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Rock Valley College 

Educational Resources 

Center 



MILLER, LOYDEME KAY, 1957- 



'LEASE TYPE: PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOU: 
FAMILY" HISTORY. 

)ear Contributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and 
hers studying American families, we are asking you to fill out the forms 
>elow. This will take you only a few minutes, and will be easily made over 
into an index which will permit archive users ready access to just those 
inds of family histories needed. 



SURVEY 
1 



Your name -oydene Kay Miller 
Date of form Aprxi 6, iy Y Y 

Your college: Rock Valley College 
Rockford, Illinois 



Office Use Code 

(ID // ) 

(ID # ) 



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



Before 1750 



x 1850-1900 



1750-1800 1800-1850 

1900 or later 



Please check all 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 Middle A tlan t ic (N . Y . , Penna . , N.J 

Va.) X South Atlantic (Ga . ,Fla . ,N .C . ,S .C . ) x East South Central 
(La. ,Miss . ,Ala. ,Tenn,Ky .) _J Wast South Central (Ark ., N .M . ,Tex ., Ok . ) 

East North Central (Mich ., Ohio , Ind . ) X Pacific(Cal.,Wash.) 

x (Hawaii .Alaska) x (111., Wise.,) 

Please check all occupational categories in which members of your 
family whom' you have discussed in this paper have found themselves. 



X Farming 

X_T ransportation 

Professions 



Mining 

Big Business 

Industrial Labor 



Shopkeeping or small busines: 

Manufacturing 

Other 



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



Roman Catholic Jewish 

Baptist _ Episcopalian 

Quaker 



_Presby terian x Methodist 

Congregational x Lutheran 

Other Protestant _ Other (name) 



_Mormon _ 

What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 

x_Swedish X Other Scandinavian x German French 

Blacks Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans Eastern Europe 

Jews _ Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

x Irish _ British x Native Americans over several generations 

~East Asian Other(Name) 

What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 



^ Interviews with other 

family members 

V ital Records 

X Photographs Maps 



_Family Bible; 
L and Records 

Other 



Family Genealogies 
The U.S. Census 



FAMILY DATA 

A. Grandfather (your father's side ) 

Name Orlo Delyle ililler Current Residence 



Date of birth Sept. 27, 1906 Place of birth r„ r „ n - [j ?c . 

Date of death Jan. 27, 1973 Place of burial si mn H ". 

Edacation(number of years); 

~ _ - j „ ^^k^^i R hioh orlinnl i vocational - tlolle: 



South Dakota 



'. ex i st ery, Rooki'ord 



El.-. 

grade school 6 high school 

Occupation (s) 

1st farmer 



!_ vocational - College 



2nd Excavating 
3rd 



Dates_ 
Dates 



4th 



Dates 
Dates 



_lst. 

_2nd_ 
3rd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 



4th Barry Road Dates iqJ^. 1973 



Religion Lutheran 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, et 



lace of Marriage to your grandmother Roclcford date r T qT1| p nj ^027 

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

Irandmother (your father's side) 
Name Grace Violet Vindhurst Current Residence y^n Sandy winF RH J 

Date of birth July 23, 1909 Place of birth Rockford 

Date of death Place of burial _ 



Education (number of years) : 

grade school 2 high._-scb.ool_ 

college___ 

Occupation (s) 

1st clerk 



vocational 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



1st 
2nd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

Dates 



Dates 



_3rd PnrryB nafi Dates 19U5-1973 

k th Sandy Hollow Rd. p a tes 1973- 



Religion Lutheran 



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

Place of ma rriage to your grandfather RockTord date jan. ?Q, 1 9 2 I 

NOTE: If your father was raised .i:o age 18) by a stepmother or 
another relative give that data on the back of this page 
(A-2) . 



A-2 Stepgrandf ather (your father's side) 



3 



Name 



Current Residence 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Place of birth_ 
Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school 
college 



high school_ 



voca tional 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



_lst_ 

2nd_ 

. 3rd - 

4th 



Da tes_ 
Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Leligion 



Political parties 



vil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandmother^ 
Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



date 



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school 
college 



high school 



vocational 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4 th 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4 th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 



Name .Tnhn "m-rarrl i->C':i-.^K. 



Current Residence 



Date of b 



irth Aug. I, 1910 



Place of bir th lloline, IL 



Date of death y, n ^ in^ ioAc? 

Education (number of years) 
grade school 



Place of burial River-view Gera. nregon T i T, 



high school 



vocational 



college 



Occupation (s) 

1st del ivery boy 



2nd machine opperator 
3rd set-u-j man 



Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



lst_ 
2nd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 



3rd Sawyer Rd. 



Dates 19u4-19?o 



Dates i Q<n-iQh9 A th Sandy Hollow Rd. Dates 1956-1962 



4th service engineer 

Religion Lutheran 

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



member of the lio osf! T.nripe — . . — — . 

Place of marriage to your gr andmo th e r^gj^g idege, _L 



date Oct. 31, 1933 



NOTE- If your mother was raised by a stepfather or another relative (to 
age 18) give that data on the back of this page (C-l), 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Kaude Sllen 3ro T ,m . — 



Date of hirth Aug. 25. 1912 
Date of death 



Current Residence -)^ G andy :i u lluW Rdt 

Place of birth_ Allcmood? r0rmt 

Place of burial . 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 



vocational 



college 



Occupation (s) 
]_ s t w aitress 

2nd 

3rd_ 

4th 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



lst_ 

2nd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 



Dates 



3rd .Spi-nrPT- h'ri- 



Datesl9Ul|-1956 



4th Sandy hollow Rd. Datesl9W-;- 



Reliaion hutheran 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, e^ 



member of "Jomen of the I loose 



Date 



Cct. 3x 5 193J 



Place of marriage to your grandfather Eelvidere.. ,:i 

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

je (D-2) 



ag< 



"Q y &tV# IWiilBWUBMIi'iHli tWe back of this P ag< 



C-2 S tepgrandf a ther (your mother's side) 



Name 



Date of birth 
Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupation (s ) 



1st 
2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college 



_lst 

_2nd_ 
_3rd_ 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Religion 

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



Place of marriage to your grandmother 
D-2 S tepgrandmo ther (your mother's side) 

Name 

Date of birth 

Date of death 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 

Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Current Residence 
Place of bir^ih 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college 



ates 


1st 


a tes 


2nd 


ates 


3rd 


ates 


4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



6 
CHILDREN of A & B (or A-2 or B-2) - your father's name should appear below 

1 . Name Raymond Clifford Miller 

Place of birth Rockford, IL dat ftug. 19. 19 28 

} Number of years of schooling 11 Occupation excavating 

Residence RocVford, IL Marital Status Married 

Number of children 4 Death 

2. Name Richard Leroy Killer 



Place of birth Rockford, IL date Dec. 7, 1937 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupation Salesman 

Residence Green Bay, Wis. Marital Status Married 

Number of children k Death 

Name Sharon Sue (Miller) Garter 

Place of birth Rockford, IL date March 2k, 19U3 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupation housewife 

Residence Rockford, IL Marital Status Married 

Number of children 3 Death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Name 

Place of birth 



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 

Number of children death 



Name 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Name 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Ntamber 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 

Number of children death 



7 
CHILDREN of C and D (or C-2, D-2)-your mother's name should appear below 

1 • N a m e iCatheri ne Mayf Moftra w) Mi 1 1 e.r 

Place of birth Rnniffnrd, TT, date , Tari 9 ) L 1? ^ 

Number of vears of schooling ip Occupation houset-n fe 

Residence feckford > J f Marital S tatus Married usewiie 

Number of children ^ death 



10 



Name Sandra Ellen (HcSraw) Niday o . nrio ^ 

Place of birth Rockford, TT. date 0ct - o, 1939 

Number of years of schooling n Occupation book-keeper 

Residence Rockford, TT, Marital Status Married 

Number of children 2 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 

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 

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 

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 

Number of children death 



Your Father 

N ame R^ggpd rHffnrri filler Current Residence R n rkf n r f1 < T l 

Date of hirth Auq. 19. 1928 Place of hxtth ! 



c n^ocv. Place of burial . . 

Date of Death . — . 

E 8 ^rs°choir^LH^h 8 Lhool 3 vocational c.Xl..._ 

PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
Occupation(s) (after leaving home) 

i ^ .- Dates 

lst U50 Dates 1942-1946 1st . 

9 j Dates 

2nd Excavating Dates 1944- _^ na 



3rd Dates. 



4th 



Dates 



3rd Ba rry Road Dates 1945-1954 

4th Sand y Hollow Rd, Dates 1955- 



Rpligion Lutheran . _ 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Democrat 



• a k„ * qteD father or another relative give that data 
NOTE: If you were raised by a steptatner 
on the back of this page. (E-2) 



Your Mother 



Current Residence qpnkfnrd f IL 



Namp KpithP T " inc ' Ma V Billes 

Date of birthjan^^l^ Place of birth_Rockfo 

Place of burial 






Date of death 

! d "5! t t°^ 'l Umber B° f 'his^school 4 vocational collage. 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
Occupation(s) (after leaving home) 



grade school 
Occupation(s 

1st clerk Dates^^.^ 1st. 

2nd posting-clerk n,^. 1954-1957 2nd, 



3rd_ 
4th 



Dates 
Dates 



3rd 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



4th Sandy Hollou Rd. DatesjJ55- 



Religion Lutheran 



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



» Demo crat ■ " " "~ 
Place of marriage to your f a ther_ Bnck fDxd r _IL- 



Democrat . ~ h^i-p Sept. 25. 1954 



„OTH: U vou ., raise, ov a .t.p..th.r or anotHer relative g ive th.« 4aca 
on the back of this page (F-2). 



E-2 Stepfather 
Name 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 

Dates 



Place of marriage to your mother 
F-2 Stepmother 
Name 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd_ 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college^ 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 



2nd_ 

_ 3rd _ 
4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your father_ 



date 



10 
CHILDREN OF E AND F (or E-2.F-2) -YOUR NAME SHOULD APPEAR BELOW 

Name Loydene Kay Miller 



Place of birth Rockford, IL Date of birth Aug. 16, 1957 

Number of years of schooling 15 Occupation student 

Residence Rockford, IL Marital Status single 

Number of children death 

Name James Orlo Miller 

Place of birth Kocxrord, IL Date of birth June 28, 196 ° 

Number of years of schooling ^ Occupation student 



Residence Rockford, IL Marital Status single 

Number of children death 

ltT jTfl"L% U ^ ' »". 11 Date of birth __ 26, 1961 

Number of years of schooling 11 Occupation student 

Residence Rockford, IL Marital Status single 
Number of children death 

Name Doyle Howard Miller 

Place of birth Rockford, IL Date of birth n ,, 1y ?R, ig n 1 

Number of years of schooling ni Occupation student 

Residence Rockford, IL Marital Status single 

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 Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 

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Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence _Marital Status_ 

Number of children death 



Name 

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 
Collection, deposited in the Rockford Public Library, Rockford 
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Sources of Information 



Ann Brown 

Janes Brown 

Evelyn Marshall 

Frank flcGraw Dr. 

Oaude OcGraw 

Roy PIcGrau 

Grace Oilier 

Katherine Oilier 

Raymond Oilier 

Sandra Niday 

Brown-OcGraw Family Bible 

Letters from Berna Rossnquist 



page 1 



Henry Miller 
Great Grandfather, (my Father's, Father's, Father) 

Born: September 11, 1878, New Milford, IL 
Hied: 193U, Rockford,: IL 
Buried: Alpine Cemetery, Rockford, IL 
Married: February 11, 1898, Janesville, Wis. 

Henry's Family moved to a house on East State street When Jie was 
a boy. Later his wife to be moved in next dood to them, with her 
parents. 

Henry was of a German nationality, but it is not known when the 
family migrated to the U.S. 

The occupation Henry had was that of a farmer. He farmed several' 
places throughout his life in the Rockford area and in Corona, South 
Dakota, and Hancock, Wis. 

Hanna (Rosenquist) Miller 
Great Grandmother, (my Father's, Father's, flother-) 

Born: July 21, I878, Sweden 
Died: December 21, 196?, Rockford, IL 
Buried: Alpine Cemetery, Rockford, IL 
Married: February 11, I898, Janesville, Wis. 

Hanna was born in Sweden and they came to Rockford when she was 
three. She attended school at the Nelson School on 9th street. Her 
family lived on East State street, next door to her husband to be 
Henry. 

Henry and Hanna Miller 
Their life together. 

.rHenry and.-Hanna were married on February 11, 1898 in Janesville 
Wis. They were very strict Methodist, attending church every sunday. 



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Hanna was a housewife and Henry was a farmer. When they were 
first married they lived in Rockford, then they moved to Corona, 
South Dakota, then to Hancock, Wis., and finally back to Rockf ord, 
where they lived the rest of thier lives. 

Children (five) 

1 . Arthur 

Born: July 1, 1899, Rockf ord, IL 
Married: Pearl Carlson 
Children (one) 
1. -Mary In 

Born: August 28, 1933, Rookford, R 
Married: Ronald Kozeliski 
Children (two) 
1. r -Karen 
2. Kathy 

2. Doris 

Born: 1901, Rockf ord, IL 

Died: 1901, Rockf ord, IL, at five days of age. 

Buried. Alpine Cemetery, Rockford, IL 

3 . Irvin 

Born; November 2, 1901, Rockford, IL 

Died: 1929 

Buried: Alpine Cemetery, Rockford, IL 

U. Orlc Delyle (see page 13) 

5. Floyd ' 

Born: April 25, 1916, Rockford, IL 
Married: Florence Griffith 
Children (two) 

1. Alan, adopted 

2. Carol 



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Charles Edward Vindhurst 
Great Grandfather (my Father's, Mother's, Father) 

Born: February, 1887, Lights ville, IL 
Died: 195U, Rockford, IL 
Buried: Wilwood Cemetery, Rockford,IL 
Married: October 25, 1908 

Charles was of German and Dutch desent.__ 

Charles lived in Rockford most of his life. His occupation was 
as a molder, he worked at Rockford Iron Works, Sundstrands, and 
Mattison Foundry. 

Bessy Louella (Beck) Vindhurst 
Great Grandmother (my Father «s, Mother's, Mother) 

Born: January 1893, Foreston, IL 
Died: 195l, Rockford, IL, 
Buried: Wilwood Cemetery, Rockford, IL 
Married: October 25, 1908 and 1935 

Bessy was of German and Dutch desent. 

Bessy worked as a seamstress after her marriage, first at Rockford 
Dry then at E&W Clothing House. 

Charles and Bessy 
Their life together. 

Charles and Bessy were married on October 25, 1908. They lived 
in Rockford their entire married lives . He worked as a molder and 
she worked as a seamstress. In 193U they were divorced. 

Children (four) 

1. Grace Violet (see page 13) 



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2. Evelyn Ruth 

Born: March 3, 1915, Rockford, IL 

Married: 1935, Leonard Smith. 

They were divorced in 1°1j5. 
Children (one) 

1. Chuck 

Born: February 27, 1936, Rockford, IL 

Married: December 10, 1966, Lucille Martz. 

Children (two) . 

1. Pat 

Born: November 15, 1970 

2. Cindy 

Born: November h, 1972 
Evelyn was remarried on January 15, 19U8, to Bill Marshall. They 
have lived in Rockford all of their married lives. 

3. Louise Margeret 

Born: January 27, 1917, Rockford, IL 

Married: 1935, to Harry Gregory. 

Louise and Harry lived in Rockford until i960. They then moved 
to Florida where they built several homes. In 1970 Harry died. Soon 
after this Louise moved back to Rockford, then decided to move to 
Alabama where one of her sisters lived. 
Children (one) 

1. Robert 

Born: 1936 

h. Irene Alice 

Born: February 7, 1919, Rockford, IL 

Died: January 20, 1977 

Buried: Byron, IL 

Married: 1936 to Gene Delany. 

They got a divorce but the date is unknown. 



page 5 



Children (one) 
1. Patsy 
Born: 1937 
Married: 1956 to Roy Mead. 

They were divorced in 1967. 
Children (three) 

1. Gene 
Born: 1956 

2. Larry 
Bom: 1959 

3. Gary 
Born: 1962 

Patsy remarried Floyd Robbins in 1969. 
Children (one) 

1 . Renne 

Born: 1970 
Irene was remarried to Joe Still, date unknown. 

Bessy remarried Carl Raymer in 193U. 
Children (one) 

1. Caroline 

Born: August 23, 193$, Rockford, IL 

Married: 1951;, to Tom Hanson. 

They met while they were both in the Air Force. They lived in 
various parts of the world and then stayed in Alabama for Quite a 
few yers, then in 1975 they moved to Salt Lake City, Utha. 
Children (three) 

1. Sheryl Lynn 
Born: 1955 

2. Micheal 

Born: 1957, California 

3. Robert 

Born: 1959, England 



page 6 



Frank Walter McGraw 
Great Grandfather (my Mother's, Father's, Father) 

Born: May, 1885, Cuba, IL 
Died: September 7, 1950 
Buried: Mt. Olive, Chicago 
Married: 1906, 1921, aid 1926 

Franks education went through the fourth grade, 

Frank was a salesman. 

Selma May (Gripp) Galberth 
Great Grandmother (ray Mother's, Father's, Mother) 

Born: 1880, Galisberg, IL 
Died: June 20, 19l|0 
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, 
Married: 1906 and 1922 

Selma was a Methodist. 

Selma and Frank were divorced in 1918. 
Children (three) 
1. Roy 

Born: May, 1907 

Married: February 25, 1928, to Leona Stevenson. 
Children (four) 

1 . Barbara 

Born: October 12, 1928 

Married: Dave Hararn 

Children (four) 

1. Jeffery 

2. Joseph 

3. Julie 

h. Jennifer 
2- Roy 
Born: February 16, 1930 



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Married: Micky McGee 
Children (four) 

1. Diana 

2. Sheryl 

3. Dean 
U. Chuck 

3. Robert 
Born: April 8, 1933 
Married: Nancy Jones 
Children (five) 

1. Kathy 

2. Terrica 
'3. Jeannie 

h. Tom 

5. Pite 
k. Gary 

Born: July 1$, 1938 
Married: Karen Jore 
Children (two) 

1. Patty 

2. Steve 

2. John Howard (see page 17) 

3. Paul 
Born: 1911 
Died: 1929 

Selma remarried George Galbreth, 1922. 

Frank remarried Grace Haerr in 1921. She died in 1926. 
Children (one) 
1. Frank Henry 
Born: Sept. 11, 1922 



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Married: Helen ELossner on July 5, 19U7 in Chicago, 111. 
Children (four) 

1. Janis 

Bom: Nov. 3, 19k9 

2. Frank 

Born: June 21, 19I?3 

3. Renee 

Born: July $, 1963 
k. Lance 

Born: March lU, 1966 
Frank Walter married Crystal Haerr in 1928 . 



page 9 



George Brown 
Great Grandfather, (my Mother's, Mother's, Father) 

Born: Sept. 11, 1888, Darant, Penn. Union County- 
Died: July 2, 1973, Rockford, IL . 
Bureid: Riverview Cemetery, Oregon, IL 
Married: May 1908, Watsontown, Penn. 

George was of a Irish and Penn. Dutch desent. 
George's education went through the 8th grade. 

The occupation George had was as a teamster, this he started when 
he was fifteen. He hauled the logs from a logging camp to the water. 

Pearl (Gray) Brown 
Great Grandmother, (my Mother's, Mother's, Mother) 

Born: Febuary 2, 1890, Watsontown, Penn. Union County 
Died: November 6, 1975, Oregon, IL 
Buried: Riverview Cemetery, Oregon, IL 
Married : May 1908, Watsontown, Penn. 

Pearl was of a Irish and Penn. Dutch desent. 
Pearl's education went through the 8th grade. 

At about fifteen years of age Pearl started working at a knitting 
factory, and she quit when she was married. 

George and Pearl Brown 
Their life together. 

George and Pearl were Married in May of 1908 by the Justice of the 
Peace in Watsontown. They lived in Goosetown as newlyweds wijbh George 
working as a teamster hauling bricks for the brick factory. 

In the spring of 19lU, they moved to Oregon, IL George and Pearl 
joined the Lutheran Church in Oregon. 



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When they first moved to the area the Brown's lived on a farm about 
one mile north of Oregon, and George farmed the land. Two years later 
they moved into the town of Oregon. George then became a teamster again, 
hauling dirt, gravel, etc. 

George and Pearl divorced in- 1936: 

Children (five) 

1. James Grant 

Born: August 22, 1911, Whitedeer, Penn. 

Married; August 15, 1°1|8 

James moved to Oregon, IL, when he was three. He attended the 
Lutheran Church in Oregon. 

James had an education through 7th grade. 

Jim, as everyone calls him, has had several occupations which in- 
clude working as a common laborer, during the depression, drilling 
wells, and in his later years he woned a farm, had a milk route, and 
ran a feed grinder. 

On August 15, 19h& Jim married Ann Joesten at the Nazarene Church in 
Oregon, IL 

In 1976 they retired. 

2. Maude Ellen (see page 17) 

3. Hill ery Gray 

Born: November 15, 19lii, Oregon, IL 

Married: March 21, 1936 

Hillerjr was born in Oregon, IL. As a boy he attended the Lutheran 
Church in Oregon. Hillery' s education was through the 8th grade. 
Hillery worked as a common laborer and during the depression he was in 
the CCC (Civil Service Camp) in 1933 and 1931; 'working in California. 

On March 21, 1936 Hillery married Alice Wernick in Dixon, IL 

The occupations Hillery has had since then are, working at Gunite 
Foundry, then as a carpenter and he now owns a Leather shop in California. 



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Children (two) 

1. Patricia Ann 

Born: February 17, 1937 

Married: 1955 to James Stacy (divorced) 

Children (one) 

1. Hillery 

Born: November li, 1955 
Married : 1957 to Frank Buchanan (divorced) 
Children (one) 

1. Bobby 

Born: May 1957 
Married: 1959 to Ernie Anderson {divorced) 
Children (three) 

1. Wayne 
Born: i960 

2. Alicia 
Born: I96I 

3. Billy 
Born: 1965 

2. William Gray 
Born: January 23, 1939 

Married: December 11, 1972 to Gay Johnson 

k. George Henry 

Born: August 20, 1916, Oregon, IL 

Married: January 29, 1939 

George was born in Oregon, II, and attended the Lutheran Church of 
Oregon. His education was completed at the 7th grade. 

George worked as a common laborer until he was drafted into the army 
in 19U5. He served for three years stationed in Germany for two of those 
years. 

In 19U8 when george camehome he started in carpentry work. 

George married Florence Lundsum on January 29, 1939. 



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Children (two) 

1. Douglas Ray 

Born: October 20, 19k0 

Married: August 2li, 1962 to Arietta Swart* in Franklin Grove, IL 

Children (one) 

1. Danial Ray (adopted) 

Born: February 9, 1970 

2. Steven 

Born: April 13, 1966 

5. Ralph Kenneth 

Born: February 18, 1920 

Died: November 19ii7 

Buried: Riverviev Cemetery, Oregon, IL 

Married: 19U0 

Ralph was nicknamed Shorty when he was a boy. 

Shorty's education was through the 8th grade. 

Until November 21, 19U2 when he was drafted into the army, Shorty worked 
as a common laborer. In the army he was in the Coast Artillery for 
three years, stationed in California. He got out of the Army in 19hS. 

In 19l|0 he married Louella Lupkes in Oregon, IL 
Children (two) 

1. Dixie Ann 

Born: December h, 19U3 

2. Donna Lee 
Born: May 17, 19U5 



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Orlo.Delyle Miller 
Grandfather, (my Father's, Father) 

Born: September 27, 1908, Corona, South Dakota 
Died: January 27, 1973 
Buried: Wilewood Cemetery, Rockford, IL 
Married: January 20, 1927 in Rockford, IL 

Orlo was born in Corona, South Dakota, in Roberts County. In the fall 
of 1909 the family moved to Hancock, Wis, and later to Rockford, IL. As 
a child he attended the Methodist church every Sunday, and he was baptizec 
at the Methodist Church in Corona, South Dakota. 

Orlo attended schools in small towns outside of Rockford, because his 
father was a farmer and worked on several farms. He completed his first 
year of High School at Kishwaukee High, near Stillman Valley, IL. 

The first job Orlo had was with his father as a farmer, he then went 
to work at Drop. Forge, and in 1926 he went to work for himself andwith 
his brothers as Miller Bros. Trucking, later changed to Miller Trucking 
and Excavating. 

Grace Violet (Vindhurst) Miller 
Grandmother, (my Father's, Mother) 

Born: July 23, 1909, Rockford, IL 
Married: January 20, 1927, Rockford, IL 

Grace was born in her parents home in Rockford. When she was three 
she started going to the Brethren Church on Morgan and Ferguson St., and 
she went until she was sixteen. She wasn't confirmed until 19ii3 at 
Calvery Lutheran Church. 

The schools Grace attended consisted of Kent School, first through 
fifth grades, then she went to Lincoln Park School sixth through eighth 
grade . f 

When she was seventeen she started her first job at Rockford Dry. 
She quit work when she got married and didn't work for anyone else again, 
but she did teach classes in ceramics, as a hobby. 



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Orlo and Grace Miller 
Their life together. 

Orlo and Grace wtere married in Rockford on January 20, 1927. They 
rented various homes in Rockford until 1°U5, when they bought a nine 
room house on Barry Road. They lived here until Orlo's death in 1973. 
Grace then bought a smaller house on Sandy Hollow Road. 

Orlo and Grace attended Calvery Lutheran Church when their children 
were young. In 1950 they started attending Bethlehem Lutheran Church 
were Grace is still a member. 

Children (three) 

1. Raymond Clifford (see page 20 ) 

2. Richard Leroy 

Born: December 7, 1937, Rockford, IL 
Married: June lU, 1958, Rockford, IL 

Richard started his schooling at hallstrom for first grade, he then 
went to Rock River School and Lincoln Jr. High and graduated from East 
high School in 1955- 

In 19U3 Richard was baptized at Calverly Lutheran Church, he started 
to go to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in 1950 and was confirmed there in 
1952. He became a Sunday School teacher there in 195k. 

One of the neighborhood projects Richard was involved in was as a 
teen-chairman for the teen-canteen at Ken - Rock Community Center. 

When he was thirteen Richard started selling cards and magazines 
door to door. At fifteen he started working at Grant Park Pharmacy 
on Kishwaukee St. When he was nineteen Richard had the opportunity 
to run his own grocery store. It was a small building on Ninth Street, 
but in less than a year competition with the large chain grocery stores 
caused him to close. Richard then went to Kramer-Urban Drug Co. as a 
salesman. In 1962 Richard went to work for American Greeting Card Co. 

Richard married KLenora Georger on June Ik, 1958 at Bethlehem 



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Lutheran Church. 

Richard and Elenora lived in Rockford for quite a few years, then they 
moved to Streamwood, IL when he got a pennotion. In the summer of 1975 
he was transferedfuid they moved to New Jersey, and in May of 1976 he was 
transfered again and they moved to Greenbay, Wis. 

Children (four) 

1. Richard Wayne 

Born: March 23, 1959, Rockford, IL 

2. Laurie Lynn 

Born: May 12, 1961, Rockford, IL 

3. Michelle Denise 

Born: February $, 1966, Rockford, IL 

k. Tabatha Ann 

Born: May 1, 1971 , Streamwood, IL 

3. Sharon Sue 

Born: March 2k, 19k3 
Married: September 1, 1962 

Sharon was born in St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford. She was baptized 
as a baby at Calvery Lutheran Church. In 19U5 the family bought a house 
on Barry Rd. Sherry, as everyone called her, started Sunday School in 
1950 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church when her parents joined. 

Sherry went to Kindergarden at Ken-Rock Community Center. She then 
started attending Rock River School, then Riverdaul School, and went on 
to Jefferson Jr. High and graduated from East High in 1962. 

When Sherry was sixteen she started working at D.J. Stwear^s, she 
then worked at the Chamber of Commerace until her marriage. 

She was married to Dennis Carter September 1, 1962 at Bethlehem 
Lutheran Church. After their marriage they lived in Japan and Hawiawi 



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for two years because Dennis was in the Navy. After he was; discharged 
they came back to Rockford and still live here. 

Children (three) 

1. David Orlo 

Born: October 19, 196h, Rockford, IL 

2. Christina Grace 

Born: April 9, 1966, Rockford, IL 

3. Rebecca Lynn 

Born: June 19, 1969, Rockford, IL 



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John Howard McGraw 
Grandfather, (my Mother's, Father) 

Born: August 1, 1910, in Moline IL 
Died: November 10, 1962 in Rockford, IL 
Buried: Riverview Cemetery, Oregon, IL 
Married: October 31, 1933 

John was six years old when the family moved to Rockford. He 
finished his sophmore year of high school. 

John and his family attended a Methodist Church. 

John had various odd jobs until he was eighteen when he started to 
work at D. J. Stewarts as a delivery boy. After this he worked at 
Chaple Bros., now known as Quaker Oats, and then at Gunite Foundy until 
19U2 when he stared at Sundstrands Corp. as a machine opperator. He was 
later promoted to set-up man of machines, and then to Service Engineer. 
As a Service Engineer he traveded to different cities, this he did from 
1950 until his death in 1962. 

John was a member of the Moose Lodge. 

Maude Ellen (Brown) McGraw 
Grandmother, (jay Mother's, Mother) 

t 

Born: August 25, 1912, Allenwood, Penn. 

Married: October 31, 1933 

Maude moved from Penn. to Oregon, IL with her family when she was two. 

As a child she attended St. Paul Lutheran Church of Oregon. When she 
was fifteen she was baptized and confirmed at the Lutheran Church. 

Maude attended the Oregon public school through the 8th grade. 

Maude's first job was at the Oregon Cafe as a waitress when she was 
sixteen, where she worked until she was married. 

Maude is a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and also of the 
Women of the Moose. 



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John and Maude McGraw 
Their life together. 

John and Maude were married on October 31, 1933 by the Justice of 
the Peace in Belvedere, IL. They lived all their married life in 
Rockford, They lived in various homes until they moved to Sawyer Rd. 
in ISkh where they rented a home. Then in 1956 they built a home on 
Sandy Hollow Rd. where Maude is still living. 

Children (two) 

1. Katherine May (see page 21 ) 

2. Sandra ELlen 

Born: October 23, 1939, Rockford, IL 
Married: July 12, 1?58 

Sandra was born in Swedish-American Hospital. 

Sandra attended Kindergarten at Ken-Rock; Community Center, then went 
to Rock River School from first through eighth grades, then to Lincoln 
Jr. High and the twelfth grade at East High School. 

When Sandy, as everyone called her, was a teenager she played soft- 
ball on the Ken-Rock Community Center teams, and went to teen dances at 
the center. 

When Sandy was sixteen she started working at Blue Cross and Blue . 
Sheild, filing. 

At eighteen Sandy was married to Richard Niday on July 12, 1958 at 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She was a housewife until she went to work 
in 1968 for Rockford Alternator, in 1970 she started working for 
Applied Motors. 

Children (two) 

1. John Walter 
- Born: June 2, I960, Rockford,IL 



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2 T Dennis Richard 

Born: June 28, 1963 Rockford, IL 



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Raymond Clifford Miller 
Father 



Born: August 19, 1928, Rockford, IL 
Married: September 25, 1954, Rockford, IL 

Raymond Clifford Miller was borniin Rockford, II, inttbe ihome 
of his parents on BurbankAAve. The first son of Orlo and Grace 
Miller. As a baby he aquired the nickname of "Buddy" from his 
mother, this was later changed to Bud. He was the only grandson 
and nephew for meny years so was very spoilt from all sides. 

When he was nine his brotheriRichard was born. The family 
moved around Rockford and lived in rented houses until 1945. In 
1943 Raymond's sister Sharon was born. At this time Raymond was 
baptized and confirmed soon after. The family then decided more 
room was needed so they bought their first home. A nine room house 
on Barry Road. 

Raymond started working at the USO-United Service Organization, 
in 1942, when he was thirteen. They had the USO for the service 
men because of the big Camp Grant located at the present Greater 
Rockford Airport. He started working fbr:250 an hour. Checking 
coats, working in the soda fountain, and also the Physical Ed. 
department. He worked in his spare time until 1946 when the USO 
folded. 

In the summer of 1944 Raymond started working for his father 
in Miller Bros. Trucking, he drove a truck, eventhough he was only v 

fifteen. He could do this if someone was with him. Then in Sept. 
he got his drivers lisence. 

In October of 1944, during his Or. year at East High, he dropped 
out of school because he was going to have to go an extra year of 
school to graduate, for flunking gym in the Eighth grade because of 
a broken ankle. So then he started working full time for his father., 
until he was drafted into the service. He was drafted December 4, 1950, 
during the {Korean :,Waiu In april 1951 he was sent overseas and 



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stationed in South Korea. He was the Engineer Mechanic on Heavy 
equipment. He came home in November 1952, and was discharged in 
December of that year. 

When he came home Raymond and hi3 father became partners and 
changed the name of the business to Miller Trucking and Excavating. 

In Danuary of 1953 Raymond met Katharine, whom he met through his 
brother Richard. But they didn't start dating until Dune of that year, 
They went together for a year before they became engaged in Play of 
1954. They were then Plerried on September 25, 1954 in Bethlehem 
Lutheran Church. 

Katherine Hay (McGraw) miller 
Mother 

Born: Danuary 24, 1935, Rockford, IL 
Married: September 25, 1954, Rockford, IL 

Katherine May McGraw was born Danuary 24, 1935 in Swedish- American 
Hospital in Rockford, The first daughter of Dohn and Maude McGraw. 

As a toddler she aquired the nickname of "Boots" because all she 
would wear were boots. She later lost the nipkname of "Boots" when 
her mother met a woman named Bootsand didn't like her. In the sixth 
grade Katherine aquired the nickname of Kay because there was another 
girl in the class named Katherine elso, and the name kay has stock 
ever since. 

The family attended several churches including Methodist and the 
Church of the Nazarine. 

When Kay was four years old her sister Sandra was born. The 
family moved to about four different apartments until they rented ' 
a house on Sawyer Road. 

Katherine first went to Hall School. Then when they moved to 
Sawyer Rd. she started at Rock River School in the third grade, 
She attended Rock River through out grade school, then she went to 
Lincoln Dr. High and she graduated from East High School. 

Through out her life her major sport has been horse-back riding. 



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There was always at least one horse in the family, which were kept at 
varopis places. As a girl she was a tomboy and used to play with the 
boys alot. She liked to play softball, basketball, and she'd go fish- 
ing when someone would take her. 

As a teenager she was very active in Ken-Rock community Center. 
Kay participated in the various sports programs and was on the Dr. 
board, and helped start the Friday Night dances at the Center. 

Kay started her first job when she was sixteen, at the Woolworth 
Dime Store on Broadway. After about two years she left there and went 
to Rockford Dry dountqwn. 

Kay met Bud when she was eighteen through his brother Richard. She 
Graduated in Dune of 1954 and they got married on September 25, 1954 
in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Rockford. She was baptized and joined 
the church right before this. 

Raymond and Katharine Miller 
Their married life together 

When they were first married they lived in a small trailer on 
Sandy Hollow 8d. Bud was in partnership with his father and Kay was 
working for Alis-Chalmers aa a posting clerk. 

They bought sixteen acers in the spring of 1955 which was situated 
next to where they were living in the trailer. They built the 
basement of their house and lived there. The front was exposed so 
it looked like a Hat roofed house. They did this with plans to 
build the upstairs in a few years, because they couldn't afford the 
house at this time. Finally fifteen years later they moved into the 
upstairs. When they bought the land the business of Pliller trucking 
and Excavating moved there and has been there ever since. 

Bud and Kay are active members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. 
They attend very regulary and Bud is Vice Chairman of the Board of 
Decons, and on several committees including Recreation and Christian 
Education. Together Bud and Kay are the youth directors at the 
Church. They really enjoy working with the youth very much. 



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Children (four) 

1. Loydene Kay Miller (see page 25) 

2. Games Orlo 

Born: June 28, 1960, Rockford, IL 

Dames was born. at Swedish-American Hospital. He was baptized at 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church in November 1960, 

James attended Kindergarden at Brook Road Methodist Church. All 
through grade school he attended A.C. Thompson school, then for Dr. 
High he went to Eisenhower Middle School, and finally for High school 
he went to Jefferson High School. 

In 1975 James was confirmed at Bethlehem. 

When he was fifteen he started working for his Dad. Eventually 
he will become a partner in the business. 

Jim, as everyone calls him, has several hobbies including horse 
back riding, motorcycle riding , football, swimming and softball. 
He owns three horses now, but he wants to raise themand sell them 
eventually. Every spring since he was eight, he has been on a soft- 
ball team through the church. 

3. Dawn Ray 

Born: July 28, 1961, Rockford, IL 

■ -Dawn was the first of twins. She was born in Swedish-American 

Hospital and baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in August. 

She attended Kindergarden through sixth grade at A.C, Thompson 
School. Dawn then went to Eisenhower Middle School, then on to 
Jefferson for High School. 

She was confirmed in 1976 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church and since 
then has helped on the Christian Education Committee. 

In 1975, when Dawn was fourteen she became a voleenter at, St. 
Anthony Hospital. But her ideals are not orientated towards the 
Medical profession, she would like to be a teacher of deaf children 
eventually. 



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Dawn's hobbies includes horseback riding and ceramics. She owns 
her own horse and has to take care of hin. 

4. Doyle Howard 

Born: Duly 28, 1961, Rockford,IL 

Doyle was born five minutes after his twin Dawn in Swedish- 
American Hospital, and he was baptized at Bethlehem Luth*ran Church 
in August 1961. 

Doyle attended Kindergarden through sixth grade at A.C.Thompson 
School. He then attended Eisenhower Diddle School, then went to 
Jefferson High School. 

Doyle was confirmed in 1976 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He hes 
participated on the church f s Softball team since he was seven. 

Doyle started working for hi« Dad when he was fourteen and even- 
tually wants to become a partner in the business. 

The main interests Doyle has are motorcycle riding, bicycle riding, 
Softball, swimming, tennis and ping pong, he also likes to play the 
drums, and has his own set. 



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Loydene Kay Miller 
Myself 

Born: August 16, 1957 

The first child of Raymond and Katherine roller. I was born in 

Swedish-American Hospital and baptized at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 

in November of the same year. 

What I always remember about my childhood was how I had so much 

room to play and with a large variety of things to do. h/e lived a 

little ways away form the city so we were sort of isolated, with only 

a few neighbors including my Grandma and Grandpa McGraw, whom lived 

next door. 

I went to Kindergarden at alpine Lutherine Church then went to 

A.C. Thompson through the sixth grade. Then I went to Buckbee Middle 

School and on to East High School where I graduated from in 1975. 

I was confirmed in 1972 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and I've been 

on the Recreation Committee and helped in the Nursery during the Church 

service, lie were raised to go to Church regularly and that trait 

has been kept up. 

My first job I got in 3une of 1973 at Grant Park Food Mart, a 

small grocery store on Kishwaukee St. It was only suppose to be a 
summer Job, but the owner asked me to stay on. I worked there until 
the next June when I left for vacation, because my family was going 
on alot Of weekend trips and it would be hard to take off so much I 1 
just quit. The next job I got I heard about it through the HERO pro- 
gram at school, (Home Economics Related Occupations) it was designed 
as a co-op class. The job was as an aid in a Day care, which I was 
interested in working with children. So in October of 1974, I started 
at the Learn N'Care Day Care. While I was there I decided I wanted 
to teach in a Pre-school or a Day Care. I also got a certificate that 
said I was qualified to teach in a day care because I had the intension 
of getting a degree in teaching. In October of 1976 the Day Care Jcl 
closed down because the people in the church it was in wanted to sell 
This was a very sad time for everyone because the employees and the 



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children had all grown wary close in the last two years. 

The next Job I got was-Bt Goldblatt's Department Store in the 
Rockford Plaza. This was mostly to tide me over the Christmas season, 
In March of this year I left there and began working at Applied 
Botors Inc. The Job consits of bookeeping end filing. 

fly hobbies are ceramics, motorcycle riding, tennis and swimming. 

The only awards of any kind I'v ever recieved were through the 
HERO program at East High and a Kiwanis award for outstanding youth 
participation in church. But I have never really participated in 
very meny organizations or groups. 

I now attend Rock Valley College and I will graduate in Play. 
Next fall I plan on going to Rockford College and Major in Elementary 
Education. Right now ray main goal is to teach and help young 
children in a Day Care or Pre - School situation. 






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Roger Milligan 
Barbara Milligan 
Floyd Milligan 
Ruby Milligan 
Marlene Johnson 
Alberta Cedarholm 
Peg Lundquist 
Bruce Spickler 
Clifford Milligan 



KVITNO 



This is a farm in Norway where some of my ancestors were from. 
The Kvitne Creek is located on the borderline between Odda and Ullensvang. 
The southern part of Kvitno belongs to Odda, Norway while the northern 
part belongs to Ullensvang, Norway but is registered under mage. The 
creek runs from Folgefonn through the Rounsday Lake down the Kvitne 
Valley making waterfalls. In 1333 the name of the farm was written 
"i Kiupnum." In 1436 the name was w r itten as "i Kveipno," 166?: 
"Quitne," 172 3: "Qvitne". Today it is written as "Kvitno" which corres- 
ponds to the local pronounciation of the word. 



Population: 1665 


6 




1701 


7 




1801 


14 




1375 


24 




1900 


11 


Livestock 


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1657: 

1723: 

1365: 
1900 : 
1955: 



2 horses, 10 cows, 1 calf 
1 horse, 6 cattle, 2 calves, 18 sheep 
1 horse, 14 cattle, 67 livestock 
1 horse, 14 cattle, k2 samll livestock 
1 horse, 5 cows, 3 calves, 12 sheeD 
On the farm they have reaised mostly barley and potatoes. There 
are also 505 fruit trees. 



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Jon SAMSONSON (1752 - 1337) 

This was my great-great-great-great-great grandfather. He was 
regarded as an excellent fisherman, but did not like farm managing. 
In 1783 he was married with Ingegjard HELLELAND. Lived in Norway all 
their lives. 
Children: 1. Sam Kvitno 

2. Ingebjorg 

3. Ingegjerd. 
k. Samson Jr. 

5. Sigrid 

6. Knut 

7. Jon (V/ent with his family to U.S.A.) 



Samson JQNSON (178U - 1362) 

This was my great-great-great-great grandfather. He was a non- 
commissioned officer and sergeant. In his genealogy, written in IS54 
he tells that he was a farmer for 39 years. He owned and ran the Kvitno 
sawmill from 132 3 and onwards. He was married in 1316 to Anna Jorgensdotter 
DIGRANES. Lived in Norway all their lives. 
Children: 1. Jon Kvitno 

2. Jorgen 

3. Lars 

4. Samson Kvitno 

5. Ingegjard 

6. Anna 

7. Torbjorg (I83O 1369) 

8. Jahob Kvitno (I832 - ?) Went to U.S.A. in 1856. He 
participated in the Civil War and was wounded. He 
later lived in LaCrosse, Washington. 



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Jon SAMS0N50N (1816 - ?) 

This was ray great-great-great grandfather. In I869 he went to the 
U.S.A. with his family and lived in Lee, Illinois. He wife's parents 
and their other children had settled there before them. He was married 
in 1846 to Kari Kristoffersdotter KVALNES. (1321 - 1395) 
Children: 1. Anna (1347 - 1924) 

2. Gyrid (1849 - 18?6) 

3. Samson (1851 - 1919) 

4. Kristofer (1354 - 1926) 

5. Jahob (1357 - 1939) 

6. Johan (1859 - 1935) 

7. Karolina (I863 - 1947) 



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Andrew MILLIGAN and Margaret HANNAH (great-great grandparents). 
Lived all of their lives in Scotland. Andrew lived from October, 1824 
until October, 1332. Margaret lived from July 25, 1332 until December Ik, 
1378. 
Children: 1. Mar/ 

2. Maggie 

3. John 

4. Jessie 

5. Jane 

6. William 

7. Grace 
3. Andrew 
9. James 

10. Alexander 

11. Robina 



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Christooher and Lena QUITNO (great-great grandparents). Christopher 
lived from 185^ until September 27, 1926. Lena lived from 1360 until 
October 3, 19^. They lived and farmed in Creston, Ogle County, Illinois. 
Children: 1. Charles (137? - Jan. 2k, 1962) 

2. Sam (Feb. 10, 1361 - Dec. 30, 1971) 

3. Harvey (1333 - Sept. 9, 1912) 

k* Clara (Oct. 10, 1332 - July 6, 19 39) 

5. Joseohine (Feb. 10, 1836 - April 5, 1966) 

6. Elsie (June 13, 1890 - Jan. 31, 1975) 



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Carrie Rebecca JARVI5 

She was born on December 29, 1871. She and her family lived near 
Esmond (DeKalb), Illinois where they owned a farm. Her parents both 
came from England. Her brothers and sisters were Edward and William 
who were twins and Elizabeth. Carrie attended Patton School near 
Esmond, where she completed her education after 8th grade. 
James MILLIGAN 

He was born in Scotland on June 6, 1871. He came from a large family 
with ten brothers and sisters besides himself. Both of his parents had 
died by the time he was eleven. In 1383 he and two of his brothers, 
Alexander and Andy came over the the U.S. by boat. When they arrived 
they were met by an uncle, Peter Hannah, who brought them by train back 
to Hampshire, (Kane), Illinois. They were then given homes with different 
farmers near Huntley, (McHenry), Illinois. Here he worked on a farm and 
during the winters went to school for three months when there was not 
as much work. 



James MILLIGAN and Carrie Rebecca JARVIS (great grandparents) 

They were married in Esmond (DeKalb), Illinois on June 30, 1897. 
They had met when James was hired by Carrie's father- to work on his 
farm. The first house in which they lived was in Elgin (Kane), Illinois. 
A few years later they moved to South Grove Township in Illinois where 
they lived on a farm with a two story house. From here they moved to 
Fairdale (DeKalb), Illinois where they also farmed. Here they raised 
cattle, hogs, poultry, oats, barley, corn and some wheat. They had 
four children who helped with the work on the farm. When the kids were 
in school they had hired help that received room and board and so much 
money per month. The first car the family owned was a 1914 Ford Model A 
with a brass radiator cao. The farm they had in Fairdale consisted of 
a two-story house, a machine shed with a building attached for the car 
and fuel, a corner ib and grainery, a barn with the basement for the 
cows, a main floor for horses and loft used to store hay, a brick silo, 
a hog house, an extra corn crib, a shed for the milk cows and a windmill 
to run the water pump. From 1924 until 19 33 James worked for the Illinois 
Highway Department doing engineering and construction of roads and bridges 
Two of his sons, Floyd and Clifford and a brother-in-law helped run the 
240 acre farm because James only got home on weekends. However during 
the depression the farm was lost. After their children had grown they 
moved to another farm around Kirkland (DeKalb), Illinois. Around 1940 • 
they bought a house in Kirkland. During World War II, James went to work \ 
for a hemp mill, making rope, for two years. On May 14, 1946 Carrie 
passed away. James then went to Sycamore (DeKalb), Illinois and worked 
in a machine shop for three years. He then retired and for a short 
time lived in the home of his daughter Ethel and her husband Pete Blake 
in Kirkland. After fcis he moved to Sycamore where he lived in a private 
home. He passed away on December 2?, 1961. 
Children: 1. Clarence (March 6, IS99 - Dec. 30, 1964) 

2. Ethel (Aug. 7, 1902) 

3. Floyd Edward (Nov. 16, 1904) 

4. Clifford (Sept. 2, 1912) 



Berge BERGSSON 

He was born on February 24, 13?5 near Creston (Ogle), Illinois. 
He worked on his oarents farm when he became old enough. He had an 
eighth grade education. He had one brother, John and two sisters, Alice 
and Susie. 

Josephine QUITNO 

She was born on February 10, 1386 in her parents home in Creston 
(Ogle), Illinois. There were no hospitals close and there were very 
few at that time. She had an education equivilant to the ninth grade. 
She had three brothers and two sisters. 



Berge B2RGES0N and Josephine QUITNO (great grandparents) 

They met at a square dance at a farm home. They were married 
on March 23, 1904 in Creston Lutheran Church, (Illinois). Josephine 
made her own wedding dress. They lived for a time on a 320 acre farm 
which they rented from the owner who lived in Maywood (Cook), Illinois. 
The house, barn, corncrib, chicken house and machinery sheds were un- 
usually good and well kept. Both great grandparents were from good homes. 
The men who were hired to help on the farm lived in the household. 
However it was never crowded because the house was large. Corn, oats 
and alfalfa were the main croos grown. Milk cows, horses, Digs and 
chickens were also raised. The first car the family had was a 1904 
Maxwell. In 1913 everyone in the family including their two children 
had the swine flu which many of their neighbors died from. The doctor 
traveled from Creston (Ogle), Illinois which was three miles to the farm 
by horse and buggy. Their children Gayle and Ruby walked to school 
to Steward Grade School which was a one room school with one teacher 
and 20-25 students. The pot bellied stove provided heat. Berge played 
the violin and harmonica and called for dances in peoples homes or barns. 
Josephine played the piano in church. Box socials, reunions, chatauquas 
and family get togethers provided entertainment. 

Berge and Josephine along with their children moved to Rockford 
(Winnebago), Illinois. Berge worked at J.I. Case and they lived in a 
nice two story house on School Street. In 1923 the family moved to \ 

Fairdale (DeKalb), Illinois. Here they bought three farms near Monroe 
Center (Ogle), Illinois which they rented out. During the depression 
in 1929 all the farms were lost including the one they lived on. Josephine 
compensated for the loss by doing sewing in Rockford. They lived quite 
comfortably in soite of the hard times. Later they moved to a farm near 
Rockford and rented again. After this they moved to Rockford where Berge 
was employed at National Mirror on Kishwaukee Street. They rented a house 
on School Street and later owned a house on North Winnebago Street. 

Berge was the more dominant parent and a very good father. He and 
Josephine especially liked Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt as Presidents. 



BERGESON AND QUITNO (great grandparents) continued 

Their first television was ourchased in 1950 and the first radio in 
1932. Berge retired from National Mirror when he was 75 years old and 
contined to live in Rockford until his death on September 1, I963. They 
belonged to Our Savior's Lutheran and both had been confirmed in Creston 
Lutheran Church. Josephine passed away three years later on April k, 1966. 
Children: 1. Gayle Ellsworth (Sept. 1906 - Aug. 2?, 1935) 
2. Ruby Elmira (March 12, 1909) 



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Floyd Edward KILLIGAN 

He was born on November 16, 190^ in Esmond (DeKalb), Illinois He 
had lived in three different houses by the time he was five. His family 
they moved to Fairdale (DeKalb), Illinois where he was to live for the 
next 29 years. The first school he attended was Cronktown named after a man 
who lived on a farm near the school. There were 10 - 12 students and the 
school was heated by a coal burning stove. Two of his teachers there 
were Gertrude Horn and Ester Wright. The second school he went to had 
70 - 75 students. The principal was Kabel Gilchrist. Each week a music 
instructor, Mr. Jonnigas came from DeKalb and gave lessons. Floyd played 
the trombone in the Fairdale band which was very good. His parents 
owned a 160 acre farm at the time on which they raised cattle, hogs, 
poultry, oats, barley, corn and some wheat. By the time he was seven 
his chores involved milking cows, gathering eggs, bringing in split 
wood for the kitchen stoves and hauling straw into the barn for bedding. 
As he got older he was depended on more to share the work load. Some 
of the events that took place in Fairdale were the Memorial Day and 
Fourth of July parades and dinners at the church. He attended Sunday 
School almost every week to a church a mile and a half away. He teacher 
was Jenny I-Jikler. When he was twelve his father bought him his own horse. 
He named the strawberry rhone horse Prince who was always full of pep but 
didn't have a mean hair on him. Floyd also hunted, mostly for rabbits 
by using a ferrot which he had tied 50 feet of cord around its neck. He V 
also pulled such pranks as helping put a buggy on too of a barn on Hallo- 
ween, and during study halls they would drown out gopher holes next to 
the window. Also for entertainment he played pool in Fairdale on Saturday 
nights and attended Grange meetings twice a month. 



