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1 post
Jan 11, 2011
9:25 AM
Does anyone have any information on L. L. Higday?
She is related to my family but not sure who she
is or who her parents are. Any information would be
Thank you
621 posts
Jan 12, 2011
8:04 AM
This is a toughy! I only found one reference to a L. L. Higday on Ancestry - she was a boarder:
1880 United States Federal Census about L. L. Higday
L L Higday

Name: L. L. Higday
Home in 1880: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Age: 34
Estimated birth year: abt 1846
Birthplace: Indiana
Father's birthplace: Indiana
Mother's birthplace: Indiana
Occupation: Milliner
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female
Household Members: Name Age
E. A. Ladin 40
Selia Ladin 35
Burdett Ladin 17
Marion Ladin 15
Emma Ladin 12
Mary Ladin 8
L. L. Higday 34

The surname Higday seems to be concentrated in IN, WI and Canada. Nothing found on Footnote or Family Search yet.

Here is her obit:
Rockford Daily Register Gazette
Nov. 24, 1895 5;2
Whiteside County

Miss L. L. Higday died very suddenly on arriving at her home from a church social at Tampico. She was in her usual health during the evening and was accompanied home by friends. The cause given is heart trouble. She had not removed her wrap when taken. She was 47 years old and had conducted a millinery store in Tampico for 20 years.

I'm not sure the parents' would be listed on the death certificate in this year. If you do a site-search, you will find little blurbs in our local newspaper referencing her millinery shop. She is also found in the 1910 article on the early history of Tampico as being the 2nd teacher in the area. But I have not found anything that notes her parents. I will check our archives and see if I can find anything else.

Last Edited by on Jan 13, 2011 7:14 AM
622 posts
Jan 12, 2011
11:17 AM
I have emailed you with some info. The obit was from the Rockford Daily Gazette. Here are some listings in the Sterling Gazette:
Subject Description Date Location
Higday, L. L. Miss obituary 14 Nov 1895;4;1
Higday, L. L. Miss obituary 15 Nov 1895;wGazette;4;2
Higday, L. L. Miss funeral rites 22 Nov 1895;Standard;2;2
Higday, L. L. Miss funeral rites 22 Nov 1895;wGazette;8;2
Higday, L. L. Miss funeral rites 28 Nov 1895;wStandard;B2;4
129 posts
Jan 12, 2011
2:54 PM
Tammy and Denise;
I went to the Sterling Library web site and used the Early Sterling Gazette option. Reading some of the hits, I found the obit and also some on the post funeral information. She had a sister, listed as Mrs. Dr. Reynolds, and was not listed as from out of town. Their was mention of a Mrs. N. Smith of Spring Valley, and a Husband and wife of Plano, Dr. B. E. Ladue. The wife came right after the death and her Dr. husband came a day or two later. L. L., had stayed with them in Plano, as she had gone to Chicago for items in her shop. No mention of any direct family connection. Other census searches did not work, 1850 - 60 -70. Also, the Illinois marriage index did not have any brides with her last name, so it could be her sister was married in Indiana, or possibly Illinois, such as Cook County where the marriage index appears to be way short.

2 posts
Jan 12, 2011
7:58 PM
Thank you Jack and Denise for all of your work.
This is a mystery person in our family tree and I hope
it is one I can figure out.
623 posts
Jan 13, 2011
7:12 AM
Thanks Jack,
I was planning on going over to the Library at end of week to transcribe these. I had forgotten that we link to the Early Sterling Papers in our TOC. Early Sterling Papers

I sent her an obit that appeared in the Rockford Gazette. No real information in it as far as family connections. I think I may have a photo of her in front of her millinery shop in Tampico, and possibly a teacher's ledger when she was a school teacher here. The Tornado should have Ads - Les Niemi has transcribed some of the printed ads for her shop. Again, thanks for the help!

Last Edited by on Jan 13, 2011 11:47 AM
131 posts
Jan 13, 2011
4:59 PM
It must be winter, and I have some time on my hands. Anyway, I love a good search, especially when it comes to our local pioneers and settlers. We have lost so much history around here, and knowing a little more about a woman who taught school and had a shop for 16 years deserves a little attention. History did not create it's self, our people did.

