Samuel Campbell Hoagland 1855–1940, Early Elgin, Illinois, Livery and Transportation

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“Sam was a prudent businessman who maintained a card index of every animal and piece of equipment. He retired in 1913. He owned 26 horses, 11 full-sized closed carriages, 3 hearses, 3 fancy conveyances, opera hacks, pallbearer wagons, two seat carriages and one-seat light driving rig.”

Wagons to taxicabs: 4 generations of Hoaglands haul Elginites by E. C. Mike Alft


Samuel Campbell Hoagland was my great great grandfather.

Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II
 

 

Samuel Campbell Hoagland was born on December 22, 1855, in Elgin, Illinois. His parents were Zephaniah and Celia (Sears) Hoagland.

Sam married Maria Elizabeth Blow on June 25, 1879 in his hometown. According to family history notes by my grandmother, the couple was married at the residence of D.R. Jencks, Rev. D.B. Cheney officiating. However, Robert B. Mogler, another Sam Hoagland descendant, has stated their marriage certificate shows they were married a the First Baptist Church in Elgin. They had two children during their marriage, a son Frederick Judson “Fred,” was born on June 12, 1880, and a daughter, Jennie May “Jane,”born on November 14, 1881. Both children were born in Elgin.

 


 

Hoaglands

For more than a century, through four generations and changing modes of transportation, the Hoaglands hauled freight and people around Elgin.

Zephania Hoagland’s aunt and uncle pioneered east of town in Hanover Township in 1837. Born in Steuben County, New York, Zeph also was an early arrival here, but didn’t settle down in Elgin until he had tried his luck as a’49er seeking gold in California. Zepbania became a teamster whose horse-drawn wagon carried goods around the little mill town that grew into an industrial city during his lifetime.

Zeph’s son, Sam C. Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1855. He worked for his father and then purchased his own one-horse express wagon in 1876. The livery (a stable keeping horses and vehicles for hire) he bought four years later became one of Elgin=s largest. He also ran buses to and from the factories and supplied a big Tally-Ho wagon for picnics.

Sam Hoagland was a prudent businessman who maintained a card index on the cost of every animal and piece of equipment in his stable. His records indicated what each horse had eaten and earned. He also knew each one’s habits. When a drummer had rented a rig to go to Dundee, be complained on returning that the horse had balked. Sam charged him more than originally agreed because the rig had gone all the way to Algonquin. How did Sam know? Old Betsy never stalled except on the Algonquin bill.

Some customers desired well-dressed drivers as well as a carnage. In the Hoagland wardrooms were 15 outfits of fur coats, gloves, and caps. There were enough neatly brushed silk hats to costume a half-dozen minstrel shows.

By the time be retired in 1913, Sam Hoagland owned 26 horses, 11 full-sized closed carriages, three hearses, three fancy conveyances, opera hacks, pallbearer wagons, two-seat carriages, picnic wagons, and one-seat light driving rigs of all descriptions.

Sam’s son, Fred J. Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1880 and joined the business after leaving high school. When the livery closed, he adapted to the motor age and started the Hoagland Taxicab Company with three Model-T Fords and two Reos, all black. Meters were introduced in 1919, and the original fare they tallied was 25 cents for the first mile and 10 cents for each succeeding two-fifths mile. After World War I, Fred began buying Yellow cabs manufactured in Chicago by John Hertz, and the firm’s name was changed to the Elgin Yellow Cab Company.

The early Yellows had tonneaus in which only the passenger compartment was enclosed. The driver was in the open air, exposed to rain and snow. After Hertz sold out to General Motors, Hoagland switched to Chevrolets.

Two-way radios, which reduced cost and response time, were introduced in 1946. At its operating peak in the 1950s, Elgin Yellow had about 60 full and part-time employees, including three full time dispatchers, two telephone operators, maintenance shop repairmen, and drivers. The firm had 18 cars on the streets in the summer and 25 in the winter. The cars averaged about 7,000 mile per month. Eight new cars were purchased each year. By the end of the decade, Elgin Yellow had switched from Chevrolets to Checkers made in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Fred’s son, Charles Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1913. While still a boy, he learned the ropes by guiding new drivers around the city. He eventually became a partner in the business, withdrawing in 1964, but was driving his private livery until he reached the age of 70.

