Friday, November 1, 2019

The Honor Roll Project - Floral Park, NY

As part of Heather Wilkinson Rojo's Honor Roll Project, I have transcribed these Rolls of Honor in Floral Park to make the names visible to search engines so that family researchers may find them. Please consider finding the Honor Roll(s) in your town or village and transcribing them on your blog or website. And even if you don't have a blog or website, see the Honor Roll Project for instructions on how you can submit a transcription.

Floral Park, NY is an incorporated village in Nassau County on Long Island and a neighborhood in the neighboring boro of Queens.  Memorial Park is located on a square at Plainfield Avenue, Tulip Avenue, and Floral Parkway.




The plaque below, dedicated by the Floral Park Servicemen's Organization, is "a tribute to the men and women of the community who served in the armed forces in peace and in war.


Remembered on the plaques below are two men of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth who fought for the colonies in the Revolution; Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Gen. Kazimierz Pulaski. I don't know about the rest of the country, but these are familiar names on Long Island, even to those without knowledge of Revolutionary heroes. The Kosciuszko Bridge connects Greenpoint, Brooklyn to Maspeth, Queens (both boroughs of New York City) and the Pulaski Skyway is a bridge-causeway in New Jersey.



This separate monument above sits just outside the square pictured at the top of my post, but in the same triangle.



Roll of Honor
1917-1919
Dedicated to the Men of
Floral Park who answered their
Country's call in the Great World War

ARMY

Col. John F. Klein
Capt. Thos. F. Davies
1st. Lt. Frank R. Field
1st. Lt. A. S. Katzman
1st. Lt. E. D. Purcell
2nd. Lt. R. W. Frost
2nd. Lt. Geo. Kitts Jr.
2nd. Lt. W. R. Klein
2nd. Lt. J. Murtaugh Jr.
2nd. Lt. Wm. L. Purcell
Master Gunner L. J. Day
1st. Sgt. J. Bickelhaupt
Sgt. 1Cl. V. G. Childs
Sgt. 1Cl. W. B. Simpson
Sgt. Philip Allen
Sgt. D. Antonnachio
Sgt. Paul Diard
Sgt. A. B. Hendrickson
Sgt. James Logan
Sgt. Wm. R. Maxwell
Sgt. Walter K. Pike
Sgt. Alfred C. Swenson
Sgt. A. Whitehouse
Sgt. Fred L. Zoeller
Corp. Jas. M. Cassidy
Corp. Wm. E. Diard
Corp. K. D. Jamieson
Corp. Frank Krug
Corp. Fred A. Newell
Corp. N. Romanelli
Corp. G. J. Rosenblath
Corp. Geo. W. Wells
Charles Abramofsky
Edwin V. Banta
J. Arthur Baumgartner
Frank P. Baylis
Harold B. Benedict
Joseph F. Biancardi
Norman I. Bird
Eugene Z. Cassidy
John Covert
Joseph L. Domalewski
Gabriel A. Fensterer
J. Bernard Fensterer
George Filaski
Thomas Fleming
Herbert E. Frost
Herman M. Fuldner
Olaf. G. Gerdin
Joseph Glemboski
George Godesky
John Grygo
Paul Grygo
Theodore W. Hawkinson
Howard C. Hayden
Robert M. Hinds
Christian A. Holderer
Herluf Holm
Anthony Di C. Huber
J. Burgess Jamieson
Carl Jensen
John W. Jones
Carl Jorgensen
Walter Kane
Vincent T. Kenney
J. Shorkley Klein
Olaf B. Knudsen
John Laskowski
Chas. A. P. Lohmuller
Eugene J. Loughery
Ernest Lyons
Thomas W. Lyons
Alfred Marciano
Alpidio Merola
David Mulcahy
Irving L. O'Halleran
James O'Keefe
Robert R. Pearson
Otto I. Peterson
Harold S. Pike
Harold C. Purcell
Harry Roseen
J. George Ruf
Philip F. Stattel
August Swenson
William H. Tagg
Charles Thiemsen
Harry Thiemsen
William T. Thompson
Vernon D. Tuttle
E. D. Van Nostrand
Henry J. Wells
Joseph J. Wells
Harry H. Wiggins
George Wilson
John W. Wilson
Robert Wright


