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Found: Bible of WWI Vet
4/9/09 | Me

Posted on 04/09/2009 5:04:30 PM PDT by slowry

My brother from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called me, somebody he knows found a Gideon New Testament in or near a little town called Homestead in Wisconsin. (Maybe it was an entire Bible, I'm not sure.)

Written in it was "Samuel C. Peaslee, Dubuque, IA, American Expeditionary Force, France, 1918"

I have no idea if it's proper to post this here.

After my initial internet searches found that there were numerous Peaslees in Iowa, I renewed my old membership on ancestry.com to see if any descendants could be located. I did find what apparently was a father and son with that exact name in Dubuque. The father would have been about 55 in 1918, the son about 17.

But I feel like I'm stymied right now, there aren't any descendants listed. The son showed up on the 1920 census.

My brother thought it would be nice to locate a family member. Anybody have any suggestions? I had read a story this week in the NYT about restoring lost items to owners with the help of the internet. But after looking at some "lost/found" websites, none so far seem up to this task.

It happens that last year I found out that a personal Bible of JS Bach, including his written notes, was found in the 1930s in a farm outside Detroit.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: wwi

1 posted on 04/09/2009 5:04:30 PM PDT by slowry
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To: slowry

BTTT !


2 posted on 04/09/2009 5:07:48 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: slowry
Very interesting.

I wish I had advice for you.

Let us know the outcome.

3 posted on 04/09/2009 5:11:04 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: slowry

Good luck to you. The only way to let out the word is to spread it to as many people as possible. Wish I could help you.


4 posted on 04/09/2009 5:13:09 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: slowry
I Googled the name and found this.

Samuel C Peaslee Jr 1900 - 1934

5 posted on 04/09/2009 5:13:54 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: slowry

Oh, you might try calling the library in Dubuque and letting them know of your find - also the local newspapers. They might publish this story.... it’s so old and from WWI that they might find it interesting (esp. small local papers). That might give you some traction.


6 posted on 04/09/2009 5:14:40 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: slowry
Turn it to Galatians 6:9, and keep on keeping on.

/johnny

7 posted on 04/09/2009 5:15:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: slowry
Consider contacting the Daily Whatever in Dubuque and inquire if they'd consider printing your find as a human interest bit.

Some local might remember the family.

8 posted on 04/09/2009 5:16:38 PM PDT by El Sordo
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To: DJ MacWoW

I was thinking the same thing - just Google the name. It is astonishing what is on the internet.

I think he might try calling the local libraries and newspapers there in Dubuque to see if there might be descendants. It’s sad but that probably IS the chap. He would’ve been 18 in 1918, prime age for a young man to be at war then and knowing what happened in WWI, he very easily could have died in the 30’s if he’d been exposed to the gas or other poisons. And of course, people died of pneumonia and other things rather easily back then.


9 posted on 04/09/2009 5:17:10 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: El Sordo

I beat you by 2 minutes. My idea exactly. It’s good advice. Our paper occasionally does print these kinds of stories.


10 posted on 04/09/2009 5:17:59 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: DJ MacWoW

What are the odds? It even says AEF on the stone.


11 posted on 04/09/2009 5:19:04 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: slowry

I thought of another idea - Craig’s List. Can’t hurt.


12 posted on 04/09/2009 5:19:46 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: slowry

If he cannot find the family then my I suggest he donate it to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.? As the only museum in the country dedicated to the First World War it would make a nice addition to their collection.


13 posted on 04/09/2009 5:20:52 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Paved Paradise; slowry
I did find this on Rootsweb. There is an email addy.

Samuel Peaslee

if he’d been exposed to the gas or other poisons.

My Grandfather's brother was exposed to mustard gas in WWI and died slowly. The same could have happened to Mr Peaslee.

14 posted on 04/09/2009 5:22:01 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: slowry

I can’t give you any better advice than what you already have. It does remind me of when everyone in my school, was given New Testaments by the Gideons. No one complained and I don’t recall anyone refusing. Although my parents gave me a Bible when I was 9, I still was happy to get one.

I still have it.


15 posted on 04/09/2009 5:22:29 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Paved Paradise
What are the odds? It even says AEF on the stone.

It may be him. Sadly.

16 posted on 04/09/2009 5:23:09 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Whoever that warrior was, whatever he did, however he died, whoever he left behind.... God bless the men that fly and fight. God Bless Sam Peaslee.

/johnny

17 posted on 04/09/2009 5:32:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yes. I thought the same.


