Monday, May 25, 2015

Newspaper Clipping - Wolbach, Nebraska, 1916

This small clipping is from the Wolbach Messenger.  Wolbach, Nebraska actually sits on the Greeley and Howard county line about 40 miles north of Grand Island.  The Wolbach Messenger is available on microfilm at the library here in Grand Island covering about 1908 to 1972.

It seems like the ending of the last paragraph of column 1 here is interrupted by the first two paragraphs in column 2.  


The Wolbach Messenger, Thursday, May 18, 1916, pg 5


Column 1

LOCAL HAPPENINGS

Mrs. Lewis Glass and son visited in Cushing Monday returning in the evening. 
Do you want to transact honest business?  Also want honest goods that are new and fully guaranteed, you can purchase them at Louis Bartunek's.  24 lt 
Nels Fredericksen went to Lincoln yesterday for a few days transacting business that required his personal attention.
We will sell you five gallons of Dip for $1.00, or one gallon for $1.00.  None better.  H. C. Hansen  23tf
Little Hazel Mares had the misfortune to fall and break her leg.  Medical aid was summoned and at this writing Hazel is getting along in fine shape.
A lot of shoes for less than cost.  Don't miss your chance.  F. M. Schmidt.
We are pleased to announce the arrival of a baby girl to Mrs. Ed Bradt.  Mother and child are reported getting along nicely.
Window screens and screen doors, any size.  Have Albert Petersen do it now.  22ft
Miss Anna Anderson departed for Grand Island Tuesday where she will spend an indefinite time with friends and relatives.
Last Friday afternoon word was received by Tom Silk that his barn was endangered by fire, starting from a corn pile and catching a straw stack afire near the barn.  The wind was blowing

Column 2
This office has a complete line of wedding invitations both printed or engraved, which you are invited to call and inspect.
Lou Bartunek was an up the line visitor Monday evening, returning the following morning. 

a pretty stiff gale, fortunately just opposite the barn, otherwise it would have proven the destruction of it.  About seven carloads of citizens of this town made record speed to the place and resulted in keeping the fire from setting the barn afire.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Anton Anderson celebrated their twenty fifth wedding anniversary last Sunday at the home 3 miles north of Wolbach.  The occasion had been planned for a good many weeks, for at least 80 guests were present, both in and out of town.  Many beautiful and valuable presents were received, in appreciation and remembrance to their old friend and neighbor.  At noon a sumptious dinner was served, and after the spread no one was reported of being hungry.  About two o'clock in the afternoon they began to disperse for their homes, on account of the big wind storm that arose, but wished Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, health, wealth and prosperity, and hoped that they would be called upon to help them celebrate their golden anniversary. 
E. F. Jones is week putting in cement sidewalks around his residence.  It is quite an improvement to the old board walk. 
Any kind of paper under the sun, any size or color.  We will get it for you.  We have 5000 varieties for you to select from.


Column 3

SCHOOL NOTES

Don't forget the high school play to be given this coming Friday.
The patrons were entertained Friday by a farce given by the Sophomore girls entitled, "Their Aunt from California".  Every room had the years work on display.
The Athenian program will be given Friday afternoon.
The Grammar room are learning the poem, "The Marnier's Dream."
Mrs. White was a visitor Monday morning.


OUR CHURCHES


The Catholic Church
Mass will be said at the Catholic church every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Catechism immediately after mass.

Methodist Church Services.
Sunday School............10 am.
Preaching Services......11 am.
Epworth League..........6:45 pm.
Preaching Services.....7:30 pm.
The church with that "homey" feeling.  "Come with us and we will do thee good; for the Lord hath spoken good, concerning Israel."

