Obituary: Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard

Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard

Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard was the daughter of Nicholas Jr and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman and a sister to my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman. I don't really know anything about Gertrude or her family, except that my grandfather, Stanley Davis, enjoyed visiting his South Dakota cousins.  I've seen a few pictures from those visits! Her obituary appeared in the Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota on Thursday, July 10, 1969. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Schoenhard Rites at Presho Presho – Funeral services for Mrs. Lester … [Read more...]

Obituary: Blanche (Payne) Lightcap

Headstone: Blanche Payne

Blanche Payne was the first wife of  my great-grandfather, Ernest Lightcap.  They married January 2, 1900.  She was 19; he was 20.  She died of Bright's disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases, when she was 23.  They had no children. Until I started researching my family history, there was always some confusion over how many wives Ernest had (3) or who was the mother of his children (Henrietta Doose).  He only had two children, so I can't understand why there was confusion over this.  (It wasn't like he dropped his children off after Henrietta died … [Read more...]

Obituary: Clara (Davis) Smith

Obituary: Clara (Davis) Smith

Clara (Davis) Smith was the daughter of Jacob and Jane (Moyle) Davis.  Her father was a brother to my gg-grandfather, John B. Davis. Clara's the sister of William Davis. I received this obituary from my mom; there is no citation.  Clara died December 10, 1951, and is buried at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.  I visited Linwood Cemetery in 2011, but was unable to locate her headstone. Transcription of obituary: MRS. CLARA SMITH Mrs. Clara Smith, 92, widow of W. H. Smith, died at 4 a.m. Monday at Mercy hospital. She had been ill for one week. Friends may … [Read more...]

Happy 90th Birthday!

Marian (Bohnsack) Davis

Not only is it Easter Sunday - today my grandma turns 90! Marian (Bohnsack) Davis was born in Schapville, Illinois  on April 24, 1921. I wish I could be with her to celebrate, but she's in my thoughts and prayers! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! … [Read more...]

Obituary: Ernest Edward Lightcap

Obituary: Ernest Lightcap

Ernest Edward Lightcap was my great-grandfather. He was married three times (even though his obituary only acknowledges two). His first wife was Blanche Payne.  They married January 2, 1900, in St Joseph, Michigan.  He was 20.  She died December 29, 1903, of Bright's disease.  They had no children. In 1905, he married Henrietta Doose (my great-grandmother).  They had two sons, Paul and Albert.  She died on Sept 18, 1917.  According to her death certificate, she died after taking medication to induce an abortion.  I wish I knew more about Henrietta and her … [Read more...]

Obituary: Frank J Uhlrich

Frank J Uhlrich. Photo courtesy: H. Scott Wolfe.

Below is the obituary for my g-g-g-grandfather, Francis J. Uhlrich.  It was published in the Dubuque Times Journal on January 8, 1915.  I received both the image and obituary from H. Scott Wolfe.  (Actually, I cropped this image to show only Frank, but you get the idea.) FRANK J. UHLRICH DIES AT FOUR SCORE HIGHLY RESPECTED CITIZEN IS CALLED AFTER LONG AND USEFUL LIFE Death claimed Frank J. Uhlrich, a highly respected resident of Dubuque, on Thursday at 11 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Hatzenbuehler, 60 Edison Street. For the past five weeks … [Read more...]

Obituary: Joachim Bohnsack

Headstone: Joachim Bohnsack

Joachim Bohnsack was the son of Johann J.H. Bohnsack and a brother of my g-g-grandfather, Carl Herman Bohnsack.  Joachim is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena Illinois. I found his headstone when I was doing my walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery.  I knew he was buried in Greenwood; I just didn't know where. I also think it's odd that he and his first wife, Marie (Peters), are buried in different cemeteries. Buried next to him is a Fredericka Bohnsack.  His second wife's name was Recha (Palmer).   Until I stumbled upon his headstone, I never heard of a … [Read more...]

Obituary: John Joseph Strelesky

John Joseph Strelesky

Up until now, I've really been focused on sharing obituaries from my mom's side of the family.  Probably because I know much more about that side of my family than my dad's.  However, today I'm going to share my great-grandfather's obituary.  Jack Strelesky was my grandmother's father. I know next to nothing about this side of my family.  Jack was born in Mineral Point Wisconsin and had a bunch of brothers and sisters: Agnes, Rose, Mary, Amelia, Lavinia, Albert, James Alexander (or Alexander James). Researching this side of the family has been challenging because … [Read more...]

Obituary: William Wulff

Obituary: William Wulff

Below is the obituary for William Wulff, son of Henry Jr and Mary (Bohnhoff) Wulff from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 17 Jul 1934. Transcription of obituary: William Wulff, Leonard, S.D. Elizabeth, Ill., July 17 - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wulff, who reside a few miles north of this city received news Monday of the death of their son, William Wulff, aged 30, at his home in Leonard, S.D., earlier that day. Mr. Wulff had been in poor health for the past several years following a severe attack of influenza but his condition was thought to have been improving only a … [Read more...]

