Reinhart L Braun

M, #22725, b. 1862
Last Edited6 Jul 2007
Birth*Reinhart L Braun was born in 1862 at MD, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: Reinhart L Braun married Augusta C (?) in 1888. 
Census*Census: Reinhart L Braun and Augusta C (?) appeared on the census of 4 April 1930 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, United StatesB

Family

Augusta C (?) b. 1866
Child

Albert Christopher Bremer

M, #7, b. 29 October 1897, d. 1 November 1984
Albert Bremer - taken about 1978
FatherHerman John Bremer b. 15 Feb 1869, d. 29 Oct 1941
MotherLouise Piepho b. 16 Aug 1873, d. 7 Sep 1942
RelationshipFather of Verna Jean Bremer
Last Edited3 Aug 2020
Birth*Albert Christopher Bremer was born on 29 October 1897 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
BaptismHe was baptized on 21 November 1897 at Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
CensusCensus: Albert Christopher Bremer appeared on the census of 13 June 1900 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Education*He completed the 7th grade of school. 
CensusCensus: Albert Christopher Bremer appeared on the census of 28 April 1910 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Confirmation*Confirmation: Albert Christopher Bremer was confirmed on 19 March 1912 at Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
WW1 Draft*WWI Draft: Albert Christopher Bremer registered for the draft of WWI on 12 September 1918 in Sibley, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, Occupation: Farm Labor; Employer: Herman Bremer (Father); Height: Medium; Build: Medium; Eyes: Blue; Hair Color: Light.
Census*Census: Albert Christopher Bremer appeared on the census of 21 January 1920 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
CensusCensus: Albert Christopher Bremer appeared on the census of 17 April 1930 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, listed with his brother Harry. 
Living*Residence: Albert Christopher Bremer was living in 1935 at Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: Albert Christopher Bremer married Margaret Johanna Hartwig, daughter of Fredrick Peters (Fred) Hartwig and Elise Catherina Gronewold, on 23 December 1938 at St Peters (now American) Lutheran Church, Melvin, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, by Rev L Locker. Albert's address at time of marriage was Ocheyedan and hers was Melvin, IA. Marriage was witnessed by Fred and Lenora Drenkow.
(Witness) PhotoAlbert Christopher Bremer appeared in a photo in December 1939 at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB.
Census*Census: Albert Christopher Bremer and Margaret Johanna Hartwig appeared on the census of 8 April 1940 at Fairview Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
SSN*His Social Security Number was 485-42-2946; issued 1955 at IA, United StatesB
Residence*Residence: Albert Christopher Bremer and Margaret Johanna Hartwig lived at 912 Main St, Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, on 23 June 1963. 
Photo*Albert Christopher Bremer and Margaret Johanna Hartwig appeared in a photo in May 1967 at Worthington, Nobles Co, MN, United StatesB.
Photo*Albert Christopher Bremerappeared in a photo circa 1970 at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB.
Occupation*Occupation: Albert Christopher Bremer was a farmer. 
Memo* He lived in Osceola County Iowa all his life. 
Death*Death: Albert Christopher Bremer died on 1 November 1984 at Worthington Regional Hospital, Worthington, Nobles Co, MN, United StatesB, at age 87 of Emphysema & Congestive Heart Failure. (CertID# 1984-MN-029236.) 
ObituaryObituary: Albert C Bremer
     Funeral services were held Monday, November 4, at 10:30 am in Zion Lutheran Church for Albert C. Bremer, who died November 1. The Rev. Fredrick Kempfert officiated. Organist was Jill Schmidt. The church choir sang 'Nearer My God to Thee' and 'The Lord's My Shepherd, I'll Not Want'. Congregational hymns were 'Abide With Me' and 'Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousnes'. Pallbearers were Howard Radunz, Lyle Phillip, Richard Bremer, Ronald Bremer, Charles Rueter, Loyd Rueter and Dennis Bremer. Interment was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery with Andringa Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
     Albert Christoph Bremer, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Bremer, was born in Horton township October 29, 1897. He was baptized November 21, 1897, in Zion Lutheran Church. On March 19, 1912, he joined the church by the rite of confirmation. He was a lifetime member of Zion and the Ocheyedan community. He was a charter member of Zion's Men's Club. He also was a member of the N.G.O. Club. On December 23, 1938, he was joined in marriage to Margaret Johanna Hartwig.
     Albert farmed northeast of Ocheyedan until retirement in 1963, when they moved to Ocheyedan. Margaret passed away in 1970. He is survived by one son, Wayne A. Bremer of Ocheyedan, and one daughter, Mrs. Ted (Verna) Cash of Charlotte, N. Car; four grandchildren; one brother, Harry of Sibley; and two sisters, Mrs. Edna Miller and Mrs. Ora Rueter of Ocheyedan. He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, his parents and one brother. 
Burial*Burial: Albert Christopher Bremer was buried on 5 November 1984 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB

Family

Margaret Johanna Hartwig b. 16 Nov 1904, d. 17 Mar 1970
Marriage*Marriage: Albert Christopher Bremer married Margaret Johanna Hartwig, daughter of Fredrick Peters (Fred) Hartwig and Elise Catherina Gronewold, on 23 December 1938 at St Peters (now American) Lutheran Church, Melvin, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, by Rev L Locker. Albert's address at time of marriage was Ocheyedan and hers was Melvin, IA. Marriage was witnessed by Fred and Lenora Drenkow.
Children

