The first three photos were scanned from a flyer that was in storage for 30 plus years
The first three images were of photo taken as "unposed", as you can see the guests were talking to each other.
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1. Scanned image from an original photograph provided by Christi. You can see that those in the picture were aware and posing for the photograph.
2. Article about the event in the La Grange Journal of January 20, 1898.
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This image is close to the original in newsprint quality, but text is illegible so we will repeat the text below:the picture:
Flato Family -- Sanding left to right: Paul Flato, Henry Flato, Sophie Flato Amsler, Harry Flato, Elize Flato Villaret. Oscar Flato, F.W. (Billy) Flato, Charley Flato, Seated left to right: Erna Flato Faltin, Grandpa F. W. Flato, Sr. Granma Sophie Welhausen Flato, and Alma Yeager Flato. This picture was taken in Shiner, Texas at the Golden Wedding of the Flatos with 10 children.
Above photos are from a souvenir Program published in October 1973 in celebration of 100th Birthday Party, “Welcome to Flatonia's 100th Birthday Party 1873 to 1973.” Until recently, the scanned images above were all that we had availabe to post. The above photos were taken at a Flato Family 50th Wedding Anniversary” on Sunday, January 9th, 1898.
Now, we have an image of much higher quality, thanks to Christi, who on March 16 2007 shared this image of Flato Wedding Anniversary. We have since lost track of Cristi, but thanks also to Christi's Mother, who has retained the original photo, we have a much clearer image below
Christi's great grandfather is on the far right. This photo is another photograph taken at the same sitting as the printed in the souvenir program in 1973 celebrating 100-year anniversary of Flatonia. You may notice that the souvenir program published a different photograph than the one below which was provided by Christi's Mother. It appeared that the souvenir program photo was taken while the family was talking, indicating it was an unposed photo.
Grandpa F. W. Flato, Sr.,with a cane, in the center of the photograph moved between photographs. Others did as well. When you examine above photos with one below, you will recognize that in the first photo, everone appeared to be conversing, and in the second photo below, everyone posed for the camera. You may also be able to recognize features of first lady seated, Erna Flato Faltin image is obscured, which probably resulted from her moving while the picture was taken..
Flato Family -- Sanding left to right: Paul Flato, Henry Flato, Harry Flato (moved to left from earlier photo ) Sophie Flato Amsler, Elize Flato Villaret. Oscar Flato, F.W. (Billy) Flato, and Charley Flato. Seated left to right: Erna Flato Faltin, Grandpa F. W. Flato, Sr. Granma Sophie Welhausen Flato, and Alma Yeager Flato. This picture was taken in Shiner, Texas at the Golden Wedding of the Flatos with 10 children.
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The date of the Flatos' 50th anniversary celebration was Sunday, January 9th, 1898. This article about the event in the La Grange Journal of January 20, 1898 is shown above. Click on image of article for a larger view. It not only describes the day's activities in detail, but has a bit of family history as well and lists all attendees along with the gifts they presented. Names you will find include Amsler, and Welhausen among the guests, This article does state that they were married in Austin County on January 9, 1848. ..Click on the following image to have a better view of this article. When viewing larger image click on image to zoom in on page view, and use back button to return to this page.
We have pdf file of above article suitable for printing and will provide this format on request. If a family member makes a request for a copy, we will mail you a copy of this article.
Search on Sophie Welhausen Flato revealed marriage "Wilhelm Flato and Sophie Welhausen were married 05 Jan 1848 in Austin County, Texas. By 1850, in Austin County, Texas" The 50th Wedding Anniversary has been confirmed as Sunday, January 9th, 1998
Revised 07/04/2009 , 20-Dec-2011