1940 Letter from William Passmore Davis

William Passmore Davis Letter, 1940

William Passmore Davis was the son of James T. Davis and Elizabeth Edna Passmore.  William's grandfather Jacob Davis III was a brother of  John B. Davis, my gg-grandfather. William Passmore Davis was born in Marshall county, Iowa on 12 Nov 1881 and died 21 Jul 1959 in Murdo, Jones county, South Dakota.  He married Florence May Coleman, daughter of Eugene Coleman and Emma Weeks on 24 Dec 1907 in Wessington Springs, Jerauld county, South Dakota. A few months ago, I received a letter written in 1940 by William Passmore Davis to his cousin Edith (Wills) Dettmann.  … [Read more...]

Marriage: Carl Alfred Christensen and Edna Mae Lightcap

Marriage: Edna Mae Lightcap and Carl Alfred Christensen

Edna Mae Lightcap married Carl Alfred Christensen on May 18, 1928, in Dewey County, South Dakota.  Edna was born on August 5, 1910, in North Judson, Indiana, to Benjamin and Hulda (Haryu/Haryre) Lightcap.  Edna's father was the brother of my great-grandfather, Ernest Edward Lightcap. … [Read more...]

Schoenhard Relatives?

Isola Lillian Stadel

I found an envelope containing four pictures.  Written on the outside of the envelope was: We think these pictures are some of Uncle Lester's Schoenhard family that live in Belote, Wis. Possibly some of his half sisters family. Also related to Ernie Schoenhard. Betty S. wasn't sure, really didn't get to know them. Uncle Lester used to visit a 1/2 sister named Lillian. We think she married a Stadel. I don't recognize the handwriting, so I'm not sure who gave these photos to my grandmother. There are Schoenhard relatives on my grandfather's side of the family.  I … [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...]

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: 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: William Wulff

Obituary: William Wulff

Below is the obituary for William Wulff, son of Henry Jr and Mary (Bohnhoff) Wulff from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 17 Jul 1934. Transcription of obituary: William Wulff, Leonard, S.D. Elizabeth, Ill., July 17 - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wulff, who reside a few miles north of this city received news Monday of the death of their son, William Wulff, aged 30, at his home in Leonard, S.D., earlier that day. Mr. Wulff had been in poor health for the past several years following a severe attack of influenza but his condition was thought to have been improving only a … [Read more...]

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