My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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Background:
Wyanet, Illinois High School
Wyanet, Illinois
Benjamin Ferguson was born November 09, 1809 in Scotland. He immigrated with his wife Mary and family to
the United States on July 08, 1848. Of this union three children were born,
George, October 1833,
Thomas, February 12, 1842 and Jane, August 26, 1844, all born in Scotland.
In 1860 the family owned a farm and was living in Lamoille Township, Bureau County, Illinois. They moved to
Concord, Bureau County, Illinois in 1869. Moving to Wyanet, Illinois in 1874, they remained there until 1878.
Benjamin and Mary moved to Glidden, Carroll County, Iowa in 1879 to retire and live next to their son George,
who had established a prosperous hardware store in town.
Benjamin Ferguson died
August 11, 1888 in Glidden, Carroll County, Iowa.
Mary Ferguson died
August 04, 1891 in Glidden, Carroll County, Iowa.
Benjamin Ferguson                                                                                                        Wyanet, Illinois
April 01, 1878
Louis Orlando Gould was born September 05, 1851 in Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts to
John Curtis and Anna Jane (Porter) Gould.
John C. Gould and Anna J. Porter were united in marriage on
May 01, 1849 in New Salem, Franklin County,
Massachusetts. Of this union two children were born, Louis and Ida P.
John died of Typhoid Fever on
December 15, 1857 in Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts.
Shortly after John's death the family moved in with the
Israel Boyden family in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
In 1862 the family moved to Illinois and Anna married William Otis Cogswell on September 30, 1863 in New
Salem, McDonough County, Illinois. Anna Jane Porter Gould Cogswell died July 26, 1866.

Louis moved to Knox County, Illinois where he was employed as a
telegraph operator. He moved in early 1877 to
Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois and was employed as a telegraph operator at the Chicago Rock Island &
Pacific/Chicago Burlington Quincy Junction at Wyanet, Illinois. He moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1890 and was
working as a
railroad clerk. There he met Mrs. Ida (Mitchell) Eckler and they were married September 10,
1891. Of this union two children were born, Ralph Alvin, born July 05, 1892 and Anna M born April of 1894.  

Louis Orlando Gould remained in
Chicago, Illinois until his death December 31, 1917 in Chicago.
Ida May (Mitchell) Gould died
February 18, 1925 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.
Both are buried in Oakridge Cemetery in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
Louis O. Gould                                                                                                                Wyanet, Illinois
Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Junction
June 20, 1879
Andrew R. Hauter was born October 27, 1837 in France. He arrived in the United States in 1854 settling in
Ohio. Following the majority of Mennonites that were heading east in the late 1860's, he moved to
Groveland,
Tazewell County, Illinois sometime before 1859, living with John and Magdalene Ackerman. He met  Franike
"Fannie" Eigsti and they were married February 09, 1862 in Tazewell County, Illinois. They moved to
Indiantown (Tiskilwa) Bureau County, Illinois in late 1866.

While they were living in Tiskilwa they took in Frances (Fannie) Steckley who was needing a place to stay.
Caring for Frances as they would their own child,
Andrew and Fannie decided to adopt her as their own
daughter. Fannie Steckley met John B. Sutter and on March 01, 1882 they were united in marriage in Tiskilwa.
Of this glorious union, ten children were born.

In 1882 Andrew and Fannie moved to Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois and remained there until around 1887.
Seeking more opportunities, they moved to
Hartford, Lyon County, Kansas, where both families farmed a large
parcel of land in
Elmerdaro Township. With the drought and other problems within the area they again moved to
Beaver Crossing, Seward County, Nebraska in 1907. Both families remained there until 1919, moving to Milford,
Seward County, Nebraska where
Fannie could take care of both Andrew and Fannie in their declining years.

Franike "Fannie" Eigsti Hauter died
November 09, 1921 in Milford, Seward County, Nebraska
Andrew R. Hauter died
February 24, 1929 in Milford, Seward County, Nebraska.
In this album there are written, Various thoughts from different pens,
Asking you to keep in memory, Those regardet as your friends,
Let me place some little token,That will make you think of me,
When these pages you are turning, And my name you chance to see.

Your Cousin,
A. R. Hauter
Wyanet, Illinois
September 20, 1884