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Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Jan. 25, 1902,
Page 4 column 4


The Mission church in charge of REV. FATHER JACOBSMEIER of this city, at Pleasant Plain, has decided to build a new church next summer. The church will be built at the place where the Rock Island made its cut-off about a mile from the old town of Pleasant Plain. The plans have not been decided upon definitely, but it will be a modern building for worship in every respect. The dimensions will be about 70x40 feet. –Washington Journal

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Apr. 26, 1902
Page 4 column 3

A NEW JEFFERSON COUNTY TOWN. ROLLIN J. WILSON has filed with the County Recorder a plat of the town of East Pleasant Plain. It embraces 30 acres of the NE ¼ of the SE ¼ of Sec. 11 (Penn Township) and part of the SW ¼ of Sec. 12, and is located about a mile east of the present town of Pleasant Plain. It is on the short line now in course of construction by the C. R. I. & P. Ry. Co., and the station buildings and yards for both towns will be located there. There are enough lots, streets and alleys on the plat for a goodly sized town.

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Nov. 29, 1902
Page 4 column 4

NEW POLISH CATHOLIC CHURCH will be built in New Pleasant Plain next spring. The parish has purchased a block of ground in the newly laid out town nearly three miles from the present church and will build a new church and parsonage. The present church was built 22 years ago in the hills and is not very accessible. Besides that the center of the parish or membership had changed since then so the new location will be more central. The old church and parsonage may remain where they are and be used or sold, or they may be torn down and removed to Pleasant Plain to be built into something else. It will be impossible to move the buildings intact on account of the hills…..

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Dec. 6, 1902
Page 4 column 4

Work is progressing right along on the new German Catholic Church in Pleasant Plain. The famous old Quaker village of Pleasant Plain will seem odd with two Catholic churches in the town plot.

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. May 23, 1903
Page 1 column 7


The new St. Joseph’s church in East Pleasant Plain will be dedicated Wednesday May 27…Permission to build a church in East Pleasant Plain was obtained early in the fall of 1900, but practically nothing was done up until about a year and a half later, when the new town on the Rock Island “cut off” began to take shape.

A meeting of the parish was called to choose committeemen and the following gentlemen were chosen: REV. B. JACOBSMEIER, FRED ARNDT, JOHN FRITZ, JACOB KASKA, and PETER KURTZ…..Corner stone laid Sept. 19, 1902….Thus was laid the foundation of the first Catholic church in East Pleasant Plain, Iowa. St. Joseph was chosen as its patron saint.

Fairfield Ledger
May 27, 1903
Page 6 column 4


The Brighton Enterprise says that St. Joseph’s church, the new building erected by the Catholics of Penn and Walnut townships at East Pleasant Plain, will be dedicated today. High mass will be celebrated in the morning, with a sermon in English, while REV. A. J. SHULTE of Iowa City will deliver a lecture in the evening on “Christianity and Civilization.” Ladies of the parish will serve dinner at noon. The erection of this structure was begun in 1902, with the purchase of eight lots in Block 21 of the new town for a site. Ground was broken Aug. 6th and the cornerstone was laid Sept. 18. The building is a frame structure and was erected by HENRY INKMAN of Ft. Madison at a cost of $2,734. REV. B. JACOBSMEIER and Messrs. FRED ARNDT, JOHN FRITZ, JACOB KASKA and PETER KURTZ composed the building committee.

Fairfield Journal
Sat. May 28, 1910
Page 2 column 1


JOSEPH LEDGER of Wayland, Iowa, was buried in the new Catholic cemetery at this place Friday at 11 o’clock….Born in Eschlzmatt, Switzerland, Dec. 17, 1859, died May 18, 1910. Married MISS MARY GLANZMAN Feb. 5, 1896. Leaves wife and four children, PAULINE, MARIE, ALFRED and FRANK.

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. June 16, 1911
Page 5 column 4

The unveiling of the big cross in the cemetery of the Catholic church at East Pleasant Plain took place yesterday. A number of clergymen were present and the ladies of the church served dinner at the close of the exercises. The cross is made of reinforced concrete, is twenty feet high surmounted by a figure of Christ.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. June 7, 1944
Page 2 column 5

Fire completely destroys St. Joseph’s at Pleasant Plain…. A landmark of the Pleasant Plain vicinity and a community gathering…A “D-Day” prayer service had been held at the church last evening at 9 o’clock.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Sept. 10, 1960
Page 4

ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH DEDICATION SET. East Pleasant Plain parish founded in 1902. Original frame church on site destroyed by fire June 6, 1944…..

SEC. 12, PENN TOWNSHIP, Jefferson County, Iowa.
(Inscriptions copied in the fall of 1965)

1. BARTZ: CARL, 1863-1952. Ledger-Tues. Nov. 4, 1952, 8-4
BARTZ: MARY A., 1865-1942 (KNOPP)

2. BARTZ, ALBERT P., Husband of WANDA WALTMAN, 1904-1929.

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Dec. 20, 1929
Page 7 column 6


ALBERT BARTZ died at the Washington County Hospital Friday evening. Burial to be at East Pleasant Plain. Youngest son of MR. and MRS. CARL BARTZ…

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Dec. 26, 1929
Page 4 column 3

Obituary ALBERT BARTZ, residing near East Pleasant Plain, died Dec. 14….Born June 4, 1905. Nov. 2, 1928 married MISS WANDA WALTMAN; one daughter, BONNIE JEAN, now seven weeks old. Leaves wife and one daughter, parents, three sisters and one brother. Quick consumption following an attack of flu and pneumonia.

3. KING: SAMUEL JR., 1903-1977 Ledger Mon. Nov. 21, 1977 12-1
KING: FLORENCE M., 1907-1960

4. MANNHARDT: DANIEL, 1872-1955

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Apr. 28, 1955
Page 8 column 4

Lovilia, Ia.---DANIEL W. MANNHARDT, born Jefferson County Apr. 5, 1872, son of MR. and MRS. ZACHARY MANNHARDT; died yesterday. Stroke. Married Nov. 24, 1904 at East Pleasant Plain, THERESA KURTZ who died in 1941. Lived several years in Washington where he was manager of the telephone company. Had two brothers, FRED and HERMAN. Survived by two sons, REV. C. D. MANNHARDT of Lovilia, and PAUL J. MANNHARDT of Davenport, and MRS. IDA HOSIER, Evanston, Ill., and a brother FRED of Muscatine. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, East Pleasant Plain. Member Catholic Ch.

5. STALDER: MAGDALENA, wife of J., Sept. 1, 1859-May 9, 1899.

6. STALDER: JOHN, Jan. 1, 1844-Sept. 7, 1927.

7. STALDER: OTTO J., 1887-1953.

8. GEVOCK: NICHOLAS, Sept. 8, 1855-Dec. 13, 1932.
GEVOCK: AGGET, Oct. 15, 1855-Mar. 26, 1939.

9. GEVOCK: “Father” JOSEPH F., 1896-1956. (WW Vet.)
GEVOCK: “Mother” HELEN R. (ROGAL), 1898-19__.

10. GEVOCK: VINCENT A., 1900-1958
GEVOCK: MARY B., 1905-__.

11. GEVOCK: Baby, 1965-1965.

12. GEVOCK: DANIEL, 1959-1961.

Fairfield Journal
Thurs. Oct. 3, 1918
Page 2 column 4


Perhaps in few homes in Jefferson County is there a record that can compare with the record of the DZYWAK, better known as the GEVOCK, family, who reside on a farm about two miles southeast of Pleasant Plain. Some years ago MR. and MRS. GEVOCK came to this country from Poland and settled on his farm. Here their children were born. Of these the following are already in the service: TOM, in the Coast Artillery; INUS, who left with selected men, Feb. 25, is now in France; ADAM is in the navy; JOE left Sept. 3 for Des Moines, with the last group of selected men. There is one son, NICK, whose whereabouts is not known. On Sept. 12th there were three sons who registered. This leaves two sons who are not of draft age.

Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Dec. 15, 1932
Page 1 column 2

MR. NICK GEVOCK SUCCUMBS TUESDAY AT EAST PLEASANT PLAIN. Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s at 9:30 a. m. today. MR. NICK GEVOCK, age 77, passed away Tuesday morning at his home in East Pleasant Plain about 7 o’clock. He had celebrated his 77th birthday on the 8th of November….MR. GEVOCK was born in Germany. He came here about 34 years ago and had been in this community ever since. He quit the section, retired in May, 1891. Surviving to honor his memory are his wife and the following children: ALEX and VINCE of Pleasant Plain, FRANK of Washington, JOE of near Brighton, ADAM of Gatt, Calif., ANDREW and NICK of Moline, Ill.; THOMAS at Muscatine, and IGNUS of Moline, Ill. Funeral services were to be held this morning at 9:30 o’clock at the St. Joseph’s church at East Pleasant Plain. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. May 29, 1956
Page 8 column 1

JOSEPH GEVOCK, 59, buried St. Joseph Cemetery…..

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Dec. 9, 1958
Page 8 column 4

VINCENT A. GEVOCK died Monday night at Washington County hospital. Born at Pleasant Plain May 31, 1900, son of MR. and MRS. NICHOLAS GEVOCK; married MARY FRAZEN Sept. 10, 1924; she survives with a son, GEORGE GEVOCK of Brighton, a daughter MRS. BERNARD SCHMITT of Harper, and four grandchildren. Four brothers also survive: FRANK of Pleasant Plain; ALEX of Washington; THOMAS, Muscatine; and ADAM of Los Angeles, Calif. His parents and six brothers preceded him in death. Former railroad man and more recently a farmer.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Nov. 1, 1967
Page 12 column 1
Bright Enterprise
Nov. 2, 1967
Page 1 column 6

HELEN ROSALIE GEVOCK was born Feb. 28, 1898, near East Pleasant Plain, where she spent her entire life, daughter of JOSEPH and LUCY ZMYSLONY ROGAL. Married Sept. 14, 1920 at the St. Mary Catholic Church at Polishville. Member St. Joseph Church at East Pleasant Plain and the Rosary Society. Death came Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Washington County hospital. Family home is near Pleasant Plain. Preceded in death by her husband, three brothers and one sister. Survived by one son, ROMAN, of Brighton; 7 grandchildren: JOSEPH, WILLIAM, JAMES, JOHN, PHILIP, THERESA and DAVID; three brothers, HERMAN, LEONARD and FRANK ROGAL; three sisters, (MARY) MRS. LUTHER VOYLES, (MARGARET) MRS. V. R. SHELANGOSKI, and (AMELIA) MRS. WALTER WINIKATES; and several nieces and nephews.


13. CHUCK: ROSALIE, Daughter of MR. and MRS. FRANK, Sept. 3-5, 1937.

14. CHUCK: FRANK A., 1891-1964.

15. CHUCK: JOHN J., 1923-1963. (WW 11)
CHUCK, ESTHER M., 1924-____.

16. CHUCK: Infant son of JOHN & ESTER, Sept. 30, 1945.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Dec. 26, 1964
Page 8 column 5
Brighton Enterprise
Dec. 31, 1964
Page 1 column 6

FRANK CHUCK SR., 73, retired Brighton carpenter, died early today (Dec. 26) at the Washington County hospital. Services Mon. 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic church in East Pleasant Plain; burial in parish cemetery. Born Oct. 4, 1891 in Chicago, Ill., son of ALBERT and CATHERINE DRISH CHUCK. Educated at the Pleasant Plain Academy. On Nov. 12, 1918 he was married to NETTIE MOSINSKI at the Polishville church. They were the parents of seven children. Preceded in death by an infant daughter, ROSALIE, a son, JOHN: two brothers and three sisters. Survivors are his wife, three sons: EDWARD of Mason City; NORBERT of Brighton, and FRANK JR. of Venezuela, South America; two daughters, MRS. TERESA MOTTET of Richland, and MRS. CATHERINE DICKINSON of Brighton; and 14 grandchildren. Member of St. Joseph’s Church.

17. SHELANGOUSKI: PETER H., 1877-1971. Ledger Jan. 19 & 20, 1971


19. SHELANGOSKI: JAMES C., 1941-1959.

20. SHELANGOSKI: FRANK A., 1879-1944.

Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Jan. 27, 1944
Page 1 column 3

FRANK SHELANGOSKI, 65, died Wednesday evening last week. Born Feb. 11, 1879, about five miles south of here in the neighborhood of the Polish church. Son of ANTHONY and MARY KASOWSKI SHELANGOSKI; Jan. 27, 1903 married KATIE BOYRUSKY, who died Oct. 1, 1939 (?) ….Burial at St. Joseph’s East Pleasant Plain.

Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. July 21, 1966
Page 2 column 3

SHELANGOSKI REUNION, held Sun. July 17 at the KP Hall in Brighton with 57 present. Oldest direct descendant was BERNARD SHELANGOSKI of Mt. Pleasant. Youngest member present was DOUGLAS DEUTSCH, son of MR. and MRS. LEONARD DEUTSCH OF Chicago. Largest family was MR. AND MRS. LOUIS SHELANGOSKI with 8 children, seven girls and one boy, from Rapids City, Illinois….A letter was read from REV. ROY SHELANGOSKI who is stationed in Japan…..

