If you’ve been following this story, you’ll know that genealogical researcher, Pat Baker, while investigating the history of her husband’s maternal grandfather, William Koester, uncovered some interesting details. She found information confirming that he was a carpenter as was our William Koester. She found information that he lived in Maplewood and had a daughter named Florence. Ditto for our William Koester as well. Even a comparison of a middle-aged, mustachioed photo of Koester in her collection bore a strong resemblance to one in ours. Had to be her man, right?
But wait… her research put Koester at two different addresses at about the same time: 7395 Flora and 3617 Oxford. And furthermore he had a different wife at each address. His married partner on Flora was Sophie Zinn and on Oxford, Hulda Scheinert. Of course daughter Florence lived at both addresses but her sibling on Flora was Clarence and on Oxford, Alma.
In light of the information contained in that last paragraph, Pat and I will have to file this one under Amazing Coincidences of a Genealogical Nature. It boggles the mind when you think about it. They must have known each other. The Flora Koester was a councilman. The Oxford Koester was most likely in his ward. When did they meet? Who named their daughter Florence first? Did the other one know about it when he named his daughter, Florence? And what about those mustaches?
Most mysterious of all is their uncanny resemblance to each other. Pat hasn’t uncovered a family connection yet though one must exist given that they had the same last name. For my part I’m just a bit disappointed that we never had our own Maplewood polygamy sect but the story definitely qualifies as MAPLEWEIRD!