VISITORS AND QUERIES
BY KAREN HANSEN
Earlier in the year, Jim and I researched the GRIFFITH family due to a findagrave photo request. We found a death certificate for Marion Griffith, who is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Hancock without a stone.
We also worked on who is buried without stones on the SCHMIDT and SCHMITT plot here at the Layton Township Cemetery.
I shared information on Susan PEILECKE CLINGMAN, who is buried at the Layton Township Cemetery, with David Nihsen. He is looking for his biological mother, but didn’t find a connection here.
The tombstones of Lois and of Emma WELTY in the Red Oak, Iowa cemetery were photographed by Jim Hansen.
BOILER family information was sent to Nathan Buman at the Harlan Museum at his request.
I am working with Ron and Kevin Andresen on the ANDRESEN family. Ron would like to get the large Andresen stone at the Walnut cemetery straightened.
I received a call from Karen Harris of Las Vegas, who was inquiring for her grandson Jason Jones. He wanted an obituary for Ethel Forbes REIMER, who was married to David John JONES first and then to Melvern Reimer. Melvern and Ethel were our next-door neighbors when we lived in Atlantic, so I was especially interested in doing this research. It also led to my finding the article on Ethel Forbes, mother of Ethel Reimer, that I am including in this newsletter. I found Ethel Reimer’s funeral card in my aunt’s collection and various articles on her family in the Walnut newspaper.
Julie Jensen from Walnut visited the genealogy room, seeking help on the location of the grave of her great-grandfather Edward ACKART. Jim Hansen dowsed the Ackart plot at the Layton Township Cemetery and found that Eva Ackart is buried between her husband, Edward, and her father, William Van Buren, who also doesn’t have a stone. Eva was a sister to John Butcher’s grandmother Emma, so Barb Butcher shared family information with Julie.
Rich Fleming from Henderson visited wanting information on Brigadier General Arnold W. JACOBSEN, who is pictured on the Freedom Rock at Oakland. Jim and I helped find Arnold’s birth in Walnut, which gave his father’s name, Claus. We found Arnold’s mother’s name and that they had moved to Davenport in 1894, when Arnold was 2. Arnold’s marriage was found and also census records.
Barb Butcher and I met with Ann Johnk, trustee on the Lincoln Township Cemetery board, about the index and map for the cemetery.
Lois Trinity from Red Oak came in, looking for the father of her grandma, Iva Honora (Hannah) WILLMS, who was the daughter of Tomma Willms. We found her family in the 1895 Census and Lois read our Lincoln Township Cemetery information and the Willms history from Gary Plagmann.
Dawn Schueman from Avoca visited wanting to know where her mother’s family originated. Gayle Stuart, Barb and I helped with research on her LARIMORE line.