replace photo with Les’s headstone when completed


DOB: December 12, 1932
Hammond, IN  

DOD: July, 3rd, 2020
At Home, Arlington Heights, IL 




Son of Walter L. Thielman and Paula M. (nee Kuhlman) Thielman


Brother To: Loren W. Thielman



Les grew up on his father’s airports, first the Chicago Heights Airport and later Governor’s Air Park, Richton Heights, IL 

Chicago Heights Airport

Governor’s Air Park / Wings Field


As a young man he enjoyed fixing and racing stock cars in addition to helping at the airport when needed. He was taught to fly by his older brother “Loren” and his father “Walter” 


1953, At the age of 21 he enlisted in the US Army and served at Fort Sheridan Army Base and  studied Chemical Biological & Radiological Warfare Defense and Artillery Survey Specialist. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Expert Marksmanship Badge (M-1) He served in Battery 175 Field Artillery Battalion. 

Les ‘s is in the Amy Now

He also Married” Dollie Joanne Johnson 

Husband to: Dollie Joanne Johnson, Married  June 24, 1953


The Army Bridal Hut, Ft. Jackson, SC

Dad told a story about bring Dollie to the Bridal hut and they sent hours cleaning and sweeping it out and making it cozy, Dollie prepared dinner and for desert made a lemon meringue pie, After dinner they put the pie on top of the refrigerator and overnight the roaches ate all the meringue off the top of the pie.  ( it must have been love) 


Father To: Sherry L. (Larry) Gianneschi , Sandra Lee Thielman, Walter Scott Thielman 

In 1954 his first daughter came along: Sherry Lynn Thielman 

Followed by: Sandra Lee Thielman, 1956

And Last his son: Walter Scott Thielman, 1963






in 1959 at the age of 27,  He’s father “Walt” died of a massive heart attach and left his mother to run the airport on her own. Les joined his mother in managing Governor’s Air  park and later took over ownership and changed the name of the Airport to Wings Field. In addition he was a used equipment salesman for Midwest Industrial Properties, Chicago Heights, IL 



As a hobby he also built a Go-Cart track on the airports property and began building go-carts at home.




He also built his own airplane from the ground up in the family garage in Park Forest, IL . It was quite a sight to see the airplane with its wings alone side of it strapped to a trailer and towed to the airport in Richmond Park, IL . 



November 5,  1968 at the age of 36, he lost his wife and the mother of his children: Sherry, Sandy & Scott. 















Husband to: Carol Frances Koehn/Broerjtes , Married August 1969

Got to love the smirk on Les’s face

in 1969 at the age of 37, he Remarried a second time to: Carol Frances Koehn/Broerjtes in August 1969 and became step-father to: Mark, Scott & Kent Broerjtes.

In 1969 after the wedding he moved the whole family, all six kids and his  new wife to Prospect Heights, IL and sold Wings Field to the Civil Air Patrol.

in 1969 He’s started his own used machinery business “Wings Machinery” in Wheeling, IL . at the same time he bought himself a Beechcraft “Staggerwing Beech” model D17 bi-plane. 


Model Airplane collection




Les also owned, Auctions Unlimited and was an auctioneer. He was an avid reader of Si-fi and mystery books, he collected coins, lead soldiers and vintage model airplanes 




In the early 1970’s Les built his own 1939 Roadster from the Ground up, It gave him pleasure for many years and remains in the family to this day.



As the years past, Carol and Les had many good years, many wonderful vacations and many happy holidays together. 

(Create slideshow of vacations & holidays ) 


For many years Les & Carol owned and operated “The Mole Hole” A exclusive gift shop in Glenview, IL and also in Florida 

(add photo of Glenview shop)


The kids all grew up and most got married and the grandchildren started coming, these are just a few photo’s of the grandchildren. Too many photos to show all of them, there are 15 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren in all. 

(create slideshow of grandchildren) 

In 2017 Les lost his 2nd wide Carol , mother of Mark, Scott & Kent Broerjtes and for the last 2.5 years he lived in his home with his step-son Mark. 

