Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Remembering the Space Shuttle Challenger and Crew

(This is a repost from 2011, but I know I'll never forget that day)

When I was in Junior High School I wanted to be an astronaut.  The guidance counselor would try to persuade me to not try for it because they hire so few a year, blah, blah, blah (yeah...wonderfully encouraging man...).  I was also in 8th grade when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.  I was sitting in typing class when our science teacher, Mr. Nause, knocked on the door and called our typing teacher, Ms. Miller, out of the room.

Ms. Miller was a jokester.  She was a bit harsh too...not all of her jokes were the most pleasant, i.e. - telling kids with dimples that they were birth defects, etc.  I didn't mind her.  In fact I enjoyed her class, if not her humor (and I have dimples!).  So a couple minutes later she came back into the classroom and told us that the Challenger exploded.  The class laughed uneasily.  Everyone figured that with her sense of humor she was trying to make a joke, and we knew that you always laughed at her jokes!  She repeated it several times, but couldn't convince us.  She had to leave the room and get Mr. Nause to come back in and tell us that she wasn't joking.  Needless to say there was silence after that.

The period ended a few minutes later and it was time for gym class.  My gym teacher (I don't remember her name) sat in the gymnasium with the radio on listening to the news about the disaster.  There were only about 5 of us that sat there with her and listened and cried while everyone else did who knows what. It pretty much ended up being a free period for them. Here are some balls go do something.

There are three tragedies that occurred during my life that I feel certain I will remember for the rest of my life.  This is one of them.  How absolutely heart-breaking to think of their families (and I somehow always do think of the families when tragedy happens), and how terrible it was for Mrs. McAuliffe's class to be there watching it happened.  I hope they will be remembered for what they are.  Heroes making the way into the great unknown.  Explorers.  Trail-blazers.

Do you remember where you were?

Rest in Peace:

Ellison S. Onizuka - Mission Specialist - from Kona, HI.  First Asian American to in space. LTC, USAF

Sharon Christa McAuliffe - Crew Member, "Teacher in Space Program" - from Concord, NH.  Was selected from over 11,000 applicants to be the first teacher in space.

Greg Jarvis - Payload Specialist - born in Detroit, MI.  CPT, USAF

Judy Resnik - Mission Specialist - born Akron, OH. Second American woman and second Jewish person in space.

Michael J. Smith - Pilot - born Beaufort, NC. CPT, USN

Dick Scobee - Commander - born Cle Elum, WA.  LTC, USAF (Vietnam veteran. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, and Air Medal)

Ron McNair - Physicist - born Lake City, SC.  Second African-American in space.  Black belt & Saxophonist.

For more information on these heroes, please check out the NASA website.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Military Monday - Fort Carson GWOT Fallen Soldiers' Memorial, 2010-2013

Fort Carson GWOT Memorial stone, 2010-2013

These photos were taken shortly after Memorial Weekend on Fort Carson. All of the flags, flowers, bottles and various token were left behind by friends and loved ones as a tribute to those they lost. We need to remember ever single one of them!

Roll Call

SSG Matthew J. West 30 Aug 2010
SPC Timothy L. Johnson 16 Sep 2010
SSG Carlos A Benitez 14 Oct 2010
PFC Tramaine J. Billingsley 14 Oct 2010
SGT Rafael Martinez, Jr. 14 Oct 2010
PFC Dylan T. Reid 16 Oct 2010
SGT Robert C. Sisson, Jr. 21 Feb 2011
SGT Ken K. Hermogino 9 May 2011
PFC Eric Daniel Soufrine 14 Jun 2011
SSG Lex Lee Lewis 15 Jul 2011
MSG Charles Levan Price III 12 Aug 2011
CPT Drew Edward Russell 8 Oct 2011
CPT Joshua Sean Lawrence 8 Oct 2011
SPC Christopher L. Mendonca 4 Dec 2011
SSG Allen Robert McKenna Jr. 21 Feb 2012
SSG Daniel Joseph Brown 24 Mar 2012
SrA Bradley R. Smith (3 Jan 2010)**
SSG Christopher L. Brown 3 Apr 2012

