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We were out antiquing and I found a framed confirmation certificate. I did not purchase
it, as the price was $25. However, I did write down what pertinent information I could
read. Some of the writing was in German, but the event took place in the US. Esther M.
GRONWALDT was confirmed in Smithtown, Iowa, December 27, 1914. I could not make out the
name of the church. However, after doing some online research, it may have been St.
John's German Reformed Church, in Smithtown, near Lost Nation and Wheatland, in
Clinton County, Iowa. This church no longer exists. The pastor at the time was Johann
GATERMANN, or at least that's what the surname appeared to be. I checked the census
and found an Ester M. GREENWALDT, living with her family in South Fork, Jackson Co., Iowa.
I was unable to find her in other census records. She may have died young or married. I
found the certificate at The Bronze Giraffe Antique Mall in Normal, Illinois. The
booth/vendor number is 49. I do not know the!
name of the vendor. Perhaps this information will help someone.