William Henry Batke1

M, b. 12 August 1915, d. 26 June 2005

William Batke c1940s
Photo courtesy: Don Fredrick

Family: Edna Rita Kwiatkowski b. 14 Aug 1917, d. 4 Jul 1995

Citations

  1. [S1000] Cara McIntyre Batke, "Batke Genealogy Data," e-mail to Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, November 13, 2006.
  2. [S1008] 1930 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chiago, Washington, DC, ED 51, Page 2A, Ancestry.com; accessed December 20, 2006.
  3. [S1009] Batke-Bednark Marriage License: Book 105, Page 363, Application 486.
  4. [S1010] William H. Batke, Illinois Medical Certificate of Death.
  5. [S1074] Henry Batke entry, part SE, section 22, township 14, range 6, west of the 3rd meridian, Homestead Patent application: Saskatchewan, Canada.
  6. [S1002] U. S. Social Security Administration, William H. Batke, SS# 366-09-5500, accessed November 15, 2006.
  7. [S1053] Jerald William Batke, Illinois birth certificate no. 3180 (February 6, 1939).
  8. [S1033] Berrien County Circuit Court Declaration of Intention, no. 2820, FHL # 1954668 (February 18, 1939), St. Joseph, Michigan.
  9. [S1075] Henry Batke, Canadian Pacific Train database on-line, December 7, 1921.
  10. [S1008] 1930 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chiago, Washington, DC, ED 51, Page 2A, Ancestry.com, accessed December 20, 2006.
  11. [S1002] U. S. Social Security Administration, Jerald W. Batke, SS#361-30-3437, accessed November 15, 2006.
  12. [S1077] Berrien County Circuit Court Declaration of Intention, no. 3657, book 26, page 2651, Micropublication # 1954664, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (August 21, 1941), St. Joseph, Michigan.
  13. [S1104] News-Palladium-Benton Harbor, April 7, 1949, Information provided by Bonnie J. (Link) Fago (e-mail address) in an email dated August 14, 2009 to Elaine Bush (e-mail address).
  14. [S1003] Cara McIntyre Batke, "Genealogy questions," e-mail to Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, November 22, 2006.
  15. [S1012] Cynthia Gibson, Illinois Medical Certificate of Death.
  16. [S1127] The News-Palladium, December 21, 1962, page 3, Ancestry.com, accessed February 3, 2010.
  17. [S1223] The Herald-Palladium, October 29, 1979, p. 10.
  18. [S1017] Edna R. Batke, Illinois Medical Certificate of Death.
  19. [S1222] The Herald-Palladium, August 11, 1997, p. 7A.
  20. [S1166] Herald-Palladium, June 23, 1999.
  21. [S665] Elaine Beaudoin's personal knowledge Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files.

William "Billy" Francis Bechdolt1

M, b. 18 October 1925, d. 20 February 2001
  • Birth*: William "Billy" Francis Bechdolt was born on 18 October 1925 at Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA.1
  • Marriage*: He married Bernadette O'Laughlin in November 1944.1
  • Biography: William and Bernadette raised seven children.2
  • Death*: William "Billy" Francis Bechdolt died on 20 February 2001 at Tahoe City, Placer County, California, USA, at age 75.1
  • Biography*: A Tribute to 10th Mountain Division: World War II troops fought fearlessly and returned to develop national ski scene
    Mark McLaughlin
    Special to The Union
    November 11, 2010

