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FAM 1 l,Y H i STORY . 

Dear (;t)nlributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So I hat your family history can ho made more iisolul to li i s L o r i a n s and 
otliers s t n d y I n )', American families, we are asking you to fill out the forms 
below. This will take you only a few minutes, and will be easily made ovot 
Into an index whi(;h will permit archive users ready access to iust Lhose 
kinds of family histories needed. 


Your name Judy A. Eva nS 
Date of form Ap ril 5. 

Your college: Roc k Valley Col lege 
Rockford, Illinois 

Check the earliest date for which you have been able to say things 
about your family in your paper. 

Before 1750 
"1850- 1900 

1750-1800 X 1800-1850 
"l900 or later 

Please check a 1 1 regions of tlie United States in which members of 
your family whom you have discussed in your paper have lived. 

New Kngland(Mass. ,Conn. ,R. 1 .) 

Va . ) 

Middle A 1 1 a n t i c (N . Y . , I' e n na . , N..1. 

South Atl an t ic (Ca . , Fla . ,N .C . ,S .C . ) lOast South Central 

( I , a . , M 1 s s . , A 1 a . , T e n n , K y . ) ^^ Was t South C e n t r a 1 ( A r k . , N . M . , T e x . , k . ) 

X E a s t North C e n t r a 1 ( Mi ch . , Oh i o , 1 nd . ) P a c i f 1 c (Ca 1 . , Wa s h . ) 

'_ (ilawa i I , A 1 aska) (ill.. Wise.,) 

Please check a 1 1 o i: c u pa t i o na 1 categories in whit:li members of youi 
family whom you have discussed in this paper have found themselves. 

X Farming X Mining , y Shop keeping or small business 

X Transportation Big Business )( Manufacturing 

Professions X Industrial Labor Other Kecham'cS. Bakers 

Please check all religious groups to which members of your family whom 
you have discussed in this paper have belonged. 

X Roman Catholic 


Jewish Presbyterian X Methodist 

Congregational Lutheran 

__E p i s c o p a 1 i a n 
Mormon Other Protestant 

Other (name) 

What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper' 

Swed ish 

Other Scandinavian _ 
Indians Mexicans 

X German 


Puerto Ricans i;ast(>rn lairopi 

Jews X Central Europeans Italians Slavs 


X Irish 

Ir i t ish 

Native Americans over several generations 

East Asian 

Other (Name ) 

What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

_X Interviews with other 

family memb e r s 
Vital Records 

_X Family Bibles X Fami ly Cenea logics 

Land Records The U.S. Census 

_X Photographs X Maps 



Grandfather (your f^ither's sid e ) 

Name Edward C. EV ANS Current Residence nprpa«;pH 

Date of birth 1870 Place of birth Athens County 

Date of death 1953 PJ^ace of burial Ohio 

Kducation(number of years); 

gr.-,de school high school vocational college 

()c!-upation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

Is t Grocery Stores Dates ]st Dates 

^'nd Dates 2nd__ Dates 

3 r d D ate s ^ _3 r d_ D a t e s 

A th Da tes A th Dates 

Religion unknown 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 


Place of Marriage to your grandmother Unknovjn date ____^ _ 

NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

N a me Jenny KELLY c urrent Residenc e Deceased __ 

Date of birth _ 1875 Place of birth Unknown 

Date of death "^^ Place of burial ^eljOnville, Ohio 

Education (number of years): 

grade school ^ high school _^vocational 



(after leaving home) 

1st Housewife o^tes 1st 

I) a t e ,s 

2nd__ Dates^ 2nd__ Dates 

3 r d D ate s 3 r d D a tes 

■4th Dates 4th Dates 

Religion Catholic 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 


I'lare of marriage to your grandfather^ date 

NOTi:: If your lather was raised 'io age IB) by a stepmother or 
another relative give t li a t data on the back of Uiis p.i;',e 
(A-2) . 

A -2 Scepgrandfather (your father's side) 


Current Residence 

Date of birth 
Date of death 

Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 

Cw 1 lege 






Rel ision 

Da tes 




4 th 

voca t ional 

(after leaving home) 


D a t e s 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother_ 
B-2 S t epgr andmo th er (your father's side) 



Date of birth 
Date of death 

Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years): 

grade school high school 

coll ege 

voca t ional 








(after leaving home) 

D a t e K 

K e 1 1 g i o n 

'olltlcal party, rivll or hoc l.il clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriag'- to your grandfather 


Grnnd f a th er (your mo the r ' s s Ide) 4 
N^i'i't-' Mir.hapl Rnhprt Mr.pRTPF Current Rtsidtnce Deceased 

Dnte of birth February 16, 1882 Place of hi r til McCarthur. Ohio 

Date of death Novem ber 6. 1969 Place of burial Logan. Hocking. Ohio 

Education (number of years): 

grade school S high school vocational college 

Occupation (s) P LAC E OF RE S IDEN CE 

(after leaving home) 

1st Mechanic Dates 1 900-1909 1st Loaan. O hio Dates 190Q-I9nq 

Ma ' ^^ 

2nd Machinist Dates 1909-1962 2nd Columbus, Ohio Dates 1909-1912 

3 r d D ate s 3rd Logan , Ohio D a t e s 1912-1946 

4 1 h D ate s 4 1 h La ncas te r, Ohio d a t e s _ 1946- 1955 _ 

R e 1 i ,; i o n Catho lic 

I' o 1 i I i c a 1 parties, civil or social clubs, f r a t e rn i 1 1 e h , (■ t c . 


Place of marriage to your grandmother date 

NO lis : Tf your mother was raised by a stepfather or anotlier relative (to 
age 18) give that data on the back of this page (C:-l) 

Graiitlraother (your mother's side) 

Name Catherine Shorr Current Residence 

Date of birth December 31, 1888 _Place of birth Lo 

Dateofdeath - Placeofburial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school X high school 12 _vocational college 

Occupation (s) PLACE OF Ri;.S I D liNCE 

(alt e r 1 e a v 1 n ;■, home) 

1st Hous ewife Dates i«tSame_as Husband, Dales 

2nd Dates _2nd Dal c;; 

3rd Dates 3rd Dat es 

4 th Dates 4 th Da t es 


I'olitlcal party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 


Place of marriage to your grandfather_ Date 

NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to 

'^' ^^ gflve tha-t dAta on the back of this page (D-:') 

C-2 Scepgrandfather (your mother's side) 


Date of birth 
Date of death 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 





Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

voca t iona 1 

col lege 

4 th 

(after leaving home) 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 
D-2 S tepgrandmo t he r (your mother's side) 

Date of b i r th 
Date of death 


Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 







Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

V o c a t I o n a 1 

coll ege 


(afler leaving liome) 
D a t e K 

I) .1 t c s 


Political party, civil or social clubs, scjrorities, etc 

Place of mnrrlagi- lo your grandfather 

D.t te 

CHILDREN of A & B (or A-2 or B-2) - your father's name should appear below 

I . Name Ira Christopher EVANS 

Place of birth Nelsonvi ne. Oh i o date 1903 

i Number of years of schooling High SchOOl Occupation Sal eS 
Residence D e t roit, Mich. Marital status_ Married 
N umb e r of ch'i 1 d r e n D eat h 1945 

2. Name Catherine EVANS 

p 1 a c e o i hi r t h NeTson vTTTe , Oh i o date 1904 

Numbi'r of years of schooling 8_ Occupation 

Res i dence jjpper SanDusky, Ohio Marl ta 1 S tatus Marrjpd 

Nuintx'f of children Q Death 

N a me Don ald A. EVANS 

Place of birth NelsonviH e. Ohio date Qct. 1906 

Number of years of schooling Hig h SchOOl Occupation ^aleS 

Reside n c e Rpyal Oak. Mi ch. ^^ rJtal Statu s Married 

Number of children 5 Death 197Q 

Name Charles Edwa_rd EVAfiS 

I' 1 a c . . of b 1 ri 1 1 Nelsonvine. Ohio d ; 1 1 < • _ Ja n . . 26^^ 1908 . . 

Number of years of schooling . 9 y rS. . . <''■'■ "P'"^ ' f iL_&ak.er_ 

Residence Rockford, Ill inois Marital Statu .s _ Married 

Number of children 5 death Jan. 6, 1965 

Name Mary EVANS 

.'lac e o f b irth N elSOn v flle, OhJO d a t e 1910 ^ 

Number ot years of scliooling High SchOOl c c u |) a t i o n SgamstreSS 

Residence C olum buS, Oh io Marital S t a t us Married 

N umb e r o l" '7h i 1 d r e ii" " Dea th _ July^ 1966 

Name Jos eph EVANS 

Place of birth NelSOnviHe, Ohio date 1912 

Number of years of schooling High SchOOl c c upa t io n _ Qff jce_WDrk 

Residence Bloominqburg , Ohio Marl tai Status Married 

Number of children 12 death 1973 

Name Paul EVANS 

Place of birth NelsonviHe, Ohio d a t e 1914 

Number of years of schooling Hi gh School Occupatio n ^.Qcer., 

R e s i d e n c e DaytOn, Ohio Ma r i t a 1 Statu s Married 

Number of children 3 death 1969 

Name Harry EVANS 

'lace of birth NelSO nv ilTe, Ohio date 1915. 

Number of years of schooling High Sc hOOl c c upa t io n_C£iuniy- Audi_tDr_ 

Reside n c e NelsOPVille, OhJO M a r i t a 1 Status Ma rjC ied_ 

Number of children 4 death 

Name Elizabeth EVANS _ 

!M ne'e of b i7Th'2JieTs011\n^l2e,J3hi0 date 1917 ^ _. 

Nimb.T oi vears () f sC h oo^fi ng__ High School _ ociupaiiou Housewife 
Residence Malta. Ohio Marital s ( a t u s Married _ .. 

Numbi'r of children 1 death 


P 1 ace of birtli date 

Number of years of schooling __. ()<■ c: upa t I o n 

Residence Marital Status _ _ _ 

Nuiiib.r ol c-hildren deatii 

CHILDREN of C and D (or C-2, D-2')-your mother's name should appear below 

1. Name Bernard F. MCBRICE 

Place of birth Locan, Ohio date Sept. 20, 1905 

Number of years of schooling College Occupation Chemist 

Residence St. LOLlis, KJch. MaritaJ Status Married 

Number of children 8 death - 

2. Name Anna Margaret MCBRICE 

Place of birth Logan, Uhio date April 12, 1908 

Number of years ot schooling 8th Grade Occupation Housewife 

Residence Hockins County, Oh ftofital s ta tus Married 

Number of children 5 death February 17, 1976 

3. Name Gertrucfe Catherine MCBRIDE 

Place of birth Columbus, Ohio date February 18, 1910 

Number of years of schoolln g High School ccupatio n Housewife 

Residence Rockford, Illinois Marital Status Married 

Number of children 5 death - 

Same John W. MCBRIDE 

Place of birth Logan, Ohio date October 7, 1916 

Number of years of schooling High SchOOl Occupation Oil Fields 

Residence Kt. Pleasant, Mich. Marital Status M arried 

Number of children 1 death 

3. Name Joseph E. MCBRIDE 

Place of birth Logan, Ohio date May, 1919 

Number of years ol schooling High SchooT~ Occupation Sales 

Residence Peoria. Illinois m a r 1 1 a i Status Married '_ 

D-Sumberof children 3 death 

Name Robert Jay MCBRIDE 

Place of birth Logan, Ohio date Sept. 6, 1922 

Number of years of schooling CoTlege Occupation Trucking Indust ry, V,P, 

Residence LongBeach, Indian «aritai Status Married 

Number of children 7 death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of school ing___ Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children- death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status^ 

Sumbi-r of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of childrent death 

Id. Name 

Place of birth date 

Number of yearH of schooling Occupation 

KiHldenre Mnrltal Status 

Niiinb»-r of children _____ di-alh 

Your Father 

Name Charles Edward EVANS 

, current Residence 


Date of birth Jan. 26, 1908 

Place of birth Nelsonville, Ohio 

Date of Death Jan. 6, 1965 

Place of burial Rockford, Illinois 

Education (number of years) 
grade school '^ high school 




1st Baker 




Dates 1923-1965 


Date s 


(after leaving home) 
1st Versilles, Ind. Dates 1933 

2nd Malta, Ohio 



3rd Columbus, Ohio 

Dates 1937 

4th Omaha, Nebraska 

Dates 1944 



Political parties, cS.vil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 


Knights of Columbus 

Place of marriage to your mother 


NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative give that data 
on the back of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 

Name Gertrude Catherine MCBRIDE 
Date of birth Feb. 18, 1910 

Date of death ^; 

Education (number of years) 

grade school X _highr s chool_ 

Current Residence Rockford, IL 
Place of birth ColumbuS, OhJ O 
Place of burial 


coll ege 

Occupation (s) 

1st Hou sewife 




Da t es 

(after leaving home) 

1st Same as above Dates 


Da tes 

Re 1 i g i o n Catholic 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 
Indep pnripn t 

Place of marriage to your father 


NOTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relative give that data 
on the hack of this page (F-2). 

E-2 Stepfather 

Date of birth 

Date of death 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 







Place of birth 

Place of burial 







(after leaving home) 



R e 1 i g i o n 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your mother 
F- 2 S tepmother 

Date of birth 

Date of death 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupation (s) 






R e 11 g i o r. 
Political p . 


P lace of birth 

Place of burial 

vo c a t i ona 1 

col lege 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 







, rivil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

f'lare of marriage to your father 



Name Charles Robert EVANS 

Place of birth l^alta, Uhio ~ n~a t e of birth February 18, 1935 

Number of years of schooling 16 Occupation Accountant 

Residence Northbrook, XL Marital Status Married 

Number of children 2 death - 

N ame Kary Catherine EVANS 

Place of birth ColumbuS. Ohio Date of birth '^uly 23, 1937 

Number of years of schooling 18 Occupation Principal 

Residence Jolie t, IL Marital Status Single 

Number of children death 

Name JoAnne Elizabeth EVANS 

Place of birth Cclumbus, Ohio Date of birth Jan. 4. 1940 

Number of years of schooling 16 Occupation Teacher 

Residence Wilmette, IL Marital Status Single 
Number of children death 2 

Name Thomas Edward EVANS 

Place of birth ColumbuS, Ohio Date of birth Sept. 19, 1944 

Number of years of schooling 16 Occupation Accountant 

Residence Rockford. IL Marital Status Married 

Number of children 2 death 

Name Linda Suzanne EVANS 

Place of birth O maha, Nebraska Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 16 Occupation HOUSewife 

Residence Clinton, lowa Marital Status Married 

Number of children 1 death 


Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation^ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth^ Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupatlon_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 

ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family are willing) 

I hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and 
administrative rights, to the Rock Valley College Family History 
Collection, deposited in the Rockford Public Library, Rockford 
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Personal Interviews 

Gertrude C. McBride Evans, Mother of Subject 

Thomas E. Evans, Subject 

Linda Suzanne Evans Fleming, Sister of Subject 

Family Geneology 

Geneology of John Schorr, researched by Richard Till 

Part I 

Christopher EVANS, dates unknown, born in England in Wales. 

He moved to the United States in 1840, His profession was 
mining and he settled in the coal mining districts of Pennsyl- 
vania. He later moved to southern Ohio. He authored several 
mining books, including one that was used in classrooms, on 
mining procedures. His lifestyle and his wife's name was not 
uncovered in research. 

Edward Christopher EVANS, 1870 - 1953, born in Athens 
County, Ohio. 

Jennifer Koping KELLY, 1875 - 1940, birthplace unknown. 

Edward was raised in the mine districts of Pennsylvania 
and Ohio. He spent his lifetime working on the fringes of the 
mines. He owned several grocery stores in the small mining 
towns of southern Ohio. Each one went into bankruptcy after he 
gave out too much credit to the people, and then the mines 
closed. In his later life he operated a candy store and had 
the terminal for the local bus lines in Nelsonville, Ohio. He 
spent a lot of time with his grandchildren and enjoyed giving 
candy to them. His store was a must in any trip to southern 
Ohio. He did not practise any religion but set up his own 
values and morals and lived very strictly according to them. He 

also stressed his wife's religion to them. Jennifer was adopted 
when she was very young by the Kelly family in Rock Island, Illinois, 
Her adopted father worked for the government arsenal in Rock Island. 
There is very little known about her real parents or what happened 
to them. The Kelly family was very religious and raised Jennifer 
as a Catholic. She could not, by law, become a Catholic until she 
was of age. She was very sickly and often was not able to 
raise her family, Jennifer and Edward were staunch Republicans 
and Edward ran for local congressman once, but was defeated. 
He was considered the head republican for the county and 
conferred with state and federal republicans during his later 
life. They had nine children, Ira Christopher Evans, Catherine 
Evans Fishbaugh, Donald Evans, Charles Edward Evans, Mary Evans 
Davis, Joseph Evans, Harry Evans, Paul Evans, and Elizabeth 
Evans. Five of the six boys and Mary Evans died of cancer. The 
other three are still living. 

The six boys were mischievous children who liked to play 
tricks. In fact, Charles Edward Evans had part of a thumb and 
two fingers missing from playing with caps. As a family they 
also pulled together, especially during the depression, getting 
work whenever and whereever they could. The whole family picked 
onions in the onion fields around Carey, Ohio. 

Charles Edward EVANS, Jan. 26, 1908 - Jan. 6, 1965, born 
in Nelsonville, Hocking, Ohio. 


Part II 

John SCHORR, dates unknown, born in Zaarbruck Alsace, France. 

A prominent citizen of the Department of Zaarbruch, Alsace, 
France, he came to the United States in 1835. This was at the 
insistance of his neighbors, most of whom were soldiers of 
Napoleon and restless under the rule of the reinstated Bourbons. 
He was to observe the United States and select a location for 
his neighbors. 

After passing through the flat lands of Perry, Fairfield, 
and the Pickaway plaines, he decided that they were not to 
his liking. In the Hocking Valley Ohio, he saw his fatherland 
again and three miles north of Logan, Ohio he "set his stakes". 
On the highest hill in the township from whose summet can be 
seen a scape of country ten to twenty miles distant. With 
the valley of Hocking spread below, he set a stone marked with 
a cross for a church when his people had settled. Then he 
returned to the Old Country and in 1837, the colony of twenty- 
six families arrived to buy the land Herr Schorr chose. 

George SHORR, 1864 - 1946, born in Logan, Hocking, Ohio. 

Anna Jane FLUM, 1866 - 1944, born in Logan Hocking, Ohio. 

George and Anna were strict Germans who lived in southern 
Ohio all of their lives. Anna died in 1944 and George entered 
the hospital the week of the funeral and never left. He died 
in 1946. Their children include Mary Shorr, April 6, 1882 to 

March 16, 1893; Edward Vincent Shorr, May 18, 1884, married to 
Monica Frances McGonagle. Gertrude Cecelia Shorr, December 20, 
1888 to --. Married to Michael Robert McBride. Joseph Lawrence 
Shorr, March 24, 1891. Married to Olive Susan Smech. Barbara 
Agnes Shorr, December 25, 1893 to January 5, 1930. Married to 
Charles Vere Dalton. Charles Leo Shorr, July 22, 1896 to --. 
Married to Edith Lenna Piper. John Henry Shorr, July 19, 1899 
to --. Married to Gretchen Maryanne Solon. Florence Anastasia 
Shorr, April 25, 1902 to --. Married to Robert Woltring 

Michael Robert MCBRIDE, February 16, 1882 - November 6, 
1969, born in McCarthur Ohio. 

Catherine SCHORR, December 31, 1888 --, born in Logan, 
Hocking Ohio. 

Michael was a short Irishman with a temper and a taste 
for whiskey. He spent much of his younger life with his aunts. 
Catherine was a rather tall German, also with a temper, and a 
strict Catholic background. She controlled the household and 
the money for the family. Michael spent his early adult life 
as a car mechanic working in this new and unusual field. Most 
of the early time they did not own a car, but often took rides 
with their children to test his work. The kids got rides in 
most of the cars at that time. They then moved to Columbus in 
1909 at which time he became a machinist. Later they moved 


back to Logan and spent the depression there. During the 1920 's 
Micliael was also a whiskey runner for the bootleggers that abound 
in the Logan area. Local distillers were considered the best 
in the country and Straitsville whiskey often showed up as far 
away as Oregon and Washinton. There are still some of these 
bootleggers still living in the area. They made it through the 
depression with the cooperation of their children. After the 
children left home, they moved to Lancaster, Ohio. On their 
50th wedding anniversary, they purchased their first home in 
Sugar Grove, Ohio. This was several acres with 3/4 wooded. He 
had a large garden. Michael worked as a machinist until he 
was 74. He then was in an auto crash and then had to quit. He 
loved to read and spent his later years either reading or 
working in his garden. Kate as her friends call her, is still 
living in Logan, Ohio with a housekeeper. Their children 
are Bernard Frederick McBride, born September 20th, 1906. Married 
to Emma Elizabeth Franz. Anna Margaret McBride, April 12, 1908 to 
February 17, 1976. She was married to John Forman Kuhn. Ger- 
trude Catherine McBride, February 18, 1910 to --. She was 
married to Charles Edward Evans. John William McBride, Novem- 
ber 7, 1916 to --. Married to Blanch Anders, Patricia Coving- 
ton, and presently Juanita Stouse. Joseph Edward McBride, 
May 22, 1919, to --. Married to Madelyn Bennett. And Robert 
James McBride, September 6, 1922 to --. Married to Maxine 

Gertrude Catherine McBRIDE, February 18,1910- born in Columbus, Ohio 


Part III 

Charles and Gertrude, were married on August 21, 1933, in Logan 

Ohio. They immediately moved to Versailles Indiana, where Charles 

had a job in a small bakery. They lived in a hotel for the year 

or so which they lived there. They spent a typical life as a newly 

wed couple, meeting other people and enjoying the small town atmosphere 

in southern Indiana. They then moved to Malta, Ohio where their oldest 

was born. After one year they moved to Columbus, Ohio where Charles 

worked for a large bakery called Omar. They then spent 7 years here 

and purchased their first home. After Tom was born, they moved to 

Omaha, Nebraska, with Gertrude having to wait until the doctor would 

allow her to travel. After four years they moved to Rockford,Ill . 

where Charles became a production manager of Rockford Bakeries, Inc. 

They first moved to 726 Locust St. in the northv/est part of Rockford. 

They had a quiet life with the family being an important part of 

everyone's life. Charles spent 70 to80 hours working, so the family 

was very mother-centered. Because of the amount of work spent and 

the sucess of the business, they were in the middle-cless level with 

the bills paid and a comfitable life. Religion also was an important 

thread that ran through the whole life. The children were educated 

in local Catholic schools. All of the children were able to obtain 

a four year degree with Mary Kay completing her Master Degree. In 

1957 they moved to 420 Fairview Blvd. on the far east side of town. 

Charles died on January 6,1965 of Cancer. Their children were 


Robert Charles Evans, February 18,1935 to -.married to Kathleen 
McDermott, Mary Caterine Evans, July 23,1937 to -,an Adrian Dominican 
Nun, JoAnne Elizabeth Evans, January 4,1940 to -,an Adrian Dominican 
Nun, Thomas Edward Evans, September 19,1944 to -.married to Judith 
Ann Engle, Linda Suzanne Evans, February 9, 1948, married to Charles 




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your paper. 

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West South Central (Ark., N.M. , Tex,, Ok.) y E ast North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind. 

Pacific (Gal., Washj ^(Hawaii, Alaska) 111. Wis.) 

X Elaine (ND, SD, Neb. , Kan. , Iowa, MB) 
5. Please check all occupational categories In which members of your family whom you have 
discussed In this paper have found themselves. 

X Farming _X_Mlning x S hopkeeping or small business 
X Transportation ^Blg Business Manufacturing 

Professions X Industrial labor Other 

Please check al I religious groups to which members of your family whom you have discussed 
in this paper have belonged. 

^Roman Catholic J ew I sh x P resbyterian ^ M ethod i sty 

^Baptist E piscopal Ian C ongregational Lutheran 

Quaker Mormon x Other Protestant Other 

7. What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 

Blacks Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans 

■^^^^ X C entral Europeans I tal lans ^Slavs 

"Irish )( British N ative Americans over several generations 
"East Asian Other 

8. What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

X Interviews with other X Fami ly Bibles X Fami ly Genealogies 
fami ly members 

X Vital Records Land Records ^The U.S. Census 

X P hotographs X M aps ^ X O ther County History Books 


A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Nam e ^rank .Oti ■:; rRKED Current Residence 

If deao, date of 6eath 20. QctohPr- iq^i 

Stockton Township 

Place of birth Jo Pavless Gtv.. Illinm.s Date of Birth iq^ .T;,nn.r-y ifl on 

Education (number of years): 
grade school o high school vocetlonal college 



(after leaving home) 

'st factory worker Dates 1912-1911.1 1 st Waterloo. Iowa Dates iqip-r i, 

2nd farmer Dates lQllL-lQii9 2nd Stockton. 111. Dates 191ii-l - 

3rd Dates 3rd gO'Daviess Co-jnty. Tl. Dates 191'^-L i.^ 

^th Dates Ath Stockton, 111. Dates 19U9-6 1 

Religion -]^,rj;-A^-,:,1 f'^al Jlni^-oH Rr^ofV^-n^r, 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Republican 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother . ^ date c TTZ 7^o 

NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another relative give 
that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Bertha E. HINTZ Current Residence 

If dead, date of death 20. October 196" 

Place of birth q Germany Date of bl rth 26. March 1891 

Education (number of years): 
grade school high school vocational col lege_ 


(after leaving home) 

1st House Cleaner Dates l906-12 1st Waterloo, lowa Dates 1913-l lj 

■~~~~~~~"~"""~~*"~~~~~~~~'~"~ rural Jo 

2n d Hojsewife Dates 1912-61 2n d Daviess 'bounty. 111. Dates 191U-U '^ 

3rd Factory Worker Dates 19U9-$3 3rd Stockton, 111. Dates 19L(-9-^ l 

4th Dates '♦th Dates 191I+-15 

■ Re 1 1 g I on Lutberan 

« Political party, cIvM or social clubs, sororit'es, etc. Hepublican 

I Place of marriage to your grandfather DATE 

'^°^"' ll^alf°aa'tI^Sfi»fh»*6a«'&f**tlil? JS^i^^^^^jf stepmother or another relative give 

A- I Slepyrandfalher (your father's side) 

N.ii.ir Current Residence 

I I '\rrt<], .I.iip of death 

Pl.ice nf birih DltS of Birth 

Ediir.it ion (number of years) 
giade school high school vocational college 

Occupat ion(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
l'>t Dates 1st Dates 

2n(i Dates 2nd Dates 









3rd Dates 3rd D ates 

'«th Dates '♦th Dates 

Re I i q i on 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmothtr "date 

A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's stda) 

Naf^ Currant Residence 

I f dead, date of' death 

Place of birth Date of birth 

Education (number of years): 

grade school high school vocational col lege 

0ccupation(5) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

ls( D ates 1st D ates 

2nd D ates 2nd D ates 

)'-d D ates 3rd D ates 

Religion I - f 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 


Grondfather (your mother's side) 

Current Residence 

Name A1h^r-+ W.^r^^ MnKTI,T.TP5; 

If deaa, date of death pi ^ ifar. 1 Q73 

Woodbine Township 
Place of birth jp npyj^^^ nt.v.. Tllinni.. Date of birth ?1 . necembftr 1 g;RU 
Education (number of years): 
grade school fi ^^9^ school ] )^ p vocational college 


(after leaving home) 
^st Ice Business D ates I9 , - 1st Dates 

2nd Butcher & Car Salesman Dates 1912-15 2 nd D ates 

3rd VaYmer D ates 1915-50 3 rd D ates 

'•th Butcher Dates 1956-59 ^th Dates 

Religion Methodist -60 year ciri Brch choir member 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. _epublic-n, me-nber 

Kavduu-Uj^u Lodfee "36 aj^ kAd and i>.cirtha Jhapter, iM'^v ul' tMri i^afcLej'ii :.L-ir 

Place of* marriage to your grandmother gj, rioine , .- od l ine Hwp . , .'0 j;-. v<!«te ■ ^ June.- 1 <^) 1 5 

Note: If your mother was raised by a Sl B p f ai l lir U l i n OLH er r iUll l ve ( lO a ge \S) 

give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Jean Mary BROWN ^ ^Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 1 Feb. 19.4.i 
lifoodbine Township 

Place of birth jp mvif^c.^ ntv. . Til i nni ^ Date of bi rthj^^^jvjajjgjj^j^^;;^ 

Education (number or years) 
grade school 8 high school ^ Q" 3 vocational college 


- (after leaving home) 

1st Homer.aker D ates l^^-^-^o 1st ^^pt .. Elizabeth , 111. D ates 91^-16 

'~~~~"~"~~"~~~~~~"'"'~'*~"""~~~~ farm in vvoodbine twp. 

2nd D ates 2 nd lizabetl., J 11. Dates 916-48 

3rd D ates 3 rd _ D ates 

Rel Iglon Methodist 


Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc._ 

Place of marriage to your grandfathe r' OodL'iir.f L'A'p'. J o . Jav . ^Jtv id ate » ^u"e ' "^^ ' ^ 
Note: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another r>i»M"« (t^ :s- •-' 
;,.'vc t^..; Jat.a un ciie oacK ot this page (D-2) 


C- I St epgrandf ather (your mother's side) 

^■Jine Current Residence^ 

I f <lf.id, ilatf of death 

I' I.I. I- ..I l>l I I li ^_ D.ilc ul l»i I til 

I "III! .il i'lii (ihiimIic r oT yi- 1 1 . ) 
•M-i'l'" t liDol hi(jh school vocal ioOtil il)llcM)«' 

Oct lip. )l I r)n (^ ) 

Is I 


















"c I i g i on 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmother d at6 

D-? S tC()(|r.)ndmothfr (your mother's side) 

N.ime Current Residence 

I f (ic.jd, 'l.jtr of death 

fl.itc <if birth Date of birth 

Educatirni (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occ'jpot ion (s) 






col lege 


(after leaving home) 









Re I i 'J i on 

Political party , civil or soci al c 1 ubs , sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 

CHMtDRtN Of A & B ^or A-> I or B- 1 ) - ycur fathar's name should appear below 


Place of birth M^y^n Jo nRvi^ss Htv., Jllpdata 17 January 1^10 
Number of years of schoolin g 8 r__^ Occupatl6h_retired m. 

Residence Ma -roha n + r.wn Tnua Marital ^tatuS married 

mechan: c 

Number of c 

Y-'iM'ilt.nwn, X9yfft 







Place of b! rtn Stockton. Jo Davie s_Sj 111. d a'te 4, June 191^ 

Number of year's of 3c'fi'oot I'n g' i 2" &" nurses train Occuoatibrt registered nurse 

Res i denc eRockford. Illinois "" M arital Status widow 

Number of chlfdriert three ———————— 

' ■ ^ '"^ Carson Franklin B RE Ep_ 

P ' dce of bIrtKs'toc'kt'on, Jo Day., 111. 

Number of years of scHooflrt fl 12 

Res I dence Stockton, Jo Day., TUT " 
Number of chl Jdr^n two 

date 6, May 1916 
Occupatldn tooi & di* wa.«fer 

JTTtaTTtatU* marrT?ar 

Name Murnice-- Romain BREED : ^ 1 '. 

Place of bi rth Stockton, Jo' IlaV., I'll. ' ""' ' ^ Jj^q 8, August, 1918 

Number of years of schoolin g ^'^ " OccupatJbh JSJ^^^^kU^Jtir 

Res I dence Stockton, Illinois Marital' ?tatu« man i^U 

Number of cfi! 'idrsn "^wo " ————«« 

Name Aleda Belle BREED ALBREGHT 

Place of birth Stockton7 Jo Day. Gty., IlT 

Number of years o^ ScK'ooK'iRg 12 

ResI dence opriin^ Green. ' 

Number of en I Idren sixteen 


te _ 17. 

April 1^20 


OcsupatilOh ' homenaker' 
9] Status married 

6, Name Wa yne Elezer BREED 

Place or "b I rth Stockton, Jo Oa 'v'.' ," Til', " 
Number of years o^ schooUdg 1^ 
Residenc e r.r.l, Elizabe th, TrTT 
Number of ch 1 1 dren three 

__".~ Jatq 22, July 1922 

' "'" "Sccupatton rarmer~ " 

WrTTST Status 


Place of bl rth _f>''^oc«xon7"'Jb bay'.',' ill . 
Number of years o^ schooHtlfl i-^ ""^ 
Residence Savanna, Illinois """^ 
Number of ch! I dren i^wo 


— date 18, M ay 1924 


lactory worKer 


Place of birth "" 

Number of years of scHbcinng 

dat e 

Number of chl Idren 

Marital Status 

Name ^ 

Place of birth "" 

Number of years of 'school Irtg 

Res I dence 

Number of chl Idren 

0, Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years o^ »choo]lne 


Number of-TtirWr© 



I^^^cFTTaTTra t u 8 

daw e 

(HILUREN n( f. and D (or (-1, [)-l)-yoiir mothor's runu! slmuld oppo.ir below 

"■"•" . . Reola_.Marion-4-/^tCIiJ.lP3 RRF,F,n 

'■'•"• "' '■""' u^^jKA^^ T^ ^a^r^^«c: CA V . . Til. 'l.it«' 5. June 1922 

Mood hiJip ,. tin mvlfiaa UtYt. J.U« '''''*' ^ 

(if '.(Tioo I t n(| io OtLupatiO 

UmiiiIi'm .1 />-.if . of '.(Tioo I t n(| ^2 Occupation Homemaker 

"•■■■ ' '••••" '- B,,r^-v Fi^^^v^tn ■"Til^nois Marital Status married 
" •"•• "' '''MJfgn three 

'•'"- "'^ ''!'"' rfo pHMne. Jo Dav . . 111. date 20, May 1924 

Nijiiii.rf .,1 y..ii s of Vcnool Inq 12 Occupation Homemaker 

Kr'.i.l«-nce .r„T-a1 5;tockton. Illinois Marital Status married 
Numbc I'f ch I 1 dren three 

7. None 

PI act- of i)i r th date 

Number ol years of schooling Occupation 

«cs i «lencc Mar 1 taT"Status " 

Number r)f ch I 1 dren 

U. Nomi- 

Pl.i. <• mT !-;rtfi dat( 

NiitiiJx'i of /eorb of schooling Occupation 

»<«••. i dcnre Marital Status 

Number of f h i 1 dren 


P I ,icr nf t) ! r ih date 

Numb*; I (jf yejrs of schooling Occupation 

Kes I dence Marital Status 

Niii.ibfT of ch i 1 dren 


P locc of birth date__ 

Number r)f /ears of schooling OccuTpatlOrt 

Ri.s i dence Marital Status ' 

Numbr-r of cH I Td ren 

P lace of b i r(.fi date 

Nijmbp r of /ears of schooling Occupation 

Ke-.idcnce Marital Status 
Number of ch i 1 dren 


P laf.e of h i rth date 

Number of /Cdrs of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marl tal Status 

Number of ch I 1 dren 


P lace of b i rth date 

Number ijf ycfirs of school Ing Occupat lOrt 

Re-, i dence Marital Status ' 

Number of ch i 1 dren 

10. Nam*: 

Pl^ce of bi rfh date 

Number of /ears of schooling Occupation" 

Residence Marlt'al Status ] 

Number of rhi I dren 

Your Father 

Name Wayne Ele'^.er BR^EO 
I f dead, date of death 

__ Current Residence ruralR;^ t>.fl.beth, minois 

Place of birthq+„^w„n^ jr. n^vn^c^ nty^ ^ Til inni ?^ P ate of birth 22. July 1922 
Education (number of years) ' 
grade school » high school i^ vocational college 

Occupat ion(s) 

1st -pa^^-^-py un-rk-PT 

2nd AT-my Ai-r FnT-ns 

3rd T^T-mPT- 


Religion Methodist 

(after leaving home) 
Dates 1 QUa-U? 1st Stockton. Illinois Dates 1Q42-4S 

Dates 1 qkP.'H.':, 2n d rural Elizabeth. '■'Illinois O^tes 194S-present 

Dates iQ/i-q-present 3r d D ates 

Dates lith Dates 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Republican, member Kayanb^usih 
] se -fi^b AF ^AM. Elizabeth School Boa rd , C omm i 1 1 e em an raf ' 8^'&'0d o 1 n e Twp . AS C S 
Place of marriage to your mother rura l Elizabeth, Illinois' "' < ^at6 18. June 19^2 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepTathl; _, _ . ., , „„ . give that data on the back 

I of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 

Name Reola Marion McKILLIPS BREED 
If dead, date of death 

Current Rasldencerural Elizabeth, Illinois 

Place of birth Woodbine Twp., Jo Dav. Cty., 11 1. ri«*^ «f olrth 5. June 1922 
Education (number of years) —«—————. 
grade school 8 ^ high school ^ onal college 

Occupat ion (s) 

'^'^ sficrfitary 

2nd homemaker 

(efter leaving home) 
Dates 194Q-Zf^ ^^t s^^gj^^^Qn. Xllinois .. ^Dates 194,1-/1^^ 

Dates 19i4-2-pre s ^t Dates 

Dates 3rd ^ Dates 

PollticaT'^^^t^ clvM or socia l clubs, sororities, etc. Republican, Between the Bookends 


c,r:i iih,-Uni tpc\ , v^p.t.hnrii rJ,, ft,nmp.n, Jn ^avie .^: s -■ >- "- e- 
Place of marriage to your fathfer _..„„t c-, < , . , ^t , 
NOTE: If you were raised by a stepmother 

d ate 18, June 19^2 
I ve that' data" on the back of 

this page (F-2). 


E- 1 Stepf*thei 


I f dead , date of death 

Place of birth D ate of birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school vocational college 

Occupationis) PLACE OF I^ESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 









3rd Dates 3 rd Dates 

^th Dates '♦th Dates 

Re I I g I on 

Poll tica-r part lei, ilvii &f 5fl«l8l clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your mother DaU 

F-2 Stepmother 


I f dead, date of death 

Place of hirth Date of birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school vocational college 


(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st D ates 

2nd Dates ^2nd Oates_ 

3rd Dates 3 rd Dates 

Re 1 I g I on 

Pol i t I ca I party , civil or soc I a I c lubs , sororities, etc. 

Place of ffvarriage to your father date 

CHILDREN of E and F (or E-2, F-2) - your name 

appear below 

Name Mary Jean BREED MILLER 

Place of birth Freeport, Illinois 
Number of years of schooling 16 ■■♦• 
Res i dence Monroe, Wisconsin 
Number of ch i Idren one 

Place of birth Freeport, Illinois 
Number of years of' school f ng ^4'" 
Res I dence Rockford, Illinois 
Number of ch I i dren one 

bate of birth 5> January 19^9 

Occupation teacher-homemaker 

Marital Status married 

>e of birth 23 , May 1952 
^ Occupat i Or^_^home maker 


N ame Darcy Waynette BRE E D 

P 1 a ce of birth Savanna, iTlihois """' ~—~~— 
Number of years of SChoo^ .;, presently in 8th f-rade 
Res i dence rural Elizabeth, nirnois ^— — 
Number of ch i Idren 

:e of birth 25, April 196I 
Occupat 1 6ri student 



Place of birth 

Number of years of school Ing 

Re s i den ce 

Number of chi Idren 


Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 


Number of chi ldr«ri " 


Place of birth 

Number of years of" school ing 


Number of ch I Idren 


Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence " 

Number of chi Idren 


Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing' 

Res i dence 

Number of chi Idrert 



Occupat I dn 

'ost ion 

b; rth 

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I hL'r('t)y donate this fanii 
»iijhts, to the Rock Va'ile 
Rockford Public Library, - 


your family are wi 1 1 incj) 

/ V, diong with all 1 itera, ^i 

'Family History Collect-:, 

Signed V^ l/j^y^ ^ ^j^jOJiuJ. 
Date _r/2-^i2- K^,Blf- 

n rii'. trdti vf 
L(;d in t^l(' 



Lly Reola BSEED Fischer 

orn 23» 



May 1952 

7/, August 1971 

Wayne Elezer BREED. 


p 22, July 1922 

M 18, June 1942 

Elej?ex- Everett BREi 
Great grandfath 

Reola tferion MGKILLIPS 


B 5, June 1922 
M 18, June 19''+2 

Frank Otis BREED 


B 19, January I89O 

^ 4, September 1912 
° 20, October, I96I 

Bertha E„ HIN^ 

3 26, March I89I 
D 20, October, I96I 

B 1858 

M 28, April 1881 

^ 191/4 

G.ecelia.. Viola MANLfi: 

Great grandmoth 

'^ 29, July 1861 
° 19U1+ 

Ghrl§toph.ex..JiIMTZ- . 



Augusta TESSMER : 

Alhprt ]^r^ MrhTUTVft> 
Grandf atlicr 
B21, December 1884 
M 2, June 1915 
D 21, March 1973 

B 24, March I858 ■ 
D 30P8 

1 M 23, March I88I 
D 7. August 1945 

Louisa JiORSCH 

B 6, September 18 
D 26, March l933 

.jTean, Mayy ^fi^tf^j 


B 1, March 1888 
° 1, February 1948 

ftfiflm RRfiym., 

B April, 1848 
M 1. March 1882 
D 18, December 19 

fennah EADIE 

B 27, August 18 54 
D 4., March 1938 


3^ zT", Dec?-i"bp 

r 3, Arril 1 

3 16, June It 
- 15, March 1 
Oliver K^NLE"^ 

I - - 

Minerva Lf*.' 

Mary " — 

Allen BREED 

Elizabel^ iVIIEELER 

3 P'! , Jan.lb3C 


M li4 , Nov. 1622 Arrnes PRATCHETT 

_Allen BREED_ 
B 1^1 





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D 21, Novemb' 

B 12, Februa 
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F, 22, July 1922 
M 18, June 1942 

Heola ferlon MCKILLIPS 

B 5, June 1922 
M 18, June 1942 

Pr.nl, (H1^ BREED 

B 19, January I89O 
" 4, September 1912 
"20, October, 1961 

Bertha E. HMTZ 

Slezsx^ Everett ,BRESD.., 
Great grandfather 


M 28, April 1881 


Great grandmotler 

" 29, July 1861 
° 19t^l^ 

"'r f bi. 

g 26, March 18,91 
D 20, October, 196I 

AlhpTt lihri wrnuns 

J M 

" D 15 

Augusta TE5SMER 

I Grandfather 
|B21, December 1884 
JM 2, June 1915 
[d 21, March 1973 

B 24, March 1858 

D 19,-'8 ' 

Louisa HORSCH 

B 6, September I856 
D 26, March 1933 

Jef.p ^ry gn^Hfi 

B 1, March 1888 
1, February 1948 

D 18, Itecember 1921 

Hannah EADIE 

B 27, August 1854 
•d4.-, March 1938 


ptl BREBD 

Brari le 

B 1761 T 1 

M 12. Tlec, 1786 
D 22, Auk. liajO 

Joseph BRFEn 
B 13, Mar. , 171I4 
M 20, June,, 1753 
,& 23^ Iflpr;, -1786 

• Lydla IbACOM 

about 1723 

B 17b9 

B 16, June 1835 
D 15, March 1893 
Oliver WANLBY 

B 19, Janua 
D 22, Septa 

May 1895 
May 18 36 

D 1862 



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M Ma 7 
D 2I+, Marr 

uary . 
h 1915 


D 1856 
Abraham MILLER 


St IB30 
D 7. -.lanuarv 191 ^ 
"Andrew BRO'^TN' 


'' B 

Benjamin EADIE 

D I8li9, approx. 
John EADIE, Sr. 

H 3, January lH20 

B 2, September 1820 
R 22. .September 1855 
D 11, March 1899 


Catherine STEVENSON 


B 19, October 1778 

B 22, Seutember 1825 
D 10, March IQIU 

M 1817 
D 19, October I851 
Hannah HASLEM 

Anna ROLtS 


Joseoh BREED 

Timothy BREED 

Mary ■ — 

B 18, Oct. 1^81 
M 17, Dec. 1709 

D 30,S6p.l671 

D 1738 

M-3, Mar. 1679 

Allen BREED 

Elitabe1t» VHEEIER 


M II4, Nov. 1622 


Allen BREED 

B 1601 


D 16, November 1866 




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Agnes Pratchett and John Breed h.^d a son, Allen, born in 
1601 in WestoninjR, oeifcrd County, England. He married Elizabeth 
'/heeler at Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire, England on Novemoer II4., 1622. 
They had a son also named Allen who was born there on January 27, 
I63O. Allen, Elizabeth, and their son went to Wew England with 
Winthrop's company and settle.d in Lynn, Massachusetts perhaps as 
early as I63O. (There Allen married again, a widow named Elizabeth 
Knight on January 28, 1856.) 

Allen (their son) was a husbandmen in Lynn and served in 

Kins P>^illio's .Var. He married Mary (who died on September 30, 

1671), and their eldest son's name was Timothy (as in his father's 
will) who was also in King Philip's W-.r and lived in Lynn, Mass. 
He married Sarah Newhall and they had a son Joseph, born on 
October 16, I68I, the eldest of eight children. (Tim remarried 
Sarah Bran in February, 1693 or '9iu) Joseph became a cooner living 
in Marblehead, i"iass., marrying Anna Rolls ( oorn on October 1^, 1688 
in December 1709. They had a son, Joseph Jr. born on i^iarcn 13, 
17l4,at '''arble'-.ead , a son Samuel, and a daughter Mary (who was 
born on June 30, 1713 and married Benjamin Hutchison and they had 
a son Amios who was oorn in Lynn or. August I8, 17U.^'). Joseph Jr. 
became a shipwright in Charlestcwn, Mass. and married i-.ary Salter 
in Boston on May 20, 1736 and later married i-ydia Bacon > ;^orn 
about 17?'') on June 20, 175^ ^t King's Chapel in Boston. Joseph 
and Lydia had a son Joseph (III) and they lived in Charleston 
un'-il the town was burned by f'^e British after Bunk.^r (Breed's) 
Hill, Joseph put in a claim for the loss of his property which 
was also destroyed. He then miOved to .Vestor.. Mass. where he died 
on April 23, 1786. 

Supposedly Joseph (III) (born in 1761) and perhaps his 

brother were Tories in the early 17^0* s. But after the British 
destroyed their father's barn and other property after Bunker's 
Hill, Joseph enlisted in the Continental Army thre-'e times--1777, 
1779, and 1780. He married Anna Hutchinson (who was born in 1769 
to Amos Huchinson and his wife, Amos being the first cousin of 
Joseph) on Decemoer 12, 1786. at Hillsdale, New York wt^.ere he lived 
for twelve to fifteen years. . The couple had a son Amos and one 
named Obedlah who w.^s born in Hillsdale on February l8, 1795 (my 
great, great, great grandfather), and probably other children. 
They moved to Butternut, Otseeo Co'jnty for twenty years, and then 
liven in Truxton for fifteen years, and Joseph died in Lircklaen, 
Augsst 22, 1850 (all the to;>ns being in New York state). 

Obe iah settled in Otsego County with his oarents when nuite 
a yn ;pj m-jn and there he married L;cy Cole also a native of i.'ew 
York. The. had nine children there, five, of whom were still livin-? in 
IS'JT namely: ^bediah (also ?nelled ^badiah nd ^oadioh) w-ig was 
born in Sectember iS , lBl5; Amos; C'-.arles; Electa: and Bradley 
who was born on December 27, 183?.-^ Obediah, the father, was in 
tre .■•'ar of l8l2 and came to Chica^'O when it w-.s but a srail ;:ettle- 
ment of cacins. His son Obediah probably proceeded his fa^-'r-er in 
coming to Illinois in l83p cr 1837 startin- with a team, of Horses 
traveling through. Canada, crossing the Rock River where Pockford 
is now sit^;ated (when at that tirie there was just on cabin), '^e 
continued to Jo Daviess County were he assisted in the developm.ent 
of m ■ nine? in the county which he did for seven years. He then 
"pre-empted the land cor^prising a cart of his"farm paying ore dol- 
lar and twenty-five cents ar acre in section two of Elizabeth 
Townshic, • He married ''^ary Cook on August 23» l8l|.l|. am the., had 
thirteen children.-- 

Obidiah's brother, Charles, went to the same^county somet-*.ne. 
perhaps with his f-ither, and farmed near Pitcherville con"ne to 
the co'inty at the age of twenty-five and he married Catherine Smith 
in I8L1.9 and they had five chilar-en. 

Bradley was probably Obidiahi Sr. ' ? youngest son (he is more 
than twenty-three years youn'^-er than Obidiah, Jr.). Bradley 
probably came to the county with i:iis parents who, when they arrived 
farmed near Pitcherville (and. near >iis son Charles) a town which 
has long ceased to exist and in fact, no one knew where it had been. 
According to an old plat book of t-^e co mty it was near the north- 
eastern border of Stockton Township (see map, pageB). (The town 
of Stockton may have been further so;th ..t that time than it is 
presently 'I. Bradley owned land in sections two and thre** of the 
tovmshio as did his father and Charles (this lan^l is now siti.:ated 
on the northern edge of UaS Rojte 20 on tbe western edge of present 
day Stockton). Bradley married I'lartha willett(who was born abcit 


June 16, 183^, around mid-19th century. In the StocKton Cemetary 
Obediah Breed, who died on April 28, 1877 at the age of eishty-four 
and his wife Lucy, who died at the age of eighty four on oepf-ember 22, 
1873. •if'*? buried near Bradley, who died on April 3, IQOO ana his 
wife Martha, who died on March 15, I893." 

Bradley and Martha had at least two children: Susene (l853- 

1929) and he married Emma (18^^7-1^15) and both are buried at 

Stockton, and Elezer Everett Breed who was born in lfl58. Elezer 
married Cecelia Viola Manley (w-^o was born on J'Jly 2^, I86I) on 
April 28. l38l in Rush, Illinois (see map. oaae ' ) and they are 


my great, ?reat, erandp-^irents . Her parents were Miner'-a Trickey 
and >-'liver Austin Manley also inhabitants of Stockton To-.,nship 
where Oliver owned land in section eleven of the township, which 

was very close to where Bradley's fither's land was. 7 (Cecelia 

had a bro'her Otis, who was born in i'larch ofllB66 and rr.arried 

Kate Nadi? ( w!io died in 192?), and they had at least two sons 

Merle and -Albert/) Otis war a participant in the land vis'^ when 

the srovernT.ent opened land for settlome'nt in Oklahoma in I9OO 

and obtained title to three-nundred and fwenty acre^) 

Elezer and Cecelia farmed ^around the villages of Warren and 

Stockton in Jo Daviess Cojnty and had four children, one oeing 

my arandfjther, Frank, (The Breed's marriage lieense page t") 

(Their fan ly picture pa^e 7) 

-'■Interview with Beth Breed, member of the Dajghtere of the 
American Revolution, November 17, 197it.. 

'^Ali'iof history before Obidiah, 3r. is from th.e Breed F:mily 
Association in research for the CAR. 

^Figured date for birth from date of death and age on tonb 
stone in Stockton Cemetary. 

^ Portrait and Biograrhical Al bum, of Jo Daviess County , 111 . 
(Chicago, 111. , Chapman Brothers, lCiC9T7 P 653. 

"^ HJF tory o_f Jo Daviess County , 111 . (Chicago: H. F. ^etl & 
Company, Times Building, TBjti ) , pT 745. 


■ At las of J_o_ D a V i e s p County and t^he_ state of 111 . (ChicafTo: 
Warner hisi-ins anrj Berrs. 1 K 7 2 ) , p. 0. 


Marriage license of Elezer and Cecelia Breed. 

^Tombstone? at Stockton ^emetary. 

(my paternal grartl father ) 

Frank Otis Breed was born on January 19, IS"^© to Cecelia 
Manley and Slezer Everett Breed on a farm between Stockton and 
Warren Illinois He had an older sister, '''abel and an older broth- 
er, James and on July 6, lS97 another brother Clair was born. 


There were also two children who died in infancy. 

Little is known of .Frank's childhood. His family thinks he 
went through the first eight trades at a country school near 
Warren in Jo Daviess County. During grade school and during his 
teens he probably heloed farm at home. In about 1908 or 1909 

when Frank was abojt eighteen or nineteen, he became sick with 

U - • 
tuburculosis and went to a sanitariura in Oklahoma. - •• 

Later he went with his brother, Jim who went. "to .fyom.ine to "r ^ 
farm near a town called Hillsdale. James ma-^ried '"'arie Cashnan 
and they h - d two sons, Everett and Paul, and a daughter, Dorothy. 
Clair slso had two sons and a daughter and lived in Wisconsin '■•';• 
Ranids, Wisconsin. Mabel married fl^nry Wixson and they settled 
in Jo Daviess County near what was once a village called '■'orseville . 
and her and her husband had a son and a daughter. ..'■■ 

Elezer, like his son, also had tuburculosis and finally re- 
tired from f jrming when he became ill. He and Cecelja n-ov^d to 
Stockton w^-ere two years later, in 191L|., Elezer died and is buried 
in Xadies Union Cemetary, Stockton. 

Cecelia v;as to live quite aoit longer than her hjsband and 
get to meet all her grandchildren. She was a very relip'ious lady, ^ 
faithful member and regular attender of the Evangelical United Brethren - Qnrch 
in Stockton which she joined in l377 and in w^iich Frank was also 
a member. She wor'<:ed herd for the Ladies i.'nion which she help , 

found, and was also a Suhday School teacher and a steward. She 
often traveled in the winter, but saw her prandchildren who lived 
near rju.ite often and they remer.ber her fondly. 

She eventually moved in with her daughter when she was no 
lon.'zer able to live alone. A newspaper article dateo .November 20, 
l^U.2 , stated how Celia (as she myst sometimes have oeen called), 
was ill and her two sons from out of statq came to visit her. 
She d i% at the age of eighty-three at her daughter's home in 19^ 

after she had spent nearly -ler entire life in the Stockton Town- 

2 1 

shiD viac'lnty. Her son Clair died on September 21, 1950. 

When Frank returned home from -Vyomine he probatly did farm- 
work in the area. It is not known when he met his future wife. 
Bertha Hintz, but it was probably in 1911 or 1912. They either 

met throu -h friends or nerhaps at a dance since 3ertha liked to 


dance alot, but ■c'rank would never learn. 



Clair Breed's obituary from the Stockton Herald Kews, Sept. 2., 

Cecelia Breed's obituary from the "StocKton Herald i^ews , "19UL|.. 
-^Interview with her grandson, Wayne Breed in SeptenD.-r, 197^.. 
^Interview with her granddaughter, Earlene Hunt in Sept., 197U. 


Eleaer Breed's tombstone in Ladies Union Cemetarv, Stockton, 

Newspaper article from Stockton Herald ^^-ews", Novemoer 20, 
I9I4.2 on Cecelia Manley's bein? ill. 

Interview with Carson Breed, her grandson on November? 16, 1974.. 

(my paternal prandmot^er) 

Bertha E. Hintz was born on March 26, I89I to ^ueusta Tessmer 
(who was born on March 2k, 18^6 in Germany) and Christopher Hints 
(also probably born in Germany) in Stettin (?) Germany (now be- 
lieved to be a part of Poland). Her father worked in a government 
owned stable as a manager and he and his family also: took care of 
a small plot of land of about five acres. ^ Were the^ raised vecre- 
tables, piss and probably other things. They had seven children: 
Elizabeth, Frank August (born on May 20, 1882), Anna Dorthea Maria 
(born on July 1, iSSi;), Herman, Bertha, Martha (born in 189l|.), and 
Marie (born on March ?.S , 1897). Aug-ista wanted to bring her 
family to America, but it is thought that Christopher did not want 
to go and in fact, felt he woi.-ld not make the voyage. Possibly 
Ancrusta's relatives, the Tespmers who were living near Vvarren, 
Illinois, sponsored their voyage thro;;gh their ch irch (helped raise 
money or something) and they started out when Bertha v;:i:3 nine years 
old, in 19G0, But ChristoD'-ier was right--he did not see the 
United States for he died on board ship. 3 His wife and family con- 
tinued on without their husband and f-ither. Bert-ia told stories 
later of their crossing the Atlantic and how one Polish, family 
always "stele" Marie, the youngest, because she was so cute, "^hile 
their father w^'s ill the older children would have to babysit, 
Marie while their mother cared for him. There was also a wealthy 
man aboard with his young gr-anddaug-iter. Evidently she wus not 
toilet trained, and whenever she soiled he would throv; overboard 
her beautiful lace panties much to the amusement of Bertha and 
her faml ly. ^ 

The Hintz' s probably came straight to their relatives in Jo 

Daviess County after reaching t'ae United States and then lived in 
vario :s homes around Warren. The younger ones attended school 
there until the eittih grade and learned English then. Marie and 
Bertha and perhaps others of their siblings were confirmed into 
the Lutheran Church in Warren.^ Marie and Bertha were Doth, good 
artists and a couple members of the family learned to play t le 
accor-dian and were quite musical. 

Elirabeth had not come to the United States with her parents 
becaijse she was already married in Germany and had children. But 
she lost her family in some kind of epidemic (influenza perhaps) 
and she came to America a few years after them. She married Frank 
Droose - here.-^^Her sister Ann,, married Wilhelm Broee in 1901, shortly 
after they arrived and they had eight children. '-ierman married 
Emma Teccendorf and they had a lars'e family. Frank married and 
he died on April 2^, 19:?9 and I'laris, the youni?est, married .:^r.il 
Kant on. '^^"it.ober 6, 1916 and they had four children: '-orcthy, 
Or villo, Viola, and Lois.-^ Martha died at the age of twelve on 
^ctober 10, 1906, Augusta, their mother, rem.arried in about 
1908 to "/illiam Zunker in either Jo Daviess or Stephenson County. 

Bertha worked after eighth grade doing ho isework for the 
"well-to-do" Sround Warren. On January 17, 1910 she gave birth 
to a son zhe nnmed Roscoe B. 'who was born around warren. 

None of Bertha's family is now living but they left alot 
of chii.'.r n (grandchildren, .treat grandchildren), many of whom 
live around the Jo Daviess Coh'nty area. 

'Interview Sept, 197U witli Carson Breed, "ner son. 


Anna Hints Brof?e ' s obituary. 

Interview with Earlene Breed Hunt. Sept.. 197)4.. 
letter from Verla Breed -turtevant, November, 197l|.. 
Interview with Emil Kant, October, lllU. 
Date from the family B ible . 

iii-;!<T:!A Alii) i''-i,\i;K B'i!'''!!), T'f/MR ;.:?!•! TOir'iTllKn 
(my pat'3Pna.L «pandpur';n t s i 


Kran'A Bi'ood anu !-iert!ia HlnV z vmt iv. X;"; L o?^ i'UP an-] ;.,-.r'(3 ina-- 
riod on opptt^i'ibor ■;., 1912 in Apple Kiver-. ^v ravles.s ''ounty, 
Illinol.n,^ Thoy h&:3 tlieir pictures tj.ken a'n-i';r,(j tp.f ti-i*; the^. wero 
piarr!ed and a bracelet Bort-.a i? w-^arin:'- in hor's was ^T'..ven t.o b^r 
by P'rank i'roiiybly a? an en"ai:enent on •wrd>;lr''' -^re-;ent. 

Fop tho first coiinle of year'- of t:r;ip mipr-i-aee Prank, Bep';ha, 
and hop son Ho-;; , lived in .Vateploo . io'/ja •w'ier(? Fpan,< wor-kod in 
a f ictopy. Tb.ey returneT to "'o Daviers County 'n 1)JLl and lived 
in s<^ a'Vn.ptnent above a store in otocK'ton for a n-upt whil<^, 
Bertba's brothep-ln- 1 aw, Fnil Kant, PctTietfibers v'sitiri.-r tbe!f. t-h?re. 

Tbey Fion moved to a fai'in sout-; of r.t u."'< ':Gn wi.^pe -t^>,e i r flrrt 
daaghter was born, p-arlene June, on June U , l^^l';. 3he wac a sinnll 
baby, small enoj^h to fit in a s'nofj box an;.! carnej V-~f: n'. cKnime 
Doll.y w'-i'.-n ppe still keeps to::jy. '.bir. far"^, war^ c:'.-.!':e'J ry 'r.-leed 
rieprnann wbom P'rank helped w'^-i tb-^ far'" 'viorii and -ert'na k:pt bo^se, 
.•/'len Dolly was bopn he save Hertb.a a pocicin;; chair to rock the 
baby in and later aave a small one to BoJiy W"icVi s^-■e still has 

They movoij to anothep farm T'o^rby .■:here i'ip. : ■■r-rnann ►•.■=lped 
F'rar;k irn^ started on his ovjp. On this f u'tr * . ci pons wer-e r-'^vi: 
J^pson i-'r-ar.klin on May 6,1916 and "jpnice homain on HU:^u5:t 6, l''-']6. 
Abo'jt a yeap aftep M'jpnice vas born tbey m'v--d ■a-^3\n, t'n s time 
to a farr. owneo by P'raik's '-lOtber (thouah she neV'P ] i v"d t'^.;re) 
wriich he bcu>?ht fT'orr her. Or; Apr'il ]'/, 19r'0 they had ar-'f-a^r 
daurrhter, AJeda de]l, on July 2rl, 192? a i^on wayne (my f^'-fiep) and 
Verla f'lae. thoJr youn^^es*. was 'aorn on 'lay 18. 1'2:. T'lr-r'e a-^e 
few details of their exnepiences tb^eir firsi few years of marrlaiTe. 

bt;t w.' •.:!> t^u^lr t-evop o'lildr^n t'.ey were i.'Iont,/ oi.;:y, no -J'j'j'jZ. 
3y t*--.!.^ tir.i? VcrlH wu- uor-n iio.sc, now ro-jrteer' , -nui ;Lni.'!lieu •?.iLvith 
■T'aJo .ipj vJOfkHd aj x tip-r-.h-in l c .-jrid in tne t.ru'S-:!!-' ;"j firi'T.s ^0." 
•iw-rlle. "e 1 ivod at '^ottio p;ii't. of '.Me '■■ine. 

•vhiio fartnln-r t'^ey vi'^rmi o-.T-yt'-.i 1 ■: — ".0W3, '•.or:-'^:- .-;'-■ cU? "." , 
tii.rs ani .iur-k.'^. As t '' e r.hildror 'jre.'.-j i.'d r.-'.oy bo.'.'i -'oln-.^ 'nany 
ol' the c'rrivep. The hoy=-- oi') most of i/na' fioiJ worv ':; : Ikir.f , and 
rarryin'T wood altho;tfV; Dolly, bfir:: ono of the oJ'if?^; hel.-'U) with 
hayinsi before the yojn^er boy? were hip nnovji'h tc "hey jycd tea-ns 
of h'or-ses for field v.ork. One ti^n wh'jn they v;er-> ha ;l'r;r water 
from thjo '•■.o'^se weiJ to the nhrs !''.jrnicH. t ' c :--on \-i'o J ways srened 
to be in trouble, decided to ha^e t-.';ir honr:'j. Tons, pn]} a Ha^'un 
with the water oacKets on. As Murriice w-.f I'^a.i'n- hlr-'. he br-o^e 
away from jis gfip and neaaed for Vcrla. nis ristr.-f, wh .•• was 
playln,:' n-v^rby. '"'nptunato ly the hocso inlLJced t.er, U'jt /Pij'jt and 
broke t'lo vjason. They also 'ir-.c;.; t^i'j horr . ;: to pjl 1 t,h«'ir tvo- 
'5eatei bn^qy wViich alrrior^t upse' on;^ rainy n'. Pht. iJiif- wintf;" Cav.iun 
and i'i irn; ',e were nleanin? t .^• It iV s -^nd -ut new s'r-aw l-i fnr- the 
cattle i'-' ■■ the boyr^ sot i nt - a li^ ' le f 1 'rht--^arcori itu' 'it 'n tt'fl 
no?e. li.a^e^ as he was c;'-io'.;>iri -^ .jood, Cur':'on rot "'.It v;ii'! a piece 
of \vood- -a ■'ain in the nor-e, T^iat ni'rht the boyr- ■■.eri t,r.,i'V to 
r.: Ik a cGw which h^d just had a calf. liurnic'=- told 'J.ri-O'i i- was 
:Join'' into the ho ;:-e to ?et .'-one 'inves, but actually he had no in- 
tention of ret ;^njn^^ t.o helo old the cow so sne would no* kick. 
Carson etid^ri 'jp aettin'j- ki c.te-:- -aaa In in the no-e and .;;;:: firiou;; 
with hio bnother who ended :t:. huvii,^ to mjlk the cov; h L-:i::e I '.' . 'V^rtha 
too holned ont.'-iuo, oat .:till always pat a :n}od nioal on th.e tunl-; 
for 'he iar^^e fam.ly. 

The o-Iris al^o h -d oat. ride chi^r-e? like o.'>'--tTa th.'i'i n^j an; -'.iV- 
deninfj; t-^-.oan-h VerL. said liter she dislike-. f-arTiin^ oxceot fcx^ fne 


^'j'vieni t'-' nnJ biby an'rr:ui::, .-iortMa, thniv nom ••:n; lo'-^; (;'' i-ui-dun 
(uhic': .'^l-so '?njoytni anr) kept '?;i:'don;- ev.-n in "er- lHi,er ;;o;;r-s> -in'.! 
?ho ai;--c -^arppd M jn^iro^i,- (Sf Jar'r: of fn;; t. ;n:i ^ccre tab] et-- '-a.';'-- yaar. 
T^i'^y stofad mar-; '/f^ ■'t; t ;ihlec- in tJner d ' rt.-f loprvi b,-; ?*?-^,f;n t vjl^ipp 
t'py wo.:l;l Keen Fn^^eriiiJ rKTi tns ll'.:e cart-oi:, on 1 on.s . -TntJ :-.'Ret .; , e tc . 
'^ert'-ia wo;lJ se'j.for tr.e I'lrl:; ard alio ;'a t.c hti-.i aiot. 'I-m) .t'tIs 
'.-I'^re rei;r>;n:- 1 hlo f.)r p;i!c o •' -'^r ho :;• OA'or'k--'>.uk i nr Tvi,-^ (;-«)■;,• day 
and crrtalr vjoeUly t'-or-rr sjc as ';:''i.^tc ! nt/ ":.r i"-:,- tver-y i-'rida,,. 

Their- hoi^.e wac rot too lartre, tno boy;- rhare-i a roo-'!, itr. did the 
olde?*- ^Tiris. anu Verla, ■■;hen r-h° wai- yoan,-' :;!i;rt ':; a i'i.hji, 1 th 
-jer 'jar-on'.c. T'':cy ■ .i ■■! ..'.■i-'":- :<itcheri at, unr Lir,<! ?o n.'t '.':' 
"lest .;p tao no i^e too rr:jcn v;- ilc .^o .)l:l^;■.• li. ",•;(; ;:ij.T' c p. Thf:., alno 
lad a wot'.d jnd ooal 'jjrrj'n-:- ^tove i:i the ii\'l:i>' r-f-c; vvaic-. Viar. 
tar<eri ao^vti In the Sfirln--'' and the itioti wa.~ (jn^y uand in \,ht', .;, r;,"r!r 
when (Ti;e.stt- oano. T^;<n-. in thf^ fail a-'aln. the ■.;!;(?;■ wero painted 
witl: stove black, the; rurnace put back .it), and jA^'ntcO--! ov u. fh--w 
hO'.ra thrre war- al-vays aJot, o^ smoio In 'ht.* ho;-;-..-> ^^x-cr fw new 
paint beiru- t'ln?Ted. In the Viint'M' thoy ar-o'-. t'>'.: ll'-iri- roori i'ir:ce 
t:'-?,^ ric'd?,! 'he rocr,, o'^Iin! In t'^r hoa^o p.or'? . T! o pirr-r •.-.'■at 
throuj^'^i t'a^ eirl'.- and f'-ioir ri:.r'(;n t.^ ' r'uo;'!;; b';t t; ^ *? 'X-y.'-' '••'■ .'"•i oftrti 
c: • trt coif. 

;it ni :ht in thc! livin^-: roo-:, t 'i tatnily of't'-v •.•c'-.-i iffi :-al^e'a. 
Irclr 1 i 1 1 1 f; terr-'.nv, Tippy, •ilw'-.yr da:c(?d in front, of .''rani-: wV.o 
then let t !':p do>' sret on a c- air an . covnidhim ao with a s:i^^^-;l;3^{ in 
ccar. i- ) t as tbe Ijo\i'c- wont: to br--. espociaiiy C.'\-or:, ^'no doj 
woijli try to sneaK cut of ti^e roon- to r.o apatairp -/rit.-i ■\iv'., do 
rarely mad-? it past Bo rtha, vjhc ajwayt; told him to go lay -lotrn, 
but if hfi did he^idash n prst ai rs anti into ijnd "with C'^rson Vjc'd ^':< 
•^.'Gy d'?n(> Into 'ho co--/et's. iiat ov-ny ni'rht Bor'Via would con>> in, 

>ir^k f^orpon if thti doa w-is tiorp (and C >rson woii]H pretend he. 

wi.is .-M "fir 1 po; ') , r.n rtif^'M lift tne hlankpts off aru] thf.T'e w'i.s t.ho doij. 

In .l'-'>?'^, vjhil.' riMjte 7r- vjhp heltur D'liit. t'lroifii r.toc/ ton, 
F>inl< wnr. hifrhv/.-iy .- iiiieiMntmdent for tv.-n year.".. They yl;;o hoiii-'h.t 
thoir f'TTt r&r that year, a i^d'-) t'orr; for r.Bvnn 'rinridr"t">ri dollars. 
In t.'ioiTo cars frit^ fioars wnre in the floor nednl wit'i a low, ai.^n, 
and HiTitT'l on different levels. A.hojt the se'-ond i.inii! b'v^n.i nut 
t,*"o r^ar' ir t *-^e ."or""- Tib t'-'py wpn'j ij.'^in" a.s a paraf/e, h*^ stoni^ed 
'j litrle t.:--o hard en th.t» pf^c(;J and '.•lont, riast neutral. n'<-, Inr'.ed ' a ♦•. f^- 
ly .r'lo :r .'d , "Whtia . w':oil" to t.nlo new "hotJ.''.f;" to :--t.op iti '^dlF '^ar 
A'prit t VinciMir'nt ul(-,t -- t-l-fi yoiin-'pr nids tKHik tn to f.^hool aft'^r it w.? 
n-' I'li.^'op t m; family riat' and p.'-ent';aj ly it ^bs convor ted into a 

T'-''^ ' n ?econ') dar- wa ' a .,'r.;o Pon^iQc "'nunK b<-> ra^it in Fresr.ort, 
Illinol.n, Ft-an..-;, nor ,);n to ;i man'iQl nhift, drove t--e car hone in 
Eeorvi (a ar""'o of ar-o-t t -^-nn t, ,- f i ve "dlepj anc: when ne r^ot hor'ie 

it was ateaminr' a'Aay ^ind .50 was he tninkirt^ he had brten .sold a 

refi' ierr.on. Ar- he '.-.'a,-, ^'r-nr in^-" away at the car. his ;-on Carpon 
told h i f^. what had han >-ned ana ne^an showini' him how it worKed and 
hi i 3 dad then exclaino how murv! fa'^ter it went that way. 

Al-^'^^o'jfTn derthia. ha^iri''- lived in vJerrr.nny for r're year;-, knew 
■ lernon. .■■(>c ta<ji'<i her chilnr^^n ver/ 1 i t tie-- 'u.^; t n mers in i 2 few 
snyiras '.^nd ocr ai^:.- i (^na ! .1 y s:;'" to t- .et, in iJerrran liite "dlo "'annobaiirr.' 
(which .=^;:o .al.<^(^ .'-.ana tg her tt'' andcii Ldren ^nci •• ron.emner >i>=y sinfin^? 
"■"' 'lie iN-j-ht" * .". f'.o '; . Al t'c jrh dor childr'on nov; wish ?h wo.'l.". 
•.-i-iu.-> r-.j::-'-t: the'T' riw.rc .'3'-io vondhly did nor. Dec aa :■.>■■ '•.er {•rnv ■ .■■•r' s 
childr'^-^ "o)ld bar'ely "^rearC .hn:''! i .s;i wnen ih^y .star^od ;;jnool and 
F'^e tho :;»'■ t that '-.'^r, vjron''. 3'-c alway.v told h<'r nn: he ^-u- :>r.a iuecc;-5 
whT t ■'■,.'-• viiviteti to "Foeak '"n-^'lifh;" 


f)hf^ did cnr.vi^rr.e in 'Jrrtnan with her rnothor, Aij(T is-t.a '''nri;<rr', 
vi'-'C nar.f; lo 1 i vo witli th.em In 1 'i?i). They did thi:. o;: [loc i >il L.y .rirjr. 
t'-ip;; '-.id not A'ari t'ln ct'.lldrnn to know i^h-nt t.hny vievn t'liKit.g aljoi.t. 
A uTi; r;tn u r :b] y ?fet In a certain spot in the kitchon and did pat,t:h- 
/ork, 'in ever'J as t i np choro, an, J c r-oohet eri . Tn 1927 ^'^ ■■''> H'^r'tha 
b-MViT'"^ ve'^v ill and tinajjy wp^^t to the hospital fop in opei'-atlon. 
T^'er '"rV'^n^.'r-h Zantion would shoiit to the k " d =5 in ^-'nrrr.an to iTe^i therri 
to help with .sanrer. or whate"'=:r. Alro at that time !''rarik had been 
hTft and tiad a blood riot in hip le!7 so wl'iile hir vi'.ff-. war in the 
•.,nc>^i»:;i b'p diU'-^hter Do"i 1 y .:yred for him. iJh i 1 e lortha vjas Ir ttif; 
ho.-rr.tal h'-r 'X.aVhrv nasr.r- i aw^;/ am Hertha vjar- in sioh a rr-rlo^.-n 
ronai* '.r.n '-'ir' wa:- P'-t ♦ o 1 ri p' 'ht a. .'ly and did no*' t'o to t.h.e funepr.i. 
Tm ot" ' 1 Ipcn in .s'.-iho'".! ■/.ep'^ cail«^d hone that day and it mart ha'..T 
be <■■;;" r. jir. r a U: d t ' rnr; for> ♦."ler,. 

