Obituary: Leo H. Bohnsack

Leo Bohnsack

Leo Bohnsack was my great-grandfather.  He was born  on December 16, 1891, in Schapville, Thompson Twp, Illinois,  to Carl Herman Bohnsack and Carolina Sophia Wulff.  He was the oldest of three children.    He married Minnie Marie Deininger on February 16, 1916, in Galena, Illinois.  Leo and Minnie had four children: Vernon, Norman, Marian, and Jeannette. He died on July 28, 1957, in Galena.  He's buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. His obituary was published in the Rockford Morning Star, July 30, 1957. Transcription of obituary: L.H. … [Read more...]

Biography: Alfred Hicks

Biography: Alfred Hicks

The biography of Alfred Hicks was published in The History of the Yakima Valley, Washington, comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties by the S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. (1919) Volume II, page 645.   Alfred Hicks was the son of Henry and Hester (Ingram) Hicks, and the youngest brother of my gg-grandmother Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis. --- ALFRED HICKS. Alfred Hicks, one of the prominent orchardists in the vicinity of Grandview, having thirty acres planted to apples, has readily adapted himself to conditions and opportunities of the northwest and through … [Read more...]

Death: Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

My great-grandmother, Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, died of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, during the Spanish flu pandemic. She was pregnant when she died in Sheridan, Wyoming, on February 5, 1920.  She was 32.  Ernestine is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. Ernestine was born in Galena, Jo Daviess co, Illinois, on November 20, 1887, to Ernest and Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.  She was the oldest of eight children. A Roman Catholic priest married Ernestine and Jack Strelesky in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 19, 1906.  They had four … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Lena (Wulff) Bohnsack

Carolina Sophia "Lena" (Wulff) Bohnsack was my gg-grandmother.  She was born in Germany on November 15, 1867 to Henry and Marie (Schumacher) Wulff. She immigrated at 16, and married Carl Herman Bohnsack on January 13, 1891, in Schapville, Illinois.  Herman and Lena had three children: my great-grandfather Leo, Mabel and Mary. I discovered this obituary at Grandma Davis'. The citation is unknown. Transcription of Obituary: Mrs. Bohnsack Dies Aged 81 at Schapville Mrs. Lena Bohnsack, 81, long-time resident of Jo Daviess county, died Sept. 29 in her home … [Read more...]

Herbert Deininger Dies of Bullet Wound

Headstone: Herbert Deininger

Herbert Deininger was the oldest son of William and Louisa (Muegge) Deininger, and brother to my great-grandmother Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack.  In November 1911, he was accidentally shot by his three-year-old brother Willis and later died of his injury.  Herbert is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. His death announcement provides details on the gun accident, appearing in the Galena Daily Gazette on November 14, 1911. Transcription of Death Notice: Boy Dies of Bullet Wound Herbert Deininger Who Was Shot by Little Brother, Dead Herbert … [Read more...]

Jack Strelesky’s Taxidermy Shop Damaged by Fire

John J. Strelesky's taxidermy shop damaged by fire

When Jack Strelesky lived in Sheridan, Wyoming, he ran a taxidermy shop.  On April 6, 1917, fire damaged the shop.  An article discussing the fire ran in the Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader on April 6, 1917. Transcription of article: Taxidermist's Shop Damaged By Fire Sheridan, Wyo., April 6 - Damage to the extent of about a hundred dollars was caused by a fire which started in the loft of the building on East Fourth street, occupied by the taxidermy shop of J.J. Strelesky last night. It was discovered shortly before 9 o'clock and an alarm … [Read more...]

Biography: William Passmore

William Passmore

William Passmore is not a direct ancestor of mine.  His daughter Elizabeth Edna Passmore married James T. Davis, a nephew of my gg-grandfather John B. Davis.  Passmore was the coroner for the suicide of William Davis, brother of James T. Davis. His ties to the Davis family are why I'm posting his biography published in Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889), p257. William Passmore, his wives Elizabeth and Sarah, and children Anna Marie, Salina, and John Yonatt are buried in Council Hill Cemetery. Unfortunately, I was … [Read more...]

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

My great-grandparents, John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders, were married September 19, 1906, by a Catholic priest in Dubuque, Iowa.  They had four children: Herb, Alice, Eunice and Marjorie.  In 1920, Ernestine and her unborn child died of influenza in Sheridan, Wyoming, during the Spanish Flu pandemic. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Sarah (Sanders) Hansing

Obituary: Sarah (Sanders) Hansing

Sarah Sanders was the sister of my great-great grandfather, Ernest Vincent Sanders.  She was born about 1860 in Galena, Illinois, and died on Christmas Eve 1937 in California. Her obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on December 31, 1937. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Sarah Hansing, Galena Galena, Ill., Dec. 31 - Funeral services for Mrs. Sara Sanders Hansing, who died in California Christmas eve, were held yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the Uehren and Furlong funeral chapel. The Rev. T.J.F. Pagels officiated. Pallbearers for … [Read more...]

