#TBT Span 50 Years at Graduation

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Yankton Press & Dakotan
4 Jun 1938 (Evening); p. 2, col. 3

Span 50 Years at GraduationSPAN 50 YEARS AT GRADUATION

Lone Graduate Of 1888 Sees 1938 Class Of 51 Receive Diplomas

RAPID CITY, June 4.  (AP) — The classes of 1888 and 1938 of the state school of mines bridged 50 years of history Thursday night as participants in the 51st annual commencement.

The class of 1888 — Dr. John W. Hancher, Washington, D. C. the sole member of that class and one of the most distinguished graduates of the state engineering institution — was back to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation and to see the class of 1938 — composed of 41 members — receive diplomas from the hands of Frank Cumdill, Firesteel, a member of the regents of education.

The senior engineering students were addressed by one of America’s most outstanding civil engineers, Col. Willard T. Chevalier, New York City, who told them that they must “get in step with their profession the world and themselves” if they are not to be trampled to death in the world’s parade now managed by their predecessors.

Col. Chevalier also was a member of the class of 1938 for he was presented with an honorary degree of doctor of engineering.

Among the distinguished guests at the exercise were Edward Prehal, Burke, president of the regents of education, who extended greeting to the class, and Capt. Randolph P. Williams, Langley Field, Va., who was honored by the school last year with an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his work as meteorologist with the 1935-36 stratosphere flights.

 

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Surname Saturday: Heerdink

HeerdinkSurname Origins

According to the Internet Surname Database, the Heerdink surname has not been researched.  Based upon my research, its origins are in the Netherlands, along the border with Germany.  Variations include Herdink, Heerdinck, Harding, Herding, just to name a few.

Surname in my Tree

My closest Heerdink ancestor is my 2nd great grandmother, Jeannette Carolyn “Jennie” Heerdink.  The line goes back to her father, Anton Heerdink (1836-1879), his father John Bernard Heerdink (1803-1860), and his father Gerard Heerdink (? – ?).

Migration

Gerard Heerdink was likely born in the Netherlands sometime around 1780, possibly in the province of Gelderland in the municipality of Groenlo, located very near the German border.  He married Everdina Vonck, and John Bernard was born in 1803 in Groenlo.  John Bernard married Phenenna Bernadina Eva Catherine van Castrop on 26 February 1829 and they had six known children: Johanna Berendina Christina, Everdina Hermina “Dina,” John Hermann, Anton, Bernard Gerard John, and Maria Phenera Christina. (Some of these names may be out of order or spellings may be off – most have been translated from Latin).  All the children were born in Groenlo, and the family emigrated to the United States in 1847 through the Port of New Orleans and settled in German Township, Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana.  Anton met and married Maria Theresa “Mary” Diefenbach in Evansville and they had seven children: Alexander Leo, Mary Frances “Fannie,” John M., Jeannette Carolyn “Jennie,” Louis J., Henry, and Clarence.  Mary died from tuberculosis at the age of 34 in July 1878, and in March 1879, after losing his wife, being out of work, and trying to raise 7 children, Anton was adjudged insane and was committed to the Central State Hospital in Indianapolis with a diagnosis of “acute melancholia.”  His younger children were placed in orphanages, and the older children were placed in various households as servants.  Jennie Heerdink married Eugene Francis Stiker in 1894 and they also had seven children: Justin J., Bryan Frank, Veronica Anita “Vera,” Lucile Francis, Lillian E., Eugene L. “Tex,” and Raymond J.  They moved to Mt. Vernon, Indiana, between 1907 and 1910 and remained there until their deaths: Eugene in 1935 and Jennie in 1953.  Both are buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Evansville.

Future Research

I have requested the court records for Anton’s committal, and hope to have those shortly, along with some guardianship records for a few of his children.  I still have not been able to locate naturalization certificates for any of the Heerdinks, so that is on my to-do list as well.  I have quite a list of resources for my trip to Salt Lake City in February, so hopefully I will get closer to some answers.  I’m trying (not necessarily succeeding) to remain vigilant about not researching my overseas ancestors until I exhaust my resources on this side of the pond.

 

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#TBT Notice to Creditors: Nissen

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

 

5-21-28 6-4-11

Notice to Creditors - NissenNOTICE TO CREDITORS

State of South Dakota,
County of Yankton, ss:

In County Court.

In the Matter of the estate of Dorothea Nissen, Deceased,

Notice is hereby given by the undersigned Administrator of the estate of Dorothea Nissen, deceased, to the Creditors of and all persons having claims against the said estate, to exhibit the same with the necessary vouchers within six months after the first publication of this notice to the undersigned at his place of residence at 1000 Pine Street in the City and County of Yankton, State of South Dakota or to file such claim in the office of the Clerk of the County Court of Yankton County, South Dakota at Yankton, S. D., where such probate proceedings are now pending and immediately thereafter mail a copy of said proof of claim to the undersigned administrator at his Postoffice [sic] address at Yankton, South Dakota by registered mail.

Dated at Yankton, South Dakota this 20th day of May 1938.

HARRY N. NISSEN, Administrator of the estate of Dorothea Nissen.

Harry Kunkle, Attorney for the estate, P. O. Yankton, S. D.

 

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Ask an Ancestor …

Image by Alan Cleaver (shared under creative commons license)

Image by Alan Cleaver (shared under Creative Commons license)

When I read that today is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day, I thought, “hmm … if I could travel back in time, what would I do?”  Well, duh.  I would ask my ancestors for some freakin’ answers, that’s what!

The first ancestor I would accost question would be my 3rd great grandmother, Eliza (or Elise or Sophie) Bourke.  I would want to know exactly where she was born, why I can’t find her family on the 1860 census, and what the heck her actual name is.

Then I would sidle up to my 3rd great grandfather, Zenophile Lanctot (husband of the elusive Eliza Bourke) and ask him why he kept [allegedly] bouncing back and forth between the U.S. and Canada, did he really come to the U.S. when he was only 16, and whether he was ever actually naturalized (and if so, where??)

And since we’re traveling back in time, I would go to September 29, 1924 Manhattan and skulk around in the shadows of the hospital until I found my grandfather’s (John Joseph Gallagher) birth parents.  Then – after discovering their identities – I would ask them why they abandoned him, whether they had any other children, and whether they ever attempted to find him later.

If you could travel back in time, who would you find and what would you ask them?

 

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Sunday’s Obituary: Harold J. Crowe Jr.

Harold J Crowe JrBud was my granduncle; my maternal grandmother’s brother.  He died on May 11, 1987.  This obituary is unidentified and undated, but likely appeared in the Indianapolis Star on Thursday, May 14, 1987.  Bud is buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Harold Crowe Jr obituaryHarold J. Crowe Jr.

Services for Harold J. “Bud” Crowe Jr., 63, a lifelong Indianapolis resident, will be at 9:30 a.m. today in G.H. Herrmann South East Street Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  He died Monday in St. Francis Hospital Center.  He was a maintenance worker for Canteen Service Co. 20 years.  He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran and a member of Third Order of St. Francis and American Legion Post 355.  Survivors: wife, Mary Dorsey Crowe; daughter, Catherine L. Gartner; sons, Thomas A., Kevin N., Christopher J. and Harold J. Crowe III; sisters Jenette [sic] Hall and Mary Lou Gallegher [sic]; brother, Charles Crowe; eight grandchildren.

 

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