Obituary for Leslie Ralph Thielman


Leslie Ralph Thielman, 87, of Arlington Heights, IL passed away peacefully July 3, 2020 in his home.

He was born December 12, 1932 in Hammond, Indiana to Walter Louis and Paula Marguerite Thielman. As a teenager, Les was enrolled in a mechanic school and then worked in a mechanic’s shop. He enjoyed working on cars so much that he started building cars, racing cars and go-carts. Les later then served in the United States Army as a land surveyor and mechanic.

While working at his father’s airports, Chicago Heights Airport and Governors Air Park (Richton Park, IL), his passion for planes grew. He became a flight instructor, built full scale, and collected vintage model airplanes. Les took over the family owned airport after his father’s passing and changed its name to Wing’s Field. In June of 1953 he married Dollie Joanne Johnson and had 3 beautiful children: Sherry, Sandra, and Scott. After the passing of Dollie, Les married Carol Frances Koehn/Broertjes in August of 1969. Carol had 3 sons of her own, Mark, Scott and Kent making the family complete.

Les was a true businessman/entrepreneur. After a while, he sold the airport and took on new adventures. He was a used machinery salesman (Midwest Industrial Properties), used machinery business owner (Wings Machinery and Auctions Unlimited). He even dabbled in being an auctioneer and a co-owner of a specialty gift shop (The Mole Hole) before retiring to enjoy quality time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He had many passions that he enjoyed in his spare time, reading sci-fi and mystery novels, collecting (coins and lead soldiers). Along with being a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Prospect Heights, the Lions Club of Prospect Heights, and participated in the Beecher Mausoleum National Landmark Restoration Project.

Les was an amazing, strong, and generous man who had a heart of gold. He loved being around friends and family and was always there to help someone when they were in need. He loved to entertain his grandchildren with Donald Duck impressions and singing old time songs that always made them laugh and smile.

Les is survived by his children, Sherry (Larry) Gianneschi, Sandra Lee Thielman, and W. Scott Thielman and Stepson Mark Broerjtes; 15 grandchildren: Justin, Ryan, Shane, Brandon and Marisa Broertjes; Larry, Nick and Amanda Gianneschi; Christina Lee; Samantha, Stacey, Michael, Jacqueline, Alex and Steven Thielman; 7 great grandchildren, Tyler, Layla, Kain, Rocco and Gianna Broertjes; Aryanna and L.J. Gianneschi. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Paula Thielman; a brother, Loren Thielman; his wives: Dollie J. Thielman and Carol F. Thielman; stepsons, Scott and Kent Broertjes.

Les will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him. A service will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 W. Palatine Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60070.

Memorials: Memorial may be made at: Hack-Jensen Funeral Home, Beecher, IL. https://www.hackfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Leslie-Thielman/ or at the Beecher Mausoleum www.beechermausoluem.org/Les.R.Thielman



December 12th, 1932

 July 3rd, 2020

1939 Staggerwing Beechcraft D17S


N236E, November 236 Echo, you are cleared for final take off. Destination – the pearly gates of heaven. Winds are calm, weather is good. Your final pre-flight check list is complete! All systems are go! Look Dad, do you see them? The little BOX family with all the kids are out again on the side of the runway to watch you take off one more time.

As if on an angel’s wing, you left this earthly plain for the last time as you soar through the clouds with aerobatic loops, rolls and spins and practicing your favorite trick with nose up and nose down maneuvers, you float your Zippo thru the air from the dashboard into your shirt pocket, Bravo Dad. Do it again please. Simply enjoying yourself just like you have done so many times before. Fly high Daddy, higher still. I know you can do it! Heaven waits for you now.

As you prepare for landing, your final checklist is complete.

Do you hear the band Dad? They are playing a few of the songs you loved, The Preacher and the Bear, The Darktown Poker Club, Deck of Cards and the 3 little fishes in the itty-bitty pool to name just a few. 

While all of those you once loved stand at the gate waiting for you to land. Look Dad, Your Grandparents are there, your Mom & Dad, your bother Shorty too. Your two beautiful wives are waiting to take your arm again. Scott & Kent are there. Look Dad, more are coming, all your family’s ties are there, The Kuhlmans, Bielfeldts, Thielmans, Johnsons, Stennings and Koehns too. Dad, do you see them?  There’s Shep, Bingo, Big Saam & Sheba, Kim, Dusty, Lucy and Gretel just to name a few, they have all come from across the rainbow bridge to play with you again.

