Met a cousin back in Galena

Johann J.H. Bohnsack headstone in Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery

While I was visiting my grandmother in Scales Mound Illinois, I decided to make a stop at the courthouse in Galena.  I wanted get a few death certificates since a couple weeks ago, I found my great-grandfather's, Carl Herman Bohnsack, obituary and was thrown for a loop.  But that's a story for another time... While picking up the death certificate, I met a cousin.  She was the deputy at the records office in the courthouse.  Her grandmother was Mary Anna Johanna Bohnsack Brandt, the youngest sister of Leo Bohnsack my great grandfather.  What a small world!  Of … [Read more...]

Obituary: Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack

Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack

My mom recently lent me some binders filled with genealogical information.  In them, I  was excited to find my great-grandmother's obituary.  She was the wife of Leo Bohnsack and my mom's grandmother. Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack died before I was born, but my mom has always spoken very warmly of her.  Mom said Minnie was the sweetest lady, made the best bread, and spoke with a heavy German accent.  I find the fact that Minnie had an accent interesting since she was born in Galena, Illinois.  Her parents were German, and Mom remembers that as a child everyone spoke … [Read more...]

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