Mara “Mary Violet” Kos[s]

Mara “Mary Violet” Kos[s]
birth: 18 July 1900 in Dubranec, Austria-Hungary to Josip “Joseph” and Jana Kata “Anna Katherine” Grdenic Kos[s]
death: 5 June 1895 in Scottsdale, Maricopa, Arizona
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

marriage: 28 January 1917 in Chicago, Cook. Illinois
Ivan “John” Kos[s]
birth: 19 November 1892 in Dubranec, Austria-Hungary to Josip Opos “Joseph” and Katarina Cvetković Kos
death: 20 October 1970 in Gary, Lake, Indiana
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

Children of Mara “Mary Violet” Kos[s] and Ivan “John” Kos[s]:

  • Dorothy Elizabeth Koss (1918-2001) m. Orlo Guy Leininger
  • Anne Marie Katherine Koss (1919-2006) m. Michael Andrew Milinovich
  • George Joseph Kos (1921-2006) m. Elizabeth Dorothy “Betty” Altomere
  • Mary Louise “Mary Lou” Koss (1931-1999) m. 1st Paul Julius Domonkos m. 2nd Martin Jerome “Jerry” Vavrak m. 3 & 4 Robert Eugene Hamilton m. 5th Philip Savio

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Lake County, Indiana

Other Information:

Mara “Mary Violet” Kos was born to Josip “Joseph” and Jana Kata “Anna Katherine” Grdenich Kos[s] on 18 July 1900 in the tiny village of Dubranec, Austria-Hungary. Mary was the third child born to the couple but her older brothers had died as infants. Her parents would go on to have three more children, one who died as a child. Mary learned to read and write Croatian in the village. In later years, the country’s name changed to Yugoslavia and then, Croatia. Her father, a military man serving in the cavalry, was injured by a horse and was forced to leave the service. When she was 9, he left the family and set off for America. Three years later he sent for the family to join him. Mary recalled to this submitter that she enjoyed the trip over the Atlantic in July 1913 on the President Lincoln, entertaining passengers by singing. Her height was not recorded; she had brown hair and blue eyes, though green were written on the arriving passenger sheet. The family spent their first night in their new country in a hotel in New York City. Mary recalled years later she was excited by all the people, noise, and items available for purchase in the stores. Ever the apple of her father’s eye, she told her father he had made the right decision to relocate. Her mother and brother weren’t so sure about that. Mary adapted and embraced American customs, though she was known for her delicate Croatian pastries. Traveling by train, her father had found a temporary residence for his family in a backroom of a church between Adams and Jefferson Streets on West Ridge Road in Gary, Lake, Indiana. He returned to live in Chicago where he was employed. Mary continued her education in Gary and learned English quickly. After a short stay in Gary, Mary, her mother, and brother joined their father in Blue Island, Cook, Illinois where her youngest sister was born. The family had considered moving to Bethlehem or Alquipa, Pennsylvania where work with the steel mills was available but decided to stay in the midwest. The family later moved to the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. Mary acknowledged as an adult that she liked to flirt and that gave her father concern. He took it upon himself to arrange for her to be married to a distant cousin who the family discovered had also emigrated to Chicago. At age 16, Mary wed Ivan “John” Kos[s] on 28 January 1917 at Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Within a year, their first child was born in Pullman housing as Mary feared giving birth in a hospital. She had heard tales of children being given to the wrong family. Although the family laughed at her for years, DNA has since proved her correct. Job prospects in Gary, Lake, Indiana, took the family there by late 1918. The family lived together in a rented house at 1521 Garfield Street. Her father and husband bicycled to their jobs at I.I.B. Teaming Company. The couples second child was born shortly after they relocated to Gary. Difficult times lay ahead for the family as Mary’s father died in 1919 from complication of influenza. Soon after, John was hired by U.S. Steel. It was there that he lost a leg saving a fellow employee from being crushed by an incoming train. John had been the sole breadwinner of the family consisting of Mary, three small children, her mother, her brother, and her sister. The family, living at 2636 Harrison Street in Gary had their home flood from the nearby Calumet River. Their oldest child, Dorothy, recalled in later years that the backyard had a grape arbor, lots of snakes and a hill where the children liked to play. They also became ill with scarlet fever and health officials quarantined the family. With the help of two minority neighbors, Mary was able to nurse the children back to health. The family used money received from the mill accident to purchase their first home at 336 West Ridge Road. It was a farmhouse that Mary later had bricked. The country home was so far out that the streetcar line did not extend there. Mary took in boarders and became an active member of St. Marks Roman Catholic Church. It is not known why the KuKluxKlan decided to terrorize the family shortly after they moved into their new home in 1923. They were immigrants, Roman Catholic, and had minority friends who would visit. They also grew grapes and were known for their exceptional wine they sold which became problematic during Prohibition. Their oldest child recalled the terror of hiding in the home’s fruit celler as the Klan burned a cross on the sand dune across from the family’s residence. Mary became active with the Croatian Fraternal Union and as a soprano, joined Preradovic, a glee club, that toured in Yugoslavia in 1960. She and her husband also helped found St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Croatian Church in Gary. Once her children were grown she became a beautician working for Mike Caulif at a salon on Broadway and 39th Avenue. Mary became a naturalized citizen in 1941. She later found work at U.S. Steel in the sorting mill but due to her short stature had difficulty reaching the platform. John was concerned so she found work at the Ball plant. She left her job shortly after John retired from U.S. Steel. In the late 1950s, Mary and John had a smaller home built on the east side of Glen Park, giving her son their Ridge Road home. Within a year, he had decided to relocate to Florida so the couple moved back to their old homestead. Mary’s oldest daughter and granddaughter, along with her mother, resided there through the 1960s, though the home was put up for sale in 1966. After John’s death on 20 October 1970, Mary continued to be active with her many lady friends. Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing bunco, going to movies, and visiting those that had relocated to California and Florida. After her daughter Dorothy relocated to Florida, Mary sold her home to her former daughter-in-law, Betty Altomere Kos, and moved to St. Petersburg, Pinellas, Florida in October 1973. Her daughter, Mary Lou, had moved to Arizona and after a visit, Mary decided she would move there. She returned to Florida in 1977, living in the same apartment complex, Brookside Square, as her daughter. Due to the onset of Alzheimers Disease, her children decided she should live with her daughter Anne Marie in Pennsylvania in October 1979. Anne Marie had difficulty with the arrangement and after one month, Mary was living with her daughter Mary Lou in Arizona. Mary died in Scottsdale on 5 June 1985 and was interred at Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Indiana.

