Happy Birthday Leona Catherine Miller

Leona Catherine Miller (1899-1976)

Leona Catherine Miller was born on 26 Aug 1899 in rural Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois as the only child of Frank Palmer Miller and Mary Leona Stolp. She grew up on the family farm in Sandwich, DeKalb, Illinois.

Leona’s mother died in 1915, before Leona’s 16th birthday. She and her father took care of each other. He played fiddle at dances and brought Leona along, perhaps to ward off women who might be interested in the widower. Leona attended Sandwich High School, doing well in school and enjoying social activities. She was a member of the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Barbara Mary Stadler

Barbara Mary Stadler (1844-1904)

Barbara Mary Stadler was born 172 years ago on 23 Aug 1844 in Mörtelstein, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany as the fifth child of Georg Adam Stadler and Katharina Barbara Muench. She had four siblings, namely: Johann Adam, Johann Georg, George Adam, and Katharina Margaretha. She was baptized in Binau (A. Mosbach), Baden, Germany. Her mother died shortly after Barbara was born and her father remarried, on 17 Nov 1846 to Margaretha Hauck. Her dad, Georg Adam, and his second wife, Margaretha, had five more children. The last two died at birth, but from this marriage, Barbara gained … Continue reading

Happy Birthday James W Huleress Fawcett

James W Huleress “Hugh” Fawcett (1848-1935)

James W Huleress Fawcett was born on 12 Aug 1848 in Belmont, Ohio as the second child of Simeon Fawcett and Margaret Woods. He had seven siblings, namely: Nathan Emmett, Euclid B., Charles Noble, Orlando Nefagus F. R., Reno C., Hannah Tursey, and Utah. He was called Hugh. When he was very young, his parents relocated the family from Ohio to Iowa. During his childhood he lived in a variety of places. In 1850, the family lived in Newport, Johnson County, Iowa. In 1860, they lived in Washington, Washington County, Iowa.

When he was … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Frederick A Helmut Aschbrenner

Frederick A Helmut Aschbrenner (1874-1968)

Frederick A Helmut Aschbrenner was born on 03 Aug 1874 in the Town of Berlin, Marathon, Wisconsin as the third child of Frederick Wilhelm Aschbrenner and Bertha Auguste Henriette Kluender. He had eleven siblings, namely: Heinrich Frederick Franz, Carl Albert Emil, Otto Emil Valentine, Martha Anna Mathilda, Edward Albert Reinhart, Bertha Hulda Marie, Henry Herman Heinrich, Laura Amalia Henrietta, Frank George Wilhelm Bernard, Samuel Conrad George, and Hulda Amanda Alvina. Known as Fred, he grew up on the family farm and attended school through seventh grade.

When he was 28, Fred married Alice Rosalie … Continue reading