Death Announcement: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Notice: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Announcement for Rosina (Heffner) Deininger, which was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on December 30, 1918. She was my ggg-grandmother. Rosina married William Deininger Sr in 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had five children: Barbara, John, Mary, William Jr, and Amelia. (William Jr is my gg-grandfather.) Transcription of obituary: Death Calls Aged Woman Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger Dies at Home in East Galena Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger died this morning, Dec. 30th, at her home in East Galena after an illness due to advanced years. Mrs. Deiniger was born … [Read more...]

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Catherine (Fuch) Sanders was my g-g-g grandmother.  She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in Feb 1823 and immigrated to the United States about 1846.  She married A.F.E. Sanders, who died in 1891.  Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, but I do not know the location of her grave. The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists her as having 11 children.  I can positively identify six children: John Henry Sanders, Ernest Vincent Sanders, Catherine Sanders, Edward Sanders and Sarah (Sanders) Hansing, and Margaret (Sanders) Fairweather. There are Sanders children buried … [Read more...]

Obituary: George Bausman

Obituary: George Bausman

George Bausman was the son of Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman, and the brother of my g-g-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Jr.  George died on December 26, 1922, in Warren, Illinois.  I have no citation information for this obituary. Transcription of obituary: George Bausman was born in Guilford township, Jo Daviess county, Ill., on Sept 5th, 1857, and passed away at Warren, on Tuesday, December 26, 1922. He is survived by the widow and five children. He was married February 21st, 1882, to Miss Rachel Miller, of Guilford township. To this union were born … [Read more...]

New Header – Sheridan, Wyoming 1909

sheridanWyoming1909

I updated the header.  This Library of Congress image is the town of Sheridan, Wyoming in 1909. My grandmother, Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, was born here in 1914.  Her sister, Marjorie Strelesky, was born there in 1919.  My great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky and her unborn child died in Sheridan during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1920. … [Read more...]

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

My ggg grandfather was Adam Frederick Ernest Sanders.  I was recently back in Galena Illinois and was able to find his obituary that was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on 9 Oct 1891.  I also went to the Galena courthouse, but there is no death certificate on file.  His wife Catherine (Fuch) is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, so he's probably buried there. Transcription of obituary: A.F.E. Sanders After a long illness with dropsy of the heart Mr. A. F. Sanders passed away this morning, at his home on Hill street. His demise had been expected, and all … [Read more...]

Death: John Thomas Davis

John B., Margaret (Hicks), and John Thomas Davis

John Thomas Davis was the brother of my great-grandfather, Percy Davis.  He was born in Council Hill, Illinois, on March 8, 1878.   Both my mom and grandma thought it odd that no one ever talked about him.  His death was very mysterious. I haven't been able to find any articles but this one about his death.  Originally my mom thought that the Watertown mentioned in his obituary referred to Watertown, Wisconsin.  We couldn't figure out what he was doing there, but it made sense. However, when the information on his death certificate became available on Ancestry.com, … [Read more...]

Inquest results for John B. Davis

Headstone: John B Davis

John B. Davis was my great-great grandfather.  He was born in Cornwall, England, and immigrated to the United States about 1850.  On April 7, 1913, he committed suicide by hanging himself under the floor of his barn.  One newspaper stated it was his despondency over ill health that drove him to this drastic action; another newspaper said he had a cold.   Family lore says he was not happy over sons' drinking. Whatever the reason, he hung himself in the oddest place and it does not read as a quick death. Here is the inquest determination/obituary for John B. Davis, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky

Eunice StreleskyEunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, daughter of John Joseph "Jack" and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on December 21, 1915, and died on November 15, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa.   The picture at the left is her 1933 high school graduation. My grandmother's obituary was published November 18, 1998, in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), page 6C.  The obituary incorrectly states that my grandparents married in 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa.  They actually married on March 17, 1936, at St. Mary's Church in Freeport, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Here is the obituary for Herbert Hickman, my great-grandmother Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman's second husband.  His obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on June 14, 1976. Transcription of obituary: Herbert Hickman SCALES MOUND - Funeral service for Herbert Hickman of Scales Mound, who died Friday in Cuba City (Wis.) Medical Center, was held this afternoon at First Presbyterian Church, Galena.  He was 87. Burial was in Scales Mound Township Cemetery.  Steinke Funeral Home, Galena, was in charge of arrangements. Surviving are two … [Read more...]

Inquest Results/Coroner’s Jury re: Hazel Bausman’s death in car accident

Hazel Bausman

Hazel Bausman, daughter of Nicholas Jr. and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman, and a sister of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman.  Her other siblings were Gertrude, Clement, Pearl and Viola. Hazel died on November 20, 1929, in a car accident.  Hazel is buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery, Scales Mound, Illinois. While perusing some of my mom's genealogy binders, I found this article that discusses the car accident and the inquest that followed. There was no citation, but it was probably published in the Galena paper. Transcription … [Read more...]

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

This obituary is for Benjamin Blewett, son of John Blewett and Margaret Brookens. He was born May 20, 1845, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess  Co, Illinois, the fourth of six children.  He married Rose Stephens and they had a son Benjamin. He died October 21, 1928, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess co, Illinois. He was killed by a bullet through the brain.  His death was ruled a suicide, but it was suspicious since there was two bullet casings. Interment made at Oakwood Cemetery in Elizabeth. Obituary from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 26 Oct 1928, page … [Read more...]

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