Ole Eriksen Eggen 1849-1928

Ole was the 3rd great grandfather of our family friend Eric. Here is a chart to how they connect:

Ole Eriksen Eggen was born on February 10, 1849, in Røros, Sor-Trondelag, Norway. He married Olava (Olive) Estensdotter Long (Langen) on November 15, 1874. They had 11 children in 22 years. He died on July 26, 1928, in McGregor, Iowa, at the age of 79, and was buried there.

In the 1900 US census, Ole stated that he had immigrated to the states in 1873. In this same census, he lists his occupation as a farmer. He would have been 23 years old when he arrived in the US. His parents both were born and died in Norway, so this leads me to believe that he did not see them again after moving here.

Ole became a naturalized citizen on 9 Sept 1879.

I found the death certificate for Ole. I believe that it says he died as a result of an accident with a bull!

He is buried in Iowa. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75704246

What kind of work did our grandparents do?

My nephew, Kevin, inspired me by a question that he asked some time ago. That question has very much been in the back of my mind for some time now. The question was, “what kind of work (occupations) did our ancestors have?” So, today, I thought I would start to document some of the occupations that make up my story of ancestry and the also the ancestry story of those that I love. I will simply write a paragraph or so about several of those ancestors and hope that you will enjoy sharing your insight into this topic as well.

GROVER CLEVELAND REAM – CARPENTER – MY MATERNAL GRANDFATHER

I will start with my maternal grandfather. His name was Grover Cleveland Ream. He was born on 16 Sept. 1885 in Denver, Miami County, Indiana. In the US census from 1900, Grover was living in Ann Arbor, MI and was a mere 14 years old. The 1900 census shows that his father Benjamin Ream (my great grandfather) was a carpenter. Grover, like his father, would also become a carpenter. It was always my understanding that he was exceptional at his trade. I found a copy of his death certificate that shows the last date that he was engaged in his occupation was February of 1931. He died the next month on 26 Mar 1931. He was young, only 45 years old at his death. My mother was a mere 5 years old at the time her father died. In my ancestry notes, I have copies of news articles showing his association with the Carpenter’s Union 512 of Ann Arbor where he served as an officer. In addition to many of the important buildings he constructed, there was also the home he built for his family at 520 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI that would become not only a residence, but a guest home.

EMILIE “AMELIA” ANGELINA GRAYER REAM – GUEST HOUSE HOST – MY MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER

My maternal grandmother was Emilie “Amelia” Angelina Grayer Ream. She was born on 14 Sept. 1885 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan. Actually, as I write this blog, I notice for the first time that my grandparents birthdays were a mere 2 days apart. My grandmother would affectionally be called “Grandma Pet. ” I loved her beyond measure. She died 1 day after my 11th birthday party on 13 Feb 1965. I have many treasured memories of her humor, sweetness, and joy for life. My grandmother’s occupation was to run the guest home in her residence on Main Street in Ann Arbor. I was under the impression that the guests who stayed at the home were primarily business or sales men who were often associated the University of Michigan. In the basement of the home was a large ironing mangle (it impressed me greatly) that was used to iron the sheets of the house guests.

GEORGE KELLOGG HESS, SR. – ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, ORCHARD FARMER, POLITICAL ACTIVIST – MY PATERNAL GRANDFATHER

My paternal grandfather was George Kellogg Hess, Sr. He was born 6 Sept. 1891 in Benton Harbor, Berrien County, Michigan. He was born on a successful fruit farm whose harvests supplied the Chicago market and other large cities. He wanted to leave the farm! My father told me that George did NOT want to be a farmer. In the WWI draft application he completed on 5 June 1917, he states that he is employed by Western Electric Company, Hawthorne Station, Chicago. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan in 1921 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I have been told that he was a genius. He worked in Chicago for the electrical company until 1930. Perhaps you will recall the story my father told us so often. My father became direly ill in 1930 (he was 5 years old) and the doctors in Chicago said the only hope for my father’s survival was to move the family to the countryside and out of the large city. What? I know…huh? Anyway, this put George back at the orchard farm in Benton Harbor, MI. This was the same place he had so wanted to leave as a young man. My father’s story is even more amazing because at exactly the same time as my father became ill, George’s father Juan Hess died leaving the farm to George. George must have not liked going back to the farm enough that when his obituary was written it states that he “was a retired electrical engineer” without mention of his successful management of the farm. I have collected numerous newspaper articles that show that George was an activist, even to the point of traveling to Washington to lobby for certain changes that primarily related to pipelines, farm taxes and migrant workers.