Mary was barely 5 feet tall and her mother, Anna, was shorter than her. Anna was recorded as being 5′ 2″ at the time she emigrated. Mary was only 12 and still growing which is possibly why she and her brother Joseph had no height information recorded.
The family had a name change after arriving in the U.S. Manifests show they left Austria-Hungary with the surname Kos and were still using that spelling in 1914. Sometime between 1914 and 1917, however, the name was changed to Koss as is shown on Mary’s wedding certificate. This submitter asked Mary why the name was changed; she stated that it was a recommendation of a clerk at Ellis Island. He said to think about it as most American names are longer than three letters. The family continued to use the original spelling but as they became assimilated, decided to add a letter to their surname. It was at that time that also Americanized their first names. Barbara continued to use the original surname spelling of her maiden name throughout her life. Mary’s son, George, changes his name from Koss to Kos while serving in the Coast Guard during World War 2.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Jana Kata “Anna Katherine” Grdenich

Jana Kata “Anna Katherine” Grdenich
birth: 21 December 1876 in Jerebic, Austria-Hungary to Janko and Yalza Elizabeta Cvekuvich Grdenic
death: 14 February 1966 in Gary, Lake, Indiana
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

marriage: 10 February 1895 in Dubranac, Austria-Hungary
Josip “Joseph” Kos
birth: 24 May 1875 in Dubranec, Austria-Hungary to Nicholas Miko and Kata Trputec Kos
death: 19 February 1919 in Gary, Lake, Indiana
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

Children of Jana Kata “Anna Katherine” Grdenich and Josip “Joseph” Kos:

  • Vincent (1897-bef 1900)
  • Thomas (1899-abt 1899)
    Mara “Mary Violet” Kos[s] (1900-1985) m. Ivan “John” Kos[s]
  • Josip “Joseph Stephen” Kos[s] (1902-1993) m. Mary Ann Farkas
  • Doro Kos (1904-1909)
  • Barbara Mary Kos (1914-1995) m. 1st Ferencz “Frank” Weigus m. 2nd Joseph Paul Milosevich