While here on earth, those you left behind wept at your departure as we watched you fly into the clouds for the final time.

We will miss you everyday Dad.

We know our own flights to heaven are scheduled for another day

 So, Wait for us Dad.

Soon we will join you and we can all be together once more.

This is how I wish to remember your last day on earth Dad. I hope Heaven has wonderful Airports, Racetracks and Go-cart tracks waiting for you to play on.

Love you to the Moon and Back!!! Your Loving Daughter

and Daddy’s little girl.

              Sandra Lee 





In Loving Memory 

Editors note:  When  was little I could not say foxes. So every time I asked dad to take me out to see the foxes it came out BOXES. You could only see them when you taxied an airplane down the runway. Otherwise they would always hide. Kits are baby foxes, but again I called them KIDS. 


Up, Up and away on angels wings to Heaven’s gate you Soared : July 3rd, 2020

                      At Dad’s Funeral we had the honor of the US. Military Honor Guard and a few pilots for Galt Field honored Les with a fly over. We are very Honored to have loved such a great man. 

We will miss our Father very, very much, it is very hard to say Good-Bye, So I’ll just close in saying “Till we meet again Mom’s & Daddy” 

Les is preceded in death by his Parents: Walter & Paula Thielman, his Brother: Loren Thielman, his Grandparents: Henry & Minnie Thielman,  his Wife: Dollie Joanne Thielman, his second Wife: Carol Frances Thielman, his Step-sons: Kent Broertjes and Scott Broerjtes

Other family members resting in the mausoleum are: 


Wife: Dollie Joanne (Johnson) Thielman 
2nd Wife: Carol Frances Koehn/Broerjtes Thielman 
(a small portion of Carol’s ashes are entombed with Les
Father & Mother : Walter L. Thielman & Paula  M. (Kuhlman) Thielman
Brother:    Loren Walter Thielman
Grandparents: Henry F. Thielman & Minnie (Bielfeldt) Thielman

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, Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,

(Editor’s note): If you have not guessed, this is my father. This man set me on my path to save and restore the Beecher Mausoleum 26 years ago. I didn’t think it was possible, but Dad gave me just enough time. This year 2020  I hope to complete the last of the restoration that I am capable of. I’m praying there is another out there to pick-up the project and see it into the next century. With a little care the Mausoleum is capable of standing for 100’s and 100’s of years into the future and continue to bury family members next to family for many more years.  With Pride and Love I hope to rest next to my parents and my family in the future myself. 

Sandra Lee Thielman 







DOB: APRIL 18,1908
Chicago Heights, IL USA

DOD:  AUGUST 3, 1986, St. James Hospital Medical Center, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Son of William F. and Jane (Dennison) Hildeman

Brother to: Edward Thomas and Gene Frederick Hildeman


Ferne with her father on her wedding day.resizedFerne & Robert Hildeman Wedding DayHusband of Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman,
married June 18, 1938, First Presbyterian Church, Chicago Heights, IL USA

Father to: Robert E. (Linda Lyon) and  Mary (Louis Bryant) Hildeman

Grandfather to: Dana Hildeman


Memorial rites for Hildeman set tomorrow

A World War II veteran, William R. Hildeman of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Sunday at St. James Hospital Medical Center.






1943 Through  1945 US Navy – Seabees – LT. Commander, UNIT CBMU 515

The Rev. Gordon Reif, pastor will conduct 1:30 p.m. memorial services tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church in Chicago Heights. Burial will be in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Mr. Hildeman was born April 18, 1906 in Chicago Heights and lived in the south suburbs until 1981. He was graduated in 1925 from Bloom High School and in 1930 from the University of Illinois, Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. ADVERTISEMENT

He was former owner of Hildeman Plumbing and Heating Company, Chicago Heights, which he took over after his father, William F. Hildeman, passed away.



He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Medina Temple.