As for the post above about the Wisconsin census, the Lavanche, by family tree material, turns out to be LaVanchee Emily Higday, daughter of Hamilton Higday and his wife Eliza C. Vanslyck.

By the information in the local newspaper about L. L., she is said to have had a sister, and the wife of a Dr. Reynolds. I find in the 1870 census of LaPort Indiana, a household of various names and two of these names are Higday. Lavanche, age 23 and a school teacher, b. N.Y. The other is Tompkins Higday, age 54, b. N.Y. Physician. From what I have found, it appears that Lavanche is a niece of Dr. Tompkins Higday. If you go to the family board of Higday at Ancestry, back in November of 2000, someone is searching for a Martha Higday, who married a Dr. Reynolds.

I'm going to paste in a Bio., that gives us some strong hints.
George R. Reynolds
From: History of Marshall County, Indiana 1836 to 1880
by Daniel McDonald
printed in Chicago by Kingman Brothers, Lakeside Building 1881
page number 117 - George R. Reynolds

M.D.Mr. REYNOLDS was born in LaPorte County, Ind., March 11, 1841; his parents, JOHN and KETURAH [VINCENT] REYNOLDS, removed from New York to that county in 1838, and located upon a farm, where his mother died in 1857. The father devoted his life to agricultural pursuits until the infirmities of age forced him to retire from active labor. He came to Plymouth with his son in 1867, remaining here until death.
Dr. REYNOLDS attended the winter schools in LaPorte County, and worked on his father's farm during the remainder of the year, until 1857, when he entered a graded school in that county. He attended the Plymouth graded schools in 1860 and in the fall and spring terms of 1861, 1862, and 1863, he attended the Northern Indiana Male and Female College, at Valparaiso, Ind., teaching school in the winter months of those years.

At the age of twenty-three years, he began the study of medicine with Dr. TOMPKINS HIGDAY, at LaPorte, Ind., and in the fall of 1865, entered the Medical Department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, graduating in the spring of 1867. During the spring and summer of 1865, he served as hospital steward in the Indiana State Prison, at Michigan City, and in the fall of 1867, came to Plymouth and entered upon the practice of his profession. He has attained eminent success as a physician and surgeon, and enjoys an extended and lucrative practice, ranking among the best practitioners of Northern Indiana. By his professional skill, an especially by his attainments in the science of surgery, he has made himself a necessity in the community, and by his genial manners and cordial nature, is a general favorite in society.

He was married, in November 1862, to Miss MARTHA HIGDAY, a niece of his former preceptor, at LaPorte, Ind. They are the parents of three children, named, respectively, BERTHA K., MAUD M. and CARL V. Dr. REYNOLDS stands high in the Masonic fraternity of this city; he was made a Mason at Michigan City, Ind., and has passed the various degrees of that order up to the degree of Knight Templar. At the great triennial conclave of Knights Templar, held at Chicago, in August 1880, he was Eminent Commander of Plymouth Commandery, No. 26. For the past six years he has been President of the Board of Education of Plymouth, and is still acting in that capacity.

Note: The above history of George Rensselaer Reynolds, M.D., written by Daniel McDonald, does not include George and Martha's other child, Estelle Reynolds, who was born after the book by McDonald was written.
Biography donated by: Mary McDonald Silva at - Silvadv1@aol.com

So then, it appears that Dr. Tompkins Higday had at least two nieces. Lavanche (whom I believe is L. L.) and her sister Martha. We need to find more on Dr. Higday, as it appears he had a brother who would be the father of Lavanche and Martha.