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Gary, Lake County, Indiana

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Jana Kata “Anna Katherine,” born 21 December 1876 in Jerebic, Austria-Hungary, was the daughter of Janko and Yalza Elizabeta Cvekuvich Grdenic. Anna’s mother’s nickname, in English, was Blondie, for she was known in the small village for her thick blonde hair. The name of the country Anna was born in has changed since her time there; it became Yugoslavia and later, Croatia. Little is known of her early years. She was married at age 18 to Josip “Joseph” Kos on 10 February 1895 in Dubranec, Austria-Hungary. Dubranec was a nearby village to Jerebic. Anna was a homemaker while Joseph served in the Austrian-Hungarian calvary. In their native country, five children were born to the couple, three dying young. After Joseph sustained a medical condition he was released from the military. He decided to make his way to America. He arrived in New York on 17 January 1910. Thus, Anna became a single mother for a time. After establishing himself as a laborer on the railroads, Joseph sent for his wife and living children, Mary and Joseph. He traveled from Chicago, where he was then working, to New York City to meet them upon their arrival on the President Lincoln in July 1913. Emigration records show Anna was 5’2″ with brown hair and green eyes. The family spent their first night on American soil in a hotel in New York City. Mary recalled years later how they window shopped after dinner and were amazed with all the items available for purchase. Anna fell in love with an electric hurricane lamp on display, painted with pink roses. She asked Joseph to purchase it but he said its fragility would not survive the long railroad trip to Indiana where the family was headed. He promised to purchase one just like it when they were settled. Joseph did just that; he made his purchase at Marshall Fields in Chicago and the lamp remains in the family today. While Joseph was working in Chicago, he found his family a room to rent in the back of a church located between Adams and Jefferson Street on West Ridge Road in Gary, Indiana. The family spent their days learning English and the children were enrolled in school. Joseph found a residence in Blue Island, Cook, Illinois and it was there, in 1914 that their daughter Barbara was born. Anna took in boarders, did needlework, and child care to earn the family extra income. By 1917 the family had moved to the Lincoln Park section of Chicago. By late 1918, Joseph and Mary’s husband, John, had found work in Gary, Lake, Indiana so the family relocated there. It was in their rental home at 1521 Garfield Street that Joseph died on 19 February 1919 of broncho pneumonia,a complication of influenza. Mary mourned the loss of her husband for her remaining years. Although she understood and could speak English, she preferred to use her native Croatian. She lived with her adult children, rotating homes, through the rest of her life, assisting them with childcare and later, with taking care of her great grandchildren. She was well loved and known as Granny. In the last years of her life she suffered from dementia and was moved to a convalescent center for a few weeks before her death on 14 February 1966 in Gary. She is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana next to her daughter Mary and son-in-law John. Her husband, also buried in Oak Hill, was buried in the older part of the cemetery.

The family had a name change after arriving in the U.S. Manifests show they left Austria-Hungary with the surname Kos and were still using that spelling when their youngest daughter, Barbara, was born in Chicago. Between 1914 and 1917, however, the name was changed to Koss as is shown on Mary’s wedding certificate. Joseph’s death record reflects the spelling Koss. This submitter asked Mary why the name was changed; she stated that it was a recommendation of a clerk at Ellis Island. He said to think about it as most American names are longer than three letters. The family continued to use the original spelling but as they became assimilated, decided to add a letter to their surname. It was at that time that also Americanized their first names. Barbara continued to use the original surname spelling of her maiden name throughout her life.
Interestingly, a Tony Kos is buried next to Joseph Koss in Oak Hill Cemetery. No relationship between the individuals has been discovered. Tony’s burial date was 20 November 1934. Cemetery records are not clear as to when both plots were purchased and by whom. Kos is a common name in Croatia, meaning crow or blackbird, so Tony may not be related. Other Kos[s]’ in the cemetery with unknown relationship to this family are Nick Koss 30 Sept 1948 and John Kos 27 January 1934.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Josip “Joseph” Kos

Josip “Joseph” Kos
birth: 24 May 1875 in Dubranec, Austria-Hungary to Nicholas Milo and Kata Trputec Kos
death: 19 February 1919 in Gary, Lake, Indiana
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

marriage: 10 February 1895 in Dubranac, Austria-Hungary
Jana Kata “Anna Katherine” Grdenich
birth: 21 December 1876 in Jerebic, Austria-Hungary to Janko and Yalza Elizabeta Cvekuvich Grdenic
death: 14 February 1966 in Gary, Lake, Indiana
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

Children of Jana Kata “Anna Katherine” Grdenich and Josip “Joseph” Kos:

  • Vincent (1897-bef 1900)
  • Thomas (1899-abt 1899)
  • Mara “Mary Violet” Kos[s] (1900-1985) m. Ivan “John” Kos[s]
  • Josip “Joseph Stephen” Kos[s] (1902-1993) m. Mary Ann Farkas
  • Doro Kos (1904-1909)
  • Barbara Mary Kos (1914-1995) m. 1st Ferencz “Frank” Weigus m. 2nd Joseph Paul Milosevich

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Gary, Lake County, Indiana

Other Information:

Josip “Joseph” Kos, the middle son of Nicholas Milo and Kata Trputec Kos, was born on 24 May 1875 in Dubranec, Austria-Hungary. The land area has changed names since his birth there; it became Yugoslavia and now, Croatia. Little is known about his early life in the small village outside Zagreb, Croatia where he was raised. He joined the Cavalry and married Jana Kata “Anna Katherine” Grdenich on 10 February 1895 in Dubranac. She was from a nearby village. The couple had five children together but only two born in Croatia survived childhood. While having his horse reshoed one day, Joseph sustained a kick to his chest. He became asthmatic and was let go from the cavalry. Some family stories say he was kicked in the head and became an epileptic. Regardless, Joseph did not want a future as a farmer and decided to seek his fortune in America. He departed from LeHavre and arrived via the ship La Lorraine in New York City on 17 January 1910 with $20.00; he was traveling to meet a friend Mato Krisanic who resided in the U.S. He was noted to be 5′ 6″ with brown hair and blue eyes. Joseph quickly found employment with the Pullman Railroad Company and was sent to Pennsylvania and later Chardon, Geauga, Ohio. He worked for Pullman, crossing the country all the way to California. He was later transferred to Chicago, Illinois. In1913, he sent fare to his wife and children, Mary and Joseph, to join him in the U.S. Joseph took the train from Chicago to New York to meet his family on 5 July 1913. They spent the night in a hotel in the city and took the train west the following day. Joseph, while staying in Chicago, found an apartment in the backroom of a church for his family on 31 March 1913 in Gary, Indiana. The name of the church has been forgotten but the location was on West Ridge Road between Adams and Jefferson Street. There the children were enrolled in school and the family took English lessons. After a short time, Joseph secured Pullman housing and the family joined him in nearby Chicago. Another child was born to the couple in Blue Island, Cook, Illinois. Daughter Mary wed in 1917 and her new husband, Ivan “John” Kos moved into the small residence in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. The growing family decided to seek new opportunity in Gary, Lake, Indiana where Joseph and John found work at I.I.B. Teaming Company. By late 1918 the family had relocated to a rented house at 1521 Garfield Street. Joseph and John would bicycle to work. Both became ill during the influenza pandemic. Although John recovered, Joseph’s conditioned worsened into broncho pneumonia. He died at 7 AM at his residence in Gary on 19 February 1919. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Glen Park, Indiana.

The family had a name change after arriving in the U.S. Manifests show they left Austria-Hungary with the surname Kos and were still using that spelling when their youngest daughter, Barbara, was born in Chicago. Between 1914 and 1917, however, the name was changed to Koss as is shown on Mary’s wedding certificate. Joseph’s death record reflects the spelling Koss. This submitter asked Mary why the name was changed; she stated that it was a recommendation of a clerk at Ellis Island. He said to think about it as most American names are longer than three letters. The family continued to use the original spelling but as they became assimilated, decided to add a letter to their surname. It was at that time that also Americanized their first names. Barbara continued to use the original surname spelling of her maiden name throughout her life.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Elsie Wilhelmina Johnson

Elsie Wilhelmina Johnson
birth: 1 May 1896 in Miller, Gary, Lake, Indiana to Anders Ludvig “Gust” and Lovisa “Louise” Carlson Johannesson Johnson
death: 25 July 1968 in Gary, Lake, Indiana
burial: Ridgelawn Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

marriage: 16 October 1919 Lake, Indiana
George Bryant Harbaugh
birth: 4 April 1894 in St. Joseph, Indiana to George Frederick and Margaret E. “Maggie” Long Harbaugh
death: 29 December 1954 in LaPorte, LaPorte, Indiana
burial: Ridgelawn Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana

Children of Elsie Wilhelmina Johnson and George Bryant Harbaugh:

  • Betty Jean Harbaugh (1922-1988) m. William Louis Samuelson
  • George Willard Harbaugh (1924-2004) m. Dorothy Louise Skogseth
  • Glenn Robert Harbaugh (1928-1995)

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Gary, Lake County, Indiana

Other Information:

