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Full text of "[Rock Valley family history collection : first series]."

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CARLI: Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois 



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Rock Valley College 

Educational Resources 

Center 



PARKER. SHELnnN AXEL 1933- 



; 



lEASL USt INK; PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 
FAMILY HISTORY 



ir ContriljiJtor to the Kock Valley College Family History Coi lection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studyinq 
tnerican families, we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only ,i 
cwmintues, and wi 1 1 be easily made over into an Index whi ch wi 1 1 permit archive users ready 
ccess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 



SURVEY 



I. Your name c!v,f.if^^r. h^»-] VCjT^V^.P 



Date of form 



?^ '-Invftrnhftr ,19 7! I 



* OFFICE USE CODE 



Z. Your college: Hock Val l ey (.ollecje 
^TockTonT, Illinois 



■••• {\0 H 



) 



* ^ * * * i\ y.- )V A A A A A A ,\ A A A A A ■.-, A ■'. A ■; A A A 

3, Cli'.'ck the earliest date for which you have been able to say things about your family in 
your paper. 

_Before 1750 1750-1800 I8OO-I85O 

Y 1850-1900 _1900 o"" '3ter 

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., Ma.) 

South Atlantic (Ga., Fla., N.C., TTcT) East South Central (La. , Miss. , Ala. ,Tenn , Ky 
West South Central (Ark., N.M. , Tex., Ok".l' y East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind. 

~7~Paclfic (Cal., Washj ^(Hewall, Alaska) Ili- Wis.) 

' ' ' Vlalns (KD,SD,Neb. ,Kan. ,iowa, ^a) 
5. Please check al l occupational categories in which members of your family whom you have 
discussed in TKTs paper have found themselves. 



■y Farmi ng 

^Transportat Ion 

X Professions 



Mining x S hopkeepIng or small business 

~BIg Business y H anufactur Ing 
""industrial labor y Other 



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

Roman Catholic ^Jewish ^Presbyterian x. Methodist 

Baptist Episcopal ian C ongregaTlonal x Lutheran 

^Quaker ^Mormon X Q ther Protestant x Other j 

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

blacks Indians M exicans P uerto Ricans 

J ews C entral Europeans I tal ians ^Slavs 

Irish British Native Americans over several generations 
' "X- Other Sc'^ndinaviwn 



^East Asian 

8. What sources did you use in cors^lllng your family history? 

X Interviews with other J^^^'^^^V Bibles Family Genealogies 

f ami ly members 

X Vital Records Land Records The U.S. Census 

X Photographs y Haps "cTther 



i 



FAMI LY DATA - ' 

' r^T»<». a t-ar nrxi father ( Va -hh wr» » a Mother's P'lther^ 

Name T.TmPTN Current Residence 

I f dead, dato of death jj]]^- 

Place of birth ttwk Data of Birth TTTyp- 



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



Occupatlon(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
'»t RinrV^TTilth P°tes Isjt _Dates_^_ 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



3rd Dates 3rd D ates 

'tth Dates '♦th Dates 



Religion 

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



Place of Marriage to your grandiTrOther __ date 

great ■ ' ' ZZ 

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

Grent -Grandmother (Father's Foth«p*s Mother) 

Name Currant Residence _^^ 

I f dead, date of doeth 



Place of birth Date of birth 



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

Occupatlon(s) 

1st - 

2nd 

3rd 

^th 



Dates 


l9t 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) . 

Dates ». 


Dates 


2nd 
3rd 


Dates 


Dates 
Dates 


Dates 
Dates 



Ret iglon 



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



Place of marriage to your grandiathar . , _";','." , , . DATT" 

Note; 



il^anatP^.®fh^«Be£g'S?^tr^^g ^Z^l^^l)^^ Stepmother or another relative give 



:tTf: 



CHJ^kDRtM or r.reat.grandT3ar«nts - your pr^ndmother -s name should «nn«ar below 
Name 



nharlottn T.TP.TnTM 

Place oTTTrth . jorsti^n«-hv 



Number or years or school Hk 



Res I dence ^1orgonFtava 
Number of ch I loran R 



Name Anna 

Place of bl rth 

Number of years o/ school Ing 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren 



Place of bl rth 

Kumber of years of 'scn'oo'fl'ng 

Residence 

Number of chl Jdrin 



6 



data 1 B/^p 

Qccupatlort House wi~ 



harttal Status parried 



date 



OccupatlOrt 



date 
^ Occupation 
>iarrtrrTtstu6 



Place of birth 

Number of yea r a^of" s cKoo ! I 'n g* 

Residence 

Number of chl IdrGn 



Name Augusta 

P I ace of birth 

Number of years of schooitfig 

Res I dance 

Number of chl jdrcn 



date 
I -,.,-■■ "^^cuoatlW 
KanTsTTtatus 



f^arltal^Tatus 



date 
OcsupallW 



P'lace cr birth ' 

Number of years~oii' VchboTllfici 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren 

Name Selma 




Place of t'lrth^jTipratuna-b 

Number of ye a r T'of^cKoo Rng 

Residence 

Numbe r of ~cKT Idren 



Name 

Place "of bl rtF 

Number of years or scHoo 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren 



Name 

P I ace of birth 

Number of years ot 'zchocl In 

Res I dance 

Number of cKl Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of Tc"Fo^*<Tni" 

Kesldenco 

Number o fCTrTfTrfCTr"' 



"^SttO 

^ccupat I on 
larTirr Status 




date,, 2^ (^ctnh.r> i Qy^ 
.arlt.l btstus sincri^ 




date 
FccupacTorT 



ntgl Status 




OccupaTTon" 



<isi& 



^_^_ cccupat Ion 
:'2i itatus 



I 



FAHI LY DATA 

A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Nam e T.grs Petter DATTIT?:tj Current Residence 

I f dead, date' of death 17 At^fII 1 Q?<^ — — — 

Place of birth Sweden Date of Birth ?fi .T„TT.ia-ny ^ ftA][ 

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



Occupatlon(s) PUCE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Parmer Dates tn loncT 1st t^,^u,.>,^ Sw^d^n Dates 

2nd Assembler Dates 190^- Znd HjulmTTa. Sweden D ates 

3r d Dates 3rd >iorgongava. Sweden D ates i qqc^ 

'ith Dates Ath Dates 



Rellglon__j,ili2iai:^IL 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fratarnttles, etc. n.r.r,ri T^Tnpi ^-p wttnl ^ 

Iron Workers TTnion 
Place of Marriage to your grandmothe r Tnvstun^-h^r ^ ^^^ l88^? 

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

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 

Currant Residence __ 



^^"^ .GhjirlnUn. TiMDTTT . 

If dead, date of death lQ)i2? 



Place of birth Torstuna-by. Sweden Date of birth l86? 

Education (number of years): 

grade school X high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1st Wpusewlfe Dates 1st Rrunkebo. Sweden D ates 

2nd Dates 2n d TTlulmYrs. Sweden Dates 



3rd Dates 3rd I-forgongavfl. Sweden Dates 

'tth Dates l*th Dates 



Re 1 1 g I on Luther sn 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. None 



Place of marriage to your grandfathe r TorstUnawbT DATE iapt? 

**°^^'- il^aHat^Sf!«fh»*6aM'«f^tl(l? PiSiV^)f stepmother or another relative give 



A- I Slepgrandfather (your father's side) 



N.IMK- 



Current Residence 



If .I.Mfl, 

PIncc of 


IT 

bl 

n ( 
cho 

onl 


ic of dea 

rth 


tT>' ■ 






Date of Birth 


Eduf.it io 
grade s 


number of 
ol 

s) 


years 


) 

^ high school 

Dates 


1st 


vocational college 


Occupat 1 
Ibl 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 


2nd 








Dates 
Dates 
Dates 


— 3rd__ 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


itth 


Dates 


Re 1 i q i on 





Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 
Place of marriage to your grandmother 



"ane" 



A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



Narrw 










Currant Residence i 


1 f dead, date of dea 
Place of birth 


tK_^ 


— 




Date of birth 


Education (number 
grade school 


Of 


ye 


ars 


): 
high school 


vocational college 


Occupat ion(s) 
Isl 


Dates 
Dates 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 


2nd 


2rtd Dates 
3rd Dates 


3rd 

Re 1 i g i on 





— 


— 


Dates 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



\ 



■ * V.I w 1/ ,our Tt.rnar s name should appear below 



P Idct or b I rt'i 



Number of yea"-? of schocTtlng 



Re$ Idence 
Numb 



cr of cnlToren p 



Aq? 



Occiipat>on_ ?^,,^^,H^^ 



HcT sVotua ;/^ 



J2^ 



Nome !»>. A.|nt;^a 

P lace of birth 

Number of years of scfi'ooiing 

Res I dence S? 

Numb 



■^t^ 



17 o,^,,v^^v,,^ -,pP7 



dence Sal;^, -Iw^d^n 
er of children o" 



irital i-tstua M,>.^^p,^ 



3. >:aie Tors Jos^ f 

Place of birth =3runka"b'o'. 3v/*den 



. . , y~— r- — >r— - , date 20 Deri>»Tnh^-n l «on 

Kumb.r of yearrrrr^l^HTlTijirZIZr^ Occupation Tool *^ r^. n«V^i 

Re^ dence Pound Lnke. m^TZr^iTrrTtatue K.r 7?Vd ^ ^ ^^ 

Number of cnlTorsn ? ■ 



'*. Name -^xel "^agnar 

Place of blrth_j^nkebo.~^iT3d^n~"'~-" ^date 27 ^e bni»^rv 1«Q^ 

Number of years of schooling h ' ' ' ^ccuoatlon T^oi ^^ nt» oILi 

Residence Pockford, Tji jjgirnTSTn^^tatu^'^^^^ "-' ^ ^^^ 

Number of ditTdren 



5. Name Joel Ac>nton ___, 

Place of birth ^unk«boT~Sw«dftn 



, . „_^___ data 7 ■Dsc'TTib^r 1 ^o), 

Number of years of schooi^ng n """"" Oceu patlon %^^V^ r/' , 

Number of chl Idran 1 ' " " "^ '^ 



7; Name E ster Ingeborg 



Place cr birth 



Number of years Of schooling 

8, Nama Anna ''•^tilda 




ate 



■\7 .Tann^T^Y -[C^^l 
t Ion S°ST-iR-hT»««<q 



ecupatlonseanstr^..^..^ 
tirltil Status T-'.-Tr^ftc 



Place of birth _^]ilnzr/a.j^ Swedj 



n^n i ' 1'" 



date 2^ I'^rch IQQ'i 



«umoer or years Of schooling 6 Occupation "ou-'w^'o 

Residenc e StockholPi. Sv;ederi Rarlts^ "Stetus l-'or^lT^^ * ' 

Number of chl Idren p ' "" 



6, Name Hgrm^n 
Place of iairth 



'^j u 1 nrTT a.,._ 3we d e,n 
NufTiier of years of schoonng 7, 

Res i dence C(>penhflgei 
Number of chl JdVen 



9. NaiT^ 

Place "of birth ' 

Number of yes rs bV" s choc ! Fng" 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren 



date 
"Occupation 



1^97 



ff* rTTa 1 Status -'in?1* 



date 



Occupation 
itatus 



® 



10. Name^^ 

Place of birth 



Nuri,b«r of years ot school I no 
Residence *- 

Number of 



dace 



.^^^ Occupation 

iniri tal Status 



Groat-Rrnndfathor (Mother's "mother's father) 



N.jMte Stork STORKSON 
I f (lend. <\^ir of death 



I'l.i..- ..I l.itili — 

I iliK .il i nil (iiiiml)i' r of yr.ii •. ) 
')t-i'l'' -.(ImxiI — ~ liiijli school 



Oi c ii().it If)n(s) 

Is I Plshernvnn 



?n(l farmer 
3rd 



_Dates_ 
_Oates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



Current Residence 



l),i(c ol hi I th 



vocal ioniil 



col l(M|C 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Stmndvik Dates 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 
'«th 



Re li g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



date 



Great-crandmother (Ibther's mother's mother) 



N nme Bwrtw 

I f (Icjcl, ilrjtr of death 



CI, tec of birih Strandvlk. Norway 
Education (number of years) 



grade school 
Occupat ion(s) 

I'.t - 

2nd 

3rd 



high school 



Dates 



J)ates_ 
Dates 



Current Residence 



Date of birth 

vocational college 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Strandvlk Dates_ 



_2nd_ 
3rd 



Re I i g i on 

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



Dates 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



CH.lkDnhM ot great-grandparents - your ^rand mother's narae should apxiear below 



'. Name j^^^ 

P lace or bi rth 

Number of yea 

Residence Rerg^^n, Wn-Pwy^ 

Number of ch I 1 d ran q 



rs or school I hg '~ 



Nome T^ien 

P I ace of b t r't h St;-?' ncl vlk ^, .N^r;-; ^ y 



Number of years of scKcol 



Res I dence 3grj5;^ e_n^ Norway 
Number of "cm IcTren 



Occupatl.6h Ho.;...,,f.. 



ttatus 



cate 



■— ^ 



nry 










P 1 ace of bIrtt T St r'piigvTlc 
Number of years o r's c h oaH'n^ 
Residence Bergen, Norway ' 
Number of ch! Idran ^ 




taTTt 



date — 

Occupation ' I 'ypographer' 



fitu9 ^''arried" 



Name Sessa Kathrlna 
Place of bl rth Strandvi 



Number of yearT'ofTcFoofTng 

Residence ^rgen, Nor;^fay 

Number of chl Idreh"' h 



Mqssaos^ 



■T,iv^» Ifi4)p 



date y 
status Married 



iXe. 



i?ltnT?V- 



Name .,,.,,,. 

Place of birih 
Number of years oV "s'ciiobiTng' 
Res I dence ^opjj^^orway 
Nun*er of'"TKTl drert U. ~* 



data -- 

OcGiipaeion Treacher 



___iT5 r t't'e Y Status ^' a rr 1 e d 



Place or Dirtn 



Number of year80fsdTOoTTng~"'~r! 
Res I denc e . .^ardangar, Norw " 
Number of "cii^T^rEfi "' '2 



lata 




ritjrit&l Status Rf^^-pj,*^ 



Nanw^ Nils 

Place of birth 

Number of yeari^ol" school ina 
Res I denca Be r gen, Norway '* 
NunAer of^ciFiTfclren 5 



data -» 
Occufs'aeTcirt' 



licri t6( Status 



Married 



Se aman 



Narr« 

Place of bl rth 

Number of years ol 

Res I dence 

Number of c>iiT3ren 



date 



Harltsl Status 



Name 

P I ac e of birth ; ~ 

Number of years of' school 

Res I dence 

Number of"TFrT37en ' 



ing 



Nama 

Place of bTr'tlT"" 

Nun,ber of years of" ochooiTng 
Residence ^■' 

Number of^t mvrVir 



date 



„., ,,, OccupatTofT 
taistotus 



Occjpatlon 

-i!Tt3l Htatus 



3. 



Gr. in (If other (your mother's side) 

Name ^ftul Olal LARSEN i^ORTUN Current Residence 

If dead, date of' d'eat^ 1906 



Place nf birth Fnna, TvVrway 

Education (number of years) ! 
grade school TTNK high schoo) 



_ Date of birth .ip.Aprn iPi^l nv iRgB 
vocational college 



Occupal lon(s) 

<9t StnnwiTlflsnn 



3rd 

iith 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
Lnte (after leaving home) 

_Dates i^QQ^ l»t p^-^p^n^ N^T.,.,ny Dates 



_^Dates_ 
Datfls 






_Dates_ 
Dates 



Re I i g i on Lutheran 

Political parties, civl I or social clubs, fraternities, etc. TTnVnnT-m 



Place of marriage to your grandmother Hop, NorTs'ay date j^ nq^ 1888 

Note: If your mother was raised by a S iat^ffatner W Mmi TfT ttr TO l at l VK ( W a ge 18) ' 

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

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

TUPT ' . ' -^ 

Name Sessa Kathrlna STO'^SDOTTER r :,„rrent Residence 
I f dead, date of death Nov. 19)4.6 

Place of birth Strandvik, Tuft. Norway D ate of birth 7 Junft l6^Q 
Education (number of years) 
grade school X high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) 
1st Housewife 

2nd 

3rd 



_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1«t Bergen. NorwAT Dates 1878 



2nd C];ii<iPfrQ, minn1n P^'^^Mq^O 

_3rd ^Dates 



Re 1 1 g I on Lutheran 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. None 



Place of marriage to your grandfathe r Hop. Norway d ate 1 Nov 1RP8 

Note: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another rol»M«— (»« :;; TY) 
s,'.,z ;^.<>; uaie un cne oacK or this page (D'Z) 



'HlUmfN „( (. and D (or (.-I, l)-l)-your mother's n.n.o should app.-ar bch^ 

'I "•■ wrTrTii, SI 






.1 /. 







■'•'"■ 18 Anril iRqn 
Qccupat.on B,,Jter 



arltal Status Knrrlad 



'' ' " '■ '^ ''I ' ' ^ ^rpien. Norway 



NijiMi.i r r,( y.-,ii ', of school Iflg 
KrM.i.wuf Chlcngo. IlllnoTT 
NuinfuT ..f fhl Idren 7) 



date H[ Pfhvnnrj lP92 



II . ■ Q<^^"P^'^'0". BakorT' Clerk 
Marital Status Married 



Nv«: Amalia Johanna 

Moc. .., Urth qftrfftT1,...NamiX- 

NumLn'r ol years Of scnooTing 7 



Hc.si.ie„cc T^r/ftTi, Norway' 

Number of ch 1 Idren •: 



date 27 Fabruary l8q'[ 
""occupation Housewife 



Marital Status Married 



''• '^'^'™- miv^ K,,thr1r.^ 



^'•"" "'" '''rth Bergen Norway 
Nijiriljci (jf ye.irs of scnooling 
He. i dPMf e Y{ 



date 10 February 18q6 
Occupation Housewife 



HrMdrnre RgcVf ord . Tn inois Mar 1 tarSt;.M.^ MarTKd 
Number <<f children n — 



Nani^ Sjgrid Elidfl 

^ I .ice of bi rth R^rcfi<»r 



Bergen, Norway 
Number of years of school Ing 
Kes i dence nhicago. Illinois 
Number of ell I Idren i 



Nfifne 

P I .ICC of birth 

Number of years of school Ing 

R«;s i dence 

Number of ch i Tdren "^ 



7. Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren 



8. Name 

P 1 ace of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren ~~" 



J. Name 

P lace of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 

Number of chi Idren 



0. Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

^^"'ber of children 



date 28 Febru.nry IR98 

Occupation Bakery manager 
Marital Status MarrToH 



Marital Status 



date__ 

OccupattOrt 



date 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



date 

IJccupatiOrt 



Marital Status 



date 

Occupation 



rItaT Status 



date__ 

BccITpat ion 



Warltal Status 



r 



Your Father 



f dead, date of death ,_ 



Name 
I 



Current Residence Rockford. IlllnoJ!? 



Place of birth Brunkebo. Sweden 
Education (number of years) 



grade school 
Occupatlon(s) 

1st Gore maker 



high school 



>te of birth 27 ?fibrnnrY 1^9? 

^^^^^ vocational ^col lege 



Dates iqpf, 



PUCE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
l»t StflgKhnlm 3Wftf1ftT1 Dates -iQip.H, 



2n d Machinist Dates 1908 2n d Oslo. Nnrwa-p- D Ates iqi),_iq 

Stockholm, Sweden 1919-2 3 

3rd Tool & Die maker D ates 192? ' •' ~ ' - -..-- 

Dates 



»th 

Re H g I on Lutheran 



Rockford, THinols 1968- 

'(th Dates 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. annA TmmpT <,-n ^ v...^ riT^'^t r 

of AiTwrlca, Svithiod Order, u nions ■:.:.■... ■ ■ ' 



Place of marriage to your mother___ Qhic nfro, Tllinpr a' ' ' ' , V , ' , ^ *^^ ?8 ^v' 1.931 
NOTE: If you were raised by a step ; Tati ve give that data on the Deck 

of this page. (E-2) 



Your Mother 



If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Bergen. Norway 
Education (number of years) 



grade school 7 

Occupat ion(s) 
1st Grocer v Clerk 



high school 



Current Re»ldence__BotvltXerd,T1 1 lnn1 a 

. Date of birth ;iq February 1 896 

vocational ^college 



2nd Fsctory worker 

3rd Domestic 
Ilth Housewife 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates I9II-II4- 1st Chicago. Illinois D ates 1 92^-1 968 

Dates 1911J.-26 2n d Rockford. Illinois D ates 1968- 

Dates 1926-31 3rd Dates 

1931- 



Re I i g I on Lutheran 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Vasa Order of Aneric^ 



Place of marriage to your fathe r Chic age. TllinoJ a ' ' d ate 28 Nov 1931 

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 

I f 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 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd 



Dates 



kth 



Date of birth 



vocat i ona I 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



^th 

Re I Igion ~ ~~~^"~""~"~'~ 

Politlcat par^llei, t\\/\ I Af SOfilSI clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your mother 



Dates 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



TJatJ 



F-2 Stepmother 



Name 










If dead, date of death 
Place of bi rth 




— 




Date of bl rth 


Education (number oT" years) 
grade school high school 




_ vocational 
1st 




col lege 


Occupat ion(s) 

1st Dates 




PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 


2nd Dates 

3rd Dates 
Re 1 i g I on 




2nd 
3rd 
sorori ties, 


etc. 


Dates 
Dates 


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^age 1 
PART T 

A, r-atem«»l Grsndfather - Lars Patter rAIIT/'N 

lAva Potter W"S bom and raised In RysslS, a small 
tovmshlp near Snkflrlng, Sweden. He W"S an only 
child, bom 28 January 1*^61, 

B, Paternal Grandmother - Charlotte LUITDIN 

Charlotta was bom nnd raised In Toratuna-by, located 
about l^^ miles northwest of Stockholm, Sv.»eden, one of 
seven daughters, Phe- were: 

Charlotta - born 1862 

Anna 

Hilda 

Hulda 

Tnda 

Selma • bom 2^ October l'^76, -'ns a school teacher 
and \annarried 

Augusta 
The actual sequence of their birth is not knovm, 
Charl6tta died in 19J».2 while tending her garden in 
Kor gong a va, ^5we den • 

C, Paternal Grandparents L^.fe Together 

Lars and '"Charlotta were Tnarried in Toratuna-by in I883, 
Shortly thereafter, they moved to a smf?ll community 
outside of "^lorgongava in Vittenge ^ township^ celled 
3runkebo» There they rented a farm and began raising 



their family. It Is posalbl© the oldest two children, 
Vendla, bom 2l\. August IBR^, «nd Per Agaton, bom 
17 Septercber l^By were not bom here. However, Lars 
Josef, bom 2P Tecanber I'^PO, Axel Ragnar, bom 
27 February l893# and Joel Agaton, bom 7 December l69!l., 
were bom while Lara and (Jharlotta lived in Brunkebo. 
They then Tnoved to another rented farm In Hjulmyra, also 
near T-'orgongava In Vlttenge, There, Herman, bom 1^97, 
Ester^Tngeborg, born 17 January 1901, and Anna I'atilda, 
born 28 'Tarch 1901;, wore bom., The^r eight children 
survived childhood and e^rly adulthood with the exception 
of Herman, who together with his fiancee, ('isd of 
meningitis. In Copenhagen, Denmark, In 1919# 
Because of too many debts on the farm, Lars and Charlotta 
went bankrupt and moved to Morgongava In 1905» Lsrs got 
a ,1ob as an Assembler at VSsteras Kacblne Company which 
manufactured farm machines, lumber splitting machines, 
and kerosene motors. He worked there until he retired, 

D, F'ather - Axel ^agnar ^ARlHiin 

Axel went through the 6th grade which wps all tJie nchool- 
Ing available to the average fa-Tilly, School was from 
9 to 3« Studies were hard and there was much homework, 
Discipline In the school wPs strict and having the fingers 
rapped with a ruler was comron. He '.fas 11 when he finish- 
ed school. 
The family lived In a companv owned apartment building 



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housing ton famllloa. They had two rooms mid a kitchen, -* 

As the fftmily grew, xuf father and his older brother, 

Apaton, rented a room from another fprnllT In the f-l' 

nT^artment building, j 

The famllr was not a church-going fanlly but all -Ha e ,'; 

children were baptized and conflmiied in the Lutheran 

church. The church mj father was confirmed in uaa , / 

called 71 tt Inge Church and wns built in 1306, liy ' : 

father's mother attended efaarcta most frequently. 

Sometimes, the family would go to services at the i " 

Salvation Airray, •'. 

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My father belonged to the Good Templar Lodge which i^' 

was a temperance and social organization, Tt was a j-Vj 

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popular organization and offered such activities as ^il 

dances, bazaars, study circles, and traveling movies, i'A^ 

w^ 

•Phe movies were silent except for Vlctirola music behind 

the screen. 

My father first went to work when he was 13 as a small »>j 

core maker in the foundry of VMsteras Machine Company, ;':•- 

His wages were 7 6re an hour which was Just a little 

more than the -^ost of a sweat roll and coffee. The ;,' 

wording hours at that time were 6 hours a dav for those 

under 13 Tears of ap;e nnd 10 hours a day for those over 

13, ^Is wages were p^iven to his father to help 3ur>port 

the family and then he got an allowance from that. He 

didn't like core work because it was a dirty Job and 

older men were mean to the younger workers. His father 



brother, Joel, In 1921. It was Just before T.ars returned 
to Sweden in 1919 that he changed his name from better son 
to Parker, The other brothers also changed th«lr name 
when they had made the final decision to stay in the Tl.s, 
Mnking the decision to inmlgrate to the U.S. wns made 

easier becAUse there had been a slowdown In work after 
V/orld War T in Sweden, 

A friend of Lars and Joel returned to Sweden in 1923 for 
at visit snd when he was ready to return to the U.S., he 
invited ray father to go wf th hire, J'y father thought It 
would be interesting to go to the n,3, and see what It 
was like, H© decided to Iranlprate but had no plans to 



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got hln a job as a machinist and In that Job, he learned 
how to operate all types of metal working machines. His 
wages increased to 20-2^ 8re per hour, Jle worked at 
Vftsteras Machines for about S years and then went to other 
cities and worked, 

Shortl-^ after v/orld V/ar T broke out, Sweden began mobiliz- 
ing its forces for coastal defense, i'anv of the officers 
wanted to help Germany and my father didn't like t^iat idea 
so he left the country and went to Norway, He worthed in 
Oslo for about h^ years and then returned to Sweden, 
Trem?gratlon for the family started in 1912 with one of 
the older brothers, Lnrs, leaving for the l^ited States 
with a friend of his. They moved to Chicago because the 
friend had a relative living there, Lars returned to f*: 

Sweden In 1919 and returned to the U,5j, with his voungest <«*; 



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stay* T?9 caiw dlractly to Chicago wher« bis brothers V^ 

wore, Ho was considered a top notch machinist and had , , | 

no trouble finding work. He worked as a maintenance ■ ' 

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men of molding machines aswell as a machinist. He did ; 

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experimental work for Mldweatem Tool and made the first , 

machine for making corrugated ffistener3 for comer • i; 

Joints, 

Tn 1929, my father was invited to a family outing by 

my mother *s brother. The outing was at ?.ivorview 

Amusement P«rk in 'Chicago* I'iy mother and father were r , 

introduced and started going out together, They were ji', 

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Fage 6 

PART IT 

A, Maternal Grandfathep - Paul niai LARSBN TORTUN 
Paul Olal was born 1? April 18^7 or 18^8 In '^ana, 
Norway. F''sna l3 lo(?ated in tho moTintalna east of 
Morgan and la a geographical location similar In size 
to our coimty. As far as I know, Paul spent his child- 
hood In Fana and moved to B«rgen as a young man where 
ha mat ray grandmother • Ha wns a stonemason by trnde, 

R« Maternal Grandmother « Sessa Kathrlna f^jTrtPJCSDOTTER TTTPT 
Seosa Fftthrlna was born in Str'^ndvlk, Norway on a farm 
called Tuft, one of seven children boirn to 3t8rk St6rkson 
and his wife, Borta, Her father was bom and raised In 
Strandvlk and was a fanner and fisherman. Her mother 
was also bom and raised on Tuft, Strandvlk Is located 
in Hardangarf Jord about 1< m^les south of Bergen, Hardangar 
Fjord la a large fjord that empties into the North Sea# 
Stfirk and Berta*s childi^n were: 

Anna - bom }\. February l85__, married, had no children 
Slen - bom 6 "ebruary 185__, married, haf^ no children 
Frederlk - bom 185,^ typographer by trade, married, 

with 3 children 
Sessa Kathrlna - bom 7 June, i860, married, had 

5 children 
3t8rk - bom l86___, traveling preacher, married, with 
li. children 



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Krlstlan - bom l86_, aeairum, mairiod, had 2 children v j[ 

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Nils • born lo6_^ ssaman, married, had $ children .' ;j" 

Sesaa'a father died In IB96 and her mother then raovod to • 

Bergen to live with their son, 3t(?rk, | 

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Seasa raovod to Tsrgen at the or© of I8 becauae of a lack ; • 

of things to do in Strf-ndvik, The primary trRnsportation 
between 3ergen end Strandvik waa a route boat v;hich 
delivered ma'l, groceries, and other goods on a twice- 
weekly schedule. The trip took about three hours, Sessa 
was a nursemaid for the children of a sea oaptain, Tt was 
a very good Job. She lived In and worked there until she •;, 

was married, Sne was ?8 veara old when she married Paul f 

nial L^rsen "^ortun, November 1- I888, Tlie r were married i'^ 

in a small town outside 'Jorgen called Hop, ^f* 

C, Maternal Grnnd-Darents Life Together ^ 

"Paul and Sesaa lived in an apartment in 3ergen, They .";\ 

had five children: Leonard, bom 18 April I'^'^o^ Borghild *' 

Fhristine, bom lU February 189P» Araalla Johanna, bom '"'' 

27 Ptebruary lB9ii., Oliva Ksttirlna, bom 10 February I896, 
and Sigrld Elida, bom 28 T^ebruary I898, As the children ; 

w«Ti8 growing up, ^ aul fllso worked as a shoemaker at home 
to earn extra money, Paul died of kidney disease after 
a long illness, in 1908, Seasa died In Norrldge, Illinois 
on the drty before Thanksgiving, 19li.6, at the age of 86, 



D, Kother - niiva Kathrlna T^^nHTTIN 

Ky mother doesn't ever raraeinber seeing her grandparonts 

on her father's side, 3ie knew only tv;o of her father's 

slaters, Karen, who had four children, nnS. Kristlna, who 

had three children. She knew all seven of her mother's 

brothers and sisters, 3(!»r father died when ray mother 

was 1?., '.'."hen she was young, the family spent much time 

together with relatives, living In Bergen, 

Her family was far from wealthy but they dlc'n't consider 

themselves poor, They lived well in what w?».s considered 

adequate living quarters at thf^t tlmo. They were a 

happy fnmlly and never lackod for food. 

Their mother worked at odd jobs doing house vjork and 

washing. 

They lived in an apartment in 3orgen with two rooms and 

a kitchen. They felt vary fortunate to have that since 

aoTfiQ fnmllles larnor than theirs bad only one room. 

The rniTt'ly adopted to the. close quarters and were not 

unhappy with the arrangements* The -roungest of tho 

dhlldren usually slept in the parents' room and the other 

children doubled up in two beds in the other room. The 

children that lived in Bergen lived with parents up until 

the time thoy were married or Immlgretsd, 

The children were baptized into the Lutheran church, the 

State church, and were also confirmed as Lutherans, They 

were not active church members but did attend every 

Sunday, After confirmation, they attended tho I>ee Church 






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which was I othodlst. 

The children started public school when they wera seven 
years old and went to school for 7 veprs# V.hen they were 
through vj^th school they either went to work or, if boys, 
went to a trnde school. "Vtth public school and trade 
school waa free. Including books. Tho oldest brother 
apprenticed as e baker. The school day was split into 
two shifts, some going In the morning and aon» going In 
the afternoon. 

When theii* father died, soxae of the responsibilities for 
taking care of the younger children went to tho older 
brother. 

The children shared 5.n the responBlbilities for house- 
work and chores, niscipline was m^ld. 
^^JOh of tho free time in the supimer was spent in the 
aountains. They enjoyed hiking, plcnicing, and blue- 
berry and llngonberry nicking, Since li^rgen is 
surrounded by mountains on three sides and a fiord on 
the other, most things were within walking distance. 
The only ne^ns oT trnnsportatlon other than w?»lklng waa 
the streetcar, within the city, the boat and train 
outside the city. 

'.Vhen tho family was a little older, many weekends were 
spent visiting friends in the islands outside Qergnn, 
Winter activities were primarily skating, sledclng and 
skiing, lecause the town Is f^ll hills, most of this 
winter activity took place on the streets. 



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T>robablY the two most linportant holidays of the year V9V 
Ep3t(?r and Christmas, Hoth of these days were dnys of 
family gathering, Saster was (celebrated for 5 days, 
Thursday through F-onday of the Raster weekend, -faster 
was a time when everyone got new clothes and hnd a 
^ day holiday, Seven wesks after Raster wss also a 
celeb-rated day cr.lled Pinse Dagen (•■/hits Sunday) ^ich 
celebrated the start of sutn'^r. 

As the children got out of school, they all v;ent to work, 
T*he oldest brother apiDrenticed as a baker and the girls 
worked in stores or as maids and housekeepers. One sister 
went to Oslo, Norway, for two years to work as n house- 
keeper for n. sea captain's family, Vij mother got her 
first full tlrne Job in a grocery store and later worked 
in a box fsetory. The brother and sisters living at 
hone paid room and board and their inotiier tended the 
house and did the cooking, ■ 

It was also after the children started working that they 
brought music into the house. The oldest brother played 
the violin, ^-'y mother had an organ first and then a 
piano. The voungest sister playod the violin and the 
mandolin. 

Immigration to the United States started with the older 
brother, Leonard, who Immigrated in 1909, People talked 
about all the money that could be made in America and 
generally had "America "^ever", I«onard v;ent to Seattle, 



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Washington first because be had a cousin there. Re 
worked on a farm for awhile ancl then took up his trade as 
a baker. After a few years, he moved to Chicago and 
continued working as a baker, 

Tn 1923, the second olt^est sister, 3orghild, ixo'^igratod 
to America, She also settled in Chicago primarily 
because her brother was there, T^ mother immigrated in 
1926 and the youngest sister, =^igrld. Immigrated In 
1929, They both settled in Chicago because of their 
family ties. Only the older sister, Amalla, remained 
in Norway, She still lives in 3erg©n, Tn 1930, their 
mother immigrated to Chicago. 

When 107 mother came to Chicago, she got a job as a maid 
and waitress at the UniversitT School for Vtoraen, This 
was a boarding school and Universit:^ for girls from 
wealthy families, Tt was located on Lake Shore Drive 
In Chicago, This was a job that she liked very much. 
She started out at -^l5 a week and in 1929 got a raise 
to '^2 a week. She lived in, so room and board were 
furnished, ' xcept for a few months in 1929, when she 
returned to Norway for a vis!t, she stayed at the Sc'hool 
until she got marriec' in 193X. 






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PART TTT 

A, Parents Life Together 

Wy fathar and wother vcve married 28 Novomber 1931, 
Times were rough In 1931 since the Depresslcm had hit 
ev.n»yone hnrd, T.iy mother had worked during the 
Tlipi?es8lon at the school. The school was In financial 
trouble. They asked the help to stay on and they would 
pay them as much as they could, I^ mother lost *300 
When the banks closed and by 1931, the school ow-sd her 
*600 In back wages. After mj father threatened them 
with a court suit, they settled for *200, 
My father had lost %00 when the bnnks closed, T>;o 
weeks after that he had a hemorrhaging ulcer and no 
money, n^went to Illinois Kasonlc Hospital and they 
wouldn't let blra lay down In bed until he had some 
money, W© hnd to borrow money on his life insurance 
and from his brother. 

He also lost *1,000 on a piece of land he had In Lansing, 
Tlllnols, On this laiid now stands a Ford assembly plant. 
My mother quit her "ob at the school when she married 
but shortly after that got a job in a hotel as & m»tld 
for 2 to 3 days a week, ohe worked at the hotel until 
T was born In 1933. 

My father worked sporadically during the repression, 
Tf the company had a lob, they called him In, The Job 
could last for two weeks or two months but when it was 






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finished, he wp3 laid off until the next job CRme along. 
It was ©nough, however, to keep him out of the bi^nd 
linos and to pay the rent. 

"Things got better when Hoosevelt got in", Thla was 
appftpontly the general opinion of the country, ffy 
father started working steady and things got better. 
My grandmother lived with us until she died, She likod 
It here and wo liked having her, She never did learn 
how to say more than a f«w words in English but she still 
got along quite well, T learned to speak a ra'xture of 
Norwegian and Swedish before T learned "^gliah so wo had 
no communlcitlon piroblem, Tn 19t;0, she had a stroke 
which left her partially i-aralyzed on her left side but 
It didn't slow her down for very long» She died at the 
age of 86 in l^!^6, 

V/hen T was young, we lived In apartments on the north 
side of Chicago, Tn 1937, w father's mother visited 
us for a few months, V^ father and his two brothers 
brought her to America for her 75th birthday present. 
Two of the brothers naf' never pone back to Sweden nnd 
they couldn't all afford to go for a visit 3o they 
shared the expenses of bringing their mother over. 
She didn't like It here, probably because she was 
unfamiliar' with our ways and was unable to comrnunl- 
cate with everyone. Since all but the three sons were 
still In Swedrsn, she never considered staying here. 



lage 24 

B. My Life 

T b«gan tny llf« on the li;th of r)otob«r, 1933# arriving 
at Swedish Covenant Hospital In Chicago, Ky early 
childhood wjis a happy one, b«lng carod for by my mother 
and grandmother; 

For wr first t'lr'ee years In school, T v;ent to Trumbull 
School which looked like a pr^-son converted to a school, 
Tt was a gloomy l'->oklng building and It had brrs on the 
windows, 

Tt wa3 during these years thot T started taking piano 
lessons. This lasted fo>^ about h /ears, 
Xn 19!i2, we moved to a sm^ll northwestern suburb of 
Chicago called TTorwarc^ Park Township where nw parents 
bought a new house. This area was Inter incorporated 
and onlled Norridge, It Is located about ^ miles east 
of what l3 now 0»Hpre Tnternat ional Air- ort, 4t that 
ti'oe, OtTTare waa a small airport clled Old Orchard 
T'lace, Tt was mostlv for small private or rental planes 
with 3ome charter and freight service. 
During */orld \-!sv TT, mich eraphesls was put on helping 
the country and the serviceman, TXirlng this time, T 
wns a student at the Jnmes G-iles 'Elementary Sch-oT In 
iJorridga, V/e were doing our share for the w^r effort 
by buying war bonds, having paper drives, corresponding 
with seirvicemen and making blankets for servicemen. 
My father was a member of the rivll Ti^efenae and ho train- 
ed at rescue, fire fighting, emergency actions during 



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air raids, bombings, and blackout?. l:k 

The last hnlf of bhs 14.0 »s wns a busv period. I'.j 
paT»'»nts wore estiva In Swod^sh clubs, I was activa 
In a Swedish 'children's club, a Swedish folk danc« 
rlub, school bands, baseball, football, and fretting 
around town on m motor bike. 

Tn ^bruary, 19'!.^, T graduated from grnmwar sr^hool 
and started at Charles F, Stelnmetz High School in 
Chicago, 

Tn 19?0, a girl nsned ry^rothy Plodin loined the 

folk dan^'C olub thet T b«lonri;ed to, Tt wasn't long ,' 

before v;e 3tf»rted dating and we would marry in a n: 

few -rears, f^ 

Tn 19^2, T graduated fron high school and started at W 

the TTnivcsit" of Illinois at Navy ?ier in Chicago, |; 

That sumer, rvr parents f»nd T want on n vis^t to »' 

Norway and Sweden, '-/e took the boat both ways, the i>' 

S.S.Stavangerf jord over and the F.S,03lof Jord back, ■ 

V.'e landed in "'^rgen, *'oi?way and ?=!pent three months in 
Norway ntnd -vj^den visiting friends and n-latives nnd 
seeing the sights, 'vhile there, T had the opportunity 
to visit T}orothy's father's home and relations in Osby, 
Sweden, which is in the southern part of the country, 
VJhen we returned hone, I returned to college at the 
T>ier, I was working towirds an aeronautical engineer- 
ing degree but quit after one year because T didn't 



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lik© It. 

T Joined the Air ''orce in Mi?»ch, "'953* got married to 

Dorothy ^odln on Jtine 20, 1953* etnd went to Japan on 

r«comber 1, 1953. 

W© h«d our first child, Sijsnn L(^anne, on January 28, 

l^^l, wel(3;hing in at 2|- pounds, with « 1000 to 1 '•hance 

to live, 'jhe is noxf married and living at Port T©n,^»nln 

Ilar'^ison in Indianapolis, Indiana, 

Our 3er>ond child. Zone ■./ill lam, was born 'Inm^nry lf>, 

19^6, 9v: months ifter T returned from Japan, ^e is 

now in the Air ^orce, 3t">tioned at ^'ountaSn Home A '^•3, 

Idaho* 

Our third child, Gorald Kevin, w«r, bom on 'V^-ril 7, 

19^8, 13 months after my discharr.e from the Air l^orco, 

Tt w-isn't imtil "ebruary 2li$ 19^;^ that ov,r fourth 

child, Linnea T)imie, lira 5 bom, 

T^orothy and T have faced som^ toujh ti^.es toj^ether 

but T/o^vo been harpy, 

T am now employed by the Pefense Stjp'-ly Agency of the 

TT.S.fJcvemment as a duality Assurance 'lapresentatlve, 

T an attending Roclc l^alley Oollege as a part time 

student rrorking for an Associate's Degree in Quality 

Control, Dorothy is a Cora'Tunications Specialist, also 

v/orking ^or the '"efense Supply Agency, 



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PAULEYV BRIAN DOUGLAS, 195^1- 



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

lar Contributor to the Kock Valley College Family History Collection: 

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

SURVEY ***-.V;V;V;VA)VA:VAA-,';-,';-.VA;V>VAAA:VA;V;>r;V 

OFFICE USE CODE 

1. Your name Brian Douglas Paulpv 

Date of form . , a C i n tf ^ 

2. Your college: Rock Val l ey f.o1 lege -.v ( I d // ) 

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

^Before 1750 1750-1800 I 800- 1 850 

y 1850-1900 1900 or later 

k. Please check a_M_ 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.) E ast South Central (La. , Miss. , Ala. ,Tenn , K^ 

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

^Pacific (Cal., WashJ (Hawaii, Alaska) 



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

X Farming ^Mining ^Shopkeeping or small business 

X T ransportation ^Big Business ^Manufacturing 

^Professions x Industrial labor Other 

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

_Roman Catholic ^Jewish ^Presbyterian x Methodist 



JC ^Baptist Episcopal ian Congregational Lutheran 

^tjuaker Mormon OFher Protestant Other 



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

^Blacks Indians ^Mexicans ^Puerto Ricans 

^Jews ^Central Europeans I tal ians Slavs 

.'f'sh British y N ative Americans over several generations 



East Asian Other 



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

X Interviews with other Family Bibles Family Genealogies 

f ami ly members 

Vital Records Land Records ^The U.S. Census 

^Photographs ^Maps Other 



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FAMILY DATA 
A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name n. Howard .Prljnpy Current Residence iv,+ , Garroll . niinni^ 

If dead, date of death 

Place of birth Mt, Q^^VQllt IllJ.ngi ^ D^^e of Birth j^i y 7^ irqr 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 8 high school 2 vocational o_ _ col lege 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st FarmP-r Dates ^ st Mt. Carrol] Dates 

2nd Produ r.P RusinPf^c, Dates 2nd ,^/bb^y ,Q8d:^i:M>l^. Dates 



3rd ^onument Ssttpr Dates 3rd }^Mx.x:QaiPPOM Dates_ 

'♦th Electrical nnntrapt. n^tes ^th jm^x^dBSCCaM. Dates_ 



Po 



litical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Rppnhl i ran 



Place of Marriage to your grandmother ^^^ p,,,,,^ i . Tllinoi. ' "^" 9/23/17 

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

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name R-hhpl .T . Panlpy Current Residence m+ Harrnll . Tllinnic, 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birth Mt. Carroll . Tllinoic^ Date of birth c^^pt^^^^^ pR^ 1 rqq 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 7^ high school q vocational p col lege n 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Hnnc^pwifp Dates 1st Mt. Carroll. Til. Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



3rd Dates 3rd __Dates_ 

^th Dates '4th Dates 



Re 1 i g i on Protestant 



' Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. pppi^l;)! i 



fiaxL 



Place of marriage to your grandfathe r ^t. Carroll. Illinoi ^TE Sept. 23. 1917" 
^°^^'- ih%HatPSfl»fhl^^Ba£g'8?dtl'l^§ $rgl%%^, stepmother or another relative give 



A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 

Ndnie 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 


Dates 


i.th 



3rd Dates 3rd ^Dates 

'♦th Dates ^th Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother "date 

A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father'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 col lege ( 

Occupation(s) ^ - r:.j.Cz'-r..i.l J , PLACE OF RESIDENCE ! 

(after leaving home) ' 
1st ^Dates 1st ^Dati_ 

2nd ^Dates 2nd ^Date;i_ 

3rd ^Dates 3rd ^Date _ 

Re 1 i g ion 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 



3. 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name gi^.r, nhfrhpim 

If dead, date of death 2j-/ll/69 



Current Residence 



Place of birth Mt. Carroll . Illinois 
Education (number of years): 
grade school 5 high school 



_ Date of birth December 24, 1RQ<^ 
vocational college p 



Occupat ion(s) 

*^^ Blacksmith 



Dates 



^"d Railroad Switchman D ates 
Brd TelRDhnne Co. Lineman D ates 
'♦th Dates 



lst_ 
_2nd_ 

i»th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Savanna. TITinois Dates 

Ronkfnrd . Tllinois Dates 

RBagk-i-BTB^-iCxtii^twgTK Dates 

Dates 



;®' 19'°" Pr-ntestant 

Pohfcal parties, evil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Democrat. Masonic Lod^e 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 



No 



dce or marriage to your grandmother ' j ,. ; — 

te: If your mother was raised by a M f ^l%V{^? \f^uhh]^?§ \ %w (to J eTsf^^^^^ 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 



Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name ^ui a Oberheim 

I f dead, date of death 



_Current Residence ^^p/, n. Cnnrt ?^t, 



ceta. Iowa 



Place of birth 

Education (number ol^ years] 

^ grade school 'j high school 



^Date of birth 

vocational q col lege 



April 11. IQOQ 







Occupat ion(s) 

'5^ WAltress 

|2nd Rockford Photo 

3rd 



Dates 



Housewife 



_Dates 
Dates 



lst_ 
_2nd 
3rd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 



Dates 



Dates 



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



^lace of marriage to your grandfather Mt. Carroll. Illinois date J„i.r pA TqT? 

^ote: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to aqe m ^ ' 



Democrat 



give that data on the back of this page (D-2) 



C-l Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 

Uame Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 

l'l.i(<- .>l hi I Ih "-il<- <'l" !>' ' "' 



(diK.ilioii (niiiiihcr of y<-.i(-.) 
'It.idc ■.(tiool liiijh school vocation. il college 

Occupat ion (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

i^th 



Dates 


1st 


PLACE 
(after 


OF 
1 


1 

RESIDENCE | 

eaving home) ( 

Dates ' 


Dates 


2nd 








Dates 


Dates 


3rd 








Dates 


Dates 


'4th 








Dates 



Re I i g i on 

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















Place of marriage to your grandmother 

S tepgrandmother (your mother's side) 
Name 


Current Residence 


date 


D-2 


\ 




If dead, date of death 

Place of bi rlh 

Education (number of years) 




Date of bi rth 


ii 



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 soci al cl ubs , sororities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 



CHItDREN of A & B (or A- 1 or B-1) - voi.r fo^^, i . '♦• 
^ ' or D i; your father's name should appear below 

sr- ^cr i ^y^ .„„. ^-'" ' s.a ;-r ™^t. pro... 



Four 



P?"^ HpI f?n .Spppr 
Place of bi rth m+ 



Mace of birth Mt npr-r-ol 1 , THir.ois " aTtt 

Number of years of schooling Twelve Oc 

"esidence p^+ n^r-r-oH M..;..i ^-r-,-"^"^,"]' ""rj^ 

umber of chi Idren t^q . , |viarriea 



^..„.„^, u. yccirb or scnooiing Twelve Oc cupation u "^T"- 

Res I dence ,,+.. n. r-r^on Marital <;t - .V ,.c^,! ■ .HOI^f^PWI f^ 



Name Junp Zi 1 1 hart. 

Place of birth Mt. Carrol l, ln,^^,„- date 

ZTr/ °' V--- -o^ school i ng Twel^^^"" O^cu^THoK:- "T" 

Resldence Mt. Carrol] Mar i ta l S tatus .. Hnii-^pwifp , 
Number of chVldren ^^^^^^ ^^"^ M^tv, f^.d 

Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years o( schooling ^ccupiTn^ 

'"'^^"" , , M..;..l d...../ 
Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of birth . 

Number of years of schooHng OccuF^tTo^ 

Residence ^^r}^o 1 iV . ^"H«»<.'un_ 

(d..,„k c — CTP-i ^ Marital Status 

Number of chi dren 



Name 

Place of bi rth " ~~~" r 

Number of years of schooling S-ccunTTTTr 

l^'i . ,.., Marital- Status " 

Number of chi Idren ~ 



Name 

Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling ~ " Orru n;»f!^,^ 

•^es i dence ^ u^ ., . .^ Occupat i on_ 

M.. . , — TT-?— . ^ Marital Status 



Number of chi Idren 



Name^ 

Place of bi rth ■ — ^ 

^1 , ^ — I , ■ , . Marita Status 

Number of chi Idren ' -^"-atus, 

Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling "OccunTTr^T 

Res i dence m^ ' . \ c "^^^P^^ ' °". 

NMn,K» c — rrn — _ Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren " — 



I rt 
yea 

Number of~ U ll l U r B n M arital Statu.; 



llf-V °^ years or schooling OccuoaTTT^ 

Residence „ . . _ '-'^cupation 



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



N.iiii.' Dnane Oberheim 



■■t>- M^y 17. 1926 



f ii"- "T 1,1. Ill Mt. Carroll. Illinois ^^ 

Miinib'T o( yf.if, fif ■■dioolitu) E leVeB Occupation yaptnry Worker 

<■■■ idonct' ^ RpcKford Marital Status i^g^rrjed 

uinhnr of ch i 1 d rcn 



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N 

N.irnr 



Three 
Jack Oberheim 



P I jco of bi rth ^ Savanna. Illinois 
Number of years of schooling Twelve 



date ^ March 23. 1918 



Res i dence 



RnnKford 



TTccupat I on Factory Worker 
Marl tal Status Divorcea 



Number of children Three 



3. Name 



phyll 1 s Collins 

if birth Mt. Carroll, iiiinois 



Place of _ ... „. . 

Number of years of schooling Tpn 
Residence S avanna 



Number of ch i 1 dren 



date .T„r.p 1;^. IQ^Q 

Occupation Housewife 
Marital Status Married 



Five 



'^. Name Dorothy Pauley 



Place of birth Savanna. Illinois 



Number of years of schooling Twelve 

Residence Rockford 



Number of ch i 1 dren 



Four 



5. Nanie 



P lace of b i rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 



Number o f ch i 1 dren 



Name 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 



Number of ch i Tdren 



7. Name 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 



Number of chi 1 dren 



8. Name 



P 1 ace of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 



Number of ch i 1 dren 



Name 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 



Number of children 



10. 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



"dfate May 23. 1920 
Occupa t i on Housewife 



Mari tal ^Status Married 



date 



Occupat lOh 



Mar I ta 1 Status 



date_ 

Occupa t i on 
Mari tal ^Status 



date 

Occupat i6n 

Marital Status 



date 



Occupat ion 



Mari tal Status 



date 

Occupat i6rt 



Marital Status 



date 



Occupat ion 



Marital Status 



Your Father 



Name p>^annig C. . P^nloy 

If dead, date or death 



Current Residence I5I5 Lilac Lane 

- Rockford, Illinois 

grade school « hlah irhnnl / 

2 nign scnooi /j, vocational Q college 



Occupation(s) 

Ist Office Manager Dates 

2n d Packaging Engineer Dates_ 
3r dRp3i Ecitat.p BrnkPr Dates_ 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
^st RorJ-fnrd Dates 



l«th 



Dates 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 
^th 



Religion ^, . .. 

'olitical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 
Mace of marriage to your mother 



_Ddtes 

_Dates 

Dates 



Renuhlinan. lVlaQor.ipT.nHgo 



inTP. If ' ■' J u — ? Clinton. Iowa d ate April b. 1^40 

lOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relative give that da ta on the back 

or tn I s page. (E-2) 

'our Mother 



f dead, date of death 



— Current Residence 1S15 Lilac Lane 

Rockford, Illinois 

'Hn^!^?! ^y^^L SaVrinnR. .Tllin^i'^ Date of birth_ji2v23_1Q20 

ducation (number of years) "^j — &_li — i -V^V 

grade school g high school__J; vocational college 



ccupation(s) 



St Hmigpwi fp 
nd 



rd 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
'st Mt. Harrnll Dates 



2nd Rockford 



3rd 



_Dates 
Dates 



eligion Baptist 

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



Rppiihl i pan 



lace o| marriage to your father minton. Tow a _ d ate AprH-g^-TW 

OTE. f you were raised by a stepl^ther 'or another relative give that dat a on the back of 
tn I s page (F-2) . 



E-1 Stepfather 

Name 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth ^Date of birth 

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



Occupation(5) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 



2nd Dates 2nd Dates 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 



F-2 Stepmother 
Name 



Ath Dates 


ijth 
f ratern i t ies , 


etc. 


Dates 


Rel igion 


' 


Pol 1 1 1 ca"f TTart les , civil or social clubs, 


' 








Place of marriage to your mother 






Date 



If dead, date of death 






Date of bi rth 
col lege 


Dates 


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


vocational 
1st 


Occupat ion (s) - -> 

Ist Dates 




PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 


2nd Dates 

3rd Dates 
Re 1 i g i on 


2nd 
3rd 
soror i t ies , 


etc. 




i 
Dates ; 

Dates ! 


Political party, civil or social clubs. 






