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The Book: Progress Report – June 21, 2014

Book CoverI know I haven’t written about my book progress for the last two weeks. Two major events precluded my writing a post about my progress.

During the first week, I was chaperoning my Girl Scout troop to Disneyland. The girls had saved their cookie money from several seasons, and were able to make the trip with minimal expense from the families. So even though you might think twice about buying cookies, they really do mean a lot for the girls. We were gone five days (2 for driving, 3 in the parks). The girls enjoyed two Youth Education programs – one on Animation and another on Leadership. Our presenters were both excellent educators. If you ever get the chance to participate in the Youth Education programs, it is worth it (plus you get to go in the Fast Track line for several rides while taking the class).

Disneyland 2014

The second major event occurred this week, and was less fun than the previous week’s distraction – the DDoS attack of Ancestry and many of its subsidiary companies. After spending last weekend recovering from the excesses of Disneyland, I sat down ready to work on Monday morning but was unable to access my data file or any records. I worked on a couple other small projects but was feeling dejected. My father had recently shared one of my WWII letter blog posts on his Facebook page. One of his friends was excited about the future possibility of turning the letters into a book. This has been one of my long term goals, and I had already started cutting and pasting the letter transcriptions together. So instead of working on the David Jegerlehner book, I found myself working most of this week on preparing the letters for book publication. Perhaps they might even be ready this fall or early next year.

World War II letter book coverThe first volume will only contain the letters from 1942. There are over 300 letters from that year alone. With the annotations and short biographies I plan to write about some of the individuals in the letters, I think this will make a good sized book (200-300 pages). Three more volumes will likely follow. There are over 600 letters for 1943, so this year will be split in half. The remaining letters from 1944-1945 will be the last volume. I already have a table of contents and a cover designed for this book. Currently I have organized 70 pages of letters (May-August) with the remaining months of the year still to go (September-December). Over the last two days, I have written first drafts of an Introduction and the first chapter explaining who Roscoe and Gladys were.

As for the Descendants of David Jegerlehner book, I received three awesome envelopes in the mail this week: two from the National Archives and one from the Indiana Department of Health. From the National Archives, I received the Civil War Pension files for David’s son John Yagerlehner and his son-in-law Thomas H. McCormick. The Indiana Department of Health envelope contained the death certificate for Rosina (Yegerlehner) Wolfe, one of my great grandfather’s sisters. They were unable to find a death record for Rosina’s brother Charles who supposedly died in Indianapolis in 1922.

The book progress updates will be going on hiatus for the next month. I have numerous other commitments that will take me away from my computer and my research, including a little vacation time. Because although Disneyland was fun, it wasn’t truly a vacation while chaperoning eleven 13-15 old teenage girls. That’s hard work!

© Deborah Sweeney, 2014.
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Haller, William & Pearl McCormick - Marriage annoucement, 1896-06-19

To-morrow afternoon at the residence of Dr. T. H. McCormick will occur the marriage of Miss Pearl McCormick to Mr. Wm. Haller. The ceremony will be performed by Rev. Firman McCormick, brother of the bride, and Rev. Rice. Mr. Haller and bride will be at home immediately at 170 East Lewis street.

“To-morrow afternoon…,” Fort Wayne News (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 19 June 1896, p. 7, col. 3; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 December 2013).

Sunday’s Obituary – Rosina (Yegerlehner) McCormick

McCormick, Rosina (Yegerlehner) - Obituary - croppedMcCormick

Mrs. Rosina McCormick, aged seventy-two years, died yesterday afternoon at the family residence, 336 Madison street. Death was due to complications and followed an illness of six weeks’ duration.

The deceased was born in the Canton of Berne, Switzerland, Oct. 13, 1841, and came to America with her parents at the age of nine years. She was united in marriage to Thomas H. McCormick Nov 21, 1861, in Tuscarawas county, Ohio. They moved to this city in 1893, where Dr. McCormick practiced medicine until his death in 1911.

Surviving relatives include the following children: Mrs. Minnie M. Houser, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Rev. F. C. McCormick, of Milton, Ind.; Thomas H. McCormick, teacher of mathematics at the Commercial high school, of New York City; Miss Ada M. McCormick, head of the business and municipal department of the Fort Wayne public library; Rev. Harry B. McCormick, pastor of the Church of Christ, New York City. Twenty-three grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive. Two daughters, Mrs. Pearl R. Haller and Della C. McCormick [sic Ake], preceded her in death. Mrs. McCormick was a member of the West Creighton Avenue Church of Christ.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed and will be announced latr.

“The Deaths: McCormick,” The Fort Wayne Daily News (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 25 May 1914, p. 11, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 November 2013).


Rosina was the only daughter of David and Magdalena (Strahm) Yegerlehner. She traveled with her parents from Switzerland to London, and then to the United States. The family settled in Holmes County, Ohio. Despite the above notion that Rosina married Thomas H. McCormick in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, they were actually married in Holmes County. Both Rosina and her brother Christian applied for marriage licenses on the same day, although their weddings were 3 days apart and they were married by different ministers.

McCormick, Thomas & Rosina Yegerlehner - Marriage, 1861

How’s that for misspelling!?! (Click to enlarge)

Rosina and Thomas also moved their growing family west to Indiana, settling there by 1870. While older brother Christian and their parents moved to Clay county, Thomas and Rosina settled in northern Indiana, near Fort Wayne. After many years of living in the rural townships of Allen County, they finally moved into the city.

McCormick, Thomas & Rosina - c1900

Thomas & Rosina, c1910
Copy from an original in the possession of Rosina’s descendants

Rosina and Thomas were the parents of eight children: Florence, Wilhelmina “Minnie,” Della, Pearl, Firman, Thomas, Ada and Harry. Rosina’s progeny were quite numerous, possibly surpassing both her brothers in living descendants. One of Rosina’s more famous descendants was Edward H. White, Jr., an astronaut from the Apollo program who tragically lost his life during a fire on the launching platform in 1967.

Rosina and Thomas are buried at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Photograph by Jim Cox

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