Month: April 2011

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.

Obituary: William Wulff

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 week ago. The young man was known in this community, having visited his parents here upon several occasions and having spent a part of the past spring at the parental home. Besides his parents he leaves a widow and two small children, besides other relatives and friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Wulff left Monday afternoon where they will attend the funeral services, which will probably be held on Wednesday. It is expected that burial will be made in that community.

William Deininger Sr Biography

Closeup of Willliam Deininger Sr Headstone

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 track down a cemetery directory?  That’s a perfectly rational idea, but I picked the randomly walking around the cemetery as my first option.

Closeup of Rosina (Heffner) Deininger Headstone

Know what?  It worked.  Lo and behold, it didn’t take long and I stumbled upon Michael Deininger (William’s brother).  Of course, I didn’t know it was Michael since his side was worn off, but I could read “Deininger” and the other two sides of the monument which listed his wife and child’s name.  Then I came across a few other Deiningers, one of them being William Sr and Rosina or “Rosa”.  So random worked! (It also helps that the cemetery isn’t that big.)  I also found some Bohnsacks, Peters, and Blewetts.

In celebration, I thought I’d share my pictures of Wm & Rosina Deininger’s monument, along with his biography from Portraits and Biographical Album for Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, IL  (1889), p. 443-444.  Information on his brother Michael is also in this biography.

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William Deininger, Sr – East Galena Township.

WILLIAM DEININGER is an old settler of East Galena Township, and one of its progressive and successful farmers, having his home on section 28, but owning land on both section 28 and 29. His property consists of seventy-two acres, which he has owned since 1856. When he first got it it was but little improved, but hard labor and good management have brought it to a high state of cultivation; and now, with all the appliances necessary to successful farming, with good farm-buildings and a comfortable residence, it makes a very desirable home.

Our subject was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, Nov. 18, 1822, and comes of a good German family. His father, Anton Deininger, was a farmer, and lived in Wurtemburg; dying there at the age of eighty-two years. His wife, Barbara, also died there at the age of sixty-six. The parents were both members of the Lutheran Church. Our subject was the sixth child of a family of eight children born to his parents, most of whom lived to years of maturity. He and his brother Michael are the only ones who came to the United States. The latter, who emigrated two years after our subject, is now deceased; having died in East Galena Township in 1886.

Monument: William Sr and Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

William Deininger, our subject, was reared and educated in his native country, and was thirty years old at the time of his emigration. He sailed from Liverpool, and after a voyage of thirty-six days arrived at the city of New York, May 5, 1853. He went at once to Pennsylvania, and for two years lived twelve miles from Philadelphia, near Norristown. In 1855 he came to Galena, and there he lived one year before purchasing his farm. While in Pennsylvania, he married Miss Rosa Heffner, also a native of Wurtemburg, born Oct. 16, 1827, and a daughter of Michael and Catherine (Bartlemeyer) Heffner; both natives and residents of Wurtemburg, where they died quite advanced in years. The father was a carpenter by trade, and both were members of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Deininger was the first daughter and second child of her parents, and the only one of the family to come to this country. She and her future husband were neighbors in Wurtemburg, and came to America with him on the same vessel, later being united with him in marriage, as stated above.

Our subject and wife are the parents of five children; all of whom are now living. Their eldest daughter, Barbara, is the wife of John Mensner, living on a farm in Guilford Township, this county; John is a farmer in East Galena Township, and has been twice married; his first wife, Rosa Berger, died leaving three children; and his present wife was Miss Mary Navig; Mary is the wife of Gotlieb Weik, a farmer in East Galena Township; William and Amelia are at home.

A residence of over thirty years in the township has made our subject one of its best-known citizens, and his trustworthy character and correct principles have gained for him the esteem goodwill of his fellow townsmen. He and his sons are all members of the Republican party, and the entire family belong to the Lutheran Church.

Obituary: Vitus Hebenstreit

Vitus Hebenstreit

This obituary is for Vitus Hebenstreit, my maternal ggg-grandfather.  He was born January 6, 1835, in the village of Beverstat, Prussia.  He married Bertha Schafer; together they had five children: Caroline, Andrew, Catherine, and two unidentified children who probably died in infancy. He is buried in Shullsburg, Wisconsin.

