Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Here is the obituary for Herbert Hickman, my great-grandmother Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman's second husband.  His obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on June 14, 1976. Transcription of obituary: Herbert Hickman SCALES MOUND - Funeral service for Herbert Hickman of Scales Mound, who died Friday in Cuba City (Wis.) Medical Center, was held this afternoon at First Presbyterian Church, Galena.  He was 87. Burial was in Scales Mound Township Cemetery.  Steinke Funeral Home, Galena, was in charge of arrangements. Surviving are two … [Read more...]

Inquest Results/Coroner’s Jury re: Hazel Bausman’s death in car accident

Hazel Bausman

Hazel Bausman, daughter of Nicholas Jr. and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman, and a sister of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman.  Her other siblings were Gertrude, Clement, Pearl and Viola. Hazel died on November 20, 1929, in a car accident.  Hazel is buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery, Scales Mound, Illinois. While perusing some of my mom's genealogy binders, I found this article that discusses the car accident and the inquest that followed. There was no citation, but it was probably published in the Galena paper. Transcription … [Read more...]

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

This obituary is for Benjamin Blewett, son of John Blewett and Margaret Brookens. He was born May 20, 1845, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess  Co, Illinois, the fourth of six children.  He married Rose Stephens and they had a son Benjamin. He died October 21, 1928, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess co, Illinois. He was killed by a bullet through the brain.  His death was ruled a suicide, but it was suspicious since there was two bullet casings. Interment made at Oakwood Cemetery in Elizabeth. Obituary from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 26 Oct 1928, page … [Read more...]

Obituary: Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman

Viola Edith (Bausman) Davis

I have several obituaries for my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman.  She was the daughter of Nicholas Jr and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman.  Her first husband, Percy Davis, was my great-grandfather.  She married her second husband, Herb Hickman, in 1956 at age 63. Viola died January 20, 1974, in Cuba City, Wisconsin.  She's buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery (also referred to as Citizens Cemetery) in Scales Mound, Illinois. I received this obituary from mom.  The citation is not known. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Herbert … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Below is an obituary for Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra, daughter of John and Rosa (Berger) Deininger.  Edward Deininger was her half-brother. The obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 15 May 1964, page 6. Transcript of obituary: Mrs. Carrie Stienstra GALENA - Mrs. Cornelius (Carrie) Steinstra died Thursday afternoon in the hospital here. She was born Nov. 26, 1879, in East Galena Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Deininger. She was married March 29, 1910, to Cornelius Stienstra. Her husband died in 1946. Survivors … [Read more...]

Obituary: Edgar Deininger

Headstone: Edgar Deininger Family

This is the obituary for Edgar Deininger, son of John and Mary (Nadig) Deininger. Originally published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 27 Feb 1959, page 6.  Edgar is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois, with his wife and son. Transcription of obituary: Edgar Deininger GALENA - A  lifelong resident of East Galena, Edgar A. Deininger died Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a Hazel Green hospital. He was the son of John and Mary Deininger and was born in East Galena June 28, 1886, on the farm where he lived his entire life. Surviving are his … [Read more...]

Death Notice: Percival Leland Davis

Percy Davis

Below are two death notices for Percival Leland Davis, my great-grandfather.  Percy married Viola Bausman. Their son, Stanley, was my grandfather. The first notice appeared on page 3 of the Galena Daily Gazette, Friday evening edition, on April 16, 1943.  (I do not have an image.) Percy Davis Passes Away Suddenly at Scales Mound Percy Davis, 56, died suddenly at his home in Scales Mound about 9:30 Thursday evening. He and his wife were retired from the farm and have been making their home at Scales Mound for the past several years. Mr. Davis was well-known in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard

Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard

Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard was the daughter of Nicholas Jr and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman and a sister to my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman. I don't really know anything about Gertrude or her family, except that my grandfather, Stanley Davis, enjoyed visiting his South Dakota cousins.  I've seen a few pictures from those visits! Her obituary appeared in the Daily Republic in Mitchell, South Dakota on Thursday, July 10, 1969. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Schoenhard Rites at Presho Presho – Funeral services for Mrs. Lester … [Read more...]

Obituary: Blanche (Payne) Lightcap

Headstone: Blanche Payne

Blanche Payne was the first wife of  my great-grandfather, Ernest Lightcap.  They married January 2, 1900.  She was 19; he was 20.  She died of Bright's disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases, when she was 23.  They had no children. Until I started researching my family history, there was always some confusion over how many wives Ernest had (3) or who was the mother of his children (Henrietta Doose).  He only had two children, so I can't understand why there was confusion over this.  (It wasn't like he dropped his children off after Henrietta died … [Read more...]

Obituary: Frank J Uhlrich

Frank J Uhlrich. Photo courtesy: H. Scott Wolfe.

