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

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in 2010 with funding from 

CARL!: Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois 



http://www.archive.org/details/rockvalleyfamily14rock 






Rock Valley College 

Educational Resources 

Center 



RITCHEY, MARIE LOVEV 1955- 



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PLEASE USE INK; PLEASE PLACE THESE SHEETS AT THE FRONT OF THE SECOND COPY OF YOUR 
FAMILY HISTORY ^"^^'^^ ^^^^ ^^ Y"*-"^ 

Dear Contributor to the Hock Valley College Family History Collection: 

Am.rIr.n°f'''';-'°"' ^^"""^ ^'''°'^ "" ^^ '"^^^ ^°^^ ^^^f^' ^o historians and others study inq 
American families we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only a 
few mintues, and will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users eadv 
access to just those kinds of family histories needed. arcn.ve users ready 



SURVEY 

Date of form ^-•_ Z, ./ A 



* * A -.V -;-. >V -A- -k -,V -\ A -k -k -A- -,'; -k kkkkkk -,': k k -, 

OFFICE USE CODE 



/</ ^^ * (ID // ) 



2. Your college: Rock Valley (olleqe ■■ n n // 



'• yo!r'pap:r!"""' '^'^ '^^ "'"' ^°" '^^^ '^^^'^ ^^'^ ^° -V tMnrabouryourf ImMy^n" 

B efore 1750 1750-1800 1800-1850 

3^1850-1900 1900 or latiT 

'*' hlve'discusseT^ "''°" °' T '"''"' '^^'" '" "^'^^ "^^"^^^^^ °f your family whom you 
have discussed m your paper have lived. "^ 

Tn\lllT\-*'Tr" ^T" '-'-^ t''^^'^ Atlantic (N.Y.. Penna. . N.J., Va.) 

5. Please check aH occupat ional categories in which members of your family whom you have 
discussed in this paper have found themselves. ^ 

/Farming _^Mining / Shopkeepinq or small busing.. 

_X_Transportat.on ^B i g Business ^T Manufacturing 

^Professions Industrial labor ^Other 

'• in^:htstper^v:t?;:g:d!^°^^^ " '''''' "^^^^^^ °^ -^ ^^^"^ ^^^^ Vou have discussed 

^Roman Catholic ^Jewish Presbyterian Methodist 

mill' ^EpiscopaTT^ ^Congrei^tTonal Lutheran 

^""^^^^ ^^o^'^o" .Xl^eier Protestant " Other 

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

^Blacks Indians ^Mexicans Puerto Ricans 

p!'^ _^Central Europeans ItalT^TiT Slavs 

^EasrA.;. -^^"'n'l! ^^^'^"^ Americans oveT^veral generations 

tast MS I an Other 

8. What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 
-^'ZnlZLlll'r'''' .^Family Bibles ^Fami ly Genealog ies 

lll.f '^T'"^' '-""^ '^^""^'^^ The U.S. Census 

Photographs ^Maps Other 



FAMILY DATA 



A, Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name /-./, ...- .;( I , ,. , . ^ / /A^.A.. 
I f dead, date of death /- /S- /9s^ 



Current Residence _/\(_ 



\ r V f' v' ^ 



A 



P'ace of birth ~A^..u'.,:Pf.^Dj^f 

Education (number of years): 
grade school <( high school 



Date of Birth o>— / P - / ? ? 7 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupat ion(s) 

>st ^WXo,^...Vi 

2nd t//>^;,.>n^ r^ 

3rd 

^ith 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates r/,ao -//Vs 1 st -y' //,, „ ^„ 
Dates/-;V<r~/?5-7 2nd . J^ /.^ .../,.; //. 

Dates 3rd 

Dates iith 



Dates 

Dates 



Dates 
Dates 



•^e I i g i on /<. A-/^,e>y^.^i> 

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



date 



9-2^J^2/j 



Place of Marriage to your grandmother,,^)/ / JT~'~' ' 

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 , si de) 

Name -^?/<t^.:. U. . ±^ , . .ft^' 

If dead, date of death //- V</^/ "^ 3 gTT 



Current Residence 



^ 



f ^ e/it >de^^ 



L 



Place of bi rth 



Date of b 



'^lQ.^2J.zJlo£_ 



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



Occupation(s) 

>st ^,i,n~M 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



vocational 



col lege 



Re 1 i g i on /^ ^J:j^~f?> ^ ^ 



_Oates_ 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
^ (after leavi ng home) . /f-^"/'^^ f 
1st k,^-^'?/r,.^^m9_ Dates 



3rd_ 
Ath 



Dates 



Dates 



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



Place of 
Note 



marriage to your grandfather- 



7?fa^j^A.//f; 



"daTT 



haraaM^Sfi»fh^^Sa£t'§?dtl(l? %%%l\t\f, s^tepmother or another 



^f-71<r'l^i^D 



relative give 



Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 



N.inx? 

I f (trad, dale of death 



Current Residence 



Place of bi rth 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 

Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

'4th 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


^t\^ 



Date of Bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Re I i g i on __________ 

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



_Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



1^^ 



A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



I f dead, date of death 
Place of birth 



Education (number of years): 
grade school high school_ 



Occupat ion(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



Dates 

Dates_ 

Dates 



Re 1 igion 



Current Residence_ 
Date of bi rth 



vocat lonal 



col lege 



lst_ 

2nd_ 
3rd 



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



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Datess 



Dates_ 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandfather_ 



Date 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

'!'!'^ ^^"^~r-r^r ^^^^^^'^ , current Res i dence (j^^^^t^, ^ ,/^//^, ' ,„ 

If dead, date of death V - ^<r-/l^^ -' ~ii*ri \-sSAr^^^ ^\ fj-i; r-jl t'^T , 

Place of birth^^^A../,. J/^/. 
Education (number of years^* ■> 



.-^'i/^n 



grade school <^ 
0ccupation(5) 



'st^ 



high school 



Date of bi rth 
vocational 



/c -^O '/9 / 



col lege 



-???tV' 



Dates 



2nd (7yvti^ ^....J. 

3rd 

Ath 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
^ (after leaving home) 



_Dates 

_Dates 

Dates 



2nd 



^th 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



Dates 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmothc. 
Note: If your mother was raised by a" - .^f., „^,,^, ^,j, 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 



"^ 3ate" 

dLivy (to age i8) 



^-7-/?/? 



,^i^i 



Name y[:L^ ^g^^tj ^ :f , .^y.,^^ -/^/, p 
If dead, date o> death ^ 

^'^- °f b;rth^^^c/../r.<0.; /;.:,;, 

Education (number of years) -* 
grade school </ high school 



Current Res 



■denc. (tv#./..^. frr ' 



i2^ 



Date of birth ,:2 - / - / 7^-' 3 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupat ion(s) 
1st 



2nd_ 
3rd 



_Dates 
_Dates 
Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
^ I (after leaving home) 

' St ( ff^Uo.. h . 0|: ,;vv p .- . D^t«.. ,^^^ 



_2nd_ 
3rd 



_Dates 
Dates 



"Religion fZ^-lT^te^^^ 

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

Place of marriage to your grandfather ^^A^^j',,;. >iV/ /)(./. '^« . A^i-c. ^ «■■ r rr 

Note: ,f yo., ^,Ker was raised by a ^'i^ili.CVirX^.a'k^.U, (to a e IhT^ '^ ^ ' ^ 
9've that data on the back of this page (0-2) 



C-1 Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 



Name 



Current Residence 



f dead, date of death 

M .-,. ,,i l.i. ,1, Halt- ol l)ii 



i,lM(,,lion (numlM-r of y.M.) 
,,,,,,1,. ...iiool lH<)h '.rhool vocational ^^olloiif 

Occupat ion (s) 

1st 

2nd 



3rd_ 



Dates 


1st 


PLACE 
(after 


OF 

1 


RESIDENCE 
eaving home) 

Dates 


Dates 


2nd 










Dates 


Dates 


3rd 










Dates 


Dates 


i4th 










Dates 



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

Place of marriage to your grandmother d at( 



D-2 Stepgrandmothfr (your mother's side) 



N a me 

I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence 



Place of birth Date of birth 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school vocational college 

Occupat ion (s) 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Ic^t Dates 1st Dates_ 

2nd Dates ^2nd Dates_ 

3rd ^Dates 3rd Dates_ 



Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfathei 



Dat( 



CHIH^EN of A . B (or A- . or B-,) - your father's nan,e should appear below 



I . Name / 



'^^. I ^^f'^'r.J^''''^ ^^-^ date ^-^6>-^/ 

Number of ?h\^fdren \!j ' V ' ^^ ^ ' "^ " Status ., , ,,^.,:: V>' 



^e </-a,.: -^.^ 



Place o1 _ ^ ^ ., ,. ,. 

Number of yea rs o^ s choo I i rrb <"/ Oc cijnafT'>sn ' ^^ y ■ 



Number of yea rs ^"^MoW//' )^y^^ "^ '' 
Residence ^^.^^.,.-V- .z,,^. . . ^^^ 
Number of children \^, --^-^4i-^ 

!r of years of sch9ol ing ^ ^ ^ 

^esidence_£2i7^0^^^ ^"- ^— 

Number of cni Idren 



date 



■P- Occupation 

Marital Status 



-.-5</-a5" 



.2-i/V(.; 



Residence ^^,i/^:^.,,A.7' ? (? r . ' . : J M.ri^.l ^{i{^\ 



XvVi^<7. 



_^date /.;2 - V, P 7 



^^.» . ^ -'. .f 



-O/J^^ 



^/ 



Hame_^^ 



r?.^ Y-r ^. 



f birth 



Place o 

Number of years or scnooiing s 



of schooling ^ ^ 



jF?^ 



al Status 



date y/-y7-50 

OccupatTdJT^ZSn! 



Nu:b^'I7l!!!^S^^^ 

Res id - . ' ^ ^ 

Numbe 



ben ^^f^-^"^ ^^^^^^^"-'"' 3"tus-^^^ 



?ate //-/7-3r. 
■ccupat.on^^/^,,^,^/,. 



. ,:i,oJfe'x:;»'<-e^_y^^^^<L 



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 

"TJccupatioh 



Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of' schooling 

Residence 

Number of cfi ! Idren" 



date 



____^__^____ Occupation 
Marital Status 



Name^ 

Place of birth ~" 

Residence V^ars of schooling. 
Number of t ill I tl r B n -— 



date 



„ Occupation 
_narital Status 



ILDREN of L and D (of (-1, D-l)-your motlier's runie should jppeor below 



Niiinh'T t)l y<-.i[ •■ ,ot school in^ y 



^'-_X:^^ji.ziLaj2- 



Numbrr ol cniTcrren <9' 



Occupal I on ^,,-/^^ 



■ . f /t.1. t^ 

Marital Status y^,--^ , ^ y,^^ 



Place of bKrth(?^_/^ ^ ^ ^^ -£^^, ; , 
Number of years of scnool in^ "^ 
Res i dencej^^^.,^^^ ,n^ 
Number of ch i idren y 5^ 



/'P^ i a^^^T^v-^. 



^ date ^ /;2 -PO-/fj2/ 

Marital Status ^^,;^^/y,.^^ 



Name V^ ^ ,., , , ^' y^; />^,, , 

Place of birth M- / : ^, j^^^jJJ k<.K^~ 

Number of years of scnool i ng "^ 

R«^ ' dence (W.^/,^/^,,, Jf^, 

Number of children / 



date /-/7-/r.l,5 

. Oc cupa t i on ^ ^^ ^^^. ^^ /.<^^^<-A<. 
Marital Status ..^^^ ^. ',.,/^ 



Name, ^/;^ 1^ ^^^ i 7"^ /^.^^^ 

P 1 ace of hWt\^_^^ f^p{ - 
Number of years of school i ng "^ 



Occupation ^,^^ ^^ 



mber ot years ot scnool ing "y uccupation ^,f yr-^^^ 

sidence /<^ y. ^Q- f < Y-^-'f/ , /( ?:^ .;/ , .^^.^ti^v ^^r i ta 1 Status ^. ^ ,,^, ,,, ;^.y 
mber of children //" '^ / 



Number of children i^' ^ 






-i:^:- 



Nanie ^-^^ l_^ 

Place of birth c - ^ A,.- /:■:( 

Number of years o^ scnool ing '7/^ 

'^^'^ ' dence ^Mc_^ln^i^ 

Number of cni Idren / 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupat lOn 



- /V-/?2,7 



^^' , /^.-f<^ci^ 



Name ^ ^ ~/^ 

Place of bi/rth Ja 



^WV) /^.'TS^ -J':i / 



Number of years of school i ng " y 
Res i dence (^^(rl;,^tv^ J,Ci 
ber of children .jr 



Numbe 



date / ^-/9-/930 
Occupat i on .-^ ^^^i TT, . ^^^ TcA-r^ jx >-^^^ 
Marital Status ^^,;,< , ',^- 



7. Name 



of birth (2.v^-A_^../T:,./^-^'i:-<.^ 



Place ui ui.LM (vv^r;c;.v/'7^.'^^^-< 
Number of years of school i ng /' / Q 



Res i dence , ^^^'c^^e^^^^ , ^.1^7^ 
Number of children '^ 



I date /'- 7^-y?>?3 
"Occupat i6n ^..y^^c,-^ 
Marital Status ^^y-,--,a .y ^ < c ^ 



Name J . .// , :^ ^,^/^ ^M./^ ^ i 
Place of ^irth 1:^^^^^ ,I:l/^:Z _ 
Number of years of schooling ^ 



Res i dence ,U ( o/.,^.^:c^. 



Occupation .^j/jr^^ 



^s---/y\^/ 



Number of children 



^ 



Place of b I r t>ri '_■!-;'-,< : ^^77 .( ,^-; ( .L,r, 
Number of years of schooling '' / ^— 



Marital Status .^>^;^^^<,<i^^' 
date G -^ /-/9 J 7 



Res i dence 

Number of children 



J^ 



_. ..,3 ^ ^ 



Marital Status 



Occupat I Oh , :^^trM/'Z<,^^ /^a^^.' ^ 



S/ 



"^-^c^.^ i^ t f ,^ 



'• Name ^^^ ^ 



Place of birth (^_i 



-. u- 



Number of years of schooling , ., _ , 
Re5 i dence Q ct^t^ a. />,., J/ k. J 1 k.- r A-.:^. 
Number of children ^ 



late J 3- 'Si 7-/93 ^ 



Occupat i on _ 'TcA-?^^ 



Marital Status ^,7 j,, /j^a^a Lf^v 



CHILDREN 









_______^ Occupation ., ,. 

MaritaPsiatus ^ V-f '• ' ^ 



Residence Q^n/..^ ^, TVT^ ' ---__. OccupatT^T 

Number of crfldren ' h ^ ' ' '" MaritaT Status " 

■^""'^ "■ '"' ^' 



^^■/'^<//__ 



^-3/-/'^<^'^ 



-^ ^^^ e 






3. Narne 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school Inq 

Residence 

Number of ch I Idren"' 

'«. Nam/' 

P I .H.^TTTTTTTF. 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number ofchi Idre" 

Name 

P I ace of blrtTT 

Number of years of school Ing 
Residence ■ 

Number of chl Idren 

Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school Jng 
Residence ■ 

Number of chl /dren 

Name 

Place of birth ~~ — 

Number of years of schooling 

residence - 




Number of chl Idren" 



Name 

Place of birth" 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence - 

Number of chlMri^T 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years' of schoo l ing 
Residence - 



'''"'^^' of children 



date 



Occupat fbn 



Marital StatuT 



date 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



date 



~ ; OccupatiOrt 

Marital Status 




date 



— Jccupatidn 
Marital Status ' 



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



I . Name 



Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of school Ing OccupatTSrV 

Residence Marital Status I 

Number of chl Idren 



2. Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school lng_ 

Resi dence 



Number of chl Idren 



date 



____^_^_____ Occupati6h 
Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bl rtK 



Number of years of schooling 

Res 1 dence Marital Status 

Number of chl Idren 



date 
Occupatldn 



Place of bl rth 

Number of years of school Ing_ 

Res 1 dence 



Number of chl Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooHng_ 

Residence 



Number of chl Idren 



Marital Status 



date 
"Cccupatlbn 



Marital Status 



date 
Occupation 



6 . N ame 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school Ing_ 

Res I dence 

Number of chi Idren 



"Jate 
"Cccupatlon 



Marital Status 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school lng_ 

Residence 



Number of chl idren 



Marital Status 



date 
Occupation 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing_ 

Res i denc e 

Number of chl Idren 



9. Name 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i dence 

Number of chl Idren 



date 
"TJccupatlon 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



_ date 
"Occupation 



10. Name 



Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schoolin g Occupation 

Residenc e M arital Status " 

Number o f L lll l U l BI l 



5 



Your Father 



ir:> ^f^\Toii:.,'^^'^y ^^^^^^ cUL^f.. h,,:.: 



PI 



ace 



Educltr:n'(n":B#4^^47#M^^^^ ^-^ of birth ^/ - / 7 ^ ,. 

grade school s/ high school 

Occupation(s) 



„ vocational ^college 

PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

3rd 



Dates 



.Dates 3rd 

''^^ Dates /,th 



_0^tes_ 
Dates 



Dates 



Rel Igion /) T^ "T T 

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

Klace of marriage to your mother (IfyJof , 'ihy-' ik/iP ' ■ ■ ' ' T-. ; — — ^— . 

T, J:dl/^i^^'^J', ^-.ent Residence ^ A.,^, 7^^.:; 



■T" 



Education (number of years) ^ ^rtr-i-irr. 



Date of bi rth / ~ 7 - /9 ? 3 

grade school £__ high school ^ vocation.! ^^ollege^ 

Occupation(s) 

PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

'^^ ,^^^ Dates Ist ^"''"' '"''"^ Ja"^ 



2nd_ 
3rd 



_Oates 
Dates 



2"d Dates 

^•■d Dates 

Religion -/?^..^ ,, ^ 

PoliticaTparty, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

Hace of marriage to your father () f^>r / x. ^^^ /Jrr7 ' T-. r— — 



E-1 Stepfathe 



If dead, date of death__ 

Place of birth D ate of birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school __high school vocational col lege_ 

Occupation(5) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
Dates 



1st __^ Dates 1st 

2nd Dates 2nd _Dates_ 



3rd 



Dates 3rd Dates 



Ath 



Dates iJth Dates 



Re 1 i 9 i on 

Pol i tica-f part i"es", ciVri "or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your mother ^Date_ 

F-2 Stepmother 



Name 

I f dead, date of death_ 



Date of bi rth 



Place of birth^ 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
Ist Dates 1st Dates_ 

2nd ^Dates_ 2nd . 

3rd D ates ^3rd 

Re 1 I g I on 

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

Place of marriage to your father__ ^^^^ — 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



CHILDREN of E and F (or E-2 F-2) - vo.t n. ^, , ^ 

v^i c ^, ^ ^; your name should appear below 

r of ye^rs of school ing ^ / g 



Name 
Place 



Rp<;iH*.nro 6' / ,' /,' ' tt; — , ''^ ^ , . ■ Uccupation «^_ 

;:::^r^; A , ^h.!^-- c-, -jv ^ - - ■- - ^^^ruai status ^..-.— ^^?- 



Place of birth^ /d^.,/,, ;0l DiT 

■ Number of year s oT^s^dl fn^g^^f ^ ^ ^^ '- -^ 



Date of birth J Q - / / ~ c ~ <? 



Residence p^ i~iU J r, " (^ ' u— ' f-jr— O^cupat ioh^^o^^ 

N., .^^ I 'j^y^-^-^j ' ^^ " o^--^' Marital Status ^^^ ^ ' / — 

Number of children ^~7 / ■ — <^ryf /\ a .< . ^^ 



Residence ^,^./V^/r\7 cy/ ' Marital Statu. ''"'''''" -"^^ 

Number nf^^^hTi^rfr^' ^, J^ ^ . "arital ^tatus_^^ , ,, ^ p^ 



<^i <^ -> r^ r. 



Number of eh. I'dren C)' ' status ^, .^ ^, 



f^^^^^ ^-^ K, , . 4^^ /; , 



■ Number of year s^V^ctotr^'C^^: ^' ^ "' ' ^^^^ of birth .?-^9>~S-/^. 

I Residence rV/ /../.. g ,1 ^^ ^^-'--■^^-„„ '^^"^T." "^ ^"^ ^ 
j Number of chi Idren ^y^ ^LdLUb — ^ , ^^ ^j 



;r of years^ of schooling ^ /£> 



ivumDer or children J o^ — — — — _ — — ^j ^, .^ ,■ ^ 



'o '"-' i 



Name 
Place 



r of years of' schoolin g ^V^^ 



Number of year s ^0^00! ing^ ^V ' ' ' " ^"' '^^^V' ^'^^^ / ^^ - / 7 - 4^ 



rName 



■Number of years^Ti ^ 1 Jl.ool mg ' V. ' ^ '^ ' ^ ^^'^ °^ birth ^^ - ^ / - ^- X 

^Residence g^^cX^ /^ (^'tT"-^ M. .T.'I''" ^""^ ' ■ 

w.imK^r. ^<r „L 1 ,, ~^-^ ' ' ■ -^ i wtr^ -* , Marital Statu*; _ - /? 



-r of years of schooling ' />' 
Number of eh i I d^ ^ '^ff ' ■ Mar 1 ta 1 Status_^ 

iiitr}^;!^^^^^^ Of .i.h ^-7-^ ^. 

;-:"- ^^^ ^ ^^ - V^ . Marital sta tu^^r^^^^ 



[dumber of ch i ldre; '7; J ^ ' ' '' ''^'"^' ^^^^"^ ^^^-'-^j ^ ■■ __ 

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

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

^.M^ .^ Z-^-.^ Signed ^/Tfa^,,^ .^, /{ ? A A 

Date ^- 7 - 7 ^ 



in^ 



qJLo-i^u-1^^ i^^-^'-^AjL, U-cn-'-vi^ 






Ir rriMlirp, my family history, yon v.-ill see that the amount of i ; -- 
fori: fit! on on my mothn-'n ViXclr is m-r^re thtn on my father 'r r. ide. Mort 
of thr pronlr- ;in riy molhrr'.'5 nidr nyn nhill nliv^' and ar'^ all livi-v 
T'athrj- oloGC to f^arh other. Still I eon Id not r,'"y my p;rnadmotli> r to 
talk much. 

I ('">i'ld not p.ot qnit'^ so murli imfojTi'it i on on my father's r.irle. 
My r;i'andinotl\r'r Ritchcy died vlien my fath-'r war, ,iu^'t seven days -iid. 
He v;aG panned from one relative to anothf^r until hf^ vjas fifteen year", 
old, then he was on his ov?n. His father never had much to do vith 
anyone, including his own cliildren, so my father never knev? muei about 
his background. All my father's brothers and sisters went their own 
way and really never had much to do with each other so therefore I 
wasn't able to get much impormation. 

I V;-!.- able, though, io got the basic stcr " in their lives. 



'■■■ Jr^iv /.. ■■^.r]'ry vv • ;. rr. \\)ku i Ml-!'--;,. ]'.- vr- t'' • !••-!!• ' r 

■-Mrl'-'' ri-lrlr-Mi. II- U:u: <'ir.;ri, :m ;rl,' -J ;.n(l j-iv br:> l,!,f r;; . ji ■■ ; 
UP ;m. ■ ■-'■:;) in Il-n-lorn l'.;hvry ]/- i Con.,:.;;, 111. In, i:;, v^'-r- l- v l.->--i. 
A; n y --- Pin, lir Vv,.- v-H l.lv M Mrl rci i I i- ir-"!'- r,--.n In-; l.r )•'•• '• • ' ■ - 
}:'.v, U --•I'ol Jar-l-, jn rKw.,mh, m i -wkm r; , 

A'- '/'rri'd my rrrtvli- 'l.li'^r , n^T-ir. Gpii.riuk- Thi-.-^.'^irT-, nP ri-" • •), 
IVI.., oi o--;>ir'iiihr.r ;?^, VP'\ Vv y moved It Rufhvillp, 111. in "! -'! 
•■.••■01": b' orhnbliched his o\-jn blncl;:^mit.h nlnp. Thnir "business vnr; r-nld 
in VUh nnd he rnov^fl to the old family fnrm, vhieh he had pur<--l n-.^d , 
and farmed until his death on January 1''^, 1957. He died of cancer of 
the ear and wasn't descovered until three days later. He was found 
frozen, sitting in a chair. 

My frandmother, r4arie Gcrti-ude Thraslier, vns one of twin firls 
born Oc-1 ober 23, I'^O'i , to William Tlirasher and Phoebe (Frakes) Thrnrher. 
She also had three brothers. olie was born in Keokuk, Iowa, and later 
moved to Macomb, 111, where che grew np. She married my frandr-tther 
in Macomb on September 2'^, lf"''20. They moved to Eushville in l';'^^, 
where she died November ?U, 1930. She died from bloodclots foi'ining 
when fjvin,"; birth to my father and h i r. twin sister. 

They bad six ehildrem; VJanda, l^obert, Marjorie (now deceaf>d), 
Williams, Bonnie and Bennie. 

Both my grandparents are buried at the Rushville Cemetery in Rush- 
ville, III. 



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^>:lh Lu>th, ■. ,rri,Ml v; [ ni,,:- T.,om;,s r:.~l 
O^IclKi-ler. "),cy Ivu! niriv; <.liii<Irrn, the tMyhlh 
r;olhor's sic!, m" the fanily, Hnwar-l Cn r 1 K.lson. 

oi .:i-!fT'u,r K.-lson was f.orn on June .')'), 19(11 . Mo a1;.o sp. n 
•fining coal n.ar Colchester. Ho rnarriod my yrandmothor, loatri:. Love Vaw- 
ter, on Auyust 9,1919. ..ranC.a Nelson was the first child of soven helong- 
ing to Alia and Nancy Vawtor. She was born and raised in Colcho. fr , 111 . 
Her family used to have a horse and bugcjy until the Ford Model T c.^e out, 
tht^n they bought one of those. 

After Grandma and Jrandpa Nelson were married, they moved to a farm 
Just outside Of Colchester, .here grandpa farmed forty acres of land and 
haci his own coal mine. 

My yran.lnother had twelve children out on that farm, my motVer. Ardolla 
Jane Nelson, born on January 7,1913, being the sevonth. They ha , .o^on 
girls and five boys. The children would all get out of school .....v year to 
help with planting the crops. My gran.ifather would plow the fi,.id. .,ith 
two work horses and grandma and the kids would plant the seeds; one .eed 
y two stops. My grandfather Nelson would start plowing the fields 
ry morning before the sun would come up and then work in the n,inc until 



ever' 



eve 



dark. 



They woul.i plant soup beans, then after picked, they would lay them 
out in the sun to dry. After they dried, they tie them in burlap sacks 
-d let the kids jump on them until the husks would separate from the boa 
them put them in a big stifle and shake until all the husks feel through 
the holes. 

My grandparents never had many luxuries in life but yet thay were aL 



ns 



CO 

vays hTjipy. My nnihor's f.u-iLly ri<-v<>r ^lid >ia\'<' .\ t;..r. They ,ili-)ay n.ifl .•. 
hor- f in-I huajy, Ttipy vk-u M fmly nr\ U. tonn once a week. They ii."; r h.\<l 
■,- Ice t r Lr i ty nv iimnimj uaUr. They ii;~t'l 1.,io;,itii' latorns for li ihl;.. rty 
(iran.I-^^ th.-r vould tako thim all <\'fry night air) clean thorn for tin- n. xt 
May. Thin for r r f r i cjera t i on , they would put thfir milk and butti r in a 
bucket and lowcT it into the well, then every neal they would rj'-^ Mid cr.'nk 
it up from the well. Thoy vjouid diy hole<; in the cjionnd to put 'h ir rents 
i n. 

My grandparents rnispfl all of their family's foof). They only h'urjht 
the essentials lido suyar and flour in a store. They would catch fish and 
wild anitnals, such as rabbits and deer, then put them in the hoi'' and have 
them at the next meal. They also raised cows, chickens and pig.-. Lvcry 
year the children would go out and pick berries anri muchrooms. My yrand- 
molher Nelson would put up fifteen hundred quarts of food every year for 
the winter. 

My grandmother would bake her bread and churn her own butter (by 
hand). All of the older children had their certain chores to do such as: 
my mother had to help bake the bread, which they did every other day, and 
her sister next in line had to help turn the butter. My Grandmother Mel- 
son also made all of her families clothing. The dresses and shirts were 
made of gunny sacks with different prints. 

As each ont> of the children got older, they got assigned o\->.- of the 
yu'unyer ones. My mother had to help out with h<;r youngest sist<;-, LinrJa. 
Every night 'le had to wash tjut her clothes becaur.e they only hr-.' a fe-w 
firesies a ]>\ r-.o . They only had one pair of unflerv;ear and shoes. They 
had to KMsh 'he clothes on a scrub board. Whenever the faniily v- nt to 
tovn, -Tiy no'-.-KV was responsible for I. in'.. 

The c;h ■ lr<n went to a ore room (^euntrv t^ehool hou'^c "'h i i)i ' onsistcd 



('0 

or. '-.ix of thoso f.tU(1onts i.cre ny noth.-r 
:.nd !,. r hrcthnrs and si.t.rs. The .chool .m s h.atod by a cool -o-v 1 ik. 
their hoMsc ,.Ms. It had a couple bin table, a sone chairs. The .'uVnts 
brouuht their e-vn lunch<js. 

Ail the ehil.Ircn were born at home. They ha.- nidwives to help de- 
liver the babies. Midwives were just neighbors that would cone over and 
help with thin.js when it came near tine for the mother to have the b.by. 
They vould stay for a eouple days afterward, to help with the other child- 
ren until th( mother got back on her feet again. 

My uran.:rather Nelson died on Au^juM 8,1940. He had plan'. ! , o^e dv- 
nar.ite in on<- of the nines one afternoon ..hich he thought had g . ,^fr^ 
hut hadn't. Ue v:ont back th.1 night and started drilling, he .■.,, one of 
the cap, chai didn't go off and it hit hi-, in the head. I!., d = -d -'--..r ,v.vs 
later. 

The- sta- bought my gran, !-no ther ' ^-. house in 1049 and it her 



I'Art of 
gyic State i'ark. The state cvct 



' "" "^ ' "" ■ "" "" veryone's hr.usc in that nei-hl>nr 



' :■ '.I t m J' 

I two great ur: :es who .ouldn't sell so th. .tate just buUt th- .,..,. ne.t 
1o the. in.1, .d. My yrandnnther Kelson then mov.-d her family i--. :>l,:hes- 
t'T. My no-!' :'r was seventeen years el I. 

My nothe quit school aft.-r her fath.-r .]ir<^ to help take ca -. of th,. 
f^nily. S,he .nly made it through the tenth grade. My mother fU-r, narricd 
my father, n ^nie Lee Ritclu-y, on April -'^.1050. 

My fath r was born on November 17, 19:0, i„ Macomb, T U ino ! . . nu 
nuaher died ...en he and his twin sister wore just seven days old .. Uu-y 
w^rc just pa sed from relative to ro^tiv.. nntn they wc>re fir. <■, ,..,,,, 
Old then they ..,ro on their own. Vy f.th r nade it throu.^t .h. • i ,v th 
9rade in sch -l then ..uit. ;ie also wen. ..■ . ,„,.,,, ,,,„.„ .,..,, ^,^,^ 
ono roon and . coal stove. U, .aid fhat ov...v -'.v the tea.;hor 



.ut 



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r>ri :\ h' ■_, ;)Oi ^f <.<nj}. 'i. xt-f, f.«- I'l-.'i ^n' 'K n •'>,• '■»■> i Mr ' '; '"i ' ' • ; Mv ir 

r-.n srir.h'jir;' . Tb,-y hn-f i^-.-.s in !!..■ . i,-r,]ho.f.,. in tl. ■-' :■!'■• f 

-fhr b < ] !. v;n!' . ' l.>n.'! in tho !.,.ns 1 li n l!i. ;• •■"ulfl ju-? v,,«-.!. it ■ ,.•■.' - c-.n- 

t ina-' 'r ()1,T-. 

A; IT h' f;iiL-t .^chonl, ho -.-orV' I in ,< "f^r-ir +b;-Tlro ,» ■ ■?) ' ' ■ • ■"■ n 
litfu- v.-hi If 'hi-n be '•.•ent to vork f^ !!-• r.\ i Iioa'! . !!•> vi.i >> ' ■ "!- i lir- 

r."vilroT' v;lv '■ he net ny noTHfr nnil ■•iti->i'.l 1o for t coup'o y. >v i ttr. 

My j)'r(' 's "lovcr! 1o I'u'=:hv' H if , rjiivi--, afts-r th«-y v.'f-rf- n>--!- ! for 
throe yi\r^, 'hen to K<-fiV.ii»; , Tf'VJA fcr .ilTnit s i k ninths. Thrn ■(''• nr-vcl to 
C'^lchc^-; t ir , 'Jl, '-vherc' thry'\'c b<-f,n evi^ry jiiice. 

'■'y f.Ttlv r v;ont to vjork at Yetlcr's M,\iif a ctv.r Ing Corj). for a ^f' years 
then hi: vjrnl to "jork at Milli-r's Ih i ok Yar,; vjhcr he v;as at unt i ! 'c-i years 
a(jo. T'o"; h*' "orTis on the V.V-.terii Illino'-, T.'ni'.'ersity Can;,;", a-, ' >a ! ?: ;' tfie 
CTOnn'k rain' ;ranc(?. He al-o loor'I'. part tine as an auto '-'erh>-i i -: -hJcrh 
he has for ".''■■■^ last twenty y • rs. 

My pare: 'K have eicj^it <"h '. I<]rei) , T 1>. i rvj i!-, 1hi.r-J. '■•' ■ have ^e-.'in 
'j'lxls and on- boy. My tv;o ol. )er '•'..• \vr i 'h a to naj-pie") ■>n<! h>\r. ehil'Jr'jn, 

I renor-' , r, ehen T vjas younger, ha\'inij an olt.l coal iitov'e in oiiv k.itchcn 
and my fath< • 1)rin'ji.ng in coal fro-i out b.-.ek ••very night. ''c jv^ '. •j'-t rid 
of that old I o\-e ,-\round eight year'; ayo. 

We also r.ever had a b>throopi until .wounr! 1'>n years ago, '■:'' -i my father 
put '^n,; in. >(•.;• house ir. <^vvr one hun;1red ysars old sn hi'j; h- ' to -lo alot 

of ch.MlC_, LTKJ ' - i t . 

;-'y r.fjt! :■ ' s family still gets together every year at ::hri ,*;■»-; and 
at the I'iclsv'.: ' ;. Reunion. V.y ruither''. i'\':'<'.'\y is really closely ''M.t ■ li i le 
iTiy faM-ier's ^. n-'it. Mone ('f ny falh^M-'s re la t i v'<-s regally 1 i \'e v'-y -"lor^c 
by, :>■-. a na ' ' r nf fact, h" h>n' • •■n b i^-, Ivin ^.ister in fife, n yr-arr.. 

They jiict £' ' • "<nt their o'.'u "lay. 

^vr fanily ir< closely Vnit also an^l T tliinl; -.'o vji 11 renain 'hat viey 
even after a i ■" thi' cl-.ildron arc yrovn and lave families of t)ici t. vi.'i). 



ROBINSON, JUDY ANNV 1955- 



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



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WK-Tican families, we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only i 
ew miniues, .ind will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
iccess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 



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*****Vc ■>: )V 7V )V )V A A A ,\ A A A A A -.', A ^\ A ■,- AAV 

3. Check the earliest date for which you have been able to sny things about your familv in 
your paper. ' 

X B efore 1/50 1750-1800 1800-1850 

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'I. Please check aH regions of the United States In which members of your family whom you 
have discussed in your paper have lived. 

^^"^ England (Mass., Conn., R.I.) Middle Atlantic (N.Y. , Penna. N J Va ) 

^outh Atlantic (Ga. Fla., N.C., ^TcD ,_^East South Central(La. .Miss. [Ala. '.Tenn, Ky 
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discussed In tFTs paper have found themselves. 

-X-^^'''"'"g ^Mining / Shopkeepinq or small business 

Transportation ^Blg Business ^^ M anufacturing 

Professions Industrial laboT y O ther ,^ ^^. . v.^.^v^^ 

6. Please check aM religious groups to which members of your family whom you have discussed 
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^^°'"^" Catholic ^Jewish ^Presbyterian y ^Methodist 

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^5"^'**'' ^Mof-nw" ^m^er Protestant "^ Other 

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

^^'^^''^ Indians ^Mexicans Puerto Ricans 

y^l^ ^ C entral Europeans ^ItalTTiT ^Slavs 

-^fII!\c. ^'^^l^^ ^Mati;;rSnerlcans ove71?veral generations 

^East Asian ^Other £,^ __^^ ^ 

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

— 'j^^nXrlrs "'^^ iCF-^Hy Bibles ^Family Genealogies 
2\_Vital Records ^Land Records The U.S. Census 



V P hotographs x M aps 



)ther 



I. FAHIiy DATA 

A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth n ,' ^,^u.,, rx ^ o; c 



Current Residence e^r,n<rrAa ^;^ -^ 
Data of Birth 



Education (number of years): 
grade school R ^r.;, high school^ 

Occupat ion(s) 

'St -f.^ kp yh6ng L. ^oaK^.7 Dat«$_ 



vocational 



col lege 



Ist 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates 



2nd 



OiA?\-;:i h<^<.c.,t^-^' 



Dates 



3'-'^ h^s,^r t^^^^>t-.p.^ rprrf 0«te«, 
^th Dates 



2nd_ 
Ath 



_Dates 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



Religion jVA f V U r. A x C-^ 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fratarnltles, etc^^CHj^xg^J^ 



Place of Marriage to your grandmotlier /- 



.^Lki^. 



date 



NOTE 



!hJ°Hlr!*i''%^'"K 'f"!** iJ° *8* '®l ''^'' »t«P^ather or another relative give 
that data on the back of this paga. (A-1) 



Grandmother (your father's side) 

'rd ei'dWiU^^? death 



Place of birth (-.,.,, t 



l.^mCfiV 



Current Residence u^,.^ ^.ueci TL. 
Date of birth 



Education (number of years); 
grade school ^ . g\ high school^ 

Occupat Ion (s) 

' * t \A.^,. c ^ ,.^, p^ Dates_ 

2"d U-Ue phc./^^ r ^^^ pp 1^,^ Oates_ 

3'"*^ Dates 



vocational 



col lege 



'♦th 



Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
' 8 1 U ^^g . r. ^^ 9 Lo-^ e,s Da tes_ 

2"dj^eaP o;.^c-^^ "^ > v Dates 

3 r d ^Da t e s_ 

4th 



Dates 



Religion \^a .^ <^ 



' Political party, civil or social clubs, sororlt?es, etc.n.,^ 

f-lace of marriage to your grandfather r 
Not*- If w ^... -«=i=i, 



Note: 



^.sec^' "PI /: I 



^U%^i^m.r^.E^^if<^^^i g^IW^^^^^ 



oaTT 



another relative give 



Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 



;p(j 

N.IIIH 



Current Residence 



I <l 



rn(\, <l.iir of death_ 



PIncc of birth 0«t« of Blrth_ 



Edtif.ition (number of years) - _, 

grade school_2___hlgh achool /O vocational c^ coHecje_CL 



Occupat lon(s) 

1st 

2nd 



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



3rd 



Dates 2nd D ates 

Dates 3rd D ates 



/♦th_ Dates '♦th __Dates_ 

Re I i q i on 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 
Place of marriage to your grandmotKar ^ *'^ 

A-2 Stepgrandmother (your fathar's side) 



Narr- 






Currant Residence 


If dead, date of dea 


tR 






Place of bi rth 






Date of birth 


Education (number of 
qrade school 


years 


): 
hiqh school 


vocational college 


Occupation(s) 
1st 




Dates 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Date; 


2nd 




Dates 


2rtd Dates_ 


Jrd 




Dates 


3rd Dates 


Re 1 i g i on _»__»-.— 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfathe r D ate 



Grondfather (your mother's side) 

Name p,^ tv-.(.. is \^ .■ ^ \ z- c Current Resldence_^u ci l\ ^ ,;:i i 

If deadV date of death ^ "^ n i I'l I ^ 



Place of birth \N>c r^ u c ^ k_. - s Date of birth ^^(\c^-^ y ^ V'n O C- 

Education (number of yearsj: ^ 

grade school /, , ^c ^ high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

_^ (after leaving home) 

' ^—k-OJ^jOi-i^ja Dates ,-,i^,, u.r.^ 1st ^^Y^ cv-^ -1 > c , ; / .. U t -. , Dates 

^"^ ^Dates 2nd ^ ,.,... .,..c^. < . ,. D ates 

3^^^ Dates 3 rd 

'*^^ ^Dates kth 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



Religion KN'^e-vA^O'T^ I. Si- 
Political parties, dvJl or social clubs, fraternities, etc.^ 

Place of marriage to your grandmother w. ,,,. n .. TT"""" ^ 3ate T"^ 

Note: If your mother was raised by a s\B»ll l ie t U f l Il ULTie i Tel^Vrvfe^ '(lo flB e |8 ) ^ '^^^ 

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

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

grade school ^ high school • vocational -college 

Occupatlon(s) PL^CE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 



'St C,LiLc.H^\sr^a^ /-.c A^.^ D ates (H^^ 1st ^gv^^-^ 



Dates 



2nd y^^t:V^(-^^ ^^ Vo\^e D atas l^-^O 2 n d £.0^^^^ ^-vj, ^ (, ^ ,,;,, D ates 

^''^- ^D«te» 3r d ^Dates_ 

'ol 1 1 i cai party, civil 



or social clubs, sororities, etc. 



jiace Of marriage to your grandfathe r c vc n y^ /.v ^^ .., o ,,, ,,/ date ,^v 

Ifote: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another r« I, VV«. /^« l U) ' ^^ 

j ,.vc thit Joio wfi tnc oacK or tnjs page (D-2) 



C-l '.tepqrcindfather (your mot he r ' s side) 



f (Ifcid. (laif of death 



I K.I I ion (liiilllIxT of yfit.) 



liyli school 



Octiip.U if)n(«.) 

1st 

?n(l 

3rd^ 

'4th 



_Dates_ 
_Date5_ 
Dates 



Dates 



Current Residence 



D.jlc- ol hi I II 



vocal ioniil 



,11.>.1»' 



Ist 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 



2nd 



3rd 



l»th 



Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



Dates_ 
Dates 



Dates 



date 



D-? Stepc)r.indmothtT (your mother's side) 



N nme 

I f dcid. il.jtr of death 



PI. ice of hlrlh 

Education (number of years) 
grade school i>igh school^ 

Occupat ion(s) 

lst__ 

2nd_ 

3rd . 



_Date8_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



Current Residence_ 
Date of bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



1st 



2nd 



3rd 



Re 1 i (J i on^ 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather^ 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



cmWRt. Of A . 8 ^or A~, or B- 1; ^ your f.thar's na.« should appear below 

dat« Co-:5<£. 



Place of birth W\ ^p y g r K ^ i <y 5 «= 

Number of yearrV^ oV ' ffrtg ^ ,'2!^ 






^ c. 



.-u-.^cr u. years or scnooflrtq | 2_ OccliojH; I Art " t't — ^ ' " 

Residence Lc^_Pa2. ,,e« n- ' / ' TaT TtTrgr^f m!^ - ^ '^ ^^ - 

Number of cM ldrao _. ' ^^'^ T/ . , ^a^-' tcr^atut no n q o , e ,v 

Name ,->>^ ^q >^ Jl^y.n^ 



Pjjce of birth 

Number of years of schooling ' '" 

Residence ~^' 

Number of chl !dr«n 



[^ i^«rV't;'i)ir?'titu« 



date 
Occupation 



Name 

Place of birth — — — — ~ — ^ 

Number of years or' schooHng' 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren" ' ' 



Name 

Place of birth — ~-^-.^ 

Number of years "o'l^'VchooHng" 

Residenc e 

Number of chl Jdren 



Name 

Place or birth ' '" '" " 

Number of years' o^ school fng" 

Residence 

Number of children *"" 



Name 

Place of birth ' 

Number of yearroT'schoolTng" 

Residence^ 

Number of chlldr«n 



Name 

Place of birth 



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Mother 

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B Occ T^ r , \°<^'>. -i- 

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J03. ,ih 


Aealer 


i-l ixai'y Baily 




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Jose.ih re;>ry ■ 


Mary Blumox' 




"Io.than 


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7d:.A'^ .,T.i?;/vT rK:-;AT G^ANDr'ATIiER ■ 

');v.ilol : or-l T va.- bor;i in. V/eatmoreland county ui .' o tin .••.,, ^- 
v^.iin, OA , ;•. i'.rj. . 1797. IIo van ^i bl^ickc:nil.h by ti-nde. e 
noved to .'iscoii"in on ;, Au^unt, liifl'i. T'.c ^atn oT his :nari'ir./:;G 
nn'i the n.Tirie ^i' lii'^. '-.'ife -vr unkn'^.-n. It is ':nown .hat she was 
bora P.I, '•'■"'V, lw03. Tho ■■ vrrc larriod i'irtyci.'Jit yeai's, 
durin--; tnis time sue spo'^re only German and i^moked a pipe. \ ', 
Thoy had tv.-o sona, on'' died in „he civil war. Daniel was 
giVen forty acres -f land to farm, in tho dordan Tovmship in 

'isc ::n:'i.i, dj the ^overment for the Joe;: wi their son, 
Daniel •.'■ s Gi'-jhtyroiu years, eleven months, and twentyfoiir 
days old at the time of his death. His sifos death is noo 
knovm. Their '.lomainin'-' son -.vas named Joseph, s 

Josep'- ■'oDl'-'r ■..':is born in l63'^. He was a stone naaon by 
trade. .jo o;h r.'^r'r'cd hary 3aiLy onose fa:aily cnjne frori 
Sco-cland. Tho;: ■..■ere Jcoich Tra..':h. j.hey moved to 'Georria tu 
h^i-p :.j. -liT. the .:p-inish in l?;';"'. Jose ;h and Hary had ten 
children. 



J^each, :i'i -lu ch_idi-eii. 

John r'ra:-i!-l in-born 13, ^ectenbcr, ltio3, never 
vr. \\\ed, 

'eor-e-born lb., -ebuary, lc367, never narr'ied. 

■.'atson ?ete-born 3, i'arch, lilyi, .na.''riod Lola 

•Celly, had three chili en, hin-oson, .'ilbur, 
en "•■ai'y .Tane. 






.'It •=,■■' J kf - Born 3, Ilarnli, lo71, laurrl d Hodin. 
■ochot and iu.'d onn ::o:i, .u'l'y. '.'atson and 
;]' r d'e tv;inr. , v;hnn they 'jor'.rr! ^r'f' ;;old 
: - ' d ill California thoy p '(-.kod n.-j the fa.nily 
;in'". 'tfL to-;nther, lioth ••jero nr vor .'o rd 
"^rori a'', -in, 

j'oro -h ;■. I'i-y- Born 13, Octobor , 1 ' 73 , .lamed i;ary 
'"Inraer. This ' r- .^y :r-^nd-a's father and I 
•;i]l •■^orcr to -''m l;\tor m thin a.iur. 

itanl.' y 'ario- Born 1?, Auf^ast, lu7o, :aai'rj.ed 

Ilaii'.re d-utlor • nd had one f:on Joseph, ^ ". ,- 

.l-ncho- d ^rn 3'"', April, l87', laarriod Clayton 
debt: yen n.A -d nine children. 

:jarin- ^iod yv^un^" ■ ,, •. 

deaurice- iiiari'ied '.>ei!^-\- dceiaer, no ' 

cnildren. 
Gi-mell- marrinc. '-/illiojTi Conner^, no 

edit 1 rcn. 
'neot'-r- :-'--arried Helen, tv/o childx--n. 
rvildc- named, one hiid. 
c 'i]_o..- married Ed ^ilrick;? ;n, divorced: 
d^fx- never r.M'x-xed. 
•: - . , r-r-xea Evcr-cu Cl^ry, -rae child, 
i.\dvwx --od then raarricd I'len -t^berts, 
K' nnotn- never nrri'ied. 

v - :'r:r:ri 1., pi-\j. , l3ci3, !::i'riod Joe Butier, 
;i<j Tixl'lrcn. 



Gnd.iT GRAd DFATHExd 

.os:"-d- -rr- choua ■■ o b\iy the f ;_r.Ti I'ror; his f.'-thor, :ie 
.'as a r7~a'= -a.' en ny tr"d- t.r;. ift-r ; is .narria' o to '.'.nr-j 
:.l'-'xi-r ,0 beci-ie r. fa'' r. They v/ce riar-ied on 3, Jiine, Idod. 

!dor-."'s farMy ca e f:-:. . .Gotland, ('.-.'e-e dcotch IriGii), 
■.a.-'n 7 tt:n: t.) td.e "dii ". d dta:.es they -lovcd '.nto dcorTia. 
/hey j cl.'e ■ to h"l fi-'t t'le saai/:ish in i-^ioi-idr ^^ 173^=:, 






i 
i'^i'::':" r.-it'icr, Joh;i ninrir-r, u-\r, a farm'-r oj ti'u- o . o 

mnr-'icfj ''rruilfi r.-oiu.iay •iho v:ns born in lO '3 ani oiod in 1709. 

Jolm diod in Lb9 /•, tlm J^.te of )ii3 birth ic lonJcnoun. John 

■-na Ux'sui.' hna Txvc children. 

John- '-.ai- -led, -jue cnild, 

ien'-^ry- luarried ivai^e Voe',eli, iour children, 
Kary- m.-'med Joscpn Perry ivealer, four children, 
d'red- ta'.rrifi:\ i-'rances, five children. ■ .' 

3:~rtna- raar.'iod rred Voegeli, five children. 

John ttlu ler p.'.- a awav and Ursula remarried Gottfred Buehler, 

v;lio was bcr in 10-'|.9. '^hey had two children, The first died, 

t.ne ot cr wpl: named i'xnnie. Goti.fred p'S.'jed away in 1936, 

Jore.-l: and ':ary lived their entire life on the faiTU they, 

bo-ught. 'J^_'":e-cher they haa -'our children. 

-," itnan- born 12, May, 1906. H-^ married Prance.: 
u.-.^^or P., October, l^BO. This is ny 
.;-r.^ad arcnts. 

yiorrnce- born 19, January, 1908, She married 
■Zh vies DeV'C, on Is, September, 19214-, 
"^.1 .rles was born on ?3, June, 1902 and died 
17, .u^J't, lyfti-. Tney hid four children. 

■]ollo-.ta-married hsob '..'uetric, three 
'ihxl Ox-en, 

Hollis-riai'ried "^sth r, f...ve cn^lcvon, 

''. "u-rt-,. .med .'ori'^a d' uensch-.januer, 
four chilrlren. 

Joann-.r.ar .'±ed Truman S^lch, U'c 'children. 

.{'•■lun rei-ry- born 5, Septonib ,r, 191U iu\d daed 
7. : ■:',1973, He married Dorthy ' V\-i oy 
-, dovcnb-r^r, 1914-7, -''i<^ was born un 17, "r.rch, 
17!^, diiry ha tv;o children. 






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Arl^nc-v.mri'iod Gorald Kanth' y 19, '^ay, 
19'^'7. They have three children. 

T eroy 'lalyh-mnrried Linda -ieed 6, J.'in- 
iriry, 1','7''^-. -hey have tu'o cliildi-cn. 

IlirCorrl- hoi-n h., arch, 19'''^'. 'C mari'led r}lady£ 
S'-lzv;o.lel on ';', March, 19-';. '^hey have t-.;o 
i-^.iil-.' ran. 

Jerr-born 1 ', '.u,^ust,lV:.'3 

Ranc'.y-born 20, December, 19>5, ho is ''" 
now married as of August 19/'-|.. 



GRANDPA , ■■AT'IA : V'^^'U 

GrmidT^a • ev; u;^ on - farm near Monroe, Rock County, Wis- 
consin. He had two brothers and one sister which I have already 
uientionGQ. lie wont to schoo]. through the eighth grade in a 
country sch.--ol house -fnich v/as a five mile trip five days a -{ 
vieek, no uit ncho?! to helo his fathe • On the farm, 

.'•.p a boy ^-rand .n. did all the- tilings that parents frown 
on but dnov; is r-y^ical of a 'oung boy. Often he said a group 
of boys v.'ovJd ;ct to^-.oth'.-r and go raid ouinkin axid watermellon 
patches. One nignt ne ot some buckshot in his south end as 

he vr s '■i.eadin-'" north to re;iind hin to koep av/:iy from that farms 
crops. 

^Ten he ••",- a ' ■'ong nan oi" eighteen he went to the 
V.isc n'-xn -'ellr for ■■ l:ort trio. There is a rock along tr:e 
i-±v--r z'aocr th.t is knovm to all the tourist as 'dtanding Hock" 
v;here yov. sec .i }crm.an She -ard jiun-:. ecrons fro:-! one rocK to 
5TlO z'r - r . .'r:_ad ia sax -^aen he vrent there he ''.A one of hie 



frieiuic jur; od -cj-o. 3 tluit same- rocii, i-rr;iiid:ja said thn.t 
in the '.'iui.ci nC and iiir. friends woula in;<Ke a soi-t of a i.lou 
nnd pu;-;h Jt 'iLoa'- -Cn:^. i-uad or tiir.iu-h a field :;hGrevcr tne 
iuiovi -jrs tlio ]Af;htr::T. . Tnr--- n » .'ovl to clo this .no the'" cculd. 
r.s;:r: the ^irls ouu. 

i'hey \vo,,] :: ;;o to b;_vn '.l-.ricr-n , churcli 'jatherin.^-s and cciiool 
affaiPR TOi soci -1 activitiea. no says it waa fun, he ' didnJ t ■ 
hj.vo uuj!i -i^iicy but t.hej .tail ,iu:^tas much fun as kids do today. 



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This s'ctron is of 'ly .Jran-'inothers ' parentE pjad my '-'rand- 
mot'v^rr, life. '-'he >. ateri-il was gotten from interviews fror,i mj 
^•rn:id!nothor. It only ■-<;s back to her parents because she never 
'--mw hor ^r^ ;n p.rents ^nd there is no record of them. 






Tern Olid -nthy "In ;cr both c-^xie from >nrnany "hon they v."^ 'e 

very jo-Aur. Dithy llvnd Ju Pondjilack ■/isconsin. -he had four 

br.Tthci^s ;,i id oan i^isrrr --h'ch she lost ■^.i-nt-^ct v;ith aft' r n?r 

ninri' n":e. Ar, u ciild aa i a yoimg womnn sh~ uo-'l:ed in a nhu''- 

f ctory in t 'm. .Uio t 'Lild o t) Monroe -/isconsin, vihich is 

close to ■'ondaiack, to visit ;. 'girlfriend. On one of vnese \.] { 

trips she mi3t Tom. o ra they v;ere mari'led and Tom smarted Vi ^t; i 
lookinfj or ■ job. For a I'ew years after their marriage 

he -'orke'i s a nirod nan. Later t'.iey b.i^ght nxs fathers farm 

and regained t ici-e unbii three years before Cathy's death, 

Tliny -i-^ved into Ilonroo and o m jht a smo l1 Ixttle house. Cathy 

died m 19o." --nd Tom in ig^^^. 

TheT n- ' on- on P-o.d three daughters. 

llndys- -che oldest u'as born) ^eptemper of 1905. 
She is no- livin^' in iionroe V/isconsin on 
- far;-! With her husoand. 

^■'ranees- ws born Hay of ].908, Tnis is my Grand- 
other, jhe iS now 1 xviag on a farm v;ith 
h'-r husband, N-ithrji, near Evansvxlle './xs. 

Viola- \-i-3 born J?Jiuary of 1909, ?-he xs nov; living 
m iionroe '.■'isconsin i;ith her husoand v;no has 
his cm busine.-s. 

L'lr^y- v;-io burn m Octv^ber of IvH. ;e lives on 
a fam -i^zcxde of f^'onr^e, 

"jVEj.icivoz er said her motrier was rnothex-ly and treated 11 

tne kidE 'airl''-. bee ■'£:e of the lack of money t..eir mother 

v.-culd sev.' .lost of their clothes and uau-bu all the ';i.rls tu sew 

-■.11 t-iree of the -irl?! .-x-ew uD sev/xu;- fox- wU-.crs to r.ake m-^ney. 




'.rra. "! v.:i-i ■; r, h^ra ,n '''onda L;\cl: -isoon^in. Tn hor fnmily 
tlicy believed in brin,f;in'-'; hvj r.iio kid. v;ith strict measures. 
:'or=nin;'; c'oz"'o- r'-ijinisto:: of ni.lkin-; c ',.'3, Tne'"' ri* u'lc 1^ o- 
shoc^'c, cl -aniii;-^ tac bar-n, liousoi-- rk r-iid iniT.cin-- at ai'^ht, 

ono '.'cnt to Li country r.cho.>l u;; to v.i[',hzh. -r- do -bout tvio 
miles ai'.i:'. i'''r ocia] 'la-cherinjs there v;ere school arid church 
i<ron;rams, barn dances, fa^rs, and visiting the neighbors. 

The only jod snc ever had was doinn; housework for a lady 
in r;onroe i. :-!cons-i.n for s^.ven iollrirs a week. This was just 
befwre she p;ot married. -^hc saved up one -hundred dollars 
then ;:ot n^rricd. 

3he s'lys 'in- p-rents didn't have much money. Her mother 
made r:0?u of their clothes and aisu helped with the chores. 






]-L\aiu ■-.>■•; 0.'' .^it.vii'MTi! ;h iv:c^Li''H and GHANi")?io'i'irf';rt uwai'iR 

■ Kn.f'an 11' ;'r ..noer, >,iet on a ;'at-u'(iay ni,-;h'C bnrn d.anco, 
Taoy v;o?vt ^^jt, 'oi' two yoar^; b-i'-'re tl.oy r.riulcl nfford i;u get 
in;:rried. ■''•i'i.cv tiie'r inixi'-.^xa'c t'.ioy lived uith ifathnns f jlks, 
Joseph and Krvj, for .'bout one and a half yearn beTore they 
could rent a f: r:i] in Monticollo. 

They vvi^vc. mar "ied in 1"'30 and v/e^e as happy as people are 
now Grandma says. r.he remembers that i/hen in 1931 the depres- 
sion C'une ind niTectcd the farmers that it v:a3 really toxagh, 
Ho^s vm.'e .^oing for three dollars a hundred pounds and eggs .; :' 
v;ere ab ^ut six cents a dozen. You could buy a good milk cov/ 
for about thirty-five dollars. One of their first milk checks 
was thirty-two doHr.rs for th'^ whole month to live on. 

hen toey fin-.lly bou";ht a farm of their ^vm they found 
trieTiselvcs v;ith v^ry little furniture. 'i'ue first night all they 
had for lioat -.as L.ic stove. The;^ nlepi; on blankets on the floor 
by the stove. Gr-ind.'na brou ■: o her f lowers alon^; '.;ith ner and 
set ti:e;n on ':he .'■l^vo so they v:ould be warm enougti. During the 
night tlie st ve '.'ent out and ■■.11 the flov;ers fror'.e and su did 
"Tv-iidr:-:. nd I'jiid-a. 

Taey st'll live n the :: ..le fai-m that is i-.bout f oixrt'":e'i 
:-:iles i'rr. .. . r-.esvi] le. rraid.a farmed and ma.l;ccd the -ov;s t-..'ice 
a --ay 'n.il I7-V, :■:: en ..e crmi retired. He nov; na:-; about 
t-T;:..^' d1 •■- Va us cown ■•hich he rai.ios for tiie l-u hter house, 
Th*^ e -re stil" c.-x':!:ena runnin-"^ ;.round 'ind f cQ^rse he still 



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has t. \' Iv -o Jol-iuny ' trnctor. ilo nr-: f nan very 1 uole 
of Ills oj.;^lity ncre;-, most nj" ±t ±r. vented x.o the xiCif-libor. 

iio on.To,;., Ij.iC nov; bro,;.u.;o r- ^^ the I'lrst t:M c m nl:: j.:ii'f,' 
lie r.rn lalc r. ti'lp rivl nc>t i.-oi'ry Mbout lailJrm^^ tlie coviz, "hey 
arr v.u'y han.^y people noi:. 

I l.c'st f^ri- u lo mention that the,/ h-i.d one daur;hter, 
Sally "nn. "aViy -'as born P.^^, ec<=mber 1932. , / *" 



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3,-J.ly ;:rew \\c on the sa:nc f-^rm tier , ;vrMn:'- nti, ]. j ix'c on. 
: rf, '. ,'ii? ;.n or.lv clu-lcl. As a ,'oun - f;-.rl snc had her everyday 
chores to hel her f-thcr. Mien sH'.' wasn-t hclMin"; her d;.d she 
'.rr s fooj in ■ ai' luid v;ith her hovzo, '.nc nevo:- r.^.nnx, nuch tir^e m 
i!v- norr-c let.riiin;; to c.o ^z or ze\s , 

'iIao f-iuly wovld po on p.i.cnxc.- and fai;iily gatherings, I'he 
r;:i"ily u. r a very close one and there were many good times, 

he says ho\^ parents were v;onderful, zind, too generous, 
and strict. She said both hor mo-cher and father x^rould disa- 
plme her, out lier fathers v:ord i;as law. 

The family was of avei-age income, tnere v;as alvmys money 
f r the things the;/- "an^ed or places rhey wanted to go. For 
the stL-:::er M-^nt;is she ■.-.'-uld detassle corn or help around the 
fan- tr. carr; cperv'ir.g n^ney, 

he ;raduated from 'Ivansville nigh Scnool in Evansville 
v/i-scon-nr.. h.e lovrd cho'l :T.d jiad a rreft socxal life. She 
h; d r.-a::y d.vt' s jnc v-trs roi'cc"r.in!j rucen of her clas^.. .-fter 
z\\c :::: f r--v;- with sc"^-i:j. t.] 'j , ,ct vi.rr-^icd at trie ar;o of 
cl.rjtr:n "c V- r\': ■ .""Ic -■]'-io ■'■■;fnti: hr.d a f'>rn necj? her fcllzc. 
'i'ney wore riarried f ^r two years and nad one daughter, Laurinda 
r'ay bo -n xn 1^ ^-■■7, Iv.'-J. '-'hey v;ere divorced cOid :. lly vrci^t 
;.or.e t- ■■•■/•2 • i-t': ii : ai'^ntG. hen 3i^c w s tv;enty one her best 
frxend ■.-.'noom she met at v;ork xnrruducod ner to hor b.^v-'Chcr .'.rjc 
.'icbinson. rheir relationrhi^ •..•ill contin-J.e fvirthcr on in this 



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PREFACE ; 

This seccion is of my fanners side of our ramlly, xt sta • ', 
str.rts out vith ins fathers parents and gues through his mothers 
life -aid to iixs childhood. All -che information gotten v/as from 
pei-soncl xntervieT/t; end letters. My graxjdfather also has varibus 
letters and pai-t of a diary which he had made into a book of 
a nan, o] ivca- '.obinncn, -..lio f^U'ht m the civil \}a.v. xve c-lco 
tai-'en .^on.e mforr.ati on out of thjLS book. 



And-'ra aic'r-rson, a cond n-i^ur-o './oinan uho lilr'jil to 1 "..'::; t- n 
to i!iu:Tic marvii^d .lb' 't ilo'oinson \:>\en she vrn.s t-vcnty-t.' . 
.ftoi" tiiOY i; re mar ■\r-c\ t'n y innvcd nn h farm ono milo north of 
Vironvi ./ir.rionsi n, '.-.'he -e tiey wor^iod for ^-ovenor ■Terlmiha iiush 
to .;ay for t;ic f^.r^^ that thoy plann^^d to buy. 

.'uidroa v/as about five foot eight and weighed around one- 
huiidi'cd-thirty pounds. Albert vjas a man of six feet and weighed' 
about tv.'o :iundrod-f ifty pounds, • ,. ..',■,,.',;.' 

-Albert Uis a :-.-rious uird working man. ne was -oroud 
OS 'ecially of his accomoliahttients, xie worked as a baruer, 
Ju:^tice of tite icace, ;:nd h farmer. 

Three cnildren T-rc -e born to them. Txxere v;as Al^ce Mable,, 
Charles, .vnd hcmaai j^jxxqlp.s . After all the children wore 
born tne.' rioved uo n. fp,rrri six miles from Vix-ooua, They had no 
conflicts hei'G concerninc family n^.tters but money v;as tight. 
Tney us^d the m ney th y oar.i^d to pay ofi ^ne farm, food, 
clotliin.], r^d mr.chinery. They were a happy family, . 






rru'.:ri\'^' -.iiriu, ciiAar.E" HOiiiMsuw 

Grnn'-.f-'-T-i'-r vxp.- born on ■ I'nr i si:: nij-Jes eo.nt of '/iror.ua 
In l'>i;iriO;. ni-annli .-cliuol (iiatrict. There v/ore thrc: c'liidron 
in the f iviriy, Al.'co i-;'>bio v;n.f.. vhe o.dcct, Grnndf nther, Gh-i-ler,, 
SIX ye;n'3 yoiin-.rr, r jid Sherinaii Oou;^';ln.s, r,ix :/^o,'irr! younger u.-en 
Charles. M'cc -n ' Charles got nloiig rather v;ell but they 
found tnea.r Ixttle brother aiinoying most of the time. "■; 

''.3 a j'-ounf'; boy he helped tw carry in tbe wood for the SLOve, 
clean the barn, feed Ixvestocic, shovel snow, or cut grass, and 
silent al it of t±;ie tu'.xng care or uhe horses, 

TO eirn umney all he could do was to help the xiexghbors 
d 1- aig thr;\.^n.xng neas n and cut v:ood. He was needed at h-me so 
he couildn't leave 'lono. Thox-e -.'asn't much to spend the money , 
on so ':■: didn't :\\3'^ it. 

c:rT.->l '■;:•- tvjo raiies to and from to wal': evwi-yday. He 
r-a-'s .lO ]'':e': scho-'l --no '.;ould h ve liked to have gwne farther 
tie.: eighth Taae but It v/ac 1:1 onr^Dle becau.se his father needed 
h.in. J'n:^ o ■r\s.i't enou th non^y tc fy for roon and board ±n 
to'-n six :^:'le3 ■v.:-.-. r;o he staged -lu home until he i'ot a jou 
±n to-.-r: \\i.''- t'r:e te'c^hone and telegraph company. 

T':9 f-: -xly r-^.rel- liad oienic:^ but we..t t„ ill t .e county 
f :iirs. -^aey use to ta':e a.'t in r.l 1 the co-: ;Unj.ty affairs such 
■IS c-iurc.i eetxri.-s, rclio 1 nd church programs, rrties, dances, 
■^uct^n r:al;f3, •■'.;d v;?r 'n^ bees fur tne neighbors who were sic ' 
or h-'d r;o^io rex, 3 fortune . o-^ .Sunday they u ul-1 11 -o t:, Cxtucrch 
a..i each '-.'oul-' i ut xn one penny. 



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Thei^r -,r,>'o ton cliilJron, six of whom died in their early 
month;'.. There -.'as one boy r\nd throe '^irls who lived to adultliood. 
ihe f,nmx"'y lived in Viro-;un ■•'isconain 'n to:m, Virf^inia's 
father v.'a-' a painter and a interj.or decorator in the tovm, 

Vir^inxi-3 life as a young z^vi ■r.he aays vir.s very dull and 
borin.o;. .'hen I asked her questions she said her life was too dull 
to tell about so I learned very li.-cle about it, 

Virginia nelpod around The house sne never had a job. She 
went to school through the oightn '>ade. She says she never 
made any plans or the future ur had any goals. The family 
had very little iioney so tncy nad very little, ''/hen they had 
the money they ould go to oimaay school or Ghurcn, in March ; 
sh-e net a man n rned Cnar^los nobinson . She married at the age 
of t-entythree. 






Charles met V1.rp;inia v/lixle -./orlcxn,-^ on a V/ostern Union 
Tele,''rai.'h Cor.i^any polo ^.n J/roat of nc x* house. They were married 
f.^r about t'.;enty-three years and then they divorced. v-Taen I 
asked hot': of thorn cuentions on their iaarriaf;e txiey said dxf- 
feren-c thmjjn r,c firsu ^f all I will tell Charles viev; of their_ 
Tnarrxage, 

ne says ror dates they vjould go to movies or to visit her 
Sj.3ter. ".ncn he toid his i-arents of their decision to get 
married they saxd tney didn't inind but "Chey thought that they 
should '//ait for av/hile longer, Durxng the first two years 
of thcxr marriage they lived in Huntsvxlle, Alabama, Casey, 
Illinois, xronv.ood, Kichigan, Mercer Wisconsin, Van Buskirlc, f 
'./^.scwnsin, xron ilt,, i!icuxgan, Deerfxeld , xllinois. North- 
brook, Illinois, RockTurd, Illinois. They then set up nore 
permanent residence xn Tomah and l-Iilton Wisconsj-n v/here tney 
had tt;o c'-il'h^rn, Katheleen and Max, 

Charles jobs consisted of telegraph and telephone ;;orK, 
farming, car nechanic, s^'.lesman a.:;d bxll collector. He says 
tney had bxg events in their lives, Utie depres.'^^i-.n, raising the 
Kids, ard the family outx^^s left everlasting memories. They 
would ^o visit i-olatives and v.-ent on tuo large vacations to 
I'exico iTid the Blackhills, 

Grandmother says they had no family outings and never 
did much of anything. She feels badly about the way her life 



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woi\t. .-he fi^olr. t'loy bro-ght the t -o chil'^ren up ri.'jht, 
Gr ndfalhet' t'cols th?'.t hla chil.'rnn could hivo done bottrr, 
Gi-ancbiot er nov; lives in L ai" .;ivor Illino g abovo the tole- 
nlion.T office thnt charl-:; still ovms. 'he still works for hira. 
She is about fivr foot two inches tall and v;oi'^-,h3 around one 
liu^idi'ed p unds. -ne is full of , op and still tells 'veryone what 
to do and hovr to do it, -ie all love her dearly and she seems 
very -lap^^y now. 

Grandfather lives in Rockford now ajid is remarried. He 
has never* seened like a [grandfather at all, I don't know what 
he is lire he has alvays seemed quite and strict. He oims 
the Leaf J?ivci- Telephone co:npany and an Electric comoany here in 
Rockfora. ' 



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• -.THlIR, i ..-C aoniN30IT |: 

Dr.: -,'^3 born [-'-^ Hay, 19::',' in Cr.s"/ Illinois. iloat of his 
liCr he ■cc\! x\ ^ in Kill. on ..'iscou in. An a VMin^^ boy he uao to 
sk-^ ■■ :chool -^ivi :o -•'i.-hin" -is or his ^-;raoes he didn't care that 

•uch , V.c aryr. thn thtT f-raily .i;:o to take picnics and took 
tv:o l-vi^'iovaca ' --'n trips. He 'naa one sister vrho is one year oldor 
th-n he is, her naiic is katie, Katie aa d Max spai t alot of time 
to. -ether while they were ^^,ro -inr; ip. Because they didn't have 
use of the family car for d-tes very often they would double, 
Katie vronTd tell whoever '; s talcing her out tnat they had to take 
her brot ler and liis d te too --r she vrouldn't go, so thats the way 
t'ley took care of that problem. Vfter High school he vmrked for 
D lafield Ilorth 'est '^ole h ne Go. the after two years he joined 
the Marines. Aft^r g in; through tuo Marines he got a job and 
his sister int oduced him to Aally Robinson, He was twenty- 
f-)ur a-id s .-'_^ was tv;onty-oae at the time. 



HARuTA.l:. OF V. :.i A::D RAi", y 

ax and -'-a ly ^j riT rairried at ially-s pai'ents fnrm on 11, 
Srptemb Vf 19 ". Aftrr tlb ir nar'.'i-'f^e ttioy livo(; ui Mxlv; 'ulroo 
\;iscon:-in so that Had could :u to l':ilv;aui.koe 3chool of J^ginoering 
whei--^ lie v;ent to gc:ioo1 ror one in-ar, xhen in r):jl\. u,nt;y raovcd 
uo "rrS ;v ;■ Illinois iDocniin- ris T'-.tli r Doufjht tr:c t^-lc^nonc 
cori^.-.ny iii ' ' -^t t,(-rn. In 19bi3 I '-'as born to them. A little 
later uhat same year th^ bought their first house in Leaf 
Rivr. At this time also dad started working for Sunatraiid ^n 
Rockford nif^hts as a Lab Technichian, In Ivi^S Mark was born in 
the month oi" >pril on thn 30th, Around this time mon and dad 
boujht themselves two horses and we goi; .^ur first dog, repper, ,■ 
In i960 dad staj.ted v;orkj.ng as a foreman at Sundstrand, ' ( .■ 

V.liile we -.ere grv^wm::^ up we s ent alot of time in uhe summer 
v.'ith our -rand, arents on the farm in V/isconsin, V/nen x was 
about six yzirs old 1 -^ot my first pony, T^^o-by, ;/ho i had until 
lOrd, As -'. f:\:r.^ly they w^uj d take us up uo a lo-rve m Portage 

isconsin •.;hc:e w v;ould swim, ski, an- fish, V/e also -hjok tv/o 
trips, one to Cpiaada and to Colorado, In lyb f daa goo a ^od at 
nocKford :iu4tch as r c^:.:" ity Contrcl r.ana "cr in R_Ctt.ford, That 
sa-'.e ysar v;e moved to '..'iiuaeuaTO on Montanue /.oad, .4' re v;e began 
to baild a b:-rn fcr ( fv liorses cjnd a fence. After about six 
years '-.-e ^ot iz conplctod, in 1968 in May on uho :-iq.bh Terry 
Lie was oorn. 

:'odoy . c :;r,xll wcri:s the same pl.'xe osid mum v;orks as an 
accoiint.?j-it ^t Oates Rubber Go. j.n iiockr„i-d. Tney iiave finally 



■^.ot the t't'.in'-; ft)r txieir none that thoy n; vo alua^v n irantcd 
to make it comfort no ir. V^r T^iiom, Lnurinda is in Whitew.ater 
UrixV. ivit;; \n :cc n;dn in h r lar.t aemest-r .and I'larK xn i; 
pl'^ttoville incoiisin, I '^-n '.ttondj.nr itoc;^ '/alloy and 'i'erx'j xs 
in i'irsT. 'trado, inat 13 u'ere our faiiily stands n<.>vi. 



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I c;.une bon:ic:lnt; .nto uho vforid on uhe ??('th uf PeDu.pry 1955 
on ;i cold d y, x ,':rov; i.i : trivju.i- anx.Mnls aruiuid Mil -che 1:11116 
and spoilt .-^lot of tiinn on ny i^ny drearaxn';; up all norts of 
gainos rnd boloivi.n- that I viould outne day marry liim, j. havo 
always, br -U;;ht none ctray animals and mora and dad nave jjUo up 
v;j.th it, X iiavo nad snakes, pigeons, coons ;ind even baby possuras 
I'd- petr. :y f;'Vorite has alviajs oeen horses, 1 have shown 
ever since x i:; t,- ..Id enoup;h to stay on one horse and have loved 
every minute of it, riy first real job vjas at a hursemsjaship 
schorl ny junioi' sum: er vjiiere x taught horsemanship and cooked 
for -cwenty to thirty :;;irl3 a vjeek. The next job x got WaS at 
the Chilcircns F; rm in Rockford ';ith all Zne animals, . ■ 'j ' 

Af ue:^ X h sci^^cl x decided to go to Rock Valley and study 
to be a oLiceworian, Tnai, v;e:;t dovm the drain because j. nave 

rtMrito-s m ;-y Ic ; - so T t.ioui-ht x would head toirards 
-ociv^lc^-y. Last ucw Years Eve I met a ,:uy 'iho is from iuxto 
EcuadOi-, -outh .jicrica, tx.at sort of chan'-ed oil my pluns, 
now v;e are -etting :;a.rxcd ,'ind moving vo wakurooK xllinois. 
That is v:horc y ^ if e is ..ov/. 



