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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Jalmer Johnson

Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton MI - Tuesday September 21, 1971 pg 2

Jalmer Johnson, 69, passed away Monday night in the Houghton County Medical Care Facility where he had been a patient for the past three weeks.

He was born November 13, 1901, in Toivola, a son of Anna and Elias Johnson and attended the Toivola School.

Mr. Johnson first was employed in the Silver Mines in Mullen, Idaho and later worked at Pearl Harbor building bomb shelters. During World War II he was in the Merchant Marines and then had sailed on the Great Lakes until his retirement at the age of 61. During the off-seasons he had made his home in Toivola and had been custodian of the Toivola Cemetery.

He was a member of the Toivola Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife, the former Saima R. Honkavaara; two daughters, Beverly and Linda of Detroit; a son, Raymond Johnson of St. Clair Shores; a step-son, Harold Lindgren of Atlanta, GA; several grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Walter (Mamie) Salmi of Lakeview Manor, Hancock; two brothers, Ralph Johnson of West Allis, WI and Wilhart Johnson of Toivola and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Toivola Apostolic Lutheran Church, the Rev. Richard Barney to officiate. Burial will be in the Toivola Cemetery.

The body will be taken to the church at 12 noon Thursday from the Jukuri Funeral.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Anna Elizabeth Johnson Warren

Mrs. Anton Warren Summoned Thursday

Daily Mining Gazette - Friday Feb 18, 1938 page 3

Mrs. Elizabeth Warren, an esteemed resident of Hancock and wife of Alderman Anton Warren, passed away Thursday morning in St. Joseph's hospital, where she submitted to an operation Tuesday.

Mrs. Warren was widely known here and her death will be received with sincere sorrow by her many friends in the district. Mrs. Warren was born in Calumet and had been a resident of the city for a number of years.

She is survived by her husband and two sons, Ralph and Albert: a step-son, Roy Warren of Hancock, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Ruth Richards of Ripley. Also surviving are four sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Sam Mattila, Mrs. Walter Salmi, Mrs. Mike Taskila of Toivola, Mrs. Isaac Keturi of Beacon Hill and Silfred, Ralph and Yalmer Johnson of Toivola.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon, at 1 o'clock, in the Watia Funeral Home. The Rev. Andrew Milchelsen, pastor of the Franklin street Apolstolic Lutheran church, will officiate. The body will be placed in the Hancock receiving vault

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Using Passwords to Protect Your Documents


I am under the weather this week so instead of posting the weekly tips I am re-posting my genealogy buddy, Pam Treme's post about password protecting a MS Word document.

I hope to be posting by the weekend - in the meantime enjoy this post from the Technology Tamers website!

I have had only rare occassions when I have added or used a password on a document. To me, genealogy applications would also be rare. However, applying a password is an option that you should be aware of in case you have occassion to use it. The choices you see below are all made when the document that you want to apply that password to is open.

Word 2010
  1. Select File, Info, Protect Document, and then Encrypt with Password. The dialog appears.
  2. Enter a password. Be sure to write it down so that you can open the document again.
  3. Click OK. A confirmation dialog appears.
  4. Enter the password again, and then click OK.
  5. Close the document, and then open it again. A Password dialog appears.
  6. Enter the password, and then click OK.

Word 2007
  1. Select File, and then Save As. The dialog appears.
  2. Click the Tools button at the bottom of the dialog. A drop-down menu appears.
  3. Select General Options. The dialog appears.
  4. In the field Password to open, enter the password. Be sure to write it down so that you can open the document again.
  5. Click OK. A confirmation dialog appears.
  6. Enter the password again, and then click OK.
  7. Click the Save button, and then close the document.
  8. Open the document again. A Password dialog appears.
  9. Enter the password, and then click OK.
Word 2003

  1. Click the Tools menu, and then select Options. The dialog appears.
  2. Click the Security tab.
  3. In the field Password to open, enter the password. Be sure to write it down so that you can open the document again.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Save and then close the document.
  6. Open the document again. A Password dialog appears.
  7. Enter the password, and then click OK.
Additional Notes
Can a password be cracked? Just about anything can be cracked by a pro. However, for the average user, this type of password is sufficent to protect a file.
While you're exploring the password options be sure to notice that there are also some editing options that you may want to look at. When you apply an editing password, everyone can see your document; however, only those readers with the password can edit the document.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Hattie Johnson Taskila

Daily Mining Gazette Monday October 9, 1961 pg 2

Mrs. Michael Taskila, 61, died in St. Joseph Medical Center Sunday evening following a long illness.

She was the former Hattie Johnson and was born in Toivola October 27 1899. Mrs. Taskila spent her life in Toivola.

