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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Dorothy Couch-Robertson

Dorothy Couch- Robertson my maternal grandmother was the most loving, kind, gentle, religious women I will ever know. I am very thankful she was a part of my life. Let me tell you about this remarkable lady.

She loved to cook and I would get to help. Before I was born she always fed the friends of her six kids. Her home was the local hangout for the kids in the neighborhood. But lets back up even further. She could fix anything and can. She had a garden every place they lived.

Dorothy was born 8 Jan 1903 in Elgin, Antelope, NE. She was about 6 years old when her father was accidentally shot and killed by her brother passing him a shotgun through a fence.
She went all the way through school, plus normal school, where she learned to be a Secretary. She went to work for Davidson's Furnature Store, where George Edgar Robertson worked after he came home from the war in 1919. He had been in the hospital in France because he was wounded in 1918 by muster gas. In 1920 Dorothy and George started dating, much to the chagrin of her mother Cora Alice Amick-Couch. Cora raised her kids in the Nazarene Faith.  And George was CaCatholic. But five days after Dorothy's 18th birthday they married, 13 Jan 1921 in Sioux City, IA, where her family moved after the death of her father.

During the Great Depression her children were scattered around to different family members, because George got laid off for a year.

I couldn't imagine the pain she felt having her family scattered about, they were everything to her.

In 1962 Grandpa became very ill and went to the Veterans Hospital in Livermore, CA where he died from emphysema. He had lost one lung from mustard gas during the war, and smoked all his life. He was tough though, he made it to age 68.

My beautiful Grandmother Dorothy was taken 9 April 2001 in Stockton, CA. It was very hard for me when my mom called me to tell me. I was in Mandan, ND and had no means to get out to California for the funeral. So I never got to say good-bye.
On a recent trip to Stockton I was at my Aunt Dot's where my gram ma spent the last few years of her life. I was hit hard with the realization of her truly being gone. Her stuff was still there just as she had left it. I got very emotional and quietly by myself talked to her as I slid my hand along some of her furniture and things. I took lots of photos.

She taught me to be a strong women, keep true to my faith and love my family no matter what. My grandmother lived to be 98 years old, she had a long full life, touched very much by God.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wedding Wedensday

Catherine Steimel my 1st Cousin 3x removed. Was born 29 July 1860 in Tipton, Moniteau, MO. She died 8 May 1943 in Los Angeles, CA.

She married 7 Oct 1884 in Georgetown, CO. To Andrew Andreus Prechtl. He was born 12 Sep 1854 in Saint Marys, PA and died 16 Jan 1909 in Denver, CO

This is Catherine & Andrew's wedding photo taken on 7 Oct 1884 in Georgetown, CO.

There were nine children to this union of marriage.

Andrew Hubert Prechtl born 27 July 1885 Saint Marys, PA, died 9 Sep 1885 Saint Mary's, PA

Mary Margaret Prechtl born 9 Nov 1886 Saint Marys, Pa, died 6 March 1955 Los Angeles, CA.

Micheal Francis Prechtl born 2 April 1888 Saint Marys, PA, died 18 Jan 1966 Burbank, CA.

George Andrew Prechtl born 22 June 1889 Saint Marys, PA, died 30 April 1970 Garden Grove, CA.

Matilda Catherine Prechtl born 10 Nov 1890 Saint Marys, PA,
died 30 Sep 1938 Denver, CO.

Thomas John Prechtl born 14 Sep 1892 Tipton, Moniteau, MO,
died 10 Jan 1981 Corona, CA.

Joseph Markus Prechtl born 3 Oct 1894 Boone, IA, died 4 March
1961 Los Angeles, CA.

Peter Hubert Prechtl born 28 June 1896 Georgetown, CO, died
14 July 1982 Burbank, CA.

Anthony George Prechtl born 9 March 1903 Georgetown, CO,
died 9 Dec 1971 Rosemead, CA.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tuesday's Tip

Sometimes I find it rather hard to be motivated in doing my blog on a daily basis. First I have no internet, so I know find myself at Barnes & Nobles Starbucks using their WiiFii. I love the coffee!

So now the challenge is carring my laptop and files there to work on my blog. I bought a really cool hanging file folder bag at Wal-Mart, got pink cause there was no purple (so sad).

So I gather up my stuff in my new bag, like my genealogy research, and my blog notebook that I wrote in the day before with my theme all ready to blog.

With my pen in hand I write down all the information usually from my Family Tree program.

I feel I have an obligation to my followers to not only post often but write better. So I have to keep myself focused and organized. So that's my Tuesday tip to myself. Here's looking at better blogging!

Matrilineal Monday

Dorcus Chester is a new find of mine. I was tickled pink to find her plus the photo on

Dorcus was born 1 November 1637 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Massachusetts, died 15 February 1712 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She married Rev. Samuel Whiting Jr. Date unknown. They had children.

Dorcus is from a long line of weathy "Chester men" that owned many acres of land in England and in America.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Christopher and I have special time on Sunday's. He spends the night at Nana's every Saturday and on Sunday's we go to church together (McCabe United Methodist Church in Bismarck, ND).

