Laban Davis was an older brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Laban was born October 12, 1873, in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois, to John B. and Margaret (Hicks) … Continue reading Obituary: Laban Davis
Grandma Davis was a collector of newspaper articles about family members and people that she knew. Thank goodness for that – these gatherings have provided invaluable guidance for me while … Continue reading Marriage: Mildred Berryman and James Horan
My great-grandparents, John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders, were married September 19, 1906, by a Catholic priest in Dubuque, Iowa. They had four children: Herb, Alice, Eunice and Marjorie. … Continue reading Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders
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, … Continue reading Obituary: Albert Wallace “Wally” Lightcap
I’ve added cemetery pages for
- Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson, Indiana
- Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa
- Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa
There are Lightcaps buried in all three of these cemeteries. In addition to Lightcaps, family names at Mount Calvary include Strelesky, Sanders, Uhlrich, and Heitz. Linwood Cemetery has Uhlrich, Hatzenbuhler, Hornung, and Woodward.
All the people buried in these cemeteries are relatives on my dad’s side of the family.
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.
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.
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.