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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Obituary: Carl Bausman

Obituary: Carl Bausman

When I was going through newspaper clippings that once belonged to Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard (sister of my maternal grandfather's mother Viola), I found an obituary for Carl Bausman.  Intriguing since this was not a relative I was familiar with.  I knew he must be related since his obituary was with other notable events in the Bausman family. And yes, I know his last name was Bausman, but since I'd never heard of him I wasn't going to immediately jump to a familial connection.  His obituary's inclusion in Gertrude's clippings of the death of her sister Helena … [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...]

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...]

Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Here is another article about the death of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap, who was shot and killed.  The article was published in Kokomo Tribune, page 1, Thursday, Dec 22, 1872. Transcription of newspaper article: ACCIDENTALLY KILLED A Young Man in a Quarrel - His Father gets Shot A few days ago, at North Judson up the Chicago R.R., young Mr. Lightcap, the telegraph operator, got into trouble with a stranger and drew his revolver. Young Hoffacker, a brother of Daniel, both recently of this city, who are up there sawing wood for the company, ran in to … [Read more...]

Marriage Announcement: Holoway Lightcap and Ellen Westgate

Marriage Annoucement: Holoway W. Lightcap of Findlay and Ellen M. Westgate

Marriage announcement for Holoway Lightcap, son of John and Mary Lightcap,  and Ellen Miriam Westgate, daughter of Mose Weld Westgate and Alice Brooks, in the Seneca Advertiser on August 10, 1849, Seneca Co, Ohio. Holoway was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap. Transcription of marriage announcement: At Republic, on yesterday, by the Rev. Mr. Ransom, Mr. Holloway W. Lightcap, of Findlay, (formerly of this city.) to Miss Ellen M. Westgate, of Republic. … [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...]

Hazel Bausman Killed in Car Accident

Hazel Bausman Killed in Car Accident

Over the weekend, I found another article regarding the car accident that killed my great-grandmother's sister, Hazel Bausman.  The article was published in the Rockford Republic, Thursday, November 21, 1929, page 2. Transcription of article: Galena Girl Killed in Highway Accident Galena, Nov. 21 - Hazel Bausman, 34, of Scales Mound, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon when the car in which she and Evelyn Stower of Galena were riding, skidded off the highway and overturned. The accident occurred on Grant highway, between here and E. Dubuque. Miss … [Read more...]

Marie Strelesky Surprise Party

Miss Marie Strelesky has a party

I was sleuthing through Google Newspaper Archives, news.google.com/newspapers/ when I found this article published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) regarding a surprise party for my great-grandfather's sister Marie Strelesky.  It was published on Sunday, February 18, 1906, page 2. Article transcription: Miss Marie Strelesky was pleasantly surprised by a number of friends at her home on Saturday evening. Cards and other games were the order of the evening, after which refreshments were served. Those present were: Misses Julia Farkes, Elizabeth Pinch,  … [Read more...]

Obituary: Henry Hicks

Headstone: Henry Hicks Jr

Henry Hicks was the son of Henry Hicks and Hester Jane Ingram, my ggg-grandparents.  He was the brother of my gg-grandmother, Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis.   He was born in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, on March 25, 1845.  He died February 3, 1930, in Warren, Jo Daviess, Illinois. Henry is buried at Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Illinois. His obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on Tuesday, February 4, 1930. Transcription of obituary: Henry Hicks, an aged resident, passed away at his home Tuesday, … [Read more...]

Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer Dies from Injuries Sustained in Car Accident

Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer

Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer was the sister of my gg-grandfather, Leo Bohnsack.  She was born in July of 1894 in Illinois to Carl Herman Bohnsack and Carolina Sophia Wulff.  She was the middle child; my gg-grandfather was the oldest and the youngest was Mary.  She married Alvin Hammer on January 22, 1913.  Alvin and Mabel had six children: Wilbur, Levern, Alta, Viola, Evelyn and Loren. On May 29, 1962, she was injured when her car and a truck collided at a corner stop in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.  She died of her injuries on June 13, 1962.  She's buried in Greenwood … [Read more...]

Obituary: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Obituary: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Alice Theresa (Rafferty) Lightcap was married to Albert "Bert" Lightcap, brother of my great-grandfather Ernest Edward Lightcap.   She lived in Hammond, Indiana, for the last 30 years of her life.  A former resident of North Judson, Indiana, her obituary appeared in the North Judson News on October 27, 1938.  I received this obituary from my mom. Transcription of obituary: The following account of the death of a former North Judson resident, Mrs. A. T. Lightcap, widow of Bert Lightcap, appeared in a Hammond paper during the first week of this month: "Mrs. … [Read more...]

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