In 1899, eight-year-old Marie Quindel of Schaumberg, Ill’s was given this small keepsake album.  The intent was that her friends and family could record messages for her to remember them by.  Some of the messages are in English.  Some are in German.  Almost all of them rhyme and give advice.  Many include beautiful, small cutouts of flowers and fruit that were pasted onto the pages.   Marie, herself, put her name on the inside cover along with the older spelling of Schaumburg and the curious abbreviation of Illinois.  It is interesting to note that the spelling of Schaumburg varies throughout the book.

Here, though, are some of those sweet messages:

Dear Marie:  Strife to keep the golden rule, and learn your lessons well at school.  Your sister, Sophia.  Schamburg Ill’s, Jan. 14, 1901

Dear Marie:  When sitting sad and lonely and think you are unloved, remember O remember there is a friend above.  Ever your friend, Alma S. Nerge.

Dear Marie:  Down in the valley there is a rock and on it is written forget me not.  Your friend, Annie Mess.  Schaumberg Ill’s, Aug. 20, 1902

Dear Cousin:  Tis sweet to be remembered.  Tis sad to be forgot.  And you my dearest schoolmate, forget, forget me not.  Your cousin, Arthur Quindel.  Schaumburg, Ill, Jan. 10th, 1906

Dear Marie:  Summer may change for winter.  Flowers may fade and die, but I shall ever love thee while I can have a sigh.  From your friend, Louise E. Fiene.  Feb. 12, 1904

Dear Marry,  My love to you shall never fail as long as kitty has a tail.  From your friend, Emma Nerge.  Jan. 15, 1903

Dear Mary, When you are old and can not see, put  on your specks and think of me.  Fred W. Porep.  March 11th, 1906

Dear Sister:  Labor for learning before you grow old, for learning is better than silver or gold.  For silver or gold may vanish away but a good education will never decay.  Your sister Emilie.  Jan. 28, 1909

Dear Marie:  O think of me when far away and absent from my sight and I will do the same by you with pleasure and delight.  Remember me when time is fled and I am murmerd [?] with the dead.  Your true friend Alma Panzer.  Schaumberg Ill, Feb. 8th, 1904

Some of the others who wrote messages to her in German are:  C. Meinke, Alma Lichthardt, and Hermina Rohlwing.

Young Marie was born in 1891 in Schaumburg to Charles and Caroline “Lina” (Busche) Quindel.   Her five siblings were:  Sophia, Henry, Emilie, Wilhelmine, and Alvine.   She was christened, confirmed and married in St. Peter Lutheran Church in Schaumburg.  She married Benjamin Meyer in 1914 and they had one child.  Their farm spanned Higgins Road just west of the intersection with Golf in today’s Hoffman Estates.  Her husband died in 1962 and Marie died at the age of 90 in 1981.

It is always interesting to have these little treasures come across my desk.  Holding the album in my hands and looking at the neat script of the writers, I think of Marie and wonder what made her ask her friends and family to record their sayings over such an extended period of time—from 1901 to 1909.  Whatever the reason, it was obviously a prized possession since it was kept over such a long life.  Thank you to the Hoffman Estates Museum for sharing.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Destinys Design Says:

    This is so cool! Have you ever seen the appr. Of Ill written that way before? It is so strange! Is this available to view? I would love to see it someday!
    Keep up the good work!

    • jrozek Says:

      I’m glad everyone has enjoyed this posting. When I saw the book, I knew it would be interesting to put it out there. It’s nice to see others feel the same way.

      Regarding the curious abbreviation of Illinois, every once in a while I see that and it’s usually in an older publication. In this case, maybe it was something they were teaching in school at the time?

      At this point, the book is not available for viewing. The Museum has display cases they use at the Village Hall. It may find its way into one of those at some point in time.

      Again, thank you for the lovely comments.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  2. Bob Dohn Says:

    Posts like this are such a joy! Thank you, Jane, for keeping Schaumburg Township’s history alive. -BD

  3. Betsy Armistead Says:

    What a sweet story. It brought to mind the autograph book I had in the late 50s/early 60s. The idea of rhymed messages carried over to that time, with many of the sentiments (the ones I can recall at any rate), in my little book not too dissimilar to those in Marie’s. I wonder if children still use these – or if Facebook and other social media has replaced them.

    ~~ Betsy

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