Funeral: Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders

Funeral: Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders

Mary Francis Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders, my gg-grandmother,  died in Dubuque, Iowa, on January 12, 1935.  Josephine, born September 28, 1859 in Rock Island, Illinois, was the oldest of eight children.  Her parents were Francis Joseph and Theresa (Heid) Uhlrich. Josephine married Ernest Vincent Sanders on October 28, 1886, in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.  They had eight children, four of whom preceded her in death including my great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky.  Ernest died in 1928.  Funeral services for Josephine were held on Monday, January 14, 1935, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Leo H. Bohnsack

Leo Bohnsack

Leo Bohnsack was my great-grandfather.  He was born  on December 16, 1891, in Schapville, Thompson Twp, Illinois,  to Carl Herman Bohnsack and Carolina Sophia Wulff.  He was the oldest of three children.    He married Minnie Marie Deininger on February 16, 1916, in Galena, Illinois.  Leo and Minnie had four children: Vernon, Norman, Marian, and Jeannette. He died on July 28, 1957, in Galena.  He's buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. His obituary was published in the Rockford Morning Star, July 30, 1957. Transcription of obituary: L.H. … [Read more...]

Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer Dies from Injuries Sustained in Car Accident

Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer

Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer was the sister of my gg-grandfather, Leo Bohnsack.  She was born in July of 1894 in Illinois to Carl Herman Bohnsack and Carolina Sophia Wulff.  She was the middle child; my gg-grandfather was the oldest and the youngest was Mary.  She married Alvin Hammer on January 22, 1913.  Alvin and Mabel had six children: Wilbur, Levern, Alta, Viola, Evelyn and Loren. On May 29, 1962, she was injured when her car and a truck collided at a corner stop in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.  She died of her injuries on June 13, 1962.  She's buried in Greenwood … [Read more...]

Obituary: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Obituary: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Alice Theresa (Rafferty) Lightcap was married to Albert "Bert" Lightcap, brother of my great-grandfather Ernest Edward Lightcap.   She lived in Hammond, Indiana, for the last 30 years of her life.  A former resident of North Judson, Indiana, her obituary appeared in the North Judson News on October 27, 1938.  I received this obituary from my mom. Transcription of obituary: The following account of the death of a former North Judson resident, Mrs. A. T. Lightcap, widow of Bert Lightcap, appeared in a Hammond paper during the first week of this month: "Mrs. … [Read more...]

Wedding Announcement: Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis

Marriage: Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis

Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis, my grandparents, married in Apple River, Illinois, on August 1, 1941. I found the marriage announcement in genealogical files at Grandma Davis' house.  The citation is unknown. Transcription of Wedding Announcement: Bohnsack-Davis Apple River, Ill. - Special: Announcement was made here Thursday of the marriage of Miss Marian Bohnsack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bohnsack of Galena, and Stanley Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Davis of Scales Mound. The ceremony took place here Aug. 1 in St. Joseph's rectory with the … [Read more...]

Marriage: Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap marriage celebration

Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap are my grandparents, and figuring out their correct marriage date has been challenging. Both my dad and Uncle Bill told me that their parents married in December 1935.  I used that date since, as their sons, they should know. Then I stumbled upon an announcement published April 14, 1936, in The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) saying they married January 4, 1936.  Aha! December 1935 or January 1936 - close enough.  I assumed that Dad and Uncle Bill had been mistaken.  Odd that BOTH of them remembered the wrong date, but … [Read more...]

Biography: Alfred Hicks

Biography: Alfred Hicks

The biography of Alfred Hicks was published in The History of the Yakima Valley, Washington, comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties by the S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. (1919) Volume II, page 645.   Alfred Hicks was the son of Henry and Hester (Ingram) Hicks, and the youngest brother of my gg-grandmother Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis. --- ALFRED HICKS. Alfred Hicks, one of the prominent orchardists in the vicinity of Grandview, having thirty acres planted to apples, has readily adapted himself to conditions and opportunities of the northwest and through … [Read more...]

Percy Davis Public Sale

Percy Davis - Public Sale

On December 21, 1937, my great-grandfather Percy Davis retired from farming and held a public sale.  The sale was held on the farm of his mother-in-law, Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman. I found the poster advertising the sale while looking through pictures at my grandma's house. Transcription of advertisement: Percy Davis' Closing Out Sale! As I intend to quite farming I will sell the following described property at public sale on what is known as the Nick Bausman farm, located 2.5 mi. southwest of Scales Mound, on the Galena-Scales Mound road, on Tuesday, … [Read more...]