SSG David P. Nowaczyk 15 Apr 2012
1LT Alejo R. Thompson 11 May 2012
SGT Tofiga J. Tautolo 27 May 2012
Maj (sic) Walter D. Gray 8 Aug 2012
CSM Kevin J. Griffin 8 Aug 2012
MAJ Thomas E. Kennedy 8 Aug 2012
SPC Mabry J. Anders 27 Aug 2012
SSG Christopher J. Birdwell 27 Aug 2012
SPC Kyle R. Rookey 2 Sep 2012
SSG Mark H. Schoonhoven 20 Jan 2013
SPC Charles P. McClure 2 May 2013
SPC Trinidad Santiago Jr. 2 May 2012
SSG Joe A. Nunez-Rodriguez 30 May 2013
SPC Ember M. Alt 18 Jun 2013
SPC Robert W. Ellis 18 Jun 2013
SPGT William R. Moody 18 Jun 2013
SSG Joshua J. Bowden 31 Aug 2013
SFC Liam J. Nevins 21 Sep 2013
SSG Patrick H. Quinn 13 Oct 2013

May all of our Service Members come home for good soon!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Clarence Frank Tabor...Frank? What?

Hazleton Standard-Speaker,
29NOV1974, pg24
I remember pulling this obituary years ago. I don't remember the exact date or anything. I just remember finding the obituary exactly where it should have been in the local newspaper and saying to myself, "Frank? What? His middle name was Paul!"

Perhaps lying about middle names was a family tradition. My father told me his middle name was Christopher. I believed for a good majority of my life that it was. My sister told me the truth a few days before I went to MEPS to join the Army. Considering I was going for a security clearance it probably wouldn't have looked good to get my father's name wrong. I get it though. My dad hated his middle name, although it was his dad's name so I didn't get the whole dislike of it. As for my grandfather fibbing his middle name, well who knows? Paul isn't a bad name so why give a false one.

As it turns out it was a nickname he used for the same reason that my dad lied about his middle name being Clarence. Apparently they both hated the name. Although if Clarence hated it why would he give it to his son? Goodness only knows. I know that when he snuck away and joined the Army he was known as "Corp" to his buddies. No doubt a nickname for "corporal."

"Clarence (Frank) Tabor

Clarence (Frank) Tabor of 837 Alter St. died late Tuesday evening at the Hazleton State General Hospital following a lingering illness.

He was born in Scranton a son of the late Adam and Jadwiga Tabor. His wife, the former Florence Bronsavage (sic), died in 1962.

The deceased was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hazleton.

Prior to his retirement seven years ago he was employed as an assembler at the L.F. Grams Co. in Allentown.

He is survived by two sone: Leonard, at home; and Paul of Hazleton; two sisters: Mrs. Leo Zener and Mrs. Stanley Romanski (sic) of Scranton; and a brother, Adam of Scranton. Three grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Turnbach Funeral Home with the Rev. Ghulam M. Nasrani officiating. Interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery, West Hazleton.

Friends may call tonight from 7 to 9."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Family Reunion Friday - Cayemberg Family 1955

The clipping for this reunion is short, sweet, and to the point. I don't know if it was published in any other newspapers. It may have been, but Pampering Park is in the Green Bay area so the Press-Gazette would be the closest newspaper.

There are no extraordinary details in this year's clipping, but if we didn't know Florence Cayemberg nee Villers' age we'd be able to glean it here. Of course we wouldn't get "Florence" from the clipping, but it was most likely more important to acknowledge her marriage to Eli, mention him by name and that he had passed. We can also see that all of her children were in attendance. I guess short and sweet and still tell you quite a bit if you know where to look.

"18th Reunion Held By Cayemberg Family

Handwritten '1955'

Special to Press-Gazette

PULASKI, Wis. - The Cayemberg family held its 18th reunion Sunday at Pamperin Park with 138 guests present for dinner.

The 10 children of Mrs. Eli Cayemberg, Pulaski, Rt. 2, were in the group.  She is the widow of the late Eli Cayemberg and reached her 83rd birthday anniversary in January.

Mrs. Pat Cayemberg, Mrs. Lucy Anderson and Frank Cayemberg were in charge of the arrangements. It was planned to meet at the same place next year, with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fellows and Mrs. Frank Cayemberg as chairmen."

The clipping was taken from a scrapbook handed down to me by my mother in law.  It appears to be taken from the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Military Monday - Fort Carson GWOT Fallen Soldiers' Memorial, 2009-2010

Fort Carson GWOT Memorial stone, 2009-2010

These photos were taken shortly after Memorial Weekend on Fort Carson. All of the flags, flowers, bottles and various token were left behind by friends and loved ones as a tribute to those they lost. We need to remember ever single one of them!