•^■nptha': nr'o;-vr' i*'r'ank >]:'C earne to I've wit'i tjiet' in ahojt 
lO'^.l ard '■!;j;.e''i sevpiii .,f-a."a. He war a bi eat(-r Mit not tuc'. of 
a v;op,-.pp. 'tif; (lay an hf', hi.-- rpo - ■ en- i n- law Kpan-: and so^-e of the 
boy.'^ /pp> In t!;p f"pld ." it.t't:" the corn t),- hano ann shoc<it/_' it, 
in roe r::pi ,• Kr.rlnr of the yeap, it rt^pted 'o pain. Uncle 

^P'.nl< r; 1 i '? the-' b^!t}, cp iro a ■••■ ^n ♦ ':p.; don't siet .■•track t\v li_p;hteninR 
bat ''pank -po-^ri said, ,;oi; ca- "■->t ?!tpark by licjht"nin' in bed, 
bijt yo.: s^iJl r^o to bed ever'v n'^'h*^. T'.e Bpeeds alno virlted 
",ep^*-;i ' ;-• --^ 1 at i •''- r: :-o'retinpr -r'a all t p.e oJdep oH''^? wo, Id ?rea,{ 
",,1 .."■••,„.!-,•'- npp' r.'T a.-.a'; :ai R-"'r-tha'r '-i:fbano woald h:-t ■ '■ t parif ana 

■■.'■• fall of V'" e ypa", -after t-he nl-'s were -old t'--^ "a-ily 

-or c,r,-i •■o--t of t ' ■'■- ■-■■<■:'■; r '"• i othin.'' from n- o'" t'-r'^ .na ' 1 - 
alogrr^. Tar",, waitel for t ' • ■; nackarre:; to ii-"I"c. all wranped 
v; bpown ra^er. T»ipy t.nen appo the naop" in n'.aitrep: e;- 


as ins ilation. Every fall the kids wcjld take clean grain sacks 
out to the cornfields and get their sacks full of husks (in the sum- 
mer they used straw) to put iifl the mattresses with the brown paper 
outsidf- and covered with ticking. Then they often had a feather 
mattress on top of this. I remember Grandma's feather oeds in 
her upstairs bedrooms. Bertha was a very thrifty person, nsver l 
wasteful, and she let her husband take care of finances. 

The children do not remember t-:e depression as being all 
that bad since the^' always ^te well and only had to buy essentials 
like susrar, salt. etc. They did leave their farm then though when 
they could not keep up with the payments. Havine such a bic? fam.ily 
the kids were always ousy. When Frank lived with them Murnice 
began learninrr how to play his accordian as did Carson who now en- 
joys playing his own home organ. Aleda Belle took lessons on f-.e 
violin, but that instrument did not suit htjr or her to it perhaps. 
Once i^ornice pot an air rifle and hit iiis older sister Doily risht 
in the you-know-where and she wouldn't talk to him for a tr.onth. 

In 1930 Ross married and they h--d two sons, *James and Euizene, 
but they were divorced in 1936. At this time Dolly, Murnice, and 
Carson were in high school and the rest still ittendinEr ■'•ankee 
Hollow School, aoo :t one and one-half ^iles fromi their home, as 
all the older ones had. Carson ann Murnice were in the same class 
bee use Carson started a year late becajse ho had yellow jaundice 
W-en he was six. Then when he di^' start 'Murnice m.issed his older 
bro the. r so mjc"-i :^rai> .7ont him too, thihkine he' d soon tire of 
it. Instead the opoosite harpened--he really liked school and con- 
tin :ed. Everv ni?ht Frank instituted a study h .. jr for the school-aee 
children. Murnice did nuitevin school and always toox this oppor- 
tunity to read a library bo^k or anything other tnan schoolwork 

He wo lid hide whatever in his schoolbook, so has father would not 
know. His siblings never told nowever, since their father orobablv 
would have disliked that worse than '"'urn'.ce's extra reading. Fran'-: 
did most ot the disciplinine in the household with words though 
and not spankings. Their children con-idered them quite strict 

The school was a major entertainment center of that d^y, 
much as it is now for school -families. Their country school, how- 
ever, was also a church for awhile which they attended pretty regu- 
larly--either Sunday School or the worship service every week. 
After church there were occass 1 onally baseball r .mes or picnics. 
They started attending the Evangelical Onited 3rethen Church in 
Stockton where Frank was a member. There was also a Community 
Club w'-ich met at the school once a month on Friday niehts where 
all the neighbors ??ot together. Sometimes they had pot luck din- 
ners and at Christmas the children would s^y nieces, a^ive plays. 
and have a grab b.ig. The fa mily also went to the Breed Re inior donu3 1 ly 
that was held until the 191^0' s and saw m ny of their relatives. 
This was held at different parks in the area, often in Krape ^'ark 
in Freenort, and was sometim:s attended by a co -pie of hundred Breeds. 

Stockton , the nearest town, was not much different in the 
thirties than it is today. They went to oand conderts there on 
•Wednesday nit?hts in the summer and did their shopnirig there. The 
six yo:ngest children all attended hi?h sc'-iool there. The older 
ones walked usually as they had to ?rade school though sor.ptim.es 
the oldest daughter, Dolly, would ride a horse and leave it at her 
Grandma Breed's. Th,e youncer ones 30t to drive a c ir to school. 
Their subjects are subjects teenaeers still take today. They also 
often visited their Grantin^cv there, which they all enjoyed. 


Earlene (Dolly) was the n^xt to leave horr.e after Ross. After 
hi?h school graduation in 1932 she worked in Stockton keeping house 
for people and in I93I4. went to '^ockford, Illinois to nurses training? 
at the Swedish American Hospital. She received '^er registration 
in 1937 ^nd worKeo at the hospital in oostectrics On June 6, 
1938 she married Linden Hunt (born on Feoruary 7, 1917 in Unlonville, 
Iowa) and they had three c-iildren: Joey Lynn, Terry ^ayne; and 
Linda tarlene. 

In the late ■ thirties the family raised another boy, :iertha's 
nephew who was Just a toddler when he came. .Vhen his mother re- 
married and came to get him ne did not want to leave. Verla and 
•^ayne were the only ones home at 'his timie and enjoyed chelr baby 
"brother". Carson and ^"'urnice had eraduat^d in 1935, and Murnice, 
who really never cared for *:he farm, started at Kraft's Cheese comoan; 
Carson farmed at home, then worked for a farmer, and in 1936; when 
his parents movec^ he took over their farm (which Frank had bought 
for one-hundred and fifty dollars an acre ana had sixty acres a:.d 
also rented some more). Carson married on Octo^ber I8, 19'^'^ to Jean 
Pohl and they had two children, •^udy and Ja ry . Murnice also m.arried 
that year on December 23 to Beth Hillary and the^' too had a son 
and dau3hter, Jeff ard Jennifer. 

.'ihen i"hey moved Verla had to transfer to another grade sch.ool 
called Spring Valley. Aleda 3el le graduated in 193^ and s"e mar- 
ried Delmar Alorecht that Aug.st 25 and tney farmed wit-: Carson 
for aw^.ile. All in all, the Alnrechts ha.d sixteen cnildrcn; She.-'ry, 
Bonnie, Arlon. Kenny, Virp'il, Adela, ^av/id, Duane, Kyle, Larry, 
Debbie, ^erd;;. Danny, ^^athy an': Tim.--a list my sister and I used 
to *'r. and see who could finirh first and if we rememoered everyone'. 

Wayne eraduated in 1^14,0 and Verla in l^ii.2. She m.arried Jack 
Sturt-ev jnt after workinr a't the Savanna Army '^e pot; on January 26, 

19U5 and they had two dau^^hters, Vickie Rae and Jackie Kay born in 1914.6 

and '.L|.7 .-^fe'la 'S'nioTO wanted her to have a bi? church wedding but 
Verla felt this would be too much for her mother. All the wed- 
dinffs were small, and Frank and Bertha discussed upcoming mar- 
rages with their chilrren except for Aleda Belle's s'nce she 
eloped for they thought her to young to m.arry. 

In 19)4.3 or so Bertha and I-'ranK mov d to a farm near cchapville 
Illinois and now '-.here was just the two of them. In 1946 they 
again movec to ^^ent in Stephenson County, and this was to be theii" 
last farm for it was here Krank had his first of what was to be 
several strokes. -^n 19t4.6 he suffered his first stroke and lost 
the use of one of his arms and partial use of the on" le^. The 
couole left the farm and moved to a house they purchased on rJast 
Queen Street in Stockton. Prom about 1914.9 through 1953 ov so 
Bertha walked to her job at '^twoods Factory. 

I remember my grandparents at this home. 3y the tiuie I 
was old eno'ish to remember them, Grandps. could no.t walk without 
assistance and his sneech wis imnaired. He was always a more 
quiet- man anyway than hiis wife who was a sood talker who most of 
their children taK.e after, a triit which I too inherited. Bertha 
kept a garden in town and made a rock garden also. ohe always had 
many flowers outside around t^ie house. Their hoijse was small, a 
kitchen, livne room, and dinin^? room (which was used as a sewing 
room and later as a bedroom.) and ucstairs ware two 3m,all nedroo.ms. 
She made rues for some of her ?randchiidren one al wnich-I stili have. 

On October 23, 1961 Frank and Bertha were found dead In t'^.eir 
home by their son, '"'urnic©. Aoparently tne^, had oeon ill ano had 
died a coiole of days earlisr on tue cwentiei-h. The coroner was not 
sure of the ca ise of deat''^ when his s -spicion of botulism.: (from home- 
canned food) was nevor confirmed b- tne laoorator/ t-^sts. BeTtha 


may have had a heart attack and Frank, vino the doctors a . hort while 
before this, did not know what was keepine him alive, may have 
died while tryln?^ to roach hor. Bertha onco s ^id that her and 
her husoand were a team, makine decisions tosetNer and she believ d 
if Frank died she would not live long af'er. The cr^ildren consi- 
der their parents a nroa i an honest, hard-working coiple and 
believe they had a fine, and enjoya::(le family lift;'. 

Hirtory taken from interviews with Frank and :3ertha Breed's 
children: Carson, Dolly, Wayne and Hurnice and from a letter 
from Verla. 

Birth dates from Family Bible . 

Iprank and Bertha's marriage license page 23. 


(my father) 

Wayne Breed was the youngest son of Bertha and Frank Breed 
and born on July 22, 1^22 on their farm in Stockton To'^nship, Jo 
Daviess County, Illinois. His middle name is Elezer ctfter his 
Grandpa Breed, but he really never appreciatea the odo name and 
now generally uses the initial "E". Being a rather small boy and 
the youngest son he is said, by his brothers and sisters, to have 

n I, 

gotten a little spoiled. He was (and is) a picky eater and as a 
child never wanted anything on his plate to touch and used a 
different snoon to eat differpnt things with. He wouldn't eat 
pe'dche^ because th'^y were slippery going down, or jello, because 
he thought it was alive since it wri-^eled. He wi^s also fussy about 
his belongings-would never sleep with his brothers or even let 
anyone touch his bed." 

As "a very young child he had rickets. At the age of seven 
or so he had ear trouble and eventually had a mastoid operation 
plus had his tonsils and aeanolds removed at Sti Francis Hosnital, 
Freeport, Illinois. After ^^is operation he stayed with his 
Grandm.a Breed for a short time, who lived in Stockton. Her grand- 
children always thought it was a real treat to visit her. She 
made the best blackraspberry Jam in town and also made the largest 
suerar cookies with one huge r.'iisin in the midnle. She was small 
in size and always wore the starchiest sun bonnet?, aprons, and 
dresses and low-he^-^led shoes, with a button strap. She kept a neat, 
cozy home w'lere Verla, Wayne's younger sister, st:yed quite often 
as a te<-^na'-'er and attended en ;rch with her as sne quite religious. 

Wayne and Verla also olaved with their mHterral "ranrimother 
who liv' d with their family •■'-■en they were preschoolers. They 

would play mail cirrLer with a shoe box as the rail box. Their 
Grandma would read the "letters" in German, since that's all she 

spoke and they thought this was really funny since they could not 


understand her. 

Wayne attended Yankee Hollow School about a mile walk from 
their home through eighth grade when he graduated top in his 
class. . .also bottom because he was the only one! The school had 
picnics and other activities. . _ ' 

During his last year at Yankee Hollow some members of the 
family got scarlet fever ana the whole household was quarantined, 
someone even had to come in and milk the cows. Wayne was only 
sick a short while and ended up spending much of the several weeks 
sled'jing. They all had quite a few play things including ice 
skates, sleds, and a hom.emade wapron and they also went swim.ming in 
the summ.er in a nearby stream. Shortly before the end of eighth 
grade his family moved to a farm further from school and he had 
to walk r lite a distance to f'-nish school that sprln'T. 
" ' In the early thirties, when Dad was about ten or so, his pa- 
rrnts ^rot thf ir first radio. Before this time they often visited 
their neighbors who had one and wotid listen all e-^enins:. 

He entered Stockton HicTh School in l'^3t> and v;as a member of 
the Future F .rmers of America and its dairy Judgine team throus'h 
hieh school. For a co iple of years he Joinedthe Glee Club and as 
a senior, acted in a play. He nest remembers oeinr^ on the wrestling 
team in the 1 ightw-:' Ight division, starting in the nint^ty-five pound 
class as a freshman and as a senior wrestled in the one-hundred 
twenty-five or thirty-five class. His nickname, according to his 
yearbook, was 'Val".^ The class of I9I4.O was the largest to gradu- 
ate from Stockton, up to that time, graduating about SijSlty. 


After graduation in ■'^'inc , 1911.0 he uorked at hor.e for ■•i.-- .lie 
as he n.id done since he u^s a ciiild--liel'iin^jr with the field work, 
milkiniT,- etc. In January of 19U1 he began wor.cins? at the ^^-raft 
Cheese Company in Stockton making boxes outside of the plant for 
thirty.-five cents an hour. After a week of that he moved inside 
and became a cheesemaker ' s helper for which he got a raise. He 
lived at home while working there. At Kraft's he met his future 
wife who also was an employee. He and Reola McKillips were mar- 
ried and lived from June, 19L|.2 until October of that year in 
Stockton ■hen ho joined the Army Air Force durine World -^ar II. 

He enlisted in Galena, Illinois alon^ with a friend, Carson 
Herrinc^ who had graduated vjith him and who also got married the 
same day he did. Wayne aSs inducted at Des Moines, Iowa and with 
Cirson, left for basic training at Fort ^odge, Iowa. He was then 
stationed at Coffeeville, Kansas for a wdle and then was stationed 
at Eagle Pass, Texas for six months from November, 1914-2 through 
May, 191x3. He saw his new bride at Christmas when she visited him 
and also had a three day leave in April. From Ea-^le ^ass he wr.nt 
to the- Salt Lake City ^.. Utah base for overseas training. Then he 
went to i^ew York aboard a troop train that went through his hom.e- 
town of Stockton. 

In June of 19k3 he went to Glasgow, Scotland on the ship the 
"Queen Elizabeth" wit'-: about eighteen thousand troons aboard, A< 
they were croasinH- the Atlantic they were chased by U-boats, fror 
time to time. He was all over England and finally stayed at 
Bobbington" Field, Herts County, England, near London. Here he was an 
airplane mechanic' or a "munitions worker for an air material sq'ra- . 
dron," T'^ey were bombed by V-2 rockets several times but fortunate- 
ly, lia' was not wounded. One day a friend visited bin in a one-star 



general's plane which they then took to London for a night on 
the town. ^^is outfit was later sent to a place near '-'xford where 
they set jp a fighter b'.se. 

On the day after VF! Day, the surrender of Oermany in the, late 
SDitnmer of 19L|.5, his unit flew over some cities that had been . 
bombed includina London; Calais, France; Brussels , Belgium; Antwerp, 
Germany and the cities that were once Coloeney France and 
Dunkeroue, Germany and the Sie^rie=i Line. He stayed another month 
in England and on the trip home Japan^ surrendered . He returned 
to Stockton to live as a civilian once' again. U- 

■^Intervievfi v;ith Earlene oreed Hunt and Carson Breed, '"ayne's 
siblings, Sept., 19714-. 

Letter from Verla Breed Sturtevant, Wayne's sister, Nov., 197ii. 

""The Stockton Blackhawk-IQ^O" from Stockton High School. 

"'■Newspaper article in 1^'43 from the"Stockton Herald News''. 

''Most of history from interview with Wayne Sreed, Sept., 197L|-. 


(my maternal Rrreat. areat, great grandparent: 

Thomas Statham was Dorn about Octooer 19, 1778 ne.^r ^'lan- 
chester, Ensland. \{e had either two brothers, Charles and James, 
or one brother named either Charles or James. In l8l7 he married 
Hannah Haslom who v;as born in 179Li. in ii^ngland and had two brothers 
and six sisters. For the next ten years they lived in and near 
Derbyshire, Sn-:land and had five living children and two who died 
in infantcy. Tlieir names v;ere: Ann, Ellen, Elizabeth, Hary (who 
is my great, great grandmother) born on September 22, 1825, and 
Hannah. _". 

On November 1, 1627 the family started for the United States 
from Liverpool, Ensland on the ship the "Great Britain." But a 
short distance out rheir srii-^ collided with another ve??el making 
it necessary to return to Englund for repairs. They began their 
journey again in January, l828 and arrived at l^ew Yor:k after m.ore 
than seven weeks of travel on I'larch 17, 1826. They located in 
New York for fourteen years where five m.ore children v;ere born: 
Sarah, Jane, John, Martha, and Matilda, and another who died. It 
must have been a custom at that time to give the same name to two 
children when the first has died for it happened three times in 
tnis family. While in Mev; York, Mary was converted to Protes tanism. 
in a revival. In Nevi York they liv«d in Albany, I'tica, Oneida, 
and Catera^us successively until in l8i4.2 vjhen they v;ent to Jo 
Daviess bounty, Illinois going through Chicago which at that time 
was a mere village. 

Soon they moved to a farm wert of Elizabeth, Illinois in 

*"h'^ t c '■ 

md built a reck ho;se there ana farm.ed the land until 


his death on October 19, iB^l at .the a^a of sixty-three years. 

His wife, Hannah, stayed on the farm until her de-:.th on Novenber 16, 

1866 and they are both buried at Evergreen Cemetary, Hanover, 

TIT • 2 


Mary Statham Eadie's obituary probably from the Elizabeth, 
Illinois paper of that time, around November 16, 1866. 

^Entire history bas'd on an article in an unoublished 
pamphlet, Statham and Eadie-Stevenson Jeneologies. 


(my maternal great, great, eredt grandparents) 

On January 3» 1820 at ^aroels, Scotland, Benjamin Eadie 
and Catherine Stevenson Hart were united in marriage. They both 
had had previous marriages. Benjamin's resulted with four 
children: Thomas, Rob.-^rt, ^Mary, and i^ate ) and Catherine had 
three (Robert, '^artha, and Nanny) with her first husband, a Mr. 

Benjamin and Catherine were both probably born in the 1780's 
or 1790' s in Scotland. Catherine had three sisters and a brother. 
The couple lived in Scotland . all of their lives it is believed. 

John (my great, sreat grandfather) was born to them, on 
September 2, 1820 and a daughter, Ann Stevenson Eadie, was born 
around I832, She later married Thomas Burns and had seven children. 

The Stevensons believe tneir lineage and that of Robert 
Louis Stevenson are connected since both families came from Ren- 
frewshire, Scotland, but this has not been confirmed. 

Entire history based on an article in an unpuolished 
pampHst, Statham and Eadie-Stevenson Geneologies. 


(my material Kreat, groat grandparents 

John Eadie, Sr. war, born on September 2, 1820 in Heni rew- 
shire, ocotlano, the younc^est boy of the family, and iivfd with 
or near his parents near Gla.st^ow Scotland until he was twenty-two. 
(see pase ) At the ape of twelve he ended his education and 
herded cattle and later worked on a farm until the ase of seven- 
teen in 1837, at which time he betran working in limestone Quarries 
for the next five years. In the soring of l8ii.2 he set sail for 

the United States from GlasKOW and landed at the Kew York harbor 


about seven weeks later with anout thirty dollars. He proceeded 

via the Hudson River and the Erie Canel to Buffalo and by the 
Great Lakes to Chicasro. This was in 161x2 and they hac to do ible 
up teams to pull the wagons to come through Chicago where 2*-ate 
Street x& currently. From Chicago he went to Fulton County/ Illinois 
for four months and in February,, I8I4.3 he went to Jo Daviess County 
in that state, one of t\\e later pioneer settlers. There he met 
Mary Statham, who had come to this county at the ape of two and 
one-half with her family from ^nn^land where she was ;,'orii in 
Derbyshire on September 22, IB?'^ (see pace ), T-,ey were married 
on /Mjgjst 8, I8I4.5 (marriace recorded at the-. County Cnurt House, 
Galena, Illinois), and he contin;>ed working in tho lead minee where 
he had b'-en working since he came to the county. ^ 

In 1 8)i_6 they bo'iK''t nifility an'er. of land 'h'om the L-ovtU'iiriOnt 
(s'jction t>iirty-f our ) in Elizahfth Towsh'p, -^o Davii^'^r; County. 
That ye^r the coiple also welcomed their first cl'.ild, Bon.'-im'.n. 
John Kadio visiter) California in i8i|9 rc^turning aho'it two >rars 
l)it«»r by way of t tuj Isthmus of ''ananma.^ Ho continufMl far-min.' while 



eiKrtt mor-e rM 11 dron , v "h moijt, estimablq f an i 1 y , " 'were boni tynlvini'n 
iBl^f^- and iHoH i no 1 U(i i rij^ : f.l 1 znhn t.hi (lut.or- Mr-n. :'.;irT:i)f; ^ W^ifo of 
El i /W3betb Tov^n5?)i 1 p ) ; Th(;m.n.s I MWMi|pwi»«ato«lrtflgMWIM«iil0BBtamMb) , 
Hannah (my frroat v:rran(imot,her ) ; .inhn .If., N'lrp-ir'f? t /i. (wo latnr 
bf'r, ime '"'ivs. William }<'r'apt;r and liv^d in Kanrwi;-.); Konort, (who li''od 
nnap Thotr.ar ) , Cathnrinft ;j. (later was Mrs. f^atR Arrold): and 
k^/iiliam Wallace. (Tlieir son ■-3ohn ^^r. , a merchant in Hanover, mar- 
ried U]ivG Craig who was the ereat, gre^t granddau '^hter of I^aniel 
Boone. ) In May 29,, ,18^8 Mary iiadie joinea the Prefiby teri an 'hnrch 
of ti-l i zabeth, Illinois and later joined the church at Hanover, 
Illinois vj'"en they moved there. ^ 

In 1869 the Eadies bought two hundred and seventy-two acres, 
section thirty-three, in thei^^am^' township-^al thoueh they had a 
Hanover address. They had a fine repidence and good stock hiiildings 
at this farm. 8 In 187I John Sr. ret^irned to Scotlirjd and while 
there heard of the Great Chicago Fire. When he returned he opoiieht 
back the eldest four or five orohaned children of his sister, Ann 
(see pa TR ), to live with his family. 

On Mary and John .^adie'r fiftieth wedding anniversary on 
Au^TMst 8, 1895 they could not cret t'^eir fam-ily torfpther for a 
celebration, taut at Th inkpg i vi ni! time, ^n Novt.-mber 2b, l69b, they 
had H rPijnIon witn all nine of nneir children prepent. Pictures 
were taker, of the couple with their children ann alpo of fif- 
teen of tieir rrandchllaren (both pictures are in the possepsion 

01 Reola ^reed). Their chi dren cave them a f.^imily Bibile and a 

set ol parlor furniture. 

The counle retired in tHoiT- later yeirs and lived in the 

village of Hanover. On March 11, 139'^, "t'le village of liar over 


was thrown Into a stale of ■^■.vrr.p;. Mint i c ox'- i torr«nt hy tho announofj- 
mrnt thit John i'^adii^, :'p, tiatj f-jlLon uh\1r. on hi." '--ay honifi from 
rinwntowti itici ox r- 1 rni w i tb.i n niomfin ;.:. . " His ooltuary non t, 1 niie.s w W,}-, 
a '-nvy covvrletf dn;;cr 1 pi i on of hi;; dooth, an utt.nck of "■inor- Lexy , " 
t\r\ 'l.bt t' is ^iolirj Hcpub L i oan. anrt oionotT .settlor of Jo :;."i(-;sr! 
Tointy '' . . .W!.r, n man thoi'oui^hly devoted' to hi;; family, and an 
earne.^t supporter of the Chri^'^ an" religion holdinE? membercfiip in 
t.lir ^i i-"^ * ' ro.sby terian Jhurch of this city (flanovir). ^U s life 
WHS an eA.'ollent exg._mple repre.^nnt ing the essence of the faith 
wiiJch h(^ professed. He possessed great love for his nativ: lund 
and at rhn same time was a m st patriotic subject of his adopted 
country. "^ ■ >' ■ ' 

Mary died on inarch 10, l^llj. and is buried with her husband 
in the Ever-sTreen Cemetary, Han'over, Illinois. Her obituary states 
she wasa most devoted mother even to her husband's nieces and nephews, 
".'^;he vjus r'.e old'-'st settler in Hanover an the tim-^ of ner death. 
Mrs, ".ariio lived a lif^ ann oossessed a ciTaracter, denoting a 
clope i?o'':"ini onship V'jith her Master." She went on mission.';- of 

lovn:no rn&'".ter what th.e wea',her am her strenfhth of c'-^aracter en- 

desre.u ht^v to everyone w^-'o made her acquaintance. 

Portrait and Bl ogranhies A lbum of Jo Daviess County , II 1 i no 1 '^ , 
(Chioaso^i 111. Tchapman F-iroth^rs"; 111817, p. 592. 

Statham ana Eadie-.^tevenson .jeneOiO'ries , an unpublished pam- 

^Hi_story of .Tp Daviesj- Cqiinty, Illinois, ('''hicago: H. f\ Ketl 
and Co., Times "Build ins, iByS), p. 7^4-6. 

■■'■The ileneology 

John Eadle s ooituary, from the Hanover newspaper of that 
time, about '''arch 12, lb'~i9 . 


" irtnf=iol OkTy . 

'Mary Kadle's obit, nary {'rorn X.hp, liariO"f»r' TioM'ApH-.ar, aroiind I'i.ifrn ]] 

iii?)tory of «Jo Divi cas County , n, 7I|^. 
] o n P o I o "■ \' , 

ann i veraar-y dateii around Nuvemt^r-r" 2'l , 1^9^^ 

1 L 

Newspaper article probably from the 'ianovei- newpaper about t^i(;lr 
niveraary dateii arounci 

John Eadie's obituar-y. 


Mary Kadie's obituary. 


(my maternal great grandparents ) 

Adam Brown was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in the month of 
April in l8U8--he never knew the exact date of his birth. His 
parents, Jean (Anderson) and Andrew Brown, set out for America 
with Adam, a small child of one and one half, an older sister, 
Jean, and an older brother, James. On the way across the Atlan* 
tic, as they were nearing the States, i'lrs. Brown suddenly took 
ill, passed away on the shin, and probably was buried at sea. 

After landing in New York, the Browns proceeded westward 
and settled in Chicago, In a couple of years the elder Mr, 
Brown remarried and this broke up the family (Adam's family 
learned nothing more than this about his parents). In about iS^ii 
Adam was brought to Jo Daviess County, Illinois by a woman who 
was a member of the Eadie family of Hanover, Illinois in that 
county, (His obituary states he was an orphan when.comine to 
the county,) He lived with this lady whom everyone called "Aunt 
Grant", until he was old enough to make his own living by working 
on a farm. . • ; >. ■>- 

Around the age of twenty-one he desired to see the groat 
western country and he, accompanied by Benjamin Eadie of Hanover 
who was about twenty-three, set out for Montana, Idaho, and the 
mountains as pioneers in that part of the country, Mr, Eadie and 
Adam, in partnership, established an oxenteam freight line from 
the central part of Idaho to Butte and Billings, Montana, They 
had as many as one hundred head of oxen at one time to pull the 
great lines of freizht wagons. Often the heavy wagons 'broke down, 
got stuck in mud, or upset on the narrow ;T:ountainou3 trails. And 


it was on one of these trips that iMr. Brown was badly hurt and 

never fully recovered. The long trips of several hundred miles ': 

were only madovwiien the seasons permitted. They would try to ■ . i . i, 

start only after the snow melted in the spring and the eround was \ 

settled. Then in the fall they had to be careful not to wait too 

long before finding winter quarters. One winter Brown and Sadie • 

lived in a cave,-or dug-out as they called it, which seemed ouite i 


comfortable from the way they described it later to their families. 

In I68I, after ten years in the freight business, Mr. Brown j 

■ I 
and his partner returned to Jo Daviess County. In the sprin;? of 


1882 Adam purchased a farm south of Woodbine, Illinois. On i'iarch 1 ;■ 
of that year he married Miss Hannah Eadie of Hanove^j the sister \ 

of his friend Benjamio. (Reola Breed has original ma~rriac?e certifi- : 


cate. )-. Hannah 'was born on Aueost- 27" l6?U' neVr tlirsbc-th , Illinois. 
f^ .daughter- of John and i4ary- Eadie (see page )■ and lived there and.^ in 
-ganover- wi th .them before. j;ier marriage. She was a seamstress at this tixe. 

Hannah and Adam Brown had four children all oorn at tneir farm 


near Woodbine: Harry Eadie was born on November 19, I883, Raynond f- 
J, was born on February 22, l88b, Jean Mary, ray grandmother, was i 

born on March 1, I888, and Robert "^nderson was born on January 27. 

189I+. ;; 


The Browns farmed on that first farm for the rest of their i 

lives. Adam was a great lover of fine cattle and they had many ^ 

herds of them which were sent to the Chicaffo market. He also al- _ ■ 

ways hud several teams of solennid horses on his I arm, [ 

Adam became very ill in the e^rly winter of 1921. and, although 

it seemed he m.'ght pull through, he passed away about six weeks ; 

later in FInley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa on December I6, 1921. ^ 



His family was with him at the time of death. His obituary read 

that Adam was a "prominent farmer" and ". . .a respected citizen 

of the community and was held in high esteem by thore '.-.ho knew him." 

"His strength of character endeared him to everyone who made his 

acquaintance. " 

After her husband's death, Hannah kept the farm going with 

•the help of her son Ray and hired hands. They also had a woman 

who lived with them in later years who worked in the house. Hannah 

was active in churchy both the Presbyterian in Elizabeth, Illinois 

and the Woodbine Evangelical United Brethren where she taught Sunday 

School. My mother and her sister remember often visiting their 

grandmother on Sunday afternoons. They rarely stayed the night 

however because her house had no electricity until about 193^ ^i^id 

they had tc c:irry kercrene l^mps around from room tc rccn, a littl* 

frightening to the young girls, Hannah died on March t;, 1933 ^t 

the age of eighty-three years, six months and seven days. She and 

Adam are buried in Evergreen Cemetary, Hanover, Illinois, 

. ■ ' The Browns' sons all married: Harry married Anna Charlotte 
Dittmar on Ocotber li|., 1919 at Fulton, Illinois and they farmed 
near Derinda Center in Jo Daviess County. She died on March 22. 
1962 following a long illness and Harry is presently in the Eliza- 
beth Nursins Ho'me, the only member of the family left; Ray stayed 
on the farm after his mother's deatn until he married Helen Boevers 
on October ZU, 19i4.6 in St. Louis, Missouri. They moved to her 
family home in i-ialena, Illinois and later built a house next door. 
She died on January 25, 1^72 and he died on October 2k, 197Li,; Bob 
served with the army in 1918-19, married Edna Mouein on June 2U, 
i925 in Elizabeth and they had a son, William Robert born on April d. 


1926 in Freeport, Illinois. They lived in Elizabeth until her 
death on December 23, 193i+. Bob then worked in Rockford, Illinois 
forc.while and on June 30, 19U6 he married Deloras Bartels. They 
lived in Dubuaue, Iowa and she died there in February of 1963 and 
he on September 8, 197i4.. William has married and has a son, Adam 
born in Mayj,1972, named after his great-grandfather. 

Although I did not meet my grandmother I knew all of my great- 
uncles Brown. During my childhood, most of the holidays, Easter, 
Christm.as, etc. were celebrated ;vith my mother's relatives and her 
uncles and their wives were there (until sickness made it difficult 
for them to come). Uncle Ray and uncle Harry were pretty nuiet men 
and Uncle Bob was the teaser. I do not remember 'iarry ■ s wife very 
well but both of my other aijnts were very nice ladies especially 
Aunt Helen who never had a harsh word for anyone. 

Found his parents names on his marriage license to Hannah 
Eadie, ;^arch 1, 1882., at Jo Daviess County Court House, ■Jalena,Ill, 


Information about Adam's childhood, days in Montana, and mar- 
riage as told to Reola McAilllps B;-eed when a senior in high school 
for a pap-^r*^ by her mother, Jean Brown HcKillips (her memiories of 
her father', sprim?, 191x0, 

■^Adam Brown's obituaries from area newspapers at the tim.e of 
his death. December l3, 1921. 

^Interview with Reola '"icKillips Breed, September, 1971l. 

Hannah Brown's obituary from Elizab-th -Weekly News, March l4.,1938 


Information about the Brown brothers from newspacer accounts 

of all of their marriages and obituaries for Raym.ond and nelgn, Robert 
Edna, and Deloras, and Charlotte Brown. 

M to l)« cai^rully llUea out :iji.t attachfil to .xnii rttwraeU wliu the .■MarTia;;e I.lifn'u-. ThU U, t, ^ 

h^ T'la.-- ■>f til'- fVrH.loHt^ which loiin-s attai;h«U tn the Llreiics, but Is l>f ADDITION THEr'it'o'^ 


»■ » » 

Full jYame of GROOM. 

Place of Residence, 

Occupation, — 

A$e next Birthday, i.d^^years. Color, ..u^^^t^^^:^... Race, 

Place of Birth : — , .^j:.<::dC^a-'fS..S./...-....-.^ 

Father's Name, ^.uX..£^Ci2-^:-<:j- L2-.L.i:.=.CjcJzAC 

Mother's Maiden Jfame, —J-JiJL^^aj. ^^j..(,...?:L^.Ji-J-£:rA 

?<'umher of Groom's Marriage, 
Full JVame of BRIDE, 




:.-A ^f /_«^..?a 


Maiden jYame, if a Widow, 
Place of Residence, 




A'^e next Birthday,-— J^-f-.^years. Color, '. 

Place of Birth, _- .. 4K"— -L.!-..x-—Ci-^ 

Fa thers jYa m e, _ ^^6/^::^i..A 

JInther's Maiden JVame, .'.J-.j.A ^.2. .v-..^.-: 

.\ n. of Bride's Mamcide, '7...i^..i .: --... 

Married at..... .^LT.^^i^^k^^k::^'?::'!'::^!^^-'^^^ _ _in, the County of 

l^^^'it?:.-t:^. and State of niinois, the^—s/^ day of.^^^^?^^^r:^..--18^'l 

\\":tne.-^ses to Marriage, __._-2i./-'^Z.<. /'.^ ..^.<f^...£'..^ti Z^itit fcZfec/jL.'_ 

'• 11 —At Xiw. s mill 1.-1 state whether 1st, 2ci, Jd. Hh. ic, llairiage of each. At IT give names of stibsoribiiis witnesses to 
'■I.irn.'.-i' c Vriifif;ite. If no suhsetibing witnesses, give names of two persons who witnessed the ceremony. 

2rzzj-j tr.at :.:e i-,zjcTirMi 
i:zd 'celie~. 

z'crjd give'iz iz ccrrect, to tr.e ceci 

.z: z'ze abci'i^ is a ccrrect rsiiem cf a Jlarrzaaz sclemnized cv Tne. 

■^"t ..^ 

day of./^.hk?:Cdr..^l8^3^ 

tdrr. cf a J^farrzage 

■C . '" -r/ •- t. .f .__ {.GSOOJl.^ 




iVagnc- *ii Co., PriBlsi^Freeport. lil. 





my niaterna] grandrnntrior 

Jean Mary Brown was born to Hannah Kadie and Adam Brown on 
March 1, 1883 on their farm in Woodbine Townshin, Jo Daviess 
County, Illinois. She had two older brothers, Raymond and Harry 
and in l892 another brother, Robert, was born. They all attended 
grade school at the -v'oodbine School, a one room country school. 
There is still a .Voodbine School which closed in the fifties and 
since has been used as a church and meeting place, but it is be- 
lieved that when they wentithere may have been a different school, 
one of brick. 

In 1895 Joan, along with her family, attended her maternal 
grandparents fiftieth v;edf;ing anniversary celebration and she saw 
all of her c^o.s.lns. Jean never knew her paternal grandparents 
nor any of her cousins on her father's side. She quite oft^n 
saw her mother's relatives especially a cousin named Ida v;ho 
was her(.agG and lived in Hanover 'which was not too far away. 

Around 1908, while in her teens, Jean attended Spworth' Seminar 
in i'ipworth, Iowa, this taking the place of high school. It is 
known she studied music there but it is not known what else she 
studied. She had many piano books (sor"-c of v;hich I use today, 
since I am a pvusic major) and must have been a fairly advanced 
player. Her p'arents had both a piano and an organ for her. 

She transferred from Epworth to Upper Iowa University, in 
Fayette, Iowa. She apparently did not like the first school 
because she received post cards saying "nope you like it better 
at your now school." She kept one huce scrapbook especially 
made for post c-rds which was full by the time she married. She 

received cards from friends from the schools when c.he was horf.e a-, d 
wViile at school Rot them from her brothers, relatives, und her 
husband- to-be . At least one of her brothers also went away to ^^ 
school in Filton, Illinois. 

Until she was married w'-'en she was tv.'enty-seven years old, 
she lived with her parents, except when s^o was away at school in 
Iowa. Sin.cp she had brothers she probaoly did not do alot of 
field work but did have her chores .( perhaps' gardening and m' Iking) 

In the house she helped with the hcJEev;ork, did much embroidery 


work and textile painting. 

Scrapbook of post cards in the possession of Reola '''cKillips 


Most of history taken from an interview vjith Reola ^;cKiilip3 

Breed, Jean Brown's daughter. ( September , 197l|. ) « 

(my maternal great, great, great grandparents) 

"In 1792 in County Down, Eno-land, Alexander McKlllips was born. 
His father's ancestry is supposedly traced to an old Scotch fami- 
ly that settled in the north of Ireland. As a young man he emil 
grated to America and became a farmer in Virginia where he met 
tfjp^ married Abigail Fawcett who was born in Bath County, Ireland, 
Her parents were natives of Wales and she probably came to Virginia 
with them as a young girl, '■; , 

Abigail gave birth to six children while they farmed in 
Virginia, In I83I4. the family went west and settled in Council Hill 
Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, While there, Indian and 
white renegades captured, beat, and tied Alexander. This sort of 
thing happened quite frequently in this areaat that time since it 
was still basically unsettled,"^ 

The family eventually moved to Menominee Township, same county:* 
Where he entered a claim^and lived there for some time. In l652 
they left the farm and moved to Franklin Street in Galena, Illinois^ 
where they were buried after Abigail's death in 18^6 and his death 
in 1862. ':.; 

Alexander was tc have been a "man of strong and decided 
views' in politics" as a stanch Democrat and "a politician of much 

local fame." "'He was held in esteem for his abilities and many 


good qualities." 

Their children went their separate ways as they grew: Ben*- 
jamin visited Kansas and Missouri and events. ally returned to Ill- 
inois settling in Clayton County with his wife and two -children, 
fj-.e died in 1865)* Alexander r.'r-Tr^ lived near '"^-ansas City, rlanras 


,-with his wife; Matilda Blackman lived with her' husband in St, 
Paul, Minnesota; Eliza J. Dryden died in Chicago in l889; 
Emeline who married Melville Clemens and lived in Brooklyi, ^ew 

York; and William P., my great, great grandfather. 


Interview with Verna Thomas Hutchison who was told the story 
'by her grandpa, Alexander McKillips' grandson, September, 19714.. 

Portrait and Biographica l Album o_f Jo Daviess County , 111,, 
tChicago,rIll. iChapman Brothers, 1889); p. i+lji . .,■.,,. 

\ ■' -^Majority of history Ibid., p'.:!;!^ & l;l5. ■,'- -■ ."• "■ 

> - " ^ *■-: 


'my [Tiatnrnal great, great jjranJparftnts 

Amanda L, Miller was born on about May 2 or 3, I836 to 
Abraham and Matilda Wsksfield Sillier (ny great, great, great 
grandparents), the latter of English descent, v;ho were natives 
of Pennsylvania. i^he married V,'illiam P. McKillips in l8-;6) in 
Jo Daviess County, Illinois. WillLam vjas born on January 1, I'^Ol 
the youngest of six children in Warren Spi^lngs, Bath County, 
Virginia (nov; West Vireinia). As a child of three or so^ he went 
with his family to Jo Da\iejs Coi:nty , ' I llinoi s, and received his 
edu edition there (see nage ). He moved to Gilena as a youne men 
and it wjs probably there that he net his fiiture wife. While 
there he also made the acquaintance of the future '~:era U. 3. Grvant. 
Vi/llljam A. (my great grandfather), their first child, was born in 
G&.lena in les'?. 

In 16-^9 they moved near Weston, Illinois and started '6. pros- 
perous smelting business in Elizabeth, Township '..'hicr. they corilinjei 
with for sixteen years. There, ten more cliildren were born: Matilda 
in 1859 ('who was remembered by '''lev ereat-niece as a woman who 
often stretched her tales and also got things done rather slowly 
so that 'when anyone was not as qu'^ck as he thousht they shojld be 
my grandf :ther, Albert Hcrvillios (her great-nephew) would compere 

them to his, "Aunt Til') (She had a millinevy, in Elizabeth c..nj late 

in life married Robert Fowler); George in l56l wno later lived in 

Cherokee County, Iowa; Fannie in 1363; Edwin (or maybe Edward) in 

1865 who became a farmer in Woodoine Townstiin; Ella A, in 18^7; 

and Frank in l869 who was m.emr^er of the " .-.'ccd'j Inc oilvor Gorn-iL 

Band when he was young and Mary and lienjamin wno aied yo.nrr. m.ayoe 

at blt'th. Th'; cnildren .-.'ere all no have had much musical tusle 


and ability. 

On November 21, l87i the family suffer-ed tne los.^ of their 
mother Amanda at the ace of thirty-five. She was s-jid to have 
been "a true wife and tender mother and her loss \-Vis sincerely 

mo'irned, not only by her own f'imi]y, but alr.o a large circle of 

It ^ 

friends, Since the yonno-er children were unable to t Re care of 

themselves the older ones, e3peciaily iVilliam and I-1atilda took 
care of them and kept ho'jse. Matilda took care of the household 

at least until her mid-thirties or longer. There was also a 


Mrs. vv'oods who helped out. 

In 1872 William P. purchased a farm of ornhnndred - sixty acres from 
Illinois Central K--ilroad worth about four thousand dollars and 
the family moved to the new residence in 1' Yii which v;as located in 
Thcmoson Township and he later added one hundi-ed sixty-nine acres 
which were in Woodoine Townshin but nearby. The oriqin^il fa.rm was 
virsin soil (never-been- plowed ) , but he "broi;q:ht it to a high 
state of cultivation, and, with tne fine re.'-idence and other b'.;ild- 
ings he ' had )ercc t ed t:';ereon, it (was) one of the oest properties 
in the neishborhood . " In ItiHf the house was totally destroyed by 
fire but scon another was built which he "elegantly furnished v;ith 
everytliins necess^-ry for cnn.fort and convenience," 

F'or a>jhile Mr. McKillips was the only represeitat ive "merican- 
born citizen living in Thompson Township. He was a Republican 
with fairly independent political ideas. He was a believer in 
Christianity but did not belona to a church. He senved as a 

Highway Commissioner for five years and also as a school director, 

!ie ai.'^o v:as a momioer ol' a i-jodse in ^.lizaPetn, Illinois. 

W.i]liam P. ino^^ed to Kliz«beth in hi? later yp>.'>rr ^^nd died 

tloivn on I'^^yy 16 or 17, .15^5 o.t the arte of sixty-fo ir yoars, 
f..)',n'' months, and seventeen days and is bur-ied alon? with his 
wife in the Elizabeth wemetary . '- 


■'Interview v;ith Vorna McKillios Hutchison in,5er)t^, I'^Tit as told 
to her by her mother, Clara McKillios Tr.oma." (the rto it-niece i , 


Interview v.'ith Reola .McKiZlins Brend in Sept., 19']% sn 
she remembered her father, Albert. 

--^Interview with Mrs. H'Jtchison, 


Portr-oit and Biocrat.^hical A] b'lm of Co Davie-j- Cc 


{ Chicago 

Chapman Brothers, lB89~) , p.~I;l>, 
Intervievj vjith i-^rs. Hutchison. 

Po!' trait and Bio era phi cal --:] b^m . p . [i 1 5 . 


Hif^tcry oT Co Davio.3_2 ' ^o'jntv . Illinois (CmIcueto: ^i, 'r'. Ketl 
& Co., Times UulldinH, 18?8), p. 792. 

Most of 

) , Gr'y viCirCcn i r^or 


Tombstones for both William and Amanda KcKillins in the 
Elizabeth Cemetary, 


(my maternal great, ereat grandparents 

Samuel Horsch was born on February 12, I88I in Bavaria, 
Germany. Catharina (as spelled on tombstone though another 
source spells it Catharine) Horsch (her maiden name) was born 
on August 7$ lQ30» probably also in BavariaT They were married 
in May, I85I in Jo Daviess County (marriage recorded at that 
county court house) in Illinois after -they had voyaged across the 
Atlantic ^'cean together from Germany, » ' " ,' 

,.■.., .They first lived near Gilena, Illinois in that county and 
moved to Scales Mound later, a village about ten miles away. In 
l862 they, moved to one hundred and twenty acres in Woodbine Township 
in section 12, in the' same county. They continued to farm for 
-the rest of their lives. 

^ • They had nine children: David, William, Mary, Louisa (my great, 
grandmother), her twin brother, August (who later married and v.'as 
killed in a silver mine)'^ Annie H,, Samuel, Elias H. , and Fr-ed- 
ericl<^(who was born^in I87O, married-Marie (l88l-1962) and he died 
In 1914-3 ^nd they are buried along side his parents in Woodbine). 

- -' 'Samuel died on March 2li., 190^. The obituary said he was 
one of th;' old residents of Woodbine and had been poorly for some 
tim.e, Hi5 wife, Catharina died on January 7, 1913 '^nd they are 
both buried in the Woodbine Cemetary,- 

' ^Date of her birth k their deaths on tombstone in Woodbine, 

• ' Interviev; with Verna Hutchison on October 2$, 197Li.. 

-^Most of information came from: Hi s tory of Jo Daviess Count y, 
Illinois (Chicago: H. F. Kctl Co,, Times Building, lb7o), p. 773. 

^Samuel Horsch' s obituary from Stockton Herald ^''ews, 3-29-190-^. 

LOUi;;\ an:) • 

(my r.o^prnal 

T-at- rr ■.r.'jprirnn tn ) 


William A. McKiliips was born on Juno l8, 1857 in ualena 
and moved to i^lizabeth Towns''.ip (both in Jo Daviesr, County, 
Illinois) :^t the age of two near a settlement called Weston 
which no Icnpor exists (see page ). lie once told one of hi° Grand- 
daughters that while liv ine there he watched the nc-t.e Guard drill 
in a field near his hop.e called Green's Bottom and his mother 
cooked dinner for the men. These men may h ive been training for 
the Ciuil V.'ar or perhaps this was after the war. V<i]liam deci- 
ded he wanted to join the men so he coiild be a drummer boy be- 
cause the drum^mer boy i.n this outfit wore a nice coat with pretty 
buttons and he thought that would be fun to wear, ^-e also 
hauled lead to Galena with hi? f'lther from their smelt. This 
trip '^f' 9>^ont- fifteen m.ilos was a lonq way with horses and the 
heuvy load so they would have to stop alone: the way over night. 
All in all it v;as quite an exciting trip to him,..-- His mother died 

when ho was fourteen and he helped at home alot. Shortly after his 


mother died the family movei to k^oodbine Township. 

William A, married Louisa liorsch on March 23, l88l. She was 
born ^cptcmbsr 6, l8$6 in Thom^pson Townsh.ip (see paye )^' The 
couple first lived en a farm in Woodbine Tov;nship and here t,ney 
had their first child, a daushter, Clara, was born on October 17i 
1832. Shortly after they bouent another farm nearby. Here the 
couple had tvjo sons--Albert i^arl (my grandfather) and Harrison yonroe 
-born on So pt* 13^,1852 « The family raised everything, just like most 
farriS in the count""-chickeris , dairy and b.^ef cattle, pigs, hay, 
oats, etc. and far'm.inT at t'^iat t ]"■:•? meant they were all busy all 
of ti";c tim;c. Its* knovm if William and Louisa attended scrooi V)ut 


William cojld read and wrote well. On the other hand^ Louisa 
had psjople read to her, although this might have been because 
she had poor eyesight in her later years. But in their family 

Bible there are some scribbles'. v;hich she made meaninEr she pro- 

1 . 

bably could not write. 

V/illiam and Louisa farmed until 1907-03 when they sold their 
farm, retired and moved to the village of Elizabeth on ''^ain Street 
Their farm home, (which was not at the tim.e in possession of any 
McKillipsI burned down in 1973. Their children married+--Cl ara 
went to high school for three years in Elizabeth and lived with 
her Aunt Matilda while attending. Clara married George Thomas 
(y.arch 7, I873- February 21, 1957)'^8^ they had five daughters, 
Delma, Ila, Onita, Etha, and Verna^ and a son George. Clara .. 
recently celebrated her ninety-second birthday at her home in 
Stockton. Illinois. Albert m.arried Jean 3rowr; (see page ). 
Harry married Ada Allen on October 21, 1913' ^.nd they had one son, 
Allen, (presently living^in California and he has two sonE)and 
a daughter, Darlene (now Mrs. Melvin Schulz and they too have two 
sons),, Harry died in the fall of 1971.. 

After his retirement William often helped his son Albert on 
his farm., .William had boufht the farm, in 1911; for aboL't one- 
hundred dollars an acre for a total of twenty-three thousand, 
seven hundred and fifty dollars for the t;vo-hundred and twenty- 
six acres plus some old farm, bjiiding^- Later "Villiam. sold the 
farm to his son. 

In the early lQ30's, Mrs, McKillips' health began to fail 
and she lost her eyesight completely. She died on Harch 26, 1933 
at the a?Te of seventv-six voars and six months, after a pjrlytic 


stroke. -" William then went to live with his daughter on a farm 

outside of Woodbine and he died at her home on Aimust 7, I9I4S • 

William and Lo,:isa are buried at the Elizabeth Cemotary near 

his parents. 

Interview with Verna Thomas Hutchison, the ''^cfvillips ' 
granddaughter^ as she remembered talking with her grandfather. 

' ^Facts from. 'William's childhood from: Fortrai t and Biographical 
A] bum of Jo Davies s C o::nty , Illinois , (Chicago: Chapman brotr.ers, 
lHU97 p. TTFT ~ 

-^Louisa McKillins' obituary from, an area newsp-jper at the 
time of- her death, March 26, l'^33. 

^Harry HcKillios' obituary from the "Stockton rienald News" 
during the fall of" 1971. 

■^Tombstone of George Thomas at Woodbine Cemetery. 

^Interview with Reola McKillips Breed in Novem.ber, 197U (she 
had looked over the deed to the farm which -William; had bought that 
now belongs to her and her husband, ). ■ ■ 

William A. McKillips' obituary from an area newspaper at the 
timie of his death, August 7» 19U5. 

^Tombstones at Elizabeth Cem.etary. 


(My maternal grandfather) 

On' i^ecember 21, I88L;. Albert Earl McKillips wa? born and, to 
his parents, was probably a welcome Christmas present since he 
was their first son, and as farmers, sons are always appreciated. 
He was born on a farm owned by his father situated in the northern 
part of Woodbine Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. rfe know 
little of h'is early ye-irs. He had an older sister, Clara, who 
once told her daughter of an important event which she remembered 
whic'". occurred in about I887. She was holding onto the hand of 
one of her parents and her younger borther, Albert was being held 
up to see the incredible machine-- the first train from the East 
to come through .i/oodbine I *" 

'" In 1688 another boy, Harry, was born. The three attended 
Apple River School which still exists although nov; carrier the 
name of Miller School, which was fairly -near their home. 
Albert completed the eight trades, after which he helped his father 
on the farm. At the turniof the century farming definitely was 
alot more work and took mor-'^ th.an one man to run. They raised 
the usual farm aninals and crops raised in the area, dairy and 
beef cattle, chickens, pigs, probably oats^ Qorn'."and hay. 

Around 1907 he attenden school for awhile in Epv.orth Seminary, 
Epworth, Iowa. -His future wife also went there although its not 
cle'ar if they ever attended at the same time. anyway Albert did 
not meet hor there for he knew her most of his life as a neighbor. 
They must have courted for several years since they did not marry 
until he w ts thirty-one year? old, ». '; 

Before his marriaee Albi^rt f-irmed a f:irm in Wnodoine Township 
that his father owned. He probably did this at t'''ie same tirne he 


ran a small, but unusual double ■busine3ss with his brotiier, 'larry. 
An advertisement for it read (in about 191i|. ) . "^^cKillips Bros. 
Meat ^''arket-Agent for Studebaker and Maxwell Cars,"3He also was 

in the ice business for awhile around this time. 



Daterof first train clarified in Elizabeth Centennial 3ooK, 

Interview with Verna Thomas Hutchi?on, Sept., 197^4- ^s told 
to her by her mother, Glara McKillips Thomas. 

-^A "magazine-like "Souvenier of Elizabeth and Hanover made • ffro,<. 
in 1911+, p. 37. 

■^Majority of history from interview with Reola McKillips 
Breed, his daughter, September, 197L|-. 


(my rnaternuL trrunapdren ts ) 

Jean Mary 3rown and Albert Earl McKillips were married on 
June 2, 1915 after a courtship of several years. They were married 
at her' parents' home with h-^r relatives as gjests. The paper 
said of the wedding, "Both of the contracting parties are well- 
known and highly esteemed in the vicinity of Elizabeth and ^ood- . j 
bine. . .' 'On their extended honeymoon they went to the "Great " - i 
Exhibition in Calif ornia . and- many of the.western states where they | 

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visited many of both of their relatives. They too.c lots of pic- I 

tures on their trip which are very interesting and in the pos- j 

session of their daughter. , '' , ^\ I 

They returned to Elizabeth where for a short while they lived ; 

in town in an apartment. In 1916 they moved to a fajmn three miles ; 

east of Elizabeth in Woodb'ne Township. Albert purchased the • ; 

farm from his father (according to the deed he bought it in 1926 I 

and paid abo it the same price his father paid . in -191U. about one- j 

hundred dollars an acre). In the early years at the farm they I 

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raised pigs, chickens, beef cattle, and milked about fifteen cows • 

by hand. They also had teams of horses for farmwork. Albert's I 

father, William, helped out alot and they also had hired hands . • .; 

in the summer who lived with them. ■,.' •.,."• ' C-^.-' ■■. I 

■Their farm buildings were quite old and they soon began ' ■ • ! 
thinking of building all new buildings nearer the main road. They 

beean in 1918 and the house v/as completed in 1919. It is a quite } 

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lar^e two-story frame house with four bedrooms upstairs and four . 

rooms downstairs. They also built tv;o barns and a hog house v;ith ; 

the help'Of neighbors, a barn-raising (the house was built by pro-- 

fessional earner t.ers ) . The old buildings were torn down and aH; that 


now rer.air.s 1 -t '':ho b-.rer.er.t ■iv.d. well -ind indcr;tat lens in t'-.' = 

ffround where the buildings had been. ■ i 

Neighbors often helned each other then especially at harvesttir.e j 

Ndghbors also visited back and forth mucii more often than is true | 

today, and the McKillips knew many of their neighbors quite well, j 

There are pictures of the men at the McKillins' farm with the ! 


machinery of the day, - ■ •■ • I 

■ ' '' \- In 1922,' Reola Marion (my mother), was born to them at their '- 1 

home. Their second daughter was born on Hay 20, 192U. named Lois | 

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Jean. The girls attended school about' a mile away and they also { 

helped with the chores and housework. They- had no' sons and this . j 

trend was to continue when neither Reola or Lois had sons. ^ , •■ ' ■ j 

The Depression vas not .-terribly bad for them for they always had . •: 

plenty to eat although they did have money troubles with their -' ' \ 

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farm payments as so many did at that time. . . I 

" In .19[;0 their eldest dan?'-iter graduated from high school and _ • 

soon moved toa neighboring town where she worked. It was in this ;- 

year they also purchased their first new car {^titmlltmm$i^mrtKtltl>^ ). 

Lois graduated in 19U2 and began working at the Farm Bureau in : 

iilizabeth living at home. In I9I46 Reola returned to the farm with '. 

her husband v;h© began working with Albert. •'ean and Albert were i 

both very active in church affairs and members of the First _ • '; 

Methodist Church in Elizabeth. Albert continued in the choir _^ ' 

which he had joined about the time they were married. They were ; 

both q ji'te interested in music and had a piano in their home m,ost 

of the time. Jean played piano quite well although dicrf t. play ao - \ 

much as she grew older, Albert played the violin at one tine. ;■■"• \ 

Both of their daughters took niano lessons as youngsters. ' ■ '":.'." ; 

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Jean and Albert were botn re-.-istered Republicans althoueh thej? 
were not so active politically.' 

In I9I4-6 Jean became ill and vjar confined to bed where she re- 
mained for the rest of her life. For two years her daughters 
and hisband c jred for her and she died of cancer on February 1, I9I1.8 
short one month ofbeing sixty years old.-^ 


J'Eli.z.abeth Weekly News" about their wedding and honeymoon. 
^Kost of history from interview with Recla Breed, Sept., 19714-. 
-^"Elizabeth Weekly News", Jean McKillips'. obituary, February, 


(my mother) 

Redla Marion McKillips was born to Albert and Jean McKillips 
on June 6, 1922 in a house which her parents had just recently 
built.' She has lived on this farm about three mil«^s from -lizabeth, 
in Woodbine Township, "Jo Daviess County, Illinois since that time 
except for a few yeans after she graduated from high school. 

. She had a ^o^tnner sister, Lois, as a playmate ind also oc- 
cassionally saw some of her cousins. They were never crowded in 
their home having only four in the family and an ei^ht-room house. 
When she was four years old the family took a trip to i^ansas to 
visit relatives and they went in their Studebaker which had mohair 
cushions and vases for flowers between the front and back seats. 

She went to Terrapin Ridq'e School (currently a private resi- 
dence) which was a mile from their home near a main hishway, lois ■% §fee 
usually walked but occassionally Tot rides from the neitrhoors. 
When it snowed heavily all the" neighbors wcjld pitch in to shovel 
them.selves out by hand. The ncKillips only lived a mile from t'^e 
hiehway and they were still somotimes snowed in for a week--the 
neighbors further down the road were often snowed in for two. 

They always wore cotton dresses with tan stoc/.ings to school 
which they disliked and even talk of them disgustedly today. To 
and from school in the winter they had snow pants or overhalls. 
Durins the depression the family received a pair of shoes from 
a "thoughtful" aunt and Roola's mother made her wear them to school. 

They got their first radio when Reola was aoout five years 
old--an Atwater-Kent that ran off a battery and had a bis horn 
on the top. She also remembers getting permenents with the elec- 
tric curlers of that time when each curler hooded up to an electric 

wire and often you ourned your he--..::: Lois and Heola seemed more 
fortunate than some, growing up in the depression, for in Reola's 
attic are many toys the eiris received--dollc and their acce- 
sories including a bed, swing,, chest full of clothes, and a buggy. 

At the age of nine Reola learned to milk by hand and is still 
at it though now they have machines. She even received a milkiha stool 
At that time their herd consisted of abojt fifteen cows and they 
sold the cream for butter (until abojt 1QI\.2 when they started 
selling all of the milk) and gave the milK to the pi^s. They did 
^■■13 so they did not have to worry aoout ref ridgeratin?? the nilk. 
The o'irls also gathered eggs and' other chores. One time a cow had 
twins so their father gave each of the s-irls one--t;ey named -^.hem 
May ano June after the mont-:s they were both born in. They also 
had horses for teams for farm, work '.^rhich they learned to drive by 
themsel ve£- in the field and also rode sorr.e times . 

Bf^ola and Lois also die housev;ork-- dusting tiie mopboard every 
week, etc, and Reola had to make' a cake every Saturday (frcr. scratch, 
of CO irse and without an electric mixer) in case company woald 
drop in the next day. Still today she does not ll'vio to mix things 
by hand because her mom mijde her cream the shortening: and sutTar so 
well. The girls were lucky thci'^h since their dad heloed vjith the 
cisher'evGry night and they did not ha-'e to (a reason that my own 
sisters and I have used to try and get out of that terrible chore). 
On so':^:e Sundays the family went to Jean's mother's farm, to visit, 
which was only a mile av/ay. 

In 1936 Reola started hish sc'-iool at B'lizabeth and became a 
B 'student. During her sophcmcre year she was a choerleadsr and 
all during high school attended m.any basKetball games. She was 
in two school plays, a member of the Glee Club, and vice-presi- 


dpnt of her senior class. She usually rode to school with 

neighbors the first couple of years and then drove herself. and i 

her sister Lois who started hl?h sc 'ooi in 1938. During her tine ; 

at home her family w^s auite involved with the Methodist Church | 

in Elizabeth and attended ne^rularly and Reola joined its choir .._ i 

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while she was in his-h school. While in hieh school Reola also I 

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got to visit the big city of Chicaco and some of her family's friends 

Who lived 'thor'.Q She graduated in June, 19U0 and that summer her , ■ j 

family asain visited Kansas. " . "- -.■.'■' ■ •,-__; ■ ?, 

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In Novenoer, 19[|.0. Reola began working as a secretary at j 

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Kraft Cheese Company in Stockton, Illinois. She lived at home for ' j 

a year m.oving to Stockton to an apartment on Benton Street in 19lt.l. • 

In that year she also met her future husband, Wayne Breed at J^>-rafts. ; 

They dated for about a year, going to movies at the Stockton i 

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theater and to dances at the"Palace" in Jalena, Illinois. They "" -■ • | 


both enjoyed dancina and became quite good partners for thpy were " f 

married in 19L|.2. - V - '-^ -^ -.■-.,- -~ - - " .'... . .' [ 

'History written from interviews with Lois McKillips Coppernoll' 
Oct.,- 197U find Reola .-IcKillips Breed, Sept., 19714-. 


(ny maternal grandfather and step-f?randmother } 

After his wife died in I9I4.8, Albert remained on the farm 
and his dauchters and son-in-law lived with him. In 19i4.9 the 
household welcomed the first grandchild-niece-and-daughter of 
Wayne and Reola. 

On March 5» 19^0 Albert married a widow, Ethel Hae Reed Eraser 
in a ceremgny held after the regular church service at noon in the 
First Methodist Church, in Elizabeth. The reception followin'7 was 
attended by two-hundred guests. Ethel Reed was born on January 19, 
1890 to Richard and Elizabeth Balbach Reed and grew up around 
Elizabeth, attend ing Hickory Grove School for eight years and 
graduating from Elizabeth High School in 1908. y\s a young girl 
she remembers doing her chores, milking, etc., and helping with 
the housework. She had one brother. Freeman and a sister Leone. 

She married "^ames H. Eraser in 1911. For awhile he worked 
for the railroad and he also managed the hatchery. They had one 
son, Harvey Reed Fraror born on Ajgust 11, 1916 and who, after 
graduating from Elizabeth in 19314- was appointed to .Vest Point. 
He now has a doctorate from the University of Illinois in theoreti- 
cal and apolied mechanics and is presently p^re^ident of School of 
Mines and Technology in Rapid City in South Dakota, He was a oof- 
fessor at Vest Point and retired from the Army as a brieadeer gen- 
eral, He married Jean ^''ueller from Freeport, Illinois and they 
have three children: Dr. Harvey R. Eraser, Jr., presently living 
in California; Janet Hale (Mrs. David) (who has two children. Heather 
and David), and Joan Kay who is a student at Arizona State Univer- 
sity at Tempe, Arizona. Ethel's first husband killed by a train 
in 19|;5.2 


The newlyweds noved to her house in Elizabeth following a 
short trip. They had known each other through the church and to 
everyone seemed a most perfect counle--Ethel and Albert. 

One of the first things they did together was to help 

i^lbert's youngest daughter with her wedding. Lois married Gilbert 

CoDoernoll (born on January 10, 192k) from Stockton, Illinois on 

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June l8, 1950. They have farmed since that time and raised three 

daughters: ' 'Ahn VJean, born on Hay 17, 19^1 s^nd is currently a 

graduate student at Western University, ''acomb, Illinois; Sue 

Rebecca, born on May 8, 1952 and married Darrell i^oberts in January 

of 1970--they are parents of two girls, Joan i-^ynn (born on June29, 

1970) and Jean Marie (born on June I8, 1971); and Gail Marie, 

born on April 3O. 1953 and is presently a senior at WesternI II inoi5- 

Even though Ethel and Albert married relatively late in life, 

she '/'.as sixty and he was si xty-f ive, they had twenty-three beai;ti- 

ful years together. I. .remember my grandfather from the time he was 

about seventy-two, not even one-fifth of his life. Since' my 

grandmother died before I was born, Ethel is the grand^-.a I rem.ember 

and is she the perfect grandma, right down to the delicious sugar 

cookies and the bedtime stcries she read us until s'-^e was hoarse. 

vVhen she married Albert she already had two grandchildren of heroa:>\ 

plus Albert had a granddaughter, find he soon had four more. She 

h-^lped each time one of Albert's daughters had a baby, even when 

Reola and '.Vayne had their last daughter nine years alter their second 

child, making a total of six granddaughters for Albert. Ethel and 

Albert often babysat for Lois and Reola especially as Reola lived 

only three miles away. I remember staying there on Saturday nights 

dancing with my older sister to "Lawrence >/elk" and watching wre^t- 

1 Ip.or which, I 'learned later was a show my Grandma liked and not 

sc much Grar.dpa. 


At Christmas time my family always got together with my 
mother's relatives at least twice--once .at our house on Christmas 
Day and , since my sjrandpa's birthday was on Dec-ember 21, we 
went to his house for a party before Christmas, He would often 
play Santa Claus only we always knew it because his hands^ which 
showed alot of hard work, always gave him away. 

Ethel and Albert worked at the locker in Elizabeth from 1952- 
19^9 and I remember once missing the bus at school and walking 
up to my grandparents (since they lived in town we always went 
there if we had to stay after school for meetings, etc. and my 
younger sister still does). They were working and since -^ could 
not get in I had to walk all the way to the locker. It was very 
cold that day and -^ was not dressed for the long walk. Grandma 
still remembers how cold I was when I finally fo'ind them. 

Albert also helped at the farm alot and still went out in 
the field when he was over eighty. They both came out almost every 
day in the sum.mer to v;ork and garden (and since my mother dislikes 
gardening she was glad to see then). Grandpa was also handy making 
things and 'we often asked him to mane storage places, desks, etc. 

In the 1970' s, Ethel and Albert started getting great grand- 
children ar.d again babysat occassionally . They have always been 
active miomoers of the chjrch and I rememiber thejn at churcL every 
Sunday, Grandpa in the choir in which he was a sixty-year member 
when he died. Gilbert had quite a sense of humor and often wrote 
poems for different occassions at church which were always inter- 
esting. He also got the job of mashini? the potatoes at the church's 
annual Tjrkey Suooer and always helped dry dishes. They took on 
the ;ob of Janitors for the ch ;rch and Grandma still is employed 

as such. They both belonged to" the '-lartha Chapter of che Eastern 
Star which 6hey attended regularly (Grandna still does) and Albert 
was a member of the Kavanaugh Lod^e ^J,h AP i:AM, Albert was very 
active even after he had some physical problems with dizzy spells 
and with his l.^es. They were always ready to help and often 
painted, wall-papered, ycj-name-i t for their friends and relatives. 

On March 21, 1^73 Albert died suddenly and he is deeply missed.^ 
Ethel is stil'l a very active -person who seems ne' er to get tired. 
My grandparents have had a gre^it influence on my life and my son 
is now benefitting from all four of his grandparents plus a jrreat- 
erahdfathor and his Grandma Ethel. 

^"Elizabeth Weekly News" a m.^rriage write-up of Ethel and 
Albert's wedding, March, 1950. 


Interview with Ethel McKillips, i^ovenber 17, 197L|.. 

-^Marria^e write-up of Lois and Gilbert Coppernoll's weuding, 
"Elizaoeth 'Weekly ^^ews", June, 1^50. 

^Obituary of Albert McKillips, "Elizabeth Weeklv News", March 


( my parents ) 

Reola Karion '''cKillips and Wayne E. Breed were married at 
four o'clock on June l8, 19Li.2 at her parents home in i:'li2abeth 
Township, ^o ^aviess '-^ounty, Illinois. Wayne's brother, ''urnice 
and his wife, Beth, attended the couple. At this time they both 
were employed by Kraft Cheese ^ompany. SLCc';ton. Illinois. After 
a short wedcing trip to ^^ocicford they lived in an apartment on 
Benton Street in Stockton. 

Reola cooked their first meal as newlyweds on June 22, 19U2 
and the sales ticket from the Stocttton i^epartment Store where 
she got the groceries read: 3 chops-28^, craci<';rs-12>zf , peas-10;2!', 
cake-29cf, salt-9!2^, lard-20;/, and pork and boans-li^jz' for a total of 
$1.33 plus 3'^ tax. They lived in their first apartment from June, . 
until October of that year when Wayne enlisted in the army. He 
was away for almost the next three years. My mother m:Oved to an 
anartment with a girl friend (who's husband enlisted with Tad) also 
on Benton Street. Mom and her friend visited their husbands at 
Del Rio, Texas when the' men v;ere stationed at Eagle ^ass there. 
This was in December so at least Reola and Wayne spent *heir first 
Christm.as together, but not the next two. Except for a three-day 
pass Wayne received in April, 1QL|.3. they did not see each other again 
until he was dischareed in the su^.mer of 1945. 

'.^^lile he was away Reola joined a group called the Soldierettes , 
the v;ive3 and girlfriends of the men at wai; in v/hich they usually 
played cards although once they did roll bandages. In 19Li.Li Wayne(? s 
younger sister Verla who was working at the Army Depot in Savanna, 
II llnois , came to live with Reola and stayed for about one year. 


When Wayne returned the couple remained in Stockton for a few 
months and in the early part of HU^ moved to her parents f'-rm 
where V/ayne besan workinsr with Reola's dad, Albert. In 1914.6 
Albert bought milking machines which made that job much easier, 
so they could milk about twenty cows plus they had pigs, chickens, 
and beef cattle. In I9I4.6 Reola's mother became quite ill and 
Reola and her sister^who was livin^^ there, cared for her until her 
death in 19U.8. It was also. in 1914.8 that Wayne started on shares 
with his father-in-law. In 19l|.9 the couple greeted their first 
daughter, ^'^ary <Jean. who-^as named after Reola's mother, Jean 
Mary, She was born on January S, 19L|.9 and since her crrandoa and 
aunt were living there besides her parents she had alot of atten- 

In 1950 both Albert and Lois married and left the farm, al- 
though Albert still worked alot in the summer,. On I'lay 23, 1952 
Reola and Wayne had their second daughter. Sally Reola, who, like 
her sister, was born in the Deaconess Host^ital, Freeport, Illirois. 
The family also bought their first televicion that year whic-i has 
becotae a part of their everyday lives. They built on to one of tne 
barns that year also with the help of a neighoor and relatives. 
For entertainment Wayne bowled once a week at the bowling 
alley for about ten years, from 1952-1962, or so. Reola was in 
a woman's card club, and they both learned to square dance. When 
the girls started school, there was much izoiny on in the ho-isehold. 
They each were in ''4H and Brownies, at different times, Reola even 
being a leader in i;!!. The girls also started piano lessons when 
they were each around seven and continued with them tnrou-'h high 
school. These activities meant having to stay after school and 
Reola -icking them up, a chajffering Job she felt she was employed 


in by the time the girls were in high school. The school acti- 
vities keeo the w'xle family busy attending plays, concerts (all 
of their daughters have been (and Darcy is) in the band, and the 
many other events the school sponsors. iVayne is a great sport 
fan of baseball and football and attends most of the high school 
basketball games. He has served on the School Board for the past 
eleven years. 

Darcy i^faynette (named af.ter her father) was born on April 25, 
1Q61, nine years after their second child and who was supposed to 
be a boy like the first two "should have been." When she started 
kindergarten, S^lly was a freshman and "ary Jean a senior, so they 
all went to school at the same time ^Dr only one year. Darcy is 
currently in eight srade at Elizabeth, is a cheerleader and an honor 

Reola Joined the Hone Bureau which is presently called the 
Jo Daviess ^omemakers Extension in which she has held many offices. 
She is also a member of the Between the Bookends Book Club and 
the United Methodist V/omen. The First "ethodist Church, is an impor- 
tant part of Reola' s life and she attends reprularly and is involved 
in many of its programs. Both Mary Jean and Sally were in the 
church's c>"oir while they were in high school and they all parti- 
cipate.iin its activities. Vayne 1;^ ' in t-:e Kavanaugh Lodge-36 AF&AM. 

