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Russell Kasper (#47146727)
 member for 6 years, 2 months, 2 days
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Bio Photo History buff. Members of the Rantoul Historical Society. Loves photography. Husband and wife team search East Central Illinois for graves of missing loved ones. Air Force Veterans.
Let us help you if we can. Interested in searching out my family in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. KASPER, RIEGNER, ODENBRETT, SCHELL, SACHER, POLZIN, and THIELE. Would be most greatful for family information from Germany/Prussia/Austria. Have lost all family records pre-naturalization to USA.
Wife and I are trying to document all cemeteries in Rantoul, Illinois area. Elmwood Cemetery completed 2009, Ludlow Cemetery completed 2009,
Beekman Cemetery-Fisher completed 2009, Bethlehem Cemetery completed 2009, Bill Huss Chapel Cemetery-St Joseph completed 2009, Collison Cemetery-Collison completed 2009, Dunn/Locust Grove Cemetery-N. Urbana completed 2009, Elliott Cemetery-Elliott completed 2010,
Hall Cemetery-Paxton completed 2009, Harwood Chapel Cemetery completed 2009, Leonard Cemetery-Danville completed 2009, Old Partlow Cemetery-Potomac completed 2009, Oregan Cemetery-Elliott completed 2010, Patton Cemetery-Middlefork Forest Preserve completed 2009, Prospect Cemetery-Paxton completed 2009, revisited and additions made April 2011; Saint Johns Cemetery-Royal completed 2009. Maplewood Cemetery-Rantoul completed 11/7/2010.Eden Park Cemetery, Rantoul, Il completed 11/20/2010. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church Cemetery, Thomasboro, Il completed 3/2/2011. Beckman Cemetery-Flatville, completed 3/2/2011. Meharry Cemetery, Ford Co, Il updated/completed 4/3/11. Farmersville Cemetery, Ford Co., Il updated/completed 4/3/11. Holy Sepulchre Cemetery-Rantoul, completed 5/22/11. As of July 2011: Completed St. Lawrence Cemetery, Penfield, Il Nov. 2012. Willowbrook Cemetery-Fisher, Il, completed 5/15/13. Update all veteran burials at Drummer Township Cemetery, Ford Co., Il, completed October 2013.
I am working on adding obituaries to these cemetery memorials, as I find them at the Rantoul Historical Society: A work in progress, SEE MY VIRTUAL CEMETERIES FOR LIST OF NAMES OF VETERANS BURIED AT EACH CATALOGED CEMETERY. WE THANK THEM FOR THERE SERVICE:).

Jan. 2015: Huge project completed: All Civil War Soldiers buried in Champaign County, Illinois is now on find-a-grave. Documentation on each has been added where available. Check out my virtual cemeteries for more information.
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B.J. Waters
Henry Rawlings
Thank you for the rich bio information on this Civil War vet. I really appreciate knowing that he served, as I am taking part in a volunteer effort to photograph vet headstones for Inglewood's Veteran Project. There was no indication on his crypt that he was in the military, so this helps us out. If you have knowledge of others at Inglewood, in particular ones like Henry's where you can't tell by the photo that he's a vet, please bring them to my attention.

Added by B.J. Waters on Aug 21, 2015 11:11 AM
Sharla Cerra
RE: Henry L. Mumford
thank you so much!!!! You are a treasure!
Added by Sharla Cerra on Jul 31, 2015 9:19 AM
Sharla Cerra
48422291 Civil War vet
Hello, Russ! You helped us last year in documenting all of the Civil War vets at the Table Rock (Nebraska) Cemetery. I missed one. His stone is shattered and the GAR emblem is almost disintegrated. It is Memorial # 48422291, Henry Mumford. Might you have anything on his service??? It would be so much appreciated.
Added by Sharla Cerra on Jul 30, 2015 11:57 PM
RE: E. Pershbacher
You're very welcome. I almost passed it up. I was looking for Elizabeth. Then it dawned on me that Elisa is short for Elizabeth. I'm glad I walked back and took a second look!
Added by Pilgrim10-24 on Jul 24, 2015 1:07 PM
John William Muters
The Martin family is deeply appreciative of this transfer, thank you. OZARKCHERYL
Added by Ozarkcheryl on Jul 12, 2015 7:32 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
RE: Sergeant & Judge Milton H. Cloud, Co. G, 86th Illinois
Thanks Russell!! Your help is GREATLY APPRECIATED! Sincerely, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Jul 10, 2015 7:07 PM
Baxter B. Fite III
Sergeant & Judge Milton H. Cloud, Co. G, 86th Illinois
Russell, Just wanted to Thank You for sending me the transcript of the obituary of Milton H. Cloud. I always wondered if he REALLY rejoined his regiment after he was wounded in BOTH legs during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia in 1864. His obituary states he was discharged after his wounding. Can you tell me what newspaper this obit came from and the date in which it appeared? Also, I have always wondered what became of all of his photographs and papers after his death and then after the death of his only surviving descendant, his daughter, Jessie (Cloud) Newlin, in 1951? They were life long residents of Paxton, Illinois. I wonder if there is a historical society in Paxton, which might have received these things?
Well, Thanks again for all you have done to make Milton's bio what it is. Your help has been GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Sincerely, Baxter
Added by Baxter B. Fite III on Jul 08, 2015 6:25 AM
Don Calhoun
Russell Coplea
Thanks so much for providing a stone photo for Russell Coplea. I was stationed with him 1986-1993 at Chanute in the Civil Engineering Squadron. He was a Civil Servant while I was active duty military. KEEP ON GRAVIN......
Added by Don Calhoun on Jul 03, 2015 9:08 PM
Nadeen Sobottka
Carl Caspar
Hi Russell, bio has been added to Carl's memorial. Thanks, Nadeen
Added by Nadeen Sobottka on Jun 27, 2015 7:20 AM
Suggestion for Charles Schmidt
Thank you for the wonderful narration of the Averysboro battle and the role that Charles Schmidt played in it. I couldn't find exactly what your suggestion was. There is way too much information to put on Mr. Schmidt's FindAGrave memorial so if you could explain what you'd like to do with this information, I'll help if I can.
Added by LYNN BLACKER on Jun 26, 2015 11:04 PM
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