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...]

God Made a Farmer

The Home Place

When I was young, my parents and grandparents listened to Paul Harvey. I enjoyed listening to his stories and I can still hear his voice signing off with the words "Paul Harvey.... Good day." While watching the Super Bowl, it was Dodge Ram's commercial with pictures of the American farmer and a story told by Paul Harvey that captured my attention. Reminded me of my grandparents and the long, hard hours and commitment it takes to farm. http://youtu.be/AMpZ0TGjbWE … [Read more...]

Obituary: Lee Lincoln Bausman

Lee Lincoln Bausman

Here is the obituary of Lee Lincoln Bausman, killed in a car/train accident on 20 November 1919 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota.  He was the son of Lawrence and Minnie (Benz) Bausman. Transcription of Obituary: Lee Lincoln Bausman was born August 27th, 1890, in Pleasant Valley township, Grundy County, Iowa, and passed to the Great Beyond at the St. Olaf Hospital, Austin, Minnesota, on November 20, 1919, at the age of 29 years, 2 months and 23 days. Lee lived in this vicinity all his life, except 15 months which time he was serving his country helping quell … [Read more...]

Lee Bausman and Henry Harms Hit By Train, Die

Lee Bausman and Henry Harms Hit By Train, Die

Another article about the deaths of Lee Bausman and Henry Harms. The car/train accident occurred on 20 November 1919 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. Lee was 29 and Henry was 37. I wish I knew more about Henry Harms. I think he was married with at least six children.  Henry's nephew William Harms married Lee's sister Gladys in 1925. Lee and Gladys were paternal cousins of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman. Transcription of article: TWO KILLED IN WRECK Iowans Hit By Train At Lyle Die At St. Olaf’s Hospital Lee Bausman and Henry … [Read more...]

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