTHEA CLAUSS married WALTER GOODACRE, the other reason is that in 1920 MENDON, ST. JOSEPH, MI. census records, WILLIAM (Walter's dad), MARY (Walter's mom) and ELSIE (Walter's sister) were living right next door to DORTHEA'S parents GEORGE & JOHANNA CLAUSS and this is the same year that I have SAMUEL J. CLAUSS (DORTHEA'S brother) living with DORTHEA and her husband WALTER GOODACRE. So possibly they came to visit WALTER'S parents (right next door to DORTHEA'S parents) and decided to take SAMUEL back to KALAMAZOO, MI.

I know that all of this sounds confusing but if you are related, some of this may sound familar and it may be helpful to determine if GEORGE & JOHANNA CLAUSS are your relatives.

WALTER & DORTHEA CLAUSS GOODACRE had a son ROBERT GOODACRE, born 1921, KALAMAZOO, MI. I found a ROBERT E. GOODACRE, born Oct. 19, 1921, in the S.S. Death Index and he died December 11, 1997, KALAMAZOO, MI.


WALTER GOODACRE - Born April 7, 1893, Michigan and died November 25, 1974, Kalamazoo, MI.

I found the following cemetery information online at:


Section 027 CLAUSS, George, Plot: Riverside CityQ 027,02 05/15/1909
CLAUSS, Dorothy, Plot: Riverside CityQ 027,03 02/03/1913
KERSTEN, Mary, D Plot: Riverside CityQ 027,04 Funeral Home: Truesdale 05/18/1953
KERSTEN, Edward, C Plot: Riverside CityQ 027,05 Funeral Home: Truesdale 09/06/1958
CLAUSS, George, Plot: Riverside CityQ 027,07 Funeral Home: Truesdale 09/29/1938
CLAUSS, Johanna, Plot: Riverside CityQ 027,08 Funeral Home: Truesdale 02/23/1932
GOODACRE, Dorothea, Ruth Plot: Riverside CityQ 027,09 Funeral Home: Truesdale 11/16/1949
GOODACRE, Walter, Plot: Riverside CityQ 027,10 Funeral Home: Langeland 11/27/1974

I also found this information about ROBERT EARL GOODACRE (1921-1997) son of DOROTHEA CLAUSS GOODACRE & WALTER GOODACRE.

Robert Earl GOODACRE Sr

Robert Earl GOODACRE Sr. - 10/19/21 - 12/11/97 - passed away suddenly at his home on December 11, 1997. Robert was born in Kalamazoo, MI, on October 19, 1921, the son of Walter and Dorothea (CLAUSS) GOODACRE. In his early years, he was raised on a farm in Mendon. He graduated from Comstock High School and in June, 1943, was married to Alice FAHEY, who preceded him in death in 1974. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in France in the U.S. Army. He was employed at Interstate Motor Freight for many years; later at Metro Transit. He enjoyed his grandchildren and classic cars. On October 5, 1984 he married Augusta JOHNSON, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters, Jerry Ann (John) DOMBROWSKI, Holland, Alice Marie (Billy) GILLESPIE, Galesburg, Jeanne Ellen (Gary) HOYE, Grand Rapids; one son, Robert, Jr. (Robin), Kalmazoo; 2 step-children, April (Stan) ANDRES, Bill COOLEY, all of Kalamazoo; 14 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by sister, Joyce in 1970; grandson, Rob in 1987; Aunt Elsie KONING in 1996. Cremation has taken place. There will be a private Graveside Service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Kidney Foundation. source: undated Kalamazoo Gazette

For anyone research Samuel J. Clauss, Dorothea's brother, he may be listed in the 1930 Kalamazoo, MI., census records as Samuel Close (26), Lily (18) wife, Arthur G, (9 mo.), son. I took a look at the census record and I can see why they may have transcribed the surname as CLOSE.
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