Roll Call

1LT Tyler E. Parten 10 Sep 2009
SFC Duane A. Thornsbury 12 Sep 2009
SGT David A. Davis 19 Sep 2009
PFC William L. Meredith 21 Sep 2009
SSG Justin T. Gallegos 3 Oct 2009
SGT Christopher T. Griffin 3 Oct 2009
SGT Joshua M. Hardt 3 Oct 2009
SGT Joshua J. Kirk 3 Oct 2009
SPC Stephan L. Mace 3 Oct 2009
SSG Vernon W. Martin 3 Oct 2009
SGT Michael P. Scusa 3 Oct 2009
PFC Kevin C. Thomson 3 Oct 2009
SPC Kevin O. Hill 4 Oct 2009
SPC Jesus O. Flores 15 Oct 2009
SPC Daniel C. Lawson 15 Oct 2009
SSG Glen H. Stivison 15 Oct 2009
PFC Brandon M. Styer 15 Oct 2009
SPC Kimble A. Han 23 Oct 2009

SPC Eric N. Lembke 23 Oct 2009
PFC Devin J. Michel 24 Oct 2009
SGT Eduviges G. Wolf 25 Oct 2009
SGT Jason A. McLeod 23 Nov 2009
SGT Kenneth R. Nichols Jr. 1 Dec 2009
SGT Elijah Rao 5 Dec 2009
SPC Brian R. Bowman 3 Jan 2010
PFC John P. Dion 3 Jan 2010
SGT Joshua A. Lengstorf 3 Jan 2010
SGT Ryan J. Hopkins 8 Jan 2010
SPC Robert J. Donevski 16 Jan 2010
SSG Thaddeus S. Montgomery 20 Jan 2010
SPC Bobby J. Pagan 13 Feb 2010
SSG John A. Reiners 13 Feb 2010
SGT Jeremiah T. Wittman 13 Feb 2010
SSG Michael D. Cardenaz 20 Feb 2010
PFC JR Salvacion 21 Feb 2010
SGT Sean M. Durkin 9 Apr 2010
SGT Michael K. Ingram, Jr. 17 Apr 2010

SGT Grant A. Wichmann 24 Apr 2010
SGT Nathan P. Kennedy 27 Apr 2010
SPC Eric M. Finniginam 1 May 2010
MAJ Jeffery P. Toczylowski 3 Nov 2005**
PFC Charlie C. Antonio 19 Apr 2010
SPC Zakary A. Gansert 15 Jul 2010
SPC Pedro A. Millet Meletiche IV 22 Aug 2010
SPC Chad D. Clements 30 Aug 2010
CH (CPT) Dale A. Goetz 30 Aug 2010
SSG Casey J. Grochowiak 30 Aug 2010
SSG Jesse Infante 30 Aug 2010
SSG Kevin J. Kessler 30 Aug 2010
1LT Mark A. Noziska 30 Aug 2010

May all of our Service Members come home for good soon!

This memorial transcription was difficult to do. As I began inputting the names I noticed large numbers of casualties on October 3rd, 2009 and again on August 30th, 2010. The loss of any of our service members is tragic. Seeing so many taken at once compounds the loss. You can tell that something big happened those days. 

I found an article in the New York Times that explains what happened in the October attack. These service members were stationed at a remote outpost in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border. It occurred in broad daylight and was estimated that 300 insurgents took part. You can read the entire article here.

The only article that could be found on the August 30th, 2010 incident was via Fox News*. They were killed by roadside bombs in Afghanistan. The AP's article was published the day of the attacks and the details seem sketchy and a little contradictory. You can read it here.

*I try not to make it a habit to post articles from untrustworthy news sites, but this was an Associated Press repost. I just wish I could have found the AP linked article.

**I'm not sure why Major Toczylowski's name was placed on this stone when he died in 2005. My best guess would be that it was somehow overlooked when the 2005 stone was created and they were rectifying that by memorializing him on the most recent stone. The year was not a typo. He did pass in 2005.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Freaky Friday - Woman Dies In Plunge

The Fond du Lac Daily Reporter,
16APR1926, pg1
Sometimes when I'm scrolling through microfilm I come across articles that aren't related to my family, but strike me as odd. I know there's a "Funny Friday" blogging prompt, but some of the articles I have wouldn't really be appropriate. I mean it isn't quite funny what happened here. It's just plain odd! See for yourself...

