Albert Johann Matthia was born 4 March
1874 in Jacobsdorf, Kreis (District) Konitz,
Westpreußen (West Prussia), Germany. He died 26 Jun 1943 in
Königsberg, Ostpreußen (East Prussia), Germany.
married Martha Hedwig Kobitz on 6 November 1898 in Marienwerder,
Westpreußen, Germany. Martha was born19 September 1875 in
Marienwerder. This photo of Martha was taken on Martha's
wedding anniversary in 1918, twenty years after their
a suburb of Marienwerder, where Albert and Martha started
their family. This photo was
taken in 1984, so the house probably looked somewhat different
in Kurt's time. This house is below the Marienwerder Cathedral,
across the Liebe river, and the road follows the route of
the former Marienwerder Kleinbahn (small-guage railroad).
house on Lazarettstraße in Marienwerder where Albert, Martha,
and their family moved sometime between 1906 and 1909. This
photo was taken in the mid-1930s, shortly after the house
received a new stucco finish. Albert and Martha are at the
top of the steps in the right-hand frame.
of Albert and Martha's children taken in Marienwerder
about 1917 or 1918. Left to right, they are Herta, Erwin,
Charlotte, Kurt and Hildegard.
of Martha with the children taken
on the occasion of Albert and Martha's 20th Wedding
Anniversary on 6 November 1918 in Marienwerder, Westpreußen.
Albert had not yet returned from serving in the war. From left to right
are Hildegard, Martha, Kurt, Herta, Charlotte,
of Albert and Martha Matthia with their children taken about
1926. Left to right in the front row are Hildegard, Martha,
Albert, and Herta. Kurt, Charlotte and Erwin are across
died 6 September 1960. This poem of tribute to her life was
written by her daughter, Herta Matthia Ball.