' 


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 
Name 



Na"^ Shqrrv T.pp Hnghpc^ 

Place ot birth c;, m^nn^c 

Number of years of schooling Twplvf 



TwpI VR 



Residence Hunti n.o-ton . Indian;. 
Number of children^ 



^^"^ Susan T.in nihcjon 

Place of birth Rockford. Illinois 
Number of years of schooling Sixteen" 
^es i den ce Marshall. MicHigan 

Number of chi Idren None 



Date of birth p^pp^h^r^ ln, io^,.r) 

^ . . , Occupation HouRewi f p 

Marital Status Married 



Date of birth July 14. 1948 
Occupation Teacher 



Marital Status Married 



Mame Shellv Lou Pauley 

'lace of birth Ror^kfprd. THinni^ 

Number of years of schooling Sixteen 
Res i den ce Rockford. Illinois 



^lumber of chi Idren 



None 



Date of birth pp^PrnhPr ?^, IQ5? 
Occupa 1 1 Oh TeachPr 



Marital Status 



Single 



^f"^ Brian Dnu^laR Paulpv 

laceofb.rth Rockford. THinni^ 



lumber of years of schooling ppu^^e^^ 

residence Rockford. Tlllnois Marital St7n]I 



lumber of chi Idren 



-Hong- 



Date of birth November 21. 10^ 4 
Occupation Student 
Single 



lame 

'lace of bi rth 

lumber of years of school ing 

lesidence 



lumber of children 



lame 

'lace of bi rth 

lumber of years of school ing 

■esidence 



'umber of chi Idren 



ame 

lace of bi rth 

umber of years of school ing 

es i dence 



umber of chi Idren 



ame 

lace of bi rth " 

umber of years of school i ng 

esidence 



umber of chi Idren 



Date of bi rth 



Marital Status 



Occupat ion 



TaTte of bi rth_ 
Occupat ion 



Marital Status 



Date of birth 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



Date of bi rth 
Occupat ion 



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 ttie 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 



Signed hAjLai v, Va.Lolti^ 
Date _'Jl\au V^aii,, 



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Mother's Mother 



j.r]es Poffenber/Ter( Great Grandfather) married Emma Eyler(Great Grandmother] 
j 1. Ida married Ray Hayes 
I a. Donald 

2. Bessy-died as a child 

3. Grace-died as a child 

, 4. Florence married George Bollinger 

ia. George 
b. Marcene 

Second marriage, Emil Moeller 

a. Betty 

b. Bob 

5. Zula married Glenn Oberheim 

a. Jack 

b. Duane 

c. Phyllis 

d. Dorothy 

6. Harriett married Arthur Hanson 
a. Marcel la 

Second marriage, William Rankin 

a. William 

b. James 

c. Donald 






,inhn Oherh' 'iTi(Great Grandfather) rnarri <3d Carolyn HobDe( ' r ' .' t Cranrlmothor] 
: '-"nn :rr:>^ric(i Zula Poffenberf:;er 

n. .Tnok 

b. Duano 

c. Phyll i s 

d. Dorothy 

Pearl married Albert Lumsden 

a. Joanne 
h. Cpirolyn 
c. Billy 

Rube married Hazel Stakemiller 

a. Rodney 

b. Gloria 

c. Carolyn 

d. Betty 

e. Timothy 

f. Linda 

g. Donna 
h. Norma 

Lola married Ralph Gifford 

a. Herbert 

Second marriage, Tom Lindeman 

a. Francis 

Third marriage, Reuben Messmer 



Family Trrr> 
Fnthcr'n Mother 



Dorsr'v Slsler(Great i^ rand father) mf'.rri ed Mary Orr(Gr'-nt Grandmother) 

1. p;i ma m-iTi'^d Sherman Zillhart 

a. Car' '.-. 

b. i.;ar\' -'A 1 en 

c. Wili'T 

2. Ari-.le r" 'ti ed John Zillhart 
a. AT V' !• 

3. Penrl pr>rried Emery Smith 

a . W 1 n ■' -1 m 
h. Hoh-.-t 

li-. Jennie married Phillip Hartman 

a. Mare^lla 

b. Marvin 
G. Arl i n 

''■>. EJlin married Charlotte Frazer 

a. Ward 

6. Wavie married Robert Atherton 

a. Robert g. Charlotte 

b. Mary h. John 

c. Irma i. Emma 

d. Harold j. Bernadine 

e. Jeanette k. Wilma 

f. Claire 1. James 

7. Charles-single 

8. Mervel-single 

9. Myrtle married Earl Holy 
a. Merle 

10. Wayne married Rosemary Klassart 

11. Luverta married Harry Pauley 
a. Naomi 

12. Ora married Theodore Randecker 

a. Helen f. Carlos 

b. Theodore Jr. g. Loretta 

c. Curtiss h. Elizabeth 

d. Larry i. Jane 

e. Janet 

13. Ethel married Howard Pauley 

a. Helen 

b. June 

c. Francis 



Father':; Kritri'T 



For,cor' Pauley(Grent. G mnd ^'n th^r) married Amelia Burk ( ■;rfrit Grandmothr-r) 

1. Willis narried Mabel Law 

a. "■<erlh.a 

b . O^-ri n 

c . Krma 

2. Karnoo I inarri.ed Kdna Schroeppel 

a. Klmer 

b. (J lorn 

c . //ill i am 

3. Harry n-i'^riod Luverta r>isler 
a. Naomi 

k. Howard " arrled Ethel Sisler 

a. Juno 

b. Helen 

c. Francis 



Zula Obprhf^im 
Grandmother 



Zula Pof fenberp'er war> born on April 11, 1900 to Charles 
and Enma Poffenberper. They resided in the small town of 
Maqvjoketa, Towa where Mr. Pof fenberf^er owned two saloons. 

Zula, the third oldest, had five sisters. They werei 
Ida, Grace, Bessy, Florence, and Harriett. Two of the girls, 
Bessy and Grace, died while younif. Bessy died at age three 
of diptheria and Grace died at age twelve of rheumatism. The 
four remaining girls all lived to be married. 

The family, although not rich by any means, was finan- 
cially sound. They had enough money to obtain necessities 
such as food, clothing, and shelter; they did own their own 
house. The children did have to wear "hand-me-downs" usually 
because new clothes were a rare luxury that was mainly enjoyed 
by the oldest child. 

The main force in the family was the father. He made all 
decisions such as how the money was spent or if and when the 
family moved. Mrs. Poffenberger spent her time caring for the 
children, cleaning the home, and in general she directed the 
activities at home. 

Disciplinary actions were carried out by the father. The 
mother allowed the children to "get away" with a lot more than 
their dad. 

The Pof fenbergers did own their house but it was by no 
means spacious. There were two bedrooms which the family used. 
The parents lived in one of the two while the girls lived in 
the other one. There was a third room which was used by a 
boarder, an old man, who cared for the family! s two riding 
horses. 

When Zula was twelve, her parents became seperated. She 
then lived with her mother and sister in an apartment which 
they rented. 

Zula's father, who was then sheriff of Carroll County, 
still sent money to support the family. The money sent was 
not near enough to adequately take care of the three so F'^rs. 
Poffonber^-er was forced to bake pies for twenty-five cents an 
hour. This income and the father's support together barely 
was pnou'-n to keep the family going. 



Znl ,1 Obrrho i m 

Znla ■ nrl hr>r mothor .-md sister v/ere fnccii with rou"'" t.irnoc; 
'^rf'■r tho^''' f.'ither left. i^oth ri r.l r; wore forced to -work t,o 
r.iy fn'' r;or. .^ of the exprr\i-'^y,, 

Zula ' i vod with her mother for four years until 191' ■"brn 
;-.ho moved 'o Savanm, Tiiinoir. , to live with hor mnr-ried : i ;: c<>r. 
//hile with her roister, Znla continued to attend school ;\r •he 
had in the past. She was in h^revhhh year of school wh-n she 
had to drop out in order to earn money co she could buy food 
and cl other . 

It wnr. durinf'; this time that Znln met her futm-o hu ' -nd, 
Glen Oberh'Mm, Glen was their milkman also worked v,'itb his 
father in a blacksmith shon. 

Glen nnd Zula bep-^n datinr regularly shortly after th- y 
met and a year later were married. They were married in '•^e 
church parr-onaf^e. Weddinp-s at this time were not larg:e social 
affairs as they are today. Most weddinfrs occurred in a person's 
house or the parsonaf!;e while many couples eloped. 



Grandfather 



'I'he Oberheims were not affected by nudden periodn of 
deprepsion or prosperity because they did not have much monoy. 
Their income was based on a trade that was needed because the 
horse was the major means of transportation in this time. Their 
standard of living remained constant throup;hout Glen's early 
life. 

Glen started workiniP; on a milk route when he was eighteen 
years o]d. This route was in a town nearby called Savanna, 
Til inois. 

It was in Savanna where a girl named Zula Poffenberger 
lived. She was to be his future wife. They met on the milk 
route as he delivered milk to the house that she was staying. 
In this period of time it was not uncommon for the milkman 
to stop at someone's house on the route and have coffee or 
a roll. Glen stopped one time at this house where he met 
Zula and began dating her. They were married about a year 
later. 






i\the'' 'inler wan hoi-p SoptomhoT- i.'8, IBOO. She wnr nn-: 
of thi>"toon ohildron in tho fnmn.v of Dorsoy nnd Mary Si"lf^r. 
The Irrnlly ->onr>lpte<i of nine rtrls rmri four boy>!. 

The f'.-iinily, of courr^, wa;:; poor. Clothr;; w^v^ hnnd'fi 
down the 1 ' no and shoos wore worn to tho point that thoy 
almost f'-^l 1 apart. 

Dors'\-' Sisler v/as a farmor nnd nlso a nnrnont.f^r. Th'-y 
family 1 i.vd nn farms thnt were r(>ntpd hccause thoy con]d 
not affor'-i to buy thoir own. 

'I'he children were not able to finish their school in.^"; 
ns most of thorn dropped nut by tho time they reached hif'^h 
school. Tbo chi.ldren worked to help the family buy food 
and other rocossities. 

As was the case in most families, the father was tho 
dominant fif^ure. He mnd" most nf the decisions conoernin'' 
ihe direct^ on which the family i.ook. Monov matters were 
hnndU^d by tho father as well as di sol pi i n i nr: of tho chilnren. 
The mother's main role wa:; thnt of housewife, cook, and 
comforter. 

The Sls.lers were a vnry roliri -, family as th*"'/- attf.-ndod 
church re/ ' 'arly. The church was a oentral part of tho 
family's activities. 

Tho ''^slor's, as par(MTts, took an active interest in 
their chilciron. They watched over the children and made 
sure that iheir wants wore filled, if possible. 

The f-naily did a lot cf visitinp; of friends in the 
neirrhborhood and relatives occassionally called upon the 
Sislors. 

Kuhol "'as a child v.-; ';h no fnrj.r. ^uttIup; within h'T. fho 
basically '.on motivated by the doniro to survive. Tho chlidron 
of this tirio v/ere easily pleased. Too croam was a luxur'"^ thit 
v/as onjoyr'* rarely. A nov/ pair of r,^oe:; would put a smi ' <•' on 
any child'" face. Childr'-^n were hnpny with food and clothintX 
and a plac(T to sleep. 

Ethel raot Howard Pauley in church and married shortly after. 
They were if.arried on September 23, 191?. 



Howard P.'cil ^y 
(Irnnd fa t hrr 



"''iwari 'rvjioy wan born on July ?, IRoR to th*^ mrcn-t :, 
'oi-co"^ anri 'rn'Oia Pauley. They worn fa^'mprr, livVn'- on t-u' 
outr.ki, rts ' V r>'t. Carol 1, Illlnoir,. 

Howar'' v.-is the thi.r-d olde:-t of foiir bo;;:;. The othpr ihrpp 
wore I V/ili's, Earnp:5t, and Harry. All fo^r hoyn worked --n 
the farm wi+h their father. 

Finar^'aMy, the family war-, fairl" well off. '"hey 
hr^d r.ome J.r^nd wh i nh they owned in Minn"j:;nta. Their farii 
provided t^' m with a p'ood income. 

The faTjly's home v/ap; spacionn and living conditionr 
were ver;y r.iod. The home and farm v/ere owned by the Pauleys. 

Families who lived outside of tovm, such as the Pauleys, 
had to travel a great distance to attend school. To be able 
to attend high school, a person would many times be forced 
to live in tov/n during the week and go home to see the family 
on weekends only, Howard was able to attend two years of 
high school, but he was needed on the farm so he dropped out 
of school after his sophomore year. 

Family decisions were made by the father but the mother 
influenced them to some degree. Money matters were handled 
the father, also. Disciplining of the children was done 
to the largest extent by the father. The mother was the one 
who did the important "little" jobs. She fixed the meals, 
mended socks, and took care of the ills. Both parents played 
an important part in the workings of the family. 

Church was an important of the family's life together. 
They attended church regularly and entered into church functions, 
Church was the main group activity for the family. 
j Basically, Howard's life on the farm was one of work. 
'His schooling was fairly good, considering the amount that most 
children received at this time. There was not much time for 
enjoyment other than church functions, 
|| It was in church that Howard met Ethel Sisler, his 
future wife. They were married shortly after they first met. 



I'Vpnoi r. ['.-ml f\v 
Father 



I'Varr ■ '■; KaulGy wnn horn on March l^i 191'^ to Hownrd r'rrl 
•'*"ho1 Pa'!"! y. They wer^^ farmer::: and nv/nod tholr ov/n farn. 
•ranci'^ wa •■ the only boy of throe children. 

'''he Paulr^yG were not rich but they had an adquate standard 
of ]i'/-'nr. They always had food and clothinf: and never went 
vn thoi;t too much. 

Francis began workinr at af^e thirteen and helped his 
parents through the depression. The family grew their own 
food during the depression and to this day the Pauleys still 
grow vegetables and corn. 

Howard was the more dominant parent of the two. He made 
most decisions concerning the family as well the financial 
decisions. Disciplinary measures were carried out by both 
parents on a equal basis. 

Church v/as the center of family activities and regular 
church attendance was something the family attained. Church 
functions were attended by the family as a group. 

Family reunions were held frequently, usually every year. 
Relatives came and visited almost every weekend. 

Living space in the house was good, each member getting 
a room. The house was located close to town and so the 
trip into tov/n was short which was an advantage. 

Howard was a farmer up until 1928, when he opened a 
farm produce market up in town. When the depression hit 
he was forced to close this down and worked when a job v/as 
open. The war brought on more prosperity and Howard then 
worked in a furniture store and as a mortician. After the 
war he went into the electrical contracting business. 

Francis lived a good life and basically had most things 
a boy could want. He started working early in his life at 
whatever job he could. This included mopping dance floors to 
selling scrap metals. 

Francis graduated from high school and worked, during which 
time he started dating the girl down the street who he never 
liked too much. He married Dorothy Oberheim on April 6, 19^0. 
They eloped and went to Clinton, Iowa to be married. 



Dorothy Pnuloy 
r»;ot,hor 



Doro** • Obprhoim war; th^ oldor.t of four childr'-n in 
the fn-nn;; ^ f Glen and Znl;i Oborh^^im. Thore were two boyn 
rmd two ri-^'s. The family lived in Mt. Carroll, Tllinoi:; 
for tho mi'iority of their life before moving to HocKford 
in lv>^6. 

Glen ('nerheim was a blacksmith and worked In the 
Provln- GromdB In Savanna for a nunbor of years. He 
then work, d a:^ a switchman for the railroad for twelve 
years. Th- only other job which h<- held for any len-th 
Q^ ^^^p ^.,.. v/hen he movpd to Hock ford and work'^d at th" 

Case plant. 

The family waB not poor to the point of not havin.^ 
food and clothes. The necesBltles of life were always 
available, not In larre amounts, but were available. 
Shoes wer- a once-a-year item. On^ nalr h.-d to last the 
year and wore used for all occas:-,i ons . Clothes were handed 
down from year to year. The family owned their home but 
other than that they owned very little. 

Glen Oberheim worked many hours and because of this, 
he was not at home very often. The disciplining respon- 
sibility fell on the shoulders of Zula. The financial 
matters wc^re handled by Zula, also. 

The I'amily's main social activity was a bic Sunday 
dinner when relatives would come over and visit. It was 
when relatives came that the parlor would be used and 
only when company called was It ever opened. The door 
to the parlor remained closed except to be cleaned durin- 

the week. 

The Jiving conditions of the family were somewhat 
crowded as there was only two bedrooms. The parents used 
one whll- the four children slept In the other. The bath- 
room, of -ourse, was outside as most were In those days. 

The depression did not have a ' ievastati nf- eff-ct on 
the Oberh-lms because th^^y did not have a lot to b^r^in 
with. Th y did prow most of their ovm food and canned it. 
They butev.ered their calf and pips In oroer to have food 
durin- th- rougher times of the Depression. Glen went 
to work m the WPA digging ditches. He was a proud man 



Dorothy J .ti] 

i'.'O tlHT 



i v;o'!l(i ' o t accept any I'roo ^'nnrl or any other frer- aid 
■ "■ t wa;; ''"'Von out. 

i'loro' V r-r)cnt a rroat deal of hor time v/orkinr. Sh" r-r^ul- 
)-'l"ed fro'-, hirh school "nut; could not attend hor f^radua"*; i or 
t'ecaur.e r,b'' was in a nani taring rt'ooverln'" from tutiercu i or- i ;j. 
She wcirked du'^lriP' school and manv tines rot up an ef.rly a;; 
four in t) - morninr to carry a. naner route for a dollar a 
week. 5h>' alr.o cleaned hounet; part of th^ time for cion^ 
of the rii-^r people in town. 

Dorof'y worked to oarn money which nho np.ed to buy 
drenr.es. r.he always likcci to dresr> well and acconnl ish*""' 
this, Hei^ main motivation as a youth v;as to be a P"ood 
lookinf^ f^i."'!. pretty much typical of rirls at that a^re. 

The children left hone about the aP'e of eiphtpf-n, a I ■nourh, 
one left to ret married at af^e :;ixtn-;n. Dorothy left to ."^ t 
marri p-d at af^e eip:hteen but lived v/i th her mother and father 
for a short period of time after marriage. 



Pron^tit 



Kranr- ■ .-. nnd Dorothy Piuloy moved tt> Hookford shortly 
after they .vere married, livln" in Snvarma nnd Mt. Carroll 
for a '."hof timp. They rented npnrtrents fo^ a numb<^r of 
years in i '-?'•< ford before movinr to North Park where they 
purchnped ■■ house. 

They •••ere four children i.n the fai-iily, three p:irls 
and on'^' b^;. There was a span of fourteen years betv/een 
the first 'nd last. 

';'h« 1 ■• vi ne; standards were very pood as we always or. joyr-ri 
the h-^^st f'^od, clothinr, and personal care. There was alv/ays 
mone;; for ^n.ioyment and luxuries. 

Ijivir- " conditions w^re never a problem. There was always 
encurh room to accomodate everyone. The girls shared a room 
and I, beinc the only boy, got a room to myself. 

My dad made most decisions but always allowed my mother 
to help decide if she wanted to. Financial matters were 
handled by my dad but he did not handle matters in the home 
as much. Men decided the decorating of the home and other 
decisions pertaining to the operation of the home. Mom was 
a great mother and housewife as she devoted her entire effort 
to raising a family. She took a large interest in us as far 
as what we did, when, and who with. 

Our family was a close family with church being an 
important part of our life. We attended regularly every 
Sunday and were all baptized. Church functions were a part 
of our social life, also. 

Family reunions were held frequently as well as visiting 
relatives. Holidays were important in our life such as the 
Fourth of July. We operated a concession business at the 
celebration held down under the bridge in Rockford. 
Christmas included a large turkey dinner where the entire 
family would gather. 

The children in our family were never forced to drop 
out of school and work so all finished high school.. 



Pror^cnt 



'^rco of tb'-> four childror. attended colJerf^ aj; dad was int' 
'ted in o >' future. 

Pnslc'lly, wo 1 ivofi n c.T^"'v*"rop M f o with no pr'''blonr;. 
..o h'l-d no •"■"nies of poor firinnci.al hS kinp and rrner-'lly 
onjoyr-d a rood standarci of livjnr. 

i)nd wo'^ked two or three jobc at a time to p:ive us a 
'ood life. Hp worked lonp^ hourn and workerl hard to rive ur 
rhe bpr.t o-' medical and d-^ntal care, make r.ure we had rood 
food to ep" , and shelter. 

The r'^^lFi are all married now and tv/o are teaching 
while one ' n a housewife. They still visit the home 
nui te oftr-i even thoup;h they all live out of state. 
Our relati '^nship as a family is still Vfjry close. 



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U Grandmother (your • fatKot. 's side) 

Name QrUxci^y f^ U' 1 cir ed Sir cvu' >^ Current Residence — 

If dead, date of death a/- - / q - M Q — ——.^—— _—_——— 



(»S) 



Place of birth FclIv Aryle. J_ Uir^o^' 5 Date of birth ^ - ^ (:, ^- ^j^j 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

, , / Ntc,-' , (after leaving home) /(p,K-^ 

1st Hot'M^.n^nk^.r Dates J_riii^ 1st ,V , r k /a ^-^cL . Til Dates ^^/y^/ 

2nd icUMinlci jach. y > H '^pCct.'oH .Dates I^Zi - iq q^lnd f\^\v .'djere^ X M . D ates /^^A/f^ . 

^'■'^ Dates 3rd Dates 



^th 



Dates Ath Dates 



Religion Brv-pt .' si" 



'Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc Mhy^^>..aUl^tu ■ lx),^^.>. 
P.ace Of ^arnag^ to your grandfa the r 3^,,.,^.; ,, re.;.-. DAV^ Ct -^^-., 
tha^°a^tPSfl»fhl^^Ba£l'§?dtl'll? 3i|i^^;^^^)^ stepmother or another relative give 



A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 

N.jPH? Current Residence 

I f i\cad, date of death 

Place of birth Date of Bi rth 



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 


i4th 



3rd Dates 3rd ^Dates_ 

4th Dates 4th Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother date 

A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father'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 Dat* 



2nd Dates 


2nd 




Date;; 


3rd Dates 


3rd 




Date:^ 

1 


Rel igion 


sororities, etc. 




! 


Political party, civil or social clubs, 


1 


Place of marriage to your grandfather 




Date 













CHILDREN of A & B (or A- 1 or R-n c ,. 

6 B ^or A I or B-l) - your father's name should appear below 

/ 'i c 7 



k. 



or b.rth \'rince trA:...:.,^ f^F^ date 



Name 

Place _i_L-c.e 

Number of years of school ing 
Res i dence j) e c t, .l ^, ^^r. ~ 
Number of children fS^^ <T^ 



d1 inc 



■ Occupatibh /V>i,^, , i> 

Har' l ta l Sta tus 7/t|l ' ^P")" ■ >if. f^ -■ r . 



Number of years of schooVrng 
Residence 



Number of ch i Idren 



Marital Status 



Occupatibn 



S (L tl,-^ 4? J 






i>e( 



i; 



Name 

Place 

Numbe 

Res 

Numbe 



ber of children .^ <^ ^ ^ ^^ 1:; (»1/ 



Name /Ye (e o ^^ ., /^ >.,.../.. ^ 

Place of birth rt i i<^, T7^ 

Number of year s 3f"sUo[JN'nV ^^ ^ ^' 
Res I dence ^*-c r.s^s-t-^,^cf |.^ ~ 
Number of ch I Idren /'VcitT^ 

Name 

Place o^ bl rth 

Number of years of schooling 
Residence "~ 

Number of ch I Idren 



date 



Harital Status 



Occupatibn 



/ 7a 



dat( 



Occupation 
MaritaT Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth ' 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number of ch i Idren 



Marital Status 



date 

Occupatioh 



Name 

Place of bi rth ' " 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren " — 



"date 



j_ Occupation 

Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth " 

Number of years of" schooling 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren 



date 



_ Occupat ion 
Marital Status 



Name 



irth 

f years of school inq 

;e ^ 



o 
ne e 

of 'Llll IUP«n ■ 



date 



, Occupation 
_"arital Status 



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



^' ''" '' "^ 1)1 r I h rcL I r ci ci^l -C , X / I jV/ C: / 
Miiiiih'T ol yf^r-. fjf school itifj // T 

■<<'S i detict: // ' '-^ , ^yj /' ^5 c- ii r,' 
i.._i . <— nrrrT±- ^-rs^ 



d.ilc /o/<${5' //^ 



Number o( ch I 1 dren 



z: 



Occupation /} :i £, '^ m b /<r 

Marital Status flj 



f- A rtr)er\ 



1/ <- 



Number of years of schooling — Occupation 

Residence 1)tcea<,cc( afiy.rt// MaritaT Status 

Number of children /}- \' /;> ^^ 

i. Name (]^'^r.jOr'*'- Viae. Ci^luey k^nu)o^rcle^'i 

Place of birth I'^J r H I a iicL p ir,)-?o , s date ^ 

Number of yearsj^f schooling /^/^ Occupation 



te 'lf//S'//6 



3o -/ 



Res i dence /t <r o /^ A<:' /? ^ J^ /^ / /^/c ,' s 
Number of children Se'^e-tj 



Marital Status ( /K) ^ U.J ,' ^ a rTTT 



h. Hi 



X^^Cr?a^/ci J~ n\'t' nc)0^t^ / 



Name ^^cr?a^/a, ^n\'/nc)Klt^/viZ\j 

Place of birth / j ^ li,_/<dere: ^///Vv^ /'"j 
Number of yeai;'^ of schooling ^ ■/- Y c c. . 3<^y?, 



date ^ - /j^ - ^/ 

ar^ or s choo I i ng S f If'f c, . 3 ^'^y. Occupation /^et-j'^ f-/ c^ / c<./7 

Res i dence /C^ ^// '^'g Z^*^' <". f^i <^ h ' ^] ^L /-] Marital Status /]1 

Number of children /^;V r, -t T/)r<^ <1 /i> d oA'/^c c/ f B '^fh-^ ) 



I! 



Name ./, 6' <g: ^ ct //tS Aou^/s^ 

Place of bi rth /^< />-,'c/<::,f , 



(^' ^ /./- 6-: y P'la etc - 
27//, /^^.'.^ date ^- V-- J2, :Z- 



Number of year^ of schooling /,-^ " "Occupation . S e' c. /- 1^^/^^- r >-/ 

Res i dence /pi^ /y^ 'a er^^. JZ / / / /7 c / S Ma r i ta 1 Status fj] 

N umbe r o f ch 1 1 dren 



ficn^ 



of birth ro^ U : <:C (Ir^- . j- f/ / n ^^ / 



Name 

Place" _ _^ 

Number of years^of school i ng /,-;2- Occupation iV (F.. / (^^ (^ , 

Residence /O i^ i k .'^^ t- r e ^ ^///'/7,^/s Marital Status /)') 



Number of ch i Tdren 



date /^ - / ^'- ^^ 



7. Name fjla^r <:] U er / -f^ 7^c ^7 ^f . C^lvf^/ B'^f/T/d ^/Z _ *] 

Place of birth r^ f)^ / . . .Ur^ ' ^^ // ^'nW/'J date .r> ^ 3c - ^ ^ , 

Number of year^of schooling / J/L, Occupa t i On /^^^ C' /-y? /,:> /e r /. /^, ( I?/ 

Residence ./^"^/^/^ ^ /^'/' <^fe -P 1 1 l' Nr- / S Marital Status /)^ 

Number of children jFdfiiilp, ^ i"~ 



Name 

P 1 ace of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 



date 



Number of ch i 1 dren 

9. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Occupat ion 
Mari tal Status 



Number of years of schooling 
Res i dence 



date 



Occupation 



Marital Status 



Number of chi 1 dren 



10. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of schooling 
Res i dence 



date 



Occupat ion 



Man tal Status 



Number of chi Idren 



Your Father 



ame TT/XN/ S\ i\\ f<Cr l^.Y) jC'tJif ck ^ n 
f dead, date of death / < ~ jl; — ^ / 



Current Residence 



Da 



te of birth \ - iP, - j j 



Place of birth f-ri'r76^& Bcla.\ Isk-, Gawcv Ac 

Education (number of years) ' " 

9''^'^^ "^°°' i_ high school // vocational2J:^.^nn...____ 

Occupation(s) PL^cE OF RESIDENCE 

. ^ Av> ii , . /j. — ^ .... ^ ^ (after leaving home) 

1st /»,//(^)r,^/^r./r..K.^ Dates r/:).;;', \<\^^ 1st /3. -;/7/7//W^., Dates /f^/_ .^^^ 

2nd ^|,$ /))er.v\>tf>Vir;n< Dates l ^ 4 I - )^4^ 2nd /9. /./^>V^: X ///.... ,-. D^tes / f y^ ., yf^^T. " 

3r d[/SC^m[34 /^nq',r).c-r Dates ■ ^f-f 4 - / ^WG 3rd /Fcc-/r^c^r^/,n.;, Dates /^,gr/5^^r ' 

Ath Jectr^^eyKmn |\].(|uM-.WD ates H4^.- 1^76 4 th /C\c:^^.rc(. X///...,^ D ates /^^/-/f-7 / 

Rel.g.on m<A-hc.A,:.r ^^ -^^"^ ^ '^ 



NOTE: If you were raised b' 
of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 



Name fy]^ri'cn</Vc^€, Cl^Iv^^ Current Residence /?/C f /^c /t /^ rj, X //.'Oo /S 

If dead^, date' of death . i .' ' ' ■ 

Place of birth HirH\a,\cl Til {no ^S Date of birth ^- 3 o - /? 

Education (number of years) ~ ' 



t 



grade school /<-^ .S' high school j A H P. Gr^' ^ vocational c ol lege ^ r /^dT/aii 

3ccupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

ehu.r<nc^ Cans .0 -^.^r^'^^j- (after leaving home) 

IstCanninaParh^rv/ Dates 1 9 3 C - 1st nca<>a ,,i P/a',n<y .JT//. Dates /^;^^- /f-^^ 

cr^^irciTTrfT^TrTr c~ '^ ^^ ~t^ — ' ^~ 

?nd Detcv^se It'rig Date r^^ti^qdrg'^ 2n d '3cl/7^Ci clJ ^ Z // >' nds D ates /fl/? - /y-^^ 

ird \l0C. l^^^m^nnJ^c^^r^^rtes /9^o -/^V^Brd /g/V^. ^^^v.^/t^v^ ,S Dates 'if^;^'lt^L 

teligion H- r -h^s fcL ,1 T' 

'olitical party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. hi fl PSR E . H Pi l^ Pi , P/=i C JT cH Tl/.. 

lofrf-]lurnn.' Ps-^r.c M I pIVl Ia .„. [» l)V, h,, ^'^^^ '' -' 

'?" otn^arr i age to youf father |.^ ^ I y ; d 4: r >- " r ( ) ,' n c^ / S d ate S^ ;' ,- - ^ ^ ' 

OTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relative give that data on the back of 

I this page (F-2). 



1 Stepfather 

Name 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth^ ^Date of birth 

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



0ccupation(5) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 



2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


'4th 



3rd Dates ^3rd Dates 

'ith Dates '4th Dates 

Rel ig ion 

Pol i t i cai* parfi'es , civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your mother ~" Date 



■2 Stepmother 



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 


etc. 




Dates 
...,^ 

Dates ' 
Dates 


2nd 
3rd 


Dates 
Dates 




2nd 
3rd 
sorori t ies , 


Rel igion 












Pol i t ica1 


pa 


rty. 


CI VI 


1 or 


soc ia 1 c 


lubs. 










Place of 


marn age 


to 


your 


father 








date 











:HILDREN of E and F (or E-2, F-2) - your name should appear below 
game \\c^y \\, [\,a^,y ^ \ev^u.avcleM 

lumber of children V4liov-\e' 



ame 

lace o 



. ''^/^"'th |?)eU.aerg-. E ii.^...^^ Date of birth l^lo(^lar/ 

/ y^^'-J. °^ ^chooUng ,^ ^^ Occupati on_^g^^cc v.. 

umber of children ^v^ ^, ,-^ ^ ' ^ . — . 



lace of b.rth _^^eilv,a^.r^; ^ , i ; .; V ': .^— ^-^ TF^ nf birth <//J f^ 

r h' y^^r^ °^ schooling ^ \^"^ occu patiin^^t. --:::^ 

umber of children )\/^y^^ ^ 

^me r ho VYias Da U Pc vi .. : n . a., y , 

laceof birth V^ .-,!.. .d-.- .. . jr,i;>..,<, dTT. of birth '1 L I ^ ^ 

imber of years of schooling /.;? ^ U.<..Fc.c, <.^ r ,c^ O. Occupa t io/ 6 /ie / 1 . A-^ . ^ 

jmber of children Thr-e^e^ ~ 

ace of birth / /QcL h < d ^ ,' <p /:p i ,7 n c , S PTTe of birth / C / J 6 ^' 

Nmber of years of schooling , -i Occun ;.tiV>r.^^ ^ r> 

..sidence /^. .A^^. J ' 1 .. . .,C 1 Marital Statu s ^T -^^^ ^^^ ^ /uv -^V^.|. 
''mber of children /V/-»7e^ —- C^c Ik^e 



ce ot birth /:P.. /,.,/,-,> jz\> r\^,- ;^ 57te of hirfh ^-/^^^/3'S' 

, 7 ye^rs^r schooling - /^ ' Occupatio^^ S/-.cC;V..^ M. ^,n*>.. 

, . r — L J ^ ^ • -^ ^ ^ " ^-^ '^ -• ^ Ma r 1 1 a 1 Status _S / '^ 

'timber of Chi dren /y^^7^ — M 5^ 



I ace 
^mbe 



°%'"''^'' /--?! //-/^/ ^. > r // ;^,. /<, Date of birth ///S-/^-^ 

l^M^nc ''":^^:::^''"^ ^ ./, .. = , Occu pa.i.n . ^-.. / ,Z I^....^.. 

,.^^ . — I /^ ^ <^ '"^ ^^ /> , ^ / / y /y ^ .■ S Marital Status T >/< 

fmber of ch i Idren // J /-p ^::^ ~" 



'me 
ace 
I'mbe 



me 



'ace ot birth pTTe of birth 

^ber of years of schooling Occupation' 

(sidence ' U ^ ^ i .- - i — cT" ^ 

. . ^ — -, Marital Status 

'Tiber of chi Idreh " 



111. ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY PIGflTS (If you and your family AVft 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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Ihe -bull: of this Fanily lastory papor dealr. xrlth gI.o duties and Joys 
of jroT/in- up in a snail -roTdnj tov/n in Ilortliorn Illinois during the 
dj.resaion, aid how tine \7a3 spent just to survive, 

Specific thin-s covered in this paper are vie;73 ol^t concern the 
Tiev/3 and teacliin-s of the third, and fourth ^-enerations to follow then; 

^i- fanilies ^o-e not a iDurdon, or soaethJ.no that couples did not 
look fov/ard to. They si-nifiod love, healthy cirlldren -./ore :,'ift3 from 
Ood, and larce fanilies v/ovo each ot-.er tojether into a close bond tliat 
eov.ld noo be shook oven after oacli Iiad GTown and loft hone. The fanily 
^:dn33 together, livinj in close conditions and each striving to 
the otler to help hdnsolf, 

Ratine codes, Christnas, church fiuictions, sex educa-:ion, jobs 
Uid education are nainly the topic.:: includea in tliis ^^apor. 



Jliristiaas iias be jn greatly ooaimGroialiaod, and each year laore 
money ij 3...a.it on exponjiva jiftj, a^id uoro j. eat expense is expected. 
It '.TSo only a natter of years ago v/l.en Jliristmas v/as celebrated, al- 
most all around the United States like it was in saall Belvidere, 
Illinois, 

On tiie christnas tree blaclr stockin^js r/ero himc, the ormerc of the 
3tool:inss anticipating the oran-e t.^au danta r/ill leave in each. There 
arc six stockings, blr:ck becauje all tlie cniliren vore black .roockin.s. 
Presents ;7Gre opened on cliristiaas :aorninj as .ocn as t}ie six child >on 
land their parents uro a^7al:e. Jhri :; oLiaa spending ./as /..-y Ixjuited as the 
parents only ixad ..J.2.0u a ^^eek to spend on groceries, Jo solve the 
Isituation the six c.iildreu dre^7 naiiies anu had ioji to apeud on t: e 
feift, Jach year tne children could count oa a paij ox long Johns for 
iJach of Chen as ./ell as houemaae ixens fro:a -.hei_- jarents. .uil eaca 
Jhristnas tnc parents exchanged to each ot^ier very aseiUl sifos q- 
aou3e slippers. 

Late- c.iat day -jhe liitcnen began bustliiig ab the aother and the 
Jnree girls prepared the coopleuely hoaetiade Ohris-cnas dimmer. Two 
Roasted chiohenj, ,^a^e and onion stuffing, nashed potatoes, and 
fQgetables raised in the fariil^ ^arden, homonaae piclcles, lioue- 
jooked v/hole cranberry jauce, ^ravy, iioaeaale bread, rolls, hairing 
;owder biscuits, and apple pie. ione chrisxaasas u-^ey had jello v/ith 
jliipped creaa to^jping, 

Christmas v/as spent at the ho-ie uu-j ..eaoriai Jay and "oue .^urth 
'f July neai-rt parades and taen a big picinic vlna jne rolaoives. me 
Ujor fanily 'get-togethers » ^yere done in t:.e suiiner months v/hen kids 
fere sent outside to play while the adults visited. Jue to lack of roon 
•aia.es were brought along, and exuenaed for tl.e aeal, then :;aken do^vn 
ftar they jere cleared. 

lie deprjs ;ion hi-c a-.d along ivith nillions of .^ericans the fanily 
3'3t all tl.e savings they liad when the banks closed their doors, .-h.- 



fBt ar r:fni;ed two eity lots fo-rtae facily. garden^ aiid whon the 1)Ua- 
tea .on liit tliG potatoes, t:.9 ohillrau woro jivea a partly filled can 
«on.ainins kerosene to catch the be-jtlea. rhe kids had a stick, and Trent 
•loni- to each plaiit and knocked the ouas into tl...e can, A penny v/as payment 
for oach hu^ , r\in tines came alon^; vrith the job of canning creen 
beans, xhe vhola family joined in the snappinj of the haan stens, 
Th. cMldren saig Gon-s and told stories -c/iiile they v/orked, and v/hen a 
fliole -./ash-boiler tras full the -aot}i3r canned then, 

xliQ fath;ir uas the faaily barber aiid he v/oald often exchange 

J haircuts \.lth neighbors and friendj in ez^clxance for so-ae small 
jo:, tliat ho needed done, such as the sliarpeiiiaj of his la-.rn mov/er 

•• 

■:he house consisted of five rooms a>id a "^atlirooii, Ihe three ^ilrls 
- .harod a bud, and the ohree boyj shared a b-a, and uhe parents then l^d 
>ae, ioou to \7ork or to play never vras a probleia ueeausii tiiay did the 
jkLnjs toi^ether, 

The wo parents played insxruuents for countx-y dar.ces a.vj all ohe 

-ren .aa-ig a-id also played an iiistunent. xhcir .ap-oist churoh lookod 
.o\r:i on dancing , so it v.'a3 aloxi- tiue before the jirls especially r;ont 
rjiy dances, Jo dating' regulations vere strictly inforood, The 
iounjer cliildren nad to acoonpany t:io older sisters on their dates, ev3n 
alhing hone frou church functions. ,7hen the older sister reached th- age of 
izteeu, she no lon^'or needed the conpany of her younger sister on her 
atoj. ^hc 7/as free to date whom ever she pleased, as long as hor 
ither approved of his character. ,.ne still i:ad to none by i.iidnight, 
it as long as -^iiaj- v/ere in t-.e drivivTay they coiLld stay out as long as 
70 in t-.e uorning, the stroiig corner street light nade tlus possible, 
itoo >7ere often in groups mainly froii the church cromi. 

-0 \,-uj at one of these ohirch events- a piMc, tl^t the oldest 
lUc-l-er litst a soilder stationed at Oamp C-rant, Itockford, Illinois, 
iree uonths after tliis njoting they -./ere narriedbbefore ho v/as 



tranaferved to Jarap -neynolas, rerm-sylvania. • j^he tia? perioc^ is 194.4 

: oomroryis beiaj iiorriried aL coni;inuoa allied defeatj. During thia 
tino uarriod roriale teachovs v/sro not hi-cGd, oven an engagement rins 
«l03ed the door on all your liard hours spent to 13800116 a teacher, they 
vere not siven a joh. IIoTrever duo to tiie j?aot tlial- there vvas a crovrlnQ 
ahort';^-e of teaohers, the nexr I.Ira. Penwarden v/ao Alvon a teaoVtlnr 
position in 3a3idoval, Illinoia, 3he instructed vocatloiial ho2ne!aa!:ins 

and t;irl3* pliysical education. 

i 

T5 iiay 3, Penv/ardon -raz sent to t/.e PMlipidnoa ac a Oombat 
^aginccr. He v/aa part of the first troopa sent in t6 disarm hortheifm 
apan, .jnomy snipers uere a consta-it threat to the noilders but after 

J nonths he v/as sent to Japcin co di-iarn tiie Iddden ^vm iiiplacononta 

concealed armories. 

Christuas, 1.43 held sonetlang Si.ecial for the nev/ fa;iily as 
.. hay o. xenvarden left Japca^ ?:ox the United .States, he arrived 

^^anuary, lS4'i, serving later in tne ac'ji/e reserve during the 
|iorean .iJonflict, 

Her father jave the now cousle aj uuch hjlT. as t]-Ci hard tiues 

<j>uld alio:?, and ^.th the uar behind then they start oa to raise a 

laily. :ho first child born to th^n ^ras a boy, ^rhom they naiajd ^y 

lp.lian renuarden, the seoond child ^/as liheviso a boy, naned John 

JfH Penwarden, a.id the chird child wus also a boy, v/hou th^y naned 

liomas Ja-le Penwarden. irnon they had discussed hov/ nany cliildren they should 

^9 a;id of ^vhic. se:c_they ./anted then «o be- ixe .ranted t-ii-ee boys and 

ija wanted four ^irls. toeo y^ars aft.r 2o:i ,a3 boi-n they l^d a lit.^le 

5'rl, hila O-la Penvyarden. I'hsn Ga::ie Ihuicy l.ae ^eanraraen, Julia .Inne 

?*iwardon, and hary .Jdna ?env/arden. The jirls Fore all spaced tln:'ee 

rars apart encept for Julia ajid .lary vlio ^Torc only one year apart. 

The jr-jator part of the childrens' childhood aenories are of the 

ff» i^a.^e .L:pei*inental ?arn on loscoe load -o-.-tnv Tn-;noi^ -. 
, w -i.iJo>vw^ Luaa, iUv^.i. oon, ij.±jLnoi3, where nost 

, en sre\7 up. r:ie fanily lived there for thirteen years, before the farm 



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•2 aoldaiid tiio- i^eiiwardens raovod five .-lileg away to a Iiouae on qv/c-u 
}entor r^oad, ^ockford, lllinoic, 

iTMlG t:.o fanily lived here, John narried the fomer Linda ^e 
Salishury, Both Jolm and Linda had attended Rock Vp,lley aollo£:e, and t:ia,t 
is whore they net, They new live in doscoe, lUinoiss, vhero JohJi i.g a police 
officer on t'lo jouth Beloit Police ?orce, and Linda T7or]:r^ at the Qolden 
Nujjet in riochton, Illinois. 

■The eldo-3t zoii, Mj, rreii-t on.t to Las Ve^as, Ilevada, w^isre he obtained 
the perdition of Head Bartender at Joasari3 I-alace, lie narried the fomer 
Oarzi.0 Olson of -"iinnesota, and he resides there in Minnesota. 

Ton narried tlie fomer v3harlene i ario jtoharo, and they :tiave three 
oliildron, Juzanne JIarie Penwarden, David Adam Pen\7ardon and Thonag .^ly 
Pen\7arden. ?h9y live in Loves Park, Illinois, Trhers I'on vrorlzs at tl.'.e 
J, Iluhen steel 'Ckjnpaaay, .loc^-ford, Illinois. 

After finisliin£^ the liard years of nursing trainin.-s', and pc?,':3in,': 
her State boards, -dla niarried .Uchard 3ruce Carlson of .^ochford, 
Illinois, j'hey live in dockford \7h0re :.ila ig a ^6.;^. stored hurse 
fforkinc at Swedish /uiorica;! hospital. Hick is enployed by ..iookford 
Products, 

The t'.iree renainin^ c^rls at hone all attend school, I.'ai'icy will 
bo entering her second year of coll3i-e at lock v'alloy, vrhere she is 
taking mostly histor^r courses, The younger t^ro gi/rls, Julia and iJary 
ire attending Tlovionegah High. ^Jchool, ilocJ-ton, They will be starting 
cheir Junior and sophoaori 2'''-ars(re3^:)ectively) fiiis fall of 1*^'74, 

Lirs, Penv/ardon is an instructor of Adult Jducation, in Jiockford 
}t the hall AduJ.t Education Center, Jhe ?uid t'le throe girls lave nacio a 
'inal novo to Harrison, Illinois, still in tbis district a-nd a:;oa, 

r'araily ties are still kept close and all help when a fariily Cr\-si5 
ocurs. 



PETERSON. JOHN DAVID. 1955- 



Pl.KASK TYIMl: I'LKASK PLACE TllHSF. SHKETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOur 
FAMILY HISTORY. ' ^ ' '' 

Dear Conlributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that yovir family history can be made more uselul to historians and 
others studying. American families, we are asklnK you to fill ouL the forms 
below. Tills will take you only a few minutes, and will be easily made over 
Into an index whlcli will permit archive users ready access to just those 
kindsoffamilyhistories needed. 



SURVEY 



Your name John Javjd ■'^eterson 

Date of form ;,jril ^^. 1 qVc 

Your college: Roc k Valley Col lege 
Rockford, Illinois 



Office Use Code 

(in //__ ) 

(ID // ) 



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 ___ 
"1900 or later 



1800-1850 



Please check nJA 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 .) 



Va . ) 



Middle Atlantic(N.Y.,Penna., N I 

South Atlantic(Ga. ,Fla. ,N.C. ,S .C.) East South Central 



d.a ., Miss ., Ala . ,Tenn,Ky . ) West South Cen t r a 1 ( Ar k . , N . M . , Te x . , Ok . ) 

'■••'St North Central (Mich. , Ohio, I nd.) Pa c i f 1 c (Ca 1 . , Vvfa s h . ) ' 

(llawai 1 ,A 1 aska) • (111., Wise.,) 

Please check /MJ^ occupational categories in which members o I your 
family whom you have discussed in this paper havo found themselves. 



Fa rming 

Transportation 

Professions 



_M i n i n g 
Big Business 
Industrial Labor 



Shopkeeping or small busines; 

Manufacturing 

Other 



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



Roman Catholic Jewish Presbyterian 

A Baptist Episcopalian Congrega tional 

__Quaker ____Mormon Other Protestant _0 th e r ( name ) ^lopl Temoler 



Methodist 
Lu theran 



What ethnic and social groups arc discussed 



in your paper' 



v_Swed Ish 

Blacks 

Jews 

Irish 



East Asian 



Other Scandinavian German French 

Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans i:astprn 

Central Europeans Italians Slavs " 

British ^Native Americans over several generations 



. U 1" o p ( 



Other (Name) 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 



Interviews with other 
family membe r s 

_Vital Records 
Photographs Maps 



Family Bibles 
Land Records 



Family Genealogies 
The U.S. Census 



Other 



FAM1 I.Y DATA 

A . Grandfather (your father's side ) 

Name'^-i"^ ^imer Peterson 



Current Residence 



Date of birth March 21.1875 Place of birth Co tergot: and . .^vp-i,::.. 
Date of death Febuary ?S, 1'^71 pl ace of burial '^ockfo^d 11 1 . 

Kduca t ion (numb er of years); 

grnde s chool ^ high school vocational_ College 

Oc(:upation(s) 



1st 
:'nd 



mlv. 



3rd v^tior.q" T.-^r-v 



Da tes 
Dates 
Dates 



1st 

2nd_ 

3rd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



4 t h "'^l rri e r ** s ¥ a.rl^ p t Da tes 1 i p 1 _ i ^. v"i 4 th 

R e 1 i g i o n lood ^er: .";1 pv 

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



datepo_^,t, . "^-,-^0 5 



Place of Marriage to your grandmother Rockfcr:: 

NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a s tep f a the r " or ancTthe'?' 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name '^'ec':!" ^lr:er"on (- '^'■-'^-^■' ""^ ' Cur ren t Res idence "^ock.ford Til. 



Date of birth'-iq r •? 107; 
Date of death 



Place of birth '.y'Ras trerl qi 
Place of burial 



LwRfien 



l''du cation (number of years): 

grade school ^J y ,-: -^ -.■■ c- high school 

college 



Occupation (s) 

Is t Cleaning lad; 



voca t iona 1 



2nd 



3rd }]r 



^th He??fit,q1 V/orB - Dates 

R e 1 i g i o n jood Teni^le: 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4 th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



_D a t c s 
Dates 
Date s 



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



I' 1 a c e of marriage to your grandfather :<0 c^-fford 



NO'l'i;: If your father was raised ' i o age 18) by a stepmother or 
another relative give that data on the back of this i).i;',e 
(A-2). 



A-2 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 



Name 



Current Residence 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 

c^l lege 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Religion_ 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



1st 

2nd 

.3rd_ 

4 th 



vocational 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

D a t e s 

D a t e s 

D a t e s 

Dates 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother 
B-2 S tepgrandmo ther (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 

c o 1 1 e g e 



vocational 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Da tes_ 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



_lst_ 
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 grandfather 



Date 



Grand fa tlier (your mo ther ' s s Ide) 4 

N a ine Qscar Garl gorderquist Current Residence 

Date of birth Feb. 1 :i , 1RP1. Place of birth Roc^cford, 111. 

Date of death May S. I'^'^l Place of burial rlpck ford . 111. 

Kducation (number of years): 

grade school _high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

Is t Worked on Farm Dates 1st Dates 

(National Lock) ' 

2-nd Factory V/orker Dates 2nd Dates 

-^ 3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

4th Dates __4th Dates 

R e 1 1 g i o n Baptist 

Political parties, civil or social c: lubs, fraternities, (; L c . 

Place of marriage to your grandmother 'ock f c^ri. ''" "'1 _date ,I^iJne 2Bj_ T9I6 

NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepfather or an(jthor relative (to 
age 18) give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Min Linnea Peterson Soderqui5 €tprrent Residence 

March 9, 1394 
Date of birth -<ee^#ejpd--ii3: . _Place of birth ^^ockford. 111. 

Date of death .''qy ?1 , 1 orj Place of burial AOckford. 111 . 

Education (number of years) 

grade school ] high school_^_ _vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF Rl'.S I DI'NCE 

(after leaving home) 
Is t Li ve In Kaid .___ Dates Is t _ __ Dales _ 

2nd Dates_ 2nd Dales 

3rd Dates __3rd Dates 

4 th Dates 4 th Dates ^_ 

Religion Faptist 

Pt)litical party, civil or social clubs, sororiticvs, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandfather Rpo Vf g-r-H . Til Date June 22;^, 1 9 

NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another re I alive fin 

*^' '"' fiflve thjrt d«-ta on th'e back of this page (\)-2) 



C-2 Stepgrandf ather (you.r mother's side) 



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date ol death 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 

Occupation (s ) 



voca t iona 1 



col lege 



Is t_ 
2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



_D a t e s ^ 

_D a t e s _ 

Dates 

Dates 



lst_ 

2nd_ 

_3rd_ 

4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Da t es_ 
Da tes_ 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion_ . — 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandmother 
D-2 Stepgrandmother (your mother's side) 

Name ^ 



Date 



Date of birth 

Date of death 

Education (number of years) 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



grade s choo 1_ 



high school 



vocational 



Me; 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Da tes_ 

Da tes_ 

_Dates_ 

Dates 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
.3rd 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDKNCI 
(after leaving home] 
Dates 



Da tes_ 

Dates 

Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



lace of marriage to your grandfather_ 



D a t c 



^IMMN of A . B (or A-2 or B-2 ) - your father's name should appear below 



Name 



"' ^Vi] 



Place of birth_Jiflc]: for.% T-- . date ^.eot. 7 l^n 

Number of years of s choo 1 lngl__:^_; IZIIP^c^^^KTU^^-T^^^^^ 

Residence :^^ .-^v ^nr^n , T- Marital S t a t us Married — i-J:..-iL-L OX- d 



^ 1 s " '' arr 1 g d 

Number of children Death '^ """" 



Name Qarl Gunnard Peterson 

Place of birth Rockford. Tl", date Oct ^ 1^0^ 

Resign"' ^"^rlr.'A » ^1^ ?° ^ ^ "g-lZ^l ,0 c c'upalt io ^ Re t i re d 

Residence -' ori, .! , ! . Marital S t a t uT^- "^ ^^^ " 3 

Number of children ^ Death 



f^ '■' '" e Egnar Theodore Peterson 

Place of birth ^or.Vfnr.^ , ti^ date S^'n^t ^ >^ . noQ 

Number of years of schooling 1^ ^ Oc c upa"t ion* Rp ti -^ ^ 

Residence s- ,^V:-o^.i^ Til. Marital Status r-Tp.rrir^d ^^ 

Number of children_ ^ Death ~ 



N a m 
PI 



'^' T.pnnpT-d ^av,'-r pripp Pp f.p re. ;-^i 



Mar., of birth ^^r-Vfm-r^, t i -] ^ d.itc^Oi ?2. 1917 

Number ot years of schooling ^. ^ ■,-..^, O^c u;,;^ 1 o n_j:actVrx Worker 

Residence ,r,r]rfn--fl, t^^ Marital Status ^^a--i^d ^'"~ 

Number of children '^, death -"— -■'-^ ■ 



Name Aurther Vet^^pnr: 

Place of birth Rockford, T] ] . date Mar. 22 . IQPI 

Number of years of schooling 12 ~ ? Occupation Fantory Worker 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children Death 

Name 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Tc c u p a t i^n"" 

Residence Marital Status_ 

Number of children_^ death 



Name 



j Place of birth date 

! Number of years of schooling_ ^uVc"TrpTt i o n 

I Residence__ Marital Status ' 

( Number of children death 



Name 

Place of birt h "" d ate 

Number of years of schooling oTc^upation 

Residence Marital Status ^ 

Number of children death 

Name 



Place of blrih date 

Number ot years of s c h o'^lTnl^' 'ZZ^~0^',7]^nifiin 

Residence Mari ta 1 's t at us ^_ 

Nnmbi^r of children deatli 



\ . 1 m e 



1' lice of birt h da t e 

Number of years of THioo I ing~l~__ (7e cirpTTl o n 

'^•-■^ ' '''-'iii'i' Marital Staid s __ 

Numb.r ol children ' " death " 



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



1- Name r,,^,. ^-^o-^nlyn "^O'lprgij i st W rite 

Place of birth T?np\-''o-'!, Til date Jan 2?. 1 ^?' 



Number of years of s chooling 12 t "^ 
Residence - -t.^; ^.ir'-].f^o Cnl . Marital Status_ 



Occupation "Tuse 7/ife 

'larriod 



Number of children "^ 

ath 



death 



Name 



lainp .Soderquist Peterson 
Place of blrth Roc>fori . Til. date Oct. 4. 1^22 



Number of years of s choo ling yp . ^ 

Residence '?,-■> ''••I "I ■" . Marital Status" 



_Occupation_ 



Number of children 



death 



Name 

Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling_ 
Res idence 



Number of children 



Marital Status 
death 



Occupation 



Name 

Place of birth 



date 



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 



date 



Marital Status 
death 



Occupation 



Name 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 



Number of children 



death 



Occupa t ion_ 



Name 

Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling_ 
Res idence 



Number of children 



Marital Status_ 
death 



Occupation_ 



Name 



Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling_ 
Res idence 



Occupation 



Number of children 



Marital Status 
death 



Name 



Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status_ 

Number of children^ 



Occupa t ion 



dea th 



10 



Name 



Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling_ 
Residence 



Number of children 



Marital Status_ 
d e a t h 



Occupation 



Your Father 

^^^e T^Ronnrd T.qw-rpnnn Pot.p r.yo Giurr en t Residence Roajcforvi^TT "> 

Oct. 22, iq?? ' ' ' — ^ — ' 

Date of birth HeeJf ^eyd--?3-;-- Place of b Irth ^^.QCkf or 1 , Til. 

Date of Death Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade schoo 1 * year" h igh school / .— r -^- voca t ional co liege 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st woodward Govener Dates .^jncp-Il^:!-. ^~:' 1st Dates 



2nd Dates 2nd irarar- r . . Dates 



3rd Dates 3rd ^ ' , '". ;iockfcr,l .^. y Pa t e s ^ "^^ 1 -""c 

4th Dates 4th Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n_jv;2±>l^xaj 



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



Place of marriage to your mo ther KOcVf ord , J 1" . date " c . '! '^ . V^ l 1 

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

Your Mother 

I 
Name 'R-r!,"'.i ''^1 P: 'i '^g' .'^od q rr-'i -i '- 1 T'pt.p^-'^ C urrent Residence 'ocVfcrd, Tl"l . 

Date of birth f^;-^. ". . ^^'-^^ Place of bir th ^{ocV'or-^ , i ] 1 . 

Date of death Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade s chool 2 YeRvr. h igh r s chool • ■ voca t i o n a 1 " - c o 1 lege_ 

Occupation(s) • PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
Is t Seaut.y Sho->; Dates Is t Da tes_ 

2 n d Hour, p V.'i "- D ate s 2 n d D a t e s 

3rd ^c-r^nrv-n r^c- t rig .^^ r- >^ Dates " "-. ; . -^ 3rd Dates__ 

4th Dates 4th Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n Luthe: 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your f a the r ^^ockf '"d . T^"^l. da te^r- -^ ^ " ? , 1 9 4 '^ 

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



E-2 Stepfather 
Name 



Date of birth 



Place of birth 



Date of death 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school_ 



high school 



voca t ional 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates_ 
Dates 



col lege 



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 mother 
F-2 S tepmother 

Name 



Date 



Date of birth 



Place of birth 



Date of death 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school_ 



high school_ 



vocational 



col lege_ 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd_ 

3rd 

4th 



Da tes_ 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



lst_ 

.2nd 

3rd 

4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE] 
(after leaving home) 
D a t e s_ 

D a t e s_ 

D a t e s_ 

Dates 



Re ligion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, eti 



Place of marriage to your father_ 



date 



10 



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

Name '.^ a r 1 J e .q i 1 <: t e r" :" 'j j: 

Place of birth .-Jo qV f o -i . T 11 . n a^t e of birth ; ; ■ . ' " 1 ^ - 

Number of years of schooling 3 ve^rg Occupation student 

Residence .v'c^"ford. 111. Marital Status \' i " ~ 

Number of children death 



Name 



Place of birth ; ! : ; ^ - ; ^ Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling ", p Yer^r:: 

Residence :;,:cVford. 111. Marital Status : 

Number of children ^ death 



Occupation Pactoi-y ':; -,--\< rp-r 



Name j - 



Place of birth P,c 



Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling '^ '"^r.- 

Residence ACC'crcrd. Il Marital Status ljr:;:"!f 
Number of children death 



Occupatio n rtudent 



Name 



Place of birth 



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 



Occupation 



Number of childrei 



death 



Name 



Place of birth 



Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 



Occupat ion 



Number of cliildren 



death 



Name 



Place of birth 



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 



Occupation 



Number of childrei 



death 



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

T hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and 
administrative rights, to the Rock Valley College Family History 
Collection, deposited in the Rockford Public Library, Rockford 
1 1 1 i n o 1 s 



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JOHN DAVID PETERSON 

John was born in Bockford, 111. on Oct, ?0 of 1955. I am John so 
I will be referring to myself as I , I lived in the same house 
ever since I was born. The House is on Rockford Ave.. 

