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...]

Lee Bausman and Henry Harms Hit By Train, Die

Lee Bausman and Henry Harms Hit By Train, Die

Another article about the deaths of Lee Bausman and Henry Harms. The car/train accident occurred on 20 November 1919 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. Lee was 29 and Henry was 37. I wish I knew more about Henry Harms. I think he was married with at least six children.  Henry's nephew William Harms married Lee's sister Gladys in 1925. Lee and Gladys were paternal cousins of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman. Transcription of article: TWO KILLED IN WRECK Iowans Hit By Train At Lyle Die At St. Olaf’s Hospital Lee Bausman and Henry … [Read more...]

Death of Lee Bausman and Henry Harms

Lee Lincoln Bausman

I posted Lawrence Lincoln Bausman's obituary a couple of days ago.  The next few posts will deal with the death of his son, Lee Lincoln Bausman.  Lee died after the car, driven by Henry Harms, was struck by a train.  The car/train accident occurred on 20 November 1919 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. Lee served in the front line trenches in World War I, stationed in France in the 64th Machine Gun Company of the 7th Division.  He was 29 when he died. Transcription of article: LEE BAUSMAN AND HENRY HARMS DIE OF INJURIES Their Auto Struck by Milwaukee … [Read more...]

Lawrence Lincoln Bausman

Lawrence Bausman and Minnie Benz 1886 wedding

Lawrence Lincoln Bausman was a younger brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr, my maternal grandfather’s grandfather. Lawrence was the eighth of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman. I learned quite a bit about Lawrence after meeting his granddaughter when I visited Steamboat Rock, Iowa. Lawrence was born 31 January 1862 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, Illinois. He married Wilhelmina "Minnie" Benz, daughter of Mathias and  Maria Rosina Margaretha (Eberlein) Benz, on 01 July 1886 in Pleasant Valley, Grundy County, Iowa.  Minnie was born 14 … [Read more...]

Bertha Galpin or Wizard of Oz Villian? You decide

Bertha Galpin

A fun picture to enjoy on a Friday. I love this picture because Bertha Galpin reminds me of Miss Almira Gulch - the mean lady who wants Toto destroyed -  from The Wizard of Oz (1939 film). It's the bike that brings the comparison to mind.  All that's missing are baskets for the front and back. Bertha is not a relative of mine, but she was a friend to the Bausmans.  The photo is kept in a beautiful antique Bausman photo album. Written on back of photo: Bertha Galpin, no relation. Neighbor & Friend of the Bausmans. Photo taken at Byerly in Parkersburg, Iowa. … [Read more...]

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 5 of 6

(adults, left to right) Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, Jack Strelesky, Burt MacDonough, Norma (Sanders) MacDonough; (kids) Herbert and Alice Strelesky

When the family moved from Dubuque to Omaha our mother [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] was very homesick and lonely for the Sanders family. Grandma Sanders [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders], her mother, sent Aunt Norma to Omaha to keep our mother company. As a young adult she was quite different from the person she later became. She was very popular, had many friends, and got along with our dad [Jack Strelesky]. She got an excellent position with the telephone company as night chief operator. As a result any courting that was done by her boyfriends had to be done in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky was the daughter of John Strelesky and Ernestine Sanders.  She was a sister of my grandmother, Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap.  Marjorie was born in Sheridan, Sheridan Co, Wyoming, February 26, 1919.  She died January 15, 2001, in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, Iowa. Interment made at Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. Her obituary published in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City) on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 . Transcription of obituary: Marjorie Strelesky , 81, of Silver Pines Assisted Living Community, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Mercy Medical Center … [Read more...]

Obituary: Alvin E. Sanders

Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders, brother of my great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born on March 12, 1896, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. His parents were Ernest Vincent Sanders and Mary Francis Josephine Uhlrich. Alvin married Genevieve M Duccini about 1928. They had six children: Alvin, Richard, Thomas, Mary Margaret, Alice, and John. Alvin died August 25, 1956, in Racine, Racine Co, Wisconsin. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Racine. His obituary appeared in the Racine Journal Times on August 25, 1956. Transcription of obituary: SANDERS, ALVIN … [Read more...]

Obituary: Marie (Strelesky) Smith

Obituary: Marie (Strelesky) Smith

Marie (Strelesky) Smith was the daughter of Frank Strelesky and Fannie Hainey, and an older sister of my great-grandfather John Joseph Strelesky. She was born March 27, 1877, in Mineral Point, Iowa county, Wisconsin.  She died August 21, 1942, in Dubuque, Dubuque county, Iowa. She married Theodore M. Smith in Sioux City, Iowa, on November 23, 1911. They had three children: Alexander, Leonard and Marcella. She is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  Her obituary appeared in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) on Friday, August 21, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Gary George Lightcap

Gary Lightcap

Gary George Lightcap was the infant son of my grandparents, Wally and Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, and older brother of my dad. Gary was born on April 7, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, and died on April 23, 1946. He passed at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, one of several babies who died due to an illness that spread through the nursery. He is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, next to his grandparents John Joseph and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky. Transcription of obituary: GARY GEORGE LIGHTCAP Funeral services for Gary George Lightcap, 1250 W. Fifth street, … [Read more...]