Fairdale M. E. Church
Sunday School...........10 a.m.
Preaching Services.....11 a.m.
Epworth League........7:30 p.m.
Preaching Services.....8 p.m.
Prayer Meeting every
Wednesday at..............8 p.m.
Ladies Aid Society meets last Thursday of each month


Column 4
Paul Revere with his dashing steed may have covered more ground than Carl Schlingman with his new ford, but not at any one time.  To date Carl has confined his attentions entirely to acquiring a graceful movement, and plans to develop speed later.  So far he has uprooted three poles and one tree and has boosted his life insurance double.  As we all have our plans in life, it is the ambition of Mike Kinney to learn to run a car like Carl.  Mike, however has found it an expensive recreation, having bit the stems off of two briar pipes in one week.




Monday, May 18, 2015

Great Grandma Bell's Birthday



May 19, 2015 would be the 144th birthday of my Great Grandma, Allie Lucinda Spann.
This photo was taken (according to what's written on the back) May 17, 1952, when she was 81 years old. 

Allie was born in Wayne County, Kentucky to Benjamin Franklin Spann and Mary "Hiley" Ann Decker.  She first married William Vickery about 1895 and had a son with him they named John William.  William died in 1899.  Then she married Cicero C. Bell on March 17, 1901.  Together they had four sons, Ben, Edd, Stan and Virgil.  Cicero had two sons from his previous marriage, Frank and Oren.  They moved around for several years living in  Kentucky, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas and finally settled in Giltner, Nebraska in 1925. 

My Mom said that she doesn't remember her grandmother having a southern drawl, but she always had very big gardens, both vegetable and flower.

Allie died at age 87 on January 19, 1959 in the Aurora Hospital, Aurora, Nebraska.  She was survived by her 5 sons, 1 step-son, 18 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren.  




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - J H and Bell Spalding


Holy Name of Mary Cemetery

Calvary, Marion County, Kentucky




Bell Spalding 
Feb. 16, 1857
Aug. 18, 1908


J H Spalding
Apr. 24, 1852
Feb. 24, 1915



Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past - "Bell" Luckett Spalding



Mary Susan Isabelle "Bell" Luckett was born February 16, 1857 in Marion County, Kentucky.  She was the youngest of six children born to Lewis Austin Luckett and Mary Jane Abell.  Her older brothers were John B., Robert, and George and her sisters Ann and Harriet. 

When she was 17, she married John Hudson "Hutt" Spalding on November 24, 1874 in Calvary.  They were blessed with six children:
  1. Agnes  (1878-?)
  2. Mary Joseph  (1880-1949)
  3. John Austin (1882-1922)
  4. William Robert "Hutt"  (1883-1953)
  5. Walter Enright  (1885-1948)
  6. Cora Lula  (1889-1970)
Her entire life was spent in Marion County.  On August 18, 1908 at 51 years old, she passed away. Her husband, and all of her children survived her.  Cora Lula is my husband's Grandmother.




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Joseph T & Bettie T Spalding




Joseph T. Spalding                Bettie T. Spalding 
1858-1945                           1859-1896


Holy Name of Mary Cemetery
Calvary, Marion County, Kentucky

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past - "Bettie" Thomas Spalding




Born Harriett Elizabeth Thomas on April 23, 1859, "Bettie" was the third child of Mark Theodore Thomas and Anna Louisa Abell.  She grew up with her older brother William Aloysius or "Losh", older sister Matilda, younger sisters Josephine, Eliza, Annie, Eugenia, and younger brothers, Alfred, Oscar and Marcus Theodore.  They lived in District #2, Post Office New Market, Marion County, Kentucky.  

On November 7, 1879 she married Joseph T. Spalding.  Together they had 6 daughters and 3 sons, 2 of them died very young.
  1. Mary Louise "Lou" (1880-1953)
  2. Stella Josephine  (1881-1972)
  3. William Thomas  (1883-1885)
  4. Mary Edith  (1884-1972)
  5. Mark Thomas  (1886-1950)
  6. Susan Frances  (1888-1973)
  7. Annie Cora  (1890-1983)
  8. Mary Eugenia  (1892-1966)
  9. Leroy   (November 26, 1896)
Bettie died giving birth to her youngest son on November 26, 1896 at only 37 years of age. 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

All Jorgenson's are not Jorgen's Sons


Lena Jorgenson, my Great Great Grandmother from Denmark, was born in 1858.  Her birth year is pretty consistent throughout her records.  Her obituary didn't give her parents names, but she was survived by a "step-sister, Bertha Bentall of Chicago".  I can see not naming a "step" or "half" relative as such in an obituary even when it is a fact, but it would be unusual to find a full-blood relative listed as "step" or "half" when it is not true.