"Woman Dies in Plunge

Sets Self Afire, Falls From Roof While Walking in Sleep

New York, April 16, (RLW) - Believed to have set herself afire while walking in her sleep, Teresa Ferrara, 33, plunged in flames from the roof of her apartment house early today and died on the operating table shortly afterward as surgeons were attempting to remove a garden stake on which she was impaled. The dead woman was a somnambulist, according to her sister. A partly burned match found on the stairs leading to the roof led police to believe Miss Ferrara struck a match while walking in her sleep."

I don't have any siblings or children that would sleep walk so I'm not very familiar with it, but it is truly horrifying to think that someone could do all of this to themselves in their sleep. I have to admit that part of me wondered if there had been someone else involved. To sleepwalk off a roof is tragic. To set yourself on fire and sleepwalk off a roof is horrific. To set yourself on fire, sleepwalk off a roof, and impale yourself on a garden tool is unbelievable.

It's like death was coming for her and he wanted to make sure she wasn't getting away. Too many things happening at once, any of which could have killed her.

What is the most unbelievable news clipping you've seen?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Military Monday - Fort Carson GWOT Fallen Soldiers' Memorial 2007-2009

Fort Carson GWOT Memorial stone, 2007-2009

These photos were taken shortly after Memorial Weekend on Fort Carson. All of the flags, flowers, bottles and various token were left behind by friends and loved ones as a tribute to those they lost. We need to remember ever single one of them!

Roll Call

SSG Robert R. Pirelli 15 Aug 2007
SGT Edmund J. Jeffers 19 Sep 2007
SSG Eric T. Duckworth 10 Oct 2007
SPC Kenneth J. Iwasinski 14 Oct 2007
SSG Jarred S. Fontenot 18 Oct 2007
SGT Daniel J. Shaw 5 Nov 2007
SSG Patrick F. Kutschbach 10 Nov 2007
SPC Brynn J. Naylor 13 Dec 2007
SGT Mikeal W. Miller 27 Jan 2008
PFC Joshua A. R. Young 28 Jan 2008
SSG Gary W. Jeffries 28 Jan 2008
SGT James E. Craig 28 Jan 2008
CPL Evan A. Marshall 28 Jan 2008
SPC Brandon A. Meyer 28 Jan 2008
SGT Christopher C. Simpson 17 Mar 2008
SSG Michael D. Elledge 17 Mar 2008
SSG Chad Alan Barrett 2 Feb 2008
MAJ Mark E. Rosenberg 8 Apr 2008

SFC Dave Ezell 30 Apr 2008
SSG Frank J. Gasper 25 May 2008
CW3 Robert C. Hammett Jr. 24 Jun 2008
SPC Kevin R. Dickson 2 Aug 2008
SPC Steven J. Fitzmorris 25 Aug 2008
SPC Christopher T. Fox 29 Sep 2008
SGT Michael K. Clark 7 Oct 2008
SSG Timothy H. Walker 8 Nov 2008
SPC Armando A. De La Paz 13 Nov 2008
SPC Stephen M. Okray 24 Dec 2008
SSG Christopher G. Smith 24 Dec 2008
SPC Stephen G. Zapasnik 24 Dec 2008
SGT Darrell L. Fernandez 31 Jan 2009
WO1 Judson E. Mount 7 Apr 2009
SGT Edward Forrest Jr. 10 Apr 2009
PFC Bryce E. Gautier 10 Apr 2009
SFC Bryan E. Hall 10 Apr 2009
CPL Jason G. Pautsch 10 Apr 2009
SSG Gary Lee Woods Jr. 10 Apr 2009

PFC Steven T. Drees 28 Jun 2009
SPC Gregory J. Missman 9 Jul 2009
SFC Jason J. Fabrizi 14 Jul 2009
SPC Randy LJ Neff Jr. 22 Jul 2009
SGT Joshua J. Rimer 22 Jul 2009
CW2 Douglas M. Vose III 29 Jul 2009
PFC Patrick S. Fitzgibbon 1 Aug 2009
PFC Richard K. Jones 1 Aug 2009
SGT Jonathan M. Walls 1 Aug 2009
SGT Matthew Ingram 21 Aug 2009
PFC Matthew E. Wildes 27 Aug 2009
SGT Youvert Loney 5 Sep 2009
SSG Randy M. Haney 6 Sep 2009

May all of our Service Members come home for good soon!

