#TBT Collegians Get Fine Setting

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Yankton Press & Dakotan
18 Oct 1941 (Evening): p. 1, col. 4

Collegians Get Fine Setting p1 c4COLLEGIANS GET FINE SETTING

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Pioneer Day Being Observed On College Hill Today; Many Events

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Mother nature smiled down upon Yankton college’s 24th annual Pioneer day with her best Indian summer sunshine of a picturesque autumn day, as collegians, alumni, faculty and friends celebrated homecoming events today.  The Kronithonitolliton reception – banquet at the Masonic temple and the promenade at the city hall tonight close the festivities for 1941.

At 7:30 this morning a large attendance gathered on the Kingsbury hall lawn and enjoyed the breakfast, and committees rushed to finish floats and prepare for the coronation.

On a spotlighted stage of Forbes hall, Miss Gertrude Bednar of Dupree was crowned Miss Pioneer by Pioneer Day Manager Leighton Borin, and proceded to the throne draped in black with gold trimmings.  President Joseph Lyle McCorison, jr., then gave her the power to reign as “Girl of Pioneer Day.”  Her attendants appeared with her in the traditional pastel colors.

Parade Lines Up

A colorful parade lined up at 10:30 on college hill and proceeded through the city streets.  About 20 organization floats were entered along with bands, drill groups, and special features.  High school bands participating were from Yankton, Parker, Tyndall and Scotland.

At noon the luncheon was served on the Kingsbury hall lawn, and once more the queen and her attendants were honored along with their escorts.  In the afternoon the Yankton college Greyhounds met the Augustana Vikings on Crane field in one of the crucial battles of the South Dakota college conference.

Thursday night the homecoming festivities got off to an early start with the pep fest around the bonfire on Observatory hill followed by a snake dance downtown.  Friday afternoon in a special ceremony, the Annie E. Tennent Center for Music Appreciation in Old Middle hall was dedicated.  Last evening Miss Amy Ellerman, New York contralto, appeared in a vocal recital accompanied by Miss Ann Gordon of Chicago, also a graduate.  Miss Pioneer and her attendants and their escorts made their first formal appearance.

 

I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946. I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals. I am happy to email full-size scans of any article. Feel free to ask.

 

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Prayer Card: Albert Koesters

During the Genealogy Do-Over, as I’ve been going through the ephemera I inherited when my maternal grandmother passed away, I came across several prayer cards dating from 1933 to 1954 from both (apparently) Indianapolis and Ridgefield, New Jersey.

As far as I know, the individuals named on these prayer cards are not related to my family in anyway.  I thought I should post them online in case anyone might be looking for them.

This one is for Albert Koesters, who died on December 18, 1954.

KOESTERS Albert 1954 12 18 - prayer card p2 KOESTERS Albert 1954 12 18 - prayer card p1

When I began researching Mr. Koesters, I thought he might have attended church with my grandmother in Ridgefield, New Jersey, since that is where she was living in 1954.  However, I found no Koesters in that area in the 1950s.  I did locate a Find-a-Grave listing for Albert Koesters who died on the same date and is buried in Indianapolis, Indiana, at Calvary Cemetery, Section 5, Lot 75.

So I began looking in Indianapolis.  Mr. Koesters really did not want to be found.  I managed to sneak up on a 7-year-old Albert Koesters in the 1910 U.S. census living with his parents, Frank and Bernadine, and six siblings on Meridian Street in Indianapolis.  In the 1920 U.S. census, 16-year-old Albert is again living with both parents and three siblings on South Meridian Street.  26-year-old Albert Koesters is found in the 1930 U.S. census living in Indianapolis with his mother and three siblings, employed as an assistant cashier at a bank.  It appears his father passed away sometime before the 1930 census.

Picture of Ship Ohio

The steamship Ohio c. 1870

On a whim, I decided to look up Albert’s father, Frank.  He was born around 1852 in Germany to German parents.  His occupation is given as cabinetmaker.  The 1910 and 1920 censuses show Frank arriving in the United States in 1870.  I was able to locate an index of Germans to America 1850-1897.  Franz Koesters and about 700 other passengers piled into the steerage compartments of the SS Ohio (see photo at left) at the port of Bremen and arrived in the port of Baltimore on 1 Nov 1870.  He was 18 years old and his occupation is given as “joiner.”  A joiner is a carpenter who cuts and fits joints in wood without the use of nails, screws, or other metal fasteners.  A transcript of the passenger manifest can be found here: page 1 and page 2.  His birthplace is listed as Prussia.