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ElginHistory.com – Elgin: Days Gone By – E. C. Alft

 


 

At the age of 84 years old, Sam died and was buried, alongide his wife, Maria, in Elgin’s Bluffside Cemetery. The following was transcribed by my grandmother, Helen Marie Hoagland who was his granddaughter, from a newspaper article at the time of his death. She did not state the source of the death notice:

Sam Hoagland Death Notice Transcribed by Helen Hoagland-his granddaughter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frederick Judson “Fred” Hoagland 1880–1961 — Founder of the Yellow Cab Company in Elgin, Illinois

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Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND

1880–1961

 My Great Grandfather

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Frederick Judson “Fred” Hoagland, founded Yellow Cab Company in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, Pedigree

My connection:
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Me 
The daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

“Fred J. Hoagland”as written by my grandmother, his daughter, Helen Marie Hoagland about 1950:
“He attended the same grade school I did, George P. Lord, also the same high school. We had a few of the same teachers. He excelled in mathematics and business. He had a great love of dogs. When I was born he had a Dalmatian named Tony who went everywhere he did. Tony lived until I was about age 15. Dad attended the Baptist Church and Sunday School when he was a boy. 
When my father was a young man, a popular weekend trip was by boat to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the summer of 1905, he met my mother Mabel Gladys Hawley on one of these excursions. He has told me that he was attracted to her because she was the most beautiful girl on the boat! They were surprised to find each other afterward on the train to Elgin after the boat, as he said they were each playing a little deception game whereby each had considered it a ‘shipboard romance’ only.
They were married June 12, 1906, on his 26th birthday, at the First Methodist Church in Elgin with the most beautiful wedding of the Elgin 1930’s. I was told repeatedly of the beauty of my mother on her wedding day, by people who remembered her when I was a girl.
My father became a member of the Masonic Lodge in 1904 at the age of 24 and was a member for 56 years. On his 50th Anniversary as a member, he was honored by the Shrine Temple of Chicago with a life membership. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and the Elgin Lodge 117 AF & AM.
My father was in business with his father with the livery from 1900-1913, when he established the Hoagland Taxicab Co., starting the business with five cars. In 1919, he founded the Elgin Yellow Cab Company and introduced the first cab meters in that part of the country. The rate at that time was 25 cents first mile and 10 cents every 2/5 mile thereafter. Dad drove his own cab from 1913-1946. In all that time, he had never been ‘held up’ or delivered even one baby. His peak day was in 1922, when he grossed $125 on a trip to Chicago and then to Rockford. In 1946, he also purchased the Terminal Cab Company. Shortly afterward, he installed two-way radios in all of his cabs. When he passed away in 1961, there were nearly 30 radio equipped cars. After 1948, his son Charles F. Hoagland was engaged in the business but Dad still had it at his fingertips in his office and at home, where he listened to the business over the radio. His pleasure of the day became visiting the office and going to the bank. On his death, his son Charles and his associates purchased the business, so as long as the Elgin Yellow Cab Company is in existence, Fred Hoagland’s memory will be perpetuated. (Some of this information came from an article which appeared in the American Taxicab Association News on his 50th year in business in 1950.
My parents were divorced in the late 1930’s and my father remarried in 1944 to Mary Wells, who had for years worked for him. She became a kind companion and a loving wife until his death February 3, 1961, after a stroke weeks prior.
He was a great lover of dogs all of his life, so I must mention his last pet, a Boxer named “Taxi,” a handsome dog that gave my father great pleasure since 1951. When Dad went for a ride, “Taxi” was always there and went with him to California and to Mississippi to visit children and grandchildren. Most of my life, when I saw my father he was with his dog. Tony, Freida, Jiggs, Smoke, and Little Keith were some of the dogs that we learned to love because they were Dad’s.

Fred Judson Hoagland written by Grandson Frank H. Bosworth – 1985: 

I became first truly aware of my grandfather as a real person, when he was able to spend time with me after our 1947 Kankakee, Illinois auto accident.  I’ll always remember his looking to be about 7 feet tall at my hospital bedside, standing net to my Uncle Bob Mogler.  He lit a cigar and offered one to me before he thought of my age (14), looked piercingly at me, and asked if I smoked.  I stated that I did not and his penetrating eyes that were kindly but seemed to see through me, he chuckled and smiled and said, “You’d better not!”  He really loved my mom, my brother, and me.  He later came to the Gulf Coast, Biloxi, to see us with his dogs “Taxi” and “Chevy”-a matching pair of beautiful boxers.



When Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND was born on June 12, 1880, in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois, his father, Samuel, was 24 and his mother, Maria, was 25.

Fred was a resident of Elgin, Illinois, all his life.

Fred attended George P. Lord Grade School & went to high school.

He married Mabel Gladys Hawley on June 9, 1906, at the First Methodist Church in Elgin, Illinois and they had six children together:

Helen Marie Hoagland 1907-1965
Richard Samuel Hoagland 1909-1952
Charles Frederick Hoagland 1913-2009
Edyth Louise Hoagland 1915-1998
Robert Judson Hoagland 1917-1975
Ruth Lucille Hoagland 1920-2012

Fred and Mabel were divorced on April 6, 1938, in Elgin, Illinois, when he was 57 years old. He then married Mary Wells.

Fred founded the Elgin Yellow Cab Company in Elgin and introduced the first cab meters in that part of the country. In 1946, he added the Terminal Cab Company to his business.

According to my family history notes, Fred was a “great dog lover all his life.” 

Fred attended the Baptist church.

Fred was a member of the Masons through the Elgin Lodge 117 AF & AM Masonic Lodge for 56 years. As a Master Mason, he was part of the Freemasonry appendant bodies called the Scottish Rite. He was honored by the Shrine Temple of Chicago with a life membership.

He died on February 2, 1961, in Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 80, and was buried there in the Bluff City Cemetery.


 

Excerpt from “ElginHistory.com – Elgin: Days Gone By”

Hoaglands

For more than a century, through four generations and changingmodes of transportation, the Hoaglands hauled freight and people around Elgin.

Zephania Hoagland’s aunt and uncle pioneered east of town in Hanover Township in 1837. Born in Steuben County, New York, Zeph also was an early arrival here, but didn’t settle down in Elgin until he had tried his luck as a’49er seeking gold in California. Zepbania became a teamster whose horse-drawn wagon carried goods around the little mill town that grew into an industrial city during his lifetime.

Zeph’s son, Sam C. Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1855. He worked for his father and then purchased his own one-horse express wagon in 1876. The livery (a stable keeping horses and vehicles for hire) he bought four years later became one of Elgin=s largest. He also ran buses to and from the factories and supplied a big Tally-Ho wagon for picnics.

Sam Hoagland was a prudent businessman who maintained a card index on the cost of every animal and piece of equipment in his stable. His records indicated what each horse had eaten and earned. He also knew each one’s habits. When a drummer had rented a rig to go to Dundee, be complained on returning that the horse had balked. Sam charged him more than originally agreed because the rig had gone all the way to Algonquin. How did Sam know? Old Betsy never stalled except on the Algonquin bill.

Some customers desired well-dressed drivers as well as a carnage. In the Hoagland wardrooms were 15 outfits of fur coats, gloves, and caps. There were enough neatly brushed silk hats to costume a half-dozen minstrel shows.

By the time be retired in 1913, Sam Hoagland owned 26 horses, 11 full-sized closed carriages, three hearses, three fancy conveyances, opera hacks, pallbearer wagons, two-seat carriages, picnic wagons, and one-seat light driving rigs of all descriptions.

Sam’s son, Fred J. Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1880 and joined the business after leaving high school. When the livery closed, he adapted to the motor age and started the Hoagland Taxicab Company with three Model-T Fords and two Reos, all black. Meters were introduced in 1919, and the original fare they tallied was 25 cents for the first mile and 10 cents for each succeeding two-fifths mile. After World War I, Fred began buying Yellow cabs manufactured in Chicago by John Hertz, and the firm’s name was changed to the Elgin Yellow Cab Company.

The early Yellows had tonneaus in which only the passenger compartment was enclosed. The driver was in the open air, exposed to rain and snow. After Hertz sold out to General Motors, Hoagland switched to Chevrolets.

