Divided back postcard. Postmarked August 17, 1917 [?] Perrysburg, New York. Publisher: NAF Co. [?] Series 101G.
Forget-me-nots and beautiful block lettering with the following sentiments from father to son…..
“A Birthday of happiness,
Radiant with hope’s rosy light.
And many another to follow.
As years take their flight.”
Addressed to: “Felix Schneble, 157 Rauber St., Wellsville, N.Y.”
“Dear Son: I didn’t forget your birthday. Meet me at the depot Sat. night. We will have a big time next week. Pa.”
A nice card from Elmer Schneble to his son Felix, the postmarked year looks like it might have been 1917 and from the sound of the note (hope they had a great time) that sounds about right. Felix, from his WWI Draft Registration Card was Felix Covill Schneble, born August 16, 1900. In September 1918, he was going to school and working at Kerr Turbine Company, and living at home at the Rauber St. address. Eight years earlier, the 1910 Federal Census for Perrysburg at 157 Rauber shows Elmer F. and Lena Schneble and children Felix, Edwin and Isabella. All are natives of New York.
And not to leave readers with a vague (or pronounced) question in mind since we mentioned WWI….and we don’t know if Felix was actually in the war, but thankfully, he appears on the 1925 New York State Census, with his family again, same address, and at this time his grandparents, Felix H. (native of Germany) and Hannah M. Schneble, are also in the household.
Last, but not least, the publisher is undetermined at this time. Cropped from the back of the card, their logo:
Sources: Registration State: New York; Registration County: Allegany; Roll: 1711955; Draft Board: 1. Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
Year: 1910; Census Place: Wellsville, Allegany, New York; Roll: T624_924; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0039; FHL microfilm: 1374937. (Ancestry.com).
New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 04; Assembly District: 01; City: Wellsville; County: Allegany; Page: 13. (Ancestry.com).