I went through the cub scouts and only remember missing one meet- 
ing. The One Scout meeting I did miss I found out later that it 
was a suprise birthday party for me. But I wasn't the one who was 
suprised it was the other scouts when I didn't show up. 

I remember second grade to be a bad one. That year I broke the 
tenden in my leg. I also had my tonsil's out that year. The year 
wasn't all bad, I got to take about two weeks off school and go to 
Flordia. As a results of all this that happened to me I didd't 
pass second grade because I missed almost as much school as I went 
that year. 

1 went to junior High at Lincoln then went to Guilford High 
school for my first year of High school. After my first year 
the boundrys were changed so I went to Rockford East High for 
my last three years of High school. Durring my senior year of 
school I went ofer to Europe. Yhile over in Suroue I miiied 
Graduation, but to my suprise the garoup I was with had a Gradua- 
tion service for me and about seven other students with the group. 
The service was held in a small church in Stranda Norway. 

I am presently attending Rock Valley College as a Accounting 
major. I plan to transfer to Illinois State University next year 
and finnish my degree in Accounting. 




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LEONARH LAWaSNCE PETERSON 



Lenny was born in Kockford on Oct. 22,1917. A3 throwing up he 
use to help the rallk man hold the hora* while the raillc man went 
up to the house. The Milk man's old horse died so Lenny also had 
to help train in a new horse. 

'when Lenny was small he had to sleep with his brother out on the 
porth. In the winter time he had to brush off the snow befor get- 
ting up in the morning. 

When Lenny was a little older he started working at Rockford 
clutch. Lenny worled here almost till the time he got married. 
Lenny meet his wife because of Hlaines sister and went togather 
for six yerar befor getting married on Dec. 12,1941. 

Lenny started working at A'oodward Govener Co. in I.arch of 1941 
and has worked there ever since. 

Lenny and Elaine presently live in a house on Rockford Ave. 
which thay built in 1951. They also spend a lot of time at the 
summer trailer that thay have on Rock Lake in Lake ^lills ..isc. 




Our present house on Rockford Ave. 



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DflRL KLMER PETEitSON 

Carl was born on F.arch 21, 1875 in Ostergotland, oweden. Carl 
went to school for about eight years in Sweden which was what most 
people went through over in Sweden back then, Carl also worked 
on a farm over in Sweden, 

Carl carae over to the United States in 1896. C^rl movied to 
Elgin 111, Carl worked on a a'arm (ff©r about the first five or 
six years when he came over to America, Carl then got a job at 
Shema Hospital whwre he meet his vvife,. 

After Carl and Teckla were married larl worked at Greenly Bvos. 
While a t greenly Bros, 8arl made '5. 50 a weeft, This was consider- 
ed a good pay for the week, Carl and his wife also liked to take 
Sunday drives so thay had to rent a horae and buggy. 

In 1929 Carl bought his first car, it was a new 1929 buick. 
At this time there were bery few cars on the road mainly Honse 
and buggys. Cars were quite expensive and not everyone could 
afford them. 

Carl and Teckla went home to Sweden to visit in 1930 Teckla said 
that the boat ride this time was real nice compired th when thay 
first came over. Prom this tirre on thay took a lot of trips add 
lived fairly nicely. 

Carl passed away on i"eb. 25,1971. 



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Teckla was born in Wuastrerland, Sweden which is just out side 
of Baaros, sweden on May 3rd of 1879. She lived in Sweden for 
about her first 22 years. Teckla went to school over in Sweden 
and at about the age of 13 she started going into houses and 
help them clean to make a little spending Money. 
, I'eckla came over on a boat in 1397 because she heard things 
were a lot better over here. During the trip over almost every- 
one was sick and the food was so bad that you couldn't even eat 
it. 

Teckla came over and lived in Elgin 111. she worSed cleaning 
houses for ateout the first five years and then was hired by 
Sherma Hospital in Elgin. While working at the hospital Teckla 
with the Help of others learned how to speak English. 

Teckla also meet Elmer at that hospital and was married to 
hffim on the third day of sept, of 1905. When Teckla and Elmer 
were married that lived in the upstaires of a house with four 
rooms and only paid seven dollars a month for rent. 

Teckla and here husban opened up a meat Market called Elmer's 
market in 1921 about Christmas. For about the first ten years 
of the market Teckla was the Butcher. She Had people kho wouldn't 
buy their meat unless she was there to cut it. Teckla was also 
the one who brought the recipie over from Sweden for Swedish 
corv (cooking sausage). This sausage is still being made v/ith 
her original recipie by her son Elmer Peterson Jr. and is sold 
in a number of stores. 

Since Teckla has been married she lived in six different houses 
and everyone of them was a new house. Teckla presently living 
with Her youngist son Arther Peterson. Teckla will celebrate 
her 98 th birthday this May 3 rd. 



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Ruth Elaine opderqulst Peterson 

Ruth was bortf in Rockford, 111. on Oct. 4,1922. When Ruth was 
a little girl there was a lot of Ruth's around the neighborhood 
so she started going by Flaine and has ever since. ,Vhen "laine 
was born she was born in her house, because her sister was a 
momny's girl and wouldn't let her mom go to the hospital. 

jllaine went through school and was in the first Graduating 
class of Rockford East High School. After High School lilaine 
went to beauty school for one year and learned how to set hair. 

At the age of nine while still in School she started working 
cleaning houses to make enoff money to help put fooS on the 
table. 

Elaine had her tonsils out when she was small and the doctor 
didn't get them all out so they grew back. The second time she 
had them out she had them out on the dinning room table in her 
house. 

Klaine meet lenny* her husban in 1335. h-laine kept Lenny 
company while her sister went out with her boy friend. Six 
years after she meet Lenny she got married to him on uec. 12, 
1941. 

Elaine has always been very good with her hands, she started 
out china painting . While doing china painting she painted a 
whole set of china among a lot of other things. In 1960 Elaine 
started teaching ceramics in the basement to our house. Elaine 
is also very good aranging flowers and also making bows. 

iilaine has the same blood disease that her father has. Both 
of her sons also have the diseases and her granddaughter also 
infeearted it. 

Elaine is presently the puoud Grandmother of three grand Child- 
ren xodd, Tracy, and Jay. 



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OSCAR CARL SODSRCUIST 

Oscar vies born in Rockford 111. on Feb. 19, 1889. Oscar deliver- 
ed pewspapers when he was a boy. He also did odd jobs around the 
neighborhood to make a little money. All the money that he made 
he had to give to his parents to help put food on the table. His 
Parents also owned a restrant and Oscar also had to help in the 
restrant. 

Oscar meet his wife at a party and started going out after that. 
Oscar married Alin on the Twenty Eighth of June in 1916. At the 
time Oscar got married he worked at Reckford Clutch and worked 
there till he retired. 

Oscar liked a lot of sports and games. h'ver since I can rem- 
ember he liked to go out fishing, and playing horse shoes and he 
was always ready to play a game of cards with me and the rest of 
ray family. 

Oscar had a blood Disease that he inherited from his Father. 
The disease is hereditary and both of his daughters have the 
desease also. The disease causes nose bleeds by any strenuous 
actyvity or getting overly excited. 

Oscar passed away on May 8, 1971. 




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ALiy LINyE.Jl P"^]TE'RSO N SCT)'jCR'~UIST 

'vlin was born in Rockford, 111 and went through school while 
living at home. After she graduated from school she was a live 
in maia, While heing a maide she learned to cook very well. 

Alin meet her hustean at a party and v/as married to him on June 
twenty eighth. 

In the last few years of her life she use to have coifffee and 
rolls every morning. V/e would have then either on fler screened 
in porch or in her kitchen about ten 0-clock. 

Alin passed away on May 21,1966. 




Jean Carolyn 
Soderquist Write 



Ruth Elaine 
Soderquist Peterson 



Oscar Carl 
Soderquist 



Alin Linnea 
Peterson Soderquist 




ALIN LINNSA PETERSON SODERQTJIST 




JOHN SODEROUIST 




CHRISTINE SODERQUIST 






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^RITY p:^terson 




HILDA LINNEA PETERSON (NELSON) 



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TECKLA PETERSON BURK 



KILM PETERSON 



ALIN PETERSON 

SODERCUIST 



HILDER PETERSON 
BAILY 




THE FRITY PETERSO^T PAKILY 



BIBLIOGIUPHY 



INTERVIEWS 

Teckls Anderson Peterson 

Ruth Elaine Peterson 

Leonard Lawrence Peterson 

OTHER MATERALS 

Several date and oth r books 

Grave stones 

Pi^ei^eye 

photographs 



PETERSON, MYRON CONRAD, 1956- 



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

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name J^-) j B (^ .3ov/f >^ 5o/J i £ ' iTi^g^OA^ urrent Residence ________.....«^ 

If dead, date o^ death / c/tZ z. J 1 I "~ ' 

Place of birth Ko^K t"t?f^ 17 / ^ t— Date of birth 3 /^ / /^ ^ 7 

Education (number of years): 
grade school \7 high schooi vocatlonai college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
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Id Rose Fitch 

Bclvidere, Illinris 
:>chool - 13 

i.ineral Itint, ..'isconsin 
l.arried- Jenninv.js inderson 
4 childred 



Pirth- 5/22/22 

Occupation- teacher, 
housewife, 
factory worker 



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Cordon Fitch 
uelvidere, Illinois 
School - 12 
bolvidere, Illinois 
iarried- Dorothy 
2 children 



Birth- 1/20/24 

Occup:5tion- f.:.riiior, 

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Pitch Georse 



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Fitch Jacob 
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SOURCES OF INFORI-'./nON 



INTERVIEWS 

Arnold reterson 
\lida ccterson 
..rlene Skoog 
Chc-irles Fitch 

BOOKS 

Swanson Family Bible 

Bible of iatience Higgins 

iTotebook of Family History of my i.aternal irandpother 

NUKEROUS PKOTOGR-.FHS 

VIT X RECORDS 



PREFACE 



In resoarchinj my faniily history, I found sinil" rities 
and contr.-'Sts among the various fjroups. 

My fathers family are coirjparitively recent iamirjrrnts, 
while my mothers f?riily he^s lived in the United States for 
up to seven generations. 

Both groups, however, are ba; ically ndddle class. 
They were not rich nor were they poor. Doth groups wore 
also involved with a'^riculture. This situotion exists 
today in our household. e are a middle class farm far-cily. 

Since all of my grandparents are dead, I had to depend 
on my parents, aunts, and unclt-s for all of my information 
about evrry day life. 



riATERK;.L GR/.UD1-.CTHER 

vrhen Lemuel "'oss returned to his hone in =.rtor; ury, 
Connecticut after servin j in the Continentfl Army, he was 
fjrectec'i by his wife ond four yenr old son :-sa (born in 1770) 

In 1R03 '.sa ; oss narried Harriet Shcrvood in Kinosbur-i, 
New York, They had thirteen chilrren among them r.sa ?oss, 
Jr. In IfiPl they moved to Chc.ut.-Auqua County, • ew Yorh, 

Asa I. OSS, Jr. v/^s born in Washington County, .ew York 
on December 21, 1810, He lived in ^ew York for 18 years 
before coining to Hoone County, Illinois in 1836, He was 
'•■nP of the earliest settlers in Boone County, Tie owned a 
farm of 100 acres, carted grain to Chicago, and held the 
offices of :.sr.ossor in the town of Spring, 'iown collector, 
and Poor ; aster. 

In 1845 he narried Ll'/ir Stewart from Erie County 
New York. They had seven children: Ellen H,, ^nn r,, 
Carrie P,, l.arvey S., Judson C,, . yr- J ^. , and .Jarren C, 

150SS, 

Asa .o;s, Jr, died in 1806. 



James Tobyne was born i-ay 17'0G in v/ernont nenr l.::ke 
Chcinplain, lie- r.,arried Sus n Snith of r.cissachust tts. He 
also fou'jht in the .\^r of 1812, :.fter the w ir, hr vent to 
Canadn settling nec.r Lake Zrie. In : rc'^ of 1837 he brou.ih t 
his far.ily by wa< on to Illinois. Vhey crossed Lake Erie on 
the ice. Jires boucjht a claiin from Livingston Robbins and 
took some government land that was o^rtly in innebjgo County 
and partly in Loone County. 

Janes Tobyne died pril 15, 1865 the same d.-y ss the 
death of r resident Lincoln, Susan Smith Tobyne died in 
1879. 

..'illiam Tobyne, son of Janes and SuSr^n Tobyr.e, wgs 
born February 21, 1023 in Ontario, Csnc^da, He w;is maricd 
i.ay 14, 18^8 to Diantha i' idelia . elvin. They had two 
cl'ildren, I-:iram .illis born Junr> 5, 18'!^9 and Laura born 
September 5, 185 3. 

Hirmr; illis -obyne r.arried : yra J. I'oss on Kovcmbcr 1, 
1876. 

On lay 11, IS- 2, ..lice r-aud Tobyne war. born to liiram 
and Myrr, 

x.lice attended school at Lil^erty School and then went 
to hi ;h school in Belvidere, She then taught school for 
one ye..r until she married Ceor'-o ritch. 

alice had inherited her fathers farm when he died. 
She also cared for her mother who out lived I er by fourteen 
years. 



MATCRN L -jR- NDFATIJER 

George Fitch wte the son of Jacob and Sofia Fitch, 
lie v/as born February 5, 18C3 in kron, Now York, 

After six years of school, :eorge started hiring out 
as a farm hand, '"hen he w.-s twenty-one, he cr.iR to the 
Rockford area and continued the only occupation he knew, 
farming. 

On f-'rrch 25, 19C3, ^eorie Fitch fulfilled the dream 
of ovmincj his own fariti by r^arrying :lice Mrud Tobyne, 
This farm is located on Business Route 20 west of Celvidere 
near the intersection of Route 20 and the Shcw-i:. ston Tcoad, 
xv aunt and uncle, Mr.. and Mrs, Charles Fitch still live 
in the same house. 

All through the denrcssion the Fifch family had 
clothes to v;ear and food to nt while others went hungry 
and were dressed in r-^cs. 

The children even drove the fa?:ily err to school in 
Belvidere, Liberty School, hov;ever, wns only about 300 
yard? from the h use so the smaller children usully 
walked to school, 

VJealcened by an illness, ..lice Fitch died June 8, 1933 
leaving her husband with eleven children. Three y^ ars 
1st r on February 8, 1936 George Fitcli followed his vife 
to the great beyond. 



MOTHER 

Alida Fitch was born February 12, 1918, She wss the 
ninth child of the thirteen children that ieorge and /.lice 
brought into this world. 

She attended Liberty Grade School completing her einht 
years of schoolin^j in only seven years, i^he then attended 
Belvidere High School where she iraduated in June 1934, 

Since her inother had passed away in 1933, /.lida had 
taken over the household chores for her frther, brothers, 
and sisters, 

uhen her youn /est sister cjot narriod in 1946, ^lida 
did housekeeping for various families in Chicaoo, ;vOCkford, 
and Caledonia, Illinois, In 1951 she got a job as a book- 
keeper in the Farrr.c rs Bank of Belvidere, 

Vj'hile attending e "hardtimes" party at her sii'ters 
house in early 1953, she met a friend of her sisters husband, 
A courtship through the spring and sumnier months ensued. 
Finally on October 3, 1953 Alida married Arnold Conrad 
Peterson, 



P ATE RNAL ^1RA^-DI .CTKER 

John Alfred Swr.nson and his wife Dmra (r-omnldcr) 
C've: from Sweden to Rorkford with their children, ,Mr?a 
and Clarence. John wfs s skillet* carpenter, le built 
two houses nt 133P oodruff ;vcnue vhich are still 
stand inq todry. 

On .' : rch 2, 1887 Jr.hn snd Emma becarne the parents 
of a boby irl; they n?mod her Ester. 

Lster rew up end attended school in Rockford, 
Uhen she v.as thirtofn, ;;he quit school in order to v;ork 
in a stor-king factory. She con!:inued this job until she 
married conrad C rl Peterson on J. nu ry ?9, 1907. 



PATERNAL GRANDFATHER 

My great grandfather, John Peter Anderson, was a 
farmer in Clrind, Sweden, In order to moke enough money 
to buy land he csne to Rockford, Illinois, '.hen he 
arrived the only work he could qet was dijginj cisterns. 
His health failing him, he died sonetirne in 1901 and ^ as 
buried in Scandinavian Cemetery in an unn.-rked grave, 

John Peter An erson's son Conrad Carl i-eterson, canie 
to America in 1902 after he recieved v/ord of his fathe-s 
death, Conrad was also interested in making enough noney 
to buy more l;.ncl in Sweden, Conr?d's firrt jol: was in the 
Eromerson Brontingham plov; f-ctory as a blacksmith. 

On January 29, 1907 Ccnrad married ^^si-.er Sw-inson, 
They lived at 1336 woodruff Avenue Rockford, Illinois, 
On October 9, 1907 a girl was born to Conrad and Ester. 
They named her Arlene, Cn I ^.'-ch 20, 1910 rrty father was 
born. 

The Conrad Peterson f -irnily lived in Dockford until 
1914 when they moved to a farm near Cherry Valley, Conrad 
continued to farm until 1950 when my father took over the 
farm, Conrad and his wife lived on the farm until my 
father got married in 1953, 

VJhen Conrrd started farniinq the main source of pov;er 
for the machinery was the horse, Conrad usually owned 
three teams of two horses each, Conr.-d also owned about 
twenty dairy cows, an aversqe sir-ed herd in his day, he 
also raised pics. 

After Conrad retired, he and Ester moved back to 
Rockford, They had purchased the hcuse at 1336 voodruff 
rtvenue when Ester's mother, Emrna, died in 1946 for $9,000, 
They lived ct this address until ill heoH.h forced then to 
live in a nursing home vmtil their deaths, 

Conrad Peterson died on September 23, 1971, A month 
later on October 22 his wife ".stt:r prssed away. Because 
of her condition, no one told Ls'.er her husb--nd had died. 



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FATHER 

/irnold Conrad Peterson was born iiarch 20, 1910 in 
Rockford, Illin is. He - t tended Cherry Valley school 
with the dreara of becoming a Certified Public >ccountant. 
This dream was never fulfilled as his parents forced hira 
to quit school to help on the farm, 

Durincj the depression ..mold worked at v?)rious odd 
jobs, sometinies for as little as 50c a day and board. He 
also drove a delivery truck for Carpetline for 33 i/S*^ an 
hour. After the depression he resuined farming with his 
father. Because of his status as a farmer, he was exenipt 
from the draft in -orld i.ar II, 

After his marria:e to Alida Fitch in October 1953, 
he resumed farming at 10016 Chr.rles Street. This is where 
they lived until • arch 1966 when their landlord solo this 
property for a shop;->ing center. Today the area in knov;n 
as Cherryv le. 

Together with his wife and two children, .^^rnold rented 
a farm at 6464 Tate Road, Rockford, They moved to this 
address imrnediabiy upon vacating ti eir former home, .•.mold 
and his new landlord, D,C, i'CClelland, remodeled existing 
dairy facilities so thst -.mold could fcf:d beef cattle ar, 
he had dono before. 

Today /irnold is still f-Trming and raising c-ttle, liis 
wife y.lida is hapny as a housewife and I am gratful to have 
then for my parents. 



MYSELF 

I, lyroTi Conrad teterson, was born July 21, 1956 in 
Higi land Hospital, Belvidere, Illinois, l.y sister, ^arilyn, 
was also born there on October 13, 1954, 

I attended school first at Cherry Valley for first 
through part of fifth qrades nnd then at Elmwood School for 
the emainder of fifth and sixth rade, I then went to 
I oodrow i.ilson Junior High School for seventh and eighth 
grades, I stterded Auburn High School where I r.ajored in 
mathematics and Spanish, 

I have been a 4-II member for nine years, t'y projects 
have been beef, rabbits, nnd sheep, I also took a tour of 
Washington, D,C, in the summer of 1972 while with ^-H, 

My studies in Spanish have been enhanced by two trips 
to Spanish s .'eaking countries. The first trip was in April 

1973 when about 50 Spanish students and teachers took a bus 
tour of fiexico, e visited Acapulco and lexico City ■as well 
as numerous snail villages. The second trip was in ...jril of 

1974 when another roup of students and teachers went to 
Spain, I was rlso fortunate enough to qet to visit Tangier, 
Morocco, 

Ii: order to pay for this later trio, I worked for about 
six months at Henrici's Restaurant as a dishwasher. 

In iiugust 1974 I received a scholarshi;: fror. the Illinois 
State Scholarship Commission v/hich enabled me to afford to 
attend F.ock Valley College, Hopefully I ccm pass my classes. 



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11. ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family &rfi willing) 
i 

i 1 hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and adiiiiriistr<iLivc 

I riijhLs, to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection, deposited m the 

IJocl^ford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 

Signed ^JWU/ HyrUU n^ 

Date IQOJ^ _ /_/ . l9^4 



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GENEALOGY CHART 



Ley Ray PDISON 



20, June 1955 
ed 



Ernest Ray PINSON 



Father 

B 16, July 1935 
M 30, January 195^ 
D 



Kathrvn Louise KEITH 



Mother 

B 19 September 193'^ 

M 

D 



Golis Lee PKSON 



OscoPINSON 
I Great grandfather 



B 12, June 190^ 
4m 13, December 1925 Lli^. . 
D 



Grandfather 



1909 



Great grandmother 



Lela Kay_TURNER 
Granclinot^er 



B 29, April 1904 

D 21, September I963 



Donald Lawe KEITH 



Grandfather 

B 21, September I9O3 

M 21, September 1933 

D 



D 1931 
John Garry TURNER 

B 

M 
D 

Lula TRAPP 

B 
D 

Joseph KEITH 

B 
M 
D 



Jane FORBES 



Virginia Arwood FMZI "H 



Grandmother 

B 14-, April 1912 
D 



Davy Crockett FRAZIER 



Suzzane BEYERS 



A NOTE TO THE UbAimi 

This project of my Fc-unily History was written up in the fall of 
1^7't-. Its purpose was to aquaint me and future family members with earlier an- 
cestors. So it deals with tracing back as far as possible. Therefore some parts 
of thir5 project may he Iglsl; infiirinitive than oLhero. One note in exempli! ing 
the statement above Is that my paternal grandmother died when I was young. 
Therefore I didn't know her as personally as other members of the Plnson family. 

Also in trying to trace my family history back any further, it 
would have required knowing specific details of birth, marriage, church, etc. 
Money also was a factor in amount of information aquir^. But I traced back 
and aqulred as much as possible. 

In the years to come, I hope someone In my fajnily will research 
even further and harder aqulring information that I dont have. It will take 
time and desire, but is well worth it. 

SINCERELY, 
STONEY RAY PINSON 



DONALD UWl-: KEITH 
Grandfather on mother's Ride 

Donald Lawe I^elth was born on September 21, 1903 In Castlewood, 
Vii-ginia. His parents were James and Mary (Jones) Keith. Don lived his early 
life like most all other boys of his a^e. He would help around the home, and 
go hunting or fishing when the chance came around. But one thing Don was 
different from these boys, was that as soon as he became old enough to go to 
the school in Castlewood, he went. Other boys stayed home or went only because 
their parents forced them, but Don went gladly. He was enthused about going 
to school, with the principle. reason being that he was interested in politics 
happening In the United States. 

Don being born in 1903 was bom during the years of President 
Theodore Roosevelt. And during Don's early childhood, America was Involved 
in the Panajna Canal which also dealt with the defeat of yellow fever from 
mosquitoes, in both the U.S. and Pancuaa. At this time, Don was too young to 
know these things, but around the age of nine Don became aware of the Pres- 
idency, and buisness monopolies being created. 

Other memories of Don's childhood included World War I with the 
fajnous U-boats (submarines), and the dreaded depression in early 1900's. It 
was during these years of the depression that learned how to survive in the 
world. His family wasn't the poorest, like those who were begging for a piece 
of bread and soup, but went for month's with only one meal a day. Don had 
quit school to help harvest the crops the family had planted. There was no 
jobs around in any close towns, so he stayed home chopping wood to have a 
fire at night. 

Luckily for his family and other amerlcans the depression eased 
with jobs coming available, things being invented, and the automobile being 



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manufacured. It wasn't until around 19^5 that Don':; parents; f-iot their first 
car, a Ford for about $400. 

Don had hclptHl his family pay for the car working in a clothing 
store. He helped a Jane Reid sell clothes during the open hours, then after 
cooe he would clean up for the next day. i)Qn kept this job tor five years, 
having to quit because of his family moving to St. Paul where his father 
had a better paying job waiting. 



VIRGINIA ARWOOD FRAZIER 
Grandmother on mother's side 



Virginia Arwood Frazier was born on April 14, 1912 in Dante, 
Virginia. She was given the name of Virginia because of being her parents 
first child born in the state of Virginia. She wasn't the first child of JOHN 
and MARY FRAZIER, but the-second. Their first child was Ray Frazier, born 
seven years before Virginia, in Mountain City, Tennessee. Mt. City was where 
Virginia's parents lived before coming to Dante. Her parents were wealthy 
owning a 11 room house in Mountain City with a "nanny" living with them, 
her parents were well known all over, not only for wealth but of being people 
who would give their help whenever needed. 

The Frazier' s moved to Dante (including the nanny) because 
of the death to Virginia's fathers mother. She had died from old age sickness, 
In moving to Dante, they inherited a twenty-one room hotel with a resturant 
to eat, that his mother had owned. 

It was two years after they moved to Dante, _that Virginia was 



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born, Virginia spent mor.t of her early years as a child in the hotel where 
her family lived. Until Virginia reached the age of three, her mother always 
took care of her instead of working. But when she became old enough to walk, 
Vii'i^iinia would bo with the nanny, waLchin^^ her clean up the room;:', in the 
morning and wash clothes in the afternoon. Some days Instead of going with 
the nanny to wash clothes, she would stay with her mother who was a cook for 
the resturant. Virginia went like this up till the age of eight. This is when 
she began school. But the knowledge she was getting now, would benefit her 
later on in life. This was proven when her parents sold the hotel to move 
to St. Paul, where her father, John, and brother Ray, were to join up with 
the railroads. Virginia would benefit now because she got a job in a rest- 
uraJit as a waitress. 

In St. Paul, Virginia returned to finish school. Subjects she 
studied were Arithmetic, Reading, Spelling, History, and Language. Also in 
St. Paul, Virginia met a young man named Donald Lawe Keith, whom she event- 
ually married. 



MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS LIFE TOGLTHKR 

DONALD LAWE KEITH & VIRGINIA ARWOOD FRAZIER 



My grandparents first met on a Friday afternoon, when one of 
Virginia's girlfriends introduced them to each other at a candy store. It 
was in the beginning of the schoolyear when on this Friday they met. The candy 
store had just been built before school started and before going home after 



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school, the kid;, went to the store to listen to records, drink malts, or just 
talk. 

On this l^'riday, Don and Virginia did all three mentioned above. 
They talked while llstnninG to the popular recordr. , and Don bouglit Virginia 
a vannila malt. After they had talked for about twenty minutes, Don asked 
Virginia to go to a dance party the next night. It was a party held annually 
for the beginning of school. Virginia gradually accepted in a question, say- 
ing her parents would let her go out on Saturday nights only if she had her 
books studied. (People of this time called it this instead of "homework*). 
Don said that he would come over to help her make sure she got it done, but 
Virginia said she had little to do. It turned out that she did get her books 
studied and went to the dance. This introduction turned out to be the start 
of their long relationship because they both had fun auid dated alot After, 

After a five year courtship, they decided to get married. And 
on September 21, 1933i Donald Lawe Keith and Virginia Arwood Frazier got 
marriedin St. Paul, Virginia. Their wedding was considered big with almost 
all of the population of St. Paul attending. They were married together by 
Pastor Hallman in ST. PAUL CHURCH. Don and Virginia didn't take what is today 
called a honeymoon untill three years later, when they went up to see the 
White House. One reason was that they needed to make money for a house. 

They saved money and bought a modern eight room house in St. 
Paul that had plenty of room. The town of St. Paul was a coal mining town 
with the railroad used for shipping the coal. Therefore most of the men were 
miners or engineers with the others being store owners. 

The job that Don had was as a miner. He ran a motor which pulled 
coal from the tunnels a few weeko, cueu ne awitcued off ajid worked inside a 



few weeks. Don usually worked from early morning to late that afternoon. Minerr 
didn't work real late at night because of the mines got more colder than they 
were in the day. , 

Don worked the mlnrn for twenty-five years before having to 

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quit because of an illness called "rock dust". This was dust from the mines 

that would get into the miners lungs and make it hard to breath. Don who has 

some effects of breathing 'difficulty still, was only in serious condition 

for a little over a month. Then after he got better, Don and Virginia moved 

to a town named Dante in Virginia. Since Don could no longer work in the mines 

and wasn't capable of traveling very far as an engineer, they decided to move. 

At this time of life they were considered am average couple arid with some 

money they bought a resturant where they could make money to live on and live 

up stairs. Also during this time of their life their first child caune. Their 

first child was ray mother, Kathryn Louise Pinson, born on September 19» 193'+» 

Their next child born was Peggy Sue on February 7, 1936, and their last child 

was James D. Keith, born on February 23. 19^. 

Don and Virginia lived in the resturant for three years. It 

was only for three years because of a fire that started in a hotel next to 

them. The fire burned burned up all the tables and chairs, and most of their 

possessions upstairs. VJith the things they did salvage and the money they 

had in the bank, they bought a six room house outside of Dante. It wasn't 

considered a mansion, but it had enough to live in. There was what we call 

a kitchen, a livingroom that had a black iron pot stove between it and the 

kitchen, and four small rooms to sleep in. 



* TODAY DON AND OTHER MINEBS WHO BECAME ILL AS A RESULT OF "ROCK DUST',' 

REGIEVi, HONEY FROM A FUND GALLED, BLACK LUNG FUND, IN WHICH THEY 

GET A MONTHLY CHECK.* 



With little money to buy food and clothe;-,, they grew enough 
crops to live on. They grew black-eyod pnas, r.omo corn and apjiles on the 
little land they did own. With their home being outside of town they were able 
to use more land than they actually owned. The Keiths went on for years with 
Ihi:: Kay of livi:.^, producinr Ju , L etioi^^Ji tc make it tlirough file. 

As years went along and their children getting to the school 
age, Don and Virginia raised enough money to what would classify them as an 
average family. They reached this classification by being able to save more 
money from the sale of their crops. Daily routines for the children were to go 
to school, help with crops, eat and sleep until time to get up for school the 
next morning. On ocassions they had parties where they played, relaxed, and 
associated with their neighbors. But this usually happened on holidays. One 
other break from working around the house came on Sundays when the towns people 
gathered in the church to hear the talk of God. Don and Virginia believed strong- 
ly in God and made sure they went to church every Sunday. The Keiths being part 
of the town did go every Sunday morning, and to the baptisms in the afternoon 
to the river where they had their baptisms. 

It was 1957 now and Kathryn, Peggy, and James were out of high 
school and married. Kathryn had married (my father) Ernest Ray Pinson from 
Tennessee. Peggy had married Harry Heidenrlch from southern Kentucky. And Jajnes 
had recently married Elsie Farris of St. Paul. All three were living in Rockford, 
Illinois. 

In 1959, Don and Virginia also moved up to Rockford where they 
got jobs at factories. Don went to work for Sunstrand and Virginia went to 
Amerock. Both are retired now and still living in Rockford. 



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GOLIS LEE PINSON 
Grandfather on father's side 



My grandfather, Golis Lee Pinson was born in 190^ on June \Z. It 
was in the town of Huntington, Tennessee. He had a very unpleasant happening 
in his life when he was just a child. When Golis was five years old his father 
was shot and killed on a Sunday while hunting for food. His father, Osco Pinson, 
who always went out hunting for rabbit and pheasant was accidentally shot below 

his heart, and died that night. Then after the funeral was held in the home, 
he was laid down to rest in the towns cemetary. 

Golis, who was coming tp. the a^e of going to school before his 
father died, never went to school his entire. But instead, being the only son 
■or daughter in the family, he stayed airound home with his dog Bass, doing jobs 
that he had watched his father do up until his death. He did jobs of planting 
and harvesting crops, chopping wood for fire, earring for the animals, and other 
things that his mother Ria would want done. 

Golis's mother later got a job at a food store to make money that 
Osco had usually made. She worked few hours, but enough to where they had food 
to eat and clothes to wear. (Even though she made all their clothes, she used 
money to buy material, needles, and thread.) The reason she did work so little 
was that she felt with Golis being all that was left in her life, she should 
be with him as much as possible. She wanted Golis to be just like Osco with 
strong arms and broad shoulders. And I guess she saw to it, because it through 
life until Golis got married and a well paying job. 

* Golis's mother died in 1931. six years after Golis married Lela Turner. 



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LKl-A i'lAY 'ITJUNl'IR 
Grandmother on father 'r, j;ide 

Lela May Turner was born on April 29, lyO'l in Hollow Rock, Tenn- 
err.oe. Hho Tlvori thorc all hor life up until thn time of mrirriacc VAn: war: thd 
second and last daughter of Lula and Hermann Turner with no brothers. Lela's 
parents were store owners and farmers. They owned a hardware store in town with 
a five room house on the edge of town. They had with house around fifty acres 
of land of which they grew mostly beans, black-eyed peas, and some cotton. In 
their hardware store they had shovels, a couple of rifles, hammers, fencing, 
candy, and other items to keep up the buisness. 

With Lela's sister, Kate',* being older, she begaji working for her 
father in the store first. But Lela soon began when old enough. 

Lela also went to school. It was called Hollow Rock School, being 
their only school. Lela and her sister went to this school, which had one room 
and one teacher, for five and seven years respectively. It was after these years 
that the town had built two more rooms on. Then Lela and her sister were sep- 
arated like other children, into different grades. Subjects studied werei Spelling, 
Reading, and Arithmetic. With these three subjects being the only ones learned, 
the school day was very short. This made it possible for the children to help 
their parents earn money to live on. But when school was let out on Fridays, 
they wouldn't be avfay from the school area very long. This was because right 
next to the school was the town church, to which all the people of the town went 
to on Sundays. The church was also called Hollow Rock Church because of being 
the only one. 

There were no special activities besides going to church. And no 
special games or parties that went on. This was because most of the childrens 



time was goinfc to school, helpinp naront- it ^hrlv- . 

l^iHK parent-, at their Ktoro or farm, and beine to- 

.;,t<thter at night. 



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One special happeninR to Lela was not an activity but rath« 
^ special meal. It was a dessert called banana pudding. ,he used to always as. her 
mother to fix it. -"• " 

Other than Lela's regular activities, her life was much ths same 
up until the time of marriage to Golis Lee Pinson in I925. 

GOLIS LEE PINSON and LEU MAY (TURNER) fINSON 

GoUs Lee Pinson and LelaMay Turner were married on December 
13. 1925 in Huntington, Tennessee. They also lived most of their later years of 
life in Huntington after coming up to Rockfor^ briefly after my twin sister and 
I were born in 1955- - Huntington which is close to Jackson, recieved 'the name 
after hunters who had been out hunting, would say at the end of the hunt. "Our 
Hunting is done" thus creating Huntington. ♦* 

Golis and Lela's first home was an eight room farm in Hollow Rock 
at RR #1. This was also the home where my father and his brothers grew up. 
^ After my grandparents moved back down to Tennessee from Rockford. 

they bought a wood framed house, then later a red bricked house. It was in this 
house that I remmber well, because when my sister and I grew older and vacation 
time came around, our family came down here. We would come down here to Huntington 
to Visit Grandma and Grandpa (thats what we call them) and have fun all the time 
we were here. 

I bring up food not because its unusuall, but because of having 
a southern atmosphere around, it was different. We had eggs and very hot southern 
sausage with homemade biscuits and strawberry preserves. It was the homemade 



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biacuitc and stt'awberry preserves that my grandpa alwayt: liked. 

Then for dinner wc had lima beans, corn, cornbread, and black-eyed 
peas beinc the principle foods. But besides these, the food we all looked forv;ard 
for dinner to come, vjas f;randmas banana puddung. It v/as still her favorite, and 
I could see why. We also had some soutfiern smoked barbeque once in a vjhiie. 

This red bricked house had great and most memorable moments, but also 
a sad one. This vras in 1963^ when my grandma died of cancer. I remember seeing 
her for the last time ther in the living room, in her casket with flowers all 
around. (They still brought the bodies to the home of the deceased, like earlier). 

My grandpa soon retired and moved to a white wood framed house with 
seven rooms. And this is where he now lives in Huntington. 



ERNEST RAY PINSON 
my father 

Ernest Ray Pinson was born on July l6, 1935 in Carroll County, 
Tennessee. His parents were Gollis Lee Pinson and Lela May Turner. 

Ernest spent most of his life on his parents farm where he grew up. 
Their eight room farm v/as located at RR #1 in Hollow Rock, Tennessee. Ernest 
had three other brothers besides him. They were Larry, the oldest, Lee, then my 
father, and finally Troy. The four would divide up the work so that one would help 
their mother clean house, one would clean outside the house; cutting the grass 
and chopping wood for fire. Another would feed the animals; chickens, pigs, and 
few cows. This person would also milk the cows in the morning and gather eggs 
for breakfast. The last one would help his father with the crops of which there 
were; corn, beans, tomatoes, peanuts, and cotton. (They would take weeks about). 



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Thinn'j they did to.f^ether were gather food for mealn, clean the ham, 
paint the houf.e when it was needed, and go into town. The whole family usually 
went into town which was about ten miles from home. They would spend the whole 
day there. Most of the day was spent at a market place where farmers sold their 
crops, liirnest and his brothers also mef" their freinds and got their hair cut when 
needed. Then as sunset was coming, the family would go to the store before going 
home. Here they got food th&t they didn't raise such as bread, using the money 
they earned from selling their crops, 

Ernest and his brothers also went to school. My father went to school 
for eight years going to Byron Springs. Byron Springs was about five miles from 
his home and my father along with his Ijjrothers would walk to and from school, 
following dirt roads, and going through fields until they reached their destina- 
tion. 

Of course there were those days when they didn't take the same roads, 
but rather roads to streams where they would fish, or roads to the woods where 
they would hunt rabbit and pheasant. Two memories of my father was on a day off 
from school when they were hunting and a black snake started chasing Larry. My 
father picked up a fairly big rock and killed it. 

The other memory was also when they had skipped school, this time to 
go fishing. While the four were fishing, Larry and Troy got into an argument about 
a baseball game they played the day before. This argument led to a fight in which 
Larry and Troy fell into the stream, getting their clothes wet. My father and 
Lee also got theirs wot when they went in to grab their brothers. This trouble 
was over, but they know that they couldn't go home from school with wet clothes. 
And that if they did, there would be worse trouble than they bad just experienced. 
So they walked around to get their clothes dry, but it was already about time to 




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Dante and St. Paul. 3he went to Uante the first seven years, then to St. Paul the 
last two, where she graduated. It was also at St. Paul that my mother played bask- 
etball on the girls team. She started playing the forward position. Basketball 
was also the reason she came to St. Paul the last two years of school, because 
Dante didn't have any type of basketball team. One other fact about my mother 
entering St. Paul was that while she here, she got her first job. It was at a dry 
cleaning store pressing clothes. 

My mother and the rest of her family went to church regularly on Sundays. 
It was her parents that believed greatfully in God, and that everyone should hear 
his words. The Keith's would go to the church service in the morning and the 
baptisms in the afternoon. ( It was on August 17, 1952 in the Clinch River of 
St. Paul that my mother was baptised with Henry 0. Martin the pastor. ) 

It was also during this year that my mother left Virginia, coming to 
Rockford getting a job at Barber Golman. And Barber Golman was where she met my 
father at the age of eighteen. 



ERNK3T HAY PINSON and KATHRYN LOUISE KEITH 
my parents life together 

My mother and fathor mot In a factory, v-ihcn both hnd moved tn riorkfrrd 
looking for a job. My mother from Virginia and my father from Tennessee met in 
late 1932 at Barber Colman, where they began working in the same depai-tment. Kith 
my mother and father new at Barber Colman, they knew only a few friends to begin 
with. //Ith thum having the same lunch hour, my father asked my mother to c>o to 
lurich with him. 



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Gradually knowing more and more about oach othor, with the main know- 
lc?df^G being that neither was marritxi, they began to date. Going out often to movie: 
picnics, and parties, they realizeti that feeling of love between them. '60 they 
got married after a little more than ayear. It was in 195'+. January 'iO, that my 
parents were married in Rockford by Reverand Brooks G. Barker at the Winnebago 
Street Methodist Church. 

Some things that happened in my parents life before I was born in 1955 were: 

- My parents getting a new ^ ~Ford, trading in the '52 of my fathers. 

- The first house my parents bought, was In March of 193^» It was a four 
bedroom house at ?32 Kingsley Drive in Loves Park, for $10,500. 

- Then in June of 1955 on the twentieth day, 1 was born as a twin brother 
to Bronda Kay at Swedish American Hospital, around 7:30 A.M. 

After we were born: 

In 1957 n\y fathers parents came up to Rockford to help my mother with us. 

- In 1958, my father was almost killed when he fell off from a motorcycle 
he had bought. This incident was at the intersection in front of the 
Meadowmart Shopping Center. 

- Then in 1959. my parents sold the Loves Park home and moved to where we 
now live, at 3307 Alida Street. 

* Ky mother and father still work for Barber Golman, but not off from 
South Main Street, but rather at the Loves Park Plant. They work from 
seven to three- thirty in the afternoon. 

* Other cars my father has owned include: 

- 1957 Mercury 

- 1959 Chevy 

- 1963 Pontlac 

- 1964 Buick Electra 

- 1972 Buick Electi'a, the car they now own. 



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STONEY RAY PINSON 

With this research paper dealing in the geneological history of the 
Finson family, the najnes of my ancestors have changed somewhat. Some names are 
normal while others are quite unusuall. With this section of the paper being 
written about me, it's easy to see my neime, Stoney Ray Pinson, is of the un- 
usuall. 

The name of Stoney has raised many questions from friends, strangers, 
and teachers. But the answere I give them all, is the same. And that is that Stoney 
is my real name. I've been given names besides Stoney such as Rocky, Pebbles, and 
Stinson. I was given the last naime with the creation coming by the corabineing of 
my first name with my last name. 

STONEY PINSON 
ST - INSON 
STINSON 

But neverless my r^al name is Stoney, and .the way that I got this name 
was like this. My parents loved to watch westerns on television, and one 
western in particular. This was one in which STONEY BURKE was the main character. 
He was a smart, reasoning man who helped solve major problems. And one whom my 
parents liked, liked so much that they gave it to me, their first and only son. 

Taklnf^ my riamo from b'.rth, ono rruTd stitf trnt T u:\r. coln^ to h:-vp 
an interesting life. And this has been the truth, with my life being very exciting 
right from birth. 1 say r5,";ht from birth not only because of my name, but because 
of another freaky situation. This i:, that I am a twin, a twin brother of Bronda 
Kay. And r.hr; has played an imjiortant part in my life. We've been very close much 
of our life, irje played together when we were youn;';, and went to school together 



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from then on. 

Bronda has played an important part In my life, but my life has been 
more. And if I were to use one word in describing my life, it would be SPORTS. 
Ive been in contact with sports from the day I could pick up a baseball. I say 
baseball because this has been the sport I've been most active in. I started out 
playing in the myte- mytes, on a team called Schmelings. I started out in baseball 
as a second baseman. Then in my second year at our first practice my coach, Mr. 
Jim Benz, got our team together and told us that we had the ability to win the 
championship of our league ( the Rainbow Mytes " A " ), but we had one position 
we were weak in. This position was catching. And in case you as the reader dont 
know anything about a catcher, well he is usually noticed as being the broadest 
person. Then for a well known reason there fell a hush when the question came, 
and for some unknown reason, " I will" came out of ray mouth. I guess, I wanted 
to help the team anyway I could to win that championship. I made the decision 
even though there were two things going against me and ray decision. One was 
that I wasn't very broad, and the other was that we had the fastest pitcher in 
the league. He was Al Benz, who later became a great football player at West 
High School, the same one that I went to. But neverless, I was to be our catcher. 
And win our championship was exactly what we did. We went through our 
entire league without a loss, winning all of our games. (11 ). This was great 
but two things of importance happened to me-this baseball year of 196'*-. The first 
was one of the saddest days of my life. This was when I split opun and broke 

fwrit ring fin^^jr. It was our fifth game of the season against Murphy Mayflower 
' ) with a runner on third base and me catching, a ball was hit to the shortstop. 
.:.' runner came in and an the throw got to mo, the runner hit mt^ Jarring my hand 
a 1 IttLe and causing the bull to hit the end ol' my finger. This incident put 



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me out for four geimesi But the second happening of Importance came about when 
I was starting my first game after the injury. It was important to me because 
it was against guys from my grade school. All were friends of mine whom I was 
growing up with. Also this game, I got my first home run of my carreer. 

This year was one of my most memorable in baseball. From this year 
up through my first year here at Rock Valley, it has been quite interesting. 
From Hytes, I went to the Bronco League and played on Pepsi. Then after two 
years here I went up to the Pony League and played for West End Buisnessmaji, Also 
during the years in the Pony League, I played for West High School. 

It was in my first year In high school that freshman came into the 
Big Nine. And I was chose to pitch West's first freshman baseball game ever. 
This game and the one in my senior year against Beloit Memorable was of my most 
memorable. In that game, I allowed only two hits while striking out 13 batters. 
I also should mention that West High's baseball team won the divisional and 
sectional titles and coming within two outs in the last Inning of making it to 
the state finals. • • ;' 

I came to Rock Valley in 1974 and played on the team. This year (1975) 
I hope I can help Rock Valley make it to the National Junior College Finals. But 
if not, I will hopefully continue in baseball, because it has been very important 
in my life. 

Other sports I enjoy are basketltSll in which at Roosevelt .ir. Hi.Th 
School, I nas on the team both years. I golf and enjoy bowling also. I've 
boulcd for almor.t a:: many years as I've played baseball, coming one year short. 
My highest average was I'JO and my highest series 60'K One memorable span of time 
to me wa:^ last year on Rock Valley's bowling team. I was one of the top five bowl- 
ers and able to i',o down to Illiois otate whore we bowled among Universities like 



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Illinois and Iowa. 

Like I said before, SPORTS has been important to me, but the whole 
life of Stoney Ray Finson consists of more. 

I was born on June 20, 1955 woighing five pounds nine ounces. The time 
was 7:36 A.M. in Rockford's Swedish Amcfican Hospital being a twin to Krnest and 
Kathryn Pinson. My first home was in Loves Park, Illinois at 92? Kingsley Drive, 
I lived there until 1959 when we moved to 330? Alida Street in Rockford. This was 
my second and present home. 

The first school I attended was Paul S. Gonklin grade school on Halsted 
Road. Hy twin sister, Bronda nad I started school in I960 at the age of five. We 
began with kindergarten, going in the afternoon session, (in kindergarten only 
half a day is required). My first teacher was a Miss Robinson, a Negro and one 
of the best teachers I've ever had. 

Then at the age of twelve, I went to Roosevelt Junior High School on 
Bruce and Haskell Street. I spent two years there and moved up to West High School 
at the age of fourteen in 1969- My first year at West was as a freshman, the first 
freshman class West has ever had. I went from 11«30 to 3i20, walking or taking 
the bus as my way of transportation. I took the normal required classes with German 
being an elective. 

The time period changed in my senior year of 1973* I went from 7i00 
to I13O and dropped German for Physical Education classes. The reason for dropping 
German was that I had made up ray mind on being a Physcal ciiucation major in college. 
So I took as amny P.E. classes as possible. 

As a member of the class of '73. Iwas proud to be one. We were together 
as people, including Blacks and Whites. The reason I mention this is because when 
our class first came here, there was trouble almost every week. But by the time 



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we graduatt-Kl, there wan very little. Also 1 was proud to be part of the r;ports 
program at West. In football we finir.hwl second, in basketball, we tifxl Auburn 
for first (who we boat twice) and went down to Dekalb for the right to go on to 
Cliarnpaign for the finals. In trark un took second, and in baseball we were sennnd 
while also almost making it to the finals, — In all of sports, we came within fifty 
points of winning the All SPORTS TROPHY. 

MY JOBS 

From the time of being twelve years old up to now(l9)> I've had three 
jobs. My first real job was as a newspaper carrier iji the morning, delivering 
to aproximately ninetyfive customers. The time involved was from 5«00 A.M. to 
6:30 A.M.. 

I stopped delivering as soon as I became sixteen. This is when I got 
ray second and present job. I'm a pizza cook at Shakey's Pizza Parlor -on 320? North 
Main St. When I first Started working here, I was a busboy making $lA3 per 
hour. I worked on Friday, Sa turd-ay, and Sunday nights. I did this for about six 
months. Then I became a pizza cook making $1.55« It soon got up to $1.60 an hour 
when the minimum starting wage bill was passed. But as a pizza cook, I was as 
far up as I could go until I reached the age of nineteen. This is when I would 
be able to tend bar. And as soon as I did, I became a bartender. But in between 
sixteen years of age and nineteen years , I got my third job. 

My third job was as an electronic calibrator out at the Loves Park Barber 
Colman plant off from Riverside Blvd. The thing that 1 did was calibrate little 
motors to be used in airconditioners. I took this job at the end of my senior 
year of graduation. I made $3. 33 an hour. This job was only for the summer to 
help pay for my tuition the comming year. Then I went back to Shakey's once 
school started, and am presently working there part time as a bartender making 
$2.10 an hour. 



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MY Tlllil'il'J IJISTUiU 

PRDNDA KAY FINSON 

My oldest sister is my twin sister, Bronda Kay Pinson (now Is'ldridge). 

.,e were born on June 20, 1955 in Swediuh American Hospital, Rockf ord . She is 
officinlly tho oldest of us, bein^ born at 7:25 A.m. and mc at 7:3o '..H. 

Our life was similar through out our entire lives, growing up and going 
to school together. But when she was in the fourth grade in 1964, she was found 
to have diabetes. And from the day it was found, she has had to take insulin by 
injection of a needle. She is now married to a Duane Eldridge, who works out at 
Barber Golman in Loves Park.- They are living in Roc^cford at the Canary Drive apart- 
ments. The two were married this past summer (74) on August 7. 

RONDA CAROL PINSON 

Ronda is my next to the youngest sister thirteen years old being 

born at 4:12 A.M. in Swedish American Hospital on February 28, I96I. She is in 

the eighth grade attending John F. Kennedy Jr, High School. 

KATHY LYNN PINSON 

Kathy is the youngest in our family, being ten years old. She was born 

at 10:27 P.M. on Sunday Kay 31, 1964. She is in the fifth grade attending Paul 

S. Conklin grade school. 



KOURCES 



INTtKVIEWSi 

with m. and MRS. bSNEST K. PINSON 
( my parpnts ) 

with VIRGINIA KEITH - phone call to Dante, Virginia 
(maternal grandmother) 

with MR. JAMES D. KEITH,. 
(Uncle on mothers side) 



LETTERS) 

from GOLIS LEE PINSON 

(paternal grandfather) 

OTHER SOURCES I 

1- PINSON* S FAMILY BIBLE 

2- GRANDPARENTS (maternal) BIBLE 

3- PINSON 'S FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION 



POPANZ, DIANE MARIE SWORD. 19^9- 



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I. Your nninc Diane Marie SWORD fop/:>N2. * 

^•'^^'^ "^ ^"r m November 25, 1974 ') ('0 H ) 

7. Your (,oll(!(je: kocl< Va I I cy (,ol lecje (ID // ) 

l^dcVTorT, "llUnols v^ 

* |» * A * )V Vc i\ A )V )V A iV A ,\ A A A A A :'. A A A 'c A A A 

3. Check the earliest date for which you have been able to sny things about your family in 
yo(jr paper. 

^Before 1750 1750-1800 X I8OO-I85O 

1850-1900 1900 or later 

M. Please check a I I 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.l.) X M iddle Atlantic (N.Y. , Penna., N.J., Va.) 

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



West South Central (Ark., N.M. , Tex., OTTT P X East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind. 

Pacific (Cal., WashJ ^(Hewal I , Alaska) 111. Wis.) 

Jl'laine (ND,SD,Neb. .KanTTTowa, m) 

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

X Farming ^Mining X S hopkeeping or small business 

X Transportation ^Blg Business ^Manufacturing 

^Professions Industrial labor ^Other 

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In this paper have belonged. 

X Roman Catholic Jewish Presbyterian ^Methodist 

^Baptist Episcopal Ian Congregational K Lutheran 

Quaker ^Mormon O ther Protestant ~ O ther 

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

^Blacks Indians ^Mexicans ^Puerto Ricans 

Jews ^Central Europeans I tal lans Slavs 

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East Asian X O the German 

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FAMILY DATA 



'• Grondfather (your father's sldf<) 



Nam e Luther SWORD 
I f dead, date of deatl^ 



Place of birth Portsmouth. Ohio 

Education (number of year*): 
grade school high school 



Current Residence Chicago, Cook, Illinois 
0«ta of Birth 5 September 1898 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupat lon(s) 
1st Farming 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 1898-1936 1st Ashton, Illinois 



Dates to 1950 



2nd 
3rd^ 

ilth 



Truck Driver 



Dates 1936-Retire 2nd Chicago, Cook, UlinoisP ates 1950 

Dates 3rd Dates 

Oates__ l^th Dates 



Re I I gion 



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



N ace" "of Marriage to your gran^SIrotfieT' 



Asht on, Illinoi s 



"Hat< 



1914 



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



Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Anna Kate Schinzer 

If dead, date of death 16 QctoberT^TT 

Place of birth 



Education (number of years): 
grade school high school 



Occupatlon(s) 

Ist Housewife 

2nd 

3rd 

'♦th 



Re 1 1 g I on Lutheran 



Current Residence 



Date of birth 28 June 1896 



tool 


vocati 


onal 

PLACE OF 
(after 

Ashton, 


col le 

RESIDENCE 
leaving horr 
Illinois 


:ge 


Dates 


1st 


ye) 

Dates 


Dates 


2nd 
3rd 










Dates 


Dates 


Dates 


Dates 


Dates 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Ladies Aid Society at church 



Place of marriage to your grT^Td'fa tKe r Ashton . riiil^"^ir 
Note - 



"DATT^ 



*' il^anata^Sf!»fh»*B««'8f'dti<;|g ^lll^\^%'' 'tcpmother or anoth 



TTIT 



er relative give 



3. 



Jrnndfather (your mother's side) 

iamc Joseph Schnorr 

f dead, date of death ^ |ulv 1%^ 

lace of bl rth 

ducat Ion (number of years) : 



Current Residence 



grade school 
ccupat lon(s) 
St Farming^ 

id 

'd 

:h 



high school 



_ Date of birth 1 January 1874 
vocational college 



Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates 



Dates 



1st Lee County, Illinois 
2nd Rochelle, Illinois 
3rd 



_Dates 
Dates 



Dates 



'ith 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



! I i g i on Roman Catholic 

•lltlcal parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

ace of marriage to your grandmother 

te: If your mother was raised by a smp r ai lier U l ■I I UlMe r l e l ai i VK flO a Oe l8> 
give that data on the back of this page (C-I) 

andmother (your mother's side) 

me Catherine Meyer 



Jate 28 Jan. 1902 



r^e Catherine Mey^ 
dead, date of death 



■22 August 19 ^ 



Current Residence 



ace of birth Pennsylvania 

jcatlon (number of years) 

rade school high school 

cupatlon(s) 

t Housekeeper 



^Date of birth 28 March 1885 

vocational college 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
_Dates 1900 1st Lee County, Illinois Dates 1900- 



_Date8_ 
Dates 



2n d Rochelle. Illinois 



3rd 



_Dates 
Dates 



" 9 1 on Roman Catholic 
It leal party civil or social clubs, sororities., etc. St. lames Sewing Circle. Lee. II. 

