- Ruth Cottage (109 KB)
Ruth Cottage, Bay View, Michigan. C: 1890.
- Home of Daniel V. McWethy, Sr. (1 KB)
503 WEST DOWNER PLACE
The McWethy House
The McWethy house is a Queen Anne style house, complete with vestibules, halls and 17 principle and ante rooms, all non rectangular, irregular in shape.
In 1841, John Barker, an Aurora pioneer, claimed the land on which the McWethy house is situated from the U. S. government. In 1856, John J. Breese and James A. Hinds, local entrepreneurs, purchased and platted the land. In 1863, William Thompson, a gentleman farmer and lumber merchant, purchased a city block on which he had the house built that same year.
Originally, the McWethy house began as a smaller two storied structure with a rear one story section where the kitchen and the butler's pantry are today. The eventual back, or servants, stairs served as the main flight to the upstairs bedrooms. The original front door and adjoining small front porch were situated through the south wall to the right of the back parlor bay windows.
Major remodeling occurred between 1885 and 1887 with the addition of the front parlor, main stairs and staircase hall and additional bedrooms. The distinctive Queen Anne motifs of the broad front veranda, the circular tower, or turret, with its conical roof and bays of cut glass windows, carved out of existing walls, were introduced then as well as adding two stories above the kitchen pantry area for additional bedrooms on the second floor, and servants quarters on the third floor.
In 1887, John J. Davis, an Aurora businessman and civic leader, purchased the enlarged the McWethy house. It was enlarged further in 1906 with the addition of a summer kitchen (today's breakfast room) with its walk in cooler and the screened and sleeping porches across the back of the house. The carriage house (now the garage), complete with hayloft, was erected to replace the original barn and shed.
In 1915, Davis' widow, Juliet, sold the house to the Wilder H. Roberts family. The Gerald McCarthys purchased the house in 1929.
D.V. McWethy, S
- The Witt Crest (84 KB)
Passed down from John Witt, who married Ann Daux, the daughter of Walter and Mary Daux,October 1673. The Witts settled in Virginia in the early 1600's.
- Ochsenschläger Family Reunion. (487 KB)
Ochsenschläger Family Reunion 1980.
- The American Revolution (59 KB)
Our Ancestors who fought in the American Revolution were
Elijah Witt, Elisha Carpenter Jr., Isaac McWethy, Ebenezer Adams, Jr., Ephram McWethy, Jeduthan McWethy, David McWethy, Silis McWethy, James McQuivy, Simon McQuivy, Nathan McQuivy, Silas McQuivy, Jonathan McQuivy, James McQuivy, Isaac McQuivy, Asa McQuivy, Asa McQuivy (2).
- Ruth Family at Cottage in Bay View, Michigan (285 KB)
Ruth Family at Cottage in Bay View, Michigan C 1906
- Adam Slaker West Point Class 1877. (98 KB)
Colonel, Coast Defenses of the Potomac and Washington; son of late Adam and Lena Slaker; born March 1, 1855; graduated at West Aurora High School in 1873 and entered West Point the same year; graduated at West Point in 1877, and entered service in the U. S. army as a Second Lieutenant, serving throughout the Spanish American War and until his retirement. He was recalled to active service July 20, 1917, and placed in command of the Coast Defenses of the Potomac River with headquarters at Ft. Washington, Md. This command included the post at Ft. Hunt and the anti- aircraft bateries which protected the City of Washington, D. C. He was relieved from active duty in the army after the signing of the armistice.
- John Adams (22 KB)
Founding father. Second President of the United States, first vice-president of the U.S., member of the Continental Congress, instrumental in drafting the Declaration of Independence and negotiate the treaty of Paris with England in 1783.
- Daniel & Young Ochsenschalger (59 KB)
Daniel & Young Ochsenschälger 1980
- Daniel R. Ochsenschlager (67 KB)
Daniel R. Ochsenschläger, Kemper Military School, 1963.
- James McWethy Family (231 KB)
1. Beth McWethy, Augustus McWethy
2. (L to R) H.L. "Henery" McWethy, Daniel McWthy, Dean McWethy, Gus McWethy.
