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...]

Death of Lee Bausman and Henry Harms

Lee Lincoln Bausman

I posted Lawrence Lincoln Bausman's obituary a couple of days ago.  The next few posts will deal with the death of his son, Lee Lincoln Bausman.  Lee died after the car, driven by Henry Harms, was struck by a train.  The car/train accident occurred on 20 November 1919 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. Lee served in the front line trenches in World War I, stationed in France in the 64th Machine Gun Company of the 7th Division.  He was 29 when he died. Transcription of article: LEE BAUSMAN AND HENRY HARMS DIE OF INJURIES Their Auto Struck by Milwaukee … [Read more...]

Obituary: Lawrence Lincoln Bausman

Lawrence Lincoln Bausman

This past summer, I traveled to Steamboat Rock, Iowa, to meet Janice, the granddaughter of Lawrence Lincoln Bausman. Lawrence was born 31 January 1862 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, Illinois, to Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman. He died 26 October 1937 in Pleasant Valley, Grundy county, Iowa. I had a lot of fun discussing Bausman history and seeing her genealogy treasures.  Lawrence was a brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr, my maternal grandfather's grandfather. Janice put together these wonderful scrapbooks and gave me permission to take pictures of her … [Read more...]

Louis Bausman

Louis Bausman

Louis Bausman was the ninth child born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman. The tenth child, Jacob, died in infancy.  The youngest son to live to adulthood, I don't know much about Louis, except for what I have gleaned from official records.  Louis was a brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr, my maternal grandfather's grandfather. Louis was born November 1863 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, Illinois. He married Ida Agnes Zeal, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Blackmore) Zeal, on 11 January 1900 in Millbrig, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. O.J. Simmons, … [Read more...]

Lawrence Lincoln Bausman

Lawrence Bausman and Minnie Benz 1886 wedding

Lawrence Lincoln Bausman was a younger brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr, my maternal grandfather’s grandfather. Lawrence was the eighth of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman. I learned quite a bit about Lawrence after meeting his granddaughter when I visited Steamboat Rock, Iowa. Lawrence was born 31 January 1862 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, Illinois. He married Wilhelmina "Minnie" Benz, daughter of Mathias and  Maria Rosina Margaretha (Eberlein) Benz, on 01 July 1886 in Pleasant Valley, Grundy County, Iowa.  Minnie was born 14 … [Read more...]

John Bausman

John Bausman

John Bausman was a younger brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr, my maternal grandfather’s grandfather. John was the seventh of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman. He is the brother I know least about since John died when he was about 26. I knew he was born about 1859 and died about 1885. While researching his brother Charles, I discovered a cemetery listing for a John Bausman buried at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, who was born in 1859 and died in 1885. Charles lived in Butte, and while it could be a coincidence, … [Read more...]

George Bausman

Wedding of George Bausman and Rachel Miller

George Bausman was a younger brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr, my maternal grandfather’s grandfather. George was the sixth of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman. Most of what I know about him comes from official records. George was born 05 September 1857 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, Illinois. He married Rachel B. Miller on 21 February 1883 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. I have been unable to identify Rachel's parents. They raised their family in Warren, Jo Daviess County, Illinois.  He and Rachel raised five … [Read more...]

Nicholas Bausman Jr

Nicholas Bausman and Catherine Hebenstreit Wedding

Nicholas Bausman Jr. was the fifth of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman. Nicholas Jr's daughter Viola was my mother's paternal grandmother. Nicholas "Nick" Bausman Jr. was born 02 December 1855 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Nick was raised Presbyterian. He married Catherine "Katie" Hebenstreit on 21 January 1886 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Shullsburg, Lafayette County, Wisconsin. Katie was born 23 December 1863 in Shullsburg to Vitus Hebenstreit and Bertha Shaffer, who were Prussian immigrants. Nick and … [Read more...]

Charles Bausman

Charles Bausman

Since my previous post showcased the handsome sons of Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman, I thought my next few would give a bit of an overview about each of them, starting with the oldest Charles Bausman. Charles' brother Nicholas Bausman Jr was my maternal grandfather's grandfather. Charles Bausman was the fourth of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary, but the first child who did not die in infancy or early childhood.  Mary and Philip died in infancy, about 1850 and 1851, respectively. Henry died about 1856 at four years. Six children, all sons, lived … [Read more...]

