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...]

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...]

Iran Hostage from Scales Mound, Illinois

Col. Leland Holland welcomed home to Scales Mound

Since Argo won best picture on Sunday night's Academy Awards, I've been thinking about Colonel Leland James Holland.  He wasn't rescued; he was one of the 52 held for 444 days in Tehran. Col. Holland was a native of Scales Mound, Illinois, a town of less than 350 people. For anyone who regularly reads my posts, you may remember that my mother, maternal grandparents and great-grandparents also hail from Scales Mound. During the hostage crisis, I was in grade school at Platteville, Wisconsin; I remember the never-ending count of days which occurred on the news every … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Jo Daviess County, Illinois Will Records, 1829-1926

I recently discovered at FamilySearch.org the Will Records for Jo Daviess County, Illinois,  1829-1926.  It's part of the Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, collection.   I started going through the books individually looking for relatives' wills.  I've found about 20, but searching is a pain since the wills haven't been indexed.  Fortunately, all but one of the books have a list of names in the first few pages of the books.  The images quality is great.  To make my search easier, since I know I'll need it in the future, I started a spreadsheet which lists the names … [Read more...]

Biography: Holoway W. Lightcap

Holoway W. Lightcap

Holoway W. Lightcap is the son of John Lightcap and Mary Chamberlin, my gggg-grandparents.  He was born on October 7, 1826, in Milford, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey. He married Ellen Miriam Westgate, daughter of Mose Weld Westgate and Alice Brooks, on August 9, 1849, in Republic, Seneca Co, Ohio. Holoway served in the Civil War as Quartermaster for 85th Regiment, Illinois infantry, Company F & S (Field & Staff). He mustered in December 1, 1861. Commissioned an officer in Company S, Illinois 85th Infantry Regiment on March 13, 1863. Holoway mustered out on July … [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...]

Obituary: Martha (Karberg) Schmidt

Obituary: Martha (Karberg) Schmidt

Obituary for Martha (Karberg) Schmidt, daughter of John and Wilhelmine "Minnie" (Bohnsack) Karberg. Martha was born on October 8, 1889, in Thompson Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. She died May 30, 1970, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess, Illinois. Interment made at Elizabeth Cemetery in Elizabeth. Obituary published in Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday June 1, 1970. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Allen Schmidt Elizabeth - Mrs. Allen (Matha) Schmidt of Elizabeth died Saturday night in Galena Hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Schmidt, a lifelong Jo … [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...]

Biography: John Deininger

Headstone: John, Mary & Rosie Deininger

John Deininger was the brother of my great-great grandfather, William Deininger Jr. His biography appeared in Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889, page 626-627. ----------------------------------------- JOHN DEININGER. A snug farm of seventy acres lying on section 28 in East Galena Township comprises the well-regulated homestead of the subject of this sketch. Upon it there are good improvements, comprising a neat and substantial residence, fruit and shade trees, a barn and various other outhouses required for the … [Read more...]

Death: Anna Marie Wulff

Anna Wulff

Anna Marie Wulff was the sister of my great-great grandmother Carolina "Lena" Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack. She was born on June 20, 1875, in Mecklenburg, Germany, to Henry John Wulff Sr  and Maria Sophia Schumacher. The family immigrated to the United states about 1883. Besides Lena, Anna's other sibling was Henry Jr.  Anna was the youngest of the three. Anna never married. Anna died on May 30, 1952, in Hazel Green, Grant County, Wisconsin. Interment made in Schapville, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, at Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery. Anna's obituary was … [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...]

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...]

Obituary: Hester Jane (Ingram) Hicks

Headstone Closeup: Hester Jane (Ingram) Hicks, wife of Henry Hicks Sr

My ggg-grandmother Hester Jane (Ingram) Hicks was born in Crowan, Cornwall, England in 1822, and died on October 24, 1889, in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. When she was 20 years old, she married Henry Hicks. The marriage took place in Cornwall, England, on March 28, 1842.   According to her son Alfred's biography published in The History of the Yakima Valley, Washington, Comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties (1919) V.II, page 645: "They were married in their native country and their wedding journey consisted of a trip to the United States. Making … [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...]

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...]

Marriage: Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap marriage celebration

Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap are my grandparents, and figuring out their correct marriage date has been challenging. Both my dad and Uncle Bill told me that their parents married in December 1935.  I used that date since, as their sons, they should know. Then I stumbled upon an announcement published April 14, 1936, in The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) saying they married January 4, 1936.  Aha! December 1935 or January 1936 - close enough.  I assumed that Dad and Uncle Bill had been mistaken.  Odd that BOTH of them remembered the wrong date, but … [Read more...]

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