Died in Vernon County, Wisconsin, on this date in 1939: Gunder Sletten, ancestor to several lines of Larsons (not including my own). Of Gunder’s ten children, three married into the Ole Larson family. Gunder is buried at Bethany Church, La Farge.
No close family anniversaries. Born in Zundert, Holland, on this date in 1853: painter Vincent Van Gogh. Top photo: “Wheat Field with Crows,” painted in 1890, shortly before the artist’s suicide. Below, one of several self-portraits he painted. Van Gogh was in the news just this month, when new research suggested a previously unnoticed religious-historical allusion in one of his famous paintings. Read more …
Died in Onawa, Iowa, on this date in 1893: second great-grandmother Susan M Eldridge (m. Colby). Susan presents one of my most perplexing hurdles. I am so far unable to find any trace of her parentage, nor corroboration of the statistics given in her obituary, that she was born in New York state on 19 May 1820. Susan is buried at Onawa City Cemetery, with her husband Harry Eugene Colby and other family members, beneath a tall, ornate monument.
Born on this day in 1915: Keith Millard Beechel, Thiel’s uncle, known affectionately as “Uncle Pinky.” Shown above with Thiel, not long before his death in 2013. I remember Pinky for his positive attitude and quirky sense of humor. He also enjoyed cooking; his most famous creation was “Polish luau,” a kind of sausage stew that he prepared in a (clean) garbage can(!) R.I.P., Pinky!