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...]

Scales Mound High School, Class of 1933

Scales Mound Class of 1933

This is a picture of my grandfather Stanley "Spud" Davis' high school graduation class.  He graduated from Scales Mound High School, Scales Mound, Illinois, in 1933. The Scales Mound Class of 1933 had eleven graduates. The photograph includes the graduates and the superintendent, W.D. Stephenson. Written on the back of photo: Stanley P. Davis Kenneth C. Hickman Helen Marie Bastian Hutchison Lloyd W. Cousins (salutatorian) Henry A. Fellenzer Mary Genevieve Sampson Bartell Ida Francis Paquette Smart Helen May Edge Rhemstedt (valedictorian) Mary … [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...]

Obituary for Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys Cecilia (Ray) Davis was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy. Gladys was 21 years old when she died in childbirth at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa.  Her baby girl died a few days later.  The baby was not named. Mother and baby are buried together at Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Her obituary was published in The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) on  Wednesday, Oct 24, 1917.  Obituary incorrectly states she died on October 23. She died on Oct 24. Transcription of … [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...]

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...]

Biography: Alfred Hicks

Biography: Alfred Hicks

The biography of Alfred Hicks was published in The History of the Yakima Valley, Washington, comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties by the S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. (1919) Volume II, page 645.   Alfred Hicks was the son of Henry and Hester (Ingram) Hicks, and the youngest brother of my gg-grandmother Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis. --- ALFRED HICKS. Alfred Hicks, one of the prominent orchardists in the vicinity of Grandview, having thirty acres planted to apples, has readily adapted himself to conditions and opportunities of the northwest and through … [Read more...]

Percy Davis Public Sale

Percy Davis - Public Sale

On December 21, 1937, my great-grandfather Percy Davis retired from farming and held a public sale.  The sale was held on the farm of his mother-in-law, Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman. I found the poster advertising the sale while looking through pictures at my grandma's house. Transcription of advertisement: Percy Davis' Closing Out Sale! As I intend to quite farming I will sell the following described property at public sale on what is known as the Nick Bausman farm, located 2.5 mi. southwest of Scales Mound, on the Galena-Scales Mound road, on Tuesday, … [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...]

Obituary: Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman

Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman

Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman was my gg-grandmother. She was born December 23, 1863, in Shullsburg, Wisconsin to Vitus and Bertha (Schafer) Hebenstreit. She had four siblings, two  identified: Andrew and Anna Caroline.  I assume her other siblings died in infancy.  Until reading Vitus Hebenstreit's obituary, I was unaware of these children. Catherine married Nicholas Bausman Jr on January 26, 1886, at St. Matthew's Parsonage in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. She spent her married life in Scales Mound, Illinois, and they raised five children: Gertrude, Clement, Pearl, … [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: Nicholas Bausman Sr

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

Nicholas Bausman Sr's of Guilford Township, Illinois, appeared in the "Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois" (1889), p. 444. Nicholas Sr. was my ggg-grandfather and was married to Mary Casper.  He died in 1907; he was buried on their land, near Scales Mound, Illinois. Enjoy his biography! Nicholas Bausman Sr. In the person of this highly esteemed German citizen of Guilford Township we have the perfect type of the industrious, honest, and economical farmer. He is one of the pioneers of this county, and by the opening up … [Read more...]

Obituary: George John Bausman

Obituary: George John Bausman

Obituary announcement for George J. Bausman.  He was the son of George and Rachel (Miller) Bausman.  His obituary was published in Freeport Journal-Standard on Monday, February 20, 1956. Transcription of obituary: GEORGE J. BAUSMAN WARREN—George Bausman, 70, died early this morning at his home. He was an employe of the Savanna Ordnance Depot until his retirement last year. Mr. Bausman was born in November 1885 at Scales Mound, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bausman. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Surviving are four sons, Earl, … [Read more...]

Obituary: George Bausman

Obituary: George Bausman

George Bausman was the son of Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman, and the brother of my g-g-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Jr.  George died on December 26, 1922, in Warren, Illinois.  I have no citation information for this obituary. Transcription of obituary: George Bausman was born in Guilford township, Jo Daviess county, Ill., on Sept 5th, 1857, and passed away at Warren, on Tuesday, December 26, 1922. He is survived by the widow and five children. He was married February 21st, 1882, to Miss Rachel Miller, of Guilford township. To this union were born … [Read more...]

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: 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...]

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...]

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