1880 soundex records showing a Jorgenson family with daughter Bertha in Will County, Illinois helped me find Lena's family.  Father Ole Jorgenson, wife Caroline and daughter Hannah were born in Denmark, son Peter, daughter Isabel, son Andrew and daughter Bertha were born in Illinois.  Another son, Walter, came after 1880.  According to his obituary, Ole Jorgenson married Caroline Peterson in 1860, but I believe I found their marriage record from Denmark online at familysearch.org which has their marriage date as November 2, 1866.  
Caroline's birth year was questionable from census records, but that marriage record gives her age then as 19, so I'm going with 1847 as her birth year.  That would make her age at Lena's birth only 11, so I don't believe she is her mother.

The Will Grundy Genealogy Society sent me some information years ago including a listing of the Peotone Cemetery showing members of the Jorgenson family buried there.  Both Ole and Caroline's tombstones give the wrong death year.  I know that because both of their obituaries were in the newspaper one year earlier than the death date on the tombstone.

My previous blog post was about trying to determine how Anna Loucks is a cousin...

At findagrave, I found Anna M. Loucks also buried in the Peotone Cemetery.  There was one other Loucks - Clifford, born just 15 years after Anna's birth, but don't believe those dates.

Census records for Anna Loucks in 1900 show her with her husband George, daughter Bernice, son Clifford, and Robert & Kate Jorgenson are "Boarders", both born in Denmark.  1910 confirms that Robert & Kate Jorgenson are Anna's parents.  Earlier census records show brothers Charles and John.  They were in Will County, Illinois as early as 1870.  So, were Robert and Ole brothers?  Wait.

Also in the 1870 census, it took a while for me to find Ole Jorgenson's family.  The census listing I've found that looks closest to correct has the family listed as JOHNSON.  The household includes Ole, Caroline, Olina, Johannah, Peter and a man named John Carstolm, age 50.  Is it an enumerator's mistake that the family name is JOHNSON?  Or is it that they went by that Norwegian naming practice I vaguely understand of using the father's first name with "son" for a surname?  Is John Carstolm the father of Ole JOHNSON?  But the name was Jorgenson on the marriage record, so I think the enumerator made a mistake.  At first, I thought maybe John Carstolm was Caroline's father, but wait.  




familysearch.org has Illinois, Cook County Deaths online.  Anna Loucks' death record is there, she died February 21, 1957.  Robert Jorgensen's death record is there, he died July 18, 1917 and was buried in Peotone.  And his father is listed as Jorgen PETERSON!  So it looks like Robert used the Jorgen-son naming pattern.  Interesting that Jorgen's last name is the same as Caroline's.


Looking for a death record for Ole Jorgenson I found one for "Olo" Jorgenson, buried in Peotone, but no father is given.  Then I searched for Caroline Jorgenson and found one with HER father listed as Jorgen Peterson.  Same as Robert's?  But I don't understand why her name isn't JORGENSDATTER.  Would two siblings use two different surname patterns?  Even on the marriage record from Denmark before they came to the US she used Peterson.  The birth date given here is March 14, 1855 which is very late to be the same person who married Ole Jorgenson in 1866, but the death date and burial information is correct, so I believe this death record is for Mrs. Ole Jorgenson.   


This all has me confused.  I'm sending off a request to IRAD to search for more records on these people.  John Carstolm has me very curious.  At this point, I'm thinking that Robert and Caroline are brother and sister, even though they used different last names.  And Anna Loucks is a cousin to the children of Caroline, but would not be a cousin to Lena Jorgenson (by blood anyway).  

Any thoughts on this are welcome!  Just leave a comment here.