Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty Concert Poster

On February 13, I saw my favorite band in concert when Matchbox Twenty came to Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo on their 'North' tour. "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips opened for them.  I wasn't familiar with Phillips but I enjoyed his performance. His music didn't seem very Idol-like, but it's been years since I've watched the show. As usual, Matchbox Twenty and their lead singer Rob Thomas were AMAZING! Read MLive.com review. It's been ages since Matchbox Twenty has toured.  I'd seen them twice before and Rob Thomas' solo act … [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...]

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