4. Clara, ?, Caroline, ?, ?, ?, Minnie.
- Harvey I. Ruth (243 KB)
Harvey I. Ruth on farm C 1906.
- Daniel R. Ochsenschläger (1 KB)
Company Commander, B. Company, Kemper Military School 1965.The History of Kemper Military School
Kemper Military School and College was founded as The Kemper Family School on Monday, June 3, 1844. For 150 years it has produced alumni who have become leaders throughout the nation and the world. As the oldest military school west of the Mississippi it remains dedicated to providing a structured environment where self-discipline, time management, duty, academic excellence, and leadership are the primary goals. Its alumni are located throughout the world in leadership positions in every field and profession.
Frederick T. Kemper was born in Madison County, Virginia. His family arrived in the first great wave of German immigrants to America in the early 18th century. Professor Kemper's early academic experiences were through private tutors and small schools in the Tidewater area of Virginia. He left the family farm in 1836 to complete his education at Marion College, located near Palmyra, Missouri. He studied there for five years and graduated as valedictorian in the class of 1841. He remained at Marion for three years as an instructor.
In 1843, he opened a private boarding school with his uncle in Philadelphia, Missouri. The school lasted only one year in its Marion County location, as Mr. Kemper was induced to move to Boonville in the spring of 1844.
The first school was a one-room affair on the corner of Spring and Main Streets. Founded by Frederick Thomas Kemper (1816-1881) as an all-male school to educate the sons of the frontier west, The Kemper Family School opened with just five students, but by the fall of 1844 it had a student population of 50. The first year being such a success, Mr. Kemper had the south wing of the current Administration Building constructed in 1845, and utilized the site as both a boarding and classroom building. Operating the school essentially by himself as a boarding school for local boys, it changed its name with#
- Michael Ochsenschläger Family (87 KB)
1890c. Front row, left to right: Irving, Michael, Kate and Bert.
Back row: Scrib, Josie and Lloyd.
- Daniel R. Ochsenschlager & Pearl Richmond (50 KB)
Daniel R. Ochsenschläger in the care of Pearl Richmond, D.V McWethy's Sr. family maid for many years. C 1945
- Cousins Party 1946. (58 KB)
The Ochsenschläger Family has two family gatherings a year, one in the winter around Christmas, and one in the summer. This tradition was started by Adam Ochsenschlager in 1840 and continues today.
- The Ruth Family c 1905 (199 KB)
- Ruth House (399 KB)
Ruth House,Poplar Bluff, MO. C: 1890.
- Daniel V. McWethy, Sr. (441 KB)
Daniel V. McWethy, Sr. with his National automobile preparing for the Aurora to Elgin road race.
- Morgan Ochsenschlager House (462 KB)
Morgan Ochsenschläger House 2004.
- Daniel V. McWethy, Sr. (53 KB)
Daniel V. McWethy, Sr. 1909
- Michael Ochsenschlager (62 KB)
Michael Ochsenschläger c:1888
- Daniel V. McWethy, Sr. (154 KB)
Daniel V. McWethy, Sr. as a young "Gandy Dancer" at the University of Illinois, c: 1908.
- Morgan and Zackary Ochsenschläger (35 KB)
Daniel Ochsenschläger, Jr.'s children, Morgan and Zackary Ochsenschläger, 2003.
- Robert Morgan Ochsenschläger (1317 KB)
Morgan Ochsenschläger, c:1985.
- Sue, Mike and Tycka Ochsenschlager (186 KB)
Sue, Mike and Tycka Ochsenschläger, April 2005.
- Morgan Ochsenschlager & Todd Ochsenschlager (85 KB)
Morgan Ochsenschläger & Todd Ochsenschläger C:1919.
- Effie Frank Ruth (87 KB)
Effie Frank Ruth, 1905.
- Scrib and Florence Ochsenschläger (294 KB)
Scrib and Florence Ochsenschläger, c:1896.
- Harvey Isaac Ruth (68 KB)
Harvey Isaac Ruth, c: 1905.
- Scrib Ochsenschläger (51 KB)
Scrib Ochsenschläger at Ochsenschläger & Abens, 439 Water Street, Aurora, Il.