Ruby Elmira BERGESON 

She was born on March 12, 1909 in Creston (Ogle), Illinois. She 
attended Steward Grade School which was a one room, one teacher county 
school. In 1918 she had the swine flu along- with the rest of her family. 
When her family moved to Rockford (Winnebago)-, Illinois, she attended 
Rockford Central High School until 1923 when her family moved again, 
this time to Fairdale (DeKalb), Illinois. Here she played the violin in 
the high school orchestra. She also played basketball on Fairdale' s 
High School girl's basketball team. They played some of the other smaller 
towns around the area including Esmond, Rochelle and Kirkland. The 
uniforms they wore consisted of black bloomers and middy tops. The 
games in Fairdale were held above a store in town which had a stove 
right in the middle of the court. Ruby was captain of the team, which 
won almost all of their games. She was also very active in school plays. 
After graduating from Fairdale High School in 1925 her teacher, Mr. Small 
and his wife, who was also a teacher along with the other graduate 
in the class, and Ruby went to Washington D. C. They traveled in a 
Model A Ford and camped in a tent along the way. They went through the 
White House and she was able to shake hands with President Calvin Coolidge. 
They also stopped at other places of interest along the way including 
Gettysburg, Pa. The next year she moved to Rockford and attended the 
Rockford School of Business for a year and half. 

While growing up on the different farms she and her brother Gayle v. 
both had duties that were expected of them as they grew older. They 
carried in fuel, helped to husk corn and Ruby helped her mother churn 
butter which they always used for their own use. She and her brother 
had a brown and white pony which they rode. One time the horse became 
scared while she was on him and ran under a clothesline which caused her 
to catch her chin and neck on the line and thus making her fall very hard. 
Some of the games she played included red light and pom pon pullaway 
(tug-o-war). During the summer she roller-skated on the top floor of the 
barn which was very large. When she was older she participated in box 
socials. The girls cooked food and put it in a box to which they attached 
some form of recognition, such as a ribbon for their husbands or boyfriends, 
to try to identify which was theirs. Then the men would bid on the different 
b oxe s . 



Floyd Edward MILLIGAN and Ruby Elmira BERGESON (grandparents) 

They met in a cemetery on Memorial Day, 1924. Floyd was playing 
the trombone at the ceremony and Ruby was helping place wreaths on the 
soldiers graves. On August 31, 1927 they were married in Monroe Center 
(Ogle), Illinois in the Monroe Methodist Church. For their honeymoon 
they went to the Wisconsin Dells. The first house they had was in 
Fairdale (DeKalb), Illinois. At the time Fairdale consisted of a general 
store, a blacksmith shop, a pool hall, Grange Hall, a post office, a 
Methodist church and the school. Ruby played the piano in the church 
and also taught Sunday school. They both belonged to the Grange and later 
to the P.T.A. When the depression hit, they were well off compared to 
many since both of their parents helped financially and also gave eggs, 
milk and chickens to them. They also raised a vegetable garden to help 
the situation. During this time Floyd worked on his father's farm. 
In 1932 they had their first child, a son, Roger. In 1935 a daughter, 
Marlene, was born. Both of the children were baptized in the home. 
For entertainment there were parties in the church basement and many 
barn dances in the area. Occasionally they would go to a movie in Rockford 
or Belvidere, Illinois. There were also many social gatherings among 
neighbors. One of these was the galloping tea. Many of the families 
in town would gather once a month and drop in unannounced on another 
home. The people living there were to then supply good and refreshments. 
for the people. Between 1930 and 1935 Ruby worked doing general office v. 
work. They then lived in Kirkland between 1940 and 1943. They moved 
back for Fairdale in 1944 and then in 1945 moved to Rockford (Winnebago), 
Illinois. They have lived in very comfortable homes having bought three; 
each one being a little improvement over the others. During the 1940's 
the family took many trips to Lake Kegonsa in Wisconsin during the summer. 
Ruby and Marlene also took several nice vacations in the 1950 's to such 
places as California, New York and South Carolina. The first television 
they had was an RCA which they bought in 1954. In Rockford, Ruby has 
worked at Aliens Crockery, Free Sewing Machine, Montgomery W a rds where she 
worked as a sales clerk in the early 50' s and from 1956 - 19?4 at Greenlee 
Bros, and Co. doing general office work. Between 1945 and 1970 Floyd 



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worked at Rockford Screw Products as a department head. Both Ruby and 
Floyd are Republicans and consider Eisenhower as their favorite president 
because of his leadership and if there were any military decisions to be 
made he was the man to do it. They still live in Rockford in a very nice 
home and are living very comfortably. They often have friends or relatives 
over for get-togethers and Ruby belongs to a club with many of her friends. 
They almost always have their children and grandchildren over for holiday 
celebrations and birthdays besides other get-togethers. Their daughter 
Marlene and her husband Jim Johnson live in Rockford along with their 
two boys Jeff and Mark. Their son Roger and his wife Barbara now live in 
Lancaster, Lancaster, Pa., with their daughter Kellie. Their son Michael 
has stayed in Rockford to attend Rock Valley College. 
Children: 1. Roger Neil (Nov. 11, 1932) 

2. Marlene Gayle (Nov. 27, 1935) 



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Joseph Glenwood SPICKLER 

He was born on December 21, 1893 in Haggerstown, Maryland. His 
parents ;ere Samuel Spickler (1353 - 1933) and Margaret Wis hard (I860 - 
1937). His parents did not have much money and Joseph worked on their 
farm while he was growing up. He attended grade school and high school 
and graduated in 1916. After he graduated he left the home and moved 
to Winnebago, Illinois by way of train. 

Mabel Evelyn STANLEY 

She was born on March 19, 1900 in Winnebago, Illinois. Her parents 
were John Stanley (1363 - 191*1) and Katherine Patrick (1867 - 1915). 
Her parents also lived on a farm near Winnebago and she along with her 
two sisters Hazel and Beulah and her brother Lloyd were expected to help 
out on the farm. She also attended grade school and high school and 
graduated in 1913. 



Joseph Glenwood SPICKLER and Mabel Evelyn STANLEY (grandparents) 

They were married in Rockford (Winnebago) , Illinois on April 16, 1919. 
After they were married they lived in a home in Winnebago, Illinois. 
On December 6, 1919 their first child Madelyn Margaret was born. 
During this time JoseDh was working on different farms within the area. 
In 1924 their second child Pauline Mae was born. Tragedy struck the family 
in March of 1925 when Pauline died at the age of only six months. In 
1928 their first son, Bruce Glenwood was born. Between 1919 through 
1930 they lived in five different homes in Winnebago, Illinois, plus two 
farms there. They were small homes but comfortable enough for the family.' 
In 1932 another daughter Phyllis Irene was born and the next year their 
fourth daughter Barbara Ann was born. In the 1930' s the family moved to 
a farm in Pecatonica, Illinois where conditions became more crowded with 
the four children that they now had. In 1936 their second son Roger 
Duane was born. Around 1933 the family moved to Rockford (Winnebago), 
Illinois where they lived on the west side of town. Joseph had a job 
as a machine scraper at Barber Colman in Rockford where he worked for 
25 years. He was well liked by his fellow employees and got along well 
with the management. When their daughter Madelyn was married in the early 
forties to a Carl Lundquist they lived at the home for a short while. 
Because of the crowded sleeping condtions a leather davenport in the 
dining room was used each night as bed. 

Both JoseDh and Mabel were Protestant but religion played only a v 
small part in the family life. Both of them were also democrats and * 

thought highly of Franklin Roosevelt. The family did not take many vaca- 
tions because they had to struggle to make ends meet. They did have;' 
many family get togethers with their relatives in Winnebago and Rockford 
and later started a family reunion which still exists today. The family 
was very close but raising a family of five was difficult. Then on 
March 10, 19^6 Mabel Evelyn Spickler died. 

This was very hard on the family especially with three of the children 
still living at home. The two girls at home Phyllis and Barbara helped 
with the housework and the fixing of meals. During the summer of 194-3 
Joseph bought a lot and started to build a cabin at Lake Witter near Wautoma. 



SPICKLER and STANLEY (grandparents) continued 

Wisconsin. In the late forties he married again to Doris Showen. In 
1951 they had a son Kevin. Later however they were divorced. In 1959 
Joseph and son Bruce went to Florida by car and bought some lots on the 
west coast near Port Charlotte. The next year they took a trip to Mexico 
which they also enjoyed. Joseph lived with his daughter Phyllis for a 
while during, the sixties and lived on Mulberry Street in Rockford 
which was a two-story house. On September 28, 1 9 6S he was married to 
Margaret Charaplain in Rockford, Illinois on October Zk, I971. She died 
at the age of 79. After this he moved to an old age home. He died on 
October 25, 1972. 
Children: 1. Madelyn Margaret (Dec. 6, 1919) 

2. Pauline Mae (Sept. 192^ - March 2k, 1925) 

3. Bruce Glenwood (May 26, 1928) 
<*. Phyllis Irene (March 25, 1932) 

5. Barbara Ann (October 15, 1933) 

6. Roger Duane (May 12, 1936) 

7. Kevin (May 26, I951) 



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Roger Neil MILLIGAN 

He was born on November 11, 1932 in Kirkland (DeKalb), Illinois. 
He went to Fairdale School for first and second grade. When his family- 
moved to Kirkland in 19^1 he attended Dustin School for third grade and 
then Kirkland' s grade school for fourth and fifth. For sixth grade 
he again went to Fairdale before his family moved to Rockf ord (Winnebago) , 
Illinois in 19^. 'While in Fairdale he began playing the trumpet which he 
did so for the next few years. On V-J Day he remembers the factory whistles 
and sirens going off and also that his family vent to his mothers' parents 
farm just south of Rockford and that he blew his trumpet out of the car 
window all of the way. Some of the games he and his sister Marlene 
played while growing up were kick the can, redlight and baseball. After 
moving to Rockford he attended Lincoln Junior High School and graduated 
from Rockford E a st High School in 1950. In 19^5 the children were con- 
fined to the house all summer because of the polio epidemic in this area 
that year. He remembers the B-29's that flew over Rockford and sprayed 
DDT over the city which was to kill the housefly which was believed to 
spread the disease. He and his sister played many games together and 
played records or listened to the radio to help the time pass. He enjoyed 
listening to Harry James along with Jack Benny, Amos and Andy and The 
Shadow. At East he was involved in R-Club, the geology club and also 
played on the baseball team. He was also active in Boy Scouts during 
junior high school. During one summer he worked at DeKalb Hybrid de- ^ 
tasseling corn. He also worked at Bowl Mor Lanes in Rockford as a pin ? 
setter. He bowled the first ball ever bowled there and got a strike. 
Also in the summer he went to ballgames in Chicago to see the Cubs. His 
family went to Wisconsin on most of their vacations and he enjoyed the 
fishing there. After graduating from high school he played baseball 
in the Tri-County League that summer. He also had a job at Bartelt's 
Engineering Co. as a draftsman that summer. In the fall be attended 
Northern Illinois State Teacher's College in DeKalb, Illinois where he 
studied engineering for two years. He continued to work at Bartelts during 
the summers and full time after leaving Northern. 



Barbara Ann SPICKLER 

She was born October 15, 1933 in Winnebago (Winnebago), Illinois. 
She lived for two years in Winnebago and then her family moved to Rockford 
(Winnebago), Illinois. Here they lived on Mulberry Street on the west 
side. She went to Ellis School for first through sixth grades. She had 
four brothers and sisters and got along very well with them. They played 
blind man's bluff and baseball as they grew up. The family was considered 
average and everyone was very close. She shared a bedroom with her sister 
in the two story house in which they lived in. She attended Roosevelt 
Junior High School for grades 7, 8, and 9. Here she played the trombone 
in the Roosevelt band. During the summers of 19^6 and 19^7 she played 
Softball in the West End Girl's League as a pitcher. She also had tap 
dancing lessions when she was younger. She enjoyed listening to such shows 
as the Lone Ranger and The Shadow on the radio. Almost every Saturday 
she would go to the State Theatre and watch the weekly serials. When old 
enough, she also did alot of babysitting in the neighborhood including 
Mike Lenker who was later a P.O.W. in the Vietnam War. After Roosevelt 
she attended Rockford West High School where she was active in the girl's 
Glee Club and G. A. A. During the summer of 19^9 she worked as carhop 
at the Cottonwood Drive In. During tenth grade she worked after school 
and on weekends at Rockford Memorial Hospital as a kitchen aide. She 
would bring the meals to the patients and sometimes work in the kitchen ' 
when needed. During eleventh grade she worked after school and on Satur-V 
days at an insurance comoany working as a clerk typist. She graduated 
from West in 1952. After graduating she began working at Sundstrands 
again as a clerk typist from 1952 until 1955- She enjoyed going to movies 
and barndances that were held on Saturday nights in Pecatonica (Winnebago), 
Illinois. One summer she flew to Florida with one of her girl friends 
for a vacation. Also during this time she belonged to the Women's Club 
in Rockford. 



Roger Neil MILLIGAN and Barbara Ann SPICKLER (parents) 

They met on a blind date in 1953. n November 12, 1955 they were 
married in Rockford (Winnebago), Illinois at Centennial Methodist Church 
Reverend Timmothy Reeves. For their honeymoon they went to Florida. 
They rented a three room apartment on 22nd Avenue in Rockford for 5 years. 
Between 1955 and 1957 Roger served in the U. S. Navy. He received 
basic training at Great Lakes in Waukegan, Illinois, then was restationed 
to Norfolk, Virginia before leaving the mainland. He was a draftsman 
in the Seabee's in Antigua, Cuba and Bermuda for these two years. He 
was the pitcher for the Navy softball teams at these three places. In 
1957 the first child, Michael was born. When Roger returned from the 
service he continued to work at Bartelts but now in sales service. He 
held this position from 1958 until 1961. In i960 the family moved to 
2515 - 15th Avenue in Rockford, During I96I a niece, Paula Hewitt lived 
three months with them. In 1962 Roger was promoted to sales at Bartelts. 
In 1963 the second child, a daughter, Kellie was born. In February of 
1966 they moved to 4305 Augustana Drive in Rockford. Since the early 
60's they belonged to Broadway United Methodist Church in Rockford. They 
along with their children attended very regularly. Barbara was a Sunday 
School teacher for two years and Roger one. Roger also narrated the 
Christmas contatas that were held in the church in the 70's. Roger also 
played softball for the church team. For vacations the family went to 
Wautoma, Wisconsin where Barbara's father had a cabin on Lake Witter. V 

They also traveled to Mackinaw Island in Michigan, the Badlands in South 
Dakota and through Colorado. During Christmas of 1970 they took a trip 
with Roger's parents to Florida. They have also taken family trips to 
So. Louis, Missouri, and Niagara Falls. 

Roger has also belonged to the Jaycees, the Y's Men Club and was also 
President of the Board of Trustees at church. Barbara donated much of 
her time to the St. Anthony Auxiliary Board where she was a volunteer and 
Information Desk Chairman. From 1973 until 1975 she also worked part-time 
at Marshall Field and Co. as a sales service manager. There were many 
family get-togethers with relatives from both sides of the family that 
included reunions, parties, birthdays, holidays and picnics. 



MILLIGAN and SPICKLER (parents) continued 

During the 60's and ?0's Roger was very active in sports. With 
Bartelt (which later became Riegel and then Rexham) he pitched two per- 
fect games, one no-hitter and 4 one-hit games. In 1971 Riegel won the 
industrial league tournament as Roger won four games in six days. He 
has also pitched against the King and His Court. He also played basket- 
ball for many years for Bartelt once scoring 35 ooints. In the early 
70' s he was player-coach and in 197^ and 1975 played volleyball with the 
company team. 

In August of 1975 they moved to Lancaster (Lancaster), Pa. Their 
son remained in Rockford to attend Rock Valley College. Here Roger works 
from his home covering Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 
They live in a very nice tri-level house and like the area very much. 
Roger still works for Rexham. 

Roger is a Republican while Barbara is an independant. Roger's 
favorite F.D.R. because he led the country out of the depression with the 
New Deal programs. Barbara liked Eisenhower because of his strong leadership 
qualities. When decisions are made in the family they are joint decisions. 
The first car they owned was a 1950 Cadillac which they drove to Florida 
on their honeymoon in 1955. The first television they bought was in 1957. 
Children: 1. Michael James (April 17, 1957) 
2. Kellie Gayle (Jan. 16, I963) 

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Michael James MILLIGAN 

I was born on Aoril 17, 1957 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford 
(Winnebago), Illinois. The first house I remember was one on 15th Avenue 
in Rockford. 

In the fall of 1962 I started kindergarten at Hallstrom School. 
It was only five blocks from our house so I walked almost everyday. 
There were many children in the neighborhood who were around my age so 
we often walked together. In the winter the mothers would form car pools. 
I belonged to the Cub Scouts starting in second grade up until we moved 
in February of 1966 when I was in third grade. Many of my friends from 
school were in it and I enjoyed it very much. On November 22, 1963 I 
remember our principal, Mr. Meyers telling us over the P. A. system that 
President Kennedy had been shot. We all stopped and took time for prayer 
but about half an hour later the final word came. We all understood what 
had happened but none of us could understand why. In second grade I 
received straight A's for the whole year from my teacher Mrs. Trotter. 
At the beginning of second grade I was in a split class with first graders. 
This did not work out and after about two weeks we were divided up into 
the other second grade classes. In both second and third grades I was in 
the S.R.A. program. There were only myself and another girl, Aileen 
Crandall picked from our grades for these two years. I was also in a speech 
class that met once a week. The last day that I went there in third grade, 
my class had a party for me and they presented me with a booklet of stories 
about me. When we moved I then went to Spring Creek School in Rockford. 
Because we lived so far away I had to ride the bus everyday which was a 
new experience for me. I made friends quickly and the change wasn't as 
bad as I thought it would be. I went there to the end of sixth grade. 
I was in the choir in both fifth and sixth grades and also was on the 
basketball team in sixth grade that played during halftime at one of the 
Guilford games. During grade school we played such games tag, kick ball, 
four square, baseball and tetherball. Every year a fun fair was held, 
which I always looked forward to. In fifth and sixth grades we also had 
to do science projects. The best part of the year was when we took field 
trips. We went to such places as the Planetarium and the Museum of Science 



Michael James MILLIGAN continued 

and Industry both in Chicago (Cook), Illinois 

In seventh and eighth grades I went to Marsh Junior High School 
in Rockford. Here I played basketball both years. However about half- 
way through the season in eighth grade I broke my writst during a practice 
and had to sit out the rest of the season. In seventh grade I began to 
take French which I had all through high school. In eighth grade I was 
on the publications staff of our school paper the Marsh Mercury . At the 
end of eighth grade we had a graduation in the gym and also a party at the 
Brookview Swim Club in Rockford. Then I went to Guilford High School in 
Rockford. In my freshmen year I again played with the basketball team. 
We finished in second place in a tournament at the end of the year. I 
had an English, French, History, Geometry and P.E. class that year. I 
also was on the golf team for my freshmen and sophomore years. As sopho- 
mores we finished about fourth in basketball. During the summer of my 
sophomore and junior years three other friends and I held a bumper pool 
marathon in our garage. We played for 100 straight hours taking two hour 
shifts in the day and three hour shifts at night. We raised over $230 
which we donated to Muscular Dystrophy. During my junior year I took 
driver's education and then got my licence in April of 1974. In basket- 
ball I worked my way from the jayvee team to starting on the varsity 
team. We were second in the conference and lost in the sectional finals 
at Rock Valley to Crystal Lake who we were picked to defeat. That summers 
I attended a basketball camp and lifted weights at Guilford about three times 
a week. In my senior year I had Chef's Class, French, P.E., English and 
Copolecs (comparing the U.S. and U.3.S.R.). In basketball we finished sixth 
in the Big Nine conference but played well the last third of the season. 
Our first game of the regional was against East who had won the conference 
championship and it was played at East. This game was my biggest thrill in 
sports because we beat them 46-45 after being down by 10 points in the 
third quarter. It was especially exciting for me because I scored our 
last four points in the last thirteen seconds including 2 free throws with 
3 seconds left. Then on the day of the regional final against Harlem I was 
sick all day and played only half the game. It was very close but we lost by 



Michael James MILLIGAN (continued) 

2 points. During my senior year I was voted captain and most valuable 
player by the team. I was second in the league in scoring with 20.5 
average and was voted both all-state and all- conference. I was also 
involved in R-Club during my senior year. During Easter vacation of my 
senior year I went to Miami, Florida with a friend of mine from the 
basketball team, Randy Kittle. In May I was inducted into the National 
Honor Society. Earlier is the year I was also named as an Illinois State 
Scholar. I graduated in June of 1975 which kept a 25 year tradition intact. 
My grandmother graduated in 1925 and my father in 1950. During the summer 
I worked at Cole Chemical Company as a packer. On the day I started 
going to Rock Valley College my parents and sister left for their new 
home in Lancaster (Lancaster), Pa. I continued to live in Rockford with 
the Kimmel family. I played basketball my freshman year at Rock Valley 
and our record was 19-10 overall. 

I believe I have had an excellent family life. VJe did many things 
together as a family that made us close. We took many vacations together 
during the summers and also went to fairs, baseball games, reunions, 
family and holiday celebrations, the circus and many other things that 
they took time to do with ny sister and myself. -They also did little 
things that other parents might not have. They both provided rides when 
I was in bowling leagues from 7th to 10th grades, to the golf course 
from when I was 10, and everynight after all those basketball practices . 
for five years. They also went through winters eating late because they « 
always waited for me to get home from practice. My father always took time ' 
to play catch or basketball and was the one person who really got me involved 
in soorts. Between 1972 arid 1975 w e both played on our church baseball team, 
he pitched and I played first base. I feel very lucky to have had such 
wonderful parents and also my sister Kellie who I have been very close to 
over the years. 



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

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 

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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 ValleyCollege Family History Collection, deposited m the 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 

Signed (L^pJtA* &__9?l4^4P*A<' 



If) } /77¥ 



4 ??La^ 



s Sources of Information 

1. Interview with Paternal Grandfather 

2. Interview with Paternal Grandmother 

3. Letter to American Genealogical Society 

4. Rockford City Directory (1915-19330 

5. Interview with Father 

6. Interview with Mother 



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DIFFICILTILS 3 1C i] . . REE 



I was unable to Interview sither oJ ..., aother's 

parents due to her f.^L 1 er's el atl and her . )tl sr's 

condition. It was also difficult to obtain much early 

InforEation about my other grandfath r. 



PATERNAL GRANDFATHER 

Joseph Nicodimos Misunas was the oldest son of 
Nastasia and Anthony Misunas. He was born on January^tb, 
He had four sisters; Era, Constancia, Karisa, ^nd Elizabeth. 
His younger brother was named Benny. All the children were 
born and raised in Matarakia, Lithuania. 

The Lithuanians speak A very ancient langua 

Under the old Russian rule since the eighteenth century 

an 

an attempt was made to stamp out their nationality. They were 

forbidden to teach or use their language in the schools. 

Joseph learned the Russian language while attending school for 

either four or five years. While there he learned the art of 

making picture frames which proved quite useful later in life. 

Joseph then began working on the farm on which he 

lived. They like many other peasants had times of poverty and 

hardship. Their primitive ways included the making of their 

own tools, furniture and wagons with their own hands. The 

soil where Lithuania is located is marshy and much of it is 

unfertile. Many problems arose from conditions such as these. 

The climate however was quite mild and they had a reasonably 

long growing season. They grew large quantities of wheat, 

barley, oats and potatoes with rye being the leading cereal. 



In a Idition to cattle, other far» animals like chl i 
anc geese ".ere >opular. Joseph continue* to h 1 
until he was twenty when his sister i.va sent ' ,'■ t for 

passage to Anerica. Evj irried to idv ru .ierkel who 

helped in this endeavor. Jose] I Jrei en, Gerwany on way 

to BaltiBiore on the S. 3. i-ain North Herman Lloyd Line. He 
arrived on Novenber 20th 190?. Joseph i.\ade his trip to 
Boekford Wlv re shortly after he beg n to work at ... John 
Ba rne s a s s ■ a c h i n i s t . 



PATERNAL Ja,, .. , C . 

Josephine Anna was the younger of two daughters born 
to Jeronimus and Jouxapa Mockus. Her sister's n. i 
Harijonne. Josephine was born in the small agricultural town 
of Sirdiskis on September 25th I895. 

Her family lived on a small farm with about ten acres 
of land. The house located in Southern Lithuania was a three 
room log cabin structure. The fanily of four lived in sonewhat 
crowded conditions. The relatives lived a couple miles away in 
IsdagM. 

Farming was the most important occupation within the 
family. They basically lived off the land growing such crops 
as cabbage, carrots, turnips, potatoes, barley and oats. They 
also owned a cow and a few horses. Josephine attended school 
for only a year. The women were to work in the home and after- 
wards would help the man in the fields. 

In town was the small Catholic Church which they 
would attend regularly. Easter and the Holy Week Services were 
the most important religious days during the year. weddings 
were similar as those in the United States. Funerals however, 
differed in that the people would come to the house of the 
deceased and afterwards join in a meal to ease the bereaved. 



Her father died In 1901 when he fell from the barn 
rocf. She continued tc work on the far;, until she was four- 
teen when she went to flreesnaker's school. She made her own 
clothes out of woolen and linen goods. ny tines she also 
Repaired and Bended tern clothes;. 

Josephine became lntereste ! erica when her 
friends, "Bragged about Vaerlca an back with nice clothes 
and soney." Her two half sisters sent her a ticket fro., the 
States. She took a train to Haa.bur^, Germany where the agents 
would take you over the Russian an rer an lines. The gu; z s 
stayed awake all day and night watching you until it was tiux 
to board ship. rhe journey took fourteen ind cost about 
seventeen dollars. She arrive 1 at Philldelphla on .ove ::ber 20th 
1913. 

Josephine came to Rockford and lived in extreaaely 
crowded conditions with her two half sisters. She received 
seventy-five cents for a ten hour work day with rooi; and board. 
After one week her .y at Zeke's Knitting Factory was increased 
to a dollar a day. 



LIFE TOGETHER 

Joseph e.Ofl$inuec working at W. F. & John 3arnes. 
He met Miss . ockus through one of his sisters. They went 
together for aluost two years. Josephine's sisters did not 
_ rove of hiB as he was characterized - s bein^ a little 
wild. 3he consented however, and on September 19th 1915 
they were wed at Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church by a 
Lithuanian priest. Their first residence was on 4x0 Islc.no 
Avenue on Tiockford's southwest side. 

In 1915 Joseph bought a two story house with two 
acres- of land and a cow for seven hand red and fifty dollars. 
At 319 Grand "venue in Loves Park they would Bake their . 
Josephine soon quit her Job where she left after lakin 
dollar fifty a lay. Phe lady of the house t the shores 
around the house. Transport tion to work was provided by 
a horse onC buggy which was later sold, or the streetcar 
•.■.rich ran th - length of North and South - is. 

Three children ..ere conceived; Anthony Joseph on 
November 23rd 1916, Hose on March 19 1 ', Frances on 

-rust 30th 19?:. Saint Jridgel ' rch .'as atten 
As the years went JosephJ ' tress. 

She was able to nake cl teratJ 



■tresses. Che enjoyed tnucensely sewing < i i i.ith her 

hands to o ke clothes for oth i o Le. Jose h took great 
pride In his gi Lch hi st rte i to row. o id ue. 1 

of jellies and vvine have b n re fro vij . r . He 

beeare quite handy with tools and cade benches, stc Is, 
picture fra vs with relative ea-^e. 

In 1935 Joseoh was promoted to the >sitJ I 
foreman at Barnes. Thr rs ] iturallzed 

of the United states. Josephin ] - i jiti 

in 19'Vio Jose h flnaDly retired In 19 7 after working Tor 
. ovty-sever year^. They celebrated their JOtl ed lng 
urnivrrsary on September nineteenth 1965. u?ter 
over fifty years in Loves Lark they ere cert-iniy two of the 
longest terc residents in the city. 

Although Jos lit t on his 

wife the last feu years, he still ret ins rl< e in - ] 
the lawn and garden neat. Josephine even touay is iien ' i fc 

fixing tattered cloches as well s 1 
hospitable re for any visitors. She on occ 

will aake the cos 1 ; raouth watering peanut b.tcer cookies 
•hocolate cakes that you h ve ever tasted. She wishes that 
so sday she nay be able to return to her ho;,e country. 



£, Llant Jr. was born on ,ednes< ay, .eptecber 
l6th 1674, to Prank and Florenc slJ Lt,in Fon , Lsconsin, 

His father nanufactured hoi - ji^ars. Th . iu.il3 >yei 

to Milwaukee no later to Jane vllle, .'lsconsin. Frank's 
younger broth n leery, Dolf, an George. .1. sisl r 

.ere respectively May, Marge, Florence, Josie, a / . Most 
all trie Beinbers attende sch d1. Che socially ...re: 
Pellant family was eonsidered to be ilte lnflu ntial at thio 
1 i . 



i'lATahXAL GR..A 

1 elen i : I e > ; i : c lid . .• . b , ac b Bict< 

and Ida <ush c on y, .■■ : ; l , in v am, 

•/isconsin. Her fa1 r whc t in fr 

^rus la, 1 1 „ . ; . 3usc . . 3 . r aal pii , ter . y. 

Dther chi] ren Incli inle , t ir could 

the Bible, ■ btrv ct, ■: ary , John, , 

another ary, Fienry, Jose h, ose, Fran]- a h. The 

'amil^ ] J ■ to Jan vllle, Isconsln. 

Ida • tt 'err:-.- s eeking school until the si: 

r • . he then b i to ill] Institute where she 

co beel their hair and cared for the children. Ida received rooi 
and board n< two olL ■:: !:. 

The househol was a little short . s might be 

expeeted. Father Jacob farmed the lane while r an 

verage incoae. olj ,,z were ii ortant to the well being oJ 
the fa ily members. They generally celebrated in nearby parks. 

Beliglon was very essential to the family structure. 
Ida's mother who formerly •■■■. theran ever, trl ! to c invert 

I r linister. Tffie father had to con be iyon« coul 

ir.arry. He would also disci 1!;.: the chili ren. The greatest 
conflict was making certain th t . rye . had been clothei 



fed. The youn Eters wre bo i • '. -hen they oa >abl of - 1 

some type o. p work. The men would f ork on th 

while the wonen wo rk, r ning or ceo, I 

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first Industry Jan svl ] . County 1:b icln^ 
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Ida began . ting r . hlle In Jan jvI.j,. .he 
. 11 n1 f£ lly did nor think si od . <r their 
number one son. They relieved the difficulties r< 
married or. Hove >er 29th 1899. rank assist ! ! r for 

irt ti a ' bo move to Roc I sea 
he no longer i isl to > o bhe r i Lly business. They hai 
children befon moving, Joseoh, >ylvj , 

ctuolly they rude a rove to Milwaukee before 
to Rockford in 1904. rank for iation c - 
li borer and electrician. He I a began a stay ford 
allea'ole Iron »\'orks feeding a blast furnace. Other children 
inclu . 1 , wr nee, Edame, John, Rosemary and 

I ileen. TH : family ms le their first I .... 

Soon after the fat] r ior: awei fro .e_ro to make the 

2 ■ y. j y.. ;nt on I roon house on the east sli e. 
They owned a src LI ji r -y Lot in whicl les 

ana kept theli sow. 

r - let an untimely end on Jjly 1 th 1923 «t 
r -, 5 in the sv sning. ••' - ' ult 

twelve hour worl day took its toll, do] tives c 
while to help o t but the family :a ! very poor. Salvation 
Army and Relief helped some. Th i rticlpated in s. 
sporting events . Phey would - ss the hat and th layers 



would split the money. Leo was supposedly major leagU' 
material but never got the opportunity. Jenc worked for Lhe 
railroad and others got any job they could. The family war, 
concerned about each other and everyone contributed something 
so the younger children could be clothed and fed. Re] 1 ;lon 
was essential. Saint James was attended In the mornln, n 
the afternoon on Sunday. When Ida was busy the oldest around 
would take charge. Ida had a yardstick to help disci; line the 
youngsters. The mother made eldeberry and siaadeloln wines and 
canned Jellies and butter. She canned home goods and produced, 
sweet, sour, and dill pickles. Although the family had a 
telephone they did not own a car. Transportation was provided 
by bus or trolley car. 

One interesting incident occured In 190ft. Joseph, 
Sylvia, and Leo came down with diptheria. The house was 
quarantined. Sylvia was in a sickly condition and Aunt Hose 
came over to wash her hair. Later Sylvia began coughing and 
Leo was told to get the medicine. He was too young to read 
and took the wrong bottle. Ida gave the three of them a spoonful 
of shampoo. This caused Sylvia tostart^vomlt . It brought the 
Inflammation out of her lungs. The object was a solid rock. 
The doctor said later that she would have certainly died. 

In 1928 a tornado struck the city. George who was 
working at the Hotel Faust at the time saw the storm .ove up 
the river. It destroyed the Elco Tool Factory across the 
railroad tracks from the house. Houses were uprooted and put 
out in the middle of the streets. 



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fr i Ku oon Hi h School . She 1 j r I 

1 i factory work. Travole with ■■ to I o r, 

and sq re dance rider. Factory vorkjr, later 1 I lei 
work in truck line by helping as 1st i ;one who In 

filing ad other clerical work f , Obtained work for ■ - line 
progressing from manifest clerk, to billing clei , i i lerk, 
to sup rvisor. Played softbal] hiring sumi r w] , 

tennis, golf, dancing, amal ur ramatics, Ice ■ tJ fiding, 
hoseback riding, and various other outdoor activities. . ivorite 
subjec s in school were English md History. Wantei 
Anthropology but classes too fil] a, during Sophraore . 
opporl inity never sent< d itself. Enjo; 

throughly after much Illness during school "en with 
bout i 1th aouble p i Q3 • ; ■•' at1 -■- bhru_ 

out the balance of school y < : 'ith r) iger 

sister on wash day d v 1 1« sho Lng. < ire of 



^ny .n 11 neighborhood children while their mothers went grocery 
shopping. Entertained all children hith fairy tales a gaaes 
of dro the h ndkerchlef, ning around the rosy, hide O o seek. 
It was always like kindergarten which was her secret aabiti n. 

One funny incident was; she was taking care of her younger 
sister ho was always putting things in her south. Mother had 
gone to the store while she was gons Kathleen picked up a a. . ble 
put into her BOUth # ay Bother took it out of her south and threw 
it up on the dining room bafay which had., a large plate gl. 
rairror. The mirror was broken but ay Bother did not know it 
until several days later when her Bother was cleaning and found 
the Barbie near the broken glass. 



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em] •■• . They were married Ln 1 )'>\ and f. e their 
f- '■ \ ti i alif'ornia. Thev decided to purchase -n heme on ♦ h ith 

I e ' Rockford. Their first ni Ml ->t home wn 01 
2?th 1 '-»1 . " he house was very cold'J was written on -m old 
calendnr. Fheir children were John, Judie nnd two tv, 
Jc eph ho were born on different days. James , 
born on e< ber 23rd 1 ^5'i >nd ■ :e] ( ■' " '■') on I <■> 

pec tor v rei r i nee 

now makes about 5J-1 f ,CCi t year . Hi h 
Too:'- i Lul V.'.,-.'., Lithuanian f Lub, lorresters, V.'hi - 
Citizen Bai ; Radio Club, Chic; "< I < t< r Club, Team; : 
Edward's Cal lolic Church. Me enjoys rolfinr; and bowling, 
regularly '.lends amateur %nd professional baseball, foo 
I ill i es throughout the year. His favorite team: 
Chicago Cub and Bears. The favorite athlete is Gee oJ 

the professional footbal] league. C-c-vr^. formerly v. rl ector 
during the ff season. Blanda however continues to kick -oals 
at a^e' forty-seven. "fiscyha always 

participate, ''any trophies at home is proof of the int< lat he 
instil] ed in them. 



n iry has boon i nv< >1 v^ ! in ' h e r oo?» C-li 

■ ■ ; . he has encoi r ed h«i i I Lead 

Lives . he n1 r i bu1 es moi to oi mi tion that 1 

Viel ': ■ o feed and clothe the 1 y. 'he curreul 
at Coopi r-Jarret Freighl Company as a supervisor. Sh( i n 



dren to 1 - able to attend college , something which 

S'er bulient personality kee] the household cheer I 
i ■> ;1 i year. She al >o takes an active part ii. < : ■ 
the children, Rosemary although she has a hirh bloci pre t e 
,ion extends herself to make certain that the wants an 
of her family are satisfied. 



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ADDITfOKS 

Ida Pellant (Grandmother) today has twenty-five ^rand 
children, forty-three Teat rrand children and two rreat e;reat 
children. Frank' PellantSenior f s mother was a member of the 
Daughters of the American Revolution. 



MONSON, DONNA LOUISE. 1955- 



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1. Your name Donna Louise Monson 



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2. Your college: Rock Valley College 

Rockfo rd, Illinois 

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X 1850-1900 1900 or later 

k. Please check all regions of the United States in which members of your family whom you 
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5. Please check all occupational categories in which members of your family whom you have 
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Baptist Episcopalian Congregational _y I 

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Other 



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Jews C entral Europeans Italians Slavs _X_ Scandinavian 

Irish British X Native Americans over several generations 

E as t Asian O ther 

What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

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FAHI LY DATA 

A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name John Monson Current Residence 

I f dead, date of dea th j' e fr ruarv g. 1973 

Place of birth Pjarlov, Gumlosa, Sweden Date of Birth February 24, 1875 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 7 (?) high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1st farm hand Dates 1895 &_eni»_Gl* - 1 ^93 " tes 

drove ice wagon 1893 Chicago, 111. 1893 
2nd farmer Da tes 1894-1 942 Monticello.. 111. _ 1894-1904 tes 

Argenta, 111. " "1904-1907 
3rd sold land Dates 1918-1922 Monticello, 111. 1907-1914 tes 

Hooppole, 111. 1914-1917 
4th ran meat market Dates 1940 Yorktown, 111. 1917-1922 |tes 

Milton, N.D7 '". 1922-1932 
Re 1 i g i on Lutheran Osnabrook, N.D. 1932-1942 

Walnut, 111.' 1942-1963 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraterr Decatur, 111. 1968-1975 c£ 

Independent Order of 

Odd Fello ws, Modern Woodmen of America ____^ 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother Honticello . Illinois d ate J 1 -28-1905 

NOTE: If your father was raised (to age l 8) by a stepfather or another relative give 
that data on the back of this page. (A-l) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Current Residence 



Name Ida Kelson 

If dead, date of death 



March 10. 1962 



Place of birth Askustorp- Hastveda. Sweden Date of birth Ma V s f 1878 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 7 (?) high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leavi ng home) 

1st a domestic Dates 1900-1902 I New York City, N.Y..J90O-19O2 • 

' ~~ Monticello, 111. 1905-1904 

2nd housewife Dates 1905-1962 2 Argenta, 111. 1904-1907 

" Monticello, 111. 1097-1 91 4 

3rd Dates 3 Hooppole, 111. 1914-19*7 5 

Yorktown, 111. 1917-1922 

4th Dates 4 Kilton, N.D. 1922-1932 

— Oanabfook, N.D. 1952-1942 i 

Religion Lutheran Walnut, 111. 1 942-1 962 I 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Rebecca Lodge , Church Clubs 
Place of marriage to your grandfathe r __^__fi_Xfl. Illinois DATE 1 j__j____j 

Note: Wa.°ai;ti a oi! f Eh_ a 8a-i ? o? d t^s mi%-h a . ste P mother or another re,ative givc 



.Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name Pop— r J RQgmLfitl 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth LaSalle County. Illinois Date of bi rth May 20, 1878 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st farmer Dates 1893-1941 1st farm near Sublette, 111. D ates 1695-1941 

2nd Dates 2nd Sublette, Illinois Datesj______7_3 

3rd Dates 3rd Hendota, Illinois Dates 1973- 

i»th Dates *»th Dates 

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

Farm Bureau Organization, P'lA 
Place of marriage to your grandmother T~ County . Illinoi s . , . dat l 2-8-10 

Note: If your mother was raised by a-STepfattlST 1 ur anoiner relative (to age 18) 
give that data on the back of this page (C-l) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 



Name p g/1l - M . S g Wiereer Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death January 10, 1 957 

Place of birth T .o Q Crmn+.v. Illinois Date of birth August _1_ 1888 

Education (number of years) 
grade school 8 h ' 9 h school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1st worked in ^-3-0308 hoaae and D ates 1st farm near Sublette, IllinoiSatesl 910-1941 

2nd housewife bakery D a tes l910-1957 2 "d Sublette. Illinois Dates i 941-1 957 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 



Religion Evangelical 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Church Clubs, PTA 



Place of marriage to vour grandfathe r Lee County. Illinois date 2-8-1 910 

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) 



CHj&DREN of A 5 B {or A-1 or B- 



Name Walter Monson 

Place of birth Argenta, Illinois 
Number of years of school ing 
Res idence 
Number of ch i Id ren ~~ 



your father's name should appear bel< 
I~~~~ date December 29, 1904 



Marital Status 
Date of Deattr 



Occupation 



November 26, 1905 



Name Margaret Clare ( Monson 1 Albright 
Place or birth Argenta , n ^SS 

Res dence £1 ^ '^ ^P 1 """Occupation ; 
SumbeHf^fe 1 11 ^ 1 ^ ■ - M antal St *tu S _vidow. 



_date December 29, 19Q6 



Name . Phillip John Hnnam 

Place of birth Monticello. IllinT ?7 
Number of years o'r school i 

Res I dence 

Number of ch i Idren two" 



ing 



2 pub lic 

FT 



Occupation 



July 1. 1911 



rital Status married 



Date of Death August 51. 1965 



!j ame child bom but never n amed because died soon after birth 

Place of birth ~ — — A ^ ra 



Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of ch i Idren 



date 



Marital 



Occupation 
Ttatus 



Name Melvin Roy Mo nson 

Place of birth Yorktown, Illinois 

Number of years of schooHng 12 publi c" 

Res i dence Rockford, Ill inois 

Number of ch i idren four ~ 



date December 16, 1918 
Occupation factory worker 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school Ing 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~™ 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i den ce 

Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 

Number of chi Idren 



Man' tai Status married 



date 

Occupat 1 On 
Status 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



date 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



- date 
Occupation 



Marital Status 



Name 

P lace of bi rth 

Number of years of school 

Residence 

Number of ell I idr«n 



_^________ Occupation 

Marital Status 



CHILDREN of C and D (or C- I , D-l)- y 



our mother's nanu 



Id oppcor beiow 



N.i....- Esther Louise (Roemmich) Zimroerlfiir. 
r ''" r "' '"' "' Sublette . Illinois 
Number of yearn oi schoo I , „ q 12 pub H7~ 
H'-s i dence Mendota, Illi nois 
Number of ch f 



D ecember I6 f iqiq 



hirer 



one 



— -— - c 0cLU P^ ion housewifp 
Marital Status married 



Wilson Henry Roemmich 



P I a ce of birth Sublette, Illinois 
Number of years of schooling 12 public" 
Res i dence Princeton, Illinois 
Number of ch i I dren one 



date November 6. 1912 

Occupat i on Supervisor of A.^ -^ n f- fc ™ 
Marital Status married ^Bul'eMli Count;; 



Name Florence Wilhelmina (Roemmich) D aehler 
Place of bi rth Sublette, Illinois 



Number of years of schooling 12 publi c 
Residence Dixon, Illinois 



Number of ch i I dren 



Marital Status 



date March 1. 191S 
"Occupation housewife 



widow 



Name gaL^ Frederic Bn^i.t, 

Place ot b.rth Sublette. THinni. 
Number of years of school i n 9_J2_nnblic. 



d J le Harch 23 



4^43- 



Resi dence H 
Number of child 



Sublette, Illinois. 



Marital Status 



Occupation farmer 



two. 



narrieri 



Name Gertrude Kathrvn (RognTrnnh) EUagerald 
Place of birth g^lettQ, TlUn oiV 



Number of years of schooling 7p public 

Residence Mendot*., WJJBSdS 

Number of ch i Idren 



Jlatu 



Name Robert Henrv Roemmich 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 



Sublette ? Illinois 



Number of ch i Idren 



Name Lillian Marie (Roemmich) Monsnn 
Place of birth Sublette. Illinois 



"uui>iii,s. -1-j.j.xtiuxa 

Number of years of schooling 12 public 
Res i dence Rockford. Illinois 



Number of ch i Idren 



four 



Marital Status widow 



_ date ^ January 26. 1924 
Occupa t , on hn „ ROwifa 



date October 27, 192b 



___^ Occupation 

Marital Status 



Date of Death November 2. 1926 



date T-fa-roV, f AOOQ 



Occupat ion 
Marital Status 



^wife 



ma rr j.piJ- 



Name 



P I ace of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i Idren 



N, 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of school ing 
Res i dence 



Number of ch i Idren 



Occupat i on 



Marital Status 



date 



Occupat ion 



Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth 
Number of years" 
Res i dence 



of school ing 



Number of ch i Idren 



Occupation 



Marital Statu: 



Your Father 



Name Melvin Roy Monson 



I f dead, date of death 



Place of birth Yorktown. Illinois 

Education (number of years) 
grade school 8 high school 4 vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st factory worker Dates 1959 1st Propherstown, Illinois D ates 1939-1940 

2nd TLSzNavy employee Dates 1942-1945 2nd Atlantic and Pacific Qcea& ates 1942-1945 

3rd sales agent : - Dates 1945-1954 3rd LaMoille, Illinois Dates 1945-1954 

Price clerk 1954- 1954 Joliet, Illinois 1954-1954 

frth T3A track driver Dates 1954-1968 ^th Rochelle, Illinois Dates 1954-1966 

Ki£ttgXSH5th office and factory worker 1968- 5th Rockford, Illinois Lates 196o- 

Polttical parties, civil or social cluBs^ r i dtl i 'mtTdf 1 ; etc. Masonic Lodge, American Legion, 

PTA, PTO, Church club s, Rfigiafcarej RennhliVan ___ ' . , 

Place of marriage to your mother Bureau. County f ' II] inois date 2-7-SA 

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 Lillian Marie Monson Current Residence Rockford. Illinois 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Sublette. Illinois Date of birth March 2. 1928 

Education (number of years) 
grade school 8 high school 4 vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Bank teller and jx>ok- ... Dates 1946-1954 1st Mendota. Illinois Dates 1950-1954 

2nd housewife Dates 1954-1954 2nd Joliet, Illinois Dates 1954-1954 

housewife 1954-* - Rochelle, Illinois 1954-1966 

3rd Dates 3rd Rockford. Illinois Dates 1966- 



Re l i g i on Presbyterian 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Church clubs, P TA, PTO 

Registered Republican ___ ', ■ 

Place of marriage to your father Bureau, County, Illin ois date 2-7-54 — 

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



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

Name Wanda Marie Monson 

Place of birth p^h P lls Illinois DaTe of birth Aug; -.t 27, 1955 

Number of years of schooling 12 public. 2 college Occupation student 

'.esidence p vf n7 , H Tni^L Marital Status single 

Number of ch 1 Idren 



)on na Louise Monson 



Place of birth Rochelle Illinois Date of birth August, 22, 1955 

Number of years of schooling 12 public, 1J college Occupation student 

i Res i dence Rockford,. Illinois Marital Status single 

Number of children 

Name i, ROrl Charles Monson 



J Place of birth Rochelle, Illinois Date of bi rth Karen 29, 1057 

Number of years or Schooling Occupation 

Res i dence !H Trm State School. Dixon, Illin oi&ar i tal Status single 

Number of children 

Name Scott Allen Monson 

Place of birth Rockford, Illinois Date of bi rth October 7, 1 966 

Number of years of schooling k . inr|p . rer ^ rrlpn ~~_ RC ,,, nr ,^ Occupation 

Residence p n „,. fn „j m -inn-fa Marital Status single 



Number of chi Tdren 



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Name 



Place of bi rth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation^ 

Residence Ma r i t a 1 Status 



Number of chi 1 dren 



Name 

Place of bi rth Date of birth_ 

Number of years of school ing Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status_ 

Number of chi 1 dren 



Name 

Place of birth Date of birth_ 

Number of years of schooling ~ Occupation_ 

Residence __ Mari tal Status 

Number of children 



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Family History 

Ify grandfather, John Monson, was born in Fjarlov, Gumlosa. Sweden on 
February 24, 1875. He left Sweden on April 4, 189$ and arrived on the con- 
tinent of North America on April 26, 1893. Ke came over the ocean on_.a cattle 
boat to Halifax, Nova Scotia, then took an emmigrant train to Detroit, Michigan, 
traveled by train to Bement, Illinois where he met a wealthy uncle. There 
were many factors influening his immigration to the United States. One of 
the main reasons was to escape the mandatory draft in Sweden. Another was 
the influence of a wealthy uncle, Nels Larson, who lived near Benent, Illinois 
in a small castle named Voorhies, My grandfather was always an adventurer and 
wanted to explore the United States. 

After being employed by Nels Larson for a while as a farm hand, my 
grandfather went to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois 
in 1893. He was so impressed with Chicago that he decided to remain there 
for approximately one year. He drove an ice wagon and worked in -taverns to 
earn money to live off of. When he came over from Sweden, my grandfather was 
unable to speak much English. He quickly learned the English language 
because he knew he had to in order to communicate with others. 

In approximately 1894 he moved back to central Illiois. On July 25, 1899 
he was naturalized by the Circuit Court of Mountrie County at Sullivan, 
Illinois. Also, in 1899 after his naturalization he returned to Sweden 
for a short three week visit. When he returned from his visit to Sweden he 
started farming near Monticello, Illinois. T n en, in 1902, he was introduced 
to Ida Nelson, my grandmother. 



Page 2 

Ida Nelson was born in Askustorp, Hastveda, Sweden on May 5, 1878. She 
left Sweden on September 17, 1900 and arrived at Ellis Island, New York on 
October 1, 1900. She went through the inspection policies that the im- 
migrants must go through and then landed in New York City. She was greeted 
by a cousin in New York City . This cousin was working for a prominent 
family in the city and helped my grandmother obtain a job as a domestic in 
the same family. It was either in the Pierpont Morgan household or the 
Cornelius Vanderbilt III household where they were employed. I was not able 
to find the date my grandmother left New York City or why she left. It was 
approximately in 1902 when she took a train to Chicago and then another train 
to central Illinois where she had acquaintances. Also, I was unable to find 
out where she lived or what she did for a living until she met my grandfather. 

She met John Monson at a Swedish gathering, a common event among the 
Swedes in central Illinois. They were married on November 28, 1903 at 
my grandfather's home in Monticello. In 1904 they took a delayed honeymoon 
to the Louisiana Purchase Expositon in St. Louis, Missouri. My grandmother 
automatically became a naturalized citizen when she married my grandfather. 

They lived south of Monticello in the house they were married in for 
a while and then moved near Argenta, Illinois to a small farm. During this 
time a son Walter (December 29, 1 904-November 26, 1905) and a daughter 
Margaret Clara (December 29, 1906) were born to them. The family then 
moved north of Monticello on a small farm. My grandfather also ran a livery 
stable besides farming. In 1909 my grandmother recieved a cablegram from 
Sweden informing her that her mother was very ill. Soon after receiving 
this she took a train to New York City, sailed on the Lusitania to England, 
and took a ship to her home town. She stayed three months, from April to 
June, and when she returned she took a train to England, the Lusitania 



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to New York City, and a train to Monticello. During the time that the 
family was living north of Monticello a son Phillip John (July 1, 1911- 
August 31, 1965) was born to them. It was also during this time that John 
got his first car, an EMF. 