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ROCKERS, KAY m.ARIE JENSEM, 19^^!- 



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

ear Cont rihutor to the Hock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So thai your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studyim, 
rricrican families, we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you only a 
ew mmtues, .ind will be easily made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
ccess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 



SURVEY 



Ij.itc or form . , ^ / —fy/ 



''' OFFICE USE CODE 



iuu r CO II (^ge : Kock Vall ey (-01 lege •. (I o // 

Rock ford; Illinois 



***** >V V; iV A jV )V a A A ,\ A A A A A /, A A :V ', ••■ A '.- 

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

^Before 1750 1750-1800 1 800- 1850 

X 1850-1900 1900 or latiT 

k. Please check aM regions of the United States in which members of your family whom you 
have discussed in your paper have lived. 

^Ne^ England (Mass., Conn., R.I.) Middle Atlantic (N.Y., Penna., N.J Va ) 

^South Atlantic (Ga. Fla., N.C., TX?) ^East South Central (La. , Miss. , Ala. ,Tenn, Ky 

— -;"^?°"/'' ?*"*''*' Ark., N.M., Tex., OTTTv^East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind. 
,^2Cl^ac\f]c (Cal., WashJ (Hawaii, Alaska) "^ 111. Wis.) 
Plains (ND,SD,Neb.,K«n7rrowa, MS) 

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

^''^''"''"9 ^Mining .Y" S hopkeepinq or small business 

^Transportation ^Blg Business ,^ M anufacturing 

^Professions X Industrial labor ^^ O ther 

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

_^Roman Catholic ^Jewish ^Presbyterian ^Methodist 

^Baptist Episcopalian C ongreqatTonal .^ Lutheran 

^Quaker ^Mormon "T Tther Protestant ~ O ther 

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

^Blacks Indians ^Mexicans ^Puerto R leans 

^Je^^ ^Central Europeans ^ ItalTanT ^Slavs 

1'''^^, , ^British Native Americans over several generations 

^East Asian X Other 

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

_2C>"teryiews with other Family Bibles Family Genealogies 

family members 

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

^Photographs ^Maps 5"ther 



I. FAMILY DATA 

A. Grandfather (your father's slde^ 

''"" °' birth il i,u,HK, >»;--.? ^f^.„..,^ O.,. „, Birth /?, />1^Sy^e^: 
Education (number of years)' 

grade schocl^j^ high'school vocational college 

Occupatlon(s) 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

3H /..^^^t^,U^- 0.t..J2c£ 3rd S;-g^,^.^.0 r-.. n .r,,^^;^_ 

^.^Jk^TE^i Dat»,y<)^e,-^ .th fe,., >./.,, „ .,.,;;^ 

Religion LuTH^f^Af /VPT" 
Political parties, cIvM or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Klace Of Marriage to your grandmother ^t)^^,^ . .^' j-r 

""' ;.^^s.M•r;h^.::':;^^f? •.';; Vv »-'-- - ~ -.irt;;!- 

B. Grandmother (your faUier»5,slde) 



Name 
I - 

"•'* °' '"^^>^'?^v/r)^A/(;D, /a.^,/.y^y^ n.^. of birt h ^-9. -^...u,^ /^ ^X-^ 
Education (number of years); 



col lege 



'""• "^•o'—kl high .ehool vocatloo.1 

°"''^"'°"''' PUCE OF RESIDENCE 

'.._ek£,n£j^ "."./Sa^^^ "t.^£2I^lc;z!i!zioates^2^ 

"" ; """ "t h a^-^n.r . .,.JO,r 

. Political p.rty, cl.ll or .oel.l clubs, lororltlas, ate. 



-■ — -■"" v.«w3, suroricias, etc,_^ 

PTolc ., ,,. rl.,. to ,„.. .rar ^rrt ^-^^, „ „ „ . __ 

(«ai!»aiti'ift.fhir.8.«i„d^,j ()S?<,5jf ...Ti;rh.?or ahoth^r;;^^!^ 



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StepyramJfather (your father's side) 



N.MIK- 



Current Residence 



I ( (lend, <I.ilr o^ death_ 
PI, ICC of birth 



Date of Bi rth 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
Ocrupat lon(s) (after leaving home) 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 
'4th 



Dates lst_ 

Dates 2nd_ 

Oates^ 3rd_ 

Dates . '♦th 



Dates_ 
Dates 



Dates_ 
Dates 



Re I iqion 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



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A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



Current Residence 



If dead, date of death_ 
Place of birth 



Date of bl rth 



"Z'.'::Tr.l: r" °' ^""' Mgh .choo, vcc.t,on.,_ ^coUe,e. 

, . PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

Occupat ion(s) (after leaving home) 

,^^ ^Dates ««.'«* — 

2nd__ „_t)ates 2fid_ 

3rd _0«t" 3rd.^ _ 



__Dates 
Datess 
Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather_ 



Date 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

,rad. sch<K,l_J? h,5h .chool »oc.tlon.l_ „,|,g. 

Occupat lon(s) 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

'-.SliOEiniMi, °at.si9ni^2n . /:?P^ ., . -r n ., . .^^ 

^r^SmLUOOxll o.t..al,^Zj. . 5. /?^/..;r r,. ^g^ 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

9r.d. ,chool_^2 hl,h school voc.tlon.l col.eg. 

•ccupatlon(s) 

^^ PLACE OF RESIDENCE 



Dates 

sllglon 



Jlltlcal P-^X^ckii or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

|te: 'f your mother was raised by a stepmother or another r.l,^ l ». /. TT^ffW 
=,..- V..-V ««co uri ine oacK or this page (D-2) "'' " 



C-l Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 



f (U-.id. (laif oF death 



l.ln, ,iM..n {,hmmI..T r.r yr,,,J 
,|,,i,|,. -.(Iiool ^hi(jh school 

OtMip.tl if)n(«,) 

lsl__ 

?n<l__ 

3rd 

'ith _______ 



Current Residence 



l),iU.< •>! I)M II 



vocot ioOill 



.llr.jr 



Dates 


1st 


PLACE 
(after 


OF 

1 


RESIDENCE 
caving home) 

Dates 


Dates 


2nd 










Dates 


Dates 


3rd 










Dates 


Dates 


'♦th 










Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandmoth6r_ 



date 



0-? Stc[.c)r.)ndmothi-r (your mother's side) 



I f (lead, <i.jtr of death_ 



PI. ICC of birth 

Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 

Occijpat ion(s) 

l'.t__ 

2nd 



3rd 



_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



Current Resldence_ 
Date of bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



1st 



2nd 



3rd 



Re 1 i (J i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather^ 



"TJaTi 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



iJlHREN Of A . B ,or .:, or B-,, ^ your f.th.r's nan« should appear below 

11^ 



Number of y 
Residence 
Number of 









Name 

Plac? 

Number of years"c 

Res i denc e G^l.^jY 'li^ 

Number ofTKTTrafj^^I^ 

Number of yfi'! i . °™ 

Res I dence ' /3fl,^ / r 
Number of" cfil Iclrin^;;;^^ 

f. Name 

1 Place of birth 7^HS/^!~ 

/ Number of yea ri'^SFTl^o ling' 

1 Residence 

1 Number of cfifldren' 







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Name 

P 

Numbe 



Name 

Place orTTrtF 



Numbar of yearsTo?' school! nir 

Residence 

Number of children — '' ~" 



■ ■ _. accupatirtn' 

Merl |*T St«eus 



fi Name 



Place of birth "^ 

Number of yea rs^oTVchooTTrta' 
Residence 



Number of children 



["Marital §t«tu8 



dat e 
Oecupatldrt 



t.i Name 

, Placi'ot birt h ■— 

! J""***- of years of schooHng^ 

Res I den ce — 

Number of children' 

r 

' Name 

Place of birth " 

Number of years oi' school trtg 

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1 hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and administr.ilivr 
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SOURCES OF INFORMATION 

MAXINE JENSEN (Mother) 
EDWARD JENSEN (Father) 
DANTE GHINAZZI (Grandfather) 
LINDA LARSON (Sister) 
BERNICE 6UNDERS0N (Aunt) 
JENNY JENSEN (Grandnother) 



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DANTE GHINAZZI 

Ky maternal grandfather was born the sixth of nine children In Perglne, 
Arezzo, Italy on 1, October, 1891. His family was very poor and life 
was hard. His father was a man who never took anything seriously, 
including providing for his family. Whatever money he was able to make 
was spent on wine and eventually he became an alcoholic. He died in 
1933 at the age of 83, My grandfather's mother was a good woman, devoting 
her life to her children. She spoiled them so much that they all thought 
of themselves as better and more important than most people. She died In 
1936 at the age of 86. 

My grandfather left home at the age of 12, traveling to larger cities to 
find work. All of the men in the family were expected to work In order to 
send money home. He had many jobs In Europe, but never seemed to make 
enough to really help. At one time he worked In a blacksmith's shop for 
six months. He eventually went deaf and was advised to leave the shop 
because there was a machine being used that created a moise at a pitch that 
caused his deafness. After a few months he regained his hearing but his 
left ear was permanently damaged and caused him trouble all of his life. 
Today he has very bad hearing that he has tried to correct with a hearing 
aid, but finds it difficult to get used to It. 

He eventually joined the Italian army. He can't remember the year, but he 
does remember that in 1914, he left Italy for France to avoid being re- 
called. We tease him about being a draft dodger but he is quick to point 



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out that life was hard and since the am^y paid almost nothing he had to 
leave In order to support his family. He felt it was up to him because 
the other brothers were not reliable about sending money home. From France 
he came to the United States. He expected to come for just a few years, 
make a lot of money and return home. He came to the Belolt area because 
his brother, Sam, already lived here and also because there were many people 
living here from the same area In Italy. The people from his region are 
called "Toscana". They consider themselves the true Italians because they 
speak the language taught and written. 

At my grandfather's time the children were expected to only go to the third 
grade. Because he was uneducated and unable to speak English, he did the 
most menial of jobs. Many times he was forced to pay the Supervisor In 
order to keep his job. He feels this was a coninon practice at a time when 
there were no unions to help the workers. One of his first jobs was to dig 
the basement for the St. Paul Catholic church in Belolt. He didn't have the 
job long because he refused to pay the church a portion of his paycheck. He 
never trusted the church and felt It took too much from the poor, giving them 
only fear In return. 

He joined the American army after a few years, and was Immediately put on 
a telephone. He couldn't hear very well or understand the language and It 
was quite awhile before his superiors finally realized the problem. He 
tells this story whenever he wants to point out how stupid the army was. 



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After about six years he realized he wouldn't be able to return to Italy 
because times were hard not only here but over there as well. After 
saving his money he sent for his childhood sweetheart who had waited for 
him all these years. 



TERESA NANNINI 

She was bom the oldest of four children to an orphaned mother. Her 
mother died at the age of 36, when iny grandmother was only 12 years old. 

Her sisters have always thought of her as their mother and even today talk 
about her with an obvious affection and deep love. They feel she lived 
such a hard life that most people would have become bitter or broken under 
the strain. But she was always a happy person and made their life easier. 
I remember her also as an extraordinary person with a marvelous sense of 
humor. 

One of her sisters became pregnant and had an Illegitimate son. The father 
of the child wouldn't marry her because he came from a wealthy family and 
felt he couldn't embarrass his family by marrying Into such a poor family. 
In Italy at this time a child had to be recognized by the father or else the 
mother would have to give It to the state for adoption. Because there were 
no brothers In the family my grandmother felt It was her responsibility to 
confront the man. 

One night she and her father went to the man and warned him that they would 
kill him one night when he was walking alone If he did not Immediately 
recognize the child. Needless to say he did finally agree to recognize the 
child although he refused to pay for his support. 

The Irony of this is that many years later he tried to convince the mother 
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object. She refused reminding him that her need for him was long gone. 
Because he did not have any other children, his niegltlmate son Inherited 
an his wealth and now his mother and family live In a 30-room mansion. 

My grandmother was 29 years old when she came to America. Her sister says 
you could not pick up one sheet of paper for ten years without my grand- 
father's name written on It somehwere. It's difficult to believe that they 
considered their love to be such a great love story because I never saw them 
even hold hands. 

She arrived In America In 1920 and they were married in Rockford, Winnebago, 
Illinois. 



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DANTE AND TERESA GHINAZZI 

They had four children: Maxine, Bernlce, Bruno and Alvaro (he was always 
called Babe by his Iranedlate family). 

Their first home was an above average house In Belolt with four bedrooms 
and Indoor plumbing. They rented room and board to two men for about four 
years. 

Eventually my grandfather was Influenced by his brother to buy a small piece 
of land. He was Influenced many times In his life by his brother no matter 
how hard iny grandmother objected. My grandfather made most of the decisions 
and very seldom consulted her. 

When they moved into the house they had two children, Maxine and Bernlce. 
Bernlce was just a few months old and Imnedlately caught pneumonia. The 
house has four rooms with no plumbing or heating. It was winter and only 
through constant care was Bernlce able to live. 

In the spring they bought a cow and a horse. They tried to farm but knew 
nothing about it and eventually had to give It up. 

My grandfather has always been a very emotional man capable of unreasonable 
thoughts, while n\y grandmother was happy and able to see the light side of 
things. My grandfather always saw the worse side and this was the difficult 
part of their life together. But she was able to pull him out of these 
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probably the only way he was able to go on. 

In 1925 they saved enough money to build a bigger house next door. But 
after it was finished he couldn't afford to live in it. They rented it out 
for a few years and in 1928 were able to move into it themselves. 

From 1922 to 1929, they worked hard and saved enough money to buy a car. In 
1929 they took all their money out of the bank and in two months the country 
was in a depression. He lost his job and didn't work again for two years. 

They were resourceful people and worked hard raising a garden, chickens and 
rabbits. They canned everything and never were without food or shelter. My 
mother believes this was the only way they could have survived. 

My grandmother and grandfather were very small people. She was only 4'10'', 
but strong and capable of working harder than a man. There are many stories 
of how strong she was but I remember one in particular. 

They were renting the small house but never insisted on being paid because of 
the hard times. One day my grandfather became angry because the rentor was 
seen spending what money he had on drinking. I've never been able to understand 
the logic, but my grandfather raised the rent by $2,00. This made the rentor 
so angry that he burst into the house and tried to beat up my grandfather. 
When my grandmother saw this she ran to them, shoved my grandfather aside, 
picked the rentor up almost over her head and threw him out the back door. 



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Both my grandparents were loving people, but where my grandfather was 
strict and firm my grandmother was lenient and overlooked most childish 
behavior. Sometimes she was too lenient and allowed her children and 
grandchildren to ruin many things that should not have been. 

During meals It was a rule that only Italian could be spoken. This, of 
course, changed as his children grew up and married non- Italians. He was 
especially strict with my mother, Maxine. It seems to be because she was 
strong-willed and full of life. 

My grandfather went out every Saturday night, usually leaving my grandmother 
at home. She never liked socializing and would only go for a special 
occasion. Although my grandfather liked wine and enjoyed playing cards, 
my mother says she only saw my grandfather drunk twice. Once when my 
uncle returned from the war and once when the mortgage was paid on the house. 

Hy grandmother preferred staying at home and no amount of coaxing would 
convince her to go if she didn't feel like It. She enjoyed her family and 
close friends but It was usually In her home. I can remember riding the bus 
to and from town, laughing all the way. She always observed things around 
her with humor and imagination. We fought to sit next to her, or If we 
were staying over night to sleep with her. It became harder and harder to 
convince her to leave the house as she got older unless It was to visit her 
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In the early 30' s when my grandmother was about 40 years old, she became 
pregnant with her fifth child. She realized that life was going to be hard 
for a long time so she decided she couldn't afford to have the child. She 
went to a woman that lived in South Belolt, Illinois. The woman gave her 
some pills and the child was aborted. It was out of necessity that she did 
it and although she never regretted It, she often talked about what it might 
have been like. When I first overheard her talk*ng about It, I was hurt and 
shocked. But I soon realized how much she must have loved her family and am 
not sure I could have been so unselfish. 

In 1946, my mother and father bought a grocery store and my grandfather was 
more than happy to become a partner. He hated the factory and said the store 
was like a gift from heaven. He felt this was the beginning of a better life 
for him and went into it with enthusiasm. He was able to save money and in 
1957, the year he retired, my grandparents returned to Italy to see their 
family. It was an emotional trip after being away so long, but the most 
important thing that happened had to do with a long standing source of argument 
between my grandparents. 

My grandfather always sent money to his family in Italy without questioning 
It, but never allowed my grandmother to send anything to her family without 
an argument. Many times she had to do It behind his back. After the t*1p 
he realized how much her family needed it and were even sharing it with other 
people who were worse off than they were. He never questioned it again. 

My grandbnother died in 1965 and left an emptiness in my grandfather's life 
he has never been able to completely accept. Nor have any of us. We've all 



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I can remember both my grandparents In my life with love and respect, not 
only because of what they gave me, but their ability to adjust to life here. 
Although they never lost their accent, they did learn to speak English and 
to read enough to understand the newspaper. They were loving people who 
believed the family was the most Important thing In their life. Their children 
were all very devoted and still treat my grandfather with love and patience. 
He lives with n\y mother In his own home, the center of our attention. He's an 
old man now and It's sad to see him so dependent when hw was once to proud and 
Independent. When he dies It will be a deep loss felt by all of us. A part 
of an era we lived In together will be gone. He doesn't understand this 
feeling we have, he only knows that he Is old and feels helpless. But we all 
want to hang onto our past and know that when he's gone the last tie with It 
will leave us with only memories. 

There are times certain things I see or smell make my mind stop and go back 
and I see and feel something from long ago. Some are only feelings and fast, 
quick Images I can't capture, but I always come back to a picture taken of 
■y grandmother and me. She had large, soft breasts and when ! was held In 
her arms, rocked back and forth with words spoken In Italian softly In my ear, 
nothing else mattered. And, although I can feel such tender and almost 
vulnerable feelings, she gave me strength. She never allowed you to fall In 
that. Somehow, you knew loving and caring would make you strong no matter 
what the word did around you. As long as you lived, she used to say, noone 
can take away your moment, your now. 



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CHILDREN OF TERESA AND DANTE GHINAZZI 

Maxine Ghlnazza JENSEN - Maxine lives with her father in his home at 
510 Dearborn, South Beloit, Illinois. Her husband lives there also and 
has never objected to this although they have had to give up a great deal 
of their independence. They accept what they feel is their responsibility. 



Bernice Ghinazza 6UNDERS0N - Bernice is a great deal like her mother. She 
is very tender and goes out of her way not to hurt anyone. Her husband, 
Buell, is a hog farmer €or the University of Wisconsin and live in DeForest, 
Wisconsin. They have three children: Alan, Teresa and Gordon. They come 
to see her father at least once a week and encourage him to visit them. 
Their son, Alan, goes to the University of Wisconsin and Teresa attends a 
secretarial school in Madison, Gordon is in Junior High School and lives at 
home. 



Alvaro GHINAZZA - Alvaro lives In South Beloit and has his own electrical 
design business in Rockford. He makes above average income and has three 
children: John, Denise and Tina. John attends the University of Illinois 
in Champagne and Denise attends a small college in southern Illinois. Tina 
Is still in high school and is living at home. Alvaro sees his father almost 
every day and helps whenever he can. 



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Bruno GHINAZZI - Bruno lives in Castro Valley, Ca'. ir>!"nia. He has eight 
children and makes an above average Income. He works for Colt Industries as 
a Sales Manager. During the war he was with the Secret Service and although has 
many stories to tell of his experiences, he refused to talk about them In 
detail. He very seldom comes home unless on business, although he believes he 
Is very close to his father. I have expressed my disappointment very emphatically 
on his vacations on yachts and trips to Hawaii without giving any real effort 
to visit his 83 year old father. Just recently he sent a letter saying that 
they ma^ come home for Christmas. I don't feel that after 10 years I can 
accept this as an example of his deep love for his family here. 



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CARL AND JENNY JENSEN 



My father knows very little about his parents life before they were 
married, therefore I'll have to begin with their life together. 

My paternal grandparents were introduced by her uncle and I can only guess 
that she was pregnant before they were married. When I asked how or why 
they decided to marry, my mother said with obvious difficulty that some- 
times questions were better not asked. I can't understand her difficulty 
in talking about it because I certainly am at an age where it wouldn't 
bother roe, but my father didn't seem to want to talk about it. My mother, 
I assume, was being kind for his sake. 

Both my grandparents came from poor Norwegian families. Her maiden name 
was Johnson. They were very proud people. During the depression they 
lived with her mother and father. It was difficult for them because her 
mother was a fanatically religious woman and very outspoken. Her father 
was just the opposite. He ignored his wife's religion and went quietly 
about his business. 

They had five children: Anna, Esther, Edward {my father), Edna (his twin 
sister), and Ralph. In the 1930's, my grandfather built a large house in 
Beloit and moved into it with his family. 



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My grandfather was a hard worker all of his life and tried not to be 
defeated by his life, believing It took patience and time to acquire a 
better way to live. But, my grandmother became discouraged by 1t and by 
the depression that made their lives even harder. She eventually had a 
nervous breakdown and lost Interest In the house and her family. My grand- 
father seldom had a clean shirt to wear to work but never compla^lned. The 
house was never cleaned and If the children were lucky enough to find 
clothes to wear they could go to school. Eventually this all became too 
much for him and he began to drink. He became an alcoholic and never was 
able to get over It. 

Although he drank too much, he never missed work, sometimes giving the 
Impression that he preferred to go to work than to stay home. 

Times were hard and circumstances worked harder on some people than others. 
Carl lived to be 83 years old. His family stood by him and took care of 
him with more love and tenderness as he grew older. They seemed to realize 
how good a man he was and that the sick person he became was not out of 
neglect but because he was a sensitive man. Jennie Is still living in the 
house he built, a stronger woman who is also loved deeply by her family. She 
is always willing to help anyone, ranembering how things used to be when she 
was young. Her daughter, Anna, lives with her and her daughter, Esther, 
lives next door. They have a close relationship and wonderful senses of 
humor that can make you laugh at things that are sometimes taken too seriously. 



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My father feels that tf my grandfather had been given encouragement he would 
have had a better and happier life. At first, when my grandmother could not 
clean the house, my father would come home from school and try to do It, but 
It was too much for him. When he was In the 8th grade, he quite school and 
went to work. He seldom came home preferring to being alone than seeing 
his family living under the conditions they were becoming used to. 

I don't remember much about my father family, except on holidays and 
family reunions. They were kind people who lived rough lives so different 
from ours. There always seemed to be a feeling of something In the air 
that meant we had to go Into another room or had to go immediately home. 
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word to them or to us about them. They always teased my father about being 
so concerned with the way his clothes look or how he saved all of his money, 
but I always felt they were proud and a little envious. 

My father seemed so willing to talk about his family until he realized I 
was writing It down for my report. After that he refused to talk much about 
thera, only to say they were good people who worked hard and tried in their 
own way to make a better life for their children. 



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EDWARD JENSEN 



My father was born on 20, March, 1917, along with his twin sister, Edna, 
They were very close when they were young, but my father left home as soon 
as he could. His sister, Anna, said that my father never could stand the 
way the house was neglected and ever since she could remember he would try 
to clean It. He would try to convince his sisters they should help, but 
they weren't Interested enough to try. 

Most of the jobs he had as a very young man never paid him with money, just 
room and board. Many of the people he worked for were farmers and very 
eccentric. One family never allowed their children to reach for their food 
even If It were directly In front of than. They had to ask permission, not 
out of courtesy for they were not concerned with etiquette, but because 
the adults were to be served first. If they tried to reach for a piece of 
bread or even the salt, the father would stab them with his fork. My 
father often sat on his left hand to make sure he didn't forget the rules. 

When my father lived with his Uncle Ben, they never took a bath all winter 
and never washed their dishes. After they ate they would turn their plates 
over to protection against flies or Insects. In the summer they would go 
down to the creek and take their first bath. It wasn't long before my 
father decided he couldn't live with his uncle. 



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When iny father got his first paying job he bought a bottle of whiskey, 
just the way every nan in his family did. Suddenly, he realized what he 
was doing. He had always been critical of the way the men used their small 
paychecks and he felt he had to live differently. He threw the bottle away 
and bought himself a new suit. Instead. 

When he met my mother she said he was the best dressed man she had ever 
seen. He was so particular about his clothes that when he moved back home 
just before he got married he insisted on doing his own laundry and ironing. 
After my mother and father were married he critlzed my mother so much on the 
way she ironed that they finally decided she would have to send his shirts 
and pants to the cleaners. 

I can't imagine my father ever having to live under the conditions that 
existed at his mother's and uncle's house, I never knew why he insisted 
on the house being kept so perfectly clean, I just assimied he was trying to 
make my life difficult. As I grew up and asked my father why he was so 
particular I appreciated the things he did and why. 

During the depression, my father worked in a C.C.C. Camp. He considers this 
the best job he had as a young man because he was able to work outside. 

When he met my mother he was driving a truck for .35 cents an hour as 
starting pay and eventually was able to earn $1.25 an hour. 



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MAXINE GHINAZZI 



My mother was bom June 2, 1921, the oldest of four children. 

My mother talks about her life when she was growing up as happy and as if 
there were never any real problems. My aunt told me that she often argued 
with her father because he never could accept her the way she was and 
suspected her of always being up to something. This never stopped her 
from having a good time and believing in herself. There was a great deal 
of love in her family and she feels that is what should be remembered. 

In school she was always the one to try out for plays and win the part, even 
though her father would never allow her to be in any of them. It was not 
even considered as a possibility but this never stopped her from trying. 
She was never allowed to wear makeup although when her sister, Bernlce, 
started to wear it, nothing was said. She never had many clothes and 
remembers many times when she had to wear her brothers shoes to school. One 
day she refused to do it any more because it was so embarrassing. My grand- 
mother took a pair of her high-heeled shoes and cut the heels off of them, 
but his was even worse, because the toes stuck straight up in the air. 

When my mother was 17, she met my father at a football game. They began to 
date but my father would only see her during the week. My mother refused to 
go out with him unless he took her out on Saturday like everyone else. My 
father believes this was her first step toward telling him what to do. 



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My mother and father were married on 15, June, 1940. They had planned on 
getting married In January, but my grandfather became very ill so they 
postponed It. My sister, Anita, was born on 26, January, 1941. Through the 
years we figured out that iny mother and father must have had to get married 
although nothing has ever been said about it. We've never thought about 
It deeply, even when we were young. I've always thought my mother a little 
silly to have kept It such a secret. 

After they were married my mother convinced my father to quit driving a 
truck and to start on a learning program to be a tool and die maker. She 
felt that driving a truck was a dangerous job, mostly because the men who 
were truck drivers lived such rough lives and drank too much. She often made 
the decisions and my father always did as she wished. Sometimes she didn't 
make the best decision. My father often talks about the time he could have 
Invested in the safety-belt when it was just patented, but my mother thought 
It too risky. The man sold the idea to Ford Motor Company and made millions 
of dollars. 

In 1946, they decided to buy a grocery store. My grandfather quit his job 
In the factory and went in with them as a partner. 

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they were open seven days a week. We'd go to my grandmother's for dinner 
every Sunday. This was something we looked forward to all week. My grand- 
mother helped raise us and we were very close. 

Holidays and birthdays were spent there and were always a big event. I 
always thought my grandparents prompted these gatherings on holidays, but 
my mother started them. She felt it was important for a family to be together 
especially since we never had a chance to go on vacations together. I 
remember these holidays as happy and noisy. 

We lived above the store in an old run down apartment, I remenber being so 
afraid to get up at night unless the light was turned on first because there 
were always mice walking around. The apartment had three bedrooms, a bath- 
room upstairs and a kitchen downstairs and that was all. Any other room was 
used for storage for the grocery store. 

Eventually, in 1954, my parents bought a house in Beloit and were estatic. 
It had 10 rooms and seemed like a palace. In 1957, they sold the grocery 
store. Times were a little harder after this. My father had returned to 
the tool and die shop a few years earlier but right at this time he was put 
let go. 

In 1960, my oldest sister, Anita, got married and what money they saved was 
spent. She wanted a large wedding not realizing how hard it was on my 
mother and father. Just a few months later, my sister, Linda, also was 
married. 



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In 1962 I had to quit school and received psychiatric help. This only 
lasted a month but I had missed so much school that I couldn't graduate 
that year. I went back to school and graduated in 1963. Immediately after 
graduation my sister, Diana, and I left for California to live with my 
sister, Linda. 

My mother said this was the worse time of her married life. My father 
blamed it on her that none of their children wanted to live at home. My 
sister, Anita, and her husband also moved to California, so my father was 
certain we hated them. This wasn't true, of course, we just wanted to try 
to live away from home. Six months later I came home and my father was 
the happiest I've ever seen him, 

A few months later my parents sold their big house and rented a house in the 
country. It was a nice home and rny mother was finally able to quite work. 
I've never seen two people so happy. It was like a second honeymoon. I was 
old enough to take care of myself and since I had a job and bought a car, 
they didn't have to worry about me. They were like children. They would go 
for walks early in the morning before I even thought of getting up, sometimes 
even in the rain. I was so surprised to see my parents acting like this but 
it helped me to get to know them as people and I was happy for that chance. 
To my mother this was the happiest time of their lives and she still talks 
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In 1965, my grandmother died. My mother and father and I moved in with 
my grandfather. They still live there today. It's been hard on them 
sometimes because he demands so much attention, but they are loving people 
and I feel are the only ones who could take care of him the way he wants. 

About 1968, my father started his own shop which is built next to my 
grandfather's house. He now has a partner and three men working for him. 
They are active in the Round Dance and Square Dance clubs and teach a class 
of Rounds once a week. A year ago, my mother started a clothes store that 
deals in Square and Round Dance clothes. 

We are a very close family and now that Linda lives in Roscoe, my father's 
only complaint is that my sister Anita and Diana live too far away. 



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KAY JENSEN ROCKERS 



I was bom 4, July, 1944. I've often been told that It was quite 
appropriate that I was born the 4th of July because of my fire-cracker 
temper. 

My life was an easy life, although I was so shy that I found it difficult 
to cope with things. I remember holidays and family gatherings as the 
happiest times, although I realize now that it was a way for me to go Into 
hiding. 

When I was 17, I realized that I needed time to think. I was not doing 
well in school and ?ny Spanish teacher informed me that I should have gotten 
a F on iT\y report card, although she gave me a D because she felt I was in 
need of help and should talk to my mother about it. When I asked my mother 
to let me quit school for awhile she was very understanding and only asked 
that I get professional counseling. 

After a few sessions I refused to go any more because the doctor was a little 
strange himself and annoyed me. My mother never insisted that I go again 
feeling that after talking to the doctor that what was bothering me was 
sanething I had to work out myself. My grandmother would come over to our 
house every day and talk with me. She never allowed me to think I could go 
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This was a very Important and valuable time In my life. I've always been 
grateful to her for this. My mother had to work and found it difficult 
to talk with me without getting very emotional. I returned to school the 
same year, but went to a Catholic school where I could get a more personal 
education. We were not religious people but felt it was better that I go 
to a small school. Fran then on I seemed to come out of a dream into reality. 
I was not only no longer afraid to live, but I was anxious to do it on my own. 
I never understood religion and the school only confused me, but I soon 
realized that everyone must believe in their own way. I didn't get very 
good grades in religion class because I thought it all very silly, and often 
expressed this to my teacher. 

In 1968 and 1970, I left my jobs to go to California to take care of my 
sister, Anita, who was very ill. She needed constant care and since I was 
the only single person it was easier for me to go for such long periods of 
time. I've traveled back and forth from Beloit to California many times. 
I never really stayed In one place longer than a year. 

In 1969, I got married to someone that I had known about a year. It didn't 
last long and after a year I finally realized that I would never be happy 
with him. I learned a lot more about myself. I realized I was spoiled and 
expected only good things to happen to me because I never did anything I 
considered bad. This was a surprise to me that I thought this way because 
I was always a pessimistic person and looked critically at life, sometimes 
so synical that my mother could hardly understand me. I've always been a 
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anyone. I was always taught to never hurt anyone deliberately and to always 
be open and honest about everything. I learned that not everyone can do this 
and sometimes things don't work out at no fault of anyone. I regret having 
been so foolish to think I could know someone after such a short time. I've 
never really tried to put the blame on him or myself. We just had different 
ideas how we should conduct ourselves and I knew that our lives would get 
worse unless I took a step to help each of us. He Insisted that we could 
work It out but he had done this before and I was tired of trying. When I 
got the divorce I left immediately for California. I knew I had so much to 
learn about life and wanted to do it with as much freedom as I could. I was 
so sheltered and knew It would continue if I remained at home. 

After I was in California for a few months, I met a girl who wanted to 
travel. We went to Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and finally Boise, Idaho, in 
one month. We had fun but I was finally ready to come home. I've never 
regretted a thing I've done, no matter how silly and irresponsible it seemed, 
because I've learned so much and have had so much fun. So many people complain 
that they got married too young and never had a chance to do anything. I can't 
say that and when I was ready to get married I knew it was time and that 
I had done all the things I was able to do under the circumstances of my life. 

I could not have grown up the way I needed to without this and without doing 
the things I have done. While were were traveling we worked at so many 
stupid jobs. They never paid over $1.25 and we barely made enough to pay 
for our rent. She had a son that we dragged along with us but we talk about 
those times now and laugh to til we cry at all the silly things that happened to 
us. 



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In 1971, I met Ronald Peter Rockers- We dated each other for two years and 
in 1973 we were married in the Catholic Church. I'd neyer been baptised so 
my first marriage wasn't recognized by his church. Although I don't agree 
with his church, I was baptised and confirmed, I've explained this to my 
husband and he understands and respects them. Because he never insists that 
I go to church, I usually go but mostly to please him. I must admit that 
I do enjoy the sermons because It keeps me Informed on how the church feels 
on many of the issued facing us today. They are quite narrow minded but are 
improving all the time. I consider the confessional quite an experience. 
I suppose many people would call me a hypocrite and I sometimes would agree 
with them, but I never fool myself, I know that I must get more comfort out 
of the church than I'd like to believe. 

My husband and I live on an acre of land we bought from his parents. Right 
now we live in a trailer that my husband bought about seven years ago, but 
plan to have a home of our own someday, if possible. 

I have an interest in preserving our wildlife and my husband loves to hunt 
and fish. I have two horses and my husband likes to go bowling, a sport I 
really can barely stand to think about. We have widely separated interests 
but both believe in each other and ourselves. We plan to have children 
eventually but can't agree on how many. He wants several, of course, his 
good catholic upbringing, again. I don't believe that it's wise in today's 
world and hope we can agree to have only two. Since I'm not very strong 
physically and have a tendency to be a hypochondriac, my husband is more 
than ready to go along with me. 



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ROSENE. VERA SUE. 195^1- 



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FAMILY HISTORY ' 

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I. Your name Vera Sue Rosene 



Date of form ^p^.^ 33^ -,374 --v (ID /i_ 



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Rock ford, 11 li'nois 

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FAMI LY DATA 



Grandfather (your Father's side) 

Name Oscar Thuri Rosene 

I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence R. R. 4, Box 228 



Place of bi rth Sweden 



Rockford, IL 61111 
Date of Birth 9/9/97 



Education (number of years): 
grade school 8 high school 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupat ion(s) 
1st Farmer 



Dates 1909-29 



2nd Factory Worker 



Dates 1929-39 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1 st De:<a1b 

2nd Kirkland 



Dates 1909 
Dates 1917 



3rd Farmer 
ijth 



Dates 1940-Present 3rd Minnesota 
Dates 



Dates 1921 



Ath Rockford, Illinois 



Dates 1929 



Religion Baptist at Birth-Changed to Pentecostal 1953 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Votes Dewocrat. i^ a 

Farm Bureau Member. 
Place of Marriage to your grandmother 



New Ulm, Minnesota 



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6/30/21 



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



Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Vera Fay Swanson Rosene 
I f dead, date of death 



Place of birth Belvidere, Illinois 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 8 high school 4 



Current Residence R. R. 4, Box 228 

Rockford, IL 61111 

Date of bi rth 1/3/00 



vocat ional 



Occupation(s) 
1st Teacher 



2nd Housewife 



Dates 1919-20 
Dates 1921-44 



col lege 1 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



1st Belvidere, Illinois 



Dates 1919 



2nd Minnesota 



Dates 1921 



3r d Certified Inspector 



kth Housewife 



Dates 1945-50 3rd Rockford, Illinois Dates 1929 

Dates 1951-Presen^ft.h Dates 



Religion Baptist at Birth-Changed to Pente costal 1953 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Democrat voter, Women's Democrat 
Society, Rockford Af rican Violet Club, Home Bureau, and Belvidere Women's Club. 

Place of marriage to your grandfathe r New Ulm, Minne sota DAY^ ' b/3U/^ 1 

thaPyata^Sfl*Ehe^^a£g'&?^tl'il? p%ll^\;^%^ stepmother or another relative give 



Il 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 



3. 



Name Frank Joseph Suski 

If dead, date oif death 172/66 



Current Residence 



Place of birth Warsaw, Po land 
Education (number of years): 



grade school 

Occupation(s) 
!5t Farm Laborer 



high school 



Datesl9n-16 



_ Date of birth July 3, 1897 
vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st New York ^ L...1911-16 



Dates 



2nd Factory Worker 



Dates 191 7-26 



2nd New York 



Datesl917-23 



3rd Farm Laborer 



4th Factory Worker 



Dates "1 927-37 3rd Rockford, Illinois 



Dates 1938-66 



Religion Catholic at Birth-Changed to Baptist 



Pol 



_k t h Cary, North Dako ta 
5th Rockford, 1 11 i no i s 



Dates1924-27 



Oatesl928-37 



tical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Republ ican,lbr^;rtonber 



Datesl938-66 



PT 



ace of marriage to your grandmother 



«ote, If ,ou. „other was ra.sed W a X^f . Tfc M,' TJ?,., „uu.. ,,, .. TTb,^^^^ 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Current Residence Phoenix, Arizona" 



Name Stella Victoria Louvesky Suski 
If dead, date of death 



Place of bi rth New York 
Education (number of years) ~ 
grade school 8 high school ; 

3ccupation(s) 

1st Factory Worker Dates 1925 



_Date of birth September 3, 1907 



vocational 



col lege 



1st Rockford, Illinois 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates 



1924-27 



In d Mother's Helper 
Jrd 



Dates 1966-67 2 n d Cary. North Dakota 
Dates 



Dates 1928-37 



3rd Rockford, Illinois 



Dates 1938-68 



ieligion Catholic at Birth— Ch anged to Baptist 4th Phoenix, Arizona 
'oliticai party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Democrat Voter. 

Tace" 
lote: 



Datesl969-Pres. 



:e of marriage to your grandfathe r Rockford. Ill inois dateb/lb/V/ 

■■: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to age IWi 

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



CHILDRE N of A & B (or A- 1 or R-1^ .r. c ^ , 

\or A 1 or B 1) - your father's name should appear below 

['• Name Dorothy Marip Rosene Silvius 

Place or birth Minnesota ^ ""dat^Mav?? ^Q'?2 

Number of year s of schooling 12 " t -^^iJ^^l-^ 

I residence R ock ford 11 1 jnoi^ s M..,.., cV ■ , ?.-^P.^V.-^-^^^^^^^ 

I Number of children 3 

2. Name Wendell Oscar Rose ne 

Place or birth KOCK|-ord, 1 IITTOT? 



riace or birth KocKiurd, linrt(5l5 ' t-^ „ .. t, , 

Number of yea rs of schooling 12 ^date August IKJiiJ 

ResidenceRockford, 11 linois — ^^-"MrTiTTrrr- "^^^P^^ '^" ^-afi^^JF^ 
Number of chi l dren 4 _Har.tal Status Married 



3. Narne 

P lace of bl rtn 



Number of years of school ing OrrnT^TnTT 

Residence ^ Rrrm-T ^ ^^^ 

w..™k r— r-T-n— Marital Status 



Number of ch i Idrsn 



I. Name 

Place of bi rth 



u , ^ — , . ,. - Harita Status 

Number of chi IdreTT >-cilus>_ 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~ — — 

Number of years of schooling ~— OcrnT^TrvT 

Residence . .. . ■ . - Occupation 

Number of children - _"arital Status. 



Name 

Place of bi rth" 



r idce or Dirtn — -r 

Number of years of schooling uTcul-^TlTr 

Residence — n — ! ^Occupation 

Number of ch il dren ^MiTTTIT Status 



Name 

Place of birth ~ ■ ■ 

Number of yearTZTT^EE^THTg — OccuT^TTTTr 

Res i dence ^ » ■ ., ■ . . Occupat i oh 

Number of children Marl tal^Fatus^ 



Name 

P 1 ace of birth — ■ ' 

Number of years of schooling — -Trrl^rrr^ 

Residence ^ , Occupation 

Number of children ' ____ ^^iTTtal Status_J 



Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of schooling ' nr^^^'T' 

Residence ^ —n — . ___ Occupat ion 

Number of children "arltal Status, 



(. Name ■ 

Place of birth *~ 

tty °^ yearF'of schooling — n -: 

Residence ^ Occupafi,^n 

Number ofUll lUPCT — M arital S^t^t,,^ 



date 



CHILDREN or L and D (or C- 1 , D-l)-your mother's r.ome should oppeor below 

I. N.iinr Frances Victoria Suski Wentworth 

r-i...i- ui i>.,M,cary. Nortn uakoua ^,,,^^, March 29, 1929 



Numh.-r ol yc-.,r-, of school i,K, 16 

R'j'. i dericc_SanManu 
Nutnhpr of chi Idren 3 



,, , , ^ ., 1 A • L„: OccupcUion Nurse/Housewife 

.-..dencc San Manuel, Arizona HaTTFTTstatus MarrTid ' -^^^^^^ 



Nam- i/\sirv Katherine Suski Leddy 

Pljco oi birth Gary. North Dakota date December 10, 1930 

Number of years of school ing TZ 

Residence Oregon, Illinois Marital Status MarTTi^ 
Number of children ? "" 



Occupation hactory Worker/Hou"sewife 



Nar-^ Joseph Frank Suski 



r^iace or birth Gary, North Dakota date December 15, 1931 

Number of years or schoo I i ng ] 2 OccunaTn^TrF^ Vtn.y l,i..l.. 

Residence Rpckford. Illin ois Marital -Sf;,r„. MarrTiB 

Number of ch i Idren ? — — — 



^. Name George Edvvard Suski 

Place oi birth Gary, North Dakota — 37[7 April 4 1933 

Number of years or schoo 1 1 ng 14 Occu^IFI^TrToifr pu ter Hrogramme F 

Residence Kent, Washington Marital Status MarrfeS 



Number (jf ch i Idren Z" 



Name Casmjr John Suski 

Place of birth tary. iNortn uaKoTa date November 16, 1935 

Number of v^^^ "^^ ^^hoo . i ng \z Oc c up aFI^T TTacf ory W orker 

Residence Rockford. Illino is Mar J ta l~t.r.,cMarriPrl 

Number of children 2 ~ ~~~ — — 



Numb 



6. Name Irene Rose Suski Rosene 

Place ot birth tary. North uaKota date January 19, 1936 



Number of yea rs_ ot schoo I i ng \l 5Z^Dat i on Housewi te ' 
Residence Rockford, llmois Mar i tTrst ;,f .,. MarrfeT 
Number of children 4 ~~ — 



Name Anna Eleanor Suski Palm 

Place of' birth Gary, North Dakota date April 28 1937 

Number of years ot schooling _lb " OccuD ariOn Nurse/ riousewi te " 

Residence Tucson, A rizona _ Marit.l Status m^-r-T^ 

Number of chi Idren 3 ~~ — 



Name Henry John Suski 

Place of birth Rockford, Illinois " date November 28, 1938 

Residence f "' '''°°""' " ■ . 6^upati^; ^7acEory-^Ior^<er- 
Res . dence B el videre , Illinois Marit.l status MarrTea 

Number of children 1 



Name Howard Stanley Suski 

Place or birth Kocktord 1 1 h nois date October-18, 1939 

Number of years of schooling 12 ■ o,c unat,on lelebhuhe V\\\mAT. 

Res dence Rockford, llmois H.rir.l statusMarrT^-^^ 

Number of children T^ — - 



Name Harold Richard Suski 

Place or birth Kocktord , 1 1 1 i noi s ~ .,,^ October 11 IQdl 

Residence Rockf ord , Illinois Hari^.l Status MaFFT^g 



^r- Of chi Idren 3 



CmtOREN^of t & i (or A- i or B-1) - your father's nan,e should appear below 

1, Name Margaret Jane Su ski Holes 

Place of birth Kockrord, inino!t> — ^^^^ ^g^y -13^ igy^ 

Number of years o^ schooling T2 Occupatlbn' Housewife 



4a. 



Residence Rockford, Illinois Marital sFatus DivorceT 

Number of chi Idren 3~ — 

'2. Name Helen Winnifred Bertha Suski Karr 

Place of birth Rockford Illin ois ~ 3Ite April 14 1945 

Number of years of school in, 16 / ~ _ '::, Qccupatibn Teacher/Housewife 

Residence Fort Defiance, An zona M arital StatusMarried ~ 

Number of chi Idren none 

3. Narme David James Suski 

Place or birth KQCKtord Illinois ' date June 18. 1947-Death at Birth 

Number of years of schooling Occu^ItTbTT" — 

Residence Marital Status ' 

Number of chi Idren "" — ~ 



Name Patricia Lynn Jennifer Suski 

Place of birth Rockford, Illinois date June 20. 195? 

Number of years of school ing 15 gTccupat i6rt Nu^^; " 

Residence Belvidere. Illinois M arital Status Sinqfe 

Number of chi Idren none 



Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of schooHng "~ Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren -~ 



Name 

Place of birth Jate 

Number of years of schooling OccupatTbiT 

Residence__^ Marital Status 

Number of cniTdren " 



Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupatiort 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children ' 



I Name 

Place of bi rth "date 

Number of years of schooling OccupatTSn" 

Residence MaFTTal Status " 

Number of chi Idren 



Name 

i P'ace o^ birth date 

Number of years of schooling OccupItT^ 

Residence Marl tiTTTatus 

Number of chi Idren 



I'. Nam e 

; V^^^ °' ^"''^^ "~ date 

' Resid^n?! y^^-^o^ 'schooling TccupaTi^ 

Number of ( .I I I Idre n Marital Status 



Your Father 



Name Wendell Oscar Rosene 
I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence R. R. 4, Box 227 



Place of birth Rockford, Illinois 

Educat ion (number of years) ~~ ~ 

grade school 8 high school 



Rockford, IL 61111 
Date of birth August 11, 1929 



Occupation(s) 
1st: Farmer 



[ vocational 2 years c ol lege 

PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
Dates 1947-Present ,5^ Rockford^, ^^I'lYin'oYs^'"^ ^°'^Ltes 1947-Present 



2nd 
3rd_ 
4th 



_Diites 
Dates 



Dates 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



O^tes 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



Religion Baptist-Changed to Pent ecostal 1953 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Democrat Voter, Member of Boone 

Countv Volunteer Fire Department, Farm Bureau, Midwest Dairymen Uirector . ■. ■ . ■ ■ ■ ■ 

'lace of marriage to your mother Rockford, II I inois ^~~' "■ ' " ' 3^ 



June za, i^bJ 

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



tYour Mother 



Name Irene Rose Suski Rosene 
If dead, date of death 



Current Residence R- R- 4, Box 227 



Place of birth Gary, North Dakota 
Education (number of years] 
grade school 8 high school 



Rockford, Illinois 61111 
Date of birth January 19, 1936 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupation(s) 
1st Housewife 

2nd 

3rd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 1953-Presentjst Rockford, Illinois Dates 1953-Present 



Dates 
Dates 



2nd_ 
3rd 



Dates 



Dates 



Rel igion Baptist-Changed to Pent ecostal 1953 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Democrat Voter, Member of Parent 

Teacher Association, Women's Auxiliary for the Boone CoulTty volunteer M re Department: J ~ 

Place of marriage to your fathfe r Rockford, Illinois d ate June ^5, '1553' ' 

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



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



Name Vera Sue Rosene 

Place of birth Rocktord, Illinois 
Number of years of school Ing 14 
Res i dence Rockford, Illinois 
^Jumber of ch i Idren none ~ 



^ame Wendell Oscar T. Rosene, Jr. 
^ace of birth Bel videre, I II inois 
Jumber of years of school Ing TT 
Residence Rockford, Illinois 



Jumber of chi Idren none 



Jame Herbert Carl Rosene 



iace of birth tieiviGere, irhnoi: 



lumber of years of school ing To~ 
Residence Rockford. Illinois 



lumber of ch i Idren 



ilame Daniel Milton Rosene 

i' I ace o^ birth b6IV1d^l-e, minO l S 



umber of years of school ing 2 
es i den ce Rockford, Illinois 
umber of chi Idren none 



lame 

lace of bi rth 
(umber of years of school ing 

esi dence 

lumber of chi Idren 



ame 

lace of bi rth 

umber of years of school ing 

esi dence 

umber of chi Idren 



ame 

lace of bi rth 



umber of years of school ing 

esi dence 

umber of chi Idren ' 



ame 

lace of bi rth 

umber of years of school ing 

2si dence 



umber of chi Idrert 



Date of birth June 13, 1954 
Occupation btudent 



Marital Status Single 



Date of birth May 17, 1957 

___^__^_^__ Occupation btudent 
Marital Status 



Single 



_Da!:e of birth June 25, 1958 
Occupation Student 



Marital Status Single 



Date of birth February 6, 1966 
Occupation Student ~ 



Marital Status Single 



Date of bi rth 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



Tate of bi rth_ 
Occupat ion 



Marital Status 



Date of birth 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



Date of bi rth 
Occupation 



Marital Status 



Hi. 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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ON BRIDGE BUILDING 



"We need a bridge 

To span the gap in understanding, 

That treacherous gap 

Filled with hate, fear, 

Disillusionment, pain and Death I" 

Thus cried the human chorus. 

"Let's build a bridge 
Where men may walk freely, 
Children play securely. 
A mighty bridge. 
Showing our oneness." 
Thus cried the human chorus. 

"I have the design 

For this bridge of life," 

Sang Christian, Hindu, Moslem, and Jew 

Buddist, Taoist, Shintoist 

While Deist and Atheist added dissonant harmony. 

Thus cried the human chorus. 

"I have the skills 

With various ethnic specialities. 

To make this bridge 

Strong enough to weather any storm," 

Declared the Black, the White, the Yellow. 

Thus cried the human chorus. 

A struggle ensued. 

And without philosophical 

Or technological compromise 

Construction remained at a standstill. 

I'With such rightness and skill. 

Why not a bridge?" 

Thus cried the human chorus. 

The bridge, a dream, 

A simple dream if paved with 

Mutual respect, recognizing 

That all humans have 

The same needs for self-worth. 

Security, love, and recognition. 

Surfaced with a common bond 

Of respect and pillared with the 

Strengths of individual differences. 

Why not a human bridge. 

Jill Riverdahl, Teacher 

Welsh School -Rockford, Illinois 



PREFACE 



In this paper I have tried to relate my family's 
history. The events I enclosed were the ones I 
thought had a direct forbearance in the lives of 
each generation. The poem is written by a Rockford 
teacher, identifying to this paper in its message, 
as well as the poets home, where most of the Rosene 
and Suski lives have been spent. 



MY FATHER'S PARENTS 

My grandfather, Oscar Rosene, arrived in New York on a ship in 1902. 
At the age of five he learned English quickly, although, his mother and 
father only spOke S'wedish. Grandfather Rosene still speaks Swedish with 
my Uncle Herbert Rosene, and I (Vera Sue Rosene, granddaughter) also join 
in when my limited vocabulary allows it. 

At the age of twelve, Oscar Rosene moved to DeKalb to live with 
an Aunt and Uncle and farm with them. During the twenties, with farm 
prices spiraling downward, he hired out as a farm hand. This, he tells 
me, gave him a good job, with a small initial investment. 

During one of his jaunts to town he stopped in at a barn dance 
where he met my Grandmother Rosene, at that time Vera Fay Swanson. 
Shortly, they were married in New Ulm, Minnesota, and set out to make 
their fortune 

In 1923 they adopted Dorothy Marie, thereby starting their family. 
My grandmother quit teaching upon marriage and with a daughter to raise 
became a full-time housewife. All during the ten years the family lived 
in Minnesota, Oscar was a factory worker. However, work was slowing 
in the North and so the family moved to their past home of Rockford. 
Oscar again took factory work at Rockford Drop Forge and Barber Coleman. 
Another baby arrived, a son, Wendell Oscar Rosene. 

Then, the depression crashed upon the family. Work was nonexistent, 
families and friends flocked together for moral support and comfort 
throughout the depression years. 



In 1940 Oscar Rosene could once again follow his first love of 
farming. Wendell, while living with his father, had also learned 
to farm in his small sandbox and still farms today, on a much larger 
scale than the sandbox however. At that time, the family farmed in 
rural Rockford, today they still are farming within a 10 mile radius of 
the first farm. 

1945 was the year of Dorothy's marriage to Horace Milton Silvius. 
That year also marked Grandmother Rosene 's employment in the stream 
of World War 11 women workers. She was a certified inspector that 
took her job very seriously, Mrs. Rosene inspected bayonets for American 
servicemen. In her own words, "If I let a defective bayonet through 
the line that servicemen's death would by on my record." In 1950, 
with less war materials in production Mrs. Rosene left her job to 
become a full-time housewife once again. 

Hence, the lives of Oscar and Vera Rosene, two democratic voters 
with farming in their blood throughout their lifetime. In interviews 
with Mr. and Mrs. Rosene I found exciting details about their lifestyles 
together. In their own words, "Franklin D. Roosevelt was the greatest 
man that ever lived, he got us out of the depression!" "The peace and 
contentment of a happy home with children and grandchildren is the greatest 
joy in life." Upon reaching retirement age they have, for the past twelve 
years, spent winters in Brownsville, Texas for their better healths sake 
as well as their own enjoyment. Each loves to return home in the spring in 
time to plant the garden and enjoy the blooming flowers and bask in sunshine. 
They tell me, "during our entire lifetime we would not change a single 
thing, we are "jery happy with our lives as it has revealed itself to us." 



MY MOTHER'S PARENTS 

Stella Victoria Louvesky Suski would not answer questions for me, 
so I asked my mother to recall all thac she could about her parents. 

Frank Suski was a good father and a good provider for his family. 
He married Stella Louvesky in Rockford, Illinois in 1927. Always a 
religious family attending church was a must. A fruitful marriage provided 
for thirteen children, all at this time productive members of society, 
each holding their mother to be the best there ever was. 

One vivid memory in my mother's mind was the disagreement between 
her parents voting beliefs. Father a Republican and Mother a Democrat 
would argue when election time neared, finally Father in disgust would 
shout, "neither of us vote, your vote only cancels mine anyway.'" 



5. 

MY PARENTS 

Wendell Rosene and Irene Suski met each other on a Sunday School 
hayride, a month later they were going steady and six months later 
they were speaking of marriage. True, it does seem quite sudden, but 
as a member of that family I can say, honestly, neither of them ever 
had any second thoughts. However, just to make sure I asked each of 
them, of course, they agreed with me . . . no second thoughts. Wendell 
Rosene, my father has been a farmer in cooperation with his father ever 
since his graduation from High School. Irene Rosene, my mother, a city 
dweller, found it rather difficult to move to a farm when she married. 
However, now she relates, "I wouldn't trade it for any city living 
again." Mom has become my dad's right-hand-worker with farming, she 
is always at his side, bringing him his dinner from home, driving a load 
of grain to the elevator, picking up a new belt at the implement store, 
and 100 other things only a farmer can "trust his favorite right-hand- 
worker to do." 

Of course, all of us children came along in good time. Ke as a 
family, learned to work the farm together. Each of us has our own 
chores to do and its our responsibility that things be done right. My 
dad appreciates what we kids do for him. We kids think that Wendell 
and Irene Rosene are the kind of parents we wish every youngster could 
have, without my father and mother I can honestly say I would not be 
the kind of person I am today. They helped me set my goals and achieve 
a well rounded practical and technical education. 

A very important part of our upbringing was my parents disciple system. 
If we were bad we got a lecture, sent to our room to think out a punishment 
for ourselves, and them lectured us again. That was the worst thing our 



6. 

father could do, lecture us over the kitchen table, where does his 
business, and has his coffee, speaking with us like adults, I am sure 
this is one of the reasons that ''/e have all become responsible young 
adults that we are today. 

Our family uses many of the old customs handed down through the 
generations on each side of the family, lie wouldn't have Christmas without 
having Swedish lutfisk, sylta, korv, marzipan, and kaldammer. We also 
meet with other Rockford Swedes to celebrate Midsummer Nights Eve. The 
Coffee Klatch is a Swedish invention, its total meaning is the sharing 
of coffee and bread with friends for warmth and good talk. The bread 
might be traditional Swedish pasteries; cinnamon rolls is my dad's 
favorite, and the drink, of course is countless cups of strong, double 
brewed Swedish coffee. The Rosene's don't carry on to many Polish customs. 
However, My mom can recall several of these traditional Polish foods 
that were brought out on special occasions. These include; Polish 
hams, sausage and sauerkraut, Pierogi, a dupipling with meat and cheese, 
Golabki, cabbage rolls, bobkas, a coffee bread, czarnina, duck soup, 
and Paczki , a special pastery. I don't know why we don't keep the 
Polish traditions up, unless it is because my mother married in to the 
Swedish family and traditions and she felt she should submit herself unto 
her husband and his way of life. 

In the following pages I have enclosed several photographs to give 
a looking as well as a reading view of my family and how we live. 



EPILOGUE 

This particular assignment v/as one of the most difficult I have 
ever attempted. It was extremely difficult for me to sift unimportant 
facts from important ones and then organize the information into a 
readable orderly form. 

In gathering information I used oral interviews as a primary 
source of information. My grandmother Rosene also had several old 
books which proved to be helpful in acquainting myself with a side of 
my family I had not realized existed. 

In conclusion, because of the difficulty for me in writing this 
paper, I feel I spent a great deal of time in planning and organizing 
the final copy, so it has become a worthwhile project. My entire family 
appreciates this endeavor to "map" the family growth line. In fact, 
my father is keeping a copy of this paper in his safe, so years from 
now we can examine itoand make additions for our posterity. 



A more recent picture taken at Grandma and Grandpa Rosene's 50th Wedding 
Aniversary. Vera Sue is standing at the top of the photo, Irene and 
Wendell next, then Wendell, Herbert, and Daniel. 




Grandma and Grandpa Rosene and Wendell Rosene at their 50th Wedding Aniversary. 





Wendell Rosene's High School Graduation 
Picture. 1947 



Vera Fay Swanson Rosene, Shortly 
after her marriage. 
(My Grandmother) 





J 






Herbert, Wendell, and Vera Sue reading 
from left to right. Notice Wendell 
is explaining why his thumb is red 
and swollen, a bee stung him while 
we was chopping alfalfa with his 
father. 



ROTELLO, LOUIS, 195^1- 



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*Tr:;;-rtat:o„ -;;i?rLs,.s. ^tn^t?;:?.°; -"' - 

^Professions [^Industrial laboT Other 

'• in^th!s^p:p%\TI.e"bI?;ng:d!^°"''^ " ^''^' ^^^^^^ °^ ^°"^ ^^^ '^ ^^^ Vou Have discussed 

^^hJ'''°"' ^'""''' ^.Presbyterian Methodist 

^^uaker ^Ep.scopaTT^ Congrei^onal Lutheran 

^yuaKer Mormon ^m>er Protestant " Other 

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

^r . ^Central Europeans XX ItalTJT^ Slavs 

ZlEast Asian— ^0?her ^^^^ '^^-- cans oveFlFveral generations 

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

— f::MX:ers "'^^ _Fami,y Bibles _Fami ly Cenealog ies 
^_Vital Records , Land Records The U S Census 
^Photographs W^Maps ^"Other " 



FAMILY DATA 

A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name VJto Rotrllo Current Residence Deceased 

If dead, date of death ,)r.n. 7, V'.b'J 

Place of birth Sambuca, Itnly Date of Birth Oct. 9, 1880 

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



Occupatlon(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st T=aantation worker Dates 1^97 istTickfaw^ Louisiana Dates 1897 



Dates 


1897 


Dates 


1914 


Dates 


Dates 



2n d J.I. Cage Dates 1914 2nd Rockfora, Illinois D ates 191^ 

3r d Dates 3rd Oate$_ 

kih Dates ^ith -__:_■ ^Datcs 

Religion Roman Catholic 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fratemltlat, ate. B»orad Haart^i Society 

Place Of Marriage to your grand^the r ^ . ^^^^^ T.«n^i.iaTi> ■ _^ '^* ' April Ij" 



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

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 



Nam* Virginia Gullott? Current Residence D»cpaged 

If dead, date of deat h Sept. 1!^. iW2 -: ' 

Place of birth Ssmbuca, Italy Date of birt h Jan. gQ« 1887 

Education (number of years): 
grade school None high school vocational collea e 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home). 
1st Housewife Dates 1st Tiokfaw. Ix>ulelana D ates 

2nd Dates 2n d Rookford. Illinois D ates 

3rd Dates 3rd ^Dates_ 

i«th Dates ^Jth Dates 



iiigion ^r^ig^-^1 salh^Lic 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Sacred ^eart Society 
Place of marriage to your grandfather ■ ick-f.-^w,. T.ouir.iar.a DATAApri 1 Ij , iW^ 



Note 



• iU°aa'tPSfl»fhU(?Safg'8f^^^? 33|i V^)! stepmother or another relative give 



Grcjndfather (your mother's side) 

Name ^ ' tf < ■ , ': i' i-, r 

If d ead, date of death , ^ . 'J [ ' r-J "^^ Res idence__^^_^— c ^ 

Place of bi rth 1 '" ■ -- 

Education (number of year's)- " °^^^ °'^ b i rth Oo tobcr o, Up- 
grade school r;i- high ^rhn^l ^ 

Occupation(s) 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

l5t_n^rc:^i:v. t 0^^^^ ,_ ....,.^.i"^*«^'"^'."9 home) 



vocational non- college 

PLACE OF R£ 
(after leav 

1st r^oc'-for.-^, IlUnoi 



2nd 

Dates 

3rd 

Dates 



Dates 



_2 n d '.ev.- l^or!: , Broo';l- Ti 
3rd 



Dates 



itth „ ' ■ 

P^tes Ztth 

Re I igion '\''^r\r n ': .-"Olic 

Hace of marriage to your grandmother A -": : :; _ 

Note: If your mother was raised by _ .lUuJ^V ' U^^"^"- '^'^^ 

give that data on the back of th I s' page (c- 1 ) " '""' ''''''''' ^^"^^e iSf 
Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name J.-f'iiinr {>'■':■ ■^•Tte ) T'ihhio 

If d ead, date of death Mrc^r; ) :,[.' ' ■ •■ ^ "'"'^"'^ Residence Doceaced 

Place of birth '--^i; -.o-,,! 1^,,^ _•,..,. 

Education (nu mber of years) '' ' " ^^^^ °^ birth Junr , 5 19.)^ 



Dates 



Dates 



lOI- 



vocational ion- college 



grade school - .. r high schoolj 

Occupation(s) 

PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

'^* '■^■-rr ^ - D3tes .^^ .-.,... Z^^!!": .'"vlng home) 

Ind 
Jrd 



1st Roc)c:"or-^. inj^nio „ ..^. 

.Dates ^2nd - , 

_Dates 3rd 

^ ^_^__ Dates 



Religion -> -^ .. -t;^. .-| j^ 

\IT' °','^''I'^' t° vour grandfather ■.-"-■- 'I . . ~ 



CHIfcDREN of A & B (or A-1 or B- n 

- A , or B ,) - ,oor father's nan. should appear be.ow 

Nameioujg RotP-lln 
Place of blrtl)Tickfav 



Numbe 
Res i den 
Numbe 



;•■ o^ year s oi schooling N on^ - date -)^crnbrr 3, 190^ 

■•• of chlldrenrfone [U^^- "*'^'^«' ^atus raTiT:'! JLHH j (.,;■■ 



Nam e Joe Rot»llo 
Place o^ birth Tickl'aw: 



"umoer of years oi schooling ro«7 uac e rNoy. ly, iqo5 

Residenc e Rockf or d. m i ^,.V^°^u ■ . , . .■ Occupa 1 1 O n UuhrnrT?mxn dry ) 
Number of chlldrenTEreT ^^arJta) Status Marrie^^^ ' -i-i 



Name Sam Rotcllo 

J ' *ce of birt h 'I'icktaw. L ouTh-, 

!!e":?^^:e'5r""*"''°^''"«^-^ 



da te Deo. 2^, 1 9 08 
OccupaLl6ni^t>l^>^ (!*Umia^y ) 






"Lduiyiuna 



N'^-bT o f c-irfl5?ey ^4o" ^^ l^^ "-'tal rtatusfarr ieJ j gj.y j .. j g^. 



■dateJuly27, 1912 
Tccupatlfih 'lV7lVi 



;?: :-u-irEr,U"SoCr!sMrxii , 



TTTTTH 



Nu«bjr of yr i ol schooling i ' ^H ■■ date March 27. 1918 

Residence Rockford. IllinST^— n — i — ___ °ccupat]6n Ui*o6^5"V ^JlFhit 
Number o « children 'fCn -""•' t^' Status ^™ovr~ ^ ^2^ 



Ja«e_Jary2ua£liar(I o 

!!!^ **^ y«*'» y school lng?ouf 

f^esidence Rockford. Tii Tzrrrz — u ^■^^^^panon "'^u 

Number of chi l dren Thrcl ^"^^' ^ - '^'''tal Status -'^'iTTrtT 



Oct 26 . 1919 

Ion lll3U!l'Wl.itt- 



Number of children i<'oii? — "^'"'^^1 Status iMrrTTT 



1923 



Number of yeer ro l school /ng b ' l^?! 



dat e ray 3. 19 ;. 5 
Sccupdiloh Auiin.UinmJ 



n— T— "'-^"f'ai.ion ^"*^ ■ 

"arFtal Status "arri" 



or birth 



Placr 

Number of years 0/ schooling 

Residence 

Number of children 



^'y Frthp. 



Name 

Place of bIrtK 



teidin?: ^-^^■^'"J^RSOT^ 



isidence 
''"'"ber o f LIU lU ie n 




t r' /■■ 



CHILDREN of C and (or (.- 1 , D-l)-yoijr mofhrr's rume should appear below 



N.ii.K' SamuPl I'ib io 
f l.K.;- of hir II. Roclcfor 



Illinoi-- 

Niiriihcr of yc'.ir', rjf school inq '^V/elV'~ "ecrr- 

Re-, i dcncc Rockford, llimni^ 
Number oT children nnnr 



Occ upat i on WI-WJAS 



Mari tal Status geceaeed Jmie IS. lQTl 



Name I^lecnor (Nibbio) '?otpllo ' othr r 
Place of birth Roc]:for(% llLinoic 
Number of years of schooling Ten 
Residence Rockf or • , .Illinois 



date ^ay 2, 1929 
TTccupatlon Mouaewiie 



Number of ch i Idren ?our~ 



Marital Status Marriea 



Name 



'•artha Nib io 



Place of Birth Rockf 0T'\ Illinois 
Number of years of schooling 1^velve 
Residence 
Numbe 



ence Rockford, Illlnojg 
r of chl Idren None 



date October 26,1930 



Marital Status VUnTtTF 



Jl'-gfV;!;' mi: 



P 1 ace of birth RoclLford, I I LifttMg 
I Number of years of schooling T'/elve 



Res i dence 

Number of chi Idren 



rlr-ford TUthnolr, 



Occupation ?actory WorK( 



Marital Status Sinj;le 



Nnnr 



-MVtS^ 



hb1n 



Name 

Place of birth Rock■fnYi^ Tllinois '~ date E'accb 3. 1935 

Number of years of schooling Three Years college OccupatlOrt Aftlftt 

! Residence j^y^r^ir^^tny^ ^ TninnJB Marital Status Married 

J Number of en I Idren Fit^-ypn 

\ Name VJnce Kibbio 

! Place of birth Rockf ord , IllinoJL 

Number of years of schooling Tr. e"', ve 

Res i dence Rgckford . Illinois 



Marital Status yarftFTT 

Number of children Trro (expectin,? third) 



date November 18,1936 

"gccITpatiort Facto ry iiofKe r 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of children 



_ date 

"Oc c upatl6rt 
Marital Status 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 



date 

Occupatiort 



Number of chi Idren 



Marital Status 



Name 


Place of bi rth 


Number of years of schooling 


Kes 1 dence 


Marital 


Number of chi Idren 



date 
Occupatibrt 



' Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 
; Residence 



'I Number of chi Idr 



date_^ 

Occupat i on 
Mari tal Status 



Your Father 



Name ''"■t'- , r . q-',-. l 
If dead, date of death 

P)ace of bi rth 



Current Residence 



1 1 T 



Education (number of years) 
grade school 1 . ..i ; ' :i- 

Occupation(s) 

Ist r 



' 1i 



Date of bi rth 



high school 



vocational 



col lege 



'.rylr^rn 



2nd 
3rd 



_Dates 1_ 

_Dates ' 
Dates 1 



'♦th 



I 111 " ' i 



Religion 



Dates 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 
'fth 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
Jafter leaving home) 



Dates 
_04tes_ 
Dates 



Dates 



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

Place of marriage to your mother h^y ■ -,r- t | ^t_ . ,v - . ■ . _ , 

Your Mother 
Name i 



•f dead, date of death 



__ Current Residence i">' 



■liinoi: 



Place of birth . -^r^-::o-- - j 1 1 j 
Education (number of years) ' — 



grade school 
Occupation(s) 

1st n: ' 
2nd . ■: . 
3rd 



high school 



Date of bi rth 
vocational 



DatesJ_ 

DatesJ_ 
Dates 



)st_ 
2nd_ 
3rd 



>l lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
' ' ' ■- Dates 



_Dates 
Dates 



Re I i g i on \; - , ; -'^ '^^ i -^ , 

Political party, clJii or social clubs, sororities, etc. ■ : 

Place of marriage to your father ^■■^■^— — — — -r-rr — t— - r— 

'''"' ;hirpa;:''(F:2i:'' '' ^ s tepmother or another re l ative give that dat a on the back of' 



CHILDREN of E and F (or E-2 F-2) - vr^,,r „ k . , 

vor tL ^, t- z) your name should appear below 



Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of school ing " H ^ '^ -.■"-»'!' 

Residence i-^ ■ -■ - .7T~. '" — h ' i - — i r ^ - c-"-- 

M..„K ^-TT-rrT— — ^--^^ Marital Status 



Occupation 



Number of children 



Name 

Place of birth -! 



liZZr f -V L M ' '" ■- Dat-e of birth 

Number of years of school Ing TT ~ — r^f-of)rrMn^^• 



Residence ^ ^ ; u—rn — i t^ ^ 

., . r — irn-i = — — - Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren . ,; 



OT Occupat ion 



Name -^^^^ , - ~ 

Place of bi rth ~~~'- ~ - -' : -■ ■ -■ — rrrr— r , • ,. 

., , , r r- — r-; ■— ~ _^ Date of birth 

Number of years of schoo nq ^^ : . ' ,'; o n^^ — rr-- 

D„ • . ^ ' Occupat on 

Residence nr. ,^71 " m ^ ^ ',. — r~rt — : — 

., , ^ — rrrr-i — — — _^ Marital Status 

Number of children ~~ — ■ — 



Name ' "> - ; x- . . ^- -r^ ' , 

Place of birth ; ._ /IM ^.^ ^7fVofhi.^h • 

Number of years of schooling c ' — -. OccupaTT^ 

Res I den ce ' .n' ■:■ --. n 1 i ! i — 

Number of chi Idren vi ^~ 



Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth 



u u r " r 1 — , ^ate of birth 

Number of years of schooling OccupIFT^ 

l^'!"^^"^^^-—^ Marital Staf-.s " 

Number of chi Idren ~~ —— 



Name 

Place of birth ^,^ ^^ b,^^^ 

Number of years or schooling Occupat i o" 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children ~ — 



Name 

Place of birth 5^7^ „f birth_ 

Number of years ot schooling Occu pation 

Residence ~" ■ m^^:, 7 c^ ^ — 

M . r — 11,. ._ Marital Status 

Number of children ^~~' 

Name 

^^^^^ "^ ^'"-t^ " DiTe of birth 



Number of years ot schooling Occupation' 

."^^^"^ ' ^<ence_^ ~~~' Marital Status 



Number of chi Idren 



K.. AiSluNMLNl 01 IITLRARY RIGHTS Hf you and your family arn willinq] 

I hereby donate this family history, along with all literary and administrative 
riulits, to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection, deposited in tfie 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford. Illinois 

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I. '''rrncrs T>r ho ff 

II. :'rancpr i'ibbio 

III. '"'nrtha ::ib io 

IV. Vtb. /Vnplir' ^ ifc^io 

V. Tirs ?:ipanor lotello 

VI. ?rank RotPllo 

VII. f.^.Ts. Jospnhinp Graciana 

VIII. r/frs. ''^ary Guarliardo 



.VRITTEN INDORSATION 



I. Kr. Jim Nib io 
II» r-'artia An^elo 



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'3alvc tore , ( -:c.n) 'ih io /an orn in r^'r.r:'-- 1: 
ir Imown he -.vry r,n or'^han. ''i;^ -\' rents dio-"' in 
rccident when he v r rtil I y?un.'-. Ir. ]tr.1y he ' 



It' 1:'. ^roT. what 
■r- r-rt of an 
■ r-torc rrll- 



±ng wine. 'Yith p. horrie P.n-'' ■■.:^.''cn he ni^'^ht hevc (}'-'nr so-ie haulin/^ 
alco. He made two trine t-^^ the T/niten ^tatec. Cr.o -.Ion'-, .'n " the 
i:econfl with his eldest r'on 'r^tth^w, ir^y ^'r^-n«'if ^ . !,er. i:ie, first 
tri.T '-vno in 1913, ^rir his eecond in 1915, witi: the fnnily to 
follow. His first place of r-- ^it^ence when he -i'^ratrd to the U.S. 
w"s Beloit, Wisconcin. In "^^eloit like n:\ny other Italians he worlc'd 
in the Railroad yard r.n n laborer. 

?rom Peloit the;^- nove to ?reroort, whrre 'he.- lived witli hic 
dr.uf'htFr Frances for sir n-^^nthe. "o1 ^nuch v.aF: h- n-ienin,-" in ?reeoort 
ro hr and the family :ovfr" to ■{oci-f'^r'^ in 191^". In Roclif^rd he 
started raisinr produce "t" ch'ckenn. and v, c nellinr ooth. After 
that he started a grocery etore vhich h" -.ov-- to three different 
locations. He and my ^-reat-rrTv'-- other ':-oth lacked in educ-.tion 
rnd w^re very dependent on the -ii'r- to iieln ■• i 1 .h 1. e our.iness. 
In tho'-e dayr. it tool: littl'-' or no cr :)it 1 to r-i rt r bu!?iner.-s. 



•Yith everyone h'^lpinr, evfo ■ i- vife ;:a"rin:" 
th.^y nade a livin/r. 

Me h-vd very little, I choulr rv.y no foi 
He could read and write thou-'-'h, Ir rn< - h ."..' 
Jtrili.'.n Array. lilce all -[y Grriri^'- v^r''^'t, , he 
J n t\ II h. i [> V; r y g and h '-- b i t r . 



hoi.ien'idp brf-ad to nell. 

• i.l ecuc tion at rll . 
.'!■'<- I h<: w ::• in the 
.••' p sirnol- :.n" honest 



F:alv; t^re " i'l io 
II. 'orn: 
HI. Died: i^vo 
T''- ■"l,--ee o ■ jrtl': "r.v- "" 
^ch 'Olinr: " '^r.^ 
'' cci: -i-tionr- 1 ] f-,':o-'^'r 
''II. '"i.^-rated : "nr^-'l- .o " ' 
lockf rd, J i'i-.oi? ir. "i 1 
VIII. ^^U-ion: ^^'"v ' T\"]i- 



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1 ;!"'. t? Fri"''""T"rt and 



I*:. "rrrio ' ■ "I' i-;or " : rt-ir'^ '. 