21. POLCYN: LEO S., 1896-19__.
POLCYN: GERTRUDE H., 1897-1958.

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Feb. 6, 1958
Page 4 column 1

MRS. LEO S. POLCYN bur. St. Joseph’s, East Pleasant Plain….

22. MELINSKI: Mother JOSEPHINE M., 1864-1953. Ledger Fri. Jan. 23, 1958, 2-8

23. MELINSKI: LEO S., 1893-1978.
MELINSKI: JOHN P., 1895-1979

24. LAMOUREAUX: GEORGE, 1870-1947.
LAMOUREAUX: EVA, 1875-1942

25. SCHOEPFER: BERTHA, January 4, 1912-April 14, 1955.
(Fairfield Ledger) Fri. Apr. 15, 1955, 5-2

26. PECK: WALTER F., 1898-1962.
PECK: MYRA C., 1902-19__.

27. DRISH: VINCENT J., 1897-1962 (Ledger) Tues.Apr. 17, 1962, 8-3
DRISH: CECELIA I., 1900-1961. (KURTZ)

28. KURTZ: JOHN J., 1863-1943. (Ledger) May 26, 1943, 3-4
KURTZ: EMMA, 1868-1951 (STORTZ) (Brighton Enterprise) June 21

29. BURK: ANDREW, 1861-1937. (Ledger) Thur. Oct. 28, 1937 (BE) Oct. 28
BURK: ANASTASIA, 1863-1942. (KELLER) (Ledger) Nov. 25, 1942

30. FRITZ: Infant son RICHARD M., 1928-1929.

31. FRITZ: Infant son JEROME M., June 17-Dec. 16, 1953.

32. FRITZ: MARTIN, 1869-1954.
FRITZ: ELLA, 1876-1945. (FOLEY)

33. POHREN: VINCENT, Born Dec. 29, 1822, Died July 5, 1904.
POHREN: MARGARETTA, Wife of V., Jan. 6, 1820-Aug. 20, 1909

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Jan. 11, 1902
Page 4 column 5

MR. and MRS. VINCENT POHREN are among the oldest settlers in Jefferson County, coming to this country from Germany in the early forties. Last Sunday was MRS. POHREN’S 82nd birthday and the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to the number of 45 gathered at the home south of Brighton and spent the day. There were 65 or 70 present, including sons in law and one daughter in law. Children present were MRS. JOHN FRITZ and family, MRS. MIKE FRITZ and family, MRS. CHRIS MINERT and family, MRS. GEO. HOOK and family, and JACOB POHREN and family. Another son, PETER POHREN of Burlington was unable to be present with his family of four children….

34. KNOPP: Mother MARY, 1877-1929. (Ledger) Fri. Mar. 1, 1929, 5-5 & Feb. 15, 1-1

35. SHELANGOSKI: EMMA P., 1897-1961.

36. PORTMAN: Husband-EMIL, 1891-1927.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. July 9, 1927
Page 2 column 3


Funeral services for EMIL PORTMAN who died June 30 at Iron Mountain, Mich., as result of sun stroke, were held Tues. morning at St. Joseph’s church with burial in the adjacent cemetery. Born in Switzerland Apr. 5, 1891 and had been in America about ten years.

37. STALDER: JOSEPH F., 1879-1957
STALDER: MARY J., 1888-1962

38. KESSEL: ANDREW J., Dec. 2, 1875-June 11, 1917.

39. KESSEL: MARGARET A., Jan. 10, 1884-Nov. 18, 1957.

40. KESSEL: JACOB J., 1862-1942 (Ledger) Sept. 15
KESSEL: MARY C., 1866-1942. (Ledger) Sept. 15

41. KESSEL: RAYMOND J. SR., 1897-19__.
KESSEL: ELIZABETH A., 1897-1960. (Ledger)

42. KESSEL: ANTHONY L., 1898-19__.
KESSEL: ELSIE J., 1909-1936.

Fairfield Journal
Mon. June 11, 1917
Page 3 column 2

ANDREW J. KESSEL died this morning at his home, 1104 S. 2nd St. Cancer. Born on a farm near Brighton Dec. 2, 1875, and has always lived in that vicinity until last March when he removed his family to this city. Son of ANDREW and MARY KESSEL. Jan. 18, 1901 near Keota married MISS MARGARET ADRIAN who is left; five children: ADELINE; CLEMENT; LAWRENCE; WILLIAM and MARGARET, all at home. Also survived by two brothers and two sisters: JACOB KESSEL of Pleasant Plain; JOSEPH KESSEL of Fairfield; MRS. EMMA BERG of Pleasant Plain, and MISS BERTHA KESSEL of Burlington….Remains interred at cemetery near St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Pleasant Plain….

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Apr. 20, 1967
Page 10 column 2

ANTHONY L. “TONY” KESSEL, 68, former local resident, died Tues. night at his home near Davenport. Brother of RAYMOND J. KESSEL SR., 508 W. Jackson. Services will be held Sat. at 10:30 a.m. at the Lord of Victory Catholic Church in Davenport. Prayers for a Christian Wake will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Hunge Mortuary in Davenport. KESSEL was born and reared in this county. Other survivors include his wife; one son, JOE KESSEL; one stepdaughter, MRS. MARY ROHN; and brother LEONARD KESSEL, OLLIE.

43. WARREN: ADELINE M. (KESSEL), Wife of EUGENE C., 1903-1962.

44. PACHA: Father – FRANK, 1845-1927.

45. PACHA: Mother – MARY (BENDA), 1854-1928.

46. PACHA: ALBERT, Jan. 17-Apr. 20, 1884.
PACHA: VINCENT, 1892-1907.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Dec. 21, 1927
Page 8 column 2

FRANK PACHA, SR., resident of East Pleasant Plain more than 50 years, died at his home Mon. evening, Dec. 12. Born in Bohemia, Europe, Jan. 2, 1845, and came to this country with his parents in 1853, lived in Michigan until 1875, when with his wife and one child he moved to the Pleasant Plain community. Nov. 2, 1872, married MARY BENDA; 13 children: Sister MARY WALTRUDE, Washington, Iowa; MRS. P. H. KURTS, Pleasant Plain; JOSEPH P. and FRANK, Richland; JOHN J., Brighton, Iowa; MRS. JOHN KOSMAN, Perlee; ALBERT E., Pleasant Plain, and MARY and MARTHA at home. Four sons preceded him in death. Besides wife and children, he is survived by 22 grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters; ALBERT PACHA, MRS. CATHERINE TRISKA, MRS. JOHN PECENKA and MRS. IGNATUS KLECAN of Hanover, Kansas, and JOHN PACHA, Payette, Idaho. Funeral at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Thurs. morning, REV. FRANCIS GELSKI, a nephew of the deceased, offered the High Mass…..Laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. His four sons and two sons-in-law acted as pall bearers.

47. MINEART: Father – WILLIAM, Died Feb. 7, 1880 Aged 57 Y. 3 M. 3 D.

48. MINEART: CHRISTOPHER, 1863-1940. (Ledger) Sat. Nov. 23, 1940 8-5
MINEART: CHRISTINA, 1865-1949. (Ledger) Tues. Nov. 1, 1949 8-3

49. MINEART: WILLIAM, 1866-1945.

Brighton Enterprise
Mar. 25, 1965
Page 3 column 3

20 YEARS AGO (1945). WILLIAM A. MINEART believed to be about 79 years of age, died at the Jefferson County hospital Friday morning, March 16. He had been in the hospital only three days. He was an uncle to HENRY MINEART and MRS. EDGAR ROTZINGER of Brighton.

50. LAMANSKY: HARRY G., 1888-19__.
LAMANSKY, HELEN M., 1895-1958.

Fairfield Ledger
Dec. 16, 1920
Page 1 column 1


51. LAHR: PETER, Mar. 29, 1854-May 18, 1919. (Brighton Enterprise) June 5
LAHR: MARY, his wife, June 21, 1860-Jan. 4, 1951. (KAUFMAN) (Ledger) Jan. 4

52. EVERHART: In memory of ALBERT R. /Iowa/ Y3 U S NAVY/ World War 11
PH Oct. 5, 1921-Jan. 15, 1946.

MINEART: ELIZABETH DONALDSON, 1884-1978. (Ledger) Wed. June 28, 1978 12-1

54. MINEART: NELLIE SUPALLA, 1891-1920 (Brighton Enterprise) May 20, 1920, 1-4

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. July 29, 1964
Page 4

VINCENT M. MINEART, 78, Brighton, died Tues. at Jefferson County Hospital. Heart attack. Born Mar. 10, 1886 in Jefferson County, son of CHRISTIAN and CHRISTINA POHREN MINEART; married in April 1910 to NELLIE SUPALLA, who died in May, 1920. On Jan. 30, 1924, he was married to ELIZABETH DONALDSON. Member KP lodge and the St. Joseph’s church at E. Pleasant Plain. Surviving are wife and children: MRS. LUCILE GODWIN of Iowa City; CHARLES MINEART of Batavia; HOWARD MINEART of Pleasant Plain; JOE MINEART of Pleasant Plain and MRS. MARION HUMESTON of Washington, and ROBERT MINEART of Falls Church, Va.: two brothers and four sisters: HENRY MINEART of Washington, and CLARENCE of Poplar Bluffs, Mo.; MRS. EDGAR ROTZINGER of Brighton, MRS. ERNEST JACOBS of Eldon; MRS. PETER SCHMIDT of Milwaukee, Wis., and MRS. RAY MCCOY of Gardenia, Calif.; also 29 grandchildren …..Interment in St. Joseph’s cemetery

55. TROXEL: BERTHA KESSEL, 1871-1942.

56. KESSEL: JOSEPH H., 1865-1947.
KESSEL: ANNA D. (MESSER), 1875-1964.

57. KESSEL: Father – ANDREW, Nov. 27, 1834-July 28, 1909.
KESSEL: Mother – MARY FRITZ, his wife, Feb. 8, 1834-Aug. 19, 1910.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. July 28, 1964
Page 8 column 4

MRS. ANNA DOROTHY KESSEL, 89, died this morning at Jefferson County hospital. Weston Behner Funeral Home. Member St. Mary Catholic church. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, East Pleasant Plain. Lifelong resident of Jefferson County, born July 25, 1872, daughter of JACOB and AUGUSTA BERG MESSER; married April 26, 1894 at Germanville; husband died July 7, 1947. She is survived by two sons, CLARENCE J. KESSEL of Fairfield and VICTOR L. KESSEL of Kansas City, Mo.; 6 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a half-sister, father, mother, and two sons.

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Aug. 27, 1910
Page 1 column 2

MRS. ANDREW KESSEL died Fri. p.m. at the family home in Brighton, Iowa. MARY FRITZ was born in Germany Feb. 8, 1834; married at Burlington, Iowa over 50 years ago, later removing to a farm in Jefferson County where they spent an industrious life, moving to Brighton nine years ago. She is survived by the following children: MRS. WM. BERG of Pleasant Plain, JOSEPH KESSEL of Fairfield, ANDY KESSEL at the old home, MRS. WM. TROXEL of Burlington, and MISS BERTHA KESSEL at home. Funeral St. Mary’s church…..

58. KETTERER: JOSEPH, Died Feb. 16, 1881, Aged 28 yrs. 1 mo. 2 ds.

59. BISKEY: PAUL, 1852-1930. (Ledger) Mon. Nov. 3, 1930; Obit. Nov. 17, Nov. 18, 7-3
BISKEY: WINCTINA, 1857-1937. (CHMIELESKI) (Ledger) Aug. 26, 1937, obit Brighton
Enterprise Aug. 26

Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Nov. 20, 1930
Page 4 column 3

MR. PAUL BISKEY died at his home at East Pleasant Plain Nov. 3 age 78-10-2. Born in Germany Jan. 5, 1852, and at the age of 21 came to this country and three years later married WINCTINA CHMIELESKI. Nine children: one son and two daughters preceded him in death, WALTER, TAKEL and MARY. Those left are his wife and six children: MRS. JOHN SHEMANSKI of Fairfield, Iowa; ANTHONY of Donners Grove, Ill.; JOHN of Chicago, Ill., and he also leaves one sister MRS. MARY CHMIELEISKI of Depew, N. Y., and 25 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Member St. Joseph’s church at E. Pleasant Plain….Interment in the cemetery nearby.

60. BISKEY: ANTHONY V. /Iowa/ Pvt. 1 Inf. Repl. & Tng. Regt.
World War ! / Aug. 16, 1888-Sept. 30, 1962.

61. BLEESS: C. ALFRED, 1877-1957. (Ledger) Tues. Mar. 19, 1957, 8-4

62. SCHOEFFER: Father – ROBERT, 1866-1943

63. KURTZ: JO ANN, Dau. of M. H. & AGNES, March 23, 1929-March 11, 1937.
(Ledger) Fri. Mar. 12, 1937, 1-3

64. KURTZ: JOHN S., 1872-1939. (Ledger) Thur. Mar. 2, 1939, 5-4

65. KURTZ: CLARA F., 1879-1955. (GELSKI) (PECK)

66. KURTZ: PETER H., 1870-1936. No will or prob.

67. KURTZ: ANNA M., 1877-1953. (Ledger) Mon. May 18, 1953, 4-3

68. KURTZ: BLANCHE A., 1905-1931.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Mar. 21, 1931

Obituary, BLANCHE ANNA KURTZ, age 25. Interment in St. Joseph’s cemetery at East Pleasant Plain; buried in the nurse’s uniform….

