Monday, March 14, 2016

The card game

I grew up in Indiana, where the card game euchre was quite popular. The game was introduced by early German settlers in the Midwest, my wife's people. She learned the game from her family and often played with grandparents and extended family members. Stepping back into the family tree, the game was played up and down the Mississippi, and for this post I thought I would highlight a family connection to the game, linking back to her Halter side of the tree in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Hearts are Trumps (1872) by Sir John Everett Millais

In February 2015, I wrote about my wife's 3rd-great-grandfather, Joseph Halter, and how he worked as a syrup maker in Raphael Tudury's Orleans Syrup Factory. Tudury's wife, Dorothea Paderas, was the sister of Louisa Elenore Paderas, first wife of Joseph Halter's uncle (also named Joseph Halter). After Raphael Tudury's death in 1874, Dorothea maintained the Tudury House on Elysian Fields Street. She hosted a regular euchre games and social events, as seen from the article below dated from January 1892.
New Orleans Times-Picayune, 17 Jan 1892 (via Newspapers.com)
Times-Picayune, 14 Feb 1892, via Newspapers.com
Emma Bray in the two articles above later married Ralph Tudury, son of Raphael and Dora, in December 1893. Rose Tudury in the article above was a daughter of Anthony Tudury, Raphael's brother and co-founder of the syrup factory.

The euchre events spread among other homes of the well-to-do in New Orleans. Several euchre clubs were formed in the late 1890s, include one at the home of the Tudury's, the Elysian Euchre Club.
New Orleans Times-Democrat, 23 Jan 1898.
It is clear Dora Tudury was part of a wealthy society in New Orleans. I'll have a few more posts on the Tudury family this week. I know they are tangentially connected to the Halter family, but they did have some other connections and I think it is interesting to show related and extended families as part of this blog, particularly when this highlights historical events. It adds to understanding the time and place our families lived in, and how they fit into a greater historical mosaic.

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