Sunday, June 9, 2019

Sunday Obituary - Jon Crisman


Sunday Obituary
Jon Crisman
 


One of my best friends in High School, Class of 1957; room mate Freshman Year at Iowa State… so sad to hear…

Jon Crisman
Jon Crisman silently passed away in his sleep at home and happily entered Heaven on May 25, 2018. He was diagnosed with cancer, had major surgery, and underwent chemotherapy. He fought the cancer for eight months.

Jon was born in Des Moines, Iowa. He was an Eagle Scout, and was honored with the Order of the Arrow. Jon earned his BS degree in Medical Technology from the University of Iowa. He was in the US Air Force for 8 years, and was honorably discharged as a Captain. He earned a Masters Degree in Microbiology, and a second Masters Degree in Hospital Administration. He was a VA Medical Center Director/CEO of different VAMCs throughout his career. He retired from the Federal Government and moved his family to Bemidji where he designed and built the family home. He then taught Microbiology at BSU and NTC for 13 years. He loved teaching the many students who took his courses. Jon's greatest loves were his wife, Jaci, and his two daughters, Becky and Abbey. He spent many summer vacations taking the family to America's National Parks. The way Jon lived his life was proof of his love for Christ. Jon enjoyed working at Bethel Lutheran Church doing whatever jobs were asked of him. It was common for him to spend entire days at church fixing things. His friends were the men with whom he coffee'd with before church and he greatly appreciated the home visits he had with Pastor Mark Kindem. His favorite hobby was Ham Radio. He enjoyed fixing radios, participating in Ham Radio contests, Field Day, and teaching a wide variety of technical subjects to new Hams. He was a born teacher. He was greatly loved by all who knew him and he will be missed more than words can say. We are heart-broken, but rejoice in the knowledge that he is in Heaven.
A Celebration of Jon's Life will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church on June 9th, 2018 at 10:30 AM.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, MN.

Source: https://www.bemidjipioneer.com/obituaries/4453340-jon-crisman

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sunday Obituary - My Aunt, Colleen (Davis) Kinnick


Sunday Obituary
My Aunt, Colleen (Davis) Kinnick




    Colleen Jo Ann Kinnick, age 90, of Bayard, IA, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson.
     Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating.  Eulogist will be John Kult.  Music for the service will be by Lula Garnes as organist and Cindy Seastrom, Peg Wiemers, and John and Sharon Richardson as vocalists.  Casket bearers will be Colleen’s grandchildren.
     Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5 – 7 P.M. on Wednesday.  The casket will be moved to the church at 9:30 A.M. on Thursday where visitation will resume until 10:15 A.M.    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids and online condolences may be left for the family atwww.dahnandwoodhhouse.com
     Born on June 17, 1928 in Osceola, IA, she was the daughter of Wesley and Eunice (Parker) Davis.  She was raised in Coon Rapids where she graduated from high school in 1946.  Colleen played Basketball on the Coon Rapids team that won the State Championship in 1946 and was selected first team all state forward.  She was then selected to play on Dr. Swets AAU Girls National Team that finished second in the nation.  Colleen then attended the University of Iowa for two years. She was married to Edward “Buzz” Kinnick on June 23, 1948 at the United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids by Rev. Eugene Alexander.  The couple made their home north of Coon Rapids where they farmed.  They moved to their current farm three years later between Bayard and Coon Rapids and Colleen worked part time at Frohlich’s Grocery Store.  After her children were raised she attended nursing school at DMACC in Carroll.  She then worked at Greene County Extended Care in Jefferson until her retirement.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids, P.E.O. and Eastern Star.  Colleen enjoyed gardening, crocheting, tatting, raising flowers, but most of all, she loved being a Grandma.
     Colleen is survived by her husband Ed “Buzz” Kinnick of 70 years of Bayard; two daughters: Marcia Lewis of Bayard and Cindy Franzeen (Sid) of Scranton; a son Lon Kinnick (Donna) of Glidden; a daughter-in-law Cindy Kinnick of Bayard; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
     Colleen was preceded in death by her parents Wesley and Eunice Davis; her mother and father-in-law Paul and Dorothy Kinnick; a brother Duane Davis (Dorothy); a brother-in-law Leo Kinnick (Ida Marie); and a sister-in-law Eileen Olsen (Roland); a son Bryan Kinnick; and a son-in-law Neil Lewis.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Another Brother Class Photo


Another Brother Class Photo

COON RAPIDS ENTERPRISE - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 PAGE 5


