Military Monday – Armed Forces Day

In recognition of Armed Forces Day, which was Saturday, May 19th, I am posting a few images in honor of my military ancestors.
 William Arthur Cubbage
World War II, Yeoman Second Class, US Navy
Christian Linneman
World War I, Pvt. 3rd Co. 1st Btn. 155th DB
Frank Rudolph Speck
US Maritime Service
Charles G Schwenk
Civil War, Sgt, Co. C, 82nd PA Vol
(I don’t have any pictures of Charles, this is an image of his re-enlistment papers)
Gerhard Linneman
World War I, Cook, Quartermaster Corps




Favorite Photo Friday – Snow!



It was a snowy, windy day in New Jersey yesterday, so this seemed like a good one! I have always loved this image from my Cubbage side. Taken in the winter of 1946, this picture captures my grandmother Agnes Speck Cubbage, my father Corky, and his younger brother Jeff on a snowy Pittsburgh day.

This photo was most likely taken on or near Thelma Street on the North Side, where they were living with Agnes’ mother and her husband (Elizabeth Linneman Speck Merz and Charles Merz). My grandfather, Art Cubbage, was in the Navy and stationed in Norfolk at the time.

I am guessing that Elizabeth or Charles took the picture … maybe so Agnes could send it to Art while he was away? So he could see how his boys were growing, or to remember those Pittsburgh winter days? There are no markings on the back, but there is another image in the collection of just Corky and Jeff. Art would be discharged in a few months and the family would be reunited.

Happy snow day!


Wednesday’s Child – Alma Mary Speck

Alma Mary Speck was the daughter of Frank Speck and Elisabeth Linneman Speck and would have been the younger sister of my grandmother, Agnes Speck. Alma was born in Monessen, Pennsylvania and died just one day later. The cause of death was “premature infant” and she was buried that same day at Grandview Cemetery in Monessen.

I never knew of Alma until the Pennsylvania death certificates from 1906-1964 were made available on Ancestry.com. As most of us did when these records were released, I searched for surnames of family that had lived in Pennsylvania to see if I could find death certificates for collateral relatives or ancestors whose date of death was unknown. Through these searches I have found several children that died young between census years, and had no other records of their short lives.

I asked my father about Alma and he was not aware that Frank and Elizabeth had another child. We visited Grandview Cemetery in 2007 and found the tombstone for Alma’s father, Frank Speck, but did not see anything for Alma. She man have been buried in another location or did not have a headstone.

Frank & Elizabeth Speck

Frank & Elizabeth Speck, 1915

Besides finding another ancestor, I was able to learn a few more things about the Speck family from this record. They were living at 223 Alliquipa Street at the time of her death.

In addition, the name Alma Mary may provide some clues for family names. Their other children seem to have been named after family members … Agnes (Frank’s mother) Elizabeth (Elizabeth and her mother Elizabeth Barbara) and Frank (Frank) Rudolph (Elizabeth’s two brothers who died as children). I know the names of Elizabeth’s siblings and parents, so Mary may be from her side (Maria was Elizabeth’s middle name and her grandmother’s name). Alma could possibly be from Frank’s side of the family, as I do not know much about his family or where they were from in Germany. Maybe Alma was Frank’s sister or grandmother??  Another possible clue to add to the mysterious Speck family.


Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963, No. 73103, Alma Mary Speck, 1 July 1916; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 March 2015); citing Pennsylvania (state). Death certificates, 1906-1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.