3 posts
Jan 13, 2011
5:51 PM
I too thought It was Lavanche. Just dont have the proof yet. I had sent a email off to Denise this morning telling her that. Except I had it has Laranche
Lora Higday. I too thought she was connected somehow to Dr. Tompkins Higday. I just cannot make the connection yet. This is exciting figuring this out.
I appreciate all of your work.
Thank you
Tammy Jorgensen
4 posts
Jan 13, 2011
6:26 PM
There is a Lavanchee Emily Higday who is Hamilton's
daughter Dec 1 1846-Nov 16 1925. Born in Wisconsin
and died in Kansas. L L Higday would have to belong
to one of the other brothers. She is buried at Maple
Grove Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas.
5 posts
Jan 13, 2011
6:46 PM
New Mystery now...We have nothing on Martha..
6 posts
Jan 13, 2011
8:09 PM
After talking with Mark Higday Martha is William Frank Higday's daughter. She had a sister named
Elizabeth (Lib) who was a Milliner. I wonder if
this is possibly her? It would follow the sister
624 posts
Jan 14, 2011
6:28 AM
Jack - thank you so much for your due diligence on this. I did think the key to this mystery might be found via the Dr. Reynolds. I'll be at the historical society tomorrow, so I'll check for photos, school ledgers, etc. Morrison may be the next place to try, via businesses owned. I'm pretty sure the shop they speak is still standing and was (or is in process of being) sold w/hopes of finding its history and restoring it as much as possible.
7 posts
Jan 14, 2011
2:08 PM
Elizabeth was known as Eliza and I found her.
She was born in 1847 in Canada and died on April 6 1876 in Wichita. She is buried at Highland Cemetery.
So This would not be L L Higday.
132 posts
Jan 15, 2011
7:58 AM
Tammy and Denise,

I believe Mark Higday is on the correct path, thinking that Martha was a daughter of William Frank. (and sister L. L.) When I spelled Tompkins as Thompkins Higday, I found this Higday family tree, and the wording put to William Frank was that his only child was William Jr. As I went down the list looking for the possibles I kept crossing William Frank off. My subscription to Newspaperarchives ran out and I did use their free trial to find the following about who I believe to be the William Jr.

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel LeMars, Iowa, Friday 4 May 1928.
"LEEDS RESIDENT TWENTY YEARS - William Higday Was An Early Settler In The Vicinity Of Kingsley. --

Following a brief illness William Higday, 4331 Van Buren street, a resident of Leeds for twenty years, died Wednesday at his home.
Born in Wisconsin 74 years ago, Mr. Higday moved to Iowa with his family when he was eighteen years old, and settled near Kingsley. He had lived thre until moving to Leeds. He was a member of the United Brethern church.
Besides the widow, Mr. Higday is survived by a sister, Mrs. M. Cardwell, of Sioux City, and four brothers, Henry Higday, of Leeds; O. H. Higday of LeMars; Olmer Higday, of Palo Alto, Tex., and Albert Higday, of San Diego, Cal.
The funeral services will be held today at 10 o'clock, Rev. R. M. Kierman of Leeds will officiate and burial will be made in Logan Park cemetery, Sioux City." (End)

So, if Martha and L. L. were sisters to the above living brothers, both L. L. and Martha were gone. Could be the girls were the older of William Franks children, and possibly never went to Iowa, as we find L.L. (Lavanche in the La Porte census, and quite sure it was in Indiana that Martha met her husband there.

Good Luck and keep us posted.
P.S. Plymouth Co., Iowa history says four families of the Higday name settled there.
8 posts
Jan 15, 2011
9:07 AM
Jack and Denise,
After alot of looking and talking to people this is what I found. William Franks had two daughters
Eliza and Martha C.. Eliza died in Wichita at the age
of 28 years 7 months, and Matha married Dr. George
Reynolds. So if she belongs to William Franks she would of been born before Eliza as Eliza was estimated to be born around 1847 in Canada.
L L estimated birth was 1846 in Indiana.
So as of today L L is still a mystery.
625 posts
Jan 15, 2011
10:51 AM
The POB of Indiana and a one-year difference in DOB is extracted from the census record, correct? Notorious for incorrect information for various reasons. Don't give up yet. I haven't made it over to Hist. Soc. yet. Hope to get there later today.
133 posts
Jan 15, 2011
12:14 PM
A few minutes ago I took my first look at Ancestry's One World Tree and find the Higday entries. I also did some census searches in Iowa. The above obit now appears to be the obit of William Higday, the son of Edward F. Higday and his wife Esther Austin. Edward F. the sone of Henry Daniel Higday and wife Polly Potter. Henry F.,would be a brother of William Franks Higday.
If the entry of Martha Higday (she married Dr. Reynolds) in the One World Tree is correct as a daughter of William Franks Higday and wife Agnes, and we have a local newspaper that names Martha as a sister to L. L., I believe we are real close to having this figured out. (we need a time machine)
9 posts
Jan 15, 2011
2:12 PM
Denise and Jack,
Thank you for your help. I believe she belongs to William Franks Higday, but not sure of her name.
As I said above Martha is married to Dr. Reynolds,
and Eliza (Lib) is buried in Wichita.
10 posts
Jan 16, 2011
11:06 AM
I have Eliza picture of her headstone. Will look for
a obit.
134 posts
Jan 17, 2011
4:50 AM
I eventually found a good portion of the Higday family in the 1850 census Rock County, Union Twp., Wisconsin listed with the spelling of Higdie. I went through all 28 pages and William Franks, was either missed or elsewhere.