In 1914 the family moved to a farm near Hooppole, Illinois, because of 
the availabilty of land there. The furniture, seme animals, and farm 
machinery were shipped by box car. My grandfather rode in the box car so 
he could take care of the animals. My grandmother and the two children 
rode on a passenger train. In 1 917 the family moved to a farm near Yorktown, 
Illinois where my father, Melvin Roy (December 16, 1 918) was born. My 
grandfather's primary occupation was farming but he also dealt in cattle, 
horses, automobiles, and other commodities. He was always a trader at 
heart and enjoyed dealing with people. One of the crops grown at the 
Illinois farms was corn. This was picked by hand in the field. The 
cattle \ere shipped by train to Chicago to the stockyards. In those days 
the farmer got a free pass to ride along in the train with the cat.tle. 

When the family lived near Eooppole and Yorktown the clothes and 
groceries were ordered from a Sears catalogue. It was exciting when the 
big boxes came by freight from Chicago. When the family lived near Yorktown 
they drove by car to Prophetstown on Saturday evenings. They either went 
to a silent movie with a lady playing the piano while the show was on, 
walked up and down the main street to see who they would meet, or sat in 
the car watching the people. They also bought fhe groceies that they 
needed and hadn't gotten from Sears. 

It was also in 1 91 8 when my grandfather became interested in buying and 
selling vast land acreage in North Dakota. He traveled back and forth to 
and from North Dakota in the summer months in an Overland car, and in the 



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winter months he used the train. There was no such thing as a driver's 
licence and gasoline was only seven cents per gallon. During World War I 
it was easy to trade because demand was good and the family prospered . 

In the spring of 1920 the family went to North Dakota for the summer. 
They drove there in an Essex car. They had written on the side of the car 
with chalk "North Dakota or Bust". It was an open car so if it rained the 
side curtains had to be put on in a hurry. The roads were graveled in places, 
but a lot of them were dirt and very muddy when it rain8d. They returned 
to Illinois in November 1920 and lived on a farm near Hooppole until. 
March 1922. 

In the spring of 1922 My grandfather purchased 2000 acres of land in 
North Dakota for 50 to 60 dollars an acre. They sold their 160 acres in 
Illinois for 200 dollars an acre and moved to North Dakota. When they 
moved this time it was by rail. They sent some furniture,, two Waterloo Boy 
tractors, household items, and other things. My grandmother had some 
beautiful antique dishes that were packed in a trunk, but most of them had 
been broken by the time they reached North Dakota. The family drove an 
Essex to Milton, North Dakota. 

While in North Dakota, my grandfather grew wheat, rye, oat3, barely, and potatoes, 
a most important crop. He also had cattle, hogs, sheep, chickens, and turkeys. 

My grandmother cooked many of the same dishes that we eat today. She 
cooked such things as Swedish meat balls, rice, lutefish, and lefs e . 
She made har own soap, canned meats, smoked and cured hams and bacons, and made 
the family sausages. The house the family lived in had no running water 
and often times the pages of the old Sears catalogue were used as toilet 
tissue. There was a stove in middle of the living room that used coal and 
wood to heat the house. The upstairs rooms had no heat stoves and used smoke 



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pipes which ran exposed in the upstairs rooms. This did not heat to a good 
degree, becau.se many times upon waking up in the morning there would be 
frost on the bed covers. To get water the family had to walk one fifth of 
a mile. It was brought back to the house in a bucket and set on the counter of 
the kitchen and a ladle was put in the bucket and used to drink out of. 
In the winter melted snow was used to wash the clothe3. 

The town of Milton had a population of approximately $00 people. It had 
one school with all twelve grades contained in it, a grocery store, four 
churches, and a train running by the town, which was most important to the 
town. 

The depression did not greatly affect my grandfather and his family because they 
were farmers and could produce their o'./n food. In 1952 the family moved to 
a farm outside of Osnabrook, North Dakota and lived there until 1942. My 
grandfather farmed until approximately 1940 when he opened a meat market 
until 1942. Margaret, the eldest child was married in 1952, and Phillip, 
was married in 1954. After the youngest, Kelvin, enlisted in the U.S. Navy 
in 1942, my grandfather and grandmother moved to Walnut, Illinois where my 
grandfather -.(e-il-f in real estate, served as a policeman, and worked in a 
small factory.* On March 10, 1962 my grandmother passed away at the age of 
85 and was buried at Walnut. My grandfather then became semi- retired. In 
1968 he moved to Decatur, Illinois to live with his daughter Margaret. My 
grandfather passed away in Decatur on February 2, 1973 at the age of 97 and 
was also buried at Walnut. 

*During World War II the family received rationing stamps for such things as 
sugar, meat, tires, and gasoline. 



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My grandfather, Henry J. Roemmich, was born on May 29, 1878 at home in 
Troy Grove Township, LaSalle County, Illinois one mile south of Mendota, Illinois. 
When he was four or five years old the family moved to another farm four miles 
south and one half mile west of Sublette, Illinois. He attended a one room 
school house and attended only through the third grade. In 1893 his family 
moved to another farm two miles west and one half mile north of Sublette where 
my grandfather remained until 194"!. The family purchased a farm house and 206 
acres. He helped his father and brother farm and my grandfather rented 40 acres 
of land in the neighborhood and farmed that too. It was the custom in those days 
when a son turned twenty-one years old to give him a team of horses. 

The main social activities of this time were square dances. Many times they 
were held in the homes in the neighborhood. They would move all the furniture 
out of a room for dancing. The music was an accordian or violin or both. My 
grandfather always liked working with wood, so when he was seventeen he carved 
a violin out of wood and often played it at the square dances. Another form of 
activity was getting together in a home and playing cards. 

In 1904 during the building of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 
St. Louis, Missouri, my grandfather went down to help build it. They advertised 
in the papers for help so my grandfather went alone. He soon returned home because 
he did not belong to a union and the union members ran out the non-union members. 

My grandmother, Sadie M. Schamberger, was born on a farm in Lee County, 
Illinois, on August 31, 1888. She attended a one room school house up to the 
eighth grade. She was then employed inr-a boarding house aid a bakery in Mendota. 

My grandfather and grandmother had known each other ever since my grandfather 
moved to the farm west of Sublette. She lived only three fourths ofAmile down the 
road from him. They were married on February 8, 1910 in Lee County at my 
grandmother^ home. On March 1, 1910 they bought the farm that my 



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grandfather's father had bought in 1893. and continued farming the land. 

A daughter, Esther Louise (December 16, 1910), a son, Wilson Henry 
(November 6, 1912), another daughter, Florence Wilhelmina (March 1, 1915), 
another son, Ralph Frederick (March 23, 1918), another daughter, Gertrude 
Kathryn (January 26, 1924), another son, Robert Henry (October 27, 1926- 
Tfovember 2, 1926), and • another daughter, my mother, Lillian Marie 
(March 2, 1928) were born to my grandfather and grandmother during the time 
they lived on this farm. 

My grandfather farmed soybeans, oats, corn, alfafa, and potatoes. He had 
cattle, chickens, pigs, and horses. Butchering always took place in either 
January or February. They butchered several beef and hogs for the family to eat.. 
In February and sometimes March it was time to take the pigs to market. The 
neighbors helped each other put eight to ten pigs in a truck and hauled them to 
the train in Sublette to take to Chicago, Illinois to the stockyards, when it 
came time to pick the corn in the fall, a box was put on the side of the wagon and 
the good ears of corn were saved for planting in the spring. The ears hung all 
winter in the house. When early spring came the family would shell the corn and 
get it ready for planting in May. My grandfather grew more potatoes than the 
family needed. He loaded the extra potatoes on a truck and went to Mendota to 
sell them to the people in the town. My grandfather had a reputation as a good 
potatoe grower and had many orders. He was also active in community affairs. 
He was on the elavator board in Alette and active in St. Paul's Evangelical 
Church where the family attended. From 1937 to 1948 he sold insurance for the 
Bradford Mutual Fire Insurance Company. 

In 1918 my grandfather bought a Ford touring car with a top and side 
curtains. The side curtains were used in case of rain. The car was not taken 
out when it was cold or muddy. In 1924 they bought a four door Dodge Sedan. 



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In 1928, becuase the family was gettirg larger, my grandfather bought a four 
door Model A Ford Sedan. 

My grandmother made her own soap in the summer. She used lye and lard that 
had not been used for canning. It was mixed together outside and then poured into 
heavy pans and set in the attic to harden. Just before it was too hard, it was 
cut into squares. She used lye soap for the laundry and dishwashing. My 
grandmother was considered a very good cook. She canned fruits and vegetables 
from her garden. She used the cold pack canning technique and open kettle canning 
technique. She made her own noodles from eggs. and flour. The mixture was rolled 
into a circle twelve to fourteen inches in diameter and as thin as possible. It 
was then cut and hung over chairs to dry.. After milking the cow3, some of the 
milk was taken to the basement and let set and later the cream would be skimmed off 
the top and put in a cream crock. This was used for butter and also it would be 
sold in town. What was left was set on the back of the kitchen range and made into 
cottage cheese. When threashing season came, she and fer daughters would prepare 
a twenty pound roast beef with peas, potatoes, and cake. for the sixteen to eighteen 
men. She was actisely involved in the Ladies' Aid Society of St. Paul's 
Evangelical Church. Also, she would get together with other ladies and make quilts 
and sew rags to make rugs. The daughters would help with these projects. 

In 1919 the first remodeling of the house took place. This was when the 
heating system was put in. Before this the family had one range in the kitchen 
and wood stoves in other rooms. In 1919 the radiators were put in and the 
kitchen was remodeled. The total cost of this was $2544.25. In 1925 a garage was 
added and also the smokehouse was built in the yard. In 1919 «* pump was installed 
in the house so water could be pumped into the kitchen. This was also when the 
windmill was built. In 1956 electricity was installed in the house, so no more 
kerosene lamps were used. 



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The village of Sublette was formed around the train that went by the village. 
It was a small town with one grocery store, a few churches, a school, and an 
elevator.. Groceries were gotten from the Sublette store and two times a year a 
trip to Ifendota was made. Other items that were needed were gotten from the 
Sears catalogue. Peddlers were common in the summer, selling such things as fabrics, 
socks, and pants. Purchases were also made from a Raleigh dealer. 

Activities outside the farm area were county fairs and circusis. The first 
Roenmich Reunion wa3 held in September 1919. I n 1933 everyone in the family but 
the two youngest, Gertrude and Lillian, attended the Century of Progress Exposition 
in Chicago. A relative drove- with them into the city. In 1934 the family went 
again. This time the oldest son, Wilson, drove. into Chicago. 

Activities around the farm would be reading the magazines that the family 
received, such as the Ladies Home Journal . Prarie Farmer , and Farm Journal. Ho 
daily newspaper was gotten by the family, only the Mendota Reporter . Anboy News, 
and Lee County Farmer. A player piano was purchased in about 1925. ^at was 
great entertainment for tne family. My grandmother and three daughters, including 
my mother played the piano without the player. Tne first radio was purchased in 
about 1928. It was an Atwater Kent with earphones. My grandfather listened to the 
farm programs at noon, and the rest of the family would listen to prograa* such 
as Moose Heart at other times in the day. In the summer they would pick 
dandd?""" and make dandilion wine. In the winter sledding was popular. 

There were no funeral homes in the area. The wake was held in the decease's, 
home and a service was held there too. Tnere was another service held at the 
church and then the casket was taken to the grave yard to be buried. 

My grandfather and grandmother were host and hostess to the family on 
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. The Christmas gatherings started when the 
children started leaving home after getting married and returned e/ery year with 



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their families. 

During World War II the family received rationing stamps for sugar, meat, tires 
and gas. On May 4, 1942 the schools closed because of registration for sugar 
rationing. 

On March 27, 1941 the family moved to the village of Sublette and my 
grandfather became semirretired. My grandmother died on January 10, 1957 and 
was buried in Mendota. My grandfather lived in his house in Sublette until 
December of 1973 when he moved to Mendota where he presently resides. 



My father, Kelvin Roy Monson, was born on December 16, 1918 on a farm 
near Yorktown, Illinois. When he w-s four years old the family moved to a 
farm outside Milton, North Dakota where he remained until 1939. 

The school that my father attended in Milton had all twelve grades 
contained in it. There were two grades to one room in the first through 
eighth. In high school he took such subjects as English, U.S. History, 
Algebra, Commercial Law, and General Science classes. He graduated from 
Osnabrook High School in a graduating class of six in May 1936, 

For activities in the winter my father would ice skate, ski, olav cards, 
and when he got older he also went to school parties and basketball games 
at the school. It was not uncommon for him to hunt jack rabbits which the 
family would eat, and sell the fur for twenty-five cents a piece. In the 
summer he would swim, hunt gophers, prarie dogs, and rabbits. When he got 
older he would go out with the girls. An annual event in Milton was the 
Ghautaqua which came in the summer months. It was a musical variety show 
and brought animals such as a sea lion that many children in North Dakota 
had never seen. Another event that came not so often to Milton was the 
circus. My grandfather encouraged his family to go to the circus. Also 
in the summertime there appeared xramns and gypsies to find work in the 
fields. Because the gypsies' life style was so different than the farmers, 
they often scared the young children of the area. In the late summer and 
early fall berry picking was a special event. When that time came they 
picked either the blueberries, pincherries, choke-cherries, wild plums, 
and cranberries. There was a picnic the day of the picking. Afterward 
the berries were made into preserves, jams, jellies, and sauces. 

The family received such magazines as the Prairie Farmer, Succ essful 
Farming , Collier's , and the Sa turday Evening Post . They also read the 



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Grand ^0^5 Herald , a daily newspaper. The first radio was purchased in 
1924 for family entertainment. It was a Crosley having two headphones and 
no speakers. The first stations they listened to were WLS in Chicago and 
CKY in Winnipeg, Manitoba,. Canada. They listened to popular music, the 
Barn Dance on Saturday night, Amateur Hour, and Eddie Cantor. My 
grandfather listened also, to the grain and livestock market reports. 

There was no such thing as a funeral home in Milton. The casket was 
placed in the home of the deceased person and someone sat up with the corpse 
all night. There was a service in the decease's home and then another service 
at the church. Since mo3t of the churches haa the cemetery in the church- 
yard, the ■ casket was then carried out right from the church and buried. 

All holidays were spent together with the families around the area. Each 
family had a particular holiday they would host at their home. Christmas was 
passed around from family to family, but Thanksgiving was always held at a 
certain uncle and auntfe home. Swedish food was always served. The fourth 
of July was always a big celebration in the town of Milton. The village 
celebrated this together by having firecrakers, parades, baseball games, 
and picnics.. 

My grandfather did not like to talk Swedish at home and did so only on 
those occasions when he did not want the children to understand what he was 
saying to my grandmother. But, at all the Swedish gatherings, Swedish was 
always spoken. 

In North Dakota the weather conditions were always severe in the winter 
months. The snow would often get as high as a telephone pole. Horses were 
driven during - five months of the year. The family did not get more than 
seven miles away from home from November to May. If an emergency arose the 
train was used, but it many times was not able to get through for a week at a 



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time. The doctor used a snow plane to get from home to home. The snow plane, 
which could go 60 miles per hour and got 3/4 mile to the gallon, was a sleigh 
with a propeller on the back'- and could go anywhere over the countryside. 
My grandfather planned for the rugged winter by storing extra food in the 
cellar of his house. The family would have ten to twelve 100 pound sacks of 
flour, twelve boxes of apples, dry stores such as apricots, prunes, raisins, 
rice and beans, and two 100 pound bags of sugar. Many of these groceries came 
from the Sears catalogue whose pages.: were later used for toilet tissue. 

After graduating in May of 1936 from high school my father worked on 
farms around the area for $1.50 a day plus room and board. In 1936 he 
bought his first car, a 1925 Dodge* Then, in 1939 he went to Prophetstown, 
Illinois with a cousin because he wanted adventure. He roomed with old 
friends of his father's and worked in an Eclipse lawnmower factory for 
35to 372" cents per hour. 

In 1940 he went back to North Dakota and worked in potatoe houses until. 
1942. On July 9, 1942 my father enlisted in the U.S. Navy for the war's -duration 
plus six months. His basic training was at Great Lakes Naval Training 
Station, Illinois. He then had four months training at Purdue University 
at Lafayetie^ Indiana, and an additional three months training at Treasure 
Island Naval Base at San Francisco, California for being an electrician. mate. 
In April of 1943 he was around the Aleutian Islands, January 1944 he came 
back to the states for leave and then sailed between the southwest Pacific 
Ocean and San Francisco and San Diego. In May of 1945 he sailed for 
France and after returning to the states again he then sailed once again 
to France. My father was discharged on October 1, 1945. Be took a train 
from New York City to Walnut, Illinois where his mother and father had 
moved. He did not regret being in the Navy and admits it was interesting 

* In those days their was no written driver's license tests. One only needed 
to fill out an application and send to Bismarck, the state capital. 



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in many points. It was fun and yet at times it was hard work. 

After a brief visit to North Dakota, my father started in November of 
1945, as a sales agent for Standard Oil Company. He received $200 a month 
guaranteed, plus commission, equaling about $6500 a year. He lived in 
LaMoille, Illinois rooming in a home. He was involved in such activities 
a3 being a volunteer fireman, belonging to the Masonic Lodge and American 
Legion. In 1949 he purchased the Standard Oil gas station in LaMoille. 
He tore down the old building and built a modern station on the site in 
1950. During this time he was still the Standard Oil agent in that area. 

In 1955 my father was first introduced to my mother, Lillian Roemmich. 



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My mother, Lillian Marie Roemmich, was born on March 2, 1923 in the Angear 
Hospital in Sublette, Illinois. When my grandmother and mother were well 
enough to leave the hospital they went to their farm two and half miles outside 
of Sublette. When my mother was old enough to play outside she had a playmate 
only three fourths of a mile down the road. She also was entertained by the 
farm cats. She was never an active farm girl in that 3he never rode many 
horses or cared to help with the farm chores around the farmyard. She was 
happier when she could be in the house helping her mother with the house duties. 

In 1934 she started school in Sublette. She was transported to school in 
a truck converted into a bus. It picked up only ten to twelve children from 
the surrounding farms. The village school operated as a two room school under 
the County school system. Two teachers were employed, one for the upper grades, 
fifth through eighth, and the other for the lower grades, first through fourth. 
Once a year they were taken to Mendota or Amboy to see a puppet show put on by 
a traveling company, ^t was always an annual event at the end of the school 
year to have a picnic . 

My mother was a regular attender of St. Paul's Evangelical Church on the 
old Chicago Road near LaMoile, Illinois. The Sunday school was in a small 
building separate from, the church and was heated in the winter by a coal 
burning stove. , The ice cream social, was one annual event that the family 
always attended. They not only went to their own church's ice cream social, 
but also the surrounding area churches. My mother enjoyed going to these 
because she could see children of her own age group. Another annual event 
at the church was the Harvest Home Feast. Since most of the congregation was 
made up of farmers, they brought flowers , fruits, aid vegetables that they hid 
harvested and would decorate the church. This feast occured in October. 

Being the youngest member of the family, my mother got a lot of hand me downs 



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from her sisters and brothers. Nothing was ever wasted. After she outgrew a 
piece of clothing and it was still in good condition it was given to another 
relative to wear. My mother would spend many hours sitting on the wooden 
glider or wooden swing in the yard playing with dolls or reading in the summer. 
In the winter, a large room upstairs served as a playroom. Other forms of 
entertainment were listening to the radio and such programs as Little Orphan 
Annif,and when she was older the Hit Parade. She enjoyed reading and was a 
Shirly Temple fan, Sheembroderied doll blankets, dishtowels ,, table cloths, 
and pillow cases. She also helped her mother sew rags together for the 
making of rugs. The first movie she attended wis in 1939 and it wa3 Snow White 
and the Seven Dwarfs at the Amboy theatre. Also. in 1939 she started taking 
piano lessons frcm a lady in Sublette costing fifty cents for half and hour. 

My mother helped take care of the garden during the growing season, '^ney 
grew flowers, turnips, tomatoes, beets, green beans, peas, carrots, and sweet 
corn. In the fall she would help her mother can the garden products. In the late 
summer and early fall it was a common thing to see hobos and tramps wondering 
around the countryside. Many times they would come to^door of the farmhouse 
and ask for food, money, or work. They were not feared by the farmers. If the 
summer nights got extremely warm the children of the family would take a blanket 
and go outside to sleep. Two of the most important events during the. year was 
the picking of the blackberries in the grove behind the house and the changing 
of the calendars at the end of the year. After picking the berries, my mother 
would help make the jams for the winter eating. Calendars were seen all over 
the house in most farmers' homes.. They were good advertising for the shops 
around the area. Since there were so many calendars hanging in the house it 
was like redecorating. 

.During the harvest season, the neighbors got together and helped everyone 



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harvest each others' crops. My mother helped prepare for the meal for the 
sixteen to eighteen men. She and a sister also had the job each year of 
taking a mirror out to a nearby tree and hanging it on the tree and then 
taking a wash basin out under the tree so the men could wash up before coming 
in the house for lunch. When it was time to harvest the potatoes, someone 
would dig them up and my mother would come behind them and nick the potatoes 
up. 

Holidays were usually spent with the family. There was a Chris tarns eve 
program at St. Paul's Evangelical Church. Christmas Day, after Santa Claus 
had come, was spent with members of the family at a dinner. On Good Friday 
noodles and prunes were always served by my grandmother and Easter Day the 
family again got together for a meal. Every Memorial Day the family would 
visit the cemeteries where they had relatives buried. The fourth of July was 
spent in Sublette seeing parades, having picnics • and seeing fireworks. In the 
summer months there were many family picnics, many of them held at White Pines 
State Park. In September the Roemmich Renion was held" and the family attended. 
Thanksgiving Day was also spent with the family at a dinner. 

On March 27, 1941, when the family moved from the farm to the house in 
Sublette, my mother was in seventh grade. The next year, while in eighth grade, 
she was able to walk to school. She graduated from eighth grade on May 14, 1942. 
In the fall of 1942 she started high school at .Amboy High School, Amboy, Illinois, 
and rode a bus from Sublette. 

During this time on Friday summer evenings there were outdoor movies shown 
in Sublette. The iamily would take a chair or blanket and go down town and watch 
them. On Saturday evenings sometimes the family would go to Mendota to meet with 
friends and relatives and go shopping. It was always an exciting event to go 
shopping in a "larger" town like Dixon, Illinois for the day. 



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In high school my mother took the required subjects of English, Math, 
Science, History and Physical Education. She especially enjoyed the elec- 
tives of Business classes and Hone Economics classes. She learned much 
from her sewing 1 classes and sewed clothes for her nephew and neice, and her- 
self. Later she sewed for her twin daughters. She also belonged to the 
Chorus, not a class but an outside activity. She was still taking piano 
lessons (the price had now raised to one dollar for half an hour) and for 
two years accompanied chorus prosrrams. She attended the home football 
games, went to movies, and bowled with boy friends and girl friends. When 
big name bands played in Mendota, she would attend these dances. 

In 1945 ™y grandfather taught my mother how to drive in a 1941 Chevy. 
There were no driver's education classes in high school. She then took a 
State written and driving test in Amboy to obtain a license. In May of 1946 
my mother graduated from Amboy High School in a graduating class of 75. Ten 
of the 75 were considered Homor Students and my mother was among the ten. 

On August 2, 194.6 she started working at the Sublette State Bank as a 
bookkeeper and teller. She received $60 a month. starting salary. She wa3 
enployed there until 1949. In 1950 she started working at the Mendota State 
Bank as a bookkeeper and teller, and roomed with her oldest sister and family 
who resided in Mendota. For activities she would go to movies, dances, and 
bowling as well as date. In the fall o f 1949 the First Annual Sweet Com 
Festival was held in Mendota as a promotion stunt. My mother attended along 
with the other 20,000 peoole who enjoyed themselves with the festive events, 
and all the free sweet corn one could eat. Mendota still holds this Festival. 

In July of 1949 my mother and one of her sisters took a train to Denver, 
Colorado to visit relatives and see the sights. They then flew to Kansas City, 
Kansas and took a train home. This was the beginning of annual vacations for 



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my mother. In June of 1950 she went with some friends in a cur to Denver again. 
In August of 1951 she went with a sister and a friend by airplane to 
San Francisco, California, and took a train home. In March of 1952 she got 
her first car, a Plymouth costing 32200. In Kay of the same year she drove with 
a friend to Washington D.C.. In September of the same year she went with 
friends to the Qzarks with some friends-. The last trip my mother took before 
she was married was with a friend to Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, 
by train. 



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My father, Melvin, and my mother, Lillian, had known each other because of my 
mother working at a Mendota bank and my father banked at that bank, They went 
out together for a while and became engaged in November of 1955. They were 
married at St. Paul's Evangelical c hurch on February 7, 1954 and took a 
short honeymoon to Chicago. They lived in Joliet, Illinois in a furnished 
apartment for two months while my father worked as a price clerk in the 
Standard Oil office in Joliet. In April of 1954 they took a longer 
honeymoon to Washington D.C.. Also, in April of the same year they moved to 
Rochelle, Illinois to an unfurnished apartment. My father was transferred 
to Rochelle to become a TBA (Tires, Batteries, and Accesories) truck driver. 
for Standard Oil out of Rochelle. My mother worked part time in a bank in 
Rochelle. They played cards with friends, went to movies, and out to dinner 
for entertainment. On June 18, 1955 they bought their first television. 
Neither my mother or my father had had a television when they lived at home.* 

On August 22, 1955 twin girls were born to them. My sister (who is only 
half a minute older) . Wanda Marie, and I,, Donna Louise were born at the 
Rochelle Community Hospital. Because of the arrival of two babies instead of 
one, my father and mother needed a larger place to live so they rented a 
house on the same street. In the fall of 1956 they bought their first home 
on the same street, next door to the one they rented, for $1^50.00. and moved in 
on November 1, 1956.and remained there until August of 1°66. A son, Leon Charles, 
was born to my mother and father on March 29, 1957 who was later found to have 
brain damage and placed in 19^0 in the Gandy Home for Handicapped Children 
until 1962 when he was transferred to the Dixon State School in Dixon, Illinois 
where he still remains a resident. 

In the spring of 1953 my father started driving to Rockford, Illinois 
every/^day because Standard Oil Company changed the loading station for the 
*Favorite reading material was the Rockford Register Re public . Mendota Reporter. 
Reader's Digest . National Geographic , and Better Homes and Gardens . 



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TBA drivers. 

I started kindergarden on September 6, i960 at Linclon Grade School in 
Rochelle. The school was close enough so that my sister and I could walk to 
it. I attended Lincoln through fifth grade, until the spring of 1966. 

While growing up in Rochelle in the summer I would play with dolls, swim, 
ride bikes, roller skate, and went to the near by park with my sister and 
friends that lived on the street.* In the winter we would sled, skate, and 
play with our dolls in the house. We attended the First Presbyterian Church 
in Rochelle and there were many church activities to go to. When I was older 
the church sponsored a one week camp at Stronghold Castle in Oregon, Illinois. 
In connection with the school I was a Bluebird and then a Camp Fire Girl for 
a few years. One of the most entertaining objects around the house was the 
television. The Captain Kangaroo Show was a favorite. 

We visited relatives often and got together every Thanksgiving and 
Christmas , if the weather permitted. Summer picnics were common and were 
usually held at White Pines State Park. The third Sunday of September was 
always set aside for the Roemmich Reunion, which we would attend. 

In June of i960 my sister and I took our first long vacation with my 

father,- my mother, an uncle, and an aunt. We went as far west as Las Vegas, Nevada, 

This was the beginning of a group of six I was to take before we left Rochelle. 

The other five go as follows: in July of 1962 my family went to North Dakota 

to visit relatives, in June of 1 9^3 my family went to Kentucky, Mammoth Cave, 

and Blue Ridge, in June of 1964 my family went to Washington D.C., in July of 

1965 my family went to the Black Hills, Yellowstone, and Teaton National Park, 

in June of 1966 my family went to Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, 

and New York City. In addition to these long trips shopping trips were taken 

* In the soring of 1959 my Grandfather Monson partially assembled a playhouse for 
our backyard. When it was brought from Walnut, my father finished assembling it. 
We spent many hours playing in the five feet by eight feet house. 



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to Rockford and Chicago. 

On August 13, I966 my family moved to Rockford so my father would not 
have to drive to Rockford every work day. We moved with a moving van and 
had much help from the neighbors in Rochelle and friends. 

I started sixth grade at Rolling Green School in the fall of 1966. On 
October 7, 1966 my youngest brother, Scott Allen was born. 

In the fall of 19^7 I started junior high school at Jefferson Junior 
High. I attended Jefferson as a junior high through ninth grade and since 
the city of Rockford was in the process of making Jefferson into a high 
school, I also attended it in tenth, eleventh, and twelveth grades. While 
in junior high there was held almost every Friday night a Rec Night where 
I went to the school with friends to swim, watch movies, play volleyball 
and basketball in the gym, or walk around and talk with other friends. 
While in high school there were dances, proms, and plays to attend. On 
October 12, 1971 I received my driver's license after taking the driver's 
education classes at Jefferson. On June 7, 1973 I graduated from Jefferson 
High School in a graduating class of 435* Th e ceremonies were held at the 
Rock Valley College Field House. 

In the spring of 1968 my father stopped driving the TEA truck, and 
started making city deliveries for Standard Oil in the mornings and then 
worked in the office in the afternoons. In January of 1969 he was pensioned 
off due to a company employee cutback after his 23 years of service. In 
July of 1970 he became employed by Goss Printing Pre3s Company where he is 
presently employed. In June of 19^9 my family took a vacation to Colorado 
to sightsee and too see a relative attending a college there. Also, in Sep- 
tember of 1969 the Roemmich Reunion celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, and 
the attendance was larger than usual. 



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In August of 1970 my family took its last long vacation. This was to New York, 
Boston, and the New England states. The total cost of the trip for five people 
was $425.00. Also, in July of 1970 my father sold the gas station in LaMoille. ■ 

An exciting event took place in December of 197''. We received a telephone 
call that my father had won a car by registering at a ga3 station in a contest. 
In February of 1972 we got the 1972 Euick Skylark, the car we won. 

On April 9, 1972 I started working^at St. Anthony's Hospital as a dietary 
trainee. My starting wage was 51.70 per hour. I left St. Anthony's on 
January 13, 1973. On January 22, 1973 I started workingAat the Rockford 
Public Library. My starting wage was ,11.60 per hour and after six months I 
received a raise of 11*75 P er hour. I am presently employed by Rockford 
Public Library. 

I started Rock Valley College on June 13, 1973 for the summer session. 
I attended Rock Valley in the fall of 1973 and am presently enrolled in the 
spring of 1974 session. 



Sources of Information 

Mrs. Margaret (Monson) Albright - letter 

Becker, Fr. Anthony J. Sublette . Illinois ; Our Bit of U.S.A. Mendota, Illinois: 
Wayside Press, 1957. 

Mendota Centennial Commitee. Magnificent Whistle Stop . Mendota, Illinois: 
Wayside Press, 1955. 

Milton , North Dakota Diamond Jubilee . 1962. 

Mr. Melvin Monson - interview 

Mrs. Lillian (Roemmich) Monson - interview 

My Grandfather Monson' s family geneology compiled by Ernst Gunnar Ingemansson 

My Grandmother Monson' s family geneology compiled by Folke Johnsson 

Mr. Henry Roemmich - interview 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Roemmich - interview 

Mr. Wilson Roemmich - letter 

My Grandfather Roemmich' s family geneology compiled by Gertrude (Roemmich) Fitzgerald 
and Minnie Sehlesinger 

My Grandmother Roemmich' s family geneology compiled by Lola Fischer Long 
Mrs. Esther (Roemmich) Zimmerlein - interview 



.TCBACHER, JULIE HENDERSON, 1957- 



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A Grandfather (your father's side ) 

Namo Kar1 .T.«, r y, MnfiP.ar.HEB Current Residence_ BfiC£iSfi i 



Date of hirt.h N«veiaber 14. 1880 Place of birth frlr.hUa, Kans-s 



Date of death Mav 18. 1970 Place of bur ial v . irhlt . a, K a ns a s 

Education(number of years); 

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Occupatxon(s) ^^ leaving home) 

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» a s+ uimnwp<?nH Current Residence nnRfta^nd 

Name A n ita HEH DEB30H ■ — 



Date of birth_ afiP ti 5a b^3_La9a_ Place °J birth ^irhit,^ KlPfl* 
Date of death^SriSllS^Q—P 13 " of burxal ^rhit,,, K a ns , 



lJ^T^T he V f ^"nUhBSchool.^ vocational 

college_ . 

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Name 



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Education (number of years): 

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c o 1 1 e g e 



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Grandfather (your mother's side) 



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f K-f^-t-h "' V " Place of birth 

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Current Residence, 
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C- 2 Stepgrandf ather (your mother's side) 



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Dates_ 
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Place of marriage to your grandmother 
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Religion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, et< 



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

1. Name Karl Jpseph MOSBACHER 

Place of birth Wichita. Kansas date August 16, 1917 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupation Engineer 

Residence Cincinatti, Ohio Marital Status Susan DICKER30N 
Number of children 3 Death 

2. Name Bruce Henderson MOSBACHER 

Place of birth Wichita, Kansas date May 29, 1919 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupation Engineer 

Residence Deceased Marital Status Helen STURM 

Number of children 4 Death Deceaber 8, 1966 



Name_ 

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Name_ 

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date 



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date 



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dati 



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Your Father 



Name 



Current Residence 



Date of birth . , 'V Place of bitth j , 

Date of Death______^_: Place of burial ■ , . - . / _ 

Education (number of years) „,,_ 

ara ^ sr.hool c high school 2 vocational college. 



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NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative 
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Your Mother 

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Number of years of schooling 12 Occupation . . 

Residence , __ Marital Status 

Number of children death 



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Number of years of schooling 17 Occupation ] ; 

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Karl J, I'osl c ■ r. Jr. 
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■^igne Sturm 
Daisy T in d strom 
Helen Shoudy 
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Karl Jos*;}; M6S BACKER, Sr. was the ton of Charles Joseph 
MDSBACHER and Maude Packer JONES bom in V.'ichita, Kansas 
on November 14, 1880. His broOier Frank was bom two 
years later. His family was on of the early families 
in Wichita and he could remember the wooden sidewalks 
and the doctor's office being in the local drug store. 
His father was a fine watchmaker and owned the Mos- 
bacher Jewelry Store in downtown l.ichita. 

As a boy he helped in his father's store and later be- 
came a name in the wholesale grocery business. He left 
that calling to sell Cadillac cars for a far-sighted man 
who started an agency when the automobile was a novelty. 
In the late Twenties, Karl started his own automobile 
business which became the Mosbacher Motor Company and 
was the distributor for Kansas of the Hudson car. He 
was an early fan of the automobile and never lost his 
interest. He traveled to all of the 48 states in his 
lifetime, starting when road maps were non existant 
and directions were written to tell you which barn to 
look for to make a turn to arrive at one's destination. 
The family traveled extensively each summer, sometimes 
on one lane roads through the mountains in Colorado 
and often had to be pulled from a water filled dip in 
the road by a famer and his team. 

As much as he loved cars, he was also very fond of horses 
and had his own carriage and horse, Babe, in which he did 
his courting. 



His one love was Anita HENBSRSON. One day he took her 
for a ride in hii tuggy and seeing a bal< of lilac bushes 
stopped and cut her a hugh bououet which he presented to 
her. He always said she was the most beautiful woman in 
the world. They were married on September 18, 1910 at 
her home. Her father had died recently and so it was a 
small wedding for the family only. 

During the depression, it was difficult to keep his home 
and business. Through stringent economy, it was accomp- 
lished and he went on to recover his former ecconomic 
standing. He sold the agency in the early fifties 
after suffering a heart attack and spent a lot of time 
traveling or just enjoying the family home. 

He died i=lay 18, 1970 after a long and happy life only 
dimmed by the fact his wife preceded him by ten years. 



Anita HENDERSON was the eldest daughter ©f Anna Barbara 
OKIE SI and Cash HENDERSON. The had a sister, Barbara 
and a brc.oher CASK, who died in an airplane crash in 
the mountains of Colorado after surviving W©rld V.ar I 
and a bout with T.B. Her Mother's family came from 
Switzerland to Wichita and were one of the early 
settlers. Grandfather Griebi became a builder and 
during his lifetime built many of the larger buildings 
in the downtown area. They too suffered from the 
crash but were able to salvage a good bit of former 
affluence. 

Anita's father came from New York and started The Mew 
York Store, a rather ellegant emporium for the times. 
He kept a stable of race horses and enjoyed the sport. 

.Anita was a lovely young lady and attracted many beaus. 
Once, while walking down the street, Karl MOSBACHER saw 
her and contived an introduction from a mutual friend. 
He told the friend that she was the girl he was going to 
marry. 

The Henderson enjoyed a fine life in a lovely home. They 
were always anxious for their father to come home from 
his buying trip to new York, a twice yearly event. He 
would bring back a dozen dolls for the girls and as many 
dresses. Also toys for young Cash. There were always 
barrels of coffee beans, spice, etc. in the storeroom 
and they loved to go in and just inhale. 



After Anita tnd Karl were married, they lived in the 
f smily home snd did not moved to 434 North Belmont PI. 
until 1923. This is in a lovely section of large homes 
and is still a "good address", although the town has 
expanded far beyond them. Anita loved her home and it 
was a source of pleasure for her until her death. She 
was not educated beyond high school but was a well read 
person vdth vas t knowledge in medicine and politics. 
She especially loved her yard and garden and spent a 
let of time and effort on them, which they reflected. 

She died of cancer in I960. 



Bruce Henderson MDSBACHER was the second and young- 
est son of Karl and Anita MDSBACHER. He was born 
on May 29, 1919 in Vichita Kansas. His brother, 
Karl Joseph, Jr. was bom in August of 1917. They 
were close as young boys and although lived in dif- 
ferent cities as grown men stayed close. 

Their early life was one of affluence and they 
enjoyed the material things as well as the affection 
•f a loving family. They had traveled throughout the 
48 st?tes before they were in their teens. Their 
father was a horse lover *md bought them a pony but 
since both the boys were more interested in cars, 
they were not thrilled with the pony and it was later 
sold. 

As small boys the family lived with their mother's 
family but in 1926 they moved t© a new home in a 
newly developed part of the city. In the vacant lots 
they built huts from lumber and odds and. ends of the 
construction in the area. Later they became engross- 
ed in automobile and spent a good amount of time on 
them. 

At an early age, Bruce showed a bent for engineering 
by taking the knobs from doors without tools. He was 
always inventive and rigged up an alarm system that 
doused the lights when the outer door to their suite 
•f rooms was opened. He also rigged up a window 
closer for cold winter mornings. 



Summers he worked for his father at the agency, iis 
was hsrri'3t tinkering with the trf-do-ins or driving 
to Pike's Peak in a promotional stunt for the Hudson 
motor Company, They usually had some type of pro- 
motion to advertise the cnr3 and the boys enjoyed 
participating in they. 

Eruce vent to local schools. After graduating from 
East High in Wichita, he went to Wichita University 
for two years and then to Kansas State in Kanhatten, 
Kansas where he got his degree in Engineering. Ha 
moved to Cincinatti, Ohio and worked for the Crocley 
Corporation on high level military projects. He wa3 
©ne of the engineers en the prexiraity fuse project 
which carried priority second only t© the atom bomb. 

After the war he moved back to Wichita and worked for 
Buckminster Fuller ©n his Fuller Keuse, a round house 
on the pre-fab line. In 1947 he moved to Rockford, 
Illinois to work gor the Sunstrand Corporation. In 
1950 he left Sundstrand over a patent dispute which 
was later settled. After s year on his own he went 
to work for the Roper Cerporstion in their pump div- 
ision. He attain eri the position of General Manager 
©f the Aviation and Special Projects Division until 
his death in 1966. 

He met Helen STURM on a blind date in 1947 and they 
were married August 13, 1949. 



v.altcr Forest STURM wa9 the only son of Jecot 
and Sent ' ALLER, He 'as: bcm in ArgyL , i 
on April 17, 1293. He had three sistersj Daisy Sena, 
Edna Juliet r.nd Jessie L'?lo:ac. alter' s father was 
a barber and at one tine had a shopwhere he also 
said candy and school supplies. He later traveled 
for a furniture company f.nc also sold real estate. 
His mother was a gentle lf»dy who imparted love Along 
vrith great wit although she had very little school- 
ing. She was a DKautiful seamstress snd her daughte rs 
were always well-dressed. 

'..alter 2tt«nded Turner School rnd graduated from Rack- 
ford Central High School. After graduation he worked 
as salesman for & furniture stor*. At one tine he 
walked to Omaha, Nebraska end worked there for 5. few 
months s.nd then returned, tr Reckf r- . hen he was 
25, in 1918 he went into the army end served ten 
month?- in Trier, Qermany after only tw© months train- 
ing in the States. After returning from Germany he 
worked for the Winnebago Manufacturing Company. In 
1936 he moved his family to Geneva, Illinois where 
he establish the Fox Cabinet Company. He was en- 
gaged in making wood cabinets for table radios. The 
advent of plastics force the company out of business 
and in 1940 the family moved back to Rockford where 
Y>'alter became a salesman which he continue until he 
retired. The family moved back to the same neighbor- 






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htod and he and eigne live in a house on Princeton 
A venue two blocks from their first hone, 



Walter was an avid golfer for forty years snd is a 
member of Forest Hill Country Club. Although he 
no longer plays golf, he snd his wife enjoy the 
social aspects of the club, 

V- alter tske?gre;.t pride in his lawn and gr.rden. 
He is aaember of The Ken's Garden Club ana of the 
Retired Men's Club at the i"HCS. He is also a 
member of the Shrine but is no longer active. 

They are jseribers of Trinity Lutheran Church where 
V.'alter. as e young nan, taught Sunday .School. 



Signe Marie SJOSTROM was bom on June 8, 1902 in 
Omskoldsvik, • -weden, the eldest chiia of Richard 
adolph SJOSTROM ans Esther Suranis; Sjestrom. When 
she was three she came to America with her mother 
and baby brother, ^engt to join their father who 
had come to America earlier to find work and a 
home for his young family, idchard had been a 
stone reason in Sweden and started working in America 
digging basements for new homes. From this start 
he built S jo strom and Sons, inc., a construction 
company in Rockford, iilinoib. Esther was one of 
the hardy women of Sweden who came alone with two 
small children o n a ship from Sweden 

Signe was the eiaest of seven children; bengt, Conny, 
Phillip, Helen, Richard, Jr. and William were her 
five brothers and one sister. Their first home was 
on Charles Street. Signe attended Jackson ^chool 
and Rockford Central high :"chcol where she completed 
her junior year. After leaving school she worked in 
an insurance effice. Vhen she attended high school 
they lived on liural Street. In the winter they wculd 
take their skates and walk to the river where they 
skated to school and beck. 

In June of 1920 she met Walter Forest Sturm at a 
Sunday School picnic when he tied her leg to that of 
another girl for a three legged race. They continued 
to see one another and on August 13, 1921 they were 
married. 









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For the first year they lived with Walter's parent 
©n Clinton Place in F.ockford. His sister Edna .'lso 
lived with them. Walter's father traveled and his 
mother did net want t,o be slone so much. Their 
first child was born a ye?r lster and they ragved 
t© a new home en Pari* Avenue. There was no real 
street and the electricity had to be brought from 
State Street s© they used kerosene lamps until a 
line could be brought in. 

The neighborhood quickly grew and was populated 
with fan&liea with small children. 9v then q igne 
and V,'alt*r had three children and it was s wnnder- 
ful area for children. In the sunnier they roller 
skated, plnyed hop-scotch, had carnivals in the 
back y?rd and pjt on play 3 in the garage. In the 
evening there w^s always a game of Kick-the-Can 
under the streetlight on the corner. 

Signe was an avid golfer and the family belonged 
to Ferest Hills Country Club. She still enjoys 
bridge, bowling and is a very active lady. They 
now live en Princeton A.Tenu© near the original 
house on Pari 3. 



Helen Marie STURM was the only daughter of 'alter Forest 
STURM and figne ! jeetren STURM. Che was born on Oct- 
ober 1, 1925. She has end old- r brother, Salter 
Forest Sturm, Jr. bom November 24, 1922, end a young- 
er brother Jay Richard Sturm born on his father's "6th 
birthday, April 17, 1929. Hel n attended Highland 
School and when in the 6th grade attended school in 
Geneva, Illinois where the family had moved. On 
returning to Rockford, she entered East High School 
with the first clsss to attend all 3 years and grad- 
uate. After Graduation in 1943, she worked as a 
riviter at the J. I. Case Company on bomber wings. 
After the summer she entered Rockford, College but 
attended only one year. 

Wanting to go to Art Cchoel in Chicago, she worked st 
the Btrber-Colman Conpuny in the billing department 
until her parents allowed her to lire in Chicago and 
attend classes. After art school she worked as ? 
proof-reader and assistant art buyer for Howard H. 
Monk and Associates. 

In other summer jobs, she worked for the pestoffice, 
Sears, Rockford Newspapers and other part time jobs. 

In the summer of 1947, a mutual friend arranged a 
blind date for her with 3ruce ''osbachar. They dated 
for two years and were married August 13, 1949. Their 
first appartraent was or. 8th Street, s half block from 
the Illinois Central Track. V.hen the trsir.s went by, 
dishes and v.indows would rattle and the noise was 



deafening. In 1952, after the birth of their first 
daughter they moved to Indian Terrace and it was h*rd 
to get uded to the relative quiet. 

In 1954 they moved to Spring Brook itoad with their 
three young daughters. Barbara was bom in January 
195/ and Joan in October of 1954. In 1957 Julie 
was born. 

Helen has continued to live in the family home since 
the death of her husband in 1966. After years of 
staying heme with the children, she is now working 
for her older brother, ' alter at Lindstrom Travel. 



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Ann Helen i the first born daughter of 

Lrucc anc ielsn : I r. : he 

Illinois on November 10, 1951. 

Ann. vent to school at Spring Creek lei .hrough 

sixth grade. After that she went to -^rsh and then to 
Lincoln for ninth gn.de. he attended Guilford High and 
after graduation she went bo Northern Illinois Univer- 
sity. She graduated ir: 197" with a B.S. in Nursing. 

After sfcool she returned to Rockford snd vorked at 
Swedish American Hospital. In August of 1975 she moved 
to San Dioge, California and worked in a Conv; 
Home. At the present tirae she is a pharmacy assistant 
at a new Scripts Clinic in La Jo 11a. 

Ann enjoys travel and has been twiee to Mexico end tour- 
ed Europe for eight -w^eks right after her graduation 
Hrcj.-oi college. She enjoy- Sslifornia sun, swimming, 
jogging »*nd has taken up the hobby of photography. 
As s young girl with her sisters, she studied ballet 
ana is hoping to take it up =.gain soon. 



Bar-bars Hruce KDSBACHER is the second bom daughter 
of Hruce and Helen MOsbacher. She was born in hock- 
ford, Illinois on January 1C, 195?. 

BiTb attended Spring Creek Elementry «nd then Marsh 
Jr. High. She graduated from Guilford High in 1970, 
After high school she went -co Augustana College in 
Rock Island, Illinoi? where she majored in Geogr?j.hy. 
The did her student teaching At Eiver.port, Iowa 
?ast High but found she did not like teaching. She 
now is an Urban Planner for the City of Rock Island 
and is working toward her master's in Urban Planning. 

On June 7, 1975 3he was aarried to Kurt Arthur Ar»dor- 
son whoa she set at Augustana where he gri.auE.tod with 
_ degree i:: Business. He new works lor the John 
Lcari Ceapany in Meline, Illinois. 

Barb, like her sisters, also studied ballet 
some teaching in that field before leaving for college, 
She and her husband «re sports enthusiasts and enjoy 
watching as well as placing. 



Jean "or^st MOSBACHER is the third daughter bom 
to Bruce and Heler I osbacher. She attended "pring 
Crack School, Marsh Cr. High rchool ar P 
from Guilford High School. She attended ?!ilten 
College for tvo years but left I. get married. She 
ha* since beer iivorced from her 
living in Idg«rtor, i-conf-in where she work 
clerk and ^lrs-'s 'ide at the Edgerton Hospital. 

Joan was bom on October 29, 1954. She has always 
enjeyed singing and took voice froir a lc:.<l teacher 
while in high school, "he appeared in rain r role 
in the musical "Ihi King and I" her senior year -?t 
Guilford. While in college she took voice and 
piano. Like her sisters, Joan studied ballot. 

Joan hopcz to soon return '. ■ 
degree in nursing. 



Julia Henderson MDSBACHER is the fourth and last 
bom daughter of Pruce nnd Helen Mosbacher. oho 
was bcm en June 19, 1957. 

Julie attended Spring Creek Elementary through the 
fourth grade. She transferrer to Keith Country 
D^y School where she repeated fourth grs.de when it 
v:as discover*'?. t« have di=l*yis, a learning dis- 
ability. She else attended T>ockford College: Read- 
ing Clinic to help her deal with this problem. 
She ther attended Msreh Jr, High and Eisenhower 
Jr. High. She graduated fror Guilferd High 
School in 1976 snd nov; sttends "rock Valley College. 

Vh.il* in high schee] °h*» was ? photographer for 
the newspaper pnd yearbook, he enjoys photography 
and hope^ tc Hake it her cpreer. She was also 
active in D.E.C. . and b^s worked at Krock's and 
Erentanc's book Store Pirr- h^r senior year. 

She hopes tc attend Southern Illinois University to 
stu^y photography • r; . n 'i become a professional. 

In addition to ballet, ^ulie playa the guitar and is 
learning to play the piano. Like her mother and three 
si3t«rs, Julie is ■ ^o^ lover and has her own Dalmatian 

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TOER, ROSEMARY P 1951- 



LEASE USE INK; PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 
FAMILY HISTORY 

ear Contributor to the Kock 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 -i 
ew mintues , and will be eas i ly made over into an Index whi ch wi 1 1 permi t archi ve user ■ ready 
ccess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 



SURVEY 



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* OFFICE USE CODE 

1. Your name 7. ' ^ ■' 

Date of form r-, ntnA * (ID H 



5/7/74 



2. Your college: Rock Val ley f.ol lege ' (ID » 

Rock ford", Illinois * 

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

Before 1750 1750-1800 1800-1 850 

X 1850-1900 1900 or later 



k. 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.) _ Middle Atlantic (N.Y. , Penna. , N.J., Va.) 

South Atlantic (Ga. , Fla., N.C., sTcT) _ East South Central (La. , Miss. , Ala. ,Tenn , K* 

West South Central (Ark., N.M. , Tex., 0k.) East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind.) 
P acific (Cal., WashJ (Hawai i , Alaska) _J_ I^ ; ' 11 . J 

5. Please check al 1 occupational categories in which members of your family whom you have 
discussed in this paper have found themselves. 

