Age: 48 years, 2 months, 21 days. The headstone lists DOB as May 23, 1869, but all other documents show 1870

(nee THIEDE and BLANK)

DOB: May 23, 1870
Holstein, Germany

DOD: August 13, 1918
at home, west of Sollitt, IL USA


Help Please

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thiede
Adopted daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Blank

Can you help identify Anna’s parents and adopted parents and possibly confirm the year of her birth, 1869 or 1870?


Wife of William M. Selk, married February 1889, in Chicago, Cook County, IL USA
Mother to: William C. (Ella L. Batterman),  Ernest (Ida E. Stade), Clara (Edmund R. Schultz), Arthur C. (Elsie Schroeder), Edmund R. (Malinda Stedt), Viola S. (William A. Aherns Jr.) Selk

AUGUST 15, 1918 – Beecher Herald


Anna Selk obitMrs. William Selk entered into the everlasting sleep at her home at 7:05 o’clock, Tuesday morning, aged 48 years, 2 months and 20 days.

Deceased was born May 23, 1870, in Holstein, Germany. At the age of one and one half years (1871-1872) she came to America with her parents, settling on a farm in Yellowhead Township, near Petersburg, where her mother died shortly afterwards. She was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blank and reared to womanhood. In February 1889, she was married to William Selk, and the couple lived on a farm near Sollitt. In 1904, they moved to Beecher, where Mr. Selk embarked in business. Six years later they decided to return to farming and moved to a farm near Grant Park, and later to a farm on the county line, five miles west of Sollitt, the present home. To this union six children were born, as follows: William, Ernest, Clara (Mrs. Ed Schultz), Arthur, Edmund and Viola.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at 12 o’clock from the home and later at the St. Luke’s Evangelical Church, Beecher. Rev. Zimmerman of Grant Park officiating. Interment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

The many friends extend heartfelt sympathy to the grief-stricken relatives, in which the Beecher Herald joins.

(Editor’s note:  We’d like to mention here that it was Mr. & Mrs. Selk who donated the property that is now Cemetery Road that leads to St. Luke’s Cemetery and the Beecher Mausoleum. Thank you, Mr. & Mrs. Selk, for you generous and giving hearts)

 Anna’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Husband: William M. Selk

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening.

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