He is survived by his wife, Ferne; one daughter, Mary Bryant of Poughkeepsie, NY, one son, Robert E. Hildeman of Boise, Idaho; one brother, Gene of Chicago Heights and one granddaughter.



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

Wife: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman
Father & Mother-in-law: Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Sister-in-law & Husband: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert and Dr. Henry H. Wegert
Sister-in-law & Husband: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Brother-in-law & Wife: Henry W. Bahlman, DDS & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
Sister-in-law: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Brother-in-law: Donarld W. Bahlman
Aunt of Wife: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt of Wife: John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Uncle of Wife: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt of Wife: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia “Minnie” (Schweer) Bahlman
Cousin of Wife: Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller & Herbert Saller
1st Cousin 1x removed of Wife: Baby Son Saller
1st Cousins 1x removed of Wife: Charlene M. (Saller) Graham & Arthur Graham
1st Cousins 2x removed of wife: Nancy (Graham) Fenske

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, 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, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,


Donald W. Bahlman

Age: 55 years, 8 months, 27 days


DOB: March 24, 1906
Beecher, Will County, IL,  USA

DOD: December 21, 1961
Virginia Beach, VA,  USA


Bahlmann Family Coat of Arms

Son of Henry F. and Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman

Husband of Martha Jo Mitchell Bahlman, married March 17, 1945 in Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA.

Father to:
Carol L. Bahlman (John Evans), Donna R. Bahlman (Dr. Joseph Killen), Donald W. Bahlman, Jr.

UOI-Urbana Theta XI - Donald WGraduated from the  University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. A member of THETA XI Fraternity.

Worked as a Junior Accountant at a Chevrolet assembly plant in St. Louis, Missouri after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1930.

Automobile salesman of Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs while waiting to be commissioned in the Navy at the start of WWII.



Served in World War II as Inspector at the U.S. Norfolk Naval Ship Yard – Retired Lieutenant Commander



DECEMBER 22, 1961


VIRGINIA BEACH – Donald William Bahlman, 55, husband of Martha Jo Mitchell Bahlman of 200 75th Street, died in a Virginia Beach hospital Thursday at 11:50 a.m. after a long illness. A native of Beecher, Illinois, he was a son of the late Henry F. Bahlman and Mrs. Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman. He lived in Virginia Beach seven years. He was a sales engineer with American District Telegraph Corp.

Besides his widow, surviving are two daughters, Miss Carol Lynne Bahlman and Miss Donna Reid Bahlman of Virginia Beach: two sisters, Mrs. Lora Hinze and Mrs. Ferne Hildeman of Chicago Heights; and a brother, Dr. H.W. Bahlman of Chicago Heights.

The body was sent from Maestas Funeral Home to Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where a private funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 4 p.m. Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Editor’s note: Mr. and Mrs. Bahlman were expecting their third child. Donald W. Bahlman Jr. was born four months after his father’s death)

Donald’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Father: Henry F. Bahlman
Mother: Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lillian Bahlman Wegert & Henry H. Wegert
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lora Bahlman Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Brother & Sister-in-law: Henry W. Bahlman & Marguerite Toleson Bahlman
Sister: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ferne Bahlman Hildeman & William R. Hildeman
Aunt: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt: John H.Bahlmann & Anna L. Wehrmann Bahlmann
Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt: Charles H. Bahlman & Minnie M. Schweer Bahlman
Cousins: Dorothy Bahlman Saller & Herbert C. Saller
Cousins: Charlene M. Saller Graham & Arthur Graham
Cousin: Baby Son Saller
Cousin: Nancy Graham Fenske

(Note: Some family members maintained the original spelling of Bahlmann while others omitted the last “n”)


Arthur A Hinze

Age: 64 years, 3 months, 25 days


DOB: October 28, 1895
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: February 22, 1960
Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL USA


Son of Heinrich and Dorothea (Ostermeyer) Hinze

Brother to: Emil C., Paul H. (Ellia Willie), Martin J. and Ida E. (Henry C. Willie) Hinze

Half Brother to: Adolph, Gustave A. (Pearl Leroy Beland Robinson), Mary, Albert A. (Mollie Lentz & Mary E. Jessen), Anna, Henry and John Otto Hinze

Step Brother to: Clara L. (Leroy G. Combs), Edwin H. Stade

Husband of Lora (Bahlman) Hinze, married October 31, 1924

Father of: Lowell A. (Julia “Julie” Terry) Hinze

Grandfather to three grandsons: Mark W., Jeffrey A., Daniel T. Hinze, but he only got to meet one of them.

