Sunday, July 30, 2017

Obituary Sunday - Peter Peroe "Champ Knitter Passes"

Peter Peroe was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1860 and learned the trade of baker.  In 1884 he and two friends came west. Mr. Peroe left his friends in St. Paul, MN and he went on to Billings, MT to work for the Yegen Brothers Bakery.  He later established his own bakery on Montana Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets.  After a fire destroyed the block, Mr. Peroe opened a confectionery at 2603 Montana Avenue.

He was acquainted with such characters as Calamity Jane, Crow Davis, Livercating Johnson, and J. I. Allen, a well known trader in the Columbus region at the time, who purchased his tobacco from Mr. Peroe.

In 1893, he married Emilie Elizabeth Steingruber at Hebron, ND. (Emilie's sister Anna Sybilla is my great grandmother). The couple had a son, Robert George (1894) and a daughter, Jennie (1902).

He retired from business in 1914 and leaned to knit was acclaimed the champion knitter in the area during the first world war.
Mr. Peroe was President of the Billings Opera House prior to its incorporation  with the Babcock Opera House and  also a member of the old Maverick Hose Company. He also served as a juror on many juries.

 He died at home on May 17, 1944 of a kidney ailment. He had been ill for three years.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - Zimri Hobson

Sugar Creek Chapel Cemetery Stockland, Iroquois, Illinois

"Zimri Hobson died at his family residence on Grant Avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, of Bright's disease.  The deceased was the son of Andrew and Ruthea Hobson and was born in Highland County, Ohio, January 27, 1820.  The family left Ohio in 1827 and settled in Warren County, Indiana and afterwards moved to Iowa where his parents died.  Mr. Hobson was married in Indiana, March 21, 1841, to Mary A Waymire, and settled in iroquois County, Stockland township, unitl the fall of 1876, when he moved to Milford.  He was an honest man, one who had the confidence and respect of all who knew him.  he united with the Methodist church in 1844 and received a license to preach in 1865.  He has filled several township offices acceptably and has been assessor for the past 12 years."

(Watseka Republican, Wednesday, September 18, 1889--Excerpt from Milford Herald)

Zimri Hobson was my 3x great grandfather and is the father of Mary A Hobson, who married Francis Marion Smith. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

On This Day - January 23, 1862

On This Day....January 23,1862, my 2x great grandparents, Lars O. Olstad and Margaret (Margith) Gunderson were married in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Lars, born in Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway, immigrated with his parents, Ole Haagensen and Anna Hansdatter, and sister, Helene in 1850.

Margaret, born in Bo, Telemark, Norway, immigrated about 1853 with her mother, Gunild, brothers, Sigurd and Ole, a sister, Anna and a half brother, Andreas (Andrew) Gulbrandson Margaret's farther died 1847. 

Lars and Margaret settled on the farm in Holmen, Wisconsin. In the Long Coulee area and raised two sons, Olaus and George and two daughters, Ovidia and Anbertina. Anbertina is my great grandmother an mother of Edith Viola Dahl, my grandmother.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Funeral Card Friday - Florence Bassett


April 4, 1907  Billings, Montana
November 20, 1986  Spokane, Washington

Saturday, November 22, 1986  2:00 p.m.
United Church of Christ
Chewelah, Washington

Reverend Peter Shober

Soloist: Will Rowe  Organist: Jean Merrill

Vern Claflin     Robert Breza
Leroy Potter   Charles Singer
Max Hollinberger   Sherman Edwards

Phillip Skok    Sid Kulzer
Howard Hollinberger   Rolland Millay

Chewelah Memorial Park
Chewelah, Washington

Monday, January 11, 2016

Military Monday - Regulations For Chauffeurs (Frank P Smith) World War I

Headquaters S  O.  S.


1.  Drivers are responsible for careful driving and compliance with the traffic rules herein prescribed.  They will prevent all men from riding on the fenders, running-boards and tops of their trucks.

2. the maximum speed of motor vehicles is prescribed as follows:
     In cities and villages:

Trucks of one tone or more        8 miles per hour
Other trucks...............................10          --
Automobiles and motorcyles     15         --

The driver's accident report will be made out on the spot and submitted immediately upon return to the garage.  Drives who fail to make this report will be brought to trial by Court-Martial.

   By Command of General Kerman :

                                               JOHNSON HAGOOD
                                                 Chief of Staff

Official :
Adjutant General

F. P. Smith A. E. F.  Motor# 6186190

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Obituary Sunday - Florence Bassett


FLORENCE S. BASSETT, 79, died Thursday, November 20, 1986 at Spokane, Washington.  She was born April 4, 1907 at Billings, Montana.  Florence married her first husband, William Wickenkamp June, 1930.  He preceded her in death December, 1970.  She married her second husband, William Bassett in Chewelah on January 5, 1974.  He preceded her ind death March, 1979.

Mrs. Bassett came to Valley, Washington in 1951 and began to work in sales in retail stores and was manager of retail sales for L.G.A. dry goods department.  She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Chewelah, Washington.
Survivors include one daughter: Jerry Lynn Smith, Novato, California, one foster daughter, Patricia Guthmiller, Kent, WA., two grandaughters, and one brother, Charles Koch of Valley, WA.

(November 26, 1986 - Chewelah Independent Page 11)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

On This Day - December 16, 1861

On This Day....

One hundred and fifty-fours years ago, my Great grandmother, Elisabeth Drollner, was born. 

Here is an article that appeared in the Casper Tribune Herald in 1953 when she celebrated her 93rd birthday.


Like the little old lady who had so many children she didn't know what to do Mrs. Andreas Wickenkamp has so many grand children and great-grandchildren that she can't keep track of them.  Mrs. Wickenkamp who celebrated her 93rd birthday anniversary at her home at 703 South Washington, was born in Soest, Germany, and came to the United States in 1883.  She has lived in Casper since 1922.

She is shown with a wedding wreath which she wore at her wedding Sept. 30, 1880.  The wreath which is framed was the only thing which the little family of three saved during their six weeks trip on the Atlantic Ocean.  During a storm a sea family had to throw all of their possessions overboard to keep the ship from sinking.

Mr. Wickenkamp who died 10 years ago was 89 when he passed away.  Mrs. Wickenkamp is the mother of eight children.  Two of them, Mrs. Alma West and Henry Wickenkamp are Casper residents. Mrs. Wickenkamp has 18 grandchildren and about 18 great grandchildren.

The little lady said in very good English that she felt fine and didn't feel any older despite he 93 years.  She pointed out German words on the wreath frame: "Jesus Christus gestern ahd hente and derselbe in Alle Ewigkeit- Amen."  She said they meant "Jesus Christ yesterday and today and the same in all eternity - Amen."

Mrs. Wickenkamp makes her home with her son, Henry, and likes it.

Elisabeth Drollner was born December 16, 1861 in Rollingsen, Westfalia, Germany to Franz Drollner and  Elisabeth Theimann. She married Georg Heinrich Andreas "Andrew" Wickenkamp on October 30, 1880 in Ostonnen, Westfalia, Germany. She died on February  9, 1956 in Casper, Wyoming. As stated above, she had 8 children. My grandfather William George Wickenkamp was the seventh child. My mother, Jerry Lynn, was one of the 18 grandchildren, was quite young when she saw her grandmother in Casper. She told me that grandma used to call her "My Yerry".