Albert gave me a bugger of a time finding him on the 1940 U.S. census, but find him I did!  He is listed as Albert Kesters and is living with his wife Emma and son Richard (less than a year old) on what appears to be either East Muth Street or E. St. Joseph Street in Indianapolis.  Albert worked as a teller at the Fletcher American National Bank and lived at 527 E. Terrace Avenue, his mother’s address, from 1931 until 1934.  In 1935, he is working as an auditor for the County.  By 1936, he has married Emma and is the secretary-treasurer of Democratic Printing & Publishing.  He now resides at 28 E. 16th, Apt. 503 (now some sort of office building).  Emma is the secretary for the American Legion Auxiliary.  From 1937 until 1942, Albert is found in the Indianapolis city directories working as the Chief Deputy County Treasurer (his name is even in bold!)  Until 1938, his address is 3145 N. Illinois, Apt. 206 (now a parking lot).  From 1938 until 1942, he resides at 6160 E. 9th (now a golf course).  By 1943, he is back to being listed with the commonfolk, but living at the same address.

Albert and Emma had two more children: Carolyn in 1940 and Barbara in 1942.

Albert is working at Equipment Service Company as a stock recorder in 1945, and in 1947 is working as an auditor for the Union Red Savings & Loan Association.  In 1949, Albert is the secretary-treasurer of the Inland Finance Corporation, where he stays until 1952, when he is found working as the comptroller for Fidelity Trust Company.  We then find him working as the secretary and treasurer for Mercury Builders, Inc.  By this time, he only 51 years old when he is taken from this world.  Emma lives to the ripe old age of 82 years when she passes away in 1988 in Indianapolis.

I wish I could say that I was able to find an obituary for him.  I don’t even know how he died.  One thing I do know: Albert’s family can take solace in the fact that he was one of the fortunate few who remained employed throughout the Great Depression and was able to provide quite well for his family and stay in Indianapolis.

Hopefully one of Albert’s descendants is out there and will stumble across this (and provide some answers)!

 

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Genealogy Do-Over: Week 10 Progress

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Between work and Daylight Saving Time kicking my butt this week, I’ve not really been able to do much in the way of my Do-Over except keep plugging away at adding documentation to my tree.  I’m still working on my maternal grandparents, and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to move past them.  I have so much information (and more keeps magically appearing), which normally would be a good problem to have, but I’m getting antsy to add more people to my tree so I can start looking at these manila envelopes FULL of information I’ve gotten from various repositories.  You see, I’ve promised myself that I’m not going to touch those until the individuals referenced within them have found a place in my tree.  Needless to say, my willpower is weakening.  The dark side may be taking over.

But I know that in order for my tree to be the best it can be, I need to forego the temptation.  And I will.  For now.

In the meantime, this weeks Do-Over objectives were:

Photo courtesy of Duncan Hull (shared under creative commons license)

Photo courtesy of Duncan Hull (shared under creative commons license)

Objective: Review DNA Testing Options

This is an area where I need some real time to learn everything I need to know about DNA: testing, results, etc.  I’ve attended a couple of beginner DNA classes – one by Judy Russell that was a-ma-zing – and I get the basics.  I think.  I’ve also had testing done by 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA.  I have not yet tested with AncestryDNA, and that has been a personal decision that may change depending on what I learn from my research into the subject.

I currently have DNA results for my maternal uncle – the only male descendant of my grandfather, who was adopted.  I’ve done y-DNA and autosomal DNA testing for him.  I also had my mother’s mtDNA tested.  That has been slow-going simply because I’m really not sure what to do with the results once I have them.  My dad has been in and out of the hospital lately, so I’m still waiting for his samples to be returned to the lab for testing.  I’m having his y-DNA tested to determine once and for all whether my paternal line has a Native American/First Nations connection.

One day I will have time to sit down and actually read about DNA.  Until then … has anyone come up with a device that I can just plug in and download knowledge while I sleep?

