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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Obituary: Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler

Joseph and Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler

Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler was the daughter of Francis J. Uhlrich and Teresa Heid and sister of my gg-grandmother Mary Francis Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.  She was born August 12, 1868, in Galena, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  She was one of eight children. She married Joseph George Hatzenbuhler October 29, 1894. They had six children. She is buried in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa, along with her parents, husband and their children Arnold J and Marjorie Hatzenbuhler . Obituary appeared in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Thursday, July 31, 1924, … [Read more...]

Funeral Card: Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Funeral card for Gladys Cecelia (Ray) Davis.  She was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Gladys was born January 21, 1896.  She was a mail-order bride, marrying Laban on November 23, 1915, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. Gladys died in childbirth on October 24, 1917. Their unnamed baby girl died a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  There is no marker for the baby. Transcription of funeral card: In Loving Remembrance of Mrs. … [Read more...]

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