Handling Reflections Redux

I am making changes to the website in both style and substance. One addition I hope to use on a regular basis is a “Photo Blog” feature where I can share photos with (optional) tutorials or narratives.

This first entry is a “re-do” of a photo taken during my Project 365 endeavor. There were numerous flaws in the original image that became painfully evident about eight seconds after posting it for the world to see. In hindsight, the angle of my screen made it difficult to notice artifacts introduced in post processing. The reflection of the handle is distorted and plagued with artifacts from Lightroom’s spot-removal tool. This new version is my attempt to correct those deficiencies.

St. Joseph’s Cemetery (Bancroft)

Tracing the “Kelly” surname back from my particular branch of the family tree will lead you to St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery near Bancroft, Nebraska. This is where my great-great grandfather is buried, along with several other family members. Images for all headstones at this cemetery can be found on the NebraskaGravestones.org website.


Michael Kelly ( b. 1849 d. 1921 )
Johanna Evans ( b. 1858 d. 1882 )
Edward Kelly ( b. 1882 d. 1882 )
Mary Cronin ( b. 1868 d. 1907 )
John R. Kelly ( b. 1878 d. 1958 )
Minnie Pearl Peterson ( b. 1882 d. 1914 )


Robert Evans
( b. 1824 d. 1899 )
Jane Kilroy
( b. 1838 d. 1904 )


Alvin Browning
( b. 1880 d. 1969 )
Mary Jane Kelly
( b. 1874 d. 1953 )

There are actually two cemeteries near Bancroft. St. Joseph’s Cemetery is located to the southeast of town at the corner of 25th Road and R Road (both of which are dirt roads). The other cemetery — “Bancroft Cemetery” — is located directly south of Bancroft on 24th Road.


Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park

Four different family members are buried at Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park in Omaha, Nebraska. It is interesting to note that the birth year for William Street is listed on his headstone as being 1878, which is two years earlier than indicated on other source documents.


David Theodore Boese ( b. 1901 d. 1990 )
Elsie Marie Ackley ( b. 1902 d. 1995 )
William Street ( b. 1880 d. 1952 )
Caroline Sarah Warman ( b. 1878 d. 1982 )


Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park is located at 5701 Center Street, Omaha, NE, 68106. From Google Maps:


Photo – Kelly – circa 1895

This is a photograph of my great-great grandfather Michael Kelly with (I assume) his first three children. My best guess is that it was taken in the late 1890’s. Handwritten notes on the back of the photograph list four names: Grandfather Kelly “Mike”, Aunt Nell, Dad Kelly (J.R.), Aunt Jane (standing). From everything I have seen previously, I am guessing that “Aunt Nell” is a reference to the person identified as “Ellen” in other sources.


Michael Kelly (left), Mary Jane Kelly (top), Ellen Kelly (bottom), JR (Robert) Kelly (right)


Badge – Street – circa 1940

This is my great-grandfather’s security badge from the early 1940’s. He worked at the Jubilee Manufacturing Company, which was apparently a defense contractor in Omaha, Nebraska. The badge consists of a round piece of metal with a “safety pin” fastener on the back. The image is considerably larger than the actual badge, which only measures about 1-5/8 inches (4.1 cm) in diameter.


Pictured Above – William Street


WW1 Draft Registration – Obteshka – 1917

This is the WW1 draft registration card for William Alexander Obteshka (exempt because he was not a US citizen).



  • This document was apparently filled out on 5 Jun 1917.
  • William Street claims that he was born 3 Jul 1889.
  • His age at the time of registration was 28 years.
  • He claims to be a Russian citizen, born in Minsk, Russia.
  • He claims that his occupation was that of “Stationery Fireman” for W.O.W. Buildingin Omaha, Nebraska.
  • he lists a wife and two small children as dependents.
  • He was identified as being of medium height, medium build, with gray eyes and light brown hair.
  • He lists his address as being 1415 South 13th Street in Omaha, Nebraska.



The original source documents are provided below. Most browsers will let you “right-click” on these links and then “Save Link As” to save a copy of these documents to your computer.

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