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Remembering Theodore “Tad” Aderman

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-8-04-54-pmToday,  6 Jan 1981, my second great-uncle, Theodore “Tad” Rudolph August Aderman passed away in the Lutheran Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

Uncle Tad was the sixth of twelve children born to my paternal second-great-grandparents, Ferdinand and Mary (Heiden) Adermann. Born on 13 November 1894 in Altamont, Effingham County, Illinois, USA Tad lived much of his life in Effingham and nearby Logan Counties.

He registered for the draft in both World War I and World War II. The 1930 and 1940 US Census’ list his occupation as a farmer “on his own account” in Mount Pulaski, Logan County, Illinois. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, and Mount Pulaski Christian Church.

Cleava Brashear (1892 -1975) married Tad in Lincoln, Logan County, Illinois on 4 Feb 1915. By the time he was 26 years old, he experienced the death of four of his siblings (Magdalene Maria, Ida, Henry, and Mary).

Tad and Cleava raised two daughters, Mildred and Betty, and in retirement, wintered in Mesa, Arizona. His obituary is below. My thanks to Kevin Hackett of Our Family Genealogies for some of this information.









Wilbert “Feeley” Aderman has His Car Stolen

My 2nd great-uncle on my father’s side, Wilbert “Feeley” Adermann (25 Oct 1904 – 2 Dec 1985) had his car stolen just a month before his 60th birthday. He and his wife, Dorothy, were at church on Sunday, September 26, 1965 when three boys from Pennsylvania were apparently  working their way to California by stealing cars along the way. Uncle Feeley’s vehicle was sitting outside the church while everyone was inside worshipping. The boys helped themselves and continued west on Highway 40. They were caught further down the road in Vandalia.

Uncle Feeley was a life-long resident of Altamont in Effingham County, Illinois. Highway 40 is still the only east-west paved highway through Effingham County. It was a great highway for the boys to travel as they drove from Pennsylvania to California. The police caught the boys west of Altamont in Vandalia at the junction of Highways 40 and 51.


The intersection of Highways 51 and 40 is at Vandalia on the left side of this map. Altamont and Highway 40 is at the upper right side of the map.

Here is the story as my cousin and genealogy buddy, Kevin Hackett, found it in the Centralia (Illinos) Evening Sentinel, 27 September, 1965, page 10.

Arrest Three in Stolen Car

VANDALIA–Three Pennsylvania youths were arrested yesterday in a stolen car minutes after state and local police received the radio message from Effingham County.

State Trooper Clifford Dean and Vandalia policeman William Black took the youths, ages 15, 16, 17, into custody after blocking the Rte. 51-40 junction with the police car.

The youths, two from Philadelphia and the other from Pittsburgh, told authorities they were en route to California.

The stolen car was owned by W.P. Aderman and was taken from in front of church while the Adermans were attending services. A stolen car, with Indiana license, was found near-by.

The youths were to be returned to Effingham County today.


Walter Amos Woodington, A Troubled Cousin

I have referred before to my cousin and fellow genealogist on the Munson/Woodington branch of the family tree, Lori Hahn. She has a terrific blog call Me. Here. Right. Now. This week she posted an article about Walter Amos Woodington, our mutual cousin who struggled with alcoholism. I hope you take time to read her work.

The Marriage of Robert John Woodington and Lula Mae Behncke

Robert John Woodington, the youngest brother of my grandmother, Ethel Woodington, was born in Cassville, Dodge County, Wisconsin on 17 December 1908. He lived there into his 20s, but by 1937, in the depths of the Great Depression, he was working at a canning factory in West Bend, Wisconsin.

He returned home to get Lula Mae Behncke, who was living in Lancaster, Grant County, Wisconsin. They married on 29 November, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa.




Iowa, Marriage Records, 1923-1937. Operations, Inc., 2014, Provo, UT USA

Frank Neuton Fralick

In my last post, I explored the last will and testament of Henry Fralick. Henry left one dollar to seven of his eight grown children and the rest of his estate to his son Frank Neuton Fralick. Frank is my 2nd great-uncle.

Frank was born to Henry and Martha (Scott) Fralick in Glen Haven, Grant County, Wisconsin in 1857. Both the 1880 and 1900 US Census have him living in Bloomington, Grant County, Wisconsin. In 1880, Frank was 22 years old and working on his father’s farm as were his older brothers Edward (24 years old) and David (26 years old). The census does not include farm laborers or a domestic servant like the 1870 census did when those three boys were teenagers. Unfortunately, almost all the US Census records of 1890 were lost in a fire, so I can only guess if Frank was working on the farm then.

Henry died on Christmas Day, 1886 and his estate was closed in February 1887. Frank was the recipient of the remaining estate minus the $7 to his siblings, any “just debt” and the funeral expenses. Frank was 39 years old at this time and still single.

Nine months later, on 10 November 1887, Frank married 16-year old Ida Lydia Ault. Ida’s family lived in Monroe County, Wisconsin, in the south-central portion of the state. She was the oldest child of the five known children of William T. Ault (1838 -1915) and Mary T. Bechtolt (1858 – 1936).