HENRIETTA SPRUHAN – PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER- MUSICIAN AND DICTAPHONE OPERATOR

Henrietta was born on 31 Jan 1894 in Illinois. In 1914 she graduated from the Chicago Musical College. She was a very accomplished pianist. (As a note, in 1930 when the family was forced to move to Benton Harbor, MI and back to the farm, she would not agree to go unless she had her grand piano too.) In the 1920 census, Henrietta was 26 years old and single. She is living with her parents. In the census records, she lists her occupation as Dictaphone Operator. I recall that my father told me this was an honorable position that she was able to claim because her pianist’s hands moved so quickly on the keys of the dictaphone.

EUGENE LUDLOW BARNES “E.L.” – PATERNAL GRANDFATHER OF MY SISTER’S HUSBAND- SCHOOL TEACHER, COACH, SHEET METAL WORKER AT A SHIP YARD, A CHEIF DEPUTY SHERIFF AND UNION OFFICIAL.

E.L. was born on 5 August 1906 in Bond, Stone, Mississippi. His home in the 1930 census (when he was 23 years old) was in Columbia, Marion, Mississippi. He listed his occupation as school teacher. In the 1940 census, he still is a teacher and states that he has had 3 years of college education. (This question was particular to the 1940 census, so I don’t know when he actually attended college.) It is known that he was a graduate of Mississippi College. In 1940 he was living in Hattiesburg, Forrest, Mississippi.

ALICE “CHRISTINE” THOMPSON- PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER OF MY SISTER’S HUSBAND- STUDENT, HOMEMAKER

Christine was born on 10 June 1905 in Grange, Lawrence County, Mississippi. In the 1930 census she is 24 years old and states that she is a student. This must have been college, but I do not have educational records for her. In the 1940 census she lists her education level as having completed 1 year of college.

FRANCESCO “FRANK” BIVONA- MATERNAL GRANDFATHER OF MY SISTER’S HUSBAND- CLERK IN SILK FACTORY, CONTRACTOR, INSURANCE AGENT

Frank was born on the 30 November 1904 in Mendoza, Argentina. He arrived in New York in 1916. In the 1920 census, Frank states that he is a clerk in a silk factory. In his 1928 petition for citizenship, he lists his occupation as contractor. In the 1940 census, he lists his occupation as an Insurance Agent. In the 1940 census, folks were asked to record their level of education. Frank states that he had completed school through 6th grade.

ANGELINA “ANGIE” CIRABISI – MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER OF MY SISTER’S HUSBAND – CLOTHING INDUSTRY

Angie was born on 6 September 1909 in New York City, New York. In the 1940 census she lists her occupation as worker in the clothing industry.

Henry Griffin Scarborough 1780-1852 of South Carolina

Alfred was the 4th great uncle of my brother-in-law

Sometimes, when I trace our family story, I have to look at other family members to find out more information about one of our direct ancestors. In other words, our direct ancestor may not have been researched as thoroughly as one of their children, siblings or another relative of theirs. The photo above, is a 4th great uncle so he is a child of our direct ancestor and 4th great grandfather Henry.

Henry and Frances Stuckey Scarborough were the 4th great grandparents of my brother-in-law. It was Henry and Frances’ child Sarah “Kizzie” Scarborough that would become the direct line to my brother-in-law’s family. “Kizzie” was a younger sister to Alfred who is pictured above.

The first thing I notice from the photo caption above is that Henry (who was the 4th great grandfather of Christopher Barnes)  had a plantation in the Sumter District of South Carolina. It turns out that Henry’s father also owned a plantation.

Henry  (who was the 4th great grandfather of Christopher Barnes)  was born in 1780 in South Carolina. He died in 1852: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/33959975

Henry (who was the 4th great grandfather of Christopher Barnes)  is listed in the 1820 census. I have a summary of that census below: 

1820 census (Sumter, SC) Note: in 1820 Henry was 39 years old.

By the time of the 1840 census, Henry had 10 slaves. 

Henry’s father (the 5th great grandfather of my brother-in-law)  was Addison Scarborough 1754-1831.  I was able to find an 1820 census for Addison. In 1820 Addison was 66 years old.

Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel 1867-1930

Lewis F. Scheidel

Here is a list of descendants that connect Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel as a 2 x great grandfather to my friend Eric.

Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel (1867 – 1930)
2nd great-grandfather of my friend Eric
Oscar Augustine Scheidel (1903 – 1978)
Son of Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel
Patricia Josephine Scheidel (1938 – 2014)
Daughter of Oscar Augustine Scheidel
Barbara Maguire 
Daughter of Patricia Josephine Scheidel
Eric Anderle 
Son of Barbara Maguire
When Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel was born on January 30, 1867, in Alpine, Michigan, his father, Ferdinand, was 38 and his mother, Catherine Vierheilig, was 34.
LEWIS’ MOTHER: Lewis’ mother was Catherine Vierheilig who was born on 14 June 1832 in Bad Kissingen, Bavaria, Germany. She died on 1 Nov 1901 in Alpine Township, Kent, MI.
In the 1880 US census, Catherine is 48 years old. She lists her birthplace as Bavaria. Her occupation is “keeping house.” She lives in Alpine, Kent, MI. Her husband was 57 at the time of this census and is working as a farmer. His birth location is stated to be Baden.
In the 1900 US census, Catherine is 67 years old. She stated that she immigrated to the US in 1832. That was also the year of her birth. She clearly lists her birth location as Germany.
LEWIS’ FATHER: Lewis’ father was Ferdinand “Fred” George Scheidel. Here is a photo found on Ancestry.
Ferdinand Fred George Scheidel
LEWIS’ WIFE: Lewis married Alice Katherine Williams on September 3, 1889. They had 14 children in 19 years. Alice was a direct ancestor and 2x great grandmother to Eric.
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Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel wedding pic
Alice’s death certificate was an important genealogy tool for me because it gives the names and birth locations of Alice’s parents and those would be Eric’s 3x great grandparents! An interesting note for me is the introduction of Eric’s ancestry connections to England.
death certificate of Alice Katherine Williams Scheidel
LEWIS’ DEATH:
Lewis died on October 8, 1930, in Alpine, Michigan, at the age of 63, and was buried in Comstock Park, Michigan. Note that his death certificate has an error. His name seems to be hand-written as Lewis…but is typed in as Louis. This type of error was very common for the time period. Spelling often seemed to be a sort of “free for all.”
death certificate of Lewis Scheidel
This amazing photo below was shared on Ancestry. It does not give a photo legend for each of the persons but is titled “Family portrait of Lewis Ferdinand Scheidel.” This photo must certainly also include Oscar Augustine Scheidel who was Eric’s great grandfather!
family portrait of Lewis Scheidel

Betty Louise Remenak Anderle 1936-2014

When Betty Louise Remenak was born on October 17, 1936, in Michigan, her father, Leo, was 26, and her mother, Stella Waszkiewicz, was 23. I am writing this blog about Betty because she was the paternal grandmother of my friend Eric.

Betty Anderle

BETTY’S FATHER: Betty’s father, Leo, had been born on 30 April 1910 in Poland.  Leo must have Americanized his last name at some point from Rzemieniak to Remenak. Leo was Eric’s great grandfather.

In 1929, Leo married Stella Waszkiewicz. He was 21 years old and she was 16 years old.

Marriage of Leo and Stella

In the 1930 US census. Leo is 21 years old (his wife is only 17 years old). He states that he speaks Polish. In this census, he is living with his wife in Grand Rapids, MI and working as a furniture re-finisher. His wife is working in furniture upholstery.  They live in a rented home on 6th Street. In this census, he states that he immigrated to the US in 1912 when he was 2 years old.

In the 1940 US census Leo is 29 years old and living with his wife Stella and their 3 children on Graceland Street in Grand Rapids. Leo states that his highest level of education completed is 8th grade. He lists his citizenship as naturalized. I found a city directory that gave their address as 843 Graceland NE., Grand Rapids, MI.

I did find some WWII Navy muster rolls that show Leo served in the military on the USS Pine Island. This record is dated 1948. I also found this application for a military headstone.

Leo headstone.JPG

Leo died on 15 Dec 1956. He was only 46 years old. I did not find his obituary, but I did find an article about the accident that claimed his life. The driver of the car that struck Leo was brought up on charges 2 times, but each time there was insufficient evidence to charge the driver of the car that struck Leo with negligent homicide.

Detroit Free Press 16 Dec 1956 Leo

BETTY’S MOTHER: Betty’s mother, Stella. had been born on 17 Feb 1913 in Michigan. Her parents had been born in Poland. Stella was Eric’s great grandmother.

