John Berg 1827-1896

From the June 3, 1896 issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune; “John Berg, A Veteran Fireman, Dies. For the Last Half Century a Familiar Figure in and Around Chicago. John Berg, one of the first fireman in the City of Chicago, died yesterday at his home, No. 181 Henry street. He was 69 years old…

They Make My Heart Race

Are all ancestors created equal? Not so much, no. I don’t have any fancy-dancy ancestors. No one I know of (yet) signed the Declaration of Independence, was an Indian Princess, or held court from a throne wearing a diamond tiara. Most of the people from whom I descend were pretty ordinary people who led pretty…

Hester (Leffel) Clarke 1863-1912

From the Monday April 1, 1912 issue of The Springfield (Ohio) Daily News page 9, “CLARK – The body of Mrs. N. Clark*, who died in Dayton, and who was a sister of Mrs. C. L. Reese**, will arrive here at 8:17 o’clock Monday night over the Big Four*** and will be taken to the…