Belva Joan Bremer

F, #36, b. 15 February 1939, d. 17 February 1939
FatherAlbert Christopher Bremer b. 29 Oct 1897, d. 1 Nov 1984
MotherMargaret Johanna Hartwig b. 16 Nov 1904, d. 17 Mar 1970
RelationshipSister of Verna Jean Bremer
Last Edited1 Nov 2009
BaptismBelva Joan Bremer was baptized on 15 February 1939 at Worthington, Nobles Co, MN, United StatesB, by the Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA. 
Birth*She was born on 15 February 1939 at Worthington, Nobles Co, MN, United StatesB
Death*Death: Belva Joan Bremer died on 17 February 1939 at Worthington, Nobles Co, MN, United StatesB
Burial*Burial: Belva Joan Bremer was buried on 19 February 1939 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB

Carl Henry Bremer

M, #123, b. 12 April 1896, d. 7 November 1958
FatherHerman John Bremer b. 15 Feb 1869, d. 29 Oct 1941
MotherLouise Piepho b. 16 Aug 1873, d. 7 Sep 1942
RelationshipUncle of Verna Jean Bremer
Last Edited7 Apr 2012
Birth*Carl Henry Bremer was born on 12 April 1896 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
BaptismHe was baptized on 3 May 1896 at Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
CensusCensus: Carl Henry Bremer appeared on the census of 13 June 1900 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
CensusCensus: Carl Henry Bremer appeared on the census of 28 April 1910 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Memo* He served in World War I. 
WW1 Draft*WWI Draft: Carl Henry Bremer registered for the draft of WWI on 5 June 1917 in Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, Occupation: Carpenter; medium height; medium build; blue eyes; light colored hair.
Census*Census: Carl Henry Bremer appeared on the census of 21 January 1920 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: Carl Henry Bremer married Helen Elizabeth Rahn on 29 November 1923 at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Census*Census: Carl Henry Bremer and Helen Elizabeth Rahn appeared on the census of 24 April 1930 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA; ED-72-12, 24 Apr 1930, p88 5A. 
(Witness) PhotoCarl Henry Bremer appeared in a photo in December 1939 at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB.
CensusCensus: Carl Henry Bremer and Helen Elizabeth Rahn appeared on the census of 5 April 1940 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
(Witness) BurialCarl Henry Bremer witnessed the burial of Herman John Bremer on 2 November 1941 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB.
SSN*His Social Security Number was 481-42-0435; issued 1955 at IA, United StatesB
Death*Death: Carl Henry Bremer died on 7 November 1958 at Worthington, Nobles Co, MN, United StatesB, at age 62 of coronary thrombosis (CertID# 1958-MN-011326.) 
Burial*Burial: Carl Henry Bremer was buried on 10 November 1958 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Obituary*Obituary: Obituary for Carl Bremer
     Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Carl H Bremer from Zion Lutheran church in Horton township with burial in the church cemetery. He died Friday morning about 7:30 in the Worthington Clinic Hospital. Cause of his death was a heart condition.
     Carl Henry Bremer, son of the late Mr and Mrs Herman Bremer, was born in Horton township April 12, 1896. He was baptized in early infancy in Zion Lutheran church. In March of 1910 with a class of eight, he joined the church by the rite of confirmation. He was a well known and lifetime member of this community and a faithful member of Zion congregation in which he held various offices. He was also a charter member of the LLL and a member of the choir for many years. He was a veteran of World War I.
     November 29, 1923, he was joined in marriage to Helen Elizabeth Rahr. This union was blessed with six children: Eileen (Mrs Lyle Story) of Worthington, Carol Jean (Mrs Ed Engerer) of St Louis, MO, Randall of Harrisville, CT, Richard, Dennis and Donna, all of Ocheyedan.
     Surviving are his wife, Helen; six children; five grandchildren; two brothers, Harry and Albert; two sisters, Mrs Leo Miller and Mrs Henry Rueter; and many other relatives and friends.
     Funeral services were conducted by Rev E J Kallsen in the absence of Rev Allmann. Pallbears were Ronald Bremer, Wayne Bremer, Lyle Philip, Lloyd Rueter, John Rahn and Charles Rueter, all nephews of the deceased. Mrs Ben Hartwig and Mrs Fred Stolte were in charge of the flowers. Wood-Miller Post No. 326 of the American Legion conducted military rites. Music was provided by the Horton choir with LaVera Hattendorf at the organ. 

Family

Helen Elizabeth Rahn b. 21 Dec 1904, d. 11 Mar 1997
Marriage*Marriage: Carl Henry Bremer married Helen Elizabeth Rahn on 29 November 1923 at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB

Herman John Bremer

M, #64, b. 15 February 1869, d. 29 October 1941
Herman Bremer
RelationshipGrandfather of Verna Jean Bremer
Verified byDNA testing
Last Edited3 Aug 2020
Birth*Herman John Bremer was born on 15 February 1869 at Endor, Crete Twsp, Will Co, IL, United StatesB; His confirmed name was Herman Wilhelm Joh. Chris. 
CensusCensus: Herman John Bremer appeared on the census of 25 July 1870 at Crete Twsp, Will Co, IL, United StatesB
Census*Census: Herman John Bremer appeared on the census of 29 June 1880 at Crete Twsp, Will Co, IL, United StatesB
Confirmation*Confirmation: Herman John Bremer was confirmed in 1883 at St Johns Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, Beecher, Will Co, IL, United StatesB; as Herman Wilhelm Joh. Chris. Bremer. 
Marriage*Marriage: Herman John Bremer married Louise Piepho on 24 February 1895 at St Johns Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, Beecher, Will Co, IL, United StatesB.
Note*Herman John Bremer and Louise Piepho Herman and Louise returned to Iowa after they married, and built a comfortable home on the virgin prairie land. In 1899 Herman Bremer purchased 128 acres in the north west corner of section 18, Fairview township for $3575. This land was used for pasture in the early years. Prior to the road grading on the north side of section 18, the steep hill was the site of hill climbing competition for cars. According to reports, few cars ever made the forward climb, but the competition was always challenging. Tobogganing, skiing, and sledding were the winter activities on the hill. This land is now (1997) farmed by Wayne Bremer. As Herman's family increased, the house became cramped, so remodeling was done and finally in the early 1900's several rooms were added. During late 1929 Herman and Louise built a new smaller home. At that time Harry and Emma Bremer moved into the big house. In the mid 1930's the smaller house was moved one half mile east to Fairview section 18. Herman, Louise and Albert lived there until 1939 when Herman and Louise moved into Ocheyedan. In 1917 Herman bought another 160 acres, this quarter was in section 24 of Horton township, the northeast corner. This farm was bought for $24,000. The farm became Carl Bremer's, then Dennis Bremer's and at present (1997) is farmed by Keith Bremer. Herman and Louise Bremer were active members of Zion Lutheran Church throughout their life in Iowa. Herman held several offices in the church, seventeen years as an Elder. He also held township offices. in March 1895 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
CensusCensus: Herman John Bremer and Louise Piepho appeared on the census of 13 June 1900 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
CensusCensus: Herman John Bremer and Louise Piepho appeared on the census of 28 April 1910 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Census*Census: Herman John Bremer and Louise Piepho appeared on the census of 21 January 1920 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Photo*Herman John Bremer and Louise Piepho appeared in a photo at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB.
CensusCensus: Herman John Bremer and Louise Piepho appeared on the census of 17 April 1930 at Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Residence*Residence: Herman John Bremer and Louise Piepho lived at Herman Bremer Farm, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, circa 1939. 
PhotoHerman John Bremer and Louise Piepho appeared in a photo in December 1939 at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB.
CensusCensus: Herman John Bremer and Louise Piepho appeared on the census of 2 April 1940 at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Death*Death: Herman John Bremer died on 29 October 1941 at Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB, at age 72 of pneumonia.
Burial*Burial: Herman John Bremer was buried on 2 November 1941 at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB.
Obituary*Obituary: Herman Bremer Rites are Held
Passed Away at His Home in Ocheyedan; Services Held in Horton
     Herman Bremer, a highly respected citizen of Horton township and Ocheyedan for the past 47 years, passed away at his home in Ocheyedan Wednesday evening of last week. Mr Bremer's sickness dates back 17 years when he became afflicted with cancer in the roof of his mouth. During the last few years the disease spread rapidly as no medical aid seemed to help him. Until a few weeks before his death Mr Bremer was able to be up and around and to make visits to the business district.
     Herman Bremer was born at Endor, IL, on February 1, 1869, and died on October 29, 1941, at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 14 days. He joined the Lutheran church at Crete, IL, where he grew to manhood. In the spring of 1894 he came to Osceola county, settling in Horton township, where he took possession of his farm. The next spring he returned to Illinois, where he was united in marriage to Louise Piepho at Eagle Lake. Mr Bremer and his bride returned to this county, settling on the farm in Horton township, where they lived until 1939, when they moved to Ocheyedan to spend their declining years.
     He is survived by his widow and five children: Carl, Albert, Mrs Edna Philiph, Harry and Mrs Ora Reuter, all of Ocheyedan; 17 grand-children; two sisters, Mary Rinkenberger of Dyer, IL, and Frieda Reckow of Brethren, MI.
Mr Bremer was an honored and respected man in his community always lending his aid for the best. He was entrusted with various offices in Horton township during his long residence there and served as an elder of the Horton Lutheran church for about 17 years.
     Services were held at the home in the south part of town Sunday afternoon, after which the body was taken to the Horton Lutheran church, where the last rites were held, Rev E J Kallsen, his pastor, paid an eloquent tribute to Mr Bremer's life. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
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Relatives Attending Herman Bremer Services
     Relative from a distance who attended the funeral of the late Herman Bremer Sunday afternoon are: Mrs Henry Rinkenberger, Mrs Philip Volbreckt and Mrs Ben Rinkenberger, Dyer, IN; Mrs. Herman Reckow and son Henry, Brethren, MI; Mrs Frieda Isaacson and Miss Marie Reckow, Chicago, IL; Mr and Mrs Elmer Witte and daughters, Blue Island, IL; Mrs and Mrs Walter Domm and Mr. and Mrs Chas. Wolf, Homewood, IL; Mr and Mrs Carl Bremer, Crete, IL; Mrs Augusta Gruhike, Burndam, IL; Mr and Mrs John Slight and family and Fred Bremer, Gary, SD; Mr and Mrs Geo. Sixta and family, Slayton, MN. 

Family

Louise Piepho b. 16 Aug 1873, d. 7 Sep 1942
Marriage*Marriage: Herman John Bremer married Louise Piepho on 24 February 1895 at St Johns Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, Beecher, Will Co, IL, United StatesB.
Children