Two-way radios, which reduced cost and response time, were introduced in 1946. At its operating peak in the 1950s, Elgin Yellow had about 60 full and part-time employees, including three full time dispatchers, two telephone operators, maintenance shop repairmen, and drivers. The firm had 18 cars on the streets in the summer and 25 in the winter. The cars averaged about 7,000 mile per month. Eight new cars were purchased each year. By the end of the decade, Elgin Yellow had switched from Chevrolets to Checkers made in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Fred’s son, Charles Hoagland, was born in Elgin in 1913. While still a boy, he learned the ropes by guiding new drivers around the city. He eventually became a partner in the business, withdrawing in 1964, but was driving his private livery until he reached the age of 70.

http://www.elginhistory.com/dgb/ch06.htm ElginHistory.com – Elgin: Days Gone By – E. C. Alft

 


 

World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918

Fred Hoagland WW I Draft Registration 1
Frederick Judson Hoagland WW I Draft Registration 1
Fred Hoagland WW I Draft Registration 2
Frederick Judson Hoagland WW I Draft Registration 2
Fred Hoagland WW II Draft Registration 1
Fred Hoagland WW II Draft Registration
Fred Hoagland WW II Draft Registration 2
Fred Hoagland WW II Draft Registration – Back of Card

 

I was one of the grandchildren listed in Fred’s obit:

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1961 Chicago, , Illinois, USA Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003
Bluff City Cemertery Interment for Fred Judson Hoagland
Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA Bluff City Cemetery – The Mary listed as interred in 1990 is actually Mary Wells Hoagland, 2nd wife of Fred Hoagland. Susan Sears is by her first husband’s last name, not her second husband’s last name, Lester.
Record of Funeral - Conn Schmidt Stout Funeral Home, Volume 7, Page 2.
Fred Judson Hoagland – Record of Funeral – Conn Schmidt Stout Funeral Home, Volume 7, Page 2.
Fred and Mary Hoagland Bluff City Cemetery Elgin IL
Fred and Mary Hoagland Bluff City Cemetery Elgin IL
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Frederick Judson Hoagland and Mary Wells Hoagland – Bluff City Cemetery Elgin IL

Susan (Gilbert) Sears Lester 1800–1873

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Susan GILBERT

 

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Susan (Gilbert) Sears Lester 1800-1873

Susan Gilbert

1800–1873

My fourth great grandmother

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Celia Mary SEARS (1825 – 1889)
daughter of Susan GILBERT
 
Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND (1855 – 1940)
son of Celia Mary SEARS
 
Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
 
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II
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When Susan GILBERT was born on March 8, 1800, in Dryden, New York, her father, Cornelius, was 21 and her mother, Patty, was 16. She married William Richard SEARS and they had six children together. She then married Edward Lester on February 22, 1847, in DuPage County, Illinois. She died on September 15, 1873, in Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 73, and was buried there.
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Susan was buried in Elgin first in Channing Cemetery, then her remains were transferred after the historical closing of that cemetery, to Bluff City Cemetery, where her daughter, Celia Mary (Sears) Hoagland is buried. She is buried in one mass grave with other family members as noted on the interment document from Bluff City Cemetery. I was able to obtain the interment list from a genealogy angel in Elgin, Illinois. She was my fourth great grandmother.

Susan’s second husband, Edward Lester, is buried with his first wife in DuPage, Illinois. Both Susan and Edward were residents of Elgin, Illinois at the times of their deaths. It is noted in his will that five dollars be left for Susan and the remainder of his estate involving property in DuPage and finances was to be left to his children from the first marriage. His son was executor of the will. 

Susan’s mother, Lura Ann “Martha” Patty Rogers Brown, was the daughter of Rev. Soloman Brown of Belcoda, Monroe County, New York. He founded the first Baptist Church in 1811. Reference: Belcoda, a Biographical and Historical Story of A Country Church (1920) by Harriet Brown Dow.

Susan (Gilbert) Sears Lester is the grandmother of Richard Warren Sears, the founder of Sears Roebuck and Company.

Susan Gilbert’s paternal grandfather was Hersey Gilbert, a Private in the American Revolutionary War.

Susan Gilbert Pedigree
Excerpt of Susan (Gilbert) Sears Lester Pedigree

 

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Susan (Gilbert) Sears with picture of her husband, Richard Sears Jr.

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Bluff City Cemetery – Celia M. Hoagland is listed on this document for Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, IL. The Mary listed as interred in 1990 is actually Mary Wells Hoagland, 2nd wife of Fred Hoagland. Susan Sears, Celia’s mother is the last person listed on this list of interments. All except Sam, Maria and Fred are buried in one grave (en mass) after been moved from the Chandler Cemetery in Elgin.

