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Block Family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0208

Scope and Content

This collection (1899-1930s, undated) includes a photograph album and some basic information on the relatives of Otto and Lottie (Kelling) Block. Portraits of family members included in the album are: John Kelling and his wife (parents of Lottie M. Kelling); Claus and Metta Block (parents of Otto Block); Otto and his brothers, Claus and Frank; George, John, and Jim Kelling (probably brothers of Lottie); Jim Block (Lottie’s brother) with his wife, Mabel, and their child. Many other portraits of family members and children are unidentified, or their relationship to the Block family is unknown. Also included in the album is a funeral announcement for Mary J. Kelling (probably mother of Lottie) who died 25 July 1901. Most of the portraits were likely taken sometime around the year 1899 when Otto and Lottie were married.


  • 1899-1930s, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Otto Block of Rennick, Iowa, married Lottie M. Kelling, also of Rennick, on 24 May 1899.

Their children were: Ralph Henry, born 24 April 1902; Pearl Melinda, born 1 March 1904; Lloyd Alfred, born 20 February 1906; Ray Arthur, born 29 April 1907; Ida Maggie, born 1 January 1909; Bert Carl, born 30 December 1913; Blanche Ina, born 5 September 1915; and Ruth Marjorie, born 16 January 1920.


1.62 Linear Feet (1 half-document box and 1 oversize box)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0208. Block Family papers, 1899-1930s, undated
December 12, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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