X. T^lP.C'- •>: ;rr^-Tc: ' ■ tp 1/. ItrTv 

XI. '"^rtr of Dvrii.r.r • ? 

KII. Politic.-a rrtr: :ic-Tiocrr; t 

XIII. ::fiicr'tion: ::nnp 

XIV. Children: P±\-r 

1. : attho--, "jhbio: Vy 'ran'''fr'.thpr — Vill ro later 

2. j'rf.noer '^'ibbio Uicciri 

a. ""orn: "nrr' Ir , It ly 

b. '^duc: ti .nt '^o-ae in Iialy 
o. Or.to o-r ^irth: ? 

d. '.'irr'".tr('! to 'rloit, ^'rf-enort. r-.n'l Rockfori 

e. Her;i''Fnce: I'uckerton, T'cw ""■ ork 

f. rarital rt"tur: "r.rvi'O 

g. Gccunr'tion : '■onr-cyife 
h. iJiildrrnr I>fonr 



Jim Kibbio 

a. orn: '". rr- la, ItL-Iy 

b. Date of "-irth: June ^0, 1977 

c. hlrlu^P-tion: Mfthtl: -rrrlr 

d. OccuT'tion: Artict 

<" . TifT-i ' !V'P : lrur'"'lvillr , Thio 

f. ' i-rnt''= to "I'-'it, 'no lort, 

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h . '■'■, i 1 'r-^r r ''or'- 



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Born: 'cloit, .,i>-.'^o:" :iri 

:)r,t' of bir^.h: 

i'j'ii.ic- tion: 'i-^hih rrr'- '-' 

■i'^sid- r,co : Rockfor'" , Tllinoin; 

•'^•■.rit 1 .'t'turr "-^rrioci 

Oiiilclr'n: "^'hroe Rocp Ann — "Icr.nor — Tom 






Klecnor "•:irtin''Z wac born jn ''.^rrnala, Italy. She vine b'-'m 
in tho yrrr 137?, the ,orith -n- dntp •■.rr unknown. She lived a 
einole and honrr.t lifr, ' n' ■'.?! '^•s.rrierl in Italy to my grr.nd- 
father Salvrtore ''ib;-io. Th'^y had four children in Italy before 
mipr ting to thp United Str:tps. She help with bh^ business by 
nr-.kinfT h'Ton'"'r ■r'-'^.d. She ''.r.C no schooTinri, o-nd died in Rockforri 
Anril II, 10/18. Sh-^ t.Iko v-e a Roman OP-tholic. 



I. ■^llop-nor '"'•rtinrz 

II. Born; \ ^""7 

III. ^^irc i •> >ril 12 , in/\r 

IV. "Ir c^ o;: "irth: f r.rr 1-, itr.ly 

V. Sciioolin.-- Vor.^' 

VI. Ccci.i'v- ti'^M : 'lourewiie 

\ai. M-r-t.-.-': ■-■ rr- lr\ to '''-loit, 'i co;-i-'in to Frceo:'rt, Illinoi; 

to "loo - . or-"' 

■JJI. >:. 11.-1.,-.. :r,-- ^T -;■ ih>lie 

J''-. '^r.-ri'-' • ■ ]v--0-^^ 'P;^'■^ ±y. rc 1 - . J ^- ly 

X. -rrcr Unk;;--:: 

^I. ''--"! j • :^ ■ 1 • rtv- -)r-A--- t 

•II. ^ii' r ■:: .iv- 



^■'A'"';R:;ai. 



r!ic-- Decorte -rr horn in Sicily^ on Jun'^ '•'ir.-'. iPol. .Wonp. 
with his wifr he laifrrRt^'l to t'l-- nr.i.e-.- ^'l'..trr ro-^oti'-^p in 1904. 
"'heir firrt honr r.o in Br'.yrr-oulri , Louisir.n;"" . '^po--. t' rrc- thr^y 
Tovcfl to Lufkin, Trxap. ^h^y livrl t ore tmtil 'ay 2^, ig?3 v;hon 
thoy moved to Rockf ord , Illinois. He v."-,r a v(~ry r-irDlr r.r.(^ honert 
nr.n. and had no forn'";! education ' t 11. H° ^^orkr' o.f a coTmon 
laborer for the Illinoir: Central 1 ilror.d. 'V liv'd tr.roufih both 

TP and the .freat denreEsion. Cf con,rr-e tliry ••/'^re loor to be,p:in • 
with so the detjrecBion didn't cbu e re nr.ny h'Tdshi is, for them ns 
others who lost mire. He vi^s a ^orn.-'n Catholic 'n'' 6ipC with a 
':;r.tholic burial in Aui^st 22, 1962. Ue w s r.r rried in Sicily. 



I. Nick Deeorte 

II. Bora: June 1, l8Sl 

III. Died: August 22, 1962 

IV. Place of Birth: Sicily 

V. Schooling:: r^'one 

VI. Occupation: Laborer- Illinoi Vntrl B^ilroad 

VII. r^'iiPrated: Sicily to '^r.y natil " , loiiisinr. . to Lufkin Texas 
to Hockford Illinoir 

VIII. Religion: Ro : an ^ath'-lic 

IX. l^'^arried : Wartha Ga^'li^no 

X. Place of Mr.rria-e: Sici y 

XI. Date of '^arraige: 1902 

XII. "^-oliticr 1 party: ^e.n.O'::^rat 

XIII. Children: Seven 

rARTHA GAflllA'T' 
-A'"' ;k'i 

"'"artha Garlifno ■ r ^'Om in Sicily on Avv^nct ^, 1880. She 
lived t'-^.ere until ro'^'-^ine in 1 'i >^ •■■'•■'-r. phr -^i^r to-i to thf 
United St tf-- -l-^n^ -vith ly f'.r'^-t -r-n-' ^^ +!ni' r . 'T-.-e alio vi f? a 
r-i"-l v.nc honest pernon. " o- t ^^ ~ '■ ■ ^ i '" cont. in<"cl in 
- inr a houp^ ife. ■'tr - ' ^^ -ife" :;-i- ^1ic, :nr. h---'^ n-^ fo^nal 



edu?"^tion. 



ir ••■'i'": 



II. "norn: Au"U'=:t ^, I'^'-O 

III. ^^ip'^ : '"^r'-h ^3, 1 '^^'^ 

IV. PI. 'CO 1 ':irt:i: ^^iciT:' 

V. School in-': . TTonr 

VI. Occuoati-in: "ousowiiV 

VII. ^lifrrated : Sicily to 3r.ya,^oulr., LouisiJ^na to Lufkin, Texas 
to .'.ockford, Illinois 

VIII. Relirion: Rom-'n "lat olic 

IX. l\'arri'd: ':ic:k Dec or to 

X. Date of '.■■■rrirre : 190: 

XI. Politicp.l Prrt--: Democrat 

XII. Children: ^oven 

1. Athan (^"tecot'te) Angelo 
£. T3orn: Sicily 

b. "'"'c''-uc:'.ti^inr None 

c. 'late of rirth: Beccr.brr 3, 1904 

d. :'i/?:ratca to Bnyapoula, louisiana to Lufkin Tpxfs to Dallas, 

e. Resi-''encr: '■>allr,:-, '"px^^s 

f. f'aritP-1 str-tur: ^lecoT-ecl 
r. "Hied : Aur.ust 17, 19^^-'' 

h. cupation: Housewife 
i. Ohil^'rcn: Seven 

2. Josephine (')ecort'-) Ifib^io — r;r nAm^^ther will do later 



3. RoGG 'Drcorte 

■^'■orn: B&jf agouli , loui'innp. 

^k^ucr + i-^n : lirth rr '"e 

^v •:- o-f birth: "-y, K* '7 

^ i,'Tr te- +0 l-u~"':in '"rs-r t- rlla.:- Tr-y 

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earl ("»rcor-lr) ''r^n.'^.cch.i 

b. Date- Cc+obrr 1, 1910 

c. Virrritcd to ^-ufkin "r ■••'-' r 
Rp!L;i'pnce: 1 llr::, "lV'::c-.: 
"aritr-.l Strtur. : 7ir1ow 
Occu^:^tion: factory vvorl 
Ecucation: Sixth ^i^ re 
Chilf^ron: ■:onp 



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'^pcortr"! T)ayhoff 



a. T^orn: ^; y'-^-oulr. , louiri-ric?. 

b. nate: April . 7, I'^l? 

c. ?'ipr-tcd-to lufkin, Tr^rT to Rockford , Illinois 

d. Rceic-ence: Rockforrt, Illinois 

e. Maritcl '•. tu-: MrrrirS Ms- r ley l>ayhoff 

f. Children: None 

/t. OccuoatiO'.: House. ■. if e 

6. Joe Decorte 

a. Born: Lufkin, '^exr.s 

b. I>f.te: "r.rch 10, IT^ 2> 

c. Yirrc.tcC to R\^ckford Illin'-is 

d. ResiGencer Rockf^rd, Illinois 

e. f.'aritrl S'.-tus: Divorced 

f. Cccuor.t on: >.ker 
r. Ghildrnn: T'one 

H. Edvc-- liOi^ : '^ifth --r^c'e 



Kr.y(:"iec<^rte ) .'--^orlAvorth 
a.. Bo-n: July -^ , l-J-- 

b. lorn in Rockforr" , Illinois 

c. ■■ iftr ire t--^ ihier-o, Illin^^ir 

d. r-icencc: ;hi c-.^o , Illir'oir- 

p. Tnri '. ■ 1 t tuc r '"— ,^2.-,i .-; 'oot'!-, orth 

f. C cc\i ir.'-i ^n : 'litrin' t^i-r o n :■ — hou'-rwi: 

'dicti:.n- ¥e '_th -r--- e 
h. ^Ihil r.-n: vii'^ 






^"athrvv Nibbio ::"■- ovn in '■■ r- "I r' , l tr l^' on '"ctober 6, 
1900. Hp :rr e on? trio to t-io 'nitrd Strtrt with his fathrr 
before thpy ni^rntrr? thr v.ho]- f::r.ily. In Itf.ly he helpr^d hifr 
father with hi;.- biu^i epe. Vh'^'n th-^ ^p.ni\y came to the United 
Stftes his fp-thcr si rtc^ un a rrocery bisiners, a ri hf worked 
with his frther until he ms-rried Jorenhine Decorte. After he wrs 
marri'~d hr w-nt to w^rk in tiic nr^ chine shop at Rockford Clutch. 

In his leisure tine he .iu^t 'vnlked the streets or took e. 
bus (downtown. He lived a very rinole life. ,Vhen his wife died 
in 1949 he miprated to Vcvi York v/here he remained the remainder 
of his life. 

I. ratthev/ ^:ib io 

II. Horn: October 6, 1900 

III. Died: Aufuct 20, 1963 

IV. ■^iRce of ^irth: "ar^aln, Italy 

V. Kducation: None 

VI: Occupation: f'achinirt 

VII. ''ir-rrter- from "arralfi to Peloit, Wipconsin to Preeport, 
Illinois to Rockford, Illinois to TJew York, T.'ew^Tftrk 

VIII. :ieli/:ion: Romr.n ^r.tholic 

IX. '■■'aritnl otatus: "arried Josephine Decorte 

X. '":'??te of ^^e.vri no : ocnternber^ 6, 1926 

XI. Political T^arty : De-iocrr.t 

XII. 'hilf^ren: Six 



JC3EPTTITTT: (D'^'^C^'^K) NIP'' 10 



Jo?p:-ihine ("cortc) TiibM ^ wis born in Bayou CtOuIr., Louisiana 
01! June 5. l'")5. '^here r e rttender": four ypEn: of school. Vost 
of th^ chil. r^^n in '.r^r f-'dly Mi'n't r-r^t -nuch gchoolinp because 
v/l ' . tJ-'-y -rvp .^'ic rr\-\xr-h to do chores arounr" t'-'e house they had 
to :'viii ;; ;-jooi/. ^rop. i •.''U i ' i " n' ' rhe "oved ;'lon^ with he^r fn.rr'ily 
to Luf:-in, rny '■ - nd Oo": t'-.' rn to '^oc'-.ford where she rrrried my 



in r. f'rctory. ^h^ cUoci '-.t 



left r.ix chili'r' 
thirteen. 



rr-.:\Cfo.th<-r. TJ\< i;i'>n ■ ■' -.f' to r---i 
''iuti'^ of b*" :i ~ r h^ii' '^■■if'' l:f~ '/or' 
thp rr'.^ of ''/' '■;:;: lr^ t 'or in •- •:• ':^-:ory. oil 
behind, tho ol'" t •.; p ?? n'- t -o youn'^'^'^t w?.! 
I. Jo^pnhinc ''Trcortp) 'i bio 
II. ^orn: Jim- 5, l'^05 
III. ">iod: ^.'ecc -.bv-r \A , 194) 
lY. ■''Ir-.ce of irth: 'you ^roulp. , Louisiana 

V. Education : Fourth rrr.re 
VI. OccuofitioH: H^usp ifr — j'rctory worker 
VII. .w:i/Trr_trd from ''ryou '"-oula, Louisiana to Lufl:in, Texas to 
Rockford, Illinois 
VIII. Religion: Roman Cr.tholic 

IX. *>-ritfil Str-itiis': Mnrried '-atthew Nibbio 
X. Date of ^'arringe : Seritember 26, 1926 
XI. Political Party: Denocrr:t 
XII. Children: Six 



S:muel Hibbio 

a. '3:rn: kufmst 25, 1927 

b. Died: June lo, 1971 

0. :^orn in ;ockford, Illinois 

d. Education: Graduated V' st Hif^h ';Chool Rockford 

e. Occu^'ition: N.I. Gas 

f. rnrital Str.tus: ''^rried A-nrlir' Servatius 
p. Date of T'r.rria^e : "^JeTte^bpr 17, 1949 

h. Children: ITone 

Elc"nor(^:ibbio )Ro*«11o ^'other — will do later 



3. "artha ribbio 

I'orn: -Jocki'ord Illinoin 

b. '^'tc: October 26, 1930 

c. Educr-tion: Grad-irt^r-: /rrt 'li^h School Rockford 

d. OccuT-ti on : ;^rclor^' v orb'"T 
''"rit'^l "''\ tun: Single 
l_^^i<' nncr : 'ool- r'-^r'^ .Tlllnoir: 
Ch:l-ren- ■;onp 



^. ''rr.nce." " ibbio 

p.. '^or!-! : lOc^ufor \ 'Hi - 'ir- 

b. Brtc! July T7, l^^?r 

c. "'Y'Uc;..tion : 'Tra.Iu. ->- "^t '!irh 'Ichool Rockforfi 

d. Cccu^-ti'-^n : -^r-?-: ir;' or"'rr 

f. ^p.?ic'encr : ?.ocl-forr', Illinois 
r, Chilflron: Tone 

5. Nick Jlibbio 

R. Born: :^ockforci, Jllinoin 

b. Drte: March 3, 1935 

o. Educ tion: rrrndu'-.tcd cnt 'igh School Rockford — Attended 

Throe yprs collrre " t 3hicrro Art Inrstitute 
d. Occu^?,tion: Artirt 

e Marital Stntut?: ' nrried Patricia Collins 
f. Residence: Barrington, Illinois 
iK. Children: Seven 

6. Vince Nibbio 

a. Born: Hockford, Illinoie 

b. Date: November l*^, 1936 

c; •.Bd«ic*41on: Graduated Vrpt Hi^h School Rockford 

d. Occupation: Practory or-'er 

e. V-rital St tur?: I<'arrird Lucille : astriani 

f. Residrnce: Rockford Tllinoin 

g. Chi^uren: Two (fyicctinr third) 






Vito '1:0 'llo yr. r -r- in J: -.bucn on th'^ Ipl.in:i of Gicily 
on Octobe '^ , I8u0. ']i^ livrri in ':ioily for 17 years brforr 
oorainr to thrUnitrd "t.citer, "ir fir?t homr> was in yickfnw, 
Louioiann , here he work: -in r. -^I'-.nt- i ion. He met rnd raarrird my 
Grandmother on Aoril 13, 190; . Fron Louisi'.na they moved to 
Rockfor'^ v;h' rr the:' ronaine^ Tor tli--^ rrrainder of thoir lives. 

In Rockford he war c -.oloyed by the J. I. Car-e corporation. 
He spent his IclGure tirap tendin.-- hio f^arden, rniaing grapes for 
the v.ine he :-r.le, end just relnxiap. He was a Catholic and a 
member- of the Sr-cred Ilcnrt Socirty of St. Anthony's Church. 

He retirrd fron J. I. ya:p when he was 75 years old. 
Prom then until th*^ day he died he ':'till v.'orked on his garden. 
He lived a siinnle life, if you cnll rairinp a family of nine 
simple, 

I. Vito Rotrllo 

II. Bom: Sambuca on th^ I??land of Sicily 

III. Deter October 9, I88O 

IV.. Died: January 7, 19:'9 

▼, Educfitiont None 

VI. Occupfition: Plantation worker — Factory worker 

VII. ?'igrated from Sambuca to Tickfaw, Louisian* to Rockford 
Illinois 

VIII. Religion: Roman Cf^tholic 

rx. Organi"- tions : Sacred He rt Socif^ty 

X. Carried Vir-inia GuUotta Aoril 13, 1902 

XI. Place of !' rrirge: Tickfaw, Louisiana 

XII. Politicn.1 Prrty; Denocrrt 

XIII. Ohildren; T'ine 



VIR^rlT-IA (r;ui]CT"A) ^P'-^-'LLO 
^RAT^Rl'AI 



Virriri:": ('"-ullottr ) Ro^f^llo ■ '■ r ""-rn in 'J- mbuca on the Jsl.-nd 
of icily in Jr.nir t*;; -0, If 37. ■'••• livrj in Sfembuca for to ye-.rr 
P,c orr t^-v f-iiil:' "i'^V' c" to l.'i''' ini.r.' 3'"trtt, T!-ey "irr tec! to 
Ticl:f'. ,, ]■■•.•-■ "; . "•" '^ ' n- ^ \ ■■ I'c- t: n, : nr? lived in 



the United States for 85 ye.irp without brooming a U.S. citizen. 
She failed to become r citizen becru^^e rhr w-r Illiterate. 

She married my grandfather on April 13, 1902 in Tickfnw, 
Louisiana when she was 15 ye- rs old. They moved toRockford from 
Louisiana in 1914. There they continued to mise their family 
r.nd live the remainder of their liver. 

She h«d fourteen children, but nine are only listed because 
five of the« died between the age of two and birth. 

I. Virginia Gullotta 

II. Bom: S«ml»ca on the Island of Sicily 

III. Date: Jwmary 20, 188? 

IV. Died: September 12, 1972 

V. Education: None 

VI. Occupation: Housewife 

VII. Hl^rated from Sambuoa to Tickfaw, Louisiana to Roakford, Illinois 

VIII. Religion: Roman Catholic 

IX. Organisations: Sacred Herrt Society 

X. larriad VAto Rotello April 13, 1902 

XI. Place of *^rringe : Tickfaw, Louisiana 

XII. Children: Nine 

1. Louie Rotello 

a. Bom: Slokfaif, Louisiana 

b. Date: December 3, 1904 

c. Education: None 

d. *^ccui)ation: Store o?ner 

e. Marital Status: tv^arrie^ Effie viHer 

f. Residence: Deceased January 11, 1959 

g. Children: None 

2. JOe Rotello 

a. Born: Tickffw, Loui«i na 

b. Date: Novenber 17, ■'"'''5 

c. Education: Hone 

e. Occup^-tion: Worked in '''ounc''ry 

f. T.'arital Statun : "<^rri.'c1 
/T. Children: Two 



3. Sr,.i Rot-llo 

a. ?orn : Tickfavv, lo^^iri nn 

b. !).' te : 'irc-mbcr :5 T '"^ 08 

c. j^ducrtion: None 

d. Cccuprtion: wor 'f '"^ in 'ouncry 

e. "nritr.l St'tu": Vidov.'cr 

f. Reeidcncp : Rockford, IllinoiB 
fT. Ihildrf^n: Two 

4. Salv: tore Rotrllo 

R. Bom: Ticl:faw, Louisiana 

b. Date: July ^7, 1^12 

c. KducRti->n: Rir'hth ftrade 

A. Occut)ation: Vructory worker 

e. rnrital st'.tus: Dfcersed 

f. ■'->ate of riFr.*h: Js.nur.ry 30, 1974 

g. Children: Two 

5. Josephine TrracianR 

a. Born: Rockford, Illinois 

b. Dr.te: March 27, 1918 

c. Education: Tenth frrade 

d. Occupf-tion: Grocery canhier 

e. JS'^rital Status: Vidov/ 

f. Residence: Rockford, Illinois 
p. Children: Tv;o 

6. T-ry "u; frlir.rdo 

tt:r,-Born: Rockord, Illinois 

b. D te Ociobrr 26, 1919 

c. "■^ucution: j'ourth .~r o 
c. Oocu"'- i.ion: ■•ourrv.'ic 

e. "ari".'"! "■ '"tus: ' rrried :^rrnk 'Tuaf 1 i.'.rdo 

f. Residence: Rockford, IllinoiB 
p.. Children: Three 

7. Otella .'.. cir.nr. 

r.. "'orn : oc": i'or'."', illi '"^s 

b. T)fitr : ^^ ' ry 1, 1"; ^ 

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RUSSELL GEORGE EDWARD. 1951- 



pLKASK TYI'l': PLKASi: PI.ACK THKSR SHKKTS AT THE FRON' 
A'MJI-Y HISTORY. 



SKCOND COI'Y 



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

So that your family history can be made more usefnl to historians am 
UiiTs studying. Amerir.in families, we ,ire asking you to fill out the feriii! 
olow. This will take you only a few minutes, and will be easily made ov. 
Into an Index which will permit archive users ready access to just iluvse 
inds of family histories needed. 



. Your name ^ SEoC QE ^ t-KJ<,SS e.l{ 
Date of form ^p Apii.iL lR7<o 

Your coll e g e : Roc k Va lley Co i lege 
Rockford, Illinois 



Office Use Code 

( I n // ) 

(ID // ) 



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



Before 1750 
1850-1900 



_M_1750-1800 1800-1850 

1900 or later 



Please check all regions of the United States in which members of 
your family whom you have discussed in your paper have lived. 



/\ New F.ng land (Mass ., Conn . ,R . I . ) V Middle A 1 1 a n t i c (N . Y . , Pe nna . , N 
V'l-) South Atlantic (Ga. Fla. ,N.C. ,"s . C . ) V' Fast South Central 



fi-a . ,Mlss . , Al a . , Tenn ,Ky . ) _J(_Wa st South Cen t r a 1 ( Ar k . , N . M . 

>^ >•■ ■•' a t North Ce n t r a 1 (Mi ch . , Oh i o , I nd . ) P ac i f 1 c (Ca 1 . , Wa s h . ) 

(llawai I ,A laska) (ill.. Wise.,) 

Please check a^lj^ occupational categories in which members d I your 
family whom you have discussed in this i)aper have found theinselve; 



Ik.) 



yC F^ rming 

_T ransportation 

Professions 



Mining 

Big Business 

Industrial Labor 



Shopkeeping or small busines! 

Manufacturing 

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 _Pr esby ter ian X Methodist 

^^Baptist _Episcopalian Congregational Lutheran 

Quaker Mormon / Other Protestant Other (name) 

What ethnic and social groups arc discussed in your paper? 



Swedish Other Scandinavian /\ German French 

Blacks Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans _ 

Jews y\ Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

Irish X" British Native Americans over several g 

East Asian Other(Name) 



.astern F. u r opi 
r a t i o n s 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

A Family Bibles 
Land Records 



Interviews with other 

f ami ly membe r s 

Vital Records 

Photographs Maps X Other 



Family Genealogies 
The U.S. Census 



FAMILY DATA 2 

A . Grandfather (your father's sid e) ^ P^ , 

Name ^fyr^xjS ^. ^ssjH S^. __Current Residence f-Upm^-Ti^^ ^ tt^S k\ >^i><.^J JL.. 

Date of birth ) Cs \V\M^ j^t^^T Place of birth (lk,o ^C[, . arc<^ 

Date of death _llace of burial " ' 

Kdnca t Ion (numbe r of years); 

gr.-.de school_^ high school_ vocational __College 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates _lst__ Dates 



-"'^ Dates 2nd _Dates 

^^^^ Dates 3rd Dates 

^th ^Dates__ 4th Dates_ 

R e 1 i g i o n C fl-T-vioUe 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, e t r . C?,tv»(».A-Q p 

ft^^w^cLi^Artg, PAe-~r-\ Ooe.k>s^^ 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother TbiiMn Okt^ date S~Ap a' 1^2.1 ' 

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) 
Grandmother (your father's side) 
Name Korty (£> ■ ^Ti^ytC^S Current Residence 

Date of birth;2j._JUA<^_J_^_^__ Place of birth ^-^Iea^Av ^llS^Oc)^ 

Date of death rL_j[kiL_LaJa_2_P lace of burial ^^^c/L^ Q„(4 ^^/c^^.J^^L,, _1" 

Education (number of years): / 

grade school ^ high school ^ vocational 

college 



Occupation (s) PLACE OF RESIDI:ncE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1 s t_ Dates 



2nd ;Dates__ 2nd Dates 

3rd Da t e s_ 3 r d____ Da t e s 

^th___ Dates '^th__ Dates 

Religion C^nkodc 

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



lace of marriage to your grandfather l^{£J)Oj DUiP date T^- Ap^B-- f^Z.^,, 

OTE: If your father was raised 'io age 18) by a stepmother or 
another relative give that data on the back of this paj-e 
(A-2). 



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



Current Residence 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Place of birth 

Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school^ 

college 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

Ath 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Da tes_ 
Dates 



Religion_ 



lst_ 
2nd 
.3rd_ 
4 th 



voca t ional 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 

Dates 

Dates 

Dates 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandmother_ 
i-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 , 



Occupation (s ) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4 th 



vocational 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather_ 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 4 

Name Rt) i^&.0 / Yl N.^cfe^ Current Re s i d t nc e_Z- AaJ^ /^ q ^CC. 

Date of birth H ^ /Wo l^PS" Place of b i r t h jU) JIqcoJ^i f | OTLC . 

Date of dcath^ Place of burial 

Education (number of years): 

grade school 6 high school Ht vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 



t 'J^LLt/(iO(S P^i f Dates jHdl 1st ^A^jZ-X^fit^ yLlADates^ 

^•^M i Dates ^ 2nd T^ I i'<i,— '^IZjL ^ Dates ^ ^ 

£Amt Dates ^ 3rd HAie^OSq . JZLC Dates 

-<A^HL Dates \^io^ ^ ^th C/hVS-/^ ^ TICC, Dates \^\\ 

Re 1 i R ion t^^moJ tST^ 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc-. Q^Oo MtC/^A^ 

_fig H^-n i^u^ \\>i^ .^.w j/-w? ^/ 

Place of marriage to your grandmo th er |^^ jf |(|tG (-fiy^ X//L^ datej?7 6lC^ t f<3<f? _ 

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

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

Date of birth Place of birth 



Is 
2nd 
3rd 
4th 



Dateofdeath Placeofburial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school Y high school _7 vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RI'.S I D liNCE 

, . — . yr (af ter leaving home) 

li^t . . \\^ixKV\y^<^ 'f~ Dates 1 « t^Q^^^^kj^Evvit^.-: - Dates 

^nd Dates 2n d'^[^:f 7""^ XZX> _ Dal ..-.s ._ 

3rd Dates 3rd H^t^f TljL . Dales 

^ t h D ate s 4 th L^h^iAJQ ^ ^^ ^ ^ ^ ^ "" « J-Rl/_ 

Religion inLmi^is r ^ 

IV)litical party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. /\t/)L^Df/C/^/\} 

rvi ^T-'i Cd o^^^- ■■ ; 

Place of marriage to your grand fa th e r |^(; .(/(Ht) (fi/jf.X[(.. Da t e ^1 '/)£C -/^'^f 
NOTi;: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (lo 

'^ ^^ give th»t d*-ta ott th'e back of this page (D-l!) 



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



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date oi death 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupa tion (s ) 



voca t iona 1 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



1st 
2nd_ 
3rd 
4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



.lst_ 

2nd_ 

4th 



Da tes_ 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 

Political partie; 



ivil or social clubs, fraternities 



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

Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 



voca t iona 1 



liege 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



_Dates_ 
Dates_ 

_Dates_ 
Dates 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
.3rd_ 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDKNCK 
(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_ 



6 
CHILDREN of A & li (or A-2 or R-?) - vr,,,,- f ^ n, > 
... ver A z or B Z) your father's name should appear below 



Place of birth_J^er^go£r-__rTl^^^2.^date (I '^I|v^^ \^^9 

Number of years of schooling" //, 'oTT^ ;Vr^'4^ ( " ' 

Number of childreu 2^ Death — '— ^^^'^^'^^^ 



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2 
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3. 

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Name 


i;i.-._ce of birth _ date 


Number ot years of schooling Occupation 


'^^•■'' i"'-nce Mari^.-,! ';^^n.^ 


Number of children Death " 




N a Ml e 


IMace of birth ^^,^ 


Number of years of schooling Occupation 


Kesidence Ma r f t a 1 S t a t us 




Number of children Death 


Name 


I'l ace of hi r th ,, ,, ,, 


Number ot years ol schooling ()<■<■ un •,. I o „ 


^^^^^^^^^\ Marital" Status 


Number of children Heath "" " 


Name 


Place of birth ^^^^ 


Number of years of schooling Occupation " 


Residence Marital Status " " 


Number of children Death 


Name 


Place of birth date 


Number ot years of schooling Occupation 


Residence Marital .S^a^nc: 


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Number of children death " ' 


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Name 


Place of birth date 


Number of years of schooling ■ (,. . „p. ,",- .. 


Kesidence Marital Stntus 


Number of children death ' ' ~^" " 


Name 


Place of birth date 


Number of years of schooling . Occupation 


'^'^■''i^ence Marital Status 


Number of children death " ^ 


N a m e 


l'l-i''«' of birth date 


N.mber of years of schooling O'c <"u p^a t io n"- 

Residence Marital Status 

.-umbiT of children deatii 


Name 


I'l act- of birth date 


Number of years ot school ing_ Oc'cupation 
Resi.ionce^ Marital Status '^ 
Number ol chi Idren ' deal "ii 



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

1. Name 31^/^ LooJ> t g £ yVl^fOiaL l- 

Place of birth LOUlc^^ ^t'( | ^^TCi-^ da te 2.2,-Xo,M i H^'g 

Number of years of schooling fj^ Occupation AJo^^'i- 

Residence //?/ /^JA'^aot-^ /4t^^ , Marital Status ^^ /fie/i./L/0 

Number of children 2= death ,. 

■ ame /y/^W..^ 4/^/0 /?? ^/(j/^g ^^/ X^^ ^ _ .^^ 



Residence JL/oHttMioc:>, -TTLC Marital Status /MAi^^^S 



Number of children 3 death_ 

Name i^^M( tA^^ j^lA-^r^^g-C /H^A t<^ ,., /7>^^ V ^ ,^ 

Place of birth dvf/£K ^T/Qg ■ date ^^ /t^^^^^ J'jS^ ^ 

Number of years of schoolinR 1^ Occupation ^/hcVi^^ 

Residence /<^'^/^yA/, ZCCL . Marital Status 

Number of children Z~ death OfC I.H72- 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence__ Marital Status_ 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date _ 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status , 

Number of children death 



Place of birth aate 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth_ date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation, 

Residence Marital Status___ 

Number of children_; death__ 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling ^Occupation, 

Residence__ Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth__ date 

Number of years of schooling, Occupation 

Residence__ __Marital Status 

Number of children^ death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling_ Occupation, 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Your Father 

Name ^AmfcS Cd|>u.n^ MA^Sg| ( Jc Cur r en t Residence /Lo\/£^ I A'^k ^ 'X'C C 
Date of birth / / ' ^X^QACV - j^^^ Place of b itth j)^r(^0( T"^ fWidU- 
Date of Death Place of burial 

college ^— - 



Education (number of years) 
grade school q high school 



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vocational 



2_ 



Occupation (s) 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home 



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2nd /- jg^ l f JQ^^^l' ^x. Dates 1^5^]- 57 2nd Udr^/ , ; n C Dates l^^?'^ 

3rd^^^£^y76A:>S /il q/^. Dates |^[,^ - 1( 3rd Ai^R^lL f^ X1,C Dates [^S'?-^^^ 

4th ft^M^ft"/?^l>^sp. Dates |Qlf - febg^'H th /jUES fa./-^ 'ILL Da t esMM-)\bl^ 

Religion Korv\ f^r^ Cl/VT^lo>(tC' 

Political parties, cB.vil or social clubs, fraternities, e t c . 



Place of marriage to your mo ther (j^| [( ^C/^lSf) , J-^--C> date ) g* ' OcWbtLO. - VSS'O 

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 JifyM LpUlSf. (fH^ MakQ 'UuSse(( Current Res idence 6-6)U^<.' mft^^ XLX- . 

Date of birth 2:3- 3b«^^- |q2-e Place of b ir th //lt (/d(X] /4i//j ITL L^ 



Place of burial 



vocational =3 



:olleg' 



Date of death 

Education (number of years) 

grade school ^ high r school 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

, , /•. v- , y (after leaving home) 

1st /dcjiSt ( (lL/iL(^/p/ ) Dates /ySY'/^O 1st ,iW /^£- ^S .{^^^Dates 

2nd / Dates 



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Religion /vQHiAA^ OAl-flc||(L 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. L-tfyiJ^ iiL fcf AXo/l €/<1aJ 

Place of marr ia^/fi to your father 



J^ ^Cr d a t e ll- OeTofii^- 1^ ' 



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



Stepfather 
Name 



Date of birth 



Place of birth 



Date of death 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school 



high school 



voca t iona 1 



col lege_ 



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4th 



Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



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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 of birth 



Place of birth 



Date of death 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school_ 



high school 



voca t ional 



Occupation (s) 

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2nd 

3rd 

4th 



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Dates 



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Dates_ 

^ Da tes 

Da tes_ 

Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your father_ 



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



Number of years of schooling 

Residence Lo.lS f.^^ ^LL. Marital Status Q .^ofc^lo 
Number of children_J death * ^ 



Occupation 






Number of years of schooling 0cc,m;,^7T;^ 

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Place ot birth ZIl_Date of birth 

Number of years of schooling Oc cupation 

Residence _Marital Status 



Number of children 



death 



Name 

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Number of years of schooling 

Residence _Marltal Status" 



_Date of birth 



Occupation 



Number of children 



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Name 

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Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 



_Date of birth 



Occupation 



Number of children 



death 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Res i d^nce 

Number of children 



Date of birth 



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death 



ccupation 



Name 

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death 



Date of birth 



Occupation 



Number of children 



Name 

Place of b i r t h 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence _Marital Status 



Date of birth 



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itTr.llllT'T rights to the Roc/valley^rJleg^^FaiiJrH t r 
JlUnoli ^'^P^^^ted in the Rockford Pub^c Library. Rockford 



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NOTES iU<D REST URGES 

(1) Tills information obtained froir; the records of xrinj.ty 
Church, Ilev^port, Rhode Island. 

(2) iill names and dates dc;vn to Tl^onas A. r.cliair obtained 
through the courtesy' of Lrs. iJJaline l-ali-:er, Ijth '5: Idaho Sts., 
Port Falls, IdaliG. Great, great, great, grandaughter of 
John I-icNair IV. 

(3) This information obtained frori the iirchiv Suisse ?'ational 
lasel, Switzerland. 

(i}-) Upon arrival to ^\r:.erica, the iirinigration authorities, for 
convienence, dropped the n;^me "jundt" and rev.rote it as "Yount". 

(5) Information about the fount's, from George to Levi L., 
was obtained fror. the family bible of I..rs. Everett King, 100^1- 
I'onmouth St., Independence, Oregon, llrs. King is the grand- 
aughter of Jacob Yount. 

(6) This information v.-as obtained from various interviews \^lth 
My grandfather, James S, Russell Sr., now residing at Alpine 
Pireside TJursing Home, Alpine Road, Rockford, Illinois. 

(7) Yliis information was obtained from various interviev/s vdth 
my grandfather, Rexford L.cKair, now residing at 1.8316 Chicago St. 
Lansing , I llino i s . :'--i:v? .- ■. > •-• ; it- • 

(8) This information was obtained from an interviee vdth my 
mother Jean L. Russell, on 15 I-iarch 1976, at 1121 Renrose Ave., 
Loves Park, Illinois, her hcr:e. 



;-.v.-,-;:r;;i oLxso'ii 



PART I 
The i^arly Seekers 



My last name is Kussell, tliat coinming from my father's 
side, and it is the forerunner of many other sects, clans, 
and families. The ones that I foxind to precede the Russell's 
are only tlie Steven's, iiy father's side cannot be located 
past my great grandfather, rdchael VJalsh Russell. Hiere is 
some question to the authenticity of that name, but I vail 
clarify that in later portions of this report. 

My mother's heritage on the other hand can be traced v.lth 
minimal clarity tc two major families. Cne of these fardlies 
has a record dating to seventeenth century Switzerland and 
Gennany. This is the Yount fandly. The other faraily is 
the I.icNairs . 

I have knowledge (thougii lied ted) of a third faraily, 
the Colquhouns, (pronounced Ka-Hoons) that date to thirteenth 
century Scotland under the l:cDouglass clan. KcDouglass you 
vdll remember was a friend of Shakespeare's "Macbeth". 
Macbeth used LIcDouglass to gain power, that might have been 
an omen for future generations. 

To return to the KcNair's though, I have been able to 
trace them back to a John ilcNair I, whose birth, and immi- 
gration dates are unknown. He married aPenelope Rogers of 
Rhode Island in 1729. Penelope Rogers great grandfather 
Thomas Rogers I, came to America on the ship "niayflower" 



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;; j£.I.;y. o^lo.: ..fijlo 2a.iI:j3i..'o--io s one'- labm; iinsltcoa >;Tud-n9o 

If C'l-fi iveecf 9V3n :: .figi/orfj c:*iij?.!4o;.i srit ot n-xJLAJ-si oT 
■Lt:::: bn:: .aJ'iicf asorfw ,1 'xxsHo"i nrfot s ot 'AoBd niQdt BOBTit 

■lontslbruii^ 'J-bqt^ 31&.bo>] oqoL^tte'-l .<^S\t nx brislal sboriJI 

'•i^v:oLly;i':'l" qxrfs srii" no soxio.TiA 0;; sviBO ,1 Bisgofl ssmorfl 



in the year 1620, This is the beginning of the McNair's of 
today. 

As I stated before, John McMair I was born in Scotland 
and the date of his birth and immigration to America are un- 
known. He married Penelope Rogers in 1729.(1) 

John McNair II was bom in 173O in Newport, Rhode Island, 
It is believed that he died in 1778 although there is no 
certain record of his death. The 177^ census of Warwick, 
Rhode Island showed hisfaraily to be s 1 male and 1 female over 
16 years of age, and 2 males and ^■ females under the age 16. 

John L'cNair III, believed to have been born in the 1750' s 
at Newport, Rhode Island. The 1790 census of Portsmouth, 
Rhode Island shovrs his family consists of: 1 male and 6 females 
over 16 years of age, and 2 females uner I6 years of age. 
The family moved to Augusta, New York, sometime between 1790 
and 1800. I learned this because the family is listed in the 
1800 Augusta census* Children by his first wife; John IV, 
bom sometime in the 1770's. Rosy, who married Aaron Eastman. 
Penelope, who married a "Stev/ard", but no first name is avail- 
able. 

The children of his second wife werei Robert, Thomas, 
Charles, Arnal, Patience, Polly, Hannah, and Barsheba. 

John IlCi'air IV, was bom sometime in the 1770' s at New- 
port, Rhode Island or Warvdck, Rhode Island. He died in I835 
at St. Omar, Decatur County, Indiana. He married Hannah Allen, 
a near relative of General Ethan Allen, of the Vermont Green 



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-vvv :j"-« e'C'S";"! 9(*5' r^i ertid'ssoi^ friorf s.sv/ ,VI 'riis'^o'! rrrfoX. 
cc;2x ni bei;. sr' .bitsXBl sEicif/' ..floivnBW 10 insist siiorffl ,i^oq 
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Jiountain Troops. Plarmah and John had the follovdng children » 
Penelope and John, vrfio "both died very young. Rebecca was "born 
in 1802 in Augusta, New Yorlc. She died in 18^6 in Porter 
County, Indiana. She married Ahner Carpenter and the^r had 
twelve children. 

Sally vra.s born in 1802 in Augusta, New York, and diod in 
1892 in Cascade, Michigan. She riarried Jonas Finley and they 
had eleven childj?en. 

Thonas Allen flcNair(2) vras bom on 20 August 1811 at Au- 
gusta, New York, and died in December of 1873 at Uillow Hill, 
Illinois. Thonas narried Mary Jacobus who was born in 1815, ajid 
died sometime in the l830's. Tlioraas and I'ary had one child, 
John H, r.IcNair, bom in 1833 and died in 1910 at Willow Plill, 
Illinois. 

Thomas Allen McNair then narried Prueda Keeler in I836, 
Preuda v/as bom in I8l3 and died sometime in the l840's. 
Thomas and Preuda had these children! Caleb K., born in I837 
he was killed in action in I863, serving duty for the Union 
Army, Jonas B., was bom in I639, he died in January 1897 at 
Willow Hill, Illinois. And finally Joseph C, born in June l8iH 
he died in I-arch of I868 of v:ounds recieved at the battle of 
Shiloh, 

Thomas Allen McNair married a third tim.e in October 18^^ 
to Cynthia Brooks, Cynthia was bom in Aprill of 1822, and she 
died in September of 1895 at Willow Hill, Illinois. At the time 
of their marriage, Tliom-as and Cynthis lived at St. Omar, 



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Indiana., and txvo of thier four children were bom in St. Omar. 

The children of St. Onar, were* Francis M., "bom in July 
18^5 and died in July 1932, in ilartinsville , Indiana. VJilliam 
E., v;as born on August 2^th 18^8, and died in May 1925 at VJil- 
low Hill, Illinois. 

In early 18^1-9 the family moved to Jasper County, Illinois, 
near Vjillov; Hill, Illinois. The children bom there v;ere; 
Thomas B., bom in Ilarch of I850 and died in February of 1931 
at VJillow Hill, Illinois. Ilary (Kollie), bom in September 
of 185^ and she died in November of 1927. Thomas and r.'iar*y were 
bom at Willov; Hill, Illinois. 

John H. IIcNair, the first son of Thomas A. licNair, married 
a woman named Hannah, no last name or date can be found. 

John and Hannah had three children: Lillian, no birth or 
death date v;as recorded. It was noted that she married a man 
by 1Sie last named of "Carpenter". Emma, also here there is no 
dates for birth or death. She married an Al Booker, but the 
date is unknovm. !Ehey had three sons and moved to •Gie sta*e 
od Oregon in 1912. 

John A., also has no datec .for birth or death. He married 
Elisabeth Eaton, but agaiii no date is available. They were par- 
ents of three sons and one daughter. The first son was George 
M,, Ti*o married Sarah Yount on the 22nd of October in 190^, 

Sarah is for nov;, the final step in the path at this point. 
I will now go back in time on the Yount side. Later in the 
report I vdll coordinate all 12ie lineage together. 



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The Early Seekers 
Part B 

Tlie next family that I will report on is the Yount famly. 
From the information I v;as able to obtain, the history is 
quite confused and not often clear. Therefore this segment 
niight seem brief in text, but I have eliminated aJLl non- 
essential or contradictory information for the benefit of the 
reader . 

The history'- of the Yount family that I am writing about 
stems from the Bacchiem Lords of Baden Germany in the thirt- 
eenth centuirj^. The first definite ancestor is Matthys Jundt(3) 
born on 6 March, 16^2 end died on 22 Karch, 1705, Matthys 
married ElsbethSchwighauser, born 12 November, 1646 and died 
on 12 April, 167^. Matthys Jundt was the mayors of both 
Binnigen and Bottiningen tovmships, but no dates of office are 
available. 

Matthys and Elsbeth were the parents of Johannas Jundt, 
bom 21 November, I669 and died on 29 July 174?. Johannas 
was for foutty-two years the mayor of Bottmingen. Johannas 
travelled from Biel-Eenken, Svdtzerland in 1705 to accept the 
office. Johannas married Barbara Seller on 26 October I69I. 
At that time Barbara was a widow, her deceased husband being 
Lienert Schreider. Barbara was bom on 12 December, I669 and 
she died on Ik January, 1754. 

Johannas and Barbara v/ere the parents of Hans Jundt, 
bom in Kay of I692 and died on 26 January 1750, Hans was 



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a o^ryman for the community of Eiel-Lenicen. Hans wife v/as 
Anna Flubacher, however there are no dates of her birth, mar- 
riage, or death. 

There are four children of Hans an§ Anna on record, Hans 
Adam, Matthias, Elizabeth, and Anna Magdalena. Sometime in 
1752, Hans Adam and Matthias eramigrated to America. In 1756 
Hans Adam and Matthias returned to Basel, Switzerland to claim 
their inheritance. Ihe inheritance was over l^,785i. v/hich 
was the most money ever taken out of Switzerland before 1790. 

At that time Matthias and Hans stated they had gone to 
Virginia. The only record of these two men's presence there, 
is the marriage of John Yount(4) in the state of Maryland, 
and then moving to Bedford, Virginia. Descendants still live 
in that area today. 

Hans Adam (Jundt) Yount v/as the father of George Yount, 
There is no listing of v*io or when Hans married, George Yount (5) 
was bom sometime in the year 1757. By an affidavit at Frank- 
lin Counly Circuit Court, Franklin, Kentucky on 15 July 1822, 
George Yount applied for a pension as a veteran of the Rev- 
olutionary War. He stated "Hiat he enlisted on 13 August 1776 
in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment , commanded by Lieutenant Col- 
onel George V/ilson. George Yount stated that he served until 
October 1779 • where he was discharged at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania, 
by Brigadier General Daniel Brodhead. Also, that the discharge 
vras lost in the fall of 1781, in a skirmish vdth Indians in 
Kentucky. George Yount also stated he was a veteran of the 



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battles of Brandyvdne, Boribrake, where he was taken prisoner, 
Peola, and other small akinnishes. 

On 7 December, I836, Polly Yount applied for a pension in 
Shelby County, Kentucky, stating that at age ??, she was the 
widow of George Yount, vetei^an of the Revolutionary War. ^ji 
additional affidavit filed on 6 December, 1836 at Shelby Countj'- 
by Jacob Uuderv/ood, stated that he was present on Zk February 
1781 when Polly uuderv.-DOd narried George Yount, 'fliej were raar- 
ried by a man named Paxton who was killed a few weeks later. 
He stated that Polly was George Yount 's loving and devoted wife, 
living with hiu until 9 i'lay 1824, when George Died. 

A third affidavit presented on 2 February, I837 at Shelby/ 
County, Kentucky, stated the sane facts and attests to George 
Yount *s mimtary service in the V^ar of 1776, and the Indian 
Wars of 1781 until 1786. 

George and Polly Yount v/ere the proud parents of tv;elve 
children. 'Ihe first two were Jolin and Williajn. Hot nuch is 
available as far as dates are concerned, but T did leam that 
John was born in I78I, and idlliarn in 1783. Vvilliara is believed 
to have raoved to Catlin, Illinois, but no further infomation is 
available. There descendants of a Idlliaia Yount still living 
in Catlin, but they are uncertain of -ttieir ancestry. 

Other children of George and Polly are; Jonathan, bom 
on 9 June 1783. He lived in Shelby County, Kentucky where he 
had much land and many sla'wes. He married May Elizabeth Redmon 
and also served in the War of 1812. Their children were: 



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Joseph, Elizabeth, America E,, Ellen, and Ambruse G. It is bel- 
ieved that Jonathan the elder died in Shelby County in I86l. 

Benjamin was born in 1787, married Rebecca Elder and his 
first three children were born in I^entucky, His fourth child 
Rachael, was born in a fort on Silver Creek, near Vienna, Scott 
County, Indiana the night Ben Yount and his family fled from 
Indiana. His children were I sham, VJilliam, Polly, Rachael, 
Sarah, Lucinday, George, Jonathan, Elizabeth and James William. 
Benjamin also served in the U'ar of I8l2, in Scott County, Ind- 
iana and some of his descendants still live there today. 

Elizabeth, daughter of George and Polly, married Jacob 
Cline in Shelby County Kentucky on 6 February, 1806. rio-ttiing 
fur-tiier is known of her. 

Nathaniel, bom sometime in 1791 t applied for Bounty Land 
in Carroll County, Indiana in I850, because of his service in 
the VJar of 1812 in Kentucky, He was apparently not on Carroll 
County Census and I have not been able to find anything on him 
at all. 

Joseph, born 1793* married Sarah Redmon, sister of Eliz- 
abeth Redmon. It is thought that she is Joseph's second vdfe 
and that his first wife is unknov/n. Children were Jackson J., 
(who moved to the state of Washington), V/ashington S., VJil- 
liam H., JonatJian, George, and Francis Marion. Joseph moved 
to Homer, Illinois (near Catlin, where William lived) and 
descendants still live on the original land ovmed by Joseph 
Yount. 



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Rachel, bom in 1795 married an Aaron Cline in Shelby 
County, Ken-fcucky on 13 Februarj'' 1817» nothing more of her is 
knowi. 

Mary, born 2^ January, but no year or other information 
can be found. 

Phebi, born on 20 December 1799f she might have been the 
same Phoebe v/ho married a Levi Laingore on 21 September, I8l9 
in Shelby County, Kentucky. However, no father's name was given 
on the marriage records, only her mother's name of Elizabeth, 
Was Polly Underwood's correct name Mary Elizabeth? Possible. 

George Yount Jr., born in 1802, married Sarah Bright on 
Zk February 1823, Franklin Coxinty, Kentucky. Their children were 
Jonathan \"jiio moved to Johnson County, Indiana, vAxere descendants 
still live. James, noiaiiBg more is known of James except that 
he settled his father's estate in August of 18^6, at Shelby 
County, Kentucky, Mary Yount, v;ho married George Lake of IJor- 
man County, Indiana, and finally Elizabeth Yount, who married 
a &Ir. Daniels in Johnson County, Indiana. 

Jacob Yount, Bom in 180^, he married an Elizabe-tti Henderson 
on 6 fvme, 1827. The location of the marriage is unknown. 
They moved to Morgan County, Indiana betv;een I832 and 183^. 
Their children were; George W., no fxirther information. 
Ijlary M., no further information Martha A., Elizabe-tti, Phebi 
Emerine, Hiram T,, who moved to Morgan County Indiana, and 
Levi L., v.-ho moved to VJillov/ liill, Illinois. 

Jacob Yount died on 1^ April, I887. I hav found his obit- 
uary and it is most remarkable. 



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There is no date available, no even tlie iiaiTxe of the ncv;s- 
paper, but Jacob Yount's obituary reads as follov;s: 

Death, vath its inithless hands and icy fingers has pluck- 
ed from the vine of mortality all that was rwrtal of Jacob 
Yount. Deceased v/as bom in Shelby Cciinty, Kentuckynin l80^, 
and v/as married to Elizabeth iiederson, June 6th, 182?. To then 
were bom eight children, three sons ar^d five daughters, of 
'.'.•hich all survive him, three only being present at iiie fun- 
eral. The remainder are living in distant parts of the coun- 
try and were unable to reach here in tine. Tliose present viere 
Iliram, I-lary, and Betty, Tlie latter is the v/ife of Henry Teeters, 
The subject of tliis sketch moved to Lorgan county, Indiaiia, in 
1832, and settled in Green tovmship, vdiere he lived at the tine 
of his death. "Uncle Jsie," as he was familiarly called, 
vra.s a good husband, a kind father and a devoted christian. He 
joined the "Old School Baptists" in 1335, living up to his dis- 
cipline to the tine of his deatli, which occured on the li^th day 
of April, 1887. About 10 yeai^s ago the deceased v/as stricken 
blind, but "ttirough all his lingering afflictions, he bore the 
sane vdtli christian courage and fortitude and was ever happy to 
meet his friends and hear them talk. He leaves an aged vddow, 
v^hose steps are growing feeble and whose form is giving away 
to the v/inters of time. Ere long tliey will meet again where 
parting is unknovm. The bereft ones should not weep. He is 
better off -ttian you of I. He is done with the trials and tro- 
ubles of this unfriendly world and surrounded now by a convoj 



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of angels, he rests tonigh-t in the arms of his Savior and is 
free iron pain; his voice is Eiingling in the sweet anthems of 
the angelic choir j he has throvm off the robe of mortality and 
put on the robe of iamortality; his earthly mission has nov; 
ended and his heavenly pilgrinage lias begim. 0, that we nay 
all live the life that he has lived, tliat v/hen ciir time cowes 
to leave our dear friends here in earth, we nay be as v/ell pre- 
pijred to meet all of our loved ones in a bright home beyond 
the cities. ". 

Jacob Yount'sson Levi L,, met and married a liarry M. 
Percinger. Tliey v/ere wed on 29 December 1872. I have no other 
information on I:ary i:. Per singer. 

Levi and ilary's daughter v/as Sarah Elizabeth Yount v/hc 
married George E, L'cNair on 22 October, 190^. George E. 
KcMair was the dear son of John A., and Eliaa J.l#iCNair. 

Now I hope the reader can see hov» these two families 
came together, I believe that George and Sarah were mai^ried 
in ';allov.- Hill, Illinois, but I vvas not able to find concl- 
usive proof of tliat. 

This now ends Part I of this family histoiy, I will go 
on with the mere modern portent of tills family historj^ in 
Pai-t II . I would hope that the reader wouldfind my essay on 
the follov.dng pages to be a valuable peice in correlation to 
the definite facts I have presented. 



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PART II 
The New Foundation 



My existence cones from the iznifi cation of the McNair's 
and the Russell's, "but how did they get this far? I will try 
to explain the odyssey as best I can. Most of the information 
is \indocumented and has been relayed to me through personnal 
interviews. 

To start with, I will try to explain the Russell side first. 
Fiy great-grandfather, Michael Walsh Russell (6) was born in Ire- 
land in 1863* the son of a farmer. He married iillen Munday 
and came to America sometime in the 1880' s, where he v/orked for 
the Chicago Rapid Transit System. 

He was a street car conductor until he died of a heart- 
attack at age ^5 in 1908. For his labors he recieved fifteen 
dollars a week. His widow received the collection taken by her 
deceased husband's co-workers. 

It is believed that Michael Walsh Russell, was actually 
named Michael VJalsh. No records of a Michael Russell from 
County Mayo, Ireland, exist. However, the local Catholic 
church does have records of the '/Jalsh family having a son named 
Michael leaving Ireland for America, sometime betv/een I88O and 
1890, It must be noted also, that most fromal records of the 
census history of Ireland were destroyed by fire in the civil 
war of 191^-1916. Iheir corresponding information in London 
is quite limited and often incomplete. 

Michael Walsh Russell was father to five children, Mary, 



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Rose-Marie, Isabell, John and James ♦ His vdfe Ellen, was habit- 
ual in deserting their home. Many times the children were left 
at friends homes for v/eeks until their mother's return. 

James Edward Russell, tjichael's youngest son is my grand- 
father, Jam3s, was bom on l6 Riay 1895, he first went to work 
at about age eight or nine, lighting the street lamps of Chi- 
cago every evening and turning them off every morning. His sal- 
ary was a grand twenty- five cents a week. At age fourteen, one 
year after his father's death, Jajnes got permission to leave 
school in order to go to work permanently. His first job v/as 
to load barrels of beer on the delivery wagons. Later at about 
age 17 or 18, he started singing new songs in various bars and 
pubs throughout Chicago for two dollars a night. Grandfather 
James played baseball professionally for the Chicago white Sax 
in the 1916-1? andl917-18 seasons. 

In 1918 he left baseball to drive a delivery truck for the 
Stroh's Brewery in Detroit, tdchigan. At the time, the Stroh's 
company only brewed root beer. 

Vdth the onset of prohibition, there became a great need 
for qualified and competent drivers. James became affiliated 
with many "bootlegger's" in the Detroit area. Many times he 
delivered pure Canadian v/hisky to warehouses owned by the in- 
famous "Purple Gang" and protected by the early "Murder Inc- 
orporated" people. His reputation of loyl workmanship pre- 
ceeded him in his return to Chicago, where he was approached 
by both Al Capone and George "Bugs" Moran for service. 
During this time James' income was 250.00 and 1000.00 a week. 



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In 1927 James met and married my grandmother, Ruth Stev- 
ens. Ruth Stevens was born in Galena, Idssouri on 21 i.ay 1906 
and she died on 17 December 1968, in Springfield, Missouri, 
She v.'as one of seven children of George Stevens and Louella 
lucCracicen. Louella r.lcCracl:en*s father once owned land that is 
now do\"nitoYm Springfield, I1isso\iri. Unfortunatley, He refused 
to file a claim vAVn. the Claims Bureau and pay his taxes. 
Consequently tlie governiiient reclaimed the land. 

George Stevens was a farmer and alv/ays made a comfortable 
income. Sometimes he and his hoimds \70uld chase deer across 
the front yard of his home, while his wife Louella, shot the 
deer with a Kentucky Long id fie. 

After his marriage to Ruth, Jmaes sort of settled dovm 
and vrent to v/ori: for the city of Chicago. Due to inner office 
politics, he lost that job tvra years later. From there he went 
to the Omaha meat packing company, and remained there until his 
retiremsnt in 1958. 

Ruth and James had only one c}iiid, ny father, James E. 
Russell Jr. l^y father was born in Detroit, Michigan on 11 
January 1929, but before I go into his life I -^vill update the 
McNair history. 

As I mentioned in Part I, George E. KcNair and Sara E. 
Yount were the parents of Rexford :icNair(7) my maternal grand- 
father. Rexford was bom on 4 August, 1905. He was the oldest 
of, two sons and helped on his father's farm when possible. 
From what I have learned he led a normal farm type childhood. 



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He surpassed hie peers in that he conpj.cted Kigh School and 
v;on a scholarship to the University of IllinoiG in 1923 • Ihe 
scholarship v/as for acadeniics, although he v/as captain of the 
foottall, haskefball, and track teams. He was also elected 
class president of VJillov/ Plill School, 1923 • It v;ould seem 
that there heing only 250 people in the town of '.'Jillov/ Rill, 
and less than tv/enty graduates in the class of '23 could have 
inhanced his pctentia.1 inanensely. 

Refusing the scholarship, Rexford v/ent to v;ork for the 
nev/ly formed Illinois Bell Telephone Company. He married I'abel 
Cohoon on 2V December 1926. He started mth Illinois I ell at 
the bottom, as a pole-hole digger. He then moved up the line as 
a pole- setter, repairman, installer, foreman, serviceman and on 
up until becoming an engineer until retirement in 1969. Liy 
mother, his oldest daughter v;as bora in his home town of I'il- 
lov/ Hill, Illinois on 22 June 1928, Plowever, his next two 
children v?ere bom in Gary, Indiana(8). The reason for that is 
that the phone company stated during the depression, in order 
to keep a job, an employee must be alle to relocate every six 
months. Consequently, my mother's family were kept on the move 
betiA^een early 1931 and 19^1, i^iien they finally settled in 
Lansing, Illinois. 

Habel, Rexford 's vdfe, v/as also a native of livillow Hill 
Illinois. She was the youngest of eleven children on a fanrri. 
I v/as only able to acquire the birth and death dates of her 
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Eind he died on 13 December 19^-6. Alexander's wife, Ananda F. 
Boy^ was born on 19 June 1865 and died on 21 June 1938. 

It is known that my grandrflother's seven brotliers had a 
notorious reputation for roischief and rascal activities. It 
is remembered that for a prank, one Hallcv/een, tv/o of the Coh- 
oon boys painted a lady's prize v:^ite horse a vivid green, rhe 
horse died the next day and much to my great-grandfathers anger 
he had to pay the woman for the damages done. 

One of the other natives of Viillov; Hill vra.s a cherubic 
looking red-headed lad who v/as an ardent admireer of my grand- 
mother's. He was poor and v;anted to be in show business, a 
profession of thieves and scoundrels. He worked in a barber 
shop, sweeping floors until he had enough money to buy a guitar 
from Sears Roebuck. He left Willov/ Hill one summer to seek 
his fortune in Ohio. It was believed then by the entire 
tov/n, that it v;as the last they would ever hear of I'.'r. Burl 
Ives. 

After Rex and i.label settled in Lansing, my -mother v;ent on 
to graduate from Thorton Fractional High School, class of 19^6. 
Tehn she was accepted at the Illinois tiasonic Hospital Sc'nool 
of Ilursing. V.Tiile attending nuBsing school she met my father 
v\^o was a student of radiology. I'hey both graduated in 19^9. 

My father attended DeLasalle and Tilden High schools in 
Chicago. He quit in 19^4 to join the Navy, them acquiring his 
General Education Diploma in the service. After being dis- 
charged from the Navy he then attended the Illinois i/asonic 
Hospital School of Radiology. 



My mother and father v.-ere married on 18 Ccto"ber,1950« 
With the onset of the Korean Conflict my father returned to the 
service, only this time to the U.S. Aif Force. 

He v/as first stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base, Witchita 
Falls, Tesas, v/here I, the oldest child, v/as born on 22 Nov- 
ember 1951* In mid 1952 he was transferred to Yuma Air Force 
Base, Yuina, Arizona. In late 1952 my father was assigned to 
the Air Station in Thule, Greenland, he would not return until 
mid 1953. 

After his discharge frora the Air Force in 1953. v/e moved 
to Decatur, Illinois, where niy parents both worked at Decatur 
r.acon County Hospital until 1957 • In 1957 the family moved 
to Rockford, Illinois when r.y father took a job vdth the I'inn- 
ebago County xuberculosis Association. On l4 Decenber, 1958 
ray sister Kathryne was born. On 1 January'-, 1959 vfe moved into 
our house in North Park, Illinois. I attended St. Bridgets, 
liaple, and VJindsor grade schools. I then attended Franklin 
Junior High, and Harlein Senior High schools, r.y mother worked 
at the Rockford Clinic, and after working for Sears and Rock- 
ford Life Insurance, my father v;ent to work as operations 
manager at Goodwill Industries. 

In 1969 py nother changed jobs to work in the Harlem 
School District as a school nurse. We also moved to our present 
residence of 1121 Renrose Avenue, Loves Park, Illinois, that 
year. I graduated fror. High School at the end of a vivid 
and not often enviable scholastic career. 



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Two years later after working and flunking out of col- 
lege, I entered the U.S. Army. I stayed in the service until 
8 August r 1975* During there four years, I married Vickie Brovm 
on 1 Jajiuary, 1972 and 'becane the father of Aimee Elizabeth 
Russell on 13 February, 197^. I played football for the amy 
and transferred that talent to Rock Valley College this past 
year. I became divorced on 10 February, 1976 and am now res- 
iding at hone vdth ir.y parents. 

This now ends ny shoi^t saga and 1 hope I have erJ.ight- 
ened everyone to the lineage of my ancestory. Three of my 
grandparents ares still living and my entire immediate family 
is alive and doing v;ell, thank you for your indulgence through- 
out this report. 









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Author's Note 



VJhen I started to write this Tamily history, I expected 
it to be much easier than what it actually was. I also ex- 
pected that this chronology would he more interesting than 
it actually is. I suppose though, in reality, no history is 
totally new and unlike any others, just that many situations 
and results are alike in everyone's life. 

There are some photographs included in this report, they 
are not in a special sequence or anything on that order at all 
I selected them more for what they say about the times rather 
than what they show of the people in them. I have learned 
and I hpoe to show you the reader, how this report is not a 
statement of chronological heritage, but in essence an essay 
on the society or our peoples through the years. 

Iviy ancestors came from various strains of life, yet they 
encountered the same trials and pitfalls as others of those 
times. Eiese situations were v^at created the nation of 
Americans, regardless of previous ethnic backgrounds. 



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sandona; carol Natalie; 195^- 



'''fAMI LY msioRi'''' '''" '"''' '""'' '' ''' ''''' '' ''' HCOND COPY OF YOUR 

ear Contributor to the Kock Valley College Family History Collection: 

So that your family history can be made more useful to historians and others studvina 
^rican families we are asking you to fill out the forms below. This will take you on w' 
.w mmtues, and w. 1 1 be easily made over into an Index which will permit arcMve users Ldv 
:cess to just those kinds of family histories needed. arcnive users ready 

SURVEY 

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I. Your name C^rol N .talle Sandona ! °^'''^^ ^^^ "^^ 

Date of form -- 



ay 3, 197^ * (ID ,^ 

Your college: Rock Valley Coll ec)e -v (id// 

Ro c k f rd, Illinois 



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^Before 1750 1750-1800 I8OO-I850 

_j1 I85O-I9OO 1900 or latiT 

4. Please check aH regions of the United States in which members of your family whom you 
have discussed in your paper have lived. ^Miy wnom you 

^^^^ England (Mass., Conn., R.|.) Middle Atlantic (N.Y. , Penna. . N.J., Va.) 

^ Pacific (Cal.. WashJ (Hawaii, Alaska) ^^^d^est (Illinois. Icwa) 

^' di'scussed'fn 7i7-°"''''h°""r"'!'°''"' '" "^'"" ""^"^^'^ °^ ^""^ ^^-"i W -^om you have 
discussed in this paper have found themselves. 



Farming _^_M.ning -l Shopkeeping or small busine 

Jransportation B ig Business ^Manufacturing 

professions v Industrial laboT Other 



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in^thtstperTIvI'^IjingLr^^'^ '° ^''^' ^^^'^^^ °' ^°"^ ^^^"^ ^^^^ ^°^ ^^^ ^'— ^ 

_^^Roman Catholic ^Jewish Presbyterian Methodist 

^^,^^5'"^ ^EpiscopaTTiT^ ^CongreiTtTonal Lutheran 

^^uaker ^Mormon ^Otlier Protestant ~ Other 

What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 

^^^^^^ Indians ^Mexicans Puerto Ricans 

'1^'^^ ^Central Europeans :: Italians ^Slavs 

^!['^''^ . ^British ^Native Americans over several generations 

East Asian , Other - T i l->,iiovii ^v- 



pother - Lithuanl 



ar: 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

^Interviews with other Family Bibles Family Genealogies 

family members ^ 

^ Vital Records Land RprnrriQ Tk„ n c r 

~> n, ^ , Ldim t\ecoras | he U.S. Census 

:i ^Photographs A ^Maps Other 



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

?r! '/■ y" -y-j^^^f , Current Residence 

If dead, date of death -OvexnoeT^T, T^'^ 



Place of birth :-r:--'-:,Yin-er:7^.Ital, Date of Birth A-igust \h , I89, 
Education (number of years): 
grade school C high school : vocational : college u 



Occupation(s) - in the U.S. PLacE OF RESIDENCE - m U.S.^fJfd. 

, ^ ,, . , , (after leaving home) TO?'?' 

1st Woriclng In a stone gujagt^ 1913-1916 1 st 1203 Preston St. Dates IqJT 

2nd W.F. & John Barnes Dates 1916-19^5 2nd 1134 Selden Street Dates IqJ^" 

^'"'' Dates 3rd 1118 Selden Street Dates 1942^ 

^^^ Dates i,th l215 Green Street DatesPrese^t 

Religion ?--.:- r 3 'rl:!^. 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Democratic Part y, 
Venetian Club, St. Anthony's Ch urch 
Mace Of Marriage to your grandmothe r ^^^^^^^^ ^ i ninni. date - . -^ ^ 

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

Grandmother (your father's side) 

Bonaguro 

Name Antoinette Fuslnat pASandona Ur JCLrrent Residence .^oc-.fcio I-;]in'^i- 

If dead, date of death " ' ^--i-^^^^'^- 



Place of birth . . , 'IV-^. Ital;. Date of birth Cctober 2^. ^^'C 
Education (number of years): 
grade school high school : vocational C college '__ 

Occupation(s) - in U.S. PLACE OF RESIDENCE - m U S 

IstHouse^eeper in Chicago n.....o..._ Ist SaJ^Is^UrJ^^ ^"^^^ p'a^^?' ^' 

2nd Mill factory in Italy Dates 1919-19 2^nd Dates 

3rd Illinoi s Cabinet Dates 1938 3rd Dates 



Ath 



Re 1 i g i on -lorz'-n Z: l:''oli 



Dates i^th Dates 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc.^emocratic Part; , 
St. Anthony's ^-Ihurch 



r .ace or marriage .0 your grandfath e r Rootcford. Illin ois DAY^.- - 
• lh%ra.M^^^»fh^as rai59d./.to ao. 1 8i h. . .,— 



haraa'ta^Sfi»fh^^§a£l'§?d^^|g piliV^)f stepmother or another relative Jive 



A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) At the time of his death, there were 

bitter feelings between both of them, 

N.inic Jose ph Urll so I GiMfirfd; Rasfadftge grandmother any 

If (load, date of death 1969 details about his lire. 



Place of bi rth 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupat ion(s) 

Ist 

2nd 

3rd 

^th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd_ 
^th 



Date of Bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



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



Dates 



Dates 



Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



Rockford. Illinois 



A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 

Name 

I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence 



Place of bi rth 



Date of bi rth 



liTt 



J uly V 
195(1 



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



Occupat ion(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



Dates 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd 



Re 1 igion 



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



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Date 



_Dates 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



3. 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

(Frank) 
Name J. - ;.' ^ Josep'": Petror.l.: 
I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence ao^kr^ 



in 



''lace of birth ' " 1: , _ 
Education (number ol' years) : ~ 
grade school__v high school 



Date of bi rth C ^. 



,, 1CC£ 



vocat i ona 1 6 mos , 



col lege 



Occupation(s) 

Tst See Attached Sheet 

2nd 

3rd__ 

'ith 



_Dates_ 
_Dates 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE - In Bock- 
(after leaving home) ford 111 
1st 2011 Elm Street Dates iQJA- 193^ 



2nd 701 Woodlawn Avenue Dates \'^^w{^r<t^it 



3rd 



Uth 



_Dates 
Dates 



Re 11 g i on ?^ ji, 1 z 'n oil ' 
_Politicai parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. ^^■^:^ .:. : 

Mace of marriage to your grandmother - ■ - : — .' ~'-.'.^: "^ '. — • '' •- t— — —— . 

Note: If your mother was raised by a Utip r dL li a i ' Ul "j i rUL li m m l dlH^U (lU a^ e^8^ 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) ' " ^^^ '^^ 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 



Name l'rZl:.. : '^ernauskls Pet ronl s 
• f dead, date of death -'u.. "_"! , i ;;" — 

|_lace of birth r - j ; ;. gp^ Llthuari^ 

Education (number of years) 

grade school high school I 



Current Residence Deceased 



Date of bi rth 



-y 16. 1888 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupation(s) „ ^ ,-, , 

PLACE OF RESIDENCE " ^^ Sock 

Is. Sprln, factory In CM.,...03tes 1909-19LA, Sa»e .s^'bojj^''''"' '°^ 1T' '_" 

2nd 

'""' Dates 

3rd 



_Dates 
Dates 



_2nd_ 
3rd 



Dates 



Rel igion .. , . : - -\- ,]^,- 
Politicai party, civil or social club- 
Club 



sororities, etc. De-ocr^tic P^rtv . Llthimni «n 



TT 



fiace of marriage to your grandfather 
Note: If your mother was 



date j 



niwo ^h ^ ^ . raised by a stepmother or another relative (to age TST 
give that data on the back of this page (D-2) 



C- 1 Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 



I'l.iK- ol l.irlh 

l,lu(.>ti..n (.lumlHT of y.-,,,.) 



Occupat ion (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 







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coll 

SIDEN 
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Mir 


Dates 


1st 


PLACE 
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OF 
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Dates 


Dates 


2nd 














Dates 


Dates 


3rd 














Dates 


Dates 


iMh 














Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 

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

Place of marriage to your grandmother date 



D-2 Stepgrandmother (your mother's side) 

Name ^ Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birth Date of birth 

Education (number of years) 



grade school high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 



1st 



Dates 1st Dates 



2nd Dates ^2nd Dates_ 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates_ 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather Datl 



Pranas (Frank) Joseph Petronis - Occupations in U.S, 

1. Foundry in Waukegan - 190? 

2. United States Steel, Waukegan - 1908 

3. Cherry, Illinois mine - I909 
k, Ladd, Illinois mine - I910 

5. Free Sewing Machine Co., Rockford - I910 

6. Empire furniture Factory, Rockford - 1911 

7. Central Furniture Factory, Rockford - 1912 

8. Skandia Furniture Factory, Rockford - 1913 

9. Factory in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - 191^4. 

10. Barber College - I915 

11. Factory in Chicago - I916 

12. Barberlng in Rockford - I916-I969 



CHlHMIi of A S B (or A- 1 or B- 1 ) - your father's name should appear below 

1. Name Doreen Bonac;uro Plcclrllll HaeRgq ulst 

Place or birth Italy — d^t. Der.PmhP-r 28, I919 

Number of years ot school, ng lU - Occ upaf6n ^aitf efl^ 

^ R^s dencel2^-22 - '^th AvPnnP M.r!^.l c...... Married 

.. Number of Chi Idrenl^. her eldest daughter by her ?irst ma rriage died 

. :-.;v^ r. *P^^^' 197^, so now there are 5 living. 



Name 3enediot: V 3 1. 
Place of bi rth 



Number of years of schooling 
Res idence '^^]_ :; i;^ ;--h C'r'Jir'. 
Number of ch"i Idren 2 



:ds- 



"HTte Jin 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren ~~" 



Name 

Place of' bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 
Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooHng 

Res i dence 

Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling 
Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren ' 



Name 



Place of bi rth — 

Number of years of school ing 
Res i dence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 



Place of bl rth — 
Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren 



f)Name 

Place"of birth 

Number of years of schooling 
Kes I denc e - 
Number of~Lfl! lUPBn ■ 



1^ Occupatibn 33 
^Marital Status 



19':; 



;rre^ 



Marital Status 



date 
Occupatibn 



Marital Status 



date 
"^'ccupatlbrt 



date 



Occupatibn 
Marital Status 



Jate 



____^__^ Occupation 
Marital Status 



date 



—-.—______ Occupatioh 

Marital Status 



"date 



Occupation 
Marital Status " 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



date 



„ Occupation 

narital Status 



3ales2ian 



CHILDREN of L and D (or f.- 1 . D-l)-your mother's name should 



appear below 



^•"'i'- Edward Pet ronls 

'•I-- of i>i.ih 7i^c'::'-\ ^:'i' 

Niirr 



' "I y.ir -, of scIk^oI i ruj /3 
Numher of ch i Idren ~ 



dale April 19, 1917 




ccupation 7 ^^j^ ,j^_ -' ,^ 


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Name Robert Frank Petronls 

Place 01 birth lop^^f or ' . 1 .11 -v^- '- date Aorll29. 19::2 

Number of years ot schooling |l»/^ Occupa t Ion D^r. - c c.-.^ „ ^y /^^ 

Residence — - M,^i^,l c. _ »« : i — 'i^^l '^ 

Number of ch i Idren j ""■ 



Marital Status K\c^rr<Vd 



NameG^j""- :\L\'- " zl 1^ i3;,.C:ils j-in'c '.' 

Place of birth ^i:^, ;,; 1 ■ li^ljnols date : _-. ^1, 1^-^ 

Number of years or schooling 16 C)ccunaTT^ <C]^^ ^ . ^,,f. 

Residence -^m c '-o-^-.'-, C'-ir-" l^^.re:': iTTTrTTr- c^,...: • -^fg.*^ VJCrfS 



Number of children 



Marital Status 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of chi 1 dren 



5. Name 

Place of bi rth 



6. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Res idence 

Number of chi Idren 



9. Name 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of' school in 

Res i dence 



Number of chi Idren 



date 

Occupat ion 



Marital Status 



Number of years of schooling OccupatT^^T 

Residence ~ 

Number of ch i 1 dren ~~ " 



Marital Status 



Number of years of schooling fT^^patio" 

^^"''^^"^^ , Marital Status 

Number of children 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~ ■ date 

Number of years of schooling " OccupitToT 



Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth — ""date 

Number of years of schooling 6ccunati — 

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

Number of children ~ 



date 



9 Occupation 



Marital Status 



Place of bi rth — 

Number of years of schooling 5^7:77natIo- 

'"''""" , Marir. . Status " 

Number of children 



Your Father 



Name Irn^dict Valentine Sa nr? on? 

