Visitors and Queries



Nancy Bigelow Barnett from Oklahoma, along with her cousin Mary from Council Bluffs, visited our genealogy room.  We found information for her on the BIGELOWs and BRUCEs; Barb Butcher showed her the graves of the VAN BURENs and ACKARTs.

Dale and Conrad Lambertsen visited and brought photos and an obituary for us and told us that Peter LAMBERTSEN is buried in the Brayton Cemetery.  Dale also spent time telling me about the business locations that he remembers.  Jim Hansen photographed the LAMBERTSEN tombstones on a very cold and windy day and we sent copies to William Rasmussen in California. 

Bonnie Chastain from Omaha met with me in our genealogy room to get copies of some of my BURMEISTER family information. 

A copy of the KITE family photo from the Walnut Creek Historical Museum and the names of the people were sent to Marilyn Kite of Glenwood, Iowa.

Gayle Stuart has been working on a query for Bobbie Winslow, who wants to find where her NIELSENs came from in Denmark.

Susan Leach called the library, looking for information on Peter HANSEN, but we have not been able to contact her with the email address that we have. 

Larry KOEHRSEN from Muscatine would like information about his father, Herb’s, military record. 

Herb Christensen is interested in learning about the Highway Gardens, the dance hall that was at the northeast corner of Walnut.  If you have any memories, please share them with us.

Our city clerk gave us a query from Robin Linfor of California.  She is a descendant of Walnut’s first mayor, William Henry LINFOR.  She is especially interested in information on his grandparents, John LINFOR and Mary BELL.

Kurt Juhl of Johnson County, Iowa emailed us asking that we put him in touch with a descendant of Fritz HAMDORF.  That was easy; he and Jim Hansen will be exchanging family history.

I sent genealogy websites to Beth Herzberg of Braddyville, Iowa, who is seeking information on her family from Germany.  They are Wilhelm SCHUENEMANN and wife, Luise SCHEEL, and Godfred ZISHKA and his wife, Augusta KRAMER.

We received copies of photos of the millinery store that was where Olde Tyme Quilting Shop is currently, 215 Antique City Drive.  They came from Don and Natalie Richards of Florida.

Shirley McPherson of Onondaga County, New York was very pleased to find our website and the name of John S. SMITH.  We sent his obituary and that of his wife, Elvira DEEN SMITH, and gave her the names of other researchers, Darlene Ross and Jean Martinez.  Thanks to Jim Carey of the Cass County Genealogical Society, she received information on William and Bertha SMITH TREDE and Charlotte (Mrs. Charles) TREDE.