Wayne made imorovements on the farm: installing a bulk tank,, 
in 1961. a-pipe line was added in 1963, and he has had built two 
Harvesters in the 1970' s. Wayne and Reola now owr. the fa'-m which 
they started .buying in the early sixties. Wayne has been a member 
of var5ous farm organizations including the Farm Burean, ai^d a 
committeemjn for Woodbine Township of the American Soil Conservation 
Service. Even though the work on tne farm, is much easier than when 


Reola and Wayne were children, there is still much to je done. 
Reola has always helped with the mikine, morning and hight, and 
they currently milk over fifty cows. She also has helped with 
field work although not so much now that they do not bail hay a5 
they used to. They always have help in. the summer including ^" ■ 
a'couple of .Vayne ' s nephews who lived with th^em in the fifties and 
for the past several years ti'iey have boys from Elizabeth in high 
school or collejr work. 

rfary Jean graduated from hish school in 1^67, valedictorian 
of her class and then went to illinois State University, Normal, 
Illinois where she graduated with a degree In special ed ication 
in January. 1Q71, On February 13, 1^71 she married 'lichael F. 
Miller from in/arren,_Illinoi s (born on Novem/oer p, lQi4.9) at the 
First Methodist Church in Elizabeth. She taught at Galena, Illinois 
for two years and then they moved to iionroe, A'isconsin, their 
present residence. Mike i?raduated from .Wisconsin Sta-.e Univerrity, 
Platteville, "/isconsin, in '"'ay, 1971 and since then has v.-or-c-^d ^ur 
Production Zreiit -ssociat' on in T^erlin^tox; and ••'onroe, 'Visconsin. 
Wh'en they moved to Monroe, Mary Jean began teaching second ?rai-=5 
at Oraneeville. Illinois' s school. Op August 3, 197^4- the co iple 
welcomed their first child, f^athan Michael, and she is currently not 

On, June lo, 1972 .i/ayne and Reola celfebrated their thirty -f if- t K 
wed ling anniversary . with a "sure-rise" dinner and since that time 
have h-id two more. They enjoy their role as grandparents and are 
<?reatlv annreciated as narents and ?randDaren':s . 

^Interview with Reola and Vayne Breed and from my m-^mories. 

■' - •-■ '" '•■ • SALLY BREED FISCHER 

''■ ' Sally Reola Breed was born to Reola and /\/ayne .irecd on 
i"iay 23, 19^2. I grew un on a farm outside of ":lizabeth, -i-llinois. 
My childhood was pretty typical as far as cljbs and school aoes. 
My parents and I tooK a trip to "'est Point, New York when I v;as 
five, a trip I vividly remen-iber plus v;e went to the Mid"-At .lanti c 
States and Minnefota-Michj.gan area on two separate trips with my 
older sister also, 

I gradua-ced from high school in 1970 and started at Northern 
•'■llinois University, DeKaln, Illinois that September, Sor-e of my 
summer .'obs durins? college and hish school included waitress, factory 
worker, and corn detasseler (a popular Job with young teenatrers 
since it only takes a few weeks out of the summer and the employ- 
ers will hire anyone over thirteen). I have also taken a class 
each at Hie-hland Community College. Freeriort. Illinois, and 
Kishwaukee Junior College, '"'alta, Illinois. I am a music major 
with an emphasis in vocal music. 

In January, 1969 1 m.et John Bruce Fischer who was a senior 
at Stockton High Scool at that time. We dated and were married 
on AuiTust 7, 1971. John was born on Jjne 6, 19^1 to Stanley and 
Virginia Fischer at Freeport, Illinois. He graduated in 1969 
and also attended Northern, We lived in two apartm.ents In DeKalb 
after we were married, a one-bedroom from September, 1971- J'-'ne-1972 
and then we got a two-bedroom in which we lived until Jbtnuary, 1973. 
We rented the lare-er apartm.ent because on February 12, 1972, 
Brian Michael Fisc'ier, our first child, entered our lives. 
John graduated from Northern in January, 1973 &nd we m.oved to 
RockforcJ where he was emoloyed by r'ollard, Wheeler, Harms, <5c Ellio*", 


Sally Reola Breed was born to Reola and A'ayne .irecd vn 
'"'ay ?3, 19^2. I grew up on a farm outside of Elizabeth, -Lllinois. 
My cbildhood was pretty typical as far as cl.jbs and school soe-. 
My parents and I tooK a tr^p to '■'•'est Point, New York wVien 1 was 
five, a trip I vividly remember plus v/e went to the Mid-'At lanti c 
States and Minnet-ota-Mich.'.gan area on two separate trips Vi/ith rny 
older sister also. 

I graduated from high, school in 1970 and started at Northern 
-'■llinois University, DeKalb, Illinois that September. Some of my 
summer .'obs durins? college and high school incli.:ded waitress, factory 
worker, and corn detasseler (a ponular Job with young teenagers 
since it only takes a few weeks out of the sunm:er and the employ- 
ers will hire anyone over thirteen). I have also taken a class 
each at Hie-hland Community Colleee. Freenort. Illinois, and 
Kishwaukee -Tunior Colleee, '''alta, Illinois. I am a music major 
with an emphasis in vocal miusic. 

In January, 1969 i met John Bruce Fischer who was s senior 
at Stockton High Sc^.ool at that time. We dated and were married 
on Au'just 7, 1971. John was born on June 6, 19^1 to Stanley and 
Virginia Fischer at Freeport, Illinois, He grad'jated in 1969 
and also attended Northern, We lived in two apartments in DeKalb 
after we were married, a one-bedroom from September, 1971 - J'Jne-1972 
and then we got a two-bedroom In which we lived until J^tnuary. 1973. 
We rented tbe larger apartment because on February 12, 1972, 
Brian Michael Flsc^.er, our first child, entered our lives. 
John graduated from Northern in January, 1973 and we moved to 
Rockford where he was emoloyed by Pollard, Wheeler, iiarmiS, & Ellio*:, 

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a CPA firm. In Decen:ber 107 3 f^e oeo^'dn his present joo as an 
accountant at Eclipse, Inc. Our son is novj two and one -ha If 
and makes cjite an addition to our family. 

I am currently a parttime studeiit at Rock Valle.y Collego 
hoping to continue at Northern soon and complete my decree in 
music eduaation. 

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Cemetari es 

A. Elizabeth, Elizabeth, 111. 

B. Woodbine, Voodoine. 111. 

C. Ladies '-'nion, Stockton, 111. 

Personal Interviews 

A. Wayne and Reola Breed (Sent., 197U ^ 
Earlen'^; Hunt (Sept., 197U ^ 

Carson and 3ean Breed (Sept. and Nov 
Emil ^^ant (Oct. , 

Verna Hutchison 
Lois Coppernoll (Oct., 
Ethel McKillips . (Nov., 




A. iierla Sturtesr.ant 

(Oct., 197U) 

father' s sister 
. , 197U) father's brot^or 
Father' s ur c 1 -> 
■not'Ter's cousin 
mother' s sister 

father ' s sister 


A, History of Jo Davies s County , Illinoi s (Chic a 
Ketl 3c Co.. rirr.es Biilding, l87B')T~p".~"7i4.5, 79 
Sou verier of El 1 zabeht - Hanover made in 191L|. o 
Por^rait ari£ i31 o?raD'-i i cal Alosm of Jo Daviess 
Chapr.an Brother's^ TEQl ) ,~p . l+lUjUl 




( Chicago 

Atlas of Jo ^aviess Coi^nty and the state of I 

Warner '^iy^rins ^nd Beers, 1(.'72 )^ d. U] 

Elizabeth Centennial B-^ok, ^st_ To P resent , 1968. 

Farm Plat Book- Jo DavieHs CountyTHockf ord : Record I'iap Pub.,)p.3. 

Leeal Documents 

A. Marriage Certificates & Licenses. 

1. Hannah & Adam Brown 

2. Frank i»c Bertha Breed 

3. Elezer k Cecelia Breed 

B. Marriages Recorded at Jo Daviess County Court House, Galena. II. 
1. Samuel tc Catharina Horsch 

P. John & i^iary Eadie 

A. Obi 







er Articles 

Samuel Horsch. , "Stockton ^lerald ^^ews", 3-29-no5. 

Jean J: Albert i'»cKillics. "Elizabeth -Veekly '•"'ews", 


Frank & Bertha Breed various area newspapers includin^.r 
'F'reeport Journal Standard','" Elizabeth Weekly ^^ews" , "Stock- 
ton Herald i'iews." 10-1961. 

Cecelia Breed, "Stockton ^^erald i^ews", 1 ^It-L;. 
Hannah ic Adan Brown, "Elizabeth Weekly i-iews" and others 
12-1920 & 3-1930. 

William ^ Louisa ^'^cKilliDs "Elizaneth Weekly ^'ews" 
8-19i4.5 A:3-1933. 

•^ohn 4c Mary Eadie area newspapers, ld99 &: 191Li.. 
Otis ^'^anley,' "Stockton Herald News" 

Anna CH.qrlotte Brown, "Elizabeth Weekly News", 3-1972. 
Ray '£. Helen Brown, "C-alena Gazet.e" 1-1971 &10-197U. 
Robert Brown, "Galena Gazette" 9-197U. 
Edna Brown. "E.lizabetb Weekly i'ews" 12-1031;. 
Deloras Brown. "Galena Gazette" 2-1 yb3. 


VI. Newspaper Articles (con't.) 

B. Marriage Write-ups 

1. Hannah & Adam Brown 

2. Lois fc Gilbert Copp 

3. Albert ^. -ean ^-'cKil 
il, Albert & Ethet McKi 

5. Wayne <5c Reola Breed 

6. Verla &JacK Sturtev 

7. Raymond fc Helen 3ro 

8. Robert & Edna Brown 

9. Harry fc Lottie 3rwo 
10. Rob---'^ ^ Delocas Br 

C. Miscellaneous 

I, Article on -Tohn & M 
Nov. , 1895. 

, "Elizabeth WeeKly ^"ews", 3-1882. 
ernoll, "Elizabeth Weekly i^ews. " 

lips, "Elizabeth Weekly News" 6-1915. 

Hips, "Elizabeth Weekly ^"-ews" 3-1950, 

, "Elizabeth Weekly i^ewsV 6. 19U2. 

ant, "St;ockton ^^erald ^'ews',' 19U5. 

wn "vlalena Gazette", 19[|.6. 

, "Elizabeth Weekly ^^ews", 1925. 

n, "Elizabeth Weekly ^"ews", 1919. 

own. "Galena Gazette", l^Ub. 

ary Eadie's 50th Wedding Anniversary, 




)ear Contributor to the ^iock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studying 
\fnerican families, we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only a 
'ew mintues, and will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
iccess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 

SURVEY ***-,V-,V5V;'cA)V;VAAA;'.--,'c-.VAA>";AAyc-.':)V-.V-,V-,V 


1. Your name $-h^phan>e. f^. )-lScJKer * 

0,u. of for. ^^^ ^ ^^ ,^^^ . (10 «______) 

2. Your college: Hock Val Icv (.ollecje (ID // ) 

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* * * A * Vc 5'.- )V A j'c )V )V )V A ,V A iV ;',- A A ;'. A iV :V :'.- ;V k A 

3. Check the earliest date for which you have been able to say things about your family in 
your paper. 

^Before 1750 1750-1800 V 1800-1850 

1850-1900 __1900 or later 

'4. Please check al 1 regions of the United States in which members of your family whom you 
have discussed in your paper have lived. 

^ New England (Mass., Conn., R.I.) X M iddle Atlantic (N.Y. , Penna. , N.J., Va.) 

^South Atlantic (Ga. , Fla., N.C., S . C . ) ^East South Central (La. , Miss. , Ala. ,Tenn, K^ 

West South Central (Ark., N.M. , Tex., Ok.) y( East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind. 

Pacific (Cal., WashJ (Hawai i , Alaska) HI. Wis.) 

"-yi 'lalns (ND,SD,Neb.,Kan.,Iowa, MO) 

5. Please check all occupational categories in which members of your family whom you have 
discussed in thi s paper have found themselves, 

X Farming ^Mining ■_ _Shopkeeping or small business 

y~T ransportat Ion ^Big Business ^Manufacturing 

X P rofessions Industrial labor X Other 

6. Please check al 1 religious groups to which members of your family whom you have discussed 
in this paper have belonged. 

X R oman Catholic ^Jewish P resbyterian ^Methodist 

^Baptist Episcopal ian Congregational Lutheran 

^[iuaker M ormon O ther Protestant ^Other 

7. What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 

Blacks Indians M exi cans ^Puerto Ricans 

Jews X C entral Europeans I tal ians ^Slavs 

X Irish ^ Br i t ish j^ Native Americans over several generations 
^East Asian ^ O ther 

8. What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

X Interviews with other _2^Fami ly Bibles X ^^mi ly Genealogies 
fami ly members 

Vital Records Land Records ^The U.S. Census 

^Photographs ^Maps X O ther 


A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name(Vq>j-Q^ L "pj-^C^her ^c. Current Residence u:)e6^ St-Tau.!^ ^A>•r^o■ 

If dead, date of death 

Place of bi rth S^t. louA Date of Birth Dec \S ^ I ^ o"l 

Education (number of years): 
grade school ^M/S. high school A urs. vocational o col lege o 


(after leaving home) 
'St delgy^se. Jctc-Vorcj Dates Cx}o fid LOa<Jl ^ st Si. 7olvx.\ W\i r%r.. Dates /93^-'^ 

2nd COLrper>^e<- C builder Dates /SJ?- aolq 2nd \V\rt>SLxVQu -, Mcrr>A. Dates l%9 ~ j .'l 

3rd Dates 3rd S-t.Ta.u^\j W\->r^T^. D ates /%^-nc x^ 

Ath Dates 4th Dates 

Re 1 i g I on Ccx-fbo\i(L. 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. ^ores-fers 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother r»^\^^^ t is^> • date-r- -, ,r.,^ 

^ ^ ^ ^CXVeaoriio.. rvVl■^r^■ J U-rva. ^, 19^ 

r NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another relative give 

■ that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name T)cno-V-Ku \^\a\a\, Tu.-x-her Current Residence Loe^V ^^ :1>c\j^\ N\.rN<N. 

If dead, datelpf death ^ " 

Place of birth Ca\edovA\o^) J^Vox-a. Date of bi rth CVn-i*^ 39 . \'^0^ 

Education (number of years): HeacK^^c 

grade school ^ urs. high school >^ v_i<'S. vocational o col lege gogec-e. 


(after leaving home) 
1st -fecxC-Kec DatesJ^^^ejqsp 1st rWo^reK&Q.d ^ Wlmn. D ates h^^>.^ )<L s& 

2nd house, upi'-^e, Dates !q3c - yp^ 2nd Si ■ "Tcxu^i ^ W\.•^r^■ D ates /^3e>- <^^ 

3rd Dates 3r d rv\^ ss l.\xj MonV. Dates .'^^^ - k ^i 

4th Dates 4th '^^\ . '^n.A WXioiA D ates /9fcS' - no uj 

Religion Cocf Kc.\ i c 

I Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

'Tn<iepftnd*r>t T^e rrsoc re^t 

Place of marriage to your grandfather 

Note ,f r '° '°"'' "''"'''''''' Coy^cicr^ic , W\.-^. DATg J. ... 3. .q~ 

'^- iU°aa't^SP.»fhl8!^8a£g'S?^|(.|§ pa|i8^;^^^)f stepmother or another relative give 

A- 1 StepgranJfather (your foiher's side) 


I f .Ir.id. (J.uc of death 

P lace of bl rth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupat ion(s) 




Re I i q i on 

Current Residence 









Date of BI rth 


col lege 

(after leaving home) 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your grandmother 


A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 


I f dead, date of death " 

P lace of bi rth 

Education (number of years): 
grade school high school 

Occupat ion (s) 





Re I i g i on 

Current Residence 

Date of bi rth 

vocat ional 



Political p-irty, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

col lege 

(after leaving home) 



Place of T«irriage to your grandfather 


n * 

I 3. 

Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name ^AVV\Gruj R. V-Je,\^OL->.<: t'^eci.u^ Current Residence uOV>t,-\ai- 'S-ec-^r U(x\<-CL \N\^ Y^r^ 
If dead, date''(!)f death ' 

Place of birth Date of bi rth V^Xcxj-^ l*^, t^ lO 

Education (number of years): "^ 
grade school ^ Qr. high school O vocational O college o 


(after leaving home) 
^5t ^g'crover Dates lS3C'- 3U 1st l^Lvgo ^ lN\>nr\ Dates i<^/5o-3t 

2nd Ko-'bcx^e-r Dates iq3^- ^9 2 nd St.PcxLAi, l^.f^x^. Dates f^/36 -.j € 

3rd cUj^enSc fc.o\os-u Dates LL.lOar XL 3 rd LO^W.t^ P^ear fieacU , ^'"^ 'ates /^3? 

^th SVeiL.\ o^orkgr Dates iq3R-no.o 4 th LO)h>\e ?xy.c UaWa. "^^^^""^^D ates I^S^i - ^ow 

Re I igion CaVKpl.c. 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc.^ 

Place of marriage to your grandmother ^^_^^ (A.^^^A """ ~~" '^'^^ HAau Q5. \WSo 

Note: If your mother was raised by a i> nap f JLlli r u l anUL fl K r TB l ai l VB (tO ag e I8 )' ' 1 > ' ' — 

give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name (NevVcc\cle_ iW^roc'^x U£-lQLur\eau.C urrent Residence 

I f dead, date of death iN\oo.. 1? 1^ 39 

Place of birth^ ^Date of birth QcJ" . )Si5 

Education ( n umbe r o r^ yea r s ) 
grade school ^ accxdju high school vocational o college o 


(after leaving home) 

'^t hg^^^^^t^^ dates iq,^,- 2,? \^tjk:^^^^^p^^^j^^^^ Datesicj;^ - |^.^L 

2nd D ates 2nd S-^ . Pax^l ^ iN\,.^r^. Dates /? ^6-/- l^l3 ^ 

3rd ^Dates_ 3rd ij^h.i:^ Eecv^ RvrAck D ates j9,^.P^ 

Religion C^^:VW-.>.(^ 

Political party, cTvTT or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfathe r Kaorv W\inn. d ate mn, . oa, /^ ^o 

Note: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to age 18) 
give that data on the back of this page (0-2) 

C-l 1 1 epgrandf ather (your mother's side) 

N.iine Current Residence 

I f (Ic.id. «latc )f death 

I'll..- >.| l.iilli l)>i(c ol l.iilh 

I <li|) .1 li • III (iiiiml)i- r mT yi' . I . ) 

• ir.Mli" mIiimiI hii|h sfhiiol V(jcol i iin.i I colloii*' 

Ottup.it i on ( «. ) 










eaving home) 









Re I i g i or 

Political par lies, civil or soc t a 1 ^clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmother dat( 

0-? S tcptjr.indmothiT (your mother's side) 

Nome 0"\qvu£. ClrA.<-c\ i xaqJI ku-^Co.s ^~\£_C.x>^, Current Residence tC^^^-bu Sea<- V>Cv.V<il 

I f <le.id, «i;jf of death 

Pl.K.f r.f birth [jj\^,h V\ecx^ WxWi^ . WVinv^. Date of birth ^uru2^ cSM IQ^Q 
Education (number of ycarsj^ ' I ' 
grade school ^ Crc. hi gh school Q vocational (^, col lege Q 

Occupot ion(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
'•'t VNCu^e^xT^vle. Dates igSO no^ lst LoVMb- ^ecxT Wo^\<sl. DatesfH 

2nd ^Dates ^2nd Dates 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

Political par ty , civil or soci al c 1 ubs , soror 

Place of marriage to your grandfather ^^^W^ \t_ VJ)CfKC V-.cxtCc Pr\>.^<~i P^^e Rib. ^.1*^1^ 

i t ies , etc. 

CHIkDREN of A & B (or A-1 or B-I) - your father's name should appear below 

Name G:gO^Q« U. PJjPcW c Qr. 
: of bihthg^j. Vtx>OL\ . m'( 




date Oci ■ 15L . iQ^Tl 

r of chl Idren *^' (^' 

P ' ace of biVth at. V^cu^l^ fV\■^.Ar^ ^te Qed. u \q 

Number of yea^s of school i ng rNOv'Cb. ng sU-icci Occupati6n Kccvq 

Re5idenceSV.'?eA€<-, INNv.^^ 
Number of children ^ 

^ 3J 

Marl tal Stat u S mg^S-N^ct "^ ' 

Name ^ec^o^ KxxHe r C^'-mcnv.'.N 

Place df birth c. . yc^g \-s\,,-^^. date T)eCL . .^ |Q^<. 
Number of years of school Ing ^ ^^yc, . cot\f ue Occupatlbn ^X.'. ArUV ~..,,^^. v.j^ 
Residence K\e.O Hr.L.to .^ _ vr'.^) . Har l Val S tatus (^ 3^^;^^^' ' ^^'^-^ ^^ ^ '^1 ^ 
Number of chl Idrfen rS ' , * 

Name 9^CV3\ . 'TV\(^'mf^ ~V^OcKer 

Place of birth S \> \^a^\ Tv\iy>v^ d ate /\u^q . [<\^0 

"■-^--r of j^ears of schooling \ ^r. ccvV^cTrT ccupattdh Vg^ oen TTF 

ence y-W, mcv^-n . \^\f.^V. M arltaT Statur ^*'^ 

r of chl Idren q 




^s (TNCvyyVed 





Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooUng 

Res Idence 

Number of chl Idren 


Marital Status 


Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 


Number of children 


Marital Status 


Place of birth """ 

Number of years of school Ing 


Number of chi Idren 

Marital Status 



Place of bl rth 

Number of years of schooling 


Number of chl Idren 


Marital Status 


Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 


Number of chi idren 

Marital Status 

. date 


Place of birth "" 

Number of years o1^ ftchool Inq 

Residenc e 

Number of Ull JUreri -■ 


nantal Status 

CMILOREN of I. and (of (-1, 0-l)-yoi)r motlin's riomi> should appocir he low 

N.inJ,.-! .,1 y.ir-. of sc lif?< ■ 1 i fu| (-^vcvA. '^"^'-r^W sqAQoi O'-t-upJ 1 1 On rruiQJ- CXAtVeC 

K.-.i.lrnc- \:^rcUe.3K-r-^ n^>.^v>. ^ Mar i ta 1 S La t US nf^g^fu^A 

Niiiniipf fil ch i 1 dren ' (^ 

Pl..c^ >.?7.?,th M /^g/g m,.^.-^. date ripvLa_LLlSld 

Numher of years of schooling fo>;^(^d. y-^va V> X)cV.c,^ lO<^<^"patlon Woco:^^:^^ W;g-> 

Residence Re cV^^c^rt -Jj \\ ■ '^ Marital Status \mc^xf\j^ci 

Number of ch i 1 dreK ' [^ 

Place of birth S^ ?/...^. nA,.Ar^. ' date ^ \)eC^ ^ \a^ jC^^t^ 

Number of years of schooling C jAr^cl. V\vnK ACVyi^cA Occupation Kql.uJc^o J-a, 

Residence i-jrv,;^;^^^^^ f^„^v,. ^ ' Marital Status ^g .x >\U)H '-'. ' 

Number of en i 1 dren » ^ 

'•• Nam.- H^Q-t^n^ U^to^V|A^oj^ ^_ > ^ ^ 

P > .M.^ or tMrth ^."^U, 0-\>^TA.-f^. date rnr>TcJK ?^ iq3l 

Number <.f years of school i nq ( 

U c^ac\.(^ Occupati6n_ ^ 

Residence ' Marital Status 

Number of children cl^d '. Qu^yvi^ ? I C 4^ 

-y^ Place of birth S^ ^((^^^ . V^> ^AH. ^ date ppQ . \ ^ \C^L^O 

'|""*er of years of schooling ' ^ -rV C.<cv(Afc- ^^Ccupat 1 on y^, r>U-ne wO) v W€- 

rna<c>oS^esidence Si/v^Ol.oJi ^^^.r^n. ^ Marital Status ^fX\CKj\A,Pc[ ^ 

Number of ch i Idren ' 1^ 

Place of birth '0 c^\ t^C-uJ , VY^.tnO. ' date TTu^/r^su ?)0^ IRHN 

Number of ^ears of schooling (~.r rur\ . V\. aVx SC-Wvci Occupat iOrt y^^^^^^ ec.^^n,, D per^- 

Rcsidence v^\^.tjL- ftex^T Kr^K^ m,^.^; Marital 'Status marrve.;^ ' ' 

Numljcr of children r^ 

Place of birth ^\ Tf'-^ ^ \^-^.r^o. date /Iiaq ■ li I Q H !;' 

Number of /enrs of schooling (^.Trxc.\. Wif^VA ^^c\^oo t Occupat iOn ^ ^q\ ^Vtfa>/v^c iL^ 
Residence u^V.U ^eo.r Ur. K^ . YY\> ,-^^ . Marital Status ^y^n r r . ed 

Number of children "^ 

Place of bir^h ^,^:^.X>r^.p.o: date mCx.rcJr^ 31, Tittle 

Number of /c^rs of schooling ^.<aa. V\ ^n\. -^(Wj ^\ Occupation \^onx-i€- < x^ > Lg^ 

Residence .,kt^ '^jefyy Ko-^^ ^ ^v^ , ^^ y^ J MaritTT Status ittnt. v ^ vprl ^ 

Number of children ^ 

Place o^ b,rth_-. . K,, i„ i-n.jin. date Oc \ , y^j J^j^t^ 

Number of /c^rs of school I ng | .> v^ r ■ . ■ OccupatiOfi W oLv.'iK' > .^i L<ir 

Residence y>.,Vx CVf^.C ^.r.^J- |iw,,.s. Marital Status ry^r. t V T. (t ^^^ 

!r of rh,i(jren Ti 


Place of birth_ , Yv. . i "P V f ,r > ^ date p^^^^ . ,^^ ^C^5C^ 

Number of /ears of school 1 ng r,,. g^r tX'^ - Vx-^.T^ -yV ,' ^ > Occupation yx)^v>(-f\<: c :,•.( r 

Residence U-.V,.Vi. l>..-. ^ ...^ J i . ,, T., , ' RiTTTa 1 Status -^>xx,U. 

Number of children , ^ 

Your Father 

Name C-^c-nCve k. K.-^W- (\r. Current Res i dence Qx.^ k L^ ^ ^jj . 

If dead. date» of death ' 

Place of birth 5^ l^f.^U rH i nrN ^Date of birth rxJ- . Q, l^j ^^ 

Education (number of years J ' 
grade school_____£_^A^j high school mCurWjL'^ cl vocational q col lege Aj ^ -rS. 


(after leaving home) 
1st mA.t^cu Se^O.CLJ^ Dates /QSH -/^S/g 1st ^t .I^Oj^I ^ m.f^(^. D ates /9.S3 'SH 

2nd -Vec^d^^T Dates l'^6i^ ' iS^l 2nd R. Wo^rx.-\rV LOcod^O^o.O ^tes i95'^ -^<^ 

3rd Cin r-o-YY-.\>^ot Dates iq5V/95S 3r d I .. V;oc\WK \ry.. Oa. Dates /9-5^-59 

^th "^lJSUc i^ArxVicm^-) D ates iq^q - \^O^^S> h th ^dU'old^rnru:^:^ D ates /^59 -/oO 

Re H g i on C Ccrn^U\ui.ci' cty% novotVvJUc'^ 

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obtained through written quest loneres as well as verbal 
coramunicatiow. I wish to thank everyone who took the time 
to answer my many questions and fill me in on how my 
relatives live, in the present and pastes This paper will 
be stored in the Hockford Public Library in Rockford, Illinois, 
where it will be available to help any of my relatives, who 
might some day need to compose their family historyo I 
will also be sending copies to my relatives, so they can 
read it and save it for future redemces'. This project was 
very interesting to do and proved to be very informative. 

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The Fischer Ancestors 

Josephus Fischer was the first traceable descendent 
on which family history information was available*, Josephus 
was bom in Halbttim, Burgenland, Austria, irtiich is near 
the Hungarian border. This is where he also died. Unf ortun^^ly, 
no dates could be found stating when he was bom or when he 
died'. Ky great great grandfather was a carpenter and taught 
the trade in Halbtum. Josephus married Maria Hlmmel and, as 
far as I know, one child was bom to thenr, Charles A. Fischer. 

Charles Fischer was bom November 4, 1861 in Balbtumr. 
He, like his father, was also a carpenter*. Charles married Catherine 
L«9g, daughter of George Long and Madelina Haas'. Catherine's 
parents were also bom In Halbttirn and no dates could be found 
for thew. 

Charles* wife, Catherine Long was bom September 28, 
1868, in Halbtum. Catherine and her new husband, who was already 
an experienced carpenter, came to America in 1886, looking 
for a better place to earn a living. She was only 19 years of age'. 
This marriage was blessed with seven children; four boys and 
three glrls^. 

Charles A. Fischer Jr. was bom In St. Paul, Minnesota, 
September 30, 1886*. He did not follow the occupation of his 
father and grandfatherto For many years Charles xrorked as a 
commission man for the Armour-Swift Company*. 

Mary Fischer was bom iterch 29 • 1888. She was the 
first to marry, marrying into the Brayman family. After she 
married she became a housewife. 

Catherine Fischer was beam iferch 2^, 1890^. She married 
Louis LaFavor on April 15, 1920. Catherine, besides doing her 
own housework, continued to do dressmaking and needle work for 

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The third daiaghter nas bom May 25, 1892 In St^. FavHf, 
Jiilla Fischer also married and for a while after she was married, 
she worked at a job outside of her haae", 

Faiil L. Fischer was bom July 8, 189^. He died of 
pneumonia before he was one year old. January 12, 1897 is when 
Eoll Fischer was borWo He followed the family occupation, set 
137 his father and grandfather, and became a carpenter. 

Just like his brother, father and grandfather, Joseph 
P. Fischer also became a carpenter^. He was bom in St. Paul, 
April 12, 190y, 

The seventh child, and fourth boy, bom to Charles 
and Catherine Fischer, was George Lawrence*. He was bom December 
15» 1907'. My grandfather also followed in the footsteps of the 
Fischer men and became a carpenter, contractor and builders. 

In the years to come George Fischer grew up in St. 
Paul and in June of 1930, he took as his bride, Dorothy Malay*. 
This marriage brought them four children: George, Margaret, 
Jean and Tom. 

In the following pages the childhood and married 
life of George L. Fischer, my grandfather, was researched. 

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The Childhood of George U* Fischer Sr. 

My grandfather* George D. Fischer, was bom December 
15t 1907 in St. Pault Minnesota. His parents and their eight 
ehildren liyed in a house* located in St> Paiilc* 

After the sons and daughters married, they left home*. 
My grandfather's father lived with his dau^ter Julia, after 
his wife died'. Then he went to live with his other daughter, 
Catherine, until he died*. 

As a child, my grandfather never had a lot of toys 
or even a b^^yclef. He wished most of all for a pony, which he 
never got, but was happy anyway»« 

Things were quite ordinary in their family. They had 
a horse &nd buggy, but their father would take it for a week 
sometimes, when he went to another town to oraistruct a house 
or bans. Then the only other transportation was the street cax^ 

When he was I3, my grandfather started working, selling 
fruits and vegetables, for $7.00 a week, with 60 hours in the 
week. Then he worked in a hattery when he was I6, for $40.00 
a month, or 50 hour^. He was allowed to keep the money, but 
paid for his awn clothes and health care. At that time, the 
money he earned was able to Imy a lot of merchandise!. 

During this time siy grandparent's parents got a eaz»^ 
The roads were in poor conditions and a trip of 35 miles was 
to much for one day*. Cars of that period had side curtains, 
so if there was a sudden change in the weather, like rain, the 
driver ifould have to stop and put these on. The Sundays were 
usually spent on a family picnic. A lunch would be packed and 
a fire made at the site to do the cooking^. Other celebrations 
were done in the confines of the house and with members of 

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Most of the Bona In ay grandfather's family followed 
In the occupational footsteps of the men before them. The only 
one who did not become a carpenter was my grandfather's brother 
Charley* Everyone else became a carpenter. 

Usually regjd^r seats were taken at the dinner tabled. If 
seating space was not available then the children waited tintll 
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Most c^ the children left heme to marry or pursue 
a Job after the elgth grade-. My grandfather left school after 
his sophomore year*. 

In June of 1930 he married Dorothy Malay. 

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The Malay Ancestors 

ThoTttas Flanne ry, bom in IcO?;, >jas carried to :1ary 
Millet. They both >rere born in Irelard. Mary died there In 18^7. 
Her husband also dleo there In 1903» at the age of 101. Their one 
child, Mary Flannery was bom In 1842 in Mayo County, Ireland. 
ThomaK and his K'ife, alor^ Xvrlth their daughter, ui grated to 
the United States. Thomas and his wife didn't like it and 
returned to their ho^e in Ireland. 

Kary liiairied a stone cutter, Willlaiu 'whiting, who 
■was bom in Tarrington, Sussex Coointy, England in 1833 • This 
marriage was blessed with one child, a girl, nai^od liai-garet 
Villi ting. 

Willian; Whiting xms nine years? old li'ien his mother 
died and fifteen years old when he carjf on a ship tc Kovia 
Scotia. This way around 19^^6>• By the tiiie t?ie Cival Viar started, 
he was In V.&v iork and had enlisted in tht. Heu Icrk infantry, 
nis infantry was captui-ed and sent to serve tiue in Libby pilscn, 
where all but eleven of the tien died of dysentery. William 
Whiting ^3s one of the eleven end ;^s dismissed after being 
forced to el en a paper stating that he rouid nef?er again 
take up arms against the Confederacy. Hovrever, he caiiie to 
Minnesota and reenlisted in the .:lnnesota infantry. There he 
fought in niany battles, such ae "Lock Out riotintain'', in 
Tennessee. Abe Lincoln was his idol and he becaue a £;taunch 

Willlairt an<? Mary Wlii ting's one child, fiargaret, vjas 
bom September 15, I865 in St, Paul, idnnesota'. As a child, 
Margaret was baptized and confinued by the archbishop of 
St. Paul. Archbishop Ireland is well known for his uany speeches 
and visits to TDeonle In Thi-rn-nftan nonrt-rl es. T-rftlanri s-npr.l -Pi rtftllir- 

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He talked about America, the promised land» and how everyone 
ooiild have a new enriched life there. 

Mary Flannery Whiting died in 190 5 in Caledonia, 
M.miesota. Her husband died there also, inl907'« 

Margaret Whiting married Robert I^alay, who was bom 
In Portage, v/isconsin on June 5, 1867, Robert's father, Thomas 
Malay, was bom in 1833 in Waterford County, Ireland. His wife, 
J^ry Urlgley, was born in '^/exford County, Ireland. They 
migrated to Minnesota, from Ireland, in the mid 1830 's. They 
had seven children. James was bom in 1859 an<^ died in 1861'. 
Mary was bom in 1861 and died in 19^^'. William was bom in 
1864 and died in 1925» He vias a carpenter. I^y great great 
grandfather, Robert Malay, was bom In 186? and died in I960'. 
Another son, Ben, was bom in I876 and died in 1945» The seventh 
child, John, was bom In 1878 and died in 1928i. He vras a 
railroad worker. 

Their father, Thcsnas *^ialay, was a veteran of the 
Clval War*. He was also a carpenter and f olloKed the settlers 
west, always able to find work at the building trade. Thomas 
died in 1892. His wife, Mary, died fifteen years later in 1907'. 

Their son, Robert Malay, and his bride, i'iargaret 
■/Jhitlng y^lay, established their 1 Ife together on a farra in 
Caledonia, Minnesota. Robert was not only a farmer. He had 
also worked for the railroad and been a carpenter. This marriage 
was blessed with ten children. 

William was bom in 1889'. He was a farmer until he 
died In 194&» He never married-. Ii^&ry was bom in 1890 and 
she also never married. For many, many years Mary taught school 
in Caledonia. She lives vlth her yoxxnger brother, on the farm 
her parents built in Caledonia, i-iargaret was bom in 1892. 
She left home after she finished school and went to work in 

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an office In Minneapolis, Minnesota. She later returned to the 
family farm and remained there until she died In 1969„ 

Esther Malay was bom in 189^. She married Into the 
O'Neil family and had two children. After her husband's death, 
Esther retiimed to the family farm in Caledonia and lived 
there until her death In 1968f. 

Agnes was bom In 1896'« She also got married and had 
three children. Agnes Malay Colleran died In 1970'. 

Another girl, Susan, was bom in 189&. She married 
Pred Buttel and had one child'. Susan died In 1928f. 

The third boy, Robert, was bom In 1900. He never 
married and remained on the farm for his entire life. Farming 
was and still Is his occupation. Robert still lives on the 
farm, and with some help. Is still maintaining Itf. 

Cecelia was bom In 1902'. She married a man named 
Spenser and had no childreM. She and her husband currently live 
In Wisconsin'. 

Anna r^ilay was bom In 1905* She married Pred Buttel, 
who had previously been married to her sister Susan, until her 
death. They had six children. Anna ciirrently resides in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she has taught school for many 

The tenth child and seventh girl was bom Jxuie 
29, 1907>. Around 1920, the family farmhouse burnt to the ground. The 
children, who were young adiilts now, along with some other help, 
bollt another farmhouse on the same land. That farm Is still 
In existence and is being occupied by my grandmother's sister 
and brother, Maiy and Robert Malyy. Dorothy, my grandmother, 
married George L. Fischer In Jime of 1930. They have four 
children, all of them are married. Dorothy and George Fischer 

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ctucTently reside In West St>, Paul, Minnesota. 

More will be said about my grandmother, Dorothy Malay, 
In the upcoming chapter on her childhood as well as in the chapter 
on her married lifer. 

Memories of the times spent with my great aunt and uncle. 
Wary and Robert Malay, on the Malay farm In Caledonia, Minnesota, 
will be shared In the chapter on my childhood!. 

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The Childhood of Dorothy Fischer 

Most of my gTandmother^s childhood was spent on 
the family farm In Caledcmla, Minnesota. This is were she 
was bom in Jtine of 190? • 

The parents continued to live in their own home 
after their children left. One daughter, Esther, lived with 
her parents in their home, along with her two small children, 
after being widowed in 1931*« 

My grandmother's parents slept in the first floor 
bedroom, while the second floor bedrooms were chosen by 
mutual agreement. With five bedrooms the household was not 
crowded. There were never any servants or boarders living 
with the family. 

Anyone, not attending school, was busy with outside 
farm-work or inside housework. Holidays were spent enjoying 
family dinners. Every Fourth of July the family went to the 
nearest celebration, which usually occuirred at a town sane 
seven or eight miles away. 

Sundays were usually spent attending the Catholic 
masses and then big dinners of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, 
dumplings and lemmon pie, was enjoyed. Her mother always 
managed to have friends or neighbors over, besides her own 

Schooling was decided upon be my grandmother's 
mother. Occupational choice was left up to the individual. 
Marriage approval was sanctioned by both parents. Decisions 
concerning the farm were made by her father, while household 

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My grandmother's mother i»as the disciplinarian Ih 
the family* Her father was an easy going man* who loved to read, 
and ttimed out all noise when he sat down to enjoy his literature. 

If table space permitted t children always ate with 
their parents. When quests came to dinner, they ate In shifts, 
as their table seated only 1^. It was crauoan to have two or 
three tables set and occupledat Thanksgiving, Christmas and 

My grandmother's older sister, along with her parents, 
helped my grandmother through college. Mature sons and daughters 
helped their parents with buying things like a coolc stove, 
or any other needed replacements In the home'. The children 
who never married, and remained home on the farm, cared 
for their parents in their later years of life. 

The family was average In income, but there were 
no well to do members. Their wealth was in their health and 
happiness. The family farm was Inherited lay my grandmother's 
mother, fron her mother and father. Robert, my grandmother's 
youngest brother. Inherited that farm and the upper farm, 
which their father bought for their oldest brother in 1909?. 

The children were taught to have great respect for 
the elderly. Her mother cared for her own parents, her husbands 
father and two elderly wcmen, in their last Illnesses. This 
took a great deal of stamina and charity, because she also 
had a large family to care for. 

Jobs were not pushed onto any member of the family. 
The men never left the farm to find employment'. Three women 
became elementary school teachers, three went to Minneapolis 
to find employment and the others married. 

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As a ohlld» the oaily transportatlcm my grandmother's family 
had, was a buggy and the horses, or a sleigh, in the winter 
tine. About 1923 the faially got thejr first car, a Ford. 

After high school and college, my grandmother 
taught school for four years, at a rural school. The first 
year she received 80 dollars a month, then $90 a month and in 
the last two years, $100 • 

She met her future husband, George L* Fischer, May 
29, 1928, when he came with a former neighbor boy to visit'. 
They were married In June of 1930 and my grandmother left her 
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The married Life of Dorothy and Georj^e Fischer 


Ry grandparents met en my grandmother's farm. In 
Caledonia, Minnesota. My grandfather was a quest of one of her 
brothers and dtirl ng the upcoming years, spent much of his time 
their. They were married in Caledonia, in a Catholic ceremony 
In June of 1930f. Ilielr first heme was a little bungalow In 
St>» Paul and It was built by my grandfather. 

Tlwlr first child, George Jr. was bom October 12, 
I932f« Wiey lived In this house until 1935» They then moved to 
another house in St^. Paul, on (ftilo Street^. By now they tetd 
added another child, Margaret, who was bom In December of 193^. 
Another daughter, Jean, arrived two years later. In December 

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They later moved Into a house, still In St^. Paul, and 
built by my grandfathezf. ^ils house was on Baker Street*, and 
is the first of their houses that I am able to remembei^. 
A second son Joined the family in August of 194'9'. He was named 

Kj grandparents ren»lned in Minnesota until their 
youngest son graduated from high school'. He chose to attend 
a college in Missula, Montana, were my grandparents next 
ii»de their home*. They remained here for a year and then rettimed 
back to St>. Paiil, which is where they currently llvef. All of 
their children have since married and started their own families^. 
My grandparents now have 16 grandchildren to keep track oT. 
They frequently visit with their children and grandchildren 
irtio are spread across the mid-westr. 

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The Letoumeau Ancestors 

Cageat Letoumeau Sr. was born In Canada in 1846. 
He migrated to the United States when he was a child, 
approxlTnately around the age of seven. He married >]arie Paul, 
who was bom June 6, 1853o They had one child, Cageat Letoumeau 
Jr. y>y great great grandfather, Cageat Letoumeau Sr. , died at 
the age of 76, on March 10, 1922. His wife died April 14, 
1936, at the age of 82, 

My great grandfather, Cageat Letoumeau Jr., was 
bom August 18, I87O. He married Ida Paul, vhc was a second 
cousin to Cageat ȣ mother, Itorle Paul Letoumeau, 

Ida»s father was Nelson Paul, who was bom in I85O. 
He died on January 2, 1922, at the age of 72, Her mother, Liza 
Lassar Paul, was bom in I852 and died on January I3, I9IO, at 
the age of 53. .,_.., 

When Ida Paul and Cageat Letoumeau Jr. were married, 
the union was blessed with 12 children. The first, Elizabeth, 
uas bom in 1393 • She iiia3*ried her cousin, and the;' had two 
children. Elizabeth is currently liviiig in St. Paul, ICinnesota. 

The second child, Charley, was bom in 1895 • He 
worked for laany years as a construction worker and also as a 
steel worker. He also married and had 3 children. Charley 
died in Hay of 1963^. 

Leo i\^s born in 1397 • Hs died someT-rhere before I90&. 
Aurora Letoumeau was bom in 1899. She also died before I9O8. 
(The exact dates for these deaths and the following ones, was 
not readily available.) Julius tms bom in 1801 and also died 
before I9O8. Alia and Allse were twins. They were bom in 
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F^rie, the eighth child bom to Oageat and Ida 
Letoumeaix, oar^e in I9C5. She laarried Into the Thlbeault family 
and has six childreno She currently resides in St. Paul, yiinnesota. 

Sophie was bom In 1908. She Tiarrled and had 1 child*. 
St. Paul, l^lnnesota is currently -where she and her husband make 
their home. 

Anthony, Tny grandfather, was born my 19, 1910. He 
Is ctirrently a steel worker and married. . Re has ten children, 
and Is now livlre In W^iite Bear Lake, Minnesota. 

Lucille Letoumeau i^e bom in 1912. She Is currently 
living In St. Paul, Is !narrled and has six children. 

The ttv-eljfth child, Louise, was bom In 1915« She 
died June 2, I966. 

Anthony R. Letoumeau married Gertrude Thercux 
May 25 » 1930. Four children blessed this marriage: Leo, Joyce, 
my mother, Yvonne and Donna. In the upcomlns chapters, the 
childhood and rnarrled life of my grandfather will be further 

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Anthony R. Letoumeau 

Viy grandfather, Anthony R. Letoumeau, was bom May 
19 t 1910 In Hugo, Minnesota, on a farm. He was a normal boy 
who had lots of fun amusing himself. He would always tease his 
sisters. "But that was just a part of growing up," relates his 
sister Sophie. 

Grandpa loved music. His hobby was playing his violin. 
He never took a lesson, but rather taught himself how to play. 

He was also Interested In horses. He liked to work 
with them around his farm. He also enjoyed working around the 
farm, helping his father. He continued to do this until he 
left home and got married. 

My grandfather went up to and completed the fourth 
grade. It was a country school with just one room. Everyday 
he, and his brothers and sisters, walked the 2§ miles to school 
and then another 2^ miles back home. There were no school buses,. 

Only his parents and their chlldiren lived In the big 
farmhouse. The parents had their own room, while the girls slept 
together In one room and the boys together In another. At no 
time during my grandfathers childhood, were there servants or 
boarders living with the family. 

The day usually began for everyone ajt 6 a.m. The 
children would work until It was time to leave for school and 
then again when they came home, until 6 or 7 In the evening. 
After everyone quit school, usually between the fourth and eighth 
grade, they would start the farm work at 6 In the morning and 
work through until early evening. Everyone except the older 
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After dinner the kids would play "ball or some other 
kind of a game. On holidays they would visit their grandparents 
or an aunt or an uncle. Then sometimes they would also entertain 
company at their farm. 

Visiting was a lot of fun for the Letoumeau children. 
In wintertime there was always plenty of snow covering everything. 
The roads were never plowed. Their father owned a bobsled and 
two horses would pull the sleigh arovmd with the kids in it. 

New Year's Day i»s al^raiys a big celebration for the 
Letoumeau family. Year after year on this day, all of the 
relatives would gather to feast and visit all day at my grand- 
fathers parents house. After the Letoumeau family got to big 
for that house, the celebration was moved to a rented hall. 
More about this festive day will be told in the chapter on my 
mother. Weddings were also big celebrations, while baptisms 
were celebrated with a big family dinner. Funerals were Just 
a sad day were no one did anything. 

All key decisions in my grandfathers family were made 
by the parents. The children were disciplined by their parents 
and a good old fashion spanking on the rear always sufficed 
for punishment. When my grandfather's parents said no, that 
was the final word. No other adults were invloved in the 
raising of my grandfather or any of his brothers and sisters, 
only the parents had the say as to how the children were to 
be raised. Every child was the same to his parents and the rest 
of the family. No one was treated special or as a "Black Sheep." 

During meal time the father sat at the head of the 
table and the youngest one always sat between the mother and 
father. The rest of the children filled in around the table, 
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alot of company visiting, the children had to wait and eat later 
or sit around another table. The family was Catholic and mass 
uas attended every Sunday, Grace was also given before each 

The kids In the family vere expected to help out 
at about the age cf 5 or 6. They were expected to carry In 
water and wood for the stove, as well as gathering eggs from 
the hen house. My grandfather's sister, Sophie, started milking 
a cow twice a day at 7 years of age. 

If any member of the household became 111, then every- 
one would take a turn to care for that person. 

Property was owned and managed by my grandfather's 
father, Wonen received no dowerles irtien they were to be married 
and there was very little for anyone to Inherit, A son in the 
family might inherit the farm or some land to build a house 

When a baby T«as bom in the family it was treated 
Just like another member of the family. A child was considered 
a child. Instead of a baby, as soon as he started school. The 
kids were expected to take on adult responsibilities at about 
16 or whenever called upon. 

Since the Letoumeau children didn't go on to higher 
education, most of the;n had outside Jobs*, T-Ty grandfather was 
a farmer before and after he vjas married. His sister Sophie 
■went to ^'ork for a priest and a professor at St, ThOiias College 
when she was 15» Another one of their sisters went to work in 
a bakery. 

Most of the kids inarried young and left their hone 
and parents to start their own life. The girls all did their 
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own home after all of their children left. I^y grandfather's 
parents moved from their farm In Hugo, Hinnecota, to a house 
In lifhite Bear Lake, after all of their children had left home. 

The parents would help the children out financially, 
only the children would have to find soue kind of a job, in 
order to earn the money to pay them back. 

Most of the sons followed their fathers occupation 
of farming. Once they got married they would start a far-m of 
their own or a truck garden, where they raised potatoes and 
vegatables like com, to sell'. 

There were no special attitudes towards aging. No one 
would care, so long as their heart and legs were good, so they 
could manage to complete all of the work that always needed 
to be done. 

Most of the children in my grandfather's house, got a 
job at about the age of 16. These Jobs were usually working 
on the roads or In one of the big factories in a city like St. 
Paul or illnneapolis, JVilnnesota. The money they earned would 
then be spent on things they needed. 

In May of 1930 i my grandfather left home to start 
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Peter Theroui married LaBeth laMotte. No dates could 
be found recording their birth. However, LaBeth was bom approximately 
apoimd 18^8. Peter Theroux died In 1915« His wife rcTnarrJed tvo 
more times. She outlived all thr«e of her husbands. She died 
In 19^ at the age of 93. 

Peter and LaBeth had seven children: Petsr; my great 
grandfather Adolphus; Adlore; Fred; Joe and Leonora, 

Adolphus, or more commanly known as Adolph, was bom July 
11, 1&82, He married /inne Bemler in September of 190^, Her 
parents v^ea:* Anne Foshay and John Bemier. T;?© childi^en were 
bom ol this luil on, iirine and John. When these two children 
were very small, their father, John Bemier, died. John had 
his brother proiaise him that he would marry his wife and care 
for his children when he died, 

Anne Bemier than married Joseph Bemier and four 
children were bom of this laarriage: Mry, Ljrdla, Stephanie 
and Joseph. 

Both Anne Bernier and Adolphus Theroux were raised 
on farms, Adolphus used to work In Little Canada, where he 
worked for a priest^. 

Through my grandmother's sister, Yvonne Patrick, she 
told me that their mother and father always made little Anne 
and John work very hard. Her step-father, Joseph Bemier, always 
had little Anjae doing the work of a aian. Anne didn't have to 
much schooling because it was very far away and they would have 
to walk lor miles, thx-ough fields and woods, Lnne and Joseph 
Bemier lived to celebrate their 50th wedding anlversary. They 
had a big celebration with another wedding in the church. 

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kxme Bernlei', who was bom July 11, 1882, then married 
Adolphus Therour. Adolphus >ras 22 iriien he married and his wife 
was 1&. They were never without a chaperone when they were 
dating'. After they were married, they built their own home in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Nine children were bom of this union* The first, 
Uazel, vras bom in i^prll of I9O5. She is married and currently 
living In Sliul, Calif omla>o 

Ida I^y was bom In July of I9O6. She died In January 
of 197?'« She VTSLB inRri-lcc" and had five children. 

The third, Rita, was bom in 190?. She is married 
and has two children. Her parents, Anne and Adolphus Theroux, 
raised her con, Richard Streeter. The other son. Bill, was being 
raised by his other grandparents. 

Archie was born in September of 1911, He is married 
ard cun^ently living iv. Minneapolis, Kiiir-t-sota. 

My grandiaother, Gertrude Theroux, was bom in October 
of 1913 • She married Anthony Letoiimeau, ard had four children. 
On November 18, 1938, she died of pneumonia. 

Robert tsas bom in August of 1915'» He is married and 
living in Green Bay, VJlsconsin. He has eight children. 

Yvonne was bom In Janiaary of 192^. She is laarried 
to Fred Patrick and has four chlldrer.. She currently resides 
In Yorktown Heights, New Yorlr. 

Donna Theroux was bom In January of 1925* She is 
currently living in Illnneapolls, lannesota and has two children. 

Theresa, the ninth child, was bom in 1930. She died 
right after she was bom. 

It is not really Imown for sure, but it is possible 
that the Theroux»s and Foshay's came from Montreal Canada'. 




Before that the ancestor's cane fron En/sland. 

The childhood and marriage of Gertrude Thei-ouz -/illX 
be discussed In the upcoming chapters.. Since Joy grandmother 
died -when my mother was very young, I asked my mo therms, mother's 
sister* Yvonne Patrick* to describe the type of environment she 
and my grandmother grew up in. 

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The Childhood of My Grandmother 

Gertrude Theroux Letoumeau 

My grandmother, Gertmde Theroux was bom in October 
of 1913 • lE Hugo, Minnesota. Her parents and their nine children 
all lived together on a farm In Hugo. 

After niarriage, sons and daughters lived In their 
own homes. The parents did not live with their children, but 
Instead, In their own home. By the time my grandmother's sister, 
Yvonne was bom, there wasn't any problem with living space, 
because most of her brothers and sisters had left home to 
get married. Yvonne shared a room with her sister Donna, and 
her brother shared a room with their nephew, Richard Streeter, 
who was living with them. For a time before and maybe after 
Yvonne was bom, the household must have been somewhat crowded, 
what with tjjelr parents and the nine children, all living 
under the same roof. 

There were no servants or boarders living with 
the family. i\.s stated before, my grandmother's sister's son, 
Hlchard Streeter was living with and being raised by his 
grandparents . 

Most of my grandmother's childhood was spent on 
the farm. So it was early to bed and early to rise for all 
of the children. There were always a lot of chores for the 
children to do. 

The family had horses, cows, pigs and chlckenc and 
they also raised all of their food. The vegetables they raised 
were preserved for the coming winter. They also sold the milk 
for butter and cheese and received the rest of the value of the 
milk In money. Sometimes the money was very little. They 
raised all of the food to feed to the animals, and sometimes 


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there vas enoiigh to sell. The family always had food to eat. 
My grandmother's mother made most of the chlldrens clothing 
when they were little. 

Her parents spent their spare time playing cards, 
with friends, or visiting other friends and relatives. 
Holidays were always spent with the faully. 

Parents visited their married children and the 
children also visited their ps^rents after they had left home. 
When the children were little, it was great fun for then to 
go visiting, they always looked foi-ward to it, and the good times. 
The family meant everything to everyone. When the children 
visited their grandparents they always looked foi-ward to the 
candy they would get. When they visited the elderly relatives, 
where there were no children, the kids vjould just have to sit 
and wail^• When they visited their aunts and uncles, there ^^ere 
always a lot of children for them to play with. There was also 
a lot of good food every time they went visiting. When 
anyone went visiting, they were always expected to stay for 
meals and if it wasn't meal time, a big spread would still 
be put out on the table. 

Big family celebrations were always held, with the 
Fourth of July being a huge one. A big picnic was always held 
with everyone bringing food. There would also be fireworks 
and games with literally htmdreds of relatives and friends in 
attendence. These big celebrations were held in different 
relatives homes every year, and sometimes it would be on or 
near a lakefront'. Family retmions were held all of the time. 
New Years Day was another big occasion, with visits that day 
to both grandparents homes. The whole week before the big 
New Years Day, was spent cooking. The daughters would spend 

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the entire week before, at their mother's house, cooking. They 
then would freeze the food by placing it in the big screened 
In porch, saving it for the big day. 

The key decisions in the family were made by Tny 
grandmother's parents. They vxere not strict in this area 
and the children could usually persuade their parents to see 
It their way. 

My grandmother's mother D».de a lot of the decisions 
concerr.lnp- the fairily bunlness-. Money Tfar; scarce and important 
matters were taker care of first. Usually there v^as not enough 
money to go around. 

Her nether also did all of the disciplining. The children 
were spanked anytime they were out of line. They ^fere also 
scolded e lot, but never by their father, alvrays their mother. 
No one except the mother had a hand In the disciplining suid 
rearing of the children'. Also, no one >Tas treated as a 
"Black Sheep," Everyone was treated fairly and equally. 

The children Kere alt-Tays allowed to eat Trith their 
parents, bxit if there were to nsany guests, then they would 
have to est last, Tho children, however, were nevei' chased 
away when chests caire. They woiild alwaj^s be allowed to sit 
and listen to the conversation. 

The parents expected their children to help out at 
the earliest age possible, which was as pcor as they were 
able to handle doing some kin^ of a chore. The children 
were al>:ays sent on little errands. 

Both the children and parents helped each other 
financially, vrhenever they could*. In my grandmother's 
family everyone had a hard time supporting themselves'. 

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Whenever a baby was to be boi-n, the mother usually went to help. 
Everyone was helpful about caring for anyone sick. 

My grandmother's fainily later moved off the farm 
and into a house In 'J.nneapolls, Minnesota. Her parents owned 
the house they built. Her father worked In the flour mills 
until he became ill and had to return to the cotmtry again. 
The family moved back Into this house in the city, at a later 

The women of the family received no doweries and a 
will was usually made, with the property being divided among 
all of the children. 

The children left home right after high school, if 
they went that far in school. Instead of embarking on a 
career, they woxild look for and take any Job available, 
because jobs v/t?re scarce at that time. My grandiciother's sister, 
Yvorjie, worked in a defense factory during this time, because 
that was were help was needed the most. 

The men in the family did not follow in their fathers 
line of work. As stated before, they took whatever job was 
avaiable to theai. Until they were old enough to leave home 
and get a job, the women worked around the house. 

Neither the parents or grandparents had any influence 
<Mi the occupational choices of their children. Whatever job 
they could find was good enough. 

My Aunt Yvonne told lae that one of her very first 
jobs was picking sti-awberries. She got bwo cents a quart and 
probably oade a dollar, which made her feel rich. She had to 
walk two miles to get there and another two to get back home. 

Children were not really expected to get a job. 
However, if a job came up and if they could be spared from the 
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also contributed flnanclallyto the famllyt. They all bought 
their oim clothes as well as giving a good share of their earnings 
to their parents, to help pay off the mortgage on the house 
and also to buy furniture*. 

A yoimg person was expected to take on adult responsibilities » 
such as working, very young. It was usually around the age of 
12 or 13 and the work done was around the house or farm. Adult 
responsibilities such as marriage was usually taken around 
age 17 or 18f. 

The older people in the family were always cared for 
Mid respected. When the elderly could no longer care for 
themse^^ves, they usually went to one of their daughters houses, 
idiere they remained until they passed awajr. 

My grandmother's family lived through both of the 
world wars. To the family, it seemed that there was always a 
depression. (During the Great Depression my grandmother's father 
had all of his money and savings in a bank and lost it all. 

A period of prosperity came to the family after the 
second world war. Their mortgage was paid off and everyone 
had jobs. 

In May of 1930 my grandmother left home to start 
her own married life, with her new husband Anthony B. Letoumeau^. 

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The Married Life of My Grandparenbs- 

Anthtyny and Gertrude Lstoumeau 

Anthony Letoumsaw married Gertrude Theroux my 25, 
1930 In a Catholic ceremony in Hugo, Minnesota*. From I930- 
1936 he was a farmer In Hugo, Later, he was a laborer and the 

faally lived In St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Their flrrt child, Leo, tms "bom In St-, Paul, Minnesota, 
Noverrber 25, 1932«i Joyce, their second, was also bom in St. 
Paul, on April 11, 193^. They lived on the farii with tYieir 
parents until 1936, when they moved to a house in St. laul'. 
As a family they shared many happy times together. These will 
be rftlated later in the chapter on my mothei-?. 

Their third child. Donna, >bs bom December 10, I936 
In St. Paul'. Yvonne was born Karch 8, 1937 f also In St. Pai\l>. 

In 1938 the faiaily moved to White Bear Beach, Minnesota, 
were my grandfather went to work as a stefelard conptructlor 
worker, which is current Job today- 

My grandmother died that year, Foveraber 18, 1938* 
of pneumonia. After her death my grandfather and two of his 
children, Joyce and Leo, went to live with his parents, Cageat 
and Ida Letoumeau, T*ho were living In t^Jhlte Bear lake, Minnesota*. 
Young Donna went to live with her Aunt Elizabeth, while little 
Yvonne went to live with their other aurt, Sophie^. The five 
of them were separated from each other until my grandfather 
married again, in 19^'» 

AnthoE/y R,. Letoumeau and Marie Cardinal were married 
in a Catholic ceremony in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, on 
February 3, 19^0'. My grandfather and his new bride, lived in 
a big house, along tflth his four children, in I'.'hite Bear Lake. 

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This new marriage nas blessed with six children/. 
The first child, Annette, -was bom in St. PavG. om Hoveiuber 1, 
19^0'. Anthony Jr. joined the family in June of 1944. He, like 
his sister and step-brother and sisters, was also bom in 
St". Paul, Minnesota. 

During the second world -war, my grandfather worked 
in the nearby defense factory. Eoth the depression and second 
world war were hard on the fanlly, but their deteniJ.net ion and 
strong family loyalty pulled the:ii through. Sowe of the hardships 
they endured diirivig this time will be related further in the 
chapter on :.ay mothe.*^. 

After the second >rorl<? war, wy grandfather went to 
work in an arns plant'. He had to ■'.-Tcrk 10 hoior dn day and seven 
days a week. He made ^15^ ^ week and no kind of incoue tax was 
taken out of his payroll*. 

The third child bom to Anthony and ISarie, v^s bom 
in .St. PEiul on March Jl, 19^6'. She v».b christened Iftirsaret, 
but Is better knoT-ai to ever^'one as Peggy*. 

Tragedy struck this family once again, this time In 
the suDiaer of 19^^&. At the age of eleven, young Ivonne Letoumeau 
was stricken with strep throat end died, on June 8, 19^8. She 
would have entered the 7th ^rade In the fall. 

The second boy bcrn tc this couple y:s.c liicheal^o He 
was also bom in St. Paul, on August 11, 19^8'. 

Four years later another sirl, Anita, was ^orn in flt. 
Paia. Tliis Tias October 21, l95fi-. 

The tenth child born to my grandfather was Hichele, 
irtio, like all of the other nine children, vas born in ot. Paul. 
Bhe was bom August 23, 1955« 

ily grandparents still live in the same house they 

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of tne children finished hi.:j:h school, and all except one have 
married and started their owii faiailies*. ity grandparents now 
have 31 grandchildren to keep track off. Even though my family 
is separated from them t>y one state, contact is maintained 
regtilarly through letters. 

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The Childhood of George !/• Fischer Jz*. 

October 12, I932 Columbus Day, Is irtien my father, 
George I;* Fischer Jif* was bon3>. As a child he had many 
hobbles, amoung theme model airplanes, skiing and playing 
the pianos. 

There were no other relatives living In the same 
house as my dad, his two sisters and brothers, and his 
parents, resided in the house. After the sons and daughters 
were married, they did not continue to live with their 
parents. Everyone lived In their own houstf. Parents 
did not go and live with their chlldrei^* 

In my father's house there were three bedroom's* 
One was occupied by my father" s parents, the other 
by my father's two sisters and the third by my father*. 
Hy father was away at •chod when his brother Tim was bom^. 
No servants or boarders lived with the family^. 

The dally schedule usually found the children 
going to school and their father leaving for work early. t 
He usually came home ebout six In the e^-^alng*. My dad 
spent his spare time doing some of his favorite things 
like skiing. Holiday's were usually spent at the Malay 
farm, were my dad's mother grew up. The family would 
also go on picnics and other types of outings. The 
family would go visiting and also receive visitors In' 
their home. When my father was young, he spent alot of 
time at the Malay farm In Caledonia. S<snetlmes he would spend 
an entire summer, and during the school year he would 
go down for several weekend trips'. Holidays like 
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter were usually spent 
together In their home or on the farm In Calednla. 

iMy father's father made all the key decisions 
concerning moving. Both, of his parents made the decldlond 
concerning his schooling imtll he was In high school*. 
Then my father made his own declslona. Occupational 
and marriage decisions were left solely up to my father^ 

dily my father's parents had a say In the family 
way the children were to be disciplined^. A popular 
method was to place a naughty child, fully clothes, 
Tmder a cold shower, or simply to Aend them to their room. 

Since my dad was the oldest anA the only boy 
In the family for a long time, he said he could Just about 
do anythlng^. Perhaps the family sufficient tittle for him 
describing his statues at that time can be best summed 
up In to the words, "Top Banana." 

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During meal time everyone had a special place, 
with the father sitting st the head <di the table. When 
there ima enough roomt the children could also eat with 
their parents and guestff. Otherwise when guests were 
present and there wasn't enough room» they would have to 
eat at another table or wait and eat in a sttcond shift'. 

The children were expected to help out around the 
house whenever asked tou They never had to conttlibute 
any money. They all received an allowance*. My ^ther 
started working with his father # in the oemtracting 
business t around the age of 12'. 

His parents did not help any of the children in 
college or business^. During breaks frc»n school my father 
worked as a cook and dishwasher on a train, for 16 hours a 
day. The train ran from Sf. Paul, Minnesota to Chicago, 
Illinois, then to Seattle, Washington and finally back 
to Sf. Paul. This Journey lasted for five daysr. 

My father did not follow the occupati<»is of his 
father. In fact, my grandfather wanted his son to go 
to school and. finish his education, instead of being 
a carpenter^. 

During my father's childhood wosld war 2 occurred^. 
The family still had some relatives living in Austria 
when Hitler invaded^ When n^ father was in high school 
he wrote letters to his cousins Martha, Maria and Herburt 
Lentsh, who were living Austria'. This proved to be 
great practice for his German^ 

During the Great Depression ay grandfather's work 
was affected, as was everyone's. He got a Job at the 
South Sti. Paul stockyards as a carpenter, maintaining 
the wooden fences, until it was profitable to resume 
self -empl oymentr. 

When my father was 18, he bought his very first car^. 
It was a Dodge convertible^. The family bought a television 
set in the early 1940 '». They were one of the first 
families in the neil^^orhood to own one. He and his 
sisters enjoyed watching the Eukla Fran an Ollie Show, 

After high school the Fischer children left heme to 
begin their special interests. My father's sister, 
^rgaret became a nurse, while his other sister, Jean, became 
an airline stewardess. 

In December of 1953 niy father married Joyce Letoumeau). 
For two years after that he was stationed at Ftf, Leonardwood 
Army Base in Missouri. 

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The Childhood of Joyce A*. Le^^Ssf^ne&a 

My mother » Joyce A>, Letoumeau* was bom April 
11 • 193^« For a few years she and her brother, Les, 
and their parents lived on a farm In Hugo, Minnesota* 
^ey then moved Into a house In St* Paul, Minnesota 
where my grandfather vent to work as a laborer* 

Their house was large, with the parents having 
their own room and the girls sharing anothex*. Les, 
the only boy, got a room to himself*. 

After ray grandmother died In 1938 my grandfather 
and his son and my mother, who was only k, went to live 
with his parents Cageat and Ida Letoumeau, who were 
living In a house In VHitte Bear Lake, Minnesota^* One 
of my mom* 8 sisters, jhronne, wentto live with her Aunt 
Soi^le, iriille her other sister Donna, went to live with 
her Aunt Lizzie* The famllyremalned seperated until 
their father remarried Marie Cardinal In 19^0* The 
entire family then moved Into a large house near the 
grandparelits, on 4th Avenue In White Bear Lake* My , 
Grandparents still live In that house* Over the 
years my mother gained six new step brothers and 
sisters. The house was large enou^ so that usually 
two children shared a rooatf* No servents or boardears _ 
lived with the family at any tlme^* 

The dally schedule of my mom's family usually 
began with the children going to school, their father to voi^ 
and their mother remaining at hometo do the housework*. 
The kids had chores to do aroiind the house like wa£JC;feg~ 
the dishes, or watching the younger kids'* My mom and 
her sisters and brother spent their spare times roller 
skating. Ice skating, visiting relations or entertaining 
compeoiyt. At the age of 12 my mother spent her spare time 
delivering newspapers on her paper route'. 

My mother and her family would go visiting to their 
grandparents house, or any of the many aunts and uncles. 
They always went to see the relatives on birthdays or sp- 
ecial occasion^. 

Once a year, on New Years* day, a traditional 
family gathering would be heldf. It was an old French 
custom for everyone In the Letotimeau family to gather 
en this day** It had been practiced as far back as my 
raOTisgreat granparentaf. 

Everyone would gather at my mother »s grandmother's 
house for breaifastt. There was usually a contest between 
the men, to see who could be the first one to arrlvet. 

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People would start alnrlTlns around 6 ctf-.or* Who ever won the 

contest, being the first to arrive, i«as treated special all 

day. The families would stay the entire day, feasting s^d enjoying 

each other *s company. The women would spend the weeks before, 

preparing all of the food. The food would then be placed in 

the screened in porch, where it was kept until the special 


On the festive day, the men were fed first, then the 
children and lastly the women^* This tradition continued to be 
held at my grandmother ♦ -s house, until the family got to big*. 
Then it was necessary for the family celebration to move into 
a rented hall. 

Hy mother's father was the primary one to make all 
decisions in the family. If he was not home or available 
then his wife would'. The decisions on family business were made 
Jointly by ay mother's parents^. 

The children were disciplined by both parent s>. The 
father had the final decision or say on a matterfo A way of 
disciplining the family was by use of the razor strap?. 
Theare were no other adults Inv^^lved in the raising or 
disciplining of the chlldrerifc 

Everyone in the family was treated equally ai^ no 
rank was assigned to anyone^. 

During meal time, my mother's father sat at the 
head of the table, with her mother sitting at the other end& 
The children all had assigned places and usually always ate 
with their parent ^^ When quests came, the children sat 
at another table or ate In a second shifts. 

As soon as the children had a Job and were earning 
regular pay, they were expected to help out* My mother had a 
paper route at age 11 and housecleaned for a lady when she 
was about 12^. When she was 1^, she had a part time Job as a 
candy stripper at Stf» Joseph's Hospital, in St». Faulu After 
she graduated from high school she took a full time Job as a 
film editor in a St. Paul television station^t KSTP. 

The parents did not help their children out in 
school or business^. My mother attended high school at a 
Catholic girls academy and had to pay for her tuition, books, 
tmiforms, and busfare). When she was 16, she had to pay |10 a 
week to her parents during the summer, as well as buy her own 
clothes and other necessities. 

Sick members of the family were cared for by every- 
one In the familyf. Babies were well taken care of and treated 
like another member of the famllyr. 

The children were expected to take care of their own 
personal needs and contribute to the house budget irtien called 
up(»i, which for my mother, meant contributing |10 a week for 
room and boards. 

Ky grandfather was exempt from World War II, because 
of his many childirenr. However, he did go to work In a defense 
factory^. The family did undergo rationing during this time*. 
Such things like sugar, butter and nylons were scarce^. The 
family would also save the lard to sell to the war department, 
which used it for ammunition?. 

The family had a radio and the kids enjoyed listening 
to shows like Captain Midnight, Jack Armstrong, the Green Hornet, etc. 
These were all fifteen minute serials and the children would 
listen to them everyday. When the family got a f.v. , the 
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1^ grandfather did own a car, but the children used 
bus transportation to take them where they wanted to go^« 

My mother and her toothers and sisters were taught 
to always respect the elderly, and to help them when they were 
In needr. The children had a very good relationship with the 

After high school everyone usually left home to 
begin their own llf&. No one went <»ir to hl^er education*. 
In December of 1953 » ny mother left home to start her own 
life with her new husband*. 

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The mprted Life of George and Joyce Fischer 

White Bear Lake» Minnesota i«as the setting December 
26, 1953* for th weddlgn between George I;. Fischer Jr. 
and Joyce A. Letoumean, They met In the winter of 1952 
when my father was a door to door pots and pans salesman* 
He walked up to her door and pitched his campal^. My mom 
refused to buy anything and sent the pesty salesman away*. 
However* the pesty salesman did not give up*. He decided 
that If she wouldnjt buy anything from him than maybe she 
would accept a date with hlm» and so the relationship 

The summer after they were married my dad again went 
to work as a chef on a train. He tbok this Job because It 
was the only one available, since he still had his military 
service to fulfil. 

In September of 195^ their first child was born, 
Stephanie in St'. Fatil, Minnesota). That a&me year the 
three of them moved to Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri, where my 
father began his two year military service^. It was here 
that their second daughter was bom, Dorothy. This was 
July 13 • of 1956*. At this time the family was living In 
a trailer. 

The family moved to Voodbrldge, Virginia In 1957 
where my father becaiae a sixth and seventh geade teacher 
at a school nearby Fairfax, Virginia. He had applied for a 
Jobwlth the C.I, A, and took this teaching Job, while 
waiting for his clearance from the agency. The family 
was still making their home In a trailer. 

In my father became a C.I.A. analysts. At this time 
the family moved out of the trailer park and Into a house 
in the same city, Woodbrldge^. Their third daughter, 
I^mala, was bom at the time. In Georgetown, Virginia on 
Agust 13tl95&. 

The family then moved to Medfleld, Massuchusetts 
where my father became a public relations man. Their fourth 
daughter, Julie, «as bom In Needham, Massuchusetts 
November 2, I96O. 

In i960 the family cmce again moved*. This time to 
Annandale, Virginia, where my father took a public re- 
lations Job with Farrington. 

Stafford, Connecticut was the next move for the faially 
where my father took a Job with a public relations firm in New 
York Cltyf, With all of her children in scholl ay mother 
took a Job as a librarian for Stafford Library. The family 
remain*d In Stanford for four years, until, in I967 they 
uprooted once again and moved to Centervllle, Chi a. My 
father was now a public relations man with NCH. Their fifth 
daughter, Georgia, was bom In Kettering • Ohio, on 
Christmas Day, I96?. 


