Monday, August 8, 2022

Sunday Obituary - Cindy Kinnick Franzeen


Cynthia Lee Kinnick Franzeen

We lost another first cousin Kinnick this week...


Services for Cynthia Franzeen, 70, this Saturday 

Cynthia Lee Franzeen, 70, of rural Scranton, IA, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022 at her home. 

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 6 at the Coon Rapids American Legion with Pastor Alan Miller of Trinity Lutheran Church officiating. Casket bearers will be LaVerne Greenfield, Joe Bru, Adam Franzeen, Michael Lewis, Marcus Lewis, Cory Sanden, and Kory Kinnick. Honorary casket bearers will be Cameron Franzeen, Carter Franzeen, Reece Bru, Tylar Bru, Isaac Bru, Marcia Lewis, and Lon Kinnick. Burial will be in the Coon Rapids Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids from 5 – 7 P.M. on Friday evening. The casket will be moved to the Coon Rapids American Legion on Sat- urday at 9:30 A.M. 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 at å


Cindy, as she was affectionately known, was born on September 7, 1951 in Carroll, IA, and she was the daughter of Edward “Buzz” and Colleen (Davis) Kinnick. She was raised on her family’s farm near Bayard and graduated from Bayard High School in 1969. Cindy was an exceptional basketball guard and was one of the leading rebounders in the state of Iowa her senior year. She then attended Mankato State University for two years and then to Iowa State where she joined the Delta Delta Delta Sorority and graduated with a degree in Child Development with honors. Cindy opened her own pre-school in Bayard and then Coon Rapids. She started hundreds and hundreds of children on the road to education. Cindy took a job with Community Opportunities where she was a regional director over several Head Start centers. On February 23, 1974, Cindy was united in marriage to her childhood sweetheart Sid Franzeen at St. John Lutheran Church in Des Moines. Cindy and Sid were married 48 1⁄2 years. They were in love from the third grade on. The couple made their home south of Bayard for a year then moved to their current location. Cindy was busy with her teaching until injuries from a car accident in 2004 forced her to retire. Cindy has been bravely fighting serious chronic pain for the last 18 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Her hair had to be perfect before she went out. Wherever she went at least one person would say...”I Love Your Hair!” She enjoyed gardening, nature, flowers, reading books, and canning vegetables. She loved to help kids with 4-H projects, help Sid in the field, and help wean pigs. She was truly the all American mom, grandma, and wife. 

Cindy is survived by her husband Sid Franzeen of rural Scranton; her children and their families: son Dr. Blake Franzeen (Mindy) of Johnston, daughter Dr. Lexie Greenfield (LaVerne) of West Des Moines, son Brody Franzeen (Jenn) of Johnston, and daughter Tessa Bru (Joe) of Polk City; five very special grandchildren who Cindy adored and they affectionately called her “Nanny”: Cameron Franzeen, Carter Franzeen, Reece Bru, Tylar Bru, and Isaac Bru; a sister Marcia Lewis of Bayard; a brother Lon Kinnick (Donna) of Coon Rapids; a sister-in-law Cindy Kinnick of Bayard; a brother-in-law Craig Franzeen (Nancy) of Guthrie Center; many nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends. 

Cindy was preceded in death by her parents Edward “Buzz” and Colleen Kinnick; her father and mother-in-law Curtis and Rebecca Franzeen; her brother Bryan Kinnick; and brother-in- law Neil Lewis. 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Planning for New Elementary School Building in Coon Rapids, Iowa