Arthur served in WW1, US Army, Sargent, Served in France and Germany

Arthur Hinze WW2 .1

November 13, 1924 – Beecher Herald – Matrimonial

Bahlman-Hinze MatrimonialMiss Laura (Correction: Lora) Bahlman of Beecher and Arthur A. Hinze were quietly married, Friday evening Oct. 31, at the home of Rev. J.G. Grace on West Fifteenth Street. They spent their honeymoon at Davenport, IA. Mrs. Hinze has been employed in the city clerk’s office for several years. The groom is chief clerk of the Zouri Drawn Metals company – Chicago Heights Star. Zouri Drawn Metals Co




Mr. and Mrs. Hinze are both well known and highly respected Beecher people, the bride being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Bahlman and the groom is the son of Mrs. Dora Stade.


February 28, 1960 – Chicago Heights Star – Obituary


Arthur Hinze obitFuneral services were held at the West End chapel in Chicago Heights, IL. The service was conducted by Rev. John R. Wyngarden, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Arthur died in the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital after a lingering illness.

Mr. Hinze, who was born October 8, 1895 in Beecher, had been a lifelong resident of this area. A landscaper, he was a member of the Chicago Heights lodge 851 A.F. & A.M., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2825, and American Legion Post 131.

Survivors included his wife, Lora, a son Lowell of San Diego, California, two sisters, Mrs. Ida Willie of Chicago Heights and Mrs. Clara Combs of California: three brothers, Paul of Davenport, Iowa, Albert of Beecher and Edwin of Kansas, and one grandchild.

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

Wife: Lora (Bahlman) Hinze
Father & Mother-in-law: Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Sister-in-law & Husband: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert and Dr. Henry H. Wegert
Sister-in-law & Husband: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman & William R. Hildeman
Brother-in-law & Wife: Henry W. Bahlman, DDS & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
Sister-in-law: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Brother-in-law: Donarld W. Bahlman
Aunt of Wife: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt of Wife: John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Uncle of Wife: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt of Wife: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia “Minnie” (Schweer) Bahlman
Cousin of Wife: Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller & Herbert Saller
1st Cousin 1x removed of Wife: Baby Son Saller
1st Cousins 1x removed of Wife: Charlene M. (Saller) Graham & Arthur Graham
1st Cousins 2x removed of wife: Nancy (Graham) Fenske
Wife of Half Brother:(Albert A. Hinze): Mary E. Hinze

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, 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, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,



Asa James Dunlap

Age: 60 years, 5 months, 28 days


DOB: April 6, 1891
Ashburn, IL, USA

DOD: October 4, 1951
Hammond, IN, USA

Son of John and Elmira (nee Hagens) Dunlap

Brother to: John H. (Netty Williamson), Harriett/Hattie, Elmira “Ella”, Roy Uriah (Eunice L. Cox), Mary (William F. Sutherland), Emma (Harry Scoonover), Ada M. (William C. Sunter), Samuel Jay, William, Julia (Frank J. Garrett), Dunlap

Husband of Rose W. (nee Hack) Dunlap, married July 12, 1919

Father to: Rose E. (Carl F. Morganthaler) Dunlap


Beecher Herald July 17, 1919


Matrimonial Hack-DunlapAbout forty relatives and friends witnessed a very pretty home wedding, Saturday afternoon, at the residence of Mr. C.J. Hack, 1132 Emerald Ave, Chicago Heights, when at 5 o’clock, his daughter, Miss Rose, was united in holy wedlock with Asa Dunlap, Rev. H. Parkinson of the St. Ambrose Episcopal Church officiating.

The groom’s sister, Miss Ella Dunlap, and Henry Haltenhof of Chicago, a cousin of the bride, were the attendants.