Courtesy of NASA (shared under creative commons license)

Courtesy of NASA (shared under creative commons license)

Objective: Organize Research Materials – Digital

Since NASA won’t let me use their server farm to store my genealogy media, I have to be careful with duplicates.  Which means I need to make sure I’m naming my files properly.

I already planned out my digital file-naming convention when I designed my document process during the pre-Do-Over.  So far it’s working well for me (the entire process itself is slow, but effective).  To recap, I’ve gone with a naming convention that enables me to sort the files by name and automagically see a timeline for my subject.  For example my grandmother’s digital file looks like this:

Gramma's files

 

The “correspondence” folder is where I keep correspondence about my grandmother (requests for records, etc.), and the “miscellaneous” folder is keeping all the other things – prayer cards, undated  or unidentified photos, etc. – that aren’t necessarily part of my grandmother’s timeline per se, but were important enough for her to keep.

Because I keep my files in Dropbox, I have a timeline of my grandmother’s life at a glance, even if I’m at a computer that doesn’t have RootsMagic installed (including my phone).  I will name ALL of my grandmother’s files using the name she was given at birth – even though her name may be different within the document itself.  Any spelling differences or name changes (like when she got married) will be evidence in the transcription of the documents.  The only exception to this rule is my grandfather.  I am using the name he was given when he was adopted … at least until I identify his birth parents.  But even then, I will probably keep his name the way it is and use his birth name as an alias.

After working so hard getting these files exactly the way I want them … you bet I back them up!  Twice!  First, even though they are kept in the cloud, Dropbox isn’t considered a backup.  So I use the backup feature in Windows to back everything up to a portable external hard drive once a month (one that I can grab and run if there’s a fire or some other disaster), and then I also use Backblaze to back everything (including the external drive) up to the cloud, which is a  process that constantly runs in the background.

Yes, it sounds like a bunch of overlap, but after the years of work I’ve put in, I want to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere!

 

Next week’s topics: (1) Review Social Media Options, and (2) Build a Research Network.  Are you ready?

 

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Prayer Card: Joseph Fischer

During the Genealogy Do-Over, as I’ve been going through the ephemera I inherited when my maternal grandmother passed away, I came across several prayer cards dating from 1933 to 1954 from both (apparently) Indianapolis and Ridgefield, New Jersey.

As far as I know, the individuals named on these prayer cards are not related to my family in anyway.  I thought I should post them online in case anyone might be looking for them.

This one is for Joseph Fischer, who died on February 13, 1933.

FISCHER Joseph 1933 02 13 - prayer card p2 FISCHER Joseph 1933 02 13 - prayer card p1

On the 1930 U.S. census, I found a Joseph Fischer, age 81, living with his son Walter’s family at 1041 Southern Avenue in Indianapolis.  This is approximately 4 miles away from my grandmother’s house on E. Raymond.  He is married – presumably to Elizabeth, who is listed as Walter’s mother.  He was born in Germany and appears to have immigrated to the United States in 1882.  I find them again in the 1920 U.S. census – Joseph, Elizibeth, and Walter J. – living at 1730 Prospect Street, Indianapolis.  This census also shows immigration in 1882, but gives the year of naturalization as 1919.

I located Joseph and Elizabeth on the 1910 U.S. census living one door down at 1728 Prospect Street, Indianapolis.  There are two other children – Joseph age 20 and Anna age 16 – living with them at this time.  Walter is seen to be 12 years old.  I note that Elizabeth is shown to have given birth to 6 children, but only 5 are living in 1910 (I’m not sure where the other three living children are – since she had only given birth to two in 1900).  I also note that this is the second marriage for both Joseph and Elizabeth, and they have been married for 13 years (meaning that she is probably not the mother of Joseph or Anna).  Joseph Sr. is working as a butcher, as is son Joseph.  His year of immigration is given as 1885 and he is listed as an alien.

The 1900 U.S. census shows Joseph and Elizabeth B. living at 801 Prospect Street with four children – George age 11, Joseph age 10, Annie age 6, and Walter age 2.  Joseph and Elizabeth have been married for 3 years, and Elizabeth has given birth to two children, and both are still living.  One of these children is most likely Walter, and the other is Mary Azins, age 17, listed as Joseph Sr.’s stepdaughter.  Joseph was born in July 1848 (just like the prayer card says) and is working as a butcher.  The census indicates that he arrived in the U.S. in 1883 and is already naturalized.

