Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.

29 May 2015

On This Day: Slow news day reports on Kirchner


Evidently it was a slow news day On This Day in 1880. One of the notes – hardly an article – in the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer reported that George Kirchner has a family of opossums that are “very lively and are worth seeing.” George lives on East King Street.

A personal note:
The article caught my attention, not just because it was silly, but because it mentioned Kirchner. My husband’s great grandmother was a Kirchner. Her father was Johann (John) Kirchner (1821 – 1881). I know very little of John before he married Barbara Kuhn in 1850. I know he lived in Lancaster City and that there were other Kirchners, although I have not connected everyone quite yet. 

Source:
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 29 May 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

27 May 2015

On This Day: Eckman child scalded


Frank Eckman’s young child was scalded On This Day in 1880. The scalding was severe enough that it was feared the child may not survive the burns. One of the boys had been lifting a kettle of boiling water from the stove in their West Willow (Lancaster County) home and some of the water spilled on another child. The child who was scalded is only two or three years old. 

Source:

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 27 May 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

26 May 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Peter Miller

Peter Miller (1838 - 1913) is buried at the Clearfield United Methodist Cemetery in New Providence, Lancaster County. He is buried near his wife, Mary (1836 – 1911). 


Peter was born 22 February 1838 to Peter and Elizabeth Hoover Miller. He died 15 February 1913 of exhaustion, according to his death certificate.

 


Tombstone Tuesday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers. 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

On This Day: Civil War soldier reported dead


The death of Civil War soldier Simon Goss was reported On This Day in 1881. Goss had served with as a Private in Company F, in the Ninth PA Calvary. He had been wounded at Dandridge, East Tennessee. He died 25 May at his home at Locust Valley, located between Strasburg and Lampeter. 

Goss, 42, left a wife, Fannie, and six children. He was buried at the Mennonite burying ground in Strasburg. 

Find a Grave however lists his service information as having enlisted in Company K, 10th Infantry. 

Source:
Find A Grave. Simon B Goss 

Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.  

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 26 May 1881. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

25 May 2015

Military Monday: Nine Stills listed as WWII POWs

It’s Military Monday but I was lost as to who to write about so I searched Stills and found nine Stills listed on a World War II POW site. Two were held by Japan and the rest by Germany. Of the nine, one was a woman! 

The nine listed were:
  1. Albert T. Still Sr
  2. Dorothy Still
  3. Edward F Still
  4. Eugene H Still
  5. Homer E Still Jr
  6. Joe T Still
  7. John Howard Still
  8. Omer G Still
  9. Rupert H Still
Albert Thomas Still Sr
Albert (ser # 34831946) was a Private from Georgia, the son of Thomas Acree and Ella A. Still. He served in the Army, Infantry in the European Theatre France. He was detained by Germany in Stalag 2a Neubrandenburg Mecklenberg 53. Social Security records indicate he was born 2 February 1918. According to U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, Albert enlisted on 18 November 1943 in Fort Mcpherson Atlanta. He was married at the time he enlisted and stated his civil occupation was unskilled oilers of machinery. He died, according to Social Security records, on 27 September 1993 in Georgia. He is buried with his wife Kathleen L. (1925 – 2000) in Bellevue Memorial Gardens in Columbia County, Georgia. 

Dorothy Still
Dorothy (ser # 080123) was a Lieutenant Jr grade from California. The daughter of William H. and Arissa Still, she served as a nurse at the Canacao Naval Hospital in the Navy in the Southwest Pacific Theatre Philippine Islands. She was detained by Japan and held at Los Banos Civ Laguna Luzon Philippines 1.  

Edward F Still
Edward (ser # 34385420) was a Private First Class from South Carolina. Born 9 March  1922, he was single when he enlisted. He served in the Army, Infantry in the European Theatre France. He was detained by Germany.  He died on 20 November 1988. 

Eugene H Still
Eugene (ser # 38589288) was a Private in the Army, Infantry. He served in the Courier Service in the European Theatre Germany. He was detained by Germany. 

Homer E Still Jr
Homer (ser # 0 462673) was a Second Lieutenant or Nurse, Dietician, Physical Therapist from Florida. He served in the Army, Air Corps as a heavy bomber in the European Theatre Germany. He was detained by Germany in Stalag Luft 1 Barth Vogelsang Prussia 54. 