Mrs. Taskila was married to Michael Taskila April 11, 1916 in Calumet by the late Rev. A. L. Heideman.

Surviving are her husband, six daughters, Mrs. John (Ann) Tienharra, Mrs. Eino (Helmi) Bakki and Mrs. Toivo (Verna) Lammie all of Ironwood. Mrs. William (Lillain) Eakim of Donken. Mrs. Urho (Ruth) Niemi and Mrs. Wayne (Violet) Wiitala of Toivola, five sons, Albert of Centerline, Donald of Negaunee, Roy of Laurium, Loyal of Wakefield, and Reino of Chassell, 33 grandchildren, two brothers, Ralph Johnson of Milwaukee, Wilhart and Jalmer of Toivola, a sister, Mrs. Walter Salmi of Toivola and three stepsisters.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 1 the Apostolic Lutheran Church, Toivola. The Rev. Andrew Mickelsen will officiate and burial will be in the Toivola Cemetery.

The body is in the Memorial Chapel and will lie in state from 12 noon Tuesday until Wednesday when it will be taken to the church at 12 noon.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Norway, Canada, Italy and RootsTech 2012

Last February I went to Las Vegas with Chuck and his family to celebrate his 60th birthday. While this sounds fun, memorable and decandent my mind was at Rootstech 2011 in Salt Lake City! Instead of enjoying playing slot machines I was yearning for a session on Social Media.

This weekend I decided to do it! I registered for RootsTech 2012 and booked my airline flight. The list of sessions is exciting, the speakers first class and on Friday night there are extended hours at the Family History Library.

Chuck and I will both enjoy his birthday, just on different sides of the country!

Sunday October 9
* Leif Ericson Day
* Get Started Researching your Norwegian Roots?
* Check out the Norwegian Historical Society
* The Genealogy Society of Norway connects researchers and offers services to English speaking members.
* Italian Letter Writing Guide

Monday October 10
* Columbus Day - 5 Things you Didn't Know
* Looking for Italian records and history? Check out the Italian Genealogy Site

Tuesday October 11
* Backing up your research: Use an external hard drive, USB drive or some form of media to back up pictures and documents stored on your computer.

Wednesday October 12
* Genealogy Blogs
* Midwestern Microhistory: by Harold Henderson
* Olive Tree Genealogy Blog: by Lorine McGinnis Schulze

Thursday October 13
* Looking for an ancestor that received a Medal of Honor?
* An index of the full-text citations by war from 1863 to 2008 is online. Visit the Medal of Honor Citations Website:

Friday October 14
* Just starting in genealogy?
* Remember, everything you need cannot be found on the Internet. There are times when you have to visit the actual courthouses, churches and cemeteries where your ancestors lived and died.

Saturday October 15
* Researching in Canada?
* Check out the Canadian Newspaper Collection of Library and Archives Canada

Check out your local newspapers and find a genealogy or historical society meeting to attend this month. Visit "Society Hall" on the Federation of Genealogy Societies website to locate a genealogy society in your area.

Take Care,

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Eunice Butler Schwemm

Pioneer Press - August 5, 1999


Mrs. Eunice Butler Schwemm died July 18 at Westminster Place, a Presbyterian Life Care Community in Evanston, where she had been a resident since 1980. She was 96 years old.

She was the widow of Earl Meyer Schwemm, her husband of 68 years, who died in 1996. Five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren survive by her three sons, John B. Schwemm of Downer Grove, Richard E. Schwemm of New London N.H., and Robert G. Schwemm of Lexington, Ky., and Mrs. Schwemm.

Mrs. Schwemm was born Eunice Adelle Butler May 11, 1903 in Chicago.She was the daughter of George O. and Carrie Eisle Butler. Her family moved to Barrington in 1911 which was her home for 70 years. She is a graduate of Barrington High School, where she was valedictorian of the Class of 1921. She attended Northern Illinois State Teacher College in DeKalb (now Northern Illinois University) and received her two-year teaching certificate. She taught secondary school English in the Oak Park public school until her marriage to Mr. Schwemm February 1, 1928.

In addition to raising her three sons, who like their parents, graduated from Barrington High School, Mrs. Schwemm was active in community service. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, and an early volunteer in the Head Start Program. She and Mr. Schwemm were longtime members of the Barrington Methodist Church. There she served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the school's primary department. She also served as chairman of the Methodist Women's Society.

In accordance with Mrs. Schwemm's wishes, no funeral service was planned.

Barrington Courier Review - 1978

The Earl Schwemms: Fifty years together

They were high school sweethearts. And is was 50 years ago yesterday that Earl Schwemm and Eunice Butler were married.

