A Letter from Mrs. LaVerne Schoenhard

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…

Hazel Bausman Killed in Car Accident

Hazel Bausman was an aunt to my maternal grandfather, Stanley “Spud” Davis.  She died in a car accident in 1929.  I found the following article discussing her accident and published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on November 20, 1929.  I accessed the article at Google Newspaper Archives. I’ve read several articles on her death…

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….

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 brother’s was suffering from smallpox and couldn’t attend the funeral. Transcription of article: The funeral of Lee Bausman was held from the Evangelical church in…

Obituary: Lee Lincoln Bausman

Here is the obituary of Lee Lincoln Bausman, killed in a car/train accident on 20 November 1919 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota.  He was the son of Lawrence and Minnie (Benz) Bausman. Transcription of Obituary: Lee Lincoln Bausman was born August 27th, 1890, in Pleasant Valley township, Grundy County, Iowa, and passed to the Great…

Lee Bausman and Henry Harms Hit By Train, Die

Another article about the deaths of Lee Bausman and Henry Harms. The car/train accident occurred on 20 November 1919 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. Lee was 29 and Henry was 37. I wish I knew more about Henry Harms. I think he was married with at least six children.  Henry’s nephew William Harms married Lee’s…

Death of Lee Bausman and Henry Harms

I posted Lawrence Lincoln Bausman’s obituary a couple of days ago.  The next few posts will deal with the death of his son, Lee Lincoln Bausman.  Lee died after the car, driven by Henry Harms, was struck by a train.  The car/train accident occurred on 20 November 1919 in Austin, Mower County, Minnesota. Lee served…

Obituary: Lawrence Lincoln Bausman

This past summer, I traveled to Steamboat Rock, Iowa, to meet Janice, the granddaughter of Lawrence Lincoln Bausman. Lawrence was born 31 January 1862 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess county, Illinois, to Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman. He died 26 October 1937 in Pleasant Valley, Grundy county, Iowa. I had a lot of fun…

Obituary: Carl Bausman

When I was going through newspaper clippings that once belonged to Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard (sister of my maternal grandfather’s mother Viola), I found an obituary for Carl Bausman.  Intriguing since this was not a relative I was familiar with.  I knew he must be related since his obituary was with other notable events in the…

Obituary: Nicholas Bausman Sr

Nicholas Bausman Sr. is my ggg-grandfather.  This past summer I had the opportunity to meet his great-granddaughter Janice who lives in Iowa. She’s a genealogy enthusiast and had a typed transcription of Nicholas Bausman Sr’s obituary, originally published in the Galena Gazette. The obituary lists his marriage to Mary Casper as occurring in 1849 in…

Marriage: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

I found a newspaper clipping of a marriage announcement for my maternal grandfather’s parents Viola Bausman and Percy Davis while going through some genealogy files once belonging to Viola’s sister, Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard.  I enjoyed reading the description of Viola’s wedding dress.  I have a picture of their wedding (posted below next to the article…

Five Generations of Loretta (Cherry) O’Neil Boyle’s family

When I was finishing my book, I wanted to include a bit of family history of my grandfather’s first wife, Cleone O’Neill, whose parents were Joseph Patrick O’Neil and Loretta Bernice Cherry. Both Joseph and Loretta died young.  Joseph was 28 when he died in a mining accident in 1917. Loretta remarried a few years…

Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Here is another article about the death of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap, who was shot and killed.  The article was published in Kokomo Tribune, page 1, Thursday, Dec 22, 1872. Transcription of newspaper article: ACCIDENTALLY KILLED A Young Man in a Quarrel – His Father gets Shot A few days ago, at North Judson up…

Marriage Announcement: Holoway Lightcap and Ellen Westgate

Marriage announcement for Holoway Lightcap, son of John and Mary Lightcap,  and Ellen Miriam Westgate, daughter of Mose Weld Westgate and Alice Brooks, in the Seneca Advertiser on August 10, 1849, Seneca Co, Ohio. Holoway was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap. Transcription of marriage announcement: At Republic, on yesterday, by the Rev. Mr….

Death Notice: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

Elizabeth Davis was the daughter of John Davies II and Jennifer “Jane” Blewett.  She was born in Cornwall, England on December 6, 1834, the fourth of five children.  Her siblings were Jacob Davis III, William Davis, Mary Davies, and John B. Davis (my gg-grandfather). Elizabeth’s father died about 1840 in Cornwall.  Jane  immigrated with her…

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…

Marie Strelesky Surprise Party

I was sleuthing through Google Newspaper Archives, news.google.com/newspapers/ when I found this article published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) regarding a surprise party for my great-grandfather’s sister Marie Strelesky.  It was published on Sunday, February 18, 1906, page 2. Article transcription: Miss Marie Strelesky was pleasantly surprised by a number of friends at her…

Obituary: Henry Hicks

Henry Hicks was the son of Henry Hicks and Hester Jane Ingram, my ggg-grandparents.  He was the brother of my gg-grandmother, Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis.   He was born in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, on March 25, 1845.  He died February 3, 1930, in Warren, Jo Daviess, Illinois. Henry is buried at Scales Mound…

Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer Dies from Injuries Sustained in Car Accident

Mabel (Bohnsack) Hammer was the sister of my gg-grandfather, Leo Bohnsack.  She was born in July of 1894 in Illinois to Carl Herman Bohnsack and Carolina Sophia Wulff.  She was the middle child; my gg-grandfather was the oldest and the youngest was Mary.  She married Alvin Hammer on January 22, 1913.  Alvin and Mabel had…

Obituary: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Alice Theresa (Rafferty) Lightcap was married to Albert “Bert” Lightcap, brother of my great-grandfather Ernest Edward Lightcap.   She lived in Hammond, Indiana, for the last 30 years of her life.  A former resident of North Judson, Indiana, her obituary appeared in the North Judson News on October 27, 1938.  I received this obituary from my…