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Oesch's of Central IL and Beyond

Oesch's of Central IL and Beyond

Karen Rotholtz-Hallstrom (View posts)
Posted: 1029785733000
Classification: Query
I'm new to all this. I am Karen Rotholtz-Hallstrom daughter of Bud Rotholtz & Marilyn Szabados. My mum's mother is a woman called Leona Szabados Oesch who was born and raised in Central ILLINIOS in the USA. She was one of something like 7 children and their parents died when they were all wee nippers. I'm hoping to find out where we came from in the old country & when as well as getting to know some people along the way. Many thanks, Karen

Re: Oesch's of Central IL and Beyond

Posted: 1173978656000
Classification: Death
Surnames: Oesch, Szabados
Hi, My Name is Steve Szabados. Leona Oesch was married to my grandfather’s brother. I have attached Leona’s and Fred’s Obituaries plus a brief early history of the Szabados clan. I have just started my tree so there may be more on the Szabados clan but everything I have on Leona and Fred are in the attachments.

Please note that Leona’s obit indicates she was born in McLean County but married in Utica when she was 19. Since Utica is not in McLean county and is about 60 miles north of Bloomington, she was probably living with a relative at the time of her marriage. You may want to try to get the death records for her parents from McLean County Clerk's Office. See their web site on how to do this. If they died after 1912 you may get more family history.

Also note that the 1930 Census has Fred living at home and working at the C&A railroad repair shops in Bloomington as a machinist. If you can find out when Fred started work at Oil-O-Matic in Peoria you would know if your grandmother lived in Bloomington for awhile. If she did live in Bloomington, there is a book on the Chicago & Alton Shops by Michael Matejka that gives a very good description of life on Bloomington’s west side. I purchased the book from the McLean County Historical Museum and their web site seems to indicate that it is still available. Their address is 200 N Main and the phone number is 309-827-0478

You can also search for any Oesch’s or Kath’s listed in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records. From these you may find out your great-grandfather’s occupation plus where he and your great-grandmother was born. If you find some living around Utica, you may find out who your grandmother was living with after their death plus if it was on a farm or in town. Also census records will indicate the year of immigration if they were not born in America. The 1920 and 1930 census records may also show where your grandmother was living.

Please try to let me know if you find anything.

Re: Oesch's of Central IL and Beyond

Posted: 1236611218000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Oesch, Kath, Szabados

I do have a decent amount of information on both the Oesch and Kath families. Your grandmother, Leona Oesch Szabados was my great-grandfather, William Joseph John Oesch's, sister.

Please contact me, and I will be happy to share what I have.

Re: Oesch's of Central IL and Beyond

Posted: 1339709935000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Owesch, Kath, Szabados
That would be great as I'm very confused about the whole Minnie Myers thing that I've come across. Do you happen to have any info on where they came from in Europe (I'm trying to plan a trip over in the next few years & if I could hit everything in one go I'd like to).

Re: Oesch's of Central IL and Beyond

Posted: 1436140030000
Classification: Query
Hi Karen,

My name is Donnie Oesch from East Peoria,IL. Fred and Leona were my second aunt and uncle. Leona was my grandfathers sister. My grandfathers name was Byron Oesch and passed away at the ripe age of 90 in 1998.

Fred and Leona were my dads aunt and uncle. I seen Marvin Szabados a few years back at my aunt and uncles 50th wedding party. Marvin is Fred and Leonas son.

Drop me a line if you want more information. I was born and raised in East Peoria but now live in Northern California.

Take care, Donnie Oesch
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