 

Celia Mary (Sears) Hoagland 1825–1889

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Celia Mary (Sears) Hoagland 1825–1889

When Celia Mary Sears was born on March 31, 1825, in Dryden, New York, her father, William, was 28 and her mother, Susan, was 25. She married Zephaniah Campbell Hoagland on January 18, 1844, in Steuben County, New York. They had nine children in 20 years. She died on November 4, 1889, in Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 64, and was buried there.

She was my great great grandmother.

 


 

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Excerpt from The Bosworth Family History by Frank Hunt Bosworth II – information was incomplete when I received this history about Celia. I have researched much from that time to today.

 

Celia M. Sears-Daughter of William Richard Sears and Susan Gilbert: Celia M. Sears was the daughter of William Richard Sears and Susan Gilbert born 31 Mar 1825 in Howard, Steuben, New York, USA and died 4 Nov 1889 in Elgin, Kane, Illinois. She married Zephaniah C. Hoagland. Susan Gilbert was buried in Elgin in the Hoagland family plot. I have been working with other researchers of the Sears family and feel Celia is a sister to James, Charity, Bradford, Serena and John. She was somehow inadvertently missed in some genealogical information that is available on the internet.

Celia is the aunt of Richard Warren Sears 1863–1914, my 1st cousin 4x removed. He was a founder of Sears Roebuck and Company.

 


Celia Mary SEARS (1825 – 1889)
3rd great-grandmother
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Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND (1855 – 1940)
son of Celia Mary SEARS
 
Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND (1880 – 1961)
son of Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND
 
Helen Marie HOAGLAND (1907 – 1965)
daughter of Frederick Judson “Fred” HOAGLAND
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Helen Marie HOAGLAND
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

 

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Note from Family History by Celia M. Sears Hoagland – Mentions Ward L. Hoagland, Zeph’s brother and W. Richard Sears, Celia’s father.
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Excerpt from Celia Sears Hoagland’s Will
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Children of Zephaniah Hoagland/Celia M. Sears The Hoagland Family in America Excerpt

 

Celia Sears Hoagland-Elgin Every Saturday 9 Nov 1889
Celia Sears Hoagland Obituary – Elgin Every Saturday – 9 Nov 1889

 

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Bluff City Cemetery – Celia M. Hoagland is listed on this document for Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, IL. The Mary listed as interred in 1990 is actually Mary Wells Hoagland, 2nd wife of Fred Hoagland. Susan Sears is Celia’s mother, Susan Gilbert.
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First Congregational Church, Elgin, Illinois post card. Celia (Sears) Hoagland was a member of this church.

 

Note: On Ancestry.com – Someone has added Zeph to their family tree for the husband of Clarinda Griffith. This is absolutely not accurate. He was married once, and it was not to Clarinda Griffith. All the documentation and sources I have found through extensive research evidences the fact that Zephaniah Hoagland was married only once in his life and that is to Celia, whom he is buried next to.

 

Mary Celia Sears
Celia Mary (Sears) Hoagland Pedigree

Remembrances of Samuel C. Hoagland by Granddaughter Helen Marie Hoagland

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Remembrances of Samuel C. Hoagland

by Granddaughter Helen Marie Hoagland

“My grandfather told me many tales about his business and I remember the Livery Stable.  When I was a child I disappointed my grandfather by not liking a beautiful Nanny Goat with yellow cart that he gave me to ride in.  I thanked him but said she smelled too bad for me to go near her.  This is just an example of his kindnesses to me, as I had asked for a goat and cart.  I believe that if I’d asked for the moon he would have tried to get it for me.  I was treated like a little queen, as he had my hats made by a milliner, had beautiful ermine fur coats tailored, and a beautiful ermine muff and neck piece.  I remember beautiful boots and shoes that he had the cobbler make for me.

We had a daily ride in his beautiful buggy, which was yellow trimmed with red and harnessed to a beautiful horse.  He had a special seat belt harness made to keep me safe, in case the horse balked or reared while we made Grandfather’s business calls.  He was amused when I would fall asleep when riding but would awaken as we drove into the stable on the wooden floor and I would then demand that we return to town to buy a treat at the candy store.  He would drive on through, the building and out, laughing as he took me to candy store.  This went on most every day.