Wayne Alden Bremer

M, #9, b. 22 July 1940, d. 4 February 2020
Wayne Bremer
1960
FatherAlbert Christopher Bremer b. 29 Oct 1897, d. 1 Nov 1984
MotherMargaret Johanna Hartwig b. 16 Nov 1904, d. 17 Mar 1970
RelationshipBrother of Verna Jean Bremer
Last Edited5 Feb 2020
Birth*Wayne Alden Bremer was born on 22 July 1940 at Worthington, Nobles Co, MN, United StatesB
BaptismHe was baptized on 25 August 1940 at Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
(Witness) PhotoHe appeared in a photo circa 1941 at Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB.
Confirmation*Confirmation: Wayne Alden Bremer was confirmed on 11 April 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Twsp, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Graduation*Graduation: Wayne Alden Bremer graduated in 1958 from Ocheyedan High School, Ocheyedan, Osceola Co, IA, United StatesB
Education*He completed 2 years of college at South Dakota State College, Brookings, Brookings Co, SD. 
(Witness) PhotoHe appeared in a photo in May 1967 at Worthington, Nobles Co, MN, United StatesB.
Occupation*Occupation: Wayne Alden Bremer was a Farmer. 
Death*Death: Wayne Alden Bremer died on 4 February 2020 at Avera McKennan Medical Center, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co, SD, United StatesB, at age 79. 
Obituary*Obituary: [from Andringa Funeral Home]
Wayne Allen Bremer was born on July 22, 1940 in Worthington, Minnesota. He was the son of Albert and Margaret (Hartwig) Bremer of Ocheyedan, Iowa. Wayne was baptized August 25, 1940 and confirmed April 11, 1954 at Zion Lutheran Church, Ocheyedan, Iowa. He was a life member at Zion and active in his church as a Sunday School Teacher, Adult Bible Study Leader, and he held various offices within the congregation. Wayne began his education at Lone Star School, then at Ocheyedan Public and at Zion Lutheran. He graduated from Ocheyedan High School in May of 1958. Wayne attended Agriculture College in Brookings, South Dakota for two years, graduating in 1960. He worked for area farmers before taking over his father’s farm in 1963.
Wayne met Bonitta “Bonnie” Christopherson at Zion Lutheran School when Bonnie taught there. They were united in marriage on June 16, 1963 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings, South Dakota. To this union two children were born, Nathan and Valerie.
In addition to farming, Wayne worked at Sather’s from 1978 to 1982 and at Northern Iowa Die Cast from 1993 to 2005. In 2015, Wayne and Bonnie retired and moved to Sibley, Iowa where Wayne was involved in the Historical Society.
Wayne enjoyed reading, especially local area history involving the church and community. He also collected coins, stamps and toy farm equipment, for 45 years.
He passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Avera McKennan Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 56 years, Bonnie Bremer of Sibley, IA; one son, Nathan Bremer of Paullina, IA; one daughter, Valerie Bremer of Grafton, WI; one sister, Verna (Ted) Cash of Charlotte, NC; sister-in-law, Betty (Carl) Brooks of Wilhoit, AZ, four nephews and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Belva. 

J L Brennan

M, #22375, b. 1897
Last Edited19 Jun 2007
Marriage*Marriage: J L Brennan married Leona Classen, daughter of Charles Classen and Anna Lottman
Birth*J L Brennan was born in 1897 at IL, United StatesB
(Witness) CensusCensus: J L Brennan appeared on the census of 6 January 1920 in the household of Anna Lottman at Gilman, Iroquois Co, IL, United StatesB

Family

Leona Classen b. Oct 1896
Child

Kathern Virginia Brennan

F, #22376, b. February 1919
FatherJ L Brennan b. 1897
MotherLeona Classen b. Oct 1896
Relationship3rd cousin of Verna Jean Bremer
Last Edited19 Jun 2007
Birth*Kathern Virginia Brennan was born in February 1919 at IL, United StatesB
(Witness) CensusCensus: Kathern Virginia Brennan appeared on the census of 6 January 1920 in the household of Anna Lottman at Gilman, Iroquois Co, IL, United StatesB

Veronica Rose Bretz

F, #17571, b. 3 January 1913, d. 13 October 1995
Last Edited17 Aug 2002
Birth*Veronica Rose Bretz was born on 3 January 1913 at Chicago, Cook Co, IL, United StatesB
Married Name As of 31 August 1929, her married name was Lottman. 
Marriage*Marriage: Veronica Rose Bretz married Harold Eugene Lottman, son of George Engelhard Lottman and Sonora Mary (Crystal) Eckerman, on 31 August 1929. 
SSN*Her Social Security Number was 352-10-1211; issued before 1951 at IL, United StatesB
Death*Death: Veronica Rose Bretz died on 13 October 1995 at Chicago, Cook Co, IL, United StatesB, at age 82. 

Family

Harold Eugene Lottman b. 9 Aug 1905, d. May 1982
Child

Gerald D (Jerry) Brookstra

M, #15049, b. 1904, d. 1956
Last Edited13 Apr 2001
Birth*Gerald D (Jerry) Brookstra was born in 1904. 
Marriage*Marriage: Gerald D (Jerry) Brookstra married Viola Ella Brandt, daughter of Henry Martin Brandt Jr and Anna Margaret Huisman
Death*Death: Gerald D (Jerry) Brookstra died in 1956. 

Family

Viola Ella Brandt b. 27 Dec 1910, d. 6 Apr 1994

Catherine E Brotz

F, #10757, b. 1912, d. 1944
Last Edited26 May 2000
Birth*Catherine E Brotz was born in 1912. 
Marriage*Marriage: Catherine E Brotz married Lewis Raymond Look, son of Bonnie Herman Look and Wilhelmina (Minnie) Cornelia Hartwig
Married Name Her married name was Look. 
Burial*Burial: Catherine E Brotz was buried at Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria, Peoria Co, IL, United StatesB
Death*Death: Catherine E Brotz died in 1944. 
NoSSN*No record of her Social Security Number was found in May 2000; Not Possible. 

Family

Lewis Raymond Look b. 18 Aug 1913, d. 5 Dec 1955

Clyde Brown

M, #18532, b. April 1898
FatherJohn A Brown b. 1866
MotherIda (Hattie) Gronewold b. 4 Oct 1875, d. Mar 1909
Relationship2nd cousin of Verna Jean Bremer
Last Edited25 Oct 2005
Birth*Clyde Brown was born in April 1898 at Fayette Twsp, Livingston Co, IL, United StatesB
NoSSN*No record of his Social Security Number was found on 25 October 2005. 