After church we go home and change and then weather permitting we go to the park and play. If it's raining, snowing or cold out we spend the day making hot cocoa and playing games or watching one of his favorite movies all snuggled up on the couch together. We have also built a tent with blankets and got flash lights out to play in his tunnel.

Christopher and I have a very special bond I raised him the first year and a half of his life. I am thankful that God has given me this "Little Man" he is loving, kind, generous, and caring and he's only 4 years old. Thank you God for making me his Nana.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Surename Saturday

Margaret Helen Kuttenkuler was born 19 Sep 1838 in Colonge, Germany. She died 25 Sep 1915 in Tipton, Moniteau, Missouri. She is buried in the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery in Tipton.

Passing of a Pioneer
Mrs. Margaret Becker Lived Longed and Useful Life
Resided in County 64 years
Belonged to Family of First Generation Settlers in Moniteau Co - Resided in Tipton 43 Years

Mrs. Margaret Becker, wife of Henry Becker, was born in Cologne, Germany, September 18, 1838; died in Tipton, Mo., September 25, 1915, being 77 years and 7 days old at the time of her death.
Mrs. Becker's maiden name was Kuttenkuler. She came with her parents from Germany to Missouri about 64 years ago, locating in Moniteau county, near this city, her family being the first German settlers in this county.
On January 2, 1858 the subject of this notice became the wife of Henry Becker. To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom with the husband, survives. They are: Chas. Becker, of Kansas City; H.J., Joe L. Becker of St. Louis; Mrs. Mary Robertson, of Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. Anna Mudd, of Arkansas; Mrs. Ellen Koechner, Mrs. Louis G. Imhoff and Miss Lucy Becker, of this city. Besides these are one brother, John Kuttenkuler, of this city, and two half-brothers, P.J. and Andy Bestgen, of near this city.
Mrs. Becker spent a long and useful life, true to husband, devoted to her children, loyal to friends and faithful to her church vows.
On January 2, 1908 Mrs. Becker and her husband celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, of which an extended notice appeared in the TIMES at that time. She and her husband have resided in Tipton for 43 consecutive years. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery at 11 o'clock September 27, the following being pallbearers: P.C. Flood, P.J. Franken, Jacob Heinen, Wm. Kline, Peter Dick and Joseph Sommerhauser.
(From Jennifer Woods)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Family Recipe Friday: Family Treasure

I received the most wonderful gift from my Dad Donald "Kub" Kubberness, most people wouldn't think so unless they were a genealogy buff, like I most diffidently am.

He gave me a recipe book called Rebeccah Circle 1972 a group of women from United Methodist Church of Arlington, South Dakota.

It's filled with recipes from family members!!!!! Can you believe that! I was so surprised and excited. So here is my first recipe from the book by my Great- Aunt Bessie Converse-Damm.

Mashed Potato Donuts
By Mrs. Clarence Damm

1 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter
1 cup cold mashed potatoes, or us can use instant
3 beaten eggs 1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda 1 tsp nutmeg
3 heaping tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk 4 cups flour
beat eggs, stir in sugar, butter, and potatoes, whip until creamy, sift dry ingredients, add buttermilk to egg mixture, mix well. Chill 2 hrs roll 1/2 in thick, cut out and fry in deep fat.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday

Passenger records

Whiting Crest

USS Constellation

USS Constellation

My 2nd Great- Grandfather Joseph Whiting was born in 1838 Chapel Allerton, Somerset, England. He died 17 Jan 1913 in Iowa. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery Alta, Buena Vista, iowa. He came to America 3 July 1857 departing from Liverpool, England on the Constellation.

He married Lucy Ann Wilkinson date and place unknown at this time. She was born 14 Jul 1849, Wisconsin, died 22 March 1882 place unknown at this time. (My 2nd great-grandmother on maternal line))

His second wife was Anna Brayley born Oct 1862 in England and died bef 1906.

Children from Anna Brayley were:

1) Robert born 26 April 1888 in Cherokee County, Iowa, died 1962

2) Bernard born 9 Oct 1893 in Cherokee County, Iowa, died 1953

3) Frank born 15 Oct 1889 in Cherokee County, Iowa

4) John 25 Nov 1895 Alta, Buena Vist, Iowa, died 2 Nov 1963 New Mexico

Children from Lucy Ann Wilkinson were:

1) Hattie born 11 Aug 1869 Iowa, died 24 Jan 1948

2) Harry born 11 Aug 1870 in Dubuque County, Iowa, died 30 Oct 1887

3) Jessie born 7 Oct 1872 Iowa, died 16 Sep 1952

4) Luise born 29 Nov 1873 Iowa, died 5 Sep 1916

5) Annabella born 27 April 1875 Cherokee County, Iowa, died 2 Nov 1963 Arlington, Kingsbury, South Dakota

6) Carrie born 3 Oct 1876 Iowa, died 4 Nov 1948

There's a story about a chain of Whiting gas stations in New Mexico that this family owned but I have yet to find any facts on this.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wednesday's Child

"Blessed the child of God"

Harry Whiting was born 11 Aug 1870 in Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa. He died 30 Oct 1887 at age 17 yrs. and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Alta, Buena Vista, IA
The cause of death is unknown at this time but I am still researching to find that information.