Planning for New Elementary School Building in 

Coon Rapids, Iowa

Here is a photo originally published January 14, 1955. It shows the CR CSD building committee, appointed to make recommendations on possible building a new community school building. At the time this photo was published, the committee had already met several times and this photo was taken at one of their final sessions. Pictured, in back around the table clockwise, were Laverne Smith, Myron Bundt, Elmer Stenstrom, Frank Clayburg, Al Headlee, Dean Lloyd and Glen Toyne. Also on this side of the table were Don Williams (head down), Mrs. Dale (Adalaide) Carpenter, and Mrs. Dale Betts. As part of their effort, members of this sub-committee visited new schools at Webster City, Eagle Grove, Humboldt, Lake View, Corning, Red Oak, Malvern, Avoca and Harlan for an idea of what a new school building should be like in Coon Rapids. According to a statistical report, the Coon Rapids enrollment was expected to be between 50 to 60 pupils in each elementary grade for the foreseeable future. Ultimately the committee recommended significant changes in the existing school building* while building a new elementary building to house kindergarten through sixth grades together with a lunch room. They suggested this new building should be erected on the two block area which was available to the district northeast of the existing school building. They recommended the new elementary building have one kindergarten classroom and two classrooms for each grade from first through eighth grade for a total of 17 elementary classrooms. *As far as changes made to the existing 1914 building, the committee concluded that the science room on the third floor was too small for a proper Physics or Chemistry course so they recommended removing the partition between the two English classrooms and making it into one science room. On the second floor the typing room was too small to handle as many students as could be supervised by the teacher, so they recommend- ed that the partition between the typing room and the principal’s office be removed to make one good classroom which would take care of typing class requirements as well as provide room for some tables for the bookkeeping students to work on. They also recommended turning over to the high school four elementary classrooms on the second floor. It should be noted the committee also recognized the need for an area for teachers to confer with parents when their classrooms are in use. Every school the committee members visited had a teachers’ lounge so they recommended that a small room on the ground floor be reserved as a teachers’ lounge.   


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Prepare now for the arrival of the 1950 Census


The following is a press release prepared by Family Search to alert folks to the 1950 Census release on April 1, 2022. It is time to prepare. Let us get at it...

Historic Census Sheds Light on People Living in 1950

What do John F. Kennedy, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Norris, and Bill Russell have in common?

They can all be found in the 1950 US census, newly released by the US National Archives and Records Administration. The exciting challenge is finding them in the hundreds of thousands of digital images online, which will be difficult until a complete and accurate searchable record is available. [GROUP NAME] is honored to help to refine the 1950 census records and encourages everyone to participate. 

Unless you know the state, county, and street address where they lived in 1950, locating family members without an accurate name index will be daunting. Fortunately, a dedicated army of online volunteers is tackling that challenge through a community effort hosted by FamilySearch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping each of us find our ancestors.

Will you consider the 1950 US Census Community Project when choosing your next service activity?

Supported by genealogy giants Ancestry and FamilySearch International, local and national genealogy and historical societies, and many other deeply committed organizations, this project is rallying hundreds of thousands of volunteers to publish a high-quality, searchable online index of every single name found in the 1950 census. But this grassroots approach is hardly new—volunteers also indexed every census from 1790 to 1940.

This time, rather than starting from scratch, volunteers will review Ancestry’s computer-generated index using groundbreaking handwriting recognition and cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies. So that no one slips between the digital cracks, this comprehensive human review of the automated index will verify that the data is accurate and complete. Volunteers can visit to review their own family’s information and then review other records to refine the index before publication.Once the census index is reviewed, researchers, family historians, and anyone else curious about their own family’s story will be thrilled to dig in. “Almost all of us are familiar with the recently completed 2020 census, but its most interesting details will be hidden in the dark until the privacy rights expire in 2072,” said David Rencher, Chief Genealogy Officer for FamilySearch. “That’s why the 1950 US census is so exciting,” Rencher added. “The wait is over.”

Finding our parents, grandparents, or even aunts and uncles in the records is the key to unlocking their stories, and the deployment of these new technologies will simplify the process of refining the index and allow even more people to participate.

“Once you’ve discovered someone in the 1950 census, you can use that information to find that person’s parents in the 1940 US census index, which is already published on multiple websites. You can then continue with 1930, 1920, and so on. You can even dive all the way back to the very first census taken in 1790. Right from your own computer or other device, you’ve traced your heritage back a century or more. Imagine uncovering information that shows your family’s roots are as old as America,” Rencher said. 

Can you imagine the ever-popular Chuck Norris as a 10-year-old? Wonder if he was already preparing for his tough-guy persona? Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris first appeared in the 1940 census about 3 weeks after his birth. Or how about Boston Celtics great Bill Russell? He would have been 16 years old in 1950, just 6 years before being drafted as the number 2 pick in the NBA. Then there’s the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, who would turn 8 that year. She may have already begun singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, but she wouldn’t leave home to pursue her career in music for another decade.

