Violet E. McOscar

F, b. 1 March 1894, d. 1979
Father*John McOscar b. Mar 1853, d. a 1930
Mother*Ida A. (?) b. Jun 1864, d. b 1930
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namecirca 1918As of circa 1918,her married name was Sower.

Children of Violet E. McOscar and Harry G. Sower

Ralph L. Sower

M, b. 1919, d. 1998
Father*Harry G. Sower b. Feb 1886, d. 6 Aug 1968
Mother*Violet E. McOscar b. 1 Mar 1894, d. 1979

Warren M. Sower

M, b. 1923, d. 2009
Father*Harry G. Sower b. Feb 1886, d. 6 Aug 1968
Mother*Violet E. McOscar b. 1 Mar 1894, d. 1979

John McOscar

M, b. March 1853, d. after 1930
  • John McOscar was born in March 1853 at Indiana.
  • He married Ida A. (?) circa 1884.
  • John McOscar died after 1930.

Children of John McOscar and Ida A. (?)

Ida A. (?)

F, b. June 1864, d. before 1930
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namecirca 1884As of circa 1884,her married name was McOscar.
  • Ida A. (?) was born in June 1864 at Ohio.
  • She married John McOscar circa 1884.
  • Ida A. (?) died before 1930.
     Ida A. (?) had 4 with 4 living in 1900 children.

Children of Ida A. (?) and John McOscar

John L. McOscar

M, b. August 1885
Father*John McOscar b. Mar 1853, d. a 1930
Mother*Ida A. (?) b. Jun 1864, d. b 1930

Gracie E. McOscar

F, b. September 1889
Father*John McOscar b. Mar 1853, d. a 1930
Mother*Ida A. (?) b. Jun 1864, d. b 1930

Amie M. McOscar

F, b. February 1899
Father*John McOscar b. Mar 1853, d. a 1930
Mother*Ida A. (?) b. Jun 1864, d. b 1930

John Tigges Jr.

M, b. December 1852, d. after 1910
Father*John Tigges Sr. b. Nov 1827, d. a 1910
  • John Tigges Jr. was born in December 1852 at Germany.
  • He was the son of John Tigges Sr.
  • John Tigges Jr. married Mary (?) circa 1880.
  • John Tigges Jr. died after 1910.

Children of John Tigges Jr. and Mary (?)

Mary (?)

F, b. May 1859, d. after 1910
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationMary (?) was also known as Maria (?).
Married Namecirca 1880As of circa 1880,her married name was Tigges.
     Mary (?) had 5 with 5 living in 1900 children.

Children of Mary (?) and John Tigges Jr.

Lizzie Tigges

F, b. February 1884
Father*John Tigges Jr. b. Dec 1852, d. a 1910
Mother*Mary (?) b. May 1859, d. a 1910

Charles Tigges

M, b. May 1885
Father*John Tigges Jr. b. Dec 1852, d. a 1910
Mother*Mary (?) b. May 1859, d. a 1910

Julius Tigges

M, b. January 1893
Father*John Tigges Jr. b. Dec 1852, d. a 1910
Mother*Mary (?) b. May 1859, d. a 1910

Joseph Tigges

M, b. July 1899
Father*John Tigges Jr. b. Dec 1852, d. a 1910
Mother*Mary (?) b. May 1859, d. a 1910

John Tigges Sr.

M, b. November 1827, d. after 1910
  • John Tigges Sr. was born in November 1827 at Germany.
  • He died after 1910.

Children of John Tigges Sr.

Eugene Curran

M, b. 5 November 1929, d. 21 February 1997
  • Eugene Curran was born on 5 November 1929.
  • He died on 21 February 1997 at age 67.

