Evergreen Cemetery, Red Wing, MN.
The first thing I did when I was looking for more information about this man was to look up what all of those abbreviations meant. I could figure out Private, Battery A, but wanted to know what the rest was. On http://forums.military.com/, I found more information, as well as in this document by William C. Gaines: 577 would be the Division, AAA was “Antiaircraft Artillery,” AW = “Automatic weapons”, BN is “Battalion,” CAC = “Coastal Artillery Corps (the original branch of anti-aircraft artillery).”
Looking on Ancestry.com, I found a Eugene Winters in the 1940 census, living in Wabasha, MN (which isn’t too far from Red Wing). His age is 28, and his occupation is listed as being a truck driver for a road company, and the census record shows he has a wife, Alberta, and one son, Dean, and two daughters, Marion and Arlene. I also saw that there were other families with the same last name, which included Harold Winters. Harold Winters is buried near Eugene, and I will do a post on him at a later date. From this census record, it looks like Harold would have been a nephew (?) of Eugene’s. Going backwards, the 1930 census shows Eugene as single, living in Wabasha, the third child of John and Matilda Winters (both hailing originally from Sweden). I did find the marriage record for Eugene and Alberta, apparently from Decorah, Iowa. That record shows Eugene, aged 23 and a farmer by occupation, married Alberta Peterson, aged 17. Both were showing a residence of Weaver, Minnesota (which makes me wonder about why this record is from Decorah, Iowa).
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any more information. And, sadly, I did find the obituary of Arlene Winters, who passed away on March 17, 2013.
I am always interested in learning more, both about service in war, and about anyone that I am posting about — please feel free to leave a comment!
(many thanks to JPfromTN on this forum, who posted very helpful information!)
Our visit to the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, MN allowed us to see some kinds of markers that we hadn’t seen before: ceramic. Red Wing, MN has deposits of clay beds (which led to industries and the founding of Red Wing pottery in 1877). When we were visiting the Red Wing Pottery Museum, we learned a lot about the history of the company, but also saw examples of pieces that were made by the workers.
This marker caught my eye as an art piece, even though the top had some damage. Louise Morley, 12/1/1897 – 1/5/1903
All four sides have decoration and information:
And her information on Find a Grave is pretty extensive (a big Thank You to Kym for posting this!):
As so many young children born in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, little Louise died of disease. She never got to experience a full life but she is never forgotten. She brought joy to the family that knew her and touches the hearts of those who did not know her. Her grave marker was made of clay in the pottery factory, most likely by her father William. Her grave marker originaly had a large cross on the top of it with a picture of Jesus where the cross intersects. A truly amazing head stone and personal tribute to little Louise.
Inscription on the back of her stone:
but not forever.
There will be a
to part no more
The notation about her father, William, making the marker makes a lot of sense, as many workers made pieces for themselves. This marker is beautiful, and has obviously stood the test of time well. Very touching.
Looking at the 1900 U.S. census, it shows William, aged 37, and his wife, Mary, as well as their children, Elsie (9), Martha (6) and Louise (3).
Their names caught my eye in the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, MN:
And even though the stones were damaged, I wondered if I could find anything out about these two. Find a Grave listed this information: Africa: b. unknown d. Oct. 26, 1863; Celinda: b. unknown d. Nov. 26, 1873
So, I turned to Ancestry.com and found that Africa was listed in the Cemetery Inscription Index as “Age 66 with Celinda and Waldow W.” The 1857 census information shows Africa Hill, a farmer, aged 53, living in Goodhue County. The census image was a bit tricky to make out, but it looks like Celinda (spelled as Selinda) is listed as his wife, age 55. The record also shows 3 children: Dillos (?spelling), Lydia and Waldo.
The 1860 census is clearer, with the information showing Africa aged 54, his wife, Celinda, aged 54 and their children: Delas, Waldow, Julia and Lydia.
I did see that there are other Hills listed in this census record above Africa’s information, which makes me wonder if there was a brother with another farm in this area.
By the time of the 1870 census, Celinda is shown alone.