Friday Finds – Minnick Biography

Do you have lots of handwritten notes in your genealogy files? I know that I do. And many of those notes are from sources that are now digitized.

Having recently researched the descendants of John Minnick, I started looking at my old Minnick notes. The first document I opened was notes from the book, Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Illinois.

Wanting to post this information, I searched for a digital copy of the book. And, I found the book in a digital format on three sites.

Even though I had heard that census records can differ from one site to another, I had not considered that digital books could differ from site to site. While the digital copy may be the same, the indexing is not.

On the FamilySearch site, I downloaded the book and searched for Minnick. That search found 1 result – on view 624.

That search result took me to page 630 and a biography of Shadrach T. Miles. The beginning of the Miles biography refers to the firm Miles & Minnick grocers and to the biography of W. A. Minnick. However, that Minnick biography is not included in the search results

A search of the book on Archive.org produces 5 results: one on page 629, 3 on page 632 and then one index entry.

Searching the Ancestry version of the book provides 3 results: one on page 630, one on page 633 and one on page 831 (the index).

Thankfully, the Archive.org version allowed me to copy/paste the text to create a quick ‘transcription’ of these biographies.

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Wilson A. Minnick, of the firm of Miles & Minnick, dealers in staple and fancy groceries, crockery, glassware, etc., at Kewanee, Ill., is a native of Mercersburg, Pa., and a son of Peter W. and Mary A. (Geyer) Minnick, also natives of Pennsylvania and of German extraction.
Wilson A. was next oldest in a family of three sons and four daughters, and was born Feb. 21, 1842. His elder brother, John W., was a volunteer soldier in the war for the Union, and was killed at the battle of Stone River. His father, a merchant tailor in

his lifetime, died at Kewanee, in 1856, at the age of 40 years, and his mother (July, 1885) is about 67 years of age and resides in Kewanee. In 1856 the family came to Kewanee and Mr. Minnick soon afterward began his career as a grocer’s clerk, a position he continued to fill for 11 consecutive years. In 1867 the firm of which he is now a member was organized (see biography of Shadrach T. Miles), which hundreds of his friends patronized, and his establishment took rank as among the very foremost (if not indeed the lead) in their line in Kewanee.
At Kewanee, Dec. 24, 1868, he was married to Miss Angelia E., the accomplished daughter of Asa Morrill, Esq., of North Danville, Vt. They have five children: Edwin M., Edith M., Guy F., Paul W. and Morrill. Both Mr. and Mrs. Minnick are consistent members of the Congregational Church, of which society at Kewanee Mr. Minnick has been Treasurer for more than a dozen years.
In the battle of life Mr. M. has depended wholly upon his own resources, the recipient of no gratuities, legacies or gifts ; and what he has enjoyed and has of this world’s goods have been acquired by his individual effort and industry.

While Archive.org is the easiest site to copy/paste the biography, Ancestry is the easiest site to obtain a digital image of the page. On the other sites, one could use a snipping tool to create an image of the page.

While my original notes provide a lot of information about Wilson Minnick, they do not contain any reference to the Shadrach T. Miles biography. Since this biography not only provides information about the Minnick and Miles grocery and about the Miles family in Pennsylvania, it might be a good FAN club resource.

Shadrach T. Miles, of the firm of Miles & Minnick, grocers, at Kewanee. (See biography of W. A. Minnick). This firm was organized and began business as dealers in staple and fancy groceries, glass and crockery wares, in March, 1867, and is at this writing ( (July, 1885) the oldest establishment of the kind in the town. The firm is composed of the subject of this sketch and Mr. W. A. Minnick.
Mr. Miles is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., where he was born, Nov. 18, 1827. His parents, William and Sarah (Jones) Miles, descended respectively from Welsh and Scotch ancestry, and were natives of Philadelphia County, now and for many years past incorporated into the city of that name. They reared a family of five sons and four daughters. The elder Mr. Miles was a farmer and the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this article devoted most of his time to that worthy vocation, until probably 46 years of age. At the public schools of his native f place he acquired a fair English education, which has been materially augmented by reading, by study and by such experience as is naturally incident to a busy life. I
He gave up farming in 1867 and removed to Kewanee and engaged in his present business.

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enjoyed the [highest esteem of his neighbors. As a merchant he sought to build a trade upon purely business principles, relying strictly upon the idea that ” honesty is the best policy, ” and the experience of nearly a fifth part of a century has fully attested the wisdom of his undertakings. Since coming here he has served the people three years as a member of the Town Board and ten years upon the Board of Education. He is prominently identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, has filled all the official chairs in their course and is[at present Chap- lain of the Kewanee Lodge. In politics he is a Re- publican, while his religious convictions are firmly anchored with the Baptist Church. When about 25 years of age he was married, at Philadelphia, to Miss Anna M. Eisenbrey, a lady of German descent and a native of the” City of Brotherly Love.” Of the 13 children born to them, n are living : Sallie, Rena, Frank, Annie, William, Harry, Duffield, Kate, Edward, Matthew and May. W. P. died when about two years of age and Louis lived to be nearly four. Mr. Miles’ father and mother died in Philadelphia, he at the age of 83 years and she at 76 years

Thus, I’m glad I searched for a digital copy of the book!

Frink Diary

Some years ago, I was sent a typed copy of Nettie Frink’s diary. At the time I received the diary, I only recognized my great-grandfather’s name, Charles Mentzer, in the diary. However, after researching the descendants of John Minnick, I now realize that Nettie Frink is my first cousin 3 times removed.

Below is Nettie’s diary:

NETTIE FRINK’S VISIT TO ILLINOIS (7/7-8/12/1892).

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Thursday, 7/7/92; Arrived in Kewanee about ten o’clock. Grandpa and Aunt Lib met me at train. Went around through the principal streets and arrived at Aunt Lib’s about eleven. Aunt Lib had me go and lie down and I slept until dinner was ready. Helped with the dishes, put on a cooler dress and laid down again until Aunt Lib came and woke me up and said that Millie Porter had come to see me. We had a very pleasant visit. After she had gone, we went down to Aunt Lou’s. Carrie and her grandma were there too. After supper we went to prayer meeting. Met quite a number of the young people. Went right to bed as soon as I got home.

Friday, 7/8/92; About ten o’clock Carrie and her Grandmother came down. Then I went back with them. They took us all through the greenhouse. I went in to see Grandpa Tunnicliff’s plants. Then came back to Aunt Lib’s and wrote a card to the folks at home. Found a man here fixing Aunt Lib’s organ. In the afternoon Carrie, Aunt Lib, and I went calling. Called on Mrs. Porter and Aunt Barbarah Keneval. I met Aunt Annie Miner, Cliff, and Fred on way [there] Carrie came to tea with me and stayed all night. Grandpa had me read the chapter in the bible.

Saturday, 7/9/92: We got up about six and after breakfast Aunt Lib, Carrie, and I went down town, saw all of the cousins and saw Frank Miles, went all through Lyman-Lays store. I went to dinner with Carrie. After dinner Carrie and Emma Miner came around after me and we called at Wilse Minnick’s, Fan’s, Mary Holt’s, Will Palmer’s, and Addie Rolston’s. Stayed to tea there. There were about a dozen of us. Before tea Errn and Fred Miner came around in a surry and took Carrie and I on a nice ride. After tea we had some music. Then Emma, Lula, Ern, Carrie, Fred, and I went out to the lake. We went over to the summer house. Then came back and took a lovely boat ride. Got home a little after ten. The moon was full.

Sunday, 7/10/92: After I made my bed I took a bath and then studied the S.S. lesson. Went to church with Aunt Lib and Grandpa and stayed to S.S. Carrie and Charlie Mentzer came home to dinner with us. After dinner we sang and played until nearly four, then we went out to the old cemetary. Aunt Lib, Grandpa, Charley, Carrie, and I. We went around past Miners and Carrie and I stopped in a few minutes. We reached home, got a lunch, started to the Baptist (Church), but met Miss Miles and she told us that Mr. Delano was away so we went to  the Methodist Church.

Monday, 7/11/92; Got up early this morning and did what little washing we had to do before nine o’clock. Carrie brought her washing over to Aunt Lib’s and we all three washed. After dinner Aunt Lib and I went over to Carrie’s and we all went over to Palmers’. Stopped at the post-office on our way over. Spent a very pleasant afternoon. Stayed to tea, then Uncle Aar took us out and showed us his stock etc. Started home about eight. On the way home Carrie and I stopped in one of the stores and got a Splasher to work on. Stopped into Gambles a few minutes too.

Tuesday, 7/12/92; Carrie came over this morning and we sang a while, then went over to Aunt Lou’s, saw Aunt Annie Stone. They were ironing so we didn’t stay long, but came home and I ironed my clothes. In the afternoon Carrie, Emma, and I went down to Lula’s, stayed to tea. After supper we girls, six of us, Lula, Emma, Bess, Miss Haney, Carrie, and myself [lef]t to watch the boys play tennis. Watched them about an hour, then went back to Lula’s. In the evening Mr. Murchison, Mr. Stratton, Mr. Low, Mr. Hamilton, and Fred Miner came. On our way home we got caught in a storm. I was dripping wet when I reached home.