Little Flower Club, Rochelle, Illinois ' — ° '- '— ^ 

'ce of marriage to your grandfathe r date — 28 |^hi. 19U2 

■e: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or anotKer r^Ufiw. U^ ... TW^ — '■ '■ 

;,.'vc t.'.o; Jaio un tno DacK or tfils page (D-2) 



CHmmLN ot A t tj ior A- 1 or U~ ij ^ ycur l.th-ir's nan"* should appear below 



Namg Eugene George SWORD 
P I ace of bi rth^^Ashtonj^irilnoiJ^ 
Number of ye arts oT^s'cfio'c'noa" 
Res I dence S. Beloit , W inn. , Iir."" 
Number of'c^lTorth " S ^™™" 



-Ij.^™^.^ «^s^-e 2 April 1915 ___ 
_ Msntfirifcatus M - RTitir^cTTnoFT 



Name 

Place of bTrth 

Number of yearT oT~scfTooiTn^" 

Residence 

Number o f^cKTr^TefT 



'"Sa'to 



Oc.cupat!6!l 
naritaf Status 



p)<icc brTrrnr 

Number of year's oFTclicci rfng' 

Residence 

Number of cdl Idr«n 



da to 

- ~.~„ " OfcupatTdrT 
"FSariTm'tttus 



Name 

Place of bTTI 

Number of years ~of'~8cKoo TTng" 

Residence 

Number of chfTHron' 



lame 

' I a ce of bfrTFi 

•lumber of yea r 3~ oFH cRoo1 ■* ng 

Residence 

'lumber of chl Idren 



d:ito 
Occupation 
hafltaf btatus 




date 
rTTaPSTatus 



'lace or blrt 

lumber of years" oV school fng 

tes I dence 

lumber of~cfiTT37?n 

lamo 

'lace of" bl rth' 

lumber of years oTTcTioo ririig" 

i«s Idenca 

lumber of~c}il I'dreifr 



"Jifco 

Occupstlon 
fUjrlui Status 



d^t« 



OKcupitTdfT 

irrt6r~3ratu8 



ame 

lace of bl rth " 

umber of years' "of s idRooTTng^ 

flsldence 

uniber ofTKTTSrcfT 



date 
"SccupaTTSrt 



wTtal Status 



ame 

lace of birth " 

Jmber of years o/ school Ing 

!$ I dence 

J'nber of children "— — ^ 



ime 

'ac'e' of birth 

iniber of yeari^oT^ecRooTTng 

•Jidence 

"nber of^T^TTftOT^rr 



Meflt fi rSfa tu9 



date 

^ Occupatlori 



OccupatTSfT 
_ I'fiTlta I Status 



J 



CIIII.LiKtN 



>t I- and D (or r.-|, D-l)-your mother's nomc should appear helow 



N.ifix 
CI ,. . 

V.<-. i , 
Numl.r 

N. ■ 



_ .EdwardJ^awren ce SCHNORR 
"'I'" 'I' Lee, Illinois 

'I I yir ■. of" ',( hool Irw) 

■'" ' Rochelle. Illinois 
"I 'li I IdrPn 



■'■'''' 15 August 1903 



_L 



Occupjtion KetireJ (Auto Mech antcji 

Marital Status M - Hazel Kent 



Alberta Mary &?imo3XK SCHNQRR 

'■'"'• "?^"ThTiT; Lee, Illinois 

ihim\,i-, o( yf.M ', of school Ing "~~ 

n<".idr>u.f Died -2,3 September 1961 
Number of ch i Idren 2 



" S^ccupatlon 
Harltal Status M 



1 November 1924 



'Intr 27 luly 1905 



Paul Michael 



N.in.. Clarence Tliomas SCHNORR 
Pijco o( Ijirth Le e. Illinois 

Number of years of schooling 

Rcsidenc L Lee, Illinois 
Number of ch i Idren i 



16 June 1926 



date 11 March 1907 



Harltal 



JlTccupation Retired - Farming 
"Status M - C:lara Boyle 



,im.- \yalter loseph SCHNORR 
' ■!"■ or hiro. Lee. Illinois 

f yeors nf school ing 
Lee, Illinois 



1 May 1929 



H 

P 

Niiriibci II 

Ki:\ i den re 

Number of 



date 10 February 1909 
Occupation Farmer 



ETTTTJ; 



N-*""- Charles Peter SCH NORR 
'' i ;K.e of birth 



I,ee. Illinois 
ool I nq 



"^umbet of ye.irs of sch 
'«^'' ' 'tcncc Lee. Illinois 
'dumber of chl Idren 4 



"HaTTtTPs t a tus M - Dorothy Herman 

— Ann Kingdon 

3 February 1933 

da^el 14 March 1911 



Occupation p'armer 

MarltafTtatus M - Alvina Butler 

8 February 1939 



'l.mir Raymond Fredrick SCHNORR 

' I ri cc of bi rth j ee. 

dumber of years Of schooling 



IllinftiR 



m 



^'•"' ' dence Lee. Illinois 
dumber of chl Idren 4 



„ — d^;« 2f^ Mni-rh 1913 
Occupatlort Farmer 



Marital Status M - Gladys Holly 
— 3 July 1941 



I^'"^ Ruth Elizabeth SCHNORR 

lace of birtfi Lee. Ill inois 

Jumbp r of years 
<e') i dcnce 
lumber o 



)/ school I 



ng 



12 



r A'lPtfren'^" ^'""'"'^-^r^ . niinnl i 



'ame Ralph William SCHNORR 
' ' ar-e of birth Lee. Illinois 

umber of years o^ school ing 



_ date 26 August 1914 

Occupation Housewife 
Marital Status m - F.,i^n^np Sworrl 
2 November 1935 



years or scnool ing 
*^ ' dence Albany, Oregon 
umber of ch i Idren 2" 



date 6 May 1918 
Occupation Retired 



Marital Status M - Uor is Knight 
4 June 



ame Mildred Josephine SCHNORR 
'ace of birth Lee. Illinois 
umber of years of schooling 
esldencj ^ochelle. Illinois 
U'^ber of chl Idren 



date 16 September 1920 
Occupation Secretary 



-Q. 



^tarital Status M - James HerrmamT 
iO August 1946 



^'"e Chester LeRoy SCHNORR 
lace of birth Lee. Illinois 
jmber of years of' schooling 
-sidence 



"-"ber of children 



Qiana. Illinois 



date 19 February 1925 
3ccupat i On t^lumDer 



^ 



Harltal Status jV[ 



Virginia Kelly 



20 September 1947 



OiiUmH o( r. and D (or (.-1. D-l)-yo.r mothrr's non.e should oppc.r helow 

d.itf ■ 2 November 1926 



"■ Gladys_^laine C atherine SCIJNQR R 

''"' "^~^ ^'^' Lee, iriinois 

"'""'"■' "I /'-i' . of ',( liool Irui ~ 

'''■'''""" Rochelle. Illinois 



Ni/iril.rr Ml f.li I IfJren 



" ,_ Doro thy Mae S CHNORR 

I' I.,.;- •,rir~ ~~ 



"'""'"■' "' y-.u', of school Inq 
Hf. i.irMK.e Rochelle 

Ninnber of ch I Idren 



y.u ■, ot scnooi inq 

'"■"■ ' '''•"<-t^^ Rochelle. Illinois 
3 



P I ,) ce i,f In rth ~~ 

Nijinhftr of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of r.h i Idren ~ 



Nome 

Pl.H" of l,irth 

Nunihcr nf years o^ school ing 

Kiv, i denr e 

Number of r.h i | dren 



■JanH* 

^ I iK.e of birth 

^iimbef (jf ye.irs of school ing 

(esidcnce 

hiiaUrr of ch I Idren 



Occupat I on Seamstress 



Marital Status M - Lawrence Tasta cT 
ii January 1947 



(late 1 lanuarv 1929 



"Occupatio n Florist 

Marital Status M - Arnold I leltness 
21 November 1953 



date 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



Marital Status 



date 

Occupat I On 



date 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



' 1 .1 CO of b I rtli ~ 

lumber of years of school Ing 
li; side nee 
lumber of chi Tdren '~~" 



iOMie 

lace of b i nil 

umber of years of school Ing 
es i dcnce 
umber of chi Idren 



dme 

lace of birth 

umber of years of school ing 

fsidence 

ijmber of chi Idren 



ame 

lace of bl rth ~~~~ 

Jmber of years of schooling 

!5 1 dence 

""ber of chi Idren '~ 



ime 

ace" of bi rth 

-"ber of years of schooling 

5idence 

""''*'• of children ' 



Marital Status 



date_ 

bccupat lOrt 



_ date 

Occupat lOn 
Marital Status 



date 



Occupat Ion 
Marital Status 



date 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



date_ 

Occupat ion 



Marital Status 



jr Father 



vt Eugene Geor ge SWORD^ 

dead, date of death " ' 



ice of birth Ashton, Illinois 

ica 1 1 on ( n umber of years) ——-"————», 

ade school 8 high school 



__ Current Residence S. Beloit, Winn.^ Illinois 
2 April 1915 



^Datc of birth 

_i vocational 



lupat lon(s) 

i Milk Hauler 



^ col lege 



Farming 



P'AO^. OF RESIDENCE 
r, . ,^.^ (ofter !-avlng honre) 

-^^^^'^-iS^SjvL^IO^ l^t,_Ashton^_Illinois Dates 1935-1940 

_Dates 1940-1974 2nd Ashton, Illinois 
Dates 



Ddtes 1940-1952 



.- ^•'^-Jiochelle, Illinois 



■ ■ DatM 1952-1956 



i'g'°" Lutheran 



Dates 



..'* ^ '^-§jJ.g.^.2iI>-jyin"- . Illinois Da t c s 1956-1974 



Itlcal parties, civil or social clubs, f r-nsrni t les , etc. 

^eo'niarrrage''to~7oi7ir~7i^ — " — p^- .,- , .. ■ - . . -. , 

:: If ,o„ were rals.d bv a s ,« ^^^ffifJ^lra^.il-T^ ,;;riT7c-^rS^^«g-^ 
of this page. (E-2) 



- Itother 

; Ruth Eliza beth SCHNQRR 
lead, date of death ~" 



Current R?3ld'sncg. S. Beloit. Winn.. Illinois 



:e of birth Lee, Illinois 

latlon (number of years) 

ide school 8 high school 



™._ '^■''*« ^^ '^'''t^^__26 Aug ust 1914 
_\ vocational college 



ipation(s) 
Spinner 



Housewife 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(ofter leaving home) 
Dates 1933-1936 lat Ashton, Illinois Dates 1935-1940 

Dates 193 6-1974 2nd Ashton, Illinois 

Dates 



Dates 1940-1952 



3rd Rochelle, Illinois 



Dates 1952-1956 



9 1 on Roman Catho lic 

tical party, civil orToclnl clubs, Siirorltlen, etc, 

e of marriage to you r Ta'tKc7'™~' Roclielle," TiririoTs '"^ " 



finite 2 November 1935 



It you were raised by a stepmother or onotncr rulat I vc'gf v* 7!iaF data on tT^e back of 
this page (F-2). 



rtlLDREN of E and F (or E-2, F-.?) - vour mm« ci-,r,.,!w - u < ' 

• ' >uur name should epperir bf^low 

ame Sharon Lo uise SWORD^ 

lace of birth_j3ixon. in|noi§Z....._..ZZr"^ Pete of birth 25 October 1938 

jmber of years of school Ing 15 - .. ^-, '-"-'-"0 6^ 1^ 7^ -0. 

!sidence San Antonio ^ Texa s _J3 
imber of ch i Id ran 2 "~ ^^ 



, — ,~-,r-_,._ O'-cnpnlonReiist ered Nurse 
lantal Status M - loel RobbTns 



line Carol Jean SWOR D 

ace of birth Qixon, 111 inj2is___ 
imbcf of years of scnoolltrq [2 

b i derice S.BeloJt, IHi nois ~^^ ""' 
mber of ch 11 dren 3 



T"t"e of birth 23 January 1943 

Ociupotior, Housewife 



me RTvllis Eileen SWO RD 

ace of birth Dixon, Illinois "_ 
mber of years of Sclioollnq' [2 

s i dence Beloit. Wiscon sin"" ~ 

mber of children 2 ~ 



"narnTT"l'fa>us M - Robert Nichols 



^Dste of birth 14 M ay 1945 

_ ncr.upstfon"^eci'e tary/Accounta nt 



T)e Diane Marie SWO RD 

a ce of birth Rocheilir lllino fs" 



nbe 



r of years of schooling " I4"" 



' ' den ce $ Beloit , [Hi npj s.. 
nber of ch I 1 dren 



"R.T nT^Tt T t ^1-^;.. M - R oger Merlet 



^ ^^^^'^ <'' '''"'"'.. 1 5 lanu ary 1949 

^_^ , Qc-M>^atTon s_ecretary 

ia7TtarT.£.tu5 M - Th omas Pop anz 



i>e Jo Ellen S WORD 

ace of bi rth Beloit. Wisconsin 

nber of years of sclTooflncT 

' ' dence S. Beloit, Illinois ' "" 

nber of children 



if ™, ^r— r- - i ^^..M.rK.t frin St Udcnt 

. Hi) r 1 1 a ( i> 1 1 u 5_ Single 



jce of b I rth 

r.ber of years of school Ing 

iidence 

nber of ch I I dren 



__.,rim,T""^^*^'^ of hi rth 

^_ __ Ocf.iip-Tt ion' 

Rs rTt nlTTrnus 



ice of bi rth 

nber of years of schooling"^" 

■ i dence 

iber of chi Idren 



""Kits of birth 



OccupaTTot'i 



Marlt.^1 Status 



ice of bl rth 

iber of years of schooTInq' 

'idence 

iber of ch I Idretl 



D=>» e of 1) ' r th 
_ Occt'pat ioji 

I'larl tel~l.t"jtur. 



ASSll.NMl;NT Of IJTLRARY RIGHTS (If you and your family ^^rn v/illinq) 

1 iK.Tchy donate this family lii'',tory, nlono wft.h nil litrrriry and admi ni ', I r<i IJ v( 
M.(jhis, to the RofJ- V.'''ley Col •oq?? f-iiiilly IMsLosv Col I"': l.ion , depo'.ilcd in Llic 
Rockford Riiblic l.ibr'flry, Rockford, Illinoi;- 

'7 



Sinned _,^£xclJLU^^l-''/^P^-7y^^ 



f3.it.p 



^^5~ 



PL"[liGR;TE CHART 



rn 15 Jan. 1949 
rrUd 12 Oct. 1968 
ed 



,..Eu^ene_George SWORD 

I 

il3 2 April 1915 

2 Nov. 1935 
ID 



_.. Luthe£_SWORp _ 
Grandfather 

3 5 September 1898 
h 1914 



Anna_Kate_SCH INZER 

Grandinothfir "" 

B 28 June 1896 
D 16 October 1970 



jGraiidfather 

I B 1 January 1874 
M 28 lanuary 1902 
^ 9 July 1955 

J?Hl^ .^if^^'^'i^H N0|^ R 

f-'otlicf 

B 26 August 1914 
D 



Catherine Meyer 
GrandiMX) titer 

B 28 March 1885 
22 August 1962 



Oreat (liMndfat'^er 

n 

M 
D 

-^.Elizabeth O'HARE 

n 

D 

, Georg_e _SCH INZ E R 

f' 

f) 1951 

— M§£X Griese 
1905 



Joseph^Schnorr | [ , 



Wilhelm SCHNORR 
n 1839 ~'"""^ ■ 



^ 30 Oct. 1904 



Pauline Jacobs 
P. 1841' -— - 
n 27 Nov. 1904 



Henry Meyer 



__E1 i z abe t h Loose 



Luther SWORD 

Luther Sword, my grandfather, was born September 5, 1898 in 
Portsmouth, Ohio of John Sword and Elizabeth O'Hare. He had five 
brothers - Homer, Nathan, John, Clarence, and Pete - and one sister 
Agnes. The family farmed in Portsmouth, Ohio for many years. 

Anna Kate SCHINZER 



Anna Kate Schinzer was born on June 28, 1896 of George Schinzer and 
Mary Griese. Slie had one brother - Conrad, who was killed in a feed 
grinder at an early age - and one sister, Marie. Her mother died when 
Anna was nine years old. At that time, she and her sister went to live 
with an aunt until two years later when Anna went home to her father 
and kept house for him. 

The Marriage of Luther SWORD and Anna Kate SCHINZER 

Luther and Anna were married in 1914 inAshton, Illinois. 
TTiey had my father on April 2, 1915. Anna's father, George Schinzer, 
lived with them until they quit farming and moved to town (Ashton, 111.). 
In 1936, my grandfather (Luther) became a long distance truck hauler 
and Anna, along with her father, made their home with my parents in 1940. 
In 1951, George Schinzer died. My grandmother took part in our families 
many undertakings in farming. As I remember, she was always around to 
lend a hand wherever she was needed. The differences between her and 
my grandfather were never brought up and we had enough respect never 



Diane SWORD 
Family History- 
Page Two 



to ask. My grandmother was from the "old school". She did a 
magnificant job crocheting, which seems her only hobby except for 
her flowers. She had a terrific green thumb and I reme]?^ that her 
room was always filled with beautiful African violets. One occasion 
where she demonstrated her way with plants, she brought the ivy from 
my wedding bouquet back to life three times for me. When she died, 
I'm afraid my ivy did too. 

One of the big highlights of her week was church every Sunday and also 
on Saturdays, the family took their weekly trip to thQ dime store in town. 

Anna died on October 16, 1970. 

Eugene George SWORD 

Eugene Sword, my father, was born on April 2, 1915 in Ashton, Illinois. 
He was an only child. He attended Bradford Grade School and Ashton 
High School. During this time, he helped his father on the farm. 

In 1933, he met my mother, Ruth Schnorr, at a Moose dance in Rochelle, 
Illinois. 



Diane SWORD 
Family History- 
Page Three 



Wilhelm SCHNQRR And Pauline JACOBS 

Wilhelm Schnorr was born in 1839 in Germany and Pauline Jacobs was 
born in 1844, also in Germany. They were married there and they 
travelled to America, arriving on May 11, 1867. Wilhelm has two 
brothers - one a priest and the other a doctor - and one sister, who 
became a nun. 

When they arrived in America, Wilhelm purchased forty acres of land 
at $1.00 an acre. After one year, he decided to buy another forty acres 
and he borrowed the money from his cousin. ITie next year, he could 
not renew the notes, so he had to go to a third party to borrow money. 

Joseph SCHNORR 



Joseph Schnorr was born January 1, 1874 of Wilhelm Schnorr and Pauline 
Jacobs. He had four brothers - John, August, William, and Frank. 

In her later years, Pauline became ill and it was at this time they hired 
Catherine Meyer to keep house for them. 

Catherine MEYER 



Catherine Meyer, my grandmother, was born March 28, 1885 in 
Pennsylvania to Hem-y Meyer and Elizabeth Loose. She had six brothers 
Fred, John, Henry, George, Gotlib, and William - and five sisters - 



Diane SWORD 
Family History 
Page Four 



Mary, Lena, Ida (the other two I have no record). 

Around 1900 when my grandmother was fifteen, she and her mother 
moved to Rochelle, Illinois from Pennsylvania. Six of the older children 
were already married and Catherine's father was dead. The two younger 
boys were put in an orphanage in Pennsylvania until they could afford to 
bring them West. 

Catherine took a job as a housekeeper/nursemaid to the mother of 
Joseph Schnorr. In those days, it was not respectable for a young single 
to live in a household as such. So, it was arranged that she marry Joseph 
Schnorr. 

The Marriage of Joseph SCHNORR and Catherine MEYER 

In 1902, the marriage took place and Joseph and Catherine made their 
home on the family farm with William and Pauline. They had twelve 
children, all but the last two were born at home. Tliis farm was located 
in Lee County, Township 38 -N, Section 9. Their family included seven 
boys - Edward, Clarence, Walter, Charles, Raymond, Ralph, and 
Chester - and five girls - Mary, Ruth, Mildred, Gladys, and Dorothy. 
During this time, Catherine's mother and Joseph's father made their 
home with them until they died. 

After all the children were out of school, Joseph sold the farm to 
his son, Raymond, and they bought a home in Rochelle, Illinois. 



Diane SWORD 
Family History 
Page Five 



In February of 1952,, Joseph had an operation which left him paralyzed. 
He died July 9, 1955. My grandmother remained in Rochelle until her 
death on August 23, 1962. 

Ruth Elizabeth SCHNORR 



Ruth Schnorr was born on August 26, 1914 of Joseph Schnorr and 
Catherine Meyer. She was the seventh of twelve children. She attended 
Willow Creek Grade School and Lee and Shabona High Schools. After 
graduation, she got a job as a housekeeper and in 1933, she began work 
at the Rochelle Spinning Company. It was at this time that her girlfriend 
introduced her to my father, Eugene Sword, at a Moose dance in Rochelle, 
Illinois. 

The Marriage of Eugene SWORD and Ruth SCHNORR 

On November 2, 1935, my mother and father were married in Rochelle, 
Illinois. My father worked as a milk hauler for eight dollars a week 
while my mother worked at the spinning company for thirty-five cents 
an hour. The money they earned paid for my father's truck, milk route, 
and their living. During this year, they moved seven different times. 
By the end of the year, my father had so much business he had to buy 
another truck and hire a man to work for him. At this time, Mr. A.J. 
Tedwell, a realtor from Dixon, Illinois, asked my father to work his 
farm and live there. So, when he wasn't hauling milk, he was farming. 

The entertainment at this time consisted of a few couples getting together 



Diane SWORD 
Family History 
Page Six 



for dinner (everyone. brought a dish to pass) and cards. This was a 
very inexpensive evening of fun. They stayed on this farm - my sister 
was born in 1938 - until 1940 when they moved to his grandfather's farm. 
From 1941 until 1952, four generations lived in the same house. Carol, 
daughter number two, was born in January of 1943. My mother went to 
the hospital one week before she was born due to a sudden snow storm. 
My father drove her to the hospital and he borrowed a horse to ride home. 
So, mother stayed at the hospital for one week until Carol was finally 
born. Phyllis was born in May of 1945 and I was born in January of 1949. 

In 1952, George Schinzer died. In Illinois, death breaks a lease; 
they, therefore, had no lease and the farm went to my grandmother's 
sister, Marie Nass. 

My parents rented a four hundred acre farm at Steward, Illinois and 
farmed that for four years until it was sold and we moved to South 
Beloit, Illinois. My father bought the Willow Brook Dairy Farm in 
1956, which included many buildings and 230 acres of rich farmland. 
With four daughters, my father decided that milking cows would be too 
difficult and expensive, so they went into the business of raising 
chickens and eggs. The demand grew so much during the first ten years 
that the production had increased to 30, 000 chickens raising about 150, 000 
eggs a week. Even this amount did not satisfy all the customers. 

During this time, Jo Ellen, the fifth and youngest daughter, was born 



Diane SWORD 
Famil}^ History- 
Page Seven 



in February of 1957., 

In 1959, my parents built a new home which included a retail storeroom. 
In 1966, my father was offered a good price for his farm by the owners 
of the Blackhawk Downs proposed harness racetrack. He sold the farm 
except for twenty acres which included all buildings. He also bought 
a 547 acre farm at Harrison, Illinois and a 410 acre farm in Boone 
County, Illinois. ' 

Diane SWORD 



I was born January 15, 1949 to Eugene Sword and Ruth Schnorr at 
Rochelle, Illinois. I attended Steward Grade School, Prairie Hill 
Grade School, and Hononegah High School. In 1966, I attended Eastern 
Illinois University until the end of 1967. 

It was during a summer break my freshman year in college that I met 
Thomas Popanz. In my father's business, it was essential that when 
each batch of 5, 000 chickens became too old to be productive, they would 
sell them to various soup companies for stew, lliis job was always done 
at night and my father always hired neighborhood boys to help. Tom's 
mother worked for my parents at the time and she offered Tom's help. 
So, we actually met in the chicken house one summer evening. 

The Marriage of Thomas Popanz and Diane Sword 

On October 12, 1968, we were married at St. Peter's Catholic Church 



Diane SWORD 
Family History- 
Page Eight 



in South Beloit, Illinois. About 350 people attended the ceremony. 
Tom went into farming with his father and I worked as a secretary 
at Warner Electric Brake & Clutch Company in South Beloit, Illinois. 
We took up residence in an old farm house off Rockton Road in Boone 
County, Illinois. It was in this house that our marriage began. The 
one -half mile lane leading to our home was literally "over the river 
and through the woods". We walked this lane many times in the winters 
when the snow made it impossible to travel by car. On Good Friday 
in April of 1972, the big flood came and washed all the bridges away 
in the area. It was that Saturday morning we woke up to find the creek 
had risen and we were stranded on an island. That afternoon, rescue 
operations began and we crossed the mighty creek in a canoe and did 
not return for three weeks. We found in times of trouble such as 
this that family and friends are so important and we tend to take for 
granted friendships that exist. 

In 1972, we found that after three years of losses on the farm, it was 
no longer profitable to continue in this profession and Tom found work 
at Lakeside Fusee in South Beloit where he is today. 



Diane SWORD 
Family History 
F&ge Nine 



Sharon Louise Sword married Joel Robbins at St. Peter's Catholic 
Church in South Beloit, Illinois on January 25, 1964. Sharon received 
her training as a nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. 
Joel is a career man in the Air Force. They have been stationed in 
Gulf Port, Miss., Salina, Ka., Sacramento, Calif., Tampa, Fla., 
Nakam Phen Phanon, Thailand (Joel was there and Sharon was in S. Beloit), 
Altus, Okla., Suwan, Korea, Sumter, S. C, San Angelo and San Antonio, 
Texas. TTiey have two children - Robert Joel born July 8, 1965 and 
Christina Ann born December 14, 1967. 

Carol Jean Sword married Robert Nichols on February 21, 1964 at 
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wisconsin. Robert has 
worked at Chrysler Corporation as an engineer in the Quality Control 
Department since that time. Carol was a secretary for Beloit Corporation 
for several years. They now have three children - Steven Jon born 
December 31, 1964, Michael Edward born November 3, 1966, and 
Gerald Eugene born March 5, 1972. 

Phyllis Eileen Sword married Roger Merlet on September 23, 1967 at 
St. Peter's Catholic Church in South Beloit, Illinois. Roger has farmed 
with his father on Springcreek Road, Beloit, Wisconsin since that time. 
Riyllis has worked as a secretary/accountant at First Savings and Loan 
Association in South Beloit and now as assistant to the Beloit Township 
Treasurer. They have two children - Shari Anne born July 16, 1968 
and Karen Sue born August 25, 1971. 



Diane SWORD 
Family History 
Page Ten 



Jo Ellen Sword was born February 15, 1957. She is now a senior at 
Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois. Jo Ellen has won several 
honors for her sewing projects and is a good 4-H member and student. 
She also enjoys playing the organ and her clarinet. 








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l,i USL INK; PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 
iAMILY HISTORY 

J Cod t r i hutor to the Kock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studying 
■can families, we are asking you ' to fill out the forms below. This will take you only .i 
iiiniues, .ind will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
;i s tf) just those kinds of family histories needed. 

yf^\/^y ***iV)VAA*iVAA**:'.-.'c-.VA*i"rft*yt:>:*:V-' 

■ ''' OFFICE USE CODE 

. Your M,-ifnc Tliomas Edward POPANZ * 

D.-itc of form 25 November 1974 ! ^'° * 



Yoi/r (,uii(;qe: Rock Va I i cy (.0 liege 
l^ockTo rd", Illinois 



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******)'( y.- iV A >V A A >V )\ -'( iV >\ )'; h )\ V. A A A ;'< A ft .\ 

Chf.'ck iho earliest date for which you have been able to s.iy things about your family in 
your paper. 

X Before 1750 1750-1800 I8OO-I85O 

1850-1900 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 M iddle Atlantic {N.Y., Penna., N.J,, Va.) 

South Atlantic (Ga. , Fla., N.C., S.C.) E ast South Central (La. , Miss. , Ala. ,Tenn , Ky 
W ast South Central (Ark., N.M., Tex., OTTT P X East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind. 

>aci fie (Cal., WashJ ^(Hawaii, Alaska) m- Wis.) 

I'lalns (ND,SD,Neb. ,Kan. ,Iowa, M9) 

Please check al 1 occupational categories In which members of your family whom you have 

discussed In TFiTs paper have found themselves, 

X Farming Mining ^Shopkeeping or small business 

Transportation B ig Business ^Manufacturing 

^Professions X Industrial labor ^Other 

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

X Roman Catholic ^Jewish ^Presbyterian X M ethodist 

Baptist Episcopal Ian Congregational Lutheran 

^^uaker M ormon O ther Protestant ^Other 

What ethnic and social groups are discussed In your paper? 

Blacks Indians ^Mexicans ^Puerto Ricans 

Jews C entral Europeans I tal lans ^Slavs 

X Irish B ritish Native Americans over several generations 

^East Asian X Other German 



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

X Interviews with other y FamI ly Bibles _^<[__Fami ly Genealogies 
f ami ly members 

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

X Photographs Maps O ther 



FAHI LY DATA "■ _ 

ft. Grandfather (your father's sldf») 

Nam e Elmer Willie PQPANZ Current Residence 

If dead, date of death 31 October 1962 

Place of bl rth Mt. Prospect. Green, Wis. Oat« of Birth 26 April 1882 

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



Occupatlon(s) PLAfE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
'st Laborer Dates 1906-1927 1 st Colley Road. Beloit. Wi^ ^tes 1906-2 7 

2nd Farming Dates 1927-1962 2nd Krause Farm. Beloit Dates l927-4 8 

3''d Dates 3rd Hassler Farm, Roscoe Dates l948-62 

'*th Dates 4th Dates 

Religion Methodist __»_ 

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



Place of Marriage to your gran^tfTe r -g'^T;;— 7^^^,^^^_ ,^,„.^^„^ d^^«_27_ncrJ9n6 

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

i Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Mabelle Mei er Current Residence 

If dead, date of deatK T8 October 1969 

Place of birth Winnebago Co. , Illinois Date of bl rth 2 January 1887 

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



Occupatlon(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
l»t Housewife Dates 1906-69 ist Beloit, Wisconsin Dates06-48 



2nd Dates 2nd Roscoe, Winn. , 111. Dates 51-62 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

^th Oatas i»th Dates 

\ Re 1 1 g I on Methodist 

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

Notr u ''""'"''^' '° ^°"'' ^^'"^^^^^^^.SmielirLe^ October 1906 

tlia)^°a^tPSf!»fhl8(''fi8^8'89'^tl(l? paie^L-^)^ ''*P'^'^®'' °^ another relative give 



Srnndfather (your mother's side) 

'!" Claude Edwin BABCOCK Cu Residence 

f dead, date of death H (uly 1^66 

lace nf birth Clinton, Rock, Wisconsin 

ducat Ion (number o^ years} : 

grade school 7 high school 



3. 



_ Date of birth 
vocational 



9 August 1892 



col lege 



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_Dates 

__Dates_ 

_Oates_ 

Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
'^t Beloit Dates 1918-66 



_2nd_ 
3rd 



^th 



_Oates 

_D8tes 

Dates 



" 9 ' o" Roman Catlioljc 

lltlcal parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc.__ _^ 

give that data on the back of this page (C-l) ' ^^ "'' 

andmother (your mother's side) 

ne Mary Frances McCabe 

dead, date of death b May [WT 



^Current Residence 



8 



ade school 
:upatlon(s) 

_Schoolteacher 



high school 



vocational 



col lege 



_Date8 to 1918 1st 

Dates 2nd_ 

Dates 3rd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Beloit Dates 1918-72 



_Dates 
Dates 



' 9 1 on Roman Catholic 

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

9..V. v..ofc u.ia vn mo DacK or this page (D-2) 



CHIkDRLN of A t B (or A- 1 or U- 1 i - w^,,.^ # ..u i 

vor « I or u u ^ ycur liith(Sr'9 name should appear below 



N.^mg Milton Ro y POPANZ 
Place of bfrth ' ' 

Numbftr of year^o7~r.'cfioo^ ITiq*" 
Reslrfence En^elwoodj, Flpricia 
Number of "chM"or«^n "2 ™~' 

Name Albert Meier POPANZ 
Place of bl rth 

Number of yearT'o7~3c?iooiTn« 
Re s I de n '^e Belpitj_Rock , Wis . 
Number ofchlTdren t) 



- <^s'^«_.27Februaryl909 
^,,— ^_.._^_ OccupTrrSrT^ntolTepaTr 
nantarifcotus M - M aTgarJrn iger 



'yat .; 29 December 1910 

..f-.^_,^JL 0c.cupatT6 r7:itv Laborer 
Marital Status M - Marpie kra use 



^■^"^- Doris POPANZ 

P I .ice ofFf r til 

Number of yea rVo'T'o cTTCoTFrij'' 
Res I dence Q^icago, minois" 
Number of children iij"" " 

Narr>c LilasLeona_POPANZ 

P 1 a ce of bTTtT 

Number of yea r3"of'~s"cKoo rHig' 



^.„^^ „. da to \ ^._November 1916 

^— ^^_„_^" Cccupat'TorT" 

_ ^larltarSt^tue M- CSTas Uiedrich 



da to 

fccupa 



30 July 1918 



Re5ldenceRighland_Cente^^ - ETnon- 

Number of cnirarcr! 3 ^ — 



Name Leo D ale POPANZ 
Place of blrTFT""^ '" ' 
Numbar of yea r3~ o rTcRooTi ri g 
Res I dence Roscoe , Wmn. J]]/ 
Number of chl Idren 5~~' 



van lirocklin 



^'^^*^ 22A£ril_ 1920 
OccupaDonTarmer 



»-iarltqi btatusM - Florence Habcock 



^^"^ Lester gal e POPANZ 

Place or bl rth "~ " 

Number of years of JcfiooTTnsr 

Residence 

Number of chlT37err I" 

Name Ethel Marie POPANZ 

Place of bIrtK 

Number of years oFTcFioolToi 





y^Uo 2 July 1921 
"T^'ccfpatTon 



n,»™,.™»^, 1 insurance 

riorlul Status ^^ - ' """"" 



Res Idenca 
Number of c 




d=?tfl_ 21 October 1924 
ccupfitTonT'LaToorer 



ori tal btatug M - [ohn White" 



Name 

^lace 'orTfr-tT T 

Number of years "bT~s cH^Tng" 

^es I dance 

I'uniber of chlldrcfT"" — 



^date 

CccupatlOrt 
mTTta] Status " 



'lame 

' I ace of birth 

umber of years" oFicnoo 

esldence 

""iber of chl Idren 




ame 

'ace o^ birth 
jniber of years o 
es I den CO 



date 



OccupaTTofT 
ritel Status ^ 



d^cc 
^-^Y--™™ ■Occupation' 



(HII.UIUN of (. and D (or (.-I. U-l)-your mother's nomo should oppc.ir hclow 

ii.it.- 5 October 1919 



" "■" Mario n Eli zabe th BABCO CK 
CI,,, ,,ri,rTii, Beloit, Rock, Wis. 

Muiiili' t mI ycir-. of ',( lioo I I rH| 



''■ ■ ' 'I'"' ' Died 20 October 1925 

N.M.il.rt r.l <hll(lrcn — — 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



" Robert Claude BABCOCK 

I' I'"- '.nrr7(T; 'Beloit, RocR, Wis. 



Nutrilxr '.( y.ii ', of school I nq 13 r 
"'"• ' '''■"<-t-- Rockford. Winn.. Illinois 

Number of ch I Idren 5 



del 1 19 May 1921 



" Occupation Insurance 
Marital Status M - Jean Eoiles 



'■T'"-- Florence Marie BABCOCK 
I J CO of birth Beloit. Rock, Wis. 
ijinb*: r of yc^r'i of scnool ing TT 



yc^rs or scnool i ng 
Hcs i tiencc Roscoe, Winn., Illinois 
Number r)f ch i I dren 5 



date 18 April 1923 

Oc cup at ion Housewite/Secret'a ry 
Marital Status M - Leo Fopanz 



Norm' Elizabet h Mary BABCOCK 



,p|.u.- of birth Beloit. Rock. \vTs7' 
JNutfibct of yeorb of schooling 12" 



"•'■• ' 'Jenrr Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin 
Number of f.h i I dren 3 



1anK> Richard Joseph BABCOCK 



^ I ;k.>; of 1)1 rth Beloit, Rock. Wisconsin 

I'lumbf'i of yors of school inq 12 



10 



'<«•' ' ''cnce Poplar Grove. Boone. Illinois 
Juiiib«-r of ch i Idren 

ll-irm- 

'I. ICC of birth 



lumber nf years of 5chool I ng 

Residence 

iiluml)er of ch i Tdren 



jl anic^ 

lace of birth 

limber of ycirs ot school Ing 
C) i dcnce 



umber of chi Idren 

lame 
ace of birth 



umber of years of school Ing 
esidence 



umber of chi Idren 



date 31 March 1927 



-TT— T— -1— Q^^^P^tion Secretary 
Marital Status M. - Robert Partridge' 



date 13 April 1928 
Occupation Farmer/Laborer 
Marital Status M - Loraine Fink 



date 



Occupa t I Ort 
Marital Status 



date 



Occupat ion 
Marital Status 



date 



Occupatloh 
Harl tal Status 



lace of b I rth 

Jmber of years of school Ing 

^sldence 

imber of chl Idren 



'ime 

ace of birth 

mber of years of school Ing 
sidence 



!""''«'- of chi Idren 



date 



_^__^__^ OccupatlOrt 
Marital Status 



date_ 

Occupat ion 
Harl tal Status 



our Father ■ 

Z ..}-:i'?!V?J'.'^ r ~~ ^""-' «».d,nc. R oscoe. Winn.. Ulinoi. 

llZ.fo.Tl k.rTil-J^r'- ""''-^ '"' "^ Mr,. 22 ApHl 1920 

grade school 8 hloh srhnni 4 

"'5" school 4^^ vocational college 

;cupation(s) _. ,„, „ 

f^lACf OF RESIDENCE 

•f FflT-TTiPt- n .. in (A 1 n-7 I . (sftcr 'eavinq horns) 

•' t^^^mei Dates 1946-1974 l«tJLedges^R oscoe Dates 1946j:5J_ 

"^ »- P^tes ^-"^._TJ^.^^"Z ^^^"""'> Roscoe o^tes 1951-72 

■^ P^tes ™.^. 3rd__Roscoe^ Illinois Dates 1972-74 



^ Dates '*th n 

"g'on Roman Catholic '^ ^*" — ™— '^"'. 



Iltlcal parties, civil or social clubs, f raterni fcies , etc. 

ace of marriage to your riK)tKera/TlTmfra"sT"at]lbTi'c"Chljf^ 1 Mav 'l ^J TT 

^^'' of this'"I'e'""rE-2?' ' sti^7rtTI7TrS;;rtK^r7"^T;urvriT7r-^^^^ da't a on the back 



of this page. (E-2) 
ur Irtother 



Z A ^!°^-^"7 Marie BABCOCK____ Cu.-r.nt R.aldance Roscoe, Winnebago. Illi nois 
dead, date of daaUT ^ • g . ' . 'V' l V . h:' !. ? 

'" ?^ ^'"^^Beloit. Rock, Wismnsin Date of birth 18 ADril 1923 

ucatlon (number of years] — ' — "^ — — — — ■^ ^ ' ^7^o , 



^''* ^^^°°^ 8 high school_ ^J vocational ..,_^o"eqe 

^"^"P^^'""^") ^ PLACS Or RESIDENCE 

(efter leaving home) 
^ Secretar,^ Dates 1936-1947 lst_Ledges^__Rosco e. 111. Dates 1946-.SI 

^ - Dates ^''"^_Iil^y_F>_^""'» Roscoe, U. Dates 1951-72 

^— — Da te? 3 rd Roscoe. Winn. Ill._ Da tes 1972 -74 

|l I g I on Roman Cat holic 

'Iltlcal party, civil or s'oclal clubs, sororities, etc 



|ce of marriage to your fatHc'TStT^'Tfiomas, Beloit^j^ Wisconsin" """7 cau rMa yT946 ' 
t: If you were raised by a sFcpniotFer oronotMer -ilaU v'c gf v* 'tliaF datri^tT^c back of 

this nAn«» (F-7^ 



this page {F-2). 



HILDREN of E and F (or E-2. F-7) - w^nr ^, . .. - o 

\ u ^, : ,.f your name should spp^iar below 

ame Thomas Edward_roPANZ_ 



lime B arbara Ann POPA NZ 

I ace of birth Beioi7;7R5ck;3wr^7n;T^,7 

imber of years of schooTTTTg |3 

•■■■= i derRe lling Meadows. I llino]^ 
limber of children 1 " 



- — . '-■■"f« of" birfh 1 5 August 1948 

^ "^- --^^'P'^i ?-^'^_ Secr etary/Housewife 
Harltal ^(..tus M_ j-_Dwigfit Burkart ^ 



ime fean Marie POPANZ 

a ce of birth Beloit, TTo ck. MsconsTii 



. ( r- — -ri~-^--.' — 'J-iJ^i^Y-i^ '^-^" Date of birth 29 Aori] I9S? 

mber of years of ScliooDnq [^ ^ — -p^-iiiiii_iZ2£_ 



me Lawrence Dale PO PA NZ 

lie Jule Elizabeth POPA NZ _ 

*:."r"::^r5^^Tlff^^^^^^^#SSZ:ZZ-"-, ., ^ 2_tsecember_1955. 

:,idence Roscoe. Winn. llimS- K,-| ar i.T:, f„, ""3:;' '';r-Smdem 

nber of chTTdren T) ' "" ii':ii&iS___ — . 



3ce of bi rth 

nber of years of scliool TricT " 

iidence 

nber of ch I Idren 



^_^ 'liatP of hfrfh 

_ Occijpal I ori 

KarTtoTTlTlus 



ice of bi rth ' " 

iber of years of schooling ' "" 

idence — 

iber of chi Idren '" 



"lilr.e of birth 



Occupat Tori 



FTarlt^! Status 



ce of bt rth 

iber of years of sch"ooT'Ing' 
idence 
iber of chi Idren 



^_ D;^<f» of b^'rf.h 

Occupation 

TiarVtel Status 



ASSiliNMLNT OF LlTLRA'n RIGHTS (If you and your fdiiiHy ^ro wiilintj) 

I lu.-rcliy donate this faii'ily fii'-.tory, dlono vn'tli nil litnrdry dnd adim ri i ', t r.i l.i vc 
iMjhls, to the Wocl V'^, iley Col kg^ f rinilly 'll Morv Co 1 l--r Lion , depo'. i ted in the 
Hockford Public Libiary, Rockford, Illinois 

Signed _JaLcZ,IolJ^ 

Rate _^.ic.5^^^k.^^^^ ;.^2v^. 



PfUiGRI^f: CHART 



Thomas 
Edward 
PQPANZ 

:rn 22 Feb. 1947 
rrUd 12 Oct. 1968 
ed 



,-— L£9.i2£l£iPPANZ 

3 20 April 1920 
!■' 1 May 1946 



Marie 
Florence BA BCOCK 

B 18 May 1923 
D 



^_JEJlmer POPANZ 
Grandfa titer 

?> 26 April 1882 
i-i 27 October 1906 
f^ 31 January 1962 



: - ^Mabelie JvIEXER_ 

Grandmother ~" 

B 2 January 1887 
28 October 1969 



-™-£lmd£.BA5C0CK 
Grandfather 

B 9 August 1892 
'■'< 9 January 1918 
^ 11 July 1966 



Ferdinand 
Friederich POPANZ 
Great Grandfatf'ar" " 

n 13 Dec. 1842 
M 3 April 1873 
^ 19 May 1924 

Dorthea 
_Marie FISHER 

Circa u i^y.jnfiriiOu .c 

C 2 February 1885 
f 24 December 1926 
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n 

f^ 1934 

Catherine ' 

^Eli£abeth KELLER 

D 1949 

Stewart 
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Cora ISHAM 



,-il£'?£y.M£CABE 
!'(' 13 March 1857 
Mary Frances McCABj^ ^ February 1888 
Grai^di^^ther" ■"""""* ^^ November 191 



D 3 December 1893 
D 6 May 1972 



L, 



17 November 1950 
Julia FARMER 



Ferdinand Friederlch POPANZ 

Ferdinand Popanz was born December 13, 1842 of Johann Popanz and 
Wilhelmine Gloege in Krengow, Germany. He and his brother August 
came to America at the time of the Chicago fire, where he met 
Dorthea Marie Fisher. 

Dorthea Marie Fisher 



Dorthea Marie Fisher was born February 2, 1885 in Colongne, Germany. 
She came over from Germany with her brother also at the time of the 
Chicago fire. It was at that time she met Ferdinand Popanz. 

Tlie Marriage of Ferdinand and Dorthea Marie Fisher POPANZ 

Ferdinand and Dorthea were married on April 3, 1873 and they made 
their home in Albany, Wisconsin, just off Tin Can Road. They were 
farmers dealing in grain and dairy farming. Several of their sons 
went into tobacco farming. 

Ferdinand died on May 19, 1924. Dorthea moved in with her son Qiarles 
and then with Elmer and Mabelle Popanz until she died on December 24, 
1926. 

Their children: 

Herman, Will, Ida, Tillie, Frank, Elmer, Otto, Martha, Charlie, 
and one died in childbirth. 



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The Marriage of John Meier and Catherine Elizabeth Keller 

Both John Meier and Catherine Keller came from Pennsylvania and 
were married at the Stateline Qiurch north of Durand, Illinois. 

They had four children: Mabelle, Albert who died in infancy, Frances, 
and Ethel who died shortly after her marriage in 1926. 

John and Catherine moved to Beloit after their children were raised. 
He worked at Fairbanks Morse Company and also at Lipman's. 

After John's death in 1934, Catherine moved into an apartment with 
other ladies. Later she broke her hip and moved in with Elmer and 
Mabelle Popanz. She died on their farm in 1949. 

The Marriage of Elmer Popanz and Mabelle Meier 

Elmer and Mabelle were married on October 27, 1906. Elmer worked 
at Fairbanks Morse Company until he bought a farm on CoUey Road 
in Beloit, Wisconsin and he also ran a milk route. On February 21, 1927, 
he rented a farm from Charles Krause and lived there for twenty -one 
years. Then, they moved to the Paul Harnish farm, then to the Fairchild 
farm and then rented the Gordon Hassler farm where they both died - 
Elmer on January 31, 1962 and Mabelle in October of 1969. 

Their children included Milton , Albert, Doris, Lilas, Leo, Lester, 
and Ethel. 



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James McCABE 

James McCabe was born in 1828 in County Armagh of Ireland. He left 
Ireland in a year of very poor crops and came to New York. He met 
Bridget Cummisky in New Jersey and they were married on July 3, 1854. 
They came to Sterling, Illinois, by train and walked from Sterling to - 
Roscoe, Illinois, stopping wherever he could get a days work. They 
carried their trunk between them. They arrived in Roscoe in June of 
1855 where he found work in a flour mill. The rest of his life was spent 
near Roscoe. ' 

They settled on the banks of the Kinnickinick Creek. At the time of the 
great flood, which visited Roscoe June 3, 1857 (the time when the Ulsey 
family of mother and nine children were swept away and the father was 
rescued from a tree where he had lodged), the McCabe family, living on 
the banks of the creek, were driven to the second story of their home 
which was occupied by another family. All articles of their household 
possessions were swept away except a table and chui-n which had lodged 
across the window. They were rescued by means of a boat from the 
almost submerged house. Fortunately, they had a new home just com- 
pleted to go into and were thankful to have a roof over their heads so long 
as their lives had been spared. The only things recovered were the family 
Bible and a once white crepe shawl - her wedding shawl. These were 
found drifted almost to Rockford, but since they were the only Catholic 
family along the creek, they eventually got back to the owners. The 
shawl was restored to its original whiteness and preserved by the daughters, 
granddaughters, and now by great-granddaughters. 



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James was naturalized a citizen of the United States on September 27, 
1860, at Rockford, Illinois. They moved to the farm when Henry McCabe 
was about ten years old. He used to show his children the place on the 
wall of the summer kitchen behind the door where the wainscotting was 
not grooved. He said his father had put he and James McCabe to work there 
and later discovered that they had nailed on three or four boards without 
grooves. 



They had four children; 
James 
Henry 
Mary 
Elizabeth 



17 September 1855 
13 March 1857 
3 July 1859 
23 May 1861 



16 November 1951 

17 November 1950 

18 December 1951 
27 December 1957 



James McCabe died at the age of 96, the funeral being held at St. Peter's 
Catholic Qiurch in South Beloit. He was survived by four children. 



Bridget CLTMMISKY 

Bridget Cummisky was born at Ballybay County Monaghan, Ireland on 
February 28, 1829. When a young girl, she decided to join her sister 
living in Newark, New Jersey and accordingly left her parents and crossed 
the great deep to make America her home. She became acquainted with 
James McCabe in that city and on July 3, 1845, they were married. They 
came to Roscoe in June of 1855. 



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Bridget McCabe was decidedly a home body, seldom going anywhere 
except to church (she was a devout and conscientious member of the 
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church) and to visit her son and his 
family - Henry and Julia Farmer McCabe and children, but she had 
many warm friends and neighbors who sought her in her home where 
they were cordially welcomed. She was always an active woman until 
the last two years of her life when she was attacked with neuralgia. 
Three weeks before her death (Saturday, January 25, 1906), she contacted 
pneumonia. Through her illness, she manifested the greatest patience 
and good cheer, welcoming the dire guest who would release her from 
periods of weakness and helplessness. She left behind her long life 
partner and companion, who in his advanced years is greatly bereaved; 
two sons, James Jr. who lived at home, and Henry who lived east of 
Beloit with his family, and two daughters, Mary, who had been the house- 
keeper, and Lizzie, who was engaged most of the time in Beloit. Tlie 
funeral was held at St. Tliomas Catholic Church and burial was in the 
Catholic cemetery at Beloit. 

An article from the Rockford Morning Star: 

Roscoe, 111., January 25 - Mrs. James McCabe passed away at her 
home at 4:00 this afternoon after an illness extending over two years 
and attributed to advanced years. The deceased was over 78 years 
old, sixty years of which were spent on the same farm where her 
spirits passed on late this afternoon. Mrs. McCabe was a woman 
held in high regard by her friends and acquaintances and her closing 
days were brightened as much as possible by them. 



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Page Six 



Brothers and sisters of Bridget Cummisky: 

Elizabeth Cummisky McCann Massachusetts 

John Cummisky Pennsylvania 

Mary Cummisky Rielly New Jersey 

Anne Cummisky Duffy Ireland 

Cousins of Bridget Cummisky McCabe's Family: 

Catherine Duffy Connolly Ireland 

William Cummisky Philadelphia 

Mary E. McCann Massachusetts 



Henry McCABE 



Henry McCabe, son of James and Bridget Cummisky McCabe, was born 
on March 13, 1857, at Roscoe, Illinois, on the farm his parents owned 
along the Kinnickinick Creek. As a boy he graduated from the Roscoe 
Grade School at the age of 18. Aunt Nellie (Ellen McCabe Byrne) says 
from tales he told of his school days, he was no angel. However, he was 
a shark in arithmetic. After graduation he began working out on neighboring 
farms at $.75 to $1.00 a day. 

On February 8, 1888, he was married to Julia Farmer of Marengo. 

Marengo Newspaper article: 

Mr. Henry McCabe of Roscoe and Miss Julia Farmer of Marengo 
were married in St, Patrick's Church in this village on Wednesday, 
February 8, 1888, by Reverend Father Carr, assistant pastor of 
the church. Tlie bride is the second daughter of John and Ellen 
Redman Farmer of our town and a most excellent young lady. The 
groom is a prosperous young farmer living near Roscoe. There 
were numerous bridal gifts elegant and useful. The many friends of 
the newly wed couple wish them much joy and happiness. -1888 

Roscoe Notes: 

Mr. Henry McCabe has taken unto himself a "Farmer" helpmate 
and will Operate the Buchanan place the coming year. 



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Page Seven 

They made their home on the Buchanan farm between Beloit and Roscoe 
for two years and then moved to the Bacon farm where they lived six 
years. In 1897, they purchased the William Jack farm in Turtle 
Township on the State Line Road. This farm is still operated by his • 
son, Martin. 

Henry was a great lover of horses and was well known for his fine colts 
and work horses. It was as a result of being kicked by one of his horses 
that he lost his right eye. But even that didn't dim his love for horses. 
He was also known for his ability to husk corn - husking as much as 
two others in a single day. 

His children included: 

Ellen Elizabeth (Nellie) 21 December 1888 

James Farmer 17 November 1891 28 April 1934 

Mary Frances 3 December 1893 6 May 1972 

Henry Joseph 19 March 1895 6 August 1895 

Martin Ambrose 4 December 1897 

Marguerite Alice 28 September 1900 

On February 8, 1938, they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with 
open house at their home on West Grand Avenue in Beloit, Wisconsin. 
Both of their attendants were present for the occasion - they being Miss 
Elizabeth McCabe and Michael Farmer. Mrs. McCabe was seen wearing 
her wedding dress. Their daughter. Marguerite, wrote an appropriate 
peom for the occasion at which many guests honored them. 



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Page Eight 

Beloit Daily News - 1950: 

Henry McCabe, 1310 Forest Avenue, 93 year old retired farmer who 
has made this city his home since 1920, died at 5:50 p.m., November 
17, 1950, at the Beloit hospital. A member of a long lived family, 
his father lived to be 97 and his brother James survives him at 94. 
Henry was able to do his own garden work until quite recently. He 
and his wife, Julia Farmer, observed their 62nd wedding anniversary 
this year. Surviving are his wife, son, Martin; three daughters, 
Mrs. J. F. Byrne, Mrs. Claude Babcock, and Mrs. Carl Weller, 
two sisters, Mary and Elizabeth McCabe, a brother, James of 
Florida, twenty grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. 

Claude BABCOCK 



Claude Babcock was born August 9, 1892 of Charles Stewart Babcock 
and Cora Isham. He attended grade school until around the sixth grade. 
It was for this reason that he insisted his children all complete their 
high school education. 

Claude had six brothers - Clifford Albert, John Kimball, Stanley, 
Earl Stewart, Howard Parks, and Robert Merroll. 

Mary Frances McCABE 

Mary Frances, daughter of Julia Farmer and Henry McCabe, was born 
December 3, 1893 at 6:30 a.m., at Roscoe, Illinois. She graduated from 
Rock County Normal School in Janesville, Wisconsin, and was a school- 
teacher before her marriage. . 



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Page Nine 



The Marriage of Claude Edwin BABCOCK and Mary Frances McCABE 

Claude and Frances were married on January 9, 1918 at St. Thomas 
Catholic Church in Beloit by Reverend Father J. Ryan. Claude is the 
son of Charles Stewart and Cora Isham Babcock. Tliey were attended 
at their wedding by Alice Carroll and her brother, Martin. 

Their children: 

Marion Elizabeth ' 5 October 1919 20 October 1925 

Robert Claude 19 May 1921 

Florence Marie 18 April 1923 

Elizabeth Mary 31 March 1927 

Richard Joseph 13 April 1928 

Claude and Frances were farmers having farmed near Beloit most of 
the time even though they sometimes were across the state line into 
Illinois a bit. They were also on the McCabe farm in Turtle Township 
for a while. Claude died on July 11, 1966 and Frances on May 6, 1972. 

Florence Marie BABCOCK 



Florence Marie Babcock was born April 18, 1923, the daughter of 
Claude Edwin and Mary Frances McCabe Babcock. Slie was born on the 
Afton Road in Beloit Township of Rock County Wisconsin. 

Florence graduated from Zilley School (her mother had gone here as a 
girl) eighth grade in 1937 and from Beloit High School in 1971. After 



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Page Ten 



graduating from higl"| school, she was employed as a bookkeeper at 
Babcock Trucking Company from 1941 to 1942. From 1942 to 1946, 
she worked in the office at Fairbanks Morse Company in Beloit. 

The Marriage of Leo Dale POPANZ and Florence Marie BABCOCK 

Leo Popanz and F^lorence Babcock were married May 1, 1946. Tliey 
went to their rehersal the night before and Leo returned to his home 
and decided to adjust the generator on their car before they left on the 
honeymoon. He caught and lost two fingers in the fan belt. Leo and 
Florence left the hospital at 2:30 a.m. and were married at St. Thomas 
Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. They were chivareed on June 11 and left 
on their honeymoon on June 12. 

