Newsworthy in 1913 and 1938

The following appeared on page 3 of the March 4, 1938 issue of the Batavia Herald; “Photo Contest A quarter of a century makes a big difference in a town. In the jump from 1913 to our present 1938…we have seen a great many changes in our community. Oiled streets have been replaced by modern…

Brother of Katherine and Raymond

From the Chicago Tribune, Friday 07 February 1964: TOLF – Harry W. Tolf, husband of the late Judith; father of Earl, the late Donald and Harriet Walton; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother of Katherine and Raymond Tolf. Resting at Edgar-Anderson Funeral Home, 4821 N. Damen avenue, until 10 p.m. Friday. Service Saturday at the Johnson…

A Swedish-Style Wedding in Chicago

On this day one hundred and thirty-two years ago, my maternal 2nd great-grandparents Peter August Tolf of Svenarum, Jönköping, Sweden and Augusta Sophia Landström of Norra Sandsjö, Jönköping, Sweden were married in Chicago by Rev. D. S. Sorlin of 151 Oak St. Chicago [1], pastor of the Swedish Methodist Episcopalian Church on the northwest corner…

Beloved Wife of John

Cancer ended my grandmother’s life January 19th, 1954. She was 44 years old. From the Chicago Daily Tribune, January 1954: “WALTON – Harriet Walton, beloved wife of John, loving mother of Donald and Joan, fond daughter of Harry Tolf and Julia Chinell, dear sister of Earl, Oliver, and Francis, niece of Raymond and Katherine Tolf. Service Saturday,…

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…

Raymond Carl Johan Tolf 1891-1973

I started climbing my family tree in 1986 after reading an article in the Chicago Tribune. Raymond C. Tolf’s name was in the article. Everyone in my family referred to Raymond as Unkie. He was my maternal grandmother’s paternal uncle, the brother of Harry Tolf. Unkie and his sister outlived Harry and my grandmother and became sort-of surrogate…

Carl Tolf 1768-1827

My 5th great-grandfather Carl Tolf was born on this date in 1768 (246 years ago!) in Svenarum, Jönköping, Sweden. Here’s  a brief pedigree for the cousins following this line: Carl TOLF (1768-1827) married Helena Jonasdotter WIDERBERG and they had a son named Carl Jonas; Carl Jonas TOLF (1795-1833) married Maja Lisa LIDSTROM and they had a son…

A Second Look at November

Feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks on your genealogy to-do list? Oh my gosh, me too! Last month I decided to let my ancestors guide me through what should be done next to tell their stories. I started by printing a monthly calendar from Family Tree Maker. Each day lists an event in the life of one…