Miss Mary Beard

Miss Mary Beard Letter from Co. A, 8th O.V. Infantry

While researching the Lightcaps, I came across an article where Miss Mary Beard received $53.50 from members of Company A, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Both my ggg-grandfather's brother Isaac Bateman Lightcap (also know as The Bigamist) and nephew James Sanford Lightcap served in that unit and contributed.  I don't know why they sent money. Using The Inflation Calculator $53.50 in 1862 would be worth $1212.78 today. The letter refers to her as a "Daughter of the 8th" and that the money is a small token of regard. Unfortunately, there is no context to the letter. … [Read more...]

Aaron Leightcap / Lightcap

Marriage: Aaron Leightcap and Mary Messer

My paternal 4th great-grandfather was John Lightcap (abt 1778 - aft 1864), husband of Mary Chamberlin. Identifying his parents has proven frustratingly difficult. There is no proof of parentage, only supposition. So I'm tackling the problem from another direction and researching other Lightcap families in the surrounding area near his place of birth.  John was either born in Pennsylvania or New Jersey (records vary), **probably** in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or Hunterdon County, New Jersey. My research uncovered a man named Aaron Leightcap/Lightcap (1817-1900).  I … [Read more...]

A Letter from Mrs. LaVerne Schoenhard

Scales Mound, Illinois, Newsletter

While going through my late grandmother's genealogy files, I found an issue of the Scales Mound, Illinois, hometown newsletter, The Weekly Visitor, from October 20, 1955.  Published in the newsletter with a most intriguing letter from Mrs. LaVerne Schoenhard.  It seems Mrs. Schoenhard made the hard decision to place her grandmother, Mrs. Lena Kilian, in a nursing home and was receiving a bit of flack about the decision. I think anyone who as ever had a loved one in a nursing facility knows what a difficult decision it is. If my research is correct, Mrs. LaVerne … [Read more...]

Babies Dying and It Doesn’t Make the Papers!

Gary Lightcap

Research blocks stink!  And I've hit one! What I thought would be easy research has turned into a decidedly frustrating endeavor.  I'm looking for information on the death of my father's infant brother, Gary. In April 1946, my grandmother gave birth to her fourth child and son, Gary, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. He died after 16 days. I've always been told Gary died due to "bad water" at Mercy Hospital. He wasn't the only one either; according to family members a "bunch of babies" died.  How many is a bunch? Between 15 and 20; otherwise … [Read more...]

Zazios Cooking Class

Zazios logo

Last month I took a cooking class at Zazios, one of the local restaurants in Kalamazoo. Having never taken this type of class, I crossed my fingers and hoped for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon. The small class of nine participants included two couples, a man with his teenage son, a group of three women, and myself. The executive chef and owner, John Korycki, was the instructor. The class ran from noon to 4:30 p.m. The experience was enjoyable and Chef Korycki was an engaging instructor. Things I learned: the correct way to hold a knife how to properly … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 4 of 4)

Rev. Herman Emil Studier and Maria Barbara Niedermeyer, 1881 wedding
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part four of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier’s “The Story of My Life.” Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of “The Story of My Life” by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 4) by Rev. H.E. Studier In Germany it had always been the plan for me to become a minister. Father had probably spoken to Rev. Klindworth of me before I came to Galena, for when I arrived there it was always the same advice, “Become a minister!” The first summer I … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 3 of 4)

Rev. and Mrs. H.E. Studier
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part three of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier’s “The Story of My Life.” Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of “The Story of My Life” by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 3) by Rev. H.E. Studier My mother’s maiden name was Auguste Henrietta Freier and she was born Nov. 27, 1819 in Zeden near Wriezen in the Neumark part of Brandenburg. Her father was a taylor and a teacher, clerk of the church, and was the choir master. My mother … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 2 of 4)

Rev. Herman Emil Studier and Maria Barbara Niedermeyer, 1881 wedding
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part two of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier's "The Story of My Life." Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of "The Story of My Life" by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 2) by Rev. H.E. Studier In the year 1862 my parents bought a piece of ground inside of the city wall in the northeastern part of town at a place where Jaegerstrasse (Huntsmanstreet) makes a turn to the southeast, the larger part of the drilling-grounds of the … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 1 of 4)

Rev. and Mrs. H.E. Studier
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

While going through a box of materials about my maternal grandmother's extended family, I came across seven pages of a draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier's autobiography.  Rev. Studier was the brother-in-law of Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier, twin sister of Carl Herman Bohnsack, my grandmother's paternal grandfather. Over the next few posts, I'll share what Rev. Studier wrote.  I found it fascinating to read what his childhood was like in Germany, and what brought the family to America. Overview of Rev. Studier's life Rev. H.E. Studier was born 11 January 1859 in … [Read more...]

Iran Hostage from Scales Mound, Illinois

Col. Leland Holland welcomed home to Scales Mound

Since Argo won best picture on Sunday night's Academy Awards, I've been thinking about Colonel Leland James Holland.  He wasn't rescued; he was one of the 52 held for 444 days in Tehran. Col. Holland was a native of Scales Mound, Illinois, a town of less than 350 people. For anyone who regularly reads my posts, you may remember that my mother, maternal grandparents and great-grandparents also hail from Scales Mound. During the hostage crisis, I was in grade school at Platteville, Wisconsin; I remember the never-ending count of days which occurred on the news every … [Read more...]