Lydia’s mother was born in Green County, Wisconsin (in south central WI on the border with Illinois) and her parents were married there. Lydia was born there, also. The family moved a little west to Grant County, Wisconsin where the Fralick farm was also located.

In the 1900 US Census, two years after Henry’s death, Frank was living in Bloomington, Grant County, Wisconsin. Two years later, their son, Vere Frank Fralick, was born back in Monroe, the county seat of Green County, where his mother had also been born.By 1910, the US Census had 52-year old Frank working as a laborer in a furniture store and owning his home, mortgage-free.

Frank, Ida, and their son, Vere Frank, lived the rest of their lives in Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin.

Well, having learned all this about this little branch of my family, I still have not answered the question which most intrigues me. Why did Frank leave the farm and, assuming he sold it, to whom did he sell it?  It was not in Frank’s possession for more than four years after spending the first 39 years of his life there. I’ve had no good fortune yet finding land records to help me sort through this. Hopefully, another blog post awaits in which I will have found the answer.


Henry Fralick’s Will

Henry Fralick, my 2nd great grandfather died on Christmas Day of 1896. He was born 27 February 1812 in New York state and sometime before his marriage to Martha Scott in 1844 when he was 32 years old, he had moved to Grant County in southwest Wisconsin. The couple had ten children, two of whom died in childhood. All were born in Grant County where the Fralicks farmed a 40-acre lot and an 80-acre lot just east of the Mississippi River. Here is a shot from the plat book. The Fralick land is marked in red.



According to the US Census of 1870, the Fralicks worth was valued at $3000 in real estate and $900 in “personal estate.” They  had two farm laborers, a domestic servant, and the four children of those workers living with them–in addition to seven of their own children.

After Henry’s death, his estate was probated in February 1897. His three-page will was included in the series of documents at his probate. His wife, Martha Scott Fralick, had preceded him in death in 1880. At the reading of his will, seven of his eight children each got one dollar. This suggests he probably had given them a portion of his wealth while he was still alive. Possibly, he gave them down payments for their houses or something along those lines. One son, who had not married, received the remainder of Henry’s estate. It reads:

“After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise, and bequeath to my son Charles H. Fralick the sum of one dollar and nothing more.

“. . . I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to my daughter Martha Jane Reynolds the sum of one dollar and nothing more . . .

” . . . to my daughter Mary Hope . . . the sum of one dollar and nothing more

” . . . to my son David Fralick the sum of one dollar and nothing more–

” . . . to my daughter Lydia Wilson . . .the sum of one dollar and nothing more.

“. . . to my son Edward Fralick the sum of one dollar and nothing more

“. . . to my daughter Laura Taylor . . . the sum of one dollar and nothing more.

“I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to my son Frank Neuton Fralick all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate of whatever kind or nature, without reserve, both real and personal.”

Frank was 39 years old and had never married when his father died. That changed quickly after Henry’s death, which is fodder for my next post.

Here are images of his will and how he distributed his assets.








Obituary for Kenneth Krumreich Kennedy

I recently wrote of Ken (Krumreich) Kennedy and his plane crash. Here is a more thorough review of his life as expressed in his obituary in the Marshall Chronicle of Marshall, Michigan, 25 July 1994.  Another thank you to Kevin Hackett for locating this obituary.



Ken Krumreich Kennedy’s Plane Crash

Ken Krumreich Kennedy  was my first cousin twice removed and the grandson of Ferdinand and Mary (Heiden) Adermann. Ken was an accomplished engineer, businessman, aviator, and world traveler. He was the son of Maria Sophia Lenora “Mary” Adermann and Paul W. Krumreich. Both Paul and Ken changed their names to Kennedy following Mary’s death. Ken had at least one close call while piloting his twin engine Apache. Here is the article about the crash from the Marshall (MI) Evening Chronicle,  25 September 1961.



Descendents of Mary Munson and Jacob Gentholz

Hey, my Freeman Munson (Woodington) cousins, please check out another cousin’s blog Me. Here. Right. Now. This particular article has a good summation of the descendents of Mary Munson and Jacob Gentholz.

Celebrating Cecil Bridges, WWI Veteran

On this Veterans Day, 11 Nov 2016, I honor Cecil Randell Bridges who served in WWI. Cecil married my second great-aunt, Alma Anna Martha Adermann, on 3 July 1936. Cecil registered for the World War I draft on 15 June 1917, citing a need to provide for his mother (Annabell) as reason for an exemption. In spite of that he served from 5 September 1918, through the end of World War I (Nov 11, 1918), and until 3 August 1921.





Toward the end of World War II, the United States had an “Old Man’s Draft.” Cecil registered again, honoring his responsibility to his country.



Later in life, when he and Alma had moved to Phoenix, Arizona, he was active in the Arizona Veterans of World War I. In an article (my thanks to Kevin Hackett once again) in the Yuma Sun of Yuma, Arizona, May 19, 1965, Cecil was elected commander of the state organization.


At his death on 10 October 1988, Cecil was buried three days later in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, completing his connection to the US Army. May his name be honored today and all days.


