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.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Surname Saturday - Tyler


Surname Saturday - Tyler

Gravestone of Sinia Gillespie Tyler (1825-1874)

Vandalia, Prairie Ciy, Jasper Couny, Iowa

Earlier, on the Yager, post, we reported that:

Albert Thomas Yager (1825-1886) married Sinia Gillespie Tyler (1825-1874).

Sinia was the daughter of:

Nelson C. Tyler (1794-1846) married Mary Enis Hodges (1794-1877).

Nelson was one of at least 11 children of:

Daniel Tyler (1758-1845) married Sarah Cash (1763-1849).

Daniel, born in Amherst Co, VA, was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. 

Daniel was the son of:

Nelson C. Tyler (1730-1795) married Elizabeth Wade (1730-1778).

This Nelson was the son of:

William Tyler (1700-1772) married Margaret Pratt (1710-1755).

William was the son of 

Charles Tyler (1660-1721) married Jane Unknown (1660-1723)

Charles Tyler starts to appear in Westmoreland Co, VA, records in the 1690s. Charles had become a fairly wealthy planter in the county. The land records indicate he owns at least 1000 acres.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Surname Saturday - Adkins


Surname Saturday - Adkins

Gravestone of Lydia Butler Adkins (1820-1898)

Pleasant Hill Gem, Munson Twp, Cambridge, IL

Earlier in the Wilson surname posting, we learned that:

George Frederick Handel Wilson (1816-1884) married Lydia Butler Adkins (1820-1898)

Lydia was born in Plymouth, Litchfield Co, CT. She was the daughter of:

David Adkins, Jr. (1794-1871) married Asenath Camp (1798-1888).

David, Jr. was the son of:

David Adkins, Sr. (1759-1844) married Cornelia Cleaver (1761-1837).

Born in Wallingford, New Haven Co, CT, David, Sr., was the son of:

Joseph Adkins (1709-1778) married Tabitha Saxon (1729-1809).

Born in Middletown, Middlesex Co, CT, Joseph was the son of:

Josiah Adkins (1679-1724) married Mary Wheeler (1684-1755).

Josiah was the son of:

Josiah Adkins (1690-?) married Elizabeth Wetmore (1648-1700).

Josiah was the son of William Adkins, born about 1598 in Wales.

Families are Forever!! ;-)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Ancestor Artifacts - H & H Club Programs - Overview


Ancestor Artifacts - H & H Club Programs - Overview

In one of Mom’s (Eileen Smith) boxes of (totally random) artifacts and memorabilia, there is a zippered notebook, like we used in 1950/60s filled with stuff related to the H & H Social Club of women in the Star/Coon Rapids Community for the early 1940s thru the 1980s and perhaps beyond. I believe the first of the programs filed there, actually in order, pasted to pages in the notebook, is 1942-1943. This is an overview, so we’ll take a brief look at them from that perspective.

Those first two programs are 42-43 and 44-45. On further examination, it appears these programs were gathered and filed like this for the 25th Anniversary of the club in 1967. I’ll have more on this theory in the next post.

The first page has the scheduled fall 1942 program…

The next page has the spring of 1943 program dates and hostesses.

The next page goes into 1944… it looks like these may have been added by hand, later…

I’ve also included here the next pages, with the next year’ programs.

Any artifact like these tend to raise more questions than they answer, of course. Are these from when the club was organized? Do they relate to the 25th Anniversary? Why was the group organized? Who was invited? Was membership a formal thing? Were there dues? What would the programs be that were hosted by the various members? 

These were the “adults” as I was growing up, so I find great interest in each individual name. Some, but not all, were affiliated with the Star Methodist Church, but others lived in the nearby town of Coon Rapids. These are the questions we will work on in future H & H Club posts. 

I welcome comments at this point, and will reply to any questions in future posts. 

Families are Forever?

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Surname Saturday - Walters


Surname Saturday - Walters

Mary Ann Walters (1826-1921)

Earlier in the Offill Surname posting we identified one of Nancy’s great-grandparent couples as:

Norman David Wilson (1844-1914) married Mary Ellen Offill (1854-1934). Her parents were:

James A. Offill (1819-1904) married Mary Ann Walters (1826-1921). 

The parents of Mary Ann Walters (1826-1921) were:

Matthias Walters (1800-1880) married Elizabeth Betsy Anna O’Neil (1792-1831).

They had three children, Rhoda Jane Walters (1821-1872), Mary Ann Walters (1826-1921), and Franklin Walters (1830-1907). The mother died in 1831.  He remarried and that wife died a few years later. He married a third time to Barbara Ann Smith and they had six more children. Nancy had nothing recorded on the parents of Matthias, though I know she spent a lot of time researching him and his first three children. Franklin settled in Kansas, so we followed his family in depth. 

She has that he was Scotch, and a surveyor in Indiana. Born in either Tennessee or Virginia, per census records, he had Land Grants and was on Tax Lists in Kentucky in 1839-1841.

When the children were grown, she stayed in Kentucky and he went to Lawrence County, OH, where he died in 1880 at the age of 80. 

Families are Forever!! ;-)