involved even in later years by making each grandchild feel
treasured with individual luncheons for birthdays and gifts
for every child at Christmas. She also started the tradition of
an annual Easter egg hunt that continues today with a short
hiatus until Barbara Schlitt Ford took it up again.
Barth says his grandmother actually gave him his first tutorial
in money management. “She took me to the A&P one day
and I spied a penny candy machine. I asked her if the dime I
had would work to get me a gum ball and she told me ‘no.’ I
took my dime over and put it in and out popped a gum ball.
When I proudly told her that it did work, that is when she
gave me my first lesson in economics,” says Barth laughingly.
Schlitt Ford says Florence wasn’t always so shrewd about
money, especially at her Easter egg hunts.
“She filled plastic eggs with slips of paper which were
redeemable for change,” says Schlitt Ford. “Some of the more
mischievous boys would ‘recycle’ the slips she threw out and
turn them in again. She was always confused about why she
ran out of money.”
THE FAMILY CONNECTION
The family keeps in touch constantly through work and play,
even vacationing together or working as business partners.
“We do not use family exclusively but we do always try to
have them be in the mix if possible,” says Barth.
Many have family-owned businesses in insurance, electrical,
family planning, real estate sales, real estate law, interior
design, accounting and construction, which they have built
and passed on to the next generation. The entrepreneurial
spirit that began when the families made the adventurous
trek from Germany to America in the mid-1800s for a bet-
John and Florence Schlitt’s family appear in their Easter best at the family’s
traditional Easter egg hunt.
Florence Schlitt made sure each grandchild received at least one present
from her at Christmas no matter how large her family grew.
Schlitt family members gathered at a recent Easter egg hunt at Barbara Schlitt Ford’s Vero Lago clubhouse to continue Grandmother Florence’s tradition. The
family has grown so big the hunt cannot be held at any family member’s home.