Leo hauled milk for his brothers and also ran a road grader for Roscoe 
Township at $1.00 per hour. Florence worked at Fairbanks Morse 
Company at $. 68 an hour. They moved into a farmhouse and farmed for 
Ed Green (the land is now known as the Ledges in Roscoe, Illinois). In 
November of 1951, they bought the Tiffany farm which they sold in 1972 
and built a new home on the east end of that farm. 

Tlieir children: 

Thomas Edward 22 February 1947 

Barbara Ann 15 August 1948 

Jean Marie 29 April 1952 

Lawrence Dale 18 January 1954 

Tule Elizabeth 24 December 1955 



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Page Eleven 



Thomas Edward POPANZ 

Thomas Edward Popanz was born February 22, 1947 of Florence Babcock 
and Leo Popanz at the Beloit Hospital in Beloit, Wisconsin. He attended 
eight years of grade school at Manchester Grade School and four years 
at North Boone High School. He also attended Rock Valley College for 
one and one -half years. 

Diane Marie SWORD 



Diane Marie Sword was born January 15, 1949 in Rochelle, Illinois to 
Ruth Schnorr and Eugene Sword. She attended Steward and Prairie Hill 
Grade Schools and Hononegah High School. She also attended Eastern 
Illinois University. 

Tlie Marriage of Thomas Edward Popanz and Diane Marie Sword 

On October 12, 1968, Thomas and Diane were married at St. Peter's 
Catholic Church in South Beloit, Illinois. About 350 people attended the 
ceremony. Tom went into farming with his father and Diane worked as 
a secretary at Warner Electric Brake & Clutch Company in South Beloit, 
Illinois. They took up residence in an old farm house off Rockton Road 
in Boone County, Illinois. It was in this house that their marriage began. 
The one-half mile land leading to that home was literally "over the river 
and through the woods". Tliey walked that lane many times in the winters 
when the snow made it impossible to travel by car. On Good Friday 
in April of 1972, the big flood came and washed all the bridges away in 
the area. It was that Saturday morning they woke up to find the creek 



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Page Twelve 



had risen and they were stranded on an island. That afternoon, rescue 
operations began by Lawrence Popanz and they crossed the mighty creek 
in a canoe and did not retui"n for three weeks. 

In that same year, 1972, they found that after three years of losses on 
the farm, it was no longer profitable to continue in that profession and 
Tom found work at Lakeside Fusee in South Beloit. 



Barbara Ann POPANZ 



Barbara Ann was married to Dwight James Burkart on September 6, 1969 
at St. Peter's Catholic Church in South Beloit, Illinois. She has worked 
at Warwick Corporation, Universal Oil Company. Dwight has worked 
at Warwick, Victor, and now at Carlson Electronics as an Electrical 
Engineer. They have one child - Lisa Renee born August 25, 1972. 

Jean Marie POPANZ 

Jean Marie was married to Steven Lynn Fransen on May 18, 1974. Jean 
has worked as a secretary for Rockford Map for two years and Steve is 
continuing his education to become a business teacher. He is also working 
as an instructor at the Hall Adult Education Center. 

Lawrence Dale POPANZ 



Lawrence Dale is working as a draftsman at Ribordy Design in South 
Beloit, Illinois. He is currently attending Rock Valley College as 



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Page Thirteen 



a mechanical technology major. 

Jule Elizabeth POPANZ 

Jule Elizabeth is presently a freshman at Northern Illinois University 
in Dekalb, Illinois. She is getting her education in special education 
for emotionally and socially maladjusted children. 



GLOEGE - POPANZ 
GENEALOGY 



The history of the Gloege family goes back into the fourteenth century - 
to be exact, to the year 1375 when the name seems to have been recorded 
so that it has been handed down to the present time. I believe the infor- 
mation I have to be authentic as I have obtained it from several independent 
sources. This does not say, however, that it does not go back still further, 
but in the year 1375, it appears recorded for the first time. The family 
of Gloege originated in Uckermark, and at present, indefinitely described 
territory which included the city of Berlin and the territory immediately 
surrounding it, but most of which lay to the northeast of Berlin. From 
here, branches of the family migrated to Mecklenburg and Pommerania, 
two provinces of Prussia, a state in the German Empire, or more recently, 
the German Republic. The name in early times was also written Gluege 
and Gloede besides Gloege, which seems to be a more recent spelling of 
the name. The family is descended from the nobility of Germany and 
those members who were of the nobility and possessed titles always 
seem to have added an "n" to their names, as Gloegen, Gloeden, and 
Gluegen. I know of several Gloedens, among whom is a noted photographer 
residing on the island of Sicily whose name is Count William von Gloeden - 
or as it would be given in German, Graf Wilhelm von Gloeden. I last 
knew of him in the city of Taormina and only a few days ago I wrote 
there, making inquiry about him. Tlie family name authentically appears 
as stated, as early as 1375. In the Codex Diplomaticus which are the old 
manuscript law books, of Brandenbourg, a German state adjoining Prussia, 
the names of two noblemen appear in Vol. XIII, page 375 and they are those 



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of Heinrich von Gluegen Senior and Junior. This is in the year 1438. 
I have been unable to find a copy of these books in any library in this 
country, but was able to obtain two volumes from the Library of Congress 
in Washington which had been issued later. Tliat is, they were copies 
published in the early part of the eighteenth century of other volumes of 
the same Codex Diplomaticus. The contents of these volumes were 
copies of manuscripts dating back as early as the ninth and tenth centuries 
and were very interesting from the standpoint of the study and development 
of language. 

The death of another nobleman, Anton von Gloeden is recorded as having 
been in 1578. Wealthy branches of the family lived in Neverin and 
Roggenhagen, Mecklenbui^g in 1564, 1592, and yet in 1607 (compare this 
date with the founding of Jamestown colony). A wealthy family was 
established at Flemsburg by Angermuende (between Berlin and Stettin) 
in 1632 and other families settled in Rendin and Tensin (now Demmin) 
located in the west of Pommerania south of the city of Stralsund in 1714 
and at Krevkow in 1736. Mathias Gloege lived in Pitzerwitz the end of 
the 17th century. Pitzerwitz is a village about five miles south of the city 
of Phritz, which is the Kreis-stadt or seat of the Kreis (or county) of 
Phritz, and it is this Kreis in which our immediate ancestors lived. 
Mathias Gloege is the first Gloege to appear in this immediate vicinity, 
it is possible that he may be one of our forefathers or a near relative 
of such. I have not had the records searched yet (I intend to sometime 
in the future) but from such information as has been handed down to me, 
my great -great -great grandfather Gloege whose given name I do not know 



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lived in the Kreis of Pyritz and it seems in the village of Schoenwerder, 
(where my father was born) and he was probably born in the early 18th 
century. This ancestor of oui-s among his family had at least two sons, 
the one from whom we are descended, Michael Gloege I, and another 
whose given name I do not know, but whose descendants are again 
connected with those of Michael Gloege through the inter -marriage of 
the granddaughter of Michael with the grandson of Michael's brother, 
referred to. Tliis couple are Louisa Gloege (my grandfather's sister) 
and Gottlieb Gloege, her second cousin, a relationship which they did 
not know existed until they were old people, having always believed 
themselves to be not related. Many of the descendants of Michael's 
brother now live in the state of Minnesota, and though they came from 
Germany about the time of the Civil War as very poor people, they have 
become wealthy. Our own ancestor Michael Gloege was born about 1750, 
and very likely in Schoenwerder, the village already referred to. I do 
not know the date of his death nor the place but that the family was of the 
middle class is evidenced by the fact that he was the owner of a property 
with the ancestral home in the center of the village, opposite the village 
church and the castle of the Lord von Benin. Unfortunately, Michael 
and all the other landowners of Schoenwerder and Schoeneberg, another 
village in which a brother of Benin lived (with a single exception) lost their 
lands through the Bonins. Here I must digress a little from my story but 
will lead back into it again. 

Frederick William III of Prussia (1770-1840) who was king of Prussia 

at this time had many difficulties with and during his reign Prussia suffered 



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much at the hands of Napoleon. In 1812, he was compelled to flee from 
Berlin where he was and as there were no railroads then, he requested 
the nobility to carry him from Berlin to Koenigsberg, the seat of the 
Hohenzollerns, the rulers of Brandenbourg, who afterward became the 
rulers of all Prussia (and still later of the German Empire). This the 
noblemen refused to do and Frederick William III asked the "Bauern" or 
the farmers or landowners other than the nobility to do it promising them 
if they would do so he would free them from payment of the very heavy 
duties and taxes required of them. To this, they agreed and transported 
the king to Koenigsberg. But the Bonins had a brother in Berlin who was 
in close touch with the king, who learned of this. He immediately got 
word to his brothers at Schoenwerder and Schoeneberg to press the 
landowners and impose such heavy duties and taxes upon them that they 
could not pay them, which was done. Hereon, the landowners agreed that 
in effect, they would rather be poor and free than rich and slaves and the 
lords von Bonin promptly relieved them of their burdensome duties and, of 
course, the lands they possessed. Among these landowners was Michael 
Gloege. An thus, the family became poor. During the escape of Frederick 
William III from Berlin to Koenigsberg, being driven by Napoleon's army, 
part of the army passed through the village of Schoenwerder, and though I 
cannot vouch for it, it is said that Napoleon himself was with these troups, 
on his way to Poland and Russia. History would have to be consulted 
for proof of this, however. It was during the time that these troops 
marched through Schoenwerder that my grandfather, Frederick Gloege, 



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lay in his cradle as a tiny babe. He was born November 5, 1812. Michael 
Gloege was twice married and by his first wife had an only child, 
Frederick Gloege I, my grandfather, who was born 1773 in Schoenwerder 
(compare this date with the Declaration of Independence of the U.S.) and 
died there 1849. Frederick Gloege I was married to Maria Lambrecht 
(1773-1833), a daughter of Peter Lambrecht (1738-1822) who served under 
Frederick II, (1712-1786) or better known as Frederick the Great, during 
the Seven Year's War. Frederick Gloege I had four daughters and one 
son, Frederick Gloege II, my grandfather who in turn also had four 
daughters and one son, Herman L. Gloege, my father, still living here 
at the age of 85. Frederick Gloege II was born in 1812 in Schoenwerder 
and died in the U. S. 1902 at the age of 90. My father was also born in 
Schoenwerder in 1840. Going back again to Michael Gloege - by the second 
wife, there was one daughter and two sons, Joachim Gloege and Michael 
Gloege II both of whom lived at Schoeneberg (bie Stargard) and held the 
position of "Aufseher" or overseer. Joachim was "Oberaufseher" of the 
estate of Lor von Bonin, the "Oberpresident" of the Province of Pommerania. 
He left no descendants. Michael Gloege II was "Aufsher" under his brother 
Joachim; assistant overseer one might say. At Schoeneberg there is a 
large castle and castle grounds are beautiful ( I have seen pictures of 
them) and cover many acres. He was born probably between 1789 and 1792 
very likely at Schoenwerder, and died soon after 1862 at Schoeneberg, and 
had two sons, Gottlieb Gloege and Frederick Gloege. Gottlieb died un- 
married. Frederick went to Stettin where descendants are said to be still 
living, though I have not been able to get trace of any of them. There were 



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also two daughters of Michael Gloege II, Karoline Wolfgramm who has 
descendants in Stargard and in Noerenberg, Kreis Saatzig, an adjoining 
kreis to Kr. Pyritz, and Wilhelmine Gloege, your great grandmother 
who married Johann Popanz of Kremzow (a neighboring village of 
Schoeneberg) where on the rivarlhna are the ruins of a very large 
feudal castle, Schloss Kremzoq. (There is a legend about the destruction 
of this castle that would form an excellent background for a good story or 
play.) Your great grandmother was born 1817 in Schoeneberg and died 
in 1856 in Kremzow at the early age of 38. Your great grandfather was 
born October, 1814 in Kremzow and died near Albany, Wisconsin, February 
1910, at the age of 95. His marriage with your great -grandmother was 
his second one. I do not know the name of the first wife, but you will be 
able to get it from some of your folks. By the first wife, there was one 
daughter, Louise Popanz (1838-1921) who married William Krause, 
(1838-1907). Your great grandparents had four children; Johanna, who 
married Johann Kleinschmidt, Wilhelmine who married August Klein - 
Schmidt, the brother of Johann, August Popanz, and Ferdinand Friederich 
Popanz, known by his middle name who was born December 13, 1842, 
Kremzow and died May 19, 1924, near Albany, Wisconsin at the age of 81. 
He was married April 3, 1873, to Dorothea Maria Fischer and to them 
were born ten children, the seventh of which is Elmer Popanz, your father. 
A description of your great grandfather, given me by one who knew him 
intimately is as follows: He was of medium height and build, with dark 
hair and eyes. He was of more than ordinary intelligence, exceptionally 
full of life, witty and clever. He was well liked and highly respected by 
all the villagers and those who knew him. This is also as near a 



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description as I have been able to get of his brother Joachim, and I think 
describes their half-brother, my great grandfather Frederick Gloege II. 
It exactly describes my grandfather Frederick Gloege II, and I have often 
said that your Grandfather Popanz resembled my grandfather very closely, 
more closely than did his own son, my father who resembled the other 
side of the house. To the description as given about, I might add that 
the Gloeges were musically inclined, and though none became known as 
musicians, all were possessed of good voices. It seems that all who tried 
at all to make something of themselves were able to do so. Another thing 
worthy of notice is the fact that the family, generally speaking, has been 
of good health, strong and "wiry" and no doubt because of this has reached 
old age. In a direct line my own ancestors, the Gloeges have reached an 
age that will average well over 85. Yours would be considerably less, 
however. Another thing worthy of note is that so far as I know, there 
has never been an idiot or a crippled or deformed person, nor has any 
one of the family ever been classed as a criminal or outlaw, thought there 
has been some transgressions of the laws of society of the land. Neither, 
so far as I know, has there every been a case of insanity. I make these 
statements not so much in self-praise of our family, but because one hears 
only the other side usually, and yet one should be proud, if such a thing 
is possible, of one's ancestors and relatives. The families of the nobility 
in early times all were granted coats -of -arms, as emblems of their 
respective families. That of the Gloege family bears out the history 
as I gave it at the beginning. The shield shows a division of the family 
and a subsequent subdivision of one of the branches. History tells us that 



there were three divisions. Whether those with the three variations of 
the spelling of the name constituted these three branches I am unable to 
say, but I am more inclined to think that branches of the family settled 
in three separate clans in as many different places. Regardless, I have 
had the records traced by three different authorities and all have given 
the same information with only slight variations, so am satisfied it is 
authentic. Our chief authorities for the coat-of-arms are "Die 
Wappen-Symbolik" and "Helmer's Wappenbuch" or Book of Heraldry, 
published in 1701. , 

I am sorry I cannot give you more on the ancestral lines through which 
you are descended, but as this is the only one which we possess in common, 
it is the only one I can give you. I hope that all I have written you will be 
of use to you, though you may have to cull out much of it for your history. 

Your cousin, 
Emil H. Gloege 

(TTiis letter was written to Doris Popanz around the year 1936.) 




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'IJASE USE INK; PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 

r Contributor to the Kock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studvinq 
pncan families, we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only a 
c m.ntues, and will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
IJBSS to just those kinds of family histories needed. 



Vour name X ^^:^^ A Sk .\X^ 
Date of formO _^ y 



Kock Vailev (.0 liege 



A 


OFFICE USE CODE 
(ID # ) 




(ID // ) 



2. Your col lege: Kock Vaflev (.ol lecje 
FoclcTo nf, iTn uovt' 

* * * A * Vc )'; )V iV )'c )V >V )V A ,V i\ A iV A A ;V A A A A A ft 't 

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

^Before 1750 -J 1750-1800 I8OO-I850 

1850-1900 1900 or later 

k. Please check a_n regions of the United States in which members of your family whom you 
have discussed in your paper have lived. 

.^^*^ England (Mass., Conn., R.j.) s/M lddle Atlantic (N.Y. , Penna. N.J Va ) 

South Atlantic (Ga. Fla., N.C., sTcT) ^.^East South Central(La. ,MJss. ,Ala. Jenn. K>, 
St Sou h Central Ark., N.M., Tex., OTTTT,/ East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind. 

iClflC (Ca - . Wfl«;hJ ^Hawaii A1=>o^,^ Til rtj_ s ' 



We 



^ P acific (Cal., WashJ (Hawaii, Alaska) 111. Wis.) 

y/ P lains (ND, SD, Neb. , Kan. , Iowa, MS) 

5. Please check aH occupat ional categories in which members of your family whom you have 
discussed in this paper have found themselves. 

_^Farming \/ ^'"'"9 / Shopkeeplnq or small business 

T ransportation ^Big Business ^Manufacturing 

s/ P rofessions Industrial labor y O ther 

6. Please check aU religious groups to which members of your family whom you have discussed 
In this paper Tiave belonged. 



Roman Catholic ^Jewish x/ Presby tpr ian ^Methodist 

.^^P^'2' x/ E piscopalian [/ C onqre?atTonal 
P-^^^^r ^Mormon Other Protestant 



Lutheran 
Other 



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

^Blacks Indians ^Mexicans ^Puerto Ricans 

^^'^^ _^Central Europeans ^ItalTaTTs" ^Slavs 

1'''^^, . \/ British / N ative Americans over several generations 

East Asian ,/ O ther 

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

^Interviews with other ^Family Bibles ^Family Genealogies 
fami ly members — 

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

^Photographs ^Maps Other 



^.•. / .A.. 



FAMILY DATA 



A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name WA ^ 9vf^jB^ Current Residence \ Avk^^ou^. .^V^i 

I f dead, date of death ' 

Place of birth C j&\Ajr?w>^%. VXS^ Date of Birth ^\Jo^^ t^ \-R'\-^ 

Education (number of years): 
grade school *^ high school H vocational col lege^V^^ 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

V (after leaving home) 

lst^S>..4c.jo.^^ \^,..\^\)^Dates V^W\.-i^ \<^n I st V^y^y...,,^ .N>J^i D ates )c^^^, .,-, 

2"d ^,Y^\ \x.^\^ Datesi\^^m-y.\'i2>2nd \\AAaI/L>.aI ^AlJUDateslc^t, .^j 

3'-d'vl,^XflJsVrY^,^Xiv^>,J^ Dates ;^2/ t... Jrd ( ^X^A^-r.]..^ o^^rA D ates /q,2 ) /^ 

■^* ^ jI-nA 1^ s,,X (^^x>.x^^ Dates \'^^'-A k* ^ Lo-AA>tv^ , ^ iX Dates \<=\^-c^ 

Religion S^^jAk^.^IN 

Political parties, cIvM or social clubs, fraternities, etc. ^CXyw^jt/tx^ i^ovKil,v>.^^■^ 

Placeoof MArrlagA to your grandmothe r ^,.,3tOu^A . Sdx J±1l1^1^ 

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

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name V^j^y^y^ C ^^.^..^X Current Residence ( AA..>^.^ ^\)a 

Place of birth U^.A^ , '^^.>^. e^. ^VXX Date of birth ^,v,^ yi ^qq^ 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st ^vO^ ^X^MvKwV .\>J^ Dates L .^.^ 1st \L^......-<:^ V . -^.aJk Dates 

2n d V,,JV^ . '^.'WJUo^lXX Dates \0 n\m^ 2nd '^A^oA>o^ ^ \XX D ates 

3r d <^A^ ,V\- ,^ >:^uOv ^^yXk Dates \S ^r^si. 3r d WV^Vt^>o^A>^ \W D ates 

^th '^^ij>,jv\. :\jbvA^^>s.\.v.^^6ov Dates ^ r^^ kth ^Dates 

Re U 9 1 on ^-V^po\Jc;&->cJtsL^::o..^^ 

t Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. \^ '\ , ^^.^ ^-^ . \:v ^<v^xv ^ ^x. 

Mace.ot ^rr,ag. to you^ gr.n.fa.her Au>.^W.V ■ ^^ . > DATg u^^. ^.„.^ 

• tf,al%ta'SfMHeti'i1''tl\H me'\A%' stepmother or another relative give 



A- 1 Slepgrandfather (your father's side) 

N,,i,^ Current Residence 

I f drnd. d.itc 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 2n d D ates 

3rd Dates 3rd D ates 

i»th Dates '♦th Dates 



Re I i gion 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother datt 

A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



Name ________«.«.«»«»»_ Current Residence^ 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth ^Date of birth 



Education (number of years): 
grade school high school vocational c ollege I 

Occupation(s) . ..U . ^.- j^.- PLACE OF RESIDENCE | 

(after leaving home) ' 
1st Dates 1st D a| 

2nd ^Dates 2nd Dat<j 

3rd ^Dates 3rd ^Dat^ 

Re 1 i g i on 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather ^Date 



■/ — '•*->•'/. 



randfather (your mother's side) 

ame "^WAjyTjOv^ >-^^^^ \jt<>^y^ Current Residence 

f dead, da^e of death W2>\o "^^ — — — — ^ 

'^" °^ ^['•^^'Ky-— 1^ ,\XV, Date of birth e^XA... \c,n U 

ducat ion (number of yeari): y w i >v ^ 

jrade school S high school vocational college 



:cupatlon(s) PL^cE OF RESIDENCE 

. n rv rs ^ (after leaving home) 

.t Vtv^py^j^iv^v^ C^q ,^^^ D ates 1st (^.^^."\,; Dates ^g . . 

'' '^'^^ 2nd K^Li.. WV D ates 



'<^ D ates 3 rd 

•^ _— _-_ ^Dates iith 



I igion 



_Dates 
Dates 



•litical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

ace of marriage to your grandmother — ^ita ' ' 

;te: If your mother was raised by a bHi[J f JL Ii e i u i a ii ume i I B l dllVK (to aq e ISV 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

andmother (your mother's side) 



;c:.t^i: l^!i1^/err^V >^^^ '•^^ °' birth ^U,^ X\^YS^. 

ir.de school ■jj high school H vocational ^ ^.^^ college 

?""'"<'"<'' PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

. / '^ V rk ^ « IV ^ (a^'*"" leaving home) 

^^^^^Xtn^V \m^ Dates\c\1^^-^^ 1st ^.^.U." 7^V D ates 

^ii>.X.X^\W^ - V^fvAA Dates ^q^ 1-1^ Ml 2 nd Dates 



.Dates ^3rd Dates 



il I g i on^ 

: w;:r"v.'v"' °^'°"°' ""^'- ""^"'"- "' •^^->~^^v>^'^. ^ ■...., a,, t 

ice of marriage to your grandfathe r — — — jg^^ 

•;e: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to age T5T 

■ give that data on the back of this page (D-2) 



C- I btepgrandf ather (your mother's side) 

N.J.ne QX>>h^ ^^^^>^J<XV \L.^^>^ii\-^^\ Current Residence_ 

I r d»-ad, dkt(' oF death 

I'Im.- ..I l< i ■ I h ^M^ v:^ a ,^^,.^ ^^.v^,^^ I'-'l*' "I l'''"> 

I (liK ,1 1 i 'in (iiiiiiihc r of y<'.i( ■, ) 



■ ir.iilf .(hool "J hiijh school vocotion.il ^Lolloiir 



Occ.ipallon(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

^ . o. (after leaving home) 

'St ^XJ^ U^-^'^^ Dates_^o^ji^__ 1st WvJuX^L )^^)XiL Dates 

^ "" - - . Dates 

Dates 
Dates 



2n() njv}.w^suov V f'>^vs_W':L<a\c/'\ Dates \'avAX 2nd 

^t ^ M ^lJ'^v^ v>^ CKkaw^^ D ates 3rd 

^*^ }kyj-sKj^j^ \X) VaJ IS. Dates '♦th 

Re I i g i on 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. u^ p.pu 



Place of marriage to your grandmother ""^s^, ^b^>f>f^ XNA")- 



"3at€ 



D-2 S tepqrandmothfr (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 



If dead, datr of death 

Place of birth 
Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 


Date of 
vocat ional 


birth__ 

PLACE 
(after 


col lege 

OF RESIDENCE 
leaving home) 




Occupat ion(s) 

I'.t Dates 


1st 


Date! 


2nd Dates 
3rd Dates 

Re 1 i g 1 on 


2nd 
3rd 

sororities, etc. 








Date;! 
_ Datej 

1 


Political party, cTvif or social clubs. 














Place of marriage to your grandfather 








Date 





cmtOREN of A t B (or A- 1 or B-1) - your father's name should appear below 



Name 
Place 
Numbe 
Residence 




^S^ 



Number of chl IdrerT ^ 



vV „\A Marital Status^.^^,^;;^ 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of chl Idlren 



Name 

Place of bl rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of cfii Jdren 



Name^ 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooUng 

Residence 

Number of chi idren 



Name^ 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res I den ce 

Number of chi Idren 



Name • 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i den ce 

Number of children 



><ame 

'lace of birth 

dumber of years of schooling 

Residence 

dumber of chl Idren 



lame 

'lace* of birth — 

lumber of years of schooling 
'esidence ^- 

lumber of Ull lUren — 



date \~-3.^,l^ 
Occupatlbh \^V:.,^^_ 



"3ate 



Marital Status 



Occupatidn 



Marital Status 



date 
Occupation 



Marital Status 



date 

Occupation 



date 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



7a te 

TJccupatibn 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



date 
Occupation 



date 

TJccupatiOn 



Marital Status 



date 



...^_^_^___ Occupation" 
Marital Status 



date 



Occupation 
narital Status 



CHILDREN i)( C and (or (.-1, [)-l)-your mothrr's rumo should appoor below 



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Miiiiib'^r ol yr-.ir'[ of schoo 1 i ruj 
N(iinl)rr o( cnilaren\ 7L 



N\ 



P I c»c^- of f.i rth l^^yv^^^^.. 
Number of years of schoolirK 



Number of years of school ing \'^ 
Number of en i 1 crren ■> 



Natnc 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school i ng 

Res i dencc 

Number of chi 1 dren 



Name 

P 1 .u.p of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i 1 dren 



Name 

P 1 ace of bi rth ~ 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 

Number of chi I dren 



Name 

P lace of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i Tdren 



ccupat I on \x f.^^J 



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Marital Status ^^t>\Ki^V. ^ 



da 

TTccup 



upatTon ^ 



"^'■'^31 Status <:^t,,^^^ 



date 
TTccupat ion 



Marital S t a t us 



dat( 



Occupation 

Marital Status 



Marital Status 



date 

TTccupat ion 



date 

Occupat I Ort 
Marital Status 



Name 

P 1 ace of b i rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 



Number of chi 1 dren 

Name 

P I ace of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number of ch I 1 dren 



3. 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



date 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



date 

Occupation 



Mari tal Status 



Name 


Place of bi rth 


Number of years oT school ing 


Res 1 dence 


Harita 


Number of chi Idren 



date 
Occupation 



date 



(Jccupat ion 



Mari tal Status 



^our Father 

If dead.^date of death ^ 

>lace of b i rth '^lA/.^v. ■. ^ ^ VV 

iducatlon (number of yearsj ' »^ ^ 

grade school § high school 

lccupatlon(s) 

St JljvV w/WNVOt>yv\ 



Current 



Resldence'j..,^^ ^\^ 



_Date of birth \-^\ ~Z^\ 



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PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

J)ates^o^^^ ,,c\^^ 1st ^A^^^^^ .h -l^^ D ates uvc^ 

_Datesj^i^V_Vab_ 2n d ^^^^^.^ ^^\>^k D^tes j c^_£j_ 



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.Dates ^c^U - n^ 3r d ^x C>\..>^^. ,V^.^ D ates )^sn 
Dates \c\^.<^ ^^OH ^tth ^^L\-^i , \X\ D ates ^U2^ 



e 11 g i on T ~ >. 

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



lace of marriage to your mother ^"^^^o^yX g 
nrr. |f yQ^ were raised b " - ^- *" "■ * 

of this page. (E-2) 



OTE: If you were raised^by a stepf^r^yanotii^ re lative give tha t*da ta^Srthrb' ' ack'' "^ 



our Mother 



f dead,Gdate of death 



'^-Ai.,\yJ'^^ 



Current 



Residence \LjcAA^(SnA ^^0^ 



lace of birth , ^^,^,.^^ 
ducat ion (number of years, 
grade school ^ high school 



"^^^^ °f birth (\^jV \x \^.^n 

H vocational college / 



ccupat ion(s) 

^^^^Lfir^.A ^^ ,i||,M^ Dates j'?^-/ ^/^Mv 1st /Z^^l L^^ \!lI 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



nd^yJC ( \1 . A g . .. i>j-.Dates J^^tL 
>■<*____ Dates 



J^ULL 



UV-. , V^ l^r^t 



2nd 

3 rd — ^^^. ^^^.. ^ \^^ ^ Da tes 



Dates M-i ^ 



B 1 i g i on ^ _-{^^^ . A->.^^j,..a./w 

alltical paVty, clv^i 1 or social clubs, sororities, etc. 



lace of marriage to your father \\\^^ :t A .. Aj^Sl" 

J'E* If you were raise-' '-■ -■ — 

this page (F-2). 



3TE: If you were raised by a stepm^h"er^'anoth^elatI ve give that dit a \^^e bac^oy 



E-1 Stepfather 

Name 

I f dead, date of death 



Place of birth D ate of birth 

Education (number of years) ————————— _________ 

grade school high school vocational college 



OccupationCs) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 



2nd Dates 2nd Dates 

3rd ^Dates ^3rd Dates 

^th Dates ^ijth ^Dates 

Rel ig ion 

Pol i t i ca"f part I'es , civii or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your mother D ate 

F-2 Stepmother 

Name 

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 

3rd ^Dates ^3rd Dates_ 

Re I i gion 

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 \ \)xt5-^^v,^V \0<0vi5v^tf>/>v 

Place °^_^"-^'^-H^W Vo\:.r B^e of birth ^^^n .,^cH 

Number of ^ears of schboling' V^^ Occupat i^ r ^S\. j^ jY ^ ^ 



.Residence ^y^jXX^k ,\>.V 
Number ot en i Idren 



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of sc^iofel Ing {'^^ 



jNumDer or v^ars or scpooling 
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iMumber of cniidrerv' \Z 



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l^lumber of years of School Ing 

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'lumber of ch i Idren 

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lumber of years of school Ing 

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lumber of cFt Idren 



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lumber of years of schooling 

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I' I ace of bl rth "~" 

lumber of years of schooling 

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umber of years of school Ing 
■•esidence 
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"IJa'te of birth__ 
Occupation 



Date of birth 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



Date of bi rth 
Occupation' 



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

I liereby 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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Qrlpin and Travels of the Ral'^ton Clan 

The Ralstons were covenanters, decendants of 'Arilliam 
Halpton, who fled from Renfrewshire, "^^cotland about 1660. 
V.e fled at the time of the religious persecution, by the 
Royal Family of the Stuarts, of the Presbyterian faith, 
David Ralston who died in l3Ul, before the migration to Amer- 
ica is buried near Dunnerty Rock, South Fnd ".Intyre. 

'^arl T. Ralston, my rrandfather, stater^ that from some 
unknown source he was told the Ralstons came to Arf^leshire, 
Scotland, at the invitation of the Duke of' Arpylo, who^ie 
DODulation had been depleted by f^icknes", known as "^lack 
Death." M' rrandfather feels that there might bn some truth 
to this, as in 166'5, Enf?:land ha(i reoccurence of the "Rlack 
Death" which first devestated I^urope around 1350. As one date 
of the mipation of the Ralston '^amily is 1660 and the latter 
1665» it seems as thouph this is where the Ralstons found 
thler religious freedom. 

In the 1330' s two Arm )ur brothers and later a Greenlee 
family came to Ottawa, 111.. ?rom there they moved north- 
easterly to the land where the V/illow Creek Presbyterian 
Church, of Argyle, 111., now stands. In l^li2 on the .ath 
day of June, a colony of about 100 people left Argyleshiro, 
"Scotland on the sailinrr vessel "The Cleaner", which arrived in 
New York on June ?3 , ll>k.2. About ?5 of them cane to Oliio 
and the remainder came to what is now known as the Scottish 
settlement In Winnebaro and "^oone Co mty. 111., Argyle. 
Members of my family on the ship, •■jere: Mrs. David( Helen 
Brown) Ralston, her son David Caldwell Ralston, his sister 
Margaret, who was narried to John Caldwell, and John Caldwells 



mother. 

This wa" the bepinninp of -^ly direct Ralst m ancestors 
in the Mew World. For the ^lopt part this family remained 
and still lives' in the neir.hborhood of Rockford, 111. The 
only exception was Judge David M. Ralston, who went to 
Trinidad, nolo., for his wifes health. She died very early 
'n life from T.R.. David Elmer Ralston, was associated with 
General Motors and endeci his bu'^ine^s career as Vice President 
of Oldsnobile in Lansinr, !^ich.. He now resides in ^<'lorida. 

The information about the sailing vessel "The Gleaner" 
and its passengers was taken fnom a book written about the 
■^cotch ^^ettlement b' Dan Harvev, Argyle, 111., one of the 
earlv settlers. 



I 



'^he_ y_ani l y Life o f the Ralston Clan 

The first quo<^tlon that ari'^e?? Is why these Ralstons 
and others like then moved to the United Titates? V/ell the 
:nain reason was because of economic hardships tViey endured 
in Scotland, ^rom what has been told over the by-pone years 
they were all renters of the soil of I'vinp under a sort of 
feudal gysteii. The owner took most of the crops and the 
family lived the best way they could with what was left. The 
story has been told man^ times that havinp flailed the prain 
from the straw, the tennants would lay a thin layer of the 
prain on the p-round and cover it with straw. Vfhen the land- 
lord came to take his penorous portion of the crop the tennant 
family would hav? a little extra to tide them over. Tt is 
clear then that the new world had great appeal to them. 

It is also true that altho'iph there was reconition of 
the Presbyterian Chuch, the official Chuch of "npland was the 
■Rpiscopal Church. Thus they made it very hard for the 
covenanters. The rituals- performed in the "Episcopal Church 
were resented by the Palstons and others. In fact, In the 
church at Arrylrr, 111., in its early histor--, no instrument, 
not e"en an orpan was allowed In the church. Hence wo can 
conclude that the Palstons came here for rolifious freedom 
a" well as ecommic opportunity. 

The fathers word wts the law of the familv in those 
days. The mother took care of the family while the father 
toiled, but his authority was without question. Tlie family 
was deepl ^ relip-ious, at least in form. One had to p:o to 
church on /iiinday, no sports were allowed to be played and 
the only thinr allowable mipht be a walk in the woods. Work 



on Sundays wa;? not permitted except to do the necespary taskp. 
These rules were not broken nntil the third generation in 
Ainerica when .Sunday '^apeball was introduced. My frrandfather 
and his brothers ^ave and Cjlin were avid baseball players. 
They played in some of the most historic parries between 
i^alendonia, 111., and ^rpyle, th.. This rane soon became 
a bitter rivalry. 

Education started s onn ^or the new settlers. Aschool 
was started, and the Pal°tons attended V/est Lane School, 
located .'Just west of the tollway on Route 173. It is now a 
repular home with pe inle llvinr in it still today, 197)4-. 
Not only was the lavid H. Ralston family of John, James, 
Daniel and ^avid pi ven grade school education but we'-e fen- 
couraped to p-o to hi rh school or business college. In the case 
of David he graduated from Northwestern Law .School when the rest 
of his brothers were married. They all pushed their 
children to hiphnr education. "ractlcally all praduated from 
hiph school and some from collepe. 

There were of course a few customs in those earl^r 
days. It seems in the early days the eldest son received 
^ost of the property on the death of the father. Later 
all the sons were included biit the plrls were supposed to 
' get married and didn't have much property rights. This 
was also carried out until the third generation. Another 
custom was that the Ralstons like everyone else had their 
own pew in church. After church and after social programs 
the men would congregate together and the wom-.-m did the 
same. Very little mixing of the sexes except at social 
parties at friends nomes was done. 



Politics did not play a very important role in the 
life of the earl- settler?. The first of the Ralstons 
arrived in America in iQli?. ':''.' grandfather Carl ?. Halpton 
never heard his father James, who was '"^orn in l8^7» nor 
his uncle •T:)hn, who was born in l35'-i, mention anything about 
the Civil War at all. None o^ my direct relatives were 
in the war at all. Evidently starting in a nevj life in 
a n°w world they had little concern about the war. It 
seems however that it must gave effected them in some way. 
After the Civil 'v'ar the Scottish Settlement became solidly 
republican, includinp the Ralstons. Something occured 
however sto that by the earl/ 1900' s the Ralstons had 
become cemocrats. This continues in the James R. Ralston 
family to this day. Mv gandfather feels that the change 
may of come about because of the election where Tilden was 
cheated out of some contested electoral votes and lost the 
presidential election. This change occured about 1876 ? 
believe. 

In the Ralston family the aged were always taken care 
of by the younger generation and this was the custom among 
the early Scottish settlers. For Example, Margaret Caldwell 
the sister of my great, great grandfather lived, after her 
• son died with John C. Ralstm, Caledonia, 111.. He built 
a room onto his home where she spent her remaining days. 
My great grandfathers brother ll-ed with his son Ray and 
my grandfathers brother David lived with his father James 
R. Ralston until he died in I938. This was also true on my 

I maternal side too where my great, great grandfather Colin 
Lang had his son James Lang live with him until he died in 
1910. The unmarried daughters were taken into one of their 



brothers or married platers home. Of course there wa? a 
child born out of wedlock. The child simply become part 
of the family. The subj ct wa? never dif'cu'-sed and in a 
matter o'' t me it all wap forpo ten. ''^n other words the 
family was a tirht ■cnlt a'f'fair. ^ach family kept tlieir 
own a'"fairs to themselves and handled their own problems. 
This of course proved the old saying, "that blood was thicker 
that! water." 



The Oc cu pational Life of the Ralston s 

David C. Ralston, the first of the clan to settle In 
the new world was a farmer, ownincr a farm we^t of the tollway 
over Route 173, Winnebago co.. 111.. The farm was owned in 
1973 t'y Wm. J.C. Ralston and then was sold to the state of 
111., and will become in time a part of Rock Cut State 
Park, V/inn., Co., 111.. David was also the first president 
of the V/innebapo Co. Mutaul Insurance Company, 

There were four sons in the family, none of them it seems 
cared for farming. John and James started a grain and mill 
business in Caledonia, 111., in 1'330. In due ti-ne they 
sold lumber, coal and farm machinery. This continued until 
1931» when James sold his share to his brother John. They 
also ran the same kind of business a Argyle, 111., and em- 
ployed their brother Daniel to operate the business. The 
other brother David K. became a lawyer. He spent most of his 
mature life in Trinidad, Colo., where he was mayor and later 
a judge. 

Of the next generation, the John C. Ralston family, 
John, Stuart and Glen settled in Rockford and engaged in 
business there. James R. Ralstons sons Dave and Carl oper- 
ated a Feed and ^^arm Implement business in Capron, 111., 
for 30 years. Colin the other son was in the insurance 
business in Rockford. 

Daniel Ralston' s son Ray worked with nis father, Dan, 
for the Ralston Brothers concern, until 1931 when be bought 
into Ralston' s Inc. After James R. Ralston sold his share 
to his brother John. David M. Ralston had no sons but one 



dauE;hter Elizabeth, now decearsed. David Elmer , the other 
son of Daniel became connected with General Motor? and re- 
tired a-? ''^ice Pres. o^ Tldsmobile, 

Carl T. !-ialstons pon James T, , who is my father worked 
as a farm hand and a carpenter during most of his yoianp;er 
years. Then he went into business beinp employed by Barber 
Colman, P.'^J. l^.eans f^o., and today Barcol Overdoors. James 
D. son John a senior in high scaool is employed af a main- 
tenance ene-ineer for the Harbour Apts., Rockford, 111. I 
have worded as a sod layer, for Gregory Anderson, laying 
sod for Swanson ritadium, Rockford, 111,, and as a stock man 
in a grocery store. lam presently a sophomore at Rock Valley 
Jr. College in Rockford, 111. 



The ^alpton' p Rol e In tho C omnun 1 ty 

Of David Caldwell Ralston we tcnow he was active in 
church affairs and we aiso know he helped organize and was 
the first President of the Vinnobapo noun^y Mutual Insurance 
Go. Strange as it may seem, the now Secy and Treasurer of 
this company is Arther Anderson, who married Betty Lou Ralston 
a descendant of David Caldwell Ralston. 

The two sons of David Caldwell Ralston, John and James 
started their busines" in l830 in Caledonia, 111. They were 
both active in church affairs. They helped organize the 
Caledonia Congregational Church in l39i;. This breacing away 
from the old Willow Creek Presbyterian Church caused so-rie 
hard feelings for a time. John was the great force in the 
church until his ieath in 1933. He was a deacon and head of 
the Sunday School for years. 

James who was my grandf ■Withers father va;^ vei-y active in 
community affairs. He was director of Caledonia Consolidated 
School when it was cereated/ ^or many years he was township 
clerk. He was very much interested in Democratic politics. 
For years he was ■^recient Committeeman and was an alternate 
delegate to a democratic natioaal convention. John and 
James both helped organize the Caledonia National Bank, 
the Boone County Teleohone Company and James helped organize 
the local oil company. 

Mr grandfather Carl T. Ral-^ton become democratic 
Precient Commi tt^^eman after his father and county chairman 
of the democratic party for years. My grandfather also served 
on the School Board of Caledonia for a period of nine years. 
Till the ar^e of iO he was also an election jufige in Boone 
Co., 111.. 



Military Record 

Of the military record of the family David M. Ralston, 
the lawvor served in t>ie "Spanish American ':far. In the third 
(feneration, "Stuart, John, Olen, of the John C. Palpton family, 
David, Colin, and Carl of the James R. Ralston family all served 
in World War T. Ray of the Daniel Ralston family was blind 
in one eve while David ^Imer did not serve. My father James 
D. Ralston served as Sgt . in the Korean Conflict. 



The Maternal Branch of the I.e.. Ralston Clan 



The first o.*^ the maternal branch was a woman bv the name of 
■^etty Park as you will note from the family tree. Her 
prandaughter was ^■^lizebeth McNair, who married ,lavid C. 
Ralston, .She was a lovely christioan woman and respected 
by all. ^-^ou will find in another part of t is history the 
hard feelinfrg created when the Congregational Chuch was 
organized in Caledonia, 111. and the p-ooup broke nway from 
the '/illow Creek Presbyterian Church. She wrote the 
following letter to the new church ipembors wh^ ch is considered 
a clas^^ic mes'-ar'ed: 

Dear f^riends. 

My heart is full and over flowing with joy. 

Over forty years aero when J was a girl happy 

and free, when my home was on what Is now called ' '^ 

the Mc'iair place, little did T think then that 

my sons along with others would be the means 

to raise a temple to worship the living Cod, 

but such is the fact and for the childrens 

sake I rejoice that they can as'^emble themselves 

together and learn that Cod is their father and 

that Christ is- their saviour. May it prove a 

blessing to them and to generations yet unborn. 

Let all animosity be put from among you ahd may 

that unity dwell among you, which becomoth the 

desciples of the Lord Jesus Christ is the wish 

o§ yours . 

Sincerely your -'riend 
Mrs. n.C. Ralston 
Aurust, 1395 



Com ment g on the Lang Family 

The LanfT name was originally the O'Laynachan, clan 
Donald. '^hey were of the Celtic race. Angus O'laynachan 
shortened the name to Lanr. He married Margaret McEachran 
and lived with her in Campbelltown, Scotland. They had 5 
Children: Neil, Kate, who burned to death, T'laragaret, Colin, 
Kate, and Mary. Colin came to Marietta, Ohio in l']^2 and 
I\ate and Mary joined him in 13^6. They came to Caledonia, 
111., after the Civel ^Jar. Kate married a '/m Chamberlain in 
Chicago in l37L|.. They came to Caledonia in l379 and operated 
the historical Chamberlain Hotel until her death in 1929. I 
believe Wm. Chamberlain lef't his wife and left her to raise 
their two daughters Maggie and 'Kate, Plus I believe it was 
her who took in and helped her sister Mary with her child 
that was born out of wedlock. After Kates death Hagp-ie and 
Katie ran the hotel, which was a blessing to the railraod 
men of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad. It wasn't 
very unusal to find twenty or so at the supper table. 

Colin married Agnes Allison and to them were born 5 
children. Margaret, Mary Ella, Jaines and Kate, ".ate married 
James R. Ralston and to them was born U. children. Agnes, 
(1836-1902), Colin (1J91-1971), David (1333-, Carl (1^93-. 
Carl married Mary Ann Campbell in 192? and they had one son 
James ). . James D. married Jane L. Laws 19^1;, and they had 
two sons, James )aniel (1951^1-, and John Duncan (19!j6-. 

Ella , my great grandfathers daughter married Peter 
McGaw and had five sons, one of whom was James McCaw, who 
had a son Robert v;ho is now the mayor of Hockford, Til.. 
This would make him my third cousin. 



Th e Campbells 

The Campbells when we first learned about then were 
living ne-^r Orilla, Canada. Alexander Campbell was born in 
Canada in l3ll, but when they came from .Scotland we do not 
know. Just when Alexander and Ann McEachern Campbell came to 
Boone Co. is uncertian. Duncan we know was born in Canada 
in 1559. lAT^.ether ^essie born in l36P and Archie horn in 
1963, were Canadian born we don' t know. Tf Archie was born 
there Alexander lived a short time 'n Boone County as he 
Died in l372. This may accout for the fact tViat no one knows 
where Alexander Campbell lived in Manchester Twp . , 111.. 
We do not know if he was a ^armer or was in some other 
occupation. Avis "anpbell '\idd, daughter of Archie lives 
in Florida and we are trying to find out from her if she 
knows where her father was born. 

On the McEachern side there were a great number of them 
around Orilla, Canada. Mary Ann Campbell Ralston -d sited 
there and found a cemetery with only McEacherns buried in it. 
We don know from a letter written in l373 by l>ancan McEachern 
to his daughter Ann Campbell that he had a brother and likely 
a sister. The McEacherns in Scotland lived In Kintyre. My 
great, great grandmother was a McEachern and froma relative 
• in Scotland I learned that this McEachern family owned a 
farm there for over [|.00 year?. My great grandfather Colin 
Lang was form Canpbelltown, "Scotland and belonged to the 
Celtic race rather thab the "Scottish. It is possible the 
McEacherns may have been "elts from Northern Ireland. The 
Celts, by the way, are some what of a mystery race. It is 
said that they were originally -"n Germany, were driven out 



and went ot "^pain. ^Driven out of there they -niprated to 
Northern Ireland and ppilled over into Scotland. 

We have little inforTnation on the Campbell family of 
Flora. Campbell Kelly, Neil Campbell and Ina Campbells fajnily. 
Neil and Ina' " father-^ l^rere related to the Alexander Campbells 
Mary Ann Campbell Ral^^ton thinks it is possible Neil Campbells 
father and Alexander may have been cousins. 

You will note from the family tree Aloxinder Campbell 
had a son Duncan Camr)bell, He married Annie Nash and they 
had five Children, Maymard, Charles, Walter, Doris and my 
grandmother Mary Ann. 

This Duncan Campbell was a carpenter of the highest 
type, althoup.h only livinpr for around fifty years he has 
left many historic homes to his memory in Boone Co. 111. 
^/ihen he came to Boone County it is not knovm but he did some 
Farming in Manchester Couty at Hunters earners. However his 
ability as a carpenter eas widely known. In Caledonia he 
constructe the Church Parsonan:e, the John C. Ralston home, 
the addition to the James R. Ralston and the Dr. Seperlund 
home. It is also known that in spite of a lingering illness 
he supervised the construction of the oringinal bank building 
in Poplar Grove, 111.. Many other homes and barns in northern 
Boone Countyvare still in evidence as to his contribution 
to the development of the community. At one -time he worked 
for C'Jinningham Rro., Beloit, Wise, which has annonced its 
end just recently after 100 years of business. 

I>-Jincan C mpbell had a sister Kate, Mary, .Sarah, Bessie 
and two brothers Archie and John. The sisters all lived in 
northern ^oone Co., and are all bu'-4ed in the Livingston 
cemetery. This family came from Drill, Canada amd why 



and when the desGendant? arrived in Boone Co., is not i<:nown. 
They settled in the northern part of the county. All the 
pirls married except "^e^-^ie and spent their lives as the 
wifes of farners. Bessie unnarried ran a nrocnry store at 
Hunter foroners and also was postmaster. Later she move to 
Belvidere, 111., and wa^ for years the bookeeper of th^ 
w' dely -<:nown ''.'m. ?eil procer:' store. The sister Kate married 
a Jerome Ellsworth who was realated to Colonel Ellsworth of 
Rockford, 111.. Ke was killed Bt Alexander Va., in the Civel 
War. rie wa'' a great friend of Lincoln and ais f\ineral 
service wa== conducted in the White House. Col. Ellsworth 
was in command of the "Fire Zouaves" on the 2i|.th of May l36l, 
when the' entered the city of Alexanderia, Va.. 'Jhll'3 passing 
the Marshall -"iouse, a hotel, he noticed a confederate flag 
flying over the roof of the hotel. Rushing to the top of the 
roof he tore down the fl-ag and as he descended down the stairs 
he was shot to death by the owner of the hotel. He was form 
Rockford and was engaged.to be married to the sister of Mr. 
Spafford, the founder and preaident of the 1st National Bank. 

Mt grandmothers mother was Annie Nash (1367-1937). This 
Nash family was early settlers in Manchester Twp., B one co. 
111.. They had a farm mear the town hall of Manchester twp. 
The home was known as the !fash Tavern, evidently a stop over 
place for travelers. The original lOme still- stands and is 
well preserved today. 

Annie !iash Campbells mother was a Wrij^ht and came from 
Penn., and early settlers in America. It is stated the Wright 
family was related to the Theodore Roosevelt family. In 
Waupon, V/isc,, there is a familv lot in a cemetery and there 
next to it a family lot with connections with the Roosevelt fa:nilv. 



Archibald McEachern, a brother to Ann McEachern Campbell 
lived around Orilla, Canada. Ke married a Tllizabeth McCrae. 
They had three dau^rhters, Julia, Anne and Flossee. The mother 
died when Ann was five years old -ind the father died at an 
early are also. This may aciount for the fact that Flossie 
and Ann came to Boone County and lived part of their early life 
with the Duncan Campbell family, '^los^ie went to Belvidere and 
worked in the Goosard factory. ?4arried a '^rank Leydon. They 
moved to Chicago, had a son Donald and he has two sons. The 
Leydons are buried in the Belvidere Cemetery, 

Ann married a Elmer 5^nyder of Clinton, Vfi^c. They had 
one son E, Grant Snyder who had one son Timothy. In March 
I97I4. Ann was in the Riverside Manor rest home. She is 91 
5tears old. Julie stayed in Canada and married one of the 
managers of Eaton Dept. Store in Toronto. She is dead and had 
a son Donald, but we know nothing about him. 



The Haines and the Hamiltons-My Moth ers F.lde 

To quote from my graninother Myrtle Shoemaker, "Can't 
write any excitinp and exotic family background because there 
wasn't any. Here is another example of a rather poor family 
not writinr anything about themselves for future generations. 

M" great, great grandparents came from Wales, England with 
their children and bought into a coal mine in or around r"uba, 
111.. The father died after a year or two over here and the 
companions in the coal mine as well as a Methodist minister 
bilked the mother out of her share of the coal mine as well as 
her home. 

John Haines, my grandfather, was from this family and had to 
work very hard to eke out a living. He was only about 10 years 
old at that time. After wording on farms, one in particular who 
didn't geve him enough to eat, he used to steal eggs and eat 
them raw. He also worke-d at a slaughter house which to 
the family was a good as he got to bring home various 
pieces of meat, which inthose days was thrown away or given 
away for the askincr but now would cost ^l.oo apound. After 
he was 16 he got a .-job ',n a cigar factory/ Dlgars used to 
be made by hand, hand rolled with whole leaves and the leaves 
were picked by hand and stemm stripped off by hand. He started 
' as a clean-up boy and then a stripper ("vTiich was stripping 
off the viens of the tobacco leaves without tearing tho leaf, 
and he advanced from there to a licenced union cigar maker. 
He died at the early age of I4.9. 

My great grandmother Haines, wife of Hohn, lived on a 
small farm with her parents, John and Mary Anne Hamilton, 
in Bmlthfield, Til.. This was in the "Heart of the Spoon 
River Country." She met and married John P.. Haines by working 



in the cigar factory as a ptripper. John R. Haines really 
had no middle name, at least he never knew it but wh<^n sipnlnp; 
paper? the middle name or initial vjrs always asked for so he 
just put in the R.. 

y.y great, freat grandparents Hamilton lived in Smithfield, 
111., on the original [|.0 acres of Miller land and farmed. John 
Hamilton came from Pennsylvania and that is all we know of him, 
besides a sister of his married into the Morgan family and the 
whole family not being letter writers, all communication has 
finally petered out. The maternal Groat, great grandmother, 
Mary Anne Miller had always lived in Cuba and Smithfield, 111.. 
She use to tell my grandmother that she remembered when she 
was a young girl living at home, each spring a couple of 
families of Indiana used to come and live in a south pasture 
and meadow back of their house and leave again when winter 
came. Her father used t-o give them some ground and plowed it 
for them to plant, and her mother used to ma :e extra loaves of 
bread and pies and put them out on. the back stoop for them to 
take. 

My rreat grandparents, John R. and Minnie Emily (Emma) 
Haines moved to Washington, 111., where mv grandmother was born. 
She attended school there and learned her ABCs, but not her 
multiplication tables. 'iHien she was about 3 in the third rrade 
her family moved to Mendota, 111., where she •also attended 
school but never learned her tables there either. After her 
father died her mother went into nursing. No hospitals at 
that time, but she had to go to the homes and my grandmother 
went and lived with her older sister, Ochel, where her mother 
also made her home when she was not on duty. 



My prandfather Gilford Garr Laws lived in Triumph, 111. 
with hi .9 PTEindmothpr , after the death of his mother. His p;ran- 
parentp Garr owned and operated a hotel-restaurant and post 
office in Triumph. All Carrs around this territory are some 
relation to each other and some even talk to each other. . Most 
of the people my grand-nother doesn't know. Gilford died 
when my mother was only 7 and my Uncle Keith was only ^, 

My mother Jame Louise attended schools in Kendota and 
Junior Gollege in LaSalle, which is now called IVGG. She 
moved to Rockford and met and married mgc father James .0. 
Ralston in 195^4-. 



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ASi; TYI'l!:: I'Ll'ASI". PI.ACK THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT 1' THE SECOND COPY OF YOl'R 
uil.Y HISTORY. 

r Contributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection: 

Sn that your family history can he made more useful to historians and 
ers study I nj; American families, we are iskin^; you to fill out the forms 
ow . This will take you only a few minutes, and will be easily made over 
o an index which will permit arcliive users ready access to Just those 
ds of family histories needed. 



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Your name /f^« .-Jy xi^i-*^.- A^Alp i 



Date of form /^xjt 



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Office Use Code 

(ID // ) 

(ID // ) 



Your college: Rock Valley College 
Rockford, Illinois 



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



Before 1750 
"1850- 1900 



1750-1800 

"l900 or later 



1800-1850 



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

Va.) South Atlantic (Ga . ,Fla . ,N .C . ,S .C . ) East South Central 

(Ea . ,Miss . , Al a . , Tenn ,Ky . ) : Wost South Cen t r a 1 ( Ar k . , N . M . , Te x . , Ok . ) 

East North Ce n t r a 1 ( Mi ch . , Oh 1 o , I nd . ) X Pacif ic (Ca 1 . , Wash . ) 

" ( II awa 1 1 , A 1 a s k a ) X (111., Wise.,) 



I' lease check a 1 1 o c c t:pa t iona 1 categories in which members ol your 
family whom you have discussed in this paper hav;^ found themselves. 



X Farming M i n i n g _ 

X T ransportation X Rig Business X N anufacturing 
)( Professions ^ Industrial Labor Other 



Shopkeeping or small business 



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

Roman Catholic Jewish V Presbyterian Methodist 

X Bap tis t _Episcopalian Congregational X Lutheran 

Quaker Mormon _Other Protestant X Other (name) <rf,rj£f'art 



'cLk 'um 



What ethnic and social groups arc discussed in your paper? 

X Swedish Other Scandinavian X German X. French 

Blacks X Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans Eastern Isuropi 

Jews 



Central Europeans 



Italians 



Slavs 



X Irish X British Native Americans over several p.cner a t 1 on s 

East Asian Other(Name) 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

_J(Llnterviews with other ^ Family Bibles X Family Genealogies 

family members Land Records The U.S. Census 

X Vital Records 

X Photographs Maps X Other 



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FAM1 I.Y DATA 

A . Grandfather (your father's side ) 

Name CV^o^ct f-y^ac/tn^y ^/fM£'Y Current Residence 



Date of birth ^/■y-/ :z£, /^/j" Place of birth J'^i^r^ T/,'. 