We are down to the final two weeks of our series featuring elementary class photos from the 1956 Rambler yearbook. This photo shows the second graders who ended up
being members of the CRHS Class of 1966. Unfortunately, the yearbook did not identify the first five kids in row three. This is our best effort. First row: Sandra Brannan, Kathy
Peterson, Diane Thorn, Sarann McCurdy, Connie Olesen, Beverly Christensen, Kathy Clayton, Shirley Boston. Second row: Doug Duncan, Pat Olesen, Danny Cretsinger, Doug
Slaybaugh, Diana Pfeiffer, Trudy McCamley, Ken Ayers, Steve Smouse Third row: Marty Shirbroun, Sue Coffman, Twila Anderson, Marilyn Smouse, Molly Hazelhoff, Gordon
Gymer, Claudia Thomas, Steve Kult, Marcia Betts, Jim Ford. Fourth row: Mike Hazelhoff, Jody Norem, Dave Mozena, Tommy Kepple, Tom Smith, Phyllis Stenstrom, Richard
Emery, Charles Chase, Terry Augustus. The teachers were Mrs. Dailey and Miss Stotler.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Memories from 1956


Memories from 1956

We are so fortunate to have a hometown newspaper that not only continues to publish local news weekly to this day (starting in 1881), but also has a 100 years ago, 75 years ago, 50 years ago, etc. page that also republishes photos from past years every week on that page. I've shared some of these, here before, but today I have two more that are such fun.
It is the Coon Rapids (Iowa) Enterprise - https://www.coonrapidsenterprise.com/
We get it weekly, electronically, for $25 a year. What a bargain!! ;-)

The last two weeks have had my brother, Jim, and Nancy's brother, Al Bolger, in their 5th and 6th grade class photos from 1956. Enjoy...I sure do.

COON RAPIDS ENTERPRISE - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019 PAGE 5:

"SIXTH GRADERS IN 1956...We’re continuing this week to feature photos originally printed in the 1956 Rambler school yearbook. These were the sixth graders back in
1956 and most of them turned out to be 1962 Coon Rapids High School graduates. The teachers were Miss Robinson and Miss Gruber. Front row: Jan Smouse, Kay Russ,
D. Jensen, Roger Lucht, K. Tuel, R. Augustus, Janice Sigler, Lois Gustoff, P. Patrick, A. Molle, Miriam Bowman. Second row: Arnold Palmer, C. Jensen, S. Kirk, Steven Roberts,
James Herbert, Jane Jensen, Sue Textor, D. Duncan, Ron Brower, Mary Dixon. Third row: Miss Gruber, Karen Lyons, Rayoma Truhe, T. Sailer, G. Swarthout, R Lucht, Thomas
Schumacher, Nancy Bowman, Janet Patrick, Lynn Thorp, Judy Shirbroun, J. Sailer. Back row: Barbara Tuel, Linn Flook, Ron Kopaska, Gary Halterman, Jim Smith, Roger Smith,
Jim Knobbe, David Nielson, Doug Carpenter, Dennis Barber, Linda Jones."





"Fifth graders in 1956...We’re featuring the elementary grade school class pictures from the 1956 Rambler yearbook. Most of these kiddos grew up to become graduates of Coon Rapids High
School in 1963.  Front row from left: Jane Wallace, B. Samuel, Dwight Olson, David Carpenter, C. Samuel, Karen Anderson, Jim Emery, Daniel Stock.  Second row: Mrs. Maude Mountain, D.
Kepple, Terry Hilgenberg, D. McBride, Tom Heater, Michael Dailey, Nancy Deeth, Danny Pierce, Bonnie Hill, Miss Caroline Gruber.  Third row: Mark Peterson, Bernita Rudolph, Carol Woods,
Larry Carpenter, Alan Bolger, M. Ford, Doug Honold.  Back row: Darrel Whitehead, Tom Campbell, Richard Brannan, Wally Wagner, Jim Oleson, Barry Norem, JoAnn Lucht, and J. Meters."



Families are Forever!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Farmers Helping Farmers in Western Iowa in the 1950s



Farmers Helping Farmers in Western Iowa in the 1950s
 
In recent weeks in our Hometown Weekly Newspaper, the Coon Rapids Enterprise, Coon Rapids, Iowa, where we grew up, in the Years Ago section, Charlie Nixon has been sharing photos of groups of local Iowa farmers who were helping out with the corn picking harvest of a neighbor who was sick or injured. Among perhaps a half-dozen of these to date, two of have my dad and my wife’s dad in the photo. I’ll share these here. These were the friends, family, and neighbors I grew up with as a teenager. What fun!! ;-)
 
This first group has my dad, Leverne Smith, though he and my uncle Orin, side by side are named wrong in the photo... the two are switched... in the third row.
 