Another find was on the Iowa Gen Web, and they list two marriages for William Franks. Listed first is Libby Unknown, and second, Agnes Unknown.

Without going through the 1860 census again..... as I remember LaVanchee, daughter of Hamilton was in Wisconsin and the same year in Indiana the Laranche appears with Dr. Thompkins. It could be two different Higday girls, or it could that LaVanchee went for a stay with her Uncle and was recorded a second time for 1860. I'm playing a hunch that they were two different girls, and that our L. L. of Tampico had one of the letter L's, as Libby.

If the direct family really wants to solve this, I think a call to the Whiteside County Court House is the fastest way to find out. Ask for an Index name leading to a will or especially a probate record. With or without a will, as she had a shop with inventory the process of closure had to go through probate. Following her death, there could be notices published in local papers about the probate procedure, and it would be a surprise to me if it was handled without the full name.

Keep searching and happy hunting....
634 posts
Jan 17, 2011
8:14 AM
Jack - Thank you so much for following this mystery. Wish you were "clone-able"!

So that brings us back to my original email to you,Tammy ! (smile) Here are the links to the Circuit Clerkand for the d/c for L. L. Higday (listed as buried in TMC) - County Clerk Please keep us posted if you find information.

I have not been able to get over to the Historical Society, but I have to go to Tampico on Tues. & Fri. of this week.

Last Edited by on Jan 17, 2011 8:17 AM
11 posts
Jan 17, 2011
9:00 AM
I am contacting the clerks office today. I knew their
was a libby, found her over the weekend. Guess
now it is wait and see what the clerks office says, unless someone finds somthing in the meantime.
Thank you Denise and Jack for everything.
If you ever find any pictures or records of her Denise, let me know.
Thank you
I have copied what you have on your website about her.
Your website is Awesome!
635 posts
Jan 17, 2011
10:00 AM
Thank you, Tammy! Sorry I couldn't get over to the Historical Society yet. Life just keeps getting in my way! I have to go there for other business on Tuesday & Friday. Fingers crossed I find something.
12 posts
Jan 17, 2011
3:26 PM
No problem Denise. I understand busy.
13 posts
Jan 18, 2011
9:20 AM
I cannot find any records for the last name of "Higday". My only suggestion is that you could contact Marilyn Anderson at the Sterling Public Library. Her email address is : genealogy@sterlingpubliclibrary.org

If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me. Connie

The County Clerk could not find anything On L L Higday.
So now I am contacting the Sterling Library.
135 posts
Jan 19, 2011
6:33 PM
I'm digesting my piece of humble pie, as I reviewed the census records of 1860 - 1870. In an earlier post I thought the 1860 census for Lavanchee (Hamiltons daughter) and the Larcnche that was in LaPort with Dr. Thomkins Higday was the same year, but to my surprise it turned out to be the 1870 census that Laranche was with Dr. Higday. But the state born for Laranche is listed as N.Y. (but you know how census data can be.) So this does not give us two Higday girls with a similar name the same year. The 1870 Laranche in LaPort could very well be LaVanchee Emily from Wisconsin. As she married Joseph Chapman Drollinger, it appears he was from Indiana, and their first born I understand was in Indiana.

Just a couple of finds worth mentioning.

As William Franks Higday is listed on a Ancestry tree as having a son Levi, I ran across a Levi L. Higday (burial at) Old St. Paul's Anglican, Middlesex County, London Twp., Ontario, Canada. No dates given, but the only Higday on the burial list.