Date of death jc^^c^y/^c-r /,■', /fj / Pl ace of burial ^„y-c/- . -r//,; 

Kduca tion (numbe r of years); 

grr.de s choolj^j^M^high school — vocational college_ 



Ocrupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
Is t /ejbi-rcr Dates /i^is-/^^ Is t J .^^ r-^ ■-■£■'■''" ^^'s Dates /^ J ^ -,'(■.'■? 

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R e 1 i g i o n /^/-€ . 6y /'C/J"'-' 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, e t c . 

/O e /^c crc< -^/c 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother To/c^o,c„J'm.-,..'J.Ti/.:-.^j ^^^^ >tg^-/ l./rs^ 
NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

N a me /c/^ /^'■/c' ./^C^/^/J C urrent Residenc e /ycn^ Lo^d,^ ^^ Dai / 'i^^r.^-s Tai^<a. 

Date of birth J' a re A /^ /97 > Place of birth /?^icy^ y/^ Ja sy^^^r , '^///h ^/tr 

Date of deatli Place of burial 

Education (number of years): 

grade school 6-ycrytJ high school ' vocational - — 

college - 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st .^^//rc.'i ^^^^k Dates /$^^^ f -/'>^4^x 1 s t ,g..x- <:<■.- r.x)»<i.('/f./?^; Da te s . /9^0_-i/Jjy__ 

2 n d ^r^/^c' /c^^i/-r .-i^rh D a t e s // v ?• -//Vjr ^ 2 n d a^£>v^c^[, .;> s psfi. ^-u/nA ^ a t e a / ^_rs'-/f6 9 

3 r d M.r f-^/o^/-wW D a t e s /^<7 ' /'fiX 3rd Yi^e/- o r>. s^^rfB^^ c.^ l. D a t e s /f6'y ~/yyo 

4 th 

R e 1 i g i o n ^c,<f-ral (^ /?/-°r//'<)r: 

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



/0<2/77oc/-(^ /-A -— l/et-e/C/i c^ /^ /-/c^/? i^/-s 



Place of marriage to your g r ,i n d f a t h e r jC^ /^q^,, TH-'-^^-f date ^c^^_2 ^JZJ^f_ 

NOTE: If your father was raised ',\o age 18) by a stepmother or 
another relative glvo that data on the back of this p.i;',e 
(A-2) . 



A-2 S tepgrandf a ther (your father's side) 

Name t:'/>./^/c-,. ^/,.c^ (/A'P-j^^ S££ 

Place of birth "b^ ,'r.cy ,4cJ^.r. > T/y/n-. 



Current Residence /taa^ <feSc ' — ^ , 



Date of birth January /■?, /,f^ - 
Date of death 



Place of burial 



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Education (number of years) 

grade school i-^m^/ffe<^ high school / ,<"'- 

Col lege — 



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vocational 



Occupation(s) 

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Dates /y,/ y - /'^'^o Is t i. -k ^.ar - c.^ *q. /V^' D a t e s /y/o- /f ' 
Dates /'^'yp - /^VT 2nd ^mmat ^m^ JEtL Da t e s hMt ^IC I 

Dates //rfc -/9b.i 3rd <--./--' ^-7->^ jrcrvg/f^. <-^... pa tes />^<s»-/; ,i? 

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

Place of marriage to your grandmother <::>;".r^<yc- ^<'V^^-.'^ date Si-yar. X , / s 

S tepgrandmo ther (your father's side) 

Name Current Residence j 

Place of birth ! 



Date of birth 
Date of death 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years): 

grade school high school 

college 



vocational 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

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4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



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PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Da t es 


Dates 


Dates 





Religion 



'olitical party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



Grnndlather (your mother's side) 4 

N n m u ^ ^ v ^ /f/-r><rr ^ /-P^^^r"/.-^^:^,/^ (7/ : ^ Current Resid c nee ' ' 

D ;i t c of b i r t h ''Z^,.,.-/ //. / S'r 7 P lace of birth C/i"^>af o ^ ^-^A-^ -<^^j/! ^ 

Date of death Se^yor^^^iSY- z^;, /^^/ Place of burial A^^ ^ g- /-/g^ U '-- // I'//A^.'< 

Edui-ation (number of years): 
grade school <'^-~^/c^i-^j-' high school 

c c u p a t i o n ( s ) 

Is t .'■'<'( J ■■- 

2nd 

3rd ~ 

4 th — - 



voca t i ona 1 



CO 1 lege — 

PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
,, Dates /.- ^ f 



Dates /"■^ ■*^ - - "¥■' 1st ^'^^-.y , 

Dates 2nd ^^'■. ^.^g^y^?, /^///^ ^/^,y ■ Dates / juj^-zy/^ ' 

Da tes ~ 3rd Da t e s 

- 4th 



Dates 



Dates 



Religion 



P o 1 i r i (■ a ] parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, <? t c . 



P'ace of marriage to your grandmother yJ^v^/<,< 



v.»4ate 



■■K A^^i'-^y.- 



NOTE: Tf your mother was raised by a stepfather or anotlier relative (to 
age 18) give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 



Grandmother (your mother's side) 
Name ^'^a^/,.c <^/-7>-^^(r ^Aofi/.cy^/> 



Current Residence m j iufy^ , i\^M, v . 



Date of birth ^i. 
Date of death 



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Place of birth ^t^:r^^-. 



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Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school ^ j^.^a^/t^ high school ^i^. /,c- - vocational 



coll ege 



Occupation(s) 

] s t :^c^//y^r.'^ 



2 n d /^'jy s e .-'/'e 

3rd — 

4 th 



PLACE OF RI'.SIDI'NCE 
(after leavin;', home) 
Dates ./>.j^~x -^^ > 1 s t c^.,. ■■/., I ) a I i' s /<^i-? -//23 

I) a t c s yy:i. 3 -~ 2 n d AU„/^o t/-a„j^ ;// Ty-',wj;j ' ' •" '^' '^ /^-^J^ ~~ 

Dates_ 3rd '^ Dales _JJ 

Dates 4th Dates " ~~^ 



Religion 



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Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather ^g^ ,,, /<. , ^ , ;<j)Mfe .^r,v,. Date ^^^.^y U,_/f_-'^ . 

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



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glVB that d»ta on th'e back of t ii i s page (D-l!) 



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



Name 



Date of bir th_ 
Date o L death 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 
grade school_ high school_ 

Occupation(s) 



voca t lona 1 



college 



1st 

2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



Da tes^ 

_D a t e s _ 

Dates 

Dates 



_lst_ 
2nd_ 

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4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home)' 



Da t es_ 
Da tes_ 
Da tes_ 
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) 



Date 



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school_ 



high school 



vocational 



colleje 



Occupation (s ) 

1st 

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3rd 

4th 



Da tes_ 
Da tes_ 
Da tes_ 
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PLACE OF RESIUKNC 
(after leaving home 
Dates 



Dates 

Dates 

Dates 



R e 1 1 g i o n__ 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather_ 



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

. Name 6^..c/.^ /Z^.c A^.^AlEY 

Place of birth ZTa^^.-^^ r/y/^.-Zj- date s'ggX^F/^ a.-/^ .V // / 7 

Number of years' of s choo 1 ing[_^^<2 Occupation ^■sy::,f .-^^.^^s y - /■>» /^f^^/r 

Residence >:..-.-■. /i./. . %r,„ .-Zis Marital Status Z>:'ar^.'t</ 

Number of ch i Idren ^>.^ Death 

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Place of birth ^..^>^^ ,. ^^. ^u% -r , ^c-^f date '^^to^ /, /f-// 

Number of years of schooling // Occupation L\t. Ca^r ^"afJ 

Res i d e n c e Qp^ lot ka P^/o,;^^ M arital Status 7>'rrr,,-ri 

Number of children /^e Death 



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Place of bir t h d ate 

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R e s 1 d e n c e M arital Statu s 

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Residence Marital Statu s 

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Number of years of schooling Oc c upa t Ion 

Residence Marital Status 

Numhc r o [ child ren dea lb 



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

i. Name ,-7g^: ^^,-,; JFc^^^^M'-J^fffl/ 

Place of birth ./^z. r ,:// r </•■■. ,1- d a t e .?.-.>// /^^^-j" 

Number of years of schooling / ^. Occupation (..-■,i/'yu<./,or ^^.'/•■J-er 

Residence J./.l-r- n y/.T'"'' >...:' Marital Status y/rc^^.-r' 

Number of children .^t^ death 

2 . Name C/yaf:.' y€^c,T ^JitS/r/.^^-^ /i--' 

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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 Valley College Family History 
Collection, deposited in the Rockford Public Library, Rockford 
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I \70uld like to thanli. the follov/ing people for taking 
tine out of their busy schedules in order for rae to malie 
this family history and genealogy possible. 

Betty Lou Raney 

Gordon Duane Raney 

Loraine Gertrude Rovenliagen 

Charles Elner Unglesbee 

Lela liae Unglesbee 



Clifford V.oodrov; RrUIEY 

Clifford V.'oodrov/ IRamey was born in Jasper County, Illinois 
in 1913. He was named after V.'oodrovv Wilson, v/ho v/as president 
at the tine of his birth. He v/as the son of Austin Raaey and 
Effie Hall. He v/as baptized in his early years at Nt, Zion 
Church, a Presbyterian church in Nev/ton, Illinois, which v/as 
the county seat of Jasper County, He attended Nigger Hill 
school, and graduated from the eighth grade. He didn't attend 
high school, (as was corxaon in this period of tine in this area), 
because there were no means of transportation, and he also had 
to support liiciself. The reason he had to support himself v/as 
because his parents v/ere seperated and v/ere very poor. He lived 
v/ith his mother and didn't approve of her v/ay of life. He died 
Septeaber 15, 1939 in the same log cabin he v/as born in at the 
early age of 21 . He was buried in tlie Ivibler ceaetary a mile 
from the church he was baptized in. 



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Although Clifford IVoodrov; Ramey v;as ray blood paternal 
grar.diather, I consider Charles ELiier Unglesbee as my real 
paternal grandfather because he is the only paternal grand- 
father I have ever loiov/n, Clifford IVoodrov/ Ramey died when ay 
father v/as only two years old aiad he does not remeinber bin. 
Then ay father was 16, he v/anted to legally change his last 
nane to Unglesbee, but my grandfather Unglesbee tall-ied to hin 
and advised against it because his father was already dead. He 
was afraid if my father changed his name it could cause hard 
feelings on the Ramey side of the family. Although their last 
names are different they are very close as father and son. 

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Char lea i:] liner UI^'GLESBSIi] 

Charles Elner Unglesbee was born in Quincy, Adaas, Illinois 
on January 13, 1922, He v/aa the oldest son of oarauel Foster 
Unglesbee and Ruby Bell Zu;:iv;alt. He had one brother and tv/o 
sisters. liLs mother's genealogical chart can be traced back 
through the Sunv/alt naiie to 1693 v;hen Andrew 1^ Zuav/alt v;a3 
born at Strassburg, Alsac Lorraine, Germany. 

\Paen he was seven, his father was transferred to Burlington, 
Des Moines, Iowa where he worked as a bridge builder on the 
C. 3. &: Q. (Chicago, Burlington and Quincy) railroad. He attend- 
ed grade school and high school at Burlington. He participated 
in football, baseball, and track in high school and the neighbor- 
hood Iiids he was involved v/ith hunted, fished, sv/aia in the Miss- 
issippi River, rollor s'.iated, and sledded in the steep iiills of 
the Mississippi River town. 

He went to Sunday school every week just like his sisters 
and his brother did. He went to church because his parents 
"thought it was the thing to do," or otherv/ise, he had no choice. 
He v;as not holy religious by any raeans in his "Tom Sawyer" life 
style. 

Their family first reiited a house in tov/n, next rented a 
farm, and then bought a liouse in the city of Burlington, He con- 
sidered his family averago-oif because there was al'ways food, 
clothing and spending money, which v;as usually spent at a movie 



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Saturday afternoons. He is very proud, of lois father for pro- 
viding hin v/ith his happy childhood days. 

Their family was of Irish and of German descent, but there 
Y/ere no ethnic neighborhoods in tov/n. 

His father bought the first family car in 1937. Ther car's 
make was a 1931 Model A and v/as christened "Freddy" as it was a 
common practice to naine their cars back then. There were no 
television sets made until after he was married. He had a radio 
and a phonograph v;hich is still in the family home that his old- 
er sister is still residing in. He was a World Y/ar II veteran 
and is a member of the Veteran's of Foreign V/ars (V.F.V/.) Club. 



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Lela Ilae AJDi-; 

Lela ::ae Addis v/as born on March 19, 1922 in hor mother' 5 
hou33, ju3t liiiie her seven brothers and sisters v/ere. It v/as 
norr^al in that time period to be born in the fcunily hone in tliis 
rural setting where there v;ere no hospitals iiTinediately in the 
area. Many tiraes the doctor did not reach the hoae until after 
the child was born because the laras v;ere spread out too far 
and traveling in horse and buggy v/as slow. But there were 
usually always one or two neighbor ladies (who were called mid- 
v/ives) there at the house who assisted in the child birth. Oc- 
casionally, a mother v/ould have to deliver a child herself be- 
cause her husband and children were out working in the fields. 

Since there were ten inernbers of the Addis faiaily, plus a 
hired haiid or two, the houses they rented were usually over- 
crov/ded. Four girls slept in one bedroom in two beds as did the 
four boys in the other bedrooa. The parents slept in a. bed in 
the living room. The liired hands slept in the hayloft in the 
barn . 

Bathing was done froi.i a washpan of water or a wash tub of 
heated water in the sKoke house for privacy. The four girls went 
in succession followed by the four boys v/ho all used the sane 
water, New water was used for the father, and the nother took 
a wash basin bath in the bedroor:i. They heated the water on a 



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stove by buckets in the v/iiator aiid set the tubs full of water 
outside for the sun to heat in the suQiaer. The heating of the 
house was done by a wood burning pot-bellied stove. The coold.ng 
was done by a v;ood burning stove. 

It was quite normal in that tiae period to have large 
fani lies. liy paternal greatgraninother was one of ten cliildren, 
my paternal grandmother was one of eight. In that time period, 
a large family v/as not only traditional in that area, but was 
also a necessity because the whole farm family was almost com- 
pletely self-sufficient. Every member of the family had their 
o-.Tn "chores" to do as soon as they were old enought to do them. 
i-Iy grandmother started washing dishes when she had to stand on 
top of a bo:: to reach the dishpan sitti:ag; heating on the back 
of the stove, 

Food was almost entirely raised on the farm. Vegetables 
and fruits were homegrovm and preserved and stored in the cellar 
for the winter. Meats were raised and butchered on the farm. 
Eggs were from their chickens plus friers. V.'hole-strained milk 
ca::ie fresh from the cow. They churned their ovm butter and made 
their ovm cheese ^ The weekly to monthly trip to the tovrn store 
v/as made o-j the parents only for sugar, flour, cornmeal, coffee. 
and spicies, and v/as made by a team of horses pulling a v/agon. 
Eggs and cream v/ere sold to buy the groceries. 

Because their fai'.iily rented farms, they moved quite often 
and 30 my paternal grandi:iother attended many grade schools. 



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Because of the size of the faiaily they were a very close 
knit faiiily. They played gasaes together and since there were 
no toys in my grandnother ' s days, except for aaybe a ball and 
v/agon, gaines v;ere siriple traditional ones their parents had 
handed dov.Ti. 

Although by todays standards thej' v/ould be considered poor, 
they considered themselves quite average as they had plenty of 
food to eat, plenty of clothing v/iiich v/ere all hand made by 
the mother, and their health and happiness v/as nuch more than 
today's living standards. In fact, they v/ere above average of 
many of their neighboring farmers. They gave to poorer neigh- 
bors vrLth large families who couldn't afford to feed their child- 
ren in the depression years in '.vhich my grandmother remembers 
e£s prices falling to three cents a dozen, corn to five cent a 
bushel and hog prices v/ere, as she put it, "extremely lov/" . 

Since both of my paternal greatgrandpartents v/ere farmers, 
fari-iing traditions run strong in the Addis family. They have 
alv.'a;>'s been democratic by party, musical and religious, hard- 
world-ng proud people. My grandmother recalls that even though 
her father had ten people to support and prices v/ere so "bottomed 
out" on agriculture goods during the depression that liis neigh- 
bors begged him to go on relief, he v/as too proud to do so and 
flatly refused, being one of the only farmers in the county not 
to. 

Today there are still Addis family members farming in the 
saiiiC gOi^era-L ax'ea tiiei^r xa'^-. jx ai.j.,. 

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Cliiiord '.Voodrow KAilEY oiicl Lela Mae ADDI3 r. 'Jjhelr Life Together 

l-l:: paternal blood grandparents met v/hen my grandfather cane 
loo^iing for \7orl: on my gra.i<-biother» s father's fcj.^:. as a hired 
laborer in 1936. My graiadfather's brother v/as already employed 
there. Ily grandnother ' s father rented the faru and v/orked. for 
the Illinois State High\7ay Division building roads, planting 
trees aiid maintenance v/ork. He employed hired hands to run his 
farm. 

My grandfather earned ij30,00 a month v/ith room and board 
provide, which were very respectable wages in those days. 

Out of the two family naraes of my paternal grandparents, 
my grandmother's family was much more prominent since they v/ere 
an established family in the rural area of Jasper County, Ill- 
inois, and they were much better off financially than my grand- 
father's family, who were just laborers. 

On March 3, 1937, Clifford V/oodrow Samey and Lela Mae Addis 
"raji off" to Toledo, Cumberland, Illinois and v/ere married. They 
spent a weekend honejinoon before returning back to the farm to 
work. He worked for liis father-in-laiv for approid-mately one 
year before moving out to a house they rented. He went to work 
for the county (V/.P.A.) hauling gravel for roads. The follovr- 
ing year one son was born, Gordon Duane Ramey, who is my father. 
Two years later, Clifford '.Voodrow Eainey died while hunting. 

M^- paternal grandjiiother was married at the age of fourteen, 
a mother at the age of fifteen, and v'a.dowed at nineteen. 



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Charles 31:ner UIIGlESBEE aiid Lela Mae ADDiS- Their Life Tosether 

My paternal grandparents, Charles Elmer Unglesbee and Lela 
Mae Addis (then Ramey) net at a social gathering on April 15, 
^^l+7 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois. They v/ere married on September 
2, ]9k7 ill Chicago, Cook, Illinois, She moved out of her apart- 
ment and into his bunli car (which is equivilant to today's 
mobile home) which was furnished by the railroad he v/orked for. 
A buni-; car is a railroad car remodeled with vri.ndov;s on both sides ; 
and four doors; one on each side and each end. It was 50 feet 
long aiid about eight feet vo.de. It contained a bedroom, bath- 
room, living room, and Id-tchen and was paneled vri.th plywood on 
the inside. It sat on the sidetracks of each job, usually near"^ 
the depot. 

The bunl-: car was pulled along in a train and dropped off 
wherever he had to do bridge building or maintenance so he al- 
wa^'s lived near his v;ork. He worked an;>'^7here on the C, B, £.- Q. 
railroad network and lived and worked in seven states. Illinois, 
Wisconsin, Minnesota, lov/a, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri are 
all the states he traveled. He also worked on famous named 
bridges over the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. 

After woriding for the C. B. & Q. for fifteen years, (you 
must work a minumum of ten years for a pension) my paternal 
grandparents decided to settle down, for they were tired of 
living in a location sometimes for only two or tiu-ee days at a 
time, Man".- times they would receive mail weeks old because it 



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finally "caught up" to tlie.n. ily paternal sraiidparents quit 
the railroad and moved in vri.th her parents in Jacper County, 
Illinois in 1955 imtil they could both find v/orl:. Shortly later 
they purchased a small home and approrimately tv/o years after 
that, they pirrchased a second, larger home. Both of them now 
worked at E, R, Moore Co. in Newton, Illinois; he has a shipping 
clerk, and she as a supervisor. They both qioit their jobs at 
E.S, Koore Co. in 196^, after eight years '.Tith the company, to 
move to Yuba City, Sutter, California to work for a sick relative, 
Robert Zunwalt, who needed help to run a security business. 
After one year, Zunwalt was able to find a replacement and so 
ny grandfather sv/itched jobs to Yuba City Steel, where he con- 
tinued his v/elding occupation. The best characteristic they 
liked about California was the climate. The lowest temperature 
they experienced was a 29 roading. Usually around Christmas 
it was in the high seventies or low eighties, . If they ever 
wanted to see snow they drove into the mountains and enjoyed the 
beautiful scenery lilce the redv/oods, mountain laiies, etc. They 
lived in the Sacraiiiento Valley that was landscaped by grape 
vineyards, fruit orchards, and rice fields. But despite the 
fine scenery out at the Caliiornian location, Lola liae Addis 
longed for the scenery back "home". They botli grev/ up in the 
mid.vest and she in a very large, comple:-:, close-liiiit family. 
They v.-ore isolated from the rest of the family for si;-: years 
while in California so in 1970 they decided to move back to their 
"roots" in Illinois « They Iiad originally plaLiiicd to move to 

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Eockiord, V.'ipjtiebaso, Illinois to her only son, Gordon Duane 
Rat'.ey, but was unable to because of zoning ordinances at county 
and state levels for iiobile liornes. The reason for the purchase 
of a nobile home v/as the cou;^^le did not wesit to £o into debt 
in their latter yeai^s of life. By buying the trailer, their 
socio-econoiaic status remained much the sane as it did when 
they owned their houses year earlier. Not only was it paid off, 
but they had no future expenses toward retirement yeajrs. 

Since they could not purchase a trailer in Illinois, and 
set it on small acreage in a rural setting which was their goal 
due to fari:d.ns interest, they nicved near Eurlington, Des Moines,' 
Iowa, to Charles Eliiier Unglesbce's home town. There he found 
employment, welding with the Trane Company, and proceeded to 
buy and clear three acres of ground to place his living facilities 
on. Both grandpajrents v;orhed hard, long hours together laying 
half a mile of fencing, built a garage, pole barn, hen house and 
a brooder house. They raise cattle, chickens, h.ogs and cultivate 
corn out of a love for farriing, as his source of iiicci.ie comes 
from worliing as a welder. 

it tl:is location, the tv;o have spent their last six years 
up to this current date. 



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Gordon Duane SAIEY 

Gordon Duane Haraey v/as born on his mother's grandparents 
farir.- a lev/ miles northv;est of i.ev/ton in rural Jasper Couiaty on 
Septonber ^, 1937. He lived on h-is father's parents farm until 
the death of liis father, when he v/as only tv/o years of age. 
After the death of his father, his mother's parents were appoint- 
ed le^al guardian and he v;as raised with their eighth and final 
child, Don, who v;as only forty-two hours older than he v/as. 
They were raised like twin brothers and becarae very close to 
each other over the years, even though Don, in reality, was his 
uncle. His mother seeldng employment, moved to Aurora and lived 
with her sisters v/hile v/orliing in a factory. She came home on 
v/eel:end£ when possible. 

Since he v/as being raised in the home that his mother had 
been raised in a fev/ years earlier, his lifestyle coincided 
with her lifestyle, as v/as explained earlier. Life in generaJ. 
hadn't changed that much betv/een the time the tv/o v/ere growing 
up and comiitions were almost exactly the same. 

He remembers his early days as being without the material- 
istic objects such as toys, that children are inostly accustomed 
to today. Oii a farm, toys were a non-essential non-neccesity 
that could be lived v/ithout. Ke v/ould roll strips of cloth sov/n 
together to mal:e a ball. Most games that were played v/ere in- 
vented ones from the materials used on the farm. He usually 
would receive a play gvai at christm.as, hov/ever, and later on he 
received a siea, 

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He attended three sc'iools for his eleniezitai^y education. 
For grades one tlirough four, he attended The Consolidated, a 
school located in the county three ixLles northv/est of Plunt, 
Illinois, It v/as a one room school house vri.th one teacher 
teaciiin^ all four grades. For the fifth and sixth grades he 
attended Ilimt Consolidated in Hunt, Illinois. It v/as a two 
roo-i: schoolhouse v/ith one teacher teaching both grades. For 
his seventh and eighth grade schooling he attended Yale Consol- 
idated in Yale, Illinois. It v/as an eight room schoolhouse v/ith 
again, only one teacher teaching both grades. There v/ere six 
students in hJ.s eighth grade graduating class. He v/on the A- 
merican Legion Av/ard as the outstanding graduating student. 

He recieved hj.s secondary education at Nev/ton Co;ainurJ.ty 
High School. Since I:ev/ton v/as the county seat, tlie liigh school 
v/as built there and every student attending high school in the ' 
co'j-ity v/ent there, Tlie high school had approxiraately 600 students. 
In the tv/o years he attended hjigh school, he participated in 
baseball, football and track. He started offensive left end in 
football and in baseball, Ms favorite sport, he v/as the start- 
ing shortstop and re^liei pitcher in his sophir.ore year. He 
added that the teains from the dovmstate small schools v/ere alot 
better than the people gave theui credit to being, as they v/ere 
strong healthy boys fron doing fars v/orh. 

Although he v/as only fourteen iniles from school, he v/ould 
have to ride the bus 56 railes one v/ay or 112 iiiiles round trip 
ev3ry i'.y.- He v/ar the io^orth person on the bus at ,':^-0 a. a. 

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every morning, approxiraately one and a half hoiurs before school 
actually started. Ke would also get home about one aiad a half 
hours after sciiool got out; reaching his doorstep at about 
5:00 p»m. 

He had to get up at ^:yO to 5-00 a.m. every morning to- 
uill: the cov;s before he went to school. The nilld^ng was done 
by hand. He also seperated the cream from the miliv that a local 
dairy would come and pick up. 

Upon returning to the farm in the evenings, he had to help 
in the fields, gather the eggs (twenty to tliirty dozen a day), 
clean and fill all the kerosene lamps, spl±t logs to ld.ndling, 
fill the woodbo:: (the five rooms in the house were heated by 
wood) , feed the hogs and chickens and finally nillL the cows 
again, because cows must be miliied tv/ice a da^'. This took him 
about two hours every evening after he got home. Homework was 
done only after the chores were done and the evening meal over 
in which Don and he had to do the dishes almost every night. The 
homev;ork v;as then done by kerosene lamp on the dining room table. 
By the time this was done, it was time to retire for the night 
because the cows alwa.y3 had to be mill-.ed the next morning. There 
was no time for leisurely activities except, maybe, on the -week- 
ends. All the time devoted during the week was for the v;ell- 
being of the farm, 

Radio was very important to the a^aerican farmer. It was 
the only wa;/ they could keep pace with current events and it 
helcea. to ease awa"' "oart of the isolational feeling from the 



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inain^trear;. of urbaii cociet^". They could have ■.yorld.v.'ide events 
co::jLn3 into their homes continuously and, v/hen agricultirral nev;s 
caue on, it helped them identify themselves wath the rest of 
america. /ilso, the radio pro-ams provided the comedy and rela:c- 
ation that helped ease the strain of hard times and the heavy 
v/orl:load, 

hie grandfather purchased the sixty acre farm v/hen my dad 
v;as five years old, so, lolihe his mother, he v/as not moving a- 
round a:i2,T-iore. Ke stayed on the farm until he v;as tb-irteen 
years of age. 

The farm consisted of forty-tv/o acres of farmable creek 
bottom land, tv/elve acres of pasture and four acres of creek and 
woods. The basic crops v/ere broom corn (v/hose end product was 
the Iiitchen brooms used by everyone back then), regular corn and 
soybeans. Small airiounts of alfalfa and clover v/ere grov.Ti for 
cattle feed. The farm had a huge garden and orchard. The orchard 
had plu:.:3, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, percimmons and a 
huge gra.pe arbor. On the farm there v/as also an artesion v/ell 
called the "Old Flo v/ing V.'ell" that v/as fed by a natural under- 
grovmd spring. It has been flov.ing continuously' v/ell over fifty 
yeai"'3 and still flov/s to this day. That v/ell supplied v/ater for 
the fcurms diu-ing periods of dry spells when the other Vyclls 
v/ere bad for various reasons. 

They h:id v.'liat v;as then called a "modern icitchen" . They Iiad 
311 old hand puiup right over their slnlz preventing trips outside 



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■.■.l-en he was fifteen and a frechaan in hio:'^ school, elec- 
tricity v/as installed on the farm. He states that he will 
never forget the tinie v/hen the pov;er v/as turned on on the farm. 
He said that living on the farm v;as the happiest time of his 
life, and he has his fondest memories going back to this tine 
because of the closeness felt for each other on the farm, 

'.Tnen he v;as fifteen, his grandfather rented the farm out' 
and moved to Lyons, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) and got a 
Job as a night watchman so he could get enough time to qualify 
for the social security pension. He dropped out of school and 
went to live with his mother and stepfather on the railroad. 
Because of the fact that his job required traveling throughout 
the midwest in the seven states mentioned previously v/ith his 
stepfather, and the small periods of time spent in one location, 
the continuance of his education was impossible. He also could 
not receive a permanent job because of these conditions so he 
moved back vrLth his grandparents when he was seventeen and was 
given a job at a paint factory that his grandfather was a night 
watchmaj;! for. Shortly after his D.ove back to Lyons, Illinois, 
he met my mother and they m.arried. 



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Ervin Ernest ROVSilHAGEN 

Ervin Ernest Sovenhageri v/as born on April 11, 1397 in 
Chicago. His father v/as a German innnisrant who v/as a carpenter, 
but also specialized in ;aason?_ry v/ork, 

When he v/as t'nree years old, his faiTiily moved to Manhattan, 
Will, Illinois v/here his father b-oilt a nannoth two story house 
for his fcuaily that still st.ands today in the tov/n, 

::anlaattan, at the turn of the centi.iry, v/as a very snail 
village consisting of just a fev/ houses and a grain elevator. 
It v/as founded where tv/o dirt roads intercepted a railroad line 
that ran to the grain elevators and refinery centers of Chicago. 
Earners from the surrounding area v/ould bring their harvests 
to tlie grain elevator v/liich v/as adjacent to the railroad tracks. 

He started v/orlcing for his father when he was a young boy 
and, after completing grade school, v/orked for him full tirae. 
After the death of his father, he carried on the business and 
becane v/ell Icaovrn for liis excellence in masonary v/ork in tlie 
surrou:iding area. He did masonary v/ork for over fifty years, do- 
ing much of the .uasonary v/orl: or. the homes and property of the 
tov,-:i. He died on September 13, 1955. 



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J-iOraine Gertrude ojCOGlUL'D 

Loraine Gertrude okogluiid was born in Sutton, Clay, lie- 
braska in 1905* Her father's naine v/as John Ludvag 3koglund, a 
Swede v/ho could read and va^ite both Swedish and English flu- ' 
ently. Both her parents came from farm families in Kebrasi^a 
in the sane area that they lived and met when they were young* 

ITnen she was eight years old, her fanily moved to Gleado, 
Platte, V/yoming where they homesteaded a farm. They fenced the 
entire property in theraselves v/ith the traditional frontier 
tliree string barb vd.re fence. They had a chicken house, a barn, 
a root cellar. Their house was in reality, nothing but a log 
cabin. The region was spar sly grassed with no trees or flowers 
and very little surface water. Their were lots of tunbleweed 
and rattlesnalies in v;hich my grandivother still remembers of hov; 
she would scream and riui av;ay when ever she saw one. Her father 
l-iilled the snaiies and collected the rattles which was customary 
in that time. She remembers the regaon as being very cold but 
because of the low humidity it wasn't as noticea.ble as one ma^^' 
thinl-i. V.'nen it did snow, it was alv/ays a blizi^ard and dangerous 
for their cattle. Because of the low aiinual rainfall and high 
vri-nds, th.e topsoil was blov/n off and their region was very sandy, 
On their farm they had a large sand hill, about the height of 
a modern day house, which the wind actually "moved" from place 
to place. They used this wind to run their waterpuiups oy in- 
stalling a windmill. 



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Their log cabin v/as divided up into three rooms. Tv/o 
of the rooms were bedrooac viith the other being a 1-d.tchen and 
eating area. Tliree boys slept in one bimi-i bed and ii\'-e girls 
slept in tv/o bunli beds. The parents slept in the other bedrooa 
in a double bed. 

Their house v/as heated by a little round wood burning 
stove, ilnother v/ood burning stove in the ld.tchen heated water 
for coolcing and bathing. They bathed in wash tubs and washed 
clothes on the old fashioned wash boards. Like all farm families 
of tliis time period, they were almost entirely self sufficient 
and very close 1-init, Their nearest neighbors were appro:cLmately 
fou-T miles away and they were to themselves. They raised their 
ovm vegetables and stored thea in the root cellar. The^' had 
five milii cows beside their cattle and hogs, and they churned 
their ov/n butter besides drinld.ng their owtl milk. They went to 
the store about once a week to get supplies. Every child did 
their turn in the v/ork load and ny grandmother remembers milking 
cows more than once. 

V.hen asked how v/ell off lier family was during her childhood, 
she replied "V;e v;ere as poor 3.s a church mouse and just the same 
as the rest of our 2ieif;hbors" , Although there were not too many 
good times in her childiiood, she remembers that they alv/ays man- 
aged to find a Christmas tree and it warmed the house after 
Cliristmas. They usually received sometliing to wear, such as a 
shirt or snickers, which were high legged pants » i\nother good 



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tir.e she recalDs is v/heri soi^eone would have a barn da;ice. 
Thi - hap:;:or:ed ±iz her area a.bout tv;o or tliree tines a year, 
Ker fai'J.!::- ard their dates v/ould ride off on horses to the 
barn d.ance that v;ere held in a huge barn in the hayloft in 
the spring; aiid early 3u::ir;er before harvest. She feels they had. 
norc- fvr. doing things lihe tliis than the kids do no./ because 
they couldn't do it as oft in atid they appreciated it much more 
tho_: liLds of today do. 

There v/ere luipleasant tines as well. Once one of her 
fathers horses ate loco weed and v/hen her sister tried to ride 
hii; he threw her and aL'^ost crushed her to death. The worst 
thing she reneabers is vjhen a tornado struck a short distance 
froi-i her i-ouse. It destroyed th.e neighbor's house and whj.rled 
alot of dust, v.i.nd and a terrifying noise at their place. 

Her schooling was sonev/hat easier for her because they 
built the grade school on their la:id . . V.hile sone ld.ds rode 
tv/enty nilcs to and frorii school, she v/all:ed a few hiuidred feet 
It '.vas a one roou school house where one teacher taught all 
subjects fro::; one through eighth grades. The iiijh school was 
in town 30 she v;orl:ed for a wonen in to.m for roou ajid board 
and ..'on': to higl: school fjr two years before fi„.all„' avitting 
school to work full ti:.ie. 



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Ervir. 2rri?3t SOViUJHAGEii aiicl i.oraine Gertrude SKOGLUND- Their 
Life iO,s ether 



V.y naternal grandparents met v/hen ay grandfather v/ent west 
to V/yoaing to work for Sinclair (Atlantic Richfield) Oil as a 
rnasony v/orker building purip stations. My grandmother v/as a 
v/aitress at one of the hotels that lodged the men in 1923. They 
dated and v/ere married in 192if. They both traveled up and dov/n. 
the oil lines building stations until September of that year 
v/hen they moved back to Manhattan. There, they lived v/ith his 
motiier through the winter before renting a home that they lived 
in for five years. The same spring after they returned to Man- 
hattan, he started v/orld.ng for himself carrying on in the trade 
his father had taught him. 

'Ifter renting for the five years, he, himself, built a 
small three room house in 1930. Vvhen my mother v/as born later, 
one bedroom v/as divided into tv7o sections, one being for her and 
the other half being for her tv/o older brothers. Vrneu my mother., 
was three or four years old, her two older brothers v/ere both 
in the service participating in the v/ar so she and her younger 
sister each had bedroo.13. Clyde v/as IcLlled in <an air crash, but 
Glen, the eldest, v/as discharged after the v/ar and came back 
to or':'- lor his father, he occupied one of the bedrooms and my 
mother and her sister slept in a tiny bedroom together again. 

Since the I^ovonhagen' s had lived in the tov;n for forty 
year 3 before the start of Vorld V.ar II, and it being a small 
to;.'r; -./here everyone icnov; everyone else, they v/ere not "oersecuted 



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by the citizens of Manhattar. for being German during the v;ar. 

My grandfather started building a much larger home in 1930 
in his spare time between his jobs, but by the tinie it v/as com- 
pleted in 1957, both Glen (in 1951), and Betty (in 1956), had 
married, 

I.'ov;, having lived in cramped quarters all their lives, 
they found more room than they would ever need. Darlene, the 
youngest daughter, lived in it for five more years until 1962 
when she v/as married. Both my grandparents lived in the home 
together until my grandfather passed away in 1965 and, from 
th^t time on until 1975, ay grandmother lived in the house. 
Although she still ov/ns the house and property to tbj.3 day, she 
moved into my families home because of a heart ailment. 

Of the three children remaining, Glen is now a construction 
worker in the trade like his father, Betty is a housewife, and 
Darlene is a housewife who married a construction worker. 



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3etl^" i.ou KOVA-'IIAGOiy 

3etty Lou P.ovanhajo.i v;aj born in Joliet, ■Vlll, IllinoiG 
on August 10, 1933* She "ivao the third child a:nl first daughter 
born in the -Aoveniiagon ra^'.iily. 

Eer elementary education concisted of just one school, Man— ■ 
hatton Public Grade School, v/here she v/ent for shades one tlirough 
eight* She lived right across the street from tlie school and 
she reuenbers running across the street everyraorning v/hen the 
last ^■;■arning bell for class rang at 8:55 a.m. School alv/ays 
cane easy for her and she v/as Valedictorian v/hen she graduated 
in grade school. 

Since Manhattan v/as a small tov/n and their v;ore no bov/ling 
alleys, raovie theaters and parks, everyone played on the school 
groimds. In the suminer they played on the playground and played 
baseball on the baseball diaj;iond and tennis on the tennis court. 
In the vrinter they v/ould open a fire hydrant on the corner of 
the schoolground and flood a lov/ lying area adjacent to it. She 
remenibers hov/ she could v/all: across the street, ice skate, and 
then go back across the street and v/atch the other Idds freezing 
to death v/hile she sat loo-:ing out the front v/indov/ drinl-iing hot 
chocolate^ 

She v/ent to Joliet Central High School for her freshman and 
soph;:iore years and v/as transfered to Lincoln V.'ay Co;xniunity High 
Scho )1 her Junior and Senior ye.ars to conpleto her secondary ed- 
ucat-Von* She alv/ays enjoyed the learning in h-igh school but did 



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not cr.joy high oChool as cue": as in grade school because she 
coula not be in clubs, th.ey r.et after school a^id she ha.d to ride 
the bus ho:ro which left i-.uiediately after school, and she not- 
iced hov; sone liids v;ere dressed nuch more nicely thaia she was so 
she becaiiie ill at case aroiuid other people, 

V-lion she bccoiie a jujiior and senior in high school she began 
doing things Ijlze going to outdoor movie theaters and attending 
sluinber parties v/hich the girls around tovm had. 

She bccaae very good at history and english and sought to 
becor.io an English teacher but due to the financial condition of 
the foLiily she ruled it out. 

She did have a job her senior year, A store hired her for 
the oimual Christnas rush. She caught a bus frojn school to v/ork 
and th.en ■./ould recieve a ride hone vri.th someone. She used the 
money to oixy Christinas presents and v/as laid off shortly after 
Christnas, 

She attended chi.irch every Sunday, She belonged to the Youth 
Fellowship, a church fellov/ship and attended the First Evangel- 
ical United Brethern Church, 



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Gordon Duaiie HAl'liL.! aiid Betty Lou ROVLaffiAGEi;- Their Life 
Together 

I-iy parents net v/hen my father came to iiarJiattan to look up 
an old boy hood friend of his from southern Illinois that was 
now living there. There he met my mother and they married the 
next year. 

They moved seven times in their first ton years of marriage. 
The family, which was constantly grov.ang until it reached seven, 
always v/ere moving to a bigger and better home. Immediately 
after they married, they moved into an apartment for six months 
in Joliet, They then moved to an apartment in I.'arJaattan '.vhen 
one became available because that was where m.y mothers friends 
and family were. They lived in the Manliattan apartment for al- 
most a year when they moved into the "Little House" (as our 
family has always referred to it) that my mothers' father had 
built in 1930, The reason that they were able to rent this house 
out was because my grandparents had moved into their larger 
scond house, which my grandfa.ther also built. They rented this 
home from 1957 when Laurie, the second child was born, through 
i960 when Doreen was born, and until David, the fourth child 
v;as born. In the spring of 1962, they needed much more room -, 
than that house could provide so they moved to the "Si.iith Eouse", 
named after the man they rented it from. There the last child 
of the family, Steven, v;as born. They lived at the Smith House 
for two years when another house in town went up icr rent that 



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was much nicer and was charging the same amount for rent so 
the family moved into the "Eden House". The Eden House can 
best be remembered for its beautifully carved curving stair- 
case that had a balcony connected to the head of it which, when 
looiiing over the banister, you could see into the parlor. We 
lived there for a yeexr when my dad was transfered to Rockford 
by his company. My father lived approicimately two and one half 
months at the Y.M.C.A. while looking for a house and drove back 
to Manhattan on weekends to be v/ith his family''. He found a home 
and the family moved up here on the New Years v;eekend of 1966. 
We lived in that house for seven years until we moved to a larger, 
nicer home Memorial Day weekend in 1973. From then, until this 
present day, we have lived in our current home. 

Shortly after my parents were married, a recession struck in 
the late 1950's. The only work my father could find, v.'as stand- 
ing in icy water up to his loiees cutting broom corn for farmers, 

VJhen my father was sixteen years old, he worked for the Val- 
spar Corporation. He was laid off due to the recession shortly 
after, but was re-hired there v;hen he was eighteen. He worked 
for them for eighteen years working his way first from a laborer 
to a foreman. He then v;orked his v/ay from a foreman to the head 
of a number of departments including quality control, inventory 
control, shipping, grinding and packaging. He then v;crked his 
way from those positions to the position of plant superintendent, 
and finally from that position to that of production manager. 



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In 1974 he resip'ied his position v.ath the Valspar Corpor- 
ation and becane a sales representative for an insurance com- 
pany. He has currently v/orked his v;ay up to staff manager in 
the Eockford district. 

My Eother started vvorlzing a.s a sales clerk at the Rockford 
Store in 1970 and v;orked there for three years until she began 
working for the Karlem Consolidated School District, 



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Randy D\:ane KAl-lSY 

Randy Duane Raciey was born on August 6, 1956 in Joliet, 
V.'ill, Illinois in the sane hospital his rother v;as born., Ee 
v;as the first child born to Gordon and Betty Ramey. 

He attended the Anna KcDonald Grade School in lianhattan, 
v;hich fornally v/as called the Manhattan Public Grade School. 
Tlie school's name was changed in honor of a teacher that had 
taught there for 50 to 60 years. Not only was she his first 
grade teacher, she was his mother's, aunt's and uncle's teach- 
er as well. 

Since Manhattan had grovm very little since the time his 
mother had been a youth, their lives were sonewhat similar. 
He was raised during his childhood in the sace small house 
on his grandmother's lot that his mother had been raised in 
and, even though they moved around tov/n four times, the tovm 
was so small he could easily walk to school. He also remem- 
bers that there was little recreational activities centered 
in town. 

The day before his maternal grandfather's funeral, his 
father learned that he v/as to be transferred to Rccliford. 
They moved when he was half way through his third grade, and 
the rest of his education was completed in the Harlem Consol- 
idated School District. He went to Franl-ilin Middle School for 
grades six through eight. Franlilin, and the neighborhood in 
which he lived at the time, was a tough and violent area, lie 

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remembers that almost everyday diiring lii::ch period at Franlilin 
there v/ere tv/o or three fights. There was alot of £ojis ^c — 
tivity and not only did the boys fight one ai'iOther, the girls 
did as well. He particularly remembers hov; one night three 
boys from school stole a car and got involved in a high speed 
police chase. They totaled the car, but escaped to a second 
car and partly damaged it before they were finally aprehended 
a few miles south of the Canadian border. In another instance, 
after Franklin lost a football game against one of the other 
Loves Park middle schools, a large mass of Franlilin students 
assembled and tipped the other schools cheerleader's advisor's 
car over. The teacher also had little control over the class- 
rooms much of the time, 

Ylhen he arrived at Harlem High School he found things to 
be much tamed. He participated in track and cross country for 
three years and varsitied his junior and senior years. At the 
end of his sophomore year, his family moved vri.thin the city 
limits of Loves Park to a much nicer home and nighbcrhood. He 
v;as in the first graduating class at the Harlem i<orth Campus 
and v;on awards his senior year for being the outstanding his- 
tory student of Harlem High School and being in student council 

Running has always been very important to him. In fact., 
he and a group of runners from Harlem founded the Harlem Mara- 
thon Club (HKC) , a non-profit organization operated for and by 
the runners. The KMC is sanctioned toth by the A.A.U. (^'j;;ateujr 



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Athletic Union) and the U.S.T.F.F. (Uiiited States Track and 
Field Federation) national goverrJ.ns bodies. Its goal is the 
continued development of distance running and track and field 
talent. Some of the highlights of our group's efforts have 
been a second place finish at the Kational Junior A.A.U. 10,000 
meter run at Buffalo, Kev; York in November of 197A» Also, a 
national championship at the U.S.T.F.F. Kational Junior Mara- 
thon in July of 1975. One of the most satisfying meets of all 
for him v/as one v/here he did not even VTin a national or region- 
al medal. He had his eyes set on running the V.'isconsin Hayfair 
I-Iarathon in late May of 1975. Although he had come close . 
to breal-iing the prestigious three-hour mark for a marathon while 
participating in a Miich_Lgan miarathon vath a 3:00:2':^ cloclo.ng, 
he never actually broke three hours. So a friend, and fellov/ 
runner, and he decided they would drive up the day before the 
meet, sleep at a motel, and be at the location for the race the 
next day. But their coach got word of this and advised against 
it stating that since they had just been running aerobic (high 
intensity, short-speed) workouts and had not run any a:iaerobic 
(long-slow, endurance) workouts or even a race over two miles 
in length for months, and with the national cha:::pionship coming 
up a month cxnd a half after that, it v;as not allov.dng their 
bodies adequate enough recuperation time for that race he 
thought it would be foolish to do this, /inother runner over- 
hearing tiiis told tiie:.: it was suicidal wliat trev -ere -^Ip^-r^-^rr 

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to do because of improper training. But they toth went any- 
way and they both finished under three hours, /ind although 
they did not have a three nan team and so were not eligible 
for any awards, it was very satisfying to hin: because it was 
his first sub three hour marathon and he had accomplished 
something he had set out to do, much against the better judge- 
ment of his coaches and fellow experienced runners. They also 
v/ent on to win the national championship a month aiid half 
after that. 

He is currently attending Rock Valley College for two 
years with the intention of transferring to Western Illinois 
University to complete h^is Bachelor of Science Degree in 
Law Enforcement, 



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Locations of Irapoi'tance In My Family Hiotory 

1. Keivton, Jasper, Illinois. County seat of Jasper County 
where the Addis Fariil^^ lives and where my fatlier ai^d his 
Liother spent their time as youths. 

2. Toledo, Cuiiberland, Illinois. Place where ny paternal 
grandfather cind grand;.. other Samey ran off to be narried. 

3. Joliet, Will, Illinois.. County seat of Will County... My 
parents had an apartnent there right after they v/ere married, 

4. Manhattan, Will, Illinois. Town ny maternal grandfather 
cac.e to in 1900, My grajidparents lived there most of their 
lives and my mother v;as raised there. 

5. Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Place where my maternal grand- 
father was born at in 1897. 

6. Aurora, Kane, Illinois. Place where my paternal grajid- 
father and grandmother Ungle.sbee were married. 

7. Kockford, Winnebago, Illinois, County seat of Winnebago 
County. 

8. Loves Park, Wirjiebago, Illinois, Place v/here my fanily has 
lived for the last ten years. 



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+ ( 1 ) Plainfield Ceaentary — George ADDIS 

E. Lillie ADDIS 
Samuel ADDiS 

— Clifford RATffiY 
Uillian A. SAltSY 
Efiie R./II-IEY 
Willi am RAI-IEY 
Elisabeth RAI-ISY 

Farms — Gordon Duane RAi-EY (lived on) 

Farms — Lela Mae ADDIS (lived on) 



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REDMOND, BARBARA AN^^ 1956- 



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MILY HISTORY. 

ar Contributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection: 

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



SURVEY 



Your name Earhara Ann RpHni n n d 
I) a t e of for m Apri 1 ?.fi , 1 976 

Your college: Rock Valley College 
Rockford, Illinois 



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



Before 1750 
"1850-1900 



1750-1800 X 1800-1850 
1900 or later 



Please check all regions of the United States in which members of 
your family whe^m you have discussed in your paper have lived. 

_N ew England(MasR. ,Conn. ,R. 1 .) 



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

South Atl ant ic (Ga . ,Fla . ,N .C . ,S .C . ) J:ast South Central 



Va . ) 

Cl.a . ,Miss . , Al a . , Tenn , Ky . ) West South Cen t r a 1 ( Ar k . , N . M . , Te x . , Ok . ) 

!•- a 3 t North Ce n t r a 1 (Mi ch . , Oh i o , I n d . ) X i'ac i f i c (Ca 1 . , Was li . ) 
(Hawai I ,A laska) X (111., Wise.,) 

Please check a 1 1 occupational categories in w!iic;ii members ol your 
family whom you iiave discussed in this paper havi^ found themselves. 



^ Fa rming 

__T ransportation 

Professions 



Mining X Shopkeeping or small business 

Big Business X Manufacturing 

X Industrial Labor Other 



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



X Roman Catholic 

Bap t is t 

Ouake r 



Jewish 



Presbyterian 



Me thodis t 
Lu ther an 



Episcopalian Congregational 

Mormon Other Protestant Other (name) 

What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 



Swed i sh 
Blacks 

Jews 

"irlsh 



Other Scandinavian _ 
Indians Mexicans 



German 



French 



P uerto Ricans 

Italians X Slavs 



I'^i stern lUi r o p 



Central Europeans _ 
British Native Americans over several cenerations 



East Asian 



Other (Name) 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 



_X Interviews with other X Family Bibles 

family members ~^^ Land Records 

X V ital Records 

^ Photographs -^ Maps Other 



Family Genealogies 
The U.S. Census 



deceased 



FAM1 LY DATA 

A . Grandfather (your father's sid e) 

Name Jnhn Alnyniu s Redmond Current Residence 

Date of birth Ju ne ? A , 188 9 Place of birth siv mjlpc M. pf Rockford 

Date of death April 3. ^961 Place of burial pj t.tsvjlle , Wisconsin— 

Kdnca t ion (numb e r of years); 

gr.-.de school I j—^ high school vocational ^ college 



Occupation (s) 

Is t shop employee Dates igpt^-? 

?nd auto mechanic Dates 1911-1912 2nd Necedah. Wis Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
IstRQckford, IL_Dates 1905-191^ 



3rd carpenter 

auto mechanic 
4th farmer 



Dates 1912-19 13 3rd Pittsville. Wl ^tes ?-death 

1913-1916" 

Dates 1916 on 4th Dates 



R e 1 1 g i o n Catholic 

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

Holy Name Society 



Place of Marriage to your grandmother Rockfor dj, IL date Janua ry. 191 3 
NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 18) by a stepfather or another 
relative give that data on the back of this page. (A-1) 

Grandmother (your father's side) 

N a me Ella Martha Gabel c urrent Residenc e dec eased . 

Date of blrtli Jime 25 , 1890 Place of birth Seymour, VJ is con sin 

Date of death Januar y 5. 1958 I'T ace of b u r i a 1 Pittsville^ Ji}[isconsiri__ 



Kducation (number of years): 

grade school g high school 

college 



vocational 



Occupation (s) 
1st maid 



Dates 



PLAGK OF RKSl DF.NCE 
(after leaving home) 
1 s t Rockford. IL Da t e s_ 2 _- 



2nd housewife 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 191;^ 

Dates 

Dates 



2 n d Necedah. Wis, "at e s 19J.6-2 

3rd Pi ttsvi lle. WjL:>ffl t e s 9 _^ eath_^ 

Dates 



4 th 



Religion Catholic 

Political party, civil or social c:lubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your g r a nd f a the r RQckf C 



_ da te ja^ij_iary-,-.19i^ 



NOTK: If your father was raised 'io age 18) by a stepmother or 
another relative give that data on the back of this p.i;',e 
(A-2) . 



A-2 S tepgrandf a ther (your father's side) 



Name 



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 



_D a t e s 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



lst_ 

2nd 

.3rd_ 

4 th 



voca tional 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

D a t e s 

Da tes 

D a t e s 

Dates 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandmother 

2 S tepgrandmo ther (your father's side) 

Name Current Residence 



date 



Date of birth 
Date of death 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) : 

grade school high school 

CO liege 



voca t ional 



Occupa t ion (s ) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4 th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



1st 

_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 grandfather 



Date 



Grnndfather (your mother's side) 

Name John Mezera 



^___ . Current Residence^ d^_ceased . 

Dnte of birth April 8. 1891 Place of b i r t ti _Prairie_du Xliifia^ Mis 

Date of death November 13 1 1968 Place of buriai_p]2^airie_^dii^CiiierL^ixs*__ 



Education (number of years): 
grade school ? high school 



vocational 



college 



Oi: c- 11 pa t ion (s ) 

Is t farmer 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

D a t e 3^ 915 on Is t s tay e_d on name d ^ t e s 1891-191.^ 

farm 
Dates 2nd Prairie du Chien qates I9 ig-dea th 

Wisconsin 

Dates 3rd Dates 



Dates 



4th 



Dates 



R e 1 1 j; i o n 



Catholic- 



I' o 1 i r i c a 1 parties, civil or social t: 1 ub s , f r a t u r n i t i t' s , civ. _ _ 

Place of marriage to your gr andmo th er p-pqir je du.Qhien, ^■' ^ '-^ September , J.9J.5 _. 

Wisconsin 

NOl'l'.: If your mother was raised by a stepfather or another relative (to 
a^; e 18) give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

I Grandmother (your mother's side) 

I Name Mary Polodna Current Residence d eceas ed 

I Date of birth March 18, 1896 ^ Place of birth PrairiP du Ghien, Wis^-- 

Date of death November 18, 1969 Place of burial Prairie du C hien, Wis. 

|l Education (number of years) 

grade school 7? high school 

I Occupation(s) 

^^^. maid and^ -COO 

2nd Jij 

3rd Dates 3rd 

4th 



vocational 



col] e g e 



PLACE OF RF.S I DI'iNCl- 
(alter 1 e a v i n g, home) 

Dates?,-a91i iH t.jpraiyie du .Chi^rt^ ' '■^1915-1945.. 

Wisconsin 
Da tos_i9i5 QXL 2nd from farm.^into "•' ' '■ ■• 19^5-death 



tov/n 



4th 



R e 1 i g i o n Catholic 



Dates 



Da L es 
Dates 



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



Place of marriage 'to your grand fa the r_^rairie_ du.CJlierL,- Wis-1''"- '' ^^P'^embej. 
NOTi:: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative^ ( t >> 



H\ 



give th»* d«Ca on the back of this page 



(D-:i) 



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



Name 



Date of birth_^ 
Date 1 death 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 

Occupa tion (s ) 



voca t iona 1 



college 



lst_ 

2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



_lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENC 
(after leaving home 



Da t es_ 
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) 



Date 



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade scliool high school 



vocational 



col l(;e 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Da tes_ 
Dates 
Da tes_ 
Dates 



1st 
2nd_ 
.3rd 
4 th 



PLACE OF RKSIULNC 
(after leaving homi 
Dates 



Da tes__ 
Da tes___ 
Date s_ 



Re 1 igion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



D a t c _ _ 



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

■'' '^ •" '-' Wi n i am Kpn-ry P pHrr^nnr] 

Place of birth Rockford. Illinois date July 4. 1913 

Number of years of schooling' 8 Occupation carpe nter __ 

Residence Min nespta,.-^ Marital Status married 

Number of children 3 Death 

''^•""'' __..JQhn^epr£e_R_edinond 

I' 1 a c e of hi rth Roc kfor d. I llinois da t e January 28. 1915 

Number of years of schooling 8_ Occupation mi llwright 

Residi-nce deceased Marital Status married 

N u in b , ■ r of c h i 1 d r e n 2 D e a t h April 8. 1 9|7_2 ^' 

N -1 1'l e Thomas Redmond 

riace of birth Rockford, Illinois date 1917 



Number of years of schooling 8 c c upa t i on service man Army 

Residence deceased ^MarJtal Status single 

Number of children_ 0_ neath ~May 19^2 



N a m e Pj)rothy Redmond ( Blombe rg) 

Plac of birth K ecedah. Wisconsi n '•"-<■_ Apr il^_1919_ 

Number of years of schooling S ^''' '' "P''^ i " " hOUSewife 

Residence Port Edwards. Wiscon sinMari tal Status ..widow 

Number of children 8 death 

N ;i m e Mary Redmon d _ ( Wein fur ter) _ 

Place of birth VJisconsi n date April. 192 1 

Number of years of schooling 8 0<' c u p a t i o nJiQUS^ewif e 

R e s i d e n c e Wiscons in M;i r 1 1 a 1 Status married _ '^ 

Numlier of children 11 Death " 

N ^ "' ^' _ _^Gera.1d Redmond 

Place of birth^ W-JsnnnRin 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence PittRviJle, Wic;. M^r 1 tal's ta tus "r^arri ed 

Number of children < death 



N a m e_ James Re dmond 

Place of birth Pittsville, Wis . date L225__ 

Number of years of schooling l£ OccuplTtion ten nhPT 

Residence Gresham. Wisconsin Marital S t a t us ^jn^rriied. " _ 

Number of ch i 1 dren 7 __death 

Name Robert Redmond 



Place of birth Pittsv illo. Wis. date 192 7 



Number of years of schooling 12 ^ Occupation barber 

Residence California Marital Status marr ied 

Number of children 1 death 

• Name Everett Redmond 

P 1 a c e' o f b i r L h PittsvJlle, Wis. Jd a t c_ _ 192^ 

Niimbrr of years of schooling 8 ()c(iipa(i(jn farmer 

Residence Pittsv ille, Wiaaritai Status giarried 

i Number of children_ 6 death 

• ' N.i me It^alter Edward . 