Wednesday, 7/13/92: Hung my clothes out to dry about the first thing this morning. About ten o’clock I went over after Carrie and we went down to Fan’s. When we reached there found her pretty badly used up with toothache. I worked on my splasher, got a good deal done on it. Stayed there to dinner. About five o’clock Lula and Emma called for us and we went down to Mrs. Stanton’s. Bess and Mate Haney were there. Alice had fixed lovely bouquets of sweet peas for each of us to wear. We had tea at about half past six. After tea we all went over to Mrs. Gleason’s, saw Bird and her baby,. Carrie and I stopped in to Fan’s on our way home. Got back about eight or a little after.

Thursday, 7/14./92: I got ready and about ten o’clock went down after Carrie and we went to Uncle Will Minnick’s. We spent all most all fore-noon looking at pictures. In the after noon, we worked on our splashers, tryed the piano, looked at books, went all over the new house, attic and all. About six we had tea, Paul, Zella, Carrie, and I were the only ones ate at our table. Zella came up home with us. We stopped in to see Aunt Susie, She seemed so glad to see us. When I got home, found Aunt Lou and Aunt Annie and Grandma Minnick here,

Friday, 7/15/92; Went down town this morning and got me an india linnen waist. When I got home I wrote a letter to Georgia Nye and helped Aunt Lib on my waist, then set the table for dinner. After dinner we got at my waist again and got it nearly finished. Carrie came over to read her letter to us. Tonight is the first night I’ve taken tea at home for over a week. About eight o’clock I went around after Carrie and we went for Emma, then went to the party at Palmer’s, Had a lovely time, Mr. Hamilton brought Carrie and I home. Got home at twelve,

Saturday, 7/1_6/92: About ten o’clock this forenoon Carrie and I went down town and had our pictures taken. At noon Grandpa brought me a package from home. Found a silver thimble [and] nice handkerchief in it. Aunt Lib had a chicken for dinner in honor of my birthday. After dinner we went out calling. Called at Gamble’s, saw Sue and the baby. From there we went to Mrs, Holmes, Had a very pleasant call, met her sister. Miss Watson, Reached home about six o’clock. After supper Jennie Smailing came in, brought her sister’s child, I went to bed about nine o’clock,

Sunday. 7/17/92: Carrie came over to go to church with us. After studying the lesson awhile, we three went to the Baptist church, Harry Miles preached. We were in Annie Miles’ class in S,S, After S,S, went to Aunt Lou’s for dinner, found Aunt Susie, Willie, and her mother there. After dinner we came back to Aunt Lib’s. Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls were here when we came. After they had gone Charlie Mentzer came, had been to the Y.M.C.A, He hadn’t been here long when Ella, Chan, and his wife came. They left the baby at home asleep. When they had gone Carrie and I read out loud to one another, then had tea, and went to the [Me]thodist Church,

Monday, 7/18/92: Had quite a large washing, but got it all out by nine o’clock. Commenced -raining about ten or half-past, got the clothes dry. Carrie and John Tunnicliffe’s three little girls came over after me to go to Addie’s, Fan’s, etc but I felt too tired to. Was glad I didn’t when it commenced to rain. Grandpa brought me a letter from Libbie this noon. I finished my splasher this afternoon and sent a letter to the folks. Grandpa brought me some bananas for supper. After supper Aunt Lib and .1 went over to Grandma’ Tunnicliff ‘s. I read my letter to them. Emma Miner came in while we were there.

Tuesday. 7/19/92; I did all of my ironing before it got so hot. After I did the ironing I went up town, did some trading and got the proof of our pictures. Don’t like mine at all, but suppose I’ll have to take it. Carrie came over and spent the afternoon with me. Emma and May Smailing were here too. After they had gone, we went up town. Aunt Lib got me a lovely dish of ice cream. After supper I went in and sang, then we went over to Mrs. Van Sickles to call. When we came, back. Grandpa was sitting on the porch. He and I sat there and talked until nearly ten o’clock.

Wednesday, 7/20/92: I was intending to go down to Aar Palmer’s- this forenoon, but it was so very warm that I didn’t go. Stayed to home and finished my waist. Thought I would go in the afternoon but it rained so. couldn’t go. Stayed to home and read out loud to Aunt Lib while she sewed. Reading Samantha among the Brethren. After supper we sang some and read out loud to one another. Got half way through the book. Went to bed a little after nine o’clock.

Thursday, 7/21/92: Aunt Lib helped me make my sun-bonnet. Part of the time I would read while she sewed, then she would read while I sewed. Grandpa, brought me a letter from Ma, Grace, and Libbie at noon. After dinner Aunt Lib and I went up town, got me a stand cover to work. On our way home stopped in to see Mrs. John Moffitt and Mrs. Pinny. From Mrs. Pinny’s I went on home and read. Just as we were about to sit down to the supper table. Uncle Aar Palmer came around after us in a three seated rig and wanted us to go out riding. We told him we hadn’t had our supper yet but he told us to come anyway. So Aunt Lib left [Gran]dpa’s supper on the table and we went. Bess, Carrie, and Miss Spicer were in when we got in. Then Uncle Aar drove around and got Aunt Annie Stone, Aunt Lou, and Grace, that made nine of us, three in a seat. He took us on a long ride out to the brick yards and waterworks. They took Aunt Annie home first. Then Aunt Lib and I. Grandpa had gone to [pr]ayer meeting but we didn’t get home in time. Ate our supper, then read until Grandpa came home, then we went out to the park to hear the band’ play. Got home at half-past nine.

Friday, 7/22/92; Got up at six o’clock and finished reading Samantha among the Brethren. After breakfast took a bath then got ready to start to Geneseo. We, Carrie and I, took the train at a quarter of ten. Aunt Lib went down to the depot with us. Passed through two stations, then came to Wyanett crossing, and had to wait there two hours and a half. Waited from eleven to half past one o’clock. Another young lady got off there and I recognized her as Lena Mason’s sister. So we had company. There must have been at least fifteen freight trains passed through there while we were there. At half past one we took the Rock Island and Pacific road going northwest passed through four stations and some beautiful country, so level. When we reached Geneseo no one was there to meet us, but a[ma]n showed us where Mrs. Bliss’s house was. We first stopped and got a dish of ice cream, then met Mrs. Bliss coming after us. We washed ourselves up and put on some cooler dresses. Then after supper went out to the park, went and called on Mrs. Steel and daughter. Geneseo is a beautiful little city. Carrie and I went to bed at ten. Jennie had gone on an excursion and when she camo home she came in and sat on the bed and talked until nearly eleven.

Saturday. 7/23/92: Got up at about half past seven. After we ate our breakfast Carrie and I worked on our tidyes. Then Jennie came in and wanted to know if we didn’t want to go down town, so we three went, stopped into some of the nicest stores, went up into the photograph gallery. When we were coming home Jennie got us a glass of ice-cream soda. When we got home, played Halma until noon. After dinner Jennie, Carrie, Mrs. Bliss, and I took a double seated surry and went out to the Geneseo cemetary. It is a beautiful place. We [w]ent from there four miles southeast in the country to a cousin of Jennie. Went past the farm that Geo. and Flora used to live on. Stayed at Mrs. G until five o’clock or after. They have a nice piano. and we had some music. Miss Salem played for us and so did Before we left we each had a glass of  lemonade. When we got back to Geneseo it was nearly seven, but we rode around town until nearly nine. Saw so many nice houses and [lov]ely lawns. We went out to the fair ground north of town and drove around the race track once. When we got. home it was after nine, had supper at about half-past nine. Had blueberrys for supper.

Sunday, 7/24./92: After breakfast wo got ready for church. Went to the Congregational church with Jennie and her mother. The sermon and singing were fine. They have a large pipe organ. Stayed to S.S., were in Jennie’s class. After S.S., she showed us all through the church, downstairs and up. When we came home, put on cooler dresses and read some before dinner. After dinner Jennie played on the piano for us. About six o’clock Miss Haney came for us. We went to her home, met her sister and brother Dick. Had a nice glass of lemonade. Then went to church with Mate. They have a grand pipe organ there. When we got back, Mr. and Mrs. Hewlet, Jennie, her mother. Grandpa Bliss, Carrie, and I sat out on the porch and talked until eleven o’clock. Then we went in the house, had a lunch, and went to [?]

Monday. 7/25/92; Read almost all forenoon. Jennie had to give two music lessons. Started to Kewanee at one o’clock. Jennie went to the train with us. Had to wait at the crossing an hour and a half, from two until after three. Got into Kewanee a little after four. Aunt Lib didn’t expect me on that train so was not there to meet me. When I got home, I washed myself up and worked on my stand cover. Aunt Lib went up town after something and left me here alone. I was too tired to go along. After supper Mrs.. John Moffitt came around in her surry and took us out riding. We went all over town, out to the fair ground and rode around the track. Didn’t get home until nearly nine o’clock. Aunt Lib, Grandpa and I sat out on the porch a long time. It was so cool and pleasant.

