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...]

Viola Bausman’s oration from her 1912 Scales Mound High School Commencement

Viola Bausman 1912 High School Graduation

My great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, was a teacher and educator.  I discovered the oration that she gave at her Scales Mound, Illinois, commencement on June 7, 1912.  She had written her speech in her graduation memory book. The Tercentennial of Henry Hudson by Viola Edith Bausman There was a time when Americans lacked distinction. It was traditionally assumed that the people of the United States had suffered the spirit of commercialism to rob them of their noble instincts and to stunt their intellectual development. Now, however, the American … [Read more...]

Discovering William Deininger Sr’s unknown daughter

Lena Limper identified as William Sr's daughter, from Last Will and Testament of William Deininger, 06 Oct 1891

Well, I was researching my family history and I discovered an unknown daughter of my 3rd great-grandfather, William Deininger Sr.  He was my maternal grandmother's great-grandfather.   I was searching for Deininger information on FamilySearch.org - trying to figure out if there were any other Deiningers in the Jo Daviess county, Illinois, area between 1850-1900.  Thought it would be a dead-end.  I was wrong. I certainly was not expecting to find a daughter.  It started with a name - Magdalena "Lena" Deininger.   I found her marriage record, her death record naming a … [Read more...]

Bertha Galpin or Wizard of Oz Villian? You decide

Bertha Galpin

A fun picture to enjoy on a Friday. I love this picture because Bertha Galpin reminds me of Miss Almira Gulch - the mean lady who wants Toto destroyed -  from The Wizard of Oz (1939 film). It's the bike that brings the comparison to mind.  All that's missing are baskets for the front and back. Bertha is not a relative of mine, but she was a friend to the Bausmans.  The photo is kept in a beautiful antique Bausman photo album. Written on back of photo: Bertha Galpin, no relation. Neighbor & Friend of the Bausmans. Photo taken at Byerly in Parkersburg, Iowa. … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 6 of 6

Josephine Sanders with her family

Our mother’s [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] body was sent to Dubuque for burial. I went with Aunt Norma – our mother’s wish. Our dad [Jack Strelesky] and Eunice, Alice and Herb went to Grandma Sanders [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders]. The flu epidemic was so bad everything was closed – schools, churches, department stores and all public buildings – theaters too. People were not allowed to gather. I often wonder if our mother even had a funeral mass. There was a graveside service. This took place in Feb. It was so cold that the priest conducting the services told the men … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 5 of 6

(adults, left to right) Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, Jack Strelesky, Burt MacDonough, Norma (Sanders) MacDonough; (kids) Herbert and Alice Strelesky

When the family moved from Dubuque to Omaha our mother [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] was very homesick and lonely for the Sanders family. Grandma Sanders [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders], her mother, sent Aunt Norma to Omaha to keep our mother company. As a young adult she was quite different from the person she later became. She was very popular, had many friends, and got along with our dad [Jack Strelesky]. She got an excellent position with the telephone company as night chief operator. As a result any courting that was done by her boyfriends had to be done in … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 4 of 6

(l-r) Alice, Jack, Marjorie, Eunice and Herb Strelesky

The Final Story of Shep, the dog This is a story my dad told me when the family lived in Omaha.  Eunice and I weren’t born yet. The family had a collie dog called “Shep.” Poor Shep, as all living things do, left this world. Our dad [Jack Strelesky] told our mother he would get rid of the dog. Dad was a taxidermist and had a shop in the low rent district of Omaha. He thought the family – Herb, Alice, and our mother [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] – would like old Shep made into a fur rug. He skinned old Shep for the “pickle barrel” to cure him for … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 3 of 6

(l-r) back: Jack and Herbert Strelesky, Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders, and Irene Sanders; front: Eunice, Marjorie and Alice Strelesky

One Christmas Aunt Norma spent with us. There were a lot of letters going back and forth between Alice Strelesky and Dubuque, so Alice knew Aunt Norma was there. When her box was opened there was a present for Grandma, Irene, Eunice and me but nothing for Aunt Norma. A.N. cried. In the early years Aunt Norma was very good to Herb and Alice. Alice could have put something in her box if it were only a little remembrance from the 10¢ store. I remember how bad I felt for Aunt Norma. Grandpa and Grandma Sanders [Ernest Vincent and Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders] each … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 2 of 6

Alvin and Irene Sanders (siblings)

Before Vatican II the day before Christmas was a day of fast and abstance [sic, abstinence]so Christmas Eve for supper we had oyster stew. Then came Christmas Eve. The sheet was taken down between the living room (parlor as it was called) and dining room and we saw the Christmas tree for the first time. Uncle Frank [Sanders] and his family and Uncle Al [Sanders] and family arrived and Grandma [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders] and Irene [Sanders] had gifts for everyone. A gift or two was held back for Eunice and me so we’d have something to open, too. There was lots … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 1 of 6

Marjorie Strelesky

This is part one of six journal entries that I have for Marjorie Strelesky, the sister of my paternal grandmother Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap. ------ Feb. 26, 1993 Today is my 74th birthday and I think this is a good time to start this journal. It will be about my thoughts, perhaps opinions, and memories – some good, some bad.  I decided to do this about Christmas time, but never got started until today. Like I’ve said to fallen away Catholics I meet in my hospital work, “It is later than you think.” I’d like to start with my earliest Christmas and … [Read more...]