Page 130, Wisconsin Page Pioneers and Kinfolk;
Baxter Burrows Boynton, b. 30 Dec., 1845, Union Wis. married Olive Ladora Warren 22 May 1871 at LaPorte, Ind. Olive was b. 9 Nov. 1844, McGrawville, New York, the daughter of Minerva Higday, b. 20 June 1817, and had married Clark Warren. Clark died 3 May 1850.

So, it could be that one of the letter "L's" in L. L. Higday might stand for Ladora.

I'm really surprised that Morrison did not have the Higday name on file.

Your correct Denise, this is a toughy!

14 posts
Jan 20, 2011
7:51 AM
Still havnt heard from the Sterling Library.
However, thank you for the information on Levi L Higday. L L is still a mystery and I hope that Sterling Library will be able to find something on her. Thank you Jack for all of your information.
I already had the information on Minerva Higday.
Thanks Again
636 posts
Jan 20, 2011
9:48 AM
Did you talk with Marilyn directly or just email her? I strongly recommend that you talk with her directly. She does not like doing email and I don't know how often she checks it. Just an FYI. If you don't get a response, let me know and I will check it out on my next trip to Sterling.
15 posts
Jan 20, 2011
4:36 PM
I sent her a email. Havnt heard from her at all.
638 posts
Jan 21, 2011
3:07 PM
Tammy, If you don't want to call, then try emailing via the Director and ask her to pass it on. You're best to just call her.
Sterling Public Library
Jennifer Slaney, Director
102 West Third Street
Sterling, Illinois 61081
Phone: 815-625-1370
Fax: 815-625-7037
Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
16 posts
Jan 21, 2011
6:14 PM
Due to recent surgerys I am unable to hold a phone.
So I have to rely on emails. I cannot hold the phone in that position. I will email the director and see what I can find out.
Thank you so very much
639 posts
Jan 22, 2011
5:48 AM
If you don't get anywhere, please contact me again and I will make a trip to the library for you. So sorry to hear of your surgeries - owie!
17 posts
Jan 22, 2011
9:36 AM
Yes I have had 6 of them, and found out Thursday I am to have another. I will be glad when they are done!
I emailed the director and hopefully they will respond.
Thank you Denise for your help
642 posts
Jan 27, 2011
5:41 AM
Hi Tammy,
I have transcribed most of the articles from the Sterling Gazette, which Jack had referenced earlier in this saga. I don't know that there would be much other information that the Genealogy Dept. could offer in Sterling at this point. It is hard to believe that that Morrison (Court House) would not have anything. I can put it on my agenda to stop there, but, it would not be for another week or so. We are all scurrying around since this is the Centennial Birth year for Ronald Reagan, who was born in Tampico. Lots of activities planned and all volunteers managing it. Festivities planned through Feb. 10, so it may not be until then that I can scooch over to Morrison. I've always said, the hardest part of doing genealogy is the "waiting"! Hang in there. If you do hear from Sterling, see if they have any probate records or even a Family History, etc. You won't need her to do any copying of obits (the fee is 75 cents/copy + service fee). Here are the transcriptions of Sterling Gazette articles:
Sterling Standard, Sterling, IL
July 11, 1889
Tampico News
Miss Higday has been feeling quite ill for past week.

Sterling Standard, Sterling, IL
Dec. 18, 1890
Miss L. L. Higday has been in the millinery business sixteen years and is doing an excellent business. She carries a large stock and displays the latest fashions.

(Note: Started business about 1874)

Sterling Standard, Sterling, IL
Oct. 10, 1895
Miss L. L. Higday returned from Chicago Monday evening, where she had been to buy her fall stock of millinery. She Sundayed at Plano with Dr. B. LaDue and family.

Sterling Evening Gazette
Nov. 14, 1895
Miss L. L. Higday Found Dead
Tampico Milliner Expired on the Floor of Her Shop After a Church Social Last Night

Miss L.L. Higday of Tampico was found dead in her millinery store this morning at 8:30 o'clock. She attended a pound sociable last night at the home of Elder Hoover, the Baptist minister of Tampico, and was one of the jolliest persons in the crowd, being in the very best of spirits. he social broke up about 10:15 o'clock and Miss Higday, in company with J. M. Remington, a son-in-law of Dr. A. C. Smith of this city, and his wife, went to her home. Mr. Remington carried a lantern and offered to light Miss Higday into her rooms, which were just to the rear of her millinery store. She declined his offer, saying that she was so familiar with every step of the way that a light was unnecessary.

