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...]

Miss Mary Beard

Miss Mary Beard Letter from Co. A, 8th O.V. Infantry

While researching the Lightcaps, I came across an article where Miss Mary Beard received $53.50 from members of Company A, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Both my ggg-grandfather's brother Isaac Bateman Lightcap (also know as The Bigamist) and nephew James Sanford Lightcap served in that unit and contributed.  I don't know why they sent money. Using The Inflation Calculator $53.50 in 1862 would be worth $1212.78 today. The letter refers to her as a "Daughter of the 8th" and that the money is a small token of regard. Unfortunately, there is no context to the letter. … [Read more...]

Aaron Leightcap / Lightcap

Marriage: Aaron Leightcap and Mary Messer

My paternal 4th great-grandfather was John Lightcap (abt 1778 - aft 1864), husband of Mary Chamberlin. Identifying his parents has proven frustratingly difficult. There is no proof of parentage, only supposition. So I'm tackling the problem from another direction and researching other Lightcap families in the surrounding area near his place of birth.  John was either born in Pennsylvania or New Jersey (records vary), **probably** in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or Hunterdon County, New Jersey. My research uncovered a man named Aaron Leightcap/Lightcap (1817-1900).  I … [Read more...]

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...]

Babies Dying and It Doesn’t Make the Papers!

Gary Lightcap

Research blocks stink!  And I've hit one! What I thought would be easy research has turned into a decidedly frustrating endeavor.  I'm looking for information on the death of my father's infant brother, Gary. In April 1946, my grandmother gave birth to her fourth child and son, Gary, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. He died after 16 days. I've always been told Gary died due to "bad water" at Mercy Hospital. He wasn't the only one either; according to family members a "bunch of babies" died.  How many is a bunch? Between 15 and 20; otherwise … [Read more...]

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