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Mary Dick Steadman

Mary Dick Steadman

Female 1923 - 2012  (88 years)

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  • Name Mary Dick Steadman 
    Born 26 Dec 1923  Madison, Dane Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Namesake
    • She was named after her mother's sister
    Letter 2002 
    • Dear Wendy,

      Good to hear from you. As I told you, I had heard about the scholarships, but did not follow it up since my kids were thru school - and did mention it to some of the Breese Terrace grandchildren. Will now try to find out more.

      I don't know a great deal about your Grandfather's service = however, I did copy some articles he wrote about reunions, etc. and I think I emailed them to Bill - Bill, if you can, send them to Wendy! He wrote them after he had his heart attack and was confined to bed for 1 1/2 yrs before he died in Feb. of "41.

      He was trying to earn some money for the family, but they were never accepted by the editors he sent them to. I know that when he enlisted, he joined the calvary, went to school, graduated as a 2nd Lt. and taught equitation in the calvary before transferring to the Light Field Artillery - He was in the Third Division, 10th Field Artillery - nicknamed "The Rock of the Marne" because they stood so firmly at the battle of the Marne. He transferred because he did not think the calvery would get any action!

      He was awarded a Silver Star, tho I don't know what he had done to earn it - he would never tell me. That is something that I think we could find out from the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs. I used to look at the Silver Star and wonder - all it said was "for bravery above and beyond the call of duty". (His closest buddy, George P. Hayes, was one of the 48 men awarded the Medal of Honor in WWI - George stayed in the service and I understand that he ended up a General in WWII) I don't know what happened to the Medal - it was at Breese Terrace, but whoever has it is not telling since I have asked about it time and time again! I know that the Third Division was a major factor in defeating the Germans in France.

      He did tell me that one time he was on his horse and for some reason, did not know why, but he got off and stepped away - and the horse took a direct shell hit and was killed! He was in the trenches when they had a false armistice on November 9 and said that a lot of the men were killed because they were told the war was over and got out of the trenches - then the true armistice happened on November 11. Following the armistice, he was in the Army of Occupation in Germany for almost a year - he was oversea's for two years.

      While in Germany, he rode in a National Horse Show - took blue ribbons in jumping - also competed in a national pistol competition, however, he had ridden a motorcycle to the meet and the vibrations of the cycle made his hands shake so he did not do well there! One time he ordered steak in a restaurant and was horrified to discover that it was horse meat (couldn't eat it!)

      Just a couple of the funny stories he told me about his experiences. Just before he got on the boat to come home, he bought a German Shepard dog - one fully trained for police work - Rolf! In bringing him home, there was an assigned place on the boat for the dogs to use - Rolf would not use it, but one morning, the cook brought out a bucket full of ashes and Rolf rushed to it - used it with a vengence - and the Cook stood there muttering "the poor dumb dog!" They provided ashes for Rolf for the rest of the trip home! The stories of Rolf in Wyoming are many - enough for another "express".

      He never got beyond 2nd Lt. and after being passed over several times, was told that he would never make it because "Margaret was so rigid about drinking and didn't fit in with the officers and their wives" - he never told her that, but did tell me - he resigned his commission shortly after that and that was when they homesteaded in Wyoming. (Many interesting stories about Wyoming)

      After Wyoming, they moved back to Madison so that Angus could go to the University. He graduated from the School of Agriculture while Margaret taught Music at one of the elementary schools. I was born while they were there. When they left Madison, they moved to Wauwautosa, WI where Angus taught Ag in the high school. From there, they moved to Mansfield, PA, following his folks, Joe and Grace Steadman. Dad farmed and Joe raised chickens on a farm about 10 miles out of Mansfield. During the depression, Angus went back to teaching and taught at Hershey, PA, leaving there to return to Madison where Bill was born - then back to Mansfield to the farm, Angus took an Associate Degree in Engineering at Cornell University, and got a job with the REA (Rural Electrification Association) located in Mansfield - he built the electric lines throughout Pennsylvania.

      After the job in Pennsylvania was finished, he went to New York City to interview for another job with the REA - and took one in North Carolina. He was told to name his own salary, and in 1939, he asked for and received $5000.00 per year! We were finally on easy street! Bought a new 1939 Pontiac (beautiful green) and all was well - until he had his heart attack that summer. Prior to his heart attack, Grace was in the hospital for 6 weeks, she came home, Joe went in and was diagnosed with intestinal cancer - they sewed him back up and sent him home to die. Shortly after that, Angus had his heart attack.

      However, he and Mother went to N. Carolina and with the support of the two engineers from Cornell, who had been with him in Mansfield, he was able to finish the job there. After that, he came home and spent the next year in bed before his death in Feb. 1941.