If dead, date of death 

Place of birth -.cc ;:fo , % Illlnoi?' 
Education (number of years) ~~~~~~~~~ 
grade school "^ high school 

Occupation(s) 

1st >'Hlgreen*s Drug Stoiija(.es^9'+3-2 .:cc 



Current Residence 



^ookforJ, Illinoi; 



Date of bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

1st 11:^0 Lor;;-- J,. ', Dates 19q2-iQ^Z^ 



2nd National Tea Food St\m%s 19^3-19^6 2nd 1125 Selden Stre; 



Ddtes 



3rd3orber-Colm^n Co. Dates l9->6-19?^ 3r d 3019 North Church 3t. Dates 19,':- 
itth Jos. Barbagallo Re^Ip ^^^ "■ ^ re. , 197-:- /,th /^«*/it 

. ■; 1- ,- 1 1 ,- ■ 



Dates 



date 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities etc - 
yr-'- ' V - -- -' ^^- B ernadette's Church. />/-^/,t>^;^77] 

Place of marriage to your mother ^^^^ "■ — 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or another relati ve give tha t'dl ta on the'baclc 
of this page. (E-2) 

Your Mother 

Name "'^ -"-•'- V, -': -l-Tera Petronis Sandong 



^f dead, date of death 



Current Residence iiockf ord , Illinois 



Place of birth Hoc:::^oi-f^ , Illinoi s 
Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupation(s) 

1st See attached sheet Dates 

2nd _____^ Dates 

^""d Dates 



Date of bi rth 
vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE after 
(after leaving home) marriage 
1st Same as above. Dates 



2nd_ 
3rd 



Dates 



Dates 



Re 1 i g i on .^ 0: 






'ndrlssohn 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. De_ocr8 

CI.'-, St. Bernadette's Church — - 

Place of marriage to your father Vj:' J-i"" — _■]■ v i.;^,- ■• -^^ ■ 

^OTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another "relative give that'dat a on 'the' back^ of 
tn I s page (F-2) , 



"3at< 



E-1 Stepfather 



Name 

I f dead, date of deatt 



Date of bi rth 



Place of birth 

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



Occupatli 
1st 


Dn(5) 






Dates 




1st 


2nd 












Dates 
Dates 
Dates 




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3rd 












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PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your mother ~~" ~~ Date" 



F-2 Stepmothei 



Name 

I f dead, date of death 



Place of birth ^'^^^ °^ birth 

Education (number of years) """""" ~ 

grade school high school vocational^ college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st _Dates 'st__ Dates 

2nd Dates ^2nd Dates 

3 rd^ Dates 3 rd __Dates 

Re 1 I g I on 

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



Place of* marriage to your father ~~ ~~ date 



Genevieve Kazlmera Petronls Sandona - Occupations 

1. Kress Dime and Variety Store - 19^3 

2. Broadway Laundry 

3. Stocking factory 
k. Block & Kuhl's 

5. H.D. Hudson Mfg. Co. 

6. Accompanist at a dance studio 

7. Rockford Life Insurance Company - 1952-195^ 

8. Substitute teacher for Rkfd. School District - I97I-I973 

9. Volunteer tutor at St. Mary's School - 1972-197if 

10. Accompanist at a dance studio - 1972-1974 

11. Rockford Office Supply Co, - 1974 



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

Name C-rol I^'talle Sa nd ona 

Place Of birth H^^'-^r- l-j vx -H ^ ^f birth ic b 1, lo.; 

Number of years of schooling i .'^ Occupati on .:,k!. t ' 

' ' ? 'k'U^" ^' -^^-^^ ^ Marital Status :i:— ~'^—^— 

iMumber of children 



Name J ;, t ^ - ' : . ~ 

Place Of birth ^^ ^ / ^ . ^" i - ■- nJfV nf hi.^. rebruarv' 1 

Number of years of school I ng^^2 Occupat i^TT^ u^fj^t^ ' ' ' 



Res i dence 

^lumber of ch? Idren 



^ame 



Marital Stati 



Date of bi rth 



^lace of bi rth ~~ ~ ' 

Jumber of years of schooling Occu^^tToiT 

l^'!"^^"^^^-—-. Marital Statu T " 

dumber of children ~ 



lilame 

'lace of birth ^^ ^^ ^.^^^ 

lumber of years or schooling - OccupaTT^ 

f^'^^"^^ ,.,, Marital Status ' 

(lumber of chi Idren ~" — 



ilame 

'lace of birth Pat, of birth 

lumber of years of school ing 

esi dence ' m^,-?.-^ ! c^ .: 

^ — , ■ . . , . Marital Status 

Hnber of ch i Idren ^ ~~ 



Occupation 



lace Of birth 5^^, of birth 

umber of years or schooling — OccupatioTT 

"'^^""^ ,.,, Marital Star.,. " 

umber of chi Idren ~ 



^^<^^ o\^->rth ^^^f birth 

umber of years of schooling Occu^TtTdT 

residence -^ ■ ■ ■■■ '^ 

lumber of chi Idren "" ~ -— 



Marital Status 



!:^ . ' . ... D^t^ of birth 

^mber of years of schooling — Occupation' 

''l^^^^l Marital Status ' 

umber of children ~~ 



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

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



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PREFACE 

For my mother's side of the family, I interviewed my 
maternal grandfather, Mr. Frank Petronls. Since he has 
no living relatives in Hockford or for thgt matter, anywhere 
else that I know of, the information I have about him was 
obtained from him and my mother. I did go to the Winnebago 
Court House to look up my grandparents original request to 
become citizens, and found out the exact dates of when they 
were born, when they came to this country, etc. Regarding 
my grandfather's arrest In 1918, I went down to the police 
station, but they don't keep records back that far. I also 
went to the Court House to see if I could find the exact 
date when he had his trial, but they couldn't find anything. 
Regarding his Russian Army paper, I asked Mr. Kearney if 
he knew anyone who spoke Russian, and he gave me the name 
of Mrs, Olga Menyhert. I got in touch with her and I brought 
the paper over to her house and she translated It for me. 

Since my maternal grandmother is dead, the inf orm.tion 
I have about her is from my grandfather and my mother. All 
of her brothers and her sister are dead, so that's why I don't 
have very much informgtlon about her. 



For my father's side, I Interviewed my paternal grand- 
mother, Mrs. Antoinette Urli, and also her sister, Mrs, Sue Fasslno 
Since my paternal grandfather is dead, I had to rely on my 
grandmother and my father for the information I have about him, 

I sent to the Immigration and Naturaliziition office in 
Chicago for anything that they might have about all of my 
grandparents, I sent the request (plus 5^12) in March and 
I attached a note saying that I needed it by the last week 
of April, I still haven't received it. 

Also, I went to the Jiockford Public Library to see if 
either side of the family had a coat of arms, but I found 
nothing. 



MATERNAL GHANDFATHbR 

My maternal grandfather, Pranas Joseph Petronls (his 
first name was officially changed to Prank when he became a 
citizen In 1929) was born on October 9t 1886 In Valbalnlnkas, 
Lithiianla, a small village about 90 miles north of the capital 
city of Vilnius. He was the eldest child of Joseph and Valeria 
Petronls. He also had three brothers and one sister. His mother 
died when he was nine years old and his father later remarried. 

He was born In a one room farmhouse. The acreage of the 
farm was about seventy-five acres. Since they owned land and 
also had four horses, and since land and horses were the basis 
of wealth, they were considered to be a middle-class farming 
family. Rye, wheat, and vegetables were grown on the farm and 
the whole family worked on the farm from sunrise to sunset. 
Everything was done by hand. The children started working 
on the farm when they were about seven or eight years old. 

The house was a cabin made of logs and clay. The 
roof was made of straw. There was no electricity. Pieces 
of telrch were stuck between the logs and burned for lighting. 
The room contained a stove where all of the cooking was done. 
Their diet consisted mainly of potatoes, cabbage, and meat. 
Since they were Roman Catholics, no meat was eat^on Wednesdays 



and on Fridays. Also, the grandparents lived with the family. 

The village had about fifteen farms. The farmers appointed 
someone to be the head man and he ran the vllla,5e. The Church, 
though, played a major role in their lives. All of the vital 
records were kept by the Church, When the children went to 
school (which was only during the winter months when they 
weren't needed on the farms), the schools were rvin by the 
Church and the children were taught to read the Bible. 
Every fall, the Church made its collection. Instead of 
giving money, the farmers gave them part of their harvest. 
My grandfather seems to feel that at that time, the Church 
seemed to instill fear and anxiety in the people in order 
to get thera to conform. When someone was sick or near death, 
it was more important to get the priest than it was to get 
the doctor. 

Since the village was so religiously orientated, the 
holy days of the Catholic Church were strictly observed. 
No one worked on Sunday, On the major holy days (Easter, 
Christmas, etc.), all were celebrated for three days. 
Funerals lasted three days. The body was kept in the 
house in a wooden, handmade casket for two days. On the 
third day, the religious ceremony was held at the church 
and at the cemetery. Weddings last four days and the whole 
village got involved. The bride's family gave a dowry to 
the groom which usually consisted of money, food, or livestock. 



When my grandfather was about twenty-one years old, 
he decided to come to the United States. The main reason 
he left was that he realized that someday when his father 
died, the property would be divided between the boys In the 
family. Since he already had three brothers, and since his 
father remarried there were other brothers, he realized that 
he wouldn't get much land. Also, he had been drafted into 
the Russian Army (up until 1918, Lithuania was part of Russia), 
and since he was Lithuanian, he didn't want to serve in the 
Russian Army, His plan was to come to the United States, 
get rich fast, and then go back to Lithuania, buy land, and 
become a farmer. Near the end of September, 1907, he left 
with his cousin from the port of Liepaja, Latvia, on a Russian 
ship named the Smolensk . The trip took about 18 days and my 
grandfathers recalls that he was sick for the full Journey. 
The trip cost about |65. They arrived at New York City on 
October 18, 1907. My grandfather had a cousin living In 
Waukegan, Illinois, so he boarded the train for Chicago, and 
took a taxi to his cousin's house In Waukegan. Soon after 
he arrived, he got a Job working In a foundry. The Job paid 
1.12 an hour and he worked ten hours a day. 

Next, he got a Job at United States Steel loading steel 
on freight cars. Ee stayed there a few months and then in 
1909» he moved to Cherry, Illinois and waJced in a coal mine. 
He didn't actually work in the minei he worked on top. 
On November 13, 1909. a fire started In the mine. When they 



sealed the mine six days later In order to stop the fire, 
259 men were left dead Inside of the mine, Including my 
grandfather's cousin. Since the mine was no longer In 
operation, he moved to Ladd, Illinois to work In a coal 
mine. There, he worked Inside of the mine, but didn't like 
It, so he moved to Rockford because he knew people here 
and got a job In a foundry (Free Sewing Machine Co.) working 
as a molder and stayed there for one year. Next, he worked 
for a year at the Empire Furniture Factory In fiockford. 
Next he went to the Central Furniture Factory In Rockford, 
The factory was owned by Swedes and all of the workers were 
Swedish, When my grandfather applied for the job, the boss 
started talking to him in Swedish. Naturally, my grandfather 
didn't understand him. The boss asked him what nationality 
he was and my grandfather told him Lithuania. The boss had 
never heard of Lithuania, and my grandfather explained that 
it was near Sweden and at one time In history, Sweden had 
conquered Lithuania, With that, my grandfather got the job. 
He stayed about one year. Next he went to Skandia Furniture 
Factory, but was soon laid off. He headed for Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa in early 191^» Soon, he planned to go back to Lithuania, 
but then World War I started. At Cedar Rapids, he worked 
in a factory doing mill work. He was laid off in November, 1914, 
and then headed to Chicago, 



In Chic^:'L<=>t ^^ decided to go tc baibii ccllete. The 
course wafi six months long and cost #23« After six aonths, 
he didn't thin^c he was very goc-Q, so he v.ont tack tc worif in 
a factory for a yesr, even though he had graduated frooi the 
b-urbi-r sci.col. Fe iu^t cldn't think h£ was good enouj^h ivt 
cuttir.t> h£iii . 

Luring this tixe, he met Oiy feraiiuiothtr, ivaeimcia 
Cernaui'klr, also =t Lilhuar:i&.n i'. rr ig.i&r.t. IKey met In 
1S'1?» They both hr.ppened tc be rocrdnk in the f^^c.e. board- 
ing house, Ihey Kcr'.: jnp.rrieci in Chic?,=:c on July 17, 191^, 
in a civil cereciony. 



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MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER 

My maternal grandmother, Kazimera Cernauskis, was 
born on May 16, 1888 In Kaltenanal, Lithuania, a small 
town about 125 miles northwest of the capital city of 
Vilnius. She was the third of six childreni she had four 
brothers and one sister. 

Her father was a magistrate in the town. The town 
In which they lived Included numerous ethnic groups besides 
Lithuanians! Russian, Jews, Poles, etc. For hundred of years, 
Lithuania has been fought over by Swedes, Russians, and Germans, 
so that explains the existence of numerous ethnic minorities. 
Since they lived among different nationalities, my grandmother 
was able to speak a little Russian and a little Polish, 

My grandmother received no schooling because at that 
time, girls were discouraged from going to school. I couldn't 
find out anything else about her childhood, except that my 
mother remembers her telling her that when she was a child, 
if they were extra good, their father would bring home bagles, 
which was considered to be a treat like candy or cookies. 
The bagles cost one kopek (Ij^). 

Her brothers first came to the United States and later 
sent her the money to come. Their main reason for coming 
here was for a better life. She came by herself, leaving from 



Rotterdam on the SS Noordam and arrived at New York City on 
October 4, 1909. 

Her brothers were living In Chicago, so that was her 
destination. Her first Job In Chicago was In a spring 
factory making springs for beds. The Job paid between 
$.10 to $.15 an hour. 

In 1915 1 she met my grandfather, Pranas Joseph Petronis. 
They happened to be boarding In the same boarling house, and 
on July 17, 1916, they were married. 










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Pranas Joseph Petronls and Kazlmera Cernauskls were 

married July 17, I9I6 in Chicago, Illinois, Soon, they moved 

to Rockford where my grandfather opened a barber shop. The 

barber shop was at l4l0 South Main, and my grandparents lived 

In an apartment above the barber shop. The rent for the 

apartment was $8 a month, and the rent for the barber shop 

was $10 a month. On April 19. 191? their first child, 

Edward, was born. 

During tviis time, my grandfather began to become Interested 
In politics, I guess It all started when he was v7orklng at 
the Cherry Mine, A friend of his was a socialist and my 
grandfather was very Interested In what he had to say. 
While In Rockford, he started to attend socialist meetings. 
During World War I, he participated In anti-war parades. 
He felt that wars were fought only to benefit the rich. 
In 1918, one of the meetings was raided and my grandfather 
was arrested. He was probably arrested under the Espionage 
and Sedition acts because he had a trial and was almost deported. 
He received three years probation. 

During the 20* s, he continued working In his barber shop. 
He worked ten to twelve hour days and charged $,25 for a haircut 



and a shave. He also began to buy real estate. In 1924, 
they moved out of the barber shop apartment, and the barber 
shop, and moved to 2011 Elm Street. The barber shop was now 
located at 1357 Fourth Avenue. Before they moved a second 
son, Robert Frank, was born on April 29, 1922, 

His first oar was purchased in the 1920 's for a few 
hundred dollars. He didn't know how to drive, but the sales- 
man took him out for a ride and taught him. 

My grandmother kept busy with the children, and she 
also had a garden and did a lot of canning. She also made 
sauerkraut and since it was Prohibition, they also made beer 
on the aide. Also, on October 9i 1929» my grandfather became 
a naturalized citizen and had his name officially changed to 
Pr-ank, 

On May 31t 1928, my mother, Genevieve Kazimera, was 
born. Things seemed to be going along pretty well and then 
in October of 1929» the Depression hit. At the time, I don't 
think that my grandparents realized that it would last as long 
as it did. 

During the course of the Depression, my grandfather 
lost all of his real estate i seven houses. All were fore- 
closed. His income at the barber shop dropped to about 
$7 to $8 a week. 

During the Depression, the family never went on relief, 
but most things were in short supply. Pood items such as 
coflfee, sugar, etc., were in short supply, and when you could 
buy them, they were expensive, Ky grandparents bought their 
first refrigerator during the Depression, It cost $200 and 



they had to wait six months to get it. They really made things 
to last in those days, because my grandfather kept that refrigera- 
tor until 1973« some 2? years of service. Before that, the 
ice man would could around about three times a week, You*d 
put a sign in your wlndoxf that said 25, 50, 75, or 100 to' 
indicate how many pounds of ice you wanted. Also, while my 
grandfather had his Fourth Avenue barber shop, he ran an 
ice business next door in order to earn a little money on 
the side. 

But not everyone had it this way during the Depression, 
My mother remembers men who would come up to the house to ask 
for something to eat. These men would hop freights from town 
to town looking for work. 

For entertainment, they used to visit alot or listen to 
the radio. The big radio shows at that time were Bob Hope, 
Jack Benny, Jack Armstrong, and I Love A Mystery, My mother 
and my grandmother used to go to the show quite a bit. On a 
certain night during the week, you could get in at the Rlalto 
Theatre for #.15 and receive a dish. My grandmother received 
a whole set of dishes this way. 

My grandfather used to go to the Lithuanian Club for 
his entertainment. He was one of the original founders and 
was its first treasurer. 

In 1936, my grandparents again moved to a different 
house and a different barber shop. He bought a two story 
flat house at 701 Woodlam Avenue for ^5,000, and moved his 



barber shop to 806 Klshwaukee Street, In 193B, my grand- 
father received news of his father's death. Since my grand- 
father had come to this country, he had kept in co?7tact with 
his brothers and sister and in the late 30* s, he was going 
to send them money so they could come here, but then World 
War II broke out. After his father's death, they never con- 
tinued their correspondence. All of his brothers and his 
sister are dead now. 

World War II broke out and again, things were rationed, 
and in short supply. Such food items as meat, coffee and 
sugar were hard to get. People were encouraged to save 
their waste paper, tin cans, and even cooking grease, 

Robert Petronis was drafted during the war and 
served in the Pacific. 

In 19^5 1 siy grandmother had a stroke and she had to 
stay in the hospital for three months. When she came home, 
she was slie-htly paralyzed and had to walk with a cane. 
During the 50* s, she continued to have small strokes and 
eventually was confined to a wheelchair. On November 29, 
1952^ ray mother was married to Ben Sandona, On March 1, 
195^» I was born and three years later, on February 5, 
1957» my sister, Janet Bernice was born. 

In i960, my grandmother entered River Bluff Nursing 
Home, where she remained until her death on June 11, I968, 

July 28, 1970 was the date of my Uncle Robert Petronis » 
death. 



In 1969. my grandfather retired after over 50 years of 
barberlng. 

Today, he spends his time gardening, fishing, going to 
rummage and auction sales, and going to the Lithuanian Club, 
He also spends his tioie visiting his friends, although very 
few are left. He hns never been back to Lithuania, but he 
still hopes to go someday. 




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J. ir K. Petroniu. Svechj atsi- 
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llv. J. Barzdukas pakviete ke- 
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Pirmiausia kalbejo A. B. Pet- 
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cagoj, piiT.iiaus gyveno Rock- 
fdrde. Jis nurode, kaip kartu 
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ninkiskoj dii-voj. Kiti sveciai 
isreiske geriausiu linkejimu ju- 
bilejatams, o ant pabaigos pa 
kviesta patys "kaltininkai"' Pe- 
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ba sios puotos ir kad jie nesi- 
tikejo, jog draugai ir draugSs 
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Kazimeral:^ Patronis ?| 

Mrs. Kazimera Q, PatronlaJ 
78, 701 Woodlawn Ave., diedjB 
2:30 p.m. Tuesday in River 
Bluff Nursing Home a^ a 
long illness. 

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An article from Vilnius , 
a Lithuanian paper describing the 
celebration of my grandparents 
25th wedding anniversary. 



Paul N. Wilson 
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Winnebago County 

ROCKFORD. ILLINOIS 



Kazlmera Petronts 
701 V/oodlawn Ave . 
City 



You are hereby notified to appear in Circuit Court at nine o'clock a. m. 

Thuraday, Tloveiiber 5, 1QL2 , when your petition for final J^ aturalization Papers 

will be heard by t/te Court. Bring your alien registration card with you. 



PAUL N. WILSON, 

Clerk of the Circuit Court 



My grandmother* s notification of her hearing for 
her final Naturalization Papers, 



OFFICr OF 

PAUL N. WILSON 

CLERK CIRCUIT COUR': 



No. 931^ RockFord. TIL. Dec. 12 . 19M. 

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the sum of (So. 00) Five Dollars, fee for filincj Petition 
and finul order in Ncitur<ilizution n^atter. 

Final hearincj set for APRIL , 19itE at 

nine o'clock ^\. NI. 

PAUL N. WILSCW, Clerk Circuit Court 

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After the West Virginia Mine Tragedy In 1968, the 
Rockford Newspaper interviewed my grandfather and asked 
him to recall what the Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909 was 
like. 



FATEHNAL GBANDPATHEfi 

My paternal grandfather, Angelo Sandona, was born 
on August 1^!-, 1896, in Galtrano, Vioenza, Italy, a village 
about 40 miles waist of Venice, He was the el^iest chili, of 
eight children of Giovanni and Maria Sandona, 

His father worked in the mountains making charcoal. 
The house was simple. There was no indoor plumbing and the 
water was obtained from a fountain outside. 

Since he was the eldest of eight children, he was no 
future staying in Italy, so he decided to come to the United 
States, He left with his friend, Joseph Bartoli, from Genoa, 
Italy nboard the SS Europa and arrived Jm New York City on 
April 23, 1913. Both came to fiockford's south side where 
my grandfather had an uncle living. 

His first Job in Rockford was at the stone quarry lo- 
cated across the street today from the Smith Oil Corporation 
on Kilburn Avenue, He remained there until I9I6 when he quit 
and was hired by W.F, and John Barnes Company as a machinist. 

In 1921, his brother Mario Immigrated to the United 
States, His brother settled in Chicago, so during the 
20* s, he made frequent trips to Chicago, On one of these 



trips, he met my grandmother, Antoinette Puslnato Bonaguro 
and on July 23, 1927. they were married in Hockford. 



PATERNAL GaANDr50TH£fi 

My paternal grandmother, Antoinette Fusln'ito, was 
born on October 26, I899 In Arsle, Belluno, Italy, a town 
about 45 miles northwest of Venice. She was the eldest 
child of Valentine and Margarette Fusinato. 

Her father was a coal miner. He came to the United 
States In the early 1900* s, then went back to Italy, and 
then brought the whole family to the United States In 1911» 
They settled in Marquette, Illinois for about two and a half 
years. Then they moved to Spring Valley, Illinois and 
lived there for three years and then after that, they settled 
in Peru, Illinois, There, her father worked as a coal miner 
and common laborer. Her mother was a housewife and took care 
of the children. While in Peru, they bought a thirteen room 
house and rented out half of It. 

All of the children went to school except my grandmother. 
She had not desire to go, and since there were no laws which 
forced someone to go to school, she didn't go. (In remembering 
back, my grandmother wishes that she would have gone to school,) 

In 1916, she left Spring Valley for Chicago. There, she 
lived with a family, received room and board, and in return, 
she did housework and took care of the children. 



In I9I8, she was married to a man ^y the name of 
Bonaguro, It was an unfortunate marriage because he later 
deserted my grandmother. Anyway, my grandmother left for 
Italy In 1919 and her husband told her that he would soon 
follow her. My grandmother was living with In In-laws and 
on December 28, 1919i my aunt, Doreen, was born. At the 
time, my grandmother was working In a mill factory. Times 
were bad In Italy. Many times she can remember h wing to 
beg for food. On January 19t 1925f she arrived back In the 
United States, divorced her husband, and returned to her 
family in Peru, Illinois. While she was In Italy, her mother 
had died. 

In 1927* she went back to Chicago, and there she met my 
grandfather, Angelo Sandona, and they were married In Hockford 
on July 23» 1927. 



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PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS 

Angelo Sandona and Antoinette Fuslnato Bonaguro were 
married July 23, 1927 In Hockford, They rented a house at 
1203 Preston Street. On July 20, 1928 my father, Bent was 
b'-rn. 

In 1929, the Depression hit. My grandparents soon had 
to go on relief after their had used up all of their savings. 
My grandfather still had his Job, but he was laid off from 
time to time. They were very ashsimed to have to accept 
relief. In fact, my grandfather ma'te my grandmother go to 
the relief office because he was too proud. My grandmother 
remembers the relief food as being jUSt terrible. Many times 
she would Just throw the food out because It was so bad. 
Every so often, a relief worker would come to the house to 
see If you were working or to see If you needed something. 
If you needed something, like a pair of shoes, they gave you 
a slip of paper and you went down to the shoestore and bought 
a pair of shoes. 

In 193^» they moved to Selden Street where they also 
rented. My father remembers the house as being very cold, 
since there were no storm windows, You had to heat the water 
If you wanted hot water. By today's standards, the house 
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In 1939» they moved to 1118 Selden Street, where they 
also rented. This house was better than the one at 113^ 
Selden Street. At least it had running hot water. The 
rent was $12 a month. During this time, my grandmother 
had gotten a job at Illinois Cabinet on Eleventh Street, 
but she hated the Job and only stayed a few weeks, 
1 Even though It was the Depression, they did find ways 
to entertain themselves. In 1938, they bought a good 
radio. My father especially liked to listen to the 
radio. They also visited quite a bit and spent a lot 
of time at the Venetian Club. My grandfather was president 
of the club at one time. Practically all of their friends 
were Italian, It wasn't that they were olannlshf they were 
Just afraid to venture out of their area of town because 
they couldn't speak English that well, My grandfather 
also enjoyed growing a garden. 

In 1939t the first refrigerator was purchased. They 
never did buy a car. 

Also, a big thing to do for entertainment was to go 
to downtown Rockforrl to the show. It only cost $.25 or 
$•35 to get in. Downtown Rockford was really the place to 
go at night. 

In 19^1, my grandmother's father was killed by an 
automobile while crossing the street in Peru, Illinois, 
Also by this time, my aunt had gotten married and had 
two children, but the marriage soon enfled in divorce. 



They moved again In 19^2, but this tlnse they bought 
a house at 1215 Green Street for 4f2,500. 

During the war, things were rationed, but at least work 
was picking up. My grandfather was a machinist at Barnes 
and before he died, he was earning $1,00 a hour. 

My grandfather had been told by doctors that he had 
diabetes and was told to stay away from wine, butter, etc, 
but he Ignored them. As a result, he got sick in October, 
19^5 1 entered the hospital and died November 4, 19^5* 
It's sort of a coincidence, but at the same time, and 
directly across the hall In the hospital, my maternal r 
grandmother, Kazlmera Petronis, was in the hospital recovering 
from her recent stroke. 

My father graduated in 19^6 and soon went to work at 
Barber Colman, He was drafted into the army on December ^, 
1950 and later served in Korea until September 4, 1952 as a 
tank commander. 

On July 7, 1950, my grandmother married Joseph Urli, 
At the time, he was employed by Gunite Foundries, 

On November 29, 1952» my father married Genevieve Petronis 
at St. Anthony's Church in Rockford, and two years later I 
was born and in 1957 my sister Janet was born. 

In 1969. her husband died and in September of that year, 
my grandmother went back to Italy with her sister, Mrs, Sue 
Fassino for a visit. She visited her relatives and some of 
her old friends. 

Today, my grandmother keeps busy around the house and 
visits her friends. 



PARENTS 

My mother, Genevieve Kazlmera Petronis, was born on 
May 31, 1928, She attended Ellis School for kindergarten 
and first grade and when the family moved, finished >;rade 
school at Franklin School. In 1937* she started taking 
piano lesson. 

She attended Roosevelt Junior High and from there 
went to irfest High and graduated in 19^6. 

Through high school, my mother had various part time 
Jobs. Her first Job was at the Kress Dime and Variety Store 
earning $.25 an hour, in 19^3» She also worked at Broadway 
Laundry, a stocking factory. Block & Kuhl's, H.D. Hudson 
Mfg. Co., and was an accompanist at a dance studio, through 
high school. 

She entered fiockford College in 19^6 and stayed until 
19^8, going part time. She then transferred to Oberlin College 
in Ohio and stayed until February, 1952, when she graduated 
with a Bachelor of Music Degree, She majored in piano and 
mlncred in voice. 

When she came back to Eockford, she worked at fiockford 
Life Insurance Co-npany until her marriage on November 29, 
195^ to Ben Sandona, 



On July 20, 1928, my father, Ben Sandona was born. 
He attended Ellis School and remembers that his favorite 
past tiae was playing baseball. He then went to H' osevelt 
Jtinior High, He specifically remembers December, 19^1| be- 
cause on the 7th, he was sitting in a theatre watching a 
movie when the owner interrupted the show and announced that 
Pearl Harbor had Just been attacked. Also, all the students 
in Hockforl had over a month long vacation because the school 
district didn't have enough money to buy coal. 

He then went on to West High and graduated in 19^6, 
During his high school years, he had part time jobs. His 
first was at Walgreens earning $,30 an hour in 19^3* He 
lasted one week. Next he went to National Tea Pood Store 
and worked there until 19^6. After he graduated, he went 
to work at Barber Colman as a machinist, and started there 
on August 20, 19^+6. 

On December ^, 1950, he was inducted into the army after 
being drafted into the army. He served as a tank commander 
In Korea and was discharged in September of 1952. 

He had known my mother for quite a while (they went 
to kindergarten and first grade at the same school). They 
also went to the s-me junior high and senior high school. 
They were married on November 29, 1952. St. Louis was the 
choice for their honeymoon. 



They rented their first apartment at 1120 Morgan Street, 
where they stayed from 1952 to 195^» The rent was $65 a 
month. While they lived there I, Carol Natalie, was born 
on March 1, 195^. Next, they moved to 1125 Selden Street 
where they rented a house. While they lived here, they 
bought their first television, black and white for $250. 
They also bought a gas range for I15O which we had until 
1973f and the only reason we traded it in was because the 
door wouldn't open properly. In Kay of 1956 1 my parents 
bought a house at 3019 North Church Street, where we've 
lived ever since. On February 5» 1957 niy sister, Janet 
Bernlce was born. 

During the 60' s, my sister and I went to school while 
my mother took care of the house and my father worked, 
Ky father was definitely the disciplinarian in the house. 
During grade school, we also got our religious training 
at St, Bernadette's on Saturday morning. Both my sister 
and I attended West View School, Roosevelt Jumior High, 
and West High, I graduated in 1972 and she will graduate 
in 197'*. 

For entertainment, most of the time we watched tele- 
vision. My father belongs to the Venice Club and used 
to spend quite a bit of time there, and he served as 
president for one year. My mother belonged to Mendelssohn 
Club, During the 60*s, my father went on strike two times 
at Barber Colman, striking for better wages and benefits. 



Both my parents consl':3er themselves Democrats, but 
I have noticed a change. My father used to be a conserva- 
tive Democrat, but after the fiasco in Vietnam and what's 
happening to the country right now, I think he could be 
called a liberal Democrat. 

In the last couple of years, my mother has been sub- 
stitute teaching and doing volunteer work at St. Mary's 
School. Last month, she got a Job at Hockford Office 
Supply. 

My father quit his job at Barber Golman in January 
after 2? years. He took a real estate course and passed 
the state exam In March and now Is employed by Joseph 
Barbagallo Realtors. He is looking forward to a challenging 
new career. 

My sister plans to attend college after graduation. 
She hasn't made up her mind yet where she wants to go, 

I will be graduating from Rock Valley this year and 
plan to go on to the University of Illinois at Champaign. 
This summer, I'm going to the Soviet Union for three weeks. 
I'm looking forward to the trip very much. 



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SANFORD, ROBERT, 1952- 



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

Dar Contributor to the f^OCk Valley College Family History Collection: 

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

SURVEY AAA Vt -,v -,v -A- 5V A -,v a a a a a a a a a a a a a a -, 

OFFICE USE CODE 



rio,u,t^r1;; — hanfnrri 



1 . Your name 
Date of fo?n^ ^ ;, , 1^,4. ~~~ * (ID # ) 

2. Your college: R ock Va 1 1 ey f.ol 1 ecjG A ( I D // ) 

RockTord, Illinois a 

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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 '^ I8OO-I850 

1850-1900 1900 or lateT 

k. Please check al 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.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.) East North Central (Mich., Ohio, Ind.) 

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

-^ K ll-L. , ±0'uL., ,.XS., 

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

A Farming ^^ ^Mining ^Shopkeeping or small business 

^Transportation ^B i g Business ^Manufacturing 

^^ P rofessions a Industrial labor ,^ O ther 

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

^ R oman Catholic ^Jewish _^ ^Presbyterian ^Methodist 

^Baptist Episcopal ian Congregational 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 y Central Europeans Italians X S lavs 

_A_lrish -v B ritish ^Native Americans over several generations 

East Asian Other 

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

A Interviews with other Family Bibles Family Genealogies 

f ami ly members 

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

^Photographs Maps Other 



I. FAMILY DATA 



A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name ->- ----^ L^an±u^o. Current Residence r. -xkland , 111 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birth Cuunminsville , Nebrask a Date of Birth liove.uu... ^, 1 - 



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

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

Pai-iiP-r , ^ (after leaving home) l~j2u 

'St ^ai:ucr Dates Ixietxnu 1 st oOliet, xllixio i.. Datesl^^o 

2nd Dates 2nd ivi-rkland, Ill inois Dates l^'f^■ 

3rd Dates 3rd Nebraska Dates Ij^-J 

'*th__ Dates /*th Dates 



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

Votea XI u L. c^u>^wraing io parties 
Place of Marriage to your grandmother l-Tewinan Grove, iJebraska ^fate" 

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 AT hop T-T^any Current Residence KJrklaald , Lllluuxa. 

If dead, date of death — — — — — ^— — . 

Place of birth ^>^v:-iaii ^rove, x.e,jrc-,SKa p^^g ^f ^irth °/^-^/^ ^- 



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

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

^nhor,"! Vc^ar-u^-r^ (after leaving home) 

jgt. ocnool leaoner ^^^^^ a_iKiiowu ,5^ same as aoove ^ates 



3rd_ 
4th 



Dates_ 
Dates 


a-iiCiiowi 


' 'st_ 

2nd 


Dates 




3rd 


Dates 




/♦th 



Dates 



Dates 



Dates 



Rel igion 



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



QiiQ^ 



^'^^^ ot Tiarri age to your grandfathe r ..jev/m ari Grove, _.^.. DAY^ -J/^/lj±i 

l^araata^SP.»fhl^^8a£l'§?'^tl^|§ $%%l^\^tl)^ stepmother or another relative give 



A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 

N .1 nie 

I f dead, dale of death 



Current Residence 



Place of bi rth 



Date of Bi rth 



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



Occupat ion(5) 

Ist 

2nd 

3rd 

'♦th 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


/4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 



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



Dates 
_Dates 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandmoth 



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A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



Name 

If dead, date of death 



Current Residence 



Place of bi rth 



Date of bi rth 



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



Occupat ion(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd 



Re 1 i g ion 



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



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Date 



Date. 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name ^^ y-^^^-^J ^-^-^ u^^'^j Current Residence 

If dead, date of death. 



Place of bi rth i,n>innnp t>., ^. Date of birth 

Education (num ber oJ^'ye^iV^sV; - ^"' H'Pnnn,v r'^ , i. ^fj,, 

grade school y high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

'^^ ^'SXI ii '^ J. - ^^^^^ T.n I -n I ^'st . r^.r.n .u.^-,^ : . ot., Dates ,^,^^. 

^"^ t ' ^ eaghani ff D^tes -,i-i ^q.^r, 2 nd T)uhunnf^ Tr.u.» Dates n qpq^^ 



J T)uhv. 








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1 C 



^""^ ^ Dates 3rd Dates 

'^^^ Dates /.th ^Dates_ 

Re n g i on Prot^b i.cU.lt 

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

Repuba.xuans 

Place of marriage to your grandmother Dupgc^ ue, Iowa ~ date iQ/k'l^o 

Note: If your mother was raised by a ■.mp f ar ll U r o r anUL l ie r r e l ai l VB ( t o a ge 1 8) ^ • 

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

Grandmother (your mother's side) 



Name Gertruae urawloru ^Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death ~77TZTZ'-i 



Place of birth ..axexia, xH-Lnoxs ^Date of birth^ 

Education (number of years) ' ' 

grade school a high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

' 5 ^ ixousewx-ro Da tes_£i£etxme1 s t uaoucut:; , io\.a Dates l^jckj- 

2nd Dates 2nd 



Dates 



^'■d ^Dates 3rd Dates 

Religion ^xO"cestaii"c 

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



.T;epuo±x(jb.ij. 



l^lace of marriage to your grandfather -i^aijaqae, io;.a — 3ate~IT7 

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



^1/ tu 



C- I Stepgrandf ather (your mother's side) 



Current Residence 



f dead , ^date of death 



I'i.ic- mI hi r Ih D.ilc ,,| hi I (I 

IdiK.itioi, (ni.iMh.T <,(' yr.,r'.) 



(jh school vocation, il collmie 



Occupat ion (s) 

Is I 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 


1st 


PLACE 
(after 


OF 


RESIDENCE 
eaving home) 

Dates 


Dates 


2nd 










Dates 


Dates 


3rd 










Dates 


Dates 


l^th 










Dates 



Re 



g ion 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother d ate 

D-2 S tepqrandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 



1 f dead, date of death 








P lace of bi rth Date 


of 


bi rth 




Education (number of years) 








grade school high school vocational 




col lege 




Occupat ion(s) 




PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 




1st Dates Ist 







Dates 


2nd Dates 2nd 


_ Dates_ 


3rd Dates 3rd 






_ Dates_ 


Re 1 igion 








Pol i ticaT party , civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 


. 














Place of marriage to your grandfather 




Date 





ow 



CHILDREN of A 6 B (or A- 1 or B-1) - your father's name should appear be 1 

Name A^'-^Q oa^i xoxu 

Place of birth S t » ■i:.a..axas , it<do±asz:a. date 'o/'j/±^ 

Number of years of school ing IZ Occupatibh TUaWT^T 

Res i dence _,eiviaer8. lix. Marital Status marniriU 

Number of ch i Idren i 

Name auncj. ...tiltOii 

P 1 a ce ot birth ot. sLa\i3.ras , rjebra^Siss d 7te ^/^^/ '^^ 

Number of years of schooling XU Occupatidn n<>'^yyv.iiy 

Residence KxrivJ-aiiu , .ill. M arital Status WIQOV^ 

Number of chi Idren Z — — — 

Name Ho war a Sauiuxu. 

Place of birth do. .nav.aruti, .. eoj date 'l/Z±/Z^ 

Number of years of school ing .° . . Occupation "-vi^-^iance repaixuiaxi 

Residence ^tixv xuere , ilj.. Marital Status niaxxxea 

Number of chi Idren \p 

Name ,'^.^-^7-^ ''^^'^'^i""- 

Place of birth St. Eclvi/aras, ijeo. ^ date t>/Zj/'c:) 

Number of years of schoolin g j.Z Occupatloh J^K^eF ' 

Residence Kingstwxi, UrT" M arital Status aa lTn^d 

Number of chi Idren 2 



Name Dean Sancfford 

Place of birth iSX . i;jav,aras , -.eu. date 7/xo/co 

Number of years of schooHng -l^ Occupatibn Uii--ui(J'.v'il 

Residence Tc.Acib Marital Status uixTTTeu ■ 

Number of chi Idren B ■ 



Name lueiYxu oeuiiuxu 

P 1 ace of birth oOll.^^,^±l, < ^Bte ^ / z t / id 

Number of years of schooling |^ Occupation laTme^ 

Residence tr. r^ . o-r n, , . 1 1 , Marital Status aamea 

Number of chi Idren " — ' 



7 Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of school ing Occupatioh 

Residence__^ Marital Status " 

Number of children 



8 Name 

' Place of bi rth d ate 

; Number of years of schooling Occupation 

■' '^gs' dence Marital Status ' 

: Number of chi Idren ' 



9. Name 



Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of schooling OccupatTon" 

Residence Mar i tafTFatus 

Number of chi Idren 



IC Name 

Place of birth date 

' Resid^n?! y^^'-^ °^ schooling _ -TccupatT^ 
Number of L l l ll tl r H n Marital Status 



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

N'"""' .:.i^x± ..cuuixey 

f'l.i..' .,r hiriti xyuuuqae, xowa ,i.uc j-L/m-/^ -'- 

NiMiib'T o( ycir ', nf scliool i ng X<^ Occupation e"iWc1;i-iCai engxne tJi' 

'<'"■ i dence bacraueil oO , qQ^]~^Q_,_.^^ . -n Mari taT"Status Qxvoxceu 

Number of children ± ^ 



2. N.jriif Aa"Cur:/ii baiiioxa ^ 

Piaco ol birth i-.Ox'Gxi ,;Uciia VXSXa ^ j_o:,,.a date '\/7J'-J 

Number of years of schooling — — — — — P^ccupat ion u^ayov.'xie 

Residence BexvxUcxe. xll . MaritaT Status marx-ieu 
Number of ch i Idren ^ 

3. Name 

Place of birth — — date 



Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status '_ 

Number of ch i I dren 



Number of ch i Tdt 



10, Name 

Place of bi rth 



h. Name 

P 1 a ce o f b i r t h date 

Number of years of school i ng Occupation 

Residence Mari tafStatus ' 

Number (jf ch i 1 dren 

5. Name 

Place of bi rth ~~~~~ date 



Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Res i dance Mari talTtatus ~_ 

Number of ch i I dren 



6. Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation" 

Residence Marital Status 



7. Name 

Place of birth ' — — — ^^^.^ 



Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence ~ Marital StaTus' 

Number of ch i 1 dren ~~~ 



Name 

P lace of birth ^date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence MaritaT Status ~ 

Number of ch i Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth date 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence^ Marital Status ' 

Number of ch i 1 dren ~ ' ~ 



date_ 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of ch i Idren 



Your Father 



Name Hov/ara ^pauiox-g 
11 f dead, date of death 



Current Residence ^S-LV-Laex-c , ^il 



Place of birth --"^' ^a\.aras, Ueo. 
Education (number of years) 



Date of bi rth 



7/^1/-^ 



grade school 

Occupation(s) 

' s t He oaxnnan 

.2nd __^ 

3rd 



high school 



vocational 



col lege 



_Dates l'J4-7-74 
Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 



i^rotestant 



_Dates 
Dates 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd_ 
^th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 



Dates -i^^y-m- 



_Ddtes 
_Dates 
Dates 



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



no affliaxiuix 



dat« 



'lace of marriage to your mother -L'uuuqu^, ±uv;a — -r—. : 

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



J./^j/^)y 



^our Mother 



Jame ,^a-^LiiTn |. aroripy 

If dead, date of death 



Mace of birth riortxi Buena Visxa, lowa 
Education (number of years) 
grade school___ high school 



Current Residence 3elViaei-e, xll 
Date of bl rth April p, 



'-J'^O 



vocational 



col lege 



)ccupation(s) 

1st -uelepiiou^- Opo-x-b-'oux Dates 1^^4-49 1st 

!nd ilOUStJ^xxti Dates 1^)4'^-; 4 2nd 

Ird 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Belvxaere, llliaoxt Dates lyi--:^- m- 



Dates 



Dates 



3rd 



Dates 



^e 1 1 g i on proxesxaxio 

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

^Aw axxxia ci on ' — ^—— 

•lace of marriage to your father j^uoa ue , ^^Wck " — ~- — 

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



date l/Q/4': 



E-1 Stepfathet 



f dead, date of death 



Place of birth ,— ^^^^ °f birth 

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

Occupationfs) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


^th 



3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

^th Dates ^th Dates 

Re 1 ig ion 

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



Place of marriage to your mother 



F-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 Dates 

2nd Dates ^2nd Dates 

3rd Dates ^3rd Dates 

Re 1 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 

'^ame___^^ffyj^^2ff 

Mace of birth -.elyidere, xlliaois Date of bi rth^i .,,,., 

Mumber of years of schooling j..^ Occupation Vgc re v — 

^es i dence ,3exviaere, xIi^x.qig Marital Status uaxriec" ^ ^^ 

dumber of chi Id ran !l "" " ^ 



ilame itobert Saniurg 

'lace of birth ^exvxucxc, _.lliaois Date of birth p/ ^q ^ -,^ 

lumber of years of schooling 14 Occupatior T svaueV o 

;es i dence ^elviciere, xll.Laois Marital Status siu ..ifc; 

lumber of chi 1 dren u .le ' "^ 



Jame uaiiet Saiixora 

'lace of birth -ieiViaere, xlliaois D ate" of birth 

lumber of years of Schoolin g XU so laj. Occupation" s oUuc ic 

:es i dence ^elviaere ,iixinois Marital Status sji^-xe ' — 

lumber of chi Idren none ' 



x-i-/^o/:jo 



ame 

lace of birth Date of birth 

umber of years of school ing Occupation 

es i dence Marital Status ' 

umber of chi Idren ~ ~~~ '~~ 



ame 

lace of birth PaTe of birth 

umber of years of school ing Occupation 

es i dence Marital Status " 

umber of children "" ' ~ 



ame 

lace of birth g^te of birth_ 

umber of years of school ing Occupation 

esi dence Marital Status ' 

•umber of chi Idren — — — 



'ame 

lace of birth Dat7 of birth 

•umber of years of school ing Occupation 

"'^^"^^ Marital StatT^T 

umber of chi Idren ~ 

ame 

lace of birth pTfe of birth 

umber of years of school ing Occupation 

" ' dence Mar I taTTFatus ~~~ 

umber of children 



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

I [lereby donate this family history, along with all literary and administrative 
rights, to the Rock Valley College Family History Collection, deposited in tfie 
Rockford Public Library, Rockford, Illinois 

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Great-creat-great Maternal Grandparents 

Names: 



Hecidence: 

Birthdates: 
Date of death: 
Religion: 

Great-great Maternal 

Name: 

Birthdate: 

Wnere: 

Date of Death: 

Place of DSath: 

Occupation: 

Heligion: 

Great-great Maternal 

Name: 

Parents' names: 

Birthdate: 
Waere: 

Date of Death; 
Place of Death: 
Religion: 
Married: 
Where : 
Number of Children: 



Va' lav I.'laruna 

Marie Magdelene Ada.mov8ky 

District of Tabor 

Bohemia under Austrian-Hungarian Empire 

unloiown 

unknov/n 

Catholic 

Grandfather 

Vaclav Maruna II 

September 8, 1833 

District of Tabor- Bohemia 

unknown 

Dubuque, Iowa 

Cloth weaver 

Catholic 

Grandmother 

Marie :. aly 

Jan Maly 
Aiina Vr'itek 

August 13, 1845 

District of Tabor- Bohemia 

1943 

Dubuque, Iowa 

Catholic 

January 10, 1863 

Bohemia 

Five 



I'j il'i rcii o ■; Vaclav Maru.ua 
1. N. mo: 

Date or T^drth: 

V.hore: 

Date of Death: 

Place of Death: 

Relglou: 



nd r.'arle i';i,l.y M;i,ruiia 
J: n I.laruaa 
Jime 1, 1379 

Dictrict of Tabor- Bohemia 
unknown 
Dubuque, Iowa 
Catholic 



Name: 

Late of Birth: 

Where : 

Dale of Death: 

Place of Death: 

Religion: 

Name: 

Date of Birth: 

Where : 

Date of Death: 

Place of Death: 

Religion: 

The Marunas . ame to the 
in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Naine: 

Date of Birth: 

Where: 

Religion: 



Joseph Maruna 

February 17, 1870 

District of Tabor- Bohemia 

unknown 

Dubuque, lovra 

Catholic 

Marie Maruna 

March 18, 1882 

District of Tabpr- Bohemia 
unknown 
Dubuque, Iowa 
Catholic 

United States in 1884 and settled 

Antonia Maruna 
May 26, 1888 (Still living.) 
Dubuque, Iowa 
Catholic 



Name: 



Prank Maruna 



r-'l-raal Crven.t Gr.'UKiratiier 

i]:^::ie: 

Date of ""vlrth: 

Y.'liere: 

Date of Death: 

Place of Death: 

Occupation: 

Reli:';ion: 



Maternal Great Grand .other 

Nane: 

Date of ^,irth: 

Where: 

Date of Death: 

Place of Death: 

Roli:';ion: 
Mo-Tried: 
V/here : 
Number of Children: 



"Prank f.'aruna 

October 11, I867 

District of Tabor- Bohemia 

June 20, 1916 

Dubuque, Iowa 

Factory Laborer 

Catholic 



Katlierine Cyper 

1864 

unknown 

1906 

Dubuque, Iowa 

Catholic 

AuGT.ist 1894 

Sunsinowa, Wisconsin 

Two 



-5- 



Cliilciren of Frcuik Maruui.-^. paid Katherine Cyper Maruna 



Mote: The none Harmia wc.s chrai.Ted to Maroney storting with 

tiiis ceneration because of a conflict with the Catholic 

church. 



1 , Nar,ie : 

Date of Birth: 
V/here: 

Date of Death: 
Place of Death: 
Religion: 
2. Name: 

Maternal Grandfather 

Name: 

Date of Birth: 

V.here: 

Date of Death: 

Place of Death: 

Roli'^ion: 

Occupation: 

Married: 

y.'here: 

Number of Children: 



Mary Maroney 
1897 

Dubuque, Iowa 
April 19:;1 
Dubuque, Iowa 
Protestant 
Antony Maroney 

Antony Maroney 

February 25, 1895 

Dubuque, lov/a 

October 16, I960 

Dubuque, Iowa 

Protestant 

Railroad laborer; farmer 

October 21, 1920 to 
Gertrude Crawford 

Dubuque, Iowa 

Two 



•j Children of Antony Ihwoney i iid Gcrtru<le Crnv/ford M;:.roney 



IJ.-.'iiG: 

IV, te of Birth: 

'.Vhore: 

^■<••rried: 

Huiiber of Children: 

Pret-eit Residence: 



EiATl Charles Maroney 

"ovouiber 4, 1921 

North T^ueaa Vista, Iowa 

Jcjiuarj'- 19^1 to Roberta Naylor 

One- Gary 

Sacri;mento, Califoraia 



Ikune: 

Dete of Birth: 

"..here : 

I'arried: 

Number of Children: 

Present Residence: 



Ko.thryn Mae I.laroney 

April 3, 1925 

North Buens Vista, Iowa 

January 8, 1949 to Howard SanfArd 

Three- Mary, Robert, Janet 

Belvidere, Illnois 



Ills section is on the I.'aronoys' down to my mother. The next section 
vll be on the Crawfords down to my .iiother". 



!•- ini'I Gi'- t-";r(v>t GnuK 


Ip-rou-Lo 


I,'- no: 


J; !:os Ci-awford 


Date of Birtii: 


isyj 


Where: 


Norl.hern Ireland 


Date of Death: 


1302 


Place of Death: 


Dubuque, Iowa 


Religion: 


Protestant 


Occupation: 


Carpenter 


Name: 


Jcjie Mo Go wan 


Date of Birth: 


1838 


Where : 


Scotland 


Date of Death: 


1920 


Pla.e of Death: 


Dubuque, Iowa 


Religion: 


Catholic 


Married: 


James Crawford- date unknown 


Number of Children: 


Hine 


Names of Children: 


Margaret 

Anna 

Jane 

Susie 

Sadie 

Adajn 

James 

Sam 

William 



-8- 



f.;;;t(^rtial Gi-eat-,f';reat Givuidporouts 

Edv/.-ird ^rown 



IJrLii;e: 

Rite of Birth: 

V. lie re: 

Date oi Death: 

Place of Death 

Relicion: 

Oc upation: 



unk ov.n 

Berene, Switzerland 

anknovin 

Galeaa, 111. 

Catholic 

?.1iner; teamster leader 



Note: Edward Brown cfnne to the United States when he was sixteen, 
r nd also served in tlie Civil War, 



I Name: 

Date of Bilrth: 

Where: 
! Date of Death: 

Pla.e of Death: 

Reli/:ion: 

Married: 

Number of Children! 

NjuTies of Children: 



Margaret Green 

anlmov/n 

County Monahan, Ireland 

unknown 

Galena, 111. 
Catholic 

Edward Brown*- date unknown 

Ei^ht 

Mayiiie 

Emma 

Nellie 

Ma.rf;ret 

Ed-.ard 

Albert 

Augusta 



r.al.crucil 'Jreat Grandparents 

Name: V.'i liain Crav/ford 

Date of Birth: AuT-ist 5, 1365 

Vhere: Dubuque, Iowa 

Date of Death: March 30, 1939 

Place of Death: Dubuque, Iowa 

Relif;ion: Protestant 

Occupation: Carpenter 



Name : 

Date of Birth: 

Where: 

Date of Death: 

Place of Death; 

Religion: 

Married: 

Number of Children! 

Names of Children: 



Af^usta Brown 

November 10, 1868 

Galena, 111, 

January 19, 1962 

Dubuque, Iowa 

Catholic; turned Protestant for marriage 

October 1891- William Crawford 

Five 

Edward James- April 22, 1893 to Jan. 29, 1962 

Hu.'^h Albert- Feb. 16, 1396 to Nov. 21, 1946 

Gertrude Leona- Sept. 2'3, 1897 to Aug. 16, 1969 

V/illiara Robert- Aug. 10,1900 to Aug. 28, 1964 

Anna Marie^t May 23, 1903 (still living) 



-10- 



r toni.':!l Gj.-oat-,';reat Grand parents 

;; o: EiiO'jh Sylvester Ganford 

l)aLe of llrlh: Kepte i'dgt 4, 1842 

V.hcre: lo'.va 

Date or D^ath: M;.y 23, 1900 

Pla- e of Dfv.ith: Bartlett, Neb. 

Heigion: Proteotaiit 

Occunation: Parrier 



IJane: 

Date of Birth: 

Where: 

Date of Death: 

Place of Death: 

Kelif,ion: 

Married: 

V.iiere: 

Nuuber of Children: 

Name of Children: 



Elizabeth Ann Kitchen 
unknown 

unlcnown 

unknown 
Bartlett, Neb. 
Protestant 
January 1, 1863 
Argyle, Wise, 
One 
Peter 



Fi'.torih'il Tri-e t Groiid parents 



iJame: 


Peter Saiiford 


Pate of Birth: 


M.-y 1, 1865 


V.here: 


y.ineral Point, V/isc. 


Date of Death: 


April 4, 1919 


Place of Death: 


Eriukson, Neb, 


Religion: 


Protestant 


Occupation: 


Homesteader 


NMne: 


Rachel Zenter 


Date of Birth: 


unknown 


V.here: 


unknown 


Date of Death: 


unlmown 


Place of Death: 


Erickson, Neb. 


Religion: 


Protestant 


Married: 


1039 - Peter Sanford 


Where: 


Nebraska 


Number of Children: 


Ten 


Names of Children: 


Ly.-ntin 

Besi^ie 

Jolin 

Christina 

Bertha 

Julia 

Leona 

Viola 

Nora 

James 



-12- 

Pr.triial Great Grtuid pa rents 

Nrne: John Heany 

Dale of Birth: unlmown 

Where: unlcnov.n 

T);ite of Dcxth: ankaown 

Place of Death: Nebras'-a 

Relicion: Protestant 

Ocuiation: HoJiesteader 



Name: 


Eiiiiiia Con^rain 


Date of Birth: 


unknov.n 


Where: 


unknown 


Date of Death: 


unlaiown 


Pla.e of Decith: 


Nebraska 


Reli;Uon: 


Pro test, -imt 


Married: 


Nebraska^ date unknown 


NuTiber of Children: 


Two 


Names of Children: 


Ellen 




Alice 



Paternal Grtuid pi. rents 

rk-une : 

Date .'f Birth: 

Where : 

Present Residence; 

Relision: 

Occupation: 



James Sanford 
November 9, 1893 
Cumminsville, Neb, 

Kin -s ton, 111. 

Protestant 
Farmer (retired) 



(sti 1 living) 



Name: 

Date of Birth: 

Where: 

Present Residence: 

Reli ion: 

Married: 

Number of Children; 

Names of Children: 



Alice Heany 

June 13, 1898 (still living) 

Newman Grove, Neb. 

Kinf^ston, 111. 

Protestant 

September 9, 1917 

Six 

Lyle- June 3, 1918 

Rachel-Jijine 29, 1920 

Veryl- May 29, 1925 

De.>n- July 18, 1928 

Melvin- April 27, 1932 

Howard- July 21, 1922 



Parents 

NaJiie: 

Date of Birth: 

Place 01' '31rth: 

Prec'Ctit Residence: 

Reli, ;ion: 

Occa|iation: 



IIov,;jrd Sanford 
July 21, 19-2 
St, Edward, Neb. 
Belvidere, 111. 
Pro lee tan t 
Repji/imuin 



Name: 

Pate of Birth: 

Place of Birth: 

preocnt Residence: 

Married: 

Number of Children) 

Names of dildren; 



Kathryn I'aroney 

April 3, 1925 

North Buena Vista, Iowa 

Belvidere, 111. 

January 8, 194-9- Dubuque, Iowa 

Three 

Mary Louise- October 11, 1949 

Robert Jo'rm- March 20, 19^1 

Jvnet Marle^t November 28, 1958 



S Of" I AT , 11T r"^o:{Y Q]' T"^' ^''a-:tt,y 



The fC'udly on my mother's cxOe was a cJoeely knit croup. Tne 
ctivitioc t. ^y did, vihethcr it was worl:i>if^ to^'iether, or celebrating a 
.oiiciay, they did as a family. 

After the children v.ere married ind livinc their ov.n lives, they 
.ever ,.oved or traveled too far away. They stayed in the Dubuque-Galena 
reii. L'.y gre^.'.t-grandparents and grandparents traveled as far as Roo>ford, 
ielvidere, and Kir'':land to visit friends. 

The Marunas' name was cnanged to I.u.roncy because of a conflict with 
;he Catholi church. The family \vl s Catholic until tlie turn of the 
■entury. It be. ame primarily Pro -es lant after 1901, 

The Brov.ns' were Catholic and the Crav.fords' were Protestant. When 
lUgasta Brown married \Villi;ri Crawford, slie chtuiged her religion to 
>roi estjuit. 

The level of education has Jjureaoed considerably in the past 130 
^ears. Examples: 

1840-1860 3rd to 4th grode 
1850-1390 6th grade 
1890-1925 8th gr^de 
1925-19^^0 12th grade 
1950-present college education 



The ,.oi'k ':•, t i.ernc were dJ^Liercut bolv.'-eu my Grand fa l.:erc • and 
.;ajid.,iotiicr's r;i.ilies. The I.'iironc:, 'd very seldom iollowed jn their 
f,t:er'c line ■.. v.ork, while Ihe Crc-Wjord'e did, 
' ExfUiijiles: 

a. Vaclav Karuna I- farmer 

b. Vaclav Marunall- cloth weaver 

c. Fr&jik Maruna - farmer 

d. Tony Maroney _ railroad laborer 

e. Earl Maroney - electrial en^^ineer 

f . Gary Maroney - factory worker 

Tiie Crawford's, on the other hand, were iiostly carpenters, with the 
;:pection of Ed Crawford, who became vice-president of the Chicago 
hrthv.estern Railroad, 

As far as who had control of the household, it was divided between 
Ai husband £uid wife. This included ma.ing de.isions, spending money, 
.h children, and places to go. 

In every generation, with the exception of Frank Maruna, there nas 
•en come member of the family fighting in the war going on at the time. 
Examples: 

a. Edwsrd Brown - Civil War 

b. Tony Maroney - World War One 

c. Earl Maroney - World V/ar Two 

.'le last generation to enter the armed services is the preceding one. 



I r' A'p :';■■'" r-TPE 

I When the S.iifords' cano to the Wer^torn Heinispher, they j irst settled 
ii Canada, .v round the 1800' s. In the le/iO's, they came to the Uniled 
; ites (.:id settled in the plrin st;jtcp, octly Nebr.Mska. V.hen they did 
,(/e, it vu;sn't far away. They st^-.yed prinic.rily in the I.'idv/cst, mostly 
.30onr.in and Illinois, They v.ere a ver^'- - iosely knit faaiily up to my 
ither's generation. 

The level of edu ation was fairly contiistent through the generations. 
Examples: 

a. 1820-1850 6th c^ade education 

b. 1850-1890 8th pjrade edu^. ation 

c. 1390-1920 8th firade education 

d. 1920-19-^0 ni,c;h school education 

e. 19^0-1974 Hif^h school tuid college education 
Tlie religion of the Sanford's h:'S been primarily Protestant. It has 

jiea very s<-ldom that a nieTiber of the f;jpiily join the Catholic denomination 
IVe politital views of the fa;iiily has been mixed throu/^hout the years. 
Cere hts been no party preference Vvhat .o ever. 

In every su^^c ceding generation, the vsons have been farmers like their 
L there before them. Only in the laat two generations have the males of 
l.e family gotten away to different professions. 

As iar as military service, the Sanfords' never served in the armed 
l>rces, with the exception of my father, who served in Europe during 
i)rld War Two. 



SCHIER. FRANCIS EUGENE JOHN, .195^- 



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FAMILY DATA 



A. Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name JOHN i^ . 6CHILH Current Residence Or«go», IlUaoJa 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birthPin« Sock Township, Chfcna,Illoate of Birth >7-l<591 



Education (number of years): 
grade school 4 yr» high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
Ist P>rmT Dates 1915-1974 1 st Ch»M*, IlUaoia (RFD) Date J.915-30 

2nd Dates 2nd QrtgOB, Illiiioi»(RFD) D ates 1930-74 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

lith Dates kth Dates 



Re 1 i g i on LuthTB 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Politics, lBd»p««d»nt 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother Qr^goa, Illinois date i^«^9_i9i5 

NOTE: If your father was raised (to age 1 8) by a stepfather or another relative give 
that data on the back of this page. (A-l) 

B. Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Ciailli!. AGhES CAHODh 3C\aSB. Current Residence Orsgoa, Illi«ols (RFD) 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birth Ch*as, IlliBoie (RFD) Date of birth 12-21-1B94 

Education (number of years): 
grade school 8 y— rs high school vocational college 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Houswifs Dates 191i>-ly74 istCh>BS, lUiitois Dates l915-3C 

2nd 

3rd 

^th 

Re 1 i g i on C*iholLc chsagsd to Lathsra 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Politics, Ind^pSBdswt 
Pir« Crssk ','(mmrs> Club 

Place of marriage to your grandfather Or«goa, Illieois DATE 12-29-191^ 

^''^^'' l:Lt°ZtHP*{h'^^^a^i'^hf\in $rgl\%^, stepmother or another relative gi 



Dates 


2ndOrsgon, IlliBois 


Dates 193U-74 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


Dates 


/♦th 


Dates 



A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 



N.inic 

I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence 



Place of bi rth 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupat ion(5) 

1st 

2nd 



3rd_ 
'♦th 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


i»th 



Re 1 i g i on 



Date of Bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



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



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



laU 



A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 

Name 

If dead, date of death 

Place of bi rth 



Education (number of years): 
grade school high school 



Occupat ion(s) 
1st 

2nd 

3rd 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Re 1 igion 



Current Residence 



Date of bi rth 



vocational 



col lege 



lst_ 

2nd_ 
3rd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Da tee 



Datess 

■I 

Dates^ 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 

Name GLENN HILL LOVfiUKD Current Residence d«c««»«d 

If dead, date of death 4-18-46 



Place of birth Rockford, IlUaois Date of birth £-22-1863 

Education (number of years): """" ~~" ' 

grade school 6 yar* high school vocational college 

Occupation(s) PL^c^ OF RESIDENCE 

- t. ,. . . (after leaving home) 

l5t lUchiwlat D ates im^aow 1st Lowg P1k0, Ntbraak* Dates 1907-11 

2nd Coxawai., U.S. N^vy Dates^%3-1907 2nd Roc.cfo.d. IlUaoi. D ates ign-y,A 

3rd QMMd & opTaUd auto r«p*ir Dates 1913-1936 3 rd Dates 

JBop~ — — 

^th For*aa*B,City tJaUr Dtpt.Qragg ates 1936-1940 /,th Dates 

$%h UwB*d & op«r«t«d liockaii* Driyc-Ia' 1V40-1V46 — — — 

Re 1 i g i on Catholic 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Politics. lMd«p«KdMt 

M«vy Club ' ^ 

Place of^marriage to your grandmother st. Mtr y'. Church, Rockford, 111. date 5-18-12 

Note: If your mother was raised by a {.mp r dlT l H l Ul a i lUL ll H r r u l ai l vt! (lO ag e \8) 

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

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name kUCE HQNORA McMAMAKA LQVELAND ^Current Residence Nuroiag Hoac 

I f dead, date of death — — _ ________________ 



^lace of birth Sioux City, lowt ^Date of birth $-1 9-1893 

Education (number of years) ■ 

^ grade school 8 years high school vocational college 

;Occupation(s) PLace OF RESIDENCE 

^'st Hou,.wif, D3tes l9l2-1972 1st .iockford/lIlLIoir""^ '°^ ites l912-74 

Znd R«»t4ur*Kt Propriator Dates i940-1946 2 nd ^Dates 

^rd Cook Datesl946-1950 3rd Dates 



I Nuraa'a Aida 1950-1970 — 

Religion Catholic 

r>olitical party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Politics, ladapaadaat 

^lace of marriage to your grandfathe r^^ . Wary'S unurcfi, tiockford. 111. d ate b-'lB^i^Li 

^ote: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to age THl 

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



C-l Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 



Current Residence 



f dead, date of death 



l.ic- ..I hiilh D.ilf ' 

,l„<,ili',„ (nuM,l...r Ml- yr.,,.) 

'(t.iilf '.(hool hi()h school vcjcotionai 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


l^th 



3rd Dates 3rd ^Dates_ 

J^th Dates ^th Dates_ 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandmother 



D-2 S tepgrandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birth^ Date of birth 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st 

2nd Dates 2nd 



3rd Dates 3rd 



Re 1 i q i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 



CHUDREN of A 6 B (or A- 1 or B-1) - your father's name should appear below '*' 

Name FrAacia E^rl ochlT 

Place of birth Chta*. Illinois date 10-3-1916 

Number of years of schooling 6 y«*r« Occunatlrtn o V* — — ^ T 

Res i dence ur.p«. Illl«oi. ^ Marita l , r J lTlf^or lifi^'**^^'''^^^ ^ nxr.,Y01. g Contractor 

Number of children oh« 

Name Rob«rt LaV«r« Schier 

I ' ^;« of birth CD>a>, l.LLi,ois d ate ;i-l-1918 d«c>.«.rt ^- :>S-^Q^>. 

Number of years of schooling Oc cupation ^^ 

Residence M arital Status 

Number of chi Idren ~ ' ' — 



Name Lillian V»ld««B ^jchler GuT«»«y 

P 1 ace of birth Cbamk, IlliHoi* date 12-30 -1918 

Number of years or schooling b y>r» Occupat lonM*a«£.r. Restaurant 

Resldence l43$M. Church .ftockl-ord Marital s'tatus MarriSd^ 

Number of chi Idren Bonn — — _ 

Name Anna Man Schinr Finhnr 

P ' ace of birth Chana. IllJRoia d ate 6-23-TQ3Q 

Number of years of school i ng 8 yara Occupatloh UrZl,^,^r^ 

Residence Orngon. Illinoin M arit;.! <t.t„. Mar rind "^* 

Number of chi Idren onn ■ 

Name VTa Laona Schinr Mllliman 

Place of birth Ohana, Illxnuio date 5-31-1921 

Number of years ot schooling 11 ynara Occupation Hounnwifn ^nst*ur«-t ro^w 

Residence Oragon; lilin^ia Marital ^t;,f.. Marri nd ' ^*°^*"^*"^ ^'^^ 

Number of en i idren anYnn — 

Name Marion lonn Schinr Bluanynr 

r ' ace of birth Ghana. Tllinoia d ate 3-L2-lQ?q 

Number of years or school ing 12 ynara Occup ation ^Lt^u^^^f. r»»u 

Residence Orngon, IlU^.j. M.rir.1 <;^.^!■. Di vorced 

Number of chi Idren thrnn — 

Name Donald Eugnnn Schiar 

Place of birth Ghana. IlllBois date 12-5-1924 

Number of years of schooling 12 ynara Occupatloh Fananr 

Residence Qrngon, lUlnoin MaritaMtatus Marri nd 

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Name Agnna CarolAB Schiar Hnllnr 

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CHILDREN of C and D Cor f-l n n , . 

(or f. I, D-l)-your mothrr's name should appear below 



N.'n,. Mjirgam_C«cllt Lovlaad UliltB^y Schi.r 
I 19 y>r« 



!!'■■■; ''^■""' 910 w. Court .itockfor;; tTT": -.-■ 

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3-8-1913 



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TMChT 



Rob»rt Htrvey Lovlaad 



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P I ^ c. o , i r t h aockf ord , Illinois 

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_ date 7~7-lVl4 d«c«»a«ri K-Ui- a? 
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Name ThoaaB Gl«m LovLmd 

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Name Arthur >;illi*tt LovelAHd 

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Name Jotm Jo«>ph Loylaad 
M.'.!.':!,"!.^''^^ Hockford. IlllBoi, 



date 9_ 12-^9 -1 OIP 

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Name Mildr«td Jotna Loveland Mc Crtney 
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Your Father 

Name FRAKCIS EARL SCHIER Current Residence ur«go«, Illinois 

If dead, date of death 

Place of birth Chan*, IIUhoIb Date of birth lo-3-lyl^ 

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grade school 8 y*r» high school vocational ^college 

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3rd ExcavttiBg CoHtractor Dates 1942-1^7i4 3rd Dates 

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

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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 ChCILE LUVi^UND 'JHITf^EY SCHIER Current Residence (L) 910 M .Court, Roc-kfoT-H, Til 

If dead, date of death 

Place of b i rth Rpckford. Illiaols Date of birth 3-6-1^33 

Education (number of years) 
grade school 8 yara h^gh school 4 yare vocational col lege 7 yara 

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lsta,Dloy,„t InUrviawr Dates 1933-1^^3 1st Chir«go, UUt^.Ab Dates 1?;36-1?4? 

2nd TaachT Dates 1956-1974 2nd aockford. imaols Dates 1949-1953 

3rd Dates 3rd Orcgoa, IlUaoia Dates 1953-1956 

Religion Hat olle .^ockford, Illi«>ji8 1956-1974 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Politics , ladapaadaat A yam. 

Rockford '^jOBaB's Club^ Rockford & lioaary Co^laga AlaaRl; P.ockford, Illiaola & Nat'l Education 
Place of marriage to your father st. Patar'a Church. .t^CKrord. IlliBola d ate l-lo-lv53 
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^ame Fr«d«rick Arthur .•Aut««y 

'lace of birth Chlogo. Illiaola Date of birth 3-9-1944 

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of birth Chictro. TlliBoia 



■lace of birth Chicago. Illiwoja Date of birth 12-11-45 

lumber of years of schooling 15 y^^ra Occupatior T Hou»gwif7 

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SOURC£S 

FATHER'S SIDE OF UK. FAMILY 

Lillian Vald««« ochier Gu«BR«ey 



MOTHER'S SIDE oF THr, FAMILY 

M«rg*ret C«cile LoTeland Schier (Fri«»ry source) 
Mrs. Alice Honor* McNaaara Loveland 
Catherine Josepkine McNaaara Geng 
John Joieph LoTeland 



GPjVr.DMUTHiH (Father's «[id«) 

CARRIE XGK'i^ CAWODt oGHILR 

Dor« in Lr»f*yette Township, Ghana, Illiiiois to Jonas C«Ryd« and Mary I^ach 
Canode, on Deceaber 12, L894, Carrie Agnes Ganode wab the fifth oldest i» a 
family of te». 

H«r paremtc ijudgrated from Ireland i.o the United States ut an uiiksuvit date . 
H«r sother, Mary I^nch Canude, was » woaan of ^xeat character a«d strength. She 
raised her tcK orphiKed brothers and sisters i&er ner owh aother died when she 
was jUKt sixtecR. Aftier khe married Joaas Canode she had ten cliildreH of her ovn, 

Grandmother was also raised on a farsa itnd knew faraiKga harrJahipa ind joys. 
Three of her brothers aad sisters died in Infancy. Hard w<^rk wax the way of her 
youth for she wae oilkini, ccn,£ when she wa^ eleven. Ii.fe wis hard, and neighoor 
helped aeighbor whea there was illaess, aisd Grandsother was especially j-ood at 
takiag careof tht jick. In the days of Grandaother's youth dances served as 
social £itheri«fi;s aed provided relaxation and entertaiisKeAt for these hardworking 
people. At OAe sucii gatheriag ^oha h» ochicr bet Carrie A^Aeo Canode. 



GRANDF/.THM (f»th«r»3 side) 

JOHN E. iiCHIKR 
Born i» ?in» Rock Tov/iiahip, Chan*, Illinuis to Ar>.drtw A. ochier and AMa 
^Uz*Deth Knneng. or March 7, 1891, Jo^ia h. dchier was tn« third oldest i. . 
fasdly of six. 

His parents were both German imi^raflts iVoa Orfpieseland, Geraiaiiy. They 
arrived in the United States in 1363 and ho«esteadcd i« Iluney Creek, east of 
Oregoa, Illinois 

Grandfather >.es raised oh the fa«ily far. of ISi, acres -r.d learned aa^^y 
•kills as he grev up. His quick wative intelUgence aad adapt-uility caaoled 
hi« to l.*r« quickly out «uch of hi. keowled^e waa acquired through hard work, 
and ht was never one to turn away from that. In . co«.-nunity where the ^ea.ure 
of a UB was his ability to work Grandfather stood tall. 

He was educated to the fourth grade at Honey Creek bchuol and always had 
an aptitude for |ii;ures. As a youth he played baseball and loved to hunt and 
fish. 

Uttle is known ab.ut his youth ur.til he r.arried Carrie Agnes Canode on 
Dec««b.Br 12, lylj. 



MARRIED (FAMILJf) ilFii. uF JuHN L. JCHIiiR 
AND CARRIE AGNLb CANODii SCIIIER 
Joh« E. Schi«r and Carrie Afines C«Bude «iet at a dfcftce and courted i« a horse 
and buggj, Thay were aarricd by the juatice-of-thc peace ia Oregon, Iliinoia ujn 
D«c««b«r 12, 191$. -.'hen they were firat carried Grandfather farmed the faaily 
fara. Hia mother liTed with thest and hi^ fatner, .a.drcw ochxer, had died. 
The children of this 'liarriage were, in chronological order: 

1. Francis Earl ochier, born lu-3-1916 

2. liobert LaTem Jchier, burn 2-I-I9I8, died 6-25-1918 

3. Lillian Valdeea jchier Guernsey, born 12-30-1918 

4. Anna Kae Schier Fisher, bors 6-23-1920, died 

5. Vera Leona Schier MilUsan, born 5-31-1921 
6# Marion lone Schier Bluaeyer, born 3-12-1923 

7. Donald Eugene Schier, born 12-5-1924 

8. Agnes Carolyn Schier Heller, born 8-12-1928 

The only t Teat to the fattily in these yeari. occured when the flu e^^idenic 
struck the natioH in I9I8. on neighboring fsrns entire housenolds died, but the 
Schier faaily oaly had mild cases of it and there were no fatalities. 

The farm iiqiroved and prospered under Grandfather's direction out he wanted more 
land ard his own farm. He bought the fara where they bow live west of Oregon on 
the Pines road at the beginning of the degression. This was a terrible time to be 
paying for a farm when the bottom had dropped out 01' farm prices. They surTived 
because of good management af>d thrift aud firially pulled through this difficult time. 