When my aunt moved to Colorado and after he retired in 1913, he took a trip each year to visit her.  When he came home, he would take me on an imaginary train ride to the Wild West.  This was in the days of the actual Buffalo Bill Cody.  He told me of every point of interest, even the formations of the mountains – some looked like Indian heads, etc.  His tales were so vivid that I was sure I had been there.  In my second school year, I described the trip in such detail that my teacher asked my mother if I had been there.  Truly he visited Colorado with me.  While I live he lives.

During my grade school years, I visited in my grandparents’ home every Saturday it was possible.  He came home at noon just to be with me.  One of the games he always played with me was “I Spy”.  He spent a few minutes hiding dimes all over the living room, then gave me for spending money all I could find.  He would then show me where the rest of the dimes were hidden and would put those back in his pocket.  We played many games together and my favorite, even after I was married, was dominoes.  It used to amuse him if I could catch him cheating.  It seems he was always teaching me lessons through the games.

When grandfather retired in 1913, he was using 50 horses to pull his many buses, hacks, and buggies.  All was auctioned and I can remember that sale.  It was also the end of the horse and buggy days.”

 


 

Samuel Campbell HOAGLAND

1855–1940

Birth 22 Dec 1855 Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA

Death 14 Dec 1940 Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA


 

Samuel Campbell Hoagland was my paternal great great grandfather.

Helen Marie Hoagland was my paternal grandmother.

 

John Mosiman 1931-2012

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John Mosiman bore a strong family resemblance to both of his biological parents and brothers.

John Mosiman

1931–2012

 John Mosiman was an uncle I never met and did not know much of anything about until I began my family history research. It broke my heart to know I had an uncle I never knew and cousins I never knew living in Texas. I had no other cousins or uncles on my father’s side of the family tree. I reached out to John Mosiman in the final years of his life, when I finally located him. I thought my father would be overjoyed to be in touch with John as he had mentioned him in a kind a loving way. I thought John would be happy to connect with my father, but, I think maybe my reaching out to him via e-mail was a great shock to him. I’ve saved those e-mails. They mean the world to me, however, frankly, I desperately wanted to meet him and his family. That was never to be.

I gave my father John’s contact information and I gave John my father’s contact information urging them to reach out to each other. I felt certain they would because of their strong religious faith and dedication to family. I was concerned that due to their age, one would pass and they would never have the opportunity to meet. And that is just what happened. It just hurt my heart so much. I had felt my Grandmother Helen holding my hand as I did this work of reunification of the two brothers. A few years have passed and I still hurt to have had this experience. I have learned you can’t fix some things, especially when it comes to broken family relations. I have let go and let God…

 
My father had noted in his family history notes he had a brother that was placed for adoption at birth. My mother had told me that my father had had a brother born before him in Chicago when my grandfather, Wilder Morris Bosworth, was in dental school. She told me my grandfather made my Grandmother Helen give him up for adoption. This is still a bit of a mystery to me because my father was born a year later and they raised him and another brother after this adoption took place.
 
I have a copy of a news article my grandmother kept with her family history research and collection of genealogy notes that my father came into possession of after my Grandmother Helen passed away. My father went through her things and saved what he felt was important. This article was included when my father wrote his version of the family history. His version of the family history was a work of opinion in several cases. 


John Mosiman (1931 – 2012)
uncle
 
Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S. (1905 – 1990)
father of John Mosiman
(Adoptive parents: Fred and Lucille Mosiman of Elgin, Illinois)
 
Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II (1933 – )
son of Dr. Wilder Morris BOSWORTH Sr., D.D.S.
 
Me
the daughter of Capt. Frank Hunt BOSWORTH II

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This is the photo of John Mosiman from an article my Grandmother Helen had kept in her keepsakes until she passed away.

 


 

 

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The Daily Herald-Chicago Illinois 1974 January 27  “John Mosiman: his painting comes from the heart”

 

The Daily Herald-Chicago Illinois 1974 January 27

John Mosiman: his painting comes from the heart

By Eleanor Rives

One spectator called it “ballet on a palette.”

John Mosiman, Elgin artist who has made thousands of appearances before clubs, schools, conventions, banquets and churches, entitles it “Musical Paintings.”

More than music, more than art, Mosiman’s program holds an audience enthralled. At his recent appearance at the Des Plaines Ladies of Elks Christmas dinner, one could hear a pin drop.