John A Brown

M, #18531, b. 1866
Last Edited13 Jan 2003
Birth*John A Brown was born in 1866 at DenmarkB
Marriage*Marriage: John A Brown married Ida (Hattie) Gronewold, daughter of Johann (John) Hermann Folkerts Gronewold and Asa Katharine Behrens, on 26 February 1896 at Livingston Co, IL, United StatesB

Family

Ida (Hattie) Gronewold b. 4 Oct 1875, d. Mar 1909
Child

Nathaniel Jenison (Jay) Brown III

M, #39128, b. 26 December 1937, d. 20 October 1976
FatherAlonzo (Lonnie) Harm Hartwig b. 19 Oct 1915, d. 11 Jan 2003
Relationship2nd cousin 1 time removed of Verna Jean Bremer
Last Edited16 Feb 2019
Birth*Nathaniel Jenison (Jay) Brown III was born on 26 December 1937 at Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: Nathaniel Jenison (Jay) Brown III married Mary Frances McCrea on 6 August 1958 at Rockwall Co, TX, United StatesB
Death*Death: Nathaniel Jenison (Jay) Brown III died on 20 October 1976 at Laguna Niguel, Orange Co, CA, United StatesB, at age 38. 

Family

Mary Frances McCrea

Wilma Brownfield

F, #10789, b. 30 December 1920, d. 23 November 1997
Last Edited17 Aug 2002
Birth*Wilma Brownfield was born on 30 December 1920. 
Marriage*Marriage: Wilma Brownfield married John Nicholas Closen, son of John Michael Closen and Etta Anna Hartwig, on 4 May 1946 at Pocahontas, Randolph Co, AR, United StatesB
Married Name As of 4 May 1946, her married name was Closen. 
SSN*Her Social Security Number was 332-22-3874; issued before 1951 at IL, United StatesB
Death*Death: Wilma Brownfield died on 23 November 1997 at Groveland, Tazewell Co, IL, United StatesB, at age 76. 
Burial*Burial: Wilma Brownfield was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Pekin, Tazewell Co, IL, United StatesB

Family

John Nicholas Closen b. 6 Oct 1917, d. 20 Oct 1998

Brune Junior Bruns

M, #43707, b. 3 November 1923, d. 27 April 1958
Last Edited23 Dec 2019
Birth*Brune Junior Bruns was born on 3 November 1923. 
Marriage*Marriage: Brune Junior Bruns married Dorothea Helen Aden, daughter of Menne Aden and Trientji Henietta Bienhoff
Death*Death: Brune Junior Bruns died on 27 April 1958 at Golden, Adams Co, IL, United StatesB, at age 34. 

Family

Dorothea Helen Aden b. 25 Nov 1925, d. 17 Oct 1971

J Paul Bruton Sr

M, #18785, b. 15 October 1915, d. 12 April 1996
Last Edited24 Nov 2008
Birth*J Paul Bruton Sr was born on 15 October 1915 at Russellville, Pope Co, AR, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: J Paul Bruton Sr married Helen Ida Grant, daughter of James Earl Grant and Wilhelmina (Minnie) Johanna Gronewold, on 8 May 1934 at Tulsa, Tulsa Co, OK, United StatesB
SSN*His Social Security Number was 536-22-0507; issued before 1951 at WA, United StatesB
Death*Death: J Paul Bruton Sr died on 12 April 1996 at Bedford, Tarrant Co, TX, United StatesB, at age 80. 

Family

Helen Ida Grant b. 3 Feb 1914, d. 7 Jan 2008

Daisy Buckles

F, #11755
Last Edited18 Mar 1999
Marriage*Marriage: Daisy Buckles married Edward McKinley
Married Name Her married name was McKinley. 

Family

Edward McKinley
Child

Hazel Anna Burton

F, #10129, b. 5 November 1903, d. 15 July 1983
FatherWilliam Burton b. c 1860, d. c 1910
MotherCatherine Holloran b. 12 Jan 1864, d. 30 Apr 1947
Last Edited26 May 2000
Birth*Hazel Anna Burton was born on 5 November 1903 at Topeka, Shawnee Co, KS, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: Hazel Anna Burton married Christian (Chris) Fredrick Meints, son of Friede (Fred) Janssen Meints and Etje Anna (Etta) Hartwig, on 29 June 1927 at Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO, United StatesB
Married Name As of July 1927, her married name was Meints. 
Death*Death: Hazel Anna Burton died on 15 July 1983 at Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO, United StatesB, at age 79. 
NoSSN*No record of her Social Security Number was found in May 2000; There is a Hazel Meints in the SSN, b. 5 Nov 1896; d. Jul 1983; Res: Blue Springs, MO; SSN#: 487-12-6418, before 1951 in MO. 

Family

Christian (Chris) Fredrick Meints b. 30 Apr 1900, d. 16 Feb 1968
Child

William Burton

M, #13414, b. circa 1860, d. circa 1910
Last Edited28 Oct 1999
Birth*William Burton was born circa 1860 at Ottawa, Franklin Co, KS, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: William Burton married Catherine Holloran
Death*Death: William Burton died circa 1910 at Topeka, Shawnee Co, KS, United StatesB

Family

Catherine Holloran b. 12 Jan 1864, d. 30 Apr 1947
Child

Hilbert Henry Buss

M, #11096, b. 8 September 1903, d. 28 September 1992
Last Edited17 Mar 1999
Birth*Hilbert Henry Buss was born on 8 September 1903 at Rockham, Faulk Co, SD, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: Hilbert Henry Buss married Mary Catherine Fitzgerald, daughter of William Robert Fitzgerald and Thoma Madalena (Lena) Hartwig, on 30 December 1928 at Redfield, Faulk Co, SD, United StatesB
SSN*His Social Security Number was 504-01-0138; issued before 1951 at SD, United StatesB
Note*Hilbert Henry Buss and Mary Catherine Fitzgerald always lived in Rockham, SD; PO Box 122, Zip 57470. They had no children. 
Death*Death: Hilbert Henry Buss died on 28 September 1992 at Redfield, Faulk Co, SD, United StatesB, at age 89. 