Joe T Still
Joe (ser # 17012700) was a Staff Sergeant from Wisconsin. He served in the Army, Air Corps in the bombardment heavy in the European Theatre Germany. He was detained by Germany in Stalag 17b Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krem. 

John Howard Still
John (ser # 3419008) was a Radioman Second Class in the Navy in the Southwest Pacific Theatre Philippine Islands. He was from Kansas, the son of Mrs. Bereniece Powers Still of Los Angeles. He was detained by Japan in Osaka Main Camp Chikko Osaka 34 135. 

Omer G Still
Omer (ser # 6386865) was a Corporal in the Army, Infantry in the European Theatre Germany. He was detained by Germany. 

Rupert H Still
Rupert (ser # 34575421) was a Private First Class in the Army, Field Artillery. He served in the European Theatre Belgium. He was detained by Germany in Stalag 13 Hammelburg Om Main Bavaria 50. 

None are “my” Stills … that I know of so far. 

Sources:
Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.  

Ancestry.com. World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.

Find A Grave. Albert T Still Memorial# 121254450  

National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.  

National Archives and Records Administration. World War II Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com operations, Inc., 2010.  

National Archives and Records Administration. World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005 

National Archives Southeast Region; Atlanta, GA; Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group: RG 147; Class: RG147, North Carolina World War II Draft Registration Cards 

World War 2 POW Archive. Crafted Knowledge. http://www.ww2pow.info/index.php?q=Still  

Year: 1930; Census Place: Burbank, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 125; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0849; Image: 97.0; FHL microfilm: 2339860 

 

Military Monday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers. 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

52 Ancestors: Remembering Uncle Paul on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day we – in the United States (other countries have similar holidays) – set aside to remember our dead. We remember and honor those soldiers who have laid down their lives in service to America. While I have many family members who have served - some willing and some not so much -  in every branch of the Armed Services, there is only one who died in service … my Uncle Paul Kurenda. 

Paulie – as my grandmother/his sister always referred to him – died in service during World War II. He was just 22 years old. He is pictured here with my grandmother, Anna Kurenda Ruczhak.

He did not die taking out one of Hitler’s goons. He did not die rescuing cousins he probably never even knew from the horrific concentration camps. He did not on the field in an actual battle. No, he died of tuberculosis.  
 
 

His death certificate lists his immediate cause of death as being, “Tuberculosis, pulmonary, acute, military, bilateral.”
 
He died on 11 August 1944 at the Valley Forge General Hospital, only miles away from home. He had been sent home from the European Theater and had been treated there at the hospital since 21 July 1944.
 
He is buried with his parents, John and Frances Skrabalak Kurenda, at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery in Valley Township, Chester County. He is one of many veterans buried there.
 
Vichnaya Pamyat!

 

 
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is a weekly genealogical challenge
issued by Amy Johnson Crow, of No Story Too Small 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

On This Day: Grand Army issues Memorial Day protest


The Grand Army post of Westchester County in New York, On This Day in 1885, issued a protest against certain Memorial Day activities. The post adopted a resolution stating: “We depreciate the use of Memorial Day for other than memorial purposes.” 

The resolution also stated that the members of the post felt “the holding of entertainments, festivities and indulging in any kind of athletic sports are desecrations of the solemn holiday, against all of which, in the name of our dead comrades, we solemnly protest.” 

On Memorial Day, we recognize, honor and remember the fallen heroes who died in service to our Nation. It is a day of remembrance of those passed.  

 
 
Source:

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 25 May 1885. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  

Presidential Proclamation - Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2015. White House, Office of the Press Secretary.

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

24 May 2015

On This Day: Russian city burns


It was On This Day in 1881 that the Russian city of Pinsk burned. Pinsk was, at that time, located in Minsk and was home to 18,000 residents.

During that time period, many Russian cities, towns and villages were burned as the “red rooster” struck out against the Jews of Russia at that time.

Pinsk remained part of the Russian Empire until 1915. Today Pinsk is part of Belarus and 130,000 souls call it home. The city itself dates back to 1097.  