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Apr. 1, 1955
Page 8 column 2

MRS. CLARA F. KURTZ died last night at Jefferson County hospital. Stroke. Born July 28, 1879 in Jefferson County, daughter of the late NICHOLAS and MARTHA KURKA GELSKI. Reared and educated in Jefferson County, and married to THOMAS J. PECK Apr. 18, 1899; he died Feb. 6, 1900. Married, 2nd, Jan. 27, 1904, JOHN S. KURTZ who died Mar. 2, 1939. Member St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Buried St. Joseph’s Cemetery, East Pleasant Plain. Children surviving: THOMAS J. PECK, Fairfield; MRS. HARRY OTT, Davenport; JOHN N. KURTZ, Brighton; MRS. HERBERT OTT, Davenport; RAYMOND KURTZ, Brighton; MRS. LESTER WEENIKE, Stockport; MRS. LEONARD SHUPPY, Brighton; DONALD KURTZ, Montpelier, Iowa; and the following stepchildren: MRS. ANGELINE VOORHIES, Fairfield; GERALD KURTZ, Packwood, and MYRON KURTZ, Brighton; eight grandchildren, one great grandson; four sisters; MRS. LEWIS GELSKI, Brookfield, Mo.; THOMBIA ROBINSON also of Brookfield, Mo.; MRS. M. B. FRITZ, East Pleasant Plain; MRS. LEO FRITZ, Washington, Iowa; and three brothers: FELIX GELSKI, Litchfield, Ill.; IGNATIOUS GELSKI, Brookfield, Mo., and THOMAS GELSKI, Moberly, Mo. Two sons died in infancy. She was a resident of Fairfield for the past seven years.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Feb. 1, 1964
Page 6 column 4

Brighton, Iowa—MRS. MARIE BLEESS, 86, long-time resident of Brighton, died Friday in Tucson, Ariz. She had been making her home with her son MAURICE BLEESS, in Tucson. Services 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic church at East Pleasant Plain. Burial in St. Joseph’s cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Survived by son and one grandson. Member St. Joseph church.

69. KESSLER: WILLIAM A., Oct. 8, 1872-Sept. 6, 1951. (Brighton Enterprise) Sept. 13, 1951.
KESSLER: ANNA B., Nov. 10, 1886-Oct. 31, 1947. (LEAR) (Ledger) Nov. 1, 1947.

70. SIEREN: LAWRENCE, 1877-1961.
SIEREN: EMMA, 1885-1957.

71. ANGSTEAD: J. EDWARD, 1882-1963. (Ledger) Mon. May 27, 1963, 8-4; V. 4

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. July 6, 1964
Page 8 column 1

MRS. E. EDWARD ANGSTEAD, 84, 1202 E. Burlington, died Sun. July 5, about 7:15 p.m. at the Jefferson County Hospital….Burial in St. Joseph cemetery at Pleasant Plain. Raymond Funeral Home. Born Sept. 11, 1879, near Germanville in Jefferson County, daughter of ANDREW and CAROLINE STADELMAN ZIHLMAN. Reared and educated in the Germanville and Brighton schools. Jan. 7, 1903 married to E. EDWARD ANGSTEAD; he died May 7, 1963. Had lived practically her entire life in Jefferson county and over 50 years in Fairfield. Member St. Mary Catholic church; Altar and Rosary Society. Two sisters survive: MRS. EMMA ROTH, Fairfield, and BERTHA ZIHLMAN, Brighton; four brothers, LUCAS of Mt. Pleasant; ANDREW who lived at Wayland; JOHN of Fairfield, and JAKE, Brighton. She was preceded in death by one brother.

72. ARNDT: WILLIAM, June 24, 1851-Jan. 16, 1921. (Brighton Enterprise) Jan. 20, 1921, 1-5

73. PECK: Infant, Feb. 8, 1911.

74. PECK: JUDITH ANN, Dec. 21, 1941-Dec. 22, 1941.

75. PECK: ADAM, 1865-1955. (Ledger) Oct. 6, 1955.
PECK: MARY M. (PACHA), 1873-1959.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Feb. 2, 1929
Page 5 column 7

BIOGRAPHY OF ADAM PECK, born in March 1867 in Walnut Township, Jefferson County, Iowa, in a log house. At the age of three months his parents moved into Penn township, School District No. 8, better known as Hawkeye School District. MR. PECK had four sisters and two brothers and all attended this school. In 1894 MR. PECK was married to MISS MARY PACHA….nine children, eight boys and one girl. One boy died in infancy and the seven boys who attended Hawkeye School were EDWARD, LAWRENCE, WALTER, CLEMENT, RAYMOND, AMBROSE, MAXEMUS, and one girl, IRENE. MAXEMUS was the first pupil to finish the eighth grade in this school. Other pupils to finish the eighth grade here were IRENE PECK, HERMAN DRISH, HERMAN ROGAL, BARBARA DRZYCIMSKI, WALTER SOBOSKI and EMELIA ROGAL. MR. PECK has three grandchildren attending this school at the present time. They are LEONARD, MARY and RITA PECK, children of EDWARD PECK.

The old Hawkeye school was located one half mile northwest of the present location. Although this school house was not painted, it was well built, well plastered and was a warm building. As this school was not in the center of the district, it was sold and a new school house built on the present location. This was fifty years ago. This school is not plastered but the past year a new floor and a new cloak room have been added, as well as a new coat of white paint. The largest attendance at this school was 56 pupils ranging in age from 7 to 20 years. This is quite a contrast to the present attendance, which is 9 pupils ranging in ages from 5 to 13 years. In 1909 MR. PECK was elected Director of this school. He was re-elected for five successive years. In 1906 he was elected Director and this position he held for six years. The present Director is MR. JOHN MELINSKI and the teacher MISS MARY ELIZABETH QUINN. MARY AGNES PECK Age 9 years, Grade 5 Hawkeye School.

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Oct. 6, 1955
Page 8 column 2

ADAM PECK died today in Fairfield. Burial St. Joseph Cemetery, East Pleasant Plain. Born March 31, 1865 at East Pleasant Plain, son of the late JOSEPH and JOHANNA MOLES PECK; married MARY PACHA Apr. 10, 1894 at the Polishville church near East Pleasant Plain. The family home is located about two miles south of Pleasant Plain. Survived by wife and children: ED PECK and WALTER PECK, both of East Pleasant Plain; CLEM and AMBROSE PECK, both of Fairfield; ROY PECK, Salt Lake City, and MRS. JOHN J. POWERS, Fairfield; 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by two children, LAWRENCE and MAX.

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Jan. 17, 1903
Page 4 column 6

JOHN E. ANGSTEAD and MISS MARIE F. KIHLMAN married at Washington Jan. 7……..

76. ARNDT: HUBERT, Oct. 25, 1897-Oct. 13, 1918. WW Vet.

77. ARNDT: ELIZABETH, April 8, 1896-Nov. 13, 1918.

Fairfield Journal
Fri. Nov. 1, 1918

TWO PLEASANT PLAIN BOYS GIVE LIVES FOR AMERICAL OVERSEAS. ALEXANDER DRISH killed in action in France Sept. 26 and HUBERT ARNDT died on board ship enroute to France, from pneumonia, Oct. 13. ALEXANDER DRISH was 25 years of age, son of MR. and MRS. JOHN DRISH of Pleasant Plain….HUBERT ARNDT was the son of MR. and MRS. WM. A. ARNDT…..

Fairfield Journal
Thurs. Nov. 14, 1918
Page 2 column 4

Death of MISS ELIZABETH ARNDT, Pleasant Plain. Pneumonia and Spanish influenza. Daughter of MR. and MRS. WM. ARNDT and a sister of HUBERT ARNDT…..

ARNDT. V.2, Fulton’s History of Jefferson County, Iowa, p. 397.

JOSEPH J. KURTZ, born July 5, 1860 in Walnut township, married in August 1885 MISS MARY ARNDT, daughter of FERDINAND and MARY (KIPP) ARNDT, who were natives of Germany, in which country MRS. KURTZ was born in Oct. 1863. Her parents died in their native land, after which she came to the U.S. when 18 years of age. Her girlhood days had been spent upon her father’s farm and like most German housewives her mother carefully trained her in the work of the household. The death of MRS. ARNDT occurred in 1872 and MR. ARNDT passed away in 1896, having never left their native country.

78. TOELEN: GERTRUDE WEYERS FRANZE, April 1, 1833-Aug. 6, 1914.

79. LEDGER: EDWARD P., 1901-1974. (Ledger) Sat. Sept. 21, 1974, 8-3.
LEDGER: MARGARET M., 1902-1945. (PECK)

80. LEDGER, ROBERT 1862-1943.
LEDGER, His wife Marie, 1862-1918. (SCHMIDIGER) or (HUBER?)

81. ZIHLMAN: ANDREW, Sept. 15, 1840-Jan. 3, 1914.
ZIHLMAN: CAROLINA (STADELMANN) his wife, Mar. 4, 19852-May 23, 1921.
(Brighton Enterprise) May 26, 1921.

82. ZIHLMAN: PETER E., Nov. 25, 1884-Aug. 8, 1957.

Fairfield Journal
Mon. Jan. 5, 1914
Page 2 column 4

ANDREW ZIHLMAN, father of MRS. ED. ANGSTEAD of this city, passed away last Sat. night at 10 o’clock at his home in Brighton. 73 years of age. Native of Switzerland. Besides his wife, he leaves eight children: ANDREW who lives near Brighton; LUCAS and JOHN of Lockridge; MRS. ED ANGSTEAD of this city; MRS. OSCAR ROTHE of Wayland; and PETER, JACOB and BERTHA who live at home. Catholic Church. Burial at East Pleasant Plain.

Fairfield Journal
Jan. 16, 1914
Page 4 column 4

ANDREW ZIHLMAN bur. Pleasant Plain.

Tombstones in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, Iowa:
ZIHLMAN: Father – JOHN J., 1882-1965.
ZIHLMAN: Son – DONALD E., 1926-1930.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Nov. 3, 1930
Page 5 column 3

DONALD EDWARD ZIHLMAN; Obit. Ledger Nov. 10, page 3 column 5.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Nov. 13, 1965
Page 8 column 4

JOHN JOSEPH ZIHLMAN, born Mar. 23, 1882 near Germanville, son of ANDREW and CAROLINE STADELMANN ZIHLMAN; reared and educated in the Spring Creek community near Brighton; married Dec. 31, 1921 BERTHA CARLBORG. He had lived in Fairfield for the past 50 years and for 49 years he was employed at the Philco-Dexter plant. Retired in 1964. Died 12:30 p.m. Fri. at his home 509 S. Fifth. Heart attack. Raymond Funeral Home. Member St. Mary Catholic church, Holy Name Society and BPO Elks No. 1192. Survived by wife, one son, JOHN JR., and a daughter FRANCES, both of Fairfield; two brothers, LUCAS, Mt. Pleasant, and JAKE, Brighton; also two sisters, BERTHA ZIHLMAN, Brighton, and MRS. EMMA ROTH, Fairfield.
Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Nov. 15, 1965
Page 7 column 8

He was preceded in death by one son, DONALD.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Dec. 24, 1963
Page 8 column 2


MRS. FLOYD LYNN of 407 E. Kirkwood has been called to Wichita Falls, Texas, by the death of her uncle, JOE ZIHLMAN…..He was born in the Lockridge-Corners area and moved to Texas when he was 12 years of age. He is one of the 11 children of LUCAS and CHARLOTTE JORDAN ZIHLMAN. Survivors include his wife, and a son in Dallas, and one brother. Services and burial will be in Wichita Falls Thursday.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. June 2, 1956
Page 3


83. MINEART: JOHN EDWARD, son of GRACE & HENRY, 1917-1926.

84. DRZYCIMSKI: MARTIN, 1866-1948
DRZYCIMSKI: MARY, 1881-1946.

Brighton Enterprise
Jan. 13, 1966

20 YEARS AGO—1946.

MRS. MARY DRZYCIMSKI, 64, died Friday morning at her home here. Funeral services held Monday morning 10 o’clock from St. Joseph’s Church at East Pleasant Plain with the REV. PAUL WETZSTAIN in charge. Burial was in St. Joseph’s cemetery.

85. WYSOSKE: ALBERT, Apr. 8, 1850-Nov. 20, 1916. 1918 (Brighton Enterprise) Dec. 5
WYSOSKE: FRANCES, 1862-1953. (DRELLA) (Ledger) Jan. 16, 1953, 8-5.

86. WYSOSKE: JOHN P., Nov. 13, 1893-Oct. 10, 1919
87. WYSOSKE: ADAM A., Nov. 4, 1895-Feb. 3, 1921. WW1 (Brighton Enterprise) Feb. 10,

88. FRITZ: GERTRUDE K., 1889-1932. (KELLER) (Ledger) Nov. 30, 1932

89. FRITZ: Father – JACOB, Nov. 27, 1803-Oct. 20, 1880.
FRITZ: Mother – BARBARA HOFFMAN, wife of JACOB, June 19, 1813-Oct. 9, 1897.