    TAHOE/TRUCKEE – We often take for granted the abundance of modern ski resorts in the United States, but veterans from the 10th Mountain Division deserve special recognition for much of their development. After World War II, returning men from the 10th fired up America’s ski industry by publishing ski magazines, opening ski schools and establishing new ski areas, including Vail, Aspen, Sugarbush, Whiteface Mountain and others. At least 62 ski resorts were founded, managed or employed head ski instructors that were 10th Mountain Division veterans.
    These men had trained in the harsh winter climate of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and then fought courageously in Italy during World War II. Veterans Day is an appropriate time to honor these soldiers who took on rugged mountains, winter storms and artillery fire to flush entrenched Germans from their fortified alpine redoubt in 1945. Their efforts were critical to ending the war in Europe.
    Even before the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the U.S. War Department had encouraged all outdoor-oriented men to volunteer for mountain soldier training, which attracted park rangers, trappers, hunting guides, and skiers. Among those who signed up were Truckee residents Karl Kielhofer and Pete Vanni. Two others were 18-year-old freshmen at the University of Nevada in Reno: Chelton Leonard, a future coach of the school’s ski team, as well as Joe “Barnes” Berry, son of Bill Berry, a noted Reno journalist and Sierra ski historian.
    Some of the most famous skiers from America trained with the 10th. Roy Mikkelsen, a national jumping champion with California’s Auburn Ski Club, was an instructor and second lieutenant. Austrian-born Bill Klein, the longtime director of skiing at Sugar Bowl, also became a member of the unit.
    The soldiers trained relentlessly, but weren’t committed to combat until January 1945, when they were ordered to Italy for a dangerous assault on heavily fortified German-held positions high in the Apennine Mountains. The division faced intense fire from German troops situated on top of a steep rock escarpment surrounded by minefields. Other Army units had attempted to scale the mountain, but all had failed. The highly trained men of the 10th Mountain Division proved their mettle by scaling the ridge at night, taking the Germans by surprise. The battle was horrific, with many mountain infantrymen killed, wounded or missing in the first day.
    Combat continued as the mountain troops broke through the German line and spearheaded the drive across the Po River Valley. Indicative of the fierce fighting, nearly 1,000 men of the 10th Mountain Division were killed and 4,100 wounded in the Italian campaign. Their fearless courage was honored as the 10th became one of the most highly decorated divisions in U.S. history.
    Among those 10th Mountain Division soldiers who participated in the Apennines and Po Valley offensive was William “Bill” Bechdolt, a son of Carl Bechdolt, Sr., the owner of the Tahoe Inn in Tahoe City. Bill had joined the Army during his sophomore year at the University of Nevada. After a land mine explosion killed or wounded most of the men in his patrol, Sergeant Bechdolt distinguished himself in the ensuing combat and was later decorated for uncommon valor and bravery with a Bronze Star Medal. Among the men killed was the chaplain who had married Bechdolt to his wife Bernadette shortly before his deployment to Italy.
    Upon his return to Tahoe City, Bill Bechdolt managed and later owned the Tahoe Inn from 1945 to 1974. Over the years he made many community contributions and was also a judge for the ski jumping competition at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. Bill and Bernadette reared seven children and were married 56 years until his death in 2001.
    – Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin is a nationally published author and professional speaker. His award-winning books are available at local stores or athttp://www.thestormking.com. You can reach him atmark@thestormking.com.2

Family: Bernadette O'Laughlin b. 16 Oct 1924, d. 17 Aug 2005

Citations

  1. [S1978] Ancestry.com Family Trees, online www.ancestry.com, Bernadette P. O'Laughlin tree, managed by gregnsyl, accessed March 28, 2019.
  2. [S2785] The Union, 11 Nov 2010, Online:https://www.theunion.com/news/…, Accessed, March 28, 2019.
  3. [S1978] Ancestry.com Family Trees, online www.ancestry.com, Bernadette P. O'Laughlin tree, managed by gregnsyl, accessed March 28, 2019; Reno Evening Gazette, September 28, 1962, page 17, reports death of infant son of Mr and Mrs. William Bechdolt.

William F. Bechdolt1

M, b. 1962, d. 26 September 1962
  • Birth*: William F. Bechdolt was born in 1962.1
  • Death*: He died on 26 September 1962.1

Citations

  1. [S1978] Ancestry.com Family Trees, online www.ancestry.com, Bernadette P. O'Laughlin tree, managed by gregnsyl, accessed March 28, 2019; Reno Evening Gazette, September 28, 1962, page 17, reports death of infant son of Mr and Mrs. William Bechdolt.