Grandfather is a truly indepetdeat Aeerican farmer, lie shingled and painted 
all his own buildings, had nis own turning lathe and made haidlea for axes, pitch- 
forks, and Wiaijils. lie repaired all t^iis own tack and had his uwr. blacksmith shop 
where he shod the horses and aules and atade single and double trees that the horses 
were harnessed onto to pull the w«£ons. He repaired eyeryone's shoes, cut eTerj'ORe'a 
hair, including the girls. 



Th« family worked th« Tara together. Children were considered children up 
to age ten and an adult at age sixteen. The children had aany chores out at 
■i xteen asauaaed adult responsibilities. EreryoRe worked frua sun-up until 
dark. The twirls worked in the fields along with the boys and grandfathers 
standards were high. Nothing less than perfection satisfied him. 

Discipline was shared by both parents and all decisions aade jointly with 
Grandfather haying the final word. 

Grandmother was quite a woman. She prepared all the aieals, superTised the 
household chores and the girls. 5he worked in the fields, had a huge garden 
and canned enormous amounts of fruits and vegetables, helped butcher and canned 
the meat. V/hen the day was over and the children in oed she sewed If or the entire 
family and made all their clothes, including coats. She also raised poultry. 

In earlier times they had a genvral far*. Milr^ed cows and aold the milk 
and raised principally corn, oats, and hay selling only the crops they did not 
need to feed their own animals. For some time now grandfather has raised and 
fed fat cattle «nd gotten rid of the milk cows. Now the only grain raised is 
that needed for the stock. 

Grandfather and Grandaother have been married for fifty ei^ht years at 
present and are scmi-retyired . Their son Donald Eugene, and his sons, do most of 
the heavy work. Grandfather is still in good shape physically and works also 
asking sure things are done properly. Grandmother still cooks and takes full 
care of the house. They are still quite independent, the apitoae of the 
stamina and ingenuity of the Aiaerican farmer. 



Father 



FRAr^CI3 hARL SCHIER 

Bora in Chan*, Illinois to John b. ochier and Carrie A^nes C*«ode Schier, 
on October 3, 1916, Francis Earl dchier is the oldest, of seTea children. 

H« had a typical far* childhood. He attended Honey Creek ana Hamuay Hill 
schools and was educiited to the eighth grade. He worked hard helping his father 
uatil he enlisted in the Navy in 1%1. He was in the i\!aval service for one year 
and honorably discharj;ed for sedical re&suns. 

He returned to Oregon and worked for a neij;hbjr who wa;i crushiflg rock for 
ssTeral years . 

He decided to go into the excarating business and purchased a Little Giant 
crane. He got established and wor^d witk a one hundred alle radius of Oregon 
digging la sereents, sewer Uses, etc. 

hi lired at hoae until he was aarried in 19>3» After the divorce he «oved 
to Oregon, Illinois where he resides today. 

He has built his own helicopter and is interested in aviation. 



UR/INDFATHER (Mother's aid*) 

GlJiNN HILL LOVaUf.D 
Born in Rockford, Ilii«ul8, lo H-rvey ^•y^our Lov«land *nd Adelaide Norcrosa 
LoTelund, Gltrui Hill Lovel»r4d wns the third oldest .^f six children. The child-en 
were, i»chronological order: 

1. Arthur Clinton LoTeland oom (unknown), died 1932 

2. Paul St. Clair Loveland oura (ufiKauwa, died 1949 in Claifornia 

3. Gleftu liill Loveland ojr« d-22-lB83, died 4-18-1946 

4. Clifford Vane Lovelaed bora 5-4-1690, died 4-21-1910 

5. Viola Fern Love land bura 19C€, died 12-22-1917 

6. Beach Boy Loveland born 11-19-1*^95, still living 

Grandfather Lovelaad's early childhood was spent in & sction of Rockford called the 
"Iriah Patch". The "patch" was loc ^ed ia the vicitiity west of Kent Creek and south 
of State Street, a newer sectioa of towR oa the outskirts of a growing -lockford. 

He atteaded Church School, 1411 Blaisdell Street, jn hia first duy of school 
he wore a blouse, short kilted skirt, a«d had lOFig browa curls that huag to his 
waist. He had iaauaeraole fights to prove he was one of the o^ys aad refused to 
retura to school uatil his hair had oeea cut and he had trousers to wear. 

His youth was apeat in the era of dir streets aad woodera sidewalks. He aad 
hla frieada liked to roll barrel hoops wit a stick over the wuodea sidewalks 
BMiking a tremeadous clatter. His coapaaioaa ia such uadertakiiigs were "Boots" 
Dolaa, ToB CMiway, and Bee Ollaaa. Oae of their favorite placea to play was ia 
the big meadow oa either side of Keat Creek aear State Street. Cows were pastured 
ia the aeadow and the creek raa deep aad clear. Ia spots it was ttta to fifteea 
feet deep and flee for swiaaiag aad flshiag. 

Hot auch is r.BOwa of his life after he finished 8th grade except that he weat 
to work aad learaed the aachiaiat's trade during this period. 

Ia 1903, at age 20, he enlisted in the navy r.nd aerved four yeara. While ia 
the Rsvy he gaiaed distinctioa as a gua poiater oa the firat battleship U.S.S. Miaaourl 



- 2 - 
of th« Atlintic Fl««t. u« the oasis of his, end his fsllow ,-un poif\ter*j» mark- 
ai«n«hip th« Tirst Navy h (a •tandtrd uf •xc«litiiCK awarded for outatandiag produc- 
tion duritig './'...'.II) w*« awarded to the oi t'-lcship "isaouri by I residant Teddy 
Roosavalt. Pr«sid«Mt .-iooitTelt para^jnally observed the contest and is shown with 
Glean Lovelaad standiMg to the Fresiddnt'b iauaedlate left. Urandfiither Loveland 

was awarded a personal citatiuR also by the Prt^sident. {o«t j.ictare a«d article ua 

Kavy i;.) 
Ke wac discharged froa the Navy on ftpril lA. 19o7. (iJee Discharge and 

enllstsient record). His high ratings or his enlist.. eat record are indicative 

of his character sad persoual iategrxt^ . He was respected and lauded oy all 

who knew hi« through-out his life-tine. 

He returned to Rockford for a short time after his release froa the Wavy. 
He then aoved to Long fine, Nebraska to practice his trade with his brother 
Arthur who operated the firet autonobile agency in the area, stlling and repairing 
Carter ctrs. In his capacity as aachiaibt he repaired c-rs» Repair parts had to 
oe ?ade Individually in the shop as ifitercha..geable, uass-produced replaceaent 
parts were unknown. 

It was in Long Pine that he niet his future wife, Alice Hv>«or* McNsmara . The 
circuastafices of their weetiag is uni'jaown. They became engaged and chose to return 
to RockTord because it offered orighttr hopes for the future, Graadfather Loveland 
west ahead to Rockford to earn auiaey ind prepare for his fiancee's coaiug, one 
year later Graiidaother Loveland arrived in .-iockfurd dressed in the Litest fashion; 
a lirge velvet Merry ..'idow hat covered with fluaea and a taffeta hobble skirt. 
They were -narried on May 18, 1912 in ijt. Mary's Catholic church. 



GBAfiDMOTHER (Mother's side) 

ALICE HoNOiA MCNAMARA LOVEUND 

Bor« ia Sioux City, low* to iicbcrt uaaeL :!cUis.i»r« «Hd Cauherine M::ry iii-ith 
McN&si*ra, Alice Hoaora McN&aara LoYcl&iid v*& the second oldest in & family of 
•eveb. The cbildrcR were, in cnronological urder 

1/ Robert Tinothy McNasark bora 5-9-18V2, died 7-6-iV62 

2. Alice Horora McKaaara Loveland, uorn p-lfa-it;9;^, still livieg 

3. lionald HcNioara, burn 1694, died 1894, agt 6 Quathe 

4. Catheriae Josephine McNaoara Geng, born lt-29-1895, atill liviag 

5. "v/ilUao Johe McKaaara, uorn 3-7-lc:97, died 7-24-19o5 

6. George Emiett VcNaaara, bora 1896, died 191^ 

7. Albert Leo McKaaara, bora 4-2C-1904, died 2-25-1970 

8. Baby girl, etilloorB, date* u«k.aow« 

9. Baby girl, etillborB, date* xiai.Rcmu 

Ae * child GraHdmother Loveland lived oe a dairy fann where her father operated 
a dairy us the outskirts of Sioux City. Her life here cane to as a brupt aad tragic 
e»d vhen she was about ^even years old. tier mother was gravely ill asd her father 
rushed to see her, leaviag the groceries he had just purchased oa the table. Graad- 
BOther Loveland aad her orocher .-oueri fou£d catches aaong the groceries and sooa 
set the bara oa fire. The fire spread to the house *ad her aother had to be carried 
out ia sheets to the reighboriag house. Grandmother and her boother alaost perish- 
ed in the fire because they hid ia terror under the porch. Fortuaately they were 
found it tiae. The fire facued by the wind spread to the neighborb house and her 
■other had to be aoved agaia« 

Burned out the faadly had to st*rt over again. Graadaother'a father had 
relatives in Nebraska who owned a lar^e ranch and they told hi« about land avail- 
able for hoaesteading. He sent the family to liebraska to husestead while he reaain- 
ed it Sioux City working on the polics force to fiuance the operation. Graadaother 
stayed in oioux City with an aunt to iiRish school oefure she went to Neoraska. 



'.-("h** Gr*Bd»u;ther was onl^ fourtees y«ar8 old she rode horseoack for flft«ea ailes 
to cook a ad bake braad for twenty sevea ranch haads j« the Dig raach a ad thea rod« 
back aach day to halp her eother. The faaily lived ia a eod housa aad .«Y«ryoae 
workad hard. The boya cut hay that ^raw as high as the horaes' chiaa, all took 
care of the fax* afiiaala, asd worked oftea on the big raach. Her father's 
periodic Yiaits n-ere apecial occasioas. Her mother was : remarkable woaaa to be 
able to oasage all the work, the childrea, and cire for tne family iacludiag the 
anaual aew baby. 

SaBd»tor«» aadft life siiaer.ible but eyeryoae lived ia dread >^f prairie fires, 
Grardmcther waa cut off froa reluraiAg hose Dy use that she described as t^. wall 
of flame as high ac a two story boildieg artd roared like a freight traia. The 
faaily at home had ploh'ed a few furrowe that aeemed hoplesa in the face of im- 
peadisg doom when the fire aplit aboimd a poed kud the plowed strips ^ad swept 
past like a bad dream. Caly the house wa^^ left, the haj^ aad crop* were buraed, 
but all were safe. 

The exact circumataacea uader wbich graadfather m»d graadsother met are act 
kn^wa. After they became engaged grandfather returned to Rockford to ^et thiaga 
ready to bring grandmother there to be larried and to live. 4 year later Grand- 
aother arrived ia Rockford i*nd they were married is 3t. Mary's Catholic church 
on May 18, 1912. 



MARRILD (FAMILY; UFi. OF GLENN HILL LOVEIANi) 
AliD AUC^ Hoh'Jii^. HcN/iMARA LUVir^LfiND 

Th« lEsrried life -f Glenn Ilill LoTelard and Alice !!oRora McKa«*r« LoTcliad 
begsB OB M«y 16, 1912. They set up hoase keeping in « fraae house at South 
Avon *«d El« street. Glenn w«« working as foreaan ia the garage of the first 
auto ageacy ovaed by Ivilliaa Fletcher Barnes, Jr» 

Their first child, Msrgaret Cecile, was oora or M.rch 8, 1913. The oaoy 
had colic, waa very eickly aed cried coastsatly. £.vei: the aeighbors took turaa 
walkiag the floor with the bauy at rdght whea the parents were exhausted* 
Whea Cecile {wy aother; was six a^aths old, imd there was ao iaproTeaeitt ia h«r 
coaditioa, Graadvother took her to l.ebraska so that her aotber could see her 
before she died. Grandaother weat to bed and slept for thirty six hours aad her 
aether cared for the baby* Graadaothcr McNaaara fed i.he baby fresh cow '3 ailk 
aad she begaa to ^et well. She gained weight aad begaa to walk. .Ihe» GraRdaother 
returaed to Rockford Graadfathcr couldn't oeliere it v«s the saae baby ^ad weat 
through the traia looking for his baby. 

The next child, Robert Harvey was bora oa July 7, 1914. Sooa after his 
birth the faally aoved to Loves Park, Rorth of Riverside Boulevard sear the river. 
Ejy this tiae Grandfather had opaaed his ova autoaobiia repair shop at 317 East 
Jeffersoa Street. 

..Itiea the third child, Thoaas Gleaa, was bora oa Septeaber 12, 1916 the faaily 
was liviag at the coraer of Stanley aad Greea Streets. Whea he was a year old 
they Boved to the couatr^ to a house at (jwaa Ceater Corners ^here the church, 
town hall, aad dwea Saater school were oa opposite coraers . This move was aade to 
provide a healthy eaviroaaeat and living space for the saall childrea . Graad- 
father drove hie Model T Ford oack aad forth to his business ia Rockford. V.liila 
here Graadfather lastalled a Delco electric plaat, wired the house aad eajoyed 
electric lights at a tiae this was uaheard of ia rural ireas. He also iastailed 



« g.coliJi* aotor OR QratadaothsrU vashlEg aachlH* whea nost woeeii were ;^crabbiRg 
IsunriTT' o» a w*ih board or ueiag a ha«d-co»f«r«d waahitg aachine. He laid ceaent 
sidewalks, built- a brick parage, a.:*d put a puap ue the kitch aink »o tnat Grand- 
Esther did not hare to carry water. All of tree© project* were coapleted at 
Bight with the help of f r*4«d» . jhe» the work was Tiflished they would all gather 
arouad the piaao aad play ^ad siag iato the wee hours of the aorfiiag. These 
were happy ti«e« ar.d the work went oa aidst fua, laughter «nd siagiag. Graad- 
father attracted Many frieade like a aagaet who helped hia aad eajoyed huatiag 
aad fiehiag expeditioas too. Frieads orought their wives -ad childrea for all 
these *ctiTities. Graadmother «ad the wives viaited, cooked, kaitted aad did 
embroidery work. The childrea all had a great time playiag ia the baras, creeks 
aad fields. 

The fourth child, Arthur ..'illiia, was oora Deceaoer 29, I7I6. Aoout this 
Li«e siy aother started first grade ia the one ro>/a couatri-^ school at age fire. 
V.Tiea it was tiase for :iobert to start school ay ^r^j;d. .ireets decided to aoTe 
back to the city so the childrea could attead better schools . 

After liviRg for a short tis;e at 707 FuitOR Jtrett they booj-ht house at 
the c&raer of IJorth Avoa aad Mulberry otreets. It wa« here that Joha Joseph 
was bora oa October 1, 1924. Grandfather also ^ored to a r^ew garage that he 
had built at 122 Kiltmrm Avetue . 

uFice -a^re they decided the ^rowiRi.; family seeded freedom to rua aad play 
aad taoyed to ..'est Heights, five miles west of Rockford on highway twcaty. Here 
the last child, Mildred Joaaa was bora oa August 10, 1926. There was a large 
house, orchards, gardens, oaras, aad a nuge yard oa the five acre plot. Agaia 
the liTiag was wholesome aad pleasaat out the childrea had pleaty of chores amd 
work to do aad everyona worked hard. The fruit trees, berries, gardeas required 
much effort to aaiataia sad cultivate aad the bountiful harvest required eadless 
rouads of caaniag aad preserving. There were chicke«s and eggs, milk from the 
two cows to be churaed iato outter aed made into cheese, hay to cut, gardens to 
weed. So auch work that there was a hired ^'irl i.iu6 & hired caa to help. 



Th« childrea j^rew strong 3»d h»«lthy «ud «r.joyed ridin,: the por.ica aad horse* and 
playing with the children vja neitjhbori.^ig far«s . Gra«d father was too inTolvcd 
in his growing Dusitsess to have tiat to help and the work uecame too «uch for 
Gr*>dBoth«r so they sold this place and built a> apartn^eiit ouildiag at 13'il 
Garriaom Ay«BU« in the city. Grandfather aold his carage as part of the site for 
the aew St. Tho»a» High ichool *Rd opep.ed another or* in the GraRtway Garseje at 
Kilbur* Ayenue a«d V.'eit State Street, a block away. 

Tbe family moved i«to the «ew apartaeRt ouildlng i* 19iJ9 occupying the entire 
first floor and renting two apartcenta oa the second floor. M^ aother attended 
St. Thomas High School and so did her orothers when thej' were ready f^r high 
school. 

The depression and the two auto accidents ay aothcr and her br.:'ther Robert 
had in 1933 exhausted the finaneial resources of the family. Grandfither gave 
up his garage on State Street and literally aoved his business into the backyard. 
The row of garages at the rear of the apartoeat Duilding were used lor the little 
business that was available. To keep the faaily off relief Gra&dNsuther took in 
wa&hings and Ironings and operated a hoae Uc^^kcry. The children sold the Dread, 
cakes and pies frj« door to door. Grandfather wer.t tc work je ;-.TA «a^-work 
projects I This was a great blow to his pride and ^i^elT-estseai. Soaehow the fasi^ 
survived those eifficult years but they were all peneaaeBtly affected by the 
depression. All developed inner streHghths and resources they did aot know they 
had and grew very close to one another. Ail became conceraed i&d cautious in 
■oney natters aad fearful of takiag fi^^aacial risks. For hhe children the future 
was very uncertain, college was out of the question, aarriages had to be postponed, 
Jobs of any kind were very difficult, if not impossible to ootain, and there was 
no money for clothes and eBtertaiBmeat. They grew old early with cares and respoa- 
sibilltles and it seeaed to them tnat there was no future. 

Couditioas gradually improved for the family after Grandfather fiaally got a 
fall tiae job as foreaan of the garage for aaintainince of the City Water Depart- 
aent trucks . Preventing foreclosure on the apartment Ouriag the depression years 



hid r«qulr«d a lot of ingtnuity and sEcnUl igility. V/hen the upportumity Ci*«tto 
buy the home Fr*ndf*ther'» Tither h*d built or .i«»t .jtate Street Irv^si the estat* 
uf his di&c«a5ed Mother .:y graitdpareistf recided to be 1.1 the apartseKt and more 
into the old faaily hoae. This wats i. oig old pleai«»it house full of foHri ■eaoriea 
for Graadfather and the children too. All enjoyed liviKg here. My Mother cam* 
hose fro« Chicago to be starried here on hoTeaber 3^, 1941. u»e week later ca«e the 
Pearl Harbor attack, an event that charged the lives jx the eatire family. The 
next ■orming all four boye were waiting for the recruiting office* to open to 
•nliat. Only Arthur was accepted as .lOi^erfe had a crippled ara? resulting f rcaa his 
auto accident, Thonas had a heart condition, and Jack waa too young. 

Arthur nerved in the Ar«y Signal Corp as a Stiff Sar^eaat. He had charge of 
a vire string crew that set-up and entablished coa«unic«ticf.g in advasuce of the 
troops. The fanily was coRStar.tl^' concerned for his safety and grateful that he 
survived the campaign in Africa, the laadiags in Sicily asd Italy. ,rnen the var 
ended he vas fi/:htiftg in the Alps and after serving iti the kruy of occupation in 
Gernnnj he came back hoae iff 1946. 

The war brought nobility to the family and th^ children started aoving around. 
Robert married and established his own home i» I^ockford *iad later wovcd to Michigan 
to work Ib a war plant. Thomas went to the Linculn ,. elding school and then worked 
in ordiPAiice plants in ./isconsin aad Virgii.ia. My aother lived in Chicago and her 
husband was machine shop superintendent ia a tank plant. 

Grandfather and Grafidsother purchased a drive-in reststsrant, the Rockette, 
at 15th Avenue next to the river. Jack *Rd Mildred, who were still in high school, 
helped them ia the business. The business prospered asd all was well until Gracd- 
father became ill and had to retire. He died April 1^, 1946. 

Mildred was married in 1947 and two years later Jack was married. 

Grandmother worked as a cook in various restaurants a fid in later years as 
a Nurse's Aide in Nursing homes. She sold the hoae or ..'est State Street and moved 
iftto an aptrtaent at 125 North Avon Street. Later the ;aoved to 229^ ugden Avenue 
where she lived until 1972 when she entered a nursing ho«e. She is presently 
eighty one years of age. 



Moth«r 

MARGARlT CbCII^ LOV^I^.ND V.'KIT^i.y dCHIiit 

Bora &a Rockford, Iliia-iii to (ileaii Hill Lovtlaad and Alice Honors Mci\a«*r* 
Lovcliiid Oft March S, 1V13, Karg=-ret Cecile Loveland ■.hitaey ^cr.ier was the oldest 
of six children. 

Sh« criad for the first six conths of her Ufe with colic, ,,'hea thia coaditioa 
was corrected aha oecane fat and aassy and walked s;t wi.e i.g& ~f &ix souths. 

ooae of nar ajiriieat K*:Horiws are of the house oh Oweii Cer.ter .lead share she 
played in the yard uatiher huge el«s . Jhe atter-ded Lhe owea Center ochooi, a ORe- 
roOM school, whea she was lire years old. Jecosd throutjh sixth grades were com- 
pleted in Rockford JchwOla, «i;.d seventh and ei^i.th bP^des at '..'est Heights couatry 
school. Mother thea atoeRded the old co-ed Jt. Thoaae High uchool fur three years 
ard Muldooa High dchoul for girls im her senior year aad was « weEoer of the first 
graduating claas of th* fiew school in 193^;. ^ihe atT.eKd«d rtosary College fro« 
193c to 1933. Aa auto«obile accidti'it and the depreasioa Drought aa ead to her 
college work. 

la aa auto accideHt oa Aut,Uwt i6, 1933 ahe suffered a broke* pelTis, iateraal 
injuries and ait injured left k«oe . In another accidci-;t oa the aa«e day her brother 
iiobart received four ccapound fractures and a saashed eioow ia his left ara. Both 
were ia 3t. Aathony's Iloapititl for laaiiy painfal K^nths. A year later Mother spent 
apothar six noaths la bed due to inflamatorj- rheuwatisia res ultin^, iron old icO^ries. 
This illfiess left her with a stiff left Kjawe. 

Hfirfira* job was clerical work for tka Illiaois Stata li^aployaeat Service oa 
a tanporary assignaieAt. As a result of Civil Service ax«»8 she received a peroaaeDt 
appoiatment as en laterviewer and coatiaued to work here until 1944* 

la 1935 »tte resuaed the plans fur marriage to Harold './hitaey that were inter- 
rupted by the auto accideiit and subsequent illaess. Furniture was acquired and 
»n apartaeat furnished for the big event. A fire destroyed the apartment aad 
furnishiiigs and stopped the wedding plans. Further delay was caused by her being 
transferred to a Chicago office of the IlUaois State iwijjloymeBt Serfice ia a 



nm CiYil 3erTic« positio*. i« 1936. ii*rold followed her x.o Chicago but wedding 
plaas w«r« »g«ia deltyed by surgery ob the stiff Knee at St. Luke* Hospital i» 
1V3S/ and she wr.s unable to retura ^o worK for aaouhar aix aonths. a wedding 
data waa »et for May 18, lV4u (her parent's wedding date; wne« Harold was drafted 
iato the aray and the weddixij;; v.'aa off again. Three days baf jro ,i«d-ctio« Harold 
was Aotified to report to work in an aray tank plant as a tool aaker instead of 
adlitary duty, .jedding plafsswere on a^ain i«d this tioe ^nd this time what 
Harold called his "eight year whiil-wiad courtship" was over. The wedding took 
pl*ce in Rcckfcrd at ot. Marji 'i» church on l^oveaber 3'-', IV'+l. A wedding dinner 
followed at her parent's hoac on ..'est Gta^e iitreet. Marriage at this church 
was isportant to her because her father had been baptized here, her parents 
aarricd there on May 18, 1912, she had oeen b^iptized, :xade her first coanuaion 
and confirnation here also. 

One week l»ter caae the attack on Tearl Harbor and the war had a great 
iapact oi the cewl^'weds . Harold worked nights and aother worked days for three 
years. Mother resigned froa the h.'sployaent SerTice when her firat son^, Frederick 
was born. The children of this rarriage were 

1. Fr-sde^i':k Arthuf ;/hitney, born May 9, 19^*4 

2. Virginia Louise ;,'hitney, bora December 11, 1945 

3. Margaret Mary '..Taitney, born January 30, 1947. 

Before Virginia was born Harold beca«e ill with Hodijkins disease and was no 
lORger able to work by the tiae Margaret was corn, i^fter a long tiae of suffering 
and pain he died on May 8, 1948. By this tifue all the fin«.nr;ij.l resotorces had been 
exhausted and the faail^ was on relief. Harold' j death left Mother with three 
children under four year* of age to care for. 

It took a year before Mother could eakc any definite plans for work or for 
establishing a new life. In 1949 Kother aoTed oack to iiockford and returned to 
work there for the Illinois State iiaployaeat Service, The cnildren had a difficult 
tiae getting us«d to a auccession of housekeepers and i^issed naming Mother at hoae 



to car* for them. At first there w«8 one fiiiincial crisis after arother uut they 
gradually eased as the regular income provided f uada . In iVi)! Mother awmaged to 
buy a house on coKtraot at 91^' North Court Street and thu family sored in, rery 
proud to be in a ho^e of their owa at L^at. 

MAliiilED (FAMILY) UFh uF FRAUC13 MHL :.iCHI^ A^D MARGARET 
CECIIJL UjV^iAW .miTKLY oCIIIiifl 

Mother met ay father at a daace i» 195^ • They were aarried a year later o« 
January 10, 1953 Ie ot. Peter's Church, liockford, Illinois, They aored to Cretjom, 
Illiaois ST'.d establisheri a hcae in a farmhouse fivc cd-lea out om th« 1 ineii road. 
Mother was receited with great warmth and affcctioii and treated as a daughter by 
Graiidmother and Gr-ndiither 3chier. I was boro, FraRcia ^.ugene Johm Gchier, o« 
July 1, 1954. Before long difficulties aroae that could mot be resolved a«d 
•y parewts separated ia 1956. 

Mother began to teach school for the first tiae at the Byron, Illir.ois Elemen- 
tmry school ;ir.d acved with the childrea back to her house oa 910 l.orth Court Street 
i« Rockford. Mother taught in Byron for two years and then signed a contract to 
teach in the Rockford public Schools where she had beett teaching for the past 
sixteec years . 

When Mother beg&n to teach she started to take evenin^; and sumtaer school 
classes at Rockford College. It has taken seventeen years of night school and 
summer schojl for her to complete her bachelor's degree, obtain her Master's degree, 
and thirty additional graduate hours. 

In 1958 Tsy father sued for divorce »F.ri the marriage >.as ofIici,»lly termire«ted 
in 1959. >'other received custody of the child of thit :arri.i£e («e) and at that 
point relations with the ochier family in oregua ceased. 

The children grew and completed school. Fred aarried Just before he was grad- 
uated fro* high school. Margaret ard Virgiaia attcaded V^ii'-cy College. FinaRces 
were strained to the breaking point while they were both in college and Mother was 
too. Everyone had extra part-tiae jobs, the girls received scholarships, and 



Mother borrowed !BO«ey while the girls received student lt)a*s. The girls 
married after Icivin^j colla^* *ftd onl^y Mother and I rewxia at hosie. 

I i.n corpleti'.c; ty stcoRd ye&r tt ,-lock Valley College and will be graduated 
on Kty 23, 1974 with er. Astociatc Decree. My present plar.jj are to complete jsy 
last two years of college ft»-d then obtain a degree in Ir.tcrnatiow;<l Uw. 
The current status of the children is as follows: 

1. Frederick Arthur ..'hitney, born 5-9-44, «arried to 
Judie May Adans, o^ra 9-2i)-4i» 

childroii: L^rj-.c Yvowce '.^Mlwcy, born 11-3^-63 

Frederick Roger 'Jhitney, born 2-18-67 

2. Virgird.a Louise '.^'hltney, bora l2-ll-4i>, strried to 
Dardel J . vek«»!Soa, bom 11-27-44 

children: f'ichacl David Mekeason, oorn 2-14-72 
3» Kargarft "^ry '.'hitncy, aarried to (born 1-3U-47) 
Fr«--icii, n.i-.iela, bjra 4-16-44 

ctiildrea: Robert Doalnic Caslele, born 8-5-70 

Christopher A 11a a Daaiele, bora 6-2-73 
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URVEY 



Your name David Loren SCHUSLER 

Date of form 

26, November 1974 



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 1750-1800 X 1800-1850 

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. ) ^Middle Atlantic (N. Y, , Penn. , N. J. , Va. ) 

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

West South Central (Ark. , N. M. , Tex. , Ok. ) Tenn. , Ky. ) 

X East North Central (Mich. , Ohio, Ind. , 111., Wis.) Pacific (Cal. , Wash.) 

(Hawaii, Alaska) X Plains (ND, SD, Neb. , Kan. , Iowa, MO) 

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

X Farming ^Mining X Shopkeeping or small business 

Transportation Big Business X M anufacturing 

Professions Industrial Labor X O ther 

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

Romas Catholic Jewish Presbyterian X M ethodist 

X Baptist Episcopalian Congregational Other 

Quaker ^Mormon X Other Protestant X Lutheran 

What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 

Blacks Indians Mexicans Puerto Ricans 

Jews Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

Irsh British X Native Americans over several generations 

East Asian Other 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

X Interviews with other Family Bibles Family Geneologies 

family members 

Vital Records Land Records X The U. S. Census 

_X Photographs X M aps X Other 



FAMILY DATA 



Grandfather (your father's side) 

Name Fred SCHUSLER Current Residence Deceased 



If dead, date of death ^^- ^ December, 193o 

Place of birth Wheaton, DuPage Co. , Illinois (U. S. jjate of Birth 3, June 1881 

Education (Number of years): 

Grade school 8 High School Vocational College 



Occupations Place of Residence (after leaving home) 

1st Farmer Dates IQQ^-iq^S 1st Chicago, IL Dates 1901-190 2 

2n d F-jniciual .orkeS ates 1933-1932 2n d Wheat on, I L Dates 1903-190 ^ 

3rd Dates 3r d vJarrenvJlle .II D ates 190'^-193 8 

4th Dates 4th Dates 

Religion Protestant 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother DuPage Co., Illinois (US) date 14, October, 

1908 
Grandmother (your father's side) 

Name Mable Mae MACK Current Residence Deceased 

If dead, date of death ]_ April, 19 'o'^ 

Place of birt h Wheaton, DuPage Co. , Illinois (U.S.) Date of Birt h 24, March. 18 84 

Education (Number of years): 

Grade school 8 High School Vocational College 



Occupations Place of Residence (after leaving home) 

1st Housewife Dates 1908-1934 1st Warrenville ,IL dates 1908-193^ 

2nd Dates 2nd dates 

3rd Dates 3rd dates 

4th Dates 4th dates 

Religio n Protestant 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather DuPage County, Illinois (U. S. ) 
Date 14, October, 1908 



Grandfather (your mother's side ) 

Nam e Chivies Cansus TOWERY Current Residence Deceased 

If dead, date of death 7, July, 1965 

Place of birt h Turkey Paw, Burke Co. , N. C. Date of Birt h 21, June, 1 

(U.S. ) 

Education (Number of years): 

Grade school 4 High School Vocational College 



Occupations Place of Residence (after leaving home) 

1 St Textile worker Dates 1907-193 31 st rii?:ch Joint, I-.C, dates 191^-1913 

Zn dStore owner Dates 1933-196 32nd "jastonia, .'■.C. date sT913-19m 

3rd Dates 3r dThomasville , 3 . C . dates 1918-192? 

4th Dates 4th GT-p^t Pnl 1 .q , H . C . dates 1927-1963 

Religion Protestant 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother York, York Co. , South Carolina (U. S. ) 
Date 1, January, 1914 

Grandmother (your mother's side ) 

Name Velma Veatris GREENE Current Residence Deceased 



If dead, date of death 30, August, 1969 

Place of birth Caroleen, Rutherford Co. , N. C. date of birth 9, March, 1896 
(UTS.) 

Education (Number of years): 

Grade schoo l 4 High school Vocational College 



Occupations Place of Residence (after leaving home) 

1st Textile worker Dates 1912-1920 1st High Tni nt , K.C. dates i9:|,4-is 

2n d housewife Dates 1921-1932 2n dGastonia, IJ.C. dates l913-lS 

3r d Textile worker Dates 1933-19'^^ 3r dThomasville, S.C. dates l91o-27 
4t h Store owner Dates 1935,-1988 4t hf;-rp^t m'^^IIc;^ ,q.n, dates Tqpy_fi8 

Religio n Baptist 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather York, York County, South Carolina (U . S. ) 
Date 1, January, 1914 



CHILDREN of A &t B - Your father's name should appear below 

1 . Name Grace Amelia SCHUSLER 

Place of birth DuPage County, Illinois (U. S. ) Date 1, August, 1909 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupatio n Office clerk 



Residence Batavia, Kane Co. , IL (U.S.) Marital Status Widow 

Number of children two (2) 

Name Alfred Allen SCHUSLER 



Place of birth DuPage County, Illinois (U. S. ) Date 5, July, 1911 

Number of years of schooling 12 O ccupatio n Retired Carpenter 

Residence Batavia, Kane Co. , IL(U.S.) Marital Status Married 

Numiber of childre n five (5) 

Name Robert Elmer SCHUSLER 



Place of birt h DuPage County, Illinois (U. S. ) Date 14, June, 1914 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupation Construction Worker 

Residence Rockford, Winnebago Co. , IL (U.S.) Marital Status Married 
Number of children seven (7) 



Name Elsie Rosetta SCHUSLER 



Place of birth DuPage County, Illinois (U. S. ) Date 1916 (Still birth) 

Number of years of schooling -- Occupation -- 



Residence Deceased ^Marital Status_ 

Number of children -- 

Name Mable Ruth SCHUSLER 



Place of birt h DuPage County, Illinois (U.S.) Date 21, January, 1919 

Number of years of schooling 10 Occupatio n Beautician 



Residence Aurora, Kane Co. , IL (U.S.) Marital Status Married 

Number of children three (3) 

Name Myrtle Irene SCHUSLER 



Place of birt h DuPage County, Illinois U. S. Date , February, 1921 

Number of years of schooling 10 Occupatio n Housewife 



Residence Aurora, Kane Co. , Illinois (U. S. ) Marital Status Married 

Number of children one (1 ) 



CHILDREN of C St D - Your mother's name should appear below 

1. Name Mildred Juanita TOWERY 

Place of birt h Thomasville, Davidson Co. ,N. C. (U.S.) Date 13, July, 1921 
Number of years of schooling 12 Occupatio n Housewife - Real Estate 

Residence Rockford, Winnebago Co. , XL (U. S. ) ^Marital Status Married 

Number of childre n seven (7) 

2. Name Paul William TOWERY 



Place of birt h Thomasville, Davidson, N. C. (U.S.) Date 31, August, 1924 

Number of years of schooling 12 Occupatio n Retired - U.S. Army 

Residence Orlando, Orange Co. , Florida (U. S. ) Marital Status Married 

Number of children 



Your Father 

Name Robert Elmer SCHUSLER, Sr. Current Residence Rockford, Winnebago, 

Illinois (U.S. ) 
Place of birth DuPage Co., Illinois (U.S.) Date of birt hl4, June, 1914 

Education (Number of years): 

Grade school 8 High schoo l 4 Vocational College 



Occupations Place of Residence (after leaving home) 

1 st Farmer-odd jobs Pat e s V-J32-19W 1 st Aurora, IL Dat e s l932-l'^j40 

2n d U.'^. Army Dates l'J^0-19^b 2n d oervi cp; Dates ]Q40--i Q^fi 

3r d Odd .jobs Dates 1Q46-1955 3r d South Carolina Dates 19/^6-1950 

4t h Laborer-const. Dates 1933-197^ 4th Aurora, 111 Dates I93O-I933 

Sandwich, XL 1953-1962 

Religion Protestant flano, IL 1952-1963 

^ Aurora, IL 1963-1965 

T. .-.• 1 .■ ■ -1 • 1 1 u ^ . .Rockford, IL 1965-197^ 

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



Place of marriage to your mother York, York Co., South Carolina (U.S. ) 
Date 2, December, 1944 

Your Mother 

Name Mildred Juanita TOWERY Current Residence Rockford, Winnebago, 

(U.S. ) Illinois (U.S. ) 
Place of birth Thomasville, Davidson, N. C. Date of Birt h 13, July, 1921 

Education (Number of years): 

Grade schoo l 8 High Schoo l 4 Vocational College 



Occupations Place of Residence (after leaving home) 

1 St Office work Dates 1941-1944 1 st hnbi 1 e , Al abama Dates lQZj.l-1942 

2n d Fousewife Date s 1944-1974 2n dCharlotte J: . C Dates 1942-1946 

3r d Real Estate Dates 1967-197 43r d (SaTne as above Dates 

4th Dates 4th except for: Dates 

Great Palls, S.C. 1963-1965 
Religion Protestant 

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



Place of marriage to your father York, York Co. , South Carolina (U.S. ) 
Date 2, December, 1944 



CHILDREN of E & F - Your name should appear below 

1. Name Grace Paulette SCHUSLER 

Place of birt h Charlotte, Mecklenburg, N. C. (U.S.) Date 17, August, 1945 
Number of years of schoolin g 16 Occupation Teacher 



Residence Kankakee, Kankakee Co. , IL (U.S.) Marital Status Married 

Number of children two (Z) 

Name Robert Elmer SCHUSLER, Jr. 

Place of birth Lancaster, Lancaster Co. , S. C. (U. S. ) Date 17, October, 1948 
Number of years of schoolin g 14 Occupatio n Deans Food St college student 

Residence Rockford, Winnebago, IL (U.S.) ^Marital Status Married 

Number of childre n two (2) 

Name David Loren SCHUSLER 



Place of birt h Aurora, Kane Co. , IL (U.S.) Date 7, February, 1951 

Numiber of years of schooling 14 Occupatio n College student 

Residence Loves Park, Winnebago, IL (U.S.) ^Marital Status Married 

Number of children 

Name Anita Irene SCHUSLER 



Place of birth Aurora, Kane Co. , IL (U. S. ) Date 18, September, 1952 

Number of years of schooling 16 Occupation Teacher 



Residence Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co. , WIS (U.S. ) Marital Status Married 
Number of childre n one (1) 

Name Velma Jean SCHUSLER 



Place of birth Sandwich, DeKalb Co. , IL (U. S. ) Date 18, April, 1954 

Number of years of schooling 14 Occupatio n College student 

Residence Rockford, Winnebago, IL (U.S. ) ^Marital Status Single 

Number of children 

Name Edward Chivies SCHUSLER 

Place of birth Sandwich, DeKalb Co. , IL (U. S. ) Date 10, July, 1955 

Number of years of schooling 10 Occupatio n Student 

Residence Rockford, Winnebago, IL (U. S. ) ^Marital Status Single 

Number of children 

Nam e Sylvia Marie SCHUSLER 



Place of birt h Sandwich, DeKalb, 111 (U.S.) Date 24, April, 1958 

Number of years of schooling 10 Occupatio n Student 



Residence Rockford, Winnebago, IL (U.S.) Marital Status Single 

Number of children 



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Li.?t of Sources 

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Robert Elmer Scbusler, Sr. 
Mildred Towery Schusler 
Grace Schusler Lippold 
Rosetta Mcintosh 
Alfred A. Schusler 
Mary Sue Jones 
Harry Abernathy 

ether Sources - 

Photographs and photo albums 

Newspaper clippings 

RegiojTjal maps 

U. S. Census 

Letters and notes 

Legal papers and insurance papers 



FRED SCHUSLER 

Fred Schusler was born to Joseph and Sarah (Jones) Schusler 
on June 3, 1881. H e was born in the bedroom of Joseph and Sarah's 
farm house, on a farm just south of A'heaton, Illinois. Soon after 
Fred was born, hia family migrated to northwestern Iowa. 

Joseph and Sarah Schusler had a large family of eleven children. 
All the children helped their father farm the fertile land ot northwestern 
Iowa. Joseph Schusler owned three farms in northwestern Iowa. He 
farmed the land and also was in the cattle business. In the early days 
of their life in Iowa, Joseph's farm house was visited frequently by 
Indians. They never caused any trouble. They would just look in the 
windows of the house, curious of the activities inside. The houses 
of neighbors were miles apart. There were no roads to nearby towns, 
except for dirt paths worn by the passage of wagois. 

Fred Schusler' s brothers and sisters were as follows, Tilly, 
George, Amelia, Joseph Jr. , John, Matthew, Frank, Edward, Walter, 
and Willy. Willy died when he was three years old from a fever. 

When Fred was a grown man, he returned to Illinois. He worked 
on seve ral farms in the Chicago area. He worked for Chas. & Sandborn 
in Chicago for a short tim.e. He did the groundskeeping at the golf course 
in Wheaton, Illinois, and had a milk route in v/arrenville, Illinois. 

In 1904, Fred took a job running the Elmer Mack farm just outside 
of Wheaton, Illinois. The owner, Elmer Mack had died. While working 
the farm he met Mable Mack, Elmer's daughter, and their courtship began. 



MABLE MAE MACK 

Mable Mae Mack was born to Elmer DeWitt Miack and Rosetta 
Singleterry Mack on March 24, 1884, at WarrenvlUe, Illinois. Mable 
was born in the farm house of the Mack family farm. She was Elmer's 
first child. 

The Mack family farm was first homesteaded by Elmer Ivlack's 
father. The original farm was 640 acres, and was purchased for a 
mere fifty cents per acre, from the government. The impressive Mack 
farm house and barn were built in 1840. Both were constructed with 
solid framework and took many hours of labor. The barn was made out 
of solid oak, with wooden spikes driven by hand to hold the sturdy 
structure together. 

During the time when Mable Mack was on the farm, her father 
farmed 160 acres of land. The Mack farm house was a huge home, but 
was filled with warmth, and the sound of children. Mable, the eldest, 
was joined by two brothers, George and Clarence, and five sisters, 
Florence, Maud, Edith, Helen, and Elsie. All the Mack children were 
born at the Mack home. 

The house was built with the same laborious efforts as the oak barn. 
Solid oak hardwood floors and trim could be seen throughout the home. 
The ceilings were 9 feet high, making the rooms seem even more awsome. 
The downstairs of the house had a huge kitchen with a wood burning stove, 
a formal dining room, living room, sitting room, sewing room, and one 
bedroom. The upstairs had three huge bedrooms and a storage room. 



The storage room was big enough to hold four double beds. It was known 
as the "school roonm", because it was used as a school roona in earlier 
years. The house was not insulated. Coal was burned in the dining room 
and the living room. There was no heat in the bedrooms. The house had 
a basement, with a root cellar for storing vegetables. The root cellar 
had a dirt floor in it. 

The Mack home was the center for all activities. Alter it was 
first homesteaded the family grew. As the children becanne adults, they 
all were niarried in the i\4ack home. After inarriage the children began 
farming a portion of the original 640 acres. Births, weddings, and funerals 
were all held within the walls of the Mack home. It v/as the scene of 
many family gatherings. It was a center for the family. 

Mable was an eager child, who soon developed an interest in art. 
Ker early childhood drawings reflected a talent that was developed into 
adulthood. When Mable was nineteen years old, her father died. Mable 
being the eldest, helped her mother to raise the other seven children and 
do the farming. It w^as a dairy farm, with hogs, and grain products also. 
A gravel pit was also located on the farm. 

Soon after Mable' s father died, the Mack's decided to get a hired 
hand to help run the farm. His nan?.e was Fred Schusler. Four years 
after Fred started on the Mack farm, he and Mable Mack were married. 



FRED SCHUSLEP. & MABLE MAE MACK 

After startiiig work at the Mack farm in 1904, Fred Schusler 
met Mable Mack. They courted each other, and on October 14, 1908 
they were married in: the living room of the Mack house, near 
Vyarrenville, Illinois. 

Fred and Viable Schusler rented a farm a short distance from 
the Adack farm on Mack Road. On August 1, 1909 their first child was 
bora, Grace Amelia. Five other children were also born while they 
lived on this farm. Two sons, Robert and Alfred, and three more 
daughters, Elsie (still bifth), Mable, and Myrtle. 

In 1921, Fred and his family rented another farm near Naperville, 
Illinois. They farmed this land for nine years. In 1932, they moved 
back to a farm near west Chicago. The depression also hit the farm 
during these years. The first year, bugs destroyed the crops. The 
second year a hail storm ruined the crops. In 1935 the harvest was good, 
but a tornado destroyed all the farm buildings and harvested crops. It 
v/a3 after these turn of events that Fred Schusler sold the farm and took 
a job in vVheaton, Illinois as caretaker of the City Park. 

Fred and Mable's first years of farming were good. There was alot 
of hard work and money was short, but they always had plenty food and. 
a warm house. The years of 1932-35 were lean years, with all the crops 
being destroyed. Mable worked hard helping Fred run the farm and keeping 
five children fed, clothed, and loved. The children helped v/ith the 
farming. Even during the depression they always had food on the table. 
It was considered good fortune to be on a farm during the depression. 



Fred was 54 years old when he took the caretaking job at 
Wheaton, Illinois. FJe loved the oatdoors and enjoyed the job at 
the City Fark. It was a -^uiet peaceful job, in which he could still 
work with the land. In 1952, .Fred retired from this job, at the ripe 
age of 71. Two years later Mable died at the age of 70. Fred lived 
for four more years, dieing at the age of 77, in 195 3. I hey both 
were buried in Warrenville Cemetery, .Varrenvilie, Illinois. 

As an added side note, Clarence Mack, brother of Mable 
Mack kept the 160 acres farmed by Elmer and also bought up more 
acres of land from other members of the family soon after Elmer 
died, for $90 an acre. In the I960's he sold this land for $1200 
an acre, and it is now owned by the county, and is a forest preserve. 
He received over $200, 000 for the land. 



ROBERT ELMER SCHUSLER, SR. 

Robert Elmer Schusler was born to Fred and Mable Mack Schusler 
on June 17, 1914 (their third child). He was born in their farm house 
near Warrenville, Illinois, on M-.ack Road. 

Robert enjoyed his childhood on the farm. He entered school 
at Gary's Mill School and attended first through third grade there. It 
was a small country school house. In fourth grade he started at Erb 
School in Naperville, Illinois and went there through grade eight. The 
school was named after the Erb family, who donated the land for the 
school. After grade school, Robert attended Napei'ville High School. 
While at Naperville High School, Robert was active in sports. He played 
football. He played both guard and tackle. Naperville won the majority 
of their games during his years there. They were in the "Little Seven 
League. " Robert also was in track. He ran the half mile and threw the 
shot-put and discus. He received a letter sweater from Naperville High 
School. Robert gradviated from Naperville High School in 1932. 

The depression was a very difficult time for the country, but on 
the farm Robert and his family had plenty of food and a roof over their 
heads. 

In the I930's the average cost of a new car was $700-300. There 
were three choices of cars, coupe, sedan or convertible. Robert bought 
his first car in 1935. It was a 1928 Chevrolet, and he bought it for $50. 
The color choices were not too large either at this time, either black or 
red. 



/. fter graduating from high school, Robert worked on the farm at 
home for l| years. Robert then went to another farna nearby and began 
work there. He made $25 a month, including room and board. At this 
time $15 a week was considered a high paying job, but jobs were not 
readily available for college graduates or skilled people. Robert stayed 
at the farm for a year and a half. 

In 1935, he went to work at St. Charles Kitchens in Geneva, 
Illinois. He niade tubular chairs, lawn furniture, etc. He worked here 
for one year. 

From I937-I939, Robert worked on construction projects (roads 
and bridges) in DuFage County for West Counties Construction Company. 
He worked was a laborer for $1. 00 per hour. Some weeks he made up 
to $60 or $70 a week. This was considered "big" money, as high paying 
construction jobs now are considered "big" paying jobs. 

On July 1, 1940, Robert entered the service. He was sworn into 
the U.S. Army at Chicago, Illinois. He had his basic training at Fort 
Le-AO-S, Washington. He then went to Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. Here he 
was trained in tank destroying. Next he went to Fort Hood, Texas to the 
armor division. He then transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia and 
received infantry training. 

Robert went to Fort McClellan, Alabama and trained new recruits 
for basic training. Next he went to air borne school at Fort Benning, 
Georgia. At Camp McCall, North Carolina, he was with the 13th air- 
borne division for training to go overseas. While stationed here, Robert 
met Mildrred Towery in 1944 and they were married that same year. 



CHIVIES CANSUS TOWERY 

Chivies Cansus Towery was born in Turkey Paw, North Carolina 
on June 21, 1889. He was born to VNTilliam Washington Towery, and 
Mattie Sue Dobbins Towery. Chivies was the youngest of four children. 
He had two brothers, Perry and Gidney, and a sister named Sarah. 

Chivies went to grammar school for four years. His two brothers 
helped his father farm. Chivies helped his mother at home with the 
chores. 

Chivies liked the outdoors and as a youngster he would hike up 
to Crowder Mountain, near their home, and shoot rattle snakes. 

When Chivies was sixteen, he started working in the cotton 
mills. During this period of time the main industry in this part of 
the country was the cotton mills. The majority of the people in this 
area worked in the cotton mills for a living. 

Chivies went to High Point, North Carolina where he worked in 
the cbttxsn mills there. A few years later he was in South Carolina 
working in the mills. In 1913, he met Velma Veatris Greene, whom 
he married on January 1, 1914. 



VELMA VEATRIS GREENE 

Velma Veatris Greene was born in Caroleen, North Carolina 
on March 9, 1896. She was the daughter of John and Mittie Greene. 
There were eight children in her family. This included five brothers, 
Gus, Charles, Finckney, Ciedus, and Loren. She also had two aisters, 
Naomi and Margaret. 

When Velma was a young child, here two sisters caught sonae 
type of fever. It was believed by the doctors that not eating would 
fight the fever. Naomi crawled out of bed and into the kitchen and ate 
some apple peelings that she found in a wooden bucket. This helped 
her to survive, but her sister, Margaret died from the fever. 

When Velma was four years old, her mother died. For the 
next eight to ten years, Velma lived from household to household, 
going between fiiends and relatives. She lived for awhile with her 
brothers, Gus and Charlie after they were married. (In later years, 
she stated that it seemed as if friends treated her better than relatives. ) 

Velma' s father, John Greene owned a small grocery store in 
Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also ran a boarding house for college 
students. 

When Velma was twelve years old, she stai-ted going to the cotton 
mills and helped her brothers on their jobs. She worked twelve hours 
a day. 

When Velma was seventeen years old she met Chivies Cansus Towery 
at the cotton mills, and they were married on January 1, 1914. 



CHIVIES CANSUS TOVyERY k VELMA VEATRIS GREENE 

Chivies Cansus Towery and Velrna Veatris Greene were married 
on January 1, 1914 in York, South Carolina. Velma wa? seventeen, 
years old and Chivies was 24 years old. Soon after they were married 
they niade their first home in High Point, North Carolina. They 
rented a room in a boarding house. Both Chivies and Velma worked 
in the cotton iriills in High Point. 

In 1915, they moved to Gastonia, North Carolina. They rented 
a room, there also, and both worked in the cotton mills. 

In jl91S, they moved to Thomasville, North Carolina. They 
rented a house owned by the mill company. Velma worked for a 
couple more years in the cotton mills. In July of 1921, their first 
child was born, a daughter, IvUldred Juanita. Velma then stayed at 
home to care for the 1jaby. Another child v/ai; born in 1924, Paul 
William. 

In 1927, the famiily moved to Great Falls. South Carolina. 
Chivies, once again worked in the cotton mills in Great Falls, In 
1933 Velma went back to work at the cotton mills and did so until 1949. 

In 1955, Chivies and Velma started a small grocery store in the 
front of their home on 21 Broad Street in Great Falls, South Carolina. 

Chivies died from a stroke on J^oly 7, 1965 and was buried in 
Woodlawn Cemetery in Great Falls, South Carolina. Veim_a kept the 
store going, but in August 1963, sold the home and moved to P.ockford, 
Illinois to live with her daughter, Mildred. Velma died on August 30, 1969 
in Rockford, Illinois. 



MILDRED JU ANITA TOVyERY 

Mildred Juanita Towery was born in Tboinasvilie, North 
Carolina on July 13, 1921, the first child of Chivies Cansus Towery 
and Velma Veatris Greene Towery. She was born in their home, 
which they rented from the mill company where Chivies worked. 

Three years after Mildred was born, her brother, Paul 
William Towery was born. V\''hen Mildred was six years old her 
family moved to Great Falls, South Carolina. 

Mildred started school in 1928. She graduated from Great 
Falls High School in 1940. Mildred attended the First Baptist 
Church of Great Falls. She sang in the choir, and taught Sunday 
school. Her favorite subjects in school were, French, Latin, and 
English. In junior high school Mildred played basketball. 

In 1941 Mildred's uncle Gus was killed by an automobile. Her 
Aunt Maggie came to the funeral in Great Falls, South Carolina from 
Mobile, Alabama. Mildred went back to Mobile, Alabama with her 
aunt. She got a job working in the purchasing department of the 
Alabama Dry Dock and Ship Building Company. She lived in Mobile, 
Alabama for two years. While there, she went to Alabanaa Business 
University and also worked at Southern Kraft (made paper bags). 

In 1944 she went to Charlotte, North Carolina and worked in the 
Office of Valley Card Company doing bookkeeping. While working here 
she met Robert Elmier Schusler through somie personal friends. 



ROBERT EQylER SCFUSLER fc MILDRED JUANITA TOWERY 

vVhile stationed at Camp McCall, Koilh Carolina, Robert Elmer 
Echusler met Mildred Juanita Towery (1944). Shortly after they niet, 
they were raarried on December 2, 1944 in York, South Carolina. 

Soon after they were married E.obert had to report to Tort 
Ord, California to be shipped to the Phillipines. While in the Fhillipines 
he hunted for "Japs"^ went out on patrols, and had mop-op operations. 
A'^hile Pv-obert was overtieas, his first child waa born in 1945. (Daughter- 
Grace Faulette). 

Robert went to Okinawa, and while he was th'.re the war ended. 
Ke then went to Japan for thr:L;e months to gather war material. Ke 
returned via Fort Lawton, Washington (near Seattle) en ship, and then 
onto Fort Bragg, North Carolina for discharge on January 16, 1946. 
During his term in the service Robert went from. F rivate to First 
Lietenant. ($410 per month) 

/iter com.ing heme, Robert, Mildred and Paul&tte lived in 
Charlotte, North Carolina for about six months. During the summer of 
1946 Robert did farm v/ork at Aurora, Illinois. In the winter of lS'46 
he did work in Florida. In 1947, they went to Great Fallj, South Carolina. 
In 1948, a son, Robert Jr., was born in Lancaster, South Carolina. 
In 1949 attended school using GI compensation, also sold insurance. 

In February of 1950, family moved to Aurora, Illinois where 
Robert did house painting and odd jobs. In 1951, a son, David Lor en was 
born and in 1952 a daughter, A.iita Irene was born. 



In 1953, the family moved to Sandwich, Illinois. Robert joined 
the Laborer's Union and began construction work. In the winter he 
would work in the factories located in the Fox Valley area. There always 
seemed to be plenty of work available in the facto ries. 

Two more daughters and a son were born in 1954, 1953, and 1955 
respectively in Sandwich, Illinois. 

The fam.ily moved to Piano, Illinois in 1962. In the summ.er of 
1963 the fax-nily went out to Seattle, Washington and when they returned 
all of the family but Robert, Sr. went to Great Falls, South Carolina. 
Robert lived in Aurora, Illinois and worked with the Geneva Construction 
Company as a laborer. In Septem^ber, 1964 Robert worked with the 
construction com^pany that built Chrysler Plant in Eelvidere, Illinois. 

In January of 1965, the family all moved to Rockford, Illinois. 
Robert and family lived in several apartments, etc. before m.oving into 
the home on 1413 Eingsley Drive, where they still reside. 

In 1967, Mildred received a real estate license and began selling 
real estate along with her duties at hom.e. Robert kept working with 
construction and is doing so presently. There are only two children at 
home, presently. Four of the children, Paulette, Robert Jr. , David, 
and Anita are married. Velmia Jean is at college in Kankakee, Illinois. 

Since 1944, Robert and Mildred occupied many homes. The money 
was not abundant, but even with seven children, they always had enough 
to care for each one in the family, Robert, at age 60 is still working 
with construction. Mildred is still selling estate and housekeeping. 



DAVID LOREN SCHUSLER 

David Loren Schusler was born in Aurora, Illinois at St. Charles 
Hospital, on February 7, 1951. It was a very cold night (-18 degrees) 
and the birth was at 9:48 p. nn. David lived in Aurora, Illinois until 
the age of two when the family moved to Sandwich, Illinois, which is 
20 miles west of Aurora, Illinois. 

The family lived in a sinall house at 115 Cedar Street. David 
started school at V/. Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich, Illinois. 
He played little league baseball. Flayed poKition of catcher. 

With seven children in the family there was always someone to 
play with right at home. During the summer David liked to garden and 
play baseball at the school grounds, which were only three blocks from 
the house. 

The house on Cedar Street was a one story house with redwood 
siding, it had a kitchen, living room, bathroon and three bedrooms. 
Since there were seven children, some of the children bad to sleep in 
the basement. We always had a big vegetable garden. The yard also 
had fruit trees (pear, peach, apple and cherry). 

As a child, Christrrias was usually a happy time, but the presents 
were few. Dad would be out of woi*k in the winter at tirr.es, since construction 
work would stop. We made up for it with a pretty tree and "yummy" eats. 

In 1962 we moved to Piano, Illinois which is four miles east of 
Sandwich, Illinois. We lived there about nine months. I went to Piano 



Elementary School during that year. We lived in a ranch style house 
in a new subdivision in Piano. It had three bedrooms, living room, 
kitchen, full basement, and a two car garage. This house was bigger 
than the house in Sandwich, but the yard was smaller. In summer oi" 
1963 went to Great Falls, South Carolina where my grandparents lived. 
I started fseventh grade in school there. While there we lived in three 
different houses in one and a half years. All three homes v/ere 
within one and half blocks of iny grandparent's house. The first house 
was at 46 Pine Street ana the second house wat. at 32 Circle Street. The 
third house was at 41 Circle Street. Each of these houses had two 
bedrooms. 

Great Falls was surrounded by woods, which could be seen 
from all three houses. I spent alot of time hiking in the woods. I 
also helped my grandparents with the small store they ran. V/hile in 
Great Falls, m.y father was living in Aurora. 

In 1965 we returned to Illinois and raoved to Rockford, Illinois. 
Dad bought his first nev/ car, a 1965 Chevrolet. I finished 8th grade 
at Lincoln Junior High School. 1 did not like it there, because I did 
not know anyone. In the sunimer 1965, Chivies Towery died. I went 
and stayed with Velma Tov/ery for one year and helped her v/ith her 
store and housework. I attended the nineth grade while in Great Falls, 
South Carolina. It was a difficult year, because I was not allowed to 
go to games at school or friends houses. I thought it would be exciting 
to live away from home, but I found it was not. 



I returned to Rockford, Illinois and lived with my parents at 
1413 Kingiley Drive. 1 attended Harlem High School for three years 
and graduated in June, 1969. i enjoyed going to Harlem and being 
able to stay at one school tor three years, enabled me to make friends 
and enjoy myself. While at Harlem High School, 1 joined Grace 
Latheraii Church in Loves Park, Illinois. 

After graduating from liigh school I worked at ABC Farta and 
Machine Company. I worked on autoniobile engines and did sales 
work. In January, 197C I attended Rock Valley College foi one 
semester, but had to drop out due to surgery. 

Cn February 24, 1971, I was drafted into the CJ. b. Army. 
I had basic training at Foit Folk, Louisiana and in Iv.ay, l97l went 
to Fort Bliss, Texas. 

I stayed at Fort Bliss until Decemoer of 1971, when I came 
home to Rockford and was married. On JJecember 11, 1971, I 
married Jane Lor^aa Mueller at Coiicordia Lutheran Church in 
Rockford, Illinois. We v»ere married by Jane's father. Rev. Randolph 
Mueller. One month after we were married, i had to report to lore 
Lewis, Washington. Cn January 14, 1972 i was in South Vietnani. 
I was stationed near DaNang, as a motor pool mechanic. I moved around 
to different company's all nearby DaNaug. In September, 1972 I was 
transferred to Saigon and stayed there until I was sent hoiiie dn Noveniber. 
I returned horr.a on Kovamber 14, 1972. 



After returning home, I went to work for Rockford Blacktop 
until Jamiary, 1973. In January, 1973 I entered Pock Valley College, 
using my GI Bill. 

V/^hile in Vietnam, my wife lived with her parents for a short 
time, and then got an a;oartment in Loves Park. She began furnishing 
it and vvhen I came home it became our first home. We still reside 
in the Scim.e apartment, which is located at 229 River Lane in Loves Park. 

Since January of l?"?; I have co'.itinued to attend Rock Valley 
College, and will graduate from Rock Valley at the end of the fall 
semester 1974. I am n--ajoring in industrial arts, srcondary education. 
My wife is presently working for the Harlem. School District as a 
secretary. We are active in church activities at Concordia Lutheran 
Church. 

In January, 1975 I plan to attend Northern Illinois University 
where I Vv'ill finiijh my college education. 



SEGER, BETH MARIE, 1957- 



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;i'lLY. HISTORY. 

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Your name 



Peth Marie ^e^er 



Date of form April lY,iVYY 



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Your college: Rock Valley College 
Rockford,lllinois 



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Please check al l regions of the United States in which members of 
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FAMILY DATA 
A 



Grandfather (your father s side ) 

Name ^eter Joseph Seer Current Residence PnpVfnrH ^ jtl 1 J nc1 e 

Date of birth_^^]-y 1 7, l8g6 Place of birth Ghlcaf?o 

Date of death "^ ^ Place of burial 



tiollege 2_ 



Edacation(number of years); 

grade school 8 high school \ , vocational 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
B^okkeerlnr pates - 1st Chlcsro, Ill.Dates 



1st 



:nd Sales-Reiss Pre^le^^,, 



3rd 



<ook:-eeper 



Dates 



2nd Kew Jersey Dates 
3rd Ghica-o, ILL. Dates 



Retired 



4th Fockford, mi. Dates IQIi - 



Religion Roman Catholic 

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

of GoluTTibus, St. John's Young Mens Rnn.^pt.y DfiTnnfrat . j_^^ 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother Qn^pn ^f AnppTQ date ^^ug .. J4 I92l_ _ 
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) 

NamP^^^^^®" Kronal^ere Seger current Residence 



Date of birth Dec. 2g, IP96 Place of birth rM^r>cn-rs^ jn 

Date of death March 26, 1977 Place of burial Pnr T,arly nf Hppven, Chi 



Education (number of years) : 

grade school ^ high.^ s chool_ 

college ^] 



vocational 



Occupation (s) 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Sec. -Relss Pros. Dates I919-I92O 1st Chicago, TTJ,. Dates 



2nd ^'Q^shall Fields pates I9'48-I967 2nd New Jersey Dates 
Retired 



3rd_ 
4th 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



3rd ChlcacTQ. m. Dates 

Pelolt, Wise. 
4th Nursinr HoTne Dates TQ72-77 



Religion Ro^'^an Catholic 

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



Democrat 



Place of marriage to your grandfather QnPPn nf Angelsda te AuR. TU. T9PT 

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



A-2 S tepgrandf ather (your father's side) 



Current Residence 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Place of birth_ 
P lace of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school_ 
college 



Occupation (s ) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd^ 

4th 



Religion_ 



high school_ 



Dates 
_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 

Dates 



_lst_ 
2nd_ 

.3rd_ 
4th 



vocational 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

D a t e s 

Dates 

Dates 

Dates 



Political parties 



vil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



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



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school_ 
college 



high school 



vocational 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4 th 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Religion 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather_ 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 4 

Name Daniel Glerson Current Residence 

Date of birth ^^7 ^^ > 1^97 Place of birth Rutland, Mass. 

Date of death C'Ct. 21, 1962 Place of burial Q.ueen of Angrels 

Education (number of years) : 

grade school p high school vocational ~ college 2 yrs. 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Pullman Railroad Dates TQ??-?fS 1st p.v,-t r-of^^ ti i Dates jc^22 2? 

2nd Northwestern RR. Dates TQ?^-<^? 2nd n>^4^o^Tii Dates 19^7-62 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

4 th Dates 4 th Dates 

Religion Roms" Catholic 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc . Democr'' t 

Place of marriage to your gr andmo ther '"■'^r i-.ady of SorroW ($ate June 3, 1922 

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 ^siria Angland Gleason Current Residence ChicaPO, 111 

Date of birth_J^^ll_i^i_i^52 Place of birth Chicago, 111. 

Date of death Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school 6 high school - vocational , college ^ 



Occupation (s) 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Contometer-ExoressCcDates I9I6-I926 1st O^icero-Apt. DatesTQ22-27 



2nd Marshall Field Dates I9U.i.-b.^ 2nd Ad9Trs St. -Chi. Dates T927-T969 

Washington, PI vd. 
3rd Retired Dates 3rdOflV Park , TI.L. DatesiQ69- 



4th 



Dates 4th Dates 



Religion Ro'Tian Catholic 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather Our Lady of Sorrows Datej^^^g -3 _ I<:)22 

NOTE: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative (to 
•^fe' - :6> ^y^ ^tfee^dJWmi-im' tWe- back of this page (D-2) 



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



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 

Occupa tion (s ) 



lst_ 
2nd_ 

3rd. 
4th 



Dates 
Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college 



.1st 
.2nd 
_3rd 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Religion ^ 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc 



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



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school_ 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birXih 



Place of burial 



vocational 



college 



lst_ 
_2nd_ 
.3rd 

4 th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE: 

(after leaving home)) 

Dates 



_Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather^ 



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

1. Name Peter Joseph Serer. Jr. 

Place of birth CnlcaP'O, 111. date April T . 1^31 

Number of years of schooling 17 yrs. Occupation GUdden ^-ran r.h Mp-r, 

Resldence Rockf ord, 111 Marital Status Married 

Number of children 7 Death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children Death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children Death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children Death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth ^date 

Niambcr of years of schooling Occupation^ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



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

1 Name ^a^lon Gleason^ 

Place of birth Ghlcaf^O, TU. ^ate Feb. 26, 192? 



Number of years of schooling_ 



I6 [y- 



Residence Oflk ParUj Til, Marital Status ojne-le 
Number of children death 



Occupatio n ^n^lneer ^'^^^ rv i s oi 



Name Helen "'gr!~aret :-e^er 

Place of birth Ghicsro. Ill date Apr:'l 9, T932 

Number of years of schooling l6 yrs, Occupationi[ 

Residence Rockfor-d. Ill Marital Status l^^arri-ed 
Number of children 7 death 



3. 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling_ 
Residence 



Number of children 



Marital Status 
death 



_Occupation_ 



Place of birth_ 

Number of years of schooling_ 



Residence 

Number of children 



Marital Status 
death 



Occupation 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling_ 
Residence 



date 



Number of children 



Marital Status 
death 



Occupation_ 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 
Residence 



date 



Occupation^ 



Number of children 



Marital Status^ 
death 



i. 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling_ 
Residence 



Number of children. 



Marital Status_ 
death 



Occupation_ 



Name 

Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling^ 

Resldence^ 

Number of children 



Marital Status_ 
death 



Occupation_ 



9 . Name 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Status 



_Occupation_ 



Number of children 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling_ 
Residence 



Number of children 



Marital Status_ 
death 



_Occupation_ 



Your Father 

Name Peter Joseph Serer, Jr. Current Residence p^r^vfr,^/^ ^ jxi 



Date of birth April I. I93I 



Date of Death__ 

Education (number of years) 
grade school Q highschool 



Occupation (s) 

1st Lieut. -Marines Dates I95'4-56 

Sales irainee 
2nd Glidden Paints Dates 19^6-57 



Place of bitth ghicago. 111 
Place of burial 



voca t ional 



college 



3rd 



Salesman 



Dates 1957-65 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Ist wuantico. Va. Dates ? /t:^_ 9/5 '| 

Oceanside, Calif. 9/5'!-l/55 
7nd Okinawa. Jacan Dates2 /g5-2/'^'6 

Oak Park, Til 1956-57 

Trd Madison. WJSC. DatesT9^7-6n "j 
Arl5r~ton HPhts.'^ll I960-7I ! 
4th Fockford,!!) Datesl 



4t-h Branch Manager Dates 1965- 

B^iiffinn Roman Catholic 

Political parties, cttvil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. Democrat , 

Alpha Beta Gq^.^^s , Hnights of CoIuti'^us . 

riacc of mn r---- -- ^^nur mother fiesurrectl nnCh . date^Au g, 2F , T95L; 

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



Your Mother 

Helen Mare-aret Sep-er 



Date of birth 



April 9, 1932 



Date of death 



_Current Bp^iflence Rockford.Ill 
_Place of birth Chicago. Ill 
Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school 6 highrschool 



vocational 



college 



Occupation (s) 

Isr Exec. SpC-IU Fggm SurP .ates I953-5'4 

,„H " " " " " Dates 195^-56 

3^^ Equifax Field Rep. Dates 1972- 

Dates 



4 th 



Religion 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
l^t-QpftPnairifi , CaHf . Dates o/t;\ ^. jt ^i 

_9nH0flk park , TIT Da t es joc^ - CT 

^rHMfldiann , V/iac! Datesj 9^7 .f^n 

Arlins-ton H^-hts. I960-7I 

z^thRnckford , Til Datesx92X= 



Roman Catholic 



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

Lamba Alpha Beta - — JaTe a ^ .^Q t;;!, 

Place of marriage to your f a rher )^flQnT>r.fi,^ t.-^ nr. Pnnr-r^h ^^ t\np . r C -, — i^^-^ 

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 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



voce t ional 



college 



_lst_ 
_2nd_ 
3rd 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates_ 
Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, et( 



PLace of marriage to your mother 
F-2 Stepmother 
Name 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 



Occupation (s ) 

1st 

2hd_^ 

3rd 

4th 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



vocational 



_college_ 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 



2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


4th 


Dates 



Religion 

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



Place of marriage to your father_ 



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

Name Mark Joseph Seper 

Place of birth ^^k Fark 11. - "ate of birth Nove-her 9, 1956 

Number of years of schooling ^^ Occupation student 

Residence Rockford II. Marital Status ^fnrle ^ 

Number of children ~ death 

N ame Beth Marl p. S^p^r 

Place of birth Mfldi.snn W^ <in _ Date of birth j^gnprnhpr 11, 195^ 

Number of years of schooling_JJ| Occupation .qf.ndpnt 

Residence Rockford II. Marital Status Sln^lft 

Number of children death 

Name Peter Joseph Seger 

Place of birth ■iadison V/isc. Date of birth A'jp-iipit in. 19^9 

Number of years of schooling 1^ Occupation 5;t-.ndpnt. 

Residence Rockford II. Marital Status Single 
Number of children death 

Name Marlon Susan Seo-er 

Place of birth r4adison Wise. Date of birth AuguRi 30, 1 Q fiA 

Number of years of schooling H Occupation St.ndftnt 

Residence Rockford II. Marital Status Single 

Number of children death 

Name Marie Louise Secrer 

Place of birth Arllng-ton Hts . Date of birth September fc, 19 61 

Number of years of schooling -::- Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death Septerri'her 6, 196 1 

Name Daniel Joseph Seger 

Place of birth Arl. Hts. II. Date of birth July 29^ 196 ^ 

Number of years of schooling b Occupation Student 

Residence Rockford II. Marital Status Single 

Number of children death 

Name Patrick Joseph Seger 

Place of birth Arl. Hts. 11. pate of birth September 10. 1 96*^ 

Number of years of schooling ^ Occupation Student 

Residence "OCkford II. Marital Status Single 
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 
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LIST OF SOURCES 



PART I 



1. Peter Joseph Seger, Sr. 

2. Lillian Kronenberg Serer 

3. Peter Joseph Sepcr, Jr, 

PART II 

1. Marie Anpland Gleason 

2. Jack Gleason 

3. Marion Gleason 

1+. Helen Gleason Seper 

PART III 

1, Peter Joseph Seper, Jr. 

2. Helen Gleason Secer 



THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET 

How dear to ray heart are the scenes of my childhood, 
Where fond recollections continue to dwell, 
The orchard, the meadow, the deep tangled wlldwood. 
And the old, oaken bucket that hung in the well, 
CHORUS: The old, oaken bucket, the iron bound bucket) 
The moss covered bucket that hung in the well.-M' 



*My grandfather, Daniel Gleason used to slnr this song 
around the family well when he was very younr. It is 
referred to later on In the paper. 



PART I 

Peter Joseph Seper, the first child of Bernard and Rose 
Marie Seger was born July 17,1686 in Chicago, Illinois. 
Bernard and Rose Marie were the children of immigrant parents. 
Bernards parents were from Germany and Rose Marie Sleetings 
father was from Germany and her mother was from Ireland. 

Joseph(my grandfather)., was the oldest of fiv e children; 
Madeline, John, Bob, Francis, and Bernard who died within a 
year after he was born, Joseph's father was a locksmith in 
a successfull store run by his brother and himself. They 
sold speaking tubes, bells, locks and other metal and iron 
products. Joseph's mother kept up the home and did volunteer 
work at the church. 

My grandfather was raised in Saint Joseph and Immaculate 
Conception parishes and attended Saint Joseph's prammar school 
Saint Joseph's was a strict Benedictine school where no 
money was spent on umiforms. 

My grandfather was raised in a small house on Clark 
Street in Chicago for the first I5 years of his life. 
Hts fam.ily then Tioved to Wgrd Street, Chicago. The home 
had five rooms, with a pot belly stove and a five or six 
burner flat stove; blocks of ice were a ref rip-erator and 
clothes were washed and hung outside to dyy. 

Special family gatherings were usually at Christmas, 
Easter, l+th of July, and New Year's. Every Christmas, 
they would buy a tree at a grocery store and light it up 
with candles. In the evening, after dinner. Grandpa's 
father would light the candles and the family would sit 
around the tree and talk. 



Joe and hl3 brothers and sisters used to play cards, 
baseball, basketball, and go to school dances on their 
freetime. They couldn't afford to attend movies. 

When my prandfather was very young, horsecars provided 
the main source of transportation. They were later sur- 
passed by cable cars which were pulled by underground 
cables. When streetcars became electric, the wooden 
streets were torn up and the wood was distributed arnong 
the townspeople. My grandfather remembers filling the 
wood pile with wood from the streets. 

My grandfather used to work at the rrocers next to his 
house as a stock boy and clerk. Oi^ Saturdays, he would 
ride with the grocer to the South Water Street Wholesale 
Market and watch the wagon while the grocer was trading 
and selling food. The pay for this labor was a fantastic .- 
50j2^ at. day. 

Lillian Kronenberg was born December 26,1696 in Chicago. 
Her parents Wilhelm and Mary Kronenberg were children of im- 
migrant. parents . Lillian(my grandma thar) went to a parochial 
grade school and high school. Lillian's parents were very 
strict; children were seen and not heard, spoke only when 
spoken too. 

My rrandmother was engaged to a Marine in World War I 
who died in battle. A few years later, she met ray grandfather 
while working as a secretary for I^eiss Brothers. They were 
marriedkugust Il4.,l921, and settled in Chicago. .j'-.^n 



My grandfathers brother, Bob, was about 10 years old when 
they were married and for a wedding present, he saved his 
money and surprised them by hiring an organ grinder to 
play at their wedding reception. 

Lillian had a miscarriage a few years after their 
marriage, later her brother died and she and Joe took in 
his two sons, Bobby and Harry and raised them for around 
10 years. Bobby and Harry moved with them out to New Jersey 
when grandpa was transferred and back to Chicago years later. 
Grandpa and Grandma moved back to Chicago because her father, 
who was living with them was dylnp and he wanted to die in 
Chicap-o. 

Upon resettling in Chicaeo, Joe was employed by 
the Ecjward Hines Lumber Company as a bookkeeper. In Chicago 
the mother of Bobby and Harry wanted her ch-ldren back. My 
grandfather wanted to adopt them but she refused. 

