Schlatter Family Photos:
The photos on this page and other pages in this section are of the Schlatter
family before 1950. Adolph and Emma Schlatter immigrated to the U. S. from
Switzerland in October 1910. They settled in Shaw, Mississippi, a small
but -- at that time -- thriving small town in the Mississippi Delta where cotton
was king. Adolph was a baker and he and Emma operated a bakery in Shaw.
As of 2010, the old bakery building is still standing -- barely.
Adolph and Emma had three sons:
- John A. Schlatter; born 1911, died 1960
- Joseph A. Schlatter; born 1915, died 2005
- Frederick R. Schlatter; born 1921, died 2010
We have very few photos of Adolph and Emma and the boys -- here's what we
Adolph Schlatter and Emma Waldner Schlatter
Unknown location, probably 1930
Adolph suffered a stroke and died in November 1930. Note
how his left arm is folded into his lap and note the apparent slackness in the
left side of his face -- probably the result of his stroke. Note the lump
in Emma's throat; she suffered from a goiter. Also note that Emma's left
eye "droops;" apparently this was a permanent condition.
Emma Waldner Schlatter
Shaw, Mississippi, 1942
From handwritten notes on the back of the original of this photo
-- this photo was taken in 1942 (month unknown) on the day that her youngest
son, Fred, left for military service during WW II. Do not know anything
about the house in the background. The goiter that was present in the
photo above circa 1930 appears to be gone.
Baby Joseph, Adolph, John
This photo may have been taken on the same front porch as the
photo of Emma, above. Joseph -- the infant on his father's lap, wearing
the baker's hat -- was born 1 August 1915. He appears to be 6 - 9 months
old, which would date this photo to late 1915 - early 1916.
The Schlatter Boys - 1930
(L - R) Joseph, John, Frederick
This photo was made in 1930 based on notes written on the back
of the original. This photo may have been taken at the same time as the
photo of Adolph and Emma at the top of this page -- the backdrop and floor are