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Judi Wollenziehn (#46620052)
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Bio Photo Ten years after I was hired as the library media specialist at Jim Bridger Eighth Grade Center in Independence, a neighbor stopped by to chat with my husband, who was mowing the yard. "Guess you folks know that you're livin' on Bridger's old farm," he said. My husband rushed into the house to tell me, igniting a journey that included extensive research, trips to the Old West, new friendships, deep disappointments, and thrilling victories. The startling discovery that I lived on the former farm of my school's namesake fueled my interest in the mountain man who previously was of little interest to me.

I began researching his life, using books and the Internet to find information about this man who had walked on the same ground on which I was walking. As I learned about the intrepid frontiersman who guided more wagon trains out west than all the other scouts combined, I began wondering about his descendants. I discovered that three of his great-grandchildren were still living - one in Modesto, California, one in Belle Plaine, Kansas, and one in Columbus, Kansas.

I joined the Westport Historical Society and met their historian, Peggy Smith, another Bridger enthusiast. She told me that Bridger's granddaughter, Louise Lightle Wachsman, was buried in an unmarked grave at Mount St. Mary's Cemetery. With the support of my principal, G. W. Gelven, I initiated a fund-raising campaign with Bridger students that allowed us to dedicate Louise's headstone within a school year. This event whetted my appetite for more opportunities to educate the community about the unknown hero who had played such a key role in the Westward expansion.

Several years later, two groups of gifted students from Jim Bridger Eighth Grade Center raised $26,000 during a two year period to commission a statue of Jim Bridger by renowned sculptor, Tom Beard. The completed work (at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence) was unveiled by two of Bridger's great grandchildren at a reception held a few days before the Old Scout's 200th birthday.

I am now the library media specialist at Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, KS. My former history club members were part of the team. During my club sponsorship, the students adopted the children's section of Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City. Once a month, they cleaned the area and raised funds to purchase headstones for children in unmarked graves (

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Andrew Daft
Jack Allar #12628349
May I have your permission to use your photo from this memorial in my tree? Thanks!
Added by Andrew Daft on Sep 11, 2015 10:00 PM
Henry Grauerholtz, mem #73466096, in Crabapple Cem, Linn Co IA is a dupe of mem #28320063.

Spouse Henrietta G., mem #73466169 is a dupe of mem #28320104 but her maiden name shows/
Added by Telephoneman54 on Sep 06, 2015 10:47 AM
RE: Albert Sense
Sorry...I edited as far as I could go with his birth, I believe it was. USA, WI, Marathon Co., and then when it came to the town, etc. the scroll downs never show the Town of Maine in Marathon Co., which is actually larger than the Town of Berlin which the scroll down shows...So that is why I said no scroll down for Maine. I meant the Town of Maine.

So what I usually do is add the Town of Maine to the biography part and say that there was no scroll down and say that the person was born or died in the Town of Maine, Marathon Co., WI.

Town of Maine is adjacent to Wausau to the north.
Added by LMM on Jun 28, 2015 7:32 PM
Phil Bo
Greetings Judi, sent a few edits, nice bio, I'm just a hop, skip and a jump from Bishop Meige. Small world Indeed. Where abouts was that farm, I had quite afew Aunts and Uncles that owned farm land in what is now Noland Road.
Added by Phil Bo on May 31, 2015 2:57 PM
Donna Gieseke Turek
RE: Caroline Carpenter Justesen
Thank you once again. Does your husband know any families up there in the area with last names of Gieseke, Habeck or McCarten? Did you photograph more than one cemetery in the Wausau area?
Hope you have stayed safe with the weather.
Added by Donna Gieseke Turek on May 28, 2015 3:21 PM
Donna Gieseke Turek
RE: Caroline Carpenter Justesen
Thank you and I would really like that. It is so interesting finding family and adding to the Find-A-Grave site. Do you have family in the Wisconsin area, that you photographed this cemetery? My husband and I have photographed various cemeteries, where we know family are buried, as we have been traveling.
Sounds like you have really uncovered some interesting history and to share and get others involved is really so unique.
Enjoy the research and again thanks,
Added by Donna Gieseke Turek on May 27, 2015 10:56 AM
Donna Gieseke Turek
Caroline Carpenter Justesen
H--thank you for the picture of my aunt's and her daughter and son-in-law's headstone. She has been a missing link-last of 11 siblings of my dad's to link together on Find-A-Grave. Her name is Caroline Louise Sophia Carpenter married to Elmer Carpenter, who died in 1936 in Chicago, Il and is buried at Mount Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, Il. Justesen is the son-in-law's last name. I have edited and adding Caroline "Lena" as known to the family, parents memorial numbers, to link her with the family and also her husband Elmer.
Thanks again, Donna Gieseke Turek
Added by Donna Gieseke Turek on May 26, 2015 11:22 AM
Tim Williams
RE: Columbus E. Dunn
No I don't belive he is related its a long story he is the man who shot and killed the man who is supposed to be my Great Grandfather when accatully he is my Great great Uncle, But I digress I would love to talk to his family for information...
Added by Tim Williams on Mar 14, 2015 9:34 PM
Tim Williams
Columbus E. Dunn
you listed a Columbus E. Dunn in Old Scotland Presbyterian Church cemetery, I wondering his he related to you or is it a memorial you just posted? Thanks
Added by Tim Williams on Mar 14, 2015 8:17 PM
Monument Hunter
Edna Wilson
Thank you so much for your prompt transfer of this memorial. Please let me know if I can ever be of any assistance to you. Best wishes.

Added by Monument Hunter on Feb 13, 2015 7:06 PM
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