Fort Carson 2003-2004 memorial post
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Fort Carson 2004-2005 memorial post
Fort Carson 2005-2006 memorial post
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Victor Laurent

Green Bay Press Gazette,
27JUN1960, Pg29
I was excited to be able to head out to the Brown County Library in Green Bay over our Christmas visit to Wisconsin. I was less excited about the technical difficulties I encountered when I was there. It really cut my research short.

I got there shortly after they opened and jumped on a microfilm reader. I got three obits printed out and then it stopped printing. I was directed to one of the more high-speed, modern microfilm readers. I printed out two very blurry obits and then heard a lady behind me ask, "Why are you using that one?" I found the question odd since she was directing me back to the older ones. I would have expected someone to ask me why I would want to use the old ones, but instead I simply let her know that the older one didn't like me much and stopped printing. After about 30.5 seconds she had it working and I left the crappy, new technology for the tried and true old beast that I was originally on.

I got several other newspaper obituaries printed out when it stopped working again. I repel technology and my tech-angel had left. I had this obit up so I grabbed my cell and snapped a picture that turns out to be less than perfect. I moved to another old beast and that one didn't print either. I texted my hubby and told him to come get me. I was all tapped out of patience for the day.

I didn't feel bad about taking the picture either. When my tech-angel got the old machine working it spit out three copies of one obituary that I ended up paying for so I figure that the library and I are more than even. Actually, they're quite cool and only charge for copies that turn out well, but I don't mind paying for the duplicate mistakes since libraries tend to not get much funding and the price is quite reasonable at $0.25!

Here's hoping that when I head to Madison in a few days to research at the Wisconsin Historical Society that my fingers of technological death don't kill the microfilm readers or printers!

Today I'm posting my husband's great grandfather, Victor Laurent. I've blogged about him before, but never shared his obituary. So since I have this awesome copy of it I thought I was about time.

"Victor Laurent

LUXEMBURG (PG) - Victor Laurent, 75, a Luxemburg, R. 2, farmer, died at 8 a.m. Sunday in a Green Bay hospital following a stroke. He had been ill for three months and a patient at the hospital for four weeks.

Mr. Laurent formerly served as assessor of the Town of Luxembourg for 10 years, town treasurer for two years and as secretary of the Tonet Farmers Cheese Factory for 20 years.

He was born June 14, 1885 and was married to Mary Dart at Tonet Jan. 10, 1906.

Survivors are his wife; a son, Norman, who operates the home farm at Tonet; two daughters, Mrs. Pat (Lauren (sic)*) Cayemberg, Green Bay, and Mrs. Goldie (Annie) Malcore, New Franken; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Final rites will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Martin Catholic Church, Tonet, and burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 7 o'clock tonight at the McMahon Funeral Home here where the Rosary will be said at 8 o'clock tonight and Tuesday night."

*Name should read "Laura."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Family Reunion Friday - Cayemberg Family 1954, part 2

I previously transcribed an article for the 1954 reunion from a scrapbook that was passed on to me.  As I made my way through scanning and transcribing the articles I saw that there was a second and much longer article from a paper on this particular reunion so instead of including it in the first transcription and making that über-long I figured I'd do a separate post.

When you read the transcription below you'll notice that the guest of honor spoke to the reunion. What I found significant about this was the fact that she hoped they would all be back the following year. Florence Cayemberg was 84 at the time of this reunion. She most likely knew that there was a chance that she wouldn't be there, but she still wanted the reunions to continue. Florence would only make two more reunions. She died in 1956. In what she said she made her wishes known to all in attendance.

Another part of significance in the clipping was the while there were 120 in attendance (a fairly good turn-out) there were many that were missing because the reunion conflicted with another event. This can't always be avoided, but you should try to whenever possible. Don't be of the mind that the reunion comes first because this won't be the case for everyone. Sure it would be nice if it was, but you could have what would be nice or what is reality. Reality has a higher turnout when you accept it.

Now I'm not saying that you need to set a date that is good for everyone. That will never happen. I'm talking about the big stuff that is avoidable. Learn to be flexible and roll with the changes. Inflexibility is a one way ticket to animosity and the end of something good. I'm not being critical of this reunion. Rather I'm using the mention of the conflict as a talking point. Something that could be learned from.