His daughter, Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman, was my g-g-grandmother and she was married to Nicholas Bausman Jr.

The picture of Vitus Hebenstreit was received from Kay Wilson, a contact I met through

The obituary is from my mom; there was no citation.

Obituary: Vitus Hebenstreit

Transcription of obituary:

Mr. Vitus Hebenstreet [sic] died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nick Bousman [sic], Scales Mound, Ill., on Wednesday, June 16, 1920. Deceased was born January 6, 1835, in the village of Beverstat, Prussia, was united in marriage to Bertha Shaffer on the 18th day of January, 1857. His wife, together with three children having preceded him to the Great Beyond. Those surviving are Andrew of this city and Mrs. Nicholas Bousman [sic] of Scales Mound, besides twelve grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. He came to U.S. in 1861 direct to Shullsburg where he resided until four years ago when he went to his daughter’s home in Scales Mound where he resided until his death. His death was not unexpected as he has been in poor health for some time.

The funeral was held last Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from St. Matthew’s church in this city. Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery.

Obituary: Nicholas Bausman Jr

Nicholas Bausman Jr

My mom gave me another obituary; she has quite a few in her possession. There is no citation.

This is for Nicholas Bausman Jr, son of Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman.  He was married to Catherine Hebenstreit.

I’m not including a newspaper image.  It’s a bit long and I didn’t feel like manipulating the image into multiple columns.

Transcription of obituary:

Nicholas Bausman was born on December 2, 1855 at Scales Mound, Ill. He was married to Katie Habenstreit [sic] of Shullsburg, Wis., on Jan. 21, 1886. He died on Jan. 12, 1922, at 10:15 in the morning, reaching the age of 66 years, 1 month and 9 days. Mr. Bausman lived in or near Scales Mound, Ill., all of his life except for five years when he lived at Butte City, Mont. He was a man of pleasant disposition and a good neighbor. He leaves to mourn his death, his wife and four daughters, Mrs. Lester Schoenhard of Galena, Ill., Mrs. Percy Davies [sic], Mrs. John Hesselbacher Jr., and Miss Hazel of Scales Mound. His only son, Clarence died in infancy. Three brothers, George of Warren, Ill., Lawrence of Wellsburg, Ia., and Louis of Kassen, Minn. Eleven grandchildren and a host of friends. The funeral was held from the home to the Presbyterian church at 1:30 Saturday afternoon. Rev. H. A. Sinning preached the sermon and was assisted in the service by a quartette of singers, namely, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Rittweger, Mr. J.V. Schoenhard and Miss Lucille Baus. Mrs. Ray Colin presided at the piano.

The relatives and friends from near and far to attend the solemn service were many. Some noticed at the funeral were Mr. Bausman’s brother, George, wife, their son John L. and wife and Mr. Elmer Pausing of Warren. Another brother Mr. L.L. Bausman, wife and son Lynn, of Wellsburg, Iowa, and the other brother, Mr. Louis Bausman of Kasen, Minn., Mrs. Lizzie Steinmetz of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hebenestreit, Mrs. Cecelia Stephan and Mr. Andrew Hebenstreit, Jr. of Shullsburg, Wis. Mr J.V. Zawvar, Mr. J.A. Stephan of Freeport, Mrs. J.C. Varing of Cuba City, Mr. and Mrs. R.V. Stephan and Mr. Frank Hart of Galena; Mrs. C.W. Banworth and son Elizabeth. The floral offerings were many beautiful and mutely testified to the popularity and sorrow experienced by a large circle of friends in the sudden taking away of a greatly respected citizen before many knew of his serious illness. It is a warning friends we should all be prepared for coming of the Ruler that makes no mistakes. For we know not the day or hour that the summons will come to us and it behooves all to be up and doing what we can for the Master and His cause. Mr. Bausman was laid to rest in Scales Mound cemetery. Rev. Sinning conducted the burial service at the graveside. Messrs Ferd Neuschwanger, Simon Distler, George Rittweger, J.W. Baus, Joseph H. Baus and P.R. Stadel, many years genuine friends of the departed casket bearers.