Family

Mary Catherine Fitzgerald b. 26 Sep 1906, d. 14 Apr 1985

Thomas W Calhoun

M, #10732, b. 28 June 1907, d. 23 June 2001
Last Edited17 Aug 2002
Birth*Thomas W Calhoun was born on 28 June 1907 at Knob Lick, Metcalfe Co, KY, United StatesB
Marriage*Marriage: Thomas W Calhoun married Marie Magdalene Closen, daughter of John Michael Closen and Etta Anna Hartwig, on 27 July 1932. 
SSN*His Social Security Number was 318-16-1329; issued before 1951 at IL, United StatesB
Death*Death: Thomas W Calhoun died on 23 June 2001 at Peoria, Peoria Co, IL, United StatesB, at age 93. 
Burial*Burial: Thomas W Calhoun was buried on 27 June 2001 at Parkview Cemetery, Peoria, Peoria Co, IL, United StatesB

Family

Marie Magdalene Closen b. 26 Jun 1913, d. 26 Jan 2009

Olive Lillian Case

F, #42494, b. 5 February 1887, d. 23 June 1976
Last Edited12 Jul 2019
Birth*Olive Lillian Case was born on 5 February 1887 at Aroma Park, Kankakee Co, IL, United StatesB
Married Name Her married name was Gronewold. 
Marriage*Marriage: Olive Lillian Case married Bernhard (Ben) Edward Gronewold, son of Johann (John) Hermann Folkerts Gronewold and Asa Katharine Behrens
Death*Death: Olive Lillian Case died on 23 June 1976 at Kankakee Co, IL, United StatesB, at age 89. 

Family

Bernhard (Ben) Edward Gronewold b. 10 Jun 1885, d. Sep 1971
Child

Howard Taft Cash

M, #2366, b. 4 January 1909, d. 5 April 1968
Howard Cash - About 1936 (?)
RelationshipFather of Ted Earl Cash
MilitaryOther Military
Last Edited3 Aug 2020
Birth*Howard Taft Cash was born on 4 January 1909 at Flora, Clay Co, IL, United StatesB.
Memo*
Howard's Father
Howard's birth certificate states that his father was 'Eliga Cash', but I (Ted Cash) believe that is not correct for the following reasons:

     Facts
1.     30 Oct 1898 Clay County, IL- Howard's Grandmother Mary Frances Jennings married John R Blackburn. She had previously married Henry Palmer Manning and had two children with him - Howard's mother, Frances Jane Manning and her younger sister Laura. John Blackburn had been married twice before (the first wife died, the second marriage ended in divorce). Frances and her younger sister Laura lived in the household along with 3 children from John's previous marriage according to the Census of 1900.
2.     13 May 1905 Flora, IL - Henry Francis Cash, Howard's older brother, was born. His mother Frances Jane Manning was unmarried at the time.
3.     14 Aug 1905 Flora, IL - Frances Jane Manning (Howard's mother) married Elijah Cash.
4.     Fall 1905 - a doctor visits the family because of a problem with Henry Francis - he fills out a birth certificate form, listing Elijah as the father. Illinois did not require birth certificates until 1917.
5.     16 Mar 1906 Flora, IL - A divorce was granted between Frances Manning Cash and Elijah Cash. Elijah filed for divorce on the grounds that Frances had "carnal knowledge" with John R Blackburn. Frances, under oath, signed an admission that she had "illegal sex" with one John R Blackburn, before and after she married Elijah.
6.     04 Jan 1909 Flora, IL - Howard Taft Cash is born.
7.     7 May 1910 Flora, IL - census records show a family consisting of Mary Frances (Jennings) Blackburn, Frances Jane (Manning) Cash, Howard Taft Cash, and his older brother Henry Francis Cash. Mary Frances was listed as a widow. [Apparently John died between 1906 and 1910 - no death record or burial location has ever been found]
8.     3 Apr 1911 Flora, IL - Mary Frances marries her third husband (George Bentley), and Frances Jane marries her second husband, Charles (Creed) Wilder.
9.     940 Los Angeles, CA - Howard was living in Los Angeles and had applied for a job with Lockheed Aircraft; they required a birth certificate. One was filled out by his mother, Frances, and filed with Clay Co, IL on 28 May 1941 showing his father to be "Eliga Cash". Eliga's occupation was listed as working for the railroad.
10.     Elijah never remarried and when he died his estate was divided between his siblings.
11.     Jun 1998 Flora, IL - In talking with relatives of Elijah, they were surprised that he had any descendants. They recalled a story when someone approached Elijah one day and said "you are my father". Elijah was taken back and reportedly said "get the hell out of here. I have no children".
12.     In speaking with Howard's last living sibling, my Aunt Mae, I asked her if she knew anything about John R Blackburn. She replied "Mama [meaning Frances Jane Manning] always said 'he was an evil man'".
13.     Oct 2016 - I (Ted Cash) and my brother submitted our DNA to AncestryDNA.com for testing. As of 2 May 2020 I have found 667 cousins that match our DNA on the Blackburn / Eddings / Weaver line and 0 on the Cash line.