Leonard Yocum Obituary

lyocumpicLeonard Yocum was the husband of my second great-aunt, Vivian “Sophie” Helene Anna Adermann. She was tenth of Ferdinand and Mary (Heiden) Adermann’s twelve children. Leonard and “Sophie” married on Christmas Eve of 1924 in Altamont, Effingham County, Illinois and had two children. Their son, Harley Eugene, was born 20 August 1925 and their daughter, Maxine Leigh, 12 April, 1927. Between the birth of their two children, the couple moved from Illinois to Detroit, where Maxine was born.

Of special note, Leonard and Vivian were Kevin Hackett’s grandparents; his mother was Maxine (Yocum) Hackett. Kevin is my cousin and Adermann family genealogy buddy.

Here is the obituary for Leonard Yocum from The Hillsdale Daily News, 14 April 1981.



Obituary for Paul William (Krumreich) Kennedy, 1956

Paul William Krumreich was born in Effingham County, Illinois on 15 June 1895. He married my second great-aunt, Maria Sophia Lenora “Mary” Adermann on 20 April, 1916 in Springfield, IL Their son, Kenneth Stanley, was born on 28 August, 1917 and their daughter, Vera Marie, on 10 March 1921. Maria died the day after Vera’s birth.

Paul changed his last name from Krumreich to Kennedy (at least for common usage–I have not yet found legal documentation of the change). Likewise, their son Kenneth, also changed his last name to Kennedy. Daughter Vera maintained the Krumreich maiden name but changed her name to Cavenaile upon her marriage to Alexander Cavenaile.

Here is the obituary for Paul William Krumreich Kennedy from the Marshall Evening Chronicle (Marshall, Michigan) of 16 August, 1956. Thanks you Kevin Hackett for sharing this obituary.




Martin Boerner, Sr. and His Apple Press

I have written previously about my great-grandfather, Martin Boerner, Sr of Gaulsheim, Germany and Niagara, Wisconsin, USA. I did not get to meet him, but my father spoke of him with love and admiration. When Dad was a lad, his Grandpa Boerner lived with them and they spent considerable time together.

The other day, my sister and I pulled out Great-Grandpa Boerner’s apple press from the early 1900s. Our family ended up with the press and have used it repeatedly over  the decades. Great-Grandpa taught Dad how to make fermented apple jack–an art Dad appreciated over the years–but I have to admit, I’m partial to simple juice. Here is Martin Boerner’s apple press still in use, over a century later.


The handle on the left is turned as apples are put into the top metal piece. The grinder cuts them up and spits them out into the waiting barrel below.

With a small conversion of the machine, it becomes a juicer. The top piece which directs the apples into the chopper is removed, a metal handle inserted top of the presser, the burlap bag is laid up over the chopped apples, and the heavy wood presser in my hand in the picture on the left is put on top of the burlap bag covering the apples. Turning the presser downward squeezes the juice through the bottom of the wooden bucket and into the waiting 5-gallon container below.

Then the juice is strained through a milking strain before bottling for the freezer. Ta-da!


Harry Woodington, Marine Deserter. George Woodington, West Coast Farmer

My cousin, well, fourth cousin, Lori Hahn, is the author of the family history blog, Me. Here. Right Now. Today she posted two excellent Woodington stories. Please check them out–they’re fascinating!

The first is about one of the Harry Woodingtons. I’m afraid we have yet another deserter in the Munson/Woodington family. Harry suffered some difficult treatment for gonorrhea in a military hospital and didn’t go back to finish the treatments after having been given a leave. It’s a fascinating read!

The second post is about one of Moses Woodington‘s brothers, George, who ventured to California presumably in the  1870s. He was one of the early settlers in what is now Orange County and worked in the developing agricultural business in California. I hope you will take time to explore Lori’s work.

Lori Hahn’s “Me. Here. Right Now.”

Hey, Munson family genealogists, check out another Munson family website.

I love it when I find another cousin! Lori Hahn and I share 3rd great-grandparents, Amos and Mary Ann (Kearney) Munson and, of course, all our ancestors prior to Amos and Mary Ann.

Lori descends from their daughter,  Mary Ann Munson’s line (1837 – 1888) and Mary Ann’s husband, William Custer Smith (1831 – 1895). Daughter Mary Ann shared her mother’s name so I will distinguish them as Mary Ann Munson (daughter) and Mary Ann (Kearney) Munson (mother). I descend from Mary Ann Munson’s younger sister, Henrietta Munson, and her husband, Moses Woodington.

The Amos and Mary Ann (Kearney) Munson family moved to southwestern Wisconsin from Ohio between 1849 and 1850. Their youngest son, Charles, was born in Ohio in 1849; the 1850 US Census has the family living in Grant County, Wisconsin. Grant County is also where daughter Mary Ann and William C. Smith married in 1853. Oh, and my second great-grandparents, Henrietta and Moses, married in Grant County in 1859. They stuck around, though. Mary Ann (Munson) Smith and William C Smith headed to Iowa after a while.

Anyway, there are more stories for the telling! Please check out Lori’ site. It is called Me. Here. Right Now.


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