Today’s Tidbit | Frank Heller – March 19, 1878

My maternal great grandfather, Frank Heller, was born on this day in 1878. He was the youngest son of Mathias and Frances (Swiderski) Heller, and was born in Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI. He worked on farms at Fox Lake and in the lumber camps at Ashland.

After several years, he came to Montello, WI and joined the Montello Granite Co. In the 1920 census, his job description is that of a “polisher”.

Frank married my great grandmother, Catherine Jackowski, in 1905. He worked for Montello Granite for about 45 years until becoming ill in July of 1944.

Today’s Tidbit | March 20, 1883

On this day, in 1883, my great grandmother, Catherine Jackowski was born to Stephan and Rosalia (Soda) Jackowski in Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI. She married my great grandfather, Frank Heller (see yesterday’s post), on September 26, 1905 in Princeton. They had eight children together, the oldest being my grandmother, Florence.

Surname Saturday | HELLER

My grandmother on my mom’s side is a Heller. Passenger list records show that Lorenz, his wife Elizabeth (Fleming), and their children Anna, Andreas and Rosalia arrived at Castle Garden in New York City on May 16, 1866, on the ship Johanna. They were from Sossnow, Prussia. They lived in Neshkoro, Marquette Co., WI in 1870 and by 1880 had moved on to Princeton, Green Lake Co. In 1881, they moved to South Dakota. My direct line stayed in Wisconsin.

My great grandfather, Frank worked on farms at Fox Lake and in the lumber camps at Ashland.  After several years, he came to Montello and worked for the Montello Granite Company for about 45 years. His daughter, Florence married Raymond Hau in 1933.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | July 5 – July 11, 2009

Elmo “Bill” Linal LeVan – Born July 11, 1903 in North Greenfield, Zane Twp., Logan Co., OH. He came to Michigan and worked clearing the land for the Ford plant in Ypsilanti. He later worked in a saw mill in Waterloo Township. He married Zella Bradley McConnell on March 28, 1925. Elmo died on February 7, 1978 and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Waterloo Township, Jackson Co., MI. He is my wife’s grandfather.

Lysander Ormsby – Born July 5, 1815 in Westhampton, Hampshire Co., MA. He came to Michigan in 1837, settling in Blissfield, Lenawee Co. and then Summerfield Township, Monroe Co. He later moved to Deerfield, Lenawee Co. and bought a stave mill and opened a grocery store. He died on January 23, 1911 and is buried in Deerfield Township Cemetery, Deerfield. Lysander Ormsby is my 5th cousin, 4 times removed.

Alexandre Voiland – Died July 7, 1801 in Essert, Belfort, France. Alexandre is my 5th great grandfather and our oldest known Voiland ancestor.

Mathias J. Heller – Died July 9, 1899 in Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI. He came to America from Prussia in about 1865. He engaged in farming. He married Frances Swiderski in 1868. Mathias is buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Princeton, Green Lake Co. He is my 2nd great grandfather.