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In 1968 the family came to Bookf ord whvre they bofught a 
house on Spring Creek Roadf* George Fischer was employed 
hy SuQEtrand, as a public relations man. rhelr sixth child 
and sixth daughter , Gall, was horn In nearby St», Anthony 
hospital on June 30, 1969* 

The family bought some land just past Guilford and 
Mulford Road intersectlont irtiere they built their next 
hornet. Thfts was In 1972 and my father was wojpklng with the 
Cherry Vale Derelopnent Company^, He left the firm last year 
and created his own adyertleing business. Creative Marketings. 
The family still resides In the home they built In 1972'. 
It Is situated back In some woods* where It Is beautiful 
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The Childhood of Stephanie Fischer 

I was bom in St>* Fault Minnesota, on September 21* 
195^* We lived for a while In a house In the city before moving 
to Missouri* where my father was stationed In the army»o 

l%ere are six children In ay family and everyone 
Is currently living at homot with my parent*. When I was young* 
and when there were only four children* I shared a room with 
my sister* Dorothy. My parents occupied emother bedro<»B* i^lle 
the two youngest shared another*. Since we moved i^o Boclcford* 
1 have had a rorai of my own* and so has my sister* Dorothy*. 
My two little sisters share a room* as do my two other slsterff. 
We never had any boarders or servants living with us». 

Everyone of the kids had their own little chore to 
do* be It emptying the trash or washing the dlshesi^. All oT the 
children were responsible for their own rooitf. This practice 
along with some others Is still being practiced todays. However* 
once the children were old enough* like after 16* they usually 
got a Job and w»ve relieved of some of the household chores. 
Sveryone irtio had a Job* kept the money earned for themself . 
They did not have to and still don»t have to contribute any 
money to the household bndjetr. They were expected and still 
are* to buy their own clothes and necessities*. However my parents 
are always willing to help their children out financially 

I am the first of the children to attend college^. 
My father Is paying my way and will do so for his other 
five daughters when the time comes. 

Since most of my childhood was spent moving to 
and from various eastern states, we were separated for many 

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together with our relatives idienever possible. We usually 
gather with my paternal grandparents on Chrlstmast ThanksgiviBg 
or Easter^ When I was very younff all holidays and special 
oocaslons were spent together as a family or with some close 
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Up imtil we came to Rockford, the family usually 
spent their free time camping. We woiild go to some national 
park and spend a week or just a weekend^w This practice was 
discontinued after the family became to large?. 

My parents made all family decisions, Jointly. 
My dsid and mom would discuss a move to another city or state, 
together*. They also made the decisions on what schools their 
children would attend). For three years my sisters and I were 
•nrolled in a parochial school in Stamfoi'd, Connecticut?. 
Decisions about which college or what occupation the child 
will enter into has been and always will be left up to the 
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Children In my family were disciplined by both 
parents. A scolding or spanking usually was dealt out to 
any child who misbehaved'. Only my parents had a say in who 
was to be disciplined^. No other adults were involved^ When I 
was small, and when my father commuted to a new job in a 
different state, he would be gcaie all week and then return for 
the weekend. A chart with various chores and all four of the 
ehildrens nameswas made up and hung in the kitchertf. Whoever 
did not execute one of the duties on the list was given a 
black mark in the appropriate bocxf. When my father eetximed at 
the end of the week, the chart was produced and surveyed by 
■y father*. Oh how I dreaded the time he would ask my mom for 

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ETeryone In ay family has there ofwn special seat 
at the dinner table* but this Is merely out of force of 
habits. My mother likes to sit close to the kitchen and 
ay little sisters. lAille my father sits near the telephcme'. 
When there was just ^:!r~ in the famlljv everyone could sit 
around the dinner table. Now that two more children are 
In the family* It is neoes^iry for the two youngest to 
sit at a smaller table* near the big on^* When guests 
were being entertained* the children were never turned 
away(« Usually if there was oiough room* everyone could eat 
togethez** If thez« wasn't* then the children would eat 
at another table or at an earlier tim^ Now a days when 
guests ocme* children under l6 are seated at another table* 
while those older are allowed to eat with the adults^, nils 
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Ky father owned and still does own all of his 
property!* Since I am the oldest and the closet one to 
choosing a career* I think it is safe to say that I will 
be following in the footsteps of my father. I plan to becraie 
a Journalist* hopefully writing sports stories^. I currently 
am studying at Bock Valley* lAiere* in Hay* I will graduate^. 
React fall* I will enroll at Northern Illinois University to 
pursue my studies. Presently I am also employed by Charles 
Thcmas and his wife* as a governess* where I care for their 
seven young children when they need me^. Ky family still resides 
in the house my father built two years ago* here in Rockfordfe 
1 attended Lincoln Middle School and Guilford High School* 
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■AM 1 I.Y il I STORY . 

)ear Contributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So tliat your T a m 1 1 y history can bo iiiado more usolul to li i s L o r i a n s mid 
1 Ml o rs s L ucly 1 11 (', Amo r I ca n T a m I I 1 e s , wo arc asking you to Till out Lh o forms 
TO low. I'll is will take you only a few minutes, and will bo easily made o v «,■ i 
Into an index which will permit archive users ready access to just tliose 
kinds of family histories needed. 


Your name 

Date of form Apri l 26. 1976 

Your college: Roc k Valley Col lege 
Rockford, Illinois 

Office Use Code 

(ID //33i-52-6183 ) 

(11) // ) 

Check the earliest date for which you have been able to say thinj;s 
about your family in your paper. 

X Before 1750 
1850- 1900 


"l900 or later 


Please check a 1 1 regions of the United States in which members of 
your family whom you have discussed in your paper have lived. 

X New England (Mass ., Conn . ,R . 1 . ) X_ Middle A 1 1 a n t i c (N . Y . , P e n na . , N . ,1 

Va.) South Atlant ic (Ca . , Fla . ,N .C . ,S .C . ) East South Central 

( I, a . , M i s s . , A 1 a . , i' e n n , K y . ) X Wa s t South C e n t r a 1 ( A r k . , N . M . , T e x . , O k . ) 

East North Co n t r a 1 ( Mi ch . , Oh i o , I nd . ) _P ac i f i c (Ca 1 . , Wa s h . ) 

^ (llawa J I , A I aska) X (111., Wise.,) 

Please chock a l_l^ occupational categories tn which members ol your 
family whom you have discussed in this i>aper have found themselves. 

X Farming Mining 

X T ransportation Big Business 

Professions X Industrial Labor X Other Municipal worker 

Shopkeeping or small business 

Please check a 1 1 religious groups to which members of your family whom 
you have discussed in this paper have belonged. 

R oman Catholic J e w i s h __X__P resbyterian X M ethodist 

Baptist Episcopalian Congregation a 1 Lutheran 

Quaker Mormon _Other Protestant Other (name) 

What ethnic and social groups arc discussed in your paper? 

X Swed i sh X Other Scandinavian X German ^French 

Blacks Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans l':ast(>rn lairopi 

Jews Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

Irish X British Native Americans over several generations 

East Asian Other(Name) 

What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

X I n te r views with other 
family members 

JC V ital Records 

_^ Photographs Maps 

Family Bibles X Family Genealogies 
Land Records The U.S. Census 



A . Grandfather (your father's sii ie) 

Name George Willia m ELUEGEL Current Residence Rockf ord , Illinois 

Date of birth Feb. 20, 1897 Place of birth Rock Island, Illinois 
Date of death __P.?i^ce of burial 

Educa t ion (numbe r of years); 

gr.'de school_S high school vocational ^_college 


(after leaving home) 
1st Farmin g Dates 1st yiamngin Dates JLa ^19^3- 

:'nd Industrial worker Dates 1953-1962 2nd TllinniR Dates ] Q^-:}. prPBPn 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

4 t h D ate s 4 t h D ate s_ __ 

R e 1 i g i o n Methodist: 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother Wisc . Rapids, Wi 'JCt.e June 15 , 19 21 
NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

N ame Helena JACOBSON C urrent Reside nc e Rockf or d , Illinois 

Date of birth Oct:. 15, 1900 P lace of birth Clark Goun t:y.,. Wise . 

Date of death _^____ Place of burial 

Education (number of years): 

grade school 8 high school 4 vocational 


Occupation (s) P'^ACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1st School teacher Dates 1st Wiscons in '^a tes jl221-1933___ 

2nd D a t e s 2 n d Illinoi s ^ a t e s 19^3j-prea£n t 

3 r d D a t e s__ 3 r d D a t e s __ 

4 th Dates 4 th Dates_ 

R e 1 i g i o n Methodist , 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your y^rand fa the r Wisc . Rapl ds , Wi<i«te _June_ 2Lv--l-9il 

NOTi:: If your lather was raised ' i o age 18) by a stepmotlier <; r 
anotlier relative give tliat data on the bacl<L of Lliis p.i;',i- 
(A-2) . 

A -2 Scepsrandfacher (your father's side) 


Current Residence 

Date of birth 
Date of death 

Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 

c^ 1 lege 





4 th 

Da tes_ 

Rel ision 

4 th 


(after leaving home) 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 
B-2 Stepgrand mother (your father's side) 



Date of birth 
Date of death 

Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years): 

grade school h igh school 

coll ege 

voca t lonal 








(after leaving home) 


R «• 1 ! ;; I o n 

?o 1 I t i<;.i 1 party, rivll or Horl.il clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather 


Grandfather (your mother's side) 4 

Name _^xi:hmL-J.a^liburn MEAD Current Reside ncej^ockford, Illinois 

Date of birth Nov. 27, 1911 Place of b i r t h_Qr£fia My , _ iiiSi-. 

Date of dcath_ Place of burial ^_ 

Education (number of years): 

grade school 8 _high school 4 vocational college 


(after leaving home) 

1 s t Fireman D ate s l934-1973 1 s t Rockf ord . 111. D a t e s 1934-prp sant- 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates ^ 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

A th Dates 4th Da tes 

Religion Preshyhsrian 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, (; L c . Republican, 

the Shrine , . . - . - -.. 

Place of marriage to your grand mo th er^pckf ord , Illinol ^-'t^ Dec ^ ,3i).^ 1934 

NOTE: ff your mother was raised by a stepfather or another relative (to 
age 18) give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Gladys Doris ALBERS Current Res i dene ejgj;jcJj^£Qj-^Xlliruiis 

Date of birth Aug. 20. 1910 Place of b i r th_Qhica^-^ Illinois 

Date of death Place of burial _^ 

Education (number of years) 

grade school 8 high school L^ vocational college 

Occupation (s) PI-ACE OF Rr.SIDKNCE 

(after 1 e a v i n )', h o m e ) 

] St B ookkeeper iJatesl937-_1262 is t _ Rpcki_o.r,d^^Ill. i>^' '■^1934-presen 

2nd Dates 2nd Dale:. 

3rd Dates 3rd Dales 

4 th Dates 4 th Dates ^ 

Religion Prps hyterian . — 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, c t c . Republican ,. ._ , __. 

_,_JLasJLe rn-SlLax...^— a- M n f h e r S r. udy, £xau p 

Place of marriage to your grandfather ^ Dale . 

NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to 

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give th»t: d*ta on the back of this page (D-:') 

C-2 Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 


Date of birth 
Date oi death 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 




Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

voca t iona 1 

col lege 



(after leaving home) 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 
D- 2 S tepgrandmo ther (your mother's side) 


Date of birth 

Date of death 


Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 





4 th 


Current Residence 
Place of bir^h 

Place of burial 

V o c a t I () ri a 1 

col I c )^ e 



(afler leaving home) 
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D .1 t e s 

Rel 1 gion 

Political party, civil or social (lubs, sororlLies, etc 

Place of m.'irrlagi lo your grandfatlier 


CHI LDREN of A & B (or A-2 or B-2 ) - your father's nnme should appe.ir bel( 

I ■ Name Marjorle FLUEGEL 

Place of birth NellLsvllLe, .Jisc . date Pec. 1, 192 8 

, Number of years of schoolin; 
• Residence 

Occup.i t ion 

Number of children 

Marital Status 

_Death 1930 

Place of birth Neill svllLe , Wise. date Nov. 4. I'j26 

Number of years of schooling L2 Occupation Beauti cian 

Res i d e n c e Anahelm, Calif. Mar ital Statu s M arried 

Nuinbi'r of children 2 Death 

N ;3 Ml e UpnHpll FT.ITF.CF.T. 

Place of birth Neillsville, Wise . 
Number of years of schooling 12 

,d a t e April 3, 1934 

_Occupa tion retired 

Residence Phnen ix, Ari7. . Marital Status Married 
Number of children_ 4 Death 

N ;• 1" t' Priscilla FLUEGEL . 

I' lace of birth Neinsville, Wise 

Number of years of schooling 12 

Residence Rpckf ord , I l linois 

Number of children 3 

datcj^jj^. 11^ 19A4 .., 

(' '• < u pat 1 o ii_HoLU_s.ew i f e 

Marital statu.s Married 



Place of birth 


Numbi-r ol years of schooling 

Reside n c e 

NuiubL'r ol children 

c c ij pat i o n 

Marital Status 


Place of birth 


Number of years of scliooling_ 

c c upa t io n 

Number of children 

Mar ital Status 


Place of birth 

Number of years of schoolin; 

Number of children 


Mar ital Status 
dea th 



Place of bir t h 

Number of years of schooling_ 

Residenc e 

Number of children 


Oc c una t ion 

Marital Status 

N a m e 

Place of birlh 

N u Pib e r o I years of s c ii o o 1 i ng 


Occup.i I ion 

R ( " s i d e n c e 

1 umb I' r of ch i Idre n 

Marital Stat us 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Niiiiiiier ol children dealli _ 

CHILDREN of C and D (or C-2, D-2)-your mother's name should appear below 

1. Name Janice Rae MEIAD 

Place of birth Rof^k-ford Til date c^ppr ?f, 1935 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupation Housewife 

Residence Rockforci , TIT. Marital Status M.qrrip.i 

Number of children 3 death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schoolin g ccupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Res 1 dcnce Marl tal S t a t u s 

Number of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Nu-ib t-T o f ch i 1 d r en ■ death 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Statu8_ 

Number of ch 1 Idr en death 


Place of birth date 

Numbt-r of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

ijmb'T of chlldren\ death 

10. Name 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

RiMldenre Mnrlta) Status 

Niimbi r of children death 

Your Father 

Name l^endell Georse FLUEGEL . Current Residence Phoenix, Ariz. 

Date of birth April 3, 1934 Place of birth Neillsville, ^isc 

Date of Death Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school__8 high school 4 



1st Banker 

2nd Car dealer 

2nd .Wisconsin 

3rd Tavern owner 

4th Retired 

Religion Mpt-hndist 

Dates 1952-1964 

Dates 1964-1968 

Dates 1968-1971 3rd Arizona 

.Date s 1971- present 4 1 h 

(after leaving home) 
1st Illinois DateslQSS-IQfS 

Political parties, cU.vil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Republican 

Place of marriage to your mother Rockf ord , 111. date Oct. 15, 1955 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative give that data 
on the back of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 

N a me Janice Rae MEAD 

Date of birth Sept. 26, 1936 

Date of death 

Current Res idence_ |^ n s cnp , I llinois 
Place of bir th Rockf ord, Illino is 
Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school 8 highr school. 




1 s t Secretary 

2nd Housewife 


(after leaving humo) 
Dates IQ'^^-IQTI 1st Ill inois Da tes] 955,\X , 

Dates 1971- 

D a t e s 


2nd S. Dakota 

3rd Minnesota 

4th Illinois 



Re 1 i g i o n 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Repu blicans 

T.edgp.q J.fidfpp' Hnl f A.gsnr i a ti nn 

Place of marriage to your father RnrkfnrH^ Tninaf g date Qc t . 15. 1955 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relative give that data 
on the hack of this page (F-2). 

Step father 

^■ame W^^ynp Al.Len KOliT.KR 

Date of birth Jnl y -^0. H32 
Date of death 

Place of blrth Madlson. Wlsc . 
Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 
grade school 8 high school 


college ',, 

Occupation (s) 

1st Englnggi: 




(after leaving home) 
Dates 1950-presenl: 1st Illinois Dates I95Q .i 


2ndS. Dakota 


4th Illinois 

Dates 1971 
Dates 1973' 
Dates 1974' 

R e 1 i g 1 o n_il£j:hrKlisJl- 

• Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Democrat: , 

r hp Shrinp, Marhinp Tool AssnriaM'nn 

PLace of raarriage to your mo ther Yank Con , S. Dak ota Date .Spp 

F- 2 S t epmo ther 


Date of birth 

Place of birth 

Date of death 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

voca 1 1 onal 








(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 








Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

t' 1.1 If of marrl^j^e to your father 




Name Cynthia Tan FLTTRORT. 

Place of birth Rnrkfnrd^ Til. Hate of birth Qc t . 12. 1956 

Number of years of schooling 1^ Occupation Student 

Residence Rn.qrnp, Tl 1 . Marital Status Single 

Number of children death 

Name Lea Ann FLUEGEL 

Place of birth Rockf ord . III. Date of birth july 21, 1960 

Number of years of schooling IQ Occupation 

Res J dence Roscoe . III. Marital Status Single 

Number of children death 

Name Troy Arthur FLUEGEL 

Place of birth Rnrlcford, Tl 1 . Date of birth Aug. 9 , 1961 

Number of years of s choo ling 9 Occupation Student 

Res idence Roscee . , 111 . Marital Status Single 
Number of children death 


Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

c cupa t ion_ 

Number of children 



Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 


Number of children 



Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schoolinj 


Res 1 dence 

Number of children 

Marital Status 


Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 


Number of children 



Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 


Number of children 


ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family are willing) 

I hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and 
administrative rights, to the Rock Valley College Family History 
Collection, deposited in the Rockford Public Library, Rockford 
1 11 I no Is 

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'//hen I was f i rs I d:- .nc.ni', nv 

family Viistory, iL seen-'ec b.;. a. t i- 

ally I have Co cUTii' I reaLl.\ k;:^ Liio.'e-; ii. Ic's 

unbelievable all Che |;i..!ce wl.t : e i.n l.'o''iTia l i: • is available 
and everyone seems so cooper;^ Li .e . 

Naturally, a project of this s ; ?,e is eotr.g t take a 
lot of time and hard work r^wC in,.ne'. in soT.e ai eas In 
the limited time I have had, I r.,ive trie^i to p.'t Che 
pieces of my family's hisLory i\ tOiv;e type o'^ Ivjgicai 
•rder , so that anyone in Ceres Ceu r.av mave ui-;e of it and 
hopefully add on to ic as c!ie ears g ) by. 

I feel everyone at soT-e L in'e or 3nocher shojld ypend 
some time on this, mayb--' even -riake a hobbv r '" it. Af_er 
all, it is your histcrv. 

In preparing my famllv his'.:vv, ttie foIlf;wi.ag sources 
were used: 

L. Interviews 

2. Correspondence to reta: v^s 

3. A family tree that !■ is re^'n pa^std down to the 
present generation 

4. The Churcli of Swe^ep in Arvio, Swet^en 

5. The court houses in wi ine'jai^o Ccinty, Illinois 
and in Clark Count , vviscoi-sin 

6. DocuiTients and pici.;re« kept bv f^imily members 

I would also like to th.-^nk c\c lol lowing peonle who 

were kind enough to ansv.er n .• corresiioncence an J talK. 

with me about our family's ,asr: 

My mother, Janice Koh-er 

My father, Wendel FI :e.e' 

My grandparents, Mr. L Mi t^ A-tbur Mead and Mr. & 

Mrs. George F1..v.;^p' 
A distant cousin, '-''rs Ariliur Wesc 

cyn':k:a ja:-: fl: ECbL 

At 9:08 a.m., Octo-e- i:, 1936, J.)nice Rae MEAD gave 
birth to me, Cynthia Ja , F-JKGi^L, at Swt-d Lsh American 
Hospital in Rockford, ..'Lnnebapo. Jilinois. While 1 was 
being born, my Grandfather Me;u! was fighting a very large 
furniture store fire. The -■.•li.ei him on the cruck radio 
to tell him it was a g r ' ''• .ears later when my sister, 
Lbs Ann, was born, my grandfather was at another large 
furniture store fire (a diffe-ent score). It was a good 
thing my mother had a boy t^ e n^^xr cure or the three 
largest furniture stores in Rockford cojld have burned 
down In a five year period. 

February 17, 195 7, I was chriscened bv Reverend J. Rod- 
nan Williams at the First Presbycerian Church in Rockford, 
Illinois. At that particular church, it is customary for 
th« entire congregation to ace as spor.sors, so I do not 
have a godfather or godmother. 

My first home was at 101^ Wi i 1 James Road, New Milford, 
Illlneis. It was only a two bedroo-n home, but large enough 
for the three of us 

My father worked at City N-itioiai Bank of Rockford and 
after I was born, my motr.er wer;c back to work at Bar celt 
Engineering. Ac that c I iie mv irjti.er's friend across the 
street, Delores ; .1 .^ . ' -ok ^'^-e n: me. She was verv nice 
sol didn' t mind a '^ a ! 1 . 

July 21, 1960, :ny .s i • . h t- • Avi , \^as born. T\.c- hojse 
seemed t :> get a liLtle p;:i<r ;e- ti'.en ,' sii.ce L " ai.l tj share 
my room with her. It even jL S"ial!er a year iat-.n^ when 
my brother, Trov Arthur, .'.a.'- born (Aut',ust 9, I>61). My 
parents also thought it was uetitin^r. to small and had st irted 
building a new one at 580') Balbia Ori.ve, New Milford, Illi- 
nois. We moved into our ne\v h,->LJse Decenater :>£ 1962. I 
Still had to share a becrnc-' wit!; '.ny sister, but the house 
was still so much bigger Lhat v.e die not mind. 

I started New Milford virade School in 196 i . I really 
enjoyed going there, making aev; irien'.ls and just the new 
experiences of going to sclicol , Jan Cottinghara, who only 
lived about three blocks frorn my new house, and I became best 
friends all through grade schc'i. But after sixth grade 
(1961), my parents were divorcee' and we moved to an apart- 
nent at 130 Flintridge Drive, Rockforo, Illinois. And 
after seventh grade Jan's lamily r: jved to Ft. SmLt' , Ark- 
ansas. There is quite a ('ist^nce )ecween us, bur we wiil 
always remain good friends. 

F»r seventh and eighth )',r. ie , 1 went to Line ilr Junior 
High School. Lincoln v ^s <.'. new tj me av. .: s- niu ■ big,er, 
I really did not like i •. d L I riGt Sue C-nt^in. am, wi • t! v-n 
became my best irien'J, anc! . -I'aived t,' the sur ro i^d i ngs . 

After Lincoln .lunio-- ■ • - r East i.i.' i hcji. 
That was even hij.>',ei : i; . ! > ,■ st J ha oiu- 

friend, Sue. Sue mo ene-^te: 

Unf ortuna te 1 >• , ..'.^ • ^ e .; ., : le- La 

St. Cloud, Benton, Mlt;. ••' .. lo s ;. '-ua-.-uer oi iiy 

junior year, i wenL t j 1. .. . j. l,i ,'. Sehoo! lu Si. Cloud, 
Minnesota. The f ol 1 ov.- 1 p.>; s, unite:-, my parents l-cgnr a ver / 
nice, Large home in t'le cjuntry. Tha L meanL ch;ngin>' schools 
again. My senior year I -..e:-,' Lc Sa* i:eli higl. School in 
Sartell, Stearns, Minnesoc-u 

ly the time I hai graduatfc i, .Va.ne \\ao been offered an- 
other job back in t'~,e Rockf-.c!, Illinois area. My paren's 
really wanted to be back in a lami'. iar are^, so again we 
moved . 

Presently, we are Hvll ; c-. t 1 it )fc ,.ov(- i^oic, Roscoe, 
Winnebago, Illinois. w'a.t e s «- t ■ k- p-'esi.ei t of Saleva/ 
Safety Products Corp., vi'.ieve 1 ar Isj erploycc part time 
as a bookkeeper. I am alsj >iC ;ei d:n^ Rock Valley College 
and will graduate from there Ma 20, 19 ''b. This summer 
I hope to work full time. Z\ Sep t-rr.ber . it will be back to 
school at the University of S^jtb F orica in Tampa, Kioiida, 
where I hope to get my ba be i or ' s c^egree in accounting. 


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Mr. and Mrs. Wendell ?liieFel 
1015 Will Jfl-nes Hoe^ 
Hockrford, Illinois 

Dei»r Mr. and Mr<=. 'Pliie,°-el: 

It was a repl nrivile^'je frr -^e tr F^-^lniFter t^e 
sacrament of bpntisTi to yo-ir chil'i , Cynthia Jnn, 
on Sunday, Fe'brupn.'- 1''. I trurt. thi? dpywill nlwavs 
remain memorable for yo'i Fnd '■'^pt, in le^endence on 
the ^ece of God, yon w^ 11 brir.,^ \iv yo'^r daii.^ihter in 
the nurture and admonition o*" the Lord, ^he resoon- 
sibilltv is gireat; the reward inrnessnrable. 

May God bless you end yonr t It tie one. 

Sincerely yonrs, 

•J. A0dm=!ll V^lliJ-rric 


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My father was born April 3, L934 in Neillsville, Clark, 

He grew up in rural vVisconfii on a small farm with his 
tw» sisters and mother and father. '.Vhile living on tb.e farm, 
he attended the Neillsville pal^lic grade school. In 1948 he 
graduated from eighth grade. Following his graduation, 
Wandell and his family moved co another farm in Wisconsin 
Rapids, Wood, Wisconsin In .v'isconsin Rapids, my father 
attended Lincoln Kigh Sctiool and graduated in 1951- . During 
his high school years, he played baseball anc" spent much 
•f his free time playing many different musical instruments. 
Ha seemed to have a aaLura. t.iieiit in music. 

In L952, after Dad's graduntl-n, ti>e Fluegel's decided 
it was time to move to a mLre i idi-s tr ia I izec area and ciiose 
Rockf ord , Winnebago, Illiiois. Ttiey moved to 1914 Burton 
Street, which happened Lo be Just: across froir. the Mead fam- 
ily, who had a daughter, Janice. I^^;o years later, October 15, 
If 55 , Wendell George FLUEGEL and Janice Rae MEAD were married. 
One story that was often told was that my father used to 
wash his car every day just so he w-)uld be sure to see Mo:n 
if she went outside. I L:e t he tad cie cieat;est car in tf.e 
neighborhood. At thi"^ ; im- he was working ai City Naticial 
Bank of Rockford. Ir 19^". [.■■;)'■' went in the Army. But i: 
turned out to be a s' r,r :!se t) ev founu chat Cid 

had Hotchkin's ciseist* ^ i 'lon'.rar It- 

discharge . 

After returning home he wv-ii ba>.-k to work at City Nation- 
al Bank ©f Rockford. After .ny parents were married they 
lived in a very small aparLme.' t until they bought a small 
t%«> bedroom home at 1015 .vill James Road, New Milford, 
Winnebago, Illinois. '//liile living on vVill James Road, they 
had three children, Cynthia Jan, Lea Ann, and Troy Arthur. 
After the third child was born, they decided to build a 
new heme (1962) at 5*05 Balboa Drive, New Milford, Illinois. 
It was a very nice, large three bedroom home. 

In 1964, my father went into the used car business and 
also went to auctioneer school and did that on the side. 
In 1961, my Dad moved to Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 
where he owned and operated a cocktail lounge. That same 
year ay parents were divorced. Not long after the divorce, 
■y father married Eileen Hesslink. They had one child, 
Kinberly. In 1971, they moved to Phoenix, Maricopa, Ari- 
zena, which is where they presently live. 


My grandfather, George .-.illiatu FL.'!Rr,E'., Jas born 
February 20, 1897, in Rock Is lane;, Rock Is Land, Illinois. 

He later moved to ;\/iscor.>La Rapids, vVooul , Wisconsin. 
I am n»t sure of the date vf his ne-.-e. 

June 15, 1921 at Wisconsin Pripii's, /\Jood, vJisconsin, 
he married Helena JACOBSON. They i.of-:tinued living in that 
area on a farm. They had f c jr cbiiidren, Jean, Marjorie 
(who died as a child), We-^-JelJ and Prise ilia. 

Around 1953, my grandfa; -.e; moved his family to 1914 
lurton Street, Rockfcir- , . i r n-: b.-igr. , Illinois. Thero he 
began working at Elco To 1. I^e cont in .ed voiking there 
until he retired in 1962. 

Since then he's ke^.a M k- [ t sy w._h ' i tie ;'d ' c s 
around the house and tl;e\' J ;ne ^<-iv.e iraveliig Tie^ 

spend much of the year i • > /•• Lzcua a^ea : e t.i u / g^r^-c- 
father's health and to v.s':. their ch;! .rc' Jea" .mJ ,Ver; f^ 

My grandmother, Helonj JACJtiSJN, »v'as )ae ol." seven 
children born in CLark Conty, .Vi scO!>s in . She was born 
on October 15, 1900, buL her birllcav is celebrated on 
Octeber 16. There was some confusion, since l\\e bircbi 
certificate is not ob;:ai'>ed until son;e time after the 
birth •£ the child in the rural comiirjn i t : es . 

Due to the fact that I Wr^.s not aU*' to talk to my 
grandparents (they live in Arizv^-ia), what constitutes 
the part of her life that I cjc know is t'te sare as her 
husbands except that she was raised i.n .Visconsia and 
later became a school tea.hor. Aicer Vicr marriage to 
George William FLUEGEL, her teaching career was over. 


IS Is It) ( FHiii'V, troT. the rororl on fiir ia !h.- Office of the R egister of De^ds 

i, Neillsviile, Wis. ;!;;,< Helena Jacobson 




Oct. 15 

1900 ,,t Township of S herw ood 

>! . ,,• 'Village or City) 

This record V.3S tiled October 9th, 1901 

' ■ ftl' n*^"''' '°^nf"- »^ - Register of Deeds 


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JOHN HENRY FLLLo^L ;.r:u ^M^ -u/. SVEGEMA'; 

To this date I do not ia>.e niuc'i i'ltonnati n on my 
father's family. 

John FLUEGEL, my great L-rni Jf.Htber was bjrii in Rock 
Island, Rock Island, Illinois in '875. 

His wife was Amanda SrEGEMAN', vuo w^is al-o born in Roc 
Island, Rock. Island, IllidoLs, Se.^tember 4, 1^77. 

l©th are deceased, but as of vet, I have n- dates as 
to when they died. 



Henry FLUEGEL was my g'rai gt'eai. ^ riv Ufa c:.er . K'o was 
barn in Germany. I do not have anv daU'S lelcici ,.■, to 
Henry FLUEGBL and I was un^ ^e i ; L i m.' the pane of his 

JACJB JAC )BSu.\ ^. .■ '.KM' Tu JENSEN 

Jacob and Annette wtjre liie ()are Ls of my grandmother. 

Jacob JACOBSON was bor i Ma c'l 1,, I8b0. 'r'e was born 
Jacob Lund, but as was cus t ni .-tr \ in that dav, he took 
his father's first name and a 1^:^ son t^ it, mvik.i!'g his 
surname, Jacobson. He did tl. is upon liis arrival to tVie 
IMited States. 

Annette JENSEN was born October 27, i860. She married 
Jacob JACOISON in 1889 in Spauidirg, Wisconsin. But 1 was 
unable to find Spaulding anywhere on a map. 

1-ANS ano iv.R:::i J \SK'A 

loth were born i:-i Korwa :;-. 18 !. N ■> o- er- inf^j 
nation is available nt ihLs time. 


My mother, Janice Rae MEAD, vjas born to Mr. 6c Mrs. 
Arthur Washburn Mead, September 26, 1936. She was born 
in St. Anthony Hospital in Rcckiord, .V; nnebag^ , Illinois. 

My mother was an only cViili! and an only grandchild. This 
n»t only made her spoiled, but double s()oilec. She went 
ta Welch School for kindergarten through sixth grade. 
She then maved on to Roose^'elt Junior High School and then 
W««t Rockford High School, wliere she graduated in 1954. 
M«B had done very well all through school and had thought 
abaut pharmacy school. But since she was engaged to be 
married, she bypassed college and went straight to the work- 
ing world using her secretarial skills. Her first job was 
at Rockford Clutch, where she continued to work after she was 
married until she gave birth to her first child, Cynthia 
Jaa, in 1956. 

After two years of rest she went back to work as a secre- 
tary at Bartelt Engineering until her second chili, Lea Ann, 
was born July 21, 1960. She v;ovked part time at Bartelt 
after Lea Ann was born, but her third child, Troy Arthur, 
was soon on the way and born Aug^'St ^, 196 1. 

It was a year after Troy's birth chat we moved into our 
new home at 5805 Balboa Drive, New Mi 1 ford , II liaois . My 
mother was then working part time for the Plumbers and 
Pipefitters Union as a sec-eliiry. 

In May of 1968, she and miv lather were div:-rceJ. She 
was again working CuL!. time, r --"vin;; into an ajariir.ent lo- 
cated at 130 FLintridge Drive, Rockford, Illinois, raising- 
three children alone ant; copiu^, '.vit^c a somewhat new social 

In If 71, Mom met Wayne Allen Kohler. On September 14, 
1971, they embarked on a new life tjge::her. Since that 
tlaie, Wayne has been rather prosperous and tliev have never 
really lacked for anything anc alv^-avs had a nice spacio^js 
hMBe . Ther was only one problem, to improve himself, he's 
had to move around a lot. So in the last four and a lialf 
years, we have lived in Vermillion, Yankton, South Dakota; 
Madison, Lake, South Dakota; ScTrteli, Stearns, Minnesota; 
Rascoe, Winnebago, Illinois. Tr,e;' presently live at 11608 
Love Road, Roscoe, Winnebago, Illinois and hope to be here 
for a long time. 

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My grandfather was k;i n in Gre-ni 3a , Br )wn , Wisc-nsin, 
on November 27, 1911. 

When he was very vjlmi^'', , '';i.s fa-.ni.],' in o .eel Lo Re kf ird, 
Winnebago, IlLinoi-.. Ye vieni to K : s'.wiuKet- Grade Sch)ol 
and then graduated iro-n Kg. kfcrxJ Cinir.il l.igh Scl.ojl. 
He was a very good basketball f: lavor there. 

He married Glady-- ALBERS, i^et einbrr 30, 1934 in Rocklord 
Winnebago, Illinois. Just prior to that, he began working 
for the Rockford Fire Departn.ent. It worked there thirty- 
nine years. he retired In February of 1973, as Captain 
of the Rescue Squad. 

Since his retirement, niv >;ra:id;^a rents have just been 
enjoying life, traveling a little bit, seeing the things 
they've always wanted to see. 

C i T Y OF R O C K F O F^ D . ! L L ( r-J O ! S 


January li;, 1973 


Bos. Phone 815/964-3327 

Captain Arthur 'a-. lyead ^ill F.oland Avenue (wife; Gladys). 

Capt. Mead retired from the fire service, effective Feb. 17, 1973 •^- 

He has served on the Rockford Fire .Department since -May, 11, 1934* "■•■ 

He v/as appointed Captain in IIov. , .1051 and served on Engine Co» #3, 
he was transferred to Hook ?c Ladder Co. ^1 irj Dec, 1951 and was 
transferred to the v^quad '-"l in Kovember, 195t>i, when the Squad was ' 
.first put into service. He had served on the Squad since that ,.v.-' 
time. •:.. 

Capt. Mead v/orked his last da^/ on January 15, 1973* He will be 
on vacation until Feb, 17, 1973 and from then on he will be en- 
joying a life of retirement. 

Acting Chief Russell C. Fagerburg can be quoted as saying: • ^ 
"Capt. Mead has been a gentleman, an effective officer and we 
will reallv miss him on the ioo". 


Arthur t7ashburn MEAD 

Gladys Doris ALBERS 


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My grandmother was oorn [<i L;m.c <^o . Cook, lilinoLs, 
August 20, 19J0. She w.is b-rn Irj-is G.-ids ALBL:- ■ , but 
because of someone else havin;^' ; u s m.: na. e, il was 
changed to Gladys Doris ALii£RS 

When she was very young, her fniLly noved t :• Rockfjrd, 
Winnebago, Illinois. She ^eut to l.jgi.l.'iad Grade School 
and then Rockford Central lii.i^h Sc .ool. 

She Bet my grandfather at a gii 11 r iend ' s birthday party 
They were married December jO, 19 ^i^ . 

In 1936, they had their only daughter, Jin ice Rae . 
While Janice was going to scnooi, ivv grancTiocher worked 
as a bookkeeper at the Nihan and Martin Drugstore. She 
worked as a bookkeeper on a:id ^ff t..aLil she offic ially 
retired when she was 58 in I9b2 . F. ince tlien , she's 
just been taking care of tier hoiT^e aovl her husband, which 
keeps her very uusy. 

FE£ RtClflPT NO. 
STATE OF ILLIN'015-DS'^'vP^V!:'>!T C <^ r^ij^LIC ^FALTH 


STATE OF ILLINOIS OELAY^^O p.rrs-l ^"^ ^'Z'^K 

Apartment of pusLtc health 

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Chicaqo , I 11 I rois 

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^^ffj" Gladys Doris Atbers 

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1^ K jfMT Atnw hM totn c<>wt«d (anept by marriage) enter th« name you ore now known l?y In f. 

jrirst P<^J^ Gladys Xct&gp^ 

V/h i ^e 

6. SEX: Ferpale 

^futtHAMC! ' Rudolph C. Albers 

'^SJ?T:S2?.«. Caroline Wahlqren 

Cit/nr County 

Var'^ I and 

Stale or Country 

Stilo or Country 


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I to before me this ■.i^.j.^J-'^, daf of 

V f (Race) ■ / (Notary Public) 



Application for Social Security 

August 2U, 1910 

Acct. #353-18-4114 

Chicago, Illinois 

Dated December 2, 1941 

Rudolph Albers 
"Lena Wahlgrcn 

Affidavit of Sister 

Elsie Albers Wellnitz 

: birth da,e:_^VISUS^t_ 20 ,_19ip_ 

,.„. Chicaso, Illinoii 

5192 Welsh Road 

Rockford, Illinois 

Dated April 27. 1967 



Rudo I ph H . Albers 

Carol ina (Lena) Wahlgren 

Age nr birth dale: 



Ago or birth dale:. 
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VRtREBY CERTIFY THAT ihe for-.j-, 
the original csrtificofe of birth lor f.Sc c/ 
w/fh the Deparfmcr^t of Puhliz Heo/W. in 



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.\:-t. -r Ciark Ml-^i./ aw-' ■.! izol^iu M. MI.'.TZ were my great 
iii a .clparen . s . 

ArLl.ur MEAD vjc-.< hors. ! ;\.;. kCord on January 24, L876. 
Aft-.-r his raocner diec, 'le -vds ac'-^pied by a family in Rock 
Island anJ then moved to C; e^ a Bay, Wisconsin, where he 
met and married Elizale-J^ M. MILTZ o-i October 14, 1903, 
who was born Janu.sry 1, ! 38 1 . 

Soon after their oaiy s in , Arthur A'ashburn, was born, 
they moved to Rockford, ^inie.iago, Illinois. I'm not i^^-^ 
why, possib'i.y becajse of his work, v;hich was road construe- 
t ion . 

Around 1942, his wife Elizabeth died and my great grand- 
father moved in with, hi? son, my grandfather and lived 
there until his t:ea:h in Mav vi 1952. 

Arthur Clark MEAD 


JULIUS K iN; i/[N M Aij 

Julius Franklin MEAD v.^ir nr- g-'ea: great: grani.'father 
He was born to AdeLia Ag s'a SMIFJI"^ atid .vashi irn MEAD on 
August 21, H52, in Fult''(., New Y.:rk. 

On October 13, 1872, J..lius married ELma Cera .VELLS 
in Hannibal, New York. Thev hue i >'.ir sons. ELbcrt S., 
Thorret R. , Arthur C. and Ear' .v. 

On August 5, 1913 in Oakland, California lie died and 
is now buried in Greenwood CeT-eterv, Roc^ford, .Vinaebago, 


Elma Cora WELLS was Julrus MEAD'S wife. She was born 
June 23, 1854, in New York, buL the Lown is unknown. She 
died April 13, 1383 an'.! is also our led in Gteeiv-ooiA Ceraeter 
Rockf ord , »Vinnebago, Illi is. 

APfl . 16 

Julius Franklin MEAD 

kn> • It 

Elm a Cora vffiLLS 

1. Thorret R, 

2. Elbert S. 

3. Arthur C. 

4. Earl W. 


Washburn MEAD was bor-. October 2, 1620 in WVilte Plains, 
New York. May 28, 184:? in Cain, New York, Washbura 
■arrled Adelia Agusta SI :TFELT. They liad four cbiLdrea, 
Eana Agusta, Sheldon Suttolph, Julius Franklin, and 
Daniel Washburn. 

Washburn died August 20, lb97 in Rockford, Winnebago, 
Illinois. His obituary read: 

"A long illness resulted last evening in Lhe death 
of Washburn Mead at the home uf his son, 1304 Souch Main 
Street. He has been living with his son, D. W. Mead, the 
well known engineer, for ir.any years and had been sick for 
several months. The end was a release from suffering that 
had become a burden . 

Mr. Mead was born at Whice Plains, Djchess County, New 
York, October 2, 1820 and spejit r is boyhood days there. He 
was united in marriage to Lhe wife who survives him, at 
Cairo, New York, May 28, 184''). he was engaged in the 
cabinet business for many ye.4rs at Ful.t;on, New Yor-if. 

Mr. Mead was a most exv.el '' < ■ : nan, if careful, habits 
and scrupulously cor.sc ieni Iolis lie had m;-(ie .-in. fr '.ends 
here during his long -e^ic ' •" ^■■'i it vv-il! le wich :eep 
regret that thev lear: ■•.'•:. fne ci i it: en vho 

survive are Mrs. i. A. R -•. '■ ix Ciry, .S . 3. Mead of 
Fulton, New York, 3' Mfad >; this c ; !: v 

The funeral '.v ; : L inorrin- at 1 : .<0 

from the late re = :.i- 

Washburn MEAD 


AdeLia Agusta SiiUFELT was -^j-n Hire:. 29, 1828 in 
Durham, Green Couaty, New York. Siie inarrled W.isuburn 
MEAD May 2« , 1845 in Cairo, New York. 

Adelia Agusta SHUFFLT was the daughter :>f Mary (Poriy) 
SEARS (daughter of Isaac SLXRS) and John ShbTELT. 

Mary SEARS was born in ChaLh.rn, New York in 1788 and 
married John SHUFELT about 1813. John Sl^UFELT was born 
In 1792 in Rensselaer Coui-.tv, New Yo-k an died abojc 1S30 

On July 25, 1904 in Ajstin, Illinois also at the V;orr:e 
•£ D. W. Mead, Adelia Agusta SliU! EI.T died. 


17SL is Che year of ,vc>I;e.- M?:alV S oirtb. He niarrieJ 
PhilemeLia lUTTOLPIl in ;8r: aicer his first wife, Eliza- 
beth v^INANS, died in 1316. ./l.echer Phi:emelia BJTrOLPH 
died is uncertain, but Walter was aj:a in Liisrrieu t:o Betsy 

Walter's first wife ELizaoeth wINANS gave liitn seven 
children, Tammy, Harriet, l'a\ id , Mary A., Betsy L. , Sniitrj 
W. and Rheuma, .Vith his second wife, PhileTielia BUTTOLPH , 
he had f»ur children, Jaltt^r, .Vashb.rti, Willia'n and U'esiey 
There is no record of any childrea with his third wife, 
letsy REYNOLDS. 

Walter MEAD died in 1856. 

NATPi/.NIEL mAl) ■u\ : mR:i:A BKO.VN 

Nathaniel MEIAD was bor:i in I ^+o , just L-iree ye^rs 
before his wife, Marcha B'Ot/K. Tnt'ir rnarriagt- took plai-e 
in 1765. Together they i.ad f )urLt'-'n chllJreii, Nehennia'r, 
Martha, Nathaniel, Peter, .Viiiiam, Pr'^dence, A:uia , Tv'er, 
Walter, Abigail, Hannah, Elizabeth, Epenetus , and l^arvey. 
Nathaniel must have been lonelv as an only child ap.d 
did not want any of his v.l.iLdren to he lonely. 

Martha IROkW died in ', « 1 8 , but the death of husband 
la not known. 

NAfllANlLL Mh.-u: ird FR Di.NCS vl<'OU 

Not mucVi is known abo.t L-avid Mi^AD'S s:;n Ncirhan.el. 
Nathaniel was bo^-n in 1 7 ! '4 ar. J. rdrriecl Prucence .VOOD in 
1745. They had one chi.d, Natr'^ini- 1. But cheir hoine 
©r date of death is not aval lab :.e. 


John mead's son David M!AU was born i r; 1565. he m.ide 
his home in the town rjf B:. dtord, New York, where h.e was 
one of the resident proprietors in lb92 . 

In 1707 David married Abigail LEL'.NE. They had seven 
children, David, Charity, Rachel, Nathaniel, William, 
letsy and Anna . 

1727 was the year David MLM) died. It is not known 
what year Abigail LE/iNE dieo. "^P - 


John MEAD was bora in ;d"'4, in EtglanJ. Jolm came to 
the United States with his father, John, in 163b. WVien 
he was old enough, he settied in t!or«eneck i,Gree:'.wich) , 
Cennectlcut. In 1657, tianqah POTThR became his wife. 
They continued to live in I'orscneck (Grecn\N ich) , Connecticut, 
where they raised their eleven children, John, Joseph, hannnu, 
Ebenezer, Jonathan, Davie, liei-.iamin, Nathaniel, Samuel, 
Abigail and Mary. 

John MEAD died in 1699. The year of his wife's death 
Is unknown. 

On my mother's side I i.ave traced iny family back to 
William MEIAD, who is my great great great great great great 
great great great grandfa tlier . w'illiam was born in 1600 in 
England. He married in lb2.S, but liis wife is unknown. They 
had -tfeey- children , Josepli, Martha and John. 

In April of 1636, William and his brother Gabriel, with 
their families, sailed from Lydd , County Kent, England to 
the Massachusetts Colony on the ship Elizabeth headed by 
Captain Stagg. William settled at We thersf ield , Connecticut 
but in I6A1 he moved to Stamford, Connecticut, where he was 
assigned a home lot and five acres of land. 

RUDOLPH CARI PE'nR' ;T.B :K- -t ■ : . Hur<EN 

Rudolph ALBERS, ny great ^.^rana ralb.er , w.i.s born in 
Sremen , Germany. 1-iis :\-.,iii ly carpe to the r.iit.c>^ Slates 
when he was a hoy. his inociier ViHc! died jp.d his father 
decided to go back to Geru'.anv, sc the chi'.cren \iere then 
adopted by different faTfl''eb. I was jnable to finJ t'le 
name of the family that aCc.y-.eu Rudolph. 

Rudolph was a grocery ticy and c'eliver^d to a vea 1 ' hy 
Chicago family. While i, e 1 : ^'tr i ng chere he t^et Caiclina 
WAHLGREN, who was one of tlie Taic's. The cate was not 
available, but later they we>e narriec. 

Carolina WAh.LGREiN was borr, Sepcein'.er 2., 18 "^ in Arvikd 
Sweden. Her father v;as j cjbinet -.. ar.er tliere. They later 
came to the United States . ::• children). 

Rudolph and CaroI:.na hcu; >h'en , H ? i ■.- , - ^dvs, 

Clarence, Earl am' Cai .' i . 

Rudolph Carl Henry ALBERS 

Carolina WAHLGREN 

Henry ALIERS was Llie ia::her o! Rudolp;. Car! Lenry 
ALIERS. He was born in GcT-rf.a i .■ . rS:'s vva-. oil. t.\e intor- 
nation available at. tliis .iiie. 


Anna was bora and live J ir. Arv^Ka. Gv^eden . ft r i js- 
band , who's name I di no:: kr.ow, v-as a cabi.u-L --.a.^er. Sotr.e 
time after their children w ve 'le .• \^f e leiL alrne 
in Sweden on the old Wahlgrer h.;me^ r.eat' . 



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1 iu>n4)v donate this family historv, along with all literary and adiinnr,tr,.t i vr- 
^!;h^s^o the Rock valley college" Family History Collection, deposu.d m the 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 

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I hav3 tria^ to prssent my Family History as factually, accurately, and 
as intaiestir.-ly as possibls. So.'i>3 areas are v>'3ak3r than others, as r.y 
parents can reinainber very little in some cases. My mother's family his- 
tory has been traced back to before the Revolutionary '..'ar, but lost as 
relatives move., b'est. The Carvey Family Plistory, founa at the back of this 
History, a £^reat-aunt ana I have bean vrorkin^ on for aLv.ost five years. 

I hope you vrill enjcy rea-.in~ the stor^- of Lhe heritage that- has been 
passec j.o\Ti zo me. Il is one that fascinates me an^ one that I am ver^^ 
prou- of, ana I hope that- someday, my chiL.ren v;ill be prou^ of it too. 


Bom; Juns G, 1899 

Place of birth; Miaini, county, In-.iana 

Euucation; l6 years 

Occupations; farr:icr, teacher, principal of hirh school 
Diei; August ^k, 1969 

Religion; Protestant 

Clubs; Masonic Loa^e, Presiaent of Lion's Club 


Bom; November lo, 19OO 

Place of biroh; iliani County, Indiana 

Education; IL, years 

Occupations; teacher, housei.'if e, nurse's ai-^e 

Diej; Novei.iber 1, 1970 

Religion; ProtesLant 

Clubs; Eastern Star 


Born; March Hi, I924 

Place of birth; Macy, Indiana 

Education; I6 years 

Occupations; Engineer 

Religion; Presbyterian 

Clubs; Jaycees, Cha-v.ber of Co.VuT.erce, Masonic Lo-.ge, ASESA 


My ^ran-ifath3r, Orville Clair Foor, v.as bom on June £, 1E99 in Macy, 
Inaiana . His first six y-aars of school v/ere spsnt at Rabbit's Glor:,-, a ona 
room schoolhousa, a mila an,, a half from his home. Hj v;oula either v;ala or 
rivie a horse to school. For his next six years of schooling-, he atten-^ea 
Kacy Hi^h School. Along \\d.th i:oing to school, Tiy grandpa spent a lot of 
tirae helping to run his father's f am . 

My granapa lovea to rea- an^'t.hing he coul^ ^^at his han^s on, an- a frisni 
of his once tol- my parents '.-.a hnev; v.'here every single iter;. v;as in the Sears 
catalogue. He v;as very interested in cars, as they v.-ere just appearing on the 
scene v.-hen my gran-pa v;as in high school. 

After graduation, an- on; su^rimer of college training, iny gran-fathsr 
starte- teaching at Five Comers, another one room schoolhouse. In a--ition 
to instructing stu-ents he cleane-i the school anc ha- to arrive early each 
morning to light the fire. Since he live- eight miles from the school, anu 
v/inter snov; v/as frequently several feet -eep^ he often ha- to leave home in 
the miJcle of the night to m.axe it to school in time to have a roarin^ fire 
in the stove v;hjn the stu^^ents arrive!. I>aring this tLr-e he '.-.•as making five 
collars a v.'eek an- haa to supply his o'/.x coal oil. He continue.; to take colle^^ 
training courses -uring the sia;ui.ier, an- eventually move- to V.'oo-rov; High School 
v;here he taught seventh an- eigth gra-es ana v;as principle. This pattern of 
teaching in •..•inter, fari.iing in su:rjT.er continue- for seventeen more years. 

Faraily get-togethers -urln^ :r.y gran.ifather' s ^ay v/ere usually a little 
V.11-. ]'.-/ great-grandfather spoke ^enaan an- insiste- that his chil-ren ^ic 
on these occasions just for the sake of irratatiig relative's, or to be gener- 
ally ornery. 

LIFE OF i:i::a kt^xTjpj.h CAR^ii:! 
TO :l^rhl-\ge 

Ky ^rananother, L'ina Kstureh Carvey, vvas bom on ICovamb-or IS, I9CO in 
Kacy, Inaiana, and v;as the younrast of fiv-3 chilaran. She v;as very close to 
her sister Faiiline as she v;as closest in a^e, bin^ three years olier. They 
were playnates and v;alked to school together. Thoy also shared chores, as rny 
great-grandfather ov-ne^ an^ opper^ted a creamery. 33ing the youngest rny 
gran-jna ^ot spoiler more than the other chiluren, but grev; ud to be a happy, 
sv.'eet, talentea girl. 

Ky gran,xiother atLenue^ I'acy School for tv/alve years, and after gra-u- 
ation v;ent to Inaianapclis to I.'a^aiae Blake's Finishing School for Girls. 
She then \jent on to take soma teaching training courses at North Manchester 
College. In this -^ay, most women gra-^uatea fro.a hi'^h school an_ Lmme^iatly got 
married, liy gran-ma an^i Aunt Pauline were really breaking '.dth tra-ition to 
go on v/ith their schooling. After a sammer of preparatory training, my 
gran^other taught for one year at Akron, Indiana. Az this time, her family 
v.'as still a close ona, an_. si.ill centerec mainly in Kacy, and v;oul'-x get to- 
ether frequently. Her parents v/ere against smoking, ..rinl-cing, an- playing 
cards, ana v/ere kin-, but strict --.'ith their chil-ren. All the ki-s v;er? mem- 
lers of the Kacy Christian Church at a very early a^e, and stea-y attencence v.-as 
aeman-ec of them, by their folks. 

All through her schooling, my granama v.-as fun-loving and enthusiasti: , an- 
had many frienis. Being a very beautiful v.'o:.nan there v;as also a multi^u-e of 
beaus. She ha- uhe pick of aLaoso any of the young men in tov.r., an., early in 
hi:-h school she -eci-e- Lhat -^.he man she vrante- to marry was Or^-i-lle Foor. 


My graniparants, Orville anJ Nina startsi ^^oin^ tos^thar in hi^h school. 
Since Macy v,-as such a snail coninunity, they ha-I knovjn each other since they 

were si.iall chil-iren, ana over the years, the ro.v.ance blossaT.ea. My gran-ona 
haa been teaching school for one year anj rr.y grandpa for three v;hen they ^e- 
ciJea to get marriea, so my gran-jr.other quit v;ork Lo become my grandfathers 
VTife. They marriei in Leiter's Fora, In-;iana, vrent on a brief hone;)Tnoon, an^ 
retume:: to Macy, v;here they move^ into the house they occupies until their 
aeath. They v;ere very much in love and haa a very satisfying relationship 
all through their lives. Both v;ere eager to becom'e parents ana were heart- 
broken v.'hen their first chil^, a little girl, ^ieu at birth. Two years la- 
ter however, my father \."as bom and they soon haa their haii-is full. At this 
time my grandfather was still teaching in the fall ana winter, ana farming ?80 
acres in the suTumer. Four years after my father v;as bom, another boy Nobert 
vras bom to i,hem. My granafather was a strict disciplinarian, but still loved 
to have fun v.lth his boys, an_i my gran^nother was a loving, generous m.other. 

Their life was fairly patteme^ for the ne.-;t several years until 1951 'when 
my grandmother wer;t, to a hospital to work as a nurse's ai-e. This v;as to be 
her job for the next tv;enty years. In 195^, my granapa was hit by a car v.'hile 
ariving a tractor, an_ broke bo^h shin bones. His leg v;as never completely 
back to normal, so he became semi-retirea an.: farme.. only forLy acres, for the 
rest of his life. 

My brother Steve aria I '.;oula spend several -weeks of ever^' summer with my 
gran-parents, havin^ fun on the fan.; ana being spoil ea rotten. 

My granona woula cook all of our favorite fooas an,, let us stay up as late 
as v;e v/anteJ and my granipa vjoul.. tell us 'stories an_: ri-iales ani sing in 
his big bass voice. My granjpa love.; oranges, apples, peanutbutter, ani ice 
cream more than anyone I kno'.;, an., through our tixie spent on the farm, Steve 
and I aevelopej. early cravings, too. V.'e had the tirae of our young lives 
helping to slop the hogs, chase the udld cats ana shooting the bebe guns. 
Despite the mischief we got into our grandparents never tired of having us 
come to visit, anj. v.'e could never get v;eary of going. 

My granapa died on August .?4, 1?69, and ~y gran.rr..' '.-as left tn.-^^hout th^ 
partner "^l." ]n--^d -o -.urh. Sh nr'sred him so 'eeuly sh? •.•as never again 
happy until her death on Kovemb:r 1, 1970. 


I-.'v father, Billi; Clair Foor, was bom on Larch 21', 19''/., in Mac:-, Inii- 
ana. Ha v;as an om^z^j chil.., but not a ba- ona, an^ v.'as continuously into 
niischiaf . Ha v;oula have rnaas an sxcallent pioncar or explorer as ha v.-as 
fearless, an-, alv/ays tryin^ new things just to see v;hat the outcome -..'oul-; 

ily cai went to V.'oo-irov; school until fourth £;ra.-e ani then to Macy school 
where he nlayea basketball in his junior anc senior years an., playe,: the truTi- 
et in the school ban... He was a real practical joker an- to^ethsr with fricn-s 
kept the town in stitchej, . Their favorite trick was the ti:ae they tie- up a 

goat to a -rirJcin^ fountain at exhool. After a three ...ay v;eekanc the stench 
was so ba- that school vias shut, -ov.t. for several -ays. 

My aa^ was raise- aurin^ the -epressioii, but livinj on a far:;., his fecr.ily 
always ha^.^ plenty to eat. There v.-as still a shortage of i.ioney, though anc my 
aa- v;as a soph-.iore in hi^h school before his fa~ily ha- electricity. Ly .^ai 
haa a han-i in i-unnin^ the fan., an^ at the age of ten he was alreacy -riving hor- 
ses on the sprin.g tooth harrov.-. He woul .. help in the fielcs in the sui.i.'ner- 
tinie ani fee- livestock an- repair .machinery year-roijci-. 

LTien .-ay father was fifteen he aeciuc he was oO^^'^o '^^ n:ake his fortune 
grov;in^ picIcLes an-, spent four i.'ior.ths planting \.'ee^ing anc picking ther.i. For 
this ta-ious, backbreakin^ work, .',,y father :,-,a-e twenty one -ollars. He still 
can't stan- the sight of pickJ.es even to-ay. 

Inna-iatly after gra-uation, :riy -.ai covea to 3alti.7iore I'arylan- '..'here he 
workec at Martin Aircraft Corporation. It was I'yU" , an- the v.'ar ha- begun. 

Th3 next- year zvj -iai jot iraft-ea, exil spent the next year in trainin- at 
Biloxi, Mississippi, University of Florida, Laraio Texas, ani Riversi-ie, 
California. In September of 19l,h he v.'as sent to Inuia vath the Anny Air 
Corps. After tv/o months in Inaia an^ fl-.^lng the "Hixnp" route, he v.-as 
transferrer; to Burma as a ^ail^^unner after half of his air crew \,'as killei. 
Ke v;as reassijnei to the Office of Strategic Service, ani flev; missions over 
China an-i Burma. The vjar ;nuei ani my ead left Burma in February/' of 19A6 
ana traveler back to San Francisco 'oy boat, '.■'hen he arrivee there he phon- 
es ahea- to Lois Rose, at Pursue University, asking h^r to spena the v/eekeni 
v/ith he anc his parents at their farm. She a^reei an., less than a month latsr, 
they v.'ere engagea. 



jom; coi:rad rose 

3orn;Aujust lo, looO 

Place 01 birth; Ohio 

Ili-uation; 6 years 

Occupation; Glass crafts-Tian 

Die^; October 26, 1947 

Religion; Lutheran . • 

Clubs; AFL union for Crafts-iien, Ilasonic Loige 


Born; October f.'^ , loo6 
Place of biruh; Ohio 
E-.ucation; 6 years 

Occupations; Store assistant, housevafe. Telephone operator 
Diei; Decenbir "6, I963 
Religion; Protestant 
Clubs; Travel-Bee, Eastern star, Business an^ Professinal bornen 


Bom; October 14, 19"5 

Place of Birth; Ilarion, In-^iana 

E-ucation; 14 years 

Ocjupations; Gopj^./riter, b'ritcr for A-;vertisin^ sectin of Lev/spaner, HouEev;if: 
Religion; Presbyterian 
ClUi,'S; Coll-,;e Sorority, Jay-shees. 

LIF.:] OF JOHi; go: ."HA-. ROSi: 

My ^ran-fathar, Jol-m Conra> Rosa, v.as born on August 1£, lecO, soine- 
whare in tha stata of Ohio. He was tha thir- of four ahil^ran Lorn to John 
an^ Sarah Rosa. At the a^a of six, John rr^ova^. his fa.nily to Marion, In-iana 
vjhera ha ana his eliest son, Hanry workaa in tha Canton ^lass factory, '.."han 
ha was alcvan years of a^e. My grandfather's parents force- him to cuit school 
anc join his father ana brother in tha <^lass traae. There vjas no machinery ana 
all ^lassv;ara v;as blo\ai an- carve-^ strictly by hana . My j^ran^father ha- to 
give all of the money he earne- t.o his parents 'v."ho supposacly use- soma to 
cover foo- costs of the fa;;.ily ana save^ the rest in trust fun-s for v;hen the 
children v;ere Xiarrie-. John Rose v;as mean, an.* very German in his thinkin^;. 
He believe- the ..lan of the house shoul- controll the purse strinj^s . 

V.Tien my granafather v;as fourteen, his .nother -ie- an- John remarrie-, a 
women, Mary, much younger than he. Sha love- to spena inoney, ana none of th-a 
Rose chil-ren ever saw the money that v;as to have been save- for the;a. Mone 
like^ her, an- at tha a^a of seventeen, i.iy ^ran-father left home to live in his 
Okvn apartment . 

My i^ran-father ha- a bit of the ola ^eraan in him, too. He was a very 
stubborn i.ian, '.±0 believe- in bearin^ ^ru-^es. For one perio- in his life, he 
ai-n't speak to his brother for sixteen years, an.^ six ^ays a waak, they v.-ork- 
aa siaa by si-^e in the ^_,lass factory. H; v/orkea at the factory; from aga ele- 
ven to a^e sixty-three, ruittin^ only whan ha v;as too ill ..o continue i.'ork. 
ihara was a twelve year perio^, though when he -.vorkea in a truck factory. 
lAirin^ his first years aw-ay from hoiae, with his stea-y job at Cariton, r:.y ^^ran-- 
fathar was a happy, carifree, fui:-lovin^ man, livin^; the last healthy years of 
his life. Jut it was -urin^ this hapry, healthy, time of his life that he mat 
an- fell in love v;ith Mora Pancake. 

LIFE OF A-;a lzi;ora palgak: 


My ^ranoinother, A-a Lanora '(l.'ora) Pancake, was bom on 0ctoL3r 2^_ , l£c6, 
somav/hars in the state of Ohio. Sha was tha seconi of fiva chil-<ran born to 
Nancy Jana ana Karv ay Kilton Fancaka. l.T-ian my gran-j.iother was vary youri^, tha 
faTiily movaa to V.arran, Inaiana, whara my ^raat-^ran-^father v;as stuiyinj to 
become a Katho^ist minister. Soon after this tLma, tha fa..iily maae another 
move, this time to Marengo, Indiana, v.hera harvey ^i^ his preaching. V.'han 
my ^ranjjnothar v\'as twelve her fathar ^ie- of a su^aen heart attack at tha at/a of 
thirty fiva. The family ramaina^ in Marengo for a year, anJ my granjnoLher 
quit school to work in a ^aneral store an^ help support the family. Kar olaar 
brother Geor^^a haa left home to make his fortune in California, so liancy Jana 
ana :ny grandmother were on their ov,n to faaa ana clothe a family of si::. 

V.lien my grandmother was thirteen, Kancy Jane movea her family Lo Marion, 
Indiana where my ^ran-j;ia workea as a telephone operator for the In-^iana Bell 
System. Four years later, i.ancy Jane marrie,^ a v.d^owar, Aidisor Ellsworth 
Horton, who ha^ three chil-.ren of his own. Together they haa two more, an^ 
all the chil'^ren got alon^ as if they were true brothers an^ sisters. 

Evan thoU(^h my gran-x-aothar ha^ workea hara ^uring her teenage years, she 
was a happy, optimistic youn^ la-^y. Her p-arants ware very religious people 
ana my grari -u.iother haa a very ^eep faith in Go-. She liva^ at home \,'ith her 
mother an-, new father an., many brothers ana sistBrs, very happy ana very content, 
until the ^ay she left home ana ruit her job to marr:/ John Ccnra.; Pose. 



jck; Ai'.'j i;oRA rc: 

Ily 2ranjpc.r3nts, J.hn sru Kors R-rss v.-^rs — j-r-"-' en Oct^'^-^r "5, I9C6. 
Th:y v;3r2 very h-ppy tOi^ethT, v.'ork^-I harJ ani siiV3i their ncney. They hou-ht 
only v:hat- they coul- affor- to pay for, an^ their house v;as the only thin^^ 
Lhey ever bou^^ht on loari. IZvan their I-iouel T For^ v.-as paia for completely in 

Four years after his inarriage, \.-hen he '.«as t;.'enty nine years oIj, my 
grandfather aevelope^ a severe case of asthma ;jhich staye,; '.vith him for the 
rest of his life. He really sufferer v;orkin£^ over ^he hu^e fumice in the 
^lass factory. 

ihey v;ere marriea for nineteen years before their first an-, only chil.., my 
mother, v;as born. Ky gran-^father v;as forty five years 0I-, anj. my ~ranj.iother 
v;as thirty nine '.<hen t-hey becaiae parents. Both v.rere overjoyed ani love.: my 
mother ..eeply. It must have been har-., though, for the c.vo of then; to un^er- 
stanj. her, an-i my mo.n ha-, to be cuiet far ;..ore often than most chil-.ren, so 
her father coul^ ^et his much neeae.. rest.. 

i'hrou^houi. my mother's chil-.hoo^, my £;ran.;;noLhor ha., a v/onierful sense of 
hamor, an^ './as al\;ays cheerful.. She v/as generous to a fault, an.; ',/oul^ lo any- 
thing for anybo-.y. She ha-, a -leep faith in Go., ari- v.-cs continuously optimistic. 
Jven -urii.^ the -.ark -.ays of the repression she believe ^ things v'ere ^oin^ to 
2et better, an-i ..i-. her best to :;ia/ce life happy an-, comfortable for h-r husban.- 
ana chil... V.-j ^ran-.father v/as a cuiet, shy man, icith a .r; sense of humor, an-, 
stron^ fe;lin-s for his faiaily an^ home. He v.-as ill much of the time -.urin^ my 
moLher's chil-ihoo-, an- preferre. to just stay at home. He v.-as often ^rouchy anc 

and hari to gat along ^vdth, but h3 v/orkaa ten to tv.'olv? hours a ua;/ in a fac- 
tor;;/, ani v;as in too ;nuch pain to sleep at night, so this is un-.ers tan .able. 
Both of my grandparents were ^ooa, honest people, vri.th a very ^3ep love for each 

On October 26, 1947, ny grandfather Rose aiei of cancer. Four years later 
ray graii-cnother niarriea a vri-.ov.'er, Glerji Stevens, v;ho along v.lth his v.-ife hac 
been close frien.^s of ny grandparents, fhey livec a very happy, fulfilling eight 
years together, until Glenn -iec of a stroke in 195£- The next year my gran-cnother 
car.re to Eockfor^ to^ live '.vix,h us for four years. She ^ie^ of cancer on bee so- 
ber ?.G, 1963. 

Tus. LIK2 OF LOIS JAi::: RO^ 


My mother , Lois Jana Rosa, \vas born October lA, 19"5 in Karion, In-i- 
ana . She v;as an only chil-^ anu live,^ in a world compose^ mainly of ^rov.r.- 
ups. Ker mother, father, tv;o aunts, an^ a cousin, all colle^e-a^e or ola- 
er ha- a hana in raising her ana keeping her out of .r.isehief . 

My i-nom's ehilahoo-; v;as a happy one, but aue to the Depression, the fam- 
ily counte- on each other to supply the ^jooa times, for material pleasures 
were har- to come ty . The family hau a piano an.; san^ a lot, an- playea cards 
often, but they enjoyea each other's company so imch, that there v/as alv;ays a 
^ooa time to be hau. My mother coula fill books v;ith the furiny, outra^^ous 
stories of her chil-hoo-, an-i even toaay, m;/ brothers an- sisters an- I nev- 
er tire of listening to her. 

Luckily, my ^rana;.iother coula take in sewin^^ ana earn soine money, for my 
granafather v/as out of v.'ork for tv;o years -urin^ the -epression. They kept 
a garaen, ana caniiCa vegetables ana fruits, ana my ^ranoma was a niarvelous 
cook, an J thrifty one, ana the family never v/enu hui'.^r;,'. My ^ran-pa ha- a 
fierce, stubborn, German pri-e ana -i-n't believe in VJelfare, so the Roses' 
were on their ov.t. . There were a lot of things the family v;ent v/ithout, though, 
as my mom \;as in sixLh ^ra-e before a furnace was purchase-. They got the 
first car when she "was a sophr.ore in high school, which conseruenoly, "iras also 
the year they installe- t,heir first telephone. 

Tven -urin^ the b epression, my grsnaparents were lucky to be better off then 
most. My gran-fauher "relieve- in paying cash, ana therefore owec no -sbts. 

My mother att.en-e- Frarlilin ^ra-e school, Martin Boots Jr. High, an- 
Marion High. She main^aine- acove average gra-es in everything but math. 

A favorite pla;v'nate of my moa's, all throu£;h school, v;as 33tty, a little 
girl frora Jov.-n the street who was also an only chila. They often took sui-.Tmsr 
vacations to^^ether, or spent holi-iays v.-ith each other's relatives. 

My .Tiother ^ot an early exposure to travel udth a trip to the l.'orl-'s Fair 
in Chicago, in 1933 » A trip to I.ia^^ra Kails in 1935 1 an-; an excursion to fCen- 
tucky the next year. 

My iiion ^ot her first job at the a^^e of fifteen in a ^imestore. She male 
fifteen cents an hour an-i vvorkeJ there for a year. She then dovsI to another 
Jimestore where she eamea a quarter an hour. 

During :ay mother's hi^h school years it v.-as the practice to go places in 
groups rather than in pairs, so my mom ha-i a multitu-^e of friends of both 
sexes. V.'orl-: '/.'ar II broke cut v;hile my rnom was still in school, ana every 
boy that couli fight ',:er.t into the service. Th:^ rr.ajority of my mom's male 
graauatir:^ cl-^ss v;as r'r.ju^M or kr'lle -n 'h; ./ar. I'* tc i sai gr"-'i:tion iay, 
Ic-.o-Aong many -..'cala never s:-e each other again. 

To cam money to go tie college my mother spent the summer after graiuation 
working in a defense factory from three to eleven ever:,' ^ay. She brought 
homv; between twentyfive ana thirty collars a 'week. 

Finaing a place to live v;h3n she finally ^ot to 5all State, in ;;uncie,In-.i- 
ana, presentea another problem for many a girl. Th? aorms, all of th3:n, w;re 
fillea to capacity v.-ith sol-iiers in training. In fact, there were orJ.-/ Lhrse 
civilian laen on the ca:apus, an- according to my mom, t'.."o were so ba^ physically, 
even the anay v;oul-Ji'i, take them. ...ach stueent v;as responsible for finding his 
ov.T. roo.a an- coar-, this was so expensive, that after one year of college my 
mother went back to work, for a year, in another ^efense plant. She worke- fro.a 
seven-thirty to five-thirty ever;.- -ay, an- ma-e thirty five -ollars a week. 


In thi fall of 19A5i she vjas reaay to start at Pur-uc. The v;ar haa just en„- 
ed an:i more anj mora rnan '.vare coniing hoina ana crov.uing into tha coll2g3s anu 
universiti ;s. Since Pur-.U3 was .still on the wartii^ie sche-.ule, my mo;Ti had to 
v;ait untill October to start her classes. In February Dill Foor cane hone from 
3unna, ana it v;as just a matter of i,/eeks before my mother aeci^ea to giv^ up 
her name for my father's. 

LOIS AL:- oILL foor 

Th3 romance be-cv.-aon ray aioLhar ana father Javalopea v/hen both v/hera vsrj^ 
youri^. Bouh :iiy fat-har's ^ran^parants an-, my mother's ^ranaparants halpa^ 1,0 
bulla liacy Christian Church, ana t,he frienashlp bstv/een the tv;o ia:.illi3s v;as 
hanaaa ^o\.t. ^ancration to generation. 

My aad was born ana ralsea In Ilacy, Inalana, ana my mom spent part of 
each sammer an:, all holiaays at her t^ran-^pa rents farr.i, only three mil as from 
his hoine. They '.voul^ often play or ^0 to movies to^3ther, an., all of my 
mother's cousins uere jealous because my ic.^ brou^^bt her car :y bars, as ••^1]. 
as a"'l o.^ the at,L:rt-cn M„- fither "ncj lost h"^ s t rnacrf oot 3:2/ Scout b:.\_;e 
while playin^ in the hayloft of th: bam vd.th my m.on, an^ h :r ^ran-^fathsr sai-. 
he woul^ sue the Foors if a cow founa it an^ choke^. 

Durin^ hi^h school my parents haa other boyfriends ana girlfriends an- 
saw little of sach other, but just bsfore my _;aa left for oversaas ^urin^ 
uV.TI, he stoppe->. at my mom's home to say £,oo^-bye. They -ieciu3- to writ 2 to 
each other, ana by war's ena, my mom was ^etLinj a letter every or -ver;,- other 
aay, an-, writin^j just as frequently to my aa-.. 

In Febuary of 19^^> "V --s-' snrivca back in the Unitea States in San Fran- 
cisco, an,. i;.Lne-.iately calle-. my .;iom at Pur-^ue telling her h; v.-oul.^ pick h3r 
up at school two -ays later, on ihurs-^ay, an-, to srcip classes for two -.ays. 
Over twenuy of i.vj :.iom's frien-s also cut class as to :::eet my aai an-. S3e them 
off to Ilacy where they spant the v/eekena. On their naxt mestin^ tvro week- 
en-.s later, my mo.a an., -a- ^eci-iea to ^et marriea. They ori^^inally plar-ne- to 
wait for four years, until my -a-, coul- ^^^z a coll eg 3 e-ucation, cut plans chanj= 
ea, an^ l-hey m.arrie^ on July CO, 194^> five moT.thes later. 