     Thoughts and opinions: Howard's father is John R Blackburn, not Elijah Cash
John R Blackburn - From court records we know that John R Blackburn had access and opportunity to father children with Frances Jane Manning. The 1900 census lists him as a "Saw Miller" so I'm guessing that he was a strong man, and not one that would leave his home after the affair with his step-daughter was disclosed. Therefore, he likely still had access and opportunity. The only real question in my mind is "when did he die?? He is in a photo taken probably during the summer of 1908 and according to the 1910 census he was dead. John's first wife, Sarah Boyd was only 17 (he was 26) when they married. His second wife, Laura Haynes, was only 18 (he was 34) when they married. John's third wife, my great grandmother Mary Frances Jennings, was 42 (he was 41) when they married. Frances Jane Manning was 19 and 23 when Henry and Howard were born. It would appear that John preferred younger women.
Elijah Cash - Elijah was apparently displeased enough with the "situation" that he filed for divorce. The 1900 census shows him living in Flora with his mother, and his occupation was listed as "farm laborer", not a railroad employee. Later in life he seemed quite vocal, at least from the story told, that he had no children. I cannot imagine that he and Frances would have gotten together almost two years after their divorce to conceive a child. His name on the birth certificate took place 30+ years after the birth and he was likely never aware of the document.
Frances Jane Manning - To save embarrassment, she would be more likely to put Elijah's name on the birth certificate than to explain what really happened. She took the truth with her to the grave. Her comment about John Blackburn being 'an evil man' says a lot.
Ted Cash - I, the author, was horrified when I first learned through divorce records what had happened. I could not imagine my grandmother doing such a thing. But, I reasoned, or rationalized, that she was much weaker than John, and that it was more likely that John was the aggressor than my grandmother. If I had a choice I would rather go with the character of Elijah as my grandfather than that of John, but my conscience says that would not be correct.
DNA - The DNA testing confirms the conclusion I arrived at prior to the testing.


 
Graduation*Education: Howard Taft Cash graduated from the 8th grade in June 1925 from rural school, Vermillion, Clay Co, SD, United StatesB
Census*Census: Howard Taft Cash appeared on the census of 27 April 1930 at Bethel Twsp, Clay Co, SD, United StatesB, listed as "Howard Case", Lodger, age 21, Single, Male, born Iowa, Iowa, Iowa (he didn't know), the farm of Magnus Johnson from Denmark. Clay Co is only a short distance from Sioux City. 
Military*Military: Howard Taft Cash was in the US Army at Ft Crook, NE (now Offutt Air Force Base outside of Omaha, NE) from 2 Dec 1932 to 29 May 1937. He joined the US Army to keep from starving. The Great Depression had started in 1929. He served one 3 year term and re-enlisted for a second 3 year term. On 29 May 1937 he applied to get out of the Army early and his honorable discharge was effective on 7 Jun 1937; signed by Col. C R Abraham. While in the Army he made $30 per month.. 
Marriage*Marriage: Howard Taft Cash married Lillian Mortensen on 22 September 1936 at Le Mars, Plymouth Co, IA, United StatesB.
Memo*
Great Depression & WW2: Howard and Lillian lived in Stevens, SD with Rasmus Mortensen from June 1937 to April 1938. During this time he harvested grain during Jul and Aug of 1937 for C G Dralle in Seward, Kansas ($4/day); from August 1 to Oct 10 of 1937 he worked for Victor Johnson in Ortonville, MN ($16.75/week). He quit this job and returned to Stevens because his wife had become sick. From April 1, 1938 to Feb 1940 they lived in an old garage belonging to Pete and Marie Lynott (Lillian's sister) at 902 Rock St., Sioux City, IA. To earn money, he raised chickens, raised and sold vegetables from their garden; she returned to work at Baker's. From 13 Sep 1939 to 5 Sep 1940 he worked for the WPA in Sioux City, IA as a laborer ($52/month). From Feb 1940 to Sep 1940 they lived in a house at 2128 Dewey St, Sioux City, IA, which they bought for $400 (borrowed $350 against his life insurance policy). They moved to Los Angeles, CA, arriving on 9 Sep 1940, where he worked for American Awning Co, Santa Monica, CA ($20/week). They lived at 3370 Silver Lake Blvd until May 1942, then moved to 2645 Allesandro St, Los Angeles, CA. On 8 May 1941 he applied for a job with Lockheed Aircraft, and soon after started working for them as a riveter, building the P-51 fighter plane during WW II. 
Census*Census: Howard Taft Cash and Lillian Mortensen appeared on the census of 20 April 1940 at Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA, United StatesB, 2128 Dewey Street. 
WW2 Draft*WWII Draft: Howard Taft Cash registered for the draft of WWII on 16 October 1940 in 3370 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, United StatesB.
PhotoHeappeared in a photo circa 1941 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, United StatesB.
Photo*Heappeared in a photo circa 1941 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, United StatesB.
Proof-Notes*He and Lillian Mortensen are the parents of Ted Cash because of the following reason(s): Birth records in Los Angeles, CA and personal knowledge of the author, Ted Cash. 
ResidenceResidence: Howard Taft Cash and Lillian Mortensen lived at 2645 Allesandro St, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA, United StatesB, in May 1942. 
Memo
Post-WW2: In Jun 1945, with WWII nearly over, Howard Taft Cash and Lillian Mortensen decided to move back to Iowa and go farming. They stayed with Pete and Marie Lynott in Sioux City for a few months. In Nov 1945 they moved in with Earl and Vera Mortensen on their farm near Anthon, IA. On 3 Dec 1945 they bought a farm and applied for a loan from the Federal Land Bank. The farm was 120 acres located in Section 25 of Kedron Twsp, Woodbury Co, IA. (Located east and a little north of Anthon Iowa.) On 1 Mar 1946 they moved to that farm and stayed there until 1 Mar 1952. They sold the farm, sold most of their belonging at a farm auction, packed their remaining belonging into a trailer which they towed behind them to Los Angeles. (He drove the entire distance himself, with only a few hours rest, arriving 2 or 3 days later -- this was before interstates.) After arriving in LA, they stayed with his sister and family, May and Elmer Brown at 2400 Elm Grove St, Los Angeles, CA, then they found a rental house and moved to 2949 Partridge, Los Angeles, CA for about three weeks. During this time he worked for Lockheed Aircraft, again as a riveter. Too many changes had happened in California since 1945 and they were not happy there, so they packed up their belonging in a trailer and moved back to Iowa, again driving non-stop. They arrived back in Sioux City exactly 5 weeks after they had left, and only hours before the bridge into Sioux City from Nebraska was closed because of flooding. (I remember arriving late at night, and seeing nothing but water on both sides of the road when lightning would flash).

