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
George Lightcap is my gg-grandfather and the son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap. A biography of George was published in the “Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, … Continue reading Biography: George Lightcap
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.
Catherine (Fuch) Sanders was my g-g-g grandmother. She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in Feb 1823 and immigrated to the United States about 1846. She married A.F.E. Sanders, who died in 1891. Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, but I do not know the location of her grave.
The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists her as having 11 children. I can positively identify six children: John Henry Sanders, Ernest Vincent Sanders, Catherine Sanders, Edward Sanders and Sarah (Sanders) Hansing, and Margaret (Sanders) Fairweather.
There are Sanders children buried in the Old City Cemetery in Galena. Their ages are consistent with Catherine’s other children, so I assume they are hers since I haven’t found information saying that there were other Sanders living in Galena. The following information was taken from a copy of the burial records of the Greenwood Cemetery Association, which was copied and indexed in 1973 by Alice Lawrason Barthell. The burials in the index begin March 30, 1853, and end in July 1859. (source: http://jodaviess.ilgenweb.net/cemeteries/GalenaOldCity.htm)
- Sanders, Adam E., July 3, 1855, age 8
- Sanders, August, Feb 26, 1854, age 6
- Sanders, Carster, July 6, 1868, 19 wks, teething *
- Sanders, infant, Feb 2, 1855
* This date is outside the index, so I’ve wondered if it was transcribed to the web properly.
Catherine’s obituary was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on August 21, 1907.
Transcription of obituary:
MRS. A.F.E. SANDERS DEAD
Former Resident of Galena Dies at Dubuque
Word was received in Galena last evening of the death of Mrs. A.F.E. Sanders, which occurred at the home of her son, Ernest, in Dubuque, late Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was about eighty-four years of age, and was one of the early residents of Galena. Her husband was in the grocery business in Galena for a number of years, and will be remembered by many of the older residents of the city. Besides her son Ernest, at whose home she died, Mrs. Sanders is survived by a son, Henry, of this city, a daughter, Mrs. Al. Hansing of Menominee. A daughter, Mrs. Fairweather, died about two years since. The remains will arrive in Galena on the afternoon Central train on Thursday and will be taken to St. Matthews Lutheran church from whence funeral services will be held. Rev. John Klindworth officiating. Interment will be made in Greenwood cemetery.