Farming Mining [ Shopkeeping or small business 

Transportation B ig Business Manufacturing 

~ Professions Industrial labor '' Other (Federal Post C 

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 ^Methodist 

Baptist Episcopalian Congregational _X Lutheran 

Quaker Mormon O ther Protestant Other 

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

Blacks Indians Mexicans ^ Puerto Ricans 

Jews Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

Irish British * Native Americans over several generations 

"^East Asian O ther 

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

^Interviews with other Family Bibles Fami ly Genealog ies 

fami ly members 

Vital Records Land Records The U.S. Census 

Photographs Maps Other 



II. FAMILY DATA 



\. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name n .j ' Current Residence 


1 f dead, date of death 




Place of birth Date of Birth [J n ] 




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




Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(pft-pr leaving home) 
1st Fac Dates Unknow 1st - 1>nr , T1 -, 


Dates i g 


2nd Mechanic Dates Till T 2nd 


Dates 


3rd Dates 3rd 
Ath Dates 4th 


Dates 
Dates 


Religion Lu1 





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



Place of Marriage to your grandmother 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-l) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Ef ™a (Fisher) Koser Current Residence a 

I f dead, date of death 1 qpR 



Place of birth tiw™ tt i Date of birth Unknov 



Dixon , — 12 



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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Housewife iycn > J 0ates 



3rd_ 
4th 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4th 



1 g 2 J 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Re 1 i g i on Lutheran 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. " ' - 



Place of marriage to your grandfather DATE " r " 7 

N ° te: Ih^Ha'tPo^fh^Bacl'o^^r? ft%l*\j&)* stepmother or another relative give 



A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 



'ather's Uncle) 



I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence ^nnrnP P f P f ,^- 



Place of birth „ nfcnnir . -[?-■, ,;-.U| TD.xx^TLH Date of Birth Jan . 2 . 10OO 

Education (number of years) 
grade school x / B vrs \ high school 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupation(s) 
1st -^r-er 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

if A ! >mvJ -ftct^e^CAp (after leaving home) 

Dates J fst ' nwviemberti „ ■ 



Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



3rd Mf-,n^.» (^ P n -T.P|-TII. Dates 
^ th ^___^_ Dates 



Dates 

CLan'b be. 

Dates Aire, crp 



:xcc^t- <3cJ 



Re I i g i on 



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Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. l-lnt<V;\MA 
Place of marriage to your grandmother 



Un\- 



n^n 



date 



LAn\i 



aim* 



A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 

Nam e " _ n rr ; iv fr- 

If dead, date of death ) c iL~2 



Current Residence 



Place of birth U^-wa^ 



_Date of birth [}^\ 



rv.^^ 



Education (number of years): 
grade school \ C^r^N high school 

Occupat ion(s) 



vocational 



col lege 







Istj 

2nd 

3rd __ 

Re 1 i g i on ] • 



_Dates 
Dates 



rfch 



Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1s t FmnVi.^i^H-,.^ Til, Dates_ 

2"d Qrec^ T.M. Dates_ 

3rd Mrnrrp. (V-rVter Xl I . D ates 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather UaVIi 



_ Da t e Ur\V.w>\jj v\ 



3. 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name Tomas Macadangdang Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death y nr -'io ^' 1 j ■• 



jj.ippmes 



Place of bi rth "■■-,-„ -,-\ n "p; i i -• - • 
Education (number of years) : 



Date of bi rth 



grade school 
Occupat ion(s) 



high school 



vocational 



col lege ' . 



,St — High SphnrO TpspVip- 

2nd Police Captain 



3rd_ 
^♦th 



_Dates 
_Dates_ 
_Dates 
Dates 



1 st_ 
_2nd 

.3 rd . 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Li] . Philj Dates 



Philippine: 



Dates 



Dates 
Dates 



Loman Cathol 



Rel igion 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. l.'\r 



Place of marriage to your grandmother :'-;.' n - 7 " ' ' n ' ~~ v! ~~ date 
Note: If your mother was raised by a SLHp f aiMe r o r ano ther r e l at i ve ( t o ag e \8f 
give that data on the back of this page (C-l) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 



Name Ip r i dac ^ AT 'lane 
I f dead, date of death 



.d °L f ; C urrent Residence 



J 8, 1 97C 



Place of birth ^acarra . Ilocos Norte. PhililsO atte of birth Apr:! * n , ' 900 

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



Occupation(s) 

1 st Hnusewi f p. 

2nd 

3rd 



_Dates 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



1st Ma-nili 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Philippines Dates 1Q18- 



2nd 



Dates 



3rd 



Re ' ' 9 1 on lAc-rian Cathol i J 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfathe r ; /-*: .A" 1 '-. Pi: .' ** : pp ' :: ■' -~ 
Note: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relati 
give that data on the back of this page (D-2) 



ve (to age 18) 



C- 1 Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 

Name ^___^ Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 

, ' 1 "'- "' '>i"l. ,) <' lt ' "I birth 

I diK.it inn (numlxM- of yen '. ) 



yh school vocational 



Occupation(s) PLACE 0F RES | DENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st 



Dates 



?nrl 



3rd J)ates 3rd 

**t h Dates kth 



ates 2nd Dates 

Dates 



Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities et< 



Place of marriage to your grandmothei 



"dTi 



D-2 Stepgrandmother (your mother's side) 

N * me , — a , , . Current Residence 

If dead, date of death ~~~ 

'' aCC ° f b [ rth _ . Date of birth 

t ducat ion (number or years) , 

grade school high school 



vocational college 



Occupat ion(s) 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 



.,, (after leavinq home) 

lst Dates l s t 

2nd Dates 2nd 



3rd — — _— Dates 3rd 

Re 1 i g i on 

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

Place of marriage to your grandfather ' 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Date 



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



Name Gladys {V.oser) I.ioronde 
Place of birth uixon, ill. 



date 



Number of years of school ing 

Marital "STatus 



Res idence 



Number of children 



I\p,f?,(ra sefl, 



Occupation ^ou-exi^e 



NaTte .Guy E » feser 

Place-of birth i-'ixon, ill.' 
Number of years of school ing 



date 



March 



1017 



— 



Occupation ?ustod: 



Residence nl -^ Wanh inxrt.nn Marital Status Married 

chi ldren £ 



Number of 



of bl rth -^ 



Place 

Number of years 
Residence n rP c- nri 
Number of ch 1 ldren 



'yon , rp . 

of schooling 



Marital Status 



date November ?.?. . < n ' n 

Occupation Auto ' __ 

Married 



Name "Eva fMnspr") Lyman 
Place of birth T)ivr,r>~ 



Ti/rn, 



il in 



-.. 



Number of years of school 
Res i dence annVfrn-d r Til . 
Number of chi ldren 



,\ .. ?. 



Marital S 



date :.: a rch "* . 1 921 
5ccupat I On House 



tatus :"arried 



Name I?ariifi^ Moser 

Place of bi rth j) 

Number of years or s 

Res i dence Rn.Knrd. Til.' 

Number of chi Id 



yon. Ill* 

• schooling 



iren 



date September 6, 1 92^ 

Occupation Service '"ansper (Tire Co. ) 



"I vrs 

Marital Status Marri« 



" ame Leo,Tia, (Mofier) Gibson 
Place of birth m^Ti. Ill7 
Number of years or schooling 

Res ' dence BUon. m, 

Number of chi ldren 1 



date 1927 



^_ 



Occupation Kousw 
Marl taT Status Divorced 



Name - 



R. Moser 



-- ■ ,"•■ - 

Place of birth Eiy.on. 111. 
Number of years of schooling 



Residence 

Number of ch i ldren 



Rqcfrforri., ill 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res idence 



Number of chi ldren 



Name 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 



Number of chi ldren 



date July ^,1925 
' Occupation Postal "ler/ 
larital Status Llarrle 



• . 



date 

"Occupation 



Marital Status 



date 



Occupation 

Marital Status 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of CHI T uTBM 



Occupation 

Marital Status 



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



N.imr- t„ pe ,.; a (_y RC .R(]pi.r\ gAa.n^ Falaf ox 

"' } " f "' .Manila . Phil irpines 
Number of years of schooling 
Res i dence Manila, 
Number of children 



Lla. Philippines 



1 4 yrs 



~ date November 23, 1918 
"Occupation TluUyywiJy 



irital Status 7/in . nw 



Name- A^OTjc^tn Ylacadangdang ^__ 

p ' ace or birth Manila, Philippine; 

Number of years of schooling 14 yrs. 

Residence " 

Number of ch i Idren 



date 



.^ugust iQ, iq: 



1 Jccupation r 

Marital Status 



3. Name 



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. irginia 1 Lacadangdang) Francisco 
Place of birth Panila. Philippine ." 
Number of years of school ing 

Residence r a nila. Philippines 



M Y vs 



date ?ebuary 



Number of children 



- — , Occupation Beautician 

Marital Status ;,: a rrTel 



n? . 



Politaf IXacadangdang) Vera 
of birth Manila. Phil ippines' 
1 4 yrs. 



Name 

P 1 ace of birth ft.. 

Number of years of 



:hoo 1 i 



arch 14. 1Q2' 



Res ' dence Manila t PhilippT FTe 

Number of ch i Idren Q " 



Occupa t i on Housewi 



Marital Status Carrie 



Name_^ 
Place of bi rl 



iz [lacadangdar.g 

anil a, Philippines 



Number of years of school 
Residence 

:hi Idren 



Tg uied at 6 noht'-TfT 



date December 



Number 



Ma 



Occupat ion 

tal Status 



Name Cesar Ivlacadangdang 

Place or birth PanJla, Ph ilippines 
Number of years of schooling 
Res i dence San 



Number of children 



icolas, Ilocos 



date ffey 26, 10^0 

^ + , T ,, .^ — , Occupation j^ews Reporter 
' ^^Mar.tal Status Married 



Name Te.-ias '.r cadang dang 
Place of bi rth 



la, Philippines 



Number of years of schoo 
Residence Manila. Phil i nnin e' 
Number of ch I Idren ' 



12. 



__ date April 30, 1932 



Occupat ion?a 

Marital S talus b ingle 




Name Manuel Macanangdan g 

I ' ace of birth ^nila. Ph i lippin es 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence -pnila, Pb i 1 i r^TTTZ 
Number of ch i Idren " 

oT G — G , e Pr^ f^ cadangdan g 
Place oTV! rth Manila - ' 

Number of years 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i Id re 

Name Anto n : : o "a cad angdang 
~!7th 



__ date Augus' I 934 

'ccupat ion Pac^ 
Status Singl e 




date June 5. 1 9?6 

Occupat Jor ge ceased h 7 yrs7 



Place 



Residence 



N ^er . tSfffj, ^V ^ 




Marital Status 



_ date September 26, 1 °24 



CHILDREN of C and D (or f-l n.i]. unilf ., , 

voi i. i, u ]) your mother's name should upper below 



n.,„„. Lucila L. (". 
PI..M- of hi Ml 



Number of year s o< school i ng H > Uo AugU - 

ResidenceRocford, 111. J -^ Occupation i£ r 

Number of ch i Idren ' Q 



Name 

P lace of b! rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res idence 

Number of ch i I dren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 



Place of birth 



Name 

Place of bi rth 



date 



num D er or years ot schoo nq ' Tr.,. t-> 

a„ r ; a~ Occupation 

Residence - M ^ _ ■ - . — r _ ^ 

, Marital Status 



date 



Number of years of schooling 

l eS l dencC f -—. Marital Stat,.? 

Number of children 



Number of years ot schooling Occu pation ' 



Residence — ~~ MTTTTn — c- , 

u , , — r-n-i Marital Status 

Number of children 



date 



Number of years of schooling 

" e5 ' dence f , t| , Marital Status " 

Number of children 



Place ot birth date 

Number of years of schooling 6ccupation~ 

Re5idence MaritaTstatus 

Number of ch i Tdren 



Place of bi rth ~ " date 

Number of years of schooling OccupaTTon" 

M 6S K denC 1 L»iJ Harital StalUs" 

Number of children 

Name 

Place of bi rth "~ date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of ch i Idren ~~ ~~~ 



Place ot birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children 



Name 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation" 

Residence _ , Marital Status " 

Number of children 



CHI bPREN of A & B (or A- 1 or B-l) - your father's name should appear below 



1 . Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of school ing Occupat ion 

Res I dence Marital Status " 

Number of chi Idren 



2. Name ^^ 

P 1 ace of bi rth d ate 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status " 

Number of chi Idren — — — 



3. Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of school ing Occupation" 

Residence Ma ri taTTtatus " 

Number of chi Idren — — 



*». Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of schooling "o"ccupatT5n" 

Residence M ar I taTTtatus 

Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years or schooling Occupation 

Residence MaritaTTFatus 

Number of chi Idren — 



Name 

Place of bi rth "~~~d"ate 

Number of years of schooling flccupaTTSn" 

* eS l denc< t ,,,. Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren 



7. Name 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Gccu^aTTdn- 

S e5 ' denCe f u . Marital TTatus " 

Number of children 



Name 

Place of bi rth date 

r^ihI of yearb of school '"g ~-~ iTccu D aTrorr 

j!^! n< >-c-n Marital Status " 

Number of children 



9. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of schooling " ~~0ccun^TsT 

Residence tj — ■ M Occupation 

Number of ch il dren Marital sFatus 



10. Name 

Place of birth" 



Number of years of schooling " Or.M^TT— 

residence M Occupation 

Number of I I I I luTBn narital Status 



Your Father 



Name 



Hame '^jr^r.r.a "iisyl 1 "n<^T Current Residence "oc kford, 

If deacT, date of deatF ' 

Place of birth Dixon, 111. Date of birth .; ^ ■ -, - 

Education (number of years) 



grade school high school : , : (12) vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE F RESIDENCE 

_, . , , ft . c „, . (after leaving home) 

l st Factory worker Dates 1945 l st Chicago 0ates 



2nd Army Dates 1 946-1 949 2nd Manila, Philippines 0Ates iq4 ^ 



3rd ^artrry Dates < o,: o_*qc^. 3rd „nr.kfnH r TV . Dates - n/>.q-i or, 

Itth Postal Clerk D ate s ,r ^- i, t h "oc'r-f-rd, 111. Dates '" ^- 

Rehgion ?i0man Catholic 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Renubl i nan /Democra t f 

fforfi Postal /.IforVprs Ur i on T - T olv l.r-ir.^ "nnietv, KmVhts nf (.nl 'urn: ,- :• 

Place of marriage to your mother ** aT1 '-; l n ' pw M r^n p.'.'.-, ' ' d at e, t _ .~ f ' . ' 

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 Tuoila (i: i ar.a.(\fvnei\ar\?) Koser Current Residence Rockford . Ill 

If dead, da 



'■ (■■■ ,1 - 

te of death 



Place of birth Manila. Philippines Date of birth August ?6. ^"" 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school vocational college x (6yrs) 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1st Secretary Dates "gr lst Rockford. III. Dates -04? - 



Dates 1 QS6-1 965 2nd " ^ Dates_ 



3rd Teaoher Dates - Qqt- 3rd |] Dates 

Religion Rojagj Cathol in 

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

cford Eriunatjor, Assnni at ion . State V. P. -Postal W / ■• '. jajj . . , "■■ t b / i j _ ..?ol ' 
Place of marriage to your father ' ■— ;'~> - , - ' . * e " ~ ^ " ' j* , , ^ 

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



Stepfather 



I f dead, date of death 



Place of birth Date of birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school vocational col lege 

Occupation^) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home] 
1st Dates 1st Dates_ 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


*»th 



3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

Ath Dates *»th Dates 

Rel igion 

Pol i t i cai" part les , civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your mother D ate 

F-2 Stepmother 



Name 












If dead, date of death 








Place of bi rth 
Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 


vocat ional 




Date of bi rth 
col lege 




- 


Occupat ion(s) 




PLACE OF RESIDENCE 




1st Dates 


1st 




(after leaving home) 


Dates 




2nd Dates 


2nd 






Dates 




3rd Dates 


3rd 
soror i t ies , 


etc. 




Dates 




Re 1 i g i on 






Political party, civil or social clubs, 












Place of marriage to your father 






date 







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

Name Russell T. 1,'oeer 

Place of birth ?rj- , "— , Date of birth 1 

Number of years of schooling " ; y, r Occupation " 

Residence Rockford , III. Marital Status ried 

Number of ch i ldren 



Name a ■■.r.ary P. ^o.-er ^ 

Place of birth R. -' ' ' ; , " Date of birth ?,'arch 1 7 , * n " 

Number of years of school Ing ' , , Occupation 

Residence Rockford, 111. Marital Status ~ 
Number of chi ldren 



Name Ruth Ann looser 

Place of birth ...-., " ;, D ate of bi rth \rr:1 < * t ' 

Number of years of schooling 1 . yr? Occupation lent 

Res i dence Rockford, I" ] ,~ Marital Status J R.^" 1 r 

Number of children 



Name 

Place of bi rth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Res i dence Marital Status 

Number of chi ldren 



Name 

Place of bi rth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Res i dence Marital Status 

Number of chi 1 dren 



Name 

Place of birth Date of birth_ 

Number of years of school ing Occupation_ 

Residence Mari tal Status 

Number of chi ldren 



Name 

Place of birth Date' of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status_ 

Number of chi ldren 



Place of birth Date of birth_ 

Number of years of school ing Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of chi ldren 



111. 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 tie Rock Valley College Family History Collection, deposed in the 

Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 

(spy) ?r *s> j j i AjlffytesJu 



Signed _' spMr/ynaAj^ 
Date ____^/jJjA 




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■ '' ' . 1 ' , in. "■ .. ' ■ rlior !• v.-, 

: Lv ] !l' u'.r 1 ]rr\ thi ! ■ 1 h | 

d wi n L t i timer i en . 

■ ; , 1 , -,) her, to Unwn i i . ( ' ■' ' t 1 v whel 

1 ' . no t . '.' rlo T 1 ■ ! Ihcr or nnt i.h^j 

ili oi 'i 'i In , hero , in tin ' . ' . N 

; '. to the time thn I Ton in fc'fjcndnnKrtnnp nan i 

T h; no in ro ma L i on eon ' ' ,' hi; 1 : He- w ' 

oth« •" ir.e. ) 

ia it i ed Ca r i dad A M in 1 IP. 1 i ved 

Man n n til 1947 or 1 940, 

r .^n • n ( s north r» r Wan ila,* ;: '"" ' '' ' 

Irrwent in n Jnpaneno ' [.Titration Camp. ' 
had 'ound out that on- of bin ■ -n ■ wai hoi r ; ienn 

■ - i I he ?h il i pniner.. " i , ' w; ■ taken r" : •"' 

to reci i •• • inl ri ' n -om ii n bou t l.hi 
received none.) :; di( in VrrU of 1948, n ■■• 
••■ co' :: ; ng from the ordeal. 



• • ' 

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p ol \C< l.-.fl 

"■■■'■' , ' ■ : ' • ! 

-•"ic- :r 'ill I'm-' : ■< ■ • 

• ■ 1 1 • '. thr fntn i" 1 ;, ' ; ■ 

■ -.vng '■'.■' .;;■!■•. 

i ' ' ' ',*• i ■ ■• 

nil the .iruslrin ion:;. 

,; i rl 1 i rn Inr, to pi a, 1 ■ ., 

■;..!'',■' ' ' . ■ ' .. . 

Ri : - '}' :■■ rone! : ,', 
.1,; , ( i I ' * , i L i:; pi ny 

play- i : f-;;ii i ; . . 

rind "throw in/:" Lin ■ only LL is play- 

r-lookinp: b( loroin en. The stakes can (tot 
Li is do In po] f . N 



> ■ _ id'inr I. ,„,-.. 

' ■'- was bnrn A : r H ip, 1 000 , into a family i 
The.> »ere decendent? of n royal family in Spain. Her parenl i 
migrated to the Philippines during the Gpanish-Amcricnn 
War, in 1°0R. (They remained in contact with their relatives 
in Spain through letters and travel, (w(.ddini T s and funerals). 

After arriving to thr Inlands th< family settled ' n 
one of the northern provinces called Ilocos T.'orto, ab< it 
5 n P mil en from Manila. There, the family bought 500 ^crc:\ 
of land. ( In the Philippines, owners dn not farm th< lr 
o;\ r n land, instead it is rented out to other families 
which become their tenants. They farm the land and receive 
part of the crop as their payment, thi rest goes* < 

Her father was active in politics, during his life 
in the Islands. He war, first, a governor of one of the 
northern provinces, then a rmyor till his death. 

As an example of their 111;' of wool th-Tho Allono family 
owned the first few pews in the local Catholic Church. 
(This, of course, meant that no one besides them could nit 
in the pews, at any time.) Another example, as men timed 
before, "the family owned 500 acres of land, and in those 
days, in the Philippines, that wan a sizeable amount of land. 
The family, also, had a number of maids. ( The tenants, as 
well , as their sons and daughters served as chauffers, 
laundry-women, cooks, and, also, as escorts (maids) to their 
chil drcn .) 



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I 

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I J.I p | ; ., , i 1 T n-)d 1 

".'•■ rid Y/n i I I ■ ■ ' ■ . } . \ ■ ■ ■ ■ 

■■" ' ■ ' ' ) h ' 1 ' •• -i ' 1 ' ■ 

'lev 1 ] i 

ts till 1 ' - " ' " . 

1 ; . , (( > v a di: - • ■ 11 1 '• V>»vuk/ 

£> Ke. / \u awtcv* Vacv \v\Y\tY\te C£ '• , ■ ■ : 

le of her favor j to . . ■ •■> ' , 

to the movies. And he: fivorite Icinrl 
love tories. Also, by thin time, talking motion 
it. ) 

• Macadanpdangs had 14 children and, unfoi ly, 

not been able to find out all of their names.) 
Caridad (Albano) Macadangdang died November 18, 1970. 
(Her property was left to her 8 remaining children.) 



ily "! ivcd in ' ' ■■ " 

' . : "!.'...■ I , i 

for the ch Lldrcn.o .■ • 1 ' - ,- } for Lhi 
I before, the servants c i i from the ten an I 
that lived and. farmed the ""and they owned.) 

!3< fore W.W.TI, the family followed many trad i I : 
These included, seating for meals-the parents at the head 
of the table and the children seated from oldest to the younge: 
starting with the oldest on the right sde of the father. 
Another custom that the well-to-do practiced^ was the giving 
of a party for a child Lint reaches the age of 1P yr: . This 
is given to *Lntroduce v them into society. Among the other 
traditions followed- the oldest inherits the house when the 
parents are dead. The other children inherit and divide the 
rent of the estate. among themselves. Also, the father takes 
care of the managing of money affairs and the property. ( C 
sons also learn, this*) And tin daughters are reared with the 
belief that they should take care of their aging parents. 
( Gome of these traditions are still followed, today, but not 
all. Tt depends on the family.) 



I^Liil-l H'JL in the Life of the ^iicadnngdang re', n y- 



Tomas Macadangdang was driven to work by the ehauffi . 



Caridad Macadangdang stayed hone. Some"t»«^6> ^ entertain d 
socially. The children were driven to school by*chauffer 

.'. ' ,h ; it Lr maid escorting them and picked u; the . 
n ^ child n n ■• en no t •■ i .■ l;, 3 all owed to g 

y ,:u:; t accoi pan i tlie.ii master:; • I i ' ■ .< ' . N 

ngdan, 1 1 i n i i ■ i P owed t 

in tin i ' : u:u; thc,y witp i 

,.y . / ., . (Tin ly 1 i .veil in town . 

.■ ■ .■ n .cd ou tsid t '■■' is whoi 

as their rvant ai 
i the weekends, lh< "\y v/i ' chun , 

I hey woul d g l< • ticl < m rt on Wan Hal 
U . lledbyyach L : th< Corr i.g ' ' I an! 

just ' ! visit pi ace: ,■ . . emsel '* 

celebj t< .. I.idi ,y ... „ w ild havi 
a b( roast. Th voul l.k i ng ' 

I I . . be Lng Invited. ( ' , in i 

the • ' 3 town « I ' the who] 

e.\ ( it, ;. : ■ other 

Fune i .l_s- 

,1 ies go t funer i . thi i . Lod 

for one year, with everyone veai lng ' • cl 



" » I 

• : ':::''." 

■■ : ' . 

halt i.mo. Chen ■ ■ mi t ion 

:.,'.' ' I 

of till I j . ' ' my 

.v p ' "., i . r ; n ■♦. 
ct in j 1 . ,:..,. 

• ' r hou: ■ , n.'i'cvi r;, ' • : • . oT nc, wa.s des I roy< ' 

• 't.i .- ,, ir f-'iUici ■ - i i I nf I ? concern 1 ra t ' i < 

t ] iverl .in Tl orojs Ilricte, i n . 

i i. bs till inr f: i lied ' ' '. 

and my J mnrried ni 

IVIy i io th< r rcc< i ved 1 s U] pgram :■• i 

l th tad d.i ed the day th; ai Lved ai ■ r/" .-uric] o' 

h -..:■■ . t me< i my - ter ' i ,. or the firnl ti 

ing th I ■ n; i :h aa food • 
But since they, my n -.her':; gran dpnr en ts .lived in 

they . ,i > : I : , [locoi s not touchc ti il u 
■ 



made their way. Island after island was 
recaptured until at last our troops reached 
the Philippines. The Japanese resisted 
until the city of Manila was almost de- 
stroyed, but the Philippines were finally 
freed. 

The surrender of Japan 

The United States fleet, the most pow- 
erful collection of vessels the world had 
ever seen, now prepared to attack Japan. 
Our bombs spread destruction among the 
chief Japanese cities. Two Japanese cities 
were almost wiped out by the atomic 
bomb. The atomic bomb was a powerful 
and terrible new weapon, used for the first 
time in Japan. The proud Japanese sur- 



rendered, and United States forces took 
charge of the country. 

After World War II 

Our troops remained in Japan for many 
years during the period of the great 
changes following the war. The Japanese 
emperor was allowed to remain on his 
throne, but he was no longer believed to 
be divine. The Shinto worship was forbid- 
den as a state religion. 

A constitution like that of the United 
States was written. After a time elections 
were held, and all Japanese citizens, in- 
cluding women, were allowed to vote. 
Japan had started on the road to becom- 
ing a truly democratic nation. 



A QUICK QUIZ 



Words and Terms You Should Know 

atomic bomb J a P an Current Shinto 

A Matching Game 

Number a paper from 1 to 3. After each 
number write the word or term from the list 
above that matches the definition. 

1. The Japanese religion in which spirits, 
the emperor, and heroes who died in 
battle were all objects of worship 

2. A bomb whose explosive power is due 
to the release of atomic energy 

3. The current of water in the Pacific 
Ocean which has a warming effect on 
Japan and many other Pacific lands 

Can You Answer These? 

1. Why do we have a special interest in the 
Pacific islands? 

2. In what ways was Japan influenced by 
China in early times? 

3. What American persuaded Japan to 
open its seaports to foreign trade? 

4. Why did Japan manufacture rayon? 



5. Why is fishing so important in Japan? 

6. Why was the capital of Japan moved 
from Kyoto to Tokyo? 

7. What did Japan gain by joining the 
Allies in World War I? 

8. How did religion play a special part in 
Japanese politics? 

9. Why did Japan want to build an empire? 

10. Why did the Japanese attack the United 
States fleet at Pearl Harbor? 

11. How did the United States help Japan 
after World War II was over? 

12. Name Japan's principal cities. Give one 
important fact about each city. 

Using a Time-Line 

Arrange the following statements in the 
proper order of time: Commodore Perry 
visited Japan; Japan surrendered to the Al- 
lies; Buddhist missionaries visited Japan; 
Japan seized Korea; Japan took over Man- 
churia; Tokyo became the capital city; Japan 
attacked Pearl Harbor; Japan went to war 
with Russia. Then add these dates to your 
time-line. 



451 



>he • '■ ' ''< .■ ungi .-A girl in thi family. 3he, <l , turned 
nut to be the most rel 1 1 ou" . 

An T stated before, her fathi i war; the central I : r ur< 
at home. He did not ask that something be done, he i landi : . 
that it be done. But she didn't always do what he wanted. 
V.'Len she was a small girl, her father wanted tier to take piano 
lessons. She did not want to study piano, though. But, she did. 
( My mother told me that her father literally 'forced' her to 
take them.) However, this was not the only time that she "fourhf 
him. When it came time for her to go to college, she decided 
that she wanted to become a dentist. But she 1 ost ,aga : n . 
(She, now, has a Master's degree in Education.) 

It in a custom that at birth the parents of the child 
arrange for a spouse for the child. (Usually, it 1 s a good 
friend of the family ' s >child . ) And so it war arranged. 
But the i)oy tke^ f»d.«ui i ho t wan to be her husband. died in an 
i i nt, before the marringe. She was then, free Lo n-^r-ry 
■ ■■ she chose . 
' ic ila Mac idm . lang met i ., *nd r>"oser in 101 . 
' ' . n ,':u' ■•■•■ . . ' of civ il ian 

• . ■ - ' n 1 n Lth i 

. d at Fort : K \^ , Ln Phil : ] pin< ... 

w f] 2 yrs. latei by thi Ai y Chaplain, on Lb 



(I mab"! < i • in much inj rmalion abou L .,• r. ) 
' ■• was ' jerman and D>jt< n tries. Her grand- 
parents migrated from Germany to the U.S. (T hav< no idea 
when . N 

3he died in 19?8 when her youngest non, Raymond, (my fathi r N 
was 7 y r:; . old. 

She and her husband had 7 children before sh( died. 



( i was , nl r ■'.■■■ I n f much i 

• i and ' : . - : h . ! uildren . / , ' i 

' 92 . the ch : 1 ' re put i lai 

' on as to why thi s ine, except i 

the r.t of heaU n d : - <' . ) (Tl 

Tat- • taken out < and ra I sed 
■ •• and s Ls te r- : n-1 aw . ) 
: To was a mechanic, by trade. (T haven't nn;/ 



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Th ? i 1 tco .. • ' ! • 1 worth ?,lr, : -c , 

, also, enjoyed listening to such radii 
- rid ly, The WIG Jam Dance, and Grnccy All on and George Bui 

He did n^t enter the service-Army- till after WW II. 
He was drafted, but, was given a 4F rating and was called up, later 
His basic training was at Ft. McClellan, Ala. And he was, later, 
transferred overseas to the Philippines. He was stationed at 
Ft. McKinley, Luzon Is. He was in charge of the Kail service 



for Hi bases in thai a n r\. *'. had und •• his suj et-vir; i i 

:ivilians- Including his ruture bride. ' r " wan in 

c irgi ;' transporting the mail from ships or plam 

Fost Office in the bare. This meant usinR armed pi rsonal- in 

carri ' n .45 cal. revolver, on hi:; person at all t. : 

; , '. times, it was neccr.i try to urn convoy; t( ' i :port thi 

rail- i t usually included ■ ,■• ' I red 

■ as stn t ioned in t for r , 

bott. 

' :/'n i hi si i , \pi-n " ■ , i ^ -I o . 

■ '■ I ' ' I ' • ■ , • ' • : ' Rclvid' 

i, m . , I ■ . 

r i . He ha: ' ed in tl • Posl C ' <• ' ... 

postal cl ( r K , , bu t , now, in the 

.' i. ' s Office. 






':.• y met in tin Fhi1 i '• in ^]f-. T 

ley wen Led . ..-.., me ol 

- i rci me. Oj I 

i them ns their cl . • 

I j . ' matter whether it was pii 

T t v. custom. '. slept in the back of th , 

; • ',,':, ' n d thrj - ' ".''. N (, tl 

' ht have to pi< Y tin m i P uj ti i, at 



. ! 

' .TA-.-V/ , ■ 

y v ' in, 
' t wail t to hear I . I 
• ■ :'■ - r al ■ '. ter she 1 - ! t 
;,'^ \< - md brought iier back.) Th y were married 

(Later, after arriving ir/jie U.S. they wi ■ ' I 
, r :i/i Catholic church-St. ILdwards Church, ber( , '.-. 
Rockford. My mother wanted to be married in a church. The 
first ceremony was done by the Army chaplain.) 



Life of the N.ocr. r Fatnily - 

After the discharge, the Mosers lived with his aunt and uncle 
who raised him, for 2 months. Later, they moved to Rockford, 
111. and settled. He took a factory job, first, infeelvidere, 
then, in Rockford. In the early 1950's, he went to work in the 
Post office, where he still works, today. 

She started out as a secretary and, later, went into 
teaching (having a Bachelor Degree from the Philippines). In 
1956, she accepted a Principal's job njr county school-Harry 
I. p orris-(on the Southwest side of Rockford). The schof ] 
district was later annexed into the city. She, now, teaches 



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MUELLER, VONCILE MARIE TICE, 1954- 



[LEASE USE INK; PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 
FAMILY HISTORY 

tear Contributor to the Kock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studying 
American 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 usei 
iccess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 

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have discussed in your paper have lived. 

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Pacific (Cal., Washj (Hawaii, Alaska) 

5. Please check all occupational categories in which members of your family whom you have 
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Transportation Big Business Manufacturing 
Professions Industrial labor Other > 

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Jews Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

Irish British Native Americans over several generations 
East Asian Other 



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f ami ly members 

Vital Records Land Records The U.S. Census 

Photographs Maps Other 



I I . FAMIL Y DATA 



L. Grandfather (your father's side) 
Name 


Current Residence - 




If dead, date of death ... 






Place of bi rth 


Date of Bi rth 




Education (number of years): 
grade school high school - 


vocational col lege 




Occupat ion(s) 

1st Dates A] 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st 


Dates 


2nd Dates 


2nd 
3rd 
!»th 


Dates 


3rd Dates 


Dates 


^ th Dates 


Dates 


Re 1 i g i on 







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



Place of Marriage to your grandmother 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-l) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Carrie (bti: ) lice Current Residence Kt. 



If dead, date of death 

Place of bi rth Date i 


of 

ior 


birth 1 


Education (number of years): 
grade school high school vocat 

Occupat ion(s) 

1st Dates" 1st 


lal col lege 

PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 


2nd Dates 2nd 


tc, 


- Dates 


3rd Dates 3rd 


Dates 


l»th Dates 4th 


Dates 


Rel igion 




Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, e 


• 


II." YFW. , 




Place of marriage to your grandfather 




DATE 



Note 



l^JtMMhFBaH'a^tta mi%-h a . stepmothe 



r or another relative gi 



A- I Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 



Current Residence 



I f dead, date of death_ 
Place of bi rth 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

kth 



Re I i g i on 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


i»th 



Date of Bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



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



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandmothei 



"3SE 



A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 

Name ^^^^ 

If dead, date of death 

Place of bi rth 



Current Residence 



Date of bi rth 



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



Occupat ion(s) 
1st 

2nd 

3rd 



_Dates 
J)ates_ 
Dates 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd 



Rel igion 



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



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates 



Dates_ 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 



Name 

I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence 



Place of birth 

Education (number of years): 
grade school high school 



Occupat ion(s) 
1st 

2nd i 



Date of bi rth 
vocat ional 



col lege 



Dates 



3rd_ 
4 th 
Rel 



_Dates 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



1 st_ 
_2nd_ 
_3rd_ 

l»th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home' 



_Dates 
Dates 

_Dates_ 
Dates 



! 9 i on 



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

Place of marriage to your grandmother " ' " date ' ' 

Note: If your mother was raised by a sHJU r dl ll U I U l anui ll Bf r feMat l vH (to ag e 1 8f 
give that data on the back of this page (C-l) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 



Name g] 

I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence 



Place of birth - 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupat ion(s) 

1st 



Date of bi rth 



vocat ional 



col lege 



2nd 
3rd 



_Dates 
Dates 



1st 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 



Dates 



_2nd_ 
3rd 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



Re 1 i g i on n 

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

Place of marriage to your grandfathe r , date 

Note: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to age T8T 
give that data on the back of this page (D-2) 



C-l Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 



If dead, date of death 


Dale 
vocat ion.i 




r fliic.it ion (number of y.-.,r.) 
grade school high school 


col lege 


Occupat ion (s) 

1st Dates 


1st 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 


2nd Dates 


2nd 
3rd 
kth 


Dates 


3rd Dates 


Dates 


A th Dates 


Dates 


Re 1 i gion 


fraternities, etc. 




Political parties, civil or social clubs, 






Place of marriage to your grandmother 




date 



D-2 S tepgrandmother (your mother's side) 

Current Residence 



1 f dead, date of death 

Place of bi rth Date of 


bi rth 




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


col lege 


Dates 
Dates 
Dates 


Occupat ion(s) 

1st Dates 1st 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 


2nd Dates 2nd 




3 rd Dates 3rd 




Re 1 i g i on 


Political party, civil or social clubs, 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 , 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of" school ing 

Residence 

Number of ch i ldren 



Name • 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of school ing 



Residence 

Number of children 



Marital Status 



-date 
Occupat i On 



/date 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



Name 

Place of bl rth """" ' date 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status ' 

Number of ch i ldren 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~ 

Number of years of school ing 
Res idence 



Number of chi ldren 



date 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth 



date 



Number of years of schooHng Occupation 

Res i dence Marital Status " 

Number of chi ldren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of ch i ldren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of school ing 
Res idence 



Number of chi ldren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence " 

Number of chi ldren 



date 



Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marl tal Status " 

Number of chi ldren 



Occupation 

Marital Status 



date 
"Occupation 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



_ date 
Occupat ion 



10. Name 

Place of birth ~ 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of C lll l U r tfM 



Occupation 

Marital Status 



CHILDREN of C and D (or C- I , D-l)-your mother's name should a 



N.inif , 



ppear below 



'" '1 



Number of ■/<■„,■. o| schooling — OccuD^FT^r-^-— " 

- . » i- Marital Status 1 = -'^ ' 



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ron 



2. Name r 

P lace of birth 



M ~ ' ' ■• y ■■ , ■ ' - , " date 11 'i 

Number of years or schooling Occupation" 

l**L f ^,;" '■ Marital Status ^ 

Number of children ■* — 



3. Name [> ildr | 

Place of birth ' 



... , . - . . r date 

Number of years of schooling V "gccin^TT 

^ eS : dence f - irn . ZT HaTI^T-Status 

Number of children 



Name 

Place of birth 



date 



«£« of y . ar ->o, ■■clK W ,ln,_' J Occupy 

w, k f — t-TT-i Mar i tal Status 

Number of children " ' — Qu — 



5. Name 

Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling -r-r— 

Residence ■ Occupat.On 



Number of children" ~ MaMtal StatUS - 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~~ — — — 

Number of years ot schooling ~ ~ x d ^ e - 

Residence Occn.wt-.Ar 



Number of chi Td 



I'. Ml 



Man tal Status 



7. Name 

Place of bi rth 



date 



Number of years of schooling ~ 

Residence — _ Occupation 

Number of chi Idren "~* ■ Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth ' ' — — 

Number of years ot schooling ^ 

Residence Occupation 

Number of children " ~ WrTtaT Status " 



date 



9. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years ot school inc 

Res i dence 

Number of chi Idren " ~ Marital Status 



10. Name 

Place of bi rth" 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Occupation 

Number of childr 




Your Father 

Name ■ - _ is . • J __ Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birth .. . Date of birth 

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

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st | Dates ' - 1st . . Dates' 



2nd ., , Dates 1 - ' 2nd . ". is, I] Dates 

__________ _____ ____ ____ _________________ . ______ 

3rd Dates 3rd__ Dates 

*»th Dates Ath . c Dates 



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



Place of marriage to your mother - ______ ', - ^ ate ^ 

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 j j ,- f. y -: ,--..' p t ( rv. >■■ f) ; ' f? Current Residence^ 

If dead, date of death __ 1 -_ — —' — — '-' — ' 



Place of birth _____ Date of birth 



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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1 s t_____i_______ Date ___________ 1-t . 'L, Dates 

2nd strp Dates^ 342-65 2nd . j . ; Dates__ I 



3 rd _______j Dates ' - : - 3rd f Dates 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your father , . ' i _- 

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 
Name 




















1 f dead , date < 

Place of bi rth 

Education (num 

grade school 

Occupation (5) 

1st 


)f 


ilea 


th 










Date of bi rth 




)e r 


of 


years) 


high 
Dates 


school 




vocat ional col lege 




1st 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 




2nd 
3rd 










Dates 
Dates 
Dates 


clubs , 


2nd 

3rd 

*4th 

f ratern 


Dates 




Dates 




4th 

Re 1 i g i on 










Dates 




ties, etc. 




Pol 1 1 1 ca"f part 


es 


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VI I 


or 


soci a 








Place of marriage 


to 


your 


mother 






Date 







F-2 Stepmother 



If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Date of birth_ 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 



Dates 2nd Dates 



3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your father date 



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



Name 



Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling ■ OccupatioTT 



Res i dence MariTTTs 

Number of ch i Idren 



Name , 

Place of birth Date of birth ' 

Number of years of schooling '• Occupation ' i — 

Res i dence - f _ Marital Status ~~~~ 

Number of chi ldren 



• Name ] ; ^ 

Place of birth ^ D ate of birth 

•Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Res i dence ^ , . Marital Status " 

tNumber of children 



Name / " ('.-■- ) - !:•■ '- 

Place of birth \ ~- c - , l Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Res i dence ,, -_, Marital Status ' J_ 

Number of chi ldren 



Name i _^ 

Place of bi rth _ I ~ Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling '' " Occupation 

Res i dence . 7 Marital Status _J 

Number of chi ldren 



Name ' 

Place of bi rth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation" 

Res i dence - j Marital Status '■ 

Number of chi ldren 



Name 

Place of bi rth Date' of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of chi 1 dren 

Name 

Place of bi rth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Res i dence Marital Status 

Number of chi ldren 



111. 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, Illinois 

Signed - ,, ., r,-/. 77/ >/ V '//s .i J 

Date Vz^-^ '■'■>" >/ •-- 



7. 





19 



Starting in 1965 the Tice's hosted an annual family 
campout reunion. Everyone w uld come .ind spend the week- 
end ■. nnping on the "ice's lawn. Or Jund'iy they would h ve 
th< ii n-'nd feast. Jome of thi ; " feasts included a pig 
roast , i pot stew, b.-Tbeecued chicken -nd steks. I 
rour • ev ry ye?>r there 1,1ns a corn boil. Ml Uv n ' ' i- 
. u.l t horou lily enjoy thenselv with voll yl ill, the 

irsi ;hoe tourn y, r.olf, nnd badminton. Everyom ,: ■■■■■ looks 
fow-'vd for this weekend each ve-^r. 



fof:..'p.l 

Upon doing the research for ny family history paper 
I dug up many interesting items which ch^n,n;ed my whole 
view toward the p~per. I did have some problems though. 
Having; only one grand parent livig, I found that material 
was scree. Although my parents were willing to cooperate 
they thought 1 wanted mainly factual data with dates. oo my 
paper lacks their social backround. 

While working with interviews I inquired about rhotos 
and I saw some interesting pictures. My relatives were 
hesitate^bout releasing the photos, so here again ny paper 
is lacking. 

All in all, this paper took a great deal of time and 
effort. Even if I did not state nil that was related to me, 
I now know a great deal more about my parents and grandparents 
and 1 will be able to give ny children a better idea of their 
live s . 

Voncile Muel] 



Archie Powers 

On October 24, 1885, Myron and Nellie Bowers were a- 
nnouncing the birth of their son, Archie. He was born on 
their farm which was located in Hancock County in the state 
of Iowa. Archie's father owned a pretentious farm for that 
peroid of time. One unusual feature was its wash room. This 
room was set aside as a bnthroom which ws only used during 
the nifrht. At other times they used the farm's out house. 
Their f.-rm house also had ■ large kitchen, sitting room, 
parlor, and two bedrooms to complete the douvmstafrs. 
The upstairs consisted of a wash room for clothes and six 
bedrooms. Their main source of water came from a hand pump 
located outside. The family was fortunate to have a hand 
pump in the kitchen which was connected to a cistern. This 
cistern would catch the rain water from the eaves 'n * Ls 
would'supply the family with soft water. Even with the: e 
few luxuries the family was not fortunate to h-ve electricity. 

Pearl, one of Archie's older sisters, married on older 
man, George Strate , at eighteen. They moved to Idaho afttr 
their marriage where they irrigated land and raised potatoes. 
After a short peroid of time they returned to Iowa because 
the work was more then they were used to. They lat< r moved 
to a f*rm in Minnesota where George then died. Archie's 
second sister, Minnie, also became a farmer's wife, ^he 



.' 

■ i c-d Jay Turbc t ->nd 1 ivd i n ,'-iinn< ota . \ \i\.h i , 

\rc) ' s youngest sister, rndu.'i'ed from Coe foil'TC In 

Knlls, Iowa. !he bpcmn a teacher, Juni r i In* L] i] 
and then married George Kraft. \fter riving i irtl I • two 
children, both prematurely, :- 1 r died of a heart ntl t the 
= fe oi thirty-one. Her children t hen wci <? three weeks 
and one ye->r old . 

"rchie's onlv brother, Clarence, was a farmer and 
later hecame a carpenter. Archie left home when ho was 
twenty years old because of a family diagreement. He went 
to live with a relative in Nebraska. <\fter three yenrs, 
he returned to Iowa where he mrt Hazel Ford and later 
married h^r. 



Hazel Thersa (Ford) Rowers 

Hazel Thersa (Ford) Pow> rs ws boi n on May 6, 1394 into 
the John and Mary Ford family. The Ford's lived on a 
small f'Tm on the outskirts of Garner, Iowa, in Hancock 
County. The ^ord family was not to well off, but happy. 

Hazel's oldes' brother, Edward, started work a a 
ban! teller and later boc-me an insurance broker and operat- 
ed a telephone company in Iowa. He lived a typical life of 
an a ''fluent business man until 1930. After which he worked 
in his company tantil its franchise was sold to a bj 
tele-hone company. 

Ray ^ord, Hazel's youngest brother, wis a successive 
farmer. He owned several farms and ..as on the board of 
the bank and local creamery. ft , s a past ti ie , Ray liked to 
perform in Garn-r's minstrel shows. These shows were pre- 
sented by men who sang, danced, and told jokes. 

Hazel had always lived at home until she married 
Archie Bowers on November^, 1912. Although she then moved 
from her home, she still remained around Garner, Iowa. 



" re? and ha; el '•ow.ts 

On November 28, 1912, Archie bowers and Ha ol I d 
were mn ried in Gariier, Iowa. Iheir fir t home wa n n 
farm which they rented from Urchie's parents. His . i rents 
at that time lived in Garner, Iowa. It was on tin. farm 
where four of their five children w< re horn. Durinr u i Ld 
..'•r 1, Archie's parents w- re off^rred a great deal of r ney 
for the farm, so they sold it. The Archie Bowereses then 
noved to a smaller farm which was one-half a section, 320 
acres. They lived h^re until Archie was in his forties 
and then they moved into Garner and Archie became a car- 
penter until Hazel died in 1942. After his wife's deat) , 
he noved to Kockford , Illinois, near his daughters. Here 
Archie v;orked in a dairy as a cheesemaker . 

ft'hile living in the rural area, the nearest town was 
Garn r which had a population of 1 500. The town had 
different stores, lunber yard, cre=mery, and five churches. 
It also had a sanitation and water system. Archie's farm 
had neither. Some of the town's entertainment would in- 
clude medicine shows, Carnivals, circuses, revival meetings, 
and :..instrel shows. In later years the town had /*-!! shows, 
baseball games, and horse races. 

\s a farmer, Archie would rise about 5 a.m. and start 



-■ I i i n the hitrh^n stove with ~orn ; 

he ii cobs would five off nlol of he ' but hi j ■ 
constantly. In win tor he also took enre oi 
heatin.^ stove in the sitting roon . lie would shake i iwn 
the n hes, add h' rd coal, and then take out the ash*-:s 
from under the stove. Every spring, he w uld take the 
heating stove outside to b- denned and painted. When fall 
came around the heating stove was 'hen put back, ^his 
usually was a difficult job to be done. Archie always 
hand milked the cows morning and evening. The milk was 
then separated from the cream and sold. He usually had 
seven to fourteen cows, so the family wns fortunate to 
always have all the milk and cream they needed. The job 
of feeding the cattle, pigs, and horses was always Archie's. 
Archie was a hard worker, but a poor manager of money. 

Hazel was a hard worker, too, but a very good manager. 
V,hen living on the farm, she took great care of her chickens, 
She would t ake the eggs to market and exchange them for 
needed groceries. Sometimes you could fine Hazel talking 
to her old setting hens. Every year Hazel dried apples, 
corn, and pears and stored them in a dry place, 'when 
they wanted to cook them, she w-uld soak the food for a 
long peroid of time and then used them. Hazel and the 
girls would always have the milk separator clean. It had 
to be scalded with boiling water. In the Bowers' s house 
there was always a teakettle of hot water and an old 
granite coffee pot on the stove. Every morning Hazel 



•■• 1 •„'• ■ r>ve th t co fee rol a rood scru! t inc. h ;t * f 
' v -<- y it h^d cofl •• in it . 

'"bo children h'>d th< ir j >hs t > do ■ lso. 
on + '■ rirht end of the stove • ■, n reservoir ' * 1 
filled with ater. "he he-->t from the stove would V rp 
the w>tor hot. This water was used for all el - i it, 
proj' 'ts. Keepinr the reservoir filled war, thr dul d 
the cl Lldren. The water was hand pun pod out Ld< an irht 
in. There was a wind mill on the farm which kept the 1 n k 
filled for the stork. If there wis a day without 
every' ne took turns pumping water to fill the t^nks. • r 
years they had a gasoline motor to keep the tanks filled. 
When the boys were older they also helped Archie wit] I • 
evening milkinps. It seemed as if the family's worl 

never done. 

Hazel loved her children as babies v ut did not really 

onjoy them until they were old ^n^urh to t.^lk. Archie 

s the op^site. he would rock ?>nd sinr to his children 

hy the hour. Archie ri id not. care for the noisy confusion of 

older children. After their children were married, none of 

them ever lived with them, with the exception of one daughter, 

Mildred. She stayed with them while her husband was In the 

service overseas. There wis a period of time when Mildred 

and her first son, Jnck, lived ith them. 

The Howereses, with the exception of Archie, would 

spend 1 ecor^tion Day (Memorial i ay) by traveling into 

Garner to see the parade. Archie would stay home and plow 

till noon. After watchin^ * he parade everyone would then 



ro ' the cemel pry t o hear i h n i rograri. There wns 

LI cian for the main speaker, " f tor the program the 
family w^uld travel to one of the grandparent ' s house Tor 
a picnic dinner. Many relatives from miles around w uld 
come. Archie would set off fire cr.^ck^rs and fire works 
when celebrating the 4 of July. He w^uld never let any 
of the children touch them but he thoroughly enjoyed himself. 
For their Thanksgiving feast, the family would have a gcose 
which Hazel raised. Their grandparents would also share in 
this celebration. Christmas was always spent the same. 
The children never got too rmny gifts but they loved that 
time of ye^r. Their gifts were usually knitted caps, 
scarves, and mittens. The family never had a tree but 
sometimes they would decorate a barrell and all the packages 
were placed init. Weddings during this time were held in the 
homes. The parents felt th^t weddings were not the place 
for youngsters, so children were not allowed to attend. 
After the newly weds were settled in their homes, everyone 
would surprise them sometime during the night with noise 
makers and horns. They would continue with the noise until 
the newly weds would come outside. Usually they were pre- 
pared for the surprise and would have some kind of treat 
for the group. 

Hazel belonged to a Farm Bureau which was for women. 
Through the Bureau she learned new recipes, new methods 
of canning, and new crafts. Cheesemaking and basket weaving 
were a courle of crafts she learned. Both Hazel and Archie 



3 

d t 'i ■• C ) ijn i t v < '] m ■ ' i <\- -..•■••. •> 1 I t I - J s n 
• c( in ire?. They w< uld n< t nc< n month f'i'on 
till i f as time * itart the crops. The clul ul 
•i pot-luck dinner -ml some kind of entertainment. ■- ' 
would usually speak some poetry. In fact Ha e] 1 >\ 
read ^nd would often rend to 'rchie. This was n] ' I 
their entertainment. 

"rchie erne f"om a strict ' ethodist fami] •,•>]'' 
he did not attend church very often he never cbang' 
way of life hecause of/ihis strict mother. Ha7 f, l lev r 
church and she t-iught her children what she could • I n 
they were unable to attend Sunday School. She belonged to 
the Methodist church, but her mother was Catholic and her 
fath« r was Methodist. 

