Alice Zaloudek Life Story

Alice ZaloudekAlice Srajer Zaloudek passed away on March 1, 2011, at 105 years of age.   Her father, John Srajer, was brother to Frank Schrier (Srajer) who emmigrated from Bohemia in 1884.  Alice lived in Kansas and Oklahoma and went through a great slice of the history of those areas.   I’ve posted an excerpt of her life story on the Stories section of this website.   Her obituary which has more of that story and photos is on the obituaries page of this website and also  online at the Enid News here.

by Bill Schrier

Mary Boyle Griffin

Mary Griffin BoyleMary Boyle Griffin is Bill Schrier’s great-grandmother.   She grew up with the Boyle Family on Inch Island, County Donegal.   She met James Griffin and they were married in St. Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry.   They emigrated to the United States, had four daughters and a son.

Mary’s obituaries are on the Obituary Page of this website, and I’ve created a page for her under the “People” section with some of the facts and family lore.

by Bill Schrier

Harvey Tom Thorson

Harvey Tom Thorson

Tom Thorson was the father of Kathy Thorson Schrier and Becky Thorson Cox. Today I created a page to start a chronicle of his life (view it here).  The photo at right was taken at Becky and Charlie Cox’s home about 1980.

I’ll add more information about Tom as I (re)discover it or someone tells me about it.

by Bill Schrier

Artifacts Page and Mary Alice Schrier Yuska

Today I added a page which will link to artifacts I catalog – books, victrola’s, ancient toys, gravestones etc.

I also added a page for Mary Alice (Schrier) Yuska.   I added her simply because as I was searching for information about Frank Schrier on the web, her name came up along with a photograph of her gravestone from St. Wenceslas Cemetery in Clutier.

by Bill Schrier

Calendar and Obituaries

CalendarI added two calendar pages – one for current family birthdays and anniversaries and another for family history events.  Also added an obituaries page with copies of newspaper and other obituaries for family members.

by  Bill Schrier

1920 Census – Thorson

Bob, William and Tom Thorson, about 1920

William, Harvey Tom and Bob Thorson, about 1920

Today I downloaded the 1920 Census Page from Meckling Township, South Dakota and published it to the website.   Bessie Thorson and her sons were  living there at that time.

In the 1920 Census, Bessie Thorson was 36, living in Meckling Township, South Dakota, in the household of William Kutzler, age 74, and his wife Emma, age 61.  Bessie’s occupation ws listed as public school teacher.    The boys were Robert A, age 11, William K., age 9, and Harvey Tom, age 7.  See the census document here.

The photo at right is not directly related to the census, but illustrates Bessie’s three boys, probably about 1918 to 1920, since Tom was born in 1914.

by Bill Schrier

Revised Website

I’m going to move the website to this WordPress blog for several reasons.  First, I’m concerned about security and posting information about kids and our family, especially photos, on a public website.   So I’ll probably use Facebook for any that  “current” information posted.

This site, then, will concentrate on genealogy – preserving information and documents about our families from the past.

by Bill Schrier