They lived briefly with Pete & Marie Lynott, and then moved to a second story apartment at 1922 W 5th St, Sioux City, IA. During this period, he worked for Swift & Co as a laborer, and she worked for Aalfs-Baker Mfg. Co, 1007 Fourth St, Sioux City as a seamstress. On 17 Feb 1953 they purchased their 2nd farm (120 acres) located in Sections 6 & 7, Grant Twsp, Woodbury Co Iowa (between Anthon and Climbing Hill, IA). They lived on this farm until 1 Mar 1960. During bad crop years, he worked for Swift & Co, and she worked for Hovland Mfg. Co, both in Sioux City to supplement their income.
SSNHis Social Security Number was 478-18-2485; issued before 1951 at IA, United StatesB
Note*Howard Taft Cash and Lillian Mortensen lived briefly with Pete & Marie Lynott, and then moved to a second story apartment at 1922 W 5th St, Sioux City, IA. During this period, he worked for Swift & Co as a laborer, and she worked for Aalfs-Baker Mfg Co, 1007 Fourth St, Sioux City as a seamstress. On 17 Feb 1953 they purchased their 2nd farm (120 acres) located in Sections 6 & 7, Grant Twsp, Woodbury Co, IA (between Anthon and Climbing Hill, IA). They lived on this farm until 1 Mar 1960. During bad crop years, he worked for Swift & Co, and she worked for Hovland Mfg Co, both in Sioux City to supplement their income.
ResidenceResidence: Howard Taft Cash and Lillian Mortensen lived at 133 Fawcett St, Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA, United StatesB, on 1 March 1960 until Mar 1963. He worked for the city of Sioux City in the Street Maintenance Department during their stay. On 8 Sep 1962 they bought a farm near Miller, MO. 
PhotoHoward Taft Cash and Lillian Mortensen appeared in a photo circa 1962 at Sioux City, Woodbury Co, IA, United StatesB.
Photo*Howard Taft Cash and Lillian Mortensen appeared in a photo circa 1962.
Memo They moved to the farm near Miller, MO, but did not farm it. It was located on the famous "Route 66", but traffic soon disappeared when Interstate 44 was completed. On 3 Nov 1966 they sold the farm, and on 14 Nov 1966 they purchased a house at 620 N. West Ave, Springfield, MO. 
ResidenceResidence: Howard Taft Cash lived at 620 N West Ave, Springfield, Greene Co, MO, United StatesB, on 5 April 1968 prior to his death. 
Death*Death: Howard Taft Cash died on 5 April 1968 at Burge Hospital, Springfield, Greene Co, MO, United StatesB, at age 59 from Reticulum Cell Sarcoma.
Obituary*Obituary: Howard Taft Cash, 59, of 620 North West Avenue, died at 2:15 am today in Burge-Protestant Hospital after a lingering illness. A retired farmer, Mr Cash has been a resident of Springfield for the past five years. He is survived by his wife, Lillian; two sons, Howard F, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ted E, Taylors, SC; his mother, Mrs Frances J Wilder, Los Angeles, Calif; two brothers, Charles A, Los Angeles, and David N Wilder, Chehalis, Wash; four sisters, Mrs Daisy Baldwin, Springfield, Mrs Ruth Rohr, Sioux City, Iowa, Mrs Beulah Micnheimer, and Mrs May Brown, both of Los Angeles; and one grandchild. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Greenlawn. 
Burial*Burial: Howard Taft Cash was buried on 8 April 1968 at White Chapel Cemetery, Springfield, Greene Co, MO, United StatesB
TombstoneA photo of his tombstone was taken at White Chapel Cemetery, Springfield, Greene Co, MO, United StatesB.

Family

Lillian Mortensen b. 21 Jul 1912, d. 10 Apr 1981
Marriage*Marriage: Howard Taft Cash married Lillian Mortensen on 22 September 1936 at Le Mars, Plymouth Co, IA, United StatesB.

Kenneth Ray Chandler

M, #14224, b. 26 January 1933, d. February 1977
FatherRay Chandler b. 18 Jul 1899, d. 20 Feb 1983
MotherDena Gronewold b. 26 Oct 1899, d. 15 Jan 1969
Relationship2nd cousin of Verna Jean Bremer
Last Edited26 Jul 2000
Birth*Kenneth Ray Chandler was born on 26 January 1933 at Codington Co, SD, United StatesB
BaptismHe was baptized on 19 March 1933 at St Martin Lutheran Church, Watertown, Codington Co, SD, United StatesB, sponsors: m/m George Petersegen. 
Confirmation*Confirmation: Kenneth Ray Chandler was confirmed on 5 June 1949 at St Martin Lutheran Church, Watertown, Codington Co, SD, United StatesB
SSN*His Social Security Number was 504-30-9418; issued before 1951 at SD, United StatesB
Death*Death: Kenneth Ray Chandler died in February 1977 at age 44 probably in Watertown, Codington Co, SD.