Hazel always thought that education was very i ortant. 
She wanted all her children to rr^duate from high school; 
four of the five children did. If it were possible, 
Hazel w uld have love to see her children graduate Prom 
collie . 

Decisions concerning affairs of the family were always 
discussed by Hazel and Archie. Howevr, the final decisions 
were made by Archie. At times he could be a very stubborn 
man. 

Archie's parents had a great deal to do with their 
oldest daughter's up-bringing. Lola was horn when Archie's 
parents still lived with thorn and thev felt that she was 
thei*- little girl. She would not have been a le to attend 



high school unless she moved in with hor rrand r arent s , 
which she riid. 

Tho first radio which the family owned was in 1928. 
It wis operated by batteries ^nd caused an awful lot of 
squawking, '^he iadio really was not a success with the 
family. The fam^y ne'er owned a television but was 
fortun-te to always have a car. Archie was an auto 
enthusiast and w^uld h->ve spent lots of money on ca-s if 
he had it. 



Carri ■ "■-II ( -tin*- ) "ire 

( n July 1'', 1- l> '-M, Plary Jon tte Jtine ray birth to 
r.Trri" Bell, the youngest of four in the family. 
born • n her parents' farm -nd wis delivered by hi i i nd- 
mother, who was a mid-wif . 

Carrie's parent; rented their farm from her mother's 
parents. It vns 160 acres located four miles east of 
i-'.t . • orris, Illinois, and two miles south o^ I af River, 
Illinois. Her grandparents did not live with the f nlly 
but moved into Mt. Morris, ^he farm house was two stories 
with six rooms downstairs and five rooms upstairs. The 
household never had ^nv servnts. 

r "->rrie was resxionsible f^'. F illing the reservoir on 
the side of the stove with water. The heat from the stove 
would keep the water hot for washing projects, ^he Lso 
rin the washer. This was a tub with a corrugated lining 
made of wood. She w-^uld have to turn the cent or dolly by 
hand =>nd then run th r clothes through two rin^" " , 4 ' . 
The clothes were thei hang to dry. In the winter th< clothes 
were hung in the workshop. "he lye for the soap wa -de 
by pouring water over wood ashes. The lye was then mixed 
with trained grease to produce the washing soap. 

\t the are of six, Carrie started school. She had to 
walk •me-h-'lf mile to h r one-roomed school which contained 
all grades. If it was raining or snowing, Carrie was f aken 



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to school by horses and n lumber wagon or sleigh. n he 
subjects she studied were reading, writing, spelling, history, 
^nth, ^iid grammar. Ihe school wa ; in s> ssion for nine 
months. Each day she h-^d a fifteen minute recess nnd sixty 
minutes for lunch. The pupils were aged as old as thirty, 
'fter taking a standard test at Oregon , Illinois, and passing, 
she graduated from eighth grade. During th>t year, twelve 
pupils graduated. 

later she attended college for two years at f't . f orris. 
Carrie stayed in a dorm and went home on weekends. It was 
here where she met Charles E. Tice. 



Char! ; "nd f'-'Tir "'ice 

n efore marrying Carrie Bell, Charles 3.iv 
parents farm. [lis p-rent.s nv; • im the farm and 
i'it. -rris, Illinois. Charles it that tine hired ■ 
to h'"lp with/£he farming an</ housework until his m-'-ri-r' 1 
on rptembor 3, 1909- Charles and his new bride ma int.- ined 
a f; rm of 1 60 acres. Cnrrie wn<- responsible for H< r. ^, 
ducks, -nd chickens and Charles took care of the cntv.le, 
hoe;s, 'ilk cows, and sheep. 

^he family mover wa: deeply aff cted by the dc; ession 
of w^rs. x hey always grew or butchered what they n< 
Carrie would spend m->ny hours running vegetal Los a m t. 
Char] s's main cone rn wa: t ■ ■ ■ th' t the fa Lly ' 
had food to eat. Once a week Cairie would sell hi i 
and ly food which they could not provide for f > ei 
Charles never made any money off the farm but alway 
even. The income from the farm v; : about $300 and I 
went for taxes and farm maintenance. 

The family celebrated the h J of July by wat< 
the parade in Mt. Morris of attending the Oregon fair. 
During Christmas they rarely had guests, ^'he chil< 
c id not have a tree and recieved few gifts. However, 'hey 
always recieved candy, oranges, rind clothing. Rarely w re 
ther<- any toys. 

The family was lucky enough to have a phonograph, 



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however they never h.nd n radio or television set. 
Carrie ] ived on the form until Charles died. 
moved into Mt . Morris where she presently lives. 



)he then 



•hi Is Tic 



l'< Charles E\ . Tice family rave birth to John 
on i ' v 22, 1915. John had an older si ster, H< len. l'h« 
Tice family lived on n farm two - iles northeast of ' . 
I'.orr i :■ , Illinois. 

John attended a country rr-eir school whir!" av i 
eight to twelve pupils with one teacher. Reading, i.riting, 
arithmetic, health, -i nd history w< re some of the subjects 
he took. !\fter pnss.,ng a state exam, John was con: < cd 
a graduate of the eighth prade. One of John'" first jo 3 
was to beep a fire going in the school house. He wn paid 
50^ a week. Everyday before going to school, John ■ i 
help with the corn ind then walk one-eighth of a m c to 
school. After his graduatioi from eighth grade, he attended 
high school in Mt . Morris. John was on the school's 
basketball and track squads but had to quite because of 
the farm work. In 1936 he graduated in a clar.s of 2 little 
under two hundred. After high school John's father nllowed 
him to continue farming or to find a job. Since John aid 
not care much foi farming he rot a J ob rnt Kable Printing 
Company in Mt. Morris in September 1936. At this time he 
would work five to ten days a ^nth for l>0<t an hour. John 
kept working until March 21, 1%1 when he was draftrd into 
the service. He recieved his basic training at Cam] Roberts 



1 C 



in California ->n<i then was transferred to Camp Jan Iouis 
Obispo in the mcdir.il department also in California. ftt 
this time he w=is m^kinp-, about $30 a "ionth . John th' n 
returned b^ck to Mt . i'orris on a lepve where he married 
Mildred Powers. 



• i Id ' v iol"t (p^ 



• 7 uly 21, 1917 was the birth dote of f'ildrcc Vio^nt, 
daugl f or of !'.? t] find Archie Powers. Because ■ ] e on 
a farrr, she walked three iles to the neare: I c.h I. 
This school was one-roomed and heated by one h' ■< < in ' v< . 
The school's main activity was a basket social. Tl i 
where l.he pupils made baskets and then they were sold. The 
money went for school supplies. T o graduate from ei htl 
grade Mildred traveled to the County seat and took r.n Iowa 
statf exam. After passing the exam she was consider' n 
eighth grade graduate. M the tine of Mildred's n : ' ton 
there were only five pupils left in school, so the I 
closed. Mildred wont to live with her grandparenl in ' rner, 
Iowa, so that she hod the opportunity to attend hi/'l school, 
after the first year Mildred ; ov^d back home and went bnck- 
in-forth to school with a neighbor boy who had a car. Mildred's 
parents paid him for the ride to and from school. Mil* ed 
did not have any ourside activities because she hod to ro 
straight home. Her graduating class consisted of twenty-five 
pupils. Lvery summer during high school Mildred did house- 
work for $2 a week. After her hirh school graduation, she 
movci to Rockford, Illinois, because of the jot s~arcedy in 
Iowa, r>he then worked in a Irince's Ice Cream Castle and 
continued doing housework. At this time she was living with 



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her older sister who was then married. Mildred later r.ot 
3 job through an employment ^r,ency t a restaurant in Mt . 
Morris. This is where she met John L. Ticer and later 
mnrried him. 



Joh n rid Mildred Tic 



■ ft .- r speaking their weddinr vows on September .',', 1941, 
the n wly weds took off for California where John w; 
stationed, Mildred rot n jon In n restaurant foi ■ ' 
money because .John wns only n.nkiru ifi 3 a month. M r r i.he 
war wns declared in 1941, John wns transferred to ''■ land 
of Kami, Hawaii. " t this tine Mildred wns pregnant 
their first child so she moved back to Garner, Iowa, with 
ner j -rents. The only way for John to be a v le to :-• < his new 
son was to apply for 0C3 (Officers Candidate School). This 
would keep John in the United 3t?tes longer. He was accepted 
and ; ' 'nt to Camp Barkley, Texas, where Mildred joined him. 
Finally he was shipped overseas to England for the remainder 
of tin-' way-. After five years of active duty, John was 
discharged from the army. He then joined the reserv s >fter 
which he retired as a Captain. .John also was working at 
Kable Printing Company where he learned the trade of a printer. 

Ipon returning to the states the Tice family build 
a house in Mt . Morris, Illinois. This was where fc-n- other 
children were born. Finally in 1 963 the family moved to a 
ten acre farm north of Mt. Morris. 

Ul the Tice Jiildred graduated from high school and 
two of them from college, ^wo of th< males are presently 
serving in the Air Force. 



NELSON, ANDREA KAY, 1955- 



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FAMILY HISTORY 

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1. Your name Andrea Kay Wfllwnn 

Date of form * (\D H ) 

— 5,-4-74 . -v 

2. Your college: Rock Val ley (.oil eye (ID // ) 

Rockford, Illinois * 

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5. Please check all occupat ional categories in which members of your family whom you have 
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X T ransport at ion X B ig Business X M anufacturing 
Professions . X Industrial labor X O ther 

6. Please check al 1 religious groups to which members of your family whom you have discussed 
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II. FAMILY DATA 

A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name John F. Nelson 

I f dead, date of death Jan. 1 97. 



Current Residence 



Place of birth Oland, Sweden 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 8th high school 



Date of Birth March 19, 1883 



vocat ional 



col lei 



Occupat ion(s) 
1st fishing 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates -)«QY_^Qnn 1 st Stockholm 



2nd farming 



Dates 1897-1900 2nd Rockford, 111. 

3rd furniture worker Dates 1906-1969 3rd San Frandisco 

frth upholsterer 

Religion LutherRn 



Dates 1900- 

2 

Dates 1902- 



Dates 1905- 



Dates 1910-1946 /, t h Rockford 



Dates 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. q y1 - + ^)] n ^ CluT?. Qla nd 



7-24-1909 



C!nr»i ofy , ^f awrfi navi an ffratarni ty.. nf AmPTi pa 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother Rockford II. 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-l) 



Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Nannie. F.rlandsflon 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth 01 and, Sweden 

Education (number of years): 
grade school ftt/h _ high school_ 

Occupat ion (s) 



Current Residence 1216 6th Av< 
Date of birth 6_?q.iR85 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

i«t til j v+ Dates +ii ionn 1st Friedhem Estate Dates 1902 
'St TrnllP-rfl flaught.Pr uaces t.1 1 1 900 lsc — r^- 

2nd domestic Dates 1 900-1 905 2n d Friedhem estate D ates Q 0-05 

3rd domestic 

l»th 



Dates 1 905-1 907 3rd Rockford, II. Dates 

Dates *4th Dates 



R e 1 i g i on Lutheran 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather Rockford II. DATE 7-24-1909 

NOt6: th^Ha'tPS^fh^Ba^'o^tnf? ft e gl%% a . stepmother or another relative give 



A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 



N . i me 

I f dead, date of death_ 

Place of bi rth 



Current Residence 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

i»th 



Re 1 i g i on 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


ktb 



Date of Bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



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



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



date 



A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 

Name 

If dead, date of death 



Place of bi rth 



Education (number of years): 
grade school high school 



Occupat ion(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



Dates 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



Rel igion 



Current Residence 



Date of bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



lst_ 

2nd_ 
3rd 



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



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



ace of marriage to your grandfather 



Grandfather (your mother's side] 

>ron 

8-30-AS 



Name »i n i am s nampr-nn, Current Residence 

If dead, date of death 8-30-/ 



l\ aCe ° f b ; rtn , R""Hhnn^, J! . Date of birth Jan. 21. 190 

Education (number of years): 

grade school fl high school A vocational college 

Occupation(s) p LACE QF RES|0ENCE 

-. _ (after leaving home) 

Tst Spmrit . y Tnn . On . D ^^J320l2l. R .[^ f ^\'^PCfiT3 Xluj/4 Dates /S/'k-fr 

2nd National Inspection Hn .Dates )^H- 15 2 nd Rockford, II. Dates \ C \Q%' 1 

3rd ... ^tes WtMAM 3 rd fert5 1'lTV /VlC D ates ^32 V 

* th __ Dates i, t h CHlg^feO, It Dates ' /935V 

Re,i 9 ion Methodist 



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

Republican El ks Club 
Place of marriage to your grandmother 



■ .uv.<- wi „,ai..ayc iu yuur granamoiner , „ date o ™ 

Note: If your mother was raised by a JTtiftffin%P%l MtftrlgT r B I d L I VB (to a ge 18 ) 8 ~ 3 °- L4 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Elsie L. Liden Current Residence 1418 Rebecca Dr. 

id, date of death 



f dea< 



Place of birth Goteberg. Sweden Date of birth 7-25-1902 

Education (number of years) 



grade school 8 high school 2 vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE 0F RES|DENCE 

, ^ .. (after leaving home) 

,st office cl erk (MechaMc^ tes 1917 1st KflK5fl5 I T V . fn!) D ates f]jj - / 

2nd Security I ns. Co. Dates 1917-24 2 n d t\\\QAbO , X^- Dates /9J5'/ 

3rd Dates___ 3r d UnQ.KJPQjlD Dates 1937- 7 

Re 1 1 9 1 on Lutheran 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfathe r RocKrord, 11. : ,^ flte ft ^ T~oT 

Note: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (tT%ge \S] 
give that data on the back of this page (D-2) 



C-l Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 



Current Residence 



f dead, date of death 



Much ion (number of y<-.,rs) 
grade school hiijh school vocational college 

Occupat ion (s) 

1st 

2nd • 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 


1st 


PLACE 
(after 


OF 
t 


RESIDENCE 
eaving home) 

Dates 


Dates 


2nd 
3rd 

4th 










Dates 


Dates 


Dates 


Dates 


Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



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 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 



3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfathei 



CHItDREN of A t 8 (or A- 1 or B-l) - your father's name should appear below 



« 



Nelson 



Name 

P 1 ace oV k j'r t"h R ckf ord , II . date 5-28-1910 

Number of years of schooling 12 yrs. Occupation pUrcnaSlng Agent Sundstrand 

Residence ?A1 ^ Wyoming Dr. Mari tal TTatus ttSriTetr 

Number 



ce 741 6 Wyoming Dr. 
of children 1 



mttft Carlson 



"*" K .Lftflftfil 

P lace of birth Rockford. II. 
Number of years of school inq 7 



date 



Res i dence 
Number of - c 



£L 



9 12 yrs. 
Minn. Marital 



Occupation 

Status raarrietT 



5-15-1911 

homemukyj 



Name 
Place ol 
Numbe 



fh 



ice Johnson 



of Mrth Rockford. II. 
r of years or school ing 1 
Res I dence 218 Hollister AveT 
Number of ch i ldren 2 



2 yrs, 



date 11-2-13 
Occupation lioiuyiuakuj 



Marital Status marrtHtf- 



Name John Nelson 

Place of birth Rockford , "IT 
Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 

Number of chi ldren 



date 1920-1921 (^deceased) 

Occupation 
Marital Status 



Ilarice Nelson 



Name ciai 
Place of birth Rockford, "IT 
Number of years of schooHngTo^ 
Res i dence 1216 6th Ave. 
Number of chi ldren 



-¥* 



date 7-25-1916 

Occupation Retired Rockford Health Dpt< 



Marital Status single 



?Z e oHHW mm*; 11, 



Number of years of schooling 1? vrs . 



Tate 9-10-1922 



Residence 

Number of chi ldren 



Jccupation homemaker 



m 



4 ?7t.h St,. 



XL 



Name C. Burton Nelson 
Place of bi rth_ 
Number of years o 
Residence 



SiSKffl 



11^ 



°g is 



M w>uenc ! L ,U1R Rphprra J)r, 
Number of ch 1 ldren p 



Marital Status married 



date 6-29-1926 



• Occupation Comr. ill. Commerce Com m. 
Marital Status married" 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 



Number of chi ldren 



date 



"Occupation 



Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 



Number of chi ldren 



10. Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of school ing 
Residence 



Number of l lll Hl r « r 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupat ion 



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



N.imr William S. Ca meron 
fi.„r ,,f i,i, if, RocE Tord, 11. 
Number ol years of school inq 

Res i dencc " 

Number of ch i ldren Z 



-44. 



Namc Nancy C. Nelson 

P 1 ace of birth 



Number of years oTsdTooTiriq 



II 



Residence 1418 Rebecca "Trr; L2_ 



Number of ch i ldren 



Marital Status 



- '' ' l r 2.-3 0-192'5-(dwGBaae d ) 

Occupat i on A ir ggrce 



da te 4-28-1928 



ccupat i on homemaker 



MaTTTaT Status married 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res idence 

Number of ch i I dren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of" school ing 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i ldren 



Name 

P lace of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res idence 



Number of ch i ldren 



Name 

P lace of bi rth 



Number of years of school ing 
Res i dence 



Number of ch i Tdren 



Name 

P l ace of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of ch i ldren ' ~ 



Name 

Place of bi rth " 

Number of years ot schooling 

Residence 

Number of ch i ldren ' 



Name 

Place of bi rth ' 

Number of years of" schooling 

Residence 

Number of ch i ldren " 



Marital Stati 



date 

Jccupat i on 



date 

Occupation 



Marital Statu! 



date 



Occupat i on 



Marital Status 



Man tal Stati 



Occupation 



Occupation 

Marital Status 



_ date 

Occupat ic 



Mari tal Status 



date 

Occupat ion 



Marital Status 



Place of bi rth " 

Number of years of school inc 
Res idence 

Numb e'" of children ' 



Marital Status 



Your Father 



Name r> Tm-rt^p Npl gon Current Residence 1418 Rebecca Dr. 

I f dead, date of death "" 

Place of birth p r vf nT , H tj Date of birth 6-29-1926 



Education (number of years) 
grade school 8 nigh school 4 vocational college 6 

Occupation(s) PLAC E OF RESIDENCE 

<- ,n . / ■, r. (after leaving home) , 

1st QUMPS-mP/^ Dates i lC )5^ -6/, U- L ) 1st \Xl C i /.■''' i^vr. D ates h %• ~ ? 

2nd GAlCFJZ , PlPl Dates ,'96/-^ 2nd /f^/j ,yfj£cc/) iV Dates /95V' ? 

3rd P/7) Gflrn&iu£ Dates fi^g 3rd Dates 

frth ILL C6<n^lem, A;yD. D ates j%^- 7 fr th Dates 

Religion LUr^/dp^i 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. K^P^Qi-lC fl/^ , V H I BET/4 

■ ■ lia pga , . •" " 

Place of marriage to your mother K^y-fy ,V.l , Tl d ate .yo^cn 

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 Nancy C. Nelson Current Residence 1418 Rebecca Dr. 

If dead, date of death 

Place of birth Rock^ord. TJ, Date of birth A .? ft _ 1Q p ft 

Education (number of years) 
grade school 8 high school 4, vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
I s t cashi er- theater Dates 1942-4l22 9st 122Q 6th Avp. Dates ioc;n_c:>| 

2nd clerk-drugstore Da tes 1944-46 2nd /^ ?iL6£CC/-7 W . D ates /<j5</ - \ 
3rd G. Rogers Clark Infl ates 1946 3rd Dates 



Re l i g i on Methodist 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Republican $ AmsT-i nan n.nn+.ya, 

Bridge League 

Place of marriage to your father Rockford. 111. _ d ate 4._pf^_i qc;q 

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



E-l Stepfather 



Name 



If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Date of birth 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


*»th 



3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

^th Dates _ *»th Dates 

Re 1 i g i on 

Pol i t i ca"f part les , civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your mother Date 



F-2 Stepmother 

Name 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Date of b i r t h 

Educa t i on (number of years) 
grade school high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 

3rd^ Dates 3rd Dates 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of" marriage to your father " ~~~ date 



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

Name Andrea k. Nelson 

Place or birth Rockrfora, 11. Date of birth 3-29-1955 

Number of years or schoolin g l3 Occupation student " 

Res.dence 14I8 Rebecca Dr. Marital §T?tus single 

Number of children ~ ■ ■ 



Name John C. Nelson 

Place of birth KockforQ, 11. Dat e of birth 3-15-1957 

Number of years of schooling I I Occupation — student 

Residence 1418 Rebecca Dr. Marital Status single 

Number of children 



Name 



Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Res I dence Marital Status " 

Number of children 



Name 

Place of birth Dat e of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Res i dence Marital Status " 

Number of ch i 1 dren " 



Name 

Place of birth DaTe of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status " 

Number of children 



: Name ^ 

Place of birth ~Jfe te of birth_ 

•Number of years of school ing Occupation 

[Residence Marital Status * 

'Number of ch i ldren 



I Name 

Place of birth DaTe of birth 

'Number of years of schooling Occupation 

'Residence Marital Status" 

'Number of ch i ldren 

Name 

Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of ch i ldren 



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 Collection, deposited in the 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 



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NEWCOMB, RICHARD SCOTT, 1958- 



LEASE TYPE: PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 
AMILY HISTORY. 



ear Contributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and 
thers studying American families, we are asking you to fill out the forms 
elow. This will take you only a few minutes, and will be easily made over 
nto an index which will permit archive users ready access to just those 
inds of family histories needed. 



SURVEY 



1. Yo 



ur name J)|J< ^W^J? 



Date of fori 
2. Your college 



tL /?77 



Rock Valley College 
Rockford, Illinois 



Office Use Code 

(ID // ) 

(ID // ) 



3. 



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 Xf 1800-1850 
1900 or later 



Please check all 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 . ) Middle Atlantic (N .Y . ,Penna . , N.J. 

Va.) South Atlantic(Ga. ,Fla. ,N.C . ,S .C .) East South Central 

(La. ,Miss . ,Ala. ,Tenn,Ky .) _j Wast South Central (Ark . ,N .M . ,Tex ., Ok . ) 

^ East North Central (Mich ., Ohio , Ind . ) Pacif ic (Cal . , Wash . ) 

(Hawaii, Alaska) _X- (111. , Wise.,) _X fii<rs*i 4of* 

Please check all occupational categories in which members of your 
family whom- you have discussed in this paper have found themselves. 



X Farming 
X T ransportation 
Professions 



Mining 

Big Business 

Industrial Labor 



Shopkeeping or small business 

Manufacturing 

Other 



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

V Roman Catholic Jewish /\ Presbyterian Methodist 

Baptist Episcopalian Congregational y, Lutheran 

Quaker _ Mormon Other Protestant Other (name) 



What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 

Swedish X Other Scandinavian X German French 

~Blacks Indiana Mexicans Puerto Ricans Eastern Europe 

Jews _ Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

^ I rish British Native Americans over several generations 

East Asian Other(Name) 

What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

X Interviews with other _ Family Bibles Family Genealogies 

family members Land Records The U.S. Census 

A Vital Records 
Photographs Maps Other 



FAMILY DATA 

A. Grandfather (your father's side ) 

Name /fa^/ln M:^oC*/vb "Current Residence 



ate of birth Sgpf 10 ll0'7 
ate of death / °i <c ■;"" 



Place of birth K*^W C>H'- 



Date of death ' / *}fc.r Place of burial UMvi^jO^ ; X 

Edncation(number of years); 

grade school % high school vocational - College 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st *Uo OTc^fr^ Dates l^-'.'U^ 1st H,^U,.fl f t t'\ Da tes 

2nd_JW Dates lU-V - I^W 2nd C^J fl^-L Dates 

3rd fA)Ci fowj.'^sr Dates H/4"»^i 3rd .D&e/U.e^ ^ (> Dates 

4th <WAs rokwrAq Dates i^"-!n? 4th G^ )t /^ ^ *■'■ Dates 

Religion ( A^"ko 1 > i 

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



T)gwvcCK.Aivc m 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother U^^w^tV. date fu h awia^ 

NOTE: If your father was raised (to age tl3)~by'a stepfather or another 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-l) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Sa.^j* A*-Q Current Residence f^ftyfcU X\\ 

Date of hiri-h ^^ K07 Place of birth £v,elX fVn^tft 

Date of H Pa th Place of burial _ _ 

Education (number of years) : , 

grade *rhnnl ft high, school ^ vocational _ 

college^ 

t v PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

0ccupat 1O n( S ) (after leaving home) 

Ut fr^.P Dates 2U.^r Is t £,e |,^L fl /k„. Dates J 

7nH <»„1 .Mtt. Dates' 2nd \A^ ll'^ Dates 

3rd Dates 3rd f-l^i'4 Ptf,^ .Dates 

4th Dates 4 th f«W/1'&. Dates 

»»Hp<n" / .f^-t-^A, A. 

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

- pia!>:£ c £ri; ^^ 

— slxs -i^^i:f^2t^: t r:n-L b L: k -f p thir;a- 

(A-2) . 



A- 2 Stepgrandf ather (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 1 e g e 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Religion 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



_lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd_ 

4th 



vocational 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Political parti< 



civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandmother_ 
S tepgrandmother (your father's side) 



date 



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) : 

grade school high school 

college 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



vocational 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

Dates 



Religion 



Political party, civil or social club: 



sororities 



Dates 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name ^A^m^oa^ P^A .NLnOk 

Date of birth j ,iJjk\ \o>k 1^ <cL > 
Date of death 



lurrent Residence K\M fol^H t ^ 



Place of birth 



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Place of burial 



Education (number of years) : 
grade school ff high school_ 



vocational 



college 



Occupation (s) 

ist r.jtfc*. y^^.-cK. 

2nd ^W^ tiWv-<^ 
3rd /Viv^o ii4-.s> Li^ 
4 th 



Dates 



\ll> 1st 
I* 2nd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
/>?» /u-^Ov 1 r< U\ Dates 



Da tesjj^J. 

Dates J'i^-' c nC> 3rd ,Clj.~. 
Dates 4th ^ -^ £?< 



iii 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion L-xAJkV^ 



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

Kgput, JtCAK . _ . jr- — — - — — =- 

Place of marriage to your grandmother ^;f,^,..Uf , W'^ date Q<* z ^ L±*J- 

NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepfather or another relative (to 
age 18) give that data on the back of this page (C-l), 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

N». f„A, r nW4'Lu S/Uf^f/r.g Current Residence #we/v fon.^ ^U > 

Date of birth dc\ . £ 1 j /f'3 



Date of death 



Place of birth fl\\ \^*vka> , U' 
Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 
grade school % high school 

Occupation(s) 



vocational 



college_ 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
lst (A^& U c C.^^H Dates /'? H - j ^ J 1st *y,l t .,»^. M y^Dates 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



2nd 


L)av/s*- 


\*)\t 


Dates 


3rd 


fic'i. 


i 


Dates 




J i 







4th /t.^. r-oti.* Cl\ Dates 



Religion L p-ykf ,^AK 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororitie; 



lace of' marriage to your grandfather. 



{y]\\^wV <^ ^ U*/,f . 



Date qU Zf I Tat 



NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to 
»&< - '"8* g*W tf*W*6****»^ow tKe back of this page (D-2) 



C-2 S tepgrandf ather (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence. 

Place of birth 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 

Occupation (s ) 



1st. 
2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



Dates 
Da tes_ 
Dates. 
Dates 



Place of burial 



voca t ional 



college. 



1st. 
2nd. 
3rd. 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



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 tepgrandmo ther (your mother's side) 

Name 

Date of birth 

Date of death 



Date 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school. 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates. 
Dates. 
Dates. 
Dates 



Current Residence 
Place of bir^ih 



Place of burial 



voca tional 



college 



2nd. 
.3rd. 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfathe] 



CHI 
1. 



LDREN of A & B (or A-2 or B-2) - your father's name should appear below 
Name JVnt'gJ Hftnjiv. /v^'^'A 



Place of birth U,^W& fo&K 
Number of years ' of schoolin) 



date /Wi! i0 , 1^*° 



JS y^ -l 



Residence ^ JcJtortA T.U Marital Status I^W^t 
Number of children ^ Death 



Occupation f{ ■ no ^ a ( 



Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence MaritalStatus 



Occupation 



Number of children 



Death 



Place of birth 

Number of years of 
Res idence 



Number of children 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



Death 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling_ 
Residence 



Occupation 



Number of children 



Marital Statu; 
death 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling_ 



date 



Residence 



Number of children 



Marital Status_ 
Death 



Occupation 



Name 

Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling_ 
Residence 



Occupation 



Number of children 



Marital Status 
death 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling 
Residence 



Number of children 



date 



Marital Status_ 
death 



Occupation 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling^ 

Residence __ 

Number of children 



date 



Marital Status 
death 



Occupation 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of s chooling 

Residence Marital Status_ 

Number of children . death_ 



Occupation 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling_ 

Residenc e __ 

Number of children 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



death 



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



Name -U \A, 



Cl 



Place of hi-rMi fl;.|. r .yw^- W^" datel^_l< j? 3 l 

Number of years ' of schooling j L , Occupation If^oke*. 

ggc-tHpnrP. if( r A Vi» XVV Marital Status jrt ftSRte U 



Number of children 



death 



Nam p. l'w f C,, CAt'-A .^ 
Place of b/lrth U&....V 



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date_ 
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Number of years of schooling_ 

RpsiriP.nr.e fla/ ^Uw .til Marital Status ^A^ej 

Number of children ' ,1 death 



Occupatio n Te ,0 <lAe n 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling. 
Residence 



Occupatio n_ 



Number of children_ 



Marital Status 
death 



Name_ _____ — 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 
Residence 



Number of children. 



Marital Status 
death 



Occupation 



Name 

Place of birth. 



Number of years of schooling. 

Res idence . 

Number of children 



Occupation, 



Marital Status 
death 



Name____ 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status, 



Number of children 



death 



Occupation 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling. 
Residence 



Occupation, 



Number of children. 



Marital Status, 
death 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schoolinj 

Residence 

Number of children 



Occupation 



Marital Status 
death 



Place of birth _date 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of childrenj 



Occupation 



death 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schoolinj 
Residence 



date 



Occupation, 



Number of children 



Marital Status, 
death 



Your Father 

Name Da^iC-I VWu^ ^.u/Q>Aj Current Residence |6cK V ■"■<.' 

Date of birth p **)A 30 h ?><) 

Date of Death 

Education (number of years) 



_Place of bitth U.LLI a.& Pt U\ - 
Place of burial_ 



grade school 
Occupation(s) 
1st ^AacK 



high " school L J_ vocational 



;ollege \Q 



2nd CA fUyw-'-V 
3rd TftKP', -- < r^- 1 
4th 



Dates mO -HH-j 

Dates l'iH3 

Date s LOg 



1st 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

jycj^v^ ,T.)\ Dates 



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Dates ^' 41 



2nd (7,f»&* r^u ^ 
_3 r d_JU^J_—Iil-- 
4 th l.-„^.J? - f// 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Religion JLu>"H-\,efCAK 



Religion JL^tKejlAtt 

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

fc'efrubl.cja^ _ -— — 

Place of marriage to your mother g. ,ov ^o-^i*- |t-U date ^jy — Q LJ LjJ_^_ 



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

Your Mother 



Name If) ,A^tt Jp A^ Sik*P*C 



Date of birth | J ,.ii, (o' H J i 

Date of death_ . — 

Education (number of years) 

grade school X highrschool. 

Occupation(s) 

1g f f'UuUK CCzW Dates i_l4i 



_Current Residence Xo <-*' hr'™- :<- ' .1 

_Place of birth p\)lU"to , Ut-<- 
_Place of buria 1 



vocational 



_college 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Iqi- "[Wcs^H ^1' - Dates, 



2nd UoS^g^ Ad- Aifel?<?^ 
3rH LlLS" a C«.c< u^-^1 



Dates JUC (jOj 2nd_"VAK^ OK, XjVDate, 

•jilt. Date: 



Dates I W7 



3rd Kogj^c 



tth Trjt>6.Mt^ 



__»*«-»* f^H- ^7- 4th /,^-^- g : Dates. 



Religion J^vH~~&R&"r\ 
Political party, civil or 



social clubs, sororities, etc.. 



,^V iii//JK.fiK 



Place of mai/riage to your f ather_j ft7/<*. fi* 



date TwKg, Z"7 L 



f you were raised by a step-other or aaother relative give that data 
on the hack of this page (F-2). 



E-2 Stepfather 
Name 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college 



_ lst _ 
2nd_ 

.3rd_ 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n 

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



Place of marriage to your mother_ 
F-2 Stepmother 
Name 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd_ 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 



2nd_ 

_ 3rd _ 
4th 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Religion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your father_ 



date 



CHILDREN OF E AND F (or E-2.F-2) -YOUR NAME SHOULD APPEAR BELOW 



Name JMvxi-gA 5^ v€iK ' M^^P^ 



Place of birth (VK frUL -ClA 
Number of years of schooling 

Residence ^UJlgo'/Jil %>j\ Marital Status 

Number of children death 



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Date of birth_ 
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Name $icKAl?J- Soft 1 ! Ale^»4) 

Place of birth flan. fWX jul Date of birth Pl^ Z7 lift 

Number of years of schooling /J Occupation f^-^itJ^ 



Residence Qf.J<ii^k TAA 
Number of children 



Marital Status 
death 



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Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 



Occupation 



Number of children 



death 



Name 

Place of birth 



Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Occupation 



Place of birth 



Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 



Occupation 



Number of children 



death 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling_ 



Date of birth 



Occupation 



Residenc e 

Number of children 



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death 



Place of birth 



Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status_ 

Number of children death 



Occupation 



Name 

Place of birth 



Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Occupation 



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 
I llinois 



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3IBLI00HAPHY 



Interviews: Raymond E. Storck 

Evelyn (Sohroeder) Storck 
Salir'a (Aro) Newcomb 
Dan Newcornb 
Diane (Storok) Newoomb 



To All Interested In Tracing Back Their Pamily History 

I believe this has been one of the most enjoyable projects 
I have ever done. Hopefully you too will take time to enjoy 
the tracing back of your family tree, allot plenty of time 
for the project, and don*t rush through any part of it. You'll 
find it a very enjoyable experience. If you interview any 
relatives, tape record their answers to the questions. By doing 
this, you can have very accurate notes to write your paper from. 
Also, you will always have their exact answers and voioe to 
pass on down to your family. Look at this paper as being 
fun to write, and it can become an entertaining experience. 



Good luck, 



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Fraternal Crrsi&i: Grand father 
Victor Aro 1872-3.957 



Victor was bom la Finland In 16?2. He traveled as 
a young boy to America with hie parents and settled ir. 
Zla, Minnesota. Victor Married Farie Hylly-Kangas when he 
was at the age of twenty-eight. They had happiness lil 
their Finnish communjty. 






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Maternal Great Grandmother 
Marie Wyliy-Knlgas X888*l9fc< 



Marie Mylly Kansas was born in 1382 in Finland, Her 
parents moved to this country before she was four y«ars of 
asre. Tbe family settled in Zim, Minnesota, a Finnisn comm. 
unity. She ha^ Jmewn Victor Arc for many years when she 
married him in 1900« 






Prat err.:.*! Gr eat Grand Parents 
Tietor and rferi*-. are 

The Arcs were married la 1900 arid! their wedding Mas a 
faataetie celebration. The aelebratioa lasted for about 
three days. Everyone in the Finnish eoasasilty Mas involved. 

After the meirriage , Viator went to work to the iron- 
era nines. Ha hod beer, working iii the iron-ore mines since 
the age of fifteen. He would ahovei large ohunkl of iron 
ore into large trucks. Then it would be taken away to the 
smelt tog pots. 

Marie had a job working in a clothing factory, twenty 
miles from Zim„ -The .job was short lived &3 she became 
pregnant and had her first of nine children. 

Victor, after working many years in the iron-ore mine, 
had to quit because of congestion in his lungs. He became 
a farmer on unclaimed 'J and wnich he staked out in the wilder- 
ness of northern Minnesota. In the winter, he feaeame a log- 
ger cutting down threes on rented land, and fragging them 
to the St. Louis FJver where he was then paid for the logs. 

The faaily lived in a four room leg eabln until 1911 
when they move-d to Ft jerg^r home. The larger heme gave every- 
body their eon room. They M ora still a peer Finnish family 
even though they hod moved tc the auoh tanroved heme. 

All of the money they received went for food and clothing. 
They actually saw very little of the money, as muoh of the 
crops were traded for go-*'- rr.ftc; t.hr.s, no tvrr over of actual 



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Maris (.Vtylly Kar.gas) Arc died In 19^2. 

Victor Arc died in 1957, leaving his tun to his e It' eat 
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Prat ernai Grand fat her* 
Harry I T • wom b 1907-1965 



Harry Newconb was born or September 9, 1907 in 
Kenton, Ohio. He was the only child of Harry E. and Mary 
(Dugan) ^ev/cowb. When Harry was only two years old , his 
father died of a lung disease. 

Harry lived with his mother alone until 1916 when she 
remarried. Her new husband was a rivetor. Unfortunately, 
in 191", he fell from a thirty story building that he was 
working on, and was killed. 

Harry's mother remarried again for the th**d time 
when he was thirteen years old. His mother married an 
auto mechanic who gave Harry a job when he was fourteen. 
he worked in the auto garage with his step-father until 
1924. 

When Harry was seventeen, he joined the Army. He was 
very interested in sports, and here played football with 
the Army. It was during bis Army days that he went one 
evening to a dance. Here at the dance, he met (Betty) a 
nickname for Faima >\ro. They were married later that vear, 






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Fraternal Grandmother 
Saima Aro 1907-19 






Saima Aro was born on September 4, 1907, in Zim, 
Minnesota. She was born in a four room log cabin to Victor 
and Maria Aro. 

Saima was raised in a poor family. She helped around 
the house and farm on those hours of her life when she was 
not attending school. living on a farm there was always 
work to be done. The work was important, but school was the 
number one priority for the children, and most of all to 
Saima. 

When Saima was at home, she spoke Finnish. Her father 
could speak English to a degree, but Finnish is the language 
he spoke fluently. Thus, Finnish was the language spoken 
in the home by all the children. Her mother never learned 
to speak English, because they lived in a Finnish community 
where everyone spoke Finnish so it wasn't necessary to learn 
the language of the land, English. 

Saima Aro went to a one room school house that taugrht 
wight grades. She had three in her grade. Her teacher was 
Leary Osborne. The school was a building that contained only 
the one room and had a wood burning stove for heat. Her 
responsibility for several years was to come early in the 



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morning to start the fire in the stove that was to be 
kindled all day long, as Minneasota's Winters were and 
are very severe. She graduated from eighth grade in 1920 
with three other children graduating. 

She attended Evelith High School for the next four 
years. However life was not easy and carefree at this 
time in her life. While at school, she lived at a home 
where she worked as a maid for her room and board. /Vlso, 
she had to do many chores around the house. She graduated, 
from high school in 1?2^- with 104- people in her class and 
also with high scholastic achievement. 

Staae was planning to go on to business college, when 
she met Harry Newcomb. ^here meeting came about at a 
dance. Harry was a private in the Army at the time. Ten 
months later, she was Prs. Harry Newcomb. 



Prat ern&l Crane' 1 parents 
Harry and Saima ( \rc ) fiewcomb) 



After getting out. of the Army In 1925, HMWJ became a 
semi -prof f ess ional football player. He played In Soldier's 

Field many tires, arc traveled as far away as New Jersey. 

He soon retired from football and started a taxi busi- 
ness. He kept this job for about five years, labile being 
In the taxi business, Saima became pregnant. They had their 
only rcr, borr- or April 30, 1930, and they named him Daniel 
►'arry Fewcomb. 

The Depression was starting to ilg into American's 
pockets at this time, and the tax2 company folded. He soon 
founr^ another job in Grant, Michigan with the Forth Shore 
Gas Company. 

c air-a bep-ar working as a live-in maid. Because the times 
were go tou.^rh, little Danny was sent to live with his mater- 
nal p-rand r.arents in Zim, "inneasota. Danny lived there until 
he was five years old. Here he learned to speak Finnish fluently, 

In 1*35 1 the "'ewcombs opened up one of the first drive- 
in restaarant in the county. It was a very prosperous busi- 
ness untill the Second World '.'ar. '.'hen the war came, ;ras 
became rationed, thus, no one could drive anywhere that was 
ary distance. Because of this situation, the restaurant had 
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Harry moved his family to Detroit, Michigan, where he 
worked as a brazier in a steel factory. He disliked the 
Job and quit. He moved his family to Highland, Park, Illinois. 

Harry worked as a cc-ordinatcr on the North Shore Rail- 
road for nearly a year when he finally found the job he al- 
ways wanted. He loved working on mechanical devices. He get 
a Job with the Deep Freeze Company. 

Harry worked for Deep Freeze as a delivery man and more 
important, a repairman. He kept this job for twelve years 
before the company went bankrupt . During this time, they 
moved to Grayslake, Illinois. They made this meve in 1958. 

After being layed-off , he found a jot as a security 
ground. He worked for this company for about sia months 
when he quit and got a job with the Illinois Toliway. 

Harry worked for the Tollv;ay about three years when 
he became very ill with heart prablssft. he died of heari; 
failure in 1965 . 

Saima got a job at tne Skokie Valley Hospital an the 
main dietician to the SnMk Shop* She still works there 
today. Also, Ss-ima 12, still living in Grays lake, Illinois 



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Father 
Daniel Harry Newoomb 1930-19- 



Daniel Harry Newcomb wa& born on April 30, 1930. He 
is the only child cf Harry and Saima Newcomb. 

Dan was born at the beginning of the Depression in 
Highland Park, Illinois. When he was two years old, his 
parents sent him up to Zim, Minnesota to live on Saima's 
parents farm. He could speak both Finnish and English at 
the age of five years old. He went to a one room school 
house that held all eight grades for his first year of 
school. 

When he was five years old, his grandparents put him 
on a train with a nametag pinned to his hhirt and this 
information told where to let him off the train. The trip 
was over five hundred miles to Deerfield, Illinois. This 
is where his father was living. His mother at this time worked 
as a live in maid in Highland Park. 

He always got up in the morning, cooked all his meals, 
got dressed and off to school by himself as his parents 
weren't around. He did this for grades one through eight, 
or from ages six to thirteen. 

Whon he was seven years old, his parents sent him to 
live with another family in Highland Park. When he was eight, 
he moved back with his parents. 



When he was ten years old, he began his first Job. He 
worked as a caddy at a nearby Country Club. 

His parents owned a restaurant in 19^1 and Dan worked as a 
ohef and busboY. Dan worked there In the summer and after 
school . 

He attended a small school in Wauke<sa£, Illinois. The 
school was a four room school house with combined grades in 
each room. He went to the school in Waukegan for only six 
month before his parents moved to Detroit, Michigan. 

Dan went to a larger inner city Jr. High School in 
Detroit. There he had a hard time adjusting to the large 
population of children and a hard time adjusting to their 
actions. He was more of a country boy and it was the first 
time he ever saw a black person. 

During the summer of 19*5-2, he worked on an asparagus 
farm. He weeded around the plants and helped harvest the 
crop latein the season. 

His parents went back to Illinois and Dan stayed with 
his Aunt for almost wight months. He moved back to Highland 
Park, Illinois when he was thirteen. He lived with his father 
in a two room apartment during the school year. 

In the summer, he traveled to Minnesota to help his 
uncle cut the pulpwood. He did this Just for room and board. 

When Dan turned fourteen, he moved back to Highland 



Park, Illinois and went to high school there. In the summer 
of his freshman year, he again *:orked as a caddy. 

In the late summer of 19^1, he got a Job digging graves. 
The work was boring, l^w paying and horrible. 

In 19^5 v he worked in the pro-shop. He was happy to see 
many professional baseball players at the course and even met 
Hob Hope. 

His Junior year of high school, he had twc jobs in the 
summer. The first was working in a car wash, washing the cars 
by hand. The second was working in a grave yard doing odds 
and ends. He raked leaves, mowed the lawn and then threw 
away the old flowers. 

In 19^ p , hegraduated from Highland Park High School, and 
made his plans to attend Milllkin University, Decatur, Illinois. 

In the summer of 19^5, he worked in a Tanelum factory in 
North Chioago. His job included taking the crushed, then 
pulverized Tanelum and separate it from the inpurities by using 
acid. 

After his freshman year of college, he began a job in 
a brick factory. Starting next to "coke" dryers and taking 
eight pound bricks off one conveyor and on to another. He had 
to take two bricks off about every four seconds, ten hours a 
day, with only five minutes an hour break. By standing next 
to the "coke" dryer for so long, ha6 permanently hurt his 
lungs. 



During his sophmore school year, he held two jobs. On 
week-nights, he worked In Sam Lobes Mens Wear and on week- 
ends, he painted the ceilings of a factory. He did not 
appreciate the height of three storAee on a scaffold. 

In the summer after his sophmore year in 1950, he worked 
for Deep Freeze. He worked in a crew grinding off burs on 
metal strips that fit on the refrigerators. While working 
at this Job, he saw a man feet his arm cut off by sheet metal. 
Also, the man working next to D^n was killed when a chunk of 
metal drove itself through the man's chest. 

During his Jonior school year, he worked as the business 
i^an^er for the yearbook and made 20# or every ad he sold. 
during hie college years, he also became president of his 
fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon. He was president of his 
service fraternity also, He was rrany times secretary and 
treasure also. Hi3 activites were very numerous in college. 

Dan graduated in 1952 and started work as the Assistant 
Advertizes for Deep Freeze. After working there for six weeks, 
he was drafted into the array. 

While in boot camp, Dan slept in the bunk above Bob 
Newhart. After bootcarap, he becane a secretary to a major, as 
he knew how to type. 

Dan, after three years of knowing Diane Storck, married 
her while still in the Army in 1953. 









Maternal Great Grandfather 
(Carl) William Storck 1885-19 



William Storok was born on ¥obember 26, 1885in 
Dusseldorf , Germany. He is the son of Amila Willamiena and 
Fred Storck. At the age of four, William Storck's Family 
moved to the United States, hoping to make a fortune in the 
new American Democracy. They settled in Ludington, Michigan, 
Here Bill helped farm until about the age of fourteen years 
old. 

Bill then got a Job working for a lumber company. The 
lumber company did everything by hand. From the felling 
of trees to the cutting of the logs. Bill worked hard and 
long. The trees were out with axes then dragged to a near- 
by river. This dragging was done by horses. Once the logs 
reached the river, they were floated about one to three 
miles down the river to the sawnill. Then the logs were 
out to the right dimensions, and then sent by train to 
different parts of the conntry. 

In 1°C4, Bill was layed-off from work. He then got a 
Job at the Anchor Block Company. This later became known 
as the Morton Salt Company. William Storck shoveled salt 
(which came from salt water) into large ahips and then the 
salt was taken to different parts of the United States. In 
1906, Bill Storck quit the Anchor Block Company and became 



the foreman of a basket factory. At this time he was 
twenty-one. 

The backet factory was a good job, but only seasonal 
employment. The factory made all sorts of baskets by hand 
in the small factory in Ludi^gton. 

While working at the factory, he met Anne Ootohe at 
a dance. They were married September , 1906. 



Maternal Great Grandmother 
Anne Gotche 1890-19— 



Anne Gotche was born on June 12th in the year 1890 in 
the town of Ludington, Michigan. She the daughter of 
Adolf Gotche and Mary Sussic. Anne Gotch worked around the 
house helped her parents with the large farm they worked. 

At the age of fifteen, she met William Storck at a 
dance. They began their courtship, and seven month later 
they were married. She was sixteen at the time of their 
marriage. 



Maternal Great Grandparents , 
William and Anne Storck 



Bill and Anne lived in a rented house In Ludington for 
their first years of marriage. Anne got a Jot at a hat factory, 
and Bill kept working at the Basket Factory. 

Bill Storck made about $1.00 a day working twelve hours 
a day. He was making bushel-baskets and berry-cartes. The 
average worker at the factory made around 75^ a day, forup 
to fourteen hours of work. When the factory closed it's 
doors for the winter, Bill Stork became a trapper and a fish- 
erman. 

Anne worked strenously for 50^ a day at the hat factory. Wh 
While working there in her first year, she became pregnant. 
She had to quit her job. On February 9» 1907, they had their 
first child, Baymond Emil Storck. 

Bill Storck made the families total living as a fisherman 
and a trapper during the winter months. Every other day 
he would walk the traplines hoping to find a valuable animal 
in the traps. By the end of the week, he would accumulate 
close to 200 muskrats and beaver. They sold each for about 
2-3^ a pelt, and minks sold at about 25^ ©ach. He usually 
was lucky enough to catch only about 4-5 minks however. On 



Bis of days from walking the traplines, he would go ioefishing 
catching fish to sell to the local markets for an unbelicveable 
low price. 

While Bill was working in the Basket Factory and trapping 
in the winter, Anne worked as an assistant nurse for the Cutler 
Hammer Company. Cutler Hammer Company did difforant types 
of plating, so there were many burned employees, and other 
injuries. Three times she had to quit to have another child. 
She had Kurt in 191C, Harry in 1911 and Betty in 1913. 

In 1915. Bill and Anne left Ludington and moved to 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He found a job working in the local 
steel factory. He worked there for about a year before leaving, 
Bill Stcrck left because of low pay and poor working conditions. 
There were bad conditions, consisting of dense heat and poor 
ventilation. 

He coon went to work for VJisonsin Electric Company 
working on the early electrical lines. The maintenance of the 
electrical cables was his Job. The war was coning and he 
decided to work in another factory. 

In 1917 » he began a Job working for Skoal Manufacturing. 
He became the foreman fo the kneeling ovens. The kneeling 
ovens are large furnaces or smelters that separated the steel 
from the metal3. Then the moltecssteel was used to amake 
munitions and equipment for the war. He was paid by the hour 
and sometimes worked, as many as 18 hours for regular pay. 



Th pay checks were a type that could not be written out for 
more than a certain amount usually §25. 00, so sometimes 
he would come home with more than one paycheck. His Job 
came to an abrupt halt with the end of the war. So he once 
again had to go out and look for another job. 

During this time, Anne also worked for Shoal Manufacturing 
as an assistanctnurse. The pay was low, but it was a steady 
and not toe strenuous Jo. She worked there for about five 
years before becoming a full time housewife. 

In 1916 » Bill became the head of the maintenance department 
of Greenbauir. Tanning Company. He thew out the useless scraps 
of hide and kept the factory clean. He also was a utility man 
there doing odds and ends whenever he was needed. In 1920, 
he found another job working at the Keystone glue Company. 

Bill became the Engineer of the Keyston Glue Company. 
The glue was made from any part of animals that could be found. 
They used horse's heads, hoofs and ears. The stench from the 
brewing glue was almost unbearable. Bill worked t'-velve hours, 
and in shifts. When the shifts changed they overlapped and he 
would have to work a 2k hour shift. 

While working at the Keystone Clue Company, many of the 
workers said he would be a good Union leader. He thought it 
over and decided he would do it. As he started the union, the 
owner began to put the pressure on and many workers dropped 
their membership. Soon the union was destroyed and the owners 



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He made a deal with one farmer to build a chicken coupe for 
a male and a female pig. Soon he became the town carpenter, 
and was getting a few animals to start the farm moving. 

Ten years later, Bill had the biggest farm in the area. 
He had aceurnraulated about 52 cow, 60 pigs, 600 chickens and 
about 50 ducks and geese. His plan of being a carpenter had 
paid off. The farm stayed in full production for about 12 
years. In 1952, age began to catch ftp with the Dill Storcks 
and they began to decrease their stock. By 1964 the only animal 
on the farm was the pet dog. After 79 years of hard work. 
Bill retired. 