- Shay Locomotive (63 KB)
Shay Locomotive similar to those owned by Ruth & Hargrave. Construction:The conventional "rod" locomotive gets it's nick name from the side "rod" or metal bar that connects all of the drivers (driving wheels) to the steam cylinder. The drivers were fixed one in front of the other and could not rotate like the drivers sets or "trucks" on the the geared locomotives. This limited the sharpness of curves the rod locomotive could travel through on the railroad. The more drivers a rod locomotive had, the less it could tolerate the sharper curves on the railroad. The rod kept the drivers on one side moving in unison. Note the size of the drivers as compared to those on the geared locomotives. Their size (sometimes taller than an adult person) was great for speed, but reduced the load carrying power of the engine.
- Todd Ochsenschläger (180 KB)
Todd Ochsenschläger's medals, insignias and ribbons. KIA WW II.
- George Ruth Wedding (172 KB)
George Ruth and Louise Buffum Ruth's wedding, June 4, 1921 in Louisiana, MO. Edith Ruth is standing to the right of Louise Buffum Ruth.
- Ochsenschlager Grocery Store (115 KB)
Ochsenschläger Grocery Store, 94 Blackhawk Street, Aurora, IL. 1940
- George Ruth (113 KB)
George and Louise Buffum Ruth, 1949.
- Ochsenschlager Grocery Store (94 KB)
Interior of Ochsenschläger Grocery Store. 1940.
- George Ruth (152 KB)
George Ruth with his mother, Effie Ruth, C: 1940's.
- Ruth Family at Cottage in Bay View, Michigan. (755 KB)
C 1920. From left to right: George Ruth, Effie Ruth (behind George), Mary Ruth (white dress), Nellie Ruth McWethy, Tycka McWethy, Harry Begley (son), Aunt Lizzie (Effie's sister), Edith Ruth Begley and George Begley, Jr.
- Dudleigh "Dud" Vernor (12 KB)
"The Girl of My Dreams. . ."
The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi". Written in 1911 by two undergraduates at Albion College in Michigan, "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" has become the most popular college fraternity song in history. The site of the writing of the song was Dickie Hall on the campus of Albion. Byron D. Stokes wrote the words one June day while in class. He took the words to his Sigma Chi Brother F. Dudleigh "Dud" Vernor, who was practicing the organ in the campus chapel; Vernor completed the music that day. It was written for the 25th Anniversary Reunion in June 1911 of Alpha Pi Chapter. It was first sung by Harry H. Clifford (Alpha Pi '11), who designed the drawing on the original sheet music, published by Richard Vernor (Alpha Pi '13), brother of Dud Vernor.
- James MacRory(Macwithey) (1 KB)
James MacRory(Macwithey) McWethy
James MacRory (MacWithey) was born about 1630 in Scotland, possibly in the Outer Hebrides. It is believed that James MacRory was a Royalist highlander fighting with the Clan Donald forces under Montrose and General David Leslie against the English forces of Cromwell. The struggle began after the English Puritans executed King Charles in 1649. The highland Scots were in favor of restoring the throne to his son, Charles II, whom they felt to be the rightful king of England and Scotland. This war was called “The War of Restoration.”
The Scots suffered two terrible defeats at the hands of Cromwell’s forces. The first was at the Battle of Dunbar which took place on September 3, 1650 outside the Scottish town of that name. Although the English forces numbered about 11,000 and the Scottish forces numbered over twice than many, the English won a surprising victory. Three thousand Scots were killed in the battle and many were captured. They were forced to march, wounded, weak, and hungry, down into England where they were thrown into prison and eventually dispersed to Ireland, Barbados, Virginia and Massachusetts and sold as indentured servants. A group of approximately 150 of the Dunbar prisoners were loaded on the ship Unity two months later, on November 11, 1650, and sent to Massachusetts, arriving there in early 1651. A list of the prisoners on the Unity has not survived.