The bride was clad in a beautiful gown of white georgette and crepe de chine and wore a bridal veil. She carried a shower bouquet of white roses, while Miss Dunlap carried pink roses.

A lap luncheon was served to the relatives and friends, after which Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap departed on the 8:26 train for Muskegon, Michigan, where they will spend a week. The traveling suit of the bride was of navy, with which she wore a becoming hat of black.

The bride is the only daughter of C. J. Hack and is well and favorably known in Beecher, having lived here with her parents until a few years ago. She is a charming young lady and has many personal traits. The groom is a thriving young man, with a genial and pleasing disposition. He has a host of friends in Chicago Heights, with whom the Beecher friends join in wishing him and his bride all the joys of wedded life.

Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap will make their home with the bride’s father at Chicago Heights.

1930 Census shows Asa J. as a veteran of WW1 , Branch of Service unconfirmed, but believed to be the Army 




Rites Monday for Asa J. Dunlap, 60

Chicago Star Publication Oct. 5, 1951

Rites Monday for Asa J. Dunlap, 60Asa J. Dunlap, 60, of 18307 Oakwoods Avenue, Lansing, former Chicago Heights resident and theatre manager, died yesterday morning at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Hammond.
Funeral services are set for two p.m. Monday at the chapel at 3227 Ridge Road, Lansing, where his body will lie in state from tomorrow noon. Interment will be at Beecher.
Born April 6, 1891, Mr. Dunlap came to Chicago Heights with his parents when he was three years old. At one time he was manager of the old Illinois theatre, now the Rio.
He was a charter member of American Legion Post 131 and a member of the Masonic lodge at Calumet City.
Mr. Dunlap was married July 12, 1919, to the former Miss Rose Hack, who survives him.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Carl Morgenthalor of Lansing: six sisters, Miss Harriett and Miss Ella Dunlap of Chicago Heights, Mrs. William F. Sutherland and Mrs. Wiliam Sunter of Lawrence, Michigan, Mrs. Harry Scoonover of Steger and Mrs. Frank J. Garret of Midlothian: and one brother, Roy of Tucson, Arizona.


Hammond Times, October 5, 1951

Asa Dunlap, Hammond Times 10-5-1951Asa Dunlap, 60 of 18307 Oakwood Ave., Lansing, died yesterday in St. Margaret hospital.
Masonic services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. in the Schroeder funeral home, 3227 Ridge Rd., Lansing, with Rev. Paul Schaeffer officiating. Burial will be in the Beecher cemetery.
He was a member of Arcadia Lodge 1138, F and A.M., Oriental Consistory and the Craft Club of the Continental Roll & Foundry Co., East Chicago. He was a past master of Arcadia lodge.
Survivors are the widow, Rose; one daughter, Mrs. Rose Morganthaler of Lansing; one brother Roy of Tucson, Arizona and six sisters, Misses Harriet and Ella Dunlap of Chicago Heights, Mrs. Emma Schoonover of Steger, Mrs. Adeline Sunter of Bangor, Michigan, Mrs. Mary Sutherland of Bangor, and Mrs. Julia Garret of Midlothian.

Editor’s Note: The Illinois Theatre was opened in 1914 and closed in 1922. It was reopened in 1937 as the Rio Theatre. According to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1945, the Rio Theatre seated 750 people. The Rio Theatre was closed in 1954 and was demolished in the early 1970’s.

Asa’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Wife: Rose W. Hack Dunlap
Father-in-law & Mother-in-law: Charles J. Hack & Anna D. (Schroeder-Schmaedeke) Hack
Uncle & Aunt of wife: Herman Hack & Eva Friedricke Ruge Hack
Uncle & Aunt of wife: Henry Hack & Mary W. Beilfeldt Hack 
Uncle & Aunt of wife: William Haltenhof & Sophia Schmaedeke Haltenhof
Cousins of wife: Arthur Hack & Ethel E. Wehmhoefer Hack
Cousins of wife: Edmund C. Hack & Margareta B. Schwatz Hack





Age: 83 years, 7 months

“Frederich Heinrich Theodore Bohl”