18 posted on 04/09/2009 5:33:42 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

It looks to be so. It is sad. So many lives lost and now, for what? So Obama can throw it all down the tubes with his little minions in the White House and the Supreme Court.


19 posted on 04/09/2009 5:42:54 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: DJ MacWoW

Exactly. It could’ve been a lot of things. I hope he finds an heir - that would be pretty neat.


20 posted on 04/09/2009 5:43:30 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: JRandomFreeper

that simple little prayer just brought tears to my eyes...

yes, God bless them all.


21 posted on 04/09/2009 5:44:34 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

Because of men like him, a whole generation lived and prospered in a free country. Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour, the DC version, cannot change the great things these men did.


22 posted on 04/09/2009 5:51:47 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: slowry

You certainly aren’t very chatty. ;-) Did you get any ideas or help from this thread? Can you let us know what happens with the Bible?


23 posted on 04/09/2009 6:16:52 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Paved Paradise
I have never been the tip of the spear. I have never directly faced my nation's enemies in a fight. But I have fed the tip of the spear, and housed them, and buried them, and back in the day, worked on their avionics.

Naval aviator, Marine pilot, Zoomie, or Army, they all have a special place in my heart, and at my hearth.

And they deserve our remembrance and prayers.

/johnny

24 posted on 04/09/2009 6:26:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: slowry

I asked on Twitter.


25 posted on 04/09/2009 7:41:52 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Amen.


26 posted on 04/09/2009 7:42:49 PM PDT by fightinJAG (Good riddance, UAW.)
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To: fightinJAG
Not that I'd let them date my daughters.... mind you.... I know pilots.

/johnny

27 posted on 04/09/2009 8:57:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Obviously a family with a good sense of humor, as well:

"On the west side, from the corner of 4th to near the alley, the three story building (now Peaslee Ale Brewery (1890) was built in the boom days. About 1854 or 1855 it was built for a hotel and called the Temperance.

28 posted on 04/09/2009 9:06:54 PM PDT by garandgal
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To: garandgal

You know I saw something in the Google search about Peaslee Ale but didn’t open it and read it. LOL!! That is just too funny!


29 posted on 04/09/2009 9:12:59 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: All

Thanks to everybody for your responses, I may try to contact a newspaper.


30 posted on 04/10/2009 6:17:05 AM PDT by slowry
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To: Paved Paradise

I really need to learn to type faster...


31 posted on 04/10/2009 9:09:47 AM PDT by El Sordo
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To: El Sordo

LOL. I was kidding. Anyway, since I took typing in school many moons ago - learning on a manual - I became quite a quick typist. I took a typing test once and the lady made me take it again b/c she did not believe I could type that fast. At the time, it was 98 wpm with only 2 errors. When computers came out, I increased that speed to 102 wpm. I think I’ve slowed down somewhat.

It makes posting very, very easy but I don’t proofread which is my downfall.


32 posted on 04/10/2009 11:15:36 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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A brief story was published in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald (you have to scroll down a little). Below is a scan of two pages from the book. They apparently did not publish online the image we sent them, so I assume the same for the hard copy.


33 posted on 04/28/2009 2:09:35 PM PDT by slowry
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To: slowry
I had hoped the scan would look better on the page. Here is a link to it.
34 posted on 04/28/2009 2:13:42 PM PDT by slowry
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To: Paved Paradise

Local newspapers is a good idea. Might be female relatives with different last names who would recognize the story and names.


35 posted on 04/28/2009 2:16:43 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: slowry
Peaslee Family Genealogy Forum

Don't know if this can lead you anywhere...
Good Luck!

36 posted on 04/28/2009 2:32:52 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln
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To: slowry
Here's another Peaslee family forum.

Peaslee Kindred Association

37 posted on 04/28/2009 2:49:44 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln
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To: Lando Lincoln

Thank you, I have now posted on both those sites (except one of the links was wrong).


38 posted on 04/28/2009 5:41:41 PM PDT by slowry
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To: slowry

Good luck! Let me know if anything develops. (Sorry about the bad link.)


39 posted on 04/29/2009 6:52:02 AM PDT by Lando Lincoln
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To: slowry

Not sure how this works but please contact me about the JS Bach Bible. I am trying to get hold of my dad outside Detroit, we are Bach’s. Thanks.


40 posted on 08/13/2009 4:25:27 PM PDT by ricojax (Not sure how this works.....)
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To: slowry

Was wondering if it was a Catholic Bible?


41 posted on 08/18/2009 7:07:38 AM PDT by ricojax (Contact me please? Family interested!)
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