William Deininger Sr Biography

Headstone Closeup: Willliam Deininger Sr

When I was visiting my grandmother in Galena, Illinois, one of the places we went was Greenwood Cemetery.  We always visit her parents and grandparents  in their eternal resting place.  Grandma had mentioned several years ago that there were Deiningers buried in the older section of  Greenwood, but she couldn't remember where. Well, after visiting the cemetery with my grandma and parents, I decided to return with my camera and see if I could stumble upon any lost family members, specifically William Deininger Sr.  Of course, you might be thinking, why not try to … [Read more...]

Obituary: Dorothea Marie (Bohnsack) Studier

Obituary: Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

This obituary is for Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Wednesday, 13 Sept 1944, page 1.  She was the sister of my g-g-grandfather, Carl Herman Bohnsack. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. William A. Studier Galena, Ill., Sept. 13.—Mrs. William A. Studier passed away Tuesday morning at 2:30 in Thompson township at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Schultz, with whom she was visiting. She had been ill three days. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ollie Dittmar, in … [Read more...]

Unidentified Photos from Viola Bausman

Viola Edith (Bausman) Davis

My great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, left a lot of photos when she died in 1974. Her daughter-in-law - my grandmother- Marian (Bohnsack) Davis has had them since Viola's passing.  Well, now my grandma is 90 years old and suffering from Alzheimer's. When I went to visit her a few weeks ago, I went through boxes of old photographs.  My mom also went through tons of photos.  There are so many beautiful and unidentified pictures that it's heartbreaking. I recently added 21 of these unidentified photos to my flickr page.  If anyone looks familiar, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Vitus Hebenstreit

Obituary: Vitus Hebenstreit

This obituary is for Vitus Hebenstreit, my maternal ggg-grandfather.  He was born January 6, 1835, in the village of Beverstat, Prussia.  He married Bertha Schafer; together they had five children: Caroline, Andrew, Catherine, and two unidentified children who probably died in infancy. He is buried in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. His daughter, Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman, was my g-g-grandmother and she was married to Nicholas Bausman Jr. The picture of Vitus Hebenstreit was received from Kay Wilson, a contact I met through ancestry.com. The obituary is from my … [Read more...]

Obituary: Nicholas Bausman Jr

Nicholas Bausman Jr

My mom gave me another obituary; she has quite a few in her possession. There is no citation. This is for Nicholas Bausman Jr, son of Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman.  He was married to Catherine Hebenstreit. I'm not including a newspaper image.  It's a bit long and I didn't feel like manipulating the image into multiple columns. Transcription of obituary: Nicholas Bausman was born on December 2, 1855 at Scales Mound, Ill. He was married to Katie Habenstreit [sic] of Shullsburg, Wis., on Jan. 21, 1886. He died on Jan. 12, 1922, at 10:15 in the … [Read more...]

Obituary: Lovella (Davis) Temperly

Lovella Davis obituary

Obituary for Lovella (Davis) Temperly , daughter of John and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  She was the sister of my g-grandfather, Percy Davis. I received this obituary from my mom.  There is no citation. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Joseph Temperly of Hazel Green Dies on Monday Mrs. Joseph (Lovella M.) Temperly of Hazel Green passed away unexpectedly Monday evening at the Cuba City Medical Center where she was taken after suffering a stroke at her home in the early forenoon. Born in Jo Daviess county on May 16, 1885, she was the daughter of John and … [Read more...]

Obituary: Nicholas John Bausman

Obituary: Nicholas John Bausman

Obituary for Nicholas John Bausman, son of George and Rachel (Miller) Bausman. Nicholas John's father, George, was a brother to my g-g-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Jr. I received a copy of this obit from my mom; I do not have a citation. Transcription of obituary: NICHOLAS BAUSMAN Warren, Ill., - Final rites for Nicholas Bausman, 68, were at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bartell funeral home in Warren. The Rev. O.E. Mall, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church, officiated. Burial was in Elmwood cemetery. Bausman died Friday at his home in Shabbona, Ill. … [Read more...]

Inquest results on William Davis’ suicide

Inquest: William Davis

My g-g-grandfather, John B. Davis, committed suicide in 1913 by hanging himself in his barn.  His suicide was something that wasn't discussed because it upset my grandfather.  Until I read this article I didn't realize that 30 years earlier - in 1883 -  that John, along with his son Alvin, cut down the body of his nephew, William Davis.  William was suffering from a painful illness and hung himself.  William's parents were John's brother Jacob and Jane (Moyle). (Making William my 1st cousin, 3x removed.) I imagine that cutting down the body of his nephew would have … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carl Herman Bohnsack

Carl Herman Bohnsack

Below is the obituary for Carl Herman Bohnsack, husband of Carolina Sophia "Lena" (Wulff), and my great-great grandfather. It was published in in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, 26 Feb 1940, page 14. Note:  In C. Herman's obituary and certificate of death, Joachim Bohnsack is listed as the name of C. Herman's father; however,  the name on his father's headstone is Johann J.H. Bohnsack.  Most likely, his full name was Johann Joachim Hermann (or Henry) Bohnsack.  C. Herman's father is NOT the Joachim Bohnsack buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena.  That is … [Read more...]

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