Google Newspaper Archive

Google Newspaper Archive Snapshot

Today I'm going to share a resource I frequently use: Google Newspaper Archive. I use it to access The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa).  Since I'm nowhere near Dubuque, I love that this information is available for free. I use this resource all the time to access one newspaper. It works for me, and I am well aware of the archive's limitations.  I think the best word to describe Google Newspaper Archive is quirky. It's certainly not fully-fleshed out and functioning.  But it helps me, and perhaps it will help you. Has Google posted every newspaper? Don't be silly.  … [Read more...]

Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty Concert Poster

On February 13, I saw my favorite band in concert when Matchbox Twenty came to Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo on their 'North' tour. "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips opened for them.  I wasn't familiar with Phillips but I enjoyed his performance. His music didn't seem very Idol-like, but it's been years since I've watched the show. As usual, Matchbox Twenty and their lead singer Rob Thomas were AMAZING! Read MLive.com review. It's been ages since Matchbox Twenty has toured.  I'd seen them twice before and Rob Thomas' solo act … [Read more...]

Pictures of Me

Mom's trying to teach me to ride a horse - good luck!

So I was going through some of my grandmother's pictures and found a few of me as a child. This was a good reminder to me that not all history is from other generations.  It's good to take a look at your own history. All pictures taken at the home of Grandma and Grandpa Davis [Spud and Marian (Bohnsack) Davis] in Scales Mound, Illinois.  My cousin Dan Davis bought the farm from them in the late 1990s/early 2000s.  Last year, he tore down the old homestead to build a new house. The brick is being recycled. I think my favorite pictures are: the one of me as a … [Read more...]

Hazel Bausman Killed in Car Accident

Hazel Bausman and her nephew Spud Davis

Hazel Bausman was an aunt to my maternal grandfather, Stanley "Spud" Davis.  She died in a car accident in 1929.  I found the following article discussing her accident and published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on November 20, 1929.  I accessed the article at Google Newspaper Archives. I've read several articles on her death and there doesn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary.  But boy, this past summer when I was back visiting relatives I can't tell you how many told me that Hazel's death was VERY suspicious.  Almost like she was murdered. I even … [Read more...]

Charles Bausman Update!

Charles Bausman

Back in January, I posted a brief bio on Charles Bausman, the brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr.  (Nicholas was my maternal grandfather's grandfather.)  Since then I've learned a bit more. Late last year, I contacted the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives in Butte, Montana, to see if they had any information on Charles.  Since he served as an Alderman of the Fourth ward, I thought there might be a chance they would have something.  Well, most of the information they sent I already knew , but they did access the school census records from 1890-1893.  I had the name of … [Read more...]

Bausman Girls

Bausman Girls

These are the daughters of Nicholas Jr. and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman. From left to right, standing are Pearl, Gertrude and Viola.  Hazel is sitting. Viola was my maternal grandfather's mother. I believe the photo was taken about 1898 or 1899 since Gertrude (the oldest) was born in 1887, Pearl in 1890, Viola in 1893, and Hazel in November 1896. I shot this photo when I visited Steamboat Rock, Iowa, in June 2012.  When my mom saw the picture, she immediately recognized her grandmother Viola, saying it looked just like her. … [Read more...]

Pearl Bausman Hesselbacher

Pearl Bausman and Jack Hesselbacher Wedding

I've learned many things while focusing my research on the Bausmans over the past few weeks.  One of them is that I've never posted about Pearl (Bausman) Hesselbacher, a sister to Viola (my mother's paternal grandmother). This past summer I had the opportunity to photograph Pearl's wedding picture (see right). My uncle surprised me with the photo after borrowing it from the widow of Pearl's son Eldon. Pearl was the third of five children born to Nicholas Jr. and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman.  She was born 01 July 1890 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, … [Read more...]

Hazel Bausman With Her Pleasant Valley Relatives

Hazel Bausman with Lawrence, Minnie and Wayne Bausman

Hazel Bausman was a sister of Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, my maternal grandfather's mother. Hazel enjoyed photography, and took these shots at her uncle Lawrence Lincoln Bausman's farm in Pleasant Valley, Grundy county, Iowa. I love that their dog appears in both pictures, though it is resting underneath the car in one. While I don't know the exact date the photo was taken, it was before November 1929 since Hazel died in a car accident that month at age 33. … [Read more...]

Iva (Bausman) Leverton Killed in Car Accident

Iva (Bausman) Leverton Car Accident

Because of a reader's response on a previous post, I remembered an article I read about the death of Iva (Bausman) Leverton. It was found in the genealogy files belonging to Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard, a cousin of Iva's and my maternal grandfather's aunt.  The accident sounds pretty horrific. There is no citation to the article. Transcription of article: Warren Women Die in Route 20 Crash Two Warren women were killed Sunday afternoon when the car in which they were riding was struck broadside and then overturned on Highway 20 at an intersection 10 … [Read more...]

Funeral of Lee Lawrence Bausman

Lee Lincoln Bausman

This article deals with the funeral of Lee Lincoln Bausman.  Also included is a card of thanks from his parents and siblings.  I found it interesting that one of his brother's was suffering from smallpox and couldn't attend the funeral. Transcription of article: The funeral of Lee Bausman was held from the Evangelical church in Pleasant Valley, Monday at 2 o’clock. Rev. Kramer, the pastor, assisted Rev. Curry, of Grundy Center, officiating. Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Willoughby, Mrs. W.D. Wilson and Mr. G.C. Pettit of this city, sang two beautiful selections at … [Read more...]

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