Josephine Becker1

F

Family: Casper J. Leibach b. 8 Jan 1865, d. 14 Mar 1917

Citations

  1. [S389] Edward J. Leibach, Leibach, Edward J. - Death Cert.
  2. [S2383] Kenneth J. Leibach, "Family Tree, Version 1", Family Tree provided to Elaine M. Beaudoin by Kenneth J. Leibach, Jr., on September 28, 2016.
  3. [S537] Chicago Daily News, March 26, 1917, 23.
  4. [S588] Casper Joseph Leibach, Illinois certificate of death, Family History Library, MF# 1852315.
  5. [S2385] Kenneth J. Leibach Sr., "Family Tree version 2", Family Tree provided to Elaine M. Beaudoin by Kenneth J. Leibach, Jr., on September 28, 2016.

Bert G. Beckley1,2

M, b. circa 1880

Family: Catherine Donegan b. c 1881, d. 10 Jul 1916

Citations

  1. [S1961] Daniel Moore, "Descendants of John Halloran", Four generation descendant list, Created November 1, 2014.
  2. [S2059] Calvary Cemetery, Donegan, William gravecard.
  3. [S2061] Chicago Tribune, December 18, 1916, page 19, accessed May 1, 2015 on ProQuest.
  4. [S2137] Chicago Daily News, July 12, 1916, page 22.

Amy Josephine Beder1

F

Family: Unknown McKenna

Citations

  1. [S629] Survivors and Rescuers, Chicago's Awful Theater Horror, p. 145.

Edyth E. Beder1

F, b. August 1868, d. 30 December 1903

Family: John Linton Vallely b. 8 Jan 1868, d. 7 Aug 1941

Citations

  1. [S627] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, online www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/marrsrch.html, Vallely, John L. and Beder, Edyth E., Marriage License No. 00180544.
  2. [S629] Survivors and Rescuers, Chicago's Awful Theater Horror, p. 145.
  3. [S630] 1900 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Washington, DC, ED 1025; Page 3A; Ward 32, Ancestry.com; accessed March 6, 2006.
  4. [S662] Edith B. Vallely, Illinois Statewide Death Index, Accessed March 7, 2006.
  5. [S628] Chicago Tribune, August 10, 1941, Chicago Tribune Historical Archive, Record No. 19410810dn063.

Jacob Beder1

M

Family: Elizabeth (?)

Citations

  1. [S629] Survivors and Rescuers, Chicago's Awful Theater Horror, p. 145.

Joseph L. Bednark1,2

M, b. 12 December 1885, d. 13 August 1925

Family: Rose Olszewski b. 7 Feb 1894, d. b 3 Jan 1974

Citations

  1. [S1004] 1920 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, Washington, DC, ED 884, Page 13B, Ancestry.com, accessed November 17, 2006.
  2. [S1421] Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1871-1920, online Ancestry.com, Bednark - Kwiathowski marriage record, FHL MF# 1030715.
  3. [S1020] Joseph Bednark, Illinois Standard Certificate of Death, FHL MF#1503939, Item 5.
  4. [S1006] Illinois Statewide Death Index (1916-1950), Certificate # 2049.

John Daniel Behrends1,2

M, b. 10 February 1888, d. 19 October 1957

Family: Majorie Sullivan b. 15 Feb 1893, d. 26 Oct 1957

Citations

  1. [S2103] Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994, online www.familysearch.org, Marjorie H. Behrends death record, entry number 920, accessed March 26, 2019 on FamilySearch.org.
  2. [S1676] Find A Grave, online http://findagrave.com, John Daniel Behrends FAG memorial # 176348140, created by Lkrier on 14 Feb 2017. Accessed March 26, 2019.
  3. [S1978] Ancestry.com Family Trees, online www.ancestry.com, Renee Kehoe Family Tree, Marjorie H. Behrends entry. Accessed March 26, 2019.