Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Tragic Death of Nicholas Busch

Nicholas Busch, b. 1878, Ohio
son of John & Catherine (Laubenthal) Busch

                                                  May 19, 1886  Cleveland Leader

May 20, 1886  

 Cleveland Leader

                                    May 22, 1886   Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Joseph Lefebvre of Lowell, MA, 1846-1918

Joseph Lefebvre was born in L'Acadie, Canada, in 1846. He was one of 14 children born to Vital  & Theotiste Henriette (Roy) Lefebvre. On 13 Jan 1872, he married Julia Louise Lambert at St. Augustin Church in Manchester, NH. He was employed as a hosiery knitter in a cotton mill in Lowell, MA, and was a resident of Lowell when he died in Feb 1918 at the age of 72.
Lowell Sun, Monday, February 25, 1918, Lowell, Massachusetts

Lowell Sun, Wednesday, February 27, 1918

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Catherine Laubenthal of Greimersburg, Germany

Catherine Laubenthal
was born 14 April 1843 in Greimersburg, Germany (then Prussia);
daughter of Anton & Emma Laubenthal.
She married John J Busch and they had their first son, Anthony, in Germany before immigrating to the United States in 1866.
Below is her death certificate which I located on

Sunday, April 14, 2013

New Bedford City Directory gives Date of Death

We knew from census records that Pierre Nolan had died between 1930, where he is listed as head of household, and 1940 where his wife, Laura, is head of household and listed as a widow.
Newspaper searches did not yield any information, but a search in the New Bedford, MA, city directories  answered the question. Here, in the 1932 issue, the actual date of death is given.

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

In Loving Memory of

Rick Casteel

August 22, 1963 - March 22, 2013
Beloved Son, Brother, Uncle & Friend….. Richard (Rick) Craig Casteel, age 49, passed away on March 22, 2013 in Mill Valley, CA of natural causes. Born Aug. 22, 1963, the youngest of five children, he was the "funny bone" of the family. A quick wit and quirky sense of humor endeared him to all who knew him. Rick grew up in Tustin, CA and attended Los Cerritos Elementary School, Hewes Int. School and Foothill High School before moving to Ohio in 1978 where he attended and graduated from Mayfield High School. After graduating from high school he returned to California to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he received a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design. He went on to work for major advertising agencies in both Chicago and San Francisco. Rick called Mill Valley "home" for the past 10 years. He loved the natural beauty of the area and the small town feel. Rick was a very creative person and was happy to live among so many talented friends and artists in the community. He supported and regularly devoted his time and talents to local artists and community events. He was a positive force in trying to make the world a better place. He was a gifted musician, author, and photographer. He played guitar for the local band PlumBob which he deeply enjoyed not only as creative expression but also in the camaraderie and friendship that he shared with the other band members. He enjoyed fishing and being out on the water. Rick was simple and uncomplicated. Contentment to him was a boat, a fishing pole and a beautiful day. Rick loved his family, and his presence was always the high point of any family gathering. If Rick was there, there was laughter, and a lot of it.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Dr. James S. Casteel, MD. He is survived by his mother, Lorraine Casteel, living in Gilbert, AZ, brother Jim Casteel Jr. of Gilbert, AZ., brother Patrick Casteel (Amy) of Gilbert, AZ, brother Scott Casteel (Terri) of Fairfax, VA, and sister, Suzanne Wilson (Ed) of Houston TX. Rick is survived by and will be greatly missed by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends scattered all across the country.
A formal memorial service celebrating Rick's life is planned for Sat. April 6th at 11:00am at Mariposa Gardens Chapel & Cemetery, 6747 East Broadway Road, Mesa, AZ 85206 followed by internment where Rick will be laid to rest next to his maternal Grandmother.
An informal West Coast gathering in Mill Valley for friends of Rick to celebrate his life will be held on Sunday, April 7th @ 2:00 pm at Old Mill Park, Downtown Mill Valley (Downhill from the library. Group Picnic Area adjacent to the amphitheatre). All are welcome to attend and share their memories of Rick. Please check Rick's Facebook page for more detail.

Friday, April 12, 2013

FCCPA Spring Conference at Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, VA

(click image to enlarge flyer)
Click here to learn about the
Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim
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Monday, April 1, 2013

Jamesburg, Middlesex Co., NJ, c.1872

Middlesex County, New Jersey
(click images to enlarge)
Enlarged portion of map showing Jamesburg nestled in Monroe
Historical Maps courtesy of
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