Letter from George Davies to Jacob Davis 3rd

Letter from George Davies to Jacob Davis 3rd

Below is a transcribed letter that the widow of David Mayo Davis gave to my mother and grandmother, Marian Davis, in the early 2000s.  David and my grandfather, Stanley Davis,  were cousins. (Read all of David's research.) Written in 1868, the letter is from George Davies to his nephew Jacob Davis III.  George Davies (1803-1880) was the son of Jacob Davies I and Elizabeth Vivian, my 4th great-grandparents. Jacob III was the son of Jacob Davies II and Jane Blewett, and brother to my 2nd great-grandfather, John B. Davis. George was living in Port Burwell, … [Read more...]

1940 Letter from William Passmore Davis

William Passmore Davis Letter, 1940

William Passmore Davis was the son of James T. Davis and Elizabeth Edna Passmore.  William's grandfather Jacob Davis III was a brother of  John B. Davis, my gg-grandfather. William Passmore Davis was born in Marshall county, Iowa on 12 Nov 1881 and died 21 Jul 1959 in Murdo, Jones county, South Dakota.  He married Florence May Coleman, daughter of Eugene Coleman and Emma Weeks on 24 Dec 1907 in Wessington Springs, Jerauld county, South Dakota. A few months ago, I received a letter written in 1940 by William Passmore Davis to his cousin Edith (Wills) Dettmann.  … [Read more...]

Jo Daviess County, Illinois Will Records, 1829-1926

I recently discovered at FamilySearch.org the Will Records for Jo Daviess County, Illinois,  1829-1926.  It's part of the Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, collection.   I started going through the books individually looking for relatives' wills.  I've found about 20, but searching is a pain since the wills haven't been indexed.  Fortunately, all but one of the books have a list of names in the first few pages of the books.  The images quality is great.  To make my search easier, since I know I'll need it in the future, I started a spreadsheet which lists the names … [Read more...]

Strelesky Family Worksheet

I've been organizing my great-grandfather John Joseph Strelesky's parents and sibling information in a worksheet.  Included is any birth, marriage, death, and burial information that I have. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Getting caught up

I took an unexpected and extended break due to illness.  I was terribly sick for a couple of weeks, and last week I spent catching up on work that didn't get done the previous two weeks. So this is my first post of April! Over the weekend, I attended my first Daughters of the American Revolution event.  There was a speaker who, in character, talked about what it was like for a Union soldier during the Civil War. He dressed in period costume, showed us his gun, and a bunch of other accoutrements. It was very informative. Last year, this same guy must have portrayed a … [Read more...]

A Sporting Woman

Discusses the Pension System regarding the Act of August 7, 1882

A few weeks ago I received the civil war pension records for my ggg-grandfather's bigamist brother Isaac Lightcap. The records reveal quite a character - a very attractive man who enjoys a drink... or two... or three...  The bigamy speaks for itself. At first, I felt sorry for his second wife, Emily Hair.  I mean, who wouldn't?  Her husband dies in 1878, a little over 4 years after they married.  She's left a widow in her 30s.  In 1895, she's dropped from receiving Isaac's pension on the ground that she's "violated the Act of August 7, 1882, by open and … [Read more...]

Marriage Certificate for Nicholas Bausman, Jr. and Catherine Hebenstreit

Marriage Certificate for Nicholas Bausman and Catherine Hebenstreit

This is the marriage certificate of my great-great grandparents, Nicholas Bausman and Catherine Hebenstreit. They married January 21, 1886, at St. Matthew's parsonage in Shullsburg, Lafayette County, Wisconsin.  Catherine is the daughter of Vitus Hebenstreit and Bertha Schafer.  Nicholas is the son of Nicholas Bausman Sr and Mary Casper. Transcription of marriage certificate: I, undersigned, do hereby certify, that on the 21st day of January A.D. 1886 in the parsonage of St. Matthew, Shullsburg, Wis. I joined in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony Mr. Nicholas Bausman … [Read more...]

Obituary for Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys Cecilia (Ray) Davis was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy. Gladys was 21 years old when she died in childbirth at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa.  Her baby girl died a few days later.  The baby was not named. Mother and baby are buried together at Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Her obituary was published in The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) on  Wednesday, Oct 24, 1917.  Obituary incorrectly states she died on October 23. She died on Oct 24. Transcription of … [Read more...]

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