As hous3s W3r3 harJ to co.no by just after the war, my parents first took 
a lon~ honej'Taoon ana then livoa alternately v/ith both sets of their parents. 
* A cousin filially renter them his f£nr:house for care of the anir.ials an^ lan^, 
and my parents lived there unt-il ay dad v;as acceptea into college. Due to the 
vast nuiiber of soldiers wanting an education, along with the normal stu-.ent loac, 
Pur cue was overloauea, ana ;ny aaa iient to 3all State in Muncie, Inaiana . 
My folks ha-i an apartment in Marion, ana my aai coOiTiutea 70 miles every ^ay. 

My parents finally found " small house in Lafayette, In-.iana, in-vite- 
some frienas to live v.'ith them, ana spent the next three years going to school, 
workin^^, ana havin^ the tirae of their lives. They went out as often as they 
coula affor.-. v.-ith frien....s, ana were experts on fin-.ing v;ays to have fun v.ath 
little or no money. From stories that are tolu when they get together wdth 
loa frienas, the aays in Lafayette souna wile ana woolly. V.y parents were young, 
in love, an.. Vj;ry, very, happy. 

After ^ra-.uation, Sun-.strana offeree my aae a job, and my parents moved 
to P.ockfoi-.-. in Febraary of 1951. Lhey live., on :>ouglas Street for their 
first three years in Rockford. It was wtiile they were here that they a-^optea 
my older brother, Steve. He v.'as bom in October, ar.-. my parents brought hin 
ho;ne in February. Shortly after this, my parents movea to Gosper Avenue, an-1 
in 1956 a^opte... me. I v;as born in July ana c&'i.e home in October. 3y parents 
now ha-^ the little boy an-i little ^irl that ha^ wante- so ba-ly, an^ we probably 
got Liore love an^ attention than any two ki^^s in totTi. The four of us went every 
•where together, to .aovies, on trips, or just shopping. 

In 1959 we moved ^o cui' present address on Highlan- Avenue, and after eleven 
years at Sun-^stran.. -rj -<a^ worke-; at 3elvi-.ere Pro-Iucts for several years. Tur- 
in-- this D-riOi that my little brother, bave -..as bon-;. '.very one was overjoyed 

at th3 a--iition to the fa"iily, an.: Just as thriller v;hon two years later, in 
I96/+, iiiy little sister Susie v.'as bom. 

For four years, betv.'een 19^3 an^ 196?, ray uai iesifrned v.-ater polution con- 
trol equip-aent, ana since then has been in business for himself leasing it 
through Smith Ecological SysLcms. Steve is a junior at 3all State this year, 
ana I am a freshman at Rock Valley Junior College. Dave is in the seventh 
graae at Lincoln Junior High, ai:i 'Susie is in fifth graae at Highlani school 
v.'here all four of us have attenaei. 

My parents hope to someaay reoire in Mexico, ana an still the happiest 
couple I've seen after tv;enty eight years of marriage. 


I was bom on July ?Q, 195^ in Chicago, Illinios, a-loptei by my par- 
ents, ani Ga:r.3 hone for the first time in October. ',.e live; in the house 
on Gosper Avenue until I was three years ol^. Since there i\'3re no little 
^irls in that neighborhood, my brother Steve was my favorite pla^.-nate. 
Just after my thirj. birth-ay we move^ to our present home on Hi^hlan-i Ave- 
nue. Since the house is fairly lar£;e, we often ha^ compan^^ for Thar^l<:s^iv- 
inj, Christmas, ana the Fourth of July, an- our guascs usually staye- for 
several ^ays. Even mora frequently, though, we ^^o back to I-lacy, In-iana, for 
most of our relatives still live within a fifty mile ra^^ius of my aaa's 
hometown. Family get to^^ethers v;ere always fun with a lot of laurhtar ana 
jokinc. Since my parents are from small families, m.ost of the relatives are 
my great aunts an- uncles, an- cousins, so \:5 ki-.s are alvays spoile- by at- 
tention whenever we get together. 

I joine-i my brother at Hi^hlan- school when I was five. It was while I 
was in kin-er^arten that my brother Dave was'Lorn. I can still re.'aeraber how 
excitea I v;as when my -aJ woke me up at two in the morning to tell m.e. It was 
like a gaiae to Steve ana I to fcea an- watch Dave, an^ we alv.'ays ha- fun teas- 
in^^ an- playing v.dth hLa. '.ihan I '..'as in thir^ graae, my sister Susie was lorn 
ani by this tLme I was ola enough to change -iapars, an^ really help to take 
care of har. She ai"i-i Dav; are very close, as thay have alv.'ays bean an- she can 
play football ai.a baseball better than most boys. 

It was while I \-b.s in Juriior Hi^h SChool, at Lincoln, when we took our firj 
real vacation, liy -a- took th a fa:nily to Lew Orleans, ana the trip '-.as -oubly 
excitin^, as wa got to miss six -ays of school .for th.e excursion. 

The suKuV.er before I ent^rsu sevanth rra^e at Lincoln Jr. high school, v.-e 
took another trip out west ana up into '-vestern Canada, '.is hai such fun together 
on these first excursions that t'rips together tecaiiie annual happenings. The 
next suiiiTier v;e went through Lew England to eastern Canaua. Our longest, and 
favorite trip ca^ne while I was a freshrnan at East High School. V.'e spent three 
weeks at Christinas time in Mexico. V.'e all love-i the v;arm, surmy weather ani 
friendly people, an- each others co;npany. It was a vacation rnixea with laughter 
ana fun, as all trips were, but v;e v/ere much closer as we hau no one to talk 
to but ourselves, because of the language barrier. 

nliile I was at East I participates in plays an.^ niusicals, ana attenJeJ 
most athletic activities. I really enjoyea my four years there, ana vjas sorry 
to see it all ena with graduation. 

At the present time I am attenaing Rock Valley Jr. College, majoring 
in Seconaarj'- e^^ucation, ana history, ana working at Kighlana Branch Library. 



IL1CY, iidiai:a 

Th3 S:V.all tovai of Macy, InJiai:a playeJ an important part in the stor>' 
of my herit,a£;3. My fathor, an^ his relatives back to the early ninet-Bonth 
centur^,^ ma^e their homes here, an>; ny mother spent su;;imers ana vacations 
in Macy vrLth her ^ranaparents. The church v;as constructed by ivty great-^^rani- 
parents both on my mother's anc father's si-;e of the fa;/iily, ani uncles of 
my father constructea all the roa-^s in the area. Ii, v;as here generations of 
ancestors were bom, met fell in love, marriei, an-^ ^ieU, leaving their chil- 
dren to carr^' on the cycle. 

The toi.n v;as originally caller Lincoln but v/as chai.gea to Macy as another 
larger to^n in In_.iana v.'as also callea Lincoln. At its 'height, there i-'as a 
toivn barJv, hotel, general store, tavern, har^i.-are ani -rug store, creamery, 
livery stable, an^ about 600 to 7C0 inhabitants. This v;as at the turn of the 
centur;,". i-.any factors contribute- to the -ov.TJ'all of iiacy. V.'ith the invention 
of cars, Macy's bustling railroa- business -iminisheT, anc farmers hai easy 
transportation to o^her larg:r cities. 1-acy v;as tv:o miles off the main high- 
v;ay, an- thus off the main tra-e route. Finally, -uring the -eprescion, x.he 
bank-v;ent un-er, an^ more anc more farmers took other business, along \ri.th baulk- 
ing into the surroun-^in^ cities. 

Toiay, Macy is little more than a ghost tov<n. 3uil..ings are boar-in_; up, 
ana rotting, and more an- more of IIa:y's citizens are leaving to fin., to'-vn's 
v.'ith more life, ai'a- a prordse for the future, '.,'e still o;.n a fann in Macy, the 
house my ^rancparents anc parents grev: up in, but nov; even it stan-s empty. 

In several years macy, once a thriving farming comumunity, v.dth yo'un_; grov;- 
in^ fai.iilies, v.dll be nobhin^ cut an -empty shell, full of yestercays, voi- of 


souHczs OF i:;for: j\Tioi; 

Much of the inTomation'! gathorsJ, cajvis fro.T. talking; v;ith my parents, 
greataunos an.^. ^raat-uticles. Thass intarviev/s, in person, by letter, ana 
lon^ j.istance -oelaphone calls, helpei me ^athar -lates, an., facts as v.'^ll as 
the v;ay of life r.iy ancestors nia^e for themselves and their far.iilies. 
I-iaps, ana cocipiled fa'nily ^^eneoli^ios v;ere also a great help, but this his- 
tory coul^ not have been i.-riti,en vdthout the hours of time various rjlacives 
sharea v;it,h me, helping to ralay the irJ'onnation from. memor;y' to paner. 

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R o c k f o r d , I 1 1 i n o i s 

Office Use Code 

(in //_ ) 

(ID // ) 

Check the ear J test date for which you have been able to say things 
about your family in your paper. 

Before 1750 
"1850- 1900 

1 750-1800 

1900 or later 


Please check a 1 1 regions of the United States in which members of 
your family whom you have discussed in your paper have lived. 

N e w !•: n g 1 a n d ( M a s s . , (,: o n n . , R . 1 . ) ^ Middle A 1 1 a n t i c ( N . Y . , I' e n n a . , N . , 1 

Va . ) ]j/ South Atl an t ic (Ca . , Fla . ,N .C . ,S .C . ) llast South Central 

( ] , a . , M i s s . , A 1 a . , I' e n n , K y . ) _^ Wci s t South C e n t r a 1 ( A r k . , N . M . , T e x . , O k . ) 

East North C e n t r a 1 ( Mi ch . , Oh i o , I n d . ) _jX P a c i f 1 c (Ca 1 . , Wa s h . ) 

(llawa 1 I , A 1 aska) l/' ( \ I ] . , Wise.,) 

Please check all o c c u pa t 1 fi n a 1 categories in which members ol your 
fami ly wh"m you have discussed in this [laper have found themselves 

]/ Fa r m i n g 

T ransportation 

)/_P rofessions 


Big Business 

Industrial Labor 

Shopkeeping or small business 



Please check a 1 1 religious groups to which members of your family whom 
you have discussed in this paper have belonged. 


J ewi sh 



Roman Catholic ______ 

Baptist __Ep i s copa 1 ian Congregational y^ Lutheran 


Mo rmo n 

Other Protestant 

Other (name) 

What ethnic and social groups arc discussed in y(5ur paper? 

y Swedish y Other Scandinavian i,/ German French 

Blacks Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans lOastern f.ui'opc 

J ews 

Irish British i/ Native Americans over several I'eneration: 

Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

British ^/ Native Americans over several 

East Asian Other(Name) 

What sources did you use in compiling your family history 

1/ Intervi ews with other \/ dr^ii,, «4ui„„ ,/ 
family memb e r s 

l/y i t a 1 Records / 

^^'^ ^ Family Bibles j,^ Family Genoa logic! 

\l Land Records y'^ The U.S. Census 

Photographs '/ Maps / Other '^cRftpi>cc(\ii ^'{>tPiR\^ s 


A . Grandfather (your father's sld c ) 

Name ^|eJ^AY^rlpg Q^l^^ >^ -^,->t v/' Pcj t Current Residence -q~-iec f<^>xr-r\ 

Date of birth y4(J<^i| I \ ., \^1^ p: 

Date of death (^t. ^ , l^lL 7 

Kduca t ion (numbe r of years); 

gr.'de school ^ high school Q vocational Q College Q 

Dcc-upation (s) 

'lace of birth -vCtfl^p^-p)^, T^->^,.:^ 
2ace of h ur ial ^^i- r.f:^\^ ,' Tr>^R 



(after leaving home) 
_D a t e s VWVr H/^ 1 s t j^ ,\-|y.u'Au . Ia . D a t e s \^\\{] - l^'j j'^ 

_Dates H|q- \-H,-l 2nd_J:^ err\sA , XA DatesJ^ll Vl U? 

Da t es 3rd Da t es 




R e 1 i g 1 o n_L_^tll£Bail 

I'olitical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc . (^ q_ p u-blic .'^Y^ I 

Place of Marriage to your grandmo the r 'RJcUe -v;j/no, , Xc;u: ft dateS^ pT. 10 t?l^ 
NOTE: If your father was raised (to age^lS ) ¥y a step father or another 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

N a me 'SarA "iTc'riAVtA Zu^\JC C urrent Residenc e TSpcoRaU Tr>oJp> 

Date of birth.y^l ;< | ^ (g^ £_ 
Date of death ""s^ — - 

Place of bir th/g 
Place (if burial 




Education (number of years): 

grade school g h igh schoo] ^ 


college ^ 

Occupation (s) 

1st TeacKe/^ 









4 th 


4 th 

Religion Lothet?Pi^A 

(after leaving home) 
Date s 

D a t e s 
J) a tes 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc . 'Re publice>"> 

j^ da te_Sej5t_\0^jHLtL 

NOri:: If your lather was raised 'lo age 18) by a stepmother or 
anotlier relative give tliat data on t li e back of tliis pa;',e 
(A-2) . 

A -2 Stepi^randfather (your father's side) 


Current Residence 

Date of birth 
Date of death 

Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 

c^ 1 lege 





A th 

Rel igion 



voca t ional 

(after leaving home) 


D a t e s 

D a t e s 


Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 
B-2 Stepgrand mother (your father's side) 



Date of bir th 
Date of death 

Current Residence 

Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years): 

grade school h igh school 



f ) c r u p a t i o n ( s ) 





Da tes 







4 th 

Rfl Iglon 

(after leaving liomc) 

D a tes 

J'olltlr. .il party, r ivll or hoc la 1 < lubs, sororities, etc 


Place of marriage to your grandfather 


Grandfather (your mother's side) 4 

N ;i in ^\SilWlcl_0 tio— Sj^ifi Current Residence Tb t^ r p .q N e r{ 

Dnte of birth_|AAjL^i£M!lQO Place of b i r t h'^o.^>^,^;ml'cy\ \^)\sC. 

Date of deat 


Place of burial^^^ X54aixLjliJ 

Education (number of years): 

grade school ^ high school ^ vocational ^ (Mecj-/ : o 1 1 e ge 5/ 

1 ■ (.• u p a t i o n ( s ) 
1st SprictdM-J 

(after leaving home) 
Date s_1^ 0S -/-]^:^ 1 s t ;^D< K TslAnH ^ T 1 1. D a t e s n;iq - ;Cf?,-5 

2nd r!4^.;-,= .^ -^\;^yr^(lL'.L.I.'lir ates^ ^^^ m42nd Pe.t.<;;^, ., 1 A . F ) .^ . Dates (T^R i^<^W 

3rd HortoK Dates l^^V CiS H 3rd ^or KT^I^Virl , T,!/. Datesj-^ VS - i<^ f.H 

4 th Dates _4th Dates_ 

I'olllical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, '-' f f • H^pUkj llCPLV^ 

Place of marriage to your gr andmo the r ^Rpc IS I^lft 'i"A d ^ X 1 1 ■ daJe 3'^jtJ T^l V5'?^>. 

NOTl'',: If your mother was raised by a stepfather or ancjtlier rcl.itivc (in 
age 18) give that data on the back of this page (C-l) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name 'yil^<:^r-.^i^et ^'AtKA^MY^f^ A A, I: fvY. I Cur r en t Re s i dene e l^nr K T-sU >>d TH 

Date of birth .'M.-ikci, /,- I S '^0 
Date of death ' — — " 

Place of birth .f^ p^ K X sltLlxl-, X,i. 
l^lace of burial 

Education (number of years) 
grade school "^ high school_ 


col 1 ege C^ _ 

Occupation (s) 

^ « t. , Tep)che,(^ 





(after I e a v i n >' home) 

DatesJ^^_:-J52J^lst.Bc:«c|a^^ndXlL- ■)a.esl^l<^ " H^L^.. 



Da t es 



Da 1 c-r; 
Da I cs 


'olitical party, civil or social clubs, sororities, o t c . T^^CioioijC^y'V . -- _ 

Jjjmsdm ^hJp^ , O.A/^ , , Hc^^p -lt^L-Au Ki ^ ^i^.^ _, ■ -.^.., 

Pla.sTof Ifiarrid'ge to yoiir grandfather HcC- ^-Aa^c\ , T H . l>-T- eTT^,]^ "^ KJ^J^ 

Nt)Ti:: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another re 1. 1 live ri<i 

'^ *^ ' gflve th»t da-Ca on the back of this page (D-:') 

C-2 Stepgrandfacher (your mother's side) 


Date of birth 
Date o i death 

Education (number of years) 
>;rade school high school_ 

Occupa t ion (s ) 


4 th 


■ Religion 

Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 


col lege 



(after leaving home) 


Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 
D- 2 S tepgrandmo t he r (your mother's side) 


Date of birth 

Date of death 


Education (number of years) 

Rtade school high school 






Da t es_ 

Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

vo ca t ion. I 1 

( ) I 1 e ).^ e 



(after leaving liome) 
D a t c s 

D a t e s 

Rc-l It? ion 

F'olltlcal party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 

Place of marrlaK'' to your y, r a nd f a I h rj r 


CHILDREN i)f A & B (or A-2 or B-2) - your father's name should appear below 

1 • Name A it,-^>A 5eRowie^ HotVed t 

Place of birt h |^ ^-j ,-. e Uu ^M ^ 4rQ uo A d a t e AAu; >.! >, 1*^- 11^. 

Number of years o f-' s choi) 1 Ing" (Q^ c c u p a t i o n Aj R d ^^^^e Y''\ e c K '^ \^ \ r 

Res i dene e Q.:v| ifcVVM !^ Marital Status . M n fS. R I e d 

Number of children O Death __^ 

2 . N a m e Kg R X^^ it pRu'ille HsIl/EciT fa -) '^'^th ^ ^ ) 

Place of birth R\aQeu^'^^M ,Xou;i^ date r^cc. ;i7^ \^ i M 

Number of years o f -^.s cho&l i ng ^Q Occupation Te P)C h e i^ 

\ Res i dence j^rr-KTsiAWCJ , XII Marl tal Status Aj^RRierj 

Number of children ^^ Death — 

3 . N a m e A I , r /-' XR ^XX ^. W DTi'EfW 

Place of birth p,Hnp ,Ohu ^ 1\->,.^P > d a t e jAWl_Jl^Jf]J£l 

Number of years o f Js cho-eA ing |(j Occupation i e:hk: Ke 6 

\ Res 1 dence CAf ifoRUl.^ Marital Status A'|4»?R/ed 

^ Number of children ^^^ Death 

A. Name 

P lac. ■of birth _d.ilc . 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

[ Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 

Name ^ 

Place of birth date 

Number ol years of schooling Occupation 

\{ e side n c e Ma r i t a 1 Slat us _^_ 

N u mb e r o r c h 1 1 d r e u Do a t h 

h . 


9 . 


Place of birth 

Number of years of 


Number of children^ 


schooling Occupation 

Marital Status 



Place of birth 


N u mb e r of years of 

schooling Occupation 

Marital Status 

Number of children 



Place of birth 

d a t e 

Number of years of 

schooling Occupation 

Marital Status 

Number of children_ 

d e a t h 

Place of birth 


Numb e r o t years of 
Res i d e n e e 

school inj; Occiipali(jn 

Marital Status 

"J u m b (■ r of children 


Place of birth 

N uiiib e r o f yea r s of 
Ues i Ac nc e 

(1 a t e 

schooling , Occupation 

Mar I I a 1 St at us 

N uniii el- o 1 children 


CHILDREN of C and D (or C- 2 , D-2)-your mother's name should appear below 
1. Name l>^rC'o,^rC-^ h I'l - 4 b>; til S-^L--^ 


"-^ Occupation rrc 

Place of birth ^>U-).Y.e Til 

Number of years of scnooling_ 

Residence <\r\ ,\r.si'^>vi X)|. Marital Status P'l .'^ ts i^ ^ ^ d 

Number of children "^ death - 

patio n rtoo^eiOtTe 


Place of birth 


Number of years of" schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children 



3. Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling_ 


Number of children 

Mar i tal Status 



Place of birth 


Number of years of schoolinj 

Res Idence 

Number of children 

Marl tal Status 



Place of birch 

Number of years of schoolinj 
Res 1 dcnce 

Number of children 


Marital Status 

Occupat ton 


Place of birth 


Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

lumber of children 


Occ upa t ion_ 


Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Nu-iber of children 


Ma rital Status 

c f u p a t i o n 

Ji a a c 

Place of birth 

Numher of years of schooling 



'»uiab<T of children 

Marital Status 
d e a t h 

?t ane 

P 1 a c f of birth 

Suab«-r of years of school ln| 


Numb<;r of children-. 


Occupa t Ion 

Marital Status 


10. Name 

Place of birth 

Number of year«» of schoollnK 

Rf Hide nee _ 

^4(lrJ^hl• r of ch 1 1 <l r tn 


Marl tal Status 


Your Father 

Name RpRTt^it O.^Uille HOI I'EPi' Current Residence /^oc K T ^le^)^c\ , Fll 

Date of birth Dec, 3.7 /9/W Place of b i t th R \da P vo Q c» .X C- ^C P> 


Date of Death 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school S§ high school *-/ 

voca t iona 1 

col lege (o 


1st Ter^cheR 

(after leaving home) 
Dates I^Tlf^ - )9^r' Ist phK, hqktj, ,/!)>,>, . Da t es / ?Jg - /9v-D 

2nd A/av ii Dfficp R JLJU^' U rates f^'-li - j'^HH 2nd P^n^f^cr^L FU Da t es /WA /?</'y 

3rd Pii\nc\ pd Dates f?V^ - ^I V 9 3rd RccK I^Im^I , Zll. D a t e s /?^-/f -f^ 

4 th T^(^(Lh^ R Dates lf"7- ;'77<? l^th RqqK T-^'hixi ^ I^ 1 1 Dates /?V^- 

Reiigion Lothe^nn 

Political parties, cS.vil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. neOih/i (1^)1, 
Place of marriage to your mo ther /-'en5.4Cc:7<9 A/'?. date /-eh O^ /9y3 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative give that data 
on the back of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 

Date of birth /^]/|,.i ,2 0. J 9.2 V 


Date of death 

Current Residence Rcq K X.<,/^[]<tI , X // 

Place of birth 'VcHm- , T// 

Place of burial " " 

Education (number of years) 

grade school g high r school </ 


col lege ^ 

Occupation (s) 

1st y/^?/;Ae Ll / f'e 

2nd Hcose uj i f e 



(after leaving home) 
Dates Fe A j9^9'.J6lst P^,,S r)COla , FU D a t e s/TZi^^l 

Date s J'^HS - /6 2n d Rcr KTsJ^mj ^ Ll D a t e s ^jS - Ifn 

Dates 3rd Dates ^ 

Dates 4th Dates 

Religion LuthtH^Rn 


lltical party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc . /\p/)chJ/ C 



f)U )h 

Place of marriage tt) your father P^n "^fiCcI R , J'/<=). 

d a t e^A^_^^ ./.-? <^^_. 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relative give that data 
on the hack of this page (F-2). 

E-2 Stepfather 

Date of b Ir th 

Date of death 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupation (s) 





Da t es_ 

Place of birth 

Place of burial 

voca t iona 1 



(after leaving home) 
Da te s 

Re 1 i g ion 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Ptace of marriage to your mother 
F- 2 S tepmother 


Date of birth 

Place of birth 

Date of death 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 




1 St Dates 

2nd Dates 

3rd Dates 

4 th Dates 

R«' 1 1 Klon 

Polltiral party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 


Da Les 

»' I a c- f of mi\rr Ihh(; f. o your father 




Name L,.^...- -..u /JnTi^'c^nr/^HROAi ) 

Place i/i htrth /er,rA'T^h/r/^ TJ I Hate of birth /}r^r . ^ ^ /9 V^ 

Number of years of schooliftg /V Occupation //oo')C u ,fr 

Residence ScI')^ijIii/)::a(Jj .17/ Marital Status /•Jnrihieci 

Number of childreir S death — — 

Name y<H//p>p;))f ^nv.^ ^OTl^'CO I ff fi / z) 

Place of blrth /fr)r/'Z^■^/4/1^/. JL' i Date of hlxt\^ POf^Ci ^.J^ /'J '■/A 

Number of years of schooling f j- Occupation //r^ , i ^ c v.: i 1 1' 

R e s J d e n c e Ko Kc n W . Tn cJ . Marital Status ■'>)c)riR j ^cj 

Number of children ;_! death ■ 

Name .S;.^SA>7 Vrl^/r'n^/Pp/ ^OT l'[ OT ( F^/^/\iCX^ ) 

Place of blrtli /fcr A XV^>7cy Date of birth T^/, ^ /y /9 T,? , 

Number of years of schooling / y Occupation .f/cc^yC(x./ti- +- ST uci <^l nT 

Residence -hW A fc'A'n . -Z/ Marital Status < '* j^i :^ /< : <? c/ 
Number of children ^O death — -^ 


Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marl tal Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth_ Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence _Marltal Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation^ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of cliildren death 


Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children ^death 

III. ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family are willing) 

I hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and 
administrative rights, to the Rock Valley College Family History 
Col Unction, deposited in the Rockford Public [.Ibrary, Rockford 
1 1 1 i nol s 

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In researching this paper I think I used every available 
source. I started by digging through my parent's attic 
which is loaded with old diaries of various relatives. This 
is where I found the many photographs and news clippings also, 
I am lucky in-so-far as I apparently had relatives who did 
not believe in throwing anything away! 

I also used the old family Bible that my Mother has to 
locate dates of births, marriages and deaths. However, I 
still could not locate some dates. 

I interviewed my maternal Grandmother, and that is where 
I got the information about her life, and my Grandfather and 
Grandmother's life together. I interviewed my Mother for my 
Grandfather's life before marriage, and my Father for my 
paternal Grandmother and Grandfather's life histories. They 
never were very talkative about their lives. 

There is also a book about Conrad Weiser that I was able 
to use for information on him. ("Conrad Weiser--Friend of 
Colonist and Mohawk"). Most of the other relative's lives 
I learned about from diaries and news clippings. 

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Jacob Weiser = Anna 


(1) Anna Magdalina = John Cowrad Weisgr = Anna Margaret (2) 
' i660-17i|-6 * 

John Frederick, Jacob, Rebecca 

Catrina, Anna Margaret, Anna Magdalina, Maria Sabina, 
John Coarad = Ann Eve. Geo* Fredrick, Christopher, John Fredrick. Barbara 


Philip, Peter, Christopher, Jacob, Elisabeth, Margaret, Benj.(l), 
Samuel, Jabez, Aanna. Ben j . (2), Anna Maria = Rev, H.M. Muhlenberg, 
Frodri»K = Amelia Zeller 174'5 

John Conrad Weiser = Elizabeth Klinger 

John Philip Weiser =» Catharine Malick 


Catharine Weiser ° Henrv Fasold 


Catharine Louisa Fasold = Edward F. Bartholomew 



Netta C. Bartholomew = Knut T. Anderson 


Margaret C. Anderson = Roland 0. Sala 



Barbara E. Sala = Kermit 0» Hotvedt 



nne S. = Gene L» Schrom Katherine = Wm. Friz 

44 I I 19 46 I 1952 

Andrew. Rebecca 
1970 1972 

Susan M* = Michael Francis 

Jeffrey, Gregory 
9^8 1970 

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This paper deals with my family ancestry. I 
could not trace my roots back as far on my Father's 
side as I would have liked, as they emigrated from 
Norway sometime during the 1800* s, and they also 
changed their name several times. 

However, on my Mother's side I was able to go all 
the way back to the l600's. 

I discovered that I had quite a few relatives 
who were instrumental in the forming of our country i 
A great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather 
who was Pennsylvania's Indian Ambassador j a great-great- 
great-great-great-grand Uncle who was the Patriarch of 
the Lutheran Church of Americaj a great-great-great- 
great-grand Uncle who was a General in the Revolutionary 
War and fought at Yorktown; a great-great-great-great- 
great-grand Uncle who was a delegate to the Continental 
Congress and the first speaker of the United States 
House of Representatives, to mention only a few. 

I became very interested in my family genealogy 
while researching this paper and I hope the reader 
will also find it of some interest. 

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Attempts to ascertain the meaning of the name 
Weiser lead to indefinate conclusions. One meaning 
is "the white one" (der Weisse) . Another is "the 
wise one" (der Weise)j or "one who does white washing, 
painting" (der Weisser) j and "one who shows or points 
the wayj the supervisor" (der Weiser). Spelling 
is not uniform in early records. ''There are Weiser/ 
Weisser families in several sections of Germany, of 
Protestant, Catholic and Jewish origin." ^ 

(l) E. Schopf, "Hans Conrad Weiser, Father and Son,' 
Blatter des altertumoverin fur den murrgou 
Nr, 49, Beilage zum Murrtal 


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The first Weiser in the lineage of whom there is 
a definite record is Jacob Weiser, who bore the office 
of Schultheiss, or magistrate, at Gross Aspach, 
Wurttemburg, Germany. 

The origins of the Weiser family are difficult 
to discern. The area of Gross Aspach was generally 
ravaged by the French in the seventeenth century, the 
town itself destroyed in l693t which fact accounts 
in part for the difficulty in obtaining records of 
the early generations of the Weisers. The parochial 
register begun in 1598 was burned on that occasion and 
the new one begun in 1693-169^, included information 
compiled by the pastor, ftiag. Erhard Hagelein, from 
the memories of the townspeople. Data on the early 
Weiser family is scarce. From the available evidence, 
a German scholar has concludedi "The Weiser family was 
a relatively well off and respected one, related to the 
best families in town, out of which the "tribunal" and 
the "senate" got it's members, often allied by marriage 
with the Sturmfeder Schultheissen and appreciated to 
have not only the town pastor but also the high patron 
Freiher von Sturmfeder as a godfather. It was a family 
which was not in want of forwards-striving, energetic, 
and strong personalities, who were entitled to a leading 
role. "^2^ 

(2) E» Schoph, "Hans Conrad Weiser, Father and Son", 
Blatter Des Altertumoverin fur murrgou 
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John Conrad Weiser, the emigrant was born about 
1660, in Gross Aspach. He married first, Anna B/iagdalena 
Ubelen, daughter of Hans Ubelen. They were the parents 
of fifteen children. 

John Conrad was a corporal in the Wurttemberg 
Blue Dragoons, which office he held until about 1700, 
when he became a baker, the position he occupied until 
he emigrated to America in 1709« 

On May 1, 1709, Anna Magdalena died suddenly due 
to an attack of Gout while pregnant for the sixteenth 
time. John Conrad left the community soon thereafter, 
June 24, selling his property there to his eldest 
daughter, already married, and taking with him his other 
eight surviving children. They went to London, from 
which they embarked several months later for America. 
Their vessel, the "Lyon", landed at New York on June 
13, 1710. 

Almost as soon as John Conrad was in company of his 
fellow Germans, he showed qualities of leadership. 
In New York, the several thousand Palatine immigrants 
were bound to produce tar from the pitch of pine trees at 
camps near the Hudson River, about 100 miles north of 
New York City, The settlers were divided into five 

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villages, at first, and John Conrad was the headman 
of one. As such, he voiced complaints of his 
fellowmen before the Governor, Robert Hunter, who 
was caught in an impossible situation! the trees 
could produce no tar, the overseer of the Palatines 
(Robert Livingstone) was a scoundreli the Germans 
expected better conditions — food aplenty and land 
of their own. 

A military campaign in 1711 provided the occasion 
for the climax of the difficulty. One of the captains 
of the Palatine contingent was John Conrad Weiser, and 
when the soldiers returned from a futile march into 
northern New York, only to discover their families 
nearly starved, Weiser led the Palatines in a complaint 
before the Governor. The incident ended when Hunter 
lost his temper, and ordered the Palatines disarmed, but 
in the year following he released them to go where they 

John Conrad Weiser was one of a number of men 
deputized by the Germans to seek land at Schoharie, 
about fifty miles west of Albany, after sometime, the 
Germans were settled there in a collection of little 
"dorfs" or villages, of which one bore the name Weiserdorf 
(and today is Middleburgh) . Conditions were poor, but 
hard work began to make a home of this wilderness. Since 
the Palatines were squatters before the law (even if 
they made a purchase deal with the Indians) it was 
inevitable that there would be trouble. When the Governor 

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sent an agent to make deeds for the Palatines, they 
so mistreated him out of suspicion that the government 
eventually granted the land to others. 

Nearly crushed, the Palatines resolved to send 
Weiser and two others to London to appeal to King 
George I, a fellow German. This venture proved to be 
the most bizarre on which John Conrad embarked. 

Attacked and stripped by pirates enroute, the 
three men contracted so many debts in London they were 
thrown into prison. One of them died there, another 
returned to New York and John Conrad stayed behind, 
seeking in vain to establish the Palatines rights. 
After five years he returned to America, only to find 
his colony scattered. 

The remaining years of life found him in several 
places, never settled down, always following some scheme. 
He tried to purchase lands on the Delaware, but ran 
afoul the Proprietors of Pennsylvania. Late in life, 
after many years of silence toward his family, (I could 
not find why they had feuded j probably because he'd 
left them to fend for themselves whild he went on that 
five year romp in London!) John Conrad was discovered 
in upstate New York, not too far from old Livingstone 
Manor, his first home there. Conrad, his son, visited 
him, and later when conditions became dangerous he sent 
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John Conrad Weiser, the eldest son of John Conrad 
and Anna Magdalena Weiser, was given his father's name 
at birth, November 2, 1696 which took place at Affstatt, 
He became generally known as Conrad Weiser. 

Conrad emigrated to America in 1710, with his 
father, and shortly thereafter was placed in the 
hands of the Mohawks, from them he acquired the 
knowledge of Indian words and ways which launched 
him on the career that made his name known in the 
annuals of Pennsylvania and national history of the 
colonial era. 

On November 22, 1720, Conrad married Anna Eve Feck. 

Conrad is noteworthy for several reasons. He 
was Pennsylvania's Indian Ambassador, and a Jack- 
of-all-trades; He was a farmer, and the owner of a 
tannery, one of the founders of Reading, Pennsylvania, 
a Colonel on active service during the French and 
Indian War, and the first President Judge of Berks 
County. That is Conrad Weiser in a nutshell. 

It is also written in family diaries that he 
bought books from Benjamin Franklin, and taught him 
all he knew about the Six Nations Indians. 

His first grandchild grew up to become the famous 
General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg of Washington's 
staff in the Revolutionary War. 

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main defense, receiving a blanket commission from 

the Governor to do whatever was necessary for the 

safety of the province. With a volunteer army he 

plugged the gap in the Blue Mountains and broke the 

I force of the Indian Attack. 

There is much more about Conrad Weiser that is 
interesting, but this paper would increase to book 
size, and there are already several books written 
about the man - my great-great-great-great-great-great- 
gr ea t-grandf a th er . 

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I information from is "Conrad Weiser - Friend of Colonist 
and Mohawk" by Paul Wallace. 

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Henry Muhlenberg was born September 6, 1711 i 
at Einbeck, Hanover. He became a Lutheran Reverend, 
and organized the Lutheran Church of America. 

In 1743 Reverend Henry Muhlenberg met Conrad 
Weiser, and also his sixteen year old daughter, 
Anna Maria, with whom he fell in love. On April 22, 
1745 the Reverend Muhlenberg married Anna, and it was 
out of this marriage that came the three noteworthy 
leadersi General John Peter Muhlenberg, of George 
Washington's staff, who fought at the battles of 
Yorktown, during the Revolutionary War» Reverend, 
Doctor Henry Ernest Muhlenberg, botanist and educator, 
first president of Franklin College (the Franklin and 
Marshall of today )i and Fredrick Augustus Conrad 
Muhlenjjerg, a delegate to the Continental Congress 
and the first speaker of the United States House of 
Representatives . 

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Frederick Weiser, second son of Conrad and Anna 
Eve, was born December 24, 1728 at Schoharie, New York, 
On December 3, 1751 Frederick married Amelia Zoeller . 

Frederick farmed the Weiser Homestead. He was 
also a County Commissioner of Berks between I763 and 

Frederick died November 15. 1773. I could find 
no date of death for Amelia. 

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John Conrad Weiser, eldest son of Frederick and 
Anna Amelia (Zeller) Weiser, was born April l6, 1753t 
on the Weiser estate at Womelsdorf. On November 12, 
1775, he was married to Elizabeth Klinger by his 
uncle Benjamin Weiser. She was born on March 10, 1756 
in Reading Pennsylvania. 

He served in the Revolutionary War in Captain 
Michael Wolf's Company, 1776-1780. He died September 
10, 180^, and Elizabeth died March 12, 1820. 

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John Philip Weiser (May 13, 178? - Woraelsdorf, 
Pennsylvania) married Catharine Malick October 2?, 
1811, She was born August 24, 1788 in Augusta Town- 

Philip, as he was known, was a farmer and 
extensive landholder in Northximberland County, 
Pennsylvania, deeding a farm to each of his children 
in his will. He served as a Northumberland County 
Commissioner, 1841-1844, and donated a tract of land for 
the Eden Lutheran Church in 1844, where he and his family 
are buried. 

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Catharine Weiser (July 28, 1821 - Augusta Township, 
Pennsylvania, died May 12, 1885) • Catharine married 
Henry Fasold (September 11, I819-I885) June 2, 1842. 
I don't knov* very much about my great-great-great- 
grandfather except that he was a farmer. 

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Catharine Louise Fasold (April 20, 1848 - Plum 
Creek, Pennsylvania) married Edward Fry Bartholomew 
(March 2k, 1846 - Plum Creek, Pennsylvania) July 11, 

My great-great-grandfather spent his life-time 
in education. He was a Principal at Kahok, Missouri 
High School 1871-1874} a professor of Natural and 
Physical Science at Carthage College 1874-1883; a 
professor of English Literature at Mount Morris College 
1883-1884} Professor Emeritus, 1929-1946} President 
of Carthage College 1874-1888} Vice President of 
Augustana College, 1911-1920. He studied at Berlin 
University 1894-1895; got his Ph.D. 1895 Augustana 
College; D.D. in I888, L.H.D., 1912, L.L.D. 1930. 
He also was the author of several booksi "Outlines 
of English Literature"; "Relations of Psychology to 
Music"; "Biblical Pedogogy". 

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Frcrm a recent photograph taken in his study 

"Grand Old Man 

Years Old 

Dr. E. F. Bartholomew, 

Beloved College Professor, 

Becomes a Centenarian 

By E. E. Ryden 

Editor o/ the LniHERiUf Companion 

T THE AGE of 100 years, he believes that he still 
has a mission to perform in the world, and h§ 
is disconsolate over the fact that he has been 
retired as an active college professor! 
- Born in Sunbury, Pa., March 24, 1846, Dr. Edward 
Fry Bartholomew, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, 
and . English Literature at Augustana College, Rock 
Island, 111., will receive the congratulations of his 
friends next Sunday, March 24, in the spacious reading 
room of Denkmann Memorial Library at that institu- 
tion. And he may even give a little talk — at least, so 
he plans — ^just to celebrate his hundredth birthday! 

Two years ago, at 98, he conducted chapel e.xercises 
before the hushed assembly of Augustana students, and 
he has requested of President Bergendoff that he be 
given the same privilege on Maundy Thursday this 
year. At 97 he delivered a sermon at the Good Friday 
three-hour service in St. John's Lutheran Church, 
Rock Island, and a year earlier he gave the Easter 
niessage in Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline, 111. 

''','. Work and Temperate Living 

' 'Every centenarian has his own formula for achieving 
longevity, and Dr. Bartholomew also has his. It is 
work and temperate living. 

''I have avoided all extremes," he says simply. 
But healthful work is also an important factor, he 
beUeves, and even at a 100 years he is found at his 
desk every day, writing an occasional article in the 

same clear handwriting his students knew so well some 
thirty or forty years ago, or answering the numerous 
letters that come to him from distant friends and for- 
mer students. 

Four years ago he promised to write an article for 
the Lutheran Companion when he reached the age of 
100 years. And he kept his promise. "What Are We 
Here For?" he chose as its title, and he packed it fuU 
not only with sound Christian theology — ^for he is a 
Lutheran pastor as well as a college professor — but 
also with his homely Pennsylvania Dutch philosophy 
of life. Evidently remembering that the editor of the 
Companion is a member of the Augustana College 
board, the vigorous centenarian who abhors idleness 
wrote this: 

"The custom which prevails among school boards 
and operators of retiring teachers when they have 
reached a certain age is all wrong. The longer a teacher 
has pursued his calling, the better is he quaUfied for 
that office. If he is physically strong and mentally 
sound, he should not be retired just because he is old. 
The determining consideration should be, not age, but 
mental condition and physical ability. There are here 
in Augustana College some teachers who have been 
retired because they have reached the age limit, but 
the fact is that they are better qualified to teach than 
ever before. Ability to serve and not age should deter- 
mine their continuance in office." 


Netta Cordelia Bartholomew (April 13. 1873) was 
born in Clark City, Missouri and married Knut Theodore 
Anderson (September 10, I869) on June I6, I897, 

My great-grandfather Knut, or K.T., as he was 
known was born in Fjellskafte Floda Socken Sodermanland, 
Sweden. His family emigrated to the United States in 
the 1800' s. He was the cashier and Vice-President 
of the First National Bank, Rock Island; Treasurer, 
of Augustana Lutheran Church. 

My Great-grandmother, Netta, had her B.A. and 
M.A. and was a member of the Board of Directors, at 
Augustana College, 

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My Grandfather died some years ago, so the little 
I do know about his life before his marriage is based 
strictly on stories he used to tell my father. 

My Father's father, Alex, was raised in a large 
(10 children) Iowa farm family. Both his mother and 
father were born in Norway. I could locate no exact 
record as to when they emigrated to this country. 

Alex was third youngest in his family. They lived 
in a large farm house 7 miles out of Calmar, Iowa. 
The family farmed their land, and I believe they were 
neither poor nor wealthy, but probably average. My 
grandfather did not talk about his childhood very much^ 
so whatever I could say about this would be merely 

I do know, however, that he was something of a 
rogue, and he quit school after grade school. He was 
off to "find his fortune." 

During this time he proceeded to North Dakota 
where he "homesteaded" l60 acres. (He later gave this 
land to my father and mother. They did not want the 
land so my grandfather sold it, whereupon oil was 
discovered there shortly thereafter!) 

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He and a friend lived in a sod house on his land 
in North Dakota until he got tired of that adventure, 
and moved on to the next. 

He traveled to Canada where he was a "Cowboy** 
on a ranch. He did this for a year or so, and then 
decided to return to Iowa. I know no dates for those 
escapades, but my father thought he was probably in his 
late teens and early 20 's. 


Viy father's mother, was also from a large (11 
children) Iowa farm family. They were a rather well- 
to-do family as her father owned quite alot of land. 
They were a deeply religious, Norwegian Lutheran 
family. Sundays were spent (after church) visiting 
relatives for large Norwegian dinners. There also 
was quite a bit of Bible reading. 

Family life was traditional. By that I mean that 
the girls ( all 8 of them! ) did the cooking, cleaning, 
dishes, while the boys helped with the farming. The 
father was the disciplinarian, and made major decisions. 

Community life was important. Since they lived 
in the country going to ""the city" was a fun event. 
There were County Pairs to attend and, of course, church 
functions. The town was a small onej perhaps 15O 

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My Grandmother and Grandfather met when my 
Grandfather was a rural mailcarrier. 

He was 31 when they courted and married in 
September, I9IO. My Grandmother was 22. Their eldest 
child jTony^ was born 2 years later. They lived with 
my Grandmother's parents for awhile and later bought 
a farm of their own where my father, Kermit, was born 
in December, 191^, and their youngest, Alice, in 1919« 

Their family life after carriage followed pretty 
closely to the way their family life had been before 

Religion played an important part of life. 
Church activities were looked forward to as social 
events. Sundays the family visited my Grandmother's 
mother some miles away. 

The family was well-off. Money was spent on 
necessities. My Father remembers always having a car 
and radio. The radio was the style that needed earphones 
in order to be heard. 

Family reuions were frequent, and they proceeded 
to be quite a huge gathering as the family expanded. 

In the meantime, my father's family moved to 
Decorah, Iowa. My Grandfather was, by then, into the 
cattle business only. The boys, Tony and Kermit helped. 

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profitable business. 

The main sport at school v/as Baseball, and this 
was played in the cow pastures. The principle subjects 
at school were Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, also 
Music and Art. 

My Uncle Tony seemed to follow in my grandfather's 
footsteps by being a rogue. He quit school after 8th 
grade and was always into trouble. He finally ended 
up going back to Mechanics School and became an Airplane 

My fath'^r, however, was more conscientious. He 
finished school, went to Luther College in Decorah, 
and then taught school in Blue Earth, Minnesota until 
World War II. He joined the Navy and became a pilot 
and Flight Instructor in Pensacola, Florida where he 
met my mother. 

My Aunt Alice was also more conscientious than her 
eldest brother, and she, too, graduated from Luther 
College in Decorah. 

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My Mother's father, Roland Otto Sala was born 
in the small town of Bloomington, Wisconsin, to 
Orlando and Ella Sala. His father (Orlando) was a 
Doctor with a good practice, and they were well-to-do. 
Roland was the only child of Ella's, but he had four 
half brothers of previous marriages whose mothers had 
died. Those brothers were much older and had left 
home by the time Roland was born. They, too, were 

Roland and his parents lived in a large house 
in the town. Life went smoothly until Roland was 10, 
and at that time his father died. Their source of 
income gone, it was now up to Roland to support his 
mother. They got their food by his hunting, and things 
were not as luxurious as they had been. 

Spare time for Roland was spent working, although 
he still continued with school. 

His mother took whatever odd jobs she could to 
help her son. 

I don't think there was much time for sports or 
recreation for my Grandfather. 

After college (his half brothers helped put him 
through) he began Medical School to carry on the family 
tradition as his father and his grandfathers before 
him had done. (My great-grandfather was a surgeon 
during the Civil War.) 

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When my Grandfather was 22 he moved to Rock Island 
to take some courses at Augustana College, and this is 
where he met my Grandmother in 1922, 


My Mother's mother, Margaret Catharine Anderson, 
was born March 6, I898 to Netta Catharine and Knut 
Anderson. Her father was the Vice President of the 
First National Bank of Rock Island, and they were 
considered well-to-do. 

She was the elder of two children, the younger 
being a brother, Paul. 

They lived in a large house in the town of Rock 
Island, Illinois. 

Margaret's father was a stubborn and silent Swede. 
The child-raising was left to ray Great-Grandmother, 
who was an intelligent and interesting woman. She was 
always busy with various interests. She served on the 
Board of Trustees at Augustana up until the time of her 
death in I96O. 

Family life for Margaret was rather easy. They had 
all the luxuries such as radios, cars, and they were 
usually the first to get those new "contraptions." 

After school she and her girlfriends would usually 
go to the movies, or go over to one of the girl's houses 
for tea and crackers where they discussed the latest 
fashions or gossip. 

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Margaret did chores such as dishes and cleaning, 
whereas, she remembers Paul doing little or nothing. 
Paul was busy playing on the Basketball team in high 
school, and football in college. 

Family decisions about schooling or discipline 
were usually taken care of by my Grandmother's mother. 
My great-grandfather wanted little to do with the 
family raising. 

The neighborhood was a nice one - large stylish 
houses. They attended church regularly, and the social 
events were usually church-centered, and there were 
County Fairs. My Grandmother also remembers attending 
the street dances that used to take place downtown 
on Saturday nights. 

I don't think there were any major conflicts other 
than the usual spats that go on in a family. 


One rainy day my Grandmother, Margaret, was walking 
home from hen; classes at Augustana College, and was 
getting quite wet doing so. 

That was where my Grandfather entered the scene i 
luckily, with an unbrella. He offered very gallantly 
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Roiand and Margaret dated for a year and a half. 
They married in July of 1923 • My Mother was born a 
year later, just as my Grandfather was finishing 
University of Iowa Medical School. 

They built an apartment building (The R.O. Sala 
Apartments) with an office on the ground floor for my 
Grandfather's medical practice, which was very successful. 
Of course my Grandmother didn't see as much of my 
Grandfather as she would have liked. 

During the Depression my Grandfather got paid 
in fruit, or food, or sometimes not at all. They did 
fine money-wise though, as my Grandfather was the 
examiner for the Veteran's Commission, and also for 
several insurance companies. 

During World War II Roland joined the Navy and 
the family moved to Pensacola, Florida. He was on 
active duty for five years and four months and ended 
the war as a Rear Admiral. 

He was Head Surgeon of the aircraft-carrier 
Princeton when it was hard hit during a sea battle with 
the Japanese. Even though he was injured by five 
shrapnel wounds, my Grandfather stayed on board to 
care for the wounded until the ship was blown in two. 
He used a sheaf Knife to amputate the leg of the Captain 
who was slated to take over command. 

He won the Silver Star for bravery because of 
these heroic acts. 

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During this time my Mother, Barbara, had happened 
to meet my Father, Kerrait Hotvedt, who was a Lieutenent 
Commander in the Navy. He was a pilot and Flight 
Instructor at the Pensacola base. 

They married after dating two months, and a year 
after that my Father was ordered to the Pacific for 
a secret flying mission. His squadron, under his 
command, discovered the Japanese fleet near Midway 
Island, which led to the major battle between our 
forces and the Japanese. 

In December of 19^4 my sister, Lynne, was born. 

After the war my parents moved to my Mother's 
hometown, Rock Island, Illinois. 

My Father went back to the profession of Education 
as a Principal in a Junior High School there, but later 
decided to go back to teaching, which he did. 

My other sister, Katherine, was born in May of 

My parents bought a large, old house on a hill with 
nearby woods and parks to make it an excellent stomping 
ground for children. 

I was born in July of 1952, in Rock Island where I 
lived (except for two years at Carthage College, Kenosha, 
Wisconsin) until October 7, 1972 when I married Michael 
L. Francis. We then moved to Rockford where my husband, 
too is a teacher. 

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the Philippine sea. The cruifsr tuolt Princeton personnel aboard and otherwise aided in relieving tlie stricken vessel. Two Rock Island ,- 
men, Dr. R. O. Sala and Gunner's Mate Robert Trevor, were among ihose saved off the Princeton. (AP wirephoto from U. S. navy)." }• 




Dr. Sala Telephones From 
Overseas; Gunner's Mate.^i 
Taken on Board Destroyer 

"No matter what anyone else tells you, I'm all right 
now" — such was the relieving news received this morn- 
ing by Mrs. Roland O. Sala in a transoceanic telephone 
message and a letter from her husband, Commander Sala, 
former Rock Island physician, who was head surgeon on 
board the aircraft, carrier U. S. S. Princeton, sunk Oct. 
25 after a clash with the Jap fleet near the Philippines. 

Another Rock Island man 
serving aboard the Princeton, 
Robert Trevor, gunner's mate, is 
safe on a de.stroyer with "a pair 
of pants, a pair of shorts and 
myself," according to a letter re- 
ceived this morning by his par- 
ents, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Trevor, 
2222 Thjrty-eighth street, this 

I Action 'Rugged.' 

I Commander Sala's letter, writ- 
] ten the day after the sinking, de- 
scribed the action as "quite 
■ rugged," but added that nothing 
J had happened to injure him per- 
' manently. He managed to save 
his pocketbook, but with the ex- 
• ception of th(? clothes he was 
. wearing, lost a!.' his equipment. 
"I did n;t get into the water, 
but left the carrier in the next 

to last boat, just like taking an 
ordinary trip to the beach," wrote 
the commander. "The Princeton 
stayed afloat after we left and 
was .=;unk by our 'own fire. It 
could not have been salvaged." 

At the time of writing the let- 
ter. Commander Sala was, on 
board a de-^^troyer with a group 
of other officers. He related that 
their rescuers had been wonder- 
ful to them, giving their beds, 
wardrobe.'? and toilet articles to 
the sur\'ivors. "And those who 
got off the Princeton had nothing 
but what was on their backs," he 

The Rock Island officer, whose 
residence is at 1907 Fifth avenue, 
this city, has been on acti\e duty 
since July, 1940. 

3 minoisaifis 
Oft PriiBeeton 

Three nilnoisans who were 
aboard the aircraft carrier Princ«- 
ton when she was stmk In the bat- 
tle of the Philippine Sea are 
among 400 iurvivora who have 
arrived In San Diego. Cal. 

They are Howard M. Boll. 29, 
HanpsMre. Ill, who also was 
f.board ths faired TJ. S. S. Hornet 
when she was sunk; Harold F. 
Thrashwer, 19. Jacksonville, 111., 
and the ship's medical officer 
Cmdr. Roland O. Sala, 1907 Fifth 
av.. Rock Island. " I 

Crndi-. £ali. v.'our.ded, used n 
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^)i. uander Roland O. Saia, of Rock Island, among the 24 fii 
I J last leaving t)ie .aircraft caiTier Princeton following its d- 
t!on Oct,, 24 off thE' Pliilippine coast, admires his new graii 
'ijl'r, 2- week-old Lynne, whom he saw for the first time thii 
riis daughter, Barbara, was rejoined last night by her h«;- 
1 i'putonant Kermit Hotvedt, veteran Of aerial action in t;.'-: 
.:.i islands. (Argus photo). 

ommander Sala, Woueded 
■2>y Shrapnel, Fights Carriei 

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5 theater, where he com- 
32 missions in eight months 
Ive duty as pilot of a navy 
Mariner patrol - bomber, 
returning home, Dr. Sala 
1 that he was the grand- 
of a 2-week old girl, Lynne. 
fast-moving carrier force 
;aded north for a diversion- 
!ack on Luzon to safeguard 
> te invasion when 150 Japa- 
■lanes moved in to attack 
k group, related Command- 
a. The lone Jap bomber, 
sneaked in through bver- 
jies behind the Princeton's 
ing fighter ships, dropped a 
bomb on thexarrier, turned 
ip into a massive seaborne 

■ lary bomb. 

Own Bombs Explode. 

' ":ook only one Jap bomb — 
.■nished the rest of them," 
;d the physician. At the 
f the strike he was in the 
oom. He felt the initial ex- 
1, then a second one 10 
•s later. 

alf hour after the first blast 
a whangdoodler that 
Ki our teeth out," said Com- 
r Sala. "It blew chairs and 
around the ward room and 
;he place with smoke. We 
; the wounded out to the 
;tle, then got them off the 
Ito a destroyer. The crew 
acuated by 10 o'clock in the 


; T those with minor injuries 

I'.ed to be treated on the sliip. 

•-.r.>: injuries were caused by 

ii.ill ; ammunition which popped 

-~^ ' iiously "like popcorn." Com- 

? Sala himself was hit in the 

H by a frag-yent of boiBh 

A Jieavy f'ic<;e. of slu-ap-j 

fire-fighting party and w 
unceasingly pulling hoses ov 
ship's side. The blaze was 
under control when the last c 
sion, caused by the firing < 
Princeton's own bombs, spl 
craft and blew off the stern. 

Two captains were on boa; 
carrier at the time of the 1 
ing. The relief captain, 
Hoskins, who %vas waiting 
the vessel docked to assume 
mand, lost his right foot i 
action, while the ship's 
mander, Captain William Bu 
er, was wounded slightly. 
all survivors had been pickt 
U. S. shells sank the lie 

Commander Sala v;as tak^ 
destroyer to one of the r 
forwai'd bases, then flown bj 
pital plane to Eniwetok and 
to Hawaii. His wounds hos 
ized him for two weeks. 

Travels 70,000 Milesi 

The navy surgeon estimate 
he has traveled som,e VO.OOOt 
in his six months 'of activ 
duty. During his last mon 
the Pi-inceton the ship was:, 
attack almost every day, h 
Glared. He holds can^jaign 
for participation in operatic 
the Palau, Mariana, Phit 
and Nanseishopo islands s.) 
Formosa, and during the s 
battle of the Philippines. 

Commancier Sala, attach' 
the naval reserve for 17 
was called to active duty in 
His orders regarding duty 
termination cf his leave ai 
definite, but he believes th 
may be assigned to Philade 
Pa., as district flight surgei 
the staff of the Fourth n^va 

His son-in-law. Lieutenant 
vedt, who arrived only two 
after the commander, was a 
time within six miles of the 
geon in the Palau sector, altl 
the two could not contact 
other. Lieutenant Hotvedt o 
corah, Iowa, was engaged ii 
troll work duritfg- the Ma 
cariip.ii^ii and- also: accoiup.' 
aBti.-^'ubimu;uie bombdnii,'. - 



,*" tVcakened by five shrapnel wounds, his life constant^ 
:{i ingered by exploding ammunition, Commander Rolaft^ 
,{' bala, former Rock Island phy.sician, fought an ©Hf 
, si;,' .battle against fire and injuries on board the fi.i'B* 
■u.icd, bomb-shattered air^-aft carrier Princeton befbsra 
X', lly evacuating with the la.st group of survivors ^8% 
/ ts the ship sank off the Philippine coast. §||^ 

' Timander Sala, second Prince- | ii-j'ri^ 

rS,l^ TZll ?ho*ci?: I whaie boat, before transfel^ 

f*'of?i^^^'"l^'^aWagd ^^^^'^^'l^'-'^ '^-t"^' "^ 
until "the T^nlosion to end ^""'Seon on the Princeton, is spind^ 

\DlMions''blovv the shin al- i"5 ^ ^^^-^^^ "^^^'^ '"* ^'^ '^^ 

. .^pioaions wow the snip ai- J 1907 Fifth avenue. His pym 

n ),..1f aroimd 4 o clock mji Lieutenant Kermit t--'^ 


I was born July 18, 1952 in Rock Island, Illinois. 

When I was two my family moved to J:''lorida for a very 
short time (10 months). My parents missed the snow in the 
winter, and the changing seasons, and weren't happy. Luckily, 
the house in Rock Island hadn't been sold yet, so we moved 
back to Illinois. 

I attended the pablic elementary school that my Father 
taught at, and I had him as a Science and Gym teacher in both 
Fourth and Fifth grade. 

I transfered to Villa de Chantal, a private girl's 
academy, after elementary school. 

One of the most important events of my life happened in 
i960 when my parents bought some property on a private lake 
in northern Wisconsin. When I was nine my parents and I went 
up to the lake so they could start building the cottage. My 
sisters were at the age where they would rather not leave 
civilization (and boys) to "rough it" in the back woods for 
three months. They stayed in Rock Island for the summer under 
the supervision of my Grandmother. 

I loved it up there from the first glimpse I caught of 
the sparlling blue water through the trees. The lake was a 
beautiful place for a child to learn about, and ippreciate. 

Nature. Wildlife abound Deer would come down to the building 

site at night when their curiosity got the better of them; 
Ducks and Loons would swim by the beach front? occasionally 
a Bear would amble by to see what was in the garbage, and at 

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night the wolves could be heard howling. There were only two 
other cottages on the lake, so neighbors were scarce. The 
nearest town is seven miles away. 

So, my summers were spent at the cottage, and when I was 
eleven my parents rented me a horse for the three months. It 
was a perfect place for harseback riding with many sand roads 
to explore. Each simmer we rented a horse, and I loved my 
summers of riding horses, swimming and enjoying Nature. 

I lived for the summers, but I enjoyed attending the 
Villa. The school was a Catholic one, under the supervision 
of an order of "Visitation" nuns. The nuns were not only our 
teachers, but also our friends. I benefited not only 
intellectually, but also emotionally by attending the school. 

My home life was happy too. I had become an only child, 
so-to-speak, when I was ten since my sisters had gone away to 
college. I missed them after they left, but I grew closer to 
my parents. % sister, Lynne, moved to Chicago after college 
to get a job, and in I967 both my sisters got married, when I 
was 1^. I became an Aunt at age fifteen. 

I had alot of pets as a child, which I'm sure exasperated 
my mother. I can still remember her expression when I'd bring 
home another snake, lizard or mouse, but she was very patient. 

In 1968 ray parents Dought rr.e a beautiful Arabian nare, 
ana I finai±y hac tnax noise of my own I'd always dreanieci about. 
In 19^'9 I rode her in the "Kodeo QueenT cor.test in hayvvai-d , 
V»is., which I won. 

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In Jun€> of 1970 I graduated irorn Villa de Ghantal, and 
was accepted at Gartim:re Colle-e in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

I laet r.iy husband (iv.ichael r'rancis) there, and v/e dated 
for cwo vears. He i?;raduated in kay of 1972, and I withdrew 
from Carthaee to marry him on October ?, 1972. 

We moved to fiockford, where i>.ike has a job as a teacher, 

Iviy winters are spent goinf^, back to college part-tirae, 
and my surarr:ers are still spent enjoying the nortli woods of 
V/isconsin, where my husband and I nov/ have property of our 
own. iVe canp on it in a tent durint: our surtirners, and my 
husband and Father built a soreenhouse out of the trees we 
had cleared. We use this as our "dinin^j and cooking area". 
(See pictures) vfe cook on a ^.^ill, carry our wateriin, and 
use a large size ie(? chest as our "refrif^erator" . Event- 
ually we intend to build our suirjner cotta;fj.e there. 

That is r.y life in a nutshell. I found it hard to know 
just what to write, so I cliose the events that are n.ost 
special and ir:portart to ne. 



)ear Contributor to the Hock Valley College Family History Collection: 

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iirierican families, we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only <i 
ew mintues, and will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
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p'lfi^rii-i'i "^-^^n^ -'-^T! 

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]r6cl<TbrT, Illinois 

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Photographs ^Maps Other 


A. Grandfather (your father's side) 
Name tii 

I ame ?^ .-. ,^ -. v, -; ^ i .- v ^ r- 1 ; i i ' 
f dead, date of death 

Current Residence 

p;.' anniiT'nj >1 .■^nOnSl 

Place of bi rth 

^■^-'^" ■^"''"'' j T1 " 1 1-1 m" --. 

Date of Blrth,To^,i.^^v i^, i ^m 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 7 , high school 


col lege 

Occupat lon(s) 

2nd ^iirrqr* ^11 "^ "I 


Dates ^ 


(after leaving home) 

I St T..-^„^,..-. -ihy^ Tn-.- 



Dates 1 

1 oT;. 3rd_ 

Dates 1 



Re 1 1 g I on L'athern 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother 




NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another relative give 
that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

B. Grandmother (your father's sida) 
Name H^ 

uo - ■Tro-'u'pr' 

I f dead, date of death 
Place of birth 

'If^ieriTj 'I'i'nBnrni. 

Currant Residence ^:qw \i,ihi-;rn, -nsco^.sin 
Date of birth Dec. 1 -^ . 19^7 

Education (number of years): 
grade school ' high school 

Occupat I on (s) 

1st --.,-^^v.^g 





Dates 1 cc^ 



— 2nd^ 



col lege 

(after leaving home) 

'ison '"i':T, To---' Dates 1 c-^l 





Re 1 i g i on 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc._ 
place of marriage to your grandfather ^. , _ "" 



■ t^^V^iatl^^Hht^^BWh^'^xkH M8i^A-?)f stepmother or another relative give 

A- I '. I ep»j rami father (your fjiher's side) 

u urn- ^_^^^_^_____^_____^____^________ Current Reiililance 

I I iU-nd. (I.ur of death 

HIace nf birth Date of Blrth_ 

EJuc.ition (number of years) 

grade school high school 

vocational college 

Occupat ion(s) 

Ut Dates 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 

2ni Dates 

2nd Dates 

3rd Dates 

3rd Dates 

^ih Dates 

<(th Dates 

M c 1 i q i on 

, fraternities, etc. 

Political parties, civil or social clubs 

Place of marriage to your grandmothtr 


i. Stepgrandmother (your fathar's sida) 

Current Residence 

If dead, date of death 
P lace of bi rth 

Date of birth 

Education (number of years): 
jrade school high school 

vocational college 

Occupat lon(s) 

Ui Dates 

(after leaving home) 
Ijt Dates 

2nd Dates 
I'd Dates 

2nd Dates 
3rd Dates 

sororities, etc. J 

("e li g i on 

Political party, civil or social clubs, 

f'lace of marriage to your grandfather 



Grnndfather (your mother's side) 

Name - -. ■ ■-.,-- n "^r- Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death -- ^ r 

Place of bi rth ■ " ^ . ;i pf or ^i r Date of bi rth ' . ' 
Education (number o^ years): 
grade school ______________ high school vocational college 


(after leaving home) 

lat ?arr:iji:. ' D ates Ist '^q^^r ■■-■.]:._.-■,: .;isno-,3l- D ates 

2nd Machinist D ates 2 nd D ates 

3rd Fariier D ates 3 rd D ates 

^th D ates ^ th D ates 

Re I I g i on 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc»_2j=;2IIlIlIllii_JlL_ZlIlI!Z2A_!" 

Place of marriage to your grandmother . . date 

Note: If your mother was raised by a Slip f ill li e r U r inUL ll i r r e i ailVK (lO a ge l8)— 

give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Tr-^ne " qyev;'' e "'etn -^If C urrent Residence ""li - r-^.-^-- '^■-•'.is, 'nj^nor 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of bi rth - - „-. ,^-- D ate of birth ' ^-.-^i^ib'^r' 15, 

Education (number of years) — — — — — ^— — 

grade school - high school vocational college 


(after leaving home) 

1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd D ates 2 n d D ates 

3rd D ates 3 r d D ates 

Re 1 i g i on 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfathe r ■'■ j '/^^ d ate 

Note: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another p»iafiw. r*-. ^^^ ]«] 
^;*c Liia«. ae!.o on im Dscn. of th!s page (D-2) 

C- I b t epgrandf athe r (your mother's side) 

^•■""g i^-r— , — Current Residence 

I f <l<-.id, (I.1IO of df.alh 

D.iU* ol lii I til 

I'l.i. ..I Mill. ^ 

I iliii .il i'lii (iMiriilic r fjf yi' If . ) 
■ iii>l<- ..tii.i.l l,i(jli school vocal ionol lollr.ir 

Ociup.it ion(<i) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
'•>' Dates 1st Dates 

?"'' Dates 2nd___ ^Dates 

^(■c^ Dates 3rd ^Dates 

'^i^ Dates '«th_ Dates 

Re I i g i on 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmother date 

D-? S tc(if|r.indmothfr (your mother's side) 

^'•■"^ Current Residence 

I f cicod, 'i.jtc of death — — — — 

CI, ICC of h I ri h Date of birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupjt i on (s ) 

I a 





col lege 




(after leaving home) 








R.; I i ', , Of, 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather Oate 

I cmjtDRiN ot A & B ior A-l or Q- [ ) ~ your father's name should appear below 


ar.ul Hn"i1fin? 

jpir ,"1 J-ji. Tn 

P 1 ace of b i r tli - ■^_r,-r •. i r.y ■ 
Number of years of s choc 1 irt g 

Number of cnTToren ^ ,0 

Marital Status 

data >; .jT . 1 

^ c 9 tr 

I < r 


Name ^^^ ^r, '.Oi'^trp 
Place of bi rth vn =.n 

■ '°^- "■ ■^- ■ ^.^ ;■ n=^n-- ■ ■ i.v . i'v- ■; ' d ate p.-f . ^: , 19"^? 

Number of years of schoolin g ^ '" Occupatl6h hQUsp- rlfr 

Marital Status rrien~"~~~—" 

Res i dence 

Number of children 


3. Hame 

P'dce of birth t ■-.gr.r^ Ci^v. I 
Number of years o^ school Irt j 

1 •:• 

Res I dence 

Number of chl ldr«n 

date C 


T'linoi- Marital Status -nor-ied 


le ad'e'r 0' 


Name '^i^thie ^7-,^ I" i tt" ef ie"' d 
Place of bl rth 

Number of years of schooling 
Residence ^'r--- '\_- tow-nn , 'li' 

Number of chl idren 


Place of birth " 

Number of years of scKooiing 

Number of chl Idren 

Name .,.,.___ 
Place cT birth 

Number of years of school Ing_ 
Res I dence 

Number of children 


Place of birth "" 

Number of years of schooling 


Number of chi Idran 


Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Number of chl Idren 


Place of birth 

Number of years o^ school I rtg_ 

Number of chi Idren 


Place of birth 

Number of years of school Irtg 


Number o F U l MU i BM 

d ate y--. ", ^^2} 
OccupatlOrt ^^^^^"'^^iT^ 
Marital Status ar--:ed 


Marital Sta tus_ 

""^ ate 
Oc c upatlon 
Marital Status 

Marital Status 



Marital Status 


Marital Status 

naritai Status 


C-l b t epgrandf ather (your mother's side) 

N.jine Current Residence 

I f <)i-.id. <l.ilf« oF dffath 

I'l 1.. mI l.iiili I). lie ol liiitli 

I iliii .il i ■ III (iMiMilii- r iif yr 1 1 . ) 
i| r .i<l)> '.( liiK) I II i I 

Otoip.il ir)n(«,) 




choo 1 




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Re I i g i on 

Political parlies, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmother d at6 

0-? S tc((f)r.indmothiT (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

I f dead, -i.jtr- of death 

ci.icf of birth Date of birth 

Educatir>n (number of years) 
grade school lii yh school vocational college 

Occiipalion(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
l,t Dates 1st Dates 

?nd Dates 2nd Dates 







3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

P*: I i 'j i on 

Pol i r ical pdr t / , civil or soci al c iubs , sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 

CHUtDR^ot A & B ^or A- 1 or B- u - your father's name should appear below 

Name -^„: ,.- ti -i --^-i.,-.. 
Place of bi rth ; -.. .^.p^,-^ ^^ ^.- 

Number of years of sch 
Numbe r of en VTartn 



001 1 ng ^ 

Ti 1 nro-: Q Marital TTatm 

data :.oM;. 

1 • . 1 

Name lj^ i ^-n 'r, ^ 
Place of bi rth l 

Number of years of school 


Res I denc e •- ji^ 
Number of children 


1 ''^ Occupatlbh 

_Marlt«l Status ieri~ 




3. Mame 

'Ohn Fren:; 

P'ace of birth ^ ■":,., 
Number of years of school Ihj 
Residence ^o,- '.-f o^-^.i . Tiiin' 

date 0. 

Number of chl Idren 

, 1 ^ Occupation Keade 
Marital Status -n'^r-ied ■ 

■9. tor 

Name Iv. thie ^-r, r i t-.^T sf i r- d 
Place o^ birth : ^ nr "if . lo r 

Number of years of schooling 
Res I dence ^'a-.- \-youm. ''i' 
Number of chl idren 




Place of birth 

Number of years of schooHng 


Number of chl ldr«n 


Place ci bl rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 

Number of children 

: ' d ate '••-■-. 

° _ " ITccupatlOrt hQ 

Marital Status ar-T"eT 

narltal Status 

dat e 

7a te 

Narltal Status 


Place of birth "~ 

Number of years of school Ing 

Number of chl Idren 



Place of birth "" 

Number of years of school Ing 

Number of chl Tdren 


Place of bl rth 

Number of years of schooling 


Number of chl Idren 


Place of b>rth "" 

Number of years of achoollng 


Number o f U ll l U l Bl l 

Marital Status 



Marital Status 

Marital Status 



narltal Status 

(MILL/KtN ot (. and (or (-1, l)-l)-yotjr mothrr's rumo shntild oppf.ir bclnw 

I. Hi 

■ • ••' •■? I.;. II. - .^ . ^ - . cl.uc V-xvch 1P. 1926 

H.iitiii'i ,1 /f.ir . (if '.cliool (ti<i • OccupJt I On 'o\ise\\'irp 

I'. ■. i .l.-m <• - ' - • . i ■' : Marital Status -^'i-Qcl 

U I.rr r.l .lilldrCn 

u 1111 -.: : : ;_ 

I' 1 .11 ■• ..r Ml ill - , : : date December ?6 , 1 Q" 

Nijminf ',1 /■■■ii'. of schooling • Occupation p irn -jif 

f<r-. idrnce ' ' , '- Marital Status ' ■-'I'ri.^'l 

Number f if f h i 1 dren 

N.v t:_y 

C\^LC (.r hi rth , • date ' e n t ^mh p r 1 "^ , 1 9'^ 9 

Number of years of schooling " O'ccupat lOh "'"n ^ t ill s spnt.j-" t .nnl< 

Res i liencc " , " Marital Status -iiTTir^H " ^ 

Number of ch i 1 dren 

N-irrv- ■ .. ; ^~ ' -"'■^ •:-'7.,~.- 

P I .I.,- of l,;r(h --^ -■ •.-■..■^.,^ •^,,-,,-^^., ' ' date ^^oy (^TTiher 1^. 193' 

NuriiJii'i of years or scnoolinq ^ Occupat lO rt ^nr- r.vn' f e 

«•••. ideiifc ^ -^-. - Marital Status ,, .; .] 

Number of < h I I dren 


Pl.ic- of birth ^ . ■,,.,„, ■;„..,^- ■ date n^,^f^-).h>^>^ 1 -^^ 1 93P 

Numb»:t of ye.irs of schootinq Occupat lOrt ,-, ri? i i^i 1 ■ t 

Kcs 1 dence Marl tal Status .^ ,■>. ; , ,^ 

Nmibrr of ch i 1 dren 


Plocc ^'^ ^'"'^^^ _ date ji.^nFit-. 1 ^. . 1 ^li/i 

Number of years of schooling OcoTpat lO rt ,V| ,1, !,^ 

«is i dence Marital Status 

Numbi.'r 'if chiTdren 

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f lace of [) I riK ——————————— ^^^.^ 

Nuf»rf)rr of /enrs of schooling ■ Occupat lOn '..,,1 ,/,;._. ^1^^.,^, I, 

We-. I donee Marital Status^ 

Number of children 


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Number of ^e^rs o^ schooling • Occupation 

Oesidgnce Marital Status 

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Place of birth ^ — ~~" date ' 1" H l^'M';''! 

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"*■' 'denre Marital Status [ 

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Place of b? rf h ' ~~ datc^'"'' "': > '^ ''U'^ 

Number of /ears of schooling OccITpat lorT" 

Residence ■ Marital Status 

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CHILD HM of C and D continued 
fame Loris Jean Seibel 

Place of birth Tev Auburn^ "/i r-consin Date '^^o-rerr-he r 1 ? , 1 9L;' 

Number of ye^.rj r.f -c'^.ocli:_- "^ " Occupation Far?:' -if e 

Residence Bloomer, 'Wisconsin ''nrital Status T'-'^arried 

Number of Children 


Your Father 

Name ■- . - -^v.^ -7..^-,. Current Res I denc e?npi.rf nr»r] . THir^ni" 

If dead, date of death 

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Education (number of years; 
grade school ^ high school ij vocational college 


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2n d ,-.^^^i-.^,i^.p-;^^ Dates ^cc'- 2n d ^Tft-.r anhnr^ri^ '-J-i^p. . OAtes ice:? 