But there was a step before her in the darkness that she little reckoned of. It was from time into eternity. As she stepped over the threshold of her door she tottered and fell, but her friends had passed on and no one knew what had happened until this morning. She must have died almost instantly, for she was found dressed just as she was when she left the social, even her hat being on her head and no evidence of any movement made after having fallen. This morning some parties went to her store on business and noticed the door to her living apartments was open. She was known to be a late riser, and they thought it strange that she should be out so early after having attended the social last night. They called the attention of Mr. Cain, owner of the building, to the fact, and he went to the side door, where he found the unfortunate woman, dead.

Miss Higday was a lady of between forty-six and fifty years of age. She was rather f**y, and it is supposed that her death was due to apoplexy or heart failure. Coroner Baird was ntified this morning. The deceased was a very popular lady, a prominent member and active worker in the Baptist church and a woman of many admirable qualities. Her death is mourned by the whole community of Tampico.
Repeated: Sterling Gazette, Sterling, IL, Nov. 15, 1895

Sterling Evening Gazette, Sterling, IL
Nov. 21, 1895
The funeral services of Miss L. L. Higday took place on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock in the Baptist church. It was the largest funeral that has been here for some time.

Mrs. Dr. Reynolds and daughter came to attend the funeral of her sister, Miss L. L. Higday

E.A. LaDue, wife and daughter, Mrs. N. Smith, of Spring Valley and Dr.B. E. LaDue and wife of Plano, attended the funeral of Miss L. L. Higday.

Sterling Standard, Sterling, IL
Nov. 28, 1895
Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. McDonald, of Plymouth, Ind., sister and niece of Miss L. L. Higday, deceased, returned to their home Wednesday morning.

Miss Ristow and Miss Hoover, of Sterling, were in Tampico last Tuesday. Miss Ristow purchased the millinery stock of the late Miss L. L. Higday and will conduct the business in future.

Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
about George R. Reynolds
Name: George R. Reynolds
Spouse Name: Martha C. Higday
Marriage Date: 17 Nov 1869
Marriage County: Laporte
Source Title 1: Laporte County, Indiana
Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Records Letters Mey - R Volume I
Source Title 3: W. P. A. Complied by Indiana Works Progress Admini
Book: F
OS Page: 408

Also - I have been to Tampico to check on this once and looked for some info on Higday. I was a bit rushed, so could not check all of my resources there. I will continue to search on my visits to Tampico.

Last Edited by on Jan 27, 2011 7:44 AM
643 posts
Jan 27, 2011
5:49 AM
Forgot to mention, I think she may have lived and worked at 110 Main St., which would have been located next to the Cain Drug Store. The building is still there, but the Drug Store was torn down (progress and all...)and replaced with a colonial-styled bank building. I believe the Nat'l Registry refers to it as an "intrusion." Anyway, the building was in process of being purchased and they want to explore it's history and try to restore it. You will find a description of it in the National Registry report on this website. See page 11 of the pdf for a diagram of it's location on Main St.
National Registry of Historic Places

Last Edited by on Jan 27, 2011 6:03 AM
644 posts
Jan 27, 2011
7:39 AM
1890 Tax Rolls, Whiteside County Illinois

Transcribed and Contributed by Margaret Mangers

SURNAME GIVEN Name Town RealEstate Personal Property Other person paid taxes
HIGDAY L L Tampico No Yes None
645 posts
Jan 27, 2011
8:54 AM
Update: I emailed Connie at the County Clerks office (Vital Records). She emailed back that she checked B/M/D records and found nothing for that name.

I emailed her back and asked her to check variations on the spelling of the name or for suggestions as to where else I might find death info. Connie has always been so helpful and quick to respond (often within hours). Hopefully, she will have time to continue her help or direction today.