Below is the obituary for my g-g-g-grandfather, Francis J. Uhlrich.  It was published in the Dubuque Times Journal on January 8, 1915.  I received both the image and obituary from H. Scott Wolfe.  (Actually, I cropped this image to show only Frank, but you get the idea.) FRANK J. UHLRICH DIES AT FOUR SCORE HIGHLY RESPECTED CITIZEN IS CALLED AFTER LONG AND USEFUL LIFE Death claimed Frank J. Uhlrich, a highly respected resident of Dubuque, on Thursday at 11 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Hatzenbuehler, 60 Edison Street. For the past five weeks … [Read more...]

William Deininger Sr Biography

Headstone Closeup: Willliam Deininger Sr

When I was visiting my grandmother in Galena, Illinois, one of the places we went was Greenwood Cemetery.  We always visit her parents and grandparents  in their eternal resting place.  Grandma had mentioned several years ago that there were Deiningers buried in the older section of  Greenwood, but she couldn't remember where. Well, after visiting the cemetery with my grandma and parents, I decided to return with my camera and see if I could stumble upon any lost family members, specifically William Deininger Sr.  Of course, you might be thinking, why not try to … [Read more...]

Obituary: Dorothea Marie (Bohnsack) Studier

Obituary: Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

This obituary is for Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Wednesday, 13 Sept 1944, page 1.  She was the sister of my g-g-grandfather, Carl Herman Bohnsack. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. William A. Studier Galena, Ill., Sept. 13.—Mrs. William A. Studier passed away Tuesday morning at 2:30 in Thompson township at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Schultz, with whom she was visiting. She had been ill three days. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ollie Dittmar, in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Nicholas John Bausman

Obituary: Nicholas John Bausman

Obituary for Nicholas John Bausman, son of George and Rachel (Miller) Bausman. Nicholas John's father, George, was a brother to my g-g-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Jr. I received a copy of this obit from my mom; I do not have a citation. Transcription of obituary: NICHOLAS BAUSMAN Warren, Ill., - Final rites for Nicholas Bausman, 68, were at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bartell funeral home in Warren. The Rev. O.E. Mall, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church, officiated. Burial was in Elmwood cemetery. Bausman died Friday at his home in Shabbona, Ill. … [Read more...]

Inquest results on William Davis’ suicide

Inquest: William Davis

My g-g-grandfather, John B. Davis, committed suicide in 1913 by hanging himself in his barn.  His suicide was something that wasn't discussed because it upset my grandfather.  Until I read this article I didn't realize that 30 years earlier - in 1883 -  that John, along with his son Alvin, cut down the body of his nephew, William Davis.  William was suffering from a painful illness and hung himself.  William's parents were John's brother Jacob and Jane (Moyle). (Making William my 1st cousin, 3x removed.) I imagine that cutting down the body of his nephew would have … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carl Herman Bohnsack

Carl Herman Bohnsack

Below is the obituary for Carl Herman Bohnsack, husband of Carolina Sophia "Lena" (Wulff), and my great-great grandfather. It was published in in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, 26 Feb 1940, page 14. Note:  In C. Herman's obituary and certificate of death, Joachim Bohnsack is listed as the name of C. Herman's father; however,  the name on his father's headstone is Johann J.H. Bohnsack.  Most likely, his full name was Johann Joachim Hermann (or Henry) Bohnsack.  C. Herman's father is NOT the Joachim Bohnsack buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena.  That is … [Read more...]

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...]

Discovery: Picture of Lawrence Bausman Family?

Studio:  J.H. Woods; Beatrice, Nebraska

Last week, I went back to Scales Mound Illinois to visit my grandmother.  My grandma has my great-grandmother's, Viola Bausman Davis,  photo collection.  I thought I'd seen all the photos, but I was wrong! I discovered beneath several boxes of photos this gem.  And when I say beneath several boxes, I mean that literally.  It was the only item in a brown paper sack with about 10 boxes of photos sitting on top of it.  No wonder I missed it when I looked at those photos over the past 15 years. Isn't it lovely?  On the back is written "think this is Lawrence … [Read more...]

Obituary: Henry John Wulff Sr

Mary Bohnhoff Wulff Obituary

I was researching Henry Wulff Sr, who is my 3rd great grandfather. He was born in Germany and died in Schapville, Illinois.  His wife was Maria Sophia Schumacher and they had three children, Carolina Sophia, Henry Jr., and Anna Marie. I found this obituary in the Freeport Journal-Standard. It was published January 3, 1929. Transcription of obituary: Elizabeth, Ill., Jan. 2 - Funeral services were conducted at Schapville, a few miles north of this city, on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at the Schapville Lutheran church at the Schapville Lutheran church … [Read more...]

Family History

I’ve been researching my family history for about 10 years, give or take.  About 5 years ago, I gave up using software that needed to be installed on a computer. Instead I use ancestry.com’s system.  It allows for me to collaborate with my mom about research and let other family members look at it.  If it was only on my computer, I would not have the collaborative opportunity.  Whether this is  a good or bad thing is open to debate. Anyway, one of the drawbacks to using a proprietary system like ancestry.com is that those who are not subscribers cannot access … [Read more...]

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