Sunday’s Obituary: Lucile F. (Stiker) Crowe

The name of the newspaper and date of this obituary are unknown.  However, it likely appeared in the Indianapolis Star in June 1969.

Lucile F Crowe obituaryMrs. Harold Crowe

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucile F. Crowe, 65, West Pleasant Run Parkway, South Drive, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in G. H. Herrmann South East Street Funeral home and at 9 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of which she was a member, burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Crowe, who died Monday in St. Francis Hospital, was a native of Mt. Vernon (Inc.) and lived in Indianapolis 49 years.

Before her retirement in 1965, she was a saleslady for L. S. Ayers & Co. for 15 years.

Survivors include the husband, Harold Crowe Sr.; two daughters, Mrs. Jeannette Hall of Carmel and Mrs. Mary Gallagher of Miami, Fla.; two sons, Harold Crowe Jr. of Indianapolis and Charles W. Crowe of Cincinnati; two sisters, Mrs. Vera Call of Evansville and Mrs. Lillian Hanes of Dahlgren, Ill; three brothers, Frank and Eugene Stiker of Evansville and Justin Stiker of Indianapolis; 19 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


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Surname Saturday: Diefenbach


Surname Origins

According to the Internet Surname Database, the Diefenbach surname has not been researched.  I feel fairly certain that its origins are in the area of Germany.  Variations include Deifenbach, Tiefenbach, Diefenbacker, Diepenbecker, Deefenbach, just to name a few (not including all the odd ones I found while looking for this family in the census).

Surname in my Tree

My closest Diefenbach ancestor is my 3rd great grandmother, Maria Theresa Diefenbach.  The line goes back to her father, George Philip Diefenbach (1820-1903), and his father George P. Diefenbach (1791-1870).


It is unknown where George P. Diefenbach was born, but it was likely the area of Prussia.  He married a woman named Catherine around 1818 and they had at least two children – Elizabeth and George Philip.  The family immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1840.  They eventually settled in Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana.  George Philip married Louisiana Buttz on March 4, 1843, and they had 12 children.  They resided in Evansville for the remainder of their lives.  George Phillip died in 1903 from an accidental drowning, and Louisiana died 8 years later from heart disease.  The couple are buried in Diefenbach Cemetery.  Their oldest daughter, and my 3rd great grandmother, Marie Theresa married Anton Heerdink in 1863.  She died on July 13, 1878 from tuberculosis.  Anton died a year later on July 24, 1879.of “acute extreme melancholia” while an inmate in the Central State Hospital for the Insane, leaving behind their 7 children, ranging in age from 3 to 14.  He had been involuntarily committed by the court only 4 months prior.

Future Research

I know very little about the elder Diefenbachs (such as their immigration and naturalization information, how he accidental drowning occurred, etc.), but feel like I really should explore Marie Theresa’s life a little more before going back any farther.  I will be traveling to Evansville in the next two weeks to obtain court records and visit cemeteries, and to see what other nuggets I can dig up about this family!  Of particular interest to me are any guardianship records for Anton’s children, along with any court records related to Anton’s involuntary commitment to the asylum.


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Today is World Hello Day.  The whole idea is to promote world peace (something I think we can all agree is sorely needed these days).  You can participate by greeting ten people.  I figure I’ll reach that many, and then some.

I will start by saying hello in all the native languages of my (known) ancestors:

France  Salut!



Germany  Guten Tag!



Netherlands  Dag!



Ireland  Dia duit!



Quebec  Bonjour!



United States  Hello!


That didn’t hurt at all!  You try!


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#TBT Notice of Mortgage Foreclosure Sale


Yankton Press & Dakotan
4 Jun 1938 (Evening); p  5, col 2

5 14-21-28-6 4*


Whereas, default has been made in the conditions of a mortgage dated the 1st day of September, 1935, executed by Sidney L. Knutson and Tillie L. Knutson, husband and wife, mortgagors, to The First Dakota National Bank and Trust Company, a corporation of Yankton, South Dakota, mortgagee, upon the following described premises in the country [sic] of Yankton, state of South Dakota, to-wit: Lot One of the Dakota National Company’s Subdivision of Lots Eight, Nine, and Ten of “Whiting’s Subdivision” of part of Sections Eight and Seventeen and part of the North Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section Seventeen, all in Township Ninety-three North, Range Fifty-five West, lying north of the railroad, according to the duly recorded plat thereof, by the failure of said mortgagors to pay the monthly installments of principal and interest that became due and payable on the 1st days of March, April and May, 1938, and the first half of the 1937 taxes before they became delinquent.

Notice of hereby given that the mortgagee, by reason of said default, has elected to declare the entire debt secured by said mortgage due and payable, and the power of sale therein contained has become operative; and that there is claimed to be due upon the debt secured by the mortgage at the date of this notice the sum of $880.66 principal, $10.87 interest and $7.99 balance of taxes paid by mortgagee after exhausting the reserve account, making a total of $899.52.

Notice is hereby further given that said mortgage will be foreclosed by a sale of said mortgaged premises at public auction for cash at the front door of the court house in the city and county of Yankton, South Dakota, on the 6th day of June, 1938, at the hour of ten 0’clock in the forenoon.

Dated May 14th, 1938.

The First Dakota National Bank and Trust Company, a corporation, Mortgagee.
Lee H. Cope, attorney for Mortgagee.


*In case you wonder what these numbers mean, South Dakota law stated that, “[n]otice that such mortgage will be foreclosed by sale of the mortgaged premises, or some part of them, shall be given, by publishing the notice at least once each week for four successive weeks in a legal newspaper of the county where the premises intended to be sold …”1 and as far as I can tell, with a few minor changes, that’s been the law since South Dakota became a state in 1889, and possibly earlier than that.  These numbers indicate the four dates this notice appeared in the paper: May 14, 21, 28, and June 4.  (OMG I totally felt like I was channeling Judy Russell just then!)

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.


  1. SD Codified L § 21-48-6
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Happy Anniversary, Pierre and Sophie!

On this day in 1851, my 3rd great grandfather Pierre Lanctot married Sophie Longtin in Quebec.  They would go on to have 8 children (one of whom is my 2nd great grandfather Joseph Zenophile Lanctot) and live happily ever after, or at least until Pierre’s death in 1898.

Pierre Lanctot and Sophie Longtin - marriage record
Gabriel Drouin comp., “Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967,” digital images, ( : downloaded 7 June 2013), entry for Pierre Lanctot and Sophie Longtin (18 Nov 1851), p. 24; Institut Généalogique Drouin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to transcribe this document due to the poor quality (and the fact that some of the words are hidden by the margin), and therefore have also been unable to translate it.  Also, I don’t speak French.  Any takers?

In any case, here’s a big thank you to Pierre and Sophie.  Without you, I wouldn’t be here.


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