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2651. “Richard G Butts,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30519362, 30519362.
2653. Anna Cajsa Larsdotter, “Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920,” December 4, 1822, Hjo, Skaraborg, Sweden, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C43742-1 , System Origin: Sweden-EASy , GS Film number: 154621 , Reference ID: bk C-3 p, https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FK8Q-9H8.
2654. Anders Magnus Larsson, “Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920,” January 29, 1825, Hjo, Skaraborg, Sweden, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C43742-1 , System Origin: Sweden-EASy , GS Film number: 154621 , Reference ID: bk C-3 p, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FK8Q-S7F.
2655. Lars Gustaf Larsson, “Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920,” July 21, 1827, Hjo, Skaraborg, Sweden, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C43742-1 , System Origin: Sweden-EASy , GS Film number: 154621 , Reference ID: bk C-3 p, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FK8Q-3XM.
2656. Carl Johan Larsson, “Korsberga 1727-1850 168408F2 16940,” http://www.slaktdata.org/index.php?p=detail&sc...orsberga%201727-1850.
2657. Lars Carlsson, “Dödregister Korsberga-D1 (168408),” http://www.slaktdata.org/index.php?p=detail&sc...orsberga%201727-1920.
2658. Stina Larsdotter, “Korsberga 1727-1850 168408F2 12330,” http://www.slaktdata.org/index.php?p=detail&sc...orsberga%201727-1850.
2659. Lars Carlsson and Stina Larsdotter, “Fröjered E 1 1769-1854,” November 8, 1816, Fröjered Parish, Skaraborgs County, Västergötland, Sweden, Scandinavia, http://www.slaktdata.org/index.php?p=detail&sc...%B6jered%201727-1920.
File: LarsCarlsson_StinaLarsdotter_ArkivDigital: Fröjered (R) E:1 1769-1854 Image 46 : Page 81
2660. Johan Oscar Larsson, “Agnetorp 1689-1860 168506F1 35760,” http://www.slaktdata.org/index.php?p=detail&sc...Agnetorp%201689-1860.
SCB-kod:
168506
SD-suffix:
F1
Kön:
M
Födelsedatum:
1860-12-01
Förnamn:
Johan Oscar
Adress:
Stackarp
Adress (normerad):
Stackarp
Mannens titel:
Brukare
Mannens förnamn:
Carl Johan
Mannens efternamn:
Larsson
Kvinnans förnamn:
Johanna Gustava
Kvinnans efternamn:
Jönsd.
Kvinnans ålder:
33
2661. “Married Yesterday,” Harvey H. Hanson and Verna I. Sturm, Santa Cruz Evening News, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, CA, February 7, 1920, 5.
Miss Verna I. Sturm of San Jose and Harvey H. Hanson of Wisconsin were married at the Congregational parsonage early yesterday afternoon by the Rev. A. W. Hare.
2662. Harvey Hanson and Verna Sturm, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA, February 15, 1920, 10.
Harvey Hanson came out from Milwaukee to claim his attractive bride Miss Verna Sturm. They were married on Friday at the Congregational parsonage, Rev. A W Hare officiating.
2663. “Vital Record--Licensed,” Harvey H Hanson and Verna I Sturm, The San Bernardino County Sun, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, CA, June 2, 1920, 3.
HANSON-STURM Harvey H. Hanson, Wisconsin, 21, Milwaukee; Verna Isabel Sturm, California, 23, San Jose.
2664. “United States Census: 1940,” Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, 1940, CA, Alameda, Oakland, District 06, Brooklyn, 2B, 61-228, T627, 5456518, 504.
File: 1940 CA Alameda County Oakland Brookly Dist 6 p2B
2666. “Kim Marie Watson,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/130573595, 130573595.
2668. “Obituaries,” Thelma Couchman, The Modesto Bee, Modesto, Stanislaus County, CA, July 19, 2014.
Thelma Christiansen Couchman

November 1919 - July 2014

Thelma was born on a 40-acre farm on Carpenter and Grayson Roads to Frederik and Kirsten Christiansen, immigrants to the USA from Denmark and Norway respectively.  The fifth  of six children, Thelma attended the Danish Baptist Church of Modesto with her family where only Danish was spoken.
During the Depression, Thelma, her three brothers and two sisters worked hard.  Thelma's early chores included chopping wood for the cookstove and hoeing weeds in the fields of corn or beans.  By age ten, she was driving a sulky rake to put the dried alfalfa in windrows, shocking the hay, arranging the loose hay atop the wagon, and guiding the horse to lift the hay to the right spot in the barn. She also helped milk the 12-30 cows from age 12 through her years in junior college.  

Thelma attended Jones Grammar School, Ceres High School, Modesto Junior College, and in 1940 graduated from Santa Barbara State College (which later became UCSB), where she earned a teaching credential. She then taught junior high for five years. 