Tuesday, 7/26/92: We washed today, got all through by half past ten. I wrote a letter to the folks. At noon Grandpa brought me a letter from Bird, and Carrie one from Lida. After dinner I took a bath. Mrs. Van Sickle came over to have Aunt Lib make her a basque. So This afternoon Aunt Lib sewed and I worked on my stand cover. After supper I took Carrie’s letter over to her. She read it out loud to Grandma T. and I. Pretty soon Grandpa came and we sat on the porch until quite late.

Wednesday. 7/27/92: About eight o’clock Carrie came up to iron her shally on our ironing [bo]ard. Then at nine we went down to the greenhouse to see the flowers they were making for Frank Reguah’s funeral, but they had just taken them away. Went to the funeral, heard Mr. Delano preach. It was afternoon when we got home. Grandpa didn’t go back to work until after two. In the evening Carrie came up then we went over to Smailings. Emma and May went to the social at Dr, Lowe’s with us. Had the band there to furnish the music.

Thursday. 7/28/92: Stayed at home all forenoon, read and sewed. Took a short nap before dinner. Was invited to Miner’s this afternoon, Carrie, Emma, and I went down town. On our way home, we stopped into Mr, Pierce’s a few minutes. Then we went back to Miner’s, Pretty soon Bess and Lula came. We had our tea about five o’clock. About that time it began to rain. Aunt Lib brought my rubbers down to me, Mr, Hamilton was there a little while and Clarence Murchison brought Lula’s rubbers to her, Carrie and I didn’t start home until nearly nine o’clock,

Friday, 7/29/92: Wrote a letter this morning, and helped Aunt Lib with the cakes. Grandpa brought some blue berries home this noon, Carrie came over about four o’clock, Emma Smailing was here, brought their croconole board over for this evening, Millie Porter was here to call, invited us there to tea Monday evening, Mrs. Gamble and Sue were here to call too, Charley Mentzer came into the party, • There were about thirty five here, I , went to supper with Frank and Kate Miles, Carrie stayed all night with me,

Saturday, 7/30/92; After we got the work done up, had a dish of ice cream that was left from the party. About ten o’clock Carrie and I went up town, got our pictures, then went up to Aunt Lou’s, stayed there to dinner and supper, then went down to Aaron Palmer’s, In the evening, we went up town on a bum, Went and had a dish of ice cream, then went into Lay and Lyman’s and got some candy, I went up.to look at their cloaks. When we were going home we met Uncle Aar and Ern, They took us in to a drugstore and got us a glass of whipped cream soda. Went home nearly used up,

Sunday. 7/31/92: Bess, Carrie, and I went to the Catholic church. The church is lovely and was crowded. It was confirmation Sunday, We came away before services were out. Wanted to go to the Methodist S.S. About four o’clock Mr. Stratton came. We sat and talked [unti]l nearly five then Carrie and I went home. Charley Mentzer was here when I got here. After tea Aunt Lib and I went to the Baptist, church to Y.P. meeting, but church was locked. Went to the Epworth League and from there to the primative Methodist to a concert. I was with Bess and Mr. Stratton most of the time.

Monday, 8/1/92: Washed this morning, got through about nine o’clock. Aunt Lib made me a new collar for my wrapper. Went up to Emma Miner’s about eleven, stayed until two o’clock. Belle and Fred were there for awhile after dinner. Then we went downtown, went into Joe’s store and got the children all something. Took them back home then went and called on the Miles family. From there, we went over to Mr. Porter’s for tea. Mrs. Blackburn and Geo.’s wife and baby were there and Mrs. Good, Mill’s sister. After tea we played and sang and Blanche Maul danced for us.

Tuesday, 8/2/92: About nine o’clock went over after Carrie. Uncle Aar and Aunt Prudence [were] there. Wo went up to Lyman and Lays and I had Mr. Lyman take my measure for a now jacket. From there we went to Cousin Will Minnick’s. Was there to dinner. Met Fred and Nina King. Went from there to Will Palmer’s, then to Addie’s, then to Lula’s, then to Fan’s. Alice, Carrie, and I were there to tea. Joe wasn’t there. After tea Lula and her mother came over and we all went to look at the house Uncle Geo. has rented. Lula and Clarence came part way home with me.

Wednesday, 8/3/92: Packed my trunk this morning. About nine o’clock Carrie and I went up to Ella Keneval’s to dinner, had dinner about half past eleven. After dinner we went and bid the Miners goodbye, then went over to Grandma Minnicks. Started down to the depot about three. Went in to Lyman & Lays, then went to Uncle Will Minnick’s. Aunt Lib, Grandpa, Grandpa Tunnicliff, Ella Keneval, Will Palmer, Clarence Merchison, Mr. Stratton, and Bess were at the train to see us off. Clarence gave me One of his pictures. Got into Galesburg about five o’clock. Uncle John, Grace, Sarah, and Virginia were at the train to meet us. We sat out in the yard until supper time. After supper Uncle John took his surry, and we went riding.. Saw the Knox Co. Courthouse, Knox College and a good many other large buildings. The ride was delightful on the pavements.

Thursday, 8/4./92; After we made our beds, Nat hitched up for us and Carrie, Grace, Sara, [Virgin]a and I went riding. Drove around the city awhile, then went into Brown*s shops and uncle John took us all through. We girls went- up as far as we could get into the tower, and had a splendid view of the city. Went down on an elevator, then went all through the Methodist Church, looked at the audience room from the gallery. Went back to the shops with Moses [?]ubbard. When we got home it was nearly noon. Katie and Jimmy Mars were here to dinner. [K]atie stayed all afternoon. We played Old Maid, and Aunt Cornie played on the piano for us. [H]ad supper about half past five, then Katie, Grace, Carrie, Sara, and I took the street car or Lake George. Uncle John, Aunt Cornie, and the children went in the surry. When we reached the lake, we all took the steamboat and went up the lake. On our way back we got out at a landing and went up into the park. It is a beautiful place. Stayed there until the boat came back again then went back to the boat house. Although it wasn’t a very long ride I never will forget it. We girls waited for our car about twenty minutes, got home bout nine.

Fridav. 8/5/92: About nine o’clock Aunt Corrie, Horace, Katie Mars, Carrie, and I went in the surry to the timber about four miles east of town, stayed there until nearly noon, then drove over to Knoxville, went through the park, walked around the lake, then went around to [?]ee the St. Mary’s College. It was a lovely building. Got back to Galesburg about one. They had all of them had their dinner. After dinner we rode down town, went into some of the stores, around to Brown’s shops, into the Methodist church and watched them quilt. Went around past the seminary and the Alumni Hall. Got home just in time, for supper. Had a watermelon for supper. We played games, swung, and read until time to go to the train. On our way to the train Uncle John took us in to see the fire engine rooms and the way they have the horses trained. It was wonderful. Started for home about ten o’clock. The train was crowded, but we got a good seat. Thus ends my Illinois trip.

Below are some notes I made and typed up. Please correct and fill in, and.Let.me know if you can

Marcine (Strattan) Hubbartt
111 N. Catherine Ave.
LaGrange, Illinois 60525

Names from NETTIE FRINKS’S VISIT TO ILLINOIS:

Thursday, 7/7/92:

[Gra]ndpa  / Aunt Lib — Frinks? Minnicks?
Millie Porter, Mrs. Porter
Aunt Lou Minnick
Carrie Tunnicliff, Nettie’s second cousin (Barbara Ellen and Mary Ella Minnick) were probably first cousins
Sarah Cooper Tunnicliff, Carrie’s Grandma (born in England)

Friday, 7/8/92:

Edward Tunnicliff, Carrie’s Grandpa, potter from England (m. Sarah Cooper)
Aunt Barbara Keneval
Aunt Annie (Tunnicliff) Miner, daughter of Edward and Sarah Cooper
Cliff, John Clifford Miner – son of Aunt Annie Miner
Fred W. Miner – son of Aunt Annie Miner
[Lel]a Hebbard (m. Clarence Murchison) daughter of Mary Tunnicliff Hebbard Holt

Saturday, 7/9/92:

Frank Miles
Emma Miner (Rule), (m. Dudley Rule), Aunt Annie Miner’s daughter
Wilse Minnick
Fanny (Tunnicliff) Gamble, Fan, (m. Joseph Newton Gamble), Geo. Tunnicliff’s daughter
Mary (Tunnicliff) Hebbard Holt, Aunt Mary, sister to Aunt Annie Tunnicliff Miner, Lula’s mother
Will Palmer, William Cooper Palmer, funeral director
Addie (Palmer) Roulston, Adeline Mae Roulston
Will Palmer and Eddie Palmer Roulston are children of Aaron Palmer
Ern, Ernest Palmer

Sunday, 7/10/92:

Charlie Mentzer
[?] Delano (Baptist preacher)

Monday, 7/11/92:

Uncle Aar, Aaron Palmer, (m. Prudence Tunnicliff), father to Will, Addle, and Ern and Bessie

Tuesday, 7/12/92:

 Aunt Annie Stone, Anna Minnick Stone, (m. Exaver Stone: Aaron.Palmer’s nephew)
Bess, Bessie Palmer (Strattan), Aaron Palmer’s daughter, (m. Geo. Strattan)
Miss Haney, Mate
Mr. Murchison, Clarence, (m. Lula Hebbard)
Mrs. Low (e)
Mr, Hamilton

Wednesday, 7/13/92:

Mrs. Stanton
Alice (?AIice S. Tunnicliff (Pennewall), b. 1873) (?Alice Tillotson)
Mrs. Gleason ( Bird Gleason)
[?]rd and baby

Thursday, 7/14-/92:

Uncle Will Minnick
Zella Stone (Bennison), Aunt Annie Stone’s daughter
Paul
Aunt Susie
Grandma Minnick (?Barbara Ellen Frink’s or ?Annie Stone’s mother)

Friday. 7/15/92:

 Georgia Nye (Tunnicliff), (m. Charles Tillotson Tunnicliff)

Saturday, 7/16/92:

Sue (?Gamble)(?Mentzer, m. Edward Tunnicliff)
Mrs. Holmes – sister to Miss Watson
Miss Watson – sister to Mrs Holmes
Jennie Smailing

Sunday. 7/17/92;

[Con]nie Miles, S.S. teacher
Harry Miles, Baptist preacher
Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls
Ella Keneval (?Nettie’s cousin, Barbara Keneval^’s daughter)
Chan and wife (Chancey Gulp?)

Monday  7/18/92:

John Cooper Tunnicliff, Carrie’s uncle
Grace – daughter of John Tunnicliff
Sarah – daughter of  John Tunnicliff
Virginia – daughter of John Tunnicliff
Libbie Frink, Nettie’s sister

Tuesday. 7/19/92:

Emma Smailing
[?] Smailing
Mrs. Van Sickles

Thursday. 7/21/92:

Ma, Nettie’s mother (Barbara Ellen Minnick Frink)
Grace [Frink Nettie’s sister]
Mrs. John Moffitt
Mrs. Pinny
Miss Spicer
Grace Stone, Aunt Annie Stone’s daughter

Friday. 7/22/92:

Mrs. Bliss
[Lena] Mason’s sister
Jennie Bliss
Mrs. Steel

Saturday, 7/23/92:

[?]and Flora (?BLiss)
Miss Salem
Mrs. G

Sunday. 7/24./92;

Mate Haney*s sister
Mate Haney’s brother, Dick
Mr. and Mrs. Hewlet
Grandpa Bliss

Tuesday. 7/26/92;

Lida, Carrie’s sister, Lida Tunnicliff Hunter

Wednesday. 7/27/92:

Frank Reguah (his funeral)

Thursday. 7/28/92:

Mr. Pierce

Friday. 7/29/92:

Kate Miles

Monday, 8/1 /92:

Belle (w/Fred Miner)
Mr. Porter
Mrs. BLackburn
Geo.’s wife and baby
Mrs. Good, Mill’s sister
[Blan]che Maul (dancer)

Tuesday, 8/2/92:

Aunt Prudence, Prudence Tunnicliff Palmer, Bessie Palmer’s mother, (m. Aaron Palmer)
Nina King (with Fred)

Thursday, 8/4/92;

[?] Nathaniel Tunnicliff. Uncle John’s son
Moses Hubbard
Katie and Jimmy Mars
Aunt Cornie (?Laura Cornelia Hunter Tunnicliff), Carrie’s aunt
Horace Tunnicliff, Uncle John’s son

Terms Used in the Diary

Splasher: a protective towel or cloth on wall behind a wash stand.

Tidy: a detachable covering to protect the back or arm of a chair.

Basque: a woman’s closely fitted bodice separate from skirt.

Shally: possibly a challis scarf or shawl?

Halma: a table game like checkers, invented in 1883, but unlike checkers in that jumped pieces are not taken from the board and jumps may be made in any direction.

Halma” is a Greek word for “jump”.

Samantha among the Brethren by Marietta Holley is a telling but humcrous novel about women’s rights, or lack of them, in the church of the late 19th century in America.

Thanks to my recent research, I know that Nettie Frink was the granddaughter of John Minnick and his wife Ellen Jones Minnick of Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. I received the diary from Marcine Strattan, Nettie’s granddaughter.

I’m thankful that this diary was shared with me!

Minnick Descendants

Descendants of John Minnick of Henry County, Illinois

1-John Minnick-1696
b: 22 June 1822, Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
d: 21 April 1903, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States
+Elizabeth Mary Jones-1806
b: about 1816, Pennsylvania, United States
m: 28 October 1843, Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, United States
d: 20 July 1869, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States

. . . . . 2-Wilson J. Minnick-1807
          b: 28 August 1844, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States
          d: 15 January 1914, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States
. . . . . +Ella Youngson-4579
          b: 1848
          m: 10 November 1869, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States
          d: 2 August 1924, Chautauqua, New York, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Margaret Minnick-21449
                    b: 10 August 1870, Illinois, United States
                    d: 20 April 1955, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +William H McKelvy-21452
                    m: 23 March 1897, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-John Graff Youngson-21448
                    b: 19 June 1874, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
                    d: 19 February 1962, Plum, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary M. Minnick-21446
                    b: 1878, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
                    d: 2 June 1878, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Alberta Rose Minnick-21447
                    b: 2 November 1879, Pennsylvania, United States
                    d: 25 April 1912, Perry, Wyoming, New York, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +John Edward Martin-21450
                    b: 2 May 1876, Darlaston, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
                    m: September 1904, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
                    d: 30 July 1965, Royal Oak, Oakland, Michigan, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William McKelvy Martin-21451
                              b: 25 October 1907, Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States
                              d: 25 November 1987, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States

. . . . . 2-Ruhanah Minnick-1808
          b: about 1847, Pennsylvania, United States