Other records suggest that Karen Carpenter, Julius Irving, William Hurt, and Cybill Shepherd should be included as babies born in 1950 prior to the census. The latest census also includes 14 people who were or have since become the President of the United States. 

Consider the treasure trove: The 1950 census provides a snapshot of more than 150 million people living in the United States at the time. In addition to name, age, gender, race, education, and place of birth, census takers also asked individuals for their level of education, occupation, and income. This historic census comes a few years after America had returned to work following World War II and just months before America would enter the Korean War. Many people in the 1950 census had lived through the flu pandemic of 1918, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. They had witnessed the birth of radio and television, as well as the devastation of the atomic bomb.

Together with the earlier census indexes (1790 to 1940) already available online, it will soon be easier than ever for family historians to extend their genealogical trees well beyond their memories. Over the next decade, the 1950 US census index will easily become the most searched online database—what a gift to the explosive consumer interest in genealogy.

For more information and to participate, go to You’ll soon be a valuable contributor to this exciting national service project. 


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday Obituaries - August Edward 'Buzz' Kinnick


Sunday Obituaries - August Edward 'Buzz' Kinnick

My Uncle Buzzy, brother of my mother, the last of his generation... was always like a big brother to me, as I was the oldest of my mother's children. A fine man, lived a long and fulfilled life.

From the:


Services Saturday for Edward ‘Buzz’ Kinnick, 93 

August Edward “Buzz” Kinnick, age 93, of Coon Rapids, IA, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021 at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids surrounded by his family. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with Rev. Joyce Webb officiating.
Music for the service will be by Lula Garnes as organist and Cindy Seastrom as soloist. Military
honors will be given at the church by the Gurney Parker Post of the Coon Rapids American Legion.
Burial will be in the Coon Rapids Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids from 1 -2 P.M. on Saturday prior to the service. The family recommends facemasks to be worn at the church. 

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 at 


August was born on August 18, 1928 in Coon Rapids, IA, and he was the son of Paul and Dorothy (Sorensen) Kinnick. Affectionately known as Buzz, he was a lifelong resident of Coon Rapids where he graduated from high school in 1946. He enlisted in the United States Army immediately following high school and served 2 years stationed in Japan. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Coon Rapids and he was married to Colleen Davis on June 23, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids. Buzz was a farmer, realtor, fertilizer salesman, and a greeter at Walmart in retirement. He was an active member of the First United Meth- odist Church in Coon Rapids where he served on several boards over the years and he sang in the Choir. He enjoyed reading, col- lecting antique toy tractors, traveling, and making to-do lists. 

Buzz is survived by his children and their families: Marcia Lewis of Bayard, Cindy Franzeen (Sid) of Scranton, and Lon Kinnick (Donna) of Coon Rapids; a daughter-in-law Cindy Kinnick of Bayard; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, his mother and fa- ther-in-law Wesley and Eunice Davis; a sister Eileen Smith-Olson; a brother Leo Kinnick (Ida Marie); his son Bryan Kinnick in 2015; a son-in-law Neil Lewis in 2015; and his wife Colleen in 2019. 

Families are Forever!! ;-)

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday Obituaries - Carolyn (Bolger) Conner


Sunday Obituaries

Carolyn (Bolger) Conner

My Sister-in-Law


    Carolyn Diane (Bolger) Conner, age 86, of Glidden, IA, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center, Iowa.

     Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church in Glidden with Rev. Anna Small officiating.  Organist for the service will be Marlys Conner.  Casket bearers will be Carolyn’s family and friends.  Burial will be in the Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden.

     Visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Glidden from 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. on Thursday prior to the service.

     Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden, IA, and online condolences may be left for the family at

     Carolyn was the daughter of Glenn Harold Bolger and Ada Ruth Thomas Bolger.  She was born August 24, 1934 on a farm in the Star community, Union township, Carroll County, IA.  She attended Star Union #1 school and Star Methodist Sunday school. She graduated valedictorian from Coon Rapids high school in 1952 and first in the music department from Iowa State Teachers College in 1956 where she acquired many life-long friends. Graduate work in education and the Lay Academy for training as a commissioned lay pastor, followed over the years.

     Her marriage to Paul Lester Conner on June 15, 1956 at the First Methodist Church, Coon Rapids, IA marked the beginning of many happy years together until his death April 3, 2004. They lived in the Glidden, IA area where they stayed until December 2012, when she moved to Adel Assisted Living, Adel, IA and later in February 2017 to Spurgeon Manor, Dallas Center, IA.