DIED IN SERVICE

Sergt. Byron M. Thurston
Mortimer C. Lyons
Harry Homeyer


NAVY

Lt. Anthony Sawacki
Gunner Robert S. Kirk
Cox. Ward L. Hoffman
Anthony Auer
Elliot I. Baylis
Leon N. Bissell
Roscoe Crawford
Michael Gozley
George M. Hart
Charles G. Hinds
William H. Hinds
John Hummell
Frank Julien
John Keithley
Alfred J. Loew
George T. Lyes
Frank R. Mullin
John Mumford
August A. Odermatt
Joseph A. Odermatt
William Scherrer
Harold Williams
William J. Wissbach


Back on the central monument is the roll of honor above with the names of those who were killed in WWI and WII.


Floral Park

1917-1919     1941-1945
In Memory Of
the Men Who Made
The Supreme Sacrifice in
World Wars I and II
In Defense of our country

World War I

Byron M. Thurston
Mortimer C. Lyons
Harry Homeyer


World War II

Richard A. Anderson
Joseph J. Auld
Walter Baxter, Jr.
Zygmunt S. Bramowski
Claude E. Burk
Stephen V. Cannone
John L. Childs II
J. Wesley Cook
Arvid N. Dahlstrom
Robert L. Damm
James J. Donnelly, Jr.
John G. Donohue
Frank Fischer, Jr.
Robert R. Flack
Richard W. Fletcher
Joseph Funk
Eugene O. Gladd
Mitchell Gottman
Albert H. Gourdon
Paul E. Gourdon
Paul S. Hayward
Joseph C. Hubbard
Peter M. Jacobchek
John Jankowski
Stanley E. Jankowski
Robert E. Kime
Edward W. Gehrke
Robert A. Klahn
John J. Kney, Jr.
Walter J. Korrow
Gerard G. Krug
Anthony Ksiazek
Arthur R. Mallette
Warren H. McNeill
Joseph E. Notary
Charles Holbrook Olsen
Charles F. Peck
Walter F. Pfeffer
Joseph A. Randazzo
Donald W. Regan
George Rucker
Edwin F. Schuler
Robert J. Sica
Robert G. Silberman
George Steinheuser, Jr.
Myron L. Stillman
Joseph Strube
William G. Te-Gussinklo
August A. Venezia
John M. Wallace
Leroy P. Williams
Harold Winges
Alwynne W. Wood
James W. Zeigon


And these to those who were killed in Korea and Vietnam.


IN MEMORY OF

THE MEN WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE KOREAN CONFLICT
IN DEFENSE OF WORLD FREEDOM

Austin W. Beetle, Jr.

Robert N. Howe
William E. Jordan
Edward J. Rock, Jr.


IN MEMORY OF

THE MEN WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE VIETNAM CAMPAIGN


Michael B. Alberici

Edward R. Beasley
Arthur R. Kearney
Peter Roche
John J. Stahl
Charles J. Vion


This plaque honors all the veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Honor Roll Project - New Hyde Park, NY

As part of Heather Wilkinson Rojo's Honor Roll Project, I have transcribed these Rolls of Honor in New Hyde Park, NY to make the names visible to search engines so that family researchers may find them. Please consider finding the Honor Roll(s) in your town or village and transcribing them on your blog or website. And even if you don't have a blog or website, see the Honor Roll Project for instructions on how you can submit a transcription.


These rolls of honor can be found in front of New Hyde Park's Village Hall at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and New Hyde Park Road. This stone at the center of the memorial contains plaques for those who served and those who were killed in both world wars, Vietnam and Korea as well as a plaque in memory of John F. Kennedy.


