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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Death Notice: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

Death: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

Elizabeth Davis was the daughter of John Davies II and Jennifer "Jane" Blewett.  She was born in Cornwall, England on December 6, 1834, the fourth of five children.  Her siblings were Jacob Davis III, William Davis, Mary Davies, and John B. Davis (my gg-grandfather). Elizabeth's father died about 1840 in Cornwall.  Jane  immigrated with her children in 1848 after the 1847 Cornish potato famine hit.  The famine occurred at the same time as the Irish potato famine and deprived the Cornish working classes of one of their staple foods. Jane and her family settled in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Mary (Davies) Jeffery

Obituary: Mary (Davies) Jeffery

Mary (Davis/Davies) Jeffery was a daughter of my ggg-grandparents, Jacob Davies II and Jennifer "Jane" Blewett. She was a sister to my gg-grandfather, John B. Davis. Mary was born on July 27, 1832, in Cornwall, England. A few years after her father died, Mary immigrated to the United States with her mother and siblings, first settling in Pennsylvania. John Jeffery and Mary married in June 23, 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had nine children, including: William, Joseph Alexander, Sherman William Tecumseh, Edward, John and Thomas. I do not know the names of the other … [Read more...]

Death Notice: Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis

Death Announcement: Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis

Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis was  my great-great grandmother, and the wife of John B. Davis.  Her parents were Henry Hicks and Hester Ingram. Margaret was born on June 17, 1843 in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  She died June 14, 1915 in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Margaret and John had six children: Estella, Alvin, Laban, John, Lovella, and Percival. The announcement of her death appeared in the Galena paper on Tuesday evening, June 15, 1915. Transcription of Death Announcement: Council Hill Lady Dead Mrs. J.B. Davis Dies at … [Read more...]

Wedding Announcement: Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis

Marriage: Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis

Marian Bohnsack and Stanley Davis, my grandparents, married in Apple River, Illinois, on August 1, 1941. I found the marriage announcement in genealogical files at Grandma Davis' house.  The citation is unknown. Transcription of Wedding Announcement: Bohnsack-Davis Apple River, Ill. - Special: Announcement was made here Thursday of the marriage of Miss Marian Bohnsack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bohnsack of Galena, and Stanley Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Davis of Scales Mound. The ceremony took place here Aug. 1 in St. Joseph's rectory with the … [Read more...]

Percy Davis Public Sale

Percy Davis - Public Sale

On December 21, 1937, my great-grandfather Percy Davis retired from farming and held a public sale.  The sale was held on the farm of his mother-in-law, Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman. I found the poster advertising the sale while looking through pictures at my grandma's house. Transcription of advertisement: Percy Davis' Closing Out Sale! As I intend to quite farming I will sell the following described property at public sale on what is known as the Nick Bausman farm, located 2.5 mi. southwest of Scales Mound, on the Galena-Scales Mound road, on Tuesday, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Laban Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban Davis was an older brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Laban was born October 12, 1873, in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois, to John B. and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  He was the third of six children. On November 23, 1915, he married Gladys Cecelia Ray in Dubuque, Iowa.  She was a mail-order bride. Gladys died during childbirth on October 24, 1917, in Dubuque.  The unnamed baby girl passed away a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Citizen's Cemetery, also known as Scales Mound Township Cemetery. Laban discovered his … [Read more...]

Singer Catholic Cemetery

Headstone: Clement Bausman

I've been wanting to visit Singer Catholic Cemetery in Guilford Twp, Illinois.  Clement, the infant brother of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, is buried here. I tried to find this cemetery by myself but was unable.  Fortunately, my mom's friend Tom Townsend had been to the cemetery and graciously volunteered to take my parents and me. My visit to Singer Catholic Cemetery in Oct 2011 revealed a cemetery in major need of brush removal and trimming around the headstones. While we were at the cemetery, the man who owns the cemetery land stopped … [Read more...]

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