     Her life work was in the field of education – music and English. She enjoyed learning, music, Bible study, and people. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Glidden, IA where she directed the choir for over 50 years and held many leadership positions at Presbytery, Synod, and National levels. Life membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, NEA, and other service organizations serving youth and older adults.

     Three children blessed this union, Clark Charles Conner (Pat) Ankeny, IA; Karmen Baretich Jones (Anthony) Salt Lake City, UT; and Clair Jay Conner (Larci), Urbandale, IA. Others include: 4 grandchildren – Brett Conner (Lori), Megan Conner Divine (Tim), Justin Conner (Trisha), and Carliann Conner Northfield (Ryan); 6 great-grandchildren – Donovan Charles/Cecily Sloane Conner, Oliver James/Ella Nicole Divine, and Elijah Paul/ Ada Grace Northfield. Sisters – Nancy Ruth Bolger Smith deceased (William) and Janice Joy Bolger and brothers – Robert Glenn Bolger deceased (Carolyn), Alan Thomas Bolger, and Joel Harold Bolger (Cheryl) in addition to many relatives and friends.

Families are Forever!! ;-)

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Surname Saturday - Stauffer

 Surname Saturday - Stauffer

We have earlier noted that Nancy’s maternal grandmother was Fredya Elsina Weaver Thomas. Her parents were Samuel Lewis Weaver (1852-1925) and Harriet Ellen Yager Weaver (1859-1939). 

Simply labeled Stauffer

The Weaver  and Stauffer lines are very long ones, going back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, (where we had a long visit to work on these lines) in the early 1700s and then to Switzerland for several more generations back. I will note here, as before, the generations per Nancy’s research.

Samuel Lewis Weaver (1852-1925) was the son of:

William Weaver (1822-1916) married Lavina Steele (1826-1891) - Wayne Co, OH

William was the son of:

Samuel William Weaver (1795-1877) married Mary Stauffer (1802-1871) - Lancaster Co, PA

Mary Stauffer (1802-1871) was the daughter of 

Samuel Stauffer (1778-1847) married Susan Kiser (1782-1860).

Samuel was the son of:

Peter Stauffer (1733-1787) and Maria Barbara Weaver (1730-1791).

Peter was born in Lancaster Co, PA, the son of:

Matthias Stauffer (1704-1758) married Ann Zimmerman (1720-?).

Matthias was the son of:

Daniel Stauffer (1660-1735) married Veronica Schenck

Daniel was born in Thun, Switzerland. He was also the son of a Daniel (1633 - ?) a native of the same Thun, Switzerland. 

Nancy and I were fascinated by the Stuaffer family and the Weaver family which were chonicles in one of the first “Family History Books” we came across in our research. We were able to spend a few days in Lancaster Co, PA, in 1995, when our extensive family research began. 

Fond memories. What fun!

Families are forever!! ;-)

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Surname Saturday - Steele

Surname Saturday - Steele

We have earlier noted that Nancy’s maternal grandmother was Fredya Elsina Weaver Thomas. Her parents were Samuel Lewis Weaver (1852-1925) and Harriet Ellen Yager Weaver (1859-1939). Their family is pictured, below:

Children: Minnie, Sherman, Curtis, Fredya
Parents: Harriet and Samuel

The Weaver line is another very long one, going back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, (where we had a long visit to work on this line) in the early 1700s and then to Switzerland for several more generations back. I will note here, as before, the generations per Nancy’s research.

Samuel Lewis Weaver (1852-1925) was the son of:

William Weaver (1822-1916) married Lavina Steele (1826-1891) - Wayne Co, OH

Samuel William Weaver (1795-1877) married Mary Stauffer (1802-1871) - Lancaster Co, PA

This week we will follow the Steele line. Next week, the Stauffer line.

The parents of Lavina Steele were:

Jacob Steele (1785-1871) married Mary Elizabeth Long (1788-1869(.

Jacob was born in Bucks Co., PA. He was the son of:

Jacob Andrew Steele (1755-1822) married Mary (Unkonwn) (1760-1827)

Jacob Andrew was born in Germany and died in Wayne Do., Ohio.