In the 1920 US census, Stella was 7 years old and living with her parents,George Waszkiewicz and Anna Reda, and her sister Estiva. In this census record, George is working as a sander in a fur factory and states that he cannot read or write. He lists Polish as his mother tongue. Anna is also working as a painter in a carpet sweeper industry. She also says that she is unable to read or write … would this just be a reference to not reading English? Not sure. The family lives on Blymier Court in Grand Rapids, MI.

Stella lived for many years after the death of her husband. She died at the age of 81 on 27 Oct 1994. She is buried near many of the Remenak family at Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

http://www.migenweb.org/kent/cemeteries/grandrapids/fairplains/2013/Ra-Ri.html

BETTY: I was delighted to find that Betty’s high school has digitalized many of their yearbooks. Here are some of the photos that I found. Please let me know if any of these are not Betty so I may remove the photos from the blog!

Creston High School 1953 yearbook

1953 Creston H.S. yearbook

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Creston High School 1954 yearbook

1954 profile pic in Creston H.S. yearbook

year book

Betty married Gerald Ladd Anderle.

Betty passed away at the age of 77. This is a link to an obituary:

https://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=betty-l-anderle&pid=170796659&fhid=21038

 

Joseph “Jesse” Derusha 1870-1925

Joseph Jesse Derusha was the paternal great grandfather of my friend Rachel.

Joseph Jesse Derusha

When Joseph Jesse Derusha was born on December 7, 1870, in Saint Ignace, Mackinac, MI, his father, Joseph, was 30 and his mother, Josephine LaJoie, was 22.

Here are photos of Joseph’s parents (Rachel’s 2nd great grandparents:)

Joseph Derusha 1840-1918

Josephine Josette LaJoie Derusha

 

Joseph  married Bridget McLeod on July 17, 1890, in Hendricks, Michigan. On his marriage records he uses his middle name “Jesse.” Race was indicated on the marriage record with Jesse being “white” and Bridget listed as “Indian.”

The photo here is very small, so I have included the transcribed information too:marriage of Jesse to Bridget July 15 1890

Name: Jessa Derusha
Gender: Male
Race: W & Indian (Native American)
Age: 19
Birth Year: abt 1871
Birth Place: Rever Island, Michigan
Marriage Date: 17 Jul 1890
Marriage Place: Hendricks, Mackinac, Michigan, USA
Residence Place: St Ignace
Father: Joseph Derusha
Mother: Josephine Lajoie
Spouse: Bridget McLeod
Record Number: 182

 

The first census record that I found with Joseph listed is 1880, when Joseph was 9 years old.  In this census, his father is listed as a fisherman and his mother is “keeping house.” The family lived in Mackinac, Hendricks, MI.

By the time of the 1910 U.S. census, “Jesse” is now 20 years old and working as a lumberman. I loved how he gave his work location…”in the woods.” He is using his middle name of Jesse in this census. In the 1910 census, a person was asked to state their race. Bridget now states she is “white.”  They live in Mackinac, Hendricks, MI.

In the 1920 census, Joseph lists his name as Joseph (no longer uses Jesse). He is still in Mackinac, Hendricks, MI.

Joseph died in 1925, he was 54 years old.

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tombstone of Joseph J. Derusha

obit for Joseph Jesse Derusha

 

 

 

Charles Karl Schmeling 1811-1885

Family tree from records of Elbert Schmiling.jpg

How wonderful that Elbert Schmiling wrote a family history that begins with the story of Charles Karl Schmeling and his wife Dorothea Maria Westphal.

This is a link to Elbert’s narrative account about Charles and Dorothea:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x6acY9RDXa_er9aoqSrVTLuxylKBNQwX/view?usp=sharing

I have also done research on Ancestry to piece together documents and supporting facts. Here is what I found:

When Charles Karl Schmeling was born on April 9, 1811, in Greifenberg, Bavaria, Germany, his father, August, was -31 and his mother, Marie, was -29.

Charles married Dorothea Maria Westphal in 1835 when he was only 24 years old.

In 1857, Charles and his family emigrated to the United States. They sailed on a ship called Rinehard and left from a port in Bremen, Germany and arrived at Ellis Island.

Together Charles and Dorothea had five children in 15 years. The child who is a direct ancestor and 3rd great grandfather to my grandson is Albert Schmiling 1851-1903.

Charles died on October 19, 1885, in Algoma, Wisconsin, at the age of 74, and was buried there in Saint Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery.  This is a link to Find a Grave:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65031289/charles-schmeling