Tombstone Tuesday

Joseph Whiting was born 1841 in Chapel Allerton, Somerset, England. He died at his son-in-law's Mr. Gus Johannesen in Alta, Buena Vista, Iowa on 17 Jan 1913. He was buried 20 Jan 1913 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Alta, Buena Vista, Iowa. He was my 2nd Great-Grandfather.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday

While I was visiting my relatives in California, my Aunt Dolly gave me a box full of letter to my grandfather George Edgar Robertson during WWI.
What a wonderful gift to receive! I am in the process of scanning them into my laptop and will post them on occasion This is truly a treasure worth more than any gold.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday

Edgemont Cemetery in Edgemont, Fall River, South Dakota, Where my Great- Grandfather Martin Richard Peters is buried. He was born 22 October 1878 in Barton, Washington, Wisconsin and died on 19 September 1974 in Edgemont, Fall River, South Dakota. He worked for the Railroad.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Motivation Monday- Old Letters

While on vacation I received a gold mine, my Aunt Dolly noel handed me a box full of letters, to my grandfather during WWI, from his folks, sister's, brothers, uncle, friends, cousin. I need to get motivated and scan these precious treasures into my laptop and then secure them to my Family Tree Maker program. I also need to get archival paper and storage boxes to preserve them. My only problem is I have no printer/scanner, I need to go do some comparison shopping. I only have a budget of $100 to spend. Any ideas???

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sentimental Sunday: A California Trip

My momma at the Jelly Belly Factory

Auburn, CA in front of their local cemetery.

My Aunt Dolly's house in Stockton, CA she has 11 kids.

Cousin Claire Long and  I, a local Dentist in Auburn, CA makes these statues.

 My Cousin Claire

My cousin Ben and  wife Kyla the sweetest couple ever

My Cousin Delynn blowing bubbles with her granddaughters

My Cousin Delynn

Wolfgang, Delynn's husband

My cousin Alexi (Delynn and Wolfgang's daughter)

This is the Biblical Gardens
The most beautiful place. You can feel
God everywhere.

This was my Grandmother Dorothy Couch-Robertson's house. She died 2001. 3118 Kenyon St. Stockton CA

My Aunt Dot (Dorothy Lillian) Robertson-Holcomb
My mom's sister

My Uncle James Holcomb

May 24, 2011 I drove from Bismarck, ND to Peru, IL, to my folk's home. My mom had saved her pennies so that she could go to California and see her family. My dad didn't want to go so Momma asked me. Oh what a blessing that was.
We flew out of Midway on May 31st and landed in Sacramento, CA, where my Cousin Claire and Aunt Dolly picked us up at the airport and took us to Stockton where my Aunt lives. We spend a few glorious days with my Aunt and visited my other Aunt Dot and her husband Jim. It was wonderful re-connecting with family. I hadn't been there since May of 1984.
It was amazing how my Cousin Claire and I put the gap of time behind us and picked up right where we had left off some 30 years before. She is a very beautiful Lady. I also re-connected with my Cousin Germaine (Claire's Sister). She is also very special. My Aunt Dolly had 11 children and I asked her if she was close to them she said "yes each and every one." Wow that's really awesome. God surely has blessed her.
My sweet Cousin Claire got my mom and I tickets for San Fransisco for June 2nd and we took the Amtrak Train from Stockton to San Francisco, which was a 2 hour drive and we met a wonderful man named "Mark" who races sailboats.
Our day in San Francisco was like magic, mom and I had never been on a trip alone together and this time was much needed for both of us. We truly had a blast. (See photo's). Our trip back to Stockton on the train was another blessing from God we met a man from Nazareth, who's a Christan Jew. We had a wonderful talk of faith. He's now my friend on Facebook.
Friday June 3rd my Aunt Lou came from Auburn, CA and picked us up and took us to the Jelly Belly Factory. WOW!!!!!!! What fun!! Her son designed the grid for Jelly Belly Computer system to run all the equipment. I have very smart cousin's.
Then we went to my Aunt's house but she ended up sick and had to go to the hospital. She is much better now. Meanwhile we stayed at my Cousin Delynn's with her family. What a treat that was. We got to taste African Coffee her son sends her from his mission trips from all over the world. Yummy! Thanks Zack!!!
I mom and I were completely spoiled by Delynn her husband Wolfgang and their beautiful kids. This family has the blessing of God with in them and all around them.It sure deepened my faith. They took us to a place called the Biblical Gardens which really touched my soul. We went to the movie Soul Surfing which is a must see movie, you will laugh, you will cry, but you will be amazed by this girl and her faith, Oh by the way it's a true story.
Our time came to an end on June 6, 2011 we boarded the plane and headed back to Midway (Chicago, IL). My dad and brother Rick picked us up from the airport and mom and sat in the back seat telling them about our trip and how God had truly blessed us.
I left Peru, IL on June 15th and drove back home to Bismarck, ND
Thank you God for blessing me with an Amazing trip, an Amazing family, and most of all for giving me the most wonderful Lady in the world for my Momma!