"Cayemberg Family Holds Get-Together

Phone Luxemburg 47F2

(handwritten '1954')

TONET - The annual Cayemberg reunion was held at Pamperin park Sunday.  Mrs.  Eli Cayemberg, 84, was the honored guest.  She was presented with a corsage of red roses and a purse.  She, in turn, spoke to the group, thanked them all and hoped all would be together again next year.  She donated three prizes which were won by Mrs. Byron Gregor, Mrs. Joe Demcak and Miss Helen Weir.

Another special guest was Mrs. Cayemburg's (sic) sister, Mrs. Agnes Tardiff, Duluth, Minn.  She also spoke a few words to the group. 

Potluck dinner and supper were served in the spacious dining room.

Mrs. Harvey Moureau and Mrs. Felix Cayemberg were this year's chairmen.

The smaller children were presented with balloons and enjoyed the swings and other park equipment.

Next year the reunion will again be held the first Sunday in June at Pamperin park.  The chairmen will be Mrs. Lucy Anderson and Mrs. Pat Cayemberg.  Frank Cayemberg will be in charge of the refreshments.

About 120 were present at this reunion.  A number were unable to attned due to the Holy Name Rally at Marinette, also held Sunday.

Present were, 'Grandmother' Cayemberg, Pulaski; Mrs. Agnes Tardiff, Duluth, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cayemberg and children, Wally, Merlin, Gaylen, Dennis and Sharon, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Paluch, children, Edward, jr., Hubert, Emily, Mary and Joey, all of Pulaski; Mr. and Mrs. Felix Cayemburg (sic), daughter, Lois, Ensign, Mich.; Earl Cayemberg and Alan Golbraith, Appleton; Robert Cayemberg, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Wilferd (sic) Cayemberg, daughter Carol, and son, Kenneth, and friend, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Cayemberg, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cayemberg, son, Donald, and daughter, Nancy, all of Manitowoc.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Demcak, son, Douglas, and Steve Gregor, Two Rivers; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Christenson, daughters, Judy and Darlene, Sturgeon Bay; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Younk and family, Mrs. William Younk, Kewaunee; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Matuszak, children, Gary, Diane, Danny and Claire, Algoma; Mrs. Elmer Guillette, son, Ronald, Mrs. Rose Christenson, Casco; Mr. and Mrs. Byron Gregor and Mrs. Libbie Wattawa, Rio Creek; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Guillette and Miss Helen Weir, Anston.

Mrs. Eli Cravillion, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lemens, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Guillette, daughter, Lila Mae, and son, Adelbert, Tonet; Miss Gladys Glase, Luxemburg; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cravillion, daughter, Patsy, Walhain; mrs. Donald Nellis, daughter, Jusy, Dyckesville.

Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Cayemberg, Mrs. Lucy Anderson, son, "Russie", Miss Donna VanCaster, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cayemberg and children, David, Diane, Gladys and Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Moureau and daughter, Karen, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Cayemberg and children, Wayne and Glen, Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Blohowisk and children James, Carol Jean, Christie and Randy, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fellows, Albert Gouin and children, Robert, Mary and Ronald, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Cayemberg and children, Shirley, Marvin, Dale and Joan, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Moureau and daughter, Kathie, Mr. and Mrs. Darold Cayemberg and daughter, Roxanne, Mrs. Louis Villers, Mrs. Eva Vanbaneden, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Tilkens and children, Carl, Rita, Tommie and Theresa, all of Green Bay. Several other friends also attended."

The clipping was taken from a scrapbook handed down to me by my mother in law.  No newspaper name was given, but other reunion articles were from the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Henry and Henrieta Boegel

Henrieta Boegel
Henry Boegel

Henry and Henrieta Boegel are buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cty Rd MM, Chippewa County, Wisconsin.  As you can see the tombstones aren't holding up exceptionally well, but you can make out their names.  You can also see that no additional information was put on their stones.  From census records I know that Henry was born sometime around 1817.  The 1900 census puts his birth at July 1817 in Germany, but we know that doesn't make it so.  It does, however, give me a place to start.

As for Henrieta, the 1880 census (she died prior to the 1900 census) had her 61 years of age so that would put her birth around 1819.  She too was born in Germany.