Today Bill is 92 years old and sometimes still helps 
cut the fall hay crops. Anne 16 87 and losing her sight and 
hearing. She still gets up every morning and cooks the best 
breadkfaet that I have ever tasted. She bakes bread, puts 
up all their winter supply of canned goods. They are very 
much planning for the future. This Pall they carpeted the 
house and bought a new stove and refrigerator. Bill is plan- 
ning to have his usual big home garden. 






Bsysend R« Storek 3 907-1 9- 

Raymond Storok v;l..: born la Luflingt.un, hiohig&n on 
Pebruarj v /» 190? . Hto *•* ths eldest son of will lea btorck 
end f .rut : Gotohe. 

The Stereks lived in « large house that has fisn 
bedrooms* f :\e hones also tad tee other bedrooms that w o re 
made out of the ettie, and a. "parlor* * Bay's father support- 
ed fou r t ee n people at ona c?.i:o in this housa. tisi/asny In 
the house ass a relative from children, to grandparents , 
tc Ray's aunts and. assies . 

■>y Wfi*:t to ft small shurcb which contained a p&roonial 
sohool in the basement., All bite children in grades ens thru 
eight vrers. fresj s Herman bae k gr ound fend eould speak both 
English and Qemsa a lay vsi? seven years al«! before lis could 
speak English. 

Daring the First World y&? t the shildren sere persecuted 
for being of Qerasn background. Children of the public 
schools would seas by the "German School" sad toraant the 
ehildren physically sad verbellr« Uksn the winsome ©i bhs 
sohoel sen seam tee few the public students eould tftpssjg 
trash Is the windows &t. the hlo-*. one day when &ay was 
sitting in the slass the taunting began- and he was nit In 






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■far sll the prebleau stopped, but Bey still renenoera eill 
Mm greet iMumsMNnt* 

During Ray*s shlldhood, .t*me;r was tight, j.; ; ;-.? shildren 
played gauss Por antertalnrient • ™ous of ":i« partes played 
-T"!.»e, Thai ay good ^n^jp run, * i^trbiis end "^ucl- on a Book," 
Iniok an <?. Boo ■ was played by r^ttir.3 one person v. i reek 
tod the athei ' S would take turns throwing a harebell it hia. 
If h*> UBS hit Bff MP fel2 sff bhe rock, bhe pernen throwing 
th«? ball get to fc? the Ditek« 

^h^re me other types c:' free entertainssnt also* In 
tho ^Mirm.?*' ft he gang" would get tcgstnar and go swimming in 
the river or ge •i=y;:-?t , i l 2,. In the winter, everyho&y westt 
??I^S?.;flg on htirri^nrid;? sleds or ioe skating. On Holidays, there 
v?re parados whioh a"-iv? T 'h'y :i 'V either pertloipetet? in, or 
watched* Soaetiues the Qlrous w';''i2 r ! sons through an* the 
•Tirons par^rJo aione was thrilling,. 

V(f?r*7? n !tid &i£ set sows rjon©*r« Sie ooultf co to the Esovie 
for flee osrsr*' (whiea were silent until ■round 1*37). Ac 
night, there was a live band playing down at the park .*y-t 
for lOf' you OOUld HUPS there* If a -hi!!:: Bad alet ;■:.;• MMSn/ 
and hitohed a ride lis seuld get Into ths profeaelenal '..acc- 
h*n mm* for »3*« 



Many times if the children c-ot bored with the daily routine, 
they would walk tarOfW/itthe etores and window shop. One suoh 
store was the Bueller Trothers butcher market. The store 
actually had sax^ust on the floor. A twenty inch liver sausage 
wtfald eest a tout Sle* and eggs anmit 6e* a deaea, -The oo3y 
other fli;oi'fi in toi»m was Pollard 'a Coop, lb told everything from 
food to boy?. !fh*y once bought a suit there for |J.?5, After 
a day ef fan, ;kiv would go ^cick to hie hotsetife. 

The family life as.u very different from sehool life. 
Ray ■poke English at school and Gernan iras spoken at Home, 
Celebrations were Oeraan oriented suoh as Easter, Chrlstnae, 
and birthdays. All relatives (around 25) showed uid for thes« 
events and we ra eelebrated with German tradition* Most of 
the food mm ef Qeaaaa origin or having to do with salt pork. 
Some diehaewere salt parte and beana ( salt perk stew anl 
klupa (a Qenaan weat ball with eweet*s©ur asnee)« 

As Ray grew up, he -soon began a jdb« Ha w or ke d ?-?r 
Cutler Oa a aer far two yea r n waking niekal, sine, ailwew> and 
gold plating'* Bis father aeon wot aia ■ better Job ai 19>3« 

way waat tc work far the Resting eoropany workl^ with his 
father. While working at i;his job, ha want one WToalng after 
work to a darjoy. Here bo wet Evelyn Sehroeder. Sa B aaarted B 
her fea over.' ons rear and they were aarrled in i?2y. 



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Bral/a wehreeeea ^913-'! 



Evelyn Sehroeder was born jn Tippiecsnoe, Wisconsin 
on October 21, 191?. She was the sixth child or Gust Schroeder 
and Minnie Hacker. 

The Schreeder's lived 3n a five bedroom house. The ten 
chidren shared four bedrooms, 

Evelyn *8 father owned fourteen acre's of greenhouses and 
she worked in the err® en houses everyday, fhe would work at 
weeding the plants or picking the vegetables. She used the 
"bunching machine" daily which was a difficult type of work 
for a girl to do, 

Evelyn shared much of the household chore? bMUW 
doing so wueh of the greenhouse work, Boeauae of the many 
children in the family, and having younger sisters, she 
also learned at a very early age how Ns be a "voting mother" . 
Taking care of the younger ehil&ren wmi e oeoaea tyne of 
chore fsc girls of that day, >=s this flTe time for the mother 
to be able to tend to other work. 

Going to soheo] was not an easy task, as transportation 
was rare. She walked miles to school, regardless af the 
weather conditions. When she was ready to attend bay View 
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■ad frcp school, •" verj long walk to ■ streetcar and then 
a rids Ml still Mother Mlk t« 0*1 i«»r education, 

vlv; town !;6d r,:>e store in it calico Hall Sohait grocery 
which oarried everything in it. It'i nain staples were rood, 
but ether aeterials such as hardware eeuld be pwreheeed there 
els*, 

Om evening while at a d^nc* at the Paint Ballreec, 
■he aet Bay Storok. They were engaged fer ever ■ year-.. On 
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Bs '< 'n< nd .< vj f'fjv? "torelf 



Bey md £v began life together living with their 
perenta 4 fee &va nac. their Mm apert&ent in Kilamekee. f:e-y kept 
aerklnr. alth hii father Itj the heating business, while Bv 
stayec. at hoea m i- hoB8e*ife« Both eere enjoying life ehen 
the Bo pro aalon hit and Bay leet nis ,jol* ee a heating repeirean. 

While jr v i?t heating buelneaa, Ray had bought three ftiff- 
erent ear** ma xi-it ear aaa a 1986 Chevy rowing ear. it 
aani a Mri , faar doer aadsa vlth Jiffy eartaimu flam 5»> v.°2i°> t 
ha bought a 1988 bleefe Fontlae Coupe* Warn Joet baf e r e be?-ng 
lyed off, he bought a 1930 ten, Pontiae with a rumble teat. 

"he flrat year al tar being married, Ray and m bought 
their firet radio* It aaa a najeetlc aade by Viator* Soroe 
of hi<> favorite radio above were, T io**- «* f <;*•> }.«>-,■" * , The 
*Taok Benny Show* 4 and 'Fibber neoee and Molly*, 

The ; .-v<rt yeai ^Tt*r ; being nerrietf alee gave bappineas 
to lay and Be^ &*- Bey eaajpa hla Job with Metropolitan Life 
Znaurenee* r!fc Aid vnah o i 'ise Job he ana ehortly ui'omou«ii» 

■BfF eBa n aeejo fco d to *;)"o Job of Aeeletant Renager. Bia 
|eja mm In KaaaaaBg Ifleeomeln* Ray ?.nJ hi a pregnant aife 
aanaai froa HIlaaMdcee to ieittemu* Here lay anale a Way -rood 
aalary* i.e. enjoyed hla aork vary aaaHi, Bv soon gave birth 






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to a girl Diane Joan Storck on July 13, 1931. While 
Ray was working, he decided to buy a new oar. He bought 
a 1935 Oldsmobile sedan. Ever year afterwards, he has 
bought a new General Motors product. 

Ray stayed in Wausau untill 1939 when he became manager 
in Elgin. Ray and Iv moved their family onoe again. This 
time their move included yet another daughter Judith Carla 
Storok born on April 6, 1937. 

Ray also worked for the war effort during the war years, 
He couldn't be drafted as legislation was passed that anyone 
thirtyflve or over couldn't be drafted. He was the head 
of the War Bond Committee in Elgin. Gas rationing was on 
and Ray received a W C" card which gave him unlimited gas 
guanitles rather than an "A" card which was very limited in 
the amount of gas. He organized one large all out effort 
to sell bonds in both Elgin and its suburbs. In one night 
with the help of thousands of worker (plus a bonus of an 
appearance of the Hollywood Movie star Dorothy Lamour) he 
sold over five million dollars in bonds. 

Ray was transferred to manager of Chicago in 194-1. 
Ray and Ev moved to River Forest and enjoyed many happy 
years there. In 1970, Ray retired. 

Today Ray plays golf three times a week at Elmhur6t 
Country club, and spends the rest of his time enjoying 



life. 

Ev is still a housewife. A full time job with the 
expressed idea of making a house a home, bhe is very active 
in her church and othercommitte endeavors. Golfing and 
bowling have been her sport Interests. Chairman of many- 
events at her Country olub keep her very busy. She has 
been president, secretary and treasurer of both church 
and oommAnlty projects. 



Mother 
Diane Joan Storck 1931- 



Diane Joan Storck was bom on July 13, 1931 in Milwaukee, 
Wisconsin. She was the eldest child of Ray and Ev Storck. 

Diane was from a well-off family which resided first 
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then to BagAau, Wisconsin, then to 
Elgin, Illinois and finally to River Forest, Illinois. 

She was a very good student and enjoyed athletics. 

In 19^1, they moved to a large house in River Fcres^, 
Illinois. Diane went tc Oak Park High School and graduated 
in 1949. 

Her first Job was held at Marshall Field in the candy 
department. She was earning $1.15 and hour in 1946. In the 
summer cf 1946 she worked as a hostess for Nielsen a top 
quality restaurant. She worked there again in 1948-49. 

In 194? she worked for WLS radio station doingoff ice work. 
In 1949 she began going to college at Millikin University, Decatur, 
Illinois. While going to school, she made extra money by 
selling cigarettes to her sorority sisters. She would make 
5^ a pack selling them at the Tri Delta house. 

In 1951, she met Dan Newcomb. Both were attending college 
at the time. They became engaged and one year later they were 
married. 



Parents 
Dan and Diane (Storck) Newcomb 



While Dan was in the Army, Diane became a secretary for 
Civil service. She received Dan's paycheck every month 
as it was Array policy to send the paycheck to the soldier's 
wife. 

During their first year of marriage in 1953 » they owned 
three different oa». The first car was a 1937 Fontiao black 
sedan. It burned too much oil so they traded it off for a 1936 
black Ford sedan. The Ford was sold as Diane's parent A gave 
them a 19^9 white Chey sedan for a wedding present. 

When Dan was discharged from the Army, he began as an 
Insurance adjuster. 

Diane began her teaching career in 195^. She taught 
kindergarteft and music in La Grange Park, Illinois. She 
taught grades one thru eight. She taught for one year when 
she became pregnant and took off for a few years. She had 
her first of tvm children on November 17, 1956. *t was a 
boy, Daniel Steven Newcomb. 

Dan worked as an Insurance salesman for five years, 
during the years 1955-1959. He bought their first new oar 
while working for Metropolitan Life Insuranoe Company. It was 
a white on red 1956 two door flhevy. Also while selling 
insurance, he took night classes and got his teaching degree 
(Associate of Scienee in Education Administration). 



In 1958, Diane had her second child, Richard Scott 
Newcomb on May 27, 1958. 

Ban, in 1959, began hiB teaching career an Marker Junior 
High School. He taught History and was a basketball and 
baseball coach. 

In I960, Dan moved his family to Glen Ellyn, Illinois. 
In 1963, he taught at Abraham Lincoln School, as a 6th grade 
teacher. 

Diane started working ag&ln in 196*3 as a Kindergarten 
teacher at Mala Street School. In 1966, she taught at 
Spalding School. 

Dan got hi 8 Masters Degree at Norther Illinois University 
and became the Principal of Waner Stahool and Park School. 

In 196?, the Newconbs moved to Hockford, Illinois as 
Dan became Assitant Superintendent of Winnebago County. Dan 
lost hie job when Robert Greene Was defeated by Prank Parrino 
in the election in 197j . Mr. Greene was his boss. 

In 197?, he became Principal of Maple School in Loves Park, 
Illinois 

Diane becane a subetitue teacher in Harlem School District 
in 1971, and is presently a permanent Substitute right now. 



still held a grduge against Bill. He soon was fired in 1923. 
The grounds they said were "Poor worker." 

Bill had started a union and his own downfall as the owner 
put his name on the "blacklist." He applied everywhere and 
could not find a Job. The Storcks were planning to move 
when he happened to talk to a nelghboor who gave hi:^ a Job 
in the heating business. 

Bill used his common knoledge and read books on the subject, 
Soon he became an excellant haater repairman. He worked there 
for about two years when the Depression began to strike. 
Soon people were repairing their ovm heaters and Bill was layed 
off again. 

One day while reading the want-ads, he read a strange ad. 
The ad was looking for someone to trade houses. Bill was having 
a hard time finding a Job, so he decided to look further into 
the ad. The man was a farmer who had a ^00 acre fare with 
a house in Sanborn, Wisconsin. Bill and Anne went and looked 
at the house and traded their house for the farm. They moved 
in 1930 and soon had a new profession, farming. 

The farm was made up of about 20 acres of woods and the 
rest was flat praire with a small ereeffck flowing through it. 
The only animals on the farm were old. In fact, scavenger 
cats and an old cow pretty much made up the livestock. 

Money was in short supply, so Bill thought he could use 
his skills in trade for a few animals to start a farm. He 



Richard Scott Newoomb 195?- 



Richard -cott Newcomb was the second son born to 
Dan and. Diane Newcomb on J&y 2?, 19 t > p . 

Richard was born in Oak Park, Illinois at West 
£ Suburban Hospital. He lived in Lombard for the first 
two and one-half years, when he then mcved, with his 
parents, and older boot her Ve.rr.: r t to Glen Ellyn, Illinois. 
Richard lived here for seven years of his life, at whioh 
tirre at the age of nlnce, in 1967 reeved to his present 
home in Rockford, Illinois. 

Richard has always been a nerson, no ratter what 
age to be interested in all types of endeavors. He plays 
sports (tennis, golf, hockey, bowling, coif ball) along with 
being very interested in music and the arts, (he plays the 
drums, He is a very enthusiastic fisherman, and finds along 
with stamr, and coin oolleetlng, snowrri0bil5ng is one of his 
fonder likes. 

Richard's schooling uv tc this point in his life have 
consisted of Kinflere-arten tbur thtrd ; .grade at tfair street 
School in linn Fllyn, Illinois, fourth thru seventh at 
Marsh School, Rockford, Illinois, eighth at Siiennouer also 
in Rockford. His high school days were spent at Guildford 
In Rockford, and presently he is attending Rook Valley College, 
Here at RVC, Richard is very interested in student government. 
He Is on Student Commission as a Freshman Representative. He 
plans to become an Optoraotrist. 



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A . Grandfather (your father's sid e) 

Name Hans Nilsen (Langley) Current Residence 



Date of birth -Peb. 16, 1 888 Place of birth Christiana, Wnrvmy 

Date of death I'Ct' 27, ' 1 Q4-P Pl ace of burial Livingston Qpmetarv 

Education(number of years); No • P OOne COUtlty, 111, 

grr.de school X high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Parmer DatesAll Life 1st Dates 



.'nd Dates _ 2nd __ Dates 

3 r d D ate s 3 r d_ U a t e s 

4 th Dates _4th Dates 

Religion l uthern 

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

Place of Marriage to your grandmother B elvidere, II. dateJulv " 5, 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-l) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name -Beulah Mae Hinckley Current Residence 



Date of birth Jan. 30, 1895 Place of birth Lan es vi 1 1 P. , Wisp. 
Date of death Oct. 8, 1975 Place of b u r ia 1 Liv ings ton Cpmp.tarv 

No. Boone Ho. 111. 
Education (number of years): 

grade school X high school vocational 

college 



Occupation (s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
lst H QUSP W Jfe Dates 191? 1 n? ^ 1st Dates 

2nd D a t e s 2 n d D a t e s 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

4 th Dates 4 th Dates_ 

Religion Methodist 

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

Hunter Methodist Church L ad i e_s _ Ai d Soc iet y 



Place of marriage to your u r a nd I" a t h e rBelvi dere T Til, date July. 5.,.— T.9L3— 

Court House 

NOTE: If your father was raised '.in age 18) by a stepmother or 
another relative give that data on t li e back of this pn«e 
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A-2 Stepgrandfather (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 

college 



Occupation (s) 
1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Religion_ 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4th 



vocational 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Da tes 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandmother_ 
S tepgrandmo ther (your father's side) 



date 



Nairn 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years): 

grade school high school_ 

college 



Occupation (s) 
1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



voca t ional 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name Rudolph Herman Dunklau Jr. Current Residence 



Date of birth July 7, 1890 Place of birth Chica go, II. 

Mt. Hope Cemetary 
Date of death Feb» 2S, 1 950 Place of burial Chicago, II. 

Education (number of years): 

grade school X high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

Chicago — Rockwell (after leaving home) 

1st ftailrnad Dates iq ? n-4h lst 443^S ttoM«Q Da t es \<\&\ -t f taq 



2nd Dates 2nd *-H 5o S ■ Ho/V^KO Dates vS^-t^HO 

3rd Dates 3rd 3Sa\. '**• feS^'Pl- Dates V3 '-jC- - 1 c 1 SO 

4 th Dates _^th_ . Dates 

St,Phillipus 
R e 1 i g i o n Luthern. U.C.C. 

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

Moose Club Railroad Lodge 



Place of marriage to your grandmother CHTC ACrP, TT,. da t <-'_ Jftn. 3C, 1 9.1 3. 

NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepfather or another relative (u 
age 18) give that data on the back of this page (C-l) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Ella Miller Current Residence 

Date of birth May 27, 1894 _Place of birth 

Date of death April 19, 1 969 



Education (number of years) 



Beautician 



grade school X high school___ _vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home; 
lst B eautician Dates 1910-1 925 lst gg|g ^Rockwell, Da i es .1905-1 3 

2nd Dates _ 2n d4436 . S i _Homan. . .!>•■« 1 <•:; 1 929-3 ^ 



3rd Dates 3rd445^ ! S. Homan Dal e s' I 939-1 94Q. 

4th 



Date s 4 1 h3 9 2 6 W.^^Place D a t e s1_9J. pjfri 



ligion_ 



5XR 3405 W. 72nd Place 1961-6 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, e t c . Democrat 

President and member of the Railto ads Women Lodge__[Fpur._Point ^ 

pTacT~oT~m a r r i a g e to vour erandf a the'r ChicagQ I I. Da t e Jan . 30 , 1 91 3 

NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to 
'*■ H > give that d*ta on th'e back of this page (D-2) 



C-2 S tepgrandf a ther (your mother's side) 



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupa t ion (s ) 



1st 
2nd 
3rd 
4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birth_ 
Place of burial 



voca t iona 1 



col lege 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 

4 th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



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 tepgrandmo ther (your mother's side) 

Name 

Date of birth 

Date of death 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



liege 



1st 

2nd 
.3rd 
4th 



PEACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



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

I • Name Marvin H. Nilsen Thursday 3:30 pm 

Place of birth Boone Co. Til. date Anril 30, 1 Q14 

Number of years of schooling" 'X c c u p a~t~i on Fac t Ory 

Re s i d e n c _ 028 MarieRkf d . Ma r 1 1 a 1 Status married 

Number of children 3 Death — 

2. Name Ber nice Margar e t Noth Sunday 5:40 am 

1' 1 a c e~o f birth Boone Co. II." _ d a t e l 'ay 23, 1°15 

Number of years of schooling ^ Occupation housew ife 

Res i dcnce Tomah, Wise. Marital Status married 

Number of children b Death 

3. Name Dorothiemae Agnes Wallace Monday 5:10am 
r l a c"e of birth Boone' Co, 11. q ~ ~ d a t e June 25, 1917 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Res i dene e ^oves Park, II. M a rital Statu s married 

Number of children 4 ~ D e a t h 

■'. . Name Lol a Am elia Eastham Wednesday 1:20 pm 

p lace - _ f b irtli" S5gne"Co7~li. <i ._ t ,, S&gt ember 5,19 1 9 

Number of years of schooling ^ Occupation 

ResidenceUrbana, II. Marital Stat 



Number of children none death 



ma rr ied 



Name Eunice Eliza beth Hartley Wednesday 1:20pm 

Place of birth Boone Co.Ih date May 25, 1921 

Number ol years of school in g y_ __ Occupat ion 

Residenc e Tomah, Wise. Marital Stat us divorced 

Number of children 12 Death _____ 

Name Robert Boyd Kelson Tuesday 11:00a_ 

Place of birth Boone Co. II, date May 9.192 2 

Number of years of schooling >> _0ccupa t ion TjrUQk _I__iv_ir 

Residence New Milf Ord , II. Marital Status marri ed 

Number of children_3 death 

Name Thomas Calvin Nilsen Saturday 9:30 pm 

Place of birth Boone Co. II. date March 29.1924 

Number of years of schooling £_ Uccupation Truck D rive? 

Residenc e Belvidere , II. Ma rital Statu s marr ied . 

Number of children 3 death - — 



Name Martin Eugene Nilsen Saturday 9:30 pm 

Place of birth Boone Co. II. da te September 24, 1927 

Number of years of schooling % Occupat ionMac hini st 

Residenc e Belvidere. I h Mar i t a 1 Statu s marr ied 

Number of children 4 death •- 



Name Clifton Lee Wilsen Friday 7:10 am 

p i a vV o f birth Boohe~cJoT ~-l . da t e November 7, 1930 

Number ol years of schooling \> Occupat ion Electrician 

Residence B elvider e , II Marital S ta t us marr i ed 

Number of children 3 death 

Name 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence __ _ Marital Status 

Number ol chi ldren " deal b 



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

1. Name Bernadine Betty Mauser 

Place of birth Chicago 11. date March 8, 1Q2Q 

Number of years of schooling ^ Occupation g ecretary-H0 ST>ital 

Res idenc evergreen, Park, S k rlta l s tatus married 

Number of children ' death ~ — 

2 Name Marilyn Prances Nilsen 

Place of birth Chicago, 11 .. date November 50, 1955 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupa t ion Secretary-Cle rk 

Residence Mndere » n Marital Status divorced 

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 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Name 

Place of birth 



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 

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 

Number of children\ death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence _ Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Your Father 

Name Thomas Calvin Nilsen , Current Residence 80^ F. 5rd Belvid ere. II. 

Date of birth March 29, 1924 Place of bitth Boone Op. Jl. 

Date of Death Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 



rade school 



high school 



vocational 



college 



Occupation (s) 

1st Trucks Driver 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 1943—1976 

Dates 

Date s 

Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

1st Fremont Belvidere Datesl 9 55-56 
2nd 521 Locust " 



3rd 1218 W. 4th 



4th 716 Marile 



Dates 1956-57 

Dates1Q57-64 

!i D a t e S 1Q64-71 

1211 Locust " 1972-74 
904 N. State " 1974.75 
Political parties, cftvil or social clubs, fraternities, etc . "Democrat 

Moose Club 



St, John's 
Religion United Church of Chri st, 



Board Member St. J ohn' s U . C . fl . Boarri nf Soci< 



Place of marriage to your mo ther phi oap;n , T"l 



.d a t ej) RnRrn he r 1 1. 195-4- 



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

Your Mother 



Name Marilyn Frances Dunfclau 
Date of birth Fovenber 50. 1 q 35 
Date of death 



Current Residence 716 Maple' Pelvi dereTI 
Place of birth Chicago, II. 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school highrschool 

Occupa t ion (s ) 

1st International Harvest Dates1951 



X grad. vocational 



college 



2ndSundstrand's (Belvi dere frates l 939-60 

Dates1 966-67 

Dates1968-76 



3rdlpsen Industries 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1 s tPremont ^ Belvide rg ate s-|q55_s6 

2 n d52 1 Locust " D a t e s1 9S6-R7 

3rd 1218 W. 4th " DateslQ57_fi4 

4 th 716 MaPle " Patesiq6.A-J7.6. 



4 t hCamCar Screw 

ST. John's 
Religion United Church of Christ 

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



Place of marriage to your father "Chicago, II. 



d a t e 'December .1 1 _,_ J_95 4 



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



Stepfather 
Name 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



voca tional 



:ollege 



2nd_ 

.3 rd . 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your mother 
F- 2 S tep mother 
Name 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 



_2nd_ 
.3rd 
4th 



Dates 
Da tes_ 
Dates 



Religion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your father_ 



date 



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CHILDREN OF E AND F (or E-2.F-2) -YOUR NAME SHOULD APPEAR BELOW 

NameLorel Gae Nilsen 



Place of blrth Belvidere, Tl. Date of birth October 2 T 1Q^R 

Number of years of schoolifig U Occupation otndeM; 

Residence 7l6 Maple Belviden ar i tal Status single 

Number of children none death 

NameLynda Sue Nilsen 



Place of blrth Belvidere II. Date of birth June 20, 1Q57 

Number of years of schooling 1 J - Occupation r^.s station attendant 

Residence 716 Maple Belvidere Mar i t al Status single 
Number of children none death 

Name David Thomas Nil sen 

Place of birth Belvidere , 11 . Date of birth November 50, 1Q 60 

Number of years of schooling 1 ^ O ccupation student 

Residenc e 7'6 Maple B e jrald.%53 status single 
Number of children none death 



Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 

Name 

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 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 



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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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Part I 

A. Paternal Great Gr. Gr. Gr. Grandfather Nils Nilsen 

B. Paternal Great Gr. Gr. Grandfather — Nils Nilsen 

C. Paternal Great Gr. Grandfather — Nils Nilsen 

D. Paternal Great Gr. Grandmother — Olava 

E. Paternal Great Grandfather — Nils Nilsen 

P. . Paternal Great Grandmother — Emilie Sandersen 

G. Their Life Together Nils & Emilie 

H. Paternal Great Gr. Grandfather — Sander. Handersen 

I. Paternal Great Gr. Grandmother — Maren Sandersen 

J ■•.'.'■ -Paternal Grandfather — Hans Nilsen 

Part II 

A. Paternal Great Gr. Grandfather — Francis Hinckley 

B. Paternal Great Gr. Grandmother — Abbie Sherburn 

C. Their Life Together Francis & Abbie 

D. Paternal Great Grandfather — William Milton Hinckley 

E. Paternal Great Grandmother — Ann Elizabeth Terwilliger 

F. Their Life Together — William & Ann 

G. Paternal Great Gr. Grandfather — Daniel Terwilliger 
H. Paternal Great Gr. Grandmother — Emma Hunt 

I. Their Life Together — Daniel & Emma 

J. Paternal Grandmother — Beulah Mae Hinckley 

Part III 

A. Paternal Grandparents — Beulah & Hans 

B. Their Life Together 

Part IV 

A. Maternal Great Ge. Grandfather — John Dunklau 

B. Maternal -Great Gr. Grandmother — Marie Einsphar 

C. Their Life Together — John & Marie , 

D. Maternal Q-reat Grandfather — Rudolph Herman Dunklau Sr. 

E. Maternal Great Grandmother — Emma Babbe 

F. Their Life Together — Rudolph & Emma 

G. Maternal Grandfather — Rudolph Herman Dunklau Jr. 



Page 2 

Maternal Great Grandfather — Herman Miller 
Maternal Great Grandmother — Emma Butenschoen 
Their Life Together — Herman & Emma 

Rudolph's and Ella's life together 
Mother — Marilyn Prances Dunklau 

Part VII 

A. Parents life Together — Thomas & Marilyn 

B. My life — Lorel Gae Nilsen 



Part 


V 




A. 




B. 




C. 


Part 


VI 




A. 




B 



This paper will deal with the family of Lorel Gae Nilsen 
which has been traced back to Nils Nilsen of Norway born in the 
late 1700's to the present. Some of the peoples' lives dis- 
cussed in this paper will be given in greater detail than others, 
depending on the amount of information that has been obtainable 
to the researcher. A simple geneology chart accompanies this 
paper to make the reading easier and more , clear. 

The oldest traceable member of the Nilsen family was Nils 
Nilsen, born approximately 1790, and lived in Norway. His son's 
name was also Nils Nilsen, born in about 1815. The latter' s son 
was also Nils Nilsen who was born in 1850 and died in 1914. 
Nils Nilsen (the latter) was married to Olava who died in 1912. 
Their Child's name was Nils Nilsen, born in 1861. Nils was a 
"coffer's" son and had little chance for advancement. A coffer 
is somewhat like a tenant farmer. He attended school for 7i 
years and then quit to work on his father's farm. Nil's then 
went to work for various prominent farmers. By 1909 he had saved 
enough money to by a farm. He married Emilie Sandersen, a coffer's 
daughter. Her parents were Sander and Maren Sandersen. Emilie 's 
parents were considered "better off" because they owned a cow in 
times when others had none, and for this reason they were not 
exactly pleased with Nils and Emilie ' s marriage. The farm that 
Nil's bought is called "Kodalen" (pronounced coo-down) which 
means Valley of Cowsand consisted of 18 mal. One mal is equal 
to one quarter acre. Nil's cultivated 14 mal while he farmed. 
"Kodalen" is still occupied by Nilsens today although most of the 
land has been sold. 

The children and Emilie took part in the work on 
the place. In Norway (in these .day3) ther were bad 
days for the poor and there were many of them. There 
were great farmers who owned a lot. A coffer's wage 
was about ten Kroner per week. They had to pay 60-80 
kr for a cow (one dollar is about six kr now). They 
had to live from hand to mouth. They cutted gras by 
hand. Nils and Emilie never thought they would see a 
machine that could do this, but he did before he died. 
Nils got two diploma for his work on the little farm, 
for his good work. Nils really believed in God.. The 
others believed in a way, I will say. 




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"Kodalen" is located in Asker, Norway Near Oslo, the capitol. 
Nils and Emilie had nine children; Gabriel, Agnes, Hans, Martin, 
Adeleid, Nils, Eugene, 0ivind and Gabriel. Their geneology is 
included here from the first Nils Nilsen to present day Nilsens, 

Generation VII NILS NILSEN b. approx. 1790 father of 
VI NILS NILSEN b. approx. 1815 father of 
" V NILS NILSEN b. 1840 d. 191 4 

married to OLAVA b. d. 1912 parents of 
" IV NILS NILSEN b. 1861 d. 1943 

married to EMILIE SANDERSEN b. d. 1 946 
11 V SANDER SANDERSEN d. 1918 
married to MAREN SANDEPSEN d. 1915 

IV NILS & EMILIE' S CHILDREN: 

III A Gabriel Nilsen was born about 1884 and died soon after. 

III B Agnes N ilsen b. Dec. 28, 1885 d. Feb. 5, 1950 

was married to Jens Alfred Martinsen b. Mar. 16, 1882 

d. Apr. 22, 1946 
CHILDREN OF THIS MARRIAGE 

11 A ^£ : Si ^ urd Mar ti nson b. June 11, 1 906 

was married July b, 1929 to Alvilde b. Jan. 3, 1909 

I A dau: Berit Synn^ve b. July 6, 1932 married w/ children 

X B ^SH : Anne kise b. June 6, 1937 married w/ 3 children 

1 1- son: Hans Martinsen b. Sept, 9, 1907 d. Mar. 21, 1930 
Ilg son : Einar Martinsen b. Oct. 19, 1909 

II-. dau : Asta Margrthe Martinsen b. Dec. 11, 1913 

married July 7, 1934 to Rudolf Krist^an Pedersen qi1 

I. dau : Solveig Pedersen b. Jan. 18, 1935 

married with 3 children 
I-o son : Svein Pedersen b.Apr. 16, 1938 

married with 2 children 

II™ son : Erling Martinsen b. Jan. 16, 1916 

married Oct. 8, 1939 to Liv Mabel Judit Hirkj^len 
b. Aug. 28, 1915 

I. dau : Gre the Marit Martinsen b. Dec. 3, 1944 

married with 1 child 
I-n son : Gunnar Martinsen b. Oct. 8, 1948 

married with 1 child 

II p dau: Elsa Martinsen b. Apr. 24, 1919 d. Feb. 1, 1932 

II p dau: Anna Ma rt insen b. Dec. 22, 1920 

married Sept. 28, 1946 to Dagfin Olaf F.jeldstad 

b. Apr. 28, 1922 
I. dau: Turid F.jeldstad b. Oct. 1, 1953 
married 



NILSENS IN NORWAY 



NORWAY 1943 1-r 
Emilie, U Nils, Nils 
U Eugene, Nils' sister 
A Jenny, 0ivind w/Kari 



Linda, Nad family friend 





NORWAY 1975 1-: 
0ivind, Linda, Eugene 



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NORWAY 1 975 1-r 

back row: Oivind, Martin, Eugene 

Gabriel 

front row: Linda, Lagertha, Jenny j 
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HANS NILSEN 1913 
Harvard, 111. 



Beulah and Hans Nilsen 

Strom Farm Caledonia, 111. 




Strom Farm on the right 
Hans Nilsen 7 





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No. 



6020 



MARRIAGE LICENSE 

ADULT 


Mr Hans. Nelsen Lansly 




with 

M Eeulah Hinckley 




Issued JulX...l 

Married July 3 
Filed .. J uly 3rd 


i 

19...13 

1913 ' 

19 13 \ 


Wm Boviey j 



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Countv Clerk 



State of Illinoi 

County of B one. ) sa : 1 

■ ' l 17. 

I, Wjd ^owley, County Clerk and 
Clerk of the County Court do HerebyZ 
certify that the above and fore- 
going is a true and correct cooy nam 
of a Marriage License between') 
Hans Nelsen Langly and Beulah^ 
•Hinckley as fully and completely x 
as the same appears from. the ;| 
records 'of this Court now in '"my 
office remaining! ■ , :'•" [ J 

I N WI TRESS WHERE OF , ' J he$e 
hereunto set my hand and .,The "Jj 
official seal of the said '..Court 
this 6th.' day of November,' A. 15. 

1942. y -j.- "VAST" 5^ 

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THIS LICENSE VOID 30 DAYS AFTER ISSUANCE. GOOD IN BOONE COUNTY ONLY. 
j "f^ _*A" THE P EOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS .^J _FO 

V^^ BOONECO UNTY ^^ 

TO ANY PERSON LEGALLY AUTHORIZED TO SOLEMNIZE MARRIAGE 

GREETING 

MARRIAGE MAY BE CELEBRATED 

I 'between I t'r Hans Nelsen Lankly #/_ Poplar Grov e 

m /fir/f^ot/y^ B oone a/ir/jiafce/. Illinois 

r/7/ir ayvf_ Twenty-fi ve fearif/Zmdi 

e// /ls& Beulah Hinck ley s / Poplar Grove 



tti. fftc vy-f /H/Hf / Boone 




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Mn^i'mr.Ufi r Illinois 
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RUitneij' Wm.Bowley, v.ainfi/SSr/c, 
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// Jul; 



Wm Bpwiey 



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, f Rev. W. T. McKee 



STATE OF ILLINOIS 

Boone County 3" ^ Minister of . the Gosnel ^Z~X 

^/ftr'yy'Maf^b-- Hans Nelsen Langly - ,- . - ' : / a^ul' 

o^fles Beulah Hinckley _ : k " &*■■ ^^^e^^^^y^^g^^^ 

•■^■••-■■Belvid ere ' •■ ■ ^ _ ^Me%tmty,o/ 05oo?icO^^ 

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MARRIAGE LICENSE 

ADULT 



Mr Han : $...Ng.lsgn..L.angly.. 

with 
M Beul ah Hinckley 



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ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF. HEALTH 



RETCRN OF A MARRIAGE TO COUNTY 

y i l. Fun name of Groom 1 H.an.s....N.el.aehl- ...angly.. 

' 2. ' Place of residence - P.DDlar. -GraV.e Ills 



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Issued July...l 19.13. 

Married July 3 1913 

Filed Ju ly 3rd • _ 19.13... 



: 3. ' occupation .•Xarmi.ng...._:. 

4. Age next Birthday.. ...2.6 ...years. Color.. 

5. Place of birth '_ Chri st lana . Norway,.. 

6. Father's name.... i N.elS.._N.el.S.e.n.. 

7. Mother's maiden name....Arneli'£...S&nd.e : 

8. Number of groom's marriage 1st. 

9. Full name of Bride .....Bglllah. 

Maiden name, if a widow T... 

10. Place of residence Poplar , Grove, j ....I.ll.S, _ 

11. Age next birthday.. ...1.9 years. Color W.I _.Race...CaU.. 



iinckley.-.. 



Wm Bowley 



County Clerk 



12. Place of birth J.ane.sv.ille... W. 

13. Father's name W.m .....Hlrftcl.ey 

14. Mother's maiden name Elizabeth . T 

15. Number of bride's marriage 4 §.?. 

16. Married at .LJBelvld.ere 

■'- .,....:±Bt>Qm and 

3 r & _.!'.day or .; J.U 

17. Witnesses to marriage Lydia..jM„ 

I :. r_Hi: .Jm..B.o.-lei 



?rvilliger... 



.....in the County of 
State of Illinois, the 

y— -...19..13- 

V.err 



3rd. 



State of Illinois, ) 
County of Boone. ) 

I, Wm B ow iey t County Cier'k and 
Clerk of the County Court do hereof 
certify that the above and fore- 
going is a. true and correct co J ?y na 
of a Marriage License between 1 

Hans Nelsen Langly and Beulah I . .. , -, v -z 
Hinckley as fully and completely x : - -'■ -■■■'-■ V"^ ■- 

as the SJme appears fron the '■% • We hereby certify that the Information above given is correct to the 

records "of this Court HOW in my T ^st of our knowledge and belief . ... ,, 

office remaining". '■ , ;'",; J - - :: '-...Hans.. ; N.el.s.en.. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, ■ j hafe -,£ - • ,_; \._£_. B.e.uiah....H.l.n. C .kl.ey 

hereunto set my hand and.,the*$j -<>'■-. • •' ~>;V.-.V .: ■ ' ^ v.^ 

Official Seal Of the Sald'.,Court '. /;.'•' j he reby 'certify'' that ^elboW'Ss^^ 

this 6th.' day of November, A.D. f solemnized by n 

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Page 72 of Marriage Record- 2^ 



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■ Dated ; 
day of 



;■".:;; Bel via ere Illinois 

i.* f :% : : .. 

this...Jrd 



..Bel.vld.ere 




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9...13 v 



ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF HEALTH 



RETCRX OF 



MARRIAGE TO COUNTY 



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Full name of Groom .... Han.S ...N.e.l S.&R .'_ 

Place of residence _.'._..I?.Qp.l3.r._.Gr.QVfi 

Occupation :f a.rml.ng...._:.l....t' 

Age next Birthday....2j5 years. Color jV 

Place of birth _ Christ iana 3. 

Father's name . Nfil.S.._N.elfi.an...: 

Mother's maiden name.... Amelia.. ..SaJlde. 

Number of groom's marriage 1st 

Full name of Bride __.Be.U.l.aJl.._ 

Maiden name, if a widow —..'.. 

Place of residence Poplar ; : GroVe j ... 111.6 



angly. 
Ills 



Jlace._C.au 

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inekley. 



Age next birthday.....-!:" years. Color r.. 

Place of birth. Jan.e..sYill.e.._W. f , 

Father's name M.® , ....Hi.cflU_.ey. 

Mother's maiden name.. 



Elizabeth T 



1st 



Number of bride's marriage.. 

Married at :..__B.elvid.e.re 

.....B&orie anct 

..._ 3rd .day of _ J.U 

Witnesses to marriage Lyd.ia.--M-,. ...\eT.r 

: _...: .J--..... Im.lo.:d.ei 



Cau 



rvilliger 



in the County of 

State of Illinois, the 

y~~- — 19--J..J. 



. B.— At N03. S and 15 state whether 1st. 2nd. 
of subs crib inE witnesses to the Marriage Certific 
of two persons who witnessed the ceremony. 



'July 3 



e hereby certify that the Information above g: 
of our knowledge and belief. ... . ■--■. ,| 



.Hans... N.e.l s.en : 

B.eule.h....H.I.n.c.kl.ey. 



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ren Is correct, to the 

(Groom) 

.-..'.' (Bride) 



hereby certify that the above is a correct i.turn of a Marriage 
mized by me. _..-. , .-.•-y.v •■ % j& 

... ... ; ; '-]5*;B e 1 v fa ere '"' '1 11 indi s 

' • ! '"^'V; V '■ i '.-7 .-;•',';' i%% 

ited at :...B el.v.ider e...._..._ .... J.aj.:. 



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Strom Farm: 1933 
Robert, Martin, Thomas, 
Clifton and Muttr 




STROM FARM 1 933 
•■-«£»*, back: Dorothy, Lola 
-/^^B3 !? a r vin ' ^iend, Bernice 
«i 2nd: Robert, Eunice 
Thomas, Clifton 
front: Martin 




S Nilse n's f all 1975 ; b: Harold, Bernice Lola 
. Ay, 2nd: Eleanor, Jean, Norma, Dorothy, ' 

Eunice, Hazel f: Marvin, Clifton, Martin 
a P hyllis, Tho mas, Mervin and Robert ^ 
• Nilsen's children Dec. 

Chris, Sherri, RodneyT 

Debra, Caryl, Lorel f: 



1962:Kathi w/ Shelli 
^nd: Lynda, Curt,. 
David 



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III son: HANS NILSEN b. Feb. 16, 1888 d. Oct 27 1 Q4^ 

married July 3, 1913 to mmAEj^m^^ i n skvidere , II 
tt ,. b * Jan « 50, 1895 d. Oct 8 1Q7S 

"A ^ : Marvin H Nilsen b. Thursday Apr. 30? 1 9 14 3?30 pm 
married Oct. 2, 1947 to Eleanor Bergman P 

b. July 22, 1928 



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son: Roger Allen Nils en b. Apr. 21 

married to Judy Ann Crull 
I B son: William John Nilsen b. Apr. 14 1951 
I C ^^ : Jeffrey Lee Nilsen b. Jan. 15, 1953 

married Son Juanita Alverez b. Apr. 14 1955 
Id ^ : Constance Patricia Nilsen b. Aug. 6, 1956 

I E son: James Kevin 'Nilsen b. Aug. 30, 1958 

J1 B ^H : Ber nice Margaret Nilsen b. Sunday May 23, 1915 5.40 

married to Harold Noth b. June 28, 191 4 
1 k ^^ : Marvin Douglass (Butch) Noth b. May 22 1943 

married to Sharon Parlow 
children: 

Christopher Scott Noth b. 
Brian Noth ~ 
Jamie Lynn Noth 
I B dau : Wanda Louise Noth b. Dec. 
I c dau: Faye Lorraine Noth b. 

married to Donnie Nietzel 
children: 

Corrinne Nietzel 
Amanda Nietzel 
I D dau: J oan Marie Noth b. 

married to David Parr b. 
children: 

Jennifer Lynn Parr 
Lynn Parr 
Eric Par r 
I E dau: J anice Rae Noth b. 

married to Dennis Pedersen b. 
child: 

Kris-len Marie Pedersen 
■t-n dau : J ean Marie Noth b. 

married to Steven McGinnis 
Child : 



II C dau : Dor othiemae A gnes Nilsen b. Monday June 25, 1917,5:10 & 
married to Mervin Wallace b. S e pt,2, 1913 

I A son : Do nald Mer vin Wallace b. Sept. 25, 1939 
married to Eva Marie b. July 24, 1942 
children: 

Alan Henrey Wallace b. June 16, 1961 
Daniel Andrew Wallace b. Oct, 31, 1966 
K ristina Marie Wallace b. Sept. 8, 1967 



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I B — : Robert_^raldJ^llace b. Sept. 15, 1 944 

married to Catherine Marie b. Aug. 7 1944 
children : 

A nne Marie Wallace b. Feb. 11, 1969 
Matthew Rcbbert Wallace b. Jan. 4, 1971 
I C A§Ji : Mary Louise Wallace b. Aug. 8, 1946 
J D son: Thomas W a yne Wallace b. Mar, 12, 1 953 

II D dau: Lola Amelia Ivil sen b. Wedsday Sept. 3„ 1919 1-20 urn 

married to Ay Eastham b. Ju#e , 1910 
II E dau: Eunice El izabet h Nilsen b, Wednesday May 25 

married Everal Hartley divorced 
I A dau: Eunice Eunita (Jackie) Hartle y b. Aug. 15, 1941 

married Dec. 16, 1958 to Russell William Scott 

children: 

Donna Lynn Scott b. July 9, 1959 

Dawn Lyne t te Scott b. Sept. 6, 1962 

Russell W i lliam Scott Jr . b . Jan . 30 ,, 1 967 
I B dau : Cecil Carol Hartley b. Apr. 17, 1943 

married Oct. 27, 1962 to Aca Edw ard Rowell b. 

children: 



1921 



Nan cy Anri Rowell b. July 18, 1963 
Randy Edward Rowell b. Nov. 30, 1964 
Jeffrey Todd Rowell b. July 13, 1968 



C ' D avid Lee Hartley b. Sept, 10, 1944 

married Dec. 2, 1967 to Doris Faye 
children : 

Dorina Marie Hartley b. July 10, 1 968 
Douglas Lee Hartley " b. Sept, 25, 1 970 
Deborah Jo Hartley b. Dec. 13, 1971 

I D son : Harold LaVerne Hartley b. Feb. 25, 1 946 
married July 25, 1970 to Lynn Diane b. 
children: 

Robert Harold Hartley b. Sept. 18, 1972 
Amy Lynn Hartley b.May 9, 1975 

*E son: B yron Wil l iam Hartley b. Apr. 10, 1948 
married Feb. 2, 1971 to Bonnie b. 
Child: 
Bunny Michelle Hartley b. Jan. , 1973 

Ip dau : Victoria Jean Hartley b. Nov. 14, 1950 
married to James Tuttle b. 
Children: 

T imothy Jame s Tuttle b. June 21, 1 973 
Stacey Ellen Tuttle b. Nov. 7, 1971 

I p son : Vincent Levi Hartley b. Sept, 14, 1952 
married Oct. 21, 1972 to Kathy Ann 
child: 
Kristina Rose Hartley b. Mar. 19, 1975 

^H dau : Vera Mae Hartley b. Dec. 22, 1953 



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Evelyn Fern Hartley b. June 15, 1955 
married June 14, 1975 to Bobby Eppler 

Emil ie Avis Hartle y b. Oct. 15, 1956 

married Dec. 16, 1972 to Eugene Kilmer b 

children: 

Casandra Jo Zellmer b. Mar. 21-, 1 975 

Retina Carol Zellmer b. Mar. 21, 1 973 

Bernice Gail Hartley b. May 21, 1958 

Keith Jerome Hartle y b. Nov. 16, 1960 

Rober t Boyd Nelson b. Tuesdav May 9, 1922 11 •00am 
married to Hazel b. July 30, 19.2 

Richard Wayne Nelson b. Feb. 3, 1947 

married Aug. 8m 1972 to Gale iJiane Lee b. Jan. 30, 1< 

children: 

Heath e r Sen ee Nelson b. May 22, 1 973 

Wendy 9ue Nelson b. July 18, 1 975 

Rodney Duane Nelson b„ June 22, 1948 
married Aug. W. 1974 to Ellen b. June 9, 19 
Laura C hristine Nelson Gorahm b. May 22, 1950 
married Feb. 28, 1976 to Richard Bjork b. 



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married Dec. TT 
divorced Apr. 5, 



1954 to Marilyn Frances Dunklau 
1971 b. Nov. 30, 1933 



Lorel Gae Nilsen b. Oct. 2, 1955 
Lynda Sue Nilsen b. June 20, 1957 
son ; David Thomas Nilsen b. Nov. 25, 1960 






Martin Eugene Nilsen b. Saturday Sept. 24, 1927 9:30 ar 
married Aug. 19, 19 to Norma Ruth Austin _ - 2rt «„ 

V. July 30, lg 

Kathi Lynn Nilsen b. Jan. 16, 1951 

married Oct 14, 1972 to Patrick Otten b. 

Child: 

Brian Patrick Otten b. Jan 26, 1974 ' 

Car yl T,pa Ni 1 rph b. Feb. 25, 1955 

married May 29, 1973 to Jeffrey Bandall Turner 

b. 
children: 

Charil-otte Ann Turner b. Dec. 30, 1973 
Stephanie Rae Turner b. July 29, 1975 



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Debra Kay Nilsen b, 
Martin Chris Nilsen 



Sept. 21, 1956 
b. Feb. 5, 1960 



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Cl ifton T.ee Nilsen b. Friday Nov. 7, 1930 

married June 28, 1952 to Jean Marie b. Apr. 19, 1935 

Sherr i Ma rie N ilsen b. Feb. 14, 1953 

C urtis Lee Nilsen b. Jan. 19, 1959 

Shelli K athleen S ilsan b. June 28, 1961 

|2 

Martin Nilsen b. Bee. 24, 1890 
married Jenny Nilsen b. Feb. 10, 1893 

Elsa Nilsen b. Aug. 26, 1914 

married Arne Kristoffersen b. Mar. 



d. 
28, 
1936 



Mar. 
1935 



28, 
26, 



W illy _KrjLstof f ersen b. Mar, 

married Birgit b. Mar. 6, 

one child 

Hans Martin Kristoffersen b. Feb. 18, 1945 

married Else b. °ept. 30, 1945 

3 children 

Margot Nilsen b. Feb. 16, 1918 
married Harald Jensen b. Mar. 30, 1912 
B.irfrg Jensen b. Dec. 16, 1933 
married Asle Pedersen b. Feb, 19, 1933 
3 children 

H.jgfrdis Nilsen b. Sept. 19, 1921 
married Paul Borge b. May 25, 1913 
Unni Borge b. Feb. 25, 1940 
married Arild Svendson b. Feb. 21, 1938 
3 children 

Erik Nilsen b. Dec. 5, 1923 
married Laila Stenersen b. Aug. 29, 1922 
Elisabeth Nilsen b. Oct. 4, 1957 



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Nils Nilsen b. Feb. 18, 1895 d. June 7, 1949 
married Feb. 18, 1920 Lagertha b. July 13, 1898 
Nils Ragnar Nilsen b Dec. 2, 1930 
Rare Nilsen b. Sept. 20, 1923 
Anna Marie Nilsen b. Aug. 19, 1920 
d. Jan. 10, 1974 

Eugene Emil Nilsen b. Mar. 5, 1897 
married Jenny Marie b. Nov. 7, 1898 

Randi Margarethe Nilsen b. Oct. 19, 1927 
married Bjorn Johansen b. Oct. 31, 1922 
Ellen Johansen b. July 14, 1954 
Steinar Johansen b. Dec. 27, 1956 
Morten Johansen b, Aug. 21, 1959 



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Gunnar Nil sen b. Apr. 8, 3 935 
married Karin b. Nov. 17, 1940 

Roger Nilsen b. July 26, 1958 

Gurm-Karin Nilsen b. May 18, 1 965 

R onnv Nilsen b. July 4, 1968 

Kari Emilie Nilsen b. Nov. 13, 1941 
married Basil Vassilios Kerdemelidis 

b. June 14, 1931 
Melissa Jenny Kerdemelidis b. Aug. 1, 1969 
Peter Vassilios Kerdemelidis b. Aug. 13, 1970 

J^ivind Nilsen b. 1900 
married Linda b. 1900 

Gabriel Nilsen b. approx. 1902 
married Randi b. 