Funeral: Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders

Funeral: Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders

Mary Francis Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders, my gg-grandmother,  died in Dubuque, Iowa, on January 12, 1935.  Josephine, born September 28, 1859 in Rock Island, Illinois, was the oldest of eight children.  Her parents were Francis Joseph and Theresa (Heid) Uhlrich. Josephine married Ernest Vincent Sanders on October 28, 1886, in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.  They had eight children, four of whom preceded her in death including my great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky.  Ernest died in 1928.  Funeral services for Josephine were held on Monday, January 14, 1935, … [Read more...]

Death: Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

My great-grandmother, Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, died of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, during the Spanish flu pandemic. She was pregnant when she died in Sheridan, Wyoming, on February 5, 1920.  She was 32.  Ernestine is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. Ernestine was born in Galena, Jo Daviess co, Illinois, on November 20, 1887, to Ernest and Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.  She was the oldest of eight children. A Roman Catholic priest married Ernestine and Jack Strelesky in Dubuque, Iowa, on September 19, 1906.  They had four … [Read more...]

Obituary: Laban Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban Davis was an older brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Laban was born October 12, 1873, in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois, to John B. and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  He was the third of six children. On November 23, 1915, he married Gladys Cecelia Ray in Dubuque, Iowa.  She was a mail-order bride. Gladys died during childbirth on October 24, 1917, in Dubuque.  The unnamed baby girl passed away a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Citizen's Cemetery, also known as Scales Mound Township Cemetery. Laban discovered his … [Read more...]

Marriage: Amelia Strelesky and James Arthur Moore

Marriage: James Arthur Moore and Amelia Strelesky

Amelia "Millie" Strelesky was a younger sister to my great-grandfather, John Joseph "Jack" Strelesky. Millie was born July 1883 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.  She was the fifth of eight children born to Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky.  Millie married James Arthur Moore on May 21, 1907, at Superior, Douglas Co, Wisconsin.  They had two children: Dorothy and Albert.  According to letter written by my grandmother's sister, Alice (Strelesky) Humphrey, Millie and James divorced and she raised the children by herself. Here is the transcribed information from the … [Read more...]

Marriage: Mildred Berryman and James Horan

Marriage: John Horan and Mildred Berryman

Grandma Davis was a collector of newspaper articles about family members and people that she knew.  Thank goodness for that - these gatherings have provided invaluable guidance for me while researching my family history. The marriage announcement of Mildred Berryman and James Horan was found with other newspaper articles in my grandmother's collection.  There is no familial relationship, that I know of, between my family and John and Mildred Horan. I believe my grandma had this article because it references Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Gummow, uncle and aunt of the bride.  … [Read more...]

Biography: George Lightcap

Pictorial and biographical record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke counties, Indiana (1894)

George Lightcap is my gg-grandfather and the son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap.  A biography of George was published in the "Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana" published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago (1894), p. 443-445. -- GEORGE LIGHTCAP. To our noble pushing hard-working business men is due the great prosperity, wealth and advancement of Starke County, Indiana. To their zeal, energy and integrity will its future greatness be indebted, as it has been in the past and among those names of … [Read more...]

Obituary: Albert Wallace “Wally” Lightcap

Albert Wallace Lightcap

My grandfather, Albert Wallace Lightcap, was born in McIntosh, South Dakota on September 15, 1914 to Ernest and Henrietta (Doose) Lightcap.  He had one brother, Paul.  Wally died in Dubuque, Iowa in 1975. He married Eunice Strelesky in 1936.  Together they had seven boys: Tom, Bill, Ted, Gary, Greg, Jack, and Joel.  Gary died in infancy. His obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on November 16, 1975. Transcription of obituary: Entered Into Eternal Rest Thursday, Nov. 13, 1975 A.W. Lightcap Services for A.W. “Wally” … [Read more...]

Cemeteries

I've added cemetery pages for Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson, Indiana Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa There are Lightcaps buried in all three of these cemeteries.  In addition to Lightcaps, family names at Mount Calvary include Strelesky, Sanders, Uhlrich, and Heitz.  Linwood Cemetery has Uhlrich, Hatzenbuhler, Hornung, and Woodward. All the people buried in these cemeteries are relatives on my dad's side of the family. … [Read more...]

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

My great-grandfather, John J Strelesky, of the Edes Robe Tanning Co. came from the home office in Dubuque, Iowa, and opened an office in South Omaha, Nebraska. An article was published in the Omaha World Herald on December 5, 1909 discussing the new venture. Transcription of article: Edes Robe Tranning Co. Locates at South Omaha John J. Strelesky of the Edes Robe Tanning company, who comes from the home plant at Dubuque, has secured an office at 2415 Q street, South Omaha, and will take orders there this winter. He will open a branch factory next … [Read more...]

Streletzkys from Dubuque, Iowa

I've been researching my grandmother Eunice Strelesky ancestors and I've come across a family with the last name of Streletzky living in Dubuque, Iowa.  While my grandmother wasn't born in Dubuque, she grew up there.  Since Strelesky is not a common name, I've wondered if there could be a connection between the families.  I believe if the families are related, the lineage connection would probably be between Frank Strelesky, my grandmother's grandfather, and John Streletzky (married to Margaretha Giesler/Margaret Geisen).  I think it's highly possible that they were … [Read more...]

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