Jerome L. Blaska

M, b. 4 July 1919, d. 2 May 2000
Father*John M. Blaska
Mother*Rose Schuster
  • Jerome L. Blaska was born on 4 July 1919.
  • He was the son of John M. Blaska and Rose Schuster.
  • Jerome L. Blaska married Helen Curl on 7 February 1948.
  • Jerome L. Blaska died on 2 May 2000 at age 80 Jerome L. Blaska died early Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Evora Lodge after a brief illness at the age of 80. He was walking and talking until his last moments. He went out on his own terms, in command of his own turf, which is how he lived his life. Jerome raised a large and achievement-oriented family, ran a busy farm, was immersed in the civic life of his community, and was an active player in the state’s political scene. He was born July 4, 1919, to John M. and Rose (Schuster) Blaska on the family farm in the town of Sun Prairie, the middle of nine children and one of three to be born on Independence Day. He was always very proud of that and of his country. After graduation from Sun Prairie High School in 1937, he became the youngest fieldman for Oconomowoc Canning Company. His field crops, whether oats, barley, peas, corn, or tobacco, were always top notch. Later he became a tobacco buyer for P. Lorrilard Co. while still farming in the Town of Sun Prairie. In 1964, he served on the National Tobacco Industry Advisory Council. His mind never rested. One cold winter day he slipped while feeding the cattle and broke his leg. He spent the his convalescence devising a new way to feed livestock. His electric push-button system in 1958 was written up in the major farm magazines. He was proud of his service in World War 2 from 1942-46. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands. He cooked many hamburgers since then as an active member of VFW Post 9362 and American Legion Post 333. He fought for better farm prices and tax equity through his membership in Associated Milk Producers Inc., and as president of the Dane County Farmers Union, a position he held at the time of his death, some 25 years in all. He once grew a beard to protest high property taxes. At Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, where he was baptized, Jerome served as usher, was a member of the Holy Name Society, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Knights of Columbus. He built a bridge and washed spaghetti dinner dishes for Lions Club fundraisers. He was a volunteer firefighter, and — like his grandfather — clerk of Oak Lawn School, the one-room country school that he, his children, and his father attended. He was a founder of the Island Church Foundation, which maintained the church his German Bohemian great-grandparents helped build, southeast of Waterloo, in 1863. He served in the Wisconsin State Legislature, as had his father. First elected in a special election in April 1959, Jerome served four terms and rose to become a major player as chairman of the Assembly Highway Committee. He played a pivotal role in completing the interstate highway system. It was the achievement he talked most about. In 1960, desiring party unity, he was instrumental in throwing the state’s support to John F. Kennedy, even though he had been elected as a Hubert Humphrey delegate. He then spurned political rewards offered by the successful ticket so that he could remain on the farm. Born on Independence Day, he had to be his own boss. He was a Democrat who believed in growing the pie, not cutting it into ever thinner pieces. In later life he enthusiastically supported Governor Tommy Thompson, but beat him badly at euchre. But then, he beat everyone at euchre and sheepshead. In his retirement, he became an indefatigable walleye fisherman. He married Helen Curl of Bloomfield, Iowa, on February 7, 1948. They contributed to the Baby Boom six times: David (Marilisa) Blaska of Madison, J. Michael (Peggy) Blaska of Sun Prairie, Elizabeth Blaska, who died in 1997, William (Diane) Blaska of rural Reeseville, Jane Ann (James) Swodzinski of Neshkoro, Richard (Margaret) Blaska of San Francisco, and nine grandchildren. Jerome is also survived by brothers Gregory Blaska of Sun Prairie, Cyril of Oconomowoc, and sisters Evelyn Owens of Sun Prairie, Lila LaBarro of Sun Prairie, Burdette Blaska of Sun Prairie, and Elaine Wood, of McFarland, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special friend, Katie Glab, of Sun Prairie. His sister Juanita “Dolly” Blaska and brother John Blaska preceded him in death. His life achievements were recognized nationally when he was chosen as one of 100 people, one born in each year of the 20th Century on the Fourth of July, to be pictured in the “Photo of the Century,” taken on July 4, 1999, in front of Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Monsignor Duane Moellenberndt celebrated his funeral Mass on Friday, May 5, at Sacred Hearts Church. Burial was at Sacred Hearts Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday evening at Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St., Sun Prairie. Jerome Blaska lived to serve.

Child of Jerome L. Blaska and Helen Curl

John M. Blaska

M

Children of John M. Blaska and Rose Schuster

Rose Schuster

F
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Blaska.

Children of Rose Schuster and John M. Blaska

Helen Curl

F
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name7 February 1948As of 7 February 1948,her married name was Blaska.

Child of Helen Curl and Jerome L. Blaska

Elizabeth Blaska

F, d. 1997
Father*Jerome L. Blaska b. 4 Jul 1919, d. 2 May 2000
Mother*Helen Curl

John Blaska

M, d. before May 2000
Father*John M. Blaska
Mother*Rose Schuster

Juanita Blaska

F, d. before May 2000
Father*John M. Blaska
Mother*Rose Schuster
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationJuanita Blaska was also known as Dolly.

Roland Ray

M

Children of Roland Ray and Florence Amy (?)

Florence Amy (?)

F
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Ray.

Children of Florence Amy (?) and Roland Ray

Iva Marie Ray

F, d. before March 2010
Father*Roland Ray
Mother*Florence Amy (?)
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Wilhelms.

(?) Wilhelms

M

Kathryn Ray

F, d. before March 2010
Father*Roland Ray
Mother*Florence Amy (?)
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Bixby.

(?) Bixby

M

Roscoe Ray

M, d. before March 2010
Father*Roland Ray
Mother*Florence Amy (?)