Also emailed Circuit Court office. They are not always as quick to respond. Will post any info given.
19 posts
Jan 27, 2011
10:05 AM
Thank you Denise. If you find any pictures of her store please forward. I would appreciate it.
Thank you for all your help it is very much appreciated. Its hard when you have to rely on email because you cannot call.
Again, thank you
646 posts
Jan 27, 2011
10:21 AM
You are very welcome, Tammy. I heard back from Connie on my 2nd request regarding a misspelling. Here is her response:
Hi Denise,
I typed in just "hig" and it didn't pull up anything that resembled your name you asked about. Has Marilyn Anderson tried to find this person? I know she is very good...but I am sure you already know that. If I can be of further help let me know.

Even that surprises me, since I am pretty sure there are "Higby's" or something like that. Bummer. I'll see what else I can find and try to call the library later on today. My time is not my own very much until Feb. 11, when all the Reagan Centennial Hoopla is over. If you hear anything, let us know on this message board. Thanks,
20 posts
Jan 27, 2011
11:03 AM
I noticed that William Franks Higday also has a son
name Levi L Higday. I have no date for him and I wonder if it is L L Higdays twin. Twins are prominent
in the family.
647 posts
Jan 28, 2011
6:57 AM
I heard back from the Sterling Library's director, simply to verify that the emails were correct and working. According to the email, I am not allowed to copy it to this board or in an email. No offer was made to follow up and I have heard nothing from Marilyn.

However, I have tried another route by contacting the Regional Office of Education to see if they have any record of her as a teacher. I have been to their office before and I know they archive some pretty old stuff. Keep your fingers crossed.

I sent another email to the Circuit Clerk's office, since I apparently had the wrong email address yesterday. Again, keep your fingers crossed.
648 posts
Jan 28, 2011
8:15 AM
Tammy, have you emailed the Mary McDonald Silva at - Silvadv1@aol.com - the one that donated the bio on Dr. Reynolds that Jack posted earlier? It ironic that it was written by a Daniel McDonald, since it was noted that Mrs. Reynolds' daughter was Mrs. McDonald. Coincidence? Anyway, you may want to see what her connection is to the family and what info, if any, she may have.

Thanks again, Jack, for all of your help.
649 posts
Jan 28, 2011
8:38 AM
Heard back from ROE - here is her response:
Betty Clementz to me

We have looked through our materials here, and there is no reference to her. Our materials start in 1895, but they are somewhat minimal, to say the least, for those years.

The Odell Library in Morrison does have quite an amount of historical records. You might try there to obtain further information. If you ever do find out, please let us know what the L. L. stands for. It is a mystery that will be solved, at some point. Historical searches always take one to cemeteries, marriage, baptismal records, church, census – you already have Indiana as the site of her birth. Those records should give you the names for which the L.L. stands for. Good luck.
Betty Clementz

ODELL LIBRARY Connie Boonstra is the contact. cboonstra@odell.lib.il.us

Tammy, Do you want to try to contact them or would you like me to do it?

Last Edited by on Jan 28, 2011 8:45 AM
21 posts
Jan 28, 2011
8:51 AM
I will send a message to Mary if you can contact the others. Thank you.
This truly is a CSI mystery....LOL
Although we are starting to figure it out...
22 posts
Jan 30, 2011
9:46 AM
As of this morning I have not heard anything back.
Will keep you posted.
651 posts
Jan 31, 2011
10:02 AM
I accidentally ran across a blurb in 1895 Sterling paper that read: Miss L. L. Hegday spent last Sunday with Marion LaDues' family, near Yorktown.

I have not tried searching with that spelling. I don't think Connie did either.
652 posts
Feb 01, 2011
6:59 AM
Hi Tammy,
I ran across an old news article that misspelled the surname as HEGDAY. I emailed Connie at the county clerk's office this morning to see if she would do a search with that spelling.

Also emailed Connie Boonstra at the Odell Public Library in Morrison. They archive the Morrison newspapers. I gave Connie a summary of what we have and asked for any suggestions or if she may have something. Here is what I sent to her -

This is the information we have to date:

* Her obit - She died in Tampico, in Nov., 1895.
* She ran a Millinery shop and lived above it. She ran the business from appx. 1874 - 1895
* She was the 2nd school teacher in Tampico (according to History of Tampico in the Whiteside History books)
* She only shows on a census record (with that spelling) in 1880, living in in Tampico with a Ladin family. Census says she was born in IN
* From her obit, it says she had a sister, Mrs. Dr. Reynolds and her daughter, Mrs. McDonald, living in IN at time of L.L's death.
* She is buried in our Tampico Memorial Cemetery as noted by a photo of the headstone as well as being listed on the Cemetery Index. Again, only as L L Higday.
* She bought her business from Carrie Cain and Mr. Cain was her landlord.
* Miss Ristow of Sterling, purchased the millinery stock after L L's death and ran the business, but not sure if it were in Tampico or Sterling.
* I did find an old news article that appeared to spell the name HEGDAY. I haven't had a chance to contact the county clerk again.