The second major crushing defeat for the Scots occurred deep within English territory at the city of Worcester a year after the Battle of Dunbar, on September 3, 1651. Many Scots were killed and prisoners were captured. Three months later, a boatload of these prisoners were dispatched to Thomas Kemble of Charlestown, Massachusetts to be sold as indentured servants. This ship was the John and Sarah, which left England on December 8, 1651 and arrived in Boston by February 24, 1652. Fortunately, a list of these prisoners has survived, albe
- The Ochsenschlager Family History (1 KB)
G. Rieke & D. Randell
THE OCHSENSCHLAGER FAMILY RECORD 4
GENEALOGY OF THE ADAM 0CHENSCHLAGER FAMILY 5
ADAM AND EVA OCHENSCHLAGER & CHILDREN 9
JOSEPH AND MARY OCHSENSCHLAGER 14
TAX ASSESSMENTS OF JOSEPH & ADAM OCHENSCHLAGER 15
TAX ASSESSMENTS OF JOSEPH AND ADAM OCHESCHLAGER 16
JOHN OCHSENSCHLAGER 19
LOUISA M. OCHSENSCHLAGER 20
JOSEPH OCHSENSCHLAGER 20
SLAKER HOME IN NORTH 21
MARY OCHSENSCHLAGER 22
EVA OCHSENSCHLAGER 24
SOPHIA OCHSENSCHLAGER 25
WILLIAM L. OCHSENSCHLAGER 25
William and Mary's home 25
ADAM OCHSENSCHLAGER II 27
City of Aurora Incorporated – 1857 34
Aurora 1860's 37
Aurora 1880's 41
Aurora 1890's 45
ADAM'S CHILDREN 46
JAMES SLAKER 48
ADAMS COUNTY: THE STORY THE 1900's 49
ADAM SLAKER 51
HENRY SLAKER 55
PHILLIP OCHSENSCHLAGER 57
Sons and Daughters of Phillip and May Ochsenschlager 57
Margaret Schlager 57
Marten Schlager 57
Phillip Schlager 57
OBITUARY OF MARTIN SCHLAGER 59
HEINRICH OCHSENSCHLAGER 59
Mary Schlager 62
Charles Schlager was 62
Emma Schlager 62
Emma and William Bordeau were married in 1893 62
Frank Schlager 62
NICHOLAS OCHSENSCHLAGER 64
VALENTINE OCHSENSCHLAGER 64
Charles Slaker 66
Margaret Jane Slaker 66
MICHAEL OCHSENSCHLAGER 67
BIOGRAPHICAL & HISTORICAL RECORD OF 67
KANE COUNTY ILLINOIS 1888 67
IRVING W. OCHSENSCHLAGER 69
JOSEPHINE OCHSENSCHLAGER 71
JOSEPHINE OCHSENSCHLAGER THOMAS 71
LLOYD OCHSENSCHLAGER 71
LLOYD OCHSENSCHLAGER (1874 1954) Josephine Holslag (1877 1970) 71
"KANE COUNTY HISTORY" 72
LLOYD OCHSENSCHLAGER 72
SCRIBNER OCHSENSCHLAGER 72
LAMBERT OCHSENSCHLAGER 73
A TRIP TO THE OLD COUNTRY 73
ELIZABETH OCHSENSCHLAGER 76
When I became involved in volunteer work at the Aurora Historical Museum, I discovered a wealth of information about my hometown and its occupants. This in turn sparked my interest in the Ochsenschlager g
- The Witt Family (501 KB)
Over the 25 or so years that I've been active in genealogy I have received information and advice from many people. One of the joys in genealogy is finding others who are interested, informed, and amenable to collaborative efforts. There are a few people that I especially want to acknowledge because they have contributed so much to many of the papers on this site. Some of these people are long-time collaborators, others have provided crucial information and insights:
Virginia Regan (Bynum and others)
JoAnn Van Boven (Witt, Hayes, Hester, and others)
Vineta Witt Ketner (Witt, Hayes, and others)
Jack Baird (my late father, who began several of these efforts)
Robert Fowler (Baird family letters and documents)
John Scott Davenport (Hendrick and Davenport)
This is the only line from which I descend on both my father's and mother's side. The Witts begin with John Witt, who immigrated to Charles City County. Virginia about 1672. Several generations later, Joseph Witt migrated to eastern Tennessee. William M. Witt, his grandson, moved to Titus County, Texas about 1849. Andrew Weldon Witt was my mother's grandfather. His uncle, James Houston Witt, was my father's great-grandfather.
See also families related by marriage: COOK, BYNUM, DAVENPORT, HAYES, and CATE