DOB: April 18, 1838
Rosenhagen, Germany

DOD: November 18, 1921
Beecher, Will County, IL, USA

Son of Herman Helmuth and Maria (nee Berthling) Bohl

Brother to: Anna R. (Wilhelm Stadt), Wilhelmina and Louise Bohl

Husband to Wilhelmina “Minna” Schultz Bohl, married 1866-1867 in Lombard, IL

Father to: Johann William Bohl, Friedericka “Reka” (Henry Kurth Sr.), Henry F. (Sophie M. Blievernicht), William Bohl and John C.(Louise M. Blievernitcht) Bohl


Sept. 21, 1861 enlisted 9th Illinois Cavalry, Company F, Private, Serviced 1861-1865, age at entry 23 years. Served 3 years



Heinrich Bohl ObitThe death of Frederich Heinrich Theodore Bohl occurred last Friday, Nov. 18, of dropsy, aged 83 years and 7 months.

Deceased was born April 18, 1838, at Rosenhagen, Mechlenburg, Schwerin, Germany. In August 1857, he came with his parents and two other children to America and settled at Lombard, near Chicago.

Later the family moved to the homestead in Washington Township, on which he has resided for a number of years and where he died. 1909 County Land Ownership Map, Hy Bohl


He was the last of four children of Herman and Maria Bohl. His wife, Wilhelmina “Minna” Schultz Bohl died August 26, 1883, age 37 years, and he has been a widower ever since – 38 years. Eight children were born to this union, five of whom are dead. Deceased has been in ill health for a number of years and had been confined to bed with dropsy the past five weeks.

Two sons, Henry and John, one daughter, Mrs. Reka Kurth, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, and fifteen grandchildren survive him.

The funeral was held Tuesday, at 12 o’clock p.m. from the home, with services at St. John’s Evangelical Church, Rev. C. Seidenberg officiating. Burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Heinrich “Hy’s” family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Son & Daughter-in-law: Henry H. Bohl & Sophie M. Blievernicht Bohl

Heinrich “Hy” also has more distant relatives in the mausoleum; the connections are:
Heinrich “Hy’s” sister: Anna R. Bohl married Wilhelm Stadt
Wilhelm Stadt’s sister was: Friederike Lisette (Stadt) who married Ernest Heldt
Ernest Heldt & Friederike Lisette (Stadt) Heldt son and daughter-in-law also in the mausoleum are: Fred E. Heldt & Ida (Peters) Heldt

The Peters family in the mausoleum are also part of Ida Peters’ family, but the connections get a little confusing. If you’re interested in more details, please contact Sandra.


Age: 21 years, 11 months


DOB: July 24, 1899
Chicago, Cook County, IL, USA

DOD: June 24, 1921
Beecher, Will County, IL, USA


Son of William and Minnie (nee Baumgartner) Bielfeldt

Brother to: Irving J. (Eleanor Brown), William H. Jr. (Angie Ignelzi) Bielfeldt


Beecher Herald – June 30, 1921

Raymond John Bielfeldt, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bielfeldt, passed away Friday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, aged 21 years and 11 months, of tuberculosis.

Deceased was born July 24, 1899 in Chicago. When five years old, he moved with his parents to Beecher. Here he attended public school and grew to manhood.

On December 6, 1917, he enlisted in the navy and served his country during the time of this country’s participation in the World War, and was honorably discharged Sept. 17, 1919, being in the service 21 months. For nine months he was in France and the balance of the time was divided between Washington D.C. and Cuba. While in the service, he contracted tuberculosis, and following his discharge he went to Ottowa to undergo treatment for his ailment at the sanitarium. After four months’ stay there with apparently no benefit, he went to Denver, Colorado, where he spent six months, and from there he went to Ft. Collins, Colorado, and took six months treatment there. Last January, he came back to Beecher, since then his health declined until relieved by the angel of death as above stated.

Besides his parents, Raymond is survived by two brothers, Irving and William, several other relatives and a large circle of friends.

The funeral was held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon from the house to St. Luke’s Church, Rev. G. Horst officiating. Interment was in the Beecher Mausoleum.





