My Ancestors: Emma Holl

Emma Holl is my great grandmother. She was born October 22, 1891 in La Crosse, Wisconsin and she died March 8, 1989 in Sparta, Wisconsin. Emma was married to William Gibson and they had 5 children.

What I know:

  • Emma spent her entire life in Wisconsin.
  • Prior to her husband’s death, she and her daughters were featured quite often in the “Personals” section in the Wisconin Rapids newspaper

What I don’t know:

  • I don’t have much information about what her life was like after her husband passed. I know that she never remarried and she lived an additional 49 years. It looked like after her husband died, Emma worked at domestic jobs — like dishwasher.
  • I’ve been trying to find a copy of her marriage record to William, but haven’t been able to find one yet.

My ancestors: William McGregor Gibson

William McGregor Gibson is my great grandfather. He was born January 3, 1892 in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin and died February 23, 1940 in Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin (also in Trempealeau County).

What I know:

  • William was married to Emma and they had 5 children.
  • William lived briefly in Minnesota as a child, but spent almost his entire life in Wisconsin.
  • He worked various jobs in Wisconsin, including as a Yard Master in a paper mill
  • He had three sisters

What I would like to know:

  • I would like to find out more information about his World War I service

My ancestors: Emma Mae Gibson

American_Legion_Drum_and_Bugle_CorpEmma Mae Gibson was born May 2, 1921 in Wisconsin. She spent most of her childhood in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin before moving to California in the 1940s. She married Richard Berryman and they had three children — JoAnne, Barbara and Gregg. She died on December 9, 1965.

One of my favorite things is an old suitcase I have that is filled with items that my grandmother kept over the years. After she died, my grandfather hung on to the suitcase and it made its way into my hands.

My grandmother was very active in the Wisconsin Rapids social community in the 1930s and was mentioned in the newspaper several times. She is also featured in a picture in a book “The 100 Years of Pictorial & Descriptive History of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin”. 

My grandfather loved taking photos and I have literally hundreds of photos of Emma Mae, including some doing very every day activities like ironing on vacation.

I’m grateful that even though I was never able to meet Emma Mae that I have so much information about her.