Place of birth pj^tiSYili£^_Wis '»ate 1931 

Number of years of schooling Occupation ___ 

Resilience dece_ased Marital Stains _ 

Numb.r ol children death 1931 



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

1. Name HpI fin Theresa Schoofs 

Place of birth VJisconsin date I^ovember 12, 1916 

Number of years of schooling 8 Occupation cafeteria wo rker 

Residence VJj pnnnRin Marital Status married 

Number of children ^ death 

2. Name Dorothv Anna Redmon d 

Place of birth Wisconsin date June 24. 1918 i 

Number of years of schooling 8 Occupation housewife 

Residence Minnesota Marital Status married 

Number of children 2 death 

3. Name Cecelia Karie Redmond 

Place of birth Wisconsin date November 26, 1919 i 

Number of years of s chooling 12 Occupation babysitte r 

Residence Rockford, Illinois Marital Status widow 

Number of children 2 death 



Name Margeurite Lillian Pet erson 

Place of birth W JSCOnsin dat.e April^ P.^, 1 Q?7 

Number of years of schooling Occupation COOk 



Residence 1/Visconsin Marital Status married 

Number of children 5 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 



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 



Name ^ 

Place of birth " date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children\ death 



10 . Name 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence M arital Statu s 

N limber of children death 



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CHILDREN of A & B 

11. Name Charles Redmond 

Place of birth Pittsville. Wis, date 1933 



Niunber of years of schooling 16 Occupation 

Residence Michigan Marital Status married 

Number of children 7 Death 

* He works at a Veterans Hospital where he teaches 
and counsels veterans. 



Your Father 



^^^^ Jnhn gfinrgp Redmond •. Current Residence_ 



deceased 



Date of birth Rockford. Illinois Place of birth January 28, 1915 

Date of Death April 8. 1973 Place of burial Rockford, Illinoi s 

Education (number of years) 

grade s chool 8 high school vocational co liege 



Occupation(s) 
1st farm hand 



CCC 
2nd (farm hand 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

Dates 1930-1936(?) 1st Qitv Point. VJis. Dates ? 

1936-? — 

Dates 193.?-? 2nd Madison. Wis. Dates ? 



3rd factory worker Dates 19^9-1973 3rd Rockford. 111. Dates 1938(?) 

-1973 

4th Dates 4th Dates 



Catholic 



Religion_ 

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



Place of marriage to your mother Prairie du Chiei l^te September 20, 19^1 

Wisconsin 

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

Your Mo ther 

Name HpopI in Mai-iP Mp^.pt-p Current Residence 75OQ Rogers Street 

Rockford, Illinois 
Date of birth Nnvemhpr ?f), 1 Ql Q Place of birth 



Date of death 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school 8 highs'school GED 



vocational 



college 



Occupation (s) 
1st maid 



2nd 


factory worker 


3rd 


day care worker 


4th 





PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 193^-1940 1st Janesville. Wis .Da tesi 937-1 9 

38 

Date s 1940-1 95^^ 2 n d MadlSOn, W is. D a t e SI9 38-4 O 

Dates l973-now 3rd Rockford, IL Datesl940- 

now 
Dates 4th Dates 



Religion 



Gath ol i c 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your f a the rp rairie du Ch ien. date Septe mber 20, 19^1 

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



E-2 Stepfather 

Name 



Date of birth 



Place of birth 



Date of death 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



voca t ional 



Occupatlon(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



college ! 



lst_ 
_2nd_ 
_3rd 

4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENC] 
(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 S tep mother 

Name 



Date 



Date of birth 



P lace of birth 



Date of death 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 
.grade school high school_ 



vocational 



college 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd_ 

3rd 

4th 



Da tes_ 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENC 

(after leaving home 

1st D a t e s 



_2nd_ 
-3rd 
4th 



Da tes^ 
Dates 
Dates 



Re 1 i g i o n 

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 

Name Barbara Ann Redmond 

Place of birth Rockford, 111. Date of b i r th December 20. 19% 6 

Number of years of schooling 2A ^_Occupation student 

Residence Illinois Marital Status Single 

Number of children death 

Name Rita Jean Redmond 



Place of birth Rockford, 111. Date of birth June 2? > 1959 

Number of years of schooling 11 Occupation student 

Residence Illinois Marital Status single 

Number of children death 

Name 

Placeofbirth Dateofblrth 



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 



Nam e 

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 



Name 

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 



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 F.lbrary, Rockford 
Illinois 



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INTERVIEWS 



Agnes Mara 

Clinton, Wisconsin 

Verona Cleary 

Rockford, Illinois 

Margaret Braconier 
Rockford, Illinois 



Helen Mara 

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 

Mabel Berg 

Rockford, Illinois 

Cecelia Redmond 

: Rockford, Illinois 



Dorothy Bloraberg 

Port Edwards, Wisconsin 



WRITTEN CORRESPONDENCE 



Tony Mezera 

Prairie du Chien, Wis» 



Dorothy Redmond 
'.Minneapolis, Minnesota 



Chamber of Commerce 

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 



KeAtnonn 




Redmond 






Motto: Omnia Vincit Amor 
Translation: "Love conquers all" 

The family name REDMOND, is Norman in origin. The founder 
of the family m Ireland was Alexander Raymond, a gentleman said to be 
related to Ra^ond Le Gros, one of the first Norman knights to settle in 
Ireland m 1166 A. D. In the course of time the name came to be pro- 
nounced and written Redmond. 

The REDMONDS acquired considerable estates in County Wexford 
and throughout the nearly 800 years since their establishment in Ireland,' 
they have been closely associated with the civic and political hfe of that 
county. Their lands were located in what is now the barony of Forth. 

At an early date the REMONDS identified themselves with the Irish 
oilture and way of life. Like most of the influential families of Ireland 
^t' wT""^ ^^ ^'T''- ^" '^^ ^^^'^ ^°'' P'""^^*^ '^^"^ characterized 
ll ^nMnMn?"" '" ''''■'°'X ^ ^^^^ ^- ^^ «^«y °f ^^e leaders of 
the REDMONDS were attainted as rebels so that their lands could be 
seized with some show of legal form. Again a century later we find Father 
rl^UorZ Redmond numbered among the Wexford 

In our own country the most prominent representative of the family 
was John Edward Redmond (1855-1918). Following the death of Parnell, 
the Irish Parliamentary Party in Westminister struck a period of ineffectual 
leadership and weakness till mobilized by REDMOND in his campaigns for 

,^1k rD^^'^n^T" ^"'"\ ^°' '^""''^^ y^^" ""d-'- ^^^ leadership 

somethmg of Parnell's dynamic drive characterized the Party once more 
However, World War I and the rise of Republicanism in Ireland eventually 
tlZVeLT"^ ' effectiveness as a political instrument in the struggll 

n.n, ^P^^^^S^ eastern Counties of Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford, the 
name REDMOND is not found in great numbers in Ireland. The Mc- 
Redmonds of Mayo, who were prominent in medieval times, were a branch 
of the Burke family and at the present day are either extinct or have re- 
verted to the use of the original name, Burke. 



I. PATERNAL GREAT -GRAriD PARENTS LIFE TOGETHER 
GEORGE GABEL AND DOROTHY WIEGEL 



George Gabel married Dorothy WIEGEL in 1884. Both of 
them were from Seymour, Corners, Wisconsin and it was there 
that they were married. They both were of the Catholic 
faith. George had been the youngest of five children and 
Dorothy was the youngest of seven children. After they were 
married they lived on a farm at Seymour, which is near 
Darlington, VJisconson. They had twelve children, however, 
three of them died in infancy. The nine children were: 
George, Mayme, Ella, Cyril, Florence, Mabel, Irene, William, 
and Verona; 

The family considered themselves poor partly due to the 
large size of their family. Therefore, aroujid 19OO they 
decided to move north-in search of a better life. Dorothy 
was scared to move because of the Indians up north. The 
Indians turned out to be real but the fear was imnecessary. 
The family moved to a farm in the area of Pittsville, Wood, 
Wisconsin. The Indians used to often cut across their 
property, but they never bothered the family. The farm they 
settled on consisted of two hundred acres and had once been 
a logging camp. After the family had only lived on the farm 
for about a year, in April of 1901, George and Dorothy were 
at church with some of the children and the other children . 
who were at home started a fire in the stove with straw. 



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which got too hot and their home was burned to the ground. 
The neighbors came and brought not only food but also 
material to help build the family a new home. IJhile every- 
one helped build the new house, the family lived in the 
granary. Today this farm is still in the family. It is 
owned and operated by Everett REDMOND, a grandson of George 
GABEL and Dorothy WIEGEL, . .. . " , , 

George GABEL died of cancer on August 16, 1921 while 
they were still living on the farm. Dorothy had moved to' 
tov/n where she had rented a house. She died, however, back 
out on the farm, while staying with her daughter and family, 
on October 19, 1944. • . 



II. PATERNAL GREAT-GRANDPARENTS LIFE TOGETHER: 
HENRY REDMOND AND JULIA MURPHY 



Henry REDMOND and Julia MURPHY were married May 14, 1876 
at St, James Catholic Church in Belvidere, Boone, Illinois. 
Henry had been bom around I852 and was the son of Garrett 
REDMOND and Julia CULLEN. Julia MURPHY was the daughter of 
Elanor and Daniel MURPHY and was born around 185^. 

After their marriage, Henry and Julia resided at many 
different addresses in the city of Rockford, Winnebago, 
Illinois. At one time they lived on a farm which was known 
as "REDMOND'S WOODS." The farm was located on the land 
that is now called Sinnissippi Park. They also had a Benton 
Street address at one time. This is on the northeast side 
of Rockford. At still another time they resided at 6IO 
Knowlton Street, which is on the south end of town. This 
area was called the "IRISH PATCH" at this time. - 

Besides having many addresses in town, Henry also held 
many various jobs in town. For awhile he worked as a 
laborer at A.. D. Forbes Company. At another time he was a 
farmer. He was also employed by the St, John Paper Company 
as a teamster. And he was, at another time, a dealer in 
kerosene, gasoline, machine oil, coal, wood and he worked 
for the city as a garbage collector. 

Henry and Julia had twelve children; Julia, Helen, May, 
Kit, Elizabeth, Harry, Gerald, Joseph, Agnes, John and 



Daniel. The last surviving child of this family just passed 
away April 10, 1976. Henry and Julia also adopted one child, 
Peter KELLY, through a home in 'Boston. 

Around 1913 Henry and Julia moved to the Los Angeles, 
California area. Here Henry owned and operated a cigar 
shop. He also owned a second-hand store which his brothers 
operated for him. . ^ . . ' '"■ . 

Julia died in California on February 23, 1925. They 
decided to bring her back to Rockford to bury her but they 
had to wait until the grotmd thawed. So in May of 1925 
Henry brought his wife's body from Los Angeles to Chicago 
on a train. And her body was then brought to Rockford for 
biirial. Henry died March 12, 1926 at the home of his 
daughter in San Luis Obispo, near Los Angeles, California. 
His body was also brought back to Rockford by train and he 
was buried adjacent to his wife. 



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[HENRY REDMOND OF 
ROCKFORD DIES AT 
SAN LUIS OBISPO 

Henry Redmond, who ( ent hie 
life In Rockford until Jils removal 
to- California 13 years ago, died sud- 
denly Saturday at the home of hie 
daufhter, Mrs. E. P. Tltcombe, San 
Lul« Obispo, Cal. 

He was 73 years old. H:3 wife died 
a year ago and was buried In Eock- 



D, Chevalier Di 
At Germak\ 

(Special to The Momfn? 
GERMAN VALLEY, 3V 
David Chevalier, for 34 J 
of the Chicago-Great Wi 
■^'^r here, died this mot 
o'clock. He wag 67 ye» 
had never married. He 
by two sisters and f 
The body will be tak^ 
gan. 111., for funeral*? 
burial. 



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He to aurvlvcd by ten children, 
ilre. E. P. Tltcombe. San Luis Obls- 
^P0, Mrs. W. D. Butler, Santa Bar- 
bara, Cal., Mrs. J. A. Mullen, Santa 
Monica, Cal., Mrs. Lee Landere, Los 
-Vngeles, Sister Mary Anne of Im- 
maculate Heart college, Ho!l>'wood, 
Cal., James O. Redmond, 209 North 
First street, John A. Redmond, 
Vesper. Wis., Mrs. J. F. McMahon, 
Henry Redmond Jr., and Joseph A. 
Redmond, Los Angeles. He also 
leaves 34 errandchildren .-nd one 
great grandchild. 

Funecal arrangementt were not 
completed yesterday, bu". th» body 
will be brought to Eockford ifor 
burial. 

What's Toung Montrearg correct 
name?— F. E. W. 
Maurice Blllingborf. 



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We wish to expresi 
to all those who werj 
u« in our bereavement^' 
husband and brother, i 
Davis. i 

■We especially thanlt| 
the Rev. 'William Mo7 
Rev. J. A. L. ■Warreir) 
sent flowers. 

MRS. FRANCIS D/ 
JCR. AND MRS. A»' 
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MR. AND MRS. / 
MR. AND MRS. 

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III. PATERNAL GRANDFATHER: JOHN ALOYSIUS REDMOND 

John REDMOND was born six miles north of Rockford, 
Winnebago, Illinois near Roscoe on June 24, 1889. He was 
one of twelve children born to Henry REDMOND and Julia 
MURPHY. While in Rockford, his family moved a great deal. 

In 1905, at the age of I6, John worked for a sewing 
machine company. In 19II he was employed as an auto mechanic 
at P. P. Phillips, which was among the first garages in 
Rockford. In 1912, he worked as a carpenter. Up until 
his marriage in 1913 he lived in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, 



IV. PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: ELLA MARTHA GABEL 

Ella GABEL was born June 25,1890 in •^eymour Corners, 
Wisconsin. She attended country school and completed the 
eighth grade. 

When she was about ten years old her family moved to 
a farm located about six miles from Pittsvllle, Wood, 
Wisconsin. The town of Pittsvllle consisted of salbons, a 
jail, B general store, two hotels, a barber shop, a drug 
store,, two dry good stores, and a Catholic, Lutheran and 
Congregational Church. Ella's family was a strong Catholic 
family, however, when they first m6ved to this area they 
only attended Mass about once every three months. This was 
due to the fact that the church at Pittsvllle did not have 
a resident pastor and therefore a priest only came about ■ 
that often. During the winter it was quite a project for 
the family to go to church. They would warm pieces of wood 

in the cook stove then wrap them to keep them warm and 
put them in the sleigh to keep their feet warm. Straw 
would be put in the bottom of the sleigh and some of the 
children would sit on the floor. In the dead of the winter 
When it was real cold the snow would get so hard the sleigh 
could even go over the fences. On Wednesday nights Ella and 
her sister, Verona would often take the the cutter and go six 
miles to town to attend choir practice. Ella received her 
First Communion on June 22, 1903 when she was twelve years 



old and about four months later on November H', 1903 she was 
confirmed. 

The main tvpe of entertainment for the family were the 
dances that were held in the homes of various farmers. 
When Ella's family held them they were generally held in the 
kitchen. £.ven though the family had a phonograph they had 
live music at these affairs. The family itself had some 
musical abiliD„.-. Slli often played the pump orjan and her 
father played the violin, Many times along with the dance 
there was a box social. This was where the girls would 
pacK a box. lunch for two people. Then these lunches would 
be auctioned off to the boys. Then the girl who packed the 
lunch and the boy v;ho bought it would go and eat it. 
Christmaswas a festive occasion. It was usually celebrated 
with just the immediate family. The tradition was to set the 
table on Christmas Eve and put your letter to -^anta Glaus 
on your plate. Tnis generally brought some candy and toys. 
Outside of the dances and holidays there wasn't that much 
time for play. 

The children were often made to work In the fields. 
Sometimes in the fall they would even have to stay home from 
school in order to help dig potatoes. Another job that wash't 
too much fun was pulling mustard out of oats — however your 
reward for this job was a sack of peanuts. 

Before Ella was married she came to Rockford, Winnebago, 
Illinois where she did hpusework at the home of iJayton* s 
This was a wealthy family who operated a dry goods store in 
town. 



V. PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS LIFE TOGETHER: 
JOHN ALOYS lUS REDMOND AND ELLA MARTHA GABEL 



John REDMOND and Ella GABEL were married at St, James 
Pro-Cathedral in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois on January 
29 t 1913. John was twenty- four years old and Ella was 
twenty-three when they were wed. At the time they were 
married John was working as an auto mechanic at P. P. 
Phillips Garage, which was probably one of the first garages 
in Rockford. After he left there he worked for his brother, 
James, making jkfindow sashes and doors. 

John and Ella made their home on Rockford 's northeast 
side on Greenmount Street. It was here that their first 
three sons were bom; William, John and Thomas. Around I9I8 
the family moved to a farm near Necedah, Wisconsin. It 
was here that a daughter, Dorothy, was born. They soon 
discovered that the soil was very sandy and thus very poor 
farm land. So after about two years later they moved farther 
north to the area around Pittsville, Wood, VJisconsin. 
This move was quite memorable because the family and the 
livestock was moved by train. When in the Pittsville area 
they lived on various farms. Then in 1929, the family moved 
into the tov/n of Pittsville. While the family lived in town 
John had a jab as a Rawleigh salesman. This was during the 
Depression and he would go out and collect from his customers - 
in order to buy a sack of flour or a pair of shoes for some 



of the children. After living in town for about a year they' 
decided to return to farming. The second farm that they moved 
to after living in the city was a farm that was owned by 
Ella's parents^ George GABEL and Dorothy WIEGEL. The house 
on this farm was a large two story structure. The downstairs 
consisted of three large rooms, a kitchen, a living room and 
a bedroom. The upstairs had three bedrooms, however, only' 
two were used as bedrooms and the third room was used as a 
storage room. And it was family tradition to refer to it 
as the :"full room," During the years that the family lived 
in the Pittsville area seven more children were born, however, 
one. 6f these died in infancy. The six that lived were Mary, 
Gerald, Everett, Robert, James, and Charles. This gave the 
family ten children all together. 

John and Ella stayed on this farm until about 1952. 
It was then that their son, Everett, got married and took 
over the farm. John and Ella bought a home in Pittsville, 
which they moved into .in. 1952 » In their later years they 
travelled a little, visiting Florida and California. 

In 1956 Ella suffered a stroke which left her partially 
paralyzed and unable to walk on her own. Then on January 
5» 1958 she suffered another stroke and died. She was 
buried in Pittsville, John stayed by himself and in February 
1961 he decided to go to his son, Robert's home in California 
and visit him and also to visit with his brothers and sisters 
who lived in Califomia. One night while crossing the road 
he was struck by a car and killed. This occurred on April 
3t 1961, after he had been there about six weeks. His body 
was shipped back to Pittsville for biirial. 



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Mirs. John Redmond, 67, passed 
away at 11:10 p. m. Sunday at St. 
Joseph's hos-pital at Marshfield, 
where she had been a patient since 
Thursday. She had been in ill 
health since suffering a stroke a- 
bout three years ago. 

Tho body will lie >n state at the 
Redmond home, city, until time 
of funeral servicea. A Requiem 
High Mass will be held on Thurs- 
day morning at 0:30' o'clock at St 
Joachim's Catholic Church, with 
the Rev. Joseph Marx to officiate. 
Interment will be made in the par- 
ish cemetery. 

The former Ella Gabel was born 
in ShuUsburg on June 25, 1S90, 
coming to this district with her 
parents! when she was a small 
child. She was: married to John 
Redmond at Rockford, 111., on Jan. 
29, 1913, where they lived for a- 
toout six years. They then moved 
to Necedah, where they lived for 
seven years before coming to this 
area, where she had since made 
her home. 

She is survived by her husDjand, 
nine children, William Redmond, 
Minneapolis); John Redmond Jr. , 
Rockford; Mrs:. Clarence (Dorothy) 
Blomberg, Seneca Corners; 'Mrs. 
Ed (Mary) Weinfurter and Gerald 
Redmond, this district; James Red- 
mond, Gresham; Robert Redmond, 
Wisconsin Rapids; Everett Red- 
mond, Arpin; and Charles Red- 
mond, River Falls; also iby 27; 
grandchildren. iBrotheirs and sis- 1 
Iters are Gfeorge Gabel, Tucson, ! 
Ariz.; Mrs. Mayme Haumschild of 
Oregon City, Ore.; William Gab- 
el, Mirs. Thomas Cleary, Mrs. Wal- 
lace Berg and Mrs. Irene Gustaf- 
son of Rockford; Mrs. Kenneth 
Peterich and Cyril Gabel, of Ar- 
'n. 

5h« was prereded in death 
•>ns and one brother; 



Th£ DefXTH Notice OF 

EUfX GP.BEL 

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—Jock Overlode pMto , 



CHP OFFICER COMFORTS FATALLY INJURED PEDESTRIAN 
Officer Ussery on d John A. Redmond 

Elderly pedestrian succumbs 
after being struck by auto 



An elderly man who was here 
on 'a visit from Wisconsin be- 
came the Valley's third traffic 
fatality of the year over the 
weekend. 

John A. Redmond. 71, a retired 

fanner from Pitts\'ille, Wis., died 

%t Antelope Valley Hospital early 

iod^y of injuries suffered when 

'«s struck by a ear at Ave. I 



and 13th St. West Friday evening. 

The car was driven by Rita Mae 
Moss, a bar maid who lives at 
<3000 2oth St. West. 

The elderly man was crossing 
Ave. I from north to south at the 
time. His injuries included a 
broken hip, internal injuries and 
head lacerations. 

California Highway Patrol Of- 



^ccideht report 

Grand-fc^+Ker 



ficer E. D. Ussery, who investi- 
gated the fatal mishap, adminis- 
tered first aid pending arrival 
of the ambulance. 

Redmond had been in the Valley 
for six weeks, visiting his son 
Robert Redmond, operator of 
Bob's Ave. I Barber Shop. 

Rosary will be recited at Em- 
merson's Chapel at 7:30 p.m. to- 
morrow, with the Rev. Charles 
Kennedy of Sacred Heart Church 
officiating. 

The body will then be shipped 
to Pittsville for requiem mass. 
Redmond was a member of the 
Holy Name Society there. 

Besides his son, he has one 
other survivor in the Valley, a 
sister, Agnes Butler of Littlerock. 

The accident in which Redmond 

lost his life was one of 11 in the 

Valley over the Easter weekend. 

Nine persons were hurt, but most 

f the injuries were so mir 

at they required no medi' 

"on. 



VI. FATHER: JOHN GEORGE REDMOND 

On January 18, 1915 John George REDMOND was born in ' 
Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois on Greenmount Street. He was 
the second child born to John REDMOND and Ella GABEL. He 
joined a brother, William, Henry. Eventually he had seven 
brothers and two sisters. When he was three years old his 
family left Rockford and moved to a farm near Necedah, 
Wisconsin. After they lived there for tv/o years they moved 
further north to a farm in the area of Pittsville, Wood, 
V/isconsin. The family lived on various farms in this area. 
It was in this area that John began his education in a country 
school. He graduated from the eighth grade and this was the 
end of his formal education. In 1929 his family moved to the 
town of Pittsville. This was during the Depression and life 
was not easy for the family. They ate a lot of potato 
pancakes and corn bread. They only lived in town for about 
a year and they moved out on to a farm again. 

As children on the farm, their entertainment consisted 
of playing ball and hiding down a hill on an axle connecting 
two buggy wheels. Another time of relaxation v/as every 
night after dinner when their sister, Dorothy, v/ould play 
the organ and everybody would sit around and sing before they 
went outside to do the chores. Christmas was a celebration 
with just the immediate family. They never had a tree put 
up before Christmas. Because on Christmas Eve after everyone 
was in bed, it was Santa Glaus who came and put up the tree. 



He also left candy, maybe a toy, and best of all some fruit, 
such as an orange which was a real treat because it was a 
fruit that they had to buy, ' 

The family was a strong Catholic family. They attended 
Mass every Simday and every Saturday the children would 
walk to catechism class in town. 

It was about the time that the family moved from town 
back out onto the farm that John began to work for other 
people on farms in the area. Average pay was twenty to 
thirty dollars a month plus his room and board. After doing 
this for avrhile he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp(CCC) 
and stayed in a camp and worked around City Point, Wisconsin. 

After leaving the Civilian Conservation Corp he went 
to work for a family named Benish, on a farm near Madison, 
Dane, Wisconsin. He then decided to come back to the city 
where he had been bom, Rockford. His older brother, 
William, v;as now living in Rockford too, John got a job on 
the Kinson farm on Baxter Road, east of New Milford, Illinois 
which is close to Rockford. After a short stay there he 
got a job as a laborer at J. L. Clark where he was only 
employed for a short time. On February 7, 19^0 he went to 
SUndstrands where he started out plugging pumps. He then 
went into pump assembly when reaming and tapping of the pump 
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VII. GREAT-GREAT GRANDPARENTS: 
JOHN MEZERA AND BARBARA KOLARSH 



It was in the year 1868 when John MEZERA and his wife, 
Barbara KOLARSH left Bohemia and came to the United States. 
They brought their three children, two boys and a girl with 
them. The boys were Tom and Carl. On October 24, 1868 they 
bought 120 acres of land from David Veeder in Bridgeport 
Township, which is near the town of Prairie du Ghien. 

They lived on the farm approximately two years when 
tragedy struck. For a light they used a can of kerosene with 
a wick burining in it. Carl, the older son, was filling the 
can with kerosene while the wick was lit. This caused the 
larger can he was pouring from to explode arid set the house on 
fire. Carl and his sister were burned to death in the fire. 
Barbara KOLARSH was only able to save Tom. Everything was 
lost in the fire including papers and records. 

During the ensuing years two more girls, Anne and Mary, 
were born. A new house was built which today is being slowly 
dismantled. Nearby this house was a root cellar which had 
water running through it. Milk, homemade butter, and other 
food stored in crock jars was kept in this cellar. It was 
in use until 19^5. 

In November of 1881 John purchased another 120 acres 
from Frank Panka. Then on March 8, 1889 John MEZERA sold 
the 240 acre farm to his son Tom. This sale, however. 



involved no money. The deal stated that Thomas must give 
his father some garden space, seme room in the barn and a 
room in his home, if John desirfed to live there, until the 
time he died, John MEZERA. and Barbara KOLARSH then moved 
into the town of Prairie du Chienon North Ohio Street. 
John attended Mass at the Catholic church every day. One 
day in 1902, while on his way home from church he was 
walking along the railroad tracks and due to a hearing 
disability, he was hit and killed by the train. Barbara 
died in 1918. 



VIII. GREAT-GRANDPARENTS LIFE TOGETHER 
THOMAS MEZERA AND THERESA FUKA 



Thomas MEZERA was bom in Bohemia in 1864. He came' 
to America in 1868 with his parents and, a brother and 
sister. 

Theresa FUKA was born in 1865 in Bohemia. She was one 
of thirteen children. Only four of the thirteen, Josephine, 
Frank, John and Theresa came to the United States. Theresa 
never became a naturilized citizen of this country. 

Thomas MEZERA and Theresa FUKA met through an arrange- 
ment. , This was planned by Theresa's sister Josephine, who 
was twenty years older than Theresa. "This arrangement was 
one of the reasons why Theresa came to America. In 1888 
Thomas and Theresa were married in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, 

In 1889 Thomas bought his father's 240 acre farm. 
Thomas and Theresa built some buildings on it and some new 
machinery and more livestock were added to the farm. The 
family grew to include five children: Mary, Charles, John, 
Christine and Anthony. In 1909 Thomas purchased an additional 
185 acres from Frank Polodna for $3,680, which is about $19.89 
per acre. The family worked this land as a unit until 191?. 
In 1917 Thomas sold I85 acres to his son, John, and in 1922 
he sold the o'ther 240 acres to his son, Charles. Thomas and 
Theresa then moved into a house on South Ohio Street in 
Prairie du Chien. 



In July 1932 Thomas MEZERA died in their honte on South 
Ohio at the age of sixty-eight. Theresa FUKA was unable to 
stay by herself in later years dnd while staying with her 
son** Charles and his family, she died on November I3, 19^1. 
At the time of her death Charles was living on the land 
which he had purchased from his parents, she^ therefore, 
died on the farm which had once been her home. 



IX. MATERNAL GREAT-GRANDPARENTS LIFE TOGETHER 
THOMAS POLODNA AND ANNA NOVEY 



Thomas POLODNA married Anna NOVEY on October 16, 1893 
in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Anna NOVEY was the oldest 
of four children born to Mathias and Mary NOVEY. When she 
was seven years old she had come to, the United States from 
Czechoslovakia. Thomas was one of the five children of 
Matthew POLODNA. He had been born in Chicago in 1873 and 
had come to the Prairie du Chien area about 1886. 

Both Thomas and Anna were Catholic. After they were 
married they moved to a farm outside the city of Prairie du 
Chien. It was here that a son, Henry, and three daughters, 
Helen, Agnes and Mary were born. Today only a couple of 
apple trees remain to mark the site of this homestead. 

Thomas and Anna sold this farm in 1900 and moved to 
Prairie du Chien where he had purchased an interest in a 
button factory with his brothers. Being mechanically 
inclined, he assumed the position as maintenance man for the 
machines which were used to cut buttons from clam shells. 
These clams were dug from the Mississippi River which runs 
right alongside Prairie du Chien. After one year, he sold 
his interest in the factory and returned to farming. 
Through two transactions he acquired 141 acres. An unusual 
transaction took place in December of 1904 when Thomas 
traded ten acre tracts with some neighbor to enable easier 



fence maintenance. It was on this farm that they had their 
last three children? Lucey, Lillian, and Raymond. Thomas 
spent the rest of his life on this farm until his death in 
1965. 

Thomas was often described as a very active man. And 
his mustache was the pride of his face. He served as sec- 
retary of the Eastman Mutual Insurance Co. for almost forty 
years. He was the director of the Fsirmers Telephone Company 
which serviced about fifty subscribers. He held this 
position from the origination of the company until it was 
sold to the Wisconsin Telephone Company. To form this 
company each farmer chipped in about twenty-five dollars, 
each put up his own pole, and bought their own phone,- 
Thomas also owned and operated the local threshing machine 
for about sixty- five years, beginning with a steam operated 
engine for power, 

Thomas and Anna lived to celebrate their 50"^^ wedding 
anniversary in 19^3. About six weeks later in December of 
19^3 Anna died. Thomas stayed alone on the farm for about 
twelve years until he was eighty years old. He then married 
Katie THORNTON. in 1955. They lived together on the farm 
until Katie died in 1963. He stayed by himself on the farm 
until his death on November 17 » 1965 at the age of ninety- 
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to. and Mrs. Thos. Polodna of near this city were the recipients 
of many grifts and the well wishes of countless friends, Oct. 17 as 
^cy celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Polodna ha»' 
I M> active in civic work in his town and has been secretary of 
's' insurance group for miny years. 



X. MATERNAL GRANDFATHER : JOHN MEZERA 

John MEZERA was born April 8, 1891 in Prairie du Chien, 
Crawford, VJisconsin. He was the third of five children. 
John was never given a middle name. He grew up on his ".'■.• • 
father's farm on Irish Ridge. Irish Ridge is the name 
given to an area of land about three and one-half miles east 
of Prairie du Chien off Highway 27. He spent his childhood 
on this one farm. The house on it was very simple. 
Downstairs there was a kitchen, two bedrooms and one big 
room v/hich today would be considered a family room. It 
was in this room that the family ate. Upstairs in the ; 
house was the attic where some of the children slept. lie 
used to tell how as children they would get up in the morning 
and do the chores in the dark, then they would have to sit 
and wait for daylight so that they could go out into the' 
fields and work. However, as children they had toys that 
many children of that area did not have such as ice skates 
and bicycles. 

John attended a country school called Irish Ridge 
School. This was a typical country school with one teacher 
instructing all eight grades. When he was older he worked, 
for a short while, at Campion College, a Catholic boarding 
school in town. Here he washed dishes until he cut his 
hand; he then began: to make beds. He and a partner made 140 
of them every day. His primary job as a boy, however, was 
working on his father's farm. 



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XI. MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: MARY POLODNA 

On March 18, 1896 Mary POLODNA was born on a farm nesir 
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. She was the second child and 
the second daughter born to Thomas POLODNA and Anna NOVEY. 
She attended a country school but did not graduate from the 
eighth grade. Only two of her six brothers and sisters 
did graduate from the eighth grade,. Memories of school 
brought back memories of the teacher who regularly used a :l 
willow whip for disciplining the children. Mame -was the 
name that Mary came to be known by . • ' 

While she was at home the family did not have a radio,'' 
but they had a Victrola. Due to the lack of electricity, 
this had to be cranked up between each record in order for 
it to play. The farm her family lived on was about five 
miles from town, therefore, about the only time they went 
to ■ town was on Sunday to attend Mass, 

For entertainment the children would often go to the ' 
country school on Sunday afternoon and play ball. As they 
got older the farm dances became the big events. These 
were held in people's homes. The music consisted of people 
playing concertinas, accordians and sometimes violins. 
There was always food and beer at these gatherings. 

Christmas was celebrated by just the immediate family 
and generally the main course was goose. Goose was considered 
special because it was something which they had to buy. 



Being they lived on a farm they had to buy very few groceries. 
When they bought things such as goose they made sure they 
didn't waste any of it. The goose grease was used as a 
cold remedy and the feathers were saved for making pillows. 
Christmas was special for the children because they usually 
received some fruit, like oranges which had to be bought, 
and some pencils and then some small toy, like a doll or a 
mouth organ. . - • 

The farm that Mary lived on as a child was about five 
miles from Prairie du Chien. The town is located on the 
Mississippi River and had a woolen mill as its main industry. 
In addition there was a canning factory \diere they canned 
tomatoes and sauerkraut. Also there was an ice company 
which was quite a necessity at the time. When the Mississippi 
River would freeze in the winter the ice company would go 
and cut up huge chtinks of ice and store them in an ice 
house. Then by horse and buggy they would distribute this 
ice to the people for their home ice boxes which they 
stored their food in. , ■ • 

Mary POLODNA worked at various people's homes assisting 
with the household chores. Later she worked for awhile at 
the Sanitari\;m in town. This was a place that specialized 
in giving people turkish baths to help ease their rheumatism. 
Mary cooked here for a wage of fifteen dollars a month plus 
her room and board, ' . 



XII. MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS LIFE TOGETHER! 
JOHN MEZERA AND MARY POLODNA 



John MEZERA met Mary POLODNA at -i-rish Ridge School 
which they both attended. They were married at St. John's 
Catholic Church in Prairie du Ghlen, Crawford, Wisconsin on 
September 8, 1915» They were married in a double wedding 
along with his sister, , Christine MEZERA and George KONICEK. 

They made their first home in a house that set on a 
185 acre tract of land which was part of his father's farm. 
In 1917 John and Mary purchased this I85 acres fr-^-n John's 
parent^.- In exchange for the farm, John and Mary were to 
supply John's parents with wood, milk, cream, and a set siAm 
of money, approzihatel^ $ 200 a year for as long: as the . -.-'--^v 
parents survived. John and I'iary built a new barn, a large 
chicken coop and a combined garage and utility shed on the 
farm . 

John and Wary had four daughters: Helen, Dorothy, 
Cecelia, and Margeurlte. They lost their last child. All 
of the children and their mother, Mary, did alot of field 
work such as planting and digging potatoes, cuttlngcorn 
and making hay. Threshing time was a big event on the farm. 
The threshing machine "was owned by one person and that 
person rented^ it out to his neighbors. Then a irronp of 
neighboring farmers would come with their teams of horses 
and wagons and help' do the threshing. The women prepared 



meals for all the men that had come to help. ButOheting was 
another big project on the farm, John's two brothers would 
come early in the day and it w^s an all day Job: Generally 
they would first butcher the pig then make sausag:e nnd render 
the lard on the first day. The next day they would can the 
meat and this would be their supply for the summer. .. 
John and Mary si^ayed on their farm until 19i5. when 
they sold it to John's brother, Charles, and they moved to 
town. One factor that influenced the decision to sell'" the 
farm was the lack of- boys in the family. They purchased a 
home at 5l6 iiast Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien. By 
this time all their daughters were gone from home. John 
worked for a short time at the canning factory. He then 

got a job at a fertilizer plant where he worked for about 
ten years . After he retired he enjoyed e;ardening and also 
enjdy^d-} braiding nylon rugs, They also took pleasure in 
visiting their daughters who hadd^all moved away from 
i'rairie du Chien. 

A%ry was in poor health for a couple of years before 
her death. She suffered a stroke In early November of 1959 
and on the l8th of that month she died in her home. John 
continued to live on Blackhawk Avenue where he stayed alone. 
He now spent alot of time with relatives reminiscing about 
the past. He began to make a habit of attending mass every 
morning and he really enjoyed going to church picnics that 

were held in the area. Here he got a chance to visit with 



many old friends.. On November 13, 1968 he died in the 
hospital In Prairie du Chlen, the town where he had spent 
his entire life. • 



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Mrs. John Mezera, 63, PraS 
Ai Chien, passed away WecK 
nesday, Nov. 18, after a long 
illness. / 7 S'/ 

Born Mar. 18, 1886, in the 
town of Prairie du Chien^ 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thom- 
as Polodna, she has always liv- 
ed in this community. 

She was married to John Mez- 
era, Sept 18, 1915, and four 
daughters were bom to this 
union. They farmed in this area 
tintil about 15 years ago when 
they moved to Prairie du Chien. 

Surviving are her father, 
Thomas Polodna, four daugh- 
ters: Mrs. Theodore (Helen) 
Schoofs, Kewaskum, Wis.; Mrs. 
William (Dorothy) Redmond, 
Minneapolis; Mrs. John (Cece- 
lia) Redmond, Rockford; and 
Mrs. Christie (Marguerite) Pe- 
terson, Milwaukee. Four sisters 
and two brothers, Mrs. George 
Mara, Mrs. Agnes Mara and 
Henry Polodna, all of Prairie du 
Chien; Mrs. Percy Nehrenz, Ma- 
dison; Mrs. John Ball, Mt. Hope; 
Raymond, La Crosse; 14 grand- 
children and one great grand- 
child, also survive. 

Funeral services were held 
'Saturday, Nov. 21, Msgr. Pau' 

onarski officiating and inte 
■ in Calvary cemetery 



John Mezera \ 
Dies Nov. 13,/?6.<P 

John Mezera, 77, of Prairie 
du Chien, died Wednesday at 
a local hospital. .„„„^„ 
Services were at 10:30 ajn. 
Saturday at St. John's Catholc 
Church here, ^vith bunal in 
Calvary Cemetery. 

Surviving are four daughters 
Mrs. Ted Schoof of Kewaskum, 
Wis Mrs. William RedmoHdof 
Minneapolis and Mrs. John 
Redmond of Rockford, ni., and 
Mrs. Christie Peterson of Oak 
Creek. Wis.; two brothers, Cha- 
rles and Tony, both of Prairie 
du Chien; a sister, Mrs. Geo^e 
Konicek of Pralne du Chien; 
14 grandchildren and seven 
.Tf eat-grandchll dren. 



TuE Deph-m Notices oF 
fAM2-v/ "Polo ON f\ ^ Jovan IN\Ei.^^fV 




XIII. MOTHER: CECELIA MARIE MEZERA 

On November 26, 1919. Cecelia MEZERA was born in a farm 
house near Prairie du Chien, Crawford, Wisconsin, She was 
the third of fotir girls to be born to John MEZERA. and 
Mary POLODNA, They lived on a 185 acre farm, v/hich today 
is owned and operated by a cousin of Cecelia, Clem MEZERA. 
Cecelia went to school through the eigth grade. For seven 
of these eight years years she attended a one-room country' 
school, and for one year, fourth grade, she attended the 
parochial school. This one year of psirochial school education 
was necessary in order to receive your First Holy Communion. 
During this year, Cecelia and her older sister, Dorothy, 
stayed at the home of their grandparents, Thomas MEZERA 
and Theresa FUKA, who lived in town. This year was quite 
memorable because their grandparents primarily spoke 
Bohemian. If the weather was good, they got to go home on 
the weekends, but they spent from Christams until Easter in 
town without going home. It was here in town that they 
spent many hours occupying themselves with a ball and jacks. 
They would sit out on the sidewalk and pass away the time. 
While on the farm they played mostly outside doing things 
like jumping rope, playing in the hay mow and sledding. 
Inside they plasred with paper dolls which they cut out of 
catalogs and games such as "hide the thimble." 



The children were expected to so their share of the work. 
They helped alot in the fields and occasionally they even 
had to miss a day of school in order to help out at home. 
All the work on the farm was done without power machines. 
Horse-drawn equipment was used. During the Depression years, 
she can remember her father selling pigs for two cents a 
pound. (live weight) - • " ■ 

When Cecelia had finished eighth grade, this v/as the end 
of her formal education for the time being. So during the 
suceeding summers she would stay home and help on the farm 
and during the winters she would stay at various homes and 
work as a maid. Sometimes this meant staying with some 
relatives who might have a new baby and other times it 
meant going to town and staying with some well-to-do family. 
At one place she stayed one 6f her jobs was to wash the 
ninety-six French style -windows in the home. These years 
could be called years of informal education. Because she 
worked for people of various occupations she learned many 
things by experiencing them. She worked for people who had 
a chese factory, people who had a theatre, people who produced 
hybrid seed com, and some who had a dairy. 

When Cecelia was about eighteen years old she left 
Prairie du Chien and went to Janesville and Madison where 
she did the same type of work. Then in 19^0 she came to 
Rockford to stay v/ith her niece v/hile her sister was in the 
hospital. She then worked as a maid for a fairily in Rochelle 
for about three weeks. After this she got a job at National 
Lock where she worked on a thread cutting machine. While she 
v/as employed there she lived with her sister and her family. 



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No. 

STATE OF WISCONSIN ^^ 
Board of Health— Bnreaa of Vital Statistics 



ORIGINAL BIRTH RECOBD— DELATED 
roix WAa«E AT BiRTB ' Ce£eli§^.M^ie._Mezera 



John Hezera 



(Month) (Day) (re&r) 



Blaldem Nam« f'lSJBe _Po3j?dna 



_ (To be Bigned by registrant If 13 years of ago or over) 

scribed and aivoni to before me on IASZlt..J>v vA^. 




rlly Identified hlmaelf to mc. 

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Do NOT write below tliis line. 



by the above alsne^, who peMvnaUy «p]>earcd btfore a 

— — EfilJ a-i^caetcrg 

Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, etc. 



ABSTRACT OV SUPPORTING EVIDKNCB 
fbme and kind a> document, and by whom Issued aaiS alflncd 



DataortebaJ doe» 



Affidavit of Mayme Mezera, Bridgeport, Wig,, Mother of Registrant. 

.Bir-thd;jta-.Qf.Af:fiant,..ie96 

Cert, of Baptism; Church of Ct. John, Prairie du Chien, V7is, Signed by 
-gaiLL.J....Monarskiy.Pa&tor,-.Erai rIe-du.Chi p .n,..giau, ,: , 



Jan. 18, 
1944 



"^ec".'"i4;' 
1919 



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INPORMATION CONCERNING REGIgTRANT AS STATED IN DOCUMENTS 



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I certify that no pnor certificate filed before 1 year of age Las been found'for this re^strant in thty Buji«u of Vltt ff" 
fitat i a ti a s a l flw S t a t a B o a r d o f HeaUh and I further certify that the evidence as Eet forth in the fotegoing abstract haa 
been Bubmitted to this department and is the basis on which this certificate has been filed as a delayed birth record. ■ 



^nature 



Register of 



Marguerite Pogfirp 

Stata Raglatrar of VHai Statlatloa 



Deeds, Crawford Co., Wis. 



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XIV. PARENTS LIFE TOGETHER: 
JOHN GEORGE REDMOND AND CECELIA MARIE MEZERA 



John REDMOND and Cecelia MEZERA were married at St. 
John*s Catholic Chxjrch in Prairie du Chien, Crawford, Wisconsin 
on Septeinber 20, 19^1. They had met about four years 
earlier. This meeting took place at the wedding of John's 
brother, William to Cecelia's sister, Dorothy. 

They made their first home in a smEill house on Wood 
Ave, in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois* John was employed at 
Sundstrands and Cecelia had just quit working at National 
Lock, In December after they were married, World War II 
began. Along with the war came the days of rationing. Many 
items were not to be found in th stores and anytime that a 
line of people was seen in a store everyone just fell in line . 
because it generally was something that v/as hard to get like 
cigarettes, or dress hosiery. Gas, sugar, and meat were among 
some items that were rationed. Once John and Cecelia went 
to Wisconsin to visit John's parents on the bus, because gas 
was rationed. And on their first Christmas, they couldn't 
find any tree ornaments in the stores. But one day while 
Cecelia was downtown in a freight outlet store the salesmen 
sold her the ornaments off a display tree. 

In December of 19^ they purchased a home and nearly 
two acres of land at 7501 Rogers Street in Harlem township, 
outside the city limits of Rockford. The house was located 
on the rear of the lot. They decided to move it so they put 



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a basement on the front of the lot and put the house up on 
rollers ard pulled it with a wrecker to its new foundation. 

John had left Siwidstrands "in 19^6 in order to open a 
small job shop with a partner. This did not prove successful 
and he went to work as a laborer at a plumbing shop. I^hen 
in 1951 he retiorned to Sundstrands working on a radial drill, 

Meanv/hile, in 19^3 > Cecelia returned to work. She was 
employed at a small factory called Aircraft Template. At 
the eind of the war this factory closed and she went back to 
National Lock. Cecelia stayed at National Lock for about a 
year I when summer came she decided against working. However, 
soon after she quit she decided to go back to work* she 
found employment at General Cement, today called G. C. 
Electronics, She worked there for three years. Then for 
about four years she worked at Acmets, now called Rockford 
Hardware. She quit-thaie' because she was going to have a child. 

In December of 1956 John and Cecelia had their first 
child, Barbara, Just before Barbara had been born they had 
started building a new house on the lot adjacent to their 
present home. The house was built on a pay-as-you-go basis. 
The project was a slow one due to limited finances and the 
fact that John did most of the construction by himself. Five 
years later the house was completed. This is the home that 
the family still lives in today. During the building of the 
home the family grew. They had a second daughter, Rita, who 
was born June 27. 1959. 

John and Cecelia were members of St. James Church until 
the dioceses decided to build a church in the Loves Park area. 



The new church was to be St, Bridgets. John and Cecelia 
became active members of the new church. They were one of 
the first sixty-seven families 'in the parish. When the church 
originated they did not have a building so they held Mass 
in a tent. Today St, Bridgets includes not only a church 
but a school, a convent, and a rectory and includes 950 
families. 

In September of 1968 John had part of his lung removed 
due to a malignant tumor. He returned to work and resumed 
a normal life until in December of 1971 v/hen another spot 
was discovered on his lung. Another operation was performed 
removing another -t\;imor and he again returned to work. In 
the winter of 1972-1973 he began to have difficulty -breathing. 
The was due to a build-up of fluid in and around the lungs. 
January 10, 1973 was the last day that he was able to work. 
On March 27, 1973 he entered the hospital for the last time. 
On April 8, 1973 he died of cancer at Swedish American 
Hospital. He was buried from St, Bridgets Chiirch in Calvary 
Cemetary. 

In 1973* after her husband's death, Cecelia decided to 
return to work. She found employment in a child care nursery. 
Both of her daughter were now in high echopl. And the family 
continued living in the house that John had built, Cecelia 
also decided to return to school in order to get her high 
school diploma. In the fall of 1975 she began her studies 
and in February of 1976 she received her diploma. through the 
Adult Education Program. Rita is presently a junior at Harlem 
High School and Barbara ia a sophomore at Rock Valley College. 




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rhis Is My Job . . . " 

ich Person 
as Key Role 

) one person makes a Sundstrand 

net or machine. Many hands and 

minds must work together — 

from the first glimmer of 

an idea until the finished 

and tested product 

reaches the Sundstrand 

customer. 
ch of us has an important job to 
irm in the manufacture of Sund- 
d products. 

■re is the description of another job 
r Hydraulic Division which makes 
ble the production of several 
strand products. Without the man 
operates the radial drill in Dept. 
-Preproduction, such products as 
Dwer fluid motors, hydraulic trans- 
ons, shell hoists and refrigeration 
s could not be finished, 
e radial drill mechanic operates an 
ican Hole Wizard which drills, 
reams and bores various Sund- 
i products. 

m G. Redmond, radial drill 
anic in Dept. 477, works on sev- 
lundstrand products, doing the re- 
d operations to finish them for 
ibly. Redmond, whose years with 
itrand total 13, works the 6:45 
:o 3:15 p.m. shift. His foreman is 
ar Wallblom. 

ce Redmond works on different 
icts, he is his own setup man, 
;ing his machine's operations to 
he requirements for each job. 
Jmond generally works on hous- 
end caps, and rear covers for the 
hoist, the refrigeration drive, the 
hydraulic transmission used on 
ig machines and lathes, and the 
hydraulic motor used where the 
' movement of power is neces- 
and on the end and center sections 
ack valves. 

I radial drill machine has a wide 
for drilling. Redmond has drilled 
ranging from 1/16 of an inch to 
'les in diameter. ' 

his own words, Redmond describes 
ork he does with Sundstrand: 




John G. Redmond, radial drill mechanic in Dept. 477 — Hydraulic Divi- 
sion, has an important role in many of the products manufactured by 
Sundstrand Hydraulic. He uses his machine, an American Hole Wizard, 
to drill, tap, ream and bore many parts necessary to complete Sundstrand 
pumps, stack valves and other products. 



Although generally the operations 
are the same, I may have from four to 
five different jobs during a day. I may 
be working on the refrigeration drive, 
the shell hoist, a hydraulic transmis- 
sion, a hydraulic motor, or a stack valve. 

Since requirements for the different 
jobs vary, I must change the setup of 
the machine to suit the required work. 

I check the result of the different op- 
erations to see that they are accurate. 
The finished pieces then are delivered 
to the washing department. 



IS MY JOB 

By John G. Redmond 

perate a radial drill, doing finish 
tions on several of our Sundstrand 
lets. For instance, on the refrigera- 
Irive housing, I do three opera- 
-taper-ream, countersink and tap. 



REDMOND FIRST JOINED 

SUNDSTRAND IN 1940 

John G. Redmond, a native of Rock- 
ford, first joined Sundstrand on Febru- 
ary 7, 1940 when the present Hydraulic 
Division still was a small part of the 
Machine Tool Division. The pump de- 
partment then was located on the first 
floor of the machine tool building. 

John started out plugging pumps, 
then went into pump assembly when 
reaming and tappmg of the pumps was 
done by hand. His first supervisor was 
Carl Bergman, but he also worked with 



Ray Roper, now manager of manufac- 
turing for the Hydraulic Division who 
then was foreman of assembly. 

After a short time in assembly, John 
was assigned to drilling where he 
drilled all the PWX or machine tool 
feed pumps being manufactured at that 
time. 

John Redmond came to Sundstrand 
from a farm near New Milford. He 
remained in the drilling department 
until February 21, 1946 when he left 
Sundstrand to go into business for him- 
self. 

Returning to Sundstrand in 1951, he 
was assigned the radial drill where he 
since has remained. 

For John, recreation at the moment 
consists of two things. The first is 
watching his daughter, Barbara, who 
will be two years old December 20, 
grow up. The second is building his 
home at 7509 Rogers St., North Park. 
John started building two years ago, 
and except for the digging of the base- 
ment, plastering and wiring, he has 
done all the work himself. He and his 
wife, Cecelia, are looking forward to 
its completion. 

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Wednesday 

Funeral services will be held 
Wednesday for John G. Redmond, 
7509 Rogers St., who died Sun- 
day in Swedish American Hospital 
after a lengthy illness. Re was 
58. 

Bom Jan. 28, 1914 In Rockford, 
he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
John A. Redmond. He lived most 
of his life in the Rockford area 
and married the former Cecelia 
Mezvra in Prairie DuChlen, Wis., 
Sept. 20, 1941. He had been em- 
ployed as a millwright at Sund- 
strand for 22 years. He was a mem- 
ber of St. Bridget's Catholic 
Church. 

Survivors Include: his wife; two 
daughters, Barbara and Hita, both 
at home, ; two sisters, Mrs. Cla- 
rence Blomberg, Post Edward's 
Wis., and Mrs. Edward Weinfur- 
ter, Pittsville, Wis.; six brothers, 
William, Minneapolis, Minn., 
Robert, Lancaster, Calif., Char- 
les, Athens, Mich., James Gre- 
shan. Wis., Gerald and Everett, 
both of Pittsville, Wis. 

Services will be held at 9:30 
a.m. Wednesday in Delehanty Fun- 
eral Home, and at 10 a.m. in St. 
Bridget's Catholic Church, with 
Father Raymond Gordon, pastor of 
the church, officiating. Burial will 
ba in Calviry Cemetery. Friends 
may call al the funeral home from 
7 to 9 p.m. today. The rosar'' 
win be recited at 7:30 p.m. tod; 
Ml the funeral home. 



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XV. MY LIFE: BARBARA ANN REDMOND 

Barbara REDMOND was born on December 20, 1956 at 
Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. 
She was the first child bom to Cecelia MEZERA and John 
REDMOND. She was baptized 6n December 30, I956 at St. 
Bridgets Church at 1:30 pm. 

At tv/o and one-half years old she attended her first 
party. It was a birthday party for a playmate and when she 
came home she told her mom that the big boys played ball and 
she ran with the Kleenex. Her mother later discovered she 
had played "drop the hanky." 

Barbara started kindergarden at ABC Playschool at the ; -: 
age of foux. She then attended St. Bridget's School for 
grades one through eight. It was when she was in first grade 
that the Cubans missle crisis occurred and all the school 
children would go in church and practice seeking shelter under 
the pews. When she was three years old she started taking' 
dancing lessons, however, she gave this up after about two 
years in order to talce baton lessons. She took lessons for 
about ten years and enjoyed marching in parades and twirling 
in baton contests. 

In the fall of 1970 she began attending Boylan High 
School. At the end of her sophomore year she went on a class 



trip to Canada. It was a canoe trip into the v/ilderness 
and a very memorable experience. During high school she 
was a member of Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and 
Yearbook Staff. At the end of her jimior year she began 
working as a cashier at Coxirtesy Foods, where she is still 
employed. She graduated from Boylan in 197^ and is presently 
attending Rock Valley College where she is a sophomore. 
Next year she is planning on transferring to the University 
of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and majoring in Speech and 
Hearing Science. Someday she hopes to be a speech therapist. 





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;ASE USt INK; PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 
FAMILY HISTORY 



ir Contributor to the Kock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studying 
rican families, we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only ,^ 
miniues, <ind will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
ess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 



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* OFFICE USE CODE 

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SURVEY 

1. Your narnc 

D.itc of form .> _ p s - T ''i 

2. Your college: Kock Val l ey f.o liege 

]rdck7brd", Illinois 

* *** * A y.- )\ A >V A A A A .\ A A A A A v'. A A )\ ;•. A A A 

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

^Before 1750 1750-1800 / I8OO-I85O 

1850-1900 1900 or later 

U. 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.) V Middle Atlantic (N.Y., Penna. , N.J., Va.) 

y South Atlantic (Ga. , Fla., N.C., S.C.) E ast South Central (La, , Miss. , Ala. ,Tenn, Ky 

West South Central (Ark., N.M. , Tex., OVT V Y East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind. 