FRITZ: JACOB H., June 7, 1860-Aug. 5, 1930.

90. FRITZ: MICHAEL, Oct. 16, 1841-Mar. 23, 1924. (Brighton Enterprise) Mar. 27, 1924

91. FRITZ: EMMA, June 20, 1855-Apr. 29, 1940. (POHREN)(Ledger) Apr. 29, 1940. 8-5
(Brighton Enterprise) Jan. 25, 1923 Golden Wdg.

92. FRITZ: PETER J., 1874-19__.

FRITZ: Infant – ANNA

94. FRITZ: Baby, JOYCE A., 1947-1948.

95. FRITZ: PETER V., 1882-1964. (Ledger) Tues. Apr. 21, 1964.
FRITZ: ANNA., 1884-1970. (REDLINGER) (Ledger) Mon. Jan. 26, 1970, 10-3

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Apr. 21, 1954
Page 8 column 1

MRS. PETER J. FRITZ (KATHERINE, daughter of MICHAEL and MARGARET WEHR PEIFFER) died today at her home in East Pleasant Plain; born May 4, 1873….Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Survivors……

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. June 30, 1966
Page 5 column 1
Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. July 7, 1966
Page 1 column 6

PETER J. FRITZ, 91, East Pleasant Plain, died June 30 at 5 a.m. at Twilight Nursing Home, Keota. Born Nov. 15, 1874, son of MICHAEL and EMMA POHREN FRITZ; married in 1897 to KATHERINE PEIFFER. Retired farmer; member of St. Joseph’s Catholic church, East Pleasant Plain; spent entire life in Brighton and East Pleasant Plain. Wife died April 21, 1954. Made his home with his two daughters for the last seven years. Survived by two daughters, MRS. A. L. SUPALLA and MRS. ALBERT PACHA, both of East Pleasant Plain. One sister, MRS. JOHN PACHA, and one brother, WILLIAM of California; 15 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters….

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Aug. 8, 1930
Page 2 column 2

JACOB FRITZ, East Pleasant Plain…..

96. PEIFFER: AUGUST C., 1886-1962. (Ledger) Apr. 4, 1962, 8-2.
PEIFFER: MAGDALENE M., 1890-1945 (FRITZ) (Ledger) July 19, 1945
PEIFFER: ERNEST VINCENT (Ledger) Oct. 14, 1980 page 1

97. PEIFFER: RALPH J., 1910-1964.
PEIFFER: HELEN G., 1917-19__.

98. DEUTSCH: ISADORE SR., 1882-19__.
DEUTSCH: EUGENIA, 1882-1957.

99. DEUTSCH: WILLIAM A., 1909-19__.
DEUTSCH: BESSIE B., 1914-1973.

100. LATCHER: JOSEPH, Dec. 17, 1859-May 18, 1901. (?)

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. May 28, 1910
Page 1 column 5

Death of JOSEPH LEACHER, a farmer living about four miles south of Wayland, Wed. of last week of Bright’s disease. Born at Escholzmatt, Switzerland Dec. 17, 1859, and was aged 50-5-1. Came to this country Mar. 29, 1892 and married MISS MARY A. GLANZMAN at the Germanville Catholic church Feb. 5, 1896 and lived on the farm where he died ever since. Leaves wife and four children, PAULINE MARIE, ALFRED and FRANK all at home. Funeral at St. Joseph’s church, East Pleasant Plain, on Friday…..

101. KASKA: MARGARET, 1884-1964.

102. KASKA: JOSEPH, Mar. 9, 1850-Mar. 25, 1896. (Tribune) Apr. 1, 1896

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Sept. 18, 1964
Page 8 column 2
Brighton Enterprise
Sept. 24, 1964
Page 1 column 6

MARGARET M. KASKA, 80, former resident of Jefferson County, passed away Wed. at her home in Stuart, Iowa…..Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Born Aug. 11, 1884 in Jefferson County, dau. of JOSEPH and MAGDALENE POHREN KASKA; reared and educated near East Pleasant Plain. She had made her home at Stuart, Iowa, for the past 22 years. Member All Saints church at Stuart. Surviving relatives include one brother, FRANK KASKA, Brighton, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.

103. KREGOSKI: DOROTHY, 1897-1926.

104. GURSKI: BARTHOMI, 1850-1930.
GURSKI: ANNA MARY, 1863-1940 (BURKE)(Ledger) Sept. 4, 1940, 8-2.

105. GEVOCK: JOSEPHINE, 1888-1918.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Feb. 6, 1968
Page 2 column 1

WILLIAM HENRY GEVOCK, son of MR. and MRS. ROMAN GEVOCK of Brighton, married CAROLE RAE MANNING, daughter of MR. and MRS. DALE MANNING, 507 W. Madison, Sat. Feb. 3 in the rectory of St. Joseph Catholic church at East Pleasant Plain…..JOE GEVOCK best man for his brother. The bride-groom’s grandparents MR. and MRS. HENRY MINEART of Brighton were special guests….Bridegroom has enlisted in the Navy and will be departing soon for duty.

106. FRITZ: JOHN, Apr. 22, 1856-Jan. 6, 1923. (Brighton Entrprise) Jan. 11, 1923, 1-5.
FRITZ: MARY, his wife, Aug. 15, 1861-Mar. 14, 1924.(Brighton Enterprise) Mar. 27, 1924

107. FRITZ: ALBERT J., July 23, 1887-Apr. 18, 1942. (Ledger) Tues. Apr. 28, 1942, 3-3 obit

108. FRITZ: LEONARD V., 1908-1959.
FRITZ: GENEVIEVE V., 1913-____.

109. FRITZ: J. VINCENT, 1880-1964.

Fairfield Ledger-Journal
Mon. Jan. 8, 1923
Page 1 column 6

JOHN FRITZ       died suddenly at Pleasant Plain Saturday. Heart attack. Age 67. Survived by wife and several grown children. Funeral today at Pleasant Plain.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Jan. 28, 1964
Page 8 column 1

VINCENT J. FRITZ, 83, Pleasant Plain, died at 10:25 p.m. last night at the Jefferson County Hospital in Fairfield. Last rites Thursday 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic church in East Pleasant Plain with the REV. J. L. BERGTHOLD officiating. Burial in St. Joseph cemetery. Gould funeral home in Brighton. Born June 24, 1880 in Jefferson County, son of JOHN and MARY (POHREN) FRITZ; Spent his entire life in Washington and Jefferson counties. Married Nov. 22, 1905 at the Clear Creek church to MAGDALENA SIREN, who survives. A retired farmer, he had lived the past 27 years in Pleasant Plain. Member St. Joseph Catholic church. Also survived by one son, RAYMOND FRITZ, Brighton; 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; four brothers: PETER, East Pleasant Plain; MIKE and MATHEW, both of Brighton; and LEO, Washington; also one sister, MRS. AMBROSE LUTZ, East Pleasant Plain. He was preceded in death by one son, one brother and a siser.

110. BERG: MARY B., Feb. 6-May 16, 1889.

111. BERG: Father – WILLIAM, 1857-1937. (Ledger) Wed. Apr. 14, 1937, 1-6;obit Apr 21
BERG: Mother – His wife, EMMA KESSEL, 1860-1930. (Ledger) Mon. Mar. 3, 1930.

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Apr. 14, 1888
Page 4 column 2

Two weddings in the Polish settlement this week. MR. WM. BERG and MISS EMMA KESSELL were married at the bride’s home on Sunday evening, and on Tuesday MR. ALEX KELLER and MISS ELLEN WITKOSKE were married at the Polish church….

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Mar. 3, 1930
Page 2 column 4


112. PACHA: MARTHA BERG, 1890-1919. (Brighton Enterprise) Apr. 3, 1919

113. PACHA: JOHN J., 1890-19__.
PACHA: AGNES G., 1892-19__.

114. PACHA: ALBERT, 1898-19__.
PACHA: TERESA, 1901-19__.

115. PACHA: VINCENT J., Sept. 11, 1945-Jan. 19, 1946.

116. MESSER: In fond remembrance,
JOSEPH LEE, Mar. 13, 1956.
M. COLLEEN, July 12, 1955.
Infant son & daughter of JEAN & PHILLIP MESSER.

117. MESSER: In fond remembrance,
STEVEN C., Sept. 14, 1959.
JACQUELYN, 1961-1963.
Infant son & daughter of JEAN & PHILLIP MESSER.

118. DECKER: DOLORES MAY, Nov. 13, 1930-Jan. 9, 1932. (Ledger) Jan. 10, 1933.

119. DUTTON: “MIKE” WILLIAM M., 1879-1950.

120. PECK: PAUL T., 1875-1950.
PECK: ROSE P., (KREGOSKI), 1882-1977.

121. PECK: SYLVESTER P., 1904-1945.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Nov. 11, 1950
Page 8 column 2

PAUL T. PECK, born in Jefferson County Jan. 15, 1875, son of the late THEODORE and MARY PECK; married Sept. 26, 1900 ROSE KREGOSKI. He died Fri. noon at Jefferson County Hospital. Burial St. Joseph’s. Survived by wife and children: VINCENT PECK, Rock Island, Ill.; MRS. KASYLDA LAMANSKY, Brighton; MRS. CHARLES DRISH, Brighton; ROBERT PECK, Indianapolis, Ind.; MAYNARD PECK, Brighton; JOE PECK, East Pleasant Plain; MRS. LOUISE FORBES, Ainsworth; MRS. LAURINE ARMETTA, Rock Island, Ill.; and WILLIAM at home; two brothers, PETER PECK, Richland, and FRANK PECK, East Pleasant Plain, and a sister, MRS. ELIZABETH DRISH, East Pleasant Plain. Two children preceded him in death.

122. LAMANSKY: JOHN, 1853-1925.
LAMANSKY: MARY (BUCK) his wife, 1858-1928.

123. LAMANSKY: ROY J., 1901-19__.

Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Dec. 9, 1965.

40 YEARS AGO—1925. JOHN LAMANSKY, 72, died last Friday morning at St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa. MR. LAMANSKY had been at the hospital for 24 days, but never became strong enough to undergo the operation which surgeons hoped would restore his health. Funeral services were held Monday morning at St. Joseph’s Church at East Pleasant Plain and burial was made in the nearby cemetery.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Dec. 9, 1925
Page 1 column 2

JOHN LAMANSKY DIED FRIDAY at Ottumwa Hospital, age 72. Lifelong resident of Burr Oak community. Funeral at Pleasant Plain Catholic church Monday morning. Survived by wife, who was MARY BUCK, and nine children: FRANK of Grandview; MRS. LIZZIE MURRAY of Tacoma, Wash.; MISS MARTHA, teacher in the Sioux City schools; WILL of Burlington; HARRY of Pleasant Plain community; MRS. GRACE MINEART of north of Brighton; ETHEL of Denver; and ROY, at home. Also survived by three brothers and one sister, T. L. LAMANSKY of Brighton; NICK of Rock Island, PETER and MRS. MARY COWAN of Denver, Col……

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Aug. 21, 1928
Page 1 column 2

MRS. JOHN LAMANSKY died Sat. in Ottumwa…..Born and reared in the Brighton community. Nine children……Ninth child of JOHN and MARY LAMANSKY was MRS. ANNIE KOESTER of Wisconsin……

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Dec. 7, 1929
Page 1 column 4

CHARLES JOHN LEMANSKY, little son of MR. and MRS. HARRY LAMANSKY of East Pleasant Plain, died Nov. 28 of diphtheria. Bur. St. Joseph’s. Age 1-2-21. Survived by parents and five brothers and sisters: JOSEPH, MARY, FRANCIS, ETHEL and ROY.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. June 6, 1967
Page 2 column 9

MR. and MRS. ROY J. LAMANSKY who reside near Brighton, 40th wedding anniversary. KASYLDA PECK and ROY J. LAMANSKY married June 1, 1927 at the Polishville church. They set up housekeeping on the farm where ROY was born. He jokes, “I’ve never moved!” He has been Jefferson County Assessor almost ten years; on County School Board for 18 years….Soil Conservation District Committee director…..Seven children: MRS. ROGER (PEARL) ARNOLD, Brighton; MRS. KEITH (ROSALIE) FARRIER of Fairfield; Tech. Sgt. JAMES LAMANSKY of the U. S. Air Force stationed at the University of Iowa with the ROTC program; MRS. NORMAN (ESTHER) EDWARDS of Brighton; MRS. GEORGE (MARYANN) DAVISON of Iowa City; DONALD LEMANSKY of Davenport, and SUSAN KAY at Glenwood; 14 grandchildren. MRS. LAMANSKY’S mother, MRS. PAUL PECK, will be a special guest at the celebration.
Fairfield Ledger
Mon. June 12, 1967
Page 2

Local friends and relatives staged an old fashioned charivari Sunday evening….