3rd T;i^,^-i-^.p., -.rn^v Dates ig^-i- 3rd Hni p.nrrih^ . •ji f^c. . D ates \ 

^th Dates I tth ^n.-vfnr^H . Tlli-onl':^ D ates 1Q^; 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 


Place of marriage to your mothftr fn r .^pi V. ^' 'c:.'k'r\r,k'i':-' ' ' d at e- .^-;, 1 ' 1 q'z^-:. 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative give that data on the back 
I of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 

Name . - • ^ ■""'^. "^-^ ' nv Current Realdenc yopVf prd ^ Ti i i nm' , p 

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Education (number of years) 
grade school " high school ), vocational college 


(after leaving home) 

1st Housekee-oer Dates ighQ 1st Hn^. r.nrnhR . '-.ri ?p. . D ates ^ ci, o_r:!. 

2nd -^.ookkee-^er °^'®5-J>25i:-.«— _ 2nd T?nr.kfnr'd . Illinni^:; D ates 1 -^ri 
3rd n-,t Office Clerk D ates 1 qcr; 3rd _^ _ Dates 

Re I i g i on _t. them 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Democrat 

Place of marriage to your fathfer rm-'p'"" / ''-' -j^'o'isiT;. _ ' Jate --(-iv, y. '^^^\ 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or a'notner relative give that data on the tack of 
this page (F-2). 

E- I Stepfather 


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1st Dates 1st Dates_ 

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col lege 

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sorori t les , 



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N a nie ^.-i^^^^ Tr->cn& •Pr,pv.- 

Place of birth ,^V,vfnr>r^ '' IP- -^ "~ Date of bi rth qt^ ^'n '^ . V 

Number of years of schooling 1 ^ Occupat lori f f^ ^ | ■ : ' 

Re s i den ce "-np.'--.^^^^""" j T'lyno^''^ Marital 'Stat u s " : ;-'•'' -^ 

Number of en i Idren ^ -m-.p- 

Place of birth Ro£i-^nnd. I" inoj- Ijate of bi rth "pyer-iber 1:^. 1 Q^r 
Number of years of schooling 1 ' Occupation s t\\ -i 8 ;: t - -^^ r ~ - ': i ;; f ^ v 
Residence:? -^p.^o"! "^T"li-,o^~^ Marital Status3ir : 1 ^ ' " ^ 

Number of chl Idren 


Name -mTr»i Q anp '^r^p.r,7 

Place of bi rth ^o- v^n^^rl T-inoo'^ D ate of bi rt h>-- -c . ^ o ^ ' 

Number of years of School ing Occupation - j ■;■- ^r-'^nn' hnriq-n i 

Res i dence ^o^-"nr.rl^ Tiiinnno Marital Status ' i r 1 

Number of en i Idren --o^ -- 


Place of birth Date of birth___^ 

Number of years of school Ing Occupation^ 

Re s i den ce Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren 


Place of birth " TSate of birth 

Number of years of school ing OccupatTorT 

Res i dence Marital Status 

Number of children 


Place of birth Date of blrth_ 

Number of years of schooling Occupation^ 

Res i dence Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren 


Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling "^ Occupation 

Residence Marital Status_ 

Number of chi Idren 


Place of birth "" Date of birth_ 

Number of years of schooling .. . . ^ Occupation 

Res i dence Marlta) Status 

Number of chi Idren 

1. Assif.NMliNT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family are willinq) 

1 tuM-obv donate this family history, along with all literary and adnnnistraLiv. 
rulhls. to the Rock Va-.ley College Family History Collection, deposited m the 
Uockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 

Signed _^V<4^JLliMLYVi^^ 

Date _U^Lal.D_4- 





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B ^3, October 19-9 

M1!|, TTovember 19'^''. 


B1^, ovepiber 193'' 
Ml/i, T'^ovember 1953 


B V':, .T'lm.iary 19'1 



Fj!.e-dar.icli . John FREN 
Great grandfather 

', June 19"!; 


B19, December 19 7 

'V : "'' 1 £_t' ■" , ' ' 3.,r i e .,' 
Great grandmother 

B -^5, Jam-iary 1^7^! 

MD', l^ebruary 19 '7 
D 98, i\-iril 1 95P 

ri , f,ler] Qrl i t=i , t,t^? iT j ,^ ■,^ 


n-ni^i r! 

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B '"', -J 1 9' "^ 
m1", Deoe^nber 19^5 
D 77 . TJovember 195'? 

B 91 , October l8c6 
D 1 963 

b11|, June 10^9 

M 39, I: arch 1892 

D-D, T-'arch 1997 

Lillian. .KENYAN 

D5, \pril 1917 



- -'-' iTrirtiiiiiiyiUfiHivi 

--uf-t 1^69 
''ebr'aary 1 9 
'•'arch 1917 

:ber 19 5 

JaQ.S-bj3 9-Iariet STUaRT. 

B5, Karch 1882 
DI9, March 1965 


T>i«:^ r>-)"i 'i o'/'in;>; inf nrT'iar 1 on T Itiv'^ n]it-,,ai nnd by ■^'^i^ing 
l-'^fctfir? bo my fTfTnn-^n^'Fnt p and ft;ivinp irt'-i I'vii^w? . T ran . - 
into soTTie (5if f ioulr.y n.:- r.y ^ r-indu-^.rHnta di.i not ri^nembor 
a lot of M..- fio f :i.ilr, . 

T h-T-"'^ h-;T^r!. A lot about my fntnily history, but T 
don"- kno- if ils trur. . Th-^reforft I will not mention it 
in the b\uk of f-hia [>appr. flowevor, I wonl 1 like to 
I'-.ention one of the ptories in this '^mpfiVj because it 
sounds int^^restinf to m-= . , ^ : \ ' ' 

My Grand rotJi'-^r Frenz's maiden name is Hazel Grover. 
Her incther"-' mniden najne wa.s Helen Chapnan. Helens' f^reat- 
rr-peat-grandf ath'^rs ' brother wa? •Tolinn;/ fhapman, alias 
Johnny ^nplepeed. Afh-^ther or not this iF? true. It, has 
been pgsped down t?irouph the r^enera tions . 

A.lso, my grandmother Fre-nz told me that her m.other, 
Helen ChTpm'ir. Crov^r did in fact traoe on"^ f'lmily history 
baciL to a man v.-^n-.d Ho^.kiPi'-' i-.TiO sif'.ned tli^^ Declaraf"ion 
of Ipd^pend':'r'-e . -itit, after she died no one ooiild find 
the f anil 7 bible t>!at r.onlain'^d all th'-; in.f -rmation . 

T^'^I^l'^ilTrF l-'AFI 'ryr irilT '■■T' P^^':N7, 

'^roH ;>r'ii'-.lv John Frt^nr, , iiy ^T-e'i-! -^ji'nnl father -/"in born 
In V^6:i in ^^•"lR^in>■■' , T.- pnimy. '11'-, uife, ■'ao;u3t-a Knrio _ -. 

P:-'n:='r'h"i(vi. -^^r^, •.-.••^s bo-T in 1 ^'7-'r i'" "omtTiu'^ , 'lerniiny. -.;•.-• 
They ^cf' t-T'''^: ov'r to \rnerir-i on ^be mro ship. After ,/■■ 
lindinj' .' ?i \mer'ic^, thfty were mnr'r-iecl. , ^ : '■ ',-, 

Tn ;- 1 '-irrinr^ t\\c:i p new life tnrother, thejr bought a 
firr; in th(- county of ChR:npi.ipn in "ro^.dl nnd, Illinois. '• - ^ 
There, ir 1 9i'1 , vvj grandfather, Frederick Karl '-/ilhelem /' '. 
Fiv-n-:-, was born. Out of the nine kid=!, 5 boys ond [4. - "■ 

Cirls, my gr-a^if ather was the fifth eldest. -■ . - ;., \ 

Frederick and Ai>gus+-a had a fairly large farm in 
Illinois. Th-^ir h'^us.e 'ja'? nip(It ^-laz once a chui^ch, but 
someone h -. "< built it into 3 hou.-,e!*, so the livin;_, ouarter? 
-■lare nev?-" cro'-ided. They ;..'.-;re considered '-reji-off in 
that tir-e 'T? ^"bey nT'-'ay? hid nt len'^t si'/toen tifi-T; of hor»'^er, 
and abcu''. ^''•c -ic, "•.•:" ■^■'^ l?4rd. 

y-j -t.-Ti.rif nt'her v-nt to ■-. little co'^ntry ■^--hno", -^-nd 
thp only -■■or' '"•1' '^y l^.'-y^d ''''"i^^ ■■> C^'"''' "ir.ilar 'r o bap'^baVl. 
(V/iien yoM 'nt the b^ll, yoc bnd to r-uri to one b^-^e and 
then b^i^h. ' o ho'^-f. ■•C'^^-n or you ^er"-- out.) He -\i' -.chool 
when h'^ ■ m < in the ei.~th jrode, and --taycd ho'i-; to b.-.-lp on 
the fa'cr.i. 

n-ien (',■; crandPather xras thirteen y-.ars old, his parent-. 

■ .. ^ :, ^ ,; ■■ . . ; •. •■ ^ :'V/,^^ '■■•',■;' ^a.-v" 

sol-i t'hi'iLr (■■•ir'i'i In T'linois .md m.-^veci atMr M'lscin i":!ty, M^i-rn, 
v/h'^'^a th.-- lind \j'i5i ns rood, biit cVieaper. 'n)orf> tV^oy nlso 
h;\o. :i iRV^i^'i f'lrra. Thf^ir nes' rnrni '^as one ■nrKl a li'D f miles 
fro"! tho v'c'.'.nt.y I'^liu-'^fh. Th«:y Hi^r^ p. vury "olif/.ous fanily 
;ird drovi-' a '..-nr-on fi.nd t.^ai'i o^ hov.T^n t-.o rhurch every single, 
S,-,r,d'-\y . Thej '-il rso 3f)nt 'ill iJiC kid.'? t'o sunday school. ', i' 

Kach Lid }nd spe.^ial choroa f-hat Vie had to do. For 'hK 
in?tinc'o, eanh boy had to take rare of a four horse team '' /';' 
plus fend and froom their o:;n horae. Tuery monninr; my ■ '• 

grandfathers' fither 'vould call all the boys down to .' , V„ 

work. 'lo only called oncn however, if the hoys didn't ':v 

come wi thill five minutes they vrovild hear their fathers _-.. '■: 

footstep? coir.inr up the stairs, and all 50 scrambling '. . '. 

out the i-jindow. - ,-. ', 

Swearing was as unforgivable sin in ir.y grandfathers ' ' ■ 
house. If any of the kid^- got caught swearing, they would 
not only get their moi'th washed out, with soap, but get it 
with the belt as ■■jel"i . 

Holidays were always ]noked for'-'ard to. On holidays 
either "'■-"' ntives 'fould go to my gI'■^ndf i^h'-"a house, cr 
m.y grand f'^ :-,hers f an'i "i y ■•ro/dd go to one of the relatives. 
On the ?o!-r.'h or ^11]. y, they '-roiild "^rave" '-.ivhrr-n -iie<-- 
by liorse n-.d --j^iron to go (o the "^or^^th of .""ud"^' '^el ebr-n tier. 

Tly ^'r -'.T^ f at^.'-r continued to stay n^. hi=- pa'^-nts hor.e 
and helo i^is l:d '-itt the ^hor? s . In iiir^ r^( r- 1 ".ni ^ , 0^= 
v;ould go on into to-jn to visit his a-mt and :incle. During 
that tire, noighho^hoods were apaite s!'-all so everyone kne-7 


the peo^/Ic- vho './^M^? :!n hl-^L- ur^i^vhiorhooc' . Onr d;^y ...hilo 
vvj <rrnp,l-V/K.r v^- cvor I'c hi r- unci .-> ,, hi.> ,;_n<n^..^ nelphbor- 

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Tlxir -if burr i^r^^ ' a>on ;:-;r! 7.^:1-5; ^£o, in yason ("it;,, 
Tow-^. Tr • .. ^ : InM.-.-- of ry i];rrniran-i.- - qn.i his c-o'-he-:^ 
an-I Tiato-nr. 'ti},, ^ tr.ird r>.gr fro-i hhc l-fl" in -ry r-v- A-*,hnr. 
U tho tir r tyi-. w^.^ ti!:-r, thny wp-e all in low-i '^.^- ^ 
fim'^r-'-il . 

i.'rt ■^r r \TTor;: GROVR'? 

ni^oT.T: ■. r..ov,,r. V-.T3 hnrri r,)-. '^^^y ^}, IPP3 jn " -(-n toun- 
sMp, -pv^'o Pr-vdc- JVunty, Town. I'ir vife, ''rl^^r rr.io<-,ba 
0;vjT>mn '-- hor-'i i^, C^iio on Crtohf-r ^1, IfPA. T^hoy •.-f.rn 
niarrj r-"! ,-■-. ''"'.-;"- "-n r^y 1',, 1 '^07 ,in.1 nj' ^-^findn.other, Fla/el 
M'u:de Or-'v- ■'^, '••a-^ born on D.^comb^-^ 19, 19'?. Sh". hn.s 
two yoyw.r^r..- ^i'i •■ :'tv. nni on-' yoLUir;or br-other, ' . ' 

»iy grnniir.ot}v^r £r>^w up in Rockford, Tc-ra. 3hc- >;ent 
tc 1 rura" .^-chool .-ith a total of fifteen or twenty kids ,, 
in ill. Hi-'" school had both a boy^ and girls baslcetball •, 
te.am. hy ^^'raad'iothfir vaT in th^ chorus. .' .', 

V.'^v farnily moved to To'^kford, To'-;a b^^caup-e her dad 
got polio a;:d had tc be in to'-m . -T^ile he i-ras par'ali:^.ed, 
her nether took 'ip practieil nnr.'^in^ ro that >he aonld 
take oa-^e of bin. '-ri-ien he pot over th'^ piral i >" atior , 
they moved out into n ffirr^ j'-'^^t out'-'ide of toi.;n. 

.'.'hil- ■• y gran imr- the r '.-.'a^ a ••hild, he^^^ father i«\io'r-ked in 
a meat pTc':ini; plani; f c v ■';';-rty y<=a-'-'=!. ■■^■t--.-' that h-:3 •.■jent 
into dry cl^'aniup; . V -■ didn'*" ir;sk<- nuieb, r.-it- .■■n': \i[;''' t--? ] iv' 

Tvcv-y on^e in g ■■hil^ th--y ^ci 1' 't^rc -■^_ to pr. t-. ;.br 
iiovie ^ , Cr-- of ty n fir-'^' rilent rrcvi.en '"b't -p; .^r-a'! ^r:i"it'">e'^ 
,.ro>^t t'^ -^^r. ,.j^c r.^-i-^i "Th^> ':'.v,i'='k" -ta — i>p- "'idol-.h 
V^ler tiro . 


Th'i ohildTv-.f! '-ii'.yo. •oiii'is'i.d by 'n-t-.h ]„ -i r-.inls . f-iy 
^?;rand;nof",titT'i f \th<-"^'' would usm t,iie s^wLbcli en th'- klde., 
A'hiln htir rrotiv.^r would 'r,al;r: l?T[(;!ii ;;i.t "in " rh'i-ir v.i.til hho 
two ki'i.s who -'ei'f f i ;^,b l.iri^; ki'v^ed r'lrh ot!:n:r. 

Holid'i^';! .s'or---; -^pt "inl , but. \hpj lU'H'Tl'y didn't i/o qny 
;vi n.^<^ or Ivwr- nryr.r " r'/'-<r. Ht--r> ur t ti ^r .-/niild u^'^nl'^y nook ■ 
3 0;"o t VuTTf 3;"^ -ill f ■■ f hhe ninilT, but ofhpcw'ino it v^a 
;ii''eity nricb *"ho 'nno n 'i Tl^rny' with ^bT^i :; trrm a." in 
r ^-cr'pt. ion , ^n "hnirt'Tua bh^ kid'^ ;^'Oll]d f-t alot of presentr 
T]-ey did n''^ li^^ve !.r< do riny ohoT'a'i . On "^hriatinqn '"'"'7 ^^''-y 
■•,•011" d ''■ii'' Jnh"' t"'-;n to rljurnli . 

"iy fr'.ndmotbon g;ra'J']ati^d from the eicth gradft and 
continnod thnovirh the tenth gradn . .'ihe had been nick in 
her soplir^iore year so in order to .[graduate f^'orn tenth £^rade 
s}i'? had to £0 to Mason City to take an examination. ; . 

uliile she vras thr^rc, she niet my grandfather at a neipVibor- 
hood eet to,n-,other. 


9f'Stl^Sk':^':^'='ii!:'^'iik<:'^'''^':'ii,'^^^ ^ 

■f'^TR T TfT^ TOOTITTrj-iR 

rriridf -^thfiT'-- i^ndf? '"irtt . ^h'^rj ran hi a f'ir»i^. for t conp]f-> /" 
yprir<c; c(n,:' tV-vn i'^'^ide'd t.o mrv" into Mir^on f^ity. My 
f.n'-idf n*:>.p->- -Tol- q job ,qt n su?-?T^ mill nakinp ^ifty ^•.en^<^ 
-Tn ho'.i'" . • 

Jn V~"5» '^ly Aur t ^■q^i.'^n wgs bopn. locm fm lowint^ in 
K''^? n^y A'lr.t H.^lei-i «vas bcrn. My dad, Charle? John, was 
born in 1v"^ and fiv"; years later hlT younpest sister, 
Ruthie, naf. born. • , ^ ■ ,' 

jr) ^coq -,,-|,, a nana Anther quit his job at the ^ugar mill 
and went, ro "ork -it r junkya'"'! for Irwelve dollars a week. 
'Vhen Ruthi? was born in 193')- he get a rai^e to t'-zenhy-f ive 
dollars a -'^ek. n-5 ''ould t]-,et pai^^ parf y in cash and the 
other part in "hock. 

\"i 1 of their children ;-rere born in ^'T-on i^it-y, Iowa 
and tTiy '■'-.- ■-,t-P"""nndirioth-er 'vaa t-he ^ninvife. '^^v,,- .:p^f.-pr(_T^t, 
wcnar did not hi'/o nr.y nat^'-r^i^y rlot}\p?. a'^d "sual "■ y h.T^ 
to wear co'; jler T.;'rorin . 

Iscrj r :,t , their ^irrt ,^-i.Hc .;::-•.: il-_-;n ■■■p ^ ah^'.t t /o 
yriar". ol^ It l:aii sepera'':,- spev^kf-^^:. and loc-i-'''! liki a 
bip, ti:: -"f. V. My rr^nr,:' f n ; h :r b::!Vph': it '.a- a ^' '^ ••:•:- '-^y r^hop . 
(?h.e r'^di--, .i'^-, e^ec tr: :?.; '-/I'-en th^y were raa^'^'^led In. 1S^?9 
ir;y frandT'^a th'-^r ■Tlre'ady hal a car. 

Orr> yr-ir ^vy ('-["^'11^ ■■> tnrtvT nnflf **roni 'v'i •. ror. <:i.ln, ':'<^n<=i ♦^.n 

vi-^i' hi'-^. ''-f'l ■:T-i'-'i'l tn :i.-:l1 M^ r-irrri 1 ■in''t Tor* ■'i nhnao , ' • 

prl'Te t-o i',y r:p'>.;idf '\tli'- r> . A.r, the hi-ne r'.y j.i-nndf •• '.h"rri 

•ili.'.v hn-l V'^cion bolluT inr ],iti,,.F-i ho dHi-i'l;^ br, hiiy it. 

Th'^y PiGv^-.i t.c !'.r,\v \iibnrr. . .Jlsfon^in in 1 9)j.'- MliHn my dad v.-an 

'">! e v.^n vr i-"'! n] d . • 

" • '■ ' '' 

Tn ■ii.'-. o >i-.si!i ny /;;r'arid;iirent s f nr^ned . Vnr n side jc>b ■ ■ 
-V Ll^'-'i'-^-^f''^' ""''^'' "iC'^^^ .i^f'i-t to work at a junk yard. In '. ,■',.. 

"^'^5'^ "'y jra^Tdp.'TtlT'-'r \)oo,ajiii' a hoi;sekeoper for some people ..•■■■ ', 

vh- live in Cbi'^arc. T^hey had a c^ot;;a[fe up near Nevj '\uVar:''n ' ■ 
and v^ould "l ivo i;^i thr.re every sujnner. During the stiminer, ,\;.'- 
my frandriother v/o^jild r.ook the meals, rlean the houne, and .'..•''. 
wa5^h the c]cth'=";. ■ ' ." 

Today, tny prand n^jT^ent <^, are both stil"! very much alive. _.■ 
Ky trpandmother knitr. -^ crochet;^ conatantly. My grandfather ■ 
no longer r-jvm^, but has a nna] 1 garden for himself. He 
still snenl:^ a oouple hours a day -rorl^ing at the jnnkya>"d 
just for r-nnething to do. 

."^ust this l;xFt surimer, v.'o hnd a i^'^.^^'J ^^T my grandparentf! 
becavse it -van their '^iftjpth annive rr, a:;-"y . lelatives from 
lc\i9. came that I diln't -■'ven kuo/j 1 ha-1. 

Tbip ir, •■. p.lct.uT'o of "ly i-j-anrtprn-'fjni-.s 1 nkon dbout 
V.wnlve j---\v- i^r . It v/as Lak^ri o\it. in nhi-lr- yai'd . 
""hey hTV; I' "•en Im ^!i>v; '^'ib^irr, '\'l -^foiipln f'-r t h^ jir^.-.t 
thi^ty-t.li fr>.-. y.vqrs. 


i w^ 

ppi-,;r. jnr.^-^h y-TP.nli ■■'■^■.■■' h'-^vn on Jvirr- M^, ^^^9 in ,■"':■. '■,.-•'; 
P'.i^T^ql-), '"'■ ; YorV . V.'- '•'■13 inarriod on F'^r"-h "Jl. , 1t''.0'^ t.o •': ^ ^j^ 
Liir.i'in K-;r.yqn. Lilli'in was born on May ^S t 1^63 in,-,;,,.'; ,'..,< '':/■;'■ 
Dekilb, T^i.ino.ir. On ^■ay ?_'^, 1Qi)P my prandf nlh'^r '-f'^n born, ■•■(;; 

'/hrr 1'^?, '-/n.-, bonn his pinonts li'/n^ in Chippe'ra ' ■' ' ' :■ ,/ 
^Tllf:, 'n..~i ■ .")n,3in . 'Ti ' fTth'-r, ^nter, was i p'\inter and .•■.,.■• 
pr^^RT hiiifT-^r. Tt'ci h'-'r! tz-ro <^;ir;ters "tnd n brother: '^'3roline ■; 
and '/illif^ 'j-ero older than Tra, and Lillian xi.'aa younp^er. ■'.;:■■■'[.■ 
.. Lillian ] iked thp-. country, f^o '-"eter ap^reed to move ■'■.*:.':/', 
ou": to the '^ountry. Pint it vjas hard living cut in the ^^,;v'',^' 

country berauso they had no running water and lived in '■,'', 

a small lo^;^^ cabin. Po fop a oouolr: of year*.! they moved 
back and forth from the citj'- to the c-ji-ntT^y, d:v •- nciir'r on ^' 
the tiiTf-: r.f y-jrir. 

Fiv-- y^arfj after Ira 'raT born, in Karch of l*^"?* ^is 
fa the:'' dind. He va"^ killed in a o -'pi 03 j on in a "'or camp. 
Tberefo"'^, ..illi'in dlsj ,d ine'l the nbil -l-e-i , na^i'^liy by 
means of •^ ^■fi'-'^h. '"V'e f-.mily --^nr i^^or, eapecially --rith 
^V;ter crni . I i 1 1 ' an ,'^.ol" J.^' ^' inm;rance ber-.o\-"c of tbe 
mine hl^r'r,rr up, b'^t it diTin't t ast v'^y lon^~. ^>^^ she be- 
7an jo-'^ki\ by rjoinr; odd .'obs around tovn, like houp' cleaning, 
sevrirj^, ^'-'by^i '.tln,^, et-- . . 

jn-^v, '"ariiily -as no'- -rery -"eli^-ior-.s , bic poJ itj -a were 


»i :. 

very nr!'io>'t 'iril" . Fol-^r I'^P'ink '/ar. ' m r.l.pop.p- W^piiVil i.-.an . 
^ncl ooma .^1 fo.ti on, lie ' Tlvinyi \;-o^(vl . 

Tt''? •.■•■■nl: tn n prhilr ^ ohool !m ♦ovn. T!f- nnj t school, 
thOtirl', '(>»-■ f\-i"p hr-. y<-\-. i h'^'Oil;: li V'ji.h th.C-- r, l(M-!i rrpn^f), Tirl pot 
"I J.ih H^ '.1 f.-irn. ne'i;' hy ^^i i lo roinr' to r. f'''nct-''L , e.nto.T- 
toinuif.n* I'onTiPifed of srl^nol p'I'iyr, , rootVrill fn.nor;, ind - 
sc^hoori pir.Mior. . \t liome. c^vr'ryono '>roulr'l .-,it, around thej 
oi'^:an '.'/lii '. t: I, Hilar. ..Jiayo.i. Or, -.p./clal oroa-^ions, Lillian 
woul.'i {"•^.■c'- th.T kicR to a silf'-nt movif , but, this was vory 
Tftne ladco-. Orift of the-, (■i-^Jor' rorf^ntp, uar. th^"- Thlpi'ftva 
St.ati.' Cf^-.'ity FsU'j k-bioh 1 r.; '?till a yearly event. Everyone '; 
in the fa:"ily v^mI'I t^ry '~o enter r^ornethinf^ of their.? 'into 
the e/hih;' t? . ■'",'. s;-. 

Thou^-h he Tuit ^ohool nfte^ the seventh f^rade, he ■ 

read alot . Tihe his father, Ira ]'new alot phou.t politics 
nnd kept up to d-^tn on them. Af. he hecam.e older, Ira war, ■ 
considered a very '■j'^art ^an. . , ■., 

On \pril. 5^, 1917, just before Ira turned fifteen, his 
mother died, Ther he mov^d in i-?ith his sister, -proline, 
who liver] in "'.e:-' A.ubui^n, •,'' sconsia . lie ^nt a job in a 
nearby to^'t nailed Ploo'-ier at a p'ea fqet-.ory. -Jhile 
■■rorkldg in PI 001 or he ^rj-.t Da\rid '^'ot.ealf. "^ley beear"? C'^'^^' 
friend?. On •■.'eel. ends they vroiild n-n hunting; ^rt'] fi^^hirj- 
up neor Davi'T" hoiie. ''y ^-r.o^-T'-.io-t-'-iPr , Trev.e Matr-.a^f, wa.s 
David's sist^^^, so vhe-"-^ Da'.'ii brr'-p-'it T:-^a to his tome he 
no- "ly ■' ■'^srjdnio"'he r . 

Th.i ;s i« n ;-i •'-ur.-' or ['i^tur Frank, u.-^ Ore,^ t-nrandf ather .' 
Tbt ot.hor ;^or:-,on in Ih^^ ;: I r t ut'<i i ;' rh.ii-luy Frnnlc, ray 

'^^^J^J^iM^^^^^^^ ^^i^ff WA44ii'*^^ 


born' in 1'*.^5 '^ii*' "'^i" inTii ^.'li.-n C nrk cnme fr''~irTi Br-mdon, 
■•!!': t;l in -i ■nn.i vi. '.h .'i oou;;l^ other f oniil i^;," oarm^ ar-crosn 
f-;-!," ' Tr.it ry i^'i '"i roverorl wiLTon . Thf-y rw^ttl ed in 
'.\fi:;oon:-lr -invl naru*^ "1 t)i,. t.nvm Bi'in'lon nft-ev" thftir^ hoin'=^ 
toi'/n i '"; '■'n^^ln.nd. Do^-hpr* iris a vp.ri^ t'^leiited inanj he 
t^i^iyht r. rhool , -rn^ '^r qrtlMt, and nlso n rnusician. De^^ter 
died in ^'^'M^ fro;'. t\;berculor;is . 


.Xhis is a picture 
of El iza 0"! ark, ny 
"nandiriothe-^ . 


Ov. 1n;;i'.^t. Ji, 1"6\' i']--ir'i ^^■;t(- oi f ;,,•,., born. ITi' v-afi rj 

M'3!.cnlf t.''uT"" in -1 -.ost ^enernt inn . T i-oul Ju ' f rind '/heir 
uan'-!S or nny J'ltoa''. 

Pf^tVi '■/! "_". Ln-n .'"'.hnnrt nnri nii^'ibftt'h frofin w> vo b^rn in 
'iipor. '!! '"•^on.?. in nrnr rT"indnn. 'vil linn v/n.- l.-orn c^r] Jnn'"- l^, 
185". On rinr.rb c:, irn-^ T?] i^.^brtb ■''nvo bir>th to t rirl, 
i^hoeb-^ '{nri'-t "^i^.nnrh, my "rri3it-n-r''iadnot}ir'r' . Phorhe was the '_ 
o^'de?*'. di'iph ter nnd vreni to Mork in Brindon for tVie T-ifttf"ilf3. 
'Thp.t is i-.-lu -pr, she met my ^rpeat-prindf ath'^r, ^d-;ar>d Metr.alf. •■; 
They were irarried on FebT'-uary i]., 19''0. r .', 

F.y i^;r:Lndn-,o ther, Irene Laverne Metca"'f, wan born on ..';•'. 
Saptenber' 15; 1 9' '5 in Brandon, 'iisoonsin. Edward Hetcalf ■'l 
had Tp. quite yonnr- and the doctor recomjrended them to move .''; 
farther n'-.rth for his health. To they happened to move ■'!. 

to New Anburn, Wi<^'"onsin. Ed'-'ard '-'as a painter and plumber.',.' 
when they lived in. R-t^andon. After thoy moved up north, , . - 

with r.he "lioep" of nei^bbors they built a lop cabin and 
thats where my f-r^^ndmotlier spient moat of her childliood . , 
Edward pia'^od a'^'ny or K^rch '^'^^, 1 9"1 7 v-hen he va? only 
forty-ei-'Vt yenr-" o"l d . 

Here i<^ a pirturc 
of the lor <:«abin 
that t'-«y fir"^,': 
bui"! t- wh-n they 
oq.,13 Pfori "^r anion. 

:^\f^s^^^^^ ... 


TbeT't-^ ^J^^-^n'*•. n 'i.^.lio,-.! up in lint .M>unt-.r-y \jhri\ they 
r^ovpii UP ♦•ho'^'^ fiKifi '^riM '. on r.n '''•-•y '-/'"^r-.t, l.o n.-^liool for* i 
.s.PTrt. lii'-e in a n^^ i fhlKiT"^ honu'. (.T;,,--t un M. 1 t!i<=> '(^hool 
w'lr. b'j'llt.!* Therf"> wot'B only Tivf -t r, o; iMij'ilri in th^i whole 
sc^>>ool fo!' qi.ito ■.(. fev yearn, with my !'r'\nilrnohher Vifrlnp; the 
only yi:""] . Tliriv' wi? no .-^hnr'^Vi. Thn r.ininnier" ii;u-d '.'.o 
oo'ii! lo t'lc -■^.:1k''"i1 house and havf^ servi'.'t-vj . I-u'^'-ir ever^y- 
on.-? ^-o t L c y,F-:M-..>r -^nl >nul t tho Hi ;:;h Banks Church. 

f"^y j_-fnn.1nicth^r had fonr hrothi^rs and *;i-;o aist-er.s. 
Cr^iO of hor hT'ot^r^rs iied Then he was ten months old and one 
of hp-r si^t.^ps di ?d when slie was eipht rnonths old. They 
bot}i died of T". Hi-r tvo oldeat brothers both had TB of . 
the bone and have nndnr^Tone various operations to remove 
some bones . ' 

T'hey used to have a lot of dances at the homes, when . 
she was a kid, other than sohool pionio.s onoe a year, Cn 
holidays relatives usually onaa to their- houses. Sometimes 
her brothers vjould brin|^ some of their freinds hotne v;ith 
theip.. It v;as through he" brother, Da\'-id, that ny (j;rand- ■ 
mother I'let my grandfather, Ira Frank. 

\ ^i^:^^^d^^ ^>^:y^ ' -Va u p u rywr3 

fTindfath-n-. ''"b? vcrmn st'indinj, with hi t i: h i <; 
si:; l^v . 



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ViA. CjocL luxtn (Vu>mJAJxL 

OiAc^nxxtk. lo^ ikt cLcuj,0 
'|\f^lt ion. Vrxs \xLbo'-L, 

jiar.t io^ ilia uiou^ 

This pic turn v;as 
taken in aboubt 
1963. Thi3 is -1 
picture of my '■'„■ 
Metcalf. .•'■: 


Bom March 5, 1882 
Rlpon, Wisconsin 

Died March 19, 1965 
Town of Sampson 

Services at the Island Lake 

Church of Christ 

Island Lake, Wisconsin 

Tuesday, March 23, 1965 
2 o'clock 

Rev. Gene Taplin, Officiating 
Singers : 

Rev. and Mrs. Gene Taplin 

Pianist: Mrs. Gene Taplin 

Hymns: "Good Night and Good 

Morning" and "Sometime We'll 


Pallbearers — Grandsons 
Eldon Metcalf 
EMwin Metcalf 

Keith Gimn 
Wayne Frank 
Robert Metcalf 
Dennis Metcalf 

Burled in Island Lake Cemetery 
Island Lake, Wisconsin 

Funeral Director — N. E Rock 

TflKJR 1,1 pi'' r0CF:'rH''!;R 
0'-. n.-..r,M-.li(;r' 1 -\ lo-^r: j,,r, Hoiil 1 Fnnk an.i Ir.^no Tqur-rrifl'. 

r>;c-nb.^ !'<^ ',r-i"i f , -iiitil l:h!^M" fi^'y^ h"o children '-rero born. 
rh'-'^, "^h-^-j' H-'-f'^ht- 9, ni'?co of liafl .if Mi'^i r own and put uj:* 
1 Top; ci'ir..- '■'c•:;^ R-/f-rynne np in th-^t oountr'y lived in 
log boU'Tr-:''. Tly "T'nndf nl-her nnd ^^mndrr.othpr rut the Ioph 
thercpi Ivr-^"^ -^nd put up most of the house th'^m'^el ves , all 
but the rcof, which ;ny f;r-r.ndnother v.fa^^ afniid to climb an 
she was eypertinf, another haoy. They lived th^r'e for- about 
seventeen yeans or- morr>. before they moved to a ] anger 
farm. 3y the tiin»=-- they ?ioved to the larrer farm, -ny 
grandmother had had eleven kids, (as of today they are all 
still living).. 

rirandpa Franlc worked out a3 a maohini'^t, he also served 
on town boards, school boar>ds, and f arr.ed . They were an 
average far^ily, for- the ■-■nmmuni+y in •-fhieh '.hey lived, and 
the money '--as ';serl f-n buy their homy an/^ ;"ay livinr evn^ nses 
The family der>isior'^ -.jprr decidf-d or by bot>i gr'andn3ren t s . 
Oram.na di - cip] in "^ 5 the kids mor'' '^.han my rr'^ndm.'j d\d as 
she '-ra.'s mor'-^ ea<^y going. 

Thf^» U'la^^est, ^o■■^n '.ns ITev' A d'ui'u, -vhi^h v;a? about 
fount -en miles away. The'j had '"; little ne Lg.bborhood <^to^t= 
iv'hei'f, "!;hey got iro't of thei^ groceries . Tliere was no 


(loct.c-JT in ^l'-"J ■\nluipn, hlir. t^^ qmnl, one vi:i", jn PToorfirir fcr-e 
l-'^j i^-,'-andri'Mior" Pn'^nk di'^d o.-f a he.irt- attack on 

{ ■>: 

',he Lord is my shepherd: 
I shall not want. 

He maketh me to lie down in 
green pastures: He leadeth me 

beside the still waters. 

He restoreth my soul. He leadeth 
me in the paths of righteousness 
for his name's sake. 

Yea, though I walk through the 
valley of the shadow of death, I 
will fear no evil: for thou art 
with me: thy rod and thy staff 
they comfort me. 

Thou preparest a table before me 
in the presence of mine enemies 
thou anointest my head with oil: 
my cup runneth over: 

Surely goodness and mercy shall 
follow me all the days of my life 
and I will dwell in the house of 
the Lord for ever. 




Born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 

May 25, 1902 

Passed Away in Town of Sampson 
November 27, 1958 

Services at Ciiurch of Christ 

Island Lake, Wisconsin 

November 29, 1958 

2 o'clock 

Pastor Gene Taplin, Officiating 

Hymns: "Softy and Tenderly" and 

"Beyond the Sunset" 

Pianist: Mrs. Gene Taplin 

Soloist: Mrs. Max St. John 


Edmund Skaw 

Glen Mattson 

Rodney North 

Charles Muench 

Stanley Richardson 

Herman Brandstatter 

Final Resting Place 
Island Lake Cemetery 
Island Lake, Wisconsin 

Funeral Director - N. E. Rock 







'riii -; is a nir;tur'~; of tti''^ 
Loc I'lbin l"hafc my grand - 
l.•^'■■"n^;^ bviilt. Tbi-^ '/as 
t hcii' f ir-st home . 

This is 1 pinturo of my grandfather 
on thr3 day that they v;orf^ narried. 
The picture v;as taken in front of 
my grandmothers cliildhood hone. 






Dnrinp" 'he -nrter my 
^'- and f -^ ^ her -eld f i r o • 
wood to ea'-n "^i cne o^t:; 
ncaey . 

V'j "i'm', Ch'ip] '-d John rj'oiT?,, '."is l-oi^f rr. '"■clob'T ?3, 
19''""^ '-"I ."•-MSO""i ^i ■ y, Tourr: . At thn i i.ino lie --j^r^ born nijr 
^";r;indo"i"en+"'5 1 ;i vnn jn Vnsr.r. '^ity. ^rior to that time they 
had ^een rnnninf'; t f-^rn-- out.<^'de of town. '.Vlien he vnis four 
or riV'3 they mcvoJ to (Central Heights, about two miles 
"lutside of Miscn nity. Ele began S'^hool there at the 
Centi'al lioight'^ 'li'-ade School. IVliilR living in Centr^il ^i...-' 
H^?iights both sets of grandparents lived vjithin three blocks 
and three uncles h'td farms within three miles away. 
■ . './hen he wa'^ eleven years old, his family moved to New 
A-uburn, '\fi sconnin . '\.t that time he was in the sisth grade. 
He w«nt to school it [,ong Lnke Consolidated F^chool. A.fter 
they moved to T^e^-j 'nburn, they farmed mj d^d's great Uncles' 
I'ind bee :.use all they had vn s one hundred and si-'ty acres 
of timber. Cne sumiTier my dad m.ade m r; 1 « syrup and cut 
fenc^ post's foi' a job. 

Ho v.'er.t to b"_h -'chool at T'ei-/ \iiburr. High :3chool for 
tvjo -j-.Fii-z and th^n --as .^. ent to "he'-.f!:-: ''^Igh Hcliool for 
tvjo year-:. . He played on '.he .^^ctlall t'--a;n for both schools. 
After he grairia'-ed from high school, he went tc -•ci-l: for a 
gi;y at a rzrrr- for about one and a h'.lf ye rs. ""he i ii_ l'--!!*^ 
he joir.'-'^i Ihe service. He get out- in '1^5'^ and right after 
he got Lis discharge, h« met ny riother, '\-'dis Prank. 


}'-j Vti', i''h'ir-'^s John Vrn-i-i-z^ i.-^s I'T^yy c-r. Octob'^r ?3, 
19'''^ --""1 "■-'.u'-o'i f.i iy, Tow.i . /\ t th'" i imo }ic -.ros born ray 
3rnndivi>->eni-q 1 ;i vnn in Fnsnn i^lty. "rior to 1'hat time they 
had '^eon riinniT\': t fnrni outr. "dp of town. V/lion he vjas four 
or five thoy itiovod to (Centra! Heights, about t'.jo miles ; 
outside o.f" Mason nity. He began S'^hool there at the 
Centj'al Heights G-i'ade School. '.Tliile living in Central 'i',. ,.' 
Haights both sets of grandparents lived vrithin three blocks 
and three uncles h^td farins v;ithin three miles away. 
; ■ './hen he wa-^^ eleven years o].d, his family moved to N'ew 
Auburn, '^/isconr.in . ^t that time he was in the sisth grade. 
He went to school ^t T/ong Like Consolidated School. After 
they moved to Few "nburn, they farmed my did's great Uncles' 
l".nd because all they h'^.d wn^. one hundred and si-'ty acres 
of timber. Cup summer my dad m.ade mi';le syrup and cut 
fenc^ poors foi- a Job. 

Ko v.'er. t to h'^;h --chool at Tlei-: \iiburn High ^jehool for 
tvjo -j=.f.i-z i^d then ••np, sent to Hiet.ek ''^igh Hcliool for 
tv.'O yeara . rfe played on '.he .-fc'tball team for both schooTs. 
After he grad\ia"ed from high school, he --/ent tc -'Ci-V for a 
guy at a r^-.riv- for '^tout one md a hi If ye-rs. ""he:! ii. 1 '■''l'^ 
he joln'-'i iho ':'_;rvice. He got out in '105'^ and right after 
he goz tis discharge, he met ny mother, ■V-'di," Frank. 


Tliia in n picturft of luy dnd 
when he v.ms eleven years old. 
This V71S tiken in front of 

their house when they first 
moved to Nev; Auburn, 'iisconsin , 

This i? n ricture of one of the 
houses Fiy dad lived in. 


1 7" 


■"«T{DTn l.'-JOTTK ?'n>J'K ■, ' 

Oil "\ovninb.T 1^', 1 93'^' i''^ ■•^i'^ Tov/n of 3'iiri.:ion, Nev; .^uburn, 
,'/5 r-ior sir, , .'.r-.Mi? I f^one ?r iux i;nn born. '"^ho was born in ^ 
lof, canln '•ll.h four rooriis doI^m?^.al r^s and tuo rooms u^^ in .■.■'..' 
the att-ir. '•!; 

She 3^^rtod school at six ycar-s old and wont to a small'., 
one rooi'i .-^ovj-J-^y -;r-hool . It was t\in and a half miles to 
sr-hoo"" fror: her hou^e aind all the kids had to walk to sohool, 
Afhen r.he '-/as in the fi-^st prade, my mother stayed with her 
rrrandnoth^r I>'etcalf becausn it was closer to school. 3he 
would cone home everjr.jeekend and stay with her rr>andma all 
week. Therf^ were only four other ;,eople that p;raduated with 
her from the eip;th grade, 

She 'vf.nt to "lew .\uburn Hirh llchool . The hi^^h school 
consisted 'jf three cl'iss r-com.s, one assembly roo;r and a 
separated bi^ildinf;; for Sho.". and Homie iCconomics. Th" students 
were-r. 't ^iv^n t}:e opportunity to choose any of thpi->^ druses 
and ^'ir" ^ ere not ^ITove^'' to In 7'-' '■•yTj'iasti cs • '^}'i'''r'-"' -'f-re 
games and dan'-^e-? at sc>;rol, but my vr'^hn^' Mdn't ^p v^ry 
ofte^T bec-^i'so it -'as fo.;r'."tpn mi^f" to S'^.^oo" and the only 
'jay she c-^v"'^ r-c-i- hc-fcn vn'^ hy ^''^e school '^vs. ''Pr-n =!he 
praduate'" fr>om bi;'-b school tbierf^ 'le^'e or-ly nl'ieteen in h^^-r 
1 r a d u T ■•■ in"- f; 1 T. s s . 

H).- 0WI.U. KM:-, h■^,i t:r Iv-t n ■j.i I }-, t,h'' rhr.r (■■'■? in the b'lrn,,. 
My rio-f-J-pr '.Mi'.niiy '.M-orkouJ iu tht; housn. .'lvi v/or-k'^d 1 ri ^.b''; 

.'"ntb.o'^ ;ioT ' >tiiik, 1 ravt)ivi i;, i.v.p, winlni', ;irKl > anno J minnowf; 
Ir. h':-'' sr.'^;"ii^;' hn (-••-'.rn ■- ^ t r'-; uionoy. dii-.^ nvcn >:it;h Ihia so 
o.'il"'. 1 '■ vif'j nioj-.o.,-' M'o f-X'^iily was '^oot'. V'^r vntlf.r lidn't 
r-ft ho?-- '"Ir'sl: bou:'i".tftn mif. iirJ.il ^,hn w.nfi n freshman in , 'j- 
hifh r,ch "lo"^ -""'''^ •"'■"ri hcir ■-is^^er houfk.h it for hi:r for 
r'.liri.s+-,;Tiap -ro-ont. -' ■ - "■ 

nip-.bt 'if'-r P'T'^ iinl" ion my motlier pot 1 job in Holcombe, 
/'isconsin ns n li.;e in hrripekeo^.'-r . Zhe v r 1 hovsekori^er ~ 
for iboul' elg^n: iriOnth"^. ^ ':hcm nhn got a job -^.s a book keeper- 

i' , 

in a che'^r." f-H'-tory. //liile she worked there she stayed ■ ;•• ... 
with her oi.:]er sis'-or. The c'hee.sef actory .-ent out of , _■ '..' 

business =ift^r ? yi'.ar, so my nom. .-/ent to work at the '-.■"' 
Holcorribe Post P/ffice. ohe was working there when she v\et 
my dad at a d;ince. , • • 




'while the mother of the groom 
wore a navy b!ue suit dress with 
navy accessciies. The bride's 
grandmother wore a navy dresi 
with matching accessories. Car- 
nattion corsages complimented 
their costumes. 

Immediately follov/ing the cere- 
mony, a receptin was served in 
tho church basement for "5 
guests. A three tiered wedding 
cake, topped with miniature bride 
and g-room, which was batced by 
the groom's sister. "' " 

Mrs. Br>-ce 
St, John's Lutheran Church at Hokins, centered the bridal table, i 
Cornell was the seiting for a Mrs. Duane Frank served the J 

' very pretty ceremony when Miss wedding cake and tool: care of y 

i Ardis Frank, daughter of Mr. the guest book, 
and Mrs. Ira Frank of New Aub-I j^ pre-nuptial shower was giv- 
urn and Charles Frenz, son of en by Janice Metcalf and Mrs. 
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Frenz of New ^jn-ol Huhn at Reynolds Resort 

; Auburn pronounced their imarri- ^qj. their many friends and rela- 

I age vow.s at 2 p. m. in a double tives. 

! rino- ceremonv performer by Rev.i 

^E E. Prenzlow. Mrs. E. E. Prenz- A weddmg dance was held m 

■ low was the organist and Gwen 
Prenzlow was the soloist. 

The bride was beautiful as she After a brief honeymoon, the 
walked up the aisle on the arm couple will ar.ake their home in 
of her uncle, HaroJd Metcalf. Holcombe. where they are em- 
who <-ave her in marriage. Her ployed. The bride has worker at 
floor Tengtth gown was styled of tihe Holcombe postoffice for the 
chantillv° lace and nylon tulle, past three years. 

A weddin£ 
the evening at Salisbury Pavil- 

It featured a basque bodice of 
lace, buttoned to below the waist 
with satin buttons, long sleeves 
which ended in points over the 
hands and a high neckline. The 
hack featured tiers of ruffles. 
She completed her costume with 
a fingertip veil edged ^ An la^e; 
held in place with a tiara of seed 
pearls. She wore a three strand 
pearl necklace, and matching 
earrings. As a gift of the groom 
she carried a lavender orchid on 
a white Bible, from which hung 
strean:ers with love knots and 
chrv'santhemums. I 

■ The bride chose as her only 
attendant, her cousin, Janice 
Metcalf, who wore a turquoise ' 
floor length strapless gov\Ti of, 
taffeta and lace with a bouflai.t' 
net overskirt. She wore a match- j 
ing lace bolero and gauntlets. 
Her headpiece consisted of a' 
shoulder length veil which hung 
from a lace tiara. The brides gift 
to her attendant was a. threj 
strand pearl necklace, bracelet 
and earring.s. She carried a nose-' 
gay bouquet of white chrysanthe-! 
mums and pink carnation.^. , 

Little Kay Hopkins. the I 
groom's niece, acted as flower I 
girl. She wore a white satin I 
floor length gown with bouffant j 
[Tiet overskirt and short puffed 
sleeves. She carried a small nose-j 
I gay bouquet, similar to that of' 
I the maid of honor. Her gift fromi 
■the bride was a pearl 'necklace | 
and bracelet. 

, The groom chose as h''s at-j 
tendant, the bride's brother 
I Duane Frank. The men were at-| 
tired in conventional business- 
^ suits. Errol Huhn and Brvce Hop-: 
kins, brother-in-law of the cou-' 
pie, served as ushers. All wore! 
carnation bounLonnieres. The 
groom gave personal gifts to hisi 
attendants. J 

"^he bride's m.other witnessed.- 
the ceremony in a turquoise crepe 
dress with black accessories. 





The Worhl of Tfemorroir i.s In the ILfiids nf Vic Children of Today 



(Hm'ttfiratr nf ^llirth ilniiiitratam 

STATE EOARD i ,1 f\ " 9 'i P„ 

cElua tU lU (IrrltflJ //;af a registered certificate of tJ.e birth 
Of your child his been filed and is now carefully preserved 
in the Official Records of the State of Wisconsin in the 
State Board of Health office at Madison. 

Maiden Name oi M( 
Birth Place of Child 
Date of Birth 

Ther.S=rr>.r'UAJL- rU>J?J^^ 

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V.Tion !'iy [?ai'rtnl,a :".p t^ ;il'. a l^c-il danr-.i-^, i-iy dad had 
1i;-.:t f;nt hi:; rli ^rhar^'^ fmtr. the navy. Tliry -,.;ent tcgethnr 
fo'' J y '1-' Ih.-r' O'l T^'ovemb-'^r 1 i| , V!~^53» i"^ •'"ornell, Viscon- 
sin r:y ;'>n"T!ntr.j Chirlon John ^mnz ind Ardin T ^one Frankj 
were I'larr^lf^d. They didn't, ro on a honeymonn becaune 
th«y r^ouldn"- -.fford it. . ^ ,' • 

They Tiv^d in ankp-nrtment in Holcombe . Ky iriother 
knpt hnr job at the por-.t officn. (\t the tir-ie my parents 
;narriedj my dad wa-^. workin/r on tho road, but he v;as layed 
off benauGB of the time of the year. So when thoy v.'ere 
first !aarri^^d, he -.inr. dT- iwing imemnloynient . . ,-_ ■. . 

In Ai-gust of 195^ hf caine to Rockf ord, Tl linois to 
find job. IIo '-ras hired at Monasha '.•■/oodeir;are . Two 
r:ionths la'.-r he sent for .-ny moia to join him. 

Then in March of 1955 '"^J raoi.h^r gT'."^ bird-h V-o a 
baby f^iri . "^ify narn^'d h'^-r "lend'^ Irere ^r--:ri7 . '-Jhon 
nienda .\''.p. borr: thry niovrd t'^ 1 house in Love." ^irk. 
Tn TJoyei'-'C'^ ■>-■ o^ 1^5'^^ ^1 their am i vfrs '^ry, rry iiio^her- h'd 
another b'^by, I'l" , .^b,r" u'eied he'" ron'e'rre '"i^ol '^■^r-.ri;; 
'•Jith tv.'o Lid.",, Chey deaide'l tc ^lOvo -li^-'^lri, and •■".o-.-ed to 
a l^r^<--r h-m" in ^^h'^rry '^":iLy. F'y ; ■ir'-nt.".' nad boi-h 
been brought up in the county, so citj' Life -..^as not vf:ry 
pLeasanL. ,"jo in 1/57 th'jy .noved cnK in .Lee couriL-^'y. 




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A . Grandfather (your father's sld g ) 

Name V»illi?- m Gans en Current Residence 

Date of birth Feb, 19 lo9'j Place of birth Brnkston 

Date of death Felj , 16 1973 Place of burial I^ ew Iviellary 

Kdnca tion (numbe r of years); 

gr.de school X high school X vocational College 

Ocf-iipation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 

?nd Dates 

3rd Dates 

Ath Dates 









R e 1 i g i o n Gatholj_g 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. l{^cin.( 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother St. Anthony, S date Qnt, 4 IQ?] 
NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name karie Margaret Current Residence ._ 

Date of birth April 9 1 900 Place of birtli Bankston 

Date of death Oct, 2^ 1970 Place of burial Ne w M fel 1 qTy 

Education (number of years): , , 

grade school ^ high school ^^'^•'^^ P^"b ^'^^I'^a t iona 1 

(after leaving htjmc-) 
1) a t e s 

Re 1 i g i o n Catholi. 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. J\ione-. 

NOTi:: If your 1" a t li e r was raised '.o age IH) by a stepmother or 
another relative give that data on t h i' back ol this pa/, r 
(A-2) . 

A-2 S tep^randf a ther (your father's side) 


Current Residence 

Date cf bir th_ 
Date o i death 

Place of birtli 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 

Cw 1 lege 





4 th 


Da tes 



(after leaving home) 

Da tes 

Da tes 

D a t e s 


Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother_ 
B-2 S tepgrandrao ther (your father's side) 



Date of bir th 
Date of death 

Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years): 

grade school high school 

col lege 

voca t ional 






Da tes 



(after leaving home) 


Re 1 1 gion 


Political party, civil or hoc la 1 ( lubs, sororities, etc 

Place of marrlagf to your grandfather 


G rand f a til er (your mother's side) 

N a in L' Th nmaR Dsl anft y Current Residence 

Date of birth„ T^ i aroh X4 , 1 ^- i90 . Place uf b i r t ti _ j^^^^j^ j^^^ 

Date of death SF ,rt, ,-.? h, 1 9 &b Place of b ur i a 1 j^y_ ,^-,^^^_^^^__ 

Education (number of years): 

grade school ^ high school vocational college 

Occupa tion(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Da tes 2nd Da t es 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

4 th Da tes 4 th_ Da t 

R t-^ 1 1 K i o n QathQli G . 

e S 

i' o 1 i r 1 c a 1 parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, (; t c 

I''ace of marriage to your grandmother S t . An tho ney ' o elate gg, ^ 1 Ql r, 

NOTE.: If your mother was raised by a stepfather or another relative (to 
age 18) give that data on the back ol this page (C:-l) 

G r an dr,!0 ther (your mother's side) 

Name T^lannh^ Tfr Jngle Current Residence 

Date of birth _^e^^ 26 lb95 Place of birth ^]_j_g3_^^^- — - 

Date of death J^ly 27 1963 Place of burial Key 'A es t, Iowa 

Education (nu mb er of years) 

grade school -y^ high school y vocational .^ college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RF.S 1 D i: N'C !■; 

(after leavinj^', he) me; 
1st. ^Si^M£ni^:^£aioS£l*^tes 1st Dates ^. .,. 

2nd Housewife, Mother Dates 2nd Date.', 

_3rd Dal es 

4th Dates 







Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather St. Anthoney ' R Date jg-^ ^ ^ 1916 

NOTi^: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to 

H \ 

g^ve thatt d«-ta on the back of this page (\)-:') 

C-2 Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 


Date of birth 
Date oi death 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 





Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 


col lege 


(after leaving home) 


Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 
D-2 S tap grandrao t he r (your mother's side) 

!i a m e 

Date of birth 

Date of death 


Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 






Da t es 

R o 1 I 2 i o n 

Current Residence 
Place of bi rth 

Place of burial 

vocal I <) na 1 

CO I lege 



(after leaving liome) 

Da tes 
Date s 

F'o I i t 1 r .-J I party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandfather 


HI l-DREN oi A & B (or A-2 or B-2 ) - yoLir father's name should 

appear below 

N '^ "' '-^ -Rei-n; r,i a?:. risen 

Place of birth "peo. Lr ^ Tnwa 

Number of years of schooling 

R e s i d e n c e y,;vi rig! R ^ arital Status 

Number of children 2. Death 

d a t e Oct. 1922 

c c u p a t i o n 



T^'ln renc^e Del R.ney 
of l)irth Fenii tri, Tnwft 

N a m e 
1' 1 a c 
Number of years of schooling 

Res i d e n c e OrsjcifjCJ p. , Tnwa. Mar ital Stat u s_ ^ 

Number of children q Death oept. 22 _JJdZ3. 

a y 2'?, 1S2 4 

Occupatio n Farmers ^ ii"e 


of b ir th 


Peosta , Io> va . 

N a in e __ 


Number of years of schooling 

R e s f d e n c e peop tR low a. Marital Status 

Number of children ^ Death 


d a t e ,hny n, IQPft 

_0c c upa t ion 'Pn-r mpr 


N a m e l]ldjAH-„ 

Place of brPth^^^a, loVJB 
Number ol years of school ing_ 
Residence Dubn.que , IoW£; 

Number of children 


, " '■ '■ '^ P •■' ^ ^ " 'i-JLactor-y- -V/orker 

Marital Stalu.s____ ^ 


- J'eo s ta , — X owa 

Name j'rmcis Grnse^- - ^- 

Place of birth 

Number ot years of schooling 

Residence t^tt-Kt,^-,-,^ t,^wo Marital 

N umb e 

19_^0 - 

' children 


X owa 

Ma rital Status 

Name Malet^^ Thiims-er- 

Place of birth pepsto , ^^ ..... 
Number of years of schoolini 
Residence pubunLie, lowa 
Number of children 

Name V^illi'/'in Gansen 

P 1 a c"i^ of birth Peosta, Iowa da t e 

Number of years of schooling 12 

Residence Peosta, Iow a Mar i tal 

Nuii;berof children a death 

d a t c 

.-b '^ •' ^' >' P '■' ^ ' " "^Ex^-eiory- -■..orker 

Status Y_ ^ 



Occupatio n^^j^j^^.^4^g_ 

Uccupa t jonF actory Worker 

S t a L u s X 

Name M' ry lou McFadciin 

Place of birth Pfeiost a, lowa date_ 

Number of years of schooling 12 

R c s i d e n c e ''.est Dubuque 
Number of children 

M arital Status 

3 death 

_() c c u p a t L o n_be put_i ci an_ 
' X 

N a me Shj^le y Eppler 

I'lnrr of birth Peo sta , l owa date 

Nui'iber of years of schooling 12 

Residence D ubuque , I_q W_a Marital Status 

Number of children 5 deatli 

Oc (■ upa I ion 

Housewife and Mother 

N a me 

Place of birtli ._<late_ 

Numl)cr of years of schooling _ ____ 

Kesi, Knee Marital Status 

Numiwr ol chi 1 tl r e u death 

()(• c u pa t i <) II 

CHILDREN of C and D (or C-2, D-2)-your mother's name should appear below 

Name - ^•.^T^f^y v . ;)elrJiev 

Place of birth Ijamott 

Number of years of schooling 

Res idence To.v City Mar i t al 

Number of children 

date hPTCh 1 7. 191B 
_t; Occupa t lon_ 


Name Edward j. ^elar.ey 

Place of birth L?-Jiiott 

Number of years of schooling 
Residence Qr-'r,-^ T^eln. 
Number of children 

_d a t e Feb. ^'4. I'^IM 
IS ccupation_ 

Mar i tal S ta tus 




v.lTTiPr T- T^plgney 

Place of birth 

T i -noTt 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence QpiB-r W^'piiip Marital Status 

Number of children 4 death 

date ,T i 3iy v7 ^ -|9:-'0 

JJJ Occupation p,^ ^|^ ISnpp rintenden 


^" a m e '^o'bprt (1. "pV-rpy 

Place of birth T,- "^r^tt 


l\M ,%. 


Number of years of schooling 

Residence flnsp' /jp Towp Marital Status_ 
Number of children ^ death 





Name ^'bo-)- g 

'') P 1 ;- r P ^ 

Place of birth ],■ -■qt. r, 


Number of years of schooling 

Residence -.pv.,-irt.h , To^vn Marital 

Number of cnildren A death 

IVl-y jO, 19?? 

1 ? ccupatlon(; 

Status X 

LoxL. JHoreiD 

6 . Name 

H- rr.Tfi .•'hnr ")p1 ■■■ppy 

Place of birth 


Number of years of schooling 
Residence .nr.unnp, Tovia Marital Status 
Number of children q death_ 

-_d a t e ont . j O , l^ PA 

12 Occupation Cnrpgnter 


'• Name Yp^^.f.^^y. -(j.-Vrrd ,iel;ir,py 

Place of birth 

Lr ■•:,...l3t 

,date ;^pj.-^i icj ^ ig) ; ,-^ rp,^^^, Pines 

Number of years of schooling ^^j Occupation 

Residence n.edi^c Hr.pi.i^, Iowa Marital Status -jin^rle 

Number of children 


'^- '•'3'"<^ ?.iU ,]: nr C: r;-.fr, 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 


Residence j-pQ^; , • , x^.y;. 
Sumb»T of children 

M arital Status 

j^ dea th 

— d ^ '^ ^ March 26, 192*^ 

- ^Q ccupation 

'i-#e--PHi4- -Wiethe 

9 . N«ne 

,i, z .ua fcth . .ciM ii-i, 

Lcu ao tt 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence ,,,r>r^u-..*a, ,.itj .Mar i tal 
?t umber of '■;hlldren'. u 


S tatus 

Jur) e ^jO , 14MJ: — 

.Occupation ^^,^,, , .^.-^^-^^ ,,j,,^j ^^^^^^ 

— X 



Place of birth L-JJ' ott 

Number of yearH of schooling 



: ''pp-t , 19 , 1' 

R f H Idence Bf^i_K 8 1 on , I qwh M n r I t a 1 S t ;i t u h 

Numb ft nf ch 1 i «l rtn_ _2 death 

c c u p a cTon 


7Tfe"nn<i IV 

Your Father 

Name Qyril J. Gr nsen ^^^dirrcnt Residence Peop.tn, Tow- 

Date of birth j^^^_y ^^ ^.SP.S Place of birth p eost p . -t H ome 

Date of Death 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 
grade school ^ high school 


1st FRrinPT- ii flli n rnr Dates i ^ j^ xo 19/16 lst_ 


2nd nrrift,STn?n qt. . Dates i^/^|Oto ICj^ij 2nd_ 

moonliglixea at st a 1 1 on -^j^-- 

3rd Fsrmer (^^hnres) — Dates 2.9^2 to l^b^l '^^^- 



(after leaving home) 


»? Q le Qwne; 

■Dates ^^^ ^ ^^ Pre s ei ^l?^^- 

Da tes 


Hpthnli o. 

Political parties, cS.vil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

VotFiR A n.pn-rrl i ngly .^ — 

Place of marriage to your mother ; ; t ^ .i n> i-c ' b date All"'. 11. 194 - ( 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative give that data 
on the back of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 

lame Rjtr ,T-ne (^ela.ney) 

Date of birth M^ir-r^h ?h , IQPQ 

Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Peost"' , — lowR - 

L' mott , low Br- 

Date of death 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school ^ high" s chool_ 

2 vocationalArl?S& Cspfcfctlege 

Occupation (s) 


^^^ Stock Olcrk 

2nd Nfa-j .qrift-rs 

D ate s 1945 to 1949 - s t 

D a t e s 19 ^ 6 to 1 -^^g '^- 

^^^ dcnmotrcgo (Glover ^ Dates, -[ c^^^ t , n 19 4?j:d, 

4th House^^.'ife frl.iother Dates I949 on 4th 

Religion G' tholic _^__ 

(after leaving home) 

Da tes 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 

Place of marriage to your father -^t. Jo^ri ' S Peostp date Aug,- n-j._-iq4i-L- 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relative give that data 
on the hack of this page (F-2) . 

E-2 Stepfather 




Date of birth 

Date of death 

Education (number 
grade school 

f years ) 

high school 

Place of birth 
Place of burial 

vocational college 



(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 



2nd Dates 


3rd Dates 
Ath Dates 

Re 1 igion 

clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Political parties, 

civil or social 

Place of carriage 

to vour mother 


F-2 Stepmother 

Date of birth 

of years) 

high school 


Place of birth 

Date of death 

Place of burial 

Kducation (number 
grade school 

Occupa t ion (s) 


vocational college 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 



2nd Dates 
3rd Dates 





A til Dates 

Rel Igion 

Political party, c 

ivil or social cl 

ubs . sororities, etc. 

f* lare of . . ; . .,ge 

to your father 




Name ,-]uAy Ann nall^ih^-n 

Place ^3f birth TjubiJoue, Tnwa 

Number of years of schoollfig 

Residence Dubunue , Iowa Marital Status 
Number of children 2 death 

)ate of birth Aug, 26 ^ IMd*^ 
12 Occupation Housewife &Glerk 

Name Daniel i:^d.ward G-riji^en 

Date of birth June 12. IQ^l 

23 ^ ccupation 

Residence Kpckford, Illinoi^ ar i t al Status X 
Number of children 1 death 

Place of blrth Liubuque, Iowa 
Number of years of schooling^ 

NameThom^s J. 0-ansen 

Place of birth Uubugue, TnwP Date of birth Pen^ 1 f, ^ IQ^? 

Number of years of schooling ][^> Occupation y-- otn-ry ',n-r 'kP'ii^ 

Residence Epwnrth , Tnv^ arital Status y 

Number of children 1 death 

Name J --ttj ^ri r.hp.p.l aariRen 
Place of birthr; p-hi;|p^^e , Tn v /f 

Date of birth i^jpr. , '?i^ ^ 19?^' 
12 Occupation yr ctorv Ipboror 


Number of years of schooling 
Residence p^nptp , Triv^'-' Marital Status 
Number of children none death 

Name ^^^^ GyrJl Gansen 

Place of birth i^UDuque, lowa Qa^e of birth '^ec. 22, 

Y e ars of schc 
Peosta, Iowa 

Residence -c-^u° ^^ > x'jwci. Marital Status_ 
N u r;ib e r of children ^■' ^^ ^ death 



jL95b _ 

Name iviichael Patrick Gan sen 
Place of birth Dubuque , I o w£i 
Number of years of schooling_ 
Resi dence pPeosta, Iowa 
Number of children none 

Date of birth May b, IS^^l 

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Marital Status 



Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children 


Oc c up a t ion 


Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children 



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2. Mrs. V*alt McPadden 

3. Mr. Harold Delaney 

4. Mr. Elmer Gaxisen 

5. Wlr. v/illlam- Gansen Jr. 
6-. Mrs. Donald Gallakan 
7;. St. John's Ghurck 

8. Holy Family Churcli 

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11. Mr. Virgil Freyman 

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PART I Paternal Great Grandfather, Pete Ganst^n 

Pete Gansen, my father's grandfather was bom on a farm 
somewhere in the eastern part of Iowa in the winter of 
1869, believed to be Februarji. 

A farmer most of his life, he purchased a farm from 
Michael McCarthy and his wife on March 31, 1909 for 7200,00. 
The following described premises situated in Dubuque coiinty 
describe that parcel of land. 

?he SoTliMi West i of the South Y/esti of Section 27 and the 
South East -^ of the South East ^ of Section 28, all in Tovrti- 
ship u8, North of Range 1, East of the 5th P.Ivl. containing 
80 acres more or less. 

Then on March 11, 1911, Pete Gansen purehased the following 
additional tract of Ipjid from Anastasia Hart; for $6200. 
In Dubuque county, the North West -j of the South V/est -J of 
Section 27 and that portion of the North East -J of the South 
East i" of Section 2b, bounded on the east by North V/est -3- of 
South West i of said Section 27 and on the northwest by the 
North Cascade Road known as lot 1 of North East ^ of South 
East i of said Section 28 as said lot is platted in Plat 
book #2 on page 225 of records of Dubuque coimty, lov/a. 

All of said land being in Township 88 North, and in Range 
1 East of the 5th P.M. and in all, containing 62,99 acres, 
more or less. In all, these transactions represented 
approximately 500 acres, more or less, 

Pete Gansen was a farmer all of his life, and spent most 
of his savings purchasing additional land and raising his 

Margaret Elizabeth Roselip, bom April 2bth 1671, to 
another rural eastern Iowa family became Peter's wife. The 
wedding is believed to have taken place in the fall of I890. 
Together on the farm previously described, they raised their 
family of four boys and one daughter. They were Gregory, 
Joseph, Katherine, Elmer, and William. 

The history of the Roselip family has been imattainable, 
however the the Gansen family has been traced to the German 
descent. The name Gansen, originally comes from the German 


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word "Ganse" which stands for goose. It has not been determin 
ed when the "n" v;as added to the original name, however it 
is possible that it was added at the Isle of Tear, or the 
place where all inLjiigrants were screened "before they were 
granted entry into the United States, A fact which adds to 
this "belief is that the name Gansen, was not found in any of 
the phone books, I checked while stationed in Germany. The 
name "Ganse" was observed on severa.1 occasions. 

Getting back to Pete G^oisen, his farm was located four 
miles from the smpll rural tovm of Peosta, Peosta's popu- 
lation was luider 100, and it still remainsunder 300. At 
tat time, in the early 1900 's Peosts wp.s a v^/ater stop for the 
steam engines. There v/as a stockyard and a feed mill where 
the farmers would haul their grain with horses and v/agons 
to be ground and mixed. There v/as also a general store and 
a Post Office imder the same roof. The town even had it's 
oval bank, the Bank of Peosta, which unf ortiinately was closed 
during the depression and never able to reopen. Sight years 
ago the bank v/as tore down. Before that time, it was being 
used as an apartment house, 

Pete would make his way into town approximatly once a v/eek 
to pick up his mail and take care of any other business. 

On March jO, 19J9» Peter's farm became his wifes farm with 
love and affection. This was the v/ording of his v.ill, and 
last testament. Peter Gansen died on March 26, 1939. 

Shortly afterwards, his wife Margaret divided up the land 
among their descendents. 

William Gansen, My grandfather received the 'Vest t of 
South wast ^j Section 27, and the South East -^ of the South 
east -J, and Lot 1 of North east -g- of South east -J- section 
28, all in Township 88 North, Range 1 east of 5th P.M. in 
Dubuque county, Iowa, This descibes jo5 acres, more or 

Margaret Elizabeth Grnsen (Roselip), spent the remaining 
ten years of her life on the farm which v/as being operated 
by her sons. She died October Ij, 1949. 

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Part II Paternal Grandfather, V, illiam Gansen 

William Gansen was bom on Pete Gansen 's farm near the 
town of Bankston on Felpuary 19 » 1899. Baakston is approx- 
imatelly 16 miles west of Dubuque, Iowa. This area and the 
location four miles south of Peosta represents the rural 
setting in which william Gansen grew up and spent most of 
his life. His childhood was spent concentrated mostly a- 
roimd the farmwork and going to school. He graduated from 
high school in 1919, already deteraiined to be what his frthtv 
was, a farmer. 

Out of high school, -villi; m continued to v/ork on farms 
for wages. This period during the tweanties, foTAnd many 
farmers earning good money. It also represents the intro- 
duction of the automobiles, which made it possible for 
William to drive to the big city of Dubuque, lov/a, some 
16 miles away. Automation was also replacing the horses 
v/ith tractors during tnis time, however the replacement of 
the horse for firm, duties wr.s much slower than transportat- 

William Gansen was a Catholic, same as his father. They 
attended Catholic high schools and Williaia graduated from 
St. Johns in Peosta. 

Marie Theisen, a neignbor to the Gansen family in Bejxkston, 
became -villiam Gansen' s wife on October 4th 1921. They took 
their marriage vows at St Anthonies church in Dubuque. 
Marie also had been raised in the rural setting on p faim. 
Her education consisted of eight ye; rs ^rade school rnd just 
two ye- rs high school. 

Her parents wece Mr and Mrs John Theisen, farmers from 
Bankstom. John Theisen was boinA April 9th, ld71, in Bankston 
also, presximably on his fathers farm. The only occup- tion 
John is thought to htve encountered has been fa.rming in 
Bankston. His wife, formerly a Miss V»anderscheid, was 
originally from Jjev< Hampton, however it is not known hov/ the 
two of these people met. It is assumed, she died at Ein much 
earlier age than her husbj^nd John, who died November 27, 193^ 

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So in the ye r 19^1, v.illim G- nsen and Mj rie Margaret 
Theisen began their lives together. Marie v/as twenty one 
and 'Villi am v/as twenty two. 

In 1939, Pete's home place ./as divided up among the sons 
■and daughters. V;illiam (Bill) from that ye^r until his death 
was involved in farming. Thiij vvrs the loction, some 
five miles aouth of Peosta, where Bill raised their f mily 
of five boys f-'nd four girls. 

They are listed from the oldest to the youix^est 
Bernard Gansen, October 1922 Wow living at Bernard or 

Zwingle, Iowa 
Mrs Florence Delaney, May 25th to September 22, 1973 

C5'"ril J Gansen July b, 1926 (ny father) cuirently :t ;_. 

Peosta lov/; 
Edward Gansen Januaiy 25, 1928 now living in Dubu 

Que, Iowa 
Francis Gansen Dubuque, lowr. 

Mrs Mnleta Thumser Dubuque, Iowa 

William Grnsen Jr. EfflSSpiK, lov/a (Peocta) 

Mrs Mary IjOU McPaddin Dubunue, lov/a 

Mrs Shirley Eppler Dubuoue, Iowa. 

Politically, the Gcjisen family h^s been predominately 
Democratic voters. The voting priveiege has not .rlw.ays been 
exercised, however. If it was convenient, they woted. This 
facit hasn't changed much to the present day. 