"Pacific (Cal., WashJ ^(Hawaii, Alaska) ""^ HI- Wis.) 

;>< Plains (ND,SD,Neb. ,K«n. ,Iowa, MB) 
5. Please check all occupational categories In which members of your family whom you have 
discussed In this paper have found themselves. 



^ Farm! ng 

^Transportat Ion 

\ P rofessions 



Mining X S hopkeepIng or small business 
" Big Business / M anufacturing 
Industrial labor Other 



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



Roman Catholic 
"Baptist 
"Quaker 



Jewish X P resbyterian M ethodist 
'Episcopal Ian > C ongregational x 
'Mormon x Other Protestant 



Other 



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



Blacks Indians M exicans P uerto Ricans 

"Jews C entral Europeans I tal lans X S 1 avs 

'Irish B ri t Ish >C N ative Americans over several generations 
"East Asian Other 



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

_FamIly Bibles Family Genealogies 

The U.S. Census 



Interviews with other 

fami ly members 
Vital Records 
Photographs 



_Land Records 
"Maps 



Other 



FAMILY DATA 



A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Nam e ^i]\>an\ H K^ U t^ 

I f dead, date of death — — 



Cu 



rrent Residence R t.C K^^. > -. ( ^ J"ll, 



Place of birth C e/]^eCi.n ll . r)| .,)f.n Data of Birth fl^y 3/ ^ 1^13 



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

Occupat ion(s) 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
,1 Or (after leaving home) 

'St lln^CO U(^il-.C Dates !q|^-i^lU 1 st U4^h 



2nd 'Tgner.^1 ( ,n^^cu\i' Dates :^?.0^-\^53 2n d WY^'-iT't^^j 
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Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Dates ' ■'il ~ 

Dates ! 'j I b 

Dates \'\\ip 

Dates .ii|7 ,-.n 



Place of Marriage to your grandmother |-\ i , , -r 



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



. Grandmother (your father's sid«) 

Name W,>,,r,,,( ^| R^. u ^ 

If dead, date of death ^^ 



Current Residence Kc L\^fofci .S- I \ 



Place of 



birth Rocku.J nij 1;;/;. 



Education (number of years): 
grade school high school 

Occupation(s) 

' » t f\j lA r 5 f -^ fl , Vi Dates, 

2n d Sw, -lr}\ l[\()ai'A (OpY^ 

3rd 

4th 



Date of birth 4pt-xl ^^A^ h'O^ 



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1st 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
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Dates 



or Dates, 
Oates_ 
Dates 



2nd 



Dates 



3rd_ 
kth 



Dates 



Dates 



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

Hace of marriage to your grand/ather (A , I, ,^ . V J^ oCTTr T-T " 

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A- 1 Stepyrandfalher (your father's side) 



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Curront Residence 



I ( (lrn<i, d.ilr of death_ 
PIncc of bl rth 



Educ.ition (number of years) 
grade school high school^ 



Date of Blrth^^ 
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col lege 



Occupat lon(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



Dates 
Dates^ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



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2nd 



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Dates 



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JDates_ 

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Dates 



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Place of marriage to your grandmother 



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A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



Narne 

If dead, date o^ death 



Place of bi rth 



Current Residence^ 
Date of birth 



Education (number of years): 
grade school high schoo1_ 

Occupat ion(s) 



vocational 



_col lege j_ 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
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1st Dates tst 




Dai^i 


2nd Dates 2nd 




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3rd Dates 3rd 

Re 1 1 g i on 




Dati. 


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




Place of marriage to your grandfather 


Date 




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3. 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 
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ame OSC 6\r B 6L 
f dead, date of death 



Current Residence 



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Place of birth Hat On -M . 11 m-, i], 
Education (number of years/; 
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l»t (^'|f n^.il ( 0'"Ji?r De'p-f.J D ates 
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'olitical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

'tace of marriage to your grandmother '\ \ ,,,j'/^, i.| I', , aate 

lote: If your mother was raised by a SLep r il li er U l Umil l E r r elai l VK ( t o a ge l8t^ 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

randmother (your mother's side) 

•"« f}offnCe ?)\^,jl^t\m{ (^^{CK) C urrent Residence 5k^^ki6 . T\\. 

id. date of death — -i— — j— — — li— — — — — 

^Date of birth Ju^Ui (5 . \fiTl 

vocational college 1 



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f dead, date of death 

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ducat Ion (number of years) 

grade school ■ high school 



ccupatlon(s) 
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_Dates_ 
Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
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2n d "^ k g k . c n I ^Dates 



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3rd 



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ellglon C c-\c\^t ^u 





lltlcai partly, cIvFl or social clubs, sororities, etc. 



date c< 



lace of marriage to your grandfathe r >\ , i\v> (^|^,\ i; • ■ d ate r< 

ote: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another r«>l»flu. U^ .». fnr 
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'.tepgrandfather (your mother's side) 



I f <lfad, (laip of (Jeath_ 



Current Residence 



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_Date5_ 
Dates 



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(after leaving home) | 

Dates i 



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ijth 



Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 

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



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Dates j 

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Place of marriage to your grandmoth*r_ 
D-? Stepqr.indmothi'r (your mother's side) 



dat6 



1 r dead, (late of death 



Current Residence 



CI, ICC of birth 

Education (number of years) 



Date of bi rth 



grade school 
Occupat ion(s) 

I St 

2nd 

3rd 



t)igh school 



vocational 



col lege 



Dates 



1st 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



2nd 



3rd 



Dates 1 
Dates] 
Dates 



Re 1 i cj i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather_ 



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CHtkPHEN ot A 6 B ^or A~ I or b-\) - your father's name should appear below 



Name 'v> M'Ary\ 5; fyfi^m 
P 1 ace of bl rth 



Number of years of school Irtg 
Residenc e RpC-k-Tgr-^ , X|( . 
Number of cMldran 2- 



Name Deagy L- , i?t'>Am 
Place of birih [^"^7 



Number of year's^ot schooling 

Resii 

Numbc 



wci ui ycdr» or SCnoOlir 

I denc e ^LcW-^or^^^ -pn 
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name 

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Number of years of schoollnj 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren 



Name 

Place of bt rth 

Number of years of^ s'cKo'o! I'ng 

Residence 

Number of chl idren 



Name 

Place of' birth '"""^ 

Number of years of s'chooHng 

Residence 

Number of chl idren 



Name 

Place Of birth 

Number of years of schooling"" 

Residence "~ 

Number of children 



Name 

Place of birth "" 

Number of years oT schooling 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren ' ' 



Name^ 

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Number of years o^ school Ing 

Res i den ce 

Number of children 



Name 

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Number of years o^ schooling 

Residence ~" 

Number of chl idren 



date ^gh y-j )^->\ 
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"gate 3^n \0, \'\Xi 

' Occupatl6rt ^Al'^sm^n-^R'M. g^JJcA 
Jiarital Statug f-'u^t.ed 



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Mariia! Status 



date 



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date 
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iFTTal Status 



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Xame 

Mace' of birth — ' " 

Jumber of years of echoolUg 

Residence "- 
Number of 



dace 



„ _ . occupaTT?:;; 

„"entai status 



llll.ljKtN o( (, and D (or (.-1, U-l)-your mother's njnie should appo.ir below 



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NunibiT of ch i I dren 



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P I .ICC of hi rth ~ 

Number r)f years of schooling 
R(;s i dence 



Number of ch i Tdren 



7. Name 



P I ace of b i rtit 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 



Number of chi 1 dren 

Ndme 

P I ace of bl rth 



Number of years of school Ing 

Res i dence 



Number of chi I dren 



9. Name 

Place of hi rth 



Number of years of schooling 
Res 1 dence 



Number of chi Idren 



10. Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of school ing 
Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Marital Status 



date__^ 

"Occupation 



_^^^ date__ 
bccupattort 



Marital Status 



_ date 

"Occupation 
Marital Status 



date 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



date 
Occupation 



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date__ 
Occupation 
Marital Status 



our Father 



Z eS^^MfL J^'''"^ residence RoC k^o r.( . T I I 

Date of brrth Xi^ Id ■, l^^^j 



lace of birth rvOdJcvtrA J^\ | 
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PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
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)lltical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



3rd_ 
4th 



_Oates 

_OAtes 

Dates 



Dates 



lace of marriage 
)TE : If you were 

of this page. (E-2) 

>ur Mother 



to your moth.r_L,^r.^^r P H. II Y' l. .a\ /^U^.;:.p?atr7errTn^ 
raised by a stepfather or anitlier re fait I ve glJe tfat da ta on tVe^ bacl^ ' 



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Qg,^! vl/ork- Dates f^ -S| 2n d 5hel(3W, IJi^L^.n Dat. 

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• 1 9 1 on '-^v^-j f'^-lt; a4- 

llticai party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc« 



ace of marriage to your fath6 
TE: If you wer« raised by a s 
this page (F-2). 



'^ U^Vf 'Vi^ HVII , ^H^>^ e.|- Ck,.^. .0 d ate 1 ),v jiT^A 
stepmother or another rtlaFtve gTvij that datTtntRe back o 



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E-l Stepfather 



Name 

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Place of birth D ate of birth 

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



Occupatlon(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 



2nd Dates 2nd Dates 

3rd Dates 3 rd Dates 

i<th Dates ^ th D ates 

Re 1 1 g i on 

Pol It leal* part lei, cl^ll 61* Sflfiiai clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your mother Date 



F-2 Stepmother 



Name 

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 __^*'^*. 

3rd D ates 3 rd _Oates_ 

Re I i g I on 

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



Place of marriage to your father ' date 



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

ame JiA^Av^ Vl^ r ^j Rtuv^t 

lace of birth SKgll. ^ . t^.^W!^^.^ "T^e of birth Ak^u^I \^, ^^ 5 3 

umber of years of school I n'g ^ >2-" Occupat Ion f.:\^-t,v :4^ f 5 Qi ■ £ c -lor |-^^ <>-/. 

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umber of ch i 1 dren [ 

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umbe r o f ch I Idren -» ' -— -J 

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lace of birth Rock-Co.-Av Til . Date of birth rUy ^ S . )U^ 

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esidence Marital Status ZZZZ 

umber of chi Idren ' — — — — 



111. ASSlC.NMtNT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family dre willing) 

1 horcby donate this family history, along with all literary and adiinnistr.iliv 
rnjhLs, to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection, deposited in tlic 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois -^y 

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illU:arr Harold '^^eum was born on a farm In the village 
of JentervTlle, .nnnebaro :ount.v, Illinois, hay 3I, 1395. 
His parents were Louise Ann Schleicher, daughter of Jordula 
^edel anH Auo-ust ichlelcher, and Frederick Kasper Reum. 
His mother, Loi;lse, was born September 20, 1369 In 
• luxxenmelnen, ^.ermany. Vhen she vuas I6 years old she 
came to America with her parents. They then lived In Rockford, 
Illinois. His father, Fred, was born July 2, IO67 also In 
Suxxenraelnen. It was there that he met and 'fell In love with 
Louise. ''e was 19 and -.bout to be drafted Into Germany's 
army when Louise left for America. Fred was not allowed to 
leave the country because of the draft so he stowed away In 
the hold of a ship bound for America. He, landed, after 3 . 
weeks on board. In New York Jlty. He came to rtockford and 
found Louise ao-aln. '^hey were married Cctober 21, IB90. 
The Reum's had ten children: Charles, ilsle, .Vllllam, habel, 
idward , Jalter, Clarence, Louise, Raymond and Chester. The 
family attended St. Pauls Lutheran Church In Rockford and 
the children v<?ere sent to the German-Lutheran grade school. 
Fred supported his family by working as a carpenter. 

William lived with his family until the age of sixteen. 
Re lived In 'Rockford with a friend for a period of about 
2 years. He then went out west to Utah where he worked for 
the I'nlon Pacific Railroad building bridges. Later he 
went to -lyomlnsr where he built boxcar scales. i'he conditions 
for the men there were very poor. They had to live In 



boxcars wlilrh were not Insulated airalnst the cold. The 
temperature?: dropped to ^0 dep-rees below In the winter, 
'^o Vllllam left there for Nebraska wheT-e he shoveled coal 
from railroad cars at ten cents per ton. .;ince lie averaged 
one forty ton boxcar In ten hours work he earned about 
four dollars each day. In I9I8 he returned to Rockford 
and entered the Army on l^iay 2?. Jlx weeks later he was 
In Europe where he was a runner carrying messages from the 
command post to the front lines. The messengers had to 
travel on foot and sometimes at nltrht to avoid detection 
from the Germans. October, 1919 he returned to America. 

June 12, 1920 he eloped with Winifred Harriet Luther. 
The were married In Dubuque, Iowa. 

After his marriage he worked as a General Contractor. 
In 1953 he start-ed Reum Plastics. In 19^7 he sold the 
business to Carter Tru-.Gcale and worked part time for them 
until ie retired In 1972. 



Paternal Gran<i mother 

'.Winifred Hazel Luther was born on April 29, 1902 In 
Rockford, Illinois. Her parents were Alonzo Theron Luther 
and Bessie Kay Ferguson. (See next page). She has one 
younger sister, Lona G. (Trombley) . 

For entertainment .Vlnlfred went on picnics, to dances, 
and church functions. Before she married she worked as a 
nurse's aid and then as a switchboard operator. The family 
had to watch Its funds quite carefully, for Alonzo died In 
1903. .Winifred was only one year old and her mother was 
carrying Lona. Bessie brought up the two girls alone, and 
later on remarried. 

In the spring of 1920 .Jlnlfred met -Vllllam H. Reum. 
On June 12 they eloped and were married In Dubuque, Iowa. 



ijowey T.^^errr^ !ieum v/'a.s born January \0, 1 ''ii;4 Vn 
^opkfor'^, TlLlnoln, the r.nn of niMarr; ariH v'VnKrer^ lieuff. 
He ha.s one ol-^er t-rother, A/VLLlam .Tlrlney. The friml Ly 
attHn'ied "rare r,iii"Vieran Church In Rockf orfi . 

'■'or enternalnrpent while he was arovi\nfT up Dewey 
went ranoelnp, blklno', i^Vklnp-, camplno-, anri to an occasional 
fiance. He also played basKetball, baseball and t'octball. 
One of th<= annual events he IcoReri forwarn to was the arrival 
of planes, tanlcanf' thousanris of soldiers ai. Camp Grant 
for a two week ref resher-tralnlnp; period for the National 
Guard. ^he '.rnory sponsored boxlna; matches, air shows for 
the public. :ie also enjoyed Rockford's lOCth lilrthday 
Celebration and the World's Fair "Century of frop;ress" In 
Chlcao-o (1933) . 

Durlncr hlcrh school and after .•! .■Ill Dewey worked for Ills dad , 
a -general contractor, dolno- all aspects of the bulldlncr trade. 
At that time some ceneral contractors did all the trades, 
Instead of havln? sub-contractors do the wiring, plumbing, 
etc. as Is now required. 

After hlch school he enlisted In the Navy and began 
basic tralnln-T In 19^J-2. tie served as First Class Gunner's 
Kate on the destroyer U..C..>. Jarauel Hoore. The ship was 
sent to injland , Africa, China, Japan, the Fhllllplnes, 
>'orway and Russia. He returned to the states the fall of 
1 9'^ 5 . 



After the war he lived in Florida for about a year 
before return Ihp: to Illinois. ;ie then attended the American 
Institute of rechnoloo;y taklnc^ electronics courser,. Later 
he attended North Western University taking evening courses 
Vn marketlnp-. In 1950 he moved to Chicago, Illinois where 
he ber-an work at Lawrence Hall Home for Loys as Lperatlon 
Kana^rer. :-Ie was rrarrled In December, 1952. Jlnce then he 
has worked for several different companies as a salesman. 
He Is now working for B.A. Rallton (Institutional Grocers) 
at the acre of sixteen and worked as a housemaid until 
she married In 1891. Their father, John, was born In 
Norrkoplng, .Sweden on July 22, 18?^, and migrated to the 
United States with an uncle while he was quite young, 
about 1883. He worked In a butcher shop and attended night 
school. Later on John took an International Correspondence 
Course In bookkeeping. Af'.er his marriage he moved from 
Pullman, Illinois to the city of Marshall, Minnesota. 
There he and his brother. Axel, started Bladholm Brother's 
Machine Shop. Several years later they added a bridge 
build Inc and concrete culvert business which became their 
main enterprise. 

The family of six considered Itself average flnaclally. 
While Oscar was srrowlng up they attended a Presbyterian 
church wher^; he sang In the choir when he was In high 
school. For entertainment they got together with friends 
for box socials, sleigh ride parties, hay rack parties, 
and church sponsored activities. Sports were also Impor- 
tant. Cscar played tennis, baseball, and was a quarterback 
on his high school football team. 



T'he onl V rp'lat-Vves the fainlly had 'Llvlna; near by was 
hln Uncle ilxel'n family. i'hey rot tocrether for weridlntrs 
an' holldayr;, t nd for an occaj^lonal square nance or picnic. 

In their city of Marshall, Minnesota, the Jounty Fair 
was a hlr event each year as was the Hl2;h .School Graduation 
ceremony. On Memorial Day they watched the Civil *Var 
Veterans march down Main street and on to the cemetary to 
pay respects the their departed comrades. The Fourth of 
July parade, follovied by fireworks In the evenln;?, and the 
annual llncrllno- Brothers rilrcus were also looked forwa-d to, 

A few events which occurrei while Oscar was growing up 
are as follows : 

The assaslnatlon of President ,^(llLlaIn HcKlnley at the 
Pan American ilxposltlon In Buffalo, Mew York In 1901. 

The ipanlsh American /Jar In I898. 

The first movlna; picture seen In his home town, "The 
Great Train Robbery." It was ohown by a traveling street 
carnival . 

A little later he remembers, "•••was the election of 
a Democrat, John A. Johnson, in a state that was overwhelm- 
Inc^ly Republican. After serving two terms he was drafted 
for a third. .llnce he was 111 he could not make a single 
speech, but he was still reelected. Several months later, 
after an operation at Mayo 'Jllnlc, he died. 

"Johnson's blga-est accomplishment was to get a law 
passed levylnsr a tonnare t-ax upon the Iron mines, the 



money to be u'led In "upportln.T the scliools . This saved 
the rVtlzenr; from piyln.'- my .s'chool taxes. rle contended, 
■ind rl'7:hfty so, that they shou'ld pay a tonnap;e tax because 
they were depletlni? the st",te'G natural resourceii. 

"T heard him make a political speech before his second 
term. He was so Hynamlc no wonder people voted for hlra. 
Kany people thouo;ht he would have been chosen for a 
candidate for the Presidency had he lived." 

Cscar Bladholm enlisted In June 191(3 durln? .i/orld ,Var I 
and was as3lc;n9d to 31H'-h ^Sn^lneers 86th Bl'ackhawk Division 
In the Army. "^hat Auc-ust he l^ft :aap Grant In Illinois 
and went to France where his division vjas delegated to 
complete barracks at the Tort of Bordeaut for stevedore 
unload Inn; of military supplies. After a short tlnie he was 
promoted to the rank of Corporal. Later he was sent on 
special duty to serve on the staff of Kajor General ^llllair, 
Lancrfltt, ''hlef of ^n.o-Ineers In Tours, France and was soon 
promoted to the rank of .^arireant. He returned to the U.S. 
In July 1Q19 and was discharged from Gamp Grant. 

Later on that year he moved to Hllwauketi, .Wisconsin 
where met Florence ;istelle Buck. i^^^y married In 1925. 

After hl^ marrlaori he worked at the Attorney's National 
Glearlnf^ House as nana-rer of the service department. Later on 
he champed jobs to becouift Gecretary-i reasurer of the 
"forwarders List of Attorneys which pubLI^'hed a book oV lawyers. 
He retired In 1970. 



^.aterna^. IranH mother 

Florence sr^telle Duck was born In I'.llwaukee, .Vlsconsln. 
on July 13, IB97. r'.he was the only child of hyrtle Jhlnier 
a nf^ Clarence rJdward 3uck. Florence's mother was born In 
Altoona, FennsylvanLa , on May 25, 1379 of Pennsylvania 
Dutch stock. Her father, also born In Altoona, worked for 
the Post Cfflce. After their marriage they lived In 
Kllwaukee, Wisconsin. Later they moved to Minneapolis, 
Minnesota. 

The family conslderen Itself flnaclally average. 

^hey belono-ed to the Congregational ;:hurch, where 
"lorence attend ei"" Tiunday .Jchool and servicer. 

7or entertainment Florence went the the museum, movies, 
parties, dances, picnics oi- went hiking In the area, She 
also played tennis. 

School and community events also kept her busy. The 
circus crrounds were near by and when the carnival people 
came *-o town the nelp-hborhood children enjoyed watching 
them put up the bltr tents and feed the animals. 

In the summers her family went to Lake Ripley near 
")ambrldire, /Isconsln for vacations. Florence remembers 
spending nos+ of the days fishing off a pier with a stick, 
strlncr an^ a ben''" pin for a hook. 

Afk.er hls^h school she attended a business college for 
one year and later worked as a typist and receptionist, 

FloT-ep.ce lived '-flth her parents. up until the time she 
married Cscar Eladholm In 19^5, 



Fa^ernal "nrr^ pnrentr; Life Torehher 

'"lo^f"^n^■^ ■vnfell'^ Cuok an-^ Csoar Bernai^d Bladholm met 
In F Vlwiiiikp"= , Vlr^oonsln durlns-'; the sprlnw of 1925. I'hey 
were married Cctcber S^th of the same year, and went to 
Ellorl, Flsslslppl for a honeymoon. They lived In Chicago, 
Illinois and later moved to okokle, Illinois, 

Florence and Cscar have three children, Harjorle (Krs. 
Jack ^loyer), Donna (Krs. Dewey Reum) and John. They are 
the p-rand parents of ten and the j^reat-grand parents of two. 

"^he Pladholms still live In .ikokle, Illinois. 



Mother 

Donna T.ae 3 Lid ho Ln was born on July '-iZ, l^klb in Chicago, 
Illinois, the dautrhter of Cscar and Florence Biadholra. ->he 
has on*'^ older sister, Marjorle, anfl one younger brother, 
John. 

The t'ainlly lived In oauff;ana;ih, a ooii^auai .y m Onicago. 
'^hey worshiped at Sant^anash Community Ilhurch In their 
neighborhood . 

'or entertainment the family i^ent to movies or piays , 
"Church f5pon>ored actlvltie'^, or Listened td the radio. 
Donna also play^^i' tennis, ,'::clf, Lasebal'l and vrlleybali . 

Durlnt'- tlie sumnif^rs when she was ir Iil'^h f;cI'ooL 

"onna wo'^a^'^ *'or a ^ru-r rorpany ir "hlcarro anc' "hen as a 
rail o'lrl tor I'ovfe^'s inc. also \"\ "'-.icau'o. Afi^cr she 
trra('ua*-e^ from yilo-h sc'noo'L, she attended Frances liarrin^ton 
."ichool of Interior ;.'eco7'at Icn . ;3he then worked for .^ears Jo. 
as a Decorator-Coordinator. iDurlng thlr. time she also went 
to iifrlc^ht Jr. Ccl'lea-e evenlncrs. In l'-''^;9 slie Left .]ears 
and beran sociai worK at Lawrence Hall I'ome for Doys . 

It was at Lawrence Ha L L where she met Dewey Reum, In 
l*^',!!. "hey were married Ir 193k;. 



Farent.s r.lfe 'I'oo-et-her 

Dewey L. Reum and Donna M. Blarlholin were married 
December 31 1 I'^'il at the Lawrence Hall Chapel In Jhlcago. 
They went to Hot 3prlnp;s, Arkansas for a honeymoon before 
returnlnc^ to work at the boys home. "heir first child, 
;usan Kary, was born In 1953 In .Shelby, LAchlccan at the 
Lawrence Hall suirimer camp. After her birth they moved to 
Rockford, Illinois. They had three more chllriren: Kathleen 
Ann In 1QS5, Jean Karle In 1956, and ■..'llllam Dewey In 1962. 



Ky Life 

I, Jean Marie Reum, was born on January 19i 195^ In 
Rockf orri , Illinois In .-/Innebaj^o County, the dauo-hter of 
Dewey and Donna Reum. I have two older sisters j Kathleen 
Ann (Krs. .^iteven Derr) and .Susan Mary (Mrs. James hcCall), 
and one younc-er brother, •/llllam Dewey. 

I have always lived In Rockford. I went to grade school 
at P.R. ,i/alker, to Junior hltrh school at Theodore Roosevelt, 
and to hlirh school at Rockford i^est and the Rockford Area 
Vocational Center (Commercial and Graphic Arts). I now 
attend Rock Valley College evenlnccs and hope to transfer 
to W, Vlr.^inla University as a horticulture major. 

DurlniT my junior year In high sc'.;go1 I worked at 
Rockford Memorial Hospital as a salad girl. I left there 
In June 1973 and becran working at Rockford Nursery and 
Garden Center, where I am a secretary. 

?or entertainment 'I enjoy being outside, either hiking, 
camping, on picnics or playing tennis or baseball. 



RISENHOOVERV DVAIN lee, 1950- 



kS"". TYPE: PLEASE PLACE THESE FHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 
jjlLY HISTORY. 

r Contributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and 
ers studying American families, we are asking you to fill out the forms 
ow • This will take you only a few minutes, and will be easily made over 
an index which will permit archive users ready access to just those 
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Your name D^ain Lee RISENHCOVER 
Date of form April ?, 1977 

Your college: Rock Valley College 
Rockford, Illinois 



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about your family in your paper. 



_X Before 1750 

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1900 or later 



1800-1850 



Please check al l 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 Atlan 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 .) X Wast South Cen tra 1 (Ark . ,N .M . ,Tex . , Ok . ) 



X East North Central (Mich ., Ohio , Ind . ) 
(Hawaii , Alaska) X (111., Wise.,) 



Pacif ic(Cal. .Wash .) 



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



Farming 

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Professions 



Mining 
>ig Business 



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Other 



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

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Quaker 



Mormon 



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Other (name) 



What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper' 



Swedish 
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Jews 

I rish 



Other Scandinavian _^ 
Indiana Mexicans 



German 



French 



P uerto Ricans 

Italians X XxXXJfeX 



Eastern Europe 



Central Europeans 

British Native Americans over several generations 



East Asian ^C other (Name) Poland 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 



^ Interviews with other X 
family members 
Vital Records 



Family Bibles Family Genealogies 
Land Records 3(~The U.S. Census 



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FAMILY DATA 



Grandfather (your father's side ) 

Name ^^'hoaas Asbury HISENHGOVER Current Residence 

Date of birth August 31 1 1884 Place of birth 



Date of death ^'ebruary 20, 1966 Place of burial hiaylor, Mlssfii-rl 

Education (number of years); 

grade school 4th high school vocational - tiollege 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
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2nd Dates 2nd Dates^ 

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Religion Babtist 



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1909 



Place of Marriage to your grandmother_ date I\iOTe«ber 7, 

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

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Al«a Virgic HANDEL Current Residence 



Date of birth April 4. 1889 Place of birth 

Date of death NoTCmber l4^ l959 Place of burial Maylor^ Missouri 

Education (number of years): 

grade school 6th or 8th high.:school vocational 

college 

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

Current Residence 



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B-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



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Date of birth __Place of birth 

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Education (number of years) : 

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c o 1 1 e g e__ 



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Date 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 4 

Name Charles Fred BECKHAM Current Residence LeesTJlle. Lotlslana 

Date of birth August 31, 1902 Place of birth St. Janes, Missouri 

Date of death Place of burial 



Education (number of years): 

grade school 3rd-' 4th high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1 s t Farraer D ate s 1 s t D ate s 

factory worker 

2nd J.I. Caee Dates 1951-195o 2nd Dates 

parking lot attendant 
3rd Rockford Trust Bld^ ates 1965-'1969 3rd Dates 

4 th Dates 4 th Dates 

Religion 



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Place of marriage to your grandmother date July 8, 192? 

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-1).. 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Beatrice Delilah JONES Current Residence 



Date of birth April 26, 1909 Place of birth Ponder. Missouri 

Date of death February 4, 1972 Place of burial MtLSnrP ^^"^^^^^ » 

Education (number of years) 

grade school 8 th high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

factory worker (after leaving home) 

1st Hr«»ar1#»y Da tes 1951-1955 1st Dates 

■aehine operator 

2nd Nelson Knitting Dates lQS'^»lQ6Q 2nd Dates 



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C-2 s tepgrandf ather (your mother's side) 



Name 



Date of birth_ 
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Current Residence 
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HILDREN of A & B (or A-2 or B-2) - your father's name should appear below 

Name Fred Lamar RISENHCOVER 

Place of birth Bennett, Mlraourl date Mareh 7^ 1911 

Number of years of schooling 8 JTS Occupation farmer 

Residence Barneett« Mo. Marital Status Married 

Number of children flTe Death 

Nam e Earl Benton RISENHOOVER 

Place of birth Bennett, Missouri date October, 1913 

Number of years of schooling 8 yrs Occupation factory worke r 

Residence E. St. Louls. Mo Marital Status Married earp'e nter 
Number of children seTep Death 



Name Elno Burl RISEKKOOVER 

Place of birth Bennett, Nd)»S0Url date May gf^ 101^ 

Number of years of schooling 8 yrs Occupation faetory work er 

Residence St. Louls, Mo. Marital Status married 

Number of children four Death 

Name Glenn Claborn Rlsenhooxer 

Place of birth Bennett, MIsBOurl date Mareh 28. 1923 

Number of years of schooling IQ yrs Occupation carpenter 

Residence nO^^ford, Illinois Marital Status (M) park dist rict 

Number of children fire death ro reman 

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N ame 

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

1. Name Euna Lee BECKHAM 

Place of birth Ponder, Missouri date May 11, 1928 

Number of years of schooling 12 yrs Occupation hoUSewife 

Residence Roekford, 111. Marital Status Married ~ 

Number of children f iTC death 

2. Name Zelda Bcatrite BECKHAM 

Place of birth Ponder, Missouri date Deeeaber 3, 1932 

Number of years of schooling 10 jrs Occupation 

Residence Roekford, 111. Marital Status dJTOreed 

Number of children three death 



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Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children^ death 



10 . Name 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Your Father 

Name Glenn Claborn RISENHOOVEB Current Residence Ro«kford, nilnol« 

Date of birth March 28, 1923 Place of bitth Bennett. Missouri 

Date of Death Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school 8 high school 2 vocational college^ 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd 



3rd Dates 3rd 

4th Park District Dates 1970-1977 4th 

Religion 



Dates 


Dates 


Dates 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Place of marriage to your mother date_ 



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 Euna Lee BECKHAM Current Residence Roekford, Illinois 

Date of birth May 11, 1928 Place of birth Ponder, Missouri 

Date of death Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school 8 high- school 4 vocational college_ 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st housewife Dates 1st Dates_ 



2 n d D ate s 2 n d D a t e s 

3rd Dates 3rd Pj^tes_ 

4th Dates 4th Dates_ 



R e 1 i g i o n ___^_ 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your father date_ 



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



E-2 Stepfather 
Name 



Date of birth Place of birth 



Date of death Place of burial 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1 s t D ate s 1 s t D a t e s_ 

2 n d D a t e s 2 n d D a t e s_ 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates_ 

4 th Dates 4 th Dates_ 

Religion 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



PLace of marriage to your mother Date_ 

F-2 Stepmother 
Name 



Date of birth Place of birth 



Date of death Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school vocational college_ 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1 s t D ate s Is t D a t e s_ 

2nd^^^ Dates 2nd Dates_ 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates_ 

4th Dates 4th pates_ 

R e 1 i g i o n 

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 Llndal Glenn RISENHCOVER 

Place of birth Montrose . Colorado Da't e of birth Januarj 1. 1948 

Number of years of schooling B.A. M.A. Occupation student 

Residence Viarrensburg, Mo. Marital Status married 

Number of children none ^death 

Name Dwain Lee RISENHOOVER 

Place of birth Poplar Bluf f ^ Mo . Da t e of birth January 24, 19 50 

Number of years of schooling 13 Occupation student 

Residence Rockford, 111. Marital Status married po llee offleer 
Number of children One death 

Name Alaa Jean RISENHOOVER 

Place of birth Ro«kford, 111. Date of birth Auyust 26, 1957 

Number of years of schooling 12 Oc cupa tion nursing hnma aide 

Residence Rockford, IlH arital Status single 
Number of children none death 

Name Carol Ann RISENHOOVER 

Place of birth Rockford, 111. Date of birth June 12, 1969 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupation student 

Residence Roekf ord ^ 111. Marital Status slngla 

Number of children none death 

Name Debbee Charlane RISENHOO VER 

Place of birth Donip han , Mn. Date of birth Jannary IP, 1 9 6/f 

Number of years of schooling 7 Occupation student 

Residence Roekfordy HT. Marital Status single 

Number of children none death 

Name 

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 

Name 



Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children^ death 



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

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



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Date 






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List of Sources 

Glenn Clabom RlsenhooTer 

Euna Lee RlsenhooTer 

Eva Lena Kl enn 

Charles Fred Beckham 

George Samuel (Saa) Beekhaa 

Edith White 

Julia Ann RlsenhooTer 

Earl Benton Risenhoorer 

E-yelyn Risenhoorer 

Ethel Brown 

Rebeeea N. Roster 

Zelda Beatrise Todd 



U.S. Cencus for i860. 

Bible rseords by Naey Meek Randel, 

"Hufstedler Faailies and Allied 

Faailies" , by Lena Jo Glaser. 
published 197^ 



Maerophotography performed by 
D^ialn Risenhoorer 



Part One 

Thomas Asbury RisenhooTer 
paternal grandfather 



Thomas Hart Benton Risenhoover, my paternal 
great-grandfather, was born Mareh 9» I856, He Mar- 
ried Sally Ann Smith, who was born October 2, I858, 
Although not too aiueh is known about Thomas Hart 
Benton HisenhooTer, his brother, Jasper Newton 
Risenhoorer had ten children and lived to the ripe 
old ag« of 111. It is belicTed Thoaac Hart Benton 
Risenhoorer and Sally Ann Risenhoorer settled down 
in Texas County, Missouri, and raised a faaily of 
three boys and one girl, amoiCig these my grand- 
father Thomas Asbury Risenhoorer, their first child 
who was bom August 31, 1884. Thomas Hart Benton 
Risenhoorer died February 10, 1906, and it is 
beliered that he and his wife are buried in Oregon 
Covmty, Missouri. Three years after his death, 
Thoaas Asbury Risenhoorer was raarried to Alraa. 
Virgie Randel on I^orember 7, 1909* 

Thomas Asbury Risenhoorer spent laueh of his 
life as a farmer lirlng in Ripley County, near 
Bennett, Missouri. He and Al^ia Virgie Risenhoorer 
had fire sons, one that died at birth, and my 
father, Glenn Claybom Risenhoorer, the youngest, 



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"bom Mar«h 28, I923. About 1930, Thoaas Asbury 
Risenhoorer moTcd his fanily to Nay lor, Missouri, 
a small fara town in the southeast part of Hipley 
County. Thomas outliTed his wife. Alma, who died 
NoYeaber 1^, 1959. Two years later, on January 9» 
1962, he married the former Mrs. Pearl Blaek of 
Nay lor, Missouri. 



"OPNAYLOR DIED. 
RJTES: WEDNESDAY ■ 

■Nayior 



^e former Bliss Alma Randdi 
who died Novemlier 14, 1959. On 
(I January 9, 1962, he m^iiried the 



. , , . ' former M"»^< P«^•i1'l ic?ir,r»ir ^i>n 




laa. m 



Couiity^ ^^^ _ 



-i' m. t^^a^i^-' %'^' Ripley Couii| ^g^^/^*'' ^^ go 

mS^r^^ of iviplev ^ .^^:^^ . 

r^ .'.er -r:.^ borri ;^.r. p^,^ v 

August Ji 24' 4%.^'^'^: ^'"^ ^Hlor.¥;IIleoiidu 
5^<t7^^^!;^V'-?rC*"^''''Ut'''''^'"^''^^'^^^ ^^^^^^''^'^ -^^^^^-^^i- Biirl..^ 



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(Rsprodueed from original taken froa album of Glenn 
and Euna Hisenhoover. ) 



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The photograph^ displayed on page two of Thomas 
Asbury Risenhoorer's obituary was reaoTed froa 
the Daily American Republic Newspaper of Poplar 
Bluff, Missouri, on February 21, I966. The date 
of his death was February 20, I966, 

My father, Glenn Clayborn RlsenhooYer, was 
bom near Bennett, Missouri, where he liTcd until 
he was scTcn. At that tiae his family mored to a 
fara Just outside 



Naylor, Missouri. 
He reealls taking 
trips by wagon 18 
or 20 miles to ris- 
it friends or fam- 
ily and staying 
sereral days. A few 
weeks later the friends 
would return the 
visit and all would 
enjoy socializing 
and eating lots of 
good food. My father 
spent his boyhood 



(Photo reproduwed froa original taken froa albua of 
Glenn and Euna Risenhoorer. ) 




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helping out on the farm while attending s»hool 
In Naylor, where he completed 10th grade. Short- 
ly after this ay parents first saw ea«h other 
while my dad was riding with ay grandfather in 
a wagon pulled by a teaa of horses on Bee«h 
Eldge Boad near Naylor. My aom was walking 
along the saae road and be same frightened 
when she notlocd his apparent Interest as he 
kept looking orer 
his shoulder. La- 
ter on they met in 
town and beeaae 
friends. The pic- 
ture to the right 
is of sy dad's par- 
ents, Thoaas and 
Aliaa Risenhoorer, 
taken at the tiae 
of ray parents 
meeting. 




(Photo reprodueed from original taken froa albuai 
of Glenn and Euna RisenhooTcr. ) 



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At the age of 21, in 1944, my dad enlisted 
in the United States Nary and fought in World War 
II aboard the USS Preaidion. He serred In the Paai- 
fie and was awarded The Vietory Medal, He attained 
the rank of Seaman, First Class, SV6 USNR, and re- 
eiered an honorable dlssharge dated Mareh 6, 1946, 




(Photo reproduced from original taken froaa albuja 
of Glenn and Exina ElsenhooTer. ) 



He returned hoae to Naylor, Missouri, and throe 
months later aarrled my aother, Euna Leo Beakhaa, 
on May 25, 1946. 



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The photos to the 
right were taken of my par- 
ents around the time of 
their marriage. They trarel- 
cd around a great deal in 
their early years of mar- 
riage. They spent soae time 
in Colorado, where my broth- 
er, Lindal, was bom, then 
on to Miahigan, Missouri, 
and Illinois. Shortly after 
they returned to Missouri 
from Colorado, I was bom, 
January 24, 1950, in Poplar 
Bluff, Missouri. When I was 
one year old my family aoTcd 
to Roftkford, Illinois, where • 
the;/ lired for the next nine ; 
years. Ny father built a 
house on Niatz Road only a 
few doors away from where he 
built their present home. 

(Photos reproduced from ori- ^^ 
ginals taken from album of 
Glenn and Euna RisenhooTer. ) 




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While liring In Ro«kford during this time, my dad 
held sereral different jobs. He worked the longest 
at National Lo«k, a factory in Rookford. 

In i960 my faiaily returned to southeastern 
Missouri, to a little one-horse town named Hendriek- 
son. There my father bought a ©ountry general store 
that he owned for two years before moTing ba«k to 
Nay lor, Missouri. We remained there, until I966 
when we returned to Ro«kford, Illinois. 

My parents are still lirlng in Ro«kford in 
a house that my father built on Nimtz Road. Doing 
the work eompletely by himself, and shopping for 
bargain aaterlals, the house took 3i years to com- 
plete. It was begun in the summer of 1972 and com- 
pleted in the fall of 1975. My father now works for 
the Roskford Park Distriat, and is completing his 
8th year. Although my parents have been liTing here 
now for 11 years, they are still looking forward to 
retiring to Nay lor, Missouri, where they still own 
two homes. 



Part One 

Alma Vlrgle Randel 
paternal grandmother 



One of ay first replies to letters of inquiries 
sent to relatlres was froa Era Lena Klenn, ay paternal 
great aunt. She supplied me with a substantial amount 
of information about my grandmother's parents and 
their direet ancestors dating baak into the 1700's. 
Mueh of this material was drawn from a genealogical 
study done by Lena Jo Glaser, a relatire on Aunt Eva 
Lena's side of the fajnily. 

The earliest known relatiTe is John Eandel, 
my great-great-great-great-great grandfather, who was 
born near Padgetts Creek, South Carolina, around 17kO. 
He married a girl named Ann (maiden name unknown) , 
froa near Bush River, North Carolina. Together they 
raised a large family of twelve children, the eightn 
being Moses Randel, born Cetober 30, 1776, my great- 
great-great-great grandfather. He was married to a 
girl naaaed Rebeeca (maiden name unknown) , who was from 
Pennsylvania and seven years his senior. They moved 
from Georgia to Tennessee to Kentusky and bask to 
Tennessee again where they eventually settled and 
raised their six ehildren in Perry County. 



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xLerrdresviire 
;C '^ R R L L. „ , — , - 







(Photo of map taken from Collegiate World Atlas.) 



Perry County is located about mid Tennessee. 

A slare schedule taken in i860 reeorded Moses 
Eandel oming three slare houses and eleven slares, 
ranging in age from 6 months to 52 years old. Moses 
v.-as 84 years old in i860, it is not >mown if he lived 
to see his slares set free in 1865* My great-great- 
great grandfather was his sesond son, John R. Randel, 
bom 1806 in Perry County, Tennessee. He was married 
to Naney Markham in 1828, and together they raised 

a family of ten ehildren in Perry Coianty. Their fifth 
child, Naey Meek Handel, was born July 5i 1837, and 



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was my great-great grandfather. He married Rebeeea 
Caroline Whitwell In I856, while still llTing in 
Perry County. During the Ciril War, Naay serred in 
the Confederate Army. In 1879 Na«y and Bebeeea and 
their six children moTed from Perry County to Blp- 
ley County, Missouri, in a >fagon train eomposed of 
17 wagons. They arrived near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 
on January 1, 1880. The aud was so bad that Naey put 
his wagon in the train bound for Doniphan, Missouri, 
a saall hill town about twenty ailea or so west. They 
settled on Current Hirer at the mouth of Buffalo 
Creek in the north part of the county. My great 




sTALACTfTE- 2E Great 

CKV^fitr A/ton* 

■ , V . i»KashJconcftg: :r^)% 







(Photo of nap taken from Collegiate ViorU Atlas . ) 



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grandfather was Naty's second 
son, Andrew Claybom Randel, 
who was born on Deeember 22, 
1861. Andrew was one of seren 
children, haTing six brothers 
and a sister who died Tery 
yoxing. Andrew married Ebby 
L. Logan on February 28, 1886. If 1 
The photos to the right were 
probably taken of Andrew and 
Ebby around the time of their 
marriage. Three years later, 
April 4, 1889, ay grandmother. 
Alma Virgie Bandel was born. 
On January 15, I896, Ebby 

died. January 24, I897, eleven':?;', 

[-1 
nonths after Ebby's death, 

Andrew married Cara Kufstedler. j 

Around the turn of the century'-^ 

Andrew Handel toolc his family -. 

I *: 
and moTed to Oklahoma and 





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(Photos reproduced from ori- 
ginals taken froM albua of 
Era Lena Klenn . ) 




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later to Springdale, Arkan- 
sas. About 191? they again 
moTed, this time to Colorado 
Springs, Colorado. In I919 
ay great grandfather, Andrex, 
bought his first truak, a 
Model T. In 1923 he put a 
•orer orer the baak of the 
truak like on a eorered 
wagon, and moved his faaiily 
ba«k to Missouri. There he 
faraed and used his tru«k to 
do any extra work he eould 
find. The pi«ture at the 
right is of Andrew Claybom 
Handel shortly before his 
death on January I8, 19^2. 
My grandinother, Alna Vlrgie 
Randel, pictured on the right 
in her deelinlng years, spent 
the first years of her life 
traveling around the country 



(Photos reprodueed froa ori- 
ginals taken froa albua of 
Glenn and Eima HisenhooTar. ) 








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wlth her faally. She married Thomas Asbury RisenhooTer 
NoTCfflber ?, 1909. She died NoTember l4, 1939, and is 
burled at the Nay lor Cemetary, Nay lor, Missouri. 



Part Two 

Charles Fred Be>kham 
maternal grandfather 



My earliest known relatiTC on my maternal grand- 
father's side of the family, would be my great-great 
grandfather, George Beekhaa. He was bom in I832. He 
was to serre during the Ciril War in the Union Anay, 
but instead hired a bla«ic man to serre for him, paying 
him $500.00. He married a girl named Pranais (maiden 
name unknown). Although he was eighteen years her 
senior, she died before him, only six weeks after 
giving birth to my great grandfather, Thomas Jefferson 
Beekham. George Beakham soon remarried and Thomas was 
raised by a stepmother. 

Thomas Jefferson Beekham married Laura Ann 
Copeland who was born in Maries County, Missouri. 
Laura Copeland 's father (first name unknown) is be- 
lieved to hare serred during the Ciril War with the 
Union Aray. Laura v^as one of four children, having 
one sister and two brothers. From the marriage of 
Thooias and Laura Beskham, eleven children were born, 
my grandfather, Charles Fred Ee«kham, being the tenth. 
Thomas died at his farm on Highway I60 in Ripley 
County, Missouri, in 1930. Laura died November 29, 
1952. Both Thomas and Laura Be«kham are buried at 
Cak Eidge Cemetary, near Oak Ridge, Missouri. 




Pictured aboTe are Thomas Jefferson Beckham and 
Laura Ann Be«khaa, and below they are seen with nine 
of their children. My grandfather, Charles Fred Beekham, 
is the boy farthest on the right. 







(Photos reproduced frota originals taken from album of 
Glenn and Euna Risenhoorer . ) 



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Charles Fred Beckhaa 
was born August 31, 1902, in 
St. James, Missouri. He 
spent most of his boyhood 
helping out doing chores on 
the farm. When he grew older 
he retails going with his 
faiaily to Kansas to help 
thrash wheat at the wheat 
harvest . The family made a 
little extra money to help 
through the winter months. 
He is seen above at about 
the age of eight, and below 
in his late teens. 

Cn July 8, 1927, 
Charles narried Beatrice 
Delilah Jones. One year 
later. May 11, 192 8, my 
mother Euna Lee Beekha.'B x-jas 
bom. I'iy mother had one 
sister, bom four years 
later. 



(Photos reproduced from ori- 
ginals taken from album of 
Glenn and Euna Risenhoorer. ) 




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The photo at the 
right is of my mother, 
Euna, and her parents, 
Charles and Eeatrise, 
taken when my moa was 
about one year old. At 
this tiiae they were 
liTing near Ponder, 
Missouri, where my 
mother was born 





The photo on the 
left is of my mother, 
Euna, and her new baby 
sister, Zelda. The pic- 
ture was taken in 1933* 



(Photos reprodu©ed from 
originals taken from 
album of Glenn and 
Euna RisenhooTer. ) 



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In days before autoao- 
bile travel became popular, 
my graindparents rode horses 
as their means of transpor- 
tation. They spent many 
eTcnings going to ehureh as 
they were very a«tlve mem- 
bers of the Oak Ridge Chureh 
of God. In the photo below, 
my moiii, wearing a dark skirt, 
can be seen this side of the 
table to the far right. She 
is about 1^ years old and 
recalls many ehureh socials. 





(Photos reproduced from originals taken from album of 
Glenn and Euna Risenhoover. ) 



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Charles and Beatrice Beekham moved to Rockford, 
Illinois, around 1950. They owned two different hoaes 
before buying one on Blaekstone Avenue, where they lived 
until 1970 when it was destroyed by fire. From 1951 
until 1956 my grandfather worked at J. I. Case, a faetory 
in Roekford. Later he worked several different plaaes, 
Roekford Trust Building as parking lot attendant, and 
after he retired, part time for the Roekford Park 
District. My grandmother, Beatrice, also worked while 
in Roekford. From 1951 to 1955 she worked at Brearley*s 
and from 1955 to I969 she worked at Nelson Knitting, 
both faetorles in Roekford. 
My grandparents, being fond 
of the warmer weather of the 
south, kept a home they owned 
in Naylor, Missouri, and re- 
turned as often as possible 
to visit. About two years be- 
fore my grandmother's death, 
my grandparents bought a 
trailer and enjoyed traveling (^-^=zm:£: 
to Arizona and states in be- ^ 
tween. 



(Photo reprodueed from origi- 
nal taken from albiim of 
Dwain and Carol Risenhoover. ) 




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My grandmother who had not been feeling well 
for some time, undenvent surgery in November of 
1971 » and it was diseoyered she had canser. The 
following February 4, 1972, she died. She Is buried 
at Oak Ridge Cemetary, near Oak Ridge, Missouri. 

My grandfather reoiarried the former Mrs. Rachel 
Waldrip of Leesrille, Louisiana, on May 25, 1975. He 
is now residing at their home in Leesville. Seen 
below is a photo of my grandfather and my step- 
grandmother. 



(Photo reproduced froa 
original taken from 
album of Dwain and 
Carol RisenhooTsr. ) 




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My mother, Euna Lee Beekham, was bom in 
Ponder, Missouri. When she was young her family 
lived on a farm near Pouehee Creek. She recalls 
doing shores on the farm, which had eows, sheep, 
chiekens, hogs, and a few riding horses. They 
attended the Chureh of God at Oak Ridge, whioh 
made up a large part of their so«ial life. 

When my mom was 15 years old her family 
moved to Nay lor, Missouri, where she met my dad. 
She completed high school at Naylor High Sehool 
in 19J^6, and married my father immediately after 
graduation. 



Part Two 

Beatrloe Delilah Jones 
maternal grandmother 



One of the earliest known relatives on my 
maternal grandmother's side of the family was James 
Jones. Although there Is no positive blrthdate for 
him, it is beliered he was born in the early 1820 's. 
His son, my great-great grandfather, was named after 
him, James Jones, Jr. He was born Oetober 14, 1844, 
in Kentucky and moved to Indiana with his parents 
when he was ten years old. At the age of 18 he 
enlisted in the Union Army, with Company "J", 58th 
Indiana Infantry. He married Rachel A. Beadles, 
October l4, 1866, and from this marriage were born 
eleven ehildren, amoving them Benjamin Jones, my 
great grandfather. In I896, the family traveled 
to Arkansas by wagon train. James Jones, Jr. died 
April 1, 1934 at the age of 90 years. 

Benjamin Jones married Bessie Viola Boster, 
who xvas bom November l4, I892 of William Harrison 
Boster and Julia Anna Gloakenguiser Boster. William 
was bom in Texas Coxinty, Missouri, and Julia was 
bom in Ripley County, Missouri. Not too mu»h is 
known of either of their parents. My great-great 
grandfather William Boster 's parents were Jaeob 
L. Boster and Martha J. (maiden name unknown) Boster, 



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They are believed to be from aroirnd Texas Coiinty, 
Missouri. Julia's parents, Lawrence and Catherine 
Gloakenguiser, were immigrants from Europe. Census 
reeords Indicate that Lawrence was from Germany and 
Catherine was from Wassau. Lawrence listed his 
oceupation with census takers as a miller. Their 
birthdates are 182? and I838 respectively, but it 
is not known when they died. 

From the union of Benjamin Jones and Bessie 
Boster Jones, my grandmother, Beatrice Delilah 
Jones, was born April 26, 1909. Bessie died, 
November 8, 1909 » only 
seven months after my 
grandmother was bom. 
Shortly after Benjamin 
remarried. Beatrice was 
raised by her stepmother 
Lula Jones, pictured at 
the right. She also 
spent some time living 
with her aunts, Janey 
Miller and Alice Brown. 



(Photo reprodused from 
original taken from 
album of Glenn and 
Euna Risenhoover. ) 








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Although Beatriee was an 
only ehlld by her father's 
first marriage, she had two 
half sisters and six half 
brothers by her father's 
seeond marriage. Not too 
mu»h is known of my grand- 
mother's life. It is be- 
lieTed she lived near 
Gatewood, Missouri, for 
some tiaie, where she first 
learned to drire in a 
Model "T" Ford about 1926. 
It is not known how she 
met my grandfather, but it 
is supposed it was around 
Oak Ridge, Missouri. The 
photos to the right were 
taken of my grandmother 
when she v/as about 2 years 
old and about 50 years old. 



(Photos reprodu«ed from ori- 
ginals taken from album 
of Glenn and Suna 
Rlsenhoorer. ) 





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I thought it was interesting to note the location 
of the four eounties, Phelps, Texas, Oregon, and Ripley, 
that nearly all my anoestors came froni. Not cireled on 
the map is Maries County, just northwest of Phelps 
County. This was the birthplaoe of my great grandmother, 
Laura ArJi Beekham. 



(Photo of map taken from Collegiate World Atlas.) 



Part Three 



Dwain Lee HisenhooTer 



I was born on January 24, 1950, in Poplar Bluff, 
Missouri. My earliest reeolleetions are around 1955* when 
we lived on Nimtz Road, in the first house my dad built 
there. While he was building it, my family lived in a 
converted sehool bus. I remeaber playing with my older 
brother and other neighborhood friends on the "root hill", 
which was a large embankment on Mimtz Road, and getting 
home haircuts from my grandma Beekham. We moved around 
the city several times and I attended many grade schools, 
amoung these were Rock Cut, 
whig Hill, and Summerdale. 
While in Roakford my two 
oldest sisters were bom, 
and for a short time v;e 
lived in Garden Prairie, 
Illinois, while my dad 
worked at a seed com- 
pany there. 

When I was about 
ten years old, we moved 
to Hendriakson, Missouri, 



(Photo reprodueed from ori- 
ginal taken from album of 
Glenn and Euna Risenhoover . ) 




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where ray dad owned a general store. We also had a small 
farmyard where I helped caic f or some stock we had. We 
lived there for two years, then moved bask to Naylor, 
I'lissouri, where my youngest sister, Debbee, was born. 
I attended high sehool there until my parents moved 















(Photo reprociused from original taken froni albtun of 
E'vain and Carol Risenhoover. ) 



baek to Rockford, Illinois, in I966. There I attended 
Earlea High Sehool for one year, working after school 
at Geri's drive-in in Loves Park, Illinois. Wanting to 
graduate with ny friends at Naylor, lay parents allowed 
me to move baek there. I stayed with and worked for 



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a farmer, Harold Wilson, who raised ponies, Charlais 
cattle, and exotic birds. While living with Mr. Wilson, 
I enjoyed riding his horses, squirrel hunting in his 
woods, and fishing for large-mouth bass in his farm 
pond. I lived with him and his wife until I graduated 
in 1968, when I moved baek to Roekford, Illinois. 

There I first worked at the Chrysler Plant, in 
Eelvidere, Illinois, At this time I met my wife, Carol 
Ruth At en, through mutual friends. I was layed off at 
Chrysler and went to work at Warner Lambert Pharma- 
ceutical Company in Loves Park, Illinois. It was about 
this time that I had surgery due to a ruptured appendix, 
and spent a week at Swedish American Hospital. I remained 
working at Warner Lambert until I was hired by the City 
of Roekford as a Cadet Polise Officer in October of 
1968. I became engaged to Carol, February 8, I969, and 
in August of that year I enlisted into the army. 

I was stationed at Ft. Leonard wood, Missouri, 
for basic training and then transferred to Ft. Banning, 
Georgia. I was assigned to the 988th Military Police 
Company. I enjoyed two balmy Georgia v;inters. While 
there I saw Lt. William Calley during his trial, 
oonceming the Mylal massacre in Viet Nam. I remained 



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at Ft. Benning for the rest of my tour of duty, and 
was honorably diseharged from aetlve duty on June 7, 
1971. I had attained a rank of Speoialist ^th Class 
while serving in the army. 

On June 12, 1971, I married my wife, Carol. 
In NoTem'ber, 1971, I vfas sworn in as a poliee officer 
for the City of fioekford, where I am currently em- 
ployed as a senior patrol officer. 




(Photo reproduaed from original taken from album of 
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In August of 197^ we purahased a house we now 
live in on Ethel Ayenus near Sinnissippi Park in 
Roekford, Illinois. Two years later, during the 
Bicentennial, we enjoyed together the birth of our 
first child, Jennifer Eenee, bom August 21, 1976. 




(Photo reprodueed froia original taken from albua of 
Dwain and Carol RisenhooTer. ) 



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