Gerd Nilsen b. approx. 1933 

married Possli 

I nger Nilsen b. apnrox. 1935 

married Egil Skaugrud 

Nils Nilsen b. Feb. 18, 1895 

married Feb. 18, 1-920 to Lagertha Kristensen 

b. July 13, 1898 



Anna Marie Nilsen b. Aug. 19,1920 d. Jan. 10, X), 
married Nov. 3, 1945 Leif Pettersen b. Sept. 24,' ^ 

Arvid Pettersen b. Feb. 15, 1946 1 ^21 

married w/ 3 children 

Bjorg Pettersen b. Apr. 5, 1946 

married w/ 2 children 

Tore Pettersen b. July 4, 1950 

Rare Gunnar Nilsen b. Sept. 20, 1923 
marrieu Oct. T~5^ i960 Harriet Stenberg 

b. DeE. 23, 1932 
Rune Nilsen b. Nov. 29, .1961 

Nils Ragnar Nilsen b. Dec. 2, 1930 
married Oct. 12, 1957 to Synnpve Gr^dem 

b. Dec. 26, !927 

Unni Nilsen b. July 28, 1960 

Irene Nilsen b. Aug. 20, 1966 



My paternal grandfather is Hans Nilsen the third child of Nils 

2 

and Emilie. He was born in Christiana, Norway on Feb. 16, 1888. 

He went to grade school and then farmed with his father. Han's 
brother-in-law's brother was Christian Martinsen. (Han's sister 
Agnes married Jena Alfred Martinsen. ) Chris came overto the U.S. 
in about 1900. He farmed in and around the Capron II. area. 



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Chris Martinsen returned to Norway and wy grandfather made 
plans to journey to America. Chris' boss, Embert Johson, sent 
the money for my grandfather's passage and assured him of a job. 
Hans came to the U.S. in 1907 and worked on Embert Johnson's 
farm near Belvidere, II. He worked on Johnson's farm until 1909 
when he hired on as a farmer on Roy Bound's farm, south of 
Poplar Grove, II, for one year. In 1910 he went to work for 
Joe Rhodes. He worked there for three years. 

My paternal great great grandfather was Francis Hinckley a 
country Doctor in Minnesota. He married Abbie Sherburn whose 
parents came from England and traveled from out East to 
Janesville, Wise, in a covered wagon. She was brought up in 
a Ouaker environment . Their first son William Milton Hinckley 
was my great grandfather. They had two more children , George 
Hinckley and Harriet (Hattie) Hinckley Goule. They grew up in 
Janesville, Wise. 

William was a windmill repairman and also dug wells. He 
had a ^ery good business. William met Ann Elisabeth Terwilliger 
in Janesville, Wise, where thpy married and had seven children. 
Ann Terwilliger was previously married to James Watt and there 
was one child from this union. Mayme Watts was my grandmother's... 
half sister. 

Ann Elizabeth's parents (my great great grandparents) were 
Daniel Terwilliger and Emma Hunt. Daniel was born in Canada. 
It has always been rumored that somewhere in our ancestry there 
is Indian. Daniel is referred to as French-Canadian. If there 
is Indian perhaps it is Daniel's mother (name unknown). Emma 
Hunt's parents were from England. Daniel and Emma met in 
Minnesota^ 

Another story passed around is that a relative drowned on the 
TITANIC. I checked the names Hinckley, Hunt Sherburn and 
Terwilliger against the passenger list and found that a Mr. 
George Hunt died on the TITANIC. It could be a relative. 

William and Ann had seven Children and their geneology is 
included . My grandmother Beulah Mae Hinckley was the third 
child of William and Ann. She attended grade school in 
Janesville, Wise. The family moved to Harvard between 1902 
and 1906. They lived in a nicely furnished 7-room house. 



BIRTH CERTIFICATE OP BEUBAH HINCKLEY 




BIRTH CERTIFICATE OP BEULAH HINCKLEY 




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William was a strict Republican and a Metiiodist and reportedly 
was very partial to Buicks. He owned a Bui ck. .Touring car. -Jtrm 
belonged to the Salvation Army. They owned a radio with ear 
phones and could listen to organ music from the old Apollo 
theater in Belvidere. Ann died in January 1911. Ann Sherburn 
Moved in to live and take care of the children. My grandmother 
went to work for Joe Rhodes. Beulah's half sister, Magme.'s 2 nd 
husband was Gharles Rhodes, Joe's brother. 

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married to Abbie Sherburn b. app. 1850 d. June 1927 

William Milton Hinckley b. Apr. 21, 1871 d. 1955 

married to Ann Elizabeth Terwilljger 

b. , 1869 d. Jan. , 1911 

had one daughter by James Watts 

Mayme Watts b. Apr. 1, 1888 d. Aug. 1943 
married to William Deline b. approx.' 1860-70 
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married Emma Hunt b. d. -1889 

Mayme and William Deline 

Laupa Deline 
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Children of Ann & William Hinckley 

F rances Adelia Hin ckley b. May 8, 1892 d. 1976 
"married May 6, 1916 to Oscar Kidd b. 1890 
Earl Law ren.ce Kidd b. approx. 1920 
married to Grace Treet 
Sylvia Kidd 
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Dorothy Kidd b. approx. 1920 
married Russell Sigwell 

J ohn Oscar Kidd b. Aug. 2, 1927 

married to Patricia ( 

Steven Kidd b. May 3, 1956 

David Kidd 

Ronald Kidd 

William Arthur Hinckley b. 1894 d. 1957 

married 

Beulah Mae Hinckley b. Jan. 30, 1895 

married Hans N ils en 

same family as in Nilsen geneology 

Harriet Emogene Hinckle y b. May 23, 1899 d. 1940 
married Edward Deline (son of Wm Deline) 
7 children 

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married Edgar- Willis Zimmer b. Dec. 26, 1907 
Evelyn Jeanne Zi.iiiaer b. Jan 20, 1927 
married Robert Ruhl b. Aug. 5, 1927 

Gary ^ Ruhl b. Feb. 1, 1951 

married Apr. 27, 1974 Donna b. Nov. 25, 1955 
Michael Seth Ruhl b. Apr. 6, 1976 

D avid Ruhl b. June 20, 1952 

L inda Ruhl b. Jan. 18, 1955 

John Ruhl b. Dec. 22, 1961 
Edgar Willis Zimme r Jr. b.Aug. 7, 1932 
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S allv Zimmer b. Oct. 7, 1956 

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Rozell Maustin Frazer Jr. b. May 11, 1927 
married Jan 1, 1953 Florence Rockenek 

b. Aug. 29, 1929 
P amela Marie Frazer b. Feb. 27, 1954 
married June 24, 1972 James Michael LaMont 
children b.'Apr. 23, 

Stephanie Marie LaMo nt b. Sept. 14, 1973 
Susan Genevieve Fraze r b. Feb. 18, 1955 
married Aug. 4, 1973 Charles Diamond 
N ancy Christine Frazer b. Liar. 9, 1957 
married Dec. 12, 1975 Richard Ludwig 
Lesly Ann Fraze r b.Aug. 7, 1959 
Patricia Rose Fraze r b, May 8, 1963 



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Beulah Hinckley was working on Joe Rhodes farm from 1909-1913 
when Hans Nilsen arrived from Norway. They met and married 
July 3, 1913 at the BooneCounty Court House, Belvidere, II. 
by the Rev. W.T. McKee. They lived and worked on various farms 
while raising their family of nine. 

In 1914 they farmed in Capron, II. on the Godfrey Karlson 
farm where Marvin H, was born April 30, 1914. They moved to 
the Oscar Anderson farm near Cherry Valley. 



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Beulah Hinckley worked and lived on the Joe Rhodes farm 
from 1909-1913. She was working there when Hans Nilsen arrived 
from Norway. They met when Hans started work for Rhodes. 

They were married on July 3, 1913 in the Boone County Court 
House, Belvidere,Il. b;w the Rev. W.T. McKee. They lived and i 
worked on various farms while raising their family of nine. 

In 19H they farmed in Capron, II. on thfc Godfrey Karlson 
farm and Marvin was born there on April .,30, 191 4. They moved 
to the Oscar Anderson farm near Cherry Valley, II. iBernice 
was born May 23, 1915 on the Anderson farm. Their next move 
was across the road to the Swan Anderson farm and Dorothiemae 
was born there on June 25, 1917. Lola Amelia was born Sept. 
3, 1919 on the Ben Harling farm on Genoa Rd. near Belvidere, II. 

The family then moved to the Alexander farm which was owned 
by The Keene Canning Co. and located north of L e ividere.. 
Eunice Elizabeth was born there on May 25, 1921, Robert Boyd 
was born on May 9, 1922 and my father, Thomas Calvin, was born 
March 29, 1924. In 1926 they moved to the last farm, the Strom 
farm located near Caledonia on Livingston Road. The Livingston 
cemetary was about one mile down the road. 

Martin Eugene was born Sept. 24, 1926 and Clifton Lee was 
born Nov. 7, 1930. On October 27, 1943 Hans was kicked in the 
spleen by one of the plow horses and died of a ruptured spleen. 
He is buried in Livingston Cemetary beside my Grandmother who 
died October 8, 1975 of lung cancer. 

Thomas Calvin Nilsen was born ^arch 29, 1924 at home on 
Saturday at 5:35 am. He attended grades 1-8 at Livingston 
Grade School. He then auit school to help on the farm. He 
worked short periods of time on neighboring faims. He started 
hauling milk for the Church Bros, to the Our Own Dairy in 
Poplar Grove, II. from 1943-45. In Sept. 1946 Tom enlisted in 
the rU.S. Army and was stationed in Ft. Belvoir, Va.. He boarded 
a ship for Japan On November 23, 1946. He was stationed in 
Japan for six months. Upon returning home in spring of 1947 
he traveled around the country for a few months. Tom started 
hauling milk for Roy Lorn from Sept. 1947- May 1949. He hauled 
grain for Ralph Teuscher until 1951. 



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MRS. BEULAH MAE NILSEN 

Mrs. Beulah Mae Nilsen, 80, 
Rockford, died at 7:25 p.m. 
Wednesday, at St. . Anthony 
Hospital in Rockford. -■' , . . 

Mrs. Nilsen was born in 
Janesville, Wis., Jan. 30, 1895, 
daughter of William and Ann 
Elizabeth Terwilliger Hinckley. • 
She was married to Hans L. 
Nilsen, July 3, 1913, in 
Belvidere. ; ..- - 

She was a past member of the 
Ladies Aide Society for the 
-lunter Methodist Church. V 

iving are five sons, Marvin, 

es Park; Robert, New 

ord; Thomas and Martin 

ton, Belvidere; four 



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Wallace, Loves Park; Mrs. Lola 
Eastham, Urbana, Mrs. Ber- 
nice Noth and Mrs. Eunice' 
Harley , both of Tomah, Wis.; 
two sisters, Mrs. Frances Kidd, 
Atlanta, Georgia, and Mrs. 
Genevieve Frazer, Belvidere, 
40 grandchildren and 34 great- 
grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be at 1:30 
p.m. Saturday, at the Buck- 
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the Evans United Methodist 
Church in Loves Park, will 
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Tom then started hauling steel to Chicago, II. until 1955. 
He met Marilyn Dunklau at International Harvester where she 
worked, as a shipping clerk. 

My maternal Gr. G r . Grandfather was John Dunklau born approx. 
1835 in Germany in the Scheswig-Holstein area. He married Marie 
Einsphar who was born approx. 1835. They Had seven children 
John, Rudolph, Edward, Paul William, Louise, and Willhelminia. 

John Dunklau Jr, came to America first and crossed the 
country to California. He is referred to in family as "Injun John' 
because it is rumored that he married an Indian Princess..^ It is 
assumed that he is the oldest as know one knows for sure, '• 

My Great Grandfather Rudolph Herman Dunklau Sr.was born in 

September in 1861 in Germany. He came to America from the 
Schleswig-Holstein area in 1881 and filed his first papers dm 
Hasting, Neb. in 1883, Due to the confusing history of the 
Schleswig-Holstein States he was listed as a Dane although he 
considered himself a German. The Danish Government had ruled' 
the bordering state of Schleswig for many years. A series of 
revolutions occured and Schleswig-Holstein were reunited with 
Germany. Rudolph filed his second papers in the Circuit Court 
in Chicago, II. . 

Emma Babbe was born in the Schleswig-Holstein area, Germany 
on November 17, 1863. She came to Chicago and met Rudolph. It 
is ironic that they lived so near one another in Germany and 
then met in America. They were married and had five children. 
There names were Hugo, Rudolph, Alfred, Edna and Hulda. 

The family lived at 3538 Rockwell in Chicago in a house that 
Rudy had built. It was a two story frame house. Rudy worked at 
The Chicago Stockyards as a carpentet for Wilson Packaging. He 
walkfcd to and from work ever day although the street cars were 
in service. He often brought blood home to have Emma make blood 
pancakes. Rudy was a very peaceful and ouiet man who loved to 
smoke his pipe. Emma would holler at him for the smoking and 
make him go in the basement. Their first car was a 1926 
Studebacker. They enjoyed listening to the old radio. The 
family was a strong Luthern family. Rudy liked to read Zane 
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Rudolph Herman Dunklau Sr . b. Aug. 16, 1861 d.Jan. 29, 
married Emma Babbe b. Nov. 17, 1863 1952 

d. Nov. 7, 1945 
H ugo Dunklau b. July 29, 1888 d. Aug. 23, 1960 i 
married Henreitta Kegenmister b. Sept. 29, 1893 
sons previous marriage Q. Feb. 9, 19741 
Lester Dunklau b. Oct. 21, 1914 d. 1973 
married Alpha b. 

died at birth approx. 1947 

Sherilyn Dunklau b. May 6, 1949 
Luanna Dunklau b. , 1950 
Jan Alan Dunklau b. Sept. 10, 1951 

Melvin James Dunklau b. Feb. 18, 1917 v 
married Eileen Bloom b. Jan. 5, 19.. 
Starlette Ann Dunklau b. July 3, 1942 
married John M. Whitman 
child son b. May 4, 1969 

Maria Elena Dunklau b. Oct. 21, 1943 
married Phlip C. Evenson b. May 5 2 1 9 
children 

Gregory Evenson b. May 5, 1964 
Lynette Eileen Evenson b. Jan 17, 1966 
Yvette Maria Evenson b. Jan. 17, 1966 

■ Rudolph Herman Dunklau b. July 7, 1890 d. Feb. 25, «50 
married Jan. 30, 1913 E lla Miller b. May 5, 1894 

d. Apr. 19, 1969 

Bernadine Betty Dunkla u b. Mar. 8, 1929 
married Sept. 11, 1954 Werner Hauser b. 

Donna Lynn Hauser b. Sept. , 1955 
Werner Rudolph Hauser b. Aug , 1957 
died same day 

Marilyn Frances Dunklau b. Nov. 30, 1933 
married Dec. 11, 1954 "Thomas C. Nils en 



L orel Gae Nilsen b, 
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Alfred Dunklau b. 1891 d. May 18, 1912 

E dna Louisa Margarita Wilheminia Dunklau 
b. Oct. 8, 1897 d. Oct. 27, 1970 
married Samuel Holton McKee b. Dec. 26, 1 

M argaret McKee b../Dec. 26, 1921 

married and divorced 

Kathleen Caro l b. Apr. 7, 1947 
J udith Mari e" b. Nov. 15, 1952 
married May 5, 1973 Phillip J. Niekelski 

H ulda Dunklau b. June 19, 1905 

married & divorced Walt or Raygo b. d. 1975 

Lois Ann Raygo b. July 22, 1926 
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R ichard James K erstein b. Oct. TO, 1047 
married Janet Crot ly b. Aug. 28, 1947 
children: 

Ri chard Kerstein b. Feb. 10, 1971 

M ichelle Kerstein b. Feb. 2, 1974 

A myiviarie Kerstein te. Sept. 30, 1975 

B arbara Kerstei n b. Jan24, 1949 
married Richard Drawdy b. Feb. 2, 1949 
children: 

D avid RichardDrawdy b. Apr. 12, 1968 
Lisa Drawdy b. , 1970 

Lind a Marie Kerstein b. Jan. 13, 1953 
married William King Jr. b. Feb. 28, 1953 

. ~ '\-H &vy Kaye Kerstein b. June 29, 1957. 

Hulda married Bernard Siler b. May 6, 1957 

d. Mar. 15, 1973 
Robert Siler b. Jan 29, 1947 
married Aug. 7, 1971 to Victoria Aubele b. May 31, 195: 

J ohn Dunklau Jr . b. approx. 1855-60 
married Jenny 

Edward Dunklau b. approx. 1850-70 
married Dora 

M artha Dunklau 

married Blank 
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Paul Dunklau 
married Hulda 

Ella Dunklau 

married Jack Wltious 

Elvina Witious b. (1910-30) 

John Dunkla u b. (1900) 
Carl Dunklau b. (1900) 

William Dunkla u b.( 1850-70) 
married Pauline 

William P. Dunklau b . ( 1 880- 1900) 
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George Dunklau 

Louise Dunklau b( 1850-70) 
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My maternal great Grandfather was Herman Miller and his wife's 
name ®as Emma. They had seven children together : Herman,' Emma, 
Anna, Ida, Dora, Ella, Martha and Paul. My Grandparents worked 
a truck farm in Chicago until n erman died. They were very poor. 

Emma and her family moved to 3538 S. Rockwell, the same 
home that Rudolph Dunklau had built. At this time the Dunklau' s 
lived a few houses down the street in a 2-story gray stone. ■ 

This is how my grandparents met, they were neighbors. Ella 
grew up as a Luthern and was a very strong Christian. She went 
to beutician school and worked for about ten years as a beutician. 

Ella Miller and Rudy Dunklau Jr. were married at the Grace 
Evangelical and Reformed Church on January 30, 1913 in Chicago. 
'J-'hey lived at 4436 S. Homan from 1929039. Their first child 
was Bernadine Betty and she was born March 8, 1929. Ella stopped 
working as a beautician. She did work as a cleaning lady to 
help during the depression. Rudy worked' on the Chicago-Rockwell 
railroad as an engineer. Marilyn Frances was born on November 
30, 1933. In 1939 the family moved to 4450 S. Homan and lived 
there until 1940. Their next address /vas 3926 W. 59th PI. and 
they moved again to 3910 W. 61st Pa. and both girls grew up 
there. On February 25, 1950 Rudolph Dunklau Jr. died after a 
very long illness. Ella continued to live in the house until 
she remarried to George Lange in Dec. 1961. Ella Lange died of 
a heart attack on April 19, 1969. 

Marilyn Frances Dunklau was born Nov. 30, 1933 and attended 
4 different grade schools they were Gonzales, Peck, Hubbard and 
Eberhart. She graduated from Lindblom High School in June 1951. 

Marilyn worked at Kresges for a few weeks during Christmas 
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months in 1950. She then worked at Burny Bros, for seven months. 
Her next job was at International harvester in the exports parts-, 
department. While on strike she worked at a Kool-Aide factory 
for two weeks and also for two days at the stockyards as a 
secretary. 

Thomas Calvin Nilsen and Marilyn ^ranees Nilsen met at the 
International Harvester Co. and later married on December 11, 
1954 at tht Grace Evangelical and 2eformed Church in Chicago, II. 
Her Uncle Holton McKee gave her away. They came to live in ■ 
Belvidere, II. and stayed a few months with Tom's mother on 
Madison St.. They found a small apartment on Fremont St. and 
lived there for awhile. Tom worked as a truck driver for Over 
Nite from 1955-57. Their first child was born on October 2, 1955 
They named her Lorel Gae Nilsen. They soon moved to a larger 
place on Locust St. Their Second daughter was born on June 20, 
1957 and she was named Lynda Sue Nilsen. In August 1957 they 
moved to 1218 W. 4th St. and they lived there until 1964.^ 

David Thomas Nilsen was born on November 30, 1960. He was 
born the same day as John Kennedy Jr. The family took many 
vacations all over the U.S. W e visited places from Maine to 
Colorado and Canada and Texas. In August 1964 the family moved 
to 716 Maple Ave. and we still live here today. The house is 
2-g- blocks from Washington Grade School where all of the children 
attended grade school. It is also only 2-3 blocks from the Jr. 
High School. All Of the children attended Belvidere J Jr. High 
School. 

Tom and Marilyn were divorced in 1971. The children live 
with Marilyn. Tom remarried to Doris Shelby in 1972 and also 
divorced her in 1972, He remarried June 1, 1 974 to Phyllis Jean 
Wascher, He currently works for Perkins Transfer and willsoon 
complete his 20th year with that company. He lis a member of 
St. Jon's United Church of Christ and is on the board of social 
concerns. They are also members of the Moose Club. 

Marilyn, Lorel, Lynda and David are all members of St. John's 
United Church of Christ in Belvidere, II. Marilyn and Lynda are 
very active in bowling and have great success in their efforts. 

Marilyn is currently working at CamCar Scrtw & eo. after 9 
years on the job as secretary- shipping clerk. Lynda works at 
a local gas station and David attends Belvidere High School and 
is finishing his sophomore year. 



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Ella Mille r b. May 27, 1894 d. Apr. 19,1969 
married d an. 30, 1913 Rudofrnh Dunklau b. July 7, 1890 

d. Feb. 25, 1950 
B ernadine Betty Sunk lau b. Mar. 8, 1929 
married Sept. 11, 1954 Werner Hauser b. 
Boima^^mJiauser b. Sept. ,1955 
Werner Rudolph Hauser b. Aug. , 1957 

Marilyn Franj2es_Dpmklau b. Nov. 30, 1933 
married Dec. 11, 1954 Thomas Calvin Njlsen 
divorced Apr. 5, 1971 b. Mar. 29, 1924 

L orel Gae.jjilse n b. Oct, 2, 1955 
L ynda Sue ^ilsen b. June 20, 1957 
David Thomas Nilsen b. Nov. 25, 1960 ; 

M artha Miller b. 1895-6 d. Apr. 19,1969 

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Lorel Gae Nilsen was born Sunday October 2, 1955. I attended 
Washington Grade school for grades K-6 . T attended 7 & 8 grades 
at Belvidere Jr. High School j graduated from Belvidere High 

School June6, 1973. I earned money during my teens by baby- 
sitting. I worked as a waitress at the Belvidere Oasis during 
the summer of 1972. The summer after I. graduated I worked at 
The Smak Drive-in. I started College in the fall of 1973 at 
Rock Valley College. I was an Accounting major but decided to 
drop that field of study. I took a year off and worked for 
various people as a baby sitter, this started me thinking about 
majoring in education. I returned to Rock Valley in the fall of 
1975. 

I am planning to attend Northern Illinois University next 
fall and major in pre-school and education. I am currently 
teaching Sunday ^chool Class at the First United Methodist 
Church. I am seriously thinking about a trip to Europe. I 
would like very much to visit my family and friend that live 
in Norway. I hope to go after I graduate frome College. 



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END NOTES 



1 . 



Letter from Ellen Johansen, Asker, Norway 

2. Photos owned by Martin Eugene Nilsefij Belvidere, IL. 

3. IBID . 

4. IBID . 

5. Photo owned by Dorothy Wallace, Loves Park, IL. 

6. Photo owned by Thomas Nilsen, Belvidere, IL. 

7. IBID . 

8. Document owned by Dorothy Wallace, Loves Park, IL. 

9. Photos owned by Thomas Nilsen, Belvidere, IL. 

10. IBID . 

11. IBID . 

12. IBID . 

13. IBID . 

14. Photos owned by Clifton Nilsen, Belvidere, IL. 

15. IBID . 

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17. Photo owned by Marilyn Nilsen, Belvidere, IL. 

18. Geneology provided by Dorothy Wallace, Loves Park, IL. 

personal interview 

19. History provided by Genivieve Prazer, Belvidere, IL. 

personal interview 

20. Document owned by Dorothy Wallace, Loves Park, IL. 

21. History provided by Genivieve Prazer, Belvidere, IL. 

personal interview 

22. History provided by Thomas Nilsen, Belvidere, IL. 

personal interview 

23. Document owned by Dorothy Wallace, Loves Park, IL. 

24. Newspaper clipping owned by Thomas Nilsen, Belvidere, IL. 

25. History provided by Samuel Holton McKee, Maywood, IL. 

personal interview 



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personal interview 

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43. Letter owned by Marilyn Nilsen, Belvidere, II. 

44. Photos owned by Marilyn Nilsen, Belvidere, IL. 

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51. Photo owned by Lorel Nilsen, Belvidere, IL. 



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BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Correspondence : 

Prom Ellen Johansen, Asker, Norway 
Personal Interview: 

Prazer, ^enivieve (Jenny) Hinckley, Belvidere, II, 

McKee, Samuel Holton, Maywood, IL. 

Nilsen, Marilyn Dunklau, Belvidere, IL. 

Nilsen, Thomas, Belvidere, IL. 

Wallace, Dorothy Nilsen, Loves Park, IL. 

Zimmer, Edgar Willis, Belvidere, IL. 



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REFLECTIONS 

I found that although I have presented the factual pic- 
I have left out the human side. Hans Nilsen was a very quiet 
man and very gentle with the girls as they grew up. Beulah 
Nilsen was a hard worker and always gave of herself. She was 
very artistic and could make something from nothing and would 
then give it away. 

I never knew my grandfathers but everyone says that 
Rudy Dunklau was a very kind man who rarely lost his temper. 
My grandmother, Ella, was a beutiful woman. She always had us 
call her Nanny in stead of grandma. We always looked forward - 
to Easter because every year she sent us hot-cross buns for 
Good Friday, Her house always smelled of moth balls and for 
me the smells of moth balls is a very pleasant one. 

I am just now beginning to see my parents as people. 
My father is a man who works hard and has all of his life; My 
mother has the feelings and emotions that most people do and 
more and more I am beginning to recognize that people every 
where are much the same. 

During the research for this paper I have become much 
closer to my family. The people who used to be just "relatives' 
are really people with problems and lives also. I met some 
relatives that I probably never would have met . I wrote to 
a cousin in Norway and it is a big dream of mine to go to 
Norway someday and meet all of my family that live there. 

I only hope that those who read this will enjoy it as much 
as I did researching it. I hope that the pioture presented 
is as accurate and factual as it can be. 

It is my hope that others will add to this and update . 
it as trie years go on. 



NOLAN, TERRANCE MICHAEL 1956- 



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111. 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, depositor) in the 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 

Signed /qg^iij Ylc'h ^ 

Date / TttXjtL, /<nj 



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List of Sources 

A. People Interviewed 

Hazel Nolan (Paternal Grandmother) 
Veronica Dent (Maternal Grandmother) 
Aileen Nolan (lay Mother) 
Jerome Nolan (My father) 

B. People Written To And Other Sources 

•John and Rita Nolan (My Grandfather Nolan's Brother) 
r icture albums from my mother's parents ana grandparents 
Coat of Arms and orgin of the Nolan name from Catholic 
charities for donations. 



Fart I 

A. Paternal Grandfather 
Jerome Eugene NOLaN 

Jerome Eugene NOLAN was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, 
27 » September, I896. His parents, Prank and Mary NOLAN, came 
from Ireland to settle in Nebraska. His parents probably came 
from tne area of County Carlow, southeastern part of Ireland. 
About the 1660's, his parents who were farmers, moved to the 
United States because of the crop failure of potatoes due to 
dry seasons. In Nebraska they bought and sold cattle. At one 
time they were visited by Buffalo Bill Coty who bought horses 
from them. Later in life his father became chief police at 
Fondulac, Wisconsin. 

During his early life he had two paper routes, 
one in the morning and the other in the evening. Jerome was 
employed by the railway express agency for U3 years prior to 
retirement in 1°62. He was transferred for promotions in mainly 
the state of V/isccnsin, and in Minnesota. He retired as director 
of security for this company in New York. While he was in 
Wisconsin he was demoted twice in Milwaukee. This demotion was 
due to discrimination, because ne was an Irish Catholic and his 
bos3 was a Mason, who wanted more people in the security of 
Railway Express, masons also. His demotion consisted of being 
transferred to small towns and goin? from a special agent to a 
regular agent. He was troubled by the demotion because he did 
not know much about the work of an agent, who was in cnarge of 



all the truck drivers. From New York, he moved to Rocxfcrd, 
Illinois to live closer to their only son. In Rockfcrd he was 
self employed for many years as a polygraph operator. 

My grandfather was a very religious nan, a devout 
Catholic who went to church every Sunday. He enjoyed hunting 
and fishing during his entire lifetime. Duck minting with his 
father in Hoi icon Karsh, Wisconsin, where he would bring home 
one-hundred ducks a day; the daily bag limit. During his later 
years of life he enjoyed watching sport events on television 
and "pan" fishing at Rock Cut State Park. He was respected for 
his honesty and Integrity by many people, had many friends 
through out the United States. Falling health resulted with 
his death on 26, December, 1972. 



B. Paternal Grandmother 
Hazel Agnus COPPERSMITH 

Hazel Agnus COPPERSMITH was born 16, August, 1695 . 
She was born right at her home in Green Bay, V.isconsin. There 
were not many hospitals in the town, so the doctor coming to a 
persons house to deliver a baby was a common thing. At tne home 
there was no electricity, cars, and the bath tub was in the kitchen, 
Had kerosene lights and bracket lamps. No running water. Had 
a well connected to the Kitchen sink where they would pump the 
water. The house was large enough for the family, consisting 
of a front room, parlor, three bedrooms and an upstairs. There 
-ere five children in the family. 

Her grandfather came from Belgium and her grand- 
mother came from France. It took her grandmother from France 
on a boat, about two months to get to tne United States. Both 
parents were devout Catholics. Her mother was a traditional 
clean French lady. During high school she worxed in a candy 
store until the age of twenty-four. The wages of the job were 
six dollars a week, eight hours a day, six days a week. Before 
the job at the candy store, at the age of thirteen sue worked 
at a grocery store her parents owned. She would scruo tne stores 
floor with no pay, just glad enough to get food and a place 
to live from her parents. By taking many music lessons at St. 
Joseph Academy she played the organ in a theater during the 
silent movie era of the 1920 's. 

One of the major community events was to go on a 
sleigh ride party. Two horses would pull the sleigh consisting 
of about ten to fifteen couples who would go way out in the 



country and have diners at a rode side "house-like" restaurant. 
Another event in Green 3ay was people swimming and dancing on 
Bay 3each. The circus v/as a big ^art of the community. r eople 
would come to the side of the streets and watch the Hingling 
Brothers parade. Wedicine shows also attracted thousands of 
people. At the medicine shows people would buy bottles for a 
dollar a bottle. They believed it when they were told that 
these bottles would "cure all illnesses, grow hair on your nead. 
and take away aches and pains." All s the bottles really contained 
just alcohol and water. -robably the biggest event was the 
establishment of the professional football team, Green Bay 
Packers. She was acquainted with Curly Lamoeau, one of the 
original players and coach of the Packers. 

She frequently talks about her father, a rural 
route employee who carried mail by horse and buggy. During 
the long winter months her father would put large heated stones 
into the buggy which was the only heater to keep himself warm. 
Ker entertainment was usually going to a park with picnic diners, 
playing c r rds, and watching the main sports such as football, 
baseball, basketball and track. At this time many injuries 
occured in sports because of the lack of equipment, helments 
and shoulder pads, which protect neople today. There were frequent 
family reunions taking place in Green Bay. All the relatives, 
married brothers and sisters with their children would attend 
usually in a park. 

Large celebrations were held every Thanksgiving 
when people would go downtown and eat in a large building. 



She lived twenty-four years in Green Bay. Before she was married 
and moved out of town she would ride the trolly car, three cents 
a ride, to work at a seed factory for the good wages, consid- 
ered at that time of about a dollar a day. She would work on 
the assembly line picking the good seeds from the bad ones. By 
the weight of the bad seeds determined the amount she was paid 
for the day. The town consisted mainly of people who learned 
trades such as Dutting in windows, a glazer. According to her 
drinking. alcohol was unpopular, Most people liked soft drinks. 

A women never went to the bars. Her parents, especially ner 
mother, were strict. Made the family go to church every 
Sunday. Family decisions were made and agreed on by both parents, 



C. Paternal grandparents Life Together 

They both net each ether during World War I. Hazel 
was employed at the candy store where ray grandfather, Jerry, 
was a United States Marine during World War I. tie came to Green 
Bay and asked her for a date. !.:y_ grandmother says she fell 
in love with the Marine Corps, uniform as my grandfather wore 
his "dress duties". They were married in 1918, just after 
World War I in Chicago, Illinois wnere they spent their honey- 
moon. Grandmother proceded to have five boys, only the last 
one lived which is my father, ily grandfather -.v a s employed by 
the Railway Express Company and were a middle class family. 
Due to frequent job transfers they had to move twenty-eight 
times. They usually lived in apartment complexes. 

Many of the relatives the^ visited in Milwaukee 
were on my grandfathers side. Many of their relatives, Aunts 
and Uncles visited them in Green Bay also. One of their Aunts 
husbands father, Minor, was a congressman. They had their 
first automobile ( a Ford) when they were married and have had 
many automobiles during their life. Their first radio was 
purchased in 1926 and their first television set in 1950« 
They had a middle class income and owned their furniture as 
they moved from place to place. Uy grandfather worked six days 
a week, ten hours a day. 

Listening to the radio was a major enjoyment 
as well as going to the movies, playing golf, hunting and 
fishing. They also enjoyed taking long walks and shopping in 



stores. Swimming on the beach was a major enjoyment for them. 
Religion played a very important role. They never r.issed church 
on Sunday and both wore devout Catholics. The church also 
olayed an important role on their actions in community life 
such as what movies they could see and what movies they could 
not see. Their only son was disciplined strictly. If he 
smarted off to them he would be walloped with a stick or 
slapped by his mother in the face. My grandmother was Knocking 
on deaths door several times during her earlier years and at 
one time was given the last rights by the Catholic church 
shortly after my father was born. She is now still living at 
seventy-nine and is stronger than my dad. When they were 
married she was a housewife and remained unemployed. In 1962 
my grandfather retired. He moved to Rockford and lived in 
retirement ten years prior to his death on 26 December 1972. 
They were married fifty years. At first they could not get 
married without dispensation which was to get the Bishops 
approval of their marriage. Also both had to receive communion 
before getting married. Before the 3ishop gave his approval 
of the marriage he would ask their priest if they were good 
Catholics. My grandmother remained a widow and is presently 
living in an apartment in Rockford, Illinois. 



D. Father 

Jerome Francis NOLAN 

Jerome Francis NOLAN was bcrn en 7> November, I92I4.. 
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended five Parochial grade 
schools and three different high schools due to frequent trsns- 
fers of his father. When his parents moved he made new friends 
and was always interested in sports such as tracx and espe- 
cially he most enjoyed football. From the age of nine he has 
been hunting and fishing to this present day. He always favors 
outdoor activities. He attended college in Minnesota and 
graduated from Y»isconsin University in 1950. Served three 
years in the army during World War II. Two of the yeers were 
soent on Oood Enough Island in the South Pacific of Japan, 
later served in New Guinea and the Philiireans and was honor- 
ably discharged a sargent. 

In high school during the summer he worked on a 
farm pitching hay, milking cows and worked in the corn fields. 
He started work at 5*30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. six days a weeK for 
a dollar a day. Sunday night he would have to milk cows also. 
During his junior and senior years of high s<h ool he also set 
rins in a bowling alley. While attending the University of 
Minnesota and Wisconsin he worked nart time for the Railway 
Express Agency loading and unloading freight from trains. By 
working all summer on the farm he earned thirty dollars which 
paid for his first car at the age of fifteen. A 1929 Model A 
Ford. Before going to school he would go hunting geese and 



shoot two to four every morning. After school he would ^o 
fishing. Also, he bunted with the Indians on a Indian re- 
servation in Ashland, Wisconsin. During duck season he was 
gone hunting twice ? week and missed some school also due to 
the deer hunting season. T/Issing Tirt of school due tc hunting 
seasons w«*s perfectly alright with the principle. He was 
taught by the Indians in Ashland how to hunt and fish. Seme of 
the Indians could v/alk uo as close as four feet to a deer before 
they would be noticed. Ten ducks oer person was the limit. 
There were plenty of wild q&me and fish such as Walleyes and 
Northerns. The main diet for my father and the Indians was 
deer meat. Ashland was a rural torn of about eight thousand 
people. Entertainment in the tewn was roller skating, dance 
after s basketball game on Saturday night. There was a hired 
instructor to teach people how to dance the Waltz, Fox Trot 
and p olka. Lunch In school was five cents. If you didn't have 
the nickel it was free. 

Holidays, especially the Fourth of July, was 
celebreted bv having oicnics pnd ; Tet togethers of his grand- 
fathers family. His family had closely related relatives on 
his mothers side. They would visit them quite often from 
Milwaukee and Ashland to 3reen Bay. The major community event 
in Ashland was the oardock. This was extracting oar from the 
ground and shipped off the dock of Lake Superior to smelting 
plants in Pennsylvania. Ke was brought up and raised a Catholic 
and was very important to him to go to church every Sunday. 



It 



Part II 

A. Maternal Grandfather 
Harold DENT 

T ^is parents were printers in Canada and cene to 
the United States to Vermont. The family sometimes was called 
"blue-bellied yankee" which meant to then thet they have been 
in America a long time. He w&s born in Antigo, Wisconsin and 
attended high school in Tigerton, Wisconsin. After graduating 
from high school he worked for his father who owned a small 
weekly newspaper by working on the press and set type. Before 
entering college to become a druggist at the University of 
Wisconsin he went on from seventh grade to high school. He 
felt he knew more than what he could be taught from the books 
in eight grade, '"'hen he entered high school they asked for 
his grade school diploma but kept cutting it off and telling 
them "he would bring it the next day". He out it off from not 
showing his grade diploma through high school and graduated 
from college without ever going to eight grade. One of the main 
routines in his life before renting mprried wns going fishing 
before school. Being unsatisfied working with the newspaper 
was the reason why he went to four years of college to become 
a druggist. 

He came from a middle class family. He was en 
average common man who came frcm a small town in Wisconsin 
where farming was a large part of the town and hunting and 
fishing was a large recreation. . : .lso for entertainment he 
played golf every Wednesday and enjoyed watching football 



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games, leading books was alsc enjoyed such as classics and :ier; 
novel?.. ? T is favorite author vms Thomas Wolfe and Taylor Cadwell, 
in Look :Ior.evard Angel . -lis family was visited tives 
(dads, cousins and uncles) from O'Clair, Wisconsin. They 
-ilayed the gane of chess for hours ment. 



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3. fraternal Grandmother 
Veronica Aileen BRADY 

Her father was a twin who cane from Ireland to 
the United States at the age of tnree. In Ireland they lived 
in a castle and were wealthy with cattle and horses. War 
broke out and the British came to take control of Irelana. Her 
father John Brady was driven out of his castle oy tne English 
in which he lost everything and had to flee to the "united 
States. She was from a family of ten. Born in Appleton, Wis- 
consin. Most of her sisters became teachers in aigh school. 
Her future father-in-law was the principle of tne high school 
she graduated from. Other various jobs held by the family 
members was her brother raising horses on a farm and her father 
tired of working indoors as a cabinet maker, later in order to 
work sold lumber. Because ne sold lumber the family had to 
move from Appleton to Tigerton for this type of job. The 
family members were devout Catnolics which most of them sang 
in a choir know as the "Brady Choir". Working and going to 
school was the main routine of the family. Most of the relatives 
were in Milwaukee. They visited their grandmother and sisters 
for three weeks every summer. The family was of common people 
who lived in a middle class home in small Wisconsin towns. 

One of the greatest events she experienced was 
in Antigo, Wisconsin where she saw the Wright Brothers flight. 
After the plane had landed the Wright Brothers had a tent where 
they went and laid down to rest after the amazing experience 



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of the flight. 

The typical living style of the household was 
for the children after graduating from high school around the 
age of eighteen was to leave home to work. The older children 
helped the younger ones to get ready for school and work. 
All of the ten children were a close family. Their father 
strictly disciplined the family 9s well as the mother with a 
straT->. None of the children were allowed to talk back to their 
parents. One of the exercises they had to do was to prevent 
round shoulders by out ting the arms at the edge of the aoor 
frame and moving bac-. and forth. The older children had the 
say so over the younger ones. At first they had well water but 
eventually they had running hot and cold water. Altogether 
the family moved five times with the major decisions made by 
the father with the help of the mother. Vany of the schools 
recreation was croquet, baseball, basketball, tennis and foot- 
ball. Another major event of the community which brought a lot 
of publisity was the big ship called Lucitinia which ran into 
an ice burg up north and sunk. All of the major holidays 
(Christmas, Thanksgiving and etc.) were celebrated with family 
members coming home usually gathering around a guitar or piano 
singing. The Fourth of July was always celebrated by having 
picnics. All the family members when they left home either went 
to Green Bay or to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The oldest sister died 
so her mother took care of the four children. After the mother 
Clara Brady died the father lived with their chiiarens families 
until he died. 



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C. Maternal Grandparents life Together 

Both Harold Dent and Veronica Brady met in Tigerton, 
a small town in Wisconsin. They were married 13 June, Ifl3. 
Harold was twenty-two years old, four years older than his wife. 
After Harold graduated from college and became a pharmacist. 
They started their married life in a house which he built right 
above the drug store --vhere he was self-employed at In Madison, 
Wisconsin. Madison was a University town with little industry, 
mostly cultural. The house was one mile down town end since it 
was just built it was a modern house with modern facilities. 
He worked long hours in the store, from eight in the morning 
until ten ?t night. Neighborhood girls were hired to work in 
the store. After work he enjoyed reading usually until mid- 
night. He was very well liked by the neighborhood children 
who came in the store. He would tell jokes to them and help 
them with their homework. His store was generally noted for 
very little theft from people compared to the surrounding stores, 
Whenever he did catch a kid stealing he bawled them out and 
told them if they wanted anything ask him for it and he would 
give it tc them. He was noted fcr being friendly, kind and 
witty. His wife Veronica Dent, helped in the drug store and 
remained also a housewife. When the degression came they sent 
boxes of essent-'als (toothpaste, soap and etc.) and gave money 
to his wifes relatives who could'nt get jobs. By getting a loan 
from the bank he was able to build the store on credit. But 
when the depression onme money was very tight and the banx wnich 



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promised hia a loan, turned their back on hi"", and would*nt loan 
him anymore money, 1J c sould'nt buy an- more store suoniies 
so he did what the bank advised him to do. The business went 
bankrupt. His stock but not the building. The bank at first 
encour- ged him to build a store and a house over the tore. 
After the depression, when rr.oney was loose a',ain, the sarr.e bank 
after gcin? back on their word and not loaning aim rr.oney asked 
if he would stay with their bank. Since the bank did'nt show 
good will toward him when he really needed them he went to a 
different bank. Shortly afterward.? they rented their drug 
store to a wealthy man who owned a grocery store located close 
bv there. The man owned the store but they still ran the drug 
store. While they still worked there, his neice and cousin 
lived with them without paying rent, while attending Wisconsin 
University. They had somewhat of a barter system between his 
drug store and the dentist. Whatever the dentist bill was for 
the drug surrlies he bought it would he equal to their dentist 
bill. Since my a;rand-oerents keot medicine for doctors in 
their store refrigerator the doctors would always come to their 
house when someone was ill. My grand-oarent3 only sen, besides 
my mother, Don is presently worl ing for the state aeonrtment 
accounting. He also teaches vocational accounting. He also 
started e fencing club in Madison, Wisconsin where he is pre- 
sently teaching young people and oecple from tne University of 
Wisconsin. 

Since nineteen-twenty-five he was a druggest 
and retired at the age of seventy. They were about average 



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family income people. Very simple and common family that did'nt 
care much for money. Their social activities was working, 
going to school, reading, goint to a few movies, going golfing 
and my grandmotner belonged to three bridge clubs. This and 
going out to eat every Sunday was their daily routines of their 
life. When they were married my grandfather was converted into 
a Catholic which meant going to church on holy days and Sundays 
and were not allowed to eat meat on Friday. Their discipline 
was mostly setting examples for their two children. They 
taught politness and nammers as very important part of the family. 
When the children knew right from wrong they accepted what they 
were taught with great respect for their parents and an atti- 
tude of the family not to displease their parents. They were 
very quite people who lived day by day. One time the drug store 
was robbed and everyone mew about it in town except their 
daughter and son who was told about it from neighborhood people. 
Family reunions were held by having large picnics 
in Milwaukee. Later in life their childrens grandfather lived 
with them and was very close to them doing things such as play- 
ing chess, helping with the homework and played other games with 
the children. My grandmother afterwards did'nt liKe him staying 
so long in the hous e because of the loss of privacy. Many of 
the community events were sail boating on Lake Mendota, winter 
carnivals, making ice statues, and watching the major sports 
such as boxing, wrestling, baseball, football and basketball. 
My grandfather died on the twelth of October, nineteen-sixty- 
two and my grandmother is presently living with my Aunt and 
Uncle in Madison, Wisconsin. 



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D. Mother 

Aileen Veronica DSNT 

She was born in Madison, Wisconsin and lived there 
all her life up until marriage. It was an eventful cnild-hood 
with the same friends and neighbors. Vvorked in many department 
stores during the summer quit these jobs to go bacic to school. 
The first department store she worked in she was earning four- 
teen dollars a week plus twenty per cent off on all merchan- 
dise. The department store was especially designed for older 
ladies clothes so she never bought anything there. Since 
World War II she first started taking Pictures in a depart- 
ment store but she had an extreme liking for art so she went to 
work in a photo studio. There she colored pictures and later 
drew sketches of people. For drawing she earned eignteen 
dollars a week. At this time there was much propaganda for 
people to work in defense which led her to work for a rail 
battery factory and eventually quit the job at the photo-center. 

She went to a private high school which was very 
strict. The school teachers would put a needle on the floor 
and made the student girls kneel on the floor and if the skirt 
did'nt touch the needle they had to go home and change. The 
boys and girls were strictly seperated from one another by 
dividing stairways to classes. The school teachers were very 
serious about the dress code regulations but most students 
although they obeyed the dress code felt it was very funny. 
After graduating from high school she went to two years of 
college at the University of Wisconsin. There was great 



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obedience and respect for her parents. She was somewhat guarded 
by her family and was not allowed to have a bike since the 
streets were to busy with traffic. Her home above the drug 
store was located in the middle of wealthy people in front of 
them and factory workers behind them in the neighborhood. The 
main community entertainment was swimming and ice skating on 
Bay Lake. Very common lady who lived like her parents, a very 
ordinary and quiet life. Before marriage she attended dancing 
school at the age of three and her parents let her quit at the 
age of twelve. 



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Fart III 

A. Parents Lifs Together 
Jerome and Aileen NOLAN 

My parents met on a blind date through mutual 
friends at a basketball game. Because of .Vorld War II tney 
decided to get married before my father finished four years of 
college. After '.Vorld War II it was almost impossible for tuem 
to find a place to live. There were so many people coming back 
from the war and buildings were'nt being built fast enough to 
handle the sudden increase of the population. It was common 
for people to read the obituary columns to find where a place 
might be. At this time they had to live with my motners parents, 
They later found an apartment near the University of IN is cons in 
in Madison. It was a two house apartment called "New Project 
Homes". Meanwhile my father was working asa salesman for 
Good Year company while waiting for a job application in the 
Federal Bureau Of Investigation. Six months after graduating 
from the University of Wisconsin he was accepted as a special 
agent In the P.B.I, and has served at that capacity for the 
past twenty-four years. Due to frequent job transfers they 
moved nine times. They first moved from Madison to Falls 
Church, Virginia. Then to Little Rock, Arkansas. To Sene King, 
Pennsylvania and Hammond, Indiana, taking a train to work in 
and out of Chic ago. Then finally to Rockford, Illinois where 
we moved three times in this town. Each home was a little 
better than the last home they moved out of. The advancement 



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of his job was periodical raises and has served as senior resi- 
dent agent in Rockford for the past seventeen years. My parents 
family is a little more economically wealthier than that of 
their parents. 

My mother remained a housewife ani otner f 
members usually spent their time working, going to school and 
occasionally going out to diners or movies. My parents visited 
my mothers brother and his wife in Madison, Wisconsin. Family 
reunions used to be held ' ' " adison. At first the 

relatives were very close but now family reunions °.re not held 
anymore due to the reason that ever;fone is always tied up in 
their work. They traditionally obeyed the church laws and ssnt 
all five of their children to the neighborhood schools unless 
a parochial was near by they were sent there. 

Marriage was by mutual agreement. There was no 
interference from their parents. At the beginning of their 
marriage they lived on a "G. I. Bill". The government paid the 
family for going to college (ninety dollars a month) . Since 
my father had malaria during World T *ar II in New Guinea he was 
entitled to one hundred and twenty dollars a month. This income 
plus generous contributions from their parents they were fairly 
well off economically at the start of their marriage which 
began in Salinas, California 26 February, 19hh» 

His dicipline was fairly strict. Fatner diciplined 
more than his wife. My mothers punishment was usually being 
grounded to the room. My fathers punishment was mere when his 
children grew older. His punishment was more physical punish- 



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ment. One of the main family problems was that my father would 
be working on a couple road trips for usually two weeks. My 
mother did'nt like being left alone with rive children. ..as 
given their first automobile from their parents when he just 
got out of college. Bought their radio record player shortly 
after World War II. Ihey also bought a second haiid television 
in - niiadeiphia. Their entertain^nc was my mother coloring 
pictures and photography betv?een having babies. Ihe main family 
entertainment was having picnics, having people over, dancing 
and my Dad enjoyed hunting wild game and tailing starrer vaca- 
tions up north fishing with the family. Both are Catholic 
and gc tc church every dunday. Their homes always provided 
enough room for their children. 



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Part III 

B. My Life 

Terrance Michael NOLAN 

I was born in Hammond, Indiana, twenty minutes 
after ny mother arrived at the hospital. I w^s tne third son, 
and at nine months, due to ny fathers transfer, we moved to 
Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois (U.S.) in nineteen-f ifty-seven. 
Our first house was located at 2311 Sherman Street near Auburn 
High School. The grade school kindergnrden class was divided 
into three sections, two hours each section, due to the over- 
crowding of the school. My parents felt it was not worth- 
while going to kindergarten for only two hours, "ith five 
children in the family more rooms were needed. We movea in 
September of nineteen-sixty-two to Pinecrest Road near Guilford 
High School. I started first gr^de in nineteen-sixty-two at 
Marsh Grade School. After eight years at Marsh I went for 
four years at Guilford High School. During thi3 time I nad 
numerous paper routes, starting with the delivering of the 
Chicago Daily News and then to delivering an evening paper of 
the Register Republic. I joined a basketball team at the Boys 
Club downtown in Rockford for one season. Two years later in 
my senior year, I played on another city basketball team callea 
the JC-Boys 3asketball League in the Senior Division. I 
played on this team called the "Tenors" for one season also. 
One of my greatest experiences was meeting J. Edgar .;oover 
personally in V/ashington D.C. when I was in eighth grade. I 



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had the opportunity to have a picture taken with him. After 
graduating from Guilford High School I am presently enrolled 
full time at Rock Valley College. For the past two years I 
have been working thirty tc forty hours a week at a depart- 
ment store (Union Hall) located on East State Street. I am 
working as a stock boy in the drug department. 