NEW HYDE PARK

HONOR ROLL
DEDICATED IN HONOR OF THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE WHO ANSWERED THE CALL OF THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WAR 1917-1919

DIED IN SERVICE
Frederick C. Gully
Frank Kulesa

ARMY
Capt. Howard A. VanDine
Sgt. Jacob Friedman
Sgt. Adolf A. Hausch Jr.
Sgt. Louis C. Klein
Sgt. Arthur J. Reckenbeil
Sgt. Chas. E. Reckenbeil
Sgt. Joseph R. Strong
Corp. Wilfred W. Bowen
Corp. William Gartrell Jr.
Corp. Joseph C. Krug
Corp. Frank J. Miller
Corp. August Rolly Jr.
Corp. Henry W. Schneider
Corp. Anthony A. Stawecki
Mech. August A. Krug
William J. Allwang
Raymond Beeny
Marcus G. Christ
Joseph Cody
John E. Dewar
Eugene F. Early
A. VanDine
Wellington W. Floyd
Henry J. Hauck
William A. Hausch
William A. Jacobs
Manek Januszkewicz
William E. Joerg
Clarence Kiefer
L. Walter Kiefer
Alex Konopka
William H. Korade
John Krupa
John E. Lahey
Alex Lermusik
Julius H. Makowski
Joseph Raspanti
John F. Reckenbeil
George A. Rolly
Frank Rosenberg
Charles Steck
Henry E. Steck
William C. Umstadt

NAVY
Cox. Chas. E. VanDine
Edward R. Dunn
John P. Miller
George A. Nelius
J. Clark VanDine
George A. Wiggins Jr.

NATIONAL GUARD
Sgt. Henry Radetzky




1941-1945

NEW HYDE PARK
WORLD WAR II
IN HONOR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF NEW HYDE PARK
WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE ARMED FORCES
OF THE UNITED STATES DURING WORLD WAR II
AND IN MEMORY OF THESE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES

Edward Barchuk
I. Barrington
Henry C. Becth
Hugh Biddick
James Brookens
Benjamin Cassmer
Robert Deutsch
Edward T. Hurley
Floyd Journay
William L. Kleisrath
Joseph S. Knight
Frank Langen
Eugene J. Linder
Gerard P. Linder
Charles Machik
Walter H. Mennel
Stephen J. Merz
John Moran
Eugene McGann
Robert F. Neumann
Michael Peleschak
Robert R. Rastelli
R. Reesseque
Thomas E. Roche
Ralph Sabatelli
John J. Schaefer
J. R. Schoen
Edward M. Smith
Paul J. Sochacki
Sterling L. Taylor
Alfred B. Tobin
William Tobin
Peter M. Turko
Stratis C. Vasilakos
William D. Wahrheit
Willett H. Wallace





1950-1952

NEW HYDE PARK
KOREAN WAR


IN MEMORY OF AND

DEDICATED TO
THE MEN AND WOMEN OF
NEW HYDE PARK
WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED
FORCES OF OUR COUNTRY IN
THE KOREAN WAR

Cpl. N. Weidy
Pvt. R. Deutsch
Sgt. K. Hoffmann







IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO

MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE SERVICE OF THE ARMED FORCES
OF THEIR COUNTRY DURING THE
VIETNAM CONFLICT

John J. Finnegan
John DiDomizio
Robert M. Finnegan
Robert J. Palenscar
Thomas A. Scibelli
Ralph W. Manners
Leo Silbert
Richard M. Proscia
Kenneth C. Scruton
John M. Rupert
Donald W. Vallen
John M. Burke
Michael J. Gallagher
John O'Grady MIA
Cpl. John Ferrazzano

DEDICATED BY THE PEOPLE OF

NEW HYDE PARK
ON MEMORIAL DAY MAY 30, 1968



JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY

1917-1963


"ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU

ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY"


DEDICATED BY

THE PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGE OF NEW HYDE PARK




Thursday, September 5, 2019

Elizabeth Nimmo's Books - Treasure from the Attic



Elizabeth "Bessie" Nimmo was one of my 2nd great-grandmothers. If you've been reading my posts for a while you have read her name before.