On April 1,1932, my father feter Joseph Seger, Jr. was 
born in Chicago, Illinois. My father grew up in Saint 
Angela's Parish and attended Saint Angela's Frade school. 
He graduated from grammar school in I9l4-5» attended Penwick 
High School and graduated from there in I9I4.9. During high 
school he dated, played football his freshman year, boxed 
and was the cartoonist for the school newspaper. 

My father was yount? at the onset of the war, but he 
remembers Pearl Harbor. His father and his uncle were changing 



a light fixture and were listenelnp' to a Chicago Cardinals- 
Chicago Bears football game. Everyone was shocked; they 
couldn't believe that something as horrible as that could 
happen. During high school, ray father used to collect cans 
for tin and turned them In at school for the government 
to use. 

Joe started his freshman year at the University of Illinois 
at Navy Pier. After a semester, he transferred to DePaul and 

switched his major from Pharmacy to Marketing. Joe was 
Vice-President and Social Chairman of his fraternity. Alpha 
Beta Gamma. One year, they raised $1700 on a Saint Patricks 
Day Dance by serving green beer to minors until the police 
closed the place down. 

In I95l, Joe enlisted In the Marine Core Reserves. He 
took the option of flnishinr- school first and rraduated from 
DePaul In I95l|.. Once out of school, Joe entered bnctcamp 
at Parris Island, South Carolina. He finished basic training, 
and married my mother August 26,195^. 



PAFT II 

Dennis and Mary Gleaaon linral prate d from Ireland before 
the Civil Witf, They settled In Rutland^ : Ifeasachusetts and 
started a farm. Dennis and Mary left Ireland because of 
hard times and constant uprisings of the Enplish landlords. 
In Massachusetts, they raised three sons and one daughter, 
Michael, rr\\ great-srandfather, was born in February of I66O. 
The other three children's names and >^lrtndates are not 
known. 

Daniel and Hunora (Nora) O'Leary also immirrated from 
Ireland just before the Civil War. They settled in Rutland, 
Massachusetts and started two farms. Daniel was drafted 
and paid another man $I500 to take his place. Since the 
O'Leary' s were "well-fixed", Daniel could easily afford 
the price of a substitute. The O'Leary' s had a daughter, 
Katharine, who waa born September 10, I87O. 

Michael and Katherine met because their parents 
owned neirhboring fartas . They were married and had their 
first child, Nora, in I69O. They had elpht other children; 
Jack, Mary, Frank, Daniel (my grandfather), Ray, Evelyn, 
William and Robert. Three of their children died at very 
early ares; Robert died from Internal hemorraehing, Nora 
died at the age of 20 from rheumatic fever, and Evelyn 
died from crib death. 



Michael owned a small 60 acre farm In Rutland and was 
a part time teamster for the state sanitarium on the weekinda- 
and during the winter. A teamster waa a person who pulled 
goods around to various businesses with a team of horses. 
This is where the term teamster comes from. Katherine took 
care of the house and later took in boarders like railroad 
crew workers and highway builders and washed clothes to make 
extra money. 

In the late l800'3 and early 1900' s, the average in- 
come was around $3 a day and on this income Michael raised 
a family of II. As a teamster, he was paid twice a month 
at the '•-eglnning and middle of^ach month. It was to stretch 
$14.0-14.5 to cover two weeks. 

My grandfather was born In a two story farmhouse In 
Rutland^ Although the family lacked extra money to keep 
up the exterior of the house, the interior was well-kept 
with new carpeting and wallpaper installed every few years. 
While he was still very young, the farmhouse burnt down 
because of a faulty chimney. The family then moved into 
the old towne hall building in which they put up partitions 
to make rooms. 

My grandfather's parents were politically minded. 
Although they did not have time to run for public office, 
they attended town meetings and marched in torchllpht parades. 
There was a town meetln? held once a year at which all the 
townspeople would gather and offer solutions to the many town 
problems and also decide upon the tax levy for coming year. 
The town constable would select three men to run the meetinf. 



These men also presided over the school board meetings 
and had control over a poll tax which was a tax one would 
have to pay In order to vote at the meetings . 

All the children supported the family. My grandfather 
and his brothers and sisters would pick blueberries In the 
spring and summer and apples In the fall and then sell them. 
Everyone also helped around^ the house and the farm* After 
the boys were 10 and II, they would go out to the woods 
with a team of oxen and cut and haul firewood to sell. They 
also killed rabbits for their food and fur "anything to make 
a dime." The children helped raise potatoes and till the 
garden for vep'e tables. During the winter months, meat was 
hung outside and kept frozen -fhile in the summer months the 
meat was kept "refrigerated" in a cold, clear spring brook. 

There was a central school in Rutland with grades I 
through 12. School children sometimes had to travel dis- 
tances up to three miles to attend school. After a heavy 
snow fall, the children would spend the day shoveling and 
clearing the roads. 

Most of the children's clothes rtece hand made including 
their mittens and shoes, Dan and his brothers and sisters 
would go barefoot in the summer in order to save money. 
During the winter they wore boots made of felt and covered 
with rubber. 



Katherine, Dan's mother, was considered the spark of the 
family. Her spirit kept the family's morale up when things 
didn't po right. Both Dan's parents shared the responsibility 
of disciplining the children. In my grandfather's day, children 
were taught to have respect for elders. They answered them 
with the terms "sir" or "ma'am". The children were usually 
seen and not heard. They did not speak unless they were spoken 
to. 

Special occasions around the Gleason household were 
Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and the l4.th of July, These 
times were usually spent with relatives and neighbors. 
There would be huge gatherings which would require huge 
amounts of planning and food. The l4.th of July was a favorite 
of the kids. Dan and his brother Jack and other children in 
the town would sneak out late at night and put cows on front 
porches, ring the churchbells at midnight, push backhouses 
(outhouses) on the front lawnsjand tip them over. It was a 
great surprise to wake in the middle of the night and rush 
out to the back only to see nothing but an old tree stuck 
over in the corner of the yard. 

Every fall there was a town fair. The town's businesses 
would close Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in order that every- 
one could attend the fair. The fair had a variety of activities 
including baseball games, shooting gallerys, tug-of-wars 
and all different kinds of exhibits and displays. 



Saturday was the blrpest day of the fair with prices 
awarded and a dance at oight.ln the town hall. They would 
put corn meal on the floor to make It slippery and easy to 
dance on. Jack took danclnp lessons but Dan and the rest 
learned how to dance at the town dance. 

Although there was no formal sponsor, the children had 
their own teams and played games often. They would make a 
baseball diamond In the hay fields by simply cutting down 
as much hay as room was needed. There were many homeruns 
TTiade by kids looking for balls In the tall hay that encircled 
the field. 

Every once in a while, some of the boys would take a 
ride Into Woster, a neighboring town. Ihe only problem was 
that it t-^ok clofiEe to four hours to go 10 miles. Horse travel 
was a very slow means of travel. 

The Invention of the car brought a new kind of excite- 
ment Into the town. The Gleason family never owned an auto- 
mobile but Dan and his brothers all had one when they were 
older. There was a factory owner In the town who owned a 
shiny, new Buick and he used to drive It to work every day. 
The boys would watch with great anticipation as the Bulck 
slowly crawled up the big hill in the center of town fully 
expecting tt see the car come rolling back. down. 



It was tnou'ht to be very unsanitary to have a backhouse 
in your house. It was also more important to have water for 
your livestock than for yourself. There was a log in a yoke 
that you would let down to help pull the waterjup-it was an 
iron bound bucket covered with moss. There's a sone they 
used to sing around the bucket. 

Religion played an important role in the Gleason family. 
. Ihe whole family would attend church together every Sunday, 
Once a year, the entire family would participate in a 
spiritual retreat. ■'•he community was very tolerant of all 
religious beliefs. There was one other church in town which 
was conrregatlonal. 

Dan quit school at the ape of l5 because of an argument 
hft had with his mother concerning his skir-plng school. He tllien 
found a Job in a knitting mill in town earning approximately 
#3.©0 a day. Dan was persuaded by a fellow worker to get out 
of factory work and go to Chicago to find a better job. 

Dan's first reaction to Chicago was one of bitter 
dlaappolntment. He was not used to the blustery winds which 
blow year round in Chicago, However, Dan decided to give it 
a try. He found himself a job add put himself through 
nlpht school. Soon after this World War I broke out and Dgn 
jolned the Havy. He waSAsent overseas because he was color- 
blind. He was stationed at the Great Lakes: during the 
influenza epidemic as a member of the medical corp, Dan said 
that the greatest part of his time was spent carrying dead 
bodies. After the war, he went to work for the Pullman Company 
and met my grandmother and was married. 



Patrick John Angland, the younp-ost of five children, 
was born February 8,It^7l4. in Ballyduane South, County Cork, 
Ireland. His parents, Michael and Mary Angland, had six 
other children; John, Michael, Maurice (Taddy) , Tim, Nelly, 
and Margaret. When Patrick was 10, his parents died and 
he was sent to live with his oldest brother, Father John 
Angland In Scotland, Father John taught at the University 
of Glascow where Patrick completed his education. He then 
moved back to Ireland. Upon his arrival back in Ireland, 
Patrick learned that his brothers had not given him a share 
of his parent's estate. Since no Jobs were available in 
Ireland at the time, Patrick moved to the United States to 
find work. He did not keep in touch with his brothers 
because of the hurt he suffered at being pushed out of the 
estate. We do have a copy of the auction of the property 
in 1893. 

Michael and Mary McQuinn gave birth to Mary Agnes 
McQulnn March 25,16714- in County Karle, Ireland. Mary had 
one sister Margaret, and four brothers Michael, John, Tom, 
and one other whose name is not known, 

Patrick and Mary met through their brothers in Ireland. 
They both came to the United States on the same boat in 18914-. 
Patrick came to better himself and to find work. Mary came 
because her brothers were taking care of the farm. Later, 
Mary's sister Margaret Im-^irrated from Ireland to New Hamp- 
shire, 



Patrick's brothers are thourht to have stayed farmers In 
Ireland while his sisters moved to Sydney, Australia and 
married cattleman. 

On arriving in Chicago, Mary stayed with her mother's 
sister O'Keefe and Patrick stayed with cousins on the South 
Side of Chicago. 

Patrick and Mary were married in l695 at Chicaro's 
Old Saint Stephen's Church. The church was later torn 
iown to make room for apartment buildings. 

Patrick worked for the Illinois Central Railroad and 
and after his marrlaee to Mary, they moved to Saint Collum 
K//1 Parrish. They had twelve children; John, Timmy, Maurice, 
Marie(my grandmother), Helen, Edward, Vincent, Katherine, 
Thomas, Genivieve, Margaret, and Agnes. Pour children died 
at very early ares. The cause of death of Timmy and Katherine 
are unknown although both died when they were less than a 
year old. Thomas was to have a mastoid operation but died 
before they could operate and Helen died when she was 26 of 
rheumatic fever. 

Their first home in Saint Collun Ki/ 1 Parrish is hazy 
in my grandmother's mind. It was a medium-sized house with 
five rooms.. Later they moved to a bigger house with an 
apartment building on Ohio Street, There was a kitchen, 
sitting room, living room, dininp room, an' open back porch, 
and bedrooms . 



Their neighbors on one side were the three Manning 
brothers Ed, Joe, and Dick, They were very successful 
lawyers whose offices were located downtown. On the other 
side, there were the O'Donnells who owned a teamlnp business. 
The O'Donnells had six children who Marie and her brothers 
ad sisters grew up with. Many a summer night was spent by 
Mr. O'Donnell, the three Manning brothers and Patrick 
talking and drinking beer on the Angland's back porch. 

As soon as the children were old enough, they were ex- 
pected to find jobs to help support the family. The girls 
helped their mother bake bread In an old fashioned coal 
stove. They would bake eleven loaves of bread twice a week. 
The children also had to give their paychAcks to their parents, 
My grandmother gave her mother her paychecks until she started 
going with my grandfather (Dan ) . The boys cave their 's until 
they were 19 or 20, then they just paid room and board. 
This stopred as soon as they moveed out of the house, 

Patrick aii Mary were both very strict disciplinarians. 
They did not allow the children to discipline each other. 
They felt that was their job and that the children should 
not Interfere. J-lie children were usually punished by being 
grounded from a favorite activity* 

Dinner in the Angland house was eaten in shifts. There 
were too many to sit at one table and the children all worked 
different shifts. They had a big old fashioned table but 
it wasn't quite big enough. 



When iry rrandmother turned Ilj., the family moved to 
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, They bought a larp^e home on 
Plourney Street which provided much more room for the family. 
The Flourney Street residence is where the Angland's ac- 
quired theif first phone. Before that if Patrick or one of 
the children was going to be late for work, they would have 
to ask the O'Donnells to relay the message. 

The Angland's children all attended parochial school. 
There was never any question a>^out it. A Catholic had to 
attend a parochial school. Religion was a very influential 
factor in the Ancland household, Marie's mother helped out 
at the church whenever she could find the time. 

Christmas, Easter, the {^.th of July, and neighborhood 
festivals were big events in the Angland house- old. Family 
and friends would usually share these holidays together. 

The city of Cv,lcai~o also had activities to po alonr with 

the holidays. At Easter, the Chicago parks would sponsor 
Easter Egg hunts; during Halloween, costumes were prevalent 
at the parks. Prizes were awarded for the best costume. At 
night, a dance was held where everyone would parade with 
their costumes and lighted candles. In the middle of the 
parade, there would be older people with hags full of candy, 
nuts, and homemade cookies. T-vey would twirl the bags around 
ad if a youngster could grab one, it was his. The church would 
hold Mi>^^'^: types of dances for teenarera two or three times 
a year. 



Mary Angland was a very superstitious woman as well as 
a religious one. Among her many superstitions, there were 
three that stuck out In my prandnother'a rind. The first 
one Is one that almost everyone believes In; don't open 
an umbrella In the house. The second had to deal with 
dinner. Many times there would be thirteen people for 
dinner. Mary would not allow that number of people to sit 
at the table. Some of the children would have to sit in 
the kltch*^n. The third was the most important to Mary, 
Every year on New Year's Eve, a man had to e the first 
person to enter the house after the New Year began. Ac- 
cording to Mary, this would start the year out rlrt. 
Patrick performed this duty for many years up until his 
death in 1925. After this, Mary had the next door neighbor 
walk in the house in place of Patrick, 

Msrie worked for the express company with her sister 
Helen as a conto'neter. She would add, subtract, divide, and 
take care of the express company's account. Later, she was 
promoted to the office of paymaster. She was in charf^e of 
the payroll and the time cards. On the weekends, Mar4e and 
her friends did volunteer work for the U.S.O. It was here 
that she met rry grandfather. He arranged to meet her there 
the followine weekend. 



Daniel Gleason and Marie Anpland were married at Our 
Lady of Sorrows on June 3»I922. I'he weddlnc was very small 
and quiet. A small breakfast was held for the newlyweds 
at home with the relatives in attendance. They could not 
go on a honeymoon because the express company was In the 
process of consolldatlnp and Marie could not afford to take 
the time off work. 

My grandparents then moved into an apartment at 714-9 
South Kllburn Avenue. Marie continued to work at the express 
company and Dan went back to work for the Pullman Railroad 
as head of the enrineerinc department. In the early 20's, 
tere was a labor strike and the Railroad offered D^n more 
money If he refused to strike* However , Dan felt the company 
was wrong and went out on strike. A3 a result of this, Dgn 
lost his job with the Pullman Railroad company. He then 
went to work for the Northwestern Railroad company. 
Dan was then employed --y Northwestern until his retirement 
in 1962. My grandparents gave birth to their first daughter 
Marion on February 26, 1927. Soon after, tney moved to a 
house on Adams Street where my mother, Helen Marraret Gleason 
was born on April 9,1932. The Depression was hard on my 
grandparents, although my grandmother said that they were 
more fortunate than others. Dan still had his job which 
helped them make ends meet. 



My TTiotner was raised on Adams Street In a one story 
ranch stylo house. T>^e parare, built by my grandfather, 
was located in the backyard fecinr the alley. My aunt and 
ny mother both decided that the srarape was just too small 
so they used the family car to rearrange the back wall. The 
incident is funny now, but my grandparents failed to see the 
humor in the situation. then. 

Marion and Helen suffered from many of the common 
childhood diseases, but they both had bouts with serious 
illnesses. When Marlon was a very young girl, she had 
rheumatic fever which left her partially blind in one eye. 
Helen had pneumonia but was fine after a few days in bed 
which was torture for a child who loved to play outside. 
Helen and Marion attended Resurrection Grade School, 
Siena High School, and Mundelien Collep-e. People told my 
grandfather that he was foolish to send two girls to collep-e, 
but my rrandfather wanted them to have the orportunity of a 
coilepe education and a career of their own. 

My mother met my dad the summer before her Junior year 
at a party at Connie Marvin's grandparents summer ^jome. 
Later in the week, Connie asked my mora if she wanted to 
go on a blind date and : so started the saga of the Seger's, 



PART III 

Peter Joseph Seper, Jr. and Helen Margaret Gleason were 
married August 28,I95'4 at ^Resurrection Church in Chicago, 
Illinois . just after:my. dad had finished basic training. 
They then moved to Oceanside, California where my dad was 
stationed until January of 1955. My mom moved back to 
Chicago to live with her parents when my dad was transferred 
to Okinawa, Japan. He was stationed there fro™ February, 1955 
to February of 1956. After his enlistment expired, my parents 
moved to Oak Park, Illinois where my brother was born. My 
father started workin? for Glldden Paints as a Salestrainee , 
Later in 1957, my parents were transferred to Madison, Wise., 
where ny younper Joe, my younger sister Marion, and I were 
born. We lived in Madison for approximately three years. The 
only thing I remember about our house was eating At the 
kitchen counter with some plastic plates. We were then 
transferred to Arlington Heights, Illinois where Danny, 
Patrick, and ^''^arie Louise were born. Marie Louise was still 
born; the doctor told my mother that he thought she was dead 
before he delivered her. The umbilical cord was wrapped 
around her neck. If she had been born a day earlier, 
she would have lived. We lived in Arlington Heights for about 
10 years. My mom did not work because she was busy raising 
six children. 



My parents spent many eveninps at home while were 
growing up, so they used to get together with our neighbors 
for block parties. Both being avid bridge players, they 
still met every few months to play bridge with three couples 
they went to school with. 

In March of I97I, iriy family moved touRockford, Illinois 
because my father was transferred and promoted to Branch 
Manager. A year later, my mother started worklnp for Retail 
Credit as a field representative. The company's name is now 
Equifax. As a field representative, she can choose her own 
hours and work at homw. 

During the last few years, my parents have met a couple, 
Fred and Sue Paollcchi whom they enjoy and love very much. 
Both couples took a mini-vacation into Chicago together for 
a weekend away from the kids and were able to view a play. 
I-he last two years, my parents and my mom's sister %rion 
have spent two weeks at Hilton Head, South Carolina tshich 
is a tennis complex. At Hilton Head, they usually "soak up 
the rays", as my dad puts It, play tennis, and unwind. 

I, Beth Marie Seger was born December II, 1957 at Saint 
Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin. My mother said I was 
quick, in a big hurry to be born and have been that way ever 
since. 

I am the second oldest of. six and have found advantages 
and disadvantages to my place in line. We have a big brother, 
big sister. relationship in our family. 



When I was little and would be scolded, my older >^rother Mark 
would put his arms around itie and tell me every thlnp was 
allrlght. The same holds true for myself with my younper 
brother Joey, and Joey with Marion, Marlon with ^anny and 
Danny with Patrick. We have our flgnts thouph sometimes 
It seems like those are more frequent than helping each other. 
However, I think that's true of the averap'c family. 

My gramm.ar school years were fun, life seemed like an 
endless playtime with school in between. ](used to px) to my 
brother's baseball g^mes In the summer and bring Kool-Aid 
for the guys to drink and also for my dad who was also a coach. 

We moved to Rockford when I was In 7th grade and I 
remember I was very upset about leaving my friends. However, 
in Rockford, I made some friends instantly and was glad to tro 
back to Arlington Heights at E-aster and tell my friends that 
I had made new friends in ^ockford. That delight faded quickly 
because my so-called frieds dro redAth^t June and I spent a 
very lonely summer in Rockford. When I started 8th grade, 
I was scared to death, but I met some friends to whom J am 
very close to today. 

Through my parents and school, I have developed a tremendous 
love of traveling. My freshman summer, my Aunt Marion and I 
spent about 2 weeks in Canada, at Quebec, and Montreal. Th© 
country was beautiful and my first airplane ride was great tkt 
following summer. 



My family and^ I spent three weeks in Ireland clJinblng 
castles, kissing the Blarney Stone and tnunchlnp on corn beef. 
The countryside is beautiful and it gave everyone a relaxed, 
calm attitude of dealing with frustations in life. 

My Senior year, njwent on a two week trip with my govern- 
ment teacher Mr. Albertson, to Switzerland and Russia. We spent 
four beautiful days in Lucerne, Switzerland, four days in 
Moscow and four in Leningrad, -^ussia was depressing but it 
opeA^ed my eyes to the reality of a very closed life. 

I am now a freshman at Rock Valley and I plan on 
transferring to Loyola University in Chicago next year. At 
this moment, I am a psychology major and would like to go 
on to graduate school to obtain a masters in some area of 
Special Education. 

I am glad that this paper was assigned because I can't 
remember when I've enjoyed writing a paper as much as this one. 
Hy whole family has shown interest and I think there Is going 
to be a whole-hearted effort in tracing our family history. 



SHAVER, RONALD LEE, 19^19- 



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Dates l$2''i 


2nd " :■ '-' ^ Dates! 7"^ " -1 ?: " 2nd ockf or'^i , 11 1 , 
3rd nanufacturl Datesi cri-l? ^^ 3rd 
'tth Dates l^th 


Dates" 19^1 

Dates 

Dates 


Re 1 i g i on Pro t e = ! 



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



Place of Marriage to your grandmother 



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



Grandmother (your father's side) 



Name -..-| IJlVi.,-' 

I f dead, date of death T 



Current Residence 



Place of bi rth 



Date of bi rth s=^ 



1RR/J- 



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



Occupation(s) 

1st "u.:^ 

2nd 

3rd 

Ath 



Dates' 


"03-1951 1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


Ath 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 1^03- 

-o--', Tl'. Dates 19^^ 

" -^ " , "" ' I . Dates 1951 



Dates 



Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 



Profce-t. 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. •ne^nbf> 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 
Note; 



DATT 



"' ih%naM^Sf:»fh^^8afi'S?d^tSl§ 3i|i V^)! ^'"P' 



mother or another relative give 



A- I Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 

N.inic Current Residence 

I f (lead, dale of death 



Place of birth Date of Birth 



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

Occupation(s) PL^CE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st 

2nd Dates 2nd 



Dates 



3rd Dates 3rd 

'♦th Dates i»th 



_Dates 
Dates 



Dates 



Re I igion 



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



Place of marriage to your grandmother ' ' Jg^e 

A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 

^^"^ Current Residence 

If dead, date of death ~ ~ ~~~" 



Place of birth Date of birth 



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

Occupation(s) PL^cE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
'St ^Dates 1st 

2nd^ ^Dates 2nd 

3rd ^Dates 3rd 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Date 



_Date5 
Dates 



Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 



Grandfather (your mother's side) 



Name Albert Eric 0.^r 
I f dead, date of death 



Current Residence Re 



, 111. 



Place of bi rth Jt. r-^y C^ J- » , I'- ■- 

Education (number of years): ~ 

grade school J high school 



Date of bi rth 
vocational 



col lege 



Occupat lon(s) 

!5t 



2nd 




rlner [ 


3rd 




construction 

farm-r [ 


i«th 




•ilkm^n [ 


Rel 


gior 


:;::nui ^-.cturiMj 

. Procest^n-K 



Dates 



Dates 1;9''^5 



Ist_ 
2nd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



:e Vilson, 



1 -;-.-_ 1 007 
pates_l_?li]_J^2iZ.3 rd 

Dates^l 9^3-1 93'tith 



Dates_ 
Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



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

Place of marriage to your grandmother '. ~ ~~" ^^^^~] iite 

Note: If your mother was raised by a b mp r jL l m i 'u i a ri ULlHi r r mai l VB (co ag e l8f 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name v > : ' . " r-^r. Current Residence 



If dead, date of death :' ^ ;, "1^'^: 
Place of bi rth ? 1 


Date of bi rth - ' ; 1'^" ^ 




Education (number of years) 
grade school " high school 


vocational college 




Occupation(s) 

1st "ouse^lf- Dates: 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

'10-19?3st RonVfrr^ 1^1, Date^ 

2nd L ' . : , • : V pg^g^ 


~in-*i3 


2nd Dates 


~' "^-1 ? 


3rd Dates 


3rd :^ -I V T" " DflfP";! 


^....- 



Re 1 i g i on . , ' .:-/:, h^ ,, '■ 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Repiiblio^n 

Mace of marriage to your grandfather ^ . ^,-^ ^ ^^^ — — __-__^ 

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



C-1 Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 



1 f dead, date of death 

I'l.lC Ml hi 1 Ih 




D.iU' 


ol hill 


h 






1 diH .il ion fiiiiiiih.T of y<-.,i ■,) 














.|r...l.- •.( hool hi<|h school 


v(jca 


I ion.il 


1 




lO 


il(M,e 


Occupat ion(s) 




PLACE 


OF 


RESIDENCE 








(after 


l 


eaving 


home) 


1st Dates 


1st 










Dates 


2nd Dates 


2nd 










Dates 


3rd Dates 


3rd 
f raterni t ies , 


etc._ 








Dates 


kth Dates 


Dates 


Re 1 i gion 




Political parties, civil or social clubs, 














Place of marriage to your grandmother 










date 





D-2 S tepqrandmother (your mother's side) 

Name ___^ Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birth Date of birth 



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



Occupation(s) ■ PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 



3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

Re 1 i g i on 

Political party , civil or soci al clubs, sororities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



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



Name ^ ' 
Place of bi rth ^" 



Number of years of school inq 
Res idence " . II 1 ," 



Number of ch i Idren 



Name '' 'zel Carol 
Place of birth ?^ 



Number of years of school ing 
Residence R :-■ " ~^ 
Number of ch i Idren " 



Name "^ : 

Place of bl rth " - _ '"^ 
Number of years of school ing 
Residence ~ -^ Fi- - ,, ""^ " 



Number of chi ldr6n 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



date 



_^__^__^___ Occupatibh 
Marital Status ^ 



Occupation 

Marital Status 



Marital Status 



date ^ V. 
Occupation 



date 



OccupatiOh 
Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooHng 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of^ school Ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school Ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth ' 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of birth ~" 

Number of years o1^ school inq 
Residence - 



Number of t ill I d r B r 



Marital Status 



date 
Occupation 



date 
"Cccupation 



Marital Status 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupatiort 



date 

"Occupation 



Mantal Status 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



date 



_ Occupation 
"arital Status 



CHILDREN 



if C and D (or C- 1 , D-l)-your mother's name should appear heic 



N.iiiif ; ■ 1 ! ; . e Lou 1 s e Shava r 



Nunibr-r r,| yr.u; of school JtK) 1? Occupation 

«'•'. i 'J«"cc ■^7;^ '■', I^^. MariTTFsiaLi 

Number of ch i Idren -i ~~~ 



P I acr; of birth ^T~~~^ ^~ 



3. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of ch i 1 dren 



6. N; 



Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 



Number of children 



7. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Name 

P lace of birth 



9. Name 

P lace of b i rth 



Number of years of school 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i Idren 



10. Name 



Number of years of schooling - ^ g'ccupatTo^T 
Residence ■v:''^ \ T^ ' c Mar i ta 1 Status 
Number of children " 



Number of years of schooling (JccupaTTon" 

f^^si dence II~~~~ Marital Status 



Name 

P ' -'^^ ^^'" ^'''^'^ _. "^atT 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Mar i tTFStatus 

Number of ch i Idren ~" ~~~ 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~ ~~ j-jj_g 

Number of years of schooling OccupatToTT 

'^^'^'^e"ce_^ MaritTTTtatus 

Number of children ~~~ 



date 



Marital Status 



^, ^ ^ date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence ~~ 

Number of ch i Idren ~~~ ~ — 



Marital Status 



date 



Number of years of schooling (J^upation 

Residence MaritaT Status ' 

Number of children ~ " 



date 



D . , "^9___ Occupation 

Residence 



Marital Status 



date 



P 1 ace of bi rth ' ~ — 

Resident y^ors of schooling ^ -W^I7Datio- 

M, , ^"^^, ' — . Marital Status 

■dumber of ch i Idren 



Your Father 



Name f.'j.^ ^, ,, ,_ " S:-,qver 
If dead, date of death 



Current Residence RocVford, n: 



Place of birth Z._,, .■:, H" 
Education (number of years) 
grade school ^ 



Date of birth 



high school 



vocational 



col lege 



Occupation(s) 

1st Frlntev 



2nd ~.:,-jI & jje Maker 
3rd 



_Dates 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



1st 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home 



•presentZnd Los 



Da tes 1236-12^l6_ 
Ddtes ';' ^ 



ijth 

Re 1 i g i on 



Dates 



3rd R^ 

'♦th 



Dates i; 
Dates 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. h^ . r.1--1 i 
Place of marriage to your mother 



NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or anotKerVelat I ve give that da ta" on 'the' back 
of this page. (E-2) 



Your Mother 



Name r^ ^o. ^--^ :. T. -ulse Sha-> 
If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Lake '..•jls 

Education (number of years) 

grade school 7 

Occupation(s) 

1st Houses, if e 

2nd 

3rd 



high school 



Current Residence Aocki^oi-d, 111 

_ Date of birth July ??, jQl^i- 
vocational ^col lege 



Religion Piote s tart 



D a t e s V^o-presen t| s t 

Dates 2nd 

_Dates 3rd 



Hookf orci. , 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Dates '.93^-19^'-^ 



:eles , 



Dates l?-^6 



Dates 



19^L?-nov 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 3e; 



Place of marriage to your father ' " '- I 1, — 37te — ~, ' r-rrr- 

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



E- 1 Stepfather 



If dead, date of death 



Place of birth^ _^__ ^Date 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 

Ath Dates 'ith Dates 

Rel igion 

Pol i t i ca"f Part les , civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your mother Date 



F-2 Stepmother 



Name 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Date of 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_ 

3 rd Dates ^3 rd Da tes_ 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your father date 



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

Name ' :. -^e 3l-)sver 

Place of birth p -" ;. T ■ , p^te ^f ^irth 
Number of years of school Jn g '. Occupation" 
Residence - ^ ^ ■' ^ ^T" Marital Status ' 
Number of ch i Idren ~~ ~~" 



Name X-^'.cy A^n C^aark 



Name ' ' 

Place of birth , . - P^te of birth 

Number of years of schooling OccupatiorT 

Res i dence , - ^ Marital Status " 

Number of chf Idren ~ 



1 l?-??, 



Place of birth H:)C'crord, J '.. . D ate of birth .r^ 

Number of years of school ing - Occupation 

Res i dence ' ^ , ^" ^ Marital Status 

Number of ch i Idren 2 ~~~ 



Name : ^ ." , ■ ^ 

Place of birth 7 y " '- , " ' Date of birth :, 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Res i dence :i^ i, T'e.: . Marital Status ' 

Number of chi Idren none ~~ 



Name 

Place of bi rth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Res i dence Marital Status ~_ 

Number of children ~~~ 



Name^ ^ 

Place of birth Date of birth_ 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status [ 

Number of chi Idren '~~ 



Name 

Place of birth Date of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Residence Marital Status" 

Number of chi Idren 

Name 

Place of bi rth DaTe of birth 

Number of years of school ing Occupation 

Res i dence Marital Status 

Number of chi Idren 



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

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

Signed Au tf /■ ^tuij/ClT 

Date 7/W ^. 1914 



Sources of Inf orsi^itlon 

Carol Edwards aunt 

Ebba Johnson great aunt 

Preida Johnson great aunt 

Lilly Nelson great aunt 

Albert Orren maternal grandfath^^r 

Marianne Shaver nother 

Max Shaver fath-r 



Vr-^Y E■^^J:^r-^ :";hav-i.- P-.tlv^r- S-ptfnh-n- I/", 1^1''- 

horr to I' o-r/r'-^ -^t 1 .•^' - • ■ . ' .to "Ir-r l"", 

191^, li) nixon, TlTi.n.vis. T'k: 'Xic-- - 1 .^; 1 i.v^i^rl oti ft fMT -. :-:eMr 
Dj X':m-i whH 1 '"'■^r-- .,;--? v^"^ y V'^u:'^ -I'^'l tlien rove- : - f-r'-l :^^.^~.-: .1 "1^ 
-Street in th=: o'ty of Dixon. K.tx -i 1 1 f-. nd e ."l svi^^a .sc'iool in 
ni/:.-)^. I- 1'?''5 *-'"' Gh9ver=! -ov=: 1 to '^To'-f ov-1 , Illinois. 
Th- f^-'iily M'T-:' '".n t'-n went r;ide o' ho.y;, n;v1 l^!^:; -ttsndei 
'^t'n th.'o:i h f^t:, 2''''''^- ■^^ T-o;ev'-lt Jiinior High Cnhool. lie 
coiH.Tetod 10"!-i t''^^ • ?£;I-i i^t'i -r'V^^s t norl;ror'<l Ceritv-:! ^Mi;'-i 
n.^.hool. 

MqT'p first Jot.' w-^ife ■^ papf^'T r'^^ute. L"^t?r, '\-'ip*^ in 
I'liffh ^'c'"ool , h'- iwoi-i'^i qs ^-r npher rt th';- Coi-oriHrlo r'^e^tre, 
'A3r took prirtlai; coiir.sFS w; en in hi rh s'rhool ?nd nlTnn-:'i to 
pursu-- th-it ^R -^ c'^:i-'---^er uh-'n h? gr-.iunted. A short *-1t^ 
after grarlii^.tinj 'n 193^, hr- ani foiir friends hiLchel rides 
on fr-i ht tr.i'T-; ill ti- -joy tc Florl>i-. Unabl.- to fi-d a 
job th2--, he r-.tnrnHd to nocl'-f'".-- ' ^Innc, rldin;;^ th^ frelv.rits 
again. A feo- d-,vs' i.ft-r rr-tnrninij t'^ Roolcford, M^.x wfiS •■."tie 
t-- fi'-^ -, i -v-, .-.t BH-inr-n ^rinM.-ifi Co^-^any. He reoeired 
*7.cn _ or : — V f::v -T-v':in- "^ horo;?. Vfter int ; vention by 
^' '■ ' ' 'i : "■ "' ■'-ir ue"!.i ', ' '" t;-! Borr'd l-i;_: ;>;-, _e;- vie booste'l to 
iflj."" .-r - : :v '5 '. -ur-:. '3--.:lri.^ hh'.^ Teprti.fiiou he i-i^'^- 
fovt^;na,te •■---■ ' ' " -^ • I- -' ^m. \i'ed . n- i^or^^^^d ', ^ t-h.- 
-i"/i':i'u. ■ ■ ■: •. rr^rn 1^3? to i^-j? . T-: i?3? ' •' be«;«n 'vorlcin^ 

^^t voj-^ ' T^or Ca-r;-;'.ny «n'l ' ►] \92?> oved '-n Twiij Di=^'^. 

"n i:'v3 '^ - _ 'Ti- (-:>■. r-r in tool •■^•-l iie -^l o .rber-Col^-rrn 



'"i-on -ailii-^^ry H.=^rA-ice tljiT.u<£h Iot' "' : 

"c:.-upa!;i.o':. ■■ - ■ • . ' ■ • - ■ ■ , ■ ., 

Hfter t: - : : , • :_ ' : . . ._ - ^ •-, _ ^ ^.- 

V'^iiT.x "ol'i Mi'i Tool CorM; .-i„' . Th^^- t'.ip./l Hli : ■ ir liiiiluln^ 
nlastio ^rid cHe onst -ol'S. He sola 'ils 'n ilf of thft Liislnes 

Comr-any. 'le sold Ms nnrt of t;-.ls ui;slness Ir. 196?. In 
19'^5 he went lnc<.) l.-sincb's l;y hl-.'seir . Tills co!i['-iny, Sl-ave.- 
rod. and M„i^ C.,-^]^:^y, Iniilt plastic -rd die cHf^t ■ oldt , inr^ 
n'^chine r,- rts for iii-tuy larse companies in Rockford. In 1^^?! 
he Rol(3 Sha"er Tool and Mold Co-ii-any ^nd Is ourryntly e^n^doyed 
at TIetz Tool -rnd uie, 

Kax Sha^^-'T -us "larvie'l on October 3, IQ""^', t-o Marianne 
Oi-ren in the tio-Tie of h -r parents. 



Hrl'anne Loni.^ie C:\r 



f-i'-li- for TcMir 3^e>!rs it. Kiiinei;oi-« . K?ri'\r,e -r-tt^nled 
-, nwuh':T -r ,nrf-r-ni- i-ic'iools i.n :;ocKf-rl, Levir.nlns ^t 
8ro-r.:i School i'l 'v-iith^^-rS h ao-V,^,-! f -.r i 1 rs h ^ri.!e. Hhe • 
-it^c-nrV-l vrij,;^'. S^-hv>1 -rit 1358 Fourth Avenue- rnr r^ecnnl 
c^r'Nif ^n= J-.r>':-,v- TcMtm:.! .t 5515 ' ni |- -nl li-ochy rt^i.-ets for 
third thr:.ii :< fiith ^-''^-''^r. Ghe th^r. ^h' Lr-riHed Hi^hl-n^ 
Sclioc:! 1 h ,119 r;o-.-ii Avenue for sixbh -^nd sevpnhh gx-adp.s, 
Linroln Jn'il^jr "5.,:b School for e^.-Jith ^,n1 ninhh vr^^^cs, ard 
r^o■:^ple+:o^ tenth throu^^h t-i-lvth jr^ les ?it Hentrq.! Hl,.:h 
Sohi.v^l . 'Jh'i;-- •-> ', h'iihilann 3chnol M---,rl:vp.n.e w:-s In the "Knovr 
Your Clt/ Cl'j'i", Once n woeh th^'^ club M^iS t:-i\en by bur. to 
d1"fe''eii'. nn;^'.-,-, :-- or plTr--^ of' Interest In the city for 
a tour. ;.t "enli'tl Hlj,h ;,;'ri^ -mr in th-; nfVAiin>^ -^nd Cor.kinj; 
Club. Shi ^n^o ittoi^dco Centr-.! 's foothsIT -res, tdayR.l 
-it ?T7er '";t-3d^rr', ^nd t!-;- sc':Ool b^^dceth.Ti ^.^.^^n^^, 

!>'-irlainie 1 iv-ri i.n --any -^ i r-^erent 1 .u;-> 1 1 ons «1- H e 
£;;TOviii& up l:-\ Rocl'ford, w! Irh ''iB.h t!»'> rr'son p ho .tte;-"!-^! 

8r. -■■>■-/ 'll-r P.3 d: c^chonl:?. H«t> f-u ily llvol .t I'l-?:^ i^trth 

Av^ ..--,-' "■ ^ In^ b-ck to Roc^fnrd li. 1917 fr-;' "Tin esoto. 

From 191:5 t,-^ I 9^1 th.p r-.r-ilv liTr?ri :^|- I'^i': irish'A oiU -p Strspt. 
0>-e roori o9 their ho^ae vt;-- r-e; t-d to two b-:^ -' plcir-- , jn 
19-^'> l-'-iP •f'-, -ily -.o-e'! tfi tli^ S-^uK' Lo-v/-ood. Vore t iPv liu^d 






T:! 19^'i t::.: f- -jlj' 



vl-.~H:i'-j -'^£l-: M-^: s in Pen-sylv-i: i vh . F^ '.11 , r-'i ioM8 -i-^-re 
'-1.M fnr'' bntr ■''..i^ii .-P '{-.^ r^~n,y, '^].-r^\y.-><^...i r-r'1^> .-'■'■ 

miich "iiM r ■-:■ ■ TTir'^'n of i^-e ra'^'ll^, ^n "i ii?ny ."i.^'O'ir -^ tl '^ms 

vre V1S-". Tt l^'^'l ^i-e f=i'-ly h l.^ihl t-nelr first r vUo n.;r! 

!'i^'5arne !::^r: ^t^eivleJ First- ^v- •- ^(-lical ^r^p Chui;c:h 
all ^-r- ^ 1 If '^: tr.d 'iHS coiirii ed in 19?^. In 193? siie £n'lu?. ted 
fr.-T C-ni:rHl H^^'i Dc! ■■ol. Jot- ^^^ere dir:'lniilt ^o flrd.but 
3I-P -.THs --,v";^.. •-,:, e1- r.n>-> ^i h M^tiorr-il Lock Co-ip-^ny , wti'^i-e she 
eirn='d al>oijl-, '^15.00 of-r ...."ek. 51,: wnUed Ihr-re until 1935 
■>' ^n ^!-.A bf-ori-ie elc''' airl iv-.r iiOKoit^ll z^c! . Cn Oc^ober 3, 1?3-, 
s'lie •'■•='p ir'ar-'V-T! to rLnx S' -AVf-v ].r. t'-^f- he i.e ' of her par^^nt.s, 
Abonl ino ^i;-)-1p JK^nded tlv'-ir w-drliv.v. 



" ■ ■ " ■ ■ . ^ - ■: Ccr ober 3, 

!;■ loc'cford, Illinois. ;■ .„ ' : v., , .^••,•?■ "r 

'!l2h :jch<-?ol i: :iOokf or.l . Tl-eir first ' , . . 

o- qn^ 171;:, .V/e-ne. lii l^^'U the,j bi^Mt a ne;-; Vn - h ij-Oc 
.•;or.!lnij,yiIe ~rlvj ot: "loc'-f -i- ' ':s -■■■ist sl.le. I.: l"-Vo M.t; 
3h«ve:-s .''.'^ci'iel t.; -ove t... Cnlifoi-'a, birh -_.e 1- ■:;ly a f::-:ort: 
^ImC j.n Los .'in^TilfTr,- •■^■,1.1 i-'it\ij;-ned t'.-) ?,-^c'< " -<r'\ -'ip s-a-e 7r'--ir. 
Aftor rel'iz- -i'-^ to rl-^-f.Vford tr:ey live- ■)'■■ 11^i6 15+'- l^reet. 
T'l 1:^51 b!v-.' -vjve.I In^o t' ol.r nev hoie O: 1315 Wider-rer D-iv- 
anrl !U"e 1\ vlns thsi-e i.resentTy. 

Cu :vove'iLer ", 193?; t!:e 3hi;'-rs liad tl.elr first cl.ili , 
G'^ry E''''H-'r'' , "-.•'■y sv-l'vated fr-:; Roc'cford East '.il^h .School 
^■►''- i'"'55. A-'^ber iii-vil-'al: Ion he ccnpi e te^I a caroe' ter apprentl oe- 
shlp, \ fev A'-i ii's laher he v-^^ into t' ho^'ie bull.liii^ buslnet'; 
■«:!. th ■■ .jrtrer. '", .v-v (,; :rt ..^^v led to oHrb'-ra Soderjren on 
Jv-e 21, 1?5''. T;--ir ^-ir^ I- c'-lli'', ^^--^ley F- 1 1 , vv-^.s bor'" 
?!irch 20, -iT'O. ^-iL' ^.■-'.nd^.'W, ^i.ejr secvj.id c! il 1, wa:H^ corn 
^ppl-*^-:-^.. r 1'', 1?'^''!. V3I -1-i F'Hlhh .1oln-d the ^'havei' f'^Tlly 
or '>ce !ibe;- 7, iri.'^o. !■ 1/?! :^--ry ^m ^iarbaivi decided to 
dec.! - Iso^ on •' ■ y:^ . d :ry Is -i an.&3ion;-ii'„- builder, ti•^' he -^'nd 
his ". i''y '_:. .^-:-"i;-iv living In "ar-^oy , Vene^iiLl'i . 

;■ ' :. 'VHS bo'--i to Wax -^nd narl^i::ri<^ '^'aA'ar on 

do^.t'r ^b'-- 1 , '-.-'O* Aft^r .^iryiUjitliij^ "\-o>-\ d.'c: f '"^rd 3^s'' !'lj:;h 
jc'io d_ ir :;'''!, " inoy ^'orh'^'" ^s > Teifal fie-re i;-;a-7 foi- vclsh 
/ ■ ■;:,■: '• VH. Oo r.e[-.h'r'nbr^r 1^, l-'"^, Mancy w^^^*^ -■•irrle-l 



The 0;'!Vtr'-:s '- ^ - ' • r-'- l.li cen . ^hv ._, ■ l-vi-n Jdr.e ^, 

f-^i.ny 1G living in Rockford ? '; 5i::'- ?r/eLt Vi2.. '.■"■mm-. 

o'l^j'/pc;--;. :i.=5 fi-s livod I.U Ronkf .;)i-c. nil his li?'- -i l ^v -'- 
uated fro. II i^:.;^ ''ford o^st- ^M_^h o:-hool In Vy'?. He th -i- 
^r:-he;j-o' t ' i - Un'v-^rGil.y oT Illlrol^- ''or one y'-^r. ^inald 
w^-^ e.r,nl.-,i.;e.' 't S'm -v.^o" "^vjl 9'--r Mr,l 1 Go'npaiy ^r.^ : t?-"^'" ':o 
1973. In the s.j-r'tij -f 1,"73 h^ '\-)>^^-^n -it (.ending ,;-■>(-'' Villc^y 
Jr;:i' 0- -^olTi-T nnd :ill ir>:^u>!e in May I??';. In M:p f^Tl 
of 1.97^i he -.15 11 ••■5i-.Ler '■! Illlrois 3t^.i-e !'n l_-"-ersity i'- No-''-.l, 
Illin.l1.?, '•! ..V-.rin:;, In speci-^l education. 

DeLr^-; Jo'.ii-i w^h born to }''ix -^ri'l ri?(rl^:nrie Slia' -'i' on 
Geptember 17, 1753. Debr-^ ^.r-idualed Tr.i.i, Ror.kfoT'd iil^st 
IIi>di 3chool ii-i 1"'71 '-tn'-'^ l.e-^in working =is a seoret'-.ry ifber 
j/r^idiv^^tion . r-i' Aib^^nst 7''), 1972, DebrM. was inari'led to Steplien 
Be-anan. The Be-H-rnns jirr ;>-<■>•; livin;:; in Abilene, r^xis, wl'iere 
Stephen it. ■ov'-'ivr^ on hin •"■;s tort Deyjr^e In psycholov^y r, t 
Abilene Ihri . M -i l'-^ "-rslty . 



:ichnli?o^. She 



■r;r.-l ar>.i:Or :Kl.=-v- J-,ai-ry 1, i' 



lh'>vr in P,->T>-., TTTIro-s, on J-,Mua7-y 1, 1.":;. 7 "v " 
^.^■" c)^ '-!•. i-h' 1 i'-' ^>n^' on ^ f-r-n In rnr^.l r'.ilo. 

Illinois. A^t.. r '"xb ^nyrria^e -o Il^^-el Hili^r^-r in 1^0'^, 
he- 'r.r-..'n rnr x\"z i^f rur-:'l T'^o. Ve .:o>;t- inn :•! r'r-\\:z until 
auoijh 1^10 in" t^^p" .-.over. "b-M-k to Di^'on, THiv-^li, xh^re h<" 
w la '^-i'-'ln .-■ .-n r.;y r rl in -Tijnnf^; "nr'i'-r. '::a -m-' hVs '•. rily 
;ov-cl tr. Ti v;1:f .;r>l , Tlllnoi; , in 1??'*, iud he bei^an woi'Mn^ 
-■-t TlHtion-.! Lo'i.'..: Go-rin-at y. Dmin^ the cljor'^-ssi on he ^voi-hed 
'OS a janitor ii-t'ir' Palacft Th^-.tre on North ir-.in 3tre ■.♦- in 
Roc'rfoj^i. '\ft'~r th' riepT.-i.qf- i r.n he began -.vorkinu at Twin 
Di.'^-c ^nl rf^. 'ic-ine-J there ri'-itil he rp.tirea in 1T^3. 






on lep';..r: ■- T, l^'",!:: Fenfiell, I"! I " r.^^ s; . F--"! T 1 ic 
loc-'t-d abo-u "^ nji^o ncrl-h- ^-;t m- C':-. y 1.3'- , TllL'- ->!::. 

On T-iuy 10, 1 ?33 ,H.:./'el 1 •^c-?--e - m Mnler "f th . II;. M ^ri^l 
:;;oc1'-t„' ..r l^he •"^ri),ihl-:>/v. of t-'e Airi ric-..' lev.lubioi:. TFe 
cert.lf i;7 ,te rea^s; as f -1- s: " C: i s c-vtirie.: ^hlb Krs . ' 
H'iz<a Hlb^r^ -r Gl-a^--r is a r.^-ulnrly ap^r-vel 'e">-.r •-.! the 

In connect' on lb' hh.^ Div^m Chini;/:>,-, ha'rin.i been aj.'.itbe1 
by tliL-: N - f-.l -TT^il r.o-^ro <>r ^Tr^nBi-e-nent b.y virtue of her df^sceiit 
from D-^nlel " i '; ;-rb^/ry wlio •-il-h unfailing Toyilty r^ndere'^ -n -^ h e r i ■?. 1 
Rlii tc the cnris'-^ -if A'narlc" . Inde;j==nrienoe -i:: =i soldier 'bjri'nu, 
the Revol'j.tl O'lL^'Ty '.f^r", 

Hh-^oI i.i'P T:-,rr-ln.i to U:iTry M. ohTver on J-'nu^i-y 1, 
190", In Polo, Illinois. :!a7--^l ^-^n^l V'^rry T.o-?d to -bo^'kr or-l , 
Illinois, li! 1?''-, ^.nl ren.lnen th-r-? r.ntll Hnzel»8 death 
on October -'?, 1931. 



'^rri' ' ■ ^^ ' ' 1 '_ r^-r were :=■.■'.' -^ ^ ' 

1/0"^, in Fo"* ), TTH'^'iis, Tue Chavs rs f , r-tio ■ i:i rural Prilo 
'.1-l.i.l ^il.jut i;iO :vr\ l.lr^n Ti.j''ed ho niron, Tlllnoiy. In i::^! 
th^ 3hAvex\s ■^ivl t'lcir fa 'a 1> ■novp'-l to Hoc'cPofi, TTlli-oi::, 

"'-i-x ^ii«r^ru 'A'" s ■'"'orn t'"- M^e 'jh'-i"^"=rs on 3ent-3;"b'-r 1'^, 
1^1^, in -Ix:'-, I^V.n.-iy. ' • ;■ is "-vTie-l i:c M^rl^ntie 3ii-ver, 
■it\'l ^.'i-y li^>/.' f'our o'il rren, 

"--eT :'i-..l -^v; born to the 3'i-:V-r';^ on April -^7, 191^, 
In Polo, ivii ..-is. She is -M-.rr-l.?,! t.i Cy vl w- r-r" v , =ind they 
have three rhil'i-^n. The -ylwcirds live in Roc '^'"or :1 , Illii.oi;;. 

The ':;:i:'.v-rs t''ir') cMl'l, rlorence Hih ir^^ r, w^ '^s born 
Pehrii'iT-y 9, l?''-', in Di>:ori, Illinois. Plor-rticp. i .'^ 'n-.rTlsd 
to Jscik uindr:t,ro :. The- :ArAhtro -^s are livin^i in Fort I-ierce, 
Florl-'-i, ^--i-od b v ■ four children. , 



Alo'-^rt '^ric Ozvr;- "V- t:fir-:ql Cr-.;:1 f >thv^:r- J-nu-ry :^1 , IP^O. 



V ^.-1 , ;-, ^ Mh-rt >orl-e(1 ' ■ ' -.-^ •-,_ ■ ^_ 

wiiojji h3 ■■ .:: ^hoiit 15 ve^rr8 cl i . '> Mvn v;;r'-ed in ^ co-T 
:^\n-. for i':oii'. •..'■^-ir. •:h-n h' ■•--•'; ■■^■■(nh iH y.-qrp rl ' !,-> 
■ ii'' .'•. f'r^.en.i v-arrri to Clilu^jo, Tl.lin-'is, wh re li.- •■'or'red for 

^1 o Miri-ri^-tvon ■co-.pHny, Tn ITO'": ''f> -o-r^-i f^^o , Q'lo^^r, t- 

Co'^.'^ny. I- I'^IO lie ^•'- s T-'Virrlftd *-o Zs1-:-,er Johr-on. "^'-e 
r T'HH'^ -vj'^i'l '- -i.'!^-?: yilson, ri-^-i-soha, in IJIO wh^re they 
f -ir -«d ith 'isi:.he7''s p--r -i-il^fj . T'o., returrio^ to Roc^-'ord 
'n 1917. Tu i;^""' Alberi; i'f-;T-.: i/orkin^; it otnih^^rl D^iry 
Cor^-,ny, ^vh 1 cli i/.t'-'P :-r^^r^ .^1 1!'^ o^'-n's ri.lk Co'iipany. :;e 
contit.ii'i:'! >,,■ r^'' ';.- ' t t;;3 ■\'>ivj until 1>37» "rivi'i^ '^ horfr'e 
dr-wn ril^'- v'^^o- -'ntll tri;^^;:s ■; -re uy^.I. Ti: 1937 f<e be^^ri 
'■;or'l;'.: '• 5iui:'!;^ti--rii Corporation '-irrl re-'iilne^ theie until 
It Is r-tlr--?rit Ui 1055. 



cr 1,1 1.-1 t; 



.1 Gr nvv-- >Hier 



in S-riolin.'i, r:we"'^ri, She was i:!;e nl^ef^sb '^T pfveri ■-•'innrar 
\or'! ':o --er OMo .^rri vino Jo'-n^nn. The f^lly in! "1 ^r'^i hcl 
to i-.h- I'nlt:-,-.) .St'ih.-^.c! in t^JP ^rv^ ii?.:^ 'hdr '^Irst !i,-.'ii>-. in 
lo.-k" -,-^, 11.^^-- :. ^Ti-i-i^ ;:'^!-'.er's c:-r..:' MoT , the r-^-^-'y 
11-rpT in H Ml v er ;" i^rr-r-rt Lore-? -.IT In the :~t:h Sti-^ef 
■■^-rr-'^i, o' Roe'<-fo--a, -^fithe'- -htenle.' tl-:e JTars'- ■]nhoo1 f. *- "Mi 
Street ■->!,. 1 " 1 .•.\;ft'-iue th]^.n.i«l'. f.-,,rt',i .^r-'-irle -iri'l then 1 1: 'enrle 1 
p-r-jp.-.ian 3ch "il , pio ''vtI A-v-enrp thr-.-ii;'' -rqiie c-l'^ht. ner'-u^e 
the Mcho.-.!:. o'fer'-^l TV:'!,- in the w-ny r,f sr.clsl ^ir- tl vl t ipr , ' 
thf^ n'-,iiT-c'-' •'-)£ the c^^ntpi- for z^''^-'^'''''^ tot^ether 'vlth ob'-er 
youn;^ yeon'^i^, T'-e f'i 1 ly ^ttenciel the ""eH^h i^,vingelic"-il 
Pre:-' Church, ^-it-l -">in" i-icilcs ■-f'-'l p-irtie^-^ were plsnne.1 Y j 
tie vnin--^ '.orv.Te cjr t'l" ol '^i^ch for- entert'^i 1 n ' ent . 

The Jn':r<'u"i\-\ fi-illy h'^-i ^i n aver-it<e l.ncone '-inil through 
the fienrefj.'^'.on In 1. '3^2 nw-tys h'-i'T i^^nou^'": '^j-'^'\-.y rn-r e:;'ierjt lal? , 
"jt'''^r''- r-- I, her ;r.T')p s sPi .• ■''--■■ In S'A'eden and th'"-r, g sf^'T = sTian 
qftr.r cv^-ln^ to ^"e Tniteo St-yt-s. The ."oh'nc;on ohU'lrpn 
?11 '-^Tm-j 'ilt': t-h- vofk -j-'oi"i,T th- buns-, i^-p-t -^'j. vr^rhin^ 
-ili'hes •^"::'' ■■'nothP::. The f-jrillv T-.nt<^'h SO'"-- n^ hhe roonp; in 
th'-1r house '■,■, roor^^rr.. ^ th^r, ri,,.- 'Viy^hlno- i-i-o Of-i- 
-Y-T-lPj st-v.'^'l hO'n'^ -nfif;, hel p-t'1 '<lt''i th'^ roo->:'r? ■■i:d Ot'^'T 
'■■h<l:l- :r!. ■■. -'-^-jrt tl-.r ■'^ .'■.,^v c.\- -, -ot 1 1o>i ^!' ;.ol"on Xt-iitt \.n- 
Co rj n q n y 5 t^ " "M •. ' r o t' 1 , 

rh-^ Joh-i.^ijn r-!tr;'il7 pripfit n-rich oT tlif-ir ?;>)4re tiiie 



r:-=i,-^i.nv, .,.-,1 t>iH ,^:,l ^ ^ . -| ,.r-.l -!sny :.-...■: '■. -i;.. 

oo";: of t'-ie r-rMiiy- • ;■•^c■■iti.^n■^l ^'^ire ^;--,.h ^'l>1t 

r'-T "-'-v-^ i 'I Or^aon, Illinris. Phey i'.'onT ' 
i-wo >^'eeks :-:ith h',elr i -^l^i- Ives . A!" Chrlt: r::^;.; t:i>:-y (.a 
^e': ro:set\\f:r ^>s-in. The f ^s oily -oaia e.i.t'\Fr •■'■! ■ '- 
^n-" tU;";;'''' OT t'-^'^e the l-.T'^^vH i-.o £et to Cj -.vii--. 

In 171c E^i-l-'-r -ari-ie^ Mbei*- C-rfiii In th- '-o-;* 
nr her ^,Hr^r,t'?. Ao..)iit 100 p^'Ool ^ atl-n-n.^p] iJv-ir .reddlu, 
qri'l .' ec^.r i,t 1.<~>n . The O'-rens iv^rre iarrl.ftn f-ir '' 1 v<^.qr- , 



A 1 Of T- 1 C I r- c: n p 1 ■: i1 1 y 

Albert 0>iV'-v i'l.l "^thei^ .Tohuson -r^i'S 'yiziV^ i'-A i- 

niloojs. Mbei-t ^liif^ ^shhsr • et enr-h o'l.ar h!; tV.e S.;-li -1 
Sv'-'nyol i c^-il ?i'--- Church, whicl'i cot!v ■.•t^tenfl'? ' . 

I:- i?lj '-he O'lrefis T.ove 1 to \..-i\e ■'l.l.soia, M1.nr'if^-M-A i , 
Kith ^:.\^^ev*:J p_:,r-rrs •'l,--re t ' oy we:?- ^m;,: -- ■ 1 v- fji'^iru. 
Their f'^r.i v^-..^ loo.^ ".-d ^^hnwt: 11 riles oui-Me of L'lke ■JildO! 
"1 nne.s'Ml-. . , L-ilv-=' ,,'ilsoi as s vR-y y.-iHll t-^wn -in 1 h u] .-n.ly 
;i fviw yicirrs, oiti].']-^y ni-ihts on tfip^ fHrra ■.<^.-.T-e V'th ni;;h!;s- 
which Aff:i'^- t,.;l<-y:-. Ill n-i -. ■-^' h tubs . CiitiiOiir toilets w^i-e another 
o,or.vpni-3nr:P. Tv 191? tli^ f^'nily noved I-ho'; to Rrjckr(^r.i -^nd 
lived qt 1^2'' ^ifth Avpmie. Pro-n 191? to l^Pl t^(P Oo;rens 
liv^rl qt 171? KishwaukHP Stieet and in 1922 noved to 114 
South L'jn./„ioo,i , In 19"''- the Owr^n« "o-ed to 3ur:ilt 3tr,-et 
-dn'T liV'id !-h-n'e until fu-ir n= •': ''O'qe ^t 1506 Crosby 3treet 
w^R r" orn pi " t e(i , 

Ori Jul7 7"^^ l?l'i, "oriq^iiiH Loiilse whs "rorn to the 
Osjrenn whii- t^^-y v?re living, 00 tteir P r 1 i 1 L-Ve ^''luon, 
"innesot'^, u-nia^ie '-■ -h naoi-"! to 'y-^^y. Sh^.v.:;r '■'. ^'?-3^> ^vA 
t h) ■=.! 3 h a V ■■! r- « h a v 'L- T O'U' c h 1 1 • r ? - n , 

Ro-lfr^r w«M 1-orn *:o th- C.:r-!^s on D c- Tl>-r 1", I?!?.. 
i"e 1 1: t wl'io--.i'rr <^jrio hcis on-^ o'("'ll''l, ^^o 'c e ijiloy-, ' ^iP a 
-lach'' ni:! '. at '^^trtir. ,-v J. col •-^'^n '^in'i f-U'turin^j' r-o-ii-iny in 
Ro-^-forl. 



Loc-^ bl'JiV or 




"C'l iv.T'n:Hl Gran -if^it^fvf--. Mil -T-i- s;, n^ren-J'^ rsay w J ^y , 'lew le] 



SMITH, BARRETT THEODOREV 1958- 



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

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administrative rights, to the Rock Valley College Family History 
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LIST OF SOURCES 

1. Iva Joanson, Rockford, 111. 

2, My grandmother's Aunt Clara in Bellville, 111. 

3. Myron and Iscle Smith, Rockford, 111. 

4, Bernard and Norma Smith, Rockford, 111. 



If in' 3 poG3-L-l2 uo .'^o-i,.; ^v;-y froa t-ie staad.ird. scyla, 
I'd like to bria^ vo - £o\.' Doin:;c. I ;_ugs3 taij i;_ay b;i Ccillad 
an incroducuion. 

First, I'd like to question objective #3. This objective 
says to gataer gene alogicdl evidence to trace family ties and to 
examine tlie progress the family has made^ Wiiat do you mean by 
progress? 

Do you mean financial progress? Because my dad makes 
more money than his dad, is taat progress? Even if the money 
isn't worth as much? And, what if ray dad can't stand his job, has 
no time for his family, suffers from ulcers, and will probably die 
before his time? If that is progress, let it pass by my door 
please. 

Or maybe you mean educational progress. I noticed that 
my generation has been able to go to school much longer than 
previous generations. Does this mean that my generation has 
progressed? Even if the quality of education has diminisLied 
noticably? Even if graduating college students know more about 
the life cycle of an aciofebd than taeir o'wn livas? I seriously 
believe c.i^t cais country's colleges are turning out u. bunca of 
aigaly-educ^tad ninnies. 

Pera-ips you raej-n spiritual prograss. K\ dad's ganaration 
aas built more caurchas of larger sisa ^.nd more baauciful appoint- 
ment and for raora deno'^inations taan uy grandparent's geaar^tio-i. 
Now taat sounds lika progress. But v;ay do caese ciiurcaes a^ve 
fewer ra;^;alar nenibers? And wn^t abouc tae spread of Eastern 
pailosopaies and tae rising crime rate? Way is tais a time of 



great disallusionT.ent? (Strictly ray opinion of course.) Surely, 
I just don't know what you mean by progress. 

In objective #1 you state ttiat students should be able to 
consider tneir own origins by studying their family's background. 
Now I agree t-iat a family social history is more than just a chart 
of nair.es, but I thorougnly disagree that finding out about one's 
ancestors will enable a person to establish "roots". Tnis is a 
false concept sometimes justified by the allegory: A tree cannot 
live witnout roots. How profoundl Of course a tree cannot live 
witnout roots, but a. tree can do quite nicely without its parents' 
roots. A tree, like a person, must put down its own roots. Some- 
times shoots will appear around the base of the parent tree. These 
are called suckers and are severly hampered in growth by the proxim- 
ity of the parent. 

(An interesting comparison study could be noted here, but 
not by me, because it's all I can do just to get this -'''7c@#I thing 
done) . ' , 

All my thoughts of the objectives of this paper are not 
negative, nowever. I think objective #4 (nistory being made more 
relevant by considering the impact of public events on members of 
our own family) is an excellent objective. I always try to put 
myself in tne shoes of tne people we are studying to help to 
explain their actions, I am able to do this more readily when I 
have a good teacher who can relate history to me, and I do think 
that you, Mr. Schoo, ^re a teacher who can do this. (Now that I've 
buttered you up, do I get an "A"?) 

Another good objective I got out of this assignment, but 
one I failed to see mentioned, was the chance or the motiviation 
to see my relatives and learn about the family history before they 
died and took the knowledge with them. Not even Jeanne Dixon knows 



waen someone is going to die. Just tae chance to see my relatives 
at all was good... even my paternal grandmother wao rather wishes I 
wasn't born to this earth. At least I have someone not to model 
myself after. At least my paternal grandfather, incidentally, was 
quite pleased to see me and said so. My maternal grandmother, wno 
is dlone and needs people even more, had me stay out at her house, 
doing caores for the nicest part of a Saturday and when the work 
was finished she answered my questions, fed me a tasty meal, and 
even baked me an apple pieo If you've ever tasted one of my 
grandma's apple pies ..o. my mouth just waters at the thought. 

I have to admit, I don't take much stock in a family history. 

Mainly because my deceased relatives are exactly that dead. 

Trying to relate to dead relatvies is like visiting a gravestone; 
both being a late attempt. (Like this paper, I might add.) And 
surely none of my dead relatives can come out of the grave to bake 
me an apple pie. But they might have had something to do with the 
recipe, and I guess that's where their importance lies. 

At any rate, here are some of the people who share the 
guilt?/iionor? of producing me: 



FART I. 

Ac William Myron SMITH 

j born: December 5, 1904 

in: Bradford, Illinois 
I died: .n/a 

I buried: n/d 

married in Princeton, Illinois on Feb. 21, 1933 to: 

B. Iscle June DICKERSON 

, born: June 17, 1909 

in: Bradford, Illinois 
died: n/a 
buried: n/a 

C. Iscle and Myron (he goes by his middle name) met as yound child- 
ren at scnool. Later, Iscle moved next door to the farm of Myron's 
parents. After marriage, he moved around northern Illinois and 
southern Wisconsin (Bradford, 111., Van Orrin, 111., Piskelwa, 111., 
Lamoille, 111., Evansville, Wis., Grayslake, 111., and Rockford, 
111.) managing farms. In the late 40 's and early 50' s, M3n:on was 
the Supt. of Swine at the v^ell known Chardon Farms in Grayslake, 
Illinois. In 1947, Chardon Farms purchased the Iowa Grand Champion 
boar, Tru Mold, for the world's record (of that time) price of 
$8,500.00. Liter, the family moved to Rockford, Illinois with Iscle 
working at Woodward Governor as a light assembler and Myron managing 
the Kish-Rock stock farm. Next, they moved into the city and Myron 
also began working at Woodward Governor as a security guard. After 
his retirement, Myron has been working various odd jobs. A few of 
these are: helping at my uncle's (John Sohner) farm, security 
guard ^t Rockford Speedway, parking lot supervisor at First National 
Bank, and mowing lawns. Iscle is kept busy wita her hobbies of 
gardening, ceramics and quilting. Taey live in taeir own house on 
Winthrop Lane, Rockford, 111. Four cnildren were born to this 
marriage: Bernard Lynn, Jane Ann, Nancy Kay, Beverly Joan. 



D. Bernard Lynn SMITH 

born: October 29, 1935 
in: Bradford, Illinois 
died: n/a 
buried: n/a 

PART II. 

A. John F. KOCH 

born: Marca 1, 13&& 

in: ? 

died: November 16, 1950 

buried: ? Belleville, Illinois 

married June 7, 1890 to: 

B. Magdalena SCHUSTER 

born: February 21, 1868 

in: ? 

died: December 11, 1956 

buried: ? Belleville, Illinois 

C. John and Magdalena met at a dance where John was a musician. 
After marriage, John owned a Saloon and Dancehall in Grandforks, 
Illinois. Later moved to East St. Louis and was employed by the 
Star Peerless Brewing Co. until he retired at the ripe old age of 
80. Their later years lived in Belleville, Illinds. Ten children 
were born to tnis marriage: Edward Charles (my great-grandfather), 
Ella Theresa, Matilda K. , Clara R,, E. Mollie, Harry John, Fremont 
Nicholas (who retired from Purina Feed Mill in East St, Louis at 

70 years of age and is now employed as a gardener), Irene Wiltielmia 
(who lived for 16 months), Florence Marie, and Estella E. It is 
interesting to note that all but two of the children got married 
and had small families. Edward has tne most, with four children. 
Of the rest, two had two children, two had one child, and three 
had none. I wonder if this was just a sign of the times or a 
negative reaction because of too many brothers and sisters, 

D. Edward Charles KOCH. 



A. Edward Caarles KOCH 

born: August 13, 1890 
in: ? 
died: n/a 
buried: n/a 

married October 12, 1909 to: 

B. Elld Louisa GLOSS 

born: August &, 1890 
in: ? 

died: December 30, 1952 
buried: Dixon, Illinois 

also married in October 12, 1953 to: 

Pneobe BLACKBURN 

born: September 17, 1891 
in: ? 
died: n/a 
buried: n/a 

C. Edward and Louisa met at a dance „ Later they married and had 
four cliildren: Iva Ella (my grandmother). Earl Edward (ne and his 
wife killed by a drunken driver), Floyd, Wilbur. Edward farmed all 
his life until age 70. He now lives in a small house built on his 
farm north of Dixon, Illinois. He has a large garden, a grape arbor 
and a terrific wine recipe to go with it, and several peacocks and 
other exotic birds. For his health he gave up smoking about five 
years ago. After Louisa died, he met Pheobe Blackburn at a picnic 
on July 4, 1953 and later married her. No cLiiLdren born to this 
marriage. Pheobe was a cook prior to marriage. 

D. Iva Ella KOCH 



A. Theodore George JOHNSON 

born: February 24, 1907 

in: Madison County, Illinois 

died: September 4, 1954 

buried: Willwood Cemetary, Rockford, Illinois 

Married Jan. 14, 1930 in Edw^rdsville, Illinois to Iva 
Ella Koch; divorced April, 1949; taey remarried on June 9, 19 50 in 
Rockford, Illinois and were again divoced March 13, 1954. 



B. Iva Ella KOCH 

born: January 2, 1911 

in: Madison County, Illinois 

died: n/d, 

buried: n/^ 

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i C. Iva and Tiieodore lived on neighboring fcirms and that is how 
' they met. This is one case where tne two should have shopped 
around a little farther. This is a touchx^ subject but from what 
I can gather, it was this incompatibility that lead Theodore to 
drink (as much as anyone can be lead to drink). Anyway, drink he 
did. Finally, after his second divorce, the pain (psychologically 
and in his liver) got to be too much for him. Theordore took his 
life September 4, 1954. After that, Iva was pretty much on her 
own. She worked as a waitress, in a factory, and as a sales clerk 
in various stores. Last year sLie retired, and is kept busy with ner 
hobbies of gardening, sewing and macrame' and her family. Sue 
lives in ner own house on Kilburn Avenue in Rockford. Tneodore 
was a farmer his entire life. Three children V7ere borne to the 
marriage: Dale Roger (vjho is in hiding from the bill collectors), 
Betty Jane and Norma Lee. 
D. Norma Lee JOHNSON 

'ART III. 

A. Bernard Lynn SMITH 

born: October 29, 1935 
in: Bradford, Illinois 
died: n/a 
buried: n/a 

Married May 25, 1957 in Rockford, Illinois in tne 
Centannia.1 Madiodist Ciurca to: 

B. Norma Lee J0:H2^S0N 

born: Octocer 3, 1937 
in: Rockford, Illinois 
died: n/a 
buried: n/u. 



C. Bernard ea::e:jeu za3 U-^v-,1 ileserve durinu .li^a sciool ^nd dropped 
out from, aif^a sc.iool to join tae Nd.vy full time ^nd planned to work 
for his high school diploma in the service. He discovered too late 
that the Navy's quota was filled so he went to work at Sundstrand 
Machine Tool Co. as a mactiinist. He later went to night classes and 
obtained his high school diploma. He is still employed at Sundstrand. 
He met Norma through the 4-H club and through mutual friends. They 
lived together in a house on Guilford Road for 2 % years. Then 
Bernard (^^^.tn the help of friends and relatives) built our present 
house nortaeu.st of Rockford. Norma au.s been employed on ^nd off 
since ai^a scaool u.s a legal secretary until u.s of late, sne is 

no';v( employad full tire for ^ jud^e. It is interesting to note tLie 
Si;abilit_. now in :je_-n-^i.-d' s life, i^.fcer uioving around Illinois -^nd 
■Jisconsin ^s -i cnild, ae a^s been in ttie Sctme aouse for seventeen 
years and at tae same job for twenty-four years. Bernard gardens, 
plays handball, bicycles and bowls. Norma includes macrame, bowling 
swimming, bicycling and women's Softball as her hobbies. Three 
children were born to this marriage: Barrett Theodore, Raquel Rene 
Letechia Lynnette. 

D. Barrett Tneodore SMITH 

born: November 10, 1958 
in: Rockford, Illinois 
died: n/a 
buried: n/a 

My life? Come on, I ain't dead yet. Well...o I 
started school in kindergarten at Christ United Methodist Church. 
Then I went from first through seventh grades at White Swan Elemen- 
tary School. From there I went to Marsh Middle School for one year. 



Next, I attended and graduated from Guilford Higa School. I am now 
attending Rock Valley College in body if not in mind. My various 
part time jobs Qdve included washing dishes, gas station attendant, 
lawn mower, department store v/orker, skate guard at Riverview Ice 
House u.nd locker room attendant at the YMCA. My hobbies include 
weight lifting, organic gardening, writing, canoeing, hiking, and 
avoiding homework. From here who knows? 



Mr! and Mrs. Bernard Sinith, 
4025 Guilford ^d, welcomed tbelr 
first child, a son, on Not. ID, and 
have tiamed- Hni Barr«tt, Theo- 
dore. Grandparents are Mr.- a^id 
Mrs. Myron Sniith, 15U Winthrop 
ane. and Mrs. Iva Johnson, 2219 
KiibuTB ave. '? 

The infant is the fifth living gen- 
eratio/n on- the mat&rnal ..side o( 
the family, bavins; a great-grand- 
father, Edward Koch of .DLxon, 
and;« great- great - grancttalher, 
John Koch, in.' Belleville. 
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LKASK TYI'K: I'LKAS 
AMII.Y HISTORY. 



'LACK TIIKSI- SHKETS AT 



SECOND COl'Y 



ear (^oniributor to the Rock Valley College Family History Collectio 

So that your T a m i 1 y history can be niado more iiselul to his lor i a 
t tiers studyliiK American families, we are asking you to (ill ouL tli<' 
elow. Tills will take you only a few minutes, and will be easilv ma 
nto an index which will permit archive users ready access to Just t 
inds of family histories needed. 



SURVEY 



Your name gOZAQ S> >^ fT/f 
Date of for m ^/- 3~ 7 t^ 



Office Use Code 

(in tt ) 

(11) // ) 



I r college: 



Rock V alley Coll ege 
Rockford,Illlnois 



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



Before 1750 
18 5 0-1900 



1750-1800 1800-1850 

1900 or later 



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

New England (Mass ., Conn . ,R . r . ) Middle A 1 1 a n t i c (N . Y . , I' e ii na . . N 

Va.) South Atl ant ic (Ga . ,Ela . ,N .C . ,S .C . ) llast South Central 

(l.a . ,Mlss . , Al a . ,Tenn ,Ky . ) _J^ Wast South Cen t r a 1 ( Ar k . , N . M . , Te x . , Ok . ) 

"yC^ East North C e n t r a 1 (Mi ch . , Oh i o , I nd . ) 1' ac i f 1 c (Ca 1 . , Was h . ) 

\ __(llawai 1 ,A laska) _;X^ ( 1 1 1 . , Wise.,) 

Please check a I 1 occupational categories in which members o I youi 
family whom you have discussed in this paper have foiind themselves. 



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Farming 

Transportation 

Professions 



Mining 

Big Business 

Industrial Labor 



Shopkeeping or small business 
^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 X p resby t e r ian ^\ Methodist 

Baptist Episcopalian j>^ Congregational Lutheran 

Quaker Mormon Other Protestant Other (name) 

What ethnic and social groups are discussed in your paper? 



