Letter from Rev. Hermann Emil Studier to Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

Wilhelm and Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier was the twin sister of my 2nd great-grandfather, Carl Hermann "Herman" Bohnsack. Rev. Hermann Emil Studier was born in Germany in 1859, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1869. His older brother, Wilhelm, was Dorothea's husband. In 1939, Dorothea received a letter from her brother-in-law, Rev. Studier. While Dorothea and Rev. Studier were both born in Germany, the letter was written in English. In the letter, Rev. Studier talks about his various ailments and daily activities. What interested me the most, and why I'm sharing the letter, is he … [Read more...]

High School Graduates from Scales Mound, Illinois, 1924-1945

Scales Mound Class of 1933

The Scales Mound American Legion Auxillary Unit #1058 compiled a list of Scales Mound High School graduate names, and published them in "Scales Mound High School Through the Years 1896-1993".  Graduates from 1924-1945 are listed. Class of 1924 Lester Berryman Myrtle Eversoll Laity Marcella Horan Huizinga Kenneth Hughes Camilla Miller Mahoney Eugene Miller Jessie Paquette Rodham Carl Schoenhard Myrtle Schoenhard Larson Wilma Stadel Lois Vipond Vipond Ruth Vipond White Class of 1925 Gladys Bray Kirchberg LaVerne Cousins Ilo … [Read more...]

High School Graduates from Scales Mound, Illinois, 1896 – 1923

Top Left: Viola Bausman. Viola would have been about 19 years old. Written on back, in pencil (not Viola's handwriting): Earl Rummel, Alta Phillips Pierson, Lucille Roberts, Rosella Bird Schalk. The man in the middle is not identified, but think he was probably their teacher. Assume this is the Scales Mound High School Senior Class picture since they all graduated that year.

The Scales Mound American Legion Auxillary Unit #1058 compiled a list of Scales Mound High School graduate names, and published them in "Scales Mound High School Through the Years 1896-1993".  Graduates from 1896-1923 are listed. Class of 1896 George Allan William Allan Josie Edge Vipond Elsie Kneebone Fred Lyne Fred Monnier Edith Stephan Allan [No Class of 1897 listed] Class of 1898 Mamie Hocking Varing Olive Moon Eckstein Frank Kammer Nina Pooley Adams Vina Pooley Sawdy Edith Rowe Anton Stephan Arthur Youle Lavinia … [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...]

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...]

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