Weekly History: July 19th – 25th

Joseph Troka and his wife, Clara.

July 19th 1959 - Died - Clara (SZULTA) TROKA - Clara is my great-great-grandmother on my father's side. She was born 6 Jan 1876 in Poland and immigrated to Milwaukee with her parents in 1881. She married Joseph TROKA in 1894. She passed away in Milwaukee three years before her husband. July … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Uncle One-Arm

This is a photo of Jacob HUIZEL (middle) and two unknown women. Jacob is my wife's great-great uncle. The reason for the "One-Arm" title is that we found an earlier photo of Jacob and on the back it just said "Uncle Jake" and under it was written "(one arm)". There are a few photos like this one, … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: July 15th

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Tombstone Tuesday: Forest Home

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Here is another generic cemetery image. I took this one a few years back on my first trip to Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. It is probably one of the most interesting and beautiful cemeteries I've seen yet. This one came out nice in the fall. I wish I could find my originals. These copies aren't … [Read more...]

Weekly History: July 12th – 18th

July 12th 1879 - Born - Minnie M (MUHM) VAN PRICE - Minnie is my great-great-grandmother on my mother's side. She was born in Wisconsin. She married Peter VAN PRICE in about 1895 and had 6 children, including my great-grandmother, Mildred (VAN PRICE) DEBROUX. She died on 6 Jul 1959 at Port … [Read more...]

Tell Me Thursday: Firmenich Girls

This is a photo of the 3 youngest daughters of Mathias & Pauline (THOMPSON) FIRMENICH; Ida, Edna, and Claire. As it is noted, I'm assuming this photo was taken in the Summer of 1912, which would be two years after the death of their mother, Pauline. It was probably taken in the Ashland/Sanborn, … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: July 8th

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Tombstone Tuesday: Maria BRAATZ

Maria Braatz

I have a new headstone for today. Thanks to Steph F at Find-a-Grave, I now have a photo of the headstone of my 3rd-great-grandmother, Maria BRAATZ. I had run across the info from a transcription of a few cemeteries in Waupaca County, Wisconsin. She is buried at Little Wolf Cemetery in Manawa, … [Read more...]