The Wisconsin Death Index has Henry (with his surname spelled "Baigel") passing on January 7, 1901 and Henrieta (spelled "Henrietta Beagle") passing on January 24th, 1899.  I still need to pull these death certificates and verify that they are indeed the right Boegels.  I'm fairly certain they are, but research must be done! Hopefully I'll find obituaries on them both as well, but I'm less hopeful there considering the time they died.  If they weren't prominent in the community there might be nothing or very little.  Still worth a look.  I'll cross my fingers that I'll hit some gold. It didn't happen during my most recent trip to the land of deep-fried cheese, but hopefully next time!

I wasn't deterred with the misspellings of their surnames in the Wisconsin Death Index either.  I was a German major in college and I sit there and shake my head at how some names were pronounced once they came to America.  I do know from my mother-in-law that Boegel (German would be Bögel) was pronounced "Beagle" in Wisconsin so this actually confirmed rather than frustrated my efforts.

A special thank you to Rachel and Paul Depa for allowing me to use their photos from

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Military Monday - Fort Carson GWOT Fallen Soldiers' Memorial, 2006-2007

Fort Carson GWOT Memorial Stone 2006-2007
These photos were taken shortly after Memorial Weekend on Fort Carson. All of the flags, flowers, bottles and various token were left behind by friends and loved ones as a tribute to those they lost. We need to remember ever single one of them!

Roll Call

SSG Ryan Eugene Haupt 17 Oct 2006
SGT Norman Robert Taylor III 17 Oct 2006
SGT Kenneth Eric Bostic 30 Oct 2006
LTC Eric John Kruger 2 Nov 2006
PFC Albert Markee Nelson 4 Dec 2006
PFC Roger Alfonso Suarez-Gonzalez 4 Dec 2006
SGT Yevgeniy Ryndych 6 Dec 2006
SPC Elias Elias 23 Dec 2006
SSG Jae Sik Moon 25 Dec 2006
PFC Clinton Tyler McCormick 27 Dec 2006
SGT John Michael Sullivan 30 Dec 2006
PFC Ming Sun 9 Jan 2007
SPC Collin Ryan Schockmel 16 Jan 2007
PFC Allen Brenton Jaynes 20 Jan 2007
SPC Michael Christopher Balsley 25 Jan 2007
SGT Alexander Henry Fuller 25 Jan 2007
SPC Rowan Dale Walter 23 Feb 2007
SSG Joshua Ryan Hager 23 Feb 2007

SPC Travis Wayne Buford 23 Feb 2007
SGT Robert Michael Carr 13 Mar 2007
SGT Joe Polo 29 Mar 2007
SPC Walter Freeman Jr. 4 Apr 2007
PFC Derek A. Gibson 4 Apr 2007
PFC Brian L. Holden 9 Apr 2007
CPL Ismael G. Solorio 9 Apr 2007
PFC Brett A. Walton 9 Apr 2007
PFC Kyle G. Bohrnsen 10 Apr 2007
SPC Brian A. Botello 29 Apr 2007
SGT Alexander J. Funcheon 29 Apr 2007
SSG Jay E. Martin 29 Apr 2007
PFC Zachary R. Gullett 1 May 2007
PFC Roy L. Jones III 10 May 2007
SPC Matthew E. Baylis 31 May 2007
SPC Justin A. Verdeja 5 Jun 2007
SGT Eric L. Snell 18 Jun 2007
PFC Jerimiah J. Veitch 21 Jun 2007
SGT William E. Brown 23 Jun 2007

PFC Cory F. Hiltz 28 Jun 2007
SGT Giann C. Joya-Mendoza 28 Jun 2007
SGT Shin W. Kim 28 Jun 2007
SGT Michael J. Martinez 28 Jun 2007
CPL Dustin L. Workman II 28 Jun 2007
SSG Robb L. Rolfing 30 Jun 2007
SPC Steven A. Davis 4 Jul 2007
SGT Eric A. Lill 6 Jul 2007
SFC Sean K. Mitchell 7 Jul 2007
SPC Christopher D. Kube 14 Jul 2007
SPC Robert D. Varga 15 Jul 2007
SPC Justin R. Blackwell 5 Aug 2007
PFC Jeremy S. Bohannon 5 Aug 2007

May all of our Service Members come home for good soon!

