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Berneice Margaret Campbell

Berneice Margaret Campbell

Female 1902 - 1983  (81 years)

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  • Name Berneice Margaret Campbell  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 6 Sep 1902  Yorkville, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Education - School teacher 
    Died 28 Sep 1983  Kansas City, Jackson Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried Mt. Moriah Cem, Kansas City, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5
    Person ID I4096  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2012 

    Father William Henry Campbell,   b. 29 Jan 1878, Yorkville, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1947, Aurora, Kane Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Florence Rebecca Croushorn,   b. 21 Aug 1877, Bealeton, Fauquier Cnty, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1940, Oswego, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1901  Oswego, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7, 8
    Family ID F1479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Paul King Houdek,   b. 17 Feb 1902, Muscatine, Muscatine Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1982, Kansas City, Jackson Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 25 Aug 1928  Yorkville, Kendall Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Children 
     1. William Richard Houdek,   b. 3 Feb 1935, Robinson, Crawford Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 2007, Harrisonville, Cass Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Bruce Campbell Houdek,   b. 20 Sep 1937, Robinson, Crawford Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 2010, Kansas City, Jackson Cnty, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F1478  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Kendall County, IL, Birth Register, Book 2, Record No. 515, lists Berneice's birth date as 6 Sep 1902.

      The 1910 Illinois census shows "Berniece" as the 7-yr old daughter of William and Florence Campbell, living at home with her parents and siblings. 1910 U.S.Census, Kendall twsp, Kendall Cnty, IL (T 624, roll 295, stamped p. 234).

      The 1920 census lists "Berneice" at the 17-yr old daughter of William and Florence, still living at home with them and her 6 siblings. 1920 U.S.Census, Kendall twsp, Kendall Cnty, IL (T 625, Roll 380, stamped p. 42).

      Note:
      Houdek -- Campbell
      The beautiful garden of the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Campbell of Yorkville was the scene of the wedding of their daughter Berniece Margaret and Paul King Houdek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Houdek of Galesburg, Saturday afternoon, August 25, 1928 at 4 o'clock. The Rev. J. C. Nansen of the Na-au-say Presbyterian Church officiated, using the single ring ceremony. The bride was attended by Mrs. J. W. Errant, a former classmate at Coe College at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Robert Campbell, a brother of the bride, acted as best man.
      Preceding the ceremony Mrs. LaRue Breese of Yorkville, a classmate of the bride in the Yorkville High School, sang "I Love You Truly" and "O Promise Me." As the bridal party entered the garden Mrs. Elnathan (Elizabeth Campbell) of Oswego, a sister of the bride, played the Mendelssohn Wedding march. Robert Ebinger of Effingham played Schuber's Serenade during the ceremony.
      The bride, who entered on the arm of her father, wore a period style gown of white georgette. The gown was fashioned with a tight bodice and extremely long skirt composed of narrow ruffles. Her tulle veil, which was worn coronet style, was caught to her hair with orange blossoms. She carried a shower bouquet of bride roses and lilies of the valley. A single strand of pearls completed her costume. Mrs. J. W. Errant wore a gown of light blue crepe Elizabeth trimmed in ecru lace. A cape was caught to the shoulders. She wore a picture hat to correspond. Her arm bouquet was of pink roses.
      Fifty relatives and friends were present for the reception. A buffet luncheon was served later. Quantities of garden flowers were used throughout the house.
      Later Mr. and Mrs. Houdek left on a short motor trip. They will reside in Robinson, Illinois, where they are both members of the faculty of the high school. Mrs. Houdek teaches English and music and Mr. Houdek teaches biology and physics. Mrs. Houdek was graduated from Coe College. Mr. Houdek was graduated from Knox College at Galesburg.
      Among the out of town guests were the bridegrooms mother and sister, Mrs. Richard Houdek and Mrs. Norman Lane of Galesburg; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Errant of Chicago; Miss Evelyn Gulwich and Charles Cadlec of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Miss Hattie Lundgren of Lostant, Illinois; Miss Elizabeth Croushorn of Invale, Nebraska; Mrs. Mattie Kerr of Chicago; Miss Pearl Harris of Robinson, Illinois and Mr. and Mrs. David Croushorn of Chicago.
      Kendall County Record
      (Wednesday) Aug. 28, 1928

