Oct 232016
 
Newspaper Stories - Walter Stiles

Newspaper Stories – Walter Stiles

When my Grandmother Stila M. (Harlan) Gleason passed away on May 7, 2002, not only did we lose the family matriarch but we lost the our family historian.  I had been dabbling with the family tree for a couple of years and but hadn’t really delved into researching and documenting the life stories of individuals.  I decided someone should document our family’s history to preserve it for future generations and so began my adventurous  journey, as an amateur genealogist, the search for Uncle Walter Stiles and the discovery of an interesting life.

Walter Stiles

Walter Stiles was born in Chicago, Illinois, in October of 1867, the second child and son of George Washington and Mary Jane (Cunningham) Stiles.   Walter’s father was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and his mother in New York.

George W. Stiles - Moves West - Abilene Weekly Reflector, December 5, 1889

George W. Stiles – Moves West – Abilene Weekly Reflector, December 5, 1889

The family remained in Illinois until the late 1870s and then headed West to Dickinson County, Kansas.  The family would remain in Dickinson County until 1889, when George Sr. headed west to Washington and Idaho.  The family, including wife Mary, along with Walter, Albert and daughter Emma, would soon follow.  Oldest son George Jr., remained in Kansas, until 1891.  The family had settled in Idaho; when George Jr. and his family joined them.

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Aug 212016
 

Following is a post about a very special person, who is a big part of my childhood memories of ‘The Hill.’   Olive (Herring) Preussler is not a blood relation to my family but I called her Grandma.  I don’t know how many of the other kids in Cavendish-Teakean called her Grandma, perhaps everyone did or maybe it was just me, here is her story:

Olive Vada Herring

Preussler Family - (l-r) Melvin, Olive, David (baby), Marilyn and Marie, Merton standing (ca. 1944)

Preussler Family – (l-r) Melvin, Olive, David (baby), Marilyn and Marie, Merton standing (ca. 1945) photo courtesy Alan Sewell

Olive Vada Herring was born March 25, 1914 at Teakean, Clearwater County, Idaho. She was the fourth of five children born to Orville E. and Carrie (Heltzel) Herring, both of her parents were members of the German Baptist Brethren Church.   Her father’s family came west, from Iowa, and settled in Teakean in 1889.  Her mother’s family came west to Idaho and arrived from Astoria, Illinois in June of 1903.

Dunkard Colonists

P. E. Stookey went to the junction yesterday to meet his brother, Sherman Stookey, who with his family arrived from Plymouth, Illinois, to make a permanent residence in the Potlatch.  Rev. Sherman Stookey is a Dunkard preacher and he is accompanied on this trip by five families of his church people, twenty persons all told, who have come to make a settlement in the Potlatch section.  Friends and relatives have been here for some time and have reported favorably on this section.  Other families will follow in the course of the year to strengthen the colony.–(Source) The Lewiston Teller, March 6, 1903

P. E. Stookey, along with his brother Reed and John Q. Holladay had settled in the Cavendish-Teakean area in 1889.  I believe the article below should read twenty people, not twenty families based on the earlier article.

Colony of Dunkards for Idaho.

A large colony of Dunkards will arrive in a few days from Astoria, Illinois, and take up their abode near Cavendish.  Last spring twenty families arrived from Illinois and they have prevailed upon their friends to follow.  They are a thrifty industrious people and will make good citizens.  Such emigration should be encouraged.  They will bring with them money and show taste to improving their farms. —(Source) The Lewiston Teller, June 19, 1903

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Jun 192016
 
Stiles Homestead - Upper Fords Creek (photo courtesy www.tallpinecabin.com)

Stiles Homestead – Upper Fords Creek (photo courtesy www.tallpinecabin.com)

George Washington Stiles and Mary Jane Cunningham

George Washington Stiles

George Washington Stiles was born at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in July of 1835.  According to US census information, both of his parents were U.S. born, his father in Massachusetts and his mother in Ohio.

According to the 1900 census his family returned to the U.S. in 1844.  In 1857 George was living in the Boston area and on August 17 of that year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, as a blacksmith.  The 1860 census, enumerated September 5th of 1860, shows that George was stationed at Fort Defiance, in the New Mexico Territory.  He probably was there to witness the Navajo attack, which occurred in April of that year.

George mustered out of the Army on August 17, 1863, in Williamsburg, Virginia.  He would get as far as Chicago, where he would put down roots, for a time. Continue reading »

May 282016
 

John Quincy Holladay and Ann Hays

Map of Idaho, Washington and Oregon 1889

Map of Idaho, Washington and Oregon 1889

John Quincy Holladay

John Quincy Holladay was born in Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois on March 30, 1847, to John Skirvin and Catherine (Fugate) Holladay.  His father John Skirvin Holladay was born in Gallatin County Kentucky and his mother Catherine (Fugate) Holladay was born in Russell County Virginia.  Most of the genealogy researchers list John as being born with the name John Quincy Adams Holladay, since there were no birth certificates issued in Illinois, at the time of his birth, there is no way of proving, or disproving his birth name.  However, John signed his name as John Q. Holladay and I have found nothing where he used John Q. A. Holladay during his lifetime.

Ann Hays

Ann Hays was born in Ohio on December 16, 1846 to Daniel and Eliza (Parks) Hays.  The 1850 census, enumerated on October 3rd, shows the family had relocated to McDonough County.  Her father Daniel Hays was born in Ohio, probably Paint Township, Ross County. Ann’s mother, Eliza (Parks) Hays was also born in Ohio. Continue reading »

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