. . . . . 2-Emeline Minnick-1695
          b: 26 August 1848, Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
          d: 13 September 1927, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +George Mentzer-1694
          b: 12 June 1838, Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
          m: 1 January 1868, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States
          d: 19 January 1912, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Charles Oliver Mentzer-1709
                    b: 1 July 1869, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States
                    d: 15 August 1955, Newman Hospital, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Nettie Adell Wells-1710
                    b: 5 February 1873, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    m: 18 October 1893, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 9 February 1939, Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Gladys Olive Mentzer-1711
                              b: 9 July 1894, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 2 June 1977, Kansas Christian Home, Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Paul Emory Mentzer-1712
                              b: 28 March 1896, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 14 August 1942, Charles Maxwell Hospital, Lamar, Prowers, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Pauline Edith Mentzer-9796
                              b: 28 March 1896, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 16 July 1984, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Leslie George Mentzer-1713
                              b: 23 August 1898, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 19 April 1988, Countryside Estates, Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Herbert Wells Mentzer-1714
                              b: 20 July 1900, a farm northwest of Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 25 March 1977, Allen County Hospital, Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-John Frederick Mentzer-1721
                    b: 3 March 1871, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States
                    d: 16 May 1943, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Anna May Wells-1720
                    b: 12 June 1868, Pleasant Hill (historical), Van Buren, Iowa, United States
                    m: 27 March 1895, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 7 May 1938, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hazel Adell Mentzer-1750
                              b: 19 May 1896, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 24 January 1985
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Cecile Marie Mentzer-1751
                              b: 7 November 1897, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 28 August 1980, Allen County Hospital, Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lelia Pearl Mentzer-1748
                              b: 26 April 1899, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 1 October 1981, Riverside, Riverside, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Marjorie Emma Mentzer-1746
                              b: 18 September 1901, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 8 December 1962, Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Wilfred Francis Mentzer-1745
                              b: 29 January 1903, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 6 May 1972, Montebello, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Harley Wells Mentzer-1752
                              b: 13 June 1904, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 27 March 1984, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mildred Mabel Mentzer-1747
                              b: 5 October 1906, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 12 December 1991, Orange, Orange, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Aleta Doris Mentzer-1749
                              b: 8 June 1909, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 19 June 1997, Oklahoma, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Susan May Mentzer-1734
                    b: 28 February 1873, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 6 January 1909, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Charles Edward Tunnicliff-1742
                    b: 26 September 1874, Page, Iowa, United States
                    m: 29 September 1902, Fort Morgan, Morgan, Colorado, United States
                    d: 26 December 1963, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Henry Arnold Mentzer-1735
                    b: 31 December 1874, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 1955
. . . . . . . . . . +Augusta May Litton-1741
                    b: 1878
                    m: 25 June 1903, home of Charles Litton, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 1963
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Leonard Wayne Mentzer-1922
                              b: 16 June 1918, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 14 July 1918, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dixie L. Mentzer-1921
                              b: 18 March 1909, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 1 February 1960, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Philip Embry Mentzer-1736
                    b: 22 February 1877, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 16 July 1952, Neosho Memorial Hospital, Chanute, Neosho, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Anna May Schoepflin-1743
                    b: 11 October 1879, Douglas, Kansas, United States
                    m: 25 October 1905, home of M. Schoepflin, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 27 September 1942, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Phillip Mentzer-4765
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Howard Walter Mentzer-1923
                              b: 17 February 1909
                              d: 28 February 1992, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edna LaVerne Grace Mentzer-4766
                              b: before 7 December 1911
                              d: 7 December 1911
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Loren Willis Mentzer-1924
                              b: 12 September 1913, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 17 February 1984, Gassville, Baxter, Arkansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ivan Emery Mentzer-1925
                              b: 16 June 1921, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 22 August 2010, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Earnest Everett Mentzer-1739
                    b: 10 May 1880, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: August 1965
. . . . . . . . . . +Edith May Dumond-1836
                    b: 25 October 1885, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    m: 1 June 1910, home of Mrs. Mary Dumond, Rose, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: about 28 June 1961, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-George Edward Mentzer-4583
                              b: 9 April 1911, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 October 1986, Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ernest Talmadge Mentzer-1837
                              b: 20 November 1912
                              d: 29 June 2017, Newton, Jasper, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Fleta Francis Mentzer-1838
                              b: 21 May 1914, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 30 August 1974, 90602 Whittier, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Austin Maxwellton Mentzer-1839
                              b: 29 December 1915, Kansas, United States
                              d: 15 June 1997, Ensign, Gray, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Willard Keith Mentzer-1840
                              b: 6 December 1917, Kansas, United States
                              d: 11 May 2015, Nevada, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Merrill Burdette Mentzer-1841
                              b: 4 April 1919, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 10 December 2013, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Norman Laddie Mentzer-1842
                              b: 20 May 1920, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 15 October 1920, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Norryce Franklin Mentzer-1843
                              b: 25 October 1921
                              d: 26 January 2012, Wenatchee, Chelan, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Juanita Winnifred Mentzer-1844
                              b: 20 May 1923, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 5 April 2009, Middlesex
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lovell Jennings Mentzer-1845
                              b: 21 January 1926, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 19 April 1945, Nuremberg, Germany
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Donald Dumond Mentzer-1846
                              b: 6 March 1928, Kansas, United States
                              d: 15 February 1988, Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Clara Edith Mentzer-1737
                    b: 20 September 1882, Mentzer homestead, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 20 December 1970, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +John Wesley Williams-1744
                    b: 7 December 1878, Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    m: 2 April 1903, home of G. W. Mentzer, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 21 July 1957, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Glenn Monroe Williams-1926
                              b: 21 September 1903, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 11 October 1944, Larned, Pawnee, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Goldie Marie Williams-1927
                              b: 22 August 1905, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 25 December 1996, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edith Emma Williams-1683
                              b: 1 January 1907, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 26 June 1993, Junction City, Geary, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Harold Williams-1928
                              b: 20 March 1908, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 28 May 1980, Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Leo Leonard Williams-1929
                              b: 2 January 1910, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 24 March 1995, Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Freddie Lloyd Williams-1930
                              b: 19 October 1911, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 18 September 1973, Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Helen Dove Williams-1931
                              b: 21 December 1912, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 18 August 1993, Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-George Wesley Williams-1932
                              b: 25 February 1915, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 1 June 1979, Hillcrest Nursing Home, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Clifford Wayne Williams-1933
                              b: 27 November 1916, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 5 March 2003, Renton, King, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Letha May Williams-1934
                              b: 1 October 1918, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 29 April 1979, Osteopathic Hospital, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Doris Ann Williams-1935
                              b: 16 February 1920, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 5 March 2010, Westminster, Carroll, Maryland, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Verna Lucille Williams-1936
                              b: 5 July 1921, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 March 2004
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Clarence Albert Mentzer-1738
                    b: 7 April 1887, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 23 January 1919, Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Grace Graham-1740
                    b: 2 December 1889
                    m: 7 May 1913, Methodist parsonage, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                    d: 20 February 1989

. . . . . 2-Barbara Ellen Minnick-1809
          b: 26 December 1849, Pennsylvania, United States
          d: 18 July 1931, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . +Oliver Hannibal Frink-1812
          b: 26 May 1848, Elkhart, Indiana, United States
          m: 12 April 1870, Henry, Illinois, United States
          d: 25 July 1916, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Annette “Nettie” Frink-4536
                    b: 16 July 1871
                    d: 11 August 1938
. . . . . . . . . . +George O Cogley-13476
                    b: 1869
                    m: 10 August 1893, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 1899
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Marjorie Cogley-13477
                              b: 7 March 1899, Iowa, United States
                              d: 17 November 1975
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Paul F Cogley-18354
                              b: 26 June 1894, Clarinda, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 7 November 1972, Riverside, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Margaret Cogley-18364
                              b: 4 February 1897
                              d: 13 December 1897
. . . . . . . . . . +Carroll Dumont Baker-18363
                    b: 8 July 1870, Skowhegan, Somerset, Me
                    m: 3 July 1916, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d:
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary Elizabeth “Libbie” Frink-18353
                    b: 19 January 1873, Bingham, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 15 June 1924, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Willis F. Stotler-18362
                    b: 10 August 1866, Wayne, Iowa, United States
                    m: 10 May 1894, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 24 March 1944, Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mildred Iona Statler-21456
                              b: 27 August 1896, Essex, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 3 February 1986, El Cajon, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Willis Frederick Stotler Jr.-21455
                              b: 26 July 1898, Pierce Township, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 19 September 1974, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Donald Charles Stolter-21453
                              b: 26 January 1901, Essex, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 8 June 1961, Hot Springs, Fall River, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Clara Lucille Stolter-21454
                              b: 23 December 1910, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 16 May 1983, Orlando, Orange, Florida, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Walter Frink-18352
                    b: 29 April 1875, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 9 July 1875, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-George Oliver Frink-4535
                    b: 26 August 1876
                    d: 10 January 1882
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Bertha L. Frink-4537
                    b: 9 April 1880, Fremont, Iowa, United States
                    d: 3 September 1953, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Frank M. Stotler-18368
                    b: 17 July 1869, Page, Iowa, United States
                    m: 13 September 1900, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 1 August 1967, La Mesa, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Helen Stotler-18365
                              b: 11 October 1906, Hamburg, Fremont, Iowa, United States
                              d: 22 April 2000
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Bruce Edwin Stotler-18367
                              b: 16 May 1915, Washington, United States
                              d: 17 December 1987, Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sheldon Charles Stotler-13472
                              b: 12 September 1904, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States
                              d: 29 June 1965, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Grace Frink-4531
                    b: 11 February 1882, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 28 June 1953, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Warren Rawson Worden-18360
                    b: 19 February 1881
                    m: 20 June 1906, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 2 March 1919, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-George Oliver Worden-18361
                              b: 6 April 1907, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 3 October 1954, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mabel Frink-4532
                    b: 22 January 1884, Iowa, United States
                    d: 1 October 1903
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Harvey Frink-4507
                    b: 23 October 1886, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 5 August 1958, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Betty H Fitzgerald-21458
                    b: 30 July 1894, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 20 April 1983
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Irene Fanny Frink-4515
                    b: 28 September 1889, Bingham, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 1966
. . . . . . . . . . +Grover Whitney Brown-18350
                    b: 23 January 1889, Ida Grove, Ida, Iowa
                    m: 29 August 1917, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 27 August 1958, Page, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Evelyn Ruth Brown-Murphy-21460
                              b: 19 January 1921, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 5 October 2011, Glenview, Northfield Township, Cook, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Benjamin “Ben” Whitney Brown-21459
                              b: 16 July 1924, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 8 November 2009, Princeton, Mille Lacs, Minnesota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Robert Grover Brown-18351
                              b: 25 April 1926, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 10 August 2020, Indianola, Warren, Iowa
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Warren Minnick Frink-4513
                    b: 11 October 1894, Iowa, United States
                    d: 8 January 1970
. . . . . . . . . . +Ellen N. Weiss-18391
                    b: 1896
                    m: 16 October 1915, Page, Iowa, United States
                    d: 1967
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Herbert Frink-18392
                              b: 26 April 1916, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 24 September 1987, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Maurice Fred Frink-13482
                              b: 27 January 1919, Aurora, Kane, Illinois, United States
                              d: 1 June 2004, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Marcia Elizabeth Frink-13484
                              b: 21 June 1922, Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States
                              d: 16 January 2001, Cedar Falls, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Richard Frink-18393
                              b: 4 August 1928, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States
                              d: 24 July 2004, Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa, United States

. . . . . 2-Mary E. Minnick-1810
          b: about 1851, Pennsylvania, United States
d. 1926 Woodson County, Kansas


. . . . . 2-Susan Loretta Minnick-1811
          b: about 1853, Pennsylvania, United States
. . . . . +Edward Halterman-11217
          b: 1855
          m: 3 August 1878, Clarinda, Page, Iowa, United States

+Phebe Tripp-6423
m: 1 March 1870, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States
d: 1 November 1889, Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States

Elizabeth Minnick

Have you ever found a record on Find a Grave that you think might be an ancestor’s sibling but can’t find that one document to prove it? That’s where I stand with the record for Elizabeth Minnick.

Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 3 April 2022), memorial for Elizabeth Minnick (? – 1926), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13324222, created by Travis Campbell, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas;, Elizabeth Minnick.

I think the Elizabeth Minnick buried in Yates Center, Kansas is Mary Elizabeth Minnick, daughter of John and Elizabeth Minnick of Henry County, Illinois. If so, then she would be the sister of my great-grandmother, Emeline Minnick Mentzer.

Even though the cemetery record provides a death year, I have not been able to find an obituary in the Woodson County, Kansas papers nor in the Henry County, Illinois papers. Thus, I don’t have a document verifying this relationship.

However, I do have census records that place Mary E. Minnick in Woodson County, Kansas. In 1915, Mary E Minnick was living in the household of Mrs. Emeline Mentzer in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.

1915 Kansas Census, Woodson County, 1905 State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, page 33 Image 65 of 150, family 284, Mrs. Emeline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

Again in 1920, Mary E Minnick is listed in the household of Emaline Mentzer. This census record identifies Mary E. Minnick as a sister of Emaline Mentzer.

1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 160, Sheet 11B, household 276, Mentzer Emaline; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

Again in 1925, Mary E Minnick was listed as a sister to Emeline Mentzer in the Woodson County, Kansas census.

1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, KS, page 18 Image 68 of 121, family 596, Emiline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021)

All of the census records refer to Emeline Mentzer’s sister as Mary E. Minnick and not as Lizzie. However, in 1924, a death notice appears in the Woodson County Journal for a niece of Emeline. This article also identifies Lizzie Minnick.

Mrs. W. F. Stotler, a niece of Mrs. George Mentzer and Miss Lizzie Minnick, died June 15 at her home in Shenanadoan, Iowa.

“Local News,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 June 1924, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 3 April 2022).

I don’t have an obituary or a death certificate to confirm that the Lizzie Minnick buried in 1926 in Yates Center is in fact the sister of Emeline Minnick Mentzer. However, the census and newspaper records support the possibility that the Lizzie Minnick buried in Yates Center is Mary E. Minnick, sister of Emeline Minnick.

Herbert Frink, Pilot

Have you tried to re-create a military record for a World War II veteran in your tree? If I’m lucky enough to locate a digitized local newspaper, I can often add lots of details about an ancestor’s or a cousin’s military record. That was the case recently when researching my Minnick line, particularly, Herbert Frink.

A brief mention in the 22 Mar 1943 issue of The Courier of Waterloo, Iowa, helps confirm his first enlistment.

Aviation Cadet Herbert W. Frink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Frink, 303 Locust street has been advanced from preflight training at San Antonio Cadet Center to an army air force primary flying field. He enlisted June, 1941.

“Aviation Cadet Herbert W. Frink,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 22 March 1943, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

Then in May 1943, an article confirms Herbert was sent to basic flying school.

Air Cadet Herbert W. Frink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Frink, 303 Locust street has been graduated from primary flying school at Fort Stockton, Tex., and will be sent to a basic flying school to continue his training. He was employed at the Rainbow greenhouse before entering the army air corps.

“Air Cadet Herbert W. Frink,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 31 May 1943, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

A June article announces Herbert’s arrival at Goodfellow field in Texas.

Air Cadet Herbert W. Frink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Frink, 303 Locust street, who recently graduated from a primary flying school at Fort Stockton, Tex. has arrived at Goodfellow field, Tex., to begin an intensified aerial training course.

“Air Cadet Herbert W. Frink,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 3 June 1943, page; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

In October of 1943, Herbert Frink earned his pilot’s wings.

Frink Wins Pilot Wings, Commission

Graduated in ceremonies conducted by the army air forces central flying training command, Herbert W. Frink, above, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Frink, 303 Locust street, Saturday wore the silver wings of an army pilot and held his second lieutenant’s commission.

Lieutenant Frink, who enlisted in June 1941, received pre-flight training at San Antonio, Tex.; primary training at Fort Stockton, Tex., and then advanced to Goodfellow and Moore fields, in Texas.

He was employed at the Rainbow greenhouse prior to joining the air fores.

More than 60 Iowa youths were graduated in ceremonies Friday, it was reported form Randolph Field in Tex., headquarters of the command.

“Frink Wins Pilot wings, Commission,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 3 October 1943, page 12; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

About a year later, Herbert Frink graduated from a course in scientific aerial gunnery.

Second Lt. Herbert W. Frink, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Frink, 303 Locust street, is among those recently graduated from a post-graduate course in scientific aerial gunnery at the Matagorda Peninsula airbse, Matagorda, Tex. He is now stationed at Moore field, Tex., where he received his wings and commission in September, 1943. Lieutenant Frink is expected home on a leave Oct. 20.

“Second Lt. Herbert W. Frink,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 18 September 1944, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

In November 1944, Herbert Frink won the Buzz Wagner trophy.

Frink Captures Wagner Trophy

Lt. Herbert W. Frink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Frink, 303 Locust street, gunnery instructor at Moore field, Tex., became the fourth pilot to win the coveted Buzz Wagner trophy last week at Matagorda Island, Tex., during the annual army air forces fixed gunnery competition for flying instructors and student pilots of all advanced fighter training schools in the country. The trophy, presented by the citizens of Johnstown, Pa., in honor of Lt. Col. Boyd D. Wagner, famous army air forces pilot recently killed in a plane crash, is now in the possession of the officers’ club at Moore field. Lieutenant Frink also holds a badge for being an expert pistol shot.

“Frink Captures Wagner Trophy,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 7 November 1944, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

In 1945, Herbert and his brother were both placed on inactive duty.

Flight Officer Maurice Frink and First Lt. Herbert W. Frink, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Warren M. Frink, 303 Locust street, have been put on inactive status with the army air forces. Maurice, whose wife resides at 214 East Thompson avenue, was commissioned in March this year and was stationed at Selma, Ala., before being discharged. Herbert was commissioned Oct. 1, 1943, and has been stationed at Moore field, Tex. His wife is residing with his parents.

“Flight Officer Maurice Frink,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 10 October 1945, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

Flowerama

Have you purchased flowers from a grocery or discount store? Have you ever wondered how shopping for flowers transitioned from a florist storefront to a grocery store? I know that I never questioned this transition.

Thus, when I ran across the mention of Flowerama in the obituary of a second cousin twice removed, Herbert Frink. I was intrigued enough to learn more about Flowerama.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa)
25 Sep 1987
page 14

Herbert W. Frink
Cedar Falls — Services for Herbert W. Frink, 71, of 2421 Sunset Blvd., will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Heights Presbyterian Church wit burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Mr. Frink died of heart failure Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24) at Sartori Memorial Hospital.
He was born April 26, 1916 in Shenandoah, son of Warren and Ellen Weis Frink. H married Ruth M. Marinoff on May 23, 1945, in San Juan, Texas. She died June 22, 1975. He married Betty Sulentic Glass on July 8, 1977 in Waterloo, She died April 11, 1986.
He was a first lieutenant in World War II and was a flight instructor and a national aerial gunnery champion as an Air Force pilot. He retired from Frink Greenshouses and Flowerama of America in 1981.
Survivors include a daughter, Jacklyn Frink Rubendall of 1600 Patterson Lane, Cedar Falls; two brothers, Maurice F. of 365 Four Seasons Drive, Cedar Falls, and richard O. of 18 River Ridge Road, Cedar Falls; and a sister, Marcia Talley of 33011 Neola, Cedar Falls.
Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home and for an hour before services Saturday at the church. The family will receive friends from 7 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

“Herbert W. Frink,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 25 September 1987, page 14; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

That curiosity about Flowerama prompted a newspaper search for the word ‘flowerama’. My initial search turned up several 1987 articles about a company named Flowerama of America, Inc., founded by Maurice Frink and his brother, Herbert. While these articles talked about the expansion of Flowerama, an article in the 25 Jan 1987 issue of the Des Moines Register provided some background on the founding of the company.

The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa)
25 Jan 1987
page 109

From a few posies to major profits
Flowerama blossoms into largest retail flower franchiser

By Jack Holvelson

Waterloo, IA — It may be that a rose is a rose is a rose, but to Flowerama of America Inc., its a key to luring the impulse buyer.
Now thousands of roses later, the Waterloo-based florist franchiser has turned the kind of “flower cart” sales by the stem into big business.