Elsie Wilhelmina Johnson was the middle daughter born to immigrants Anders Ludvig “Gust” and Lovisa “Louise” Carlson Johannesson Johnson on 1 May 1896 in Miller, now Gary, Lake, Indiana. Elsie attended the Hobart school system through grade 8, graduating on the Honor Roll on 9 June 1911. She had also received Honor Roll and Reading Awards in previous school years which is a testament to her dedication to her studies. At age 10, Elsie’s father past away leaving her mother to make ends meet by taking in borders. The family attended the Miller Swedish Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church where Elsie received her confirmation on 21 April 1912. She became a member of the Miller Congregational Church, later known as Chapel of The Dunes and received the Cross and Crown Attendance Certificate on 22 December 1912. She found work as a mother’s helper in Miller and met George Bryant Harbaugh who was working as a security guard for the railroad. Their plans for marriage were interrupted when George was mustered into the Infantry to fight overseas in World War I. Elsie kept every letter she received from George. The couple married on 16 October 1919 in Gary, Lake, Indiana. Their first residence was on Michigan Street in Miller which had just become incorporated into Gary. The couple had two children by 1925 when George finished building a Sears kit home at 6209 Miller Avenue. The home, in a box, had been delivered via the nearby railroad. Their last child was born three years later. Elsie was active as a parishioner of Chapel of the Dunes Church, the C.O.P Club, Lake County Chapter No. 80 of the Military Auxilliary of the Purple Heart and with the Order of the Eastern Star. Her association with the Purple Heart came about due to her husband’s World War 1 injuries and must have been difficult during World War 2 when her son, George, was shot down over Italy and taken as a POW by the Germans. Her son was also awarded the Purple Heart. During this time her daughter’s husband received a military medical discharge and was living with Elsie and George Bryant. Elsie’s first grandchild died as an infant and her second was mentally handicapped. On 29 December 1954, her husband George, while working as a fireman at the Kingsburgy Ordinace Plant in LaPorte, died from injuries he received in a fall from the roof a few days earlier. By 1959 she gave her home to her daughter’s growing family and moved around the corner in a smaller home once owned by her son George Willard. Her six remaining grandchildren have fond memories of Elsie. She died on 25 July 1968 at Mercy Hospital, Gary, Lake, Indiana of hypertension. After a funeral service at Chapel of the Dunes arranged by Lach Funeral Home she was buried besides her husband and mother at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Thilda “Anna Matilda” Johansdotter

Thilda “Anna Matilda” Johansdotter
birth: 26 October 1848 in Jönköping, Sweden to Johannes and Anna Lena Magnidotter Petersson
death: 20 November 1891 in Likely Porter County, Indiana
burial: Likely Blake Cemetery, Porter, Indiana

marriage: Before November 1869
Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson Johnson
birth: 9 August 1839 in Norra Vi, Östergötland, Sweden to Johannes and Johanna Maria Danielsdotter Ingesson
death: 20 May 1906 in Miller, Lake, Indiana
burial: Blake Cemetery, Portage, Porter, Indiana

Children of Thilda “Anna Matilda” Johansdotter and Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson Johnson:

  • Johan Andersson Jonasson (1869-?)
  • Carl Gottfrid Andersson Jonasson (1872-?)
  • Anna Lovisa “Anna Louise” Andersdotter Jonasson (1874-?)
  • Ida Kristina “Ida Christine” Andersdotter Jonasson (1877-1952) m. Charles Johnberg
  • Oskar Wilhelm “Oscar William” Andersson Jonasson (1879-Bef. 1886)
  • Selma Emilia “Selma Amelia” Andersdotter Jonasson (1881-1959) m. Otto William Chellberg
  • Charles “Charlie” Gotfried Johnsen (1883-1967)
  • Oskar Wilhelm “William” Johnson (1886-1929) m. Anna Blair
  • Nellie Matilda Johnson (1888-Bef 1900)
  • Anders “Andrew” Teodor Johnson (1889-1933)

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Porter County, Indiana

Other Information:

Thilda “Anna Matilda” Johansdotter was born on 26 October 1848 in Jönköping, Sweden to Johannes and Anna Lena Magnidotter Petersson. She was the fifth of eight children born to the couple. Little is known about her early life and a marriage record has not been found for her and Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson Johnson. The couples name appear together on baptism records in Sweden for their first six children. The family is found together in emigration records as leaving Göteborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Sweden on 31 March 1882. The family settled in Porter County, Indiana, likely because many others from the Östergötland region of Sweden had emigrated there. After arriving in Indiana, the couple had four more children. Family records provide a death date for Anna Matilda as 20 November 1891 in Porter County, however, no document has been found to support that date. It is likely she is buried in Blake Cemetery, Porter, Indiana where her husband was also laid to rest in 1906. At the time of her death, her children’s ages ranged from children ranging in age from 3 to 22.