Swedish Other Scandinavian German Frencli 

Blacks Indiana _Mexicans Puerto Ricans 

Jews Central Europeans Italians Slavs 

Irish British Native Americans over several 



: e n e r a t i o n s 



East Asian 



Other (Name) 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history 



Interviews with other 
f ami ly memb e r s 
Vital Records 
Photographs N^ M a p s 



Family Bibles 
Land Records 



Family Genealogi^ 
The U.S. Census 



FAMILY DATA 

A . Grandfather (your father's gid c) n \ ' 

Name ^', , (- y<i'^:i Qo \ . Ml\ S />^< >^ ^ -n Current Residence f-^ lo \'{ (JJ i"^ Ha '^^ S / >^ 

Date of birth -^^A 'ti i^'^'^ Place of birth )-k* V\csje [ -JC' >> O h lO 
Date of death Place of burial 

Kducation(numbcr of years); -^ 

grr.de school -S* high school ^ vocational O college ^' 



)ccupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

^ (after leaving home) ^ 

Sqb^vyC'S^A Dates 1st A J I jCA y\ J-i^. Dates / ^ -3V 



1st 



2nd W^nWiMiC^ Xy\r. Dates 2nd fl^/oW Dates /QZ^-fXe^^ " 

3 r d S>Vo<:^- fTlgyt^ C D ate s 3rd D a t e s 

4th Dates "^th Dates 

Religion l/'vXp ^cAl "i \ 

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

focL (^a^SS. , UYy\\^cX Gl^^^S ^y^cX I y /n^A 

Place of Marriage to your grandmother 4-\PA-t^^'t OUicf date 



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

Grandmother (your father's side) 

N a me I^Uklll^^. VlC^S ' ^'Y^y^H^^ C urrent Residenc e (^ lo\ \ U-' / 5> <^ (1' i-^^ I A_ _ . 

Date of birth ^^i^L!2il^'V Place of b 1 r th_/^j?(C^v^ C^ OhvQ 

Date of death Place of burial_ 

Education (number of years): 

grade school ^ high school ^/ vocational £< __ 

college O 



Occupation (s) Pl^A^K OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 



lst Scik5p^r^^"'\ Date: 



1st Dates 



2nd ^^Q,Ovtk^C^ Dates 2nd . Dates 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 



4th 



Dates 4th Dates 



Religion /7vX^ :4uy{:/( I S4 

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

QqcK (^nQ^S^ , . _. 

Place of marrdage to your g ra nd f a the r^ Jj (O^v^H ,0^'^ date __. 

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



A-2 S tepgrandf a ther (your father's side) 



Current Residence 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Place of birth_ 
Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 

grade school high school 

Cwl lege 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Rellgion_ 



_Dates_ 
Dates 
Da tes_ 
Dates 



1st 
2nd 
.3rd_ 
4 th 



vocational 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

D a t e s 

D a t e s 

Dates 

Dates 



'olitical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your grandmother_ 
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_ 

college 



vocational 



Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4 th 



Dates 
Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



_lst_ 
_2nd_ 
_3rd_ 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Reli gion_ 



Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather_ 



Date 



Grandfather (your mother's side) / 

Name 3 O ^ 1pK SfO <^ V\ C-l^di Current Residence 

Date of birth /Tla^ / 4 ^ /S^*^ Place of b i r t h JjjQ^JOjJ^^,-W^A^ Joc^C*^ 

Date of death ^Q P , ^^ ) Place of burial C^'^ii'J^J '^Sii"^_T<^f^^^'^ 

Education (number of years): 

grade school K high school ^/ vocational O college 3 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
SaWl ScpV^vv-X (after leaving home) 
IsL .^C^rHA'^-^tg^'Z-^- t jVl Dates 1st Dates 

2nd i'VllvniSU'T Dates 2nd Dates 

3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

4th Dates 4th Dates_ 

Religion t^leJ4v<^(Sl 

I'ollrical parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, (i L c . 

Place of marriage to your grandmother date 

NOTl'.: If your mother was raised by a stepfather or an(jther relative (in 
age 18) give that data on the back of tliis page (C-L) 

Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Cp^C^ i<:X3\'^ I^OV\^g\ Current Residence — 

Date of birth "^^ ^ D^ Wi^ Place of birth (^OfM/^^SP Tf) 

Date of death S^ P"^ '-^ ^ I 1^^^ Place of burial (h- { iXAgj^ X I ) 

Education (numbe^r of years) 

grade school ^ high school / vocational --J college ' 

Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
-r irin ir -Try /> (after leaving home) 
] St ] (IC\ (IUlC Dates nM'n/ilst (W^W^ Dates 

2nd Dates _2nd Dales _ 

3 r d D ate s 3 r d Da t e s 

4 t h D ate s 4 t h D ate s 

Religion {hlS^WCb"^' 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 

NOTi:: If your mother was raised by a stepmother or another relative ( 
'^' ^^ g^VB thflrt d*-ta on the back of this page {\)-2) 



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



Name 



Date of birth_ 
Date of death 



Current Residence_ 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school_ 



high school 



voca t iona 1 



Occupa t ion (s ) 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



col lege 



2nd_ 
3rd_ 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Da t es_ 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Religion 



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



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

Name 

Date of birth^ ^ 

Date of death 



Current Residence 
Place of birth 



Place of burial 



Education (number of years) 



grade school 



high school 



vocational 



leg. 



Occupa t ion (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



2nd_ 
.3rd_ 
4th 



PEACE OF RESIDENCEI 
(after leaving home)) 
Dates 



Da tes_ 
Dates 
Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n_ 

Political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc 



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Ij^DREN of A & B (or A-2 or B-2 ) - your father's name should appear 

N a me j^^TOAc^ \ <^r^' CO^ ^-/Yllf ^ 
lace of birth_y)! Ue<Vv(!UL O TOO^date /I^U'^t^ l;/<^.^7 ^, 

umber of years of schooling^ / (^^ Occupation S?Z^t^ .-/4qgj 

osidence (^ c^ t::: 4^, v% T ( \ Marital Status fr\^vL^rC ^^<^ 



6 
below 



Plai 

Ni 

Rci 

Number of children 

N a m e Ibo CVV^A ^ TgLv W "6o t^v V VN^ p< 
Place of liirth ^Al 1<av><lg C Vl ) O 



Number of vears of schooling 
R e s i d e n c e Peo^H , T W 



c c u p a t i p n Hoo'jJi' Ccj *'\^ 



Number of children j5^ 



Marital Status \iY\^CV\^ cX 

1) e a t h 



N a m e Qp V"^ VX ^^^ ^"^W 

P 1 n ce of birth .A-UlcTvxgf. <J Ul (2i 



Number of years^of sch_ooling Occupation ^Cxu-AA-g C 

Residence (,yVOiOi|-bc:vA tAJl^ Marital Status K"K>Arri<^C< ^^^ 



Number of children 



Death 



N a m V 

Plaec'of birth 

Number oi years of schooling 
Residence 



d;itc 

Oce upa L I o u 



Number of childrei 



Marital Status 
death 



Place of b i r t h 

Number of years of schooling 



date 



R e s i d e n c i 

Numb e r o I 



Mar i t a 1 Status 
Death 



N a me 

Place of birth 



date 



Number of years of schooling_ 
Residence 



Number of children 



Marital Status 
death 



Occupation 



Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residenc e 

Number of children 



date 



Marital Status 
death 



Oc cupa t ion 



Place of birth_ 

Number of years of schooling 



date 



Occupation 



Residenc e 

Number of children 

N a m e 

p 1 a (■ e' o f TTTTth 



Marital Status 
death 



date 



Number of years of schooling 
R I • s i d e n c e 



Number of children 



Marl t a 1 Status 
deatli 



Namt 
P 1 a I 



of birth 



Number of years of schooling _ 

Res i (I e n c e Marital S I a t i 

Number ol chTl dreu ^ ' d, 



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

1. Name 'Rc^'b^'^"^ (^ \<j^'iU\ 

Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling ^(^ Occupation 

Residence lAi >'r><i<-pc1iS , J^i.^'^ Mari tal Status [mC-Cn^'^A 
Number of children ^ death 



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N a me n<2 ) <^ V\ '} CA Y^C' ^ V V> '.4V\ 

Place of birth date 7\ ^.^"^^ ^ \ 



Number of years of schooling^ Occupation T^C yO Vv& P 

Residence K,cC^-.-Wv^ V- '\V Marital Status /V\£\r^'^<^^ 

Number of children death 



Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation_ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation^ 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children' death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children\ death 



Place of birth date 

Number of years of schooling Occupation 

Residence Marital Status 

Number of children' ' death 



Your Father 



Name Crg UxkX g-v^,Ce\V 'l^tTM VV\ Cur r en t Residence PxjOW4<jVn T J \ 
Date of birth |/V^!^^a \^ i^^7 Place of bitth fi )) ial^li'. > '^-'1' 

Date of Death Place of burial 



C 



Education (number ofyears) 

grade school ^ high school ' vocational C. college ^^ 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
/' ,v ^ ,A„ . /N , ,<after leaving home) 
lst Sx'l^pgCS<^W Dates JHOlMl -' I-i^. ^ l^, ^>? /<: .n Dates /^-^ ^ > 



ndJ&J^ 



C~ Dates 



3rd fKg fO WvvX>l ) Sft i'^*' ^^ Dates 3rd Date: 

4th Sk^^. yOc^TC^^r Dates 4th Dates, 

Religion H^P ^V\.OCitS-V 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternitic 



1st 


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■1 1 


2nd 


P^-r 


■.-.Ic.^'-. 1 


3rd I 


4 th 1 



Place of marriage to your mother /^j;,|<J'H date 



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

Your Mother 

Name lA(?W\,\ ^C\^■^^ Cl^clf Current Residence /'^OO l^-'k^' i^A ^ IT ( \ 

Date of birth S^^W^ \ ( /^^ 1 Place of birth P ff^ t\ K<?V ^ "^^ ^ 



Date of death Place of burial 

Education (number ofyears) 

grade s c h o o 1 kf^ h i g h r school ]_ vocational ^-^ 



col lege O 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

.^ , ^ ,r ■ (after leaving h(jme) 

1st I^QQVC 'i Dates /n^^~^ ^ 1st QubLj CjV^ Dates_ 

2nd Dates /-/7-->-nc-'^' 2nd fM/Ol\ Dates 

3rd Dates 3rd Cx^C ^^'^^ ^^ Dates_ 

4 t h D a t e s 4 t h D a t e s 

R e 1 i g i o n r|^g4\\0CilST 

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



Place of marriage to your father /^j2^/^i^ 



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



Stepfather 

Name 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 

4th 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of birth 



Place of burial 



voca tional 



;ollege 



.lst_ 
_2nd_ 
.3rd 
4th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



Dates 
Dates 
Dates 



R e 1 i g i o n 

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



PLace of marriage to your mother_ 
F - 2 S tep mother 

Nil me 



Date 



Date of birth 



Date of death 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school_ 



Occupation (s) 

1st 

2nd_ 

3rd 

4th 



_Dates_ 
_Dates_ 
Dates 
Dates 



Place of b ir th 

Place of burial 



voca t ional 



college 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


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 



CHILDREN OF E AND F (or E-2,F-2) -YOUR NAME SHOULD APPEAR BELOW 
Name DrgM:X\g\ Q. SyT)l^-^\ 



Place of birth ^1 k W'?'/' Uc:,<s, 



-- .,-..-., ■^^-. ^ Date of birth f''<' \l | / K/ S>7 

Number of years of schooliftg ) •5, Occupation <cWr6 i>>rsc^ 

Residence t::'eO W:-Vc->\ , ll\ Marital S ta t us_^Q_r\t^U 2 

Number of children C_^ death — 

Name ^jur^i loo V^ 5>n^^H'-^ 

Place of birth Date of b ir th S^ p4 c) 5 . I '^t (> '^ 

Number of y_ears of schooling "^ Occupation — 

Residence po C V^ ■'k-' »^ ( t t ^ Marital Status 3|K>^|-X' 



Number of children____^ 



death 



Place of birth ^^^ Date of birth I'^C-'d <^ ^ , FiC 3 

O2 Occupa t ion "^ 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence ^-'Ofc^»^T(\ Marital Status S<y^\\-<? 



Number of children (l: 



death — 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schoolin; 

Residence Marital Status 



Date of birth 



Occupation 



Number of children 



death 



Nam o 

Place of birth 



Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling ^^ 

Residence Marital Status 



Occupa t ion 



Number of children 



death 



Name 

Place of birth I^IZIL_ 

Number of years of schoolin 
Res 1 dence 



Date of birth 



Number of clilldren 



Marital Status 
death 



Occupation 



Place of birth 



Date of birth 



Number of years of schooling 
Residence Marital Status 



Occupation 



Number of children 



dea th 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence Marital Statu 



Date of birth 



Occupation 



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 T.ibrary, Rockford 
1 1 1 inols 



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The following are the people I interviewed to qet the informatic 
used in this family history: 

1) Natal ie Smith * 

2) Earnest Smith 

3) Gerald E. Smith 
k) Halen Clyde Smith 



The difficult part of finding information on my fathers side of the 
family, was that my great grandfather, Fred Temple, burned all the family 
records, including a drum used by his father in the Civil V'ar, 

The problem I had on my mothers side, was that she is the only person 
left from her side of the family, except her brother, and since by Grand- 
father was almost fifty when he had my mother, she never knevj any of her 
grandparents, so on my mothers side, I could only go back as far as my 
grandparents . 



Wil 1 iam L. Smith 

William L. Smith was born in ]87^, on a small farm outside Alliance, 
Ohio. He completed school through the eiahth qrade, and then started 
working with his father on the families farm. 

When William was about twenty, he married a farm girl by the name 
of Maude L. Temple. Soon later, the young couple moved to the Temple 
place, to farm it. Through the next twelve years, Maude had five children. 

A sixty acre farm just wasn't enough to support a family of seven, 
so William had to find methods of making extra money. Along with working 
the sixty acres of farmland, William had a milk route, in which he picked 
up milk at farms, and took it to the creamery on a mule driven waaon. 
William also had an agency for a car manufacturing company which made an 
automobile called the "Bell". The whole family sold veoetables door to 
door. The Smith family also raised their own buckwheat, shot their meat, 
had their own milk, and butter, made vinegar, and apple cider, and finally, 
sold home tapped maple syrup. Although times were rough, William always 
provided his family with food, and clothing, which made the Smith family 
luckier than many. 

The familied form of entertainment, was getting together in the 
evening, to form their orchestra. William was an excellent hoedown 
fiddler, and with one daughter playing an old organ, and his son Earnie on 
the harmonica, they were able to play most of the popular songs, of the day. 

In 1951, William died at the age of seventy six. 



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Maude L. Temple 

Maude L. Temple was born in I876, on a small farm of sixty acres, 
just outside of Alliance, Ohio. Maude went to both grade school, and 
high school in Alliance, and then went to "Finishing School" which was 
almost unheard of for a girl in those days. After she graduated from 
"Finishing School," Maude married a farm boy, by the name of V/illiam L. 
Smi th. 

After they were married, the young couple moved to the Temple farm 
to work it. During the next twelve years, Maude had five children. 
She died at the age of sixty nine, in IS'+S of diabetes. 



Fred Ableem Benjamin 

Fred Ableem Benjamin was born on March 3, I876 near Alliance, Ohio. 
Against the wishes of his parents, he stayed in school lonq enough to obtain 
an eighth grade education, which was much more than the average farm boy 
got in the late nineteenth century. After graduating from the eighth 
grade in 1895, Fred got a job working for the railroad, which turned out 
to be his life time job. After ten years, Fred was promoted to the job of 
railroad car inspector, a job he held for the rest of his life. This job 
involved the searching, and checking of every railroad car before they left 
the train yard, a big job indeed. 

Although times were rough, and money was scarce, Fred still scraped 
enough together to send two out of his three children to college, a notable 
accomplishment in those days. Allen became a minister, and Gladys even- 
tually became a school teacher. 

One of the things that was remembered best about Fred, was his sense 
of humor. According to Natalie, "Fred could make the darkest days shine." 

Fred was a big help to Natalie, especially during the early years 
of her marriage, when Earnie was working twelve to eighteen hours a day. 
Fred would come over, and watch the two children, while Natalie would do 
errands, or just plain relax. 

Fred was also known for his skill with tools. Supposedly, he could 
fix almost anything with a hammer, screwdriver, and a wrench, 

Fred died of a stroke in ]3k] at the age of sixty five. 



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Mary Fdith Brower 

Mary Edith Brower was born on June k, 1868, on the prairie In Oklahoma 
She was number six in a family with nine children, and from the start, 
was forced to assume much more responsibility than the average child. 

At the age of fourteen, Mary, and six of her older brothers took part 
in the great Kansas Land Rush. The reason Mary went, was to be the cook, 
cleaner, and in general a pioneer woman at the age of fourteen. Before 
one could get a deed to the land he claimed, he had to stay on the land at 
least three weeks. After the kids claimed the land, and obtained a deed 
for it, Mary's parents, and the small children, joined them. The family 
proceeded to develop a successful cattle ranch, and oddly enough, a cheese 
factory also. In 1888, when Mary was twenty, her father was stabbed to 
death on the steps of the local court house. Shortly thereafter, her 
mother died. After Mary's mother died, she took the younger children to 
live with relatives, in Alliance. It was in Alliance that Mary and Fred 
met, and two years later, in I89I, Mary was married. 

Mary was very religious, and spent her life involving herself with 
the church. Mary directed literally hundreds of religious plays in the 
church, to help the young get involved in the church, along with going 
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Mary was an immaculate housekeeper. Some of her arandson's best 
memories, were spending the night at Grandma Bennies. 

After Fred died in 19^1, Mary supported herself for nineteen years, 
be renting out rooms in her home to boarders. At the age of 8I, in I960, 
Mary had a massive stroke, and died. 



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Earnest David Smith was born on August 1, 1902, on a small farm of 
sixty eight acres, in Columbian county, Ohio. Born the fourth of five 
children. Earnest from childhood was a hardworking, dedicated person. 

Earnest attended a one room grade school named Buzzard's Glory, to 
which he walked one and one half miles every day. After grade school. 
Earnest attended a one room high school in Hanoverton, which was three 
miles from his home. This was a two year high school, so in 1918, at 
the age of sixteen, Earnest graduated from high school. 

After graduation. Earnest went to work for a farmer. For $30.00 a 
month, he worked from sunup to sundown, six days a week. There were no 
tractors, or combines, so all the work was done by hand, a terribly 
exhausting job indeed. 

In 1920, at eighteen. Earnest went to Alliance, which was thirty 
miles away, to work at a department store named Sammy and Cov/en's, as a 
salesperson. A few months later, at the age of nineteen. Earnest became 
the manager of a grocery store. After working there for a while, he 
realized that there wasn't any future in the grocery business, so he quit, 
and went to work for the Spring Holzwarth department store. Earnest started 
out as a floorwalker, and soon was promoted to a position that was in 
charge of all window trimming, and advertising. He had a natural talent 
for laying out window displays, and ads. Earnest won a couple awards for 
his wo r k . 

Right about then, Earnest met a beautiful young woman by the name of 
Natalie Benjamin. On July 22, 1926, there were married. 

Soon later, Earnest got another promotion: to Merchandise manager. 



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had come and gone, Earnest decided he was qualified well enough to take over 
as store manager. He spent three days composing a letter, v;hich finally 
was sent to Marshall Fields general office, asking for the job. The reply 
Earnest got, was to go ahead, and take charge of the store. He held this 
job until 1938, when Marshall Fields sold the store to two private buyers. 
Naturally, they would run the store, so unless Earnest wanted to go back to 
being a salesman, he had to find another job. 

Earnest heard of a job opening in Beloit, Wisconsin, in a very 
large department story named McNeaneys. After first writing, and then 
going to Beloit for a personal interview. Earnest aot the job as merchan- 
dise manager of the first floor. He left for Beloit alone in January, 
with the rest of the family following him in March. 

Earnest was soon promoted to general merchandise manager, and then in 
19^*9 was promoted to general store manager, to be followed finally, by 
being named vice president. 

Besides working terribly long and hard hours at McNeaneys, Earnest 
was very active in civic, and social services. For years, he was president 
of the Retail Division of the Association of Commerce. He also was very 
actively involved with the Y.M.C.A. For years, he served on the board of 
directors of the Y.M.C.A., and was president for several years in that time. 

In 19^3, Earnest formed a committee that planned and finally opened a 
student center for the youth of Beloit. He also was named president of the 
youth center, a position he held until 19^*7. 

Another brainstorm of Earnest's, was the formation of the downtown 
council of Beloit. This brought the merchants of downtown together, to 
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together to cooperate with each other to improve the downtown. Earnest 
was president of this organization. 

He also was on the board of directors of the Beloit Chapter of the 
Red Cross. For three years, Earnest held the position of fund chairman, 
and each of those three years, his campaign went over the top. 

During World War II, Earnest was in the Wisconsin State Guard. His 
company drilled every weekend, without pay. The company guarded The 
Ashland docks for fifteen days, during a time when these docks were 
handling 90?^ of all our steel. By the end of the war. Earnest had been 
promoted to Lieutenant. 

One of the most demanding civic positions Earnest held, was on the 
United Givers Board. Once a year, the board had to listen to, and go 
over the budget of every organization in the Beloit area that was, or 
wanted to receive aid: A tremendous amount of work. 

On February 8, 1956, Earnest was named Man of the Year, by the 
Jaycees, for leadership in Beloit civic organizations for two decades. 

For entertainment. Earnest golfs in the summer, and bowls in the 
winter. His flower gardens are the envy of the neighborhood, and one 
never, or almost never finds a weed on his lawn. 

Earnest's rise from farm helper to general store manager and vice 
president of the biggest department store in Beloit, without a college 
education, should be a feat remembered, and used as a model to follow by 
every member of the Smith family. 



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. • ■■■<■ Natalie Hazel Benjamin 

On January 17, 190A, a girl by the name of Natalie Hazel was born to 
Fred and Maralyn Benjamin, Even from early childhood Natalie was described 
as "very bright" and "a joy to be around." In 1910, Natalie entered the 
Alliance Grade School. The most memorable experience of her grade school 
years, was a contest she entered in the sixth grade. The object of the 
contest was to name as many different species of birds possible. After 
spending hours pouring over encyclopedias, bird handbooks, and textbooks, 
Natalie came up with a list of over three thousand birds, which eventually 
proved to be enough to win the contest. 

At the end of the seventh grade, Natalie's teachers came to the 
conclusion that she was bright enough to skip the eighth grade, and enter 
high school . 

Natalie then entered Alliance High School, where she devoted most of 
her time taking the courses needed to gualify herself as a secretary. 
Natalie excelled in High School, with the exception of Algebra. Therefore, 
to get around the dreaded Algebra assignments, she exchanged algebra for 
English papers. Even though her major emphasis in high school was toward 
secretarial skills, Natalie had so much talent in English, that her teacher 
urged her to go into the profession of writing. However, with jobs as 
scarce as they were at that time, and the fact that good secretaries were 
in demand, Natalie stuck with her ambition to be a secretary. 

One incident that Natalie always will remember, happened when she was 
fourteen. The year was 1918, and we had just entered Vyorld War I, and 
thousands of men were rushing to enlist. Natalie, and her family were on 
a trip to Oklahoma, and were waiting in a station for their train. The 



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On January 17, 190A, a girl by the name of Natalie Hazel was born to 
Fred and Maralyn Benjamin. Even from early childhood Natalie was described 
as "very bright" and "a joy to be around." In 1910, Natalie entered the 
Alliance Grade School. The most memorable experience of her grade school 
years, was a contest she entered in the sixth grade. The object of the 
contest was to name as many different species of birds possible. After 
spending hours pouring over encyclopedias, bird handbooks, and textbooks, 
Natalie came up with a list of over three thousand birds, which eventually 
proved to be enough to win the contest. 

At the end of the seventh grade, Natalie's teachers came to the 
conclusion that she was bright enough to skip the eighth grade, and enter 
high school . 

Natalie then entered Alliance High School, where she devoted most of 
her time taking the courses needed to gualify herself as a secretary. 
Natalie excelled in High School, with the exception of Algebra. Therefore, 
to get around the dreaded Algebra assignments, she exchanged algebra for 
English papers. Even though her major emphasis in high school was toward 
secretarial skills, Natalie had so much talent in English, that her teacher 
urged her to go into the profession of writing. However, with jobs as 
scarce as they were at that time, and the fact that good secretaries were 
in demand, Natalie stuck with her ambition to be a secretary. 

One incident that Natalie always will remember, happened when she was 
fourteen. The year was 1918, and we had just entered V/orld War I, and 
thousands of men were rushing to enlist. Natalie, and her family were on 
a trip to Oklahoma, and were waiting in a station for their train. The 



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station was packed with soldiers waiting for a train which would take them 
to boot camp. A young enlistee gave up his seat for Natalie, and in the 
process, struck up a conversation with her, that ended up lastina a couple 
of hours. Just before boarding their respective trains, Natalie, and the 
soldier (whose name was Francis Koderick), exchanged addresses, and promised 
to write. For four months received, and wrote letters to Francis on a 
regular basis. All the letters Natalie received, and wrote, were of course 
read by her mother. Abruptly, letters stopped coming from Francis. Letter 
after frantic letter, received no response. A few weeks later, a heart- 
broken Natalie, read in the papers of a terrible flu epidemic, which swept 
through Fort Sheriton, where Francis was stationed, that killed hundreds of 
young men in basic training. After getting no reply to any of her letters, 
Natalie had to accept the probable fact that Francis had died In boot 
camp of flu. Natalie always remembered this, and will always be sad, 
because to this day, she has never received another letter from Francis 
Koderick. 

Another vivid memory Natalie has from the years of Vtorld War I, was 
walking to the local newspaper office every morning to watch the daily 
posting of the death list. According to Natalie, "every morning I died a 
little, as I looked down that list for my brothers name." Luckily, Allen 
survived the war, and eventually made it back to Alliance, Ohio. 

Another responsibility Natalie had during World War I, was to stand 
In the bread, and sugar lines. This sometimes involved staying in line for 
hours at a time, but since food was so short. It was just a necessary daily 
chore. 

The social life in the 1920's was tamer than todays, but very satisfac- 
tory for Natalie. The only times that Natalie could date, were Friday night. 



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and Sunday afternoon. Friday night dates usually meant a school dance, or 
some church sponsored event. Sunday afternoons were spent in the park 
rowing, walking, and just plain talking. It was during these lazy Sunday 
afternoons, that most of the old pictures of Natalie were taken. Early 
Sunday evening, Natalie and her friends would attend meetings of the Epers 
Club, a church sponsored youth organization. After this, the young ladies 
and gentlemen would go to Natalie's home to pass the evening singing, and 
playing the piano. All this might seem strange, but it must be remembered 
that until then, Natalie's family neither had a car, or access to a car. 
Natalie's quote explains the situation better than anything else: "There 
wasn't anything else to do." 

After she graduated in 1922, Natalie immediately went to work as a 
cashier in a local department store, and using the money from her job, to 
go to vocational school, at night. It was when she was working at this 
department store, that Natalie met a handsome young lad by the name of 
Earnie Smith. Soon Earnie and Natalie were going steady. 

After two years of night school, Natalie got a job as secretary for 
the McKaskey-Regi ster Company, which made books that were used in record 
keeping. Natalie held this job until July 22, 1926, when she became Mrs. 
Earnest D. Smith. 

Ten months later, on May 1, 1927» Natalie had her first child, a boy, 
named Gerald Everette. A second baby, a girl, named Norma Jean followed 
two years later, and three years later, in 1932, their third child, a boy 
named Don was born completing their family at five strong. 

During the depression, life was hard for the young Smith family. But 
at least Earnie was able to keep his job while many of his friends were 
out of their jobs, out of money, and out of food. To give an idea of how 



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hard things were, Earnie made $27.50 a month. Rent was 525.00 a month, so 
that left $2.50 for all of the other expenses the family had during the 
month. ■^ 

In 1938, Earnie got a chance to become the manager of the first floor 
of a large department store. The only catch was that the department store 
was three states away, in Beloit, Wisconsin. Earnie left alone for Beloit, 
to get settled, and to find a place for his family to stay. A few months 
later, Natalie, and the children were ready to come to Beloit. At 7:30, 
one cold spring morning, Natalie gathered up her three children, ages 6,?, 
11, and boarded a train due in Chicago at 6:00. However, the train didn't 
arrive until 6:30, so to Natalie's dismay they missed the last train to 
Beloit. After almost giving up, the trainmaster informed her that a bus 
left for Beloit in ten minutes, but the bus depot was twelve miles away. 
Before Natalie could even think, a stranger stepped out of the crowd, 
grabbed her bags, and herded the kids toward a taxi. He jumped in the cab 
with Natalie, and the kids, and offered the taxi driver extra money, if he 
could get the Smiths to the bus station in time. After driving sixty miles 
an hour through downtown Chicago, the family arrived in time to jump on 
the bus, without even paying for tickets. V^hen the tired family finally 
got home, gave Earnie an explanation of their being late, they were ready 
for bed. 

After getting settled in her new home, and town, Natalie started 
getting herself involved in many social organizations, especially during 
World War II. During World War II, Natalie drove a bus, picking up draftees, 
and taking them to the train station. She also did oaper work in the office 
of the Red Cross, along with serving on the Beloit "War Board." This 
board determined who should receive how much food, and how often. These 



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periodically, on how much food they had on hand in the household. Natalie 
also underwent extensive training in First Aid, because of her job of bus 
driver. She was involved in all these organizations, yet still had to make 
time to be a mother, wife, and housewife. Needless to say, during World 
War II, Natalie had very little time to herself. 

After World War II, Natalie enrolled in a vocational school, taking 
courses in rosemauling. Eventually, after the urging of an instructor, 
Natalie took a course in ceramics, and found her true love, in the area of 
art. Before long, Natalie had her own kiln, and finally started buying her 
own molds, and pouring the hot ceramic material. At that time, relatives 
homes started to be found displaying stunning ceramic pieces, which were 
all baked, and meticulously painted by an ambitious Natalie. Christmas 
was always a special joy because of Natalies beautiful, and stunningly 
realistic decorations, that she spent months preparing for the yule season. 

Another favorite pastime of Natalie's, was the construction of 
Christmas wreaths. These were always proudly displayed with honor, for it 
was impossible to buy anything like them in a store. 

Natalie also was an active member of the Fine Arts Club for twenty 
five years, which involved the study of all art forms, both great and small. 

The last, buy perhaps the most important organization Natalie has been 
involved in, is her church. Ever since youth, Natalie has been a faithful 
church goer. She also has helped with youth organizations, and many church 
boards, and organizations. 

In 1971, Natalie suffered a broken knee, which resulted from a 
terrible fall down the stairs. Even though she was told she might never 



walk again, Natalie did not give up hope. After months of tremendously 
painful therapy, Natalie was finally able to walk with the help of first a 
walker, and then a single crutch. When she was almost able to walk 
unassisted, Natalie suffered another fall, and broke her hip. This 
involved another painful, and slow recovery. 

Today, after these two horrible accidents, if you go to 1218 Hinsdale 
Avenue in Beloit, one might find Natalie cooking supper, or maybe doing the 
dishes, and walking without any aid whatsoever. Although I know her leg 
gives Natalie unbelievable pain, she is always waiting with a smile, and 
ready for a joke. I consider myself extremely lucky to have a relative 
with such great courage, and can only hope that some of it will rub off on 
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Joseph Brown Clyde, was born on May 12, 1886, in V/ash i nqton , Iowa. 
He went to grade school, and high school both in \-/ash i naton. 

An event which effected Joseph for the rest of his life, occurred when 
he was eleven years old. Joseph's older brother, who was eighteen, 
drowned in the local swimming hole. From that day on, Joseph was expected 
to be a perfect child, and was supposed to "be as good as his brother was." 

Joseph was the president of his senior class; the class of 1905. 
After graduating from high school, Joseph went on to the University of 
Iowa. In 1909, he received his B.A. in psychology, and In 1^1.'", received 
his masters degree. 

After Joseph finished college, he went into school administration. 
His first job was In Yarmauth, Iowa, where he was the superintendent of the 
school district. It was in Yarmauth, that Joseph met a principal of one of 
his schools, by the name of Cora Kunkel . In 1920, Joseph and Cora were 
mar r led. 

In 1928, Cora had her first child, a boy, by the name of Robert. 
Three years later, a second child named Helen, was born. 

In 1938 Joseph quit his job, and decided to go into the ministry. 
His first church was in Freemout, Iowa. His second was in Marlon, Iowa: 
his third was a country church near Marion, Iowa: his fourth was In Parkers- 
burg: his fifth was in Nashua, and his final church was in Rock Falls, 
Illinois. In 1955, Joseph retired, and moved back to Washington. A year 
later on September 21, 1956, Cora died of cancer. 

Joseph always loved to tinker with, and fix things himself. A good 
example of this Is the fact that he spent his seventy fifth birthday on the 
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Before he had entered the ministry, Joseph had bouqht three small 
homes. The rent he got from these let him live out his life comfortably. 

Joseph placed his values not on earning money, but In intellectual 
gain. He spent hours at a time in the library, just reading. 

One strange thing about Joseph, was that he never learned to drive a 
car, but since his wife knew how, this caused no trouble. Once, his 
daughter Helen tried to teach him to drive, but the first thing Joseph 
did was to shoot the car out of the driveway, and across to the other side 
of the road. Needless to say, this was the last drivers lesson Joseph 
took. 

Joseph was always friendly with everyone. He loved to spend time 
just talking with people on an informal basis. Joseph could always walk 
up to a perfect stranger, and with the greatest of ease, strike up a 
conversat ion. 

On December 17, 1971, Joseph suffered a sudden stroke, and died at 
the age of eighty five. 



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Cora Louise Kunkel was born on September 27, 1895, on a farm three 
miles outside of Carthage, Illinois. Cora attended both high school, and 
grade school, in Carthage. Since she was an extremely bright pupil, Cora 
was able to graduate from high school at the age of sixteen. This same 
year, her father sold their farm, and bought another one just outside of 
Carthage, so Cora, and her sister could go to Carthage College. In 1911, 
Cora graduated from Carthage with a B.A. in Latin. 

Soon afterward, she started teaching Latin, English, and Math, in a 
small country school. Cora was paid $^0,00 a month, and was reguired to 
room with a resident in the school district she taught in. Remembered as 
a brilliant scholar, Cora had the ability to remember almost everything 
she learned. She valued highly, academic excel lance. 

At the age of twenty four, Cora married her superintendent, Joseph B, 
Clyde. Since married teachers were unheard of in those days, and just 
simply not allowed, Cora was forced to quit teaching. In 1932, she had 
her first child, a boy named Robert. Then three years later Cora had her 
second, a girl, named Helen Jane. 

Cora was involved in many church organizations, and activities and 
was remembered as cheerful, polite, and having a sense of humor. 

In 1955, at the age of sixty, Cora died of cancer. 



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Helen Jane Clyde was born on January 1, 1931, in Pratt, Kansas, to 
all the hard times that go with being a preacher's daughter during a 
depression. Soon after her birth, the Clyde family moved to University 
Pari<, Iowa. There, Helen started school. From her earliest school years, 
Helen was identified as a very bright student, who always worked hard, and 
received high grades. Much of this of course can be attributed to her 
parents, both of which, put high value on intellectual gain. After a year 
at University Park, the family moved to Freeman, Iowa. 

All through her childhood, Helen was constantly moving from town to 
town, as her father was transferred from church to church. This, of course, 
was very hard on Helen, because she was always on the move, and never was 
able to really settle down, and establish friends. The longest the Clyde 
family stayed in one place, was four years in Marion, Iowa. 

At the age of nine, Helen started taking piano lessons, which led to 
an avid interest in music, which proved to be one of the most important 
thi ngs in her 1 i fe. 

Meanwhile, the family continued its moves: from town to town, and 
from state to state. Helen graduated from high school in 19^8 in Nashua, 
in a class of kZ. An interesting point is that when her graduating high 
school class got together for their tenth year reunion, Helen was one of 
just two people of the class to graduate from college. 

After graduating from high school, Helen entered the University of 
Dubugue, majoring in Elementary education. There, in her boyfriend's car, 
she met a young man by the name of Gerald Smith. Soon later she was going 
steady with him. In 1951, they were married, and had moved to Beloit, 
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In those days, one could teach without a degree, so Helen tauqht at 
Gaston Grade School for the sum of S2 ,850.00/year . While she vias teaching, 
Helen worked on her degree by going to night school, and finally received 
it in 195^. During these times, the young couple lived simply: and throuah 
this, were able to save enough for a down payment on a house in Rockton. 
About this time, their adoption finally came through, and the youna couple 
took custody of a six month old boy by the name of Bradley. 

After moving to Rockton, Helen quit her teaching job to give more 
time for the care of her baby. She then started teaching piano lessons, 
which provided a supplementary income which was perfect, for Helen still 
had time for her baby, and her husband. This was even more important, when 
in i960, Helen and Jerry adopted a qirl named Rond i , and then adopted 
another boy named Stewart, in I963. 

In 1970, Helen went back to school at Northern Illinois University, 
where after five years of commuting at night for classes, she received her 
masters degree in Special Education. 

Now, one will find Helen dividing her time between a full time job 
teaching, working for the United Way, and keeping her family fed, clothed, 
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Gerald Everette Smith was born on May 1, l'^27, in his qrandmothers 
home in Alliance, Ohio. The first major event in his life, occured when 
he was in the second grade, and caught scarlet fever. Gerald was in bed 
from before Christmas, to after Easter, and also was under guarantine for 
all those months. Because he missed so much school, Gerald was forced to 
miss a year in school. 

When Gerald was eleven, his family moved to Beloit, Wisconsin. He 
remembered expecting to see cowboys and Indians in what Gerald thouaht 
was the wild, wild west. 

In high school, Gerald participated in the rifle team, the concert 
band, R.O.T.C., and track. Along with all those school activities, Gerald 
found time to be in a jazz band. The members of the band would rent out a 
dance hall with their own money, play for it, and hopefully come out ahead! 

In August of 19^*5, the summer before his senior year in high school, 
Gerald was drafted. What made a bad memory bitter, was the ironic fact 
that the war ended ten days after he was drafted. Gerald was permanently 
assigned to the medical division in Fort Sheridon. He was in the separation 
center, where he was in charge of the Dental Division: men who assisted 
dentists, who examined every veteran returning through Fort Sheridon. 
Nineteen months later, Gerald received an honorable discharge as a corporal 
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After returning to Beloit, Gerald went to vocational school, and earned 
his high school diploma, after which, in 19^7, he entered the University of 
Dubuque. Gerald lived off campus with seven other freshmen, in what he 
describes as their own little club. Gerald joined another jazz band, and 



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dances. He also was in the schools concert band, where he was often 
featured as trombone soloist. Alonq with all this, Gerald worked fifteen 
to twenty hours a week in a local department store. 

In 19^8, Gerald met a pretty young lady bv the name of Helen Clyde, 
in his best friend's car, on the way to school. Soon later, they had their 
first date, at "The Goat," a malt shop in Dubuque. 

Gerald graduated in May of 1951, with a B.A. in psychology. Three 
months later, Gerald and Helen were married. The younq couple then moved 
to Beloit, where Gerald found a job as assistant manager of the first floor 
of MacNeaney's department store. Six years later, he was oromoted to buyer. 
By the time Gerald left MacNeaney's in I96O, Gerald was the buyer for men's 
wear, boy's wear, luggage, china, glassware, and small appliances; a big 
job indeed. 

Gerald then started working for Weise's new Morthtown store as 
assistant manager. A few years later, he was promoted to buyer for men's 
and boy's wear. Then he was promoted to Merchandise Manager, and then 
finally, just a few months ago, was promoted to General Store Manager of 
Weise's North Town Store. 






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Bradley David Smith 

On February 1, 1957, Bradley David Smith was born in Elkhorn, Wiscon- 
sin. Upon bitth, Bradley was placed in an adoption aqency to wait for a 
set of parents. On April 17, 1957, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Smith legally 
adopted Bradley. 

When Bradley was one year old, the young Smith family moved to 718 E, 
Franklin Street, in Rockton. Bradley entered Rockton Grade School at the 
age of six, in 1963. In grade school, Bradley's sole interest was his 
trumpet. After starting lessons in the fourth grade, he was "hooked." 
Bradley rapidly advanced from the Kadet band to the concert band, where by 
the time he was in seventh grade, was first chair trumpet. Bradley was 
lucky to have a good band director by the name of Jerry Hawethorne. Mr. 
Hawethorne developed the Rockton Grade School Band into one of the finest 
in the state. They performed all over the state for mainly college students 
training to be school band directors. 

When Bradley entered High school, he decided to go out for football. 
He was a little scared, since he hadn't participated in sports in grade 
school, but he got through the season without any injuries. Meanwhile 
Bradley was also in the High School Concert band, and the High School 
Marching Band also. His sophomore year in high school went about the same 
as his first year went, except he earned a starting position as guard on 
the football team. Also, Bradley was in his first play that year. He had 
a minor part in the musical "Bye Bye Birdie." 

Bradley didn't go out for football his Junior year, but decided to 
try wrestling. By the end of the season, he was wrestlina varsity. He 
also had parts in both plays that year: as Chet Pussey, in "Deadwood Dick," 



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and as a knight in "Camelot." During inis Senior year, Bradley didn't ao 
out for wrestling, but decided to give all of his time to the theatre. 
The highlight of Bradley's involvement occurred when he played the part of 
Bill Sykes, in the musical "Oliver," His senior year, Bradley was named an 
Illinois State Scholar, and also was accepted into the International 
Thespian Society. He graduated in June of 1975, and is going to Rock 
Valley College working toward pre-veter i nary medicine. 



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2. Your college: Kock Val 1gy[o1 lege ■•■■• (ID // ) 

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A. Grandfather (your father's side) 



Name William Homer Smith Current Residence deceased 



I f dead, date of death Oct. 23, 1PU7 

Piace of birth Ridgway, Illinois Date of Birth Feb. 25, 1380 

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



Occupat ion(s) Carpenter & Brick Mason PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

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Re 1 i g i on Pentecostal 



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



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Grandmother (your father's side) 



Name Leora M. Vickery Current Residence deceased 

If dead, date of death June Hi, 1965 



Place of birth Ridgway, Illinois Date of bi rth June 7, 183S 

Education (number of years): 
grade school x high s choo 1 n/a vocational n/a col lege n /a 



Occupat i on (s) Housewife 
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Religion Pentecostal 







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



Place of marriage to your grandfather PjdCTvay, IlUnois DATE May 1905 
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N.imc 

I f dead, dale of death 

Place of bi rth 



Current Residence 



Date of Bi rth 



Education (number of years) 
grade school high school 

Occupation(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



vocational 



col lege 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


'♦th 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 



_Dates_ 
Dates 



Dates 



Re 1 i g i on 





Political parties, civil or social clubs, 


fraternities, etc. 


I 










Place of marriage to your grandmother 




date 


A-2 


Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 
Name 


Current Residence 






If dead, date of death 
Place of bi rth 


Date of bi rth 






Education (number of years): 
grade school high school 


vocational 


college j 









Occupat ion(s) 

1st 

2nd 

3rd 



_Dates 
_Dates 
Dates 



lst_ 
2nd_ 
3rd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 



Datei 



_Dates: 
Dates' 



Rel igion 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



iGrandfather (your mother's side) 

Name Eugene Franklin Miller 

jlf dead, date of death Jan 21. IQ^ 

^Place of birth Wewburgh. Indiana 
Education (number of years) : ' 

grade school 6 high school 

Occupation(s) Coal Miner 

Tst Linton, Indiana (Miner) 

;2nd L'.S. ARI'T 



Current Residence 



deceased 



_ Date of birth Feb. 2. \^% 
vocational n/a college 



n/p 



Dates 1 



1st 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Anton, Indiana 



Dates ir— 



D ates 1905- 190S 2 nd 

•jrd Eldorado, Illinois (Miner) Date<; 1909 3rd 

Dates /,th 



Southern ''.S. 



Cubs 



Dates ^905-- 



Eldorado, Illinoia 



•f.th 



Dates 1^-' 
Dates 



Demcci'"t 



^e 1 i g i on Pentecostal 

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

Odd fellows and ''-'^aso ns ' . 

^'lace of marriage to your grandmother 7T ; ~; ^ _ 

'°'" 1\ZThT.''V "'' :''r' '^ a .TLp^rdlnyrSl di^dl i Lp i ^ i dLl^y uo a ge IsH^^^^-^^--^^ 
give that data on the back of this page (C-1) 

■Grandmother (your mother's side) 

Jame Peulah Dudley 

If dead, date of death 



•lace of birth Hamilton ^ Ccuntv. Illinois 

education (number of years) ~ 

grade school " high school n/a vocational 



Current Residence Harrisburg, Illinois 

Pq2 



Date of bi rth Aur. 
n/ 



col lege 



n/. 



)ccupation(s) 

'st Housewife 

nd__ 

Td 



_Dates 
_Dates_ 
Dates 



1910 



lst_ 
_2nd_ 

3rd 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

ndoradc, P lino is ^oates 19 0^ 



_Dates 
Dates 



eligion Pentecost^ 



oliticai party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. Bemccrat 

tace of marriage to your grandfathe r -nrwH- ptrv^ Tm„,.-. -grrr- , 

ote: If your mother was raised by a st^Vn^other ^r ' a^otlXr relat { ve (to a grf^ 



, — ..._w..„, „aj idisv^u uy a 3Lcpmo[ner or 
ive that data on the back of this page (D-2) 



r^il 



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Stepgrandfather (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 



l'l.i(<- ..( I.iilh 

I diK .il i '111 (tniMihiT of yi-ii •, ) 



hicjh '.chool vocational 



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


/^th 



3rd ^Dates 3rd ^Dates_ 

^th Dates '4th Dates_ 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandmothei 



D-2 Stepgrandmother (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 



Place of birtfi Date of birth 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 1st Dates_ 

2nd Dates 2nd Dates 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 



3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

Re 1 i g i on 



Pol i t i cal party, civil or social clubs, sororities, etc. 



Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 



CHILDREN of A 6 B (or A- 1 or B-l 



your father's name should appear below 



Name Herschel Smith 

Place of birth Kidgway. Illinois 
Number of years o^ schooting Seven (J^ 
Residence Eldorado, Illinoll ' 
Number of ch i Idren 3 



date Aug. Ik. 1912 
M ■; ■ Occupatibh Auto Me chanic 
Marital Status : arr-lTd ~ 



Name Glad^^'-s Smith 

Place of birth hijgway Jllino 
Number of years of school ing 

Residence unk — — 

Number of chl Idren 



oate unknown 



Occupatibn 



unk 



_Marital Status unk 



Name Pearl Smith Inpletcn 

Place of birth Rid--;ay. Illin^ 
Number of years of schooling unKncv n 
Resldence Rjdgway. Illinois 
Number of chi idren 3 



July 16. IQOP, 



Occupatibn Telenhonp O^rator 



Marital Status Carried 



' Name Charles Homer Smith 

Place of birth P-idgwav Illinois 
Number of years of schooling unknow n 

' Residence 'eceased 

■ Number of chi Idren t 



date Aug. 27. ^Qin 

n . (Jccupatibh Carpente" 

Harltal Status mar-Ted 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooHng 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren ~ 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years o^ school Ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years ol" school ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth " 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren 



Name^ 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 
Residence - 

Number of till IdfBll ■ 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupatibn 



Jate 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



date 



Occupation 

Marital Status 



date 



Occupatibn 



Marital Status 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupati 



date 



Marital Status 



Occupat ion 



CHILDREN of (. and D (or (-1, D-l)-your mother's name should appear below 

Frank ie Louise Miller 



Eldorado, Illinois 



n.„,. uC hi 

Nunil>r-r -,f yr.u: fif school i ng 12 
'^'"' ' 'ItMice McLeangboro, Illinois 
Number of ch i Idren 3 



^'■'tt' Aug. Hi. 1917 



— : r_ Occupation Medical Reccrds Cle ric 

Marital Status Divorced 



N. 



Olive Emma f-^iller Cl-^jr 



PIdce of birth Eldorado, Illinois 
Number of years of school ing V. 
Res i dence Mt. Pleasant, Texas 
Number of ch i Idren ? ~~ 



.yar. 21, 1911 



. ()ccupat I on Beautician 
Marital Status Married 



3. Name 



Place ot birth ^Mdorado, Illinois 
Number of years of schooling mkncw : 
Residence deceased ^"^ ' 



Number of ch i Idren 



T7? 



date Oct. 10. 191? 

Occupation .^/^ 

Marital Status 77T 



Name Regina i'ferle i^iller Murphy 
P • Jce of birth Eldor--.do, Illinois 
Number of years of" schooling T?" 

Res i dence Kannapolis, North Carolina 
Number of ch i Idren TJ ~ ~ 



date " July 1^, ^<^ll 

Occupa t i on__honsewife 
raarried 



Marital Status 



Name V/illiam Raymond '■filler 

Place of birth Kldcraic, 11 line is 



Number of years of school ing 



Res i dence Fresno. California 
Number of ch i Idren 2 



12 



_ date ^ 3ept. 12, 1919 

Occupation owner drv cleaning hn s: 



Marital Status married 



I^ Wanda Lou Miller Puree 11 



Name 

Place of birth Eldorado. Illi~ 

Number of years of school ing 12" 

Re s i den ce Ba ^_ tim.ore. ^'prvland 



date Get. 10. 199/ 



Number of ch i Tdren 



^ . . Occupa t i on housewife' 
Marital Status married 



Name Barbara Lee wj ■ 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 

Res i dence 

Number of ch i Idren 



(still b'- 



_ date 

Occupat i6n 
Marital Status 



ivra r 



?ne 



Name , 

Place of' birth ^.r^r^ir.. Illinoi7 
Number of years of schooling 12^ 

Res i dence 



Number of ch i Idren n/ 



riarrisbiu-g, Illinois 



Marital Status 



date Sept. 1^. 19II1 , 

^'^"pat i Oh HospitaT Administr atli, 



single 



Name 

P lace of b i rth ~ 
Number of years of" school ing 
Res i dence 



date 
Occupation 



Number of ch i Idren 



Marital Status 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~ 

Number of years of school ing 
Res i dence 



Number of ch i Idren 



date 

Occupat i or 
Marital Status 



Your Father 



Name Herschel Smith 
I f dead, date of death 



Place of birth Ridg->^Pv. Illinois 
Education (number of years) ' 
grade school J 



high school 



Occupation(s) 
111 St Auto Mechanic 



'2nd U.S. Arr^y Pilot 
3rd 



Dates 1919 
Dates I939-I9I16 



l«th_^^ 

Re 1 i g i on 



_Dates 
Dates 



Protestant 



Current Residence Eldorado, Illinois 



_Date of birth Aur. l!^ . 



vocational 



n/- col lege -/r 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

1st S ikes ton, '■"issouri Dates 1939-19^2 



2n d Various military bases 

3rd 

i+th 



Dates I^L;2-19l46 
Dates 



Dates 



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

fepons (Past Master), a^^^.^,.. -_„...„ /^_ , n . \ i^emccrat- 

'lace of marriage to 



'lOTE: I f you were ra 

of this page. (E-2) 

^our Mother 



'L.""!!!!:!? -""^°"JP"f ^nrnP^-^der), Veter^n^ 'of J^ovP^^n V/... -. ' - 
^your motner r.ldoradn . Illinoi7 d ate Nrv. ?n, iq ^ 

ised by a stepfather or another relative qive that data on tl^e' barL 



■lame Frankie Louise Miller 

If dead, date of death 



Current Residence McLeansboro, 111; 



Mace of birth Eldorado, Illinois 
iducation (number of years) 
grade school U high school 



Date of bi rth 

n/a vocational 



Aug. 111. 1017 



col lege 



nA 



)ccupation(s) 

1st clerk/typist 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 1933-1939 1st Ridgway, Illinois Dates 1933-I939 

!nd V/ar Plant Dates 1939-19^2 2n d Sikeston, Missouri Dates 1939-191^2 

^ rd Medical Records Clerk Dates 1957-presen t3 r d Eldor-^do, Illinois ^Da tes 19h2-19h3 

Religion Rentes costal [jth Ind: 



, ,.,. T r— T-! -.-- ^..Jianapolis. India na 

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



^ates 19l;3-19lj6 



'ace or marriage to your father ■r.idorda, niinois d ate Xpy. m' iQ^r 

mTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relative give that dat a on the back o> 
I this page (F-2). 



E-1 Stepfathei 



If dead, date of death 



Place of birth^ .^ ^^^^te 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 


i^th 



3rd Dates 3rd Dates 

Ath Dates 'ith Dates 

Rel igion 

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



Place of marriage to your mother Date 



F-2 Stepmother 

Name 

If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Date of 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 

3 rd Dates 3 rd Da tes_ 

Re 1 I g I on 

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



Place of marriage to your father date 



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

lame Donald Sugenp Smith 

llace of birth _ Eldorado, Illino-.. 
fjmber of years of schooling i\ 



years or scnooiing 
l;s i dence Rockfcrd, Illinois" 
lijmber of chi Id ran 



Date of bi rth 



luJx-U^-iaal. 



Marital Status 



Occupation Air Traffic Cont.r-M Sp.. 



married 



lame Gerald Keith Smith 

Hace of birth Sjkesto n, MiFsouri 

' ' — "' IT- 



hmber of years of schooling 

[;s i dence Lps Angelps, California 

hmber of chi Idren none 



John Edward Smith 



hme 

llace of birth Eldorado. Illinois 

limber of years of schooling 16 

Issi dence Decatur, Illinois 



limber of chi Idren 



hme 

lace of bi rth 

limber of years of schooling 

hsi dence 



imber of chi Idren 



time 

i ace of bi rth 

limber of years of school ing 

l!s i dence ~ 

limber of chi Idren 



hme 

li ace of bi rth 

hmber of years of school ing 

l:s i den ce^ ' 

Ifimber of chi Idren 



l.ime^ 

I ace of bi rth 

lumber of years of school ing 

Ifts i dence 



limber of children 



Ume __^ 

IJace of bi rth 

limber of years of school ing 

l;si dence 



lumber of chi Idren 



Date of birth 



Jan 2^. 19h2 



^ . . , Occupation Electrical BnFinppr 
Marital Status married 



Date of bi rth 



_I^W. 1, 19li9 



Marital Status 



Occupation Manaeement--' 
married 



Date of bi rth 



Marital Stati 



Occupation 



Date of bi rth 



Marital Status 



Occupation 



Marital Status 



"PaTte of bi rth_ 
Occupation 



Date of birth 

Occupat I On 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



Date of bi rth 
Occupation" 



Jii. ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family are willing; 



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

Signed 

Date 





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SOURCES: 

The Family Bible 
Mrs. Frankie Clark, Mother 
Mrs. Buleah Miller, Grandmother 
Mr. Herschel Smith, Father 



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1. Smith 

2. Fraternal Great Grandfather; William Joshua Smith 

3. Born; Jan. 20th 18$0 In Cumberland, Tennessee 
li. Occupation; Blacksmith 

5. Political Party; Democrat 

6. Children; 

A. Fannie Smith 

Married John ftlley of Rtegwaj, Illinois 
B.FellK Smith 

Lived and died In Rid^way, lUlncls 

C. Calvin Smith 

Born In Rldgway and later moved to Ohio 

D. Andrew Smith 

Born and died in Ridgway, Illinois 

E. William Homer Smith 

Born and died In Rldgway, Illinois 

F. Henry Smith 

Bom In Rldgway, II. and died in Shawneetown, Illinois 



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1. Smith 

2. Fraternal Grandfather; William Homer Smith 

3. Born; Feb. 25, 1880 in Ridgway, Illinois. 
U. Died,' Oct. 25, 19U7 in Ridgway, Illinois 

5. Married; tJla Johnston, died in childbirth; 2nd wife— Leora M, Vickeiy 

6. Burial; Ridgway, Illinois 

7. Education; Very limited but unknown exactely how much 

8. Occupation; Carpenter and Brick Mason 

9. Religion; Pentecostal 

10. Political Party; Democrat 

11. Organizations; Mas on« 

12. Leisure Time; Sports, Hunting, Fishing, Making and Drinking Home Brew 

13. Travel; Very Little— usually less than 50 miles which tooV several days 
Hi. Children; 

A. Gladys Smith(Mother died in childbirth) 
Resident of Shawnee town, Illinois 

B. Pearl Smith 

Born— July 16,1908, Ridgway, Illinois 

Resident of Ridgway, Illinois 

Grade school education 

HoBsewife and Telephone Operator 

Married Claude Ingleton, Truck Driver 

Three children — all girls — Joy, Shirley, and Lee 

C. Charles Homer Smith 

Bom— Aug. 27, 1910, Ridgway, Illinois 

Grade school education 

Carpenter and Veteran of World War IT 

Democrat 

Married Ruth Roe who died about 2 years later 



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Died— Aug. 29, I9h9 at Veteran's Hospital 

In Marlon, Illinois from Combat Wounds 

Burled in Rldgway, Illinois 

One child; Evel^-n who was raised by her fraternal 
grandparents 
D. Herschel Smith 

Born~Aug. lli, 1912 in Rldgway, Illinois 

7th grade education 

Auto Mechanic and World War II veteran( Student Pilot 
Instructor and Feriy Command Pilot) 

Democrat 

Married Frnakle Louise Miller Nov. 30, 1933 

Three Children — all boys — Donald, Gerald and John 

Resident of Eldorado, Illinois (Retired) 



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1. Smith 

2. Fraternal Grpndnother; Leora M. "ickery 

3. Born; June 7, 1888 
h. Died; June Hi, 1965 

5. Burial; Ridgway, Illinois 

6. Education; No formal education 

7. Married; William Homer Smith 

8. Father; Charles Vickery whose occupation was Surveyor 

9. Mothar; Amanda Vickeiy(No further information could be found on I^eora or 
her parents. 



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2. Maternal Great '-randfatheri '•'illiarr- ^ndley 

3. Born; Aug. h, 1852 
U. Died; Mar. tk, lfl?5 

5. B>irial; Hickoi:,' Hill (Southern 111.) 
^, Childrfjn; 

A, ■^illle ^lora Jchneon 
Born— .T>i]y l5, !P6!; 
Dl(jd-~Pfay 3, 190? Tuberculosis 
Buried «t Hebron, II. 

B. Williarr R. Dudley 
Born— May ?8, 1888 
Died— fen 7, I88t) 

•a* ^* ^^™^e^ Dudley 

Bom— July 18, 1890 
Died— Mar. 3, 1891 
d, Be'ilah Dudley 

Bom — A up. 1|, 189? 



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1. Miller 

2. Maternal Great Qrandfatherj William Tabor Miller 

3. Bornj i860 In Hartford, Ky, 
li. ^urlal; Linton, Ind. 

5, Miarrted; Sara Emma Basden Bernard 

6. Lived in Beaver Dam, f^. 



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1. Miller 

2. Jbternal Gr&ndfatherj Eugene Franklin ^•liller 

3. Born; Feb 2, 1885 at Newburgh, Indiana 
U. Eiedj Jan 21, 1556 at Eldorado, Illinois 

5. Burialj Wolf Creek Cemetar>-, Kldorado, Illinois 

6. ^rried; Beulah ^udley, Jan 7, 1910 

7. Education; 6th Grade 

8. Occupation; Coal Miner 

9. Religion; Pentecostal 

10, Political Party; Democrat 

11. Organizations; Officer in Odd fellows and Masons 

12, Leisure "^ime; Gardening, hunting and fishing 

13. Travel; California after retiring and travel in U.S. Army 
Hi. Children; 

A. Olive Erariia Killer 
Born— ftar. 21, 1911 at Eldorado, II. 
Hi^h school education 
Beauty Operator and housewife 
Married William Reid, Promoter 
Resident of Mt. Pleasant , Texas 
Three children — Jack, Rebecca, and Roselyn 

B. Ruby Miller 
Bom— Oct. 10, 1912 
Died— Apr. 30, 1923 

C. Regina Merle Miller 
Bom— July 15, 1911 
Housewife 

Married Welbom Murphy 
Resident of Kannapolis, North Carolina 



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High school education . , 

D. Franlde Louise Miller i;''. r. a,-- . ^•4'f, I. ' ^ 
Born;— Aug. li., 1917 -■:■ ■ -ey 

High school education 

I-Jarried Herschel Snith, Nov. 30, 1?33 

Three children — Donald, Gersld and John 

E. William Raymond Miller i-^ .,v 
Born— Sept. 12, 1919 ,^lt1er 

High school ediication 

Married Margie Lane Fe, 6, 19liO 

Owner of Diy Cleaning \sineEs and WII veteran 

Three children — Lana, Gary and one stillborn 

F. laWanda lou Miller 
Born— Oct. 10, 192? 
High school education 
Married Walter Purcell 

Three children— Wanda, Janice and Carolyn 

Resident of Maiyland 
0. Barbara Lee 

Born— Sept. 19, 1926( stillborn) 
H. Edward Eugene Miller 

Born— Apr, 1?, 193lt 

High school education 

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Hospital Administrator 

Resident of Harris burg, Illinois 



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2. MBterral C-ranir'other; Beulali Du.iley 

3. Born; Aug. h, 1892 in Hamilton Coanty, Illinois 

U. MarrlGdi Eugene F. Miller Jan. 7, 1910 at Harrisburg, Illinois 

5. Education; Rth Grade due to lack of money 

6. Occupation; Houepwife 

7. Political P?rt:-; Democrat 

8. Leisure Tine; Sevlnp, crochet '.ing, etc. 

9. Travel; Across ^\S. fro!r. California to Maiyland visiting children 

10. Children; ^ listed under Eugene F. Miller 

11. Religion; ^nteccstal 

12. Pesident; Harrisburg, Illinois 



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1. Smith . . 

2. Father; Herechel Smith 

3. Bomj Aug. Hi, I912 
U. Education J 7th Grade 

5. Occupation; Auto ffechanic and Pilot 

6. Political Party; ^emocrat 

7. Organizations; Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, MasonaCPast Master) 
fl. Leisure Time; Hunting, fishing, flying, and reading 

9. Married; Frankle Louise Miller, Nov. 30, 1933 

10. Military Service; 19h2 Civilian Pilot Instructor with Missouri Instltite of 
Aeronautics attached to the ^r.S. Amny, 19U3-19U6 Ti.S. A rmy Air Corps Air 
Transport Command 

11. Travel; Extensive with Military both U.S. and Central America 

12. Children; 

A, Donald E. S^ith (see personal data sheet) 

B, Gerald Keith Smith 

Born-- Jan 25, 19U3 In Sikeston, Missouri 

Education— High school in Eldorado, 111., College in California 

Northrup Polytechnical Institute, degree In Electrical 

Engineering 
Married Joan Baxter 

miltary Service — Four years in U.S. Air Force 
No children 

C, John Edward Smith 

Born—Apr. 7, 19li9 at Eldor-do, 111. 

Education— High School at Eldorado, 111. College at Southern 

Illinois University at Carbondale, 111. Degree in 

Business Administration 
Married — Jenny Lane, June 1972 



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2. Mother; ^rankle Louise Milder Smith 

3. Born; Aug. Hi, 1917 

U. Marriedj Herschel Smith, Nov. 30, 1933 

5. Education; High School 

6. Occupation; Medical Records Clerk 

7. Religion; Pentecostal 

8. Political Party; 8«nocrat 

9. Children: Listed under Herschel Smith 



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2. Donald Enpenc Smith 

3. Born; July 13, 1935 at Eldorado, ILL. 

h. Married; Joan Stefane Aug. 10, 19$8 at Eldorado, 111. 

5. Education; High School at Eldorado, 111., Some college at Southern Illinois 
mjiversity. University of Maxyland andRock Valley College 

6. Occupation J Air Traffic Control Specialist with the Federal Aviation 
Administration 

7. Political Party; Independant 

8. Organizations; American Legion, Masons 

9.mitaTy Service; Eight years in the U.S. Air Force (Airborne Radio Operator) 

10. Travel; Extensive. Throughout the U.S. with the exceptions of Penn., W. Va., 
Va., New Mexico and Idaho, all overseas travel was with WaF. Only exclusions 
were ".S.S.R., Poland, Hunpaiy, Australia and China. 

11. Children; 

A. Stacey Lynn Smith 

Born— Jan. 20, 196? «t Kansas City, Missouri X; ^ 

Education— 3rd Grade Highland School, Rockford, II. 
hobbles— Reading, Guitar, Choir 



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THE SirrH PMILY 

Tho Srtiths^ at least, thle portiori of them, were traced back 
to the northvrest portion of Tennessee about UO miles northwest of 
Nashville, Willism Joshua Smith, a Blacksmith, was living in 
Ctariborland City and for reasons unknown decided to move to the 
southern part of niinoit! a trip of considerable distance in the 
middle of the lEneteenth Ci^rtmy. He followed the natural waterways 
norttomst through the western portion of Kentucky to the Ohio River 
and then Mp the CtLo River to Shswneetown at which point he bought 
a vragon and team of mules for the ovarlaiid tx>ip to a small settlement 
known as Ridrrway, Illinois. Xhe total milage was 200-250 miles and 
was completed in the fantastic time of three montns, Witn Mr. Smith 
was his wife (unknown) and dau^ter Fannie and son Felix vhose ages 
are not available. They had vaiy little furniture and throe cows, 
2 dogs, some sheep and no money* 

Upon settleing ±xi Rid?:way Mr, Smltn resoued his work as a 
Blacksmith and began raising a family in earnest. In very short 
order four more sons were bom including Willlatt Homer Smith in 
1880 on tile 25th of February. Little is known about the family 
life during this period except that they were very honest, hard 
working and well liked by their neighbors and friends. They were 
a close knit fainily whose church and religion were the focal point 
of thior lives outside of home. 



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The sun, William Komor Smith, soon learned to lay bricks and 
becane & iriastsr carpsntsr. As la aost families of that period he 
had ver^"- little oppc>rtur.ity t-> r^co'.vo aiiy formal education but 
.'jot what he co'ild •^fhlle helping with tho family budget. In the early 
part of "ttie 20th century. Homer, aa he vas known to his friends, 
vas ewployed by a Mr. Vicker^ to lay some bricks and do a "lil 
cajrpenting". While he W9.s thns onployad he met a Iliss Leora Vickery 
and decided thoy should f^et inarried. However sAie had other plans 
and 30 Horasr 'Hrooed and won" anoth'^r yom,^ lady, t*jio unfortunately 
died after giviJig birth to a dau^ter Gladys, Afrer the appropriate 
anount of time Leora Vickoiy and Homer were mamed. Their life 
va3?led little from that of their parents. They had three children 
of their own, A girl and tno boy;? the youngest was named Herschel, 
While the Chirch was still the center of most social life in this 
aaaall tcm relit^on itself was not did not play a lacijor role in 
the family tmtil the parents were approaching middle a^. The 
fanily did ve^- lit'^le traveling and would be consideredloirer 
class by today's standards, lioifever there waa more opportunity 
for formal education for all U of the children and all fiidshed 
Grade School with the sTception of uerschel iriio finished the Tth 
Grade, After all the chiloren were working or maeried life became 
pleasant if not iKDcarioas, ^hey always had plenty of food, much 
of it coming from their garden, a small but conuf or table hone and 
Herschel was able to buy a Model A since he was xiow working at the 
local Ford garage. I^iscipline waa elwsys very sti-ict ana justice 
was swiftly dispensed fay the f&ther. 



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Korschttl Smith vas tte fJ.rrt tc stra^ from the confines of Town 
of Rid.gway. He began drivinj^ all the way to EXdorado, U-linois to 
date a young lady who was livlnr there* The daughter Gladys was 
really the first to make a pemenant break firom the lonp established 
pattern of family tlew by moving far away to Shawneetown, Illinois 
(30 miles) axBi latw Mew Harmony, Indiana. The Next hj?eak In this 
pattern did not occvnr for some years with the advent of Weapld War 
II which s^v both eons entering Military Service, This ©vent also 
signaled the aid of family lif 9 as it had been for at l^ast a 
hundred years. 

Just about the same tijse that William Joshua Smith vss l^ivlng 
Cunberland City, Tennessee a man named William ^wdley wss bom in 
an obscure rural area of Southern Illinois called Hamilton County* 
In the year 1886 he met and »arH.ed Lillie Flora John«on and they 
had a dau^ter in 1892 which they named Beulah ^odley. Shortly after 
the birth of Beulah the fanilv moved to Eldorado, Illinois where 
Wlliam opened a saEMmill, When Beulah was 8 vears old she became an 
orphan upon the death of her mother, her fathw having died 5 yearn 
earlier. Beulah was raised by an aunt who osmed a boardln? house 
in Eldorado, H. 

Another man was born iustabout the same tlrm W.J., Sn^.th moved 
North. His name was Willim Tabor Mnier bom i860 wh Hartford, Ky. 
Vmiiam married Sara Qmna Besden Bernard in Reaver Ban. K'^. and 
then moved to Newburgh, Ind. i^ere their thx«e sonn were bom. The 
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that period was close knit, veil aared for children, mother usually 
the sole means of education for all using the Bible as the primary 
source of infomation, father hard working, strong moral, character, 
strict disciplinarian, the ^urch was the social center of the area 
and very little leisure tirne or travel. 

The oldest son Eugene FranlcLin Hiller vent to work at the age 
of 12 in the coal mijies in the Newbori^ area. After working for 8 
jreara he enlisted in the TJ.P, Army and served in Cuba anii Latin 
America. Eugene Miller "Private of Conipai^ B, 11th Rsgtmetn of the 
Infantry, who enlisted on 29 Aug 190? to serve 3 years. Discharged 
on 28 Aug 1908 by reasc»i of exoiration of tern of service* Character 
of soldier recorded as »good», transferred fTora Company K sane 
regiment." 

After his discharge Eugene went to Eldorado, Illinois to get 
work in the coal mines there. He was told the best beds in town 
were at Emma's boarding house and so he rented a room thejpe. He met 
the young nelce of Emma named Beulah ^'udley and they felt at once 
that there was no way to survive unless they got married. So two 
weeks after they met they were married at Harrisburg, HI. 8 miles 
west of Eldorado, Jan, 7» 1910, Th«y set up housekeeping at Eldorado, 
in a house left to Beulah by her Father, ^ugene retiirned to the 
Coal Mines and Beulah settled down to oroviding a home for her 
husband end her children as their first born arrived March 21, 1911, 
In All they had 8 children of which one was still bom. While both 
parents were loving and kind hearted they were strict in discipline 
In the early years bat became more mellow with each additional child. 



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!I3ie fandly life was vexrir close as bcth parents strlved to 
instill all the good, christian fithlcs of thsir own hi^rh moral 
standards in oach child. Religion played a larp:e role in the fandly 
life and the whole family attended church regularly. Hard work was 
thought to be it's oym. reward and raodernticn in all thlnsjs, Alohhol, 
gassbliag and all the tools of violence were ptrictly tnhco, especially 
the weapons of ffJar, both real and toy. The living standard would 
be considii'ed v^per s^iiddle class today as there was alwsys plenty 
of food from their large fardon, F.eat was abundant as they raised 
chickens, pigs, and rabbits. All holidays were observed as an 
entire family project with participating if possible, especially in 
the work. Religious holidays snch as Christraae were especially 
nemorable. 

The fourth child bom to the Millers wr.s a eirl named ^^rankie 
Louise Miller bom Aug. li^, I917. She, ss did all the Miller clan, 
was able to couDlwte her ■gchoolinp- all the way through high school. 
Hwrevor, in Her third year of hisrh school, rhe. married a yo^m^ nan 
she had been dating for a short ner'od. His name v^as Herschel Smith, 
Th^ decided it would be better to be narried as he was drivinf^ the 
25 aiiles fton. Ridgway to %dorado sevsral times a week, Th©y were 
married Nov. 30, 193 "< and after finishing school Pranlcie 'rent to 
work for the Fam Bureau at Riderway, II. where they made their home, 
Frcsa. this union three sons were born. The first waR Bonald Eugene 
Smith in July 1935 at the home of Mr. and Mrs, Eugene Miller in 
Eldorado, II, Gerald Keith Smith was born Jan, ?^', 19li.3 in Siketton, 
Missotiri, John Edward Smith was born Apr, 7, 19h9 in ^dorado, n. 



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Tills genaration, Prankie and Herschel, were ideally the first to 
have great mobility both geowaphioall^y and financially. They wejro 
boset 1^ many dlfficilties sach as the deproasion, floods in 1937, 
iUnecs and death on both sides of the family, Panilly life chanced 
drastically di» to riore iuid better edncation for both parents and 
children, the woxldng i<rlfe who in tho past worked strictly isi tho 
hotie, a larger divorslf action of social life. In the past the Church 
WIS the foe 1 point but naif it was .lust another facet of society in 
general and r&cy often was the smallest facet. Radio (Cormercial), 
Autonobllas being more acnesoible to the average mani, less and less 
WstrJ.ctions on women so far ap public danclnf^, dx^rJdne and w©ai*ing 
of makeup as well as the general attitude of the country ?i3 a whole 
in the 1920 »3 w»re responsible for the chanj?:es In family life. 

The anith family wa^ not a close knit family by any means, Ihe 
mother worked, father worked and both felt the need for rela-scation 
aJPterwards, The school was unofficially given the responslblity to 
teach all the accepted standards of morality, hwiesty, forthritooess, 
integrity, manners, etc. Then came th*^ "&^at Adventure", World War 

n, 

I war; bom <xi July 13, 1*^3 •? at my grandbajrents (Miller) in 
^Idopado, Illinois, The first fenr years of my life were myenk in 
RldgwaQTf Illinois with just a few patchs of meraoriefj most of >Jhich 
deal with home and lo'/lng parents. Just prior to entering the fir?t 
grade my Fiather acc^ted employment as an auto Tn9chanlc at the 7ord 
garage In Eldorado, n, I attended The Waahlugton Elementary School 
until the middle of the second prade (19h?), My Father wag accented 



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as a FLi^Wj Instructor with the Mlsgo'jri Institatft of Aeronautics 
vhlch had a contract to train pilots for the U.S. Arws^ in Sikeston, 
Jftssoori, The nsxt few yearg vrere happy years as I was very proud 
that my dad was a military pilot and vre h-d a {»cod "nidrTle class" 
l^.f8 for the nost part even thouf^h it raeant, rnovj.nj; goversl times and 
attendlnr: h or 5 schools in h years or less. In 19l:6 wo ratuxmed 
to Eldorado, 11. where I lived Td.th rrcy pranriparents for a couple of 
yfeurs, T finished sy schoolinsr at the Eldorado Tcwnship Iligh School 
June 19^3. After .'graduation T enlifsted in the U.S. Air Force serving 
in many States and o'wrsoas (Korea), I vas discharFed in 19^7 during 
yrh&t then President Eisenhovrer termed a mild recession. Unable to 
find ennloywent I re-enlisted in the TJS/IF, In. Aup- 19!? P I carried a 
former classmate Joan Stefane, who had attended collsre in Evansville, 
Indiana and vras worMnp as a secretary there. I vas discharged for 
the ?nd time in Jan. 1962 and became an Air Traffic Control Specialist 
In the Federal Aviatim Adminf.st.ration, We have since had one daughter j 
Stacey Lynn ftnith, boim Jan, 20th, 1965, Because of rry profession x/e 
have lived in Kansas City, Omaha, Neb, (twice), Vandalla, Tl,, Indiana- 
polis, Indians., Rockfcrd, Tl. and are in the prncesp of movlnf^ to the 
Raleigh, North Carolina area. 