I have a wide variety of interests of most all 
soorts. Football, basketball, tennis, softball andswimming. 
Above all hunting wild game and fishing i3 most enjoyed. 
Every year in November I gc hunting deer with my father and sec- 
ond oldest brother in Galena, Illinois. Most fisning is done 
in Wisconsin and Minnesota lakes. Presently ray daily life 
routine is working at Union Hall and attending college. For 
two to four hours a week, the two days I have off at work, 
I volunteer to work at the Illinois Extended Care Center for 
the mentally retarded. I 'm interested mainly in a career of 
law enforcement but I have not selected what field in law 
enforcement I would be interested in. I have been born and 
raised as a Catholic and I am presently attending Holy Family 
Parish . 



PALMER, JEAN ELLEN, 1956- 



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A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name Arthur Jgromg Ealmftj^, t ,. - Current Residence_ 



Place of birth Date of Birth January ?Q,i88a 

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



Occupatlon(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

'st farmer Dates 1 st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd D ates 

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

Chicago, Illinois S^afaemfr&E 22 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother date 



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

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name s wilhemina. jDombrea.n "Pal mor Currant Residence _______ .__«__„ 

If dead, date of death i Dsnsnhpr 10.1 CA R 

Place of birth "-'--• Date of birth -p ft h.;i 5,1 888 

Education (number of years): 
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(after leaving home) 
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Mace of marriage to your grandfathe r SSS^SilS DATE September — 

Walfaitl^fh^Satt'Sf^rflf Plji^ A __j a stepmother or another relative give 



r ,tepqr.ir«<)fother (your father's side) 
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Date of Bl rth 



Education (number of years) 



rade school 



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



Flace of marriage to your grandmother d at< 

A~2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



Nam* 








Current Residence 


If dead, date of id 


rea 


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Place of bi rth 






Date of birth 


Education (number 
grade school 


of 


years! 


hlqh school 


vocational college __ 


Occupat ion(s) 
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(after leaving home) 
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Place of marriage to your grandfathe r D ate 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name vVilliam Byron aid Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death Dec . 7, 1 c d*T" 

Place of birth ^.-^^ 
Education (number of yearS): 
grade school high school 



Date of birth Sept .10, 1336 



vocational 



col lege 



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■ faotopy wo v i e a v . 



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Grandmother (your mother's side) 



date 
e I8f 



Name Leah. Senecal Aal d 

If dead, date o f death J lUie 0,1^64. 



Current Residence 



Place of birth St .Paul, Minn 
Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Date of birth Sept. 27, 1887 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupatlon(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



Dates 



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randfather (your mother's side) 



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hiijli school 



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date 



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CHILDREN or a & b ( Qr a- I or B- |j - your father's name should appear below 

I. Name Louise Charlotte I aimer Bsumann 

Place of birth Seward, ne pro slgg ' """ date vug. 1,1910 
• Number of years of schooling U — Occ upat i on ' housewife 

Residence Rt.lClmton, Wis Marital Status Mar ried 

Number of chl Idren 4 ■■■■ 



Name Florence Ma rguerit e Palmer Edwards 
P I ace of birth leeward, We bftiyRy — ' jjjt* 



Number of *ears of school Irn 
Res I denceRy .l So„ B el o.it , jll. 
>f children "2 



10 



May. 4, 1913 



Number ol 



Marital Status marrieT 



Occupation Saleslady 



Mane Kenneth Jerome Palmer 
P I ace of birth Seward, bleby grggg 
Number of years of schooling 
Residence 
Number of" 



daf Nov. 1,19 14 
Occupation 



8 Occupation i arme r 

Rt.3 Janesville,iUb H;'r>r a l gf.„,/ ma .r ried 
chl Idren 7 ■ ■ ' ' 



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Name George Arthur aimer 

Place of birth Seward, weDraSJ'.U' ' "■ ^ate March 31,1919 

Number of years of schooling " 12 Bccupatlort vESSI ILtJ by.L« Salesman 

Residence Rt .l So.Beloit , 111 M arital Statu. marrTeTT ! 



Number of chl Idren 



.J. 



rt Allen Palm er 
"Irth Seward, NeirraSJegr 



Name 

Place o 

Number of years of schooling 

Res I danc e58^cHugh DriveSo . bwl l&Vl ta rSTatu* 



denc e385 9 Hugh Drive So" 
er of chfldren S 



date Sept. 2,1923 ■ 
Occupation •loll' UUllwutor 

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Name 
Place 



or" birth 
Number of years of schooling 

Res I dence 

Number of children 

Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res I dence 

Number of children 

Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res I dence 

Number of chl Idren 




Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence " 

r of chl Idren 



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narital Status 



. dat e 
'Occupation 



Wame 

Place* of birth 

Number of years of schooling 
Res I den c e "- 

Number o f IH 1 1 Bun 



Aarlfcal Status 



dat e 
"Occupation" 



REN <>\ (. and D (or (.-I, U-l)-your mother's name should appear below 

Ifl il l . i a m . G e orge -. - * aid . . — , 

. rr iTTT i li Menomine e /Hica. 



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■ Sept. 2,1912 



LowellAve . Beloit , wis , 
.I.M.Iren 6 



d.il< 

Occupation factory worker 



Marital Status married 



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Chapter One 

Maternal Great Great Grandfather 

(Grandmother&Great Grandmother side) 



J. R. Stride 

J .it. Stride came to Canada from England as some sort of official 
or supervisor of lands for owners in England. He married a Canadian 
girl whose name is not known. In a predominantly Roman Catholic 
country he remained a devout Episcopalian and his family seems to 
have been brought up in the Protestant faith. 



Chapter Two 

(maternal great grandfather) 

grandmother's side 



Jeremiah Senecal 

Jeremiah. Senecal was born in Cheryble Province of Quebec, Canada 
on August 15,1842. He died in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 26,1935 
at the age 93. On the Quebec Province Ihave been unable to find 
Cheryble. A baptism certificate belonging to the late Jim Senecal 
shows that he had a brother Joseph who was baptized at St. Cyprian 
on January. 1,1857. There are two localities shown on the map by 
this name. One is about 125 miles northeast of Montreal. The 
other is about 50 miles southeast of Montreal.. The second appears 
more likely. It would seem that Jeremiah lived in this place at that 
time and that he was one of the older children in his family. He 
was 15 when his brother Joseph was baptized. 

I have more complete information however, about the homestead 
at St. Valerin, which lies about thirty miles east of Montreal. They 
lived on a farm located near the Black River. Six of the ten child- 
ren were in all probability born at St. Valerin. Remi was born 
on November 30,1870, William-December 20, 1871, Lucy-October 12,1872, 
John Baptistr-December 17, 1874, Elizabeth - August 1,1877, and Israel 
on July 3,1880. This is the place the fami^jr vacated in the early 
part of March, 1882 when they left for the United States. 

As to why Jeremiah Senecal left Canada to come to the United 
States I can only offer certain plausible conjectures. There was 
probably an economic reason for it. Quebec was backward and conser- 
vative. Jeremiah was at the time of his decision to leave forty 
years old. He had awife and seven children to feed and clothe. 



Lena, the oldest was l 3 ,Remi was 12,William was ll,Lucy was 10,John- 
BaptistS, Elizabeth 5, and Israel 2. The* left the old home in March 
and arrived in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota about the middle of the 
month. 

In the United States the pioneer da^were well past but the 
cities were booming and jobs were plentiful, especially for men of 
the building trades as Jeremiah was. He was an excellent mason and 
carpenter. He became a contractor and builder on his own soon after 
arriving in the city.. 

But why did Jeremiah select St. Paul as his place of residence 
in America? It was really a long war from Quebec. The answer seems 
to be in fact that he had a sister living there. Her married narae 
was St.Marle and she lived on the north side of the city in what was 
called Little Canada.. She and her husband ran a rooming and boarding 
house for railroad men working in the vicinity. The predominantly 
French nature of this settlement was also denoted by the name given 
to it. It was also also Prog Town. The west side of the city was 
called"the Plats" where the Senecal family settled upon arrival which 
was also predominantly French. It would seem that Jeremiah and his 
family were following the stream of settlers from Canada to this city.. 
The other reason for the exodus was no doubt religious. Jeremiah 
had become an avowed and enthusiastic follower of Father Chinque in 
his reform movement in the Roman Catholic church. Father Chinque 
seems to been the family priest. Jeremiah however, went further then 
the reformer. He left the church. Louis Chinoue did not leave the 
Roman Catholic Church until many years later when he and entire con- 
gregation of St.Ann,Ill., entered the Presbyterian church in the U.S.A.. 



That sucb a step must have taken a great deal of courage can be 
seen by the fact that the Province of Quebec was at least ninety per- 
cent Roman Catholic. Also, at least one. of Jeremiah's brothers was 
priest in that church. The attitude toward Protestant in the Prov- 
ince me $ be illustrated by a statue of St. Ignatius in Montreal. He 
is shown standing with one foot on the neck of a Protestant heretic. 
The heretic, they s^y, strongly resembles Martin Luther. 

Life for Jeremiah must have become very unpleasant, to ss.y the 
least, though, according to Remi Senecal,his wife Helena who became 
a Catholic when she married him, refused to leave the Catholic Church 
with him. 

Jeremiah's family lived in the west side flats of St. Paul long 
enough to make its first contact with a Protestant Church. This was 
the Clinton Avenue Methodist Church, begun in 1865 as a mission and 
by this time was the brick churnh, still standing, but for many years 
now used as a synagogue.. Jeremiah, according to Great Aunt Louise,, 
brpke with the church in a dispute over a chancel carpet. He had 
no carpets in his house, he said, and he didn't see any reason for: 
having them in the church. He refused to contribute and quit the 
church. . 

How long the family lived on the west side "flats" I do not know 
but in September of 1890 Grandma Senecal received a letter from her 
father,J.R.°tride, St. Simon, Quebec Province, Canada. It was addressed 
to her at Oakdale Avenue and Annapolis Street. This was the address 
of the Bartch Store where mail was distributed before there was any 
delivery service. There was another such mail distribution point 
in the Krey Store on Robert and Annapolis. 



The Senecal family lived in the house on Annapolis Street just one 
block west of the Riverview Cemetary. 

The family made their second contact with Protestants in this 
new locality. This was ai mission work of the First Baptist Church 
in St. Paul and the outgrowth of a Sunday School and services con- 
ducted in the McClung School.. A church buiMing to be known as 
Oakdale Chapel, was erected on a knoll at the corner of Oakdale Avenue 
and Brompton Street. This building was put up in 1888, shortly before 
the Senecal family moved to the community. Jeremiah, according to 
his youngest son Jim, dressed the children and took them to Sunday 
School. Jim remembered! the Christmas programs and of decorating 
the tree with hand made stars that they covered with tin foil. It 
is assumed that Jeremiah attended the services there conducted by 
the Rev. Gamble who supplied them from the Hebron Baptist Church. 
For a time he took care of the building and heating it for services. 

For several years the family lived in the Cobb house on the 
west side of the McClung School. It was probably at this time that 
Jeremiah bought six lots on Oakdale Avenue between Brompton and 
Haskell streets. Cousin Harold Senecal says he has a clear child- 
hood memory of his building the two story red brick house on. the 
Brompton end of the property because of the fall of his sister 
Ruth through the opening left in the first floor for the basement 
steps. Fortunately, she landed on the soft, damp earth between two I 
boulders. Jeremiah may have built this house for his son, Israel. 
For a time Jeremiah lived in the basement of this house that he 
had finished off as a large room with windows and door on the south 
side. Israel's daughter, Bernice, Mrs. John Horback,now lives in this 
house. Her sister, Evelyn, Mrs. Carl Horback, lives on what must be 
very nearly the site of the Cobb house. Their brother, Ira has his 
home on the south end of the property. 



Some years later Jeremiah purchased the block on Oskdale Avenue 
between Stanley and Butler. Here he built a. six room house for the 
VTill Huff family who had been his neighbors on Annapolis Street. 
Some time later he built the house in the middle of the block. This 
house is very simiHar in construction but isbuilt on higher ground. 
It has a porch on the east and south sides( since enclosed) and a 
full basement with a ground floor entry that he used for his living 
quarters. The Butler Avenue corner of this property he gave to 
Remi Senecal to build a house. 

Some of the time, Jeremiah lived with his daughter Louise in 
Sioux Palls, South Dakota. Eventually he was no longer able to take 
care of himself so he entered the Rams e J /County Home for the Aged. 
He passed away on March 26,1935 after a long hard and usefuIL life 
of 92 years, six months and 21 days and was laid to rest near his 
wife Mdlena in the Riverview Cemetary east of the south entry. 

Of earthly goods he left very little, ho wardrobe to speak of 
and only the rudiments of household fixtures. The most important 
part of his possesions was, no doubt, his large chest of tools. This 
moved into Remi Senecal 1 s shed after his death. It was full of 
hammers, trowels, levels, squares, planes, drills, chisels, plumb lines' etc. 
Some of his tools were alread- gut of date. 

Out of necessity, but also out of ideals and belief s, Jeremiah 
believed in hard work. He lived in the da: p before power tools and 
short work days and weeks. Every board had to be sawed and planed 
by hand. Plaster and cement were mixed with cement and water in a 
mortar box by pushing it back and forth with a hoe. It was then 
carried on a mortarboard and applied with aLtrowel. All of it was 
hard work. 



Outstanding traits of Jeremiah's character were his courage, 
stubborness,and independent-mindness. These are well illustrated 
in his participation in the Father Chinque movement and his decision 
to unite with the Protestant church, ^he fact that he never found 
Protestant church where he could make a spiritual home for himself 
and his family is a cause for sadness. His daughter Louise say 3 
that he had his own ideas about what the Bible taught. 

Jeremiah retained his spirit of independence and self reliance 
to the end. ^h e following incident was related to ~.by J James J. 
Senecal:"7.hen father was very old and living at the County Home for 
the Aged his walk became unsteady from his high blood pressure. He 
was in danger of falling and hurting himself. I bought him a stout 
cane and told him: to use it to steady himself. He refused it with 
a scoff saying that canes were for old men. He was then in his 
eighties. 



Chapter Three 
Maternal Great Grandmother 
(Grandmother's side) 



Selina Stride Eenecal 

Selina Stride Senecal, wife of Jeremiah, was born in St. Simon 
Province of Quebec, Canada on April 4, 1849. She died in St. Paul, 
Minnesota on June 17,1895 and. was buried from the King Street 
Methodist Church. J.J. Senecal said of his mother that she was also 
called Helena, Elena, and at othef times Lena. 



Chapter Pour 
Haternal Grandfather 



William Wald 

William was born on September 27,lS87. He spent bis cbildbood 
days in tbe towns of Millston and Marinette, Wisconsin. He met bis 
wife Leah in tbe borne of tier .sister, Elizabeth. Tbey got married on 
December 6,1911. William spent a lot of time bunting and fishing. 
When be lived in Beloit, Wisconsin be worked at tbe Beloit Knife Works. 
The last years of bis life were spent in tbe Blair Home at Beloit. 
He died on December 7,1964. 



Chapter Five 
Maternal Grandmother 



leah Senecal Wald 

Leah was born September 27,1887. She spent her growing up years 
in St. .Paul, Minnesota. She married William V/ald on December 6,1911. 
They spent quite a few years in the towns of Menominee and Escanaba, 
Michigan since 7 out of 8 children were born in these towns. They 
eventually moved to Beloit, Wisconsin where their children grew up. 
Leah spent her last years in quite a- few nursing homes. Her last 
monthes were spent in the Rock County Hospital in Janesville, Wis. 
She died there on June 6,1964. 



Chapter Six 
Mother 



Dorothy Wald Palmer 

Dorothy was born September 8,1924 in Menominee, Michigan. 
The family moved to Beloit, Wisconsin shortly after Dorothy was born. 
She attended Parker Grsde School in Beloit. For entertainment she 
went rooler skating, ice skating and riding in the back of her sister's 
boyfriend*"s car. Vihen she was in her teen years they had roller 
skating rink in Beloit at Waverly Beach. She met Robert Palmer at 
the wedding of Leona Rhead. They got married in the 1st Presbyterian 
church of Beloit on March 6,1948. She then went to live on the farm 
which my parents rented from Grandpa Palmer. This was a new and 
different experience for her since she had always lived in town. 
She was a housewife and then\became a mother when she had her first 
child, Mary Jane on June 29,1949. She had her second child on December 
25,1951. She was named Carol Ann. On August 3,1956 she had her third 
girl, me, Jean Ellen. 

After we got our own farm she started working at the Beloit 
Memorial Hospital as housekeeper. She is still working there today. 



Chapter Seven 
Paternal Grandparents 



Wilhemina&Arthur Palmer 



Wiltiemina and Arthur got married in Chicago. They went to live 

Seward, Nebraska where all their^ .children were born. They had a farm 
that they rented there. This was their home for 18 years. When my 
father was around two years old which would have been in 1926 they 
moved to a ferm near South Beloit, Illinois. They lived there till 
my grandmother's decth in 1946. My grandfather then moved into the 
house next door. He also lived with my Aunt Florence for quite a 
few years. The last yesr of his life he stayed at a nursing home 
called Caravilla between Beloit and Janesville, Wisconsin. He died 
in October of 1962. 



Chapter Eight 
Father 



Robert Palmer 



Robert was born September 2,1925 in Seward.Nebraska. When be 
was two years old his family moved to Illinois. He grew up on the 
farm. He attended a one room schoolhouse oalled Niohols School. 
After he got married to Dorothy v.ala be farmed this farm in Illinoi, 
which be rented from his father. He now is an employee of the 111. 
Tollway Authority. He has a position as a toll collector. We now 
have brand new home near South Beloit, Illinois in Prairie Hill 
Estates. 



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

I hereby donate this family history, along with all H* r 
administrative rights, to the Rock ValleJ Co l e J* ■ ! »7 ^ 
Collection, deposited in the Roc.ford pSi^^X;,;;:^^^^^ 



Signed 



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Date tL&t*0<d( /± 



Tracey Pappas 
April 26, 1976 



This paper is a family history of our family. The Pappas family 
and the Hood family. On each side I have traced back information to 
the grandparents . 

In my interviewing on the Pappas family, I interviewed my grand- 
parents, Ted & Ann Pappas. I also interviewed my father Daniel Pappas. 

On the Hood family, I interviewed my mother, Jean Pappas, and also info- 
rmation from an aunt in LaGrange, Georgia, Elva Pitts. I looked at many 
photographs and read letters. 



PART I- The Pappas Family 



A. Theodore William Pappas 

B. Anna Christine Nordgren Pappas 

C. Theodore & Anna Pappas 

D. Daniel Theodore Pappas 



THEODORE WILLIAM PAPAVASILEOUS 
Theodore was born on March 28, 1898 in Patras , Greece. He was the 
son of a priest and his mother took care of the household. Theodore grew 
up in a small village (approxlmatelylOOO families) outside of Patras where 
he lived in a atone house with only two rooms. They kept their farm an- 
imals in the has—eot. Because their family hod ten eaaieren, it wss quite 
crowded. The children usually slept on the floors. Par heat, Theodore's 
father had an oven outside under the stone porch. The household had no 
lights and therefore used lamps, candles, or burned wood in large fire- 
places. The family would then sit all around the fireplace as s gathering 
place to get together. (Also for host.) Considering the conditions of those 
times, Theodore said his family considered itself average. 

His father was a prlost of the Greek Orthodox faith. Ha also hod 
vineyards which ho and his sons worked In. Theodore recalled working in 
his father's cherry tree orchards. His father also raised many farm animals 
including goats, horses, sheep, pigs, chickens. There was always enough 
work for the children. Theodore enjoyed spending his time working around 
the cherry trees and olive trees. 

Every Sunday woo considered s day for getting together with friends 
and family. They would have a large dinner with meat. (On weekdays the 
family only ate vegetables.) Qreefe 

Greek families never celebrated birthdays as Americana do. They 
would celebrste Mama Day . Each person at birth is given the name of s 
Saint. Whenever that dsy comas around of the Saint one is named after, 
s celebration is given similar to that of our birthdays. Theodore recalled 
other important celebrations as being Chris tme* and Easter. On these days) 
the families would got together and have large dinners and sometimes enter- 
tainment*. 



On New Year* Eve, all of the village families would gather and talk 
after a large dinner and later play cards or listen to music. Other cele- 
brations consisted of having big reunions with family or friends from the 
closer villages. Theodore recalled baptisims as special occasions also. 
He used to watch his father conduct the baptists*. The child would be placed 
in « large urn end their heads dunked three tlMf in the water. Then olive 
was placed on their head. A little hair was also clipped. 

Religion played a very important part in Theodore's family life, also 
do to the fact that his father was a priest. There were many small villages 
together which formed a small town. In each village, there were a number of 
churches, on all of the hills. In Theodore's village, he remembered these 
churches: St. James, St. George, St. Dimitrius, St. John, St. Joseoh, St. 
Mary. Each little neighborhood would have its own church. Each church also 
had a specific day where as many people as possible would attend that church 
for that one day. 

Theodore's father made all of the key decisions in their family. 
Theodore also recalled that his mother never really spoke of her own opin- 
ions concerning family matters. His father was expected to have all of the 
say in all matters. The father in the household of Greek families was also 
expected to take all discipline into his own hands also. The forms of pun- 
ishment consisted of spanking and occasionally the pulling of ears. Theodore 
stressed the fact that the children usually did not have to be punished. 
They knew what was expected of them and usually did not disobey. He also 
asid the children respected their parents more and would not dare be dis- 
respectful. It was not right for the children to question decisions mads) 
by their parents. 

Bigger problems or conflicts usually consisted of getting the child- 
ren to go to school. Theodore recalled that he hated to go to school and 



was forever trying to think up excuses. 

As far &a marriage was concerned, the parent* usually arranged it 
for their son* and daughters . 

Another important event in his life was the first airplane he ever saw. 
It was in 1913, whan he was 15 years old. The plane went up in the air 
and came straight down. A favorite event of his was one which occured 
annualy on August 29. (It still continues today.) It is a Greek cele- 
bration which continues for four straight days and nights. There is all 
kinds of food, and many bands playing Greek music. It is known as the 
St. John Annual Festival. Other events remembered were soccer games and 
hiking along the mountains. 

As far as Theodora's overall life as a child in Greece, he described 
it as being very happy and comfortable. People ware close and did not have 
the worries of today to deal with such aa crime. 

A turning point in my grandfather's life came af the young age of 15. 
He had heard that in America there were great opportunities . He then de- 
cided to leave Greece and head for America. At 15 years of age, and not 
speaking any English he boarded a boat for our country. He then decided 
to go to Rockford, Illinois because he had an uncle from Greece in East 
Moline, near Rockford. His first job waa aa a janitor. After that he 
never returned to school. 

After he had been in the states for awhile, he thought it was "just 
like Heaven." Everyone waa so free to do aa they plaaaad. "Pitch-free, 
to do anything," waa the way he daacribad it here in the United States. 
The first winter he spent in this country, it waa ao cold that he wanted 
to go right back to Greece. Theodore never returned to Greece and hia 
family until 1937, twenty-four years after he had first left at age 15. 
When he did return at age 39, he found one brother had gone on to Ger- 



many to become a doctor, another to be a lawyer 



ANNA CHRISTINE NORDCkEN 

Anna was born on March 9. 1899, in Bollnes, Sweden. She was the old- 
est ot eight children. Anna remembered her father saying that their fam- 
ily was aluost considered to be Laplanders, because of their location in 
Sweden. All of Anna's childhood really took place in the United States. 

When Anna was two years old, her father left Sweden and went to the 
United States, specifically Rockf ord, Illinois. He was hoping to find a 
job there, before sending for his entire family from Bollnes. Anna's 
father remained in Rockf ord for one full year, working before his wife and 
children arrived. 

The rest of the Nordgren family arrived in Rockf ord in 190, Anna 
was not quite two years of age. Her father had rented a house on Seminary 
Street. They had two bedrooms. In later years, Anna recalled how the 
family had to crowd up to four people into one room. Everything in their 
home was purchased second hand, including all dishes and silverware. 

No other relatives or close friends lived with the Nordgren family. 
In one of the homes they lived in, they lived upstairs, while another 
family occupied the downstairs. In later years, married sons or daughters 
never returned home to live with their parents again. 

Anna's father was a very tall, largely built man. He became a furn- 
iture factory maker. He was also an iron works molder . Her mother re- 
mained at home rearing the eight children. 

Anna remembered when she and her brothers worked in factories at age 
15 or 16, that conditions were really bad. She began working at age 15. 
She began working at Spangler-Loomis Pencil factory. She worked ten 
hours a day and received a dollar a day. There were no labor unions then 
and pay was cheap, but she recalled pretty good employer -employee relations, 



Workers usually did r.ot leave one job very often , for another one. They 
were not that p.sy to come by. The usual year span on one job could be as 
long as seven years. 

Anna's family condiidercd itself to be average with the conditions 
of the time. The family's income was spent strictlp for food and rent. 
Times were not the best, and money was not usually spent for trivial 
things. Anna recalled how her father could not wait for her turn so that 
she could began working and add income to the family. At 15, Anna quit 
school to begin working at Spangler-Loomis . 

The family'6 daily routines really consisted of "eating and sleeping 
and making ends meet each day." 

On Sunday afternoons, the Nordgren family would take long wall* out 
to Blackhawk Park or have picnics in the park,. Anna said that she and 
her brothers and sisters always liked Sundays because they would get all 
dressed up and even wear shoes. (During the week the kids always went 
barefoot.) During the week the children would remain in their own neigh- 
borhood . 

The family did have celebrations or family get-togethers, although 
they did not have frequent visitors. After a few years, when the fam- 
ily had a larger home, Anna's parents did take in a couple boarders. 

Christmas was remembered as the biggest holiday. The family would 

all go out and pick out a tree and spend the entire evening decorating 

it. Anna said their family never received wrapped presents for Christ- 
mas. At the foot of the children's beds in stockings, would be fruit 

and candy for the clildren. 



Weddings were held in neighborhood cburches. Anna ' s family attended 
7) on Lutheran Church. Anna's mother was quite religious, but because her 
fatther was not as toligious the family did not attend regularly. They 
later changed to the Methodiat church when the children were older to 
attend church on their cwn. 

Anna's father made practically all of th« decisions in their home. 
Her mother never had much «ay and would go along with her husband's word. 
Anna remembered that her "Papa" could be very strict with punishment if 
the situation called for him to b*. Spanking was the general form of 
punishing the children. If they were extremely bad, they would not be 
allowed to go tb the Saturday matinee. (It coat the children five cents to 
see matinees on Saturday afternoons.) Anna being the oldest of the eight 
children, was often put in charge of taking care of the youpger ones. 

Marriage* were not arranged but rather decided upon as they are today. 
The worst conflicts to occur in the family were during the period 
of 1913-1916. With the depression it was so very difficult to keep any 
type of job. Their family always tried to manage as best they could. 
They remained close and believed the bad times would soon pass. 

Anna described her community life as being pleasant. Her family did 
move quite a bit, within the city of Rockford. Anna really enjoyed liv- 
ing out in the country on Dawn Avenue. She ueed to love to go to the 
Wolworth store on 7th Street as a child. She always looked at the "big 
diamond rings". The amusements usually consisted of movies, Blackhawk 
Park, ice skating on the Rock River, playing marbles or attending the 
circuses whenever they came to town. 

Anna's parents did went their children to finish school, although 
Anna did have to quit so she could go to work. Later she did attend 



night s:r.ocl and received her hi^h school diploma. To show how much her 
family did move around, during grade school, Anna attended six different 
schools. 



TED 6. ANN PAP PAS 
Their Life Together 

Tod Papavasileous and Anna Nordgren met when they were both employed 
by Spangler-Loomis Pencil Pactory, in Roclcford, Illinois in 1921. After 
a couple years of courting they decided they would be married. Ann re- 
called the first time she ever apoke to Ted. He made- a smart remark to 
her regarding her weight, and she never believed she wpuld one day be 
married to him. 

Ted and Ann were married in 1923 at Court Street Methodist Church in 
Rockford, Illinois on August 30. After their marriage they remained in 
Rockford, but did have varioue residences. They lived on Kishwaukee St., 
right after they were married. From 1925-1928, they lived on N. Church 
St,r. In 1928 they moved to Walnut St. and remained there until 1930. 
Within the following years they lived at S.Madison St., McClean Ave., 4th 
Avenue and finally over to Greenwood Avenue in 1952 where they are present- 
ly living. 

Because of the difficulty people had in spelling their last aarce , 
Ted decided to have It shortened to Pappas , shortly after 1923. 

Ted decided after be and Ann were married, that he wanted to go into 
the restaurant business. Around 1925, he opened his first cafe called the 
Crystal Cafe on Elm Street, behind the Court House. His next restaurant 
was in 1932, called The New Deal Raeteuraut named after President Frank- 
lin's policy. He ran that until the early 50's. Then he sold that to be- 
gin the Pappas -American Restaurant. Later he bought the Rockette-Drive- 
In. 

Ted and Ann remained living in Rockford, Illinois all o€ their lives. 
They did make three trips to Greece to vi6it Ted's relatives. 

Ted and Ann had four children. A son, Tassius born in 1928, a 



daughter. Joanne, born in 1930, Daniel born in 1934, and Marianne, born 
in 1940. Today all four live in "ockford. 

As of today. Ted and Ann Pappas remain Living in Rockf ord , on Green- 
wood Avenue. Ted has long been involved in the Eagles Club. He is re- 
tired and Ann spend* much time gardening, sewing, and visiting their four 
children and nineteen grand-children. 



DANIEL THEODORE PAPPAS 

Dan was born on April 22, 1934 to Ann and Ted Pappas , in Rockford, II. 
Dan had toe brother and one sister at the time he was born. 

Dan was quite as easy going and independent boy growing up. His father 
was just starting new businesses while Dan was growing up and bevcass : his 

dad worked such long hours, he was never able to spend a lot of time with 
him. 

He always enjoyed school. Dan attended White Elementary school, Lin- 
coln Junior High, and East High School. Dan was quite involved in school 
activities and wrestled during high school. 

One of his hobbies was cars, and at age 16, he bought a 1929 Model A 
Ford for $140.00. He spent a lot of time on it .(To this day, Dan still 
has his model A.) 

At age 12, he began working for his father part time. During high 
school he had various jobs. He saved his money and at age 18, he bought 
his first property. From then on he was very interested in real estate. 
As a child, Dan always had a dog. He recalled that he continuely 
named his dogs Mike. He really loved pets, but his parents would only 
allow dogs. 

Dan's mother always said what a great child Dan was. He worked hacd 
in school and never really misbehaved. Dan described his childhood as 
being perfectly normal. He remembered going to many baseball games and 
vacations out west, when he was in high school. 

Right after Dan graduated from high school in 1952, he went into the 
Naval Reserves, until 1954. He was on the largest battleship of that time, 
the Battleship Iowa. They went around Norfolk, Virginia on a 15-day cruise. 
They also went around the Great Lakes Area and it was really exciting. 



After the Naval Reserves, Dan was drafted into the Army. He had a choice 
between-' Germany and Georgia, and he chose not to go overseas. He was 
stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was in the army from 1954 - 1956. 
He was a cook in the army and said that it was not that bad. 

Dan enjoyed his two years in Georgia and would tell people that he was 
a "misplaced southerner." He just fir. right in to their easier lifestyle. 
Dan has always been a very well liked person, with a great personality 
and a person who really enjoys living. He has always been very good in 
sports and an all around great person to be around. 



PART II- THE HOOD FAMILY 



A. Oliver Robert Hood 

B. Easter Mandy Nap t ier Hood 

C. Oliver & Easter Hood 

D. Hilda Jean Hood 



OLIVER ROBERT HOOP 
"DADDY HOOD" 

Daddy Hood wa« born on /^(M He was raised in Rock Mills, Alabama. 
His parents were homesteaders. Oliver's mother was a pure Cherokee Indian 
with long blue-black hair find deep coloring. Oliver was always a very big, 
rugged looking man. Many said that his profile resembled the profile 
on a silver nickle. In his younger years, he was a boxer. Because he al- 
ways loved mi sic, he began writing it at an early age. 

Oliver decided to leave Alabama for LaGrange, Georgia, around 50 miles 
from Rock Mills. He began working at the mills in LaGrange. 

Oliver Hood was an extremely interesting man, who was known by people 
from all over Georgia and Alabama. Everyone who came in contact with him 
loved him dearly. He just seemed to have a way with people and became 
attached in lasting friendships. In the town of LaGrange, everyone seemed 
to know him, and the rest of the Hood family, afterall it was a large fam- 
ily. Oliver was such a talented man. He never had more than an eighth 
grade education. But to talk to Oliver was like talking to a very ed- 
ucated man. He had such a manner of speaking. He was known for his say- 
ings and one of his favorites, was "Anything that makes a memory is not a 
waste. ' 

Oliver was a very religious man. He read and studied his Bible daily. 
His children remembered getting up late at night and he would be sitting 
in his favorite chair reading his Bible. 

People from all over South Georgia would come to have discussions 
with him. He had a kind of "personal psychology" and he was never too 
busy to help anyone whether he knew the person or not. He believed we 
were all here to help others in any way we might be able to. 



Oliver was well known for giving misical lessone. Though he never 
had had any lessons himself, he was able to teach many string instruments. 
Hi* band played on a radio station and also for community bebefits. Oliver 
also taught each of his eight children at an early age, to play a musical 

instrument. Today, eadh of his children can play a variety of instruments 

and also many of his grandchildren are able to play. 

With his musical talent, Oliver recorded many records. His gre* est 

and moat loved piece of mu»ic was a song which has been one of the most 

popular for a number of years. It was the one' piece of music he wrote 
which he never received credit for, and could greatly have helped his 

f*m*ly. 

One day, in Rock Mills, Alabama-, Oliver was sitting under an apple 
tree, and began writing the words to a song which he titled " you Are My 

Sunshine. ' He never really thought anyone would be very interested in 

his music beyond hearing it played on radio stations in South Georgia. 
Oliver made the mistake of playing the song without a copyright. One day 
Jimmy Davis, a country singer, inquired about the copyright on the song. 
When he fouad out that there was not one, he had the song copyrighted 
claimed it as his aim. Not one word was ever changed from the original 
verses which Oliver wrote. After he realized what had happened, he wrote 
"Somebody Stole My Sunshine Away." He then received a letter from a firm 

in California, which wanted to have it copyrighted for him. For personal 
reasons, he did not. One of his sons today, he* the original copy of 

"You Are My Sunshine", on the brown paper bag, which his father wrote ths 
original song on, under that apple tree in Rock Mills, Alabama. 



EA rER HANDY NAPPIER 
Mama Hood" 

Easf : was born »/• j in a small tovn in Alabama. She was the 

da^t.ter of ^e «nd Julianne Napier. She had three brothers and one sister. 
Easter had a twin sifter named Ester <t>*aay.( 

Her lather died at an early age, leaving a general store to her mother. 
Easter and her sister quit school at 14 to help their mother run the store 
an.i to help raise the younger children. 

"Mama" left Alabama in her late teenc , when she obtained a job in 
LaGrange, Georgia working for Callaway Mills. 

Mama was always very loved by everyone. She was described by one of 
her children as a colorful character, who always worked much too hard. 
After forty years in a cotton mill and raising ten children, she was a 
very tired woman, who always had her hands full. 

Mama always loved Sundays because of the large dinners and family 
gatherings. Everyone who knew the Hood family, also knew that they were 
welcome for dinner anytime. She cooked everything homemade and fresh veg- 
et£bles. On Sunday mornings, she was the first one up and would began her 
cooking for the day. One meal might consist of chickens, roast, liver, rolls, 
biscuits, cornbread, mashed, baked , potatoes, squash, black-eyed peas, sweet 
peas, butter beans, string beans, cream corn, and at least a co u P* e °f home- 
made fudge cakes and pies. Mama believed that she had to cook a variety 
of everything because not everyone liked the same thing. 

Mama Hood's mother lived with the family. Everyone called her Granny 
Nappier. She and Mama spoke in analogies. One of Mama's favorites was 



in rof erenrt to the ways that Ch< younger gcnerat ion dressed She would tell 

'You 1 >ok like i hi rje that has bun run hard and put away wet." 
Granny was always sharp with the sayings too. She always referred to the 
girls a* looking 1*\ wolfie goc6 . One of Mama's daughters ask^J her 
to explain what thunder was. Mama answered that she had nothing to worry 
a bout. It vai only the "devil hitting his wife with a frying pan." 
According to Granny, whenever it was raining hard, it was raining "cats 
and dogs , and pitch-forks to kill them with." 

Whenever a big story would circulate around town, you could be sure 
to hear the whole truth by cutting in half whatever Mane repeated. 

Mama was a woman who worked very hard all of her life. Yet she was 
always able to fill their home with enough love for all thirteen people. 
Though she stayed in the background most of the time, allowing her hus- 
band the limelight, she was the one parent which taught the children to 
work hard and really try in life. The children agree that they received 
their stamina in life and will to work from their mother. 
Nowhere else but in the Hood family could such love, caring, and close- 
ness be found, which Mama insisted upon. 

Mama Hood died tn October 1962, at the age of70. She would have 
lived longer, had she not taken care of her invalid mother for so many 
years. She was a remarkable woman, very loved and very missed. 



"MAMA o. HADDY HOOD" 

Oliver and £«»ter met each other at a fair in 1916. and decided later 
liter courting, that they would hi married. 

Oliver and Easter lived in the town of LaC range, Georgia, in Troup 
County. LaGrange ts a smaller town south of Atlanta, about ?0 miles. 
They lived at 111 McGee Street, in a six room house. Oliver and Eaater 
had eight children, with quite a variety of l.ames : Elva Mae, Elson Boyd, 
Oliver Julian, Billy Ray, Marlin Vincent, Lillian Leuna, Naomi Ruth, and 
Hilda Jean. Two nieces of Easter's also grew up In the Hood family. Easter's 
mother lived with the family and occasionally Other relatives for £ time. 
Although there were thirteen people living under one roof, the home was al- 
ways kept immaculate. 

Married daughters cane back to live periodically, with their parents 
while their husbands were in the service. 

Oliver and Easter always had a black maid to work for them and help 
out with the ten children. Because LaGrange was primarily a cotton mill 
town, most of the adults were employed by the mills. Easter worked for the 
Callaway Mills for forty years right across the street from her home. 
Because there were no labor unions, labor was extrememly cheap. Oliver 
taught music in a studio underneath their home. He never had had any les- 
sons, but was able to teach all string instruments. He also had a band 
and would play for dances in the community. 

Considering the number of children and the conditions of the time, the 
Hood family considered itself to be average. 

Daily routines consisted of school for the younger children and wash- 
ing, cleaning up and ironing for the older girls and Easter. Even though 
there were six girls in the family, their maid was very much needed. The 



ironing va. done with an iron 'Prated on a wood Btove. All oi the washing 
wm done by han ! . 

Birthdays usually were not celebrated. Th» biggest holidays to be cel- 
eb: utivl were Christmas and Easter. Sunday dinners were like huge banquets 
and many people usually came from South Georgia. Family reunions were not 
regular, although the family preaent in LaGrange, was large enough to be a 
reunion at ail family gatherings. Weddings were performed by the-^Justice 
of the Peace, or in a small chapel in the church. Wakes were always held 
at the family's home, and funerals at the family church rather than at a 
parlor. Relative* from all over would attend these gatherings. 

Oliver and Easter provided their family with an enjoyable religious 
freedom. Ihey would nev*r ffitxte religion on their children, although the 
entire family was quite religious. Because Oliver was so well versed on 
The Bible, almost an authority, the entire family was always very inter- 
ested in the Bible. Oliver kept a study of the Catholic, Episcopal, Meth- 
cdist. and Baptist religions. Hi» philosophy was that one should take every 
advantage to attend as many different religions as possible to see what 
others were like. 

In the Hood family, Easter made most of ttam decisions concerning all 
aspects of the family. Easter and Oliver did r«li* each child to be re- 
sponsible to make decisions. 

Discipline in the Hood family consisted of talks, and after that for 
real" punishment, switches or belts. Easter usually took the punishing in- 
to her own hands. Disrespectf uineaa «M» oonaidered one of the biggest 
causes for punishment. Oliver was not as forceful and at times, his child- 
ren recalled him as being much too leniant. 



The first radio in the Hood family, was in 1923. The.Li first tele- 
vision was bought in 1957, by thf-ir daughter Jean. The family never owned 
a c.ir. Me^ne of transportation consisted of walking or taking a bus. 

Oliver and Easter always kept their family very close. With tea child- 
ren to raise they always maintained very close relationships and .1 loving, 
•n^yable life. Oliver and Easter were always so very proud of their eight 
children and encouraged all of them to continue education if they could to 
better their lives. Their children really worked for what they hoped to 
achieve. All four daughters wtre married and had children. Three of the 
four daughters remain living in Georgia and one in Illinois. Their four 
sons really made great achievements in their jobs. The oldest son, "Bud", 
remembers his first job being to sweep the floors at Woolworths at age 15. 
Today he is the vice-president of a chain of stores similar to that. Julian 
branched out into an insurance salesman in Jacksonville, Florida and for the 
last ten years ha3 played in a group he and his wife started in Florida, 
They play large clubs in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami and presently out East. 
Marlin is the vice president of a large piano and organ company in St. Louis. 
Billy Ray" is a top executive salesman for Metropolitan Lifa in Miami Beach. 
Prestige in the Hood family increased with generations. Today the Hood 
relatives are as close as ever and all eight children and other family mem- 
bers remember the wonderful life Oliver and Easter gave them. 



J] *>; HOOD 

Hilda Jeao was born on Ha) 13, 1935, to Oliver end Ea tf-r Hood. She 
wis the youngest of <■■. t >ht tildren and two cousins li.ing in their home. 
Jean (Southerners are called by their middle name) wee born In the home of 
Oliver and F.eeter et 111 McGee Street, in LaGrange, Geoi gi < . A midwife 
wat present at the birth. Bee vase Easter had had *o meny children, she 
was running out of names by Lhe time Jean was born. The oldest child Elva 
name-d her youngest sister. 

The day Jean wee born, Elva quit school so that she could 6tay home 
and help h*r mother with the new baby and nine other children. Elva was 
14 year9 old at the time. 

Jean recalls having a very beautiful and loving childhood. She 
claims the reason being that her parents insisted on the entire family 
being very close, and shoving a lot of affection for one another. 

In grammar school, Jean would write poetry often. In the third grade 
her teacher kept every noen that Jean wrote, through the sixth grade. On 
the last day of school at an assembly, the teacher had all of her students 
read Jean's peotry. Later she had the poena bound for Jean. Other hob- 
bies of Jean's were taking dancing lessons for twelve years, and competing 
in sports in which she earned many letters. 

Because LaGrange was such a small town, there was always a let to do. 
It was one of those towns in which everyone knew everyone else. It was 
a mill town, and practically everything was owned by the Call away s. Cal- 
laway provided all facilities in the community. The town was divided into 
into sections according to which mill was in that particular district. 
Each district was provided with community centers at no charge, and mainly 
for the younger people whose parents worked for Callaway. Most of the 



families rented their homes ticxa the Callaways. 

On Sundays, Jean remembers how all of the families would get together 
at St. John's Church on McCee St. and after services, have large picnics. 
The entire en— unity would attend. 

Jean has wonderful memories from high achool. After classes, all of 
the kids would gather at the neighborhood cafe and play records and drink 
cokes. There was never a loaa of anything to do in LaCrange. On weekends, 
groups of kida would drive to Pine Mountain, Georgia. They would go to 
Callaway Beach, the largest man-made beach in the world. It is a beautiful 
resort. They would also drive to Panama City, Florida which is about a 
three hour drive from LaGrange. As many as twenty or thirty kids would 
meet there. 

Jean seemed to spend more time with her father, only because her 
mother worked all of the time and was so busy with the home. She and her 
father would stay up late at noght and the best discussions. She said her 
father could carry on the best conversions about anything. He always gave 
such good advice. 

At the time Jean was graduating from high school, her older sisters 
were married with children snd after the war, her brothers had worked their 
way through the University of Georgia. After graduating, Jean went to 
Atlanta in 1954 where she had an office job. Then she moved to Columbus 
about 50 miles from LaGrange. She worked for three lawyers and at night 
she taught dancing lessons. 



PART III 

A. Dan & Jean Pappas 

B. Tracey Denise Pappas 



DAN 6. JEAN PAPPAS 

' Their Life Together" 

Dan and Jean met in Columbus, Georgia in 1956. Dan was stationed at 
Fort Benning in Columbus. Jean was giving dancing lessons. A friend of 
Jean's was dating Dan's best friend. Dan decided the befit way to meet her 
would be by taking dancing lessons from Jean, which he did. 

THree months later they decided to be married. When Jean brought Dan 
home ( In LaGrange) to meet her parents, they had a large Sunday dinner. 

Dan said he had never had suJi good food in all his life, and was embar- 
rassed at how much he ate. Jean later told him that he had nothing to worry 
about. As fa*- as Jean's mother was concerned, Dan was the perfect husband. 
She told Jean that anyone who could eat like Dan had to be good in her book. 
Jean and Dan knew that they had her parents' blessings. 

Dan and Jean were married on May 4, 1956. They were married at Fort 
Benning at Sand Hill Chapel. Their wedding was quite an experience. 
Jean had just had a tooth pulled and was in quite a bit of pain. The 
flowers did not arrive until after the ceremony. The best man was ill, 
and one of Jean's nephews became sick durind the wedding. They begin to 
wonder of they were meant to continue the rest of the wedding. After they 
were married, they remained in Columbus for awhile and then moved to 111. 
Jean recalled a couple experiences she had when she moved to the north. 
She asked a grocer for sweet milk and he did not know what she was talk- 
ing about. She also asked for a "hunkie" referring to an ice cream bar, 
and received no answer. 

Dan began working for his father in the restaurant business. They 
lived on 8th Street and Charles for awhile. In 1957, on April 15, Dan 
began running a knew restaurant his father opened. Also on that day, a 



daughter was born to Dan and Jean. In 1957 they bought a home on Strat- 
ford Avenue. In 1960, a son was born to Dan and Jean. Theodore Daniel. 
During the years 1960-lSbt, Dan remained working for his father and Jean 
remained at: ho«« caring for Tracey and Ted. 

In 1966, one day in June, Dan decided the family was due for a change. 
They put the house up for sale, sold in a hurry, and moved to Columbus, 
Georgia. They rented an olvl, huge, Spanish type home in an old section of 
Columbus, very beautiful and peaceful. Dan and Jean both worked for In- 
surance companies. Tracey was in the 4th grade and Ted in the 1st grade. 

Dan and Jean both remember that year in Georgia as one of the most 
enjoyable years spent. Unfortunately in June of that year (1967) Dan's 
father asked Dan to return to Rockford, Illinois to take over his bus- 
iness. In August the Pappas returned to Rockford. They bought a home 
on Wisteria Road, where they are presently living today. 

Dan did not take over the business. His father sold it and Dan went 
into the real estate business. He began working for Stavros-Helf and 
Realtors. Jean decided she did not want to remain at home everyday, and 
in October, she began school at Alberto's School of Cosmetology. 

Since 1967, Dan and Jean have remained living in Rockford. Dan is in 
his ninth year of real estate and has own office. Jean is in her eighth 
year as a beautician and has her own salon behind Dan's office at 2517 
Auburn Street. Both are kept very busy but they do love their work. Each 
year the family takes their annual vacation for two weeks to Georgia. The 
entire family loves to travel. During the year, Dan and Jean each take 
off ten days and go to Georgia to visit their relatives. They remain very 
close to Jean '8 relatives. Two years ago, Dan and his father went to 

Greece for five weeks, to visit relatives. They also take weekends off 
to St. Louis to visit one of Jean's brothers. Dan and Jean are not sure 



if they will remain in Rockford always. They may decide to return to 
Georgia. Ri^ht now it is very hard to determine just what they will do 
in the future. They are ! oth very happy and kept busy with their careers 
and their son and daughter. 



TRACEY DENISE PAPPAS 

I was horn on April 15, 1957 in Rockford, Illinois. We lived on 
Stratford Avenue and I attended Bloom School through the third grade. 

In August, 1960 my brother Ted was born. Ted and I both recall hav- 
a wonderful childhood. Our parents have always been very close to us and 
we did a lot together as a family. 

While living on Stratford Avenue, we had many good times. The neigh- 
borhood was really close and there were many children our ages. I remember 
the summer in 1966 when we were moving to Georgia, and the entire neigh- 
borhood gave us a going away party. It was reali> great. 

Though I was only nine years old when we moved to Georgia, it was _^ o 
one of my most memorable years. I was in the 4th grade and ray brother was 

in the first grade. Even at the young age of nine, I realized how very 
different our lifestyle was in Georgia compared to that of living in Ill- 
inois. Columbus was a town about the size of Rockford, the second lar- 
gest in Georgia. Because both of our parents worked my parents hired a 
black "maid" tor my brother and me. I foi...d out right away at school that 
all of the kids had these maids. She did our cooking and cleaning and 
watched us after school. 

One of the largest differences I realized occured on my first day of 
school. All southerners expect their children to have the best of manners. 
I was to answer my teachers with "yes ma'am, yes sir', 1 and when answering a 
question, "what" was never said. One politely answered "ma'rn", or "sir?" 
This same way of speaking still holds today, and the same when adults ad--, 
older adults. 

Our weekends in Georgia were usuallv *.pei t in LaGrange about 50 nj es 
from Columbus. Beginning in March, every weekend was spent with relatives 
at Pine Mt. Georgia at Callaway Beach. 



1 remember our experience spending Christmas in Georgia for the first 
lime. It was 70outside and we just could not gtt into the Christmas spirit 
witn aii of our cioo> 8 ant' windows open. 

Following March, when we returned to Rockford, Illinois, I knew immed- 
iately that I was terribly homesick for Georgia. One reason i knew was be- 
cause I missed all of cousins and relatives so much. Still, I mi6sed the 
lifestyle of the "Southern Hospitality" which certainly exists. The friend- 
liness of everyone, and the entirely different setting. I remained very 
"homesick" for the next six years, and always vcwed that there was no place 
like Georgia, and that I would always return to live there. 

My brother and I attended Guilford Center School. I enjoyed it very 
much. After that I attended Guilford High. Unfortunately, i was not one 
of those kids who was so excited about high school. I did not enjoy my 
first two years as much. Junior year I was meeting more kids and by senior 
year I had a wonderful time. All through high school, I would spend my 
Christmas break in Atlanta. In the past two years I made some wonderful 

friendships in Georgia and last year (1975) made four trips to Georgia to 
see triends and relatives. 

I have always felt it very important to have a great relationship with 
one's parents. As far as I am concerned, there couldn't be two people any- 
where better than the two parents 1 have. They hrve always maintained a 
Llcse relationship with my brother and me. They have given us both a lot 
o f • : eedom which we do not take advantage of or abuse. 

The best year of my life so far has been this past year. I had plan- 
ned to go away to school for my first year, but had not applied in time. 
This past year I have met so many great people and throughly this year , e u 
even school. I work part time at Ace Hardware at Edgebrook Center near 
home. I spend a lot of time studying and believe weekends are the greatest 



and go by much too quickly. On weekends Large groups of people from school 
usually get together in Beloit and we all reelly enjoy it. My brother and 
I really have a good relationship. He is 16 (almost) and we attend concerts 
together in Chicago and share the car. 

Thi6 i.ext year will l>e a very big change for me. I hope to be at the 
University of Georgia this time next year. I have a lot to do to prepare 
for this next year and I am really looking foreard to it. I hope to major 
in merchandising, and remain living in the south. I'm afraid the south is 
going to be stuck with me, for ray views and feelings have only grown stronger. 
I would also like to try to work for the airlines one day. Right now, 1 
want to enjoy life and try to make it through this year of school. 1 better 
finish this line for I really have a lot of homework to get to. Come to 
think of it, 1 have five more pages to read in History. 



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