Company owner and president Maurice “Mose” Frink say he’s not ready to stop growing either.
“We aim now to open 15 new shops a year. I hope we can open 50 a year. I see no reason Flowerama can’t have a thousand franchised shops, say Frink who co-founded the operation with brother Herbert.
The idea for Flowerama took root more than two decades ago. The brothers already knew something about the florist business, since they were sons of a Waterloo florist and owners of Frinks’ Greenhouses, Inc.
The greenhouses had opened in 1952, and ultimately supplied more than 250 retail florists and bedding plant outlets in Iowa and other parts of the Midwest, according to Maurice Frink.
But the brothers wanted a more stable and dependable market than they had in their floral shops and supermarket chains.
So in 1966, Maurice and Herbert decided to try selling bedding plants and flowers from expandable mobile trailers parking in high-traffic areas such as supermarkets and shopping center parking lots.
Then in 1970, the Frinks decided to try selling flowers and plants in regional shopping malls, again using the “openness” approach that had worked so well with their temporary site trailers. The first Flowerama in a mall was established in the College Square Shopping center in Cedar Falls.
Largest Floral Retailer
Today, Flowerama is the nation’s largest franchiser of retail floral shops, according to Flowerama marketing director Bob Whitt.
The company is privately held and doesn’t release either profit or sales figures.
The Frink method of merchandising flowers is patterned after the traditional European “flower cart” approach that encourages browsing and impulse buying. In this country, sales of flowers historically have been made to people who visit a florist intending to buy flowers for a special occasion. Flowerama profits from this type of sale as well.
But the majority of its business comes from the growing ranks of impulse buyers who are in shopping malls for reasons other than picking up flowers, according to Maurice Frink.

“From a Few Posies to Major Profits,” The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa), 25 January 1987, page 109; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

Based on this information, I was able to narrow my search and found an article about the incorporation fo Flowerama.

The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa)
4 May 1966
page 2

Articles of Incorporation
Flowerama of America, Inc., authorized capital stock of $100,000 composed of 1,000 shares with par value at $100 each.; initial registered office at 418 W. 13th St., Cedar Falls,; by Herbert W. and Maurice F Frink, of Cedar Falls.

“Articles of Incorporation,” The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa), 4 May 1966, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 30 March 2022).

While I have never met these distant cousins, I will think of them whenever seeing flowers for sale in a grocery or discount store.

Thank You Libraries!

Were you aware that a lot of newspapers are available for FREE thanks to the local public library? While Chronicling America provides access to some of our nation’s newspapers for free, many public libraries are providing free access to their local newspapers.

I first became aware of this service when my local library, Seneca Free Library, digitized their collection of newspaper microfilm. These papers can be searched using a link on the library’s home page. When I first started working with the Seneca papers, I was aware that neighboring communities had also digitized their newspapers. However, I was not aware that a large number of libraries have done this.

That’s where Kenneth Marks and his Ancestor Hunt Newspaper Links is a must have tool in my genealogy toolbox. Using his site, I can search for a community to see whether their newspapers have been digitized. If so, his page links to the library’s site that I can use to search the paper.

As I was researching John Minnick of Kewanee, Illinois, I was very thankful that the Kewanee Public Library District provides this service and that Kenneth Marks’ index helped me find it. I was able to find an obituary for my 3rd great grandfather, John Minnick. This obituary was a great find since it provides a date of his first marriage along with a hint that his second wife had a prior marriage.

Kewanee Daily Star-Courier (Kewanee, Illinois)
kewanee.advantage-preservation.com
22 April 1903
page 1

Death of John Minnick
Pioneer Resident Passes Away Last Night

Death claimed another of Kewanee’s pioneer residents last night when at eleven o’clock John Minnick, aged 81 passed quietly away at his home 113 South Elm street. Death followed a stroke of paralysus sustained about a week ago and which rendered Mr. Minnick’s condition serious. Owing to his advanced age little could be done to alleviate his suffering.
For nearly half a century Mr Minnick was a resident of Kewanee. He was born in Carlyle, Penn., June 22d 1822 and came to Kewanee 47 years ago. October 28th, 1843 he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Jones of Carlyle, who passed to the other world July 20th , 1869. After coming to Illinois Mr Minnick became the husband of Mrs. Phoebe M Tripp who died November 1st 1870 in this city.
Mr Minnick was employed during the greater part of his residence in Kewanee as a shoemaker his place of business being on Tremont street. Five children are left to mourn his death, being as follows, Wilson J of Kewanee, Mrs. Emma Mentzer of Yates Center, Kan Mrs Ellen Frink of Shenandoah, Iowa who is in the city now, Miss Elizabeth Minnick of this city and Mrs Susan Halterman of Clarinda, Ia. Another daughter Mrs Anna Bell died some years ago near Clarinda.
Mr Minnick’s membership in the M E Church of this city dates back farther than that of any other member. He had ben an active worker in the church during his entire residence in Kewanee for many years acting as class leader. The funeral service will be conducted tomorrow afternoon at 2 30 o’clock at the M. E. Church, Rev. R A Brown being in charge There will be no service at the house The remains will be laid to rest in Pleasant View cemetery.

“Death of John Minnick,” Kewanee Daily Star-Courier (Kewanee, Illinois), 22 April 1903, page 1; Digital Images, Kewanee Public Library District (Advantage Preservation) (http://kewanee.advantage-preservation.com/ : viewed online 20 March 2022).

Not only did I find this very informative obituary but I found an 1860 newspaper ad for John Minnick’s store in Kewanee.

Emaline Minnick Mentzer

(Note: her first name was spelled many ways)

Emeline Minnick1 was born on 26 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.23

Emiline Menick was listed as a 1 year old female in the household of John Menick on the 1850 U.S. census living in Franklin county, Pennsylvania.4

E. Minnick was listed in the household of Jno Minnick on the 1860 U.S. Census living in Kewanne, Henry County, Illinois. E. Minnick was listed as an 11 year old female born in Pennsylvania.2,5

She became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church on 14 Jul 1867 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.6

She married George Mentzer on 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.2,715

On 1 Jul 1869, Charles Oliver Mentzer was born in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.12,1618

Emma Mentzer was listed in the household of Geo Mentzer on the 1870 census living in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. According to the census, Emma was 22 years old and born in Pennsylvania.19

On 3 Mar 1871, John Frederick Mentzer was born in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States.12,1617

She lived in Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1872.2

Between 1873 and 1914, Emeline was a member Pleasant View M.E. Church in Woodson, Kansas, United States.2

On 28 Feb 1873, Susan May Mentzer was born in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

On 31 Dec 1874, Henry Arnold Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617,20

On 22 Feb 1877, Philip Embry Mentzer was born in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

On 10 May 1880, Earnest Everett Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

Emaline Mentzer was listed as the wife of Geo Mentzer on the 1880 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emaline was 32 years old and born in Pennsylvania.21

On 20 Sep 1882, Clara Edith Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617

Emeline Mentzer is listed as a 36 year old female in the household of George Mentzer on the 1885 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas.22

On 7 Apr 1887, Clarence Albert Mentzer was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.12,1617,23

E Mentzer was listed as a 46 year old female in the household of Geo Mentzer on the 1895 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas.24

Emma Mentzer was listed as the wife of George Mentzer on the 1900 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emma was born Aug 1848 in Pennsylvania. Emma and George and been married 32 years in 1900. Emma was the mother of 8 children, all of whom were living in 1900.25

Emeline Mentzer was listed in the household of George Mentzer on the 1905 Kansas census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emeline was 50 years old.26

Emeline Mentzer was listed as the wife of George Mentzer on the 1910 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Emeline was 61 years old and born in Pennsylvania. Emeline was the mother of 8 children, 7 of whom were living.27

On 26 Jan 1912, she thanked friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of her husband in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.28

She filed a declaration of a widow for original pension  on 13 Feb 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12

Between 1914 and 1927, Emeline was a member in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.29

She lived in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States in Feb 1914.2

Mrs. Emeline Mentzer was listed as the head of household on the 1915 census living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. According to the census, Mrs. Mentzer was 66 years old. Also living in the household was Hazel, age 18 and Cecil, aged 16.30

She lived in Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1919.23

Emaline Mentzer was listed as a head of household on the 1920 census. According to the census, Emaline was 70 years old and born in Pennsylvania. Her sister, Mary E Minnick was also listed in the household.31

Emeline Mentzer was listed as the head of household on the 1925 Kansas census living in Yates Center, Woodson County,Kansas. According to the census Emeline was a 76 year old female born in Pennyslvania. Also listed in the household was listed a sister Mary E. Minnick.32

Emeline died on 13 Sep 1927 at the age of 79 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.2,3335

She was buried on 15 Sep 1927 at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.2,3335

ENDNOTES: 

       1. 1860 U.S. Census, Henry County Illinois, population schedule, [CivilDivision], enumeration district (ED) [ED], [PageID], [HouseholdID], [Person]; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.con : [AccessType] [AccessDate]); NARA microfilm publication M653.

        2. “Died – Mentzer,” undated clipping, 1927, from unidentified newspaper; Crawford Family Papers, saved by Pauline Briles and passed down to Marcia Philbrick; privately held 2021 by Marcia Crawford Philbrick, [address for private use], Seneca, KS 66538. likely from Yates Center newspaper.

        3. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 122.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        4. 1850  U.S. Census, Franklin County Pennsylvania, population schedule, Montgomery Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, image 52 of 78, family 692, John Menick; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.