I found an article in The Indianapolis News from July 17, 1893 about Joseph.  It seems he was quite the rebel.

I discovered an engagement announcement in The Indianapolis News from August 4, 1906, mentioning Elizabeth’s daughter Mayme K. Zins (Mary Katherine) marrying Joseph A. Moran.  From the Indiana Marriage Index (1780-1992), it appears that Elizabeth’s husband was Joseph Zins (not Azins like the census indicated).

Elizabeth Altherr married Joseph Zins on June 12, 1882 in Franklin, Indiana.  I found Elizabeth listed as a widow in the 1891 Indianapolis city directory.

I also found an announcement for the marriage of daughter Anna Fischer to John Long in The Indianapolis News dated June 27, 1917:

After looking at the Indiana Marriage index (1780-1992), it appears that Joseph’s first wife – or at least the mother of his children – was Barbara Derleth.  The marriage index shows Joseph’s birth as 1852.  They were married on May 30, 1887 in Indianapolis.  Joseph’s parents are listed as Joseph Fischer and Theresa Pfleghaas.  Another daughter, Margaret Fischer was married in January 1917 to Thomas Neal.  Son George married Marie Rohleder in June 1912.  Son Joseph married Kathleen Cecelia Mullin in October 1912.

My grandmother would have been around 8 years old when Mr. Fischer passed away, so they likely only knew each other through church.

If Joseph Fischer is your ancestor, contact me immediately!

 

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#TBT Proceedings: Board of County Commissioners, Yankton – Part 8

I promise, this is the last entry for the Board of Commissioners for this issue of the newspaper.  The names in bold are those of my relatives – now I know I need to go see what Senate Bill 22 was all about and check on some tax records!

Yankton Press & Dakotan
18 Oct 1941 (Evening): p. 3, col. 4

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Board of County Commissioners Sept meeting p3 c4 part 8PROCEEDINGS
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, YANKTON, S. D.

1:00 P. M., October 7, 1941.

The Board of Commissioners met pursuant to recess taken with all members present.

It was moved by Feyerharm, seconded by Anderson that the following applications for adjustment and payment of delinquent personal property taxes as per Senate Bill No. 22 be approved and settled in their various amounts:

C. W. Acton, $32.92; H.W. Apted, $293.08; Geo. Bauman, $35.01; Martin C. Bratberg, $69.54; Martin Boe, $26.02; Merle J. Burns, $22.93; Earl Broderson, $25.39; L. H. Currier, $18.16; Frances Christenson, $66.07; Wm. & Fanny Condron, $10.54; C. E. Christensen, $76.66; W. S. Donohoe, $76.53; Chas. F. Donahue, $66.48; Ed Dinneen, $74.83; Chas. Doyle, $117.60; L. E. Duncan, $28.73; R. L. Eakin, $37.47; Olin S. Engen, $27.24; Oscar L. Engen, $82.19; Henry Dieseler, $60.34; Howard Frick, $30.35; Harry Furrow, $85.40; Carroll Fairley, $74.64; G. E. Ferguson, $123.22; Emmett Gordan, $70.11; Fraizer Galloway, $35.49; Fred Gravholt, $52.32; Ed Gravholt, $39.80; H. F. Garber, $73.27; Isabel German, $8.17; Mrs. Dora Gravholt, Agent for Jens Gravholt, $126.97; Casper Gran, $32.48; Reinhold Guthmiller, $54.40; William Hansen, $63.24; Elmer Haffner, $115.79; Carl & Olin Hagen, $30.75; Herman Husby, $40.38; Edwin Haugen, $71.26; Oscar Helgerson, $87.75; Heitgen Pharmacy, $707.16; Marion Halverson, $35.49; John W. Holdren, $29.49; Earl Havenar, $26.69; Clara Hoxeng, $37.88; Wayne Hunt, $109.36; Ole Iverson, $49.78; Tore Johnson, $63.63; Hjalmer Jonason, $63.69; Tim Johnson, $50.23; Magnus Kroeger, $28.98; Francis Kremer, $15.07; J. W. Kuhl, $73.41; J. J. Kremer, $36.31; Frank Kozak, $47.85; August Kotalik, $23.53; Olivia Kremer, $5.02; Alice Lanctot, $16.58; Patrick M. Lane, Agent for Patrick Lane, Sr., deceased, $8.44; Ralph Learing, $41.16; Lawrence Larson, $16.06; Forrest Luke, $12.32; George Long, $30.84; Johie O. Lee, $101.03; Francis McDonald, $37.83; Joseph Marbach, $27.41; William Merrigan, Sr., $66.39; Goldie Moore, $28.83; Clair Murray, $44.00; Emil Novak, $28.62; Harold & Laverne Nelson, $38.90; Louis O’Shea, $22.09; Loyal E. Olson, $44.16; Ione Parker, $11.16; Martha Parker, $30.22; Marit Pederson, $36.39; Clyde H. Prouty, $21.96; Frank Pokorney, Jr., $35.45; Chas. Wesley Parkinson, $49.85; Adolph Peterson, $72.39; Joe Pokorney, $13.10; Herman Pederson, $116.62; Raymond Petrik, $20.48; Roy W. Petersen, $32.56; Raymond Rossman, $161.53; Lester Ryken, $55.64; Rasmus Rasmussen, $27.40; Wm. R. Schaefer, $9.52; Melvin W. Stanicek, $13.75; Emanuel Stuen, $136.85; Fred Schaeffer, $26.93; Frank Stanicek, $31.84; Mary A. Schneider, $9.84; James Sylliaasen, $135.36; Martin Schulte, $85.30; Joe Sewenig, 53.76; Clement Slowey, $69.45; Harold Urban, $61.71; John H. Vavra, $23.94; Frank W. Vavra, $128.82; Edward Voll, $38.60; Walter E. VanDercreek, $43.89; Frank E. and Cora L. VanOsdel, $140.52; Dave Waldner, $79.18; John D. Welsh, $42.58; LeRoy Withee, $43.71; Leo B. Wood, $106.63; Robert Bowyer, Jr., $167.18; L. E. Couron, $24.43; also application for adjustment of real estate taxes filed by Josephine and Anna Hoxeng.

Roll Call: All Commissioners voting ‘aye,’ motion carried.

It was moved by Smith, seconded by Anderson that the application filed by S. C. Dahlerup for a Permanent School Fund loan in the amount of $2320.00 on the following described real estate, be approved:

West one-half of the Southeast Quarter and east 25 acres of the East one-half of the Southwest Quarter except one acre for School in Section 34, Township 95, Range 55.  Total 103 Acres.  (W 1/2, SE 1/4 & E. 25 A. of E 1/2 SW 1/4 Except 1 A. for School, Sec. 34, Twp. 95, Range 55).

Roll Call: All Commissioners voting ‘aye,’ motion carried.

It was moved by Feyerharm, seconded by Anderson that the Auditor’s account with the County Treasurer as of September 30th be accepted as follows:

Total amount of deposits in banks …………………………$208923.46
Total amount of actual cash ………………………………….$     3658.34
Total amount of checks and drafts in treasurer’s
possession not exceeding three days ……………………$     1681.86
Itemized list of all cash items, checks and drafts
which have been in the treasurer’s possession
over three days ………………………………………………….$       118.41
Total …………………………………………………………………..$214382.07

Roll Call: All Commissioners voting ‘aye,’ motion carried.

It was moved by Feyerharm, seconded by Anderson that the Board adjourn to meet at 1:30 P. M., October 21, 1941.

Roll Call: All Commissioners voting ‘aye,’ motion carried.

OLE G. OLSON, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners

Attest:
L. A. BROWN, Auditor.

 

I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946. I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals. I am happy to email full-size scans of any article. Feel free to ask.

 

Do we share any ancestors?
Please email me at lostancestors [at] gmail [dot] com

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Content may contain links that point to commercial enterprises via affiliate relationships. Clicking a link may lead to a commercial web site. Any resulting purchases made by a visitor might result in a commission being paid to Jenny Lanctot. No endorsement of the services or products provided by those commercial enterprises is implied or intended.