Source:

Jacobs, J., Persecution of the Jews in Russia, 1881. London: Spottiswoode & Co. 

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 24 May 1881. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

Sunday’s Obituary: Hugh Corcoran


Hugh Corcoran was born in Ireland and immigrated to America when he was about 14.

His obituary reads:
Hugh Corcoran, superintendent of the Lancaster gas company, died at his residence, No. 130 Water Street, yesterday afternoon (17 May 1880), after an illness of considerable duration. 

Mr. Corcoran was a native of County Longford, Ireland, and came to America nearly forty years ago. Not long after his arrival in America he was employed by Patrick Brady as a laborer on the New York and Erie railroad, and for a short time subsequently he was engaged in railroad and telegraph work in the South. About 1846 he came to Lancaster, and secured the contract for trenching for the pipes of the Lancaster gas company. On the completion of the gas works he made himself thoroughly acquainted with the process of manufacturing gas, and after being employed for some time in a subordinate position he was chose as superintendent of the gas works, a position he held to the time of his death, fulfilling the duties of his office faithfully and efficiently. 

Mr.Corcoran was about 54 years of age, and leaves a family of five children. He was industrious, honest and possessed a good judgment of business matters, which enabled him to acquire during his residence in Lancaster a very comfortable competence. Hus funeral will take place at 9 o’clock on Thursday morning, on which occasion high requiem mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s church. 

Source:
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 18 May 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.

 

Sunday’s Obituary is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

23 May 2015

On This Day: Miller charged with murder


Samuel H Miller stood trial On This Day in 1882 on the charge of murder! Miller has been charged with the murder of William Gensemer, who was killed on 15 October 1881. Miller pled not guilty.

S. H. Reynolds, David McMullen and J. hay Brown, esqs. Represented the defense. District Attorney Davis M. Brosius and J. L. Steinmets, esqs. Represented the Commonwealth. 

The murder trial began with the testimony of Dr. Peter O Bleiler, of Denver. He was called out on the evening of 15 October 1881 to attend to Gensemer, who had been shot. Gensemer was found on the pavement in front of Miller’s hotel. The official cause of death was internal hemorrhage from a bullet having entered Gensemer’s throat. Two other physicians were also called to testify. 

Clayton H Regar, a friend of Gensemer’s, then testified as to the events leading up to the actual shooting. He claimed they left Eberly’s hotel and heart music at Miller’s. They were deciding if they should go in when Miller came out and fired his pistol, announcing the two men would not be going there. Regar continued that he had been shot in the leg and that Miller then shot Gensemer several times. He stated too that the two of them were also with William Lutz, Adam Ludwig, George Griffiths and Charles Regar. He pointed out that Denver had only about 200 residents and only two hotels.

The trial continued in the following days, finally closing on Friday, 26 May 1882. Over 100 witnesses were heard during the trial. The verdict was finally received at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, 27 May. Miller was acquitted as the jury a unanimous “not guilty.” The courtroom cheered and Miller was released from custody. 

Source:

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 23 May 1882. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  

 

On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

22 May 2015

Follow Friday: 40 Top Twitter Accounts

Recently Crestleaf published a list of 40 Twitter Accounts to follow and included Genealogical Gems (@GenealogicalGem) on it! Below is that list.








































40. @WDYTYA

 


Follow Friday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.

On This Day: Pittston miner killed

 A Pittston miner was killed On This Day in 1882. Thirty-two year old James Dougherty was killed by falling rock. He was employed at the Barnes Shatt.

Pittston in located in Luzerne County and played an important role in the mining history of Pennsylvania.

Source:

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 22 May 1882. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.  



On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.
                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

21 May 2015

Throw Back Thursday: Memory Eternal


I believe this photo to be that of my Aunt Helen, my grandmother, and my Aunt Jennie.

Aunt Helen (Helen Still Webster) and Aunt Jennie (Jeannette Still) are sisters of my great grandfather Pierson G Still. Their brother Lloyd P Still married my grandmother (seated in the middle), Mary Welsh Still.

Aunt Helen passed in 1995, at the age of 91. Aunt Jennie passed in 1982, at the age of 94. Yesterday, 20 May, was the anniversary of my grandmother's passing. She passed in 1989, at age 79. May their Memory Be Eternal.