In 1945, she joined the American Red Cross, trained in Washington, D.C., and served as Recreation Director at St. Albans Naval Hospital in Queens on Long Island.  Later, drawn to religious work, Thelma enrolled at Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago for one year of post-graduate work.  She was hired as Director of Christian Education in the First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Two years later, she was invited to travel with her father to Denmark and Norway where she ended up staying one year.  There she taught an English class and learned to spin and weave at the Norwegian Arts and Crafts School of Oslo.

In 1950 Thelma took a position as leader of the Baptist Girls' Guild at Camp Chinquapin near Pinecrest. Soon after, she met Hurley Couchman at the Modesto First Baptist Church where they were married in 1952. They made their home on the Couchman farm on Coffee Road where she painted the old farmhouse red to match the farm buildings she'd seen in Scandinavia.  There they raised four sons and two daughters.  Thelma served as 4-H Community Director; taught Sunday School at First Baptist and College Avenue Congregational Churches; was a member of the League of Women Voters, the Modesto Peace/Life Center, and the Stanislaus County Interfaith Committee for Latin America; served on the Community Action Commission that concentrated on local poverty during LBJ's administration; and was a member of the Stanislaus County Arts Council.   She and Hurley hosted exchange students through AFS, MJC, the American Farm Bureau, Heifer Project International, and others.  Hurley and Thelma together were fortunate to travel to countries in Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Thelma is predeceased by her husband Hurley Couchman, their son Peter, parents Frederik Christiansen and Kirsten Ween Christiansen, brothers Carl and Arne and James Christiansen, and sister Hulda Christiansen, all of Modesto.  She is survived by sister Lillian Eaton of Galt and sisters-in-law Evelyn Christiansen of Modesto and Alma Deiparinae Christiansen of Turlock.  Her surviving children include Jonathan (Dorita Robinson) of Modesto, Sarah Dove (Duane) of Santa Rosa, Mark (Mona) of Sonoma, David (Mary) of Modesto, and Rebecca Harrison (David) of San Jose. Her grandchildren include Dayton Dove (Hannah Clilverd) of Edinburgh, Scotland, Dorothy Couchman of Modesto, Karin Dove of Davis, Erik Dove of Santa Rosa, Kirsten and Laura Couchman of Sonoma, Brian Couchman of San Luis Obispo, Michelle Couchman of Azusa, Bethany Couchman of San Luis Obispo, Katrina Harrison of Davis, and Clarissa Harrison of Royal Oak, MI. Two great-grandchildren, Rowan and Annabel, live in Edinburgh.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 6, 3 PM, at the Modesto Church of the Brethren. Donations in her memory may be made to Modesto Church of the Brethren, Heifer.org, Friends of the Modesto Library (http://modestolibraryfriends.org/), the Modesto Peace/Life Center, or the McHenry Museum & Historical Society Acquisitions Fund. Please leave condolences at www.allenmortuary.com.  
2671. “Hurley L Couchman,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/116665648, 116665648.
2672. William R Phillips and Coleta L Couchman, “Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957,” January 27, 1941, Johnson County, AK, USA, GS Film number: 2132504 , Digital Folder Number: 004331577 , Image Number: 00060, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NMBR-2B4.
File: WilliamRPhillipsColetaLCouchman_Marriage_License
2673. World War I, 1918, Oregon, 1371, Couchman, Orville Price, “World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards,” September 12, 1918, Klamath Falls, Klamath County, OR, USA, Affiliate Publication Number: M1509 , GS Film Number: 1852058 , Digital Folder Number: 005243380 , Image Number: 04430, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K6Z5-JNK.
The birth date says June 24, 1897 and his age is 20. Both cannot be correct (card completed on September 12, 1918).
File: OrvilePriceCouchman_WW_I_Draft_Card
2674. O P Couchman and Lida B Holloway, “Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969,” August 27, 1904, Bates County, MO, USA, Digital Folder Number: 007173490 , Image Number: 00445, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2CC4-9J4.
File: OPCouchmanLidaBHolloway_Marriage_License
2675. “United States Census: 1940,” Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, 1940, NE, Adams, Hastings, Ward 4, April 22, 1940, E J Bassett, 18A-18B, 6, 1-17a, T627, 2235, 521.
Files (2): 1940 NE Adams County Hastings Ward 4 p18A, 1940 NE Adams County Hastings Ward 4 p18B
2676. “United States Census: 1940,” Bureau of the Census, US Dept. of Commerce, United States of America, 1940, MN, Ramsey, St. Paul, Ward 9, April 8, 1940, Mary A Heaton, 6A, 4, 90-200, T627, 2000, 366.
File: 1940 MN Ramsey County St Paul Ward 9 p6A
2677. “Charlotte Joy Hagel Heath,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7099650, 7099650.
2678. “Richard Raymond Heath,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/66220230, 66220230.
2679. “June Hooper,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/83371613, 83371613.
2680. “Raymond Dale Hooper,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/114005465, 114005465.
2681. “CONRAD DEBUS IS SENTENCED,” Conrad Debus, Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, USA, May 10, 1922, 5.
Young Man, Recently Divorced, Admits Stealing Car Belonging to Lincoln Man

Conrad Debus, twenty-one years old, was sentenced to serve from one to ten years in the state reformatory Tuesday afternoon after he had pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing the auto of Chris Economedes, April 18, 1922. Young Debus was divorced recently from Rachel Debus, who testified that her husband had apparently lost affection for her, and testified that he had told her he did not want to live longer with her. Debus first filed for divorce but the wife won on a cross petition when the plaintiff did not appear for trial.