125. PACHA: JACOB, 1847-1935.
PACHA: BARBARA, 1851-1945. (BENDA) (Ledger) July 5, 1945, 3-1.

126. PACHA: Sisters—BERTHA, 1892-19__.
PACHA: CATHERINE, 1887-1979. (Ledger) Jan. 6, 1979, 8-7.

127. PACHA: JOHN M., 1879-1942.

128. PACHA: JOSEPH A., 1877-19__.
PACHA: MARY C. (CROWLEY), 1878-19__.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Jan. 3, 1966
Page 3 column 3

MRS. JOSEPH PACHA, 87, Washington, died Sunday at the Washington County hospital. A former resident of Jefferson County, MRS. PACHA lived on a farm near Pleasant Plain from 1916 until she and her husband moved to Washington in 1951….Burial will be at East Pleasant Plain….Sherman Eden Funeral Home, Washington. Born Nov. 29 1878 in Johnson County, daughter of TIMOTHY and MARY RILEY CROWLEY; married Sept. 19, 1916. Member of St. James Catholic church (Washington). Surviving are her husband; two sisters, ANNIE CROWLEY, Iowa City, and MRS. THERESA HEICK, St. Louis, Mo.; and one brothers, TIMOTHY CROWLEY JR., Iowa City.

129. PECK: EDWARD A., 1895-19__.

130. SUPALLA: WILLIAM, 1865-1945.
SUPALLA: FRANCES (DRISH), 1869-1949. (Ledger) Feb. 7, 1949, 3-2.

131. SUPALLA: ANTHONY L., 1895-1977.
SUPALLA: EMMA M., 1898-19__.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Jan. 24, 1945
Page 8 column 2

WM. SUPALLA born in Poland Jan. 10, 1865 and came to the United States at the age of 16. For a number of years he resided in Chicago. Married FRANCIS DRISH of Pleasant Plain on May 14, 1888. Most of their 57 years of married life had been spent in the Pleasant Plain community. Farmer. Died Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant. Suffered a stroke a few weeks ago. Survived by wife and nine children: STEPHEN SUPALLA, in the armed forces in Hawaii; GEORGE SUPALLA of Easton, Minn.; ANTHONY, JOSEPH and HERMAN SUPALLA all of Pleasant Plain; MRS. ED WITTMER of Germanville; MRS. GLEN MCCLAIN of Chicago; MRS. HOWARD HESS of Harper; MRS. WALTER WEHR of Council Bluffs; 38 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and one brother, FRANK SUPALLA of Chicago. One daughter, MRS. NELLIE MINEART, preceded him in death. Burial East Pleasant Plain Cemetery.

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Dec. 30, 1965
Page 2 column 5

Dinner guests in the home of MR. and MRS. J. C. SUPALLA on Christmas Day were MR. and MRS. DONALD PECK and family and RICHARD SUPALLA of Des Plaines, Ill. Also GARY SUPALLA, vacationing from college, MRS. MYRA PECK and son LARRY and his son MICHAEL. The group enjoyed viewing pictures of JOE and RICHARD’S recent trip to Alaska and also of the European trip taken by MABEL and RICHARD SUPALLA.

132. ZAHARRIS: Mother – SOPHIA, 1865-1931.
133. ZAHARRIS: Father – LUKAS, 1860-1956.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Nov. 17, 1956
Page 8 column 5

LUCAS B. ZAHARRIS, 96, retired Pleasant Plain farmer, died Fri.; born Oct. 18, 1860 in Poland, son of MARTIN and MARY ZAHARRIS, came to the U. S. in 1882; m. SOPHIA (GLUCH) Sept. 15, 1883; she died Mar. 9, 1931. He is survived by 97 direct descendants…..

Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Nov. 17, 1966

40 YEARS AGO—1926. MRS. MARY ZAHARRIS, aged 96 years and the oldest person in the community, died Sunday night Nov. 21 at the home of her son, LUCAS, south of Pleasant Plain. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph’s Church at 9 o’clock Wed. morning in charge of Father COURTNEY and burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

134. FRANZEN: JOSEPH, Oct. 7, 1857-Apr. 9, 1933. (Ledger) Apr. 10, 1933.

135. FRANZEN: JOHANNA (KNOPP), Mar. 8, 1872-Mar. 13, 1960

136. FRANZEN: PETER W., Sept. 1, 1895-Aug. 31, 1945.
FRANZEN: LEO (Ledger) Feb. 4, 1981, 10-3

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Apr. 10, 1933
Page 1

JOSEPH FRANZEN, East Pleasant Plain……

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Mar. 6, 1968
Page 3 column 1

TONY FRANZEN, 65, Washington, died suddenly Tues. while working at his farm four miles southeast of Brighton in Jefferson County. Born on the same farm July 19, 1902, son of JOSEPH and JOHANNA KNOPP FRANZEN. He moved to Washington two years ago…Burial St. Joseph Cemetery at East Pleasant Plain. Jones Funeral Home in Washington. Not married. Survived by brothers and sisters: ALBERT FRANZEN, MRS. ROSA LAHR, MRS. MARY GEVOCK, LEO FRANZEN and GERTRUDE FRANZEN, all of Washington; THEODORE FRANZEN, Floodwood, Minn. Member KC Lodge.

137. PEIFFER: VINCENT M., 1889-1959. (Ledger) May 22, 1959.
PEIFFER: GERTRUDE, 1892-1970. (KASOWSKY) (Ledger) Feb. 4, 1970

138. SMITH: CHAS. H. “TED”, 1900-1964.
SMITH: FLORENCE (KASOWSKY), 1894-1973. (Ledger) Nov. 20, 1973

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Sept. 24, 1964
Page 8

Graveside services for CHARLES H. “TED” SMITH, 63, will be held Monday, Sept. 28 at St. Joseph Cemetery in East Pleasant Plain in charge of the REV. FRANCIS HENRICKSEN. SMITH died Tues. night at his home in Denver, Colo., following a heart attack. A former resident of Burlington, he was born there Dec. 11, 1900, son of JAMES and AUGUSTA JOHNSON SMITH; married FLORENCE KASOWSKY March 4, 1929. Surviving are wife, one daughter, MRS. SHIRLEY JENSEN, Portland, Ore.; and one sister, MRS. ALICE HEYNEN, Burlington. MRS. SMITH is a sister of MRS. VINCENT PEIFFER, Fairfield. The body will arrive at the Raymond Funeral Home Saturday. The Rosary will be recited there Sunday at 8 p.m.

139. WILMS: HENRY, 1853-1934. (Ledger) Mon. Nov. 19, 1934, d. Iowa City.
WILMS: CECELIA, 1856-1952. (Brighton Enterprise) Dec. 4, 1952, 1-3.

140. RICHARDSON: MRS. E., 1889-1963. (Mortician’s marker)

141. KAUFMAN: JACOB D., 1862-1937.
KAUFMAN: AGATHA, 1859-1938.

142. KAUFMAN: XAVIER, 1858-1928.

143. KAUFMAN: GOTTFRIED, son of J. D. & AGNES (WW1) July 10, 1886-July 14, 1924.

144. ACKERMAN: NICK, 1861-1949.

145. GLANZMAN: LEO JAKOB, son of August & Agnes, Sept. 15, 1924-Sept. 17, 1924.

146. GLANZMAN: AUGUST, 1888-1963.
GLANZMAN: AGNES B., 1902-19__.

147. SOBASKI: JOSEPH H., May 26, 1899-Nov. 28, 1937.(Ledger) Nov. 29, 1937, 1-6.
(Ledger) Dec. 7, 3-2
SOBASKI: DOROTHEA C., Feb. 21, 1902-Jan. 16, 1930. (KURTZ) (Ledger) Jan. 16, 1930

148. SOBASKI: PETER, 1848-1931. (Ledger) Thur. Nov. 12, 1931, 5-4.
SOBASKI: MARY, 1869-1943. (Ledger) May 11, 1943, 3-5.

149. SOBASKI: JOHN R., 1893-1960. (Ledger) Jan. 21, 1960, 8-3. d. Iowa City.
SOBASKI: BERTHA F., 1896-1933. (KURTZ)

150. SOBASKI: ANTHONY P., 1891-1964.
SOBASKI: LENA E., 1897-19__.

151. SOBASKI: WILLIAM, 1924-1940. (Ledger) Wed. Mar. 6, 1940, 1-4.

152. SOBASKI: GERTRUDE, 1894-1960.

153. KURTZ: GERALD A., 1899-1964.
KURTZ: EMMA C. (Ledger), 1898-1982. (Ledger) June 21, 1982, 12-1.

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Dec. 3, 1964
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Brighton Enterprise
Dec. 10, 1964
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GERALD A. KURTZ, 65, Packwood area farmer, died at 8:35 a.m. today at Jefferson County hospital….Services Mon. 10 a.m. St. Joseph Catholic church at East Pleasant Plain in charge of REV. FR. HENRY B. GEERS. Burial will be in St. Joseph cemetery. Raymond Funeral Home. Born Nov. 24, 1899 at Germanville, son of JOHN S. and BERTHA KAUFFMAN KURTZ; reared and educated in the Germanville community; married EMMA C. LEDGER Jan. 27, 1925. Surviving are wife and three children: MRS. STANLEY WARD, Ottumwa; HERMAN KURTZ of Fairfield R.#4; and LAWRENCE KURTZ, Packwood; 13 grandchildren; one brother, MYRON, Brighton; and the following half-brothers and half-sisters: JOHN and RAYMOND, Brighton; DONALD, Davenport; MRS. GERTRUDE WIENIKE, Kansas City, Mo.; MRS. HARRY OTT, MRS. HERBERT OTT, and MRS. LEONARD SHUPPY, all of Davenport. KURTZ was a member of St. Joseph Catholic church and FOE. One sister and one stepbrother preceded him in death.

154. KASKA: Father – JOHN P., 1875-1960.
KASKA: Mother –CECELIA B. (BRIDGES), 1885-1944.

155. KASKA: VIRGINIA E., Feb. 9, 1920-Feb. 17, 1920.

156. KASKA: FRANCIS D., Dec. 11, 1917-May 23, 1918.

Fairfield Journal
Sat. May 25, 1918

KASKA Infant died yesterday morning…..Pleasant Plain Cemetery.

Fairfield Ledger
Feb. 18, 1920
Page 1 column 7

VIRGINIA EMMA, infant daughter of MR. and MRS. JOHN KASKA, died yesterday morning. Born Feb. 9, 1920; died Feb. 17. Services at Pleasant Plain.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Apr. 10, 1944
Page 8 column 1

MRS. JOHN P. (CECELIA BRIDGES) KASKA, 59, St. Joseph’s, Pleasant Plain….

157. KURTZ: FRANK, 1874-1961.
KURTZ: CLARA J., 1880-1949. (Ledger) Mon. June 20, 1949, 8-1.

158. KURTZ: Father – JOSEPH T., 1876-1945.
KURTZ: Mother – VERONICA, 1883-1956.
KURTZ: Son – JOSEPH, 1911-1911.

159. BENDA: FRANCIS J., 1897-1982 (Ledger) Sept. 1, 1982, 12-1.
BENDA: CLEMENT, 1898-1979. (Ledger) Aug. 28, 1979, 12-1.
BENDA: JOSEPHINE, 1905-19__.

160. BENDA: MRS. MARIAN, December 12, 1900-October 23, 1957. (BUCHER) (Ledger)
Oct. 23, 1-1.
161. BENDA: JOSEPH, 1862-1921. (Brighton Enterprise) Jan. 5, 1922.
BENDA: His wife EMMA KURTZ, 1870-1928.

162. BENDA: MAX BERNARD, 1904-____.

Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 22, 1928
Page 1 column 5

MRS. JOSEPH (EMMA KURTZ) BENDA died early this morning at her home near East Pleasant Plain. Cancer of the liver. Eldest daughter of JOSEPH and BERTHA KURTZ, born near Germanville Jan. 9, 1870; married June 2, 1896. Husband died Dec. 29, 1921. Eight children: FRANCIS, CLEMENT, LEO, ALBERT, MAX, MARY, JOSEPH and BERTHA, all residing near East Pleasant Plain. She also leaves five brothers and two sisters; EDWARD KURTZ of Omaha, Neb.; JOHN KURTZ of Brighton; MARTIN L. KURTZ of Fairfield; WALTER KURTZ and JOSEPH T. KURTZ of East Pleasant Plain, MRS. VINCENT KASKA of Fairfield, and MRS. WM. SPINKHARNEY of Cherokee. She was a devout member of the Catholic church.

Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Apr. 28, 1932
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MAX BENDA and LOIS MCCLINTIC married by REV. FATHER SENDBUEHLER at the St. Joseph Rectory Monday morning…Plan to go to housekeeping on the BENDA home place one mile east of East Pleasant Plain.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Oct. 4, 1967
Page 2 column 8

JAMES BENDA, son of MR. and MRS. MAX BENDA of Brighton, married Sat. Sept. 30 at Mt. Pleasant, BEVERLY MORRIS, daughter of MR. and MRS. VIRGIL MORRIS of Mt. Pleasant…

163. PACHA: Mother – BERTHA C. (FRITZ) 1886-1951. (Ledger) Mar. 2, 1951, 5-3
164. PACHA: GERALD, son of F. & B., June 5, 26, 1923.
165. PACHA: Father – JOSEPH P., 1882-1954.
166. PACHA: Mother – CLARA S. (PEIFFER), 1885-1965.
167. PACHA: MARY, Dau. of JOS. P. and CLARA, 1922-1923.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Apr. 25, 1923
Page 7 column 4

VEO. The little 4 months old son (daughter?) of MR. and MRS. JOE PASHA died Thurs. morning. Whooping cough. Survived by parents and four little brothers. Bur. St. Joseph’s East Pleasant Plain.

Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. July 5, 1923
Page 7 column 4

VEO. A three weeks old baby of FRANK PASHA died Tues. last week. Whooping cough. Funeral Catholic church, East Pleasant Plain.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Sept. 27, 1954
Page 1 column 2

JOSEPH PETER PACHA, born July 4, 1882 in Pleasant Plain, son of the late FRANK and MARIE BENDA PACHA; educated in the public schools, Pleasant Plain Academy and Iowa State College at Ames; married CLARA F. PEIFFER of Keota, Iowa, Nov. 29, 1911; they started housekeeping on a farm three miles east of Pleasant Plain and then moved to Brighton on Dec. 7, 1942. Lifetime member of St. Joseph’s church in East Pleasant Plain; secretary of the Germanville Mutual Insurance Association for 38 years; K. C. Survived by wife and five children: LEONARD J. PACHA, Wayland; REV. RAYMOND J. PACHA, St. Patrick’s parish, Iowa City; LT. COL. HAROLD F. PACHA, Springfield, Illinois; RICHARD P. PACHA, East Pleasant Plain; and MRS. ELMER ADAM, Richland; 19 grandchildren, 3 sisters: MARTHA PACHA, East Pleasant Plain; Sister MARY WALTRUDE, B.V.M., Dubuque; MRS. MARY YATES, East Pleasant Plain; JOHN J. and ALBERT PACHA, both of Brighton. Preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, 3 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 5 brothers….Requiem mass will be held Tues. 10 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at East Pleasant Plain…Burial in the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Dec. 8, 1965
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Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Dec. 16, 1965
Page 1 column 6

MRS. CLARA S. PACHA, 80, 205 W. Hempstead, Fairfield, suffered a heart attack in the office of Dr. D. C. Jensen Tues. afternoon and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Jefferson County hospital….Services Fri. 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church. Committal in St. Joseph cemetery at East Pleasant Plain. Raymond Funeral Home….Born June 1, 1885 in Keokuk County, daughter of WENDEL and SUSAN WEHR PEIFFER; reared and educated in Keokuk County and attended St. Agatha Academy at Iowa City. Married Nov. 29, 1911 at Clear Creek. Member of St. Mary Catholic church and the Altar and Rosary society. Survived by four sons: LEONARD, Iowa City; the REV. RAYMOND PACHA, North English; COL. HAROLD PACHA, Springfield Ill.; and RICHARD E., East Pleasant Plain; also one daughter, MRS. ELMER ADAM, Richland.; 33 grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and a brother, ADOLPH PEIFFER, Pomroy, Iowa. Preceded in death by her husband who died Sept. 26, 1954; one daughter, one grandchild, nine brothers and sisters.

Note: On October 16, 1965, STEPHEN PACHA, son of RICHARD PACHA of East Pleasant Plain, was married to EVELYN M. NELSON, daughter of DALE W. NELSON (1915-1964) and his wife KATHLEEN R. ELLER.

From “GEORGE MICHAEL ELLER and Descendants of His in America,”
Compiled by JAMES W. HOOK, New Haven, Conn. 1957, KATHLEEN ELLER was the daughter of DR. LLOYD ROSCOE ELLER (1880-1951) of Fairfield, and his wife BESSE A. MCCOY (1881-1958). DR. L. R. ELLER was son of ALEXANDER H. ELLER (1848-1911) and his wife LUCY J. PECK (1850-1932). LUCY J. PECK was the daughter of CAPT. WINTHROP D. PECK and his wife SARAH VAN VALKENBURG, who are buried in Abingdon Cemetery, Jefferson County, Iowa. ALEXANDER HAMILTON ELLER was the son of JOHN CLEVELAND ELLER (1822-1892) and his wife JANE REBECCA MONTGOMERY. JOHN CLEVELAND ELLER was son of SIMEON ELLER (1794-1850) and his wife FANNY MCNIEL. FANNY MCNIEL was a granddaughter of REV. GEORGE MCNIEL…chaplain in the regiment of COL. BENJ. CLEVELAND at King’s Mountain…See DAR Patriot Index.

Page 392, ELLER Genealogy. “The MCNIEL Family claims descent from one of the noblest clans of Scotland, which traces its ancestry without interruption through a long dynasty of Irish kings to NIALL of the Nine Hostages who ascended the Throne of Ireland in the year 379 A.D. Before that, according to the Irish chroniclers, the line runs back to NIALL of Scythia and beyond him to FENIUS the Antiquarian, son of HOATH, son of MAGOG, son of JAPHET, son of NOAH. No more interesting treatise of any family exists than that entitled ‘The Clan MACNEIL’ by The MACNEIL of Barra, chief of the clan, published 1923 by the Caledonian Publishing Company. It tells a fanciful story of how one NIALL of Scythia was invited into Egypt by Pharoah CING?RIS and of the great work he accomplished in regulating the flow of the Nile River, which was named for him. He married Princess SCOT?, the Pharoah’s daughter who rescued MOSES from the bulrushes, and by her had a son, GAEDHAL, or GAEL, after whom the race was named….”

168. POHREN: JACOB, June 20, 1848-Nov. 27, 1938.
POHREN: ANNIE (PFEIFER?), Nov. 3, 1843-Apr. 15, 1904.

169. MURPHY: EMMA POHREN, 1876-1932. (Ledger) Mon. Sept. 19, 1932, 2-1

Fairfield Tribune
Wed. Apr. 20, 1904
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MRS. JACOB POHREN, who was found dead in the garden last Friday afternoon, Apr. 15, was born in Germany Nov. 3, 1841, came to America and was married Nov. 18, 1874 to JACOB POHREN, who with ten children remains. MRS. ANDREW MURPHY and MRS. CHARLES KIENMAN, both of West Burlington; MRS. WM. BEKEL of Germanville; and MRS. CHARLES GRAF of Four Corners; W. J. PFEIFER of Valley, Iowa; JOHN POHREN of Keota, Iowa; VINCENT of Richland, Iowa; CHRIS, PETER and LEO who are still at home…Devout Catholic, member St. Mary’s church at Germanville….

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Nov. 30, 1938
Page 1 column 5

JACOB POHREN, age 92-5-7, aged county resident, died Sunday at Pleasant Plain. Services held Tuesday at St. Joseph’s church…Son of VINCENT and MARGARET KLINE POHREN. Survived by nine children: WENDELL and JOHN of Keota; MRS. J. C. KIENLEN of Burlington; VINCENT and LEO of Pleasant Plain; PETER of Fairfield; MRS. WM. BEKEL, MRS. CHARLES GRAF and CHRIS POHREN of Lockridge, and by sisters, MRS. CHRIS MINEART of East Pleasant Plain and MRS. MICHAEL FRITZ, also a brother PETER POHREN of Burlington, 40 grandchildren, and 36 great grandchildren.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Mar. 21, 1967
Page 8 column 1
Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Mar. 23, 1967
Page 1 column 6

CHRIS POHREN, 80, Brighton, died Mon. Mar. 20, 1967 at University Hospital in Iowa City. Burial Hillcrest Cemetery, Brighton. Born July 26, 1886 on a farm near Lockridge in Jefferson County, son of JACOB and ANNA PFEIFER POHREN; married Feb. 9, 1910 LYDIA KERN who died several years ago. Survivors include four daughters and three sons; MRS. ANDREW CRILE, R. 4, Fairfield; MRS. RALPH MANN, Packwood; MRS. DALE NORTON, Washington; MRS. ROBERT HESSELTINE, Brighton; CLIFFORD, Farmington; EVERETT, Conesville, and LEONARD, Washington; 27 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two brothers, PETE and LEONARD (or LEO) both of Fairfield, and two sisters, MRS. MARGARET GRAF, Lockridge, and MRS. LENA BEKEL, Fairfield. Preceded in death by a son, HAROLD POHREN who died Nov. 8, 1966.

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Oct. 27, 1967
Page 7 column 1

RICHARD LEE POHREN and KAY LIN FARRIER married Sat. Oct. 21, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, East Pleasant Plain. Groom’s parents MR. and MRS. RICHARD P. POHREN, Brighton. Groom’s brother LARRY POHREN of Brighton. Groom’s grandfather, LEO POHREN…..Home in Washington.

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Dec. 22, 1967
Page 2 column 4


JACK POHREN, son of MRS. DOROTHY POHREN of Lockridge and the late HAROLD POHREN, married Sat. Dec. 16 at New Sweden Methodist Church, to DONNA CARLSON, daughter of MR. and MRS. WALTER CARLSON of Lockridge. SHARON POHREN, sister of the groom, was maid of honor. Both JACK and DONNA grad. Fairfield Community School and he has completed his tour of military duty. He is employed at Case Co., in Burlington.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Apr. 24, 1968
Page 8 column 4

TOP TROJAN ATHLETES honored at banquet Tuesday night….MARK POHREN, outstanding wrestler.

170. KELLER: A. L., 1860-1937.
KELLER: ELLA M., (WITKOSKE), 1867-1946. (Ledger) Fri. Mar. 1, 1946
171. KELLER: LEONARD (Son), 1909-1939. (Ledger) Fri. May 5, 1939, 1-5.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Apr. 27, 1937
Page 1 column 6

VALENTINE ALEX KELLER, 77, 808 S. Depot, died this morning….Burial East Pleasant Plain. Born Feb. 14, 1860 in Jefferson County, where he has lived his entire life. A retired farmer, he had lived in Fairfield the past four years. Surviving are children: MRS. FRANCES O’NEIL and PHILLIP KELLER of Fairfield, MRS. JOHN ZAHARRIS and ED KELLER of Mitchell, S. D., ROY KELLER of Chicago, and LEONARD of Minneapolis, Minn. A sister, MRS. ANDREW BURKE of East Pleasant Plain also survives.

172. KASKA: SUSAN MARGARET, wife of J., June 23, 1865-Jan. 13, 1903.
173. KASKA: FRANKY L., son of J. & S., Died July 15, 1887 Aged 9 Mo. 11 Ds.

174. KASKA: Father and Mother.
NICHLOS, Died Nov. 12, 1888 In the 71 year of his age.
SUSAN, wife of NICHLOS, Died Jan. 11, 1874, In the 49 year of her age.
175. KASKA: FRANK, son of N. & S., Died Mar. 11, 1870, Aged 3 Y’rs. & 1 Mo.

176. KASKA: MCCULLEY, son of N. & S., Died Feb. 11, 1870, Aged 11 Y’rs. 2 Ms. 15 d.

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Nov. 17, 1888
Page 4 column 1

NICHOLAS KASKA, an old Polish citizen, died at his residence one mile southeast of Pleasant Plain, on Monday evening….He was buried Wednesday at the German church in Walnut township.

177. HAHN: CHARLES L., 1881-1941.
HAHN: AGNES B., 1888-1952. (KASKA) (Ledger) Sat. Sept. 13, 1952, 5-3.

178. GEVOCK: FRANK L., 1902-1961.
GEVOCK: VIOLA R., 1911-____.

179. ROTZINGER: EDGAR, 1891-19__.

Brighton Enterprise
Nov. 19, 1964
Fairfield Ledger
Thurs. Dec. 3, 1964
Page 3 column 4

On November 26, 1914, a Thanksgiving day, EDGAR ROTZINGER and MARGARET MINEART were married at St. Joseph’s Church at East Pleasant Plain. Fifty years later on this Thanksgiving day, they renewed their marriage vows at a 9 a.m. mass in St. Joseph Church…Two sisters, MRS. EMMA MINEART JACOBS and MARY MINEART SCHMIDT were matron of honor and bridesmaid. PETER MINEART, a brother, was groomsman…..

