By Sarah (Staffan) Beissel
China painting was a popular hobby in the Victorian era. China “blanks” were purchased to paint on. In the late 1800s, Sarah began her hobby by using design books, but her grandson, Dr. Louis Doll of Bay City, said she eventually departed from the standard designs and created her own.
Sarah Jane Staffan married John Bartholomew Beissel in 1860. Their first married years were spent in Dexter. Later they moved to Chelsea to a house at the southwest corner of North and Main streets near his Cooper shop (it has been demolished), and eventually moved again to Ann Arbor.
Chelsea Historical Museum is proud to display a beautiful exhibit of Sarah’s work. Winter visiting hours: Saturday and Sundays, 11am – 3pm.