Raymond Bielfeldt Writes of His Entrance Into the Navy


Says He Is Not Sorry He Enlisted and Invites Others to Follow Suit


Bielfeldt, Raymond J - Interesting Navy Letter 12-27-1917Below is a very interesting letter from Raymond Bielfeldt, who is now stationed at Camp Perry, Great Lakes Training Station:

Camp Perry Co. H, 5th Regiment, Great Lakes, ILL Dec, 24, 1917

Mr. D.J. Stevens,

Dear Sir: – No doubt you have been thinking about me, wondering how I was getting along and why I didn’t write. Well, I really haven’t had much time to write anything interesting, for I have been on the go most every day since our arrival here.

To begin with, we left Chicago at 1:30 and arrived at the main gate of the Great Lakes Navy Training Station at 3:00, where we were searched for such small articles as cigarettes, liquors and fire arms. I, of course found O.K. with 13 Chicago boys, was stationed at Camp Decatur. That night we were given two large woolen blankets, mattress and cover, and slept on the floor or “deck” of our barracks.

The next day we were given our hammocks and were taught how to string them and arrange our bedding. The hammocks are six feet in the air and have to be mounted with a hop, skip and a jump. (It’s great to see the boys all out when they are dreaming of their sweethearts.)

We “turn in” at 9:00, when all must be quiet, and arise at 5:00, when we must take a “cold shower.” At 5:30 we are ready to “fall in” for a one hour exercise before mess at 7:00.

It’s great the way they feed so many men. There are ten mess attendants to one hall of 150 men and there are two halls of 26 rooms each.

Our next call is at 12:00 and supper at 5:00, so you see we are regular with the “chow”.

After five days at Decatur, we were given our uniforms consisting of two suits of blues, (one dress and one undress), two suits of whites, two suits heavy underwear, two mediums and four R.V.D’s, 12 handkerchiefs, two white hats, one sea going or flat hat, one watch cap, one jersey, two pants, shoes, one pair leggings, one pair woolen gloves, thread, needle, soap and scrub brush- pretty well fixed.

We were then moved to Camp Perry, where I am now stationed, and were we are taught most everything that deals with seaman – drilling, signals, radio, rigging hoisting, etc.

I do not regret that I have joined the seamanship of the U.S. Navy, and may God help me. Tell all the boys to follow – it is a man maker.

That’s about all for this time. Christmas is coming and we expect “good chaw” for that day.

Best regards to all and I wish you and all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Would like to hear from all my friends.

A.S. Raymond J. Bielfeldt, Camp Perry, Co. H. 5th Reg. Great Lakes, ILL.


Beecher Herald – December 26, 1918

 Many of the Boys Arrived to Spend Christmas at Home

Two of Them From France, Others From Camps on This Side

Bielfeldt, Raymond J.- Home From The ServiceSeveral Beecher families has a two-fold cause for rejoicing this year aside from the usual festivities – that of knowing the war is over and having their boys safe at home to help observe this great feast day – while others have the assurance of the early return of their sons.

Among those who were home for Christmas are; Morris Van Voorhis, marines, France, 30 day furlough: Raymond Bielfeldt, navy, France, furlough; Herman Hinze, navy, Virginia, furlough; Amos H. Monk, army, Camp Upton, N.Y., discharged; Ernest Going, navy, Great Lakes, discharged; Private Fricke, southern camp, discharged.

Others are expected home soon. Harry Wiechen has landed safely from France and is expected home at any time, while many others are expected to arrive home in the near future.

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

Mother & Father: William Bielfeldt & Minnie D. (Baumgartner) Bielfeldt
Aunt & Uncle: Minnie (Bielfeldt) Thielman & Henry F. Thielman
Cousins: Walter L. Thielman & Paula M. (Kuhlmann) Thielman
2nd Cousin: Loren Walter Thielman
2nd Cousin, Les Thielman’s wife: Dollie Joanne (Johnson) Thielman
Aunt & Uncle: Anna (Bielfeldt) Hack & Henry “Pat” Hack
Great Aunt: Mary (Bielfeldt) Hack
2nd Cousin & Wife: Edmund C. Hack & Margareta (Schwarz) Hack