180. SHELANGOSKI: ANTHONY R., 1903-1966.

181. SHELANGOSKI: IGNATIUS C., 1889-1952. (Ledger) Wed. May 28, 1952, 8-1.
SHELANGOSKI: LENA E., 1886-1970.

182. SHELANGOSKI: STEPHEN BRUCE, son of ROBERT & MARY, Oct. 9-11, 1950.

183. SHELANGOSKI: JOSEPH P., 1964. (WW Vet) (Ledger) Oct. 19

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Feb. 23, 1966
Page 3 column 3
Brighton Enterprise
Feb. 24, 1966
Page 1 column 6

ANTHONY ROBERT SHELANGOSKI, 62, died during sleep at his home at Brighton early today (Feb. 23); found at 7 a.m. by his daughter, BARBARA ANN, with whom he made his home. Burial St. Joseph cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. He worked for a number of years at the Dexter Company in Fairfield and has been a Washington County employee for several years. Born Oct. 13, 1903 at Washington, son of PETER H. and STELLA ZYMSLONG SHELANGOSKI. Married MARY (Ledger says MARY PECH; Enterprise says MARY PACHA) May 9, 1933. She preceded him in death. Survived by his daughter and his father, PETER SHELANGOSKI, Wellman; two brothers and a sister: RICHARD SHELANGOSKI, Brighton; HUBERT SHELANGOSKI, Carbon Cliff, Ill.; and MRS. VIRGIL MEAK, Davenport. Preceded in death by his wife, mother and one brother. BARBARA ANN is a ninth grade student at Washington Junior High.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Oct. 19, 1964
Page 1 column 7

JOSEPH P. SHELANGOSKI, 56, Pleasant Plain, was killed Saturday night when the farm tractor he was driving overturned on a county road two miles south of East Pleasant Plain…..Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Lifetime resident of the Pleasant Plain area, SHELANGOSKI was born May 11, 1908, son of ANTHONY and CONSTANCE GLUCH SHELANGOSKI. He was married to EMMA EMRY, May 2, 1945; she died in 1961. In Nov. 1962 he was married to MRS. BERTILLE ZELINSKY. Member St. Joseph’s church and American Legion; veteran of World War 11. Surviving are wife and two step-children, MRS. FLORENCE MOLLER, St. Paul, Iowa; and HAROLD ZELINSKY, Brighton; also brothers and sisters: ALEX and VINCE SHELANGOSKI, Brighton; BERNARD SHELANGOSKI, Mt. Pleasant; and SPEZE SHELANGOSKI, Lockridge; MRS. MARY HALL and MRS. SOPHIA HOBBS, Ottumwa; and AGNES and CELESTA SHELANGOSKI, Brighton. Two brothers preceded him in death.

Brighton Enterprise
Oct. 24, 1964
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JOSEPH PAUL SHELANGOSKI was married to EMMA EMRY in the Polishville church; she died in July 1961…He operated a road maintainer for Jefferson County….His brother at Lockridge is shown as STEVE SHELANGOSKI.

184. KURTZ: HERBERT W., 1908-1964.

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Dec. 19, 1964
Page 4 column 6
Brighton Enterprise
Dec. 24, 1964
Page 1 column 6

NORBERT KURTZ, 56, life-time resident of Jefferson County, died at 2:50 a.m. Dec. 19 at Mercy hospital in Iowa City…Burial in St. Joseph cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Born Oct. 13, 1908 on a farm south of Brighton in Jefferson County, son of WALTER and MARY BUREKER KURTZ; spent his entire life in Jefferson County and was a farmer all his life, and a member of the St. Joseph church. He was married Aug. 11, 1931 at East Pleasant Plain to FERNE COURTNEY who survives. Also survived by four children: NORBERT ALAN, Pleasant Plain; MRS. MARYLN STROHMAN, Mt. Union; MRS. RUTH KEHL, Dubuque; and KENNETH, at home; eight grandchildren; four brothers, CLARENCE, Osceola; RALPH, Fairfield; GEORGE and ROBERT, both of Brighton. He was preceded in death by one brother. (Enterprise shows dau. MRS. MARILYN STROHMAN).

185. BENDA: ALBERT P., 1902-19__.
BENDA: GOLDIE Y. (BARTLET), 1908-19__.

Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. July 21, 1966
Page 2 column 2

In 1926 Brighton High School graduated 26 young people; 25 of these are still living. Sunday, July 17, 1966, a reunion was held in the shelter house in the Brighton Park; 19 of the class were present, including ALBERT and GOLDIE (BARTLETT) BENDA, Fairfield…. A beautiful cake was baked and decorated by MRS. GOLDA BARTLETT, for her “kids.” Thank you very much, BART. We plan our next reunion in July 1971 on the Sunday after Whoopee Days.

186. HOOK: ALBERT J., 1868-1931.
HOOK: MARY A. (PECK), 1878-1942
187. HOOK: JOSEPH, June 13, 1813-Mar. 9, 1887.
188. HOOK: KENA GRUNDA, Oct. 6, 1830-May 1, 1904
189. HOOK: MARY, Dec. 25, 1851-June 21, 1913.
190. HOOK: HENRY C., Nov. 15, 1858-July 13, 1917.

Brighton Enterprise
Mar. 12, 1887
Page 4 column 1

JOSEPH HOOK, an old and respected citizen, died at his residence three miles south of Brighton Mar. 7 of consumption, age 72 years. Born in Germany and came to this country in 1837. He first settled in Ohio, but came to Iowa about 30 years ago. Leaves widow and eight grown children.

Fairfield Journal
June 21, 1913
Page 2 column 3

MISS MARY HOOK died. Former resident of East Pleasant Plain. Catholic. Survived by seven brothers, six of whom reside near Pleasant Plain and the seventh is employed at the Court Hotel in this city.

Fairfield Journal
Fri. July 13, 1917
Page 2 column 1

STUNG TO DEATH WHILE PLOWING. HENRY HOOK, aged about 50, was stung to death this morning by bees at the FRANK KURTZ farm near Pleasant Plain, where he was working. Was plowing corn near the house when the machine stirred up the bees, which were swarming, and they settled upon the unfortunate man…..Brother of ALBERT HOOK.

Brighton Enterprise
Apr. 9, 1931
Page 1 column 3

ALBERT HOOK, born in Jefferson County Mar. 25, 1868, died at his home in Pleasant Plain Thurs. Apr. 2, 1931. Surviving are his wife and two children, GERTRUDE and JOE, also several brothers: JOHN of Burlington, GEORGE, MATT, and BERN of Pleasant Plain. Burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Brighton Enterprise
April 16, 1931

Son of JOSEPH and KENA GRUNDA HOOK…married MISS MARY A. PECK Thansksgiving Day Nov. 29, 1905….Preceded in death by his parents, one sister MARY and one brother HENRY….

191. ZIELINSKI: JOHN, 1873-1958.
192. ZIELINSKI: EDMUND, 1904-1954.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Sept. 29, 1954
Page 8 column 3

EDMUND ZIELINSKI born near Pleasant Plain Aug. 5, 1904, son of JOSEPH and AGNES PECK ZIELINSKI….married BERTELLE FRITZ Feb. 20, 1933. Farmer. Resided four miles south of East Pleasant Plain. Died this morning at his home. Survived by wife, one daughter FLORENCE, and one son, HAROLD, both at home, and one sister MRS. LEO DEUTSCH of near Pleassant Plain. Preceded in death by his parents, one brother WILBERT, and one sister FLORENCE. Member of St. Joseph church at East Pleasant Plain.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Dec. 1, 1958
Page 8 column 2

JOHN ZIELINSKI died Sun. at the Washington County Hospital. Bur. St. Joseph Cemeter, East Pleasant Plain. Born in 1873 in Chicago, son of MR. and MRS. CASPER ZIELINSKI; married AGNES GLUCH June 20, 1893. Surviving are wife and children: THOMAS, RAYMOND and SYLVESTER all of Davenport; LAWRENCE of Brighton; MRS. MAGDALENE VAN DYKE and ANNA ZIELINSKI of Fairfield, and MRS MARIE KIME, Oskaloosa, 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. One infant daughter, three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Fairfield Ledger
July 8, 1967
Page 8 column 1

MRS. MAGDALENA VAN DYKE, 72, 302 E. Burlington, died Fri. June 7 in Mercy hospital at Davenport. Burial St. Joseph Cemetery at East Pleasant Plain. Raymond Funeral Home. Born May 6, 1894 in Washington County, daughter of JOHN and AGNES GLUK ZELINSKI; reared and educated in Brighton. Married THOMAS WYSOSKE in 1914 at Brighton; she was later married to WILBERT VAN DYKE on April 24, 1919. Member St. Mary Catholic Church. Survivors include one son, ROBERT WYSOSKE, Davenport; one daughter, MRS. RALPH PEEBLER, Wheaton, Ill.; one stepson, GALE VAN DYKE, Van Nuys, Calif.; 8 grandchildren; two sisters, MRS. ROY KIME, Oskaloosa and ANNA ZIELINSKI, Brighton; and four brothers, LAWRENCE, Brighton; THOMAS, RAYMOND and SYLVESTER, all of Davenport. Preceded in death by one sister.

193. FRITZ: OTTO J., 1879-1941 (Ledger) Wed. Jan. 29, 1941, page 1, Feb. 10, 3-6-Obit.
FRITZ, ROSALIA A., 1885-1960. (LINNEN) (Ledger) Oct. 11, 1960. (WEHR?)

194. FRITZ: PETER, 1836-1915. (JCO REP.) May 20, 1915, 1-2
FRITZ: SUSAN, his wife, 1839-1874. (KURTZ)

195. FRITZ: Mother, 1848-1927.
196. FRITZ: ANDREW, 1888-1921. (Brighton Enterprise) Apr. 21, 1921, 1-3.

Fairfield Daily Journal
May 19, 1915
Page 2 column 3

PETER FRITZ WAS WALNUT PIONEER…..Died at his home two miles south of Brighton at 3:50 o’clock Monday afternoon May 17 age 78 y. 8 m. 26 d. Born in Germany Aug. 21, 1836, emigrated to America with his parents in 1846. The family lived at Burlington for a short time but later settled in Walnut township which has been MR. FRITZ’ home for over 68 years. He was twice married. Eleven children survive: JOHN H. and MRS. D. F. KILFOY of Fairfield; J. A. of National City, Calif.; MRS. C. A. NEISWANGER of Washington; E. J. of Mason City; MRS. JAS. KURTZ; MRS. FRANK PACHA; OTTO; and MARTIN of this vicinity, and ANDREW and EMMA at home. Bur. East Pleasant Plain. (Brighton Enterprise) Wed. May 19, 1915, 1-1.

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Apr. 1, 1927
Page 1 column 4

MRS. ANGELINE FRITZ, long time resident of this county, died Mon. afternoon at her home near Pleasant Plain. Bur. St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Born Feb. 6, 1848 and before her marriage to PETER FRITZ was ANGELINE OSWEILER. MR. FRITZ died Mar. 17, 1915. Two sons and four daughters survive: OTTO FRITZ of Brighton; ED FRITZ of Mason City, MRS. J. T. KURTZ of Pleasant Plain; MRS. FRANK PACHA of Richland; MRS. CLAYTON NEISWANGER of Washington, and EMMA at home. A son, ANDREW, died April 17, 1921. There are also four stepchildren: MARTIN of East Pleasant Plain, JOHN W. of Los Angeles, Calif., and MRS. DENNIS T. KILFOY of this city.

197. BUREKER: HENRY, Feb. 24, 1824-Feb 19, 1907
BUREKER: ELIZABETH (HUNIES), his wife, Aug. 30, 1836-Jan. 12, 1913.(Ledger)
BUREKER: FRANK, Their son, Feb. 15, 1868-Aug. 23, 1896.

198. BUREKER: (?) HENRY T. (No dates)

Fairfield Ledger
Aug. 26, 1896

Death of FRANK BUREKER, son of JOSEPH (?) BUEKER, a Polish farmer of Walnut township…..

Fairfield Journal
Sat. June 8, 1918
Page 2 column 4

HENRY BUREKER, about 54, well known resident of this city, died yesterday morning at the home of his sister, MRS. JOHN IMES in Ottumwa. Heart trouble. Born in Germany. When a young man he moved to this country and until a few years ago resided on a farm near Germanville. Survived by three sisters: MRS. IMES of Ottumwa; MRS. KURTZ of Pleasant Plain; and Mrs. ARNATT of Emporia, Kan., and by three brothers, JOSEPH BUREKER of Pleasant Plain; FRED BUREKER of Los Angeles, and LEO BUREKER of San Francisco. Funeral Monday morning from the Pleasant Plain Catholic Church.

199. KURTZ: WALTER, Feb. 11, 1872-Feb. 25, 1960 (Ledger) Feb. 25, 1960, 8-6
KURTZ: MARY B., July 8, 1877-Jan. 3, 1960. (Ledger) Jan. 4, 1960, 8-3.

200. KASOWSKY: ADAM J., 1864-1937. (Ledger) Tues. Mar. 2, 1937, 1-3.
201. KASOWSKY: Husband – PAUL A. 1884-1949. (Ledger) Tues. Feb. 1, 1949, 1-4
KASOWSKY: Wife – VIOLA M., 1888-1963. (THOMPSON) (Ledger) Mon. Aug. 26,
1963, page 8

202. STEWART: CHARLES L., U. S. W. V., 1872-1935 (Ledger) Mar. 15, 1935, 5-4.
Vet. Spanish War

203. LUTZ: AMBROSE F., 1883-1973
LUTZ: Christine A., 1887-1976.

204. BRAUNSHAUSEN: MATHIAS, Jan. 6, 1870-Dec. 30, 1949 (Ledger) Dec. 31, 8-4.
BRAUNSHAUSEN; ANGELINE, May 14, 1875-Dec. 22, 1939. (Ledger) Dec. 23, 1-5.

205. DRISH: TAKEL BISKEY, 1886-1924. (Brighton Enterprise) Mar. 13, 1924.
206. DRISH: JOSEPH L., 1873-1964.
207. DRISH: FRANK, 1863-1911.
208. DRISH: Mother – JOHANNA, 1838-1880.
209. DRISH: ELIZABETH, 1879-1880.
210. DRISH: ANTHONY L., 1906-1943.
211. DRISH: GEO. A., 1876-1935. (Ledger) Tues. July 30, 1935, 5-8.
212. DRISH: JOHN ANTHONY, son of HUBERT & ROSE, July 21-Aug. 1, 1946.