Bausman Brothers

The Bausman Brothers

This past summer I had the opportunity to meet a distant Bausman relative when I traveled to Steamboat Rock, Iowa. Janice showed me amazing Bausman family photos.  The one I'm sharing today is of the Bausman Brothers.  I took this photograph of a photocopy.  Unfortunately, Janice did not remember where she got her photocopy. Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman had ten children; six sons living to adulthood.  One of these sons was my maternal grandfather's grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Jr, the man sitting on the right.  Lawrence Lincoln Bausman, the young man … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carl Bausman

Obituary: Carl Bausman

When I was going through newspaper clippings that once belonged to Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard (sister of my maternal grandfather's mother Viola), I found an obituary for Carl Bausman.  Intriguing since this was not a relative I was familiar with.  I knew he must be related since his obituary was with other notable events in the Bausman family. And yes, I know his last name was Bausman, but since I'd never heard of him I wasn't going to immediately jump to a familial connection.  His obituary's inclusion in Gertrude's clippings of the death of her sister Helena … [Read more...]

Obituary: Nicholas Bausman Sr

Nicholas and Mary (Casper) Bausman

Nicholas Bausman Sr. is my ggg-grandfather.  This past summer I had the opportunity to meet his great-granddaughter Janice who lives in Iowa. She's a genealogy enthusiast and had a typed transcription of Nicholas Bausman Sr's obituary, originally published in the Galena Gazette. The obituary lists his marriage to Mary Casper as occurring in 1849 in Pennsylvania. I've seen that marriage date before and it's wrong.  They married 15 February 1852 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, as listed in Book A of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, Marriages. Janice also has a beautiful … [Read more...]

Marriage: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

The wedding of Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

I found a newspaper clipping of a marriage announcement for my maternal grandfather's parents Viola Bausman and Percy Davis while going through some genealogy files once belonging to Viola's sister, Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard.  I enjoyed reading the description of Viola's wedding dress.  I have a picture of their wedding (posted below next to the article transcription), but would never have known the color of her dress without this clipping. Viola was 20 when she married Percy who was 26. There is no citation for the … [Read more...]

Marriage Announcement: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

Marriage announcement for Viola Bausman and Percy Davis, 1913

A few months ago, I was going through some of the genealogy files I received after my maternal grandmother died in 2011.  It was an unexpected pleasure to find the marriage announcement for my mother's paternal grandparents Viola Edith Bausman and Percival Leland Davis.  The announcement was in pristine condition, in an envelope addressed to Percy's maternal uncle James Hicks. Transcription: Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Bausman announce the marriage of their daughter Viola Edith to Mr. Percival L. Davis on Thursday, July seventeenth nineteen hundred and thirteen … [Read more...]

Scales Mound High School, Class of 1933

Scales Mound Class of 1933

This is a picture of my grandfather Stanley "Spud" Davis' high school graduation class.  He graduated from Scales Mound High School, Scales Mound, Illinois, in 1933. The Scales Mound Class of 1933 had eleven graduates. The photograph includes the graduates and the superintendent, W.D. Stephenson. Written on the back of photo: Stanley P. Davis Kenneth C. Hickman Helen Marie Bastian Hutchison Lloyd W. Cousins (salutatorian) Henry A. Fellenzer Mary Genevieve Sampson Bartell Ida Francis Paquette Smart Helen May Edge Rhemstedt (valedictorian) Mary … [Read more...]

Identified! Lavelle and Lawrence Bausman

Lavelle and Lawrence Bausman

The picture at the right is one of the unidentified pictures from my great-grandmother Viola's collection. Lavelle and Lawrence Bausman are the children of Irl Hicks Bausman and Annette Marie Jensen. Irl was Viola's cousin. I was able to identify it over the summer after visiting Pleasant Valley, Iowa, and meeting Janice, a cousin of Lavelle and Lawrence. Last week, I sent this picture to Janice, so she could give it to the widow of Lawrence. So, I've identified one picture of Viola's; only 29 more to go! … [Read more...]

Five Generations of Loretta (Cherry) O’Neil Boyle’s family

Five Generations of Loretta Cherry's family

When I was finishing my book, I wanted to include a bit of family history of my grandfather's first wife, Cleone O'Neill, whose parents were Joseph Patrick O'Neil and Loretta Bernice Cherry. Both Joseph and Loretta died young.  Joseph was 28 when he died in a mining accident in 1917. Loretta remarried a few years later, but died in 1928 at age 38. This past summer, I was looking through some photo albums at my Aunt Loretta's house and saw this old newspaper clipping. It's great because it has five generations of  Loretta (Cherry) O'Neil's family. It was published … [Read more...]

Publishing My Family History

Generations Book Cover

For the past several years, I've been working on a family history book of my maternal grandparents, Stanley "Spud" Davis and Marian Bohnsack.  After my grandma died late last year, completing the book became a priority.  I knew it was something she'd appreciate and completing it is my way of honoring her and my grandfather's legacy. I'm self-publishing through Blurb.com and I used their software, BookSmart.  Read my review of BookSmart at my other blog.  I ordered a proof and should receive it in a couple of weeks.  I've already decided to tweak a couple of … [Read more...]

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