Thursday, March 24, 2011

Google Newspaper Archives: Fink Obituaries Update

Thanks to my blog readers, I was able to print screen the obit for Benjamin F. Fink and crop it using Paint and Microsoft Office Picture Manager. This is why I love the genealogical community...such helpful folks!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Google Newspaper Archive: Fink Obituaries

Thanks to Leah over at The Internet Genealogist, I found that the Toledo Blade is available on Google News. My great-great-grandfather's aunt and uncle moved to Toledo around 1890-1900. It seems that for some years, the issues are sporadic, but I did manage to find an obit on my second try. I found the obit of Benjamin Franklin Fink, who was my great-great-grandfather's first cousin. Now my only problem is figuring out how to print or download the darn thing. Apparently, Google News does not allow this, but somehow Leah has an image of the obit she found on her blog, so there must be a way that I am too tired to think about. In any event, below is the text from the obit, printed 29 Aug 1945 on p. 13:

B.F. Fink
50-Year Resident Of Toledo Was Mason

Benjamin F. Fink, 822 Brighton Ave., died yesterday in his home. He was 69.

A resident of Toledo 50 years he was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church; honorary member and past president of Marine Engineer Benefit Association; member of the Stationery and Operating Engineers Union, AFL , and Universal Craftsmen.

He was a 72nd degree Mason and a member of Barton Smith Lodge F & A M, and St. Omer Commanders, Toledo Chapter.

He was employed at the Toledo Club as a stationery engineer.

Services at 2 p m Friday in the Walker-Wenner Mortuary will be conducted by the Rev. Alfred C. Petersen, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Burial will be Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Rose Mary; stepsons, Lawrence R. and Raymond A. Hawn, Toledo, and Harold Hawn, Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers, Arthur Fink, Toledo, and Herbert Fink, Chicago.

This obituary helped me to see that the Herbert Fink I've found living in Chicago in 1920 and 1930 is probably the brother of Benjamin. I had been a little skeptical before, because although the age and birthplace matched, none of the other family members seemed to have ventured over to Chicago. Of course, I am still not 100% convinced, but it does motivate me to research more in Chicago.

Now on to more searching for more Finks in Toledo. So much for going to bed at a decent time!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Birthday, Taylor!

May you always dance like no one is watching. Can't believe you are already 16!