Fairfield Journal
Sept. 13, 1911
Page 2 column 4

FRANK DRISH dies in Galesburg, Ill…..eldest son of MR. and MRS. MAT DRISH of near Pleasant Plain….

Brighton Enterprise
Sat. Sept. 16, 1911
Page 1 column 4

FRANK P. DRISH, son of MATHIAS DRISH of Pleasant Plain, died Sept. 11, Galeburg, Ill. Funeral St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, East Pleasant Plain…He was a printer.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Jan. 27, 1964
Page 8 column 1

JOSEPH L. DRISH, 91, life-time resident of Brighton and Pleasant Plain communities, died Sun. afternoon at his home in Brighton….Burial will be in the St. Joseph cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Born Jan. 8, 1873 near Pleasant Plain, son of MATHAIS and MARTHA GUIDCE DRISH. He spent his entire life in Jefferson and Washington counties. He married PAKEL BISKEY who preceded her husband in death on March 10, 1924. DRISH was a retired farmer and a member of the St. Joseph Catholic church. Survived by children: MRS. ANGELINE VANCE, Ottumwa; MRS. MARIE BARNETT, Douds; DONALD DRISH, Moline, Ill.; FRANCES DRISH, Minneapolis, Minn.; CLARENCE and IRENE at home; 7 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and several half-brothers and several half-sisters. DRISH was preceded in death by three sons and one daughter, MRS. NELLE RYDEN who died last Wednesday at Minneapolis.

Brighton Enterprise
Jan. 11, 1968
Page 1 column 6

CLARENCE DRISH, 54, former Brighton resident, died Tues. in Elmhurst, New York. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, East Pleasant Plain. Born July 15, 1913 in Jefferson County, son of JOE and TAKEL BISKI DRISH. He was reared and educated at Libertyville. Surviving are sisters and brother: MRS. ANGELINE VANCE, OTTUMWA; IRENE DRISH, Brighton; MRS. MARIE BARNETT, Longmont, Colorado; FRANCIS DRISH of California; and DONALD DRISH, Coal Valley, Illinois, also several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.

213. SCHULTZ: LOUIS D., 1881-1959.
SCHULTZ: MINNIE E., 1895-1962.

214. LAUBER: SIMON, Oct. 7, 1860-Sept. 29, 1926.

215. ARNDT: HENRY, Born and Died Feb. 8, 1928.

216. KNOPP: FRANCIS H., son of JOHN and BERTHA, Sept. 9, 1900-Oct. 27, 1913.
217. KNOPP: JOHN, 1860-1926. (Ledger) July 21, 1926, 3-6.(Brighton Enterprise)July 15, 1926
218. KNOPP: BERTHA, 1860-1947.
219. KNOPP: FRANCES Y., 1887-1940. (Ledger) Sept. 5, 1940, 8-4-obit.

Fairfield Journal
Thurs. Nov. 9, 1916
Page 3 column 3

MRS. KATHERINE BENACH died Tuesday….St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pleasant Plain….(family).

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. Nov. 16, 1928
Page 8 column 1

RAYMOND EDWARD BANACH, three months old son of MR. and MRS. FRANK BANACH, of near Pleasant Plain, died Thurs. night Nov. 8. Funeral from St. Joseph’s church at East Pleasant Plain.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Nov. 21, 1928
Page 6 column 4

Obit. RAYMOND EDWARD BANACH, bur. St. Joseph’s.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Nov. 10, 1930
Page 3 column 3
Brighton Enterprise
Thurs. Nov. 13, 1930
Page 1 column 4

MARGARET (POHREN) (KASKA) HOOK, MRS. GEORGE HOOK, 73, nee MARGARET POHREN (or MAGADELINE POHREN), daughter of VINCENT and MARGARET POHREN, died Sat. morning at her home, East Pleasant Plain. First husband was JOSEPH KASKA. Children by former marriage: JOHN KASKA, VINCENT KASKA, and MRS. LILLIAN CAVINESS of Fairfield, Iowa; LOUIS, FRANK and MARGARET KASKA of East Pleasant Plain. Two daughters, MRS. GERTRUDE LAMANSKY and ANNA KASKA, were burned to death ten years ago when the LAMANSKY home was destroyed by fire. Survived by 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, JACOB POHREN of Pleasant Plain and PETER POHREN of Burlington; and two sisters, MRS. CHRIS MINEART of Pleasant Plain and MRS. EMMA FRITZ of Fairfield…Burial at St. Joseph’s.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Apr. 21, 1964
Page 8 column 4

PETER C. FRITZ, 82, died this morning at his home in East Pleasant Plain. Heart attack…Bur. will be in the St. Joseph cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Born Jan. 5, 1882 at Burlington. Spent most all of his life in the Pleasant Plain community where he was a farmer until his retirement. Married, Mar. 7, 1905, ANN REDLINGER, who survives, (at Clear Creek—wedding took place at Clear Creek). Member St. Joseph Catholic church. Also survived by four children: CLARENCE F. FRITZ, Brighton; MAYNARD FRITZ, Brighton; MRS. GENEVIEVE DRISH, Brighton; and MRS. BERTELLE SHELANGOSKI, East Pleasant Plain; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one sister, MRS. AMBROSE LUTZ, East Pleasant Plain; and three brothers, LEO J. FRITZ, Washington; MATHEW FRITZ, Brighton; and MICHAEL FRITZ, Brighton.

Fairfield Ledger
Tues. Apr. 13, 1965
Page 8 column 4
Brighton Enterprise
Apr. 15, 1965
Page 1 column 4

MRS. JOE LEON, 68, former Jefferson County resident, died Monday in Chicago, Ill. The former HELEN SOBASKI, she was reared and educated at Pleasant Plain. Resident of Chicago for several years. Member Catholic Church. Surviving are husband and following brothers and sisters: MRS. ROSE IMBER and WALTER SOBASKI, Chicago; SYLVESTER SOBASKI, Brighton; MRS. JOSEPHINE BENDA, Pleasant Plain; and MRS. PAULINE BANDURA, Creston.

Brighton Enterprise
June 3, 1965
Page 2 column 4

MRS. LARRY PECK died Monday in St. Joseph, Mo. Her husband, the son of MRS. MYRA PECK and the late WALTER PECK of Pleasant Plain, survives. MRS. MARY JEAN PECK had been a resident of St. Joseph, Mo., for the past year. Survived by husband, one son, LAWRENCE MICHAEL, a sister, MRS. ELIZABETH ANN WADE, Dallas, Texas; and her parents, MR. and MRS. G. H. MCCULLOUGH, Kansas City….Burial was in the Mount Calvary cemetery at Xavier, Kansas.

Fairfield Ledger
Fri. July 30, 1965
Page 8 column 4

The infant daughter of MR. and MRS. GEORGE GEVOCK, Brighton, died at birth Thursday at the Washington County hospital. Graveside services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph cemetery in East Pleasant Plain…The child is survived by its parents and four brothers and sisters: KAREN, DUANE, LARRY, TREASA; grandparents MRS. VINCE GEVOCK and MR. and MRS. ROBERT NORTH, all of Brighton.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. Mar. 21, 1966
Page 3 column 2

MRS. LESTER (GERTRUDE KURTZ) WIENEKE, 50, died last Friday at Little Rock, Ark….Burial St. Joseph Cemetery, East Pleasant Plain. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. She was born May 30, 1915 in Jefferson County. Survived by her husband and the following brothers and sisters: RAYMOND and JOHN KURTZ, Brighton; DONALD KURTZ, Davenport; MRS. VIRIGNIA OTT and MRS. MARTHA OTT, Davenport; and MRS. FRANCES SHUPPY, Davenport. *handwritten (m. Apr. 17, 1937. also a half-bro, MYRON KURTZ).

Fairfield Ledger
Sat. Apr. 16, 1966
Page 8 column 5

MICHAEL FRITZ, 81, lifetime resident of the Brighton community, died 5:45 p.m. Friday at his home in Brighton….Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. He was born April 3 (?) 1885 in Brighton and spent his entire life in this area. He was the son of JOHN and MARY POHREN FRITZ. Married GERTRUDE ARNDT May 29, 1917 in the St. Joseph Church of which he was a member. Survived by wife; five sons, ROBERT, WALTER, JOHN, SYLVESTER all of Brighton; and CLETUS, Burlington; 3 daughters, MRS. BERNARD REDLINGER and MRS. JOHN V. REDLINGER, both of Harper, Iowa, and MRS. MELVIN SCHNEIDER, Forest City; 37 grandchildren; one sister, MRS. AMBROSE LUTZ, East Pleasant Plain; two brothers, LEO and MATTHEW FRITZ, both of Washington. Preceded in death by an infant son and three brothers.

Fairfield Ledger
Wed. Nov. 23, 1966
Page 16 column 4

ELIZABETH ARNDT, 97, died Tues. at her home south of Brighton..Burial will be in St. Joseph cemetery. Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Born July 5, 1869 in Germany and came to the United States at age 15; daughter of PETER and GERTRUDE WEYER FRANSAN; married Nov. 27, 1890 to WILLIAM ARNDT who preceded her in death. Member Altar and Rosary society and of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Surviving are children: MRS. GERTRUDE FRITZ, ANNA ARNDT, MARY ARNDT and WILLIAM JAMES ARNDT, all of Brighton; MRS. CECELIA MILLANE and ANTHONY J. ARNDT of Fairfield; MARGARET ARNDT of Chicago, Ill., and MRS. MATILDA MURRAIN of Carrollton, Mo.; 28 grandchildren and 67 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by one daughter, two sons, two brothers, two sisters, two great grandchildren.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. May 8, 1967
Page 8 column 5

ANTHONY KURTZ, former resident of the Brighton community, died 2:30 p.m. today in Des Moines….Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in East Pleasant Plain. Gould Funeral Home, Brighton. Born July 11, 1885, son of MR. and MRS. JOHN N. KURTZ. He was an employee of the Rock Island and Pacific RR for a number of years; had lived in Des Moines the past ten years. KURTZ was the last of his family and a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Des Moines.

Fairfield Ledger
Mon. June 5, 1967
Page 8 column 5

MISS MARTHA PACHA, 88, East Pleasant Plain, died Sat. at the Washington County Hospital….Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in East Pleasant Plain….Gould Funeral Home in Brighton. Born May 23, 1879 in Jefferson County, daughter of FRANK and MARY BENDA PACHA. All of her life was spent in Jefferson County with the exception of 10 years in Burlington. Member Altar and Rosary Society and St. Joseph Church. Surviving are three brothers, JOHN PACHA, Brighton; ALBERT and FRANK PACHA, East Pleasant Plain; and one sister, MARY PACHA, East Pleasant Plain. Three sisters and five brothers preceded her in death.

Brighton Enterprise
Sept. 24, 1964

EDWARD D. WITTMER and AGNES SUPALLA        were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in East Pleasant Plain Sept. 30, 1914…Attendants were MARY SUPALLA (MRS. WALTER WEHR), CHRISTINE DRISH (MRS. PETER POHREN), and ANTHONY SUPALLA, who plan to be present for the Golden Wedding.

MR. and MRS. WITTMER operated a general merchandise store at Germanville for 44 years. After their retirement in 1958, moved to their present home at 1205 S. Sixth in Fairfield…A dinner for the immediate family will be held at noon Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Leggett Coffee Shop….Children: MRS. LAWRENCE (ETHEL) KESSEL, Coralville; ERNEST D., MRS. CHARLES (MABEL) FLINSPACH, MRS. FLORENCE DICKINSON, and MRS. JACK (JANET) HEMM, all of Fairfield; 14 grandchildren, all of whom plan to be present for the anniversary event, except a grandson, DOUG DICKINSON, who is serving in the Navy on the U. S. S. Ranger. (Ledger) Mon. Sept. 21, 1964, page 2

Brighton Enterprise
Apr. 22, 1965
Page 1 column 6

EDWARD DONALD WITTMER, long-time resident of Jefferson County and operator of the general store at Germanville for over 44 years before his retirement, died Sat. p.m. Apr. 17 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa…Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield. Born Oct. 1, 1890 in Noble, Iowa, a small community in Henry County, son of JOHN E. and MARIE KLEINER WITTMER…Member St. Mary Catholic Church, a 50-year member Knights of Columbus, member Holy Name Society, BPO Elks and Eagles. Survived by wife and four daughters: MRS. LAURENCE KESSEL, Coralville; MRS. CHARLES FLINSPACH, MRS. FLORENCE DICKINSON and MRS. JACK HEMM, all of Fairfield; one son, ERNEST WITTMER, Fairfield; 14 grandchildren; one sister, MRS. ELSIE STORTZ and two brothers, O. H. WITTMER and ARNOLD WITTMER, all of Fairfield. Reared and educated in the Germanville community.*handwritten-Raymond Funeral Home. (Ledger) Mon. Apr. 19, 1965, 8-5.

Tombstone in Evergreen Cemetery at Fairfield, Iowa:

WITTMER: EDWARD D., 1890-1965 (Ledger) Apr. 19, 1965, 8-5.
WITTMER: AGNES P. (SUPALLA), 1894-1970. (Ledger) Mar. 23

Jefferson County, Iowa

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