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YankeeGraver (#47149312)
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Bio Photo To all who read this bio or search my memorials please stop by and visit my dear Sister who died of Neuroblastoma, and my beloved Mother who's life was cut tragically short by ovarian cancer.

Thanks to all of you who place flowers on the above memorials. I very much appreciate it.

My family interests are: Blew, Still, Mollet, Knable, Slaughter, Wright, Phillips, Pitman, Pittman, Stephenson, Dorrell, Teeter, Lingo, Essenpreis, Allison and Hofer.

I am originally from Rome, Peoria, Illinois, USA and now reside in Seattle, King, Washington, USA. Navy veteran, USS Oriskany (CV-34), USS Dubuque (LPD 8), Helmsman, Deck Division. I love the greater northwest especially the climate, people, mountains, and the famous Public Market.

I believe family should be with family so if I have anyone under my tutelage that is related to you (and not related to me) I would be glad to transfer the memorial, just ask...POLITELY. If I find your request is abrupt, demanding or in any way construed to be mean, hateful or unpleasant, your request will be ignored. There is no reason to be this way.
I love people that put all these rules in their bios, then run around and do the exact opposite of what they don't like or want others to Transfers. I do not understand why someone would want my family members when they know nothing about them and probably could care less.

I am always reading bios that complain about all the edits they have to do...when you have thousands and thousands of memorials under your tutelage what do you expect? If you cannot handle the edits, transfer them to the people who are related and will make the proper additions.

I noticed that some members are pulling word for word bios from Wikipedia w/out referencing the source. Plagiarism - stealing somebody's work or idea: the process of copying another person's idea or written work and claiming it as original. (Bing Dictionary) This is so wrong.

I find it disrespectful not only to the military but to the service member who put their life on the line to defend our country, to not put their rank in their name. You should choose the closest to their rank if it is not listed. If you know it, list it out of respect and for recognition to those who visit the memorial.

Note: Please do not post death certificates, obituaries, funeral home announcements or bio information in the virtual flowers section. If you would like this information posted, please send it through the Edit tab and then the Suggest any other correction or addition link. Also, I support anyone who adds a photo of their ancestor to their memorial for all who stop by to view. Pictures add so much to the memorial!

Note: Feel free to use any of the photos I have provided. I do not need to be referenced in this matter unless you feel the need. I do, however, appreciate anyone that does reference me (photo by: YankeeGraver).

I've had a lot of help along the way and I appreciate each and every one of you! If not for the first family tree I received from my aunt, I would never have started this 8+ year journey I'm on. *hugs*

Note: This place is becoming harder and harder to type and add people with the "Flash" garbage advertisements on each memorial page. You have to wait sometimes till all the ads load before you can type. I do not understand why each memorial needs several "Flash" advertisements on each page to conflict and fight against each other in the loading of the memorial. Ridiculous.

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Sonja Krisell
RE: Helen Romilda Dobbs #73932911
No unfortunatley I do not, I would assume her husband. I didn't actually go out to the cemetery and take the photos. I have an agreement with the cemetery to post pictures from another site. The DAR took a photo inventory of pictures in the 1980's. I posted the one they took for Walter.
Added by Sonja Krisell on May 25, 2015 7:15 PM
Brenda Black Watson
RE: Victor L Kreimeyer #134102476
Gosh - I am SO SORRY! Once I found Victor, I was thrilled & didn't take the time to really look at all the other Kreimeyers ~ If I ever get back there I will definitely put more time into it. As I recall there were many Kreimeyers there. But I was also searching for my family members.

That was quite a cemetery - had to drive abt 1/2 mi down gravel roads in the middle of crop fields. But, it was well maintained. I noticed in one obit that the deceased requested any memorials go to the maintenance of the cemetery/road.

I've taken the pic off so please add it back to your requests. Brenda in Memphis
Added by Brenda Black Watson on May 25, 2015 1:47 PM
Dorie Q.
RE: Capt Milton Milbourne Maughs #117815854
You are very welcome. Our little town is named after him...Mauston, Wisconsin!
Added by Dorie Q. on May 24, 2015 7:36 AM
Larry Van Dyke
RE: Rebecca Veal
Hi Rob
I found this information in Bob and May Couch's book on Switzer Chapel. It is from book 3, page 24.

David W Switzer b Sep 9, 1836 d Sep 7, 1907

Eliza A Switzer d Apr 15, 1885 Inscription - age 43y-3m-9d wife of David W,

Bob and May Couch walked almost all of the Linn County cemeteries in the 80's and published books on them. So it would probably be appropriate to identify their book as the source of the information.

I also have an obituary for David that lists 5 of their 9 children who were still alive when David died. They were:
Mrs. Eva Tauber, Kansas City (MO)
Mrs. Emma Lewis, St. Catherine (MO)
Mrs. Jennie Sheaver, Higbee (MO)
Mrs. Lizzie Hunt, Colorado
Luther Switzer, Vancouver, WA.

I might be able to also find the others but it will take some digging.
Added by Larry Van Dyke on May 22, 2015 3:08 PM
Larry Van Dyke
RE: Rebecca Veal
I found an Eliza A Switzer who died April 15, 1885 and was married to David Switzer. Could this be your Eliza?

Do you know who Mary Veal's husband was. I've only found about 6-7 Boles in Linn County. I haven't found a Mary Boles yet.

I connected John to Harrison and Rebecca.
Added by Larry Van Dyke on May 21, 2015 8:52 PM
Larry Van Dyke
Rebecca Veal
One more question. There is a John Veal in the Bucklin Masonic Cemetery and he was born west of Bucklin, probably in the vicinity of the Wyandotte Church. Could he be a son of Harrison and Rebecca?
Added by Larry Van Dyke on May 20, 2015 7:11 PM
Larry Van Dyke
Rebecca Veal
I believe you are correct. My source shows it as 21m 8d but that is obviously wrong. I changed it to 8 mo 21 days. I have those two numbers underlined in my source so apparently I had found that before. I usually try to go to my pictures to verify things like this but I can't find a photo of her tombstone. I suspect that she is on one of the sides of the tombstone that Harrison is on and I do have his tombstone photo as well as their son Christopher.

By the way, I just discovered that Harrison was one of the trustees to which the ground for the church and cemetery was deeded to for the purpose of building a church and cemetery. That is on page 637 of the 1882 Linn County History.

I have the obituary for their son Christopher.
Added by Larry Van Dyke on May 20, 2015 7:09 PM
Diane Calhoun
Bernard Heier
Good Morning!

I posted your obit for you this morning. Do you want Bernard's profile transferred to you since it is your family?

I just happened to be taking photo's and sometimes I just randomly take a few extra's. Glad that this photo helped you in your family research.

Are you still actively taking photos up in Seattle, Washington area?

I have my grandfather's brother who lived/died in Seattle, WA, Louis Ladvar Aug 16, 1959. I would have to figure out where he was buried though.

My direct email address is


Diane Calhoun
Added by Diane Calhoun on May 20, 2015 7:51 AM
Brandon Woods
RE: George Easton # 136036582
Thanks - I am related by way of his mother. She and my g-g-grandmother were sisters. May I ask how you are related to George?
Added by Brandon Woods on May 19, 2015 7:42 PM
RE: Benjamin Robinson
family records are full of mistakes, people left out, people put in in error . . . it's always a work in progress . . . but each foray into 'the literature' is progress . . . just keep plugging away - i do wish i knew more about the family of my Benjamin . . . maybe someday . . . - happy huntin' - cuz b
Added by BetsPix on May 19, 2015 1:13 PM
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