People I have contacted:

* W/S County Clerk's office for death certificate. She has NO record of any "HIGDAY" or any surname beginning with "HIG"
* W/S Circuit Clerk to find any reference to her business, which may have her complete first name. I have not heard back from them.
* Reg. Office of Education - They could not find any record on her and their records begin in 1895 (the year L L died). They referred me back to you [Connie @ Odell]!

I am now going shopping for lots of food so we can prepare for the awful winter storm they are predicting. When the weather breaks, if I have not heard back from the circuit clerk, I'll try to make a trip to Morrison and see if I can find any business record with her full name.

Stay warm.
136 posts
Feb 01, 2011
12:43 PM
I'm glad to see that you came across the Ladin - Ladue mistake in the 1880 census. I found it some time back, but didn't write about it.

L. L. Higday was thick with the Ladue families. Edgar A. Ladue was a druggest in Tampico, and later on in Spring Valley. (1900 census) Also in Spring Valley, the Mrs. Smith was nee Ladue, a daughter or sister to one of the Tampico Ladue families. The Dr. Ladue in Plano that L. L. spent a Sunday with (as I remember) was a Dr. of Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat Dr., and had spent two years in Tampico before moving to Plano and spending 15 years there.

The Marion Ladue mentioned in Yorktown, had a son I believe, named Howard. In 1937, Howard had a daughter and she died 1951 at age 14. She is resting in the Leon Cemetery. (see genealogytrails w-side) She was given the name Lores Lyn Ladue.

As well known to the Ladue family as L. L. was, I'm sure the Ladue families knew what the two "L's" stood for, and it just could be (and a long shot it is) that the L L's were carried on in Howard Ladue's daughter.

137 posts
Feb 01, 2011
2:00 PM
I just looked at some notes gathered....... Lores Lyn Ladue was the daughter of Howard Ladue.

Howard was the son of Lewis Edgar Ladue. 1886 Y-town & 1968 of P-town.

Lewis Edgar Ladue - was son of Marion (Frances Marion?) (Harriet Griffen) Ladue of Yorktown.

Marion, son of Edgar A. and Cecelia (Lane) Ladue.
138 posts
Feb 03, 2011
2:16 PM
Newsflash..... Census - Public Archives of Canada - Microfilmed 1955 - @Ancestry dot com - Ontario Census, for 1861 - Image # 805 of 993 - Tecumseth, Simcoe, Canada West.

This image is very - very faint, and all I could do was guess at the writing. Each individual has a number, and William HEGDAY, starts the family with # 33. (I need help from anybody that can access it)

33. William Hegday born United States
34. Appears to be Agnes, born Canada. (As I remember in the 1870 Laporte Indiana census Cass Twp. she was born Canada E., which could be Quebec)
35. appears to be Levi, born Canada
36. appears to be George, born ? (not Canada)
37. Elizabeth, born Canada
38. unknown - could start with letter L. and ends with "ia". born Canada. (our L. L. Higday)
39. could be Martha, born Canada
40. William, born Canada
41. appears to be Charles H., born Canada

Note: William also had a daughter named, Indiana. I found her in the 1900 census, Sedgwick, Payne, Kansas, as Ana Higday, living with cousin Mulford Higday's family. Ana born June 1863, in Indiana. Her Father, b. N.Y., and her Mother, b. Canada E.

If a good search at the Morrison Court House is done by E-mail or afoot, I think a question of one L. L. Higday for a Citizenship should be asked. Also, in the recorders office, a request of any document between L. L. Higday and the family names of Cain and Ladue. I have spent many hours in those old records and there is rental and business agreements in them.

Another question is Power of Attorney.

Another question would be other years of Tax records other than 1890.


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