Earl Schwemm was born here in Barrington. Eunice Schwemm came here to live when she was 9 years old. Both are graduates of Barrington High School, he in 1920 she a year later. Earl went on to the University of Illinois, graduating in 1924 and Eunice graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1925.

They were married on February 1, 1928 in the tea room in the building which now houses Barrington Realty.

They never left Barrington. They made their home here and Earl worked in Chicago for 30 years as agency manager for the Great Lfie Insurance Co. He was active in the community, serving on the high school board of education for eight years and as its president for three. For seven years, until 1975, he was a trustee for the Village of Barrington and last year he marked 50 years of membership in the Barrington Lions Club and the local Masonic Lodge.

Eunice has been a long-time member of the Barrington Woman's Club
and the League of women Voters. She also has been active in the Women's
Society of Barrington, United Methodist Church and the Volunteer Bureau.

The Schwemm's raised three sons; John, who lives in Downer's Grove; Richard who lives in Wilton, Conn; and Robert, a residen of Lexington, Ky. All five of the Schwemms' grandchildren are girls.

"I have the best wife, the best kids, the best of everything. I've been a lucky man," Earl Schwemm said.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

John Philip Colletta and State Archive Research

I attended a great genealogy seminar last weekend featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D..
He stressed the importance of investigating the various state archive websites where our ancestors lived. We need to remember to look at the online resources and the holdings that are NOT digitized.

Dr. Colletta reminded us that all the information the archives holds is NOT on the Internet. It is important to visit the archives in person, roll up your sleeves and RESEARCH!

If you ever have a chance to hear or see John Colletta do not pass it up. He is a very informative and entertaining speaker.

Following Dr. Colletta's lead this week's tips focus on state archives.

Sunday October 2
* Illinois- Since it is my home state and I have done the majority of my research there my first state archive to highlight is the Illinois State Archives
* Check out both the Online Databases and the holdings of the Illinois Regional Archive Depositories

Monday October 3
* Wisconsin - The Wisconsin Historical Society is the holder of the state archives.
* Check out their Genealogy link for a list of their online databases, historical images and more.
* Check out the historical paper dolls!

Tuesday October 4
* North Carolina - The North Carolina Archives not only covers North Carolina but has a separate link for the history of the Outer Banks .
* Be sure to check out the North Carolina Records Online to search documents and photographs.

Wednesday October 5
* Florida - My adopted home keeps its archives at the Florida Dept of State at the Division of Library and Information Services
* The Florida Memory Project is one of the helpful links that will help you understand the history of and then browse items such as the Spanish Land Grants.

Thursday October 6
* Idaho - The Idaho State Historical Society website is the gateway to everything Idaho.
* Visit the Archives Collection page for a complete list of their holdings.
* Their Online Collection contains a Reconstructed 1890 census, Naturalization Records and much more.

Friday October 7
* Nevada - The Nevada State Archives is a Division of Department of Administration
* My favorite link on a state site is Nevada's Historical Myth a Month
- Myth #55-The Verdi Train Robbery Didn't Happen in Verdi
* Be sure to check out What's NOT in the Archives

Saturday October 8
* Maine - The Maine State Archives is part of the Secretary of State Website.
* Download the list describing most of the available databases
* Visit the online store for posters, notecards, dvd's etc. all with a Maine twist.

To find the archives for the state you are researching do a search on Google or your favorite search engine. You will be pleasantly surprised at what you will find.

One more tip - visit the Digital State Archives - History at Your Fingertips - you will not be disappointed!

Take Care,

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Jennette Montgomery Moore

Mother of Nancy Hansen who married John Horton, Nelson Smith and William Weber.

Grandmother of Charlot Horton Maish.


Jennette Montgomery Moore was born in Mobile, Ala., Nov. 1, 1854, and died of apoplexy, April 5, 1905 at her home in this city.

She was united in marriage top Peter Hansen in the state of Mississippi. For a short time she resided in Florida when with her husband she came north to Wisconsin locating on a farm in Clearfield. In 1883 her husband died leaving her five children, two of which, Mrs. John Horton of Superior and N. Peter Hansen of this city survive her.

In 1885 she was again united in marriage to Wm. Franks of this city and of this union seven children were born, five of whom survive her: Nina E., Minerva, Adel, Lewis and Cloves. The deceased enjoyed good health to the day of her death which came suddenly. Besides her children she leaves a kind husband who will miss her.

The funeral services were held last Friday, Rev. W. B. Stubbert of the Baptist church conducting and the burial took place in the city cemetery.

Transcription of obituary from on an unknown source