It is interesting to note that Louise, Gust’s second wife, was not buried in Blake Cemetery. Instead, she was buried in Ridgelawn Cemetery in Glen Park, Lake, Indiana. Although a record for Anna Matilda’s burial in Blake has not been found, it is likely she is buried there as is her husband. Anna Matilda’s youngest son was also interred in Blake. Daughter Selma was interred with her husband in Chesterton Cemetery. Son William was buried by his wife’s family in Garrett, DeKalb, Indiana. The location of the remains of the other children are unknown.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Myer “Mike” Krueger

Myer “Mike” Krueger
birth: 10 January 1887 in the town of Lachawitz, Minsk, Russia (now Lyakhavichy, Brest, Belarus) to Ellya Kriger and Zipe Soloman
death: 2 November 1934 in Michigan City, LaPorte, Indiana
burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, LaPorte, Indiana

marriage: June 28, 1910 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana.
Antonia “Toni” Jeannette Engel
birth: 24 May 1889 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to Samuel Hirsch Engel and Dora Flekman
death: 27 Jul 1944 in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana
burial: Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Children of Antonia “Toni” Jeannette Engel and Myer “Mike” Krueger:

  •  Fern Esther Krueger (7 Apr 1911-10 Aug 1974) m. David Tolchinsky
  • Marvin Alvin Krueger (23 Aug 1913-3 Nov 1981) m. Leah Greenfeld
  • Shirley Helen Krueger (11 Jul 1918-20 Apr 2008) m. Edward Herbert Morse

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Michigan City, LaPorte, Indiana

Other Information:

Visit my blog to read more about his life at https://jenalford.com/2014/02/04/52-ancestors-5-myer-krueger/

Submitted by:
Jennifer Alford
Email: jenalford@gmail.com

John B Rinker

John B Rinker
birth: 2 May 1825 in Washington County, IN to Levi Rinker (1790-1858) & Lucinda Hiatt (1808-1883)
death: 10 Sep 1905 in Brooklyn, Morgan County, IN
burial: New Butterfield Cemetery in Morgan County, IN

marriage:
Elizabeth B Clark
birth: 29 Aug 1831 in Ohio to John Clark (1798-1882) & Rebecca Mathews (1799-1877)
death: 29 Jan 1874 in Morgan County, IN
burial: New Butterfield Cemetery, Morgan County, IN

Children of Elizabeth B Clark and John B Rinker:

  • Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Rinker m. Malinda Jane “Linnie ” Hadley
    BIRTH 27 OCT 1853 • Morgan, Indiana, United States
    DEATH 01 SEP 1918
  • Eli Melvin Rinker m. Ora Ruth Hadley
    BIRTH 4 NOVEMBER 1859 • Morgan Co Indiana, United States of America
    DEATH 4 APRIL 1944 • Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Ann Elizabeth Rinker m. Clinton Goodpasture
    BIRTH 27 JUL 1862 • Madison Twp Morgan Co Indiana
    DEATH 13 JAN 1935 • Muncie, Delaware, Indiana, USA

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Washington Co
  • Morgan Co

Other Information:

Submitted by:
Lucinda Jester Smith
Email: lejsmith81@hotmail.com

Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson Johnson

Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson Johnson
birth: 8 August 1839 in Norra Vi, Östergötland, Sweden to Johannes and Johanna Maria Danielsdotter Ingesson
death: 20 May 1906
burial: Blake Cemetery, Portage, Porter, Indiana

marriage: Before November 1869 Sweden
Thilda “Anna Matilda” Johansdotter
birth: 26 October 1848 in Jönköping, Sweden to Johannes and Anna Lena Magnidotter Petersson
death: 20 November 1891 in Porter, Indiana
burial: Likely Blake Cemetery, Portage, Porter, Indiana

Children of Thilda “Anna Matilda” Johansdotter and Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson Johnson:

  • Johan Andersson Jonasson (1869-?)
  • Carl Gottfrid Andersson Jonasson (1872-?)
  • Anna Lovisa “Anna Louise” Andersdotter Jonasson (1874-?)
  • Ida Kristina “Ida Christine” Andersdotter Jonasson (1877-1952) m. Charles Johnberg
  • Oskar Wilhelm “Oscar William” Andersson Jonasson (1879-Bef. 1886)
  • Selma Emilia “Selma Amelia” Andersdotter Jonasson (1881-1959) m. Otto William Chellberg
  • Charles “Charlie” Gotfried Johnsen (1883-1967)
  • Oskar Wilhelm “William” Johnson (1886-1929) m. Anna Blair
  • Nellie Matilda Johnson (1888-Bef 1900)
  • Anders “Andrew” Teodor Johnson (1889-1933)

With Wife Lovisa “Louise” Carlson:
Ruth Elizabeth Johnson (1894-1980) m. Bert Garfield Thompson
Elsie Wilhelmina Johnson (1896-1968) m. George Bryant Harbaugh
Helena “Helen” Eleanora Johnson (1897-1986) m. Walter Fredrick Bernhard Chellberg

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Porter, Indiana

Other Information:

Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson Johnson was born to Johannes and Johanna Maria Danielsdotter Ingeson on 8 August 1839 in Norra Vi, Östergötland, Sweden. The fourth of six children, it is likely his nickname of Gust came from his August birthday. There is not agreement on when Gust arrived in the U.S. A family consisting of the same names departed Östergötland, Sweden and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on 2 July 1850. If this is the same family, there is no record of Gust returning to Sweden. Interestingly, the rest of his family have not been found in Swedish records after the 1850 departure; he is found in Sweden beginning with the baptism of his first child on 14 November 1869 and through the 1882 departure with his wife and children. No marriage record has been found for Gust and Thilda “Anna Matilda” Johansdotter, though baptismal records have been found in Byarum, Jönköping, Sweden naming them as parents for their first six children. The family left for North America on 14 March 1882. After settling in Porter County, Indiana, four more children were born. They were members of Augsburg Lutheran Church in Porter County, Indiana. Per family recollection, Anna Matilda died in 1891, leaving children ranging in age from 3 to 22. Gust married Lovisa “Louise” Carlson on 16 September 1893 in Miller, Lake, Indiana. The couple would go on to have three daughters together. Gust had been working as a laborer at the time of his death from carcinoma of the liver and stomach on 20 May 1906. He was buried in Blake Cemetery, Porter, Indiana. After Anders death, the children from his first marriage kept sporadic contact with their step-family. A letter from William’s wife, Anna, provided his location in Garrett, DeKalb, Indiana in 1912. A photo circa 1929 shows sibling Anna, Ida, Selma, Charlie, and Andrew visiting their step-sister Helen. Unfortunately, information on the oldest siblings has been scant.

The original marriage certificate for Gust and Lovisa state she was from Chicago; his name is recorded as Gust. Perhaps Louise did not know his given name was Anders as she, as the informant on his death certificate, provided his first name as Gust.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Lovisa “Louise” Carlson

Lovisa “Louise” Carlson
birth: 21 April 1857 in Gränna, Jonkoping, Sweden to Carl Gustaf and Anna Stina Lindahl Johannesson
death: 14 May 1937 in Porter, Indiana
burial: Ridgelawn Cemetery, Gary, Lake, Indiana

marriage: 16 September 1893 in Miller, Lake, Indiana
Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson/Johnson
birth: 8 August 1839 in Norra Vi, Östergötland, Sweden to Johannes and Johanna Maria Danielsdotter Ingesson
death: 20 May 1906 Miller, Lake, Indiana
burial: Blake Cemetery, Portage, Porter, Indiana

Children of Lovisa “Louise” Carlson and Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson/Johnson:

  • Ruth Elizabeth Johnson (1894-1980) m. Bert Garfield Thompson
  • Elsie Wilhelmina Johnson (1896-1968) m. George Bryant Harbaugh
  • Helena “Helen” Eleanora Johnson (1897-1986) m. Walter Fredrick Bernhard Chellberg

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Porter, Indiana
  • Miller, Lake, Indiana

Other Information:

Lovisa “Louise” Carlson was born to Carl Gustaf Johannesson and Anna Stina Lindahl on 23 April 1823 in Gränna, Jonkoping, Sweden. She was the second of four children born to the couple. At age 27, Louise left Göteborg, Sweden on 16 May 1884 and sailed on the Orlando to Hull, England. Louise boarded in Liverpool, England, stopped in Queenstown, Ireland and arrived in New York via the ship City of Chicago on 13 October 1884. By the 27 May 1887 she had arrived in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Interestingly, another Lovisa Carlson departed Sweden on the 27 May 1887 for Chicago; that Lovisa had the same birth year and place of origin. It is possible the Lovisa returned to Sweden after her initial voyage as both the 1900 and 1910 US federal census shows her emigration year was 1888. TYpically, the last year of entry was considered the year of emigration. How Louise came to Indiana is not known. She may have had a first marriage as a record was found for a marriage in Porter, Indiana on 4 January 1889 for a Lovisa Carlson to a Swan Hjalne. No records were found for a death or burial for Swan nor was he found in any subsequent records. Further research is needed.
On 16 September 1893 in Miller, Lake, Indiana, Louise married Anders Ludvig “Gust” Johannesson Johnson. The marriage certificate, in the possession of the submitter, states she was from Chicago and gives her name as “Miss Louise Johnson.” Perhaps the form completer erred and placed her married name as her maiden name. Maybe she had chosen to not use patronymics and instead of using the surname Carlson, took her father’s original last name as her own. Anders was previously married to Thilda “Anna Matilda” Johansdotter (1848-1891). The couple had 10 children. At the time Louise married Anders, his children from his previous marriage ranged in age from 4 to 24. Louise and Anders would go on to have three daughters together. In 1900, Louise, Anders, their daughters and four of Louise’s step-children lived in Hobart, Lake, Indiana. Although the couple would have been married 7 years, census records show the length of marriage was recorded as 19 years. Possibly that time was given as to make it appear that the oldest child in the household at the time was their daughter as a couple. Anders was working as a Section Hand on the railroad. He died on 20 May 1906 of carcinoma of the liver in Miller, Lake, Indiana. Louise was the informant on her husband’s death certificate and gave his given name as Agust. Possibly, Louise did not know her husband’s given name was Anders and assumed it was Augst as they were married with his name recorded as Gust. To make ends meet, Louise began to take in boarders to her home in Hobart. By 1920 she had moved to Michigan Avenue in Miller with her youngest daughter, Helen, likely to be closer to her two daughters who had married and resided in Miller. After Helen married in 1921, Louise moved in with her daughter Elsie’s family. She continued to live with them until shortly before her death on 14 May 1937 in Porter County where she had moved to reside with her daughter Helen’s family. Louise is buried in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Glen Park, Lake, Indiana, near her daughter Elsie and her son-in-law George Bryant Harbaugh.

