Willis Deininger Letter

In 1977, Willis J. Deininger wrote to his niece and my grandmother, Marian (Bohnsack) Davis, about their family.  It’s funny, because I worked a long time to figure out Willis’ mom’s siblings.  After I invested a lot of time and effort into the research, I found this note in one of my mom’s binders.  It would have been much more helpful to have found this before I spent all that time.

Willis’ note states “This is all I can find in her [Louisa (Muegge) Deininger's] old bible, there is nothing about her parents or dads parents names. Sorry I can’t help you more. Willis & all”.

Here’s Willis information:

Willis’ parents: William Deininger,  born May 22, 1860; Louisa Muegge, born June 25, 1866.

William’s siblings:

  • John
  • Barbara – married Charles Menzemer
  • Amelia – married August Geselbracht
  • Mary – married Gotleib Weik

Louisa’s siblings:

  • Julius Muegge
  • Mary – married Paul Reschkowsky
  • Amelia – married John Ulreich

Willis’ siblings:

  • Bertha – married William Studier
  • Rose – married John Jowaski
  • Minnie – married Leo Bohnsack
  • Herbert
  • Clara – married Rex Lyles
  • Amanda – married John Jowaski and Ted Wagner
  • Pauline – married Cliff Dunstan
  • John – married Vivian Brush and Beulah Brush
  • Willis – married Alma Bardell

Willis Deininger Note

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