(Click on the image to see enlarged view, of course!)

COON RAPIDS ENTERPRISE - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2018 PAGE 5

FRIENDS PICK BOISE
MCLAUGHLIN’S CORN
OCT. 1953
 Friends gathered at Boise McLaughlin’s farm northeast of Coon Rapids on October 21, 1953 to crib and pick his corn as a good neighbor act since Boise had been ill. Nine pickers were furnished by the men, who picked and cribbed nearly 30 acres in about three hours.
Left to right: Bert Justice, Paul Hufferd, Daryle Hilgenberg, Harry Schultz, Harold Grim,
Bernice McLaughlin, Ted Jacobsen.
Second row: Don Lewis, Kenneth Betts, Rex Lewis, Harold Ford, Eli Rees, Wayne
Cashatt, Orel Thomas, Arnold Thomas, Marvin Penfold, Delbert Ford, Don Williams.
Third row: Floyd Kretzinger, Dean Jacobsen, Orrin Hilgenberg, LaVerne Smith, Frank Clayburg,
Boise McLaughlin, Delton Schultz.
Women who helped serve lunch were Mrs. Arnold Thomas, Mrs. Paul Hufferd, Mrs. Bernice McLaughlin, Mrs.
Don Williams, Miss Irene Jacobsen, and Mrs. Delbert Ford.




This one has Nancy's Dad, Glen Bolger, front row, clear to the right...




COON RAPIDS ENTERPRISE - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018 PAGE 5

 We’re still featuring neighborly harvest photos and remain amazed at the number of farmers compared to today. This photo dates back 62 years. Friends and neighbors picked corn at the Mrs. William J. Lee farm home north of Coon Rapids on October 15, 1956.
Standing from left: Jerry Bull, Elmer Lund, Roy Raines, Harold Johnson, Keith Lee, Delton Schulze, Max Tuel, Warren Moller, Conrad Lawrence, Rev. J.D. Stanley; Pete Vonnahme, Roy Fick, Raymond Franey and Virgil Booton.
In front: Clayton Roller, Don Brincks, George Seidl, Ivan Tigges, Clarence Boes, Everett Dennis, Wendell Greene, Lynn Byerly, Harry Schulze, Ronnie Dennis, Roy Nelson.
Kneeling behind them are Vic Tigges, Ed Bundt, Ray Engelen, Delbert Ford, Beryl Gymer, Doyle Conner, Dale McCoy, Loyal Kramer, Howard Thorne, Raymond Goodwin and Glen Bolger.

One more for Nov 1954, to show the tractors and pickers!!






Families (and Neighbors!) are Forever!! ;-)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Approaching my 9th Ancestor Stories Blogiversary


Approaching my 9th Ancestor Stories Blogiversary
(this coming Sunday)




Thank you!  …to each of you who have continued to check in on this ‘Ancestor Stories’ blog over the years… especially in recent years when life has taken me away from my genealogy/family history work for some substantial periods of time.

Two things have accounted for that… First, personal family matters.
Second, I have spent a lot of time, from time to time, on my family saga, historical fiction writing.

I often say I write my historical fiction in a creative nonfiction style. Looking at my initial post on this blog, I see how much that is:

“Farmers of the Prairie; the people, the times, the places
A story of one family; created from many families”

http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/2009/09/initial-post.html

***

If you haven’t kept up with my writing, lately, and are interested, here is a recent piece that kind of summarizes what I’ve been doing… in about 1300 words, easy read.

https://hubpages.com/literature/Creating-a-Family-Saga-FS15-Curating-Over-250-Stories-For-Readers

I would appreciate any comment you may have. Thank you. Dr. Bill ;-)


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dad - It would be 103 today


Happy Birthday, Dad - It would be 103 today

Leverne 'Pete' Smith
b. Aug 9, 1915
d. June 25, 1977
Age 61
Far too soon...

This is the way I prefer to remember him! Happy Times!

Happy Birthday, as well, to his sister, Betty, my Aunt!

Bethene Smith Pierce
b. Aug 9, 1919
d. Jan 6, 1993
Age 73

We miss them both, very much!