December 2003 Newsletter


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  December 2003


Holiday Greetings are extended to our members
and friends who read our web site.

Our November meeting was presented by Margie Sobotka on the International Czech Conference held at Houston, Texas in late October. The conference was a great success and Margie met many of her friends who are on the Board. She reported on several programs, one that was outstanding was on the new push for DNA connections to ancestors. Her second highlight was to present the Annual Czech award to Leo Baca. Mr Baca has written many volumes of Czech Immigration books; a copy of all on our shelves.

Claire offers an apology to the readers. In the November issue of the news letter, her fingers caught the wrong key in the Illinois death information and the dates are in error. This is how it should read:

“Since May 15, 2002 the index to death records for Illinois, 1916 – 1950 has been online, provided by the IL State Archives.”

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Our deepest sympathy is extended to Mildred Von Seggern and family in the loss of her brother, Harold Meyer on 3 November 2003.

1992 Fremont City Directory donated by Bill & Lavilda     Passick.  We are in need of the city directories for 1993 thru 2003. Any donors out there?

Small notes of this and that! THE LOCALS...

Fremont Tribune 23 Dec 1869

The restaurant built by Mr Huss, on Front street west of Broad, has been moved to the north side of 5th street opposite the Court House.

Personal – The Right Hon Rev Dr SANTA CLAUS, ESQ., has arrived in town and is stopping at Miss McAusland’s Bazar of Fashion. Miss Pfeifer will be pleased to introduce his Lordship to the many who may wish to embrace(not Santa) this, their best opportunity to purchase of the many beautiful presents, imported expressly for the Holidays.

The merry jingle of sleigh bells can be heard at all hours of day or night. The sleighing is now quite good and our pleasure lovers are determined to enjoy it.

Wheat prices for average wheat is about 42 cents, while first quality is sold at 50 cents.


F L Hanner to Jessie E George on December 1
Earl F Phillips to Mary A Bradbury on December 9
Lloyd A Hawkey to Agnes B Cruickshank on Dec 9
F G Shepherd to Christina Gunkemyer on December 9
V M Conard to Mrs Ella Martin on December 17
Paul Starliper to Bertha Feyerhan on December 19
Nelson Wilson to Julia Karloff on December 21
Andrew L Simonson to Bettie Frederikson on Dec 23
Frank H Daubert to Dora Heller on December 23
George A Matthiessen to Annie Franzen on Dec 23
Robert C Knudsen to Helen Walgren on December 23
Earnest Harlow to Lillie Arnold on December 23
Thomas Sawyers to Florence Ogle on December 24
Henry Hollmer to Winnie Westerbeck on December 24
Clarence A Fay to Margaret A Tharp on December 25
Edward C Jungbluth to Etta Kloppel on December 28
K F Siemsen to Bertha Ahrndt on December 30
John A Dolson to Mrs Clara Going on December 30
Charles Burtz to Julia Hanson on December 30
James A McCarey to Dora Siders on December 31

A CHRISTMAS WEDDING – The wedding of Miss Margaret A Tharp and Clarence A Fay took place at 4 o’clock Christmas afternoon, at the home of the bride’s mother, 505 South Broad. The Rev Dr Sanderson conducted the ceremony. The relatives of the young couple were the only guests present. The couple will make their home at the above number. The groom is a bridge carpenter in the employ of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Fremont Tribune 26 Dec 1903 4:2


At the Court House hall Wednesday night, was one of the most pleasant and successful entertainments that our community has had the privilege of participating in for an age.

The hall was decorated in a very neat manner, with fine pictures and evergreens, presenting a most cheerful appearance – The members of the various committees, devoted much time and spared no pains to insure a good time to the guests; everything that could be thought of to add to the comfort or convenience of the company was provided. The committees had secured sleighs which conveyed the invited guests to and from the hall. The anterooms at the head of the stairs, were made comfortable for the reception of the ladies and gentlemen on their arrival. The programme which was interesting and varied, was arranged to please all. It consisted of Quadrilles, Polkas, Schottishes, Varsovienne, Virginia Reels etc. The exercises were void of all ostentation....About 11 o’clock supper was announced, numbers were called, and the guests repaired to the Pacific house, where they found accommodations for twenty-four persons – The tables were set three times, and the last contained as much as the first, and still there was an abundance left. The host had provided with a liberal hand – The oysters were delicious, the turkey was done nice and brown; the ham was sweet the rolls were light and the luxury of the dessert perceptible, judging from the many favorable remarks. The Pebble Creek band furnished the music for this occasion the mere mention of this fact, is a sufficient guarantee of excellent music. The order of the Mystic Tie seemed inspired in every sinew, with the spirit of unity – They are to be congratulated for the complete success of the undertaking. When the Fraternity announces a festivity in the future, we expect to see their friends flock to them in such a manner, as to leave no doubt in the minds of any that their efforts were truly appreciated.
Noted: Fremont Tribune 29 Dec 1869
Copyright 2002,2003 Claire Mares

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