      For what it is worth - here it is - some of my memories of our Dad - he was a great guy and a wonderful father. A marvelous horseman - we had many wonderful rides together. He taught us to ride the calvery way - bare back until we could take a three foot jump without the saddle, then the saddle, then the saddle with no stirrups (easy) then the saddle with stirrups but no girth (not quite as easy) i still have a scar over my right eye from trying to mount on a saddle with no girth - the off stirrup came over and hit me over the eye!!!

      We had a wonderful life - why Diane got so screwed up, I will never know. We lived thru the depression but we never knew it since we always had food, clothes and a shelter over our heads - plus all our friends were in the same boat!

      I didn't intend to write a book - if this is too much - delete! If it is not enough - I will try to do better! Ether way, let me know.

      Love to you all!
      Mary Dick
    Died 8 Oct 2012  Kenosha, Kenosha Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary Aft 8 Oct 2012  Kenosha, Kenosha Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mary S. Rothrock, 88, of Kenosha, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2012, at United Hospital System-Kenosha Campus, surrounded by her loving family.

      Born in Madison, WI, on December 26, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Margaret (Dick) Steadman.

      She was a graduate of Cornell University in New York.

      She married Cecil Rothrock in Cornell, NY, August 31, 1946. In 1956 they moved to Kenosha. They were married for 53 years; he preceded her in death on September 19, 1999.

      Mary had been employed as a teacher by Tremper High School. She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, and also a member of P.E.O. from 1943 until the time of her death.

      Mary is survived by her three children, Richard (Jan) Rothrock of Silver City, IA, Roger (Jenifer) Rothrock of Monona, WI, and Barbara (Peter) Kaufmann of Rindge, NH; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, William (Susan) Steadman of Wilmington, NC.

      She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; her son, Robert Rothrock; a sister, Diane Johnson; and a brother, John Steadman.

      A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13th, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shrine Hospital for Children of Milwaukee would be greatly appreciated by the family.Proko Funeral Home & Crematory, 5111-60th Street, Kenosha, WI 53144. Phone: (262) 654-3533. Visit Marys Online Memorial Book at:www.prokofuneralhome.com
    Person ID I56541  Stedman/Steadman/Steedman Families of the New World
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2012 

    Father Ralph Angus Steadman,   b. 9 Nov 1894, Villisca, Montgomery Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1941, Mansfield, Tioga Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Mother Margaret Lillian Dick,   b. 9 Aug 1895, Charles City, Floyd Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1999, Madison, Dane Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 104 years) 
    Married 25 Jan 1918  Douglas, Cochise Co., AZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Arizona, Select Marriages, 1888-1908
      Name: Ralph Angus Steadman
      Gender: Male
      Age: 24
      Birth Date: 1894
      Marriage Date: 25 Jan 1918
      Marriage Place: Cochise, Arizona
      Spouse: Margaret Lillian Dick
      FHL Film Number: 2069889
      Reference ID: 356
    Ralph Angus Steadman family
    Ralph Angus Steadman family
    Back row: Danni Steadman, Margaret Dick Steadman, Florence Wright, Mary Dick Steadman
    Front row: John Stuart Steadman, William Angus Steadman

    According to Bill Steadman (Nov 2012): Florence Wright was a student of Grace E. Steadman at Mansfield State Teachers College, (now U of PA at Mansfield, PA).  When Dad (Ralph Angus) died, she came to live with us on the farm to help out, and so Mother could go back to work. Florence lived with us for many years, then went back to school, got a nursing degree and went to India as a nurse/missionary. Not related to the family, but a major part of it for awhile.
    Family ID F20874  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cecil Thomas Rothrock,   b. 9 Nov 1921, Bath, Steuben Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1999, Kenosha, Kenosha Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 31 Aug 1946  Silver Lake, Wyoming Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cecil Thomas Rothrock and Mary Dick Steadman
    Cecil Thomas Rothrock and Mary Dick Steadman
    Children 
     1. Robert Thomas Rothrock,   b. 5 Jun 1952, ____, Alameda Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 2004, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
     2. Richard E. Rothrock
     3. Barbara Jean "Jade" Rothrock
     4. Roger Alen Rothrock
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F30741  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Dec 1923 - Madison, Dane Co., WI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Aug 1946 - Silver Lake, Wyoming Co., NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Oct 2012 - Kenosha, Kenosha Co., WI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Aft 8 Oct 2012 - Kenosha, Kenosha Co., WI Link to Google Earth
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    Mary Dick (Steadman) Rothrock (1923-2012)
    Mary Dick (Steadman) Rothrock (1923-2012)