Monthly Archives: May 2011

Memorial Day Thoughts of John H. Schaefers

This Memorial Day weekend marks the 51st anniversary of the death of my grandfather, John H. Schaefers.  In the photo at the left he is playing his violin (or, “fiddle” as he called it) as my mother, Julitta, looks on … Continue reading

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Dandelion Reflections

Ah, the beloved/hated dandelion!  A weed?  A flower?  Well, if’s in in our lawn, I guess it’s a weed.  On the prairie it can be pretty– before it goes to seed. As a child in grade school we would hold … Continue reading

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A Plethoria and Puzzle of Names

The surnames names of Glanzer, Hofer, Tschetter,  Weber, and  Wipf, were all common names in the Bridgewater, South Dakota, area when I was growing up. It was always puzzling for me to keep track of how some of the people … Continue reading

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An Oops Moment in Program Scheduling

What a difference five years–and a group of forgiving genealogy society members–make! It was in 2006 and our local genealogy group did not have a scheduled program for our May meeting. Being fairly new to the group, and a bit … Continue reading

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Discovered in the Tax Records

Several times a year I make a genealogy research trip to Grundy County, Iowa, home to many of my ancestors.  The obituary for John Schwans, my great-grandfather, stated he had lived for about three years in Grundy County before homesteading … Continue reading

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