Month: September 2011

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.

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

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 summer.

Already the Edes company has a large trade in the west, but it wishes to enlarge it and to avoid the heavy freight charges between Dubuque and the west. It does not buy the hides and furs it makes into lap robes and garments. Instead, it avoids tying up so much money in stock. It deals direct with its customers, and does business as a custom tailor would. The farmer, stock grower or hunter brings his hides or skins to the Edes company to be tanned or dressed and made up into lap robes or coats or caps or fur garments, including ladies’ furs, mittens and rugs. Incidentally the company mounts birds and deer heads and fur animals.

Oath of Allegiance: Valentine Schoenhard

I found a xerox copy of the Oath of Allegiance for Valentine Schoenhard in my grandparents’ original edition of “History of Jo Daviess County, …” (1878).  Valentine took the Oath of Allegiance in New York, New York on October 25, 1853. My grandfather‘s aunt Gertrude (Bausman) married Lester Harvey Schoenhard.  (Valentine Schoenhard was Lester’s grandfather.)

Oath of Allegiance: Valentine Schoenhard, page 1
Oath of Allegiance: Valentine Schoenhard, page 2

Obituary: Samuel Brooks

Samuel Brooks was married to Mary Jane Lightcap, the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Mary Jane died in 1877, and in September 1878 he married Mary Wiest.  His obituary was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune on January 20, 1914.


Samuel Brooks

Melmore has been called to mourn the loss of one of her highly esteemed citizens, Samuel J. Brooks, who died Thursday, January 15, 1914. Mr. Brooks was born April 7, 1833, near Auburn, N. Y., and came with his parents to Seneca county, the family settling near Swander. He had been a resident of Melmore over sixty years. He was married to Mary J. Lightcap, December 28, 1853, and to this union were born ten children of whom four are living: William Brooks, of Shephard, Michigan; Mrs. Jane Leiby, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Harry B. Brooks, of Tiffin, and Mrs. George H. Parker, of Dayton. Mr. Books was a Civil War veteran and was a member of the 164th regiment O.V. I. His wife departed this life in 1877, and in September, 1878, he was married to Mrs. Mary A. Wiest and to this union were born two children: Ed. R. Brooks and Mrs. Cyrus Everingim, both of Tiffin. He leaves to mourn his departure, a brother, William Brooks, of Edison, O., and a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Leach, of Tiffin. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Saturday, at 10 o’clock, Rev. Martin Weaver officiating. Interment was made at Rock Creek cemetery.

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 brothers, but as of now, I have not been able to find a record that links that families.

Check out my Streletzky research.

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration: Albert and Lucy Lightcap

I stumbled upon this newspaper article celebrating the wedding anniversary of Albert and Lucy (Waggoner) Lightcap.  Albert’s parents were Robert and Lucretia Lightcap.  Robert was the brother of my g-g-g-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Albert was born in Fremont, Ohio, but spent a majority of his life in Michigan.  The Flint Daily Journal on Wednesday, August 16, 1916, published this article celebrating Albert and Lucy’s golden anniversary.

Albert Lightcap 50th Wedding Celebration

Transcription of article:
Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Lightcap

Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Lightcap of 922 North Saginaw street celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last evening by entertaining 25 relatives and friends who extended congratulations upon the happy occasion. The house was decorated throughout in goldenrod, asters and roses.  The bride and groom of 50 years ago stood in the living room at the entrance of a gold bower and the marriage ceremony was performed again by Rev. G.W. Olmstead, pastor of the Garland street church. The bride was attired in white and her two great-grandchildren, Georgie and Marian Huston, carried the ring on a gold tray. During the ceremony and the reception that followed, Prof. Pierson was at the piano.

A chicken supper was served in the dining room at a long table adorned with a yellow fruit centerpiece and bouquets of asters and roses. The souvenirs were the invitation cards tied with yellow ribbon and the favors were gold baskets, nut-filled for the occasion.

Four generations were represented, Mr. and Mrs. Lightcap and their children, Mrs. George Huston and two children of Kansas City, Kansas, and her son Theodore Huston and children; Mrs. John Washburn of Jackson, Mrs. John Pierson and Massan Pierson of Milford were other out-of-town guests. During the evening Miss Nettie Huston served punch in the reception hall.

Albert Lightcap was born in Fremont, O., in 1845 and at the age of 18 years enlisted in the 38th Ohio regiment. He saw service in the Civil war from 1861 to 1865. He was married to Lucy Eveline Wagner [sic] of Ottawa, O., and came to Michigan in 1867, settling in Detroit. Mrs. Lightcap is a Michigan girl and was born in Detroit in 1845. After living in Detroit they moved to Jackson where they remained until nine years ago when they came to Flint. Mr. Lightcap was a carriage maker and since coming to Flint from Jackson has been employed in Buick factory No. 4 where he is styled by his fellow workers as “The Old Man of the Buick,” having been employed in that factory longer than any of the other men except the superintendent.

Mr. and Mrs. Lightcap are both in excellent health. They received many gifts in memory of the occasion.