Fort Carson 2003-2004 memorial post
Fort Carson 2004 memorial post
Fort Carson 2004-2005 memorial post
Fort Carson 2005-2006 memorial post

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Patrick H Cayemberg

Green Bay Press Gazette,
23JAN1997, Pg B-5
As promised today I'm posting the second obituary of my husband's paternal grandparents. Patrick passed shortly after his wife, Laura, who had been in a care facility for Alzheimer's at the end of her life. They loved each other dearly and Patrick wanted to last only long enough to ensure that Laura was cared for. He succeeded and passed only a few days after her.

"Patrick H. Cayemberg

Patrick H. Cayemberg, 87, Green Bay, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1997 at a local hospital. Pat was born Sept. 15, 1909 in Rosier to the late Eli and Florence (Villers) Cayemberg. He married the former Laura Laurent on Nov. 15, 1928 and she preceded him in death Jan. 18, 1997. The couple farmed in Thiry Daems until 1939 when they moved to Green Bay. Pat was also a self-employed cattle buyer for may years. In the 60's and 70's he worked for Green Bay Canning. As a couple they are well remembered for selling pumpkins and Christmas trees for over 30 years from their home on University Avenue (next to the former Mona Lisa Restaurante). Pat enjoyed the great outdoors, deer hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Survived by four sons and spouses, Roland and Shirley Cayemberg, Green Bay; Darold Cayemberg, Vulcan, Mich.; Patrick and Dolores Cayemberg, Green Bay; Glen and Sarah Cayemberg, Union Grove one daughter-in-law, Marge Konkel, Wind Lake; 25 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucy Anderson, Green Bay; three sisters-in-law, Mae Laurent, Luxembourg; Alice Cayemberg, Howard; Angie Cayemberg, Pulaski; nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by one son, Wayne Cayemberg in 1973; one daughter-in-law, Patsy Cayemberg in 1975; two great-grandchildren; seven brothers, Frank, John, Martin, henry (sic), Felix, Wilfred, and Walter Cayemberg; and four sisters, Emily Guillette, Eugenia Cayemberg, Ella Cravillion, and Anastasia Moureau.

Friends may call at Malcore Funeral Home, University Avenue at Baird Street, from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of the Fuenral Mass. Funeral Saturday 12 Noon at SS. Peter and Paul Parish with the Monsignor Roy Klister officiating.

Green Bay Press Gazette,
23JAN1997, Pg B-5**
Special thanks to the staff of Country Living Adult Health Care and St. Vincent's Hospital 7th Floor/Coronary Care."

**This little snippet is presented separately because of the way the obituary appeared in the newspaper.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Family Reunion Friday - Cayemberg Family 1954

The clipping below is short, sweet, and to the point. Your newspaper clippings don't have to be very long, but putting something in is important. You can see in the clipping below that a gift was given to the matriarch of the reunion. By this year her husband had passed and the reunion was started for both of them. It continued well past the passing of them both.

Is your patriarch and/or matriarch of your reunion still alive? How do you recognize them? Do you recognize them each year? Perhaps even more importantly, if they have passed do you still acknowledge why you're there? If your reunion has been going on for a really long time (spanning generations) do the newer attendees understand how and why it started? You stand a much greater chance of enlisting the younger generation's help and garnering their support if they understand its origins.

A reunion is a tradition that gets started by a group of people. Traditions are malleable. They can change and they must if you want to keep them going. Without the support of a younger generation your reunion will die out. It's inevitable. If one or a tiny group of people claim ownership of a reunion and don't let anyone else in when they pass on so will the reunion. A reunion isn't about the people that are running it. A reunion is about the family. When you forget that you might as well stop and bury the thing now.

"Cayemberg Family Has Reunion (handwritten '1954')

The 17th reunion of the Cayemberg family was held at Pamperin Park Sunday with Mrs. Harvey Moureau and Mr. and Mrs. Felix Cayemberg, Ensign, Mich. in charge.

Mrs. Eli Cayemberg, 84-year-old mother of the group, received a purse from the members of her family.  At present she is staying with the R. C. Andersons, 875 Shawano Ave.

Green Bay people present at the reunion include Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Moureau and family, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gouin and daughter Susie Ann, and Mr. and Mrs. Roland Cayemberg and daughter Joan Linda.

The 1955 reunion will be held the first Sunday in June at Pamperin Park with Mrs. Pat Cayemberg, Mrs. Russell Anderson and Frank Cayemberg as chairmen."

The clipping was taken from a scrapbook handed down to me by my mother in law.  No newspaper name was given, but other reunion articles were from the Green Bay Press Gazette.