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Riedel family photograph album

Identifier: RHC-135

Scope and Contents

Photograph album, 203 x 312 mm. 43 leaves. Brown pasteboard covers, stamped to simulate leather grain; "Photographs" within stamped silver cartouche on the front. Contains 400 black-and-white photographs mostly glued in, but some are affixed with corner mounts; a few of the photos originally may have been color, but dyes have deteriorated to a brownish orange. The photographs have been mounted more or less in chronological order with exceptions, and some have been captioned in ink.

The photographs document the Riedel family mostly during their residence in Jackson, including the exterior of their home and Trinity Lutheran Church, outings and vacations throughout Michigan and other locales, and gatherings with relatives and friends. Children's milestones include Richard's high school graduation and Linda's graduation from nursing school.

Identified buildings include Trinity Lutheran Church, Jackson; the Lutheran Children's Home, Bay City, Michigan; and St. Jacob's Evangelical Lutheran Church near Grass Lake, Michigan. Vacation venues include (in the Upper Peninsula): Sault Ste. Marie, Copper Harbor, Pictured Rocks, Hiawatha Sportsmen's Club near Engadine, and Tahquamenon Falls. Lower Peninsula locales include: Wolf Lake (Jackson County), the Lutheran summer Camp Arcadia (Manistee County), Houghton Lake, Harrisville, and Torch Lake. Outstate trips include the tomb of Warren G. Harding in Marion, Ohio; Niagara Falls, and the 1949 Railroad Fair in Chicago.

Also included are photographic Christmas greetings from a few friends: Theodore and Annabel Claus, Herman and Meta Bickel, Herbert and Anna Dorn, Walter G. and Gertrude Staehling.


  • 1929 - 1952


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical Notes

Reverend Otto Martin Andrew Riedel was born 11 February 1902 in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, Michigan. He was the youngest of four children of Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Riedel (1867-1917), a traveling salesman, and Emma Dorothea Beck (1869-1942). The family moved to Saginaw before 1910. There Otto attended Holy Cross Lutheran School and the Michigan Lutheran Seminary; he graduated from Concordia College (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) in 1922 and from Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Mo.) in 1926. In August 1926 he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada where he served as a Lutheran minister.

On 27 September 1927 he married Linda C. Duclos, a stenographer, in Saginaw. Linda was born 22 June 1901; she was the eldest of four children of Richard Duclos (1874-1934), a store clerk, and Sophia Winterstein (1873-1975) who were residents of Saginaw. Linda graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw in 1919. Her siblings were Natalie Duclos Roberts (1905-2004), Victor Carl Duclos (1908-1919), and Edgar C. Duclos (1913-2009).

Otto and Linda had three children: Jean Ann (born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1929), Richard F. (ca. 1931-?), and James H. (ca. 1937-?). By 1930 the Riedels lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan where Otto was affiliated with one of the city's Lutheran churches. In 1933 the family relocated to Jackson, Michigan where Otto was pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church. He served in that capacity until his death in 1965. The family resided in the house next door to the church at 122 West Wesley Street.

Otto Reidel died 18 March 1965 in Jackson; Linda Duclos Riedel died in Naples, Florida on 10 March 1989. Both are interred in Saginaw at Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery with other family members.


1 Linear feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The scrapbook was purchased in an online auction from Lorri Ann Lair, Waterford, Michigan on 7 November 2017.

Robert Beasecker
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States