Gary George Lightcap was the infant son of my grandparents, Wally and Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, and older brother of my dad. Gary was born on April 7, 1946, in Dubuque, … Continue reading Obituary: Gary George Lightcap
My great-grandmother, Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, died of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, during the Spanish flu pandemic. She was pregnant when she died in Sheridan, Wyoming, on February 5, … Continue reading Death: Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky
I’ve been working identifying the family of my great-grandfather, John Joseph “Jack” Strelesky, for quite some time. To say it’s been challenging is to put it mildly. Jack was one … Continue reading Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky Family Chart
Amelia “Millie” Strelesky was a younger sister to my great-grandfather, John Joseph “Jack” Strelesky. Millie was born July 1883 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. She was the fifth of eight children … Continue reading Marriage: Amelia Strelesky and James Arthur Moore
When Jack Strelesky lived in Sheridan, Wyoming, he ran a taxidermy shop. On April 6, 1917, fire damaged the shop. An article discussing the fire ran in the Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader on April 6, 1917.
Transcription of article:
Taxidermist’s Shop Damaged By Fire
Sheridan, Wyo., April 6 – Damage to the extent of about a hundred dollars was caused by a fire which started in the loft of the building on East Fourth street, occupied by the taxidermy shop of J.J. Strelesky last night. It was discovered shortly before 9 o’clock and an alarm turned in. The blaze was soon brought under control after the arrival of the department. The principal damage was done to rugs and hides stored in the loft. It is supposed that the fire originated from a spark from the chimney igniting a rug which had been cleaned with gasoline during the day.
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
Tracking down the siblings of my great-grandfather, John Joseph Strelesky, has been challenging. Fortunately, there aren’t too many people with this last name, so when I find it, I can usually determine pretty quickly whether or not they are related.
One night I was using FamilySearch.org and found the marriage certificate of Rose Streletzky and Joseph Weber. Rose was Jack’s older sister. She married Joseph Christoph Weber on September 22, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois.
From the documents that I’ve seen, her last name is consistently spelled Streletzky. The rest of her family uses Strelesky as the spelling.
Rose and Joseph had nine children; I know the names of eight: Frank, Marian, Lenora, Josephine, Joseph Jr, Amiel, Amelia, and John Henry. An unidentified boy died before 1900.