1892 Obituaries: April 5

A tragedy was reported on page 3 of the April 5, 1892 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Ferdinand Mossberg and his little son William were found by William Krantz. The pair had drowned. It appears to have been a deliberate act by Mr. Mossberg: On the same page were the following obituaries; William H. Bone,…

1892 Obituaries: April 27

The following names appeared on page 8 under “deaths” in the April 27, 1892 issue of the Chicago Daily News;  Charles Artingstall, Asa Bradley, Frank J. Beilman, William Crone, Nellie Fuller Fielder, Henry Heidel, Henry Hirchbein, Matthew Harvey, Anna Kerstine Johnson, William Krueger, Capt. John Keelin, F. H. Little, Mrs. John V. McAdam, Christopher Mahoney,…

Carolina Fredrika Tolf 1855-1930

From page 1 of the Thursday, February 6, 1930 issue of the St. Charles [Illinois] Chronicle: “OBITUARY Mrs. Peter Swanson Mrs. Peter Swanson passed away at her home on Fourth St. south at 10 p.m. Thursday, January 30. Her death was the result of a paralytic stroke which she suffered on the previous Monday. Mrs.…

1892 Obituaries: April 30

The following death notices appeared in one column on page 6 of the April 30, 1892 issue of the Chicago Daily News; F. A. Bird, Paul Grantham, Lizzie C. Kennedy and part one of James Kilroy: James Kilroy’s death notice was continued in the next column and Mrs Mary A Benson was remembered: The following obituaries…

Fond Father of Myrtle

From the Chicago Daily News January 28, 1920 page 30; Youngberg – Charles J., aged 58 years. Jan. 26 at home, 1421 E 75th st., beloved husband of Freda Youngberg, fond father of Myrtle Elvira and Lawrence Youngberg. Funeral Thursday Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. from late home to Swedish Mission Church, 74th st and…

She was a Good Christian Lady

From the Batavia (Illinois) Herald, Wednesday 16 January 1901: “Death of an Aged Mother – Died, at the home of her daughters, Misses Christina and Amanda Tolf, on Hueston [sic] St., West Batavia, Sunday, Jan 13, 1901, after an illness of several weeks, Mrs. Elena Tolf, aged 78 years. Deceased was an old resident of…

John B. Caine 1905-1975

From the June 19, 1975 issue of the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer… “Memorial Service Held for John B. Caine A private memorial service has been held for John B. Caine, 70, of Wyoming, a pioneer metallurgist, who died June 2 at home after a long illness. Mr. Caine was associated with the foundry industry more than…

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…

Side-tracked Genealogy

At some point I’ll have to return to researching my direct line ancestors. But for now, my interest lies with Emile Schmitt, my second great-grandmother’s brother. After my last Emile-related post, a genealogical angel (I’ll call her Betty) sent me a baker’s dozen of Cincinnati Enquirer articles written about Emile and his wife. Thank you again…

Translating Fraktur obituaries

My second great-grandmother was one of nine children who (with their parents) immigrated from France to Cincinnati. Most of Elizabeth Schmitt’s siblings stayed in Ohio for the remainder of their lives. Like Emile: Emile married the daughter of a brewery owner. Emile’s wife Maria Elizabeth Kauffman predeceased him: Only two of the couple’s children lived to…