        5. 1860 U.S. Census, Henry County Illinois, population schedule, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, page 78, family 593, Jno Minnick.

        6. Lifetime Pass Certificate, Photocopy of Certificiate of Church Membership received from Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS (Minnick.IL.014), The Atchison, Topkea and Santa Fe Railroad

        7. Mentzer, George, Family Bible of Emeline Minnick Mentzer (no place: no publisher, no date); Doris Ryan, Yates Center, KS, (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.006)

        8. Marriage, 24 March 1869, , . , photocopy of letter in possession of Alfred C. Young, Burtonsville, MD (Minnick.IL.029).

        9. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 2016.

        10. Edmund West, comp., “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), George Mentzer.

        11. “Illinois, Marriage Index, 1851-1900,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (October 2017), George Mentzer.

        12. George Mentzer (Company C, 24th Regiment Massachuses Infantry), pension no. WC 741.913, Case FIles of Approved Pension Applications, 1861-1934; Civil War and Later Pension Files, Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

        13. Illinois, Henry County. Index to Marriages. County Clerk, Mentzer, George, Jan 1 1868 Index to Marriages, surnames G-N: image 620 of 751; digital images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online August 2018.

        14. Illinois, Henry County. Marriage Register. County Clerk,  Film #1435944 DGS 4031862. Mentzer, George, 27 Dec 1867 Digital Images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online August 2018.1435944 DGS 4031862

        15. Henry County Illinois, “Return of Marriage,” Book A, page 313, George Mentzer and Emeline Minnick, 1 January 1868; County Clerk, Henry County, Illinois.

        16. “Obituary – Mentzer,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed onlnie August 2018).

        17. , “The George Mentzer Family,” In the Beginning, Woodson County Historical Society, 3 No. 11 (July 1970): p. 9-12.

        18. Charles O. Mentzer, death certificate #55 011802 (1955), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        19. 1870 U.S. Census, Henry County, Illinois, population schedule, Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, page 52 Image 52 of 106, household 382, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M593

        20. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online October 2017), Henry Arnold Mentzer.

        21. 1880 U.S. Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 56, Page 9 Image 3 of 9, household 97, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        22. 1885 Kansas Census, Neosho County, State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 1 Image 1 of 31, line 25, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); Kansas State Historical Society

        23. “Obituary,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 30 January 1919, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 27 January 2020).

        24. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 8 (image 12 of 51) Image 12 of 51, Household 5, Geo Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online June 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        25. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 184, sheet 21B Image 42 of 46, household 464, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503

        26. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 206 Image 11 of 63, family 4, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Socity

        27. 1910 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, SD 4, ED 145, sheet 5B Image 10 of 15, household 101, George Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2016); NARA microfilm publication T624

        28. “Card of Thanks,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 26 January 1912, image 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

        29. , Obituary Clipping (N.p.: saved by Mrs. Pauline Briles, n.d.), [Page].

        30. 1915 Kansas Census, Woodson County, 1905 State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, page 33 Image 65 of 150, family 284, Mrs. Emeline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        31. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 160, Sheet 11B Image 21 of 47, household 276, Mentzer Emaline; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        32. 1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Yates Center, Woodson County, KS, page 18 Image 68 of 121, family 596, Emiline Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 17 May 2021)

        33. Emiline Mentzer, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas death certificate 104 1475 (13 September 1927).

        34. George Mentzer, 1838-1912, Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. center drive, east of gazebo by road (Doc. #: Mentzer.KS.001).

        35. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for Emaline Mentzer (1848-1927), Find a Grave Memorial no. #56845678, created by Judy Mayfield, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Judy Mayfield, Emaline Mentzer.

Mothers in My Tree

#52Ancestors #MothersDay

(Maiden names are being used)

(3) My Mom

  • Four children
  • 1 died infancy

(5) Winnie Letha Currey

  • Three children
  • 1 died in infancy
  • 1 died as a young adult prior to marriage

(7) Pauline Mentzer

  • Five children
  • 1 died around 9 months

(9) Josie Winifred Hammond

  • Seven children
  • 3 boys and 4 girls

(11) Winnie Mae Hutchinson

  • Nine children
  • one baby only lived a month
  • a second baby lived about 5 months
  • son, Henry Currey, died at age 13
  • Winnie died in 1913, leaving Herbert 18, Myrtle 14, Mary 12, Winnie 10, Earnest 7, and Alma 1 1/2
  • Total of 5 boys, 4 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls in 1913 when their mother died

(13) Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts

  • Four children
  • 2 boys and 2 girls

(15) Nettie Adell Wells

  • Five children
  • 3 boys and 2 girls

(17) Mary Foster

  • Five children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(19) Sarah Ellen Ralston

  • Hammond Genealogy say 9 children
  • No documentation of first three children: William R. R. Hammond b 1864 and Homer L. Hammond b 1865 and Judson F. E. Hammond b 1866 found at this time
  • First three children have birth dates prior to her marriage
  • A fourth child, Glenn M. Hammond, is listed in the Hammond Genealogy. This child only lived one year. No other documentation found to date
  • Five documented children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(21) Angelina Jane Burke

  • Ten children
  • 6 boys and 4 girls

(23) Julia Harding

  • Eleven Children
  • Death dates currently unknown on 4 of the children: Frederick b1867, Cary b1869, Francesca b1879 and Elvira b 1884
  • 7 boys and 4 girls with 4 boys and 3 girls reaching adulthood

(25) Sarah Jane Thompson

  • Two children
  • 1 boy and 1 girl

(27) Rachel Elmeda Christy

  • Eight children
  • Set of twins did not survive. One died when almost one month old and the other died when a little over 3 months old.
  • 2 boys and 6 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls surviving to adulthood

(29) Emeline Minnick

  • Eight children
  • 6 boys and 2 girls

(31) Salome Adell Crandall

  • Four children
  • A boy, Freddie, lived about 7 years
  • A girl, Mary, lived about 9 months
  • Two girls survived to adulthood and married brothers

My Ahnentafel

It’s almost the new year and time again for resolutions. Perhaps you’ve attempted Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over or Amy Johnson Crowe’s ’52 Ancestors’ blog prompts or for the super ambitious, the Genealogy Photo a Day challenge? In the past 5 years, I believe I have started all of these — but finished none.

Randy Seaver’s recent blog post, Dear Randy, How Do You Make that Descendant List in Your ’52 Ancestors’ Posts?, prompted me to review my blogging to see how far I got with blogging about my ancestors.

To start, I used RootsMagic to create an Ahnentafel chart showing my ancestors. Then I searched my blog to see what I have written about those ancestors.

I’m happy to admit that I have successfully blogged about my 3rd and 4th generation ancestors. However, this review also shows that I wasn’t successful with my 5th generation, all of whom I have already researched.

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford: born 6 Feb 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 Dec 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 Oct 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs:

5. Winnie Letha Currey: born 30 Jun 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 Feb 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

6. Edward Osmond Briles: born 21 Jun 1891 in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 29 Oct 1915 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 28 May 1956 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer: born 28 Mar 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 Jul 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford: born 15 Apr 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 Dec 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 Feb 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

9. Josie Winifred Hammond: born 9 Feb 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 Sep 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

10. Hiram Miles Currey: born 23 Oct 1866 in Missouri, United States; married 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; died 15 Sep 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

12. Edward Grant Briles: born 18 Jul 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 Jul 1951 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

13. Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts: born 7 Apr 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Apr 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer: born 1 Jul 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 Aug 1955 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

15. Nettie Adell Wells: born 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 Feb 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

                Blogs

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford: born 21 Apr 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 Mar 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 Aug 1889 in Ford, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

17. Mary Foster: born 28 Aug 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 Jan 1929 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond: born 20 Nov 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 Jan 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 Apr 1928 in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Blogs

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston: born 11 May 1849 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 18 Oct 1892 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

20. Hiram M. Currey: born 13 Aug 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; married 3 Aug 1856 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States; died 2 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

21. Angelina Jane Burke: born 30 Oct 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson: born abt 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 Jul 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

23. Julia Harding: born 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada; died 4 Jan 1892 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

24. Noah Washington Briles: born 1840 in Randolph County, North Carolina; married 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

25. Sarah Jane Thompson: born 7 Aug 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 17 Aug 1930 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

26. James Marshall Ricketts: born 28 Nov 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; married 12 Jul 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Nov 1920 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy: born 28 Apr 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 Jan 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

28. George Mentzer: born 12 Jun 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; died 19 Jan 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

29. Emeline Minnick: born 6 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 Sep 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells: born 26 Feb 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 Mar 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 Jun 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall: born 24 Jun 1836 in Ohio, United States; died 30 Aug 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

In my defense, I have a LOT of blog posts about my research of the various Crawford families in early Lincoln, Madison and Garrard counties, Kentucky. However, I haven’t done as well with my own ancestors. I guess one of my goals for 2021 should be to create blog posts for each of these 5th generation ancestors. Hopefully, that is one goal that I can accomplish!