This Being Her First Birthday in Heaven

In Memoriam columns often contain the most personal notices on the obituary page of a newspaper. The column below, which first appeared on page 19 of the May 12, 1913 issue of the Chicago Daily News, is no exception: These columns remind me to go beyond the year of death when searching for clues about my ancestors’ lives.

Wedding Bells for Peter Tolf and Augusta Landstrom

How did this young couple meet I wonder? Peter August Tolf was born in Svenarum, Jönköping, Sweden 01 Jan 1858. Augusta Sophia Landstrom was born 13 Feb 1858 in Norra Sandsjö, Jonkopings, Sweden. While they weren’t terribly far from one another, they weren’t exactly neighbors. In May of 1878, Peter, three of his sisters and their parents immigrated…

Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum

My maternal grandparents, John George Walton and Harriet Kathlyn (nee Tolf) Walton are buried at Rosehill. And my maternal grandmother’s maternal grandparents Peter August Tolf and Augusta Sophia (nee Landstrom) Tolf are buried at Rosehill. None of them are buried in the main cemetery. They are all in the separate section on the north side of West Peterson…

Why Not Real Estate?

Thanks to my wonderful cousin Sandy, I have a really neat picture of one of my collateral ancestors. And a new question. If real estate was the largest part of his business (an assumption based on it’s position on the window), why is insurance the only part of Otto V. Mueller’s business listed on line…

Washington County Maryland 1877

According to the 1870 census, my third great-grandparents 40 year old shoemaker Morgan Clark and his 34 year old wife Susan have eight children. The census taker also recorded the families living near the Clarks. It was interesting to read the list of names, but it was far more interesting to see the neighborhood in 1877,…