Bessie was born about 1841 in Ireland or Scotland and emigrated to Canada about 1851 with her mother, Elizabeth Louden, sisters Margaret and Martha and brother Charles. In 1867 she married John Dean at a Scottish Presbyterian church in Montreal and moved to the farm he had purchased six months earlier in Minton, now North Hatley, Quebec. John died at the young age of 49 in 1888 but Bessie was almost 83 when she died at the farm on March 21, 1924. Sometime after Bessie's death, some of her possessions were apparently put into storage in the attic of the farmhouse and remained there for decades.

More than seventy years after Bessie's death, following the death of my great-uncle Ken, my mother helped his daughter to clean out this attic and her labors were well rewarded; she brought home Bessie's photo album, which I have had for years and these two books which my mother gave to me last month.








It really is something to hold an object that belonged to an ancestor as far back as a 2nd great-grandparent, it gave me chills, but the great surprise was that the second book actually helped to confirm some information I found in census records.

A unique feature of the Canadian census, at least through 1921, is that it asked people their religion. This would be controversial today, to say the least, but I am grateful for the additional information about my ancestors because I might not have found it anywhere else.

In most census years, Bessie is listed with the same religion as the rest of her household but it changes from one census to the next. I haven't found the Nimmos in the 1861 census, the information is illegible in 1871, but the Deans are all listed as Congregational in 1881, Fellowship in 1891, and Methodist in 1901 and 1921. In 1911, however, when she was enumerated in the home of her daughter Anna and her family (Anna's husband was a Methodist minister), Bessie is listed as Plymouth Brethren. Perhaps it took a minister to recognize Bessie's right to be associated with her own faith, or maybe she was the only one home when the enumerator came by. Either way, I found this very interesting.

So, how do these books figure in all of this? Well, the first book does not really, except to tell us something about what was important to Bessie, but one of the fun things about the second book is that it was stamped by the bookseller.


The stamp is a bit difficult to read, but with the help of a 1921 Montreal city directory found on the BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Quebec) website, I was able to confirm that the name of the seller was Bible and Tract Depot. Google did not return any results for this shop but did for a similarly named bookseller in London who, according to an article on enyclopedia.com, were publishers for the Plymouth Brethren for many years. Information about the author, Edward Dennett, can be found on a site called the Brethren Archive. He was considered a great preacher and teacher and was "converted" to the movement after meeting Brethren during his convalescence from an illness.

According to Wikipedia, the Plymouth Brethren are an "evangelical Christian movement whose history can be traced to Dublin, Ireland in the late 1820s..." which fits with other relationships in this family. Bessie's sister, Martha, married a man from Belfast, and her daughter, Maggie, also married an Irishman and Maggie and her husband gave their religions as Brethren on the 1911 and 1921 censuses.

Maggie's husband was William Thompson, by the way, and if you look at the inscription above, you'll see that the book was a gift from a James Thompson. I think I have found James in the 1921 census. It is a common name but in this area in 1921, there is only one James Thompson who lists his religion as Brethren. Also, he was, according to the census, a merchant, and may have made frequent trips to Montreal or even sold books in his own shop. Was he related to William? That may be harder to pin down and I am not actively researching this line at the moment, but it is an intriguing question that I would love to answer one day because all of this adds color and flavor to my knowledge of Bessie and Maggie, who died fairly young and without children.

The Plymouth Brethren do not seem to have had any churches in the Eastern Townships in Bessie's lifetime. In all of my research in the area, I have never seen church records attributed to a church of the Plymouth Brethren (it just occurred to me that this may be why I have never in my extensive searches found Bessie's burial record), but I am hoping that some historical society, archive or library somewhere in the Townships has some kind of record left behind by someone in the movement. We shall see!

If you have been lucky enough to inherit books that belonged to your ancestors, take some time to research the titles, the authors and anything else you might find in them. You just never know what they could reveal about your ancestor.