A marriage record for Louise’s parents prior to their children’s births has not been found. Anna Stina Lindahl is recorded on the children’s baptism records. A marriage for an Anna Stina Lindahl and Carl Gustaf Johannesson was found on 3 November 1866 in Öhr annex, Kronoberg, Sverige. The family, however, resided in Gränna, Jönköping, Sverige until Louise departed alone for America. It is not known if the 1866 marriage was for another couple in Sweden with the same names.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Betty Jean Harbaugh

Betty Jean Harbaugh
birth: 8 October 1922 in Gary, Lake, Indiana to George Bryant and Elsie Wilhelmina Johnson Harbaugh
death: 30 October 1988 in Angola, Steuben, Indiana
burial: Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana

marriage: 11 October 1942 in Gary, Lake, Indiana
William “Bill” Louis Samuelson
birth: 14 October 1919 in Baileytown, Porter, Indiana to Gustaf “Gust” Teodor and Lulu May Cook Samuelson
death: 5 May 1992 in Fremont, Steuben, Indiana
burial: Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Indiana

Children of Betty Jean Harbaugh and William “Bill” Louis Samuelson:

  • William Lewis Samuelson (1944-1944)
  • Lynn Patrice Samuelson (1946-2005)
  • Living
  • Living

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Gary, Lake, Indiana
  • Angola, Steuben, Indiana

Other Information:

Betty Jean Harbaugh, born 8 October 1922, was the oldest of three children born to George Bryant and Elsie Wilhelmina Harbaugh Samuelson. The only daughter, she was christened at the Augsburg Lutheran Church in Porter, Indiana on 18 February 1923. Betty was raised in a Sears kit home built by her father. The family later attended Chapel of the Dunes through 1938. On 13 June 1940, Betty graduated from Emerson High School, Gary, Lake, Indiana. In 1942, Betty was working as a clerk with Carnegie Steel Corporation in Gary, Lake, Indiana. Betty married William “Bill” Louis Samuelson on 5 October 1942 in Lake County, Indiana. The couple had met on a double date; Betty was dating Bill’s younger brother Edwin that evening. It is not known who Bill was dating. On 30 November 1942 Bill entered the Army and was sent to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He was discharged on 12 October 1943 due to a medical issue. The couple resided with Betty’s parents in Miller, Indiana; Bill found work as a clerk with his sister Margaret’s husband’s family until October 1947. Betty became a homemaker. The couple’s first child died as an infant; their second child was born mentally handicapped. By 1950 the family had moved to Chesterton, Porter, Indiana. Bill was employed as a chemical clerk for Amoco Oil in Whiting, Lake, Indiana. Bill continued to work for Amoco until he retired. By 1955 the couple had returned to live in Miller; they rented an apartment from Bill’s sister, Margaret. Two more children were born to the couple. The family joined the Bethel Lutheran Church in Miller. In 1959, the family moved to Betty’s childhood home as her mother, a widow, wanted a smaller residence. Betty found part time work in the cafeteria at Miller Elementary School while her youngest children were enrolled there. She later found work as an executive secretary for the Indiana Port Commission. In October 1981, where she worked as a recorder at Midwest Steel Corporation, she collapsed due to a pulmonary embolism. Betty and Bill then retired to a home on Snow Lake in Fremont, Steuben, Indiana. Betty died in Angola, Steuben, Indiana on 30 October 1988. She was buried in Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com