In the earli nineteen fifties Vv'illiam, his v;ife, .-^nd the 
two remaining daughters left at home moved to College Street 
in Dubuque, It was at this time that he (Bill) deviled the 
f8.rm between Robert Delaney, (his son in law), v/ho was renting 
about two hundred and thirty ■• ores; £md Cyril Gansen (my 
father), who was working the remainder of the fami under 
sh-^res. Bill worked at the Theisen Tire outlet in Dubunue 
during the fifties and into the sixties while rlso perform- 
ing the requirements dem-'nde'i of ;i landlord. 

His wife (my grandmother) di edxSKfeEuxxg!: October 25, 1970. 
The place of buri' 1 ..ps the Ne.v Mell; ry Cemet- ry, f.bout 
three miles from the farm he raised his fsmily on. 

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Approximately three yenrs before Marie's death, Their 
son in law, Rohert Delaney moved off the farm to ? farm he 
"bought near Cascade > Iowa, and the youngest son of the V/illiam 
Gansen family, ( V/illiam Gansen Jr) moved on the farm as a 
rentor. He also was employed at the Deere plemt in Dubuque, 
My grandfather, William \ia.s no-v working in the town of 
Dubuque, plus spending many hours on the fa.rm helping William 
Jr get started farming. He eventually'- retired from his job 
at the tire destributor and spent most of his time keeping 
up the condition of the farm and his home in Dubuque. 

On February 16, 1973, 'villiam Gansen (m^' grandfather) 
died from an unstable heartbeat. This v/as just three dt-js 
before his 74th birthday. He v/as laid to rest next to his 
wife rt Nev/ Mellary Cemctary. 

His hame in Dubuque became the home in the country on the 
frrm, became the home of ^Villi- m Gansen Jr. ^ni his home in 
Dubuque on College street was sold ,';nd devided up in the will 

An interesting fact concerning his will and last testament 
was the way in was worded. He had it wrote up so that the 
daughters would receive one share but that the sons would 
be gr ,nted t-vo sha.res. 

He left property and monies to his descendents totaling 
well over 150,000 dollars. 

(The Gansen family --nd their history v/ill be resumed ,.ith 
Willifjn Gansen 's secon oldest son, my father Cyril Gansen 
after my mother's faiaily and history has been brought up 
the this time.) 

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Part III Great Grr-ndfather on my Mother's Side 

At this time it mutit begin .vlth Thoi'L-is Delarey 3r. t'jid his 
wife Bidget ^Kirk) Delaney. A picture of the two of them 
feas "been dug up ansd sent to me for the purpose of this 
Jpper, nnd will be entered in the closing p? ges. Thomps's 
birthd'-te has been iinett; in: ble, however Eridget 1851 wps 
bom in the eastern st-'ite of Delfv/^ire. Unknovm, is the date 
when her or her family moved to eastern Iowa. The possibil- 
ity even exists that Thomas moved from Delaware v^ith Bridget. 
they did not eEchange marriage vows -until they were in 
Dubuque county, however, because they were married at St, 
Theresa's Church on February 28, 1578. The only occuppition 
icnown, encoimtered by Thomau was farMng. They made their 
living on a farm in the to-Aoi of Lamoiite, Iowa. 

THSy had three daughters and three sons. Their farrdly pic- 
ture will be entered in the fina^l pages. 

The exact size of the i)elsney farm in Lamotte is not known, 
hov/ever there v/as a string and some timber on it becruse 
Thomr-is produced some very good moonshine. His sujmnertime 
hobby consisted of operating his own persorji;'! still. 

■Reported by an Aunt was the fact th- t Thorn s even r':n for 
sheriff, one of the sunimers in the e' rly tv/enties. He died 
shortly ■^fter tht, sometime in the e- rly twenties. 

His wife, Bridget lived a few more years on the f; rm 
until her de- th March 1st, 1926. 

An interesting tale about ThomaB and a snake deserves 
a few senences in his history. It seems Thomas was loading 
hay on a wagon with a pitchfork, when a rattlesnake come 
out of the hay and slid down the handle o| the fork. Thomas, 
keeping his cool allowed the snake to crawl all the way down 
his arm to the ground and luckily escaped getting bit. If 
this little incident hadn't happened, perhaps 5!homas would 
have lived as long as his v/ife. 

The history novi moves to Thomas Delaney Jr. (Iiy Grandfnther) 

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P^rt IV Thomas Lfelaiiey Jr (My urandf; ther on Lly Mother's) 


Thomas Del&ney Jr. v/;iS bom on his father's f^rm on Peb- 
ruf-ry 24, 1690. He grev/ up on the farm : nd vven-c co schol 
in Lamotte. 

The Lelaney family stems from Irish descent. The first 
Delaney probably came over before the potatoe ffjuine however. 
Thomas Delaney uit school before the eighth gr.de. His life 
from th--'t time loxitil his /vedding lias bec;n foi'gotten oy every- 
one contacted, tjo his life .vill be continued after hia wife's 
ancestors are brought up tochi:^ date, Pebru ry b, 1916 

Pprt V, Henry Kringle 

Henry Kringle of German descent was bom in the eighteen 
seventies. He married Amelia Tregonning on Pebru;-iry 16, 1692 
at Hazel Green, Wisconsin. They then came to Dubuoue and made 
themr home at 704 University Avenue. They were the parents 
of two children, Mrs Thomas Deleney and Ivirs August Pelder- 
man, Two daughters. 

Together, they celebr-ted their golden V.edding Aniversary 
On February 16, 1942. 

Henry died o.vo ye rt ;..fter that in the fall. 
Amelia ,ontinued to live in Dubuque on ninth street. 3ome 
time in the early fifties, some of the neighborhood kids set 
fire to her garage and burnt it to the ground. Pier siscer 
Sil moved in vi/ith Amelia then, •until her ( Aiiielia6s) , death 
March 19, I960. 

Her maiden name TregOKning stems fi-om England. 

Their daughter, Blanche Kidngle ';t tended twelve years 
of school and two additional years at a vocational school 
to gualify for her teaching job at the town of Lsmotte. 
ohe taught eight grades , grade school at a little one room 
school near the fairgrounds in Lomotxe. She quit her teach- 
ing career hov^'^rsBB ever in the spring of 1916 ^ fter her 
marriage to Thomas Delaney, earlier thet year. Her career 
as a teacher ended after just a couple of years to allov/ 

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Part VI Mr and Mrs. Thomas Del^-jiey Jr. 

Thomas vvas bom and raised in Laniotfee said his wife, the 
former Blanche Kringle taught school in that tov/n, \7hich 
explains how they mght have met each other. 

After their wedding at St Anthonies Church in Diihuoue on 
February 6, 1916, thet moved to a farm three miles east of 
Peosta, It v/as here that they raised their family of six 
hoys and four ,;irls. 

The Children from oldest to the yoimgest are norothir Delaney 
Edward Delaney, Elmer Delaney, Robert G. Delaney, Thomas J. 
Delaney, Harrold J. Delaney, Kenneth R. Delaney, Jane Rita 
Gansen (m;,'- mother) Elizabeth Schmitt, f^nd Rpncy Potter. 
They attended a one room elementary school about one laile 
from their farm. It v/as part of the Dubuaue school system. 
When they reached high school, they attended the Catholic 
school of St John's in the to n of Peosta, 

Thomas and Blanche spent most SS of their time farming 
and raising the family. Around 1950, after raost of the fam- 
ily had moved r\\ y, Thomas retired from farming and moved 
into f>ubuque, on eighth street. lie bought a duplex and 
rented out half of the house to his daughter and her husband 
Mr and Mrs. Vernon Schmitt. 

Blanche Delaney (Kringle) experienced four heart failures, 
but her death was not caused bji a heart ailment. On July 27, 
1963, Blanche died from a blood disorder. Blanche's death 
prompted Thomas to sell his home in Jubucue -nd rotate among 
his children's homes, spending two weeks at every ones home 
before he would leave. He entered the SJH Kux'sing Pome for 
the Aged, in Dubupue in the ye- r 1964 "rd died ■ pproxin- te- 
ly t/;o ye- rs 1-^ ter on September 2^ , 1966. 

Mr ^nd Llrs Thomas Delaney were laid to rest ■ t the Key 
West Cemeta.ry, about two miles -eat of Jubu-ue. 

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Part VII Cyril J Gancen ( My Pathej: ) 

Cyril J g;uisen was born on his fathers term ne- r Poosta, 
Iowa, on July 6, 1926. He attended Dubtinue County Brick 
Number 8 for the first eighv years of his schooling. This 
was another one room, school teaching eight grades by one 
teacher. For High School, he attended St John't: Catholic 
High Schbol in Peosta. He received his high ;. chool iiplomr 
here, in the year 1944. 

After high school Cyril or (Cy) continued to ,.ork on his 
neighbors farm and his brothers frtm for v/.'ges. The A'ork 
mainly consisted of field .'ork ■ uid nilking cov's. He r.i.-d^^ 
this his occupation until 1948, three years 1' t^e './hen he 
went to work r-.s a craftsman at Caradco in Dubuque. This -vork 
consisted of builaing ioor amd window frmes. 

The same year he sta-rted work at Caradco, he niarried Jane 
Rita Delaney, Jane was the daughter of Thomas Delyney born 
on his farm near Peosta, March 26, 1929. Jcne ; Iso tt ended 
the same high school '.'.s Cy, a few years Ihehind him. 

J.' ne was employed -as a stock clerk at Neisners in Dubuo^ue. 
She quit that |ob to v.ork as a seamstress ftt Glovers, also in 
Dubuque, Iowa. She was working here when she married Cy 

They exchanged wedding vows c.t St Joto's parish in Peo;jt(-t . 
The date v/as Aug-ust 11, 1948. Cy's brther, Edw- rd Gf^nsen 
was the beet moxi f^nd Jane's sister, Bett^ YjelKXiej was the 
maid of honor. 

After their marriage, otme ouit her job at Glovers, 

Cy continued working at Caradco only two more years. AT 
this time, approxim: tely 1950, cy moved to Peosta on hc5.1f 
uf his fathers farm to work it in shsres or as a sharecropper 
The farm he v/orkod was approximately 160 acres, and he 
remained there until the present. However in the year 1964 
he started buying the land. 

.<hen they were married, Qy w^as paying for an old j9 chevy. 
The car died on the way back from their honeymoon, and they 
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a toy/ truck. 'Ihe clievy continued to plague Oy .itli trouble 
"but he could not afford to buy a different one until lbJp5, 
when he bought a new Poi*d Pc-irlane. The 55 lastea uxitil 
63 when they bought anothei' ford v/agon. Prom then, there 
has been four fords, a plymouth ajad tv^o Chryslers, 

In iy49, on August 26th, Jane gave birth to Judj'- Ann Gan- 
sen. Judy, now living on Van Euren Street in Dubuque married 
DonHald Callahan July 15, 1967, and they have tv.o children; 
Allen and Lisa. Her husband Donald v/orks as a foreman for 
the roofing contra cters G-iese's in Dubuque, Iowa, 

In 1951 on June 12th, Jane gave biljlih to her second child. 
Daiiiel. (iD;\'-self ) . My story comes later; 

December 16, 1952, Thomas j Gansen was born. Thonias now 
lives in Epworth, Iowa and works at the Goletex Plant in 
Dubuque. Thomas married Mavonne Reiff from Parley, Iowa 
august 17, 1973, sJid now they have one little girl, Nickol, 
bom December 29, 1974. 

Then caiue Lari-y Michael Gansen, bom December 2;..-', 1956. Larry 
is currently living at home ejid working at Energy Plant in 
Montecello, Iowa. He is single. 

Next came Dale Qyril Garisen, born December 22, 195ti, who 
is currently in his last ye^r of high school. He said with 
a little luck, he may graduate this year. 

The last member of the Gansen (Cyril) family is riichael 
Patrick Gansen, who v/as bom May 6th, 1961. He is currently 
in 6th grade at v,.estem Dubuque school. 

Gy and Jane .ere Catholics, the same ;.b there parents and 
attended the Holy Pamily Parish, next to the laonastery in 
Dubuque coLinty. This parish provided the religious background 
for all the children in Religion classes there every Sat- 

They are currently building a new house on their f'-rm 
near Peosta.(Box 250) Cy and his fa.ther buiD.t the previous 
farm house in the year 1950, 

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Part VIII. The final part, irdiie , Daniefl: E Gansen. 

I was born jxme 12, 1951, •it Finley nospital in Dutunue, 
Iowa. The second child Dorn to jVJr rnd iVirs Cyril Grjicen of 
Peoota, Iowa, I wac raioed on the farm wnd ttended the same 
one looia gade school that m^ father attended, Brick JMo, b, 
Un fortunately, the Brick No 8 was closed down in 1963 and 
the students were ull transferred to Epv/orth ^tlenentnry 
school in Epworth, about seven railed a,vay biit by route of 
the school bus, about twenty luiles a.way . I finished 6th 
grade here, then ■■•ttended ■..estern OubunTie Scool for the 
e reiiirixder of junior high ( 7th S 6th) pnd f^loo four 
years of high school, graduating in June of 1969. 

After graduation, a cousin, Chvick Delarey and I came dovy-n 
to Belvidere to apply for ;iobs at the Oiirysler plsa^t. .e 
were told we could start work that night until someone notic- 
ed wexK vvere still seventeen and not old enough. A close Esi 
call, v^'e both went back home vnd. worked on ou father's 
farms imtil AugiJist v;hen we came back' to Chr^'^slex'* and started 
work. I worked at Chrysler end lived at a Mrs Hav.kee's 
boarding house, a couple of miles south of the plant, '.mtil 
January of 1971. 

This was when I had to report to the Army, I v/as drafted 
into the Army at Des Moines, Iowa on th- tenth day of Feb- 
ruarj''. From there I was transferred to Fort Leon-rd cod, 
Missouri for my basic training. The next stop became Fort 
Knox, Kentucky where I received advanced trainii'r: in -^e- 
connassaince or a scovit. Upon completion of tr^'iring here 
I was stationed at Fort Kiley, K?.nses r-fter - tv.o ••/eex lenve. 

One \veek before Qhristmss of 1971, I receiced orders to 
report to the 3rd of the 63rd cav, 1st Inf Div, which was 
stationed in Atxgsburg, German.}'', oo Augsburg bec-\me my hor.e 
for the next 13 months vntil I received the honorcible dis 
charge the last week of Janu-ry 1973. hile I v/aa in Ger- 
many, the Olympics 7,'ere taking place about ten miles away, 
v/hich gave me an opportunity to observe some of the compet- 
ition. It also forced me and omr whole division to go on 
alert when the Arabs killed a number of competitors. 

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After I Got out of the service , I reported back to Chry- 
sler within a month for my old job back. I have been employ- 
ed there evere since. 

Before I went abroard to be stationed in Gerraany, I start- 
ed dating my v/ife,Barb Koerperick who was living .vith her 
parents on a farm East oiff Dubuque about seven miles in 
Illinois. .,e became engaged February 14, 1973 ?nd set our 
wedding date for Janunry 19, 1974. M^ .vife attended St 
Clara's Academy and vVahlel?t High School. Bom November 4, 
1952, she graduated from Vvahlert in 1970. 

The bridesmaids for our v/edding were Judy Koerperick, 
Dorothy Schmitt, Judy Callalian, and Gail Shraeder. 
The Groomsmen were Tom Gansen, Chuck Delaney, Ivlike Koerp- 
erick, and Gary Schmitt. 

The vows were exchanged at St Golumbkilles Church in 
Dubuque, Iowa . Father Banning performed the ceremonies, 

T'.vo weeks before our wedding, I purchased the smrll two 
bedroom brick house located at the comer of North Sunset 
Ave, and School Street in Rockford. This is our present 

On October 10th, 1975 , we became the proud parents of 
a baby boy, Terry Michael Gansen, bom at St Anthonies 
hospital in Rockford, Terry is now six months old -nd grow- 
ing like a weed. 

That brings the paper up to date to the best of my obt- in- 
able knowledge at this date. 

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ihi'rs studyli))', American families, we are asking you to fill out t h i' lorms 
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Da t e of f o r m_ 

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April 27, .1976 

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Check the earliest date for which you have been <ible to say things 
about your family in your paper. 

Before 1750 
'18 5 0-1900 


19 00 or later 


Please chock a 1 1 regions of the United States in which members of 
your family whom you have discussed in your paper have lived. 

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d.a . ,Miss . , A 1 a . , Tenn , Ky . ) : ;■ Wjs t South Cen t r a 1 ( Ar k . , N . M . , Te x . , Ok . ) 

X K a 3 t North C e n t r a 1 ( Mi ch . , Oh i o , 1 n d . ) P ac i f i c (Ca 1 . , Wa s h . ) 

(Mawai I ,A1 aska) (ill.. Wise.,) 

I'leasc check '^.l^l^ o c: c u p a 1 1 o na 1 categories in which members ol youi 
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X Farming 

__T ransportation 

X Professions 


Big Business 

Industrial Labor 

Shopkeeping or small business 



Please check all religious groups to which members of your family whom 
you have discussed in this paper have belonged. 

Roman Catholic Jewish y^ Presbyterian 

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Other (name) j^eSiorati-On 


What ethnic and social groups arc discussed in your paper? 





Other Scandinavian X German 

Indians ^M e x i c a n s P uerto Ricans 

Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

Eas tern lai r o p < 

British ;{ Native Americans over several p, eiu> r a t i on s 

East Asian Other (Name) ScottiS/i 

What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

__Family Bibles; Ij Family Cenca logics 

Interviews with other 
family memb e r s 

Land Records 

The U.S. Census 

^ V ital Records 

X Photographs 




A . Grandfather (your father's sid c ) 

Name ?av Garlick Current Residence 

Date of birth Jun? 3, Idbo Place of birth Milnqr, IJorth Dakota 

Date of death .August 9. 1966 Place of burial :,pri r^gf iPild, Kis.qr.iri 

Kdnca tion (numb e r of years); 

grr.de school high school vocational^ college 

i)crupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1st in shoz factory Dates i9Q,, - i^On 1st K^^nl-nk^ Tm,.r. Dates iQn]^ _tnH 

2nd Painter Dates 

2nd ^.j^^Mnin^.-^^ T m.r^ Dates 1906 - I960 

Sideline x-jas as liounf^in nomz, 

J r d truck farmer D ate s 3 r d Arkansas D ate s I96Q - 1961; 

'* t h D ate s 4 t h Sprin.qf ieldj i:o, Dat e s 196 k-1966 

R e 1 i g i o n Prntestant. 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. HaS nnS 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother pr^s MoineSj Iowa date J.^ay 15 ^ 1913 
NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name ^dna Mae Dean Cur r en t Res idence 

Date of birth i-I ay S, '1^9$ Place of blrtli For t Dodg'^j Iowa 

Date of death Kay 23, 1970 Place of burial Springfield , I-Tissouri 

I'lducation (number of years): 

grade school h igh school __v ocational 


Occupation (s 



: OF rk.sii)i;nce 

leaving home) 

1st Secretary 


1 s t si^ti ahnv^ 

Date s 

2nd Housewife 








D a t e s 





Religion ?r 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 

I'lace of marriage to your grandfather Qgs Moines ^ , iQWa ''^ '^'-'- .llay_l5i -1513. 

NOTE: If your father was raised 'io age 18) by a stepmother <; r 
another relative g.ive Lliat data on the back nl this pa/.i- 
(A-2) . 

A -2 Step^randfather (your father's side) 


Current Residence 

Date of birth_ 
Date of death 

Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school_ 

c^ 1 leee 






Re 1 i Kion 





Da tes 




voca t ional 

(after leaving home) 


Da tes 

D a t e s 


Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother_ 
B-2 S tepgrandmo ther (your father's side) 



Date of birth 
Date of death 

Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years): 

grade school high school 

coll ege 

Occupation (s) 





voca t ional 

(after leaving homt') 

Da tes 











R»- 1 1 glon 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather 


Grnndfatlier (your mother's side) 4 

Name Jan<? S r ferriSon Lincoln ohoot Current Residence 

Date of b i r t h Fabruary 12, lbS7 P lace of birt hi_near Kgytgsyi ll g, M issouri 

Date of dcath_^anU3ry 1|, I962 Place of burial ifendnn, Charit.nn, ITj 

Edur.itlon (number of years): 

grade school high school vocational college 


(after leaving home) 
Is t Deputy Sheriff Dates 1st rih^cnr.an, Okl^. Dates X901 

2nd Carpenter Dates 2nd Old Mer.don, Mo. Dates 1 90I - 19 28 

3rd Da tes_ 3rd Compton, Calil. Dates 1923 - 1929 

A th Dates 4 th Mend on. Up . Da t e s 1929 - 19 n2 

R e 1 i j; i o n Protestant 

I'ollliral parties, civil or social clubs, f r a t e r n i t i e.s , (j L c . 

Democratic part y 

P'ace of marriage to your grandmother Carr o llton , Missourj tla t e I-Iarch I6, 1910 

NOl'K : If your mother was raised by a stepfather or anotlier relative (to 
age 18) give that data on tlie back of this page (C-1) 

Gr ar. lIhio ther (your mother's side) 

Name ''^ffie McPherSon Current Residence 

Date of birth December 21j ldo9 _Place of birth Old Mendon, Hissnuri 

Date of death Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school ^ high school J^ vocational_ college ]__ 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF R]:SIUKNCE 

(after leaving, home) 

1 H t q ^nk f.pMc^r , Dates I908 - 1910 1st sog above begin-. I>^tes 

ning w/ Old Hen don 
2nd KoUSexjife I^a tes_1910_- 2nd Dates 

3rd Dates __3rd Da l es 

4 th Dates 4 th Da t es 

R e 1 i g i o n Protestant 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Plaie of marriage to your grandfather Carro llto n, Missouri Dale- March I6, 1910 

NOTi:: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another rel.ii ivc (to 

'^ *^ ' give thjrt imta on the back of t li i s i)ag,e (D-:*) 

C-2 S Cepgrandf a ther (your mother's side) 


Date of birth 
Date oi death 

Education (number of years) 
>;rade school high school 




Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Place of burial 

voca t iona 1 

col lege 





(after leaving home) 



R e 1 i g i o n 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 
D-2 S tepgrandrao the r (your mother's side) 


Date of b i rth 
Date of death 

Current Residence 
Place of birth 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 





4 th 


Place of burial 

_voc.i I 1 on.) 1 CO I lege 




4 th 

(after leaving Lome) 
D a t e s 

Da tes 
1) ,1 1 e s 
D .1 t V s 

K e 1 1 g i o n 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 

Place of marriage to your grandfather 



LDREN of A & B (or A-2 or B-2 ) - your father's name should appc.ir below 

Name Ray Thomas Garlicr. 
Place of birth p'^s Iloir 

fiace or p j. r l h p^s Iloi n^a . I oiira date Jun^ 13, 19 17 

Number of years of schooling;; Occupation Plimho.r 

Residence jesHoinevS, la. Marital Status |^ 

Number of children 1 ( one) Death 

Nai ~ • -' - ^ , . , 

N a m e B o;^d Harley Garli c k 

[> I a c e "o f li i r t h D^s llo i n^.s , lovra d a t e October 9, 192 

Number of years of schooling Qccupa t ion I'urli^ar T nSpentj 

Residence Ilaoa . California Marital Status niv o rrpri 

Number of children 1 (cnq) Death 

Name ui^an r idiirvxiii uai x jaju 

V 1 a ce of birth DesTToines, Io\^ d a t e January 2,, 1927 

Number of years of schooling Occupa t ion Electronics Tech- 

Residence Rnckfor n., "Ilin nis M arital Status !iarri<3d nician 

Number of children 2 ( tVfo) Death , 

N a 111 e 

Place of birth 

d.il (■ 

Place of birth . 

Number of years of schooling Occrupatlon 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


1' 1 a c e ' o f b i r t h ^ d a t e_ 

Number of years of schooling 

Reside n c e Marital Status 

Number of children . Death 

N ame___ 

Place of birth dat 

Number of years of schooling 

Marital Status 

Oc c upa I I f)n 


da t( 

Kesidenc e 

Number of children 

N a m e ^___ 

I'lace of birth _^uu<_ 

Number of years of schooling , __0c c upa t i on__ 

Residence Marital Status _ 

Number of children 


Place of birth 

dea th_ 

Place of birth__ 

Number of years of schooling 
Resldenc e M 

d a 1 1 

Kes 1 dence 

Number of children 


Marital S t a t u s _ 

dea th 

_()c c upa t ion_ 

N a me 

Place of birth ^ date 

Niinbtr ot years of sclioolinj', , 

Kesidenc e Marital S I a t uf 

Number of children deati 


Oc (■ iil)a I ion _ 

P 1 a c 

of birth 


Number of years of schooling . 

Residence Marital Status _ 

N n inh e I- o 1 c h i"l d"r eTi ' ._^ '' •' "' 

Occ upa t ion _ 

CHILDREN of C and D (or C-2, D-2')-your mother's name should appear below 

1 . Name '.'.21-: ?'rnic? (Shoot) Ilan^^jal 

Place of birth ::.?ndnn. ::i3.sr>iiri date July 22, 1 912 

Number of years of schooling 12 (tw^lv?) Occupation houseuife 

Residence V.?vtor., JLar-Saa Marital Status ^iarricc 

Number of children 2 (two) death 

2 . Name 3oris Jga.n (Shoot) "Jascot t 

Place of birth ::?ndop., ::issoui-i date AT3ril 17. 191'? 

Number of years of schooling 12 (tVJ?lve) Occupation hniisp^ijifp 

Res idence ".Vav^rly iiall, Ga. Marital Status Ilari-jgd 

Number of children 2 (tv;o) death 

Name Jar..? }arTi?t2£(Shoot) Garlick 

Place of b ir th :;^ndon. Ilissouri date TJnvm'npr Tli, 1927 

Number of years ol schooling 1- (xourt?gn) Occupation housewife 

Residence T.oc-.'iJ.or^., Illinois Marital Status Ilarrjgd 

Num^er of children 2 (tv/o) death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupatlon_ 

Reside nc e M arital Status 

Number of children death 

Name ■ 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

N'umber of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children^ death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Nun)b«-r of children death 


Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling^ Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of chlldren\ death 

'. . Same 

Place of birth date 

!J umber of yearH of schooling Occupation 

RiHldt-nre Marital Status 

'iiimbi-r of chlidrin death 

Your Father 

Name D^aT\ Franklin Garlick ,_^Ciirrent Residence p.nckfnrd, T 11 i n.' 

Date of birth Jaauary 2, 1927 Place of bitth jea Vloims, I nvra 

Date of Death Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 




Is t Service (jlrmy) 

Dates 1916 - 19h6 

(after leaving home) 

1st ->.q Vr,.no:^^ ToHP Dates iQl.r. , ^:f 

2nd Paint c< Varnish Da tes 19 s 2 - 19 o6 

3 r d ^lectronis.s Techni- D ate s 1966 - 



2nd ILanSas City. !io. 
3rd Rockford. III. 

Dates 19i;2 - V. 

Dates 19^9 - 

D a t e s 

Religion Protestant 

Political parties, cKvil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your mother J^s Vigir/zs, lox-ra date ;;r;y ? 6, IpnO 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative give that data 
on the back of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 

Name Jane Harriet (Shoot) Garlick Current Residence :' nr.k-^nr^i Tlliioi.'q 

Pl.^ce Da "^^ 

d:»1 « ' o f b i r t h IlendDn, Chariton, Mi.ssoari glj^ge of birth rioveuLber iL, 1927 

Date of death 

Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school J high 5' school 


col lege 2_ 

Occupation (s) 
1st Secretary 

(after leaving home) 


2nd S tu de n t 

3rd Secretary 

ReliRion__ Pro testan t 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Repu blican •party 

Di^R, Garden Club, Rachel Circle (church) 

Place of marriage to your father J.^s H ni nes , T m ;r 

date Kay 26, 19b 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relative give that data 
on the back of this page (F-2). 

E-2 Stepfather 

Date of birth 

Date of death 

Education (number of years) 
srade school high school 







Place of birth 

Place of burial 

voca tional 




(after leaving home) 




Re 1 igion 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 

Place of marriage to your mother 
F- 2 S t epmo ther 

Date of birth 

Date of death 

^•ducation (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 

Occupation (s) 






R<-1 I }'lon 


Place of birth 
Place of burial 


coil ege 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 



Da tes_ 

Politlral party, <ivil or social c:lubs, sororities, etc 

t" lar t: of marriage t f > your father 




Name R^qina Jan^ Garlich 

Place of birth pgs Iioin^3, Im-ja Date of birth Jczc.m'mr 79, 1?5l 

Number of years of schooling 1? (•S-;v?nt'3'?n) Occupation 7o.^ch<zr 

Residence Japan Marital Status Sinql^ 

Number of children death 

Name Jara D^an jjarlick 

Place of birth Kan.sas City. Ho. Date of birth ';ovgm.bgr Q, 19^6 
Number of years of schooling 13 (thirt:?? ) Occupation Student 

Residence P.ockiordj Illinoi.s Marital Status Si.iclq 

Number of children death 


Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

Oc cupa t ion 

Number of children 



Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

c cupa t ion_ 

Number of children 


Date of birth 

Nam e 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 


Number of children 



Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 


Number of cliildren 



Place of birth 

Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 


Number of children 



Place of birth 

Date of bir th 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 


Number of children 


ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family are willing) 

I hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and 
administrative rights, to the Rock Valley College Family History 
Collection, deposited in the Rockford Public [.ibrary, Rockford 
I 11 inols 

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List of Sources 

Several members of my family have been interested in the 
family lines arei have in many cases kept relatively good records, 
though often ncl in any orderly fashion. Much more genealogical 
research has been done on ny mother's side of the family because 
of ancestors from the Revolutionary War, giving my mother and her 
sisters membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. 
Much of this research \as done by my mother's sister, J4rs. Doris 
Wescott. Fai^ of the documents and a great deal of the family 
tr"<p en tl"e Shoo. s:lcc of the family are 2\i-?iiable tc mt as a re- 
sult of much hard work on her part. Genealogical research on my 
father's side cf th'^ fasnily lias bjsn resf-cirched mostly t^ ray gi-'^st- 
aunt, Ida Alfor ,and by a cousin, Inez Burnlam. 

Other Sources are some of my own personal memories and know- 
ledge. Some stctt-ies from ray one surviving grardparent, Mrs, Effie 
Shoot, and innumerable talks and interviews with rjy verj' patient 
parents, who I hav? discovered contain a greater store of knowledge 
tian I ever realized previously, I have also included some records 
of the iraa?diate family and various photographs I liave found both 
pertinent and Interesting. 

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Autixor*s Perioral Hots 

Uhsn I b3g3n this project, I lad no idea hcfw much material 
was available to rae or how eaich 1 could still asarch out if i ever 
iBve at my disposal tl:3 time and tiie aonsy XrO persue my linkage 
farther. As I continued working, however, I really becane inter- 
"Stsd ip. it. I really got l^ug up on mxit I was learning about the 
people I cane fron. I^' sister, aocie now for a visit, arci 1 were 
talking recently and we agieed tiat it waa ratner sau to see and 
tear the evidfincc cf toe people ti'iat had come and gone, the people 
Ihjit l&i oUstec .'c. long ago. To mc, and to extend this one step 
farther, I feci a great sense ox lost uiat I liever knew these rela- 
tives ux' nine, whc v>ou!'i<i so iuteif.stiug and many that Sound So nice 
tlBt I know 1 voviid have loved them. 

To turn things around, I know that also I will never know u 
perhaps infinite A-oiiober of ray posterity. But it is interesting to 
thiru; that raaybe sotue day, one of my distant, future relatives will 
look ne -xpf and perhaps this very record of progress so far. I 
would very .nuch like to iaiow wiiac tiiey will be able to dig up about 
m--=j aril" Z vzvj touch nope also that i will leave behind something 
WOE'tllwhile to dig up. 

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Thomas QARLICK and Sarah Ann <jmM 

Tharaas GARLICK and Sarah Ann (3?AM vjers ny great grandparents on 
ray fatlier's sid? of the fgrrily, Vftrj' littl? is known of "hither of 
then. Thz only ax^ailabi-; inforrwUtci ivv«als tli?;t Thonras Q?,Rlja'. -.-as 
born in England and th?t Sarah Ann (jy^M was bom in Car^da. They were 
married in Canada urui. lived a', un*' tire in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. 
They m-iv-d from there to r.ilner, Ilorth Dakota. Here, their two child- 
jren were born, Willie, in 1873, and my grandfather, Ray in Ibbo. The 
first child, Willie, died at the age of ten, before my grandfather was 
born. Sarah iV.in (Jl^ died in I891, when Ray vss only five y^ars old. 
Thomas C5arlick died in either 190? or 1^08 in Keokuk, Iowa. 

Hsr-U-y Jus'con TTM and Corw Belle IKTnUJTJG 

Iferley JUdSon i:RJ\?I, my peit<^rnai cjrandwt5th<»r»s fath-rr, rns bcm 
In IcfHa on Wovsmbsr 28, 186?, H? «g3 Rarri<»<l ore? b^fnrT rarrj'inn 
Co9?a Bslle Hotelling, though his f orat Mfff's r^n^ is not. avsileble. 
Thsy ted en« Son, Vfilllam IK'^.H, who iras raised tj' a xanily p.sfn5d 
Davis aftsr Harley*s first vrif<? di?d, .% later tcfit tiisir name, to 
be William mVIS, Whila living in St. Louis, Hiffs»ir!.i h^ mcs 3 'jt.raet- 
car conductor. On February I8, l39ka Pferley taarri^d Cora l^lle KO- 
V2lU.i:G in SoracrSj i(S»a. They had uJo children. First uas fay gjrand- 
mcther, ^dna I^e VFAll, born in Ft. Do<lge, Io«a in i8$'5. The second 
-uas Frank IBAIi^ bom in St. Louis, Missouri in 1897. Iferley vas 
killed in an autoEobile accident in Des Moines, I<^ia n S< .ptetaber 12, 

Cora B^'llff HOT^LITTG was a vsr/ scall wcnsn, under fiv^ fset 
tall, but al'v«ays vpry ass<?rtive ard businesallke. ':%/ fsther snys she 
used to •'^it back on a str^?«tc5r s<«t '^rrd. cculd svirg her legs with- 
out teucMr^o th' floor. 3ut as ar, zysmpl-s. of hsr cliarocter, h?r fa- 
ther, Hilliats Jason HOTvLLIITG, (narrl^d tc H^rri't Tcrrcy) used to 
take Cora alonn to \-^lp hin colli^ct th? sccctrts cf people who owed 
him s^ey. It %©s unusual in this day r-,r^ .'.ge for a vcman to bt in- 
volved in b.iair-'M.'j at all. Cera "^ai: a v^r^.- irf^llicint vor:ig ~j and 

^!ad bet teg-^b-uig cj'rt.'.:''i-^3r a ''ntrr'ai" or o^aclier* ;i college. Wlsen 

her hu.'?band died^ she w>rt back to vork tc pay cff the fei-r debts he 

left. She vorked as a cream tester for the state of Iowa, plus rent- 
ing out soae of h?T property in Des Moines, Sf« too died in an auto 
accident, as had hsr husband ISsrl^y. A nephew cf hers vas driving as 
they carae back frtEi Springfield,MisscMri on September 1^, 1937. 

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The ilsthodist Church in Hebron, 'Jisconsin. Uilliam Ja.^on iI0rr3L- 
LEIQ and Harrist TOPP.'^Y x-jers roarrisd hers on Juns 1, 1373. 

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TKi ijc-idi FAML'/ 

^1. to r.) Bdia >ia«. Df?an (jfiiilcii (pty iiraixiitiotfisr;, P^risj' JuJsoa Dean, 
FjrsrJt i>?3n; Coi't: Bcil^ 1 vets Hi no IV?ar;, ?.nd .<ay Gai'lick, (n;/ grsrtif atitsr) . 

Joi-di 6h'jC>lS am Mary (?oii;^C' I'ilLSai 

Jciti SHOCrro Iras born la i75p i.i torroshirc Oatnt^^, Virgi':!?;. In. 
tns Anaricsn Revolution, he a^rv-sd witt* th3 '/irpinia troops 33 a p-ri- 
vnt». In 1760, h? tnarrisd I'^ry (Poili/) I'lLSai, bnrr ir 1?62. Th^y 
had ulx children, Kitty, Frefi«rickj Su;=?,.^n, Ilalirida, Hilliati, 'vic^ John. 
Joii:i (sr.) ilea ia i3l6 i 1 Faystte Ccunt;/, Kentucky. 

RW. FR^iiBRiai SHOOT and RElT.ai'i TAYLCK 

Fredsrick Shoot ".es bora in IT^h ia Lx^ciagton, /Kentucky. On, 
December 9» ioA5, »ie married Rebecca TaYLa'., bir'n in 'laryland in 1795. 
Thej' iiad seven ciiildrea, 'dl^ sideat cf vhaa xias a;;' gr'at-jrsgt-grand- 
father. He \aa Charles G, SHOOT, bcrn Tloverier ^;, I3l8, The other 
childre;. inciv.dcd MiltoJi W*> James, }i,, i^f-yettc, '^^s.clir.e, Ann?line, 
aiid .lenry T. Fr'^cerick yas a ui/iiat^r, proiably ? cJrcuit rid:^r, in 
tlK: Rcatoraiion lloveiaent that "jegan arouiid l3l2. Thin ncv^n'^a-':. vias 
to ixr^ng tii^ ourrAi iack to si%>iiGiV\, 'jack to tli3 Tkrij T-'.atsn^nt. The 
Diacipisa oi Cnrisc can? froE. this Mc%"3y.crnt. 2> *r-" Pvdc'.-^ptlj' vcrj' 
highly regarded in hia -lay, as i;? «vide,-t frcn an e>xf?r?t fran n bodi 
^' "S^* ^'« -^^Isy, I-fiatc-rlca l and 31 c^ jr^-'.phic^ l Sketches ox th^ ^ ??arly 

p:ii;-i3 li>'ii6. (Xnito .c;:^<irpt inclj^lsd .la oriyir&l cojr/ o;-.lyi) 3fe died 
in 1055 in SheiJjyvill?., riiss.jJirl. 

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liy grsat-greiit yraudfatner. Dr. Cmrl'iS G, JliOOT, ILL;., xaa born 

Eiiaabeth was baru in iuen^uclv' '^■^ relirurti^- lj.j i320. H'i vas fr'ii-" of tiis 
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According to tne 1972 «iiticn tfC tte Rand-flcllally Road Atlas, the town 
has a population of l,p7U. 

Charles arxl Elizabeth produced a fairlj' larg-s family of nine child- 
ren. Ihs^f included thz foil airing j 

H'Siury Clay 
James Lafav^tte 
Fr--.d-:'ici;, Jr. 

bom February 27, 1839 

born ";ovd:'i^r 10, IC4O 

born March, iH^ I81t2 

bo::n !fay 3, iSl^l; 

born October 2it, l8i^6 

brw::. i-«s> ^?j i-^^t? 

bca-n IJovenbcr 29, 1852 

born -.(iarll 1, li-5> 

born S<?ptei!±«r 1, l8^7 

Ju:-- lU, 1916 

April 11, I8ii5 
November 8, 1872 
Octc:-j-r Jj 1851 
September U, 1868 

July 111, l<k$ 
Their second child, I^rrison, was my great grandfather. 

Charles died on October 29, l87li in Hurdland, Kncpc Co., Missouri. 
Elizabeth diad on I-ferch 1, 1907 in Erastear, Adair Co., Ilissouri. 

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Coiuity of Edgar 

I CARL C. PAi RICK, County Clerk in and for said County and State hereby Certify 
that Mr. Charles G» Shoot 

Age next birthday, 

H Fathers Name, 


Place of birth, 

Mother's Maiden Name, 

Elizabe-^h Tipton 

Age next birthday. 
Father's Name, 

Place of Birth 

were duly married on the 

by Isaac Elledge, ' ^ 

Mother's Maiden Name, 

3th day of July, 1838 

.as appears of record in my office. 

Given under my hand and official seal this 5th 

day of November 19 55 

Marriage Rec <rd " 'age 



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Jferriss? License 

Harr;.r.^-i SHOOT and Harriet BkSH 

i'iarriscn SiiDC?r, riy mat^riv'ji CTPat nrsncr'athcrj >ai5 oora a'"' i-'ovsm- 
1-jer iij iSUO in La Bell'?, Lewis Go.j Hissouri. iir. a youp.g ui^.i, jk: iras 
a farmer> faming tlie faniiy land iy>longing to lus iati.-i-, Dr. Gii:wries 
G» Shoot. On Octob?-r 22, 1^71 in O''.:; Chariton, Missouri, he married 
harrist Hi:SH, Iferriet w.is boni un Occobar 2j ib>o in Conn^irsville, In- 
diana. Ifhen Dr. Cteri^s Shoot died ;.. l87i;, Harrison r^ceivct nothing 
in the will, for the I'caSon thst he had. Imd the use o;' th^? land for 
thcss ytrars. Howaver, the lai'fl, too, ti^as soM, ard liarrisoii v."?3 Isft 
idth virtugiij' rotMug. Tbzy riow-d and liv<?d after ttet in Chillicothe, 
Missouri, Kansas City, Miastsiri, ar.d for & while in Checotah, Cklaho- 
Ka. FiarriBon and Harriet proclucsc a very iaro|« iatail,ys consisting of 
twelv!? children. They '.^rs, in oi'c:.3r ox aga, '^thia, Charles M., Olive ?.,, 
D«^ B., Ilellic L., Qracie 3., tsallaca h., Blsie F., Jamaii n. L*, 
Clara J., Bessie V., and Leslie H. Tiie total vras nine girls and three 
beys. It «as said of Harriet that slie treatea Ijer buys like cana- 
ri-?s, or like "birds- in a gilded cag'^". Only ttiree boys out ox twelve 
children were probably bound to evd^?. tridt result ia tao-ie tines, es- 
specially in a x'amer's faraily. 

Harrison hlii^eir, tuouylu tmuUbii ijad tiuies xor paxt ol iu^ life, 
just loved to teas^ aaU joties. Ii«j aiSo iov^iu ariyci rood cake;, diid 
called it '*moonahin--' because it xr.s 33 i-JubStantiai. iie diea in 
Kansas City, Jackson Co., i'issouri on June Ik, 1916. liarriet died in 
Hawthorne, L.A. Co., California. 

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JaR?s Hr.PhRrSon vas born In Scotland on MafCi; 2f^, lv~.10. In 
America, iv> accumuiateti a f^anlsaij ariiouat c- iar^a, -.i-x 'wiuch .^ xarnied. 
ant^. raised aiiiruals. Or. liarcn 1>, iC^i, »j,e iMxried iia.iCi- ijo;>'d, oucy 
Isxd nin', ciiildi-en aii toscu:iiir. Thi-y vexvi Jar.c^, riei^-j' ■-'iay, -'ath- 
erine, "^liza Jane, I-Iary Arm, ifency "^llen, willian (ray great-cireat 
^rarxifetber) . George, and John, T.l'^sa last tnece buys V3r<i aii lost 
In the Civil VJar, in 1663. James provivsd foi' iiis i^urvivors cruits 
saibstantially as he oijnsd property i.". both Madison Co., Xliinrds, 
(directly n-ji-th of 'T^st St. Louis) and Loyaa Co., KentiicKy (southsarn 
tsige of Ksntucky in the middle-western portion). In addition, -le 
earned property in Butl-sr Co., Kentucky, (north of Logan Co.,) and 
in his will h: stated that .lone of this land should he sold until the 
Jtiitn ef $3.0.00 per acre could be attair'ed, -drhich -was proiTably quite 
high fnr land prices in that day, ti'ioush it seerns li!:e a n-?re pittance 
today. Tb?'- faraily finallj' actually lived in Iladison Co., ilii.:oiS, 
J^am&'^ o.i-C ih<3xv< a; Octt;?:>Gi' 20, luy9. T'^ucy died tiiCrc- also, o-ilj-' 
lytrr: nortni; Ir^fts^ her rajsband. 

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livcjd in Lcgjir C:., 1:'--t\^i;: . ll-i X'^zi^ c. r-ic ^cr'-STta- . i=:':r-'ii~-; o*"*."' tall 

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grar-ifath-::r. In A^^ust ai icoC; ::h'?r: tb; Civii. Ifa- -vras r^i^lly g'>tti:\g 

going, l.llliu.:. .:ad cMo -if rdrj JTotlicrs -Azriz to joir; uj.) in their own 

tOHu ci Il-xroj r.a'.iiser, Co., IlJir^i;;;;*, Jhei; i-rrrc all ru.iJtc^?d i- on 

Scptakjer 1?, 1C62;, and 2ii s:;irvcd in the 117 Infantry— Cor!pt;v=y «!)". 

Cartas Butler," 111. 

The broth^ro uarc prolxibi:/ lib: sr rxany utriCi':; th^at jcir-crl -ar. en >ioth 

i!id--.3 e:;q:-cc-ciag to x-lii: th^ ?nir:.y ir: ti'^c? noutii.^ ";rd cor:? hcce. For 
th?se boyy, in thr3e noJiUii^, January tlirough I;arcii of 1363, sll Tfer<? 
d!?ad frcf; tl:*- "i/*f. The :riAyt "vxjS C-3orcs, 3 privet?, ^ngsi 20, who 
di'Sv: cJ> Jsvmary U, IC63. Th'-i second -.raa Joh.:, ali^c a private, ugad 
22, yho d£-d on Fehrnary 3, 1663, On Harch 12, 1863^ i^lli^w vas sent 
lionc on a disabled discharcft fnc h? ;k^3 v^rj' ill, r(* hsid hj\:^ wh^^t the 
milatai"';'' aoc1,ur t?-rR:?d "chxnnic dicirhss'' fc-r stv?' o.r "iclit vj^^ks, then 
p3"icuco:'>i£.. Ttey kept hie; until he vras trily ir deplcrsJdR ahan^,-, arsi 
Oil th". p.y.oicol s-^ctic:! cf tr:^ cyrti.tioav.? i.T iiScd.iiJ.ity disc/srgs, it 
i«a;"i StAU-d tiiat hs -Jouid yrobably di-? on'/i-n-j, i;d isd dy^grLfiry and 
iKicoii.siTiia, and -jas finally prraly^cd Jreicc' i>? oot hora''» fo died at 
iiO;a: S'^va d^ya l-^r, on :!3:rci. li?^ l5'53. Aft'^r ais d?3th, his ytMng 
3a-: iiv^d ,.;'Itd Uk Janice" .Icd-;7r;5o\ £a:diyj ':/iiliar*s i^tii'T. Eliza- 
beth died twelve years later at th« age of 3h on June 22, I875. 

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Jamefi Killiur; l^IcPrf^^Cl' tau the II tt'.e J:;oy t-'-.w vx;.t to iive with 
hia graiK''.p;3rcT>ts, M;'» and i-Iris. Jaaes HcPh?rso..u lie xjati laucii yc^;l^;er 
tiini'. t'lVi otii':;!' bc^'.'i ir. thn xaniiy, but Wcjii tii^cstc-u :»> tl.n jo-'; oi LruS 
w«!lt)"\y ia'iriawner, biritl vtjs vsi-y ssij;;ile.u. ii-^ iBci evcrytidng uoiic for 
him '.7h?ti .v:- •wa;-J yy.ui'j, y;>d ifiS rjivau viiet >7ouJ.c isv? L'^sn his father's 
?har? ox' th<? inhc-ritaric^,, I'hich l.icr.'.'dsd quit'* a :xrc'?l c:^ lend arid 
ntxn^'t Thererlor^, sir^ce h>- hinnelf, Janif^a WiilirT., -"rt^s 2 iandtfliriKTr, he 
thoucht h? .iiiould also be a i£!rmer« Mj^i-c on that i^fr. 

In ths ueantirie, he i>:*il In lev? vitn 2 v?r.y distant cousin, u'ho 
yas a iidrcd aiivl lor JaM*--?- McPhers<^"u H''^r -"snc' t-RiS lii^:-:an Anr/e lAl/- 
R15r'C^» Ja»ri<»s opjjDS'^d this narriao«^ -jr>':i so gave Joii.'cs Viiiiiaf: a new 
Haivirob? and i'DG yuid piv^ces so t1:c;t r..^ couid go a'-iai' ar>d fcro^t her. 
So he weiit awaj^ aitd 'wore- tixe cioti>i£ aiiC^ Lrfevcled aiiu iJ2>-ii''i' 't-'^* i<^ 
gold piccs.&^ ixit ^vs didn't ^oaryeL h^uvah, arid cairit uor.;s a:"vu JKiTiici. h?r. 
iamiah teu cons i."i eta a nic:-? eueu^h i^inii;/, but uas wcrLiiig cja a hired 
<ji:ci l)f'cauii<; sue Wuii ^n orpifcii. iiir pareata iiSd ciea trher: aiie «e3 & 
youiiC oirl aiiu thia tau tue oruy w'st^-' .31 w'..:u;)urti/iu ri-2r.-eli. 3o, Jan(?s 
VJiliiati married, I-drman Aiiiic Laiitt-eriwe, vhjo ;<a.i barn n<?ar iloro, i'ladison 
Co.> lliirioia on .^pril 25 j, li^oB, on Jsuu^ry li?, ido2, 

Ja?r»fi Wiiliar a-K'; riairr.h iw- 3 Isr^^e zd;:.ily a- -^i'^v^n Ciiii'-xsn, 
Thsy iifK;lud'>d Artiiur, i/ao dif>d in iru«:'r.^ _, Luis nt;,!, "Isir-. ii&y, Bi^ssie 
i^ilen, 'U'xie i'^- <ji-<jjidi'iotiicr/, C.l2u>.i«, ir;^i"te, Cicilea ri'cdT-:rick, Jairifrs 
Lincoln, Ted Herbert, ar-d I^zcl ^stsr. when Claude i^iaa 2 or 3, aad 
Irene i;iS only about 20 ~ ii^ doyi. iic, x^ a o'Ij^z^:, ^irl, Lula An:-, 

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ily L't't tn«m. li&ruish had i:c riur^^, r rfhol-' f-nily ?.rcl'.i'''irir; a v^ry young 
be.bc' T.-ith Tiot ^v^.n aspirin tr k^-^p th-s f-rrix.dcvsn* Claud" Err;' Ir'»ne 
V.oth :^x^' free tl^e 'v fc.sl^s. 

lanrwh hs6. v^ry fliV i^a':', l>,;<J!UtiCul skfn -itK- f^lv? iis^^r; to sj'V !■?■ carie 
f'^o". th"? st^an f.vty- !^'^-i"j~ ^t^tt t*?' "iiESbtuhs n:.! the virif. Also? ^^! 
stcry vnr -^.-Id to r^- ''.^tb'^r :^*">''rfAt a ri'^ic '.-^hT! the la^nily vx". n'^-lna to 
T'^s^n i:: n ^^poT> with s t^'sn n y. rw.--' os'"'' ^b'n.'t dusk. I-stj-.":;": .7\ad5 
corn ca-'.^cj for "i"' *ir V'ith '.-Jabrr .fr/«r- ^3 ->r'arby stfc^n* Tb^r'^. w^t*c S'^ns 
1 'ft ov'''^r ^:>r hr'^kj.i'St. Ivhf^n t1i'?y "ornkc the ccrr.car.=?2 nrsur i^. th? 
m3''oinr, t'c^.y x^r^ v-tv surprise' tc fi'l trst thft str^-an •>-'atcr had had 
tadpoles in it sni t/at sa;:.*; vere heksd ir-siJI? tU- ccrncaK?^! 

J^n^S '^llliar; uas a v:ry hai"K-:So!'ie aian, v/ith blacK i^ir ana 9 red 
imistache. lis l^d beer veiy vili -f.uucac^d wrJ.l3 livinc yith his grand- 
pi3jrcnt3 tut, as ^2rli-~r s-catcd, *V3 f^lt that n? should be 3 lajmer, h??- 
had sssi't l£>.ci sxpcrisr.ce.^ a:id jiiovcd xraa one; piac^ to aiioUicrr, Jwt could 
not suGC^?^ Will in the farriao world, Tii'.?;' ucnt co T3:<as, iac'.: to Ill- 
inois, to Xi^.'JDuri;, and xi «Ily to -nrUauScia. 2ut lis dcarl^' iov"jd to 
huuit a:"i^ fl5:;; -rriich :ia;' h^lp to "■rc.'/.jd n whs' ''"■»'-' di-'n* t Succ'-'?'' 'jr*!! in 
fan?.inc« "rv? >s^!l hr^vl of h?cr;-''^;!, •? trait thcjt :12" unf ^rt.r7ngti??.-- >>?<?n 
"randf^ ''rjua ■'.•■hi-'-;j'jh th* [)Cn.?:'?iti-.T;aj iv.cl'.id:.':- l-.n :rj "lotiv-^r. J-:a?3 
WiliisTs: di-Td i;> '■'; '-"^ '.on,, !'l3S'?Ari, !.:y rr?»iednnth'??.'*;i i-nd riotltar's now? 
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i^ paternal grandfather iras born in Milnor, Sargent Co., IJorth 
I&kota on June 3, 1336. lie %jas a "bull headed" Englishman, ^d-th 
vavy dark hair x^hcn young (and alnost entir^^ly bald as lis got older), 
and a very stocky 5*8" fraras. He was very strong, cspscially his arms 
and rands and had an excellent physique, I can remember v/bp.v. I tjas a 
littl-? girl and in,y grandpa and I vrould sit on tlie couch. He would fo,ld 
his hands with his tliunbs together, and try as i migat, I could not 
jwll thera apart. I also got a real charge out of hin poi^ping his false 
teeth out at me just aft-^r he got then. Ife •was quite a tease, 

fe made his living as a jainter and trail paper hann^r, and ran a 
tjruck faa:^!! on the side, ^tdth the aid of the rest of th^ family. He -was 
strong and good at his job, and also v^y ncchanical, as my father is. 
fly grandfather, Ray, built the tractor they used on the farn. 

Tfwjugh he 2Bd an excellent physioue in general, lie had a linp as a 
result of a mnting accident Mhcn he -was just a hc^. He ■was OL't hunt- 
ing with a step-brother (no one sesns to knrw who it wrs) and th-^ other 
gua wePt off acciaentally, snooting rny grandpn in the right heel. Almost 
the entire hc-^el oone iras destroyed, leavi"o him with qintn a limp., and 
finally with on^ leg siivihtlj' shorter tiian the other. He iiot'^ ifengaroo 
leather shoes all his life because of this. They wer" evidentl.^ the 
most comfortable typ'' hie could find, 

Ray had been narried once and divorced, but I canrot find int xrho 
his first wife vjas. It evidently did not last long, and there vere no 
children. As a young man, he was painting Iferlej' Dean's house, and 
met terley's daughter, Edna -'-lae, in tlie course of. his v/ork. They trere 
narried in Des Moines, Iowa on Tlay 13', 1913. 

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Ily grandmother, "vdna Iia<^ D^AIJ was born in Ft. Dodge, Icfwa on lay 5> 
1895. As a young girl, about I6 or 17, she attended a business college 
in DeS IloineS, Iowa and learned to type and to take shorthand. I renen- 
ber she always typed her letters, so she must iBve really like to type. 
She \-forked for a tine before she married Ray. After that, she kept house 
and helped witii the truck farm. Ste also fsid a greenhouse out hack that 
C3randpa had built for her. She kept herself quite busy at the church, 
also, at that time, the Indianola Heights Ctaristian Church. She w?s the 
superintendent of the Sunday School there for several years, A very 
skillful hobby Qrandraa had t^s crocheting. Shz did e;cccllent work, and 
she crocheted s. beautiful tablecloth, one eacli for ny sister and me. 

They l^d three Sons: Ray Thomas, born June 13, 1917, Boyd }iarley, 
born October ?, 1?20, and my father Dean Franklin, bor: January 2, 1927. 
Ray Thorns (krlick married Madeline M^rkle, and thej' had one son, Ray 
Thonas, Jr., who is also married now ytlth two children. Bc(/d married 
Connie (I don't 'Anm her naiden name) and they Juan one Son, wno married 
and also ted one son. Boyd and Connie are now divorced. Dean, ray 
father, married Jan.? harriette Shoot and l^c. t^jo children. But more on 
us later. 

After retiring and a feu rnre years in Dcs Moin-'S, ny grsndp?rents 
laoved to HojntP.in Hcr--e, Arkansas, x/here they lived for 2 or 3 years. 
After that, they moved to Springfield, I!issouri, irhere ny grsndfath?.r 
di--'' of a heart attack on August 9, I966, He enjoyed "xcellert health 
up till the day he died. My grandmother becsne ill 2 couple years la- 
ter i-dth cancer and vras finally -^oved to a nursing hcne in Incitinolg, 
loie (near Des Iloines^ lot-ra t.-rhere nj' uncle Ray lives). She died there on 
Iby 23, 1970. 

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My grandfather, Jara^s Harrison Linciln SHOOT i^ras born in a small 
Sf?ttl'?ment called Quthridge's I'lill, which is no longer in existence, 
but vias located near Keyetsville, I!issouri. He i-ras born or-, a farm there, 
and he always seemed to consider this part of the country hone, Ke vras 
born on February 12, 1537. When he vras lii, his lanily moved to Checotah, 
Oklahoma. James IL L. absolut^^ despised C^lahonia, tind i-/ithin a few 
months he went back to live with his uncle Ilarion '^sh in liemon, lio. 
He became a carpenter, and a very good one, at that. 

On Ilarch 16, 1910 he married 'tffie HcPh'^RSCSI in Carrollton, Mo. 
They had three daughters. They were, Mary Bernice, born July 22j 1912, 
Doris Jean, born April 17, 1915, ana my mother Jane i^rri'^tt", bom 
Kovcmber la, 1927, a gap of nearly 13 years between my mother and her 
next sister. Mary Bernice married Uillard Glenn Manewal and had two 
dfaushters, Jan and Judy. Doris Jean married Cnarles Ifonroe IJescott, 
witii whcTi she tiati two children., liarilj'n, who tos killed in an auto ac- 
cident just Ijefore her sixteenth birthday, and James Uilliam, born Oct- 

obn- 3, 19i4B, . . ^. ,^. ,^ , .. ,, 

an- now narriea himselfioi' ^he srtcona t:.m&. I'ly mocner 

raarrieo, Jean Franlilin Ciaiiiok. They la-^ two laughters, Regina Jan-., and 

Sara Dean (me). 

My grandfather was an excellent athlete and an especially cood bas 

ball player. He taught my cousin, Vernon Kennedy, how to pitch, and 

Vsraon went on to be a pitcjier in the major leagues playinc far Cni- 

cago, Oetroit, 3t. Louis, etc. Oie of his greatest joys in lifs" was 

hunting and fishing, and he went every chance he got. He also enjoyed 

trap and skeet shooting, Vfy grandfather was very musically inclined, wth 

a very nice tenor voice and he played the mandolin. In Mendon, he and 

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.son? other nsn had a snail band call??d the "Yellow Cre^k Ranbl-^rs". (Y'^1- 
low Crsck is locatc>d just outside of Ifendon, i!o.) 

fly grandmother, ^ffic HcPlTvRSOII, vas born December 21, 1889, in 
Old Ilendon, Missouri (located just a feu miles from Ilendon). She vras a 
pretty girl, only about 5«2" tall, and very intelligent. She liked 
school and -was a member of the graduating class of 1909, the very first 
graduating class from the Ilendon High School. From there, she went on 
to college in RuiJ-5e.iiville, IC^utucky for a year, then came home and worked 
as a barlv teller. Unf ortunat-irly, she was teasea for being so interested 
In school sii.CG r,ioJ5t girls w-»r« not. She was especially interested in 
ianguasjei: and tooir; Latin and Cfefman in nigh school besides raving an ex- 
trems.ly rooi kn o\>jiidQe of ''ngiish. She i^y a tremendous vocabulary, 
and to this day loves to work cross-vord puzzles, (Graiiam other is now 
36 years old.) Af-cer ar.c, icas irarrica, she kept house, x^as an excel- 
lent seamstrcsa, and was a lancjtic gardener. She raisea both veuc- 
t3l;le 2n1 flcA-r." gardens, and c^naf,-d many of her own irui-cs and vege- 
tables. Sr.e is also an excellent cook, arid seems to enjoy it. 

My grandfather and grandmother met in a rather strange iray. when 
they uere yusang, Janes II, L.'s brother used to court ^fiie's older sis- 
ter, Uila, and Little James would used to cane alonn and nide under che 
rosebush in chx- Ktrhsrson yaxu. Wiietner tney met tnen or later is un- 

My grandmother now loves to travel and goes all over tiie country 
by jet whenever she can. She has just recently been living with us for 
several months, and is nau with my aunt Doris. Grandmother is one of 
the kindest, gantlest people I have ever known and I can honestly say 
tiBt 1 -liive never in mj' life seen her g^t angry or lose ter . emper for 

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any reason. She also is hard of hearing and in dif firolt to communi- 
cats with at times unless in quif^t surroundings, ^ven x/ith the ag- 
gravation of her hearing loss, however, she is alviays calni , sweet, and 
helpful in any possible, 

i-ty grariufathar developed a respiratory ailment later in life, pos- 
sibly caqihj'Senia , n£ liau studied since he was nine years old, which no 
doubt coritributed x,o his dixxiculties. He died oi coiigenitgl heart 
iailur« on January h, 1962, Kty mother and 1 vrent dowi there iron Rock- 
frod when he was so ill. A neighbor and very good friend of the fa- 
mily, Luciie Larson, cape to the train to pick us up (ray grardraother 
never drove a car) and took us all up to the hospital in M^rcelinP, In 
the time it had taken to pick us up. Grandfather ted died, "ven thrtigh 
1 ^!^as only five years old, I can still remember t'ne doctor sittinc ^r 
grandmother doxjn and telling her out fcn the lobby. I bad gone in there 
with a picture of John F. Kennedy fron f^v cover of Time magasine for 
my grandfather (he T«ras a strong Democrat a d my Rotl>er was a strong 
Republican), Needless to say, I cam. back out of there with the sa'ae 
picture clutched tightly in my hand. 




Passed away Thursday, January 4, 1962, at 
the age of 74 years, 10 ni o n t h s, and 22 

Funeral from the Christian Church, Men- 
don, Mo., S u n d ay, January 7, at 2 p.m.. 
Rev. Stanley Ray, officiating. 
Interment in Mendon Cemetery. 

The body will be at the Leipard ChapeJ 
until the funeral hour. 



■^,^^0., ^hLj j^ST 

Viy rratrmal crandfath^r's tunarol not?.c<>. 

Dean Franklin GftRLICK and Jane Karri tife SKOOT 

It i.> So difficult to 'vJritf? the histories of someone known in- 
tir.iat3ly. It :«;5 difficult with nj-' grandparents, uho I knew, but I 
know that I can never really do justice to reporting uliat 1 knew of 
ray pGie.ri.';, for there are so many, nany sinail, ever^ ay things that 
mean so much to ns that I could never relate and would very likely not 
mean much to anyone else. Please bear x^ith my feeble efforts, 

y.y fathci- -i^.a thf; tlii;:d r.or af Ray snd "dsa D^-an Cariick, born on 
January 2, 192? in Des lioines, loxra. as a child ?:rl a ycixnc Tanj he 
vcrked helpirj his father with the truck farm they r^?';. Hy father in- 
herited try (;ran-;ps*s raechsnicEl abilities. ]^ has tcld me thgt he 
fixed ttet old trc'Otpr sji iisny tin?3a,., LJrWs if he Ijrz the prtper 
tools, he oar! fix alirost a-'ythf.r.q Tnechanical, 2"d even if he can't fix 
it, he kncw.^ exac-^ly hyi; it TJurks, It's arnazinf^. ?4v f ether aliio is 
in e:x:;llent condii'ion pliysii'-ally i^'id i very gooA ■jtl'ilete. Kc enjoys 
Skiing, skating, sid^nialni;, jO'.f> Son.ballj end punerous other activi- 
ties includ:".!ig t-eiug an eirpl^ne pilot, uh:.ch h''^ d?.-3rj;,/ lov?r.. He also 
enjcys JuiAtinc, thougli :ie liasn^t teen en --j I-.u-.tir-g ti'ip in several 
yeaia. In the arr^', he l-izcmt an er-opert rHrl:3iTa-i with a :ifie. irith 
his hunting expe.rience as a youiic lis."; starring *iir in jcca stp.sd, no 
doubt. He used to hunt deer with a boa-J and arros-;, and xras a good ar- 
cher. (H^' still is, I'm sure if he would just get going on it a^inl 

In J.9hSj he was drafted into the Army and at that time was in 
Japan, servixig in the Army of Occupation. As previously stated, he 

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Fiy father. Dean F. Garlick, in hifih ychooi 


3ack from hunting. 

x^as an ?:ro?rt narksman, Hhcn diaciiargeci, h3 rsturnsd to Das Moines, 
Iowa, and thsre held a Sf^ri^s ox odd jobs, as nost veterans did after 
tte war. Ta'?T'^ also, he net niy mctiasr. 

One ni^ht when Jans uas on the t-sy to choir pvactic^? uithc her 
friend. Opal, Dean and a friend stopped on the way to get their dates, 
for uhcy 'mc-u jp'>l. My nother didn't say nuchj she dian't k-iow tiicrru 
But the ne:ct ueekand, ijhen re nother was out riding hsr norse, they 
met again, talked, started gnina out , ana 2-- years later, i-xsre sisr- 

Thf^.' were rarried on May 26, 1950 i i th«? Park- Av^'-rut' pT'<siiyt?:'ian 
GJ-tirch in Dr,s I-lcincu, la\^s, Ti'jsy had t-Jo daughters, r.^yira Jar-.:!, on 
Tizctiix'.r I'^f ip5i, an:l ue, 3yra D-ran, zxx T'cveribin' 3, IS'po* 

?'li' aother va:5 born or IJcr/^rib'^r llj., 192"?. in r'sndo;-., i^l.'ssoori. 
Shi 'aas like I'.'.j sick cftc^n as *; chile ;2n''l rather fruil at tiet time. 
She 2l3c, iJ a vt;*;' intc-lleg^nt vyian and ?i-jo;'-' schoDl, still wking 
cia3ti'i,> once in 3 -./hiie 5:ir;piy f dt erjoyment and kuowl-dge, 3hz -jerit 
to Drake anivsrsity in jy-a /bines, .'.cr»a ' jt her first ycsr s.nc. a half. 
vS.-ie moved to :^£ ;Icii!iiS after gradaatic^ ::ror; :fondor. High Sciiocl wO 
live with Ir^r 5i3tzv Joria and vrak to ySi; r;;c.'.cy fcr ^cliool. ih3 I'iiS 
aiyay;^ lad an eKcell'jnt nino', sjUijacially for businoSii. Siiz n;.ns the 
I?asi.-;eS5 i~pzc\, of <ju.i hous-^hold, and Lecp^ ir.p-jccabie xeecrc^s (3iie 
never throws any tiling away; the IRS can n2'<j^r prove us -uriKigl) Her 
only xrt-zk points sre chat she, toe, is Inarc of tearing, arid shr is 
clironically late, I^^ family and I hrave yet to understand it. 

Just afte-i trey were rrarried, (less than a year), tliey bought a 
house in Dg3 Moines. Uhsn signing for the loan, tlie bank saic that my 
fathar didfj't laase enough to make payments, My mother told then that 

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Mr. and Mr-. 
Jm 1 es H trrison 

Shoot of 
Mendon, Mo., 
announce the 



marriage of 

tlifir daughter. 

Jane Harriett e, 

^ to Dean 


Gaiiiek, sou 

of Air. and 

.Mrs. Ka.v 

(;arlirlv of 

Di-s Molues. 

>lis« Slioot 

attended Oralis 

university and 

Ml. Oarli.k 




Institiltr in 


Jans H» iilJOjUii cr.^p^4^r.:e,;,t Pict.^--, 

ste, too, ■wati working, uhich sh3 ijas. ¥hat sh-; n3glcct'?d to t'll 
them Mas ttet she tias pregnant and would bs working only a ff^ nore 
months. They get the loan, and th'j hou3e. Just before? Ry nothsr 
quit i.-orking, t;uy dscidsd to rent out th--^ upstairs of ths house. This 
turu3d out quite tj?ll, for the rent irtM tnis aparti.'<>nt mad?: tneir 
house p<ayui?nt:i i'ci" therx, with ii2,p0 a mot.th l?ft avfrl 

In 1952, ny father. Dean, landgd a job in rLansas City, Missouri 
as a paint depar'cnient supervisor with th-3 Seidlits Paint Cssnpa;ii>, Sd 
thsy novr:d to i'iansaf: City ar.d liv^^d tho>re 'an-':il ly'^y, wher. ta«v7 can'- 
tc Roskiord, for Dian had a Job idth P:icKat''-V3l;!;jar p-:u:it3. i saii 
re.-icrab-ar rvy futher dcinn uphd'-Jt'Ty ::s a snail si;:-^li-.-.e In his <i'>-z 
time, plus sor^e i^ainting ixrA -.cill pap-';:!.-';^, vliicii hr. had lea-.-;:-^d frOTi 
hi- lat-hcr, Tvc-ryan^ sayr- he ;ihc.ul'i opTr- hia o-=*'-\ repair r>-/rvi::e or 
ti-i- like since he is sa :a';char.i'jul'.y l-Klined, i'.vl r.ayh'i So^-eday he 
will. Frcr I966 to th" present, he ho?: i-'orK'^d at Clinton ^leetrories. 

7:j Mother vrcrked a.'^- a .J-^eretary vxlth tn? !3gs Hoines Statlcrx'yy 
Caipany before ah?, wa-". marrie.'. 31 n3^ the:., she wer.t bads to work 
for a while alter I vraU in ::chooJL to jT"'lp p^y for a house icr ."13' 
graiidniother Slioot to live in ejvcr i;y ni:ar.dfir;,her died. She iy new 
■working again aac as before, taking 3 cias.> iiow and th^u, 

'-"hid past jJuriirier, to c:.l?.bi-ate th'ir 2.5th wedding arudver^ry, 
my parents took a Caribbean cruise, which I thinjj ttey enjoyed in- 
menaely. Th'~ whol? fa'iily lovs to travel, and this was the best 
gift th'^y eould l-Hve given ther.Sf'li/es. 

I I'.ave So i^iuch More that I can sgy, but will close in saying that 
I have none -jf tne standard teenage nassles with n^' par?nt3. .ve have 

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part, tii'3y nave done an exceptional Job an par'^ntii and as poopl^., and 
have wan both th'a lov? snd r^^spect of ran;' p^opl", incluf3inn and <;s- 
p?!Cial.'..y ry sister, uina, and mys?lf . 

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Mv Parents Vlridding Ir:vitatior^ 

Reoina Jans'. GA,T^LICK 

11^'/ fiistT^ P'3gin;i Jan-^^ usually call<?d Gi"i3j tcts born in Tfercy 
Hospital in D'>s T!oincs, lovra on Dact»r5b(?r 19, 195lj in ths r>i<lst oi a 
virtu^i blizsjarc. Sry? lovs school nov (n'v'. rUdi*t "Sp'^-oially like 
itbsfor" roll'^r") ai'vJ ha?? nT bachci.-Tr's .l^^tirp-.p jn '^ 'polish LitTstur'^ 
and Ir^ J^stT*s d'"Tr'"? in -l'=^ia'^ ■'■>tLidi<?s. Siy^. 2radu.ati?t1 iroP! ''Guil- 
ford 'iiiqh School in IS'69. Sine? Aufjitst ox 1975, ^n? nas ly^^Jn iri 
Japan t'^achinn ''in.olish and lei^rni'^n nnr?* of th-'' Japan«^s<^ la-'rnjaoe, 
Sh^ is f^aSfW. ev^ry onc^ in £ whii'? abnut b<?inn a "professional stu- 
d<?.nt," . 

On5 of hftr nr^at'^st nri.ssicns is trfsv^llinp. Sh? h^s b<»'?n a pr^at 
Tjany plants arcfiv'^d -^.hr Uniti^r' Stat.p.s, r,ins IfeTjnii^ K(>ricr!, ruf^rto Rico 
and ,Ta-Dan. Shi? js an ^xcll'^nt irrit^r and bss a or'^at d«>al of ar- 
tistic talent. Sh'' ''nJiT/3 f'Sncinn and tbc thp.atr'^ ctn't Tjas in s'^vTal 
^la^'S and 'nusicals in hich schnnl and coll<?n^« ^-i" ^-2*" ^ sharp raind 
and at tiics a ;-jharp t«jnn<?, a fi<'rce S'T'S" oi ianily loyalty? for 
sh© prnt^ct^.d me many tin«=^s as a child, I'm sur'? sne has a gr^at iu- 
tur<^ ahead. 


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Last b-ut not Uaat, is ej, Sara ixzQn QarlicU, 'oai.^.. i-i St. Jo3f?ph 
Hospital in Karsas City, KiSiaouri on I'lcvmh^jr 3, lyi,'6. 1 ^ra£. a aickli-' 
littl'? child aad caused in;; parents iia.'v' prcbldms and PiCdicai Ljiliti. 1 
graduated fron 0_'.iirGrd Hi-jp. Sciiocl iri ui.'! top 20 cui of about 65C 
3tud-;rt3. I un ia tho r;-ruit prosran at ths wooc'iJarJ Govei-.-.or Co. 
bp.r- in towi-, uith a guaranteed au.'nrr::r joii for 2ic,iiz ysara, tliank 
h<3at"-nj5 (ulth tiV^" ^J!iployn-?:Vc aituation th-i ;;jy it ia rio'rf.) X e'"-joy 
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I^ sister-, Kegina, (i'>iitj ana m ;3a2a^ ;?:* children. 




ear Contributor to the i^ock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studying 
merican families, we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only a 
ew mintues, and will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
ccess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 

SURVEY ** A -/c ■:; >v-a- a a a a * a a -:-, -.v a a a a a a a a a a a 


1. Your name /u<X r c./(S-^ /-■ ^Ve/-/7e/ (r?ccr/£7/--e, a 

Date of form ^j^^ G ^ / '^ 7 ^ ^ ^'^ ^ ^ 

2. Your college: Kock Val ley (.ol lege ••• (ID // ) 

Ro c k f rd , 111 f n o i s -'-- 


3. Check the earliest date for which you have been able to say things about your family in 
your paper. 

V B efore 1750 1750-1800 1800- 1850 

1850-1900 1900 or later 

k. Please check a 1 1 regions of the United States in which members of your family whom you 
have discussed in your paper have lived. 

