Category: Mom’s Side

Charles Bausman Update!

Back in January, I posted a brief bio on Charles Bausman, the brother of Nicholas Bausman Jr.  (Nicholas was my maternal grandfather’s grandfather.)  Since then I’ve learned a bit more. … Continue reading Charles Bausman Update!


Bausman Girls

Bausman Girls
Bausman Girls

These are the daughters of Nicholas Jr. and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman. From left to right, standing are Pearl, Gertrude and Viola.  Hazel is sitting. Viola was my maternal grandfather’s mother.

I believe the photo was taken about 1898 or 1899 since Gertrude (the oldest) was born in 1887, Pearl in 1890, Viola in 1893, and Hazel in November 1896.

I shot this photo when I visited Steamboat Rock, Iowa, in June 2012.  When my mom saw the picture, she immediately recognized her grandmother Viola, saying it looked just like her.

Pearl Bausman Hesselbacher

I’ve learned many things while focusing my research on the Bausmans over the past few weeks.  One of them is that I’ve never posted about Pearl (Bausman) Hesselbacher, a sister … Continue reading Pearl Bausman Hesselbacher


Hazel Bausman With Her Pleasant Valley Relatives

Hazel Bausman was a sister of Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, my maternal grandfather’s mother. Hazel enjoyed photography, and took these shots at her uncle Lawrence Lincoln Bausman’s farm in Pleasant … Continue reading Hazel Bausman With Her Pleasant Valley Relatives


Iva (Bausman) Leverton Killed in Car Accident

Because of a reader’s response on a previous post, I remembered an article I read about the death of Iva (Bausman) Leverton. It was found in the genealogy files belonging to Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard, a cousin of Iva’s and my maternal grandfather’s aunt.  The accident sounds pretty horrific.

There is no citation to the article.

Iva (Bausman) Leverton Car Accident
Iva (Bausman) Leverton Car Accident

Transcription of article:

Warren Women Die in Route 20 Crash

Two Warren women were killed Sunday afternoon when the car in which they were riding was struck broadside and then overturned on Highway 20 at an intersection 10 miles west of Freeport.

Three of four other occupants of the two cars involved were still in critical condition this morning at Deaconess Hospital and the fourth was reported in fair condition.

Dead from skull injuries are Mrs. LeRoy (Laura) Huett, and Mrs. Clinton (Iva) Leverton, both occupants of the front seat of the car driven by Mrs. Huett.

State troopers said the Huett vehicle, southbound, drove onto the highway directly in front of the westbound car driven by Paul E. Nelson, Skokie. Stop signs control north-south traffic.

In Critical Condition

In critical condition at the hospital are two other Warren women, Mrs. George Kleeberger, suffering severe forehead and scalp lacerations, skull fracture, internal injuries and shock; and Mrs. William Courtright, who sustained fractures of the ribs and skull, a concussion and was in shock when admitted.

Also in critical condition was Mrs. Paul Nelson, Skokie, with possible fractures of the skull and right hip, internal injuries and shock.

Her husband, reported in fair condition, suffered a fractured left wrist, possible rib fractures, lacerations to the lip and shock.

Severe Cranial Injuries

Coroner Gene Burke said both women died of severe skull injuries. Both were pronounced dead at the accident scene.

A coroner’s jury was impaneled this morning and an inquest will be held later.

The accident occurred on a straight stretch of road with good visibility reported from the intersection in both directions. The impact hurled the Huett automobile off the road where it turned over. The Nelson car also went into the ditch.

Extensive Damages

State Trooper Gordon Savage, who investigated, said the Huett car failed to yield the right of way at the intersection.

Damages to the two vehicles, one a ’57 model and the other a 1958, were reported at $2,200 to the automobile driven by Mrs. Huett and to the Nelson car, $3,000.

The bodies were taken to Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home Sunday by Deputy Coroner Orrie Tubbs, and today were taken to Bartell Funeral Home in Warren, where arrangements are being made.


Mrs. Leverton, the former Iva Bausman, was born July 29, 1901, near Warren, the daughter of George and Regena Mueller Bausman. She was married to Clinton Leverton who died in 1937.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Charles Breed of Stockton, Mrs. Gerald Sargent and Mrs. Howard White, both of Warren, and Mrs. Donald Krupke of South Wayne, Wis.; two sons, Franklin of Winslow and Gary in the Air Force, stationed in Milwaukee; and one sister, Mrs. Elmer Pansing of Warren.

Mrs. Huett was born at Lena, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Schneider Mammoser. She was married to LeRoy Huett, who died in 1948.

Surviving are two brothers, Ralph of Winslow and Joseph of Stockton; and a sister, Mrs. Roy Pillmore of Warren.

Funeral service for Mrs. Leverton will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Bartell Funeral Home with the Rev. William Tupper of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Services for Mrs. Huett will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Bartell Funeral Home, with Rev. Mr. Tupper, officiating. Burial also will be in Elmwood Cemetery.


Funeral of Lee Lawrence Bausman

This article deals with the funeral of Lee Lincoln Bausman.  Also included is a card of thanks from his parents and siblings.  I found it interesting that one of his … Continue reading Funeral of Lee Lawrence Bausman


God Made a Farmer

When I was young, my parents and grandparents listened to Paul Harvey. I enjoyed listening to his stories and I can still hear his voice signing off with the words … Continue reading God Made a Farmer