In summary, faoillies were frenerally sHa].l with the average being 
about 5, Discipline in the early fandlies vxas very strict and the 
father was the dieciplinarian. All families seemed to have their own 
reeidences for the nost and seldom 13.ved with parents after retting 
married and vice versa. Some had larpe hotries and others ran the 



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to the o-fchor extreme such as vhen I was in HieJi School, We lived, the 
^ of us, ij\ tzzc jrooms with no indoor bath and only cold water pi '^jobing, 
nscipli-ie chrnfjed drastically but slowly to the point that ny two 
brother.-? and I were very loosly supervised since both parents worked. 
Mobility began on a large scsle vith the generation my pareato were in. 
Fcr hundreds of years there was one or less moves of entire families 
and income changed very little if at all izi most cases. Suddenly ^ath 
the entire world at tra.r everyone was meicLng many times ovoi* the income 
they had been making. Many young men were taken into the Military as 
my Father, his brother Homor who disd fpon wounds received in combat 
after fishti-og through most of 3urope, ay Mother's brother, Rajmond 
who served in the Par East for 3 and f years and then settled in 
Calif omj.a. Of the 8 children the Millers had only one lives in the 
saw© tovn as fiy f;randaiother(sole survivor of ay grandparents) and one 
lives within 30 miles while the re-t ar-e at least ^CKTi miles away* 

Sons did not follow Uie occupations of the fathers and both 
parents seemed to have no inflaeioce over their ciiildren's futures 5 
except in the areas of eduoatioii and religion, , ' ' ; 

Early families expected children to work to help the family but 
this decreased almost in direct prpportion to \.he decrease in discipline. 

Many dreams were made along the patas oX the last li>0 or so years 
leading to this tine and this place, ilany ware broken or ahatteff^d 
by the torrible grief due to the death of a loved one or both parents 
as in the case of Beulah Dudley Miller, op the bitter feelings created 
by the divorce court as in the case of ey parents. Life was very 



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difficult for the entire famiV of the nineteenth century, especially 
30 for the Tjarsnts, It se'ana that as Ufa was made easlor for all 
througVi th«» inr3rit.5.o.i of tiiolsrn appliances, electricity being more 
ac'jes.^ibl^ foe* the aTarage persoxi, convenience of travel, and more 
and nore aoney to syjend and leisure tine to spend it the baaic roots 
of family life wore jaat as 3u.rely dc'jtroj'-ed. However, morality 
and tha basic stuaadard^ of intagi^ity seemed to remain sbout the same 
fron ray o^m obs'ii-vationa o^ both siLles of the fa^iily. 

Since /tsith-ir of r^' broth-^rs have any children nor anj apparent 
inclinati n to have anj, my daughter, Stacey Lynn ^lith may very well 
be the terminal of this particular Smith clan. 



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SMITH, RICHARD GENEV 1954- 



II 



■'"family Hislof'i''''' ''''" '"''' '""'' '' '"' ''"'' °' ''^^ ^^^^ ^°^^ 0^ ^°^'« 

•ar Contributor to the Kock Valley College Family History Collection: 

^rir^^^f^''^-^''"'' '^^""^ ^''''°'^ "" ^^ ""^^^ """'^ "'"^"' t° historians and others studyinq 
r^ n .Ir :r'-n r' '^ r^ T '° ^'" ^^^ ^^^ '^^'"^ ^^'°^- ^his win take you only a 
wmmtues. and w. N be eas.ly made over into an Index which will permit archive users ready 
cess to just those kinds of family histories needed. 

SURVEY 

1. Vourname Richard Oe.. ... .. ! OFFICE USE CODE 

'''' "' ^"'• " May 7. 1Q74 ;^ ( I D # ) 

2. Your coll. ge: Koc k Vj n ey(^Je(Le ;; (,D// ) 

RocktorcT, Illinois ,v 

,,,,,, ,, *****iV)'.)V>Vi'tAiV)V>\.VA)V!';>VA;',,V,',,V,';;V/;.', 

your pipe r''^"' "^'^ ^^^ ""^'^^ ^°" ^^"^ ^^^'^ ^^'^ '° ""^ '^'"^s about your family in 

^Before 1/50 1750-1800 r I8OO-I85O 

1850-1900 1900 or latiT 



k. Please check aM 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 Atlantic (N.Y. , Penna. , N.J., Va.) 
X South Atlantic (Ga. Fla., N.C., STCT) ^ East South Cent;a1 (La. , Miss. Ala Tenn Km. 

— "rdf ct ^'"';'V '^'".2-"-;.'^^-' °9"JL.^-^ North CentVa;'(iich . Ohio nd'^ 

Pacific (Cal., WashJ (Hawaii, Alaska) 111, wis ) 

P lains (ND,SD,Neb.,Kan77Towa, MS) 
5. Please check aM occupational categories in which members of your family whom you have 
discussed in this paper have found themselves. 

-iL_^3'''"'"g ^Mining JL Shopkeeping or smal 1 bus Iness 

^Transportation ^Big Business x" Manufacturing 

_Z ^Professions j^ Industrial laboT O ther 

j^Roman Catholic ^Jewish X P resbyterian X M ethodist 

X Baptist ^EpiscopalTilT CongreiTETonal X Lutheran 

-AJi-^^^^'- ^Mormon jTJther Protestant " Other 

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



.^'^^''^ Indians ^Mexicans Puerto Ricans 

;^*;'f^ ^^^?'^r^' Europeans ItalTanT Slavs 

"ons 



''"'^^ British X N ative Americans over several generati 



.East Asian _^ ^Other jj^^ch 



What sources did you use in compiling your family history? 

.^.Interviews with other j^Fami ly B i bles x Fami ly Genealog ies 
rami ly members 

ll'f ""k''^' ^^"^ '^^^°^^^ The U.S. Census 

^Photographs ^Maps Other 



ILY DATA 

Grandfa t-hg r (your father's side) 

Name '■Ju'b bo K. _'^mith Curr.2nt Residence 

I f dea3, ite of death ^/21/''6V^ 



Place of birth Driebor^, ^'Netherlands Date of Birth Fe b. _ I3, 1391- 



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



Occupatlon(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

1st carpenter Dates iqoq - 1914 1 st Applington, Town, Dates 1909-14 

2nd carpenter Dates ni5 2nd Parl^ersburg, Iowa Dates 1 "1 : 

3r d farmer & carpenter Dates IQ?*^ 3rd FgrVersbnrr. Towa D ates 1Q2S 

^th carpenter Dates IQ'l Ath Pecatonica. Illinois D ates i q^q-.Sl 

Re 1 1 g I on Banti '.t 

Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. ^r^,,-|Hn't ^m+o - wasn't 

naturalized- 
Place of Marriage to your grandnwther ^ ' _ 



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



Name FrederiVa vieT Smith Current Residence 

I 



Grandmother (your father's side) 

lame FrpderiV;, Vif,1 qmith 

f dead, date of deat h ^/i/nt 

Place of birth ^ i^'^leuwolda. ^Netherlands Date of birth 5-^3^397 

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



Occupation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 

>St housemaid Dates 1910-15 1st Farkersbnr.T. Iowa Dates IQIQ-I S 

2n d housewife Dates i9i'5-7:^ 2n d Minnesota and Iowa D ates 191 '5-7^ . 

3r d Dates 3r d Pecatonica, Illinois D ates 1939-6 1 

Ath Dates 4th Seward. Illinois Dates 1961-74 

Religion Baptist 



Political party, cIvM or social clubs, sororities, etc. couldn't vote - wasn't 

naturalized 
Place of marriage to your grandfathe r .^l,.^,^^. P^,^^ , . DA T E T-arch 10, 1915 

^''^^'' [la\%d^^*ly^riaWl'^<^xkn piSiV^)f stepmother or another relative give 



A- 1 Stepgrandfather (your father's side) 



Current Residence 



If draT, 

Place of 

Educatio 
grade s 


d.ilp of^ dea 

birth 

n (number of 
chool 

3n(s) 


th 
years 


) 
high school 

Dates 


1st 


Date of Bi rth 
vocational college 


Occupat 1 
Ist 


PLACE OF RESIDENC- 
(after leaving home) 
Dates 


2nd 






Dates 
Dates 
Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


_3rd_ 
— '♦th__ 


Dates 


^th 


Dates 


Re 1 i g i on 





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



Place of marriage to 



dmothc 



age to your granomotner 



laTi 



A-2 Stepgrandmother (your father's side) 



Current Residence 



If dead, date of dea 
Place of bi rth 


tR 

years 


): 
high school 


Date of birth * 


Education (number of 
grade school 


vocational college 


Occupatlon(s) 
1st 


Dates 


PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 
1st Dates 


2nd 
3rd 
Re 1 i g i on 




Dates 
Dates 


2hd Dates 

3rd Dates 

^ 



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



Place of marriage to your grandfather 



Date 



G-andfather (■ 



-ther's side) 



Nart-;- J. Howard Miller 
If i:-ad» data of death 



Current Resi 'ence Pol 



o, Illinois 



of b!r:K Jonesboro, Tennes see 
I on (rt .' i&rr~o7"7ea7sTr~~~~"~~ 
^ "cuool __2___ high school 



Date of !rth 



ZlWlBSl. 



vocatlona 



:on< 



atloi(s) 
^* ■ .. F armer fHired'^ 



_Pates 1923-37 



2nd 
— 



Dates 



lst_ 
2nd 



PL :E of RESIOei^CE 
(arcer leaving home) 



IllinoiR . 



Dates 1^20-40 
Dates 



3rd Farmer f sel f-e mploved'^ Dates 1937-65 3 rd 



Vegon, Illinois 



4th 



Dates 



^th 



Polo. THinnis 



Religion United Brethem 

jPoI'Mcal parties, civil or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your grandmother ^^^TT" 



_Datesj_o_o^ 
_Dates iT^Q-? 



Mote: If 

give 



Illinoif 



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



Srandmother (your mother's side) 
|>lame 



'uZ e^i^'Ui:'J'''^^ ^^^^'^^ --'^^'^ ^^"'■'•«"' Residence Polo, nunoi. 



•ducat ion (number of years) 



Date of birth I2/10/1910 



'grade school 
)ccupatlon(s) 



high school 



vocational 



col lege 



1st 



hoi]Rema-id 



_Dates 1926-29 1st Pole 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Illinois Dates 1929-40 



ind 



' housewife 



^-Q"'-' 



^Da tes 1929-7-J 2 n d Oregon, Illinois 

Dates 1967-7/- 3rd Polo. Illinois 



Dates 19/0-5^ 
Dates 1959-7' 



ieligion TTnited Erethern 

|olitlcal party, civM or social clubs, sororities, etc. 

^ce or marriage to your grandfathe r T iorrisdn. Tllin o/s J,>^ I ' 

i [\.TtLTAV **"' l^^l^\^'' ' ^^'P"«ther i,r another re l ative (to a ge V 

I give that data on the baci< of this page (D-2) 



C-l Sf epgrandfather (your mother's side) 

N;jine Current Residence 

I f dfod, (laip of death 

I'l.Kc ..I l.irili D.iU.- ol liiilh 

I <lil( .ilioii (fHitnlxT of yr.,c,) 
• ir.Mlf -.(liool lii(jli school vocoLioHiil collrijc 



Occup,)t ion(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE . 

(after leaving home) 1 
Isl Dates 1st Dates 



2n(t ^Dates 2nd ^Dates_ 

3rd Dates 3rd ^Dates_ 

i^th Dates '4th Dates_ 

Re 1 i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandmother date 



0-2 S tefK|r,indmothcr (your mother's side) 

Name Current Residence 

I f dead, date of death 

Place of birth Date of birth 

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



Occijpation(s) PLACE OF RESIDENCE 

(after leaving home) 
1st ^Dates 1st Dates_ 

2nd ^Dates 2nd Dates_ 

3rd Dates ^3rd Dates_ 

Re I i tj i on 

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



Place of marriage to your grandfather Date 



CHJikDREN_of A & B (or AH or B-'.) - your father's name should appear below 

Name Frances Smith 

Place of birth Par'^cersburg, l owa """""da » /i/oc/i-i'- 

"*y '^' eu's o/ school I rtg - ~~".'~' c^^ Tb?" ^oTrTa^rer 

" '! '^«^' c:-e Hollanad^le, .i--,n. Marital StatiiS r. t,thei~^pe^--472T7'nr 



i*.^ 



;;iiriber of cht Jdren 



' eifrti John Smith 

" '* ofn-.Tr th pnri-ftr^c;hijr.r;- , I ow" ' d ate s /31 / M ^, 

imber of years of schoolin g ; OclatatTt' '^^c-.ov^r 

L i d€ nee S eward, Illinois ^^a^ltal Status Margar^T^ tahl _ 2/?? '/^^ 

Number of^chl Idren ^ " •• ' ' ^ 



actory 'maintenance 



Kuhnv Sr 
of blrtT 



Place of bJrth Parkershurg, lov/a " date lo/l9/'l"> 

"•.mber of years or scnooiih g 7 Occupatlbn 'miiv: trrc '---dHver 

■sidence Durand, Illinois Marital Status Don;Ta ''Jien'-- ip/j^O/. ^y 

"ber of chl Idren ip " ' 

Name Bruno Smith 

Place of btrth Pari^ersburg, lowa date 10''l9/'19 

Number of years of schooling T6 Occupatlbri fcfeior~"""~" — 

Residence Ankeny, Iowa M arital Status -li7ahe'{.h n.^^i.^n _9^i.,^/' AA 

Number of chi Idren — — — — — ' 



^"■"^ date 



Jf"* }^i}^ iPiitiP , 

Place of birth Parkershurg.H^ 

Number of years of schooHng ~d Occupatlbn' ^'o-ok at- scMfli 

Residence Pockford. Illinois Marital Status -?oWt v..pr^. - T?A Am 

Number of chl Idren 3 "^^' '" '' ""^" ^ 

ilf"* rrra,qq, "^nni th -«__ 

Place of birth Parkersburg, Iowa ^d ate g/oo/io/ 

Number of years of schooling 3 Occupation J ^^ „ u i 

Residenc e Tiaeland. New Tersey Marital Status -+pn]'pl';Vo-^'^-ee '-^"i ^o /. . 
Number of children 1 — — -* ^-^ 

Name Mice Smith 

Place of birth Parkershurg, Iowa ~ date ^/^Af^Ol a- a a 

Number of yea rs of schoo li ng Occu pati^' ' ^' ■''"' '^ ^ 

"^'s'dence Marital §tAf..< ^— ■ 

Number of chl Idren ——————«_—«_ 



> Name '-'illiam Smitli 

I Place of birth Thompson, Iowa date g/p/i^pQ, 

Number of years or schooling 12 Occupation -^"^^ 

■ ^gs'dence Pecatomca. Ill inois "" Marital Status - "■--.■.- -i Her - 2/26/' SO 

Number of children 1 — — — iLi^i — ^ ^^' ^u 

I Nam e H|nry Smith 

" P'ace of birth Oakland, t/j -^, -.esota date q/2/'/"'3 

Number of years of schoolin g p """ ^ Occu pat l bn^,,,^.... 

• !!";^enc e .e.. Piver, Illinois Marital Status Betty ,.;.L - dh.^SP 



*• N^"^ .Paul Smith 

Place of birth Oakland, V.i^^^^ 7^ date n /i- 

Number of years, of, school I n g 1'^ S-ccuDatTbT^ 

Residenc e ew Vilford, nii liui,.. . , lu^u^ i g> "ccupatlOn^ 
Number o f U l l l U ren T "arital Status any I r" 



11 



, ^,. . T ,v ^^T^ ivorced ' 

second marriage - onirley J-Jriigiit Bartholemew - 10/25/'69 



f C and D (or (.-I, 0-1) -your motlirr's name should apptvir be 



rnr^nr pt Winnefred T-'iller 

r»f 1)1 r II 



Polo. Illinoi 
y.ir •, of" scnool inq 



(l<-n 



Niirnbrr dI ch I Id 



Pecatonica. Illinois 



Occupation housewife 



Mar i tal ^Status 'lilliam Smitli - 2/26 ''50 



N-'""'_Doroth 
Pl,,c'- o? Urt 



y Louise Miller 



n T'l^illei-eville, Illinois 
Number of years of school Ing 12 
Residence Dixon. Illinois 



Number of ch I Idreii 



Name Frances Pileen Miller 

Place of birth Milledgeville, Illinois 
Number of years of school ing 
Res i dencc Poc^cford, IllinoiT" 
Number of ch i Idren ~ 



TT 



'*. Name Lulu Belle Miller 

P 1 .1 CO of (Wrth Mill edgevi lie, 'l' 



Number of years of' school ing 
Residence Phoenix, A.rizona~ 
Number of ch i Idren 



12 



5. Name Ja^nes Edward Miller 

Place of bl rth steriinr, ilimoir 



Number of years of school ing 
Residence "^tillman Valley, minoi; 
Number of ch i Idren ^ 



6. Name Sharon Va.-y Miller 

Place of bi rth Sterling, minois 



Number of years of school ing 

Residence '^fin^e■bago, Illinc5Ts~ 
Number of chi Tdren i 



TT 



7. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of school ing 
Residence 



Number of chi Idrcn 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~ 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



9. Name 

Place of birth 



Number of years of school Ing 

Residence 

Number of cKi Idren 



10. Name 

Place of bi rth 



Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number of children 



Marital Status 



31 ^'31 
rccupatiOn housewit 



■'c barmaid 



■Tohn WaldsohlAc 



±0^1- 



aMli3. 



date_ 
"Occupation factory l^^rer 
Marital Status -"^ohn Le'viay - ^/i/'74" 



Marital Status 



date 1 o ''-J ', -^i 

Occupation housewife 



'reorg-e St 



ockinr -' 7/5/' 5'^ 



dat( 



!2lL^ 



5c cupatiOrt fa.ctory plumbei 



Marital Status Martha Williams - 7.'^23 ^'6( 



date 11/16/' 33 

OccupatlOrt hoisewife 



Marital StatusLarry Christen - l/23/'5( 



_ date 

"Occupation 
Marital Status 



date 



OccupatlOrt 
Marital Status 



date 



OccupatlOrt 



Marital Status 



"Ceo 



date_ 
upation 



Marital Status 



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

date 12/io/M-" 



Name Fred Smith 

Place of birth Oa^^land. T^^j-vi esota 
Number of years of school Irtg 



Res Idence r,(. 

Number of ch I Idren 



Occupatl.6h -niDDing clerk 



rtnar. AAalley, Illinoi ^arl talTTa t us Patricia gcVpff 1 ip/n TT^ 



k.^ 



Name Harm -.mitli 

Place of birt h Oakland, Minneso-ba 
Number of years oi schooling TT 



lite 1^13, 



Occupati6h facte 



I^*^' denc e German Valley, Il'I ^ ^^art tal"Tt7turDo"rn Veenf itl'd - '^/op ' 59 



Number of children 



Name Jeannette Gloria Smith 

Place of birth >\l"bert Lea, rimnesot c- 
Number of years of schooling 12 



■ date ?/?/.^,B 
Occupatlbn hoisewil 



Residence Loves Park, Illinois Marital Status John Ha.rnje - IQ .^^ TT 
Number of chl Idren 4 - , , li.^. xw _ , -.l 



Name Georr-e Smith 
Place of birth '^evjard, Ulinoi ' 
Number of years of school Ing 
Residence Seward, Illinois 
Number of chl Idren t! 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooHng 

Res I dence 

Number of cht Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school Irtg 

Residence 

Number of chl idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 



Number of chl Idren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of chl Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of schooling 

Residence 

Number of chl Idren 



Name^ 

Place of birth — 

Number of years of school Ing 
Residence 



Number o f t ill l U fer 



d ate 10 -^?s/' ''0 

^'t , . ^ ^ccupatibrt factory- tHachini St 
__MarItaI Status Judy Knodle - l/^o/io 



Marital Status 



date 
Occupatlbn 



date 
Occupation 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



date 
OccupatTSh" 



date 



OccupatTSh" 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



date 
Occupation 



date 



_ , . _ Occupat Ion 
.narltai Status 



CHILDREN of i, and D (or (,-1. ()-l)-your mothrr's name should apptv.r hel. 



N.KIH- 
fl.K ." 

Numb-r 

«'■■■! drr.cc 

Niiinl)rr of ch i Idren 



y.ir -, of" scIk)oI I ru 



Occupat I on 



Marital Status 



('loc<- of hirti 



Number of 
Res i derice 
Number of ch i Idren 



■ars of school inc 



Name 

P lace (jf bi rth 



Number of years of school ing 
Residence 



Number of ch i Idren 
Name 



P 1 ,u,o of birth 

Number of years of^ schooling 

R«;'iidence 

Number of ch i 1 dren 



Name 

Place of birth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 



Number of ch i Idren 



6. Name 

Place of bi rth ~ 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of chi Tdren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth 

Number of years oi school ing 

Residence 



Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth ~ 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of cb i Idren 



Name 

Place of bi rth " ' ~~ 

Number of years of school ing 

Residence 

Number of children 



"TTccupat ion 



Marital Status 



date 



Oc cupat iOn 
Marital Status 



"MaTT 



Occupatibn 



tal Status 



Occupation 
Marital Status 



date__ 
ccupatlOrt 



Marital Status 



_ date 

Occupation 
Marital Status 



Occupatioh 
Marital Status 



date 



OccupattOrt 
Marital Status 



ccupat lOn 



Marital Status 



Your Father 

Name '/ill jam Smith 
If dead, date of death 



high school 



Place of birth Thompson, I owa 
Education (number of years) 
grade school 8 

Occupation(s) 

1st carpenter Dates 1944-4^ 



2nd factory molder 



Dates 1^50 



3rd carpenter 



Dates 1950 



<tth W.F. & John Barnes 

Religion 7~T ~~T" 

^ Wet^9(^1 nt, 



Dates 1950- 



Current Residence ^ecatonica, Illinois 



Date of birth 9/2.1 ''23 



vocational 



col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 



(after leaving home) 

1st ^ockford, Illinois 



Dates 1950 



2nd 'reward, Illinois 



Ddtes ^950 



3r(j '-Jinnebago, Illinois 
kth Pecatonica, Illinoif 



Dates iQso-^? 
DatesiQ^?- 



s, etc. 



iplit.tin^^-^ 



Political parties, civil or social clubs, fraternitle 

Place of marriage to your mothe r ^.rand Detonr; t1 i ^^ni . ' 

NOTE: If you were raised by a stepfather or anotlier 'relative give that da ta on the back 
or tnis page. (E-2) 



<i»te 2/26/'50_; 



Your Mother 



Name Mar^:aret Winnefred Killer 
If dead, date of death 



Place of birth Polo, inipn^. 



Education (number of years) 



grade school 
Occupation(s) 



high school 



SlSi£S,Jil^r^ 



Dates 19,^ 9-^30 
Dates 



mirssR aJH 



Dates 1967-70 



Current Residence Pecatonica, Illinois 



Date of birth 3,/^o/'29 

. vocational col lege 



PLACE OF RESIDENCE 
(after leaving home) 

Dates 19/! 9-50 



2n d Win'iebap:o, Illinois 
3rd Pecatonica, Illinois 



Dates 1950-52 
Dates 1952- 



^eligion Methodist 

political party, civil or social clubs, sororities, et 

[lace of marriage to your' fathe r Grand Detour,- Illihbife- ' 
»OTE: If you were raised by a stepmother or another relati 
this page (F-2). 



Snli t tir-Vpi. 



• d ate 2/'?^ *' 5TT '" "^ " ~ 

ve give that data on tfiT back 0? ~ 



E-l Stepfather 



Name 

I f 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 



Dates 


1st 


Dates 


2nd 


Dates 


3rd 


Dates 


i»th 



3rd ^Dates ^3rd Dates 

^th Dates ijth Dates 

Re 1 i g I on 

Pol i t i cai* part'i'es , civii or social clubs, fraternities, etc. 

Place of marriage to your motVier Date 



F-2 Stepmothei 



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 Dateb 1st Dates 

2nd Dates ^2nd Oates_ 

3rd Dates ^3rd Dates_ 

Re I i g i on 

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



Place of marriage to your father date 



CH!> DREN of E and F (or E-2. F-2) - your name should appear below 



-^ Howard William Smith 

f lace of birth" Rockford.Illinoil 
i. umber of years o^ school Ing 
R.js i dence Win-ieliago, Illinois 
M umber of ch i Idren — — 



3I7T5ate of birth 3 -^3/' 31 



Marital Status 



Occupation trr,c>: dri^ 



m/rle 



f>' ame Richard Gene Smith 

Place of birth Rockf ord, "l lUrois' 

Number of years of' schooling 

Res i dence Pecatonica, Illinois 

Number of chl Idren """^ 



Date of b i rth 1/ 2//'^ 

Occupation s tiide' 
Marital Status engaged 



Name Charles ICdward 3mit h 

P 1 ace of birth Hockford, li l.inois"' 

Number of years of School inc 

Res i dence deceased 

Number of chi Idren 



"h 



9/277m- 



Name Kayne Gregory Smith 

Place of birth Rockford, Illinois 

Number of years of schooling 



Res i dence 

Number of chi Idren 



Pecatonica, Illinois 



Name 

Place of bi rth " 

Number of years of school Ing 

Res i dence 

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 dence " 

Number of chi Idren 



Name 

Place of' bi rth 

►lumber of years of school ing 

Res i dence 



Mumber of chi Idren 



Date of birth 7/29/"57 
Occupation 



Marital Statui 



Date of birth .1/29/' 62 

Occupation studen" 
Marital Status sin'^le 



Date of birth 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



TJate of birth__ 
Occupation 



Date of birth 

Occupation 



Marital Status 



Marital Status 



Date of bi rth 
Occupation' 



111. ASSIGNMENT OF LITERARY RIGHTS (If you and your family are willi 



ng> 



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

Signed McLnJ^ ^^mLi£l. 

Date _^/7^_ 



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• ■ Preface » 

The followin,^ data is a family history of and compiled by 
Richard Smith. It is accurate and authentic and factual to the 
best of my knowledge. ^- ' Jv, -'*'■' ' .■";- •■ •» •-" ' 'u 









1. Smith ...• • , .... 

2. Fraternal Orandfither: '■fu'b'bo TC. Srpith 

3. ■Rorn: Fe"brr<aryT.5 , I89I in Drieborg, ^Tetherlands. Married Frederika 
Viel on March 10, 1915 in Coster, Iowa. His wife was also bom in 
the Netherlands. 

/. Died: March 21, 19^1 in Rockford, Illinois after a lengthy illness. 

5. Burial: Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport, Illinois 

6. Education: grade school in the Netherlands 

7. Occupation: carpenter and farmer 

8. Religion: Baptist 

9. Political Party: Couldn't vote; not naturalized citizen of U.S. 

10. Organizations: First Baptist Church, Freeport, Illinois 

11. Leisure Time: fishing, gardening 

12. Travel: Migrating to TT.S., South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois 

13. Came to America at age I8 and settled in Applington, Iowa. 

1. Smith 

2. Fraternal Grandmother: Frederika Viel Smith 

3. Bom: May 3, I897 in Nieuwoldo, Netherlands 

4. Died: March 7, 1974 in Durand, Illinois after a lengthy illness. 

5. Burial: Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport, Illinois 

6. Education: Sixth grade 

7. Occupation: housewife 
3. Religion: Baptist 

9. Political Partyt Couldn't vote; not a naturalized citizen of U.S. 



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10. Organizatiors: First ^artist church, Pecatonica, Tllirois .. ' _ ' 

11. Leisure Time: crochet, reading Bible, visitinj, knitting, sewing 

12. Travel: Migrating to U.S., Widwest 'I.S. , East to *'ew Jersey 

13. Garr.e to America at age 1? with her parents. They settled in oouth 
Freeport, Illinoig. -r' ' ■ • * . ■- - '>'• •; ■ -^* "■ '.-. ■- 

My fraternal grandparents had fourteen children, nine boys and five girls. 
Daughter • ' ^: :';.' " :■/, ' :, " V^-' '-^ '," .,V. >'>■'.' /r/'""': ... 

1. Frances , • V . ;• 

- ■ *:'i,: . 

2. Born: April 25, I9I6 in Parkershurg, Iowa 

3. Residence: Hollandale, Minnesota 

4. Education: Seventh grade ,- . ^ 

5. Employment: Potato Warehouse '. * 

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6. Religion: Christian Reform 

7. Political Party: Split ticket 

8. Leis-'ore Time: fishing, travel 

9. Travel: New Jersey, Texas,- Colorado, Midwest U.S. 

10. Married To: Mathew Kuiper on April 21, 1936 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. 

11. Children: Trina, married to Glennes Nelson in Iowa, live and work in 
Iowa, have one daughter 

1. John • " ^ - ^ ' •■ i ; ■ ' r^.' . t -v '^ ■ 

2.' Bom: May 12, I918 in Parkersburg, Iowa ' .'i, ">/. . ' .. . «"^;" ^• 

3. Residence: Seward, Illinois '. "-■"..- ' a.—' ", / .. ' '- > 

4. Education: Sixth grade 

5. Employment: Maintenance at Atwood Machine Co., Rockford, Illinois 

6. Religion: Baptist _ ;' 






J, Political Party: Split ti^^tc ' -^:.\J*"' V" ^- - ' • ■^ ''Va^, ' ■^• 



P=-ee 3 



^. Leisure Time: fishing -- '■■: '.% 

9. Travel: Canada, Wyoming, Montana, TIew Jersey, Midweyt T'.r,, 

10. Carried To: T'arcaret "tahl on February 27, 19 "2 ir. ^oc'-.Tord, 111. 

11. Children: 

a. Son Larry, 31 » lives in Rockford, 111., machinist at Woodward "" ■ 
Governor in Rockford, married, has one adopted child. ,;-" •••■-, •"■ 

b. Son Robert, 30, lives in Rockford, 111., tinsmith, married, 
has two children. 

c. Daughter Brenda, 20, lives with parents. 

Son '.J «'■-,.. 

1. Kuhny ' ' '" ' '. 

2. Bom: October I9, 1919 in Parkersburg, Iowa 

3. Residence: Durand, Illinois 
A. Education: Seventh grade 

5. - Employment: Milk hauler for Pleasant View Cheese Corporation in 

Rock City, Illinois. Has served in the United States Army. 

6. Religion: Lutheran 

7. Political Party: Split ticket 

8. Organizations: Saint John's Lutheran Church, Pecatonica, Illinois 

9. Leisure Time: family pleasures 

10., Travel: Kentucky, Missouri, South Dako'^a, Minnesota, Michigan, Japan 

11. Married To: Donna Wienk on December 20, 1947 in Pecatonica, Illinois. 

12. Children: 

a. Son Allan, 26, lives in Durand, 111., works at Camcar in Rockford, 111., 
married to Luanna' Wienk, has three children. Has servefl in the 
United States Array. 



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b. ")0n Daniel, 25, lives at home, works at J. L. 'IlarV in Rock'^orl, 
111., m=rriei an-i divorced, has or.e son. TIps served in the Uitei 
■jtates Army. • • . 

c. Son R-^^.'^ond, 2"^, lives at home, works at cheese factory in 
Rock City, 111., single. Has served in the United states Army. 

d. Son James, 21, lives in Pecatonica, 111., works at Camcar in 
Rockford, 111., married to Bebby Niemeier. Has served in the 
United States Army. 

e. Daughter Rickey, bom and died on October 20, 1954. 

f. Son Timothy, 18, lives at home, works at J. L. Clark in Rockford, 
111., single. ' •■ - -- •' "f^ "; •.»!._»•;''- ■ '■."■ *-■; 

g. Daughter Gloria, 17, lives at home, works at Medina -Nursing 
Home in Burand, 111., single, student. 

h. Son Calvin, 15, lives and works on a farm near Osseco, Wise, single. 
i. Daughter Wendy, born on April 22, 1962 and died on November 15» 1964. 
j. Daughter Lois, 5> still at home. 

Son 

1. Bruno 

2. Born: September 11, 1921 in Parkersburg, Iowa 

3. Residence: Ankeny, Iowa ■ 

4. Education: Seminary graduate - - ; ' 

5. Employment: Faith Baptist Bible College and has served in the United 
States Army ~ ' , 7' -v ■• 

6. Religion: Baptist 

7. Political Party: Republican 

8. Organizations: F.B.B.C. Alumni 

"9* Leisure Time:'- hunting, fishing, T7 
' .--♦ -- /« . - * *■-«»'•'»,-• »■ - - ■ ' ■ ^ ^r 

--■■■f^ .r - -^■■iLrW^" , -. ■- *-. :. '. ' t-.--% * V. - , •- ; - ■:..••■ ^ 



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10. Travel: nre'-^-ter Tiidwes-fc ■ '' ' \t- ' ■ ' • ■• ' 

11. ^'=;-rried To: '",eth Camnbell on February 14, l?.-/5 in Tone^-^a, V'ansan. 

12. Children: all adcnted 

a. Son Kevin, 21, attending Faith Baptist lible College, junior. 

b. Son David, l6, sophmore in high school. "^ '. / 

c. Son Daryl , 15, freshman in high school. 

Daughter 

1. Rena 

2. Bom: August 22, 1923 in Parkersburg, Iowa 

3. Residence: Rockford, Illinois 

4. Education: Eighth grade 

5. Employment: Cook for Rockford Board of Education 

6. Religion: Baptist 

7. Political Party: Split ticket 

8. Leisure Time: watch TV and travel 

9. Travel: New Jersey, Minnesota, Nebraska, Midwest 

10. Married To: Robert Myers on December 8, 1945 in Rockford, Illinois, 

11. Children: 

a. Daughter Alice, 31, lives in Rockford, 111., works for Stone 
Hydraulic in Loves Park, 111., married and divorced, has two 
daughters. -i- ■_,''' 

b. Daughter Patty, 21, lives at home, works for Matteson Machine 
in Rockford, 111., single. 

c. Son Charles, 13, lives at home, student, single. 

Dau^ter 
1. Grace 



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2, Bom^ • August 22, 192-1 in Paxkersburg,- Iqwa. 
3» . Reeidenoer" tineland, We» Jersey,. ' - 



pap:e 



t. ■^•rica+.ior : Eighth --^r-i.de ' "-■■., 

5. SmployTient: Cook's helper - Board o-^" TCd'ication 

6. Religion: Bap-tist ' ; ■ " 

7. Political Party: Split ticket , ■ 
3. Leisure Time: watching T-J and spending time with family 

9. Travel: New Jersey to Iowa, Midwest - ,' 

10. Married To: Stanley Coffe on January 20, I946 in Rockford, Illinois. 

11. Children: 

a. Son William, 23, lives with wife in New Jersey, married, has two sons. 
Id. Son George, 21, lives in Boston, Massachusetts, 
c; Daughter Rika, 18, lives at home, student, 
d. Daughter Linda, 17, lives at home, student. 

Daughter 

1. Alice 

2. Bom and Died: September 14, 1927 

Son 

1. William 

2. Bom: September 24, I92S in Thompson, Iowa 

3. I?esidence: Pecatonica, Illinois 

4. ■Education: High School Graduate 

5. Employment: Shipper at W. P. & John Barnes Co., Rockford, Illinois 

6. Religion: N'ethodist . 

7. ,- Political Party: Split ticket 

8. Organizations: U. A. W. , Methodist Church of Pecatonica, ^11. 

9. Leisure Time: fishing, camping, cottage on a lake in Wieoonsin where 
he spends all leisure time 

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10. Tr- el: Minnesoti, Tennessee, ^'-msas, ''e^r^sV^, Yio/-.ijar., Iowa, ■■Ii3co-=!in, 
T'iigna. 

11. ''arried To: r^argaret filler on Petarmry 26, 1?50 in Orani De + o ir, Illi-nci; 

12. Children: 

a. Howard, 23, truc'^ driver for Electrical ^.gineering Co., has 
served in the United States Marine Corps. ; . . _" .3. 

b. Son Richard, 20, student at home, millwork carpenter. 

c. Son Charles, deceased at age 3 years and 2 months. 

d. Son Kayne, 12, student at home. 

Son 

1. Henry 

2. Bom: August 27, 1930 in Oakland, Minnesota 

3. Residence: Leaf River, Illinois 
^. Education: Eighth grade 

5. Employment: Carpenter at Greenlee Bros. 

6. Religion: Protestant 

7. Political Party: Democrat 

8. Organizations: Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Band Boosters 

9. Leisure Time: fishing, anticfue collector, house handiman 

10. Travel: Canada, Carolinas, Virginia, ^Tew York, Michigan, Oklahoma, 
Indiana, Mississippi, Midwest U.S. 

11. Married To: Betty Capion on April 12, 1952 in P*reeport, Illinois. 

12. Children: 

a. Son Jerry, 20, utility man, married, has one son. 

b. Son Michael, 19, scraper hand for Rockford Machine Tool.. 

c. Dau^ter Gaylene, 17f student at home. 



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1. Pa-al I 

''. Born: TeptamVier 13, 1932 in ^^Vland, "inneRota 

3. Residence: New '-'ilford, Illinois 

4. Education: High School Graduate 

5. Employment: Millwork Carpenter at Roc'^ River Distributors in Rockford, 
Illinois. 

6. Religion: Baptist 

7. Political Party: Split ticket 

8. Organizations: First Baptist Church in Rockfori, Illinois 
9- Leisure Time: church work 

10. Travel: T'lew Jersey, Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Midwest U.S. 

11. Married To: married and divorced once, had three children lay first 
marriage, second marriage to Shirley Knight on October 25, 19^9 in 
Rockford, Illinois. 

12. Children: all living with mother of first marriage 

a. Dau^ter Lori, 15 

b. Daughter Denise, 11 

c. Son Thomas, 7 ■ ■ 

Son 

1. Fred 

2. Born: December 10, 1934 in Oakland, Minnesota 

3. Residence: German Valley, Illinois 

4. Education: High School Graduate 

5. Employment: Shipping clerk at Rock River Distributors in R,6'ckford, 
Illinois. Has served in the United States Army. 

6. Religion: Christian Reformed 



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7. Political Pirty: "olit tic'-^et 

B. OrganiTiatioin: rresenf y - Gert-in Talloy Vol ;-.-teer Fire DenartTient 
i^ the pait - Freeport Choral Tociety, ^^ocie'.y ^or the Preservation 
and EncTirageTient o^ Barbershop Q'laret Ringing in Annerica, Church 
Board, and played part of one season semi-pro baseball in Parkersburg, 
I owa . .^'~ ■ ■ ' ■ ■• • ; "'.-.- . ^ • i ."...- 

9. Leisure Time: woodworking, soffball, basketball, amateur theater 'plays 

10. Travel: thru most of the United States, West of Mississippi, 
Kentucky, Michigan 

11. Married To: Patricia Ann Eckhoff on October 11, 1953 in German Valley, 111.' 

12. Children: all at home and going to school 

a. Daughter Mama Renee, 14 . ,,- , 

b. Daughter Susan Jay, 11 • • .■ 

c. Daughter Teresa Ellen, 10 ■ ' ' 

d. Daughter Ann Francis, 5 

Son 

1. Harm 

2. Bom: January I8, 1937 in Oakland, Minnesota 

3. Residence: German Valley, Illinois 

4. Education: High School Graduate 

5. Employment: Supervisor at Rockford Clutch Division of Borg Wamer 
Corp. 

6. Religion: Protestant 

7. Political Party: Democrat 

8. Organizations: Society for the Preservation and Encouragenjent of 
Barbershop Quaret Singing in America, Parent Teachers Organization, 
Boy Scouts, past member of Illinois "national Guard 



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9. Leis'-re Ti-'e: carpenter work, =^of t'b="l.l , b^sketbal"' , p-rticioate 
in .!m-i,te';r plays .i •' 

10. Travel: Florida, Maryland, '"Janhir-.^o'-. D. C. , T'ebra3>a, ''idwest TJ.3. 

11. Married To: Donna Greenfield, on .£.-:g-..st 22, 1959 in German Valley, 
Illinois. 

12. Children: ' :' ' V'> .' '" " ■'^ ". ' ■ / '1. v v. ;' .'.,^." /^C^,. ■':;. 

a. Daughter Dawn Susanna, 10, 5th Grade in German Valley Grade School. 

b. Son Told Bradley, 9, 3rcL Grade in German Valley Grade School. 

c. Daughter Starr Michelle, 4 

d. Son Trent Ryan, 7 months old 

Daughter 

1. Jeannette Gloria 

2. Born: February 2, 1933 in Albert Lea, Minnesota 

3. Residence: Loves Park, Illinois 

4. Education: High School Graduate 

5. Employment: housewife 

6. Religion: Baptist 

7. Political Party: Split ticket 

8. Organizations: PTA 

9. Leisure Time: sew, knit, bike riding 

10. Travel: South to Georgia, East to New Jersey, Nebraska, Midwest U.S. 

11. Married To: John Haynie on October 21, 19^1 in Freeport, Illinois. 

12. Children: 

a. Son Shawn, 11, student. 

b. Dau^ter Lynn, 9. student. 

c. Son Craig, 6, at home. 

d. Dau^ter Susan, 2, at home. 



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I . ^.eorge 

:. Born: October 25, 19.10 in Heward, Illir.ois 

^. Residence: Seward, Illinois ;•' 

Education: High P.chool Graduate .■,,'. * - c .. 

5. Employment: Machinist at Greenlee Bros, in Rock-ford, Illinois 

6. Religion: Baptist 

7. Political Party: Split ticket 

3. Organizations: First Baptist Church in Pecatonica, Illinois 

9. Leisure Time: carpenter, fishing 

10. Travel: Greater Midwest 

11. Married To: Judy Knoodle on July 3, 19^0 in Freeport, Illinois. 

12. Children: all students at home 

a. Daughter Dehra, 12 

b. Son Mark, 10 

c. Daughter Sandra, 7 



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1. Miller ; : _. ' > 

2. Tlaternal Grandfather: James Howard filler ' "" v .• - 

3. Bom: Fe'bniary 18, I907 in Jonesboro, Tennessee .,•■,,1^- -; .'-1' •,/ *• 

4. Residence: Polo, Illinois 

5. Education: 7th Grade 

6. Employment: Parmer 

7. Religion: United Bretheran 

8. Political Party: Split ticket 

9. Leisure Time: yardwork 

10. Travel: ^2 states 

11. Tferried To: Winnifred Kathryn Flynn on January 30, I929 in Morrison, 
Illinois. 

1. Miller 

2. Maternal Grandmother: V/innifred Kathryn Flynn 

3. Born: December 10, I9IO in Coleta, Illinois 

4. Residence: Polo, Illinois 

5. Education: 8th Grade 

6. Employment: cook and housewife 

7. Reli^jion: United Bretheran 

8. Political Party: Split ticket 

9. Leisure Time: crafts 

10. Travel: 42 states 

11. Married To: James Howard Miller on January 30, 19.29 in Morrison, 
Illinois. 



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y-j n-:aterri3.1 ^anJnare.-i'^.^ ha": 3ix cildrer, ^-.-.•e girl^ anri one boy. 
Dan ,■];;! ter ■ - 1 

1. y-ir,j;Tat Wi'^nifred 

2. Bora: Aii;u3+ 3O, 19?-? in Polo, Illinois 

3. Residence: Pecatonica, Illinois . '- 

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4. Education: High "School graduate • ' ' • ' ,- „''' 

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5- Employment: housewife ;. •> ' '/■''"■ ■'■' "•'. '"'.'-■■. V.-- ■■,."•"' 

6. Religion: Methodist •,■•■■..•;."" '\'^,^^' '^ ■""/ 

7. Political Party: 3plit ticket * t,-.^- - 

3. Leisure Time: spends all leisure time at a cottage on a lake in 

Wisconsin : •:>.' / . '. '. •'■ :• > 
9. _ Travel : Kiniesota, Tennessee, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, 

Wisconsin, Indiana 

10. Married To: William f^rrdth on February 26, 1950 in Grand Detour, Illinoi; 

11. Children: 

a. Son Howard William, 23, truck dri/er for Hoosier Electrical 
Engineering Co., lives in Winnebago, 111., has served in the 
United States Marine Corps. 

b. Son Richard Gene, 20, student at Rock Valley College, lives at 
home, part-time millwork carpenter. 

c. Son Charles Edward, deceased at age 3 years and 2 months. 

d. Son Kayne Gregory, 12, student at home, 6th grade. 

Daughter 

1. Dorothy Louise 

2. Bom: March 31, I93I in Polo, Illinois ! 

3. Residence: Dixon, Illinois 

4. Education; Hi^ School Graduate 



5'. ilrploy-n.ent: hou'-ewi^e ^nd barmaiti i . ' ■ 

6. '^elijion: 'l^rotherari 

7. Political Party: "pi it ticket - 

8. Or.janizations: PT4 ' . - • '; 

9. Leisure Time: bowling, reading - ■ ■ . ,. . > " . 
10. Travel: Tennessee, f^idwest U.S. "' .-..-•-■ .^ ,. ;- ■- ■^■■ 
11.- Married To: John C. V/aldschlager on October 13, 1952 on a farm in 

Oregon, Illinois. 
12. Children: ; ■- ■ '^' f " -r. " ' 

a. Daughter Kathryn, 21, married to Dennis Jackson, lives in Sheffield, 
Illinois, housewife. 

b. Daughter Lynn, 20, works in data-processing at bank .in Dixon, 111., 
lives in Dixon. 

c. Daughter Sandra, I6, student, living at home. 

d. Son Patrick, 10, student, living at home. 

Daughter 

1. Frances Eileen 

2. Bom: January 7» 1933 in Milledgeville, Illinois 

3. Residence: Rockford, Illinois 

4. Education: High School Graduate 

5. Employment: Factory laborer and housewife 

6. Religion: 

7. Political Party: Split ticket 

8. Leisure Timer 

9. Travel: Midwest U.S. 

10. Married To: John LeMay on March 1, 197- in Rockford, Illinois. 



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1. LiL lelle 

2. Born: Dace.TibHr 7, ■< ^^^ ' It yilledjeville, Illinois 

3. ReTiience: ^hoenix, Arizona 

4. Sduop.tion: Hi£:h School Graiuate • - 

5. Employment: housewife '■'■,. iv -v ... '..,.■- 

6. Religi.on: Lutheran 

7. Leisure Time: pink lady in hospital 

8. Travel: Illinois, Arizona, California 

9. Married To: George stocking on J-'ly 5« 1955 in Rockford, Illinois. 
10. Children: 

a. Son Bradley, 15. student living at home. 
"b. 3on Randal, 12, student living at home. 

Son 

1. James Edward 

2. Bom: March 2, 1936 in Sterling, Illinois 

3. Residence: Stillman Valley, Illinois 

4. Education: 8th Grade 

5. Emploj-ment: Plumber at Drop Forge in Rockford, Illinois. Has served 
in the United States Army. 

6. Religion: Protestant 

7. Political Party: Split ticket 

8. Organizations: Lions Club 

9. Leisure Time: camping 

10. Travel: United States, Prance 

11. Married To: Martha Williams rT:\. July 23, I960 in Rockford, Illinois. 

12. Children: 

a. , Daughter Mandy, 10, studfiit^ at home 



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1 . Viaron Kav I 

2. Born: 'lovomber T'l, 19j3 i'" "•terling, Tlliri'^is 
'^. Residence: ''inne'bago, Tllinoii 

4. Sduca-tion: Hich School Graduate v ' '■• 

5. Employment: hour^ewife . ' -. -' , 

6. Religion: Presbyterian w\i,'> - 

7. Political Party: Iplit ticket 

S. Leisure Time: Spare time spent at a cabin or a laTce in northern Wisconsin. 
9. Travel: All over the United States 

10. Married To: Larry Christen on January 23, 195° in 'iinnebago, Illinois. 

11. Children: 

a. Daughter Debra, 18, married to lary Daub, living in Atlanta, 
Georgia, dancing instructor. 

b. Son Timothy, 15, student living at home. 

c. Son Shawn, l-t, living at home. 



Granifather 'jmith ^inr;la 

My fraternal grandfather, Wubbo ". ^mith, was bom on February 
15, 1891 in the province of Groningen in northern Holland. His first 
name, 'ifiibbo, is ''Wilbur in the !^n^lish translation. The soi o^ Koert 
and Proriwke Smith he was the oldest of nine children. He had seven 
brothers; William, John, Bruno, Hiko, Peter, Kuhny, and Gepi'O and a 
sister Grace. At this writing the only ones still living are William, 
Grace, and Gepko. My grandfather Smith died on March 21, 1961 in 
Hockford, Illinois. John died on March 31, 1919 at the age of twenty. 
Bruno died just less than a year after his brother John on February 14, 
1920. Hiko has deceased, but his date of death is not known at this 
point. Peter died in Parkersburg, Iowa on August I9, 1969 at age 
sixty-seven. Kuhny died on April 24i 1933 in Cedar Palls, Iowa 
from pneumonia and complications. 

Since my grandfather passed away more than thirteen years ago and 
my grandmother has just recently passed away, there is no one known 
who has any knowledge to any great extent of his past as a youth in 
the old country. The only known facts of Grandfather Smith's past 
are he had a sixth grade education, he took an apprenticeship in the 
carpentry trade; receiving room, board, and a small wage in return 
for his training, and he was self-taught in drawing his own plans 
for his proposed buildings. 

He migrated to the United States in the year 1903, a year earlier 
than the rest of his family. He set+led in Applington, Iowa and took 



up the carpan+ry +rado shortly T.*'+erw=ird;-5. '.i^, *Tavel:ng tliroi;ghout 
the ■midwest United Stit'^'^. started in -iV)0'i+ '1.912 w'nar 'n we-i+ to ''■o'-.th 
'D■^'^'tr' for ^ ye-T. '."ile t/^ere he ho-i^ht a ^e^''^^ o^ wil :i hors'ir nrd 
broke them. Another hi.'jhlight of his "outh D-i'-ota +riT was seeing 
Buffalo Bill's Circus in person. While my grandfather was in fjouth 
Dakota he met and dated a girl and was in +']m jilted by her. Seeing 
no reason to remain in South Dakota he hitched up his tea":! of horses, 
only the second time they'd been hitched to a wagon, and drove them 
four-hundred miles back to Iowa. 

Grandfather Smith moved to Freeport, Illinois in approximately 
191^ and stayed there a year stiU as a carpenter. ?Ie met my grandmother 
in 191^ in Freeport and courted her for about a year using a motorcycle 
as his transportation. He married my grandmother, Frederika Viel, on 
March 10, 1915 in Coster, Iowa and settled in Pa,rkersburg, Iowa. 



Grandmother Smith Single 

My fraternal grandmother, Frederika Viel Smith, was bom on May 3i 1397 
in Nieuwolda, Holland located in the province of Groningen in the northern 
area of the Netherlands. Her parents John Viel and Henska Schutho^ 
Viel had eight children, my grandmother being the fifth child. .. Grandmother 
Smith's brothers and sisters are in order Alice, Henry, Paul, Harm, 
Gertrude, George, and John. At this date the only ones still living 
are Harm, George, and John. Alice died in I908 at the age of nineteen 
just f^ree months after she married, Henry died in Kalnazoo, Michigan at 
age scv«nty-M3c, " Paul died in 19t25,in Waterloo, Iowa at age thirty- two 

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after -in injury or. the railroal, an 1 Tertr--:"e -iiod ir ^lieuwol d^ , Hollaid 
at si-'- montho. 'fy ^^ndmother died y:.r,t "--st '"arn'i 7 ^t age 76 in 
Drir-ind, Illirois. '11 the children were bT"n in tho ^'etherlnndf? except 
John whf-' W'lr; horn in Freeport, Illiroi", on ''oveTiher 20, 1911. 

Since my Gran'lmother Tjinith was so yc^ng before she mi^jr^.ted to 
the. United States the only activity she undertooic in the Netherlands 
was going to school through the sixth grade and helping my Great-Grandm'other 
Viel aro^md the house. 

My Great-Grandfather Viel was a sort of hired hand over in the old 
country on a farm receiving only ^hout the equivalent of ^100 =. year 
in pay. Great-Grandmother Viel and the children gleaned in the fields 
at harvest time. Life over in the Netherlands was very discouraging 
so Great-Grandfather Viel and two of his brothers decided to bring their 
families to the United States. After hearing of their plans the mayor 
of the city, fearful for the area land-owners losing cheap labor, attempted 
to dissuade them from going. He told them that-there were cannibals in 
the United States that would eat them. This was not enough to keep my 
Great-Grandfather Viel and his brothers in the Netherlands so they 
helped each other to get to the United States. Great-Grandfather Viel 
and his family were the last of the three to leave, sailing out of 
Amsterdam on the ship "Potsdam" on a nine day voyage. 

Henry Veil and Alice Mayes Viel, the parents of three brothers, 
remained in the Netherlands as their roots, belongings, and friends 
were all in Holland. A year after their sons left Alice Mayes Viel 
sent their families each a silver tea set which are now approximately 
sixty-years old. Jeanette Haynie, my father's youngest sister, now 
has the set sent to my Great-Grandfather John Viel. 

Alice Mayes Ti*l*s parents were independently wealthy. With all 



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type- c-^ servants qnd the like "^.r.ey lived amo'-j the elite. Her parents 
died -•/■ ses. whei the ship they were siilin^" o-^. sank. Tnen A.liGe Kayes 
Viel, an only child, cojld not ;.roiuce a death certi'^icate for her 
parent.! she co'ild not receive her vast inheritance so it was given to 
the state. The only thing she received was the home her parents had 
given her. '■ '■•,:■;'■"';" ''■'■.-.'', ■■' ■■■.'.,.■"'■ .<-..■' ^ 

My grandmother and her family arrived in the United States in 1910'» 
sailing first to Ellis Island in New York, then taking the train to 
South Preeport, Illinois where my Great-Grandfather Viel's brothers 
already had settled. South Freeport was located seven miles west of 
German Valley near what is now the Alhertus Airoort. 

Great-Grandfather Viel worked on the railroad in South Freeport 
earning approximately SI. 75 ^ week in pay. He had a little place, a 
few acres of ground, a few chickens, a cow, a horse and buggy, and a 
pig. Dispite their meager means the outlook was promising so they were 
very happy. 

Shortly after this they moved to another place that they called 
the Zimmerman place with Great-Grandfather Veil still working on the 
railroad. From there they moved again tp Baileyville, Illinois. During 
this time Grandmother Smith worked as a maid for farmers and attended 
Reesenburg School where she and two of her older brothers went to sfihool 
t)art-time to leam the 'English language. In 1914 niy grandparents met 
in Freeport, Illinois. Ky grandparents courted for a year and -Jben 
were married in Coster, Iowa on March 10, 1915» ' ' • . 

The same month my grandparents were married Great-Grandfather Viel 
moved his family to Coster, Iowa where he "started to farm. 






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''-r?nd'''athsr ^ni Grandmother "-nitri' i History From Marrii^-e 

Both 0^ my ^ranipareir^'^ , W ibbo Y. and Freierika Viel omith, migrated 
to the T/nited States from the Netherlands and lived ii the -ane provincR 
in the ^Tetherlands, Groningen, but they never me-^ each other until 1914 
after they'd moved to America. They met each other in Freeport, Illinois 
in 19>4 just after my grandfather moved to Preeport from Parkersburg, 
Iowa. Very little is knovm of how they met, bn* it is known that my 
grandfather courted my grandmother on a motorcycle from the time they 
met til they were married on March 10, 1915 in Coster, Iowa. 

After Grandpa and Grandma Smith were married they moved to 
Parkersburg, Iowa where my grandfather set up his carpentry trade. 
Their first of fourteen children, Frances was born on April 25, 1916 
in Parkersburg just before they moved to Austin, Minnesota in the spring 
of 1916. Grandpa Smith moved the family back to Parkersburg in the 
fall of 1917 with himself still in the carpentry trade. Grandpa Smith 
worked as manager in a toy factory in Parkersburg for a year or two 
tmtil the toy factory moved out of town. Grandpa Smith started farming 
in 1925 on a farm outside of Parkersburg. 

Since Grandpa Smith, had moved his family back to Parkersburg from 
Austin his family had slowly started to grow. Three sons and two 
daughters were bom to my grandparents in Parkersburg. John was .bom 
first on May 12, I9I8. Kiihny followed on October 19, 1919. Bruno 
joined his two brothers and sister in the family on September 11, 1921. 
A second dau^ter was bom to the family, Rena, Augast 22, 1923. A 
third daughter, Grace, was bom exactly -one year after her sistqr Rena. 

My grandfather farmed in Parkersburg only for about two years 
. before they moved to Thomson, Iowa in 1927 still farming. Vfhile the 



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fa-^ily wa- i i T/:om^on t'-fo nore chi'.iren were hor^ . T'rie ''irst tr^Qedy 
struc'-- the ■^a'nily when a da::ghter, Alice, win bom ani died on 'leptemher 
1% IQ?^. It h-ia been sai.3 that Alice war: bom so deformed thTt my 
grandmo-tiier could hardly loo'< at her. ^■y grandfather coi Id not afford 
to buy a casket then, so he had to make the casket and rough boy himself. 
Another report concerning the death was when Grandpa Smith was building 
the casket he felt as if he was pounding a nail in his own heart. The 
second child was my father, ''filliam, bom on September 24, 1928 in Thomson. 

My grandfather moved his family again to Minnesota on January 2, 1930f 
this time moving to Oakland, Minnesota. The family now consisted of ray 
grandparents, four sons, and three daughters, 'ifhile living in the 
Oakland area as a farmer fonr more sons and another daughter Were 
added to the family. Henry was bom on August 27, 1930. Paul was born 
on September 13, 1932. Fred was bom on December 10, 193^- The eighth 
son of the family. Harm, was bom on January 18, 1937 an^i "the fourth 
daughter, Jean Gloria, was bom on Febmiary 2, 1938. Jean is the only 
child out of all my grandparents children who has a middle name. It's 
been said that the others were not given middle names because in the 
■Metherlands, my grandparents hbme-land, it was not a common practice 
to give children middle names. My aunt Jean was given a middle name 
because it was said when she was born she was such a pretty baby the 
doctor who delivered her said she should have a middle name so she was 
given the middle name Gloria. • , , 

My grandfather farmed in the Oakland, 'Minnesota area until 
September of 1940 when he moved the family to Seward, Illinois, Just 
a month after settling in Seward the last child was bom to the family, 
George, on October 5» 19-^0. My grandfather farmed in Seward for one 
year and then took np the carpentry trade again, '* •; . ' -^^j., ," a- 









T"'. ; ^rir.ily ~nved g *-i.i'' b" ":''-: t? '^ar''. a rs^ .■"■_, Towa i'- Octo'b.ir o'^ 
1519. T"^ i-^' T^+ knovn why rr' ^t^i i^'-ither '-.ep-*- .Tiovinj li-'.o': t-> PRr'<era'3 irr;, 

•^here =nd i ♦" wir? ^,^.id that T'^r'^enbnrg had "uite a few Dutoli p'jople 
t;iere so t'-iat coi-ld have a bearing on it. , . . " ' 

'^he family moved again in July of 1953 to German Valley, Illinoin. 
My grandfather contini'ed to be active in the carpentry trade until he 
retired in 1955« 

My grandparents and their youngest child, George, who was their 
only child still at home, moved directly into Pecatonica, Illinois 
in "September of 1959- l^y grandparents continued to live in Pecatonica 
until my grandfather died on March 21, 1951 in Rockford Memorial Hospital 
in Rockford, Illinois after a lengthy illness. Before Grandpa Smith 
died he told his oldest son, Tohn, to take care of his mother so when 
Grandpa died a mobile home was bought and placed on John's spacious 
lawn where my grandmother continued to live i_mtil her death on 
March 7, 1974 in Durand, Illinois. 

Because of my grandparents' childrens' differences in ages the 
entire family was not living at home at the same time. As a matter 
of fact, never in history was the entire present family ever together 
at one time, not even at weddings or funerals. 

The marriages of the children are as follows: 

1) Frances married Mathew Kuiper on April 21, 1935. 

2) John married Margaret Stahl on February 2"^, 1942. 

3) Kuhny married Donna '>fiank on December 20^ 1947. 

4) Bruno carried Beth Campell Febniary 1*, 1944. 

5) Rena married Robert Meyer3 on December 8, 1945. 



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C^ Grace rm.rriei "I'anley Co*^^--^e on ■^an,.'^'';.' 2Z, 194'. 

T"^ '-'illiaT rarried '"arg^ret Wilier on Fehiriary ?6, l'?50« 

S'^ liBnry marriei '^et+.y C^pior. on 'i.nri 1 12, '95''' 

9) P^u'' first "larrieo l<'ary Lou Caudel on yovsmber 5» 1''5'^' 
He was later divorced and then married Shirley Knight 
Bartholomew on October 25, 1969* . ■'' ..." " -' ' "- 

10) Fred married Patricia Skoff on October 11, 1958. 

11) Harm married Donna Greenfield on August 22, 1959» " -"t -■ ;' 

12) Jeanette married John Haynie on October 21, I96I. ■^^?'- 

13) George married Judy Knodle on July 30» I960. " '--' ' 

Everytime Grandpa Smith moved he would bring the entire family 
who was living at home at the time. It's been said my grandfather 
moved so often because he wanted to better himself and his family. 

Celebrations 



On July 4 =ill the Smiths living in the area would come to Oakland, 
Minnesota, where Grandfather Smith and the family lived at that time, 
for a large gathering. 

Christmas was celebrated in the old Dutch custom whereby the 
children would lay a plate of Indian corn along the wall and my grandparents 
told their children that the more Indian com they put on the plate, 
the more Santa Glaus would leave. In the morning when the children 
came down the corn would be gone and their gift would be on the*plate. 
The Indian corn was said to be for Santa Claus' reindeer. A typical 
gift was like that of a cork gun which was once given to my father. 

All through the yule-tide season the family would eat a Dutch 
treat which was similar to a drop doughrmt. They. would take some dough 
about the size 6f a small potatoe and drop it in boiling grease until 



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it browed ^11 over ^-iti then eat it. " j 

3*l".3ter waG not n-.ch Jif^erent tb.T,n any '■tl.er d^y, alt?!Ou,-h ore 
j]aster WPS told when all the children were ^^iven a n^'-w nai+ o^ '^I'-ither; 
and they wore them to ch-irch on Enster Suniay. This occasion hanoened 
in approrimately 1937. 

Religion ' .- " ■*. ' . ' 

The children started to attend Bible School in 1937 and there 
was a four-year peroid in my grandfather's life where he was a very 
devout church-goer. Besides this the family attended church intermittently, 
fcut they always strived to live their religion wherever they were. 
The family religion was for the most part Baptist. 

Weddings 

Weddings were irregularly attended by the family. They have ranged 
in size all the way from a simple Justice of the Peace ceremony to a 
large formal church wedding. 

Marriage was decided solely upon the children who were about to 
marry. There was no outside interference by their parents at all. 

Granting Responsibility 

Around the age of eight years old the children were given 
responsibilities of helping around the house. 

An example is when my grandfather had a lengthy illness from 
1943 - 19'14» some of. the children worked for farmers to help support 
the family. My grandfather was suffering from pneumonia that developed 
into abcessed lungs. 



,,. ; ■ , Disciplining _'■- 

DiscLplinin^ was done hy tho rarents of the chiliron ind their 
cl ier brother? ini sisters, whoever witnsnp-^ii the wron^ rioi-i^. 
E>.'3ryone had their own little way of di'^ciplini'.g. 

-^. \- Parental Influence r _, ■ ,■'_•• 

Everyone of my grandfather's sons has undertaken carpentry at 
one time or another in their life, c ; _..-_ "*■ ■' ■ ;- .^; . ";: ,., 

Pishing, a hobby of my grandfather's, has been a very popular 
hobby by most everyone in the family. 

My grandfather always taught his children to respect their 
mother. This influence has been carried on to raising of the grandchildren. 

4t one time in my grandfather's life he had a serious drinking 
problem. After Grandpa relieved himself of this his son, Bruno, 
related it to the story of the Prodigal Son in the Bible. Because of 
Grandfather Smith's drinking problem most of his children have nothing 
to do with drinking and very few use alcohol at all. 

Depression 

The Depression hardly touched my grandparents at all because they 
already were living under those type of conditions. 

The family always consicCered themselves poor monetary-wise, but 
they considered themselves very rich in love. Many people would comment 
on how united the family was. 

War '' '■' ' ■ 

War affected the family very little. Tone of the children left 



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■t--3 jnitei Itatea in '-rorl i -far IT. Br-^nc, "-' .hny, !;=!rm, ail Fred were 
the only rnQrahers of the irnmoiiate family w'-.r- -erved in t'.i'? -nili'-.ary 
r:3rvice. 

One impact of World '-/ar I on the family waT when my grandmother 
omith's older hrother, Harm, was gassed at the Ar£;onne in France. He 
received a Purple Heart for his injury, although it was forty-four 
years late in arriving. . '^ . . .'■ , _ •. _ . ... --. . " ' 

Luxuries -v-'. ^ :^ ^•■' ^^ ;-' ■" " „ 

The first radio bought by the family was in 1936* The first 
televison, a large black and white console unit, was bought in 1953» 
The first car was bought by my grandfather in 1916, a Model T- Ford. 

Family Growth ,■,:■• ;?.'■, 

Trina Mae Kuiper, a daughter, bom to Frances and Mathew Kuiner, 
was the first grandchild of my grandparents. From then on, the 
family grew quite rapidly. When my grandmother died, just last 
March 7, she had forty-seven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. 
With hopes for more grandchildren, who knows how many people will 
eventually trace their ancestry back to my grandparents. 



After looking back at the life my father lived, and the life his 
father lived, and so on, I see in many occasions a determined attitude. 
When my great-grandfathers Viel and Smith migrated to the United States 
from, the Netherlands they weren't sure what they were about to encounter, 



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l3;t wizr. ieterrr.mntion they '-eot coiiir.j. 

"Tith ir.-j talV?! wi tii rny father, tv a'lnts and rmcle'^, and my gn.ni~ 
I can c'.early see they are very pro^ju o'" t'.-.-lr "Dutch '-.eritq ^'i. '■''ter 
compilirj this history I can say I am eo-ially prou i t'; receive this 
herita<?e. 



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^ranafather Miller Sir^jle 

My maternal grandfather, James Howard Miller, was the ninth ■ ' 
child and fifth son of James Edward Wilier and Sarah Margaret Halters 
Miller. He was born on February 18, I9OT on a farm near Jonesboro, 
Tennessee where he spent the first twenty years of his life. 

Wy great grandfather and grandmother Miller's children are as 
follows: Walter T. , bom on December 12, 1392; Willie E. , bom on 
^ July 7, 189^; Viola Belle, who was called Belle, born on February 13 i 
1890; Fay Hardin, called Hardin, bom on January 13, 1393; Florence 
E. , born on ^lugjst 13, 1399; Fern, born on Warch 30, I9OI; Elmer, 
born on A.pril 13, 1903; Carry Paul, called Paul, born on June 2/,1905; 
my grandfather, James Howard, called Howard, born on February 18, 
1907; George Dawson, called Dawson, born on January 24, 1909; Mary 
Catherine, called Kate, bom on February 10, I9II; Charles Omer, 
called Omer, bom on January 11, 1914* All the children of Oreat- 
Grandfather and Grandmother Miller are still living except three. 
Willie died sometime in the 1950's. Belle died on August 1, 1932 
at age thirty-six and Hardin died m August of 1939 at the age of 
forty-one. 

As stated earlier, my grandfather Miller spent the first twenty 
years of his life on the farm he was born on in Jonesboro, Tennessee. 
^ The farm, still belonging in the Miller nam*, has since been enlarged, 
^- but at that time it was IO5 acres, mostly agricultural, tobacco, 
and a little com. They also rai««d enou^ l>ork, lbeef^,_^ en4 chickens 



to feei +>:e ^anily. They hid i lirge ■b-'il iirij for a-noVing a-.'i c-irins : 
the me^t. They also haJ a lar^je room, b_.il* irto tho side nf a hill, 
for storing fnit and vegetables. '■ cree'':, containinr; p^veral 
sprin,^o, ran ne-^r the house. For ref rigerp-tion they had q nmall 
building; built over one of these snrings. For heat, they had large 
fireplaces in each first floor room. They used homemade pillows 
stuffed with feathers. Mattresses were stuffed with straw. My 
great-grandmother Miller always made her own brooms from the broom 
com the family raised. 

'Vhen my grandfather Miller was very young he worVied for his 
brother-in-law raising tobacco at the early age of eight years. For 
his labors he was paid 250 a day. My great-grandfather would give 
his children the land and they'd raise tobacco themselves on halves. 
My grandfather Miller had to buy his own clothes from the age of twelve. 

In 1927 Grandpa Miller moved to Polo, Illinois where another 
brother of his lived. A desire to change his life brought him to 
Polo, plus the fact that he always had blood boils in Tennessee and 
after living in Polo for a while they disappeared. /Apparently, the 
change in climate and water caused this. 

Grandpa worked as a hired man for two different farmers near 
Polo before he met my grandmother on a street in downtown Polo. 
My grandfather's life as a single man ended on January 2)0, 1929 
when he married my grandmother, Winnefred Fathryn Flynn in Morrison, 
Illinois. 



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Gnr.i-Ti'-^har Miller "! i " .jl e '• .' ' 

^y mqt•^m^•l gr^.idno-^her, Winnefred '^I'^hr^n FljTin, war: horn tn 
Lece^'jer ID, I9IO in Coleta, Illinoin to f-'i ohael Francis an 1 'Imanda 
Rachel Flynn. Born the fo-Tth child and cl'iest i-r jht3r, her brothers 
and sisters are as follows: James Le^oy, 'bora in 1907; Martin T'^lmer, 
horn in I908; William Ralph, horn on May 2, 1909; Mildred Bessie, 
horn on October 1, 1912; Rachel Prances, horn on October 5t 1915; 
Helen Janet, born on May 25, I9I8; Mary Elizabeth, bom on June 11, 1922; 
Marvin Runnels, horn on September 30, 1920; Robert Martin, born on 
February 9, 1924; and Marilyn Ruth, bom on November 17, 1929- 

Every child of my great-grandparents is alive except for James, 
who died in 1971? Martin who died a few months after his birth, and 
Mary who died at birth. 

Grandma Miller lived in Coleta, Illinois from the day she was 
bom til the age of five when Great-Grandfather Flynn moved his 
family to Sterling, Illinois where they lived for one year. My great- 
grandfather moved the family hack to a farm near Coleta again where 
he worked as a hired man. 

My grandmother started school while living in Coleta at Liberty 
Grade School where she was an average student. After she graduated 
from Eighth grade in 1925 she worked as a housemaid for farmers in 
the area. 

Downtown Polo, Illinois in 1923 was the scene when my grandmother 
first met my grandfather, J. Howard Killer. My grandparents courted 
for a year before their marriage on January 30, 1929 ii '^'orrieon, 
Illinois. They moved to a farm north of Polo after their marriage 
where' my grandfather worked as a hired farm hand and my grandmother 
as a housewife. - >'• ^-i r'' "■' ' .^- rj^ - .-;!: ':*;'- - * " 



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'^-rand^a*''.er in', nrandmother Miller's 'liTtory rro"^ '''arri=i.''e 

Jame:^ '.iowar 1 T^'iller and ^af.iryn '■finne-''red Flynn, -ny ^andii^rents, 
met on a r;tree+ in downtown Pole, Illinois in 19^-3. Thoy coir+ed 
for one year 'be'^ore their marriage on Janiary 30| 1-929 in l^'lorrison, 
Illinois with my grandfather at age twenty-one and my grandmother at 
age eighteen. 

My grandfather was a farm laborer for the first eight years of 
their married life. He was employed by the month receiving a house, 
sDBie meat, milk, and wages. It was reported that once my grandparents 
lost four months wages when the farmer my grandfather worked for 
filed bankrijotcy. 

They lived north of Polo, Illinois from 1929 - 1932. ''-rhile 
living there two daughters were bom to them. Margaret Winne'f'red, my 
mother, was bom on August 30) 192 9 and Dorothy Louise was born on 
March 31, 1931. 

¥y grandfather moved his family in 1932 west of Milledgeville, 
Illinois where they lived until 193o. IVo more daughters were bom to 
my grandparents while living there. Frances Eileen was bom on 
January 7, 1933 and Lulu Belle was born on December 7, 1934. lihile 
living here another two months' wages was lost when a farmer declared 
bankruptcy. 

The family moved south of Polo in 193o where they lived till 
1940. The day they were moving to this farm a bad blizzard developed 
as my grandmother started labor pains. A son, James Edward, was 
born on the way to the hospital on March 2, 1936. Another daughter, 
Sharon Kay, 'their last child, was bom on Fovember 11, 1938. One 
year after moving to this farm my grandfather started farming for 
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In 190 "^"".ey moved to a farn -.e^r >ole-^,a, Illir.oi^ ari.. ^tayei 
for o^P ye^-r. Ky grandfather war, a d^,iry, ;iOti, f^nd a^jrio il ti.ral 
farrr,.^r jntil 19'3 whe'- he aided bee-'' +0 M^ pro.iec-^3. 

In 19'1 ny grandjiarents moved their family to a farn one rnile 
north of Grand Detour, Illinois, where they stayed till 19'5« '^^ 
19-15 they moved two miles farther north to a larger farm. This was 
a milestone in their life. Tke house was a southern mansion type 
home with central heat, hot and cold running water, two bathrooms, 
and electricity. The farms "before this had never had either running 
water or electricity, or any other tyoe of modem convenience. 

The family moved to a farm so-ath of ''Jinnebago, Illinois in 1955 
where they remained until 1959- In 1959 n^y grandfather moved to a 
farm east of Polo, Illinois. 

My grandparents retired from farming ir. 19o5 ^-i^cL moved to 
110 Congress, Polo, Illinois where they now reside. 

The marriages of my grandparents' children are as follows: 

1) Margaret married William Smith on February 26, 1950* 

2) Dorothy married John Waldschlager on October 13, 1-951 • 

3) Eileen married John LeMay on March 1, 1974« 

4) Lu married George Htocking on July 5» 1958. 

5) James married Martha Williams on July 23, I96O. 

6) Kay married Larry Christen on January 23, 195^. 

Celebrations 

Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas were all celebrated with a 
family get-together at my great-grandfather Flynn's home. Birthdays 
were celebrated within the immediate' family. 

Weddings ' were Ijeld with fanily in attendance and ranged from a 



larce c'.rjrch wedding to a weddi'-.g hel i i' *-.e r.OTe. Mnrriage war: 
decilei solely -.ipon the coiple ^■ho';+ to be tiaTiei. 

All chilireri were baptized at in^'ancy with a small f^araily 
gathering following. 

V - Religion ■,•■■.■. .- ^. •'^ „. . _ ... 

Attended church intermittently, but always strived to live 
a good Christian life wherever they were. ■ 

Granting Responsibility 

The children were given simple chores to help around the house 
at approximately age four. They were given larger responsibility 
at approximately age ten. 

Disciplining 

Both of my grandparents took part in discipling. Different 
types of discipling was performed, ranging from reprimanding to 
actual pvnishing. 

Depression - * 

The depression affected my grandparents very little as they 
were already living in that sort of state. There was an effect 
suffered when a farmer declared bankruptcy and my grandparents lost 
some wages. 

Decisions 

Decisions on moving were aade by my grandparents. My grandfather 
was mainly motivated to move to better hiasa^f,-- Other key de<^i8iong . ^ 
werejpriinarilyTM.de by (jraiidca Killei*, ■ ' * '■ -- \' > ^ ''^'^V ^ 



War 'j 

'•'ar afected r-.y c^^ardparents very lit-^l", as none ^^ their 
children were active in the war-effort. The only affect f^ey su^^'ered 
was the rationing system in effect throu£;ho-it the war. 

■- ^;. ;,J-. ,"" Luxuries -c} ' ■■,-•-,■ '- -V ". "" ■,!• - 

Radios were in the household from the marriage of my grandparents 
to the present. The first television was purchased in 1953« A car 
was owned in the family ever since my grandparents married, changing 
cars every two years or so. 

Family Growth 

My grandparents' family grew to the size of eight after their 
children were horn. My grandparents were blessed with grandchildren 
from May of I95I with my brother, Howard, till the present with 
fifteen total grandchildren and the promise of great-grandchildren 
in the future. 



After compiling this family history on my mother's side I can 
honestly say that t am proud and honored to be a part of it. 
Considering all the turmoils and hardships that were tolerated and 
survived in my great-grandparents' and grandparents' families I .pan 
only respect them and feel a sense of gratitude for instilling in 
me the same quality of determination aad perseverance that has carried 



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the-n. I loo'': at m-j grandparents life with ^ :^ense o*" proudnesr 
but I look at my present life ani future life of ooreading the 
same dualities f^iven me to ny own children. 

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