He dramatically combines stereophonic music, “painting” with colored chalks and theatrical lighting units that he manipulates to produce various moods in an almost dreamlike sequence.

His movements coincide with the rhythms and interpretations of such orchestral sound tracks as “Carmen”

His Scenes are realistic 00 the vastness and grandeur of America’s West; landscapes from Venice, Ecuador, Spain; a Midwestern farm scene; vistas of natural beauty he has encountered in his travels from coast to coast and in seven foreign countries.

Let’s look in on Mosiman’s Christmas program.

“I have my orchestra with me tonight in there two boxes,” Mosiman chats with the audience, with modest reference to his new stereophonic speakers, part of the 200 pounds of equipment – easel, sound system and theatrical lighting units – he brings with him.

The only illumination in the room falls on the large canvas in the gold frame.

Matching his strokes and pace to the music, the lefthanded artist proceeds to depict the manger scene on a background already aswirl with muted color. Mosiman matches mood for mood, slashing in bold, dramatic lines to the beat, excitement building as the music crescendos. The finished scene is viewed in quiet awe through a succession of lighting effects – now dim, now fiery, now fluorescent – to a musical background of “What Child is This?”

And so it is with the Wise Men following a star, then with the shepherds tending their flocks in the fields, ending with the stirring music of Handel’s “Messiah.”

House lights go up, the audience returns to reality to pop questions at Mosiman, who explainds the ‘more mundane aspects of how to use the vinyl-backed canvas over and over, how to make one’s own chalk, how the lights are operated.

“Making chalk is easier than making a cake…all except black, I buy that,” he says.

Back in 1952, John Mosiman, a student at Wheaton College, was drawing I the black ghettos on the south side of Chicago. Then, with art degree tucked under his arm, he took off for Ecuador to work with a missionary radio station.

“I was doing missionary work in a specialized way,” he said. He was sent by the mission to give art programs in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rico. He presented them to a background of classical music.

Gradually he began moving with the music. When the mission got late television, John was responsible for all the art work, the title cards, the backdrops and a program of his own.

When he saw his own program on TV, he realized he was not identifying with the music nearly as much as he supposed. “From that time on I just let go,” he said. “I really threw myself into it.

Mosiman met his wife, a nurse with the mission, at language school in Costa Rica where he was studying Spanish. They married, lived 10 years in Quito, Ecuador, then moved back to the states with their three children, settling in Algonquin (later in Elgin).

At that time, Johns life was at crossroads, with three possible directions. He was a partner and craftsman in a small printing shop; he had returned to school, Northern Illinois University, to work on his master’s degree; he could continue performing. Which route to go?

“I really liked performing best,” he said.

H attained his master’s degree, ended his print shop affiliation and began performing again. In the next few years his programs mushroomed from none to 250 a year.

Since then he has performed in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Dallas, Miami, New York and host of other places including numerous engagements in the northwest suburbs. He has appeared before approximately 200 organizations this past year, 25 of them schools. For the convenience of club program chairmen, he is listed in Paddock Publications Program Directory. He may be reached at 805-7341.

His programs vary from 15 to 75 minutes. Some are light and gay, some serious and sedate. All involve weeks of preparation designing color sketches, lighting sequences, musical sound tracks, scripts and choreography. But more than this makes John Mosiman’s performance exhilarating.

He summed it simply. “I feel the pictures. They come from inside.”

 


 

In Memory of  John Mosiman

September 12, 1931 – December 26, 2012

Obituary

John Mosiman, devoted husband, father, and grandfather went to be with his Lord on December 26, 2012.

John was the adopted son of Fred and Lucille Mosiman of Elgin, Illinois. He leaves a legacy of faith and love to his wife of 57 years, Gloria.

John is survived by his sister Sue Wyld of Wheaton, Illinois; three adult children, his daughter Elizabeth Adkins of Summerville, South Carolina; his daughter Marianne and her husband John Sullivan of Austin, Texas; his son John Douglas Mosiman and his wife Ajeli of Fort Mill, South Carolina; and five grandchildren.

John graduated from Wheaton College in 1953 and later earned his Master of Art degree in art at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

John and Gloria met in San José, Costa Rica. They studied Spanish prior to mission work in Ecuador South America. They were married in Quito, Ecuador where they served as missionaries for twelve years.

