Good morning Rodney Headington. My name is Dean Herbst and I am the grandson of Margaret Elser. I just learned earlier this year that Christian Edward Elser, my Great Grandfather, did not die in the 1890's as his wife Pauline told my father, Donald Franklin Herbst, and which he related to me many years ago. She told him that Christian was a drunk and that he left her and died. In October of last year, I was contacted by Brittany Hague. She said she was connected to the Elser family by marriage. She also said that Christian's daughter, Marianne, is age 103, and still living, and is the oldest living Girl Scout. We should contact her before she passes. My family information is most complete on Rootsweb.com. I will gladly supply any other information I can give you. She sent me a photo of Christian and of his headstone.
Sincerely, Cousin, Dean Wallace Herbst Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211