New England (Mass., Conn., R.I.) V Middle Atlantic (N.Y. , Penna. , N.J., Va.) 

_^_South Atlantic (Ga. , Fla., N.C., S.C.) u^ East South Central (La, , Miss. ,A1 a. ,Tenn , K-% 
low est South Central (Ark., N.M., Tex., Ok.) y/^ East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind.) 
t^ Paci fie (Cal., Washj (Hawaii, Alaska) 

Please check all occupational categories in which members of your family whom you have 
discussed in this paper have found themselves. 

Farming Mining i/^Shopkeepi ng or small business 

Transportation Big Business (/^Manufacturing 
Professions Industrial labor i/Other 

6. Please check all religious groups to which members of your family whom you have discussed 
in this paper have belonged. 

Roman Catholic Jewish Presbyterian t^ Methodist 

Baptist \y^ Epi scopal ian Congregational Lutheran 

Quaker Mormon Other Protestant Other 

7. What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 

Blacks Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans 

Jews Cenfal Europeans Italians ^Slavs 

"J^/^lrish British i/Native Americans over several generations 

East Asian Other 

\. What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

(/ Interviews with other y Family Bibles iX Fami ly Genealogies 
fami ly members 

Vital Records Land Records ^The U.S. Census 

y Photographs Maps ^Other 




A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name ^'crnr^t,^^\ ^c,^,i^ U'erneV Current Residence 

If dead, date of death /lu-«^c^s-f j'l'^U 

Place of birthC*nW_^_OLj_o Date of Birth QcU i^r 1^ , I P^ 3 

Education (number of years): 
grade school ^ c\<^K^ high school ^ [p^, vocational college '^ ^ov^r 


<- / (after leaving home) 

Ist^g/fs AVa.^c.yr Dates ntO- H^g l st p\u^^^{e_ Xk^ i'aKcU )ates l')/o-/?^/6 

2nd r<XcUyw OAfl... c^ci^f^r Dates \^XP k 2nd Dates 

^rd Dates 3rd Dates 

'^th^ Dates ^th Dates 

Re 1 i g i on C c>-+ ^ C) [ ( c^ 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. l\g Uc^ [3L c^l ^^ "B.Po.Ll : 

>.ace Of Marriage to your grandmothe r' ^.^^^^^^^ p.,i.o.^c. ^ '^^ Su.. I^/S> 

NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another relative give 
that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name fMiUred ElirLcvbef/y O'f^eu^rcK. U/fraef Cur rent Residence 
If dead, date of death Aia,y lu iqSH 

Place of birth Ak^ci e ,1- ^dioLtva . Date of birth C^cl-^^Lgr /^, /8')Q 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 8 ^'S^V high school ^ '''^ ■ vocational col lege 2 Tu-'o 


kl i I (after leaving home) 

\^d^^wi<^^^ -\c'(XcKer Dates 17/D -IfQ 1st [\\v.,^c,'e , T k^/c^k.^ Dates fe^/g-/731 

2nd Koc^sg tuit ^ DatesJijS__/2^<^2nd Dates 

3 rd gX g <^ U.-I-I ^-e Sg Cr<-L-^ Dates /9^'^-/^3 93 rd Dates 

^th Dates i»th 

Re 1 i g i on C aUvO liC 

I Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, e t c .^jVfvv££jjxi 


Place of marriage to your grandfather 77~~ ~~. "T^ n nAT? — "^ TT^TT^ 

Note- if f K l^W^^cti: ^-Lf^rkia^r. DATE p.^Kg /■? f? 

tha^°a^ta SFl»Fh^^8a£^'S?^tl'lf§ pigi^^A-^)^ stepmother or another relative give 

A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 

^^'""g Current Residence 

I f dead, dale of death 

Place of birth Date of Birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLA^E OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 













Re 11 g i on 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmother ~~" ~~ TalEi 

A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 

**^'^ ,___«________________ Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death — — — 

Place of birth Date of birth 

Education (number of years): 
grade school high school vocational college 


(after leaving home) 
'^^ _Oates ^st__ ^Dates 

2"«^ D ates 2nd ^Dates 

3''<^__ Dates 3rd_ ^Dates 

Re 1 i g i on 

. V '• f ,-.,•' • 

Political p^arty, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 


Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name W&.Uet /■^r-fliu.r LetzL./er- Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death /\p,-'A (r i I1G5 

Place of birth Locals /jle K-gnWcLy Date of bi rth 3ting^ i\ A 'SS'^ 

Education (number of years) : ^~~ "" ' 

grade school ^(eK-kV) high school '-jfCjixr) vocational col lege S^ {-^ou^rj 


. (after leaving home) 

tst gCoo^ -■ff -crJgQ/ s«fd-s^>vo-/v. D ates \%>h - I'7i2 >] st Ter^t Uaccif X/vg/'^- >- ^ D ates I'll 2- l%K^ 

2nd txdv^ A, sytK-^ ^aUs^waK D ates ^ | 3 ' 19/^* 2 nd /V\olKi: i e ,1 Kg^ [ ^^^^ D ates M'S-::i.-l%'> 

3rd neujsya ^gr rr^a h.cvy>'fgd.lo/- D ates |^ (S - H^^ 3 rd Tl^SCq K hn^OKo^ D ates i'^3i-/^/3C 

'♦th Dates ^^th ^Dates 

■ Religion Lu^-|-Kgi"^ k. 4o A\e|- Lo c/ i ^f 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc.^ebo^ii'^cx^ /MaS^AS, jRo-/^a.fy Pk, 

Place ^of marriage ^ your grandmother Gr ef /^<^^^ f (^ r777m~ <^ateoc4. Slu. ,1^/^ 

Note: If your mother was raised by a aiHp f ame r O F aTOt t ie r r e l a ti v e ( t O a ge ]8) "T 

give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Name AWr-g Loc|cu.'coc( Lej^.ler 
If dead, date of death /Ac.cw-oi 1 ^6^: 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

f. l^y Current Residence 

^^ '- -'- 

Place of birth fir r ol T KJJid K a ,_ ^Date of birth April /O , IS'JO 

Education (number of years) ' 

grade school Si-'t^.kV') high school Vf-Tcra^ ) vocat iona 1 col lege V (4 oc^r) 

I r V I ^ (after leaving home) 
1st CvvaK^K, a e<^c Ke y Dates l'?i3-/5/6 1st Pgv-t^ J, ^^^ k^ ^v o^ Dates /'^^3-/^/</ 

2nd l-ipuse kj^S^ Dates (1/^-/'^4S'2 n d Cp(eK Ely >^ X H' Kg/s D ates l'^/'/'/'^^'^' 

3 r d ^Da t e s ^ r d Terra ^^^^-^^llwd,^>^c^_^ a t e s /^/5'-I9a3 

Religion (\\e\\\.ocX\^T 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc fce^gp' ■ "^^^ *^ , K'^^p<^ ka^^c, Q]C^tx:^_f^^ 

Place of marriage to your grandfathe r Grge >t: c as//g .JZr^, ^/,<3.1^ 6atk C'cf . ^t:, , /'^/T 

Note: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to age 18) -■ ^- ■ ■ ■ 

give that data on the back of this page (D-2) 

C-1 Stepgrandf ather (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

I f dead , date nf death 

l'l.ii.<- ..I l.i . Ih \),\lc ul III I th 

F (liK .it i nil (niiiiil)i' I ^TT V I ■ ,1 . ) 
•jr. Ilk" mIichiI hiijh school vijcol i oii.i 1 collcije 

Occupat ion(<;) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd :\ites 2nd Dates 









3r(J Dates 3rd ^Dates 

'4th Dates '^th Dates 

Re I i g i on 

Political part ies , civil or soci al ^clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmother date 

D-2 S tepgrandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

I f dead , date of death 

Place of birth Date of birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school vocational college 


(after leaving home) 
I-, t ^Dates 1st Dates 

2nd^ Dates 2nd Dates_ 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates_ 

fie 1 i g i on 

Political '^'t^ ' / , c i / 1 I or Tocial cluhs, sororities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 

CmtDREN of A & B (or A- 1 or B-1) - your father's name should appear below 

Name :S o k k il e^ K v^ / Utr^e~\- ' 

Place o^ birtn ///,., r;U. J L „ ./ /^ ,. .. " date \^l^ 

Number of years of schooling f£) ^ e u r^ ' Occupatidn 

^umoer or years ot schooTmg I Cj ^ e a r^ Occupatidn ^g/.^ /n<Knc.^^er 

Residence ^y. leg. ^/,e.X/,.A;..,^ Marital Status /// ^,^;.Tw7^ ^ 

Number of chi Idreh Jl '" ^' ^ 

^ Name A/ofmc^n Lp^/j^ \^efK€'-/ T^- ^/^/X' «=>-_) 

^ ' ace of b i rth A( ^ ,, , , ^ , ^^ ,^ , '^^ n c^ d ate (f ^/ . ^C, , /?/ 9 

Number of years of school i n'g 7<7 TTTTTT^, Occuoatibn — m j ^ -^ /^ . ^ ^ 

D ^.. T\ ' / jr\ \ . rU ^_j y<^ar<. occupation /y^/^<f /-/y ^/ /z ^. //^/ a . /i a -^ e' /- 

Residence J)|(>,( (^,V|. G , \^^^ M arital Status A/^a^- /W/ ^^^ ^ 

Number of chl Idren y ' ■ ■ '■ ^ 

J- Name Ro)o^r\ frc^^^cis \,\)(Ly^ € / 

P 1 ace or b l rth ^ ^ ^ y jr k ./ , i. .. o^ date /<^OJ 

Number of years of school i n ^ >(. yd^TT" Occupat lOn ^^^ >>, .y^ ^n^,;.^^ ^ro K,.a.v i--c 

Residence A^sVi-^J.W- Marital Status /K^c rTHw^ "^ — ^pJ^^U^ 

Number of chi Idren ^ ' "* 

Name W H ( , ac k.,^ jg). Uj e. ^- ^i^ t^ •/- 

P lace of b i rth nicc^.c , e , J^ k^ T^k ^ ^ date /f a.</ 

Number of years of school i'nq /^ ,y^^.^^ Occuoatlrth % 

Res i dence Ogv:^-fg>x, |'\t 
Number of chi Idren ^i^ 

Number of years of schooling /^ i/^^^/-.<> Occupatlbh c^a ^ r^ / ^ /^ .. . . ±^. /. ', / 

Residence /^^^-fc-^ ^^^.^^c A^.J^ M/ i ta1 f^ t.t... /^ ^ TTTv^^^^"^^^^ '^ 

Name /-Jgicgir^^ Uiehng.T 

Place of birth /MunC/£ Xh^Ci^K^ date f ^ ^G 

Number of years of schooHrig ■ Occupation .— 

Residence d.[^-d^ i\^ /^■^7~ Marital Status "" 

Number of chi Idren . ~~ 


Place of bi rth ' ' ~~ 3"ate 

Number of years of schooling TTccupatiOn 

Residence Marital Status ' 

Number of chi Idren "" 


Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of school Ing Occupation 

Res i dence Marital Status " 

Number of ch i Idren ~~~^ ~~" 


Place of bi rth "date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status " 

Number of chi Idren 


Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status ' 

Number of chi Idren ~" 

). Name 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of school Ing Occupation 

Residenc e M arital 5t..f..^ 

Number of Lllf llirun — i-aLua^ 

CHILDREN of C and D (or C- I , D-l)-your mother's njmr should oppejr below 

Numln-r ... yew. a\ schooling /6 ^ ~, -, Occup^TU ^ J3^ ,, U.' ,,^^ .-^^^^ /. 

.^•^'^ ' ^^"cc a?,^,| //^,, / /9~ ' Marital SlaLus />/.,;, .V,/ '^ 

Number of cni Idren ^ 

2 . Nome //',^, j-i^ j_i ^^ t^ jLe-Z^:. /^ /^ /t/g A/t ^ y^ Cy^ d4L^ i-J 

Place of birth TV , ,. ^ A/c..Wg .J^A^V^^/vc date (!^g / . /^ . 79"/^ 

Number of years of school i ng t7yea^^ Occupat ion r^,, , / ,.; ^ /V^..3e :a./; 

Residence lw,c^^/lhe-^ X.,./;v. .. .. Marital Status ij/^n .^^ 

Number of ch 1 Idren cj ^ — ~ ~ 

3. Nane , • I t 

P lace or' birth ~~ ~~~ date 

Number of years of school i ng ~~~~ 5^ccupatiOn 

Residence Marital Status ' 

Number of chi 1 dren ————^-~—~~~—— - 

Number of ch i Idren 

10. Har^. 

P lace of b i rr h 

Res i dence 

No'nber of chi Idren 

U. Nane ...^\ 

Place 01' Dirth ~" " datt 

Number of years of school Ing ~" ~~~ Occupation 

Residence Marital Status ' 

Number of ch i 1 dren 

Nanie ...I 

P 1 ace of birth ' ^ ~~"~" date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Res i dence Mar i ta iTtatus ' 

Number of ch i 1 dren """ 

6. Name 

P lace of b i rth ~~~ date 

Number of years of school ing Occupat ion" 

Residence ~~~ Marital Status 


P lace of birth ~ date 

Number of years of schooling ^Occupation 

Residence _^ Marital StTtUs" 

Number of ch i 1 dren ~ ~ ""■ 

P lace of b i rth ~~~" ~ AaX.c 

Number of ye^rs of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of ch i 1 dren 


Place of ^^""-^ , , .. rfate 

Number of years of school inr. Occupation 

Residence Har i ta 1 Status 

Number of ch i I dren ~~~ 

^ date 

Number of /ears ot schooling flccupatio?r 

Marital Status 


Your Father 

Name A^Cr/>ian Lou.is U/&rn€^T Current Residence 

If dead, date of death October (c , /Ci(p^ 

Place of birth /MghCif. .X-r\<^\CLSvo^ ^Date of birth Oc\o\^'tr ^Q, . HlR 

Education ( n umbe r o f years j ' ' ' 

grade school ^ ua . high school <3 g/i vocational col lege <j c^i 

prebfhool ^ g \ . Q o 

Occupation(s) ^ PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

, ( If (after leaving home) 

1st >vo,csOL^/i>^e sJ^sho^ Dates ecK^L \'^3d^ 1st j^r^.^--"// Dates I'j ^S2 -/ '^<^^ 

2nd cxdver-l-l. Sine SgigK^K Dates t^3']'l^</^ 2nd 3c^k Tr^^KC / S0C> Cx/j-^^- D^tes /^/ ^^ 

Brd ckiet ^^eHw M^ce^ U S./L>D ates nVa-/'?</^ 3rd Al u.v^^ /e Jl^rJ ,^ ^c^ D ates \^HS~ l^i41 

^th acll/dtTi-Si^vc^ Kag^^^e.- D ates h</6'-/^(^^ ^ th t^iK^^Ki,^^^ J-V^g/.c^K<^D ates I'j S^ /-/^(^^ 
Religion ^^^^,^1/^ CJ^lc^ ri -H t> f^- s.o^c^l,^^ ' 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Peiagp / < <-cvk^, ^^^.r^o— /l't>K<rv_ 

Place of marriage to your' mother ' Mu^ncTg. jri^oLiVHQ^ ^ d ate /v/^,^^ /5 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative give that data on the back 

of this page. (E-2) O >- ^ «. i-v / ^. ^.V/ <-> ^^ 'Coh.-h. . . Kh./^^-f<> o-f '^o /c^i^h>u.^ l/c?/^/-^«..s c] 

rcrei'^n ^'Airs,^ t^^r^oHy ^oci<z4y C^c^r^cX ^-s//-/, (^/, ^/„ i ^ /i O f 

YouMtother^«^'^^'-«-^^ . H ^ l^ S. - ' ^7?u /4 ^^1^' Sc/^^^o^/^ /^^(accL-Z.o^^ 

Name Al^r7-/i^ L. Le.t2^/eih Wei^Aer Current Residence \/inCCnne-^ . -^'^'^^"^^'^ 

If dead, date of death Siace. CjVZ 

Place of birth Tgrfg \\cx.yJre, l-^d\cx.na^ Date of birth Oc-^c\>er 12^ l^iS 

Education (number of years) ' 
grade school ^ uia ■ high school 3ow. vocational col lege ^C[a. 

graae scnooi ~7 lyt . nign scnooi Qoi/i. vocaiiunai c oiiege ^-'(ii 

pre ackoo/ / , . , . ^ <r 

Occupation(s) "^ PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

, ., • • _ (after leaving home) 

lst 1r.\ Sr. Ui^ L.br^ri^^ Dates l^l^l ~ H^S 1st WLh r,^ ^i-Kd(a,r.c^ Dates /"^M/- /^'V3 

2nd ^r, |-i,'4v LU..n'^ K^LK^-Jq Dates ( ^^^ - /J'^y^ 'and S.-vk rr^>ve(5Co ^Cali^prKia D ates '^ ^'^ 

3rd t~KJ.s^ Teaciver (^4 6:Ul )ate5 l?W- <'l72. 3rd /^Wncie r^ot/^Kc^ Dates 1^^'^" - ' V'^ 7 

Re 1 i g i on A\&-ikoc( ("■^/'^ C k(X>v^g 6^ 4-o Ep.scopa. ( -o.^ , ■ i Ol I 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, e.X.c. ^e.^u\>\{<UK^ X,r\ce/ine'-^ f^iiiu^Uly ^ '^Ij, 

Place of marriage to' your father n\u^\^c\'e- .^*\cii'o^Ko^ d ate /;/^,.t_^ /3 ^ 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relative give that data on the back of 
this page (F-2). 

E- 1 Stepfather 


If dead, Jdte of death 

Place of birth^ ^__ ^Date of birth 

Education (number of years) ~~ 
grade school high school vocational college 


(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2pl1 Dates 2nd Dates 









3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

^th Dates '4th Dates 

Re 1 i g ion 

Pol i t i cai" part les , civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your mother Date 

F-2 Stepmother ' ., },s, U. -f . " I- >-»*-■:«> >', • ' •'^ '" , ' <,'-■ * 


I f dead, date of death ' ' 

Place of birth "" Dafe of birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school vocational college 


(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nc Dates ^2nd Oates_ 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates_ 

Re 1 I gion 

Political party , civil or soc i a I c lubs , sororities, etc. 

PI ace of marr i age to your fathe r date 

\ ,t . 

CHILDREN of E and F (or E-2, F-2) - your name should appear below 

Name Morr>\(Xv\ Lou 15 VJerryc'-r JiL . , . 

Place of bi rth mi/.>xc.rc ZkcI^'^^i^c^ Datie of birth A plr'l ^/ H"^'^ 

Number of years of schooling /g C'c.w\■e-e,^_ Occupation Scc.'c. / \Nor k. 

Res idence Ckv^; U. k^ Mt^i'^k-fs Ohio Marital Status "D)vorce6| 

Number of chi Idren 

Name r^Wrcia. i-.ee vJcry^^A C^oda.r,^. L 5^/1 J ; , ,0 /r- 

Place of birth Vij^ccr^Ke-a Xk^^-^c-kc/ Date of birth M'^rck 3 ' ^ /t'V 'V 

Number of years of schooling /1| Fclrlgc-K Occupation /-/<^cx-sc ^u,"/<^ f^ ■^■t.<^^e/\-/ - 

Res i dence l^ecL-^or^V JZlJiWis" Marital Status /VU-. t-nidd/ 

Number of chi 1 dren 'c^e 

Name lA^yry Li ^ r\ We r h e '( 
Place of b'/rth Vl■vce^^r\e-:> XK<di'a.K< 

ate of birth ^.^phn^ber 7 , I'^'S"/ 

Number of years of schooling {^ nT-f^c/u ~ Occupation p./^^^c-^^/ 

Res i dence \^:,x<Lei\.f\c ::^ _,XndUna Marital Status .C/Jn.cJc. 

Number of children_ "-^ 

Name X)<xvic( V-ac-V^'^^^OGci. lA/c;rneT /-^ / , 

Place of birth V,^c^nae;> .r^uli^.K^ Date of birth (ycfoher 2.^ ^ /^ ^^^ 

Number of years of schooling \C Tetx Occupation ^^f-c^.c/en-t 

Res i dence \I\\(l.€ nne.t^ 'Jli\d\a-Kci^ Marital Status -5//iV/e 

Number of chi Idren 

Name __^ 

Place of bi rth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Res i den ce Marital Status 

Number of chi 1 dren 


Place of birth Date of birth_ 

Number of years of school ing Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren ~___ 

N ame 

Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren 


jPlace of birth Date of birth 

iNumber of years of schooling _ Occupation 

i Res i dence Marital Status 

Number of children 


ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family are willinq) 

I hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and administrative 
rights, to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection, deposited in the 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 

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Martha Letzler Wernet 

Marcelline O'Meara Mahoney 

John Henry Wernet 

William B. Wernet 

Assorted letters amd documents 


Norman Louis Wernet (paternal grandfather) 

Bom: October 10, 1885 in Canton, Ohio 

Died: August 1946 

Buried: Muncie, Indiana 

Education: Graduated Choate School, an eastern boys school; 
Graduated Ohio State University 

Occupations: Sales-service manager with Warner-Gear (now Borg 
Warner) in Muncie, Indiana; Took over the O'Meara 
sheet metal factory in Muncie, Indiana; Later 
returned to Warner-Gear in late 1920s 

Organizations: B.P.O.E. (Elks) ; Chi Phi Fraternity 

Religion: Catholic 

Politics: Republican (not active) 

Leisure: Euchre, golf, fishing, baseball 

Married.: Mildred Elizabeth O'Meara June 1913 in Muncie, Indiana 

Children: Four (sons) 

Mildred Elizabeth (O'Meara) Wernet (paternal grandmother) 
Born: October 5, 1890 in Muncie, Indiana 
Died: May 16, 1939 
Buried: Muncie, Indiana 

Education: St. Lawrence parochial thru sixth grade, Muncie, 
Indiana; seventh thru twelfth grades, St. Mary of 
the Woods private school, Terre Haute, Indiana; 
two years of Kindergarten Training School, 
Indianapolis, Indiana 
Occupations: Kindergarten teacher around 1911-1912; housewife 

27 years 1913-1939; executive secretary 1930s 
Religion: Catholic 
Politics: Democrat 

Leisure: , Music, entertaining, cards, reading 
Travel: Throughout the U.S.A. 

Married: Norman Louis Wernet June 191*3, Muncie, Indiana 
Children: Four (sons) 

(1) John H. Wernet , born 1914, gaduate of Indiana 
University; married Marjorie Shewmaker, also I.U. 
graduated; sales manager of a paint company in Ft. 
Wayne, Indiana; father of two children (1 boy,1 girl) 
both graduates of. I.U. son now in law school in 
Chicago, Illinois; daughter married and living in Ft. 
Wayne; served as captain in the Army during World 


War II 

(2) Norman Louis Wernet.Jr. (father) see page 

(3) Robert F. Wernet . bom 1921, graduate of Purdue 
University; married Nancy Quinn.who attended Queens 
College, Long Island, New York; father of 5 girls (1 
a graduate of University of Louisiana, 1 a senior at 
University of Arkansas, 1 married and living in 
Australia, 1 in high school, 1 in kindergarten); vice- 
president and chemical engineer with Freeport Sulphur 
in Australia; served in World War II as a sargeant, 
1st class, in the Air Force, flew 25 missions in 
Africa and Italy. 

(4) William B. Wernet, born 1924, joined array at 18 to 
serve in World War II in the Army Medical Corps; 
married Cessia Pielock, a graduate of nursing school; 
father of 3 children (1 boy, 2 girls, son a graduate 
of Manhattan College and going to graduate school, 

1 daughter a graduate of University of Maryland School 
of nursing, married with 1 son, 1 daughter in high 
school); cardiology technician at Veterans Hospital 
in Boston, Mass. 

(5) Howard Wernet, born in 1926, died in infancy. 

Walter Arthur Letzler (maternal grandfather) 

Born: Jiine 11, 1889 in Louisville, Kentucky 

Died: April 6, 1965 

Buried: Muncie, Indiana 

Education: Graduated Wiley High School, Terre Haute, Indiana; 
Recieved B.A. degree from DePauw University 1913 

Occupations: Worked way thru college selling cookware door 
to door; Terre Haute Post food advertising 
salesman; transferred to Terre Haute Star; went 
back to Terre Haute Post as business manager with 
stock options; general manager and part owner of 
Muncie Evening Press1924; left 1931-1936, while 
ill with T.B.; came to Muncie Press as advertising 
manager until Muncie Press and Morning Star 
merged at which time he became manager of both. 

Religion: Raised Lutheran became Methodist 

Politics: Republican 

Organizations: Muncie Mens Club, 33rd degree Mason, Rotary, 

Deleware Country Club, Phi Delta, Theta Theta, 
Hoosier Press, Newspaper Editors and Publishers 
Association, Chicago Sons of Indiana 

Travel: Extensive throughout U.S.A.; Mexico; Europe; Canada 

Achievements: Many civic and newspaper awards 

Married: Mary Locltwood in Greencastle, Indiana, October 26, 1915 

Children: Two (1 son and 1 daughter) 

Mary Lockwood Letzler (maternal grandmother) 
Born: April 15, 1890 in Peru, Indiana 
Died: August 1965 
Buried: Muncie, Indiana 

Education: Graduated high school Peru, Indiana; recieved E.A. 
degree from DePauw University 1913; some courses 
at the University of Arizona 
Occupations: English teacher Peru, Indiana junior high school; 
teacher in Glen Ellyn, Illinois 19U-1915; 
housewife 1915- 1965 
Religion: Methodist 
Politics: Republican 
Organizations: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Psi Iota Xi,. American 

Association of University Women charter member. 
Conversation Club, Delphinian, Great Books, 
Deleware Country Club 
Leisure: Golf, reading, music, fishing, knitting, needlepoint, 
decorative gift items, flower arranging, gardening, 
board member of several charity groups, cards 
especially bridge. 
Achievements: Golf awards and bridge prizes 
Married: Walter Arthur Letzler in Greencastle, Indiana, 

October 26, 1915 
Children: Two (1 son and 1 daughter) 

(1) Walter Arthur Letzler, Jr. born October 16, 1916; 

died April 1, 1970; recieved B.A. degree from DePauw 
in 1939; married Dorthea Roberts; father of two 
children ( 1 son graduate of Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology, married, 1 son , is an executive for 
I.B.M. in Detroit, Michigan; 1 daughter graduate of 
Miami University, works in marketing research for 
Prpcter and Gamble in Cincinati, Ohio); was among 


1st drafted into Army during World War II; While in 
the service he was stricken with Multiple Sclerosis, 
a disease that attacks the central nervous system. I 
remember this disease slowly took its toll on him. 
He progressed from cane to crutches and was eventually 
confined to a wheel chair. He was a courageous man 
who never felt sorry for himself and always exerted 
his fullest energy toward enjoying life. 
(2) Martha Linn (Letzler) Wernet (mother) see page 7 

Norman Louis Wernet, Jr. (father) 

Born: October 26, 1919 in Muncie, Indiana 
Died: October 6, 1968 
Buried: Vincennes, Indiana 

Education: 2 years of nursery school, parochial grade school, 
graduated Muncie Central High School 1937, attended 
Indiana University 1 semester, attended Ball State 
Teachers College 1 semester, attened University of 
Texas 1 year 
Service: Joined Navy in June 1942, served as chief petty 

officer, stationed in Brazil, recieved Purple Heart, 
honorably discharged in 1945 
Occupations: Sold weekly magazines door to door as a boy, 

worked in the classified advertising department 
of the Muncie Evening Press and Muncie Morning 
Star 1939-1942 and 1945-1947, advertising 
manager of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial 1947- 
1968 starting salary S50 a week eventually made 
over $10,000 a year. 
Religion: Raised Roman Catholic converted to Episcopalian 1953 
Politics: Republican but didn't always vote straight ticket 
Travel: Throughout U.S.A. and South America 
Leisure: Reading, fishing, cards, golf, wrestleing 
Organizations: Sigma Alpha Epsilon, B.P.O.E. (Elks), T.B.C. 
in high school, Y.M.C.A., Hi Y, Boy Scouts, 
Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Veterans 
of Foreign Wars, Harmony Society, Jaycees, 
Chamber of Commerce, Church Vestry for 10 years, 
Multiple Sclerosis Association, cheerleader 3 
years in high school 
Achievements: Head cheerleader senior year of high school, 

President of T.B.C., Senior Warden of church, advertising 
award for special edition 1955, Vincennes University 
byline award for outstanding editorial 1968, Honorary 
Demolay due to advertising. Red Cross award for outstanding 
service, board member of Harmony and Elks, Declined 
Jaycees outstanding service award twice because he felt 
others were worthier 

Married: Martha Linn Letzler March 13, 1945 in Muncie, Indiana 

Children: Four (2 boys and 2 girls) 

Martha Linn (Letzler) Wernet (mother) 

Born: October 12, 1918 in Terre Haute, Indiana 
Moved: Muncie, Indiana 1922 
Resident: Vincennes, Indiana since 1947 

Education: lyear of nursery school, graduated Muncie Central 
High School 1936, attended DePauw University 1936- 
1939, recieved B.A. degree from Ball State Teachers 
College 1941, recieved M.A. from the University of 
Illinois 1942 
Occupations: Librarian junior and senior high school in 

Whiting, Indiana 1942-1944, librarian and English 
teacher Blaine Junior High in Muncie, Indiana 
1944-1945, English teacher Lincoln High School 
Vincennes, Indiana 1964-1972 
Religion: Methodist changed to Episcopalian 1953 
Politics: Republican 

Travel: Throughout U.S.A. and northern Mexico 
Leisure: Reading, cooking, crafts, cards, music, knitting, 

swimming, flower arranging 
Organizations: American Association of University Women, Psi 
Iota Xi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Episcopal Church 
Women, Vincennes Fortnightly Club, Kappa Alumni 
Association, Campfire Girls, Rainbow Girls, 
Queen Esther, Y.W.C.A., Methodist Youth Club, 
Tri Hi Y in high school and college, Pi Zeta 
at Ball State, Sewing Club, Episcopal Sunday 
school teacher and superintendent. Multiple 
Sclerosis Association 
Married: Norman Louis Wernet March 13, 1945 in Muncie , Indiana 
Children: Four (2 boys and 2 girls) 

(w N.orman Louis Wernet III was born April 2, 1946 in 


Muncie, Indiana. He moved to Vincennes, Indiana in 
1947, where he grew up and graduated 6th in his 
class from Lincoln High School in 1964. He recieved 
his B.A. degree from Indiana, University in 1968. 
After graduating from college he married Tammara 
Fraley,and they moved to Cleveland, Heights, Ohio, 
where Norman is a social worker for Cahyahoga county. 
He is active in the Episcopal Church and in his 
spare time sings with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. 
He was extremely active in school, church, and Demolay 
during high school while holding a part time job at 
the newspaper. His politics are Liberal Independent 
as veiwed in his lobby work in the Ohio state legis- 
lature for the welfare department. He has travelled 
throughout the eastern and southern U.S. In 1973 he 
and Tammy were divorced after a childless marriage. 

(2) Marcia Lee (Wernet) Godare , see page 9 

(3) Mary Linn Wernet was born September 7, 1954 in Vincennes, 
Indiana where she still resides with our mother. She 
graduated from Vincennes University, a junior college, 

in May. She will start Ball State University in 
Mxincie, Indiana this fall. She is a member of the 
Episcopal Church, is a Sunday school teacher and has 
been in the choir. She enjoys reading, swimming and 
music. Throughout high school she was active in band, 
chorus, Girl Scouts and the drama. She belongs to 
Psi Iota Xi, and by attaining the Dean's List for two 
semesters she is in an honor faternity. 

(4) David Lockwood V/ernet , affectionately called Lockie, 
was bom October 28,1958 in Vincennes, Indiana where 
he still lives with our mother. He is an honor roll 
student in the ninth grade at Lincoln High School 
with aspirations to attend Annapolis for college. He 
is a member of the Episcopal Church, an officer in 
Demolay, a "asonic organization for young men, and 
until recently was deeply involved with Boy Scouts. 

He is a member of the Y.M.C.A., the high school track, 
basketball, and football teams, as well as the 
Vincennes swimming team. He has travelled throughout 
eastern, southern and southwestern United States as 
well as Mexico. He is an extremely busy young man. 

"but one of his faviorite activities is singing which 
he does in many high school and community productions. 

Marcia Lee Wernet Godare (self) 

Born: March 31,1949 in Vincennes, Indiana 
Resident: Rockford, Illinois since 1968 

Education: 2 years nursery school, graduate of Vincennes 
Lincoln High School 1967, presently a freshman 
attending Rock Valley College 
Occupations: Tourist guide in Vincennes, Indiana 1966-1967, 

housewife since 1967 
Religion: Episcopalian 
Politics: Liberal Independent 

Organizations: Girl Scouts, Tri Hi Y, Job's Daughters, Y.W.C.A. 
Junior Fortnightly Club, Drama Club, band, 
church choir, Sunday school teacher, 4--H 
Leisure: Sewing, reading, music, walking, dancing, golf, 

cooking, swimming, poetry, camping 
Travel: Through out the U.S.A. 

Achievements: Delegate to Girl Scout Roundup 1965, several 
awards for arts and crafts, 4-H awards for 
cooking, Y.W.C.A. swimming ribbons, student aid 
certificate, awards for clarinet accomplishment 
Married: William Lee Godare in Vincennes, Indiana June 2, 1967 
Children: one daughter 

(1) Nichelle Rene* Godare was born December 9, 1970 in 
Streetor, Illinois, We adopted her January 22, 1971. 


Norman Loui3 Wernet 
Paternal Grandfather 

Norman Louis Wernet was born October 10, 1883, the second 
child of Louis John and Laura (Biechle) Wernet. Their first child, 
Howard, was bom after their marriage in 1881 and died at the age 
of eight months. Norman's mother died in 1884 at the age of 29 in 
Canton, Ohio. 

Norman's father really had little to do with him. It is 
believed that Louis blamed Norman for the death of his wife Laura. 
Another bone of contention was that Norman wasn't too fond of his 
step-mother, Sophia (Baley). Louis was a prominent businessman in 
Canton, Ohio and was in the wholesale liquor business with his 
brothe-in-law Louis Miday. He was also the neighbor of President 
William P. McKinley and one of his campaign backers. 

Wernet is French and the family were winemakers in Alsace. 
There are buildings in Alsace today with the name on them. It was 
spelled Vernet until the Germans took over and changed it. Louis' 
father came to this country sometime in the raid 1800's and settled 
in Ohio. 

Norman was raised by two aunts but I have been unable to 
gather the details. He was educated at eastern boarding schools and 
recieved his high school diploma from Choate School. He then went 
to Ohio State University, where he studied engineering and was a 
member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, one of the first college frater- 
nities in this country. After graduating from colleg he went to 
Muncie, Indiana to wrk for Warner Gear Corporation. Through a 
mutual friend he met Mildred Elizabeth O'Meara, a kindergarten 

Mildred Elizabeth (O'Meara) Wernet 
Paternal Grandmother 

Mildred Elizabeth (O'meara) Wernet was born in Muncie, Indiana 
on October 5, 1890. She was the oldest of the four children of 
Mary Esther (Tuhey) and Henry Francis O'Meara. She was two years 
old when the second child, Mark, was born. He only lived eight 
months, which caused great sorrow in the family. She was seven when 
the third child Miriam was and ten when Marcelline was bom. Being 
so much older than her sister?, she became very protective of 
them and practically adopted them as her "living dolls" which 
developed into a relationship of deep love and understanding. 

Mildred's parents were both first generation U.S. citizens. 
Both of their parents had immigrated to this country during the 


"Great Hunger" of the 1840' s as the potato famine in Ireland was 
called. They were both the^youngest of five children, and while the 
O'Mearas settled in Buffalo, New York; the Tuheys established 
themselves in Muncie, Indiana. Tuhey is still a prominent family in 
Muncie both socially and politically having given the city two 
mayors. Both of Mary's parents were well educated, another point of 
distinction. Mary's family also helped establish the first Catholic 
church in Muncie, by holding mass for all parishoners at irregular 
intervals, when the priest came to town on horseback and stayed in 
the Tuhey home. 

Although Mildred's was only a family of three children it 
seemed much larger, because when her mother's older sister, Blanche 
(Tuhey) Griesheimer, died the O'Mearas took over the supervision 
of the four Griesheimer children until their father remarried. When 
they were older the went to boarding school, but their summers were 
spent with Mildred's family. 

Mildred's father was the owner, manager of the Muncie Boiler 
and Sheet Iron Works. He manufactured smoke stacks, boilers, and 
such, and he had a side interest in a plumbing company. The plant 
was not large, but they did most of the work of this nature in the 
area. At one point in his business career he had signed notes for 
two of his friends who went into bankruptsy. Although it took him 
sometime to do it, he paid off the notes to the last cent. When 
that was finally accomplished, the businessmen to whom he had been 
indebted gave a dinner for him at which they presented him with a 
brown cameo ring with gold flecks in it. This ring was proudly 
called "Father's Honesty Ring" by everyone in the family. 

Both of Mildred's parents were active in the Democratic party, 
although her mother was unable to vote until 1920. Mildred's uncle, 
Edward Tuhey, was elected mayor of Muncie twice on,the Democratic 
ticket. Mildred's father was also active in politics, serving as a 
councilman and on the board of public safety. 

Henry O'Meara's two older sisters, Mary and Anne, lived with 
the family. Anne died in the early 1900' s, but Mary was an 
autocratic, imperious, fun-loving, generous and kind woman with an 
obsession for cleanliness and neatness. There was also one member 
of the household with the status of hired help. There were several 
different ladies who worked for the family, and all were treated 
as helpers, not as servants. If she was white, she usually had her 
own room at the back of the upstairs. If colored, she generally 
lived in what was called "shantytown" across the tracks, and if she 

had children, she brought them with her to play with the O'Mearas. 

The moral forces, or religion, aside from an occasional spank 
on the "behind", was the method of discipline in Kildred's family. 
The children were taught that it was a Jin to be disobedient, tell 
a lie, steal a marble, talk unkindly about others or use bad 
language. They were not only sins but also things for they would 
have to answer to God, as well as having to tell the preist in 

Mildred's mother, by leading the children in the practice of 
the Catholic religion, was the binding force in the family. That is 
not to say that her father wasn't religious, he just didn't attend 
church much. Kildred's mother though^ was a strong yet loving and 
gentle woman with her children. Most of her leisure time was spent 
driving a phaeton (a horse and buggy with fringe on the top) full 
of children to the park or to visit relatives or friends. 

By the time Mildred was of school age there v/as not only a 
Catholic Church (St. Lawrence), but also a parochial school. The 
school only went through the sixth grade, so she was sent to St. 
Mary of the Woods in Terre Haute, Indiana for the remaining two 
years of grade school and her high school years. Following that 
she studied two years at. a kindergarten training school in 
Indianapolis, Indiana. She had instruction on the violin at St. 
Mary's and continued that during her stay in Indianapolis. She 
had only taught kindergarten for a year in Muncie, when she met my 
grandfather, Norman Louis V/ernet. 

Norman and Mildred V/ernet 
Paternal Grandparents 

Mildred O'Meara and Norman Louis yvernet, who was nicknamed 
Sara, were married in June 1915 in Muncie, Indiana. Norman's 
father and stop-mother came to the wedding in a chauffeur driven 
automobile which was practically unheard of locally at that time. 

Mildred and Sam had a very gay and happy social life during 
the early years of their marriage, and Mildred v/as especially 
prominent in the civic affairs of the community. They v/ere the 
parents of five sons: John, Norman Jr., Robert, William, and 
Howard. Except for Howard, v/ho died in infancy, the boys were all 
sent to St. Lawrence Parochial School during grade school and then 
to Muncie Central High School, They all were educated beyond high 
school, but this was interupted and later resumed after World War 

Their home was one of hospitality. In addition to all the 

parties for their many many friends, Mildred and Sam were both 
very sweet, kind and generous to all the relatives. It was at 
their home that all the special holidays were celebrated by all 
the family, with friends dropping in and out and the children and 
their friends romping about. 

The great tragedy in their family was the death of their baby, 
Howard. He was a beautiful, healthy-looking child, about eighteen 
months old, when he was suddenly stricken with an extremely high 
fever and convulsions. The local doctors were baffled about how 
to treat him and recommended calling a specialist from Indianapolis. 
Sara hesitated because of the very high expence involved, but 
Mildred persuaded him to do it. The specialist brought with him an 
English nurse who had taken care of similar cases. She stayed at 
the house and she, Mildred and Sam were in constant attendance with 
the baby. Part of the treatment involved the use of both hot and 
cold applications. Sam took over the constant wringingput of 
very hot bath tov/els, which had to be changed so frequently that 
it was an almost constant process. Little Howard only lived about 
a week after he was first stricken. 

About the same time as the baby's death Mildred's mother was 
forced to sell the family business. Sam had earlier left his job 
in the purchasing department at Warner Gear to take over the 
management of the Muncie Boiler Works. It was a business that was 
totally foreign to him, so he was very dependent upon the foreman 
of the factory to help him draw up specifications, to know how 
much and what materials to order, and even how to talk to customers 
about their particular needs. The foreman, after some years, 
decided that he could take over the business. He made Mildred's 
mother an offer and said if she didn't accept it he was prepared 
to go into competition with her, since he had secured finacial 
bacting. There was nothing to do but sell, so Sam had to return 
to Warner Gear with hat in hand. 

His grief over the baby's death combined with his discour- 
agement with business affairs at the beginning of the depression 
was the cause of Sajn's starting to drink more than he should have. 
This, in turn, caused some estrangement between Mildred and Sam. 
Their social life deteriorated and Mildred became even more involved 
in community affairs. She was a very dynajnic person who seemed to 
achieve success in whatever she undertook. Sam was an intelligent 
man but not agressive. He was considered a gentle gentleman with 
a quiet sence of humor and deep emotional feelings. 

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When Sam's father died his estate was left in trust with the 
income from it going to his second wife during her lifetime. A 
lawyer cousin was the administrator of the estate and did some 
personal speculating with the money resulting in losses, oam 
recieved little from his father, and this also must have been a 
frustration for him. His sons inherited what was left after Sophia 
Wernet died. 

Around 1930 Mildred went to work full time for one of the five 
Ball brothers of Muncie, Arthur. (The Ball's manufactured canning 
jars and made a fortune.) Her first project was the management of 
a dairy farm until she got it on a going basis. The second was the 
renovation and refurnishing of an old hotel he had bought (the 
health resort in French Lick, Indiana). After that she became sort 
of an executive secretary for him working on special projects in 
which he was interested. 

When Mildred went to work full time her mother, who the boys 
affectionately called Kammaw, moved in to supervise the household. 
They always had a maid, but Mildred wanted an older member of the 
family at home when the boys came home from school. Mildred's 
mother was very fond of Sam and she did stay with him and Bill for 
awhile after Mildred died, although eventually she went to live with 
her youngest daughter, Marcelline, in New York. 

Mildred was sick for a couple of years before she died of 
Hodgkins Disease on May 16, 1939. At the time of her death John 
was at Indiana University, Norman was at the University of Texas, 
Bob was in high school, and Bill was in junior high. 

After her death Bob joined the Air Force, and Norman came back 
to live and work in Muncie. Norman, Sam and Bill lived together 
until 1942 when Sadie, the hired girl, left and Norman joined the 
Navy. Bill also left home in 1942 to live with his Aunt Marcelline 
in New York during his senior year of high school. 

After the boys were gone Sam moved into a hotel. This was 
easier for him since he had been in failing health due to a heart 
attack since Mildred's death. V.'hen Norman aiid Martha Letzler were 
married and Norman had been discharged, they returned to Muncie to 
be near Sam. He died in August of 1945 but had lived long enough to 
see his first grandchild, my brother and his namesake, Norman Louis 
Wernet III who was born in April of the same year. 

Walter Arthur Letzler 
Maternal Grandfather 
Walter Arthur Letzler was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1889 
after his parents, Jacob and Lotiis (Mauer) Letzler, moved there 
from Cincinnati, Ohio. He was their fourth child but the second of 
the three that survived early childhood. In July of 1885 his first 
sister, Lulu age 3, and brother, Jacob age 2, died within a few days 
of each other during a diptherea epidemic in Cincinnati. His older 
brother^ Albert , was born in November of the same year, and two 
sisters Mary and Susan were born in Louisville in 1892 and 1894 
respectively. Mary died, shortly after Susan's birthj in1894 in 
Cincinnati, v/here she had evidently been taken to prevent infecting 
the other children. 

Sometime during the 1890' s the family moved to Terre Haute, 
Indiana, v;here Walter's father opened his own business as a cabinet 
maker. The family's economic situation was not such that they could 
afford to pay for a college education for their children, but the 
children were encouraged to expand themselves to the fullest 

After graduating from high school Walter worked a year selling 
pots and pans door-to-door to save enough money to start college. 
He continued in this occupation while attending DePauw University, 
where he met Mary Lockwood. When they graduated in 1913 they parted 
with what was then known as an "understanding" of their intentions 
to marry. To suppliraent his income in college he served as the house 
manager of his fraternity as well as the business manager of the 
school yearbook. After his graduation from DePauw Walter sold food 
advertisements for the Terre Haute Post. Later he transferred to the 
Terre Haute Star, where he worked in the advertising department. 

Mary (Lockwood) Letzler 
Maternal Grandmother 
At this point I am injecting a fev.- historical factors in the 
background of Mary Lockwood. Her grandmother, Margret (Woods) Waite, 
had a great- great-grandfather, Joseph Woods, He had been brought 
to this country in 1728 at the age of 4 by his parents from Tyrone 
county, Ireland. Although his father and eight other brothers and 
sisters died enroute, he and his mother settled v/ith an older 
brother, Samuel, in Philidelphia. Around 1750 they all moved to 
South Carolina. There Joseph became quite wealthy and being an 
active Whig was appointed as a delegate to the First South Carolina 

Congress from the New Acquisition. He died in 1776 and on a silver 
plate on his casket are the words "Liberty or Death". His son, 
Andrew vVoods, served under General Francis Marion during the 
Revolutionary War and later migrated to Ohio. 

Mary's great-great-grandfather on her father's side was also 

a Revolutionary V/ar soldier, Andrew Jackson (not the president). 
Through this line they were also related to Charles Carroll, one 
of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. 

Mary's father was William Wirt Lockwood, who as a young man 
had discontinued his education at Wabash College to enlist in the 
Civil War. After his tour of duty he worked in an Indianapolis, 
Indiana post office. While visiting reletives in Miami county, Ind- 
iana, he mentioned he wished to be married. Someone suggested he 
visit Mary Eliza Waite who was a school teacher twelve years his 
junior. He then remembered having seen her as a baby in her cradle. 
After they were married around 1869, William became superintendent 
of schools in Odell, Illinois. He decided to come back to Peru and 
bought into the Peru Republican, eventually becoming the sole ovmer 
and editor. 

Mar}' (Lockwood) Letzler was born in 1890 in Peru, Indiana and 
was the ninth of ten children of William and Mary (Waite) Lockwood. 
Her brothers and sisters and years of birth were Charles 1870, 
George 1872, Helen 1875, William 1876, Elizabeth 1880, Arthur 1882, 
Albert 1884, Edward 1887, and Dorthy 1893. The family lived in a 
large brick house on an acre of ground in a section north of Peru 
called Riverview. Although the older boys, Charles and George, v/ere 
in college when Mary was born, the house always seemed full of 
people. All of the children were free to bring home anyone they . 
wished. Their' s v/as a home of harmony, security, and plenty. 

While no one in the family expected luxuries, there was never 
any mention of not being able to afford things. The family kept 
two horses, a carriage and a buggy. Due to the system of magazine 
and paper exchanges the family took practically every periodical 
then published. Also at that time book publishers sent editors 
copies of all new books, therefore; their house became the best 
library in town. Among their collection was an autographed book by 
James Whitcomb Riley as well as an original " Bird Book " by James 
Audubon. Some other courtesies afforpd the editor's family were 
trip passes on the railroad and free tickets to all concert and 
shows. The family had little cash but could charge anything they 

needed, because the merchants ran advertising to balance the 
accounts. The one luxury the family did manage was a hired girl 
who was made to feel like a part of the family. 

The basement was used as a storehouse. There were bins of 
apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pears, turnips and cabbage. There 
were shelves of jars filled with honey, jelly, canned fruits and 
pickles as well as barrels of cider which turned to vinegar, jugs 
of molasses, maple syrup, jars of lard, and barrels of sugar, flour, 
and crackers. The family raised chickens but most of their meat 
cam.e from farmers who used this, produce and loads of wood to pay 
for subscriptions. Mary's mother baked frequently as evidenced by 
the pies, cookies and cakes always around. 

On Saturday nights the galvanized tub was brought into the 
kitchen. The wash boiler was kept filled with v/ater to heat, and 
everyone had a hot bath with a change of long underwear in the winter. 

On Sunday morning everyone was at Sunday school by 9:30 and 
after that, church. Mary's father led the Methodist choir for over 
30 years. Charles, George, Helen, Bess, and Arthur sang in it. Her 
mother usually killed and dressed four chickens on Saturday night, 
which v.-ere fried or baked for Sunday dinner. Anyone could bring a 
guest for dinner but frequently would have to sit at the second 
table. Sunday night there v/as always baked beans, cold meat, pie or 
cake, and in the summer a great big freezer of ice cream. 

The ajnusenents were simple. In summer Mary played games with 
the other children and in the winter they all went sledding. Since 
their house was always full everyone read frequently. Sometimes 
Mary's parents would take a buggy ride and two of the children 
would go along. 

Mary's closest friend was Desdemona Bearss. Des had a team of 
black shetlands, a small carriage with fringe, and they spent many 
hours driving the ponies together. Mr Bearss also bought a brown 
Shetland, which no one but Mary rode. Another close friend growing 
up was Cole Porter. 

Mary's father was the undisputed head of the family and a 
respected community leader. Although Peru is now considered a small 
town, it was then an important railroad center as well as the winter 
headquarters for the Hagenbach and Wallace Circuses. The Lockv/oods 
encouraged their children to hcv.^ high morals and goals, and 
education was equally important. Two of Mary's brothers, William 
and Edward, helped establish the Young Men's Christian Association 

in China. Another brother, Georf^o, followed in his father's foot- 
steps by establishing newspapers in Muncie and Marion, Indiana as 
well as the National Republican Magazine in Washington, D.C. He 
was also the author of " New Harmony Movement " about the Rappite 
settlement in southern Indiana, and also a ghost writer for 
President Herbert Hoover who invited him to the White House 

Mary's father died around 1906 from injuries recieved in a 
traffic accident. It seems that Gabe Godfrey, one of the chiefs of 
the Miami Indians, was a cab driver. One night when Gabe was drunk 
he ran into William's carriage and his injuries led to gangreene 
v/hich caused his death. Since all of her other children had left 
home Mary Eliza moved to Greencastle, Indiana with her two remaining 
daughters, Mary and Dorothy. 

. While living at home Mary attended DePauw University, where 
she met Walter Arthur Letzler whom she dated off and on throughout 
her college days. They graduated in the same class of 1913 and 
went their separate ways. Mary taught grade school for a year in 
Peru and one year of junior high in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 

Walter and Mary Letzler 
Maternal Grandparents 

In October 1915 Walter Letzler married Mary Lockwood, his 
college sweetheart, in Greencastle, Indiana. They went to live in 
Torre Haute, Indiana where Walter Jr. was born in October 1916 and 
Martha Linn, my mother, was born in October 1918. Around. 1918 they 
bought a duplex house so that Mary's mother, Mary Eliza Lockwood, 
could live next door. Later when the family moved to Muncie, Mary 
Eliza did also. In Muncie she lived in the same household due to 
an accident v/hich caused her to use a cane, she wasn't able to get 
around as well. She viited her other children around the world but 
Walter and Mary's was her home until her death in 1927 at the age 
of 79. 

Sometime between 1915 and 1919 the Terre Haute Post asked 
Walter to come back, but this time as the business manager with 
stock options. In 1921 Mary's brother, George, was having financial 
difficulties with his paper The Muncie Evening Press, Since V/alter 
had proven himself, George asked him to become general manager, as 
well as editor and part owner. Walter squarely accepted the 
challenge and moved to Muncie, Indiana ahead of his family in 1921. 
They followed in 1922, and moved into a large old farm house which 

they renovated in order to be near school, shopping, and work. 

In 1951 Walter became ill with tuberculosis and was given 
only six months to live. The worries of the newspaper business 
couplei with the countries financial situation at the time are 
presumed to have brought about his condition. Kis only hope of 
recovery was to have complete bed rest in a warm dry climate. To 
this end the family moved to Tucson, Arizona for five years coming 
back to M\incie for periodic visits. Frequently on these trips 
to and from Arizona they would take the long way in order to 
sight see. They probably lived on a smaller income during this 
period, but between stock dividends and a health insurance program 
that Walter belonged to (At the time Walter bought life insurance 
it was also possible to buy health compensation insurance of an 
equal amount.) the family had around a 310,000 annual income. While 
in Arizona their Muncie home was rented, because it would have 
been dangerous to leave it vacant with so many people starving and 

When Walter came back from Arizona, he served as advertising 
director of the Muncie Evening Press until it merged with the 
Muncie Morning Star. At that time he once again took on the reigns 
of both papers, a position he maintained until his retirement in 

Walter and Mary lived a very active political and social life. 
They were both strong Republicans, supported several charities and 
were active members of the Methodist Church. If their children 
ever needed a financial hand, Walter made it clear that he was 
available; not because he thought his children needed it, but 
because he wanted to see thera enjoy some of his own prosperity 
while he was still alive. 

As the years progressed they travelled more and more. While 
in Arizona they took advantage of the opportunity to visit northern 
Mexico. Regularly for many years they spent January and February 
fishing and relaxing with a regular group of friends in Florida. 
After they returned from Florida, during March, they would attend 
a newspaper publishers and editors convention in New York City, 
where they would nightclub and view the latest shov/s on Broadway. 
Around I960 they took an extensive European tour, and at the time 
Mary became ill in 1963 they had arrangements for a world tour. 

Theirs was a prosperous life. They were always able to afford 
hired help. One girl, Annie, who had worked for them at the time 

they were planning to move to Muncie, asked to go along. Ker 
father was a coal miner in southern Indiana, and she felt trapped 
in her situation. She moved along with the family but soon went 
her own way after obtaining employment as a telephone operator. 
There were a number of girls who came and left, and if she didn't 
live in her hours were 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Two girls on 
separate occasions worked and lived in while attending Ball State 
Teachers College. After Walter Jr. and Martha had left home Mary 
only needed part-time help, a couple days a week and on special 
occassions. For over 30 years they also had a regular handy man, 
who was known as Ernest. These people were treated as part of the 
family, paid well and aided financially if they needed help. Some 
were black and some were white but all were equal. 

Mary suffered from sciatica in 1949 and 1950 and was bedridden 
for nearly nine months. During this illness she became addicted 
to the morphine used to relieve her pain, and immediately upon 
realizing what had happened she went to the hospital to overcome 
her problem, which she did. Mary had a kidney removed in 1957, and 
V/alter had a successful cancer operation in196l. Even though they 
had a few serious illnesses, they both enjoyed reletively good 
health; until 1963 when Mary had a nine hour gall bladder and 
cancer exploratory operation. The doctors found cancer of the 
pancreas and had to remove 2/3 of her stomach to achieve success. 
Her health quickly slipped to a low ebb. At that point, around 
Christmas 1963, V.'alter retired, something he vowed he'd never do, 
to take care of her. Towards the end of the year in 1964 it was 
discovered that Walter had lung cancer, and the doctors would be 
unable to operate due to his history of T.B. Although he underwent 
cobalt treatments to check the cancer, he died in April of 1965. 
For over a year their daughter, Martha, made regular weekend trips 
to be with her parents, who were able to remain at home with a 
housekeeper and nurses. Shortly before Walter died Martha came to 
stay v/ith her parents and to take care of them until Mary's death 
in August 1965. 

Norman Louis Wernet Jr. 

Norman Louis Wernet Jr., the second child of Norman and 
Mildred (O'Meara) Wernet, was born in Muncie, Indiana on October 
26, 1919. He vvas a relatively healthy child until the age of eight, 
when he had measles, mumps, and chicken pox during an overlapping 
period of time. This poor state of health led to rheumatic fever 
and a heart murmur. He was sent to a health clinic in Battle Creek, 
Michigan because of his heart and a shadow on his lung. Fortunately 
he didn't have T.B. assuspected and the heart murmur eventually 
cleared up. During this time he was forced to miss the third and 
fourth grades. To correct this situation he was tutored by a 
childless friend of the family, Mrs. Fred (Agnes) Jones. A friend- 
ship developed between them that lasted throughout her life. 3he 
was a warm woman who was very good with and very fond of children. 
She made it a point to visit all the sick children of her friends. 
Therefore, at the time she was tutoring Norman, she was also 
spending a great deal of time with Martha Letzler, his future bride. 

Norman was quite close to his three brothers, Jack, Bob, and 
Bill, considering the age differences. His youngest brother Howard 
died in infancy. His was a large Catholic family with a deep sence 
of religion and family unity. The rules of the Church were intri- 
cately woven into their daily lives. 

He went to nursery school for two years before attending St. 
Lawrence Parochial Grade School and then going on to Muncie Central 
High School, In high school he was very active in many groups and 
served as the president of T.B.C., a high school fraternity. He was 
also a cheerleader for all three years and served as the captain 
of the squad during his senior year. At that time he was known as 
"Wernie" Wernet and was game for anything. Most summers as a teen 
were spent at Camp Crosly, a Y.M.C.A. camp. Sometimes his parents 
rented a cabin in the Muncie colony on Tri Lakes in northeastern 

Norman started college at Indiana University but had to drop 
out when he had an emergency appendectom.y , He attended Ball State 
Teachers College while he was recuperating from the operation. He 
had always been bothered by allergies and hay fever. Therefore, 
sometime during the summer of 1938, while his mother was undergoing 
cobalt treatments at the Mayo Clinic, he accompanied her and under- 
went a sinus operation. The doctors reccommended he go to a 
southern climateto help his condition. He then attended University 

of Texas until his mother died in May 1939. 

His mother's death was very hard on him as it also was for his 
whole family. She was an extremely dynamic woman and to lose some- 
one like that can be shattering to say the least. Norman was similar 
to her in many respects. He was also a dynamic personality, always 
the leader, sensitive, yet firm. He had a great philosophy, which 
was to live life to the fullest enjoying every moment. He also 
believed in having people laugh with you and not at you. This was 
evidenced by his robust, infectious smile and laugh that everyone 
found irresistible. 

Upon his return to Muncie, he started working for Walter 
Letzler in the advertising department of the Kuncie newspapers. 
Norman had always loved the newspaper business and especially the 
selling angle. As a young boy he sold magazine subscriptions door- 
to-door and had one of the largest routes in Muncie. He started 
dating Martha Letzler more frequently at this time for she was 
then attending Ball State and living at home. He lived with his 
father and youngest brother, Bill, until 1942 when he joined the 
Navy in June. He came home shortly in 1942 to attend his Grand- 
mother O'Meara's funeral for she had played an important role in 
his growing up. He became a chief petty officer and more specifically 
was the executive secretary of Captain Ivy, stationed in Brazil. 
He also flew on a few missions over North Africa. On one such 
occassion his plane was shot down over the Atlantic, and he 
recieved a purple heart for injuries he sustained. He came back 
to Muncie on leave in 1945 and married his life long friend and 
sweetheart Martha Letzler. 

Martha Linn (Letzler) Wernet 

Martha Linn (Letzler) V/ernet, my mother, was born in Terre 
Haute, Indiana on October 12, 1918. She was the. second child of 
Walter and Mary (Lockwood) Letzler. She had one brother, Walter Jr. 
who they all called Art. Theirs was a family of close relationships 
based on love and understanding. This was a family that hugged, 
kissed and cuddled unashamed. 

When she was four Martha's father moved his family to Muncie, 
Indiana. One of Martha's recollections of this time was the 
purchase of the family's first automobile. After the move Martha 
was so lonesome, not knov/ing any small children, that she created 
two imaginary playmates, Dese and Dice, who were her best buddies 
for years to follow. Martha's early childhood was plagued with 

almost constant illness due to ear infections. This resulted in 
her being a very nervous and undernourished child until the age of 
nine, when after losing her hearing she underwent a double mastoid 
operation and regained almost perfect hearing and health. During 
this period of illness in her life she grew very close to her 
grandmother, Mary Eliza Lockwood, who lived with Martha's family 
vmtil her death in 1927. 

After overcoming her illnesses Martha became an active, healthy, 
happy child. She was active in the Methodist Church and various 
school groups. She proved to be a bright student and her parents 
were looking forward to the day when she and Art would be going to 
DePauw University. 

Martha was virtually unaffected directly by the depression, 
but in 1951 her father was stricken with tuberculosis. She moved 
with her family to Tuscon, Arizona. Although her contact with her 
father was limited, because he was still at the contagious stage, 
he would communicate with the children through humorous letters 
which they in turn would answer, Martha's mother also tried to 
shield the children from the dire possibilities by creating an air 
of normalcy around the house and taking them on various outings of 
an exciting nature. 

Her brother, Art, graduated from high school in Tuscon in 1935 
and was to start college at DePauw on a Rectors Scholarship in the 
fall. Since her father's condition was on the upswing, her parents 
permitted her to live with their closest friends and neighbors, the 
Robert Burts, in Muncie; therefore, Martha could graduate with all 
her friends from Muncie Central High School, She had known Norman 
Wernet since nursery school, but they became better friends and 
dated some during her senior year of high school. 

After graduating from high school Martha started college at 
DePauw. She led a busy social life and was actiye in Kappa Kappa 
Gamma Sorority. When Martha was a sophomore and Art a junior, he 
went to Germany as an exchange student at the university in 
Freiburg. This was during the school term of 1937-1938 enabling 
him to witness some of Hitler's tyrany while living with a 
prosperous industrialist of the Third Reich. 

Martha graduated from Ball State Teachers College in 1941 and 
recieved her masters degree in library science from the University 
of Illinois in 1942. While attending Ball State and on weekend visit.-s 
home from the U. of I. Martha started dating Norman Wernet steadily. 
They had decided to marry but were waiting to see about Norman's 

draft possibilities when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. 

Martha was the librarian for the junior and senior high schools 
in Whiting, Indiana from 1942 to 1944. She quit at the end of the 
school year in 1944 because she expected Norman to be home on 
leave soon. While living in Muncie with her parents she was offered 
a teaching and librarian position in a junior high. She accepted 
this on the condition that no matter when Norman came home she 
could take a leave of absence and marry him. 
Norman and Martha Wernet 

Norman Louis Wernet and Martha Letzler were married after a 
long courtship on March 13, 1945. They were wed by Norman's second 
cousin. Father Edward Sweigart, in the St. Lawrence rectory in 
Muncie, Indiana. Norman only had a thirty day leave before he 
would be sent to the west coast. They spent a short honeymoon in 
Chicago, Illinois and the remaining time visiting family and friends 
that Norman hadn't seen for three years, 

Martha stayed in Muncie because they assumed Norman would be 
stationed in the Pacific. But events enabled her to join him at his 
new post in San Francisco. They fell in love with the city and 
Norman lined up a job with an advertising firm. Upon his discharge 
in October of 1945 they went back to Muncie for a short visit. He 
realized at that time how seriously ill his father was, and he and 
Martha decided to give up their dream so they could be v/ith him. In 
April 1946 Norman Louis III was born and in August Norman's father 

Norman worked for the newspapers when he came back to Muncie. 
The papers had been recently merged into a larger chain owned 
primarily by Eugene Pulliam. In 1947 a job as advertising manager 
opened on one of the other papers. The Vincennes Sun-Commercial in 
Vincennes, Indiana. They felt this was a good opportunity to move 
since there is definitely a stigma being married to the boss' 

They established themselves solidly in Vincennes. Three of 
their children, Marcia, Mary Linn and Lockwood, were born there 
and Martha still resides there. Norman was active in several civic 
and social organizations as well as being a silent political leader. 
He couldn't afford to be too bold about his political inclinations 
because it would hurt his advertising sales. He was a dedicated news- 
paperman and advertising keeps the presses rolling. 


Martha was also deeply involved with activities, social and 
civic, in Vincennes. She was able to do this even with a family of 
four children by hiring part-time help and by teaching her children 
the value of responcibility . ohe also taught her children how 
important it is to be involved and consequently they all were. 

Around 1953 they decided to join the Episcopal Church. Norman 
had been raised in strong Catholic family but became somewhat 
disenchanted with the Church while he was in Brazil. Although 
Martha was Methodist, she promised to raise their children in the 
Catholic faith. Sundays were busy because she would take Norman Jr. 
and Marcia to the Methodist Sunday school before Norman would take 
them all to the Catholic mass. On Christmas Eve 1953 he discussed 
his intentions with his brothers and his Aunt Marcelline in New 
York, They all understood his feelings and told him to do what was 
right for him, Martha and Norman became extremely active in the 
Episcopal Church and their children are also Episcopalians, 

The one charity that Norman and Martha put their whole heart 
into was the Multiple Scleosis Association, Martha's brother. Art, 
had been stricken by this disease while in^he service during World 
War II. They knew how important finding a cure was and threw their 
greatest effort into fund raising. It even became a family affair 
to work on the yearly campaigns. 

They were a highly emotional couple, and at anytime you 
could walk into anything in their home from hilarity, to tears, to 
anger. But flair-ups never lasted longand for the most part things 
ran on a pretty even keel. 

Martha started teaching in 1964 when Norman Jr. was a college 
freshman and Lockwood was in kindergarten. In April 1965 her father 
died and this was the begining of the most shattering five years 
of her life. Her mother died in August, after Martha had spent five 
months with her. Things started to return to normal. Marcia was 
married in 1967 and Norman was married in June of 1968, October 2, 
1968, Norman fell down the long flight of stairs in their two story 
house. He broke several ribs which led to the development of 
pneumonia and his death within five days. Martha's world fell apart, 
leading to a deep withdrawl from all that was familiar to her. Then 
as if this wasn't enough, her only brother. Art, died from a stroke 
in 1970, 

In 1972 Martha became seriously ill and when she recovered 
she realized all she had to live for. She has once again become 
active in her social circle and takes great pride in her children 
and grandda'jghter , Michelle. 


Marcia Lee (Wernet) Godare 

I was born March 31, 1949 in Vincennes, Indiana, the second 
child of Martha and Norman Wernet, and within two weeks I was 
christened Marcia Lee, My older brother, Norman III, was born on 
April 2, 1946 and for many years we shared great celebrations on 
our birthdays. We were very close as young children, taught to 
share and play together in harmony, but we did have some sibling 

One of my earliest recollectons is the purchase of our first 
television sometime in 1952, therefore; we had a fairly large 
screened set. One of the first things we watched was the national 
political conventions, since my parents were accutely interested 
in the Republican campaign. 

I attended nursery school when I was three and four years old 
and started kindergarten when I was five, at which time my sister, 
Mary Linn, was born. With children of such wide age difference, my 
older brother and I were taught to carry our share of household 
responcibilities. It was pointed out that if everyone pitched in 
and worked together, we would have more free time to do the things 
we enjoyed most. This enabled my mother to take us swimming almost 
every afternoon throughout our summer vacations. 

My father was a very busy man, but he was the undisputed 
head of the family. Although he v/as gone alot and worked late, Sat- 
urday evening was devoted to my mother and Sunday was reserved for 
the family. We always went to church together, and after a huge 
dinner we would relax, go for a ride in the car, or possibly com- 
plete a project around the house. The maintinence of the family 
unit was stressed. We were encouraged to be busy but expected to 
be present for all three meals, where discussions on almost any 
subject might be heard. Despite Mother's involvement in community 
affairs and her teaching, she was always there when we needed her. 
She loved to cook and some of her greatest achievements were in the 
kitchen. We experienced a wide variety of well balanced meals, but 
baking was her forte'. It seems like homemade cookies, cakes, and 
pies were always in the oven. 

Our parents took pride in anything we did. We could choose 
our own goals but were expected to put forth only our best effort. 
We were appreciated as individuals, and our achievements were 
never compared. 

We were always told our house and our yard were for us to 

play in, and- our friends were welcome anytime day or night. Pets 
were also welcome, therefore; we had the usual assortment of dogs, 
cats, turtles, fish besides an occassional odd fellow. Living in a 
large two story house enabled us to play upstairs, while Mother 
and Daddy entertained friends. 

We never lacked toys or facilities. As small children we 
usually shared a bedroom, but when we reached eleven we generally 
got a room of our own. Our privacy was respected, but doors were 
never locked and rarely closed. We were always welcome to hop in 
bed with our parents for an early morning chat, and it's not easy 
to get six people in one bed. 

As children we were closest to my mother's family, although 
we kept in touch with my father's family. Mother had only one 
brother, Uncle Art, about two hours drive away in Greencastle, Ind. 
His children. Art and Susan, were the same ages respectively as 
Norman and I, giving us a great deal in common. Granny and Grand- 
daddy Letzler lived about a two hour drive on the other side of 
Greencastle, therefore we would meet frequently for a delightful 
Sunday visit. Since Uncle Art had Multiple Sclerosis he had 
difficulty travelling. 

My father rarely took time off for a vacation, but we usually 
spent a week or>>with Mother at my grandparents home in Muncie. The 
greatest joy of those visits was to climb in bed with our grand- 
parents early in the morning. We took turns sleeping with each of 
them. Granny would ask us about our current activities and future 
dreams, while Granddaddy would spin fantastic yarns that were still 
delightful to hear at the age of fourteen. 

For two weeks every summer from the age of nine through four- 
teen Art and Norman, and Susan and I would attend Y.M.C.A. and 
Y.W.C.A. camp together. Any long trips were taken to visit Daddy's 
brothers and their families, and they in turn visited us. In 1957 
we went to New Orleans to visit my Uncle Bob Wernet and his family, 
taking advantage of the opportunity to sight see through the South, 
In 1964 during the World's Fair in New York, all of Daddy's brothers 
got together with their families at Uncle Bob's, who was then living 
in Connecticut. That was the last time all four brothers got 
together and also the last time our family took a trip together. 
We saw many of the sights around New York and on our way home 
stopped by Niagra Falls. As we all stood looking at the Falls my 
father reminded Mother that it had only taken twenty years or so 
to get to their choice honeymoon spotj and she told him it was worth 

the wait because things usually improve with age. With parents like 
that we couldn't help but all be incurably romantic. 

In 1965 sometime in March my mother went to stay with her 
parents who were both critically ill with cancer. Mary Linn and 
Lockie joined Mother in Muncie when school was let out for the 
summer. Daddy, Norman and I stayed in Vincennes, but made regular 
weekend trips to Muncie. During those few months I became what 
might be considered the assistant manager of the household in 
Vincennes. Any major problems were handled by my parents, but the 
general day to day situations were left to me. I was sixteen at the 

That same year I attended the International Girl Scout Roundup 
in Farragut, Idaho, I was one of seven delegates selected on merit 
from Knox county, Indiana. I spent ten days in a tent city of ten 
thousand girls from all over the world and learned a true appeciation 
of Girl Scouting ideals. On the way home our group took a side 
trip to tour Yellowstone National Park. 

In 1964 I met and started dating William Lee Godare, a Vincennes 
boy who at the time was a sophomore at the University of Florida. 
For awhile we had a long distance romance, but his mother became 
seriously ill in 1965 and he returned to school in Vincennes to be 
near her. We became engaged on Christmas in 1966 after his mother's 
death in October of that year. I graduated from high school in 
May 1967 and we were married on June 2, 1967. 

My parents gave us their blessing but were concerned because 
we were both so young. We had a short honeymoon in St. Louis, 
Missouri on our way to Ft, Worth, Texas, where we had plans to set 
up our first home. Home was a small trailer not far from General 
Dynamics Corporation, where Bill worked as a technical analyst on 
military contracts. In April 1968 Bill accepted a position with 
Sundstrand Corporation in their research and de_velopment group. 
One of our objectives in moving back to the Midwest was to be near 
Bill's brother, Robert, who was 13 and living with relatives in 
Vincennes. Unexpectedly, we were fortunate to be close enough to get 
home in a hurry when my father died in October 1968, 

In 1969 we sold our trailer and bought a house southwest of 

Rockford, and in 1970 Robert came to live with us. That same year 

Bill was promoted to the position of associate engineer. In January 

of 1971 we adopted a beautiful seven week old baby gir] , who we 

named Michelle Rene'. She is now a happy healthy three year old 
Bob is engaged and attends Northern Illinois University as a 

commuter student. 

Bill is basically the head of the household, but we always 
discuss any major decisions. Bill loves golf and we all spend alot 
of time on the course together. Michelle and I are members of the 
Episcopal Church. Ours is a quiet life. Although, we do go back to 
Vincennes frequently and try to maintain the strong sence of family 
unity that we were both raised in. 


Heirlooms ; Henry and Mary O'Meara, my great-grandparents 
had a christening dress made for their first child, Mildred. It 
is still in beautiful condition, and all of their grandchildren and 
great-grandchildren have been baptised in it. Walter Letzler's 
family has a beautiful cradle the age of which is unknown it is at 
least 100 years. It too is in grand condition and was used for ray 
mother, her brother, and all the children in my family. 

Celebrations : At least for the last 100 years on both sides 
of my family birthdays and holidays have been celebrated in grand 
style. On one's birthday they have nearly unlimited privileges. 
Church services play a large part in most holiday celebrations with 
a boisterous family get-together afterward. 

Tradition : All of these families discussed in this paper had 
a sence of strong family ties that still continues today. All 
have stressed education and especially for the women. They have 
had liberated women for over a century. Most important of all is 
that each of these families has had an accute consciousness of 
historical and political events present and past. 



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