family history

Great Great Grandpa Frederick the Murder Witness

The Lebanon Historical Society posted on its Facebook page some transcripts of the Town of Lebanon Justice of the Peace records. One of the entries was about a murder that happened which included sworn testimony given by my Great-Great Grandpa Johann Frederick during an inquest held at the Lebanon Town Hall. This was a great story… Continue reading Great Great Grandpa Frederick the Murder Witness

Courthouse, Projects

“Condo-Vac” Pump Overhaul

One of my many responsibilities at work includes tending the boiler and boiler equipment at the Winnebago County Courthouse. Our building is heated with steam boilers. The boilers are not nearly as old as our condensate pumps--which are original equipment to the building. We have a pair of Chicago Pump Company "Condo-Vac" condensation pumps. As… Continue reading “Condo-Vac” Pump Overhaul

family history, World War I

Ancestors in the Great War Update

In a previous post, I wrote about my family members that served in the United States military during World War I. Those were the only three I had known of that had served, but I recently discovered that my Great Granduncle Leo Zillmer also served with American Expeditionary Forces over in Europe. Since then I've… Continue reading Ancestors in the Great War Update

History, Home History

Local House Research #2

A few posts ago I talked about a house being considered for the Oshkosh Landmarks Commission Historic Plaque Program and the research I did for the property owners. Earlier this year we had another property owner express interest in having his property locally landmarked, which protects a structure's historic character from being drastically altered. The… Continue reading Local House Research #2

family history, History

Frederick Family Farm

I have slowly made progress on my family tree book in the last few months. I'll admit, it's harder to work on hobbies when you have a little person to take care of, but I make time here and there when Emmett is sleeping. I know one day he will appreciate having this history about… Continue reading Frederick Family Farm

History, Home History

Local House Research

I serve on the Oshkosh Landmarks Commission to help bring awareness to historic structures in Oshkosh and to help preserve them. A fun way we get people interested in the history of their structure is through our Historic Plaque Program. It is a way to recognize and catalog structures that have local historic and architectural… Continue reading Local House Research