Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Warning: Slow Blogging Ahead


Thanks for coming to look at my blog. I started this with the very best of intentions to post often about my family history research.  However, shortly after that, my good friend Tami and I started up WikiChicks.  And very shortly after that I received an awesome opportunity to be the Cousin Coordinator for the Global Family Reunion - an epic event happening next June.  With all that and my already awesome job as the Forest Elf of WikiTree I will not have much time over the next year to do any of my own blogging!  I might be able to sneak in a few here or there though. We'll see!

Thanks for reading!

Eowyn - the Forest Cousin Coordinating WikiChick Elf

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dever Langholf, Sr ~ B26 Pilot and My Grandfather

With Memorial Day approaching here in the United States this weekend, my thoughts of course turn to my grandfather, Dever Langholf, and his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-26 bomber pilot.  Though he is still alive, thankfully, his service shaped my father's view on the military.  He also went on to serve in the Army and the Air Force which means I was privileged to grow up as a military brat which in turn has shaped my view on the world. 

One of the coolest things I discovered about my grandpa, from his Pilot's Log, is that the very first time he flew a B-26, was on his 21st birthday, 7 June 1944, the day after D-Day.  What a way to celebrate, right?

I also came across several pictures of him in uniform that I love and, naturally, want to share! :)

I'd like to take a moment to thank and remember all those brave men and women who have fought in the service of our country to protect the freedoms we hold dear!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Obituary of Johann Gottlieb Andre

One of the eldest residents of our county, John Gottlieb Andre closed his eyes in death on May 1, 1909 at the ripe old age of 93 years, after years of patiently waiting to be relieved from all earthly sufferings. Deceased was born in the province of Posen, Prussia where he was married in 1839 to Miss Caroline Langholff, who preceded him in death in November 1908.  Four sons and two daughters were born to them, of whom one son and one daughter have died. In 1849 they came to this country and settled on a farm in the town of Hebron. Later they resided in Fort Atkinson and for a few years at Golden Lake. Six years ago they were compelled to seek shelter at the county house as sickness and the infirmities of old age made it impossible for them to care for themselves.

Three sons, one daughter and other relatives survive.  The funeral services were held last Wednesday and the remains interred at the Evergreen Cemetery at Fort Atkinson. May he, after life's hard and bitter struggles, rest in peace.

Obituary of Herman Abel

Herman Abel, 74, for 54 years a resident of this city [Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin], where he engaged in the carpenter and contracting business, died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at his home, 531 Birch Street, after a two months illness.  Death resulted from a heart attack, suffered two weeks ago while he was convelesing from a surgical operation.

Funeral services will be held at 1:45 Tuedsay afternoon from the Krohn and Berard chapel, to the First Moravian Church, Revs.I. Richard Mewaldt and John O. Wollin officiating, with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home until the time of services.

Born July 11, 1861 in Milwaukee, Mr. Abel came here at the age of 20 and resided here ever since.  For a number of years, he engaged in the contracting business, in partnership with the late Louis Schroeder, which firm held contracts for the remodeling of the Wood County Court House, and construction of the First Moravian Church as well as a number of other buildings and residences.

Mr. Abel held public office, both as a member of the City Council and of the County Board of Supervisors.  He also was an active member of and held offices in the Carpenter Union and Central Labor Union.  He followed his trade until about five years ago, when he retired.

On March 15, Mr Abel underwent an operation at Riverview Hospital, for a perforated stomach ulcer.  Dismissed March 25,, he had apparently been making satisfactory recovery, until stricken with a heart attack, two weeks ago.

Surviving him are his wife, the former Augusta Syring, whom he married Jan. 1, 1884, in the town of Sigel; two sons, Frank D. Abel, city; and Henry C. Abel, Minneapolis; two daughters, Mrs. F. W. Slekey, Johnsons Creek, and Mrs. William C. Hofmann, Berlin; a sister, Mrs. James Shearier, city and several grandchildren.  One child died in infancy.