Debus took the auto he stole to Kansas and was arrested there in company with a young woman while on a fishing trip. He said he had been thrown out of employment, and that a tailor had threatened to take away a new suit of clothes unless a payment was made. In the face of this, he said, there was nothing to do but skip the country.
2682. “GIRL PICKED WRONG MAN,” Conrad Debus, Lincoln Evening Journal, Lincoln, Lancaster County, NE, USA, May 8, 1922, 2.
FISHING MATE SELECTED CAUSE OF HER TROUBLES

Kansas Girle Angles With Lincoln Boy Who Has No Legal Right to Fish and Who Has Stolen Car

Pretty Anna Fencil of Morrowville, Kas., discovered much to her sorrow that Conrad DeBus of Lincoln is a poor fisherman. He took her out to snare a mess of fish without telling her that he had neglected to arm himself with a fishing license. Nor did he confide in her that the 1920 Velie car in which they went fishing was stolen by him in Lincoln on April 18.

Conrad wanted Anna to think nice things of him. He did not tell her that the pressing creditors forced him of steal. That’s what he later told the officers. DeBus was arrested while fishing near Morrowville.

DeBus was brought to Lincoln by a representative of the state sheriff’s office Special Officer Schneible. Miss Fencil volunteered to join the party and gave such assistance as possible. She carried out her promise and
to return to her home.

According to his own admission, Conrad not only traveled about in a stolen car but passed a bad check for $26.80 in Grand Island. His creditors, he says, forced him to steal and the force the bad check. How could he know that the casings would blow out or that he would lose the gas tank.

[The article goes on much longer explaining where and why DeBus stole the car and his subsequent crimes.]
2683. Willard M Wielt and Mary E Michael, “California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984,” September 1971, Butte County, CA, USA, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VPRC-M4W.
2684. Queenie E A Thornton, “England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-1920,” April-June 1919, Malling, Kent County, England, Volume: 2A-Page: 1079-Line Number: 36, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2F1Y-D9J.
2685. “Sweden, Marriages, 1630-1920,” Per Gustaf Johansson and Anna Stina Holmberg, June 24, 1836, Malmbäck, Jönköping, Sweden, Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I04748-1 , System Origin: Sweden-EASy , GS Film number: 136015 , Reference ID: C 1 p 462, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FKFX-5BQ.
2686. “Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920,” Carl August Per Gustafsson, November 29, 1839, Malmbäck, Jönköping, Sweden, Indexing project (batch) number: I04748-1-system origin: Sweden-EASy-source film number: 136015-reference number: C 2 p 20, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2CH-8S9.
2687. “Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920,” Claes Johan Per Gustafsson, July 23, 1837, Malmbäck, Jönköping, Sweden, Indexing project (batch) number: I04748-1-system origin: Sweden-EASy-source film number: 136015-reference number: C 1 p 431, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2CH-WQJ.
2689. “Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920,” Pehr Gustaf Jansson, March 21, 1812, Malmbäck, Jönköping, Sweden, Indexing project (batch) number: I04748-1-system origin: Sweden-EASy-source film number: 136015-reference number: C 1 p 160, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2CZ-31M.
2690. “Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920,” Anna Stina Johansdotter, March 14, 1802, Malmbäck, Jönköping, Sweden, Indexing project (batch) number: I04748-1-system origin: Sweden-EASy-source film number: 136015-reference number: C 1 p 51, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2CH-ZYF.
2691. “Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920,” Cathrina Johansdotter, June 17, 1979, Malmbäck, Jönköping, Sweden, Indexing project (batch) number: I04748-1-system origin: Sweden-EASy-source film number: 136015-reference number: C 1 p 7, https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2CW-R9G.
2692. “Obituaries,” Janice B Anderson, StarTribune, Minneapolis, MN, July 13, 2011.
Anderson, Janice B. Age 79, of Eagan, formerly of East Chain, MN, passed away peacefully July 9, 2011. Preceded in death by husband, Wallace. Survived by son, Jeffrey (Diane); daughter, Susan; granddaughter, Megan; grandson, Wade; sister, Barb Nelson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Private interment at Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont, MN. Cremation Society Edina Chapel (952-924-4100).
2696. “Peter Howe Freeman,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/78850822, 78850822.
2700. “Robert Wallace Hill,” Find-A-Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38505850, 38505850.
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