      According to her son Bill, Berneice graduated with honors in 1925 from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA. By 1935, when Bill was born, she was an elementary school teacher in Robinson, IL. Her favorite subjects were English and mathematics. When the family moved to Kansas City, MO, in the summer of 1946, Berneice landed a teaching job in the Kansas City, KS, public school system, teaching at various elementary and high schools throughout the district. She also taught English and math at the Kansas City, KS, Junior College. Among her other duties she collected tickets at home basketball games. Her career was devoted to teaching.

      As for the spelling of her name, her son Bill advised that he possessed a birthday book in his mother's own handwriting in which her name is spelled Berneice. Further, that her last will and testament also spelled her name with "ei" rather than "ie."

      When Berneice died in Sept. of 1983, William Noel Snouffer, husband of her sister Corinne ["Cornie"], who had died in May the same year, wrote to Berneice's sons Bill and Bruce, as follows:
      "I am saddened by the death of Be - she was a wonderful person and meant so much to [your] Aunt Cornie. It was Be who encouraged her to go to college. It was Be who sent her money to help while in college - for Cornie had lost her few dollars when the banks were closed [in the 1930s]. And it was Be who sent Cornie money so she could join the Delta Delta Delta sorority. Be had not been able to be a sorority member while in college, so she wanted her 'little sister' to have that experience. And Be would send her dresses to Cornie at Coe [College] so Cornie would have some new dresses to wear to a dance or party. She looked up to her older sister and loved her very much...."
    • On 20 April 2012, Kathy (Feiden) Brinkopf, a former student of Berneice's wrote:
      "Today, I got out an old box looking for some pictures and ran across my old report cards. My 6th grade teacher was Berneice Houdek. (Yes, she signed my report card with Berneice spelled ei.)
      "I often tell the story of the day Mrs. Houdek became very mad at me....One day, my friend, Connie had played a trick on me by putting a very large cocklebur in my seat. After getting caught in her trick and sitting on the cocklebur, I couldn't wait for the opportunity to put the cocklebur in Connie's seat. Low and behold, Connie left her seat to sharpen her pencil giving me the opportunity to put the cocklebur in her seat.
      "Well, Mrs. Houdek had a special tradition where she traded seats with a student and had that student read to the class. Connie was selected while at the pencil sharpener. Mrs. Houdek came beside me to sit in Connie's seat...she sat down hard on the cocklebur and bellowed, "Who did this?"...Very sheepishly, I admitted that I had...Mrs. Houdek made me go to the hall!
      "Although I didn't (Connie did!) think it was funny at the time, I now get a lot of laughs telling the story."

  • Sources 
    1. [S282] Houdek, Bill |, William Richard Houdek, "Ancestors of Berneice Margaret Campbell," "Descendants of Paul King Houdek" , (Email reports, 2000 - 2003).

    2. [S283] Allgaier, Glen|, Glen Allgaier, "Croushorn Descendants Chart" (unpublished; printed Apr. 2001), and Emails & letters, (Glen Allgaier, 2455 Buckingham Pl, Brookfield, WI 53045; moroni4u@yahoo.com).

    3. [S4] Hastings|, D. Gale Hastings, "Family History Chart", (D. Gale Hastings : 12 Nov 1995).

    4. [S292] Cathy Campbell |, Mary Cathleen Campbell Knopp, "Campbell/Croushorn/Nuss/Dann Family", (Mary Knopp, Rochester, MN; Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/659527/listofallpeople).

    5. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 63503613.

    6. [S284] Croushorn, Sarah M.|, Sarah Margaret Croushorn, "Ancestral Notes", (Unpublished: notes compiled approx. mid-1960's).

    7. [S285] IL Census 1910, Kendall |, Illinois, Kendall Cnty, Kendall Twsp, 1910 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), T624, roll 295, p. 234A.

    8. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 5916310.