Daughters of the American Revolution Application Approved!

DAR

People start genealogy researching their family history for many different reasons.  Mine was pretty simple.  I wanted to join the Daughters of the American Revolution.  I wasn't sure when I started if it would be possible; my mom told me it wasn't going to happen through her family line. This left my dad's family as the only possibility.  What I didn't realize was how long the process was going to take. I think I've been researching this between 8-10 years. My mom had researched the Lightcaps and thought that line looked promising.  Unfortunately, this promising … [Read more...]

Death: Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

My great-grandmother, Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, died of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, during the Spanish flu pandemic. She was pregnant when she died in Sheridan, Wyoming, on February 5, 1920.  She was 32.  Ernestine is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. Ernestine was born in Galena, Jo Daviess co, Illinois, on November 20, 1887, to Ernest and Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.  She was the oldest of eight children. A Roman Catholic priest married Ernestine and Jack Strelesky in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 19, 1906.  They had four … [Read more...]

Obituary: Laban Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban Davis was an older brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Laban was born October 12, 1873, in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois, to John B. and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  He was the third of six children. On November 23, 1915, he married Gladys Cecelia Ray in Dubuque, Iowa.  She was a mail-order bride. Gladys died during childbirth on October 24, 1917, in Dubuque.  The unnamed baby girl passed away a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Citizen's Cemetery, also known as Scales Mound Township Cemetery. Laban discovered his … [Read more...]

Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky Family Chart

John Joseph Strelesky

I've been working identifying the family of my great-grandfather, John Joseph "Jack" Strelesky, for quite some time.  To say it's been challenging is to put it mildly.  Jack was one of eight children born to Francis Strelesky and Frances Hainey.  He was the oldest boy.  His siblings, in order from oldest to youngest:  Agnes, Rose, Marie, [Jack], Amelia "Mildred", Levina, Albert Frank, and James Alexander.  All were born in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. I've created a three-generation family chart of my Strelesky research.  If you can add anything to my research, let me … [Read more...]

Singer Catholic Cemetery

Headstone: Clement Bausman

I've been wanting to visit Singer Catholic Cemetery in Guilford Twp, Illinois.  Clement, the infant brother of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, is buried here. I tried to find this cemetery by myself but was unable.  Fortunately, my mom's friend Tom Townsend had been to the cemetery and graciously volunteered to take my parents and me. My visit to Singer Catholic Cemetery in Oct 2011 revealed a cemetery in major need of brush removal and trimming around the headstones. While we were at the cemetery, the man who owns the cemetery land stopped … [Read more...]

Wedding Announcement: Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis

Wedding Announcemnt: Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis

My grandparents Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis married in Apple River, Illinois, on August 1, 1941.  This was her first marriage and his second.  Their wedding announcement appeared in the Freeport Journal-Standard on August 8, 1941. Transcription of Wedding Announcement Davis-Bohnsack Apple River, Ill., Aug. 8.—Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Marian Bohnsack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bohnsack, of Apple River, and Stanley Davis, son of Mr, and Mrs. Percy Davis of Scales Mound, which was solemnized Friday, Aug. 1, at St. Joseph's … [Read more...]

Updated Descendant Reports

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

I updated reports for the descendants of Andreas "Anton" and Eva Barbara (Schick) DEININGER , Nicholas and Mary (Casper) BAUSMAN, Philip and  Julia (Stoft) BAUSMAN, Johann J.H. and Henrietta (Koch) BOHNSACK, Levi and Mary (Smith) LIGHTCAP, Frank and Fannie (Hainey) STRELESKY, and Johann Jacob Dietrich and Catherine Maria Magdalena (Bohnhoff) WULFF. These reports are based on my research.  Accuracy is important to me; if you see an error, please let me know. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Lena (Wulff) Bohnsack

Carolina Sophia "Lena" (Wulff) Bohnsack was my gg-grandmother.  She was born in Germany on November 15, 1867 to Henry and Marie (Schumacher) Wulff. She immigrated at 16, and married Carl Herman Bohnsack on January 13, 1891, in Schapville, Illinois.  Herman and Lena had three children: my great-grandfather Leo, Mabel and Mary. I discovered this obituary at Grandma Davis'. The citation is unknown. Transcription of Obituary: Mrs. Bohnsack Dies Aged 81 at Schapville Mrs. Lena Bohnsack, 81, long-time resident of Jo Daviess county, died Sept. 29 in her home … [Read more...]

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