In 1922, after the end of World War I, Katherine "Bina" Philippina Klein Bremser planned a trip to Germany to place a headstone on her mother Katharine Wilhelmine Seel Klein's grave. Of their three daughters, Lizzie and Lena already had children to care for. Her youngest daughter Minnie, yet unmarried, went with her to Burgschwalbach.
Sadly, the trip to place the grave marker proved fruitless. As was the custom in Germany, her mother's grave had already been used for another individual and could not be found. However, Bina and Minnie were able to visit with many family members still living in Burgschwalbach.
Minnie Klein also met her first cousin Kurt, at 22 a veteran of the first World War. In late April, 1923, he obtained a Reise-Pass or passport and followed Minnie to the United States. Because they were first cousins, many states' laws made marriage difficult, but they were finally married in about 1926 in New York, and they honeymooned at Niagara Falls. Pictures from the 1922 trip are shown below.
|Wilhelm Klein and his sister Katherine Philippina "Bina" Klein in front of his home in Burgschwalbach in 1922. Their brother, Johann Jacob Klein, is the author's direct ancestor.|
|The former family home of Johann Jacob Klein and his daughter, Bina Klein, as seen in Burgschwalbach in 1922.|
The family passed through Ellis Island on their return to the United States. From their records, we know that they traveled on the Reliance, which carried 1,010 passengers (290 first class, 320 second class, 400 third class).
Kurt returned on a visit to Germany in 1930, as shown by a postcard he mailed home to his wife Minnie and his first cousin Jane Beasley. The entire family returned home again in 1954 for a Bremser family reunion.