John created an art form he called “Musical Paintings.” It was a blend of chalk paintings with theatrical lighting and choreographed to music, captivating audiences at clubs, conventions, churches and schools. He performed from New York to Dallas, Miami to San Francisco, also to Canada and seven countries in Latin America crossing a span of forty-one years.

John was an accomplished artist and created pencil drawings and acrylic paintings. He enjoyed hiking and camping in the wilderness. During his career he climbed forty-seven peaks in the Rocky Mountains. He was well-known for sleeping under the stars in his hammock instead of a tent. He greatly enjoyed carving intricate designs and Bible verses on walking sticks.

John opted to spend his retirement years ministering in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. A major part of his work was building houses for destitute families, enabling them to move out of their cardboard shacks and into frame houses. He recruited and spearheaded volunteer construction teams, supervising them and working with his own hands as well. They constructed over one hundred fifty houses. John gather financial donation of over one million dollars.

John sponsored hundreds of Mexican youths for high school and university education. Through his life, God radically changed the life of many people; both those in need and those who came to help.

John completed his work in Mexico in 2010 when his illness prevented him from travelling. Since that time, being confined at home, he enjoyed teaching the Bible to small groups at his home and mentoring several individuals.

John will be missed by his family and friends worldwide. John often mentioned this Bible verse: “There is nothing in us that allows us to claim that we are capable of doing this work. The capacity we have comes from God. It is he who made us capable of serving…” – 2 Corinthians 3.5, 6 TEV.

A memorial service celebrating John’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3838 Steck Ave, Austin, Texas. 78759.

In lieu of flowers, John has requested donations be made out to His Work, Inc., 13217 Dime Box Trl. Austin, TX 78729, with a memo designating the check for Acuña Mexico Ministry, Building and or Education. Website: http://hisworkinc.org or for aiding persecuted Christians around the world, send donations to the Voice of Martyrs, PO Box 443, Bartlesville, OK 74005-0443, phone 800-747-0085, memo John Mosiman memorial.

Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=John-Mosiman&lc=4885&pid=161990150&mid=5357326#

 


 

I still have deep sadness when I think of my Grandmother Helen’s tremendous sacrifice of having to place her son for adoption. I have sadness that there was a family I never knew and whom I would have loved with all my heart. It is just a heartbreaking story that haunts me. While I am grateful and appreciative I was able to find out who my uncle was and how he spent his life, I just wish I could have helped those two brothers to unite. 


Here are some bits of information I gleaned from my research:

 

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John Mosiman at Wheaton College
Florida, Passenger Lists 1898-1963 for John Mosiman
Florida, Passenger Lists 1898-1963 for John Mosiman

 

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Two Pumps by John Mosiman 8×16 inch serigraph
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Grand Canyon by John Mosiman, 6×8 serigraph
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Signed JOHN MOSIMAN ” Door County Barn ” Original Serigraph
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John Mosiman Serigraph Numbered Misty Autumn Morning LE 69/225 Woods Cabin 13×10

 

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John Mosiman “Musical Painter” – The Daily Herald/Chicago Illinois 1971 January 21

 

http://sacredartpilgrim.com/collection/view/86

https://reachbeyond.org/content/news/read/compassion-and-brush-strokes-of-artist-brightened-lives-of-others-1

http://www.graceofgiving.org/Newsletters/Newsletter%20April%202005.pdf

 

So many of John Mosiman’s works of art are available to view just by Googling his name. I especially love the barn and Wisconsin scenes, of course. My style of painting is much like his. 

I just wish I could have met him. I wish my father and grandmother could have known him. At least I feel I kind of know him.

 

 

 

Mary Ann (Kynerd) Smith 1819–1911

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Mary Ann Kynerd 1819–1911

When Mary Ann Kynerd was born on May 13, 1819, in Alabama, her father, Jacob, was 22 and her mother, Rosanah (Taylor), was 20. She married George Rayford Smith on November 6, 1843, in Perry County, Alabama. They had 11 children in 19 years. She died on September 13, 1911, in Neshoba County, Mississippi, at the impressive age of 92, and was buried there.

 


Mary Ann KYNERD (1819 – 1911)
 my 2nd great-grandmother
 
John George SMITH (1861 – 1946)
son of Mary Ann KYNERD
 
Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” SMITH (1895 – 1984)
daughter of John George SMITH
 
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” SMITH
 
Me
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

Various spellings of Mary Ann’s last name exist.